Links 18/11/2021: Oracle Linux 8.5 and Firebird 3.0.8

Posted in News Roundup at 7:53 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Tuxedo Nano Pro Gen 11 is a compact Linux desktop with AMD Ryzen 4000U

        The Tuxedo Nano Pro Gen 11 is a mini PC that measures 4.6″ x 4.3″ x 1.9″ and ships with a choice of Ubuntu Linux or the Ubuntu-based Tuxedo_OS.

        It’s the latest in a line of Linux PCs from Tuxedo Computers, and the company says the little desktop is one of the smallest available with an AMD Ryzen 4000U processor. It’s available from Tuxedo for 640 Euros and up, taxes included.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • FLOSS Weekly 656: Switching to Linux – and Much Else – Intel on Linux, System76

        Doc Searls, Jonathan Bennett and Aaron Newcomb are together on FLOSS Weekly taking a look at the challenges of switching to Linux, even though Linux runs on many things used in everyday life. System76 has decided to build a non-Gnome desktop for its distro. Why? Bennett addresses the allegations of Intel being optimized for Windows 11, but not taking Linux into consideration. It’s a fun discussion on this episode of FLOSS Weekly.

      • Linux overview | Lubuntu 21.10 – Invidious

        In this video, I am going to show an overview of Lubuntu 21.10 and some of the applications pre-installed.

      • Video: What is the MiSTer?

        I’m guessing, given the fact that I’ve posted a considerable amount of content on it already, that you know what the MiSTer is. Here’s a presentation from the Retro World Expo 2021 (just a few days ago) by two prominent retro YouTubers.

      • Just Say No to M1 | Coder Radio 440

        We get some spicy emails, dig into why Mike just picked up another Linux laptop, and then share our real thoughts on Web3.

      • The Future of Pop OS – Invidious

        System76 looks to be ditching GNOME and building its own Desktop Environment.

      • Streamlabs Rips Off OBS, Lightstream and Elgato – Invidious

        Streamlabs is in the news today due to several companies claiming that Streamlabs copied their work. Those companies include Lightstream, Elgato and OBS, the maker of the free and open source Open Broadcaster Software. Additionally, OBS claims that Streamlabs is using the OBS name without their permission.

      • StreamLabs OBS Accused Of Stealing OBS Name – Invidious

        For the longest time I thought that StreamLabs OBS was a partnership with OBS but apparently that’s not the case and OBS is not happy about them using the name, along with this they’ve allegedly been copying other competitors.

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.17 To Continue With I/O Optimizations, 5~6% Improvement Pending For NVMe – Phoronix

        The recently-ended Linux 5.16 merge window saw significant I/O improvements driven primarily by maintainer Jens Axboe’s recent focus on relentlessly optimizing the block and IO_uring code for record-setting per-core IOPS. As good as those improvements are, Linux 5.17 should be even better.

        Linux 5.16 saw much of Axboe’s work merged around the I/O optimizations in his quest for maximizing the per-core IOPS out of his new Ryzen 9 5950X system with dual Intel Optane NVMe solid-state drives. But there is still more work pending that in turn should be ready for Linux 5.17.

      • Intel AMX support in 5.16

        The x86 instruction set is large, but that doesn’t mean it can’t get bigger yet. Upcoming Intel processors will feature a new set of instructions under the name of “Advanced Matrix Extensions” (AMX) that can be used to operate on matrix data. After a somewhat bumpy development process, support for AMX has found its way into the upcoming 5.16 kernel. Using it will, naturally, require some changes by application developers.

        AMX (which is described in this document) is meant to be a general architecture for the acceleration of matrix operations on x86 processors. In its initial form, it implements a set of up to eight “tiles”, which are arrays of 16 64-byte rows. Programmers can store matrices in these tiles of any dimension that will fit therein; a matrix of 16×16 32-bit floating-point values would work, but other geometries are supported too. The one supported operation currently will multiply the matrices stored in two tiles, then add the result to a third tile. By chaining these operations, multiplication of matrices of any size can be implemented. Evidently other operations are meant to come in the future.

        While AMX may seem like a feature aimed at numerical analysis, the real target use case would appear to be machine-learning applications. That would explain why 16-bit floating-point arithmetic is supported, but 64-bit is not.

        The design of AMX gives the kernel control over whether these features can be used by any given process. There are a couple of reasons for this, one being that AMX instructions, as one might imagine, use a lot of processor resources. A process doing heavy AMX work on a shared computer may adversely affect other processes. But AMX also cannot be supported properly unless both the kernel and the user-space process are ready for it.

      • The balance between features and performance in the block layer

        Back in September, LWN reported on a series of block-layer optimizations that enabled a suitably equipped system to sustain 3.5 million I/O operations per second (IOPS). That optimization work has continued since then, and those 3.5 million IOPS would be a deeply disappointing result now. A recent disagreement over the addition of a new feature has highlighted the potential cost of a heavily optimized block layer, though; when is a feature deemed important enough to outweigh the drive for maximum performance?

        Block subsystem maintainer Jens Axboe has continued working to make block I/O operations go faster. A recent round of patches tweaked various fast paths, changed the plugging mechanism to use a singly linked list, and made various other little changes. Each is a small optimization, but the work adds up over time; the claimed level of performance is now 8.2 million IOPS — well over September’s rate, which looked good at the time. This work has since found its way into the mainline as part of the block pull request for 5.16.

        So far, so good; few people will argue with massive performance improvements. But they might argue with changes that threaten to interfere, even in a tiny way, with those improvements.

        Consider, for example, this patch set from Jane Chu. It adds a new flag (RWF_RECOVERY_DATA) to the preadv2() and pwritev2() system calls that can be used by applications trying to recover from nonvolatile-memory “poisoning”. Implementations of nonvolatile memory have different ways of detecting and coping with data corruption; Intel memory, it seems, will poison the affected range, meaning that it cannot be accessed without generating an error (which then turns into a SIGBUS signal). An application can respond to that error by reading or writing the poisoned range with the new flag; a read will replace the poisoned data with zeroes (allowing the application to obtain whatever data is still readable), while a write will overwrite that data and attempt to clear the poisoned status. Either way, the application can attempt to recover from the problem and continue running.

      • 5.16 Merge window, part 1

        As of this writing, Linus Torvalds has pulled exactly 6,800 non-merge changesets into the mainline repository for the 5.16 kernel release. That is probably a little over half of what will arrive during this merge window, so this is a good time to catch up on what has been pulled so far. There are many significant changes and some large-scale restructuring of internal kernel code, but relatively few ground-breaking new features.

      • Graphics Stack

        • Mesa 21.3 Graphics Stack Is Here with Zink, RADV, and Panfrost Improvements

          Mesa 21.3 is here three and a half months after Mesa 21.2 to further improve Linux’s number one graphics stack. It brings many great improvements, starting with official OpenGL ES 3.1 compliance for Collabora’s Panfrost driver, threaded shader compilation for the Iris driver, OpenGL ES 3.2 support for the Zink driver, and support for AV1 videos for the Video Acceleration API (VA-API ).

        • Intel Developing Universal Scalable Firmware As Next-Gen Firmware Platform – Phoronix

          Universal Scalable Firmware intends to extend its scope beyond just system firmware but is also planned for use by Intel discrete graphics processors. USF is also designed to offer greater firmware security than the status quo. The key planned features/components right now include a Universal Payload that can work across different operating systems and boot loaders, the Platform Orchestration Layer with simplified ACPI support and interfaces with the Rust programming language and configured with YAML, and the SoC FSP. Intel is hoping USF will reduce development costs, improve firmware quality and security, and push forward other new firmware innovations.

        • Mesa 21.3 Released With Radeon RADV Ray-Tracing, Much Better Zink – Phoronix

          Mesa 21.3 is now out as the latest quarterly feature release to this collection of open-source graphics drivers.

          Mesa 21.3 as the Q4’2021 update brings a number of exciting improvements and new features like:

          - Radeon RADV ray-tracing support landed along with experimental shader-based ray-tracing for older Radeon GPUs. Note though that this RADV ray-tracing code hasn’t yet been well optimized and the performance is likely to be slow and there may still be various game issues. In any case, at least it’s finally maturing now in mainline in experimental form.

        • Copper Aims To Improve Mesa’s Zink Efficiency In 2022 – Phoronix

          Following the news from last week of experimental Zink code running Wayland’s Weston compositor over this Mesa-based OpenGL-on-Vulkan implementation, developer Mike Blumenkrantz has opened up about some of the ongoing work to improve the efficiency of Zink and making such advancements a reality.

          In particular, the ongoing Zink Gallium3D improvements by Blumenkrantz and others along with the work of Red Hat’s Adam Jackson on the new “Copper” DRI interface extension. The “Copper” effort has been ongoing for a while and should allow for some simplifications to the architecture for how Zink functions and in turn allow for greater efficiency as well as broader platform coverage. With that, the ability to handle Wayland compositors like Weston.

        • NVIDIA 470.62.12 Vulkan Beta Driver For Linux Updates Video Support – Phoronix

          NVIDIA today released their latest Vulkan beta drivers for Windows and Linux.

          With the NVIDIA 470.62.12 beta driver released today there is updated Vulkan Video API support based on the upstream spec as of the newly-released Vulkan 1.2.199. There are some subtle changes to the Vulkan Video capabilities for specification compliance. NVIDIA’s Vulkan beta driver remains the leading driver for Vulkan Video API support right now and they were quick in supporting the provisional extensions since their debut earlier this year. Finally at least Vulkan Video is seeing movement by Mesa drivers.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How To Install NumPy on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install NumPy on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, NumPy (Numerical Python) is an open-source library for the Python programming language. It is used for scientific computing and working with arrays. It offers the following and much more.

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

      • Debugging a weird ‘file not found’ error

        Yesterday I ran into a weird error where I ran a program and got the error “file not found” even though the program I was running existed. It’s something I’ve run into before, but every time I’m very surprised and confused by it (what do you MEAN file not found, the file is RIGHT THERE???!!??)

        So let’s talk about what happened and why!

      • PostgreSQL and Undelete

        Earlier this week, I updated pg_dirtyread to work with PostgreSQL 14. pg_dirtyread is a PostgreSQL extension that allows reading “dead” rows from tables, i.e. rows that have already been deleted, or updated. Of course that works only if the table has not been cleaned-up yet by a VACUUM command or autovacuum, which is PostgreSQL’s garbage collection machinery.

      • How to install RPM fusion on AlmaLinux 8 / Rocky Linux 8

        RPM Fusion is a repository specifically for Fedora Linux. It is an amalgamation of the software repositories Livna, Freshrpms, and Dribble to bundle resources. Among other things, the repo provides packages for multimedia and the required codecs. The repo is divided into “free” and “non-free“.

      • How to format USB drive: Mac, Windows, Ubuntu

        USB keys will sometimes display less memory than is actually available, even after the drive has been completely wiped. When this happens, it’s helpful to reformat your USB flash drive to restore your device to its full capacity. Formatting your USB will open up the drive’s storage space and even increase its efficiency. USB keys can be formatted in several different ways.

      • How to install Parsec on a Chromebook in 2021

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

      • How to install Flowblade Video Editor on Elementary OS 6.0 – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at how to install Flowblade Video Editor on Elementary OS 6.0.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Sam Thursfield: Status update, November 2021

          I am impressed with the well-deserved rise of Sourcehut, a minimalist and open source alternative to Github and Gitlab. I like their unbiased performance comparison with other JavaScript-heavy Git forges. I am impressed by their substantial contributions to Free Software. And I like that the main developers, Drew DeVault and Simon Ser, both post monthly status update blog posts on their respective blogs.

    • Distributions

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Release Notes for Oracle Linux 8.5

          Oracle® Linux 8: Release Notes for Oracle Linux 8.5 provides information about the new features and known issues in the Oracle Linux 8.5 release. This document may be updated after it is released.

        • Getting started with Red Hat Insights and OpenSCAP for compliance reporting

          Sysadmins trying to ride herd over tens, hundreds or thousands of systems need tools to help keep systems in compliance with policies and security standards. In this post we’ll look at using Red Hat Insights compliance service to manage compliance at scale.

          Verifying that your organization’s systems satisfy your compliance requirements is something that takes time and effort. Too often it’s only done on an ad hoc basis. That approach may work for organizations with a limited number of hosts, but performing this task at scale is problematic with complex environments and limited resources.

          Fortunately, organizations that use Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) in a standard operating environment (SOE) can take advantage of Red Hat Insights and its Compliance service to proactively and efficiently manage their regulatory compliance requirements at scale.

          Combining Red Hat Insights with Red Hat Smart Management and the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to create an automated process for compliance configuration, validation, and remediation can lessen the administrative burden of your compliance workload.

        • Red Hat OpenShift extends High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure from edge to exascale

          Massive amounts of data are racing towards us at an unheard of velocity. But processing this data quickly, at a centralized location, is no longer possible for most organizations. How might we better act on this data to preserve its relevance? The answer lies in acting on the data as close to the source as possible. This means making data-driven decisions or getting answers to the most pressing questions in real-time, across all of your computing environments – from the edge to the exascale.

          If you’re processing massive amounts of data at scale with multiple tasks running simultaneously, you are likely already using high-performance computing (HPC). Oil & gas exploration, complex financial modeling and DNA mapping and sequencing are just a few modern workstreams that have massive data requirements and rely on HPC to drive breakthrough discoveries.

          With HPC, running advanced and computational problems and simulations in parallel on highly optimized hardware and super fast networks can help deliver answers and create outcomes more quickly. Because of HPC’s sheer scale, it would be challenging for the traditional datacenter infrastructure to deliver similar results. And also because its massive scale “just works,” HPC has largely gone unchanged over the past 20 years. Today, however, we are seeing HPC undergo a transformation as it faces increased demand from the applications running on it.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • FSearch is an ‘Everything Search Engine’ Alternative for Ubuntu

          If you’re looking for a super fast file search tool for Ubuntu that’s similar to the Everything Search Engine on Windows you’re in the right place.

          FSearch is exactly what you’re looking for.

          The utility’s developer, Christian Boxdörfer, is even upfront about the inspiration, explaining on the project homepage: “[Everything Search Engine] provides instant results as you type for all your files and lots of useful features (regex, filters, bookmarks, …). On Linux however I couldn’t find anything that’s even remotely as fast and powerful.”

          Christian says he a slew of Linux file search tools (including standalone ones like Catfish and ANGRYSearch, as well as the file-finding features baked into file managers like Nautilus) first, as he didn’t want to create “yet-another” file-search tool for Linux.

          Sadly, none of them were what he wanted, or catered to different use cases.

          So he built his own.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • Video: $5,000 Raspberry Pi Server?
        • Finally, A Piano BBQ Grill That You Can Drive Around the Workshop

          It’s a truth universally acknowledged that sometimes a little music can add much to a nice afternoon picnic. It’s also well-known that meat cooked over hot coals should be turned regularly to allow for even cooking. This barbecue grille project from [Handy Geng] delivers on both counts.

          The project uses a full 88 motors, activated by pressing keys on an electronic piano. The technique used is simple; rather than interface with the keyboard electronically or over MIDI, instead, a microswitch is installed under each individual key.

        • This tinyML system helps soothe your dog’s separation anxiety with sounds of your voice | Arduino Blog

          Due to the ongoing pandemic, Nathaniel Felleke’s family dog, Clairette, had gotten used to having people around her all the time and thus developed separation anxiety when the family would leave the house. But thanks to some clever thinking, Felleke came up with the idea to automatically detect when his dog started to bark and play some sounds of his family speaking to calm her down.

        • Arduino Library Makes Digital Rain Like It’s 1999 | Hackaday

          There’s going to be a new Matrix movie in theaters next month, and you know what that means: we’re about to see a whole new generation get obsessed with the franchise’s iconic “Digital Rain” effect. Thanks to modern advertisement technology, expect to see lines of glittering text pouring down the displays of everything from billboards to gas pumps pretty soon.

