Links 25/07/2022: Mozilla Firefox 103 and GNU poke 2.4

Posted in News Roundup at 4:22 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • The Register UKUpgrading what might be the world’s oldest running Linux install

      There are some complexities involved in upgrading what the Reg FOSS desk suspects may be the world’s oldest running Linux installation: an OS install dating back to 1993.

      The machine called chiark.greenend.org.uk appears to be a relatively ordinary webserver, hosting a bunch of home pages, a few mailing lists, usenet groups and things. People with no links to Cambridge University may have encountered it only if they downloaded the PuTTY SSH client for Windows from the author’s own site.

      What’s remarkable about Chiark is that it was originally installed with Debian Linux 0.93R5 in 1993, and the same installation of the OS is now running Debian 11 “Bullseye”, the x86-64 version, freshly upgraded from an x86-32 installation of Debian 8 “Jessie”.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Linux MagazineSystem76 Refreshes Their Popular Oryx Pro Laptop with a New CPU

        The makers at System76 are never one to rest on their laurels and are always trying to improve the already outstanding hardware they offer. This time around, they gave the Oryx Pro, one of their most popular laptops, a bit of a refresh. This machine is an outstanding option for gaming as well as AI/ML. And with the new 12th Gen CPU (boasting 14 cores and 20 threads running between 1.7 to 4.7 GHz), you’ll have more power than you need to run the software you require.

        But this new update isn’t just about the CPU. System76 has also made it so you can configure the Oryx Pro with either NVIDIA RTX 2070 Ti or 3080 Ti graphics (along with the RTX 3070 and 3080 that were previously available).

      • WiredHP Dev One Linux Laptop Review: The Best for Linux

        HP’s latest Linux laptop sees the computer maker collaborating with erstwhile competitor (or at least, fellow Linux laptop maker) System76. It seems like an odd combo, given that System76 makes its own competing laptops, but the collaboration works.

        The Dev One is a very nice Linux machine that packs enough punch for developers or creatives without hitting top-tier laptop prices. Even more impressive is the work HP and System76 have put into making Linux work perfectly with the AMD chipset.

        Combining HP’s hardware capabilities and industry experience with System76′s Pop!_OS desktop has produced the best all-around Linux laptop you can buy right now.

    • Server

      • Kubernetes Troubleshooting: Finding the Right Monitoring Solution – Container Journal

        Kubernetes is revolutionizing application development because it is designed for ease of use, flexibility and scalability. In spite of these compelling advantages, however, troubleshooting Kubernetes problems can be a formidable challenge. Once you are alerted to an error, just knowing where to begin can even be overwhelming.

        Imagine you are developing an app in a Kubernetes-based development environment and you get an alert for a container error that you do not recognize. First, you ask your colleagues if they have seen this before. Next, you search multiple blogs to see what other developers are saying about this error. Maybe you check multiple dashboards and logs; try to dig up any information you can find. The whole process can take hours and involve multiple teams. Ultimately, you end up back at the command line, trying to solve a problem that you do not really understand. Does this frustrating scenario sound familiar? This is a hit-or-miss approach to Kubernetes troubleshooting that does not benefit the development process or the business.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • CPU-X The Best Linux Alternative Of CPU-Z

        For those want to check PC hardware specs in Linux, CPU-X is a good choice for user switching from Microsoft Windows.

        It’s a free open-source system profiling and monitoring application, that looks quite similar to CPU-Z for Windows. With it, you can check your CPU specification, vendor, codename, clocks, and L1/L2/L3 caches.

        CPU-Z is a freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system :
        Processor name and number, codename, process, package, cache levels.
        Mainboard and chipset.
        Memory type, size, timings, and module specifications (SPD).
        Real time measurement of each core’s internal frequency, memory frequency.

      • OMG UbuntuTopHat is a Nifty System Monitor for GNOME Shell – OMG! Ubuntu! [Ed: Another extension limited to GNOME/GTK crowd because of integration]

        Want to keep an eye on your system resources without pulling up a terminal or launching GNOME’s System Monitor tool?

        Check out TopHat.

        TopHat is a new system monitor GNOME extension that puts a top-level overview of active CPU, RAM, and network usages in the GNOME Shell top bar.

        There are, of course, ample system monitor GNOME extensions out there. Heck, I feel like I’ve written about them all at some point. But most tend to be singular, putting a wealth of system resource info within a two column table.

      • OSNoteSeafile – Sync and Share Your Files Ubuntu – OSNote

        Seafile is the high-performance open-source cross-platform software for file sharing and sync. The stored file can be synchronized from various devices from the central server through built-in file encryption. Before syncing the files to the server files are encrypted. The Seafile core is built using C programming which may be small but has fantastic performance. Files can be organized into libraries that can be encrypted by the password set by the user itself.
        Seafile provides similar functionality just like other file hosting services like dropbox, google drive, etc. but seafile is a self-hosted file sharing service. If you are curious about how we can sync and share files from self-hosted Seafile this article is for you. All the procedures in this article are performed on the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS system.
        Before continuing the installation we need to pre-install the Nginx, Mysql, and Python along with additional Python modules.

      • Ubuntu HandbookFindex – A Super Fast Tool to Search & Launch Your Apps in Linux | UbuntuHandbook

        Looking for an alternative app launching tool for your Linux? Findex is one with highly customizable interface and fast performance.

        The app runs silently in the background. Once you hit the shortcut key, a search box pop-up in screen center allows to quickly search and open desired applications.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • HowTo ForgeLinux nm Command Tutorial for Beginners (10 Examples)

        This is a tutorial for Linux users who do system-level software development. Learn more in this Linux nm command tutorial for beginners.

      • TechRepublicHow to easily open files with sudo privileges in the GNOME File Manager | TechRepublic

        Not all Linux file managers are created equal. Some file managers have more bells and whistles than the average user will ever need, while other file managers are as inflexible as cold, hard steel. There are also those that ship with a bare minimum of features but allow users to extend the feature set with add-ons.

        Given how we so often take the file manager for granted, once you find a feature that could really make your daily life a bit more efficient, you realize just how important the tool is. Such is the case with the GNOME File Manager. Out of the box, it works great and includes enough features to get you by for a while. Eventually, however, you’ll find some features that could make things a bit easier.

      • AddictiveTipsHow to watch Live TV on the Linux desktop with Hypnotix

        Want to watch free TV on your Linux desktop? With Hypnotix, you can! The Hypnotix application gives you access to tons of free, legal live TV channels right on the Linux desktop. Here’s how to use it.

      • ID RootHow To Install Java on Rocky Linux 9

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Java on Rocky Linux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, Java is a popular programming language and software platform that allows you to run many server-side applications. The general purpose of the Java programming language is to let developers write programs or applications once, but the application itself can be run on any system across multiple operating systems.

        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 Java programming language on Rocky Linux. 9.

      • RoseHostingHow to Install Netdata Monitoring Tool on Ubuntu 22.04

        In this tutorial, we are going to explain how to install Netdata Monitoring Tool on the latest Ubuntu 22.04.

        Netdata Monitoring tool is an open-source software developed to track and show the statistic of server usage. System Administrators, Developers, or even non-technical users are using this software to check the CPU usage, RAM usage, available DISK space, Network bandwidth and etc. Netdata Monitoring tool is mainly written in C, JavaScript, and Python and can be installed on various operating systems such as Ubuntu, Debian, and CentOS.

        Installing the Netdata Monitoring tool on Ubuntu 22.04 can take up to 10 minutes. Let’s get started!

      • MakeTech EasierWhat is the Rc Shell and How to Install It in Linux – Make Tech Easier

        The rc shell is a simple and innovative command interpreter built for the Plan 9 family of operating systems. It is currently a part of plan9port, which is a suite of Plan 9 software that is available for Linux.

        Rc aims to improve on the default UNIX shell and it introduces a cleaner syntax for writing scripts. It is also built to be as simple to understand as possible. This makes rc a good program for someone that wants to learn how a shell works.

      • How to Install DokuWiki with Nginx on Ubuntu 22.04

        DokuWiki is a free and open-source wiki software written in PHP that allows users to create and edit pages using a web browser. It is easy to install and use, and doesn’t require a database since it works on plain text files. Using a very familiar interface, allows you to easily scale and optimize using many advanced features.

        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.

      • TecAdminHow to declare boolean variable in shell script

        he shell (bash) script doesn’t offer any data type with the variables. So we can’t specifically declare a variable of type boolean in shell scripts.

        But, you can still use the variable like a boolean in shell scripts. Store a sample string “true” to a variable and match it with the if condition. This works similarly to boolean.

