Links 28/05/2022: Twitter Fined for Spying in ’2FA’ Clothing

Posted in News Roundup at 11:06 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Server

      • Kubernetes BlogKubernetes 1.24: Maximum Unavailable Replicas for StatefulSet

        Kubernetes StatefulSets, since their introduction in 1.5 and becoming stable in 1.9, have been widely used to run stateful applications. They provide stable pod identity, persistent per pod storage and ordered graceful deployment, scaling and rolling updates. You can think of StatefulSet as the atomic building block for running complex stateful applications. As the use of Kubernetes has grown, so has the number of scenarios requiring StatefulSets. Many of these scenarios, require faster rolling updates than the currently supported one-pod-at-a-time updates, in the case where you’re using the OrderedReady Pod management policy for a StatefulSet.

        Here are some examples:

        In order to support such scenarios, Kubernetes 1.24 includes a new alpha feature to help. Before you can use the new feature you must enable the MaxUnavailableStatefulSet feature flag. Once you enable that, you can specify a new field called maxUnavailable, part of the spec for a StatefulSet. For example:

    • Kernel Space

      • GamingOnLinuxCorsair driver and UI for Linux ckb-next version 0.5.0 is out now

        Have some fancy Corsair hardware that you want to tweak on Linux? You need the ckb-next project, which has a new release out with version 0.5.0. With an aim to reproduce the features from the proprietary Corsair CUE software for Linux, it’s filling a gap where the official vendor doesn’t offer proper support.

      • CXL Mailbox Interface

        I always wanted to be a postal worker. Lots of fresh air, flexible hours, and making sure important information gets to their recipients. Coincidentally, CXL is like a postal worker, minus the fresh air. This will be a fairly straightforward post about how host software can talk to CXL devices and the implementation in the Linux driver, which landed in the 5.12 release.

      • LWNMcKenney: Stupid RCU Tricks: Is RCU Watching?
    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install melonDS 0.9.4 on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install melonDS 0.9.4 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.

      • Efficient emoji experience in Wayland

        I recently moved over to the Sway window manager (as I mentioned in my last post) and it runs on Wayland. That means bidding farewell to X. Although this is a step forward, it caused some of my workflows to break.

        My original post about my efficient emoji workflow inspired many people to give it a try. Everything was great until I moved to Wayland and suddenly rofimoji stopped pasting emojis on demand.

    • Games

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Debian Family

      • Lawyer won’t lie for Molly de Blanc & Chris Lamb (mollamby)

        We don’t care about the privacy of what Chris Lamb and Molly de Blanc did in all those hotel rooms funded by diversity grants from Debian and other free software non-profits.

        What we care about is the unforgivable conflict of interest.

        Consider when Debian, under Chris Lamb, endorsed Molly de Blanc as a candidate for the board of another institution, the Open Source Initiative (OSI). When Debian made that endorsement, nobody said that Lamb, the leader of Debian, was in a sexual relationship with de Blanc but the lawyer is now hinting that was, in fact, the case.

        de Blanc was subsequently elected as President of the OSI. These two supposedly independent organizations were run by boyfriend and girlfriend. Screw them, if you’ll excuse the pun.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • Learnings from 5 years of tech startup code audits

        2. Simple Outperformed Smart. As a self-admitted elitist, it pains me to say this, but it’s true: the startups we audited that are now doing the best usually had an almost brazenly ‘Keep It Simple’ approach to engineering. Cleverness for cleverness sake was abhorred. On the flip side, the companies where we were like ”woah, these folks are smart as hell” for the most part kind of faded. Generally, the major foot-gun (which I talk about more in a previous post on foot-guns) that got a lot of places in trouble was the premature move to microservices, architectures that relied on distributed computing, and messaging-heavy designs.

  • Leftovers

    • CoryDoctorowAttacking machine learning training by re-ordering data

      In a summary of the paper on Cambridge’s security research blog, the researchers explain that even if you start with unbiased – that is, broadly representative – data, the order in which you present that data to a machine-learning model can induce bias: [...]

    • TediumBest Star Trek Songs: Sci-Fi Fandom With a Melody

      Some readers might have noticed my absence last month. Unfortunately, my father passed suddenly and I was out of commission for a while. As I looked through some of his stuff, I came across some things that reminded me of the times we would sit down together to watch Star Trek: the Next Generation or Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Thinking about those moments reminded me of some old files and pitches that I was working on a few years ago. I came across one idea and decided to flesh it out a bit: a piece on songs about a certain science fiction television show. If I recall correctly, the original outline of the piece was written for a certain site that ghosted me a few years ago. So, here it is, completely rewritten with fresh insights. So set your phasers to stun and beam up your sense of humor because in today’s Tedium, we’re going where no one has gone before: down the black hole of songs about Star Trek.

    • Hardware

      • The VergeChromebooks will now tell you when you’re using the wrong USB-C cable

        Google’s latest Chromebook update adds a feature that tells you if your USB-C cable has limited functionality, the company announced Friday. USB-C cables can have widely varying capabilities, offering things like different charging and data transfer speeds on a cable-by-cable basis, so this new Chromebook feature seems like it could be a useful tool to help troubleshoot issues.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Common DreamsOpinion | How Many More Seniors Will Die of Covid-19 in Los Angeles County?

        One million Americans, over 90,000 people in California, and over thirty thousand Los Angeles County residents have died of Covid-19. The most vulnerable groups are seniors and people with disabilities, especially those that are homebound. The LA County Board of Supervisors should have made homebound people a priority. Instead, it failed them throughout the pandemic and continues to fail them today.

      • TruthOutBurned Out by COVID and 80-Hour Workweeks, Resident Physicians Are Unionizing
      • TruthOutEliminating Air Pollution Could Save More Than 53,000 Lives Per Year, Study Says
      • RTLGuns are now the leading cause of death for American children

        Firearms have surpassed motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of death among American youngsters, with official data showing a strong rise in gun-related homicides such as the killing of 19 children in a Texas school rampage.

      • ABCSupport For Gun Control Will Likely Rise After Uvalde. But History Suggests It Will Fade.

        FiveThirtyEight took a look at polling and media data to show how support for gun laws has increased amid intense media coverage of past school shootings, but then reverted back toward the previous mean as the media spotlight moved on to other issues. We examined the period around two school shootings in 2018 to see how coverage of those events corresponded with changes in support for increased gun control. Specifically, we examined data around the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and the May 18, 2018, shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas.1 And as you can see in the chart below, there was an abrupt increase in the share of Americans who favored stricter gun laws right after each shooting, most especially Parkland, followed by a decline in support.

      • Texas School Shooting: Guns are the Top Cause of Death for U.S. Children

        Between 2019 and 2020, gun deaths in kids and adolescents increased by 29.5 percent, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine last month.

        The increase is twice as high as the increase recorded in the general population.

        The report also found that drug overdoses and poisoning in children and adolescents increased by 83.6 percent, making it the third leading cause of death in young people after car crashes.

      • [Old] NPRFirearms overtook auto accidents as the leading cause of death in children

        For decades, auto accidents have been the leading cause of death among children, but in 2020 guns were the No. 1 cause, researchers say.

        Overall firearm-related deaths increased 13.5% between 2019 and 2020, but such fatalities for those 1 to 19 years old jumped nearly 30%, according to a research letter in New England Journal of Medicine.

    • Proprietary

    • Security

      • Help Net SecurityHijacking of popular ctx and phpass packages reveals open source security gaps [Ed: This is not an "Open Source" issue but repository integrity issue; with proprietary software the same things happen, but you usually do not find out]

        The Python module “ctx” and a fork of the PHP library “phpass” have recently been modified by an unknown attacker to grab AWS credentials/keys and send them to a Heroku app.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • The VergeMeta rewrites privacy policy but says it won’t collect data in ‘new ways’

          With this revision, Meta “is not collecting, using or sharing your data in new ways based on this policy update and we still do not sell your information,” according to the company. Instead, this update tweaks the language and adds examples to help people understand what each segment is about.

          After reading through the new policy and comparing it to the old one, this appears to hold up, for better or worse. John Davisson, the senior counsel for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said in a comment to The Verge that the promise that this policy won’t share data in new ways sounds good, but “the problem is that Facebook already funnels user data at industrial scale into a vast targeted advertising ecosystem. So the status quo is not good for privacy.”

        • The HillDemocrats ask Apple, Google to prohibit apps from using data mining to target people seeking abortions

          A group of Senate Democrats asked Apple and Google to prohibit apps available in their app stores from using data mining practices to target people seeking abortion services in letters sent to the tech giants Friday.

          The senators, led by Sen. Ed Markey (Mass.), asked the companies to review and update their app store policies and practices as necessary to address concerns around allowing apps to engage in “data practices that may victimize individuals who seek or have sought abortion services.”

        • NBCTwitter fined $150 million on accusation of deceptive practices

          The FTC said in a statement that millions of Twitter users provided phone numbers or email addresses from 2014 to 2019 after the company told them the information would be used to help secure their accounts.

          Twitter then used that information for targeted advertising, the FTC alleged, allowing advertisers to reach specific consumers by matching the information with data they already had or had obtained from data brokers.

        • India TimesHow Fidelity Investments is monetizing data without selling it

          Data is the key to everything. And somehow, companies have lost their way in terms of how data is the foundation, and it’s a separate and distinct engineering skill. And it needs a very focused attention if you truly want to harness the data.

          Three years ago, Fidelity decided it needed to harness the data it already had lying in over 35 data warehouses, some of which are much as 27 years old.

        • Graham CluleyUsing 2FA phone numbers for targeted advertising. One of the dumbest ways ever for a company to abuse its users’ trust. Take a bow, Twitter. And have a $150 million fine too.

          So why on *earth* would a company like Twitter want to undermine the general public’s confidence in 2FA, by helping advertisers target people through phone numbers and email addresses that had been collected to better secure their accounts?

        • The MarkupTech Industry Groups Are Watering Down Attempts at Privacy Regulation, One State at a Time

          And lobbyists have come in droves: We counted 445 lobbyists and lobbying firms that actively represented Amazon, Apple, Google, Meta, Microsoft, TechNet, and the State Privacy and Security Coalition in the 31 states we examined, during the time those states’ legislatures were considering privacy legislation. Many of them registered as lobbyists for the first time in the weeks immediately before or after a privacy bill was introduced

          Up-to-date lobbying information wasn’t available in several states, so that tally is likely an undercount.

          The companies aren’t just employing similar tactics, they’re employing the same people—75 of the lobbyists we identified are affiliated with a single Sausalito, California–based firm, Politicom Law. We found Politicom-affiliated lobbyists working on behalf of Apple, Google, Meta, and Microsoft in 21 states that have considered privacy legislation.

        • EDRIBelgium wants to ban Signal – a harbinger of European policy to come

          The European law was declared invalid because the law obligated providers to keep data about everyone in Europe, even if there was no concrete suspicion of a crime. The court found that far too sweeping, and in violation of the European Charter of Human Rights. Moreover, the necessity of this far-reaching measure had not even been demonstrated. Since that famous ruling of the European Court, Member States have been working behind the scenes to devise alternatives. How can you (let someone else) retain “targeted” data, yet still collect as much data about people as possible?

          Our southern neighbours did not sit on their hands either. Last week the Belgian government released a proposal for new legislation. This proposal is over 800 pages long, partly because it is bilingual . With this proposal the government attempts to reintroduce long-term retention of metadata. To ensure that no one can claim this constitutes blanket data retention, this proposal only calls for retention of data in “specific” situations. Well, specific… Retention might be demanded if there is a serious threat to national security. A terrorist attack just across the border, for example, where the suspects are on the loose. That situation would allow everyone’s data to be stored. Or retention on the basis of a geographic location in the case of a more specific threat. For example, intelligence is picked up about a potential terrorist attack in a large city. That might trigger the retention of the data of everyone in the city and for miles around. With such broad definitions and an ongoing threat of terrorist attacks, it is likely that large parts of the Belgian population would fall within the scope of such an obligation.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • FAIR‘The “Great Replacement” Builds on Those Long Hatreds’

        Janine Jackson interviewed Matt Gertz and Eric K. Ward about the Buffalo massacre and “replacement theory” for the May 20, 2022, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

      • Counter PunchNorth Korea: Missiles Over Human Security

        After having proclaimed for more than two years that the country was untouched by the coronavirus, North Korea now faces a potential health catastrophe. Its unvaccinated population is succumbing to an Omicron variant, and the leadership is struggling to contain it. Figures on infections and deaths are very unreliable, but what is clear is that the Kim Jong-un regime is caught between unpalatable choices: either a complete national lockdown and acceptance of foreign help or tentative measures that run a high risk of failure.

        The central problem for the North Koreans is that they failed to take preventive steps when they had the time to do so. They could have accepted help from China, the UN, and Western sources to begin nationwide vaccinations. They could have begun a nationwide testing program along with hospital preparedness and stockpiling of equipment.

      • Common DreamsRight-Wing Supreme Court Poised to Make US Gun Carnage Even Worse

        Following yet another horrific school massacre—in which the lives of numerous children, teachers, and their families in Uvalde, Texas were destroyed by an 18-year-old wielding a pair of AR-15s—legal experts are warning that the U.S. Supreme Court’s right-wing majority is likely to soon make the nation’s gun violence crisis even worse.

        At issue is the high court’s looming decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen.

      • Common Dreams‘Enough Is Enough!’: Thousands Protest Outside NRA Convention in Texas

        In the wake of Tuesday’s massacre of 21 students and staff at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, thousands of people protested angrily in Houston Friday to protest outside the National Rifle Association’s annual convention to condemn the gun lobby’s deep complicity in the nation’s mass shooting epidemic.

        “We’re building space to hold the families of Uvalde, to let them know that we are there for them, that we will stand up for them and we will be fighting for them.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | It’s Simple: If You Don’t Support Gun Control, You Support School Massacres

        I drove my daughter to school today.

      • France24Suspected jihadists kill dozens in eastern Burkina Faso

        The civilians from Madjoari died on Wednesday trying to flee a jihadist blockade, said Colonel Hubert Yameogo in a statement, adding that the toll was provisional.

        Survivors told AFP by telephone they had been trying to get away from the attackers as food ran out.

      • India TodayJ&K cop killed, daughter injured as terrorists open fire in Srinagar

        The victim has been identified as Saifullah Qadri, a Jammu and Kashmir Police officer. According to the police, the terrorists fired at Saifullah Qadri outside his house.

      • IndiaIslamic State Terrorists Kill More Than 70 People In 72 Hours In Nigeria

        But recently these groups are targeting civilians – mostly poor people who live collecting firewood and scrap items and farmers and herders – accusing them of spying on ISWAP.

        At least two million people in the region were displaced and the jihadist violence has killed more than 40,000 people.

      • VOA NewsNobel Laureate Denounces Rape as Weapon of War

        Mukwege’s work is particularly relevant today as sexual violence is being used as a weapon of war in conflicts around the globe. He used two examples to illustrate the urgency of the issue: Ukraine and Ethiopia.

        Before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, his foundation had established contact with women in Donbas who were raped in 2014 when Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine. There have been more than 700 reports of rape by Russian forces in Ukraine since the February invasion, the Ukrainian parliament’s human rights ombudsman said May 9. In northern Ethiopia, both government and Tigrayan forces have been accused of sexual violence. Nisha Varia, formerly the advocacy director of Human Rights Watch’s women’s rights division, told VOA that rape in Tigray is being used as a weapon and is accompanied by ethnic slurs and other degradation.

      • FAIRIgor Volsky on Ending Gun Violence, Pat Elder on Junior ROTC
    • Environment

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • FAIRYouTube’s Biggest Info Channels Carry Corporate News, Not Alternative Views

        Despite the proliferation of fringe ideologies on YouTube—and the availability of truly alternative information there—the video hosting service’s anti-establishment status may be overblown.  A FAIR analysis of the 100 most-subscribed YouTube news channels worldwide found that the majority of the top news channels on the platform are not independent.

      • MedforthCyberbullying of critic of Islam Mila: The accused are given sentences ranging from 3 months suspended to 4 months in prison by French court

        A more than expected verdict. Six men and women who had been tried in April for hate messages and calls for murder against Mila, a young woman who had been harassed online since her polemical video criticising Islam in 2020, were sentenced on Tuesday May 24 by the Paris Criminal Court to prison terms ranging from three months suspended to four months. Among them were three mothers who had been investigated last September by gendarmes from the Central Office for Combating Crimes against Humanity, Genocide and War Crimes (OCLCH), Le Parisien reported.

      • India TimesGoogle is in talks to join govt’s open e-com network

        “We have nothing further to share at this point in time,” the person added.

        Google Pay’s two main competitors – PhonePe and Paytm have already begun to integrate their services with ONDC. The network’s pilot programme was launched through a buyer app from Paytm, with the Noida based company stating that it will pivot to the ONDC network to drive the next stage of ecommerce.

      • Counter PunchFerdinand Marcos Jr. Should Be Fully Investigated, Not Congratulated

        They are dismissive of widespread concerns about irregularities and voter disenfranchisement. As just one of the many serious, documented, troubling examples, election observers have documented that more than 1,800 voting machines malfunctioned or failed affecting at least 1.1 million voters.

        The U.S. government’s acceptance of these fraudulent Philippine election results is a slap in the face of the many victims of the numerous human rights violations, murders and massive corruption under the prior Marcos dictatorship and the current Rodrigo Duterte regime. Rather than acknowledge the impacts of such an election on the many who have suffered human rights abuses in the Philippines, the Biden administration rushed to congratulate Marcos Jr.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • VOA NewsDozen Journalists Held in Ethiopia Crackdown

        Authorities in the Amhara region said more than 4,000 people had been detained in an anti-crime operation but press watchdogs and rights groups reported that journalists had also been targeted.

