Links 18/2/2022: Snap Flaw, PinePhone Reviewed

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  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • More Developers Should Use Linux. Not Sure Why They Don’t!

        My first interaction with Computers was in school. These machines were running a version of DOS. I had no interest in the subject, so I did not pay attention to it. Ironically, years later I landed up pursuing Engineering in Computer science.

      • NordVPN merges with SurfShark, breaks the ‘Linux’; client again. Starts harassing Windows users to go on autopay. – BaronHK’s Rants

        While being investigated in California for a potential class action lawsuit for making it difficult to cancel, NordVPN merged with another VPN company, SurfShark, and now they’ve broken the “Linux” client again.

        Version 3.12.4 for “Linux” causes the Internet Killswitch to stop working on Debian GNU/Linux 11, which means that if the VPN drops, your traffic can go out over the open Internet without warning.

        I had to go into Synaptic Package Manager, find the NordVPN repo, and select Force Version to get back to 3.12.3. Disastrous upgrades that shift bugs around are quite common in NordVPN’s clients, but are particularly bad with the “Linux” version. And they won’t tell you how to just use Wireguard and connect directly, even though behind the scenes, that’s pretty much what their piece of crap client program is doing. That and some firewall rules to implement the Killswitch.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • A memory allocator for BPF code [LWN.net]

        Loading a BPF program into the kernel involves a lot of steps, including verification, permissions checking, linking to in-kernel helper functions, and compilation to the native instruction format. Underneath all of that, though, lies one other simple task: allocating some memory to store the compiled BPF program in the kernel’s address space. It turns out that this allocation can be somewhat wasteful of memory in current kernels, especially on systems where large numbers of BPF programs are loaded. This patch set from Song Liu seeks to remedy this problem by introducing yet another specialized memory allocator into the kernel.

        The kernel allows BPF programs to be reasonably large, but most of them are, in practice, quite small. BPF can do quite a bit with a few hundred bytes of code space. But the kernel allocates space for BPF programs in units of full base (usually 4KB) pages, with all of the space past the end of each program being wasted for as long as that program remains loaded. For a small program, most of the page allocated to hold the code is unused; if there are many programs loaded, the amount of wasted memory can start to add up.

        Liu’s patch set adds a new “bpf_prog_pack” allocator to address this problem. It would be, on the surface, one of the simplest memory allocators in the system. It maintains a list of huge pages to hold BPF programs, allocating new ones as needed. Whenever space is needed for a new BPF program, a simple, first-fit algorithm allocates the amount needed. A bitmap associated with each huge page (or “pack”) tracks the free space (in 64B chunks), thus automatically coalescing chunks returned to the allocator when programs are unloaded. It is not written for speed, but it does not need to be; even on a system that makes heavy use of BPF, allocation and free operations will be relatively rare.

        The advantages of this simple allocator are reasonably clear. Because multiple programs can be packed into a single page, the memory that is wasted due to internal fragmentation will be greatly reduced. Performance will be helped by putting BPF programs into huge pages, which reduces translation lookaside buffer (TLB) pressure. But it is worth asking why yet another allocator is needed when the kernel already has memory-management code that has been extensively developed and tuned over the years. The answer is that BPF brings some special needs that cannot be met with existing allocators.

      • Stray-write protection for persistent memory [LWN.net]

        Persistent memory has a number of advantages; it is fast, CPU-addressable, available in large quantities and, of course, persistent. But it also, arguably, poses a higher risk of suffering corruption as a result of bugs in the kernel. Protecting against this possibility is the objective of this patch set from Ira Weiny, which makes use of Intel’s “protection keys supervisor” (PKS) feature to make it harder for the kernel to inadvertently write to persistent memory.

      • Intel Core “Raptor Lake” gets advanced Linux support

        The Raptor Lake processor family is the 13th generation of Intel Core, which is scheduled for launch later this year.

      • Graphics Stack

        • Intel confirms standalone Arc Graphics due in Q2, also ‘Project Endgame’ this year

          Intel has confirmed some updates to their tech roadmap today and the good news is that Arc Graphics are on the way.

          For notebooks, Intel Arc Alchemist will be arriving in the first quarter of this year. We already mostly knew this though, as they confirmed that before. At least now though, we’re getting clearer info on standalone cards for desktops – which will be due out in Q2 (April – June). Intel think they will manage to ship “4 million” discrete GPUs in 2022 which would be across laptops, consumer desktops and workstations.

        • 6 years on the Vulkan API has enabled some amazing things | GamingOnLinux

          Can you actually believe that the Vulkan API has just crossed over the 6 year mark? Sometimes it feels like it was only yesterday. It truly has helped to create some amazing stuff while it steadily takes over from OpenGL as the cross-platform open API to use.

    • Applications

      • 8 Best Free and Open Source Virtual Keyboards

        Accessibility is the degree to which products, devices, services, or environments are available to as many people as possible whatever their circumstances. Accessibility can be viewed as the ability to access and benefit from a system or entity. Accessibility is paramount. Social inclusion is not an act of charity but a fundamental human right.

        There are several different kinds of keyboards for PCs. The most common type is a physical, external keyboard that plugs into your PC. But you can use a virtual keyboard with Linux instead of a physical keyboard.

      • Top 5 Live Streaming Application for Ubuntu and Other Linux [2022 Edition]

        This post lists the top five live streaming applications for Ubuntu Linux with features, highlights, download details, and comparison.

      • Raw photo editing with RawTherapee [LWN.net]

        Digital photography opens up a whole new world of photo postprocessing opportunities, especially if the photographer uses their camera’s raw format to take advantage of all of the data collected by the sensor. On the other hand, using raw images means doing without all of the processing done by the camera and taking on a range of complex tasks. Raw photo editors are designed to work with raw images as a key part of a photographer’s workflow. Your editor recently reviewed the darktable editor, but there are other options available in the free-software community. RawTherapee is a GPLv3-licensed raw editor that is in some ways simpler than darktable — but that is not the same as saying that it is simple.

        Superficially, RawTherapee looks a lot like darktable. The initial view is called the “file browser”; like darktable’s “light table”, it allows the user to import images into the application, add star ratings, and choose an image to edit. There are options to filter images in a number of ways, including by aperture and shutter speed, or by the lens that was used to take them. The right sidebar can also be turned into an inspection window for quickly looking at images using a 1:1 pixel ratio to check for focus.

        As an experiment in processing photos with RawTherapee, your editor used the file browser to choose the image shown below, taken on a recent outing above town. Once again, this photo is anything but a great work of art, but it does show the kind of problems that a raw editor can address. The image contains a lot of contrast, and the mountains in the background are somewhat overexposed — an ongoing hazard when photographing scenes with snow in them — while the foreground is dark. What is shown here is the image as produced by the camera; what can be done to improve it?

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Goodbye, CentOS: How to Install Rocky Linux 8

        Support for CentOS ended in 2021, but the project lives on in the form of Rocky Linux. Here’s how to install and configure Rocky Linux.

        Rocky Linux is a CentOS clone created by Gregory Kurtzer, the founder of CentOS. Kurtzer announced the Rocky Linux project hours after the RHEL development team announced support for CentOS 8 ended on December 31, 2021. The downstream, binary-compatible build based on RHEL released on June 21, 2021. Kurtzer named the distro after his late CentOS co-founder, tweeting, “Thinking back to early CentOS… My co-founder Rocky McGaugh. He is no longer with us, so as a H/T to him, who never got to see the success that CentOS came to be, I introduce to you… Rocky Linux.”

      • How to install the Odoo ERP/CRM platform on Ubuntu Server 20.04 | TechRepublic

        Adding an ERP/CRM solution to your company workflow can make a huge difference in productivity. Jack Wallen shows you how to deploy the open-source Odoo system to fill this void.

        Odoo was once known as Open ERP and TinyERP and served as a complete Enterprise Resource Planning and Customer Relationship Management solution in one powerful, open-source package. Odoo includes all of the features you require for ERP/CRM, such as:

      • OpenVPN Server on Kubernetes

        OpenVPN server in a Docker container running on Kubernetes.

      • How to install Sonic Classic 2 on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Sonic Classic 2 on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

      • How to Install Discourse Forum with Nginx and Free Let’s Encrypt SSL on Debian 11

        Discourse is an open-source community discussion platform built using the Ruby language. It is designed to work as a forum, chat software or mailing list. It integrates easily with other platforms, and its functionality can be expanded with plugins.

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to install Discourse Forum with the Nginx server on a Debian 11 based server.

      • How To Install OpenFire on Debian 11 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install OpenFire on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, OpenFire is a cross-platform, real-time chat server that is based on the XMPP protocol. It uses the only widely adopted open protocol for instant messaging, XMPP Openfire is incredibly easy to set up and administer but offers rock-solid security and performance.

        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 OpenFire on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

      • Install ELK Stack 8.x on Ubuntu – kifarunix.com

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to install ELK stack 8.x on Ubuntu systems. Elastic/ELK stack 8.0 has been released making it another major version release after Elastic 7.0.

      • How To Install Gscan2pdf On Ubuntu / Linux Mint | Tips On UNIX

        This tutorial will be helpful for beginners to download and install gscan2pdf 2.12.5 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Linux Mint 20.3, and lower versions of Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

        gscan2pdf is a GUI tool used to produce PDFs or DjVus from Scanned documents,gscan2pdf works on all Linux / BSD machines.

        gscan2pdf team released a newer version 2.12.5 recently and is yet to be updated in official PPA (Jeffrey Ratcliffe) for Ubuntu 20.04 and lower versions.

      • How to Install and Configure Apache Web Server on Debian 11 – VITUX

        The Apache server is one of the most popular open-source web servers developed and maintained by the Apache Software Foundation. Apache is by far the most widely used web server application in Linux operating systems, but it can be used on almost all operating system platforms such as Windows, MAC OS, OS/2, and so on. It allows developers to publish their content over the Internet.

        This article explains how to install and configure Apache web server on Debian 11 (Bullseye). The same steps work and have been tested on the older Debian 10 version as well.

      • TextSnatcher: How to Copy Text from Images in Linux? – TREND OCEANS

        Extracting text from media like images isn’t new technology in the market. Google-like company is already trying to implement OCR in Vision API to implement text detection in their native image tool or photo managers.

        In Linux, we have multiple tools to snitch text from the images. Textsnatcher is another one of its kind. This tool performs optical character recognition (OCR) in a couple of seconds, allowing you to copy anything from the image to your system clipboard easily.

      • Using quay.io to host multi-architecture containers – Le blog de pingou

        Recently I have worked on a container that I wanted to be able to use on both x86_64 and aarch64 (in other words, on my regular laptop as well as on my raspberry pi). I could build the container on the laptop, push it to quay.io but then the container was failing to start on the raspberry pi, and obviously, the other way around as well.

        The question was then: how to make it so that I could easily pull the container image from quay.io for both architectures?

      • Remi Collet: My PHP Workstation

        I often read questions about how to use an old PHP version on Fedora (which have 8) or a more recent version on RHEL / CentOS / Alma / Rocky (which have 7.4).

        A developer using PHP often need to test his work with various versions. So here is a description of the Workstation I use daily.

        Old version of this entry, My PHP Workstation for old Fedora and RHEL / CentOS 7 is still available.

      • Install Cinnamon Desktop Environment on AlmaLinux 8 – LinuxCapable

        Cinnamon Desktop Environment is a free, open-source desktop environment based on X Window System created from GNOME 3 by the Linux Community that was frustrated and disappointed with GNOME 3. Cinnamon offers a bright, clean look that is less bloated than alternative desktop environments and focuses on speed and flexibility.

        Cinnamon is the default desktop environment choice for Linux Mint, as many veteran Linux distro hoppers would know and are actively maintained by them.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install this alternative desktop environment on AlmaLinux 8 Workstation as an option choice to switch from GNOME.

      • How to install Chrome OS on your old Mac or PC – Pocketnow

        We have all been in a situation when our laptop (or PC) comes to the end of its life cycle. It becomes slow and difficult to use. We hang on to it for a while before it finally rests in the desk drawer for the rest of its life. Google has a unique solution for these devices that might give them a reboot.

        Google unveiled its new Chrome OS Flex. The new OS comes with most of the features of Chrome OS, like integration with Android, Google Assistant, and cloud sync (for settings, password, bookmarks, etc) with other devices. It’s free and you can install easily it on your old Mac or Windows device and give it a breath of fresh air.

      • Ubuntu 22.04 Adds Apparent Options to Hide Mounted Drives / Trash from Dock | UbuntuHandbook

        Boring with the external disk partitions, USB drive, as well as Trash icons displayed on the left panel (aka, Ubuntu Dock)? Ubuntu 22.04 now has the options in system settings to toggle display these icons.

      • eDEX-UI Terminal Emulator on Ubuntu 21.10 [ Easy Install ]

        eDEX-UI Terminal is a fullscreen, cross-platform terminal emulator and system monitor that looks and feels like a sci-fi computer interface.