      • Trend OceansHow to Copy the contents of a file into the clipboard without displaying its contents – TREND OCEANS

        While working on the terminal, we copy a lot of text from the file content to the clipboard and then paste the content where it needs to be pasted.

        If I ask you how do you copy the content of the file from your terminal to your clipboard, you may say that I usually display the content of the file using the cat command and then I select the text that I want to copy.

        Absolutely correct, and nothing is wrong with the approach, but why make an unnecessary effort when you can use the xclip command to copy the content of a file directly into the clipboard?

      • ID RootHow To Install MySQL Workbench on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install MySQL Workbench on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, The MySQL Workbench is a GUI application for administrators’ and developers’ databases. Its graphical interface provides database architects and administrators with an easier way to model data, build and run SQL queries, and maintain a database. MySQL Workbench is available on Windows, Linux, and macOS.

        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 MySQL Workbench 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.

      • VituxHow to Install AWS-CLI on Ubuntu

        Since Linux users are more comfortable working with command line interfaces, Amazon Web Services introduced the AWS CLI to manage all these services from a single platform. With this tool, you can manage multiple services at once, easily and conveniently. In this guide, we’ll show you how to install the AWS CLI on Ubuntu Linux.

      • dwaves.deGNU Linux – how to allow sftp file access to webserver only – lock sftp user to /var/www – bad ownership or modes for chroot directory component
      • dwaves.deGNU Linux Bash – simple backup web root and mysql mariadb database in one go script
    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • psifidotos: Latte Dock | Farewell…

          Unfortunately I would like to inform kde community that I am stepping away from Latte development. No time,motivation or interest from my part is the main reason. I hope that this will give free space and air for new developers/maintainers to step in and move Latte forward.

          I hoped that I would be able to release Latte v0.11 but unfortunately I can not. Releasing Latte v0.11 it would mean that someone would maintain it afterwards and that is no more the case.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Liam Provenliam_on_linux | On GNOME advocacy

          The odd things for me, having tried more or less every single Linux desktop under the sun, including several that no longer exist, is that there’s no one definition of “user friendly” that holds true for everyone.

          In this story’s comments, there are people saying Windows is the best, others saying certain particular versions are best, others saying they find it unusable or at least hard.

          Yet this has been the best-selling desktop OS in history for about 35 years now, used by _billions_ of people, so it must be getting *something* right.

          Counter to that, there are also people castigating Macs and macOS. That’s normal; there are as many biased fanboys *against* as there are *for*.

          And yet, again, for nearly 40 years now, Apple has been *THE ONE COMPANY* to resist the rise of Microsoft, and has a fantastically loyal fan base and makes a lot of money.

          I also have a number of blind friends, and they mostly tell me that Windows is the most accessible OS there is, that it has the best selection of assistive tech, that the apps are more accessible, and so on.

          Some favour macOS. What macOS provides out of the box is *way* better, it’s true. If you’re a casual computer user — bit of surfing, bit of online chat, very occasionally write a letter — it’s better for blind users than Windows.

          If you have a job to do, in business, and need rich powerful apps, and need them to be accessible, my working blind mates tell me Windows easily trounces the Mac.

          I am not blind so I must take their word for it.

          But I can make Windows and macOS and my preferred Linux desktops, Unity and Xfce, stand on their heads and do back handsprings for me. I regularly read people telling me that any of these OSes just can’t do X or can’t do Y, when X and Y are things I do on a daily basis.

          What this really means is: they don’t know how to do X or Y, and they haven’t bothered to look for instructions or guidance. It doesn’t do it — whatever “it” is, it varies a lot — and so they decide it can’t, it doesn’t work, and they move on.

        • Berlin Mini GUADEC

          The Berlin hackfest and conference wasn’t a polished, well organized experience like the usual GUADEC, it had the perfect Berlin flavor. The attendance topped my expectations and smaller groups formed to work on different aspects of the OS.

          GNOME shell’s quick settings, the mobile form factor, non-overlapped window management, Flathub and GNOME branding, video subsystems and others.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • DebugPointFeren OS Review: Clever KDE Distro for Easy Migration from Windows

      An in-depth review of Feren OS, which is based on Ubuntu LTS and KDE Plasma desktop with an unique way to help Windows users to migrate.

    • HaikuOS[GSoC 2022] Ham: Status Update

      Hello everyone. This is a brief update on the Ham project – a drop in replacement for the Jam build system. For those more curious about the technical details, there will be a larger blog post on Ham’s action modifier implementation coming soon.

    • Fedora and IBM

      • Network WorldRocky Linux 9 arrives with Peridot

        Release 9 of Rocky Linux just made its public appearance on July 14, and the big news is something called Peridot, which anyone (yes, anyone) can use to reproduce Rocky Linux 9 from scratch on their own. This is a truly exciting turn for the Linux community.

        If you’re not familiar with Rocky Linux, don’t be too surprised that it made it to Release 9 and you’re just now tuning in. “Release 9” doesn’t mean that Rocky has gone through eight prior major releases. Instead, the name indicates its connection to RHEL 9. Rocky Linux began life as Release 8.3 in April 2021 as a replacement for CentOS, which was EOL’ed in December 2020.

      • LinuxiacNobara Is a Fedora-Based Linux Distro with Gamers in Mind

        Nobara is a new user-friendly distribution with a modified GNOME aimed at new Linux users with gaming affinities.

        Fedora is a distribution that improves with each new version. As a result, it is becoming a more attractive choice for developing new ones based on it.

        The fact that Fedora comes with a vanilla GNOME opens up many possibilities for developers to build on. This is the case with a relatively new distribution that attempts to make GNOME more user-friendly for novice Linux users, particularly those who enjoy gaming. Please, meet Nobara.

      • LWNFedora to disallow CC0-licensed code [LWN.net]

        The Creative Commons CC0 license is essentially a public-domain declaration (or as close as is possible in jurisdictions that lack a public domain). The Fedora project has allowed the distribution of code under this license, but, as announced by Richard Fontana, that policy is changing and CC0 will no longer be allowed for code…

      • Power10 Entry Machines: The Power S1022s

        Software-based replication surfaced in the 1990s and continues to be a very popular choice for IBM i shops of all sizes, across an array of industry sectors. But what are the benefits of using software solutions versus hardware alternatives for HA/DR? There are a number of benefits that are an outgrowth of an HA/DR strategy that go beyond HA/DR and where the software approach is better than the hardware approach.

      • The Case For Software-Based IBM i HA/DR

        Software-based replication surfaced in the 1990s and continues to be a very popular choice for IBM i shops of all sizes, across an array of industry sectors. But what are the benefits of using software solutions versus hardware alternatives for HA/DR? There are a number of benefits that are an outgrowth of an HA/DR strategy that go beyond HA/DR and where the software approach is better than the hardware approach.

      • No Plan To Bring .NET To Power, IBM Says
      • IBM i PTF Guide, Volume 24, Number 30
    • Debian Family

      • LWNDebian.community domain name seized

        The Debian project, Debian.ch, and Software in the Public Interest recently filed a WIPO action to take control of the “debian.community” domain name, which has been used by Daniel Pocock to attack the Debian project and its members. Red Hat had made a similar attempt to take control of WeMakeFedora.org earlier this year, but that attempt failed. The Debian action succeeded, though; on July 19, WIPO decided in favor of the action and ordered the domain name transferred. That domain name can no longer be used, but the attacks seem certain to continue.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • ArduinoReviving a vintage secondary split-flap clock with Arduino | Arduino Blog

        In the world of computing, many interfaces utilize a primary/secondary model of asymmetric communication, in which a primary host device controls one or more secondary client devices. This model is, for example, common among PATA and SATA hard drive arrangements. It is also common in clock networks, with a central time server updating several client clocks. iSax had a unique example of such a client clock with a vintage split-flap display, and made it useful again by retrofitting an Arduino board.

        This clock likely came from a set of many, which would have been used in a government building, train station, or similar application. It would have received a signal from a primary clock and set its time accordingly. In the original setup, that signal came in the form of a 1Hz alternating square wave that drove a motor for the clockwork gears. Instead of attempting to reverse-engineer and replicate that signal, iSax chose to drive the motor with an Arduino Nano board that keeps its own time with an RTC (real-time clock) module.

      • ArduinoNow you can make shawarma at your desk | Arduino Blog

        If you’ve ever been lucky enough to visit a country in the Middle East or around the Mediterranean Sea, then you’ve probably seen street food vendors cutting slices off of a big ol’ hunk of slowly rotating meat. This delicious delicacy is called shawarma and is a form of vertical rotisserie. The meat can be beef, lamb, chicken, or even turkey — the cooking process is what is important. And now, thanks to a tutorial from Roni Bandini, you can perform that cooking process on your desktop with this Micro Shawarma machine.