        The latest arrests involved Temesgen Desalegn, editor-in-chief of the Amharic-language magazine “Fitih,” who was picked up by plainclothes security forces from his office Thursday, his colleague Misgan Zinabu told AFP.

        “Initially, they took Temesgen to a local police station… later on security forces moved him to a secret location,” the editor said, adding that his current whereabouts was unknown.

      • Common DreamsAl Jazeera Preparing ICC ‘War Crimes’ Case Against Israel for Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

        The Al Jazeera Media Network announced Thursday it will submit to the International Criminal Court a case file regarding the killing of its veteran reporter Shireen Abu Akleh.

        Abu Akleh was shot dead on May 11 while covering a raid by Israeli forces on the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. She was wearing a helmet and a blue protective vest clearly marked “Press.”

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Counter PunchThe Need to Organize

        But what is normal, anyway?  Decades filled with war, inequity, poverty, and injustice? Really?  Is this what we want — a society clearly failing its people?

        There are, of course, many groups working in wonderful ways to improve our lives, each of them a harbinger of what’s possible. These would certainly include Black Lives Matter, reproductive-rights organizations, and climate-change groups, as well as newly empowered union organizing, and that’s just to mention a few obvious examples.

      • Counter PunchPlanks and Specks

        The focus of these religious/political conservatives on the “sanctity of life” from conception forward is mind-boggling. Politicians, with clerical backing, are poised to make pre-viability abortion a felony crime and to grant “personhood” status to fetuses that could not live outside the womb. They have  enlisted vigilantes to spy on pregnant women and their doctors and to sue them, have demonized and penalized women who seek abortion services, have disrupted the operations of abortion counselors and providers, and have required victims of rape and incest to carry the fruits of those crimes to term births.

        Unfortunately, their sanctimoniously-proclaimed concern for the sanctity of life stops abruptly when the baby is born.  After that the mother is on her own–often trying to care for and support her child without adequate health and child care, rental assistance, social services and food-security.  (The 2021 Montana legislature killed 11 bills that would have benefitted live children and their families).

      • TruthOutOverturning “Roe v. Wade” Could Also Hinder Access to IVF
      • The VergeAtlanta Apple store workers say ‘intimidation’ has made a fair union vote impossible

        In the runup to the now-canceled election, Apple has faced allegations of union-busting. The firm hired anti-union lawyers and has circulated anti-union messages through store leaders and even video messages from executives. The CWA also filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) alleging that the company has held captive-audience meetings in Atlanta to push back against organizing. The NLRB is trying to make these types of meetings illegal.

      • TruthOutTo End Mass Shootings, We Need to Change the Deeper Structure of Life in the US
      • SalonTexas cops’ claims unravel: Police didn’t “engage” Uvalde shooter — but they cuffed scared parents

        The suspect was in the classroom for about an hour as police gathered outside while worried parents begged officers to enter the building and stop the gunman. Escalon claimed police during this time were evacuating other parts of the school and at some point tried to negotiate with the suspect. Eventually, a Border Patrol tactical team arrived and breached the classroom, killing the suspect in a shootout, according to Escalon.

        It’s unclear why it took so long for law enforcement to stop the gunman. Most “active shooter” attacks in the U.S. end within five minutes, according to FBI data, but the Uvalde attack lasted 12 times as long. CNN reported that there were about 100 federal agents and local police officers on the scene.

      • TruthOutPolice Didn’t “Engage” Uvalde Shooter — But They Handcuffed Terrified Parents
      • Rolling StoneCops Keep Changing Their Story About What Happened in Uvalde. Here’s What We Know

        There was more gunfire, and by 11:51 more officers began to arrive. Just after noon, there were as many as 19 officers in the hallway, according to McCraw. They did not breach the door despite continuing to hear gunshots from the room, where officials have said they believe most, if not all, of the 21 victims were killed.

        McCraw noted that people were calling 911 — including students — from inside the classroom. One caller at 12:15 described eight or nine children still being alive. “Please send the police now,” another said.

      • NBCFederal agents entered Uvalde school to kill gunman despite local police initially asking them to wait

        Federal agents who went to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday to confront a gunman who killed 19 children were told by local police to wait and not enter the school — and then decided after about half an hour to ignore that initial guidance and find the shooter, say two senior federal law enforcement officials.

      • VOA NewsPolice on Scene Made Decision to Wait Before Entering Texas School

        McGraw said as many as 19 police officers arrived at the scene and were in a hallway of the school, but the incident commander felt a tactical team was needed to perform the required police operation.

        U.S. Border Patrol tactical officers eventually arrived, along with other officers and equipment, including a ballistics shield. They entered the classroom where Ramos was situated and where he was shot and killed.

        McGraw said based on sounds recorded on security cameras and shell casings found at the scene, Ramos fired more than 100 rounds during the incident.

      • FirstpostUttar Pradesh: Muslim man held for trying to kill wife he married after forcing her to convert

        The case against the trio was lodged under sections 323 (causing hurt), 354(B) (assaulting a woman to disrobe her), 307 (attempt to murder), 506 (issuing threat) and 504 (causing insult) of the Indian Penal Code, police said.

        The FIR lodged at Bulandshahr’s Kotwali police station also listed sections 3 and 5(1) of the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Act, which deals with forcing or tricking one to change his or her religion and the punishment for it, they said.

      • New York TimesUvalde Live Updates: ‘It Was the Wrong Decision,’ Police Say of Delay in Confronting Gunman

        In Uvalde, Texas, some of the worst fears about the police response to the school shooting rampage were confirmed on Friday when state law enforcement officials acknowledged that more than an hour lapsed after the shooting began, as the police waited to enter the classroom where students were trapped inside.


        Students who were in the classroom with the gunman called 911 several times, including a lengthy call during which some shooting and other sounds of the attack could be heard, according to Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

      • The NationTime to Put the “Good Guy With a Gun” Delusion Out of Its Misery

        The Wall Street Journal offered the striking story of Angeli Rose Gomez, a farm supervisor. According to the newspaper, “she was one of numerous parents who began encouraging—first politely, and then with more urgency—police and other law enforcement to enter the school. After a few minutes, she said, federal marshals approached her and put her in handcuffs, telling her she was being arrested for intervening in an active investigation.” After she was freed, Gomez “jumped the school fence, and ran inside to grab her two children. She sprinted out of the school with them.”

        The abject failure of the “good guys with guns” to do their job hasn’t stopped Republicans from continuing to try to deflect attention from gun control with the false promise of even more armed school security. In the day after news of the atrocity broke, the near-constant refrain on Fox News from both pundits and politicians was a supposed need to “harden” schools via single-door entrances, more security guards, and perhaps even armed teachers.

      • Houston ChronicleEditorial: Where were the heroes? Police stood by as Uvalde students died, begged for help

        The officers refuse. Instead, as children faced imminent threat inside, officers busied themselves corralling parents, patrolling the barrier with tasers and even handcuffing and subduing parents on the ground if they didn’t comply, according to video and witness accounts.

      • Los Angeles TimesAs police waited, children inside Texas school called 911 begging for help

        With 19 officers, McCraw said, there were “plenty of officers to do whatever needed to be done.” But the commander inside — Pete Arredondo, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District chief of police — decided the team needed more equipment and officers to enter the classroom where the shooter was holed up. He said the team did not move to take out the gunman until a full U.S. Border Patrol tactical unit arrived.

    • Monopolies

      • The HillKlobuchar’s revised antitrust ‘pet project’ makes the same mistakes

        The bill raises several fundamental issues. If a business practice is bad, shouldn’t it be illegal for every business, not just a select few? Are voters clamoring for self-preferencing to be “fixed”? Does legislating via market cap open the door to future crony capitalism and sectoral regulation? Does the legislation give far too much regulatory authority to the Biden Federal Trade Commission or Department of Justice?

        Instead of addressing these important questions, the newest version of S. 2992 nibbles around the edges to exempt a select few industries and companies from being whacked with new regulations. The new draft eliminates the distinction between publicly traded and privately held companies, striking the provision added during markup that would sweep in private companies over $30 billion. It also modifies the definition of an online platform to explicitly exclude broadband providers and internet service providers (ISPs). The updated draft removes “facilitating payment” language from the covered platform definition, exempting banks and credit card companies.

Links 27/05/2022: Trisquel 10.0.1 LTS and Perl Appreciation

Posted in News Roundup at 4:05 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • MakeTech Easier8 of the Best Linux Distros for Windows Users – Make Tech Easier

        If you’re new to Linux or are switching to Linux from Windows, you’ll want an operating system that is GUI-focused like Windows. There are many different distributions of Linux, and some aim to replicate the look and feel of Windows. This helps during the transition from Windows, since you don’t have to fight with an unfamiliar interface. With Linux boasting improved hardware support, long term stability, and a more comprehensive range of software applications, there is no better time to try it!

        In this roundup, we introduce you to the best Linux distributions for Windows users looking to switch to Linux.

    • Server

      • TechRadarNearly half a million Kubernetes servers left open to the Internet
      • Computer WeeklyLike a teenager, Kubernetes looks almost grown-up, yet still a bit awkward and confused

        Platform: that’s the key word that sprung to mind after attending Kubecon-CloudNativeCon Europe 2022, hosted by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) in Valencia last week. As in, Kubernetes isn’t a project any more, it’s a platform – and it’s one that’s now being used by thousands of organisations world-wide to build very real, very working applications and systems.

        Yes, I know there’s not one single Kubernetes platform – every big cloud provider has its own hosted and certified distribution, there are managed services and there’s third-party commercial and free offerings from companies of all sizes (for example, VMware just released a new version of its free Tanzu Community Edition) that application developers can download and just get to work on.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Graphics Stack

      • Dave Airlielavapipe Vulkan 1.2 conformant

        The software Vulkan renderer in Mesa, lavapipe, achieved official Vulkan 1.2 conformance. The non obvious entry in the table is here.

        Thanks to all the Mesa team who helped achieve this, Shout outs to Mike of Zink fame who drove a bunch of pieces over the line, Roland who helped review some of the funkier changes.

    • Instructionals/Technical

    • Games

      • Boiling Steam3100 Games On The Steam Deck with Strider and Samorost 2 as Verified – Boiling Steam

        While the additions are progressing, it’s been a little slower to reach the new milestone for the Steam Deck. There are now more than 3100 games validated (3120 games to be precise at the time of writing) on the Steam Deck – in two categories as usual…

      • The 19 Barrier

        I’ve been playing Sound Voltex, an arcade music game by Konami, off and on since 2015. While my scores and unlocks take place in the arcade itself, I practice on a version of the game at home.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • DebugPointTop 10 GNOME Themes for Your Ubuntu Desktop

          A list of nice and clean GNOME themes with screenshots for your Ubuntu desktop in 2022 which you can download and install.

        • #45 Timeout! · This Week in GNOME

          Update on what happened across the GNOME project in the week from May 20 to May 27.

        • Selected for GSoC’22

          I’m pleased to share that I’m accepted for Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2022 under GNOME Foundation umbrella on the Pitivi project. This summer I will be updating the project from GTK3 to the latest GTK4 toolkit.

          To anyone that wants to be a part of GSoC, I have only one piece of advice, just go for it. Don’t think if you can do it or not, don’t assume failure before attempting, and don’t overthink. I always felt that it is for the best of the best, and I won’t be able to clear it, all the big organizations on the GSoC page overwhelmed me, but instead of making it a dream, I made it a life goal. And well, now I’m enjoying it.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • New Releases

      • Trisquel 10.0.1 LTS “Nabia” incremental update | Trisquel GNU/Linux – Run free!

        Here’s a quick tutorial on how to setup Nginx with PHP support. The key? The installation of fastCGI, aka PHP-FPM, so Nginx can serve PHP files to clients.

      • The Register UKClonezilla 3 is out • The Register

        Clonezilla 3 is a new version of an (almost) universal disk-imaging and duplication tool which can copy, or image, almost any mass storage device.

        Remember Norton Ghost? It was discontinued nearly a decade ago now, in 2013. There are lots of alternatives to it out there, including commercial ones, but Clonezilla is handy because it can handle almost any disk format, and it’s totally free. Version 3 just appeared and it’s got a bunch of new features, including support for Apple APFS, ChromeOS Flex, and Linux drives encrypted with LUKS.

        Clonezilla is not a general-purpose tool, or a graphical live desktop for general disk work. If you want that, try SystemRescue 9, which we looked at earlier this year.

        Clonezilla is more focused. It’s a small (roughly 350MB) live Linux ISO image which boots into text mode – in a choice of resolutions – and it copies disks, and that’s pretty much all. (To be fair, it does have a memory-tester and a copy of FreeDOS 1.0 built in for emergencies. It would be good to see that upgraded to FreeDOS 1.3.)

        Choose either the i686 (32-bit) or x86-64 ISO file, download it, and then write it onto a USB key, or just copy the file onto a Ventoy key. Even burn it onto a CD or DVD if you’re retro. You then boot the machine whose disk you need to duplicate and copy away.

    • BSD

      • EIN PresswireiXsystems Receives Excellent Ratings and Great NPS scores from Large User and Customer Experience Surveys

        As the company behind TrueNAS, iX relies on collaboration and feedback from the TrueNAS Open Source community of >250K users. This input builds the backlog from which issues are resolved and software feature requests are prioritized. One of the company’s core values is “pursue kaizen” or continuous improvement, which the company strives to apply to both TrueNAS products and the people at iX that create and support them.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • AlmaLinux 9, Popular CentOS Alternative, Available Now
      • HPC WireAlmaLinux 9, CentOS Alternative, Available Now
      • NeowinSystemd v251 with GNU11 could prove troublesome for users of nearly all Linux distros

        The Systemd Linux init system has hit v251. It should soon be included in major updates of popular distributions, including Ubuntu and Fedora. Owing to the major revision, the Linux ecosystem, specifically the bountiful app and OS updates segment, could undergo a significant change.

        The unified system and service manager for Linux, Systemd, is growing rapidly. The latest version has been released on GitHub, and is accompanied by a lengthy changelog. The majority of popular Linux platforms usually append the latest, stable release of Systemd every six months.

      • Fedora Magazaine4 cool new projects to try in Copr for May 2022

        Copr is a build system for anyone in the Fedora community. It hosts thousands of projects for various purposes and audiences. Some of them should never be installed by anyone, some are already being transitioned to the official Fedora Linux repositories, and the rest are somewhere in between. Copr gives you the opportunity to install third-party software that is not available in Fedora Linux repositories, try nightly versions of your dependencies, use patched builds of your favorite tools to support some non-standard use cases, and just experiment freely.

      • CNETGM Partners With Red Hat on Open-Source Linux Operating System

        The partnership should make Ultifi-based GM models easier and quicker to update over the air, among other things.

      • Make Use OfGoogle Chrome Is Now Available on Flathub: Here’s How to Install It

        Software on Linux is distributed in various formats: DEB, RPM, Snaps, tarballs, etc., but some users have embraced Flatpak more than others as it’s supported on all Linux machines, irrespective of the distro installed.

        Google Chrome is now officially available on Flathub and Flatpak aficionados can now download their favorite browser from their preferred software source. Here’s how to install Google Chrome as a Flatpak on Linux.

    • Debian/Tor

      • Hacker NewsTails OS Users Advised Not to Use Tor Browser Until Critical Firefox Bugs are Patched

        The maintainers of the Tails project have issued a warning that the Tor Browser that’s bundled with the operating system is unsafe to use for accessing or entering sensitive information.

        “We recommend that you stop using Tails until the release of 5.1 (May 31) if you use Tor Browser for sensitive information (passwords, private messages, personal information, etc.),” the project said in an advisory issued this week.

      • Tor Browser Needs An Ad Blocker

        The Tor Browser may give users a sense of false security.

        The only way to avoid fingerprinting while using it is to set its Security Level at “Safest”, disabling all JavaScript. As long as JS is enabled, the browser will leak operating system and screen size information that can be used to identify a user, especially on a network as small as Tor.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Good Bye Raspberry Pi

        Many years ago, when Raspberry Pi appeared, I was kind of excited, but was busy with kids and other things. But I was reasonably excited about a really affordable and stable platform for projects.

        Some years later, I was visiting an acquaintance who had one sitting in a pile of junk. Noticing my interest he said, with a slight tinge of disgust, “Take it! I don’t want it”. I was surprised, but he insisted that it was a piece of junk. And it was – too slow for anything useful, too complicated to use as a simple microcontroller.


        What does it mean when a product with MSRP of $35 is sold for hundreds of dollars? Not just a blip – it’s been months of this. Did speculators corner the market? Is inflation out of control? Is there a real chip shortage? Is the economy collapsing? Did we finally piss off China? All of the above, I suppose. [Must... not... rant... about the economy!]

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • marginalia.nu goes open source

      After a bit of soul searching with regards to the future of the website, I’ve decided to open source the code for marginalia.nu, all of its services, including the search engine, encyclopedia, memex, etc.

      A motivating factor is the search engine has sort of grown to a scale where it’s becoming increasingly difficult to productively work on as a personal solo project. It needs more structure. What’s kept me from open sourcing it so far has also been the need for more structure. The needs of the marginalia project, and the needs of an open source project have effectively aligned.

    • 6 Months of SpellBinding

      Time flies! I can’t believe it’s been 6 months since I launched SpellBinding…

      What’s even more amazing is that I managed to write a wordlog entry every day! (I think I missed a few days when I was on the road)

      It’s become my morning routine to look up any words I am not too sure about, and sometimes even those I thought I was sure about – the dictionary is full of surprises. And post about them. I’ve definitely learned a few words (not as many as I had hoped, but still).

