Links 25/11/2021: PHP 8.1.0 Released and Linux 5.15.5

Posted in News Roundup at 9:34 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Where Can You Buy a Preinstalled Linux Laptop?

        Linux has become a perfectly capable and easy-to-use operating system, but where can you actually buy a Linux laptop? You won’t find them in big box stores, aside from Chromebooks. Fortunately, that’s less of an issue as more of us do our shopping online. Now it’s only a matter of knowing where to look and what to look for.

        Here is a list of large corporations, smaller companies, and resellers that are happy to sell you a laptop with Linux preinstalled.

    • Server

      • Amazon Linux 3 To Be Based On Fedora Community Linux

        Amazon Web Services (AWS) released an early version of its upcoming distro, Amazon Linux 3, which is based on Red Hat’s Community Linux, Fedora.

        With Fedora as upstream, the new Amazon distro, AL2022 is extremely stable after extensive package stability tests and contains all available security updates. In addition, it is optimized for Amazon EC2 and integrates seamlessly with the latest AWS features and many AWS-specific tools.

        The brand new Amazon Linux also includes frequent and flexible quarterly updates, as each AL2022 update matches a specific version of the Amazon Linux package archive. Updates are only required if the user wants to make a move and not if a new version is released.

      • Amazon Linux 2022 Was Recently Opened to Public Preview

        The cloud provider will let you run many Linux distributions or their own homebrew Linux, Amazon Linux 2022.

        Amazon Linux 2022 (AL2022) is an Amazon’s new general purpose Linux for AWS that is designed to provide a secure, stable, and high-performance execution environment to develop and run your cloud applications. The distro has had two major releases till now – the first (Amazon Linux) in 2010, and the second (Amazon Linux 2) in 2017.

        Amazon Linux is popular among AWS users for its tight integration with AWS tools, and no license costs. That combination is a clear pitch for the AWS users to also use the upcoming AL2022 if they want full AWS experience.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • A shortcuts editor for Xfce and a couple of other things

          As you may know, I’m the maintainer of xfce4-terminal and a developer for Thunar. It just so happens that both of these programs have a ton of shortcuts. Until now, there was no GUI for changing shortcuts. Users had to manually edit the `accels.scm` file which is doable yet cumbersome.

          Additionally xfce4-terminal, being a terminal emulator, has the problem of its shorcuts colliding with the shorcuts of terminal applications, rendering them unusable. To fix that issue users needed to once again dive into the `accels.scm` file and change the default shortcuts manually.

          That is why I created a new widget called XfceShortcutsEditor in libxfce4ui. Applications that use XfceGtkActionEntries for their accelerators can easily integrate that editor in their UI and enjoy the benefits without any additional complexity.

      • BlueGriffon compiled but is broken

        Oh wow, finally got the WYSIWYG HTML editor BlueGriffon to compile, and run, here it is…

      • Richard Hughes: New LVFS redirect behavior

        tl;dr: if you’re using libfwupd to download firmware, nothing changes and everything continues as before. If you’re using something like wget that doesn’t follow redirects by default you might need to add a command line argument to download firmware from the LVFS.

        Just a quick note to explain something that some people might have noticed; if you’re using fwupd >= 1.6.1 or >= 1.5.10 when you connect to the LVFS to download a firmware file you actually get redirected to the same file on the CDN. e.g. downloading https://fwupd/download/foo.cab gets a redirect to https://cdn.fwupd/download/foo.cab which is then streamed to the user. Why this insanity?

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to install Aseprite on Linux

        Aseprite is a pixel-art program that users can use to create 2D animations for video games. It is paid software, and users can purchase the product via the official website. However, the source code is also available for free. Here’s how to install Aseprite on Linux.

      • How to convert images on Linux with XnConvert

        Aseprite is a pixel-art program that users can use to create 2D animations for video games. It is paid software, and users can purchase the product via

      • How to install TWS on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Interactive Brokers TWS 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 Python 3 or Python 2 on Ubuntu 20.04 – Linux Nightly

        Ubuntu is a great distro for developers. Python programmers will need to install Python on the system before it’s possible to code programs and run Python scripts on Ubuntu.

        This tutorial will show you how to install Python 2 or Python 3 on Ubuntu 20.04.

      • How To Install VNC Server on Debian 11 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install VNC Server on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, VNC stands for Virtual Network Computer. This is a graphical desktop sharing system that uses the Remote Frame Buffer protocol (RFB). Those who are not comfortable with the command line, use VNC to let them use a keyboard and mouse to interact with a graphical desktop environment on a remote server.

        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 VNC Server on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

      • Install OBS Studio 27.1.3 on Fedora 35/34 [NVIDIA NVENC Xorg (X11) / XWayland] [stable / edge] – If Not True Then False

        This is guide howto install OBS Studio 27.1.3 [stable / edge] on Fedora 35/34 [Xorg or Wayland support]. OBS Studio is free and open source software for video recording and live streaming. I use here Snapcrafters (Snap) version of OBS Studio, which is community-supported modified build of OBS Studio. Screen capture in a Wayland session is at least available edge channel, in video I test here options to use NVIDIA NVENC with Xorg (X11) / XWayland.

      • How to install and configure Wildfly on CentOS 8 – Unixcop the Unix / Linux the admins deams

        WildFly (formerly known as JBoss) is an application server written in Java and developed by Red Hat. It is an open source application server for JEE applications, it is fast and lightweight and particularly efficient for web and business applications.

        The technology behind WildFly is also available in JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 7.

        JBoss EAP is a hardened enterprise subscription with Red Hat’s world-class support, long multi-year maintenance cycles, and exclusive content.

      • How to run Prometheus with Podman – NextGenTips

        Prometheus is an open-source system monitoring and alerting toolkit. Prometheus collects and stores its metrics as time-series data. Metrics information is stored with the timestamp at which it was recorded, alongside optional key-value pairs called labels.

        In this tutorial we are going to learn how to run Prometheus with Podman.

      • How to Install PuTTY on Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04 LTS – Linux Shout

        Learn the steps and commands to install free PuTTY on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish and 20.04 Focal fossa using Terminal to get a free SSH and telnet client.

    • Games

      • Steam Adds Linux Support for DLSS, 24 More Games | Tom’s Hardware

        Valve has updated its Proton solution – the piece of software that’s meant to bridge the divide between Windows and Linux gaming — to version 6.3-8. Following the company’s announcement of the Steam Deck handheld gaming device, Valve has been doubling down on its Proton efforts, because the Linux-powered gaming device is going to need a robust game library to compete.

        The new version of Proton brings Linux support to a number of games that were previously locked out of the Linux ecosystem. Crucially, some BattleEye-infused games are now also supported — the gap between Linux and Windows gaming environments seems to be shrinking even in anti-cheat solutions, whose support is crucial for a device that aims to enable AAA and eSports gaming on the go. Games such as Conan Exiles, DayZ, Planetside 2, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (and others) all require BattleEye suppport.

      • NVIDIA DLSS for DX11 & DX12 Games Now Available on Linux via Proton

        As promised last month, following the initial release of NVIDIA DLSS on Linux via Valve’s Proton with compatibility for Vulkan games like DOOM Eternal, Wolfenstein Youngblood, and No Man’s Sky, the new version of Proton (6.3.8) released yesterday added NVIDIA DLSS support for DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 games.

        Needless to say, that’s by far the largest group of games compatible with NVIDIA’s Deep Learning Super Sampling technology out of the over 130 games and apps that support it. For example, out of the most recent DLSS additions, Deathloop, Back 4 Blood, Battlefield 2042, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, Alan Wake Remastered, F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch, Bright Memory Infinite, Jurassic World Evolution 2, Chivalry II, The Elder Scrolls Online, Swords of Legends Online, Hot Wheels Unleashed, and Assetto Corsa Competizione are all DX11 and/or DX12 titles. Only Crysis Remastered Trilogy, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Baldur’s Gate III support Vulkan.

      • Linux Gaming with Ubuntu Desktop Part 1: Steam & Proton

        The holidays are coming, and if you’re anything like me that means only one thing: The Steam Autumn Sale is live!

        A few years before joining Canonical as the Ubuntu Desktop Product Manager, I was a video game producer (with at least one of my titles getting a native Linux port you’ll be pleased to hear). So improving the gaming experience on Ubuntu is high on my to-do list. With the Linux user base on Steam breaking the 1% ceiling earlier this year- which may or may not be related to the upcoming Linux-based Steam Deck– 2022 is shaping up to be a great year for Linux gaming!

        In the first of a mini-series of blogs, I wanted to break down some of the easiest ways to get started with gaming on Ubuntu. With part 1 we start with the obvious; Steam (and Proton).

    • Distributions

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Red Hat Bolsters Partner Ecosystem to Accelerate Data Science Pipelines Across the Open Hybrid Cloud

          Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the availability of Red Hat OpenShift Data Science as a field trial, as well as an expanded partner ecosystem focused on this new cloud service offering. As leading artificial intelligence and machine-learning (AI/ML) partners support the service, Red Hat customers are provided with a range of solutions optimized for Red Hat OpenShift, letting them select the technologies to best meet their specific machine learning needs across the open hybrid cloud and edge computing environments.

        • Command Line Heroes: Season 8: Humans as Robot Caretakers

          People often distrust robots. But can robots trust humans?

        • Diversity in the Tech Industry: ‘We Have a Long Way to Go’

          This week, host Connor Craven interviews Laurie Krebs, CFO and SVP at Red Hat, about where the tech industry can be more diverse, how it can improve its diversity, and what the future holds for the movement.

          Hello, and welcome to 7 Layers. Where every episode we look at the different technologies that connect our world. From literal wires in the ground, to switches and routers, and all the way up to the exploding amount of smart devices around us.

        • The Inside Playbook

          Edge computing and networking is not specific to any industry; all of these scenarios span many different types of organizations. However, all edge scenarios have one common factor: creating and consuming data resources that are geographically distributed. As a final objective we want to analyze, consume or react to data to fulfill our customer and business needs.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • ESP32 Brings Air Purifier Online With Home Assistant | Hackaday

          A lot of hackers are rightfully concerned about the privacy issues that surround many of today’s “smart” gadgets, but it’s hard to argue that the ability to remotely control devices around your home isn’t convenient. Enter self-hosted, open source projects like Home Assistant. This provides the framework for building out a home automation system without having your soul information sold, but as you might expect, you’re going to have to put some effort in to get the most of it.

        • N-Gage Controller Uses All The Buttons | Hackaday

          If there’s anything you can guarantee about a video game system, it’s that in 20 years after one suffers a commercial failure there will be a tiny yet rabid group of enthusiasts obsessed with that system. It’s true for the Virtual Boy, the Atari Jaguar, and of course, the Nokia N-Gage. For those not familiar, this was a quirky competitor of the Game Boy Advance that was also a cell phone. And for that reason it had more buttons than a four-player arcade cabinet, which has led to things like this custom controller.

          Most N-Gage gaming these days takes place on emulators, this build is specifically built for the emulator experience. The original system had so many buttons that it’s difficult to get even a standard 102-key keyboard mapped comfortably to it, so something custom is almost necessary. [Lvaneede], the creator of this project, took some parts from an existing arcade cabinet he had and 3D printed the case in order to craft this custom controller. The buttons he chose are a little stiff for his liking, but it’s much better than using a keyboard.

        • PicoMite Gives Your Pico A Deluxe BASIC | Hackaday

          What makes developing a microcontroller project quick and easy? Tops on our list are an interactive shell and comprehensive libraries that handle all the low-level peripheral stuff. You think we’re talking MicroPython? Not today! MMBasic has just been ported to the Raspberry Pi Pico dev board, and it has all the batteries included.

          Just to give you a taste, it has built-in support for SD cards, all sorts of displays, touch screens, real-time clocks, IR remotes, numerous sensors, and of course WS2812 LED strips. And because all of this is baked into the BASIC, writing code to use any of these peripherals is straightforward.

        • Build Your Own HP41C | Hackaday

          There was a time when engineers carried slide rules. Then there was a time when we all carried calculators. Sure, calculators are still around, but you are more likely to use your phone. If you really need serious number crunching, you’ll turn to a full computer. But there was that awkward time when calculators were very important and computers were very expensive that calculators tried to be what we needed from full-blown computers. The HP41C was probably the pinnacle of that trend. If you’ve ever had one, you know that is a marvel of the day’s technology with alphanumeric capabilities and four plug in ports for more memory or ROMs. It really was a little hand-held computer. Didn’t have one? Don’t worry, you can now build your own. In fact, the HP emulator will also act like an HP15C or 16C, if you prefer.

          You can see the device in action in the video below. As you might expect, this version uses a through-hole ATMEGA328 and even at 8 MHz, the emulation is faster than the original calculator. The machine also has over double the memory the original calculator had along with a real-time clock built-in. The display is also backlit, something we all wanted in the original.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Mozilla Open Policy & Advocacy Blog: Mozilla reacts to new EU draft law on political advertising online

            The European Commission has just published its draft regulation on the transparency of political advertising online. The draft law is an important step towards increasing the resilience of European democracies for the digital age. Below we give our preliminary reaction to the new rules.

            We’ve long championed a healthier ecosystem for political advertising around the world, whether its by pushing for stronger commitments in the EU Code of Practice on Disinformation; uncovering the risks associated with undisclosed political influencer advertising on TikTok; supporting efforts to limit political microtargeting; or pushing platforms to effectively implement their Terms of Service during electoral periods. We’re glad to see that in its draft law the European Commission has taken on board many of our insights and recommendations, and those of our allies in the policy community.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • CODE 21.11 delivers key features for secure, easier and faster online document collaboration

          Collabora announces the availability of Collabora Online Developer Edition CODE 21.11. This major new release targets the three key areas: ease of use, performance and interoperability. The release demonstrates the company’s mission to the technology leader in collaborative editing. Collabora Online businesses the most effective and secure document creation environment with dedicated support and depth of development horsepower.

          CODE 21.11 is the herald of the next major business supported Collabora Online release. This free developer version includes all features and enhancements that will be available in our enterprise version, expected early December. CODE releases allows everyone to learn about new features early.

