Links 23/05/2022: Broadcom to Buy VMware?

Posted in News Roundup at 8:24 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • The New StackNew Linux Laptops Come with Right-to-Repair and More – The New Stack

        Small PC makers are bringing some open source ethos of sharing ideas and making products better into laptop designs.

        A small hardware shop called Framework last week launched a modular laptop that can be upgraded by just replacing parts as opposed to replacing the laptop. The Framework laptop is optimized for the Fedora distribution, and tweaks are being made to bring full hardware support for Ubuntu 22.04.

      • Chrome UboxedIs Google finally bringing camera access to Linux on ChromeOS? [Ed: Google reinventing the wheel. They took GNU/Linux, Gentoo to be precise, turned that into a spying bring with hardly any features. Now they bring some back, and it took one decade for this.]

        Since its debut more than four years ago, (yeah, it has been four years) Linux on ChromeOS has made some significant improvements and added some major value to the Chrome operating system as a whole. While not a full-blown Linux desktop environment, the Crostini container gives users access to powerful Linux packages that can’t be installed on ChromeOS. Linux on ChromeOS now has direct access to the GPU and USB devices and you can share folders and external drives directly with the Linux environment.

        If you know your way around the Linux terminal and you have a capable device, there’s very little that cannot be accomplished on a Chromebook. The one, glaring omission from the ChromeOS Linux container remains to be a point of confusion for myself and many other Chromebook users. Despite having access to USB devices and external storage, Linux on ChromeOS has yet to support the use of a camera. I’m not referring to an external webcam. I mean cameras, period. If you install a simple webcam package such as Cheese, it simply cannot see your device’s webcam.

    • Server

      • Can you trust a cloud provider for HA? [Ed: 'Clown' computing is meaningless garbage; of course having more servers help, but this terminology is a laughing stock]

        We have seen a massive increase in the “real world” dependency on digital services in the last few years. This process will probably continue in the future, and we are not ready for it. In the same few years, we have seen a lot of cases where digital services went offline or got hacked. In a society that relies more and more on digital services, we can not afford such services not to be available or secure. Although security is essential, I want to focus on availability for now.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Video7 Tools Every Linux Gamer NEEDS To Use! – Invidious

        Being able to game on Linux is great but there are some parts that need a bit of tweaking and optimization to be as good as can be luckily there are plenty of tools to help out.

      • Linux Made SimplePeppermint OS 5-22-2022

        Today we are looking at Peppermint OS 5-22-2022. It comes with XFCE 4.16, Linux kernel 5.10, based on Debian 11, and uses about 700-800MB of ram when idling. Enjoy!

      • VideoPeppermint OS 5-22-2022 Run Through – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at Peppermint OS 5-22-2022.

      • Late Night Linux – Episode 178 – Late Night Linux

        We break with tradition and talk about some of the things we love about Linux and FOSS. Plus overhyped NVIDIA news, Google relents on free custom email accounts, Félim is trolled about Chromebooks, KDE Korner, and a Rust supply-chain attack drags up an old debate.

    • Applications

      • MedevelLomorage is an open-source Photos and video cloud solution

        Lomorage is a free open-source self-hosted photo hosting and cataloging system for photographers or anyone who wants to keep a secure backup for his photos.

        It is a fairly new player in the market of open-source photo solutions, however, it comes with dozens of new and unique features than its competitors.

        In the nutshell, Lomorage offers you an ideal alternative for Google Photos with more extra options as you can host it at any server or machine, and maintain your original quality of your photos and videos.

      • Daniel Stenbergcurl offers repeated transfers at slower pace

        curl –rate is your new friend.

        This option is for when you use curl to do many requests in a single command line, but you want curl to not do them as quickly as possible. You want curl to do them no more often than at a certain interval. This is a way to slow down the request frequency curl would otherwise possibly use. Tell curl to do the transfers no faster than…

        This is a completely different and separate option from the transfer speed rate limit option –limit-rate that has existed for a long time.

        A primary reason for using this option is when the server end has a certain capped acceptance rate or other cases where you know it makes no sense to do the requests faster than at a certain interval.

        With this new option, you specify the maximum transfer frequency you allow curl to use – in number of transfer starts per time unit (sometimes called request rate) with the new –rate option.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Secure your website with SSL sha2 certificate – LinuxTechLab

        Securing websites, especially those that saves users information, is of utmost importance. We use SSL certificates to secure communication between users & websites. SSL certificates helps in encrypting communication between user & website, so even if a person could get hold of the communication it will be almost impossible for him to decrypt the data.

      • Integrate sysPass with OpenLDAP for Authentication – kifarunix.com

        Follow through this tutorial to learn how to integrate sysPass with OpenLDAP for authentication and account management.

      • Slurm Terraform

        Setting up a slurm cluster for testing purpose is always time consuming and error prone. Especially if just some smaller changes in the configuration have to be tested.

        In order to automate this, I have written a small test setup based on kiwi and terraform.

        The kiwi part builds one image and bakes in the slurm.conf and a proper shared nfs /home. As all nodes boot from the same image the munge key, which is generated at install time, is the same.

        So all configuration files are in the right place.

      • AddictiveTipsHow to play ASTRONEER on Linux

        ASTRONEER is a sandbox adventure game developed and published by System Era Softworks. The game was released on Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. Here’s how you can play ASTRONEER on your Linux desktop or laptop PC.

      • AddictiveTipsHow to clean cache and free up swap on UbuntuHow to clean cache and free up swap on Ubuntu

        Ubuntu server is a well-oiled machine. Unfortunately, sometimes it can get bogged down with cache. This guide will cover how you can clean cache and free up swap on your Ubuntu system.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install The Fertile Crescent on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install The Fertile Crescent 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.

      • AddictiveTipsGet third-party Ubuntu apps with ease using Deb-get

        Many useful programs are available for Ubuntu that don’t make their way to the official Ubuntu software repositories. Thankfully, the Deb-get program can bridge that gap by making it easy to install third-party software.

        How does Deb-get work? It manually downloads DEB packages unavailable on Ubuntu package repos and feeds them into your system. This guide will show you how to use Deb-get to install third-party apps on Ubuntu with ease.

      • AddictiveTipsListen to Apple Music on Linux in style with Cider

        Cider isn’t the first app to come to Linux that allows users to listen to Apple Music on the desktop. However, it is the most stylish. It’s so good-looking that many users in the community claim it has a better UI than Apple.

        If you want a stylish Apple Music app for your Linux desktop? If so, follow this guide to learn how to set up Cider on your system.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Linux Mainline Kernel on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Desktop
      • Red Hat OfficialAutomating firewall configuration with RHEL System Roles

        Automation can help increase efficiency, save time and improve consistency, which is why Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) includes features that help automate many tasks. RHEL System Roles are a collection of Ansible content that helps provide more consistent workflows and streamline the execution of many manual tasks.

        Firewalls are an important aspect to system security as they control network traffic flow on systems. This can range from basic firewall operations to allow traffic on a certain port to more advanced functionality using multiple zones. The RHEL firewall can be used for other actions as well, such as port forwarding. For more information on the RHEL firewall, see the using and configuring firewalld documentation.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Systemd FreeObarun is gradually becoming a fork of Artix | systemd-free linux community

      Take a look at this on your own and judge. It may not be in the official repositories but the last commit is signed by the Founder of Obarun and the rest by his co-author. When OUR was released to the public one of the claimed rules of participation was to not build any parts of systemd or any package that wouldn’t conform to Obarun. Obarun’s version of pacman incorporated a block from installing systemd or its libraries. Elogind is the central part, the essence of systemd.

      When you have no set principles and values, anything goes, and you can drift from one character to another, without remorse. Obarun will not be removed from the strict list of distros without systemd or elogind, but as soon as this OUR package moves to the repos it will be “bye bye” Obarun from any mention in this site. At least VOID never claimed to not involve systemd or its parts into the distribution, people just assumed it was systemd-free because of the use of runit and consolekit. So VOID was more justified to switch to systemd’s logind.

    • Systemd Free2022 hardcore list of linux distributions without elogind and other systemd parts
    • New Releases

      • LWNAlpine Linux 3.16.0 released [LWN.net]

        Version 3.16.0 of the Alpine Linux distribution has been released. Significant changes include a switch to tmpfs for the /tmp directory, the splitting out of a number of NetworkManager plugins into separate packages, the removal of Python 2, and a lot of updated packages; see the release notes for more information.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Red Hat OfficialModernization: Why is it important?

        Modernizing an existing codebase—or often a portfolio of them—is a complex technical endeavor. In the enterprise environment, there are challenges beyond the technical that can hinder or halt modernization.

        Over decades of running technology at scale, enterprises have formed unique footprints of culture, politics and protective security practices that influence all technical outcomes. In order to effect lasting change, it’s essential to simultaneously address technical problems while being mindful of these unique footprints.

        This is the first of a planned series of articles that outlines the unique challenges of modernizing existing software in enterprises and details a strategy that is inclusive of key aspects of the enterprise culture, while providing approaches to changing existing applications that open the door to future innovations.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • UbuntuInstall ROS 2 Humble in Ubuntu 20.04 or 18.04 using LXD containers | Ubuntu

        We welcome the new release of ROS 2 Humble which targets the recently released Ubuntu 22.04. If you want to install it now, please visit the ROS 2 Humble documentation.

        But if you want to install ROS 2 Humble and test compatibility, keeping your current Ubuntu (20.04, 18.04,…) environment stable until you know you are ready to upgrade, you can dive into LXD containers.

      • Ubuntu Fridge | Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 736

        Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 736 for the week of May 15 – 21, 2022.

      • UbuntuCanonical at HPE Discover 2022 | Ubuntu

        HPE and Canonical have a long-standing relationship, certifying Ubuntu on HPE hardware. Now, you can go beyond the operating system and engage with us on hybrid cloud, AI/ML, and open source support projects.

        Now we’re excited to share that we’ll be at the HPE Discover 2022 in Las Vegas on June 28-30 showcasing our solution in the expo.