        This machine is exactly what it sounds like: a tiny vertical rotisserie machine that sits on a desktop. It is sure to make your coworkers jealous in the hours leading up to lunchtime. Like its traditional full size cousins, this Micro Shawarma machine is open-air and has a spit that spins on a vertical axis. Offset to one side of the spit, there is a heating element that continuously roasts the meat. Anytime you get a hankering for some protein, you can slice off some meat. The machine even hosts its own web app, so you can operate everything from your smartphone.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers

      • Mozilla

        • 9to5LinuxMozilla Firefox 103 Is Now Available for Download, This Is What’s New

          Firefox 103 has been in beta since June 27th, 2022, and it introduces improved WebGL performance on Linux systems when using the NVIDIA binary drivers via DMA-Buf, improved performance on high-refresh rate monitors of 120Hz or higher, and stronger security due to the removal of the configuration option that allows SHA-1 signatures in certificates

        • OMG UbuntuFirefox 103 Available to Download, But Promised Swipe Gesture is MIA

          Mozilla Firefox 103 features another clutch of conservative changes aimed at improving the overall experience of using the browser rather than dramatically reinventing it.

          This release was expected to add a big new feature: two finger horizontal swipe to move back/forward between pages on Linux, with accompanying animation/OSD indication – as this gif demos…

        • ThunderbirdThunderbird Time Machine: A Look Back At Thunderbird 0.1

          Let’s take a walk down memory lane to the summer of 2003. Cinemas are dominated by sequels like Iron Man 3 and Fast & Furious 6. Linkin Park, 50 Cent, and Evanescence have top-selling new albums. Apple’s iPod hasn’t even sold 1 million units. Mozilla’s brand new web browser is still called Firebird. And a new cross-platform, open-source application called Thunderbird has debuted from the foundations of Mozilla Mail…

          Because the entirety of Thunderbird’s releases and corresponding release notes have been preserved, I’ve started a self-guided tour of Thunderbird’s history. Why? A mixture of personal and technical curiosity. I used Thunderbird for a couple years in the mid-2000s, and again more recently, but there are giant gaps in my experience. So I’m revisiting every single major version to discover the nuances between releases; the changes big and small.

          (If you ever get the craving to do the same, I’ve found the easiest operating system to use is Windows, preferably inside a virtual machine. Early versions of Thunderbird for Macs were built for PowerPC architecture, while early Linux versions were 32-bit only. Both may cause you headaches with modern PC hardware!)

    • GNU Projects

      • GNUpoke – News: GNU poke 2.4 released [Savannah]

        I am happy to announce a new release of GNU poke, version 2.4.

        This is a bugfix release in the poke 2.x series.

        See the file NEWS in the distribution tarball for a list of issues fixed in this release.

        The tarball poke-2.4.tar.gz is now available at


        > GNU poke (http://www.jemarch.net/poke) is an interactive, extensible editor for binary data. Not limited to editing basic entities such as bits and bytes, it provides a full-fledged procedural, interactive programming language designed to describe data structures and to operate on them.

        Happy poking!

    • Programming/Development

      • KDEMeasurement Lab Follow-Up: Sprint Achievements And To-dos – KDE Eco

        On Saturday 16 July 2022 KDE Eco held the second in-person Sprint to work on the community measurement lab at the KDAB office in Berlin. The Sprint is one of several planned follow-up events.

      • GSoC update: Draw Ellipses in Krita

        I’ve been working on Krita’s ellipse tool as my GSoC project. Here’s a status update and demo of what I have till now. I’m trying to improve the reading experience by using no code and reducing technical details in the post; if you are interested in those details, just visit the merge request page.

        If you have ever tried to draw an ellipse of small size in Krita, you must have noticed that the ellipse is asymmetric and twisted. These minor errors can be negligible when drawing ellipses of larger size, but it became annoying when trying to draw some small-sized ellipses for pixel arts. To fully understand the cause, let’s look at how Krita draws the ellipse.

      • Drew DeVaultCode review at the speed of email

        I’m a big proponent of the email workflow for patch submission and code review. I have previously published some content (How to use git.sr.ht’s send-email feature, Forks & pull requests vs email, git-send-email.io) which demonstrates the contributor side of this workflow, but it’s nice to illustrate the advantages of the maintainer workflow as well. For this purpose, I’ve recorded a short video demonstrating how I manage code review as an email-oriented maintainer.

      • Make Use OfThe 6 Best Vim Plugin Managers

        Vim is one of the best command-line text editors you can lay your hands on. It comes preinstalled by default on Linux, macOS, and other Unix-like systems.

        Vim plugins allow you to extend Vim’s functionality according to your workflow and preferences. But you’ll need a good plugin manager to install and manage your Vim plugins.

        Here are some of the best plugin managers for Vim that will make your life a bit easier.

      • Perl / Raku

        • RakulangRakudo Weekly News: 2022.30 What

          Someone with the nick MicrowaveOven86 asked a question on /r/rakulang: What do yall use raku for? With some nice, insightful, revealing and funny answers. Maybe more answers can be given by the readers of the Rakudo Weekly News?

      • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

        • Guru: Regular Expressions, Part 1 – IT Jungle

          In the first part of this series, I will show how to replace characters in a string using SQL and regular expressions. I know I can replace characters using RPG or SQL, and they work great, but there are some cases where I find using regular expressions is a bit easier.

          For the examples I’ll show, I’m using the REGEXP_REPLACE function. REGEXP_REPLACE allows me to search for a particular value within a string and replace it with another value.

          In the first example (Figure 1), I want to search a string that has both letters and digits and I want to extract the just digits or periods. To accomplish this objective, I use REGEXP_REPLACE to replace characters that are not digits.

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • BloombergBCI Startup Implants First Device in U.S. Patient
      • IEEEThis Car Charger Bot Will Also Hold Your Spot

        The vision of Ziggy, a mobile EV charger designed to tool around parking lots like a plug-wielding valet, raises an important question: Do robots take tips?

        EV owners may be happy to toss Ziggy a fiver if it can hold an open parking spot and deliver electrons to fill up the car’s battery, with no worries over fixed chargers being occupied by other cars. As importantly, site operators could lease turnkey robo-chargers without the pricey hassles of charger installation, or setting aside precious real estate for chargers that are often underutilized.

      • Blockchain not just for bitcoin: It can secure and store genomes, too

        Blockchain is a digital technology that allows a secure and decentralized record of transactions that is increasingly used for everything from cryptocurrencies to artwork. But Yale researchers have found a new use for blockchain: they’ve leveraged the technology to give individuals control of their own genomes.

        Their findings are published June 29 in the journal Genome Biology.

    • Proprietary

      • Liam Provenliam_on_linux | Why MS Word jumped from version 2 to version 6

        There were three products all called MS Word, only peripherally related:

        Word for DOS, which I first saw at version 3, and of which I used 3, 4, 5, 5.5 (when it suddenly switched to CUA menus), and 6 (like WordPerfect, the last and best version).

        Word for Mac, which I first saw at version 4, and which in generally-held opinion peaked at v5.1.

        Word for Windows, AKA WinWord, which went v1, v2, v6.

        But there were legit reasons.

        MS was making an effort to harmonise and coordinate its versions.

        IIRC the story is that Gates met Paul Brainerd (founder of Aldus) at some event, and Brainerd told him that Aldus (creators of PageMaker, the ultimate DTP app in its day and the product that made the Mac a big success) was working on a wordprocessor for Windows, because there wasn’t a good one. The product was codenamed “Flintstone” and was nearly ready for alpha test.

        Gates panicked, lied to Brainerd that they shouldn’t waste their time because MS was almost ready to launch its and it’d be a killer app.

        Brainerd went back to base and cancelled Flintstone. Gates went back to base and told his team to write a Windows word-processor ASAP because Aldus was about to kill them.

    • Security

      • LWNSecurity updates for Monday [Ed: Some patches, deprecation etc.]

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (chromium, djangorestframework, gsasl, and openjdk-11), Fedora (giflib, openssl, python-ujson, and xen), Mageia (virtualbox), SUSE (git, gpg2, java-1_7_1-ibm, java-1_8_0-ibm, java-1_8_0-openjdk, mozilla-nspr, mozilla-nss, mozilla-nss, python-M2Crypto, and s390-tools), and Ubuntu (php8.1).