      • Content Management Systems (CMS)

        • CMSes & static site generators: why I (still) chose WordPress for my business websites – The Open Sourcerer

          Not everything is perfect of course. As of 2021, on the performance front, getting consistent and reliable caching working with SuperCache is a mindboggling experience, full of “mandelbugs” (like this one); in my case, each of my websites has at least some (or all) of the caching behavior not working (whether it is some pages never being able to generate cache files, or the cached files not being retained, no matter what you do and what combination of voodoo incantation and settings you use), but maybe someday someone will complete a heavy round of refactoring to improve the situation (maybe you can help there?) and things will Just Work™. But for now, I guess I’ll live with that.

          All in all, it is only from 2019 onwards, after much research (and much technological progress in general), that I found myself with enough tooling to make this work in a way that would meet my expectations of design & workflow flexibility, and therefore feel confident enough that this will be my long-term solution for a particular type/segment of my websites. My personal website (of which this blog is only a subset) still is hand-coded, however, because it “does the job.”

          Years ago, someone once told me that whenever someone in your team decides to write your company’s website from scratch (or using some templating system), they “inevitably end up reimplementing WordPress… poorly.”

          So yeah. We’re using WordPress.

      • Programming/Development

        • PHP

          • 25 Nov 2021: PHP 8.1.0 Released

            The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 8.1.0. This release marks the latest minor release of the PHP language.

          • PHP 8.1 Released With Fibers, Enumerations, Read-Only Properties & Much More – Phoronix

            PHP 8.1.0 was just officially released as the latest annual feature update to this widely-used, server-side programming language.

            PHP 8.1 finally introduces the notion of “enums” or enumerations for a custom type that is a discrete number of possible values. PHP enums can be used anywhere an object can be used.

          • Remi Collet: PHP version 8.1.0 is released!

            RC5 was GOLD, so version 8.1.0 GA is just released, at planed date.

            A great thanks to all developers who have contributed to this new major and long awaiting version of PHP and thanks to all testers of the RC versions who have allowed us to deliver a good quality version.

            RPM are available in the remi-php81 repository for Fedora ≥ 33 and Enterprise Linux ≥ 7 (RHEL, CentOS, Alma, Rocky…) and as Software Collection in the remi-safe repository.

  • Leftovers

    • Surfboard Gets Jet Upgrades | Hackaday

      Surfing is a fun and exciting sport but a lot of beginners can get discouraged with how little time is spent actually riding waves while learning. Not only are balance and wave selection critical skills that take time to learn, but a majority of time in the water is spent battling crashing waves to get out past the breakers. Many people have attempted to solve this problem through other means than willpower alone, and one of the latest attempts is [Andrew W] with a completely DIY surfboard with custom impeller jet drives.

      The surfboard is hand-made by [Andrew W] himself using a few blocks of styrofoam glued together and then cut into a generic surfboard shape. After the rough shaping is done, he cuts out a huge hole in the back of the board for the jet drive. This drive is almost completely built by [Andrew] as well including the impeller pumps themselves which he designed and 3D printed. The pair of impellers are driven by some beefy motors and a robust speed controller that connects wirelessly to a handheld waterproof throttle to hold while surfing. Once everything was secured in the motor box the surfboard was given a final shaping and then glassed. The final touch was an emergency disconnect attached to a leash so that if he falls off the board it doesn’t speed away without him.

    • Inverted Pendulum Balanced On A Drone | Hackaday

      [Nicholas Rehm] works during the day at the Applied Physics Laboratory at John Hopkins, Maryland, so has considerable experience with a variety of UAV applications. The question arose about how the perseverance mars rover landing worked, which prompted [Nicholas] to hang a rock under his drone, attached via a winch. This proved to be interesting. But what is more interesting for us, is what happens when you try to attach an inverted pendulum to the top of a drone in flight? (video embedded, below)

      This is a classic control theory problem, where you need to measure the angle of the pendulum with respect to the base, and close the loop by calculating the necessary acceleration from the pendulum angle. Typically this is demonstrated in one dimension only, but it is only a little more complicated to balance a pendulum with two degrees of freedom.

    • Education

      • Surviving the Right-Wing Assault on Education

        Shedding Neutrality and Staying Online: How Teachers Can Survive the Threat of Right-Wing Nationalism in School – Guest Blog by Leah Rosenzweig

        A recent article by the editors of Rethinking Schools recalls an 1867 Harper’s Weekly editorial which invoked the phrase: “The alphabet is abolitionist,” meaning during the denial of literacy under the “slavocracy,” merely learning or teaching others to read and write was in itself an abolitionist act.

        Educators have always been vulnerable to the threat of white nationalism—what with their main duty being the enhancement and diffusion of knowledge, a great, if not the greatest, weapon of all (just look at how fearful the idea of teaching formerly enslaved people to read made white supremacists during reconstruction).

        Now — 150 years later — white supremacism has evolved, not only as an intrusion to the way teachers relay facts or clarify concepts or ideas, but as a threat to the very stasis of the classroom, as kids are becoming influenced by back-alley online movements that promote nationalism, anti-Semitism, and misogyny. And so, while teachers don’t and shouldn’t create incognito accounts on 4chan, they should try to stay current with right-wing Internet trends, so that they’re able to catch things like hand symbols and disconcerting research paper citations.

    • Hardware

      • Find Your Way In The Starry Skies With DobsonianDSC | Hackaday

        An obvious problem with the use of a telescope is getting the former to point at the proper part of the sky which you intend to observe, or vice versa when you spot something interesting and wish to record the exact location. While all of this can be done manually with some trouble, there’s a lot to be said for automating this process. Unfortunately these Digital Setting Circles (DSC) features are not cheap even as add-on, which is why [Vladimir Atehortúa] created DobsonianDSC as a low-cost DIY solution.

        As the name suggests, this project is based around a Dobsonian-style telescope: Newtonian tube with simple altazimuth base. Aside from the mechanical construction, this system uses an ESP32 as its controller along with two rotary encoders, with the simple circuit detailed in a build guide. The firmware for the ESP32 is written in the Arduino C dialect, and a guide for flashing the ESP32 with the Arduino IDE and connecting it to the WLAN is provided as well.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • Linux 5.15.5

            I’m announcing the release of the 5.15.5 kernel.

            All users of the 5.15 kernel series must upgrade.

            The updated 5.15.y git tree can be found at:
            git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.15.y
            and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:



            greg k-h

          • What does the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure bill mean for me?

            The UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) introduced a bill to Parliament yesterday. But what does that mean for IoT manufacturers and consumers?

            First, this bill has been a long time coming. Many people have been lobbying and working hard to create it. Industry and others with vested interests had to be consulted, draft guidance had to be produced and then acceptable wording had to be agreed.

            Numerous researchers including us have been exposing and drawing attention to poor smart product security too.

            I’ve expressed concern along the way at attempts from industry to water it down, but the bill as it stands is a good first step towards enforcing IoT security.


            Banning default passwords will help mitigate issues such as the problem with Sky routers we exposed recently.

          • Book Review: Designing Secure Software

            Designing Secure Software (Amazon, No Starch Press) by Loren Kohnfelder is one of the latest entries in No Starch Press’s line of security books. This book stands out to me for two big reasons. First, this is one of the most mindset-centric books I’ve seen (which means it is likely to age better than a lot of more technically-specific books). Second, this book caters to developers more than security professionals (but don’t take this to mean it’s only for developers), which is definitely a distinguishing feature from so many other security books.

          • 4 Certificate Authorities to use with Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates

            It’s obvious from the foregoing that I’m not in favor of the switch to the ZeroSSL CA as the default, so which of the other three would I recommend? I still use the Let’s Encrypt CA, but Buypass’s certificates have a longer lifetime – 180 days, compared to 90 days for the other CAs. When next I have to issue a new certificate or renew an existing one, I wouldn’t mind specifying Buypass as the CA.

IBM as Master of Hypocrisy

Posted in Deception, IBM, Red Hat at 3:58 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 35757dd960a6311347374b1624b38f5f

Summary: Free software projects and Free software developers have long been humiliated by corporations of Western misogynists, falsely claiming that the Free software community isn’t inclusive enough (these are shameless projection tactics; as a matter of public record, the exact opposite is true) and even the eradication of supposedly offensive language isn’t something IBM takes seriously

IBM’s attempt to distract from its own racism may be backfiring; as we noted yesterday (last night), IBM does not follow its very own advice. It has added about 2 dozen projects to Microsoft’s GitHub (proprietary) under the Fedora account over the past 17 months and IBM's racism culminates in highly racist culling of developers, just because they’re Persian (nationalism and racism are the same in the context of some nations which are largely monocultural). Under this Fedora account, which feeds Microsoft’s monopoly, half the projects use “master” as their base branch. At least 65 projects!

In the video above, which took quite a while to record (it ended up being a lot longer than planned), I speak about my history talking to IBM’s spinners and liars. They’re destroying the credibility of Red Hat and they’ve already decimated almost all the community component of Fedora. Instead it became just a sandbox for IBM employees and maybe a shared pool for Amazon/AWS, which key operations of Fedora have been outsourced to.

Links 25/11/2021: LibreOffice 7.2.3 and Mesa 21.2.6 Released

Posted in News Roundup at 1:54 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Graphics Stack

        • mesa 21.2.6
          Hi List,
          It's a bit late, but here is mesa 21.2.6. Since 21.3.0 is now available,
          I think this will be the last 21.2 release (there should be 21.3.1 next
          week), barring any serious regressions in 21.2.6.
          Being that it's the night before a holiday here in the States, I'll let
          the press delve into all of the gory details of what's in here :) I'll
          see you all again as release manager next year for 22.0.
        • Mesa 21.2.6 Released As Likely The Last Of The Series – Phoronix

          With Mesa 21.3 having released last week and its first point release due next week, Mesa 21.2.6 has been published as likely the last update to that N-1 series for these open-source OpenGL/Vulkan drivers.

          Mesa 21.2.6 ships with various Intel OpenGL/Vulkan driver fixes, a few RadeonSI fixes, continued compatibility improvements for the Zink OpenGL-on-Vulkan, a few ACO compiler back-end fixes, and other minor fixes throughout. The Zink changes are perhaps most significant and then mostly the other usual AMD and Intel fixing churn.

    • Applications

      • Wireshark 3.6 Released With Support For World of Warcraft “WOWW” Protocol, Many Others

        Wireshark as the very useful and powerful open-source packet analyzer for networking and other communication protocols is out with a shiny new release.

        Wireshark 3.6 adds support for importing captures from text files based on regular expressions, much improved RTP player support, adding of USB Link Layer reassembly, improvements to the user’s guide and documentation, support for decoding the Vector Informatik Binary Log File (BLF) file format, many protocol updates, and a lot of new protocols are now supported by Wireshark.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Touching Firefox on Linux | sunweaver’s NET

        More as a reminder to myself, but possibly also helpful to other people who want to use Firefox on a tablet running Debian…

        Without the below adjustment, finger gestures in Firefox running on a tablet result in image moving, text highlighting, etc. (operations related to copy+paste). Not the intuitively expected behaviour…

      • How to Install and Use Tmux (Terminal Multiplexer) in Linux System

        Tmux is one of the most used and useful terminal tools for Linux and Unix-like operating systems. Mostly system admins, server admins, and power Linux users use this wonderful terminal tool for more productivity and efficiency. The term Tmux is the shortened form of Terminal multiplexer that can handle multiple terminal tabs and windows simultaneously on the Linux system. The inbuilt system generates a serial number to monitor and look up each active Tmux window on the system. Though this fascinating tool was first released in 2007, from then the demand for this tool is now high. Installing and using the Tmux terminal tool is easy for both Linux server and desktop distributions.

      • Install WPS Office on Ubuntu 20.04/Debian 11 – kifarunix.com

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to install WPS Office on Ubuntu 20.04/Debian 11 desktop systems. WPS Office is a lightweight, feature-rich comprehensive office suite with high compatibility. Capable of handling texts in Writer, Presentation, Spreadsheet and PDF files. It serves as a handy and professional consultant to help you improve work efficiently.

        WPS can be used on Linux as perfect replace of LibreOffice and more so, saves the Linux enthusiasts of having to rely on running external Windows machines just for the purposes of working with documents only.

      • FreeAptitude – Be more productive with Bash aliases

        Aliases are one of the most interesting features provided by a Bash shell, and probably the last to be regularly adopted. Usually, they are intended as a way to create shortcuts to execute the most used commands followed by the options that are not assumed by default from the command itself. However, there is a more appealing way to write them that boost our productivity when executing either frequent or infrequent tasks.

      • Upgrade Ubuntu 20.04 To 22.04 LTS Jammy using Command or GUI

        Learn the commands that will fully Upgrade your Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Desktop or Server to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS set to launch in April 2022. However, even before that if anybody would like to upgrade to test the same, here are the steps to follow.

        Here in this tutorial, we will learn the simple command line and Graphical steps on how to upgrade to Ubuntu 22.04 from the previous LTS 20.04 version.

      • Install Kubernetes Using Minikube In CentOS Linux – OSTechNix

        Kubernetes can be installed and configured in a variety of ways, including on personal computers, physical servers, virtual machines, and as a cloud service. We will learn how to install a single node Kubernetes cluster using Minikube in CentOS Linux.

        For the purpose of this guide, we will install Minikube on CentOS 7 natively running on top of the virtual machine layer. Before installing Kubernetes, you need to have a basic understanding of Kubernetes and its architecture and containers. Please refer to our previous article attached below to know about the concepts.

      • How To Install Eclipse IDE on Debian 11 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Eclipse IDE on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, Eclipse is an open-source integrated development environment (IDE) that helps programmers develop software applications and software components by providing developers with tools to compile code, and many more. It supports many plugins to enhance the capabilities to use for other programming languages development environments such as PHP, C++, and JavaScript.

        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 Eclipse on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

      • How to install KVM server on Debian 9/10 Headless Server – nixCraft

        Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) is a virtualization module for the Linux kernel that turns it into a hypervisor. How can I install KVM with bridged networking, setup guest operating system as the back-end virtualization technology for non-graphic Debain Linux 9.x/10.x server?

        You can use KVM to run multiple operating systems such as Windows, *BSD, Linux distribution using virtual machines. Each virtual machine has its private disk, graphics card, a network card and more.