        From the latest insights in secure connectivity, hybrid cloud, AI and unified data analytics, HPE Discover 2022 is the best place to stay ahead of the trends and technologies that will move your business forward, faster.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • ArduinoESsense turns an ordinary conductor into a contactless motion sensor | Arduino Blog

        When imagining motion sensors, devices such as accelerometers, infrared detectors, and LiDAR units probably come to mind. But due to the complexity and oftentimes high costs of these parts, researchers Joseph Liew and Keng Wei Ng from the National University of Singapore wanted to create a lower-cost and easier-to-assemble alternative. Their solution, called ESsense, uses the electrostatic properties of objects to sense motion.

        At the core of the product, ESsense relies on a pair of materials and an Arduino. The first material is a dielelectric that carries a static charge, whereas the second is a stationary conductive material such as a copper pad. The movement of the former near the surface of the latter causes a current to be induced, which can then be read by the connected microcontroller. Lower humidity levels are greatly preferred since they allow the air to more effectively transfer a charge, but for higher ones, the team created a small PCB-mounted circuit that boosts the signal via an amplifier.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

    • Licensing / Legal

      • Luis Villa: Broader opens: on the relevance of cryptolaw for open lawyers

        I’ve been thinking a lot of late about what “libre” and “open” mean to me, in large part by thinking about movements adjacent to open source software, and how open software might learn/borrow from its progeny. I hope to go into that more this summer, but in the meantime, I’m publishing this as a related “just blog it and get it out” note.

    • Programming/Development

      • Toolforge Jobs Framework

        This post continues the discussion of Toolforge updates as described in a previous post. Every non-trivial task performed in Toolforge (like executing a script or running a bot) should be dispatched to a job scheduling backend, which ensures that the job is run in a suitable place with sufficient resources.

      • Complete Guide to Keylogging in Linux: Part 1

        A keylogger is a computer program designed to monitor keyboard inputs, generally in a covert manner to ensure that person being monitored is unaware of the activity. These programs generally monitor lower level keyboard events (e.g. key up and key down); and can run anywhere from kernel space to userspace depending upon design.

      • Apache BlogThe Apache News Round-up: week ending 20 May 2022 : The Apache Software Foundation Blog

        Happy Friday, everyone –here’s what the Apache community has been up to over the past week…

      • The Register UKGitLab version 15 goes big on observability • The Register

        One-stop DevOps shop GitLab has announced version 15 of its platform, hot on the heels of pull-based GitOps turning up on the platform’s free tier.

        Version 15.0 marks the arrival of GitLab’s next major iteration and attention this time around has turned to visibility and observability – hardly surprising considering the acquisition of OpsTrace as 2021 drew to a close, as well as workflow automation, security and compliance.

        GitLab puts out monthly releases – hitting 15.1 on June 22 – and we spoke to the company’s senior director of Product, Kenny Johnston, at the recent Kubecon EU event, about what will be added to version 15 as time goes by. During a chat with the company’s senior director of Product, Kenny Johnston, at the recent Kubecon EU event, The Register was told that this was more where dollars were being invested into the product.

        Of Opstrace, Johnston said: “We’re going to be spending 15 integrating that really deeply with all of GitLab.”

      • Perl / Raku

        • Rakulang2022.21 Math Like – Rakudo Weekly News

          Wenzel P.P. Peppmeyer has taken last week’s Weekly Challenge to show how you can have your math look like Raku, or was it the other way around? And using a simple tweak, making the code use multiple CPU’s to get results faster (/r/rakulang comments)!

  • Leftovers

    • Jussi PakkanenNibble Stew: A look in the game design of choose-your-own-adventure books

      This is a choose your own adventure book that originally belonged to my big sister. For those who don’t speak Finnish, the book is called The Haunted Railway Book and it uses the characters from Enid Blyton’s Famous Five, which is a well known series of adventure books for children (or maybe YA, don’t know, I haven’t actually read any of them).

      The game itself is fairly involved. Instead of just doing random choices you have multiple items like a map and a compass that you can obtain and lose during the game and even hit points that are visualised as, obviously, food. I figured it might be interesting to work out how the game has been designed. Like all adventure game books the story has been split into different numbered chapters and you progress in the story by going from one chapter to another according to the rules.

      In other words the game is a directed acyclic graph. Going through the entire book and writing it out as a Graphviz file, this is what the adventure looks like. The start point is at the top and to win you need to get to the second to last node without losing all your hit points and having the code book in your possession. The gv file is available in this repo for those who want to examine it themselves.

    • Hardware

      • The Register UKBroadcom in talks to buy VMware: multiple reports • The Register

        Broadcom is in early talks to buy VMware, according to The New York Times, Bloomberg, and Reuters.

        VMware is not commenting on the matter.

        This one is interesting, because the three sources we’ve linked to above all say they’ve got the news from “a person familiar with the matter.” All say the deal is nowhere near done, a price has not been discussed, and a transaction is far from certain to happen.

        It’s notable that three outlets have been offered the same assessment because leaking news of this sort is a tactic sometimes employed to test market reaction to a deal.

    • Security

      • Wladimir PalantHijacking webcams with Screencastify | Almost Secure

        Everyone has received the mails trying to extort money by claiming to have hacked a person’s webcam and recorded a video of them watching porn. These are a bluff of course, but the popular Screencastify browser extension actually provides all the infrastructure necessary for someone to pull this off. A website that a user visited could trick the extension into starting a webcam recording among other things, without any indications other than the webcam’s LED lighting up if present. The website could then steal the video from the user’s Google Drive account that it was uploaded to, along with anything else that account might hold.

        Screencastify is a browser extension that aids you in creating a video recording of your entire screen or a single window, optionally along with your webcam stream where you explain what you are doing right now. Chrome Web Store shows “10,000,000+ users” for it which is the highest number it will display – same is shown for extensions with more than 100 million users. The extension is being marketed for educational purposes and gained significant traction in the current pandemic.

        As of now, it appears that Screencastify only managed to address the Cross-site Scripting vulnerability which gave arbitrary websites access to the extension’s functionality, as opposed to “merely” Screencastify themselves and a dozen other vendors they work with. As this certainly won’t be their last Cross-site Scripting vulnerability, I sincerely recommend staying clear of this browser extension.

      • Dark ReadingMalicious Python Repository Package Drops Cobalt Strike on Windows, macOS & Linux Systems [Ed: This is not an OS issue; it’s about people installing malware on their own systems and it’s not even an “Open Source” issue; led by companies that put NSA back doors in their proprietary software, there’s an effort underway to say “Open Source” is the real threat and they tell us the solution to the problem is with the firms that help NSA invade machines]

        The PyPI “pymafka” package is the latest example of growing attacker interest in abusing widely used open source software repositories.

      • ZDNetWhy sudo is so important in Linux and how to use it | ZDNet

        When I first started using Linux, things were exponentially more complicated. The distributions were far less mature, but they also required the use of a particular system account to get certain things done. That account was root, and with it, you had unlimited power over your operating system.

        To demonstrate the power of root, one trick you could always play on unsuspecting users was to tell them to change to the root user with the command su and then have them issue the following command:

      • ZDNetAn uncomplicated introduction to Uncomplicated Firewall | ZDNet

        When I first started using Linux, back in ’97, working with the built-in firewall was not something just anyone could do. In fact, it was quite complicated. Starting around 1998, if you want to manage the security of a system, you had to learn iptables (which is a suite of commands for manipulating the Netfilter packet filtering system).

      • eSecurity PlanetBest Wi-Fi Security & Performance Testing Tools for 2022

        The prevalence of Wi-Fi has been accelerating for two decades, but in the last two years, it’s surged even further as so many people were forced to work from home. That trend led to many strengthening the performance of their Wi-Fi networks. But security remains a problem.

      • USCERTCISA Adds 21 Known Exploited Vulnerabilities to Catalog [Ed: A huge chunk of these are Microsoft holes, actively exploited while Microsoft commandeers the media to obsess over "Linux"]

        CISA has added 21 new vulnerabilities to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities Catalog, based on evidence of active exploitation. These types of vulnerabilities are a frequent attack vector for malicious cyber actors and pose significant risk to the federal enterprise. Note: to view the newly added vulnerabilities in the catalog, click on the arrow on the of the “Date Added to Catalog” column, which will sort by descending dates.

      • Surfshark introduces Linux VPN app with a graphical user interface (GUI)

        Surfshark is one of the better-known VPN providers and is often seen being promoted by large YouTube accounts. Today, the company announced the availability of its VPN on Linux with an entire graphical user interface, or GUI.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Public KnowledgeEleventh Circuit Finds Florida Social Media Law Unconstitutional – Public Knowledge

        Today, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced its opinion in Netchoice v. Attorney General, State of Florida, finding that Florida’s S.B. 7072 violates the First Amendment. The law declared social media platforms to be common carriers, and restricted their content moderation and editorial decisions. Public Knowledge has previously explained why social media platforms are not, and should not, be treated like common carriers.

        The following can be attributed to John Bergmayer, Legal Director at Public Knowledge:

        “Today’s decision is a victory for the First Amendment. Florida’s S.B. 7072 would have ordered social media platforms to host and distribute horrific and distasteful content, and to turn a blind eye to hate and abuse.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Public KnowledgePrivileged Conversations June 2022 – Public Knowledge

        Public Knowledge has the pleasure of inviting you to a multifaceted program focused on training and developing the next generation of tech policy experts and public interest advocates that reflects the diversity of voices and experiences in our society.

        Please join us for our monthly Career Breakfast Series. This event is designed for students & recent graduates to learn about tech policy and public interest work, careers, and its community. This month you will have the opportunity of having a great conversation with Dr. Alisa Valentin, the Senior Director of Technology and Telecommunications Policy at the National Urban League.

        Dr. Valentin was previously the Special Advisor to FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks where she advised the Commissioner on broadband access and adoption, prison phone justice, and future of work policies specifically related to communities of color, low-income communities, and other marginalized populations.