    • I ProgrammerApache OpenJPA – Life Beyond Hibernate?

      Apache OpenJPA is the Java persistence project of the Apache Software Foundation. After quite some time flying under the radar, there’s a new release. Let’s look into it.

    • Programming/Development

      • Perl / Raku

        • Re: Perl is still a great choice

          I too, love Perl. And I could not have phrased nearly as well as Paul. I even learned Perl 4 when I started out, because Perl 5 was yet to be released. Without Perl I would have had a hard time to extract and condense the data from my many simulations into smaller, meaningful chunks, including but not limited to the data as \LaTeX tables, ready to be included into the appendix of my thesis.

  • Leftovers

    • Analog World: My Fountain Pen

      So, to all you typists and mechanical keyboard maniacs: get out your old fountain pens from days past, clean them and start using them again! And be patient!

    • Science

      • Robots Can Learn To Safely Navigate Warehouses – News – Carnegie Mellon University

        Robots have been working in factories for many years. But given the related safety concerns to the tasks they perform, most operate inside cages or behind safety glass to limit or prevent interaction with humans.

        In warehouse operations, where goods are continuously sorted and moved, robots can be neither caged nor stationary. And while large corporations like Amazon have already incorporated robots into their warehouses, they are highly customized and costly systems where robots are designed to work within one facility on predefined grids or well-defined pathways under the guidance of specific, centralized programming that carefully directs their activity.

    • Hardware

      • Ben Widawsky: Compute Express Link

        Compute Express Link (CXL) is the next spec of significance for connecting hardware devices. It will replace or supplement existing stalwarts like PCIe. The adoption is starting in the datacenter, and the specification definitely provides interesting possibilities for client and embedded devices. A few years ago, the picture wasn’t so clear. The original release of the CXL specification wasn’t Earth shattering. There were competing standards with intent hardware vendors behind them. The drive to, and release of, the Compute Express Link 2.0 specification changed much of that.

        There are a bunch of really great materials hosted by the CXL consortium. I find that these are primarily geared toward use cases, hardware vendors, and sales & marketing. This blog series will dissect CXL with the scalpel of a software engineer. I intend to provide an in depth overview of the driver architecture, and go over how the development was done before there was hardware. This post will go over the important parts of the specification as I see them.

        All spec references are relative to the 2.0 specification which can be obtained here.

    • Security

      • Naked SecurityApple patches zero-day kernel hole and much more – update now!

        All still-supported flavours of macOS (Monterey, Big Sur and Catalina), as well as all current mobile devices (iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs and Apple Watches), get patches.


        Kernel-level code execution holes could grant an attacker control over the entire system, including the parts that manage the security of the rest of the system.

      • Techstrong GroupJFrog Launches Blockchain Project to Secure Open Source Software

        At its swampUP event, JFrog today launched Project Pyrsia, an open source project that uses a blockchain platform and Sigstore Cosign and Notary V2 cryptographic signature software to secure software packages. In addition to JFrog, other contributors to the project include Docker, Inc., DeployHub, Futureway and Oracle.

      • The New StackCodenotary Adds Background Vulnerability Scanning

        In its latest move, Codenotary has added free background vulnerability scanning service to its free and open source Community Attestation Service (CAS) code signing and attestation service to further secure open source supply chains. This new service uses hashes to identify known security vulnerabilities. Then if the scans find any it alerts you to the untrustworthy packages. CAS can then be used to “untrust” any problematic artifacts. This new scanning service is also continuously self-updating so it can help you stay ahead of would-be attackers.

      • The Register UKScreencastify fixes bug that would have let rogue websites spy on webcams

        Screencastify, a popular Chrome extension for capturing and sharing videos from websites, was recently found to be vulnerable to a cross-site scripting (XSS) flaw that allowed arbitrary websites to dupe people into unknowingly activating their webcams.

        A miscreant taking advantage of this flaw could then download the resulting video from the victim’s Google Drive account.

        Software developer Wladimir Palant, co-founder of ad amelioration biz Eyeo, published a blog post about his findings on Monday. He said he reported the XSS bug in February, and Screencastify’s developers fixed it within a day.

        But Palant contends the browser extension continues to pose a risk because the code trusts multiple partner subdomains, and an XSS flaw on any one of those sites could potentially be misused to attack Screencastify users.

        The Screencastify page on the Chrome Web Store says that the browser extension has more than 10 million users, which is the maximum value listed by store metrics. As Palant points out, the extension is aimed at the education market, raising some unpleasant possibilities.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • The Register UKFTC urged to protect data privacy of women visiting abortion clinics

          Democrat senators have urged America’s Federal Trade Commission to do something to protect the privacy of women after it emerged details of visits to abortion clinics were being sold by data brokers.

          Women’s healthcare is an especially thorny issue right now after the Supreme Court voted in a leaked draft majority opinion to overturn Roe v Wade, a landmark ruling that declared women’s rights to have an abortion are protected by the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution.

          If the nation’s top judges indeed vote to strike down that 1973 decision, individual states, at least, can set their own laws governing women’s reproductive rights. Thirteen states already have so-called “trigger laws” in place prohibiting abortions – mostly with exceptions in certain conditions, such as if the pregnancy or childbirth endangers the mother’s life – that will go into effect if Roe v Wade is torn up. People living in those states would, in theory, have to travel to another state where abortion is legal to carry out the procedure lawfully, although laws are also planned to ban that.

          Which is why keeping a lid on data on people’s whereabouts, especially their journeys to abortion clinics, is more important than ever.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • DaemonFC (Ryan Farmer)Texas Police Lieutenant explains they didn’t immediately go into the school because the police might have been shot.

        I posted yesterday that the police were mostly to blame for the school shooting in Uvalde, TX claiming so many victims while they stood outside and did nothing for nearly an hour.

        Now, the police admit that’s exactly what happened, and that they were afraid to go in because they might have been shot.

        The one thing the left and the right appear to agree on is that the police are heroes. They’re not. They’re cowards. Their only goal here was to contain the situation while people inside the building continued to be murdered.

        The left thinks we don’t need to open carry because the police will protect us.

        Well, here’s why you’re wrong.

        The right worships the ground the cops walk on.

        Well, here’s why you’re wrong.

      • The Register UKUS-APAC trade deal leaves out Taiwan, military defense not ruled out

        US President Joe Biden has heralded an Indo-Pacific trade deal signed by several nations that do not include Taiwan. At the same time, Biden warned China that America would help defend Taiwan from attack; it is home to a critical slice of the global chip industry, after all.

        The agreement, known as the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), is still in its infancy, with today’s announcement enabling the United States and the other 12 participating countries to begin negotiating “rules of the road that ensure [US businesses] can compete in the Indo-Pacific,” the White House said.

    • Environment

      • Engineering Insight: Going climate neutral [Ed: Just make sure no patents on that are permitted]

        University of Surrey geomechanics chair Subhamoy Bhattacharya is keen to promote engineering’s role in tackling climate change.

    • Finance

      • U.S. Inflation Is Driven By Too Much Money Chasing Too Few Goods, Not Market Power

        Recent surveys show that Americans viewed inflation as the top problem facing the country as headline inflation readings exceeded 8% in April 2022. In light of inflation’s newfound prominence, policymakers have asked after the causes of the inflation surge to inform possible solutions. Most economists have concluded that the primary driver of the current inflationary surge is excess aggregate demand, commonly described as “too much money chasing too few goods,” with a smaller contribution from supply chain disruptions. Consequently, most economists advocate combating inflation with monetary policy, the policy tool designed to manage inflation tradeoffs. By contrast, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich’s recent testimony before Congress alleges that corporate concentration during a time of supply chain disruptions is the primary driver of recent inflation. Reich concludes that increased antitrust enforcement, rather than monetary policy, is the logical policy response to inflation.

        Unsurprisingly, only 7% of surveyed economists agree with Reich’s argument on corporate concentration driving inflation, and only 5% of surveyed economists agree that antitrust enforcement is a plausible remedy for current inflation. Indeed, economists tend to regard increased antitrust enforcement as more likely to be inflationary than disinflationary.. However, given Reich’s large audience, it is worth rebutting Reich’s conclusion, argument by argument, to show why the overwhelming majority of expert economists find his position implausible, rather than deferring to the wisdom of expert crowds.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • National Catholic RegisterLarge US Companies Rated on Respect for Free Speech, Religious Freedom| National Catholic Register

        Companies that have come under fire for encroaching free speech, such as Twitter, Meta, and Alphabet, are all on the list.

      • The Register UKFlorida’s content-moderation law kept on ice, likely unconstitutional, court says

        While the US Supreme Court considers an emergency petition to reinstate a preliminary injunction against Texas’ social media law HB 20, the US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday partially upheld a similar injunction against Florida’s social media law, SB 7072.

        Both Florida and Texas last year passed laws that impose content moderation restrictions, editorial disclosure obligations, and user-data access requirements on large online social networks. The Republican governors of both states justified the laws by claiming that social media sites have been trying to censor conservative voices, an allegation that has not been supported by evidence.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • New York TimesAccused of Cheating by an Algorithm, and a Professor She Had Never Met – The New York Times

        A Florida teenager taking a biology class at a community college got an upsetting note this year. A start-up called Honorlock had flagged her as acting suspiciously during an exam in February. She was, she said in an email to The New York Times, a Black woman who had been “wrongfully accused of academic dishonesty by an algorithm.”

        What happened, however, was more complicated than a simple algorithmic mistake. It involved several humans, academic bureaucracy and an automated facial detection tool from Amazon called Rekognition. Despite extensive data collection, including a recording of the girl, 17, and her screen while she took the test, the accusation of cheating was ultimately a human judgment call: Did looking away from the screen mean she was cheating?

      • Publishers WeeklyEfforts for Ukrainian Publishers, Refugee Children Expand

        When Russia invaded Ukraine in February, Poland’s Fundacja Powszechnego Czytania (Universal Reading Foundation) rallied Polish publishers and their international colleagues in an emergency effort to get Ukrainian-language books to children in Poland. Now three months in, the effort has shifted from an emergency operation to a long-term initiative involving multiple partners. According to recent UN estimates, 14 million Ukrainians have fled their homes as a result of the war. It’s estimated that there are currently 200,000 Ukrainian refugee children in Poland—double the number in the country in mid-March. Tens of thousands have settled in other European countries, including more than 300,000 in Romania, 280,000 in Germany, and more than 200,000 in Moldova.

    • Monopolies

      • Public KnowledgeBig Tech Competition Bills Don’t Address Content Moderation, and That’s A Good Thing [Ed: Public Knowledge, now with a Microsofter inside its Board, uses Microsoft lobbying terms like "Big Tech"]

        Trying to follow the criticisms of the two bipartisan Big Tech competition bills—the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICO) and the Open App Markets Act (OAMA)—can be dizzying. Recently we’ve seen arguments both that they would increase Big Tech’s “censorship” and that they would give Big Tech an excuse not to do needed content moderation to protect marginalized voices on their platforms. Luckily, these bills would do neither of those things. The bills do not address content moderation, yet they are crucially important in the broader push to hold Big Tech accountable.

        The American Innovation and Choice Online Act would ban Big Tech self-preferencing and establish common-sense rules of the road for Big Tech platforms so small businesses get a fair shot and consumers get more choice. The Open App Markets Act would open up app stores by allowing alternative payment systems; ending self-preferencing; and halting tying with a mobile operating system. Both bills represent a once-in-a-generation chance to reform increasingly critical technology markets that have had competitors and innovation quashed by Big Tech gatekeepers for far too long.

      • TechCrunchEpic Games points to Mac’s openness and security in its latest filing in App Store antitrust case
      • Patents

        • ‘Dedicated tribunal could help settle labour disputes at the European Patent Office’

          The creation of a dedicated administrative tribunal could be a way to improve the settlement of labour disputes at the European Patent Office. Eric De Brabandere, professor of international dispute settlement at Leiden University in the Netherlands said this in an interview with Kluwer IP Law.

          The tensions at the EPO have risen over the last few months. Industrial actions and a strike have been organised and in a remarkable meeting with the Central Staff Committee (CSC) on 26 April 2022 president António Campinos apparently had an outburst of anger, cursing and interrupting other speakers and telling them they should finally accept his proposals.

          At least, that is what we know from a letter the CSC distributed among staff members. In a notice of the management, no more was said than: ‘Unfortunately, the meeting was less constructive than expected, with some issues creating tension at times.’


          It doesn’t help either that the European Patent Office is an organisation that the average man in the street isn’t particularly interested in, even if the EPO is of paramount importance economically with its ability to grant valuable patents in pharma, digital communication, computer technology etc. Media coverage is scarce and so is outside pressure. It was only during the worst period of social troubles under former EPO president Benoît Battistelli that national news outlets paid attention and parliamentarians and governments in several states demanded improvements. But due to the EPO’s immunity, little was achieved.

          This immunity from legal process is a crucial issue. Immunity protects the EPO – and many other international organisations – from the jurisdiction and enforcement measures of member states. ‘There are good reasons for this immunity’, says De Brabandere. ‘It protects both the organization and its member states by preventing national courts from determining the legal validity of acts of the organization. Without immunity, member states (through their courts and tribunals) would be able to unilaterally influence its activities.’

Links 27/05/2022: Fwupd 1.8.1 and GCC 9.5

Posted in News Roundup at 11:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Stupid RCU Tricks: Is RCU Watching? – Paul E. McKenney’s Journal — LiveJournal

        It is just as easy to ask why RCU wouldn’t be watching all the time. After all, you never know when you might need to synchronize!

        Unfortunately, an eternally watchful RCU is impractical in the Linux kernel due to energy-efficiency considerations. The problem is that if RCU watches an idle CPU, RCU needs that CPU to execute instructions. And making an idle CPU unnecessarily execute instructions (for a rather broad definition of the word “unnecessary”) will terminally annoy a great many people in the battery-powered embedded world. And for good reason: Making RCU avoid watching idle CPUs can provide 30-40% increases in battery lifetime.

        In this, CPUs are not all that different from people. Interrupting someone who is deep in thought can cause them to lose 20 minutes of work. Similarly, when a CPU is deeply idle, asking it to execute instructions will consume not only the energy required for those instructions, but also much more energy to work its way out of that deep idle state, and then to return back to that deep idle state.

        And this is why CPUs must tell RCU to stop watching them when they go idle. This allows RCU to ignore them completely, in particular, to refrain from asking them to execute instructions.

      • AmigaOne X1000/X5000 Remains Well Supported With PowerPC Linux

        Despite being expensive and having been sold out for quite some time at the main Amiga Dealers, two days after Linus Torvalds’ release of Linux 5.18, Christian “xeno74″ Zigotzky made the latest PPC kernel available for the AmigaOne X1000/X5000. Here and here are some screenshots. Linux PPC performs well on AmigaOne computers. For example, here is a 5-year-old YouTube AmigaOne X5000 demonstration video.

    • Applications

      • Session Messenger

        Session is an end to end encrypted messenger that focuses on anonymity and the prevention of metadata collection. I’ve been trying it out over the past week in my quest to eventually collect every private messenger out there and I have some thoughts on it.


        Sending and receiving messages has been reliable, at least for me. But there’s other rough edges. One person in one of my groups is completely unable to send or receive media on their phone, but can on their desktop client. Speaking of the desktop client, it just recently got an update that makes it impossible to launch both for me and one of my contacts. All the security and privacy in the world doesn’t mean much if your messenger fails you when you need it.

      • Couldn’t get the CLI client working

        I’m editing this file using sloum’s chalk editor, which is kinda like a more friendly ed. I could see myself writing other things with this editor too, but for right now I’m using it to test posting to smol.pub using nothing but the command line. That’s why I manually wrapped this text (later I unwrapped it) — there’s a handy ruler that shows me when I’ve hit 80 characters.

      • Google Summer of Code 2022 – Integrating Faust into Bespoke

        I have been experimenting with Bespoke as a utility for cross-platform live coding and audio composition for a few months now, working more with DSLs including Faust. I want to give back because I am passionate, highly motivated, and more proficient in C/C++. This is the perfect opportunity to combine my interests and contribute to a project that I am very passionate about.

      • Linux LinksLinux Candy: projectM – music visualizer originally based on Milkdrop

        Who loves eye candy? Don’t be shy — you can raise both hands! Both feet too if you’re sufficiently pliant.

        Linux Candy is a series of articles covering interesting eye candy software. We only feature open-source software in this series.

        projectM is an advanced music visualizer which uses 3D accelerated iterative image based rendering. Experience psychedelic and mesmerizing visuals by transforming music into equations that render into a limitless array of user-contributed visualizations.

        projectM can detect audio input from any application or you can use input from a microphone.

      • 9to5LinuxFwupd 1.8.1 Linux Firmware Updater Brings More Hardware Support and New Features

        Fwupd 1.8.1 comes a month after the release of the fwupd 1.8 series and introduces even more hardware support. More specifically, fwupd now supports firmware updating on Corsair KATAR PRO XT, Corsair SABRE PRO, and Corsair KATAR PRO wireless mice, HP Thunderbolt Dock G4, Lenovo ThinkPad Universal USB-C dock, as well as the Steelseries Aerox 3 and Steelseries Rival 3 wireless mice.

        On top of that, fwupd 1.8.1 adds support for more PixArt wireless devices, more SunplusIT USB cameras, and some UFS devices.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Install FreeBSD 13.1 – OSTechNix

        FreeBSD 13.1 has been released a week ago. FreeBSD 13.1 edition is shipped with so many updates and features. This step by step guide explains how to download the latest FreeBSD version, how to create a FreeBSD Bootable USB and how to install latest FreeBSD 13.1 with screenshots.

