Links 17/07/2022: postmarketOS 22.06.1 Service Pack 1 and Linux 5.19 RC7

Posted in News Roundup at 6:09 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Linux Made SimpleLinux Weekly Roundup #191

      Welcome to this week’s Linux Weekly Roundup. We had another full week in the world of Linux releases with Linux Mint 21 Beta, Bluestar Linux 5.18.11, Artix Linux 20220713, and PCLinuxOS 2022.07.10.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Three Main PC Operating Systems and How to Choose the Best One for You

        Linux is a free and open-source operating system. It’s very secure and stable, but it’s not as widely compatible with software and hardware as Windows. It’s also not as easy to use, so it may not be the best choice for first-time users.

        However, if you’re looking for a powerful and customizable operating system choose Linux.

        When it comes to choosing a Linux operating system, there are three main types to choose from. They are Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and Zorin OS. All three of these types of Linux operating systems are good choices for someone who is looking to switch to Linux.

        However, they all have different features and strengths. Ubuntu is the most popular Linux operating system and it is also the most user-friendly. Linux Mint is a good choice for those who want a more traditional desktop experience. Zorin OS is a good choice for those who want to try something different.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • VideoShould You Ever Replace Core Linux Utils & Software? – Invidious

        There’s so many fun pieces of software out there and some of that software is designed to replace standards especially some of the unix standards but should you actually use them or are they just a waste of time.

      • Full Circle Magazine: Full Circle Weekly News #270

        SFC urges open source projects to stop using GitHub:


        Porteus 5.0 distribution released:


        Release of Zabbix 6.2:


        The KDE project introduced their fourth generation of KDE Slimbooks:


        Oracle Linux 9 and Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 7 available:


        NIST Approves Quantum Resistant Encryption Algorithms:


        Lennart Pottering left Red Hat and joined Microsoft:


        Release of SpaceVim 2.0:


        Ubuntu MATE distribution has generated builds for the Raspberry Pi:


        wxWidgets 3.2.0 graphical toolkit:


        Bacula 13.0.0 Available:


        Microsoft introduces a ban on the sale of open source software through the Microsoft Store:


        nDPI 4.4 Deep Packet Inspection Released:


        Debian 11.4 update:


        rclone 1.59 released:


        Release of Libreboot 20220710, a completely free distribution of Coreboot:


    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.19-rc7
        It's a Sunday afternoon, I wonder what that might mean..
        Another week, another rc. We obviously had that whole "Retbleed"
        thing, and it does show up in both the diffstat and the shortlog, and
        rc7 is definitely bigger than usual.
        And also as usual, when we've had one of those embargoed hw issues
        pending, the patches didn't get the open development, and then as a
        result missed all the usual sanity checking by all the automation
        build and test infrastructure we have. So no surprise - there's been
        various small fixup patches afterwards too for some corner cases.
        That said, last week there were two other development trees that
        independently also asked for an extension, so 5.19 will be one of
        those releases that have an additional rc8 next weekend before the
        final release. We had some last-minute btrfs reverts, and there's also
        a pending issue with a intel GPU firmware.
        When it rains it pours.
        Not that things really look all that bad. I think we've got the
        retbleed fallout all handled (knock wood), and the btrfs reverts are
        in place. And the Intel GPU firmware issue seems to have a patch
        pending too (or we'll just revert). So it's not like we have any huge
        issues, but an extra week is most definitely called for.
    • Instructionals/Technical

      • ByteXDHow To Start Testing Bash Scripts With BATS – ByteXD

        In this article we’ll learn how to use BATS to test bash scripts. Get familiarized with assertions, functions to clean up tests, and skipping tests.

      • Funkyware: ITCetera: Trying to chainload iPXE on old Etherboot hardware

        Among my collection of PC hardware, I have a few rarities whose netboot implementation predates PXE. Since I recently managed to configure dnsmasq as a potent TFTP and PXE server, I figured that I’d try chainloading iPXE via BOOTP options.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Stumble Guys on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Stumble Guys on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

      • YouTubeHow to install PyCharm Professional on Pop!_OS 22.04

        In this video, we are looking at how to install PyCharm Professional on Pop!_OS 22.04.

      • ByteXDHow to Install LXDE Desktop Environment on Debian 11 – ByteXD

        LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) is a lightweight desktop environment for Linux. It’s fast and low on system resources, yet it’s fully featured and suitable for all types of users. It’s easy to install and configure and it’s one of the most popular desktop environments available for Linux.

      • Linux HintSet up Raspberry Pi Proxy Server using Privoxy

        Privoxy is an open-source web proxy with enhanced filtering mechanism to filter out the incoming data and is mainly used to block the incoming ads from appearing on the screen so that you can enjoy an ads-free internet experience. With this tool, you will be able to make your Raspberry Pi act as a proxy server so that anyone who uses the IP address of your device will browse the internet without ads.
        In this tutorial, you will learn how to set up a Privoxy server on your Raspberry Pi so that you can browse the web on your other devices without ads.

      • ID RootHow To Install Arduino IDE on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Arduino IDE on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Arduino IDE is an open-source application for writing and uploading code to Arduino-compatible boards. This IDE integrated development environment includes a text editor for writing code, a message area, a text console, a toolbar with buttons for common functions, and a set of menus.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Arduino IDE on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.

      • Linux HintCheck the Given Data is PySpark RDD or DataFrame

        In Python, PySpark is a Spark module used to provide a similar kind of processing like spark.

        RDD stands for Resilient Distributed Datasets. We can call RDD a fundamental data structure in Apache Spark.

      • How to install NVIDIA drivers on Rocky Linux 9 – Darryl Dias

        This article will cover how to install NVIDIA drivers on Rocky Linux 9.

        This is a step by step tutorial.

        In order for the driver to install and work correctly you need to disable secure boot, this is by design.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • New version of The GLib/GTK Development Platform – A Getting Started Guide

          I’ve finally released a new small version of glib-gtk-book.

          What triggered my motivation for releasing a new version is a contributor showing up. It stirred up my will to dust a bit the project.

          An appendix will probably be written, in which case another new version will be released, once ready. So … be ready!

        • Ignacy Kuchciński: GSoC 2022: Third update – Design

          It’s been a while since my last update, in which I’ve shared my research about the underlying problem and use cases of the “New Document” feature, regarding its discoverability and ease of use, as part of my Nautilus GSoC Project. Since then I’ve been focusing on the following phase of the project: “Design a mockup based on aforementioned research”, and I’m here today to share the results with you..


          Thanks to the research and help we got both in the design chat room as well as the Whiteboard issue, we’ve managed to prepare a solid mockup, part of which I’ll implement in the next (current) stage of the project. We’ve also prepared some user profiles that will be helpful in the future review, discussed changing the layout of templates overall, and adjusted the schedule. Now it’s finally time to write some code, see you in the next update :)

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Barry KaulerFrench langpack updated 2022-06-28

      Forum member esmourguit has sent me new and updated translations for the French language-pack PET. I have updated the PET, so it will be in the fr build of the next release of EasyOS.

    • Barry Kaulerwhich utility is deprecated

      I posted recently that Debian has deprecated the ‘which’ utility, that we use to find the path of an executable, or check whether it exists. This is also a busybox utility.

      James (jamesbond in the forum) replied that he uses “type -p” in Fatdog. I put that one on hold, until today, running Quirky Linux 6.1.0 on my old Acer laptop, which has a Celeron M 410 32-bit CPU, wanting to determine if able to run the Limine Installer on it.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • GNU Projects

      • GNUa2ps 4.14.90 released [alpha]

        I’m delighted to announce a new alpha release of GNU a2ps. This release involves minimal changes to functionality, but involves a considerable update to the build system and code cleanup and simplification, as well as bug fixes. See below for more details.

    • Programming/Development

      • Java

        • Linux HintHow to square a number in Java?

          In a programming language, mathematics plays a vital role. A programmer must be good at mathematics to build strong logic. Squaring a number is one of the basic functions of programming languages. In this article, we will demonstrate different possibilities to find the square number in Java.

  • Leftovers

    • Security

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • The Dutch Baby Incident

        While we’re still waiting for the storks to deliver our second child, we decided to try a new recipe for pancakes. Apparently the “Dutch Baby” pancakes are quite popular.

        The recipe says you put the batter on a frying pan and bake it in the oven. All righty then, the pan goes in the oven to preheat and I prepare the mix. After a while, the oven is at 225°C (430°F), the hot pan comes out, and I put some butter on it. Without thinking, I intend to tilt the pan to spread the melting butter around, but grab the hot metal handle with my bare hand.

      • On Sticky Notes

        These days I’ve been working with paper, sticky notes, a lot, and I’ve been thinking about them. The following are some loose ideas regarding them and potential digital counterparts.

        I enjoy the thought of being in a Computer Science and Engineering PhD program working with paper, sitting on the floor, writing by hand, collaborating as a group. We are gathering reflections, features, ideas, from movement-based design methods in several projects, and we are writing them in sticky notes. I like how this simple, paper-based technology can afford so many uses and re-uses, and how it can be used to organize thought spatially.

      • 17th July 2022, Vertigo
        So covid was... interesting. I was mostly hit hard on the Saturday and 
        found myself in a fit of fever madness. Sunday was not so bad and I 
        stayed off work Monday mostly as a eff you for having no weekend. 
        Tuesday started out alright but then I was hit by a feeling of sheer 
        madness. I could not move without the room swinging around. This 
        continued for several days with a severity where I was struggling to 
        walk to the toilet. I didn't eat for several days as I felt so 
        confused. Sitting up involved several slow movements almost in a 
        single axis. Friday is when it slowly started to improve and I found 
        myself able to sit up for longish periods on Saturday. I am still 
        struggling to walk without some balance issues. I think it is 
        labyrinthitis, an infection of the ear which causes vertigo. 

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

The Trouble With Ubuntu Snaps, Ubuntu, and Ubuntu Derivatives

Posted in GNU/Linux, Ubuntu at 5:56 pm by Guest Editorial Team

Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission from the original

I tried to use Snaps when I was experimenting with Ubuntu a few years ago. These are the major problems with it.

Server-side is proprietary and nobody else can run one.

snapd is a scandal. It’s extremely bloated and always running, even if the user never installs a snap.

When I tried to install some Snaps, including GZDoom (which is really a good program and available as a Flatpak, which actually runs), many of them failed to work at all on Kubuntu and I was told that this “universal” package was failing to load for some reason because I was using KDE as my desktop environment.

Ubuntu has let in cryptominer malware at least once. This is right after I argues with Alan Pope (popey) on Reddit that malware would happen eventually if they weren’t reviewing and were allowing proprietary and “developer-built” software in. He argued that they had control of the situation. Then after the incident, I asked what they were doing to remove the malicious snap, and he said they couldn’t remove it from the computers that had it installed, just remove it from the Snap store and if they could remove it, it would be a “backdoor”.

Debian packages get automatically removed all the time using dummy packages, and Ubuntu even replaced Chromium and Firefox by using dummy Debian packages that are empty, open snap, and tell it to install the snap.

That’s a backdoor. They didn’t transition it to another Debian package. They completely changed the package format and replaced the default Web browser with one compiled by Mozilla that has God knows what in it (it’s certainly not any sort of reproducible build) instead of a package compiled by the distribution that the user expects to be the “canonical” source of packages.

After Pope left Canonical, he wrote a program that can remove all Snaps from Ubuntu and then uninstall snapd. Eventually, this may break Ubuntu as they replace more packages with Snaps and just assume everyone has snapd on a system upgrade.

When I edited Wikipedia (which is its own mess) to discuss the problems with Snaps, Canonical purged all of my edits and reverted it back to the way it was before without even justifying why they did that.


Canonical sends nasty lawyers to distributions that are based on Ubuntu’s binaries, to argue that it has copyrights and “Ubuntu patents”, and to threaten to sue them if they don’t sign agreements that the users of those derivatives are not permitted to read.

They did this to Linux Mint.

If someone should like to use Linux Mint, they should be sure they are getting Linux Mint Debian Edition to avoid problems with the Ubuntu binaries and general nonsense that’s going on with Ubuntu’s package sabotage.

If you are checking out a distribution, you should make sure it’s not Ubuntu underneath. Many are.

Most of them have weird bugs.

When I was trying to use Kubuntu, especially during the years Canonical was patching everything to accommodate their Unity desktop shell they frequently broke Kubuntu horribly, necessitating some awful kludge in Kubuntu that broke the way KDE was intended to work.

Eventually, they drove out Jonathan Riddell out using their fake Community Council (which is entirely controlled by Canonical Ltd), when he complained about their “Intellectual Property” attacks against actual communities. They never stated this is why. In fact, the meeting that threw him out was done behind closed doors without much of an announcement. Despicable people do their dirty deeds in the dead of night.

For some odd reason, KDE NEON is still based on Ubuntu.

Roy Schestowitz of Techrights told me in IRC that he has systems running on it and they develop weird problems.

You’d think that KDE themselves would know better than to base their distribution on a funky pile of bugs with lots of mean lawyers, but who knows why people do anything? Right?

I save the best part for last. Of all of the folks who praised Snap, it was Microsoft. They think it has advantages over Debian packages. I’m not going to link to a Microsoft Web site, but they are very, very fond of Snap. Why wouldn’t they be? It lets them deploy their malicious software onto GNU/Linux, with little effort, and no oversight at all to find out what’s really in it and what really happens when you run it.

