In Spite of All the AstroTurfing, ‘Microsoft’ Edge (Ripoff of Chrome) is Falling Every Month So Far This Year (Along With Windows)

Posted in Microsoft, Windows at 9:04 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Raw data as OpenDocument Format (ODS)

Browsers by use

Summary: Based on StatCounter, Microsoft’s Edge market share fell every month this year. Microsoft Edge’s share, all versions combined, from January to May: 4.12%, 4.06%, 4.05%, 4.05%, and 4.04%.

Plasma Desktop in Latest KDE Neon (State-of-the-Art Plasma)

Posted in GNU/Linux, KDE at 8:07 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 0a12282785520c3b7a757d579671be03
Plasma Desktop in Latest KDE Neon
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: KDE Neon had a new release this past Thursday; I’ve decided to show what OS I tinker with these days (GNU/Linux at the cutting/bleeding edge)

THE current OS that I use (on the new machine) is KDE Neon. It is a very low end machine, but it copes OK with the best of KDE.

The above video shows some of the newer elements of the current experience/layout of Plasma, which changes every year or at least every month. It is the most versatile and powerful desktop environment out there, but it’s not as intimidating as it was in the late 1990s because advanced options are sheltered away deeper inside menus and windows. Don’t want them? Then don’t use them!

“It is the most versatile and powerful desktop environment out there, but it’s not as intimidating as it was in the late 1990s because advanced options are sheltered away deeper inside menus and windows.”KDE Neon isn’t recommended for production machines (this isn’t my main OS yet), but for those of us who are KDE enthusiasts (I’ve used it since I was a teenager) it’s a potentially fun experience. Not too shockingly I managed to cause Plasma to crash halfway through the video above (it self-recovered). KDE Neon has long been the subject of intrigue because of its unique development and distribution model. You can download it here (the latest release is just 2-3 days old). These live images mean you can test-drive the OS without actually installing it (until you feel confident enough).

Links 07/05/2022: SparkyLinux 6.3 and Wine 7.8

Posted in News Roundup at 6:10 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • BloombergChina Orders Government, State Firms to Dump Foreign PCs

        China has ordered central government agencies and state-backed corporations to replace foreign-branded personal computers with domestic alternatives within two years, marking one of Beijing’s most aggressive efforts so far to eradicate key overseas technology from within its most sensitive organs.

      • China intends to transfer state institutions and state-owned enterprises to Linux and PCs of local manufacturers

        According to Bloomberg, China intends to stop the use of computers and operating systems of foreign companies in state institutions and state enterprises within two years. It is expected that the initiative will require the replacement of at least 50 million foreign-brand computers, which are ordered to be replaced with equipment from Chinese manufacturers.

        According to preliminary data, the prescription will not apply to components that are difficult to replace, such as processors. Despite the development of China’s own chips , most Chinese manufacturers continue to use Intel and AMD processors in PCs. Microsoft software is recommended to be replaced with Linux-based solutions developed by Chinese manufacturers.

    • Server

      • Business WireAlmaLinux, Popular CentOS Alternative, Now Available on Oracle Cloud
      • HPC WireAlmaLinux Now Available on Oracle Cloud

        AlmaLinux OS Foundation, the nonprofit that stewards the community owned and governed open source CentOS replacement AlmaLinux, today announced AlmaLinux is now available on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) marketplace, continuing AlmaLinux’s penetration into the cloud. With this addition to the Oracle Cloud Marketplace (OCM), enterprises can now add AlmaLinux into their Virtual Cloud Network (VCN) with the simple click of a button for both x86_64 and Aarch64.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • VideoInstall Arch Linux The Easy Way With The Official Install Script – Invidious

        I’ve always argued that the standard command line installation of Arch Linux is easy and anyone can do it (seriously!). But many people fear command line installations, so Arch Linux now comes with a guided menu-based install script that is as easy-to-use as the Ubiquity installer or the Calamares installer.

      • VideoWelcome To My New House & Studio Planning – Invidious

        It’s finally happening, I’m finally moving out of my current place and into a place with one of my good mates, here I’ll have so much more space but right now nothing is finished. My room/studio isn’t finished is neither is most of the house but it will be soon enough.

      • Chrome UboxedSteam Deck unboxing and hands-on initial impressions [VIDEO]

        Generally speaking, we unbox and review Chromebooks, ChromeOS tablets, Chromeboxes and Chromebases around here. If it runs ChromeOS in any way, shape or form, we’re interested. If it is #madebyGoogle, we’re interested. If it works with a Chromebook, we’re interested. But there are outliers, too, and some of those devices have direct impact on the wider ChromeOS ecosystem. The Steam Deck from Valve is one such device, and there are some good reasons why we’re keenly interested in this handheld gaming machine.

      • VideoUbuntu 22.04 LTS Released | The BIGGEST Update To Ubuntu Yet! – Invidious

        The most popular Linux distribution in the world gets a massive update, that is packed with stunning new features and major improvements like Dynamic Triple Buffering, Gnome 42, advanced customization options and so much more. A new interface style, amazing performance boost, better customization options, and a host of new features make Ubuntu 22.04 LTS noteworthy. Yes this is the biggest update to Ubuntu yet. So let’s jump right in and see what’s new in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, the new tech that enables a boosted performance, the stability, the deal with snap apps, the UI changes, gaming, installation and everything else.

    • Kernel Space

      • Latest Linux Kernel Not Working Right? So you can go back – LinuxStoney

        In this tutorial we are going to learn how to degrade Linux kernel version if latest version didn’t work fine, We always recommend updating Windows, Linux and programs to the latest versions available. Thanks to them, we can correct errors, improve the performance and general functionality of the PC and be able to use it in the safest way possible. However, there are times when problems appear as soon as the Kernel or any system component is updated. And when this happens, what can we do?

        The first thing we want to make clear is that, whenever possible, it is better to use the latest version of the Linux Kernel . The why is very simple. Just like other operating systems, or other programs, when the kernel is updated, bugs and problems are corrected, both in terms of operation and security, which allow the computer to work in the best possible way and, above all, in the safest way possible.

      • Intel wants to fix sleep malfunction on Linux laptops

        That Linux doesn’t shine on laptops is pretty well known. Problems with energy management have been a constant in its history, which have sometimes led to significant regressions . Fortunately, Intel seems to be willing to do its part to at least get better at carrying out the suspension process.

        It seems there are models of laptops with Intel processors that run hotter than they should, leading to battery drain that can occur even when the computer goes to sleep . With the problem on the table, Intel has decided to take action on the matter to introduce a solution in the Linux kernel, since the origin is apparently a bug in S0ix caused by overheating of the PCH, but before getting into the flour, let’s briefly explain what S0ix and PCH are.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • H2S Media2 ways to find my IP address on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy JellyFish

        Let’s learn the GUI and Command ways to find the IP address on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy JellyFish to identify the local Internal address, Default Gateway, MAC address, or DNS server.

        If you are into system administration or installing some program that requires your system’s IP address, then this tutorial could help you.

      • H2S MediaHow to Install Maven on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy – Linux Shout

        Learn the steps to install Apache Maven on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish using the command terminal to manage Java-based projects.

        Apache Maven is an open-source Java tool for the standardized creation and management of Java-based projects. As per the developers of Maven, it is intended to facilitate the daily development work by trying to automate as many steps as possible in the development cycle from the creation of a software project to compilation and testing to the distribution of the software. Based on the specified standards, only a few configuration settings have to be stored for most build management tasks to map the life cycle of a software project.

      • Peta PixelHow to Convert HEIC to JPG | PetaPixel

        Photographers have to deal with a variety of image types and new file formats appear from time to time, usually offering benefits that, while helpful, might not be immediately obvious. This can lead to frustration and hours lost when simply trying to complete a project. That’s particularly true when a new camera or device saves images that can’t be opened or edited in the normal workflow.

      • ByteXDHow to Use the SSH Config File – ByteXD

        The SSH Config File is a text file that contains configuration information for your SSH client. This file is usually located in your home directory, and the path is ~/.ssh/config.

        It is used to store configuration information for your SSH client, such as the hostname of the server you are connecting to, your username, and your private key file.
        It’s useful for keeping your SSH client’s configuration organized and for sharing your configuration with others, and also for automating your SSH client’s configuration.

        In this tutorial we will learn by examples how to use the SSH config file to modify and simplify our networking needs using Linux.

      • H2S MediaHow to Install Python 2 on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Linux – Linux Shout

        Get the easy steps to install Python2 or 2.7 on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish using the command terminal to run old applications that need this version.

        Python is an object-oriented programming language that offers clear syntax and easy readability; it is easy to learn and very versatile. The language was released in 1991 and is similar to PERL. Available to use on UNIX, Linux, Windows, and Mac OS.

        The programming language is standard equipment in many Linux distributions. Python can also be used on many mobile operating systems. For web servers, WSGI (Web Server Gateway Interface) is a universal interface between the server and Python.

      • ID RootHow To Install Remmina Desktop Client on Manjaro 21 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Remmina Desktop Client on Manjaro 21. For those of you who didn’t know, Remmina is a free and open-source remote desktop client that allows users to access remote machines from a distance. It supports the following protocols X2Go, RDP, SSH, SPICE, and VNC.

        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 Remmina remote desktop client on a Manjaro 21.

      • ByteXDWhat is /dev/null in Linux and How to Use It – ByteXD

        The null device in Unix systems is /dev/null.

        Its purpose is to immediately discard anything sent to it.

        It’s known also as a bucket or a blackhole. Like throwing something in a thrash bucket or sending it to a blackhole never to be seen again.
        In this guide we will discuss what is the purpose of /dev/null, why it exists, and how to use it.

      • TechRepublic10 ways to check ports in Linux to help troubleshoot systems | TechRepublic

        System and network troubleshooting often involves checking and obtaining information about ports to ensure functionality and determine the source of problems. Learn some handy tips to help keep systems running smoothly.

    • Wine or Emulation

      • WineHQ – Wine Announcement – The Wine development release 7.8 is now available.
        The Wine development release 7.8 is now available.
        What's new in this release:
          - X11 and OSS drivers converted to PE.
          - WoW64 support in the sound drivers.
          - Number formatting using the new locale database.
          - Various bug fixes.
        The source is available from the following locations:
        Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:
        You will find documentation on https://www.winehq.org/documentation
        You can also get the current source directly from the git
        repository. Check https://www.winehq.org/git for details.
        Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file
        AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list.
      • GamingOnLinuxWine 7.8 is out now with X11 and OSS drivers converted to PE | GamingOnLinux

        Wine is the compatibility layer that allows you to run games and applications developed for Windows – on Linux (plus also macOS and BSD). A new biweekly development release is out now with Wine 7.8. It’s a major part of what makes up Steam Play Proton and enables a ton of games to work on the Steam Deck. Once a year or so, a new stable release is made.

    • Games

      • Boiling SteamMore than 2600 Games On The Steam Deck, with Corpse Party as Verified – Boiling Steam

        It did not take too long to move from 2500 to 2600 games: there are now 2624 games at the time of writing working on the Steam Deck – in two categories as usual…

      • Boiling SteamQuieter Fans With The Latest Steam Deck Beta

        One of my biggest complaints in my initial Steam Deck impressions (and I know I’m not alone) was the fan noise. While I don’t think I have a particularly whiny unit, the small fan has a sound profile that’s been described accurately as a distant hairdryer.

        I noted that a better fan curve would help as the Deck was constantly starting and stopping the fan at a very audible level, even for simpler games and desktop usage. There’s also the issue with some Deck users having a much more audible whine, from what appears to be the design of one of the fans used in the Deck (looks like random chance which yours has). Some have taken to using electrical tape to alter the fan noise, though I wouldn’t necessarily suggest it.

      • System76 Scheduler seeks to improve and optimize the execution of games and applications – LinuxStoney

        System76 , the well-known American Linux computer assembler and the one responsible for the Pop!_OS distribution, has published version 1.1 of its programmer, developed with the purpose of improving the response of the software in your operating system and obviously your computers, although it shouldn’t of having problems for its reimplementation on the part of others seeing that it is published under the MPL 2.0 license.

        The scheduler, whose official name is System76 Scheduler , is written in Rust and is responsible for automatically adjusting the Linux processor scheduler to prioritize processes and thus improve responsiveness. This component takes into account whether the computer is connected to power or running on battery power for further optimization purposes. Version 1.1 has introduced a full level kernel priority under the responsive profile and voluntary level in case of running on battery power.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • This week in KDE: New features and many bugfixes for Plasma 5.25

          This week Plasma 5.25 reached its “soft feature freeze” date, at which point we don’t add any large new features or major code refactorings. This reduces risk and gives us a longer period of time to polish those changes before the final release. So as you can imagine, everyone rushed to merge their big stuff right before the deadline! As a result, this week I can present are tons of new features and important refactorings that fix multiple bugs. Check it out…

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • #42 Numerous Emojis · This Week in GNOME

          Update on what happened across the GNOME project in the week from April 29 to May 06.

        • Builder GTK 4 Porting, Part III

          Another week of porting Builder which ultimately sent me on a few fun tangents. I especially enjoyed the work on Template-GLib which brought me back to my days working on languages and runtimes.

          I would like to specify how wonderful the new shortcut components are in GTK 4, particularly if you’re writing complex applications that have to manage layered shortcuts, user overrides, and such. I’m thinking applications in the class of Inkscape, GIMP, Builder, Darktable, and such will really benefit from this someday.

        • Bottles developers join the GNOME Foundation

          Bottles, the application that allows you to create and manage Wine environments, has been gaining popularity in recent times thanks to the fact that it is easy to use and offers many possibilities. Bottles’ prominence has ended with its developers making the decision to officially become part of the GNOME Foundation.

          The membership of the Bottles developers within GNOME will allow them, as explained by the corresponding website of the foundation behind the environment, “to run for the election of the Board of Directors, to vote in the elections for the Board of Directors and to suggest referendums. The membership process is supervised by the Membership and Elections Committee”.

    • Distributions

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

      • Debian Family

        • Published deb-get utility, offering apt-get-like functionality for third-party packages

          Distributions generally allow the integration of so-called third-party repositories. these are repositories that do not come from the distribution and are therefore not protected by their keys. Opinions differ greatly as to whether such repositories should be included at all.

        • SparkyLinux 6.3

          The 3rd update of Sparky 6 – 6.3 is out.

          It is a quarterly updated point release of Sparky 6 “Po Tolo” of the stable line. Sparky 6 is based on and fully compatible with Debian 11 “Bullseye”.