      • CitizixHow to install and configure Redis 6 on Ubuntu 22.04

        Redis is an in-memory data structure store, used as a distributed, in-memory key–value database, cache and message broker, with optional durability. Redis supports different kinds of abstract data structures, such as strings, lists, maps, sets, sorted sets, HyperLogLogs, bitmaps, streams, and spatial indices.

      • CitizixHow to Install and Configure Postgres 14 Ubuntu 22.04

        Postgresql is an open source object-relational database system with over 30 years of active development that has earned it a strong reputation for reliability, feature robustness, and performance. It is a free and open-source relational database management system emphasizing extensibility and SQL compliance.

        It was originally named POSTGRES, referring to its origins as a successor to the Ingres database developed at the University of California, Berkeley. PostgreSQL is used as the primary data store or data warehouse for many web, mobile, geospatial, and analytics applications. PostgreSQL can store structured and unstructured data in a single product.

      • Ubuntu HandbookDeb-get Make Easy to Install Many App .DEB Packages Not in Ubuntu Repository

        Want to install an app via classic DEB package, but it’s not available in Ubuntu’s own repository? There’s a new command line tool “deb-get“, makes installing apps from 3rd party repositories as easy as single command.

        Many applications (e.g., Google Chrome, 1Password, Teamviewer and more) provide DEB packages for Debian/Ubuntu either in their own apt repositories / PPAs or for downloading directly in website.

        Besides setup the repositories or find and download .deb packages manually, then install apps via apt (or apt-get), “deb-get” do all the things via a short single command.

      • ID RootHow To Install Brackets Code Editor on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot
      • ID RootHow To Install Sails.js Framework on AlmaLinux 9 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Sails.js Framework on AlmaLinux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, Sails.js is a Javascript framework that you can use to easily and quickly build customized enterprise-grade for Node.js.Sails.js offers a number of features built on Express.js and Node.js enabling the applications to be fully based on javascript.

        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 Sails.js Framework on AlmaLinux 9. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.

      • How to connect to Wi-Fi on Linux Mint | FOSS Linux

        Dealing with network and connection difficulties is understandably a time-consuming task. However, this article guide will highlight several straightforward solutions to the difficulty. Stay put into learning more about Wi-Fi connectivity on Linux Mint.

        Before venturing into this topic, you should first check your router to ensure it works flawlessly. Below are some essential tips to kickstart your diagnosis journey:

      • How to install and use GNOME Disks utility on Ubuntu | FOSS Linux

        GNOME Disk utility is the default graphical partitioning tool on all the GNOME-based desktop environments like Ubuntu, Budgie, Cinnamon, MATE, and others. GNOME Disks is an exceptional, easy-to-use tool Linux OSes use to create hard drive partitions. It is pretty straightforward to understand GNOME disks compared to complex utility tools like GParted. However, you should remember that you will only be able to create new partitions on non-system disks using this disk utility tool.

        What does this mean? It means that you will not be able to create new partitions on a hard disk drive that Linux is using for your root folder, home folders, etc. Nonetheless, you can modify non-system partitions with Gnome Disks. This guide will demonstrate how to install and utilize the Gnome Disk Utility to partition storage devices on Ubuntu Linux. So, let us get this underway.

      • How to install GNOME on Ubuntu | FOSS Linux

        GNOME is a popular desktop environment that comes pre-installed with Ubuntu with the latest release in every version. It was first released in 1999 and came up with a new release every six months. The current stable release, GNOME 42.0, was released on 23 March 2022.

        GNOME is a highly customizable, user-friendly, compatible desktop environment with an attractive user interface. Other than GNOME, other desktop environments like Cinnamon, Mate, KDE, Budgie, Xfce, etc., serve the purpose well.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Run Python Script at Startup in Ubuntu

        The reputation of Python as a programming language speaks for itself. This programming language is attributed as general-purpose, high level, and interpreted.

        Most Linux users are in love with the Python programming language due to its code readability which makes it easy to follow and master even for a beginner in the programming world.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Set Connection Timeout in Curl Command

        One main activity in the Linux command-line environment is data transfer. To comfortably and flexibly move data to/from different servers, we need the help of a reputable data transfer terminal-based tool.

        Curl command makes it easy to transfer data between servers through the aid of supported protocols like HTTPS, HTTP, IMAPS, IMAP, LDAPS, LDAP, POP3S, POP3, SFTP, SCP, SMTPS, SMTP, TFTP, and TELNET.

        Curl command’s functional design does not accommodate user interaction but offers more than enough reputable features like Metalink, cookies, HTTP post, user authentication, file transfer resume, SSL connections, FTP upload, and proxy support.

        This article will address using the Curl command with a set timeout.

      • ssh_exchange_identification read connection reset by peer

        The ssh_exchange_identification read connection reset by peer SSH error is something you may see in your terminal when trying to log in to a remote host or when your session expires on a Linux system. In this tutorial, we will go over a few different causes for this error and show you how to troubleshoot the connection on your system. Using one of our methods below will hopefully remedy the error and allow you to log in via SSH or maintain your current session.

      • 3 Methods to install PyCharm Community Edition on Linux

        PyCharm is a professional Python IDE (Integrated Development Environment) developed by JetBrains, which supports a lot of features like code completion, refactoring, debugging, etc. Two versions of the IDE exist: the “Professional” version, which must be purchased, and the free, “Community” version, which is based on open source software, and can be downloaded and installed free of charge. Various methods can be used to install the IDE on Linux.

      • How to manage git repositories with Python

        Neither Python nor Git need presentations: the former is one of the most used general-purpose programming language; the latter is probably the most used version control system in the world, created by Linus Torvalds himself. Normally, we interact with git repositories using the git binary; when we need to work with them using Python, instead, we can use the GitPython library.

      • Introduction to terminal multiplexer Tmux

        Tmux is a terminal multiplexer: it let us run and manage multiple terminal sessions from a single screen. This is specially useful when connecting to remote machines using ssh, since, among the other things, it allows us to keep processes started from those terminals running in the background when we disconnect from the session (or logout and close the remote secure shell altogether), letting us re-attach to it at a later time.

        In this tutorial we see how to install Tmux in some of the most used Linux distributions and learn the basic concepts behind its usage.

      • Red Hat OfficialRun Podman on Windows: How-to instructions [Ed: Windows on Red Hat's site today]

        Learn how to set up Podman’s new Windows client, which makes it easier than ever to run the container tool on Microsoft’s OS.

      • TecMintHow To Enable 64-bit Version Option in VirtualBox

        Are you trying to install a 64-bit operating system in VirtualBox and you can’t seem to see the 64-bit version option in the drop-down list as shown in the following screenshot? The solution to this problem is enabling hardware virtualization.

        This guide will show you how to enable hardware virtualization in your computer to enable 64-bit version support in VirtualBox.

    • Games

      • Boiling SteamNew Steam Games with Native Linux Clients – 2022-05-24 Edition – Boiling Steam

        We are publishing this update a little late this time, but there’s quite a lot of new titles! Between 2022-05-17 and 2022-05-24 there were 44 New Steam games released with Native Linux clients. For reference, during the same time, there were 448 games released for Windows on Steam, so the Linux versions represent about 9.8 % of total released titles.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Barry KaulerVanilla Dpup and Upup progress

      They have also been developing a more traditional next-generation Puppy, pre-fixed “Vanilla-”; currently there is Vanilla-Upup and Vanilla-Dpup, based on Ubuntu and Debian packages respectively. These have an initrd.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Medevel17 open-source, free Habit tracker apps for Windows, Android, Linux, macOS and the web

      The habit is something you usually do on a regular basis. It can be a part of a regular routine for work, lifestyle or both.

      Let us say, like morning work, exercise, reading newspaper, and brushing your teeth.

      There are good habits and bad habits, and as an example: smocking is a bad habit, drug addiction starts as a bad habit.

    • Web Browsers

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

      • Its FOSSTypeScript Based Headless CMS ‘Payload’ Becomes Open Source

        Since its first beta release a little over a year ago, Payload has slowly built a name for itself within the web development community as a headless Content Management System (CMS). For a bit of background information, Payload is a CMS tailored specifically toward being simpler to develop websites, web apps, or native applications.

        Recently, they decided to go completely open-source, putting it among the likes of some of the best open-source CMS available.

        However, that raises some questions, like what will their business model look like? And what are the plans for Payload CMS? Let’s take a brief look.

    • GNU Projects

      • GCCGCC 9.5 Released
        The GNU Compiler Collection version 9.5 has been released.
        GCC 9.5 is a bug-fix release from the GCC 9 branch
        containing important fixes for regressions and serious bugs in
        GCC 9.4 with more than 171 bugs fixed since the previous release.
        This is also the last release from the GCC 9 branch, GCC continues
        to be maintained on the GCC 10, GCC 11 and GCC 12 branches and the
        development trunk.
        This release is available from the FTP servers listed here:
        Please do not contact me directly regarding questions or comments
        about this release.  Instead, use the resources available from
        As always, a vast number of people contributed to this GCC release
        -- far too many to thank them individually!
    • Openness/Sharing/Collaboration

      • Open Access/Content

        • OpenSource.comLooking into the future of collaborative commons | Opensource.com

          I read Jeremy Rifkin’s book The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism, which has a strong connection to open organization principles, particularly community building. Rifkin also writes about the future of green energy generation and energy use in logistics. In the previous articles in this series, I wrote about the communication internet being joined by the advancement of the energy (producing, sharing, consuming) internet. In this final part of the series, I look at Rifkin’s thoughts regarding logistics (moving, storing, sharing) internet, and other economic sectors.

          There are public transportation systems like roads, commuter trains, light rail, and buses that are supported by taxes. There are also private transportation options such as private ocean shipping companies, private cars, bicycles, and walking. All these modes of transportation will go through changes with an IoT standardized system that communicates with many moving vehicles. This will make movement of both people and goods more efficient (less waste and more full utilization of capacity). Established protocols will allow firms to collaborate with each other to a more detailed degree. Furthermore, inventory storage will become more efficient. Redundancies and inefficiencies will be identified and reduced.

          This can be achieved by a distributed, collaborative, laterally scaled internet communication system, with its open system configuration and commons-style management, as a model for radically transforming global logistics.

    • Programming/Development

      • Venture Beat[Older] Report: Software engineers have only 10 hours per week for ‘deep work’

        What are software engineers spending their time on? With talent shortages at an all-time high, and epic shifts in where and how we work, everybody wants to know how happy engineers are with their jobs. A new report conducted by Retool and Wakefield uncovered insights into how engineers save time, increase productivity, where they lose time and their preferences around how that time is spent.

        Engineers are splitting time between core coding responsibilities, communication processes, complex testing, and even assisting with hiring, leaving them with only around 10 hours of “deep work” time per week. To save time, engineers are turning to open source code more than ever. Almost 90% of the engineers surveyed view open source code as at least somewhat essential to their day to day. More than 80% of developers are actively pulling open source code into their work (via StackOverflow or otherwise) at least once per month, and almost 50% are doing it at least once per week.

      • FOSSLifeHow Software Engineers Spend Their Time

        Almost 90% of the engineers surveyed view open source code as at least somewhat essential to their day to day.

      • CNX Softwarehm-panelizer – A KiCad companion GUI tool for panelizing PCBs – CNX Software

        Gerard (aka halfmarble) has released hm-panelizer open-source software allowing for a panelization of PCBs via a simple GUI interface and doubling as a Gerber file viewer. He’s mostly tested it with PCBs designed in KiCad 6.x, but it should also work with design files from other tools.

      • OpenSource.com3 practical tips for agile transformation

        Agile transformation happens at three levels: team agile, product agile, and organization agile. Helping your team convert to agile is the first and fundamental step in agile transformation, and with good reason. Until you get your people on board with agile, the product of all their hard work can’t be agile.

      • QtCalculating the ROI of Commercial Qt Subscriptions

        Calculating the financial value of software is not trivial, but it’s not rocket science. Have you ever been in the position to justify your software purchase to your CFO or the procurement team? I’ve been doing this many times throughout my career in different product management and R&D leadership roles. The MAKE or BUY decision is often on the table. We at the Qt Company want to help current and future customers turn the benefits of using Qt’s commercial software into financial outcomes. Therefore, we developed a tool that calculates the ROI of using the different parts of our portfolio and helps to surface current challenges and their business impact. In the past, I’ve been using Microsoft Excel to do the math of how much money we can save and how much additional money we can make by using a particular software. Using Excel in a world of cloud-based solutions felt a bit outdated, and we decided to build the new Qt Value Assessment Tool on an interactive web-based platform.

      • UbuntuEmbedded Linux development on Ubuntu – Part II | Ubuntu

        Welcome to Part II of this three-part mini-series on embedded Linux development on Ubuntu. In Part I, we set the stage for the remainder of the series and gave an overview of snaps, the packaging format at the heart of embedded devices running Ubuntu.

        Snaps are a secure, confined, dependency-free, cross-platform Linux packaging format. Software publishers often want to manage their application components using containers. Whereas one can achieve this with various runtimes, the Snap ecosystem provides a security-focused approach to containerisation with strict privilege and capability separation between containers. If you missed it, head over to Part I to review the role of snaps in embedded Linux development.

        If you are already familiar with snaps and do not wish to refresh your memory, keep reading.

      • Perl / Raku

        • Perl is still a great choice

          Perl (the Practical Extraction and Report Language) is a battle-tested, mature, multi-paradigm dynamic programming language. Note that it’s not called PERL, neither P.E.R.L. nor Pearl. “Perl” is the name of the language and “perl” the name of the interpreter or the interpreter command.


          Is Perl really a write-only language? You have to understand that Perl 5 was released in 1994 (28 years ago as of this writing) and when we refer to Perl we usually mean Perl 5. That’s many years, and there are many old scripts not following the modern Perl best practices (as they didn’t exist yet). So yes, legacy scripts may be difficult to read. Japanese may be difficult to read too if you don’t know Japanese, though.

          To come back to the question: Is Perl a write-only language? I don’t think so. Like in any other language, you have to apply best practices in order to keep your code maintainable. Some other programming languages enforce best practices, but that makes these languages less expressive. Perl follows the principles “there is more than one way to do it” (aka TIMTOWDI) and “making easy things easy and hard things possible”.

          Perl gives the programmer more flexibility in how to do things, and this results in a stronger learning curve than for lesser expressive languages like for example Go or Python. But, like in everything in life, common sense has to be applied. You should not take TIMTOWDI to the extreme in a production piece of code. In my personal opinion, it is also more satisfying to program in an expressive language.

        • PerlTranslating Jenkins with Perl | Alceu Rodrigues de Freitas Junior [blogs.perl.org]

          This is my first post here and I hope it is more positive than a rant to the readers eyes…

          It was 2017 when I had installed Jenkins locally in my notebook for a series of experiments. The notebook was running Ubuntu configured in Brazilian Portuguese and Jenkins automatically presented me with a translation to my native language. After 15 minutes trying, I changed Ubuntu settings to English and never went back.

          It took me a while to jump into the project repository and start translating the missing parts, about four years… and the translation hasn’t improved since.

          You might be asking yourself what this has to do with Perl and why I’m blogging about it here… well, Jenkins project uses (at least) since 2010 a Perl script to help with the translation work.

  • Leftovers

    • Chess

      Chess is fun but these chess websites are full of idiots.

    • Toxic

      Toxic is derived from medieval Latin “toxicus”, meaning poisoned, which itself is derived from Latin “toxicum”, meaning poison. This is where things get interesting since “toxicum” is derived from ancient Greek “τοξικόν φάρμακον”/“toxikon pharmakon” meaning bow poison. In Greek “τοξικόν”/“toxikon”, the origin of “toxicum”, is actually the adjective used for something pertaining to a bow with the word for poison being “φάρμακον”/“pharmakon”. This is a case of an adjective being used as a substitute for a noun, similarly to how “mobile phone” was shortened to just “mobile” in modern English.

    • more Samsung S21 Ultra – nature photography + RawTherapie post processing – test sample example pictures fotos
    • Science

      • IBM Old TimerIrving Wladawsky-Berger: (I Can’t Keep No) Satisfaction

        (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, the Rolling Stones’ 1965 megahit, should have more appropriately been titled (I Can’t Keep No) Satisfaction, wrote social scientist and author Arthur C. Brooks in How to Want Less: The secret to satisfaction has nothing to do with achievement, money, or stuff, – a recent essay in The Atlantic. Brooks has been in the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School for the past two years, after being president of the American Enterprise Institute from 2009 to 2019.

        Satisfaction, he explained, “is the greatest paradox of human life. We crave it, we believe we can get it, we glimpse it and maybe even experience it for a brief moment, and then it vanishes. … In fact, our natural state is dissatisfaction, punctuated by brief moments of satisfaction.”

        Our human tendency to pursue satisfaction despite its fleeing nature condemns us to continuously live in a so-called hedonic treadmill. We might not like it, “but Mother Nature thinks it’s pretty great. She likes watching you strive to achieve an elusive goal, because strivers get the goods – even if they don’t enjoy them for long. More mates, better mates, better chances of survival for our children – these ancient mandates are responsible for much of the code that runs incessantly in the deep recesses of our brains.”

        In December of 2008, The Economist published a very interesting article, Why we are, as we are, to commemorate the approaching 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s On The Origin of Species. “For a Darwinian, life is about two things: survival and reproduction,” said the article. “Of the two, the second is the more significant. To put it crudely, the only Darwinian point of survival is reproduction. As a consequence, much of daily existence is about showing off, subtly or starkly, in ways that attract members of the opposite sex and intimidate those of the same sex. … Status and hierarchy matter. And in modern society, status is mediated by money.”