        Heavily inspired from the TRON Legacy movie effects (especially the Board Room sequence), the eDEX-UI project was originally meant to be “DEX-UI with less « art » and more « distributable software »”. While keeping a futuristic look and feel, it strives to maintain a certain level of functionality and to be usable in real-life scenarios, with the larger goal of bringing science-fiction UXs to the mainstream.

        It might or might not be a joke taken too seriously.

      • Easy VMware Ubuntu 21.10 Install ( Video )

        Ubuntu is a Linux distribution based on Debian and composed mostly of free and open-source software. Ubuntu is officially released in three editions: Desktop, Server, and Core for Internet of things devices and robots. All the editions can run on the computer alone, or in a virtual machine. Ubuntu is a popular operating system for cloud computing, with support for OpenStack. Ubuntu’s default desktop has been GNOME since version 17.10.

        Ubuntu is released every six months, with long-term support (LTS) releases every two years. As of 22 April 2021, the most recent long-term support release is 20.04 (“Focal Fossa”), which is supported until 2025 under public support and until 2030 as a paid option for companies and free for individuals who register. The latest standard release is 21.10 (“Impish Indri”), which is supported for nine months.

        Ubuntu is developed by British company Canonical, and a community of other developers, under a meritocratic governance model. Canonical provides security updates and support for each Ubuntu release, starting from the release date and until the release reaches its designated end-of-life (EOL) date. Canonical generates revenue through the sale of premium services related to Ubuntu and donations from those who download the Ubuntu software.

        VMware, Inc. is an American cloud computing and virtualization technology company with headquarters in California. VMware was the first commercially successful company to virtualize the x86 architecture.

      • Easy Install Konversation On Ubuntu Linux Via The Terminal

        Konversation is a user-friendly Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client which provides easy access to standard IRC networks such as Libera, where the KDE IRC channels can be found. Konversation supports popular platforms like Linux, Windows and FreeBSD. It is the default IRC client in many prominent Linux distributions, such as openSUSE, the KDE spin of Fedora, and Kubuntu. IRC users can share files with other online users. Direct Client-to-Client (DCC) is a type of peer-to-peer filesharing using an IRC server for handshaking in order to exchange files or perform non-relayed chats. A typical DCC session runs independently from the IRC server once established.

      • 2 ways to Install Sublime Text 3 on Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04 – Linux Shout

        Commands to install Sublime Text editors on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy JellyFish or Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa using Terminal. Version 3 of Sublime is a sensible further development that comes up with numerous features.

        In addition to classic functions such as syntax highlighting for countless programming and scripting languages, snippets, and a code preview, “Sublime Text” has some special features that make the editor interesting for ambitious users. For example, the search and replace function also accepts regular expressions. Selections can be applied specifically to the same words, for example, to quickly adjust a class in the entire document; text blocks can also be edited quickly with a so-called batch selection.

        Coded in C++ and python, Sublime Text puts emphasis on the use of keyboard shortcuts, hence the user can use shortcuts to open and switch documents. Users can also activate the distraction-free mode and edit the text on full screen.

      • How To Install Percona on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Percona on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Percona Server is a free and open-source distribution of the MySQL relational database management system created by Percona. Percona Server is used by thousands of enterprises to provide superior performance, scalability, and instrumentation for their workloads. It is compatible with many cloud providers including, AWS, Google Cloud, Azure, and many more.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Percona Database Server 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 easily add ssh credentials on Jenkins Server – LinuxTechLab

        Jenkins can make ssh connection to a remote server for the purpose of executing a command or running a script or we can also copy file from jenkins or some other server to another remote server. For this purpose, we need to create a ssh connection between Jenkins server & remote server.

        This tutorials details the process to add ssh credentials on Jenkins server & easily make a ssh connection with a remote server.

      • Install Budgie Desktop Environment on AlmaLinux 8 – LinuxCapable

        Budgie is a desktop environment that is free and open-source that uses GNOME technologies such as GTK (> 3.x) and is developed by the Solus project, which also contributes to its design through contributors from numerous communities, including Arch Linux; Manjaro; openSUSE Tumbleweed – among others.

        For users seeking an alternative to GNOME that is lightweight and sleek with a simple UI instead of focusing on eye candy, then Budgie is worth checking out.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Budgie Desktop Environment on AlmaLinux 8 Workstation.

      • Install MATE Desktop Environment on AlmaLinux 8 – LinuxCapable

        For those not familiar with MATE Desktop Environment, it is the continuation of GNOME 2. It is famous for being lightweight, fast, and stable that runs on Linux and most BSD operating systems. MATE is also an excellent choice for a lower-end system or those looking to remain efficient on system resources.

        In the following tutorial, you learn how to install the MATE Desktop environment on AlmaLinux 8 Workstation.

      • Install, Upgrade MariaDB 10.8 on Debian 11 Bullseye – LinuxCapable

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

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

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install or upgrade MariaDB 10.8 on Debian 11 Bullseye.

      • Install/Upgrade MakeMKV on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        MakeMKV is a free, open-source tool that can convert video clips from DVDs and Blu-rays, usually encrypted. The output will have most information preserved but not changed in any way; it’s perfect for people who want their media without hassle or headache caused by software limitations like those found with some other transcoder apps.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install or upgrade to the latest version of MakeMKV on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS using a recommended repository by the MakeMKV team to provide the most up-to-date version.

      • Install/Upgrade MariaDB 10.7 on AlmaLinux 8 – LinuxCapable

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

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

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install MariaDB 10.7 on AlmaLinux 8.

      • Install/Upgrade XanMod Kernel LTS on AlmaLinux 8 – LinuxCapable

        XanMod is a free, open-source general-purpose Linux Kernel alternative to the stock kernel on AlmaLinux. It features custom settings and new features and is built to provide a responsive and smooth desktop experience, especially for new hardware.

        Installing a third-party kernel may be for you for users seeking to have their system kernel up to date and not wanting to install kernels or use the testing/unstable repositories manually.

      • Edit text on Linux with KWrite and Kate | Opensource.com

        A text editor is often a good example application to demonstrate what a programming framework is capable of producing. I myself have written at least three example text editors in articles about wxPython and PyQt, and Java. The reason they’re seen as easy apps to create is because the frameworks provide so much of the code that’s hardest to write. I think that’s also the reason that most operating systems provide a simple desktop text editor. They’re useful to the user and easy for the developer.

        On the KDE Plasma Desktop, there are two text editors to choose from: the humble KWrite and the powerful Kate. They share between them a library called KTextEditor from the KDE Framework, which provides robust text editing options, so no matter which one you choose you have more features than you’re probably used to from a “basic” text editor that just happens to be included with your desktop. Using the same component for text editing across text editors means that once you grow accustomed to one text editing interface in KDE, you’re essentially familiar with them all: KWrite, Kate, KDevelop, and more.

    • Games

      • Mechajammer brings tactical cyberpunk turn-based RPG pixels to Linux | GamingOnLinux

        Whalenought Studios and Modern Wolf have today released a native Linux port of Mechajammer, a tactical cyberpunk turn-based RPG set on an off-world grindhouse jungle colony. Mechajammer’s inspirations are rooted in clasisc 80s sci-fi/action movies like Escape from New York, Robocop, and the first Terminator. With the dark atmosphere and plenty of low-tech, you can clearly see some of it shining through.

      • Retro x86-based machine emulator 86Box v3.2 brings Linux support | GamingOnLinux

        86Box is a new one to me but perhaps some readers might be interested in it. It’s an IBM PC system emulator that specializes in running old operating systems and software. Now with version 3.2 it’s available for Linux.

      • Lilbits: Google’s Privacy Sandbox for Android, Valve brings more Windows games to Linux, and a triple-screen PC powered by Raspberry Pi computers – Liliputing

        In other recent tech news from around the web, with the Steam Deck handheld gaming PC set to begin shipping in less than two weeks, Valve continues to improve its Proton software that allows many Windows PC games to run on Linux. Nintendo, meanwhile, is showing one of the down sides of internet-connected game consoles: the company is shutting down its eShop for the Wii U and 3DS next year, and those are the only ways to purchase some classic games for those consoles, which will make the company’s older consoles a little less useful in the future.

      • Valve clarifies how they test Native Linux or Proton for Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        For people who watch SteamDB updates, there’s been a little bit of confusion on how Valve has been testing titles ready for the release of the Steam Deck on February 25. They’ve now fully clarified.

        The issue surrounds what version they will pick for Deck Verified when games have a Native Linux build. There were a number that appeared on SteamDB, noting Steam Play Proton as the runtime picked instead (meaning the Windows build was used). As example, an update for Portal 2 on SteamDB (their own game) shows the recommended runtime being Proton. Turns out, this was not intended.

        Valve shared via email (making clear this was not embargoed info): “early on, there were a limited number of titles that were tested via Proton before Linux before we made some policy changes. Since then all of those titles are already back in the queue for re-testing using their Linux builds”.

      • Godot Engine – Release candidate: Godot 3.4.3 RC 2

        In parallel to our work on Godot 3.5 (with a first beta) and 4.0 (now at alpha 2!), 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 second Release Candidate is your chance to help us validate it.

        Jump to the Downloads section.

        As usual, you can try it live with the online version of the Godot editor updated for this release.

      • How to install Minetest on Zorin OS 16 – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at how to install Minetest on Zorin OS 16.

      • Get ready to beat ‘em up plenty with Final Vendetta | GamingOnLinux

        In the spirit of the classics like Streets of Rage, Bitmap Bureau and Numskull Games recently announced Final Vendetta with some great pixel-art and a super soundtrack.

        The developer said “The gameplay mechanics are sure to go down well with fans of the genre, giving players a vast array of moves and the ability to block, run, dodge, strike downed opponents, and even perform juggle combos! Each character has a unique feel and move set that the player will have to master.”

      • PULSAR: Lost Colony gets upgrades for Linux and Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        The co-op spaceship crew simulator PULSAR: Lost Colony got a nice little update recently, with some of the focus being on the Linux version and being ready for the Steam Deck. It’s clearly all hands on Deck.

        Along with fixing a bunch of bugs, the update released on February 15 swapped out their voice chat system to use Photon Voice as a backend. This will offer better direct compatibility for Linux (they have a Native build), and they say it should also “decrease the latency in certain situations”.

      • Fast-paced brutal FPS ULTRAKILL gets full controller support ready for Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        ULTRAKILL might be one of the absolute most popular Early Access games from 2020 and it might just be a good pick for the Steam Deck, if you love fast-paced retro-styled shooters.

        In the “Saw Your Heart Update” released February 16, the team mentioned they’ve added in full controller support to the game. This includes for all menus, tutorials and on-screen text show controller inputs, aim / look speed is no longer affected by framerate and a few other fixes to make controllers feel good. They said they’re hoping for Deck Verification soon.

      • Total War: WARHAMMER III to release for Linux ‘in Early Spring’ | GamingOnLinux

        Total War: WARHAMMER III has just released although only supported for Windows, with the Linux release due out “in Early Spring”.

        The way it’s been handled is perhaps a little confusing, if you don’t fully read the Steam page. It has a SteamOS icon on Steam (to show Linux support), plus a system requirements tab at the bottom of the store page. However, down below the buy button a bit there’s an Update Notes section that reads “Total War: WARHAMMER III will release on macOS and Linux in Early Spring” and the same is noted in the system requirements.

      • Paradox launch a DLC subscription option for Hearts of Iron IV | GamingOnLinux

        Games from Paradox Interactive after a while end up building up quite a lot of DLC, it’s how they support their games for so long but it’s quite daunting for new players – perhaps this new subscription for Hearts of Iron IV may help.

        What they’ve done on Steam is add a new Hearts of Iron IV – Expansion Subscription which for a monthly, 3-monthly or yearly fee gives you access to the entire DLC collection for the game. It includes all the main expansions, plus the smaller DLC packs. Considering there’s 16, it might not be a bad deal since it includes all future DLC.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Task Manager Improvements in Plasma 5.24

          In my last post I talked about why knowing the desktop file for a window is important for the task manager. I promised to talk about some cool stuff we did there in Plasma 5.24, so here we are.

          While hacking on the task manager code I noticed that we show a “Open new instance” action in the context menu of every task manager entry, even for those where it doesn’t make sense. A lot of apps are inherently single-window or single-instace, i.e. launching the app a second time will not open a second window but rather focus the existing one. Also, not all windows actually belong to a user-facing or user-launchable application. For example the network integration might ask you for the WiFi password, but you can’t open a new window for that from the task manager. Another kind of app where this actions doesn’t make sense is helper applications like the wizard for connecting to a new bluetooth device.

        • KDE/Krita artist Ken Vermette (kver): Streaming this Saturday

          This Saturday (Feb 19th) from 12:00pm to ~4:00pm EST I’ll be livestreaming preliminary work on the Plasma 5.25 wallpaper, as well as a brainstorming session for possible directions the Plasma 6 wallpapers could go. Iconography might also be a thing.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Retiring Clutter – Clutter Project

          Clutter has been in deep maintenance mode since 2016, when 1.26 was released. I formalised this in 2019, when I updated the README, mostly because people are still filing bugs related to GNOME Shell in the Clutter and Cogl issue trackers.

