A Ton of News Sites, With Images Included, Now in Geminispace Owing to NewsWaffle

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 5:05 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum f95facff4d49e4e7a2cd39814e83fc11
News With Images Over Geminispace
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Lots of news sites from all around the world are now fully accessible as GemText owing to new software (and a capsule running it); press reports can be viewed, with real-time updates, and moreover with images inline

THE Web has gotten its share of proxies and gateways (e.g. Invidious and Nitter); Gemini too is getting more and more of them, e.g. for YouTube videos and for GitHub repositories. I get my weather forecasts from Gemini every day, several times per day, and there are plenty of other, versatile, very good tools/capsules in Geminispace. It gets better all the time!

Months ago we wrote about capsules that convert Web sites (and news sites) into GemText, presenting them to anyone instantaneously [1, 2, 3]. There’s now a news one that generates such pages, transiently, ‘on the fly’…

“The choice of GitHub for hosting is tasteless because we already saw how Microsoft treats tools like YouTube-DL if someone makes a mere threat of legal action.”There are news relays that lost courage and shut down. There are other capsules that became extinct, likely for copyright reasons (threats or just fears). NewsWaffle, however, seem to be different. It’s basically CGI, as per today’s announcement (see ongoing discussion about this announcement). NewsWaffle is Free software, albeit hosted in Microsoft’s proprietary trap (Gemini proxy), and hopefully it’ll last. It’s a lot better than any other news proxy/relay software I’ve seen. It supports and presents images too, as shown in the video above (I hadn’t realised this until I recorded it).

This hopefully won’t be today’s sole post (I spent a lot of the day publishing 10 blog posts in my personal blog), but this post represents an exciting discovery. NewsWaffle is really an amazing tool. The choice of GitHub for hosting is tasteless because we already saw how Microsoft treats tools like YouTube-DL if someone makes a mere threat of legal action.

To me, personally, what makes NewsWaffle a game-changer is the support for images.

Links 10/07/2022: Audacious Music Player 4.2, Kdenlive 22.04.3, and GNUnet 0.17.2

Posted in News Roundup at 2:55 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Jupiter BroadcastingBrunch With Brent: Tim Canham | Jupiter Extras 87

        We explore topics including the hardware and software powering NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter; JPL’s switch from Solaris to Linux; the open source projects, tools, and philosophy at JPL, …and more.

    • Kernel Space

      • uni TorontoMy current mixed views on the Linux kernel netconsole

        The Linux kernel’s netconsole allows you to “log kernel printk messages over UDP” to a remote system; this makes it another form of kernel (message) console, alongside the video console and serial console. I’ve looked into netconsole periodically and played with it a bit, and the whole experience has left me with decidedly mixed feelings and very little desire to actually use it in our environment.

        The first problem with netconsole in practice is that the story on the receiving side is what you could politely call lacking. The usual advice is to send netconsole messages to either a listening syslogd or to some manual command. No one seems to have built a usable, ready to go ‘netconsole server’ that would reliably capture netconsole messages, put them in per-host files or the like, and so on (Facebook’s netconsd could be extended into this but it doesn’t ship with a file logger).

        The second problem is that on the sending side, the usage case for netconsole is limited in our environment. If you want to capture normal kernel messages off the machine in normal circumstances, a remote syslog server generally works just as well. If you want to capture kernel messages in crazy situations, you’re almost certainly better off with a serial console, including “serial over IPMI”, because there are a lot fewer moving parts in the kernel for sending output over a serial link than there are for sending even relatively hard-coded UDP messages.

    • Applications

      • PostgreSQLPostgreSQL: CloudNativePG 1.16.0 and 1.15.2 Released!

        We are starting our policy from this release to support the last two minor versions of CloudNativePG. This means that the 1.15 minor version will be supported by the Community for another month after 1.17.0 is released. We are today releasing the patch version 1.15.2 for the 1.15.x branch. For details, please refer to the “Supported releases” section.

        Version 1.16.0 also introduces a few enhancements in the backup and recovery area, as well as in the fencing mechanism, by removing the existing limitation that disables failover when one or more instances are fenced. It adds support for Kubernetes 1.24 and provides several bug fixes.

        Such fixes have been back-ported to the 1.15 release branch and included in the 1.15.2 version.

        For a complete list of changes, please refer to the release notes for 1.16.0 and for 1.15.2.

      • Ubuntu HandbookAudacious Music Player 4.2 is Out Finally! Ubuntu PPA Updated | UbuntuHandbook

        Audacious 4.2 finally goes stable! Here are the new features and how to install guide for Ubuntu users.

        This release is a bit late, since the beta has been released for 5 months. As you may already known, Audacious 4.2 feature new dark theme, as well as Flat icon in both light and dark. You can enable them via ‘Files -> Settings’ dialog.

      • 9to5LinuxAudacious 4.2 Adds Initial Support for Ogg FLAC Streams, Winamp UI Enhancements

        Audacious 4.2 has been in development for almost one and a half years and adds new features like initial support for Ogg FLAC streams, as well as a built-in dark theme that uses Qt’s Fusion style and a new variant of the built-in fallback icons that are dark theme-friendly.

        This release also enhances the Winamp interface in Qt mode with new “Search and Select” and “Jump to Song” dialogs, and improves importing of playlists based on filename by automatically setting the title of the imported playlist, along with the ability to preselect the filename of an imported playlist when it’s exported.

      • Red HatDrogue Cloud: Release 0.10.0

        For this release, we had a focus on improving existing functionality. Mostly extending what was already there, but lacked a few features, knobs to tweak, or as postponed in previous releases. And yes, we fixed a few bugs too.

      • Bryan LundukeLinux process monitoring with… DOOM. Seriously.

        psDooM is a version of the open sourced DOOM… that displays running processes on your system and allows you to kill those processes (in the form of monsters you can shoot).

        It is 100% ridiculous, 100% real, and 100% awesome.

        Now, psDooM is not new. It started life as a proof of concept, at the University of New Mexico, back in 1999. Shortly thereafter it was enhanced and released on Sourceforge… and promptly abandoned in 2000.

      • MedevelCockpit is an Open-source Web-based Interface for Servers

        Cockpit is a web-based graphical interface for Linux servers. It uses the system APIs and commands to create an informative user-friendly dashboard for users.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Linux BuzzHow to Install and Configure VNC on Ubuntu Server 22.04

        Are looking for an easy guide on how to setup VNC on Ubuntu Server 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish)?

        The step-by-step guide on this page will show you how to install and configure VNC on Ubuntu Server 22.04.

        VNC (Virtual Network Computing) is a desktop screen-sharing feature that allows users to remotely access and control the desktop environment of a remote system using a keyboard and mouse.

      • peppe8oGetting your First PCB with Raspberry PI and Fritzing

        Once your first electronic circuit is working and stable, sometimes you may need to move it into a printed board in order to make connections fixed and avoid cables from moving away from your breadboard. With Raspberry PI and Fritzing you can replicate your project into a digital design and send it to PCB manufacturers for live production

      • Barry Kaulerefibootmgr and efivar compiled in OE

        I installed shinobar’s Grub2config in EasyOS, but it reported that it needs ‘efibootmgr’. So, have compiled it in OpenEmbedded, and its dependency package ‘efivar’.

      • How to Install Pip (Python 3) on CentOS – Linux Stans

        In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to install Pip (Python) on CentOS. This tutorial will work for CentOS 7, CentOS 8, and even Fedora.

      • Makulu Shift – How to Create your Own Layout ? – MakuluLinux

        You upgraded to Shift Pro and you now have 16 layouts, but what if you want to edit them or create new layouts ? In this video I show the users how to create and save their own layouts. Its a very easy process and i try go into as much detail as possible.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Kdenlive 22.04.3 Released – Kdenlive

          The last maintenance release of the 22.04 series is out fixing issues with proxy clips, render panel parameters and timeline scrolling among other minor bugs. Oversized icons on Windows should be normal now and speech to text is working again in the Flatpak version.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers

      • Mozilla

        • Daniel AleksandersenOn-device browser translations with Firefox Translations | Ctrl blog

          The Mozilla Firefox web browser is finally beginning to catch up in a market where every competitor has an online language translation service feature. Firefox recently debuted its long-awaited privacy-preserving on-device translation service.

          The built-in integration with Google Translate has been one of the Google Chrome browser’s leading advantages over its competitors. The translation service grants you effortless access to international content in languages you don’t understand. It gives you access to more of the web.

          I attribute much of Google’s pan-European success to its translation services. Why would you want to switch to Chrome from a competitor like Firefox? Well, you can effortlessly access more of the web with Chrome than with Firefox.

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

      • Ruben SchadeRubenerd: A decade without blog comments

        This anniversary completely slipped me by, if one can call it that. I was still on WordPress in June 2012, and I made the decision to turn off web comments permanently.

        I wrote that it was due to spam, which certainly was escalating on my tiny self-hosted site at the time. But trolls were the real reason. I was tiring of cleaning up the mess they defaced my pages with, and didn’t want to deal with moderation queues.


        Still though, is a phrase with two words. I kinda miss inline blog comments, but nowhere near enough to turn such a feature back on, however that may be implemented.

    • GNU Projects

      • GNUnetGNUnet 0.17.2

        This is a bugfix release for gnunet 0.17.1.

    • Programming/Development

      • Gustaf EriksonA simple update queue for HN&&LO – The occasional scrivener – Gustaf Erikson’s blog

        One thing that’s bothered me for a while is that I don’t keep the score and comments for Hackernews entries up to date in a timely manner. So far, I’ve been going back and re-reading last month’s entries but this means that the daily view generally isn’t up-to-date.

        The HN API is hosted on Firebase and thus has the ability to get real-time data, but there’s no Perl interface to it, and I really don’t have time to tinker with an entire async setup for a page that’s updated every hour at most.

      • ButtondownBeyond the Four-Document Model • Buttondown

        We pejoratively talk about “copy and paste programming” as something done by incompetent programmers who don’t know how to write code from scratch.

      • Tail I lose – All this

        I’ve been using the tail command for about 25 years, so you might think I’d know something about it. But last week, as I was putting together a short shell script (not this one), I opened the man page for tail and learned something new. Two things, actually, which surprised me, as tail doesn’t really do that much.

      • Matt RickardHow Kubernetes Broke Git

        How did Kubernetes push git to its limit? Some stories from my time (2016-2019) working on Kubernetes.