From the company that’s allegedly worth over a trillion dollars and can’t find anyone who knows how to package their version of R without destroying Debian.

Most disturbingly about Canonical/Ubuntu lately, is that Microsoft praises them, and Canonical praises Microsoft’s attacks on GNU/Linux, such as making big stinks about software that’s useless without Windows or Microsoft’s fake Linux subsystem (WSL) which offers to “extend” GNU/Linux programs so they don’t work on GNU/Linux anymore.

Every so often, Microsoft chooses a “favorite” GNU/Linux distribution. The distribution is always a corporate one obviously, and then several years later, instead of making lots of money from the Microsoft deal, they go bankrupt and nobody remembers them after a while.

openSUSE survives today and I’m told it works much better than it did under Novell, which went bankrupt. Of course, that’s not a major accomplishment. Virtually any way you configured openSUSE while Novell owned it, you risked breaking the whole system to a point where it was easier to just reformat the disk and start over than to try figuring out what went wrong.

Before that, they did deals with Xandros (gone) and Linspire (bankrupt), where former CEO Kevin Carmony accused Founder Michael Robertson of taking all of the company’s liquid assets….then they ended up suing each other, mainly because Robertson was furious that Carmony had paid out rather reasonable employee severance packages before he could run off with that money as well.

Why Canonical thinks it will be the exception is anyone’s guess. Maybe the bribes are good for now. Maybe they’re so very clearly incompetent that they think Microsoft is a good technical partner. Maybe both?

Almost nobody that I can think of has ever entered into a deal with Microsoft and come out on top.

Microsoft ends up sitting on top, of a pile of skulls.

[Meme] EPO’s Presidential Lapdogs

Posted in Europe, Patents at 5:33 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Of chinchillas and cubs, who conspire to violate the EPC in pursuit of financial bubbles

Welcome to the club... club med

Summary: At the EPO, one gets promoted not for hard work but for compliance (not with the law but with illegal instructions from management); it also helps to be French like Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos

The EPO Bubble — Part VI — From Humble Examiner to CO³

Posted in Europe, Patents at 4:11 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Overview: [Teaser] The EPO’s Deflating Patent Bubble and Pursuit of Illegal Software Patents (With Kangaroo Courts, UPC, and Bullied Examiners)

Series parts:

  1. The EPO Bubble — Part I — An “Unprecedented Surge”
  2. The EPO Bubble — Part II — Signs of a Deflating Bubble?
  3. The EPO Bubble — Part III — Dividing Up the Spoils…
  4. The EPO Bubble — Part IV — A Cashflow Problem Looming on the Horizon?
  5. The EPO Bubble — Part V — Propping Up the Bubble?
  6. YOU ARE HERE ☞ From Humble Examiner to CO³

Razik Menidjel
Razik Menidjel joined the EPO as an examiner in 1999. He became Head of VP1 Office in 2015 and was appointed EPO Chief Operating Officer for ICT in December 2019. As of 1 April 2022 he holds the position of Chief Operating Officer Operations responsible for patent examination across all technical sectors.

Summary: Today we take a closer look at Menidjel’s career at the EPO and why he’s likely to be an enthusiastic proponent of patents on maths/algorithms — something that’s not meant to ever happen

In this part we will take a look at the meteoric career of the EPO’s new “Chief Operating Officer Operations” (CO³).

Razik Alex Menidjel, a native of Alsace (France), graduated from the Université Louis-Pasteur of Strasbourg with a master’s degree in supramolecular chemistry. He subsequently obtained a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Georg August University of Göttingen (Germany) with a doctoral dissertation entitled “Novel Syntheses for Precursors of Unusual Nitrogen-Heterocycles and Polyketides”.

“Razik Alex Menidjel, a native of Alsace (France), graduated from the Université Louis-Pasteur of Strasbourg with a master’s degree in supramolecular chemistry.”Menidjel joined the European Patent Office in The Hague as a patent examiner in 1999, and he initially worked in the fields of biomaterials (A61L) and cosmetics (A61K8, A61Q).

Besides his work in search, examination and opposition, he was also involved in the training of new examiners and in seminars for applicants. He also authored an article about searching in the area of biomaterials and polymers.

Razik Menidjel's search report
An EPO search report issued by Razik Menidjel shortly after he had joined the EPO in 1999.

Menidjel subsequently advanced to become a director in the Industrial Chemistry cluster. However, as with many of his French compatriots, his career at the EPO really only began to take off during the Benoît Battistelli era when he was appointed to a leading position as Head of Office for the Vice-President of DG1 (Patent Examination) in 2015.

In his role as Head of VP1 Office, Menidjel served his senior managerial apprenticeship under the tutelage of prominent Battistelli “enablers”, the notorious Guillaume “Willy” Minnoye and Alberto Casado Cerviño.

“In his role as Head of VP1 Office, Menidjel served his senior managerial apprenticeship under the tutelage of prominent Battistelli “enablers”…”With respect to Casado, it is recalled that he chaired the Administrative Council on an ad interim basis in 2009/2010 during the election procedure which led to Battistelli’s appointment as EPO President in March 2010. Casado was subsequently rewarded by Battistelli with a position as EPO Vice-President in June 2012 (warning: epo.org link). He took over as Vice-President of DG1 in July 2017 (warning: epo.org link) following Minnoye’s retirement.

Menidjel, Minnoye, and Casado
As with many of his French compatriots, Menidjel’s career at the EPO began to take off during the Battistelli era. He was appointed Head of VP1 Office in 2015 where he served his senior managerial apprenticeship under the tutelage of prominent Battistelli “enablers” Minnoye (l.) and Casado (r.).

As Head of VP1 Office, Menidjel was in great demand on the global “IP” circuit.

During this time he became a regular attendee at junkets promoting software patents such as the “3i event” which took place in The Hague in April 2018 to promote “Industry 4.0″. The event, organised by the Dutch publication Technisch Weekblad, was co-sponsored by the EPO and featured Menidjel as a “keynote speaker”.

Razik-Menidjel as keynote speaker
Menidjel making an appearance as a “keynote speaker” at the “3i event” in April 2018.

Under the new EPO President António Campinos, Menidjel continued to enjoy preferment when he was appointed as “Special Advisor to the President” in 2018.

“Under the new EPO President António Campinos, Menidjel continued to enjoy preferment when he was appointed as “Special Advisor to the President” in 2018.”In an upcoming part we will examine Menidjel’s subsequent career at the EPO, in particular following his appointment as “Chief Operating Officer” for Information & Communications Technology, in December 2019.

But before doing so we will make a short detour to take a look at his parallel career as a “man of letters”.

LinuxHint (LinuxHint.com) is Not About Linux Anymore

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Marketing at 1:57 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Related: The Different Types of Spammy ‘Articles’ and ‘Reviews’ Which Have Killed ‘Professional Journalism’ (Nowadays Mostly SPAM) | FOSSMint is Not a FOSS Site But a Proprietary Software Site

From today’s feed (an hour ago):

LinuxHint sellout
Welcome to LinuxHint.com, the site where you can become a “partner” and decide on what LinuxHint.com covers, e.g. proprietary Discord, Razer, Microsoft Minecraft. You can even advertise Microsoft Windows (it happened).

LinuxHint keyboard: Linux? Really?
This was in the RSS feeds moments ago. It barely works with Linux, but it has nothing to do with Linux. It’s about the affiliate links.

LinuxHint spam: Linux? Really? Amazon link, Windows-only, $4000
Nice of them to promote overpriced hardware. If only it was an option not to have Windows on it…

Windows laptop
So a “Linux” site is basically a peripheral Amazon catalogue for Windows products… (this happens a lot these days)

Summary: The above spam has become routine in LinuxHint.com and there’s also habitual Windows/Microsoft “content”, which has nothing to do with GNU/Linux and is even worse than the promotion of proprietary things; the site’s editors are clearly exploring another direction because nowadays about half of the new “content” is programming (including Microsoft stuff), at least a quarter is webspam (affiliate links) and not much covers “Linux”, which the site is named after

Links 17/07/2022: Microsoft’s Ramped Up Attacks on GNU/Linux, Sparky 2022.07 Special Editions

Posted in News Roundup at 12:51 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Linux LinksLinux Around The World: USA – Maryland – LinuxLinks

      Maryland is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. It shares borders with Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia to its south and west; Pennsylvania to its north; and Delaware and the Atlantic Ocean to its east.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • FudzillaMicrosoft stopped Lenovo from booting Linux

        Are the days of Steve Ballmer back?

        There is concern that Microsoft, which once dubbed Linux as a cancer on its operating system, might be returning to its old ways.

        Vole has been a staunch supporter of Linux but it seems news this week suggests it might be up to its old tricks.

        It all started when a security engineer found himself unable to boot up a copy of Linux on his Lenovo laptop due to restrictions that are apparently insisted upon by Microsoft.

        Matthew Garrett, an information security architect, was keen to check out Lenovo’s laptop but found himself unable to boot Linux from a USB stick “for no obvious reason.”

        Pluton is Microsoft’s latest effort to secure PCs and can act as both a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) or as a non-TPM security co-processor. It emerged in 2020, with Microsoft saying Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm were all onboard. While Acer launched tech with the kit in May, Dell is not keen and Lenovo started the year saying it wouldn’t be turned on by default.

      • Ruben SchadeRubenerd: The reason Linux something something

        I wonder what I was thinking? It could have been so profound, life changing, or brilliant. If only I could reach back into my 2019 brain and see exactly what it was I was about discuss. Probably systemd.

      • IT ProChrome OS Flex turns old PCs and Macs into Chromebooks | IT PRO

        Chrome OS Flex was announced earlier in the year and offered to selected users via preview access with some 600 bugs resolved during the beta period.

        The aim is to make Chrome more widely available to organisations, specifically those that have older hardware. Google has been testing it on a range of Windows-based devices from Acer, Asus, Dell, Lenovo and so on, as well as some MacBooks, including 10-year-old models. More than 400 devices are certified to work with Chrome OS Flex, according to Google and its installation is a simple USB process.

      • AboutChromebooksWhy Google ChromeOS Flex is quickly becoming a big deal

        On its blog today, Google shared some updates on ChromeOS Flex. This software can repurpose older PCs and Mac computers to run a base version of ChromeOS that powers Chromebooks. The company says it now certified over 400 compatible devices, up from 100 models in March. Announced in February as early access, this free software is now generally available for anyone to try on certified devices.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • E41: Real-time Analytics Powered by Startree & Apache Pinot by Open Source Startup Podcast

        Kishore Gopalakrishna is Co-Founder & CEO of Startree, the real-time analytics platform that provides a managed service on top of the open-source distributed data store Apache Pinot.

        Kishore is also the co-creator of Apache Pinot, which was started while he was at LinkedIn. Since leaving to build Startree, Kishore and his team have raised $28M from investors including GGV, Bain Capital Ventures, and CRV.

      • E42: Earthly, a CI/CD Framework that Can Run Anywhere by Open Source Startup Podcast

        Vlad Ionescu is Founder & CEO of Earthly, the CI/CD framework that can run anywhere. Earthly’s open source project, also called earthly, has over 7K GitHub stars and a slack channel with over 500 community members. Earthly has raised $3M from investors including 468 Capital, Uncorrelated Ventures, Hack VC, and Bessemer.

        In this episode, we discuss the distinction between source available and open source (and why source available works better for databases), company inspiration from the build process at Google, scoring an open source launch, positioning and messaging in a new category, and much more!

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • The New StackHow to Deploy GitLab Server Using Docker and Ubuntu Server 22.04

        Have you ever wanted to host your own GitLab repositories to ensure your code never falls into the wrong hands? Although hosting your repositories on a third-party cloud host has plenty of advantages (such as availability and reliability), there’s something to be said about having total control over your repositories so that no one can access it without your approval.

        With the help of both Ubuntu Server 22.04 and Docker, you can do just that. And I’m going to show you how it’s done. It’s not overly complicated, but there are a number of steps required. And so, without further ado, let’s get to work.

        To accomplish this task, you’ll need a running instance of Ubuntu Server 22.04 and a user with sudo privileges. The instance of Ubuntu can be hosted on your LAN, or even in your cloud-hosted account (although hosting it via a third-party kind of defeats the purpose of a self-hosted repository). Either way, you’re ready to make some magic.

      • Hacker NoonHow To Use The Linux Command Line

        This is a fairly straightforward article that I wrote so that I can refer to it when I need something in the future. I tried to cover the fundamentals as well as some incredibly magical things that will give every new Linux user the feeling that they have superpowers at their fingertips.

        In this article, we will start with the most basic Linux commands and progress to understanding how everything works in Linux terminals until learning about some super cool stuff like the pipe command, including the tee and xargs commands & at the same time you will also learn about various commands and utilities that we will use while we are practicing the same, and at last, we will use some very handy Linux utilities to enhance the productivity, so without further ado, let’s get started.

      • Export man pages in .html or .pdf format by installing mandoc on Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distributions

        To access the man page for a specific linux command or application, you would enter the following command in the terminal. In the example below I am requesting the manual page for the ls command

      • TechTargetHow to use SSH tunnels to cross network boundaries
      • LinuxOpSysHow to Install Terraform on Ubuntu 22.04

        erraform is an infrastructure as a code platform developed by HashiCorp. You can simply write code in the human-readable format following HashiCorp Configuration Language (HCL) and deploy it to get the infrastructure in the cloud. Terraform is supported in many cloud providers like Google, Amazon, Alibaba, etc.