    • Distributions

      • BlueMail is available in Zenwalk
      • cifs-utils fix plus JWM drives menu tweaks

        Well, as a workaround for the next release of EasyOS, using the cifs-utils PET, that does work.

        The other news, is have been making some improvements to the JWM drives menu. In some situations it wasn’t displaying the partitions correctly. Also, now getting it to popup after unmounting a partition, which serves as a confirmation.

      • Slax Proves You Can’t Keep a Good Linux Distribution Down

        After 4 years of stagnation, the lightweight Slax distribution is back in business.

        Anyone who’s ever looked into bringing computer hardware back to life has considered one or more lightweight Linux distributions. In the search for the right OS, you might have come across Slax, which was a Debian-based operating system that was quite popular for a while. However, the pandemic wreaked havoc on the development lifecycle, so we hadn’t seen anything new from the maintainer since 2018.

        That all changes now, with the release of Slax 11.2. Based on Debian Bullseye, almost ready for release and will include features like kernel 5.10, support for 32 and 64-bit systems, PCManFM file manager, Connman network manager, SciTE text editor, xterm terminal emulator, and more. The developer has opted to leave out the Chromium browser by default (due to its size), but by clicking on the Chromium icon, the browser will automatically install.

        Although Debian shifted to the OverlayFS union mount filesystem, Slax had to continue with AUFS to provide the necessary support for the slax activate command. As OverlayFS doesn’t allow for modification of the existing overlay filesystem on the fly.

      • Good News! Debian-based Lightweight Linux Distro ‘Slax’ is Still Alive

        Slax, an impressive lightweight Linux distribution for 64-bit/32-bit computers, is back with an update after almost 4 years!

      • BSD

        • pfSense 2.6 Released, ZFS Is Now the Default File System

          Netgate announced that pfSense+ software version 22.01 and pfSense CE software version 2.6 are now available for upgrades and new installations.

          pfSense is a FreeBSD-based operating system for routers and firewalls. It can be installed on most commodity hardware, including old computers and embedded systems. pfSense is typically configured and operated through a user-friendly web interface, making administration easy even for users with limited networking knowledge.

          pfSense CE (Community Edition) is the open source branch freely available for use, as opposed to pfSense+ which is the new closed source branch.

          The pfSense CE is going to continue on the naming scheme of 2.5, 2.6, etc., and then the Plus version is going to use the year.month naming convention for the releases.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Red Hat: Moving from a proprietary to an open source culture

          Joining and contributing to an open source community is a great way to use your skills in creative ways while getting exposure to interesting projects that will expand your skill set. This video shared one person’s experience transitioning from a proprietary environment to open source. The path to get started, the challenges along the way, and key lessons learned help viewers anticipate what moving from proprietary to open source culture could be like.

          Petra Sargent was a software engineer for Nortel Networks after earning her degree in Computer Science 20 years ago. She had learned Pascal in college, but once she signed on with Nortel she was trained in their proprietary programming language, operating system, and version control software, complete with a confidential system architecture book that she kept locked in her desk when she wasn’t using it.

        • How to create a VMWare VM template for Red Hat Satellite

          In this post, continuing our series on setting up Red Hat Satellite for VMware to provision virtual machines (VMs) from Satellite, we’ll look at creating templates for use with VMware.

        • CPE Weekly Update – Week of February 14th – 18th – Fedora Community Blog

          This initiative is working on CentOS Stream/Emerging RHEL to make this new distribution a reality. The goal of this initiative is to prepare the ecosystem for the new CentOS Stream.

        • Running varnish from EPEL7? Upgrade to varnish-6.0 LTS now « On the third side

          So to repeat: varnish-4.0.x is EOL. The 6.0 LTS branch may be used in VCL 4.0 mode with minimal changes, and Varnish Software provides free el7 compatible packages that are well tested for production. If you use varnish-4.0 from EPEL7 on RHEL7, CentOS7, or other clones, it is time to upgrade now. See https://packagecloud.io/varnishcache/varnish60lts/install#manual-rpm for repo details, and https://varnish-cache.org/docs/6.0/whats-new/upgrading-6.0.html for details on the upgrade process.

        • Automating Content Management in Satellite 6.9 with Ansible Automation Platform: Part 3

          In part two of our series on Automating Content Management, we created the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform job templates required to automate the content management in Red Hat Satellite for a large fleet of servers.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • PostgreSQL: pgBackRest 2.37 Released

          Crunchy Data is pleased to announce the release of pgBackRest 2.37, the latest version of the reliable, easy-to-use backup and restore solution that can seamlessly scale up to the largest databases and workloads.

          pgBackRest has recently introduced many exciting new features including a built-in TLS server, binary protocol, new authentication methods, backup history retention, restore enhancements, backup integrity enhancements, and increased option indexes.

        • PostgreSQL: PostgreSQL Community Code of Conduct Committee Annual Report for 2021

          All complaints, actions, and statistics are anonymized and aggregated to protect the identities of all parties involved.

        • PostgreSQL: PostgreSQL JDBC 42.3.3 Released

          A security advisory has been created for the PostgreSQL JDBC Driver. The URL connection string loggerFile property could be mis-used to create an arbitrary file on the system that the driver is loaded. Additionally anything in the connection string will be logged and subsequently written into that file. In an insecure system it would be possible to execute this file through a webserver.

          While we do not consider this a security issue with the driver, we have decided to remove the loggerFile and loggerLevel connection properties in the next release of the driver. Removal of those properties does not make exposing the JDBC URL or connection properties to an attacker safe and we continue to suggest that applications do not allow untrusted users to specify arbitrary connection properties.

        • Please help test big pull request for DBD::Oracle | dean [blogs.perl.org]

          This large pull request hopes to solve segfault at cleanup and problems with multiple charsets in multiple connections to Oracle.

      • Programming/Development

        • How To Install CMake on Fedora 35 – idroot

          In this tutorial, we will show you how to install CMake on Fedora 35. For those of you who didn’t know, CMake is a free, open-source, and cross-platform compiler designed to build native environments, generate wrappers, build executables in arbitrary combinations. It is also designed to support complex directory hierarchies and applications dependent on several libraries.

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

        • What’s coming in Go 1.18 [LWN.net]

          Go 1.18, the biggest release of the Go language since Go 1.0 in March 2012, is expected to be released in February. The first beta was released in December with two features which, each on their own, would have made the release a big one. It adds support for generic types and native support for fuzz testing. In the blog post announcing the beta, core developer Russ Cox emphasized that the release “represents an enormous amount of work”.


          The type parameter list is surrounded by square brackets, so that it is easy to visually distinguish it from the parameter list, which is surrounded by parentheses. The valid types for a type parameter are delimited by “|” and multiple type parameters are delimited by commas.

          This allows defining a generic min() that works for more than one concrete type. Above, we specified that min() takes a type parameter T which is constrained to be one of the types float32, float64, or int. The function takes two arguments, as before. These must be of the same concrete type; the return type is also the same concrete type. In other words, the program would not compile if we attempted to call min() with x being a float32 and y being a float64.

        • Updated: Dockershim Removal FAQ | Kubernetes

          This is an update to the original Dockershim Deprecation FAQ article, published in late 2020.

          This document goes over some frequently asked questions regarding the deprecation and removal of dockershim, that was announced as a part of the Kubernetes v1.20 release. For more detail on what that means, check out the blog post Don’t Panic: Kubernetes and Docker.

          Also, you can read check whether dockershim removal affects you to determine how much impact the removal of dockershim would have for you or for your organization.

          As the Kubernetes 1.24 release has become imminent, we’ve been working hard to try to make this a smooth transition.

        • FPGA Starter Videos To Help Soften That Learning Curve | Hackaday

          Digi-Key have been producing YouTube videos for a number of years now, and if you weren’t aware, they’re definitely worthy of some viewing time. The playlist we’re highlighting here is a pretty good introduction to FPGAs, specifically those supported by open source tools, with low cost hardware. If you’ve always wanted to get into hacking FPGA platforms, but don’t know where to start, this is going to be a big help. After first covering what an FPGA is and is not, and why you want to use one, [Shawn Hymel] dives in to the toolchain.

          We’re really lucky that the bitstream for the Lattice iCE40 was reverse engineered by the super talented Claire (née Clifford) Wolf (AMP hour interview) which enabled the project ICEstorm toolchain to be created. Leveraging Yosys for synthesis and logic mapping, Icarus verilog coupled with GTKwave for simulation, netpnr for place and route and finally the project ICEstorm bitstream tools for packing into iCE40 format and loading onto the hardware. The whole toolchain flow is managed by APIO for simplicity, that is, provided your FPGA board is supported!


          What’s nice about this Digi-Key YT series, is that it doesn’t just cover the basic toolchain flow, then drop you in at the deep end of a big learning curve. There are videos covering subjects such as finite state machines (FSMs), test-benching and simulation, using embedded (block) memories, PLLs, harder subjects like dealing with metastability and clock-domain crossing (OK, he covers one technique – there’s more than one way to skin that particular cat) before finally looking at soft cores like the RISC-V. Lots to learn, and pretty well executed if you ask us! A Github version is available, for those who can’t stand watching the videos!

        • Contextual Policies & LAN Protection (ABE Quantum) in NoScript 11.3!

          ABE Quantum is the combination of Contextual Policies, one of the most requested features in NoScript’s history, and LAN protection, an important “Classic” defense lost in the 2017 Quantum migration.

          After years of waiting and months of hard work, this good stuff (which I personally missed a lot, too) is finally in the hands of all NoScript 11.3 users*, thanks to the precious support by the NLNet Foundation and the Next Generation Internet programme (more specifically the NGI0 PET fund).

          The “ABE Quantum” nickname comes, of course, from the Application Boundary Enforcer module of NoScript Classic, which both Contextual Policies and LAN protection are in a sense a “modernized” descendant of, sacrificing some of the extreme flexibility of the original’s firewall-inspired policy definition language in order to provide a simpler, more accessible and more intuitive user experience directly integrated in NoScript’s main CUSTOM UI.

          Speaking of ABE, I want to thank barbaz, a pillar of NoScript’s community whose efforts to bring back to life ABE as a stand-alone WebExtension helped a lot also in (re)developing the WAN-to-LAN cross-zone protection, which leverages the modified iputil, DNS and AddressMatcher modules he contributed back to the NoScript Commons Library.

        • Modifying expectations!

          I applied to Debian community with a particular timeline and expected it to go that way, but after starting out i realized i had alot to learn in Ruby and the codebase. So far i have worked on issues i am proud of and when i use Debci i see some of the changes i added for example the self-service form remembering values that was filled after an error message / it reloads.


          I had to modify my initial expectations and my mentors have been so supportive. I hope to add more features to Debci and also write more tests. So far, it has been a great experience. Till next time!

        • Bash/CLI

          • Bash Script For Listening To Online Radio – Invidious

            Every few weeks, it seems like I suddenly get the urge to do some bash scripting. And today was one of those days. I was at the office and wanted to listen to some online radio, and I thought: what I need is to create a dmenu script for this!

          • Linux Whereis Command [Ed: Linux is just a kernel; this is linux-util (not kernel)]

            Most users, while working on a command prompt, need to find out the location of the binary or executable of a file for a command.

            In this case, find and whereis both commands can be used. But, the find command is much more time-consuming as compared to the whereis command.

          • Using the Linux host command to dig out DNS details [Ed: This is an ISC command, not “Linux”; We are not “helping” people by calling “the whole thing” just Linux. We are confusing people [1, 2].]

            The Linux host command can retrieve a lot of useful information from the domain name service, but has a lot of options that you need to understand to get started.

          • Linux Process Management: The Ultimate Guide [Ed: They’re conflating Linux with various tools that have nothing to do with Linux and were not made specifically for that kernel; These are the commands you can sort of almost call “Linux commands” (there are not many).]

            In Linux and Unix-based operating systems, a running command instance is known as a process. You can identify each process by a unique process ID. Linux provides command-line tools to list, manage, and monitor these processes efficiently.

            You can use these tools to prioritize each process or put them in the background or foreground to manage system resources efficiently.

            This guide to process management in Linux includes tools such as ps, kill, renice, and other commands that assist system administrators in managing and listing processes.

        • Rust

          • Rust Compiler February 2022 Steering Cycle

            On Friday, February 11th, the Rust Compiler team had a planning meeting for the February steering cycle.

            Every fourth Friday, the Rust compiler team decides how it is going to use its scheduled steering and design meeting time over the next three Fridays.

            On Friday, 18 February, we will be having a meeting to discuss the draft blog post describing the compiler team’s ambitions for 2022. pnkfelix and wesleywiser have prepared the post and circulated it amongst the compiler contributors.

        • Java

  • Leftovers

    • Remoticon 2021 // Matt Venn Helps You Make ASICS | Hackaday

      What would you make if you were given about ten square millimeters of space on a silicon wafer on a 130 nm process? That’s the exact question that the Open MPW program asks, and that [Matt Venn] has stepped up to answer. [Matt] came to Remoticon in 2020 to talk about his journey from nothing to his own ASIC, and he came back in 2021 to talk about what has happened in a year.