    • Monopolies

      • Key Services for Startups and Small Businesses Jeopardized by Antitrust Bills – Disruptive Competition Project

        Antitrust bills like S. 2992 and H.R. 3816 would increase the operating costs of five targeted firms (Amazon, Apple, Google, Meta, and Microsoft) and force them to restructure, spin off, or discontinue many integrated services within their platforms. Startups and other small business users of impacted services would be first among the many users harmed by these developments. Startups and small businesses are purportedly the intended beneficiaries of these bills, but would face the loss of a key part of the ecosystem in which they thrive: a wide array of free and low-cost services provided directly or indirectly by the five targeted firms that allow startups and small businesses to reach up to millions of customers at minimal cost. Many of these services are offered at free or discounted rates for startups and small businesses.

        Startups and small businesses would face incremental costs from the loss of integrated online platforms and marketplaces that allow them to run their business operations and even generate revenue without incurring higher sales, marketing, and advertising costs that would otherwise be required to connect to consumers.

LibreOffice Conference 2022, As Before, Puts the Keynotes on Sale (the Rich Buy Influence, the Price Doubles)

Posted in Deception, Marketing, Office Suites at 7:46 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The raw document as just advertised

2022 LibreOffice conference sponsorship

Summary: Discrimination against the community; talks and mentions are based on money, not merit ($2000 has become $4000 in just one year)

Links 23/05/2022: Kdenlive 22.04.1 and New Alpine Linux Released

Posted in News Roundup at 3:52 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • A quick update on a Linux migration

      Mentioned previously here[1], I took an image from one laptop (Macbook Air) and moved it to another
      (Thinkpad T440p).

      I wanted to note in this update, that I had a devilish time getting hiberate to work consistently.
      Sometimes it worked, other times it didn’t. Shutdown and suspend were also impacted.

    • OpenSource.com7 pieces of Linux advice for beginners | Opensource.com

      My brother told me that Linux was like a “software erector set” (that’s a dated reference to the old Erector sets that could be purchased in the 1950s and 1960s) which was a helpful metaphor. I was using Windows 3.1 and Windows NT at the time and was trying to build a useful and safe K-12 school district website. This was in 2001 and 2002 and there were very few texts or resources on the web that were helpful. One of the resources recommended was the “Root Users Guide,” a very large book that had lots of printed information in it but was tough to decipher and know just how to proceed.

      One of the most useful resources for me was an online course that Mandrake Linux maintained. It was a step-by-step explanation of the nuances of using and administering a Linux computer or server. I used that along with a listserv that Red Hat maintained in those days, where you could pose questions and get answers.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Its FOSSSystem76 Collaborates with HP for a Powerful Linux Laptop for Developers

        System76 already makes Linux laptops. So, what is this all about?

        Well, this time, it will be a Linux laptop by HP, powered by Pop!_OS, i.e., the Ubuntu-based Linux distribution by System76.

        Carl Richell (System76’s Founder) made the announcement through his Twitter handle, with a link to the website that provides additional information on this.

      • LinuxiacHP’s Partnership with System76 Prepares New Linux-Based Laptop

        Almost all HP laptops are sold with Windows preinstalled; however, there are notable exceptions. We’re pleased to see a major computer manufacturer, HP, offer a Linux laptop.

        The yet-to-be-launched laptop will be a collaboration between HP and System76, a Denver-based American computer manufacturer.

        And, quite logically, the laptop will run Pop!_OS, an Ubuntu-based Linux desktop distro developed by System76. Pop!_OS uses GNOME as the desktop environment, and System76’s in-house made Pop!_OS COSMIC desktop.

    • Server

      • OpenSource.comA hands-on guide to images and containers for developers | Opensource.com

        Containers and Open Container Initiative (OCI) images are important open source application packaging and delivery technologies made popular by projects like Docker and Kubernetes. The better you understand them, the more able you will be to use them to enhance the consistency and scalability of your projects.

        In this article, I will describe this technology in simple terms, highlight the essential aspects of images and containers for a developer to understand, then wrap up by discussing some best practices developers can follow to make their containers portable. I will also walk you through a simple lab that demonstrates building and running images and containers.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • 9to5LinuxYou Can Now Install Linux Kernel 5.18 on Ubuntu and Ubuntu-Based Distributions

        Linux kernel 5.18 brings lots of goodies for GNU/Linux users, including support for new features in AMD and Intel CPUs, improved support for NVMe devices, new and improved security features to protect you against the latest threats, as well as new and updated drivers for top-notch hardware support.

        Ubuntu is one of those distributions that do not receive a newer kernel version when a new stable branch is available. Interim Ubuntu releases stick to the kernel version that they shipped with, so users might want to upgrade the kernel to newer releases.

      • GNUGNU Linux-libre 5.18-gnu

        GNU Linux-libre 5.18-gnu cleaning-up scripts, cleaned-up sources, and
        cleaning-up logs (including tarball signatures) are now available from
        our git-based release archive git://linux-libre.fsfla.org/releases.git/
        tags {scripts,sources,logs}/v5.18-gnu.

        Compressed tarballs and incremental patches are also available at

        The cleanup scripts are unchanged since the updates for rc6. Jason Self
        drew a new image for his beautiful Freedo-and-GNU-themed artwork
        collection for this release, check it out at
        https://linux-libre.fsfla.org/#news or the whole collection at


        While adding Jason’s image, I noticed earlier images were a little
        messed up in our https://linux-libre.fsfla.org/#artwork section, so I
        fixed them up, and turned the displayed bitmap images into links to
        their corresponding sources in vector graphics.

        Freesh and RPMFreedom, the distributions of .deb and .rpm packages of
        GNU Linux-libre maintained by Jason Self, are expected to have binaries
        of 5.18-gnu available shortly. Thanks, Jason!

        This was a busy release, with 7 new drivers requiring cleanups to avoid
        inducing users to install the blobs they require: MIPI DBI panels,
        Amphion VPU, MediaTek MT7986 WMAC, Mediatek 7921U (USB) and Realtek
        8852a and 8852c WiFi, Intel AVS, and Texas Instruments TAS5805M speaker
        amplifier. A bunch DTS files were added for new Qualcomm AArch64 SoCs,
        and had the blob names in them cleaned up for the same reason.

        Other preexisting drivers also required updates because of new mentions
        of blobs: AMD GPUs, MediaTek MT7915 and Silicon Labs WF200+ WiFi,
        Mellanox Spectrum wired ethernet, Realtek rtw8852c, Qualcomm Q6V5 and
        Wolfson ADSP, MediaTek HCI UART.

        Finally, lots of drivers were moved within the source tree, and the
        script that drives the cleaning up had to be updated to reflect those
        changes to media drivers, MHI bus and AMD GPU.

        For up-to-the-minute news, join us on IRC (#gnu-linux-libre on
        libera.chat). I often mention our releases on P2P or federated social
        media as well. The link in my email signature has directions.

        Be Free! with GNU Linux-libre.

      • 9to5LinuxGNU Linux-Libre 5.18 Kernel Is Here for Those Who Seek 100% Freedom for Their PCs

        Based on the upstream Linux 5.18 kernel series, the GNU Linux-libre 5.18 kernel is here to clean up seven new drivers, including Amphion VPU, MIPI DBI panels, Intel AVS, MediaTek MT7986 WMAC, MediaTek 7921U (USB) Wi-Fi, Realtek 8852a and 8852c Wi-Fi, as well as Texas Instruments TAS5805M speaker amplifier.

        In addition, the GNU Linux-libre 5.18 kernel adds several DTS files for new Qualcomm AArch64 SoCs and cleans up the blob names in them, and updates existing drivers that received changes upstream and now require deblobbing.

      • Ubuntu HandbookLinux Kernel 5.18 Released! How to Install it in Ubuntu 22.04 | UbuntuHandbook

        Linux Kernel 5.18 was released on this Sunday. Ubuntu 22.04 user can install this new kernel via the mainline PPA repository.

      • ZDNetLinux kernel 5.18 arrives: Here’s what’s new | ZDNet

        Linux creator Linux Torvalds has announced the stable Linux kernel version 5.8 release after making it through the final week of development with “no unexpected nasty surprises”.

        As usual, Torvalds announced the latest stable release of the Linux kernel on Sunday evening. It was on time and about two months after the stable 5.17 release, thus opening the merge window for Linux 5.19.

        Torvalds had little exciting to say about Linux 5.18 but still encouraged developers to run it.

        “I’d still like people to run boring old plain 5.18 just to check, before we start with the excitement of all the new features for the merge window,” wrote Torvalds.

        Still there were “random driver updates” as well as “some other minor architecture fixes, some core networking, and some tooling stuff.”

      • Linux Kernel 5.18 Has Been Released — What’s New? | iTech Post

        On Sunday, May 22, Linus Torvalds launched Linux kernel 5.18. According to The Register, Torvalds, who is the principal force behind the development of the Linux operating system, said the release was typical of those he made for each of the eight release candidates: no bad surprises this time, no significant or difficult additions, and no bugs hampered the development process.

        Before getting enthusiastic about the upcoming release 5.19, Torvalds advised developers to “run boring old plain 5.18.”

      • Microconferences at Linux Plumbers Conference: Kernel Testing & Dependability

        Linux Plumbers Conference 2022 is pleased to host the Kernel Testing & Dependability Microconference

        The Kernel Testing & Dependability Microconference focuses on advancing the state of testing of the Linux kernel and testing on Linux in general. The main purpose is to improve software quality and dependability for applications that require predictability and trust. The microconference aims to create connections between folks working on similar projects, and help individual projects make progress

        This microconference is a merge of Testing and Fuzzing and the Kernel Dependability and Assurance microconferences into a single session. There was a lot of overlap in topics and attendees of these MCs and and combining the two tracks will promote collaboration between all the interested communities and people.

    • Graphics Stack

      • Iago Toral: Vulkan 1.2 getting closer

        Lately I have been exposing a bit more functionality in V3DV and was wondering how far we are from Vulkan 1.2. Turns out that a lot of the new Vulkan 1.2 features are actually optional and what we have right now (missing a few trivial patches to expose a few things) seems to be sufficient for a minimal implementation.

        We actually did a test run with CTS enabling Vulkan 1.2 to verify this and it went surprisingly well, with just a few test failures that I am currently looking into, so I think we should be able to submit conformance soon.