        No atomicity across subprojects – In 2016, Kubernetes was still a monorepo. Everything was developed in a single repository. This meant that developers could reuse CI infrastructure easily and ensure that changes to the different components (e.g., kube-proxy, kube-apiserver, kubelet) would work together.

        However, downstream projects needed to build on the API. That meant vendoring parts of Kubernetes or separating API specifications from the code.

        Transitioning to different subproject repositories wasn’t easy. It happened gradually and painfully. The plan was to continue developing the libraries in the monorepo (under a special staging subfolder) and sync the changes to new project repositories. But, of course, this led to all sorts of problems – unreliable syncs, missing commit history, different commit SHAs, and more.

        The solution might seem simple, but even simple problems become difficult at scale, especially when many different people and organizations are involved.

        A system that could record atomic commits across projects or a better submodule experience would have allowed for more flexible developer organization, especially as the project grew to a new scale.

        No benevolent dictator to merge patches – While the Linux kernel successfully scaled on git, Kubernetes had a different governing model. There was no Linus Torvalds to collect patches and manually apply them.

      • Mark DominusThings I wish everyone knew about Git (Part II)

        A Git repository is an append-only filesystem. You can add snapshots of files and directories, but you can’t modify or delete anything. Git commands sometimes purport to modify data. For example git commit –amend suggests that it amends a commit. It doesn’t. There is no such thing as amending a commit; commits are immutable.

        Rather, it writes a completely new commit, and then kinda turns its back on the old one. But the old commit is still in there, pristine, forever.

        In a Git repository you can lose things, in the sense of forgetting where they are. But they can almost always be found again, one way or another, and when you find them they will be exactly the same as they were before. If you git commit –amend and change your mind later, it’s not hard to get the old ⸢unamended⸣ commit back if you want it for some reason.

      • Dhole MomentsIntroducing Cupcake

        If your goal is to prevent insecure software from being developed, the worst thing you can do is to dictate a bunch of increasingly arcane-sounding requirements to developers working against a tight deadline then shame them when they fuck it up.

        A much better strategy is to give developers a tool, with minimal fuss and dependencies, that’s tuned for security out-of-the-box and always does The Right Thing for them.

        Even better is if you introduce it as a write-less, do-more tool that saves developers time and frustration. This incentivizes them to use it over a quick-and-dirty, error-prone, artisanal approach to solving the same problems.

      • RlangFOSS4Spectroscopy: R vs Python | R-bloggers

        If you aren’t familiar with it, the FOSS for Spectroscopy web site lists Free and Open Source Software for spectroscopic applications. The collection is of course never really complete, and your package suggestions are most welcome (how to contribute). My methods for finding packages are improving and at this point the major repositories have been searched reasonably well.

        A few days ago I pushed a major update, and at this point Python packages outnumber R packages more than two to one. The update was made possible because I recently had time to figure out how to search the PyPi.org site automatically.

      • Matt RickardCommoditization of Large Language Models

        The company behind GPT-3, OpenAI, hasn’t released the non-public datasets or model, but they are all trivially recreated without much issue.

        You only need about $12 million to train the model from scratch. And you don’t even need to do that anymore.

        There are plenty of open-sourced models to pick from. There’s GPT-J from a set of independent researchers. Meta is open-sourcing OPT-175B. Stanford researchers are open-sourcing their model, Diffusion-LM.

      • R

        • RlangFixed vs. random effects for browsing data – a simulation | R-bloggers

          When you work with trace data — data that emerge when people interact with technology — you will notice that such data often have properties that open up questions about statistical modelling. I currently work with browsing records, obtained at several times from the same users (i.e., a panel data set). A first typical characteristic of such data: Browsing behaviors are skewed. If you’re interested in people reading politically extreme web sites, you will find a few people doing it a lot, and most people doing little to none.

          A second characteristic relates to the panel nature of the data. If you’re looking at people’s visits to online shops, they do not change their habits much over time — at least these within-person differences are not as great as the differences across people. Panel data lend itself to hierarchical modelling, for example with (1) fixed effects (FE) or (2) random-effects multilevel modelling (RE). For commonalities and differences between these two modelling approaches, see for example Gelman and Hill (2006).[1] The amount of within-person variation relative to between-person variation has important implications for these two approaches.

          Below, I simulate the performance of FE vs. RE models, with these data characteristics in mind. I am mainly interested in the statistical power of each model, although my code can be easily adapted to examine, for example, bias and the RSME. The code builds on two sources: Conceptually, on the paper “Should I Use Fixed or Random Effects?” by Clark and Linzer (2015)[2]. In terms of code architecture, on the R package simhelpers, and its documentation.[3]

        • RlangHow many languages do we need to learn about responsible machine learning? useR! 2022 Conference | R-bloggers

          It might seem that, we don’t have much choice, because the most popular languages in data science are R and Python or if you prefer Python and R. But today we are not talking about these languages!

          During the useR!2022 conference, we can meet with English, Spanish and French. Because of the fact that only English is close to us we created our workshops and papers in this language. But! Is it possible to organize a workshop in another language?

          Yes, it can be done and we did it! We submitted workshop in 5 languages in parallel (English, Spanish, Polish, Turkish and Vietnamese)!

        • RlangHow to Calculate Relative Frequencies in R? | R-bloggers

          How to Calculate Relative Frequencies in R?, The relative frequencies/proportions of values in one or more columns of a data frame can frequently be calculated in R.

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • IEEECharles Babbage’s Difference Engine Turns 200 – IEEE Spectrum

        IT WAS AN IDEA born of frustration, or at least that’s how Charles Babbage would later recall the events of the summer of 1821. That fateful summer, Babbage and his friend and fellow mathematician John Herschel were in England editing astronomical tables. Both men were founding members of the Royal Astronomical Society, but editing astronomical tables is a tedious task, and they were frustrated by all of the errors they found. Exasperated, Babbage exclaimed, “I wish to God these calculations had been executed by steam.” To which Herschel replied, “It is quite possible.“

        Babbage and Herschel were living in the midst of what we now call the Industrial Revolution, and steam-powered machinery was already upending all types of business. Why not astronomy too?

      • New ScientistAI can use your brainwaves to see things that you can’t | New Scientist

        A computer algorithm can use a technique called “ghost imaging” to reconstruct objects from a person’s brainwaves that the person themselves can’t see

        Artificial intelligence can use your brainwaves to see around corners. The technique, called “ghost imaging”, can reconstruct the basic details of objects hidden from view by analysing how the brain processes barely visible reflections on a wall.

      • ACMUsing AI to Fight Food Fraud

        Food fraud is a global problem that typically involves the dilution or mislabeling of food products, or ingredient substitution. In 2013, horse meat was found in many supermarket meals in Europe that claimed to contain beef, for example, while milk has often been found to be watered down in India to increase profits.

        A 2021 study by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization cited a 2018 European Commission finding that estimated ” the cost of food fraud for the global food industry is approximately EUR 30 billion” (about $30.5 billion) each year.

        While chemical analyses can be carried out in a lab to authenticate food, traditional methods are often expensive, time-consuming, and require technical expertise. That is why researchers are aiming to develop new tools that harness artificial intelligence (AI) to enable rapid, inexpensive screening of food and beverages.

        “It would be a very exciting scenario to have AI help us expand the reach and impact of chemical analyses,” says Patrick Ruch, a research staff member at IBM Research in Zurich, Switzerland. “All of the intelligence can be on a smartphone or in the cloud.”

        Ruch and his colleagues have been working on a system to authenticate beverages called HyperTaste that uses a small, portable device called an electronic tongue (e-tongue), combined with machine learning. The e-tongue contains 16 sensors made of conductive polymers that can be thought of as taste buds; when dipped into a drink, the sensors pick up chemical information in the liquid that can be converted into a unique digital fingerprint measured as a time series of voltages. “We know that the signal that we’re measuring is a unique indicator of what’s inside the liquid because these polymers are interacting with all of the small molecules inside,” says Ruch.

      • uni MITBuilding explainability into the components of machine-learning models | MIT News | Massachusetts Institute of Technology

        Researchers develop tools to help data scientists make the features used in machine-learning models more understandable for end users.

      • uni MITToward customizable timber, grown in a lab | MIT News | Massachusetts Institute of Technology

        Researchers show they can control the properties of lab-grown plant material, which could enable the production of wood products with little waste.


        Each year, the world loses about 10 million hectares of forest — an area about the size of Iceland — because of deforestation. At that rate, some scientists predict the world’s forests could disappear in 100 to 200 years.

        In an effort to provide an environmentally friendly and low-waste alternative, researchers at MIT have pioneered a tunable technique to generate wood-like plant material in a lab, which could enable someone to “grow” a wooden product like a table without needing to cut down trees, process lumber, etc.

        These researchers have now demonstrated that, by adjusting certain chemicals used during the growth process, they can precisely control the physical and mechanical properties of the resulting plant material, such as its stiffness and density.

        They also show that, using 3D bioprinting techniques, they can grow plant material in shapes, sizes, and forms that are not found in nature and that can’t be easily produced using traditional agricultural methods.

      • Secure communication with light particles – TU Darmstadt

        While quantum computers offer many novel possibilities, they also pose a threat to internet security since these supercomputers make common encryption methods vulnerable. Based on the so-called quantum key distribution, researchers at TU Darmstadt have developed a new, tap-proof communication network. Their results have now been presented in the renowned journal “PRX Quantum”.

        The new system is used to exchange symmetric keys between parties in order to encrypt messages so that they cannot be read by third parties. In cooperation with Deutsche Telekom, the researchers led by physics professor Thomas Walther succeeded in operating a quantum network that is scalable in terms of the number of users and at the same time robust without the need for trusted nodes. In the future, such systems could protect critical infrastructure from the growing danger of cyberattacks. In addition, tap-proof connections could be installed between different government sites in larger cities.

        The system developed by the Darmstadt researchers enables the so-called quantum key exchange, providing several parties in a star-shaped network with a common random number. Individual light quanta, so-called photons, are distributed to users in the communication network in order to calculate the random number and thus the digital key. Due to quantum physical effects, these keys are particularly secure. In this way, communication is particularly highly protected, and existing eavesdropping attacks can be detected.

      • New ScientistAcoustic levitation used to build complex structures in mid-air | New Scientist

        Precisely sculpted sound waves have been used to levitate components and tiny droplets of quick-setting glue to build complex structures piece by piece in mid-air. The approach may have practical engineering and medical applications.