    • Hardware

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Side Effects

        I’ve been diagnosed with psoriasis about two years ago. Around the age of 25, I noticed an uncontrollable itch in the lower back, the buttocks and the gluteal fold, especially after exercise or prolonged periods of sitting. It went away after some time, and I assumed it’s just some random skin irritation. Around my 26th birthday, I noticed I have some bald spots in my beard, around the chin. My wife’s aunt, a well-regarded naturopathy practitioner with clients all over the country, said it looks like alopecia areata and must be related to stress. She gave me some custom-made homeopathic potion, which didn’t work, and I decided to finally go to a skin doctor, to solve both problems.

    • Security

      • Reproducible Builds (diffoscope): diffoscope 214 released

        The diffoscope maintainers are pleased to announce the release of diffoscope version 214. This version includes the following changes:

        [ Chris Lamb ]

        * Support both python-argcomplete 1.x and 2.x.

        [ Vagrant Cascadian ]

        * Add external tool on GNU Guix for xb-tool.

      • LWNSecurity updates for Friday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (atftp, cups, neutron, and zipios++), Fedora (clash, moodle, python-jwt, and thunderbird), Red Hat (thunderbird), Slackware (cups), SUSE (go1.17, libredwg, opera, seamonkey, and varnish), and Ubuntu (libxv, ncurses, openssl, and subversion).

    • Defence/Aggression

      • AccessNowUK Foreign Office must protect its citizens — intervene and #FreeAlaa today – Access Now

        The United Kingdom Foreign Office must immediately intervene in the unlawful, and life-threatening imprisonment of British-Egyptian activist, blogger, and software developer Alaa Abd El-Fattah in Egypt.

        “Enough is absolutely enough,” said Kassem Mnejja, MENA Campaigner at Access Now. “The world has let activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah languish in prison for sharing a social media post about human rights abuses in Egyptian prisons. Today, the UK Foreign Office has both the power and the responsibility to intervene, and extract Alaa — a changemaker, a pioneer, and a UK citizen — from the four walls of his cell.”

        Imprisoned on and off for a decade, and currently locked up since 2019, Alaa is today on an ongoing hunger strike in Wadi el-Natrun prison complex, after being transferred from Tora Maximum Security prison. Alaa’s family confirmed on 19 May, 2022, that Alaa “slept on a mattress for the first time in years.” Alaa’s health is rapidly and significantly deteriorating.

      • AccessNowCivil society to the UK Foreign Office: Free human rights defender Alaa Abd El-Fattah – Access Now

        British-Egyptian activist, blogger, and software developer Alaa Abd El-Fattah — locked up in Egypt to silence his activism — faces the risk of death unless the United Kingdom Foreign Office immediately intervenes for his protection. At the time of writing, 27 May 2022, Alaa has entered day 56 of his hunger strike in protest of the horrific conditions of his imprisonment. His health is rapidly and significantly deteriorating.

        On 12 May, 2022, Alaa’s family reported that he was physically assaulted in prison. On 18 May, 2022, 10 Members of Parliament and 17 Members of the House of Lords urged Secretary of State Elizabeth Truss and the UK government to act immediately to secure the activist’s release. On the same day, without informing his family, Alaa was transferred to the new Wadi el-Natrun prison complex. On 19 May, 2022, Alaa’s sister, Mona Seif, confirmed that after the move, her brother “slept on a mattress for the first time in years”. On 26 May, 2022, Alaa’s family confirmed that he received his first books and writing materials in years.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • AccessNowSyria’s new “cybercrime” law adds salt to injury

        Syria’s dictator, Bashar Al-Assad, ratified a new draconian cybercrime law (Law 20/2022) on April 18, replacing an older one from 2012 (Law 17/2012). In a country dubbed “one of the most dangerous places to use the internet in the world,” Syria’s cybercrime law law will clamp down further on digital spaces and add a legal cover to the regime’s mounting human rights violations, online and offline.

        As described in its preamble, the new law aims to curb the “misuse of technology,” and combat “cybercrime” as use of new technologies advances. As such, the law redefines “cybercrime” to include acts of slander, defamation, and online harassment as well as “crimes against decency or modesty, and crimes against the Constitution and undermining prestige” — in other words, the Syrian regime will weaponize these elastic and vague definitions to prosecute any expression it frowns upon.

        Furthermore, the law introduces harsher penalties for “cybercrimes” that target public officials or employees, entrenching impunity for corrupt and abusive officials and public employees.

      • AxiosDavos crowd sees power and perils of data

        There was a growing sense at the annual conclave that the creators of data-producing tools need to take responsibility.

      • Cape TalkWhat is spyware and should the industry be shut down?

        In the digital age our entire lives essentially exist and can be accessed on our many devices. Personal contacts, banking details, medical information and more are at the tip of our fingers. So, what happens if someone else is able to get remote access to all of that using spyware?

        John Maytham spoke to general counsel at Access Now, a global digital rights organisation, Peter Micek, about the spyware industry and the move to shut it down or, at least, reform it.

        Spyware refers to tools that can allow remote access to anything on someone’s device, from photographs to app information, and it has largely been used by and sold to governments.

        When spyware is being used, someone can listen in to what is happening on someone’s phone without them being aware at all.

        Attention is beginning to be given to spyware after a Washington Post journalist, who was being surveilled using spyware, was murdered.

      • The HillActivists, workers press Google founders to support racial equity audit

        A collection of civil society groups and employees at Alphabet, Google’s parent company, sent letters to Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page and former CEO Eric Schmidt Friday urging them to support a racial equity audit at Alphabet.
        The letters are pressing the three men to either support or abstain from voting on an investor proposal calling for an independent audit that will be evaluated at Alphabet’s annual stockholder meeting next Wednesday.

        Brin, Page and Schmidt collectively control over half of all shareholder votes despite no longer being involved in the day-to-day operations of Google or its parent company because their shares have inflated voting power.

        “[Y]our support or abstention has the power to make or break this popular and necessary investor-led advocacy,” read the letters, signed by the digital rights nonprofits Access Now, the industry watchdog Accountable Tech and the civil rights organization Color of Change.

Visual Proof That Twitter Very Likely Faked Its Magnitude the Moment Musk et al (KSA, Ellison and so on) Wanted to Buy

Posted in Deception, Fraud at 5:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 1ef689ca136cee60abdfcc49f840c89c

Twitter Lies About Your Popularity
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: There’s a very compelling case for the allegation that Twitter is defrauding shareholders and participants in the platform; Twitter is a lot smaller than it used to be (fewer people are actively involved), it is losing money, and it is so desperate to be acquired that it’s shamelessly faking traffic

THE company known as Twitter is collapsing. The intervention by Elon Musk contributed to this, much like Icahn and Microsoft approaching Yahoo! rapidly destroyed the company almost a decade and a half ago. It was intentional and self-serving.

“When Musk first approached for a takeover bid the impressions nearly quadrupled for no reason, so I’m rather certain Twitter is faking its size, as shown below and explained in the video above.”More importantly, as noted here before, the moment the bots were mentioned by Musk impressions suddenly halved, consistently, in spite of me posting nothing new all this time. When Musk first approached for a takeover bid the impressions nearly quadrupled for no reason, so I’m rather certain Twitter is faking its size, as shown below and explained in the video above.

I quit social control media; Effect of old 'tweets' wears off; Musk says he wants to buy; Musk mentions bots

Links 27/05/2022: Wayland 1.21 Alpha, KDE Adds Flatpak and Snap Permissions to Discover

Posted in News Roundup at 3:17 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Make Use OfPop!_OS 22.04 LTS vs. Ubuntu 22.04 LTS: Which Should You Choose?

      With the release of Ubuntu 22.04, a new LTS version of Pop!_OS has arrived. What separates these two distros and which one is better?

      Ubuntu 22.04 LTS has arrived, and that means new versions of distributions based on Ubuntu are coming down the pipeline as well. Pop!_OS is one such distro.

      Version 22.04 of Pop!_OS has been released, and that leaves some of you with the question: what sets these two distros apart, and which is right for you?

    • Barry KaulerFirst-bootup Welcome page

      At the very first bootup of Easy, a “Welcome” page displays, with a friendly introduction how to use Easy and brief overview of how Easy works. I mentioned yesterday that I revised this page. It is still a work-in-progress, but here it is so far. It varies slightly, depending on whether container support has been enabled. In this case, no. Under the “Welcome” title, is this:

      Easy is a “new paradigm” for an Operating System, a blend of the best ideas from Puppy Linux and Quirky Linux, and a fundamental rethink of security, maintainability and ease-of-use.

      Reading this for the first time, you want a quick overview, to grasp the basic ideas behind Easy, what is special, practical usage, and why should you even bother to switch from the OS you are currently using?

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • LHS Episode #468: Hamvention 2022 Deep Dive

        Welcome to Episode #468 of Linux in the Ham Shack. The hosts are back from Dayton Hamvention 2022 and have stories to share about their experiences. We touch on everything from booth visits from other podcasters to hedonism on the road to everything else under the sun. We want to thank everyone who listens to and supports our program for getting us to Hamvention for another successful conference in Ohio. We hope to do it all again in 2023.

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux Kernel 5.18 Includes a Controversial Intel Driver + More – OMG! Linux

        A new version of the Linux kernel has been released.

        Announced by Linux kernel creator Linus Torvalds on the Linux Kernel Mailing List, Linux 5.18 offers a number of improvements in hardware and driver support, improves file system functionality and performance enhancements, and boosts system security.

        Among the notable changes in Linux 5.18 is a controversial new driver from Intel. Their ‘Software Defined Silicon’ (SDSi) driver allows the chip vender to restrict specific processor features unless a license (from Intel) is purchased and present..

    • Graphics Stack

      • [ANNOUNCE] wayland 1.20.91
        This is the alpha release for Wayland 1.21.
        This new release adds a new wl_pointer high-resolution scroll event,
        adds a few new convenience functions, and contains a collection of
        bug fixes.
        This is the first release to use GitLab releases instead of the usual
        wayland.freedesktop.org website. The new links are available at the
        end of this email, or in the GitLab UI.
        Full commit history below.
    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Quick Tips: Listening to Your Linux-based Splunk Installation Ports
      • TecAdminHow to Install Apache Maven on Ubuntu 22.04

        Apache Maven is developed for the building the Java-based applications. It can also build applications written in C#, Ruby, Scala, and other languages. Maven is very helpful for starting new build applications in various environments. It can manage a project’s build, reporting, and documentation from a central piece of information.

        Maven maintains its own repository https://mvnrepository.com/ containing a large number of user libraries and still growing. That helps applications fulfill the dependencies during the build. In most situations, Maven nullifies the version conflict by locating the correct Jar files.

        In this tutorial, we will show 2 methods to install and configure Apache Maven on Ubuntu 22.04 Linux system. This article will also apply to other Ubuntu, Debian, and Linux Mint systems.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install PyCharm on Fedora 36

        PyCharm is an integrated development environment (IDE) used in computer programming, specifically for the Python programming language. It is developed by the Czech company JetBrains (formerly known as IntelliJ). It provides code analysis, a graphical debugger, an integrated unit tester, integration with version control systems (VCSes), and supports web development with Django as well as data science with Anaconda.

        PyCharm is cross-platform, with Windows, macOS and Linux versions. The Community Edition is released under the Apache License, and there is also an educational version, as well as a Professional Edition with extra features (released under a subscription-funded proprietary license)

      • UNIX CopHow to move your site from GoDaddy to AWS

        Comparing Amazon Web Services (AWS) to GoDaddy is like comparing apples to oranges. Or like comparing the space shuttle (AWS) to an airplane (GoDaddy). They’ll both get you around the world, but one is way more complex, with more potential, while the other is very approachable.

      • UNIX CopHow to install SQLite on CentOS 9 Stream

        Hello friends. We already know that CentOS 9 Stream is a system desired by many developers to do their work. That’s why today you will learn how to install SQLite on CentOS 9 Stream. The process is simple, but it is always good to read a tutorial.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install RStudio IDE on Fedora 35/36

        RStudio is an integrated development environment for R, a programming language for statistical computing and graphics. It is available in two formats: RStudio Desktop is a regular desktop application while RStudio Server runs on a remote server and allows accessing RStudio using a web browser.

      • UNIX CopHow to install free email server Kolab Groupware on CentOS7

        Kolab uses IMAP as an underlying protocol for email, contact, and calendar entries. These entries are saved in IMAP folders in Kolab XML format, and the IMAP server controls storage and access rights. LDAP does configuration and maintenance of Kolab.

        Kolab Clients and the Kolab server using well-established protocols and formats for their work (i.e., IMAP as mentioned above, vCard, iCal, XML, and LDAP). This allows the Kolab Format specification framework, or even portions of it, to be utilized as an open set of specifications for groupware clients and servers to communicate with each other.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDE is Adding Flatpak & Snap Permissions to Discover – OMG! Linux

          A major upside to modern packaging formats like Snap and Flatpak is that they give us granular control over app permissions.

          Now, a KDE developer plans wants to make it easier for users to manage those permissions through the Discover software app on the KDE Plasma desktop.

          For those not familiar with it, Discover is a graphical tool that allows users to browse, search, and install applications from a range of different software backends, including Canonical’s Snap Store, and community-based Flathub.

          In a blog post summarising the KDE community’s Google Summer of Code 2022 projects Johnny Jazeix explains: “…Suhaas Joshi will work on permission management for Flatpak and Snap applications in Discover [to allow users to] change permissions granted to an application (e.g. file system, network, and so on) and also make it easier to review them.”

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Budgie Desktop is Coming to Fedora

        Budgie is a GNOME-based desktop environment for Linux distributions. It offers a minimal yet well measured desktop experience built around a practical desktop layout and enhanced by a set of home-grown apps and utilities to configure it.

        The Budgie desktop project is independent of a distro these days but is yet to be included in the Fedora repos for Fedora users to install instead of/alongside other desktop environments.

        Fedora needs little introduction. Steered by Red Hat, it’s one of the leading desktop Linux distributions out there and a long-shining start in the the free software scene. Budgie is one of the better known desktop environments and sits at the heart of several well-received Linux distributions, including Solus and Ubuntu Budgie.

      • Its FOSSAlmaLinux Continues the Legacy of CentOS with the Release of Version 9 – It’s FOSS News

        If you have been keeping up with our coverages, you may have come across AlmaLinux 9.0 beta release last month.

        AlmaLinux is one of the best RHEL alternatives, so a new stable release based on the latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL 9) is useful as a CentOS replacement.

        The latest AlmaLinux 9 release supports the major architectures that include Intel/AMD(x86_64), ARM64 (aarch64), IBM PowerPC(ppc64le), and IBM Z (s390x).

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • UbuntuNew Active Directory integration features in Ubuntu 22.04 – FAQ [Ed: Canonical boosting Microsoft, as usual]

        Linux Active Directory integration is one of the most popular and requested topics from both the community and our clients. On May 17 we delivered a webinar on the new AD integration features introduced with 22.04 (now available on demand) and following that we received an overwhelming number of questions.

  • Leftovers

    • HackadaySharing Your Projects With The World: How?

      So you just built a super-mega robot project that you want to share with the world. Super! But now you’re faced with an entirely new and different problem: documenting the process for the world to see. It’s enough to drive you back down into the lab.

    • HackadayAuditory Brainstem Implants: The Other Bionic Hearing Device

      You might have heard of the cochlear implant. It’s an electronic device also referred to as a neuroprosthesis, serving as a bionic replacement for the human ear. These implants have brought an improved sense of hearing to hundreds of thousands around the world.

    • HackadayUpcycled Practice Amp Build Goes To Eleven

      What do you call someone who gives the toddler in your life a musical instrument as a gift? In most cases, “mortal enemy” is the correct answer, but not everyone feels quite so curmudgeonly, and might even attempt to turn up the volume a bit. Such is the case with this wonderfully detailed practice amp for the grandkids’ electric ukelele.

    • HackadayBottoms Up: Soda Can Help With Almost Any Project

      If there’s any one thing that the average hacker is short on at a given moment (besides chips), it’s transient small part storage. Just as new projects are built from small parts, diagnostics and teardowns of commercial equipment invariably result in small parts. We think [amenjet] may have the answer — small parts holders made from the bottoms of soda cans.

    • Science

      • Pro PublicaInside the Government Fiasco That Nearly Closed the U.S. Air System

        The prospect sounded terrifying. A nationwide rollout of new wireless technology was set for January, but the aviation industry was warning it would cause mass calamity: 5G signals over new C-band networks could interfere with aircraft safety equipment, causing jetliners to tumble from the sky or speed off the end of runways. Aviation experts warned of “catastrophic failures leading to multiple fatalities.”

        To stave off potential disaster, the Federal Aviation Administration prepared drastic preventive measures that would cancel thousands of flights, stranding passengers from coast to coast and grounding cargo shipments. “The nation’s commerce will grind to a halt,” the airlines’ trade group predicted.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayColor Vector Display Controller Brings Arcade Classics Back To Life

        If you’ve been reading Hackaday long enough, you’ve probably come across a few hacks where someone made simple animations or even video games on an analog oscilloscope screen. Those hacks generally use vector graphics, where the cathode ray tube’s electron beam directly draws geometric shapes onto the screen. This gives the image a unique look that’s quite distinct from the pixel-based raster displays used on TVs and most computer monitors.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • PIAHow to Restore Your Online Privacy in 2022

          In 2020 alone, 500,000 Zoom user accounts were compromised, with much of that data sold on the dark web. Nowadays, relying solely on your ISP and antivirus to protect your data is simply not an option. 

