Life Before Techrights

Posted in Site News at 6:55 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Roy as a teen
Age 16

Summary: It’s almost midnight here, so it’s a good time to reflect or look back; another 15 years for Techrights should be very much doable

Today — or as the clock/diary turns (23:55 here) — we start our sixteenth year, so I’ve looked at some old archives, trying to find photos of me aged 16 (some time after I had begun programming; I actually messed around with scripting at somewhere around the age of 12 or 13).

Roy as a teenI was introduced to GNU/Linux around 1998 when I was 16. A friend of mine (and a geeky classmate) called it “Linux” and was using it on his PC. Back then, many people including myself were using Windows 95. A couple of years later, as soon as I started studying at the University (aged 18), I move to GNU/Linux. It was Red Hat with GNOME and KDE. Later I experimented with all the other (existing at that time) desktop environments/window managers and settled on Enlightenment for a while. Back then, by GTK and Qt standards, Enlightenment was actually very good. I used NEdit (it’s still available and is actively maintained). It was good for development and for note-taking. Later I started using LyX (around 2001) and then raw LaTeX as well; I didn’t like Abiword because it wasn’t suitable for scientific publishing. My introduction to GNU was around 2001 when I was developing with GTK. I started to get a better grasp of the real history and the underlying philosophy. I then got back to USENET and IRC (which I had already used as a teenager) and a lot of my GNU/Linux advocacy started in newsgroups (before social control media like Digg.com became a “thing”). That was in my early 20s. At age 21 I started my Ph.D. (I could leap past a Masters degree because of my grades) and chose to work on it under the supervision of the person who would soon become the head of the Computer Science department. He was very demanding and had strong work discipline. I learned a lot from him.

Here we are all these years later and I focus a lot on software patents, if not patents in general. In that domain, there is a massive vacuum in the media; it’s like there are no journalists left to actually fact-check these matters; operatives of the litigation industry don’t quite count, as all they do is churnalism (many examples of this in today’s Daily Links).

I didn’t plan to do activism or journalism or censorship-resistant publication (essential for vulnerable sources/leakers/whistleblowers). That just happened along the way. It’s rewarding in every way except financial.

Year 16

Posted in Site News at 6:12 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Techrights Year 16

Summary: And just like that, in the quiet of the night, ends our anniversary; we have a lot in store (coming soon)

Today we did not produce many articles; we rested a bit, as it’s both a Sunday and a birthday. Tomorrow, as in about an hour from now, our 16th year commences, and then we’ll release Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part V (part of a long series that will explain some internal affairs — mostly scandals — at GitHub). For those who missed the first 4 parts (we estimate about 20 to come, in total):

  1. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part I — Inside a Den of Corruption and Misogynists
  2. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part II — The Campaign Against GPL Compliance and War on Copyleft Enforcement
  3. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part III — A Story of Plagiarism and Likely Securities Fraud
  4. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part IV — Mr. MobileCoin: From Mono to Plagiarism… and to Unprecedented GPL Violations at GitHub (Microsoft)

The past year has been exceptionally rewarding. We exposed a lot of EPO corruption and published important revelations about the Free software community. We actually foresaw and foretold some of the Freenode/IRC wars, having become aware of them about a month in advance (we attempted to ameliorate/defuse things). At the end, Libera Chat basically replaced Freenode, but it not growing much after the collapse of Freenode… it got ‘stuck’ at around 45,000-49,000 users, compared to 80,000-90,000+ in Freenode. Based on the latest figure that we’ve reproduced below, it’s OFTC gaining a bit and hopefully many people have since then moved to self-hosted IRC networks (folks should quit relying on centralised IRC giants — they themselves are part of the problem!).

IRC top 10

Our writing style has not changed much since 2006. I’m still the principal editor, but there are many of us involved in researching and writing. It’s a group effort. Techrights is a real community and it is thriving because people who care about software freedom trust us, based on our track record.

“Over in our Gemini capsule we’re archiving important documents, leaks, and books.”Now that the CEO of GitHub is leaving we don’t expect the main series to yield results in the expulsion/resignation sense. But we still hope it’ll illuminate reasons for people to drop GitHub like a hot plate and move somewhere else. At a later stage in the series we plan to name some of the alternatives/replacements, having assessed them for our own use over the past year or so. We ended up rolling out our own with Gemini.

As far as I’m concerned, GitHub is the next CodePlex or the old Freenode. Without the trust, which erodes rapidly, people will flee. The exodus started years ago, but Microsoft presents false/fake numbers that include deleted accounts. We discussed this in IRC the other day (more direct link).

Over in our Gemini capsule we’re archiving important documents, leaks, and books. We need to preserve such material for decades to come. We’ll have further announcements to that effort in the coming days.

Links 7/11/2021: More Desktop Environments and Big Patent Catch-up

Posted in News Roundup at 2:30 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • System76 is Building its Own Desktop Environment

        System76 has revealed it is working a new desktop environment that is not based on GNOME Shell.

        The US-based company already maintains its own Ubuntu-based Linux distro called Pop!_OS. Presently, that distro ships with a modified version of the GNOME desktop called ‘COSMIC‘ (all caps, not me shouting).

        Word of its new project comes by way of System76’s Michael Murphy, who shared some of the rationale and motivation behind the new DE in series of comments posted on Pop!_OS Sub-reddit at the weekend.

        And all told: they make for a pretty exciting read.

    • Kernel Space

      • USB Additions For Linux 5.16 Include AMD Yellow Carp PM, Apple CD321X – Phoronix

        The USB and Thunderbolt updates for the Linux 5.16 kernel have arrived. This time around the changes are on the smaller side but there are two additions worth mentioning.

        In the USB/Thunderbolt pull request Greg Kroah-Hartman summarizes this cycle’s work as “nothing major in here, just lots of little cleanups and additions for new hardware.”

    • Applications

      • AppImageLauncher to Integrate AppImages in Your Distro

        About a week ago through the discussions we have on our Boiling Steam Matrix Room, someone mentioned in passing that they were using AppImageLauncher. This was my fist time to come across this application. Following further investigation and testing, let me now share with you as well as you might just have a use for it.

        What are Appimages

        In case you are not too familiar with AppImages, it’s one of the ways on Linux to encapsulate a whole application and its dependencies into a single file. For example, you can download an AppImage for the HeroicLauncher, and then ensure the file can be executed (chmod +x in a terminal for example), launch it… et voila, no need to install it, the application will launch before your eyes. It’s as simple as it can get and proving to be a very robust method to distribute applications that work across numerous distros on Linux.

        There’s however a catch. AppImages, being single-file executables, are not integrated into your system. They won’t appear in your launchers or menus – instead you will have to find them and launch them one by one, or create your own launcher scripts.

      • The 9 Best Docker Alternatives for Container Management

        Containers are highly beneficial for software development, deployment, and management in a virtual environment. Docker is useful in the containerization process, but it’s not the only platform around. If you’re searching for some alternatives to Docker, look no further. This list showcases some feature-rich and efficient Docker alternatives to use in your next project.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Getting Started with Docker: Docker Images – LinuxLinks

        Docker is a set of platform as a service (PaaS) products that use OS-level virtualization to deliver software in packages called containers.

        Docker containers are built from Docker images. These images are retrieved from Docker Hub, a registry managed by the Docker project. You can host Docker images on the Hub. It’s the most popular place to grab images with more than 100,000 container images.

        However, a huge number of these images are unmaintained, so you need to be selective about which images to explore.

      • How to Install VMware Workstation Pro 16 on Linux

        The latest version of VMware Workstation Pro is 16. VMware Workstation Pro 16 is one of the best Type-2 Hypervisor. It has outstanding 3D acceleration support for both the Windows and Linux virtual machines. The VMware Workstation Pro 16 supports DirectX 11 3D acceleration for Windows virtual machines. For Linux virtual machines, VMware Workstation Pro 16 supports OpenGL 4.1 3D acceleration. So, technically you can play games on your VMware Workstation Pro 16 virtual machines. The user interface of the virtual machine will also be very responsive. You will have amazing experience running virtual machines on VMware Workstation Pro 16.

        In this article, I am going to show you how to install VMware Workstation Pro 16 on some common Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Debian 11, and Fedora 34. Now, let’s get started.

      • How To Install Memcached on AlmaLinux 8 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Memcached on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Memcached is a free and open-source high-performance distributed memory caching system. Memcached is used to speed up dynamic database-driven websites by caching data and objects in RAM. This reduces the number of times an external data source must be read, which lowers overheads and speeds up response times.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of the Memcached distributed memory object caching system on an AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.

      • Setup your Fedora Linux 35 using Ansible

        There is a lot of scripts to setup your new cool Fedora Linux 35 installation

        Many companies uses Ansible to setup computers, but you can also use it to setup your own local system.

      • Getting Started With Fedora Linux – It’s FOSS

        If you are new to Fedora and looking for some helpful resources to help you get started with it, you are at the right place.

        This is a curated collection of tutorials segregated into sections. This will guide you at various stages of your Fedora journey. You can go through the topics you like and skip the one you are familiar with or the ones that are not applicable to your system.

      • Getting Started with Docker: Commands – LinuxLinks

        Docker is a set of platform as a service (PaaS) products that use OS-level virtualization to deliver software in packages called containers.

      • How to Install ADB and Fastboot Android Drivers on Linux

        If you want to flash a custom ROM or control an Android smartphone using your Linux machine, you’ll have to set up ADB and fastboot drivers.

      • How to Install Ruby on Ubuntu – Unixcop the Unix / Linux the admins deams

        Ruby is a dynamic, open source programming language with a focus on simplicity and productivity. It has an elegant syntax that is natural to read and easy to write.

        Ruby is seen as a flexible language, since it allows its users to freely alter its parts. Essential parts of Ruby can be removed or redefined, at will. Existing parts can added upon. Ruby tries not to restrict the coder.

        The language serves as the basis of the Ruby on Rails framework and is used for general-purpose programming, data analysis, and web applications.

        Ruby can be used in diverse applications such as data analysis and prototyping.

        In this installation guide, you will learn how to install Ruby on Ubuntu 20.04 with three different methods.

        If you want to install Ruby On CentOS / RHEL 8 , Kindly visit this article Ruby on CentOS 8

        You may also need to install Ruby on Rails, So visit this article Ruby on Rails on CentOS 8

      • How to install Vim Text Editor on Fedora 35 – NextGenTips

        In this guide we are going to learn how to install vim text editor on fedora 35.

        Vim text editor is a free and open source screen based text editor program for Unix. It is highly configurable that make it easy to use and adapt to different programming languages. It also integrates well with other tools. It supports extensive plugin systems.

      • Install Third-Party Applications In Fedora Using Fedy | Itsubuntu.com

        Fedy is a free, and open-source application that allows you to install several third-party applications in Fedora. Fedy will automatically add the respective repositories and install the selected applications in your Fedora.

      • Rocky Linux 8.4 Netinstall – Server / Workstation Network Install Guide – If Not True Then False

        This is quick guide howto install Rocky Linux 8 (currently 8.4) on real PC. I use here Rocky-8.4-x86_64-boot.iso just boot installer and then run install from fresh repo packages. Same method works for users with full DVD image (Rocky-8.4-x86_64-dvd1.iso) or minimal image (Rocky-8.4-x86_64-minimal.iso).

      • poke – News: Video: the Poke compiler and the PVM h

        We have published a video with an online session we made as an introduction of GNU poke internals for new developers. We mainly covered the Poke compiler and the poke virtual machine (PVM) and how to extend them to implement new language constructions.

      • GNU poke internals: the Poke compiler and the PVM – Invidious
    • Games

      • Hearts of Iron 4 switches to Direct X 11 with the 1.11 patch

        With the upcoming 1.11 patch Paradox will be retiring some old Linux and Mac platforms that aren’t maintained by their own developers anymore, but more importantly, switching to DirectX 11.

        That’s right, the next HoI4 release will join Stellaris and the other more recent PDS games by adding DirectX 11 support. DirectX 9 will still be the default for now, but you will be able to select another renderer in the launcher settings.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • The Common Desktop Environment (CDE) is still developed and modern in 2021

        I will forever stand by my article from 14 years ago and you can put on my gravestone that I truly think CDE is one of the best graphical user interfaces ever conceived. CDE was released as open source software about nine years ago, and is still being developed.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • GNOME 41.1 Released with Bug Fixes, Bug Fixes, And More Bug Fixes

          GNOME 41.1 is billed as a “boring bug fix” follow-up to GNOME 41 release that happened back in September.

          “All operating systems shipping GNOME 41 are encouraged to upgrade” to this release, GNOME devs says.

          GNOME Shell sticks band-aids on bugs affecting the GTK colour picker, scrolling behaviour in GTK apps, and inconsistent high-contrast switches.

          It also restores the ability for notifications to play a sound file, and once again only allows you to open one instance of the GNOME Extensions app.

          GNOME Settings app no longer crops the (all new) mouse & touchpad illustration; fixes an issue with data not being enabled after an APN is set; and uses the correct translations for power button action behaviours.

          The new Remote Desktop app Connections sees some finesse, with search no longer stealing display key press events, correctly draws RDP thumbnails, and now waits for a VNC connection to connect before attempting to connect to its clipboard.

    • Distributions

      • BSD

        • iXsystems entry-level NAS goes hyper-converged with TrueNAS Scale

          iXsystems – most well-known as a supplier of network-attached storage (NAS) software and entry-level products – has taken its hyper-converged TrueNAS Scale into general availability.

          iXsystems uses open source operating systems and commodity hardware, delivering hyper-converged products that can be half the price of those from Dell EMC or HPE. However, the key aim for iXsystems has been to become competitive by adding scale-out capability.

          “TrueNAS Scale brings the ability to run applications in the form of KVM virtual machines or in Kubernetes containers,” said iXsystems director general Brett Davis in an interview with Computer Weekly sister publication LeMagIT.

      • Arch Family

        • Arch Linux Installer Updated With Btrfs Subvolumes Support, Reworked Partitioning

          Added to the Arch Linux ISOs earlier this year was Archinstall as an easy-to-use installer for Arch. In the months since its introduction the code continues to be improved upon and is preparing for its next feature release.

          Archinstall 2.3-rc1 was tagged today as the latest test build for this easy-to-use, text-based Arch Linux installer that can get this popular Linux distribution deployed in just a matter of minutes.

      • EasyOS

      • Debian Family

        • I’m now running Debian | Hund

          I installed Debian 11 on my computer the last weekend. I have come to the conclusion that I want to try something that’s both super simple to use and maintain. Something that works more like a classic binary based operating system, and not like a meta based operating system that’s designed to be a set of tools to help the user build their own operating system.

          The reason I want something that’s as close to zero maintenance as possible, is due to the fact that my time will be—to say the least—limited next year. Not that I’m complaining! The next phase of my life doesn’t have room for me spending time tinkering with Gentoo as I used to.

          More on what’s going on later in another post, but you can probably guess what’s up anyway. :)

          Why Debian?

          Debian has been around for a long time. It’s actually one of the oldest Linux based operating systems. And with Debian, you know what you get; a mature, stable and reliable operating system that value libre software that respects your freedom.

          The Debian project is moving slowly with very few to no surprises. If you want the “latest and greatest” software, you should probably look elsewhere, but if you value stability and reability, then Debian is an excellent option for you.

          I don’t really care about the “latest and greatest” software. The application stack that I use doesn’t see many changes anyway. My window manager i3 is feature complete and doesn’t see any new features anymore. My email client Mutt is 26 years old and I highly doubt that they’ll come with any new shiny futures that I must have on a regular basis. And while I use ‘modern’ software like NeoVim, all the basic features is already there for me.

          Debian is also supported by everyone and everything! If there’s anyone that supports a Linux based operating system, you can be confident that Debian is the one. And while I was okay making my own packages for Gentoo, it’s nice to be able to quickly install some package, as well as not having to care about the burden with maintaining them yourself.

        • Motrix – SparkyLinux

          Motrix is a full-featured download manager that supports downloading HTTP, FTP, BitTorrent, Magnet, etc. Motrix has a clean and easy to use interface.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • PHP Calendar: A free simple web-based calendar

        PHP Calendar is a free, open-source self-hosted web calendar. The system is built on it of PHP5.3, and MySQL 4.1. It uses jQuery and jQuery UI.

        It helps you to keep track of your events, similar to Google Calendar, however, it lacks many features.

        PHP-Calendar features a quick event add, events search, and multi-view for the calendar.

      • Events

        • Again Virtual, CloudStack Collaboration Conference Opens Monday 11/8

          The Apache CloudStack Collaboration Conference, which opens Monday for a five day run, is again this year going to be an all virtual event due to the ongoing pandemic. CloudStack’s organizers have put a positive spin on the situation by saying it sees the situation as an opportunity to educate a larger number of people about Apache’s contribution to modern, multi-cloud infrastructure.

          Some of that education would probably be making people more aware that cloud native software projects aren’t exclusively under the care of the Linux Foundation’s Cloud Native Computing Foundation, but that the Apache Foundation and others contribute to cloud native space as well.


          The event seems to be timed to make it convenient for as many people in Europe and North America as possible, which means waking up early for those on the West Coast in North America, where the event will get going at 5 am on Tuesday and Friday, and at 4 am on Wednesday and Thursday. It’s not known whether recordings of the workshops will be available for on-demand viewing for those who might balk at such early hours.

      • Programming/Development

        • 12 tools enabling DevSecOps for cloud-native applications

          Here’s a look at the best open-source, cloud-native security tools that contribute to a culture of DevSecOps.

        • Hacktoberfest draws record crowd – Times of India

          Mohan Ram, the go-to-market lead for the Asia-Pacific region at cloud infrastructure provider Digital-Ocean, said its annual Hacktoberfest, a month-long celebration during which developers contribute to open-source projects, drew over 150,000 enthusiasts this year. Hacktoberfest, as the name suggests, is held in October.

        • How to empower your children to be creators of the future

          Given the rapid technological advancements, making your children future-ready is the need of the hour. Abhishek, Founder at JetLearn – an Amsterdam-based coding & robotics academy for kids – helps you pave a path for your child’s successful digital future.

          Technology is transforming the world
          “The last decade has been the decade of software eating the world.” – Marc Andreessen, co-founder of famed Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and inventor of the web browser.

        • “wasmCloud allows us to rethink the cloud as just a stop on the way”

          What’s wasmCloud and what are its use cases? Liam Randall and Stuart Harris spoke to us about wasmcloud: a higher level abstraction for the cloud that uses WebAssembly to run everywhere securely. See what’s new in the 0.50 release, what’s in store for the future, and what its benefits are.