        • Tails 5.0: the Linux distro that protects your privacy makes the leap to Debian 11

          Tails 5.0 is the new version of the amnesic incognito live system , the most popular of the Linux distributions focused on the protection of privacy on the Internet and, as you can see, it comes with round numbers, which is worth dedicating a space exclusively to it , instead of, as we do more often, relegating it to PING .

          releases in a timely manner Tails is that they happen pretty often and the changes are usually minimal. The secret of Tails to offer the high level of privacy that it offers is to be based on the Tor network and for greater guarantee, it is essential to have each new version of Tor that appears and that incorporates security and other patches. Thus, Tails is updated every time Tor is updated.

          Of course, Tails is a Linux distribution and it also has other components apart from Tor, so it receives other types of updates. Tails 5.0 is an unbeatable example of this, since the major version jump corresponds to the base system jump, since Tails 5 moves its foundations to Debian 11 ‘Bullseye’ , with all the new features that this entails.

        • Charles Fussell, Jonathan Cohen & Debian SLAPP microsite, resignations

          A large sum of money from Debian funds is now paying for Jonathan Cohen, a lawyer at Charles Fussell & Co LLP, to purse a SLAPP lawsuit and try to shut down the Debian Community News and the Uncensored Debian Planet web sites.

        • Leader adds PBX hardware vendor Call4tel – Distribution – CRN Australia

          The US-based company specialises in small-sized plug and play PBX appliances preinstalled with 3CX’s V18 software and Debian 10.

        • ARNLeader wins distie deal with UC vendor Call4tel – ARN

          Call4tel appliances come preloaded with 3CX Version 18 and Debian 10, allowing users to load their licensing and configure their SIP accounts and IP phones. The appliances can also be converted for use as a Session Border Controller (SBC) in a hosted 3CX environment.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • TecAdminDownload Ubuntu 16.04 LTS – DVD ISO Images – TecAdmin

          Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish is released and available for download. This tutorial will provide you the download links to DVD ISO Images of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS with different desktop flavors. You can find the Ubuntu 22.04 release notes on its official website.

    • Devices/Embedded

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • The New StackSmall-Scale Fab: Make Parts with Free/Open Source Software – The New Stack

      There’s tremendous interest in small-scale fabrication and manufacturing these days. The topic is constantly covered in trade journals and the news. I think it’s the best time ever to be in tech and there is a bright future for anyone leaping into the “small-scale” sector.

      Lots of techies understand the basic concepts. Say you want to make a bracket. Just buy a 3D printer, sit it on your desk, maybe whip out a quick CAD model on your notebook, push the button on the printer and poof… out comes a super ultra-cool physical part.

      Yaaaahhh, well… technology is still complicated and nuanced complexity markedly affects expectations, from family members and friends, all the way up through organizations and the general public. I typically maybe just get a “that’s nice, what’s it good for?” response.

      Like everything else, you have to know stuff to answer their question.

      This new series aims to help you fearlessly step into small-scale fabrication and inspire you to help guide it into practicality. Here’s a hint: Curiosity, willingness to learn, Free/Open Source Software and a modest bit of cash will put you solidly in the game.

    • MedevelWhy enterprise and medium-size companies should consider using Sandstorm

      Sandstorm is an open source project built by a community of volunteers with the goal of making it really easy to run open source web applications.

    • MedevelVTENEXT is the Open Source CRM and BPM solution

      VTENEXT is released and distributed under the GNU AFFERO GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 3.0.

    • MedevelTrack your nutrition with this amazing free Android app: Energize

      Energize is a fairly new food and nutrition for Android systems. It is totally a free and open-source application that you can download, build, install for free, and even examine the source code.


      The project is released under The GNU General Public License v3.0 only

    • Beta NewsHow to continue the growth of open source in the UK

      Open source adoption rates are growing globally, with non-propriety code proving to be both efficient and cost-effective for a variety of organizations. Approximately 82 percent of IT decision-makers are more likely to choose a vendor that actively gives back to the open source community, according to a recent report from Red Hat. ­In the UK in particular, much of the reason for this open source drive is down to increased public cloud usage, the growing demand for rapid digital transformation and a greater understanding of open source’s cybersecurity resilience.

      To help continue this open source upsurge in a sustainable manner, organizations utilizing the technology need to be contributing back to the community, to best enable the development of the technology.

    • Venture BeatMeet Logseq, an open-source knowledge management system that ‘stores data like a brain’ [Ed: Open-source with dash typically means it is fake]

      With support for markup languages such as Markdown and Emacs’ Org-mode, Logseq enables users to create tasks, manage and store notes or to-do lists, embed pages, annotate PDFs and create links between all the information contained within, to create a free flow of information.

    • Open-source OS is a low-cost alternative to Windows for IPCs – Drives and Controls Magazine

      FreeBSD supports both 32- and 64-bit platforms, providing scalable implementation from ARM CPUs up to powerful Xeon CPUs. It has a small footprint, taking up less than 300MB of RAM.

    • Open source and liability [Ed: Charlatan and fraud Craig Wright is using the term "Open Source" to promote his lies]
    • IT WebOpen source – the gift that keeps on giving [Ed: They have managed to skip GNU like it never existed and does not exist]

      In a world in which conflict, crime and chaos dominate mainstream news and social media channels around the world, there’s one global project that proves that people of vastly different backgrounds, cultures and creeds can work together for the betterment of humanity, everywhere.


      The roots of the open source project can be traced back to the 1960s and the development of Unix, which grew into a collection of standalone operating systems for mainframe computing. But it was only when Finnish student Linus Torvalds released Linux, a version of Unix, as a new, free operating system kernel in September 1991, that open source was truly accelerated. The open source label, however, only came to the fore in 1998 after the release of the Netscape source code.

    • MedevelUsTaxes is an open-source free tax filing app for USA

      UsTaxes is a free, open-source tax filing application that can be used to file the Federal 1040 form. It is available in both web and desktop versions. It is provided free of charge and requires no sharing of personal data.

    • Events

      • Linux App Summit 2022

        A week ago I attended Linux App Summit (LAS) 2022 in Rovereto, Italy. It was great to finally travel and meet people again, after more than two years. At the same time it would be naive to think the pandemic is over, and it’s still a few days too early for the final verdict on whether we managed to meet safely, but things look very promising so far.

    • Web Browsers

      • MedevelMissing the classic Opera browser? Try Otter

        Otter is a free open-source web browser that recreates the old Opera 12 browser experience. It is completely open-source project as it is released under the GPL-3.0 License.

        Otter is written primarily in C++ and leverages Qt5 framework. The project receives constant updates that include new features, improvements, and bug fixes

      • Mozilla

        • Firefox 100: technological resurrection, popular death

          Recently appeared Firefox 100, an event that is more symbolic than anything else, although Mozilla has emphasized it with a thank you message shown to all those who have executed it. Do not misunderstand, when I speak of symbolism, I am referring only to the psychological impact that the number 100 has, nothing more.

          Firefox 100 maintains the good progress that the browser has shown in recent months, a good job that, unfortunately, is not helping it to rise in user quota, since it is currently behind the current Microsoft Edge , based on Chromium and with official version for Linux .

          It’s no secret that I’m a staunch supporter of Wayland, so I use Firefox almost out of obligation because it’s the only major web browser with mature support for the graphics protocol. Until January 2022 I used the RPM version provided by Fedora , which has Wayland support enabled by default, and from that date I started using the Flatpak build hosted on Flathub , whose Wayland support can be easily enabled with Flatseal .

        • Paul ThurrottMozilla Releases Firefox 100
    • MongoDB

      • TechRepublicWhy your open-source project definitely should not be the next Kubernetes

        Take Firecracker, an open-source, micro-virtualization project that AWS released in 2018. Firecracker was almost universally hailed as cool technology … and then mostly disappeared from public view. I wrote about some early community success, but even that (Weave Ignite to improve Firecracker’s ease-of-use, among other things) came from a close AWS partner. To give Firecracker more community heft, I suggested that AWS follow Google and open up governance around Firecracker, not just its code.

        AWS didn’t listen but, not for the first time, my opinion didn’t seem to matter. (That’s a polite way of saying maybe I was wrong.)

        Fast forward to 2022, and Firecracker is quietly getting used in lots of cool places. I say “quietly” because, well, why would anyone shout their infrastructure from the rooftops? But when I asked, some interesting users surfaced, like Stripe, Fly.io, System Initiative and more. Of course, it’s still true that most contributors to Firecracker are employed by AWS.

        But even if Firecracker would have remained a community of one (AWS), it arguably would have been worth it. In fact, that’s essentially what I argued while I worked for AWS, indicating that there were clear customer-oriented reasons to open-source Firecracker, regardless of community involvement. Open source ensured Firecracker would play nicely with the Linux community and enabled tighter “compounded product gains” for customers.

      • OpenSource.comBuild community engagement by serving up Lean Coffee

        I recently started a new job at MongoDB as a Principal Community Manager, spearheading the MongoDB Community Champions program. In that role, I faced two challenges.

        First, I was joining a brand new, fully remote team. Not only was I new myself, but the team as a whole was just beginning to form, with new members coming on board a couple of times per month. This team was also spread across several time zones, with about half of them older, established members who’ve been with the company for a long time and know each other pretty well, and the other half entirely new faces.

        Second, the Community Champions program started during the pandemic. As a result, program participants from around the world had very little opportunity to meet each other and meld as a group. I wanted to find out more about what they wanted to discuss and learn, so I could use that to plan out the first few months of programming. I also wanted to give them a chance to talk with each other about their interests.

        I ran these scenarios past a friend of mine, the fabulous Donna Benjamin, and she suggested an extremely useful tool from the Open Practice Library: Lean Coffee.

      • TechRepublicAppwrite’s new open-source fund could offer a novel path to sustainability | TechRepublic

        “While some projects are used by millions, they might still struggle to find a reasonable way to monetize and sustain themselves. This is where we believe we can help,” Fux said. Open-source projects need all sorts of support, he continued, but in his experience, “financial support was my biggest concern” as a maintainer. Sometimes, however, there’s no intent to ignore cash-strapped maintainers. “Companies benefit from your work but are not always aware of the challenges you need to face to deliver it,” he suggested. Therefore, Appwrite’s open-source fund is as much designed to raise cash as “awareness of the challenges required to deliver high-quality, open-source products.”

    • FSF

    • Programming/Development

      • Techstrong GroupGit for Mainframe: Back to the Future

        Software delivery modernization should be done with care, especially with mission-critical mainframe apps. But for some, modernization will feel like a trip back to the future.

        Mainframe applications are typically systems of record with high-value transactions, significant compliance risk and an essential need for stability and security. They’ve been running reliably, often for decades, with code changes made by teams of dedicated developers using time-tested interfaces like ISPF (green screens) and Eclipse integrated with mainframe-based source management tools—Endevor is the most widely used example.

      • Top 10 Trending Open-Source Python Projects on GitHub [Ed: Pretending that anything Microsoft does not control simply does not exist]
      • Top 10 AI Skills that will Get You a Job in FAANG Companies in 2022 – Analytics Insight [Ed: Surveillance jobs]
      • Top 10 Python Jobs Developers Should Apply for in FAANG Companies
      • 15 Best Coding Games for Kids – Kids Programming Classes & Websites

        Simply put, coding is telling a computer or machine how to perform a task. As a rep from Raspberry Pi Foundation explains, “Coding is one aspect of digital making. When you write code, you are writing instructions for a computer to follow.” As complex as they may seem, computers are actually simple devices, so that’s why you have to give them really simple instructions that you then build into a complex set of rules. And learning how to provide those instructions isn’t just helpful for computers — it challenges programmers to communicate with computers in a way that makes sense. Why is coding good for kids? Teaching your kid how to code won’t just make them a computer whiz — it will teach them plenty of other valuable skills as well. “When young people are given opportunities to learn and create with code, they can do incredible things, from expressing themselves creatively, to highlighting real-world issues or controlling a robot,” the Raspberry Pi Foundation rep says. “Coding also helps develop young people’s resilience and problem-solving skills, as debugging is a key part of the process to ensure their code works correctly.” Yes, they may get frustrated at times, but it’s all part of the process!At what age can a child start coding? Just like when learning a new language, it’s both better and easier to learn coding skills from a young age. “There is research into children being able to learn aspects of coding from the age of three, as well as during kindergarten and early elementary school,” the Raspberry Pi Foundation rep explains.

      • Dirk EddelbuettelRProtoBuf 0.4.19 on CRAN: Updates

        A new release 0.4.19 of RProtoBuf arrived on CRAN earlier today. RProtoBuf provides R with bindings for the Google Protocol Buffers (“ProtoBuf”) data encoding and serialization library used and released by Google, and deployed very widely in numerous projects as a language and operating-system agnostic protocol.

        This release contains a pull request contribution by Michael Chirico to add support for the TextFormat API, a minor maintenance fix ensuring (standard) string are referenced as std::string to avoid a hickup on Arch builds, some repo updates, plus reporting of (package and library) versions on startup. The following section from the NEWS.Rd file has more details.

      • SpiderMonkey Newsletter (Firefox 100-101) | SpiderMonkey JavaScript/WebAssembly Engine

        SpiderMonkey is the JavaScript engine used in Mozilla Firefox. This newsletter gives an overview of the JavaScript and WebAssembly work we’ve done as part of the Firefox 100 and 101 Nightly release cycles.

      • Python

        • Linux Links7 Best Free and Open Source Python Object-Relational Mapping Software

          Object–relational mapping (ORM) is a programming technique for converting data between incompatible type systems using object-oriented programming languages. This creates, in effect, a “virtual object database” that can be used from within the programming language.

          In essence, ORM is a design pattern for converting (wrapping) that data stored within a relational database into an object that can be used within an object oriented language. It creates a layer between the language and the database, helping programmers work with data without the OOP paradigm.

        • Learn how to program with this Python Humble Bundle for as little as $1 – News Azi

          Looking to improve your Python programming skills? Humble Bundle and No Starch Press have put together the Python Book Bundle with up to 18 books.

          The Humble Bundle is all in the name of charity, so the minimum payments for each tier are suggestions, but if you like the cause you can always give more. The beneficiaries for this bundle include the Python Software Foundation and the Hacker Initiative. Here’s what’s available.

