The Patent Distortion: EPO Crimes Completely Overlooked and Totally Unrecognised/Not Covered This Past Week (in News Sites, Blogs, and More)

Posted in Europe, Patents at 8:55 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 268ed2da6327b5c36c15dd1d55cf1fdd
Lobbying in News Clothing
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Today’s 3-hour video demonstrates the appalling quality of ‘journalism’ about patents and the pervasive manipulation/gaming in Google ‘News’ (Gulag Noise), which mostly amplifies marketing and webspam

THE previous part, or Part 4, reminded readers that the EPO scandals aren’t mentioned at all anymore. Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos have bribed and blackmailed the media to the point of silent complicity. Occasionally they even receive praise and European software patents are being promoted despite common sense.

It is far too easy to become overly cynical, maybe even angry. Workers of the EPO have certainly noticed how they’re being abandoned by European media [1, 2]; national broadcasters ignore the issues completely, patent-centric sites pretend that Battistelli's departure miraculously fixed everything, and as noted earlier today politicians including European Commission officials are actively covering up the corruption. They’re complicit, even in Germany. So it’s like there’s nobody to even talk to.

USF to EUSome days ago the staff union of the EPO (SUEPO) mention the upcoming strike, which is one of several impending strikes. Did the media mention any of that? Absolutely not. See the above video, I’ve searched everything conceivable.

SUEPO has mentioned “USF – Union Syndicale Fédérale letter to Presidents of the European Council, European Parliament and European Commission dated 11 March 2022).”

SUEPO’s English translation has been uploaded locally [PDF] and also the MSServices Global tweet has been uploaded locally:

Twitter account on SUEPO

So there’s a ‘tweet’ about it, but nothing more. In fact, Twitter became worse than a waste of time. All the patent blogs (long form) have chosen to ignore it completely. It’s not even a little footnote anywhere in the so-called ‘IP’ online sphere (or blogosphere).

“So there’s a ‘tweet’ about it, but nothing more.”When the media is in such a dire state (here’s how John Cleese put it) it’s crystal clear that the public isn’t being informed. This is intentional. Keeping the biggest stakeholders in the dark…

Recently, the staff of the EPO bemoaned EPC violations by the EPO in a polite letter. Did any of the media ever mention those same issues? No. To make matters worse, on Friday the EPO went further by trying to justify the violations (warning: epo.org link) not by correcting the policy but by proposals to change the EPC itself. To quote: “The EPO began by presenting a series of proposals for amendments to the EPC Implementing Regulations, including Rules 46, 49, 50, 126, 127 and 131. These proposals were broadly welcomed, with the SACEPO members agreeing that the EPO needs to fully digitise its procedures.”

“Nobody in the media covered the most blatant EPO abuses and this was intentional (the story/ies had been mentioned to publishers, but they buried their heads deep inside the sand).”So the EPO not only breaks the rules; it now attempts to change the rules to retroactively justify its own violations, as it did last year after outsourcing the Office (its operations) to Microsoft. Nobody in the media covered the most blatant EPO abuses and this was intentional (the story/ies had been mentioned to publishers, but they buried their heads deep inside the sand).

Not only has IP Kat covered none of these affairs; IP Kat has not covered patents at all for over two weeks already. This is an open door or an invitation for further abuse. The EPO’s management knows it can even get away with murder.

What if you wanted to go to Heaven; Wait, son, I need to modify the bible
Not compatible with the EPC? Change the EPC! UPC incompatible with constitutions? Change them!! Seriously, that’s how these people think [1, 2].

Willy Minnoye

Willy Minnoye caricature

What We Need to Remind Ourselves of (and Tell the FSF About Microsoft’s GitHub and Copilot)

Posted in FSF, Microsoft, Mono at 7:34 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 2b51652540fdf4eca194c53bc1234b7b
FSF Warned
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is well aware of the threat posed by “Copilot” (a misleading misnomer with hype and false promises), but there are internal Microsoft stories that the FSF needs to take into consideration as well, mostly because it is a lot worse than the Free software supporters have cared to realise lately

WE HAVE just published part 19 in the Microsoft GitHub Exposé series. It was prepared yesterday (Sunday) and a video was recorded to accompany it.

The person behind Mono is now unemployed. He won’t be at Microsoft. The whole affair exploded pretty badly, with broken hearts a real possibility.

Miguel de Icaza on Nat
Miguel de Icaza was speaking about Nat Friedman (both worked at Microsoft)

Anyway, it remains to be seen what happens next. Miguel de Icaza will turn 50 on the 23rd of November.

Miguel de Icaza poses as Gates

In the video above I explain some of the background to all this; we’ll elucidate further in future parts of our very long series. Knowing that Miguel de Icaza and Nat Friedman are now “between jobs”, we’ll see what happens next.

Nat Friedman drinking
Nat Friedman having a blast. Photo by Laura de Icaza (Friedman deleted all of his).

Contact-tracing goes a long way in investigative journalism. It’s not just a pandemic-induced ploy to spy on people.