        Asier Marzo at the Public University of Navarre, Spain, and his colleagues have developed a system called LeviPrint, which uses a robot arm that can create very specific sound waves. The arm’s movement and acoustic levitation abilities mean that it can carry components to assemble an object from them without touching any parts.

        By sculpting sound waves, the machine is able to levitate, rotate and move droplets of glue or resin and small sticks, and by combining these, it can create complex structures. The glue is set almost immediately using a beam of ultraviolet light. Small droplets of resin can also be added to parts and cured in the same way, allowing the device to function similarly to a 3D printer.

      • Robotic arms connected directly to brain of partially paralyzed man allows him to feed himself – Science & research news | Frontiers

        Recent advances in neural science, robotics, and software have enabled scientists to develop a robotic system that responds to muscle movement signals from a partially paralyzed person relayed through a brain-machine interface. Human and robot act as a team to make performing some tasks a piece of cake.

        Two robotic arms – a fork in one hand, a knife in the other – flank a seated man, who sits in front of a table, with a piece of cake on a plate. A computerized voice announces each action: “moving fork to food” and “retracting knife.” Partially paralyzed, the man makes subtle motions with his right and left fists at certain prompts, such as “select cut location”, so that the machine slices off a bite-sized piece. Now: “moving food to mouth” and another subtle gesture to align the fork with his mouth.

        In less than 90 seconds, a person with very limited upper body mobility who hasn’t been able to use his fingers in about 30 years, just fed himself dessert using his mind and some smart robotic hands.

      • Matt RickardNot Even Wrong

        Hypotheses that can be wrong are the cornerstone of science. We must be able to run experiments to collect evidence that proves or disproves our theories. Karl Popper, one of the most influential philosophers of science, originally drew the distinction between science and non-science as falsifiability.

    • Education

      • Chronicle Of Higher EducationFading Beacon

        The U.S. may never regain its dominance as a destination for international students. Here’s why that matters.

        American higher education has long prided itself on being a brilliant beacon, attracting generations of students from around the globe.

        They come for education and for opportunity. Many, having established ties to America, return home to take roles in academe, business, or government. No country has trained more foreign leaders than the United States.

    • Hardware

      • Tom MacWrightLumina: a review [Ed: But it's not a review, it's a gift]

        The Lumina is a webcam, the first product from a company of the same name. They offered me one to test and write about. So, take that into account (#ad?), but none of these links are affiliate and my darned honesty prevents me from lying for money.


        The software is okay, but not perfect. The Lumina control panel is a Qt application, so in my opinion it’s better than an Electron app. But doesn’t feel as native as a Mac application like Camo.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Michael West MediaWhither Medicare? The threat to Labor’s light on the hill – Michael West

        Covid continues to pummel the health system. Interest rates are going up and the energy crisis rages. The new government has its work cut out. One of the most acute challenges is in healthcare, where Labor has always dreamed big, writes Mark Sawyer.

        Australians pride themselves on their health system. The envy of the world, we like to think. And with the party that gave us Medicare back in power, things are likely to get even better. Alas, the reality looks different.

      • Smart, Dissolving Pacemaker Communicates With Body-Area Sensor and Control Network – News Center

        Last summer, Northwestern University scientists introduced the first-ever transient pacemaker — a fully implantable, wireless device that harmlessly dissolves in the body after it’s no longer needed. Now, in a study published in the journal Science, they unveil a new, smart version that is integrated into a coordinated network of four soft, flexible, wireless, wearable sensors and control units placed around the upper body.

        The work was led by Northwestern’s John Rogers, PhD, the Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering; Igor R. Efimov, PhD, professor at the McCormick School of Engineering; and Rishi Arora, MD, professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology.

        The sensors communicate with each other to continuously monitor the body’s various physiological functions, including body temperature, oxygen levels, respiration, muscle tone, physical activity and the heart’s electrical activity.

        The system then uses algorithms to analyze this combined activity in order to autonomously detect abnormal cardiac rhythms and decide when to pace the heart and at what rate. All this information is streamed to a smartphone or tablet, so physicians can remotely monitor their patients.

    • Entrapment (Microsoft GitHub)

      • Bryan LundukeMicrosoft begins “Extinguish” phase of dealing with Open Source.

        Yesterday, we discussed Microsoft’s growing control of the Linux and Open Source world. Purchasing influence and power over large portions of the FOSS world (which, until very recently, Microsoft regarded as Enemy #1).

        I posited that these actions by Microsoft bear a striking resemblance to both the “Embrace” and “Extend” portions of the famous “Embrace, Extend, Extinguish” strategy that Microsoft has used, in the past, to defeat other competition.

        Well, it appears that the “Extinguish” phase has begun.

      • Bryan Lunduke“Linux Sucks 2022″ is now free for all to watch!

        Back in May, the 2022 edition of “Linux Sucks” — the latest installment of the “Linux Sucks” series which has been watched millions of times — was recorded live. Exclusively for the subscribers of The Lunduke Journal.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Engadget[Cr]acker claims they stole police data on a billion Chinese citizens | Engadget

          A hacker (or group of hackers) claims to have stolen data on a billion Chinese citizens from a Shanghai police database. According to Bloomberg, the hacker is attempting to sell 23 terabytes of data for 10 bitcoin, which is worth just over $198,000 at the time of writing.

          The data includes names, addresses, birthplaces, national IDs and phone numbers. The Wall Street Journal reports that the hacker provided a sample of the data, which included crime reports dating as far back as 1995. Reporters confirmed the legitimacy of at least some of the data by calling people whose numbers were listed.

          It’s not yet clear how the hacker infiltrated the police database, though there have been suggestions that they gained access via an Alibaba cloud computing company called Aliyun, which was said to host the database. Alibaba said it’s investigating the matter.

        • Sci Tech DailyAI Algorithm Predicts Future Crimes One Week in Advance With 90% Accuracy

          A new computer model uses publicly available data to predict crime accurately in eight cities in the U.S., while revealing increased police response in wealthy neighborhoods at the expense of less advantaged areas.

          Advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning have sparked interest from governments that would like to use these tools for predictive policing to deter crime. However, early efforts at crime prediction have been controversial, because they do not account for systemic biases in police enforcement and its complex relationship with crime and society.

          University of Chicago data and social scientists have developed a new algorithm that forecasts crime by learning patterns in time and geographic locations from public data on violent and property crimes. It has demonstrated success at predicting future crimes one week in advance with approximately 90% accuracy.

        • NextgovNIST Identifies 4 Quantum-Resistant Encryption Algorithms [Ed: NIST is renowned or notorious for back doors. Don't trust any of its ciphers. The "quantum" nonsense in relation to encryption is just that. Nonsense. The media repeat "quantum" technobabble.]

          The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced the first series of quantum-resistant computer algorithms, a major development to secure digital information in a post-quantum world.

          Announced on Tuesday, NIST officials identified four encryption tools specifically designed to withstand future hacking by a quantum machine. Cybersecurity in the age of viable quantum computers has been of paramount concern, with its computing power strong enough to break through conventional algorithms and access sensitive data.

          The four algorithms contribute to NIST’s ongoing post-quantum cryptographic standard, and will be finalized in roughly two years. They are available on NIST’s website, and are referred to as Crystals-Kyber, Crystals-Dilithium, Falcon and SPHINCS+.

          “Today’s announcement is an important milestone in securing our sensitive data against the possibility of future cyberattacks from quantum computers,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “Thanks to NIST’s expertise and commitment to cutting-edge technology, we are able to take the necessary steps to secure electronic information so U.S. businesses can continue innovating while maintaining the trust and confidence of their customers.”

        • Ish SookunWhat is a network sniffer?

          I was on my way back home today with my wife, Shelly, when she asked me if I could explain to her more about this «swindler» device that has become the talk of the town.

          I replied to her that it is not «swindler» but network sniffer.

          In this blog post I will try to explain what is a network sniffer device or software? But before we understand that there a few things we should become familiar with.

          I think most of the Internet users today know that every device connected to the Internet is identified by a string of numbers called the IP address. A phone number is the identifier of a physical telephone. Phone numbers allow calls to be made among fixed telephones and mobile phones. Similarly, devices connected to the Internet are able to find each other and initiate communication protocols using the IP addresses of each device.


          The former CEO of Mauritius Telecom, S. Singh, stated in a radio programme on Friday 1st July 2022 at 17h00, that the Prime Minister of Mauritius, asked him to allow a third-party to install a network sniffer in the premises of the ISP.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • A ‘Sunflower’ Eye in the Sky [Ed: Probably funded by the military for totally unrelated use cases]

        New technology that allows airborne drones to locate aquatic robots is taking off at Dartmouth.

        Researchers from the HealthX and Reality and Robotics Labs, led by computer scientists Xia Zhou and Alberto Quattrini Li, created Sunflower, an aerial sensing system that uses laser light to peer past the water’s surface and detect robots underwater.

      • Associated PressThe next frontier for drones: Letting them fly out of sight [Ed: This is done already and is not exciting]

        For years, there’s been a cardinal rule for flying civilian drones: Keep them within your line of sight. Not just because it’s a good idea — it’s also the law.

        But some drones have recently gotten permission to soar out of their pilots’ sight. They can now inspect high-voltage power lines across the forested Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia. They’re tracking endangered sea turtles off Florida’s coast and monitoring seaports in the Netherlands and railroads from New Jersey to the rural West.

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • David Rosenthal
          It’s Still Not About The Technology

          In response, famed cryptographer Matthew Green, who I’m told HODLs ZCash and is involved in a blockchain startup, posted In defense of crypto(currency), basically arguing against regulating cryptocurrencies because, although their current state is rife with crime and is cooking the planet, better technology is possible.

          Bruce Schneier responded with On the Dangers of Cryptocurrencies and the Uselessness of Blockchain. Below the fold, I argue that both of them have missed the most important point.

        • Matt RickardSmart Contract Immutability

          Smart contracts deployed to Ethereum are, in theory, immutable. Bytecode is uploaded, a constructor function is executed, and the resulting code is stored on the blockchain and cannot be updated.

        • TechRadarBitcoin blockchain activity has plummeted in recent months | TechRadar

          Between rising inflation, fear of a recession, the return of Covid, the war in Ukraine, and the relentless supply chain disruptions, the global markets are in a state of fear, and are assuming defensive positions.

          This has also reflected on the Bitcoin (opens in new tab) blockchain, whose activity has “reduced modestly” over recent weeks, according to a new report by Glassnode. The on-chain market intelligence firm says network activity is now at levels similar to those occurring during the “deepest bear phase” in 2018 and 2019.