        • Python Basic Electronics Control with the Raspberry Pi | Developer.com

          The Raspberry Pi device, beyond just being a low-cost introductory computing tool, also provides a robust electronic controller interface that enables programmatic control of external electronic systems. These systems can be as simple as turning on or off an LED, or as complex as being able to control a robotic arm or other, more elaborate, electronic devices. This Python and embedded programming tutorial will show the reader how to use Raspberry Pi-specific Python libraries to control basic electronic components. Many similar Python tutorials presume extensive knowledge in the use of such components, but this article will not make that presumption. Instead, programmers will be shown a “gentle” introduction into the electronics concepts needed to get this project going, in the hopes that this foundation will encourage the reader to do more experimentation beyond the simple experiment to be presented within this two part programming series.

  • Standards/Consortia

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • Four Columbians Elected to the National Academy of Sciences | Columbia News

        Computer scientists Alfred Aho and Toniann Pitassi, mathematician Michael Harris, and sociologist Mario Small join this year’s class of new members.

      • New York TimesGood Products and Bad Businesses

        Over the past 15 years, clever digital ideas have captured imaginations, transformed habits and reshaped industries and economies.

        It might seem surprising, then, that so many great digital products in this generation have come from bad businesses.

        Spotify has reshaped music, but the company is still figuring out how to turn a consistent profit. Uber has altered cities and become a way of life for some riders and drivers. The company has also spent far more cash than it has brought in over its 13-year life.

        App companies like DoorDash, Instacart and Gopuff have hooked some Americans on deliveries of restaurant meals, groceries or convenience items, but hardly any company that brings fresh food to our doors has made it work financially. Robinhood helped make investing accessible and fun, but it hasn’t made free stock trades profitable. Twitter is a cultural force, but it’s never been a good company.

      • How sleep-deprived see and evaluate others’ faces | NSS

        Acute sleep loss increases the brain’s reactivity toward positive and negative affective stimuli. Thus, despite well-known reduced attention due to acute sleep loss, we hypothesized that humans would gaze longer on happy, angry, and fearful faces than neutral faces when sleep-deprived. We also examined if facial expressions are differently perceived after acute sleep loss.

      • Turing Distinguished Leader Series: Ashu Garg, General Partner, Foundation Capital

        In this Turing Distinguished Leader Series session, we conversed with Ashu Garg, General Partner at Foundation Capital. Ashu is an early investor in several unicorns, including Turing.

      • 3D Printing IndustryTaking back control: new 3D printed bracelet empowers the hand-impaired to play video games – 3D Printing Industry

        Researchers at the University of Sydney have developed a 3D printed sensor bracelet that allows those with hand impairments to more easily use computers and play video games.

        By detecting vibrations in users’ wrists as they move their fingers, the wearable is said to be capable of picking up inputs, before relaying these to a machine learning (ML) program that converts them into computational commands. Once they’ve perfected this process, the team intends to make the bracelet open-source, with the aim of improving smart device access for disabled people across the world.

      • uni SydneySensor bracelet designed to give back control to hand-impaired – The University of Sydney

        Australian researchers are developing a 3D printed bracelet to allow people living with hand-impairment to easily use computers and play video games.

      • Software Heritage: the software Library of Alexandria – Hello Future Orange

        The Software Heritage project aims to build a software Library of Alexandria: a perennial, universal source code archive to serve society, science, and industry.

        In today’s information society, software is everywhere. It is at the heart of scientific research, technological developments, and ever more industrial processes. Software plays a pivotal role in the everyday life of our society. It gives us access to humanity’s knowledge and cultural heritage, of which it is also a part. However, software is fragile: it can be altered or made unusable.

      • Purdue, Ivy Tech partner on next-generation microelectronics workforce – Purdue University News

        Purdue University and Ivy Tech Community College are partnering to help meet the future workforce needs in microelectronics, a field that is expected to add more than 100,000 workers over the next decade.

        The agreement will provide a variety of collaborative educational opportunities for faculty and students in microelectronics and will explore ways to attract more talent to this area.

    • Education

    • Hardware

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • GizmodoMicrosoft Tells Users to Uninstall Windows 11 Update That Causes Apps to Crash [Ed: Windows eXPeriment]
        • Microsoft advises users to uninstall Windows 11 update [Ed: This might be a plagiarism site, but it's funny nonetheless]
        • Globe NewswireCloudCasa by Catalogic to Feature Cyber-Resilient Kubernetes Backups at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2022
        • ProtocolTurboTax will pay $141 million for scamming taxpayers

          TurboTax will pay $141 million to residents in every state and Washington D.C. for misleading claims that its tax preparation services are free, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Wednesday.

          Under the agreement, a total of 4.4 million taxpayers who used TurboTax’s free edition for tax years 2016 through 2018 will get a direct payment of approximately $30 for each year. These users were told that they had to pay to file, even though they were eligible to file for free using the IRS Free File program, which the Intuit withdrew from in 2021. In New York, 176,000 residents who were “tricked into paying to file their federal tax return” will receive a total of more than $5.4 million.

        • John GruberMacOS Server, Adieu
        • Security

          • Security Bulletin 04 May 2022

            SingCERT’s Security Bulletin summarises the list of vulnerabilities collated from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)’s National Vulnerability Database (NVD) in the past week.

          • 25+ Vulnerable websites to practice your ethical hacking skills

            In recent times as the field of information is on the rise a new term ‘Ethical Hacking’ has emerged and opened many different avenues for IT and cyber security professionals. Now more and more people are getting familiar with the field of information security and are getting interested in learning about hacking skills.

            For budding hackers, these are often the best way to hit the ground running in case of career choices towards penetration testing or also known as vulnerability assessment and pen testing (VAPT).

          • TechStory MediaWhat are the Best Automated Penetration Testing Tools in 2022? – TechStory

            The process that identifies and resolves security issues within a network or a system is known as automated penetration testing and it can be a rather time-taking method, especially if done manually. This is where automated penetration testing tools come in. They automate the process of pentesting, making it easier and faster for you to find and fix vulnerabilities. We will discuss the best-automated penetration testing tools available today.

          • DuoThreat Actor Increases Dwell Time By Targeting Opaque Devices | Decipher

            Researchers have uncovered a threat actor that is targeting the emails of employees at various companies – including ones that focus on corporate development, mergers and acquisitions and large corporate transactions – for suspected espionage purposes.

            The group, UNC3524, turned researchers’ heads by having a longer-than-average dwell time on victim networks, due in part to the group’s installation of backdoors on opaque network appliances like SAN arrays, load balancers and wireless access point controllers that do not support security tools like antivirus or endpoint protection. Victims have been located in the U.S., Germany and Singapore, said researchers.

          • The New StackUnderstand the 3 P’s of Cloud Native Security [Ed: But clown computing is the opposite of security. It is a data breach, technically speaking.]
          • Dependency Issues: Solving the World’s Open-Source Software Security Problem – War on the Rocks [Ed: This is a proprietary software problem, too]

            The idea of a lone programmer relying on their own genius and technical acumen to create the next great piece of software was always a stretch. Today it is more of a myth than ever. Competitive market forces mean that software developers must rely on code created by an unknown number of other programmers. As a result, most software is best thought of as bricolage — diverse, usually open-source components, often called dependencies, stitched together with bits of custom code into a new application.

            This software engineering paradigm — programmers reusing open-source software components rather than repeatedly duplicating the efforts of others — has led to massive economic gains. According to the best available analysis, open-source components now comprise 90 percent of most software applications. And the list of economically important and widely used open-source components — Google’s deep learning framework TensorFlow or its Facebook-sponsored competitor PyTorch, the ubiquitous encryption library OpenSSL, or the container management software Kubernetes — is long and growing longer. The military and intelligence community, too, are dependent on open-source software: programs like Palantir have become crucial for counter-terrorism operations, while the F-35 contains millions of lines of code.

          • Security WeekCyberespionage Group Targeting M&A, Corporate Transactions Personnel

            Security researchers at Mandiant are documenting the discovery of a new hacking group focused on cyberespionage targeting employees responsible for corporate development, large corporate transactions, and mergers and acquisitions.

            Referred to as UNC3524 – Mandiant uses ‘UNC’ to track uncategorized hacking groups – the threat actor does not appear interested in immediate financial gain, given that it manages to remain undetected for an order of magnitude longer than the average dwell time of 21 days in 2021.


            To keep the malware footprint low, the attackers relied on built-in Windows protocols. Lateral movement was obtained through a customized version of Impacket’s WMIEXEC tool, which employs Windows Management Instrumentation to create a semi-interactive shell.

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

    • Environment

      • Energy

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Super Predator Megaraptor – Largest known dinosaur fossil from the raptor family found in Argentina

          A News that would get the makers of Jurassic Park excited – Paleontologists in Argentina have discovered the remains of the largest dinosaur from the Raptor family – the Megaraptor. The new species has been named ‘Maip macrothorax’ by the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research.

          Raptors, popularized by the movie – Jurassic Park, were not huge in size but aggressive and intelligent. Megaraptors, were much bigger with most species ranging 20-26ft in length and couple of feet taller than humans in height. The ‘Maip macrothorax’ found in Argentina measures 33ft long and weighed over 5tons.

        • Edinburgh zoo welcomes two new endangered penguins

          Edinburgh zoo has welcomed two new baby penguins, after the first eggs of the season hatched.
          Both are endangered Northern rockhoppers.
          Rockhoppers are endangered due to climate change and overfishing.
          Zookeepers are keeping a close eye on the new arrivals, as the first 30 days are critical – they are also hopeful that the gentoo penguin eggs will begin hatching soon.
          Dawn Nicoll, senior penguin keeper at Edinburgh Zoo, said: “Northern rockhopper penguins are endangered due to climate change, changes in marine ecosystems and overfishing, so it is really exciting to welcome these new chicks.

    • Finance

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • The HillSupreme Court revisits prayer in school in football coach case
      • Why the Dobbs Leak Is Dangerous

        his week’s leak of the draft majority opinion in Dobbs, the Mississippi abortion case, is unprecedented. Leaks from the Court have occurred before, but this leak is different, a potentially shattering event, both because of the leaker’s probable motives and the leak’s probable effects. Most likely, the leaker set out to intimidate one or more of the justices and affect the outcome of the case. Alternatively, the leaker hoped to destroy the Court as an institution—in the approving phrase of one progressive commentator, to “burn this place down.” The long-term consequences of the leak may be severe.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Fast CompanyBig ISPs just gave up on blocking net neutrality law in CA

        On Thursday, major internet service providers (AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, et al.) dropped a lawsuit challenging a California law requiring broadband networks to treat traffic and content from all websites and services equally. The ISPs’ legal challenge had already lost three times in California Federal courts. Network neutrality proponents are calling the abandonment of the suit a huge win for digital rights and the open web.

        The ISP trade groups revealed their decision in a brief filed Wednesday in the Federal District Court of California, Eastern District. “When they lost last time around . . . they really lost,” says Evan Greer of the grassroots tech-rights group Fight for the Future, which has long advocated for net neutrality but was not directly involved in the case. “The court all but said that if you take this case to the Supreme Court you will lose.”

    • Monopolies

      • ProtocolEU accuses Apple of violating competition laws – Protocol

        The European Commission sent Apple a “preliminary view” that the company is violating competition laws.

      • ProtocolGoogle just fired another AI researcher

        Google fired Satrajit Chatterjee, an AI researcher in the company’s Brain group who criticized a research paper on computers designing computer chips that was published in the scientific publication Nature last year and involved work from researchers in Google’s chip and Brain teams.

        The paper presented a method for automatically generating parts of a computer chip more efficiently than humans. Chatterjee disputed parts of the paper, and was fired in March after Google told his research team that he couldn’t publish a rebuttal of some of the claims made in the paper, sources told The New York Times. Researchers who had worked on a rebuttal argued that Google broke its own AI principles by rejecting the paper.

      • NewsweekFacebook, Google Face Regulatory Reckoning That May End Big Tech Dominance [Ed: Salesforce-owned 'paper' forgot Microsoft? ]
      • Competition Law in the Digital Space: A Study of Exclusionary Conduct by Tech Conglomerates

        At the heart of any competition law regime is the promotion of free markets and the elimination of anti-competitive practices. India, for example, established the Competition Commission of India under the Indian Competition Act (2002), to protect and promote competition in markets, prevent practices that hinder competition, and protect the rights and interests of consumers.[1] In the United States (US), two key antitrust laws are in place—i.e., the Sherman Act and the Clayton Act—to curb anti-competitive activities.[2] Similarly, the Treaty for the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) is aimed at penalising offenders that disrupt healthy competition in the local markets. Articles 101 to 106, which form the basis of the antitrust regime of the European Union (EU), outlaw agreements that lead to cartelisation, monopolistic practices, and abuse of dominance.

Links 07/05/2022: Mostly Non-Tech Topics

Posted in News Roundup at 11:27 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • I deleted Windows! And switched to Fedora

      Last sunday I finally decided it’s time to leave Windows properly behind. I had Windows installed on my PC just in case I want to dualboot back to it.

      But almost year has been gone by since I switched to Kubuntu and.. Nope. I didn’t boot Windows single time during this ~11 months.

      Also I switched to Fedora because things went wrong with partition resizing…

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • HackadayHackaday Podcast 167: Deadly Art Projects, Robot Lock Pickers, LED Horticulture, And Good Samaritan Repairs

        Join Hackaday Editor-in-Chief Elliot Williams and Managing Editor Tom Nardi for a review of all the tech that’s fit to print. Things kick off with an update about the Hackaday Prize and a brief account of the 2022 Vintage Computer Festival East. Then we’ll talk about an exceptionally dangerous art project that’s been making the rounds on social media, a smart tea kettle that gave its life so that others can hack their device’s firmware, some suspiciously effective plant grow lights, and the slippery slope of remote manufacturer kill switches. We’ll wrap things up with some thought provoking discussion about personal liability as it pertains to community repair groups, and a close look at what makes synthetic oil worth spending extra on.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Make Use OfHow to Install a Desktop Environment/GUI in Ubuntu Server

        Most servers don’t need a graphical interface, but sometimes they can be a big help. Here’s how to install a desktop environment in Ubuntu Server.

      • How to Install GNU Octave on Ubuntu

        Linux is used by many professionals in many fields. One of them is programming and specifically in science-oriented programming. That’s why today, you will learn how to install GNU Octave on Ubuntu 20.04. This programming language will help you to work with numbers focused on calculations related to various sciences.

      • TecAdminHow To Install PHP (8.1, 7.4 or 5.6) on Ubuntu 22.04 – TecAdmin

        PHP is a programming language used for developing web applications. You must install PHP packages on a Ubuntu system to run the application written on it. Generally, it is used to create e-commerce websites, blogs, and API applications.