      • How to install RVM- Ruby Version Manager on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

        RVM- Ruby Version Manager is a tool meant to use the command line for installing and managing the various ruby versions easily. Here we see the commands for installation of RVM on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal fossa.

      • How to stop Firefox from auto updating in Linux

        In Linux, Firefox has this bad habit of wanting to update itself when you’re not ready to perform that task. And it will not let you open a new tab or window until you allow it to apply the update. I find it very annoying. There are any number of knobs you can tune to disable this feature in about:config, but there’s no guarantee that they’ll work as expected. And if you use more than one Firefox profile, as most power users do, you’ll have to tune about:config for each profile. In this post, I’ll show you how to do it system-wide, and it’s guaranteed to work.

        With the default setting, Firefox will download and install the update in the background, and then throw up the prompt shown here when you want to open a new tab or window. That means you won’t be able to open that new tab or window until you agree to restart Firefox. And that almost always happens when I’m in the middle of doing something very important and not ready to restart Firefox.

      • How to Use lshw in Linux (With a Practical Example) – CloudSavvy IT

        What if there was a command which would let you, in an easy-to-read format, view all of the hardware in your Linux system? Welcome to lshw, the great tool often overlooked even by seasoned Linux professionals.

      • How to Set Hostname in Docker Compose

        Wondering how to set hostname in Docker Compose? I’ll show you that.

      • How to Index Your Docker Image’s Dependencies With Syft – CloudSavvy IT

        Syft is a CLI utility that generates a Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) for container images. An SBOM is a catalogue of dependencies used by your image. It gives you visibility into the “materials” that form your image’s filesystem.

        Producing an SBOM can help you identify overly complex package supply chains that put you at risk of dependency confusion attacks. Distributing an SBOM alongside your image informs users of what lies below the surface. This provides a useful starting point when tightening supply chain security.

        Syft is developed by Anchore which also offers a complete container scanning engine. The Syft CLI is capable of extracting package lists from images using popular operating systems and programming languages. Both Docker and OCI images are supported.

      • How to Mount or Symlink a Single File in a Docker Container – CloudSavvy IT

        Docker volume and bind mounts are used to bind directories on the host OS to locations in the container’s file system. While they’re commonly used to mount entire directories, you can also use them to symlink individual files.

      • How (and Why) to Run Docker Inside Docker – CloudSavvy IT

        Running Docker inside Docker lets you build images and start containers within an already containerized environment. There are two possible approaches to achieve this depending on whether you want to start child or sibling containers.

        Access to Docker from inside a Docker container is most often desirable in the context of CI and CD systems. It’s common to host the agents that run your pipeline inside a Docker container. You’ll end up using a Docker-in-Docker strategy if one of your pipeline stages then builds an image or interacts with containers.

    • Games

      • Real-time explosive tower defense arrives in Sky Fleet on December 17 | GamingOnLinux

        Build up an army and speed around the skies in your air ship in Sky Fleet, the action-based tower defense game arriving on Steam on December 17.

        You build up your squad, place down various defences and engage in fast-paced real-time shoot-outs, while speeding around various floating islands. At the same time you need to deal with resources, so it plays out quite like an RTS, as you and enemies compete for them to try and assault their stronghold.

      • Nina Aquila: Legal Eagle adds Linux support in the new update | GamingOnLinux

        Along with a major upgrade to the base game, Nina Aquila: Legal Eagle, Season One now has native Linux support. This game was originally available via itch.io and Newgrounds, where it was quite popular, with the Steam version bundling all content together.

        Update version 5 added Linux support, new animations, Steam Cloud support, improved performance for low-spec machines and various other improvements.

      • Valheim gets a new patch, plus teasers for Mistlands and Caves | GamingOnLinux

        Iron Gate are showing off more of what’s to come with the next major upgrade for Valheim, along with a small content patch. First up we have patch 0.205.5 which is out now and it includes a new armour set, along with something stirring in the swamps – oh no, it’s scary enough.

      • Godot Engine gets AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution | GamingOnLinux

        The free and open source Godot Engine recently had support for AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution merged into the code, ready for the next big release. A wonderful case of open source tech meeting together.

        What is FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR)? Put simply: a fancy upscaler. FSR allows you to bring down the rendering resolution and have FSR boost it up to a higher resolution, giving you a clear picture. The result is that you should see better performance than simply using the native resolution – something 4K users seem quite happy about.

      • Humble puts up the Best of Sandbox bundle with some good picks | GamingOnLinux

        They might not actually be the “best” but still pretty good. The Humble Best of Sandbox Bundle is live now. This time around is a pretty interesting mix, both with games that have Linux native builds and others that work just fine with the Steam Play Proton compatibility layer.

      • Steam Play Proton 6.3-8 out with initial BattlEye support, CEG DRM and more games | GamingOnLinux

        Probably one of the more exciting releases of Proton lately, with lots of what was previously in Proton Experimental now in the main release with Proton 6.3-8 out now. Be sure to check out our full Steam Play guide if you need more info.

        A big addition is the start of support for BattlEye games. Before getting overly excited though, this is just the start of it with only Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord and ARK: Survival Evolved confirmed to be supported by Valve. This is what was previously announced, with developers only needing to get in touch with BattlEye to have it turned on.

        We also have the older CEG DRM now hooked up and working, bringing with it more classics working that relied on it.

        On top of that there’s even support for NVIDIA DLSS for games that use DirectX 11 and 12, although it still needs you to make some manual adjustments to turn it on for now which includes using this launch option PROTON_ENABLE_NVAPI=1 %command% and also setting dxgi.nvapiHack = False in a DXVK configuration file.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • This GTK App Checks Contrast Ratio Between 2 Colors in Ubuntu Linux

          Designers and website developers may sometimes need to check WCAG color contrast to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities.

          Without using an online website each time, Linux has a stylish GTK4 app “Contrast” which allows to check whether the contrast between two colors meet the WCAG requirements.

          The app has a simple user interface that displays one color as background and another as font color of the text. By clicking on the double arrow icon between two color codes, it reverses background color as text font and font color as background.

    • Distributions

      • Alpine Linux 3.15 bids a fond farewell to MIPS64 support

        The compact Linux distribution Alpine has gained the latest LTS Linux kernel with the update to version 3.15, but fans must say goodbye to support for the MIPS64 architecture.

        The release is the first in the 3.15 stable series and, as well as the 5.15 LTS Linux kernel, received a raft of updated tools and components, including the 16.13 LTS version of Node.js (version 17 is also included) and GNOME 41.

        There is also some initial support for UEFI secure boot on x86_64, but the time has come to say goodbye to the MIPS64 port.

        “The architecture is EOL,” notes the release blog. “The mips64 builder is gone. There is no way we can build any packages anymore, we can no longer fix any security issues, so it’s prudent to officially decommission mips64.”

      • New Releases

        • MX Linux has Released a New Edition for Newer Hardware – It’s FOSS News

          MX Linux 21 was officially unveiled last month while introducing a new Fluxbox edition. However, the Advanced Hardware Support (AHS) ISO was not a part of it.

          Recently, MX Linux announced the availability of MX Linux 21 AHS and a new AHS repo for existing MX Linux 21 users.

          In this article, let us explore more about it.

        • Endless OS 4.0 is a Long-Term Support Version with Usability Improvements – It’s FOSS News

          Endless OS is a Debian-based Linux distro that focuses on bundling several important applications and resources to help make the most out of your computer without needing an internet connection.

          It is primarily tailored for education and for users who do not have constant access to the internet. And, if you are connected to the internet, there are tools to help you browse the web and stay in touch with friends/family.

          And, their latest release, Endless OS 4.0, is a Long-Term Support version that comes with several improvements. Let us take a brief look at it.

        • Endless OS 4.0 is Out as a Long-Term Supported Release

          Rebuilt on the base of Debian 11 Bullseye, Endless OS 4.0 is here with improved app grid navigation, fast user switching, and many other improvements.

          The developers of Endless OS have just announced the release of Endless OS 4.0. It’s a major update and it focuses mainly on helping users to take advantage of their internet connection when they suppose to have it.

        • Endless OS 4.0.0 Release Notes | Endless OS Support Site

          What’s new in this major release of Endless OS?

      • Arch Family

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Five data centers, 150TB images downloaded weekly, 1m+ cores – Now, that’s a storage challenge [Ed: "Sponsored by Red Hat" it says at the bottom. The Register has become a total joke, running ads as though they're articles. This is not journalism but churnalism.]

          For the last eight years, Red Hat Ceph has been at the heart of Workday’s storage strategy, in a collaboration that has spawned upstream contributions from the Workday and Red Hat engineering teams that the entire community benefit from.

        • How we implemented an authorization cache for Envoy proxy

          This is the second article in a two-part series about an authorization cache we developed for the Envoy open source proxy as a part of Google Summer of Code 2021. The first article in the series showed the design of our cache, based on Proxy-Wasm and integrated with Red Hat 3scale API Management. In this part, we focus on the implementation aspect of the design described in the previous article (check it out if you haven’t already).

        • Build and extend containerized applications with Project Thoth

          Container technologies have created a de facto industry standard for developing, deploying, and shipping applications. Containers make it possible to provide more maintainable and self-sustaining runnable units that can be directly managed using cluster orchestrators such as Kubernetes and Red Hat OpenShift.

          This article is for developers interested in using intelligent package management to control the quality of container images and provide more robust containerized runtime environments. Our discussion is based on Project Thoth for Python, one of the world’s most popular programming languages. The ideas we present can be generalized to other language ecosystems.

        • 9 ways to show gratitude to your team

          Your company can have the most innovative tech on the block, but it won’t amount to much if you don’t have a solid team behind you that feels supported. The Great Resignation is at least somewhat reflective of people finally realizing their worth and proves how important it is for leaders to show employees how much they are appreciated.

          Showing gratitude is especially pertinent this year as many employees work from home and don’t get to experience the camaraderie of in-office relationships and support they may have previously enjoyed. Sharing your thanks with employees helps to boost morale. And gratified employees will take more pride in their work.

        • 5 automation and RPA must-reads

          When you say “automation,” some IT people picture job-stealing robots. IT leaders will need to know how to allay that worry in the months and years to come. But here’s a piece of good news: Some forward-looking IT leaders are finding automation actually has talent retention benefits, as David Egts, chief technologist, North America Public Sector, Red Hat, recently wrote.

          “Automation is an effective way to help businesses become more resilient, but it also helps retain the key talent you have and attract new talent to up-level your team,” Egts notes. How? Teams that have made progress on the automation journey are seeing benefits including an increased sense of belonging, for example:

          “Many organizations have gone from siloed automation to automation communities of practice that span these silos. Instead of tasks being manually executed or even automated in isolated pockets of an organization, an automation community of practice lets everyone share their best ideas and build on each other’s work.

          So rather than belonging to the employee, the processes belong to the community of practice with authorship attribution back to the author. Plus, the community contributors identify with the community because their contributions and spans of influence visibly and positively impact the entire organization in ways they couldn’t do as individuals,” said Egts.

        • Top 15 articles sysadmins are thankful for | Enable Sysadmin

          Enable Sysadmin has published hundreds of articles; these are the favorites sysadmins turn to month after month.

        • What are you thankful for at work?
        • Tomasz Torcz: ACME & FreeIPA – super easy

          This post will be short. Recent FreeIPA versions contain ACME server implementation, which makes TLS certificate issuance a breeze.

        • Mark J. Wielaard » Blog Archive » Valgrind 3.18.1

          3.18.1 fixes a number of bugs and adds support for glibc-2.34, and for new platforms x86/FreeBSD and amd64/FreeBSD. Debuginfo reading is faster, and Rust demangling has been improved. For PPC64, ISA 3.1 support has been completed, and some newer ARM64 and S390 instructions are also supported. See the release notes for details of changes. Note, 3.18.0 had no formal release — it was pulled at the last minute due to a packaging problem.

        • CPE Weekly Update – Week of November 22nd – 26th – Fedora Community Blog

          Purpose of this team is to take care of day to day business regarding CentOS and Fedora Infrastructure and Fedora release engineering work. It’s responsible for services running in Fedora and CentOS infrastructure and preparing things for the new Fedora release (mirrors, mass branching, new namespaces etc.). The ARC (which is a subset of the team) investigates possible initiatives that CPE might take on.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • LibreOffice 7.2.3 Released with More Than 100 Bug Fixes, Download and Update Now

          Released in mid-August 2021, the LibreOffice 7.2 office suite series comes with many new features and improvements, such as native support for Apple M1 machines, improved interoperability with the MS Office document formats, and dozens of UI enhancements for a better user experience.

          LibreOffice 7.2.3 is here today one and a half months after the LibreOffice 7.2.2 point release to fix even more bugs and security issues. A total of 112 bug fixes and improvements to document compatibility are included in this update.

        • The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 7.2.3 Community

          The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 7.2.3 Community, the second minor release of the LibreOffice 7.2 family targeted at technology enthusiasts and power users, which is available for download from https://www.libreoffice.org/download/. This version includes 112 bug fixes and improvements to document compatibility.

          LibreOffice 7.2.3 Community is also available for Apple Silicon from this link: https://download.documentfoundation.org/libreoffice/stable/7.2.3/mac/aarch64/.

          For enterprise-class deployments, TDF strongly recommends the LibreOffice Enterprise family of applications from ecosystem partners, with long-term support options, professional assistance, custom features and Service Level Agreements: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-in-business/.

          LibreOffice Community and the LibreOffice Enterprise family of products are based on the LibreOffice Technology platform, the result of years of development efforts with the objective of providing a state of the art office suite not only for the desktop but also for mobile and the cloud.

        • Czech translation of the LibreOffice Draw Guide 7.1

          Our team has finished translating the LibreOffice Draw Guide 7.1. As usual, it was a team effort, namely: translations by Petr Kuběj, Zdeněk Crhonek, Radomír Strnad, Ludmila Chládková; text corrections by Marcela Tomešová, Martin Kasper, Eva Kmochová, Věra Dvořáková; localized pictures by Roman Toman; and technical support from Miloš Šrámek. Thanks to all of the team for their work!