Bill Gate and Lolita Foundation
The real MIT problem was not Dr. Stallman (FSF’s founder) but Bill Gates; see older evidence-based articles, e.g.: Mansion of Pedophilia – Part II: Dr. Stallman Defamed in the Media One Day After Request Made for King County Sheriff’s Office to Divulge Information About Pedophilia in Home of Bill Gates (2019)

Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XIX — The Collapse of Team Mono

Posted in GPL, Microsoft, Mono at 7:08 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Series parts:

  1. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part I — Inside a Den of Corruption and Misogynists
  2. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part II — The Campaign Against GPL Compliance and War on Copyleft Enforcement
  3. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part III — A Story of Plagiarism and Likely Securities Fraud
  4. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part IV — Mr. MobileCoin: From Mono to Plagiarism… and to Unprecedented GPL Violations at GitHub (Microsoft)
  5. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part V — Why Nat Friedman is Leaving GitHub
  6. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part VI — The Media Has Mischaracterised Nat Friedman’s Departure (Effective Now)
  7. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part VII — Nat Friedman, as GitHub CEO, Had a Plan of Defrauding Microsoft Shareholders
  8. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part VIII — Mr. Graveley’s Long Career Serving Microsoft’s Agenda (Before Hiring by Microsoft to Work on GitHub’s GPL Violations Machine)
  9. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part IX — Microsoft’s Chief Architect of GitHub Copilot Sought to be Arrested One Day After Techrights Article About Him
  10. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part X — Connections to the Mass Surveillance Industry (and the Surveillance State)
  11. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XI — Violence Against Women
  12. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XII — Life of Disorderly Conduct and Lust
  13. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XIII — Nihilistic Death Cults With Substance Abuse and Sick Kinks
  14. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XIV — Gaslighting Victims of Sexual Abuse and Violence
  15. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XV — Cover-Up and Defamation
  16. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XVI — The Attack on the Autonomy of Free Software Carries on
  17. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XVII — Backsliding Into 1990s-Style Digital Slavery by Microsoft
  18. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XVIII — The Story of NPM
  19. YOU ARE HERE ☞ The Collapse of Team Mono

GitHub: Where everything comes to die

Summary: Although much of Team Mono no longer works directly for Microsoft, we shall have to remove what it installed inside Microsoft; this includes Copilot, basically a plagiarism tool

ALMOST a couple of weeks ago we published the story of Mr. de Icaza's departure. ZDNet did the mop-up job for him, so don’t expect to easily know what really happened; not a single publisher has mentioned the arrest of Mr. de Icaza's friend Balabhadra (Alex) Graveley and publishers were in fact gaslighting his victims — a story which we shall tell later this year.

While this series has slowed down somewhat (due to a lack of time), it’s not stuck. There’s no impasse and we have literally thousands of lines of material in store.

Mr. de Icaza has said goodbye to Microsoft Corp. but he has not kissed goodbye the ‘Microsoft agenda’.

Laura and Miguel de Icaza
In spite of several people online accusing Miguel de Icaza of being gay, he is happily married with children, so we’ll refrain from propagating baseless gossip, rumours, and hearsay. There are many real issues for us to focus on instead.

The ‘Microsoft agenda’ includes attacks on the GPL, the revolutionary, ‘flagship’ licence of the GNU Project. Everyone who has read this series (hitherto lasting almost half a year) knows that there are aspects to that in Copilot. We’ve covered that in previous parts already.

As a short recap, Copilot isn’t an assistive, practical tool; it’s a GPL violation tool. It helps people remove themselves from liability or awareness of GPL infringement. That’s all it does. It’s like code search, sans the attribution/link/names (developers, projects and so on). Our source explained that “the original plan for Copilot sounded like a code auditing tool [but] Alex [Graveley] actually got mad whenever I said that’s what it sounded like…”

“Then I kind of looked into it and GitHub had an audit tool already,” the source noted. It wasn’t the idea of just one person; “Alex was saying that he and Nat [Friedman] had this idea. Honestly it was probably more Nat’s idea because Alex couldn’t really explain it to me in a way that made sense. He explained it as something that could find code based on the code you put into it and see if something similar was out there. He never used the words auto generate code for you, which makes me think he didn’t know what the fuck he was talking about…”

“This probably means that Team Mono, or specifically GitHub’s CEO (Microsoft’s decades-long stooge and mole inside our community), came up with this agenda, helping to push proprietary IDEs like Visual Studio.”So it was likely the idea of GitHub’s CEO and his longtime friend Nat Friedman, who left months ago — not too long before the rest of Team Mono!

This probably means that Team Mono, or specifically GitHub’s CEO (Microsoft’s decades-long stooge and mole inside our community), came up with this agenda, helping to push proprietary IDEs like Visual Studio. Microsoft cannot make money from GitHub (same issue as GitLab) without selling some clown computing stuff (“Azure”) or paid subscriptions. They try to teach people not to worry about GPL compliance, especially developers who can cause these issues without being aware (they think it’s some “Hey Hi” (AI) magic). “The original plan was to have Alex build it as a start up and then Microsoft would require it, which sounds a bit like fraud,” our sourced alleged, but “Alex was not in any place mentally to do this, as “Alex was in AA” (Alcoholics Anonymous).