        We will use the Ondrej PPA for installing PHP on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS system. Which contains PHP 8.1, 8.0, 7.4, 7.3, 7.2. 7.1, 7.0 & PHP 5.6 packages. You can install any of them version as required for your application. The new application developers are suggested to use latest PHP version ie PHP 8.1.

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to install PHP on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS system. This tutorial is also compatible with Ubuntu 20.04, and 18.04 systems.

      • Ubuntu HandbookHow to Share Folder / Transfer Files over LAN in Ubuntu 22.04 | UbuntuHandbook

        Want to share your files over local network or transfer file from one PC to another PC? Here are a few commonly used ways to do the job in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Kdenlive 22.04.0 on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Kdenlive 22.04.0 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.

      • Monitor And Administer Linux Servers Using Cockpit – OSTechNix

        This guide explains what is Cockpit tool and how to install Cockpit in various Linux distributions, and finally how to manage and administer Linux servers using Cockpit via a web browser.

      • Linux Top Command Explained
      • APNICThe transition to IPv6: Are we there yet?

        The saga of the IPv6 transition continues to surprise us all. RFC 2460, the first complete effort at a specification of the IPv6 protocol, was published in December 1998, more than twenty years ago.

        The entire point of IPv6 was to specify a successor protocol to IPv4 due to the prospect of running out of IPv4 addresses. Yet we ran out of IPv4 addresses more than a decade ago. This transition to IPv6 has been going on for 20 years now, and if there was any urgency that was instilled in the effort by the prospect of IPv4 address exhaustion, then we’ve been living with exhaustion for a decade now. So perhaps it’s time to ask the question: How much longer is this transition going to take?

        This was the question that was put to a panel at the recent ARIN 49 meeting, and, predictably, there was no clear consensus as to what the answer might be. I’d like to explore this question here in a little more detail.

      • X25519 Key ExchangeHands-on: X25519 Key Exchange

        Key exchange is a mechanism where two parties (Alice and Bob) can agree on the same number without an eavesdropper being able to tell what it is. X25519 is the name of one method of key exchange, by doing point operations on the Curve25519 elliptic curve: [...]

      • Bartosz CiechanowskiGPS

        Global Positioning System is, without a doubt, one of the most useful inventions of the late 20th century. It made it significantly easier for ships, airplanes, cars, and hikers to figure out where they are with high degree of accuracy.

        One of the most exciting aspects of this system are the satellites surrounding Earth. Here’s a current constellation of active satellites, you can drag the view around to see it from different angles: [...]

      • Trend OceansHow to Install GoLang (Go Programming Language) in Ubuntu [5 Steps]

        GoLang (also referred to as Go) is an open-source statically typed programming language developed by Robert Griesemer, Rob Pike, and Ken Thompson at Google and launched in November 2009.

        GoLang is known to be 3x faster than the python programming language and supports memory safety, garbage collection, structural typing, and CSP-style concurrency.

        Stick with us to learn “how to install GoLang in Ubuntu Linux in 5 simple steps“.

    • Games

      • My new project: Jeuxterm (online games in terminal)

        Hello, fellow Geminauts, Tildezens and whoever else stumbles upon this post.

        I love text-based things, and I love games, and I love creating stuff. So, I guess, coming up with this project makes a lot of sense.

        In this post I will describe what I have in mind, what I already have done, and share links and screenshots. I hope this will be interesting for some at least!

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • Writing “Hello, world!” from scratch part I: making a new ISA

          Why would one design a new ISA? With RISC-V and MIPS being open ISA with great support, there is not much point in doing so. Personally, I mostly did this for fun and artistic aspiration. I had a few ideas trotting in my head about what a fun ISA could be. I did want wanted to make a simple ISA, but rather a family of ISA for 8-bit, 16-bit, 32-bit, 64-bit, or even more bit-having processors that all share the same instruction set. At first, I even wanted to be able to make a processor with exotic word sizes but I scrapped that idea. I also wanted a Von Newman architecture and having instructions being a single indexable amount of memory. Those three needs combined meant that I needed to have instruction on only 8 bits. This is quite low, even some 8-bit computers use 16 bits instructions.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • [Old] ZimbabweMousai is an awesome music identification app for Linux

        This is all wonderful but as already hinted in the introduction getting Shazam to work on Linux is more of a workaround. It’s also unlikely that there will ever be a Linux version of Shazam, it seems as though the team behind the app are not working on it. And yet sometimes you are busy working on a laptop when you hear a song play in a movie, TV show or in your neighbour’s house. Your phone might not be at hand and you might not want to put your laptop down and go hunt for it. This is where Mousai comes in handy.

      • Web Browsers

        • UXCollectiveIt’s time we fix the unethical design of cookie consent windows

          However, thanks to data protection laws, sites are now obliged to inform users about cookies (trackers) and cannot track them without the user’s consent.

          But designers have learned to get around this law and are using different design techniques to make users accept all cookies (trackers) anyway.

          I’m targeting designers, not companies, in this article. I need to write another article about companies. I think each designer is responsible for their own design and must ensure that their design is ethical.

          Now, let’s examine the cookie consent window designs of two companies (N26 and Revolut) and learn about the design techniques they use.

        • TorArti 0.3.0 is released: Robustness and API improvements

          Arti is our ongoing project to create a working embeddable Tor client in Rust. It’s not ready to replace the main Tor implementation in C, but we believe that it’s the future.

          Right now, our focus is on making Arti production-quality, by stress-testing the code, hunting for likely bugs and adding missing features that we know from experience that users will need. We’re going to try not to break backward compatibility too much, but we’ll do so when we think it’s a good idea.

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • Alexander SolovyovPostgreSQL collation

          I’ve got into a situation with PG I’ve never been into before. There is a financial reports table, containing some description of a transaction, with columns like date, amount and comment. And this comment field is often used to search for something case-insensitively. This is done best using where lower(comment) like ‘%some words%’ using trigram index: [...]

      • Programming/Development

        • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

          • [Old] Alexander SolovyovUseful shell prompt

            There are only a few apps I use every day and shell — ZSH — is one of the most used. It’s been that way since the beginning of the ’00s and back then I spent a lot of time configuring my prompt to be a good balance between compact/readable and useful. I found that I dislike fancy two-line prompts, information on a right-hand side (because of its awkward behavior), and stuff like that. So the result looks like that: [...]

  • Leftovers

    • HackadayFlexures Make This Six-DOF Positioner Accurate To The Micron Level

      It’s no secret that we think flexures are pretty cool, and we’ve featured a number of projects that leverage these compliant mechanisms to great effect. But when we saw flexures used in a six-DOF positioner with micron accuracy, we just had to dig a little deeper.

    • HackadayTree Forks As Natural Composite Joints In Architecture

      A problem facing architects when designing complex three-dimensional structures lies in their joints, which must be strong enough to take the loads and vector forces applied by the structure, yet light enough not to dominate it. Many efforts have been made to use generative design techniques or clever composites to fabricate them, but as Dezeen reports, a team at MIT are exploring an unexpected alternative in the form of naturally occurring tree forks.

    • HackadayRetrotechtacular: How Television Worked In The 1950s

      Watching television today is a very different experience from that which our parents would have had at our age, where we have high-definition digital on-demand streaming services they had a small number of analogue channels serving linear scheduled broadcasting. A particular film coming on TV could be a major event that it was not uncommon for most of the population to have shared, and such simple things as a coffee advert could become part of our common cultural experience. Behind it all was a minor miracle of synchronised analogue technology taking the signal from studio to living room, and this is the subject of a 1952 Coronet film, Television: How It Works!  Sit back and enjoy a trip into a much simpler world in the video below the break.

    • Counter PunchJefferson and the University
    • The NationJazz Fest Is Back. Let’s Dance. (But It’s Complicated.)

      New Orleans, La.—The crush of fans pressing their way into Gentilly Boulevard gate at 11 am last Friday revealed a pent-up desire, at last satisfied: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was back.

    • The Nation9 Ways of Looking at Mother’s Day
    • The NationI Vance to Suck Your Blood
    • Counter PunchHandel on Fire

      Fire season is upon us. There’s no off-season anymore. 24/7 takes on paradoxically darker and brighter—and ever hotter—connotations.

      One of the biggest, most destructive fires in New Mexico’s history is sweeping through the mountains east of Santa Fe, having already engulfed more than 160,000 acres. The Calf Canyon and Merit Peak Fires began as separate blazes but merged ten days ago. Elsewhere in the American Southwest dozens of smaller fires rage.

    • Counter PunchOur Deeply Subconscious Magical Thinking

      One thing he explained was that large birds like ducks and eagles travel typically by day, navigating by land features, whereas songbirds and warblers fly at night and navigate off the stars. Some birds, weighing barely an ounce, fly 450 miles a day for a week straight, sometimes over long stretches of open water, just to get back home to their natural breeding grounds. He described how the shapes of certain land masses, like in the Middle East can funnel large numbers of birds into narrow corridors.

      When it was time for questions, one woman asked, “For the birds that fly during the day and navigate by what they see on land, will the ones flying over Ukraine be able to make it?”

    • Times Higher EducationIran threatens academic’s execution ‘to thwart war crimes trial’

      The Iranian government is threatening to execute a Swedish-Iranian academic to thwart a trial against an Iranian official accused of war crimes, a leading non-profit organisation has said.

      Ahmadreza Djalali was arrested and charged with espionage during an invited visit to the University of Tehran in 2016. Sentenced to death in 2017, he has been held in solitary confinement for months at a time and is suffering serious health problems.

    • TediumCathode Ray Tubes: Unusual Ways They Were Used Beyond TV Sets

      The cathode-ray tube is having a bit of a revival at the moment in the public consciousness, as people who grew up with these screens suddenly see the distinct advantages they hold in certain use cases, often related to the things they display. (Sometimes, though, the CRT becomes a bit of a villain in the story, something that a confused contributor to TechRadar found as he struggled to get his set working because he couldn’t find a compatible remote.) Of course, the electron guns that we brought into our homes by the millions were primarily used as television sets, but they also had other uses—or at least other novel methods of use—worth highlighting. And with that in mind, today’s Tedium highlights inventive and novel uses of the good ol’ CRT.

    • music? makes me happy

      yesterday on my way home i walked by someone singing a song from my childhood outside the train station and i dropped them $2 and they smiled at me, and i think that’s such a nice experience! to be fair it wasn’t a really old song. i think it was a mashup of ‘i want it that way’ and some other songs, but it reminded me of really warm nights in the living room with my family just goofing around, and the entire childhood stuff.

    • Spacing Out – Gangnam Style

      It took me back to my time in Korea.

      To be perfectly honest, at least part of the reason why I initially moved to Korea was some kind of desire to discover more about Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. I wanted to move to a society that had been shaped by these historical movements in the same way I believed my own had been shaped by Christianity (specifically, Catholicism).

      While I did indeed learn more about these traditions and the subtle influences they *can* have on social order, the predominant social force I learned the most about was, of course, capitalism (and also some even more dogmatic forms of Christianity!).

    • Science

      • [Old] Bartosz CiechanowskiCurves and Surfaces

        From fonts to animated movies, curves and surfaces constitute fundamental building blocks of many geometrical designs. Over the course of this blog post I’ll explain how this model of a mask can be very smooth despite being described by a limited number of small points that you can drag around to change the mask’s shape: [...]

      • Counter PunchKarl Marx: Student and Teacher of Technology

        This article will use Marx’s own writings and secondary sources to trace the history of Karl Marx as a student of technology starting with Nathan Rosenberg’s seminal essay in 1976[1] through Amy Wendling’s work in 2011.[2] The essay will provide a historiography of Marx and how scholars have analyzed his perceptions of technological development and how it relates to his ongoing objective critiques of capitalism. Peter Novick famously stated in his Introduction that objectivity in history could be like “Nailing jelly to a wall,” but this essay will argue that Marx was a dedicated student of technology and wasn’t speculating in subjectivity on the topic.[3]

    • Education

    • Hardware

      • HackadayPico Chording Keyboard Is Simultaneously Vintage And New

        On paper, chording — that’s pressing multiple keys to create either a single character or a whole word — looks like one of the best possible input methods. Maybe not the best for speed, at least for a while, but definitely good for conserving the total number of keys. Of course, fewer keys also makes for an easier time when it comes to building keyboards (as long as you don’t have to code the chording software). In fact, we would venture to guess that the hardest part of building your own version of [CrazyRobMiles]’s Pico Chord Keyboard would be teaching your fingers how to work together to chord instead of typing one at a time.

      • HackadayElectriPop Turns Cut Mylar Into Custom 3D Structures

        Mylar has a lot of useful properties, and as such as see it pop up pretty often, not just in DIY projects but in our day-to-day lives. But until today, we’ve never seen a piece of Mylar jump up and try to get our attention. But that’s precisely the promise offered by ElectriPop, a fascinating project from Carnegie Mellon University’s Future Interfaces Group.

      • HackadayScrewed Up: Can Technology Be A Substitute For Regular Maintenance

        The bane of life for anyone who possesses a well-used pile of spanners is the humble nut and bolt. Durable and easy to fasten, over our lifetimes we must screw and unscrew them by the million. When they do their job they’re great, but too often the seize up solid, or more alarmingly, gradually undo themselves over time due to vibration or thermal stress. There are a host of products such as locking nuts or thread sealant to deal with this problem, but the Fraunhofer Institute have an idea which might just remove the worry surrounding important fastenings. Their work has resulted in a solar-powered bolt with an embedded sensor that phones home when the connection loosens, allowing an engineer to be dispatched with a spanner to tighten it up.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Deutsche WelleWhat are millets and can they help create global food security?

        Millets have been around since 3000 BC and are believed to be among the earliest domesticated plants, long serving as a staple crop for millions of farmers, particularly in India, China and many parts of Africa.

        Sometimes dubbed “nutri-cereals” due to their high levels of iron, fiber and certain vitamins, they are still grown in more than 130 countries. Yet they only play a significant role in the diets of some 90 million people in Africa and Asia, and are often regarded as food for the poor.

        By comparison, around half the global population relies on rice, and more than one-third on wheat.

