Gemini Clients: Comparing Moonlander, Telescope, Amfora, Kristall, and Lagrange (Newer and Older)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux at 9:31 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum b203431f98541dcace6b7b6fcf4a1c5f
Comparing Six Gemini Clients
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: There are many independent implementations of clients (similar to Web browsers) that deal with Gemini protocol and today we compare them visually, using Techrights as a test case/capsule

THE Gemini “newcomers” often ask what to download rather than how to install or set up one’s own Gemini capsule (this typically comes next). So we habitually present the differences between Gemini clients, which target different kinds of users with different needs, platforms (operating systems), and system capacity (some lack a GUI and cannot even attach a screen; some are literally blind). Well, the latest addition to the ‘gallery’ is Kristall, which is thus far our favourite Gemini client because of its decent GNU/Linux (and Qt) integration, not to mention built-in support for some very rudimentary HTML. Kristall is officially packaged for OpenBSD and select GNU/Linux distros.

“Kristall is officially packaged for OpenBSD and select GNU/Linux distros.”The video above shows Moonlander, Telescope, Amfora, Kristall, and Lagrange, of which I have multiple versions installed. In the video the earlier version Lagrange is shown before the recent one. Lagrange is being developed quite frequently and quickly, whereas Kristall was last worked on back in November.

There are other clients such as Castor, which was last updated 4 months ago. This one was last updated 10 hours ago.

At the time of writing Lupa is aware of 1,590 active capsules, so it’s very likely this count will exceed 1,600 some time in the weekend.

2022 Starts With Censorship of Christmas and Other Greetings at the EPO

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 7:13 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

SUEPO et al censored
Benoît Battistelli 'deleted' holidays and António Campinos is ‘finishing the job’

Summary: The nihilists who run the EPO want a monopoly on holiday greetings; to make matters worse, they’re censoring staff representatives in their intranet whilst inconsistently applying said policies

THE FOLLOWING message was circulated earlier this week by the Local Staff Committee Munich (LSCMN) and sent around by members of SUEPO. So naturally, as usual, a copy landed on our lap, alleging “Censorship of Christmas wishes”.

“So people out there can see what sort of chronic sociopaths and liars we’re dealing with here.”At the “[e]nd of 2021,” the message said, “the Local Staff Committee Munich (LSCMN) requested the sending of a mass-email on Office email addresses to share its Christmas greetings to staff. The Office rejected the request and answered: “the Office does not send mass e-mails with Christmas greetings to staff but posts a Christmas message on its website. You are kindly invited to adopt the same approach on your intranet page.” Shortly afterwards, Ms Romano-Götsch and Mr Menidjel sent their own greetings by mass-email to staff. Once again, the Office applies double standards. We hope that in 2022 the Office will put an end to unnecessary and arbitrary censorship of the staff representation and become a modern and open organisation worthy of the 21st Century.”

So people out there can see what sort of chronic sociopaths and liars we’re dealing with here. As a reminder, Romano-Götsch elevated her career by propping up a dictator; staff still loathes her for it. How’s this one for a shameless and deliberate lie?

EPO quality lies

Here’s the full publication from Munich Staff Representatives:

Personalausschuss München
Staff Committee Munich
Le Comité du Personnel de Munich

Munich, 12.01.2022

Censorship of Christmas wishes

Unhappy ending to 2021 – Happy New Year to everybody in 2022!

Dear colleagues,

For staff the final months of 2021 were full of disappointment:

- A Salary Adjustment of 0% (which corresponds to a real-terms cut in salaries of up to 5% because of inflation);

- Plans to abolish Flexitime (a system which requires minimal administrative effort, does not cost a dime to the Office, and is well appreciated and frequently used by staff);

- No progress on Fixed-Term Contracts (an unfair system for a vulnerable younger generation: Just imagine being on a contract when the next Coronavirus crisis comes).

During the very last days of 2021 we were disappointed yet again.

This is what happened: In these times of greatly-reduced personal contact the Local Staff Committee Munich thought it would be nice to email Christmas wishes to all our colleagues in Munich and to inform them about our plans to organise a General Assembly.

The reply by the Office was not what we expected:

“Please be informed that the Office does not send mass e-mails with Christmas greetings to staff but posts a Christmas message on its website. You are kindly invited to adopt the same approach on your intranet page.” (Email from the Administration, 16.12.2021)

Censorship yet again! Furthermore, we are not sure how to reconcile the statement “the Office does not send mass e-mails with Christmas greetings“ with the fact that shortly afterwards both Roberta Romano-Götsch and Razik Menidjel sent Christmas wishes en masse:

Mass E-mails at EPO

Unfortunately, the absurdness does not stop here: A similar request by the Berlin Local Staff Committee to email Christmas wishes to their colleagues was actually approved by the Administration.

We have, of course, asked the Office for the reasons for all these inconsistencies. So far we have not received any answer.

One of our wishes for 2022: That the Office will put an end to unnecessary and arbitrary censorship and become a modern and open organisation worthy of the 21st Century.

Happy New Year to Everybody!

Your Staff Committee Munich

What a way to start the year, eh? We’ll soon publish The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion parts XXXXI and XXXXII.

Links 14/1/2022: FFmpeg 5.0 and Wine 7.0 RC6

Posted in News Roundup at 6:37 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Graphics Stack

    • Applications

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to ssh through host(jumpserver) to reach another server

        There might come a time where you can only access a remote server by logging in to an intermediate server (firewall/jump host) first. The server could be in a private or isolated network that is only reachable from the intermediate server. When accessing the server, you first need to ssh to the intermediate server before doing another ssh to the destination server. If there is another remote host that can only be accessible from the second server, the chain can be long.

        In this guide, we will learn how to simplify the process using the options that ssh client provides us including using the SSH ProxyCommand command.

      • How to Install Jitsi Meet on Ubuntu 20.04

        In this article you will learn how to install Jitsi Meet on Ubuntu 20.04.

        Jitsi Meet is a fully encrypted open source JavaScript WebRTC application used primarily for video conferencing. It incorporates voice, high-quality videoconferencing and instant messaging services with end-to-end encryption for secure communications.

      • How to enable a dark theme on your Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to enable a dark theme on your 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 Export Your Servers Logs with Rsyslog in Centos 8

        In this post, you will learn how to Export Your Servers Logs with Rsyslog in Centos 8

        In this article, we’ll walk through setting up a CentOS/RHEL 8 Rsyslog daemon to deliver log messages to a remote Rsyslog server. This configuration ensures that disc space on your machine is available for other purposes.

        In CentOS 8, the Rsyslog daemon is already installed and operating by default. Issue the following commands to see if the rsyslog service is active on the system.

      • How to convert from CentOS Linux 8 to CentOS Stream 8

        CentOS Linux 8 was discontinued at the end of 2021. Check out more information about that in this in this article CentOS Linux 8 will end in 2021 and shifts focus to CentOS Stream.

        The team at CentOS decided to shift focus to CentOS stream, an upstream version of RHEL. CentOS stream places itself between Fedora Linux and RHEL. It is not 100% RHEL clone but ahead of RHEL development. Other distros that are 100% compatible with RHEL 8 have come up including Rocky Linux and Alma Linux.

      • Kafka and ZooKeeper contains Podman

        Apache Kafka and ZooKeeper is a distributed data store with optimization for ingesting and processing streaming data. Streaming data generated thousands. A streaming platform needs to handle this constant influx of data sequentially and incrementally process the data. Visit Apache Kafka’s site for more info. Also, try the tutorial Apache Kafka WebUI for those who want Web interface.

      • How to install RoundCube Webmail on Ubuntu 18.04/20.04 and Debian 9/10

        In this post, you will learn how to install RoundCube Webmail on Ubuntu / Debian

        Roundcube is free open-source web-based email client written in PHP. We can access webmail client in our browser, meaning that instead of using Desktop based Web Clients we can access our mailbox in Browser. It has suppoprt for LAMP/LEMP Stack, We can import mails from mailboxes like Google,Yahoo etc. It has features like Message Filter, MIME Support, Spell Checking, Folder management etc.

      • How to Make iptables Rules Persistent after Reboot on Ubuntu and CentOS System

        iptables is a powerful tool to help configure access to various ports on your computer or server. It provides the level of control that makes it possible to configure what network traffic is permitted or denied to the system.

        The main quirk about iptables is that, by default, the configurations for iptables will not persist after a reboot. After configuring your system’s iptables rules, there is one more important step thay you must do in order to make sure the rules are still there after a reboot.

        In this tutorial, you will see how to make iptables rules persistent after reboot on Ubuntu and CentOS based systems.

      • Upgrade PHP from 7.2/7.3 to 7.4 on Ubuntu – LinuxWizardry

        If you are running an older version of Ubuntu, chances are you have either PHP 7.2 or 7.3 running. PHP 7.2 was originally released on November 30, 2017, and stopped receiving active support on November 30, 2019 meaning known security issues will not be fixed. It’s therefore important to upgrade.

        By default, older versions of Ubuntu have the packages for PHP 7.4, so here’s how to upgrade.

      • How to Install PHP 8 on Ubuntu 20.04 using a PPA – LinuxWizardry

        PHP is by a long stretch, one of the most popular server-side programming languages in the market. It’s is ised by over 50% of all websites. Popular websites like WIkipedia, WordPress, Facebook, Magento, and Laravel are all written in PHP.

        PHP 8.0 is the latest major release of the PHP language. It introduces several breaking changes, performance improvements, and lots of new features such as named arguments, JIT compiler, union types, match expression, and more.

        This article will show you how to install PHP 8 on Ubuntu 20.04 and integrate it with Nginx and Apache. At the time of writing, the default Ubuntu 20.04 repositories include PHP 7.4 version. We’ll install PHP from the ondrej/php PPA repository.

      • Apt-Get – Command Not Found ! – buildVirtual

        The Advanced package tool, commonly known as APT, is a application which allows for the management, installation and removal of software packages on Debian-based Linux distributions such as Ubuntu. Apt greatly simplifies the process of managing software applications on Debian Linux by automating the download and installation of software packages, from local or remote software repositories.

        APT is not a single command, rather it is a collection of tools distributed as package, which includes tools such as apt, apt-cache and apt-get.

        This is great for admins as it makes software management much easier – but what happens when it doesn’t work, and you get the “Apt Get – Command Not Found” message? This article looks at how you can troubleshoot the apt command.

      • What Is POSIX? How It Relates to Linux

        When you use Linux, you may hear people talking about POSIX compliance. What does that mean? This article will explain POSIX’s relation to Linux and the attempt to standardize operating systems.

      • Network Intrusion Detection Using Snort

        This document takes you through the basics of intrusion detection, the steps necessary to configure a host to run the snort network intrusion detection system, testing its operation, and alerting you to possible intrusion events.

        Snort is a software-based real-time network intrusion detection system developed by Martin Roesch that can be used to notify an administrator of a potential intrusion attempt. The ever-increasing amount of Internet crackers, armed with “ready-to-run” exploits, as well as the sophisticated attacker that’s intent on defacing your web page necessitates the use of a method to track their activity and alert you to this.

    • Wine or Emulation

      • WineHQ – Wine Announcement – The Wine development release 7.0-rc6 is now available.
        The Wine development release 7.0-rc6 is now available. This is
        expected to be the last release candidate before the final 7.0.
        What's new in this release:
          - Bug fixes only, we are in code freeze.
        The source is available from the following locations:
        Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:
        You will find documentation on https://www.winehq.org/documentation
        You can also get the current source directly from the git
        repository. Check https://www.winehq.org/git for details.
        Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file
        AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list.
      • Wine 7.0-rc6 Released With Another 47 Fixes – Phoronix

        Wine 7.0 is inching towards release but for this week is the seventh weekly release candidate.

        Wine 7.0-rc6 is now available with another 47 bugs fixed. Among the games seeing fixes this week include Star Wars Episode 1 Racer, Saints Row: The Third, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Sniper Elite 4, Lego Stunt Rally, FIFA 11, Guild Wars 2, World of Warcraft, and a variety of other new and old Windows games. There is also other software like MinGW’s GDB debugger, Homesite+, Logos 8 Bible Software, WeChat, PuTTY, and other applications seeing fixes.

    • Games

      • Get Surviving Mars and expansions in the latest Humble Bundle plus a big sale

        Want to get a copy of Surviving Mars and plenty of extra content? Check out the Humble Surviving Mars Bundle. Plus, there’s a Winter Sale on at Humble. A really great city-builder and you can get the base game for next to nothing thanks to this!

      • God of War is now on Steam and runs out of the box on Linux with Proton | GamingOnLinux

        Something that still doesn’t quite feel right somehow is seeing the likes of a PlayStation logo on Linux. Anyway, the smash hit God of War is now on Steam and works right away on Linux. You can thank Steam Play Proton for that.

        It’s hard to believe the changing face of gaming sometimes. Previously console exclusive games now coming to PC more often. A trend I hope to see continue for years to come. Of course the new release comes with the kinds of things you would expect like enhanced graphics, ultra-wide support, NVIDIA DLSS, AMD FSR and so on.

      • Lilbits: Steam Deck, Apple’s AR headset, a Linux-friendly video capture card and more – Liliputing

        Valve has confirmed that its Steam Deck handheld gaming PC is on track to begin shipping in February, following a short delay. And Apple may be looking at a somewhat longer setback for the virtual reality/augmented reality glasses it’s reportedly been developing since 2015: originally expected to ship this year, they may not be ready until 2023.

        In other tech news, Google is rolling out a highly anticipated (and much needed) update for Pixel 6 phones that should bring a bunch of bug fixes, Google Voice continues to get less useful over time, and the Humble Choice game subscription membership is about to drop support for Linux and Mac games from the archives.

      • Steam :: Steam Deck Deposit :: Steam Deck – January Update
    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDE Connect is getting better and better

          If you use the Plasma desktop on your Linux, as you should, and you also happen to have an Android phone, then the most convenient way to pair the two and share data and whatnot is through the use of KDE Connect. This is a built-in application available in all the modern releases of the Plasma desktop, and it lets you easily pair and control your phones.

          I’ve tested the solution several times in the past, including an early release for Windows, and overall, the results were quite decent. Now, recently, I encountered a real usability problem as part of my Slimbook Pro adventures. For some odd reason, the computer wouldn’t mount the Nokia 5.3 phone using the MTP protocol, which corresponds to the “File Transfer” option when you connect an Android device via USB. No such problem with any other Android device, including an almost identical Nokia 5.4. So I decided to power on KDE Connect, and thus, this little review was born.

        • Year in Review: Calamares | [bobulate]

          It’s the start of a new year, which means some retrospective – let’s look at what happened in Calamares in 2021. Calamares is an independent Linux system installer. Independent in the sense that it is developed outside of any specific distribution, but it supports Arch derivatives, Debian, Fedora derivatives, and openSUSE derivatives. KDE Neon and KaOS. Probably Gentoo and Slackware and Nix, also, although I haven’t heard of any. Some day it will install FreeBSD, as well.

          Calamares was started in 2014, back then mostly by Teo, Anke, Aurélien, with a changing cast of characters. I can find over 100 different contributors in the git history.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

    • Distributions

      • New Releases

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Fedora Community Blog: Friday’s Fedora Facts: 2022-02

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

          I have weekly office hours on Wednesdays in the morning and afternoon (US/Eastern time) in #fedora-meeting-1. Drop by if you have any questions or comments about the schedule, Changes, elections, or anything else. See the upcoming meetings for more information.

      • Debian Family

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Looks Like Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Will Be Powered by Linux 5.15 LTS, Ship with GNOME 42 – 9to5Linux

          Canonical recently shared a few details about their plans for the upcoming Ubuntu 22.04 LTS operating system series regarding the GNOME and Linux kernel stacks.

          Due for release on April 21st, 2022, Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish) is currently under heavy development, and it will be Canonical’s next long-term supported (LTS) series, which will receive software and security updates for at least 5 years.

          Being an LTS series, Ubuntu 22.04 will be a more conservative release, like all previous Ubuntu LTS releases, which means that it won’t ship with bleeding-edge technologies, but stick to well tested ones instead.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • PostgreSQL: temBoard 7.9 for PostgreSQL 14

          A new maintainance version for temBoard 7 is just released. This 7.9 version includes PostgreSQL 14 support, bugfixes and performance improvements.

          temBoard is a monitoring and administration tool for PostgreSQL instances fleet. Its non-intrusive design eases deployment without weakening your PostgreSQL instance. temBoard alerts you, allows you to handle locks, bloat, configuration and more remotely.

        • PostgreSQL: OraDump-to-PostgreSQL v5.1 has been released

          New version of OraDump-to-PostgreSQL has been released with the following improvements:

          improved migration of spatial data (SDO_GEOMETRY)

          SSL connection to PostgreSQL server is supported

        • PostgreSQL: pgAdmin 4 v6.4 Released

          The pgAdmin Development Team is pleased to announce pgAdmin 4 version 6.4. This release of pgAdmin 4 includes 13 bug fixes and new features. For more details please see the release notes.

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

      • FSF

        • Share your free software journey and help others start their own: Join us on Jan. 20 — Free Software Foundation

          We’re inviting you to a live session on January 20, starting at 14:00 EST (19:00 UTC), in the #fsf channel of the Libera.Chat IRC network. During this time, we’ll be having an impromptu discussion about our own free software journeys, and opening a convenient place for you to share your own with us. Although it’s not necessary to participate in the IRC session to submit your story to the campaign, we hope that you’ll take the time to join us! To access the story submission form, please visit the event page on Thursday, or any time over the following weekend.

        • Share the story of your free software journey! – January 20, 2022

          Each of us has our own story to share about how we came to free software. For some, it might have been something as simple as learning about it from a friend. Others may have come to GNU/Linux through an article online or in a magazine, and at least a few lucky members of our community will have grown up with free software being used in the home. As part of our Freedom Ladder initiative, we want to take the time to highlight these stories, and distill what we can from them in order to help more and more people join the free software movement. Our stories may differ widely, but we’re confident that we can learn something of value from each of them, and use them as tools to help lead others to freedom.

  • Leftovers

    • Toilet Paper Warmer Is A Unique Chinese Luxury | Hackaday

      [Handy Geng] lives in Baoding, China, where average winter temperatures can get as low as −7.7°C (18.1°F). Rather than simply freezing in the cold when using the bathroom, he decided he could do better. Thus came about his rather unique toilet paper heating system.

      The build uses a gas burner heating up a wok. Toilet paper is fed into the wok body via motorized rollers salvaged from what appears to be an old counterfeit money detector. The wok is then shaken by a second motor in order to more evenly heat the toilet paper within. The burner can then be turned off, and the lid of the wok opened in order to gain access to the toasty toilet paper.

    • Hardware

      • Improving An Already Phenomenal Star Trek Prop | Hackaday

        When Star Trek: Voyager was in the development phase, concept art was created for a new style of tricorder to be used by the crew of the titular starship. But as it often the case with a younger sibling, the show ended up having to largely make do with the hand-me-down props from Star Trek: The Next Generation, which had recently finished its TV run.

        Trek aficionado [Mangy_Dog] completed a jaw-dropping recreation of this unused tricorder design back in 2019, but unable to leave well enough alone, he’s recently completed a second version that truly raises the bar for fan replicas. It’s not hyperbole to say that the prop he’s created is of a far higher quality and fidelity than anything they would have had during the actual filming of the show.

