Links 3/2/2022: GNU C Library 2.35 and Zorin OS 16 Education

Posted in News Roundup at 5:28 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • System76 Linux workstation looks ready for gaming, too | Ars Technica

        System76′s latest Linux laptop combines one of AMD’s most powerful 5000 series mobile CPUs with Nvidia’s mid-range RTX 3060. Configurable to up to $3,442, the Kudu targets Linux users who have a lot of work to do, while quietly nodding at those who like to play games every now and then, too.

        The 15.6-inch Kudu is the second-priciest offering in System76′s laptop lineup. It comes with an octa-core AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, which has a base clock speed of 3.3 GHz and a boost of up to 4.6 GHz.


        However, you can find cheaper Windows-based gaming laptops with similar power. And at its base configuration, the Kudu has 8GB of memory and just 240GB of storage but is still a pricey $1,800.

        Connectivity may disappoint, as there’s no Thunderbolt 4, like in System76′s Oryx Pro. Instead, the Kudu comes with USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C and A, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, USB 2.0 Type-A, Mini DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI, and two audio jacks. There’s also Ethernet, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.

    • Linux Magazine

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Delays hold back AMD HIP Linux GPU Acceleration for Blender 3.2 release

        Blender 3.0 introduced AMD HIP acceleration to the Cycles X render coding due to the removal of OpenCL. The support from AMD for Blender was restricted to Windows systems only, with probably Linux support added for Blender 3.1. However, AMD’s delay on drivers means that the HIP Linux support is now anticipating a launch with Blender 3.2. Blender 3.1 will launch in March 2022.

      • ACPI Platform Profile support for Lenovo AMD-based systems on Linux is broken

        ACPI Platform Profile support on Linux allows users to balance power or performance choices with modern laptops on the Linux platform. In general, it has worked without error across several devices experimented but is now malfunctioning with AMD Ryzen powered Lenovo systems.

        ACPI Platform Profile support permits users to select the power, balance, and power-savings preferences, along with other potential profiles, on Linux with current kernel activity that witnesses direct support obtainable for leading laptop brands such as Lenovo, Dell, and ASUS, to name a few. The consumer’s profile preference is controlled from inside a sysfs interface. Desktops like KDE Plasma and GNOME have already added suitable user interfaces to arrange it adequately from the system settings location.

      • Linux kernel drivers and Yocto public online courses now available for US/America time zones – Bootlin’s blog

        Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, we have been offering our popular training courses online to our customers, in both public sessions (opened to individual registration) and dedicated sessions (organized on-demand for our customers, at their choice of date/time).

      • The final 4.4 stable kernel has been released

        With a more lengthy than usual message, Greg Kroah-Hartman has released the 4.4.302 stable kernel; it will be the last from the stable kernel team in the 4.4.x series. “Do not use it anymore unless you really know what you are doing.” He notes that the Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP) project is considering maintaining 4.4 into the future; those interested should contact CIP. He also added some statistics showing a nearly six-year lifetime for the branch with 8.44 changes per day from over 3500 developers.

    • Applications

      • PipeWire 0.3.45

        This is a bugfix release that is API and ABI compatible with previous 0.3.x releases.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Build your own container on Linux | Opensource.com

        Containers are run in the cloud. That’s because container technology allows websites and web apps to spawn fresh copies of themselves as demand increases. They’re the reason hundreds of millions of people can use popular sites without those sites buckling under the pressure of global traffic. Containers are a Linux technology, meaning that they rely on code (specifically cgroups and namespaces) unique to the Linux kernel, so when you run a container, you’re running Linux. Using container images from sites like quay.io and dockerhub.io, most people build new containers specific to their application or use case. But that makes some people wonder: If my container comes from a developer building on top of another developer’s container, where do those containers come from? Don’t worry, it’s not turtles all the way down. You can build a container from scratch, and there’s a great open source tool called Buildah to help you do it.

      • How to Change the Lockscreen Wallpaper on Ubuntu

        At one point or another, if you’ve ever worked with computers, you’ve wanted to personalize your computer to reflect your likes, dislikes or hobbies. While the customization options on Windows leave little to the imagination, there aren’t many options with Ubuntu 20.04 right out of the box. If you want to go beyond the default tools, you have a plethora of customization applications that can transform the look and feel of your desktop into something completely new.

        In Ubuntu desktop settings, you can change your desktop wallpaper and move the icons around, but not much more. So, what about the lock screen? There are no built-in options to customize that. If you want to update the wallpaper on the lock screen of your Ubuntu 20.04, I will guide you on how to do that.

      • Using GeckoLinux to resurrect my old nettop | Fitzcarraldo’s Blog

        In 2010 so-called smart TVs were not really that smart. I still had a large Sony Trinitron TV with a CRT, and I wanted to see if I could use the nettop with it. I bought a DVB-T USB adapter to enable the nettop to access digital terrestrial television, and I installed XBMC (now called KODI). I installed the now-defunct Sabayon Linux, and had a hell of a job getting ASRock’s CIR [Windows] MCE (Media Center Edition) remote to work. ASRock only released a driver (lirc_wb677) for the Nuvoton w836x7hg CIR chip in the nettop for Ubuntu 9.10, 10.04 and 10.10, and I had to patch it to get it to work with LIRC in Sabayon Linux. Later that year developer Jarrod Wilson released the first version of a new driver named nuvoton-cir for the Nuvoton w836x7hg chip, and in 2011 I had another struggle to get that working with LIRC and XBMC in Sabayon Linux.
        To be able to use the DVB-T USB adapter I installed Tvheadend in Sabayon Linux, which worked well, although the adapter needed to be connected to the house TV aerial in order to provide good reception, i.e. the small indoor aerial supplied with the DVB-T adapter was next to useless.
        I bought a VGA-to-Composite Video converter to connect the nettop’s D-Sub VGA socket to the TV’s composite video input. The Linux Desktop displayed on the CRT TV screen was OK-ish but, as you would expect, not comparable to the display on a TFT monitor.
        Basically, I was not satisfied with the result, and the nettop went back into its box after very little use. I did get it out briefly in 2016 to upgrade the 2GB RAM (two 1GB modules) to the maximum allowable 4GB (two 2GB modules) in case I might want to use the nettop in future. With two 2GB RAM modules the nettop detects 3327MB of RAM, which limits what can be done with it.
        When ‘proper’ smart TVs came onto the market, there was no longer any incentive to use an HTPC; everything and more that a nettop HTPC did could be done by a smart TV. In 2015 I succumbed and bought an LG smart TV, added a USB 1TB HDD, connected my DVD player to the TV and forgot about the nettop. The LG TV developed a fault three years later. I fixed it but its lack of catch-up TV apps for some of the main TV stations became irritating so, three years ago, I bought a new TV. The media player on the TV (a FINLUX TV) cannot play FLAC music files, and the Web browser is very slow with a buggy UI, so I began thinking about resurrecting the ASRock nettop in order to be able to browse the Web properly on my TV and to play my music flles through the TV’s sound bar. I finally got around to doing this recently, so here is the story…

      • How to Manually Mount/UnMount a USB Device on Ubuntu 20.04 and 22.04 – VITUX

        When you connect a USB drive to our system, it is usually mounted automatically and a directory with your user name is created under the media folder. You can also access it through your system’s file manager. Unfortunately, this is not always the case; sometimes you need to manually mount the USB drive in your system to access it.

        In this tutorial, we will explain how to manually mount and unmount a USB drive to your system. The commands and steps described in this article were run on an Ubuntu 20.04 LTS system. The same commands also work on Ubuntu 22.04.

      • How to Install Matomo Web Analytics Tool on Debian – VITUX

        Matomo, formerly Piwik, is a free, open-source web analytics software tool. It is designed to provide you with key insights into your website’s visitor behavior and to help you understand the data collected to make informed decisions. Matomo also includes a Super Search feature for quick, simple, and automated data search across multiple websites.

        Matomo provides several reports such as daily, weekly, and monthly visitors stats; top referring sites; social media stats like Facebook advertising campaign performance or Twitter follower growth; visitor demographics and geographical location info, etc.
        It also offers a detailed analysis of your visitors’ behavior on your site—their actions and engagement time spent on pages—in order to see what works well for you or what could use some improvement.

        Matomo is perfect for service providers like web agencies, developers of eCommerce websites, and blog owners to analyze visitor behavior on the website. It works along with almost every common CMS and other content management system (CMS) like WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla.

        Matomo is written in PHP and fully compatible with Apache, Microsoft IIS Web Server, or Nginx. It uses MySQL or PostgreSQL to store data on a database server and can be used, according to its own website, “along with most popular programming languages”. Matomo also supports real-time analytics with real-time visitor tracking. In addition, Matomo supports various types of tracking tags for remarketing campaigns. Matomo supports mobile app install tracking and mobile app tracking for Android and iOS applications.

        Matomo is a must-have data collection tool for monitoring and enhancement of online lead generation campaigns, user interaction analysis, and website performance analysis.

        But you’re trying to install matomo web analytics on Debian but it doesn’t seem to be working. If you read through the article below, you will find a lot of useful and easy tips from experienced users who have successfully installed Matomo on Debian. You will learn how to install matomo in a way that works for your unique environment.

      • How to Play Your Music Collection From the Linux Command Line

        Even in these days of cloud-based streaming music platforms like Amazon Music and Spotify, the chances are you’ll still want to play something from your local collection of audio files from time to time. Perhaps you have something so obscure the streaming services don’t have it. Or you ask for a particular track and they keep playing you the live version, or the extended remix, or any of the other variations when all you really want is the plain old as-first-released album track.

        Of course, Linux is well served with music players. Rhythmbox, Clementine, and Strawberry are fully-featured, sophisticated, and polished applications for managing your music collections. As well as playing your music they’ll do things like search for and download missing album art, play podcasts and internet radio, and edit the meta-data in the files themselves.

        But what if you want to access your music collection from a terminal window, without the overhead of a fully-loaded music player? Music on Console, or MOC, is a program that allows you to do just that. It loads in the blink of an eye, lets you search your music collection, find what you want to play, and just play it.

      • How To Install Apache Cassandra on AlmaLinux 8 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Apache Cassandra on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Apache Cassandra is a free and open-source distributed NoSQL database management system. Generally, it is used as a real-time data store for transactional applications and as a read-intensive database. It supports relational databases including MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Microsoft SQL.

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

      • How To Set Hostname In Docker Compose | Docker Compose Tutorial | Itsubuntu.com

        In this docker-compose tutorial, we will show you how to set a hostname in Docker Compose.

        Docker is a platform as a service (PaaS) product that delivers software in packages called containers. A container is a standard unit of software that contains code and all its dependencies. Containers help the application to run in any environment without any issues. . A Docker container image is a package of software that includes everything needed to run an application.

      • Fix “remote Http Basic Access Denied” Error : GitLab “Fatal Authentication Failure” Error | Itsubuntu.com

        Tutorial to fix “remote HTTP basic access denied” error while trying to push code changes on Gitlab.

        Nothing is error-free these days. One system working fine at the moment might not work the next moment. The same goes for GitLab too as sometimes you might have fatal authentication failure errors while trying to push your code changes to your Gitlab account.

      • BpyTOP: an Htop and Top Alternative for Raspberry PI

        Monitoring a computer resources can help to better understand issues when your device is going to be slow or freezing. BpyTOP on Raspberry PI makes available an enhanced and interactive resources monitoring tool that you will love

        In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to install BpyTOP on Raspberry PI.

        Before starting, if you connect your Raspberry PI from a remote SSH connection please check that your SSH software supports TrueColor. For example, Puty supports TrueColor from version 0.71, so you will have to install the new Putty version if it has a lower version.

      • How To Install QGIS Desktop 3.22 On Ubuntu / Fedora | Tips On UNIX

        This tutorial will useful for beginners to download QGIS and install QGIS desktop 3.22 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Ubuntu 22.04, and Fedora 35.

        QGIS is a free and open-source cross-platform desktop geographic information system (GIS) application that supports viewing, editing, and analysis of geospatial data.

        QGIS is available for Linux, UNIX, macOS, Windows, Android and supports numerous vector, database formats, and functionalities.

      • What Linux Version Am I Using ? – Check Linux Version

        This may seem like a question you would already know the answer to, but when you are connecting to Linux systems via SSH rather than interacting with a desktop environment then there are occasions when you may need to check what Linux version you are using. Luckily there are many Linux commands for checking the Linux version installed on your system.

        In this article we will explore some of the ways you can check what Linux OS version you are using. If you are looking to check what Linux kernel you have installed then we already covered how to check the Linux kernel version.

    • Games

      • Steam gets a few useful UI tweaks to show Cloud Sync status and Game Install Size | GamingOnLinux

        Ahead of the Steam Deck release, it seems the desktop client for Steam is getting a few handy UI changes too.

        In one of the most recent upgrades to the opt-in Steam Client Beta, a small but very useful change came in to let you actually see the required space of a game on the Library page before downloading. It’s such a small change, but a very welcome one for when you’re quickly flicking through your thousands-strong library to pick something to install.

      • New Unity developer needed for Inscryption, work may include a Linux port | GamingOnLinux [Ed: This is a Microsoft Mono trap]

        Do you have experience with the Unity game engine? Well, Daniel Mullins Games are hiring to continue future development of Inscryption and the job description looked pretty interesting.

        What is Inscryption? It’s described as “an inky black card-based odyssey that blends the deckbuilding roguelike, escape-room style puzzles, and psychological horror into a blood-laced smoothie. Darker still are the secrets inscrybed upon the cards… “. It released back in October 2021 and quickly became popular. With an Overwhelmingly Positive review score on Steam from over 50,000 players!