      • Counter PunchCape Cod Bay in the Crosshairs — Holtec’s Reactor Waste Water Threat

        The newly minted subsidiary intends to dump roughly one million gallons radioactively contaminated nuclear reactor waste water into Cape Cod Bay, which happens to be a part of the protected Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. The million gallons are stagnating in the shutdown Pilgrim reactor’s waste fuel pool, formerly used to cool extremely hot uranium fuel rods which are taken from the reactor core (at around 5,092 degrees Fahrenheit) when fresh fuel is emplaced.

        Holtec’s pollution plan has produced such a tsunami of public opposition that Massachusetts Senator Ed Marky convenes a congressional subcommittee field hearing in Plymouth, Massachusetts Friday, May 6, to air questions about an array of vexing problems with decommissioning the Pilgrim reactor, which is on the northwest shore of Cape Cod Bay. Markey is Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate, and Nuclear Safety.

      • Democracy NowPremature “Normalcy” Could Backfire as U.S. COVID Death Toll Passes 1 Million & New Variants Spread

        Governments around the world are eagerly returning back to pre-pandemic conditions by relaxing preventative restrictions, lifting mask mandates and pulling back public funding. Dr. Abraar Karan, infectious disease fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine, says these moves are overly optimistic and that the U.S. is not prepared for new variants spreading around the country. “We’re trying to say it’s over. It’s not true,” he says. “As time goes on, immunity wanes, and we will begin to see more severe cases.”

      • Democracy NowGlobal Death Toll from COVID-19 Tops 15 Million as Vaccine Inequity Continues to Prolong Pandemic

        The World Health Organization says the coronavirus pandemic has now caused an excess of 15 million deaths globally. We look at how staggering death counts reveal broader political failures to protect public health and close the international vaccine gap. “Western governments and rich corporations who are based primarily in the West have done very little to advance vaccine inequity or to help the entire world end this pandemic faster,” says Achal Prabhala, coordinator of the AccessIBSA project, who adds that many poor countries have also not used all the policy tools at their disposal.

      • OracMartin Kulldorff promotes an old antivax narrative about “natural immunity”

        The antivaccine movement has have long promoted a narrative going back to as long as the concept of immunity due to vaccines has existed that vaccine-induced immunity is somehow “inferior” to “natural immunity.” Of course, as I like to respond, vaccine-induced immunity is every bit as “natural” as “natural immunity” resulting from infection and recovery from infection. Even better, whatever its duration and robustness relative to post-infection immunity (the more correct term for “natural immunity”) vaccine-induced has the advantage of not requiring a person to suffer through the disease and face the risks of severe complications and death. Yet antivaxxers have long fetishized “natural immunity” as far superior to vaccine-induced immunity, even when it isn’t, which goes along their narrative that portrays vaccines as somehow “unnatural,” “dirty,” and “contamination” of their “purity of essence.” So it comes as no surprise that Martin Kulldorff, one of the three scientists who authored the Great Barrington Declaration and currently the “scientific director” of an astroturf anti-public health think tank billed by its founder as the “spiritual child of the Great Barrington Declaration,” the Brownstone Institute.

      • no background noise in this pub

        On Tuesday I lost all hearing in my left ear over the course of three hours. I had that otherwise common, ephemeral tinnitus that one sometimes experiences for 3-4 seconds. I had an unusual number of bouts, and they started lasting progressively longer. Then hearing just never returned.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Threat PostAttackers Use Event Logs to Hide Fileless Malware [iophk: Windows TCO]

          The technique involves injecting shellcode directly into Windows event logs. This allows adversaries to use the Windows event logs as a cover for malicious late stage trojans, according to a Kaspersky research report released Wednesday.

          Researchers uncovered the campaign in February and believe the unidentified adversaries have been active for the past month.

        • Scoop News GroupRussian ransomware group claims attack on Bulgarian refugee agency

          A ransomware group believed to have strong ties within Russia said Wednesday that it will release files it took from the Bulgarian government agency responsible for refugee management, a nation that has reportedly hosted hundreds of thousands of fleeing Ukrainians.

        • Security

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Patrick BreyerEuropean Parliament opposes plan to fingerprint all MEPs for a “biometric attendance register”

              Yesterday, a large majority of Members of the European Parliament opposed the Parliament’s plans to register their presence by processing their fingerprints. By 420:202:15 votes they called on the Bureau to “develop an alternative solution that does not involve the processing of biometric data”. For example, an electronic attendance register could rely on Members badges or their mobile phones, and it could come with random and periodic checks by human monitoring.

            • BBCPeriod tracking apps warning over Roe v Wade case in US

              Some of these apps share data with third parties.

              Exactly what the apps do with the period data is unclear, but some third parties feed that information back to the big tech companies like Google, Meta and Amazon.

              Cooper Quintin, senior staff technologist at the EFF, told the BBC: “We strongly suggest that the developers of period tracking apps start thinking about the amount of data they are storing about their customers, and especially the ways that data could one day be used or misused in the future to cause harm, or be a tool of surveillance.

            • EFFSafeGraph’s Disingenuous Claims About Location Data Mask a Dangerous Industry

              In response, SafeGraph agreed to stop selling data about Planned Parenthood visitors. But it also defended its behavior, claiming “SafeGraph has always committed to the highest level of privacy practices ensuring individual privacy is NEVER compromised.“ The company, it continued, “only sell[s] data about physical places (not individuals.)”

              This framing is misleading. First, SafeGraph for years did sell data about individuals—and then remained closely tied to a business that still did so. Second, the aggregated location data that SafeGraph now sells is based on the same sensitive, individual location traces that are collected and sold without meaningful consent. 

              Last year, EFF reported public records showing that SafeGraph had sold 2 years of “disaggregated, device-specific” location data about millions of people to the Illinois government, starting in January 2019.

            • Counter PunchThe Border-Industrial Complex in the Biden Era: Robotic Dogs and Autonomous Surveillance Towers Are the New Wall

              I started climbing to get a better look and soon found myself alone on a golden hill dotted with alligator junipers and mesquite. Brilliant vermilion flycatchers fluttered between the branches. The road, though, was Border Patrol all the way. Atop the hill opposite mine stood a surveillance tower. Since it loomed over our campsite, I’d been looking at it all weekend. It felt strangely like part of French philosopher Michel Foucault’s panopticon — in other words, I wasn’t sure whether I was being watched or not.  But I suspected I was.

              After all, that tower’s cameras could see for seven miles at night and its ground-sweeping radar operated in a 13-mile radius, a capability, one Border Patrol officer told me in 2019, worth “100 agents.” In the term of the trade, the technology was a “force multiplier.” I had first seen that tower freshly built in 2015 after CBP awarded a hefty contract to the Israeli company Elbit Systems. In other words, on top of that hill, I wasn’t just watching some unknown event developing; I was also in the middle of the border-industrial complex.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • ABCSweden reintroduces border checks, citing ‘a serious threat’

        Sweden said Friday it was reintroducing temporary border controls at ferry terminals, airports, road crossings with other countries and other entry points to the Scandinavian nation because there “still is a serious threat to public order and internal security.”

        The Swedish government said the temporary controls would start immediately and last until Nov. 11, meaning travelers will have to show passports and visas during the 6-month period.

      • ANF NewsIHD: What happened in Dersim is a genocide

        On the anniversary of the Dersim Genocide, the Human Rights Association (IHD) Headquarters issued a written statement.

        The statement noted that military operations against Dersim began with a decision of the Council of Ministers dated May 4, 1937, within the framework of the “Tunceli Law” numbered 2884 and dated December 25, 1935, and that “tens of thousands of Kurds/Alevis were massacred during these operations. Military actions lasted until 1938, and the topography of Dersim was substantially depopulated by forced displacement as a result of the mass slaughter.”

      • BIA Net‘Reinstate the name of Dersim, unveil the burial site of Seyit Rıza’

        The Human Rights Association (İHD) Central Office released a statement today (May 4) and marked the anniversary of the Dersim Massacre, which began in eastern Turkey on May 4, 1937 and continued in 1938. The İHD has underlined that the massacres committed in Dersim constituted a genocide, underlining “the need to face the genocide”.

        The Association has also recalled that President and Justice and Development Party (AKP) Chair Recep Tayyip Erdoğan apologized for the Dersim massacre in 2011, when he was the Prime Minister.

      • Defence WebCameroon and Russia sign defence agreement

        The content of the 13-page document is quite vague, mentioning the exchange of information in the field of international defence and security policy, military education, military hydrography and medicine. This new episode of Russia’s diplomatic offensive in Africa, in the aftermath of the invasion of Ukraine and subsequent Western sanctions, follows the refusal from many African countries, Cameroon included, to condemn Moscow at the UN General Assembly.

      • LRTUS rushed cyber team to Lithuania over Russia [cracking] threat – media

        The mission involved specialists arriving at a country following its invitations, “where they scan networks with the goal of building the host countries’ resilience and share any new information about threats with government and private industry circles back in the US”, according to the Bloomberg news website.

        The mission in Lithuania “was moved up in the queue” due to the threat posed by Russia, according to Hartman.

        The United States has previously deployed its cyber teams to countries including Estonia and Ukraine.

      • HungarySecretary of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine: Hungary was warned about Putin’s plans to attack Ukraine

        The secretary of the National Security Council of Ukraine, Oleksiy Danilov, said Hungarian authorities were informed about a full-scale attack on Ukraine beforehand by the Russian President. “Hungary openly declares its cooperation with the Russian Federation. Moreover, Putin warned [them] in advance that there would be attacks on our country,” Danilov said. He also believed Hungary had plans for part of the territory of Ukraine.

        The Hungarian embassy in Kyiv took to Facebook and wrote they are “outraged” by the allegations that Budapest was warned in advance about Russia’s plans to go to war. “The statement by Oleksiy Danilov, head of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), ‘contains accusations that are false and unfounded, and incite hatred against the Hungarian people and Hungary in Ukrainian public opinion, which is suffering from war’,”- the embassy’s social media post reads.

      • Counter PunchTaking Aim at Putin: Stephen Cohen Contests the Myths

        Well, I am hardly going to sort these matters out fully, but I have chosen the late Stephen F. Cohen’s book, War with Russia? From Putin and Ukraine to Trump and Russiagate (2022) as a companion to get a handle on the demonization of Putin (one of several core themes). We appear to be stumbling around in the darkness; maybe Cohen can beam some light into  this darkness shrouding our understanding of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

        Cohen is well-qualified to be our guide. He was a professor of Russian Studies and History at New York University (1998-2011) and Princeton University (1968-1998), where he directed the Russian Studies program. He was good friends with Gorbachev, and there is an affectionate photo in the book having dinner at one of Gorbachev’s favourite restaurant in Moscow.

      • Counter PunchWinston Churchill’s Rap Sheet: A Record of Empire

        Ali’s book, titled Winston Churchill: His Times, His Crimes, is both a biography of one of humanity’s greatest criminals and a history of that criminal’s times. Like most humans with power both granted to them and taken by them, Churchill’s personal biography is tied up in the story of the times he lived in. As he rightly should, Ali spends most of his narrative detailing and discussing Churchill’s military, political and diplomatic actions as a member of the British Empire’s ruling class. In this discussion, Churchill’s racism and misanthropy is revealed. Obviously, those aspects of his personality informed his actions as a military man and politician. In addition, they informed the nature of Britain’s ruling elites as surely as their arrogance and sense of genetic superiority informed Churchill’s estimation of himself.

        The litany of crimes here is long. Churchill seems to have never missed an opportunity to stroke his ego. If he could do so while attacking a perceived enemy of the Empire—whether that enemy was a miner in Britain’s pits, an Irish Republican, a citizen of India, a Soviet revolutionary or another of the Empire’s enemies—so much the better. In Ali’s telling, it becomes clear that Churchill preferred fascism to any kind of communism and considered those who opposed his dear and glorious empire to be his personal enemies. All that said, this is a political biography above all else. Churchill’s particular psychopathies underlie the narrative but are not the basis of it. Likewise, his personal life is mentioned primarily in terms of his political actions. In a manner similar to others whose political personas are rightly or wrongly larger than life, Churchill comes across as a man whose politics were the foundation of his person and whose person defined his politics; politics of arrogance and prejudice that they were.

      • Counter PunchNorth Korea’s Real Threat: Radical Isolation

        North Korea’s nuclear program has been the perennial threat that concerns South Korea, East Asia, and the United States. Some pundits are even suggesting that the nature of this threat has recently changed—that North Korea is no longer just interested in possessing nuclear weapons in order to deter attacks by other countries. Instead, as Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin argues, North Korea is now seriously considering using nuclear weapons for offensive purposes as part of an effort to take over the Korean peninsula.

        This seems far-fetched. Pyongyang has difficulty even maintaining control of its own territory. Having seen Russia’s embarrassing failure to take over Ukraine, a considerably weaker country, the North Korean government can’t seriously believe that it could invade and control South Korea, a considerably stronger country.

      • Meduza‘At least a few rubles’: Public-sector employees in Russia urged to donate to murky ‘fundraisers’ for Ukrainian refugees

        In the lead up to Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the authorities in the self-proclaimed “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics” announced mass evacuations to Russia. Now, after ten weeks of all-out war, roughly a million Ukrainians have been forced to flee to Russian territory. As Meduza reported previously, civilians living in areas occupied or blockaded by Russian troops have been forcibly evacuated to Russia and brought to “filtration camps.” In mid-April, the Russian Cabinet allocated nearly 439 million rubles ($6.5 million) from the country’s reserve fund for the accommodation of these refugees. However, in a number of Russian regions, public-sector employees are being urged to donate part of their paychecks to purported “fundraisers” in support of displaced Ukrainians.

      • The NationOn the Night Bus to Kyiv

        Kyiv, Ukraine—After Russian attacks targeted infrastructure all across Ukraine earlier this week, damaging critical rail lines in the western part of the country, a bus bound for Kyiv was full when it departed from Warsaw an hour before midnight on Wednesday.

      • Common DreamsBoris Johnson Pressured Zelenskyy to Ditch Peace Talks With Russia: Ukrainian Paper

        The Ukrainian news outlet Ukrayinska Pravda reported Thursday that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson used his surprise visit to Kyiv last month to pressure President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to cut off peace negotiations with Russia, even after the two sides appeared to have made tenuous progress toward a settlement to end the war.

        Citing unnamed sources from Zelenskyy’s “inner circle” and advisory team, Pravda reported that “Johnson brought two simple messages to Kyiv”:

      • Common DreamsRussian Officials Must Be Held to Account for Documented War Crimes: Amnesty

        Global human rights group Amnesty International on Friday called for accountability “up the chain of command” in Russia for war crimes the organization says it has documented in extensive interviews and on-the-ground research in Ukraine.