        • Nixie Tube Indicator Tells You How Many Tasks You’ve Got Left to do

          For busy people, keeping track of all the tasks on your to-do list can be a daunting task in itself. Luckily there’s software to help you keep organized, but it’s always nice to have a physical artifact as well. Inspired by some beautiful nixie clock designs, [Bertrand Fan] decided to build a nixie indicator that tells him how many open items are on his to-do list, giving a shot of instant gratification as it counts down with each finished task.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • Firebird 3.0.8 sub-release is available

          Firebird Project is happy to announce general availability of Firebird 3.0.8 — the latest point release in the Firebird 3.0 series.

          This sub-release offers many bug fixes and also adds a few improvements, please refer to the Release Notes for the full list of changes.

      • Programming/Development

        • Concurrency in Julia

          The Julia programming language has its roots in high-performance scientific computing, so it is no surprise that it has facilities for concurrent processing. Those features are not well-known outside of the Julia community, though, so it is interesting to see the different types of parallel and concurrent computation that the language supports. In addition, the upcoming release of Julia version 1.7 brings an improvement to the language’s concurrent-computation palette, in the form of “task migration”.

        • Perl/Raku

          • Vale, David

            David H. Adler passed away yesterday.

            David was a gentleman and a scholar: a gentle, warm, erudite, funny, clever, and deeply kind man. And one who has made a vast contribution to our Perl and Raku communities over more than quarter of a century.

        • Python

          • Late-bound argument defaults for Python

            Python supports default values for arguments to functions, but those defaults are evaluated at function-definition time. A proposal to add defaults that are evaluated when the function is called has been discussed at some length on the python-ideas mailing list. The idea came about, in part, due to yet another resurrection of the proposal for None-aware operators in Python. Late-bound defaults would help with one use case for those operators, but there are other, stronger reasons to consider their addition to the language.

            In Python, the defaults for arguments to a function can be specified in the function definition, but, importantly, they are evaluated in the scope where the function is defined. So default arguments cannot refer to other arguments to the function, as those are only available in the scope of the function itself when it gets called.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • SCPI: On Teaching Your Devices The Lingua Franca Of Laboratories

        One could be excused for thinking sometimes that the concept of connecting devices with other devices for automation purposes is a fairly recent invention. Yet for all the (relatively) recent hype of the Internet of Things and the ‘smart home’, laboratories have been wiring up their gear to run complicated measurement and test sequences for many decades now, along with factories doing much the same for automating production processes.

        Much like the chaotic universe of IoT devices, lab equipment from different manufacturers feature a wide number of incompatible protocol and interface standards. Ultimately these would coalesce into IEEE-488.1 (GPIB) as the physical layer and by 1990 the first Standard Commands for Programmable Instruments (SCPI) standard was released that built on top of IEEE-488.

    • Integrity/Availability

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Russian Anti-Satellite Weapon Test Draws Widespread Condemnation | Hackaday

        On the morning of November 15, a Russian missile destroyed a satellite in orbit above Earth. The successful test of the anti-satellite weapon has infuriated many in the space industry, put astronauts and cosmonauts alike at risk, and caught the attention of virtually every public and private space organisation on the planet.

        It’s yet another chapter in the controversial history of military anti-satellite operations, and one with important implications for future space missions. Let’s examine what happened, and explore the greater context of the operation.

    • Environment

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • MintCast: Whitney Webb Discusses Global Elites’ Stealth Takeover of Nature

          As world leaders, celebrities, business moguls and activists alike descend on Scotland for the COP26 climate summit, behind the scenes powerful financial groups are attempting to rewrite the rules of international trade and to privatize nature under the guise of sustainability.

          While high politics has understandably made the headlines, a cartel of international bankers is attempting to use the crisis to rewrite international capitalism for their own benefit.

    • Finance

      • Linux Unveils a Blockchain-Based Platform – All About It! [Ed: Inappropriately using/riding the Linux brand]

        By now, you have heard the hype about blockchain technology. The inherent capabilities of blockchain are vast in its ability to securely, transparently, and efficiently transmit information.

        The need to improve service delivery in the insurance industry led the Linux Foundation (LF) and AAIS (the American Association of Insurance Services) to use this distributed ledger to launch OpenDIL (Open Insurance Data Link). So what is OpenIDL, and what is its aim? Here, we will discuss that and more.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

[Meme] Edge’s Edgy Security

Posted in Deception, Microsoft, Security at 6:24 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Send me all your passwords for free entry

Summary: Microsoft’s password stealer is more of that old tradition of crushing real security and handing over all your data — even passwordsto the NSA

Debian Expulsion Lies and Blackmail

Posted in Debian, Deception at 6:02 pm by Guest Editorial Team

By Daniel Pocock

Rogue members of the Debian ecosystem continue to spread untrue statements about expulsions.

It is easy to prove these expulsions are not only untrue but also impossible.

Debian is not an organization. Debian is simply a trademark. The US trademark database shows the trademark is registered to another organization, Software in the Public Interest, Inc.

Most Debian Developers, myself included, have never been members of Software in the Public Interest, Inc.

If we are not members and if we can not join, we can’t be expelled.

Imagine making a movie and then removing the names of some people from the credits and putting other names in their place. Is that “expulsion”? Or is that simply stealing credit for somebody else’s work? Removing names from the list of Debian Developers is much like removing somebody’s name from the credits in a movie. It is wrong.

Links 17/11/2021: Proxmox VE 7.1, Qubes OS 4.1 RC2, Microsoft Stealing People’s Passwords

Posted in News Roundup at 4:43 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Tux’s Favorite Recipes: Enticing Snippets from the New ‘Linux Cookbook, 2nd Edition’

      In Why I Wrote the Linux Cookbook, 2nd Edition, I discussed how much Linux has changed in a short time, and how I updated the Linux Cookbook to include some of these changes. Now I will share some snippets from the new book, so you can get a taste of how fabulous it is, and inspire you to dash out and buy many copies.

    • Sick of Windows? Here’s how easy it is to install Linux

      Linux isn’t nearly as challenging as you’ve been led to believe. In fact, it’s just as easy to use as any other operating system. But what about the installation? Wouldn’t installing an operating system be a challenge that’s way above the paygrade of the average user? Not necessarily. And now that you know how to test-drive Linux, it’s time you learned how to install the open-source operating system.

      Like the previous entry in this series, I’m going to focus on elementary OS because it’s one of the more user friendly distributions, and the installation is fairly indicative of the average Linux installation.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • The 5 best Linux desktops for beginners in 2021

        Some people still insist that using Linux is hard. Sure, it was difficult — when I started with the Linux desktop back in the 1990s. But that was a long time ago. Today, the easiest desktop of all, Chrome OS, is simply Linux with the Chrome web browser on top of it. The more full-featured Linux desktop distributions are as easy to use in 2021 as Windows or macOS.

        Yes, you can get a lot more from Linux if you know how to do shell programming and the like. But that’s also true of Windows and PowerShell. With both operating systems, you don’t need to know the deep ins and outs of either one to get your work done.

      • AWS adds Linux app streaming alongside Windows to ‘greatly lower’ cost

        Amazon Web Services has added support for streaming Linux applications and desktops to its AppStream service, which was previously Windows-only, claiming that it will “greatly lower the total streaming cost.”

        AppStream 2.0 has been running since late 2016 and enables users to stream GUI applications or entire desktops to a local PC either via a web browser or using a Windows client. Although running applications remotely has some drawbacks – such as latency, dependency on a strong internet connection, and potential snags accessing local resources like printers and storage – it also has advantages.

      • Unsplash Wallpapers Is An Unsplash Desktop Open Source App

        You may have heard about Unspalsh; a very famous online service that provides high-quality images and wallpapers under a semi-open license.

        Unsplash is important for website creators, app designers and basically anyone who wants to get free wallpapers without having to deal with licensing issues (No attribution required, and even commercial usage of Unsplash images is allowed). It was a revolution in stock images when it first started.

        For the average user, though, nothing more is needed than setting these beautiful wallpapers as a background image for his/her operating system’s desktop. And for that, a desktop application is going to be needed.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • In Conversation with Matthias Ettrich, Founder of KDE

        On occasion of KDE’s 25th anniversary, Matthias Ettrich, the founder of KDE, talked to Lydia Pintscher, Vice President of KDE e.V., about how KDE came to be, what has changed since and how he sees the future of Linux desktops., To learn more about KDE, the Free Software we create, the Community and the history of our project, visit our 25th Anniversary site.

      • mintcast 374 – Mounted Archery

        First up in the news, Linux Mint Monthly News, Firefox 94 released, Steam OS announcement, System76 Desktop announcement, Intel has been doing this for a long time and Nvidia released a fix

        In security, A Dutch newspaper gets hacked, Azure is vulnerable, and AMD and Intel have more security flaws

        Then in our Wanderings, Joe works on an xbox, Josh remodels a bathroom, Tony got a new phone and Norbert tells us about running arch

      • Three Tumbleweed Temptations | LINUX Unplugged 432

        Can we live with openSUSE Tumbleweed?

        We try three different builds and prepare ourselves for our journey into SUSE land. Our setups, what we liked, and what we still need to figure out.

    • Kernel Space

      • Sound Open Firmware For AMD Audio Hardware Arrives, Initially For Renoir ACP – Phoronix

        Back in 2018 Intel founded Sound Open Firmware as their effort to provide an open-source audio DSP firmware and software development kit. AMD has begun supporting Sound Open Firmware too now, initially for the Renoir audio co-processor (ACP).

        Sound Open Firmware as a Linux Foundation project has been maturing over the past three years and now supports a wide-range of Intel hardware with other audio hardware also becoming supported. Ultimately it’s about having open-source audio DSP firmware and a SDK to better support modern audio processing. In the SOF documentation it’s summed up rather broadly, “The Sound Open Firmware SDK is comprised of many ingredients that can be customized for use in the firmware/software development lifecycle. Customization allows for a “best fit” development approach where the SDK can be optimized for a particular process or environment. Some SDK ingredients are optional while there can be more than once choice for other ingredients.”

      • Linux 5.17 To Support Temperature Monitoring For New AMD Zen Generation – Phoronix

        The Linux 5.17 kernel next year will support temperature monitoring for a “new generation” of AMD Zen processors.

        While AMD has often been late to the game in supporting CPU temperature reporting under Linux for Zen processors, it’s nice to see them out in front ahead of their next launch. Even in cases where new IDs simply need to be added to the k10temp driver, unfortunately they have often not added them until post-launch or in some cases where those in the community (including cases like I when getting hands on review samples) have the hardware and find the support not working until making some trivial driver alterations.

      • Linux 5.14.19
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.14.19 kernel.
        All users of the 5.14 kernel series must upgrade.
        The updated 5.14.y git tree can be found at:
        	git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.14.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
        greg k-h
      • Linux 5.4.160
      • Graphics Stack

        • NVIDIA Looks To Improve Power Management For Linux VFIO PCIe Devices – Phoronix

          NVIDIA is looking to enable run-time power management for the VFIO PCI Linux driver to allow for better power-savings.

          For PCIe devices assigned to the vfio_pci driver for passing through to a guest virtual machine, a NVIDIA engineer sent out a patch series allowing for run-time power management. The VFIO PCI driver code currently has very limited power management handling and with this series the hope is moving the PCIe device from D3hot to D3cold state when appropriate to save on power consumption.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Sending logs from syslog-ng store box to Splunk – Blog – syslog-ng Community – syslog-ng Community

        One of the most popular applications to feed Splunk with syslog messages is syslog-ng. However not everyone is happy to work on the command line anymore. This is where syslog-ng store box (SSB), an appliance built around syslog-ng, can help. The SSB GUI provides you not only with an easyto-use interface to configure most syslog-ng features, but also a search interface and complete log life cycle management. It can forward log messages to several destinations, recently also to Splunk’s HTTP Event Collector (HEC).

        From this blog you can learn about how SSB fits into your logging infrastructure and how to configure SSB for Splunk.

      • Clean empty job groups in openQA – openQA bites

        In this blog post I present you a small script, which can help you to remove empty job groups from your own openQA instance. This is helpful if you have a development instance with a lot of job groups, that you never use. This script can help you to tidy the list of dangling job groups.

      • How to check if an RHEL system is vulnerable to a CVE

        Most companies scan infrastructure devices for vulnerability every quarter, but the duration may vary depending on the company’s ITSM policy.

        After the security scan, if the security team finds vulnerabilities in a specific support group, such as Linux, Windows, Middleware or Network, it will be sent to them.

        Once assigned, the team will create a CR (Change Request) based on the environment such as TEST, DEV, UAT or PROD and mitigate it to make their systems more secure.

      • How to Install MariaDB 10.7 on Ubuntu 20.04 – LinuxCapable

        MariaDB is one of the most popular open-source databases next to its originator MySQL. The original creators of MySQL developed MariaDB in response to fears that MySQL would suddenly become a paid service due to Oracle acquiring it in 2010. With its history of doing similar tactics, the developers behind MariaDB have promised to keep it open source and free from such fears as what has happened to MySQL.

        MariaDB has become just as popular as MySQL with developers, with features such as advanced clustering with Galera Cluster 4, faster cache/indexes, storage engines, and features/extensions that you won’t find in MySQL.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install MariaDB 10.7 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

      • How to Install PHP 8.1 on Fedora 35 – LinuxCapable

        PHP 8.1 is a significant update of the PHP language that will be “officially” released on November 25, 2021. This is a standard upgrade going forward from the existing PHP 8.0 release with the new PHP 8.1 is bringing enums, fibers, never return type, final class constants, intersection types, read-only properties amongst the long list of new features and changes.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to import the REMI Module and install PHP 8.1 on your Fedora 35 system.

      • How to install a full desktop on a Multipass virtual machine for easier Linux development – TechRepublic

        Multipass is still one of my favorite virtual machine systems. With this command-line tool, I can very quickly spin up a virtual instance of Ubuntu in seconds. These VMs can be used for testing, development and other use cases.

      • How to Install PHP 8.1 on Rocky Linux 8 – LinuxCapable

        PHP 8.1 is a significant update of the PHP language that will be “officially” released on November 25, 2021. This is a standard upgrade going forward from the existing PHP 8.0 release with the new PHP 8.1 is bringing enums, fibers, never return type, final class constants, intersection types, read-only properties amongst the long list of new features and changes.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to import the REMI Module and install PHP 8.1 on your Rocky Linux system.

      • How to Install MongoDB with Podman on Rocky Linux 8 – NextGenTips

        In this tutorial I will be showing you how to install MongoDB with Podman on Rocky Linux.

        Mongodb is an open source NoSQL database that provides high throughput for data driven applications. Unlike relational databases such as MySQL, Oracle and SQL server which store data in tables according to a rigid schema, MongoDB stores data in documents with flexible schema.

        Podman is a daemonless, open source, Linux native tool designed to make it easy to find, run, build, share and deploy applications using Open Container Initiative (OCI) containers and container images.

      • How To Install Hugo on Debian 11 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Hugo on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, Hugo is a free and open-source website framework written in developed in Go. Hugo provides a reliable and modern static site generator. It is capable of generating a site at a speed of less than 1 ms per page. It works by shipping pre-made templates to make a quick work of SEO, analytics, commenting e.t.c. Hugo sites can run without any expensive run times like PHP, Python, Ruby and don’t need any database.

        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 Hugo static site generator on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

      • How To Find All Files Containing Specific Text On Linux From The Command Line – Linux Uprising Blog

        This article explains how to find all files containing specific text on Linux. For this we’ll use grep, a standard Unix program.

        grep is a command-line utility which prints lines that match a given pattern, and should be installed by default.

        Let’s start simple. Say you want to search for the word text (case-sensitive!) in all the files in the current directory and its subdirectories. To do this, you need to open the terminal, navigate to the folder where you want to perform the search, and run…

      • 20 one-line Linux commands to add to your toolbox | Enable Sysadmin

        Many Linux users have experienced a lasting sense of accomplishment after composing a particularly clever command that achieves multiple actions in just one line or that manages to do in one line what usually takes 10 clicks and as many windows in a graphical user interface (GUI). Aside from being the stuff of legend, one-liners are great examples of why the terminal is considered to be such a powerful tool.