      • Best Way To Get Discord Overlay In Games [2022] | Itsubuntu.com

        Discord is software that is used for VoIP and instant messaging purposes. In this discord tutorial, we will show you the method to get discord overlay in games.

      • The Hand of Merlin RPG coming to Linux officially, sometime March onwards | GamingOnLinux

        The developers of The Hand of Merlin, a turn-based rogue-lite RPG in which Arthurian legend meets with sci-fi horror, have confirmed their plans for the full release.

        It’s getting closer to the big 1.0 to leave Early Access and keeping up with their previous confirmation, they do plan to support Linux (and macOS) officially too. In the development post, their team mentioned however their final release has been pushed back to sometime this “Spring” to not butt-heads with some of the bigger games releasing, and to give them more time to polish the game.

      • Godot Engine – Release candidate: Godot 3.4.3 RC 1

        In parallel to our work on Godot 3.5 (with a first beta) and 4.0 (and finally alpha 1!), we backport important fixes to the stable 3.4 branch for use in production.

        A number of such fixes have been queued since the 3.4.2 release, so we’re getting ready to release Godot 3.4.3, and this first Release Candidate is your chance to help us validate it.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • GNOME Shell Removes its Curvy Panel Corners – OMG! Ubuntu!

          GNOME Shell’s unique panel corners are being retired after more than a decade of decorating peoples desktops.

          If you haven’t used a vanilla GNOME session you might not know what these are. Many downstreams, including Ubuntu, patch out this subtle frame in their respective Shell .css.

          See if you can spot the panel corners in this screenshot of stock GNOME Shell running on Fedora:

    • Distributions

      • Zorin OS 16 Education is a Linux Distro That Makes Learning More Accessible – It’s FOSS News

        Zorin OS 16 was one of the most impressive distro releases in 2021. You might want to learn more about Zorin OS 16 and Zorin OS 16 lite, if you are curious.

        Now, after a while, the Zorin OS team finally decided to release the Education edition of Zorin OS 16.

        You should expect all the improvements to Zorin OS 16 along with specific modifications to tailor it for education.

        Note that the Education edition of Zorin OS 16 is completely free to download. You get a separate Lite version for older computers as well.

      • Zorin OS 16 Education Launches with New Educational Apps, System Improvements

        The Zorin OS 16 Education edition comes pre-loaded with all sorts of educational software and learning tools, and it targets pre-schools, primary and secondary schools, as well as any other educational environment that wants to install a free and Open Source operating system on their computers.

        Leveraging all the new features and enhancements shipped in Zorin OS 16, the Education edition includes several new educational apps, such as the powerful Kolibri app that gives you instant access to a huge, ready-to-download library of educational content like books, videos, and interactive lessons in different languages.

      • New Releases

        • After 2 Years of Development, Peppermint OS Is Here with a New Release

          With this new release, Peppermint OS switches from using LXDE to Xfce as its default desktop environment.

          Peppermint OS is a Linux distro based on Debian that aims to provide a familiar environment for newcomers to Linux. It’s a minimalistic Linux distro that demands fewer hardware resources thus an excellent choice for the older machine.

          Being based on Debian, Peppermint OS brings some familiar concepts along with it to the table, namely the fact that you start with a fully operational LiveCD that brings you to a default desktop from which you can give it a spin.

          Today, the new version of Peppermint OS finally becomes available, and surprisingly it comes without a version number.

        • Archcraft February Release Available

          New ISO of Archcraft is now available to download.

          Not a major Release, Just updated the ISO.


          Updated Alacritty Configs
          Updated Dunst Configs
          Updated Few Scripts
          Updated the configs for all Window Managers
          Screenshots in clipboard

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • How to prepare content for Red Hat Satellite

          In this post, we will configure Red Hat Satellite to manage content for our Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) environment. We will enable RHEL repositories on Satellite and define a RHEL lifecycle.

        • Build a REST API from the ground up with Quarkus 2.0

          It’s been almost a year since Red Hat Developer published Build an API using Quarkus from the ground up. That article tried to provide a single full reference implementation of an OpenAPI-compliant REST API using Quarkus. Since then, there’s been a major version release of Quarkus, with new features that make building and maintaining a Quarkus-based REST API much easier. In this article, you will revisit the Customer API from the previous article and see how it can be improved thanks to advances in Quarkus.

          In creating this article, we made an effort to remain aware of a subtle consideration in any development effort: you always need to keep an eye on your imports. Whenever you add imports, you should consciously attempt to limit your exposure to third-party libraries, focusing on staying in the abstraction layers such as the MicroProfile abstractions. Remember, every library you import is your responsibility to care for and update.

        • Rucksack: A Python tool that stores your favorite Linux one-liners | Enable Sysadmin

          Sysadmins love their one-liners. In fact, one of Enable Sysadmin’s most popular articles of 2021 was 20 one-line Linux commands to add to your toolbox. I was trying to remember one of my more esoteric command strings a few years ago when I realized that keeping all of those one-liners straight can be a cognitive burden. Do you try to remember them? Maybe you simply bookmark your favorite ones or maintain a useful_stuff.txt file on your desktop, as I did for years?

        • IT careers: Is it time to join The Great Resignation?

          As we approach the two-year mark since COVID-19 first disrupted our world, many people are reevaluating their priorities and their feelings about work. The familiar office setting where we formerly socialized with colleagues, discussed projects face-to-face, and collaborated daily has been replaced with a remote work world in which work/life boundaries are often fuzzy or even non-existent.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Ubuntu vs. elementary OS: Which Is the Right Linux Distro for You?

          When one thinks about open-source desktop OSes, the buck stops at Linux. The Linux kernel has spawned numerous use case-specific distros; Ubuntu and elementary OS continue to be some of the best options available in the Linux universe.

          While both distros continue to command respect, nonetheless, they continue to battle it out on the battlefield. Both distros have unique points of mention, which make them stand out in their respective categories.

          Here’s a comparison between Ubuntu and elementary OS to make your decision simpler.

        • Ubuntu 22.04 Dailies Show an Ubuntu Pro Notification on Login – OMG! Ubuntu!

          When I wrote about the new “Ubuntu Pro” section in Ubuntu 22.04‘s software settings panel I said the banner wasn’t a nag screen or a desktop notification but something you had to go out of your way to see.

          Not so in the latest daily builds of the Jammy Jellyfish.

          Upon login today I was greeted by a desktop notification asking if I ‘want to enable Ubuntu Pro?’.

          Two actions are available when click on the notification: “Don’t remind me again” and “Enable Ubuntu Pro” (though thanks to a bug the notification will appear on every login even if you click “don’t remind me” – but that will get fixed soon).

        • Ubuntu 22.04 May Offer a Choice of System Accent Colour – OMG! Ubuntu!

          A choice of system accent colour could be on offer in Ubuntu 22.04 when it arrives this spring.

          Developers are currently considering patching in support to let users pick an accent colour used within the Yaru theme. A palette of pre-set colours would be available to pick from, similar to those macOS and Windows 11 offer their users, as inline with similar approaches taken by downstream distros like elementary OS and Linux Mint.

          Which is pretty exciting.

        • The Edge of the Cloud is Now in Space
        • The Edge of the Cloud is Now in Space

          The server was reconfigured to launch a Canonical Ubuntu virtual machine that stored data and ran an application that blockchained the results, which were sent back to Earth.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Raspberry Pi Imager 1.7 Released with New Advanced Settings, Zstd Support, and More

        Raspberry Pi Imager 1.7 follows hot on the hills of the stable release of the 64-bit Raspberry Pi OS and introduces support for downloading and flashing all variants of Raspberry Pi OS 64-bit, though the 32-bit variant remains the recommended one for now.

        Several new advanced settings are present in this update, such as support for the cloudinit format used by the Ubuntu Server operating system, support for specifying a username, support for hidden Wi-Fi SSIDs, support for multi-line authorized_keys, as well as the ability to set username and password separately from SSH.

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • Forget Sudoku, Build Yourself A Minimalist Rubik’s Solver Robot | Hackaday

          Some people like crossword puzzles, some are serious sudoku ninjas, but [Andrea Favero] likes to keep himself sharp, by learning coding and solving control problems, and that is something we can definitely relate to. When learning a new platform, it’s a very good idea to have a substantial project or goal in mind, and learn what is needed on the way there. [Andrea] chose to build an autonomous Rubik’s cube solver, and was kind enough to document exactly how how to do it, and we’re glad of it!

        • PCB Stepper Motor Micro Robots | Hackaday

          [Kevin Lynagh] is interested in tiny PCB stepper motors, and after reviewing the various projects and patents to-date, decided to give it a try himself. These are basically a stepper motor that’s been unrolled and made flat — traces on the PCB act as the coils and tiny magnetic “robots” act as the rotor.

        • Arduino Activated Automotive Aerodynamic Apparatus is… (Spoiler Alert!)

          Sometimes a great hack is great for no other reason than that it’s fun, and [Michael Rechtin]’s DIY Active Aero Spoiler and Air Brake certainly qualifies as a fun hack. This is a mod designed to live in a world where looks are everything, stickers add horsepower, and a good sound system is more important than good wheel alignment. Why is that? Because like the switch that exists only to activate the mechanism that turns it off, the DIY Active Aero Spoiler and Air Brake seen below is almost completely useless. So to understand its allure, we must understand its inspiration.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • So… How do you get started with open source contributions?

        Hey! In this post I’ve shared my personal experience with contributing to open source projects. I’m still a learner, and probably will be one for rest of my life. But I believe I’m beyond that point where I was confused about “how do I even start”. I’m recording my experience in hope that it proves to be useful to someone else.

        Since this post is meant to record my personal experience and observations, I have glossed over some commonly known practices like looking for good first issues, or learning basics of the toolchain you’ll be using. I find those advice to be abundantly available on the internet.


        By now, you probably have some idea about how to go about making your initial contributions to your favorite project.

        Once you make your first successful contribution, you feel lot more confident. You feel motivated to take on bigger tasks, and become active in discussions. You should have already realized that this is a team effort. You work with constant back and forth reviews and suggestions. The more you participate, the more you learn. Probably for this reason, I like joining different channels and stalking their discussions. (even if I don’t understand half the technical terms they use!)

        This was a beginner sharing his experience for other beginners. Hoping this post cleared up your doubts and you feel more confident about stepping into the world of open source software development!

      • OpenStack-to-the-edge darling StarlingX hits 6.0 • The Register

        StarlingX, an open-source platform for edge computing based on OpenStack, has hit release 6.0 with a Linux Kernel upgrade plus security and deployment enhancements to make it easier to manage systems.

        The StarlingX project offers a complete software stack for edge and IoT deployments, with support for code running in containers or virtual machines. It was started by Intel and Wind River, but is now an independent project supported by the Open Infrastructure Foundation, with code available under the Apache 2 licence.

        Companies using StarlingX in production systems include T-Systems, Verizon and Vodafone, with the code freely available to download from the StarlingX website.


        StarlingX is described as being suitable for a wide range of edge use cases and applications from telecoms through retail to industrial IoT. It supports ultra-low latency, extremely high service uptime, and small-footprint deployments.

        The Open Infrastructure Foundation’s Ildiko Vancsa, who is senior manager for its Community & Ecosystem division, said of the release: “StarlingX is already delivering the essential functionality to build out infrastructure from the core to the edge by providing a robust, flexible and scalable foundation with OpenStack that can be used to build your central cloud as well as get installed on the edge to manage a smaller pool of resources.”

      • Onehouse emerges with managed Apache Hudi data lake service

        One of the original creators of the Hudi project at Uber has launched a new company that is set to bring a managed service to market to operationalize cloud data lakes.


        Vinoth Chandar: We built Hudi during the hyper-growth stage at Uber as a way for the company to scale its data lake and bring in data transactions faster. We made Hudi feel more like a data warehouse than just a data lake. Over the last four years, the Hudi community has grown and has helped to pioneer new transactional data lake capabilities.

        What we routinely see in the community is that it still takes a lot of time for companies to operationalize their data lakes. We felt like we can actually create value here by creating a managed service that can help you get started.

        Onehouse is not about being an enterprise Hudi company, it’s more about helping companies to get started with data lakes, with open data formats, without the need that Uber had to make to get Hudi started.

      • How OSI will renew its Board of Directors in 2022 [Ed: Last time OSI tried running an election it failed repeatedly, but now this…]

        Following the experts’ recommendation last year, we’re logically separating the two elections more clearly, although we currently don’t have the capacity to run elections at separate times. We’ll consider that option again in the future.

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Update on Firefox Reality

            Mozilla’s mission is to make sure the Internet remains open and accessible to all. Four years ago, we launched Firefox Reality, a browser for mixed reality, and our exploration in browsing in new and emerging realities. We’ve been at the forefront of developing new technologies, like WebVR and WebAR, and in some instances, Mozilla continues to remain the host and incubator of those new technologies, as with Hubs. With other technologies, we find communities and organizations where our projects can continue to grow and contribute to the web like WebAssembly, Rust and Servo. Today, we’re delighted to announce that the Firefox Reality browser technology will continue under Igalia where they will uphold the same principles we started when we created Firefox Reality — an open source browser that respects your privacy.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • Breath of fresh air: v7.3 of LibreOffice boasts improved file importing and rendering

          Six months after LibreOffice 7.2, version 7.3 is out with faster and more accurate file importing and rendering for improved compatibility with Microsoft Office.