        “Hierarchal superiors… who knew or had reason to know about war crimes committed by their forces, but did not attempt to stop them or punish those responsible, should also be held criminally responsible.”

      • Common DreamsInvestigation Shows Hundreds of US Cops Being Trained by Far-Right Extremists

        Hundreds of cops across the United States have been taught by individuals who espouse far-right extremist views, according to a new investigation that was published Friday to sound the alarm on a burgeoning and unregulated private training industry.

        Reuters identified five law enforcement trainers who have been hired by police and sheriffs’ departments nationwide despite their support for right-wing militia groups, including the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, and Three Percenters; the QAnon conspiracy, which baselessly claims that Democrats and Hollywood stars belong to a cabal of Satanist pedophiles and cannibals; and former President Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was stolen.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Dangerous American Game of Helping Kill Russian Generals

        A New York Times report that the United States has been providing real time intelligence to the Ukrainian army with the specific purpose of killing Russian generals brings America a long step closer to actual war with Russia. 

      • Meduza‘Toxic assets’ How Russia’s invasion of Ukraine tore Yandex apart

        In late April, Russian Internet giant Yandex announced it was selling its news service, Yandex.News, and its personal recommendations service, Yandex.Zen, to the social networking company VKontakte (VK). VK is run by Vladimir Kiriyenko, son of Russian presidential administration First Deputy Chief of Staff Sergey Kiriyenko. Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began, these products (just like Yandex overall) have faced a barrage of criticism for misleading millions of users by withholding credible information about the war while leaving up inaccurate information from pro-Kremlin sources. Meduza special correspondent Svetlana Reiter tells the story of how a once-progressive news aggregator ruined Yandex’s reputation, caused an employee exodus, and landed its deputy CEO on sanctions lists.

      • MeduzaHow ‘mobilization’ works in Russia Human rights expert Pavel Chikov explains what reservists and draftees can expect if Putin openly declares war

        The Kremlin denies it vociferously, but Western analysts and state officials warn that Vladimir Putin could declare Russia’s full military mobilization as soon as May 9, when the country celebrates the USSR’s victory in World War II. Ben Wallace, the UK’s secretary of state for defense, says such an announcement wouldn’t surprise him, adding that Putin could claim that Russia is now at war “with Nazis all over the world,” necessitating mass conscription. Meduza asked Pavel Chikov, the head of the human rights group Agora, who would be affected by a full mobilization and whether it would still be possible to avoid being drafted in Russia’s armed forces.

      • TechdirtAlabama Police Chief Sued Over His Response To Anti-Police Brutality Protests

        Following the brutal killing of an unarmed black man (George Floyd) by a Minnesota police officer (convicted murderer Derek Chauvin), protests against police violence erupted around the country.

      • The NationThe Economic Shock Waves From the War in Ukraine Will Impact Us All

        In 1919, the renowned British economist John Maynard Keynes wrote The Economic Consequences of the Peace, a book that would prove controversial indeed. In it, he warned that the draconian terms imposed on defeated Germany after what was then known as the Great War—which we now call World War I—would have ruinous consequences not just for that country but all of Europe. Today, I’ve adapted his title to explore the economic consequences of the (less than great) war now underway—the one in Ukraine, of course—not just for those directly involved but for the rest of the world.

      • Site36Ukraine war: New Eurojust regulation in fast-track procedure

        The EU Justice Agency is to be allowed to store and process personal and biometric data for the first time. Eurojust will also be authorised to analyse digital evidence, but it does not actually have a mandate to do so.

      • Meduza‘He wanted to make sure those monsters don’t come back’: Alexey Ptakh, a hostage in the 2004 Beslan school siege, is now fighting in Ukraine. Meduza spoke to his mother.

        On September 1, 2004, terrorists took 1,128 people hostage inside a school in the North Ossetian town of Beslan, including children, parents, and teachers. 333 people were killed and 783 were injured, making the siege one of the largest terrorist attacks in Russian history. Hostage No. 281 on the list compiled by Beslan teachers after the siege was then-15-year-old Alexey Viktorovich Ptakh. In 2022, his name appeared on a different list: the list of soldiers in the 34th Brigade from Vladikavkaz, which, according to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, is participating in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Meduza special correspondent Svetlana Reiter spoke with Alexey Ptakh’s mother, Tatyana, about how her son ended up in the war.

      • Counter PunchNuclear Threats Like We Have Never Seen

        Aiding Ukraine’s defense Russian invasion, “Would lead to consequences you have never seen”. President Putin February 24, 2022

        Threats to use nuclear weapons are as old as nuclear weapons. Threats to use nuclear weapons may even be their main function. Increasingly bellicose statements by Putin and Russian State media during Russia’s hot war in Ukraine are unprecedented, and must be taken seriously.

      • Counter PunchFascism is Intentional

        When Atwood penned her famous book in 1985, she could not have imagined just how prescient it would be seen decades later. Then the Hulu series was produced. It differed in many significant ways from the book. The character of Offred, for instance, did not have the same agency or defiance as the one in the television series. She was a witness to the brutality of the Republic of Gilead, but she didn’t actively participate in resisting it as Elizabeth Moss’ portrayal did. Although the series was powerful, well written and well acted, the book presents us with a more universal experience of a person living under authoritarian cruelty.

        But it came in the time of Trump. A time of unmasked misogyny. Resistance, or even the facsimile of it, became a popular rallying call. Now, we watch stupefied at the continuing resurgence of fascism, dressed up in the guise of Christianity, in the same nation that would eventually become Atwood’s fictional Gilead. The recent leak of a US Supreme Court draft opinion may be one of those prophecies foretold.

      • Counter PunchBy Redefining UNRWA, Washington Destroys the Foundation for a Just Peace in Palestine

        Though UNRWA was not established as a political or legal platform per se, the context of its mandate was largely political, since Palestinians became refugees as a result of military and political events – the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people by Israel and the latter’s refusal to respect the Right of Return for Palestinians as enshrined in UN resolution 194 (III) of December 11, 1948.

        “UNRWA has a humanitarian and development mandate to provide assistance and protection to Palestine refugees pending a just and lasting solution to their plight,” the UN General Assembly Resolution 302 (IV) of December 8, 1949 read. Alas, neither a ‘lasting solution’ to the plight of the refugees, nor even a political horizon has been achieved. Instead of using this realization as a way to revisit the international community’s failure to bring justice to Palestine and to hold Israel and its US benefactors accountable, it is UNRWA and, by extension, the refugees that are being punished.

      • Counter PunchUkraine War Fuels NATO War Machine
      • Counter PunchWhy Won’t Europe Call for an End to This War?

        Manipulation of the news around Russia’s war on Ukraine is aimed to prevent public opinion from seeking a lasting peace for both Ukraine and the region. The aim of this information war is to prolong the war to serve the interests of those who wish to promote it. How does one know what constitutes facts and what constitutes lies, and how can one learn to explain events without being accused of justification?

        Causes Leading to War

      • Counter PunchIs Ukraine a War Crime or Business as Usual?

        There are two conflicting narratives about Ukraine. The first narrative – the idealistic, legal point of view that is repeated frequently by the West – is that Ukraine is a sovereign country that can independently choose its foreign policy. If it wishes to be closer to Europe, either joining the European Union or NATO, that is its choice. As a sovereign nation since 1991, Ukraine is free and independent.

        The second narrative – aligned with Realpolitik – is that major powers have spheres of influence around their borders. While there are no legal bases for this position, it is customarily recognized that countries such as the United States, China and Russia cannot have hostile threats close to them. Major powers have stated this and acted on its assumptions throughout history.

      • Counter PunchToward a Peoples Ukraine Wars Tribunal

        At the same time, from the outset of these events there was much more limited international support for the American-led punitive response by NATO featuring harsh sanctions amounting to ‘economic warfare,’ shipment of weaponry to the beleaguered country, dehumanization of Putin and Russo-phobic propaganda, along with silence about recourse to diplomacy. In the background was the related internal struggle within Ukraine between the dominant force in the Western part of the country and the Russian-speaking Ukrainians in the Donbas East.

        As Russian military operations proceeded, perceptions of the core conflict began to change. What seemed at first a simple war of aggression, to be followed by belligerent operation, is now becoming a geopolitical war between the United States and Russia, with strategic goals quite apart from the outcome of events in Ukraine, as well as heightening costs of the encounter for the entire world, including the people of Ukraine and especially the extreme poor everywhere. And while Washington bears the main responsibility for this shift, the Russian response by way of veiled threats of recourse to nuclear weaponry emanate from Moscow and Putin. Yet the essential character in this elevation of the war strategy to a geopolitical level of engagement is to care less about bolstering Ukrainian resistance to Russian aggression and far more about inflicting defeat on Russia and the renewal of post-Cold War transatlantic unity by the revitalization and expansion of the NATO alliance with Russia once more the enemy of Western democracy. This geopolitical war has much larger strategic consequences and risks than the initial proxy war between Russia and the United States that concerned the future of Ukraine.

      • Counter PunchNo Proxy War: Stop the Dying

        The development in question is U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s ominous comments after returning from a visit to Kyiv. Austin said that the U.S. wants to see “Russia weakened to the degree that it can’t do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine.” Austin also said that Washington thinks Ukraine can “win” its war with Russia if it receives proper weapons and support from the West.

        Questions For Your Liberal Imperialist Aunt

      • Counter PunchThe Long Hand of Slave Breeding, Redux

        That requires that we look anew to history and the Constitution, which, Justice Alito is quite correct, does not include the word ‘abortion’ (or ‘space travel’ or ‘automobile’ or even ‘woman’) but does include ‘slavery’.

        When I first wrote that opening paragraph, in 2012, my friend and sister Pamela Bridgewater, who’d been their impetus, was alive. She was starting cancer treatments, which ultimately failed. At that moment, though, she was intending to revise her legal writings on reproductive liberty and the legacies of slave breeding into a book that would speak a common language to women, particularly the class of women whom she’d escorted to safety while doing clinic defense in Florida, Wisconsin, DC. She was a legal scholar, a professor, an activist, a sex radical, a diva. Pamela was fire.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Courage FoundDaniel Hale is Courage’s newest beneficiary

        On May 10, Daniel’s support team is hosting an online meeting for supporters to write letters together to Hale in prison.

      • Courage FoundOne Year in a Cage: Letter Writing Night for Daniel Hale, May 10

        As we approach one year of Daniel Hale’s incarceration, his support team invites you to a night of reflection and solidarity on Tuesday, May 10, at 7:30pm EST: “We miss him so much and community helps us and him keep his fighting spirit – forever in pursuit of justice – alive.” Register here.

    • Environment

      • The NationWhat Is the Value of Our Environment?
      • uni StanfordNukes Are Environmentalists’ Problems Too

        I have a confession to make. So focused on the existential threats of climate change, biodiversity decline, soil loss, population growth, antibiotic misuse, and other slow-to-unfold ways humanity can destroy itself, I spend little time thinking about the instantaneous way: nuclear annihilation.

      • Common DreamsLandmark Inquiry in Philippines Backs Accountability for ‘Climate-Polluting’ Corporations

        Campaigners within and beyond the Philippines on Friday applauded a new government report that backs accountability for major polluters driving the climate emergency and its associated negative impacts on human rights.

        “We enjoin all Filipinos to stand up for climate and environmental justice, and ensure our elected officials in the next administration take this to heart.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Where the Hell Is the Green New Deal?

        In November 2018, the Green New Deal became a rallying cry for climate activists when members of the Sunrise Movement occupied House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office and adopted the slogan as their unifying message. A few months later, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who had joined the young activists in Pelosi’s office, brought this message to Congress when she partnered with Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) to introduce their Green New Deal resolution. More manifesto than binding legislation, the resolution laid out a vision of an equitable clean energy transition for the United States.

      • Energy

        • BBCWhy one firm is banking on carbon fibre bikes in Europe

          Located in Campia (not far from Oliveira de Frades, a town famous for bikes), a group of investors from Portugal, Germany, and Taiwan launched the firm in 2018.

          The company believe manufacturing of hi-tech bicycle components is poised to return to Europe, after decades of supply from firms in China and Taiwan.

        • Renewable Energy WorldNew Jersey floating solar project aims to be nation’s largest

          Construction is underway on an 8.9 MW floating bifacial solar array at a water treatment facility in New Jersey.

          NJR Clean Energy Ventures, a unit of New Jersey Resources, claims the project will be the largest floating solar array in the U.S. once it’s completed.

        • The VergeUS punishes Blender.io for helping North Korea launder millions in stolen Axie [cryptocurrency]

          The US Treasury Department announced on Friday that it’s sanctioning Blender.io, essentially cutting the Bitcoin mixer off from the US financial system (legally speaking, anyway). The department alleges that the service, which lets people obfuscate the record usually kept by the blockchain, was used by North Korea to “support its malicious cyber activities and money-laundering of stolen virtual currency.”

        • ABCUS sanctions North Korean cryptocurrency mixing firm

          The sanctions, imposed by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, are the first ever on a digital asset mixing service. The new sanctions also point to the growing use of digital assets to perpetuate illegal acts by state actors and individuals.

        • DeSmogHow the Oil and Gas Industry Is Trying to Hold US Public Schools Hostage

          The oil and gas industry wants to play a word-and-picture association game with you. Think of four images: a brightly colored backpack stuffed with pencils, a smiling teacher with a tablet tucked under her arm, a pair of glasses resting on a stack of pastel notebooks, and a gleaming school bus welcoming a young student onboard.

        • Common DreamsHawaii Legislature Calls For Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

          Hawaii lawmakers put the state on the path to making history after the Legislature passed a resolution Thursday endorsing a document called the “Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.”

          “Hawaii is taking our own bold actions for climate change resilience and to move off fossil fuels.”

        • Counter PunchMore Business as Usual: Biden’s Old-Growth Forest Plan

          Unsurprisingly, however, this “historic and bold” action plan reveals a doubled down commitment to business-as-usual programs and policies that exacerbate the climate crisis and its damaging effects on forests and communities; increase threats from wildfires, and open the door to new, extreme and unproven technologies to be unleashed on wild forests–all in the service of timber, oil and gas, mining, biotechnology and other industries.

          Carbon Offsets: One of the major themes running through the EO is an emphasis on forests as carbon sinks that will offset carbon emissions.  This model of forests as offsets, however, has been widely debunked for enabling ongoing pollution. In this way, it simultaneously exacerbates climate injustice because this ongoing pollution largely occurs in low income communities, and threatens the very existence of forests by sidestepping the dire need to curb forest-killing emissions.