    • Applications

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Alternatives to Corel MotionStudio 3D

        This series looks at the best free and open source alternatives to products offered by Corel.

        Corel MotionStudio 3D is a 3D titling, motion graphics and effects-in one complete package. It’s proprietary software and not available for Linux.

        What are the best free and open source alternatives?

      • HackadayLotus 123 For Linux Is Like A Digital Treasure Hunt | Hackaday

        Ever hear of Lotus 123? It is an old spreadsheet program that dominated the early PC market, taking the crown from incumbent Visicalc. [Tavis Ormandy] has managed to get the old software running natively under Linux — quite a feat for software that is around 40 years old and was meant for a different operating system. You can see the results in glorious green text on a black screen in the video below.

        If you are a recent convert to Linux, you might not remember what a pain it was “in the old days” to install software. But in this case, it is even worse since the software isn’t even for Linux. The whole adventure started with [Tavis] wanting to find the API kit used to add plugins to Lotus. In theory, you could use it to add modern features to the venerable spreadsheet program.

      • Make Use OfThe 8 Best Linux Apps for Photographers

        Capture and create beautiful photographs on Linux using these eight apps specially developed for photographers.

        For photographers, Linux provides some of the most advanced and comprehensive image manipulation applications. Best of all, virtually all of them are free and open-source software. That means that no matter what you decide to do with them, it won’t cost you a dime. You can download some just to check them out or incorporate them into your regular workflow. It’s up to you.

      • PostgreSQLPgpool-II 4.3.2, 4.2.9, 4.1.12, 4.0.19 and 3.7.24 released.
      • PostgreSQLpgmetrics 1.13 released

        We’re happy to announce the release of v1.13 of pgmetrics.

      • LWNSystemd 251 released

        Systemd 251 is out. The list of changes includes an increase of the minimum kernel version to 4.15, use of C11 to build the program, increased use of filesystem ID mapping, and many other things; see the announcement for all the details.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How To Install Linux Kernel 5.18 On Ubuntu / Linux Mint | Tips On UNIX

        Linus Torvalds today announced the Linux kernel 5.18 and it comes with new features and improvements in hardware support.

      • How to Install Akaunting on Ubuntu 20.04 – RoseHosting

        Akaunting is web-based, free, and open-source accounting software designed to help small businesses. It helps small businesses and freelancers manage and streamline payment, invoicing, and other operations. With its client portal features, administrators are able to share financial information like transactional and invoicing information with the clients. The application also offers complete tools to manage your finances.

      • ID RootHow To Install Caddy on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Caddy on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Caddy is a powerful open-source web server written in Go. It has great security features with automatic HTTPS and fast than other web servers utilizing the power of CPUs.

        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 Caddy web server on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.

      • MakeTech EasierHow to Manage Git in Emacs with Magit – Make Tech Easier

        Git is a brilliant tool. It simplifies the version control process and it allows users to easily share and contribute code to each other. Git is also system and content agnostic. This means that it can run on any platform, which makes it a highly useful and sought after tool for programmers and casual users alike.

        One issue with Git, however, is that it requires you to use a command-line utility to fully use its functions. This means that in order to use Git you need to learn a number of commands specific to it. However, if you are using Emacs there can be a better way.

        Magit is a powerful front-end for Git in Emacs. It allows you to easily and seamlessly use Git in Emacs to create, manipulate and save Git repositories through simple Emacs keybindings. Not only that, Magit also automatically adapts existing Git repositories through its interface. This means that you can install Magit right now and immediately use it to manage version control.

      • How to Show Line Numbers in Vi – buildVirtual

        When making changes to scripts or text files from the Linux command line I tend to use Vi / Vim as my go to editor as it tends to be available on any Linux system I work on.

        If you’re used to writing scripts using a tool such as vscode, you will be used to seeing line numbers in the editor. Line numbers are particularly useful when writing scripts as a way to help navigate your code making it easier to debug scripts as well as work collaboratively. When first using vi or vim, they are a notable absence, as by default they are not shown. Luckily it’s easy to turn line numbering on.

      • PHP MySQL ORDER BY Clause – OSTechNix

        This guide describes how to select data from a MySQL database table and sort the data by a specific column in ascending or descending order with ORDER by clause using PHP in XAMPP stack.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Change the Owner of Directory in Linux

        Under a Linux file system, we have files, folders, and directories. A folder only contains files and a directory contains both folders and files. Each of these files, folders, and directories are associated with an owner, a group, and permission access rights.

        This article guide will walk us through determining and changing the ownership of a directory on a Linux system.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to View PDF File in Linux Command Line

        Please note that this article seeks to explore viable ways of viewing (not opening) a PDF file from the Linux command-line environment. The creation of the PDF or Portable Document Format file type was inspired to solve/lessen the hurdles that made document sharing between operating systems and computers difficult.

      • CitizixHow to use Terraform to create a vpc network and a Cloud SQL in GCP

        In this guide, we will build a Cloud SQL instance in Google cloud platform using terraform. Terraform allows you to develop cloud infrastructure by automating repetitive tasks.

        Creating a Cloud SQL cluster in the console can be tiring, especially if you have to create multiple instances with different parameters such as node types, node sizes etc. Terraform was created to solve that problem. It allows you to have the instructions as code that can be used to plan, deploy, modify, and destroy the clusters programmatically.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Convert Hex to ASCII Characters in Linux

        A hexadecimal numbering system is ideal for large digital systems as it can hold/represent long binary values. This system is referred to as base-16 because a combined total of 16 (digital and alphabetic) symbols from 0 to F are used to represent it.

        In comparison to other numbering systems like decimal, hexadecimal provides a closer visual mapping making it easier to read ad interpret.

        ASCII or American Standard Code for Information Interchange makes electronic communication possible through its character encoding standard. Therefore, this standard takes credit for text representation in devices like computers and telecommunication equipment.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Install Python Programming in Alpine Linux

        An increasing number of Linux users are moving towards Python programming language as the go-to development language for mobile, desktop, and web-based applications. Python is also gaining roots in data science as an effective and powerful tool for complex datasets’ manipulation, analysis, and visualization.

      • CitizixHow to use Terraform to create a Redis instance in GCP

        In this guide, we will build a Redis instance in Google cloud platform using terraform. Terraform allows you to develop cloud infrastructure by automating repetitive tasks.

        Creating a Redis cluster in the console can be tiring, especially if you have to create multiple instances with different parameters such as node types, node sizes etc. Terraform was created to solve that problem. It allows you to have the instructions as code that can be used to plan, deploy, modify, and destroy the clusters programmatically.

      • TecAdminHow To Install LibreOffice on Ubuntu 22.04

        LibreOffice is a free and open-source office suite with a clean interface. It provides most of the tools required for an Office suite like Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), Draw (vector graphics and flowcharts), Base (databases), and Math (formula editing), etc.

        We can directly download the LibreOffice Debian packages from its official download page or use the Apt repository for the installation.

        This tutorial will help you to install LibreOffice on Ubuntu 22.04 Desktop system.

      • nixCraftHow To Save A File In Vim / Vi Without Root Permission With sudo

        {Updated} Forgot to edit Linux or Unix/macOS file as sudo user? Want to overwrite without quitting vim on Linux/Unix? Try vim cmd trick and save time.The post How To Save A File In Vim / Vi Without Root Permission With sudo appeared first on nixCraft.

      • ByteXDBash Check File If Exists – ByteXD

        When working with files in bash, it is essential to know whether the particular file or directory exists. Based on the availability of the files and directories, you can perform further operations and tasks. This tutorial will introduce, explain, and demonstrate how to check if a file or directory exists in the specified location. Let’s explore them.

      • Red HatHow to install command-line tools on a Mac | Red Hat Developer [Ed: This is what Red Hat is publishing...]

        You can install command line tools like those from Linux on macOS but that requires a change to security settings. Learn more.

      • How to install PostgreSQL 14 on Ubuntu 20.04 from the source – NextGenTips

        In this article, we are going to learn how to install and get PostgreSQL 14 up and running on an Ubuntu 20.04 server. PostgreSQL is a powerful, open-source object-relational database system that uses and extends the SQL language combined with many features that safely store and scale the most complicated data workloads.

      • nixCraftHow to change hostname on Amazon Linux 2 without reboot

        Do you want to set or update the AWS EC2 or Lightsail hostname without a reboot when using Amazon Linux 2? Here is how to set or change the hostname on Amazon Linux 2 distribution using the ssh client.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Kdenlive 22.04.1 released

          The first maintenance release of the 22.04 series is out with two out-of-the-box effect templates: Secondary Color Correction and Shut-off as well as a new Box Blur filter. This version fixes incorrect levels displayed in the audio mixer, timeline preview rendering, thumbnail caching and text alignment in the Titler. There is also a reverse option in same track transitions.

        • Kraft Version 0.98

          We are happy to announce the new Kraft version 0.98 that is available for download.

          Kraft is software for the Linux desktop to handle quotes and invoices in the small business.

          This is a version packed with bugfixes and also new features. The most important fixes were in the area of the catalog handling: Based on bug reports from the community the catalog window was completely reworked. Drag and drop of items in the catalog, the sorting and reordering of items are now working properly and as planned.

        • KDE Consistency: Interview With Goal Champion! – Kockatoo Tube
        • KDE Goals Retrospective: Consistency

          As part of the preparation for the new round of KDE Goals (as described last week), I’ll be interviewing our Goal Champions.

          The purpose is to learn what went good, what could’ve gone better and share wisdom to all that are thinking about becoming a new Champion.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • OMG UbuntuProductive Summer Planned for Pitivi Video Editor – OMG! Ubuntu!

          Any list of Linux video editors would be incomplete if it didn’t include Pitivi.

          I have a real soft spot for this oft-overlooked GTK & GStreamer based non-linear video editor. It’s inherently stable, has a clean, ordered UI, and diligently focuses on ensuring the ‘basics’ of video editing (cutting, arranging, simple effects, simple transitions, etc) are catered for.

          As it’s GTK-based means Pitivi looks right at home on GNOME-based desktops. But soon it will look even nicer as a GTK4 port of Pitivi is getting underway as part of this year’s Google Summer of Code.