      • What is a Hypervisor? What’s Difference Between Type 1 & 2?

        Before you see difference between Type 1and Type 2 Hypervisor and which one is better (if that’s even a case), let’s first see what a Hypervisor is.

      • Monitoring bandwidth on Linux with Nethogs – Unixcop the Unix / Linux the admins deams

        Hello, colleagues. It is the task of any computer scientist to know how to manage the bandwidth of a computer. Especially if this computer is a server or a production computer that needs to know how the bandwidth is spent. So, in this post, you will learn how to monitor bandwidth in Linux. For this, we will use a CLI tool called NetHogs. Sounds interesting? So, let’s go for it.

      • How to Install Python 3.11 on Ubuntu 20.04 – LinuxCapable

        Python is one of the most popular high-level languages, focusing on high-level and object-oriented applications from simple scrips to complex machine learning algorithms. Python is famous for its simple, easy-to-learn syntax, emphasizes readability, and reduces program maintenance costs and more straightforward conversion to newer releases. Python supports modules and packages. One of the many is the popular PIP package manager.

      • How to install MongoDB 4.4 on Fedora 35 – NextGenTips

        In this tutorial we are going to explore how to install MongoDB on fedora 35.

        MongoDB is a free and open source document database designed for ease of application development and scaling.

        Every record in a mongoDB document, which is a data structure composed of field and pair values. MongoDB stores documents in collection. Collections are analogous to tables in relational databases.

      • How to use grep to search for strings in files on the shell

        The grep command, which stands for global regular expression print, is one of the most versatile commands in a Linux terminal environment. It is an immensely powerful program that allows the user to sort input according to complex rules, which makes it a rather popular link in numerous command chains. The grep command is primarily used to search text or any file for lines that contain a match to the specified words/strings. By default, grep displays the matched lines, and it can be used to search for lines of text that match a regular expression(s), and it outputs only the matched lines.

      • How to create an SQS Queue on AWS

        Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) is a managed message queuing service of AWS which enables us to decouple and scale microservices, distributed systems, and serverless applications. Using SQS, we can send, store, and receive messages between software components at any volume, without losing messages. Standard queues offer maximum throughput, best-effort ordering, and at least-once delivery. FIFO queues are designed to guarantee that messages are processed exactly once, in the exact order that they are sent.

        SQS Eliminates administrative overhead, provides Reliably delivery of messages, keeps sensitive data secure, and scales elastically and cost-effectively.

        Security, Durability, Availability, Scalability, Reliability, Customization are a few of the benefits of using SQS.

        There are 2 types of SQS Queues on AWS.

      • How To Install Apache with Let’s Encrypt on RHEL 8

        In terms of popularity and usage, the Apache webserver engine tops all other web server software systems, and for good reasons. The Apache Software Foundation ensured that this cross-platform web server software is attributed as free, open-source, and easy to configure.

        Its user-friendly footprints make it an ideal web server software alternative even for beginners that want to experience how their websites/applications will perform under HTTP and HTTPS protocols.

      • 3 interesting ways to use the Linux cowsay command | Opensource.com

        Most of the time, a terminal is a productivity powerhouse. But there’s more to the terminal than commands and configurations. Among all the outstanding open source software out there, some of it has been written just for fun. I’ve written about fun commands before, but this article is about just one: the venerable cowsay command.

    • Games

      • SteamVR Overlay not working on Arch or Manjaro Linux? Here’s a fix | GamingOnLinux

        Sadly, SteamVR on Linux continues to have quite a lot of quirks and over time it’s gotten a little rough, here’s a way to fix the SteamVR Overlay not working.

        One of the most annoying bugs right now is how the SteamVR Overlay doesn’t seem to work. Not just that, but even the settings menu from the main SteamVR menu doesn’t seem to work either. This appears to be a problem on any Arch-like Linux distribution (EndeavourOS, Manjaro etc) and seems to originate with the vrwebhelper.

      • Baba Is You gets a level editor, new levels and more | GamingOnLinux

        Baba Is You, the puzzle game where you push word blocks around to link them and change all the rules has a big free update out now with a level editor. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it’s absolutely amazing. It’s easily one of the best puzzle games ever made. Don’t just take my word for it, on Steam it has an Overwhelmingly Positive score from over 12,000 players. It’s good!

        This new free update brings with it a level editor, online level sharing with codes and built-in options to view them, a curated Featured Levels list, two new fully level packs from the developer with over 150 new puzzles and more.

      • Duke Smoochem 3D is turning into a hilarious look at Britain in Doom

        What started off as a joke, Duke Smoochem 3D now seems to be turning into something of an actual game. The joke was around former UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, who was famously captured on CCTV kissing an aid which broke COVID-19 social distancing restrictions.


        Meanwhile, if you’re after another good bit of retro-fuelled gaming with a British edge to it, there was also the Thatcher’s Techbase release from September that sees you take down an evil reincarnation of Maggie Thatcher.

      • The Polaris 15 and 17 from Tuxedo Computers: Linux Notebook Full Review – Invidious

        Tuxedo Computers sent over both the 15″ and 17″ versions of their new 3rd-gen Polaris notebook, and in this video I’ll review both! I’ll compare the two models side-by-side, and I’ll give you my thoughts

      • Ready, player anyone? China’s gaming ban left cloud providers looking for someone to play with

        China’s decision to limit minors to three hours of gaming each week has proven problematic for the nation’s clouds, which find themselves with unused capacity.

        So said Steve Brazier, CEO of channel-centric analyst firm Canalys, at the company’s Asia-Pacific Forum

        “25 to 30 per cent of Chinese cloud capacity was for gaming,” Brazier said. Chinese clouds like Alibaba are now trying to figure out what to do with that capacity. Some have even deferred datacentre builds as a result, Brazier said.

      • Experiences of configuring and using a ‘hackendeck’ homemade Steam Deck

        Valve recently released information about developing for the Steam Deck if you didn’t have a Dev-Kit which is an engineering verification test build (EV2) version of their device. Included in the documentation is a suggestion to build your own Steam Deck, or ‘hackendeck’ using a mini PC. Whilst I didn’t have the exact brand they picture in the article I did have a mini PC with the required specifications so I set about following the instructions to see how it performed.

      • Everything we learned from the Steam Deck Developer’s Conference – Invidious
      • First-person shooter RPG ‘Beyond Sunset’ looks awesome in the new trailer | GamingOnLinux

        With a graphical style inspired by classic DOS games, Beyond Sunset is probably one of the absolute most promising looking retro shooters coming.

        “SUNSET CITY, CALIFORNIA – 20XX: You’ve been awakened from cryostasis. Your name, your identity, your memories… All lost in the confusing fog of hypersleep. Not only a stranger in a strange place, you begin to manifest powerful abilities. Lightning-fast reactions. Innate combat skills. Near-supernatural agility. You’re not like everyone else.

      • Kingdom Come: Deliverance gets shown off on the Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        Sadly, this is a game that was supposed to offer up native Linux support years ago as a result of the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. When the release was coming up, the developer cancelled both Linux and macOS support for launch and then just never ported it. A huge shame but at least with Steam Play Proton around there is another option to play Windows versions on Linux through Steam.

      • Sci-fi point and click adventure Warp Frontier released for Linux | GamingOnLinux

        Originally released in September, developer Brawsome has now ported over their space sci-fi point and click adventure War Frontier over to Linux.

        “Vincent Cassini, decorated war hero, but still just a Captain in the police force he started, is patrolling the orbital slums of his home planet Cetus, when he stumbles across a lead in a war crime that resulted in the mysterious disappearance of thousands of Cetans, including his first wife and best friend. Captain Cassini and his robot partner MAC, must ally with morally questionable characters to stop an old enemy before their crimes are erased forever.

      • Squid Game knock-off Crab Game now has a Linux version | GamingOnLinux

        Squid Game, the huge Netflix hit, was always going to inspire others and it clearly did with the free multiplayer title Crab Game and the developer has now put up a Linux build on Steam.

        It looks completely ridiculous of course but it’s surprisingly fun to play and watch. Crab Game has been quite a big hit on Twitch too, with tens of thousands watching people spectacularly fail at it.

      • Take down the enemy capital ship in Deep Space Battle Sim out now | GamingOnLinux

        Deep Space Battle Simulator, a game where two opposing sides battle it out in space with their capital ships has now left Early Access on Steam.

        It’s a round-based multiplayer first-person online game, one that allows a fair amount of freedom in how each team goes about conquering the other side. Each team is made up of actual players (8-16 on each side), who will fly around in fighters and board the enemy ship to try and take it down. A fun idea if you’re a space sci-fi fan.

      • You’ll be able to save the bees together online in APICO | GamingOnLinux

        APICO is an upcoming casual wholesome game about saving the bees, breeding them and building up your own beekeeping dream and the developer recently revealed online multiplayer support.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • JWM version 2.4.0 compiled

        JWM, Joe’s Window Manager, has been in the pups since the very early days. JWM is not just a window manager, it also manages one or more trays and one or more menus.

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Evolving 3D desktop effects in Plasma

          The latest Plasma release dropped a few desktop effects: the cube family, CoverSwitch and FlipSwitch. All of those effects were written back in 2008, the early days of KDE 4.x and the early days of desktop effects in KWin. The effects were implemented by me and when Vlad asked about removing them I saw the need for this and supported this step for technical reasons. With this blog post I want to share a little bit of why it was needed to remove them and why this means that they can come back in better ways than ever before.

          To really understand this we need to time travel back to 2008 and the years before when desktop effects were introduced. This can help to understand how the hardware architecture changed and how that influenced design decisions in the effects API which are nowadays problematic. First of all CPUs. The Intel Core 2 Duo architecture was launched in 2006 as the brand new thing which had multiple (namely 2) cores which slowly replaced the NetBurst architecture which dominated Desktop computing for the beginning of that decade.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Clapper – GNOME media player built using GJS with GTK4 toolkit

          GTK is a free and open-source cross-platform widget toolkit for creating graphical user interfaces (GUIs). Offering a complete set of widgets, GTK is used from small one-off tools to complete application suites.

          GTK 4.0 was released in December 2020 with components that rely on GTK4 following promptly. The GNOME desktop is built on the GTK toolkit. GNOME 40 released in March 2021 supports GTK4. Many distros include GNOME 40 such as Ubuntu 21.10, Arch, Debian, Fedora, and Gentoo to name a few.

        • Cinnamon 5.2 Desktop Environment Released, This Is What’s New

          Cinnamon 5.2 is packed with an improved Menu applet that now features better keyboard navigation for RTL (Right-to-Left) languages, symbolic icons for all apps, the ability to hide the app buttons by default and when the menu is closed, support for displaying completion results only when the file system path entry is enabled, and the ability to show refreshed menu items while the menu is open.

        • China has now used a major Safari/Webkit zero day vulnerability against Hong Kong activists for at least the second time.

          On GNOME Web (especially in Flatpak), it’s actually quite a bit safer because of advanced Linux sandboxing techniques, and additional hardening options available to the GNU Compiler, which simply either don’t exist or are broken, or fake (report success, do nothing) in Apple’s Clang/LLVM. In many cases, the browser would simply crash rather than arbitrary code execution.

          I really can’t tell you how much I dislike Clang/LLVM. Apple switched over to it from GCC not due to maturity or technical excellence, but to get away from the GNU GPLv3, and now it’s democracy protesters in China who get to pay for that.

          When Fedora’s engineering steering committee was debating switching to LLVM based on anti-GNU FUD coming from Mozilla, I was preparing to apply two patches to Firefox (someone else quickly wrote them to make Firefox build on GCC with the features Mozilla said weren’t possible in GCC 8, to justify their switch to an inferior compiler) and build it under some other name and put it in my COPR repo instead. Now I don’t use Fedora or Firefox.

          If that had been the only thing going wrong with it, I might have groused a little and stayed in the end, but IBM has moved Fedora in a direction where it’s even less stable than Debian Sid!

          And Mozilla has turned into a political party of extremism (wokeness/corporate leftism) and Cancel Culture, and a thrall of Big Tech.

        • Strong passwords, 2FA, and GNOME Authenticator.

          About a year ago, I noticed that I kept getting emails that some of my accounts had been taken over.

          Nothing very important. An old Disney rewards account I signed up for to get free DVDs forever ago, an unused Spotify account from I don’t know when.

          But it got me thinking about security.

          Up until that point, I had dodged bullets. I hated passwords, I used bad practices without even considering it (like reusing weak passwords over and over again), and I decided to clean house.

    • Distributions

      • MX Linux MX-21 KDE – Now, here’s a verily splendid distro

        Luck is a combination of two factors: probability and time. Case in point, my foray with MX Linux MX-21 KDE. As you well know, I’m a great fan of this small yet feisty distro. So far, I’ve mostly tested (and liked) the Xfce flavors. My one quick brush with its KDE build was largely unsuccessful. In fact, with the release of MX-21 Wildflower, I wasn’t even thinking of testing the KDE version.

        But then, as luck would have it, the official download page didn’t have the Xfce release available for my Lenovo IdeaPad box. To be able to run on modern systems with UEFI, AMD Ryzen processors and NVMe, you need the AHS release – I discovered this with MX-19.3. However, at the time of writing, or rather testing, there was only the regular Xfce edition sans modern stuff, the Xfce AHS in almost-but-not-quite Release Candidate (4), and the KDE version, with all the right bits in place! So I thought, let’s go for it.

      • New Releases

        • Qubes OS 4.1-rc2 has been released!

          We’re pleased to announce the second release candidate for Qubes 4.1!

          Qubes 4.1-rc2 contains fixes for bugs that were discovered in the first release candidate (4.1-rc1). For existing Qubes 4.1-rc1 users, a regular update is sufficient to upgrade to 4.1-rc2.

      • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

        • Audacity » PCLinuxOS

          Audacity is an open source, freely distributed, cross-platform and easy-to-use software project designed from the offset to act as an audio editor and recorder for personal computers. Updated to 3.1.2.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • CentOS Alternative Rocky Linux 8.5 Is Out Now

          Rocky Linux 8.5 is now availlable for the download. Based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5. It inherits many of the new features from RHEL 8.5. This is the first release of Rocky Linux with official Rocky Linux signed Secure Boot shim.

        • Customize Python dependency resolution with machine learning | Red Hat Developer

          It has not been that long since pip, the Python package installer, introduced a new resolver. A resolver is a critical piece of programming infrastructure, responsible for locating and selecting versions of packages to use when building an application. The new pip resolver uses a backtracking algorithm that works considerably better than the old one, according to community feedback.

          This article introduces a new cloud-based Python dependency resolver created by Project Thoth. Running in the cloud, Thoth uses reinforcement learning techniques and your desired criteria to resolve Python library dependencies. Moreover, a pluggable interface lets you fix underpinning and overpinning issues (that is, where specified versions of packages are too strict or too lax) and make additional adjustments to the resolution process. The process takes into consideration the runtime environment, hardware, and other inputs to the cloud-based resolver.

        • From Godot to RPM – Fedora Magazine

          With more games being developed with the Godot engine, we need to learn how to package these games for Fedora.

          Developing a game is complex. The requirements for each game differ. In the past developers created new game engines for each game. Over time game engines become more generic. They adapt to cover a style of game. Some engines can create a wide variety of games.

          Godot is a well known open source game engine. Both open source and closed source games use the system. The Godot packages for Fedora run these games but no RPM package examples exist.

          Much of the packaging is the same regardless of the application. RPM spec files need summary, version, license, description, etc. For build requirements, you need the godot-headless package. Godot publishes a pck file but requires a graphical user interface to run. Godot headless builds a project without needing a graphical user interface.

        • Managing persistent volume access in Kubernetes | Red Hat Developer

          Data storage gets complex in the world of containers and microservices, as we discussed in Part 1 of this series. That article explained the Kubernetes concept of a persistent volume (PV) and introduced Red Hat OpenShift Data Foundation as a simple way to get persistent storage for your applications running in Red Hat OpenShift.