        Here in this guide, we are going to install the latest version of terraform on Ubuntu. We are performing terraform installation on Ubuntu 22.04. You can do the same procedure on all other Linux Distributions.

      • LinuxOpSysHow to Check File System Type in Linux

        Every object in a Linux computer is considered a file. A Linux file system is an organization that is used to store and manage files on a storage device. The storage device is logically divided using the file system to keep different types of files arranged for effective search, access, deletion, and modification. Linux supports various file systems, including ext2, ext3, and ext4. Every file system supports different structure, security, and logic.

        In this tutorial, we will learn how to identify file system type in Linux. We will use different methods such as df, mount, lsblk, and lfs.

      • LinuxOpSysHow to Delete UFW Rules in Ubuntu

        One of the most common tasks when managing a firewall is updating or deleting the rule. Deleting a firewall rule should be done carefully because any mistake can expose the server to unwanted traffic.

        In this guide, we will learn how to delete UFW rules on Ubuntu.

    • Games

      • Xe’s BlogAnbernic Win600 First Impressions – Xe

        When I had SteamOS set up, I did find something that makes the Win600 slightly better than the Steam Deck. When you are adding games to Steam with Emulation Station you need to close the Steam client to edit the leveldb files that Steam uses to track what games you can launch. On the Steam Deck, the Steam client also enables the built-in controllers to act as a keyboard and mouse. This means that you need to poke around and pray with the touchscreen to get EmuDeck games up and running. The mouse/controller switch on the Win600 makes this slightly more convenient because the controllers can always poorly act as a mouse and keyboard.

        When you are in KDE on the Win600, you don’t get a soft keyboard at all. This is mildly inconvenient, but can be fixed with the moonlander yet again. Here’s a screenshot of what my KDE desktop on the Win600 looks like…


        Overall, SteamOS is a lot more ergonomic in my opinion and will let you play games to your heart’s content.

        The D-pad feels really good. I love how it responds. When I did a little bit of Sonic Mania I never felt like I was inaccurate. There were some weird audio hitches on Sonic Mania though where the music would cut out randomly. Not sure what’s going on with that. I could play through entire Pokemon games with that D-pad.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Remy Van ElstOpenVMS 9.2 for x86 will be released tomorrow (2022-07-14), so exciting!

      On July 8th, a few days ago, I saw the following post on the VMS Software Inc (VSI) blog, titled ‘Release of OpenVMS V9.2 for x86 Scheduled for July 14, 2022′. That is tomorrow! I’m so excited, I can’t wait to start playing around with it. This short post goes over the announcement and the status of the community license, and hopes to make you just as enthusiastic as I am for the coming release!

    • BSD

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • InfoWorldRocky Linux 9.0 rocks new build system | InfoWorld

        Rocky Linux 9.0, the latest version of the open source enterprise OS designed to be fully bug-for-bug compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), is now generally available. The update includes new security and networking features, and a new open source build system called Peridot.

        Released July 14, Rocky Linux 9.0 has all of the build chain infrastructure tools for developers to pick up Rocky Linux or extend or reproduce the OS, should a developer want to do something independently of the community or any upstream supporting organization. A primary goal behind developing the new, cloud-native build system was assuring that new versions of Rocky can be released within one week of new RHEL version releases, project representatives said.

    • Debian Family

      • Sparky 2022.07 Special Editions – SparkyLinux

        There are new iso images of Sparky 2022.07 Special Editions: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue ready to go.

        Changes between Sparky Special Editions 2022.04 and 2022.07:
        – all packages updated from testing repos as of July 16, 2022
        – Linux kernel 5.18.5 (5.18.12 & 5.15.55-LTS in sparky unstable repos)
        – All: added Onboard, Nala, zstd; removed: Florence
        – Rescue: added Timeshift
        – Multimedia: added Hypnotix
        – ‘sparky-upgrade’ cli tool uses ‘nala’ instead of ‘apt’ now, if nala is installed
        – GRUB 2.06 doesn’t detect other operating systems as default; so added an option to GRUB config: ‘GRUB_DISABLE_OS_PROBER=false’ do make os-prober working back

    • Devices/Embedded

      • SunFounder Raspberry Pi 7 Inch Touchscreen review – The Gadgeteer

        I have been a fan of the Raspberry Pi computer for many years and have been using a couple of them in my studio to give me instant viewable access to the desired information. Until about a month ago, I had my Raspberry Pi connected to a large monitor that was mounted some distance away from me. At times, reading fine print was a problem. I am happy to no longer have that problem because of this SunFounder Raspberry Pi 7 Inch Touchscreen.

      • TechTargetSelect the right OS for IoT devices

        Tizen is a Linux-based free, open source IoT OS. Hosted by The Linux Foundation and developed by Samsung Electronics, this OS connects everything, including wearable devices, smartphones, smart TVs and wearable IoT devices. Tizen supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Matter and Thread protocols. Admins can use HTML5, C and C++ programming languages and Arm, Arm64, x86 and x86-64 platforms for IoT device development.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • J Piepermoteus firmware release 2022-07-11 | A Modicum of Fun

      Flexible I/O subsystem: This release includes the new flexible I/O subsystem. This adds support for many new encoder types and lets you connect them up in a wide variety of ways.

    • Forbes16 Low-Cost And Open-Source Tools And Platforms Tech Experts Recommend

      The right technology tools can have a near-exponential effect on organizational productivity. Small-business owners looking to improve their processes may be discouraged because they think that the top-performing tech tools are priced well out of their reach. But there’s a robust marketplace of open-source and low-cost software tools and platforms that can offer many of the same functionalities as high-priced tech products.

      If they take a look, small-business owners may be surprised at the variety of open-source and low-cost software tools, platforms and ecosystems out there, and they may wonder which of them can really make an immediate difference for them. Below, 16 industry experts from Forbes Technology Council share free or low-cost software tools and platforms that can genuinely compete with “name-brand” products, and why they’re so effective.

    • ERP

      • Linux Links15 Best Free Linux ERP Software – LinuxLinks

        Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) manages the information and functions of a business. It provides an integrated system by which the entire business can be managed. Not only does ERP improve the efficiency of an organisation it also serves to help the firm’s management make more informed decisions.

        Businesses constantly face a moving target. With globalization, competition from emerging countries, and technological improvements, organisations need to change. Traditional communication tools such as the facsimile have long been replaced by email. The internet has meant that information needs to be available at all hours of the day, not merely the working day. A modern business system needs to adapt accordingly. ERP software helps firms to rise to this challenge.

        ERP software is an integrated suite of applications which commonly cover areas such as distribution, accounting, inventory, invoicing, shipping, logistics and manufacturing. Such software is not only beneficial for large multinational organisations, as small and medium size enterprises can gain significant improvements in their efficiency by deploying ERP software.

        All of the software featured in this article is released under a freely distributable license. Some of the software applications have proprietary versions too, which add custom features and additional functionality.

        To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 15 high quality free Linux ERP software. Hopefully, there will be something of interest for anyone who wishes to enhance their organisation’s efficiency.

    • Programming/Development

      • RlangNetwork Graphs in R | R-bloggers

        Network graphs are an important tool for network analysis. They illustrate points, referred to as nodes, with connecting lines, referred to as edges. Since network graphs are such useful tools, there are many options for graph generation. In this posting, I will demonstrate three different techniques for developing network graphs in r.

        This is part 3 of a series which is based on the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. This project was originally inspired by the work of Thu Vu where she created a network mapping of the characters in the Witcher series.

        In the first part of the project, we scrapped the Coopermind website to create a verified character name list. This scrapping was performed with the rvest package. The list was then cleaned up and saved for further use.

      • RlangRandom Forest Machine Learning Introduction

        We frequently utilize non-linear approaches to represent the link between a collection of predictor factors and a response variable when the relationship between them is extremely complex.

      • Matt RickardThe Remix IDE [Ed: Sadly this reuses Microsoft trash and is hosted by Microsoft proprietary prison]

        If you’re deploying applications on Ethereum, you might use the web-based Remix IDE. It bundles a working set of the different tools you need to write Solidity code, deploy it to a test environment, debug it, and eventually run it in production.

      • EarthlyThe Slow March of Progress in Programming Language Tooling – Earthly Blog

        My thesis is that the tooling and developer experience for programming languages is improving over time, but mainly in new languages. It goes like this: Tooling innovation happens, new languages adopt and standardize on it, and end up incrementally better than existing languages. If you add up enough of these increments, the older languages, which may have pioneered some of these innovations, seem painful and antiquated.

        It will make more sense once I give some examples. So here is a partial list of programming language innovations that aren’t the language’s syntax or semantics.

      • Tom MacWrightActivation – macwright.com

        In the course of building Placemark, I’ve been learning about a corner of web standards that’s pretty underdiscussed and underdocumented. It’s odd enough that even MDN, the gospel for web standards documentation, doesn’t mention it very often.

        The thing is called user activation. It’s existed in a de-facto form for years, but only recently earned itself a web standard within the HTML spec.

        The essence of user activation is that there are certain APIs that do disruptive or annoying things like opening pop-up windows or saving a file that shouldn’t be callable arbitrarily. Classically, it’s annoying to open a browser window and get a pop-up ad.

        To crack down on pop-up ads and other annoyances, browsers implemented restrictions to these APIs, mostly in the form of tying them to the “click” event. Calling window.open on a setTimeout is forbidden, but calling window.open within the event handler of a click on a button is totally fine. Unfortunately, every browser did something slightly different, which prompted the folks at Google to propose a new standard with consistent behavior.

      • Ariadne ConillHow efficient can cat(1) be? – Ariadne’s Space

        There have been a few initiatives in recent years to implement new a new userspace base system for Linux distributions as an alternative to the GNU coreutils and BusyBox. Recently, one of the authors of one of these proposed implementations made the pitch in a few IRC channels that her cat implementation, which was derived from OpenBSD’s implementation, was the most efficient. But is it actually?

      • Pulumi

        • EarthlyPulumi vs Terraform – Earthly Blog

          If you’re looking to quickly learn and use one of these tools, you’ll probably find that Pulumi is easier to pick up. This is because Pulumi allows you to use your preferred programming language to define your infrastructure stacks—there’s no need to learn a specific DSL.

      • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

        • Daniel MiesslerMy Ultimate Zsh and Vim Config [ July 2022 Version ]

          I feel most at home inside of a shell. Specifically a zsh shell.

          I’ve done dozens of shell optimization posts over the years, and I thought it was time for an update. Here’s what I’m currently using and why.

          Every shell I use on every box looks identical to this.

      • Rust

        • Amos WengerWhen rustc explodes

          One could say I have a bit of an obsession with build times.

          I believe having a “tight feedback loop” is extremely valuable: when I work on a large codebase, I want to be able to make small incremental changes and check very often that things are going as expected.

          Especially if I’m working on a project that needs to move quickly: say, the product for an early-stage startup, or a side-project for which I only ever get to do 1-hour work bursts at most.

        • Wesley MooreResuming Read Rust Tweeting

          The Read Rust Twitter account crossed over 10K followers in the last few days. Amazingly 4350 of those coming after I stopped regular posting. This got me thinking about the account and how I might be able to use it to benefit the community while avoiding the overhead that led me to winding things down in Sep 2020.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Associated PressWhy captions are suddenly everywhere and how they got there | AP News

        People with hearing loss have a new ally in their efforts to navigate the world: Captions that aren’t limited to their television screens and streaming services.

        The COVID pandemic disrupted daily life for people everywhere, but many of those with hearing loss took the resulting isolation especially hard. “When everyone wears a mask they are completely unintelligible to me,” said Pat Olken of Sharon, Massachusetts, whose hearing aids were insufficient. (A new cochlear implant has helped her a lot.)

        So when her grandson’s bar mitzvah was streamed on Zoom early in the pandemic, well before the service offered captions, Olken turned to Otter, an app created to transcribe business meetings. Reading along with the ceremony’s speakers made the app “a tremendous resource,” she said.

  • Leftovers

    • Ali Reza HayatiDo judge a book by its cover – Ali Reza Hayati

      Why not judge a book by its cover? Isn’t the cover there to show what’s in the book? Sure there are some idiots who ruined the true meaning and purpose of cover but that doesn’t change the fact that the cover is there for the single purpose of introducing the book.

      One of my favorite comedians of all time, if not my most favorite one, is George Carlin. Carlin explains language and our fear of using straight language very well. He explains how we invent new words to satisfy or avoid our fears.

      I think our way of thinking right now is very much influenced from our new fears. Media has a big impact on our way of thinking and media, I believe, is the biggest source of our fears. These fears have changed us a lot and one of its effects is our language.

      The sole purpose of language is communication. When we change the meaning behind words, we change our way of communication. We change the way we interact and we change the way we live. This affects a lot of other parts of our lives as well.

      Language can also deliver feelings and words are very much important in that matter. New language we’re speaking, the one with newly-invented mild words, fails to deliver our feelings correctly.

      George Carlin gives a pretty good example about it. There’s a condition in combat, most people know about it, when a fighting person nervous system has been stressed to its absolute peak and maximum, can’t take any more input, the nervous system is either snapped or is about to snap, in the first world war that condition was called shell shock.