        • IT WireiTWire – ABC reports firms slyly collecting data, fails to disclose it’s in same game

          The ABC has reported that learning software providers were slurping up data of students during the pandemic without clearly indicating they were doing so, but failed to disclose that both its iview service and its news website do something quite similar.

          On its 7.30 program on Wednesday, the ABC reported on what it described as “the results of an exclusive investigation revealing how education technology companies treated the data of millions of Australian school children”.

          The report, headlined “Millions of Australian school students tracked by education technology companies during lockdown” contained comments from privacy expert Chris Cooper of Reset Australia, a researcher at the Australian branch of the tech think-tank.

          It bespeaks a lack of self-awareness on the part of the national broadcaster – which, given that it is funded entirely by taxpayers, has no need to collect data the way in which commercial firms do.

          As iTWire has reported the ABC leaks the data of users, logged in or not, to a number of commercial outlets, including Google, Facebook, Chartbeat and Tealium.

          Melbourne researcher Vanessa Teague, one of the few technical experts to raise objections to the ABC’s imposition of logins for iview users, has pointed out that the ABC news website was also leaking data to the likes of Google, Facebook, Chartbeat and Tealium.

        • Martin Thompson: Entropy and Privacy Analysis

          Aggregation is a powerful tool when it comes to providing privacy for users. But analysis that relies on aggregate statistics for privacy loss hides some of the worst effects of designs.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Counter PunchHumility

        Putin has done criminal harm on a colossal scale. But Putin and his minions are not all of Russia. I have had friendly Zoom conversations with Russians who are just as interested in peace and representative government as we are. While Putin seems to be far from interested in democracy, it is hard to imagine that he is not interested in avoiding nuclear war.

        Sharing that interest with Putin means staying humble about our own faults and refusing simplistic good guy versus bad guy scenarios. There are no good and bad nuclear weapons. Everyone is human and fallible. Preventing escalation requires confronting Putin’s arrogance without humiliating him, even as he fails to humiliate Ukraine.

      • Counter PunchThe Heart is Mightier than the Sword

        Sounds like a horror movie on permanent rewind through the brain, through the soul. Catch your breath, buy a gun. What other choice do you have? It’s called, among other things, “white replacement theory” — but my sense is that the fear itself (fear of God-knows-what) comes first. When it finds a name, what a sense of relief that must be: knowing who the enemy is, where the enemy lives. Now you can go to war.

        Killing 10 people at a grocery store — killing 50 people at two mosques—isn’t murder. It’s healing.

      • Meduza‘Holding people liable for stating the facts’: Condemning the Kremlin’s war against Ukraine is a criminal offense in Russia. Here’s how investigators are building their cases.

        Days after launching its full-fledged invasion of Ukraine, Russia outlawed the spread of “knowingly false information” about the country’s armed forces. The new law, which came into force on March 4, carries punishments of up to 15 years in prison — and it has so far been used to persecute those who openly condemn Russia’s war against Ukraine. Meduza looks into how state investigators are building criminal cases against anti-war Russians for sharing facts and opinions that stray from the Kremlin line.

      • TruthOutSenate Set to Leave Washington for 10-Day Recess Without Action on Gun Violence
      • TruthOutO’Rourke Crashes Abbott Press Conference, Blames GOP for Continued Gun Violence
      • TruthOutFormer White House Aide Says Trump Approved of Mob Chanting “Hang Mike Pence”
      • Pro PublicaGun Laws Permit Texas 18-Year-Olds to Buy AR-15s, but Not Handguns

        The fact that the gunman responsible for this week’s massacre in Uvalde, Texas, was able to buy two AR-15s days after his 18th birthday highlights how much easier it is for Americans to purchase rifles than handguns.

        Under federal law, Americans buying handguns from licensed dealers must be at least 21, which would have precluded Salvador Ramos from buying that type of weapon. That trumps Texas law, which only requires buyers of any type of firearm to be 18 or older.

      • Counter PunchGreat Replacements

        Of course, getting control of the wild proliferation of very deadly weapons throughout American society would not be profitable for the arms manufacturers that own the Congress.  It’s much easier to talk about the stain of racism in the society, since that’s a much more amorphous notion than the concept of rounding up all the AR-15’s and throwing them in a smelter.

        It also appears to be much easier to deride a white supremacist conspiracy theory, talk about social media disinformation, and to point out that Tucker Carlson is a fascist, than it is to talk about the many other reasons why a conspiracy theory like this one might become so very popular so quickly.

      • Counter PunchWar Propaganda, Pseudo-Events and the Global Village Idiot

        What we see as “the news” can boil down to the so-called Pseudo Events manufactured by a sophisticated global PR industry. It is called Public Relations (PR) to avoid the ugly word “propaganda”. PR/propaganda present global news stories – some of which have proven to be rather fictional like the infamous but non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Many of them are generated as new machineries of international propaganda.

        A good example is the UK paper, The Daily Telegraph when it published an event “before” it had happened. Six hours before it actually happened, The Daily Telegraph reporter Toby Harnden described the hanging of Saddam Hussein. While The Guardiancalled such journalists as Media Monkeys, there is a system behind things like these – they are by no means individual mishaps.

      • Counter PunchThe Major Weapons Makers Cash in Worldwide, Not Just in Ukraine

        Raytheon CEO Greg Hayes recently underscored this point in an interview with the Harvard Business Review. While discussing how he should respond to criticism of his company benefiting from a rise in sales right now, he said:

        Indeed, Raytheon will “see some benefit” from the war “over time.”  The company produces the Stinger anti-aircraft missile and co-produces (with Lockheed Martin) the Javelin anti-tank missile, both of which Washington has provided to Ukraine by the thousands.  Now, the companies will be handsomely reimbursed as the Pentagon moves to replenish its stockpiles of those systems. Those sales, in turn, will bolster Hayes’s annual $23 million compensation package, which grew by 11% in 2021. It will undoubtedly only rise more as the company is showered with new contracts tied to Ukraine and other global conflicts.

      • Meduza‘We’re barely afloat’ Alarming comments by Ukrainian officials suggest problems for Kyiv in the Donbas, where Russian troops seek a ‘new Mariupol’

        Since mid-April, Russia has focused its invasion of Ukraine on capturing the eastern region known as the Donbas. According to military reports, the fighting here has been largely positional battles without significant advancements by either side. Both Russia and Ukraine have built up their forces, regrouped, and continued artillery fire. In the last week, however, statements by officials in Kyiv have become more alarming, as if Ukraine’s leadership is preparing the nation for a major defeat: the loss of Severodonetsk (one of the last big cities in the region still under Ukrainian control) and a “new Mariupol.”

      • Counter PunchThe United States Specializes in Exaggerating the Threat

        The symbol of Russia’s miserable performance thus far was the 40-mile armored convoy to Kyiv that turned into traffic gridlock.  Russian troops surged in without air support, and there was no campaign to take out Ukraine’s air defense.  According to Lt. General Mark Hertling, a former commander of the U.S. Army in Europe, the “incompetence in planning command, control and communications is staggering.”  The Russians used cellphones and old-fashioned radios to communicate, which may explain how the Ukrainians (and Americans) acquired intercepted messages enabling them to target general officers.  The invasion force may have been the largest one assembled in Europe since WWII, but it was too small to fight in some cases or to hold territory.

        Russia as a Superpower?  Of course it isn’t, but will this lead to any reconsideration or reassessment of U.S. military requirements regarding the Russian threat?  Will there be an adjustment in the bloated defense budget that receives mindless bipartisan support?  Or will Biden’s national security team do what its predecessors have done since the end of World War II—simply exaggerate the Russian threat and argue for increased defense spending.

      • Counter PunchHow Russian Exclusion Threatens the West

        Her argument has two levels: First, it says that Russia no longer deserves a place on the Council. She said Russia was only “pretending” to respect human rights and must be warned against continuing to act with “such impunity”. The second assumption is that suspending Russia will put pressure on President Putin to stop the aggression. Just as the current suspension of the Russian Federation from the World Tourism Organization or the Bank for International Settlements, or excluding Russians from the World Economic Forum or Wimbledon, the hope is that mounting pressure will force President Putin to change his behavior.

        But there may be unintended consequences to these actions. A recent post in Politico reported that “The Russian government is starting the process of unilaterally withdrawing from a series of international bodies, including the World Trade Organization [WTO] and the World Health Organization [WHO], the Russian Duma’s Deputy Speaker Pyotr Tolstoy said.”

      • Common DreamsFaith Leaders, Teachers Mobilize for Protests at NRA’s Houston Meeting in Wake of Uvalde Massacre

        As national and local gun control advocacy groups prepared to rally in Houston on Friday to protest the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting days after a mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Indivisible Houston reported that Sen. Ted Cruz “made an early appearance” at the convention with a “startling admission.”

        The group installed on Thursday a cardboard cutout of the Republican senator outside the George R. Brown Convention Center, where the NRA gathering will take place. Cruz was pictured giving a thumbs-up sign with the words “I murder teachers and children” written in red across his chest.

      • Common Dreams‘We Need Fewer Guns in Schools, Not More’: Teachers Reject GOP Call for Armed Educators

        The heads of the two largest U.S. teachers’ unions on Thursday roundly rejected renewed calls by Republican politicians—some of them funded by the firearms industry lobby—to arm educators following the massacre of more than 20 children and staff at a Texas elementary school.

        “Bringing more guns into schools makes schools more dangerous and does nothing to shield our students and educators from gun violence.”

      • Democracy Now“Enough Was Enough”: How Australia Reformed Its Gun Laws & Ended Mass Shootings After 1996 Massacre

        After the 1996 Port Arthur mass shooting, Australia passed sweeping new gun control measures that largely ended mass shootings in the country. We speak with Rebecca Peters, an international arms control advocate who led the campaign to reform Australia’s gun laws after the massacre. She recalls how in just 10 days the prime minister brokered a deal with local officials to pass higher standards around gun safety that would prevent any mass shootings for the next 20 years. “We don’t think at all about the possibility of being murdered as we go about our daily lives in Australia,” says Peters.

      • Democracy NowPatrick Cockburn Warns the West’s “Triumphalism” in Ukraine Could Prolong Conflict Indefinitely

        As fighting continues in Ukraine, we speak with journalist Patrick Cockburn, who says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is peddling a “vague triumphalism” which is “obscuring just how dangerous and how bad the situation has become.” His recent CounterPunch piece is headlined “London and Washington are Being Propelled by Hubris — Just as Putin was.”

      • Democracy NowAfter the Uvalde Massacre in South Texas, Will Migrants with Key Info Be Protected from Deportation?

        The Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday it would try to temporarily pause “immigration enforcement activities” in the town of Uvalde, Texas, so families could freely seek assistance and reunite with their loved ones following Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary, which left 19 students and two teachers dead. The school’s population is nearly 90% Latinx, and Uvalde is part of a heavily militarized border zone in South Texas. Officials must take proactive steps to protect immigrants, especially those who are survivors of crime, says César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, author of “Crimmigration Law,” who grew up in the region and is professor of law at Ohio State University.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Without Stopping War, Extreme Hunger Will Continue to Increase

        If the war in Ukraine, that was initiated three months ago, does not end, and without a reduction in the growing number of conflicts in other parts of the world, hunger will only continue to increase.

      • Common DreamsAfter Racist Massacre in Buffalo, Senate GOP Blocks Domestic Terrorism Bill

        Less than two weeks after a white supremacist gunned down 10 Black people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked legislation aimed at combating domestic terrorism in the United States—specifically the growing threat posed by neo-Nazis and white nationalists.

        The final vote on the House-passed legislation was 47-47, with every Senate Republican in attendance voting no. At least 60 yes votes were needed to overcome the filibuster and advance to a final vote on the bill.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Stop the Wars. Save the Planet

        This report “is an atlas of human suffering and a damning indictment of failed climate leadership.”  Such was the response of UN secretary general Antonio Guterres to the February 28, 2022 report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) documenting the present and future impact of the climate crisis on humans and society.  Half the world’s population–more than 3.6 billion people, mostly poorer Africans and south Asians–live with heightened risk of life-threatening floods, wildfires, heatwaves, rising sea levels, droughts, and climate-related respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses due to the apathy of wealthy, powerful governments.  The privileged governments, most responsible for impending climate catastrophe, fail yearly to meet their inadequate greenhouse gas emissions targets and fall short in promised climate adaptation money to developing countries.  Moreover, President Biden recently ordered more production of oil and gas on public lands, betraying campaign promises to “tackle the climate emergency,” a move that is moral madness. 

      • Democracy Now“A Uniquely American Problem”: Pressure Grows for Gun Control After School Massacre in Texas

        As people mourn Tuesday’s mass shooting that left dead 19 students and two teachers, Republicans who still oppose any new gun control measures face growing outrage. “This is a uniquely American problem, and it’s happening with such frequency and such devastation, it’s almost hard to wrap your mind around,” says Robin Lloyd, managing director of the gun violence prevention group Giffords. The NRA has weakened in recent years, but she says the corporate gun lobby is “alive and well” and has prevented any meaningful U.S. gun safety measures for over two decades.

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • DeSmogRevealed: the PR Firm Behind the UK’s Net Zero Backlash

          A well-connected public relations specialist who runs an anti-BBC pressure group and campaigned for a “hard” Brexit is working with climate science denial groups to oppose the UK’s net zero target, DeSmog can report.

          The finding sheds new light on a network of PR agencies, right-wing politicians and think-tanks working to drum up opposition to climate policies as part of a broader drive to cut regulation and boost production of fossil fuels.

        • DeSmogItalian Activists’ Homes Searched by Police Following Gazprom Protests

          The homes of three Italian climate activists were searched by the Italian police last week over their alleged involvement in March in a protest against fossil gas in Milan, Italy.

          The search warrant, shared with DeSmog by one of the activists, alleges that the activists spray painted and vandalized the side of a building, headquarters of the companies Centrex and Weedoo, both of which are involved in the “sale and supply of gas and energy on behalf of Gazprom” a Russian state-owned fossil fuel company, the warrant says. The warrant states that the search is motivated by the assumption that “electronic devices” found may help “identify the accused” or contain “propagandistic material” tied to their “criminal conduct.” 

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Counter PunchFederal Court Halts Illegal Logging in Endangered Grizzly Habitat in NW Montana

          The Ripley logging project authorized almost 17 square miles of commercial logging (10,854 acres) on publicly-owned National Forest lands, including roughly five square miles of clearcuts (3,223 acres).  The project also authorized the construction of 30 miles of new logging roads, as well as reconstruction of 93 miles of logging roads.  By the U.S. Forest Service’s own estimate, the project would cost federal taxpayers $643,000 to implement because the receipts from the commercial timber sales do not cover the cost of the ecological remediation necessary after the project.

          The federal court found that the project is most likely illegal because the government did not analyze the cumulative impacts on grizzly bears from logging on public lands, state lands, and private lands all at the same time.  Roads pose the biggest threat to grizzly bears, followed by logging and habitat removal.  And the Cabinet-Yaak grizzly population in particular is in bad shape.  The most recent actual count of grizzlies (published in 2021 for the 2020 monitoring year) for this population is 45 bears.  The prior year counted 50 bears, and the year before that counted 54 bears.  However, the government’s own Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan requires 100 bears for the minimum viable population.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Common DreamsNY Appeals Court Rules Trump and Two of His Kids Must Testify in Financial Fraud Case

        A New York appeals court ruled Thursday that former President Donald Trump and two of his adult children must sit for depositions as part of the state’s ongoing civil probe into the Trump Organization’s allegedly fraudulent business practices.

        “A court has once again ruled in our favor and ordered Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump to appear before my office to testify under oath,” New York Attorney General Letitia James tweeted. “Our investigation will continue undeterred because no one is above the law.”

      • Craig MurrayThe Power of Lies

        The comments on Peter Oborne’s excellent article on Julian Assange in the Guardian last week are a damning indictment of the media’s ability to instil near universal acceptance of “facts” which are easily proven lies.

      • TruthOutIdaho’s GOP Voters Push Back Against Trump’s Picks
      • FAIRPress Makes Trump, Not Voting Rights, the Primary Issue

        The country’s centrist corporate media have decided what this year’s primaries are mainly about: Donald Trump.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • TechdirtSenator Gillibrand Says We Don’t Have To Regulate Speech, Just Misinfo. Who Wants To Tell Her?

        It remains ridiculous how many politicians, across the political spectrum, resort to nonsense populism and grandstanding, rather than actually being willing to confront actual challenges. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that there are certain societal level issues that politicians simply cannot solve, and given the nature of a democracy based on first-past-the-post voting, it’s natural that politicians are going to gravitate towards emotional pleas, rather than nuanced and thoughtful ones. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not disappointing.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Counter PunchFevers, Fears and Missing Figures in Gorakhpur
      • TruthOutNative Hawaiians Are Confronting the Legacies of “Indian Boarding Schools”
      • TruthOutHope Is Not a Given. We Must Cultivate It Together.
      • TechdirtFollowing Crime Increases, US City Governments Decide It’s Time To Sacrifice Liberty For Safety

        Crime rates are increasing. And too many government officials are deciding it must be something other than the most obvious explanation. That’s prompting actions that will give residents of certain states and cities less liberty, while doing very little for their safety.

      • Counter PunchA Reckoning for Workers this November

        Sometimes the assessment of candidates on these issues is relatively straightforward. Other times, other kinds of considerations cloud the picture. Two races, a congressional contest in West Virginia and a senatorial race in Ohio, illustrate the point.