“He also said that he had a pain killer addiction after a surgery,” the source added. “AA is a cult but that’s a different story [as] Alex has a history with cults. His parents were arrange married in Hare Krishna because they were top recruiters…”

“Oh God one day he had a panic attack… Because DropBox went from $24 to $18 in a day. He hadn’t sold any of his shares…”

“Have the goalposts been moved for the purpose of harming Free software some other way?”But the character of Alex aside (temper and drug issues), the above issue about GPL violations is very much relevant and it was discussed a lot by the FSF lately (over IRC and in papers published as well as funded by the FSF).

Our associate reminds us that “Copilot violates licenses, not only the GPL, but others as well.”

Sure, it’s a real attack on all Free software, not just the portion of it that’s GPL-centric or copyleft-leaning.

Code auditing tools are nothing new. Several other companies did it already, even 15 years earlier. Why slant that as “Hey Hi” (AT) all of a sudden? A war on copyleft/reciprocal licensing? And as an important side note, Miguel de Icaza openly complained about one such product (from Black Duck) almost 10 years ago. He said it was terrible and I still remember that.

Have the goalposts been moved for the purpose of harming Free software some other way?

“So I was reading up on GPL violations because I didn’t really completely understand the context of that phrase,” our source told us. “So I think the way that Alex described what he was trying to build with Copilot. [...] I think it was actually intentionally built with GPL violations in it. Because what he originally told me about it sounded like a code auditing tool. He said it would compare code and see if already exists. This was August 2019 so Github‘s actual code auditing tool had just been released.”

“So I told him that that product existed already. Then he basically told me I was stupid and we didn’t talk about it again. I’m not sure what he called me. It was pretty much constant at that point.”

“Copilot is most likely the mastermind’s (Friedman) way of attacking the Freedom of Free software.”Well, Copilot is no “code auditing tool” but a tool to encourage plagiarism and hide the evidence of it.

“Oh yeah,” our source added, saying: “I knew that worked at Samsung was on a project using something that for embedded software. I found it fascinating because I come from JavaScript where everything is plagiarized or open source anyways. It’s a lot more important for embedded because it’s almost impossible to fix later.”

We were told some unknown (to the public) stories about violations, but they fit better later in this series.

The good news is, Team Mono got sort of ‘orphaned’; it became too great a liability to Microsoft, which was trying to cover up several scandals at the same time. But it’s up to us now… to eradicate Copilot and anything which tries to emulate/replicate it. Copilot is most likely the mastermind’s (Friedman) way of attacking the Freedom of Free software.

How to Kill Linux.com: Put This Guy in Charge

Posted in Deception at 6:31 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Linux.com: A week later

Less than 30 views in almost 3 days

Summary: Linux.com has become a void under the stingy and self-harming Linux Foundation, which swapped all the staff and nowadays repels actual GNU/Linux users like magnets with currents in opposite directions

Go away, Linux users

It’s Almost Spring 2022 and Linux Foundation’s Latest Available IRS Filing is From 2018, Over 90% of the Budget Goes to US

Posted in Deception, Finance, GNU/Linux, Kernel at 6:02 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Last year: No Linux Foundation IRS Disclosures Since 2018

Linux Foundation' filings
Nothing has progressed since we checked last year (screenshot is minutes old)

Linux Foundation's foreign pot
Hardly an internationalist

Summary: Another year has passed and one has to wonder if the Zemlin-led PAC is having trouble with the IRS

Remember: The seats at the Linux Foundation are for sale:

Drew DeVault on Linux Foundation

Linux Foundation evil

[Teaser] Microsoft’s GitHub: Plagiarism Enabler

Posted in Deception, GPL, Law, Microsoft at 4:11 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Are you using GPL Licenced code? No, I use 'Hey Hi' code; Made by GPL

Summary: As we shall see tomorrow, the FSF ought to speak out against what Team Mono had done to us all while working for Microsoft directly (before it left, following an arrest and some certain exposé)

Links 13/3/2022: FTP Clients For GNU/Linux and Release of KDE Frameworks 5.92

Posted in News Roundup at 2:07 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

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    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Glances System Monitor on Rocky Linux 8 – LinuxCapable

        Glances System Monitor is free, an open-source command-line tool for process monitoring, system resources such as CPU, Disk I/O, File System, Load Average, Memory, Network Interfaces and processes. Glances are built with Python language. Glances support cross-platform monitoring, which can be used with a web-based interface.

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        DigitalOcean Spaces is an object storage service that’s compatible with the Amazon S3 APIs. Spaces includes an integrated CDN that you can enable at no extra cost. It improves performance by delivering your content from the closest servers to your users.