        Now you might be thinking that building the second version of the tricorder was easier than the first, and indeed, [Mangy_Dog] learned some important lessons from the earlier build. But that’s not to say that construction of this new replica, which was actually done on commission, went off without a hitch. In fact, he almost immediately ran into a serious problem. When he attempted to order a new display from Nextion, he found the quality had dropped significantly from the ones he’d used previously. The viewing angles and color reproduction were abysmal, so he was forced to go back to the drawing board and not only find a new display, but a completely new graphics chip to talk to it.

      • 3D Printering: Getting Started With Universal Bed Leveling | Hackaday

        Last time we talked about how Marlin has several bed leveling mechanisms including unified bed leveling or UBL. UBL tries to be all things to all people and has provisions to create dense meshes that model your bed and provides ways for you to adjust and edit those meshes.

        We talked about how to get your printer ready for UBL last time, but not how to use it while printing. For that, you’ll need to create at least one mesh and activate it in your startup code. You will also want to correctly set your Z height to make everything work well.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • White House hosts open-source software security summit in light of expansive Log4j flaw – CyberScoop [Ed: They ask the wrong people, as usual]

            Tech giants and federal agencies will meet at the White House on Thursday to discuss open-source software security, a response to the widespread Log4j vulnerability that’s worrying industry and cyber leaders.

            Among the attendees are companies like Apple, Facebook and Google, as well as the Apache Software Foundation, which builds Log4j, a ubiquitous open-source logging framework for websites.

          • Serious Security: Linux full-disk encryption bug fixed – patch now!

            Lots of people “run Linux” without really knowing or caring – many home routers, navigational aids, webcams and other IoT devices are based on it; the majority of the world’s mobile phones run a Linux-derived variant called Android; and many, if not most, of the ready-to-go cloud services out there rely on Linux to host your content.

            But plenty of users and sysadmins don’t just “use Linux”, they’re responsible for hundreds, thousands, perhaps even millions of other people’s desktops, laptops and servers on which Linux is running.

            Those sysadmins are usually responsible not merely for ensuring that the systems under their jurisdiction are running reliably, but also for keeping them as safe and secure as they can.

          • Researching with the Lumen Database: Q&A Sessions for Interested Researchers

            Lumen is an independent and one-of-a-kind research project at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center, studying cease and desist letters concerning online content. We collect and analyze requests to remove material from the web. Our goals are to educate the public, to facilitate research about the different kinds of complaints and requests for removal–both legitimate and questionable–that are being sent to Internet publishers and service providers, and to provide as much transparency as possible about the “ecology” of such notices, in terms of who is sending them and why, and to what effect.

          • This new malware wants to create backdoors and targets Windows, Linux and macOS
    • Environment

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Seeing squid more clearly

          The last common ancestor of cephalopods and vertebrates existed more than 500 million years ago. In fact, a squid is more closely related to a clam than it is a to a person. Even so, the two lineages independently evolved camera-lens-style eyes with very similar features: a single lens in the front and a cup-shaped, image-sensing retina in the back.

          The similarity has had scientists wondering for decades how squid and their cousins get their eyes. In research published this week in BMC Biology, a Harvard lab moves closer to unraveling the mystery.

White House Asking Proprietary Software Companies That Add NSA Back Doors About Their Views on ‘Open Source’ Security

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, Microsoft, Security at 5:34 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 660351fe04a47c33611de299d17501b4
GAFAM Finger-pointing for White House
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: The US government wants us to think that in order to tackle security issues we need to reach out to the collective ‘wisdom’ of the very culprits who created the security mess in the first place (even by intention, for imperialistic objectives)

THE very same companies that back-door their own software (i.e. deliberately make their products not secure) have been asked by the American administration for their views on the security of Free software and security of such software, which isn’t defective by design, maybe just by accident, occasionally.

We’ve already commented on this ludicrous situation in passing (in our Daily Links). The biggest National Security threat (Microsoft) is infiltrating panels on security, diverting attention away from the biggest threats to lesser threats, which are usually the solution, too. Lobbying? Outright political corruption? Both?

Either way, the above video concerns this new article, which is only one of many. We already listed about half a dozen earlier today. The author is so clueless that he calls the Linux Foundation the “Linux Open Source Foundation” and names IBM/Red Hat as if they’re separate entities. The same for GitHub and Microsoft. To quote: “The full tech participant list includes Akamai, Amazon, Apache Software Foundation, Apple, Cloudflare, Facebook/Meta, GitHub, Google, IBM, Linux Open Source Foundation, Microsoft, Oracle, RedHat and VMware.”

Of the above, only the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) actually speaks for Free/Open Source software. Yes, Zemlin’s PAC is little but a front group for some of those other companies.

Why are all the companies invited (assuming Red Hat is just IBM) to discuss this matter dripping “conflict of interest” and how can this establish trust? Why don’t they also discuss the threat posed by proprietary software? Some of the headlines that emerged afterwards want us to think that “Open Source” — not Microsoft et al — is the real “national security” threat. We’ll omit links to those “reports”… (FUD)

“…any real plan has to eliminate Microsoft from both the desktop and the supporting infrastructure. That is a staffing problem, not a technical one.”
      –Techrights associate
“Speaking of politics,” an associate noted today, “notice that the US’ concern about critical infrastructure is shifting all of the blame and attention on to FOSS. At the same time only the big, proprietary vendors are invited to the planning sessions with the government. They bring in clowns instead of the big names. They should at least be consulting with Bruce Perens, Bruce Schneier, Dan Geer, Moxie Marlinspike, Eugene Spafford, Daniel Bernstein, Paul Vixie etc. (notice that Spaf’s quote about Windows is now missing from pretty much every page that includes his old quotes…)”

And “even RMS and Linus Torvalds could add benefit if they had not been reframed as controversial by the attackers now moving in and out of DC. Wietse Venema is in the US too… Phil Zimmermann is still around too. Many of those involved in LibreSSL and OpenSSL are in the US as well… the list of knowledgeable, skilled, experienced people is long. No need for them to include any frauds, charlatans, or poseurs. But that’s what we get when Microsoft reps got in on the campaign team. Microsoft created the problems, and therefore is unable to solve them and it would be inappropriate to even have them involved. There’s a famous quote which goes approximately like this, “we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them.” As such Microsoft representatives have to be cleared from the room long, long before discussion can start. Ransomware is just one symptom of microsoftianism. Even if Windows is retained for a shorter period on the desktop, servers could run FreeBSD with OpenZFS.The snapshotting feature would make data restoration much less inconvenient. However, any real plan has to eliminate Microsoft from both the desktop and the supporting infrastructure. That is a staffing problem, not a technical one. Even Microsofters, such as Mitchel Lewis, observe that, but most don’t dare speak up. I presume fear of NDAs and non-disparagement clauses in various contracts, especially terminations.”

“Microsoft created the problems, and therefore is unable to solve them and it would be inappropriate to even have them involved.”
      –Techrights associate
The number of articles we saw about Log4j that cited Microsoft as if it was a security expert was truly worrying. Since when does Microsoft get to play “concern troll” about “Open Source”?

“About the disappearance of the Spafford quote,” our associate noted: “It used to be cited everywhere but most of those sites are gone and the rest seem to have redacted just that one quote.”

Links 14/1/2022: EasyOS 3.2.1 and Qt 6.3 Alpha

Posted in News Roundup at 11:54 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Reality 2.0 Episode 95: What Was Web 2.0?

        New episode of the Reality 2.0 podcast is uploaded and out today: Reality 2.0 Episode 95: What Was Web 2.0? Tune in to our new episode! Doc Searls and Katherine Druckman talk to Petros Koutoupis about Air Tags and the generations of the web.

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.17 Mainlines Support For More Obsolete MIPS-Based Wireless Routers – Phoronix

        While the MIPS CPU architecture itself is at the end of the road, kernel developers still are busy with MIPS considering the Loongson hardware that is popular in China and lots of older MIPS hardware out there lacking mainline Linux kernel support. For Linux 5.17 several more older, consumer-grade network routers are seeing mainline support.

        With MIPS-specific code for Linux 5.17 the Loongson 2K1000 reset driver has been merged, support for the TX4939 SoC and RBTX4938/RBTX4939 boards removed with no known users remaining, MIPS support for the Broadcom BRCMSTB PCIe controller, and other fixes and clean-ups. Plus there is support for more MIPS-based devices (routers) using the Broadcom BCM47xx MIPS-based SoCs.

      • Intel’s Linux Graphics Driver Continues With Multi-Tile Preparations – Phoronix

        In addition to Intel’s open-source Linux graphics driver developers being quite busy preparing for upcoming Intel Arc “Alchemist” (DG2) graphics cards on the consumer side, they have concurrently been preparing for Xe HP “Ponte Vecchio” hardware too. One of the big undertakings on that side from the driver perspective is bringing up multiple tiles.

        For Ponte Vecchio’s multi-tile / chiplet design, Linux driver work for multi-tile support has been going on for months. The driver needs to adapt to support multiple GT instances and the multiple memory regions off a single PCI Express device.

      • Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Planning To Stick With Linux 5.15 By Default – Phoronix

        It turns out Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is planning to use the Linux 5.15 kernel as its default kernel. It makes sense in that Linux 5.15 is also a long-term support kernel, but unfortunate in that Ubuntu LTS releases haven’t always used LTS kernel versions and v5.15 will be a half-year old already by the time the “Jammy Jellyfish” ships in April. This is a choice particularly unfortunate for those with recent hardware but at least there is the Ubuntu Mainline Kernel PPA and other non-default options available.

      • Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Will Use Linux 5.15 Kernel

        Ubuntu 22.04 LTS will come with the Linux 5.15 kernel by default.

        That’s the current plan according to Canonical’s Sebastien Bacher, who says “the plan is to use 5.15 for the LTS but the oem and hwe variants will get 5.17 as some point”.

    • Applications

      • Libre Arts – Streamlining Inkscape for the masses

        It’s not a heavily guarded secret that I have an undying love for Inkscape. For me, it’s one of those applications I’m really excited to use every time I have some silly need for a vector graphics editor. Which is why everyone actively involved with the project is my personal hero, and I’m only happy to chat with them every once in a while about how the project is doing.

        This time, I spoke to Chris Rogers (Vectors team, i.e. PR and communication), Tavmjong Bah (developer), Martin Owens (developer), and Adam Belis (UX guy).

        Q: So, first off, I love a lot of things going on with Inkscape lately. There was a, well, not a moment, but quite a long period of time, actually, when I was a bit scared for the project. Long dev cycles, not enough developers etc. Things seem to be so much better these days. What would you attribute it to? What did you have to change?

        CRogers: better organisation internally helped. A move to RocketChat and Gitlab to track issues and multiple groups for different parts of the project seem to really have helped. Also, sharing successes and mutual respect and gratitude creates motivation, and it’s easier to do that with organised chat and group structures.

      • The 8 Best Open-Source Writing Software for Linux

        Writers are always looking for some exciting tools to compile their written pieces. Despite the various options in the market, there is always an ongoing need to look for open-source options, which won’t burn a hole in the pocket.

        If you are a Linux user, you are in luck, for there are plenty of excellent open-source apps that you can use on your machine. A majority of these apps offer premium-grade type features for free.

        If you’re raring to go, then check out these top open-source writing tools enlisted below.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • 12 Best Practices for Writing Bash Scripts

        Bash shell refers to Bourne Again Shell which can be found as the default shell in most of the Linux distributions. A Bash Script is a file where multiple shell commands are scripted to perform a particular task. If you are familiar with bash script then this article is for you, in this demonstration I have included 12 best practices to write a bash script to enhance the efficiency of the bash script and make it more readable.

      • How to Build Docker Images In a GitLab CI Pipeline – CloudSavvy IT

        One common use case for CI pipelines is building the Docker images you’ll use to deploy your application. GitLab CI is a great choice for this as it supports an integrated pull proxy service, meaning faster pipelines, and a built-in registry to store your built images.

        In this guide, we’ll show you how to set up Docker builds that use both the above features. The steps you need to take vary slightly depending on the GitLab Runner executor type you’ll use for your pipeline. We’ll cover the Shell and Docker executors below.

      • How to Install OpenLiteSpeed Web Server on Rocky Linux 8 – VITUX

        OpenLiteSpeed is a fast open-source web server application that comes with a built-in fast PHP module. This guide will show you how to install and configure OpenLiteSpeed on Rocky Linux 8 and CentOS 8.

      • How to Install and Use Podman (Docker Alternative) on Ubuntu 20.04

        Podman is an open-source tool for managing containers, images, volumes, and pods (group of containers). It’s used the libpod library APIs for managing container lifecycles and supports multiple container image formats, including OCI (Open Container Initiative) and Docker images.

        Podman is OCI (Open Container Initiative) compliance container engine. It’s compatible with the Docker CLI interface and allows you to run container rootless (running container without root privileges). Podman was released as part of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, designed to be the next generation of Linux container tool with faster experimentation and development of features.

        For this tutorial, you will learn how to install Podman on the Ubuntu 20.04 system. You will be installing Podman and learn the basic usages of podman for managing Docker containers, images, and volumes.

      • How to create an RDS instance on AWS using Terraform

        In this article, we will see how to create an RDS MySql Instance. Before proceeding, I assume that you are familiar with the basics of Terraform and AWS RDS Service. If you want to learn to create an RDS MySql instance from the AWS console then search for “How to setup an RDS MySql (Relation Database MySql ) instance on AWS”

      • How to Install NEOS CMS with Nginx and Let’s Encrypt SSL on Rocky Linux 8

        Neos is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) that allows you to build complex websites easily without needing to code. You can create a blog, news website, portfolio page, or a company website using it. It offers a rich set of features such as inline editing, supports multiple websites on a single installation, built-in SEO tools, human-readable URLs, plugin manager, device preview, and supports multiple templates. It supports modern-day technologies such as REST API, JSON, GraphQL, and oEmbed.

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to install Neos CMS on a server running Rocky Linux 8 OS.

      • How to Install Linux Kernel 5.16 in Ubuntu 20.04 & 21.10 | UbuntuHandbook

        Linux Kernel 5.16 was released a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 21.10, and/or Linux Mint 20.x.

      • How to Install and Configure Elasticsearch on Rocky Linux 8

        In this guide, we will learn how to install and configure Elasticsearch on Rocky Linux 8. This guide will also work on other RHEL 8 based distros like Alma Linux 8 and Oracle Linux 8.

        Elasticsearch is a distributed search and analytics engine built on Apache Lucene. It provides a distributed, multitenant-capable full-text search engine with an HTTP web interface and schema-free JSON documents. Elasticsearch has quickly become the most popular search engine and is commonly used for log analytics, full-text search, security intelligence, business analytics, and operational intelligence use cases.

      • How to Install and Configure Kibana on Rocky Linux/Alma Linux 8

        In this guide, we will learn how to install and configure Kibana in Rocky Linux 8. This guide will also work on other RHEL 8 based distros like Alma Linux 8 and Oracle Linux 8.

        Kibana is a proprietary data visualization dashboard software for Elasticsearch, whose open source successor in OpenSearch is OpenSearch Dashboards. It is a data visualization and exploration tool used for log and time-series analytics, application monitoring, and operational intelligence use cases. It offers powerful and easy-to-use features such as histograms, line graphs, pie charts, heat maps, and built-in geospatial support. Kibana also acts as the user interface for monitoring, managing, and securing an Elastic Stack cluster — as well as the centralized hub for built-in solutions developed on the Elastic Stack.

      • How to View and Monitor Disk Space Usage From the Linux Command Line – CloudSavvy IT

        While it’s usually pretty clear if your system is running out of memory or using too much CPU time, disk usage is another key metric that can sneak up on you over time if you leave your server unattended. You’ll want to regular check your disk usage using these commands.

      • How to Install LAMP Stack on Debian 11 Bullseye – LinuxCapable

        LAMP is a collection of open-source software commonly used to serve web applications that have been around since the late 1990s. LAMP is an acronym that stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL/MariaDB, and PHP and provides the components needed to host and manage web content and is still arguably the most utilized stack deployment for developers and web applications today.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the LAMP stack (Apache, MariaDB, PHP) on Debian 11 Bullseye using the most up-to-date packages instead of the default Debian 11 repository versions.

        Note, you can install LAMP on Debian 11 using this method without the newer repositories; use the same commands without importing any third-party repositories.

      • How to Install Latest Zoom on Ubuntu & Other Linux Distributions – TREND OCEANS

        Zoom, a.k.a. Zoom Meeting, is video conferencing software that is available for all major platforms, including Linux. It is very popular among working professionals and students.

        And I believe you all are familiar with zoom features. That’s why we are directly moving to the Download and Installation step for Zoom in Linux.

        In this following guide, you will see the download and installation steps for Zoom, which include steps for all major Linux distributions and removing steps.

      • How to Install WordPress with LAMP Stack on Debian 11 Bullseye – LinuxCapable

        WordPress is the most dominant content management system written in PHP, combined with MySQL or MariaDB database. You can create and maintain a site without prior web development or coding knowledge. The first version of WordPress was created in 2003 by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little and is now used by 70% of the known web market, according to W3Tech. WordPress comes in two versions: the free open source WordPress.org and WordPress.com, a paid service that starts at $5 per month up to $59. Using this content management system is easy and often seen as a stepping stone for making a blog or similar featured site.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install self-hosted WordPress using the latest LAMP Stack – Apache, MariaDB, and PHP versions available on Debian 11 Bullseye.

      • 3 tools for troubleshooting packet filtering | Enable Sysadmin

        Nmap, Wireshark, and tcpdump are helpful tools for troubleshooting your network. This article shows you how to use them with a real-world example, because when you’re trying to learn a new technology or technique, sometimes the best way is to walk through a scenario.

      • How To Install Liquorix Kernel on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Liquorix Kernel on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Liqourix Kernel is a free, open-source general-purpose Linux Kernel alternative to the stock kernel with Ubuntu 20.04. Liquorix Kernel is popular amongst Linux Gaming, multimedia, and ultra-low latency requirements and often boasts the latest Linux Kernels, having multiple branches to choose from the stable, edge, and development.

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

      • How To Setup and Limit Hotspot Data on Your Android Device

        Suppose you have an emergency situation and need an internet connection badly, but you don’t have any cellular data or Wi-Fi connection nearby. And noticed that some of your friends or colleagues are with you at this moment who are having cellular data on their phones. The thing is, you have to use your Android device to complete the task. So what to do now? Turn on your friends’ or colleagues phones’ cellular data and hotspot and Wi-Fi of your phone. Just connect your device to their hotspot. The setup and limit hotspot data procedure on your Android is as easy as pie.

        Similarly, you can set up your hotspot on your Android device and also limit the users according to your requirements. Normally, if you’re giving your cellular data to another user through a hotspot, then the rate of data consumption is huge.

        As a result, you need to limit your users at a time, though there’s an option called Unlimited users that will be in the hotspot setting. Let’s start with the setup and limit hotspot data on your Android easily.

    • Games

      • Steam Deck on track for the end of February | GamingOnLinux

        Good news, following the previous delay and even with the pandemic and global shortages Valve has announced that the Steam Deck is still on track to ship by the end of February.

        Writing in a fresh post, Valve said that testing for the Steam Deck Verified program is underway, which we already knew since Portal 2 got recently officially verified. It’s also currently still the only one.