    • Lawrence TrattLaurence Tratt: How I Clean my Glasses

      Becoming frustrated, I guessed that the way I clean my glasses might be causing the lenses to degrade quicker than necessary. I used to just breathe on them, and wipe them with whatever came handy (a shirt or whatever). Then I switched to using a dry microfibre cloth which I would wash whenever it started leaving horrible smear marks on the lens. Then I used small quantities of soap and water with a microfibre cloth. Each of these changes seemed to slightly improve the situation, but I wondered if I could do better. The internet seemed mostly full of people telling me to do what I was already doing, which wasn’t what I was hoping for. I eventually realised that one group of people whose profession is based on lenses might have better advice: and, indeed, photographers have developed a number of techniques for cleaning camera lenses.

    • Data SwampSolene’% : The Old Computer Challenge V2: day 5

      I can handle most of my computer needs offline. When I use Internet, it’s now for a solid 15 minutes, except when I connect from my phone for checking something quickly without starting my computer, I rarely need to connect it more than a minute.

      This is a very different challenge than the previous one because we can’t stay online on IRC all day speaking about tricks to improve our experience with the current challenge. On the other hand, it’s the opportunity to show our writing skills to tell about what we are going through.

      I didn’t write the last days because there wasn’t much to say. I miss internet 24/7 though, and I’ll be happy to get back on the computer without having to track my time and stop after the hour, which always happen too soon!

    • ACMEurope’s Blockchain: A Solution Struggling to Find a Problem

      The European Commission (EC) has been investing a lot of resources in the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI). During an online Demo Day, six ‘use cases’ were demonstrated, although they all were still at the pilot level.

      Outside experts have mixed feelings about the initiative.

      Early Adopters Demo Day in late May was the provisional culmination of a major technology project initiated by the EC in 2018. EBSI was to become a European Union (EU)-wide service to verify credentials like driving licenses and diplomas. EU citizens have the right to live, work and study in every EU member state, with hardly any restrictions. A European digital identity and digitally verifiable credentials should make it much easier for citizens to move to another member-state, and to decrease the administrative burden for them and for governments.

      The six use-cases presented all had a similar structure: a Trusted Accreditation Organization (TAO) can certify various Issuers (for instance, a university) to issue a verifiable credential (like a diploma) to a Holder (a student). The Holder stores this in his or her digital wallet (on a cellphone, for instance). When asked by a Verifier (another university or an employer) to supply proof of having a diploma, the Holder sends this verifiable credential from her digital wallet to the Verifier.

      This chain of trust is protected against fraud by digital signatures. It starts with a TAO–typically a government authority, which issues accreditations secured by a digital signature. Other parties down the chain also sign credentials with digital signatures, all encrypted with the secret key of the issuer. Every receiver down the chain of trust can decrypt this signature with the public key of that issuer. The fact that decryption produces a readable message, not gibberish, proves to the receiver that the signature is authentic. This chain of trust is similar to the system of QR (Quick Response) codes widely adopted in the EU to prove the holder had been vaccinated against Covid-19.

    • Science

      • METIS: a `wise counsel` for synthetic biology | Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

        Machine learning is transforming all areas of biological science and industry, but is typically limited to a few users and scenarios. A team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology led by Tobias Erb has developed METIS, a modular software system for optimizing biological systems. The research team demonstrates its usability and versatility with a variety of biological examples.

      • ACMToward Systematic Architectural Design of Near-Term Trapped Ion Quantum Computers

        Trapped ions (TIs) are a leading candidate for building Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum (NISQ) hardware. TI qubits have fundamental advantages over other technologies, featuring high qubit quality, coherence time, and qubit connectivity. However, current TI systems are small in size and typically use a single trap architecture, which has fundamental scalability limitations. To progress toward the next major milestone of 50–100 qubit TI devices, a modular architecture termed the Quantum Charge Coupled Device (QCCD) has been proposed. In a QCCD-based TI device, small traps are connected through ion shuttling. While the basic hardware components for such devices have been demonstrated, building a 50–100 qubit system is challenging because of a wide range of design possibilities for trap sizing, communication topology, and gate implementations and the need to match diverse application resource requirements.

      • New ScientistA quantum computer could catch its own errors on any calculation | New Scientist

        A quantum computer made of charged atoms can catch its own errors when performing any operation – a meaningful step towards more reliable and practical quantum computers.

        Conventional computers routinely flag and correct their own errors, so to truly outperform them, quantum computers will have to do the same. However, quantum effects can make errors cascade quickly through the qubits, or quantum bits, that make up these devices.

      • NISTNIST Announces First Four Quantum-Resistant Cryptographic Algorithms | NIST

        The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has chosen the first group of encryption tools that are designed to withstand the assault of a future quantum computer, which could potentially crack the security used to protect privacy in the digital systems we rely on every day — such as online banking and email software. The four selected encryption algorithms will become part of NIST’s post-quantum cryptographic standard, expected to be finalized in about two years.

        “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 M. 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.”

      • IEEEQuantum Error Correction: Time to Make It Work – IEEE Spectrum

        DATES CHISELED INTO an ancient tombstone have more in common with the data in your phone or laptop than you may realize. They both involve conventional, classical information, carried by hardware that is relatively immune to errors. The situation inside a quantum computer is far different: The information itself has its own idiosyncratic properties, and compared with standard digital microelectronics, state-of-the-art quantum-computer hardware is more than a billion trillion times as likely to suffer a fault. This tremendous susceptibility to errors is the single biggest problem holding back quantum computing from realizing its great promise.

        Fortunately, an approach known as quantum error correction (QEC) can remedy this problem, at least in principle. A mature body of theory built up over the past quarter century now provides a solid theoretical foundation, and experimentalists have demonstrated dozens of proof-of-principle examples of QEC. But these experiments still have not reached the level of quality and sophistication needed to reduce the overall error rate in a system.

        The two of us, along with many other researchers involved in quantum computing, are trying to move definitively beyond these preliminary demos of QEC so that it can be employed to build useful, large-scale quantum computers. But before describing how we think such error correction can be made practical, we need to first review what makes a quantum computer tick.

      • New York TimesRobot Might Recreate the Elgin Marbles of Greece – The New York Times

        Few cultural disputes inflame British passions more than the disposition of the Parthenon Marbles. Public debate about the statuary has raged since the early 1800s, when the sculptures and bas-reliefs, which date from 447 B.C. to 432 B.C., were stripped from the Parthenon and other Classical Greek temples on the Acropolis of Athens by agents of Thomas Bruce, a Scottish statesman and seventh earl of Elgin. The marbles were purchased — some say looted — by Elgin during his time as ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, the occupying power; they have resided in the British Museum since 1817.

        Greek campaigners have repeatedly called on Britain to repatriate the works, arguing that the Turks were a foreign force acting against the will of the people they had invaded. The works, commonly known as the Elgin marbles, would instead be exhibited in Athens, in a purpose-built museum at the foot of the Acropolis. In May, the country’s culture minister, the archaeologist Lina Mendoni, said in a statement to the Guardian, “Lord Elgin used illicit and inequitable means to seize and export the Parthenon sculptures, without real legal permission to do so, in a blatant act of serial theft.”

      • What is your crisis quotient?

        The 20th century gave us an enduring two-part shorthand for describing the intellectual horsepower and emotional skills needed to work effectively with people: first, there was IQ, which is a measure of intelligence, introduced in 1912, then 78 years later, in 1990, came EQ, which tracks how well people perceive and understand emotions. The 21st century has already made it clear that endless disruption, constant crises, and heightened ambiguity and complexity are going to be the norm. And so it seems we need to add another Q to help identify the skills that allow some people to thrive in these kinds of conditions.

      • Scientific AmericanShould Machines Replace Mathematicians? – Scientific American

        Pure mathematics fascinates me, precisely because it is so inaccessible. I envision it as a remote, chilly, perilous realm, like Antarctica’s Sentinel Range. The hardy souls who scale the heights of mathematics seem superhuman.

        I once asked André Weil, a legendary climber of mathematical peaks, if it bothered him that few people knew of his accomplishments in number theory and algebraic geometry, and fewer still understood them. He seemed puzzled by the question. No, he replied, “that makes it more exciting.” In his autobiography, Weil says his work transports him into “a state of lucid exaltation in which one thought succeeds another as if miraculously.”

        Perhaps because I romanticize mathematicians, I’m troubled by the thought that machines might replace them. I broached this possibility in “The Death of Proof,” published in the October 1993 Scientific American. In response to the growing complexity of mathematics, I reported, mathematicians were becoming increasingly reliant on computers. I asked, “Will the great mathematicians of the next century be made of silicon?”

      • News Detail – TUM School of Life Sciences

        Machine learning is playing an ever-increasing role in biomedical research. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a new method of using molecular data to extract subtypes of illnesses. In the future, this method can help to support the study of larger patient groups.

      • ACMWhere is the Cradle of the Computer?

        The digital computer of today arose in the first half of the 1940s independently in three different countries: Germany, the U.K. and the U.S.

        In Berlin, the computer was the work of a single person, and elsewhere universities, government agencies, or industry played an important role. For political reasons, the German inventor was largely cut off from the outside world.

        The English worked under top-secret conditions, because the focus was on the decoding of encrypted radio messages.

        Within the Unites States, on the other hand, a certain exchange of information took place. Today’s digital computer thus had several protagonists (see Table 1).

      • Can computers understand complex words and concepts? | UCLA

        In “Through the Looking Glass,” Humpty Dumpty says scornfully, “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” Alice replies, “The question is whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

        The study of what words really mean is ages old. The human mind must parse a web of detailed, flexible information and use sophisticated common sense to perceive their meaning.

        Now, a newer problem related to the meaning of words has emerged: Scientists are studying whether artificial intelligence can mimic the human mind to understand words the way people do. A new study by researchers at UCLA, MIT and the National Institutes of Health addresses that question.

        The paper, published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, reports that artificial intelligence systems can indeed learn very complicated word meanings, and the scientists discovered a simple trick to extract that complex knowledge. They found that the AI system they studied represents the meanings of words in a way that strongly correlates with human judgment.

      • uni MITQ&A: Neil Thompson on computing power and innovation | MIT News | Massachusetts Institute of Technology

        Rapid increases in the speed and power of microchips have fueled innovation in many industries, but the future trajectory of that incredible progress may be in jeopardy.

    • Education

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • IATP[Older] Letter to Ambassador Tai and Secretary Vilsack on USMCA and Mexico

        Congratulations on your recent confirmations. We are organizations representing family-scale farmers, ranchers and fishermen, farm workers, rural communities and producer advocates that promote fair trade and agroecological, sustainable farming practices. We appreciate statements by both of you recognizing the need for greater equity and a balancing of public interests in the policies of the Department of Agriculture and in our trade agreements. Ambassador Tai’s acknowledgement in her confirmation hearing that trade has failed to “bring up standards with respect to workers and environmental protection,” instead often producing “a race to the bottom,” and her work to improve the environmental, labor and public health provisions of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) are an important frame on which to build this future policy.1

        Thus, we read with concern the March 22, 2021 letter to you from food and agricultural trade associations raising objections to health, consumer and farmer protections and agricultural policies of the government of Mexico and seeking your intervention. Among other complaints, which appear to be based on unspecified provisions governing trade, the letter objected to front of package nutrition warning labels (NOM-051) that came into force on October 1, 2020, and policies to reduce and gradually phase out the use and importation of glyphosate and genetically modified corn.

      • [Old] Another False Start in Africa Sold with Green Revolution Myths

        Since the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) was launched in 2006, yields have barely risen, while rural poverty remains endemic, and would have increased more if not for out-migration.

        AGRA was started, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, to double yields and incomes for 30 million smallholder farm households while halving food insecurity by 2020.

      • RetailWireCan up-tempo music move shoppers to buy more green goods?

        New university research finds up-tempo, major mode music can offer a way for green companies to overcome the consumer “attitude-behavior gap” where what consumers say differs from what they actually do.

        Researchers from the University of Bath noted that studies have shown that about 30 percent of consumers claim to care about brand ethics but that a mere three percent translate their words into action. A similar number claim to care about green consumption but only five percent purchase green products.

        Their research found major mode music was effective in reducing the attitude-behavior gap by 40 percent to 50 percent. The reason was attributed to the type of music being associated with positive emotions (i.e., happiness, joy) while minor mode music is linked with negative emotions (i.e., sadness, anger).

    • Proprietary

      • Matt RickardDistribution in a Downturn

        Proprietary distribution is the foundation of most successful businesses. Would customers come regardless of how much the company spends on acquiring them? Distribution advantages that are not proprietary get competed away. Take a look at the numerous open-source competitors that most SaaS apps have.

        Even many forms of proprietary distribution are no longer proprietary. Content marketing is possible for any company through a newsletter writer’s venture fund (at the right price). Successful shows on Netflix get replicated on Prime Video. Users game web3 airdrops and don’t stick around.


        As money gets more expensive, it will be interesting to see what distribution turned out to be proprietary and what wasn’t.

    • Privatisation/Privateering

      • Michael West MediaAustralian Hospitals Gifted to the Caymans – Michael West

        Private equity vultures KKR are close to pitching a $20bn takeover bid for Australia’s largest private healthcare group, Ramsay Health Care which could see most of Australia’s private health system being controlled in foreign tax havens.