          Beyond the question of provisioning storage, one must think about types of storage and access. How will you read and write data? Who needs the data? Where will it be used? Because these questions sound a bit vague, let’s jump into some specific examples.

          I ran the examples in this article on Developer Sandbox for Red Hat OpenShift, a free instance of OpenShift that you can use to begin your OpenShift and Kubernetes journey.

        • The office’s next chapter: How CIOs can shape a positive workplace experience | The Enterprisers Project

          When the pandemic hit, the first wave of transformation was about moving employees home and supporting remote workers. The result of that transformation has forever changed our workforce – today, people are able to get work done from anywhere.

          It’s also forever changed the role of the physical workplace. The office will always have an important role in work. And as employees continue to return to the office, it’s time to think about how we can make it a place where people want to be – not just need to be – and a place where they can work effectively.

          Creating an enticing workplace experience is nothing new; years ago, tech companies in Silicon Valley began offering perks such as chef-prepared meals in the cafeteria and massages to attract and retain top talent. Today, the pandemic has employees reflecting on what benefits are important to them and which jobs align with their values, wants, and needs in a career. The perks that get them excited to come into the workplace might change. After working from home, for example, they likely crave time for collaboration and socializing in the workplace. And it’s up to us to help rethink that workplace experience with sustainability and employee needs in mind.

          After the warp-speed transformation CIOs have experienced over the last two years, now is not the time to slow down. As you look toward the near future, focus on improving the workplace experience, including by leveraging data from sensors and forming stronger cross-functional partnerships that can drive your organization forward.

        • 3 things CIOs should know about developers in the cloud era

          What do today’s developers wish CIOs and IT leaders knew about the realities of the cloud era? What do developers want in order to advance their careers? For my first episode hosting Red Hat’s livestreaming show, In The Clouds, I was excited to dig into these and related questions around the role of developers in the enterprise. I was joined by the leaders of the Red Hat Developer Business Unit: Vice President and General Manager Mithun T. Dhar and Senior Director of Developer Marketing and Strategy Ignacio Riesgo Pablo. We had an excellent discussion about how Red Hat works with developers and the unique culture and opportunities that brought all three of us to join the company.

      • Debian Family

        • Proxmox VE 7.1 released!

          we’re excited to announce the release of Proxmox Virtual Environment 7.1. It’s based on Debian 11.1 “Bullseye” but using a newer Linux kernel 5.13, QEMU 6.1, LXC 4.0, Ceph 16.2.6, and OpenZFS 2.1. and countless enhancements and bugfixes.

          Proxmox Virtual Environment brings several new functionalities and many improvements for management tasks in the web interface: support for Windows 11 including TPM, enhanced creation wizard for VM/container, ability to set backup retention policies per backup job in the GUI, and a new scheduler daemon supporting more flexible schedules..

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • The future of documentation at Canonical

          We’ve understood the importance of this for some time, but actually finding a way to express those values in our practice is less easy.

          One thing that has made it difficult at Canonical is the complexity of our engineering, product and services portfolio. Our software spans a range from single-purpose command-line tools to vertical ecosystems composed of dozens of discrete component products, created by dozens of independent engineering and product teams.

          We’ve been able to create unified and coherent software product lines, but we’ve been less successful doing the same for documentation. We want to do better for our documentation users – this is how we’re going to do it.

        • Ubuntu Maker Canonical Planning To Vastly Improve Its Documentation

          Back in the day Ubuntu’s Wiki was a great resource for Linux documentation but less so these days while the Arch Linux Wiki is often viewed as a gold standard for open-source documentation. Canonical though is now hoping to radically improve the documentation for Ubuntu and its other software offerings.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Karl Dubost: Browser regression and tools

            In simplified terms, there is a regression when a code used to work and is not working properly after a specific release. For websites, a webpage would stop having the right behavior after updating to a new version of the browser.

          • Firefox Relay is Now Out of Beta & Adds New Premium Plan to Help Protect Your Real Email Address – It’s FOSS News

            Firefox Relay aims to help you protect your real email address by providing email aliases.

            While good options like Simplelogin, and AnonAddy already exists, Mozilla’s Firefox Relay can encourage more users to use email aliases.

            For a while, it was in the beta phase with limited access to features. Now, as per the official announcement, it is available for all users, out of beta, and introduces a premium plan to unlock all features.

          • Safeguard Your Email Address from Spam Using Firefox Relay. Here’s How.

            You can now protect your email addresses from spammers using Firefox Relay with premium service + unlimited aliases. Everything you need to know.

          • Support.Mozilla.Org: Introducing Firefox Relay Premium

            If you’re a fan of Firefox Relay, you may have been waiting for the day when you can add more aliases. After a long wait, you can now celebrate because we’re launching Firefox Relay Premium today.

            As a refresher, Firefox Relay is a free service available at relay.firefox.com where you’ll get five email aliases to use whenever you sign-up for an online account. Today, Firefox Relay is launching as a premium subscription where you can unlock unlimited aliases and additional features.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • Use atan2 function instead of atan – EasyHack

          When working with shapes and charts in LibreOffice, there are several occasions that you have to calculate tan -1 x . But is atan function always the best choice? Here we discuss using atan2 function instead of atan in C++ code. When used in correct place, atan2 can have a lot of benefits when calculating atan ( y / x ).

        • OSS News: Enterprise Linux, Microsoft Replacements, Fuzzy Linux Solutions

          The Document Foundation on Nov. 4 announced the release and general availability of LibreOffice 7.1.7 as the last point release in the LibreOffice 7.1 office suite series.

          The LibreOffice 7.1 office suite was released in February. It is supported until the end of November, after which the LibreOffice 7.1 series reaches the end of life. No new maintenance updates will be published.

          LibreOffice 7.1.7 is a minor update to address 27 bugs across the office suite’s various core components. You can see details about them in the RC1 and RC2 changelogs.

          This renders your installation vulnerable and outdated. No new maintenance releases for the 7.1 series will be issued. It is being replaced with LibreOffice 7.2, which is supported until June 12th, 2022. You can download it here. Or you can wait for it to be available in the various Linux distribution repositories.

          LibreOffice 7.2 brings many new features and improvements, as well as better support for proprietary formats created with the MS Office suite. The latest point release is LibreOffice 7.2.2, but version 7.2.3 is expected to arrive by the end of the month.

        • Collabora Online Partners Shine at Open Source Experience Paris 2021

          The Open source Experience 2021 in Paris was wonderful. Of course we met a large number of people, but various of Collabora Online partners too! We love to tell you about them.

      • Programming/Development

        • Nasah Kuma: open source is flexible

          I had as main objective when I started my Coding Experience(CE) to get to grips with C or C++ since I am convinced that understanding one or both languages will help me become a better developer. Cog is developed in C which explained my excitement when I was introduced to the project. The first couple of tasks assigned to me were challenging but quite beginner-friendly.

          Like it usually happens to many developers, I got stuck on an issue. After weeks of working on it, I couldn’t complete it. My mentor and I had a couple of meetings/coding sessions which helped me move ahead though not to the point of finishing the work. I could feel that there was a knowledge gap I had to bridge in C which studies and practice hadn’t given me that ability yet. Cutting the long story short I got really exhausted and anxious and suggested to my mentor that we move to something else and revisit this issue later.

          After a couple of days, I was presented with a new program that can help me make the most of the CE. It turns out I will be moving back to contributing actively on GJS since there was good progress when I previously contributed to it. The only difference is most of my contributions will be in C++ and will probably include more core stuff.

        • Hacking Multiplication with Karatsuba’s Algorithm

          People tend to obsess over making computer software faster. You can, of course, just crank up the clock speed and add more processors, but often the most powerful way to make something faster is to find a better way to do it. Sometimes those methods are very different from how a human being would do the same task, but it suits the computer’s capabilities. [Nemean] has a video explaining a better multiplication algorithm known as Karatsuba’s algorithm and it is actually quite clever. You can see the video below.

          To help you understand the algorithm, the video shows a simple two-digit by two-digit multiplication. You can see that the first and last digits are essentially the result of one multiplication. It is all the intermediate digits that add together. The only thing that might change the first digit is a carry.

        • Rust

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • Tuned Out

        We’ve lost a lot of things in recent years, but one that we haven’t talked about too much is the demise of the children’s radio station. Yes, this is not exactly a surprise—how is radio going to compete with YouTube and Roblox? But back in April, the only real player in the kid-centric terrestrial radio space, Radio Disney, which started life on the airwaves 25 years ago this week, quietly wound down as Disney made the decision to focus on, well, every other part of being Disney. But it’s worth noting that Radio Disney was not the only one to embrace this phenomenon. Kids’ music makes a lot of money even to this day—it’s part of the reason why traditionally adult-centric bands like They Might Be Giants have embraced it. Today’s Tedium looks back at the many attempts to sell kids on radio—a market that has basically faded away by this point.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Splunk CEO jumps ship, share price slumps despite surging growth
        • Security

          • Hardware security flaw impacts Intel Apollo Lake & Gemini Lake processors – CNX Software

            A few years go the Spectre and Meltdown hardware security vulnerabilities impacted a wide range of processors from Intel, AMD, Arm, and others. But a newly discovered hardware security flaw impacts specifically the Atom, Celeron, and Pentium from the Apollo Lake, Gemini Lake, Denverton … low-power processors we often feature on CNX Software.

          • Alibaba’s Linux-based cloud servers exploited for use by cryptojackers | SC Media [Ed: But is it the fault of "Linux"? No. Journalism has become a mixture of FUD and advertising.]
          • Free Android Penetration Testing Toolkit & Risk Assessment – blackMORE Ops

            zANTI is an Free Android Penetration Testing Toolkit & Risk Assessment application that functions as a mobile penetration testing toolkit that lets you assess the risk level of a network using your mobile device for free download. zANTI lets security managers assess the risk level of a network with the push of a button. This easy to use mobile toolkit enables IT Security Administrators to simulate an advanced attacker to identify the malicious techniques they use in the wild to compromise the corporate network.

          • Security updates for Wednesday

            Security updates have been issued by CentOS (389-ds-base and libxml2), Debian (atftp, axis, and ntfs-3g), Fedora (digikam, freerdp, guacamole-server, and remmina), openSUSE (java-11-openjdk, kernel, samba, and tomcat), SUSE (firefox, java-11-openjdk, kernel, libarchive, samba, and tomcat), and Ubuntu (accountsservice, hivex, and openexr).

          • Google launches open source fuzzing tool to tackle SolarWinds-style attacks

            Google has announced a new open source project designed to assist software developers find vulnerabilities in their code, without much effort, in order to help enhance the security of the software supply chain.

          • Is Microsoft Stealing People’s Bookmarks?

            I received email from two people who told me that Microsoft Edge enabled synching without warning or consent, which means that Microsoft sucked up all of their bookmarks. Of course they can turn synching off, but it’s too late.

            Has this happened to anyone else, or was this user error of some sort? If this is real, can some reporter write about it?


            It’s actually worse than I thought. Edge urges users to store passwords, ID numbers, and even passport numbers, all of which get uploaded to Microsoft by default when synch is enabled.

          • Iranian Government-Sponsored APT Cyber Actors Exploiting Microsoft Exchange and Fortinet Vulnerabilities

            CISA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have released a joint Cybersecurity Advisory highlighting ongoing malicious cyber activity by an advanced persistent threat (APT) group that FBI, CISA, ACSC, and NCSC assess is associated with the government of Iran. FBI and CISA have observed this Iranian government-sponsored APT exploit Fortinet and Microsoft Exchange ProxyShell vulnerabilities to gain initial access to systems in advance of follow-on operations, which include deploying ransomware.

          • Linux has a serious security problem that once again enables DNS cache poisoning

            The sleight of hand worked because DNS at the time relied on a transaction ID to prove the IP number returned came from an authoritative server rather than an imposter server attempting to send people to a malicious site. The transaction number had only 16 bits, which meant that there were only 65,536 possible transaction IDs.

            Kaminsky realized that hackers could exploit the lack of entropy by bombarding a DNS resolver with off-path responses that included each possible ID. Once the resolver received a response with the correct ID, the server would accept the malicious IP and store the result in cache so that everyone else using the same resolver—which typically belongs to a corporation, organization, or ISP—would also be sent to the same malicious server.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

    • Environment

      • Wildlife/Nature

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • No centralised, verifiable record on internet shutdowns, says parliamentary panel: Reports

        In its report, the committee on information and technology noted that there were no rules to dictate these clampdowns.

      • No verifiable records of Internet shutdowns available: parliamentary panel – The Hindu

        There were no verifiable, centralised records of Internet shutdowns in the country. Neither the Ministry of Home Affairs nor the Department of Telecom maintain such a record, the parliamentary standing committee on information and technology pointed out in its report adopted on Tuesday.

        The committee, headed by senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, pressed for a detailed study on the economic impact owing to frequent and prolonged Internet shutdowns.

        Advocacy group Access Now, in a study published in March last, reported that India topped the list of countries that resorted to government imposed Internet clampdown.

        The report, as per sources, said that in absence of the database there was no mechanism to review whether the Internet clampdowns followed the laid down rules or the Supreme Court guidelines.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • 28 New Prints Up On Our Online Shop – The Public Domain Review

          New delights for your walls, including works by Blake, Grandville, Redon, Hiroshige, and lots of stunning Japanese firework illustrations.

        • Imaging Inscape: *The Human Soul* (1913) – The Public Domain Review

          In The Human Soul: Its Movements, Its Lights, and the Iconography of the Fluidic Invisible, originally published in French in 1896, Dr. Hippolyte Baraduc (1850–1909) postulates the existence of “the fluidic invisible” — a “vital cosmic force”, which he calls Odic liquid, that extends across the universe and “saturates the organism of living beings and constitutes our fluidic body”. Instead of all things being composed of one elementary substance, as in philosophical accounts of the monad, in this cosmic vision, we all live in a sea that we cannot see, which Baraduc names Somod.

Bruce Schneier: Microsoft Edge is Apparently a Password Stealer Too, Even on GNU/Linux

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Security at 1:43 pm by Guest Editorial Team

Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission from the original

Bruce Schneier: Microsoft Edge is apparently a password stealer too, even on GNU/Linux.

According to people who have contacted Bruce Schneier, Microsoft Edge is a password stealer on top of all of the other nasty things it does (It’s as private as a dodgy browser from a Russian search engine, as I discussed yesterday.).

Mr. Schneier added that Microsoft Edge encourages the user to also add their passports and other sensitive documents and trust the company with all of the major security breaches in personal and “cloud” computing with those too.

Video: Getting Off the Web and Away From Mozilla Firefox

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 12:21 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 24f4bd1a60c0d7e7cca1158d46ac8065

Summary: The Web has gone too far and Mozilla is acting like little but a Microsoft/Google subsidiary; this is why over the past 1+ years we’ve divested and reduced focus on the Web, which for the time being ought to be accessed by community-led projects (Mozilla Corporation doesn’t qualify as one)

FURTHER to our previous post, we thought it would be worthwhile showing in the form of a video the sorts of settings one needs to adjust in LibreWolf after installing it, assuming a smooth migration from Mozilla Firefox is desirable. To be most frank, ultimately it will be a good idea to get off the Web, where possible (or to the extent feasible), in favour of something like Gemini Protocol. When browsers become merely a canvas to throw anything at (even megabytes of JavaScript frameworks with hundreds of net sockets) we’re basically recreating Adobe Trash (Flash), this time with a fake ‘standards’ consortium to usher it in, calling it “open” as if monoculture has legitimacy (all the major browsers are Chromium clones and Firefox is financially connected to Google; it helps give an illusion of fair competition).