          The new release is the latest “fresh” version. The Document Foundation also offers a “still” edition, which is based on an older but more extensively tested release; it’s currently on version 7.1.8. The differences aren’t that dramatic – without rehashing the release notes, these are point releases, so don’t expect huge changes.

          It has better support for importing Microsoft Office documents, and lots of relatively modest improvements in diagrams, charts, hyperlink support, and more. If you really push Microsoft’s offering hard, LibreOffice probably isn’t for you, but if like most of us you barely scratch the surface of what it can do, you will probably be fine with LibreOffice.

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

          • GNU C Library 2.35 released

            Version 2.35 of the GNU C Library has been released. New features include Unicode 14.0.0 support, support for the C.UTF-8 locale, a bunch of new math functions, support for restartable sequences, and much more; see the announcement for details.

          • GNU C Library – News: The GNU C Library version 2.35 is now available [Savannah]
            The GNU C Library version 2.35 is now available 
            The GNU C Library 
            The GNU C Library version 2.35 is now available. 
            The GNU C Library is used as the C library in the GNU system and 
            in GNU/Linux systems, as well as many other systems that use Linux 
            as the kernel. 
            The GNU C Library is primarily designed to be a portable 
            and high performance C library.  It follows all relevant 
            standards including ISO C11 and POSIX.1-2017.  It is also 
            internationalized and has one of the most complete 
            internationalization interfaces known. 
            The GNU C Library webpage is at http://www.gnu.org/software/libc/ 
            Packages for the 2.35 release may be downloaded from: 
            The mirror list is at http://www.gnu.org/order/ftp.html 
          • GNU RCS 5.10.1 available
            release notes:
              Maintenance release.  We welcome Efraim Flashner, Christoph Karl,
              and Ray Bellis to the THANKS file.
            README excerpt:
              GNU RCS (Revision Control System) manages multiple revisions of files.
              RCS can store, retrieve, log, identify, and merge revisions.
              It is useful for files that are revised frequently, e.g.,
              programs, documentation, graphics, and papers.
            NEWS for 5.10.1 (2022-02-02):
              - distribution now .tar.lz only
                If you have GNU tar, you can use "tar xf" and it will DTRT.
                If not, you can use "lzip -dc TARBALL | tar xf -" to unpack it.
              - bug fix: handle unexpected byte in edit script (rlog)
                Previously, a comma-v file w/ an unexpected (non-'a', non-'d')
                dispatch byte in the edit script would cause rlog to segfault.
                Now, rlog displays an error message w/ diagnostic and aborts.
                The segfault is a regression brought by RCS 5.8 (2011-08-30).
                RCS 5.7 (1995-06-16) would abort correctly, but used a different
                diagnostic message -- "bad diff output line" -- that did not
                include line number information.
                Thus, because of the new (line number) info, new test t303 fails
                for RCS 5.7 as well.  Test number 3xx is for rlog functionality
                and not a regression, even though the problem has regression
                nature, too.
              - portability fix: use ‘SIGSTKSZ’ more gingerly
                Some versions of this <sys/sigstack.h> element cannot be used
                in the CONDITION portion of a preprocessor-conditional (‘#if’)
                construct.  No problem, we found another way.
              - misc portability tweaks via gnulib
                As usual, GNU gnulib provides the right amount of buffer between
                the Ideal and the Real worlds.  Thanks, gnulib.
              - bootstrap/maintenance tools
                 GNU gnulib 2022-01-27 07:00:41
                 GNU texinfo 6.8
                 GNU Automake 1.16.5
                 GNU Autoconf 2.71
                as before:
            tarballs and detached signatures:
            source code:
          • Leibniz University Hannover joins the GNU Health Alliance of Academic and Research Institutions | MeanMicio

            GNU Solidario and Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH) are now partners in GNU Health, the Libre digital health ecosystem.

            This agreement makes the German university a member of the GNU Health Alliance of academic and research institutions, to work on the research and development of GNU Health, the award-winning Libre digital health ecosystem.

            The partnership was signed on February 2nd, 2022, by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gabriele von Voigt, head of the Computational Health Informatics department at Leibniz Universität Hannover and Dr. Luis Falcón, president of GNU Solidario.

      • Programming/Development

        • Here We Go

          I Hate gl_PointSize And So Can You

          Yes, we’re here.

          After literally years of awfulness, I’ve finally solved (for good) the debacle that is point size conversion from GL to Vulkan.

          What’s so awful about it, you might be asking. How hard can it be to just add gl_PointSize to a shader, you follow up with as you push your glasses higher up your nose.

          Allow me to explain.

        • Suntime Calculation with Lua and the Great Gift of Open Source

          Sometimes there are those unremarkable things which let you pause for a moment, and realize what a great gift of our time open source software and open knowledge is. At some point in time someone figured out how to calculate the sunrise and sunset time on the current date for your location. Someone else wrote that up and probably again a different person published it on the internet. The Internet Archive preserved a copy of it so I can still link to it. Someone took this algorithm and published a code sample on StackOverflow, which was later on used by the SatAgro guys to create the python-suntime library. Now I could come along, copy the core function of this library, and convert it within a few hours, mostly spent learning a few things about Lua, to a Lua script.

        • 5 Excellent Free Books to Learn Crystal – LinuxLinks

          Crystal is a general-purpose, concurrent, multi-paradigm, object-oriented programming language.

          With syntax heavily inspired by the language Ruby, it is a compiled language with built-in static type-checking, but specifying the types of variables or method arguments is generally unneeded. This adds the benefit of a shallower learning curve.

          The language also offers a powerful macro system, the compiler automatically checks for null references in compile time, a sleek concurrency model that uses green threads, as well as dedicated syntax to easily call native libraries.

          Crystal is published under the Apache License 2.0.

        • Qt Design Studio 3.0 Released

          We are happy to announce the release of Qt Design Studio 3.0.

        • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

          • Turn tabs into spaces on Linux and vice versa

            The Linux expand and unexpand commands sound like they can make files larger and smaller, but what they actually do is turn tabs into spaces and spaces into tabs.

            In this post, we’ll use some simple text files to demonstrate what happens when you use expand and unexpand. We’ll also compare how these commands work with some likely more familiar commands—sed and awk—that can provide similar results and offer additional options.

        • Rust

          • Async Rust in 2022

            Almost a year ago, the Async Working Group embarked on a collaborative effort to write a shared async vision document. As we enter 2022, we wanted to give an update on the results from that process along with the progress we are making towards realizing that vision.


            To set the scene, imagine it’s Rust 2024, and you’ve decided to build your first project in Rust. You’re working on a project that uses GitHub and you’d like a tool that will walk over all the issues on your repository and do some automatic triage. You decide to use async Rust for this. You pull out the Rust book and thumb over to the Async I/O section. In there, it shows you the basic structure of an async Rust application.

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • Shining A Different Light On Reality With Short-Wave Infrared Radiation | Hackaday

        As great as cameras that operate in the visual light spectrum are, they omit a lot of the information that can be gleaned from other wavelengths. There is also the minor issue that visibility is often impacted, such as when it’s raining, or foggy. When this happens, applications such as self-driving cars which rely on this, have a major issue. Through the use of sensors that are sensitive to other wavelengths, we can however avoid many of these issues.

        Short-wave infrared radiation (SWIR) is roughly the part of the electromagnetic spectrum between 1.4 μm – 3 μm, or 100 THz – 214 THz. This places it between visible light and microwaves, and above long-wave IR at 20 THz – 37 THz. LWIR is what thermal cameras use, with LWIR also emitted by warm objects, such as the human body.

        SWIR is largely unaffected by water in the atmosphere, while also passing through materials that are opaque to visible light. This allowing SWIR to be used for the analysis and inspection of everything from PCBs and fruit to works of art to capture details that are otherwise invisible or very hard to see.

        Unfortunately, much like thermal camera sensors, SWIR sensors are rather expensive. Or they were, until quite recently, with the emergence of quantum-dot-based sensors that significantly decrease the costs of these sensors.

      • Filter bubbles are out, eco chambers are in
      • The growing malaise

        We have, in Western society, managed to simultaneously botch the dreams of democracy, capitalism, social coherence, and techno-utopianism, all at once. It’s embarrassing actually. I am embarrassed. You should be embarrassed.

    • Hardware

      • 3D Printed Circular Prototype Performance Prop Captivates Circus Spectators | Hackaday

        When mathematically inspired maker [Henry Segerman] conspired with circus performer and acrobat [Marcus Paoletti] to advance the craft of acrobatics in round metal objects (such as cyr wheels and German Wheels), they came up with a fascinating concept that has taken shape in what [Henry] calls the Tao-Line.

        Similar performance devices go in a straight line or can be turned on edge, but the Tao-Line is far more nimble. This is because the Tao-Line is not a continuous cylinder, but rather is made up of numerous circular shapes that allow the Tao-Line to be turned and inverted at different points in its rotation.

      • Software Defined Storage: Does the model still work? – Random [Tech] Stuff

        What does that mean though? What is Software Defined Storage (often abbreviated to SDS)? At a high level: It is independent software used to manage storage hardware, regardless of the type or hardware vendor. The idea is a simple one. Most off-the-shelf hardware has been somewhat commoditized. That is, take your HP’s, your Dell’s, Supermicro’s or anything else. Fill it with whatever Seagate, Western Digital, HGST, and / or other storage drive. Then let the software do its magic. Under this model, it is the software that has become the defining factor.

        It is an attractive approach to managing your data. Think about it: no hardware vendor lock-in. Instead of being an EMC shop or a NetApp shop, you are now given the option to mix and match hardware while relying on the software to bring it all together.

        Although, there is a downside to all of this. Let us ignore the obvious fact that it is up to you to locate and purchase the hardware separate from the software. Software Defined Storage promises us the world but only in recent years has started to showcase its shortcoming: that being centered around the hardware.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Microsoft Responds to OneDrive Mac User Criticism Following Decision to Enforce Files On-Demand Feature
        • Pseudo-Open Source

        • Security

          • Security updates for Thursday [LWN.net]

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (librecad), Fedora (flatpak, flatpak-builder, and glibc), Mageia (chromium-browser-stable, connman, libtiff, and rust), openSUSE (lighttpd), Oracle (cryptsetup, nodejs:14, and rpm), Red Hat (varnish:6), SUSE (kernel and unbound), and Ubuntu (linux, linux-aws, linux-aws-5.11, linux-aws-5.13, linux-gcp, linux-gcp-5.11, linux-hwe-5.13, linux-kvm, linux-oem-5.13, linux-oracle, linux-oracle-5.11, linux-raspi, linux, linux-aws, linux-aws-5.4, linux-bluefield, linux-gcp, linux-gcp-5.4, linux-gkeop, linux-gkeop-5.4, linux-hwe-5.4, linux-ibm, linux-kvm, linux-oracle, linux-oracle-5.4, linux, linux-aws, linux-aws-hwe, linux-azure, linux-dell300x, linux-gcp-4.15, linux-hwe, linux-kvm, linux-oracle, linux-raspi2, linux-snapdragon, linux-gke, linux-gke-5.4, mysql-5.7, mysql-8.0, python-django, and samba).

          • Cisco Releases Security Updates for RV Series Routers | CISA

            A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

          • CISA Releases Security Advisory for Airspan Networks Mimosa

            CISA has released an Industrial Controls Systems Advisory (ICSA) that details vulnerabilities in the Airspan Networks Mimosa product line. An attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to achieve remote code execution, create a denial-of-service condition, or obtain sensitive information.

          • ICS Advisory (ICSA-22-034-02)

            This advisory contains mitigations for Improper Authorization, Incorrect Authorization, Server-side Request Forgery, SQL Injection, Deserialization of Untrusted Data, OS Command Injection, and Use of a Broken or Risky Cryptographic Algorithm vulnerabilities in Airspan Networks Mimosa network management software.

          • Renowned Linux Security Expert Hal Pomeranz Joins Spyderbat’s Board of Advisors

            Spyderbat, Inc., a pioneer in securing Linux runtime environments, has appointed Linux and Unix expert Hal Pomeranz to its Advisory Board. Pomeranz joins based on his proficiency in cybersecurity and Open Source software. As his SANS Institute profile will tell you, “Nobody can show you how to forensicate with Open Source tools like Hal!”

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Stop the sale of NSO Group

              Today, Access Now sent a letter to Integrity Partners & Associates, LLC (Integrity Partners) and Moelis & Company to stop the planned acquisition of notorious spyware purveyor NSO Group. U.S. venture capital firm Integrity Partners is in its final stages of negotiations to purchase NSO, and global investment bank Moelis & Company played a role in facilitating the deal.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Police robodogs are all called ToldYa

        Four years ago I warned that robotic dogs that can open doors could just as easily keep them shut, and we should be more worried about what the *door** means, rather than the robodog.

        This year, robodogs could be finally, really used to keep doors shut or, more professionally, to “leverage technology to force-multiply [police] presence, as well as reduce [american, A/N] human exposure to life-threatening hazards”:

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • The big paradox of green, recyclable batteries

          The paradox is that it is much easier to achieve that goal if the batteries contain highly toxic, highly troublesome substances, that is if they are made in the most anti-ecological way possible.


          The solution is clear, just politically hard to manage as quickly as it would be needed: “the industry needs to rethink its approach. Today’s recycling methods are crude and designed to extract only high-value materials from the cells.“

        • An idea whose time may be close: battery-powered TRAINS

          Ars Technica analyzes whether we could already use big batteries to power trains. Here is why you should read the whole analysis.


          motives move their wheels with electric generators. Attaching those same generators to big batteries, instead of the diesel engines that currently power them, would finally make the trains as green as those batteries.