      • Red Hat OfficialEnhancing RHEL Security: Understanding SHA-1 deprecation on RHEL 9

        While Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 (RHEL 9) deprecated SHA-1 for signing for security reasons, it is still used by many for signing packages. In this article, I’ll go over some typical problems users may face with Fedora SHA-1 status (including some possible workarounds), and how you can update your infrastructure to use a more secure SHA-256.

      • Trend Micro Tightens Container Security Integration in Cloud Platform – Container Journal

        Trend Micro today extended its Trend Micro Cloud One platform to more tightly integrate its container security offering.

        Mike Milner, vice president of cloud technology for Trend Micro, said the latest edition of Trend Micro Cloud One eliminates the need to separately deploy a container security platform. Instead, the company’s container security capabilities are now deployed as part of the larger Trend Micro Cloud One platform—making container security administration simpler at a time when the number of container applications running in production environments that need to be secured continues to steadily increase.

        In addition, Trend Micro has simplified the deployment and management of its cloud intrusion prevention system.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Zach FlowerAnonymity and Pseudonymity | flower.codes

          Being anonymous on the internet isn’t impossible, but it sure as hell isn’t easy either. You have a name, a face, and email address, a phone number… these things, and more, are being asked of us all the time to prove our legitimacy on countless websites.


          A not-insignificant number of apps and websites have decided that emails and passwords are “bad,” so they’ve moved to using pin-based logins that get texted to your phone number—nevermind the fact that SIM swapping makes using a phone number as a login method a laughable instance of security theater.

          While you can always generate a single pseudonymous phone number using Google Voice, a more “on rails” solution is https://www.burnerapp.com/, a mobile app that can be used to generate (and destroy) multiple temporary phone numbers at once. I don’t personally use this service, but I like the idea behind it.

        • TrustDoxxing: a new tool of repression against Arab women
  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

    • Technical

      • FreeBSD Firewall
      • figlet test
      • DIY Macro-keyboard

        Using a short Python script, an extra keyboard can easily be configured to serve as custom macro-keyboard.

        The script relies on the `evdev`package that provides and interface for passing events generated in the kernel directly to userspace. Simulating key presses (and controlling the mouse) can be done with `xdotool`(which allows access to all keys – binded or not), or with Python’s `pyautogui`package.

      • IPFS Quickstart

        This is just a short pointer on how to use IPFS to access the care list, for anyone who doesn’t know and/or isn’t interested in learning more about it right now. To learn more you should go to the official website or search around.

      • ipfs.scm

        I wrote a CHICKEN Scheme egg to control a Kubo node through its RPC API.

      • Programming

        • Programming languages

          I have a little clock app that I use on my Raspberry Pi 0. It is written in Go. The Pi0 is a slow machine, so compiling Go code is actually pretty painful, despite the language having a reputation for fast compile times.

          An older version written in C acquitted itself rather well compile-time wise, and seemed AT LEAST as good as Go. Go has excellent cross-compile support, so my new strategy is to compile on my arm64, and copy the program to the Pi.

          C++ is of course very slow to compile on the Pi. Cross-compiling is more difficult. There’s a library that I’m thinking of linking to, and I haven’t yet fathomed out how I’m going to do it.

        • Petri Nets Log #003

          It has to be a real programming language, not a modelling one!


          In this net acc may start empty, but bound must have a single token. When a token is produced to input, either kons or default-acc is enabled. If there’s no token in acc, then there must be a token in bound, and in that case default-acc is enabled; if there’s a token in ac, then there’s no token in bound, and in that case kons is enabled. kons behaves as before. On the other hand, peek may consume the token from acc at any time, but does not put it back, and instead puts a dummy token in bound. This place bound is only used to “signal” that acc has no tokens, so that default-acc may move one there. default-acc simply moves an input token to acc to initialize the accumulator.

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

EPO Monday: A Carnival of Law-Breaking Fluff, Even Celebration of Crime

Posted in Courtroom, Deception, Europe, Law, Patents at 12:00 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 2943763a7338f9b045165608738928ed
Lobbyists Run the Official EPO Site
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Today, as before [1, 2, 3, 4], we’re once again seeing EPO.org turned into Russian-like propaganda apparatus of Team UPC and their puppets on a string; the EPO actively glorifies illegal actions and celebrates the perpetrators’ actions while based on the staff survey this site does not even remotely represent the views of EPO staff, only those who captured the organisation to oppress the staff

TWO decades ago the EPO.org Web site was was mostly OK. Less than a decade ago I ceased to be shocked upon seeing that the site became a shrine of an antipathic crook, Benoît Battistelli, who had cheated his way into a position of power (in tandem with António Campinos, a fellow Frenchman who would later inherit that position at the EPO).

“Today’s EPO amounts to little but organised crime. Why is it allowed to have diplomatic immunity while ILOAT keeps ruling against it? End the crime, prosecute the culprits already.”We recently (Sunday) finished the series about the plot to boost European software patents, in violation of the European Patent Convention of 1973 (EPC). Watch how the the EPO keyword-stuffs “EPC” [PDF] while promoting the illegal UPC, as it also did in this new site update, stating: “The Committee’s next meeting will take place in October 2022 in the margins of the 172nd meeting of the Administrative Council.”

It’s likely that something major will happen before that.

As also shown in the video above, the site published this Campinos puff piece a few hours ago. [PDF]

What is the purpose of the EPO’s site? It does not inform anybody, it just pushes utterly illegal things, it’s lying about staff, lying about quality (the staff has been very clear about this), and it pretends to value privacy when the exact opposite is true.

Today’s EPO amounts to little but organised crime. Why is it allowed to have diplomatic immunity while ILOAT keeps ruling against it? End the crime, prosecute the culprits already.

[Meme] Sneak Preview: EPO Chain Gang Movie

Posted in Europe, Patents at 9:39 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

EPO - Chain Gang
Sneak preview of a soon-to-be-released EPO movie based on the 1932 classic “I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang”.

Summary: The sad or sadist future of EPO patent granting, in particular European software patents under António Campinos

Inside the Minds of Microsoft’s Media Operatives — Part III — Attacking Real Security, Promoting Lies and Fake ‘Security’

Posted in Deception, Microsoft, Security at 9:35 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Series parts:

  1. Inside the Minds of Microsoft’s Media Operatives — Part I — Bishops in Rooks
  2. Inside the Minds of Microsoft’s Media Operatives — Part II — Justifying a Career as a Microsoft Mouthpiece That Destroys Lives of People With Actual Facts
  3. YOU ARE HERE ☞ Attacking Real Security, Promoting Lies and Fake ‘Security’

Microsoft dirty tactics

Summary: Nontechnical talking points from Microsoft ‘suits’ and paid ‘analysts’ are promoted by veiled media operatives which saturate the pool of news and end up reducing the signal-to-noise ratio, in effect spreading disinformation (fake news) on behalf of Microsoft so as to hide from very simple (albeit uncomfortable) facts; habitually they also misplace blame (offloading culpability for malware to “Linux”) in order to shift the public’s attention, partly because GNU/Linux and BSD are optimal alternatives for security-minded governments/enterprises

A number of days ago we published Part II, which was read by a lot of people. A lot more than expected anyway. We’re running two Microsoft series at the moment (at the same time), so we expect this current one to take a fortnight or so longer before it’s entirely over. In Part II, for those who have missed it, we explained (or rather showed strong evidence) that Microsoft whistleblowers are fighting with Microsoft operatives who work in so-called “tech” (myth) media, challenging them not just over the lies they help spread, by and for Microsoft. As it turns out, those Microsoft operatives are moreover burning sources, in effect smoking them out or sniffing them up for Microsoft. This is not acceptable and we need to talk about it. We must, at the very least, raise awareness. This is not just unethical but a breach of journalists’ professional standards. It is misconduct. Microsoft is replacing actual journalism with churnalism (more on that in Part IV when it’s ready).

Today, in Part III, we’ll focus on security aspects and how Microsoft operatives in the media warp the debate to deflect or distract from Microsoft’s extreme incompetence and abject failures. We’ll mostly quote the whistleblower, without interjecting any of our own interpretation (Edward Snowden’s leaks helped prove that Microsoft does not at all strive to ensure security; real security is not the ultimate objective).

We’d like to point out (in case it’s a recurring pattern) that the so-called ‘journalists’ (Microsoft mouthpieces in “reporter” clothing) go out of their way to pretend they’re objective, unbiased, fair etc. Don’t fall for it. They pretend to be all nice and welcoming. So upfront, we’d like to quote the “source burner” (pretending to be abundantly cordial after destroying someone’s career to suck up to his masters at Microsoft, who reward or reciprocate with “access” and money*): “We can’t promise to publish anything without seeing it first, and we rarely publish guest commentaries, but I’d be happy to hear more about what you’d like to write, or take a look at a draft. I would need to go back and find our specific guidelines, but some of the basics are that they need to be relevant and valuable to the broader community of readers, grounded in provable fact, not self-promotional, not libelous, etc. Please let me know what you have in mind.”