    • Finance

      • ABCRenters under increasing strain as cost-of-living pressures bite across Australia – ABC News

        t’s lucky Siobhan Joseph likes the cold, because she can’t afford to turn on her heater.

        The 57-year-old is paying more than 80 per cent of her JobSeeker benefit on rent for her Marrickville home in Sydney’s inner-west.

        Ms Joseph gets about $770 per fortnight from JobSeeker and other support payments, and spends about $600 of that on rent.

        “So I have about $174 left over for everything else,” she said.

        Ms Joseph has had to learn how survive on a single income since the death of her husband in 2020, and the wider battle began against the rising cost of living.

      • Michael West MediaCiao Roma, but it’s soggy pasta for the limping kangaroo – Michael West

        Airport, customer and capacity chaos is besetting Qantas, with industrial action now in the wings, writes Michael Sainsbury.

        It’s a time-worn Qantas tactic: distracting the mainstream and industry media from its problems with whiz-bang announcements and all-expenses paid trips for pet journalists to exotic destinations.

        As chaos swirls around the company and its chief executive, Alan Joyce, Qantas has used both its chunky advertising budget and its ‘coming soon’ aircraft from its new main supplier Airbus and the opening of a new direct route to Rome from Perth (replete with new menu designed by celebrity chef Neil Perry) to swamp unfavourable media coverage.

        “As soon as there’s bad news, you can bet your bottom dollar there’s an announcement,” Transport Workers’ Union secretary Michael Kaine told MWM. “The most recent example of that was the day after the three Federal Court judges on the full bench backed-in the illegality of the outsourcing, Joyce went out to the media and announced that he was going to buy $38 billion worth of new planes.”

      • Forbes, India and Pandora’s Pandemic Box

        In a year GDP contracted 7.7 per cent, and as we brace for another round of ‘reverse’ migrations, and as the farmers wait unheeded at the gates of Delhi, Indian billionaires reached record levels of wealth

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • AxiosElon Musk tries to walk away from Twitter deal

        Elon Musk will try to bail on his $44 billion agreement to buy Twitter, claiming that the social media company hasn’t met its contractual obligations, according to a statement filed with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.

        Why it matters: This could set up a massive legal fight between Musk and Twitter, with a Delaware court as the deal’s ultimate arbiter.

        Behind the scenes: Musk largely waived due diligence before agreeing to buy Twitter at a price that seemed high even before the broad decline in tech stocks.

    • Monopolies

      • Software Patents

        • BBCUK decides AI still cannot patent inventions

          The UK’s Intellectual Property Office has decided artificial-intelligence systems cannot patent inventions for the time being.
          Patents assign the ownership of a new invention to its creator.

          A recent IPO consultation found many experts doubted AI was currently able to invent without human assistance.

          Current law allowed humans to patent inventions made with AI assistance, the government said, despite “misperceptions” this was not the case.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • The other side

        Hello from the other side – these characters are now written from Madrid, Spain!

        This past month was hectic: even though we felt ready, once we were faced with the surprising news of our visas being ready, we realized we still had several things to solve in Mexico! Additionally, once we arrived in Madrid, we have had another set of issues to overcome, combined with a lot of movement (walking, running, biking) and exploration. Hence, not a lot of time to sit down and write, until today.

    • Technical

      • The Old Computer Challenge V2: day 1

        Today is the beginning of the 2022 Old Computer Challenge, for a week I am not restricted to one hour of Internet access per day.


        So far, it’s easy to remember I don’t have Internet all the time, but with my Internet usage it works fine. I use the script to “start” Internet, check my emails, read IRC channels and reply, and then I disconnect. By using small amount of time, I can achieve most of my needs in less than a minute. However, that wouldn’t be practical if I had to download anything big, and people with a fast Internet access (= not me) would have an advantage.

        My guess about this first day being easy is that as I don’t use any streaming service, I don’t need to be connected all the time. All my data are saved locally, and most of my communication needs can be done asynchronously. Even publishing this blog post shouldn’t consume more than 20 seconds.

      • hear hear, eph

        I wrote a bunch about social media in the past few years, and I sort of stopped trying to “convince” anyone to stop using it (be it entirely, or even just partially), but I still remark on the dangers of the services out there. I like what Drew DeVault had to say about the toxicity of Mastodon, too, as he is 100% spot on.


        Anyway, I still support (or sometimes just tolerate) that people still use social networks, but more people are probably leaving them (all of them) at this point, and that can only be a good thing. It’s always up to the individual, though. No one will do it for them.

      • Internet/Gemini

      • Programming

        • Keep infrastructure free

          A lot of essayists wanting to push the square peg of open source software into the round peg of quid-pro-quo market capitalism.


          That’s great, and that can and does happen sometimes, and that’s appreciated, but I’d rather see the change go in the other direction. UBI, free money, food, shelter. Artificial scarcity didn’t make sense during the good years and makes even less sense now that the world is on fire.

          We should be moving away from a world run by Facebook, Apple, Google etc, not towards a world where they financially control the means of production. Please don’t misinterpret this as me trying to snatch the livelihood away from any one contributor to FOSS, be it a five star repo or a one line fix.

* Gemini (Primer) links can be opened using Gemini software. It’s like the World Wide Web but a lot lighter.

Links 10/07/2022: Libreboot 20220710 and Free/Libre Sports Games

Posted in News Roundup at 9:09 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Gadget TendencyRecent testing has shown that Windows 11 is inferior to Ubuntu in terms of speed in a number of tasks.

        Testing was carried out on a computer equipped with an Intel Core i9-12900K processor. Also in the configuration was an Asus ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming WiFi motherboard, 32GB of DDR5-6000 RAM, a 500GB WD Black SN850 SSD, and an AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics card.

        For testing, we used Windows 11 Pro, Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, Ubuntu 22.04 LTS with Linux 5.18 kernel and Intel Clear Linux (build 36580). During testing, more than a hundred tests were carried out, including graphics rendering, music and video transcoding, and other tasks. Some results look like this: [...]

      • AMD Ryzen Pro chips with Microsoft Pluton won’t boot Linux | KitGuru

        AMD has been developing exclusive Ryzen chips for select PC OEMs, like Lenovo. These Ryzen Pro processors use Microsoft’s Pluton security chip, although it seems that Pluton does limit OS compatibility, limiting these processors to the Windows OS.

    • Server

      • HackadayEasier Self Hosting With Umbrel

        While it is undeniable that cloud-based services are handy, there are people who would rather do it themselves. For many of us, it is because we want what we want the way we want it. For others, it is a distrust of leaving your personal data on someone’s server you don’t control. Umbrel is a Linux distribution just for people who want to self-host popular applications like NextCloud or Home Assistant. [ItsFoss] has a good review that points out some of the plusses and minuses of the early version of Umbrel.

    • Kernel Space

      • Video CardzAMD RDNA3 Navi 31/32/33 GPUs to feature DCN 3.2 display engine, Phoenix Point APU gets DCN 3.1

        At least four RDNA3/GFX11 architecture Device IDs are now being used by AMD Linux software engineers in most recent patches. It is clear that the usual prelaunch cycle has begun for AMD’s next graphics architecture, with the enablement for new processors gradually being deployed for Linux kernels, graphics drivers and repositories. This is how we end up with bits of information that can lead to some interesting RDNA3 architecture revelations.

    • Applications

      • LibreBootLibreboot – Libreboot 20220710 released!

        Libreboot is free (as in freedom) boot firmware, which initializes the hardware (e.g. memory controller, CPU, peripherals) in your computer so that software can run. Libreboot then starts a bootloader to load your operating system. It replaces the proprietary BIOS/UEFI firmware typically found on a computer. Libreboot is compatible with specifical computer models that use the Intel/AMD x86 architecture. Libreboot works well with GNU+Linux and BSD operating systems.

        The last Libreboot release, version 20211122, was released on November 22nd in 2021. This new release, Libreboot 20220710, is released today on July 10th, 2022. This is intended to be a stable release, with some caveats.

        You can find this release in the stable directory on Libreboot release mirrors. If you check in the stable directory, you’ll still only find the 20160907 release in there, so please ensure that you check the testing directory!

        This is a bug fix release, relative to 20211122. No new boards or major features have been added, but several problems that existed in the previous release have now been fixed.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • NVISO LabsInvestigating an engineering workstation – Part 4

        Finally, as the last part of the blog series we will have a look at the network traffic observed. We will do this in two sections, the first one will cover a few things useful to know if we are in the situation that Wireshark can dissect the traffic for us. The second section will look into the situation where the dissection is not nicely done by Wireshark.

      • [Old] Michael KohlInstalling NixOS on a Raspberry Pi 3

        The process of installing NixOS on a Raspberry Pi 3 is pretty straightforward, as they are fully supported upstream. However, the documentation is somewhat spread out and occasionally a bit outdated and/or confusing, so I thought it may be worthwhile to summarize my recent experience.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Qmmp on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        Qmmp is a free and open-source audio player that is similar to Winamp. It is written in C++ using the Qt widget toolkit for the user interface, and it officially supports the operating systems Linux, FreeBSD, and Microsoft Windows. Qmmp has many features, including support for popular audio formats, themes, equalizer presets, Last.FM scrobbling, lyrics fetching, streaming from SHOUTcast and Icecast stations, skinned interfaces, and more.

        The player also supports plugins, which allow for further customization and functionality. Overall, Qmmp is a powerful and versatile audio player that is well worth checking out for anyone in search of an excellent alternative to Winamp.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install DeaDBeeF Player on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        DeaDBeeF is an audio player software for Linux, Android, and other Unix-like operating systems and is free and open-source software, except on Android. DeaDBeeF is small in size but big on features. Its interface is customizable and supports themes, and it can play music from CDs and files in many different formats, including MP3, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, and WAV.

        Some other great features include a built-in equalizer and support for plugins. One of the best things about DeaDBeeF is that it’s not resource-intensive and can be used on older computers without any issues. If you’re looking for a lightweight but feature-rich audio player, DeaDBeeF is worth checking out.

        The following tutorial will teach you how to install DeaDBeeF Player on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using a LaunchPAD APT PPA with the command line terminal.

      • UbuntubuzzHow To Install GNU PSPP (An SPSS Alternative) on Ubuntu

        This tutorial will explain in step by step how you can install GNU PSPP on Ubuntu 22.04 and any other versions. This includes instructions for version 20.04 users and older/unsupported ones which cannot install PSPP using the normal way. Finally, this article accompanies our previous one Libre SPSS Alternatives for Ubuntu Users. Now let’s install it.