          Liam Randall and Stuart Harris: The entire wasmCloud team and project is built with best-of-breed open source projects, including Nats, Elixir/OTP and the Smithy project from AWS. Nats, from Synadia, has emerged as the internet’s dialtone – and in wasmCloud we use this to seamlessly connect wasmCloud hosts at the application layer. Elixir/OTP has over the last 20 years become the default way to scale to millions of processes and we adopted it on our backend in order to offer that incredible approach to our community. And while Smithy is a new project, it has been used successfully within AWS to model and design hundreds of APIs.

          From a consumer’s perspective, according to Red Badger: As a consultancy that helps large organizations with their digital product transformation, we have many clients who need a true multi-cloud platform — possibly better expressed as location transparency for their workloads. For many years, the cloud has been seen as the destination, but wasmCloud allows us to rethink the cloud as just a stop on the way, a utility on top of which we can build a homogenous surface for hosting truly portable workloads. Our clients can finally contribute resources from many clouds, on-premise data centers, near and far edge — even browser tabs — to a single, potentially global, platform that is secure, whilst being totally agnostic of underlying network topology. Not only does this give us flexibility, and way more reliability, but it dramatically simplifies the dark art of building modern distributed applications, allowing us to concentrate on what really matters — generating value for our clients.

        • Toolbx, a developers new best friend!

          Toolbx (formerly known as Toolbox) is our tool to allow you to use containers as a tool to make development simpler and better. It allows you to put each project you work on into a separate container and have a different set of tools and libraries installed for it. It even allows you to work on a different operating system, like RHEL, on top of Fedora. To learn a little about both the history and the future for this project we will interview Debarshi Ray who created Toolbx.

          Christian Schaller: Hi Debarshi. To kick this interview off, can you tell us a little about yourself and how you became involved with open source development?

          Debarshi: Hi Christian. I am Rishi. I am part of the Red Hat Desktop Team where we work on the Fedora and RHEL Workstations, and these days also on Silverblue. I first heard of free software or open source in 1999 through a newspaper article on Linux. I knew a little bit of C, and had been told that one could write everything from operating systems to video games with it. Hence the idea that I could actually look at the sources of a real piece of software was very appealing. However, I didn’t have access to the Internet and all I had was the shared family computer running Windows, so I had to wait.

          A few years later, when I got my own computer, I decided that I had to put Linux on it. Somebody passed me a Fedora Core 1 DVD, and I was hooked. At some point I heard of this thing called Google Summer of Code, and in 2007 I applied and was selected for an internship at Fedora. Then in 2009, Rahul Sundaram, from Fedora, told me that this application called Gnote that we were shipping in Fedora needed a new upstream maintainer. I was already lurking around the GNOME community by then, and had been doing C++ as part of my day job. So I picked it up. Two years later, I applied for a position in some team at Red Hat. The recruiter spotted my Fedora and GNOME background, redirected me to the Desktop Team where an opening had miraculously shown up, and here I am.

          Christian Schaller: So tell us a little about the origin of Toolbx, what were the ideas and goals at the outset of the project?

          Debarshi: In the beginning of 2018, there was a surge in interest around what was then called Fedora Atomic Workstation. A decision was taken to rebrand it as Silverblue for better visibility, but it had one big problem. While Silverblue was already a fantastic option for non-technical users, it was quite annoying to set up a development environment on it for writing software. Typically, developers have to install a bunch of development tools, frameworks and editors on top of the core operating system, and on Silverblue every equivalent of ‘dnf install’ requires a reboot. Moreover, every such operation tampered with the core OS image and could potentially negate the two biggest advantages of Silverblue – robustness and testability.

        • Rust

          • Rav1e 0.5 Brings More Speed-Ups For This Rust AV1 Encoder

            Released this week was Rav1e 0.5 as the newest feature release for this Rust-written AV1 video encoder backed by Xiph.Org and self-proclaimed to be the world’s “fastest and safest” AV1 encoder.

            With Rav1e 0.4 having debuted back in January, there has been a lot of code churn since that point now part of Rav1e 0.5. There has been rebalancing of the speed levels and a variety of other enhancements over the course of the year.

        • Java

          • How to use Docker for Java development

            The promise of using Docker during development is to deliver a consistent environment for testing across developer machines and the various environments (like QA and production) in use. The difficulty is that Docker containers introduce an extra layer of abstraction that developers must manage during coding.

            Docker enables application code to be bundled with its system requirements definition in a cross-platform, runnable package. This is a graceful abstraction for solving a fundamental need in deploying and managing software runtimes, but it introduces an extra layer of indirection that must be dealt with when programmers are doing what they do: iteratively modifying and testing the internals of the software and its dependencies.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • Annoy Yourself Into Better Driving With This Turn Signal Monitor | Hackaday

        Something like 99% of the people on the road at any given moment will consider themselves an above-average driver, something that’s as statistically impossible as it is easily disproven by casual observation. Drivers make all kinds of mistakes, but perhaps none as annoying and avoidable as failure to use their turn signal. This turn signal monitor aims to fix that, through the judicious use of negative feedback.

        Apparently, [Mark Radinovic] feels that he has a predisposition against using his turn signal due to the fact that he drives a BMW. To break him of that habit, one that cost him his first BMW, he attached Arduino Nano 33 BLEs to the steering wheel and the turn signal stalk. The IMUs sense the position of each and send that over Bluetooth to an Arduino Uno WiFi. That in turn talks over USB to a Raspberry Pi, which connects to the car’s stereo via Bluetooth to blare an alarm when the steering wheel is turned but the turn signal remains untouched. The video below shows it in use; while it clearly works, there are a lot of situations where it triggers even though a turn signal isn’t really called for — going around a roundabout, for example, or navigating a sinuous approach to a drive-through window.

    • Health/Nutrition

      • COVID-19: Vaccine Hesitant in the USA Unlikely to Change Their Minds

        Half of those in the USA who are unwilling to be vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 report that nothing will change their mind, according to a representative national survey reported in a study published in Scientific Reports.

        Jeffrey Lazarus and colleagues surveyed 6,037 American adults in April 2021 to identify their attitudes towards vaccination against SARS-CoV-2. One third of the participants came from across the USA and two thirds were from New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, or Chicago.

        The authors found that 21.4 percent of participants from across the USA were unwilling to be vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, compared to 19.7 percent in Dallas, 11.5 percent in Los Angeles, 11.2 percent in Chicago, and 10.1 percent in New York. Of those unwilling to be vaccinated, half stated that nothing would convince them to receive the vaccine and the majority reported that their unwillingness was caused by concerns about vaccine safety. Unwillingness to be vaccinated tended to be higher among those who worked outside of the home, held conservative political views, had a lower household income, and had not previously tested positive for COVID-19. Education levels, race, age, and sex were not uniformly associated with unwillingness to be vaccinated. Although over 82 percent of participants agreed that COVID-19 is a dangerous health threat, over 18 percent did not believe that the dangers of COVID-19 exceeded those of the vaccine and over 15 percent did not believe that COVID-19 can be prevented by vaccination. Over 50 percent of participants were in favor of the government requiring vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 and over 68 percent supported vaccination requirements for international travel.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • IBM and Red Hat Join Industry Leaders to Help Secure Software Supply Chains

            The Linux Foundation has raised $10 million in new investments to expand and support the Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF), a cross-industry collaboration that brings together multiple open source software initiatives under one umbrella to identify and fix cybersecurity vulnerabilities in open source software and develop improved tooling, training, research, best practices and vulnerability disclosure practices.

          • To improve resilience, augment zero-trust models

            Zero trust might feel like just another cybersecurity trend, but it has been around for a while.

            In 2014, hackers breached the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, exposing the confidential data of more than 22 million federal employees and contractors. The breach led the U.S. government to establish a working group on zero trust. In August 2020, NIST released a general guidance document laying out details on zero-trust network architectures.

            An executive order signed by President Joe Biden in May 2021 brought zero trust back to center stage. Critics have questioned the integrity of the order and whether it a marketing ploy.

          • PolKit Explained

            Polkit explained What is PolKit PolKit is a standard authorization method for Linux. It usually consists of PolKit daemon, PolKit session agent and the helper program shipped by applications who use PolKit. As an user, you don’t really deal with PolKit itself, normally you interact with PolKit session agent. Like KDE’s PolKit agent: You can think it as Gui’s sudo. But it works totally different from sudo. I spent two days to figure what is PolKit, how does it work, and how one can utilize it to write a Gui tool that requires root permission but can’t be started as root itself.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • CPS teachers ‘blindsided’ after access to popular classroom software yanked due to new student privacy law

              Online privacy advocates in recent years pushed Illinois lawmakers to force school districts to protect student data — but some Chicago Public Schools teachers say they were “blindsided” by the district’s enforcement of the law that’s led them to lose access to key programs used to teach thousands of students.

              Gov. J.B Pritzker signed amendments to the Student Online Personal Protection Act in 2019, strengthening the law that regulates how local and state officials handle student data and giving parents greater control over their children’s personal information.

              School systems had until July of this year to move into compliance. The changes spurred suburban and downstate schools to rethink their contracts with software companies to safeguard student data while finding new ways to give kids and educators access to the applications they know and need for school.

              But at CPS, the way officials have applied the law has meant popular educational tools have been taken away from thousands of students and forced teachers to reinvent their curricula.

    • Environment

      • Drowning in leftover candy? Lexington company helps keep wrappers out of landfills.

        Trick-or-treating is over and the post-Halloween litter season has arrived.

        For months, parents will be finding candy wrappers shoved under their kids’ beds, crushed in the bottoms of backpacks and lying in the washing machine after loads of laundry.

        And with the National Retail Federation projecting that consumers spent $3 billion on candy this Halloween season, that’s a whole lot of garbage.

      • Energy

        • Can innovation accelerate the global transition to clean energy? [Ed: This may look like an article, but it’s just self-promotional spam by a litigation company looking to sell patent lawsuits while greenwashing patents and monopolies; in this case, Withers & Rogers uses propaganda from corrupt officials who hijacked the EPO. While they’re stealing billions of Euros from Europe they want us to think they save the planet.]]

          Ben Palmer, patent attorney at Withers & Rogers, examines how many patents have been filed for hydrogen energy inventions – what does the number say about clean energy technology?


          According to the EPO data, the rise in low carbon energy (LCE) innovations has comfortably outpaced those in fossil fuel technologies with an overall uptrend in patent filings over the period 2000 – 2019. In contrast, filings for fossil fuel technology innovations, whilst having higher overall growth than is observed across all technology areas, have declined for each of the four years from 2016 to 2019. This is the first such decline since the second world war.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Software predicts the movements of large wild animals – Innovation Origins

          New software can help determine the movements of large wild animals, thereby minimising conflicts with people.

          Large land animals have a significant impact on the ecology and biodiversity of the areas they inhabit and traverse, writes University of Oxford in a press release. If, for example, the routes and stopping places of cattle, horses, sheep, and also those of wolves or bears overlap with those of people, this often leads to conflicts.

          Knowing and being able to predict the movement patterns of animals is, therefore, of utmost relevance. This is not only necessary for nature and landscape protection, and to safeguard agriculture and forestry, but also for the safety of human travellers and the security of human infrastructures.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Netflix launches its mobile games globally

        As of today, Netflix will begin to provide a tiny portfolio of games to Android users, indicating that the integration of games into the Netflix service was a success during the testing phase.

        They are free of charge in addition to the subscription and will be available in the Netflix application, even if they are downloaded through Google Play or another third-party app store. Users of Apple’s iOS operating system will have to wait a little longer.

      • Best streaming service of 2021: Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max, Hulu, ESPN Plus and more [Ed: DRM vs DRM vs DRM vs DRM… one big, GIANT false dichotomy]
    • Monopolies

      • Webinar on Securing Email and Messaging [Ed: Hilarious! The patent maximalists pretend to know how to securely communicate and watch what they use for their webinar; maybe their definition of secure is, "watched by the National Security Agency" (and pals)]
      • AIPLA 2021: Think of exhaustion in prosecution, say speakers [Ed: Another extremists' think tank disguised as something of a real debate (AIPLA) and the media in their pockets spreads their propaganda for them]

        Patent counsel should think about exhaustion law during prosecution and how it might apply to their clients’ products, a panel told delegates at the AIPLA 2021 Annual Meeting on Friday, October 29.

        Panellists Kristin Murphy, lead divisional intellectual property counsel at technology company ZF Group in Michigan, Yar Chaikovsky, global co-chair of the IP practice at Paul Hastings in Palo Alto, and Robert Mazzola, IP counsel at Pied Parker in San Francisco, delved into exhaustion during the first panel of the day.

        “Exhaustion is definitely relevant to prosecution in that you have to define each patent as its own standalone property right, so to speak,” said Murphy.

      • UK IPO’s first AI-powered tool for trade mark applications [Ed: Hey Hi (AI) as meaningless mumbo-jumbo when every little program or algorithm gets called that for hype's sake]

        The IPO is receiving higher quality trade mark applications following the launch of a new service powered by AI. In the year since the IPO’s trade mark pre-apply service was launched, the average number of trade mark applications rejected due to unsuitable Nice classification terms has dropped by 14%. Pre-apply is the IPO’s first service powered by AI. The AI tool identifies similar trade marks that already exist, and presents these to the customer, which helps improve the chances of successfully registering a trade mark. Additionally, by helping customers identify the right groups of goods and services for their proposed trade mark, using the pre-apply service means applications are more likely to be accepted.

        The IPO has seen a 70% drop in the length of goods and services lists since the service was launched. This means customers will have more suitable trade marks that are more likely to only protect the right goods and services, leaving them less open to challenge. It could also save applicants money, because there is a fee payable for each additional category of goods and services that is selected.

      • USITC backs BAT in patent dispute with Philip Morris [Ed: What cancer and embargo have in common]
      • China Stands Firm: Developments In SEP Anti-Suit Injunctions [Ed: Look what a sordid mess patent litigation companies have created... for themselves to profit from]

        Recent developments have demonstrated the need for a political solution to the escalating use of anti-suit injunctions in standard essential patent (SEP) litigation. But they also demonstrate how far away such a solution appears to be.

      • European Union: Exhaustion Of IP Rights In The UK – The Past And The Future [Ed: There is no such thing as "IP" and whatever she refers to is not a right; this is just litigation firms' propaganda disguised as 'reporting' and its a misuse of media]

        The UK Government is considering the shape of the UK’s future regime for the ‘exhaustion’ of intellectual property rights. The regime settled upon will govern future rules on parallel imports of genuine goods into the UK.

      • Friend or foe? Amazon probe reveals divided loyalties for brands

        An investigation into Amazon’s use of proprietary information to create knockoffs has made counsel wonder how to balance IP protection with making money

      • Who leads the 5G patent race as 2021 draws to the end? [Ed: 5G patent pools are nothing short of a patent cartel or price-fixing conspiracy compromised of loads of bogus patents that should never have been granted]

        The next Industrial Revolution will not only affect the smartphone and computer world but will also have an impact on considerably more industrial verticals, including automotive, home appliances, manufacturing, energy and healthcare. Estimates suggest that half of the worldwide data traffic of the next five years will no longer result from people’s usage, but instead will be generated by vehicles, machines, meters, sensors, medical instruments, or various other types of networked devices without any human interaction. Standards such as 5G allow for the handling of extensive amounts of data to connect industrial machinery and robots, thus enabling remote control, monitoring and repair actions, as well as industrial automation. From smart grids to drone control, energy and utilities, companies will rely on standards to handle connectivity demands.

      • UK: The Great Divide? The Interaction Of Patent Law And Antitrust In The Pharmaceutical Markets [Ed: Patent law is a competition barrier because it creates monopolies and generally harms innovation in the market; this is how the perpetrators spin the whole thing.]

        For decades now the fault line between patent law and competition law has given rise to friction and a lot of litigation. The divide still exists, and over the last decade the competition authorities have moved into the space to conduct their own investigations to consider whether patent ownership gives rise to anti-competitive behaviour.

      • Intellectual Property Overview For New Businesses [Ed: There is no such thing as "Intellectual Property" but these litigation companies use intentionally misleading terms to refer to things such as trademarks]

        Intellectual property is a catch-all term to describe the rights arising from the intangible assets that define your business branding and your innovative ideas. The rights the business owner or creator holds to such assets require protection, they fall into four broad categories: copyright, patents, trademarks, and design rights. Intellectual property rights are extremely valuable and should be robustly protected from the inception of the business.

      • Patents

        • Webinar on IP for Plants and Plant Protection Products [Ed: J A Kemp is still lobbying heavily for patent monopolies on life and nature as if this whole planet is a human invention]

          J A Kemp will be offering a webinar entitled “IP for Plants and Plant Protection Products in Europe and UK” on November 2, 2021 from 4:00 pm GMT. Andrew Bentham and Chris Milton of J A Kemp will provide an update on legal developments and practical tips for practitioners active in the agri-tech sector.

        • UK: The Startup Patent Dilemma [Ed: Patents are not for startups, but there’s nothing a patent litigation profiteers won’t tell startups to steal the little money they have]

          This is something I hear quite frequently when I meet people involved with very early stage technology businesses, or those with aspirations to start a business.

          My first response is usually to commend them on the fact that they are considering an intellectual property (IP) strategy at this point. As many readers will know, patents are time-sensitive. Most jurisdictions, and all the popular ones, now grant patents on a “first-to-file” basis, rather than “first-to-invent”. This means the first one to file a patent application to an invention is the one able to get full patent protection. Therefore, early consideration of patentable IP can be decisive.

          My second response is usually to reassure the business that, even if they do not have a patent, the right investors, i.e. those willing to take on the risk of a brand new business, might in fact take more confidence from a well thought out IP strategy than a pending patent application with an unknown fate. That said, having a well written patent application on file, if appropriate, will certainly help.

        • UK: To Search Or Not To Search? [Ed: Hardly surprising that convicted corrupt 'law' firm, Marks & Clerk, is boosting the criminals who took over the EPO in order to harm scientists and boost the litigation fanaticism. Over the past few months I could maybe find one single article that can be called journalism on the subject of patents (it was from Nature); the gap left by dead newsroom has been filled with parasites who lie to the public. Nobody fact-checks!!]

          This week sees the EPO run a free online event “Patent Knowledge Week”, https://www.epo.org/news-events/events/conferences/patent-knowledge-week.html. The event is, primarily, to show attendees how to use the vast amount of meta-data published by the EPO and other patent offices.

          This event has run in one form or another for the last few years and has generally been focussed at patent information departments in attorney firms or large corporations. However, what makes this year’s event different is that there are streams geared towards non-IP professionals and specifically SMEs and Universities.

        • UK Government Publishes National Artificial Intelligence Strategy [Ed: Ridiculous nonsense or policy on buzzwords/hype; this particular nonsense come from a firm of vicious liars, Mayer Brown (they manufacture fake news for profit)]

          The UK government has published its National AI Strategy, which outlines the government’s plan for turning the UK into a global Artificial Intelligence (AI) powerhouse in the next ten years. This follows in the footsteps of earlier industrial and digital strategies published by the UK government which advocated for the adoption of AI. This announcement comes only a few months after the European Commission published its own comprehensive proposals for regulating AI technologies.