      • Education

        • 10 Best Free and Open Source Linux Educational Games

          Educational games are games designed to teach people, typically children, about a certain subject or help them learn a skill as they play. Sometimes this type of software is known as games edutainment because they combine education and entertainment.

          This type of software aids the ‘normal’ learning process, either by helping the individual to absorb new information, or as a support for recalling information already learned. Educational programs, especially those for the youngest students, are often designed with the idea of ‘learn through play’. Many children are easily bored, and they are much more likely to be attentive if they find the activity or task to be enjoyable.

      • FSFE

        • Upcycling Android: Keep using your phone with Free Software

          It is the European Week for Waste Reduction, a week that is dedicated to promoting the reuse of products and materials and to helping save resources and reduce waste in everyday life. The FSFE joins in with the new initiative “Upcycling Android” – an initiative to help saving resources by reusing one of our most valuable devices of our daily life, our phones.

          Every year, manufacturers produce 1.5 billion phones worldwide – and unfortunately, probably almost as many are thrown away after what is usually a far too short hardware lifespan. The short lifespan of these phones often stems from so-called “software obsolescence”, the situation in which users are faced with the dilemma of either buying new hardware or living with outdated software. The environmental consequences of these short hardware lifespans can be dire. To help users in overcoming this problem, with Upcycling Android we enable people to upcycle Android phones with Free Software. Every time we keep using our current phone instead of buying a new one we help avoid the production of new phones and the growing disposal of e-waste.

      • Public Services/Government

        • Schleswig-Holstein dumps Vole in favour of open source

          The north-German state of Schleswig-Holstein plans to switch to open-source software, reports Mike Saunders from LibreOffice.

          By the end of 2026, Microsoft Office is to be replaced by LibreOffice on all 25,000 computers used by civil servants and employees (including teachers), and the Windows operating system is to be replaced by GNU/Linux.

          Apparently it is a done deal and already codified by the Schleswig-Holstein state parliament.

          The state’s digital minister Jan Philipp Albrecht said that part of the transition to open source is already in the works, and pointed out that 90 percent of state administration conferencing is conducted using the open source video conferencing platform Jitsi.

        • 25,000 German state computers will bid goodbye to Windows and say Hello to Linux

          The German state of Schleswig-Holstein has decided that it’s done with closed, proprietary Windows and is moving to open-source Linux/GNU by the end of the year 2026.

          The first step will be in the form of migrating around 25,000 computers to The Document Foundation’s LibreOffice from Microsoft’s Office suite of applications and then eventually moving all these devices over to Linux by dumping Windows entirely. These 25,000 computers are going to be “used by civil servants and employees (including teachers)” essentially implying that a large part of the state-run administration and the education sector will be embracing the open-source way.

      • Programming/Development

        • NVIDIA’s Open-Source Image Scaling SDK 1.0 Released – Phoronix

          Last week NVIDIA announced the Image Scaling SDK as an open-source, cross-platform GPU image upscaling implementation that with their own hardware makes use of DLSS. Following the brief exposure over the past week, NVIDIA Image Scaling SDK 1.0 has been formally christened.

          The NVIDIA Image Scaling SDK can work on the likes of Intel and AMD Radeon hardware via the SDK’s generic compute shaders that are MIT licensed. Integrating the NVIDIA Image Scaling SDK does require integration on part of the game/engine developer.

        • Tips for formatting when printing to console from C++ | Opensource.com

          When I started writing, I did it primarily for the purpose of documenting for myself. When it comes to programming, I’m incredibly forgetful, so I began to write down useful code snippets, special characteristics, and common mistakes in the programming languages I use. This article perfectly fits the original idea as it covers common use cases of formatting when printing to console from C++.

        • Rust

  • Leftovers

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • When the IoT vendor goes bust

          Over recent years, legislation has started to emerge to protect consumers from unethical behaviour from IoT vendors. Far too many smart devices didn’t charge for a subscription to the online platform that made the device ‘smart’. As a result, manufacturers had a perverse incentive to end-of-life product in order to sell you their next great smart thing.

          A good example of this was the Revolv home hub: Google’s Nest division acquired the firm behind the $300 hub. Two years later, they shut the platform down, leaving consumers with a pile of useless electronics, orphaned from the platform. Uproar ensued, resulting in the US FTC investigating. Fortunately for Revolv owners, the FTC ruled in their favour and made Google compensate hub owners.

          Sonos owners will recall a similar kerfuffle around their ‘recycle mode’ that killed the device when one traded up for a newer product, among many negative press stories around the length of product support.

          Existing and planned regulation for IoT is increasingly having manufacturers state up front how long they will support the product for. Whilst some legislation is focussed on the longevity of product security updates, others focus on length of platform support.

          This is good: it will allow consumers to make informed decisions about the smart products they buy. I, for one, don’t expect to be replacing a smart door lock after a couple of years simply because the manufacturer wanted to sell me a newer version.

        • Security

          • Researchers Detail Privilege Escalation Bugs Reported in Oracle VirtualBox

            A now-patched vulnerability affecting Oracle VM VirtualBox could be potentially exploited by an adversary to compromise the hypervisor and cause a denial-of-service (DoS) condition.

            “Easily exploitable vulnerability allows high privileged attacker with logon to the infrastructure where Oracle VM VirtualBox executes to compromise Oracle VM VirtualBox,” the advisory reads. “Successful attacks of this vulnerability can result in unauthorized ability to cause a hang or frequently repeatable crash (complete DoS) of Oracle VM VirtualBox”

          • How the SAML Standard Provides Single Sign-On Services – CloudSavvy IT

            Single Sign-On and zero trust networks depend on securely passing identification details back and forth between users, identity providers, and service providers. SAML is the glue that lets that happen.

          • Security updates for Thursday

            Security updates have been issued by Fedora (busybox, getdata, and php), Mageia (couchdb, freerdp, openexr, postgresql, python-reportlab, and rsh), openSUSE (bind, java-1_8_0-openjdk, and kernel), SUSE (java-1_7_0-openjdk), and Ubuntu (icu).

          • What is the OSI Model – 7 Layers of OSI Model Explained

            International Organization for Standardization (ISO) developed the OSI model in 1984.

            OSI model is an acronym for Open System Interconnect.

            The OSI model is a model that allows us to categorize network communications and divide different activities of the network in seven conceptual layers.
            This model tries to explain how the data of an application passes through the device and out in the physical network using the seven conceptual steps or layers.

            In simpler words, it explains how one application performs different steps to communicate its data to another application running on a different device.

            The OSI model was created for creating a common industry standard, which could have helped inter-operability between different vendors.

            However, this model did not gain a lot of popularity. So it is used as a reference or a teaching tool today. The OSI model does not directly match the networking systems we use in reality, but it is still useful because it describes the several processes used in electronic communication.

          • Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt/Fear-mongering/Dramatisation

            • New Linux malware hides in cron jobs with invalid dates [Ed: This is not a "Linux" issue; it's about applications that run over the Web and have holes in them, maybe because admins do not patch them]

              Security researchers have discovered a new remote access trojan (RAT) for Linux that keeps an almost invisible profile by hiding in tasks scheduled for execution on a non-existent day, February 31st.

              Dubbed CronRAT, the malware is currently targeting web stores and enables attackers to steal credit card data by deploying online payment skimmers on Linux servers.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • SUCCESS! New German government calls for European ban on biometric mass surveillance – Reclaim Your Face

              The newly-agreed German government coalition has called for a Europe-wide ban on public facial recognition and other biometric surveillance. This echoes the core demands of the Reclaim Your Face campaign which EDRi has co-led since 2020, through which over 65 civil society groups ask the EU and their national governments to outlaw biometric data mass surveillance.

              Today, 24 November 2021, the new German government announced their highly-anticipated coalition deal, including the strongest commitments seen so far in Europe to “rule … out” “biometric recognition in public”. They further called to “reject comprehensive video surveillance and the use of biometric recording for surveillance purposes”.

              The center-left Social Democrats (SPD), the environmentalist Greens and the business-focused Free Democrats (FDP) jointly emphasised the vital importance of anonymity in public as well as online. Their statement echoes the demands of over 65 groups in the Reclaim Your Face campaign, co-led by EDRi.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Dead and Alive: Affidavits filed by States and High Courts reveal 470 pending cases under the struck down S.66A

        The People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL), with IFF’s legal assistance, had filed an application in the Supreme Court (SC) seeking directions to ensure that authorities do not prosecute individuals under S.66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (IT Act, 2000), which the SC had struck down in Shreya Singhal vs Union of India (2015). On Aug 8th, 2021, SC issued notice to all States/UTs and High Courts. 8 HCs and 6 States have replied to the application and they demonstrate the widespread non-compliance with the decision in Shreya Singhal. We await responses from other States/UTs and High Courts.


        In March 2015, S.66A was declared unconstitutional by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in Shreya Singhal v. Union Of India as it violated the right to freedom of expression guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India. The Court found that S. 66A was vague and could be arbitrarily interpreted to penalize even innocent speech. Significantly, the Court found that the provision was not ‘severable’ i.e., no part of the section could be saved and the provision as a whole was declared unconstitutional. This means that the provision was void ab initio i.e was deemed to never have existed on the statute books. The effect should have been that Courts ought to have dismissed all pending cases under S.66A, and authorities ought not to have instituted fresh cases under S. 66A.

        However, the story did not end there. In 2018, a study by Apar Gupta and Abhinav Sekhri highlighted that authorities continued to prosecute individuals under S.66A even after Shreya Singhal. Subsequently, in 2019, PUCL, one of the original petitioners in Shreya Singhal, approached the Supreme Court seeking directions to ensure the implementation of Shreya Singhal. In February 2019, the Supreme Court directed the Union of India to ensure compliance with its decision by making available copies of the judgment to Chief Secretaries of States/UTs across the country. The Chief Secretaries, in turn, were directed to sensitise police departments across the country.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Burkina Faso must immediately end its internet shutdown

        ccess Now and the #KeepItOn coalition are demanding that the government of Burkina Faso reinstate internet access for all, and without exception.

        It has now been five days since authorities shut down the internet on November 20, citing vague “public safety” and “national defence” reasons. Today, the Kaboré government has extended the blackout until November 27.

        “The #KeepItOn coalition is outraged that the government of Burkina Faso shut down the internet,” said Felicia Anthonio, Campaigner and #KeepItOn Lead at Access Now. “Authorities made a bad decision earlier this week when they disconnected millions, but today’s 96-hour extension truly reflects their blatant contempt for human rights.”

[Meme] So Desperate That Edge Cannot Even Exceed 4% That They Block Rival Web Browsers

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 10:04 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Fuelled by the growth of Linux, Android, Free Software, and GNU (Apple has based its Web browser on a lot of Free software and Edge is a “me too” with anticompetitive edge/slant), in many respects Free software is becoming the ‘norm’, even if all those malicious browsers — Firefox included — spy a lot and leverage openwashing for the mere perception of ethics

Linux, Android, Free Software, and GNU
Graph source


Summary: Linux/Android/Free Software/GNU (they go by very many names/brands) may continue to grow to the point where Windows is as irrelevant as Blackberry; this means that Microsoft’s grip on the Web too has slipped — to the point where Microsoft frantically uses 'bailout' money to hijack LinkedIn, GitHub, etc. (it also rebrands almost everything as "Azure" or clown to fake a perception of growth)

Windows Vista Service Pack 11 (Vista 11) Has Failed to Curb the Growth of GNU/Linux

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Vista 10, Windows at 7:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 4b8ca03aa2452f4b586ecf1a548a0c61

Summary: Windows market share continues to decrease in spite of billions of dollars spent bribing the media for fake hype, especially in light of a new Windows Service Pack (SP), Vista SP 11

THE video above is sort of a culmination of many thoughts and some discussions we had this morning in IRC. The graph on the right tells a story. Not only did the release of Vista 11 fail to have an impact; Windows market share continues to decrease both before and after the release.

The Windows marketGNU/Linux is the fastest-growing platform (not Apple operating systems), but it’s usually called neither “GNU” nor “Linux”, so the media will pretend that “Linux” is failing and the Linux Foundation will intentionally ignore the desktop market (while taking money from Microsoft, which tries to protect Windows).

I’m personally very thankful to the many thousands of developers who have worked on GNU/Linux since the 1980s (back when I was a kid). Their work is paying off and bearing fruit, emancipating a lot of computer users even if the corporate media refuses to acknowledge that.

Links 25/11/2021: Proton 6.3-8 and Linux Mint Compared to Ubuntu

Posted in News Roundup at 7:28 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Full Circle Weekly News #237

        AlmaLinux 8.5 is available:


        Release of Lakka 3.6:


        LF Decentralized Storage Migrated to Open License:


        SeaMonkey 2.53.10 Released:


        Fedora Linux 37 intends to end support for 32-bit ARM architecture:


        Release of Proxmox VE 7.1:


        Oracle Linux 8.5 Released:


        Cinnamon 5.2 desktop environment released:


        Ubuntu Touch 20th Firmware Update:


      • The Planck EZ Keyboard. 47 Keys Are All You Need! – Invidious [Ed: Possibly paid-for spam, but it's hard to be entirely sure]

        I love the two previous keyboards that purchased from ZSA, which were the ErgoDox EZ and the Moonlander. But I noticed that ZSA has another keyboard called the Planck EZ, which a tiny keyboard with just 47 keys. Is such a keyboard even usable? YES!

      • FLOSS Weekly 657: Web 3.0 and Beyond – WordPress Breach, SCO vs IBM lawsuit

        What never stops and what’s barely started are the topics debated by our panel of co-hosts: Doc Searls, Katherine Druckman, Aaron Newcomb and Simon Phipps. We start with the SCO vs. IBM (and before that, many others) lawsuit, which was reportedly settled. What really happened with the GoDaddy and WordPress breach? It’s been 25 years of PHP and then look forward to the time when we’re all in Web 4.0 talking about what failed in Web 3.0.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • The magic one-line ImageMagick 7 AppImage installer

        To install ImageMagick 7 on any distribution that supports AppImage, copy and paste this one-line script into your favourite shell:

      • PAM SSH agent authentication (with Ansible)

        Specifically for use with Ansible, I’m known to recommend adding NOPASSWD: ALL to the sudoers entry and be done with it. No mucking about with sudo passwords (in essence users’ login passwords), no -K option, no passwords in clear-text files because people are unwilling to use Ansible vault, etc. It makes lives easier all around, and yes, I am aware that there are people who get the screaming heebie-jeebies when I say NOPASSWD:. So be it.