      • LinuxOpSysHow to Show File Attributes in Linux

        Linux provides us the access control by file and directory permissions on three levels which are user, group, and other. These file permissions provide the basic level of security and access control.

      • Configuring Weechat

        As I primarily use IRC now, I’ve deep dived into the world of IRC clients. So far, I’ve tried irssi, weechat, catgirl, ii. My favorites are weechat and catgirl, I’ll focus on the former here.

    • Games

      • Linux Links9 Fun Free and Open Source Sports Games

        A sports video game is a video game that simulates the practice of sports. This genre of games is popular in part because of the fantasy element; putting yourself in the place of a top class athlete on the world stage.

        Racing games are not covered in this article. We’ve compiled a dedicated round up to showcase fun free and open source Racing Games.

        There is an eligibility criteria that needs to be met to be included in this round up (see below).

        Let’s explore the 9 games. For each game we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screen shot of the game in action, together with links to relevant resources.

      • GamingOnLinuxThe Humble ‘Play with Pride’ bundle has a few nice looking gems available

        Here’s one I somehow completely missed from last week. Humble Bundle has a Play with Pride bundle available with another set of great looking games. I’ll go over what you can expect from each on Linux and Steam Deck using both Deck Verified and ProtonDB reports, giving you an easy way to see if it’s worth picking up.

      • HackadayTemperature-Sensitive Pac-Man/Ghost LED Matrix

        If you’re like us, you never get tired of retro game-inspired projects, and the dynamic duo, [monsely], seem to love them too. Their Temperature-Sensitive Pac-Man/Ghost LED Matrix would make a great desktop display for any gaming enthusiast.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Linux GizmosRISC-V based XIAO ESP32C3 is enabled with Wi-Fi and BLE

        Seeed Studio recently released the compact XIAO ESP32C3 featuring the ESP32-C3 from Espressif Systems. The tiny device supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE and offers pads for external power supply. The XIAO ESP32C3 is available for pre-order at $4.99.

        According to the ESP32-C3 datasheet, the ESP32-C3 is a low power 32-bit RISC-V single-core processor with four stage pipeline with a max clock frequency up to 160MHz. This device also features a 32-bit multiplier, 32-bit divider and up to 32 vectored interrupts at seven priority levels.

      • HackadayCAN Peripheral For RP2040, Courtesy Of PIO

        [Kevin O’Connor] writes to us about his project, can2040 – adding CAN support to the RP2040. The RP2040 doesn’t have a CAN peripheral, but [Kevin] wrote code for the RP2040’s PIO engine that can receive and send CAN packets. Now we can all benefit from his work by using this openly available CAN driver. This library is written in C, so it’s a good fit for the lower-level hackers among us, and in all likelihood, it wouldn’t be hard to make a MicroPython wrapper around it.

      • HackadayGCore: Make Portable Devices With Less Frustration

        [Dan Julio]’s gCore (short for Gadget Core) is aimed at making GUI-based portable and rechargeable gadgets much easier to develop. gCore is the result of [Dan]’s own need for a less tiresome way to develop such hardware.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • MedevelZap: Think Svelte but in Dart, Functional Reactive Web

        Zap is an amazing web framework for building reactive modular web components, It looks a lot like Svelte, but embraces all aspects of the Dart language.

        With Zap, developers can build reactive web applications without the need to hustle with JavaScript, or any of its based framework.

      • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

        • [Old] Michael KohlBash Error Handling with Trap

          Yesterday I ended up writing an impromptu guide to Bash error handling on a PR, so I decided to polish it a bit and turn it into an actual post.

          The goal: whenever our release script encounters an error, send a notification to a Slack channel. We won’t look into the latter part in this post, as it was handled by some Ruby code using the slack-notifier gem. Instead we’ll look into what was necessary to make this work in Bash.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Stacy on IoTWi-Fi gets ready for an industrial makeover with new features

        Cisco, Deutsche Telekom and Intel are leading the WBA working group that wrote this report.

        So what will companies use deterministic Wi-Fi for? Some features and use cases include the ability to guarantee packet delivery and specific latencies as mentioned above. In industrial settings, especially for equipment that is acting autonomously, having defined and guaranteed latency is essential before decoupling it from a wire.

  • Leftovers

    • Education

      • NBCYellowstone bison goring incidents highlight America’s decreasing awareness of nature

        The broader problem may be that many of us no longer know how to relate to nature, because we see ourselves as being outside of it. People are so used to experiencing wildlife through the lens of social media or a wildlife series that we’ve come to see ourselves solely as spectators rather than participants when we enter actual wild places. However, let me be clear: When we visit parks with free-roaming wild animals, we have entered a wild area. And we have no special rights or protections, other than our own common sense.

    • Proprietary

      • The StrategistCyberproofing small and medium businesses—a small step with a big impact [iophk: Windows TCO]

        There are 2.3 million small businesses in Australia. While not all have an active or extensive online presence, digital transformation prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic has made every business increasingly dependent on the secure use of the internet.

        In its latest threat assessment, the Australian Cyber Security Centre reports that small organisations, sole traders, medium-sized businesses, schools and contributors in the supply chain are among the entities most affected by cybercrime and state-sponsored cyber operations. Cybercriminals seek financial gain or sensitive business information and personal data. Even if they are not direct targets, businesses may fall victim due to the spread of ransomware or a data breach.

    • Security

      • Threat PostSneaky Orbit Malware Backdoors Linux Devices {Ed: This is not what a backdoors is; Microsoft puts backdoors in Windows, this is just malware you ought not install]

        The novel threat steals data and can affect all processes running on the OS, stealing information from different commands and utilities and then storing it on the affected machine.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • India TimesFace-recognition business puts SoftBank between China, US

          But the surge faces risks as the facial-scanning system it offers to U.S. heavyweights Mastercard Inc and Visa Inc uses technology from SenseTime Group, a Chinese firm blacklisted by the United States over human rights concerns.

          The JCV-SenseTime partnership highlights SoftBank’s difficult balancing act as Son tries to position his conglomerate as a neutral player even while tensions mount between two key markets, the United States and China.

        • India TimesLargest data leak in China, about 1 billion people’s data leaked

          China has been subject to the biggest data leak in history. Up until last week, when a member posting anonymously in a hacker forum offered to sell the data, a sizable online database believed to hold the personal information of up to a billion Chinese individuals had been left unprotected and open to the public.

          According to cybersecurity experts, the breach could be one of the greatest ever documented, illustrating the dangers of gathering and keeping enormous volumes of sensitive personal data online, particularly in a nation where authorities have open access to such data. Speaking on this massive data leak, here is what Stanislav Protassov, Acronis co-founder & Technology President had to say about the entirety of the situation.

        • The EconomistAs TikTok grows, so does suspicion

          Governments eye TikTok nervously for different reasons. As the first consumer-facing app from China to take off in the West, TikTok is a source of pride in Beijing. But the app’s Chinese ownership makes politicians elsewhere uneasy about its tightening grip on their citizens’ attention. Users’ data could end up in the wrong hands, they fear, or their viewing could be moulded by Chinese propagandists. TikTok has already been banned in India, formerly its largest market. Other countries, including America, are considering their next move.

        • PoliticoEurope faces Facebook blackout

          The EU and U.S. are in the midst of negotiating a new data-transfer text that would allow companies like Meta to continue to ship data across the Atlantic irrespective of the Irish order. Brussels and Washington in March agreed to a preliminary deal at the political level, but negotiations on the legal fine print have stalled and a final deal is unlikely to be reached before the end of the year.

          A spokesperson for the Irish DPC confirmed that the draft decision had been sent to other European privacy regulators, who now have a month to give their input, but wouldn’t discuss details of the decision.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • NYPost1971 druggie diary ‘Go Ask Alice’ was made up by a suburban housewife

        Retired radio personality Rick Emerson is one such reader. He was floored by the book in high school, but it failed to pass the smell test as an adult. In 2015, he looked into the background of the book’s mysterious copyright holder, a UCLA-trained therapist named Beatrice Sparks. The result of his seven-year investigation is “Unmask Alice” (BenBella Books), out now —the first full unraveling of the “Go Ask Alice” myth. It’s a story of ambition, deceit and a gullible public, hungry for morality tales.

    • Environment

      • UndarkDavos Was a Case Study in How Not to Talk About Climate Change

        Sadly, the baloney isn’t hard to detect.

        That $500 million investment in carbon removal? It represents about 0.1 percent of Alphabet, Microsoft, and Salesforce’s collective revenues last year. And it’s dwarfed by the nearly one trillion dollars that energy companies plan to put into new oil and gas projects — so-called “carbon bombs” each blasting more than a billion tons of carbon skyward — by 2030. Likewise, the 150,000 metric tons of carbon removal promised by Swiss Re and Boston Consulting is barely a sliver (0.00002 percent) of the extra 646 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas that those carbon bomb projects are expected to spew into the atmosphere — pollution that will cook the planet for centuries, unless it can be later removed.

      • NBCThefts of this valuable car part have gotten so bad that Congress is trying to fix it

        Thefts of catalytic converters — an antipollution car part laden with platinum, palladium and rhodium — have exploded since the pandemic began, fueled by a surge in the value of those metals. Thieves made off with 12 times as many catalytic converters, which sit exposed underneath most cars, in 2021 as they did in 2019, according to data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, an organization that tracks these thefts.

      • Energy

        • Copenhagen PostWorld’s biggest offshore wind farm under development

          With a capacity of around 2.8 gigawatts, Ørsted has said the facility – named Hornsea 3 – will produce enough low-cost, clean energy to power 3.2 million homes in the UK, making a significant contribution to the British government’s ambition to have 50 gigawatts of offshore wind in operation by 2030.

        • Common DreamsOpinion | Video Hidden by US Navy for 6 Months Shows 34 Hours of Spewing Jet Fuel

          A dramatic video hidden for 6 months by the U.S. Navy of the 34 hours showing 20,000 gallons of jet fuel spraying into a Red Hill tunnel and disappearing into a floor drain that sent thousands of gallons into the water supply of 93,000 residents surfaced on July 5 after an undisclosed Navy employee made public a video that the Navy continued to maintain did not exist.

        • Common DreamsMajor Arctic Drilling Project Seen as Ultimate Test for Biden’s Climate Legacy

          Climate groups raised the alarm and put President Joe Biden on notice after the Bureau of Land Management opened the public comment period Friday for a proposed drilling project in the Alaskan Arctic that critics warn would unleash a dangerous “carbon bomb” and threaten pristine ecosystems if given approval by the federal government.