          Until a few years ago, this solution was really too expensive. Now, it’s almost profitable, at least in some scenarios. For details, see the links. The conclusion, however, is that…

    • Finance

      • Conflicted sentiments: Analysing Budget 2022-23 trends

        Budget 2022-23 evokes conflicted sentiments. On the bright side, it contains a markedly appreciable allocation to National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) and BSNL, as well as provisions for utilising 5% of the Universal Service Obligation General Fund (USOF) to promote R&D and commercialization of technologies and solutions. Unfortunately, allocations towards PMGDISHA remain low, while concerns remain that significant capital expenditure may not take place.

      • Incoherence of cryptoassets, the best parts

        Stephen Diehl has written what seems to me a great description of the “Intellectual Incoherence of Cryptoassets”, that is of digital currencies based on cryptography and distributed online databases of which Bitcoin is currently the most notorious example.

        The central argument stands by itself, as a good, not unbearably technical summary of what is wrong with cryptocurrencies as they are today. That is, cryptocurrencies are not always and only bad, by definition. But to get what’s good in them, here is what must be removed.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • Joe Rogan, Spotify: how tech firms tackle Covid misinformation

        The controversy surrounding U.S. podcaster and vaccine sceptic Joe Rogan, whose top-rated Spotify show prompted protests by singers and scientists alike, has reignited debate on how online platforms police Covid-19 misinformation.

        Spotify is the latest tech firm to come under pressure for airing false claims and conspiracies since the start of the coronavirus pandemic – an issue that the World Health Organisation has said was costing lives.

        While some companies have curbed harmful content, critics say their efforts have not gone far enough.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Algorithmic decision-making in the U.S. needs accountability

        Today, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, Cory Booker, and Representative Yvette Clarke introduced the Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2022 — a bill that holds the tech industry responsible for the life-altering judgements their automated decision systems make. Access Now is proud to endorse this legislation, which would help combat the devastating impacts companies’ algorithmic systems have on the welfare of people who rely on digital platforms — from approving loans, to issuing medical prescriptions.

        “Opaque and often-biased algorithms are deciding who has access to housing, education, and other opportunities, and we should be concerned,” said Willmary Escoto, U.S. Policy Analyst at Access Now. “The tech firms who deploy these automated decision systems usually answer to no one. By requiring companies to assess the impacts of the systems they use and sell, this bill will help combat algorithmic discrimination in defense of human rights.”

      • Legislative Brief on Digital Rights for Budget Session 2022

        As the Budget Session of the Parliament commences, we have prepared our third legislative brief on digital rights to highlight some of the focus areas within the larger issues of technology policies and digital rights that call for the extensive deliberation in the houses of the Parliament.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

500 Commits, Videos Over Gemini Protocol, and New (Abbreviated) Statistics Page for Gemini

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Site News at 2:05 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 1178ed1fb0cec8de04203efffecafa90
Tidying Up the Gemini Capsule
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: The above video takes stock of some work and observations from today; we’re investing more and more of our collective efforts in Geminispace, which rapidly expands despite the media’s apathy (refusal to even mention it)

TODAY we spent some time coding, investing more love and care in the Gemini capsule, which has grown in terms of size and traffic over the past year (this month it turns 1). There’s a lot of good “content” — for lack of a better term — in Geminispace. That includes some capsules that have pictures and videos in them (the videos get served over gemini://). There’s lots of innovation going on inside Geminispace (or Gemini space) in spite of the intentional limitations of Gemini Protocol and GemText.

Gemini is the futureWe constantly try to play around (tinker, hack) with the Gemini stuff, knowing it’s a lot more powerful than people care to realise, sometimes due to the crude appearance in the command line. We hope to change this perception. We also hope to share a lot of Gemini-related code, based on our own work.

Some days ago we crossed a little milestone in Git as well, after we had restarted the Git repository (there was a past incarnation of it, but we reset everything and started again from scratch, in effect throwing out old change logs/history). As of this moment, we have over 500 commits in total, as presented by:

git rev-list HEAD --count


git rev-list --all --count

One day in the future we may enable direct access to Git, rather than the Gemini-based interface currently offered. A migration to another operating system might be required first.

The video above demonstrates the new structure of the stats page. The code which generates it is available in Git.

Links 3/2/2022: Peppermint 11 and KDE Gear 21.12.2

Posted in News Roundup at 10:33 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Pop!_OS Linux gets better game performance and desktop responsiveness

        System76 have done something very interesting with Pop!_OS lately, a change that should give you better performance in games and get a more responsive desktop overall on Linux.

        It comes in the form of their new System76 Scheduler, which they describe as…

      • System76 reveals Kudu AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX high-performance laptop Running Ubuntu Linux

        System76 announced the company’s next-gen AMD laptop, the System76 Kudu, decked with an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processor and up to 64GB of DDR4 memory.

        The new System76 Kudu is a premium laptop with the incredible Ryzen 9 5900HX processor, 15.6-inch display with 1080p FHD screen resolution, 144Hz refresh rates, up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, dual NVMe SSD support, built-in 2.5G Ethernet, and a slick matte finish.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS Reaches End of Life After Six Years of Support

        Linux kernel 4.4 LTS saw the light of day on January 10th, 2016, and it was supported with a total of 302 maintenance updates for 2216 days, during which it received a total of 18,712 changes from 3532 developers and 503 companies.

        Greg Kroah-Hartman remembers that this was one of the good kernel branches, which powered millions, maybe a few billion devices. But, as with all good things, Linux kernel 4.4 has now reached end of life with today’s release of the Linux 4.4.302 update.

      • The kernel radar: folios, multi-generational LRU, and Rust [LWN.net]

        The kernel community is a busy place, so it is not even remotely possible to write full-length articles about everything that is going on. Other topics may be of interest, but not require a longer treatment. The answer is a collection of short topics covering developments that are on the radar; the selection this time around includes folios, the multi-generational LRU, and Rust in the kernel.

      • The rest of the 5.17 merge window [LWN.net]

        Linus Torvalds released 5.17-rc1 and closed the 5.17 merge window on January 23 after having pulled just over 11,000 non-merge changesets into the mainline repository. A little over 4,000 of those changesets arrived after our first-half merge-window summary was written. Activity thus slowed down, as expected, in the second half of the merge window, but there still a number of significant changes that made it in for the next kernel release.

      • Supporting PGP keys and signatures in the kernel

        A few weeks back, we looked at a proposal to add an integrity-management feature to Fedora. One of the selling points was that the integrity checking could be done using the PGP signatures that are already embedded into the RPM package files that Fedora uses. But the kernel needs to be able to verify PGP signatures in order for the Fedora feature to work. That addition to the kernel has been proposed, but some in the kernel-development community seem less than completely enthusiastic about bringing PGP support into the kernel itself.

        Roberto Sassu proposed the addition of support for PGP keys and signatures based on earlier work by David Howells. Sassu is also proposing the Digest Lists Integrity Module (DIGLIM) for the kernel and is the owner of the Fedora change proposal to support DIGLIM in the distribution. That proposal was originally targeting Fedora 36, but it is not likely to be adopted for any Fedora release until both DIGLIM and PGP support are upstream.

      • Graphics Stack

        • mesa 22.0.0-rc1
          Hi list,
          I'd like to announce mesa 22.0.0-rc1, the first release candidate of
          2022! We're releasing on our scheduled pushed back by three weeks, and
          we've seen some great work go into mesa in that time.
          Radv, Anv, and Venus have all gained Vulkan 1.3 support, which is huge.
          So look forward to that.
          Plan on regluar releases over the coming weeks as we move toward the
          22.0 final release.
    • Applications

      • Raw photo development with darktable

        Digital cameras normally produce their photographs in a convenient and compressed image format, most often JPEG. But, just as our brains perform a great deal of invisible processing to make our eyes work as well as they do, digital cameras do a lot of work between the sensor and the storage device. The data recorded by the sensor does not make for a particularly satisfying image until it has been through exposure compensation, white-balance adjustment, noise removal, sharpness adjustment, and even, with some devices, advanced manipulation like high-dynamic-range processing. The results from today’s cameras can be amazingly good, but they invariably encapsulate a set of processing decisions and loses information from the original image.

        Professional photographers — and hobbyists with an inflated sense of the quality of their snapshots — often choose to do that post-processing themselves. For such people, cameras can be convinced to write the raw data from the sensor (or something close to it) directly to a file in a format that is [Flatirons] normally referred to as “raw” (or “RAW” even though it is not an acronym). Photographers can work with raw files to take full advantage of all of the data collected by the sensor and apply their own preferences — if they can get at that data. Naturally, every camera produces raw data in its own special, proprietary format. Fortunately, the free-software community has proved skilled at understanding these formats and writing decoders for them, so there is support for raw images from most available cameras.

        Taking photographs in raw format implies a commitment to put some time into “developing” them into a more useful form; that is what a raw image editor is for. There are several of these editors available, including darktable, which is where your editor chose to start. In the name of “research”, an afternoon was taken off work to wander in the local parks in search of a suitable raw image to process with darktable; the result is shown on the right. This image is a JPEG thumbnail created by the camera and stored with the raw image, extracted with dcraw. It is not a great work of art by any means, but it is useful to experiment with: there is a lot of contrast, and the rock formation (known as the “Second Flatiron”) is somewhat lost in the haze that was present that day. This picture might just benefit from the sort of manipulation a raw editor can perform.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • The likely long-term result of good on-host (host-based) firewalls

        A while back I read j. b. crawford’s host firewalls, which invokes a bright alternate future where we had good, smart host based firewalls on our machines that acted to (try to) limit nasty programs and their bad habits. One problem with this vision is the “why” problem, where you really want to know not just what a program is connecting to but why. You can imagine a future where programs have to tell you something about this, and there is social pressure for programs to limit what connections they make and so on. Unfortunately, I don’t think this would work or come to pass.

      • I took down Starlink (but I haven’t cancelled)

        Today’s video is about Starlink—I’ve had an active subscription since last February, and as it’s been a year, I figured I should post an update.

        The tl;dr: when I had a new roof put on late last summer, I took down ‘Dishy McFlatface’, but I haven’t put the dish back up. I have been holding out hope I could transfer my hardware to my cousin, who lives on a farm 70 miles away, and only gets 300 Kbps upload on her DSL, but so far that seems to be a pipe dream.

      • Install Avidemux on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        Avidemux is a free and open-source software application for non-linear video editing and transcoding multimedia files. It is trendy as it allows a user to cut, join, split, rotate videos, adds filters, and support many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4, and ASF, using a variety of codecs.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to Install the latest Avidemux on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

      • Your own Forum? Sure Just Learn how to Install Flarum Forum on Ubuntu 20.04

        Hello, friends. Have you ever thought about creating your own forum? Well, there are tools with which we can do it without many problems. So in this post, you will learn how to create your own forum and install Flarum Forum in Ubuntu 20.04.

        Quickly and as an introduction, we can say that Flarum Forum is a tool created in PHP with which we can deploy our forum without too many issues.

        Created with PHP and using open-source tools, we will have an efficient, fast and very dynamic way to create our forum. All this also being free without advertising or subscriptions, making it ideal for personal or educational projects.

      • Install CMake on Fedora Linux 35 – LinuxCapable

        CMake is a free, open-source, and cross-platform compiler designed to build native environments, generate wrappers, build executables in arbitrary combinations. CMake is popular due to its cross-platform so that developers using the build system work the way they’re used to.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install CMake on Fedora Linux 35 Workstation or Server.

      • Install/Enable & Connect to SSH on Fedora Linux 35 – LinuxCapable

        SSH or known by its full name Secure Shell Protocol, is a cryptographic network communication protocol that enables two computers to communicate securely over an unsecured network. SSH is highly used for remote login applications and command-line executables such as terminal applications.

        For users wishing to connect to servers or other computers with SSH, the client and the remote connection need to both have SSH installed and enabled for this to be possible.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install and enable SSH on Fedora Linux 35, along with how to connect to a remote PC.

      • Install osTicket Ticketing system on Debian 11/Debian 10 – kifarunix.com

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to install osTicket Ticketing system on Debian 11/Debian 10. osTicket is an opensource ticketing system.

        Read more about osTicket and its capabilities on the osTicket Features page.

      • Install Zammad Ticketing System on Debian 11 – kifarunix.com

        Welcome to our tutorial on how to install Zammad ticketing system on Debian 11. According to Zammad documentation page, “Zammad is a web based open source helpdesk/customer support system with many features to manage customer communication via several channels like telephone, facebook, twitter, chat and emails”.

      • Install/Enable & Connect to SSH on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        SSH or known by its full name Secure Shell Protocol, is a cryptographic network communication protocol that enables two computers to communicate securely over an unsecured network. SSH is highly used for remote login applications and command-line executables such as terminal applications.

        For users wishing to connect to servers or other computers with SSH, the client and the remote connection need to both have SSH installed and enabled for this to be possible.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install and enable SSH on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish Desktop or Server and connect to a remote PC.

      • Install LibreOffice on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        LibreOffice is a free open-source office productivitiy suite that is used by millions of users around the world. The office suite software uses a native file format ODF or otherwise known as Open Document Format that is being an accepted and almost required format in multiple organisations across the globe.

        LibreOffice includes Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), Draw (vector graphics and flowcharts), Base (databases), and Math (formula editing).

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install LibreOffice current, pre-release and backports (LibreOffice Still) on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

      • Install Unity Desktop on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        Unity Desktop Environment is a graphical shell for the GNOME desktop environment created and maintained by Canonical for Ubuntu operating systems. As time has passed and Ubuntu is now officially using GNOME as the default desktop environment, it is maintained and developed by the Unity7 Maintainers and UBports.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Unity on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish.