        • Regulating AI; A work in progress… [Ed: Ludicrous and most meaningless debates ever, resting on a bunch of hot buzzwords instead of actual substance]

          The European Commission was the first to address AI-related challenges and present a complete and concrete plan for the future, in its proposal for a draft Artificial Intelligence Regulation (the “EU AI Regulation”), published on April 21, 2021 (read here). The EU AI Regulation provides a detailed regulation, having as a main objective to govern the use of high-risk artificial intelligence systems and, at the same time, ensure that the safety and fundamental rights of EU citizens are protected in the AI era.

        • The Unified Patent Court has picked up speed again [Ed: Wouter Pors is back to lying; UPC picked up fake news, that is all. His firm is bullying Free software developers (it is worth noting)]

          On 23 June 2021 the German Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) rejected the application for a preliminary injunction against ratification of the UPC Agreement. The grounds for the rejection made it clear that in the view of the Court the case on the merits has no merit. Germany then completed its ratification process. The ratification act was published on 12 August 2021.

        • Are diagnostic methods patentable? [Ed: Patent law gone insane, but don't ask patent attorneys from AstraZeneca who get lots of money from it if this is OK or not OK]

          Whilst patenting a diagnostic method in the US remains challenging following the infamous decision in Mayo, other jurisdictions have, by contrast, recently confirmed their willingness to recognise the patentability of diagnostic inventions. Across the border in Canada, the Patent Appeal Board recently confirmed that a diagnostic method could be patented provided the method could be construed as including physical means for measuring, and so not related exclusively to mental activity (Re Antibodyshop A/S 2021 CACP 35). In Australia, the Federal Court recently confirmed that the test for the patent eligibility of a diagnostic method is whether the method has economic utility (Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc v Sequenom, Inc [2021] FCAFC 101).


          The patentability of diagnostic methods was recently confirmed in Australia, in the case of Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc v Sequenom, Inc [2021] FCAFC 101. The patent in question (AU 727919) related to a method of non-invasive prenatal blood testing (NIPT). Sequenom owns some of the broadest patents in the competitive field of NIPT, and has a patent pool agreement with Illumina. Illumina and Sequenom have joined forces in a global patent battle with other players in the field. In Ariosa v Sequenom, the patent claimed a method of detecting the presence of foetal DNA in a blood sample from a pregnant woman. Ariosa argued that the claimed methods related to the detection of a naturally occurring product (foetal DNA) and was thus not a patentable invention.

        • Quantum technologies on the rise in the space sector [Ed: This sort of EPO propaganda helps explain why EU authorities look the other way while EPO management commits many crimes; they implicate EU agencies as well]

          A new study published today reveals the growth of patent filings (2001-2020) for quantum technologies (QT) which are used in space technologies for earth observation, navigation and communication.

          Today’s space sector is an ever more service-driven domain, with a growing number of public and private actors across all continents pursuing scientific, military and commercial purposes, ranging from space exploration and human spaceflight to communication and navigation enabled by satellites.


          This report, prepared by the European Patent Office and the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), investigates the patent filing trends in quantum technologies directly linked to their application in space.

        • One of the three UPC treaties, the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities of the Unified Patent Court (PPI) is now in force despite Brexit issues [Ed: This is false, but Team UPC keeps pushing patently false headlines into the mix, hoping that faking it will make it come true.]

          As foreshadowed in our previous blog, the first of the three treaties, ‘Protocol on Privileges and Immunities of the Unified Patent Court’ (PPI) has now come into force on 27 October 2021. A Preparatory Committee meeting was held on the same day and confirmed this to be the case.

        • CardioNet’s Signal Transform Invention is Ineligible [Ed: More fake patents in USPTO and this time CardioNet is served a dud]

          CardioNet lost at the district court with a summary judgment of non-infringement. On appeal, the Federal Circuit has shifted its judgment–now finding the heart monitor claims ineligible under Section 101. U.S. Patent Number 7,941,207.

        • Honeywell announces commercialisation of chemical recycling technology for waste plastics [Ed: Yet another plug for EPO greenwashing PR stunt/ploy, looking to distract from EPO corruption]

          In a report released last month, the European Patent Office (EPO) found that advanced and chemical recycling generated almost double the number of patents than mechanical recycling, with the majority of this activity based in Europe and the USA – suggesting this is an expanding industry.

        • How will patents and policies help solve the plastic problem? [Ed: Patent litigation companies help the EPO distract from its corruption and crimes by greenwashing of patents while totally ignoring any form of sane analysis. PR first, laws and facts never.]

          Ahead of COP 26, the European Patent Office (EPO) have released a report looking into the global patenting trends in technologies related to plastics recycling and alternative plastics.

          The reality is that we need plastics in our everyday lives, but how do we overcome the problems surrounding plastic pollution? This is where innovation steps in, and Europe and the United States are leading the way in terms of patent family filings (IPFs) (see page 8 of the report).

          The report highlights two ways in which innovators are looking to solve the world’s plastic problem: recycling traditional plastic materials and developing alternative plastic materials.

        • Is A Covid-19 Patent Waiver The Right Solution? [Ed: The right solution should be to just abolish those patents and never grant them in the first place, for ethical reasons and public interest (also, the work was done at taxpayers' expense)]

          With the “Indian” variant now raising its ugly head in other parts of the world, the idea that nobody is safe until everybody is safe feels more relevant than ever. Nevertheless, President Biden’s support for an intellectual property waiver to allow low and middle income countries to make the vaccines themselves came as a surprise. Normally, the US takes a strong stance on intellectual property (IP) protection, but its trade representative, Katherine Tai, made it clear that these were extraordinary measures in extraordinary times. It was left to the CEO of Abbvie to put the classic intellectual property argument – who will make the vaccine next time if the incentives provided by the patent system are threatened in this way?

        • Can My Computer Own A Patent? [Ed: In 2021 patents became a laughing stock because of cases such as these, not to mention the patent cartel surrounding COVID-19]

          In recent years, interest has been growing in the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and the potential use of AI in different technologies for improving our lives. One example of high interest is the application of AI in self-driving cars. Other areas of technology such as medicine, where AI might be used in automated diagnosis of disease, are also of interest. However, recent advances in the AI field has led to a particular question – if AI development becomes advanced enough that some form of AI might itself develop a new invention, how would the patent system deal with this?

        • [Older] AI Inventor Recognised By South Africa And Australia [Ed: When patent quality is lowered too much you start wondering if they'll even grant patents to cats and dogs]

          We have previously reported (US, Europe, and UK) on the unsuccessful attempts by the University of Sussex and Dr Thaler to have his AI machine “DABUS” recognised as an inventor by patent offices around the world. Although those decisions are under appeal, the overwhelming approach of patent offices to this concept has, so far, been extremely negative.

        • My Invention, Your Invention, Our Invention? [Ed: You look for news about patents and instead you stumble upon these self-promotional marketing plugs of litigation companies, pretending to care for innovation]

          Imagine you have spent years building a successful business, backed up by a strong patent protecting your core activities. Out of the blue, an old acquaintance claims they made and own the invention your business is based on, are entitled to the patent you have paid for, and want a share of your profits. That might sound like a ridiculous demand, but the law might just be on their side.

        • Shaping the future of Italy’s Intellectual Property system [Ed: Shameless patent litigation giants are using COVID-19 to push their maximalist propaganda and instead of caring for patients they care for patents]
        • Arbutus Biopharma (ABUS) Stock Sharply Climbs 15.18% Today While It Wins The Patent Fight Against Moderna [Ed: This patent greed means that corporations are busy fighting one another instead of actually fighting the virus or making the best possible vaccine]
        • UK: Written Decision Referring Questions Concerning The Doctrine Of Plausibility To The Enlarged Board Of Appeal In G2/21 Now Available [Ed: As expected from mass litigation companies, no mention of the fact that this case was full of corruption and it made a laughing stock of the EPO. Convenient revisionism for those who profit from the abuse.]

          We reported in August 2021 that the EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) would be considering the doctrine of plausibility at the EPO. The written decision of Board of Appeal making the referral is now available (see here), and the referral has been assigned the number G2/21. The final questions referred to the EBA are as follows:

          “If for acknowledgement of inventive step the patent proprietor relies on a technical effect and has submitted evidence, such as experimental data, to prove such an effect, this evidence not having been public before the filing date of the patent in suit and having been filed after that date (post-published evidence):

        • [Older] UK: Open Source And Patents: Share Your Cake And Eat It Too [Ed: Litigation firm J A Kemp LLP is pushing software patents agenda, which it very well knows not to be compatible with Free software; they also use lies like “IP rights”.]

          The open-source movement has been around for decades and has provided freedom to users and programmers to use and develop existing software. Unlike industries involving physical products, the low barrier of entry to software development and distribution has meant that many users find themselves having the knowledge and resources to contribute to software development, but at times prevented from doing so due to existing intellectual property (IP) rights. This has led some to view IP rights, such as patents, as a hindrance to innovation.

        • [Older] High Court Finds That Defendants Had Not Infringed Telecoms Packet Switching Patent And That The Patent Was Not Essential [Ed: Patent trolls like Sisvel are already preying on the UK despite not being British]

          In this FRAND case, the claimants (Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Sisvel International SA) sought to persuade the defendants, Oneplus Technology (Shenzhen) Co Ltd and others, to take FRAND licences of a pool of patents (the Pool) administered by Sisvel, which were alleged to be essential to one or more telecoms standards.

        • [Older] Nokia and Daimler deal leaves questions open on tech patent licensing [Ed: Microsoft turned Nokia into patent parasite]

          Businesses are likely to have to wait longer than previously anticipated for guidance on whether implementers of standard-essential patents (SEPs) can force the patent holders to seek licensing agreements from their suppliers rather than with the implementers themselves, according to an expert in patent law.

        • Australia proposes ‘patent box’ to boost life sciences innovation [Ed: A notorious corporate tax evasion ploy disguised as “life sciences innovation”; they also misuse COVID-19 to make all this seem acceptable, even desirable]

          The Australian government is intending to introduce a ‘patent box’ regime with the objective of boosting life sciences innovation across the region and incentivising investment in the sector in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

        • Geothermal Energy – Patent Portfolio Management Feeling The Heat?

          It is a popular approach to file patents in a few key countries around the globe, normally this will include the US, Germany, China, South Korea and Japan. One of the ideas behind the approach is that it will sufficiently deter infringement as a right to exclusivity is held within key markets. It therefore reduces accessible manufacturing capabilities and profitability for anyone wanting to use the patented technology outside the protected markets. It is a sensible approach, as it keeps portfolio costs at bay while also protecting revenue.

        • EPO Statistics – Update [Ed: Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP occasionally demonstrates that the corrupt EPO significantly lowered patent quality and nowadays fakes growth by granting illegal patents, e.g. software patents]
        • A Needed Boost For Innovation In The UK? [Ed: This is nonsense that's promoted by a convicted corrupt 'law' firm, Marks & Clerk, which profits from stockpiling of patents and litigation: "One indicator of commercially focused innovation is the number of patent applications being filed"]

          It will be interesting to see whether and how this scheme will change the landscape of innovation in the UK. One indicator of commercially focused innovation is the number of patent applications being filed, and so we would expect to see a rise in the number of new patent applications being filed by the companies benefitting from this scheme.

        • UPC Preparatory Committee Suggests A Declaration Can Clear The Path To The UPC [Ed: Yet more lies and patently false statements being parroted by Team UPC (J A Kemp LLP in this case)]

          Commentators have been concerned that implementation of the Unitary Patent (UP), which is intended to be a single patent right having effect in the territory of participating EU members, overseen by the Unified Patent Court (UPC), could be delayed due to the UK’s withdrawal. This is because of the express mention of the UK and London in the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA), the Protocol for Provisional Application (PPA) and the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities (PPI), all of which need to come into force in order for the project to go ahead. The UK has indicated that it will not be participating in the UPC and UP, thereby potentially making it impossible for the UPC and UP to go ahead without rewriting and re-ratification of the UPCA, PPA and PPI, which would likely take years.

        • Federal Circuit Skeptical of Challenge to Patent Board Rule

          A Federal Circuit panel didn’t seem swayed by a patent owner’s argument on the effect of its decision to voluntarily relinquish the claims of a rollover prevention invention.

          Arsus LLC abandoned its U.S. Patent No. 10,259,494 after the Patent Trial and Appeal Board instituted review requested by Unified Patents LLC. The board construed the statutory disclaimer as a request for adverse judgment.

        • Guest Post: Patents in Islamic Law

          Companies and law firms with a transnational presence in Islamic countries should recognize that patents may present different considerations in countries with less secular legal systems. Islamic law has primacy in Islamic countries that comprise nearly one-fifth of the world’s population. Many of these countries are members of Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), which excludes from patentability certain inventions that offend morality in that society. As Islamic countries have begun to embrace patents in recent decades, theories of patents have presented conceptual and theological debates under classical Islamic law, including for construing patentable subject matter and assessing patent infringement.

          Patents in Islamic Law present religious considerations that are unique compared to U.S. patent law. First, there are tensions between intellectual property and Islamic law, which is silent on the permissibility of intangibles yet allows for their interpretation. Second, justifications for patents within Islamic law present ethical and morality considerations based on religious limitations that present public policy choices of patentable subject matter and the ordre public meaning of TRIPS Article 27.2 . Third, public interest should be a consideration not only in terms of a potential harm to plaintiff (who is seeking injunctive relief or preventing importation of an infringing article) in the patent infringement context, but also in terms of justification of patents in an Islamic legal system.

        • IPR’s Survive More Constitutional Challenges [Ed: Endless frustration from patent litigation firms, seeing that PTAB will continues taking down fake patents; they’ve tried for years…]

          In Mobility Workx, LLC v. Unified Patents, LLC, [2020-1441] (October 13, 2021), the Federal Circuit concluded that Mobility’s constitutional arguments were without merit. Without reaching the merits of the Board’s decision, in light of Arthrex, it remanded to the Acting Director to determine whether to grant rehearing.

          Mobility argued that the structure and funding of the Board violates due process. First, because “the fee-generating structure of AIA review[] creates a temptation” for the Board to institute AIA proceedings in order to collect post-institution fees (fees for the merits stage of the AIA proceedings) and fund the agency. Second, because individual APJs have an unconstitutional interest in instituting AIA proceedings because their own compensation in the form of performance bonuses is favorably affected.

          The Federal Circuit found no merit to these defenses.

        • It Works: The Value of “Effective” Claim Limitations [Ed: Patent litigation firms and their funded bloggers are trying to figure out new ways to sneak bunk patents past the examiners and courts]

          The Federal Circuit’s recent Strathclyde decision focuses on claim limitations that require the invention to be effective. One oddity of the decision is that the court (and the PTAB below) treat the limitation with full respect just like any other structural limitation.

          Researchers at Strathclyde conducted a set of experiments and found that certain blue light (~405 nm wavelength) was effective at inactivating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) even at low intensity and without first applying a photosensitizing agent. The resulting method claim focuses on this discovery and includes one simple step — inactivating MRSA bacteria by exposing it to blue (400-420 nm) light and without using a photosensitizer. U.S. Patent No. 9,839,706.

          It turns out that the prior art (Nitzan) discloses a series of experiments using the same blue light and testing its effectiveness at inactivating MRSA bacteria. The tests compared the response of untreated bacteria as compared with bacteria treated with a photosensitizing agent.


          On appeal, the Federal Circuit has reversed and reinstated the patent. The court noted the complete absence of any prior art indicating that blue light alone would kill MRSA without a chemical pre-treatment to sensitize the bacteria. Further, there was evidence that such an approach would fail. Still Strathclyde succeeded and, according to the Federal Circuit, deserve its patent.

        • Launch of the user area pilot phase

          This exciting new service, which has been developed in collaboration with our user focus groups, will be open to participants from patent attorney firms and industry for an initial period of six months. Participants will be able to access their EPO Mailbox, view their application portfolio and documents, perform tasks and file procedural requests in response to communications from the EPO.

        • Law firm escapes $1bn claim despite admitted negligence

          A leading firm of patent attorneys which admitted negligently failing to lodge an appeal against a decision to revoke a client’s patent need only pay nominal damages after a High Court ruling.

          The BASF Group, a major chemical products conglomerate, had claimed losses of more than $1bn resulting from the error by Carpmaels & Ransford.

          But Mr Justice Adam Johnson held that the firm did not have a retainer with the claimants most affected and in any case nothing would have happened differently had the error not been made.

          BASF instructed the firm to prosecute a patent (called Patent 458) for an emissions treatment system and method for use in the automotive industry.

          In July 2012, in proceedings in the European Patent Office, Carpmaels negligently failed to lodge an appeal from a decision to revoke Patent 458 for lack of inventive step.

        • Molnupiravir may become the first COVID-19 pill. What took so long?

          On October 1, the developers of the COVID-19 antiviral molnupiravir issued a press release announcing positive Phase 3 clinical trial results, with a 50% reduction in the risk of hospitalization or death. On November 4, the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency authorized molnupiravir for use in the UK. While the results have yet to be reviewed by a scientific journal, they have generated excitement not only because of the potential lives saved but also because molnupiravir can be taken orally in tablet form, greatly reducing the difficulty and cost of administration. (Monoclonal antibodies require intravenous administration, as do the less promising treatments remdesivir and plasma therapy.) While it remains to be seen whether molnupiravir is as effective a weapon as its namesake Mjölnir (Thor’s hammer), the news so far is promising. But why, in a global pandemic where vaccines could be pushed through in record-breaking time, were new treatments like molnupiravir so much slower to find? (It’s worth noting that molnupiravir isn’t the only drug in this situation; as this post was going to press on November 5, Pfizer announced that its experimental antiviral, Paxlovid, reduced COVID-19-related hospital admissions for high-risk adults by 89%.)

          In this post, we explore the role of innovation policy in molnupiravir’s development, the FDA’s role in balancing access to promising treatments with the need to generate evidence of their efficacy, questions about molnupiravir access, and the implications for antiviral innovation going forward, for COVID-19 and beyond.

        • Post-Filing Of Evidence To Support Patent Claims?

          he identification of new chemical or medical compounds, and the development of complex clinical schemes for treatment requires heavy investments and is very time-consuming.

          A central part in protecting these types of businesses involves filing of patent applications, and recurring questions relate to the timing of filing.

          Many applicants are eager to file their patent applications as early as possible to avoid scooping by competitors, minimise risk of having their own published prior art against them, or generate a legal foundation for their businesses in order to attract the substantial funding that is usually needed for e.g. the development of clinical trials.