          “President Biden has set admirable ambitions for tackling the climate crisis but it could all be undermined if the Willow Project moves forward.”

    • Finance

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Workers Should Not Be Sacrificed in a Misguided Effort to Tame Inflation

        In the decades since the 1970s oil-price shocks sent inflation soaring and shackled economic growth, price stability was maintained even when growth was robust. Many policymakers and economists took a bow, proudly claiming that they had found the magic formula. Underpinning the so-called Great Moderation were independent central banks that could anchor inflationary expectations by credibly committing to raise interest rates whenever inflation reared its ugly head – or even act preemptively when necessary. Independence meant that central banks need not – and typically did not – worry about balancing the costs (generally lost output and jobs) against any putative benefits.

      • Robert Reich4 Myths About Raising the Minimum Wage

        We’re the richest country in the world, home to the richest people on the planet. We can, and we must, treat our workers with the dignity and respect they deserve. That starts with paying them a living wage.

      • ScheerpostThe Financial Bubble Era Comes Full Circle

        On April 12, Circle announced it had raised $400 million with investments from BlackRock, Fidelity, Marshall Wace and Fin Capital, noting BlackRock and Circle had entered into a “broader strategic partnership” that would include “exploring capital market applications for USDC” that would “drive the next evolution of Circle’s growth.” This would involve the establishment of a new, BlackRock-managed, government money market fund, the Circle Reserve Fund, through which BlackRock would become “a primary asset manager of USDC cash reserves.”

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • AxiosTrust in news collapses to historic low

        Why it matters: The erosion of trust in media is one of the most significant signs of deepening polarization in America.

        Political party affiliation has become the primary driver of opinions about the media’s trustworthiness, as Gallup has noted.

      • AxiosMusk, Twitter fight media proxy war over fake accounts

        Between the lines: Musk has already signed the deal, so if he backs out, today’s media fight will set the table for an epic legal fight.

      • NPRElon Musk says he won’t buy Twitter

        “Sometimes Twitter has ignored Mr. Musk’s requests, sometimes it has rejected them for reasons that appear to be unjustified, and sometimes it has claimed to comply while giving Mr. Musk incomplete or unusable information,” Musk’s lawyer, Mike Ringler, wrote.

        Legal experts say this may not be sufficient grounds to break off the $44 billion deal without Musk being on the hook for a hefty fine. In response to Musk’s letter, the chair of Twitter’s board said it planned to sue.

      • New York TimesTech Is Not Representative Government

        Corporations are a major force in our lives, and a few digital superpowers act like consequential global actors, at times on par with governments. They have a responsibility beyond profits, whether any of us like it or not.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • CBRHow Sailor Moon’s Dedicated Fanbase Saved the Juggernaut Franchise in North America

        Sailor Moon’s North American syndication is a story that must be told from the separate perspectives of audiences in both America and Canada. When it came to dubbing Sailor Moon, Toei Animation (best known for Dragon Ball and One Piece) would place their trust in DiC — a decision that would go down in infamy and nearly cost the series its Western audience. Censorship, the cutting of five episodes and changes to character backstories would go on to create a beast that only bore a slight resemblance to what came before. Poor performance with US audiences eventually led to the cancelation of its original syndication after only airing up to the first half of the second season.

        Thankfully, Sailor Moon’s cancelation would not be the nail in the coffin for Western viewers, as the show was supported by the community DiC left behind. North of the United States, Sailor Moon’s popularity was substantially more pronounced, leaving Canadian fans confused at DiC’s decision. In response, a group called ‘Save our Sailors’ (or SOS for short) was formed to revive the English dub from the ashes. On December 14, 1996, SOS embarked on a ‘procott’ (the opposite of a boycott) of Strawberry Frosted Pop-Tarts to court sponsors for the English version of the anime, although the effectiveness of this campaign is debatable.

      • ForbesDoes Social Media Censorship Cause Extremism? Talking To The Black Musician Who Makes KKK Members Rethink Racism

        A Facebook friend who doesn’t seem insane regularly shares instances of where Facebook deletes or hides her content.

        In many cases the reasons seem silly or arbitrary, like an AI that doesn’t really understand the content or get the joke. One shows a floating tent, captioned “Floating tent sleeps 4 and offers a cool new way to die while camping.” Other deletions seem more understandable, like the thumb with a face on it and a string tied around in a shape like a noose: it’s not explicitly about lynching, but it’s clearly intending to evoke that imagery. Poor taste, likely offensive, a bad joke, but is it censor-worthy?

        Facebook also often just gets it wrong…

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • TruthOutMy University “Rebranded.” Instead, It Should’ve Actually Confronted Injustice.
      • TruthOutCompanies Offering Abortion Travel Benefits Donate to Anti-Abortion Politicians
      • TruthOutProtests Outside Justices’ Homes Have Increased Since the Overturning of “Roe”
      • Common DreamsOpinion | US Democracy Is Teetering on the Edge of an Abyss

        Over the last few months, we have slowly awoken to a troubling new world. The unfamiliar America that is emerging has become post-Roe, post-gun control, post-safe schools, post-Supreme Court impartiality, post-majoritarian and possibly post-fair elections (we shall see in November and in 2024). The US, which has been teetering on the edge of a cliff for some time, is now starting to tip into an abyss of “minority rule medievalism.”  

      • Common DreamsOpposing ‘Tyranny’ and ‘Scoundrels,’ Sri Lankan Protesters Overrun Presidential Palace

        The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka said he would resign on Saturday and the nation’s president was called on to do the same after anti-government demonstrators—following months of growing protest and anger over a boiling economic crisis—overran the presidential palace and other buildings of top officials.

        “Today we have fought for our freedom from the tyranny and the scoundrels and greedy politicians who have run our nation to ground zero.”

      • Site36Frontex and Europol: EU agencies with surveillance program

        After secret data collection on migrants, Frontex hires 250 new officers to profile travelers

      • Rolling StoneJury Awards $1.7 Million to Ex-Porn Actress Who Sued Oregon Community College

        Court documents show that the judge overseeing the case affirmed that the comments made by Gililland’s professors constituted sex-based discrimination because they “advanced a stereotype about the kind of woman appropriate for the nursing profession.” Although the jury ultimately rejected Gililland’s Title IX claim, they deemed SWOCC had indeed breached a contract with a tuition-paying student by violating its non-discrimination policy, education records policy, and its policy on unlawful harassment.

      • The Toronto StarFreshii’s ‘virtual cashiers’ make $3.75 an hour and have been called ‘outrageous’ — now the chain’s founder wants to go global

        The software was built to connect Freshii patrons with cheap, outsourced workers based in countries thousands of kilometres away. The idea, the creators said, was to help franchise owners cut down on labour costs while keeping their doors open in case local staff called in sick.

        The pilot project went relatively unnoticed until April, when Percy’s business model sparked intense criticism from labour organizers and senior politicians after the Star revealed that some of those “virtual cashiers,” based in countries such as Nicaragua, are paid $3.75 (U.S.) an hour to perform the same tasks as Ontario workers who earn a minimum wage of $15 (CAD) an hour.

      • VOA NewsIran Arrests Activist on State Security Charges, State Media Says

        Iranian authorities arrested an outspoken pro-reform activist, saying he conspired to act against state security, semi-official media in Iran reported Saturday.

        The arrest is the latest in a wave of detentions against the backdrop of escalating tensions with the West and Tehran’s rapid advancement of its nuclear work, while talks to revive the landmark 2015 atomic accord remain at a standstill.

        The semi-official Fars news agency said activist Mostafa Tajzadeh was taken into custody on Friday afternoon and charged with “gathering (to protest) and conspiracy to act against the country’s security.”

      • The Economist“I’m from the Taliban and I’m here to help”

        The Taliban’s appointments fill holes left when thousands of Afghan civil servants fled the country last year. The calibre of the replacements is often questionable. The new Taliban counterpart of the medical director at one Kabul hospital at least has a degree in medicine. But at other hospitals, staff said the new Taliban appointees were fighters or village clerics with more interest in how women dressed than in public health.

        Nor are things much better at the highest levels of government. The cabinet is packed with ethnic-Pushtun Taliban stalwarts. Other groups are sidelined. Appointments “have favoured loyalty and seniority over competence”, notes a un report. Decision-making is unpredictable, say foreign officials who deal with the new government.

        Any hope that the demands of running a battered country might mellow the militants’ ideology was dashed last week, after the regime held a jirga, or grand council, of religious scholars. More than 3,000 clerics and notables—all men—were invited to Kabul for three days of confabulation. It was the biggest gabfest since the Taliban took power. Speculation was rife that the jirga would revisit the unpopular decision to stop girls going to secondary school. Marginalised ethnic groups as well as some inside the Taliban sought signs of compromise from a leadership they see as increasingly remote and autocratic.

      • ABCGroup behind first-ever U.S. Amazon union backs campaigns at 2 warehouses

        Amazon Labor Union, the worker-led union behind the victory at an Amazon warehouse in New York City in April, reached agreements to provide organizing and financial assistance for workers trying to unionize warehouses in Albany, NY. and Campbellsville, KY., who will affiliate as formal chapters of the union, ALU President Chris Smalls told ABC News.

      • ScheerpostThe Breakdown of Legitimacy: A Good and Necessary Thing

        Last December Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor questioned whether the Supreme Court would retain its legitimacy if it overturned Roe v. Wade…

      • The DissenterUS Congresswoman Tlaib Reintroduces Amendment To Reform Espionage Act
    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Common DreamsLetting Medicare Negotiate Drug Prices Would Save US Nearly $290 Billion: CBO

          The Congressional Budget Office said Friday that a pending proposal by Senate Democrats to allow Medicare to negotiate directly with drug companies for lower prices would yield nearly $290 billion in savings and new revenue over ten years of implementation, a predictable yet crucial finding as lawmakers try to revitalize a legislative deal in the coming weeks.

          The Democratic effort to revitalize a broader reconciliation package that could be passed in the narrowly-split Senate without Republican votes is considered the best that can be achieved after Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema tanked the much larger Build Back Better plan—one that included sweeping climate provisions and other social investments—last year.

        • TruthOutCBO: Letting Medicare Negotiate Drug Prices Would Save US Nearly $290 Billion
      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakFilmmakers Sue VPN for Promoting Piracy & Advertising on YTS

          A group of film companies is suing VPN provider VeePN at a federal court in Virginia. The VPN service is accused of various forms of copyright infringement. Among other things, they argue that VeePN ‘promotes’ the use of pirate sites and Popcorn Time, while its services were advertised on the popular torrent site YTS.mx.