Totally Legit Gemini Search (TLGS), a Search Provider Just Announced for Gemini Space, Will Help Move More of Us Off the World Wide Web

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 11:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 7eb4b3a6838dfa20f824d31556da50be

Summary: The state of the Internet isn’t great, but it’s a lot worse when it comes to the Web; it became a hub of spying and malicious activity, so in this video I explain why we’re moving away from Firefox and, where possible, embrace gemini:// as well

THE World Wide Web is not in a healthy state. The committee which controls the World Wide Web is stacked by monopolies. It has gone on for about a decade already and years ago they added DRM (EME) on top of it. Mozilla too went along with that agenda…

In the video above I mostly discuss why I’m giving up on Mozilla; the ‘last straw’ or the breaking point was some time this month and it isn’t limited to Mozilla’s latest controversial ambition. It’s trying to relay (or grab) people’s mail (links [1-3] at the bottom). So at the start of the week both Ryan and I started documenting some essential facts and more of us in IRC started moving from Firefox to something else. We don’t typically use Firefox as a primary Web browser regardless, but why ever use it if Firefox is controlled by surveillance ogres?

For that matter, I am truly concerned about Thunderbird, as the video above explains. It’s being gutted. There are no forks of it, so Mozilla still controls (or harms) millions of existing Thunderbird users (along with extension developers). Mozilla’s CEO, the Chef and Baker, didn’t think too highly of Thunderbird. She actually dismissed if not blasted Thunderbird about a decade back. She insinuated that people moving to Gmail is OK (spoiler: Google’s money pays her over 3 million dollars a year). She attacked the very concept of decentralised E-mail. Gmail is antithetical to it. She does not (or does not wish to) understand Thunderbird users.

The way I see it, today’s Mozilla milks the “goodwill ambassador” status of Firefox (which the community advocated, free of charge, for the benefit of Mozilla Corporation) in the same way frauds and charlatans who run the Linux Foundation milk "Linux" (which they do not even use!!!) to death…

Why would you trust Mozilla with your E-mail? Of with your passwords? Of your browsing history? It handles bugs (by taking data from users), sure, but that’s for the technical staff, not the sales executives at Mozilla. They hired from companies like Facebook and the Board includes Microsoft (no wonder Mozilla increasingly acts like Microsoft’s slave [1, 2, 3]). The company is circling down the drain and now it (mis)uses Firefox as a brand to entice you to give them DNS queries (through partners), Internet traffic (VPN), and even your emails (Mozilla is spying on people; don’t be misled by the PR). I’ve had enough!

“One noteworthy downside is that by default LibreWolf is very strict — even too strict by “Libre” standards — to the point of being unusable for most people.”Both my wife and I have migrated our data from Firefox to LibreWolf. Earlier today I nearly completed the migration and Ryan posted some tips last night [4]; applicable only for newer versions of Firefox, i.e. not the ESR in Debian (it lacks export option for passwords, for instance). One noteworthy downside is that by default LibreWolf is very strict — even too strict by “Libre” standards — to the point of being unusable for most people. And it defaults to a Microsoft 'proxy' for search. Maybe we’ll do a HowTo related to this one day. Moreover, LibreWolf pretends to be “FirefoxDesktop on Windows” (or something to that effect) even when you use it on GNU/Linux, which means that Web statistics will inevitably give a false impression of Microsoft Windows being bigger than it actually is (not a new problem).

I get to the main point of the video only in the last 5 minutes or so (the sound quality will improve as we adapt to a new workflow). One hour before recording the video we found another new encouraging development in Gemini Space (or Geminispace).

“After some testing by my friends and talking to René,” said the announcement around 1PM, “I’m excited to share my new search provider for the Gemini protocol, TLGS” (already quite good and accessible at gemini://tlgs.one).

So far, based on some tests (e.g. searches about Techrights and Mozilla in the video above), the TLGS capsule/search engine works better than the other (existing) ones…

Based on this page, TLGS Search has indexed (for search) 80,000 pages so far

it’s a great start!

“‘Fixing’ the World Wide Web is too ambitious an aspiration because once something enters the formal specifications/standards it’s very difficult to undo.”That’s quite a lot and it doesn’t include much cruft.

We hope that a bunch of notable scandals, both large and small, will encourage people to reassess their choice of Web browsers and maybe explore a move to Gemini. There’s already a lot of good material there. No spying, no advertising, no affiliate marketing in links. Totally Legit Gemini Search (TLGS), as per its site, “is an experimental search engine for contents served over the Gemini Protocol. It crawls and indexes textual contents that it encounters in the Geminispace. And provides a [sic] interface for people to look for what they need. The interface is heavly [sic] inspired by GUS and geminispace.info.”

The World Wide Web was great in the 1990s. Then it was abused by Microsoft, it sort of recovered for a while (owing largely to Firefox), but now it seems beyond redemption. ‘Fixing’ the World Wide Web is too ambitious an aspiration because once something enters the formal specifications/standards it’s very difficult to undo. Tim Berners-Lee had a chance to say “No!” to DRM and other nasty stuff. But he missed that chance, wilfully

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. Firefox Relay is Now Out of Beta & Adds New Premium Plan to Help Protect Your Real Email Address – It’s FOSS News

    Firefox Relay aims to help you protect your real email address by providing email aliases.

    While good options like Simplelogin, and AnonAddy already exists, Mozilla’s Firefox Relay can encourage more users to use email aliases.

    For a while, it was in the beta phase with limited access to features. Now, as per the official announcement, it is available for all users, out of beta, and introduces a premium plan to unlock all features.

  2. Support.Mozilla.Org: Introducing Firefox Relay Premium

    If you’re a fan of Firefox Relay, you may have been waiting for the day when you can add more aliases. After a long wait, you can now celebrate because we’re launching Firefox Relay Premium today.

    As a refresher, Firefox Relay is a free service available at relay.firefox.com where you’ll get five email aliases to use whenever you sign-up for an online account. Today, Firefox Relay is launching as a premium subscription where you can unlock unlimited aliases and additional features.

  3. The Mozilla Blog: Firefox Relay now available with more email aliases with Premium service, protecting your identity and email addresses from spammers

    Today, Firefox Relay, a privacy-first and free product that hides your real email address to help protect your identity, is available with a new paid Premium service offering. The release comes just in time for the holiday season to help spare your inbox from being inundated with emails from e-commerce sites, especially those sites where you may shop or visit a few times a year.

    In real life you have a phone number where family and friends can call and reach out to you directly. You likely have it memorized by heart and it’s something you’ve had for years. In your online life your email address is like your phone number, it’s a personal and unique identifier. Your email address has become the way we login and access almost every website, app, newsletter, and hundreds of other interactions we have online every single day. That means your email address is in the hands of hundreds, if not thousands, of third parties. As you think more about your email address and the places it’s being used, Firefox Relay can help protect and limit where it’s being shared.

    Firefox Relay is a free service available at relay.firefox.com where you’ll get five email aliases to use whenever you sign-up for an online account. Over the last year, the team has been experimenting with Firefox Relay, a smart, easy solution that can preserve the privacy of your email address. Firefox Relay was initially rolled out to a beta phase for early adopters who like to test new products. We heard back from beta testers who provided feedback where we improved the free service and added a new paid Premium service that we’re introducing today.

  4. How to backup your passwords from Firefox and import them into a fresh copy, or LibreWolf, without Firefox Sync.

    Mozilla implemented support for importing CSV-formatted password lists generated by Firefox or other Web browsers, but it’s hiding by default.

    It’s fairly clear that Mozilla wants everyone to be pressured to create an account to use their Web browser. That way all of your browsing data is stored on a server you have no control over, and Mozilla may not either.

    (We don’t know if they farm this out to Clown Computing partners like Microsoft or Amazon.)

    To enable password import in Firefox or LibreWolf, type about:config into the address bar and hit enter, agree that you’ll be careful.

    Search for this entry:


    Double click to make it True.

    Now you are able to import passwords in CSV format. You should be able to export passwords from another browser and into Firefox or LibreWolf (where there is no Firefox Sync, due to privacy reasons), without needing any pesky Sync servers.

Links 17/11/2021: Brave Does Digital Currencies, Cockpit 257 Released

Posted in News Roundup at 6:41 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

    • Kernel Space

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to design a business card with Inkscape

        A new design is needed for a business card with a company logo, the person’s name, job title, email and phone contacts, as well as the company name and address. In this article you will learn how to install Inkscape, how to create a new document, design a simple logo, type texts, and how to lay out the logo and the text to finalize the card.

      • How to backup your passwords from Firefox and import them into a fresh copy, or LibreWolf, without Firefox Sync.

        Mozilla implemented support for importing CSV-formatted password lists generated by Firefox or other Web browsers, but it’s hiding by default.

        It’s fairly clear that Mozilla wants everyone to be pressured to create an account to use their Web browser. That way all of your browsing data is stored on a server you have no control over, and Mozilla may not either.

        (We don’t know if they farm this out to Clown Computing partners like Microsoft or Amazon.)

        To enable password import in Firefox or LibreWolf, type about:config into the address bar and hit enter, agree that you’ll be careful.

        Search for this entry:


        Double click to make it True.

        Now you are able to import passwords in CSV format. You should be able to export passwords from another browser and into Firefox or LibreWolf (where there is no Firefox Sync, due to privacy reasons), without needing any pesky Sync servers.

      • How to add Brave Search to GNOME Web and switch from DuckDuckGo

        How to add Brave Search to GNOME Web and switch from DuckDuckGo.

        In this article, we explore Brave Search. A new search engine from the company that makes the Brave Web browser.

        Perhaps you hop around browsers like I do and want to use Brave Search in GNOME Web, but all you get when you ask Brave how to add it is this.

      • How to Integrate ONLYOFFICE Docs with Alfresco on Ubuntu

        If your team and you work with content a lot, it might be a good idea to use an ECM (Enterprise Content Management) system. Taking into consideration a vast array of available solutions, it’s very difficult to choose the right tool for your purposes and needs.

        One of the best software tools in this category is Alfresco. Using it, you can easily store and collaborate on content with your teammates. In this guide, you will learn how to enable document editing within Alfresco with the help of ONLYOFFICE Docs.

      • How to Install Latest LAMP Stack in RHEL-based Distributions

        If you are a system administrator, a developer, or a DevOps engineer, chances are that at some point you’ve had to set up (or work with) a LAMP (Linux / Apache / MySQL or MariaDB / PHP) stack.

        The web and database servers, along with the well-known server-side language, are not available in their latest versions from the major distributions’ official repositories. If you like to play or work with cutting-edge software, you will need to either install them from a source or use a third-party repository.

      • How to Monitor Docker Containers with Zabbix Monitoring Tool

        Docker is arguably one of the most cherished DevOps tools that streamline the development, deployment, and shipping of applications inside containers.

        The concept of containerization entails leveraging container images. These are small, lightweight, and standalone executable packages that include everything that is needed to run an application including the source code, libraries and dependencies, and configuration files.

        By doing so, the application can run in almost any computing environment; traditional IT infrastructure, cloud, and a myriad of Linux / UNIX flavors.

    • Games

      • Nvidia’s new open source upscaling SDK could benefit AMD gamers as much as its own

        Nvidia’s image scaling and sharpening feature, Nvidia Image Scaling, has been updated today to improve performance and image quality. Though there’s more here of interest to gamers, even AMD ones. This upscaling feature is also being made open-source and cross-platform, meaning it could soon play nicely with AMD and Intel GPUs.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • 50,000 rules is not enough for Safari Content Blockers and I’m not hopeful that the situation will improve for GNOME Web, despite “WebExtensions” coming.

          GNOME Web uses WebkitGTK, which is basically an improved version of the one that Safari has. (No DRM modules and support for open media codecs.)

          However, it has some of the same limitations. One of these is using Content Blockers for the ad blocking. GNOME Web previously had one that was much, much worse, and caused many bugs, and ate RAM like it was going out of style, and was only partially compatible with Adblock Plus.

          So deleting it out of the browser and moving to use Webkit Content Blockers was a win by that measure.

          However, Apple is such a piece of shit company that they designed the scheme so that you’re limited to 50,000 rules. To put that in perspective, in most of my browsers, I have twice that many, and no, they don’t slow the browser down at all, because uBlock-Origin is efficient.

    • Distributions

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Fedora Community Outreach Revamp – Halloween Update

          The Fedora Community Outreach Revamp (FCOR) has been underway since summer of 2020. The co-leads, Mariana Balla and Sumantro Mukherjee, along with Marie Nordin, set out to repair broken bridges around Fedora’s outreach. We have made significant steps as a team towards completing the deliverables set out in the Fedora Objective. We are hoping to wrap things up in the next six months. As we move towards the close of 2021, we want to share the latest work that we have accomplished.

        • Friday’s Fedora Facts: 2021-45

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

          Fedora Linux 33 will reach end of life on Tuesday 30 November. Nominations for the F35 elections cycle are now open.

        • Fedora Linux 36 wallpaper brainstorming!

          That’s right!!! We are officially ready to start brainstorming for Fedora 36 Wallpaper ideas because our candidate with a K last name has been chosen (drum roll please) and it’s Deepika Kurup! Ideas and progress are going to be documented on Design issue 789. If you want to help us brainstorm an approach, join us at 1830 UTC Wednesday in #fedora-design on Matrix.

        • Contribute at the Fedora Linux 36 Test Week for Kernel 5.15 – Fedora Community Blog

          The kernel team is working on final integration for kernel 5.15. This version was released just recently and will arrive soon in Fedora. As a result, the Fedora kernel and QA teams have organized a test week from Sunday, November 14, 2021 through Sunday, November 21, 2021. Refer to the wiki page for links to the test images you’ll need to participate. Read below for details.

        • Contribute at the Fedora Linux 36 Test Week for Kernel 5.15

          The kernel team is working on final integration for kernel 5.15. This version was just recently released, and will arrive soon in Fedora. As a result, the Fedora kernel and QA teams have organized a test week from Sunday, November 14, 2021 through Sunday, November 21, 2021. Refer to the wiki page for links to the test images you’ll need to participate. Read below for details.

        • CPE Weekly Update – Week of November 08th – 12nd
        • Call for F36 Test Days – Fedora Community Blog

          It’s time to start thinking about Test Days for Fedora Linux 36. A Test Day is an event aimed getting together interested users and developers to test a specific feature or area of the distribution. You can run a Test Day on just about anything for which it would be useful to do some fairly focused testing in ‘real time’ with a group of testers; it doesn’t have to be code. For instance, we often run Test Days for l10n/i18n topics. For more information on Test Days, see the wiki.

        • Cockpit 257

          Formerly, cockpit-tls, the process responsible for handling encryption on HTTPS connections to cockpit, would directly read the certificate file for itself. This required the private key file to be owned by the cockpit-ws user (or group) that this process ran as. Users sometimes want to share the same key file with several different services, making this arrangement awkward. It also required additional configuration steps in the case of automatically-issued certificates.

          Cockpit now reads the certificate and key files as the root user, allowing them to be installed with any set of permissions.

        • Fedora Community Blog: Upcoming Mindshare Committee Election: What to know

          We released Fedora Linux 35 and that means it’s time for the elections for various governing bodies in Fedora. This includes the Mindshare Committee. One seat is open on the Committee this election to serve two release cycles (one year). We invite you to vote in the upcoming Mindshare Committee election, and even run for the seat if you are inspired! Participating on the Mindshare Committee takes 1-3 hours weekly, as well as the expectation that you will attend any face-to-faces (virtual or in-person) if possible. This is an opportunity to support the Fedora Project in an organizational capacity, and you don’t need a lot of experience. Each Fedoran’s perspective is valuable to the work that Mindshare does. We would love to have you be a part of the Committee.

          Maybe you know someone who wants to be more involved in Fedora and would be a good fit. Make sure to get consent from the nominee if you decide to nominate someone. If you or someone you know is interested in running, add those names to the Mindshare Election wiki page. The Election Wrangler will reach out to you with next steps.

        • Remi Collet: Enterprise Linux 9 Repository

          Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 Beta is released and CentOS 9 Stream is available, so my repository is already open and (mostly) fully populated.

          As EPEL is not yet ready, for now you have to enable “remi” repository which provides lot of packages usually available in EPEL.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

        • Chromium

          • Brave embeds a cryptocurrency wallet right in the browser

            Brave version 1.32 includes a dedicated wallet built right into the browser, in which users can store their private keys for various cryptocurrency holdings. (Read our review of Brave 1.0.) The company claims that the direct integration is more secure than a third-party browser plugin, but also allows users to connect with hardware wallet devices like Trezor and Ledger. Brave’s wallet also provides real-time market information as well as the ability to buy and pay via various cryptocurrencies.