To put it in very simple terms, what he’s saying is, they’ll weed out anything Microsoft and its mindset don’t agree with, in the name of “facts”. As if Microsoft was ever known for uttering facts…

An associate explains that “weed out” (as worded above) “is the wrong verb there, since it looks like they are not weeding out anything Microsoft but weeding out anything disfavorable to Microsoft.”

“That’s totally fair and I wasn’t expecting otherwise,” the whistleblower said, but “I’ve actually been working on a continuation of Strassmann’s and later my own work on Microsoft’s present state of complexity, defect, and consequent monopoly on ransomware infections/zero days as a national security threat. I’d also like to highlight that Microsoft’s architecture is not only expensive to mange and vulnerable to exploit due to their sheer complexity and level of defect but that it’s grown to a place where we don’t have enough nearly experts to implement, manage, support, and secure it.”

Knowing it from first-hand experience, having also witnessed incidents that Microsoft attempted to cover up or simply lied about (after the public found out).

To quote further: “I can support this empirically with the sheer amount of vacant IT jobs in this country (600,000 for cybersecurity alone), Microsoft’s
major uptick in non-feature updates over the years, and with Microsoft’s hyper-monopoly on <insert any major threat vector here>. And I can approach it a priori by way of the fundamentals of defect density (thermodynamics) as this outcome is actually predictable, but it may take 2,000-2,500 words due to having to backfill readers on a few fundamental aspects of IT finance and software engineering.”

There’s more coming about this and we’ve published articles on the subject in the distant past.

“Alternatively,” the whistleblower said, “I can write an article about how Microsoft’s partners and consultants seem to operate on a conflict of interest by recommending defective products that generate their long-term necessity the most while avoiding solutions that benefit their clients more while naturally necessitating less of their services. I can also highlight where Microsoft has publicly instructed it’s partners to deploy their services, create stickiness to be exact, so as to entrench their services and maximize switching costs and highlight how they deleted this after I reported on this before.”

Readers can guess if this resulted in an actual article published in the Microsoft-affiliated site. It’s all pretence. They’re not open to new/opposing/factual ideas. “Especially if it contradicts Microsoft or its agenda,” as an associate adds. It’s like religion, not science.

A day passed and the source burner just said (direct quote): “This is a lot to digest. I’m going to need to spend more time reading it, and exploring some of the links you’ve referenced. Since you raise the security issue, have you read this story? [Linking to his own Microsoft puff piece about Microsoft] I’d be interested in hearing how this squares with your perception of [redacted]‘s coverage of the company. What did I miss? Do you feel that I let the company off too easily? How would you have approached a story on this topic?”

So he barely bothered reading what was actually said (it “is a lot to digest”). Instead, he pushed his own new article, a new pile of fluff (redacted to avoid names becoming too obvious). They’re impenetrable to dissent, they just keep parroting their own (and Microsoft’s) lies. This is what keeps them at this job, Public Relations and source burning spun as “journalism”.

A response came a day later: “I’ve actually danced around this topic extensively over the past 4 or so years. It’s actually a major problem given Microsoft’s reach and lack of adequate response [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] (no idea what Hackernoon was thinking with that high contrast/bright green background btw, I have no control over this)”.

Unlike the fake “journalist” (Microsoft operative), the whistleblower did in fact read what was sent and responded in great length:

With regard to your article:

It still reads like executive fan fiction to some degree if I’m being honest. Like many other articles, it seems to overlook how much influence corporate counsel has at this level; execs tend to be figureheads that do as they’re told and this is especially true at Microsoft. And even when that isn’t the case, executives at this level are too crippled by plausible deniability to lead effectively; you never see them out in the halls interacting with the commoners or getting their hands dirty. It looks mostly like leadership theater to me where the people less likely to be hands on with any problem are being presented as champions of said problems. In reality their orgs are probably hanging on by a thread made of a few competent vendors that they probably can’t put a name or a face to.

I’m also not sure how geriatrics in the technology space are viewed as its saviors and leaders. Just like American politics where the least fit and capable of us seem to rise to the top, the same is true of tech monopoly leadership; not just as Microsoft. But I digress.

Secondly, Windows is old, defect density/software entropy are things, and there are no shortages throughout the Windows ecosystem to correlate their defect density going out of control. A few obvious examples besides the aforementioned IT labor shortage (40 million+ IT professionals globally isn’t enough apparently) can be found in their their non-feature update velocity which has skyrocketed by 5x over the past 6 years (135 in Win 7 SP1 in 2015 vs. 1000+ in 2021). Windows rate of exploit has also skyrocketed while its stability has plummeted and it’s TCO has consequently skyrocketed even further beyond <insert any flavor of linux here) or MacOS which are already 1/3 of what Microsoft is.

Most don’t argue with this but they also don’t always realize the implications of this. These aren’t just problems that can be engineered out of existence. One problem with bugs is that they are 50-10000x more expensive for software firms to remedy once they hit production as opposed to when they’re caught in pre-production by QA and peer review. In other words, Microsoft has a mountain of technical debt and its highly likely that its more cost effective and prudent to rebuild Windows from the ground up than fix it. This is why I’ve speculated in the past that they’re likely working on their own flavor of Linux to replace Windows as this would satisfy this exact need while further explain them joining of OIN. A good visual on the lifespan of software can be found below: [redacted]

Most software engineers overlook defect density as it’s a rare/abstract area of study but I can’t because I have an applied understanding of it from my work with it at Microsoft. And it is not my expectation of journalists to know much, if anything about it. Meanwhile, few entities in the world know more about it than Microsoft which is where I learned about it; it’s not even covered in academia and was pioneered by Capers Jones and others at IBM.

Another roadblock in the way of Microsoft addressing its defective ways is its partner-centric business model that heavily incentivizes them to let their defect density run out of control. 95% of Microsoft’s commercial revenue comes from their partners who resell Microsoft solutions due to them having the highest resale margins while also driving the most revenue for their firms (IT consulting & Managed Services Providers) after purchase in the form of implementation, management, and support services. Meanwhile, simpler, less defective, more secure solutions generate less revenue after purchase and are consequently given less priority among Microsoft partners because they’re less profitable. As such and so long as businesses continue to trust the opinions of Microsoft partners, Microsoft has little to no incentive besides governmental pressure to stop printing its own checks so to speak by letting it’s defect density spiral out of control.

Strassmann’s article relating Microsoft’s monopoly to the same problems mono croppers experience linked in my previous [above] email is still as relevant to this matter today as it was in 1998.

Additionally and when looking at their defective and clumsy nature, lots of people look at Microsoft take Microsoft for buffoon on face value. But they’re overlooking the fact that Microsoft has such a profound understanding of business, lock-in, partner strategy, and software that they found a way to monetize defective software while not having to worry much about quality. This is why their market cap can increase in proportion to their defect density.

And I’m also not exactly seeing any specific commitments or strategies in this article, let alone any that are going to help Microsoft make headway against their defect and consequent security issues. Most of it is just hollow promises from a bunch of industry relics who probably can’t even tell you what information or technology is. Nor has their trajectory changed in the time since this article was published; almost like it’s the same company as before.

Strassman’s most famous article ought to be highlighed more,” an associate concludes. Strassman was very high profile. He already explained these issues two and a half decades ago. His article rattled Microsoft so badly that Bill Gates went to see him in person and refused to even pay for his own lunch, as Strassman recalls!

“Our products just aren’t engineered for security.”

Brian Valentine, Microsoft executive

* As someone put it, Microsoft “tends to freeze out “journalists” that don’t toe the line, so over time they become more obedient and compromised until they are so bad that they lose credibility and then they are discarded.” Techrights showed a lot of evidence of it in past years.

[Meme] The EPO’s Unprecedented Surge

Posted in Europe, Patents at 7:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

European Patent Office; European Patent Convention; Unprecedented surge
Maybe the girl should borrow her dad's immunity

Summary: As EPO presidents, Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos have figured out a way to print more monopolies

[Meme] The EPO’s Great Leap Forward

Posted in Europe, Patents at 7:31 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

EPO - Great Leap Forward

Summary: As seen in our latest EPO series, the EPO cannot distinguish/differentiate a patent office from a bank

Links 25/07/2022: Berlin Mini GUADEC 2022, DebConf23 Dates Announced

Posted in News Roundup at 5:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Hacker NoonAn Overview of the Linux Operating System for Beginners | HackerNoon

      Linux is an open-source operating system that is used for computers, servers, mainframes, mobile devices, and embedded devices. Linux is one of the most widely supported operating systems as it is available on almost every major computer platform, including x86, ARM, and SPARC.