          Under the guidance of GNOME Foundation mentors, developer Aryan Kaushik is going to tackle the not-so-trivial task of updating Pitivi’s UI to GTK4. This effort could improve the application’s performance as well as its overall integration with more recent versions of the GNOME desktop that use the libadwaita stack.

        • GNOME will be mentoring 9 new contributors in Google Summer of Code 2022! – Felipe Borges

          We are happy to announce that GNOME was assigned nine slots for Google Summer of Code projects this year!

          GSoC is a program focused on bringing new contributors into open source software development. A number of long term GNOME developers are former GSoC interns, making the program a very valuable entry point for new members in our project.

        • How your organisation’s travel policy can impact the environment | Philip Withnall

          Following on from updating our equipment policy, we’ve recently also updated our travel policy at the Endless OS Foundation. A major part of this update was to introduce consideration of carbon emissions into the decision making for when and how to travel. I’d like to share what we came up with, as it should be broadly applicable to many other technology organisations, and I’m quite excited that people across the foundation worked to make these changes happen.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Barry KaulerA rethink of EasyOS architecture

      As I posted a couple of days ago, taking some time-out from getting the bugs out of Easy Bookworm, to think about some fundamental issues and how they might be fixed.

      A big concern is running Easy on a cheap flash drive that does not have wear-leveling. The problem becomes more severe if the working-partition is ext4 with a journal, as the journal writes a lot to the drive.

      Another problem, that has also plagued the pups, is that if the working-partition does not have a journal, the filesystem is marked as “not clean” at shutdown.

      The latter problem is caused by the aufs layered filesystem being at “/”, so we are unable to unmount it at shutdown. Nor are we able to remount the working-partition as read-only, as it is busy.

    • Barry KaulerThinking about a new logo for EasyOS

      The box-in-a-box does suggest containers, so is meaningful. Looking at it though, it does seem uninteresting.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers

      • Mozilla

        • ThunderbirdThunderbird By The Numbers: Our 2021 Financial Report

          Transparency and open source go hand-in-hand. But just because Thunderbird’s development work, roadmap, and financials are public, doesn’t always mean they’re well publicized.

          That’s where my role as Marketing Manager comes into focus. To shine a spotlight on the numbers, the features, the facts, and the future. I want to keep you informed without you needing to hunt down every scrap of information!

          With that in mind, let’s talk about money. Specifically, Thunderbird’s income for 2021, and how it positively affects our team, our product, and our roadmap.

    • Programming/Development

  • Leftovers

    • 2022 Week 19/20: Thoughts and Photos

      I am not fluent in any language other than English (and by my proclivity for spelling errors, that may come as a surprise!), and I don’t have any natural talent for learning other languages.

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

      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.

    • The Secret Farmer’s Market

      Obviously this isn’t a big deal, it’s just a minor example of a couple pet peeves: 1) being on the technological fringe (e.g. not on Facebook or Instagram) means you’re excluded from things that only exist in the walled garden, and 2) organisations are generally bad at keeping their information up-to-date online.

    • Science

    • Proprietary

      • GhacksHere is why Microsoft continues to add unpopular features to Windows

        Microsoft plans to release two feature updates for its Windows operating systems later this year. Work on future feature updates continues unhindered as well, and the first builds of the 2023 feature update version are already available.


        Web addresses may be entered directly to open sites, but any other input is redirected to Microsoft’s Bing search engine. All requests are opened in Microsoft’s Edge web browser when the search widget is used.

      • Computer WeeklyMicrosoft drops emergency patch after Patch Tuesday screw up

        Microsoft has issued an out-of-band patch fixing an issue that caused server or client authentication failures on domain controllers after installing the 10 May 2022 Patch Tuesday updates.

        The Patch Tuesday issue was identified by users shortly after the monthly update was issued, and affected services including Network Policy Server (NPS), Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS), Radius, Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) and Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol (PEAP).

    • Security

      • Password policy guidance | Pen Test Partners

        Passwords are securely stored by using a one-way hashing algorithm to generate a representation of the original password. Authentication mechanisms then compare the hash of an entered password with the stored hash value to determine if the password is correct. Because these hashing algorithms are not reversible, the only way to crack a password is to guess passwords and see if there is a hash match. It is therefore important to make the password resistant to cracking so that if a hashed password is compromised, either by gaining access to the database or capturing it from the network, the original password cannot be retrieved and used by an attacker. The way to do that is by using strong passwords.

      • Dvuln Labs

        This file is encrypted using AES-256-CBC encryption combined with Base64 encoding.

        A 4-digit application PIN (which gets set during the initial onboarding when a user first instals the application) is the encryption password used to protect or encrypt the licence data.

        The problem here is that an attacker who has access to the encrypted licence data (whether that be through accessing a phone backup, direct access to the device or remote compromise) could easily brute-force this 4-digit PIN by using a script that would try all 10,000 combinations….


        The second design flaw that is favourable for attackers is that the Digital Driver Licence data is never validated against the back-end authority which is the Service NSW API/database.

        This means that the application has no native method to validate the Digital Driver Licence data that exists on the phone and thus cannot perform further actions such as warn users when this data has been modified.

        As the Digital Licence is stored on the client’s device, validation should take place to ensure the local copy of the data actually matches the Digital Driver’s Licence data that was originally downloaded from the Service NSW API.

        As this verification does not take place, an attacker is able to display the edited data on the Service NSW application without any preventative factors.

      • LWNSecurity updates for Monday

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (admesh, condor, firefox-esr, libpgjava, libxml2, rsyslog, and thunderbird), Fedora (dotnet6.0, libarchive, php-openpsa-universalfeedcreator, thunderbird, and vim), Mageia (ffmpeg, kernel, kernel-linus, microcode, netatalk, nvidia-current, nvidia390, opencontainers-runc, postgresql, and ruby-nokogiri), Slackware (mariadb and mozilla), and SUSE (curl, firefox, libarchive, librecad, libxls, openldap2, php7, and postgresql10).

      • CISAMozilla Releases Security Products for Multiple Firefox Products | CISA

        Mozilla has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Firefox 100.0.2, Firefox for Android 100.3.0, and Firefox ESR 91.9.1. An attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.  

      • MozillaUpgrading Mozilla’s Root Store Policy to Version 2.8 – Mozilla Security Blog

        In accordance with the Mozilla Manifesto, which emphasizes the open development of policy that protects users’ privacy and security, we have worked with the Mozilla community over the past several months to improve the Mozilla Root Store Policy (MRSP) so that we can now announce version 2.8, effective June 1, 2022. These policy changes aim to improve the transparency of Certificate Authority (CA) operations and the certificates that they issue.

      • We need to talk about sex toys and cyber security | Pen Test Partners

        We’ve written about the appalling security of smart sex toys over the years. Finally, an invite came to give a talk on the subject to a TEDx audience.

        I debated whether to give the talk with colleagues, as we’ve never wanted to be pigeon-holed in this space! But we felt that public awareness of the lax security was one of the ways to encourage the toy manufacturers to improve.

        Issues such as precise position leakage of LGBT+ people in countries where they were persecuted by authorities were simply too concerning.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Second time’s not the charm: Health Data Management Policy misses the mark again

          IFF wrote to the National Health Authority (NHA) as part of the consultation conducted for the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission’s Draft Health Data Management Policy (“Draft policy”). Through our inputs, we have tried to highlight the existence of a weak legal foundation and inadequate preparatory groundwork; excessive delegation; a constricted digital consent, confidentiality and privacy framework; over-reliance on an Aadhaar-based authentication system; and, vague systems for anonymisation and de-identification, as well as the complete absence of strict access control requirements for personal health data.

        • AccessNowAs the WEF meets, pressure is on the world’s powerbrokers to shut down the spyware industry – Access Now

          In 2022, there is no business case for spyware technology. Its abuse is tainting the entire tech sector. If the industry’s big players do not step up and take a bold stand on surveillance now, it’s not only the human rights of millions of people at risk, it’s their own futures.

          The finance world’s powerbrokers are meeting at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, and they must seize this opportunity to shut down an unchecked industry that’s bad for their reputations, and disastrous for human rights. We need a moratorium limiting the sale, transfer, and use of these cyber weapons until people’s rights are safeguarded under international human rights law backed by Davos leaders.

          The surveillance tech industry has long facilitated gross violations of human rights in darkness — no accountability, no checks and balances. But in recent years, as civil society systematically shone a light on the sector’s harmful impact, companies are facing a colossal blowback. With each new revelation of invasive, warrantless spying — on everyone from journalists and activists, to public health advocates, to heads of state — the surveillance industry’s malpractice is thrust into the public realm. This may be just the start of the industry’s end.


          These actions follow calls by U.N. human rights experts — echoed by Costa Rica — for a global moratorium on the sale, transfer, and use of private surveillance technologies until human rights-compliant laws and regulatory frameworks are in place.

          Not even the tech industry wants surveillance tech in its ranks, and companies that are impacted by spyware are reacting. WhatsApp and Apple are suing NSO Group in separate cases, Amazon shut down infrastructure and accounts linked to NSO Group, and Meta removed seven “surveillance-for-hire” operations that targeted over 50,000 Facebook users. Google spoke up, dropping a meticulous report on a recent NSO Group attack.

    • Finance

      • Capital One rules in my favor against Batteries Plus Bulbs, but I’m not even sure if I’ve won. – BaronHK’s Rants

        Capital One rules in my favor against Batteries Plus Bulbs, but I’m not even sure if I’ve won.

        This dispute has been going on since April 15th. Today I got another letter from Capital One that my amended argument has been accepted against Batteries Plus Bulbs, in which I argued that since I had to have my Buick remote reprogrammed and a new key cut at Anthony Buick GMC in Gurnee, Illinois, and that since Bhushan Chouhan, the store owner, refunded me for the mechanical key, I was still owed $69.99 for a programming job that he didn’t provide, but that I agreed to drop the rest of the dispute.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • MakeTech EasierNew Facebook Algorithm Shows Spam in Top 20 Links

        Meta tried to put a positive spin on its latest news about Facebook, but it’s still alarming. The “widely-viewed content report” was shared with a new way of calculating which links belong in the top positions, but it really shows that much of its most-read content on Facebook is spam.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Gemipedia Improvements

        I’m really pleased with Gemipedia, both in people’s response to it, and also just how much I’m personally using it. I’ve basically stopped using the dedicated Wikipedia app on my phone, and use it exclusive on my Kindle. Since launching it about 2 weeks ago, I’ve been hard at working improving it.