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      • How to Install and Use Ubuntu Linux Screenshot Tools

        Nowadays most OS built in screenshot tools which lets you take the screenshot of your device’s entire screen. If you are content writer or tech enthusiastic you may browse your preferable content or article throughout the web and you may take or want to take a screenshot of the content for future references. Here, in this article I present to you four best and popular screenshot tools along with its features and way to install it in Ubuntu.

      • Simple Ways To Restart Your Ubuntu Linux – LateWeb.Info

        Ubuntu is one of the best Linux distros currently available. Although this Linux distro was designed for personal computers (PC), it can also be deployed on servers. Ubuntu, which is based on Debian’s design. Every Operating System provides the facility of restarting your system as a solution to various problems. Ubuntu provides both ways: Command Line and Graphical User Interface to restart your system but, in this article, we will deal with the Command-Line approach to restart the Ubuntu system.

        Any faulty software is deleted from active memory when a machine is restarted. The system loads the new copies of the software into active memory when it restarts. In addition, some operating systems necessitate a restart to complete updates or configurations. The reboot procedure allows stalled programs to exit, critical fixes to be applied, temporary files to be removed, damaged file systems to be repaired, and many other system administration chores to be completed.

      • Ubuntu HandbookHow to Install Firefox ESR via PPA in Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04 | UbuntuHandbook

        This simple tutorial shows how to install the latest Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) via PPA in Ubuntu 22.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 16.04.

      • How To Fix No Route To Host SSH Error In Linux [Solved] | Itsubuntu.com

        How To Fix No route to host SSH Error In Linux [solved]

        If you are having errors like ssh: connect to host: No route to host then this tutorial post is for you as we are going to show you the fix for the no route to host ssh error in Linux.

      • How To Mount Windows 11 Shares On Ubuntu Linux | Itsubuntu.com

        Guide To Mount Windows 11 Shares On Ubuntu Linux

        This post shows the user’s guide to mount Windows shares on Ubuntu. If you want to mount Windows 11 shares or Windows shares on Ubuntu or any Linux-based operating system then you need to use a Common Internet File System (CIFS), a network file-sharing protocol.

      • ID RootHow To Install Neofetch on Debian 11 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Neofetch on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, Neofetch is a cross-platform, open-source command-line system information utility written in Bash. Neofetch displays information about your operating system, software, and hardware in an aesthetic and visually pleasing way.

        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 Neofetch open-source command-line system information on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

      • Trend OceansHow to Install Transmission BitTorrent Client on Linux

        There are numerous BitTorrent clients available on Linux, like qBittorent and Deluge, but the Transmission BitTorrent client is very intuitive to use. In most of the Ubuntu distributions, you will find Transmission preinstalled. If not, it can be easily installed with apt.

      • LWNWhen and why to deprecate filesystems

        Removing support for old hardware is difficult enough, but there does often come a point where it becomes possible. If a particular device has been unavailable for years and nobody can point to one in operation, it may be time to remove the support from the kernel. Another strong sign is a complete lack of maintainer interest; that led to the recent decision to remove support for the NDS architecture, for example. Filesystems can be harder, though; they are independent of the hardware and can thus live far longer than any particular device type. Users can hold onto a familiar filesystem type for a long time after most of the world has moved on.

      • How to install SteamCMD on Ubuntu 20.04

        There is still a long way to go in Linux gaming, but the truth is that there are more and more tools, and one of them is SteamCMD. So, this post is about how to install SteamCMD in Ubuntu 20.04, and we will do it getting the latest stable version.

      • How to install MATLAB on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Linux

        MATLAB is a computing environment and programming language developed by MathWorks. It offers matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data and more. This article will provide the reader with step by step instructions on how to install Matlab on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Linux.

      • Install Tor proxy on Ubuntu 22.04 Linux

        Tor is free software that allows a user to have complete anonymity online. It can be used to avoid having websites and applications track your location or attempt to identify you. It does this by routing your network data through a pool of servers around the world, while also stripping identifying information from packet headers.

        It is often used to avoid region blocks on the likes of Netflix or YouTube. Some users like it because it prevents ad tracking companies from building a profile on you based on your browsing habits and serving personalized ads. Still, others are just a little paranoid and appreciate the assurance that no one can spy on their internet activity.

        You can use Tor on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish by installing the Tor client. We will show you how to set it up in this tutorial, which includes browser configuration and enabling all of your shell commands to run through Tor’s network.

      • How to start service on boot on Ubuntu 22.04

        In this tutorial you will learn how to start a service on boot on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Linux. Ubuntu uses systemd service manager to manage services which means to enable and disable services is an easy and straightforward task.

      • How To Install Go on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Linux

        The objective of this tutorial is to install Go/Golang on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish Linux. Go also know as Golang, is an open source programming language developed by Google.

        Installing Go on Ubuntu 22.04 will allow you to write and compile programs in the Go language, as you will see in an example Hello World script in this tutorial.

      • Bash script: Unary operator expected

        A Unary operator expected error in a Bash script usually occurs in artihmetic operations where the script does not find the amount of numbers (or “unary operators”) it expected to.