        In West Virginia, a six-term Republican congressman, David B. McKinley, was defeated in this month’s primary by a fellow Republican incumbent, Alex Mooney, whose own seat had been eliminated by redistricting. The two representatives had fairly similar voting histories, but they differed on a key issue: McKinley’s vote last year for President Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. That bill had strong union backing, for it will funnel billions to West Virginia for roads, bridges, sewers, broadband expansion, upgrading of the electrical grid, and other improvements that mean jobs for West Virginians.

      • Counter PunchAbortion Wars Heat Up

        It added, such events will occur “particularly leading up to and directly following the Supreme Court’s decision in the Mississippi case [i.e., Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization] … expected by June 2022.”

        On May 2nd, Politico published the leaked draft opinion by Justice Alito to strike down the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision granting women the privacy right to have an abortion.

      • TechdirtSenators Push FTC To Protect Location Data Of Abortion Clinic Visitors

        Earlier in May, Motherboard showcased how it was relatively trivial to buy the location data of cellphone users that had visited abortion clinics across the U.S. As states criminalize getting abortions (and helping people get abortions), there’s valid concern that our rampant failure to secure user location data will be abused in new and exceptionally terrible ways, both by state leaders and newly emboldened vigilantes.

      • Pro PublicaIllinois Will Investigate Possible Civil Rights Violations in Student Ticketing

        The Illinois attorney general’s office is investigating whether one of the state’s largest school districts, located in Chicago’s northwest suburbs, violated civil rights laws when police issued tickets to students accused of minor misbehavior.

        Attorney General Kwame Raoul told the Township High School District 211 superintendent last week to provide records on students cited for municipal ordinance violations related to school-based conduct or truancy, according to a letter obtained by ProPublica and the Chicago Tribune. The office also requested data and records related to suspensions, expulsions, student transfers to alternative schools and calls to police regarding students since the start of the 2018-19 school year.

      • Pro PublicaNorthshore Labs Under Federal Investigation in Nevada

        Federal authorities are expanding an investigation into Chicago-based Northshore Clinical Labs following a ProPublica story that raised questions about its COVID-19 testing operations in Nevada, according to an email obtained by ProPublica.

        In a May 17 email that referenced our reporting on Northshore, an investigator with the Inspector General’s Office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicated he planned to subpoena documents from Nevada health officials.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • TechdirtThis Is Really, Really Dumb: Ohio Court Says Google May Be A Common Carrier

        We’ve gone into detail as to why it makes no sense at all, legally or conceptually, to call a website a common carrier. We’ve also explained how conservatives — bizarrely the ones pushing for this, despite decades of claiming that common carrier designations were an affront to all that is good and holy — aren’t going to like it if websites are declared common carriers. And, we just had this fantastic ruling in the 11th Circuit explaining, in clear and direct terms, why websites are not common carriers.

    • Monopolies

      • #SocialMediaComplianceWatch: analysis of Social Media Compliance Reports for the month of March 2022

        Google (including YouTube), Koo, Meta (Facebook and Instagram), ShareChat, Snap, Twitter and WhatsApp have released their reports in compliance with Rule 4(1)(d) of the IT Rules 2021 for the month of March, 2022. The latest of these was published by WhatsApp on May 1, 2022. The reports contain similar shortcomings, which exhibit lack of effort on the part of the social media intermediaries and the government to further transparency and accountability in platform governance. The intermediaries have yet again, not reported on government requests, used misleading metrics and have not disclosed how they use algorithms for proactive monitoring. You can read our analysis of the previous reports here.

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  • GNU/Linux

    • Server

      • Kubernetes 1.24: Maximum Unavailable Replicas for StatefulSet

        Kubernetes StatefulSets, since their introduction in 1.5 and becoming stable in 1.9, have been widely used to run stateful applications. They provide stable pod identity, persistent per pod storage and ordered graceful deployment, scaling and rolling updates. You can think of StatefulSet as the atomic building block for running complex stateful applications. As the use of Kubernetes has grown, so has the number of scenarios requiring StatefulSets. Many of these scenarios, require faster rolling updates than the currently supported one-pod-at-a-time updates, in the case where you’re using the OrderedReady Pod management policy for a StatefulSet.

        Here are some examples:

        In order to support such scenarios, Kubernetes 1.24 includes a new alpha feature to help. Before you can use the new feature you must enable the MaxUnavailableStatefulSet feature flag. Once you enable that, you can specify a new field called maxUnavailable, part of the spec for a StatefulSet.

    • Applications

      • Briar Messenger

        Another week, another privacy-focused messenger.

        Briar is another end to end encrypted messenger that I’ve been taking a look at lately. Here’s a little overview of it and my thoughts.

      • Tavis OrmandyLotus 1-2-3 For Linux

        It’s an exciting time in the Lotus 1-2-3 enthusiast community – that was a joke, there is no enthusiast community, it’s just me!

        It really is an exciting time though – that part isn’t a joke!

        There have been some major developments in the last few weeks, and I guess that’s pretty unusual for 30 year old abandonware.

        I’ll cut to the chase; through a combination of unlikely discoveries, crazy hacks and the 90s BBS warez scene I’ve been able to port Lotus 1-2-3 natively to Linux – an operating system that literally didn’t exist when 1-2-3 was released!

        If you want to hear how a proprietary application could be ported to new operating systems 30 years after release, read on.

    • Games

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • PurismQubes 4.1 Now Available for Pre-Install

        I’m convinced that the Librem 14 is the best laptop for Qubes and our customers seem to agree. Originally, customers who selected Qubes with their order would have to install it themselves with a USB thumb drive we added to the order. More recently we started offering Qubes as a pre-installed option, all set up on the computer before it ships. This required a number of changes to the Qubes OEM project Nitrokey created for their own use so that we could allow customers to reset their disk unlock passphrase on first boot.

        Originally we shipped Qubes 4.0.4 and when Qubes 4.1 was released, many of our customers asked when we would switch to the newer version. Updating our OEM installer for Qubes 4.1 took a lot more effort than we expected, but we are happy to announce that our Qubes 4.1 OEM installer is now complete and we are starting to use it for new orders. This is a project I worked on personally, and in this blog post I’ll do a brief technical dive into what’s involved in making the Qubes OEM installer and why upgrading to Qubes 4.1 was more complicated than expected.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers

      • Mozilla

        • OMG UbuntuCanonical Details Plans to Make the Firefox Snap, Snappier

          I think most of us can agree that the Firefox Snap included in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS doesn’t start up nearly as fast as it could (or arguably should).

          Now, Canonical wants us to know that — and it wants us know that it’s doing something to fix it.

          Canonical’s Oliver Smith runs through the current causes of slow cold startup times in a blog post, and details some of the steps its engineers are taking to improve the situation. Oliver also spends a bit of time setting out the stall for why Firefox is now a Snap app in Ubuntu, and why, overall, a Snap is inherently better for most of us using Ubuntu.

          Oliver explains that the “[Firefox Snap has] trade-offs when it comes to performance, most notably in Firefox’s first launch after a system reboot. A part of this is due to the inherent nature of sandboxing, however we feel there is still significant opportunity to improve start-up times across the board.”

        • MozillaData@Mozilla: Crash Reporting Data Sprint

          Two weeks ago the Socorro Eng/Ops team, in charge of Socorro and Tecken, had its first remote 1-day Data Sprint to onboard folks from ops and engineering.

        • MozillaMozilla Meetups: The Building Blocks of a Trusted Internet

          Join us on June 9 at 3 PM ET for a conversation on how the digital policy landscape not only shapes, but is also shaped by, the way we move around online and what steps our policymakers need to take to ensure a healthy internet.

    • Programming/Development

      • Perl / Raku

        • PerlWhat happened to Perl 7?

          Two years ago Perl 7 was announced. A key idea for Perl 7 was to significantly reduce the boilerplate needed at the top of your code, by enabling a lot of widely used modules / pragmas, but this would have come at the price of breaking some backwards compatibility. This would have meant that some existing code wouldn’t have worked without modification.

  • Leftovers

    • Rolling StoneMeet the OnlyFans Creator Who Said She Slept With Instagram Employees to Get Her Account Back

      One enterprising creator, however, says she found a far more effective way to get her Instagram account back after it was removed: By having sex with a Meta employee. And then, when her account was removed again, she found another employee, and did it again.

      Kitty Lixo, an OnlyFans model, podcast host, and adult-content creator who had more than 150,000 followers before her account was recently removed by Instagram for a fourth time, recently went viral for an interview she gave on the podcast No Jumper. When asked by host Adam22 what the sluttiest thing she ever did was, Kitty recounted sleeping with a Meta employee (someone she already knew) to successfully get her Instagram account back after it was removed, then seeking out other Meta employees through her podcasting and Bay Area connections to do the same when her account was again removed.

    • RTLBBC to axe 1,000 jobs in digital transformation

      The network will create a single 24-hour television news channel serving the UK and abroad, absorbing BBC World.

      Channels including children’s channel CBBC, BBC Four and Radio 4 Extra will stop traditional broadcasting, while “a number” of World Service language services will become digital only.

    • Common DreamsOpinion | The Deep Need to Organize for a Better World

      To begin, an anecdote. This past summer, a pigeon walked through my open balcony door while my attention was elsewhere. I shooed it out, but when I turned around two more pigeons walked out of my bedroom. In the 20 years I’ve lived in my apartment, this had never happened to me, though my balcony door was often open. All I could imagine was that those poor birds had gotten as disoriented as the rest of us in these pandemic years when nothing feels faintly normal.

    • Literary HubWhy Elif Batuman’s Been Thinking About “Compulsive Heterosexuality” ‹ Literary Hub

      EB: I had some thoughts about whether or not to explain what fingering is. So “finger,” for those who don’t know, is a command you used in Unix when email was text-based rather than web-based. You could say “finger” and then the person’s user name, and they’d tell you where they’ve logged in. It was this really sinister, creepy thing that everyone did and nobody talked about.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayRobotic Hand Uses Old CD-ROM Parts

        Robotic arms and actuators are compelling things to watch, and as popular among the maker set as they are crucial to modern industry. [kthod2000] built a design of their own, which relies on parts salvaged from old CD-ROM drives. 

      • HackadayThe 512 Gigabyte Floppy Disk

        There are times when a technology goes almost overnight as if in a puff of smoke, and others when they fade away gradually over time to the point at which their passing is barely noticed. So it is with removable media, while we still have the occasional USB flash disk or SD card , they do not come anywhere near the floppies, Zip disks, and CD-ROMs of the past in their numbers or ubiquity. If the floppy disk is just a save icon to you there’s still the chance to experience their retro charm though, courtesy of [Franklinstein]. He’s made a 3.5″ floppy disk that eschews 720 k, 1.44 M, or even 2.88 Mb, and goes all the way with a claimed 512 Gb capacity. We’re sure we can’t remember these from back in the day!

      • The Register UKMitsubishi Electric details more ‘improper quality control’ • The Register

        Mitsubishi Electric has admitted to widespread cheating on its internal quality control efforts.

        The Japanese giant makes datacenter-scale power supply products, uninterruptible power supplies, high-end optical networking kit, plus plenty of electronics and semiconductor products – so this scandal is of concern to Reg readers. Buyers of other Mitsubishi Electric products, covering building operations, railways, and space systems, also have reason for concern.

        One more thing: the company’s motto is “Changes for the better.” We can’t make this stuff up.

    • Proprietary

      • VOA NewsSanctions Frustrating Russian Ransomware Actors [iophk: Windows TCO]

        Joyce said one reason for the decrease in ransomware attacks since the February 24 invasion is likely improved awareness and defensive measures by U.S. businesses.

        He also said some of it is tied to measures the United States and its Western allies have taken against Moscow in response to the war in Ukraine.

      • The HillAttribution is key to holding cyber criminals accountable

        “Attribution is a good way to make clear to malicious actors that their actions will be seen and will be addressed,” she added.

        Maigre made her remarks on Thursday during a virtual roundtable discussion hosted by The German Marshall Fund. The discussion revolved around Maigre’s policy brief on NATO’s role in global cyber security.

    • Linux Foundation

    • Security

      • Help Net Security3 key elements to protect a Kubernetes cluster

        Kubernetes changed how we structure, deploy, and run our applications and became a de-facto standard for running infrastructure at scale. With the rapid adoption of container-based technologies, organizations are increasingly concerned about the security of their Kubernetes clusters. And they should be! While cloud and enterprise distributions provide solid security capabilities, they require tuning according to match organizational security needs.

      • The Register UKRansomware grounds some flights at Indian budget airline SpiceJet [Ed: Microsoft Windows TCO]

        The carrier has not discussed what variety of ransomware it experienced, the systems it impacted, and whether it paid the ransom or was able to swiftly restore systems. Whatever SpiceJet did to defeat ransomware, it fixed the problem at jet speed – operations resumed within hours rather than stretching into days as happened when Colonial Pipeline was infected.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • VarietyTwitter Fined $150 Million by FTC for Alleged User-Privacy Violations

          The Federal Trade Commission levied a $150 million fine on Twitter, alleging that the social network let advertisers use private data to target specific users — without informing users of the practice.

          According to the agency, Twitter violated a 2011 FTC order that “explicitly prohibited” the company from misrepresenting its privacy and security practices. In addition to the $150 million fine, Twitter is banned from “profiting from its deceptively collected data,” the FTC said.

        • The NationWhat Was the Wiretap?

          According to Brian Hochman’s The Listeners: A History of Wiretapping in the United States, Americans have held many attitudes toward surveillance over the years. The latest, which has calcified since police wiretapping was enshrined into law in 1968, is indifference. Wiretapping was once seen as extraordinary: Americans in the early 20th century considered it a “dirty business.” Then some attitudes shifted, and by the postwar era, many private citizens were already using freelance tappers in divorce disputes. (Hochman drops the astonishing tidbit that in the 1950s in New York, “Private ears tapped more lines to monitor cheating spouses than their counterparts in law enforcement did to gather criminal evidence.”) By the 1960s, Americans were divided, with law-and-order conservatives arguing that police needed the right to surveil and progressives pushing to protect privacy.

        • Site36Traveller screening: Europol wants to collect data on Europeans crossing borders

          Frontex and Europol want to create an indivdual file for all travellers and check it against various databases. The analysis is to be carried out with AI.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • The Washington PostJan. 6 panel is told that Trump indicated support for hanging Pence during insurrection

        The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol collected testimony that then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows remarked to others that then-President Donald Trump indicated his support for hanging Vice President Mike Pence after rioters who stormed the Capitol on that day started chanting “Hang Mike Pence!”

      • BBCYasin Malik: Top Kashmiri separatist given life in Indian jail

        He was found guilty of participating in and funding terrorist acts and involvement in criminal conspiracy.

      • BBCNigeria’s kidnapping crisis: Should ransom payments be banned?

        But the lawmakers argue that such payments fuel the kidnapping industry, where criminal gangs randomly seize people and demand anything from $50 to $1m.

        Detective superintendent Eguaoje Funmilayo of the Federal Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) said families were normally hesitant to involve police, and instead pay ransoms – something that police discourage them from doing.

      • Police discover severed head of missing legislator in Nigeria

        The violence in the southeast is another layer of insecurity in Nigeria, where kidnappings for ransom are common in the northwest and parts of the Middle Belt region. Armed groups like Boko Haram and the Islamic West Africa Province are also active in the northeast of the country.

      • RTLSoros says ‘civilization may not survive’ Ukraine war

        In his traditional dinner speech on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss mountain town of Davos, the Hungarian-born investor and philanthropist said the war has “shaken Europe to its core.”

        “The invasion may have been the beginning of the Third World War and our civilization may not survive it,” Soros said.

      • Foreign PolicySomalia’s al Qaeda Branch Has Gotten ‘Bigger, Stronger, and Bolder’ Since U.S. Exit

        But al-Shabab, which Townsend called the “largest, wealthiest, and most lethally active arm of al Qaeda,” continues to reiterate that it desires to attack the U.S. homeland. The Pentagon does not believe that al-Shabab has the capabilities to match its ambitions just yet, but it has the ability to strike in the Horn of Africa, killing almost 150 people in an attack on Kenya’s Garissa University in 2015 and staging a truck bombing in Mogadishu in 2017 that took almost 600 lives.

      • ShadowproofDocuments Reveal How Pentagon Shaped ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Into A Recruitment And PR Vehicle

        Files on “Top Gun: Maverick” detail the influence the Pentagon had over the sequel to Top Gun, how that affected the storyline and character arcs, and which “key talking points” became part of the script.

        Additionally, documents on “Top Gun” also show the United States military has long wanted this to be a major franchise. 

      • The NationThe War on My Homeland Offers a Real Chance to Save the Planet

        Some days ago, I left my home in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, to make my way to Sweden. There I will address the United Nations’ Stockholm +50 International Meeting on the Human Environment, opening June 2. I will do so on behalf of Stand With Ukraine, a coalition of 45 Ukrainian organizations and networks, supported by hundreds more worldwide. Our message: “End the global fossil fuel addiction that fuels Putin’s war machine.”