    • PendulumSynth Ties Music And Physics Together | Hackaday

      Many musicians will be familiar with the metronome, a pendulum charged with generating a rhythmic tick to keep one’s performance in regular time. With PendulumSynth, [mrezanvari] takes the same basic pendulum but uses it in an altogether different musical way.

      The build relies on a 10-inch plastic ball to serve as the weighted end of the pendulum, stuffed with a STM32F411CE BlackPill board, a BNO085 IMU, and an nRF radio module for sending out data for external processing. The pendulum’s motion is turned into MIDI data or CV for output to musical hardware which handles actually generating the output sounds.

    • High-Power Laser Salvaged From Headlights | Hackaday

      [DiodeGoneWild]’s latest video lives up to the name. He takes apart a laser headlight to recover a pretty powerful blue laser. You can see the video, below.

      The headlights work with blue laser diodes that excite phosphor to produce white light. Removing the outside trappings revealed a three-pin laser diode (the case is the third pin). There’s also a substantial heatsink. Removing the diode from the assembly is difficult, but it is easy enough to leave it in the heatsink and use the existing connector.

      Of course, the phosphor and a filter have to go. Some destructive work with a screwdriver and pliers broke out the optics from a diode he’d destroyed trying to remove it. Then he replaced the optics on the remaining diode with the modified housing.


      With the proliferation of cheap laser modules, it is really worth scrapping a headlight? Maybe. But it is an interesting look inside of a modern headlight, either way. We’ve peeked inside these headlights before. Maybe you can turn those old headlights into an oven.

    • Science

      • The Electrifying Debate Around Where Lightning Comes From | Hackaday

        Along with many other natural phenomena, lightning is probably familiar to most. Between its intense noise and visuals, there is also very little disagreement that getting hit by a lightning strike is a bad thing, regardless of whether you’re a fleshy human, moisture-filled plant, or conductive machine. So it’s more than a little bit strange that the underlying cause of lightning, and what makes certain clouds produce these intense voltages along ionized air molecules, is still an open scientific question.

        Many of us have probably learned at some point the most popular theory about how lightning forms, namely that lightning is caused by ice particles in clouds. These ice particles interact to build up a charge, much like in a capacitor. The only issue with this theory is that this process alone will not build up a potential large enough to ionize the air between said clouds and the ground and cause the lightning strike, leaving this theory in tatters.

    • Hardware

      • Silicon Witchery S1 module combines nRF52840 Bluetooth SoC with Lattice iCE40 FPGA – CNX Software

        The company provides a lightweight SDK based on the Nordic nRF5 SDK, and that relies on tools such as yosys, icestorm & NextPNR, as well as two open-source hardware development kits with the battery-powered S1 Popout board with Stemma/Qwicc QT connector for Adafruit and Sparkfun modules, and the S1 ECG kit with Analog AD8233 front-end designed to research ML-based ECG algorithms.

        Use cases include high speed & time-critical DSP, pre-processing data on the edge, power-efficient algorithm design, parallel data processing, real-time AI inferencing, remote machine learning, Bespoke AI algorithm deployment, and Bespoke DSP algorithm deployment.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • Security updates for Thursday [LWN.net]

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (drupal7), Fedora (kernel, lua, vim, and xrdp), openSUSE (firejail, json-c, kafka, webkit2gtk3, and xorg-x11-server), Oracle (bind, firefox, ruby:2.5, ruby:2.6, and thunderbird), Red Hat (ruby:2.5 and ruby:2.6), SUSE (apache2, glibc, json-c, libvirt, webkit2gtk3, xen, and xorg-x11-server), and Ubuntu (linux-raspi, linux-raspi-5.4).

          • Security advisory: QProcess

            Recently, the Qt Project’s security team was made aware of an issue regarding QProcess and determined it to be a security issue on Unix-based platforms only. We do not believe this to be a considerable risk for applications as the likelihood of it being triggered is minimal.

          • Cisco Releases Security Updates for Email Security Appliance | CISA

            Cisco has released security updates to address a vulnerability affecting Cisco Email Security Appliance. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause a denial-of-service condition. For updates addressing lower severity vulnerabilities, see the Cisco Security Advisories page.

          • Drupal Releases Security Updates | CISA

            Drupal has released security updates to address vulnerabilities affecting Drupal 7, 9.2, and 9.3. An attacker could exploit one of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

          • Possible Government Surveillance of the Otter.ai Transcription App – Schneier on Security

            A reporter interviews a Uyghur human-rights advocate, and uses the Otter.ai transcription app.

          • NSA Best Practices for Selecting Cisco Password Types [Ed: NSA won't tell you to discard Cisco altogether as NSA controls Cisco]

            The National Security Agency (NSA) has released a Cybersecurity Information (CSI) sheet with guidance on securing network infrastructure devices and credentials. Cisco devices are used globally to secure network infrastructure devices, including across the Department of Defense, National Security Systems, and the Defense Industrial Base. Credentials within Cisco configuration files could be at risk of compromise if strong password types are not used. The CSI reviews Cisco’s password type options, the difficulty to crack each password type, and its vulnerability severity and provides recommendations for use.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Like Father, Like Son: How the Trudeaus Manufacture Crises to Justify “Emergency Measures”

        Due to the current activation of the Emergency Measures Act by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on February 14 in response to the Freedom Convoys and blockades both in Ottawa and across various provinces of Canada, I thought it fitting to revisit research that I had previously published as a series co-written with Paris-based journalist Benoit Chalifoux that explores the previous, controversial invocation of that same act by Justin’s father, Pierre Trudeau, in 1970.

        First, I will detail some important contextual information of the Martial Law and War Measures Act deployed by Pierre Trudeau, who utilized a demonstrably staged crisis run by Anglo-Canadian intelligence networks between 1960-1970, eventually resulting in tanks rolling across the streets of Quebec and opponents to an anti-human reform of society being crushed. This section will also deal with some important contextual matters dealing with the directing role of the eugenics-driven Fabian Society and its Canadian branches in this manufactured crisis, using it to shape a technocratic revolution in 1970. Next, I will break down the facts of the October Crisis, dismantling the official narrative of “lone cells of violence-prone separatists” and producing clear evidence that the entire operation was an inside job directed by top down agencies Anglo-Canadian intelligence.

        Revisiting the October crisis of 1970 is important given recent events as they relate to the Canadian Freedom Convoys and related manifestations. There are unsettling similarities between what transpired in 1970 and what is happening now, with the staging of Confederate and Nazi flags within the currently ongoing Ottawa protest movement, which has been used to exacerbate the State’s narrative that these peaceful protesters are “violent racist insurrectionists” that must be stopped at all costs and the February 14 warning delivered by the former head of Trudeau’s security detail of an imminent false flag in Ottawa that would be sparked by firearms planted in or around the Freedom Convoy. This exercise will not only help us gain a better understanding of the nature of the game at play, but also the weaknesses of the “deep state” apparatus long embedded within the heart of Canada’s political and intelligence establishments.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Arthur Wesley Dow’s Floating World: *Composition* (1905 edition) – The Public Domain Review

          Arthur Wesley Dow’s influential arts education handbook fused Japanese ukiyo-e with the author’s unique minimalism, which he derived from the landscapes of New England.


          Dow’s pedagogical mastery had humble Yankee roots; as an eighteen-year-old high school graduate in 1875, he taught farm children and teenagers in a one-room schoolhouse in a remote corner of Ipswich, Massachusetts. About this same time, Dow took up sketching as a complement to his pioneering antiquarian research in Ipswich’s town records, and then, finding inadequate the heliotype productions of his own hands and those of Boston printers, he began to practice wood engraving and lithography, always with a craftsman’s rigor. (He once spent an entire day hand-grinding a carpenter’s awl into an engraving tool for his first experiments with carving local pear wood.) Absent from the early editions of Composition, some of these experiments appear in the greatly expanded 1913 edition, which also includes color plates.

Mozilla CEO Increased Her Salary From 2.5 Million Dollars to Over 3 Million in One Year (10+ Times More Than Her Peers’ Salaries) Despite Poor Performance and They Still Want Donations

Posted in Finance, Free/Libre Software at 1:37 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Baker’s salary, the latest (latest available from IRS)

Baker's salary latest

Baker’s salary a year beforehand

Baker's salary a year beforehand

Summary: While laying off many workers the CEO of Mozilla piled up a lot of tax-exempt cash, and it continued to increase in spite of criticism (the above isn’t even the latest; it may be a lot more by now)

Also: To Mozilla we are CUSTOMERS now (“Sr. Customer Experience Program Manager” introduced this week). If to Mozilla we are “customers”, then where can we ask for refunds?

Mozilla's customers

Aral in Twitter

Getting Accurate News on the Internet is Hard; From the Web It’s Even Harder

Posted in Deception at 11:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum a5864a95688e045557f49906e4cf02cb
The Internet of Filth and Lies
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: We need to detoxify the Internet in order for it to be useful again; at the moment the Web seems like almost a lost cause (for reasons we’ve noted many times before) and Gemini already provides a bit of a safe haven, an escape from what the Web has become

THE corporate World Wide Web is no longer a reliable source of information. This has been the case for a while now, as there’s a strong correlation to the collapse of newsrooms and news operations in general (due to lack of funding, which was a coordinated plot by financial entities). The vacuum leaves room not necessarily to monopolies; it leaves lawyers to lie unchallenged and all sorts of cranks to spread harmful disinformation, even in sites like YouTube.

“Thankfully, some alternatives do gradually emerge.”As someone who has posted news on a daily basis, especially on technical matters, I can really tell the difference. As noted this past weekend, a decade ago we still had some proper investigative journalism, including on difficult topics such as patents. Nowadays I see a lot of misinformation from mainstream media, especially the BBC with its misinformation about Ukraine and everything when it comes to public health (it’s motivated by the government’s agenda; reporting/data is made to match the policy instead of policy being based on evidence/facts/data) and there’s almost nobody in “the media” writing about important technical news, such as important releases of GNU/Linux distros. A few blogs may mention it for a day or two and that’s about it…

“Gemini Protocol is intentionally different. It’s not designed for clickbait (there’s no “sidebar” in Gemini because it’s strictly linear/serial, hence no “trending” and other distractions).”Where does this end? At the moment the general population is severely misinformed, distracted, or both. For instance, there’s abject gaslighting and absence of coverage about the seizure of Afghan money at a time of famine (media watchdog FAIR has done a media survey, showing in its assessment that lack of coverage was deliberate and politically-motivated) and social control media gets optimised for warhawks through clickbait. Cui bono?

Thankfully, some alternatives do gradually emerge. There’s more and more to be found in Geminispace, including detailed weather forecasts, manpages, social control media and so on. Gemini Protocol is intentionally different. It’s not designed for clickbait (there’s no “sidebar” in Gemini because it’s strictly linear/serial, hence no “trending” and other distractions).

“With at least a million pages in Geminispace (and growing fast) there’s no lack of material, only a lack of time to explore it all.”The ambiance in Geminispace is very different from the Web’s. There are archives of mailing lists, online profiles, collection of files (much like Gopher but over Gemini instead), a big number of “just a blog” capsules, family stuff, a hub for a whole bunch of things, including Mastodon account, code, and personal updates. There’s even a full Gemini Wikipedia mirror (conversions) and a growing number of people who use it to manage/share photography. For a lot of people it’s a place to share news they like (or find interesting, worthy of archiving). “I am also mirroring things I like or care about,” this one capsule says. With at least a million pages in Geminispace (and growing fast) there’s no lack of material, only a lack of time to explore it all.

In the video above I suggest some ways to collect information through gemini:// and I focus on two graphical Gemini clients.

The C in CNX Software is Not “Community”

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Marketing at 10:19 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 3fb555ab9eedd368b6a913d46047b006
What Happened to CNX?
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

CNX SoftwareSummary: The GNU/Linux userbase and the Free software “community” (as in, people who do it for ideological reasons, principles such as altruism, fun and sharing rather than purely for money) are being abandoned by the media that used to cover news of interest rather than paid-for junk (like “sponsored” placements), wrapped inside an extensive barbwire of surveillance

THERE is a high degree of skulduggery in the GNU/Linux world, as people drift away from the community (yes, there is actually such a thing!) and sell out to cash-rich corporate masters. In an principled society with money-centric upbringing it’s bound to get worse over the generations. One recent example of that is Phoronix — a heart-breaking ‘defection’ which left us unable to even link to it anymore (it would help interests hostile to our movement). Techrights and/or Tux Machines were the biggest sources of traffic to Phoronix, according to Alexa (we linked to that site around 40,000-60,000 times over the years).