      • Discord Overlay for Linux ‘Discover Overlay’ gets a new release | GamingOnLinux

        While Discord continues to not support Linux with their official overlay, there is at least Discover, which helpfully gives you some options to show chatters on your screen. Useful for those of you with a single-screen who want to see who is chatting, plus good for videos / livestreams for viewers to see it too.

      • Quiet ocean survival-adventure Aquamarine launches January 20 | GamingOnLinux

        A quiet survival adventure about perception and discovery in an alien ocean. The crowdfunded game Aquamarine is now confirmed to be launching on January 20. According to the official announcement on Steam that includes “Windows, Mac and Linux”.

        “You play as a lone space traveler known only as The Seeker, whose starcraft is intercepted by a malicious signal while orbiting an uncharted planet covered in water. Forced to eject from her malfunctioning starcraft, The Seeker is marooned on a tiny island surrounded by an endless alien ocean, with nothing but her amphibious survival pod. Throughout her underwater journey to reach her crashed starcraft, she’ll uncover the lost history of this planet reclaimed by the elements, and learn the true nature of why she ended up here.”

      • Humble subscription service is dumping Mac, Linux access in 18 days | Ars Technica

        Humble, the bundle-centric games retailer that launched with expansive Mac and Linux support in 2010, will soon shift a major component of its business to Windows-only gaming.

        The retailer’s monthly subscription service, Humble Choice, previously offered a number of price tiers; the more you paid, the more new games you could claim in a given month. Starting February 1, Humble Choice will include less choice, as it will only offer a single $12/month tier, complete with a few new game giveaways per month and ongoing access to two collections of games: Humble’s existing “Trove” collection of classic games, and a brand-new “Humble Games Collection” of more modern titles.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • 6 Reasons Why You Should Try the Lightweight Xfce Desktop

        Xfce is a rather humble desktop environment. It has been around for decades, but it has existed largely in GNOME’s shadow as a more lightweight option that just so happens to also be based on GTK. Fewer developers work on Xfce and hence, there are fewer apps made with Xfce in mind.

        Yet year after year, people continue to use Xfce. It receives updates, and numerous Linux-based operating systems ship Xfce as the default interface.

        So, despite the other options available, why might you want to use Xfce?

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

    • Distributions

      • New Releases

        • EasyOS version 3.2.1 released

          Version 3.2 was released only a few days ago:


          A few minor tweaks, plus one big change; lives video editor replaced with flowblade.

          Release notes here:




          Feedback welcome on the forum:


          I would like to know what you guys think of flowblade!

        • Flowblade video editor now in EasyOS

          Easy 3.2 has LiVES video editor; however, it still has bugs. The developer is working on it, but in the meantime I do need something that works in Easy. So, I looked at the alternatives, and eventually settled on Flowblade.

          Flowblade is written in python, and I had initially rejected it as it requires python2. It also has two dependencies that I really didn’t want to include, ‘frei0r’ and ‘gmic’, as I thought the number of dependencies was getting a bit too high. Besides, gmic seems very similar to ‘imagemagick’ that is already in Easy and required by ‘lives’ and ‘obs’.

      • Screenshots/Screencasts

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • curl, GNOME, KDE Updates Arrive in Tumbleweed – openSUSE News

          openSUSE’s rolling release Tumbleweed finished off 2021 with multiple snapshots and 2022 is starting off the same by producing nine snapshots so far this year.

          The latest Tumbleweed snapshot, 20220112, updated Mozilla Firefox to major version 96.0 and addressed almost 20 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures. The browser added a new feature for printing that allows users to choose to print only the odd/even pages.The browser now defaults all cookies to having a SameSite=lax attribute to helps defend against one-click attacks. While gnome-desktop had a version bump to 41.3, gnome-shell 41.3 fixed some crashes, improved window tracking and updated translations. GNOME’s window manager mutter 41.3 fixed a mixed up refresh rate in multi-monitor setups and fixed orientation changes on devices with 90 degree adjustments. Command line utility hdparm 9.63 added a patch and has a new –sanitize-overwrite-passes flag. Other packages to update in the snapshot were rdma-core 38.1, libpipeline 1.5.5, rdma-core 38.1, vim 8.2.4063 and wayland 1.20.0.

        • openSUSE Leap 15.2 Reached End-of-Life

          As of January 4, 2022, openSUSE Leap 15.2 will no longer receive security and maintenance updates as the version is now EOL (End-ofLife).

          openSUSE Leap 15.2 was released 18 months ago (July 2, 2020) and is based on the SUSE Enterprise Linux 15 operating system family.

          The openSUSE Project recommends that Leap 15.2 users should upgrade to the latest version of openSUSE Leap 15.3 as soon as possible, which will be supported by software updates and security patches until November 2022.

        • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2022/02

          Dear Tumbleweed users and hackers,

          The holidays are over and people are returning to their computers, submitting a lot more than during the last weeks. Out of the 6 snapshots built and tested,5 made it out to the mirrors (0107, 0109, 0110, 0111, and 0112).

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • CentOS Community Newsletter, January 2022

          The first CentOS Dojo of 2022 is scheduled for February 3rd and 4th, immediately before the first day of FOSDEM 2022. We expect to publish the schedule to the event wiki page by the time you read this newsletter. The event will be held online, and registration is free! Join us for two days of CentOS content and networking.

        • Red Hat expanding Training and Certification offerings to address new challenges

          Throughout 2021, Red Hat recognized an increased demand for virtual training and testing options as much of the IT workforce continued to adjust to working from home. We expect that to continue, so here’s what we’re doing to meet demand and help organizations train up their existing staff and identify qualified professionals with open source skills.

          IT leaders report skills gaps as the top barrier to digital transformation, ranking technology skills training as their number one non-technical funding priority for 2022. Industry leaders recognize that training and certification will be a critical component to the success of organizations in the coming year. As a result, we expect to see continued focus on virtual training and transformational learning, particularly focused on the three areas we’ll outline in this blog post..

        • CPE Weekly Update – Week of January 10th – 14th – Fedora Community Blog

          This is a weekly report from the CPE (Community Platform Engineering)
          Team. If you have any questions or feedback, please respond to this
          report or contact us on #redhat-cpe channel on libera.chat

        • No. 656: On missionaries, MLK and C-sections – plus, New York Tech gets in Linux – Innovate Long Island

          The New York Institute of Technology is collaborating with an IBM software subsidiary to introduce new curricula centered on the Linux open-source operating system.

          North Carolina-based Red Hat – the world’s leading supplier of open-source enterprise solutions, including “turnkey curriculum materials” designed to help academic institutions launch and sustain Linux curriculum programs – is lending its expertise to the New York Institute of Technology Red Hat Academy. Instructors will initially offer Red Hat System Administration 1 and 2 courses, preparing New York Tech students to become Red Hat Enterprise Linux system administrators.

          Linux has become what New York Tech calls “the de facto standard for running critical workloads in the cloud,” aligning the Red Hat Academy with the Old Westbury-based New York Tech’s mission to “provide career-oriented education to future makers, doers and innovators,” according to College of Engineering and Computing Sciences Dean Babak Beheshti. “Our collaboration … provides yet another opportunity for our students to gain practical, real-world experience to help secure sought-after and industry-recognized skills and certifications,” Beheshti added.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Ubuntu Blog: Design and Web team summary – 17 December 2021

          Happy Christmas and New Years everyone! I hope you are all ready for a well deserved break.

          The Web and design team at Canonical run two-week iterations building and maintaining all of the Canonical websites and product web interfaces. Here are some of the highlights from our final iteration of the year.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • PinePhone Pro Explorer Edition Available for Pre-Order

        Pine64, makers of popular single-board computers (SBCs) and the Pine Phone KDE edition, is gearing up to ship the Explorer Edition of its PinePhone Pro, reports Liam Tung.

      • Game Boy Becomes Super Game Boy With A Pair Of Pis | Hackaday

        The extra processing power in this case comes from a Raspberry Pi Pico which is small enough to easily fit inside of a donor NES case and also powerful enough to handle the VGA directly. For video data input, the Pico is connected to the video pins on the Game Boy’s main board through a level shifter. The main board is also connected to a second Pico which handles the controller input from an NES controller. Some fancy conversion needed to be done at this point because although the controller layouts are very similar, they are handles by the respective consoles completely differently.

      • 3.5-inch Tiger Lake-U SBC promoted for healthcare applications

        Nexcom’s Linux-ready, 3.5-inch “X200” SBC runs on an 11th Gen U-series CPU and offers triple and 4Kp60 support, 2x GbE, 4x USB 3.2 Gen2, SATA, M.2 M- and E-key slots, and -20 to 70°C support.

        Nexcom announced a 3.5-inch SBC that runs Linux or Win 10 on an 11th Gen Tiger Lake-U processor, which it previously adopted for its NDiS B360 signage player. Other 3.5-inch Tiger Lake-U boards include Commell’s LE-370, Ibase’s IB953, Aaeon’s GENE-TGU6, and Kontron’s 3.5”-SBC-TGL.

        Nexcom pitches the X200 board as an ideal solution for visual inspection or imagery analysis in the healthcare field, noting its triple independent display and 4Kp60 support. Other cited applications include signage and security, which Nexcom also promotes for use in hospitals. The board offers an ISO 13485 medical device certification.

      • Have you checked out our winter sale? | Arduino Blog

        Start the year with a new Arduino hardware component. Or two, or three! Dozens of our products are currently discounted at 20% for our annual winter sale. Just head over to the Arduino store and pick out all the modules, shields and carriers that fit your needs.

        We even have the MKR IoT Carrier and full MKR IoT Bundle on sale, to help you make 2022 the year of your first Internet of Things project. There are all kinds of connectivity available, from LoRa to GSM and NB communication, so you can get to work on a connected project that hooks straight up to Arduino Cloud, too.

      • OnLogic unveils Karbon 800 Series Alder Lake-S embedded computers – CNX Software

        We’ve already seen the newly announced Intel Alder Lake-S desktop IoT processors in some COM Express and COM HPC modules, and quickly mentioned Vecow ECX-3000 rugged computer, and now, OnLogic has just announced the Karbon 800 Series, a family of Alder Lake-S embedded computers.

        There will be four Karbon 800 models at launch, equipped with up to an Intel Core i9 16-core processor, 64 GB of DDR4 ECC or non-ECC memory, as well as single and dual PCIe Gen 4 slots, and optional “ModBay” hot-swappable bays to add connectivity and storage option up to a six 2.5-inch SSD RAID array or 14 Ethernet ports.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Programming/Development

        • How to install GitEye GUI Git client on Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04 LTS

          GitEye is a graphical Git client for Windows, OSX, and Linux available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Here we learn the steps and commands to install GitEye on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy JellyFish and Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa.

          CollabNet is the developer behind GitEye to offer a desktop application for easily but graphically managing Git projects with functions of distributed version control in a graphical interface. Apart from GitEye, CollabNet also offers products related to cloud and ALM (Application Lifecycle Management).

        • Encyclopedia Of Broken UserAgent String Detections – otsukare

          This is not a comprehensive encyclopedia, but these are patterns we have met in the past for identifying user agent strings which are broken or future fail.

          Do not use these ! and if your code is using one form of these, please change it. Tell me if you found new ones.

        • Christopher Davis: Lifetimes, Clones, and Closures: Explaining the “glib::clone!()” Macro

          One thing that I’ve seen confuse newcomers to writing GObject-based Rust code is the glib::clone!() macro. It’s foreign to people coming from writing normal Rust code trying to write GObject-based code, and it’s foreign to many people used to writing GObject-based code in other languages (e.g. C, Python, JavaScript, and Vala). Over the years I’ve explained it a few times, and I figure now that I should write a blog post that I can point people to describing what the clone!() macro is, what it does, and why we need it in detail.

        • SpiderMonkey Newsletter (Firefox 96-97) | SpiderMonkey JavaScript/WebAssembly Engine

          SpiderMonkey is the JavaScript engine used in Mozilla Firefox. This newsletter gives an overview of the JavaScript and WebAssembly work we’ve done as part of the Firefox 96 and 97 Nightly release cycles.

        • Qt

          • Qt 6.3 Alpha released

            You can find initial list of new features in the Qt 6.3.0 from What’s New in Qt 6.3 documentation. But please note the documentation is still under construction and will be updated until we are ready for the final release.

            As usual, you can add the Qt 6.3 Alpha to the existing online installation by using the maintenance tool. Or you can do a clean installation by using the Qt Online Installer. Qt 6.3 Alpha source packages can be downloaded from the Qt Account portal and the download.qt.io as well.

          • Qt 6.3 Alpha Released With New Qt Quick Compiler For Commercial Customers – Phoronix

            The Qt Company just announced Qt 6.3 Alpha as the first formal test release for this next Qt6 toolkit update. The Qt Company also lifted the lid on their new Qt Quick Compiler where they are aiming for QML to run at “a speed close to native” for that interpreted language.

            Qt 6.3 has been working on a new “Qt Language Server” module, there are a number of new functions in the Qt Core module, Qt Quick has added a MessageDialog that will provide a native dialog message box on supported platforms, “qmltc” as the new QML type compiler, the Qt Wayland Compositor module adds a Qt Shell that supports all windowing system features handled by Qt, Qt Wayland can now support creating custom shell extensions, support for Wayland’s Presentation Time protocol, and a variety of other additions.

          • The new Qt Quick Compiler – get QML to run at a speed close to native

            As most of you know, QML is an interpreted language. The flexibility of any interpreted language always comes with a potential decrease in performance. As we are very convinced of many other potentials of QML, we strive to reduce – if not to completely eliminate – this unpleasant potential. We implemented changes in the last Qt5 releases and especially in Qt6 helping to take a significant step towards our long term goal: make QML run at a speed close to native. This blog post explains what is new. The upcoming two blog post will elaborate the technology and its development history.

        • Rust

          • Rust 1.58.0 released [LWN.net]

            More information on “captured identifiers” (the ability to use in-scope variables directly in format strings) can be found on this page.

        • Java

          • How To Install Apache NetBeans on Fedora 35 – idroot

            In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Apache NetBeans on Fedora 35. For those of you who didn’t know, The NetBeans (also known as Apache Netbeans) is an open-source and award-winning IDE (integrated development environment) application for Windows, Linux, and Mac. It offers excellent debugging capabilities, coding, plugins, and extensions with multiple out-of-the-box features.

            This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Apache NetBeans IDE on a Fedora 35.

  • Leftovers

    • Rapid-Reload Vacuum Cannon Totally Demolishes Those Veggies | Hackaday

      [NightHawkInLight] has been developing his design for a vacuum canon for a while now, so it seems fitting to drop in check out the progress. The idea is pretty straightforward, take a long rigid tube, insert a close fitting piston, magnetically attached to a projectile, and stopper the open end with something easily destroyed. The piston needs to be pulled into the tube with some force, to pull a vacuum against the stopper. The interesting bit happens next, when the piston exits the other end of the tube, with the vacuum at its maximum, there is a sudden inrush of air. Apparently this inrush of supersonic velocity, and the momentum of the mass of air is sufficient to eject the projectile at considerable velocity, smashing through the plug and demolishing the target. So long as the target is of the soft and squishy variety anyway.

    • Science

      • This DIY Microscope Design Is All Wet | Hackaday

        [Robert Murray-Smith] wanted to recreate how some ancient microscopes worked: with a drop of water as a lens. The idea is that the meniscus of a drop of water will work as a lens. This works because of surface tension and by controlling the attraction of the water to the surface, you can actually form convex and concave surfaces.

        What’s interesting is that this doesn’t require a lot of equipment. Some plastic, a hole punch, some pens, a flashlight, and some other odds and ends. Then it’s just a matter of grabbing some puddle water and examining the critters inside. Of course, with a single lens, these are more properly magnifying glasses. Some claim that people in China built such instruments thousands of years ago. [Robert] mentions [Antonie van Leeuwenhoek] as the father of the microscope, although he wasn’t the first to build such a device. He did create amazing glass lenses using a method he kept secret but has been worked out using modern science.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • EVerest: The open source software stack for EV charging infrastructure

                Even if you’d never buy a Tesla, electric vehicles (EVs) are the future. There’s only one big problem. Unlike a gas-based car, where you can always find a gas station when you need to top off, there’s nothing like enough electrical charging stations. One big reason for this is that there’s no standardization to speak of behind those chargers. The Linux Foundation (LF) plans on changing this with the new LF Energy EVerest project.

        • Security

          • Using EM Waves to Detect Malware – Schneier on Security

            I don’t even know what I think about this. Researchers have developed a malware detection system that uses EM waves: “Obfuscation Revealed: Leveraging Electromagnetic Signals for Obfuscated Malware Classification.”

          • Reproducible Builds (diffoscope): diffoscope 200 released

            The diffoscope maintainers are pleased to announce the release of diffoscope version 200. This version includes the following changes:

            * Even if a Sphinx .inv inventory file is labelled "The remainder of this
              file is compressed using zlib", it might not actually be. In this case,
              don't traceback, and simply return the original content.
              (Closes: reproducible-builds/diffoscope#299)
            * Update "X has been modified after NT_GNU_BUILD_ID has been applied" message
              to, for instance, not duplicating the full filename in the primary
              diffoscope's output.

          • Microsoft pulls new Windows Server updates due to critical bugs

            Microsoft has pulled the January Windows Server cumulative updates after critical bugs caused domain controllers to reboot, Hyper-V to not work, and ReFS volume systems to become unavailable.

          • Ivanti Updates Log4j Advisory with Security Updates for Multiple Products   | CISA

            Ivanti has updated its Log4j Advisory with security updates for multiple products to address CVE-2021-44228. An unauthenticated attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system.

          • Security updates for Friday [LWN.net]

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (firefox-esr), Fedora (cockpit, python-cvxopt, and vim), openSUSE (libmspack), Oracle (webkitgtk4), Scientific Linux (firefox and thunderbird), SUSE (kernel and libmspack), and Ubuntu (firefox and pillow).

          • Google says open source software should be more secure • The Register

            In conjunction with a White House meeting on Thursday at which technology companies discussed the security of open source software, Google proposed three initiatives to strengthen national cybersecurity.

            The meeting was arranged last month by US national security adviser Jake Sullivan, amid the scramble to fix the Log4j vulnerabilities that occupied far too many people over the holidays. Sullivan asked invited firms – a group that included Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle – to share ideas on how the security of open source projects might be improved.

            Google chief legal officer Kent Walker in a blog post said that just as the government and industry have worked to shore up shoddy legacy systems and software, the Log4j repair process – still ongoing – has demonstrated that open source software needs the same attention as critical infrastructure.

          • This Week In Security: NPM Vandalism, Simulating Reboots, And More | Hackaday

            We’ve covered quite a few stories about malware sneaking into the NPN and other JavaScript repositories. This is a bit different. This time, a JS programmer vandalized his own packages. It’s not even malware, perhaps we should call it protestware? The two packages, colors and faker are both popular, with a combined weekly download of nearly 23 million. Their author, [Marak] added a breaking update to each of them. These libraries now print a header of LIBERTY LIBERTY LIBERTY, and then either random characters, or very poor ASCII art. It’s been confirmed that this wasn’t an outside attacker, but [Marak] breaking his own projects on purpose. Why?