      • Install OpenRGB on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        OpenRGB is free and open-source software used to control RGB lighting control that does not require manufacturer software. The software allows for RGB amber lighting, game integrations, music visualization, and much more. OpenRGB also comes with a plugin interface that can extend the software’s functionality even further.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install OpenRGB on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish.

      • How to Install FileRun on Debian 11

        FileRun is a free, open-source, and self-hosted file-sharing application for Linux. It is a very good alternative to Google Drive and dropbox. It allows you to share and sync files, access via WebDAV and even connect to it with the Nextcloud mobile app. It is written in PHP and uses MariaDB as a database backend. It allows you to access your files anywhere via secure cloud storage, and also offers backup and sharing of your photos, videos, files, and more.

        In this article, I will explain how to install FileRun with Apache and Let’s Encrypt SSL on Debian 11.

      • How To Install AbanteCart on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install AbanteCart on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, AbanteCart is an open-source e-commerce platform based on PHP. It is an ideal e-commerce solution for small to medium businesses. The fast and secure solution allows you to design, list products, attach prices, set up delivery methods, and accept payments on your eCommerce website.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of the AbanteCart open-source e-commerce platform 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 Install LEMP Stack Nginx, MySQL, PHP on Debian 11

        How to Install LEMP Stack Nginx, MySQL, PHP on Debian 11. In this guide you will learn how to install Nginx, MySQL 8.0 and PHP 8.1.

        You will also install some common PHP extensions and adjust the PHP configurations. Finally you will secure your setup with Let’s Encrypt SSL and configure HTTPS redirection.

        This setup is tested on Google cloud, so it will work on all cloud hosting services like AWS, Azure or any VPS or any dedicated servers running Debian 11.

      • How to install Oracle Java 8 64-bit Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04 LTS – Linux Shout

        Learn the commands to download & install Oracle Jave 8 64-bit on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal fossa or Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish using the terminal.

        A programming language, in general, allows you to formulate programs and specify their behavior. For example, you can program your own pocket calculator with a few lines of text code.

      • How To Install Linux Kernel 5.16.5 On Ubuntu / Linux Mint | Tips On UNIX

        Linus Torvalds announced the Linux Kernel 5.16 a few weeks back and is available for general usage.

        A new updated version has been released in the 5.16 series and it is the 5 th release and it makes the branch more stable.

        This tutorial will be helpful for beginners to install Linux kernel 5.16.5 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Ubuntu 20.10, and LinuxMint 20.3.

    • Games

      • Play the Viral Wordle Game in Linux

        You might have heard of the viral game Wordle. It’s a game where you have to guess a five letter word in six attempts. The color codes help you with your guessing game.

        NY Times recently bought this popular word game but you don’t have to be that rich to play it on Linux.

        There are a few open source games inspired by Wordle. Warble is one of them and it is specially developed for desktop Linux.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDE Gear 21.12.2

          Over 120 individual programs plus dozens of programmer libraries and feature plugins are released simultaneously as part of KDE Gear.

          Today they all get new bugfix source releases with updated translations. Distro and app store packagers should update their application packages.

        • KDE Gear 21.12.2 Released with GCC 12 Support, More Improvements for Your Favorite Apps

          KDE Gear 21.12.2 is here almost a month after the first KDE Gear 21.12 point release to add compilation support with GCC 12 for most of the components included in this open-source software suite for the KDE Plasma desktop environment and other platforms.

          In addition to GCC 12 support, KDE Gear 21.12.2 also improves the Elisa music player’s search functionality by normalizing non-Latin characters, and fixing a crash that occurred when attempting to enqueue audio files.

    • Distributions

      • gio-querymodules fix

        Script ’3buildeasydistro’ in woofQ is supposed to create a symlink /usr/bin/gio-querymodules, to wherever ‘gio-querymodules’ is located. In the case of OE, that location is /usr/libexec/gio-querymodules, and 3buildeasydistro didn’t look there, so the symlink didn’t get created.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Fedora Code of Conduct Report 2021 [Ed: Now with the community all gone, Fedora has become about social engineering instead of technical engineering]

          Fedora Project’s Code of Conduct and reports are managed by the Fedora Project Leader, Matthew Miller, and the Fedora Community Action and Impact Coordinator, Marie Nordin, and the Red Hat legal team, as appropriate. With feedback from the community the Fedora Council approved a new Code of Conduct that went into effect in May of 2021.

        • Pete Zaitcev: Cura on Fedora is dead, use Slic3r

          Was enjoying my Prusa i3S for a few months, but had to use my Lulzbot Mini today, and it was something else.

          In the past, I used the cura-lulzbot package. It went through difficult times, with a Russian take-over and Qtfication. But I persisted in suffering, because, well, it was turnkey and I was a complete novice.

          So, I went to install Cura on Fedora 35, and found that package cura-lulzbot is gone. Probably failed to build, and with spot no longer at Red Hat, nobody was motivated enough to keep it going.

      • Debian Family

        • Raspberry Pi OS 64-bit officially released

          The Raspberry Pi Foundation has now officially released Raspberry Pi OS 64-bit about two years after the first beta version was released.

          Despite some potential performance benefits from using 64-bit code instead of 32-bit, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has resisted moving too quickly to a 64-bit OS because if it would create two separate worlds for their earlier 32-bit boards like Raspberry Pi 2 or Raspberry Pi Zero, and the newer 64-bit boards starting with Raspberry Pi 3 onwards and may confuse users besides the extra workloads.

        • Linux Distro Peppermint 11 Out Now, Ditches Ubuntu For Debian

          After Peppermint OS founder Mark Greaves tragically passed away, the dedicated developer community of Peppermint OS Linux vowed to continue work on the stylish, fast and lightweight Linux distribution. True to their word, a private release candidate was sent to forum members last week, and today marks the official public release of the brand new Peppermint OS 11.

        • Peppermint 11 Debuts With Debian Linux, Drops Ubuntu and LXDE Components

          Peppermint OS 11 was one of the most anticipated releases for 2022, and it has finally arrived!

          Not to forget the tragic loss of its lead developer Mark Greaves in 2020, Peppermint OS lost one of its most significant contributors.

          Now, after almost two years, Peppermint 11 is here! It is not just an ordinary upgrade, but it looks like Peppermint 11 is the first release with Debian as its base, ditching Ubuntu.

          Let me highlight all the key details of the release below.

        • Peppermint OS 11 Released After 3 Years in Development, Now Based on Debian and Xfce

          The biggest change in Peppermint OS 11 is the fact that the distribution is no longer based on Ubuntu, but on the Debian GNU/Linux operating system. More specifically, this release is built on top of the Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye” release and ships with the long-term supported Linux 5.10 LTS kernel series.

          Another major change in Peppermint OS 11 is the switch to the lightweight Xfce 4.16 desktop environment instead of LXDE, which was the default desktop environment of previous Peppermint OS releases.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

        • Unable to login to HN from Firefox, a lovecraftian tale.

          I love an epic tale of debugging. You know, those fantastic stories in which an ingenious person goes on a quest to solve a problem and end up in triumph and glory. Sherlock-Holmes-of-debugging kind of stories. Well, this is not one of those tales. This is a very personal problem, not an epic quest. Apparently it is only affecting me. This is also a Lovecraftian tale because I’m slowly getting mad because of it.

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • MariaDB announces intentions to list on New York Stock Exchange via SPAC and a EUR 92 million Series D round

          Maria DB, known for the open-source database software it develops and provides, has announced it intends to list on New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) by merging with Angel Pond Holdings, a listing method also referred as a SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Company). By doing so, MariaDB becomes the first Finnish company to list on the NYSE through SPAC.

          MariaDB also announced it has raised a EUR 92 million Series D funding round wherein the buyer Angel Pond and some of the existing investors invested.

        • Open-source database software maker MariaDB announces intentions to list on NYSE via SPAC

          Finland’s MariaDB has closed a $104 million Series D private placement round and announced its intention to become a publicly-traded entity on the New York Stock Exchange via a merger with Angel Pond Holdings, a method more commonly known as a SPAC. As is typical with this type of listing, when all is said and done, the merged companies will be known as MariaDB plc and headed by MariaDB’s current CEO Michael Howard.

      • Programming/Development

        • Guidelines for writing good R code

          These guidelines are recommendations and are not meant to be obligatory. Many of the principles are useful and help working and collaborating more efficiently with R. Feel free to add your recommendations or remarks in the discussion section below.

        • Part 2: Improving crypto code in Rust using LLVM’s optnone

          Welcome to the second part of our posts on the challenges of implementing constant-time Rust code. Part 1 discussed challenges with constant-time implementations in Rust and WebAssembly and how optimization barriers can mitigate risk. The Rust crypto community has responded with several approaches, and in this post, we will explore one such approach: the implementation of a feature in the Rust compiler (rustc) that provides users greater control over generated code. We will also explore the intermediate representation (IR) generated when this feature is implemented and consider problems that arise in later phases of code generation, such as instruction selection.

        • Making a package from base R files

          Part of the difficulty in carrying out such development of alternative versions is that one needs to be able to execute the new variants in parallel with the existing ones. A heavy-effort approach would be to have separate full sets of R code and build each system and run them separately. That is, we want to have two or more versions of R in the same computing system.

          There are several ways to do this: [...]

        • Python

          • [Old] Hosting multiple Flask apps using Apache/mod_wsgi

            A common way of deploying a Flask web application in a production environment is to use an Apache server with the mod_wsgi module, which allows Apache to host any application that supports Python’s Web Server Gateway Interface (WSGI), making it quick and easy to get an application up and running. In this post, we’ll go through configuring your Apache server to host multiple Python apps in a stable manner, including how to run apps in daemon mode and avoiding hanging processes due to Python C extensions not working well with Python sub-interpreters (I’m looking at you, numpy).

        • Rust

  • Leftovers

    • Thought’s on the Freedom Convoy

      But the most important feature of this “movement” are its founders. The leaders of this convoy (and profiteers) include Tamara Lich (Alberta separatist, Wexit Party), Benjamin Dichter (far right People’s Party of Canada), Patrick King (white nationalist). Grifter and peddler of nonsense JP Sears and the weepy chauvinist Jordan Peterson have also thrown in their support. One important thing to note here: not ONE of them is a trucker.

      Without a doubt, the far-right has been effective at harnessing the frustrations of the masses. Drumming up support and raising money thanks to a social media ecosystem which often rewards propaganda and disinformation, while disappearing voices of rational discourse. It gives the facade of solidarity, but relishes in manipulating people’s base fears and prejudices which usually leads to scapegoating or worse. We have seen this kind of thing before. In Australia, and Germany, and the UK. And at the US Capitol in Washington a year ago. Is it any surprise, then, that Donald Trump has come out to endorse it?

    • “All Boys Aren’t Blue” Has Been Targeted for Removal in at Least 15 States
    • Will the Gates Foundation’s Board Ever Hold Bill Accountable?

      Last November, in a stunning shareholder resolution, Microsoft stock owners overwhelmingly voted to push the tech giant to publicly report on any investigations into alleged sexual misconduct by its founder, Bill Gates.

    • Education

      • Undocumented Students Still Need Support

        It took Farah Said almost seven years to complete her undergraduate studies as an undocumented student in New York City. After enrolling in CUNY City College’s Childhood Education Program and completing 113 credits, Said was told she could not graduate. Even though she had applied and was accepted to the program as an undocumented student, administration later informed her that she would not be able to complete the last, required part of the curriculum—student teaching. “Student teaching requires finger printing and finger printing requires a social security number, which I did not have,” says Said. This story was produced for Student Nation, a program of the Nation Fund for Independent Journalism, which is dedicated to highlighting the best of student journalism. For more Student Nation, check out our archive or learn more about the program here. StudentNation is made possible through generous funding from The Puffin Foundation. If you’re a student and you have an article idea, please send pitches and questions to [email protected].

    • Hardware

      • Mechanical keyboards: Pulsar PCMK | There and back again

        With the final keyboard assembled (see top photo), I connected it to my Linux system and started typing around. And first of all, the typing experience was nice. The Kailh Box Brown switches have a bit stronger actuation point then the switches I have in the Blademaster Pro (which are Cherry MX Brown ones), but above all the sound is a bit deeper and “thumbier”, which really gives a nice feeling.

        The keyboard also allows changing the RGB lightening via the keyboard (color, pattern, speed, brightness etc). There is a configuration software for macros etc, unfortunately it only works on Windows (and I couldn’t get it to work with Wine, either), a sour point … One more negative point is that the LED backlight doesn’t have a timeout, that is, it stays on all the time. The Drevo I have turns off after a configured number of seconds, and turns completely black – something I really like and miss on the Pulsar.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Opinion | American ‘Exceptionalism?’ Yes, but Not in a Good Way

        Americans’ long-held view of ourselves as the world’s “best everything” stands in the way of progress. So, here’s my question: Can we absorb our true standing and be motivated—rather than demoralized—by learning from nations that are doing better?

      • US Covid Death Rate Marks ‘Dark Side of American Exceptionalism’

        A new data analysis out Tuesday demonstrates that Covid-19 is now killing people at a significantly higher rate in the United States than in other rich countries, a grim reality that analysts have attributed to the nation’s lagging vaccination campaign and—more broadly—its fragmented for-profit healthcare system.

        Citing figures from Johns Hopkins University, the World Bank, and the U.S. government, the New York Times reports that the country’s deaths during the ongoing Omicron wave “have now surpassed the worst days of the autumn surge of the Delta variant, and are more than two-thirds as high as the record tolls of last winter, when vaccines were largely unavailable.”