        • Patent case: Judgment no. 505/2021 of the Supreme Court (Civil Chamber), dated 7 July 2021, Spain [Ed: Throwing patents out the window in the highest court in Spain]

          Judgments from the Spanish Supreme Court on patent cases are a rare occurrence. In a recent decision, the Court rules on insufficiency of disclosure, a revocation ground which – once somewhat of a sideshow – is nowadays a staple of Spanish revocation proceedings. The Supreme Court provides some guidance on trial and error and undue burden and, in the process, also rules on the complex divide between “extraordinary appeals for breach of procedural rules” and substantive appeals on the merits. Given the extreme complexity of getting Supreme Court appeals done right, Spanish patent lawyers might want to read this judgment carefully.

        • Chemistry Week 2021: How chemistry is driving sustainability through electric vehicle battery technology [Ed: Another new example of patent litigation giants inserting EPO PR plugs that leverage greenwashing to distract the public from the crimes of the EPO]

          According to a joint European Patent Office (EPO) and International Energy Agency (IEA) study, patenting activity of battery technologies grew at an average annual rate of 14% between 2005 and 2018. Currently, the most abundant type of battery is the one that helped kick-start fully electric vehicles: the lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery.

        • Hon. Judge Stark to be Appointed to the Federal Circuit [Ed: How patent extremists funded by patent litigation firms respond to this new appointment to CAFC, which has generally resisted patent maximalists in recent years]

          Delaware was already a popular venue for patent cases before the Supreme Court’s 2017 venue decision in TC Heartland. Since 2017, it has moved from popular to hot since so many companies are formally incorporated in the state. (State of incorporation => proper venue in patent cases). Delaware particularly been seen as a fair jurisdiction where both plaintiffs and defendants receive a full and fair hearing. Thus, it is a popular spot for operating companies to sue as plaintiffs, knowing that they may face affirmative counterclaims in the same lawsuit.

          The Federal Court in Delaware has four judges, all of whom now have a substantial patent litigation caseload. This includes the most senior, Hon. Leonard P. Stark who was appointed by President Obama back in 2010. At the time, Joe Biden was Vice President of the United States and I am confident that he had a hand in selecting Judge Stark for that position. Judge Stark was previously a magistrate judge and an assistant US attorney, all in Federal Court in Delaware.

        • UK: AI In Materials Science: Prospects And Pitfalls [Ed: You lose the argument the moment you use buzzwords like "Hey Hi" in the context of patents, usually to promote some maxiamlists' agenda which distorts the law or seeks to bypass it with gobbledegook]

          Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are already key technologies of the 21st century and have found applications in diverse fields, from search engines and social media algorithms, to self-driving cars and medical diagnostic tools. AI also has the potential to revolutionise the development of new materials, which until now has been an empirical and relatively slow process. In this article, we take a look at the prospects for developments in this field, as well some of the pitfalls which will have to be overcome when it comes to patenting AI inventions in Europe.

        • Federal Circuit ‘in good hands’ with Len Stark, says O’Malley [Ed: Since the media has basically died, especially anyone who properly covers patents, all we can see are operatives of patent trolls responding to this CAFC appointment]

          Len Stark, who stepped down as chief judge of the District Court for the District of Delaware in July after seven years, has been tapped for the appeals court

        • Leahy, Tillis blast “unseemly” patent litigation forum-shopping in letter to Chief Justice Roberts

          In a letter sent yesterday to Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts, senators Leahy and Tillis have asked for the US Judicial Conference to re-examine rules on venue and assignment of judges in patent cases

        • Leahy, Tillis launch WDTX attack; $650mn CRISPR IP deal; Merck UN covid licence agreement; Samsung hit by Russia injunction; InterDigital strikes gold; plus much more [Ed: No, IAM, WDTX itself is the attacker, it is not under attack. IAM is funded by patent trolls and fanatics, so it is sidling with crooks.]
        • Letter to the Chief Justice about Judge Albright. [Ed: Belated action against crooked judges who turn courts they preside over into something like for-profit corporations, looking to invite trolls by not obeying the law]

          Rather, in a bipartisan letter Senators Tillis and Leahy have asked Chief Justice Roberts to provide a report on the “extreme” and “problematic” situation in the Western District of Texas where pro-patentee Judge Albright is hosting about 25% of all pending district court patent litigation.

        • Meet Gil Hyatt, the inventor who’s spent $7m fighting the USPTO [Ed: Rani Mehta grooming a charlatan and fraud who only patent extremists respect]

          Gilbert Hyatt, who has spent more than $7 million on USPTO fees but has not received a patent since the 1990s, discusses the ups and downs of his fight

        • Apple to pay UK court’s FRAND rate, escapes sales ban [Ed: These price-fixing patent cartels that include illegal patents harm everyone who buys a device; parasitic elements amass capital by gaming the patent system and then weaponsing the system at the state level]

          Apple was faced with a UK-wide FRAND injunction unless it agreed to pay the still-unknown global FRAND rate

        • At IAM Auto IP conference, calls for patent licensing meet exhortations to hold out: more automotive SEP litigation may just be inevitable [Ed: IAM has no conferences; this is just a think tank for its handlers, including corrupt EPO management and patent trolls. Great example of stacked panels for lobbying.]

          The automotive industry is facing a learning curve with respect to standard-essential patent (SEP) licensing. Given what I heard at yesterday’s IAM Auto IP Europe conference in Munich, I see partial progress–such as Avanci’s announcement of 4G patent license agreements with three more automotive brands–while some automotive industry players appear to be learning too slowly for their own good. As a result, we’re going to see more litigation, such as the cases recently brought by Intellectual Ventures (not an Avanci licensor) over a mix of three SEPs and even more non-SEPs.

          In my previous post I reported on a Qualcomm executive’s perspective on the illegality of licensing negotiation groups. In this post I’ll discuss some of the other things that were said.

        • Huawei and regular advisors succeed in revoking SolarEdge patent [Ed: Corrupt EPO management wasted and misused its budget greenwashing loads of patents that turn out to be fake patents]

          It is a major win for Huawei’s defence against SolarEdge’s lawsuits over solar technology. In 2018, the Israeli solar technology manufacturer filed suit against competitor Huawei and its German sales company Wattkraft in Mannheim for infringing three patents. Now the European Patent Office has upheld the patent’s revocation.

          In mid-October, the Boards of Appeal at the European Patent Office rejected SolarEdge’s appeal against the revocation of the patent in suit EP 29 30 839 B1 (case ID: TO678/20-3.5.02). The patent, which protected a multi-level inverter, is now obsolete. Furthermore, SolarEdge is likely to withdraw the lawsuit in Mannheim in the next few days before the Israeli company faces a costly dismissal of the infringement suit.

          The market for solar technology is considered highly competitive. In 2019, Hanwha Q-Cells brought cases over solar technology against Jinko, REC and Longi before Düsseldorf Regional Court. Hanwha Q-Cells and Longi are also battling in France and the Netherlands over the technology.

        • Ireland Short on Time to Avail of Unified Patent Court Opportunities [Ed: The strategy of Team UPC is faking things, then hoping to pull off something illegal and let courts take years to rule that unlawful]
        • Ireland Short On Time To Avail Of Unified Patent Court Opportunities [Ed: Ireland is not in the UK and Dublin is not London, but Team UPC is trying to break the law for financial gain]

          The commencement of a new unified patent system in 2022 is set to revolutionise the EU’s patent protection regime. While EU regulations establishing the Unitary Patent system entered into force in 2013, they will only apply when the Unified Patent Court (“UPC”) Agreement has been ratified by 13 member states (including mandatory ratification by France, Germany and Italy as the Member States in which the highest number of European patents had effect in 2012).

        • FOSS Patents: In Nokia v. OPPO jurisdictional decision, UK court affords limited deference to Chinese determination of global patent portfolio licensing terms

          In a decision that came down yesterday, Judge Hacon of the England and Wales High Court (EWHC) denied OPPO’s request to stay the UK proceedings regarding Nokia’s assertions of a couple of standard-essential patents pending the resolution of a Chinese case in which OPPO is seeking a global portfolio license from Nokia. After Nokia brought its infringement cases against OPPO in multiple jurisdictions, OPPO raised various FRAND issues with the No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court of Chongqing Municipality of the People’s Republic of China, with the ultimate objective of obtaining a global portfolio license on terms to be set by the Chongqing court.

          At first sight, the outcome is simply consistent with the UK Supreme Court’s jurisdictional decisions in Unwired Planet v. Huawei/Conversant v. ZTE: the UK judiciary has no qualms about setting global portfolio rates and forcing implementers, under the threat of allowing the enforcement of patent injunctions, to take worldwide licenses on terms set in the UK.

        • FOSS Patents: Avanci patent pool signs up Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin: 4G SEP licenses without prior litigation [Ed: Florian Müller on Avanci the patent troll]

          Just an ultrashort post while I’m attending the IAM Auto IP Conference: Avanci Senior VP Laurie Fitzgerald mentioned new standard-essential patent license agreements in her panel presentation with Jaguar, Land Rover, and Aston Martin. She said those agreements had been concluded last week. I haven’t been able to find any media coverage of those deals yet, so I thought I should share the information in time for today’s email notifications, which most of my subscribers will receive in a couple of hours.

        • EPO referral G2/21: Can post-filed evidence be used to demonstrate the existence of a technical effect for patentability? [Ed: This is the same rigged tribunal that is stacked by EPO management to deliver the “required” outcome]

          In recent European Patent Office (EPO) Decision T 116/18, the Board of Appeal has referred important questions to the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) regarding the issue of to what extent an invention must be plausible from the application as filed. A decision on this issue by the EBA would have important ramifications for how much experimental data is required to be included in a patent application, especially in the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors.

        • Day in the life of a Canadian patent examiner [Ed: Pure fluff or ad; this is how publishers die]

          Christopher Fitz-Hardy, patent examiner at CIPO, talks about how he starts his mornings and the joys of playing hockey with his colleagues

        • EU Unified Patent Court a Step Closer [Ed: This is false, or fake news, but patent litigation firms do not care what’s legal and what’s true]

          Germany’s recent ratification of the Protocol on Provisional Application of the Unified Patent Court Agreement (Protocol) brings the establishment of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) another important step closer.


          Italy qualifies as the third biggest EU Member State for UPC purposes following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. It is expected that Italy will therefore replace the UK by hosting one of the sections of the central division of the UPC, with the others being in Germany and France. Initially the allocation of disputes to the three sections of the central division was according to the top level codes of the International Patent Classification. Paris was allocated (B) performing operations and transporting, (D) textiles and paper, (E) fixed constructions, (G) physics and (H) electricity, Munich was allocated (F) mechanical engineering, lighting, heating, weapons, blasting and the London was allocated (A) human necessities and (C) chemistry and metallurgy. It is not yet clear whether Italy will take over the UK’s allocation or whether the allocation of subject matter will be redistributed.

        • Enlarged Board of Appeals of the European Patent Office strengthens the parties’ rights during oral proceedings [Ed: Again, no mention of the overt corruption associated with this 'case']

          On October 28, 2021, the Enlarged Board of Appeals released the full text of the Decision G1/21 that concerns the admissibility of oral proceedings via video conference against the expressed will of the parties.

          The European Patent Office has, starting with the travel restrictions after the outbreak of the corona virus in Europe, initiated a pilot program to hold oral proceedings in examination and opposition proceedings as video conference. Moreover, the rules of procedure of the Board of Appeals were amended and allow to hold oral proceedings in Appeal proceedings via video conference at the discretion of the deciding Board of Appeal. Thus, the rights of the parties of the proceedings were restricted. Shortly after the implementation of the new rules, the legality of the new rules was questioned by a referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeals, the highest instance at the European Patent Office.

        • Compatible, not optimal: G 1/21 and future EPO video conferencing [Ed: JUVE became a propaganda mouthpiece of corrupt EPO management somewhere along the way, painting kangaroo courts as legitimate]

          The EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal has published its final reasoning regarding the outcome of the G 1/21 referral. In March 2021, in case T1807/15 electronics firm Rohde & Schwarz referred the question “[can] oral proceedings under Article 116 EPC be replaced by a video conference without the parties’ consent?” to the Enlarged Board of Appeal.

          The EPO had begun the practice in 2020, in order to avoid a backlog of cases during the coronavirus pandemic. Now the EBA has followed up a preliminary decision released in July 2021 with, theoretically, its final answer.

        • Software Patents

          • IPO Webinar on Post-Grant Attacks [Ed: IBM front group IPO is misleading. The attacks are the patent aggressors, not those looking to bring #patents to a saner number.]

            The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will offer a one-hour webinar entitled “Post-Grant Attacks on Patents: Understanding the Benefits and Perils of All Options”

          • IPO Webinar on AIA Post-Grant Attacks [Ed: It is that astounding reversal of narratives wherein this IBM front group portrays the attacked as the attacker and the aggressor as merely "surviving"]

            The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will offer a one-hour webinar entitled “Strengthening Your Patent Portfolio to Resist AIA Post-Grant Attacks” on November 2, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (ET). Ashita Doshi of Thermo Fisher Scientific, Nichole Valeyko of Merck & Co., Ben Searle of HP Inc., and Todd Walters of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC will discuss strategies and practical tips for obtaining patent portfolios that survive post-grant attacks, including a discussion of the following topics: PTAB statistics, application drafting, claim drafting strategies, prosecution strategies, obtaining a robust portfolio, and knowing when and where to assert your patents.

          • A Tale Of Two Jurisdictions: Sufficiency Of Disclosure For Artificial Intelligence (AI) Patents In The U.S. And The EPO [Ed: There’s no such thing as “Hey Hi” patents; it’s just a new dressing for illegal and bunk software patents, but litigation companies play along with buzzwords and hacks; We’re in a terrible state of affairs when in order to become a paid (“professional”) journalist one must lie for the rich and powerful media owners, advancing their agenda as the business model instead of actually informing the wider public]

            In order to prepare applications for filing in multiple jurisdictions, practitioners should be cognizant of claiming styles in the various jurisdictions that they expect to file AI-related patent applications in, and draft claims accordingly. For example, different jurisdictions, such as the U.S. and EPO, have different legal tests that can result in different styles for claiming artificial intelligence(AI)-related inventions.

          • UK: Facebook Ireland Limited v Voxer IP LLP [Ed: Example of fake patents like software patents being granted by the awful EPO, which violates the EPC every day for the sake of profit]

            The UK Supreme Court introduced a doctrine of equivalents into UK patent law in the summer of 2017 (see http://eplaw.org/uk-actavis-v-eli-lilly-supreme-court/). In this short judgment arising from a Pre-Trial Review (PTR), Lord Justice Birss provided guidance on how, and at what stage of proceedings, a party should plead a case based on the doctrine of equivalents.

            The patent in issue was EP (UK) 2 393 259 entitled “Telecommunication and Multimedia Management Method and Apparatus”, which Voxer alleged was infringed by the Facebook Live and Instagram Live functionality offered by Facebook.

          • Second InterDigital EPO Patent Challenged [Ed: EPO grants illegal software patents and Unified Patents needs to clean up a little of the whole mess]

            On October 26, 2021, Unified filed an opposition proceeding against another patent owned by InterDigital, EP 1872588 B1. The EP ’588 patent is part of a family purportedly essential to HEVC and part of the Access Advance patent pool. This filing is a part of Unified’s ongoing efforts in its SEP Video Codec Zone.

          • In-house seek clarity on AI and obviousness after DABUS events [Ed: Patent parasite IBM shows up again, as usual in service of patent maximalism (which is what this site is for), equipped with buzzwords and provocation/PR stunt]

            Counsel at Western Digital, Siemens, Bitmovin and IBM weigh in on whether AI-generated inventions would and should change the standard for obviousness under Section 103

      • Trademarks

        • It’s a hard rock life for UNIVERS as the EU General Court upholds a finding of bad faith

          Bad faith is the ground du jour in the EU due to the SkyKick saga, which recently held that Sky did not act in bad faith when filing broadly. But what happens when the proprietor of a Chinese registration is ‘beaten to the punch’ in the EU? Is it bad faith? A recent decision of the General Court (GC) answered “yes”. The GC affirmed a decision of the Board of Appeal (BoA), holding that a registration for AGATE was invalid, having been made in bad faith [BoA decision here, GC decision here, case no T-592/20].


          The EUIPO’s Cancellation Division upheld the request on the grounds of bad faith (here). It did not examine the second ground for invalidity. The Division found that UNIVERS had filed the application to exploit the lack of formal protection of Shandong’s mark in Bulgaria, and to take over Shandong’s clients and the market share created by Shandong’s distributor, Omnifak Ltd.

          UNIVERS filed an appeal, which was dismissed by the BoA (here). The BoA held that the two marks were identical and the goods at least highly similar. In light of the evidence filed and the chronology, it thought it practically impossible that (1) UNIVERS had no knowledge of Shandong/Omnifak’s use of the AGATE Logo in Bulgaria, and (2) that it intended to honestly use the contested mark, not to block Shandong from the Bulgarian market. UNIVERS then appealed to the GC.

        • No likelihood of confusion between LEGALROOM and LEGALZOOM [Ed: Very different words with very different meanings]

          In a recent judgment, the Patent and Market Court of Appeal emphasised the conceptual differences between the trademarks LEGALROOM and LEGALZOOM. The Court considered the relevant Swedish public to have good knowledge of English and therefore to be capable of grasping the different meanings of “room” and “zoom”. The Court concluded that the visual and phonetic similarities between the trademarks did not outweigh their conceptual differences.

        • When a commonly used trade name is at issue, it matters whether it is an oyster or a lobster

          Holding Pte Ltd and Lukes Seafood LLC, are the respective franchisee and franchisor of a casual takeaway restaurant chain specialising in lobster rolls known as “Luke’s Lobster”. Both TMRG Pte Ltd and Lukes Seafood LLC are the registered owners of the trade mark pertaining to their respective restaurants (the “Luke’s Oyster Bar mark” and “Luke’s Lobster mark” respectively) in Class 43. The plaintiffs also use an unregistered mark containing the Luke’s Oyster Bar logo (the “Unregistered Mark”). The defendants also registered the Luke’s Lobster mark overseas.


          Sixth, the reliance by the plaintiffs on out-of-court statements from interviewees as evidence of actual confusion in the Survey was improper and breached the rule against hearsay evidence.

          This case provides a useful roadmap for businesses planning to operate restaurants with commonly-used names. Care should be taken to ensure that the marks used by these restaurants are both visually and conceptually different from existing establishments. When conducting a survey to ascertain the likelihood of confusion, businesses would also do well to ensure that the questions asked are fair and not tend to elicit a certain response from interviewees.

        • CJEU confirms that partial designs may be protected as unregistered designs (but conditions apply) [Ed: Trademark and patent maxiamlists don't typically get their way in higher courts that are harder to corrupt]

          In the national proceedings, the Italian car manufacturer Ferrari sued Mansory Design, a car modification company, for infringement of UCD rights in several parts of the Ferrari FXX K [see also an earlier post by The IPKat for a more detailed overview of the national case].