    • Linux Foundation

      • BMW Group Joins the Linux Foundation’s Yocto Project

        The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced that BMW Group is joining the Yocto Project as a member.

        BMW Group’s membership restates their commitment to work with, and in, sustainable ecosystems and software and to support open source and key tools they use to build their products. The Yocto Project welcomes this support and looks forward to benefiting from their input and experience. They are joining other members including Intel, Comcast, Arm, Cisco, Facebook (Meta), Xilinx, Microsoft, Wind River, and AWS.

    • Security

      • Security Week[Older] SMA Technologies Patches Critical Security Issue in Workload Automation Solution

        A critical vulnerability in the SMA Technologies OpCon UNIX agent results in the same SSH key being deployed with all installations.

        Aimed at financial institutions and insurance firms, OpCon is a cross-platform process automation and orchestration solution that can be used for the management of workloads across business-critical operations.

        Tracked as CVE-2022-2154, the issue results in the same SSH key being delivered on every installation and subsequent updates, the CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) at Carnegie Mellon University explains in an advisory.

      • SANSInfoSec Handlers Diary Blog – SANS Internet Storm Center

        In diary entry “Houdini is Back Delivered Through a JavaScript Dropper”, Xavier mentions that he had to deal with an obfuscated BASE64 string.

        I want to show here how this can be done through statistical analysis of the encoded payload.

        First of all, Xavier mentions a great method to quickly find payloads inside scripts: look at the longests strings first.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Michael West MediaBouncer, get your virtual hands off me – Michael West

          If Australians knew the extent of the collection and abuse of their online activities and biometric information, they would be marching in the streets demanding decent regulations that protect them against such violations. Unfortunately, when it comes to tech, legislation is either uninformed, out of date, or just embarrassing. That left tech companies on their own to self-regulate, and it’s often in favour of the investors and shareholders. What’s worse, Australians are left in the dark and unprotected when it comes to their digital rights.

          cent weekend when I went to Sydney’s Ivy Precinct. I was asked to stand before a kiosk camera to verify my ID. The kiosk had the NSW Gov logo attached to it with another tiny logo, barely seen in the dark, it read PatronScan. Suspecting that this was a camera with facial recognition technology, I declined my photo to be taken by this kiosk before I could understand who the hell is PatronScan. The security guard at the door asked me to step back and leave.

        • uni MITSmart textiles sense how their users are moving

          Researchers develop a comfortable, form-fitting fabric that recognizes its wearer’s activities, like walking, running, and jumping.

        • Help Net SecurityResearchers defeat facial recognition systems with universal face mask – Help Net Security

          Can attackers create a face mask that would defeat modern facial recognition (FR) systems? A group of researchers from from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Tel Aviv University have proven that it can be done.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • ForbesHawks’ Arguments For Jacking Up Pentagon Spending Make No Sense

        Congress is starting work on next year’s Pentagon budget, and the hawks like Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) are already pushing to authorize tens of billions of dollars more than the Pentagon even asked for. But throwing more money at the Pentagon doesn’t make sense. In fact, overspending on defense will make us less safe by increasing the chances of unnecessary wars and diverting resources from more urgent challenges.

        For starters, it’s important to understand just how enormous the Biden administration’s Pentagon budget proposal is, even before Congress moves to add billions more. At $813 billion, the Biden request would be one of the highest levels of spending ever — far more than was spent at the peak of the Korean or Vietnam wars and over $100 billion more than at the height of the Cold War.

      • Fueling the Warfare State – TomDispatch.com

        This March, when the Biden administration presented a staggering $813 billion proposal for “national defense,” it was hard to imagine a budget that could go significantly higher or be more generous to the denizens of the military-industrial complex. After all, that request represented far more than peak spending in the Korean or Vietnam War years, and well over $100 billion more than at the height of the Cold War.

        It was, in fact, an astonishing figure by any measure — more than two-and-a-half times what China spends; more, in fact, than (and hold your hats for this one!) the national security budgets of the next nine countries, including China and Russia, combined. And yet the weapons industry and hawks in Congress are now demanding that even more be spent.

        In recent National Defense Authorization Act proposals, which always set a marker for what Congress is willing to fork over to the Pentagon, the Senate and House Armed Services Committees both voted to increase the 2023 budget yet again — by $45 billion in the case of the Senate and $37 billion for the House. The final figure won’t be determined until later this year, but Congress is likely to add tens of billions of dollars more than even the Biden administration wanted to what will most likely be a record for the Pentagon’s already bloated budget.

      • Ruben SchadeRubenerd: Sri Lanka in 2022

        Alongside the illegal and unjustified invasion of Ukraine, I’ve felt nothing but frustration and anger at what’s happening in Sri Lanka. DW News Asia presented a sobering summary documenting the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and the deteriorating economic and social situation.

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • Michael West MediaHitting the green accelerator: Labor’s renewables target ambitious but achievable – Michael West

          Prepare for a great acceleration in renewable energy build, despite the policy fracas between Labor and the Greens. To achieve its 82% target, Labor has to build renewables around five times faster than the past two decades, and build storage at about 10 times the rate of the past five years. Energy economist Bruce Mountain offers a blueprint.

          Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has delivered his first major climate change speech, touting Australia’s future as a renewable superpower and promising Labor’s ambitious new renewable target would “unlock $52 billion of private sector investment.”

          This follows Labor’s election commitment to cut Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 43% below 2005 levels by the end of the decade, while boosting renewable electricity production to 82% of our electricity supply.

          These goals are entwined. To cut emissions, we have to rapidly switch to renewables. That’s because the largest and cheapest emissions reductions are found by shifting electricity production to renewable sources. Since winning office, the Labor government has left no doubt about its commitment to these goals.

    • Finance

      • Michael West MediaThanks Alan! Qantas outsourcing debacle leaves taxpayers propping up Chinese baggage handling giant – Michael West

        Alan Joyce’s disastrous cost-cutting binge not only cost Qantas customers one lost bag in ten, it has also cost taxpayers another $20m, according to the latest accounts for baggage handling group Swissport. What’s the scam?

        The scam is Qantas management outsourced baggage handling to Swissport, a multinational controlled by shady Chinese group HNA. Swissport was quick out of the blocks begging for JobKeeper and other subsidies when the pandemic hit in early 2020. Then the unions won a case in the Federal Court that Qantas had illegally sacked 1700 baggage handlers (Qantas is appealing to the High Court).

        Now there are reports that one in ten customer bags are lost in transit because Swissport can’t find enough staff who want to work for $23 an hour. Yet taxpayers are subsidising this debacle via $20m in “training” subsidies for Swissport. The financial statements for the Australian subsidiary of the Chinese multinational baggage handling mob show Swissport picked up the $20m on top of its jump in Qantas income from $76m in 2020 to $107m last year. Now *that* is a hell of a mess.

      • VoxA huge H1-B visa backlog is blocking high-skilled immigration to the US – Vox

        Multiple analyses of historical immigration patterns show that more migrants to a region correlates with a higher rate of innovation and related economic growth.

      • Michael West MediaExecutive bonus bonanza: Afterpay CEOs’ quarter billion pay juiced by Jobkeeper – Michael West

        Two Sydneysiders made their fortune on the back of short-term loans to cash-strapped customers. JobKeeper helped. Callum Foote reports on executive pay and public subsidies.

        The Morrison government developed JobKeeper to save the economy at the height of the Covid lockdowns. MWM has examined the side-effects of the cash splash.

        A new report has revealed the extraordinary CEO pay in Australia for FY2021 with the ghost of JobKeeper giving a helping hand to the quarter-billion windfall Afterpay CEOs Anthony Eisen and Nick Molnar were granted.

        The report commissioned by the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors and prepared by Australian governance advisory firm Ownership Matters has been running since 2014 and analyses trends in ASX 200 CEO pay over the financial year.

        The headline grabber for this report is the staggering $246 million payout received by the CEOs of Afterpay, an Australian financial technology company popular for its buy-now, pay-later service. At roughly a quarter of Afterpay’s revenue, that’s a big win for Molnar and Eisen, especially as Afterpay has been a heavy loss-maker.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Michael West MediaBarilaro padded resume in advance of New York gig – Michael West

        Fresh out of Parliament and in anticipation of a plum job in New York, John Barilaro updated his LinkedIn qualifications to match his ambitions.

        Gone are the cert IV for Construction and Building Services that the former NSW deputy premier used to claim himself a tradie, Barilaro has now moved into the corporate world.

        Sporting three new graduate diplomas at three and a half thousand dollars a pop and an advanced diploma for $2000 from Churchill Education, Barilaro looked to bolster his CV in advance of his expected trade envoy position.

      • Ruben SchadeThe Uber files

        The cynic in me isn’t surprised, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this. If anything, I expected it to be far scummier. But cynicism provides cover. This is jaw-dropping behaviour, and they shouldn’t be let off the hook for any of it. This is our industry at its unfettered worst.

      • Michael West MediaThe world won’t listen: African dream died long before a despot – Michael West

        The lack of interest in the death of a former African leader wasn’t just business as usual in the story of a continent, but a reflection on what we find important in our media diet, writes Mark Sawyer.

        It’s been quite a few days. The former leader of the world’s third biggest democracy was gunned down. Much-loved actors James Caan and Tony Sirico, who embodied gangsterdom in The Godfather and The Sopranos, were whacked for real, so to speak (I mean no disrespect!). Boris Johnson both quit and hung on for dear life as prime minister of the UK.

        The Australian media every now and then does some hand-wringing about its whiteness. ‘’We’re going to devote more attention to the wider world, not just London and Washington,’’ is the pledge.

      • BloombergElon’s Out

        So this April, Musk announced that he wanted to buy Twitter Inc. Why not? Musk seems to get a lot of joy out of using Twitter, and pretending to buy Twitter is a good way to create drama on Twitter. At the time, I assumed that, as with Tesla, he was doing a bit. “Ordinarily,” I wrote, “if a billionaire chief executive officer of a public company offers to buy a company, the odds that he is kidding are quite low. When it’s Elon Musk, the historical odds are, like, 50/50.”

        But he surprised me by quickly lining up financing (paying millions of dollars of fees to banks for commitment letters) and signing a merger agreement with Twitter. If he was pretending he was going to buy Twitter, those were pretty elaborate lengths to go to? But he frequently goes to elaborate (and expensive) lengths for a joke — he sold 20,000 branded flamethrowers to make a joke about flamethrowers, and also founded Boring Co. to make a joke (???) about tunnels — so who knows. Would he line up billions of dollars of financing and sign a binding merger agreement with a specific-performance clause and a $1 billion breakup fee as a joke? I mean! Nobody else would! But he might! [...]

        Still, one should remain open to the possibility that he was kidding when he first signed the deal. “Elon Musk had a well-thought-out business and financial plan for Twitter that worked in the economic conditions of early April 2022, but conditions have changed and the model no longer works” does not strike me as the most plausible description of what is going on here. “Elon Musk whimsically thought it might be fun to own Twitter, so he signed a merger agreement without taking it too seriously and then lost interest a week later” feels more true to the situation. My first reaction to his proposal to buy Twitter, that it was a joke, may have been the correct one. He was just a lot more committed to the bit than I expected.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Ish SookunThe Number Resource Organisation (NRO) writes to the Government of Mauritius

        There are five Regional Internet Registries (RIR) in the world tasked with the responsibility to manage and allocate Internet number resources in specific parts of the world.

      • RetailWireWill Walmart become the go-to shopping destination for cord cutters? – RetailWire

        Walmart is teaming up with Roku to let users of the streaming platform purchase products they see on their screens.

        The companies claim that their partnership will do nothing less than “change the way customers interact and shop TV and video content.” Roku, the nation’s biggest streaming platform based on hours of viewing, according to Hypothesis Group, provides Walmart with access to its users. Walmart offers the product selection and fulfillment.

        “We’re working to connect with customers where they are already spending time, shortening the distance from discovery and inspiration to purchase,” William White, chief marketing officer, Walmart, said in a statement. “No one has cracked the code around video shoppability. By working with Roku, we’re the first to market retailer to bring customers a new shoppable experience and seamless checkout on the largest screen in their homes — their TV.”

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

    • Technical

      • In Transit

        Unfortunately, this airline’s network engineers know how to restrict access to just messaging. I keep getting incomplete headers whenever I try to connect to a Gemini server. I guess there’s a whitelist or something that allows certain domains only, e.g. WhatsApp, iMessage, &c.

      • Sefaria proxy

        I’m glad at least one other person finds my Sefaria proxy useful :D Also wanted to write that I haven’t forgotten about the bugs in the proxy. I’m working on fixing them, I just have 5 million projects I’m working on for gemini, lol.

      • Science

        • PC MagAI-Enhanced System to Track Players for Offside Calls at 2022 World Cup | PCMag

          Offside calls are notoriously controversial, sometimes resulting in nullified goals and irate players and coaches. Meanwhile, the line referee stands straight up with their flag in the air, unwavering in their confidence in the call.

          It’s a familiar scene that can add some much-needed drama to a long match, but a bad offside call ultimately harms the players, coaches, fans, and the integrity of the game.