      • Are public health responses to COVID-19 like the Cultural Revolution?

        If there’s one historical event to which antivaxxers and COVID-19 cranks and contrarians love to compare public health interventions to mitigate the harms of the current pandemic, it’s the Holocaust, which, of course, makes public health officials, governments, and the medial professionals Nazis promoting incipient fascism. Conveniently, such analogies also allow cranks to falsely don the mantle of oppressed people, like Jews during the Holocaust, Blacks during slavery and Jim Crow, and all manner of other oppressed people, even other victims of genocide, letting them believe themselves in their minds to be heroic freedom fighters standing up for the oppressed people who are required to mask up indoors or show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to go to a restaurant, and only then in vanishing small parts of the country. Given the far rightward shift of the antivaccine movement politically, which facilitated its merger it with the always right wing contingent of COVID-19 antimaskers and “anti-lockdown” protesters, I had always wondered why one particular incident of oppression from history had been left out, particularly given that the same group has likened COVID-19 science to a cult, a classic antiscience crank move! Well, I wonder no more. Now antivaxxers are co-opting the Communist Chinese Cultural Revolution, because of course they are!

      • US Has the Highest COVID Death Rate Among Wealthy Countries
      • COVID Cases in Youth Prisons Are Cutting Vulnerable Kids Off From Their Parents
      • Opinion | The Pandemic Proves the Benefits of Universal Health Care

        There has been a Jekyll and Hyde quality to American health care over the past two years.

      • ADHD in Girls Often Underdiagnosed – Validated Independent News

        Leonard highlights the case of Kyrie Speer, who wasn’t diagnosed with ADHD until she was 20 years old, although her brother was diagnosed during childhood. Speer says, “For myself, I was able to do my schoolwork, I wasn’t as energized as my brother, and I was able to control myself more. In my parents’ eyes, that meant I didn’t have ADHD. For many years I didn’t think I did either.” Girls and young women often remain undiagnosed until their twenties, due partly to their ability to mask their ADHD symptoms during childhood.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • Hackers steal more than $320 million in crypto through DeFi breach

            Hackers stole more than $320 million in cryptocurrency by breaking into an online communications bridge called Wormhole which links different DeFi blockchain networks.

            Wormhole said thieves “exploited” the network and managed to steal 120,000 wrapped ether, the company said on Twitter. Wormhole is one of the popular communications bridges connecting the Ethereum and Solana blockchains.

            Ronghui Gu, co-founder of CertiK, a blockchain security company which analyzed the breach, said the attack highlights the “growing concern around blockchain security.”

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Spying Begins At Home: Israel’s Government Used NSO Group Malware To Surveill Its Own Citizens

              Israeli malware purveyor NSO Group may want to consider changing its company motto to “No News Is Good News.” The problem is there’s always more news.

            • Cross-Border Police Surveillance Treaty Undermines Privacy Rights – Validated Independent News

              EFF maintains this treaty does not contain all the necessary guidelines to preserve digital privacy and prevent unwarranted data collection. However, the authors of the treaty—prosecutors, law enforcement, and public safety officials—argue the text provides adequate safeguards for individuals, while considering the needs and goals of multiple law enforcement agencies across several states.

            • How a decades-old database became a hugely profitable dossier on the health of 270 million Americans

              Since he founded MarketScan, sources and uses of data have changed dramatically. Google, Facebook and Twitter were formed, creating impossibly deep wells of ancillary demographic and health information from internet searches, geolocation tracking, and unguarded social media posts. Medical data mining companies have made a business of scraping the details of consumers’ daily lives into medical dossiers that, if combined with MarketScan’s de-identified information, could be used to re-identify the individuals within its databases.

              “I don’t believe there’s nearly enough governance around how people can use personal information, whether it’s health care (data) or not,” Ludy said in the interview. He added that consumers are not only owed better transparency and disclosure, but a portion of the wealth — through royalties or another vehicle — that is generated from their data.

            • Agreement reached on new Europol mandate: Illegal activities must not be legalised!

              After several trilogues, negotiations on the revision of Europol’s mandate were concluded yesterday and more powers for the EU police agency were agreed to. Despite serious concerns from civil society and a reprimand from the European Data Protection Supervisor last year, Europol is to be allowed to collect and analyse masses of data about non-suspected people, such as mobile phone movement and air travel data.

            • [Old] EU: Europol: “Significant progress” on legalising illegal data practices

              There has been “significant progress” in negotiations on new powers for EU police agency Europol, according to a document circulated by the Slovenian Presidency of the Council in December. The police agency was recently ordered to delete vast amounts of personal data that it was processing illegally – but the new rules would allow those practices to continue. Member states may be hoping to approve the new rules before the agency has to implement the deletion order.

            • [Old] The EU’s own ‘Snowden Scandal’: Europol’s Data Mining

              On 3 January 2022, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), which supervises the processing of personal data by the EU’s law enforcement agency, Europol, ordered Europol to delete data held in its databases on individuals with no established link to criminal activity.

            • [Old] Europol: Council Presidency proposes workaround for illegal data processing

              The EDPS ruled that Europol was illegally processing data on a vast scale – but found a ‘fudge’ to give it some leeway to process data already in its possession, before requiring deletion after a certain time period.

            • Secret negotiations about Europol: the big rule of law scandal

              On 3 January 2022, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), responsible for overseeing the compliance of European Union (EU) institutions and agencies with data protection law, notified Europol, the EU agency for police cooperation, of an order to delete data it has illegally retained and processed for years. The decision aimed at bringing back Europol’s data practices in line with its mandate currently in force. It revealed “the EU’s very own ‘Snowden Scandal’”, in which Europol plays an increasingly important role in the mass collection of personal data and the use of data mining techniques to analyse these huge amounts of data. Unfortunately, EU policymakers want to remove any remaining legal barriers to this mass surveillance complex.

            • Goodbye FLoC, hello Topics

              Back in May, we looked at a Google proposal to replace third-party cookies with something called the “Federated Learning of Cohorts” (FLoC). Third-party cookies were once used to track users all over the web so that advertisers could, supposedly, target their ads better, but, of the major browsers, only Google’s Chrome browser fails to block them today. Google took a fair amount of flak for FLoC, since it was not perceived to be much of a win for users’ privacy—and was mostly a sop to the (Google-dominated) web-advertising industry. Now the company is back with a different proposal that could, eventually, replace third-party cookies in Chrome: Topics.

              FLoC would effectively pigeonhole users into “opaque” categories (cohorts), so that a given cohort ID would reflect a common set of interests those users have based on their recent browsing history. But exactly what information was being communicated is unclear, and was only opaque to browser users. Advertisers would presumably have been given some information about what a given cohort ID represented (so that they can target their ads) and web-site owners could potentially correlate additional information (e.g. account information) as well as track cohort ID changes over time.

              No one, other than Google and web advertisers apparently, was lamenting the loss of third-party cookies, nor really looking for another “more limited” mechanism to track users’ browsing habits. But Google sits in the catbird seat with respect to the web; the company is the dominant web-advertising player while also developing and distributing the most popular browser. That has allowed it to dictate, at least to a certain extent, how user tracking will (or will not) be done.

              Apparently, the uproar over FLoC succeeded in diverting that particular plan, so Topics was born. Overall, Topics is more privacy-friendly than FLoC, though it still “leaks” more information than many will be comfortable with—that is the point, after all. But it is less opaque than its predecessor, with more controls for the user, though it is still an opt-out feature, so it will be on by default unless users take action.

            • How a decades-old database became a hugely profitable dossier on the health of 270 million Americans

              As a repository of sensitive patient information, the company’s databases churn silently behind the scenes of their medical care, scooping up their most guarded secrets: the diseases they have, the drugs they’re taking, the places their bodies are broken that they haven’t told anyone but their doctor. The family of databases that make up MarketScan now include the records of a stunning 270 million Americans, or 82% of the population.

            • Confidentiality

              • Wrapping up Run a Tor bridge campaign

                Today, we’re wrapping up the “Run a Tor bridge” campaign. If you missed our previous blog post, the Tor Project launched a campaign to get more bridges last November. The campaign goal was to increase the Tor network size and get 200 new obfs4 bridges. Since then, we have seen new bridges joining the network every day.

                Here is the good news: not only did we achieve our modest goal, but we also reverted the trend of declining bridges in the network! The Tor network now has 2470 running bridges, i.e., the number of Tor bridges has almost doubled! Over the past two months, we have been helping new bridge operators to set up their bridges, updating our documentation, and testing new bridges.

              • Looking for sq stakeholders

                A crucial factor in developing good software is knowing what it needs to do, and how. This means talking to people who use it, or would like to use it. That is, talking to people who have an interest in the software doing what they need it to do, doing it well, and being comfortable for them to use.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Federal Probe Demanded After ‘Ominous’ Bomb Threats at HBCUs

        As the FBI announced Wednesday it had identified six persons of interest in connection with bomb threats at historically Black universities and colleges this week, progressives called on the federal government to thoroughly investigate the latest wave of threats against the institutions.

        “We urge the Department of Justice to prioritize investigation of this sudden increase of bomb threats at HBCUs in multiple states, and the states’ attorneys general in each state to investigate incidents within their state, looking for leads indicating coordination of these threats,” said Alyssa Canty, director of youth programs at Common Cause.

      • Biden’s Campaign Donors Don’t Want Him to End US Support for the Yemen War
      • ‘We will pursue you until we cut off your heads’ Chechnya reports massive protest against the family of anti-torture activist

        On Wednesday, February 2, the Chechen authorities reported that 400,000 people had joined a rally in Grozny to protest the family of prominent anti-torture activist Abubakar Yangulbayev. The demonstration came a day after Russian lawmaker Adam Delimkhanov threatened to decapitate members of the Yangulbayev family. The activist’s father, retired judge Saidi Yangulbayev, fled Russia along with his daughter on January 23 — three days after his wife, Zarema Musayeva, was forcibly taken to Chechnya. The threats against the Yangulbayev family echo menacing remarks made by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who has also been leveling accusations against Novaya Gazeta journalist Elena Milashina (who is known for her investigative work in Chechnya) and human rights activist Igor Kalyapin (who, like Abubakar Yangulbayev, works for the Committee for the Prevention of Torture). 

      • British American Tobacco Funding War in West Africa by Oversupplying Region with Cigarettes – Validated Independent News

        BAT is not responding to a shortage in product. In fact, Dunhill cigarettes are readily available in Mali. Dunhill cigarettes produced by BAT are already sold in 38 African countries, and the company has a 90 percent market share in 11 countries, including Sierra Leone and South Africa. Additionally, cigarettes are regularly smuggled into rebel-held areas throughout the country and parts of North Africa, funding a long, brutal war in the West African region. Since 2012, more than two million people have been displaced in the conflicts, according to an extensive February 2021 report by Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

      • Escalating Ukraine Tensions, Pentagon Deploys 3,000 Troops to Eastern Europe

        The Pentagon announced that it would send 3,000 troops to three NATO nations in Eastern Europe amid accusations by Russian and Ukrainian officials as well as anti-war advocates that the U.S. is escalating tensions in the region.

        According to Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby, President Joe Biden directed the Department of Defense to send troops to Poland, Germany, and Romania after meeting with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley on Tuesday.

      • The U.S. Government Will Be Responsible for Ukraine Deaths

        If the U.S. government had not kept NATO in existence at the ostensible end of the Cold War in 1989, Russia would not be feeling the need to invade Ukraine today. Or if the U.S. government had not had NATO absorb former Warsaw Pact countries and then threaten to absorb Ukraine, Russia would not be feeling the need to invade Ukraine today. The only reason that Russia feels the need to invade Ukraine today is because the Pentagon and the CIA kept NATO in existence and then had NATO move its forces eastward toward Russia’s borders by gobbling up former Warsaw Pact countries and by then threatening to do the same with Ukraine.

        It should be noted that Congress has never specifically approved any of this NATO absorption. Ultimately, it’s the Pentagon and the CIA who make the determination as to who NATO will absorb and not absorb, notwithstanding the fact that the lives of America’s young people are being pledged to the defense of these countries. 

      • U.S. to Russia: Do as We Say, Not as We Do

        Aiding and abetting a potentially catastrophic — and I do mean catastrophic — confrontation between the world’s two nuclear superpowers are lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Like the media they echo and vice versa, members of Congress, including highly touted progressives, can scarcely manage more than vague comments that they want diplomacy rather than war.

        Imagine if a powerful Russian-led military alliance were asserting the right to be joined by its ally Mexico — and in the meantime was shipping big batches of weapons to that country — can you imagine the response from Washington? Yet we’re supposed to believe that it’s fine for the U.S.-led NATO alliance to assert that it has the prerogative to grant membership to Ukraine — and in the meantime is now shipping large quantities of weaponry to that country.

      • America Is Reaping What It Sowed in Ukraine

        U.S. allies do not all support the current U.S. policy. Germany is wisely refusing to funnel more weapons into Ukraine, in keeping with its long-standing policy of not sending weapons into conflict zones. Ralf Stegner, a senior Member of Parliament for Germany’s ruling Social Democrats, told the BBC on January 25th that the Minsk-Normandy process agreed to by France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine in 2015 is still the right framework for ending the civil war.

        “The Minsk Agreement hasn’t been applied by both sides,” Stegner explained, “and it just doesn’t make any sense to think that forcing up the military possibilities would make it better. Rather, I think it’s the hour of diplomacy.”