      • Wildlife/Nature

    • Finance

      • TruthOutLabor Force Participation Continues Toward Pre-Pandemic Levels
      • Pro PublicaLawmakers Approve $600 Million to Help Fix Housing Program for Native Hawaiians

        The Hawaii Legislature on Thursday unanimously passed landmark legislation appropriating $600 million for the state’s Native Hawaiian homesteading program, a chronically underfunded initiative that has long fallen short of its promise to return Native people to their ancestral land.

        The amount represents the largest one-time infusion of money in the program’s 101-year history, and it’s more than seven times the record amount that state lawmakers approved last year. The majority of the funds will go toward the development of nearly 3,000 lots, most of them residential, on Hawaii’s main islands.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Eesti RahvusringhäälingEstonia and Japan sign digital cooperation agreement

        The MOC between Estonia and Japan reflects the willingness of these two highly developed digital societies to share their knowledge and experience, Sutt said according to a ministry press release.

        “Digital development and sustainability are important drivers of economic growth in both Estonia and Japan,” he said. “Digitalization leads to a more efficient use of resources, but it cannot come at the expense of security. Therefore, the cooperation agreement places a strong emphasis on cybersecurity, secure digital identification, secure cloud solutions, data protection and the secure use of data.”

      • Rolling StoneMarjorie Taylor Greene Can Stay on Ballot Despite Alleged Jan. 6 Role, Judge Rules

        Free Speech for the People responded to the decision by sending a letter to Raffensperger, arguing that Beaudrot’s ruling “betrays the fundamental purpose” of the 14th Amendment and “gives a pass to political violence as a tool for disrupting and overturning free and fair elections.”

      • The HillA safe, open internet with transatlantic rules is easier than it sounds

        On both sides of the Atlantic, [Internet] users face the same issues of disinformation and online harm, amplified by the same powerful digital platforms. But despite increasingly similar governance ideas, transatlantic collaboration on a comprehensive digital regulatory regime is not in the cards, given the disparities in the U.S. and European legal systems, norms and priorities, along with starkly different time frames.

        Two weeks ago, the European Union reached a deal on the final terms of its landmark regulation, the Digital Services Act. The EU leads the way on what it hopes will become the global standard, following in the footsteps of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the EU’s privacy and data protection regime. The United Kingdom is not far behind, with the possible adoption of its massive Online Safety Bill (OSB) early next year.

      • The HillJudge tosses out Trump lawsuit over lifting Twitter ban

        A California judge on Friday tossed out former President Trump’s lawsuit that sought to lift his Twitter ban.

        U.S. District Judge James Donato, who was nominated by former President Obama, said in his ruling that Trump’s claims that Twitter’s ban against him violated the First Amendment did not hold much water, given that the amendment only applies to the government violations of the right and not private company abridgments.

      • PC WorldU.S. SEC slaps Nvidia with a $5.5 million fine over GeForce GPUs used for crypto

        Specifically, Nvidia violated Section 17(a)(2) and (3) of the Securities Act of 1933 and the disclosure provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, according to the SEC.

        “The SEC’s order also finds that Nvidia’s omissions of material information about the growth of its gaming business were misleading given that Nvidia did make statements about how other parts of the company’s business were driven by demand for crypto, creating the impression that the company’s gaming business was not significantly affected by cryptomining,” the SEC said.

      • MedforthEric Zemmour alerts the French: Emmanuel Macron prepares the France of the communist Mélenchon

        Translation: The crowd shouted “Allah Akbar” surrounding the blissful Macron

      • YLEPro-Russia [blockade] organisers discuss violence, guns in closed group chat

        [YLE] followed a chat thread on WhatsApp, in the Russian language, about plans for Sunday’s event. The discussion, involving around 70 people, used aggressive language and nationalist themes.

        Some of the chat participants suggested carrying out violence against potential counter-protesters, with a few saying they were considering bringing firearms.

      • RFAMusk’s Twitter acquisition prompts renewed fear of Chinese influence, infiltration

        Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover has sparked fears that the platform may now be more vulnerable to Beijing’s influence, amid an ongoing overseas influence and infowar campaign by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

      • The NationNew York’s Redistricting Chaos Is Now the Nation’s Problem

        Last week, the New York State Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state, invalidated the House and state Senate districts that had been drawn by the Democrat-controlled legislature. The ruling was a shock to the state’s political class, which did not expect such a legal challenge—initiated by Republicans—to succeed in a court where six of seven judges are registered Democrats. The court decision threw the task of drawing new maps to a court-appointed special master, who will have until May 24 to produce new House maps. To comply with this timeline, the judges ordered federal and some state primaries to be shifted from June to August.

      • TruthOutSchumer Promises Vote on Codifying “Roe” Without Workaround for Filibuster
      • HungaryOrbán: “The proposed sanctions against Russian oil are tantamount to a nuclear bomb thrown on the Hungarian economy”

        Every Friday, Hungary’s prime minister gives an interview on one of the state-owned radio stations. Since the independent media has not had a chance to interview him for many years, these weekly radio interviews are the only opportunity to find out what the leader of the country thinks about current events, how he sees his opponents and any issues at hand. Here’s a brief summary of the most important points he touched on this morning.

      • The NationMeet the Poster Boy for the GOP’s Trumpian Cult of Personality

        J.D. Vance secured Ohio’s Republican US Senate nomination Tuesday not by impressing the voters of Ohio but by winning the favor of one man. Vance was Donald Trump’s candidate, which is all that matters anymore in a Republican Party where Trump’s wish is the electorate’s command.

      • TruthOutTrump Encouraged Elon Musk to Buy Twitter, Truth Social CEO Devin Nunes Says
      • Green Party UKGreens celebrate record breaking results as party breaks 500 councillors mark across England and Wales

        The party has so far made a net gain of 75, gaining seats from Labour and Conservatives in areas as far ranging as Burnley, Hastings, Hackney, Somerset, Plymouth and South Tyneside. The party also saw an historic eight wins in Wales including in Newport, Monmouthshire and Neath Port Talbot.

      • Common DreamsManchin Only Dem to Join GOP to Reroute Billions in Climate Funds to Pentagon

        Sen. Joe Manchin voted against his own party’s climate action proposal once again this week, joining the Republicans in their effort to reroute billions of dollars from a climate fund to develop weapons systems at the Pentagon.

        The West Virginia right-wing Democrat was the only member of his party to vote for a motion filed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) to gut the Green Climate Authorization Act, a bill introduced last year by Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.).

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • The EconomistChina unveils its vision of a global security order

        More disruptively for the world at large, China is growing more willing to adopt Russian arguments about how to organise a global security order. On April 21st Mr Xi presented a new “Global Security Initiative” to the Boao Forum for Asia, a Chinese gathering of bigwigs. Mr Xi’s initiative is dense, brow-furrowing stuff. He calls for a security order that is “common, comprehensive, co-operative and sustainable” and declares humanity “an indivisible security community”. This slab of party-speak is sprinkled with bromides about respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity that sound rich coming from a friend of Mr Putin’s.

        Mr Xi’s speech is a code. Governments from Europe to Japan and Australia should take it seriously, for it is China’s latest bid to delegitimise the American-led defence alliances and treaties that have guaranteed their security for decades. Much of Mr Xi’s new initiative builds on “Asia for the Asians” arguments that China has promoted in its home region for years. In a commentary on his boss’s Global Security Initiative, China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, traced the lineage of common, comprehensive, co-operative and sustainable security back to a “New Asian Security Concept” offered by Mr Xi in 2014 to the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA), a multinational forum.

      • Broadband BreakfastFCC Commissioner Carr Hopes Musk Follows Through on Proposed Twitter Speech Reforms

        Speaking at the Free State Foundation’s Annual Policy Conference, Carr stated that he is “very glad to hear” of Musk’s purchase but that speech reform online should not depend upon trusting a billionaire owner and thus Section 230 reform should still take place.

      • ABCWoman forced to land in Belarus gets 6 years in prison

        Pratasevich was the editor of Nexta, a popular channel on the Telegram messaging app that was a key factor in organizing protests in Belarus after President Alexander Lukashenko won a disputed sixth term in August 2020.

        Sapega ran another Telegram channel that published the personal data of civil servants and military personnel who took part in mass repressions of the protests.

        Western countries denounced the plane diversion as tantamount to air piracy by Belarus. The European Union banned Belarusian airlines from its air space and airports as part of sanctions against the country.

      • [Old] ForbesThe Babylon Bee’s Twitter Account Was Suspended, But That Made Its Story Go Viral

        In a series of follow-up tweets, Dillon explained that the account would be restored in 12 hours, but that the countdown won’t begin until the tweet was deleted, which he refused to do. On Monday morning, Dillon further added while the offending tweet remains live, The Babylon Bee is unable to post anything new.

      • [Old] NewsweekWhy Was The Babylon Bee Suspended by Twitter? CEO Seth Dillon Reacts to Ban

        “We’re not deleting anything. Truth is not hate speech. If the cost of telling the truth is the loss of our Twitter account, then so be it,” Dillon tweeted.

      • RFARussian street singer with anti-Putin sign in brief legal scrape in Vietnam

        After images of Kniazev, a stage name, went viral on Vietnamese social media on Monday, multiple Vietnamese media organizations reported on Tuesday that Lam Dong police arrested Kniazev because of the sign. Protests of any kind in one-party Communist Vietnam, an ally of Moscow, are rare and quickly snuffed out.

      • Buzz FeedElon Musk Will Fund His Twitter Deal With Money From Countries That Suppress Free Speech

        When Elon Musk announced his bid to buy Twitter last month, he said he wanted to make the social network a beacon for free speech. But as Musk scrambles to pull together funding for the $44 billion deal, the billionaire is also planning to accept financing for the deal from two countries that have historically restricted freedom of speech: Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

        On Thursday, an SEC filing revealed new financiers for Musk’s takeover plan, which include Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund. Both countries impose harsh censorship to quash dissent: A Qatari law states that spreading “false or malicious news” can land you in prison for five years, while in Saudi Arabia, critics of the government have faced arrest and even murder. Saudi Arabia ranks number 166 out of 180 on the World Press Freedom Index, while Qatar ranks number 119, according to Reporters Without Borders.

      • Project CensoredBook Banning on the Rise in the US – The Project Censored Show

        Audio used by permission of event organizers and parents of the minors.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Anti-Zionism Is About Dignity for All Peoples: A Response to ADL’s Jonathan Greenblatt

        Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADL’s CEO, in a speech just given to the ADL Virtual Leadership Summit, proclaims, among many other falsehoods, that anti-Zionism is “predicated on the negation of another people” and devotes considerable time to attacking organizations that are committed to Palestinian justice. His speech was grounded in extreme defamation, in a blatant distortion of history, and in a breath-taking lack of any moral compass.

      • The NationThe ADL Goes Full Bully

        It once seemed that Jonathan Greenblatt, whatever his other shortcomings, knew his right foot from his left. Now, the Anti-Defamation League CEO appears to have become disoriented.

      • TechdirtMissouri And Louisiana Sue Biden Administration Because Twitter Blocked Hunter Biden Link Before Biden Was President

        This one is just absolutely bizarre. The Attorneys General of Missouri and Louisiana are now suing President Joe Biden and a whole bunch of his administration, including press secretary Jen Psaki, Dr. Anthony Fauci, DHS boss Alejandro Mayorkas, and newly appointed Disinfo czar Nina Jankowicz, in a nearly incomprehensible complaint that the Biden administration forced social media sites to take down information, mostly before it was in office. Also, apparently Section 230 is both bad and the Biden support for repealing it violates the 1st Amendment. Or something. It really does not make much sense at all.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • ABCDaunte Wright’s mother detained after recording traffic stop

        The mother of Daunte Wright, who was fatally shot by a suburban Minneapolis police officer, says was injured while she was briefly detained by one of the same department’s officers after she stopped to record an arrest of a person during a traffic stop

      • ABCAutopsy: Patrick Lyoya killed by cop’s shot to the head

        Dr. Werner Spitz performed a separate autopsy at the request of the family and announced the findings on April 19. He, too, said a shot to the head killed Lyoya. He believes the gun was pressed against the head.

        “It’s highly significant that Dr. Steve Cohle found the identical findings of Dr. Spitz,” said Lyoya family attorney Ven Johnson, referring to the county medical examiner.

      • Common Dreams‘Cry More’: Starbucks Mocked for Complaining About Workers’ White House Visit

        Starbucks’ union-busting management garnered little public sympathy Friday after it complained in a letter to the White House that labor organizers—including Laura Garza of Starbucks Workers United—were invited to meet with President Joe Biden but official company “representatives” weren’t.

        “We are deeply concerned that Workers United, which is actively engaged in collective bargaining with us and trying to organize all our stores and our +240,000 partners (employees), was invited to the meeting while not inviting official Starbucks representatives to discuss our view on the matter,” A.J. Jones, senior vice president of global communications and public affairs at Starbucks, wrote in a letter to Steve Ricchetti, counselor to the president.

      • TechdirtIllinois Cops Are Hitting Students With Hefty Fines For Breaking School Rules

        Putting cops in schools is a terrible idea. It tends to encourage school administrators to abdicate their disciplinary duties and allow cops to decide which school policy violations should be treated as criminal acts.

      • Common DreamsAfter Court OKs ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ in West Bank, Israel Advances 4,000 Settler Homes

        Less than two days after Israel’s highest court upheld orders for what anti-apartheid campaigners called the “ethnic cleansing” of eight Palestinian hamlets in the West Bank, Israeli authorities on Friday announced the advancement of nearly 4,000 new Jewish-only settlement homes in the illegally occupied territory.

        “It is an indicator that Israel is violating international law with impunity and without accountability, and it shows that the international community is using double standards.”

      • Counter PunchJewish People Should Stand Up Against Violent Injustices in Our Name

        Passover is a perfect example of this sequence.

        Always a favorite of mine, this spring holiday passed a few weeks ago. Across the country, Jewish families gathered to commemorate the story of the Jews’ escape from slavery in Egypt with beautiful food and well-worn prayers and songs. Chanting rapid-fire rounds of “Chad Gadya” with my family never gets old.

      • TechdirtJudge: Clemency Board With Three Cops On It Doesn’t Violate Rule Against More Than Two People From Same Profession

        The justice system loves a stacked deck. Well, certainly the prosecutorial side loves it. Courts are, at best, ambivalent. Occasionally, this behavior gets called out.