        • HackadayYour Console, Your Cartridge, You Choose? Nintendo Faces A Challenge

          If you read our articles, you’ll notice that we will usually feature images related to the subjects we talk about. If they came from another source and they’re not CC-licensed or similar then they are the property of someone else but we are using them under a doctrine known as fair use. Excerpts of copyrighted material may be used under fair use for the purposes of such things as journalistic reporting, so for example we can use a copyrighted picture of Captain America were we to write about Marvel superheroes. Some content owners still try to stop this, and it’s one of them that [Linus Tech Tips] has in their sights as they have published a guide to running Nintendo Switch games on a Steam Deck without they believe giving any justifiable cause for the notoriously litigious game giant to take action. It’s full of carefully blurred Nintendo IP, and there is no coverage of pirate software downloads.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

    • Technical

      • Ancient Domains Of Mystery (ADOM)

        I have two text UI games which I love. I had played them once, then I was playing them many times through time, and I can always play them again. It doesn’t matter if I haven’t played them for some time, because I’m feeling always like I am at home. One of that games I described almost a year ago in [Dwarf Fortress]. The second one is [ADOM].

        I don’t remember how I started to play. ADOM is so old that in my memories it’s convergent with the beginning of the PC’s gaming era. I must read about it in one Roguelike-games article. Why did I start to play the text UI game? Probably because I’m writing many simple text games of life in BASIC. With colorful ASCII characters. So the ADOM must had been looking very familiar to me. But all of this is unclear now. Especially that there were many games, with hi-res graphics mode, which I also want to play then. For unknown reasons, however, I played in ADOM.

      • Limiting bandwidth speed

        Part of my old computing challenge is to limit my bandwidth speed. I chose 1mb/s download and 500kb/s upload, as I can do everything I usually do, although with a bit more waiting and patience.

        We are used for everything to load instantly on the internet, which facilitates the big tech corporations interests, by making it possible for them to make addictive products or use techniques like infinite scrolling. Besides, not having everything load instantly can make you grow patience and it gives you time to think think before doing something on the internet, or gives you the nostalgic feeling of the internet before the 2010s. Most web programs are so heavy they don’t load with the speed
        caps I’ve put, so I suggest to you that if it a program doesn’t load with this speed, it should be removed from your workflow. Not everyone has access to good internet speed, and this facilitates discriminating against those that cannot afford or don’t have at all high internet speed, because they cannot load all the bloat of today’s web pages. We’ve become entitled to having everything instantly delivered to us, which is a form of instant gratification.

      • From Gruvbox to Dracula

        I like the nuances of purple and all, the colors pop and help you to to easily distinguish the syntax when editing files. They aren’t as faint as Gruvbox, so it isn’t that relaxing at night, but together with Redshift I have no issue.

      • Romancing Sisyphus’ Stone

        Charitably, they might mean it as a worker’s right issue, that workers are getting underpaid because hacking on free software is so romantic, but I don’t care how much bathwater you wanna throw out. There’s just some things that are part of the treasure chest of life, reasons why I even open my eyes in the morning.

      • Science

        • Sensory overload

          We’re living in times in which we’re constantly bombarded not just with information, but with literally everything. The psychology community calls them supra-stimuli.

        • Retreats and peace

          The same technique of advertising is virtually every industry at the moment. We can see this especially with technology and the notion that “progress is always good!” Every year, new products, more cores, bigger screen, +100 to any number in the specification sheet etc. and you buy it again and again, being promised illusory “improvements”. The “can’t live without the newest thing” mentality sets in, and voila, you’re a consumer that benefits the world’s largest corporations, all due to clever advertising.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Capsule Deployment Pipeline

          In my previous post I espoused some thoughts on Docker and CI. In short: I hate Docker and think it’s a huge resource waste and many projects abuse CI. So just to give an example of a different way, here’s the Makefile that builds and deploys my own personal capsule.

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  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Tux DigitalThis Week in Linux 205: Linux Laptops, Darktable, Xonotic, Team Fortress 2, 30 Years OpenGL and more Linux news! – TuxDigital

        On this episode of This Week in Linux: OpenGL Celebrates Its 30th Birthday, Linux Laptop Landslide, Xonotic 0.8.5 Released, Darktable 4.0 Released, Lennart Poettering Goes To Microsoft, Open Source Ban In Microsoft Store?, KaOS 2022.06 Released, Burn My Windows, Humble LEGO Games Bundle, Team Fortress 2 Gets Massive Update, Sinishter Wendy Merch Drop, all that and much more on Your Weekly Source for Linux GNews!

      • VideoSystemd Creator Leaves RedHat To Join Microsoft – Invidious

        Lennart Poettering is one of the more contenious figures in the FOSS world but recently he left his position working at RedHat to move on to bigger and better things, that thing is working for Microsoft.

      • VideoProprietary Apps By Default. Is That Ever OK? – Invidious

        I was working on one my software projects (DTOS) today, and I realized that this project of mine depends on proprietary software. In fact, when you install DTOS, it installs proprietary software on you Linux system. Is that OK? I’m asking for community feedback and opinions from those that care about the ideals of free and open source software.

    • Applications

      • Linux Phone AppsNew apps of LinuxPhoneApps.org, Q2/2022

        Let’s have a quick and dirty blog post listing all the additions to our app list in the second quarter of 2022!

      • RlangUpdated Comparison of R Graphical User Interfaces

        I have just updated my detailed reviews of Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) for R, so let’s compare them again.

      • PowerDNSPowerDNS Recursor 4.7.1 Released

        We are proud to announce the release of PowerDNS Recursor 4.7.1.

        This release is a maintenance releases correcting an issue where asynchronous tasks would not be executed promptly. It also allows the generic record format in zone files loaded using the ZoneToCache function.

      • MedevelAliza MS: is an Open Source Free DICOM Viewer for Windows, Linux, and macOS

        Aliza MS is a free open-source DICOM viewer with a dozen of clinical-ready features.

        It is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS. Because it is primarily written in C++ and C, It has a good performance even in working with large files and data sets.


        AlizaMS is released under the GPL-3.0 License

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Strawberry on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        Strawberry is a music player and collection organizer focused on cataloging your music collection. It lets you play and manage your digital music collection or stream your favorite radios. With Strawberry, you can access your music collection from any device with an internet connection. In addition, Strawberry has unofficial streaming support for Tidal and Qobuz.

        While Strawberry is free software released under GPL, the source code is available on GitHub for anyone to use or contribute to. Strawberry is written in C++ using the Qt toolkit. As a result, it is a fast, reliable, and cross-platform application that runs on Windows, macOS, Linux, and more.

        I would suggest users who are unsure about Strawberry Music Player check out the official website features page, which has several screenshots about how it works, before continuing the installation.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Strawberry on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using two different methods with the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install PhotoFlare on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        For anyone who has ever struggled with complicated image editing software, Photoflare may be a welcome relief. This open-source editor provides all the basic features you need to edit images, and it does so with a clean, simple interface. In addition to the standard tools for cropping, rotating, and resizing images.

        Photoflare also offers a range of filters and effects that can be applied with just a few clicks. And if you need more advanced features, such as layers or masking, there are plugins available that can add these capabilities. Best of all, Photoflare is free to download and use, making it an excellent choice for anyone who wants to edit images without spending much money.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Photoflare on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using two different methods with the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install GNU Radio on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        GNU Radio is a powerful toolkit for developing software-defined radios (SDRs). It provides a wide range of signal processing blocks that can be used to implement a variety of SDRs and signal-processing systems. GNU Radio can be used with external RF hardware to create real-world SDRs or without hardware in a simulation-like environment. This flexibility makes GNU Radio an essential tool for anyone interested in developing cutting-edge SDRs. In addition, GNU Radio is released under the GNU General Public License, making it free to use and distribute. This makes it an ideal toolkit for both hobbyists and professional developers alike.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install GNU Radio on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using the command line terminal along.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install WoeUSB on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        WoeUSB is a free, open-source simple tool that enables you to create your own USB stick windows installer from an iso image or an actual DVD. I have used it myself to create bootable USB sticks for installing Windows from ISO images, and it has worked flawlessly every time. The interface is straightforward to use. Select the ISO image or DVD you want to use, select your USB drive, and click “Create.” The process is quick and painless, and the results are always perfect. If you need to install Windows from a bootable USB stick, WoeUSB is the ideal tool for the job.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install WoeUSB on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using a LaunchPAD APT PPA with the command line terminal.

      • RlangHow to install R 3.6.3 (NOT 4+) on Linux MINT 19.x (19.1, 19.2, 19.3)

        I have tried, and failed, to install R version 4+ on my Linux MINT 19.2. The following are the steps I took to remove my old versions of R and manage to install it again.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Nate GrahamThis week in KDE: big things – Adventures in Linux and KDE

          Several big things happened this week, so let’s just jump in:

          Ilya Pominov has added a feature to Gwenview 22.08 that lets you mark up and annotate images using the same annotation UI that’s in Spectacle!

          For Plasma 5.26, Han Young has merged System Settings’ “Formats” and “Languages” pages together, which clarifies the relationship between the systemwide language and its default formats and fixes most of the bugs affecting both of the two old pages!

          For Frameworks 5.97, Slava Ayeev has implemented support in KWallet for the org.freedesktop.secrets standard, which allows KDE apps to be more compatible with 3rd-party credential storage methods. In terms of real-world impacts, the Minecraft launcher should no longer ask you to log in every single time you open it!

          Finally on our list of big changes, for Plasma 5.26 Harald Sitter has added support in KDE’s crash reporter for sending crash information to Sentry, a server-side crash tracing service that will eventually be capable of injecting debug symbols automatically. It may sound technical and boring, but over time it should lead to crash reports becoming more actionable, wasting less of everyone’s time.

          Beyond those, we have a pretty good assortment of other changes to present as well!

        • Daniel Vrátil’s blog: QCoro 0.6.0 Release Announcement

          I’m pleased to announce release 0.6.0 of QCoro, a library that allows using C++20 coroutines with Qt. This release brings several major new features alongside a bunch of bugfixes and improvements inside QCoro.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Voice 0.0.6 for GNOME 43 – Ole Aamot

          Voice is a new Public Voice Communication Software being built on GNOME 43.