“This week we mentioned what had happened to Linux.com and over the years we gave many other examples.”There are other kinds of betrayals which come about more in the form of “takeover” rather than sellout. In other words, it’s a misuse of power or change of ownership. This week we mentioned what had happened to Linux.com and over the years we gave many other examples. The Linux Foundation is, in general, a big anti-community force and it corrupts some “Linux” blogs (named specifically in the video above) with its ads-as-articles webspam. Softpedia, for instance, pretty much collapsed after it had mistreated its author whose section, the “Linux” section, brought the most traffic to Softpedia (in fact, earlier this month Google News added his site to the index, which he was exceptionally excited about).

“…the video above focuses on CNX Software as a cautionary tale…”It ought to be mentioned that we’re not ‘slagging off’ every site other than us. For instance, 9 years ago we commended LinuxGizmos (formerly LinuxDevices), which is mentioned at the beginning of the video above. The focus of the video is actually none of the sites above; the video above focuses on CNX Software as a cautionary tale (and borderline sellout). I spoke to its founder and chief over the years and I think he’s sincere and well-meaning in general; but like Michael Larabel, in a desperate pursuit of money he’s making big compromises, which in turn ruin the site and put off many readers (at least two of whom I’ve heard from; I won’t mention names here). They don’t want Windows spam (paid-for placements) and they worry that it has been getting worse over time.

The World of ‘Linux’ Through the Lens of ZDNet in 2022

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Security at 9:31 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Linux/FUD hysteria/security at ZDNet

Summary: Obviously nothing happened so far in 2022, except Linux FUD/hysteria [1, 2]; this is part of a longstanding pattern at ZDNet because they’re being paid by companies with vested interests

Links 17/2/2022: CloudReady is Ready (Rebranded), Quality Testing of the Linux Kernel

Posted in News Roundup at 5:32 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • CloudReady is now ‘Chrome OS Flex,’ Google’s free way to turn old Macs, PCs into Chromebooks

        In December of 2020, Google acquired a Chromium-based operating system that turns old PCs into Chromebook-like devices. CloudReady is now becoming “Chrome OS Flex” and is launching in early access today.

        CloudReady’s big pitch was how it extended the life of old PCs that were no longer getting official updates. That software is now becoming an official Google offering with Chrome OS Flex.

        Billed as a “free-to-download operating system” by Google, the original team directly integrated “the benefits of CloudReady into a new version of Chrome OS.” It offers the same user interface, Chrome browser, cross-device features/integrations with Android, cloud sync (for settings and bookmarks), and Google Assistant that’s found on Chromebooks today. Other available features include Family Link, Smart Lock, Instant Tethering, and Nearby Sharing.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Graphics Stack

        • optimizing llvmpipe vertex/fragment processing.

          Around 2 years ago while I was working on tessellation support for llvmpipe, and running the heaven benchmark on my Ryzen, I noticed that heaven despite running slowly wasn’t saturating all the cores. I dug in a bit, and found that llvmpipe despite threading rasterization, fragment shading and blending stages, never did anything else while those were happening.

          I dug into the code as I clearly remembered seeing a concept of a “scene” where all the primitives were binned into and the dispatched. It turned out the “scene” was always executed synchronously.

          At the time I wrote support to allow multiple scenes to exist, so while one scene was executing the vertex shading and binning for the next scene could execute, and it would be queued up. For heaven at the time I saw some places were it would build 36 scenes. However heaven was still 1fps with tess, and regressions in other areas were rampant, and I mostly left them in a branch.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to Add a User to a Group in Linux

        If you’re managing a server with multiple users, there’s a juggling act that comes with it. Managing who can read and write to a directory versus who can just read the files takes some extra tools. In Linux, this is accomplished with groups. Let’s look at how to manage those, especially how you can add a user to a group in Linux.

      • How to install IntelliJ IDEA on Ubuntu 22.04 Linux Desktop

        IntelliJ IDEA is a free Java IDE that can be installed on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish. It is developed by JetBrains and has both a free community edition and a commercial edition.

        In this tutorial, we will take you through the step by step instructions to install the IntelliJ IDEA Java IDEA on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish, via both command line and GUI. Then, you can use it to import your current Java projects or develop new ones.

      • Ping command not found on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Linux

        Depending on your Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Server/Desktop installation your system might not come with the ping command pre-installed. This is especially the case for docker containers.

      • How to Install VMWare Workstation Pro in OpenSUSE

        Vmware Workstation is a virtual machine software used to run multiple operating systems in a single machine. The virtual machine can run an instance of an operating system such as Windows or any Linux distribution. Generally, it works as a bridge between the host and virtual machine for hardware resources such as hard disk, network drivers, USB devices, etc.

        On the other hand, OpenSUSE is a free open-source Linux distro maintained by the openSUSE project and it is available in two variants which are Leap and Tumbleweed.

        In this tutorial, we go over the steps involved in installing VMWare Workstation 16 in the OpenSUSE Linux distribution.

      • How to install Wine 7 on Debian 11 – Run windows apps on Linux easy

        Hello, friends. This is a short post that may be useful to both sysadmin and many desktop users. Today, you will learn how to install Wine 7 on Debian 11.

        Wine 7 is the latest stable branch of a project that has been with us for many years. With wine, we can have a layer of compatibility that allows us to run Windows software on Linux.

        Thanks to an active development, Wine 7 comes with many interesting new features. For example, the inclusion of the Windows-on-Windows 64bit architecture (WoW64) that allows us to install 32-bit Windows applications on 64-bit Linux systems.

      • How to run script on startup on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Server/Desktop

        The purpose of this article is to configure a script such as a Bash script or Python script to run upon system startup in Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Server/Desktop.

      • How to install KDE plasma desktop on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Linux

        By default, Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish sports the GNOME desktop environment, or no GUI at all in the server edition. If you would like to change things up and install KDE Plasma instead, the GUI can be downloaded and installed directly from Ubuntu’s package repositories.

        This can be done whether you are switching from GNOME to KDE Plasma, or you currently are running command line interface only and wish to install a graphical desktop environment. KDE Plasma is a great choice that comes with all the tools you will need to administrate your Ubuntu system.

        In this tutorial, we will go through the step by step instructions to install the KDE Plasma GUI desktop environment on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish.

      • How to install Ubuntu 22.04 alongside Windows 10

        If you want to run Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish on your system but you already have Windows 10 installed and do not want to give it up completely, you have a couple of options.

        One option is to run Ubuntu 22.04 inside of a virtual machine on Windows 10, and the other option is to create a dual boot system. Both options have their pros and cons. A big advantage of a dual boot system is that both operating systems will have direct access to your computer’s hardware – no virtualized hardware and unnecessary overhead.

        A dual boot system gives you the best of both worlds. It works by prompting you at startup to select which operating system you would like to load into. So, you will have to reboot your computer each time you want to load into a different operating system. Make sure you consider this before deciding to proceed with the dual boot option. Ready to get Ubuntu 22.04 installed alongside Windows 10? Read on below as we take you through all the steps.

      • Run a Command and Send the Output to an Email on Linux – Putorius

        In this quick tip we will discuss how to use the output of a script as the body of an email from the Linux command line. This is perfect for anyone wanting to run a command and send the output to an email address. Used with cron it can be an effective method for getting information about your system or specific application.

      • How To Install MakeMKV on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install MakeMKV on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, MakeMKV is a format converter, otherwise called “transcoder”. It converts the video clips from the proprietary (and usually encrypted) discs into a set of MKV files, preserving most information but not changing it in any way. It is easy to use an MKV converter for your needs.

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

        How to Install or Migrate WordPress with EasyEngine Setup. EasyEngine is a tool used for complete WordPress setup with Nginx, PHP, MySQL, Redis, HTTPS and many more. You will also get the power for Docker containers using this setup. Each service like Nginx or PHP or MySQL will have their own Docker container.

        In this guide you are going to learn how to install EasyEngine on Ubuntu 20.04 and setup WordPress and also migrate existing WordPress to EasyEngine setup.

        This setup is tested on Google cloud Compute Engine and DigitalOcean droplet with Ubuntu 20.04 OS.

      • How to install LaTex on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Linux

        Latex is a document writing system, which is especially useful for writing mathematical equations. The objective of this tutorial is to provide the reader with instructions on how to install LaTeX on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Linux.

      • How to restart GUI on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish

        Occasionally the need to restart the GUI (desktop environment) on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish arise. This usually happens whenever you encounter an unexpected error or your GUI gets “hung up”.

        The objective of this tutorial is to provide an Ubuntu user with a few alternative ways how to restart / refresh GUI (graphical user interface) on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish.

      • How to install G++ the C++ compiler on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish Linux

        G++, the GNU C++ Compiler is a compiler in Linux systems which was developed to compile C++ programs. The file extensions that can be compiled with G++ are .c and .cpp.

        The aim of this tutorial is to install G++ the C++ compiler on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish Linux. This will be achieved by installing the build-essential package.

      • A guide to installing applications on Linux | Opensource.com

        When you want to try a new app on your phone, you open your app store and install the app. It’s simple, quick, and efficient. In this model of providing applications, phone vendors ensure that you know exactly where to go to get an app, and that developers with apps to distribute know where to put their apps so people can find them.

      • Allow SSH root login on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Linux

        SSH (Secure Shell) is used to handle network services securely over an unsecured network. Some examples include: remote command-line, login, and remote command execution.

        By default, you can’t login to the root account via SSH on Ubuntu 22.04. This is a security feature because you would not want someone gaining root access to your server through brute forcing the root password in SSH. However, it is easy enough to enable root login if you want to forego this security recommendation.

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to enable SSH access for a root user on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish.

      • How to restart network on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish

        There exist various ways of restarting the network on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish. Possibly the simplest way would be to restart the network from a GUI such as GNOME.

        Other ways would include the use of the command line and commands like ip. Finally, the NetworkManager command line tool nmcli can be used to successfully restart network on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish.

    • Games

      • Coin-Operated Graphing Calculator Console | Hackaday

        Longtime hacker [Peter Jansen] was so impressed with a piece in The Onion from last year that he decided to build this coin-operated Texas Instruments graphing calculator console on a whim (video below the break — warning vertical orientation).

      • ScummVM :: “Back For More?”

        It’s been 13 years since The 7th Guest was added to ScummVM with the Groovie 1 engine, and now we’ve finally added support for the Groovie 2 engine with all 4 games supported: The 11th Hour, Clandestiny, Tender Loving Care (CD-ROM edition), and Uncle Henry’s Playhouse.

    • Distributions

      • EasyOS: JWM partitions menu fix when update

        Another little bug fix. The bug was reported here:


        The fix is applied in script /sbin/fixlayers in the initrd.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • 8 reasons site reliability engineer is one of the most in-demand jobs in 2022

          Today’s IT infrastructure and operations leaders face daunting challenges. New infrastructure and architectures such as microservices, containers, serverless, and more have co-enabled IT teams to increase scalability and flexibility. Modern business technology ecosystems that serve hundreds of millions of customers simultaneously have become so complex that no single person can grasp every detail of their infrastructure, software, and services.

          According to DevOps Institute chief research director Eveline Oehrlich, the present and future of the digital business are driving a wide variety of applications, business services, and data sources deployed on diverse platforms including on-premises, private cloud, hybrid, public cloud, and multi-cloud environments. Adoption of new technologies, coupled with the increased speed in application delivery, has caused a demand for IT operations professionals with updated skills and knowledge. Findings from the 2021 Upskilling Report show that global site reliability engineering (SRE) adoption in 2021 was at 22 percent and is predicted to double in 2022.

          To that end, companies are on the search for site reliability engineers, whose job is to help create and implement automated software tools that maximize a system’s reliability and efficiency while working closely with software development and IT operations teams.

        • 9 emerging tech trends IT leaders need to watch

          Keeping on top of the newest new thing is fast becoming a tall order. At the same time, it’s never been more important to IT and enterprise success. More than two-thirds (68 percent) of IT leaders told IEEE that determining what technologies are needed for their company in the post-pandemic future will be challenging.

          There are a number of emerging technologies (or new applications of existing technologies) vying for attention as CIOs turn their focus to enabling their businesses for the future. Those that actually get on the radar, however, will need to “help address a problem, improve effectiveness and efficiency, or provide a competitive advantage,” says Sudhir Reddy, executive vice president and group CIO for Capgemini Technologies.

        • Mid February Update — Madeline Peck

          Well! The biggest update is the day and night versions have been finalized for the beta release of Fedora 36. Obviously we chose Deepika Kurup to inspire the wallpaper and had a mind map session as well as some thumbnails that steered us in the right direction.

        • Outreachy Project “Revamp the Community Websites and Applications” progress update – Fedora Community Blog

          Ojong is working with the Fedora websites and apps team as an Outreachy Intern. This blog post is her experience and project update so far.

        • Quality testing the Linux kernel

          As a kernel quality engineer at Red Hat, I’m often asked what I do. How does one test a kernel for quality? Testing and debugging the Linux kernel can be challenging because you can’t simply attach a debugger like GDB (the GNU Project debugger) if the kernel is crashing: When that happens, everything crashes, including GDB! Even if the kernel isn’t crashing, if you ask a debugger to stop the kernel from running so you can inspect something, there is no way to resume running the kernel because the kernel itself is in charge of stopping and starting processes. Asking the kernel to stop itself is a dead-end road.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • An overview of OpenStack storage | Ubuntu

          OpenStack storage is probably one of the most complex topics in OpenStack architecture right after networking. There are many different storage options, at least a few storage services, and tons of supported storage backends. It is very easy to get lost.