          That’s why the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has announced(Opens in a new window) a new technology intended to assist referees in making offside calls. The system has already been tested at the 2021 Arab Cup and the 2021 Club World Cup, and it’s now ready(Opens in a new window) for the World Cup.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Cyber attack over Gemini is now a thing

          This morning I logged into the server hosting TLGS, my Gemini search engine, and updated a few things. Then I go through the logs to see if anything intresting happened. Ohh… There were attempts to SQL inject through the search query! Yup, Gemini is big enough for security to matter now! It is done by (I guessed) a skilled attacker. The attack is done manually over ~45 minutes. And various injections techniques are tried. Blind injection, avoid keywords, etc…

          Looking at the logs, I guess the attacker is thinking that he could inject through TLGS’ search filter feature. Which you can’t. The filter is a (very basic) DSL getting parsed on the search engine and applied locally. The parsed result is never sent to SQL. Good attempt though.

        • Drafting A Publishing Script

          Its coming up on a year now that I have been writing gemini stuff on pubnix through the terminal emulator. I have come a long way since the birth of my capsule and have learned much about various aspects of having a site.

          Today I realized how exhausted I was with my current writing process and a lightbulb went on in my head. Why not use scripts to make my life easier and save me some repetitive stress injury. Y’know, the exact thing they were meant to do.

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

Links 16/07/2022: SCaLE 19x Plans and DebConf22

Posted in News Roundup at 5:15 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • MakeTech EasierThe Best Linux Desktops for a Touchscreen Monitor – Make Tech Easier

      The concept of using Linux on a touchscreen monitor or two-in-one computer has come a long way. Touchscreen support is now built in to the Linux kernel, so theoretically, any Linux distribution should be able to run with a touchscreen. That said, not every distribution will be easy to use on a touchscreen, and this comes down to the desktop environment each one works best with. You may have to choose the best Linux distros for a touchscreen that use the optimal desktop out of the box.

      For example, using a tiling window manager like Awesome or i3 isn’t going to do you much good on a touchscreen without some heavy tweaking. Choose the right desktop environment, and you’ll have a much better time using Linux on this type of hardware.

    • 9to5LinuxSCaLE 19x, the 19th Annual Southern California Linux Expo, Will Take Place July 28-31, 2022

      SCaLE is one of the largest conferences for fans of Open Source and free software in North America. The event is run entirely by volunteers of the Open Source community and is held every year in the greater Los Angeles area.

      SCaLE 19x is the 19th installment of the Linux Expo, and it will take place at the end of this month, between July 28th and July 31st, at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport in Los Angeles, California.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • OMG UbuntuDialect is a Useful Language Translation Tool for Linux Desktops – OMG! Ubuntu!

        Next time you want to translate between languages don’t bother opening a browser tab, open Dialect instead.

        Dialect is a language translation app built for Linux desktops. It’s written in GTK4/libadwaita and leverages a number of different online translation services, but it defaults to Google’s ubiquitous-but-well-regarded translation service out-of-the-box.

        As such, Dialect is able to translate text to and from more than 100 languages straight from the desktop (though you do need to have an active internet connection for it to work).

      • Petter ReinholdtsenPetter Reinholdtsen: Automatic LinuxCNC servo PID tuning?

        While working on a CNC with servo motors controlled by the LinuxCNC PID controller, I recently had to learn how to tune the collection of values that control such mathematical machinery that a PID controller is. It proved to be a lot harder than I hoped, and I still have not succeeded in getting the Z PID controller to successfully defy gravity, nor X and Y to move accurately and reliably. But while climbing up this rather steep learning curve, I discovered that some motor control systems are able to tune their PID controllers. I got the impression from the documentation that LinuxCNC were not. This proved to be not true

        The LinuxCNC pid component is the recommended PID controller to use. It uses eight constants Pgain, Igain, Dgain, bias, FF0, FF1, FF2 and FF3 to calculate the output value based on current and wanted state, and all of these need to have a sensible value for the controller to behave properly. Note, there are even more values involved, theser are just the most important ones. In my case I need the X, Y and Z axes to follow the requested path with little error. This has proved quite a challenge for someone who have never tuned a PID controller before, but there is at least some help to be found.

        I discovered that included in LinuxCNC was this old PID component at_pid claiming to have auto tuning capabilities. Sadly it had been neglected since 2011, and could not be used as a plug in replacement for the default pid component. One would have to rewriting the LinuxCNC HAL setup to test at_pid. This was rather sad, when I wanted to quickly test auto tuning to see if it did a better job than me at figuring out good P, I and D values to use.

      • NeowinUniversal USB Installer – Neowin

        Universal USB Installer is a Live Linux USB Creator that allows you to choose from a selection of Linux Distributions to put on your USB Flash Drive. The Universal USB Installer is easy to use. Simply choose a Live Linux Distribution, the ISO file, your Flash Drive and, Click Install. Upon completion, you should have a ready to run bootable USB Flash Drive with your select operating system installed. Other features include; Persistence (if available) – note that casper persistence will only work with fat16 or fat32 formatted drives.

      • Another Helper App – BrowserBot [Ed: But porting it to something that's not proprietary Apple would be needed; what kind of "FOSS" is it when it's hosted by proprietary GitHub and needs proprietary MacOS?]
    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Linux BuzzHow to Install Minikube on Fedora 36 Step by Step

        Minikube is a single node local Kubernetes (k8s) cluster. If anyone is new to Kubernetes and wants to learn and explore Kubernetes, then minikube is the solution.

      • Trend OceansHow to Install LibreWolf Browser on Linux – TREND OCEANS

        LibreWolf (fork of Firefox) promises to protect your privacy, security, and freedom on the Internet by removing unnecessary tracking and fingerprinting technologies from the Firefox browser without breaking stuff.

        You must be wondering why not to remove all unnecessary tracking elements from Firefox manually. It’s true, Firefox is a highly customizable browser and gives you a bunch of options to modify it in different ways.

      • Trend OceansThe AppImage tells me it needs FUSE to run – TREND OCEANS

        Filesystem in Userspace (aka FUSE) is a software interface (API) used to allow non-privileged users to create their own file systems without editing kernel code.

        The FUSE module provides the bridge connection between file system code running in user space and the kernel interface.

        Various Linux technologies use FUSE, such as NTFS-3G (allowing access to NTFS filesystems), retro-fuse (which provides a way to mount filesystems created by UNIX systems on modern OS), etc.
        The AppImage that bundles everything within itself requires Filesystem in Userspace, or FUSE, for short. Most Linux systems ship with FUSE out-of-the-box. However, sometimes it doesn’t work or creates some problems, as shown below.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Thunderbird Mail on Rocky Linux 9
  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Liam ProvenThe early battle of the Pascals left Microsoft an opening

      Way way back, before DOS and the PC and so on, the UCSD p-System was very widespread.

      Borland’s Turbo Pascal supplanted it, but TP on DOS was very different from the original CP/M TP, and indeed with Delphi on Windows it transformed again into something wholly different and much more powerful.

      Delphi fused Turbo Pascal, its fast compiler and rich capable DOS IDE, with something much like NeXTstep’s Interface Builder and a set of OOPS libraries for Pascal to construct GUIs.

      Which inspired MS to copy it, taking the forms painter from the Ruby database tool, and an extended kinda-sorta BASIC, and some OLE/COM GUI controls, to make something… well, sprawling and unfocused and sluggish and overcomplicated.

      Then, when MS was seriously afraid that its OS and apps divisions would be split up by the DoJ, which the company forcibly transformed into .NET so it would have a tool for asserting cross-platform apps dominance.

      But the fierce and determined Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson was replaced with the conciliatory Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, and she backed down and let MS get away with it.

      So the big split never happened, and MS was left with a fancy cross-platform tool it no longer really needed.

    • Barry KaulerLimine 3.12.1 has relaxed MBR validation

      Alfons has been testing Limine on some old BIOS computers. A couple of them, including a Dell D630 laptop, Limine was not working.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • TorNew Release: Tails 5.2 | The Tor Project
    • PowerDNSPowerDNS Authoritative Server 4.6.3 | PowerDNS Blog

      Today we published release 4.6.3 of the Authoritative Server. It contains two bug fixes, and marks the arrival of Ubuntu Jammy packages for the 4.6 branch.

    • ROS IndustrialROS2 Easy-to-Adopt Perception and Manipulation Modules Open Sourced — ROS-Industrial

      ROS-Industrial has developed the easy_perception_deployment (EPD) & easy_manipulation_deployment (EPD) ROS2 packages to accelerate the industries’ effort in training and deployment of custom CV models and also provide a modular and configurable manipulation pipeline for pick and place tasks respectively. The overall EPD-EMD pipeline is shown in Figure 1.

    • HackadayFighting The Good Fight

      We here at Hackaday are super-duper proponents of open source. Software, hardware, or firmware, we like to be able to see it, learn from it, modify it, and make it ourselves. Some of this is self-serving because when we can’t see now it was done, we can’t show you how it’s done. But it’s also from a deeper place than that: the belief that the world is made better by sharing and open access.

    • Web Browsers

      • Mozilla

        • GhacksLight PDF Editing is coming to Firefox – gHacks Tech News

          The built-in Firefox PDF Reader is a popular tool to view PDF documents in the browser. Firefox users may use it to display local PDF documents or PDF documents from the Internet in the browser.

          Some Firefox users like the idea of opening PDF documents in the browser, as it is a quick and uncomplicated process. Others prefer to use third-party tools and disable the PDF viewer. External tools may offer better functionality or security features.

    • Programming/Development

      • [Old] Terence EdenCreate a “Share To Mastodon” Button for WordPress

        The Fediverse is a complicated concept and, for better or worse, its structure doesn’t lend itself to easily sharing content. Users have to remember which instance of each service they’re on. That introduces cognitive overhead which just isn’t present when choosing to share to the singular Facebook.

      • Daniel LemireFiltering numbers faster with SVE on Graviton 3 processors

        Amazon’s Graviton 3 appears to have 32-byte registers, since it is based on the ARM Neoverse V1 design. You can fit eight 32-bit integers in one register. Mainstream ARM processors (e.g., the ones that Intel uses) have SIMD instructions too (NEON), but with shorter registers (16 bytes). Having wider registers and instructions capable of operating over these wide registers allows you reduce the total number of instructions. Executing fewer instructions is a very good way to accelerate code.

        To investigate SVE, I looked at a simple problem where you want to remove all negative integers from an array. That is, you read and array containing signed random integers and you want to write out to an output array only the positive integers. Normal C code might look as follows: [...]

      • HishamFinally got rid of a/ and b/ in git diff outputs!

        In the world of open source there’s always this notion of “if you want something to be different, the code is there, you can change it”, but most often this is not practical: I would never go about carrying a patched version of Git with me to every machine I work on just because of the annoying `a/` and `b/` prefixes that show up on Git diffs.

      • Your git log is not a changelog! | agateau.com

        When you maintain a project, publishing new releases can quickly become a chore, so naturally one tries to automate it as much as possible.

        One release step which is often automated is updating the changelog. We already have git commit messages, so let’s gather all the messages since the last tag and “Voilà!” changelog entries for the new version!

      • Geeks For GeeksWhat are Pascal Strings ?

        This article intends to provide a basic understanding of traditionally used strings i.e. “Pascal Strings”. As the name is self-explanatory, pascal strings are an essential constituent of the PASCAL programming language. Pascal is a computer programming language that Niklaus Wirth of Switzerland created around 1970 to teach organized programming.

      • Perl / Raku

        • HackadayImpatience Is A Virtue When Testing This Old Maritime Teleprinter

          [Larry Wall], inventor of Perl, once famously said that programmers have three key virtues: sloth, hubris, and impatience. It’s safe to say that these personality quirks are also present in some measure in most hardware hackers, too, with impatience being perhaps the prime driver of great hacks. Life’s too short to wait for someone else to build it, whatever it may be.

        • PerlIdeas from TPRC2022: Tools to help refactor large mature code bases | dean [blogs.perl.org]

          Every Perl gig I have ever had, and from most of the conversations I had at this years Perl and Raku Conference, was working on a large code based that is serving the business and it’s customers very well such that the business is profitable (i.e. a mature code base).

          This is an enviable position to be in but whilst this software is robust from the outside, there is often a reluctance to make dramatic changes. Unfortunately code that is perceived as too fragile to touch tends to be replaced and replaced in another language.

          The PPI + Class::Inspector combination is already being used by people I’ve spoken too, in bespoke tools to refactor large code bases reliably.

  • Leftovers

    • The VergeBungie is now officially part of Sony

      With Bungie now officially part of Sony and Take-Two completing its acquisition of Zynga in May, now we have to wait for Microsoft to wrap up its massive $68.7 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard. It might be a little while until that’s completed, though; Microsoft expects the deal to close sometime in its fiscal year 2023, which began this month and runs through June 2023.

    • HackadayTurning Irregular Shapes

      In case you’re not closely following Egyptian Machinist YouTube, you may have missed [Hydraulic House]. It’s gotten even harder to find him since he started posting under[بيت الهيدروليك]. Don’t let the Arabic put you off, he delivers it all in pantomime.

    • HackadayRiding The Rails, In A Literal Sense

      Hundreds of miles of railroad tracks are scattered across the US and other countries. Despite how they look, many aren’t abandoned. But in the case of a genuinely abandoned track, having a railway bike to explore the rail seems quite intriguing.

    • Science

      • NBCWhat are time crystals? And why are they so weird?