        In this tutorial, you will see a few examples of what causes the Unary operator expected error, and suggestions on how to fix it.

      • Bash script: Quotation explained with examples

        Quotation on a Linux system can be a source of confusion at first. Single quotes ‘ and double quotes ” are treated differently in Bash, and you will need to know the difference if you are writing a Bash script.

        In this tutorial, you will learn the difference between single quotes and double quotes. You will also see how to escape quotes in your Bash script. Follow along with our examples below to quickly master quotation in Bash.

      • Bash script: Unexpected end of file error

        An Unexpected end of file error in a Bash script usually occurs when you there is a mismatched structure somewhere in the script.

        If you forget to close your quotes, or you forget to terminate an if statement, while loop, etc, then you will run into the error when you try to execute your Bash script. It is best to use syntax highlighting to quickly figure out where you have a mismatched structure in your script.

        In this tutorial, you will see a few examples of what causes the Unexpected end of file error, and suggestions on how to fix it.

      • Use your Raspberry Pi as a data logger | Opensource.com

        Data logging can be done for various reasons. In a previous article, I wrote about how I monitor the electricity consumption of my household. The Raspberry Pi platform is a perfect match for such applications as it allows communication with many kinds of analog and digital sensors. This article shows how to log the CPU temperature of a Raspberry Pi and create a spreadsheet-based report on demand. Logging the CPU temperature won’t require any additional boards or sensors.

        Even without a Raspberry Pi, you can follow the steps described here if you replace the specific parts of the code.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • 9to5LinuxKDE Frameworks 5.92 Improves Dolphin and KRunner, Plugs Memory Leaks, and Fixes Bugs

          KDE Frameworks 5.92 is here to further improve your favorite file manager, Dolphin, by addressing bugs that made it crash when dragging files or folders over the top of the Places panel, as well as when closing the “Create New File” file dialog in a remote location.

          Talking about the Places panel, you can now drag a file or folder over an item in the Places panel to open the respective location in the main view. In addition, if the Places panel item is an unmounted disk, it will be automatically mounted when dragging a file or folder over it.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Ubuntu PitLibreWolf: A Trusted Open-source Firefox Fork for Linux

            Among the Linux system users, Mozilla Firefox is one of the most popular browsers. But Firefox contains the telemetry function that records and transmits data from inaccessible sources to an IT system of different locations. It is a function for data monitoring and analysis. That’s the fact why most users don’t like Firefox. However, using a Firefox fork can let you enjoy safe browsing without this telemetry function. If you are looking for such a fork for Firefox, LibreWolf can be your best option for Linux.

            Most of the popular forks don’t have the Telemetry feature or contain the seal of approval of Firefox. However, recently, I have learned about LibreWolf, a telemetry-free fork and then give it a try.

            So, how way my experience? That’s what I am going to share in this content. This content will tell you what feature I have found in LibreWolf and how did I install it. But first, I would like to give you a proper introduction to Librewolf.

      • Programming/Development

        • The why and how of teaching creative coding?

          My argument is that computation is a way of expanding our capacity to think, the same way the written word has. It gives us tools that can extend our minds, our perceptual capacities, and allow us to interact with the world in new ways.

          I want youth to learn to see computation as a part of how they can be in the world, not because programming is a way of getting The Big Money or even because it’s something that needs to be enjoyed for its own merits, but like writing as a useful tool to engage with the world and explore their own thoughts and beliefs.

        • Drew DeVaultWhy am I building a programming language in private?

          As many readers are aware, I have been working on designing and implementing a systems programming language. This weekend, I’ve been writing a PNG file decoder in it, and over the past week, I have been working on a simple kernel with it as well. I’m very pleased with our progress so far — I recently remarked that this language feels like the language I always wanted, and that’s mission accomplished by any definition I care to consider.

          I started the project on December 27th, 2019, just over two years ago, and I have kept it in a semi-private state since. Though I have not given its name in public, the git repos, mailing lists, and bug trackers use sourcehut’s “unlisted” state, so anyone who knows the URL can see them. The website is also public, though its domain name is also undisclosed, and it is full of documentation, tutorials, and resources for developers. People can find the language if they want to, though at this stage the community only welcomes contributors, not users or onlookers. News of the project nominally spreads by word of mouth and with calls-to-action on this blog, and to date a total of 30 people have worked on it over the course of 3,029 commits. It is a major, large-scale project, secret though it may be.

        • Linux Links8 Best Free and Open Source CSS Front-End Frameworks – LinuxLinks

          A framework for the quick development of websites is a structure of files and folders of standardized code (HTML, CSS, JS documents, and more). These frameworks provide a basis to start building a web site.

          These front-end UI frameworks also enable users to dive into responsive site design. This type of design was inspired from the concept of responsive architecture, a class of architecture or building that demonstrates an ability to alter its form, to continually reflect the environmental conditions that surround it. In a similar way, a responsive web design seeks to accommodate the limitations of the device being used. This includes, but is not limited to, the screen dimensions of the device. Offering a good presentation experience with a minimum of resizing, panning and scrolling across a wide range of devices is the key virtue of responsive design.