        There is an alternative to authenticating use of sudo using SSH agent forwarding instead of login passwords. If you’re new to agent forwarding, I recommend you read the Illustrated Guide to SSH Agent Forwarding, which explains the concept and its pitfalls very well.

      • Jenkins

        In this article, you will learn more about how Jenkins’s deployment stages and pipeline tools can be used to help automate software development. You will learn how to leverage Jenkins’s deployment phases and Pipeline features to help automate your software development. You’ll leave with a better grasp on what a Jenkins Pipeline is and you’ll know how to set up Jenkins and the Pipeline plug-in.

      • So long and thanks for all the disks!

        Free (as in libre) was a tradition that would continue until the very end of the disk series: one of the last floppies compiled contained a version of the touch command. Fish helped bring about wider knowledge of open source, GNU, Unix and its related command line tools to the Amiga user base, preparing a generation of young computer enthusiasts not only for the systems they might encounter at universities and workplaces but also for the coming of Linux. Thus, he contributed to building a foundation for the continued use and growth of free software after both the demise of his disk series and the Amiga platform, a legacy of which the effects are still highly tangible.

        Fish would go on to release a thousand disks before switching to distribution on CD-ROMs in 1994. However, the then imminent arrival of dial-up Internet (giving us commoners access to Aminet) meant that only a few of these CD:s were made. Though he and his disk series will live on in memory for as long as there are Amiga users, his real achievement was bringing the joy and philosophy of free software to a world-wide user base outside academia, long before free software itself helped build the Internet that made his disks obsolete.

        Here’s to you, Fred, 35 years later. So long and thanks for all the disks!

      • I wish systemd logged information about the source of “transactions”

        Modern Linux doesn’t work this way, especially with systemd involved. Systemd has a D-Bus interface that people can use, there’s hardware events that may trigger a reboot, there are various programs that may decide to ask systemd to reboot the system, and under some circumstances systemd itself can decide that a particular, harmless looking process failure or ‘systemctl’ transaction actually will trigger a reboot through some weird chain of dependencies and systemd unit settings. These days, it’s entirely possible to have a system go through an orderly shutdown and reboot with no clues in the logs as to what actually did it or why it happened.

        However, systemd also has all of the information it needs to log a summary of this. Every time systemd starts a “transaction” (a set of changes to units), it knows what the starting request is and generally who asked for it (and how). It could routinely log this, which would make it much easier to trace back mysterious events later.

      • How to Recover Deleted Files in Linux

        Losing data is one of the most unsettling and harrowing experiences that any user can go through. The prospect of not ever finding precious data once it is deleted or lost is what usually inspires anxiety and leaves users helpless. Thankfully, there are a couple of tools that you can use to recover deleted files on your Linux machines. We have tried out a few data recovery tools that can help you get back your deleted files and one that stood out among the rest. This is the TestDisk data recovery tool.

        TestDisk is an opensource and powerful data recovery tool that, apart from recovering your data, rebuilds and recovers boot partitions and fixes partition tables. It recovers deleted files from filesystems such as FAT, exFAT ext3, ext4, and NTFS to mention just a few, and copies them to another location. TestDisk is a command-line data recovery tool, and this is one of the attributes that sets it apart from other data recovery tools.

        In this guide, we will demonstrate how you can recover deleted files in Linux using the Test disk utility tool. We will demonstrate how TestDisk can recover deleted data from a removable USB drive in Ubuntu 20.04.

      • How to Install Gtop System Monitoring Tool in Linux

        System monitoring is an important aspect of Linux administration as it helps a Linux user or administrator identify and later investigate the performance statuses of various operating system software and hardware elements related to the system’s disk usage, CPU utilization, and main memory consumption.

        Gtop is an ideal candidate for Linux system monitoring due to its rich and graphical monitoring dashboard/interface. Its graphical display accounts for the operating system’s disk usage, CPU, and main memory info. Gtop’s visual layout also projects running processes statistics like how much resource is being utilized or overused.

      • How to install Python 3.10 on Debian 11? – Unixcop the Unix / Linux the admins deams

        Hello friends. In this rather short post, we will help you to install Python 3.10 on Debian 11.

        Debian 11 has Python, do I have to upgrade?

        The answer to this question depends on the needs of each user. Some users are developers in this language and therefore need to take advantage of the latest features of this; On the other hand, there are also the testers who with their expertise help the growth of the language and the applications that use it.

        There is also a third group more focused on server administration. These are more careful at the moment of making any new installation, but they can also be forced to instate it in favor of some scripts, libraries, or programs that require it.

        On the opposite side are the desktop users who are not forced to do this. If you are an occasional system user or do not belong to any of this group then it is not strictly necessary leaving the decision up to you,

        So, let’s go for it. The process is fast and secure.

      • How To Install RPM Fusion on AlmaLinux 8 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install RPM Fusion on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, RPMFusion is a massive third-party software source for Fedora Linux. RPM Fusion is not a standalone repository but an extension of Fedora’s default packages that could not be included due to Fedora being bound by the same legal restrictions as Red Hat. The RPM Fusion repository comes in two flavors, Free and Non-Free. The free repository contains a free version of the software that is open source and non-free, which have mostly almost all free software but are closed source and mainly proprietary.

        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 RPM Fusion on an AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for Fedora, RHEL, CentOS, and Rocky Linux distributions.

      • How to install Funkin’ Post-Mortem Mixup (Vs. King) on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Funkin’ Post-Mortem Mixup (Vs. King) 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 Viber on Elementary OS 6.0

        Firstly we run an optional command, this command is only needed if you cant launch Flatpak applications like your default browser on your system. For some reason, we couldn’t, so if you can, you can skip the first command.

      • How to Install VirtualBox Guest Additions on Kali Linux – Linux Nightly

        VirtualBox Guest Additions will help you get the most out of your Kali Linux virtual machine. It gives you automatic resolution scaling, a shared clipboard between the host and VM, and drag and drop ability. The step by step instructions below will explain how to install VirtualBox Guest Additions on Kali Linux.

        Kali Linux will ordinarily install the Guest Additions software automatically, as long as it successfully detects that the operating system is installed inside VirtualBox. If you want to reinstall Guest Additions because it’s not working, or just upgrade to the latest version, the instructions below will also help you.

      • How to get the active title of an X program | Definite’s Extractor

        I have scripts that will utilise the SFDC case number, but why type it manually when the computer can do it?

        Firstly, you need to have xdotool installed, for RHEL or CentOS Stream, it is in EPEL. I have tried xprop and xwininfo, but they do not accept search with WM_Class

        Secondly, get the WM_Class of the X program, usually it is just the program name. If you are unsure, open that X program, then run xprog and click at the X program, then search WM_CLASS amongst the output.

    • Games

    • Distributions

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • AWS embraces Fedora Linux for its cloud-based Amazon Linux | ZDNet

          By and large, the public cloud runs on Linux. Most users, even Microsoft Azure customers, run Linux on the cloud.

          In the case of market giant Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud provider will let you run many Linux distros or their own homebrew Linux, Amazon Linux. Now, AWS has released an early version of its next distro, Amazon Linux 3, which is based on Red Hat’s community Linux, Fedora.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Linux Mint vs Ubuntu In Less Than 10 Minutes

          Who wins a battle between Linux Mint vs Ubuntu? Which one is better?

          Ubuntu is the most famous Linux distribution in the world. Its development started back in 2004. It is based on Debian distribution, which is why Ubuntu also uses the dpkg packaging system (And .deb package format) along with the apt packager manager.

          Linux Mint, on the other hand, is based on Ubuntu. Its development started in 2008. Hence, Mint by extension is also based on Debian, and uses the same package manager and packaging system.

          There are many key and minor differences between Linux Mint and Ubuntu. But often, the question comes to: Which Linux distribution should a new Linux user use on daily basis? Ubuntu or Linux Mint?

          To answer that, we will be comparing both distributions by many different criteria in this article.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Education

        • Email Netiquette

          We needed email but people got stressed out and they started flocking to these silo sites like Facebook and Twitter which have a more codified interaction pattern that enforces or rewards brevity, picture tagging, and event scheduling.

          If we wanna get people back into email then we can’t be all shamey and gatekeepy about it.

      • Programming/Development

        • Using AWK with CSV Files

          Unfortunately, things get more complex from there.

          CSV files can contain commas, line-breaks, and delimited quotes within the quoted values, which is great for storing data in a CSV file, but is something that AWK is just not well suited to handle: [...]

        • Dirk Eddelbuettel: nanotime 0.3.4 on CRAN: Maintenance Update

          Another (minor) nanotime release, now at version 0.3.4, arrived at CRAN overnight. It exports some nanoperiod functionality via a C++ header, and Leonardo and I will use this in an upcoming package that we hope to talk about a little more in a few days. It also adds a few as.character.*() methods that had not been included before.

          nanotime relies on the RcppCCTZ package for (efficient) high(er) resolution time parsing and formatting up to nanosecond resolution, and the bit64 package for the actual integer64 arithmetic. Initially implemented using the S3 system, it has benefitted greatly from a rigorous refactoring by Leonardo who not only rejigged nanotime internals in S4 but also added new S4 types for periods, intervals and durations.

        • Dirk Eddelbuettel: RcppArmadillo on CRAN: Bugfix, New Features

          Armadillo is a powerful and expressive C++ template library for linear algebra aiming towards a good balance between speed and ease of use with a syntax deliberately close to a Matlab. RcppArmadillo integrates this library with the R environment and language–and is widely used by (currently) 928 other packages on CRAN.

          I somehow missed to blog and tweet about the recent release based on the Armadillo 10.7.3 upstream release. Conrad is in “long-term support mode”, and 10.7.* is meant to provide fixes and stability relative to the most recent release which we did on September 30. We did actually find a regression when checking reverse-dependencies requiring an upstream move to 10.7.3. At the same time, we folded pull request #352 in. It addresses an old bug of ours where Armadillo fields types were not converted correctly in all dimensions.

        • PHP Established New Non-Commercial Organization PHP Foundation

          The reasons behind the establishment of the PHP Foundation is that one of the key contributors, Nikita Popov, has decided to switch his focus away from PHP to LLVM.

          You might think that large open source projects are well-funded, but this is not true. In fact many of them rely on a small group of maintainers, as is exactly the case with PHP.

          Despite being used by 78% of the web, PHP only has a few full-time contributors.

          Nikita Popov, a well-known long-time PHP ecosystem contributor, is the author of generators, variadic functions and argument unpacking, engine exceptions, uniform variable syntax, and many other PHP contributions. He is also known for PHP Parser which laid the groundwork for many other tools.

          Popov started working on PHP in 2011 and worked on PHP at JetBrains with the PhpStorm team, making significant contributions to three major releases there – PHP 7.4, PHP 8.0, and PHP 8.1.

  • Leftovers

    • Toward an Undiscovered Country

      Hamlet, himself, was uneasy. After all, his dead father’s ghost told him he was murdered by his brother, Hamlet’s uncle Claudius. What was Hamlet to make of this accusation? And what was he to make of this apparition? Was it a ghost, a demon of some kind, or some other manifestation? Of course, the story does not end well for Hamlet or his royal family, but the quote is powerful because, like all good quotes, it stands alone. It has a presence that transcends context and the literary work itself. Indeed, this one has endured centuries, if only now relegated mostly to the province of memes.

      I have been thinking a lot about that quote lately. If one is being honest, to take even a minute to try and comprehend the scale and complexity of this universe is overwhelming. Certainly, it cannot be done in this unit of time we call a minute. It cannot be done in any measure of human time or with the mere five senses we are told we are limited to. But there is a space that is beyond this one that our corporeal selves inhabit. I can sense it. Many can.

    • Who Killed Thomas Sankara?

      Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso—Yamba Elysée Ilboudo, a 62-year-old former driver and presidential bodyguard, sat behind a wooden dock that framed his small form. An illiterate soldier who started and ended his military career as a private, Ilboudo is among 14 men accused of participating in the assassination of President Thomas Sankara—a celebrated pan-Africanist and Marxist political leader—and 12 other men more than 34 years ago. Reporting for this story was supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

    • The North is No Yellow Rose of Texas, However…
    • Diane di Prima and the Dream of the East Village Avant-Garde

      Freddie was running late. He was supposed to be in the East Village at the Poets Theatre, where his closest friend, the poet Diane di Prima, was hosting a night of dance performances. Recently, the friends had lost one of their number, to drugs or suicide, they weren’t sure which. Freddie was going to dance in their memory. As the audience waited, di Prima paced the lobby, worried that something similarly awful had happened to Freddie; she could tell amphetamines were starting to unravel him. But then he appeared, in black tights, a black leotard, toe shoes, and a mask painted on his face. “Kill all the lights,” he told di Prima. It was the spring of 1964, and the dance, For Sergio, had begun.

    • Linus Tech Tips, The Time Has Come To Say Sayonara

      Now as for the video it’s an even bigger cluster fuck than the last one. I’m not going to go through everything I hated about it, because I just don’t have that kind of time. However the general theme of the video seems to be that everything that doesn’t work in Linux must be the fault of Linux. For example, at some point Linus blames Linux because downloading a script from Github was hard. Github has fuck all to do with Linux and is a proprietary Microsoft product. He also blames Linux because Discord screen sharing doesn’t work in Linux and the proprietary Nvidia drivers suck on Linux and the manufacturer of his exotic streaming equipment, like his GoXLR, doesn’t support Linux at all.

      I’m tired of this riff. I realize LTT makes their nut on views so I understand that generating this kind of drama is going to create more views which in turn puts more money into Linus’ pocket. That’s fine. I’m a realist and realize that we live in a world where ultimately greed reigns supreme.

      However, let’s not pretend for a second that this is a fair view of whether or not Linux can work for a gamer. Let’s also not pretend that the fact it requires actual effort, makes it an invalid choice. Lots of things in life require an effort but are not automatically invalidated. For example, driving a car.