        Time crystals have no practical use, and they don’t look anything like natural crystals. In fact, they don’t look like much at all. Instead, the name “time crystal” — one any marketing executive would be proud of — describes their regular changes in quantum states over a period of time, rather than their regular shapes in physical space, like ice, quartz or diamond.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayRestoring $5 Busted Synthesizer Made Easy, Thanks To Thermal

        [D. Scott Williamson] paid $5 for a Roland JV-30 synthesizer at a garage sale. Score! There was only one catch: it didn’t work and didn’t include the power supply. Luckily, restoring it was made easier by breaking out a thermal camera.

      • HackadayA Look Back At The USSR Computer Industry

        According to [Asianometry], in 1986 the Soviet Union had about 10,000 computers. At the same time, the United States had 1.3 million! The USSR was hardly a backward country — they’d launched Sputnik and made many advances in science and mathematics. Why didn’t they have more computers? The story is interesting and you can see it in the video below.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • NBCHow conservative media weaponized a story about a 10-year-old and abortion

        Heidi Julien, a professor of information science who specializes in digital literacy at the University of Buffalo, said even though the report was substantiated, there should be little expectations of people changing their minds.

        “If you construct an identity around a particular political persuasion and a particular set of news sources, and you construct a reality that is an ‘us against them,’ kind of stance, then you can’t make space for any right or any truth on the other side,” she said.

      • SalonDoughnut debates and seafood scams: What happens when alleged “food fraud” reaches the courts

        In January 2021, plaintiffs Karen Dhanowa and Nilima Amin filed several versions of a proposed class action lawsuit, accusing Subway of deceiving the public about the contents of its tuna, which is advertised as “100% tuna.” In a November 2021 version of the lawsuit, the plaintiffs alleged that lab testing showed a sample of the tuna contained animal proteins such as chicken and pork.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • NPRWhen it comes to data on your phone, deleting a text isn’t the end of the story

          People delete text messages and other electronic messages for many reasons: to free up room on their device; to break contact after a sour conversation; and, from time to time, to wipe out a conversation, for one reason or another.

          But deleting a digital correspondence isn’t as easy as you might think. For starters, depending on the program you’re using, the recipient still has a copy of the message you sent them. And that data might live on in cloud storage.

          Alfred Demirjian, founder and CEO of TechFusion, has spent the past 35 years in digital forensics and data recovery in Boston. He said that once you hit send, that information will likely exist forever, especially if the government wants whatever you’ve sent.

      • Confidentiality

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Environment

      • Energy

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • HackadayNeural Network Identifies Insects, Outperforming Humans

          There are about one million known species of insects – more than for any other group of living organisms. If you need to determine which species an insect belongs to, things get complicated quick. In fact, for distinguishing between certain kinds of species, you might need a well-trained expert in that species, and experts’ time is often better spent on something else. This is where CNNs (convolutional neural networks) come in nowadays, and this paper describes a CNN doing just as well if not better than human experts.

    • Finance

      • ScheerpostRalph Nader: Students, Campuses and Dominant Corporate Power

        When it comes to corporate power and control over their lives, now and into the future, today’s college students are perilously dormant. When it comes to putting pressure on Congress to counter the various dictates of corporatism, there is little activity other than some stalwarts contacting their lawmakers on climate violence.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • ABCElon Musk reacts to Twitter’s $44 billion lawsuit

        Delaware Chancery Court will determine whether Musk remains obligated to purchase Twitter or whether he was entitled to walk away because the company failed to provide him data he requested.

      • European Commission2022 Rule of law report

        As part of the preparation of the 2022 Rule of Law Report, the European Commission invited stakeholders to provide written contributions through a targeted stakeholder consultation opened from 1 December 2021 to 24 January 2022. The consultation has provided over 220 horizontal and country-specific contributions from a variety of EU agencies, European networks, national and European civil society organisations and professional associations and international and European actors. The information obtained from this consultation has contributed to the assessment of the Commission with factual findings on developments in the Member States.

      • Broadband BreakfastSurveillance Capitalism a Symptom of Web-Dependent Companies, Not Ownership

        A former Google executive pushed back against a claim that the privatization of broadband infrastructure has created the world’s current data and privacy concerns, instead suggesting that it’s the companies that rely on the web that have helped fuel the problem.

      • The Gray ZoneIs Paul Mason’s parliamentary run a Trojan Horse for British intelligence?
      • TruthOutPalestinians Face Forced Expulsions as Biden Pledges Allegiance to Israel
      • TruthOutTrump Campaign Continued Steering Donor Money to Firm Involved in Jan 6. Rally
      • Common DreamsOpinion | What Chile Could Teach the US About Constitutions—and Democracy

        On July 4—just over a week after the U.S. Supreme Court, in a ruling that was in equal measures unsurprising and tragic, overturned federal abortion rights—Chile’s Constitutional Convention finalized and submitted a draft of a new Magna Carta. Whether it will be implemented depends on the results of an upcoming referendum on September 4.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation

        • India TimesBig Tech firms fail to take down Russian propaganda posts, says Ukraine

          Thousands of tweets, YouTube videos, and other social media posts have been reported as Russian propaganda or anti-Ukrainian hate speech by Ukrainian officials, who claim the companies are now less willing to remove the content.

          According to new research provided to The Washington Post by a non-profit organisation based in Europe, many of these requests appear to be going unanswered.

        • VOA NewsRussia’s Information War Expands Through Eastern Europe

          As bullets and bombs fall in Ukraine, Russia is waging an expanding information war throughout Eastern Europe, researchers and officials say, using fake accounts and propaganda to spread fears about refugees and rising fuel prices while calling the West an untrustworthy ally.

          In Bulgaria, the Kremlin paid journalists, political analysts and other influential citizens 2,000 euros a month to post pro-Russian content online, a senior Bulgarian official revealed this month. Researchers also have uncovered sophisticated networks of fake accounts, bots and trolls in an escalating spread of disinformation and propaganda in the country.

          Similar efforts are playing out in other nations in the region as Russia looks to shift the blame for its invasion of Ukraine, the ensuing refugee crisis and rising prices for food and fuel.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Terence EdenSaay What?

        The British town of Scunthorpe is a delightful place to visit. It is a perfectly normal town, with just one tiny problem. Its name is often unfairly redacted online because it contains a “rude” word. See if you can spot it…

        This sort of overreach is generally known as the Scunthorpe Problem.

      • MNNPakistani Christian mechanic sentenced to death for blasphemy

        People from the local mosque beat the mechanic and framed him by saying he blasphemed against the Prophet Muhammed. In Pakistan, people can be accused of blasphemy and sentenced to death without any real evidence. This law often gets used against Christians for financial advantage and to get rid of them.

      • ScheerpostYouTube Host Demonetized for Challenging U.S. Government on Ukraine

        Jackson Hinkle is Big Tech’s latest target in the establishment’s pursuit to censor dissenting voices.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Rolling StoneBiden Fist-Bumps Ruler Who Ordered Execution of U.S. Journalist

        The two leaders are beginning a series of meetings through which the Biden administration hopes to improve relations between the two countries, particularly in the matter of oil exports from Saudi Arabia. The diplomatic summit marks a departure from Biden’s promises to hold bin Salman accountable for his role in the 2018 murder of U.S.-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was kidnapped and dismembered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, allegedly under orders from bin Salman.

      • Common DreamsRights Groups Urge Biden to Secure Release of US Lawyer Held in UAE

        As President Joe Biden prepared to meet with the leader of the United Arab Emirates on Saturday, human rights groups urged the U.S. administration to secure the release of an American civil rights attorney arrested in Dubai in a “politically motivated” case.

        “Whatever trumped-up legal pretext the UAE has cooked up for detaining Ghafoor, it smacks of politically motivated revenge for his association with Khashoggi and DAWN.”

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Hubbard BroadcastingExclusive: RPD Investigator on desk duty following dispute with EMT in ambulance bay

        The incident happened on Monday. The ambulance bay in front of the emergency room is typically reserved for ambulances only but the investigator was parked there, planning to go inside for a case. Sources tell News10NBC that’s when the EMT from Monroe Ambulance got out to unload the patient and hit the police car with her door.

        The investigator asked for identification but the EMT was intent on getting her patient inside first. She kept moving with the man on a stretcher and when she was at the check-in desk, she was approached by the investigator, her arm pulled behind her back and cuffed before forcefully being taken outside to a police car.

      • Business StandardHijab protests: Iranian women publicly remove veils to raise their voices

        This year’s ‘National Day of Hijab and Chastity’ in Iran was unusual in more ways than one. On July 12, Iranian women took to the streets and publicly removed their veils as a sign of protest against the country’s hijab rules. They also posted their videos on social media.

        Masih Alinejab, a US-based Iranian journalist and activist, tweeted her video supporting the Iran hijab protest and wrote, “As we promised! We remove our hijabs and I hope everyone joins us. Forcing women to wear hijab is not part of Iranian’s culture. It is the culture of the Taliban, ISIS and the Islamic Republic. Enough is enough. #No2Hijab”

      • Bennett, Coleman & Company LtdISIS claims fatal attack on J&K cop in Srinagar, releases footage shot using body camera

        The Islamic State (ISIS) terror group has made fresh a fresh attempt to make its presence felt in Jammu and Kashmir and has claimed responsibility for the murder of an assistant sub-inspector of police. The attack took place in Srinagar on Tuesday evening.

        As per reports, ISIS released a purported video of the attack to claim responsibility. The video was released by the propaganda arm of the terror group, Amaq, which showed grainy video filmed using a body camera.

      • Greek ReporterHagia Sophia’s Imperial Gate Vandalized Again

        The Hagia Sophia’s historic Imperial Gate has been damaged again, as vandals appear to have pried out one of the metal plates on the 15th century oakwood door. It was the second time the door has been damaged in less than three months.

        The Imperial Gate is the largest of the Hagia Sophia, which was built as a church in the Byzantine era and is among the most important sites in Orthodox Christianity.

      • International Business TimesMuslim Leader Blames Rising Meat Prices On Women’s Skimpy Clothes, ‘Naked Bodies’

        An imam in Kyrgyzstan has recently come under fire for blaming the rising prices of meat products on women wearing skimpy clothes.

      • RFERLKyrgyz Imam In Hot Water After Blaming Soaring Meat Prices On Women’s Skimpy Clothes

        The award-winning mullah, who had served as the head of an Islamic university, called on elderly men to put an end to “this disgrace” and stop women from wearing skimpy outfits.

        The comments by Doolov, 53, provoked a lot of angry replies in the predominantly Muslim country after footage of his sermon was shared on social media. Some accused the imam of insulting and discriminating against women and called for a criminal investigation.

      • NPRMedical examiner says Jayland Walker was shot dozens of times

        The medical examiner’s findings confirm that Walker, unarmed and with no drugs or alcohol in his system, “came to a brutal, senseless death,” said Ken Abbarno, a lawyer representing Walker’s family.

      • TruthOutAOC Calls for Congress to Strip Supreme Court of Its Ability to Rule on Abortion
      • TruthOutRight-Wing Model Legislation Would Criminalize Sharing Information on Abortion
      • Common DreamsOpinion | We Need a Post-Roe Strategy for the Long Haul. Global Feminists Offer a Blueprint.

        After the initial shock over the Supreme Court’s action against abortion rights, we’re all grappling with an inevitable, fundamental question: what now?

      • TruthOutDeportation Guidelines Back in Limbo After Two Opposing Court Rulings
      • DaemonFC (Ryan Farmer)Today, Walmart Grocery Pickup gave my order to someone else, billed me, and then had to go pick it again while I waited in my car. Bonus: Lawyer says stay away from self-checkouts or you risk jail.

        Today, Walmart Grocery Pickup gave my order to someone else, billed me, and then had to go pick it again while I waited in my car.

        I’m still trying to figure out how you manage to do that.

        You shouldn’t be able to dispense an order until the customer checks in on the app and tells you where to park, then apparently someone went outside and shoved my groceries into a DoorDash driver’s car, and they drove off.

        I called 1-800-Walmart to complain, and they issued me a $15 account credit for my next order to compensate me for having to wait for my order to be fulfilled again.

        The woman on the phone says she actually gets “a lot of complaints like this”.

        Why put up with the problems? Well, Walmart basically pays you off to shop online with their credit card. You get better points with the credit card. Then, I’ve noticed that they’re starting to charge higher prices to people who go into the store.

        Shopping for my own groceries actually saves me nothing. They just bill me more for doing the work, and then if everyone did that, they’d shut down the Grocery Pickup department and a dozen and a half people at this one store would lose their jobs.

        I don’t like to hear about people losing their jobs. It happens far too much these days. Those people deserve a good job just as much as everyone else does. If you go into the store and shop, and use the self-checkouts, you also put cashiers out of work.

        Also, self-checkouts put you in legal jeopardy. A lawyer on TikTok recently posted a video about just how sloppy the store dicks are about reviewing self-checkout shrink. You could end up getting arrested over a trip to Walmart six months ago, where you didn’t even steal anything.

      • One in four women experience domestic violence before age 50 – McGill University

        Over one in four women (or 27 per cent) experience intimate partner violence before the age of 50, according to a worldwide analysis led by researchers from McGill University and the World Health Organization. The largest of its kind, the analysis covers 366 studies involving more than 2 million women in 161 countries.