          Ferrari FXX K was first made available to the public through the publication of a press release, which included several images of the new racing car. Mansory Design, a German car modification company, sells tuning kits (ie, a front bumper lip spoiler), which allow one to modify earlier Ferrari models to make it look like the FXX K. Ferrari alleged that the publication of images of the Ferrari FXX K as a whole gave rise to individual protection a separate UCD for various parts of the car (such as the front bumper lip spoiler, which Mansory Design sold).


          The first and second instance courts sided with Mansory Design, ruling that Ferrari had arbitrarily chosen parts of the Ferrari FXX K for UCD protection, when such rights were “non-existent”, this because the claimed parts lacked “certain autonomy” and “certain consistency of form” to be a valid UCD. In the view of the German courts, the publication of a product only amounted to UCD protection for the product as a whole. Ferrari appealed to the Bundesgerichtshof, which stayed the proceedings and asked the CJEU:

          (1) whether UCD protection for individual parts of a product arise as a result of disclosure of an overall image of a product; and

          (2) if so, whether additional legal criteria are to be considered when assessing the individual character of a component part of a complex product (as characterized by the referring court in terms of “certain autonomy” and “certain consistency of form”).

          In August, Advocate General (AG) Øe advised the Court to answer that partial designs may indeed be protected under UCD rights. For such protection to arise, the appearance of the part of the product must be ‘clearly identifiable’, and, if made available through a photograph, such part shall be ‘clearly visible’. The AG also opined that no additional criteria shall be applicable (ie ‘autonomy’ or ‘consistency’, as advanced in the second question from the Bundesgerichtshof).

        • Australia and NZ: ‘Reasonable Efforts’ to Join the Hague Agreement on Industrial Designs Mean Nothing

          Recently, both Australia and New Zealand have reached ‘agreement in principle’ on proposed free trade agreements (FTAs) with the UK. Details of the Australia-UK agreement in principle can be found on the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) website, while the NZ-UK agreement in principle is available from the NZ Foreign Affairs and Trade website. Each document states that Australia/NZ will make all reasonable efforts to join the UK as members of the Hague Agreement, which provides an international registration system for industrial designs. An article which appeared on the Lexology site last month stated that these developments imply that ‘Australia has (finally!) agreed to join the Hague Agreement on Industrial Designs’.

          This is not true. I do not see Australia joining the Hague Agreement in the foreseeable future, Australia-UK FTA notwithstanding. I am less familiar with the political position in New Zealand, but suspect that the situation is not much different in the Land of the Long White Cloud.

        • How Well Do You Know Gucci’s Gs? [Ed: Convicted corrupt 'law' firm Marks & Clerk protecting brands of oligarchs, by means of monopoly expansions. This is how they make money.]

          Distinctiveness of well-known brands: It can sometimes seem contradictory that brands with an enhanced distinctive character are afforded broader protection.

          Aren’t consumers less likely to be confused when faced with copycats of a luxury brand?

      • Copyrights

        • Italy has transposed the DSM Directive

          During the summer, The IPKat discussed the content of some of the most ‘interesting’ draft provisions that Italy was considering adopting to implement the Directive into its own law. The final text of the Italian Legislative Decree does not substantially depart from that draft legislation.

          Let’s take a closer look at of some of the provisions – online content sharing service providers (OCSSPs), text and data mining (TDM), press publishers’ right – eventually adopted and see what mark the new Italian provisions may deserve from the perspective of compliance with their EU counterparts – respectively: Articles 17, 3-4, and 15 of the Directive.


          Insofar as the transposition of Article 15 of the Directive is concerned, the Italian solution has been the subject of heated discussions in the country.

          The draft Italian provision was drafted in such a way that an obligation would subsist – on the side of both information society service providers (ISSPs) and press publishers – to negotiate a licensing agreement. The draft text also referred to a ‘fair compensation’ (equo compenso) to which press publishers would be entitled and the possibility for AGCOM to determine the amount of such fair compensation in the event that no agreement was reached between the parties.

          Following the unveiling of the draft transposition text, last September, even the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) issued a highly critical opinion, holding that a system in which public authorities like AGCOM are involved would be not just contrary to EU law but also such as to represent an undue restriction of private parties’ contractual freedom.

          Well, the final text of the Italian press publishers’ right (Article 43-bis) does provide that AGCOM shall not just issue a regulation containing the criteria to determine the fair compensation due to press publishers, but – lacking an agreement between the parties and standing the right to start judicial proceedings – shall be also competent to determine the fair compensation due in specific cases.

Links 7/11/2021: qBittorrent 4.3.9, Chimera Linux, and Much More

Posted in News Roundup at 7:04 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • System76 Reportedly Developing Their Own Rust-Written Desktop, Not Based On GNOME

        System76′s Pop!_OS Linux distribution already has their own “COSMIC” desktop that is based on GNOME, but moving ahead they are working on their own Rust-written desktop that is not based on GNOME or any existing desktop environment.

        Stemming from a Reddit discussion over the possibility of seeing a KDE flavor of Pop!_OS, it was brought up by one of their own engineers they are working on their “own desktop”.

    • Server

      • Google Unveils Knative 1.0 Serverless Computing Platform

        Google has stable release of the platform announced a Knative 1.0 , designed to create a infrastructure serverless computing deployed on top of a container isolation system based on the Kubernetes platform. In addition to Google, companies such as IBM, Red Hat, SAP and VMware are also involved in the development of Knative. The release of Knative 1.0 marked the stabilization of the API for application development, which from now on will not change and will remain backward compatible. The project code is written in the Go language and is distributed under the Apache 2.0 license.

        The Knative platform launches prepared containers as needed (the application is not tied to any specific container), organizes management and provides scaling of environments required to perform functions and applications. The platform can be deployed at its own facilities without being tied to external cloud services. Only Kubernetes is required to run. Tools are provided to support a variety of common frameworks, including Django, Ruby on Rails, and Spring. The can be used to control the operation of the platform command line interface .

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.15.1
      • Linux 5.14.17
      • Linux 5.10.78
      • Linux 5.4.158
      • Linux 4.19.216
      • Intel’s Habana Labs Continues Improving Their AI Accelerator Driver Stack With Linux 5.16

        The “char/misc” changes have landed in Linux 5.16 as the catch-all area for code not fitting more appropriately within another subsystem or being a portion of the kernel that’s too small for submitting pull requests directly to Linus Torvalds. For Linux 5.16, the IIO code has moved from being part of the staging area also maintained by Greg Kroah-Hartman to now being under the char/misc umbrella. Additionally, another big item is the Intel Habana Labs driver updates.

        The Habana Labs kernel driver for supporting their Goya and Gaudi AI hardware continues to be part of the char/misc area with not yet having a formal “accelerator” subsystem short of the GPU/DRM area for the growing number of AI inference/training accelerators coming to market.

    • Applications

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Anatomy of a Terminal Emulator

        The terminal is a ubiquitous platform that has been fairly stable for many years. There are plenty of resources out there for understanding its inner workings, but most of them are either fairly arcane or offer deep knowledge about a very specific area. This post aims to bridge this gap by offering a gentle and broad introduction to the terminal emulator as a platform for development.

        We’ll talk about the different parts of the terminal and how they interact, build a small program to read input from the shell and understand how it’s interpreted, discuss how to create a user interface in the terminal and finally see how we can use all of this to cause some mischief.

        I’ve used Rust for code examples, but tried to make them as simple and short as possible so that they’ll also be comprehensible to non-Rust programmers. I also provided explanations of the relevant parts of the code. We refer to the workings of terminal emulators in a unix or unix-like system (eg. Linux and macOS). Some parts might also be relevant to other operating systems.

        While this is aimed at those new to developing terminal applications, I tried to go into enough depth in certain areas to keep things interesting for old terminal hounds as well. If you found a mistake in this post, or feel something has been over-simplified or hand-waved away, feel free to hit me up on Twitter.

      • How to install KDE Connect on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

        KDE Connect is an open-source platform to integrate some feature of your phone directly into your PC. In simple words, it is a Linux application that is also available for Windows and macOS (not officially) to connect smartphones with PC or laptops. Currently, it is available for Android only, well iOS version does not officially exist.

        Well, KDE Connect is implemented with a server service that runs on the desktop device and a client application on the mobile device, which interact with each other via a secure network protocol. So, that the user can easily transfer data using a local network.

      • How Do I Use Elasticsearch in Python?

        Elasticsearch is a free and open-source, highly available search and analytics engine built on the Apache Lucene project. Elasticsearch stores its data in JSON format, making it very easy to use.

        It provides a simple and powerful REST API for performing a collection of tasks from creating documents, monitoring cluster health, and more.

        Python is one of the most popular programming languages, and it tends to complement Elasticsearch very well.

        In this guide, we will look at how to go about using the Elasticsearch Python client to interact with the Elasticsearch cluster.

      • How Do I Set Up Elasticsearch Curator?

        Elasticsearch curator, or simply curator, is a tool that allows you to manage your Elasticsearch cluster easily. Written in Python, the curator comes in handy when you need to manage your ELK indices and snapshots.

        This guide will show you how to set up and configure the Elasticsearch curator for your ELK cluster.

      • How to Install and Use OpenSnitch Firewall in Linux?

        This article will cover a guide on installing and using OpenSnitch Firewall in Linux. OpenSnitch is a free and open source port of a proprietary firewall solution called LittleSnitch and implements most of its functionality. It can apply firewall rules system wide and can be used to block hosts as well as individual applications.

      • How to Create Table in SQLite Using “if not exists” Statement?

        SQLite is a serverless RDBMS, which is used to manage data in the database in the form of tables. These tables are created in the database to store data in columns and rows, for this purpose, tables can either be created using the “CREATE TABLE” or the “CREATE TABLE if not exists” statement in SQLite.The “CREATE TABLE if not exists” statement is very useful in creating a table because it will not create the table if the table of the same name already exists in the database. In this writeup, we will explain how the “CREATE TABLE if not exists” works, and what happens if we try to create a table without using the “CREATE TABLE if not exists”.

      • How to Create Table in SQLite?

        The “CREATE TABLE if not exists” statement is very useful in creating a table because it will not create the table if the table of the same name already exists in the database. This article explains how to create a table using the “if not exists” clause in SQLite. A general syntax on how to create a table using “if not exists” and an example is also provided in this tutorial.

      • How Do I Concatenate in SQLite?

        SQLite is used to manage the data of a database, in which the website’s or application’s data is stored in the form of tables. Like MySQL, SQLite also supports a lot of built-in functions like max(), min(), but many functions that are supported by MySQL, not supported by SQLite.

        SQLite is a database management system, which is available free of cost, and also its architecture is much simpler as compared to other database management systems. The main feature of SQLite, it is serverless, which means it uses the server of a machine or Operating System on which it is being operated, instead of using its own server.

        This write-up is focussing on how to concatenate strings in SQLite. Does concatenate function work in SQLite? Let’s find out.

      • Aggregate Functions in SQLite

        There are many database management systems that are being used to manage the data of a website or an application like MySQL and SQLite. SQLite, like other RDMS, contains many built-in functions which make managing databases easier, like aggregate functions. In this article, we will learn about the aggregate functions in SQLite by implementing those functions in some examples.

      • How to use Ubuntu Livepatch

        The Ubuntu Livepatch service takes care of keeping your Ubuntu systems up to date with essential kernel updates, saving you time and effort. It is a tool that enables companies to patch Ubuntu Linux kernel vulnerabilities immediately. The live patch utility lets you directly patch the running kernel, eliminating the need to reboot your system. This feature was first added in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, generally designed for servers expected to operate continuously without rebooting for months and years. This article will explain in detail how you can apply the live patch on Ubuntu OS.

      • How to Install and Use EasyOCR in Linux

        This article will cover a guide on installing and using the EasyOCR command line tool and Python module. Available as a free and open source application, It can be used to identify and extract text from images. It uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology and a variety of different algorithms and language models to detect the text.

      • How to Install and Configure KVM on Debian 11 Bullseye Linux

        “KVM”, the abbreviation for “Kernel Virtual Machine” is the hypervisor of the Linux kernel. It is quite popular and used in enterprises for easily performing the virtualization of operating systems. Here in this tutorial, we learn the steps and commands to install and enable KVM Hypervisor on Debian 10 or 11 Bullseye Server or Desktop Linux.

        Since 2007, KVM is an official kernel component, however, as compared to Xen, the other open-source hypervisor, the history of KVM is less changeful and has only been steeply upward from the start. KVM is also the preferred hypervisor in OpenStack and is therefore widely used in the cloud.

      • Installing Virtualbox App on Debian 11 Bullseye – Linux Shout

        Oracle VirtualBox is a hypervisor for x86 virtualization application that allows users to create and manage Virtualization on Windows, Linux, macOS, and FreeBSD. It is an open-source project and here we learn the commands to install the VirtualBox software platform on Debian 11 Bullseye Linux.

        Virtualization is a software technique that simulates hardware. In this way it is possible, for example, to operate several virtual computers under Windows, on which other operating systems can then be installed. Virtualization uses a shift model, because at the end of the day, of course, the actual installed hardware is also used in a virtual computer, but the trick is that the virtual guests can be used like programs on a normal system. So it is possible to operate several Linux systems in parallel with VirtualBox under Windows. The other way around, you can also set up a virtual Windows with VirtualBox on a Linux system.

      • Configure BIND DNS Server using Webmin on Debian 11 – kifarunix.com

        Welcome to out tutorial on how to configure Bind DNS server using Webmin on Debian 11. Webmin is a web-based control panel that allows system administrators to administer system administration tasks from web user interface.

        You can follow the link below to install Webmin on Debian 11.

      • NextCloud: Enable video previews – Anto ./ Online

        This guide will show you how to enable video previews on NextCloud hosted on Debian/Ubuntu. You can apply the same steps if running the Docker version of NextCloud or different distribution.

      • Getting Started with Docker: Run Docker without sudo – LinuxLinks

        Docker is a set of platform as a service (PaaS) products that use OS-level virtualization to deliver software in packages called containers.

        A container is software that packages up code and all its dependencies so the application runs quickly and reliably from one computing environment to another. A Docker container image is a lightweight, standalone, secure, executable package of software that includes everything needed to run an application: code, runtime, system tools, system libraries, and settings.

      • Building the Linux Kernel in a GitLab Runner | Adam Young’s Web Log

        Git Lab provides a mechanism to run workloads triggered by a git commit. We try to let the automation do as much work as possible before interrupting a human code reviewer. We want to know if the code is right in as objective a manner as possible before we take the expensive context switch to perform a code review.

        We can think of the set of tasks in a three step process. The first step is fast up front checks. The second is long programmatic correctness checks. The final is regression tests. There is a natural ordering between these, and they also progress in an increasing order of time and resource commitments.

        The Linux Kernel is a C program, and the long, programmatic correctness check is the compile and link processes. It is worthwhile to think in terms of the third level tests, though, and package up the result of the compilation for later install on a wide array of systems based on a binary packaging format, either RPM or .DEB. We’re testing on Fedora, so we need an rpm.

      • How to rsync files between two remotes?

        scp -3 can copy files between two remote hosts through localhost. This comes in handy when the two servers cannot communicate directly or if they are unable to authenticate one to the other.1 Unfortunately, rsync does not support such a feature. Here is a trick to emulate the behavior of scp -3 with SSH tunnels.

        When syncing with a remote host, rsync invokes ssh to spawn a remote rsync –server process. It interacts with it through its standard input and output. The idea is to recreate the same setup using SSH tunnels and socat, a versatile tool to establish bidirectional data transfers.

        The first step is to connect to the source server and ask rsync the command-line to spawn the remote rsync –server process. The -e flag overrides the command to use to get a remote shell: instead of ssh, we use echo.

      • OpenFaaS: Getting started tutorial on Kubernetes – Anto ./ Online

        OpenFaaS ( Function as a Service) is a popular serverless framework. It provides an easy way to create portable functions, microservices, and APIs using Kubernetes and Docker. This tutorial guide will serve as your OpenFaaS introduction to get you up and running quickly.

      • How to create snapshots in openSUSE with YaST2 – TechRepublic

        OpenSUSE is yet another outstanding Linux distribution that has plenty to offer. Many believe openSUSE is one of the best flavors of Linux for business desktop use cases. One of the many reasons for that is the built-in snapshot tool made possible by a combination of the btrfs file system and the YaST2 snapper plugin.

      • Linux 101: What tech pros need to know
      • How to Install and configure Jenkins on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8 – Unixcop the Unix / Linux the admins deams

        Jenkins is an open source automation server. It helps automate the parts of software development related to building, testing, and deploying, facilitating continuous integration and continuous delivery.

        Jenkins is based on Java and helps with every part of the software development process.

        Jenkins is a server-based system that runs in servlet containers such as Apache Tomcat. It supports version control tools, including AccuRev, CVS, Subversion, Git, Mercurial, Perforce, ClearCase and RTC, and can execute Apache Ant, Apache Maven and sbt based projects as well as arbitrary shell scripts and Windows batch commands.

      • How To Upgrade Ubuntu To 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish

        Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish is due to release on April 21, 2022. However, users of Ubuntu 21.10 are able to upgrade to the latest release right now.

        In this tutorial, we will cover the step by step instructions to upgrade your Ubuntu system to version 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish, which is the latest long term support release.

    • Wine or Emulation

      • Wine 6.21 and Wine staging 6.21 Released

        An experimental branch of the open implementation of WinAPI – Wine 6.21 has been released . Since the release of version 6.20, 26 bug reports have been closed and 415 changes have been made.


        The new release provides synchronization with the Wine 6.21 codebase. 5 patches related to the implementation of the uiautomationcore DLL, handling mouse movement in winex11.drv, adding critsection.c to ntdll and a test suite for ntdll have been transferred to the main Wine composition. Updated patches user32-rawinput-mouse . A patch has been added that attaches the “.exe” string to the mask in case of an unsuccessful search in the registry.

    • Games

      • Open source game development levels up with Godot Engine 3.4 out now

        Probably the most exciting free and open source game engine around, Godot Engine has a brand new release available.

        Comprising of thousands of improvements across what looks like all areas, they said it themselves that listing everything would be pretty much impossible.

        A lot of work is currently going into Godot 4.0, which is the release that will bring Vulkan support and massive improvements to the rendering system. Even so, Godot 3.x remains popular and supported so they’re keeping up with these releases for now to give game developers a nicer experience. Godot 3.4 is also compatible with previous Godot 3.3.x projects and it’

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • LXQt 1.0.0 Lightweight Desktop Arrived, Here’s How it Looks Like

        For fans of LXQt or those still looking for a lightweight Qt5 desktop, LXQt 1.0.0 is out as the latest version of this desktop environment.