      • The NationThe Buffalo Attack Is Part of a Long History of Racial Terror

        Our Buffalo community is grieving right now. We’re grieving for Pearl Young, a grandmother who volunteered every Saturday at her church’s food pantry. We’re grieving for Miss Kat Massey, a dear friend of mine who would write a $10 check every month to the community land trust I ran. We’re grieving for Londin Thomas, an 8-year-old Black girl who hid in a milk cooler while a mass shooter opened fire on a supermarket full of shoppers in East Buffalo, killing 10 people and wounding three others. Londin survived, but she will live with the trauma of that day for the rest of her life. The shooter’s victims were mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunties—pillars of our community who were looked up to and loved.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Meanwhile, Back in Washington, and Somalia, and Syria, and Kenya, and …

        So we hear that former President George W. Bush finally came around to denouncing “the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq.” This unexpected and belated outburst of truth-telling and self-criticism was, of course, unintentional—just one of those verbal gaffes that the man once entertained the nation with on a regular basis. Realizing his error, the former commander-in-chief quickly explained that the unjustified and brutal invasion he was condemning was, naturally, not that of Iraq, but Ukraine. He brushed his faux pas off as a result of his advanced age, and the audience had a good laugh about it all.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Gunmaker Profits Soar as Bloody Massacres Proliferate

        Citizens are waking up to the fact that so many politicians can be so easily bought by the weapons industry, an industry that doesn’t care how many people must die to protect their huge profits. SafeHome.org reports that after a record year in 2020, gun sales in the U.S. dipped slightly in 2021. Still, with nearly 19 million guns sold, 2021 was the second-highest year for gun sales in the U.S.—behind only 2020, when estimated gun sales topped 21 million. The previous record year was 2016, with about 16 million guns sold. Total estimated gun sales fell 13 percent between 2020 and 2021, but they remained higher than they were in 2019 (up nearly 40 percent).

      • Common Dreams‘We Refuse to Go On Like This’: US Students Walk Out to Demand Gun Control

        Students across the United States walked out of their classrooms Thursday to protest gun violence and years of inaction in Washington, D.C. they blame for allowing mass shootings to continue, like the one that killed 19 children and two adults at Robb Elementary School this week.

        “No more thoughts and prayers.”

      • Site36Ukraine war: Russia allegedly uses laser weapons against drones

        Russian high-energy lasers are also said to blind satellites. US land forces mount smaller systems on tanks, German Rheinmetall still working on it.

      • ScheerpostNuland-Pyatt Tape Removed From YouTube After 8 Years

        YouTube has removed the audio evidence proving U.S. involvement in the 2014 coup in Kiev.

      • ScheerpostLee Camp: I Know Who the US Will Coup Next!

        The US government has multiple ways of bringing down other governments, which they have used over the last 50 years to create a ridiculously long list of coups around the world.

      • Common DreamsSenators Set to Leave Town for 10-Day Recess Without Action on Gun Violence Crisis

        The U.S. Senate is set to adjourn Thursday afternoon for a 10-day recess without taking any concrete steps to address the nation’s deadly epidemic of gun violence, following a pattern of inaction that has prevailed in the decade since the worst school shooting in the nation’s history in Newtown, Connecticut.

        “The Senate isn’t even planning a vote before recess following the deadliest school shooting in a decade.”

      • Common Dreams‘No Time to Waste’: New Nationwide March For Our Lives Protests Set for June 11

        Four years, over 100 school shootings, and more than 170,000 U.S. firearm deaths after the first March For Our Lives rallies in 2018, the student-led gun control advocacy group announced Wednesday that it would stage a new nationwide day of protest on June 11 following Tuesday’s Robb Elementary School massacre in Texas.

        “You can’t stop a bullet with thoughts and prayers. To honor those lost and save countless lives, we need action. We’re dying while we wait for it.”

      • The NationBlame Republicans for Uvalde? Yes, but Also Blame the Supreme Court.

        In the aftermath of whatever mass shooting has happened before you finish reading this, attention and outrage will turn to politicians, mainly Republicans, who refuse to do anything to stop the violence. That’s because the political solution to America’s problem has already been figured out by the rest of the world. To stanch gun violence, you must restrict gun access. It really is that simple: Making guns rare and hard to come by leads to fewer gun homicides, fewer gun suicides, and fewer mass shootings.

      • Common Dreams‘We Continue to Fail to Protect Our Youngest’: Guns Leading Cause of Death in Kids

        Following the latest school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Democratic lawmakers are highlighting recent data showing firearms are now the leading cause of death among U.S. children as evidence of the fatal consequences of Republican opposition to gun control legislation.

        “This is a choice,” Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) tweeted Wednesday. “Every vote against gun reform is a choice.”

      • Common Dreams‘Counting Dollars While They Were Counting Bodies’: Abbott Attended Fundraiser Hours After Massacre

        Hours after a gunman armed with two AR-15-style rifles massacred 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott attended a high-dollar fundraiser for his reelection campaign at a private home 300 miles from the site of the shooting.

        The Tuesday evening fundraiser took place at the home of Huntsville resident Jeff Bradley, who confirmed that he hosted the closed-door event but did not provide additional details, such as an attendance list.

      • The NationRight to Life?
      • Common DreamsOpinion | Beyond Gun Control, We Need Hatred Control

        Another terrorist slips into the classroom, into the news.

    • Environment

      • The VergeBig Tech is pouring millions into the wrong climate solution at Davos

        Alphabet, Microsoft, and Salesforce today pledged $500 million to new climate tech that’s supposed to pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere to keep it from heating up the planet. It’s the latest move by Big Tech to propel the emerging technology forward while painting themselves as global leaders when it comes to taking action on climate change.

        Regardless, these companies have a lot of work left to do to deal with their own emissions. Carbon dioxide removal (CDR) isn’t the solution for Big Tech’s own pollution.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Counter PunchCattle Grazing = Death Traps for Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

          Grizzly bears were listed as “threatened” in the lower 48 states under the Endangered Species Act in 1975 – nearly a half century ago. The Endangered Species Act exists for one reason: to protect and recover threatened and endangered species until they are no longer vulnerable to current and foreseeable threats.

          One of the major hurdles for grizzly bear recovery is to have one connected, genetically sound population – not five isolated inbred populations.  Due to the physical disconnect from other populations, the Yellowstone grizzlies remain vulnerable to inbreeding and continue to require the legal protections of the Endangered Species Act.

        • India TimesResearchers from IIT-Madras and Harvard University develop algorithm to combat poaching

          The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says wildlife trade poses the second biggest direct threat to the survival of species after habitat destruction. A study by Traffic, a wildlife trade monitoring network of the WWF, showed that more than 1 lakh tortoises/freshwater turtles have been illegally traded across India since 2009.

          The study by Prof Ravindran’s team and Prof Milind Tambe’s research group ‘Teamcore’ at Harvard University realised that allocating resources of rangers and drones with coordinated patrolling with real-time communication can be a good strategy to protect wildlife in conserved areas. But none of the earlier models included these components.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • The VergeElon Musk will put up $6 billion to drop Tesla loans from his Twitter deal

        After a brutal month for Tesla stock, Elon Musk will no longer fund his Twitter buyout by borrowing against his Tesla ownership stake.

        In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Musk announced the expiration of a series of margin loans against Tesla stock, which had been included as part of his original financing plan to acquire Twitter. As part of the announcement, Musk committed to providing an additional $6.25 billion in equity financing, bringing his total commitment to $33.5 billion.

      • The VergeTwitter shareholder sues Elon Musk for tanking the company’s stock

        The complaint focuses on Musk’s conduct since signing the purchase agreement with Twitter’s board on April 25th, particularly his recent statement that the deal “cannot move forward” without more information about automated accounts on the platform.

        After signing the agreement, the complaint alleges, “Musk proceeded to make statements, send tweets, and engage in conduct designed to create doubt about the deal and drive Twitter’s stock down substantially in order to create leverage that Musk hoped to use to either back out of the purchase or re-negotiate the buyout price.”

      • The HillFacebook rejects Abbott allegation about Texas shooter’s posts

        Facebook is denying Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) allegation that the gunman who killed 21 people, including 19 children, at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday posted publicly about the attack on its platform.

        Abbott said during a press conference Wednesday that the gunman, Salvador Ramos, posted three times before the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.

      • Counter PunchEurope is at a Crossroads of Neoliberalism and What People Actually Want

        Such an idea is neither naive nor impossible. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

        Building a new path based on a lasting peace is the only possible alternative for the sustainability of all people and the planet. The opposite of this means a silencing of the people, the loss of human lives, a divided world, permanent war, living in constant fear of nuclear weapons, and misery for the people affected by war.

      • ScheerpostHead Count
      • HungaryFidesz went all in for the future of Europe, but the excitement shifted to anger

        The Hungarian government is disappointed with the outcome of the conference on the future of Europe, even though the organizations in its orbit took an active part in it. In spite of this, the attempt to channel the views of EU citizens may not have too many practical results, as the member states’ governments exsanguinate the proposals through the EU’s decision-making system.

      • Common DreamsBernie Sanders, Lindsey Graham to Kick Off New Debate Series

        Left-wing Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and far-right Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina are set to kick off a new televised debate series called “The Senate Project” next month.

        Sanders, an independent democratic socialist, and Graham, a Republican ally of former President Donald Trump, are scheduled to square off at 12:00 pm ET on June 13 in an Oxford-style debate moderated by Fox News anchor Bret Baier, the Bipartisan Policy Center—which is co-sponsoring the event alongside the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute—announced Wednesday.

      • Common DreamsOcasio-Cortez Endorses Entire Slate of Democratic Socialists in NY

        Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday endorsed all 13 candidates running for the New York state Legislature on a progressive slate backed by the nation’s largest Democratic Socialists of America chapter.

        DSA For the Many tweeted the Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) endorsement early Thursday morning, proclaiming that “as AOC knows—when we fight together, we win together!”

      • Misinformation/Disinformation

        • NBCTrans woman’s photo used to spread baseless online theory about Texas shooter

          Social media users and trolls on 4chan, Twitter and Facebook are using Sam’s photos and images of at least two other transgender women to spread the baseless theory that the shooter was transgender. In some cases, they have created collages that place the women’s photos alongside images from an Instagram page believed to have belonged to the shooter.

          The claims were spread by some prominent conservatives on Tuesday.

        • Rolling StoneFrom 4Chan to Congress: How a Hateful Anti-Trans Lie About the Uvalde Shooter Went Viral

          The gunman, identified by authorities as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was reportedly born in North Dakota. Little is known about his politics, or motivation for the shooting. As for the trans part? That was a malicious rumor born in the fever swamps of the message board 4chan. (Gosar — himself a right-wing extremist, embraced by white nationalists — has since deleted the tweet; his spokesperson did not respond to a request to comment.)

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • BBCInstagram moderators say Iran offered them bribes to remove accounts

        A Persian-language content moderator for Instagram and a former content moderator have said Iranian intelligence officials offered them money to remove Instagram accounts of journalists and activists.

        “I was offered 5,000 to 10,000 euros [$5,350-$10,700; £4,250-£9,000] to delete an account. They were especially after removing Masih Alinejad,” the former reviewer told BBC Persian.

        Ms Alinejad is an Iranian-American author and activist. Last year, the US justice department said Iranian officials sought to lure the New York-based journalist to a third country to kidnap her.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • ScheerpostDue Process Violations in Assange Case

        Deepa Driver, who was a legal observer in Assange’s courtroom throughout the process, enumerates the ways his due process rights have been violated. 

      • Counter PunchAmericans Must Demand an Independent Investigation of Shireen Abu Akleh’s Killing

        On May 11, she was shot and killed while covering an Israeli raid on the Palestinian refugee camp outside Jenin.

        Abu Akleh’s killing in the Israeli-occupied West Bank was shocking, but hardly unusual. According to the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, she was the 86th journalist to be killed while covering Israeli oppression since Israel first occupied the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem in 1967.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • ABCLawsuit alleges Chicago police officer ‘recklessly’ shot 13-year-old carjacking suspect

        The lawsuit alleges the officer used excessive force “in violation of the U.S. Constitution” and that the Chicago Police Department continues to disproportionately use excessive and deadly force against Black people. It also claims that the city has failed to implement a foot pursuit policy as required by a federal consent decree on police reform efforts.

      • The NationUrvashi Vaid, 1958–2022

        The groundbreaking lesbian leader Urvashi Vaid, who died on May 14, wanted a political funeral—the sort where the mourners take over the streets and break windows. She didn’t get that, but her service did start with a chapel full of loved ones, some in saris, some in suits, screaming “Fuck Cancer!” and “Fuck the Supreme Court!” at the top of our lungs.

      • Common DreamsWith ‘Bounty-Hunting’ Law, Oklahoma Enacts Nation’s First Total Ban on Abortion

        Oklahoma on Wednesday became the first state in the U.S. to enact a total ban on abortion after Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill that outlaws the procedure at fertilization and deputizes private citizens to enforce the prohibition.

        Modeled after Texas’ similarly draconian ban, the Oklahoma measure is one of several increasingly extreme bills that state-level Republicans advanced following the leak of a draft opinion making clear the right-wing Supreme Court majority’s intention to overturn Roe v. Wade in the coming weeks.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • EFF11th Circuit’s Ruling to Uphold Injunction Against Florida’s Social Media Law is a Win Amid a Growing Pack of Bad Online Speech Bills
      • EFFCalifornia Bill Would Make New Broadband Networks More Expensive

        All of these efforts will help bring every Californian affordable fiber internet access. But a bill in the California legislature threatens to undo all of that good work. A.B. 2749, authored by Assemblymember Quirk-Silva, would prohibit the CPUC from requiring providers to offer affordable service to all Californians, and force them to wrongly treat fixed wireless offerings as equivalent to fiber infrastructure. It would also place a completely arbitrary 180-day review shot-clock on the review of applications to federal funding, which will short-circuit public provider efforts to deliver fiber.

        All these provisions run contrary to both the established goals of the Biden Administration and the Newsom administration to deliver affordable, future-proof fiber to all. A.B. 2749 has passed the Assembly and is now headed to the Senate. If this bill—which is supported by industry providers like AT&T and Frontier Communications—were to pass, areas that currently do not even have basic service, primarily rural and urban poor areas, would suffer most of all.

        The CPUC is supposed to provide taxpayer-funded grants to companies that build internet infrastructure. The bill prohibits the CPUC from requiring these grantees to offer a service at a fixed price for more than five years. The CPUC is also prohibited from setting a specified rate or setting a ceiling for rates. The only limited exemption to these bans on affordability are for ‘low-income’ households. This means a family of four making less than $55,000 a year would be protected from broadband price gouging, but the vast majority of Californians would not. Put another way, at a time of record inflation, the Californians getting broadband for the first time will be subject to uncontrolled monopoly pricing on infrastructure that their own tax dollars built.

      • TechdirtStarlink Users Miffed They Have To Pay Extra To Skip The Long Wait

        While Space X’s Starlink is a promising broadband option if you’re out of range of traditional options (and can afford it), many users who’ve pre-ordered aren’t having a great time. Some say they’ve been waiting for service more than a year, during which time Starlink has often refused to answer basic emails or issue refunds, while imposing price hikes on waiting customers.

    • Monopolies

      • Trademarks

        • TechdirtEnormous Fashion Company Zara Opposes Trademark For Tiny ‘House Of Zana’ Fashion House

          The last time we discussed Zara, the clothing retailer based out of Spain, it was to witness the company tripping all over itself to apologize to mainland China for denoting Taiwan and Hong Kong as countries on its website. Well, now the company is back, this time for engaging in a somewhat silly trademark opposition to another, far smaller fashion house named House of Zana. After Zara opposed the smaller company’s trademark application, claiming that the names were too similar and would cause confusion, hearings were held in the UK.

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakTV Piracy is Growing Rapidly in the UK, Data Show

          Nearly half of all piracy traffic is TV-related and the number of illegal downloads and streams continues to rise. This growth is particularly strong in the UK, which in absolute numbers is now ranked third of all countries worldwide. Interestingly, people even pirate content they can watch legally, for free.

        • Torrent FreakFootball Chief Slams IPTV Pirates While Sponsored By Piracy “Supporter”

          Luigi De Siervo, CEO of Italian football league Serie A, isn’t happy that fans watch matches using pirate IPTV services. Describing Italy as a “country of freeloaders”, he says those supporting the illegal market must be stopped. Meanwhile, Hollywood is urging the European Commission to take action against one of Serie A’s key sponsors, which also stands accused of supporting piracy.

        • Hollywood ReporterHow the Publishing World Is Muscling In on Hollywood Deals: For Authors, “The Future Is Multihyphenate”

          Meanwhile, publishers like Condé Nast and Vox Media, which owns New York magazine (from which articles have been adapted for projects like Netflix’s Inventing Anna), are building out in-house production arms in hopes of bringing revenue into the beleaguered magazine industry, and maybe even convert viewers into subscribers. CNE was created as part of the pivot-to-video strategy that many traditional magazines hoped would offset lagging newsstand sales and disappearing advertising dollars, and has since expanded into more ambitious Hollywood projects.

        • Creative CommonsEpisode 33: Open Culture VOICES – Ariadna Matas

          Welcome to episode 33 of Open Culture VOICES! VOICES is a vlog series of short interviews with open GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) experts from around the world. The Open Culture Program at Creative Commons aims to promote better sharing of cultural heritage in GLAMs collections. With Open Culture VOICES, we’re thrilled to bring you various perspectives from dozens of experts speaking in many different languages on what it’s like to open up heritage content online. In this episode, we hear from Ariadna Matas, policy advisor at the Europeana Foundation in the Netherlands. Ariadna contributes to the management and development of the policies and frameworks of Europeana, Europe’s digital library, with a strong focus on copyright, and supports their implementation throughout the Europeana Network. She coordinates the Europeana Copyright Community and the Rights Statements Consortium. She is also a member of the CC Global Network Copyright Platform, the NEMO Working Group on Digitization & IPR, the Libraries and IP Group of the Spanish Federation of Library Associations, and the Rights Statements Consortium Statements and Implementation Working Groups.

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