          But do not worry, there is hope. Since OpenStack was initially created as an open-source implementation of the Amazon Web Service Elastic Compute Cloud (AWS EC2), its storage architecture is quite similar to leading public clouds. This similarity makes it relatively easy to learn for someone who already has some cloud experience.

          Ready to uncover OpenStack storage fundamentals? Let’s dive in!

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Programming/Development

        • Python

          • A PNG Based Circuit Simulator | Hackaday

            We’re sure thousands of hours have been spent in Minecraft implementing digital logic. Inspired by that, [lynnpepin] created a digital logic simulator named Reso that is based on pixels rather than voxels.

            There are a few clever things here. First, different colors represent different parts. There are three different colors of wire, output and input wires, XOR gates, and AND gates. OR gates are just output wires, which or all the input wires together. By implementing these gates, Reso is, by definition, Turing complete. Since it’s just a PNG, it is trivial to open it up in GIMP and copy and paste one bit of the circuit multiple times. The different color wires are mainly to help route in a 2d plane, as you don’t have vias. Currently, the image compiles into a graph that is executed. [Lynn] chose code readability and ease of prototyping over premature optimization, so the code isn’t particularly fast. But it is pretty fun, squinting at the pixels that make up the adders and clocks he has on his blog. After giving Reso your image, it outputs a series of images that enumerate the state for several states.

        • Rust

  • Leftovers

    • Two Rights; A Multitude of Wrongs

      The first of these rights is Article II, section 7 titled “Freedom of speech, expression and press.” This provision states, in pertinent part: “No law shall be passed impairing the freedom of speech or expression. Every person shall be free to speak or publish whatever he will on any subject, being responsible for all abuse of that liberty” …

      The second of these rights is Article II, section 9 titled “Right to know.” This provision states: “No person shall be deprived of the right to examine documents or to observe the deliberations of all public bodies or agencies of state government and its subdivisions, except in cases in which the demand of individual privacy clearly exceeds the merits of public disclosure.”

    • Science

    • Education

      • Crisis in the Schools: a Return to a Normal That Was Never Good Enough

        On returning to in-person school for what many hoped might be a “normal school year” in September 2021, I realized that a not-so-subtle shift had occurred in me. I was relieved to be back in the building with my colleagues and overjoyed to see my students in person instead of on Zoom, but I felt crushed by the sensory overwhelm of it all.

        Being at school was both eerily familiar and strangely scary. The building itself seemed to roar and echo as voices bounced off every surface. Everywhere, bodies pushed too close. The required social distancing of that moment simply didn’t exist. We careened into and away from each other in the hallways, everyone oddly awkward and unstable, wary of the potential threat of the virus and of one another. The sheer volume of shared togetherness felt terrifying. I left school each day hollowed out from speaking so many words and interacting so closely with so many students and colleagues.

    • Hardware

      • Supply Chain Problems Still Pushing Prices Higher in January, but Some Evidence of Turning

        There is definitely cause for concern here about inflation being more enduring, but these price turns, coupled with the sharp growth in inventories, provide some grounds for optimism. Also, seasonal factors matter. Many companies announced price increases for the new year. These will not likely be repeated in future months.

        + Both overall and core CPI were up 0.6 percent in January, 7.5 percent and 6.0 percent, respectively, year-over-year.

      • Weird Phosphor Conversion LEDs Found In Cheap LED String | Hackaday

        [Tim] recently found himself tinkering with a cheap string of LEDs. Far from an advanced, IC-controlled addressable set, these were merely a string with LEDs of four colors that could be switched on and off. However, digging in to the LEDs themselves turned up a curious find.

        The LEDs were set up in a parallel/anti-parallel fashion. The two power lines ran the length of the string, with all the LEDs installed across them. If polarity was applied in one direction, the red and yellow LEDs would light up, in the other, the blue and green LEDs would light together.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Eight GOP Senators Write Letter Complaining About No-Fly List for Anti-Maskers
      • ‘Shameful’: EU Set to Trash More Vaccine Doses Than It Has Donated to Africa

        A new analysis released Wednesday by the People’s Vaccine Alliance shows that by the end of February, the European Union will have to throw away almost twice as many coronavirus vaccine doses as it has donated to Africa so far this year.

        “They hoarded vaccines, they ordered more vaccines than their populations require.”

      • BioNTech’s Mobile Vaccine Factories for Africa Denounced as ‘Neo-Colonial Stunt’

        Public health campaigners on Wednesday accused the German pharmaceutical firm BioNTech of pulling a “neo-colonial stunt” after it announced plans to send mobile coronavirus vaccine factories made from shipping containers to Africa—a move that critics say will allow the company to secure its stranglehold on vaccine production and technology.

        In a press release, BioNTech—Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine partner—said it expects to ship its first so-called “BioNTainer” to Africa in the second half of 2022, but the company added that production in the facilities won’t begin until “approximately 12 months after the delivery of the modules to its final location in Africa.”

      • Opinion | Declaring We’re Done With the Pandemic Is a Sign of Privilege

        Even as the U.S. continues to exceed 2,000 deaths a day from COVID-19, governors in liberal states—including those from New York, New Jersey, California, and Massachusetts—are lifting mask mandates, joining conservative states that long ago dropped them or even banned them. The mantra that it is time to “live” with the virus is drowning out all voices to the contrary.

      • Why Making the COVID Vaccine was a Long Shot

        Vaccines have been used for a hundred years but explain how the COVID vaccine introduced a revolutionary new approach to making them.

        The COVID-19 vaccines are among the greatest achievements of modern medicine. Never before have we developed a vaccine fast enough to tame a pandemic. Traditionally, vaccines were made of dead or weakened viruses. The mRNA approach uses the same method as our body’s DNA to produce a protein that mimics the virus, thus triggering our immune system. Scientists also built on HIV vaccine research to replicate the protein with unusual precision — a method Jonas Salk could have never imagined. That’s why the vaccines are so safe and effective.

      • Physicians Slam Industry Push to ‘Fix’—Not End—Medicare Privatization Scheme

        Physicians and progressive advocates on Tuesday urged the Department of Health and Human Services to reject an industry appeal to tweak and rebrand—not end altogether—a Medicare privatization scheme known as Direct Contracting, which the Trump administration launched in 2020.

        Members of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), which represents 24,000 doctors and other health professionals, has been working for months to bring lawmakers’ attention to the DC program and pressure the Biden administration to terminate it while it’s still in an experimental phase.

      • Biden’s Pandemic Testing Board Has Done Little to Nothing Since Its Creation

        When President Joe Biden was campaigning for office, he said that to beat the coronavirus, the U.S. needed the testing equivalent of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s War Production Board.

      • Whatever Happened to Biden’s Pandemic Testing Board?

        When President Joe Biden was campaigning for office, he said that to beat the coronavirus, the U.S. needed the testing equivalent of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s War Production Board.

        That board had sweeping powers to shift the country’s economy to support the war effort, and it ultimately oversaw a reported 40% of the world’s munition production during World War II.

      • Far Right Truckers in “Freedom Convoy” Stopped by Ottawa Neighborhood Residents
    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • Red Cross Hack Linked to Iranian Influence Operation?

            A network intrusion at the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) in January led to the theft of personal information on more than 500,000 people receiving assistance from the group. KrebsOnSecurity has learned that the email address used by a cybercriminal actor who offered to sell the stolen ICRC data also was used to register multiple domain names the FBI says are tied to a sprawling media influence operation originating from Iran.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Privacy Experts to Federal and State Agencies: End Use of Facial Verification Services

              Importantly, this change only happened after a maelstrom of criticism from lawmakers and privacy advocates.

              Congress Demands Agencies Rethink Use of Facial Recognition

              Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden tweeted that “no one should be forced to submit to facial recognition as a condition of accessing essential government services.” Following up with a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, Sen. Wyden wrote that “it is simply unacceptable to force Americans to submit to scans using facial recognition technology as a condition of interacting with the government online, including to access essential government programs.”

            • Not Just San Francisco: Police Across the Country are Retaining and Searching DNA of Victims and Innocent People

              This practice is possible because San Francisco has been storing DNA gathered from rape survivors in the same local database where it stores DNA from rape assailants and other suspects. The San Francisco District Attorney stated the database potentially includes thousands of victims’ DNA profiles, with entries over “many, many years.”

              This is not the first time San Francisco has had problems with its DNA crime lab. In 2010, the SF Weekly reported the same lab concealed DNA mixups and lacked proper security practices to prevent contamination. And in 2015, a lab technician was found to have improperly analyzed DNA evidence in a murder trial, which caused the police to reexamine 1,400 criminal cases that were prosecuted in part based on that same technician’s DNA work. 

              The San Francisco police chief asserted this week that the lab’s collection practices “have been legally vetted and conform with state and national forensic standards.” However, local DNA databases like San Francisco’s are not held to the same strict laws and regulations as state and federal-level DNA databases like the FBI’s CODIS database. This means that there is nothing to prevent local police and the DA from storing—and searching—DNA from nearly anyone who might interact with the criminal justice system. This includes crime victims, potential suspects who are never arrested or charged, people who have consented to have their DNA collected to rule themselves out as suspects, and even people whose DNA has been collected without their knowledge.

            • Analysis: Will the PNR Directive entrench automated suspicion? – Access Now

              If you choose to fly into any country in the European Union, you will be subjected to screening and profiling to see whether you are — or could be — a dangerous criminal or terrorist. This system, required under the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) Directive, entails the collection and retention of a wide range of personal information you provide to airlines and travel agencies. This digital frisking happens regardless of who you are, where you’re from, or whether you are under suspicion for any crime.

              Right now, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is deliberating on a case challenging the legality of the PNR Directive, and we expect a ruling in the next several months. If the Court upholds its legality — or at least part of it — the ruling risks entrenching the use of automated systems that routinely invade our privacy and expose us to unacceptable risks — all for the illusion of enhanced security.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Negotiations Not War

        The United States has consistently intervened in other countries, e.g., it has tried to overthrow the government in Cuba for over 60 years. In 1990, the leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev made an agreement with Secretary of State James Baker, who was also a close confidant of then President George H.W. Bush.  In return for Gorbachev agreeing to the unification of Germany and permitting the independence of many of the nations within the USSR, there would be no NATO expansion east of Germany, nor stationing of European and US troops east of Germany.  Ukraine was specifically mentioned as part of this agreement.  This request from Gorbachev for the neutrality of countries in Eastern Europe needs to be put in the context of the Soviet Union losing 20 million people from Nazi aggression in World War Two and wanting to have a buffer between Germany and Russia.

        In direct violation of this agreement in the late 1990’s, NATO expanded into Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic and the Baltic countries. Today, there is a major military buildup of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border. There has also been an increase of 3000 U.S. troops to Poland and Romania with likely increases to come and increased sales of weapons to the Ukraine. Somewhat ironically, the Ukrainian government, led by Volodymr Zelensky, seems less worried about a Russian invasion than U.S. leaders like Biden and National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan.

      • Opinion | Let’s Be Clear: Only the Right Has Become More Extreme Over the Last 50 Years

        How did we get so politically divided? Well, it’s NOT because both sides have gotten more extreme.

      • Personal Interview: Scott Ritter

        Events are unfolding at a quickening pace. Facing an alarming escalation in tensions around the world, we are looking to our most respected and renowned thought leaders for an honest assessment of both U.S. foreign and military policy to offer their most current thoughts and insights. We know they have some ideas for improving the prospects for peace.

        Scott Ritter served as a former U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence officer (1984-1991), in the Soviet Union as an inspector implementing the INF Treaty, in General Norman Schwarzkopf’s staff during the Gulf War, and as a UN weapons inspector in Iraq (1991-1998). He is the author of “SCORPION KING: America’s Suicidal Embrace of Nuclear Weapons from FDR to Trump”, “Iraq Confidential” (Nation Books, 2005), and “Target Iran” (Nation Books, 2006). His responses below are exactly as he provided.

      • I’m Reckoning on a Day of Reckoning

        The way I see the current situation is that the right wing of the GOP has been building its base since it was able to get Goldwater the nomination in 1964. The clown who nominated Barry at that convention—the occasionally honorable Everett Dirksen—had this to say about the USA and patriots like Mr. Goldwater:

        “Now all of us were raised to love our country, to take pride in its glorious history, and to defend it with our lives if necessary. We call it “patriotism” — a word once revered by everybody. Today it’s the fashion to sneer at that word and to label positions of strength as extremism, to find other nations’ points of views better than our own. Perhaps too long the bugles of retreat have sounded! And I put my chips on a man who has that fidelity to his country. Consider our diplomatic representative in Zanzibar. He’s at the point of a bayonet, marched to the dock, and said get out. In Ghana, where we’re spending over 250 million dollars, they hauled down our flag from the embassy flagpole and desecrated it. A nation like Panama, that could not exist today were it not for the United States and a great Republican Teddy Roosevelt, can fuss and scold at us with impunity. And then along with it, there is that bearded Communist in Cuba who reviles and scolds and castigates the world’s greatest country — and confiscates our property. “

      • Amid Escalating Violence, UN Officials Call for End to Yemen War

        “There is a way out of this war.”