      • My hobby alternative to Gemini, HTTP and Gopher: HFNP (Hafnium Paging Protocol)
      • Ulrike Uhlig: How do kids conceive the internet? – part 3

        I received some feedback on the first part of interviews about the internet with children that I’d like to share publicly here. Thank you! Your thoughts and experiences are important to me!


        Thanks :) I’m happy and touched that these interviews prompted your wonderful reactions, and I hope that there’ll be more to come on this topic. I’m working on it!

António Campinos Promotes Software Patents Using Buzzwords and Sketchy Loopholes With Dubious Legal Basis

Posted in Europe, Patents at 9:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Campinos Rigs Processes
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: ‘Monopoly Tony’ (António Campinos) is shamelessly manipulating EPO processes at both ends (sender and receiver) to facilitate the illegal granting of invalid European software patents; we’re meant to think this former EU official and imposter (banker) is some guru in the sciences because he reads a lousy speech crafted for him with lots of meaningless buzzwords peppered all over it (he’s not good at reading it, either)

A few years ago António Campinos gave read an opening speech about so-called ‘Hey Hi’ (AI) and blockchain, clearly demonstrating a lack of understanding. Campinos has no background in science, he lacks the required qualifications to lead (or even just work in) the EPO, but he’s there for a reason — the very same reason Benoît Battistelli was there at the EPO for eight years, acting as a human wrecking ball who demolishes quality assurance while granting endless bogus patents in the name of so-called ‘productivity’.

Patenting buzzwordsThe video above shows Mr. Campinos resorting to or name-dropping buzzwords (sometimes trasient hype waves) in an appeal to pseudo-novelty. He instructs applicants to follow some volatile tricks in drafting of patents while at the same time changing guidelines to suits these tricks. Fashion-based drafting. So he’s bypassing the law at both the sending and the receiving end — something he openly boasted about when speaking to lobbyists in the US (IPO event). Undermining the law in this fashion is, in and of itself, a violation of the law. But welcome to the bizarre world of diplomatic immunity. In the EPO, no matter how severe the crime, you’ll never be punished. To make matters worse, management figures (part of a clique of nepotism) can violate internal rules such as the Code of Conduct without ever facing consequences and, if that’s not bad enough, violating the very legal basis of the EPO (namely the EPC) is “fair play” as long as lobbyists are satisfied.

When condemning Campinos we ought not focus on superficial things. There’s no lack of perfectly legitimate issues. We should not focus on the language (English is likely his third language after French and Portuguese) but his utter disrespect for the Rule of Law. Remember where he came from and how he got there, furthermore corroding trust and integrity, mostly through cheating and nepotism, i.e. the usual in today’s EPO. The level of skill and experience at the EPO has plunged.

[Meme] Jorgotta Be Kidding Us, Campinos!

Posted in Europe, Law, Patents at 7:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

EPC: can't patent this! Monopoly Tony

Summary: Monopoly Tony (António Campinos) runs the EPO by attacking the very legal basis of the EPO’s existence

Unified Patent Court (UPC) Relies Too Much on Lies and Mischief Without Any Basis in Law

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 5:39 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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UPC Deceit
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Today’s video runs through the typical (weekly) lies from Team UPC — lies that are very easy to debunk; Team UPC not only drafted the thing but also looks to profit from it while misleading politicians and bribing publishers to spread intentionally misleading statements (lies)

THE FIGHT AGAINST European software patents is still going on. We’re making small wins, but the war isn’t over. It’s always far from over because the lobbyists have deep pockets and endless ambition, patience, zeal. Each little battle counts and catastrophic reactions (or panic) are indicative of gains. Like meltdowns we see from EPO management and Team UPC…

We keep pushing. We need the same persistence and perseverance as those rogue lobbyists. The facts and the laws are on our side, not theirs.

Yesterday we published annotated screenshots of lies and fake news from Team UPC, an alliance that propped up Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos to lessen the quality of EPO-granted patents. Their objective is to increase the scope of patents without the required changes to law/s. Then they hope to replace the patent courts with their own kangaroo tribunals, wrongly presuming validity of European Patents, whose fast-declining quality means they’re not even compliant with the laws, notably EPC.

“When asked by Ars, the EPO’s spokesperson mentioned the imminent arrival of the unitary patent system as an important reason for revising the EPO’s internal rules…”

Article by Dr. Glyn Moody (notice that they speak of imminent arrival more than six years ago

Glyn Moody

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Posted in News Roundup at 2:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • 9to5Linux9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: May 22nd, 2022

      This week hasn’t got much Linux news, but there were some very exciting ones, such as the release of the Linux 5.18 kernel series, Ubuntu 22.10 (Kinetic Kudu) finally switching to PipeWire for audio by default, and a new Mesa graphics stack branch that promises another layer of performance improvements for gamers.

      On top of that, I take a look at Pika Backup as the “Flatpak App of the Week”, and talk about the latest distro and software releases, including Kali Linux 2022.2, RHEL 9, Inkscape 1.2, and KDE Plasma 5.25 beta. You can enjoy these and much more in 9to5Linux’s Linux Weekly Roundup for May 22nd, 2022, below!

    • Server

      • Kubernetes 1.24: Avoid Collisions Assigning IP Addresses to Services | Kubernetes

        In Kubernetes, Services are an abstract way to expose an application running on a set of Pods. Services can have a cluster-scoped virtual IP address (using a Service of type: ClusterIP). Clients can connect using that virtual IP address, and Kubernetes then load-balances traffic to that Service across the different backing Pods.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Better than Butter | LINUX Unplugged 459

        We take a sneak peek at some future tech coming to Linux, and share details on HP’s new laptop that runs POP!

      • Episode 324 – WTF is up with WFH – Open Source Security

        Josh and Kurt talk about the whole work from home debate. It seems like there are a lot of very silly excuses why working from home is bad. We’ve both been working from home for a long time and have a chat about the topic. There’s not much security in this one, but it is a fun discussion.

    • Kernel Space

      • Its FOSSLinux Kernel 5.18 Released with Graphics Driver Changes and New Hardware Support – It’s FOSS News

        Linux Kernel 5.17 came loaded with support for next-gen hardware, including improvements for the Steam Deck.

        Not to forget, every Linux Kernel release is technically exciting, and Linux Kernel 5.18 is no exception.


        While the support for FreeSync video was good enough, it was a temporary solution to improve the user experience with FreeSync monitors.

        Now, with Linux Kernel 5.18, the FreeSync video mode is enabled by default (changelog). You do not have to do anything from your side to enable it with supported monitors.

      • Linux Kernel 5.18 Released. This is What’s New

        Linux Kernel 5.18 is released with improved hardware support and core kernel module refinements. Here’s a quick synopsis of the new features with download and installation details.

      • CNX SoftwareLinux 5.18 release – Main changes, Arm, RISC-V, and MIPS architectures – CNX Software

        The earlier Linux 5.17 release brought us the Real-Time Linux Analysis (RTLA) tool, a new P-state driver for modern AMD Zen processors, mitigation for straight-line speculation attacks, a faster random number generator, and many other changes.

      • The Register UKLinus Torvalds debuts ‘boring old plain’ Linux kernel 5.18 • The Register [Ed: By Microsoft booster Simon Sharwood]

        Linus Torvalds has released version 5.18 of the Linux kernel.

        The maintainer-in-chief’s post announcing the release was typical of those he made for each of the eight release candidates: this time around he found no nasty surprises, additions were neither major nor complex, and no glitches impacted the development process.

        Torvalds called for developers to “run boring old plain 5.18″ before getting excited about the forthcoming version 5.19.

        That description is a little harsh on the new cut of the kernel, which offers notable additions such as the software-defined silicon code that verifies cryptographically signed licenses to enable dormant features in Intel silicon.

        We asked Intel about this, again, and the company still won’t share specifics. We were told that Intel is “committed to developing flexible solutions that meet the unique demands of our customers and partners and lead the industry” and “At this time we have no specific product details to share regarding feature activation.”

        The mention of “feature activation” is at least new, and admission of intent from Intel. The Register will keep watching this one.

    • Applications

      • Linux Hint100 Best Applications for Ubuntu 2022

        Since its publication in 2018, this article received enormous views from our readers. Now that we’re in 2022, there have been various changes in Ubuntu and its ecosystem. So, to address that we’re updating this article to match present needs of modern-day users, creators, influencers, developers and system administrators of Ubuntu.

        Many users who have recently switched to Ubuntu from Microsoft Windows or any other operating system face the problem of finding best alternative to application software they have been using for years on their previous OS. Ubuntu has thousands of free to use and open-source application software that perform way better than many paid software’s on Windows and other OS.

      • Its FOSS‘Speek!’ An Open-Source Chat App That Uses Tor

        Speek is an internet messaging service that leverages multiple technologies to help keep your internet chats private.

        It is end-to-end encrypted, decentralized, and open-source.

        Undoubtedly, it aims to pitch itself as one of the WhatsApp alternatives and a competitor to Signal on Linux.

        So, what is it all about? Let us take a closer look at the details.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • CitizixHow to use Terraform to create a vpc network and a GKE in GCP

        In this guide, we will build a Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) instance in Google cloud platform using terraform. Terraform allows you to develop cloud infrastructure by automating repetitive tasks.

        Creating a GKE cluster in the console can be tiring, especially if you have to create multiple instances with different parameters such as node types, node sizes etc. Terraform was created to solve that problem. It allows you to have the instructions as code that can be used to plan, deploy, modify, and destroy the clusters programmatically.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install Django on Fedora 35/36

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Django on Fedora 36

        Django is a Python-based web framework, free and open-source, that follows the model–template–views (MTV) architectural pattern. It is maintained by the Django Software Foundation (DSF), an independent organization established in the US as a non-profit.