  • Leftovers

    • In Resemblance of the Living

      Alone I spirit myself away looking at the many flowers born on the balcony, certainly not thanks to me, the gardener was the wind. They skin me with precision, their beauty sinks in with the same noble knife used by the missing. I remember your laughter whirling all around when I confessed that flowers frighten me.

      Mine is a young pain, it’ll take patience, waiting as the bird at the edge of a field just barely sown. I loved you with a human love, like taking off one’s clothes at night and putting them back on in the morning. Now in these boundless days I write you an invisible letter to tell you there’s a wonderful path a pearl that goes rolling fast down a tree-lined avenue towing lightness with it, towing wakefulness.

    • You Couldn’t Lose Me

      It was like waking up in California— the awkward blossoms, the sky an aggressive blue. I remember the smell from your armpits, the greenhouse windows covered in white paint, where the air was heavy. The silver weeds. A small herd of farm animals at the Agricultural College wore the field to dust. The wind was hot and fresh on our faces. The donkey looked so dumb trying to walk. It was simple: Beneath your shirt was skin. I remember that first year, pulling your briefs from the hamper.

    • PBS Taps Maribel Lopez to Lead Digital Studios

      PBS has hired Maribel Lopez, an executive producer and managing director at a PBS member station in Minnesota, to lead its digital studios, which produces original and short-form content on social platforms like YouTube.

      Lopez begins on December 13 and replaces Brandon Arolfo, who exited PBS earlier this year to join Travel + Leisure as vp creative and content. Lopez will join PBS from Twin Cities PBS, where she is the executive producer of Sound Field, a music education series on YouTube that is produced for PBS Digital Studios, and the managing director of Racism Unveiled, a multimedia storytelling project that explores racism in Minnesota.

    • Education

      • Our math skills are keeping us from bigger, juicier burgers

        As QSR Magazine explains, back in the 1980s when the McDonald’s Quarter Pounder was the burger to beat, A&W had the great idea to debut a 1/3 Pound Burger at the same price as a Quarter Pounder. More meat for your dollar—what could go wrong? Unfortunately, the burger was a total flop, for reasons that A&W didn’t see coming. In focus groups following the disastrous launch of the 1/3 Pound Burger, customers indicated that they thought 1/3 pound of meat was smaller than 1/4 pound, because 4 is a bigger number than 3. So people considered the burger a rip-off, not a deal.

        A&W, perhaps embittered by the hard-learned lessons of the past, is still stuck on winning Americans over with a big, juicy burger. So it has decided to rebrand the 1/3 Pound Burger in a way that Americans of all math skill levels will be drawn to: the 3/9 lb. Burger.

      • ‘Democracy in freefall’ at Australian universities

        The Greens say the combination of federal and state legislation and “active steps” by university management has left staff and students with little say in decisions that affect them. Such decisions have been outsourced to “a small group of unelected senior managers” and governing body appointees who “have entrenched a corporate university model”.

        “The collapse of democracy on university campuses has had devastating consequences for staff and students,” Dr Faruqi said. “Funding cuts, fee hikes, systemic wage theft and rampant casualisation have all followed.

      • Progressives Can No Longer Cede School Boards to the GOP

        In 1996, conservative Christian activist Ralph Reed declared, “I would rather have a thousand school board members than one president and no school board members.” As today’s school board meetings devolve into screaming matches and fistfights over mask requirements, vaccine mandates, and anti-racist curriculums, conservatives are once again growing their influence within one of the most underrated power structures in American politics.

      • Cubans Say They Are More Excited About School Reopening Than Regime Change

        “If you build it, they will come,” said Kevin Costner in the Field of Dreams. In Cuba, they didn’t come. Dissidents on the island, with their U.S. backers, had been working feverishly for months to turn the unprecedented July 11 protests into a crescendo of government opposition on November 15. They built a formidable structure, with sophisticated social media (including an abundance of fake news), piles of cash from Cuban Americans and the U.S. government, and declarations of support from a bipartisan Congress and all the way up to the White House.

    • Hardware

      • Blacksmith

        We demonstrate that it is possible to trigger Rowhammer bit flips on all DRAM devices today despite deployed mitigations on commodity off-the-shelf systems with little effort. This result has a significant impact on the system’s security as DRAM devices in the wild cannot easily be fixed, and previous work showed real-world Rowhammer attacks are practical, for example, in the browser using JavaScript, on smartphones, across VMs in the cloud, and even over the network.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • The FDA’s Lax Oversight of Research in Developing Countries can do Harm to Vulnerable Participants

        My study highlighted loopholes in the agency’s oversight processes that exploited vulnerable people and led to faulty data for drug approval decisions. Until the early 2000s, participants in FDA-reviewed research trials came almost entirely from the U.S. But a 2010 report from the Department of Health and Human Services found that 78% of research participants were enrolled overseas. Faster research subject recruitment and lower expenses – paired with these regulatory loopholes – seem to be driving this shift.

        It isn’t clear how often these gaps allow problematic trials to slip through the system, because trials that go wrong can simply not be disclosed, and there are virtually no on-site inspections.

      • Massive COVID Surge Rattles Europe, Putting US at Risk Ahead of Thanksgiving
      • One Major Reason the U.S. Hasn’t Stopped Syphilis From Killing Babies

        In public health, a “sentinel event” is a case of preventable harm so significant that it serves as a warning that the system is failing. The alarms are now blaring.

        A growing number of babies are being born with syphilis after their mothers contract the sexually transmitted disease and the bacteria crosses the placenta. These cases are 100% preventable: When mothers who have syphilis are treated with penicillin while pregnant, babies are often born without a trace of the disease. But when mothers go untreated, there is a 40% chance their babies will be miscarried, be stillborn or die shortly after birth. Those who survive can be born with deformed bones or damaged brains, or can suffer from severe anemia, hearing loss or blindness.

      • US and UK Press Mock New Zealand’s Incredibly Successful Covid Response

        When New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the country’s transition away from its coronavirus elimination strategy, also known as “zero-Covid,” US and British media outlets framed the decision as a recognition of the inevitable failure of an irrational goal.

      • Millions of Afghans Face Starvation as US and the West Freeze Government Funds
      • “Hell on Earth”: Millions of Afghans Face Starvation as U.S. & West Freeze Billions in Gov’t Funds

        Humanitarian and economic conditions are rapidly deteriorating in Afghanistan, where the U.N. estimates that more than half of the population suffers from acute hunger. The country has fallen into an economic crisis after the U.S. and other Western countries cut off direct financial assistance to the government following the Taliban takeover in August. Taliban leaders are also unable to access billions of dollars in Afghan national reserves that are held in banks overseas. “Forty million civilians were left behind when the NATO countries went for the door in August,” says Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, who recently visited Afghanistan and with refugees in Iran, where as many as 5,000 Afghans are fleeing everyday. “They told me very clearly, ‘We believe we will starve and freeze to death this harsh winter unless there is an enormous aid operation coming through.’”

      • ‘Reckless’ FDA and Big Pharma Greed Blamed for Medicare Premium Hike

        Medicare Part B recipients will soon be hit with one of the biggest premium increases in the history of the government program, a hike driven in large part by the Food and Drug Administration’s scandalous approval of a costly—and, according to many experts, dubious—Alzheimer’s drug.

        “Medicare’s inability to negotiate lower drug prices means that Big Pharma companies can charge whatever they want.”

      • Amazon to Pay CA $500K After Being Accused of Breaking COVID Workplace Rules
      • Elizabeth Warren Urges Biden to Free People Imprisoned on Marijuana Charges
      • Why Biden Should Legalize Marijuana Right Now
      • Two ‘forever chemicals’ more toxic than previously thought: EPA drafts

        The drafts found the safe levels of ingestion for chemicals perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) are much lower than the agency had found in prior assessments.

        The agency also found that PFOA is “likely” carcinogenic to humans. This is a step up from before, as it has previously said that there is “suggestive” evidence that the substance can cause cancer.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • On the recent vulnerability in Diebold Nixdorf ATMs

          First of all, it should be said that the firmware is encrypted with keys that are known only to the vendor. An attacker can exploit the vulnerabilities described by Positive Technologies (one in each device) to upload firmware to the dispenser without knowing the encryption keys (they will be mentioned below as KEY0 and KEY1). That is, having a clean code, an attacker can modify it however he likes, encrypt it again, upload it to the ATM, and then withdraw cash bypassing the existing USB traffic encryption algorithms. Well, now let’s move on to the details…

        • Convictions of eight former subpostmasters in Scotland under review

          About 60 former subpostmasters in England, Wales and Northern Ireland convicted of theft and false accounting have already had their convictions overturned, including 39 in a landmark Court of Appeal hearing in April this year. There are likely to be many more. Between 2000 and 2015, 736 were convicted of crimes based on evidence from the faulty Horizon system.

        • Post Office board ‘appalling’ and ‘short-sighted’, said minister researching Horizon project in 2000

          A government minister researching the Horizon project in 2000 said that, given the choice, he would have sacked the entire Post Office board.

          The Horizon project saw the Post Office branch network computerised, but the system led to subpostmasters being wrongly blamed and even imprisoned because of unexplained accounting shortfalls that were actually caused by software errors.

        • Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry demands more evidence

          The Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry took place in London on Monday 8 November. Chaired by Sir Wyn Williams, the process’ aim is to provide a public summary of the failings which occurred with the Horizon IT system at the Post Office leading to the suspension, termination of subpostmasters’ contracts, prosecution and conviction of subpostmasters.

          The Inquiry had been made statutory earlier this year in light of the quashing of sentences of subpostmasters who had been wrongly convicted due to errors made by the Horizon system.

        • New malware ‘SharkBot’ attacking banking apps on Android phones

          New Delhi, Cybersecurity researchers have discovered a new Android Trojan that can circumvent multi-factor authentication on banking apps on smartphones, putting users’ financial data and money at risk.

          Called ‘SharkBot’, the Android malware has been found in attacks across Europe and the US, focused on stealing funds from mobile phones running the Google Android operating system.

        • Security

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Podcast Episode: What Police Get When They Get Your Phone
            • EU’s Latest Internet Regulatory Madness: Destroying Internet Security With Its Digital Identity Framework

              The EU is at it again. Recently Mozilla put out a position paper highlighting the latest dangerous move by busybody EU regulators who seem to think that they can magically regulate the internet without (1) understanding it, or (2) bothering to talk to people who do understand it. The issue is the Digital Identity Framework, which, in theory, is supposed to do some useful things regarding interoperability and digital identities. This could be really useful in enabling more end user control over identity and information (a key part of my whole Protocols, Not Platforms concept). But the devil is in the details, and the details are a mess.

            • Google Allegedly Boasted of Slowing Down and Delaying ePrivacy Regulation, Accused of Colluding with Facebook

              The amended complaint now includes 17 states. Its 173 pages offer one of the best descriptions of how the online advertising model works, and how deeply embedded Google is in every aspect of the system. Of particular interest to readers of this blog are some fairly stunning allegations about Google’s attempts to limit protection for its users’ privacy. For example, one section claims:

            • Meta and Microsoft move to tie Workplace and Teams closer together

              Although the two companies compete in a variety of ways (Microsoft’s Viva Connections also provides social network capabilities, for instance, and both recently unveiled competing visions for immersive collaboration) Wednesday’s move is an acknowledgement that many customers now rely on a range of tools to support employee collaboration.

            • EU snooping laws could see YOUR private messages being read – stark warning

              Even though the new proposals are only intended to affect individuals living in the EU, as many chat services are worldwide, the “obligation” placed on service providers may extend to “all users”, Patrick Breyer, a Pirate Party MEP and privacy campaigner, told the Express.

            • Facebook’s Algorithm Is Broken. We Collected Some Spicy Suggestions On How To Fix It.

              If the algorithm is to blame, can Facebook change the algorithm to make it better? What would that look like? To find out, I interviewed 12 leading experts on data and computer science, as well as former Facebook employees, and asked them to propose changes that could help the algorithm suck less. What I got was a range of ideas about how Facebook could start to solve this problem, or whether a solution is even possible. Some are more radical than others, so I’ve categorized these ideas from mild to spicy (though we know Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg prefers it sweet).

            • Apple “Privacy”. Safari sends 32 requests to Google and Apple servers because you typed a 5 letter word in the address bar.

              “Safari sends typed text both to a Google server clients1.google.com and to an Apple server api-glb-dub.smoot.apple.com. Data is initially sent to both every time a new letter is typed, although transmission to clients1.google.com stops shortly after the first word “leith” is complete. The result is 7 requests to clients1.google.com and 25 requests to api-glb-dub.smoot.apple.com, a total of 32 requests”

            • Confidentiality

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Refugees Face Tear Gas, Water Cannons as Violence Escalates at Poland-Belarus Border

        A group of migrants trapped in freezing conditions at the Belarus-Poland border faced water cannons and tear gas by Polish border guards on Tuesday amid an ongoing humanitarian and political crisis.

        Polish forces put the blame for the violence, which took place near the Bruzgi-Kuznica border crossing, on some of the thousands of migrants throwing objects.

      • U.S. and Its Allies Are Fueling Worldwide Erosion of Democracy, Analysis Shows

        “Much of the world’s backsliding is not imposed on democracies by foreign powers, but rather is a rot rising within the world’s most powerful network of mostly democratic alliances.”

      • Let’s Stop Handing the Pentagon Blank Checks

        Even as Congress moves to increase the Pentagon budget well beyond the astronomical levels proposed by the Biden administration, a new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has outlined three different ways to cut $1 trillion in Department of Defense spending over the next decade. A rational defense policy could yield far more in the way of reductions, but resistance from the Pentagon, weapons contractors, and their many allies in Congress would be fierce.

      • Opinion | America’s Terrible God Is a Weapons-Maker

        Who is America’s god? The Christian god of the beatitudes, the one who healed the sick, helped the poor, and preached love of neighbor? Not in these (dis)United States. In the Pledge of Allegiance, we speak proudly of One Nation under God, but in the aggregate, this country doesn’t serve or worship Jesus Christ, or Allah, or any other god of justice and mercy. In truth, the deity America believes in is the five-sided one headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.

      • Historian Alfred McCoy Predicts the U.S. Empire is Collapsing as China’s Power Grows

        President Joe Biden’s virtual summit Monday with Chinese President Xi Jinping follows the two countries’ announcement just days earlier they will work together to confront the climate emergency after Xi did not attend the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow. Tension has been mounting between the two superpowers, especially over Taiwan and Hong Kong, with some speculating that a new Cold War is developing. “The United States, in the immediate future, is faced with the possibility of fighting a war over Taiwan … that it would probably lose,” says Alfred McCoy, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in an extended interview about U.S.-China relations. “China is also working to break the U.S. geopolitical hold over the Eurasian landmass.” McCoy is a prolific author and his newest book is out today: “To Govern the Globe: World Orders and Catastrophic Change.”

      • German project: Drones for non-governmental maritime rescue

        Searchwing has developed a waterproof drone that can be hand-launched from a ship. In a two-hour mission, the aircraft flies up to 120 kilometres. For real-time transmission, members are working on a new model.

      • US Congress to punish lawmaker over violent clip

        Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar faces a formal censure on Wednesday in the Democratic-controlled Congress.

        It came after he posted then deleted an anime video that Democrats say promoted violence against President Joe Biden and lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

      • They attack Spanish gendarmes and shout: “Here we Arabs have the say!”

        This is what happened last weekend when two trainee community service officers were “cornered” at the Ébano discotheque in Peñíscola after being recognised as members of the police corps.At the discotheque, a group of five people of different nationalities, mainly Moroccans, who are known criminals in the area, recognised the civilian officers and started harassing them inside the club. “We are waiting for you outside,” was the threat. In view of this, the officers decided not to leave the discotheque but to wait until it was closed, believing that they had left the discotheque but were waiting for them. When the club was closed, they appeared and shouted:”We Arabs have the say here”, pointed out that the Guardia Civil had no business in this place and started to attack the officers.