    • Science

      • This Thanksgiving, I’m Grateful for a President Who Believes in Science

        I’ve been pretty critical of the Biden administration—as I promised I would be on Inauguration Day. I believe that my job is to tell the truth, even to my own “team.” Maybe especially to my own team. But even if I didn’t believe that, I’ve largely resigned myself to dying a bitter old man who was never once satisfied by the pace of progress. Dub me unforgiven.

      • Consecutive squareful numbers

        On Saturday I was thinking about how each of !!48, 49, 50!! is a multiple of a square number, and similarly !!98, 99, 100!!. No such sequence of four numbers came immediately to mind. The smallest example turns out to be !!242, 243, 244, 245!!.

        Let’s say a number is “squareful” if it has the form $$a\cdot b^2$$ for !!b>1!!. The opposite, “squarefree”, is a standard term, but “non-squarefree” sounds even worse than “squareful”. Do ten consecutive squareful numbers exist, and if so, how can we find them?

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Did Big Pharma Buy Senator Sinema a Fluff Piece in the Washington Post?
      • Whatever Passes for “Normal” Amid COVID Is About to Take Yet Another Hard Turn
      • Health Sector Has Outspent All Others on Lobbying for Nearly 3 Years in a Row
      • Protect Yourself From Salmonella This Thanksgiving

        Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and I regret to inform you that there’s a multidrug-resistant salmonella outbreak running rampant in the nation’s poultry industry.

        I know that’s daunting, but something to be thankful for this year is the ProPublica reporters who spent the past several months uncovering that the outbreak never abated and looking into how fragmented food safety rules left the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration ill-equipped to stop it. I know I am.

      • Cuba’s Homegrown Covid-19 Vaccines Poised to Protect Millions in Poor Nations

        Despite the added challenges created by a six decade-long U.S. blockade, Cuba’s public biotech sector has developed two highly effective vaccines and its universal healthcare system has inoculated four-fifths of its population.

        Additionally, the island has begun exporting its homegrown doses and is on the verge of sharing its recipes with impoverished nations abandoned by Big Pharma and wealthy countries.

      • How antivaxxers weaponized an abstract by a Goop doctor against COVID-19 vaccines

        As the pandemic has progressed since the introduction of safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19 nearly a year ago, we’ve seen antivaxxers resurrect old tactics and trope over and over again. Public health officials, scientists, doctors, and the media seemed rather surprised at these ideas and have struggled to deal with them, not so much because they are that hard to refute but because they had never seen them before. After all, before the pandemic, most scientists and doctors were “shruggies” about medical pseudoscience and antivaccine conspiracy theories, not really thinking or caring much about quackery and the harm it caused. Some were even openly dismissive and contemptuous, thinking such misinformation too obviously wrong to be worth their spending any intellectual firepower addressing. So, although skeptics were not surprised at how rapidly antivaxxers weaponized the VAERS database to portray COVID-19 vaccines as deadly (a tactic that even doctors who should know better have fallen for), claimed they are full or toxins or “permanently alter you DNA,” or render women infertile, all while donning the mantle of “health freedom” and claiming that “natural herd immunity” is the way to end the pandemic, the rest of the world sure did seem surprised and unprepared. So it is with another favorite tactic of antivaxxers, the weaponization of bad studies and scientific abstracts.

      • What’s One of the Most Dangerous Toys for Kids? The Internet.

        We all know how difficult it can be to close our social media apps and walk away from our devices. Just one more scroll, we tell ourselves. Just one more peek at a link. And then, suddenly, we’re deep down the rabbit hole of yet another feed.

        These apps are addictive by design. We know this. And we know full well who’s making a bundle off our weaknesses. (Howdy, Mark Zuckerberg!) But we still can’t help ourselves.

        So, if we adults are seemingly powerless in the face of such digital temptation, where does that leave our kids?

      • Why Lush Cosmetics is exiting the ‘dark and dangerous alleyway’ of social media

        Lush Cosmetics will deactivate its social media accounts later this week in a bid to get tech companies to make online platforms safer.

        The U.K. retailer, which sells bath and body products and has a large footprint in Canada, announced its plan Monday to cease posting on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and Snapchat accounts by Friday.

        The company, which likened social media to “a dark and dangerous alleyway,” said the deactivation decision is meant to address consumers’ mental health challenges and will not be reversed unless the platforms are made safer.

      • Study Finds Link Between Far Right and High Corona Rates in Germany

        An interdisciplinary team at the Research Institute for Social Cohesion and a researcher from Munich systematically investigated the connection between the election results and the spread of the pathogen. The experts’ findings are clear: The higher the number of votes the AfD got in a region in the 2017 election, the faster the coronavirus spread there in 2020.

        The researchers say there is no other party represented in the German parliament whose election results correlate so strongly and systematically with coronavirus infection rates.

        The researchers’ calculations are so precise that they can quantify the correlation to within a single decimal place. “If the AfD gained one percentage point more in a district, then the incidence there was higher there by an average of 2.2 percentage points in the phase of the first wave when numbers rose,” says Christoph Richter, a sociologist who studies right-wing extremism at the Jena Institute for Democracy and Civil Society. Mathematically, that means: If the party received one in 10 votes in one district and twice as many in another, the level of infection in the two regions differed on average by a healthy 22 percent.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Why it matters to us if exploits are available for security issues

        In general, the more that plug and play exploits exist for something, the more chances are that low-skill people can use the exploit against you casually. They might be running an exploit they found on the web, or it might be part of a broadly available canned toolkit they’re using. But either way, the easier it is to get the exploit in some usable form, the more you’re exposed to casual people who would never write their own exploit but who are perfectly happy to run someone else’s to break into your system (or just to break it).

      • Proprietary

        • WhatsApp users beware; do not answer video calls from unknown callers [here's why]

          “It was around 2 a.m. when I received a call from an unknown person on Facebook Messenger. When I received the call, I saw a nude girl on the other end. I disconnected the call immediately. However, before I could figure out what exactly happened, I received a few screenshots of my video call on Messenger,” a shaken professor told IANS on the condition of anonymity.

          Starting to panic, he immediately blocked the user. After an hour, the professor got an audio call where another man asked him to pay Rs 20,000 via a digital payment app within five minutes, else he would post these screenshots on Facebook for his friends and family community to see.

        • Apple suing ‘hacker-for-hire’ firm NSO that Canadian cyber watchdog Citizen Lab warned them about

          The move by Apple comes after cybersecurity watchdog group Citizen Lab, at the University of Toronto, warned Apple of a vulnerability in its software that could allow a type of spyware called Pegasus to infect Apple devices without the user doing anything or knowing about it.

        • Apple sues NSO Group to curb the abuse of state-sponsored spyware

          Apple’s legal complaint provides new information on NSO Group’s FORCEDENTRY, an exploit for a now-patched vulnerability previously used to break into a victim’s Apple device and install the latest version of NSO Group’s spyware product, Pegasus. The exploit was originally identified by the Citizen Lab, a research group at the University of Toronto.

        • Security

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Helicopter Footage Obtained By The ACLU Shows Pervasive Surveillance Of Peaceful Anti-Police Violence Protests

              Thanks to a trove of public records, the ACLU can provide some insight on how the California Highway Patrol engaged in surveillance of anti-police brutality protests. While one would expect police helicopters to fly over protests to keep an eye out for any illegal activity, it appears the officers manning the surveillance cameras were more interested in trying to identify protesters who weren’t breaking any laws.

            • Why We Should Reject Mark Zuckerberg’s Dehumanizing Vision of a “Metaverse”

              We’ll all be hearing a lot about the metaverse in the guises of cleverly crafted tech language over the months and years ahead. Technical descriptions such as the one found in Wikipedia can be confusing and lacking in “big picture” implications. It’s useful to note that this is a seismic shift, comparable to the Internet in scope and scale, and it’s planned to become the dominant paradigm for human communications, transitioning our business, social, and cultural life from physical to online environments.

              But I want to be careful not to mince words in describing what this technology coup is really all about: nothing less than an attempt to fabricate an alternate “reality” other than the physical one we now inhabit. This new reality can be accessed, of course, only by paying customers and those in a position to afford and understand it. It is a technology designed by elites and for elites and implicitly leaves behind much of humanity in its wake.

            • Amazon has Been Lobbying Hard Against Privacy Protections – Mostly with Success; Who’s Smiling Now?

              The Amazon department tasked with spreading that fear grew from two dozen employees in 2015 to around 250 today. As well as wielding sticks, Amazon offers carrots. For example, to encourage politicians to support an Amazon-drafted privacy bill in Virginia, the company increased its political donations from $27,750 in 2016 to $277,500 last year. According to the new report, consumer advocates were not consulted, and only found out about the bill shortly before it was passed. In addition, Amazon has registered at least 180 lobbyists in 44 US states.

            • HS: Finland’s [SUPO] calls for greater intelligence powers

              Statements submitted to the Ministry of the Interior, which is preparing a report on the functioning of the intelligence laws adopted in 2018 to the Finnish Parliament, reveal that the concerns are related to the vague nature of the existing laws and the lack of statistical data on violations of the secrecy of communications of citizens.

              The Parliament has obligated intelligence authorities to keep record of any communications intercepted and opened accidentally.

              [SUPO] in 2018 was granted basically all of the clandestine intelligence gathering powers it requested. The powers can be wielded without concrete suspicions of criminal activity if national security is deemed to be under threat.

            • Irish DPC demanded noyb to sign a “non-disclosure agreement” or remove noyb from Facebook procedure. noyb files criminal report against DPC.

              The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has taken the unheard-of move, to demand noyb to draft and sign a “non-disclosure agreement” (NDA) within one working day. In absence of such an NDA for the benefit of the DPC and Facebook, the DPC would not comply with the duty to hear the complainant anymore. Schrems: “The DPC engaged in procedural blackmail. Only if we shut up, the DPC would ‘grant’ us our legal right to be heard. We have reported the incident to the Austrian Office for the Prosecution of Corruption. This is a regulator clearly asking for a ‘quid pro quo’ to do its job, which likely constitutes bribery in Austria.”

              Facebook would especially benefit from the NDA, as new documents indicate that EU regulators may find Facebook’s “GDPR bypass” illegal — possibly declaring Facebook’s use of personal data since 2018 unlawful, with major implications for Facebook’s business model in Europe.

            • Do no harm? How the case of Afghanistan sheds light on the dark practice of biometric intervention

              In August 2021, as US military forces exited Afghanistan, the Taliban seized facial recognition systems, highlighting just how a failure to protect people’s privacy can tangibly threaten their physical safety and human rights. Far from being good tools which fell into the wrong hands, the very existence of these systems is part of broader structures of data extraction and exploitation spanning continents and centuries, with a history wrapped up in imperialism, colonialism and control.

            • Big brother at the Prague airport. The state refuses to explain how the biometric camera system works

              When Václav Mach, collaborator of the Czech digital-legal organization, an EDRi member, Iuridicum Remedium (IuRe) and law student at the University of Olomouc, asked the state for more detailed information on the use of smart biometric cameras at Prague’s Václav Havel Airport, he obtained just general phrases. “They kept secret what they could. Their non-transparency doesn’t add to their credibility,“ he says in an interview with HlídacíPes.org. The article below is a summary of the more extensive interview, translated from Czech into English by EDRi member IuRe.

            • Why chat control is so dangerous

              According to a legal opinion by Prof. Dr. Ninon Colneric (PDF) automated scanning could indeed be illegal. Surveillance without a specific reason or reasonable suspicion is prohibited in the EU due to the fact of its violation of fundamental rights. The European Court of Justice has repeatedly confirmed this view and, for example, reproved the retention of data on a number of occasions.

              Nevertheless, attempts to revive the data retention zombie with legal tricks have not died down. The demand can be found regularly in council papers of various EU countries. Thus, this type of mass surveillance is still part of the German Telecommunications Act („Telekommunikationsgesetz“), although being currently suspended.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Undoing Cricket Imperialism

        The cricket geophenomenon, much more captivating than the cricket game, fuels complex enchantment globally, most notably in South Asia. The phenomenon wrestles with cricket formats, racism bouts, and fights over advertisement revenues. Yet, international cricket generates white, black, and brown megastars to everyone’s delight amidst match boycotts, match-fixing, and national rivalries. In numbers of the global audience, cricket is second only to football (soccer) and gaining ground. The 2019 Men’s Cricket World Cup attracted a cumulative average of 1.6 billion viewers. In 1900, cricket debuted as an Olympic sport with only two teams competing, England and France (which knew nothing about cricket). In 2028, after 128 years, cricket will return as an Olympic sport with a wide-reaching competition.

        21st-century cricket transcends far beyond England, its weather, culture, intentions, language, and rules, though the England cricket team remains a formidable international competitor. However, the game’s format, dynamics, epicenter, money, power, indeed everything about cricket is changing. For centuries, cricket was a single-nation sport, male by gender and white by race, played leisurely, primarily in the summer months. Cricket is now a global phenomenon, electrifying as heck, running nonstop all year round, empowered by male and female teams of variant colors and races, generating millions of dollars in advertisement revenues. Running commentary is no longer just in English, and unofficial Hindi commentary draws millions of more listeners. The ICC hosts several multilateral cricket competition series of “great pitch and moment” — far beyond Shakespeare’s oration, who probably knew cricket more as a grasshopper.

      • The Costs of War (to You)

        Recently, my husband, a naval officer currently serving with the Department of Energy, spent a week with colleagues touring a former nuclear testing site about 65 miles north of Las Vegas. Between 1951 and 1957, the U.S. conducted more than 1,000 nuclear tests in those 680 square miles of desert and only stopped when scientists began urging that the tests be halted because of soaring cancer rates among the downwind residents of Arizona, Nevada, and Utah.

        My spouse’s trip was a kind of ritual Department of Energy personnel undertake to learn about nuclear weapons as they maintain our country’s vast and still wildly expanding arsenal.

      • The High Stakes of the U.S.-Russia Confrontation over Ukraine

        The People’s Republics of  Donetsk (DPR) and Luhansk (LPR), which declared independence in response to the U.S.-backed coup in Ukraine in 2014, have once again become flashpoints in the intensifying Cold War between the United States and Russia. The U.S. and NATO appear to be fully supporting a new government offensive against these Russian-backed enclaves, which could quickly escalate into a full-blown international military conflict.