            It seems like this story starts back in late 2020, when [Marak] lost quite a bit in a fire, and had to ask for money on Twitter. Two weeks later, he tweeted that billions were being made off open source devs’ work, citing a FAANG leak. FAANG is a reference to the big five American tech companies: Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google. The same day, he opened an issue on Github for faker.js, throwing down an ultimatum: “Take this as an opportunity to send me a six figure yearly contract or fork the project and have someone else work on it.”

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Pegasus used to target El Salvador activists, journalists: Report | Cybersecurity News | Al Jazeera

              The mobile phones of dozens of journalists and activists in El Salvador have been hacked since at least early 2020 and implanted with Israeli-made Pegasus spyware typically available only to governments and law enforcement, according to a new report by a watchdog group.

              The University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab said on Wednesday it had identified an operator of the spyware working exclusively in El Salvador and targeting journalists and activists, many of whom were investigating alleged state corruption.

              While the researchers could not conclusively determine the hacks came from El Salvador’s government, the report said “the strong country-specific focus of the infections suggests that this is very likely”.

            • NSO spyware found targeting journalists and NGOs in El Salvador | ZDNet

              The University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab along with Access Now have found the Pegasus spyware developed by the now-sanctioned NSO Group was used to target journalists and non-government organisations operating in El Salvador.

              In total, the investigation found 35 individuals were targeted across 37 devices, with Citizen Lab having a high degree of confidence that data was exfiltrated from devices belonging to 16 targets.

    • Environment

    • Censorship/Free Speech

Scientific Excellence and the Debian Social Contract

Posted in Debian, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux at 9:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 36cf190fdd0c12e45c5f7a57abbf9449
Corporate Politics in Debian
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: The Debian Project turns 30 next year; in spite of it being so ubiquitous (most of the important distros of GNU/Linux are based on Debian) it is suffering growing pains and some of that boils down to corporate cash and toxic, deeply divisive politics

THE Debian Project, despite the widespread adoption of GNU/Linux globally, certainly isn’t going through easy times. The Debian Social Contract ought not be undermined by political hacks (pseudo-tolerance); it should prioritise science. Yesterday, for the second time in a row, Debian revealed that it had only recruited one Debian Developer per month. As I show in the video above, in past years and even some recent years they could recruit half a dozen or more per month. Last night Dr. Norbert Preining sadly announced that he would leave many Debian packages orphaned; those of us who use Debian know just how important those packages are (even KDE!) and finding a person to fill his shoes would be very difficult as he’s very experienced.

“Suppression of speech in the name of appeasing passive-aggressive bullies is always a bad strategy.”But his decision did not exactly shock me. Going a few years back, he said that his “demotion to Debian Maintainer is – as far as I read the consitution [3], the delegation of DAM [4], and the DAM Wiki page about their rights and powers [5], not legit since besides expulsion there is not procedure laid out for demotion, but I refrained from raising this for the sake of peace.”

They did the same thing to Daniel Pocock and then acted all shocked when he was upset, especially considering the fact that this was done as retribution for his FSFE ‘whistleblowing’ (telling Fellows, as their elected representative, that the FSFE wasn’t giving them their money’s worth). The attacks on Dr. Preining left him bruised as colleagues were choosing sides along superficial lines. People who didn’t (and still don’t) write any code were sucking the fun out of the project and sucking the life out of the community by dividing it along lines such as “pronouns”, not technical work. The video above goes through some of the events that interjected toxic politics into this technical project, causing scientists such as Preining to gradually lose interest, at least judging by the frequency of his posts in recent years.

Debian needs to regain stability, not by gagging people but by re-evaluating the way it treats dissent. Suppression of speech in the name of appeasing passive-aggressive bullies is always a bad strategy.

“I presume it is part of the sea change in the project that occurred with the TC takeover / intrigue which shoehorned 4th place choice, systemd, throughout the distro,” an associate of ours noted yesterday. “There have been many other scandals since then. There are two conflicting situations affecting all potential developers there and elsewhere. One is that volunteer project members want to focus on the code and not CoCs and other barriers to focusing on the code. The other is, as RMS points out, you can ignore the politics but the politics won’t ignore you. Those two facts cause problems where they collide.”

Links 14/1/2022: openSUSE Leap 15.2 EoL, VFX Designers Are Using GNU/Linux

Posted in News Roundup at 8:15 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Neptune, GeckoLinux, Slackel, UbuntuDDE & Touch, qBittorrent …

      First PING 2022 and there are already interesting things to collect with this broom, almost everything from this first week of the year … with the inevitable exception of Linux Mint 20.3, whose launch we echoed yesterday.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • What makes Linux the sustainable OS

        Battling the pandemic has created a shortage of microchips needed to produce new computers. In addition, some newer proprietary operating systems come with higher minimum standards for those systems. This conundrum has created an opportunity for those of us who use Linux in our daily lives.

        Linux has long been noted for adding life to aging hardware. That ability has been a boon to those folks who use computers every day.
        I have helped many folks refurbish and refit older computers using Linux in the past year. Linux-based computers consume less power and start up much quicker. The Gnome desktop is great, but many older computers are better suited to LXDE or XFCE environments, which require fewer resources to run.

      • Survey Shows 60% Of VFX Designers Are Using Linux

        VES (Visual Effects Society) is an organization that represents visual effects designers, animators, studios, film makers and other related stakeholders from many different countries around the world. They have thousands of members from many different companies specialized in VFX field, some of which have made the most iconic films in the world.

        VES has published the results of a survey they worked on between October-November of 2021 about studio software platforms used by their members. 88 Unique studios have participated in the survey, which collectively own more than 59,000 artist workstations (Or computers).

        The survey aimed to explore which software platforms are most common in the VFX industry, and the key findings could be quite surprising for you.

      • My sunk cost fallacy relationship with my home desktop

        However, this machine dates from early 2018 so it’s only about three years old now. Three years is a pretty aggressive replacement cycle for desktop machines today, especially when I bought it as a relatively good machine that I was expecting to last me for at least five years. And more importantly, there’s the sunk cost fallacy. I want this machine to work, and I want to persuade myself that magically it will work well enough for me not to do anything (or at least anything substantial). Just as I expected back in August of 2020, I’ve done nothing so far and just coasted along, and so far that has actually worked out in the sense that I’ve avoided both total failure and too many issues (although I had one alarming incident). It’s easier to do nothing than to act.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • USB Changes For Linux 5.17: Overdue Xen pvUSB To DWC3 Multi-Stream Transfer – Phoronix

        Landing this week as part of the various subsystems overseen by Linux’s second-in-command Greg Kroah-Hartman were the USB changes for Linux 5.17.

        There were many USB (and Thunderbolt) changes for Linux 5.17 such as Synopsys’ DWC3 “Multi-Stream Transfer” feature, Xen pvUSB making its debut after being out-of-tree since its start in ~2008, various power management changes, and more. Some of the USB subsystem highlights for 5.17 include:

        - Multi-Stream Transfer (MST; not to be confused with DisplayPort’s MST – Multi-Stream Transport) for the Synopsys DesignWare Core SuperSpeed USB 3.0 controller. Synopsys added Multi-Stream Transfer to improve bulk streams performance for SuperSpeed and SuperSpeed Plus with their DWC3 controller with this latest Linux kernel driver code. Synopsys has found this Multi-Stream Transfer mode for DWC3 can lead to a “significant performance improvement” for UASP transfers.

      • Linux 5.16 speeds up games and boosts system performance – Market Research Telecast [Ed: Automated translation]

        Linux 5.16 took a week longer than originally expected. Linus Torvalds decided to give the kernel a little more time to mature. The triggers were not problems or alarming test results, but simply the concern that testing could be too short due to the holidays and the week “between the years”.

      • Graphics Stack

        • Mesa’s “Copper” Is A Step Closer To Being Brazed – Phoronix

          A draft merge request has been opened for landing “Copper” within Mesa.

          Copper came about over the past year by Red Hat’s Adam Jackson with participation from Mike Blumenkrantz and others. This DRI interface extension can lead to much greater efficiency for Zink, the OpenGL on Vulkan implementation, and native WSI handling for it. Copper would help improve upon the Gallium3D architecture and provide substantial benefits for Zink.

          On Thursday Blumenkrantz opened the draft MR for merging Copper with hopes for getting the code into shape for mainlining but not necessarily in the immediate future. Pushing Copper out as more of a longer-term effort is it depending upon other open merge requests such as Zink external memory support, sparse textures, and other bits.

        • Leaks

          It’s come to my attention that there’s a lot of rumors flying around about what exactly I’m doing aside from posting the latest info about where Jason Ekstrand, who coined the phrase, “If it compiles, we should ship it.” is going to end up.

          Everyone knows that jekstrand’s next career move is big news—the kind of industry-shaking maneuvering that has every BigCo from Alphabet to Meta on tenterhooks. This post is going to debunk a number of the most common nonsense I’ve been hearing as well as give some updates about what else I’ve been doing besides scouring the internet for even the tiniest clue about what’s coming for this man’s career in 2022.


          Unfortunately, this turned out to be bogus, no more than chaff deployed to stop us from getting to the truth because we were too close. Later, while I was pondering how buggy NVIDIA’s sparse image functionality was in the latest beta drivers and attempting to pass what few equally buggy CTS cases there were for ARB_sparse_texture2, I stumbled upon the obvious.

          It’s so obvious, in fact, that everyone overlooked it because of how obvious it is.

          Jason has left Intel and turned in his badge because he’s on vacation.

          As everyone knows, he’s the kind of person who literally does not comprehend time in the same way that the rest of us do. It was his assessment of the HR policy that in order to take time off and leave the office, he had to quit. My latest intel (no pun intended) revealed that managers and executives alike were still scrambling, trying to figure out how to explain the company’s vacation policy using SSA-based compiler terminology, but optimizer passes left their attempts to engage him as no-ops.

    • Applications

      • tickrs – terminal realtime ticker data

        One way of keeping alert regarding your financial position is to use a stock ticker. This is software that provides live updates of stock prices and enables you to easily monitor your investments.

        tickrs is a stock ticker that is written in Rust. It’s published under an open source license.

        Terminal-based software is light on system resources (very useful on low specified machines), can be faster and more efficient than their graphical counterparts, they do not stop working when X is restarted, and are great for scripting purposes.

      • QOwnNotes 22.1.6 – Neowin

        QOwnNotes is a open source (GPL) plain-text file notepad with markdown support and todo list manager for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Windows, that (optionally) works together with the notes application of ownCloud (or Nextcloud). So you are able to write down your thoughts with QOwnNotes and edit or search for them later from your mobile device (like with CloudNotes) or the ownCloud web-service. The notes are stored as plain text files and you can sync them with your ownCloud sync client. Of course other software, like Dropbox, Syncthing, Seafile or BitTorrent Sync can be used too.

      • yt-dlp vs youtube-dl

        It’s well known that videos are not nearly as easy to save from a website as things like images or text. Although web browsers do not feature a default way to save videos directly to our hard drive, open source projects like yt-dlp and youtube-dl fill this gap quite nicely.

        As you can tell from the names, these tools work especially for YouTube, where most of the world’s videos are found these days. But they can also work for a variety of other sites – actually, most any site that you come across. And, usually, if there is a site that these tools can’t work with, the developers will work on adding support for it into the next release of their software.

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install yt-dlp and youtube-dl on major Linux distros. We will also go over their pros and cons to help you see which one is better.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • SSH Bastion Host Best Practices

        Overall, the core concept of security hardening a bastion host is to run a bastion server with minimal components and reduce the attack surface as much as possible. As you will find below, most of the controls required to secure bastion hosts are, in fact, the same as hardening an operating system. Below, we present a few important things to consider while designing a bastion host.

      • SSH and HTTP to a Raspberry Pi behind CG-NAT

        This modem is on AT&T’s network, but regardless of the provider, unless you’re willing to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars a month for a SIM with a public IP address, the Internet connection will be running behind CG-NAT.

        What this means is there’s no publicly routable address for the Pi—you can’t access it from the public Internet, since it’s only visible inside the cell network’s private network.

      • Kali http server setup

        There are multiple ways to set up an HTTP web server in Kali Linux. Apache, NGINX, and Python are a few of the ways this can be accomplished.

        Since you are looking to set up a web server on Kali, it might be safe to assume that you are trying to spoof some other website, or dupe users with some sort of phishing ploy. In that case, all three web server types have their pros and cons, with Python being the quickest one to get up and running.

        Whatever the purpose of your web server may be, nefarious or not, you will learn how to install and configure a simple HTTP server using either Apache, NGINX, or Python in this tutorial. Follow through our step by step instructions below to see how it’s done.

      • How to install Fathom on Debian 11

        Hello, friends. Many admins and website owners use Google Analytics to get advanced statistics of their website. Today, I will show you how to install Fathom Analytics on Debian 11.

      • How to install Kibana Dashboard on Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04 LTS – Linux Shout

        Analyze the data collected by the Elasticsearch search engine software visually by installing Kibana Dashboard on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish or 20.04 Focal Fossa.

        Elasticsearch is a popular enterprise search engine software to collect data, index, and analyze it. The software is open-source, hence distributed to use free of cost. The key feature is it can examine and index a wide variety of data types that can be structured or unstructured. For example, it can be text-based data, numerical data, data with time information, or data with geographic information.

        But this Elastic Seach doesn’t offer itself a graphical option to analyze data, hence to get that we use Kibana, an open-source analysis, and visualization platform. Together with Elasticsearch and Logstash, it forms the Elastic Stack and enables the data collected by Elasticsearch to be visualized. Users can have various types of visualizations representation of their data such as line diagrams, pie charts, donut charts, or histograms. And allows the display of time series or geographical data. Kibana can be operated both on-premises and cloud-based.

      • Install CouchDB using Docker and Docker-compose

        CouchDB is an open-source NoSQL document database that stores data in JSON-based format and offers HTTP-ready REST-API out of the box.

        It can be used as a database backend for web, mobile, or even desktop apps. In contrast, it uses JSON for documents, an HTTP API, & JavaScript/declarative indexing.

        Although, CouchDB can be installed on Ubuntu or Linux using Snap, many developers may require to install it using Docker.

      • How to Install MySQL Workbench in RHEL Systems

        This article piece assumes that you already have the famed MySQL software installed on your RHEL-based Linux system and are ready to exploit database administration to the fullest.

        You log in to the MySQL shell and create the needed databases and their associated tables. You create the needed relationships between these database tables and start managing your data.

        However, this approach does not give you the needed dynamic control in managing your data. Also, it takes too much time switching between databases, creating users and data, viewing linked data, and executing other database-related queries.

      • Installing Arch Linux Using archinstall Automated Script [Complete Guide]

        In this guide, we explain the super easy way of installing Arch Linux using automated script archinstall. Intended for beginner to advanced users.

    • Wine or Emulation

      • Run (some) Windows apps on Haiku operating system thanks to Wine port

        Haiku is free and open source operating system designed to be compatible with BeOS, a legacy operating system from the 1990s. Haiku itself has been under development for two decades, but it’s still considered beta software (and it only hit that state a few years ago).

        While there’s a relatively limited number of native apps available for the platform, one potential solution to that app gap could be on the horizon: a developer has been porting Wine to Haiku, which makes it possible to run some Windows applications on Haiku.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • I Tried System76’s New Rust-based COSMIC Desktop!

        If you didn’t know already, System76 developers have been working on a new Desktop Environment (dubbed COSMIC) written in Rust: a memory-safe and superfast programming language.

        Creating a desktop environment from scratch is no small feat. That involves creating everything from the compositor, panel, window manager to the APIs for your desktop environment and other back-end tasks.

        It is not an easy task, and maintaining it is another story.

      • Top 10 best Desktop Environments for 2022 Linux and against Linux | systemd-free linux community

        First we should explain the reason for the title, then we should explain why has this become a trendy catchy titling of pseudo-media, what is pseudo-media, who they serve, and how can there be real linux development without this consuming black hole?

        How were desktop environments conceived and developed, and why were they developed? Many technical reasons:

        1 as hardware became quickly more able to display more complex graphics than the old text terminals, it became possible to display graphical images that weren’t drawn by grouping alphanumeric symbols together in lines, then digital drawings (CAD), then low resolution photographs that kept climbing in higher and higher levels, then video and high-fidelity audio.

        2 the competitive conditioning developed through living in capitalism, elevates marketablility as an unquestionable value, and since operating systems with higher graphic capabilities became popular, coders engaged in a rat race to outscore large corporate graphic projects.

        3 MS-win became nearly a global monopoly in computer systems, so the (conditioned) goal was clear, to provide “cheaper” “less binding” software that were equally pretty and offered similar utility. Those who argued the system is not its graphical abilities but its ability to perform other tasks without much graphical feedback, and just provide adequate information and control for those tasks, became less and less popular themselves, to the extent people called them hopeless romantics.

      • In practice, there are two types of window managers in modern X

        As part of its nominal mantra of “mechanism, not policy”, the X Window System uses a user provided window manager. As far as most X programs are concerned, all window managers are supposed to be equal (assuming that they implement some standards for interoperability, such as EWMH and ICCM). The various Unix desktops (GNOME, KDE, etc) have some extra stuff between their own programs and their own desktop window manager, but theoretically all ‘foreign’ window managers are about the same.

        Unfortunately, this is not the practical reality in modern X. In practice the world of window manager environments has split into two types, one of which is not equal to the other. There are compositing window manager environments, which are found in pretty much every significant X desktop, and also non-compositing window managers. Many stand alone X window managers, such as fvwm, are non-compositing, as you can see in Wikipedia’s comparison of X window managers.

      • Exploring System76′s New Rust Based Desktop Environment

        System76’s objective is to create something that is faster, more customizable, and free of the limitations of the GNOME desktop environment, and let’s face it, we’re all curious as to how this desktop will look like.

        This post will explore how this new desktop environment is shaping up.

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Norbert Preining: Future of “my” packages in Debian

          After having been (again) demoted (timed perfectly to my round birthday!) based on flimsy arguments, I have been forced to rethink the level of contribution I want to do for Debian. Considering in particular that I have switched my main desktop to dual-boot into Arch Linux (all on the same btrfs fs with subvolumes, great!) and have run Arch now for several days exclusively, I think it is time to review the packages I am somehow responsible for (full list of packages).

          After about 20 years in Debian, time to send off quite some stuff that has accumulated over time.

          KDE/Plasma, frameworks, Gears, and related packages

          All these packages are group maintained, so there is not much to worry about. Furthermore, a few new faces have joined the team and are actively working on the packages, although mostly on Qt6. I guess that with me not taking action, frameworks, gears, and plasma will fall back over time (frameworks: Debian 5.88 versus current 5.90, gears: Debian 21.08 versus current 21.12, plasma uptodate at the moment).

          With respect to my packages on OBS, they will probably also go stale over time. Using Arch nowadays I lack the development tools necessary to build Debian packages, and above all, the motivation.

          I am sorry for all those who have learned to rely on my OBS packages over the last years, bringing modern and uptodate KDE/Plasma to Debian/stable, please direct your complaints at the responsible entities in Debian.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • First Look at Some of the GTK4 Apps in GNOME 42

          For this first look, I want to focus on three important apps, namely the Nautilus (Files) file manager, GNOME Text Editor (a.k.a. the Gedit replacement), and the GNOME Software graphical package manager.