      • Michael Flynn Pushed Defense Department to Seize Ballots, Overturn Trump’s Loss: Report

        According to the book, after the election, Flynn placed a call to Ezra Cohen, a senior intelligence official who had previously worked under Flynn. Cohen was traveling in the Middle East at the time, but Flynn urged him to get back to the United States because, as Karl writes, there was going to be an “epic showdown” over the election results. Flynn told Cohen that “he needed to get orders signed, that ballots needed to be seized, and that extraordinary measures needed to be taken to stop Democrats from stealing the election.” (To be clear, this is projection on Flynn’s part: The actions he urged Cohen to take would be an effort to steal an election. There’s no evidence of widespread voter fraud.)

    • Environment

      • Climate Deniers Are Using These Four Major Scare Tactics to Stop Climate Action

        When fossil fuel companies found out about the link between their product and climate change decades ago, they did everything they could to hide it. They lied, manipulated, and deceived. 

        Today, denying the reality of climate change isn’t as easy, and it is certainly more controversial. But that doesn’t mean climate deniers — fossil fuel companies, lobbyists, and their allies opposed to climate action — have moved past the lies. 

      • China and Solutions to Climate Change

        Last year, President Xi Jinping, pledged that China’s CO2 emissions would peak before 2030, and China would become carbon neutral before 2060.

        China has a track history of setting ambitious, nearly impossible goals and then achieving them–often before deadline–so this pledge is significant. Under the CPC, China has already created “an economic miracle” in transforming China into the largest economy in the world. It ended extreme poverty while creating the largest middle class in the world.  It has virtually eradicated Covid through non-pharmaceutical methods, while vaccinating up to 20 million people daily, and pledging the largest number of vaccines (2.2 Billion) and distributing over 1 Billion-to the rest of the world. It has also been applying this incredible focus and national resolve to tackle Climate change.

      • Opinion | The People vs. COP26: Time for Politicians, Billionaires to Listen

        Of all the speeches and political grandstanding at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26), the words of Mexican President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, were the most profound and least hypocritical.

      • Glasgow’s “Conference of the Polluters” Again Confirms that Global Arson Needs Local Fire Extinguishers

        The United Nations COP26 Glasgow Climate Pact signed on November 14 is another confirmation of what we learned in Durban in 2011, at the 17th UN climate summit. As expressed by Indigenous activist Ta’Kaiya Blaney (from the Tla A’min Nation in western Canada): ‘COP26 is a performance. It is an illusion constructed to save the capitalist economy rooted in resource extraction and colonialism.’

        Swedish youth leader Greta Thunberg was also clear: ‘The COP26 is over. Here’s a brief summary: Blah, Blah, Blah. But the real work continues outside these halls. And we will never give up, ever.’

      • ‘We Are in a Climate Emergency’: Historic Floods in BC, Washington Follow Scientists’ Warnings

        After a summer that featured the “world’s most extreme heatwave in modern history,” which experts linked to human-caused global heating, the Pacific Northwest was inundated with floodwaters Monday, fueling fresh calls for ambitious action to combat the climate emergency.

        The recent rain and subsequent flooding—which came on the heels of the COP26 climate summit in Scotland—led to evacuations, power outages, rescues, school closures, and stranded vehicles in Washington state and British Columbia, Canada.

      • Opinion | Forget Any COP26 Promises Your Heard. Just Look at the $6 Trillion in Fossil Fuel Subsidies

        It sounds incredible: while politicians have been cackling about the climate emergency and profiling in empty promises to halt it, they have spent six trillion US dollars from taxpayers’ money to subsidise fossil fuels in just one year: 2020. And they are set to increase the figure to nearly seven trillion by 2025.

      • The People vs. COP26: Time for Politicians, Billionaires to Listen

        Lopez Obrador raged against the “technocrats and neoliberals” – world leaders who hold the future of humanity in their hands. This was a direct reference to leaders of the powerful countries that “increase their fuel production, at the same time that they hold summits for the protection of the environment,” while arriving in Glasgow on private jets.

        Indeed, hypocrisy continues to define what is meant to be a collective global fight against climate change and its ravaging, often deadly consequences.

      • Opinion | The Mixed Blessings of the Glasgow Climate Pact

        The pact creates a timeline to bring nations back to the table with higher commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, references the reduction of fossil fuels, and allocates more funding from developed nations to developing nations. 

      • Lying in Public Life: The Scott Morrison Formula

        Prior to heading to Glasgow, Morrison, having done his bit of crossdressing on the climate change front, was coy.  He refused to reveal the modelling that went into the fabulous predictions of net-neutral utopia.  But on his return, and after any sense of jet lag had been overcome, he was happy to promote the scanty details of an enterprise verging on a hoax.

        Such efforts have become the stock and trade of a man habitually committed to the advertising message.  At best, it is simple dissimulation; at worse – and here, we find ourselves on difficult territory – it is mendacious.  Little wonder, then, that critics have been coming out of late with a sort of adamant righteousness against the Australian prime minister’s relationship with lying.

      • Why Some Polluter’s Victims Hate Enviros More Than Polluters

        Environmental groups have utterly failed to organize citizens to lobby environmental enforcers to go after big polluters. Meanwhile, citizens see every day that government brings the full force of the law down on average citizens without mercy. This undermines efforts to strengthen the laws and provides evidence to conservatives, populists and nationalists that liberals and strong government advocates are really on the side of the banksters, hedge funds and big guys. Neoliberalism and win-win have created people like Trump, who can persuade people the fix is in. And that fix includes the entire edifice of partnerships, consensus and win-win to keep corporations on top and average people in thrall to anything that purports to bring people together.

        Bad actors and ivory tower academics have always tried to lure activists into consensus and partnerships, but from Alinsky’s words there is no escape: “All change means movement, movement means friction and friction means heat. You’ll find consensus only in a totalitarian state, communist or fascist… conflict is the vital core of an open society…”

      • Energy

        • Opinion | How ‘Low Carbon’ Energy Became the New ‘Low Tar’ Cigarette

          The top executives of ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, and BP America were put in the hot seat last month, when the House Oversight and Reform Committee grilled them under oath about their companies’ well-documented campaigns to spread disinformation and deceive the public about the role their products play in causing climate change. 

        • ‘Lighting the Fuse on a Massive Carbon Bomb’: Biden Rebuked on Eve of Drilling Lease Sale

          Climate and environmental campaigners on Tuesday took President Joe Biden to task on the eve of his administration’s scheduled oil and gas drilling auction of 80 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico—a move that comes just days after the U.S. leader pleaded for “every nation to do its part” to combat the climate emergency at the U.N.-backed climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland.

          “Continued leasing for dirty and dangerous offshore drilling is a disaster for our environment, our economy, and our climate.”

        • Forgive Humans, Not Oil Companies
        • Let’s get students off the plane and on to the train

          Despite this, university students around Europe are not travelling in an environmentally friendly way when using the European Union’s student exchange programme Erasmus+. Taking the plane is the standard procedure when students go to study abroad. To limit the carbon footprint of international exchange, we have to give the students a better opportunity to get off the plane and on the train.

        • Swedish Regulators Call for EU Ban on [Cryptocurrency] Mining, Power Company Defends Industry

          Alarmed by the rising energy needs of cryptocurrency mining, Sweden’s financial and environmental regulators have recently proposed an EU-wide ban on proof-of-work coin minting. The Swedish officials believe this would encourage a move towards a more energy-efficient extraction of bitcoin while supporting the transition towards climate neutrality in Sweden and Europe. A state-run power company warns, however, that restrictions could have an adverse effect on global carbon emissions.

        • Why is India clinging to coal?

          India has another reason for hanging on to coal: politics. The black stuff is big business, making it ripe for graft. In the 1990s and 2000s mining contracts were handed out to government cronies at knockdown prices, a scandal that became known as “Coalgate”. Mining also provides a rich seam of votes. According to one study, between 10-15m Indians depend on coal for their livelihood, many of them miners in the country’s poorest states, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Critics Warn Corporate Democrats Obsessing Over CBO Are Peddling a ‘Right-Wing Scam’

        As House members await the Congressional Budget Office’s cost assessment of the Build Back Better package, outside progressives are attempting to hammer home their view that right-wing Democrats’ expressed concerns about the looming CBO deficit projection are completely cynical—and should be treated as such.

        “The whole ‘pay for’ thing is a right-wing scam, and Democrats are dumb for playing by GOP rules that the GOP doesn’t itself follow.”

      • Digital Democracies: How Liberal Governments Can Adapt In The Technological Age

        At the turn of the last millennium, there was a wave of optimism surrounding new technologies and the empowerment of the modern digital citizen. A decade later, protestors across North Africa and the Middle East leveraged platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to bring down authoritarian regimes during the revolutions of the Arab Spring and it was believed these technologies would bring about a new flourishing of the worldwide liberal democratic order.

      • Trump Could be Re-Elected in the 2024, Yet Democrats are Still Obsessing Over the Steele Dossier

        In 2016, Hillary Clinton tried to put unrelenting focus on Trump’s failings, convinced that these were so flagrant that they would alienate the majority of voters. The demonisation backfired because it gifted Trump millions of hours of free television time as his every word was covered by the media, while Clinton’s speeches were cut or ignored. Assisted further by Clinton’s comically inept campaign, Trump was able to win an election that he had expected to lose.

        Five years on and the Democrats have just been defeated at the polls in a series of closely watched elections for much the same reasons as they lost in 2016. They pursued their old strategy of portraying Trump as the source of all evil. In the Virginia gubernatorial election, in which the Democrats suffered their worst reverse, the Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe failed to win in a state carried by Joe Biden with a large majority. A former governor with an undistinguished record, he was regarded by many as a party hack close to the Clintons and with a limited appetite for campaigning. He portrayed his Republican opponent Glenn Youngkin as a dyed-in-the-wool Trump supporter, although Youngkin had distanced himself from the former president.

      • With No Change in Votes, GOP Would Win Through Gerrymandering
      • ‘A Damn Shame’: Ohio Senate Approves ‘Extreme’ Gerrymandered Map Favoring GOP

        Ohio’s Republican-dominated Senate on Tuesday approved a congressional district map that critics say is designed to benefit the GOP—a move that sparked swift criticism of the state’s lawmakers and bolstered demands for Congress to pass federal legislation to protect voting rights and outlaw gerrymandering.

        Unveiled late Monday by Republican state lawmakers, the new map was advanced by the Ohio Senate Local Government and Elections Committee before being approved by the full upper chamber. It still needs approval from the Ohio House and GOP Gov. Mike DeWine.

      • Meta goes into lockdown

        The pulling of the talks highlights how a barrage of leaks and external scrutiny has chilled the flow of information inside the company formerly known as Facebook. Many of the changes appear designed to thwart the next Frances Haugen, who worked in the Integrity organization responsible for making the social network safer before she quit earlier this year, taking thousands of internal documents with her. Those documents served as the basis for a series of damning stories in The Wall Street Journal and dozens of other news outlets, including The Verge. Some of them, such as internal research showing Instagram and Facebook can have negative effects on young people, have led to congressional hearings and lawsuits. And as the bad press continues, Meta executives have argued that the documents were cherry-picked to smear the company and paint an incomplete story.

      • Group behind cyberattacks on multiple governments linked to Belarus

        Researchers for cybersecurity company Mandiant made the attribution as part of a new report, assessing with “high confidence” that the activity of what has been labeled the “Ghostwriter” information campaign was “aligned with Belarusian government interests.”

        A cyber espionage group, which Mandiant labeled “UNC1151,” was also linked to the Belarusian government. Mandiant in April had reported that UNC1151 was helping conduct Ghostwriter influence operations.

      • The Coolest Member of the Senate Is Retiring

        At the time, Leahy was the youngest senator ever elected from Vermont. He took office as one of the two youngest Democrats in the chamber. The other was Delaware Senator Joe Biden. Now, Biden is the 78-year-old president of the United States, and Leahy is the 81-year-old president pro tempore of the Senate, making him the third person in the current line of succession to the presidency.

      • The 1619 Project and the Denial of the Enslavement of Blacks in Islam

        If there is going to be an accusation of racism against Blacks as a cause of slavery, then perhaps the “1619 Project” advocates should look at the Islamic world were an estimated 529,000 to 869,000 black men, women and children are still slaves.

        Pope St. Zachary (741-752) is documented for saying: “Wherever Islam goes slavery follows, and specifically the horrible institution of sex slavery, as that was the primary reason for it.” And while thre might have been a times where Muslims were told to treat their slaves decently, or promised a great reward in heaven if they choose to free a slave. But there is NOT A SINGLE VERSE in the Quran or the hadiths that abolishes slavery: [...]

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • Facebook Whistleblower Testifies Before ‘Grand Committee On Disinformation’; Which Includes Countries That Lock People Up For Criticizing The Gov’t

        It didn’t get as much press as some of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen’s other high profile talks to government inquisitors, but last week, Haugen testified before the rather Orwellian International Grand Committee on Disinformation. This is a bizarre “committee” set up by regulators around the world, but its focus — and its members — are kind of notable. Considering that tons of evidence shows that cable news is a much larger vector of disinformation flows to the general public, it seems notable that the “International Grand Committee on Disinformation” seems to only want to pay attention to online disinformation. I mean, it’s right in the group’s mission:

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • 100+ Global Donors Pen Letter to ‘Stand With’ Palestinian Rights Groups Outlawed by Israel

        More than 100 global philanthropic foundations and individual donors on Tuesday joined a growing chorus of human rights advocates who have condemned Israel for its recent decision to label six prominent Palestinian civil society groups as “terrorist organizations,” and stressed that the apartheid regime’s move will not affect their funding decisions.

        “The cynical weaponization of anti-terrorism laws poses an existential threat both for Palestinian human rights defenders and those defending human rights globally.”

      • Drag queens are being swatted while streaming on Twitch. They want it to stop.

        Since September, six members of the streaming group Stream Queens, a collective of drag queens who stream mostly horror video games on Twitch, have been swatted, according to members of the group.

        Swatting can be deadly. In 2017, Andrew Finch, of Wichita, Kansas, was killed during a swatting raid. Tyler Barriss, who called in the false report, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

      • “Censorship is never okay at any cost”, says Naomi Osaka, joins Djokovic and Cornet in expressing concern for Peng Shuai’s safety

        Naomi Osaka has joined a growing list of high-profile tennis stars to have expressed concerns regarding the safety of fellow player Peng Shuai. The Chinese player has been facing censorship in her country following her allegations of sexual abuse against the country’s Vice Premier of Zhang Gaoli.

      • Science Round-Up: Has religious satire shaped our culture more than religion itself?

        But that might not be so. In a new paper, ‘The Gospel of Deviance’, satire researcher Dennis Meyhoff Brink from the University of Copenhagen has traced the early roots of religious criticism to the 1100s and argues that satire actually played a greater role in the spread of democratic values ​​in medieval Europe than Christianity itself.

      • Germany: Because he drew a Mohammed caricature as a Muslim, he is now threatened by his own family, a lot of other Muslims and the German courts

        But: It is possible that Slim is now even being investigated. “Irrespective of a possible endangerment of the person concerned, the Offenburg public prosecutor’s office is currently examining whether the publication of the person concerned could in turn be punishable.”

        Meaning: Did Mohammed Ali Slim insult religious societies with the publication?

      • Arrested in my pyjamas: I became a Russian political prisoner at 23

        I was working as an editor at DOXA, an online student magazine in Moscow. Three other editors and I released a three-minute video in which we criticised universities for illegally expelling protesters. As my sign off, I said, “the government has declared war on young people. But we will definitely win.” We showed the script to lawyers, who said it didn’t contain criminal content.


        The judge placed me and the other editors under house arrest. We were also banned from using the [Internet] and making phone calls. Two weeks later, after we appealed, the court let us go out for a two-hour walk each morning.