        The last time this area became an international tinderbox was in April, when the anti-Russian government of Ukraine threatened an offensive against Donetsk and Luhansk, and Russia assembled thousands of troops along Ukraine’s eastern border.

      • Our Blind Faith in the Military Will Destroy Us

        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.

      • Yemen’s Houthi Rebels Respond to US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin

        In 2015, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, along with other Arab states, attacked Yemen with the objective of restoring the government of Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, who the Houthis had overthrown the year before.

        The remarks from Houthi spokesman Mohammad Ali al-Houthi came in response to comments made by US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on November 20.  Speaking at the annual Manama Dialogue security conference in Bahrain, Secretary Austin reiterated the US commitment to Saudi Arabia’s defense.  The US, Austin said, was “significantly enhancing Saudi Arabia’s ability to defend itself.  * * * America’s commitment to helping our friends defend their sovereign space is unwavering.”

      • Vigilantes on Parade: Rightwing Extremism and the Threat of National Implosion

        A dangerous precedent has been set in this ruling, empowering vigilantes who believe they are deputized to enforce “the law” against perceived political enemies. Rittenhouse traveled to a city that he didn’t live in, to a state in which he is not a resident, while illegally possessing an assault rifle he had no right to wield, in the name of “protecting” property he didn’t own, in the process killing two men in violent altercations that would have been avoided entirely if Kenosha police had done their job, corralling vigilantes who looked to commit violence, and separating them from those engaged in protests or destruction of property. Even for those who are fixated on the property damage question, it’s difficult to defend Rittenhouse’s actions when he engaged in vigilante violence, with no training in dealing with conflict situations, and when responsibility for enforcing the law clearly falls on the police.

        The Rittenhouse case shouldn’t be interpreted in a vacuum, as it occurred within a larger political environment in which other rightwing vigilantes seek to justify violence, and even murder, under the guise of “self-defense.” Consider, for example, the Ahmaud Arbery case in Georgia, where three white vigilantes stalked, cornered, and shot a black man who was jogging through a neighborhood – and away from them – under the false premise that he may have been responsible for a local burglary. There is no plausible scenario in which these three men can reasonably claim self-defense, when the altercation was entirely of their own initiation, when the man murdered was unarmed, and when he had nothing to do with the crime in question. And of course, there is the issue of implicit or explicit racial bias related to the defendants, which is also difficult to ignore in a country where research shows that assumptions of guilt related to violent crime are consistently racialized, with black men assumed to be the prime perpetrators in violent and other criminal acts. If the Arbery defendants successfully justify their actions as “self-defense,” then the courts will have effectively criminalized being black in America. An acquittal sends a message that white vigilantes can commit violence and murder at will against people of color who have the nerve to venture out into public, and with black men’s mere existence constituting a “threat” from which white people need “protection.”

      • Dems and GOP Fight About Domestic Spending — But Not About Huge Military Budgets
      • “The War Party”: Jeremy Scahill on How U.S. Militarism Unifies Democrats & Republicans

        As Democrats in Congress struggle to pass the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act, there is large bipartisan consensus in the U.S. Congress to spend over $7 trillion over the next 10 years in military spending. The United States spends more each year on defense than China, Russia, India, the U.K., Germany, France, Japan, South Korea, and Australia combined. “Democrats have to engage in theater about human rights and international law and due process, but they ultimately, at the end of the day, are just as aggressive as Republicans,” says investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill of the Intercept. His most recent piece is titled, “The War Party: From Bush to Obama, and Trump to Biden, U.S. Militarism Is the Great Unifier.” We also speak with Scahill about the Biden administration’s ongoing persecution of military whistleblowers, including Daniel Hale.

      • Can You Bankrupt White Supremacy? Jury Holds Charlottesville Organizers Liable for $26M in Damages

        A federal jury has ordered a group of white supremacists to pay over $26 million in damages for their role in organizing the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. “Is bankrupting these organizations, is bankrupting these individuals enough to actually stop the growing threat … of white supremacy and Nazism in the United States?” asks Slate senior editor Nicole Lewis. “I don’t think so.” Lewis also discusses the Ahmaud Arbery murder case and why claims of self-defense from armed white people serve as a “racist dog whistle.” She says it’s inevitably a one-sided trial when “the McMichaels are the only ones [surviving] that get to claim they’re scared.”

      • Dems “Need to Get Thicker Skin,” GOP Lawmaker Whines Week After Gosar Censure
      • Defense Minister Says Russia to Boost Military Over ‘Increased NATO Activity’ Near Border

        After weeks of rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine, along with its Western allies, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday that his country is boosting combat readiness due to NATO activity near its borders.

        “The tense military and political situation in the world and NATO’s increased activity near the Russian borders prompt the need to further develop the armed forces qualitatively,” Shoigu said, referring to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization made up of 30 member nations including the United States.

      • Rally Organizers Used Burner Phones to Talk With Trump Officials on January 6
      • “Why Are Ahmaud Arbery’s Killers So Scared?”: Self-Defense Claims by White Attackers Seen As Racist

        Update on Nov. 24: Jurors on Wednesday afternoon returned guilty verdicts against all three of the white men charged with killing 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery in February 2020. Travis McMichael fired the fatal shots and was convicted on all counts, including the charge of malice murder. His father Gregory McMichael, a former police officer, and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan were convicted of felony murder and other charges.

      • All Three Men Charged in Ahmaud Arbery’s Killing Found Guilty of Murder
      • Guilty. Guilty. Guilty: Jury Convicts All 3 Assailants for Ahmaud Arbery Murder

        This is a breaking story… Please check back for possible updates…

        A Georgia jury on Wednesday found three men guilty as charged for the 2020 murder of unarmed Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery.

      • Opinion | The Exoneration Club of America Welcomes Kyle Rittenhouse
      • The Disinformation that Got Told: Michael Cohen Was, in Fact, Hiding Secret Communications with the Kremlin

        The details of any disinformation in the dossier — the possibility that Russian intelligence deliberately planted false stories about secret communications Michael Cohen had with the Kremlin — are important because they may have served the overall Russian operation. In some cases, such as the claim that Carter Page was Paul Manafort’s purported go-between with Russian rather than Konstantin Kilimnik, might have provided cover. The claims that Russia had years old FSB intercepts of Hillary they planned to release as kompromat, rather than recently stolen emails from John Podesta, would similarly provide cover. In others, disinformation might have worked in the same way Oleg Deripaska’s double game did, increasing the vulnerability of Trump’s people even while making it more likely they’d do what Russia wanted.

        I have argued in the past that the Trump Tower deal wasn’t important because it showed that Trump was pursuing a real estate deal while running for President. Rather, it was important to the success of the Russian operation because it gave Russia proof, before any hint of the Russian operation became public, that Donald Trump would be willing to work, in secret, with sanctioned banks and a GRU officer to make an impossibly lucrative real estate deal happen.

      • European commission vows to create tools to combat use of people for political purposes

        The proposals include the restriction of activities, suspension of licenses, suspension of permits for refueling, maintenance, stops, transit and overflight over the EU territory. Specific measures will be proportionate and will be determined on a case-by-case basis, the commission said.

      • XTRA GUAC: Here’s Everything Enbridge Is Buying Cops to Fight Protesters

        Hundreds of invoices reveal how Enbridge spent $3 million in reimbursements on Minnesota police to surveil Line 3 protestors.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Why There Are So Few Whistleblowers

        The fact that there are so few whistleblowers points to the failure of the system, particularly the failure of the oversight system.  The press certainly hasn’t been helpful.  Chelsea Manning, who provided video evidence of war crimes, was dismissed by Washington Post oped writer Ruth Marcus as a “cross-dressing Little Red Riding Hood.”  Edward Snowden, who provided fulsome evidence of illegal massive surveillance, was dismissed by Post senior writer David Ignatius as an “intelligence defector,” not a “whistleblower.”  NBC’s David Gregory accused then Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald of “aiding” and “abetting” Snowden, and suggested he could be charged with a crime.  So whistleblowers cannot count on support from the mainstream media.

        Nor can congressional committees expect military and intelligence officers to “self-report” transgressions, let alone crimes.  We’ve recently learned that senior military officers and civilian officials have been covering up a war crime that took place in Syria two years ago, taking the lives of dozens of women and children.  According to the New York Times, the military command in Iraq and the Central Command headquarters in Florida participated in the cover-up.  Even the Department of Defense’s independent Inspector General omitted any reference in his report to the Air Force F-15 attack fighters that dropped three 500-pound bombs.  The IG was relying on an assessment of the strike that was prepared by the secret unit that carried out the strike.

    • Environment

      • 33 Ways to Celebrate Buy Nothing Day

        Black Friday, the day after American Thanksgiving, is typically the busiest shopping day of the year in the US. It’s also Buy Nothing Day in North America, a day of protest against consumerism. On November 26 this year, why not skip the online bargain hunting and instead do something good for the planet that’s also good for your soul?

      • Opinion | After COP26 Failures, Major Challenges and Immense Opportunities Ahead

        What is next on the global climate agenda? This year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow certainly did not fail, but nor was it much of a success. While world leaders entered into some promising new agreements on targets, global greenhouse-gas emissions so far are not being reduced at the pace we need. And while some countries’ climate pledges have been strengthened, the lack of concrete measures for achieving them is a real worry. We still see a yawning policy gap.

      • Opinion | How Europe and the US Wasted the Opportunity Presented by the Covid and Climate Crises

        The silver lining in the gloomy cloud of the pandemic was the opportunity it gave the West to mend its ways. During 2020, rays of light shone through. The European Union was forced to contemplate a fiscal union. Then, it helped remove Donald Trump from the White House. And a global Green New Deal suddenly appeared less far-fetched. Then 2021 came along and drew the blackout curtains.

      • ‘Unsettling’: New Study Reveals Arctic Ocean Warming for Over a Century

        New research published Wednesday revealed the Arctic Ocean has been warming for decades longer than scientists previously understood, raising fresh concerns as the polar region faces the growing threat of a total loss of the seasonal ice that is crucial to the survival of the imperiled marine ecosystem.

        “We’re talking about the early 1900s, and by then we’ve already been supercharging the atmosphere with carbon dioxide.”

      • Energy

        • Texas Gas Companies Hit Texas Consumers With ‘Whoops You Froze To Death’ Surcharge

          If you hadn’t noticed, the United States isn’t really prepared for climate change. In part because corporations and disinformation mills have convinced countless Americans a destabilizing climate isn’t actually happening. But also because we were already perpetually underinvesting in our core infrastructure before the symptoms of an unstable climate began to manifest. It’s a massive problem that, as John Oliver highlighted six years ago, doesn’t get the same attention as other pressing issues of the day. You know, like the latest influencer drama or the mortal threat posed by TikTok.

        • The EPA Administrator Visited Cancer-Causing Air Pollution Hot Spots Highlighted by ProPublica and Promised Reforms

          Two days after ProPublica published a first-of-its-kind analysis of industrial air pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that its administrator, Michael S. Regan, would visit the communities featured in our reporting. During last week’s “Journey to Justice” trip across the South, Regan toured the Houston ship channel, the Louisiana community of Mossville and a stretch of land along the Mississippi River known as Cancer Alley — places that we identified as among the largest hot spots of toxic air pollution in the country. Environmental advocates who hosted several different parts of the tour told ProPublica that they first received calls about the visit in late October, two weeks after we sent the EPA questions about their areas’ elevated cancer risk. Longtime residents believed it was the first time that the nation’s top environmental regulator visited Mossville and Cancer Alley.

          Our investigation exposed significant flaws in how the EPA protects vulnerable neighborhoods from hazardous air pollution. We identified more than a thousand hot spots of cancer-causing air across the country and found that, on average, census tracts where the majority of residents are Black experience more than double the level of cancer risk from toxic air pollution as majority-white tracts.

        • KXL Pipeline Company Exploits NAFTA Provision to File $15 Billion Claim Against US

          The Canadian company behind the canceled Keystone XL pipeline filed a formal request for arbitration this week under the North American Free Trade Agreement to seek over $15 billion in economic damages over the Biden administration’s revocation of the cross-border oil project’s permit.

          In its Monday filing, TC Energy criticizes the permit’s cancellation as “unfair and inequitable” and argues the U.S. government should pay damages for the “regulatory roller coaster” the company endured while seeking to build the pipeline.

        • U.S. to release 50 million barrels of oil from reserve in move to bring down prices

          The U.S. strategic petroleum reserve currently holds more than 600 million barrels of crude in stockpile to ensure supply during unexpected natural disasters or other national security events.

          The reserves are stored in caverns created in salt domes along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coasts.

          More than 32 million barrels will be released in the next few months, while the other 18 million will be an acceleration of the release of barrels that had already been planned beyond that.

        • Hamilton youth charged after $46M in cryptocurrency stolen from U.S. resident

          A Hamilton youth has been charged in the theft of $46 million in cryptocurrency after investigators learned some of it was put toward buying a gaming username.

          Local police worked with the FBI and U.S. Secret Service to investigate millions in missing currency stolen via what’s known as a SIM swap attack, said Det.-Const. Kenneth Kirkpatrick from Hamilton Police Service’s cybercrimes unit.

          The three agencies started working together in March 2020 after an American reported the loss.

      • Wildlife/Nature

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • How to Take Over a Country

        The country is sinking into political quicksand, living in two worlds: the fantasyland of Donald Trump, who insists he won reelection, enveloped in the Big Lie by his loyalists who have set his fable in concrete, and the reality in which President Joe Biden and his Democrats have passed trillions of dollars in legislation intended to help all Americans live better lives.

        Extracting the country from the insidious menace of an all-encompassing far-right packaging of lies and manufactured cultural bull will be difficult, if not impossible, unless Republicans wake up and sideline Trump. The Republican strategy seems intended to stir anger, resentment and bitterness against Biden and “radical liberals” to attract voters to their base in order to retake power.