      There are several Linux OS versions available: each version manages hardware resources, launches and handles applications, and provides some sort of user interface. Linux has been used in different ways for web servers, network operations, specific computing tasks, running databases, endpoint computing, and running mobile devices with OS versions like Android.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • InfoQNew Asahi Linux Release Brings Support for Apple M1 Ultra and M2 CPUs

        When Apple adopted their new ARM-based CPUs collectively dubbed Apple Silicon, it made all existing Linux distributions incompatible with its most recent hardware. This is changing thanks to the hard work of the Asahi Linux team, that recently introduced preliminary support for Apple M1 Ultra and M2 CPUs.

        The new release follows closely the first alpha made available last March for M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max machines. Being alpha, that release did not support all features you usually take for granted in a kernel, including GPU, Bluetooth, HDMI, Touch Bar, and others.

    • Applications

      • Medevel12 Open-source Free LAN Chat and Messenger Apps for Windows, Linux, macOS, and Android

        While working on a local network, network users often want to communicate locally, without the need of an internet connection.

        In this case, they will need a LAN messenger, that allows network users to exchange messages and files locally, without the need of a centralized server.

        In this article, we offer you several open-source free LAN messenger that can be installed, and used totally free of charge for anyone.

      • Its FOSSKoodo is an All-in-one Open Source eBook Reader for Linux

        There are several ebook readers available for desktop Linux users.

        Almost all distributions come with a document reader that can open PDF files. It may also support other file formats like epub or Mobi, but that’s not guaranteed.

        This is why specialized applications like Foliate and Calibre are needed to read and manage ebooks in various formats.

        Recently, I came across another open source software that boasts several exciting features for an ebook reader.

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Alternatives to Oracle Business Intelligence

        The company co-develops the OpenJDK, an open source implementation of the Java Platform Standard Edition, and Btrfs, a B-tree file system. They also open source the Oracle Coherence Community Edition, NetBeans, and produce Oracle Linux which is a Linux distro compiled from Red Hat Enterprise Linux source code.

        While Oracle develops and distributes open source software, they have many different business models. The majority of their products are published under a proprietary license. This series looks at free and open source alternatives to Oracle’s products.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • ID RootHow To Install uGet Download Manager on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install uGet Download Manager on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, uGet is a free, lightweight, and open-source download manager for Linux users that speeds up the download process. It’s a perfect utility for those who want to download large files on their system. It can easily download multiple files at a time and gives you the option to queue them for faster downloading. It is a popular multi-platform application that supports various operating systems like Mac, Windows, Linux, and also the Mobile phone.

        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 uGet Download Manager 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.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow to generate a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 image with MicroShift | Enable Sysadmin

        I was involved in a demo of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) for Edge, using MicroShift and ImageBuilder, and I experienced some problems with the network driver for Raspberry Pi 4 in RHEL 8. To solve this problem, I decided to create a custom image based on RHEL 9 instead, and in my previous article, I explain how I did that. If you haven’t read that article, please read it before continuing with this article.

        (Note: At the time of this writing, there is no RHEL version for Raspberry Pi. RHEL for ARM is available only for larger 64-bit ARMv8 platforms. However, this is based on a demo, and if you need a supported Linux system, try Fedora on Raspberry Pi. Fedora 29 and later supports the Raspberry Pi Model 2B- and 3-series of devices, including the 3B, 3B+, 3A+, 3CM and 3CM+.)

      • H2S MediaHow to install Supertuxkart Game on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Install SuperTuxKart on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish using the command terminal to start playing the game on your Linux.

        SuperTuxKart is a free 3D kart racing game more about fun than realism. The goal of the game remains to be the first to cross the finish line if possible. There are 12 race tracks, time, single, and Grand Prix races as well as a multiplayer mode via split screen, via the Internet, and in the local network available. In addition, there are plenty of additional karts and tracks as add-ons.

        It is an enhanced version or a fork of an earlier developed game called the TuxKart racing game. In comparison to the TuxKart comparison, it adds more new roles and the race route, a new interface, as well as some small graphical improvements. It’s a fun competitive game that focuses on fun and ease of use.

      • Simple Fix No Sound Issue in Ubuntu 22.04 with ESSX8336 Sound Card – LateWeb.Info

        Sound does not work in your Ubuntu 22.04, and happen to have Everest ESSX8336 sound card in your machine? This tutorial may help!

        ESSX8336 is one of the common used chips in recent laptops and tablets, such as Huawei Matebook D14~16, Gemini Lake laptop, and Chuwi Hi10X tablet. But, the current Linux Kernel does not support this sound card, though there seems to have patches (here and here) for it.

        Until Linux Kernel officially adds the device support, you may build Kernel manually with the patch. Or use yangxiaohua’s custom kernel files to fix the issue.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • SUSE’s Corporate BlogNavigating the rapidly evolving world of retail | SUSE Communities

        In today’s highly competitive post-Covid retail landscape, efficient operations which enable retailers to deliver the most competitive prices and enhance customer experience, have become essential to the sector.

        Retail organisations that can adapt quickly to market changes and enhance customer services, whilst reducing operating costs, are the companies that will grow and prosper – whilst other market participants risk crumbling under increased competition from online retailers.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Enterprisers ProjectWho is buying edge computing? These 6 key roles

        It’s long been recognized that IoT and edge computing require more than just Information Technology (IT) involvement. After all, the data being collected, analyzed, and driving decisions as part of an edge architecture is associated with an organization’s physical assets – whether the machine is on a factory floor or components of an electric utility delivery system. As a result, it has become common to talk about IoT as a partnership between IT and their Operational Technology (OT) counterparts.

        However, just talking about IT/OT oversimplifies how edge solutions are approached, evaluated, and selected within an organization. In practice, there are many stakeholders. To explore this topic at a more granular level, Red Hat commissioned a survey by Frost & Sullivan of over 1,000 decision-makers across discrete, process, and automobile manufacturing – as well as oil/natural gas and utilities – to better understand their involvement in the role or persona in edge computing. The respondents were drawn from North America, Germany, China, India, and Japan.

      • Enterprisers ProjectDigital transformation: 8 guiding principles

        Since COVID-19, the shift to remote work has influenced many organizations to invest in digital transformation initiatives at warp speed. With little to no time for strategic planning or preparation, the onset of the pandemic served as an accelerator for companies and CIOs to establish new business models that prioritize and deliver efficiency, flexibility, and speed.

        With remote and hybrid work now considered the norm, more enterprises are adjusting to this new reality by adopting a digital service mindset and embracing forward-thinking ways to stay ahead and future-proof their business. Even with businesses optimistically moving forward to keep up with the rapid pace of digital transformations, 70 percent of these initiatives unfortunately still fail.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwareEM PRO mini – An AMD Ryzen Embedded R1102G fanless mini PC – CNX Software

        E.E.P.D. EM PRO mini “eNUC-BoxPC” is a mini PC powered by a 6-watt AMD Ryzen Embedded R1102G dual-core processor and designed for a variety of applications such as thin client, network monitoring, production data acquisition, digital signage, point-of-sale, building management systems, and so on.

        The embedded fanless mini PC ships with up to 16 GB DDR4 RAM, supports M.2 SATA or NVMe storage, and offers two mini DisplayPort video outputs, three USB 3.1 ports, and two Gigabit Ethernet ports, as well as serial ports. The mini PC offers 8V to 32V input voltage suitable for automotive applications and can operate in the 0°C to 50°C temperature range, although a wider range can be worked on upon request.

      • CNX SoftwareCompact3566 – A Rockchip RK3566 SBC that closely follows Raspberry Pi 3 form factor

        We’ve very recently written about Geniatech XPI-3566 SBC powered by Rockchip RK3566 CPU that somewhat follows the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B form factor. Boardcon Compact3566 offers similar features, but it appears to keep exactly the same port assignment as the Raspberry Pi SBC, so it should be compatible with more accessories.

        The Compact3566 SBC ships with up to 8GB LPDDR4 and 128GB eMMC flash, features Gigabit Ethernet & WiFi 5, four USB 3.0/2.0 ports, HDMI 2.0 output, MIPI DSI and CSI interfaces, the 40-pin GPIO header, as well as extra built-in features such as an M.2 socket for storage, RTC with battery, and a built-in microphone.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Document FoundationCommunity Member Monday: Juan C. Sanz – The Document Foundation Blog

      Today we’re chatting with Juan C. Sanz, who helps out in many LibreOffice projects: documentation, translations, user help and more…

      Tell us a bit about yourself!