      • The Islamophobia Industry

        MT: What is the Islamophobia industry?

        DB: There are two #Islamophobia Industries. One is run by Muslims to fight Islamophobia – what they refer to as the irrational fear of Islam. I would suggest that for many, fear of Islam is rational.

        The other is the one about which I write: the Industry set out to silence anyone who criticizes or questions Islam. This Industry has managed to turn Islam, a religion and political ideology, into a race. By doing that they can legally stop any criticism because race is immutable; one, obviously, cannot change one’s race, so attacking race is forbidden.

      • The Jihad on Mimicry

        After the Muslim mob had had its fill, it was the Muslim authorities’ turn: at least four of the teenagers were arrested on the charge of “insulting Islam,” detained for 45 days and subjected to “ill-treatment,” according to one human rights group.

        Then, in early 2016, three of these Christian teenagers were sentenced to five years imprisonment. The fourth defendant, 15, was handed a juvenile detention for an indefinite period. They “have been sentenced for contempt of Islam and inciting sectarian strife,” explained their defense lawyer, Maher Naguib: “The judge didn’t show any mercy. He handed down the maximum punishment.”

      • American Fascism on Trial in Kenosha

        Two of the martyrs, Anthony Huber and Joe Joe Rosenbaum, were killed by the cop-and Trump-worshipping teen vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 25, 2020. They died trying to prevent Rittenhouse from murdering people marching for Black lives and against the brutal and outrageous Kenosha police shooting of the 29-year-old Black man Jacob Blake.

        Closing arguments in Rittenhouse’s murder trial are being made today (Monday, November 15th). Most legal experts following the trial expect Rittenhouse to escape conviction on the most serious charges. Contrary to what his defense team claims, Kyle Rittenhouse didn’t come to Kenosha with a fully loaded and illegally owned military assault rifle just to protect used car dealerships. He hooked up in Kenosha with the Boogaloo Bois, a neo-Nazi network that wants to spark a genocidal race war. He later partied and made white-supremacist hand signals with the Proud Boys.

      • The Rittenhouse effect: Republicans want a Stasi of their own

        One of the most prominent groups advocating for this heavy-handed censorship is the misleadingly named “Moms for Liberty,” which presents as a “parents rights” group, but is in fact a racist organization dedicated to banning books about Martin Luther King Jr. and replacing them with books that insist there was no racial component to American slavery. Now the New Hampshire branch of Moms for Liberty is taking it to the next level. As Insider reports, the group is offering a $500 bounty to any person who reports a teacher supposedly breaking the law banning “critical race theory.”

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • India’s Increasingly Despotic Crackdown on Journalists

        Pesky journalists such as Varadarajan, and a new crop of similarly doughty media platforms that provide space for views that don’t echo the established narrative, are a thorn in the side of despotic power. By contributing to a diversity of views, these journalists threaten the echo chamber that despotic power builds to fortify itself. The price they pay is intimidation, and worse. Knocks on the door by personnel from the UP Police—with its formidable track record of 124 deaths in nearly 6,500 “encounters” in three-and-a-half years under Adityanath (at the time)—can be daunting.

      • China, US agree to ease restrictions on journalists

        Under this, both governments will increase the validity of journalist visas from three months to one year, provided they are eligible under all applicable laws and regulations.

        Both countries have also pledged to allow journalists to freely depart and return, which they had previously been unable to do.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Not Just a Kid From the Projects

        Growing up, I didn’t know that I came from a lower class. Once, I even had a birthday party at a Build-a-Bear workshop! My dad worked for a theater and we were able to watch movies and got popcorn for free, while my mom stayed at home and helped translate for Spanish-speaking parents of kids who went to my school. I come from a big family; I have four siblings, two nieces, two nephews, and more cousins than I can count. My house is always full of smiles and laughter that help make the small space feel big. My home was a haven for me, but school was a different story. This story was produced for Student Nation, a program of the Nation Fund for Independent Journalism, which is dedicated to highlighting the best of student journalism. For more Student Nation, check out our archive or learn more about the program here. StudentNation is made possible through generous funding from The Puffin Foundation. If you’re a student and you have an article idea, please send pitches and questions to [email protected].

      • Concern Grows for Mexican Land Defender Irma Galindo Barrios, Missing Nearly 3 Weeks

        Human rights defenders in Mexico’s Oaxaca state and beyond are demanding the safe return of an Indigenous forest defender who disappeared nearly three weeks ago after years of activism against illegal logging and corrupt local officials who enable and profit from it.

        “Irma has revealed the depredation of the forest, as well as the corruption and collusion between loggers and authorities who illegally act against those who defend the territory.”

      • Minneapolis May Have Rejected That Referendum on the Police

        The voters’ decisive rejection earlier this month of the public safety amendment that would have replaced the troubled police department here has left the city’s progressives battered and bruised. But politicians and activists on both sides of the issue agree that some crucial aspects in the referendum will remain unavoidable in any plan to reform policing.

      • Native American Heritage Month
      • Supreme Court Takes A Pass On A Chance To Firmly Establish A Right To Record Police Officers

        After taking some positive steps towards trimming the growth of qualified immunity it had itself encouraged for years, the Supreme Court decided to reverse course. Two more cases on the court’s “shadow docket” were sent back to the appellate levels with instructions to reverse the stripping of qualified immunity from government employees accused of rights violations.

      • “Critical Race Theory” Is White History

        For more than a year now, conservatives have been waging war against the misdefined conception of critical race theory that they themselves created. The right-wing campaign against so-called CRT largely amounts to a round-robin chorus of hysterical voices asking, Won’t someone think of the poor white children?! “CRT tries to make kids feel bad because of the color of their skin,” Representative Ron Nate, cosponsor of Idaho’s anti-CRT law, stated just after the bill passed in May. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who successfully led the state school board to ban CRT from public school classrooms last summer, tweeted in June that “Critical Race Theory teaches kids to hate our country and to hate each other.” Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill muzzling history educators over lessons that might make students “feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of the individual’s race or sex.” In pursuit of that goal, Republican senators in Texas recently drafted and approved yet another anti-CRT bill—after ditching language inserted by outnumbered and outvoted Democrats that would have required teaching “the history of white supremacy,” including slavery and the Ku Klux Klan, “and the ways in which it is morally wrong.” “We don’t want to teach those little white children that they should feel guilty because of what previous white people did generations ago,” Senator Bryan Hughes explained to a local news outlet about why he filed the bill.

      • Stay Outraged, Patriots!
      • Nicaragua Has a Public Relations Problem, Not a Democracy Problem

        US President Joe Biden hectored Nicaragua about their November 7 elections accusing them of “a pantomime election that was neither free nor fair, and most certainly not democratic.” Three days earlier, the US lavished a $650mil arms deal on Saudi Arabia, a monarchy where they don’t even pretend to have elections for higher office. Clearly more than democracy is at issue with the US offensive against Nicaragua.

        At issue is what Biden described as “the arbitrary imprisonment of nearly 40 opposition figures since May, including seven potential presidential candidates.” An objective investigation reveals: (1) the motivation for the arrests had nothing to do with the election and (2) the effects of the arrests had no impact on the election.

      • Dave Chapelle Should Read Adolph Reed Jr.

        He then preceded to go on a rant about being canceled, which just means one blogger doesn’t like you and you get that parlayed into millions of dollars based on the unhinged rage of rich white people. This was in theory the very same crowd Chapelle was critiquing but as always the thesis of liberalism being bourgeois just missed the mark.

        Dave Chapelle may have been right to recognize that his original fan base was a bunch of racist white liberals but he has only been a reactionary thus far, moving from white liberalism to white conservativism, which pays even better. That being said Chapelle as always is doing something a little more than the typical reactionaries. That doesn’t mean his transphobia is any less dangerous.

      • “We Will Be Kicked Out and No One Will Care”
      • DEA Racks Up Two Forfeiture Losses In One Week, Returns $100,000 In Stolen Cash To Victims

        In the past week, the federal government has twice(!) been forced to return money it stole from travelers just because it could. In both cases, American citizens were trying to board domestic flights at US airports. And in both cases, despite it not being illegal to carry large amounts of cash on domestic flights, the government decided the cash had to have been illegally obtained, and moved forward with forfeiture proceedings.

      • Italy: 14-year-old Bangladeshi girl beaten by her family for refusing to wear the burqa

        It happened on Saturday afternoon when the Bangladeshi girl, after refusing to wear the traditional Islamic female dress that covers the whole body, including the head, except for a slit for the eyes, was beaten by her older brother. But when she arrives at the Carabinieri of Ostia, she reports further assaults on her, always because she did not want to conform to Islamic culture. It is alleged that these assaults were not only related to her brother, but also to her mother.

        The Rome Juvenile Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation for assault and ill-treatment. The girl was first taken to Grassi hospital, where she was diagnosed with a head injury, and then taken to a facility with protection.

      • Muslim farmer recruits gang and kills two Christian farmers over irrigation water

        Mukhtar Masih (70 yrs) and his sons leased six acres of land belonging to a Christian family now living abroad from March 2021. The Christian family had a desire to work together to earn a decent living through farming. Unbeknown to them the land had previously been leased to Muhammad Qadir who was angry not over the loss of the lease but that he now had to farm alongside ritually impure Christians.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Netflix’s Expanded Viewing Data Move Is Mainly a Flex

        More broadly, Netflix is flexing here: It’s underscoring the fact that it operates the biggest subscription-video service on the planet (with 213.6 million paid subs as of Q3). The streamer is giving notice to the industry, customers and Wall Street that it has an engine capable of producing a surprise hit like “Squid Game,” which (Netflix says) was viewed an astronomical 1.6 billion hours over its first 28 days of release. It will be interesting to see if Netflix rivals like Amazon, Disney and HBO Max follow suit by releasing their own metrics.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Tax Money Lost to Abuses by the Rich Could Pay to Vaccinate the World 3 Times Over

          Ending abuses of the global tax system by the super-rich and multinational corporations would allow countries to recoup nearly half a trillion dollars in revenue each year—enough to vaccinate the world’s population against Covid-19 three times over.

          That estimate is courtesy of The State of Tax Justice 2021, a new report that argues rich countries—not the “palm-fringed islands” on the European Union’s tax haven blacklist—are the primary enablers of offshoring by large companies and tax evasion by wealthy individuals.

        • Opinion | Climate Emergency, Vaccine Monopolies, and Fiscal Blindness: The Fight Against Inequality Is the Only Way Out

          2021 will perhaps be remembered as the year when the great powers demonstrated their inability to assume their responsibilities to prevent the world from sinking into the abyss. I am thinking of course of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow. After having used up the available atmospheric space to develop, the industrialized countries reaffirmed their refusal to honour this climate debt, even though global warming has become an existential issue.

        • We Could Vaccinate the World 3 Times Over If the Rich Paid the Taxes They Owe
        • ‘Far From Enough’: Pfizer’s Covid Drug License Excludes Almost Half of the Global Population

          While many observers called Pfizer’s new licensing agreement allowing generic drug manufacturers to produce its promising Covid-19 treatment a welcome step, public health experts also condemned the deal for shutting out nearly half of the world’s population—and asked why the pharmaceutical giant remains unwilling to share vaccine know-how and technology.

          “Billions of people will still be left without as the deal excludes many developing countries.”

        • Pfizer Will Allow Its Covid Pill to Be Made and Sold Cheaply in Poor Countries

          Under the agreement, Pfizer will grant a royalty-free license for the pill to the Medicines Patent Pool, a nonprofit backed by the United Nations, in a deal that will allow manufacturers to take out a sublicense. They will receive Pfizer’s formula for the drug, and be able to sell it for use in 95 developing countries, mostly in Africa and Asia, once regulators authorize the drug in those places. The organization reached a similar deal with Merck for its Covid antiviral pill, molnupiravir, to be made and sold inexpensively in 105 poorer countries.

        • Spotlight: patent enforcement and invalidity procedures in Netherlands
        • Spotlight: patent enforcement and invalidity procedures in Switzerland [Ed: These patents should never get granted in the first place]

          Switzerland is a signatory to the European Patent Convention, so Swiss national patents and European patents granted by the European Patent Office coexist in Switzerland. The granting authority for Swiss national patents is the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) in Berne, which also maintains the register for Swiss national patents and the Swiss parts of European patents.6

          Unlike European patents, Swiss national patents are granted without the IPI examining whether the invention is new and inventive in light of the prior art.7 Despite this difference, a Swiss national patent confers the same rights on its proprietor as the Swiss part of a European patent.

          Under Swiss law, supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) for medicinal products and plant protection products may be granted on the basis of Swiss national and Swiss parts of European patents. The Swiss regime8 for SPCs closely follows the corresponding legislation of the European Union; however, because Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, judgments of the European Court of Justice on the interpretation and application of the EU legislation on SPCs are not binding in Switzerland. A Swiss SPC’s maximum term of protection is five years.

          Swiss lawmakers also partially followed the European Union’s endeavours to improve the health of children by incentivising pharmaceutical companies to perform paediatric tests for their drugs by extending already granted SPCs by an additional six months (paediatric extensions).9 The Swiss legislator, however, went one step further and decided to grant the benefit of an additional six-month exclusivity period not only to those who have already been granted an SPC but also to those who, for whatever reason, have not previously obtained an ordinary SPC (paediatric certificate).10 The detailed regulations for the paediatric extensions and the paediatric certificate can be found in the Federal Ordinance on Patents.11

        • German Federal Patent Court points to solution for Dabus inventions [Ed: Those are not inventions, it's just some troll from England rick-rolling patent offices and courts for a PR blitz/stunt in the media]

          Courts around the globe have dealt with the inventions of Stephen Thaler’s artificial intelligence (AI) system Dabus. The German Federal Patent Court has now come to a pragmatic decision over DE1020191281202. According to the court, the listed inventor must be a natural person, even if the AI has identified both the problem and the solution. At the same time, however, the AI system itself can be additionally named.

      • Copyrights

        • GTA Modders to Court: Our Game Fixes & Enhancements Are Fair Use, Not Piracy

          In response to a lawsuit filed by Take-Two Interactive, four men behind the popular re3 and reVC Grand Theft Auto fan projects claim their work is protected under fair use. Among other things they fixed bugs, something the plaintiff stopped doing years ago. They also improved the games which, if anything, enhanced the market for the original games, which are required for the mods to run.

        • CANAL+ Sends Preemptive Takedown Notice to Pirate Sites Ahead of TV-Show Premiere

          Copyright holders commonly ask pirate sites to remove infringing content. That typically happens after it appears online but the Polish branch of media giant CANAL+ is trying to get ahead of the curve. The company is asking sites to prevent the illegal distribution of an upcoming TV show, or face legal consequences.

        • Rockstar’s GTA Retro Games Was Completely Broken And Support Was Ghosting Everyone

          You may recall that a couple of months ago we discussed Rockstar and Take2, the game studio and publisher behind the Grand Theft Auto series, taking down a fan-made GTA4 mod that aimed to put all of the cities from previous games in one massive map. While this was a labor of love by dedicated fans of the GTA series, it escaped nobody’s attention that this action was taken on a mod started in 2014 just as Rockstar was about to release GTA Trilogy, consisting of remastered versions of GTA3, Vice City, and San Andreas. The very cities the mod looked to input into GTA4. In other words, the fan project was only shut down when the game companies decided to try to make money off this retro love themselves.

        • CC Community Spotlight Series: Meet the co-founders of Fine Acts, Pavel and Yana

          In the weeks leading up to #GivingTuesday on November 30th, we’re spotlighting leaders in the Open Movement and encouraging you to support our Better Sharing, Brighter Future campaign. 

        • Chief Keef Changed the Music Industry: It’s Time He Gets the Credit He Deserves

          The track displayed a rawness unlike anything else that was released at the time, and you couldn’t stroll down the streets of Chicago’s South Side without hearing Bang’s lyrics pulsing from the stereos of cars rolling by:

          Yet he was almost completely unknown outside of Chicago. His Facebook profile had less than 2,000 followers, he claimed his occupation was “smokin’ dope” and he still lived with his grandmother.

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