          Nautilus 42, which is probably the most important app in the GNOME desktop environment, is shaping up to be one of the best file managers on the Linux desktop. The GTK4 look and feel is very modern, and, if you’re coming from GTK3, you’ll immediately notice the differences.

    • Distributions

      • The 9 Best Linux Distros for Privacy-Focused Users

        The proliferation of cyberattacks and increasing security breaches is a matter of great concern in the open-source community. However, there is still hope to overcome these breaches, considering the ongoing stress on privacy-focused Linux distros.

        These open-source Linux OSes combine best-in-class tools, encryption, and virtualization tactics to counter threats. If privacy ranks high on your agenda, and you need to switch to a high-end security-oriented Linux OS, then you should check out the nine Linux distros listed below.

      • EndeavourOS and Manjaro: An in-depth Comparison Between Two of the Best Arch Linux Based Distros

        If you have ever tried using Arch Linux, you know it is almost impossible to install it without proper documentation and Linux knowledge. That’s the charm of Arch Linux, actually.

        But since Arch Linux lies on the expert end of the Linux distros spectrum, there exists several Arch-based distributions that try to make things easier for the common folks.

        Manjaro and EndeavourOS are two of the most popular choices when it comes to an ‘Arch-based Arch alternative’.

        So let’s take a look at the differences between these two. Why should you choose one Linux distribution over another?

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • openSUSE 15.2 Reached End-of-Life – openSUSE News

          Users of openSUSE Leap 15.2 will not be receiving security and maintenance updates as the version is now EOL (end of life) as of Jan. 4, 2022.

          EOL ends updates for the operating system minor version. Those who continue to use EOL versions will be exposed to vulnerabilities because these discontinued versions no longer receive security and maintenance updates. This is why users need to upgrade to the newer minor release; openSUSE Leap 15.3!

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Fedora plans to redesign the Anaconda installer

          The community of Fedora It has been proposed to redesign and modernize the graphical user interface of Anaconda, the installer used primarily by Red Hat Spectrum and RHEL clones.

          As can be read in an entry published in the Fedora community blog, The intention is rewrite the Anaconda graphical interface with web technologies and employing Cockpit. Until now (and it will surely continue to be the case in future versions of Fedora) the graphical interface of the installer has been built with GTK, but some members of the community have begun to see that it is time to modernize and improve it.

          From Fedora they believe that Cockpit is a mature solution with great support for the installer backend: Anaconda DBus. In addition, it seems that there is understanding with those responsible for Cockpit, since they have provided their support and have knowledge of what Anaconda managers might need, something to which is added the increasing support that Cockpit has according to words published in the blog post.

        • Extracting dependencies from Python packages | Red Hat Developer

          Python’s easy-to-learn syntax and rich standard library, combined with the large number of open source software packages available on the Python Package Index (PyPI), make it a common programming language of choice for quick prototyping leading to production systems. Python is a good fit for many use cases, and is particularly popular in the data science domain for data exploration and analysis.

          Thus, Python’s rapid rise on the TIOBE Index of the most popular programming languages shouldn’t be a surprise. PyPI hosts more than 3 million releases of Python packages. Each package release has metadata associated with it, which makes the packages themselves an interesting dataset to explore and experiment with.

          In this article, you’ll learn how to extract metadata and dependency information from Python package releases. You’ll also see how this process works in Project Thoth, which provides Python programmers with information about support for the packages they use, along with the dependencies, performance, and security of those packages.

        • How to ward off the Great Resignation in financial services IT | The Enterprisers Project

          The fight for talent is real: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in September 2021, 4.4 million U.S. workers quit their jobs. That is 6 times the population of Luxembourg.

          Globally, the “Great Resignation” has led to increased challenges and potential growth delays, with 73 percent of CEOs citing labor shortage as their biggest external concern that is most likely to disrupt their business in the next 12 months, according to research by Fortune and Deloitte.

          Financial services CIOs should build a culture that retains industry-leading talent.
          The upshot for CIOs in financial services: You must adapt to recruit and keep talent – and build a culture that retains industry-leading talent. After recently interviewing more than 20 former financial services IT leaders who departed for other companies, I learned that it isn’t about a bad boss or poor pay. They all fondly remembered their time at the firms, yet that wasn’t enough to keep them.

        • Red Hat Statement on White House Open Source Security Summit

          Matt Hicks, executive vice president of Products and Technologies at Red Hat, Chris Wright, senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO), and Mark Bohannon, vice president of Global Public Policy at Red Hat, along with representatives from other technology industry leaders, today attended a meeting hosted by the White House National Security Council focused on cybersecurity and efforts to advance open source security. Red Hat is the industry’s leading provider of open source software solutions.

        • The Red Hat ecosystem: Then vs. now

          Once upon a time, the Red Hat ecosystem was oriented around one platform: Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

          Those days are gone.

          While RHEL remains one pillar of Red Hat’s offerings, the Red Hat ecosystem evolved to include a variety of other products and services through acquisitions and new development. Concurrently, key facets of the relationship between Red Hat, Linux and open source have changed in important ways.

          Let’s examine the state of the Red Hat ecosystem in the 2020s and its relationship to the larger software market. We’ll look at the major products and services Red Hat offers — and how those services interact with third-party tools and software, such as Linux distributions based on RHEL.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Canonical Shapes the Future of Snapcraft (and Snap Packs) – itsfoss.net

          There has been some controversy surrounding Snapcraft in recent months that was not looking good for Canonical’s packaging system, but nothing from official sources, but discussions in the community. Now, however, reliable information about the future of Snapcraft and Snap, the package format created by the Ubuntu developer not only for Ubuntu, but for the entire GNU / Linux ecosystem.

          Quickly commenting on what has nothing to do with this news, let’s say that if two or three years ago the support for Snap was more prominent, especially from commercial developers, while Flatpak grew and settled in the community, the Tables have turned and it is now when the second seems to be establishing itself as the most widespread and appreciated alternative, at least among the main Linux distributions.

          Thus, Flatpak has been improving a lot in recent times, while it is increasingly possible to find more applications in this format, in Flathub at least. Snap is not bad either, but it has been dragging problems for years that have not been solved, beyond its centralized model, which is not going to change (Flatpak falls into the same practice, since almost everything is in Flathub). For example, the slow startup of Snap applications.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • PinePhone Pro Explorer Edition: Linux-based smartphone launches for US$399 with the Rockchip RK3399S

        Additionally, the 160.8 x 76.6 x 11.1 mm device has a 6-inch and 720p display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The PinePhone Pro Explorer Edition has relatively thick bezels by modern smartphone standards, along with an 8 MP front-facing camera and a 12 MP rear-facing one, specifically the Sony IMX258. A 3,000 mAh battery powers the device, which supports up to 15 W charging.

        Currently, the PinePhone Pro Explorer Edition supports fewer operating systems than the original PinePhone, which works with over 20 OSes. Still, the Explorer Edition can run Arch Linux ARM and Manjaro ARM, among others. The PinePhone Pro Explorer Edition is pre-orderable now for US$399.

        For reference, PINE64 states that all orders placed before January 18 will ship later this month. Please note that the company will ship the smartphone from Hong Kong, so you may incur customs duties and taxes, depending on where you live.

      • Compact industrial computer builds on Raspberry Pi CM4

        Edatec’s compact, $113-and-up “CM4 Nano” industrial box is built around the RPi CM4 with HDMI, MIPI-DSI/CSI, GbE, WiFi/BT, 3x USB 3.0, 40-pin GPIO, a 12-18VDC input, and -25 to 60°C support.

        Edatech has launched a 103 x 62 x 21.5mm industrial system that runs Linux on a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4. The company compares the box, which offers access to the CM4 Nano carrier board, with the Raspberry Pi 4 SBC. Touted advantages include a full-size HDMI port with USB-based touchscreen support, a wide-range 12-18VDC input, and an RTC. There is also a wider operating range, which is variably listed at -25 to 50°C and -25 to 60°C.

      • Slimbook 4K grabber, a good choice for Linux

        Today we are going to present a device that can be of great help to those who are dedicated to making screencasting from Linux: Slimbook 4K grabber.

        Although Linux has seen a great improvement as a desktop operating system over the last decade, there are still areas where it is almost useless, and sometimes not because of you. Captors are one of those segments because few of the manufacturers mainstream they support the system, not even through Android or ChromeOS (which would bounce back to GNU / Linux thanks to the kernel).

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • Pico Does PID | Hackaday

          If you wanted to, say, control a temperature you might think you could just turn on a heater until you reach the desired temperature and then turn the heater off. That sort of works, but it is suboptimal — you’ll tend to overshoot the goal and then as the system cools down, you’ll have to catch up and the result is often a system that oscillates around the desired value but never really settles on the correct temperature. To solve that, you can use a PID — proportional integral derivative — loop and that’s what [veebch] has done with a Rasberry Pi PICO and Micropython.

          The idea is to control an output signal based on the amount of difference between the actual temperature and the desired temperature (the proportional error). In addition, the amount is adjusted based on the long term error (integral) and any short term change (the derivative). You can also see a video about using the control loop to make a better sous vide burger, below.

        • New free resources for young people to create 3D worlds with code in Unity
        • Network interface routing priority on a Raspberry Pi

          As I start using Raspberry Pis for more and more network routing activities—especially as the Compute Module 4 routers based on Debian, OpenWRT, and VyOS have started appearing—I’ve been struggling with one particular problem: how can I set routing priorities for network interfaces?

        • Ghost in the ethernet optic

          You see, Smart SFP’s are a bit of a terrifying concept. SFP’s are (until now apparently) actually quite simple devices that “simply” take input electrical signals and turn them into optical signalling, or carry them down a Direct Attach Cable (DAC)

          The proposed smart SFP said, “Hey there is plenty of space in this thing! Why not also put a little FPGA, and an ARM core that can share the ethernet link, that way we can do more things!”

        • Throwback to 2021, More from Librem 5 in 2022 – Purism

          We’ve had a really good year of not only adding more functionality for the phone to the Linux kernel and the mainline.

          We have continued to ship out more Librem 5s each month and continued to communicate more reliable shipping estimates.

          The Librem 5 phone has become quite usable in 2021 and will get much better in 2022. Here is a complete run-down from our team.

        • This clock counts down to retirement | Arduino Blog

          For most people, the idea of retiring is a very exciting thought. Finally, after decades of hard work, you can clock out for the last time and spend the rest of your life relaxing and enjoying your leisure years. RdRnr318’s coworker updates her whiteboard every day to countdown the number of days until she gets to retire. To save Martha some effort and reduce the office’s marker budget, RdRnr318 built this “Nearly-Autonomous Retirement Countdown Display” to replace the whiteboard.

          This device does exactly what it says on the tin: it shows a countdown timer with the number of days until Martha reaches her retirement. It also displays the countdown in seconds, minutes, and hours, so Martha can get granular with her retirement daydreams. This device needs no buttons for setting the time, because RdRnr318 programmed it specifically for Martha. Her retirement date is hardcoded and there is a real-time clock with a battery backup, so it can automatically calculate the countdown even after losing power.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Open source maintainer threatens to throw in the towel if companies won’t ante up

        Yet another developer of open source software has tired of companies utilizing the code he helps maintain without giving anything back to support the project.

        On Tuesday, Christofer Dutz, creator of Apache PLC4X, said he will stop providing community support for the software if corporate users fail to step up and open their wallets.


        “This is my final attempt,” he wrote. “If this also doesn’t help with getting at least some form of financial attribution for my hard work, I will close down my business and there will be no further form of support from my side.”

        This lack of financial support is particularly remarkable given his claims about the potential value that can be accrued by running Apache PLC4X. In a previous blog post he describes prototyping a data collection system using the software that would have saved the unnamed customer €20m.

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla and Mint

          • Available Linux Mint 20.3 with the pragmatism and ease of always – itsfoss.net [Ed: Late one, might be plagiarised]

            Linux Mint 20.3, whose code name is Una, is already among us to continue the path of the most popular Ubuntu derivative, which is mainly responsible for facilitating the transition from Windows to Linux thanks to the fact that in its three editions it offers desktops of the style that has generally spent the Redmond giant.

            We start with what is the most visible face of this distribution: the desktop environment Cinnamon. This time we find the version 5.2.5 along with certain aesthetic changes and accompanied by a large number of graphical tools that make life easier for the user, among which are TimeShift for the creation and management of snapshots and the driver manager.

            Seeing that the desktop is essentially more of the same, applications end up having more prominence. In the first place it has been mentioned Hypnotix IPTV, the streaming application that supports TV channels, movies and series. According to distributors, Linux Mint 20.3 looks better than ever thanks to the addition of support for dark mode. In addition, it supports the Xtream API, has incorporated M3U support and local playlists and included a search function to find TV channels, series and movies.

          • Linux Mint and Mozilla join forces to standardize the Firefox package

            Clement lefebvre has announced a agreement between Linux Mint and Mozilla that will affect how Firefox is served to users of the well-known derivative of Ubuntu. The project leader has made it clear that this alliance is both commercial and technical.

            The core part of the agreement is that the Firefox build supplied through the Linux Mint repositories will start using the default settings used by Mozilla and not the Linux Mint one. This means that the default page will no longer be ‘https://www.linuxmint.com/start/‘and the default search engines will be those of Mozilla’s partners (Google, Amazon, Bing, DuckDuckGo, etc) rather than those used by the distribution (Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, etc). Another issue affected is that the code changes from Linux Mint, Ubuntu and Debian will no longer be incorporated, although the package format will remain Deb.

            For Mozilla, the goal of its alliance with Mint is to make Firefox work as equally as possible across distributions to facilitate maintenance and simplify development and bug fixes. This strategy is by no means new on the part of the foundation, but it is a path that it began to follow many months ago to improve the development of Firefox for Linux, since most of the users of the open source system do not use the browser builds provided by Mozilla, but rather those offered by distributions. That, for many years, made the resolution of bugs extremely difficult.

          • Firefox is the most popular web browser of 2021 – itsfoss.net

            Surprise! Notice what you expected, right? In short, it doesn’t matter how many years we’ve been doing our year-end survey, because in the browser section Firefox always wins… and the 2021 survey is no exception. Do we leave it like this? No, because although we know how squared we are for many things Linux users, in the nuances is the interest.

            Thus, it does not matter that Firefox has won the majority favor of the public for another year, because what is really interesting is to see how much support it maintains in relation to previous years, as well as to see the rest of the table and the movements that may have occurred in the same. And is that the world of browsers is not the most changing, but it evolves, even when it may seem otherwise.

            On the other hand, and with regard to the survey in general, this year there were not as many votes as the previous ones, but there was not as much time to vote either. In any case, with more or less votes, what is relevant in the results of the survey is not the raw participation, but rather the percentages that are distributed among the different options and on which we are going to influence to assess the whole.

          • Personalize Firefox with Colorways

            New users will similarly have the choice to opt into this new experience and they will be guided through the customization process. An additional notification for colorway selection will be integrated into the welcome experience. This notification will be visible only after downloading Firefox 94 for the first time.

          • [Old] Introducing new Colorways for Firefox 94

            Today, Firefox is launching Colorways, a new feature that allows our users to express their most authentic selves and to bring them joy while browsing the web. As we challenge what the browser has been, and expand and define the vision of what Firefox browser is and can be, part of that challenge is to ask ourselves “who is it for and who can use it easily and feel included in the experience?”

            We caught up with Mikal Lewis, Senior Director, Product Management for Firefox, to hear more about his vision for Firefox and the impetus for launching Colorways.

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • Fuzz Testing YottaDB

          Every day, we find fault with our software, so that you don’t!

          Robustness in software is a mark of quality that’s often easy to lose in development.

          Thanks to Zachary Minneker of Security Innovation, Inc., we are implementing fuzz testing to make our software even more robust. Fuzz testing provides us with one more way to generate test cases to test that the software does not do what it is not supposed to do. As expected from a new form of testing, we have discovered bugs that we did not know existed, and which no user has reported to us.

        • How To Connect R Shiny to Postgres Database – The Definite Guide

          Today you’ll learn how to connect R and R Shiny to the Postgres database – one of the most well-known open-source databases. There’s no better way to learn than through a hands-on example, so you’ll also create a fully-working interactive dashboard with R Shiny.

          We assume you already have the Postgres database installed, as well as a GUI management tool like pgAdmin. Installation is OS-specific, so we won’t go through that today. You can Google the installation steps – it shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • You’ll be able to write your next Klingon opera in LibreOffice

          Star Trek’s fictional species of space vikings have technically had their own language since The Trouble with Tribbles way back in the original TV series, but the film series started expanding Klingon into a semi-functional language during the 1980s. With a combination of canon works and the help of enthusiastic fans, Klingon has become a somewhat “real” language over the few decades, complete with its own promotional institute and official translations of such works as Hamlet, the Epic of Gilgamesh, and A Christmas Carol.

      • Programming/Development

        • Open Source Sabotage Incident Hits Software Supply Chain | eSecurityPlanet

          An astonishing incident in recent days highlights the risks of widespread dependence on open source software – while also highlighting the free labor corporations benefit from by using open source software.

          Marak Squires, an open source coder and maintainer, sabotaged his repository to protest against unpaid work and his failed attempts to monetize faker.js and color.js, two major NPM packages used by a huge range of other packages and projects.

          The software industry relies on various interdependent ecosystems and resources. This incident shows a well-known and unsolved issue for the software supply chain: the dependency hell. It’s especially true in the world of Nodes.js and JavaScript, but it’s also a common concern with open source software in general.

          Hackers try to infect legitimate apps during a supply chain attack to distribute malware. In the case of faker.js and color.js, we have a pretty rare variant that leverages the highest privileged access.

        • When open-source developers go bad | ZDNet

          Chances are unless you’re a JavaScript programmer, you’ve never heard of the open-source Javascript libraries ‘colors.js’ and ‘faker.js.” They’re simple programs that respectively let you use colored text on your node.js, a popular JavaScript runtime, console, and create fake data for testing. Faker.js is used with more than 2,500 other Node Package Manager (NPM) programs and is downloaded 2.4 million times per week. Colors.js is built into almost 19,000 other NPM packages and is downloaded 23 million times a week. In short, they’re everywhere. And, when their creator, JavaScript developer Marak Squires, fouled them up, tens of thousands of JavaScript programs blew up.

        • Dirk Eddelbuettel: Rcpp 1.0.8: Updated, Strict Headers

          The Rcpp team is thrilled to share the news of the newest release 1.0.8 of Rcpp which hit CRAN today, and has already been uploaded to Debian as well. Windows and macOS builds should appear at CRAN in the next few days. This release continues with the six-months cycle started with release 1.0.5 in July 2020. As a reminder, interim ‘dev’ or ‘rc’ releases will alwasys be available in the Rcpp drat repo; this cycle there were once again seven (!!) – times two as we also tested the modified header (more below). These rolling release tend to work just as well, and are also fully tested against all reverse-dependencies.

          Rcpp has become the most popular way of enhancing R with C or C++ code. Right now, around 2478 packages on CRAN depend on Rcpp for making analytical code go faster and further, along with 242 in BioConductor.