          There are hundreds of devices that are used to access the web. These devices have different capabilities and constraints, such as screen dimensions, input style, resolution, and form. As more and more users access the web through different devices, in particular tablets and smartphones, developers need tools to build websites. The important of catering for different devices should not be underestimated. After all, in a few countries, mobile web traffic has already overtaken traffic from traditional computers.

  • Leftovers

    • RTLRTL Today Radio, the brand-new radio in English

      With three live shows Monday to Friday as well as a solid and ever-expanding line-up of weekend shows, RTL Today Radio is also Luxembourg’s only round-the-clock English radio offer. When there’s no live show on, we’ll play a unique mix of music curated by none other than the walking music encyclopedia that is Stephen ‘Steps’ Lowe. Whether you prefer classic hits, or songs by up-and-coming artists and local talents, there will be something for everyone.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayRetrotechtacular: Measuring TV Audiences With The “Poll-O-Meter”

        It may come as a shock to some, but TV used to be a big deal — a very big deal. Sitting down in front of the glowing tube for an evening’s entertainment was pretty much all one had to do after work, and while taking in this content was perhaps not that great for us, it was a goldmine for anyone with the ability to monetize it. And monetize it they did, “they” being the advertisers and marketers who saw the potential of the new medium as it ramped up in early 1950s America.

      • HackadayHow To Make Laser-cut Decals On The Cheap

        Want to make a sweet adhesive decal with a complex design and floating elements, but all you have is a laser cutter and some tape? Good news, because that’s all you need with this method of creating adhesive tape decals on a laser cutter demonstrated by the folks at [Lasers Over Los Angeles]. The overall technique is very similar to creating vinyl decals and using tape transfer to apply them, but is geared towards laser cutters and nice, cheap tape.

      • HackadayA Soft Thumb-Sized Vision-Based Touch Sensor

        A team from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany have developed a novel thumb-shaped touch sensor capable of resolving the force of a contact, as well as its direction, over the whole surface of the structure. Intended for dexterous manipulation systems, the system is constructed from easily sourced components, so should scale up to a larger assemblies without breaking the bank. The first step is to place a soft and compliant outer skin over a rigid metallic skeleton, which is then illuminated internally using structured light techniques. From there, machine learning can be used to estimate the shear and normal force components of the contact with the skin, over the entire surface, by observing how the internal envelope distorts the structured illumination.

      • HackadayRugged Cyberdeck Makes The Case For Keeping Things Water-Tight

        Many people build cyberdecks just for the heck of it, and there’s nothing wrong with that at all. On the other hand, [cyzoonic]’s rugged ‘deck is a bit more purpose-built. In this instance, the purpose is software-defined radio.

      • HackadayMake It Compatible

        I’m probably as guilty as anyone of reinventing the wheel for a subpart of a project. Heck, sometimes I just feel like working on a wheel design. But if that’s the path you choose, you have to think about whether or not it’s important that others can replicate your project. The nice thing about a bog-standard wheel is that everyone has got one.

      • HackadayModular Pockit Computer Is More Than Meets The Eye

        “Modular” and “Computer” have historically been on the opposite ends of a rather awkward spectrum. One could argue that a hobbyist grade PC is modular, but only to a point. Re-configuring it on the fly is not readily possible. Modular laptops are slowly happening, but what about handheld devices, where our needs might change on a regular basis?

      • HackadayBuild Yourself A Weather-Reporting Diorama

        These days, if you don’t fancy watching morning TV, you can always get an update on the day’s weather from your smartphone, computer, or any one of a series of other connected devices. However, if you’re looking for a more fun way to see what’s in store, this weather diorama from [Lewis] of DIY Machines might be just what you’re looking for.

      • India TimesUkraine halts half of world’s neon output for chips, clouding outlook

        Some 45%-54% of the world’s semiconductor grade neon, critical for the lasers used to make chips, comes from two Ukrainian companies, Ingas and Cryoin, according to Reuters calculations based on figures from the companies and market research firm Techcet. Global neon consumption for chip production reached about 540 metric tons last year, Techcet estimates.

        Both firms have shuttered their operations, according to company representatives contacted by Reuters, as Russian troops have escalated their attacks on cities throughout Ukraine, killing civilians and destroying key infrastructure.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • ABCRoad to table: Wyoming’s got a new app for claiming roadkill

        Wyoming’s new roadkill feature within the state Department of Transportation app helps people quickly claim accidentally killed deer, elk, moose, wild bison or wild turkey after documenting the animal and reviewing the rules for collecting roadkill to eat.

        Another purpose is to help people follow the rules. For safety reasons, roadkill in Wyoming may not be collected after dark, along interstate highways or in construction zones.