      I live in the city of Logroño, in the autonomous community of La Rioja (famous for its wines), in the north of Spain. Although I like reading a lot, my main passion is computers in general.

      Almost all the time I have been working as a helicopter engineer, but due to my passion, while I was working, I studied to get a degree in Computer Science (Programming) and I was working as a programmer for a while without leaving my main job with helicopters.

      When did you join the LibreOffice community, and how was the experience?

      I like to say that I have been collaborating with LibreOffice since before LibreOffice existed and it is really true, how is that possible?

      Well, my history with LibreOffice started, like many of us, in OpenOffice.

      When I discovered the existence of OpenOffice I loved both the program and the possibility of getting it for free (then I didn’t know about FLOSS – I thought only about “gratis”). But at the same time, I realized that there was no documentation available in Spanish. While searching, I came across that phrase, which I don’t remember exactly, but it says something like “if you can’t find what you want, collaborate to make it”, so I joined the OpenOffice documentation team at ODFAuthors and there, together with a mini-team (I don’t think there were more than a couple of active collaborators at that time) I started translating the Getting Started Guide into Spanish.

    • Events

      • Berlin Mini GUADEC 2022 | Adrien Plazas

        Wow it’s been ages since I last attended a conference in-person and since I last blogged.

        I’m on my way back form Berlin Mini GUADEC 2022, and it was delightful! I’ve been able to meet pals, colleagues and comrades, old and new! The location was great, it’s a really cool hackerspace called c-base, decorated like a sci-fi spaceship with a gigantic 40×16px screen made out of old bottles of Club Mate.

      • Berlin Mini GUADEC 2022

        The GUADEC is back!

        This year, the famous GNOME developers meeting event, the GUADEC, gets back to “normal” after the last year global COVID-19 situation. And when I say normal, I’m talking about people meeting in one place to share knowledge and to build a great community around this great software project.

        This year the even was in Guadalajara, Mexico, and that’s great, but a bit far to go from Spain… But thankfully, some of GNOME folks who can’t go to Mexico organized a parallel event to attend remotely in Berlin, Europe, that’s the Berlin Mini GUADEC.

      • DebConf22 closes in Prizren and DebConf23 dates announced – Bits from Debian

        On Sunday 24 July 2022, the annual Debian Developers and Contributors Conference came to a close. Hosting more than 210 attendees from 38 different countries over a combined 91 event talks, discussion sessions, Birds of a Feather (BoF) gatherings, workshops, and activities, DebConf22 was a large success.

        The conference was preceded by the annual DebCamp held 10 July to 16 July which focused on individual work and team sprints for in-person collaboration towards developing Debian. In particular, this year there have been sprints to advance development of Mobian/Debian on mobile, reproducible builds and Python in Debian, and a BootCamp for newcomers, to get introduced to Debian and have some hands-on experience with using it and contributing to the community.

        The actual Debian Developers Conference started on Sunday 17 July 2022. Together with activities such as the traditional ‘Bits from the DPL’ talk, the continuous key-signing party, lightning talks and the announcement of next year’s DebConf (DebConf23 in Kochi, India), there were several sessions related to programming language teams such as Python, Perl and Ruby, as well as news updates on several projects and internal Debian teams, discussion sessions (BoFs) from many technical teams (Long Term Support, Android tools, Debian Derivatives, Debian Installer and Images team, Debian Science…) and local communities (Debian Brasil, Debian India, the Debian Local Teams), along with many other events of interest regarding Debian and free software.

  • Leftovers

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • uni OxfordAs many journalists come under attack, TRF launches a free tool to monitor online abuse | Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

        Brazilian journalist Daniela Pinheiro will never forget the moment when a troll army managed to get her daughter’s photographs and posted them online. An award-winning reporter and the first woman who became editor-in-chief of a national publication, Pinheiro became the target of a vicious harassment campaign after publishing a story about Jair Bolsonaro’s daughter-in-law. As a result, she resigned from her position at Época magazine along with some of her colleagues in September 2019.

        “When you are under threat, you are always nervous and super alert, and you can’t do your work or live your life normally,” Pinheiro said. “They called me a whore and a cow, and terrible names to imply some kind of sexual connections. For some time, I didn’t allow my daughter to get out of the house. And for almost two years, I stopped writing. I couldn’t write.”

        A few months after her resignation, Pinheiro spent a few months in Oxford as a Journalist Fellow of the Reuters Institute and tried to figure out what to do next. Was it really worth writing again about what was happening in Brazil? She decided it was. But she left her home country and started a new life abroad. “I keep receiving attacks, but I feel more protected because I’m living in Portugal,” she said. “I decided to move here because of the attacks.”

      • GizmodoExperts Blast Meta Human Rights Report as ‘Propaganda’
    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Trend OceansWatching Netflix on Linux with Chrome/Firefox – TREND OCEANS

        Netflix is a popular video streaming platform, hosting more than 3,600+ movies and 1,800 TV shows. Currently, Netflix has the highest number of subscribers among its counterparts, Prime and Hulu.

        To watch the movies or shows on Netflix, you usually download an Android app, and Windows users have a standalone application on the Microsoft store. What about Linux users?

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

Links 25/07/2022: postmarketOS Considering SourceHut

Posted in News Roundup at 3:08 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • 9to5Linux9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: July 24th, 2022

      This week has been a bit slow in Linux news and releases due to the GUADEC 2022 and DebConf22 conferences. Still, we saw the launch of two new Linux laptops, Dell’s XPS 13 Plus Developer Edition with Ubuntu 22.04 LTS and System76’s Oryx Pro, as well as new major FFmpeg, Qt Creator, and VirtualBox releases.

      On top of that, early adopters got their hands on the alpha version of the upcoming GNOME 43 desktop environment and LibreOffice 7.3 office received a new bugfix release. Below, you can enjoy these and much more in 9to5Linux’s Linux weekly roundup for July 24th, 2022.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Trend OceansHow to Change MAC Address in Linux

        MAC (Media Access Control Address) address is one of the most physical identifiers assigned to your network interface controller. Every device has its own unique mac address, which is set at manufacturing but can be changed using a few tools.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Wine (WineHQ) on Debian 11 Bullseye

        Wine is a free and open-source compatibility layer that enables Windows applications to run on POSIX-compliant operating systems such as Linux, FreeBSD, and macOS. Wine translates each system call your application makes into an equivalent POSIX function used across all platforms, which can be very helpful if you don’t support specific features available in Microsoft’s Windows operating systems.

        One of the great features of Wine is the Wine AppDB. This database contains lists of confirmed applications that can be run under Wine without errors. This program saves the trouble for Linux users who want to use Windows-based programs on their UNIX systems, but not all programs will work in this way; some may have strange bugs or crashes when run with no warnings beforehand. Despite this, many popular programs such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop work well under Wine with few to no issues. Overall, the Wine AppDB is a handy tool for anyone looking to use Windows-based programs on Linux.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install and configure Wine on Debian 11 Bullseye using the command line terminal by importing the official WineHQ repository and installing the latest stable or next release titled development for those eager to try the latest bleeding-edge version of Wine for your windows compatibility needs.

      • UNIX CopHow to install Microsoft PowerShell on Ubuntu 22.04 [Ed: How to destroy GNU/Linux.]
      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Find a String in a tar.gz Archive File in Linux

        Archiving files is another important aspect of Linux file management, which helps in organizing and managing your project-related files and also saves on disk space to let your Linux OS accommodate more files and be more performant.

        A common file archiving tool for seasoned Linux users is the GNU tar archiving program, which not only lets us store multiple files in a single file archive but also gives Linux users the privilege of manipulating the same archives.

        This tutorial however seeks to explore the possibility of grepping an already existing tar.gz archive.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to View Files in Linux Using cat, more, or less Commands

        Linux has numerous file viewing tools at its disposal and these tools give Linux users the flexibility of scanning or going through already existing files with the objective of fact-checking or simply retrieving specific information. Three in-built file viewing commands are availed in Linux, namely, cat, more, and less commands.

        These three commands will comfortably let you view targeted files under the Linux operating system environment. Despite this shared commonality between the three commands, the functional originality defined for each of them is different.

      • Linux Shell TipsThe History of Manjaro Linux Distribution

        Based on Arch Linux, Manjaro Linux is a desktop-oriented and user-friendly Linux distribution designed for desktop lovers and Linux users with a keen eye for an exciting UI experience.

        Manjaro is a rolling release and is entirely open source and free to download. It is a versatile distribution that can be used for gaming, app development, and even for basic desktop tasks at home or in the office. It is easy to install and provides basic applications out-of-the-box to help you get started.