      • Democrats: Giving Up on the White Working Class Would be Disastrous

        For some Democratic pundits—notably Thomas Frank and James Carville—winning over these voters is the party’s best chance at future electoral successes. Frank, best known as the author of Listen, Liberal and What’s the Matter with Kansas?, believes there are two impulses at war in “Leftland.” One is that Democrats need to build a broad coalition of working class people. (The other impulse, he says, is “I’m better than you.”)

        For others—Steve Phillips and Sally Kohn among them—appealing to white working class voters is a waste of time and would be akin to making a deal with the devil.

      • Jury Finds “Unite the Right” Organizers Liable for $25.3 Million in Damages
      • UN Human Rights Envoy Slams Racist Voter Suppression in US
      • Opinion | Unaccountable Institutions Are Ruining Democracy—and Your Life

        Three centers of power increasingly dominate our lives, but are less and less accountable: The Supreme Court, the Federal Reserve, and Big Tech. 

      • US Legal Observers Report ‘Balanced and Transparent’ Election Process in Venezuela

        A delegation of observers from a New York City-based progressive legal group on Wednesday pushed back against the Biden administration’s claims about Venezuela’s recent regional elections in which allies of President Nicolás Maduro’s socialist party were largely victorious.

        “We observed a balanced and transparent voting process which voters expressed confidence in.”

      • The Secret Speech of Jen Psaki

        White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki reaffirmed Joe Biden’s stance that he was not an “old friend” of Xi Jinping before the summit between the two leaders last week.  This was big news. And the media play it received was quite disturbing to Psaki, as it turns out.

        Seeking to clarify matters, she wrote a statement to read to the press corps explaining her stance on China-US relations.  She planned to read it to the press during Thanksgiving week. Presidential advisors, however, put the kabosh on the statement – and reportedly tried to put the kabosh on Psaki herself after they saw her draft.  From reliable sources, who asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the situation, we have obtained portions of the statement which has come to be known among Washington insiders as the PPP, Psaki’s Psecret Pspeech. 

      • Opinion | How Deep Canvassing by Progressives Can Change Rural Politics in the US

        It’s Nov. 1, and Precious Cogwell is canvassing in Alamance County, North Carolina, encouraging people to go to the polls the next day. No one answers Cogwell’s knock at the front door of a brick ranch house, but she spies a man around back and walks over, a stack of voter guides in her arms.

      • Opinion | We Do Exist: Why the Palestinian Voice Should Take Center Stage

        At a recent New York event, the President of the Foreign Press Association Ian Williams declared, before an approving audience, that it is time “to reclaim the narrative on Palestine”.

      • Raids, Arrests and Death Threats: Israel’s Strategy of Silencing Human Rights Defenders

        The Palestinian organizations included in the Israeli order are Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights, Al-Haq, the Bisan Center for Research and Development, Defense for Children Palestine, Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees.

        Considering the significance of these organizations in Palestine and their global networks among like-minded civil society organizations, the Israeli decision provoked a public outcry. One of the many statements of condemnation was a joint statement by rights groups, Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW), in which they called Gantz’s move an “appalling and unjust decision”, which represents “an attack by the Israeli government on the international human rights movement.”

      • Noam Chomsky Warns of ‘Very Dangerous’ US Antagonism of China

        Linguist and dissident Noam Chomsky this week condemned the Biden administration’s aggressive anti-China foreign policy, while dismissing the imperialist notion that Beijing poses a threat to the United States and urging a departure from the “provocation” that for decades has characterized the U.S. stance toward the rising giant.

        “There is constant talk about what is called the China threat… What exactly is the China threat?”

      • An activist radio host has put his life on the line for voting rights. Biden, it’s your move

        Legendary Black radio host Joe Madison is two weeks into a hunger strike that could become a risk to his health. Madison, 72, is doing it for one reason: To pressure President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress to pass voting rights legislation as the GOP actively works to restrict ballot access.

        As Madison told CNN’s Don Lemon on Friday, “Just as food is essential for the existence of life, voting is essential for the existence of democracy.”

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Content Moderation Case Studies: Facebook Suspends Account For Showing Topless Aboriginal Women (2016)

        Summary: Facebook’s challenges of dealing with content moderation around “nudity” have been covered many times, but part of the reason the discussion comes up so often is that there are so many scenarios to consider that it is difficult to create policies that cover them all.

      • Mobile internet disrupted in Burkina Faso after shooting of protesters

        Network data from NetBlocks confirm a significant disruption to mobile internet connectivity in Burkina Faso from around 10:30 p.m. UTC Saturday 20 November 2021 affecting cellular service. The incident comes amid political unrest and the shooting of protesters by a French military convoy on Saturday.

        Metrics corroborate user reports of mobile data disruptions on providers including Orange (AS37577). The data blackout is ongoing as of Monday and is likely to limit the free flow of information online and suppress news coverage of events on the ground.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • Legal Wrangle Between NYT and O’Keefe Puts Press Freedom at Risk

        Yet Sobchak’s absolutism was overstated. The line is a reference to the famous Pentagon Papers case of 1971, in which the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could not restrain the New York Times and the Washington Post ahead of time from publishing classified documents pertaining to the Vietnam War.

      • Lawmakers Ask French Government To Grant Asylum To Assange

        Assange’s father, John Shipton, acknowledged this support, recalling that WikiLeaks also published the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) spying on French Presidents Jacques Chirac (1995-2007), Nicolas Sarkozy (2007-2012), and François Hollande (2012-2017).

      • Rwandan online video reporter given “absurd” seven-year-jail sentence

        Also known as Cyuma Hassan, Niyonsenga had enjoyed eight months of freedom after his initial acquittal before being returned to prison following the high court’s decision on 11 November to convict him on charges of assault, obstructing police officers and practicing journalism without a press card.

        Niyonsenga’s problems date back to 15 April 2020, when he was arrested while on his way to cover the impact of the government’s coronavirus lockdown, and was charged with contravening the lockdown and showing false press cards to the police.

      • Norwegian TV journalists arrested in Qatar

        He confirms that NRK is still waiting for an explaination on why the two journalists got arrested.

      • Norway criticises Qatar over arrest of Norwegian journalists

        Ekeland and Ghorbani were released on Tuesday and left the country shortly after, NRK said. Their equipment had been confiscated however, the broadcaster added. The reporters arrived in Oslo earlier on Wednesday.

      • Khashoggi Fiancé Urges Justin Bieber to Cancel Saudi Arabia Concert

        Hatice Cengiz published her opinion piece in The Washington Post, for whom Jamal Khashoggi was a contributing columnist. Khashoggi was brutally murdered at a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, by men acting on the orders of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

        “Cancel your December 5 performance in Saudi Arabia,” Cengiz writes. “This is a unique opportunity to send a powerful message to the world that your name and talent will not be used to restore the reputation of a regime that kills its critics.”

        “Please know that your invitation to participate in a concert in Jiddah comes directly from MBS, as the crown prince is known. Nothing of significance happens in Saudi Arabia without his consent, and certainly not an event as important and flashy as this. Your face is even featured on the event’s website with his – the executioner of my fiance, Jamal.”

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Our Inflexible, Outdated Constitution

        From the electoral college to gun rights to the hilariously archaic right to refuse to quarter troops in your home and the $20 threshold for a civil jury trial, the U.S. Constitution contains many head-scratching relics of an America we wouldn’t recognize. Living in the age of the musket, James Madison might not be so quick to argue for legalizing the AR-15, assuming that a well-regulated state militia was still a thing.

        A work of genius the U.S. Constitution is not. It is almost impossible to amend—it is in fact the hardest to amend in the world. The immutability of the document is highlighted by the inability of the world’s most powerful democracy to enshrine a right as basic as gender equality, a principle that the vast majority of other countries, even dictatorships and authoritarian regimes, have managed to include (at least in theory) in their founding charters.

      • Those Whiny Nazis Are Now Broke Nazis, Too

        It took three days of deliberation, on top of four weeks of ugly, sometimes racist arguments, for a federal jury in Charlottesville, Va., to find that the loathsome white supremacists who organized the 2017 Unite the Right rally were indeed loathsome and would have to pay more than $26 million in damages to nine plaintiffs because of their conspiracy to commit violence. The jury deadlocked on two counts of violating federal civil rights law, and instead used a Virginia state law to reach their verdict, but the plaintiffs’ attorneys were jubilant nonetheless. “It’s a resounding victory for our plaintiffs,” Amy Spitalnick, the executive director of Integrity First for America, told me, sitting in the Charlottesville airport on her way home for what should be a happy Thanksgiving.

      • No Immunity For Cops Who Used A Field Drug Test To Turn Stress Ball Sand Into Cocaine

        Getting probable cause is easy, especially when you have accomplices. Law enforcement loves drug dogs, which give them the permission they need to engage in warrantless searches. All a dog has to do is “alert”… or almost “alert”… or be presented in sworn testimony as feeling ways about an odor. Permission obtained. Searches permitted.

      • Most Americans Look Favorably on Global Governance

        This approval of global governance is especially striking in the case of the United Nations. A February 2020 Gallup poll reported that 64 percent of U.S. respondents wanted the UN to play a leading or a major role in world affairs. Similarly, a Pew Research Center poll that summer found that 62 percent of Americans had a positive view of the world organization, compared to 31 percent with a negative one. Respondents gave the UN particularly high ratings for promoting peace (72 percent) and promoting human rights (70 percent), while also according it positive ratings for promoting economic development, taking action on climate change and infectious diseases, and caring about the needs of ordinary people.

        The strong support for the United Nations has continued during 2021. A survey done in early September by Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research Associates found that 84 percent of U.S. respondents believed it important for the United States to maintain an active role in the UN, that 69 percent viewed the UN as a relevant organization needed in the world today, and that 63 percent favored resuming payment of U.S. dues to the UN (which the Trump administration had halted). Although the favorable rating of the UN dropped somewhat (to 56 percent) from the poll’s finding the preceding year, the unfavorable rating also dropped (to 26 percent), leaving the global body with an approval ratio among Americans of more than two to one.

      • Uninformed Juries Produce Incorrect Outcomes

        I was in my early thirties when I reflected upon this wisdom when performing part of his eulogy. It was horrible legal advice, but I know it saved my soul.

        The mistakes I made as a teenager have informed my whole life’s purpose. My doctoral dissertation, on forgiveness, would not have been written if I had not accounted for my own moral failings.

      • Dramatic Video Shows Militarized Canadian Police Raid Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders & Journalists

        We feature dramatic video footage just released that shows a violent raid Friday by Canadian federal police on one of the camps set up to keep Coastal GasLink out of sovereign Indigenous territory. Fifteen people in total were arrested, including two journalists. Wet’suwet’en land defender Sleydo’, also known as Molly Wickham, has now been released. The new footage was filmed by documentary filmmaker Michael Toledano, who was also just released. The raid ended a 56-day blockade of the drilling site. The 400-mile pipeline within Wet’suwet’en land violates both Indigenous and Canadian laws.

      • “Furious and Disgusted”: Teen Survivor Speaks Out After Wealthy White Serial Rapist Gets Probation

        The survivor of a serial rapist who received probation joins us to speak out after a New York judge sparked international outrage when he ruled it is inappropriate to jail the man who attacked her. Christopher Belter pleaded guilty to raping and sexually assaulting her along with three other teenage girls age 15 and 16, but he will avoid serving time in prison, and instead receive 8 years of probation. Belter is white, and from a prominent family who lives in a wealthy neighborhood near Niagara Falls. “This sentencing is telling rapists it’s OK to rape and telling victims that there’s no point in coming forward,” says Mara. Her lawyer Steven Cohen of the HoganWillig law firm notes a non-white defendant who pleaded guilty to these crimes would “absolutely and appropriately be in prison.”

      • Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Colonizer’ By Tanya Tagaq

        The following article was originally published at Ongoing History Of Protest Music.The latest single from Canadian indigenous throat singer Tanya Tagaq’s forthcoming album, “Tongues,” is about accountability. “Oh, you’re guilty,” she sings. “It’s not a question,” a press release from her states.“Tongues” will be released on March 11, 2022, and it “speaks not to horrors and crisis, as previous Tanya Tagaq albums wordlessly, powerfully encircled, but directly of these things.” She says the album is Tagaq at “her most explicit and specific.” The music is a balance of “industrial, electronic sounds with poetic passages from Tagaq’s bestselling mytho-biography, Split Tooth.”“Colonizer” comes from Tagaq’s improvised live show with Nanook of the North in Manchester,which overlooks New York City’s Columbus Circle. The tune serves as a response to Tagaq’s performing inboth visible and symbolic colonial spaces.Tagaq also released a second version, “Colonizer (Tundra Mix),” which will appear on the album.This mix is a collaboration with producers Saul Williams and Gonjasufi. It is starker andslow-building yet well suited to the song’s theme.“These two mixes of ‘Colonizer’ are so different, but we liked them both equally,” Tagaq wrote onTwitter, describing both versions as “a reflection on accountability and action.”Tagaq’s album is an invitation to listeners to “join her in a personal victory over colonization, over those who take without consent.”Listen to both versions of “Colonizer”:

      • Opinion | Democrats May Deliver Some Temporary Relief for Immigrants—But Fight Must Continue

        Following months of sustained protests by immigrant rights advocates, the House of Representatives has finally passed its version of the Build Back Better Act, and with it, a mixed bag of relief provisions for millions of undocumented immigrants.

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      • South Dakota Supreme Court Kills Recreational Marijuana Law Approved by Voters

        The South Dakota Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s ruling in striking down a voter-approved measure that would have legalized recreational marijuana.

        “Legalization opponents… are now petitioning the courts to overturn the will of the people.”

      • Does Biden’s Lower Approval Rating Mean Democrats Should ‘Move to the Center’?

        Recent polls show that President Joe Biden’s approval rating has declined significantly since he took office.

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      • The Next ‘Elder Scrolls’ Game Will Be A PC, Xbox Exclusive

        Almost exactly a year ago, Microsoft acquired Zenimax Media, a parent company for several video game publishers, including Bethesda. When that occurred, some sizable percentage of the gaming community asked the immediate and obvious question: does this mean games from Bethesda and others would be Microsoft exclusives? Xbox chief Phil Spencer was the first to weigh in on the question by giving a total non-answer.

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