        National parks, such as Yellowstone and Grand Teton, also are off-limits for roadkill retrieval.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • Social Least Privilege

            Information security has an concept called “least privilege”. The idea is that when a user needs to access a system for some purpose, the administrators of that system should grant the user the minimum number of permissions necessary to fulfill that purpose. It’s a relatively simple method of reducing the ways a user could harm the system.

            The crux of the concept is that the user is only entering the system in the first place because he or she has a specific, limited set of tasks to perform. The list of allowed actions for that user is finite, and it makes sense to block the user from performing other actions because they fall outside the list.


            I acknowledge the utility of positive regulations in matters of business and especially government powers, but I prefer negative regulations in the laws that govern everyday life. In life, people don’t have only one task they’re meant to do and nothing else–they often want to live full, rich lives with a myriad of experiences. To that end, sometimes I find the increasing popularity of positive-regulation concepts in society rather concerning.

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

    • Defence/Aggression

      • TruthOutUkrainians Are Facing a Food and Medicine Supply Crisis
      • TruthOutThe Russian People Are Not the Russian Government, Activists Remind Us
      • Common DreamsOpinion | World Must Send a Clear Message That War Crimes Won’t Be Tolerated

        On Wednesday, Boris Johnson accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of committing war crimes in Ukraine. Johnson is certainly right that Ukrainian civilians are being killed by indiscriminate attacks, but will anyone end up in the dock?

      • Common Dreams‘A Crime Against Democracy Itself’: Zelenskyy Condemns Russia for Abducting Mayor

        Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday accused Russia of committing “a crime against democracy itself” by abducting the mayor of Melitopol, a city in southern Ukraine that Russian troops seized in the early days of the invasion.

        “This is obviously a sign of weakness of the invaders,” Zelenskyy said during a press conference, praising Melitopol Mayor Ivan Federov as someone “who bravely defends Ukraine and the members of his community.”

      • Common DreamsUkraine Accuses Russia of Shelling Mariupol Mosque Sheltering Civilians

        Russian forces on Saturday reportedly shelled a Ukrainian mosque sheltering more than 80 people in the besieged port city of Mariupol, where hundreds of thousands of civilians are currently trapped and struggling to survive in increasingly dire conditions.

        “More than 80 adults and children are hiding there from the shelling, including citizens of Turkey,” the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry wrote in a tweet early Saturday.

      • Common DreamsRussia Calls Western Arms Shipments to Ukraine ‘Legitimate Targets’

        A top Russian diplomat said Saturday that Moscow has informed U.S. officials that it views Western arms shipments to Ukraine as “legitimate targets” for military attacks, heightening fears of a direct confrontation between the nuclear-armed powers.

        “We warned the United States that the orchestrated pumping of weapons from a number of countries is not just a dangerous move, it is a move that turns these convoys into legitimate targets,” Sergei Ryabkov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, told a state television outlet Saturday morning.

      • The HillRussian energy officials claim control of Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant

        Eleven officials from Russian atomic energy company Rosatom arrived Friday at the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Station claiming that the plant now belonged to their company.

      • India TimesU.S. spy agency probes sabotage of satellite [Internet] during Russian invasion: Sources

        Western intelligence agencies are investigating a cyberattack by unidentified hackers that disrupted broadband satellite [Internet] access in Ukraine coinciding with Russia’s invasion, according to three people with direct knowledge of the incident.

        Analysts for the U.S. National Security Agency, French government cybersecurity organization ANSSI, and Ukrainian intelligence are assessing whether the remote sabotage of a satellite [Internet] provider’s service was the work of Russian-state backed hackers preparing the battlefield by attempting to sever communications.

      • RTLCroatia PM urges closer NATO cooperation after military drone crash

        The Soviet-era Tu-141 reconnaissance drone crashed in the Croatian capital late Thursday, damaging around 40 parked vehicles, but no one was injured.

        It entered Croatia’s airspace from Hungary, having flown in from Romania, officials said earlier.

    • Environment

    • Finance

      • Common Dreams82% of US Voters Believe Inflation Is Fueled by Corporations ‘Jacking Up Prices’

        On the heels of fresh data showing that the U.S. inflation rate jumped to a new 40-year high last month, a new survey found that more than 80% of American voters believe costs are rising in part because “big corporations are jacking up prices” while raking in record profits.