      • TruthOutThe House Will Vote Next Week on Allowing Its Staffers to Unionize
      • TruthOutTexas Abortion Funds Work to Reduce Looming Harms of Post-”Roe” Criminalization
      • Democracy Now“I Was Raped by My Father. Abortion Saved My Life”: Prof. Michele Goodwin on SCOTUS & the New Jane Crow

        As the Supreme Court is poised to strike down Roe v. Wade, we speak with law professor Michele Goodwin, who has written extensively about how the criminalization of abortion polices motherhood. She discusses how on the eve of the court’s oral arguments in the Dobbs case in November, she wrote about how an abortion saved her life. She describes how the U.S. has historically endangered and denied essential health services to Black and Brown women, and calls new abortion restrictions “the new Jane Crow,” warning that they will further criminalize reproductive health and encourage medical professionals to breach their patients’ confidentiallity and report self-administered abortions to law enforcement.

      • Common DreamsExperts Warn GOP War on Abortion Will Turn Red and Blue States Into ‘Mutually Hostile Legal Territories’

        As the U.S. Supreme Court’s right-wing majority appears poised to overturn landmark decisions protecting reproductive rights and more, experts are warning that the GOP’s war on abortion will lead to interstate legal battles that threaten to “tear America apart,” as New York Times opinion columnist Michelle Goldberg put it on Friday.

        “We will have two wildly different abortion regimes in this country.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Is the Supremely Right-Wing Court About to Overturn the Majority’s Will on Abortion?

        The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, DC is truly august, its Corinthian columns and ornate pediments reminiscent of ancient Rome’s Temple of Mars Ultor, erected by Emperor Augustus to commemorate Mars, the god of war, in his role as avenger. Augustus employed the imperial design to convey that a new order had arrived after quelling a civil war that had consumed the region for fifty years. Two thousand years later, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has unleashed his own form of vengeance, from within the Supreme Court’s columned walls, revealed in a draft opinion he authored, leaked by a person or persons not yet publicly known then published by Politico.

      • The NationThe Logistics Arm of the Abortion-Rights Movement Is Gearing Up

        A group of abortion providers who had just flown home to California from a conference with colleagues huddled together in the airport to process the news. In Washington, D.C., reproductive justice activist Renee Bracey Sherman cried on the metro. On a farm in Illinois where she raises goats while coordinating travel for abortion patients in the region, Alison Dreith took half a Xanax and went to bed, understanding that she needed to be rested for the next day—for the next decade.

      • Counter PunchTired of Being Worked to Death, Labor Strikes Back

        Meanwhile also in Seattle on April 21, baristas struck at the Chinatown-International District store. Earlier that month, employees at two other Starbucks walked out. At April’s end, workers voted to unionize stores in Wisconsin and North Carolina. So with pickets popping up all over the place, workers on strike, and vociferous employee complaints about being overworked, underpaid and shocking stories of threats and retaliation against union leaders, Starbucks’ corporate image took a dive lately, to say the least. The corporation’s founder, Howard Schultz, didn’t help matters by proclaiming in early April that his companies were being “assaulted” by unions.

        According to Vice News, Schultz issued this memorable lament “the very same day the company fired a union organizer at a store in Arizona.” In fact, it has fired quite a few organizers across the nation and quite shamelessly plays dirty. Remember that Schultz was the guy heading Hillary Clinton’s 2016 list to lead the labor department, if she ascended to the white house. Good to know, in case you still harbored the delusion that the Clintons are in any way, or ever were, friendly to unions.

      • Common DreamsAmazon Fires Managers at Recently Unionized Warehouse

        More than half a dozen managers at Amazon’s JFK8 fulfillment center in Staten Island were abruptly fired Thursday, a month after workers at the warehouse made history by overwhelmingly voting in favor of unionizing.

        “Hard to interpret this as anything other than a message to other Amazon managers: don’t let your workers unionize.”

      • TechdirtCourt Dismisses Case After Prosecutors Make It Impossible For Defendants To Access Evidence

        Prosecutors have an obligation to turn over evidence — exculpatory or otherwise — to criminal defendants. They often don’t. In rare cases, this refusal to play by the rules results in dismissals or sanctions. But, for the most part, they tend to get away with it, allowing the government to stack the prosecutorial deck in its favor to obtain easy, illegitimately obtained wins.

      • TechdirtThe ‘Stick To Sports’ Crowd Is Now Coming After Gaming Companies

        There has been a trend over the past decade or so in which a very specific part of America’s political spectrum appears to be simultaneously advocating for “free speech” in ways that have nothing to do with the American system while also attacking all kinds of other speech and insisting that speech not happen. Hypocrisy isn’t something new to American politics, of course, but the levels at which this is occurring are starting to get damned ridiculous. For example, the phrase “stick to sports” has entered into the popular lexicon. It existed prior to recent times, of course, dating back at least as far as Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, and Billie Jean King. But the reactions to figures such as Colin Kaepernick and LeBron James, who was told by one cable news anchor to “shut up and dribble,” has taken a tone that just doesn’t fit with modernity.

      • Pro PublicaBlack Students in Illinois Are Far More Likely to Be Ticketed by Police for School Behavior Than White Students

        At Bloom Trail High School in Chicago’s south suburbs, the student body is diverse: About 60% of the 1,100 students are Black or multiracial. Another 27% are Latino. And 12% are white.

        But when you look at the group of students who get ticketed for misbehavior at school, the diversity vanishes.

      • Counter PunchFor Second-Generation Immigrants, the American Dream Can be a Nightmare

        My parents came to this country from India nearly 60 years ago. Like countless other immigrants, they came seeking freedom, economic opportunity, and the American Dream for themselves and their children.

        The American Dream means a lot of different things. But for older Americans, it looks something like having financial security, the ability to retire at 65, and an advanced health care plan.

      • FAIRChris Lehmann on Multi-Racial Democracy, Mike Rispoli on Funding Local News
      • The NationBlue States Will Be Stretched to Their Limits Post-Roe

        The stunning leak of Justice Alito’s draft ruling overturning Roe v. Wade has, in dramatic fashion, pushed California and its Western neighbors to the fore of the movement to protect access to abortion. Over the past week, Governor Newsom has vowed to both codify the right to an abortion in the state’s Constitution and make the state, which has had legal abortions since 1967, something of a sanctuary for those from other parts of the country seeking abortions.

      • TruthOutDemocrats Had 50 Years to Save and Protect “Roe.” They Failed.
      • Counter PunchNothing is More Personal Than the Right to Control Your Own Body

        So as a human with reproductive organs, the leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion overruling Roe v. Wade — and the constitutional right to abortion — is obviously personal to me. But it’s personal for another reason, too.

        I come from a line of pro-choice advocates. My late grandmother, Eileen Alperstein, was on the board of a Planned Parenthood chapter. She fought to get an ad placed in The New York Times to shine a light on the issue, well before Roe v. Wade was settled.

      • Counter Punch“Democracy” Doesn’t Work as an Argument Against Overturning Roe v. Wade

        As always, I’ll refrain from sharing my own opinions on abortion as such. I’m not interested in convincing anyone of anything there, if for no other reason than that I’m not firmly convinced myself.

        I won’t refrain from sharing my opinions on poor arguments, though. Both in general and on abortion specifically, they’re quite possibly my top pet peeve.  And the worst argument I’m hearing right now is … the envelope, please …

      • Counter PunchThe Supreme Court Spoiler Alert

        Ironically, while in the process of trashing women’s privacy rights, the Supreme Court is miffed that its privacy rights were violated.

        In any event, the good news is, that the leaked proposed opinion will likely not be the final opinion.  The bad news, however, is that whatever the final opinion looks like, the Court’s conservative majority will probably overturn Roe, leaving decisions on abortion to be made by each state.

      • Counter PunchLeaking for Roe v Wade

        The subject matter was positively incendiary: the potential overturning and judicial eradication of Roe v Wade, a 1973 decision which has generated a literature both for and against its merits of herculean proportions.  In its draft form, Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health entertains a full-throated attack on the decision that had legalised abortion via constitutional fiat, even if the original grounds centred on privacy.

        Such an inner illumination of processes was never the intention of the US Supreme Court.  For over two centuries, it had not seen the like of this.  For the most part, whatever their persuasion, the justices have kept religiously mum on the issue of a case till final publication.  In an address to the American Constitution Society, given on June 15, 2012, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was not giving anything away to the audience about what fate awaited the Affordable Care Act.  The justices had originally voted on the matter on March 30.  By mid-June, opinions had already been drafted and circulated in the judicial conclave.  “Those who know don’t talk,” teased Ginsburg. “And those who talk don’t know.”

      • FAIRMedia Shocked by the Leak, Not the Opinion

        When Politico (5/2/22) published a leaked draft Supreme Court opinion that would, if handed down by the Court, overturn Roe v. Wade and undermine the foundation for many privacy rights enjoyed by Americans today, it was a headline story across US news outlets. But in the flood of coverage, too many elite media outlets focused on the leak itself and treated the issue as a political football, rather than centering the real-world implications the opinion would have for everyday people.

      • Counter PunchDobbs, Roe, and the Myth of Supreme Court as a Defender of Individual Rights

        The leaked majority opinion in Dobbs overturning  Roe v. Wade is troubling on many fronts—the least of which is the leak of which so many are focusing on.  The first problem is of course what it does—it is the first time in American history the Supreme Court overturned one of its own constitutional precedents in order to take away rights.  In my research, the Supreme Court has only overturned about 145 of its own constitutional precedents over time.  Notably, Brown v. the Board of Education declaring segregation unconstitutional  overturned Plessy v Ferguson’s “separate but equal doctrine.”  Lawrence v. Texas reversed Bowers v Hardwick which ruled that gays and lesbians have no right to sexual privacy.

        Dred Scott was a horrible decision, but it did not create less rights for African-Americans; they already had none and the decision simply made that point clear. Dred Scott perhaps correctly reflected the intent of the constitutional framers, many of whom in fact were slave owners. Our hero worship of the framers often ignores this fact or that as many have argued, the Constitution was a document engulfed by slavery and racism and as Thurgood Marshall once pointed out, the opening words of it—We the people—hardly was inclusive.

      • Pro PublicaDraft Overturning Roe v. Wade Quotes Infamous Witch Trial Judge With Long-Discredited Ideas on Rape

        When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, in a draft opinion obtained and published this week by Politico, detailed his justifications for overturning Roe v. Wade, he invoked a surprising name given the case’s subject. In writing about abortion, a matter inextricably tied to a woman’s control over her body, Alito chose to quote from Sir Matthew Hale, a 17th-century English jurist whose writings and reasonings have caused enduring damage to women for hundreds of years.

        The so-called marital rape exemption — the legal notion that a married woman cannot be raped by her husband — traces to Hale. So does a long-used instruction to jurors to be skeptical of reports of rape. So, in a way, do the infamous Salem witch trials, in which women (and some men) were hanged on or near Gallows Hill.

      • Counter PunchRoaming Charges: Playing for Keeps

        + Overturning Roe is just the first thread pulled in what will be a much greater unraveling, which will take place over the next decade.

        + Alito’s draft opinion in Dobbs. v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which wipes away a fundamental right to bodily autonomy and sets the groundwork for abolishing dozens of other personal rights, also exposes how fraudulent and cynical the GOP rhetoric about individual liberty has become, from vaccines to guns. We’re seeing a deeply reactionary ideological agenda come to fruition and the Alito Court (I guess we should call it that now) is going to be the wrecking ball that smashes any legal impediments to its completion. The fact that it has taken place even as the rightwing has repeatedly lost the popular vote in national elections shows how broken our political system is and how weak–often complicit–the opposition and often majority party has been for the last 50 years. Things are going to get much worse before they get better, if–given the runaway pace of climate change–they get better…

      • Counter PunchSupreme Court: Politics, Then Country

        It’s all about politics, not honest debate about policy, as the minority Republican Party with the support of conservative judges its presidents nominated erodes more American freedoms, little by little – everything from limiting voting rights to permitting what can be taught and read in schools and libraries.

        They’re conducting a war on privacy with conservative judges at the spearhead, the Constitution be damned. It’s a living document, not some tombstone in America’s backyard. Proof? The 27 amendments of 33 passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Common DreamsDems Accused of Caving to ‘Rabid’ Telecom Industry Smear Campaign Against FCC Nominee

        Supporters of Federal Communications Commission nominee Gigi Sohn and other critics of the telecommunications industry’s efforts to thwart her U.S. Senate confirmation this week called out not only those behind the smear campaign but also Democratic leaders.

        “Dem leadership is nowhere to be found defending their nominee.”

      • TechdirtFraternal Order Of Police Helps Boost Telecom Smear Campaign Against FCC Nominee Gigi Sohn

        We’d already noted how telecom and media giants are engaged in a last ditch attempt over the next few weeks to derail Biden’s nomination to the FCC, Gigi Sohn. Sohn is widely admired by folks on both sides of the aisle, and is eminently qualified on stuff like expanding access to affordable broadband, media consolidation, consumer protection, privacy, and media diversity.

      • RIPERIPE NCC Internet Country Report: Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania

        Our latest report details the Internet landscape in Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania, giving an overview of the current level of development and capacity for future growth. We examine the countries’ major market players, Internet number resource holdings and transfers, IPv6 readiness, the relationship between different networks in the countries, their international connectivity to the global Internet, access to K-root, traffic paths and routing security.

      • APNICPublic cloud and technical culture

        By subscribing to public cloud offerings, an organization can focus on its core business and not worry about the physical infrastructure or traditional skillset of support staff. Outsourcing to cloud operators who maintain the platform means your customers/employees/partners can access services without your company needing to host on physical premises. However, it is changing the traditional technical culture of organizations, with trained and skilled resources declining in enterprise organizations.

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        Lagrange v1.13.3 supports spartan!

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

      • Copyrights

        • The VergeSweeping legal ruling orders ISPs to block pirate sites

          ISPs and other companies — or the defendants — could still contest the order. But it’s not clear the biggest players are going to. AT&T declined to comment on whether it would dispute the decision, and Verizon didn’t respond to a request for comment. (Charter didn’t immediately respond to a more recently made request.) Comcast also declined to say whether it would push back on the injunction but offered slightly more detail. “We only recently learned about it and the implications and are still examining it,” said spokesperson Sena Fitzmaurice.

        • Creative CommonsEpisode 28: Open Culture VOICES – Mariana Ziku

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