    • Standards/Consortia

  • Leftovers

    • Etel Adnan’s Missing Arab Companions

      Etel Adnan, whose work is being celebrated in an exhibition at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, was Arab American. Although she lived in Paris for the past three decades, before that Adnan lived in Sausalito, California. I am an Arab American; so are Ralph Nader, Leila Ahmed, Rashida Tlaib and Naomi Shihab Nye. You’ll find us engaged in all fields—education, industry, medicine, journalism, community service, sports, politics and the arts– and practicing many faiths.

      I offer this as context for the splendid exhibition featuring Etel Adnan at New York City’s prestigious showplace, The Guggenheim. Although contrary to what some claim, recognition of her talent did not arrive late in Adnan’s life. For years, her work has been widely exhibited and celebrated in Europe. Moreover, while she surpassed any specific religious identity, Adnan was an unequivocally proud Arab woman.

    • The Future Of Sports Can Be Changed By NFTs, Virtual Reality, And DAOs

      One of the hottest gifts in Wisconsin over the holiday season was Packers “common stock,” allowing fans who buy in to hold a small percentage of ownership in the NFL franchise. The Packers are selling 300,000 shares of the stock priced at $300 to raise money for stadium improvements at Lambeau Field and sold more than 100,000 in the first week alone. Many are skeptical of why fans are spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on shares that, by rule, cannot provide them with any financial benefit. You can find an explanation by looking at a seemingly unrelated technology: non-fungible tokens. An examination of the market for NFTs not only provides insight into the “common stock” phenomenon, but may also provide a glimpse at a different future for how we support and even participate in the decision-making process of our favorite sports teams.

    • Natalie Eilbert, by User 4357

      There’s there there. A sweet empty vacuum bag smells of industry, its provenance. I try a xylophone note, a sound like burnt yellow. Approximations don’t mimic; they stand in a room full of doors. My legs are hungry for money, hang over a man’s ribs. I argue I am trying to be myself when I sever a cucumber. Each object presents its presiding objects. An elbow grinds into a caramelizing thigh bruise. I remove an article, an article too particular to understand. A kitten sleeps, shaped as a pair of slumped lungs. I must laugh at my brain fog, seran wrap over my eyes. Is authorship anything? I am a single combination of cells, dander under a god nail, duplicating. I press my thumb to my femoral nerve until a white light blinks myself open. You enter me, a door warped. In the crease, there.

    • Strange and Intimate Encounters With Kathy Acker

      McKenzie Wark met Kathy Acker in Sydney in 1995 at a reading for 21C Magazine, a publication both wrote for at the time. That evening, they ended up sitting next to each other at a dinner party. Kathy began talking to McKenzie and, just like that, the rest of the room fell away. At the end of the night, McKenzie drove Kathy back to her hotel, idling momentarily at the entrance until Kathy asked impatiently, “Well, are you coming up or not?” Quickly and unceremoniously, their clothes came off and they found their way to the futon. There was a lot of sex and then some talking about the sex. As in her writing, Kathy invited sexual frankness.

    • IndieWeb Search results are also feeds

      I decided to write feeds to accompany search result pages so that I could subscribe to content that matches a particular query. For example, I currently subscribe to the search page for my domain name and “coffee.” This lets me monitor changes in the search results. If new content makes its way onto the first page, that content will show in my feed reader, no matter when it was published. This is a whole new way to discover content. If a page has managed to make its way to page one on a term I care about, the content is probably going to be at least somewhat interesting to me (assuming the term is competitive).

    • Microwave Sampler Is Like Time Domain Mixer | Hackaday

      [Gregory] is building some microwave gear and wanted to convert a 3.3 GHz signal to a 12 MHz intermediate frequency. You might think of using a mixer, but you’d need a local oscillator of nearly 3.3 GHz which is not only hard to build, but also will be very close to the signal of interest which is not a great idea. Instead, [Gregory] opted for a sampler, which uses an effect you usually try to avoid — aliasing — to allow downconversion with a much smaller local oscillator. You can see the design in the video below.

      In the case of converting 3.3 GHz to 12 MHz, the local oscillator is around 100 MHz. How does that work? Watch the video and find out. The final project will triple the 3.3 GHz signal and we presume the 12 MHz downconvert is to easily phase lock the frequency using a PLL (phase-locked loop).

      The circuit is little more than an electronic switch and a capacitor. The first part of the video covers the theory of operation. About 7 minutes in, the whiteboard talk gets more practical, using diodes as switching elements. At the very end, we see he has a PC board design but it isn’t generally available. Still, the theory explanation is well worth the 20 minute watch.

    • Science

    • Education

      • The Monster in the Academic Room

        The Lyle Center and the computer university 

        For 16 weeks I met 8 students at the Lyle Center / Department of Regenerative Studies, College of Environmental Design. The Lyle Center stands on a hill, overlooking the main campus. Yet there’s very little it shares with the university. The two institutions differ in location, architecture, and mission.

      • The Supreme Court Is Poised to Make Critical Decisions in School “Culture War”
      • Second-hand English-language bookstore opens in Tallinn Old Town

        While not the first second-hand bookstore to have opened in the heart of Tallinn’s UNESCO-listed Old Town in recent years, Rüütel & Matilda is currently the only one of its kind in business.

        The founders say it is run as an NGO, with the express aim of encouraging the art of reading, in the traditional way.

      • Stop Using Pie-Charts

        This article shows failures of pie charts, and provides some alternative plots (and matplotlib code) to use in their place.

    • Hardware

      • Soviet-Era Auto Dialler Uses Magnetic Rope Core Memory | Hackaday

        We’ve seen a few interesting magnetic core memories on these fine pages over the years, but we don’t recall seeing too many user programmable magnetic core memory devices. This interesting Russian telephone auto dialer in its day would have been a very useful device, capable of storing and dialing forty user programmable 7-digit numbers. [mikeselectricstuff] tore into one (video, embedded below), and found some very interesting tech. For its era, this is high technology stuff. Older Russian tech has a reputation for incredibly ingenious use of older parts, that can’t be denied. After all, if it works, then there’s no need to change it. But anyway, what’s interesting here is how the designers decided to solve the problem of programming and recalling of numbers, without using a microprocessor, by using discrete logic and core rope memory.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • ‘Tragically Wrong’: Supreme Court Blocks Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for Large Employers

        Blocking an executive order from the White House that public health experts said would prevent hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, the right-wing majority of the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the Biden administration’s vaccine-or-test mandate for large private employers, claiming the Labor Department does not have the congressional authority to impose such a requirement.

        The court ruled 6-3 against the mandate, which would have applied to employers with 100 or more workers. Liberal Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer dissented.

      • Long term exposure to air pollution may heighten COVID-19 risk: Study

        The association was strongest for particulate matter, with an average annual raise of 1 ug/m3 linked to a 5 per cent increase in the infection rate. This equates to an extra 294 cases/100,000 people a year, indicating the findings, which focus on the inhabitants of one Northern Italian city.

        While further research is needed to confirm cause and effect, the findings should reinforce efforts to cut air pollution, say the researchers.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • AWS is Not a Dumb Pipe

          The telcos didn’t go down without a fight. They successfully got so many regulations passed against VoIP that it served a serious barrier to entry for more than a decade. The hyperscalers have an even better card to play than regulation: open source. By bringing the cost of software down to zero, they can commoditize their complement. If AWS open sourced all higher-level services, they would still be a “dumb pipe”, but with fewer competitors.

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • Open Source Litmus Chaos Engineering Moves Up Cloud-Native Stack

                The open source Litmus chaos engineering project has reached a new level of maturity in the Cloud Native Computing Foundation as usage and features grow.

              • The Linux Foundation Energy & EVerest Join Forces To Create An Open Sourced EV Charging Software [Ed: More ‘greenwashing’ from the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation not staying in its lane]

                Yesterday, I met with Marco Möller, CEO and cofounder of Pionix, and Dr. Shuli Goodman, executive director of Linux Foundation Energy (LF Energy), who shared some details and insights about a major problem in electric vehicle charging and how their project, EVerest, is designed to solve that problem. EVerest is an open-source software stack designed for EV charging infrastructure and LF Energy just announced the project partnership on its website.

                In a nutshell, EVerest is a stack of several software packages run on most Linux distributors. The goal is an open-source software stack for EV charging infrastructure that runs on any device, from AC home chargers to public DC charging stations. Marco told me that the problem the software is solving is a critical issue of EV owners having trouble finding a working EV charger.

              • The OpenSSF and the Linux Foundation Address Software Supply Chain Security Challenges at White House Summit – Linux Foundation

                Today marks an important moment in the Linux Foundation’s history of engagement with public sector organizations. The White House convened an important cross-section of the Open Source developer and commercial ecosystem along with leaders and experts of many U.S. federal agencies to identify the challenges present in the open source software supply chain and share ideas on ways to mitigate risk and enhance resilience.

                At the meeting, the Linux Foundation and the Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF) represented their hundreds of communities and projects by highlighting collective cybersecurity efforts and sharing their intent to work with the administration across public and private sectors.

        • Security

          • Human Rights Groups Warn UN Cybercrime Treaty Must Avoid ‘Chilling Effect’

            Ahead of a United Nations session next week, nearly 130 academics and advocacy groups asserted that “it is vitally important to apply a human rights-based approach” to drafting a potential cybercrime treaty.

            “A convention without such safeguards or that dilutes states’ human rights obligations would place individuals at risk and make our digital presence even more insecure.”

          • Nearly 130 Public Interest Organizations and Experts Urge the United Nations to Include Human Rights Safeguards in Proposed UN Cybercrime Treaty

            The proposed treaty will likely deal with cybercrime, international cooperation, and access to potential digital evidence by law enforcement authorities, as well as human rights and procedural safeguards. UN member states have already written opinions discussing the scope of the treaty, and their proposals vary widely. In a letter to the committee chair, EFF and Human Rights Watch along with partners across the world asked that members include human rights considerations at every step in the drafting process. We also recommended  that cross-border investigative powers include strong human rights safeguards, and that global civil society be provided opportunities to participate robustly in the development and drafting of any potential convention.

            Failing to prioritize human rights and procedural safeguards in criminal investigations can have dire consequences.  As many countries have already abused their existing cybercrime laws to undermine human rights and freedoms and punish peaceful dissent, we have grave concerns that this Convention might become a powerful weapon for oppression. We also worry that cross-border investigative powers without strong human rights safeguards will sweep away progress on protecting people’s privacy rights, creating a race to the bottom among jurisdictions with the weakest human rights protections.

            We hope the Member States participating in the development and drafting of the treaty will recognize the urgency of the risks we mention, commit to include civil society in their upcoming discussions, and take our recommendations to heart.

          • EFF Asks Appeals Court to Rule DMCA Anti-Circumvention Provisions Violate First Amendment
          • EFF Threat Lab’s “apkeep” APK Downloader, Now More Capable and Available in More Places

            In addition to the ability to download Android packages from the Google Play Store and APKPure, we’ve added support for downloading from the free and open source app repository F-Droid. Packages downloaded from F-Droid are checked against the repository maintainers’ signing key, just like in the F-Droid app itself. The package index is also cached, which makes it easy to run multiple subsequent requests for downloads.

            You can now download specific versions of apps from either the apk-pure app store, which mirrors the Google Play Store, or from f-droid. To try it, issue the following command to see which versions are available:

            Once you’ve picked a desired version, download it with this command:

          • Microsoft touts first PCs to ship natively with secure Pluton chip [Ed: This is not about security at all]

            Asked why the chip is initially disabled, the spokesperson said enterprise customers “have told us they extensively test and evaluate any new security-related software or feature that will be introduced into their network and can choose to enable Pluton on their devices as they see fit. As Pluton rolls out into market and we have time to assess the customer demand for factory enablement, we will review enabling [it].”

            The Pluton processor is aimed at delivering greater protection than the existing Trusted Platform Module (TPM) as it’s a dedicated security chip that handles security features such as BitLocker, Windows Hello, and System Guard.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • San Francisco Police Illegally Used Surveillance Cameras at the George Floyd Protests. The Courts Must Stop Them

              By Hope Williams, Nathan Sheard, and Nestor Reyes

              The authors are community activists who helped organize and participated in protests against police violence in San Francisco after the murder of George Floyd. A hearing in their lawsuit against the San Francisco Police Department over surveillance of Union Square protests is scheduled for Friday. This article was first published in the San Francisco Standard.

              A year and a half ago, the San Francisco Police Department illegally spied on us and thousands of other Bay Area residents as we marched against racist police violence and the murder of George Floyd. Aided by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the ACLU of Northern California, we have taken the SFPD to court.

            • Survey on the Digital Services Act: EU citizens want the right to use digital services anonymously

              Internet users should be given the right to use digital services anonymously, i.e. without having their personal data collected. According to a representative opinion poll conducted by YouGov among 10,064 EU citizens in December 2021 64% of respondents are in favour of such a right (with 21% opposed).

              Next week, Members of the European Parliament will vote on their final position on the Digital Services Act. At the request of the Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE), an amendment on introducing a right to use digital services anonymously will be voted.

            • Apple to allow alternative payment system for 1st time in S. Korea

              The move came as a new law went into effect in the country in September last year, restricting app store operators, such as Google and Apple, from forcing their in-app payment systems on developers.

              In November, Google pledged to provide an alternative payment system on its app store in South Korea at a slightly reduced service charge in an apparent move to abide by the country’s new law.

            • [Reposted] Using Foreign Nationals to Bypass US Surveillance Restrictions

              What’s most interesting to me about this new information is how the US used the Australians to get around domestic spying laws: [...]

            • FBI Honeypot Phone Company Anom Shipped Over 100 Phones to the United States

              Anom, the encrypted phone company secretly commandeered by the FBI and which surreptitiously provided all of its users’ messages to the authorities, shipped many more devices into the U.S. than previously understood, according to multiple files obtained by Motherboard.

              The news highlights that although much of the Anom operation focused on devices overseas, Anom phones were still present in the U.S., raising questions about how many total devices were in the country during the years-long undercover operation.

            • The FCC proposes new data breach rules for phone companies

              The current rules give telecommunication providers seven business days to notify the FBI and Secret Service of data breaches that leak customer proprietary network information, or CPNI. In most cases, the company cannot notify customers about the breach until seven business days after information has been relayed to federal law enforcement. The proposal suggests doing away with that mandatory waiting period and adds the FCC to the list of agencies that companies will have to notify in the case of a data breach. It also says that they would have to send out notifications even in the case of inadvertent breaches.

            • Meta sued for $3.2 billion in UK class action lawsuit alleging Facebook exploited data

              Meta, the parent company for Facebook, is being sued for £2.3 billion ($3.2 billion) in a class action lawsuit in the United Kingdom for allegedly exploiting user data.

              The senior adviser to British watchdog group Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, is suing Meta on behalf of people who used Facebook in the U.K. between 2015 to 2019 for allegedly making users give personal data in order to get on the platform and earning billions of dollars from the tactic, Reuters reported.

            • Facebook faces $3.2 bln UK class action over market dominance

              Social media giant Facebook (FB.O), now known as Meta Platforms, faces a 2.3 billion pound plus ($3.2 billion plus) class action in Britain over allegations it abused its market dominance by exploiting the personal data of 44 million users.

              Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, a senior adviser to Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) watchdog and a competition law academic, said she was bringing the case on behalf of people in Britain who had used Facebook between 2015 and 2019.

            • Unsafe anywhere: women human rights defenders speak out about Pegasus attacks – Access Now

              A new investigation led by Front Line Defenders reveals the hacking of two women human rights defenders (WHRDs) from Bahrain and Jordan using NSO Group’s notorious Pegasus spyware. The hacking discovery comes on the heels of the Pegasus Project revelations of governments in the MENA region and beyond using the spyware to perpetrate human rights abuses and repress activists and journalists.

              The impact of surveillance on women is particularly egregious and traumatizing given how governments have weaponized personal information extracted through spyware to intimidate, harass, and publicly smear the targets’ reputations. As a result, women targets of surveillance live in a perpetual state of fear, become socially isolated and restricted in their social lives, work, and activism. As expressed by one of the victims, Ebtisam Al-Saegh, “personal freedoms are over for me, they no longer exist. I am not safe at home, on the street, or anywhere.”

    • Defence/Aggression

      • The Language of Violence

        That day, Brooks hit Sumner as he sat writing at a desk. The blows held such force that it snapped his cane into several pieces. He continued to beat him with the part of the cane that had a golden head. Sumner was nearly killed in the attack and the Senate floor was drenched in his blood. He would not be able to return to the Senate for three years due to debilitating injuries and chronic pain that would be with him for the rest of his life. Brooks was arrested and tried, but he only had to pay $300 and received no jail time. Many historians and scholars believe that this incident played a large role in the lead up to the American Civil War.

        There were several other incidents like this one in the Capitol over the years. Several attempts at assassination. Some coup attempts, most notably the one that targeted Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the notorious “Business Plot.” And some might say that these attacks were examples of threats to “American democracy.” But one would have to accept that the United States was a democracy in the first place.

      • Hey, Hey, USA! How Many Bombs Did You Drop Today?

        Over the past 20 years, as documented in the table below, U.S. and allied air forces have dropped over 337,000 bombs and missiles on other countries. That is an average of 46 strikes per day for 20 years. This endless bombardment has not only been deadly and devastating for its victims but is broadly recognized as seriously undermining international peace and security and diminishing America’s standing in the world.

        The U.S. government and political establishment have been remarkably successful at keeping the American public in the dark about the horrific consequences of these long-term campaigns of mass destruction, allowing them to maintain the illusion of U.S. militarism as a force for good in the world in their domestic political rhetoric.

      • Yemenis See U-15 Football Victory Over Saudi Arabia as Sign of Things To Come

        SANA’A, YEMEN – As the Saudi war against Yemen enters 2022, Yemenis seem more determined than ever to hold victory ceremonies and forge ahead into another year of struggle against the Saudi onslaught – notwithstanding a new scorched-earth campaign launched by the oil-rich kingdom, dubbed Operation Happy Yemen Freedom. “As we did before, surely nothing will prevent us from achieving more victories during 2022, until the eventual liberation of all our homeland,” a fresh-faced teenager said during a sporting event at Althawra Sports City Stadium in Sana’a, where damaged stands could be seen, the result of a recent airstrike.

      • Treaties, Constitutions, and Laws Against War

        Of course, what counts as legal is not just what’s written down, but also what gets treated as legal, what is never prosecuted as a crime. But that’s precisely the point of knowing and making more widely known the illegal status of war: to advance the cause of treating war as the crime that, according to written law, it is. Treating something as a crime means more than just prosecuting it. There may be better institutions in some cases than courts of law for achieving reconciliation or restitution, but such strategies are not assisted by maintaining the pretense of war’s legality, war’s acceptability.

      • Abolish NATO

        Unfortunately, the article misses the point. The point is that NATO should have been abolished when the Cold War ended, which would, needless to say, have meant that it would not have absorbed those former Warsaw Pact countries and would not have moved U.S. bases, missiles, and troops inexorably closer to Russia’s borders. 

        The ostensible purpose of NATO was to protect Western Europe from an invasion by the Soviet Union, which, ironically, had been America’s partner and ally in World War II. At the end of the Cold War, the threat of such an invasion was non-existent. Therefore, NATO’s ostensible mission was over. NATO should have been disbanded immediately.