        Released Friday by the advocacy group Fight Corporate Monopolies, the poll showed that 82% of registered U.S. voters blame big companies for at least some of the recent inflation spike and want elected officials to “take on powerful CEOs and rein in corporate greed to lower prices.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The IMF’s New Agreement With Argentina Has Potential to Be a Game Changer

        A new draft agreement between Argentina and the International Monetary Fund has eschewed austerity. Pending approval by Argentina’s congress and the IMF board, it will allow the Argentine economy to grow while the government continues its efforts to reduce poverty and gradually bring down inflation. With so many countries facing debt distress from the pandemic, the IMF will need to adopt similar changes to its policies elsewhere.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • TruthOutTexas Organizers Win Partial Victory to Defend Public Transit From Privatization
      • Common DreamsOpinion | Facts, Not Blind Ideology

        This advice from Bertrand Russell, one of the 20th century’s most prominent progressive intellectuals, toward the end of his long life is very sound. It resonated with me when I recently read it. I’ve been thinking for a while about how and why intelligent, well-meaning people sometimes hold onto beliefs or a particular ideology even when new information, or just the basic facts, should lead to a different view of things.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | This Vote That I Have…

        The following are the prepared remarks from Bishop William J. Barber II, president and senior lecture of Repairers of the Breach and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, delivered March 11, 2022, on last day of the Selma-to-Montgomery march which started earlier in the week.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • NewYorkTimesTheory About U.S.-Funded Bioweapons Labs in Ukraine Is Unfounded

        Prominent social media users and conservative voices have amplified a baseless theory promoted by Russian state media accusing the United States of funding biological weapons laboratories in Ukraine.

        There is no evidence to support the claims, which President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, the White House, the Pentagon and the State Department have all unequivocally denied.

      • RTLUkrainian soldier’s photo circulates in false posts that claim she is ‘Ukraine’s First Lady’

        Following Russia’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine, a photo of a woman dressed in military fatigues was shared hundreds of times in social media posts that claimed she is “the wife of the elected president of Ukraine”. This is false: the photo shows a Ukrainian soldier during a military parade rehearsal in August 2021. As of March 11, 2022, there have been no official reports that the First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, has been directly involved in armed combat.

      • NewYorkTimesWhat It Was Like to Work for Russian State Television

        In interviews with 11 former employees of RT America, some who were working there when it shut down and some who worked there in the network’s earlier days, many stressed that they were against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and some had criticized the invasion on air.

        But they are now grappling with having worked at a company that American television distributors kicked off their platforms days before RT America closed down. Several former employees would discuss their experience only on the condition of anonymity for fear of drawing attention to the affiliation.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • MediumA Chilean bill would prohibit community-based content moderation. It could outlaw the work of Wikipedia editors.

        The Chilean Congress has been considering a bill to regulate digital platforms since September 2021. The bill aims to curb the enormous power large digital platforms have over users’ content and data — a laudable and necessary objective. However, the bill’s means to achieve this goal could significantly disrupt the sustainability of the free knowledge movement that Wikimedia projects represent.

        Below we summarise some of the bill’s problems, which the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Chile have also raised with the Senate Committee studying the bill.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • VOA NewsVPN Use Spikes as Russians Seek Out Facts on Ukraine War

        Russia’s attempt to block independent news of its war in Ukraine has been met with a surge in digital circumvention tools.

        Digital freedom groups report increasing use of VPNs and secure communication apps like Telegram as foreign media have evacuated their staff or suspended operations in Moscow and Russia’s media regulator has sought to block local sources of news.

      • Mexico News DailyEuropean lawmakers call for restraint in rhetoric against media; AMLO calls them sheep

        The European Parliament (EP) condemned the harassment and killing of journalists and human rights defenders in Mexico Thursday, drawing an extraordinarily blunt reply from the president’s office that likened European lawmakers to sheep.

        The federal government responded by accusing European lawmakers of “corruption, lies and hypocrisy” and describing them as misinformed sheep following the lead of its adversaries.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • RIPEThe Resilience of the Internet in Ukraine

        In spite of all that is happening, the Ukrainian Internet appears to be holding up. And while it is terrible to see the resiliency of a country’s Internet tested in this way, it is good to see that it is still functioning. There has been some speculation as to why this is. For example, it may be that the Ukrainian Internet is deliberately not being targeted by the invaders. Or it may be that it is structured in such a way that makes it hard to attack.

        In this article, we take a closer look at certain factors that may be contributing to the the resiliency of the Ukrainian Internet.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • TechdirtGame Jam Winner Spotlight: The Wall Across The River

          This week, we announced the winners in all six categories of the fourth annual public domain game jam, Gaming Like It’s 1926. For the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a closer look at each of the winning games (in no particular order). Today, the spotlight is on the winner of the Best Adaptation category: The Wall Across The River by Seth Ellis.

        • Torrent FreakACE & MPA Target Dozens of Streaming Pirates, Some With a Subtle New ‘Trick’

          With a fresh batch of DMCA subpoena applications filed in the US, the MPA and ACE want Cloudflare to hand over the personal details of dozens more pirate streaming site operators. One application is of particular interest since it contains what appear to be questionable piracy allegations designed to obtain information on domains that carry no infringing content.

[Meme] European Commission Part of the EPO’s Abuses

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 8:40 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Recent: Mr. Breton and EPO Corruption (Propelling an Assault on the Rule of Law and on the Courts Themselves) Endanger the Legitimacy of the EU | European Council Complicit in European Patent Office (EPO) Abuses

Team UPC; Team Campinos; EPO Staff; European Commission

Summary: A friend of the EPO‘s Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos is now in (partial) control of the European Commission, which makes one wonder if oversight is possible at any level

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