        LXQt is a free, open source, lightweight, and user-friendly desktop environment built using the Qt libraries. It consists of many small individual components like a panel program, session manager, hotkey daemon and a few more. LXQt was formed as a merger between the LXDE and Razor-Qt desktop environments. Here’s the project’s website.

        Often LXQt has been seen as the fastest desktop today, beating KDE Plasma, GNOME, and Xfce in terms of performance, responsiveness, and storage footprint. It is used by operating systems that aren’t looking for a lot of customization or productivity options, but instead are focused on performance.
        Just under seven months after the earlier version, the LXQt development team have released LXQt 1.0.0. That said, let’s quickly take a look at what’s new.

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • [Older] Plasma 25th Anniversary Edition released

          I’ve used every release of KDE extensively, and its developers have every right to be damn proud of the amazing collection of frameworks and applications they’ve built. As with everything, KDE is not for everyone, but there’s no denying it’s a versatile, attractive, extensible, and fun to use environment.

    • Distributions

      • Arch and Ubuntu Comparison and Review

        For different tasks, we need a computer and for operating a computer, we need some operating system like Windows, macOS, and Linux. Where Linux further contains a list of distributions like Arch, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, and Kali Linux. In this article, we will make a comparison between Arch and Ubuntu, but before making any comparison, let us discuss some overview of Ubuntu and Arch.

      • BSD

        • Chimera Linux: a Linux distribution based on FreeBSD userland and LLVM

          This project is still very early in its development, but it’s an interesting premise. It’s developed by Daniel Kolesa, who also contributes a lot to Void Linux, most notably the excellent POWER/PowerPC port of that excellent distribution. Over on Twitter, Kolesa regularly posts updates on the status of Chimera, and even though some of the stuff definitely is above my pay grade, it’s quite interesting to follow along.

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • SUSE announces Linux Enterprise Micro 5.1

          SUSE a provider of enterprise-grade open source solutions, has announced the availability of SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) Micro 5.1, a lightweight and secure operating system built for containerised and virtualised workloads. SLE Micro 5.1 adds edge-focused security features such as secure device onboarding and live patching, and it enables the modernising of workloads with support for IBM Z and LinuxONE.

        • openSUSE Leap vs Tumbleweed: What’s the Difference?

          openSUSE is a very popular Linux distros, especially in the enterprise world. SUSE has been around in one form or another since 1996. During most of that time, they have only had one version.

          Then, in 2015, they changed things up and decided to offer two versions: Leap and Tumbleweed.

          If you are new to openSUSE, it is easy to get confused between Tumbleweed and Leap. A reader recently asked us to explain the similarities and difference between the two, that’s just what we’ll do today.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • [Older] Ubuntu 21.10 Impish Indri
        • Ubuntu 22.04 Download

          Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish is now available for download! This is a Long Term Support version, which is due to release on April 21, 2022.

          In this tutorial, we will provide you with the download links for Ubuntu 22.04. If you are already running an older version of Ubuntu, it’s possible to upgrade Ubuntu to 22.04. Otherwise, follow the links below to download Ubuntu 22.04.

        • Ubuntu 22.04 Features and Release Date

          In this article you will learn about some Ubuntu 22.04 features of the upcoming Ubuntu stable release. Canonical’s latest iteration to the Ubuntu operating system is Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish, scheduled for release on April 21, 2022. This is an LTS (long term support) release – the type of release that Canonical only publishes every two years, and continues to support for the next five.

          In this article, we’re going to go over some of the features we’re most excited about, and cover a lot of the differences between Jammy Jellyfish and Ubuntu’s previous LTS release, Focal Fossa. Read on as we take you through some of the upcoming changes.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • How to use $eq operator in MongoDB

          MongoDB is a database management system to store and retrieve a bulk amount of data in an effective manner. Like other databases, MongoDB also has several data manipulation commands and operators that can be used to store as well as retrieve data from a collection of documents. Several commonly used operators in MongoDB include $eq, $lt, $and, $or etc. These commands and operators relate to other databases as well; for instance, the $eq operators perform the same operation as where clause in SQL databases.

          In this article, a Comparison Query Operator operator $eq will be explained in the context of MongoDB:

        • How to use $all operator in MongoDB

          MongoDB is a NoSQL database that provides extensive support of operator classes to help in retrieving data. The $all operator falls under the category of an array operator class. As the name of $all (all operators in MongoDB) indicates, it is used to get the document from a database collection if it matches all the values in an array field.
          Moreover, the $all operator also provides support to match nested arrays if present in any field.
          In this article, a brief insight into usage of $all operator in the context in MongoDB is provided.

        • How to sort documents by date in MongoDB

          MongoDB belongs to the NoSQL category of databases and thus it stores data in JSON format. In database management systems, the sorting phenomenon is used to retrieve documents in a sequential manner. The sort by date support of MongoDB helps to get the documents that are arranged according to the date field.

          As, sorting can be performed either in ascending or descending manner; similarly, the sort by date also allows retrieving documents in both orders. After getting through this post, you’ll be able to apply the sort by date functionality in MongoBD.

        • What are the valid MongoDB datatypes

          MongoDB is a widely used non-relational database management system. The data storing mechanism of MongoDB (or any other database) strongly relies on the data types supported by that database management system. MongoDB stores data in the form of BSON, which is a binary-encoded format of JSON as its name is also derived from “Binary” and “JSON”. The data types that BSON supports are considered valid for MongoDB.

          This article of the MongoDB series will provide detailed information about the data types used in MongoDB. But before that, let’s have a comparison of JSON format and its binary extension BSON.

        • How to use where Operator in MongoDB

          MongoDB provides a strong querying system supported by several commands and operators. There exists a long list of operators (like $size, $where, $gt, $regex, and many more) that have extended the MongoDB use to fulfill the basic functionality of any database. The $where operator belongs to the evaluation query operators class and can be exercised to pass a JavaScript-based string or JavaScript function. The $where operator is used in MongoDB to get only those documents that match JavaScript expressions.

          In this descriptive post, we have provided an insight into the usage of $where operator in context of MongoDB.

        • How to use findOneAndUpdate method in MongoDB

          MongoDB supports multiple functions that are used to process data in databases. In any database, the data updating process is inevitable and is performed frequently. The findOneAndUpdate method is used to update a single document that matches the condition, and this method is an extension of the core update method of MongoDB.

          The findOneAndUpdate() method returns the document after the update, whereas the updateOne() method of MongoDB also updates one document but it does not return any document.

          In this article, you will learn to understand and apply the findOneAndUpdate() method of MongoDB to match and update a single document.

        • Splunk’s Simon Eid joins MongoDB in APAC lead role

          Eid, who was with software solutions provider Splunk for six years, has 25-plus years of sales and business management experience, having held leading positions at a variety of enterprise technology organisations including Dell EMC and Symantec.

      • FSF

        • Licensing/Legal

          • [Old] The Greatest OS That (N)ever Was

            GNU’s aim was to write a complete “free” version of Unix – the kernel and all the associated elements – that is, one that gives users the freedom to share and change software but not add restrictions and impose them on others. With the Linux kernel, Stallman says, “the available free software added up to a complete system.”

            Rather than wait for someone to write applications designed specifically for his operating system, Linus tweaked Linux to perfectly fit GNU’s pre existing apps. “I never ported programs,” Linus says. “I ported the kernel to work with the programs. Linux was never the primary reason for anything – user programs have always been the reason.”

      • Openness/Sharing/Collaboration

        • Open Access/Content

          • Free and Best OSINT Tools 2021

            OSINT or Open source intelligence refers to information about businesses or people that can be collected from online sources. However, it requires tools to do so, and here are the 10 best OSINT Tools for 2020.

            It’s only natural that we feel the need to weed out what’s most valuable in the age of information digitalization. Organizations use a variety of paid and unpaid methods and services to accomplish this. The latter group is part of the open-source intelligence (OSINT) area, and it can be extremely useful.

          • Having an impressive impact on Wikimedia is a positive influence for me – Sam Oyeyele

            Sam Oyeyele is one of the key figures for Wikipedia in Nigeria. Over the years, he has firmly positioned his status as a poster child for the Wikimedia movement, not just in Nigeria, but the African continent as a whole.

          • Separating Ideas From Words | Hackaday

            We covered Malamud’s General Index this week, and Mike and I were talking about it on the podcast as well. It’s the boldest attempt we’ve seen so far to open up scientific knowledge for everyone, and not just the wealthiest companies and institutions. The trick is how to do that without running afoul of copyright law, because the results of research are locked inside their literary manifestations — the journal articles.

            The Index itself is composed of one-to-five-word snippets of 107,233,728 scientific articles. So if you’re looking for everything the world knows about “tincture of iodine”, you can find all the papers that mention it, and then important keywords from the corpus and metadata like the ISBN of the article. It’s like the searchable card catalog of, well, everything. And it’s freely downloadable if you’ve got a couple terabytes of storage to spare. That alone is incredible.

      • Programming/Development

        • 10 eureka moments of coding in the community | Opensource.com

          If you’ve written code, you know it takes practice to get good at it. Whether it takes months or years, there’s inevitably a moment of epiphany.

          We wanted to hear about that time, so we asked our community to share about that time they sat down and wrote code that truly made them proud.

        • Announcing the new erlang.org

          We are pleased to announce the launch of the new erlang.org website!

          The design and content are roughly the same as the old website. The most notable changes are: [...]

        • Tech focus: Software tools | Scientific Computing World

          Software tools are an essential part of the HPC ecosystem, for both scientists and all potential HPC users. While there are a huge number of different categories of tools available to the HPC community, the exascale projects in the US and Europe are focused on the development of open source software, or software that can facilitate the use of a wide range of resources.

        • Complexity is killing software developers | InfoWorld

          The shift from building applications in a monolithic architecture hosted on a server you could go and touch, to breaking them down into multiple microservices, packaged up into containers, orchestrated with Kubernetes, and hosted in a distributed cloud environment, marks a clear jump in the level of complexity of our software. Add to that expectations of feature-rich, consumer-grade experiences, which are secure and resilient by design, and never has more been asked of developers.

        • Add to Array in Ruby

          When it comes to storing related and non-complex information in a program, arrays always come up. Arrays are a collection of an ordered list of items. Using arrays, you can store related values in a single variable, making your code efficient and easy to manage. In Ruby, arrays contain lots of built-in methods, making working with list data much more effortless.

          This article describes various methods you can use to add items to an array in Ruby.

        • PHP

          • PHP Strtotime() Function

            The UNIX timestamp value is calculated from 1st January 1970. The strtotime() is a built-in PHP function to convert human-readable date and time values into UNIX timestamp values. The way to use this function in PHP for different purposes has shown in this tutorial with examples.

          • PHP Sprint() Function

            The sprint() function of PHP works like the printf() function. Both functions generate the formatted output, but one difference between these functions is that the output of the sprinf() function is stored into a variable, and the output of the printf() function is displayed in the browser. How sprint() function works and the uses of this function is shown in this tutorial.

          • Split PHP String

            Sometimes we need to divide the string data based on the particular separator for programming purposes. Many ways exist in PHP to do this task. Three built-in functions of PHP that can be used to split string data are explode(), str_split(), and preg_split(). These functions create an array by dividing the string value based on the particular delimiter or pattern. How these functions work and the uses of these functions to split PHP strings have shown in this tutorial.

          • PHP If..Else Statements

            The conditional statement is used to execute the block of statements based on the particular condition. The ‘If..else’ statement is one type of condition statement that works with the particular condition(s). Different types of ‘if..else’ statements can be used in PHP for implementing conditional statements. These are mentioned below.

          • PHP Associative Array

            Mainly two types of the array can be created in any programming language. One is a numeric array and another is an associative array. Each value of an array is accessible by the index of that value. The index value is not required to define for numeric array and the sorted numeric index is generated automatically for this array if no index is defined. If it is required to create a particular string value for each index of the array, then the associative array is used to do the task.

            PHP associative array can contain a number or both number and string in the index value. The user-defined index is used in an associative array. The ‘=>’ is used to assign the key-value pair of the associative array in PHP. The way to define and use associative array in PHP was shown in this tutorial.

        • Python

          • How to use python csv writer

            In this blog, we will see how we can use the python csv writer to write the list data to csv.

          • I just want to run this one Python script | die-welt.net

            So I couldn’t sleep the other night, and my brain wanted to think about odd problems…

            Ever had a script that’s compatible with both, Python 2 and 3, but you didn’t want to bother the user to know which interpreter to call? Maybe because the script is often used in environments where only one Python is available and users just expect things to work? And it’s only that one script file, no package, no additional wrapper script, nothing.

            Yes, this is a rather odd scenario. And yes, using Python doesn’t make it easier, but trust me, you wouldn’t want to implement the same in bash.

            Nothing that you will read from here on should ever be actually implemented, it will summon dragons and kill kittens. But it was a fun midnight thought, and I like to share nightmares!

            The nice thing about Python is it supports docstrings, essentially strings you can put inside your code which are kind of comments, but without being hidden inside commnent blocks. These are often used for documentation that you can reach using Python’s help() function. (Did I mention I love help()?)

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • Comparing photosynthetic differences between wild and domesticated rice

        Millions of people in Asia are dependent on rice as a food source. Believed to have been domesticated as early as 6000 BCE, rice is an important source of calories globally. In a new study, researchers compared domesticated rice to its wild counterparts to understand the differences in their photosynthetic capabilities. The results can help improve future rice productivity.

        Wild rice species Oryza rufipogon and Oryza nivara are typically weed-like and are taller than cultivated rice Oryza sativa. While these features are helpful in the wild, since they can shade out competitors, they are unfavorable in an agricultural setting and can lead to lower yields. Through domestication and breeding, many rice varieties have been selected to be short with erect leaves that have steep angles, which allows better light distribution through the canopy. Despite these improvements, the distribution is uneven and is affected by changes in wind and cloud cover.

    • Hardware

      • VIA To Offload Parts of x86 Subsidiary Centaur to Intel For $125 Million

        As part of their third quarter earnings release, VIA Technologies has announced this morning that the company is entering into an unusual agreement with Intel to offload parts of VIA’s x86 R&D subsidiary, Centaur Technology. Under the terms of the murky deal, Intel will be paying Centaur $125 million to pick up part of the engineering staff – or, as the announcement from VIA more peculiarly puts it “recruit some of Centaur’s employees to join Intel,” Despite the hefty 9-digit price tag, the deal makes no mention of Centaur’s business, designs, or patents, nor has an expected closing date been announced.

        A subsidiary of VIA since 1999, the Austin-based Centaur is responsible for developing x86 core designs for other parts of VIA, as well as developing their own ancillary IP such as deep learning accelerators. Via Centaur, VIA Technologies is the largely aloof third member of the x86 triumvirate, joining Intel and AMD as the three x86 license holders. Centaur’s designs have never seen widescale adoption to the extent that AMD or Intel’s have, but the company has remained a presence in the x86 market since the 90s, spending the vast majority of that time under VIA.

      • 3D-printed Fan Mount Keeps Server GPU Cool In Desktop Case | Hackaday

        Most readers of Hackaday will be well aware of the current shortages of semiconductors and especially GPUs. Whether you’re planning to build a state-of-the art gaming PC, a mining rig to convert your kilowatt-hours into cryptocoins, or are simply experimenting with machine-learning AI, you should be prepared to shell out quite a bit more money for a proper GPU than in the good old days.

        Bargains are still to be had in the second-hand market though. [Devon Bray] chanced upon a pair of Nvidia Tesla K80 cards, which are not suitable for gaming and no longer cost-effective for mining crypto, but ideal for [Devon]’s machine-learning calculations. However, he had to make a modification to enable proper thermal management, as these cards were not designed to be used in regular desktop PCs.

      • ‘Tiny Wake-Up Light Is Hugely Bright | Hackaday

        Let’s face it — waking up is rough no matter what time of year it is. But the darkness of fall and winter makes it so much worse. In the past, [Maarten] has used music with increasing volume, but depending on the setup, it can be dodgy if you want to hear a different song each day and don’t have all your files volume-leveled.

        Wake Up Bright is the latest in a line of wake-up widgets [Maarten] has made to help rouse them in the morning. Their write-up covers all ideas they’ve had on the subject over the years, as well as the electronics, firmware, debugging, and all the upgrades made after using it for awhile.

      • Cheap DIY Mic Sounds (And Looks) Damn Good | Hackaday

        As any musician, podcaster, or youtuber will be quick to tell you, there’s no substitute for a good microphone. They’ll also be quick to tell you all about their favorite microphone, why it’s better than all the others, and how much it cost (oh, and how round it sounds, whatever that means). But what if you could build your own that sounds as good, if not better, and do it for only $30?

        That’s what [Matt] from DIY Perks set out to discover when he built his DIY USB-C Microphone. He was able to source the same microphone capsule that can be found in his high-end, $600 CAD E100S, and built a simple pre-amplifier that bumps its quiet output up to line-level. He even connected it to the mic module with some custom cable made from two tiny enameled wires that won’t transmit bumps and vibrations, wrapped inside desoldering braiding which acts as a shield. He fed the output from the pre-amp into a cheap USB audio interface and viola! — top-notch sound for next to nothing. Make sure you check out the video below to hear a comparison between the mic and its professional counterparts.

      • SPAM-1 Is A Well-Documented Discrete CPU With An Impressive Software Library | Hackaday

        Here at Hackaday we love projects that are so well-documented that you can spend days reading up on what the designer has achieved. [John Lonergan] didn’t disappoint when he designed the SPAM-1, an 8-bit CPU built from discrete logic gates. His detailed log contains a wealth of information on such things as designing opcodes, optimizing program counter logic, running a digital simulation, as well as his thoughts on microcode design. The sheer volume of it may be a bit off-putting to beginners, so it might be best to start with the video series that describes the architecture and goes into detail on several sub-blocks.

        The design has changed a bit since [John] first started on the project, as he decided to add more and more features, but the final result is a well-thought out architecture that keeps the simplicity needed for discrete hardware but still has enough features to keep it interesting for seasoned CPU aficionados. The instruction size is rather large (48 bits) to simplify the instruction decoding at the expense of larger code size. Conditional jump instructions are not present; instead, all instructions have an optional control flag to make them conditional, a feature inspired by the ARM instruction set.

    • Health/Nutrition

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Peeking through logs

        Then, one part of the article caught my eye:

        I assume each and every message could itself be malicious. I treat inspecting the log files with care. If any system was compromised, an attacker could theoretically pivot to other systems via carefully crafted malicious syslog messages. Would anyone do this? I doubt it.

        Brace yourselves, for what follows is a recount of a case I’ve helped solve where the initial attack was performed via a carefully crafted syslog message and a tiny bit of social engineering.