      • Opinion | The Very Dangerous New Cold War in Asia That Nobody Should Want

        The word “encirclement” does not appear in the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), signed into law by President Joe Biden on December 27th, or in other recent administration statements about its foreign and military policies. Nor does that classic Cold War era term “containment” ever come up. Still, America’s top leaders have reached a consensus on a strategy to encircle and contain the latest great power, China, with hostile military alliances, thereby thwarting its rise to full superpower status.

      • Why Do We Let Psychopaths In Suits Get Away With Murder?

        I don’t know the names of the men who poisoned and killed my father and my brother Stan, who died last Thursday, but I know where they worked and why they did it: just like Ruf, Dennis, Hunsucker and Pettis, they intentionally and knowingly took actions they knew would result in death when they sold asbestos to my dad’s employer and got my brother addicted to tobacco.

        The asbestos industry knew as early as the 1890s, and got definite confirmation in the 1940s that their product caused mesothelioma, a particularly brutal lung cancer that killed my father. Even today, their executives are trying to avoid responsibility for it: Johnson & Johnson is playing bankruptcy games to avoid paying for cancers caused by their asbestos-laced talcum powder, and not a single executive is even slightly worried about going to jail for all these dead people.

      • Automated Warfare Is Nothing New

        Here’s a scenario to consider: A military force has purchased a million cheap, disposable flying drones each the size of a deck of cards, each capable of carrying three grams of explosives—enough to kill a single person or, in a “shaped charge,” pierce a steel wall. They’ve been programmed to seek out and “engage” (kill) certain human beings, based on specific “signature” characteristics like carrying a weapon, say, or having a particular skin color. They fit in a single shipping container and can be deployed remotely. Once launched, they will fly and kill autonomously without any further human action.

      • Two reasons why “The Big Lie” is a bad name

        Now, while I think “The Big Lie” is a bad name, I don’t think it’s bad enough to change it retroactively. I’m just asking if we please can take more care next time we come up with names like this.

      • Madison Cawthorn’s Incitement of Insurrection Should Knock Him Off the Ballot

        On January 3, 2021, Madison Cawthorn was sworn in as the youngest member of the US House of Representatives. The 25-year-old Republican from North Carolina pledged in his oath of office to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

      • Jan. 6 panel subpoenas Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and YouTube

        The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol subpoenaed some of the country’s largest social media and tech companies on Thursday, arguing they had not been forthcoming following an August request for information.

        The four subpoenas were sent to Facebook parent company Meta, Twitter, Reddit and Alphabet’s YouTube.

      • Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes charged with seditious conspiracy for Jan. 6 role

        The founder and current leader of the right-wing militia group Oath Keepers, Stewart Rhodes, was arrested Thursday for seditious conspiracy along with 10 of the group’s members — the first charges of sedition leveled against those who allegedly planned and executed the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

        It’s a significant moment that breaks down a key argument leveled by Trump allies — argued most prominently in the Wall Street Journal last week — that the breach was not truly an insurrection because no one had been charged with sedition.

      • FBI arrests Oath Keepers leader on Jan. 6 charges

        Federal prosecutors have charged the founder of the Oath Keepers and 10 other members of the far-right militia group with seditious conspiracy for their role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

        Stewart Rhodes, 56, was arrested Thursday in Little Elm, Texas, and also faces charges for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol.

        The Oath Keepers leader and founder has said he was present at the riot but never entered the Capitol. But members of the group were seen donning paramilitary gear and using a military formation to pass through crowds and enter the Capitol.

      • FBI arrests Oath Keepers leader on charge of seditious conspiracy involving Jan. 6 attack

        The Justice Department has unsealed a major indictment charging the leader of the Oath Keepers militia group along with multiple other members with seditious conspiracy related to their alleged coordination in advance of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

        The three indictments mark the Justice Department’s first Jan. 6 use of the seditious conspiracy charge, which accuses Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes and other members of the group of conspiring to “oppose by force the execution of the laws governing the transfer of presidential power” from outgoing President Donald Trump to incoming President Joe Biden.

      • Republicans Seem Like They’re Pretty Much Done with Presidential Debates

        The RNC will vote on whether to officially adopt the change prohibiting candidates from participating in commission debates next month during its winter meeting in Salt Lake City.

      • RNC threatens to bar candidates from participating in official presidential debates

        The party also requested that the commission make its moderator selection process transparent, as well as adopt a code of conduct for debate moderators.

      • RNC moves to require presidential candidates to skip traditional commission debates

        The Republican National Committee (RNC) alerted the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) on Thursday that it plans to require GOP presidential nominees not to attend debates run by the commission going forward.

        “The RNC will initiate the process of amending the Rules of the Republican Party at our upcoming Winter Meeting to prohibit future Republican nominees from participating in CPD-sponsored debates,” wrote Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel in the letter, which was obtained by The Hill.

      • Democracy in America

        Countries all over the world think of themselves as democratic. There are places with a much higher percentage of voting among the people than in the United States. Are they more democratic? In some places voting is mandatory. Some countries have one party rule, but the people vote. Some countries like Iran have a select group of people who decide who can and cannot run for office yet they think of themselves as democratic. In this case, many people are voting but not for their preferred candidates. In the United States, for most members of Congress and the President, it is Wall Street that decides who’s in and who’s out.

        The United States thinks of itself as the world leader in democracy. So let’s look at it closely. It now costs literally billions of dollars to run for president, and of the two who are given any chance to win, one of them is going to lose. They can lose by 1 percentage point or less, but nearly 50 percent of those who voted will not have any representation at the executive level. And with a low voting turnout, compared to other democracies, tens of millions who are eligible but don’t vote are in no way represented by the victor. We do not build coalitions with other parties; we do not even permit other parties to be in the running. In so many ways, we do not have a two-party system but more like one and one half, as both parties represent the interests of Wall Street, not Main Street. A Princeton/Northwestern study in 2014 identified the US as an oligarchy, not a democracy. It concludes that what the donors want is what is usually promoted and voted on in Congress, even if that does coincide with public opinion. Big Money rules and gains more and more power with each successive election to Congress or the White House and neither party objects to the point of trying to reverse that, especially with Citizens United. (Individual Democratic senators have pushed to repeal it but it steadfastly remains part of our electoral landscape.)

      • Will Democracy Die Before Our Eyes?
      • Destroying Democracy: China in Hong Kong

        That same year, students and professors at the University of Hong Kong erected a statue, called “Pillar of Shame,” to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen massacre. The tall sculpture by a Danish artist lasted until the end of 2021 when, in the dead of night, it was carved in half and removed. Two other sculptures of the same event at two other Hong Kong universities were also removed. The ongoing eclipse of civil society by the PRC authorities could not have been more starkly demonstrated.

        It Can Happen Here

      • Overthrow Democracy?

        In post-insurrection America today, one party has quit governing and sounds like a 24/7 talk radio station. A new book by the leading scholar on civil wars—How Civil Wars Start, by Barbara F. Walter—warns that the growing normalization of violent language, threats, and acts can become self-fulfilling. Timothy Snyder, author of the best-selling On Tyranny, thinks it “pathetically naive” to assume that the GOP won’t try to overturn the results if it loses the 2024 presidential election.

        Can we erect stronger levees to hold back the red tide of creeping fascism… before Trump, Manchin, and GOP governors entrench minority rule? Here’s a scorecard of 10 key variables that might answer that question, labeled either with a + (plausible) or a—(uphill): [...]

      • Germany convicts Syrian ex-colonel in ‘historic’ torture trial

        A German court on Thursday sentenced a former Syrian colonel to life in jail for crimes against humanity in a “historic” verdict hailed by victims as a victory for justice, as the first global trial over state-sponsored torture in Syria drew to an end.

        Anwar Raslan, 58, was found guilty of overseeing the murder of 27 people and the torture of 4,000 others at the Al-Khatib detention centre in Damascus, also known as “Branch 251″, in 2011 and 2012.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Julian Assange: A Thousand Days in Belmarsh

        Alison Mason of the Julian Assange Defence Committee reiterated those observations long made about the imprisonment at a gathering outside the Australian High Commission in London on that day.  The WikiLeaks founder was wrongfully confined “for publishing the war crimes of the US military leaked to him by whistleblower Chelsea Manning.”  She, along with supporters, had gathered before the High Commission “because Julian’s country could save him with a simple phone call.”   Mason’s admirably simple reasoning: that Australia had “a bargaining chip with AUKUS and trade deals.”  If only that were true.

        The continued detention of Assange in Belmarsh remains a scandal of kaleidoscopic cruelty.  It continues to imperil his frail health, further impaired by a stroke suffered in October last year and the ongoing risks associated with COVID-19.  It maintains a state of indefinite incarceration without bail, deputising the United Kingdom as committed gaolers for US interests. “Julian,” stated his fiancée Stella Moris, “is simply held at the request of the US government while they continue to abuse the US-UK extradition treaty for political ends.”

    • Environment

      • Environmental Justice Advocates Raise Alarm After White House Exits

        The Biden administration’s commitment to the advancement of environmental justice is the target of fresh doubt Thursday following departures in recent days of two key officials focused on the issue.

        The administration’s top environmental justice official, Cecilia Martinez—who served as senior director for environmental justice at the Council for Environmental Quality—announced her resignation last week.

      • Reversing the Chicago River

        Today, there’s still some remnants of Chicago’s trouble with waste water. On the South Branch of the Chicago River, there’s a section called Bubbly Creek. It literally bubbles with gases that are emitted from the decomposition of blood and guts from the meatpacking businesses that dumped their waste there in the early 1900s (the same meatpacking businesses chronicled in Upton Sinclar’s The Jungle).

      • General distribution of postal ads to be prohibited

        A new bill could regulate that people will have to indicate they do want ads, rather than having to indicate the opposite. If passed, it will mark the end of the yellow “no advertisement” stickers.

        Minister for the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development Carole Dieschbourg is working on a draft bill, expected to be filed in the not too distant future.

      • ‘Terrifying’ Hot Streak Continues as NOAA Says 2021 6th Warmest Year on Record

        Amid rising public alarm about human-caused global heating, U.S. government scientists announced Thursday that 2021 was the sixth hottest year since records began in 1880.

        “Failure to act together with the global community will all but ensure more devastating impacts and even irreversible climate tipping points.”

      • 2021 was hot as hell, NASA confirms

        The last eight years have been the eight hottest years on record, NASA and the National Oceanic Administration (NOAA) confirmed today. 2021 ranks as the sixth hottest year on record, the agencies said, as global average temperatures trend upward. Rankings aside, there were plenty of red flags throughout 2021 to show us how remarkable the year was for temperature extremes.

      • Big Bank, Corporate Destruction of Forests Worsening Climate Crisis: Report

        A new report published Thursday details how some of the world’s biggest corporations and banks are exacerbating the global climate emergency by fueling the destruction of the world’s tropical rainforests.

        “Halting agriculture-driven deforestation to halve emissions and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030 is not an option but a necessity.”

      • Energy

        • Opinion | Historic Offshore Wind Farm Is a Very Good Thing

          The Biden-Harris White House announced Wednesday that The Department of the Interior is offering a lease sale for offshore wind in the New York Bight, off the coast of New York and New Jersey. The sale will allow companies to put in enough wind turbines to generate 7 gigawatts (GW) of green energy, or possibly more. That would power 2 million homes.

        • With Billions in Fines, U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Ranks Are ‘Packed With Rogues’

          The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an ultra-powerful business lobby, does not disclose its members, but it represents the interests of America’s largest corporations — some of which have a long record of breaking state and federal laws.

          A new report from consumer watchdog group Public Citizen details how 111 known members of the Chamber — including major polluters and banks that back fossil fuels — have violated state and federal laws at least 15,896 times since 2000, totaling more than $156 billion in fines and penalties.

        • Jack Dorsey’s Block to build an open bitcoin mining system

          In a tweet thread on Thursday, Block’s general manager for hardware, Thomas Templeton, laid out the company’s plans about building the mining system.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Top Global Brands and Asset Managers Still Lack Adequate Anti-Deforestation Policies, Report Finds

          Heinz, Jimmy Choo and BlackRock are among hundreds of household names doing “little or nothing” to end deforestation, a major new report has found.

          The new Forest 500 report, published today by environmental group Global Canopy, assessed 350 top companies and 150 financial institutions that fund them, finding that a third of companies have no policies in place at all to ensure their products are not driving deforestation. 

    • Finance

      • Crypto’s Heavy Carbon Footprint

        But the increasing popularity of cryptocurrency has environmentalists on edge, as the digital “mining” of it creates a massive carbon footprint due to the staggering amount of energy it requires. Based on data from the Bitcoin Energy Consumption Indexfrom Digiconomist, an online tool created by data scientist Alex de Vries, the carbon footprint of Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, is equivalent to that of New Zealand, with both emitting nearly 37 megatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year, according to a February 2021 CNBC article.

        To understand why this is a problem, it’s important to explain what goes into creating a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin. Unlike fiat money, which is regulated through central banks, transactions in Bitcoin are tracked through a public ledger consisting of a network of computers around the world: the blockchain. “Mining”—a process in which computational puzzles are solved in order to verify transactions between users, which are then added to the blockchain—allows this validation to take place, which is an energy-intensive process.

      • Ossoff Unveils Bill to Ban Stock Trading by Lawmakers, Immediate Family

        Two Democratic senators on Wednesday unveiled legislation that would prevent congressional lawmakers and their immediate families from trading stocks while in office, as new polling shows that an overwhelming majority of voters across the political spectrum support such a reform—something that Republicans putting forward competing proposals are trying to capitalize on.

        “Members of Congress should not be playing the stock market while we make federal policy.”

      • The Great Resignation, Perhaps Not as Great as We’ve Been Led to Believe?

        The latest figures came out on Jan. 4, 2022, and showed that 4.5 million people voluntarily left their positions in November – an “all-time high,” according to the agency responsible for collecting the data. That’s 3% of the nonfarm workforce, which headlinesalso proclaimed a record level.

        But is it?

      • ‘Workers Are the Best Guarantors of Their Own Safety When They’re Organized’

        The January 7, 2022, episode of CounterSpin included an archival interview with Barbara Briggs that originally aired June 5, 2015. This is a lightly edited transcript.

      • Jon Ossoff Introduces Legislation to Ban Members of Congress from Trading Stock
      • Senate Finance Chair to Billionaire Developers: Explain How Opportunity Zone Tax Break Is Helping the Poor

        The chair of the Senate Finance Committee is demanding information from several billionaire developers to determine whether they are abusing a Trump tax break that was supposed to benefit poor communities.

      • Reps for Casino Developer Defend the Destruction of Nearly 600 Housing Units in Reno

        Representatives for a prominent casino developer this week defended his decision to raze nearly 600 housing units to redevelop part of Reno’s downtown into an entertainment district and floated his “vision” to contribute land for a publicly funded affordable housing project.

        Many of the several hundred people at a virtual town hall Monday welcomed the idea of better affordable housing in the area but met the proposal by Jacobs Entertainment with skepticism. The idea floated by Jeff Jacobs, who has demolished 15 motels that were used as last resort housing, includes 850 “affordable and workforce housing units” built above public parking garages that would ostensibly provide parking for his nearby planned entertainment venues. Jacobs wouldn’t build the housing; rather, he would contribute land for a project to be built and operated by the Reno Housing Authority.

      • Chronic Underfunding of Public Housing Is Putting 1.2 Million Families at Risk
      • After Navient Forgives $1.7B, Progressive Say Cancel All Student Debt

        As one of the largest U.S. educational lenders on Thursday agreed to pay $1.85 billion to 39 states to resolve predatory lending claims, progressive lawmakers and advocates renewed calls for the cancellation of all outstanding student loan debt.

        “All student loans are predatory because no one should have to go into debt to get an education.”

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Why Political Representation Doesn’t Represent

        The brand name emblazoned on our system of governance is “the republic.” It is a system of periodic elections for legislators and top administrators who, once elected, are said to represent their electorate. There have been times when the elected have actually represented the people who elected them. But not many.

        Why is that failure so familiar? Why is it so normal to see elected representatives go their own way, regardless of the needs to their constituents? Sometimes, there is real corruption, involving backroom deals and money changing hands. But most often, the failure is owing to a mythological structure called “representationism.” It requires that people see what officials do as “representing” the people, though they clearly do not. It is an ideological disguise that hides the ethical pollution (rather than corruption) to which political proposals or actions fall prey. The notion of ethical “pollution” signifies that each enactment includes counteractions that neutralize it. That happens, for instance, when proposals get bogged down in procedures so that the means prevent themselves from arriving at their proposed ends.

      • Missouri Governor Mike Parson Tries to Stick it Where the Sun Don’t Shine

        Note to Missouri governor Mike Parson: You’re getting this “Show-Me State” business all wrong.

        Parson tried to charge Elad Gross, a  candidate for state attorney general,  $3,618 for documents Gross requested under the state’s Sunshine Law, claiming more than 90 hours of required “research and processing” at $40 per hour. The “processing” involved having attorneys redact information from the requested documents. The state’s Supreme Court ruled against Parson last June.

      • Opinion | Justice Roberts Is Wrong: Federal Judges’ Conflicts of Interest Threaten the Entire Judiciary
      • Opinion | Bin Laden, Trump, and the American Empire

        The end of 2021 and the beginning of a new year is a convenient time to take stock of the causes of America’s decline.

      • Opinion | Now’s Our Chance—We Can Reverse Democracy’s Decline

        Seven out ten of Americans believe the U.S. democracy is “in crisis and at risk of failing.” And in this moment is our chance not only to pull back from the brink but to leap forward—aware that democracy is our “tap root” trouble: For progress on any of the crises weighing on us—whether climate, economic inequity, or lagging public health—depends on governance accountable to the American people.

      • Jayapal Warns ‘Our Democracy Doesn’t Survive’ Without Action on Voting Rights

        Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal stressed Thursday that the stakes couldn’t be higher for U.S. democracy as House and Senate Democrats pushed ahead with their last-ditch effort to pass voting rights legislation in the face of relentless GOP opposition.

        “Our democracy doesn’t survive without this,” Japayal (D-Wash.), the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CDC), said during a morning press call with fellow lawmakers from the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and the House Democratic Caucus.

      • Ohio Supreme Court Rules That GOP-Drawn District Maps Are Unconstitutional
      • Schumer Announces Procedural Plan That Will Lead to Vote on Filibuster Changes
      • Schumer Unveils Last-Ditch Plan to Force Floor Battle Over Voting Rights

        In a last-ditch push to overcome GOP obstruction, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer late Wednesday unveiled a plan to temporarily evade the filibuster and bring voting rights legislation to the floor of the upper chamber for debate.

        Outlined in an internal memo distributed to congressional Democrats, Schumer’s strategy involves several obscure procedural maneuvers that began Wednesday night in the House, which moved just before midnight to replace the text of an unrelated NASA bill with language from the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

      • Trump Is Still Casting Himself as the Victim to Keep Political Control
      • Manchin Joins Sinema in Destroying Democratic Hopes to Pass Voting Rights

        As conservative U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin on Thursday joined his right-wing Democratic colleague Kyrsten Sinema in announcing his opposition to abolishing the Senate filibuster, progressive observers excoriated the pair—who recently supported a filibuster carve-out to raise the debt ceiling—for obstructing their party’s landmark voting rights legislation.

        “Sinema and Manchin voted last month to abolish the filibuster for the debt ceiling—but won’t vote to abolish the filibuster for voting rights.”