      • In the Line of Eternal Fire: Ukraine’s Nuclear Reactors

        It’s yet one more reminder of just how much an already perilous situation can become orders of magnitude worse, once you introduce the risk of major radioactive releases into the equation.

        There are 15 reactors in Ukraine providing about 50% of the country’s electricity. Hooper’s article speculates not only on what could happen if any one of these nuclear sites — such as the six-reactor VVER-1000 complex at Zaporizhzhia  — should find itself in the midst of armed conflict or bombardment. He also postulates intentional sabotage by Russia as a strategic measure — “allowing reactors to deliberately melt down and potentially contaminate wide portions of Europe.”

      • Omar Warns Democrats’ Ukraine Proposal Only ‘Escalates the Conflict’

        Congresswoman Ilhan Omar on Wednesday delivered a detailed rebuke of congressional Democrats’ proposed legislative response to the escalating crisis involving Ukraine and Russia, declaring that “when the United States says it champions human rights, democracy, and peace, we should mean it.”

        “Instead of spending $500 million on weapons, we should be centering civilian needs with refugee and humanitarian assistance.”

    • Environment

    • Finance

      • Starbucks Profits Soar by 31%—But It’s Raising Prices Anyway

        Starbucks on Tuesday reported a 31% increase in profits during the final three months of 2021, but the massive Seattle-based coffee chain nevertheless announced plans to further hike prices this year, drawing outrage from critics who say the company is pushing higher costs onto consumers to pad its bottom line.

        “Corporations are jacking up prices on consumers and using concerns about inflation as cover to do so.”

      • Opinion | The Fed’s War on Inflation Is Really an Attack on Workers

        US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has now committed to putting US monetary policy on a course of rising interest rates, which could boost the short-term rate (on federal funds and treasury bills) by at least 200 basis points by the end of 2024. Thus, Powell yielded to pressure from economists and financiers, resurrecting a playbook that the Fed has followed for 50 years—and that should have remained in its vault.

      • Reno Seeks to Purchase Motels as Affordable Housing Instead of Letting Developers Demolish Them

        For more than five years, the mayor of Reno, Nevada, has supported the demolition of dozens of dilapidated motels that provided shelter for thousands of residents squeezed by the city’s housing crisis, rather than rehabilitate the buildings to provide affordable housing. Now she’s changing course.

        Mayor Hillary Schieve is proposing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire and rehabilitate motels in downtown through the Reno Housing Authority. In fact, the agency has already moved quietly to buy two shuttered buildings. Last week, the agency submitted an offer to buy the Bonanza Inn, a closed 58-unit motel with a history of code violations that is now part of an estate sale. It also submitted a letter of intent to make an offer on a much larger property — the 19-story former Sundowner casino-hotel.

      • Tax-Dodging Billionaire Dynasties Could Cost US $8.4 Trillion: Report

        Over the next few decades, the richest American families could avoid paying about $8.4 trillion in taxes, or more than four times the cost of the stalled Build Back Better package, according to a report released Wednesday.

        “We can fix our broken estate and gift tax system… or we can trust our democracy to a handful of trillionaire trust fund babies.”

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Meet the Trio Who May Have Figured Out How to Save American Democracy

        Led by battleground state legislators, the Trumpers have rewritten voting laws, threatened election administrators, begun purges of county election boards, created new gerrymanders, and more. The worst of these power grabs limit access to a ballot, which is the starting line of voting, for anti-Trump blocs and would disqualify ballots and nullify votes before the finish line.

        This playbook is not new. But modern voting systems, from voter registration to tallying paper ballots, contain numerous stages and respective data sets, many of which are public records and are quite detailed. If smartly used after Election Day, these records could provide an easily understood evidence trail that would make it much harder for the Trump faction to proclaim victory prematurely or falsely.

      • Moar Consolidation: Sony Acquires Bungie, But Appears To Be More Hands Off Than Microsoft

        A couple of weeks back we asked the question: is the video game industry experiencing an age of hyper-consolidation? The answer to that increasingly looks to be “yes”. That post was built off of a pair of Microsoft acquisitions of Zenimax for $7 billion and then a bonkers acquisition of Activision Blizzard King for roughly $69 billion. Whereas consolidations in industries are a somewhat regular thing, what caused my eyes to narrow was all of the confused communications coming out of Microsoft as to how the company would handle these properties when it came to exclusivity on Microsoft platforms. It all went from vague suggestions that the status quo would be the path forward to, eventually, the announcement that some (many?) titles would in fact be Microsoft exclusives.

      • Opinion | Time for the DOJ to Get Much More Aggressive on Voting Rights

        The right to vote is under attack in states across the country. A Republican filibuster has blocked legislation that would protect that right. President Biden can still act right now to help defend that right, by ramping up the Justice Department’s efforts to challenge those measures designed to suppress the vote.

      • His Prime Ministership In Tatters, Boris Johnson Now Displays Amazing Energy

        At the first stage of the Covid-19 outbreak he skipped 5 successive meetings of the UK’s emergency management committee (COBRA), and while BoJo managed to put in appearances afterwards (especially when it came to photo ops in hospitals and vaccination centres), it was clear that the lack of diligence over detail and attention to process– missing in all his previous jobs– had carried over wholesale into his premiership.

        Flunkeys, including nannies from his childhood, had always picked up the slack for BoJo.

      • ‘Dangerously Out of Touch’: Menendez Under Fire for Attacking Iran Diplomacy

        Advocates for a peaceful U.S. foreign policy denounced Sen. Bob Menendez on Wednesday after the New Jersey Democrat gave a speech that criticized the White House’s effort to revive the Iran nuclear deal jettisoned by former President Donald Trump, demanded “stricter” enforcement of sanctions, and endorsed the possible use of “military force.”

        “Menendez offers the exact same proposals as the previous administration that got us into this mess.”

      • Alarm Grows as Florida GOP Advances Plan to Gut Ballot Initiative Process

        The citizen initiative process that gave Floridians the power to raise the minimum wage and restore voting rights is under grave threat after the state’s House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday advanced a Republican proposal to dramatically limit the scope of future ballot measures.

        Led by state Rep. Mike Beltran (R-57), House Joint Resolution 1127 would alter Florida’s constitution to limit citizen initiatives to “matters relating to procedural subjects or to structure” of the government—a restriction that likely would have blocked $15 minimum wage, voting rights, medical marijuana, and conservation amendments.

      • Historical Pact Coalition Heads for Elections in Violence-Ridden Colombia

        A former urban guerrilla, congressional representative, mayor of Bogota, and now senator, Petro ran for president in 2010 and in 2018, when he lost to current president Iván Duque in second-round voting. Duque is not running for re-election.

        Petro led the opposition against former president and extreme right-winger Alvaro Uribe (2002-2010) who is accused of corruption, narcotrafficking, and ties with paramilitaries. Duque is Uribe’s protégé.  As president, Uribe prioritized war against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and later opposed the government’s peace agreement with the FARC.

      • New York Amazon Workers File to Unionize Just Before Election Rerun in Bessemer
      • Truth, Knowledge… ACTION!
      • Ocasio-Cortez Pans Manchin for Feigning Ignorance on Build Back Better
      • Abrams Has Out-Fundraised Kemp by $2 Million Since December in Georgia Race
      • Will New York’s Redistricting Be Enough to Save the Democrats?

        During an otherwise dismal winter for Democrats, good news arrived suddenly on Sunday night: The New York State Legislature released its draft maps of new House districts.

      • Progressives Alarmed by Florida GOP Plan to Gut Ballot Initiative Process
      • ABC News/Ipsos Poll: More About a Soundbite Than Public Opinion

        A new ABC News/Ipsos poll (1/30/22) is a poster child for what is wrong with many media-sponsored polls these days. Instead of a serious effort to measure what the public is thinking about any specific issue, the poll glides superficially across a whole range of subjects, never stopping long enough to provide understanding of any one of them—creating an illusion of public opinion that is either misleading, biased or simply inaccurate.

      • US bans telecom giant China Unicom over spying concerns
      • Brown University Faculty Reject Push for Koch-Funded Scholarship

        More than 60% of Brown University faculty members voted Tuesday to postpone a vote on the creation of a new academic center until next month, giving professors more time to assess whether administrators have adequately strengthened the institution’s gift policy to ensure that wealthy right-wing donors are not bankrolling science-denying, corporate-friendly research.

        The proposed Center for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) would absorb and expand programs from the Political Theory Project (PTP), which has received funding from the Koch Foundation led by fossil fuel billionaire and GOP mega-donor Charles Koch, The Brown Daily Herald reported this week.

      • Facebook: Daily active users fall for first time in 18-year history
    • Misinformation/Disinformation

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Norman Mailer Wasn’t Canceled

        The first “cancel culture” episode of 2022 began just three days into the new year, when the journalist Michael Wolff reported that Random House would not be going ahead with a planned collection of political writings by the late Norman Mailer. According to Wolff, the publishing house cited “a junior staffer’s objection to the title of Mailer’s 1957 essay, ‘The White Negro,’” as “the proximate cause” for the book’s being pulled. Wolff, while acknowledging that Mailer was always a controversial figure—among other things, in 1960 he stabbed his wife with a penknife—made clear in the piece that he regarded Random House’s decision as a representative and regrettable development in a publishing industry that lives in constant fear of running afoul of a younger generation of easily offended staffers and readers.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • Taliban Free 2 Afghan Journalists After International Outcry

        The Taliban on Wednesday released two journalists working for a local news channel in Afghanistan two days after their arrests, which drew domestic and international denunciation of the Islamist group over its crackdown on dissent.

        Sharif Hassanyar, the head of the private Ariana News TV, confirmed via a tweet the release of reporters Waris Hasrat and Aslam Hijab from Taliban custody.

        The journalists were picked up Monday by Taliban forces while they were leaving their office for lunch in the capital, Kabul. The reason behind their arrest was not known, and Taliban authorities released them without accepting responsibility.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Opinion | This Black History Month Its More Important Than Ever to Teach Our History

        When President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, he urged all Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

      • Israel’s Hasbara in Sheikh Jarrah: On Gilad Erdan’s ‘Terrorist’ Rock and Faulty Logic

        “Would you consider it a terror attack if a rock like this was thrown at your car while driving with your children?” Erdan asked the United Nations Security Council members, while holding the rock in his hands. “Would you, at the very least, condemn these brutal terror attacks carried out against Israeli civilians by Palestinians?”

        This Israeli logic is quite typical, where oppressed Palestinians are depicted to be the aggressor, and oppressive Israel – a racist apartheid state by any standard – presents itself as a victim merely engaging in defending its own citizens.

      • What’s the Matter with Mandates?

        It is easy to miss the significance of that parenthetical qualification, but it is actually hugely important. To thwart people’s desires for their own good is paternalistic. It is generally believed that a certain degree of paternalism is morally all right for parents. Children can be assumed to need a certain amount of paternalism in that they are, arguably, not yet fully rational, or at least have not yet sufficiently developed their ability to delay gratification and hence are prone to self-destructive behavior. 

        It is also generally believed, however, that there should be an inverse relation between a child’s age and the degree of paternalism to which they are subjected. That is, the younger the child, the more morally acceptable it is for parents to thwart their desires, or to make decisions for them. As children age, however, they need to learn to make decisions for themselves. Parents who continue to make their children’s decisions for them as they mature in fact retard the process of their maturation. They may begin to resemble adults physically, but if they have not been allowed to make important decisions for themselves, even at the risk of their making bad decisions, then they will effectively continue to be children. 

      • With Intent to Harm: The CIA, Schizophrenia and Denmark’s Children

        A Danish Radio documentary series, The Search for Myself, did not hold back in leveling claims against the US Central Intelligence Agency that it had financially aided experiments on 311 Danish children in the early 1960s.  A good number of them were orphans or adopted.

        One such victim was the documentary maker Per Wennick, who claims that he was subjected to tests with no knowledge of their background in the basement of the Municipal Hospital in Copenhagen.  These were supposedly designed to investigate links between heredity and environmental factors in engendering schizophrenia, work inspired by the psychologist Sarnoff A. Mednick.

      • Protest Song Of The Week: ‘The Overload’ By Yard Act

        We all feel the malaise of what has become normal, whether it is life under a global pandemic and/or the expansion of austerity measures that impact everyone. “The Overload,” Yard Act’s single from their debut album, is an anthem for those struggling to keep their head above water.Yard Act is a post-punk band that hails from Leeds, England, and the influence of the Arctic Monkeys is pretty evident. They also count the Gorillaz’ “Plastic Beach” album as inspiration. The chorus is a concise expression of the present:

      • Trump Impeachment Witness Vindman Sues Loyalists Over Intimidation Tactics
      • New York Times Managers Are Waging Anti-Union Campaign During Tech Unit Election
      • A Landmark Environmental Precedent Was Just Set in Virginia

        I recognized the older woman immediately as she stood up to address the six members of the Virginia Air Pollution Board gathered in the Pittsylvania County Hall in Chatham, Va., on December 3 last year. A month before, she’d attended a story-telling workshop I ran, where we trained members of the community how to resist the laying of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) Southgate through our lands by telling the stories of their own lives. She had sat quietly, taking it all in, and now here she was at the hearing, dressed in that way of Southern women when they go to church.

      • Queens, New York Women Sue Celebrity Doctor for Serial Sexual Abuse – Validated Independent News

        In an interview with Molly Crane-Newman for the New York Daily News, a plaintiff identified as Bea in the court filings recalls her first and only appointment with Khandker in 2011 when she was just a teenager

      • Opinion | Biden Should Free Peltier Right Now

        The long and sad imprisonment of Leonard Peltier (Turtle Mountain Chippewa Nation) took on a new complication on Friday when it was reported he tested positive for COVID-19 while incarcerated at the United States Penitentiary at Coleman, Fla. (USP Coleman 1).