        Django is a free and open-source high-level Python Web framework built by experienced developers to encourage rapid development and pragmatic design of web applications for programmers and developers.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install Visual Studio Code on Fedora 36

        In this tutorial we will show you how to install Android studio in Fedora 36.

        Android Studio is the official integrated development environment (IDE) for Google’s Android operating system, built on JetBrains’ IntelliJ IDEA software and designed specifically for Android development. It is available for download on Windows, macOS and Linux based operating systems or as a subscription-based service in 2020. It is a replacement for the Eclipse Android Development Tools (E-ADT) as the primary IDE for native Android application development.

        Android Studio provides the fastest tools for building apps on every type of Android device and is currently the official Google Android IDE.

      • UNIX CopSetup Drupal Using Docker Platform

        This post is about Setup Drupal Using Docker

        Drupal is a free, open-source web content management system written in PHP and distributed under the GNU General Public License. Drupal provides an open-source back-end framework for at least 14% of the top 10,000 websites worldwide.

      • UNIX CopSetup Standalone NTP Server on Ubuntu 22.04

        This post is about Setup Standalone NTP Server on Ubuntu 22.04

        NTP is a Network Time Protocole server used to synchronize the time of network devices within the LAN, cloud tenant, or within your LAN.

        One of the examples is Real-Time communication APPs. The Infrastructure (Machines, VMs, Kubernetes Cluster, PODs, etc) time should be synced; otherwise, the app will not work correctly.

      • How to Restart Ubuntu From the Terminal

        The most basic tasks of an operating system such as shutting it down or restarting it can also be done from a terminal in Linux. This gives us versatility so that in various configuration scripts we have more control over the system. Today, you will learn how to restart Ubuntu from the terminal.

      • ID RootHow To Install Yandex Browser on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Yandex Browser on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, as well as some extra required packages by Yandex

      • Linux HintHow to Install OpenToonz – Animation Maker on Ubuntu 22.04

        OpenToonz is an open-source 2D animation software that you can download for free either you want it for your personal use, or you want to use it commercially in Ubuntu 22.04. As the name suggests, the application is specifically designed for cartoon-based animations but with the recent updates, you can create other types of animations as well. It has a very clean interface that is very easy to understand, and it also comes with lots of additional plugins that can help you save time and create the animations more efficiently.

      • Linux HintHow to Install Docker on Linux Mint

        Docker is an open-source platform to streamline the development, shipment, and deployment of the software. Docker is a cross-platform utility and is widely used in the software developers’ community around the globe.

        Docker allows you to package and run a software application in a container (Docker container). A Docker container comprises all the essentialities for software, such as; source code, tools, libraries, or any settings. Moreover, Docker provides the continuous integration of the software modules at the development time.

        This descriptive post demonstrates several methods to install Docker on Linux Mint.

      • How to Change Timezone on Ubuntu 22.04 – Cloudbooklet

        How to Change Timezone on Ubuntu 22.04. In this guide you are going to learn how to configure or setup your own timezone on Ubuntu server.

        Having a local time is necessary on your server for some cronjob or any system related processes. By default, when a server is provisioned a default timezone will get configured automatically with the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). You can change the timezone later using the below method.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Distro WatchReview: Fedora 36

        The first rule of criticism is never to judge something before you taste it or listen to it or whatever. This applies whether you’re reviewing restaurants or music or Linux distributions; an open mind is all – otherwise, what’s the point?

        But Fedora 36? It has rarely been more difficult for me to keep an open mind, and the more I worked with it, the crankier I got.

        Know, first, that the distro was released three weeks late, missing two new release dates in the process. That’s so late that it was launched just a week before Fedora 34 hit end of life. If I ran my freelance writing business like that, I’d be working as a greeter at Walmart. This is Fedora, which is affiliated with Red Hat, a company owned by IBM, and not a three-person volunteer effort making time to code around jobs and families and all the rest. Where’s the professionalism one expects from one of Linux’s most important and respected distros?

        Know, second, that the delays didn’t seem to do much to make Fedora 36 that much better or more interesting. Yes, Wayland is the default display protocol, and it worked seamlessly, as did PipeWire for sound. I wouldn’t even have known either was there unless I was looking for problems.

        Otherwise, Fedora 36 is adequate at best, and certainly not the very pleasant surprise that was Fedora 34. And I had high hopes, given how well Fedora 34 worked. But there are still a variety of nicks and scrapes, the distro equivalent of a broken shoelace – it works, certainly, but you get awfully tired of having to knot the lace every time it breaks.

      • ERP Transitions Loom for SAP on IBM i Customers/a> [Ed: Missing disclosure that IT Jungle is funded by IBM]
      • Guru: IBM i *USRPRF Security – IT Jungle
    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • GhacksUbuntu 22.10 is dropping PulseAudio – gHacks Tech News

        The news was confirmed officially by Canonical Employee and Ubuntu Desktop Developer, Heather Ellsworth, on the Ubuntu Discourse thread about the topic,

        “That’s right, as of today the Kinetic iso (pending, not yet current since the changes were just made) has been updated to run only pipewire and not pulseaudio. So @copong, you can look forward to this for kinetic.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Linux GizmosMulti sensor device packed with Raspberry Pi RP2040 chip

        Sfera Labs released the Exo Sense RP which is a compact module that combines sensors to monitor air quality, humidity, temperature, light, motion and audio sensing. Unlike the SENSE board by Nexus Electronics and presented by LinuxGizmos a few days ago, the Exo Sense RP integrates a Raspberry Pi RP2040 IC.

        Featuring a dual core ARM Cortex-M0+ processor (up to 133MHz), with 16MB of Flash and 264kB of RAM, the MCU offers more than enough speed and supports several data protocols to interface with various types of sensors efficiently. 

      • Andrew HutchingsAmiga 1000 Restoration: The Keyboard

        In the previous instalment I found that the keyboard on the Amiga 1000 was not fully working, and it needed a clean anyway. So, I went ahead and started working on it.

        Some of the keys were not registering so it had to be opened up to see what we could do about that. I flipped it over and there are some screws on the back, also this label. I guess I now know where this Amiga originally came from!

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

      • Bryan Quigley: Small EInk Phone

        Aside in 2022-05-22. it’s not the same.. but there is a renewed push by Pebble creator Eric Migicovsky to show demand for a SmallAndroidPhone. It’s currently at about 29,000.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers

      • Nolan LawsonThe balance has shifted away from SPAs

        Hip new frameworks like Astro, Qwik, and Elder.js are touting their MPA capabilities with “0kB JavaScript by default.” Blog posts are making the rounds listing all the challenges with SPAs: history, focus management, scroll restoration, Cmd/Ctrl-click, memory leaks, etc. Gleeful potshots are being taken against SPAs.

    • Programming/Development

      • Daniel LemireAvoid exception throwing in performance-sensitive code

        There are various ways in software to handle error conditions. In C or Go, one returns error code. Other programming languages like C++ or Java prefer to throw exceptions. One benefit of using exceptions is that it keeps your code mostly clean since the error-handling code is often separate.

        It is debatable whether handling exceptions is better than dealing with error codes. I will happily use one or the other.

        What I will object to, however, is the use of exceptions for control flow. It is fine to throw an exception when a file cannot be opened, unexpectedly. But you should not use exceptions to branch on the type of a value.

        Let me illustrate.

      • DJ AdamsExploring JSON with interactive jq

        I often use ijq, or “interactive jq”, to explore JSON, and also to improve my jq fu, because it gives me immediate visual feedback. Here’s an example.

        There’s a wrapper around jq called ijq (short for “interactive jq”) which is a bit like a REPL in that it affords immediate feedback. It’s a lovely program, and I use it a lot.

      • Python

        • Geeks For Geeks10 Python In-Built Functions You Should Know

          Python is one of the most lucrative programming languages. According to research, there were approximately 10 million Python developers in 2020 worldwide and the count is increasing day by day. It provides ease in building a plethora of applications, web development processes, and a lot more. When it comes to making a program short and clear, we use in-built functions which are a set of statements collectively performing a task. Using in-built functions in a program makes it beneficial in many ways such as: [...]

  • Leftovers

    • CBCAccused Buffalo killer got weapons tips in chat group, prompting calls for online oversight

      The recent deadly racist attack in Buffalo, N.Y., planned with tactical advice from online chat groups, is sparking calls in Canada and beyond for better oversight of internet content. But civil liberties activists say trying to effectively sanitize the web of hateful or violent material is logistically difficult.

      The massacre at Tops supermarket left 10 dead and three injured. Officials believe the attack was a racially motivated hate crime.

      An online cache of disturbing posts suggests the alleged Buffalo shooter was seeking advice from like-minded individuals on loosely moderated online discussion forums.

    • HackadayBi-Color Filament Kicks 3D Printed Optical Illusions Up A Notch

      A new video from [Make Anything] shows off a nice combo that has a real visual impact: ambiguous shapes that look different depending on what angle they are viewed at, combined with an unusual filament that enhances the effect greatly. As you can see in the image above that shows off just such an object in front of a mirror, the results are pretty striking.

    • HackadayReceive Virtual Postcards On This Beautiful E-Ink Photo Frame

      Sending postcards to loved ones used to be standard procedure for travelers back when travel was glamorous and communications were slow. While some travelers still keep this tradition alive, many have replaced stamps and post offices with instant messaging and social media — faster and more convenient, but a lot less special than receiving a postcard with a handwritten message from a faraway land.

    • HackadayExpedient Jig Lets You Crank Out Chain Link Fence

      After the zombie apocalypse or whatever is coming, folks like us will be in high demand as the people who know how to fix things, generate electricity, and scavenge parts. But keeping out marauding zombies and neighbors requires fencing. Can you make your own chain link fence? If you watch [Diamleon]’s recent video, you might be able to. Admittedly, the bulk of the video is about fabricating the jig and you should expect to do some welding and cutting.