        Before I go into details, I have to mention that I am not at liberty to disclose the exact details, I cannot go into deeper specifics. So read what follows with that in mind. If something isn’t clear, that’s probably because I cannot clear it up without breaching confidentiality.

        With that out of the way, lets set the stage!

      • Proprietary

        • Tesla Is Recalling Nearly 12,000 Vehicles Due To Software Glitch
        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • Linux Foundation enhances LFX Security platform | IT World Canada News

                The Linux Foundation has enhanced its free LFX Security vulnerability detection toolkit so open-source projects can secure their code and reduce non-inclusive language.

                On Tuesday, the foundation said the LFX Security module now includes automatic scanning for secrets-in-code and non-inclusive language, adding to its existing comprehensive automated vulnerability detection capabilities.

        • Security

          • Likely Drone Attack On U.S. Power Grid Revealed In New Intelligence Report (Updated)

            U.S. officials believe that a DJI Mavic 2, a small quadcopter-type drone, with a thick copper wire attached underneath it via nylon cords was likely at the center of an attempted attack on a power substation in Pennsylvania last year. An internal U.S. government report issued last month says this is the first time such an incident has been officially assessed as a possible drone attack on energy infrastructure in the United States, but that this is likely to become more commonplace as time goes on. This is a reality The War Zone has sounded the alarm about in the past, including when we were first to report on a still-unexplained series of drone flights near the Palo Verde nuclear powerplant in Arizona in 2019.

          • wolfSSL cryptographic library 5.0.0 Released – LinuxStoney

            A new release of the compact cryptographic library is wolfSSL 5.0.0 now available IoT , optimized for use on embedded devices with limited processor and memory resources, such as devices, smart home systems, automotive information systems, routers and mobile phones. The code is written in C and is distributed under the GPLv2 license.

            The library provides high-performance implementations of modern cryptoalgorithms, including ChaCha20, Curve25519, NTRU, RSA, Blake2b, TLS 1.0-1.3 and DTLS 1.2, which, according to the developers, are 20 times smaller than the OpenSSL implementations. Both its simplified API and a layer for compatibility with the OpenSSL API are provided. There is support for OCSP (Online Certificate Status Protocol) and CRL (Certificate Revocation List) for checking certificate revocation.

          • Keyless signatures for blobs with cosign

            This whole process is called “keyless” signature or ambient credentials via workload identities. The word keyless can be a little bit misleading. It does and does not refer to the existence of a cryptographic key. Implementation-wise, there is a key. Otherwise, the whole private/public procedure would not work. But, on the same time you do not have to provide a secret for generating this key. The process is secretless; at least on the first look. On the second look you will realize that your Identity has become the secret.


            Next, we will use the public sigstore instance to generate a new signature via our OpenID and upload it to a public rekor instance. This feature is still experimental. I hope they will release it soon. During the process your browser will pop-up, forward you to the public sigstore instance and ask you for a login. If you login, cosign will use your OpenID to sign the file.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • [Old] Ten years of MAT

              Around 10 years ago, the 7th of June 2011, the first commit of MAT, the metadata anonymisation toolkit, was published. This was done as part as my Google Summer of Code, for the Tails project, under the umbrella of Tor and the EFF. My mentor was Mike Perry, but since he was super-duper-busy, intrigeri was my de facto mentor. I fondly remember writing the design proposal in completely broken English.

            • Meta to continue use of facial recognition feature

              Earlier this week, Facebook announced that it would be shutting down its facial recognition systems. But now, the social network’s parent company Meta said that it would be using the same system for its metaverse products.

              Meta is already exploring ways to incorporate biometrics into its emerging metaverse business, which aims to build a virtual, [Internet]-based simulation where people can interact as avatars, reports Recode.

            • Facebook is backing away from facial recognition. Meta isn’t.

              Facebook says it will stop using facial recognition for photo-tagging. In a Monday blog post, Meta, the social network’s new parent company, announced that the platform will delete the facial templates of more than a billion people and shut off its facial recognition software, which uses an algorithm to identify people in photos they upload to Facebook. This decision represents a major step for the movement against facial recognition, which experts and activists have warned is plagued with bias and privacy problems.

              But Meta’s announcement comes with a couple of big caveats. While Meta says that facial recognition isn’t a feature on Instagram and its Portal devices, the company’s new commitment doesn’t apply to its metaverse products, Meta spokesperson Jason Grosse told Recode. In fact, Meta is already exploring ways to incorporate biometrics into its emerging metaverse business, which aims to build a virtual, [Internet]-based simulation where people can interact as avatars. Meta is also keeping DeepFace, the sophisticated algorithm that powers its photo-tagging facial recognition feature.

            • FCC Approves Boeing LEO Satellites, Esri Pilots Broadband Data Program, ‘Dystopian’ Metaverse

              “Facebook should not be allowed to create a dystopian metaverse,” Roger McNamee, a former investor and mentor of Mark Zuckerberg, said Thursday about the company’s plans, following the company’s change of name to Meta. McNamee has emerged as a regular critic of Facebook after he started to see more misinformation on the platform, the BBC reports.

              “There’s no way that a regulator or policymaker should be allowing Facebook to operate there [in the metaverse] or get into cryptocurrencies,” he said. “Facebook should have lost the right to make its own choices. A regulator should be there giving pre-approval for everything they do. The amount of harm they’ve done is incalculable.”

            • Facebook’s metaverse plans labelled as ‘dystopian’ and ‘a bad idea’

              Mr McNamee became a critic of Facebook as he began to see more misinformation on the platform. He said he was not convinced the metaverse would be safe in chief executive Mark Zuckerberg’s hands.

            • » Edward Snowden – Permanent Record – democracy + mass surveillance is no democracy – “the cloud” largely a DELL and CIA invention – Snowden and Socrates thinkers of society | dwaves.de

              if big data about every keystroke every step we make (the police: every step you make) algorithms determine how mankind will live


              ‘”You are aware of the fact that somebody can know where you are at all times, because you carry a mobile device, even if that mobile device is turned off,” he said. “You know this, I hope? Yes? Well, you should.”

              “It is really very nearly within our grasp to be able to compute on all human generated information,” Hunt said. After that mark is reached, Hunt said, the agency would also like to be able to save and analyze all of the digital breadcrumbs people don’t even know they are creating.

              “You’re already a walking sensor platform,” he said, nothing that mobiles, smartphones and iPads come with cameras, accelerometers, light detectors and geolocation capabilities.’

              “Technology in this world is moving faster than government or law can keep up,” he said. “It’s moving faster I would argue than you can keep up: You should be asking the question of what are your rights and who owns your data.”

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Opinion | Alternatives to the Pentagon’s China Nightmares

        I’m embarrassed for my friends when they make mistakes, not that I haven’t made a few myself. Recently when the Pentagon issued its terrorizing annual report on China warning that by 2030 China’s People’s Liberation Army could have 1,000 nuclear warheads, a valued colleague commented that at this rate China will then have as many nuclear warheads as Albuquerque, New Mexico.

      • People Worldwide Name US as a Major Threat to World Peace. Here’s Why.
      • David Morris: Maryland man exonerated on murder charges after nearly 17 years in prison – CNN

        David Morris has spent almost 17 years in prison for a murder that he didn’t commit.

        On Wednesday, a judge threw out his conviction following a review of evidence that determined Morris was wrongfully charged and found guilty in 2005, according to the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City.

        Baltimore Circuit Judge Charles Peters granted prosecutors’ request to throw out Morris’ old conviction after the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP) brought the case to the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU). The unit began a re-investigation in 2018, ultimately finding Morris should not have been convicted, according to the state’s attorney’s office.

    • Environment

      • More Than 100,000 Take to Streets on Global Day of Action for Climate Justice

        As diplomats from wealthy countries continue to say “blah, blah, blah” at COP26, over 100,000 people growing increasingly impatient with empty promises and inaction marched through Glasgow on Saturday, with thousands more hitting the streets in cities around the world during roughly 300 simultaneous demonstrations on a Global Day of Action for Climate Justice.

        “Many thousands of people took to the streets today on every continent demanding that governments move from climate inaction to climate justice,” Asad Rehman, a spokesperson for the COP26 Coalition, said in a statement. “We won’t tolerate warm words and long-term targets anymore, we want action now.”

      • Tens of Thousands Throng Streets of Glasgow Demanding Climate Justice

        GLASGOW, SCOTLAND — Thousands of protestors marched through Glasgow today to demand action from world leaders and polluting companies, as the COP26 UN climate summit moves into its second week.

        Indigenous groups were front and centre of the demonstration, with one protestor calling them the “first true climate leaders”.

      • Opinion | Missing From the Climate Talks: Corporate Powers to Sue Governments That Limit Pollution

        International negotiators are meeting in Glasgow, Scotland to develop solutions to the climate change threat. But one major obstacle to global sustainability will be largely absent from the discussions: the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system.

      • Opinion | Conservation or Land Grab? The Financialization of Nature

        A month before the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (known as COP26) kicked off in Scotland, a new asset class was launched by the New York Stock Exchange that will “open up a new feeding ground for predatory Wall Street banks and financial institutions that will allow them to dominate not just the human economy, but the entire natural world.” So writes Whitney Webb in an article titled “Wall Street’s Takeover of Nature Advances with Launch of New Asset Class”:

      • How might climate change affect European gastronomy?

        But in the long run deeper change seems likely. If temperatures rise unabated, farmers in northern Europe may find they can grow southern staples; polenta may invade Germany. And southern locavores may have to adapt. If tropical fruit continue to thrive in Sicily, could ham and pineapple pizza one day be considered authentically Italian?

      • It’s time to freak out about methane emissions

        In the public conversation about climate change, methane has gotten too little attention for too long. Many people may be unaware that humans have been spewing a greenhouse gas that’s even more potent than carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a rate not seen in at least 800,000 years. It harms air quality and comes from sources as varied as oil and gas pipelines to landfills and cows. But methane and other greenhouse gases, including hydrofluorocarbons, ozone, nitrous oxides, and sulfur oxides, are finally getting the attention they deserve — thanks largely to advances in the science.

      • A new Supreme Court case could gut the government’s power to fight climate change

        In this scenario, hundreds of laws could be weakened or even deactivated. Many of them would be gone for good, and reenacting any of these laws would require passing legislation through a bitterly divided Congress.

        So West Virginia is a monster of a case — potentially the culmination of a conservative vision incubated at the Federalist Society for years, and long championed by conservative activists such as Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Indeed, a majority of the Court has already expressed sympathy toward Gorsuch’s plans to shrink the power of federal agencies, which is a strong sign that the West Virginia petitioners are likely to prevail on at least some of their claims.

      • Technology Fetishism Reigns at COP26. It’ll Keep Us Burning Fossil Fuels.
      • Energy

        • More Than 1 in 4 Members of the Senate Have Fossil Fuel Investments
        • Solar Cells, Half Off | Hackaday

          A company named Leap Photovoltaic claims they have a technology to create solar panels without silicon wafers which would cut production costs in half. According to [FastCompany] the cells are still silicon-based, but do not require creating wafers as a separate step or — as is more common — acquiring them as a raw material.

          The process is likened to 3D printing as silicon powder is deposited on a substrate. The design claims to use only a tenth of the silicon in a conventional cell and requires fewer resources to produce, too.

    • Finance

      • ‘Foolishness’: House Passes Infrastructure Bill But Postpones Build Back Better Act

        The U.S. House on Friday night passed a bipartisan physical infrastructure bill but didn’t bring the Build Back Better Act to the floor—sending just one half of President Joe Biden’s two-pronged economic agenda to the White House, with only a pledge that conservative House Democrats will vote for the party’s broader social infrastructure and climate package at a later date.

        “Passing BIF gives up our leverage to get Build Back Better through the House and Senate, and I fear that we are missing our once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in the American people.”

      • Making Sure “Number Go Up”

        The credulous press reports make it look like the cryptocurrency market is much bigger and much more successful that it really is, further inflating the bubble. Below the fold, I provide a set of examples of the techniques that are used to fuel the mania.

      • Public Banking Has the Potential to Truly Revolutionize Our Economy
      • Tech Tools Aim to Help Tenants Fight Eviction

        Research group Eviction Lab counted more than 532,000 evictions since March 2020 in the six states and 31 cities where it collects data from state, nonprofit and commercial sources. The expiration of the eviction moratorium has left many renters months behind on rent, and landlords hungry for payment. Sometimes negotiation is possible, but many tenants don’t know where to start.

        Using tech tools can help put a bit more power in the hands of tenants as they navigate a complicated legal process during a very stressful time. According to data compiled by the National Coalition for the Civil Right to Counsel, most tenants don’t have legal representation to help them if they’re faced with eviction: Nationally, about three percent of tenants have attorneys during eviction proceedings – but 81 percent of landlords do.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • The Project Censored Newsletter—November 2021 – Censored Notebook, Newsletters

        Balancing critical analysis with optimistic vision, State of the Free Press 2022 advances remedies for a more robust free press and provides inspiring models for grassroots engagement. In the foreword, journalist Danielle McLean writes, “We need more of the kind of journalism you’ll find in this book.”

      • China Lashes Out at Press Freedom Survey in Hong Kong

        China on Friday criticized a press freedom survey from the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club that found nearly half of its members were considering leaving the city.

        The survey said the members were concerned about a decline in press freedoms under a sweeping national security law imposed by Beijing following massive anti-government protests in 2019.

        Eighty-three of the 99 journalists polled said that the working environment had “changed for the worse” since the law was introduced last June. The law outlaws subversion, secession, terrorism and foreign collusion to intervene in the city’s affairs, and has since been used to arrest more than 120 people in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.

      • Chinese journalist jailed over Covid reports ‘close to death’

        A citizen journalist jailed for her coverage of China’s initial response to Covid in Wuhan is close to death after going on hunger strike, her family said, prompting renewed calls from rights groups for her immediate release.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • [Old] Opinion: The Amish use tech differently than you think. We should emulate them.

        When I heard about that discussion, I thought of a woman at my children’s school who said the disintegration of her family began the day her husband bought a TV for every kid’s bedroom. That was a while back. Today, millions of parents are unwittingly putting TVs in their children’s bedrooms, in the form of smartphones and laptops. And uneasiness about weakening family ties is widespread.

        For the Amish, technology in the workplace has long been more accepted than technology in homes, especially as the group has had to expand beyond farming to make a living. A recent issue of the Fabricator trade journal reported on advanced manufacturing processes in an Amish factory in Dalton, Ohio. A robot welds wheels. Programmed lasers cut metal. Engineers use three-dimensional computer-aided design, known as 3-D CAD, to devise products. And yet the plant is not connected to the electrical grid: A generator powered by natural gas provides electricity. At day’s end, the workers ride home on bicycles. High and low tech successfully live side by side because the focus stays on human connections.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • 5 Ways Email Lookup Tools Can Make Networking Safer

        Making new friends or business partners online is easy, but it can also be dangerous too. You can’t always tell if a contact or offer is legitimate, for example. Fortunately, there’s a simple way to protect yourself from such threats that often gets overlooked: email lookup tools.

        These services are easy to use, and some even free. However, the number of options around and their complex technology can seem overwhelming. Here are a few reasons why you should consider using them, specifically related to your security while networking online.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • [Old] Microsoft Deal Ties BIOS Tightly to Windows

        Industry observers agreed that the next generation of BIOS, as well as the digital rights management (DRM) technology that accompanies it, could improve reliability, usability, manageability and security — just as Microsoft and Phoenix claim it will. However, there are concerns that Microsoft is strengthening its grip on PC production and private information.

        “There is a risk that the relationship [between Microsoft and Phoenix] will further Microsoft lock-in,” Electronic Privacy Information Center deputy counsel Chris Hoofnagle told TechNewsWorld. “With a monopolistic software company, it can be impossible for the market to create products that are consumer friendly.”

    • Monopolies

      • [Old] Learning from Linux: OS/2 and the Halloween Memos: PART 1 – Halloween I

        The Linux community has recently posted a number of leaked memos that Microsoft admits are internal MS documents. These papers are Microsoft analyses designed to summarize the Linux phenomenon and help Microsoft focus on how to attack this alternative platform and prevent the public from enjoying it. Prominent Linux people have also commented on these memos and how they reveal Microsoft’s internal culture and world-view.

        But interest in understanding the Microsoft ethos is not limited to Linux supporters. OS/2 users and advocates can learn a great deal about Microsoft’s inner workings and how to take advantage of their smug neglect of the OS/2 community. For example, the articles show a pervasive amnesia about OS/2 as an available option for computer users. These memos also confirm that such tactics as FUD, the threat of lawsuits, and the corruption of open standards are all normal, everyday tactics in the Microsoft repertoire. Let us analyze the memos and see what we can learn about “The Microsoft Way” and how to overcome its intentional obstacles to progress.

      • Copyrights

        • TV Piracy Increased 30% This Year With Help From “Squid Game”

          TV piracy is on the rise. New data shared by tracking company MUSO shows that the number of visits to TV piracy sites has increased by 30% compared to last year. While copyright holders are working hard to address the problem, subscription fatigue and hit shows such as Squid Game continue to push demand higher.

15 Years Saying the Unsayable (Taboo Subjects, Suppressed Information, and Unpopular or Inconvenient Truths)

Posted in Site News at 6:06 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum d488214a4471c581858278d3aa9513b6

Summary: Techrights turns 15 today; instead of cakes and balloons we focus on what was accomplished here and what we plan for the next 15 years (it’s very plausible we’ll last that long and even outlive the World Wide Web)

Techrights has its share of supporters, but it also has its share of detractors/opponents, who are sometimes (though not always) the people or corporations Techrights criticises. That’s understandable. As the old adage goes, you cannot please everybody.

On the issue of free speech, following yesterday’s post about Mastodon we published a longtime reader's response to it. It helps balance things somewhat.

“We think Techrights played a considerable role in the backlash against GitHub, including the removal of its CEO (the reasons will become more apparent in months to come).”Techrights started as a campaign to “Boycott Novell” (with uppercase/capital B) and boycotts are generally seen as a negative thing, even when they tackle very inherently negative things (such as pollution). So the site wasn’t bound to win a “popularity contest”; it was a reaction to a combative collusion of Microsoft and Novell, seeking to basically destroy software freedom, mostly by weaponisation of software patents. The Microsoft-Novell plan-to-collude came about partly because of Miguel de Icaza, who later played a role in CodePlex and is now working directly (full-time) for Microsoft. He helps GitHub attack software freedom, but he seems to have a rift/disconnect with the outgoing CEO of GitHub. This and more would not be known if it wasn’t for our tireless work. We think Techrights played a considerable role in the backlash against GitHub, including the removal of its CEO (the reasons will become more apparent in months to come).

Techrights can carry on for another 15 years and even outlive the Web. We expand in Geminispace (yesterday we added some Halloween Documents as well as The Cathedral and the Bazaar).