        That’s what United Nations special envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg told the U.N. Security Council during a Tuesday briefing in which he shed light on the deteriorating situation in Yemen.

      • Lies About Ukraine Conflict Are Standing in the Way of a Peaceful Resolution
      • Ukrainian Pacifists Say US, NATO and Russia Share Responsibility to Avoid War
      • “45K People Died from Gun Violence on Your Watch”: Parkland Survivors Demand More Action from Biden

        Survivors and families of the victims of the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, have launched a new online tool called the “Shock Market” to track the occurrence of U.S. gun violence. This comes as Manuel Oliver, the father of 17-year-old victim Joaquin “Guac” Oliver, was arrested during a peaceful protest demanding the Biden administration take action to curb gun violence. “Very little has changed since the last four years,” says Oliver. We also speak with David Hogg, survivor of the Parkland school massacre and a founder and board member of March for Our Lives. Hogg says President Biden is failing on gun policy and risks losing the Senate for another decade if inaction persists.

      • Ukrainian Pacifist’s Message to the World: U.S., NATO & Russia Share Responsibility to Avoid War

        NATO officials have joined the U.S. and other Western nations in saying they have yet to see evidence that Russia is pulling back some troops near the shared border with Ukraine, as Russia claimed earlier this week. We speak with Yurii Sheliazhenko, executive secretary of the Ukrainian Pacifist Movement, who says, “Both great powers of the West and the East share equal responsibility to avoid escalation of war in Ukraine and beyond Ukraine.”

      • Biden Is Reportedly Requesting Over $770 Billion for Defense for 2023
      • House Progressives Urge Biden to Release Afghan Funds ‘Before It’s Too Late’

        Congressional Progressive Caucus chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal on Wednesday urged President Joe Biden to avert further humanitarian catastrophe by swiftly changing course and releasing the $7 billion seized from the Afghanistan central bank last week

        “The United States is continuing to contribute to a crumbling economy and devastating impacts on the Afghan people.”

      • China Denounces US as ‘Bandits’ for Seizing $7 Billion as Afghans Starve

        Following the Biden administration’s unilateral decision last week to seize $7 billion worth of assets from Afghanistan amid a mounting humanitarian crisis that threatens to kill more civilians than two decades of war, foreign leaders and critics worldwide continue to express disgust, with China on Tuesday condemning the U.S. for dispossessing Afghans of their own money.

        “Without the consent of the Afghan people, the U.S. willfully disposes of assets that belong to the Afghan people, even keeping them as its own. This is no different from the conduct of bandits,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Tuesday during a press conference in Beijing.

      • Biden’s $7 Billion Afghan Heist

        MINNEAPOLIS — (Responsible Statecraft) With his Executive Order redefining Afghanistan’s Fiscal Reserve as a slush fund to be disbursed on his whim and with the stroke of his pen, President Biden has taken what may well be the final step in an experiment gone amok. The U.S. first attempted to make Afghanistan into a Western democracy, instead installed a kleptocracy, made Afghans endure 20 years of violence and then left in a whirlwind of chaos. With Biden’s latest move to deprive Afghanistan of its monetary reserves, the nation is likely to come full circle, turning once again into a failed state that, in the absence of economic recovery, will become a breeding ground for extremism and the recruitment of terrorists.

      • Is the Confrontation Over Ukraine Joe Biden’s “Wag the Dog” Moment?

        While some wars may be necessary and unavoidable, a war pitting Russia against Ukraine—and potentially involving the United States—doesn’t make the cut. Yet, should such a war occur, some members of the American commentariat will cheer. They have yearned for a showdown with Vladimir Putin. The depth of their animus toward Putin and the hyperbole it inspires is a bit of a puzzle that deserves examination.

      • ‘A straw in the wind’: Meduza asks foreign policy experts to weigh in on the prospect of Russia recognizing the breakaway ‘republics’ in eastern Ukraine

        On February 15, the Russian State Duma sent a motion to President Vladimir Putin calling for diplomatic recognition of the pro-Russian “republics” in eastern Ukraine. In turn, Putin gave an evasive, informal response: the lawmakers, he said, were “guided by public opinion” and Russians’ widespread sympathy for the inhabitants of the Donbas — however, this issue should be resolved on the basis of the Minsk agreements. At the same time, Putin made sure to recall that Ukraine hasn’t fulfilled its obligations under the accords. To help make sense of this new gambit, Meduza turned to a number of foreign policy experts — they believe that (for now) the threat of “recognition” is nothing more than another means of upping the pressure on Ukraine and the West.

    • Environment

      • Revealed: How the Aides of ‘Anti-Net Zero’ MP Craig Mackinlay are Linked to a Leading Climate Denial Group

        The Tory MP leading a backbench campaign against the government’s net zero policies is currently employing two aides linked to the UK’s most high-profile climate science denial group, DeSmog can reveal.

        Craig Mackinlay, chair of the Net Zero Scrutiny Group (NZSG), recently hired Harry Wilkinson, head of policy at the anonymously-funded Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), to work for him in Parliament. Wilkinson was previously employed by GWPF founder and former chancellor Lord Nigel Lawson, who recently said climate change was “not a problem”.

      • Why We Filed a Legal Complaint Against Princeton

        There’s no question that change is hard. Addressing the existential threat of climate change is even harder. But, at this point, institutions that continue to partner with and invest in an industry that has blatantly contributed to the climate crisis and continued to engage in climate disinformation have no excuse for their socially, ecologically, and economically unsustainable portfolios. By continuing to invest in the fossil fuel industry, such institutions, including Princeton University, support the social license and legitimacy of the fossil fuel actors that have done so much to bring us to this point.

      • Don’t Attack Biden’s Supreme Court Nominees for Playing by the Rules

        As we await Joe Biden’s nominee to replace Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court, the battle lines are already being drawn. When Republicans nominate justices, the whole party tends to fall in line, but Democrats are not known for their message coordination and discipline. Indeed, one of the hidden reasons Republicans have been more successful at controlling the courts is that each of their constituent groups trusts the judges picked by the Federalist Society: The gun-loving ammosexual is happy to support the judge known more for their anti-gay opinions. But Democrats are always worried that one wing of the party doesn’t have the best interests of another wing at heart, and that paranoia is, sadly, often justified. Democrats have to do through coalition building what Republicans can do by fiat.

      • Private Equity Executives Hide Behind Philanthropy as Their Firms Ravage the Earth

        By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams. Originally published on Common Dreams.

        A report published Tuesday by a pair of nonprofits shines a light on the “Wall Street heavyweights” at private equity firms who “burnish their reputations through hundreds of millions of dollars in philanthropy, even as their investments help drive climate catastrophe.”

      • What is the ‘Social Cost of Carbon’?

        Instead, the costs show up in the billions of tax dollars spent each year to deal with the effects of climate change, such as fighting wildfires and protecting communities from floods, and in rising insurance costs.

        This damage is what economists call a “negative externality.” It is a cost to society, including to future generations, that is not covered by the price people pay for fossil fuels and other activities that emit greenhouse gases, like agriculture.

      • Energy

      • Wildlife/Nature

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders

        Issues raised in Bernie’s letter (in my words):

        Pandemic: 900,000 Americans dead, 14-24 million dead worldwide in less than 3 years.

      • Ex-Honduran President Hernández Arrested on Drug Charges; U.S. Backed His Narco-State for 8 Years

        Authorities in Honduras have arrested former President Juan Orlando Hernández for allegedly smuggling over 1 million pounds of cocaine into the United States since 2004. Hernández, who now faces extradition to the United States, was a longtime U.S. ally, in power from 2014 until January 27 of this year, when he was succeeded by Xiomara Castro, Honduras’s first female president. We speak with Castro’s deputy minister of foreign affairs, Gerardo Torres Zelaya, who calls the U.S. extradition a step in the correct direction and a dramatic shift from prior U.S. administrations that condoned Hernández’s “kidnapping” of Honduras’s democracy. We also speak with history professor Dana Frank, who says Hernández was not just a drug trafficker, but a dictator who unleashed “tremendous repression and militarization” on Honduras.

      • Boris Johnson Throws Everything Overboard To Save His Job

        Here is BoJo’s current employment- and legal-situation as prime minister.

        The Metropolitan police has asked about 50 people, including BoJo, to account for their presence, in a questionnaire having legal status, at a dozen social events as part of their inquiry into Covid law breaches.

      • Biden Rejects Trump’s Executive Privilege Claims on White House Visitor Logs
      • Thinking Optimistically About Biden’s Credibility Collapse

        Thus has the Democratic leadership sought to both weaken the grotesque figure of Trump, and to accomplish the (far more profoundly necessary) feat of sustaining U.S. global hegemony at a time of unprecedented challenges to its vicious Exceptionalism. And to its claims to “lead” the world by virtue of the model of its bogus “democracy”—plus its possession of the one “indispensable” military machine required to maintain the peace. Such a demented mentality prevails as it did in all previous presidencies, and it meets with bipartisan support.

        No Real Military Threat

      • Senator Klobuchar’s Next Unconstitutional Speech Control Bill: The NUDGE Act

        Is there a contest in the Senate to see who can propose the highest number of unconstitutional bills? You might think that the leader in any such contest would have to be a crazed populist like a Josh Hawley or a Ted Cruz, but it seems like Senator Amy Klobuchar is giving them a run for the money. Last summer, she released a bill to try to remove Section 230 for “medical misinformation,” as declared by the Ministry of Speech Director of Health and Human Services. We already explained the very, very serious constitutional problems with such a bill.

      • Known for wild conspiracy theories, political analyst Valery Solovey is now in police custody

        Political analyst Valery Solovey was detained along with his son following a raid of his Moscow home on Wednesday, February 16, reports RBC. 

      • Lack of Media Urgency Over GOP Efforts to Steal 2024 Elections

        If liberal democracy were threatened by the undeniably bad faith efforts of one major political party in the US to steal the 2024 presidential election, as they have tried to do (successfully, even) in previous elections, could Americans count on establishment media to report on this open subversion of liberal democracy?

      • Sanders Slams Congress for Serving Billionaires and Failing Americans

        Less than 24 hours before his Senate Budget Committee hearing about Wall Street greed and oligarchy in the United States, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday delivered a sweeping and impassioned speech—reminiscent of his two presidential runs—railing against Congress for serving corporate interests and failing actually address the needs of the American people.

        “When we speak about oligarchy… we should all understand that never before in American history have so few owned so much.”

      • Biden’s $770B Pentagon Budget Proposal Denounced as ‘Absurd’

        With legislation to reduce childhood poverty and advance renewable energy stalled in Congress, the Biden administration is expected to request more than $770 billion in Pentagon and related spending for the fiscal year beginning in October.

        “This is absurd,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) said in response to the news.

      • Tech exec used access to White House computers to look for dirt on Trump, says special counsel

        John Durham, appointed by then-Attorney General William Barr in 2020 to probe the origins of the FBI’s investigation of Russian election interference, said “Tech Executive-1,” not named in the filing but first identified by The New York Times as Rodney Joffe, used his access to domain name system, or DNS, data to compile information about which computers and servers the White House servers were communicating with.

      • This Time, Tibet Stands Silent as Olympics Return to China

        The once-relentless waves of protesters setting themselves afire has slowed. No self-immolations have been reported in the past two years; over the prior decade, there were more than 150.

        That is, at least as far as the outside world knows. In China, where the government tightly controls information and limits access to areas seen as politically sensitive, it’s always hard to know what’s really happening.

        And few areas in China are considered as politically sensitive as Tibet.

      • This time, Tibet stands silent as Olympics return to China

        It was a stark difference from 14 years ago, when China hosted its first Olympics. That summer, foreigners filmed deadly clashes between Tibetans and security forces in Lhasa, the regional capital. News of the violence ricocheted online, fueling protests, hunger strikes and self-immolations across the Tibetan region.

        Today, Tibet has fallen quiet. There are no monks marching on police stations. No overturned cars or hurled stones.

      • Govt’s efforts to make big tech Cos accountable shouldn’t be spun as ‘anti-free speech’: MoS IT

        Mumbai: Union minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Wednesday called for global coordination to make big tech companies like Facebook and Google accountable to the societies they serve and asserted that the country’s efforts to create some sort of accountability should not be spun as “anti-free speech”. The Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology also hinted that the introduction of the Bill on Data Protection will be delayed because the government does not want to “rush into” making it into a law and then amend it later.

        The comments from the minister come amid concerns expressed in some quarters over frequent requests for removing of content or accounts on platforms such as Youtube, Twitter and Facebook from the government citing domestic exigencies, which is blamed as an assault on free speech.