      • Texas Town To Start Issuing Traffic Tickets By Text Message

        Way back in 2014, Oklahoma state senator (and former police officer) Al McAffrey had an idea: what if cops could issue traffic tickets electronically, without ever having to leave the safety and comfort of their patrol cars?

      • Brian Flores Levels a Lawsuit Against the NFL for Discriminatory Practices

        Inside the owners’ boxes of the National Football League, the emperors have been walking around naked for decades. And Brian Flores is done pretending they’re wearing clothes. The former Miami Dolphins head coach has issued a thunderclap of a lawsuit, on the first day of Black History Month, accusing the National Football League of systemic racism in the hiring of coaches and executives. He also calls out the Rooney Rule, the league directive by which NFL owners are compelled to sit down with one “minority” candidate per hiring cycle, as a performative sham that has produced nothing except unconvincing window dressing.

      • With Stephen Breyer’s Retirement, The Supreme Court Has Lost A Justice Who Was Wary Of Overly Burdensome Copyright

        Whatever the (I’d argue unfortunate) politics behind Stephen Breyer’s decision to retire as a Supreme Court Justice at the conclusion of this term, it is notable around here for his views on copyright. Breyer has generally been seen as the one Justice on the court most open to the idea that overly aggressive copyright policy was dangerous and potentially unconstitutional. Perhaps ironically, given that they are often lumped together on the overly simplistic “left/right” spectrum — Justices Breyer and Ginsburg — presented somewhat opposite ends of the copyright spectrum. Ginsburg consistently was a voice in favor of expanding copyright law to extreme degrees, while Breyer seemed much more willing to recognize that the rights of users — including fair use — were extremely important.

      • Erasing History: Holocaust Graphic Novelist Art Spiegelman on “Maus” & Wave of Book Bans Sweeping U.S.

        As a wave of book bans sweeps schools and libraries across the United States, we speak with the celebrated graphic novelist Art Spiegelman on a Tennessee school district’s recent vote to ban his Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel “Maus” from its eighth grade language arts curriculum. The novel, which was targeted for profanity and nudity, tells the story of Spiegelman’s parents who survived the Holocaust. Spiegelman says the bills put forth by conservatives are just a “displacement of their own anxieties” and warns of taking away “access to understanding a genocidal system built by fascists and authoritarians” for youth and adults alike. He also comments on ABC’s recent suspension of Whoopi Goldberg for her comments that the Holocaust was “not about race,” saying Goldberg deserves to stay on air in light of her apology.

      • The Silencing of Black & Queer Voices: George M. Johnson on 15-State Ban of “All Boys Aren’t Blue”

        School districts and Republican-controlled state legislatures are rapidly intensifying efforts to ban certain books about race, colonialism, sex and gender identity from public classrooms and libraries. The wave of book bans — with more than 70 educational gag order bills being introduced in legislatures over the past month alone — have been largely led by right-wing groups funded by Charles Koch. We’re joined by author George M. Johnson to talk about their award-winning memoir-manifesto “All Boys Aren’t Blue,” which deals with homophobia, transphobia and racism and has been targeted for removal in at least 15 states. “Black storytelling has often been banned,” says Johnson. “My book is a tool so that Black queer kids and LGBTQ teens can see themselves and read about themselves and learn about themselves.” Johnson also says the bans have only given youth more access points to their book and argues the recent bills imposed by conservatives are “all about the fear of losing the control of the minds that they have had in this country since its early foundings.”

      • It’s been a busy start of the year for open culture at CC! Here’s an update

        Since June 2021, thanks to a grant by the Arcadia Fund, Creative Commons has been developing our Open Culture / Open GLAM program to help transform institutions and support them as they embrace open culture and all the benefits it creates for themselves and their communities. Our core task is to enable galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAMs) to share their collections online as freely and openly as possible in participatory, interactive, sustainable, ethical, and equitable ways.

        Here’s an overview of what we have been up to in recent months.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Hollywood, Media, And Telecom Giants Are Clearly Terrified Gigi Sohn Will Do Her Job At The FCC

        Media and telecom giants have been desperately trying to stall the nomination of Gigi Sohn to the FCC. Both desperately want to keep the Biden FCC gridlocked at 2-2 Commissioners thanks to the rushed late 2020 Trump appointment of Nathan Simington to the Commission. Both industries most assuredly don’t want the Biden FCC to do popular things like restore the FCC’s consumer protection authority, net neutrality, or media consolidation rules. But because Sohn is so popular, they’ve had a hell of a time coming up with any criticisms that make any coherent sense.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Congress Introduces New Agricultural ‘Right to Repair’ Bill With Massive Farmer Support

        Back in 2015, frustration at John Deere’s draconian tractor DRM helped birth a grassroots tech movement dubbed “right to repair.” The company’s crackdown on “unauthorized repairs” turned countless ordinary citizens into technology policy activists, after DRM (and the company’s EULA) prohibited the lion’s share of repair or modification of tractors customers thought they owned. These restrictions only worked to drive up costs for owners, who faced either paying significantly more money for “authorized” repair (which for many owners involved hauling tractors hundreds of miles and shelling out thousands of additional dollars), or toying around with pirated firmware just to ensure the products they owned actually worked.

    • Monopolies

      • Can We At Least Make Sure Antitrust Isn’t Deliberately Designed To Make Everyone Worse Off?

        For decades here on Techdirt I’ve argued that competition is the biggest driver of innovation, and so I’m very interested in policies designed to drive more competition. Historically this has been antitrust policy, but over the past decade or so it feels like antitrust policy has become less and less about competition, and more and more about punishing companies that politicians dislike. We can debate whether or not consumer welfare is the right standard for antitrust — I think there are people on both sides of that debate who make valid points — but I have significant concerns about any antitrust policy that seems deliberately designed to make consumers worse off.

      • Copyrights

        • A Renaissance Riddle: The Sola Busca Tarot Deck (1491) – The Public Domain Review

          The Latin motto TRAHO FATIS (I am drawn by Fate) appears but four times in the Tarot masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance, the Sola Busca deck, and yet it hangs unmistakably over the cards’ entire colorful procession of ancient Greek and Roman heroes. Armored in the style of late-fifteenth century northern Italy, they bear bagpipes, shields, lyres, pennants, staffs, and torches, while accompanied by basilisks, crows, falcons, doves, and eagles. Every single card is a miniature drama — the expressions of the highly individualized figures inviting us to speculate, like the Tarot itself, on the past and future of this cryptic world.

          When the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage in Milan purchased the Sola Busca tarot deck in 2009, it had existed for five hundred years, and yet had barely ever been seen — a very strange thing for a deck of playing cards. Before a spate of studies appeared in Italian after 1990, it had only been written about three times: by Count Leopold Cicognara in Memoirs to Serve the History of Intaglio Printing (1831); by William Hughes Willshire in A Description of Playing and Other Cards (1876); and in 1935, when British Museum art historian Arthur Mayger Hind’s Early Italian Engravings advanced the first hypothesis about the origin of the deck and its author. Although still hotly debated, the contemporary scholarly consensus is that the Sola Busca deck — now housed at the Pinacoteca de Brera — was engraved in 1491, most likely in Ferrara, and was colored by hand about a decade later, in Venice. (Other versions of this deck exist in fragmented, unpainted form, preserved by the Albertina in Vienna, the British Museum, and elsewhere.)

        • iTunes DRM Removal Could Come Back to Haunt Record Labels in Piracy Liability Lawsuit

          In 2009, the major record labels decided to remove DRM from music in the iTunes store. More than a decade has passed since but the issue could now make a comeback in a piracy liability lawsuit. Internet provider RCN plans to use it as a defense, while the labels claim that the DRM issue is old and irrelevant.

        • Manga Publishers’ Lawsuit: Cloudflare Fails to Terminate Pirates or Verify Identities

          Manga publishers Shueisha, Kodansha, Shogakukan, and Kadokawa have now filed their promised lawsuit at the Tokyo District Court, demanding an injunction and damages against Cloudflare for copyright infringement. They say that Cloudflare has become an indispensable tool for many pirate sites and accuse the company of being uncooperative while failing to conduct due diligence.

        • Open Minds Podcast: Brigitte Vézina of Creative Commons

          Brigitte Vézina (Photo by Victoria Heath, CC BY)

        • Tell the Copyright Office Who Is Really Affected by Filters

          The Copyright Office is also holding a plenary session on February 22, to hear from the public. It will then engage in a  series of  “industry-sector specific consultations.” Given how often “industry” is seen as equivalent to Big Tech and Big Content, it is vital that the Copyright Office properly consider all of those who would be affected.

          We want to make sure that the Copyright Office hears the real problems with technical approaches to infringement, especially automated filters, so that it understands the dangers of allowing robots to shape online expression. Automated filters are expensive, don’t work very well in many instances, and routinely suppress lawful expression. Facebook routinely removes classical musicians because of its filter. YouTube’s filter takes money from independent creators and gives them to giant corporations. Experts in copyright law talking about what counts as infringement find that video removed and can’t figure out how to respond. Twitch removes a channel owned by its parent company. And on and on.

          One sadly ironic result: independent internet creators face even more challenges reaching an audience just as new technologies and platforms should be making it easier. “Big Content” cannot be the sole voice of internet creators, who are also copyright holders with a right to be included in this process. And it’s hard to imagine which “industry sectors” can adequately represent the users who would be affected by any new technical measures, much less the multiple public interests in play. If you agree, you can submit comments to remind the Copyright Office of these facts and emphasize the dangers requiring filters would create.

[Meme] The ‘Influencers’ for Sale

Posted in Deception, Hardware at 9:36 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Context: When Blogs Become Marketing and Benchmarks Become Product Promotions | Techrights Statement on Phoronix | AMD Apparently Sends Crates of CPUs to Phoronix (But It’s Definitely Not a Bribe!)

Alex Jones: When it realises AMD sends lots of hardware to Larabel

Summary: The integrity of the Linux ‘blogosphere’ is being compromised by big corporate money; the Linux Foundation has intruded many blogs with its monopoly money (ads and puff pieces galore) while AMD now gives ‘gifts’ worth as much as a new home

When Blogs Become Marketing and Benchmarks Become Product Promotions

Posted in Deception, Hardware at 9:08 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 7981b8c10b1b12c9687f52aae5a48708
AMD and Phoronix
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Having boasted about hardware worth as much as a house (likely in breach of FTC regulations, not just the most fundamental ethical guidelines), apparently coming from AMD, Phoronix discredited itself or tarnished its image as a trusted, objective source; now it seems to be deleting the image of this epic (EPYC) gift, though only after some backlash

Techrights has linked to Phoronix literally tens of thousands of times. So has Tux Machines, which according to Alexa (the traffic analysis site) is a leading source of inbound traffic for Phoronix (highest except Phoronix itself). I’ve spent years defending Phoronix from its critics, linking to the site in Social Control Media as an act of solidarity. I routinely used it as a source so it’s very frustrating to see what it became [1, 2]. It’s part of an ongoing trend. Presenting itself as hard-working and impoverished ‘underdog’, the site has crossed over to the “dark side” and is shamelessly sharing photographs of gifts. Not a gift like a laptop or a processor but something about 1,000 times more expensive. There’s no valid explanation and none has been given.

To make matters worse, it now looks like parts of the forum are being removed (like the image posted there; I show this in the video above and I’ve verified again since) and no explanation is being given. Half a day ago I wrote (as a 15-year forum member): “What is going on here? Michael, those chips cost a fortune [sic] and are not needed in these quantities for the purpose of testing/comparing. Who sent these? Please clarify.”

Intel CoreIt’s perfectly possible that AMD isn’t alone; AMD is one that we know about. The image on the left was posted this year as well. It is difficult to know, however, what is inside that cabinet (or the quantity). It’s not entirely unreasonable to ship something for review, but how many?

Seeing that an administrator saw and approved my post, I expected an imminent response but received none. So I followed up with: “I’ve linked to Phoronix literally tens of thousands of times and defended it a lot from its critics. I need to see the AMD contract by which this transaction was done, dated too (to avoid it being revised in a face-saving exercise).”

Half a day has passed and no reply was given. I said upfront: “I’ll give another few hours for response, seeing my posts did get approved, so they’re being read. I’ll draw my own conclusions if no response is posted soon.”

Phoronix is aware and has posted 4 or 5 articles since (as of the time of writing), so clearly my messages were seen. As the image from the forums has been removed I’m reproducing one of several screenshots below. The video above says a lot more and today’s IRC logs will add context.

Phoronix thread #1

Phoronix thread #2

Phoronix thread #3

Techrights Statement on Phoronix

Posted in Site News at 5:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Techrights will refrain from linking to Phoronix any longer and urges others to do the same

IN LIGHT of a recent incident,

AND IN LIGHT of a lack of response when asked to clarify the nature of it (repeated requests for clarification; a presumption of innocence),

TECHRIGHTS henceforth considers PHORONIX a compromised blog or ‘bought’ news site.

The matter was considered internally and various possible explanations were being carefully considered (for transparency, it is in IRC logs).

A lack of transparency adds further to distrust and the independence/objectivity is imperilled.

This adds up given prior observations regarding other firms.

We expect that given enough time spin can be crafted and an “alternative” explanation will be given. We urge people not to accept spin.

CONSEQUENTLY, Techrights will not be linking to that site or its forums anymore.

Moreover, Techrights cautions readers to treat with suspicion the content therein.

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IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, February 02, 2022

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