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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.

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      • 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.

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      • #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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  1. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, June 29, 2022

    IRC logs for Wednesday, June 29, 2022

  2. It's 2022 and Installing Software in GNU/Linux Has Never Been Easier

    GNU/Linux is easy to use and extend; the above demonstrates how new software gets installed, removed, and updated in KDE Neon

  3. Sitting Down Less

    Avoiding long periods of sitting down is important for one's health, especially in sedentary lifestyles or jobs

  4. Microsoft Windows Market Share in Russia in 2022: Down From 55% to 50% in 5 Months

    As June ends (last day today) let’s examine the rapid demise of Windows in Russia, even before the exodus media speaks of this week (an ongoing story)

  5. European Patent Office is a Kakistocracy Illustrated

    Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos aren’t just a “dark era” for the EPO; they might in fact be the end of the EPO, having made corruption the “new normal” or “new ways of working”

  6. [Meme] EPO Rewarding Corruption Instead of Upholding the Law and Protecting the European Patent Convention (EPC)

    Wednesday proved that the EPO actively guards corruption and protects Team Battistelli from scrutiny; instead of standing for patent law the EPO under António Campinos stands for overt violations of the law; national delegates are fine with it as long as they’re personally rewarded for complicity

  7. Links 29/06/2022: Collabora Online Developer Edition 22.05 and HPLIP 3.22.6

    Links for the day

  8. Links 29/06/2022: Ubuntu Touch OTA-23

    Links for the day

  9. Cautionary Tales About an António Campinos-Run EPO

    The EPO is basically doomed under António Campinos because he abandoned the law for short term monetary gains (e.g. granting fake software patents under the guise of “4IR”), assuring the demise of the institution, which can no longer attract employees that meet the standard strictly required under the EPC, begetting outsourcing which only worsens everything

  10. Sustainability of Crime at the European Patent Office (EPO), Europe's Second-Largest Institution

    The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation has voted for corruption; it wants violations of the law to carry on for several more years and it all boils down to money (they get paid more if they support breaches of laws, constitutions, and treaties)

  11. EPO is “Building a Team of C and D Players”

    This pretty well describes what happened to the EPO under Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos

  12. Corrupt António Campinos Bought Himself Another Term by Bribing Voters, Whom None of the Staff Trusts

    The EPO has failed to shake off the cabal of Benoît Battistelli; his friend António Campinos has bought himself a second term, demonstrating just how dysfunctional the EPO became (pushing illegal and unconstitutional “reforms” while violating the EPC at every turn)

  13. Links 29/06/2022: Russians Moving to GNU/Linux

    Links for the day

  14. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

    IRC logs for Tuesday, June 28, 2022

  15. [Meme] The Delegates' Munich Rally (June 29th 2022), Re-electing a Corrupt Dictator?

    The EPO's presidency is still being bought using bribes, so there’s no real democracy (auctions, not elections); The reference may be seen as offensive, but remember Benoît Battistelli‘s family ties to Nazism

  16. Most “Job Applicants to an Examiner Position at EPO Who Were Offered a Job Did Not Take it”

    One of many interesting comments left since Monday

  17. CNX Software or CNX Microsofter?

    Is the money worth it, CNX? You are putting off readers, very few of whom are likely to be using antique versions of Microsoft Office; better to focus on news, not spamfarming

  18. Links 28/06/2022: Vim 9.0 and vnlog 1.33

    Links for the day

  19. Steven Vaughan-Nichols: Mouthpiece for Jim Zemlin, Salaried by (or via) ZDNet

    In ZDNet, all the latest 5 “articles” about “Linux” are just spam/puff pieces for the Linux Foundation, a front group of monopolies and foes of the GPL. ZDNet’s Steven Vaughan-Nichols also defamed the person behind the GPL. Follow through to narratives.zdnet.com and find: “Through ZDNet Narratives, our advertising partners tell their comprehensive product and solutions stories” (so it’s not journalism but narratives for sale or coin-operated pundits who cover what the sponsors tell them to)

  20. Twitter: From 'Engagement' Bots to Fake Stats

    Just like in YouTube, where SPAMnil still engages in clickfraud (bots that fake the number of views), Twitter is clearly misleading everybody to give a false sense of importance

  21. New Video From the Free Software Foundation (FSF): “Escape to Freedom”

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  22. Links 28/06/2022: Mozilla Thunderbird 102 and EasyOS 4.2.2 Released

    Links for the day

  23. [Meme] EPO Bosses Sneer at Staff Unrest

    Another new EPO cartoon/meme

  24. [Meme] EPO Policies Decided Behind Closed Doors

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  25. Lots of Legal Action Against the EPO Impending

    The Local Staff Committee The Hague (LSCTH) gives a heads-up regarding a "tsunami of legal cases on the horizon" against Europe's second-largest institution, which operates in the dark with impunity (and thus frequently breaks the law and breaks promises)

  26. “Mobility Package” as Bribes in European Patent Office

    Published a few hours ago

  27. Links 28/06/2022: Plasma Mobile Gear 22.06 and KDE Plasma 5.25.2

    Links for the day

  28. Bastian Best is Still Wrong and Dishonest About Software Patents

    A quick rebuttal to abysmal arguments in favour of software patents, courtesy of people who neither code nor disclose a very obvious conflict of interest (they profit from promotion of such illegal patents, helped by crooked EPO presidencies that violate the European Patent Convention with impunity)

  29. IRC Proceedings: Monday, June 27, 2022

    IRC logs for Monday, June 27, 2022

  30. EPO Protest Tomorrow in Munich

    We urge all EPO workers based in Munich to attend tomorrow's protest; it's not a waste of time, it sends a strong and effective message

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