    • Science

      • HackadayTruly Giant Telescope Could Image Exoplanets

        Have you ever wished we could peek at all these exoplanets that have been recently discovered? We aren’t likely to visit anytime soon, but it would be possible to build a truly giant telescope that could take a look at something like that. At least according to [SciShow Space] in a recent video you can see below.

    • Hardware

      • TruthOutSupply Chain Failures Prove Growing Need for Localized Economies
      • HackadayDo Flat Tyres Make Your Speedo Lie?

        There are some engineering questions that may not have huge importance in the world, but which become the subject of intense idle speculation. A good example is the question of whether a lower tyre pressure on a motor vehicle would make a difference to the indicated speed. There are several contrasting intuitive theories as to what should happen, so [mechatronicsguy] has taken the time for a bit of experimentation in order to find out what really happens.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Common DreamsUN Agency Condemns ‘Homophobic and Racist’ Monkeypox Reporting

        As the World Health Organization said it expects more cases of monkeypox to be identified around the world, the United Nations HIV/AIDS agency on Sunday denounced what it and numerous public health experts called bigoted Western media coverage of a disease that “can affect anyone.”

        “Lessons from the AIDS response show that stigma and blame directed at certain groups of people can rapidly undermine outbreak response.”

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • I ungoogled my phone.

          I’ve kind of in principle wanted to install a Google-free version of Android for a while, but I’ve kept putting it off. The vendor Android on my phone is pretty close to stock, and I’d disabled most Google apps on it. The only Google app I used frequently was Maps, but for family and work reasons, I was still using quite a few proprietary apps — Netflix, Microsoft’s Office 365 apps, etc. But I had used LineageOS (an independent Android distribution) and microG (free replacement for parts of Google Play Services) a few years ago on an older device, and I had mostly figured out alternatives and workarounds for some things.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Frontpage MagazineForgetting the Genocide of the Yezidis

        In the summer of 2014, the Islamic State (ISIS) committed genocide of the Yezidis in their largest city in Iraq and the world, Sinjar.

        The Yezidis are a religious minority in the Middle East; their main center is Iraq. At the time that the genocide began, their number was no more than 550,000 people, according to the United Nations when it was evaluating the crimes committed by ISIS against the Yezidis, which were classified as genocide and crimes against humanity.

        It seems clear that what happened at the time had a goal, namely to wipe out the presence of the Yezidis. While it appeared initially that the world had grasped the significance of these crimes, now the Yezidi cause is largely being neglected amid the many crises and regional wars around the world.

      • ScheerpostThe Ukraine War’s Collateral Damage: Planet Earth

        Michael Klare makes clear that the war in Ukraine is the last thing on Earth (so to speak) that we need right now.

      • Counter PunchRemembering the Palomares Disaster

        On January 17, 1966, a collision occurred during a routine refueling operation of a B-52 bomber over Spain’s Mediterranean coast.28 The Associated Press reported first on the incident, writing that a KC-135 tanker with jet fuel had collided in mid-air with a B-52.29

        “At least five of the eleven crewmen aboard the two planes died in the crashes,” wrote the AP. “They collided miles above the earth. School children walking to their classes heard the rending of metal, then watched as smoke clouds erupted from the big planes as they spiraled down, scattered burning wreckage over a wide area.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Real Patriots Eat Nuclear War for Breakfast
      • Common DreamsOpinion | Initially Silent, Biden Now Moving to Free Jailed WNBA Star Brittney Griner

        A week before Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, Russian authorities arrested American basketball star Brittney Griner at the Moscow airport. She was charged with drug smuggling after Russian officials allegedly found vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis in her luggage.

      • Counter PunchAmerica’s Role in the Syrian Civil War

        A second and more minor goal of this interview is as follows. There has been some controversy over Noam Chomsky’s views on Syria. Since Chomsky has not had much to say about Syria, the controversy is befuddling. It appears to be based on quoting bits and pieces of interviews out of context, rather than an examination of his core arguments. As such, this interview is an attempt to capture Chomsky’s core views of American involvement in the Syrian civil war. His views are necessarily brief owing to the relatively marginal nature of US involvement. Yet, this interviewer found them to be interesting and original. People who criticize his views can at least examine his views in their entirety and decide for themselves the exact nature of their disagreement. Those who read it with an open mind might even be surprised to discover areas of agreement.

      • ScheerpostBiden Redeploys Troops to Somalia While Humanitarian Crisis Looms

        Military Options By Washington Are Primary In The Horn Of Africa And Eastern Europe.

    • Environment

    • Finance

      • Common Dreams‘Tax the Rich,’ Say Millionaire Activists Protesting at Davos Amid Record Wealth, Inequality

        As some of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful people—sans the usual Russian oligarchs—descend upon the swank Swiss ski resort of Davos for the start of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting on Sunday, a multinational coalition of millionaires of conscience took direct action to demand that governments #TaxTheRich.

        “Any millionaire who has sense enough to see that our current economic model is failing will support these protests.”

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • ScheerpostWe Need a Functional FCC

        Right now, the agency is deadlocked — which is just peachy for the corporations it regulates. Here’s how to unblock.

      • IT WireiTWire – Labor needs to make high-speed broadband more affordable: Budde

        The Australian Labor Party’s pledge during the election campaign to offer 90% of broadband users in the country higher speeds will not have the intended effect unless the price of the technology is lowered, the independent telecommunications analyst Paul Budde says.

        He made the statement on Monday as Labor edged closer to towards governing in its own right following Saturday’s elections, with the party having picked up its 75th lower-house seat, according to the Australian Electoral Commission.

      • Dance, Monkey

        Social media turns everyone into an entertainer.

        Social media is a dumpster fire, yes, but it’s *the dominant force* in communications right now, with tons of resources keeping it in that position. Most people are aware that it’s bad. But you simply can’t escape it if you want to have anything resembling a social life. Social media is just how people keep in touch these days. I myself haven’t truly *abandoned* social media, but just drastically reduced my exposure to it, because I have friends I want to stay in touch with.

        Yes, social media sucks. Yes we’d all be better off without it. Yes, you, who left it, are better off now. But “better off” doesn’t mean “better than”. Go deflate your ego.

      • The Human Web

        Neocities is a website hosting service in the style of the now-defunct Geocities: users can host static HTML pages, optionally styled with CSS or featuring Javascript, but the service does not allow any server-side scripting. Neocities has gained quite a bit of traction among fans of retro sites and services, and they now host over four hundred thousand sites. Dima noted that many Neocities users seem to share some common sentiments: a desire to have complete control of one’s online presence, a desire to express themselves without limitations, and a distrust of large, highly-centralized, profit-driven Web services.

      • IT WireSims says Facebook must sign deals with SBS, The Conversation

        Former ACCC chair Rod Sims says under the terms of an ongoing Treasury review into the News Media Bargaining Code, social media giant Facebook should be forced to negotiate and strike content deals with outlets like SBS and The Conversation.

        Sims made the comments in a report issued by the Judith Neilson Institute on Monday, in which he analysed the NMBC, its success or lack thereof and also future directions it could take to stay in line with its original purpose.

        The code was derived from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Digital Platforms Inquiry report which was handed to the government in June 2019.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Senate Confirms Kathi Vidal as USPTO Director [Ed: Conflict of interest overlooked, as usual]

          President Joe Biden nominated Vidal for the post last October. The position had been vacant since Andrei Iancu resigned in January 2021. The duties of the Director have been handled by Drew Hirschfeld, the commissioner for patents in the interim.

        • Thaler v. Vidal: Will Patentability be Negated by the Manner of Invention? [Ed: Thaler is a provocatiove troll seeking attention from the media by peddling "Hey Hi" crap]

          Oral arguments in the AI-inventorship case of Thaler v. Vidal are set for June 6, 2022. Prof. Ryan Abbott is set to argue on behalf of the patent owner (and AI creator) Stephen Thaler. Assistant US Attorney Dennis Barghaan will argue on the USPTO’s behalf.

          Thaler developed an AI that he calls DABUS. DABUS apparently created two inventions–a “neural flame” and a “fractal container.” But, Thaler refused to name himself as inventor. Rather, he says that it was DABUS who did the inventing. But, the PTO refused to issue the patent without a human listed inventor. After being rejected by the PTO, Thaler filed a civil action in the E.D. Va. That court dismissed the case–holding that a non-human device cannot quality as an “inventor.” Abbott and Barghaan litigated the case below as well.

        • What Vidal has done and should do to improve US pro bono [Ed: The patent trolls’ voice, Patrick Wingrove, is trying to give “instructions” to Microsoft Vidal]

          Shortly before Kathi Vidal was confirmed as the USPTO’s new director last month, office sources told Managing IP that pro bono work would be a big focus for her once she arrived. Vidal had highlighted her desire to make this subject one of her priorities during pre-confirmation meetings at the office, they said.

        • Remarks by Director Vidal at the Fordham IP Conference [Ed: Microsoft Vidal already goes to Microsoft-funded patent maximalists think tanks [1, 2, 3, 4]]
        • Amgen Inc. v. Vidal (Fed. Cir. 2022)

          Earlier today, the Federal Circuit reversed the Final Written Decision, and reconsideration of that decision, by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board, which determined that claims 1-24 of U.S. Patent No. 8,952,138 were unpatentable under 35 U.S.C. § 103(a).

        • Dir. Vidal’s First Steps [Ed: Cross-pollination with the court is not a good sign; the Office opposes patent quality because it makes more money by granting anything]

          Kathi Vidal is now the USPTO Director after being sworn-in by Federal Circuit Chief Judge Kimberly Moore. Congratulations!

        • AxiosGoogle asks new Patent Office director for systemic change [Ed: Microsoft Vidal is there to serve corporation masters, not innovation]

          Google sees an opportunity for reform in the U.S. patent system, through the office’s new, Silicon Valley-bred leader.

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakBogus DMCA Notices Sent to Google By Fake Google….To Protect Google?

          If the title of this article has caused any confusion, please direct any blame towards the architects of some of the most absurd DMCA abuses of recent times. People with an apparent interest in delisting Android APK sites are sending bogus DMCA notices in Google’s name, ostensibly to protect Google’s rights. Who are they sending them to? Google, of course.

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