Opinion: The GPL and Politics

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GPL at 2:48 am by Guest Editorial Team

GPL meme
Daniel’s meme

Summary: Daniel from Argentina responded to our take on GPL enforcement and agreed for his message to be reproduced (along with the above meme, which he had made and sent to us)

Hi there Roy.

I saw your video about Mastodon, and would like to send you some comments.

It’s about the political side of Free Software: an aspect we have discussed many times by now.

I feel the video/argument is mostly divided into two halves: a first one about Free Software and some of its uses, and the second half more focused on Mastodon itself.

I agree with everything you say about the Mastodon side of the argument. I mean this: it’s more about power over speech and people’s political capital rather than about freedom, and I find your experience with it quite representative.
However, your reading about “how it all should really be” left me some doubts that I would like to discuss myself.

1. About the “political” aspect.

At ~12:40, you tell “this is problematic, first of all, because it contributes to the perception that FS is very politicized, and is going to great lengths to discourage adoption from certain political factions”.

Well… Free Software kinda IS that.

The “kinda” part (as in “debatable”, or even “wrong”) is that Free Software would never actually say something along the lines of “these political parties are prohibited from using Free Software”. I believe that’s closer to your point (what you want to argue against), and I agree with you that something like that would be totally opposite to the freedom FS works for, and therefore would be a misuse of FS.

Yet, you and I react that way any time any corporate agent gets its dirty hands in some FS project or organization. It’s not about “we don’t want Microsoft people to use GNU/Linux”: it’s about “Microsoft IS ENEMY of FS”. We don’t like them, we don’t trust them, we fight them, and that may not be on the philosophical core of FS but it actually IS in its historical core. We are, in a big part, also that: if not by philosophy, then by culture. And Microsoft is not and should not be the only such case.

And I don’t think there’s any hypocrisy in that. I think business corporations (as MS) and non-profit organizations (as the FSF) are very much “political parties”, even if they don’t go to elections for any state position. But both kinds of organizations work constantly for social changes (or against them), and that’s pretty much politics.

The point is always about “canonical political parties” getting all the credit for “politics” itself. That SHOULD NOT happen. That’s just the representational aspect of wWstern liberal democracies, which these days seem more like a bug rather than a feature.

Of course you start and end the video acknowledging a political side of Free Software. Yet, “politicized” gets in the middle of your argument over and over again. That word should be something more close to “partisan”.

I don’t think in English, so it’s tricky for me to figure out the details, but I feel like “politics” in English as spoken by people has a slightly different meaning compared to the people around me. It’s not like we don’t have the same problem here: it’s full of people telling you “this/that is not political, don’t politicize it” when you argue from some technical perspective against some political figure. That’s usually the case when legal stuff gets in the argument, or even scientific. But we also know very well here that there’s NO WAY of splitting politics from social criticism, no matter how technical it is: social action, whatever its nature, in the XXI century, is political, and whoever tells otherwise is quickly recognized as a negationist. And technical or not, Free Software DOES social criticism. Free Software DOES have enemies. Free Software IS NOT neutral: it favors freedom. And that is totally fine.

Yet, freedom comes with some attached issues.

2. About the weaponization of licences.

Make no mistake: it IS a problem. What you perceive and argue about in your video IS a very real and very core problem.
But, as I argued before with “political”, I also believe the GPL very much IS a weapon (in the metaphorical meaning you give to that word, of course).

“For freedom” may say RMS or the FSF: but everybody knows the dangers with weapons…

I’ve argued in other messages that the GPL is meaningless without enforcement.

It’s not actually “meaningless”: it means A LOT, as it guides people’s ideas and discusses stuff like property and sharing and rights. But that’s ideology, and you can do that by just writing books or preaching in any way; the GPL is a legal license, and that’s where it’s “meaningless” without enforcement. And enforcement is very much “a weapon”: you don’t do enforcement with smiles and balloons and candy, but with consequences of failing to comply.

The GPL beautifully shows that people breaking it are not stealing “property” or “money”, but other people’s freedom. That means many things: from allowing people to do stuff to questioning value theory. It’s brilliant, elegant, and absolutely necessary for social change, for the good.

Yet it’s also aggressive, and it imposes rules on others. Hence “weapon”.

Now, anyone can use a weapon, for whatever reasons. What do we do about that?

It’s the same issue as “I don’t want my free software being used for ICE, smart rifles, surveillance, etc”.

I remember an RMS talk here in Argentina, about 2010, where someone from the Argentinian Python community asked him about that issue. “I don’t want my free software being used in killing people”. And RMS said “from a FS perspective, we have to let them do it”. You can imagine that didn’t result in happy faces.

“Freedom is technical” clashes with “freedom is political” very quickly in real life. And we (as a community) have different stands regarding that.

I’m on the wagon of “freedom MUST have limits”. I’m not sure HOW that crosses with Free Software (I think it does in several different ways, where I’ll favor freedom or restrictions depending on each case), but I’m absolutely certain it does. That problem in part touches your concern about weaponizing the GPL (“it should be used equally, not just against a political party”, yet enforcers are human beings with their own interests), but is much more important in other aspect of your argument: “Free Software as Free Speech”. And that’s where Trump gets tricky.

3. The case of Trump, and what he represents.

You said it yourself, about ~28:00: you don’t want anything to do with those free speech maximalists from Gab, because these people are malicious.

Yet you do, because you argue in favour of free speech (what they say they do) and free software (what they use, and also kinda do). They’re a shining example of everything wrong with “free”.

I would say it’s a blatant lie that gab is “free speech”, as we all know that “leftist discourse is not welcome” barely begins to describe what happens in that space.

Thing is, again, we do that too. We see nazi discourse and we discredit, mock, marginalize, or even ban. Those are not the same things (different powers for different people are involved in each action), but the social structure match: there are implicit and explicit rules for speech, and whoever doesn’t comply faces consequences.

So, from the point of view of the nazis, gab is “freedom”, I have no doubts about that. But if we do critical thinking, we can’t just replicate their logic with a straight face, and we need to face that our freedom of speech actually has limits.

When this issue comes up, you usually use the legal aspect as a limit: the death threat, for example. But I say that’s just naive. I have been defending for years strong freedom of speech online, on different spaces (mostly forums and IRC), even to the point of making banning a taboo of sorts. And over and over again the result is the same: the most rude and violent people make a home of those places with free speech, and everybody else just leaves. I myself was actually very rude, “truth” was the word that made that behaviour legit, and “technical” was always the criteria to discredit criticism: other people had to argue with MY technical points, and theirs were always off-topic from my perspective. And the other side was always full of actually wonderful people, that usually didn’t have the same capacity as I did for expressing or sharing their thoughts. Also people easily get hurt by words (REAL hurt), and this way I found myself over the years being an asshole in the name of free speech. Happens all the time, is a serious issue of free speech, and I personally will no longer face this with naive stances as I consider that would make me part of the problem. Spaces with different people NEED rules. Rules HELP people, even if rules take away degrees of freedom. And “no rules” has always the same consequence: a loud minority with more power than others.

You may disagree with this, and that’s OK. But it’s as empirical as your experience with Mastodon. Surely other people had other experiences.

And I bring this up because, while I think you’re right about Mastodon being used awfully, I also think you’re wrong about what to expect from it as “free software”, and therefore from free software itself.

You focus mostly on how somebody banned your user account because of your opinions and their political bias. But let’s consider for a moment the other two cases you also mention: the ones where some people over the Internet just drop the server to never come back. I would say that people bringing down its servers was irresponsible, because of the impact on the users (loss of data, the feeling that what they do online people care little about, powerlessness, etc) and the technological ecosystem itself (users getting away from this tech because it’s unstable, and so using other more stable stuff). And I share your lecture that all of that seems much more about the power of being admin rather than free speech or empowering users.

Yet again, the same happened decades before with forums and IRC channels: you give extra power to someone, and you get misuse of power issues. On the other hand, you give the same power to everyone, and you get any random person over Internet having the same weight as respected people on the community, and suddenly you have problems of quality vs quantity. And that’s just the beginning of it. Those problems don’t exclude themselves, and you can have both of them together and then more: factions, untold interests, honest irreconcilable dissent, new generations of users with different cultural baggage…

The admins of all that complex systems are usually just people that knew how to install and maintain some software: they know little to none about people. And the point is that this shouldn’t be about software, but about people.

I say “irresponsible” because to me people matter. But I also know that any random person over Internet may just want to administer some instance of a server for whatever reason, such as the ones which may not share my concern over people. “I wanna be an admin” is pretty much an OK thing to want, and “I’m tired of doing this” or “It’s not what I expected, I just wanna leave now” are OK stances too. Free software gives the power to that person to do that. That’s freedom too. And when we talk about that hypothetical admin: is this person “user”, or is something else? Is it OK to empower that person to do that kind of things, no matter what happens with the users of the online service?

Even RMS relativizes the value of Free software in remote servers from an end user perspective.

But my point is that real life puts limits to the Free software ideals, and add lots of complexity that naive stances simply can’t deal with. This are just some of them, and there may be many others. Now, you’re talking about “not making free software an anti-trump thing”, because Free software is not supposed to be that, and here I strongly disagree. This is a good example of my stance on the issue.

Trumpism is no joke, the far-right is growing worldwide, and the Internet is in the middle of it. WE, as the free software community, are in the middle of it: we’re the ones fighting against corporate power inside the software world. We’re the ones turning software into a political issue. We’re the ones talking about ethics and sustainability and people’s empowerment from IT. It’s pretty much irresponsible for us to try to be neutral when the corporate power of Trumpism gets into Free software: that’s already a wrong instance. But by the looks of it, things are so bad with the far-right worldwide that we’re kinda also living a civilizational crisis: nazis again, and this time all around the world, while tech makes them grow and grow by the day, and both global warming and inequality get worse by the year. This is the ultimate real-life limit Roy, and there’s no more room for neutrality here.

There’s always ideals: and there’s always also real-life. Science is supposed to be neutral, and technical, and most of all objective: yet, ask any person who studies science (not “a science”, but science itself, as in “sciences”), and the person will tell you that science is as political as anything else. Or take a look at the justice department of any country in the world, all of them supposedly objective and technical and neutral: full of contradicting normatives, full of lobbying and ideological mandates, full of politics. That’s not “corruption”: that’s the way they are, the way they work. Institutions are NEVER neutral, and never were: they favor values. And Free software favors freedom. We are NOT neutral.

You may be most likely right that GPL enforcers have their own agenda. But in your argument you don’t mention the issue of limited resources (so you can’t just go enforcing GPL against every single server online, therefore you have to cherry-pick your targets), and the fact that high targets may actually be a correct strategy (because of cultural impact of your work). And there’s also the fact that is not the same Trump or Bernie Sanders, and you may have pretty much different stances against each one of them without breaking any Free software ethical rule: I’m OK to have some anti-Trump enforcers, and if I were trying to argue your points I’ll more likely argue in favour of “also anti-Bernie enforcers”, and NOT “neutral enforcers”. Careful Roy, as you reject some very basic enforcer’s humanity traits by trying to defend technicality and neutrality, which is already a questionable idea. But then again, you do that when Trumpism is in the focus of the scene, and Trumpism is the “freedom” of Gab. And not only that, but Trumpism is also fascism: a clear limit to freedom. You may have defensible points, but I must warn you anyways to be very careful with the real-life limits of those arguments. There ARE limits to ideals.

4. Some final notes, mostly about politics.

“Free speech” has his history. It comes from the fight against the churches and kings. Science as we know it championed freedom of speech around the XVII century, but it had more to do with “against dogma” rather than the current idea of “I can say whatever I want”; they’re both very different things.

Free software shares some of that same history. It comes from a long liberal tradition. I’m talking about the left liberal ethos from the French revolution. Later the Cold War experience immunized the USA from Marxist influence, and so liberal ideology is the canon there: you have different shades of liberalism, and that’s it. If you have any “left” in there, it’s also liberal, like it was back then in France. And that’s the place where RMS grew up. So, his freedom imperative had a lot of cultural and political influence from previously-enabled and already-installed reasonings.

Yet, if you work on its logic, and read it from “empowering users” perspective (as you do in your video), Free software is pretty much classist: it’s about “people vs corporations”, and from there “workers vs capitalists” is less than a step away.

I prefer the liberal stance over the Marxist when it comes to talk about what people CAN do, because I don’t like the Marxist implications about work and history and what it means to be human: there’s some idealism I consider empirically and historically incorrect. However, the flaws of liberal ideology also comes from idealism gone wrong, with the uses of “freedom” being the main of such cases, and so I prefer Marxism when it’s about what people SHOULD do. And this is actually the case when almost every contemporary economic theory ends up being just liberal ideology made pseudo-science for business enthusiasts: Marxist theory shines there. And it’s also very useful in places where social responsibility is involved. Let me give you an example. Remember those Mastodon instances taken down by its admins, that I called “irresponsible”? The current liberal-inherited common sense would call those Mastodon instances “servers” or “services”, implying servitude and even a possible commercial interaction. Well… Marxist common sense would call them “means of production”, implying “that’s what people use in order to do stuff”, and would tell you to seize them, to not let such a thing in the hands of people that do not share your class interests. What would have happened to Free software if its people would have used those kinds of categories and reasonings, instead of the liberal-inherited ones, every time a corporate zealot came to our doors with shiny trinkets to offer?

Yet we’re not talking about economics, but about Free software. Let me tell you Roy: I HATE when people try to make that stuff about “it’s just technical”, and then embrace ideal rules as sacred scriptures and call that “freedom”. That’s not freedom: that’s dogma. That’s RMS telling lots of wrong stuff, even if he’s brilliant and actually the creator and rightful (and beloved) leader of our movement. That’s “systemd is ethical because is Free software”, that’s “we should let them do it from a FS perspective”. That’s the kind of rationale that feeds us bloat release by release of almost every single software we use: because if it’s Free software, then everything else is fine. That’s fantasizing that software culture can be limited to a bunch of rules and that’s it. And it’s not like that: it’s quite complicated and much bigger than the 4 Freedoms and “technical quality”, at least if we’re still talking about people.

And it is much complicated than liberal vs Marxist too. Because it’s also about psychology, biology, ecology, sociology, theology, cybernetics, arts, and so much more. What people can do with anything tends to be chaotic, and what people should do almost never can be reduced to simple rules. That’s the very history of human institutions.

Informatics is the way of handling huge real-time complexity: probably the main problem our current societies struggle with to survive; informatics is the way of sharing information of all kinds, from health care to arts; informatics is the way to predict future problems, to calculate just production and distribution of needed materials, to democratize participation in science and politics, to spread awareness, to connect people, to understand and fix diseases. And a giant chunk of informatics is software. And we, as the people that do ethics and politics from the software world, try to focus on the 4 Freedoms and the GPL uses, and that’s it? Really? “Neutral GPL enforcement” is a bigger issue than fascism for our community? Are we really discussing more about “privacy” than about capitalism? When are we going to discuss our own liberal-inherited agenda limits in light of real-life needs like poverty, climate change, overpopulation, and so on? Are we going to keep telling ourselves “it’s just about freedom” in front of all of that, as if software didn’t have anything else to say?

I feel that last paragraph can be very unfair to you, because I know very well that you’re a sensible person on those issues, you do write frequently about all that, and this time you’re just talking about a very specific thing and that’s all. I understand that. But I tell this as a more general idea, as something I feel must be said loudly to the crowd where you also happen to be. So please understand it’s not about you, but about the shared ideas and ideals on the software community in general, and the Free software community in particular. I believe we’re dealing with dogmas and inherited common sense that should be faced with critical thinking. I also believe right-wing corporations are much better organized than we are, and that they’ve learned with time to make us use our own weapons against ourselves (like the very GPL), by which we should be discussing what to do.

I believe the Free software movement must grow into something bigger, and stop trying to be so specific. Because we’re people in a critical infrastructure position for our time, and should think therefore with a more holistic and societal mindset. And I’m not talking about relativize freedom, but about mixing it with other equally important values, ending up in more core guidelines than the 4 Freedoms. Otherwise, I believe we’ve already seen everything Free software can do for society, and frankly I don’t think it’s helping very much these days: most likely makes things worse by allowing Trump zealots to clone Twitter, but this time with Apple EUAs and a free haven to the worst of our culture. That’s just simply too much.

IRC Proceedings: Saturday, November 06, 2021

Posted in IRC Logs at 2:45 am by Needs Sunlight

Also available via the Gemini protocol at:

Over HTTP:

HTML5 logs

HTML5 logs

#techrights log as HTML5

#boycottnovell log as HTML5

HTML5 logs

HTML5 logs

#boycottnovell-social log as HTML5

#techbytes log as HTML5

text logs

text logs

#techrights log as text

#boycottnovell log as text

text logs

text logs

#boycottnovell-social log as text

#techbytes log as text

Enter the IRC channels now

IPFS Mirrors

CID Description Object type
 QmcajxHeunQ4ZN2EuRJMLgHfLB5ybWJ2sXDQY4Ru6XwxZ3 IRC log for #boycottnovell
(full IRC log as HTML)
HTML5 logs
 QmNo6WEGV9q2CLiRdGgV6n93u2sE1H2uWURJuMA4LAKYSF IRC log for #boycottnovell
(full IRC log as plain/ASCII text)
text logs
 QmYXdZLy3EYfdUxPbDfzEaADBmEr4asQHrB9ufcSYiRMpu IRC log for #boycottnovell-social
(full IRC log as HTML)
HTML5 logs
 QmXUKzSE7HzVVMFCGVhZE8MWDXoeueA9ZKNw8w6YcHu3qy IRC log for #boycottnovell-social
(full IRC log as plain/ASCII text)
text logs
 QmX6dJGrvbXyAx61QqDFGSRuAfSDrcUQAjwdTv15jJaX1h IRC log for #techbytes
(full IRC log as HTML)
HTML5 logs
 QmTyGNX5Z8MEFS5Gwv7d4exjd55iRPMinhdzULima5dUtX IRC log for #techbytes
(full IRC log as plain/ASCII text)
text logs
 QmT5ueFxBedNKcS8GjVnM2e3AMY3dBifMwrxZgpugcooMk IRC log for #techrights
(full IRC log as HTML)
HTML5 logs
 QmSPRhJBk5Q2eBxzq9CDqwypHYJApPKMynxdfy7xFLikJQ IRC log for #techrights
(full IRC log as plain/ASCII text)
text logs

IPFS logo

Bulletin for Yesterday

Local copy | CID (IPFS): QmYKBd728JBm11x2JbtET9sF2KJXtKjGPDD1jVnpt7fLqz

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channels: Come and chat with us in real time

New to This Site? Here Are Some Introductory Resources




Samba logo

We support

End software patents


GNU project


EFF bloggers

Comcast is Blocktastic? SavetheInternet.com

Recent Posts