      • Last Trucker Blockade Between US, Canada Opens

        The last of the three trucker protest border blockades between the U.S. and Canada was set to reopen Wednesday.

        The blockade at Emerson, Manitoba, which borders North Dakota, was to be fully cleared by Wednesday afternoon.

      • Young People Should Start Running for Local and Statewide Office

        We’ve seen what kind of change happens when young people enter a room. In Pennsylvania, young members of the state’s House created a student debt caucus to address the looming crisis for graduates. In Waterloo, Iowa, a young member on the city council instituted a policy that created paid leave for parents experiencing pregnancy loss. In Berkeley, California, young members on the city council helped to end single-family zoning for housing, and got police out of traffic enforcement.

      • Why I’m never going back to ‘The Greatest Nation on Earth’

        When I was 18, I left for a gap year in France, and save for a brief 6-month period and the occasional visit, I have yet to return from the European Union. I jumped around a bit while studying, Brussels, London, back to Brussels and now Luxembourg. I’ve now accepted that I will likely never move back to my home country, and I will say, for good reason.

        Just as many young Europeans once had the dream to move to the USA, I have since changed my tune about the live-ability of the US. I frequently get asked “Do you think you will ever move back?” and I’m now confident with my answer; no. Being far from my family is perhaps the only thing that makes me waver in that conviction, but even living thousands of miles away from my family seems a small concession to make in exchange for happiness, well-being, quality of life and security.

      • US-Born Children in China Will Have to Choose Between Rival Superpowers

        There are no official statistics about the number of babies born to Chinese maternity tourists. The Center for Immigration Studies has estimated that 33,000 babies were born to maternity tourists in the US annually—with China one of the major source countries. But iiMedia Research, a data analyst company in China, said 150,000 Chinese came to the US to birth babies in 2018 alone, 70,000 more than in 2016. Shen Sun, owner of the Own Visa Inc, a California-based company that helps overseas Chinese apply for travel documents at the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles, said that at the peak in 2016 and 2017, the consulate issued 200 “travel permits” per day. That is a document mainly used for babies born in the United States to go back to China with their Chinese citizen parents. That number slowed to 120 to 150 per day before the pandemic.

        Sun estimates that on average 50,000 to 80,000 Chinese tourists birthed babies in the US every year between 2012 to 2016. “In the high times, it was common for a flight from China to Los Angeles to be carrying two dozen pregnant women,” said Mike Chen, who owned a maternity care center in the city until travel between China and the United States was halted in response to the pandemic.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • British Officials Spread Moscow Coup Plot Disinformation For United States

        This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become a monthly subscriber to help us continue our independent journalism. Months of frenzied speculation about an imminent Russian invasion of Kiev by Western journalists, think tanks, and politicians culminated on February 15 with Moscow reducing its military footprint near Ukraine’s border. The withdrawal came one day beforePresident Joe Biden’s administration inexactly forecast a phantom incursion.

        Panic was stoked to a perplexing degree. Atlantic Council representative Melinda Haring declared on February 11 that Russian President Vladimir Putin had “big weekend plans” forthcoming in Ukraine, including cutting off the nation’s power and heat, knocking out its entire navy and air force, killing a number of general staff in order to install a pro-Russian president, and resorting to “full-scale military invasion if Ukraine doesn’t give in.”

      • The Guardian: “Explaining” vaccine hesitancy by amplifying antivax disinformation

        Ever since it became clear to even those who used to cling the most tightly to the myth that the antivaccine movement is a phenomenon of hippie-dippy crunchy lefties that, not only had the politics of antivaxxers shifted sharply to the right over the last 5-10 years, but that the antivaccine movement and fascists have found a mutually beneficial alliance based on commonalities in the magical thinking at the hear of their respective world views, there’s been an effort to “explain” vaccine hesitancy to liberals and progressives. This sort of narrative is not new and generally comes from people who are eager to seem “reasonable” as they engage in bothsidesism, or, as I like to call them, “reasonable” apologists for the antivaccine movement. I came across just such an episode published in The Guardian by Musa al-Gharbi yesterday:

      • British Officials Spread Russia Coup Plot Disinformation For United States

        This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter Newsletter. Become a monthly subscriber to help us continue our independent journalism.Months of frenzied speculation about an imminent Russian invasion of Kiev by Western journalists, think tanks, and politicians culminated on February 15 with Moscow reducing its military footprint near Ukraine’s border.The withdrawal came one day before President Joe Biden’s administration inexactly forecast a phantom incursion.

      • SSI counters overseas misinformation concerning Denmark’s COVID-19 numbers

        The SSI has taken it upon itself to fight what it considers as misinformation. To do so, it has been answering tweets by Feigl-Ding and others patiently. It has even started translating its graphs to make sure everyone can understand the subtitles.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Content Moderation Case Study: YouTube Doubles Down On Questionable ‘graphic Content’ Enforcement Before Reversing Course (2020)
      • Freedom of Speech and the Holocaust

        That is the reason why a bicycle branded individual has become the subject of such a spotlight this week. He will pass, or has passed, but he left the sad echo of a thing when he sounded that “there should be a legalized Nazi party in Brazil” and that “if the guy is anti-Jewish he has the right to be anti-Jewish”. On the same occasion, another deputy bellowed that Nazism should not have been criminalized in Germany after World War II.

        In response to this, the German Embassy in Brazil published a note stating that “defending Nazism is not freedom of speech. It was spot on. From a legal point of view, jurists have already demonstrated to exhaustion that the Federal Constitution does not shelter aggressions, insults to the human being under the cloak of freedom of opinion or expression. In its Article 5, subsection XLI, it is determined that the law will punish any discrimination that violates fundamental rights and freedoms.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • Entire editorial staff of Hungarian news outlet in Transylvania quits due to political pressure – here comes Telex’s new project: Transtelex
      • Judge And Jury Say Sarah Palin Failed To Prove ‘Actual Malice’ In Defamation Case Against The NY Times

        The last time we wrote about Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against the NY Times was in 2017 when Judge Jed Rakoff was dismissing the case, noting that Palin had failed to show “actual malice,” by the NY Times, which is the necessary standard under the seminal defamation case (also involving the NY Times), NY Times v. Sullivan. However, two years later, the appeals court ruled that Rakoff violated procedural rules in doing so, and reinstated the case. It’s been three years since then and over the past few weeks an actual trial was held — which is extraordinarily rare in defamation cases.

      • Jury rules against Sarah Palin in her New York Times defamation case

        A Manhattan federal jury ruled against former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Tuesday in her lawsuit accusing The New York Times of defamation.

        The unanimous decision came a day after the judge presiding over the case, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff for the Southern District of New York, took the unusual step of announcing that he would be dismissing Palin’s case regardless of the jury’s verdict.

        “You decided the facts, I decided the law,” Rakoff told jurors after announcing the verdict. “It turns out they were both in agreement, in this case.”

      • Russia-imposed Court in Crimea Sentences RFE/RL Journalist to Six Years in Prison

        A Russia-imposed court in Ukraine’s Crimea has sentenced RFE/RL freelance correspondent Vladyslav Yesypenko to six years in prison for the alleged possession and transport of explosives, a charge he has steadfastly rejected.

        The Simferopol City Court handed down the verdict and sentence on February 16 after a closed-door trial.

        Prosecutors had asked the court to sentence the journalist to 11 years in prison.

      • Pakistani police arrest media owner after scuffle in capital

        Pakistani authorities Wednesday raided the home of a media owner and arrested him after a dramatic scuffle in which the man fired a pistol toward police and hit one officer in the head with the weapon, injuring him, police said.

        Mohsin Baig, owner and editor-in-chief of news outlet Online and the Urdu-language Daily Jinnah newspaper, was arrested days after he appeared on a TV talk show. On the show he suggested that Prime Minister Imran Khan had showed favoritism by granting an award to a government minister, Murad Saeed, with whom he has a close friendship.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Indiana School Allows Parents to Opt Students Out of Black History Month Lessons
      • From Banning Books to Burning Them, the Right Is Threatening Education
      • Dehumanizing Delivery Workers

        Companies like Lieferando.de make good profits – for those who already have a lot of money, i.e. Morgan Stanley, BlackRock, etc. Greed continues to be good! Simultaneously, those underpaid workers making such stratospheric profits possible are exposed to managerially-orchestrated dehumanization and workplace despotism. Not just because of this, most if not all, delivery services have been criticized because of the minuscule amount of commissions that workers get paid and the abhorrent working conditions they face.

        Because of the camouflaging effect of neoliberalism’s preferred ideologies of free market and competition, semi-monopolists like Lieferando.de like to exploit their market power. It is just another example of what the former Harvard Business Review editor Magretta once said,

      • Alabama Speed Trap Town’s PD Called Out On Its Bullshit By Nearby Sheriff, Limps On Without Most Of Its Officers

        No one cuts cops more slack than other cops. You really have to be an impressive kind of awful to lose the support of your Thin Blue Line brothers and sisters.

      • Unionizing REI Workers Launch Petition to Combat Company’s Intimidation Campaign
      • Previously-Unknown Uncontacted Amazon Tribe on the Brink of Extermination

        The tribe’s presence was recently verified by an official expedition, but their territory is unprotected, and close to an area along the Purus river in the western Amazon region of Brazil where many non-Indigenous settlers live, collect forest produce, fish and hunt.

        Other uncontacted groups in the neighboring Amazon state have been massacred in recent years, reportedly by loggers operating illegally, and drug traffickers.

      • What Inspired Crime and Punishment?

        The first act of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment is not what you would call straightforward. The novel opens with a dropout law student heading to the apartment of a local pawnbroker, where he sells a trinket and then plans how he will murder her later. He then goes to a dive bar and listens to the endless sob story of a drunken civil servant, escorts him home, and goes to bed. The next morning he wakes up and reads a 10-page letter from his mom, wanders around the city, passes out in a bush, and has a nightmare about a bunch of guys beating up a horse. He then wanders around some more until he overhears the pawnbroker’s sister saying she’s going to leave their apartment the following evening, at which point he returns to his bed and sleeps through most of the next day. He wakes up in the evening, walks downstairs, steals an axe, heads to the pawnbroker’s apartment, and murders her with it, then murders her sister when she unexpectedly shows up and finds him in the apartment.

      • A Union Vote in Mexico Promises a New Direction in Trade Policy

        Workers at the General Motors plant in the Mexican city of Silao voted last week to join a new independent union of auto workers, known by its initials in Spanish as SINTTIA. The vote didn’t just promise improved workers’ rights in Mexico; it may presage a new era of labor collaboration across borders—and a new model for trade deals moving forward.

      • The New Domestic Terrorist: The Government’s War on Thought Crimes

        The U.S. government, which speaks in a language of force, is afraid of its citizenry.

      • Starbucks Baristas in Philly Are Brewing Up a Union

        When Alexandra Rosa graduated from Indiana University with a gender studies degree in the summer of 2021, she moved to Philadelphia and quickly found a job she loved. “I don’t care what anyone says or how ‘professional’ it is, a barista coffee shop job is so much fun,” she told me over the phone last week.

      • Dr. Martin Luther King
    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Decentralisation begins at decentring yourself

        My talk at the Department of Art & Media Technology, University of Southampton, on Wednesday, February 16th, 2022.

      • Prisons, Water Infrastructure And Broadband: Where States Are Spending Their Pandemic Relief Funding

        Still, there are broad trends in how states are spending the money: Almost every state that has allocated money so far has spent some on broadband, water and sewer infrastructure, which was one of the big spending categories determined by Congress.1

        So far, 22 states have allocated over $7 billion toward broadband, or about 9 percent of their total disbursements from the federal government. Within states, this has meant a mix of new programs, funding for existing programs and expansion of broadband services to more rural areas where the lack of access to reliable, fast internet made it harder for some children to attend virtual school during lockdowns.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Disaster as “NFT Music Stream” Enrages Artists By Pulling Music From YouTube

          NFT Music Stream bills itself as a decentralized music distribution system designed to empower artists through the wonders of NFTs. After artists in their droves complained that their songs were being distributed against their wishes, the platform admitted that the tracks were being pulled from YouTube. Even worse, one of those musicians is artists’ champion David Lowery, a fighter they really don’t want to take on.

        • U.S. Copyright Office Consultation Triggers Massive “Upload Filter” Opposition

          The U.S. Copyright Office’s public consultation on the use of technical measures to identify and protect copyrighted content online has triggered thousands of responses. As expected, big tech and copyright groups are well represented. However, critical comments and warnings from the public stand out most.

        • Nonprofit Forced To Delete Thousands Of Court Documents Obtained With A Fee Waiver Because PACER Is Greedy And Stupid

          If you’re not familiar with the Free Law Project, you should be. It’s a nonprofit that does everything it can to make access to court documents free. It all starts with the RECAP extension, which automatically saves copies of documents downloaded from PACER to CourtListener.com, giving people without PACER accounts and/or the funds (or patience!) to utilize the federal government’s broken-down, overpriced system, access to federal court documents.

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