      • ‘Shame on Her’: Sinema Sparks Fury by Choosing Filibuster Over Democracy

        Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was met with a torrent of outrage on Thursday after she delivered a floor speech reiterating her opposition to weakening the Senate’s 60-vote threshold, striking a major blow to her party’s plan to finally overcome Republican obstruction of voting rights legislation.

        “If Democrats re-elect her in Arizona in 2024, shame on them.”

      • Critics Lambaste Sinema’s Opposition to Filibuster Changes
      • “The Coming Coup”: Ari Berman on Republican Efforts to Steal Future Elections

        Mother Jones reporter Ari Berman warns the Republican Party is laying the groundwork to steal the 2022 midterms and future elections through a combination of gerrymandering, voter suppression and election subversion, that together pose a mortal threat to voting rights in the United States. Republicans, many of whom are election deniers, are campaigning for positions that hold immense oversight over the election process. “What’s really new here are these efforts to take over how votes are counted,” says Berman. “That is the ultimate voter suppression method, because if you’re not able to rig the election on the front end, you can throw out votes on that back end.”

      • There Are Many Ways to Steal a Midterm — and the GOP Is Laying the Groundwork
      • Fake GOP Elector Refuses to Explain Involvement in Electoral College Plot
      • “Biggest cyber breach in history” as techs scramble to be heard above Omicron din [Ed: A bit of a distraction from the greater perils]

        The devil child of the moment, if you want to call it that, is the very technically named Log4j computer vulnerability, which has left governments and corporations world wide open to attack and scrambling to patch, or repair, their systems. It is being called the biggest cyber security breach in history.

        With the news bandwidth consumed by Omicron and the public immured to cyber scare stories, the scale of the recent Log4j story and the implications it has for the secure operation of government services and infrastructure is only just becoming more broadly understood.

      • Google calls for new government action to protect open-source software projects [Ed: Meeting stacked by the worst culprits, as usual]

        Following a summit on open-source security hosted at the White House Thursday, Google has called for increasing government involvement in identifying and securing critical open-source software projects.

        In a blog post published shortly after the summit, Kent Walker, president for global affairs and chief legal officer at Google and Alphabet, said that collaboration between governmen

      • White House Convenes Open-Source Security Summit Amid Log4j Risks

        The virtual summit, led by deputy national security adviser Anne Neuberger, included executives from Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc., Meta Platforms Inc. and Microsoft Corp. , among others, along with specialist open-source software organizations such as GitHub Inc., the Apache Software Foundation and the Linux Open Source Foundation.

        The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the Commerce Department, the Defense Department and the Energy Department were among the federal agencies present.

      • Twitter, Meta among tech giants subpoenaed by Jan. 6 panel

        Months after requesting documents from more than a dozen social platforms, the House committee investigating the Capitol insurrection has issued subpoenas targeting Twitter, Meta, Reddit and YouTube after lawmakers said the companies’ initial responses were inadequate.

        The committee chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, demanded records Thursday from the companies relating to their role in allegedly spreading misinformation about the 2020 election and promoting domestic violent extremism on their platforms in the lead-up to the insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021.

      • Congress subpoenas Meta, Alphabet, Twitter, and Reddit over January 6th Capitol attack

        The committee requested records from dozens of companies on a voluntary basis last year, but it says the response from the aforementioned four has been “inadequate” so far. “Two key questions for the Select Committee are how the spread of misinformation and violent extremism contributed to the violent attack on our democracy, and what steps — if any — social media companies took to prevent their platforms from being breeding grounds for radicalizing people to violence. It’s disappointing that after months of engagement, we still do not have the documents and information necessary to answer those basic questions,” said committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) in a statement.

      • CSTO troops to complete withdrawal from Kazakhstan by January 19, Russian Defense Minister says

        The withdrawal from Kazakhstan Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) peacekeeping forces, which began on Thursday, January 13, will end by next Wednesday, January 19, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • ‘Menace to Public Health’: 270+ Doctors Denounce Covid Misinformation on Joe Rogan

        Doctors, healthcare workers, and scientists from around the world warned streaming company Spotify that its most listened-to podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” is endangering millions of people by giving a platform to guests who spread misinformation about Covid-19—without the company making an effort to correct false statements.

        “Though Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform, the company presently has no misinformation policy.”

      • ‘A Menace to Public Health’: Doctors Demand Spotify Puts an End to Covid Lies on ‘Joe Rogan Experience’

        Yet Rivera was even more horrified to discover that people in her life, whom she considered to be “quite wise and discerning,” were hoodwinked by Malone’s patina of academic credibility, considering his views on the vaccine legitimate. “When I saw they were falling victim to this, I spoke to some colleagues and we said something has to be done at this point,” she says.

        Rivera is one of 270 doctors, physicians, and science educators who signed an open letter calling on Spotify, which obtained exclusively streaming rights to the Joe Rogan Experience in a reported $100 million deal, to take action against misinformation on the platform, such as that contained in the interview with Malone. “With an estimated 11 million listeners per episode, JRE, which is hosted exclusively on Spotify, is the world’s largest podcast and has tremendous influence,” the letter reads. “Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform, though the company presently has no misinformation policy.”

      • Oath Keepers Founder Arrested on January 6 Sedition Charge
      • 11 Right-Wing Oath Keepers Charged With Seditious Acts Over Jan. 6 Plot

        Eleven members of the so-called “Oath Keepers”—including the right-wing extremist group’s leader—have been charged with seditious conspiracy for actions related to the January 6, 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol.

        The Department of Justice unsealed the indictment Thursday a day after it was handed down by a grand jury.

      • ‘Fuck Em’: Indictment Reveals Top Oath Keeper’s Reaction to Endangered Lawmakers on Jan. 6

        The indictment charges that Rhodes and 10 other co-conspirators “coordinated travel across the country to enter Washington, D.C., equipped themselves with a variety of weapons, donned combat and tactical gear, and were prepared to answer Rhodes’s call to take up arms at Rhodes’s direction.” While painting Rhodes as the ringleader, the indictment alleges that “some co-conspirators also amassed firearms on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., distributed them among ‘quick reaction force’ (‘QRF’) teams, and planned to use the firearms in support of their plot to stop the lawful transfer of presidential power.” (Read the full indictment embedded below.)

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Pennsylvania Court Reverses Student’s Expulsion Over A Snapchat Post, Reminds School Students Still Have Rights

        Do you want cheer fucked? Because this is how you get cheer fucked.

      • REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a Single Market For Digital Services (Digital Services Act) and amending Directive 2000/31/EC : (COM(2020)0825 – C9-0418/2020 – 2020/0361(COD))

        The Rapporteur welcomes the Commission’s proposal on a Digital Services Act. Digital services are an important backbone of our economy, bringing new opportunities for both consumers and businesses, using the various digital services on a daily basis.

        At the same time digital services have created serious challenges and risks. The nature, scale and importance of digital services for the economy and society have changed dramatically since the current legislation was put into place. An updated regulatory framework on digital services, establishing clear responsibilities is necessary to address these challenges and to ensure a level playing field in the digital Single Market and a safer digital space for the users.

        The Rapporteur acknowledges the horizontal nature of this Regulation, but at the same time considers that the one size fits all approach fails to tackle the problems with illegal products and services sold through online marketplaces. The Rapporteur is of the opinion that stricter rules on online marketplaces must be introduced in order to create a level playing field and ensure the principle of “what is illegal offline should also be illegal online”.

        The Rapporteur welcomes the Commission’s aim to increase the transparency of online advertisement and recommender systems, but is of the view that the Commission’s proposal lacks concrete obligations to ensure accountability and to prevent the amplification of illegal content. The Rapporteur thus sees a need to propose further transparency measures and requirements in order to ensure user protection by design and by default.

        Lastly, the Rapporteur welcomes the focus on the implementation and enforcement provisions and believes that given the cross-border nature of digital services, the hybrid enforcement model suggested by the Commission could ensure an effective and efficient enforcement of this Regulation. However, the Rapporteur finds it necessary to strengthen some provisions to ensure that no Member State becomes a safe haven for online platforms.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Opinion | After Decades of Delay, Canada’s National Child-Care Plan Proves Strong Public Systems Are Possible

        After decades of contentiousness, it’s surprising how quickly Canada’s new national child-care program has become as familiar and comfortable as your dog’s favourite squeeze-toy.

      • 200 Inmates Hunger Strike Over ‘Inhumane’ Rikers Island

        A hunger strike by around 200 prisoners at New York City’s Rikers Island jail entered its sixth day Thursday, as demonstrators continued to protest “deplorable” and dangerous conditions including lack of medical care during a surging Covid-19 outbreak at the notorious lockup, where 15 inmates died last year.

        “There’s no safety for us. There’s no one to help us. It’s scary in here.”

      • Confronting Christian Nationalism in the Spirit of Desmond Tutu

        In the wake of one visit, he sent a small postcard that my mom framed and placed on the bookcase near our front door. Every morning before school I would grab my glasses resting on that same bookcase and catch a glimpse of the archbishop’s handwritten note. This wasn’t inadvertent on my mom’s part. It was meant as a visual reminder that, if I was to call myself a Christian — which I did, serving as a Sunday school teacher from the age of 13 and a deacon at 16 — my responsibility was to advocate for policies that welcomed immigrants, freed those held captive by racism and injustice, and lifted the load of poverty.

        Given our present context, the timing of his death is all too resonant. Just over a year ago, the world watched as a mob besieged the U.S. Capitol, urged on by still-President Donald Trump and undergirded by decades of white racism and Christian nationalism. January 6th should have reminded us all that far from being a light to all nations, American democracy remains, at best, a remarkably fragile and unfinished project. On the first anniversary of that nightmare, the world is truly in need of moral leaders and defenders of democracy like Tutu.

      • Opinion | To Honor MLK’s Birthday, Senate Must Override Jim Crow Filibuster

        U.S. democracy is in crisis, as Republican supporters of the January 6th Capitol insurrection restrict or even eliminate democracy’s core tenet of one person, one vote. Former President Donald Trump is driving democracy’s demise, spouting the Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen from him through massive voter fraud. Countless audits, over 60 court cases and both Democratic and Republican state Secretaries of State confirmed President Joe Biden trounced Trump by over seven million votes.

      • The Texas Abortion Ban Could Usher in a Wave of Pregnancy-Related Deaths

        Since Texas the Senate bill banning abortion (SB 8) went into effect in September, the three full-spectrum doulas that work with the Dallas-based based Afiya Center have seen a troubling rise in the number of women forced to continue their pregnancies after being blocked from accessing abortion care. Women at 15 and 20 weeks of pregnancy, some of whom are victims of domestic violence, are having parenthood imposed upon them with little choice.

      • Lyra Mckee and the Truth That Breathes Beyond Borders

        To know Lyra McKee, you must first know something about the Troubles. They began in 1968 when Northern Ireland’s government – pro-British, mostly Protestant – started crushing the civil rights protests of the minority Catholic population, which had been shut out of jobs and political power. The resulting partisan fury between Catholic “Republicans” who wanted a free Ireland, and Protestant “Unionists,” proud to remain in the UK, metastasized into paramilitary groups led at one extremity by the Irish Republican Army [IRA], and the other by the Ulster Volunteer Force [UVF]. Their bombings and killings lasted 30 years until 1998, when the Good Friday Agreement was signed.

        Lyra was a “Ceasefire Baby,” one of thousands of children meant to thrive, free from violence and factional terror. But with “peace,” and the assurance that Northern Ireland remained in the United Kingdom, the UK Government settled into a policy of imperial neglect, further impoverishing the six northern Irish counties still under its control.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • America’s Struggling Satellite TV Companies Once Again Propose A Terrible MegaMerger

        For decades, like clockwork, somebody at Dish or DirecTV will try and float the idea that the two satellite TV companies should merge. Usually they’ll do this by seeding the idea at trusted news outlets that additional consolidation is just what the U.S. media sector needs. Granted regulators have always balked at the idea of a Dish and DirecTV merger, given that it would only reduce competition in the pay TV space, leading to more layoffs, more price hikes, and even worse customer service (cable TV customer service is among the worst in any industry anywhere thanks to this “growth for growth’s sake” mindset).

      • New Washington Law Requires Home Sellers Disclose Lack Of Broadband Access

        For decades the U.S. newswires have been peppered with stories where somebody bought a house after being told by their ISP it had broadband access, only to realize the ISP didn’t actually serve that address. Generally, the homeowner then realizes they have to spend a stupid amount of money to pay the local telecom monopoly to extend service.. or move again. Time after time, local ISPs are found to be flat out lying when they claim they can offer an essential utility (broadband), and the home buyer has little recourse thanks to the slow, steady erosion of U.S. state and federal telecom regulatory oversight.

      • Another Layer Of Centralization

        Moxie Marlinspike tried building “web3″ apps and reports on the experience in his must-read My first impressions of web3. The whole post is very perceptive, but the most interesting part reveals yet another way the allegedly decentralized world of cryptocurrencies is centralized.

        Below the fold, I explain the details of yet another failure of decentralization.

      • IFF releases the second edition of the Connectivity Tracker #MapTheDigitalDivide

        IFF’s #connectivitytracker for Jan 2022 is here! Our report provides an overview of the state of internet access from Jan 2020 to Oct 2021. In this edition of the report, we analyze the data on telecom and internet connectivity, the digital divide in the context of access to online education, and the progress of government schemes aimed at improving internet access. We also aim to collect data on internet shutdowns (for which we need your help).

    • Monopolies

      • Josh Hawley Was The Democrats’ Partner In Trying To Regulate Big Tech; Then The Public Realized He Was A Fascist

        Karl recently wrote about how Congress’ antitrust efforts are flailing (even with the plan to hold a hearing on Senators Klobuchar & Grassley’s antitrust bill) and one reason why the efforts have stumbled may be Senator Josh Hawley’s decision to really show off his fascist side.

      • It’s Deja Vu for Yet Another Misguided Tech Regulation Proposal – Disruptive Competition Project

        Substantive and procedural concerns in tech regulation bills in the House and Senate are starting to feel like deja vu for yet another misguided anti-tech proposal.

        On June 11, 2021, House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law Chairman Cicilline introduced H.R. 3816, the American Choice and Innovation Online Act, along with a number of other anti-tech bills. Despite concerns raised by the New Democratic Caucus to House Leadership and the Judiciary Committee requesting that a legislative hearing be held on these bills, these bills were rushed to a marathon 48-hour markup, less than two weeks after introduction. During the markup, on June 23-24, 2021, many members of the House Judiciary Committee complained about the process and not having time to understand the bills before being forced to vote. Nevertheless, all six bills were voted out by House members of both parties and are waiting for floor consideration.


        The prohibition on treating products, services, and lines of businesses differently in S. 2992, as discussed previously on DisCo, could bring an abrupt end to the digital conveniences that Americans have come to know, enjoy, and rely upon during the pandemic. There is a disjunct between the small faction in the Congress that is leading members down the primrose path that ultimately will make its members walk the plank and kill these tech services as we know them by voting for this bill and the U.S. voters, who value these services. Voters will be the bellwether as to which course was correct.

        But the problems surrounding this bill listed above are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the untold consequences that can result from its passage. Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results is futile, among other things. Rather than have a repeat of the 28-hour markup over two days that played out in June 2021, why not hold a hearing to allow the public and other interested stakeholders to provide input? If Senators believe the bill is in the best interest of the American people, it need not be the subject of another rush job.

      • Patents

        • BRAIN Biotech AG: BRAIN-Engineered-Cas (BEC) Considered a Patentable Technology
        • BRAIN Biotech AG: BRAIN-Engineered-Cas (BEC) Considered a Patentable Technology [Ed: EPO pretends that life and nature are “inventions” meriting a patent monopoly]

          Zwingenberg, Germany, January 11th, 2022. BRAIN Biotech AG (“BRAIN”) received an international search report and a written opinion from the European Patent Office (EPO) as international searching authority (ISA). The favorable written opinion states that the BRAIN-Engineered-Cas (BEC) nucleases for which patent protection is sought under the Patent Corporation Treaty (PCT) are – with regard to the BEC nuclease sequences – inventive, are industrially applicable and are also not otherwise excluded from patent protection. Hence, the respective sequences of the BEC nucleases are considered patentable by the EPO.

        • Profits Over People: Why Weren’t the Vaccine Manufacturers Nationalized?

          On January 20, 2021, the day Trump left office, 392,641 people had died of Covid; as of December 18, 2021, 411,359 people died during the first 11 months of Biden presidency – and Biden has another three years in office.

          Often forgot, during the seven years of World War II (1939-1945), 407,316 U.S. military personnel were killed.

        • John Nichols on How “Coronavirus Criminals & Pandemic Profiteers” Hurt World’s Response to COVID-19

          We speak with The Nation’s national affairs correspondent John Nichols on the occasion of his new book, “Coronavirus Criminals and Pandemic Profiteers: Accountability for Those Who Caused the Crisis,” which takes aim at the CEOs and political figures who put profits over people during the coronavirus pandemic. The chapters cover notorious figures such as former President Trump, Mike Pompeo, Jared Kushner and Jeff Bezos. “In the United States alone, hundreds of thousands of deaths occurred that did not have to occur,” says Nichols. “Globally it’s in the millions, and the U.S. could have played a huge role in addressing that.”

        • Confessions of a “Human Guinea Pig”: Professor Quits Vaccine Trial over Moderna’s Corporate Greed

          Jeremy Menchik, a self-described “human guinea pig” who volunteered for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine trials, dropped out to protest the company’s greed in reaping profits from the ongoing pandemic while doing little to resolve global vaccine inequity. Menchik is launching a new website — mrna4all.org — where other vaccine trial participants can join the effort to pressure vaccine makers to scale up production to vaccinate the world. “That they have to be accountable to their guinea pigs and they have to advance policies for public health not just private profit … I think that must be unnerving to them,” says Menchik, an associate professor at Boston University. “We have to treat this pandemic as a global crisis, as a global public health emergency.”

        • After Year of Vaccine Profiteering, Pfizer Hikes Prices on 125 Drugs

          After raking in enormous profits from its coronavirus vaccine in 2021, the U.S.-based pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has kicked off the new year by hiking the prices of more than 120 of its drugs, resulting in significantly higher costs for patients amid a deadly pandemic.

          That’s according to a new report released Thursday by Patients for Affordable Drugs (P4AD), which found that pharmaceutical companies have raised the prices of 554 medicines this month alone. Pfizer led the way with 125 price hikes to start 2022, leading P4AD to label the company the industry’s “poster child for greed.”

      • Trademarks

      • Copyrights

        • Major Online Services Help Identify Pirate Streaming Site Operators

          DISH Network and Sling TV are homing in on the alleged operators of SportsBay.org, SportsBay.tv, Live-NBA.stream, and Freefeds.com. In an amended complaint filed this week, the companies now name two defendants who were unmasked after Google, Cloudflare, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, domain companies and others complied with subpoenas.

        • Google ‘Censors’ The Pirate Bay and Other Pirate Domains in Several Countries

          For several years Google refused to completely remove pirate site domain names from its search results, but that is no longer the case. After removing The Pirate Bay in the Netherlands, similar measures were taken for France, Brazil, and Norway. These removals, which are rooted in ISP blocking orders, also affect many other pirate sites. Meanwhile, law firms in Sweden and the UK have submitted similar requests.

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