          Voice will let you listen to and share short, personal and enjoyable Voicegrams via electronic mail and on the World Wide Web by GNOME executives, employees and volunteers. Ogg Vorbis is a patent-free audio codec that more and more Free Software programs, including GNOME Voice (https://www.gnomevoice.org/) have implemented, so that you can listen to Voicegram recordings with good/fair recording quality.

        • GSoC update #2 – Bouncing cards – Space Penguin

          Some time has passed since the first update, but I have a good news: we have a basic media history viewer!

          The first task of my milestone was to implement a GListModel that is able to load media messages. This is needed to place items inside the GtkGridView of the media history viewer. My first implementation of the list was to manually filter the messages that weren’t of our interest after requesting them from the API, but that led to the obvious problem of possibly making useless requests that don’t return media messages at all. Fortunately Kévin Commaille came to help and suggested to use matrix’s API to filter the messages that contain URLs in their content, this way we know that these calls will just return media messages, thus being a much more efficient method compared to the previous one.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Debian Family

      • FLOSSLinux: Testing 11.4 Debian media images – almost finished – 20220709 1933 UTC

        We’re flagging a bit now, I think but close to the end. The standard Debian images caused no problems: Sledge and I are just finishing up the last few live images to test now.

        Thanks, as ever, to the crew: RattusRattus and Isy, Sledge struggling through feeling awful. No debian-edu testing today, unfortunately, but that almost never breaks anyway.

        Everyone’s getting geared up for Kosovo – you’ll see the other three there with any luck – and you’d catch all of us at the BBQ in Cambridge. It’s going to be a hugely busy month and a bit for Steve and the others. :)

      • FLOSSLinux: 20220709 2100 UTC – Finished Debian media testing for the day

        I’ve just finished my last test: Sledge is finishing his and will then push the release out. Today’s been a bit slow and steady – but we’ve finally got there.

        Thanks, as ever, due to the release team for actually giving us an update, the press team for announcements – and, of course, the various sponsors, administrators and maintainers of Debian infrastructure like cdimage.debian.org and the CD building machines.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • SparkFun ElectronicsTwo New GPS-RTK Kits for Extreme Accuracy
      • SparkFun ElectronicsSwarm x SparkFun – News – SparkFun Electronics

        Today’s guest post will focus on the capabilities of Swarm, and Swarm’s network architecture in conjunction with SparkFun.

      • CNX SoftwareEspressif unveils “One-Stop Matter Solution” for ESP32 wireless SoC’s – CNX Software

        Espressif Systems have announced their one-stop Matter solution that features their ESP32, ESP32-C, and ESP32-S series wireless microcontrollers with WiFi and/or Bluetooth LE connectivity, as well as the ESP32-H series with an 802.15.4 radio for Thread and Zigbee connectivity.

        Matter, which was first introduced in 2019 as Project CHIP, aims to improve interoperability among Smart Home products, has a focus on security, and the protocol is supposed to work on top of the most popular communication standards like Ethernet, Thread, 802.15.4, WiFI, Bluetooth, and so on, but more on that later. The first commercial products with support for Matter are scheduled for the end of the year, so all major vendors of wireless chips have already introduced Matter-ready solutions including NXP, Silicon Labs, Nordic Semi, and others. Espressif had actually already talked about Matter support with the announcement of the ESP32-C2 chip.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • Daniel LemireGo generics are not bad

        When programming, we often need to write ‘generic’ functions where the exact data type is not important. For example, you might want to write a simple function that sums up numbers.

        Go lacked this notion until recently, but it was recently added (as of version 1.18). So I took it out for a spin.

      • Geeks For Geeks10 Most Common Mistakes That Java Developers Make

        If you’re working on any new programming language, there might be certain phases where you can get stuck. This eventually leads any developer to make minor-major errors and creates a roadblock towards their learning curve. Not to forget, as much as you’ll be making mistakes, you’ll achieve excellence. Besides this, learning Java is no different task and thus it can also be excelled with time and with the right resources (tutorials, courses, books, etc) but the path towards becoming an expert is not as simple as it sounds, you need to ensure that you’re avoiding all the “Basic” mistakes that most developers do when they’re at “Beginner” level.

      • Geeks For GeeksApplications, Advantages and Disadvantages of Heap

        Heap is a special tree-based data structure where the three is always a complete binary tree. Heaps are of two types: Max heap and Min heap. In the case of the max-heap, the root node will have a higher value than its subtree, and for the min-heap, the root node will have a lower value than its subtree.

      • MedevelFresh: is a New Web Framework for Building Interactive apps

        Fresh is a next generation web framework, that built for speed, reliability, and simplicity. It is built on top of TypeScript and uses it primarily for development.

      • Medevel10 Open-source Dart Web server Frameworks

        Dart is an open-source general purpose programming language that can be used to produce stable, fast, apps for desktop, mobile and web.

        While it is around for years, it was only popular when it is used as the core for Flutter, the ever-growing framework for building mobile and desktop applications.

      • MedevelVide: An Open Source IDE for the V Language

        Vide is a lightweight open source IDE and code editor for the V programming language that written in V itself.

        The V language is a simple, fast, safe, compiled language for developing maintainable software.

      • Rust

        • Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC)Linux Plumbers Conference: Microconferences at Linux Plumbers Conference: Rust

          Linux Plumbers Conference 2022 is pleased to host the Rust MC

          Rust is a systems programming language that is making great strides in becoming the next big one in the domain.

          Rust for Linux aims to bring it into the kernel since it has a key property that makes it very interesting to consider as the second language in the kernel: it guarantees no undefined behavior takes place (as long as unsafe code is sound). This includes no use-after-free mistakes, no double frees, no data races, etc.

          This microconference intends to cover talks and discussions on both Rust for Linux as well as other non-kernel Rust topics.

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • Extreme TechDeepfakes Are Interviewing For Tech Jobs – ExtremeTech

        The tech industry has been rife with recruiting issues in recent years, from post-interview ghosting to bait-and-switch tactics affecting both sides of a job offer. But now the FBI is warning tech companies to look out for an unexpected challenge: deepfake interviewees.

        Bad actors are impersonating other people via deepfakes to weasel their way into remote work positions, according to the agency’s latest public service announcement. The wrongdoer starts by gathering enough of their target’s personal information to convincingly apply to jobs as that person. Then they acquire a few high-quality photos of the person, either through theft or a bit of casual online sleuthing. When interview time rolls around, the bad actor uses the photos (and sometimes voice spoofing) to create and deploy a deepfake, which often passes for the target in a video medium.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • DaemonFC (Ryan Farmer)New York State passes law to take away Second Amendment rights based on your Social Media posts.

          New York State passes law to take away Second Amendment rights based on your Social Media posts.

          It’s now officially too dangerous to have a Social (Control) Media account in New York State.

          This idea of including handing over your Social (Control) Media handles to the Illinois State Police was floated as a proposed amendment to the unconstitutional and impotent FOID Act.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Michael GeistUnequal Speech: How to Explain the Contradictory Criticism of the CRTC Radio-Canada Decision and Support for Bill C-11

        The controversy over the CRTC’s Radio-Canada decision involving its repeated use of the N-word has continued to grow with Quebec-based politicians – including the governing CAQ and the Liberal Party of Quebec – warning of censorship and calling on Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez to reverse the CRTC decision. The outpouring has left me struggling to reconcile the seeming hypocrisy of politicians who warn about the dangers of CRTC speech regulation even as they have been the most ardent supporters of Bill C-11, eager to pass resolutions that call on the federal government to enact legislation empowering the CRTC to regulate user content.

      • Michael GeistThe Freedom of Expression Wake Up Call: Why the CRTC’s Radio-Canada Ruling Eviscerates the Defence of Bill C-11

        Bill C-11’s defenders have typically dismissed concerns about the bill and its implications for freedom of expression as misinformation. When pressed to address the actual substance in the bill, they either insist (wrongly) that the bill excludes user content or, alternatively, that even if it is in, the CRTC is bound by the Charter and requirements to safeguard freedom of expression. The claims about the exclusion of user content from the bill have been exceptionally weak as any reasonable reading of Section 4.2 leads to the conclusion that content is subject to potential CRTC regulation (for example, TikTok has concluded that all videos with music are caught). That regulation can include conditions on “the presentation of programs and programming services for selection by the public”, which means the CRTC can establish regulations on the presentation of content found on Internet platforms (the suggestion that it can’t or won’t watch millions of videos has always been a red herring since it doesn’t need to with a broadly-applicable regulation in place).

        With user content clearly in the bill, supporters also point to constraints on the CRTC to safeguard freedom of expression. Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez told the Heritage committee “the CRTC, whatever it does in regulations, has to respect freedom of expression.” Liberal MPs regularly echoed that position: Tim Louis stated “freedom of expression is protected under the charter and would be protected in the online streaming act” or Francis Scarpaleggia noted on Charter protections “it is here in black and white. It is in the law. We can tell the opposition not to worry about it, that it is in the law and that all these guarantees are laid down in the law, but they will not believe it.”

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Adapting Videos Into Comics

        Now that I consider it, I’m currently adapting a video series of mine into comic form for the first time ever. This process has a lot of unseen obstacles present, particularly in how to translate the work between two vastly different mediums without sacrificing the essential core of the story- that is to say, the feeling you get when you look at it.

    • Politics

      • Stylometric fingerprinting redux

        Following a recent landmark SCOTUS ruling, many have been trying to publish resources to help people find reproductive healthcare. They often wish to publish anonymously, to avoid being harassed or doxxed by overzealous religious fundamentalists. Some people asked me for help.

    • Technical

      • Social media isolation

        From what I’ve seen, it’s a pretty common belief across Geminispace and Gopherspace that social media is not healthy or good for people. I agree, and I’ve decided to write a little bit about my experience with social media.


        After the Windows Phone platform sunk, I switched to an Android. I got a Snapchat, and mainly used Instagram. I played around with Snapchat for a while, but I never heavily used it like some of my friends did. Some people use it basically like a dating app, and while I’ve arranged a few dates through it, I don’t think it works well like that. We all know what most people use it for, and I just wasn’t interested.


        What a mess. Nowadays I write in Geminispace, shitpost on imageboards, and talk with a few friends over Discord. I really don’t like ‘traditional’ social media because it exacerbates any self-loathing or low self-esteem I might have just to make money for itself.

      • Science

      • Internet/Gemini

        • gopher

          nofer: a gemini to gopher bridge

* Gemini (Primer) links can be opened using Gemini software. It’s like the World Wide Web but a lot lighter.

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