        “Intimate partner violence against women – which includes physical and sexual violence by husbands, boyfriends, and other partners – is highly prevalent globally,” says McGill University Professor Mathieu Maheu-Giroux, a Canada Research Chair in Population Health Modeling.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • [Old] ReutersEU’s Vestager assessing if tech giants should share telecoms network costs

        According to a study released by telecoms lobbying group ETNO on Monday, Meta, Alphabet, Apple (AAPL.O), Amazon (AMZN.O), Microsoft (MSFT.O) and Netflix accounted for over 56% of all global data traffic last year.

      • India Times‘Government wants Big Tech to pay news outlets for content’

        In India, the matter has been raised by the Digital News Publishers Association (DNPA) and the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) who have approached fairplay watchdog Competition Commission of India (CCI) against Google, accusing the company of abuse of dominant position in news aggregation to impose unfair conditions on news publishers.

        As the CCI ordered an inquiry against Google over the allegations, the INS said in its complaint that it has “highlighted the fact that the producer/publisher of news which are made available in digital format, are not being paid a fair value for their content, despite them having invested heavily in creating appropriate content for the customers, who search for news items using the Google platform.”

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • NPRLofi Girl disappeared from YouTube and reignited debate over bogus copyright claims

          Lofi Girl made it through the ordeal relatively unscathed, but smaller artists who don’t have huge platforms may not be so lucky.

          “They are at the mercy of people sending abusive takedowns and YouTube’s ability to detect and screen for them,” said James Grimmelmann, a law professor at Cornell University.

          He said false copyright claims were rampant.

          “People can use them for extortion or harassment or in some cases to file claims to monetize somebody else’s videos,” he said.

        • The VergeLofi Girl is back online after ‘abusive’ copyright strikes

          The operator of Lofi Girl (formerly ChilledCow) tweeted a copy of the DMCA takedown notice for its two lo-fi hip-hop “beats to relax/study to” video streams on Sunday, calling the reports “false copyright strikes.” YouTube officially corroborated the claim a day later. “Confirmed the takedown requests were abusive [and] terminated the claimants [sic] account,” it said, noting that it had reinstated the videos, but it could take 24 to 48 hours for the channel to return to normal. Lofi Girl relaunched its channels at noon on July 12th.

        • ForbesLofi Girl Returns: YouTube Apologizes For Removing Popular Music Stream Due To ‘Abusive’ Copyright Notice

          Lofi Girl is far from alone, as any content owner can issue a DMCA takedown if they claim their content was published online on any platform without their permission. The system is part of a United States copyright law that Congress passed in 1998. In the years since, the number of copyright claims has exploded. As early as 2016, Google — which owns YouTube — said it handles approximately two million copyright takedown notices per day.

          And with the growth of the content creator industry, YouTubers who depend on the platform and its ads for income have repeatedly called for change. Even for Lofi Girl, this weekend’s takedown was the channel’s third, following incidents in 2017 and 2020.

        • Sydney Morning HeraldYouTube removes internet’s favourite background music over bogus copyright claim

          Lofi Girl, founded by a French creator known only as Dimitri, owns the rights to all the music it plays via its music label, Lofi Records. But YouTube removed both streams from its platform after it received a takedown notice from FMC Music, which claimed the livestream featured one of its tracks. YouTube removed the video and threatened to disable the Lofi Girl channel if it was found to breach copyright again.

        • BBCLofi Girl: YouTube sorry for taking down music stream

          YouTube’s copyright claim system has faced lots of complaints from creators, who say it favours big companies and can be too easily exploited.

        • Torrent FreakOperation 404 Hit So Many Piracy Apps It’s Surprising There Are Any Left

          Last month anti-piracy initiative ‘Operation 404′ reportedly took down 226 websites and 461 piracy apps, a huge amount by any standard. With the dust settling this week, anti-piracy company Nagra provided more information on its role in the operation. That was timely because it leads to somewhat of a conundrum: how many apps have to be taken down before pirates simply run out?

        • Michael GeistBill C-11 Now a Trade Issue: U.S. Warns Canada About Online Streaming Act Concerns – Michael Geist

          Bill C-11, the government’s online streaming legislation, has caught the attention of the U.S. government, which raised it as a concern during a recent meeting between U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Canadian Minister of International Trade Mary Ng. The issue is cited in the U.S. readout of the meeting, though the Canadian readout of the same meeting notably excludes any reference to the issue. The readout specifically states that “Ambassador Tai expressed concern about Canada’s proposed digital service tax and pending legislation in the Canadian Parliament that could impact digital streaming services.” The reference to concerns with a digital services tax has been raised before, but the inclusion of Bill C-11 is new. The concerns may reflect Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez’s decision to regulate user generated content, an approach not found in any other country in the world.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Alone

        Lately I have been feeling that now that my only sibling is dead I’m more alone in the world. I have written before about how he was the only other person who knew me that well, including being children together. But now I am starting to feel a scary freedom. I am the last of our little family’s second generation. Both of our parents are still alive, so I am not the last of my family. But when you grow up close to a sibling, you feel a shared evaluation of things because when you were kids you experienced all the new things together. My brother and I were just two years apart in age, so we were always in this life together, until now.

        I don’t know exactly what this feeling is, but it is a kind of scary lonesomeness. I often think that I should tell Brandon about something after it happens, only to remember that he is dead. I still want to call him and ask what he thinks.

      • Moving plans setback

        We were supposed to be making our first “all the heavy stuff” move up to the PNW today. Unfortunately there have been a couple of setbacks, and we’ve decided to push that back until tomorrow instead. Today is another packing day.

        The summer heat is the primary issue. The temperature outside has been hovering around 102 all week, so even a half hour of loading the truck has me sweating hard. It’s difficult to stay hydrated when your body is ditching moisture so fast. I’ve felt myself dip into the dehydration danger zone a couple of times over the past 24 hours.

        It’s disheartening how easy it is to underestimate just how much “stuff” a living space contains. It all feels like so much more when you’re carrying it out one box at a time down a flight of stairs in the California heat.

      • Hi

        But now, most of them are about exams. In them, I don’t know the subject, I haven’t prepped for them, and I’m usually in panic/anxiety mode.

        I don’t know what these dreams mean. But I feel like they mean something – something that I haven’t figured out yet.

        I’ll be 35 years old soon. I’m old. I feel old. I finished school a long time ago. I had a few friends but we never kept in touch.


        I don’t have much long to live. 15 years, give or take. I don’t want to grow old and die. I’ve taken care of old people. I’ve witnessed the miserable and painfully slow death that occurs at old age. I don’t want that. I’d prefer to die when I’m still in control of my mind and body. Besides, I don’t have anyone who’d take care of me when I’m too old.

        I’m afraid of death. But I know there’s no escape.

      • Dream X

        “Hey, when’s the next exam?” I asked one of my classmates. “At 09:00 p.m,” she replied. “Tonight?!” I wondered out loud. She shrugged.

        I went to the administration block to check the timetable. One of my old buddies caught up with me and grabbed my pens. “Hey! Give those back!”

      • Re: Re: The Cheapest Cup of Tea in Town

        I’ve learned this too, and I have a couple of cups designed for the purpose. I do wonder what kind of tea is usually used there, though. Maybe green tea? It doesn’t work so well with black tea in my experience, as the taste gets more bitter for each cup the same leaves are used for.

        An ordinary tea bag lasts more than one cup, of course! I use a single tea bag for my 0.35 litre thermos cup and that same one could easily be used for one refill without the taste changing too much. The longer tea leaves seep the more caffeine they release, of course. Different parts of the tea tree are used for different teas and as I understand it the parts used for black tea contain the most caffeine.

      • Re(3): The Cheapest Cup of Tea in Town

        Yes, usually green tea, AFAIK. Traditionally that would be Sencha or Bancha in Japan, and Gunpowder or Longjing in China.

        Personally, I only drink green or white tea, as I do not like the mostly strong flavour of black tea.

    • Politics

      • Watching Quietly

        Anyone which I agreed with seemed nauseating, because they never agreed with me for the right reasons, and never went through theory. Theories about how Jews come from space, Gamergate enthusiasts, and men’s rights activists comprised about half my listening time (most of these shows may as well be podcasts – I can’t imagine anyone really looks at the talking heads).


        All he needed was to be heard, and the misquotes would follow, then the arguments. Invariably one person would attack him for being a bit rapey, but with a poor understanding of his work, while another would poke holes in this poor understanding of his work.

        At this point, I tried to explain to the progressive crowd the plan, and found myself surprised by how incapable these apparently educated people were of parsing a single thing I said. It wasn’t a matter of disagreement, but repeating the notion that they were challenging, rather than supporting him.

        I wouldn’t recommend watching this crap in general, because it’s very tedious. But I’d certainly recommend listening to people who are wrong, or crazy, or even dangerous.

        I don’t have the ear-time for this nonsense any more, but I think I can talk to people with crazy ideas much easier than most people from my lefty, enlightened, and pompous University background.

      • Re Cash-pocalypse

        In the US, the authorities can’t access digital records of what you paid for or sold to begin with, unless they have a warrant. And to get a warrant you must have reasonable suspicion of illegal activity. Additionally, banks use higher encryption standards than the rest of the internet because… they are banks.

    • Technical

      • The Docs don’t do CodeMirror v6 Justice

        Up front, CodeMirror 6 is a great piece of software.

        But holy hell it’s hard to wrap my head around this paradigm. I understand the _why_ of this approach, but learning _how_ to interact with it is rough. This is a combo of my own inexperience here and a lack of content.

      • Nano keyboard shortcuts

        Nano has 87 shortcuts and we have listed all of them below.

      • Programming

        • Renaming HFNP to Netamict; SourceHut deployment experience

          Hi, fellow Geminauts! Hope everyone is doing well!

          It’s been a while again. Some things in life and in general kept me from updating a lot, but I will try to write more frequently, and not only about my projects too.

        • A problem with Guile’s defmacro

          All of this is well known to old Lisp nerds; move along, move along. And it might come across as gatekeepy or complicated to new folks. So I’m looking at you medium-experienced peeps for this one!

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

Inside the Minds of Microsoft’s Media Operatives — Part I — Bishops in Rooks

Posted in Deception, Marketing, Microsoft at 3:02 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Series parts:

  1. YOU ARE HERE ☞ Bishops in Rooks

Microsoft dirty tactics

Summary: A new series that looks at how so-called ‘journalists’ who are more like Microsoft moles justify their actions (at least to themselves)

A LOT of time has passed since we last updated this page on Microsoft AstroTurfing or the index of Microsoft’s PR agencies, explaining how the company operates behind the scenes (policing the media, blogs, Wikipedia and so on). But a lot of what we said back then has hardly changed. The same is true for IAM et al as media operatives of the EPO, burning sources and betraying truth-tellers.

One must understand that Microsoft has the equivalent of what can rudely be dubbed “moles”; they’re meant to look like editors, reporters, and journalists. In reality, however, they’re like marketing operatives and spinners/liars of Microsoft. There are quite a lot of them and one was even arrested for pedophilia a few years ago (Microsoft Peter). Sometimes they get detected and ousted, at least as soon as publishers sniff them out. Publishers aren’t interested in such corporate interferences unless Microsoft pays them to tolerate this. Money can poison almost everything.

“I’ve killed at least two Mac conferences. [...] by injecting Microsoft content into the conference, the conference got shut down. The guy who ran it said, why am I doing this?”

Microsoft's chief evangelist

This new series concerns a Microsoft operative who burned a Microsoft whistleblower almost as though he was looking to eliminate/weed out dissenting voices from within Microsoft. Dissenting in the sense that they said the truth whilst outwardly Microsoft was lying to the public, disseminating lies through its media operatives. Microsoft is a lot like a religion; the clergy, e.g. the promoters/fixers as seen in Scientology, intimidate critics.

In the coming few parts we’ll show how the ‘clergy’ justifies the cult. Or how it’s trying to rationalise its own highly unethical behaviour.

Our focus will be on Todd Bishop* (yes, the irony given clergy analogies!), but there are many like him that for a number of decades acted like unofficial Microsoft spokespeople, only pretending not to be associated with the company. Amid image-shaping PR and media consolidation we must understand that a lot of what mainstream/corporate media tells is as simple as a “sponsored narrative”, to quote how ZDNet puts it. They take money for reputation laundering services.

“Tech journalists really are as stupid and compromised as we think,” a reader told us about Bishop. “At least he was cordial…”

“Don’t be misled by the smiles,” I replied. “They make a living by propping up very malicious agenda. The smiles just keep them at it…”

In the words of former Microsoft VP James Allchin : “This really isn’t that hard. If you’re going to kill someone there isn’t much reason to get all worked up about it and angry — you just pull the trigger. Angry discussions before hand are a waste of time. We need to smile at Novell while we pull the trigger.”

“We are not on a path to win against Linux”

Jim Allchin, Microsoft's Platform Group Vice President

Microsoft’s media operatives can be defeated. They keep quiet (self-silencing) if rebutted effectively and frequently. They refrain from repeating lies if challenged ‘too much’.

Some of them get ‘exposed’ or ‘unmasked’, whereupon Microsoft needs to get rid of them as soon as possible, e.g. Microsoft Peter.
* We’ve called out Bishop for over 15 years. He’s a male version of ZDNet’s Microsoft Mary. Some of them come and go, e.g. Microsoft Emil, Microsoft Ina, and even Mr. Wilcox. Sometimes they do move on or just vanish.

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