        In this guide, we explore the journey that Manjaro had taken from when it was first released to where it is currently.

      • Barry KaulerInstall Limine to PC with mainline Linux distros

        This is a continuation of case-studies, using Limine Installer to install Limine to computers with different hardware and software setups.
        In this case, installing to my “HP Tower” PC. I bought this secondhand, many years ago. The guy I bought it from had built it from various parts, including a Hewlett Packard motherboard. It is one of the early UEFI motherboards.
        Originally, it had Windows, that I removed, and currently has two frugal installations, EasyOS and VanillaDpup, and three mainstream-Linux installations, Debian, Mint and Manjaro. The mainstream distros all installed GRUB2, though, the end result has become a bit confused.

      • ELinuxHow to set max_open_files in MariaDB / MySQL in CentOS 7
      • LinuxTechiHow to Install Kubernetes Cluster on Ubuntu 22.04

        Are you looking for an easy guide on how to install Kubernetes Cluster on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish)?

        The step-by-step guide on this page will show you how to install Kubernetes cluster on Ubuntu 22.04 using Kubeadm command step by step.

        Kubernetes is a free and open-source container orchestration tool, it also known as k8s. With the help of Kubernetes, we can achieve automated deployment, scaling and management of containerized application.

        A Kubernetes cluster consists of worker nodes on which application workload is deployed and a set up master nodes which are used to manage worker nodes and pods in the cluster.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Linux GizmosESP32-based PoE+ board designed for home automation applications

        The Espoir is a Power over Ethernet (PoE+) board built around the ESP32-MINI-1 microcontroller and it includes a mikroBUS socket for additional peripherals. This tiny device is OSHWA certified and it was designed for applications such as gardening, home automation, etc.

        The Espoir is a four-layer board that features the ESP32-MINI-1 which is a dual core processor with maximum frequency of 240MHz. This ESP32 microcontroller includes 4MB of flash and 520KB of SRAM. For connectivity, there is one GbE LAN port in addition to the 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 support.  

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • OpenSource.comThe secret to making self-organized teams work in open source

      Managers and executives are in the business of managing people and resources. Because many of our models for organization are built with the assumption that there’s a manager involved, there’s an expectation that there’s some level of control over all the moving parts of the mechanisms we build. And for that reason, when you propose the idea of self-organizing teams to a manager, the response is often that it’s just not possible. Surely everything will spin out of control. Surely the only way to maintain momentum and direction is through the guidance of a project manager and a technical manager.

      It’s not just management that gets confounded by the concept of self-organizing teams, though. It can give pause to team members, too. After all, in traditional organizations a developer only needs to deal with the technical manager. However, in a self-organizing team, a developer has to face at least seven or eight pairs of eyes (their team members.) That can be a pretty overwhelming prospect.

      Is it possible for self-organizing teams to thrive?

      Take the example of a team I have coached. One day at a daily standup meeting, a technical manager stood behind the team without saying a word.

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • OpenSource.comTour Collabora Online, an open source alternative to Google Workspace
      • OpenSource.comHow to use LibreOffice Writer templates

        A staple in any office software suite is the word processor. Whether your needs are small or large, from jotting down a note to writing a book, the word processor gets the job done. Most Linux distributions include the LibreOffice suite, and I use LibreOffice Writer as my word processor.

        LibreOffice Writer provides lots of flexibility through its toolbar, keyboard shortcuts, and menus. But if you just want to start a document without too much hassle, you can use one of the pre-loaded templates. Here’s how to use LibreOffice Writer templates to make your work easier.

    • Programming/Development

      • postmarketOS // Considering SourceHut

        It’s important to us that the software we use could be selfhosted. But there’s a lot of maintenance effort that comes with running a selfhosted instance of pretty much any code hosting or CI infrastructure related software: making sure it is constantly available, has no unpatched vulnerabilities, doesn’t run into performance problems etc. All the time we would spend on that is time we can’t spend actually hacking on phones. We would very much like to avoid that.

        So platforms where we would need to selfhost either the whole code forge or CI for it are out of the picture. As you can guess from the title, SourceHut is the prime candidate right now and there we could just use the official instance at sr.ht for everything, including CI. In fact, we have been using the CI component already since end of 2019 to build all packages and images.

  • Leftovers

    • India TimesUber admits covering up 2016 [cracking], avoids prosecution in U.S. settlement

      Hinds said the decision not to criminally charge Uber reflected new management’s prompt investigation and disclosures, and Uber’s 2018 agreement with the FTC to maintain a comprehensive privacy program for 20 years.

      The San Francisco-based company is also cooperating with the prosecution of a former security chief, Joseph Sullivan, over his alleged role in concealing the [cracking].

    • HackadayTurn Drone Into A Large Propeller To Increase Hover Efficiency

      Multirotor drones are significantly more popular than conventional helicopter designs for many reasons, which do not include efficiency. Making use of the aerodynamic effects behind this, [Nicholas Rehm] was able to significantly increase the efficiency of his experimental tricopter by turning it into one large spinning propeller.

    • HackadayStackable 3D-Printed Gearbox For Brushless Motor

      Affordable brushless motors are great for a variety of motion applications, but often require a gearbox to tame their speed. [Michael Rechtin] decided to try his hand at designing a stackable planetary gearbox for a brushless motor that allows him to add or remove stages to change the gear ratio.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayA ’70s TV With ’20s Parts

        Keeping older technology working becomes exponentially difficult with age. Most of us have experienced capacitor plague, disintegrating wire insulation, planned obsolescence, or even the original company failing and not offering parts or service anymore. To keep an antique running often requires plenty of spare parts, or in the case of [Aaron]’s vintage ’70s Sony television set, plenty of modern technology made to look like it belongs in a machine from half a century ago.

      • HackadayInteresting Optics Make This Laser Engraver Fit In A Pocket

        We’re going to start this post with a stern warning: building a laser engraver that can fit in your pocket is probably not a wise idea. Without any safety interlocks and made from lightweight components as it is, this thing could easily tip over and sear a retina before you’d even have time to react. You definitely should not build this, or even be in the same room with it. Got it?

      • HackadayAutomated Hotend Swapping For Less Wasteful Multicolor Printing

        Multicolor printing on FDM machines can be tricky to get working flawlessly, and purging hotends when changing colors can end up wasting a lot of filament and material. To solve this problem for the popular Prusa i3 and Ender 3 printers, [BigBrain3D] developed the Swapper3D, an automated system that swaps the entire hotend when the material is changed, eliminating the need for purging almost entirely. Video after the break.

      • HackadayComplex Movements From Simple Inflatables, Thanks To Physics

        Inflatable actuators that change shape based on injected pressure can be strong, but their big limitation is that they always deform in the same way.

    • Proprietary

      • The Register UKAWS sales boss claims Microsoft’s softened cloud licensing regime is a sham

        A senior exec at Amazon Web Services has accused Microsoft of making cosmetic licence changes to appease regulators, but continuing to ensure its wares are more expensive when run in rivals’ clouds.

        Matt Garman, a senior vice president for sales and market at AWS took to LinkedIn to share his opinion that “Customers and policy makers around the world increasingly see MSFT’s recent licensing rhetoric as a troubling admission of the same anti-competitive tactics that many companies have been raising with them for years, but went unheeded until they were put before the European Commission.”

    • Security

      • Windows LatestMicrosoft: KB5015882, KB5015814 updates break Start menu in Windows 11

        The last two cumulative updates for Windows 11 – KB5015882 and KB5015814 – are causing major issues for some users, according to several reports and Microsoft’s own documentation. The latest round of updates could make the Start menu disappear as soon as you try to open it, thanks to a bug in the operating system.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Foreign PolicyCan This Brussels Neighborhood Shake Its Jihadi Reputation?

        But while Washington has pivoted away from the Middle East, withdrawing from Afghanistan and reducing its troop presence in Iraq, and the Islamic State’s popularity has waned amid its territorial defeats, local factors in Molenbeek remain that extremist groups could now exploit. In particular, unemployment in Molenbeek is 21 percent, three times the national average. Economic despair has coincided with crime increasing in the neighborhood, especially in drug trafficking over the past couple years. “For more than 40 years, [Molenbeek] was a drug trafficking line from Morocco to the Netherlands, but drug trafficking has exploded recently mainly because the pandemic reduced earnings,” Leman said. “It has become a business model for many families.”

      • AlgemeinerIn Belgium, Jihadists, Guns, and (Drug) Money

        Molenbeek, Belgium, you may recall, was the Brussels neighborhood that was home to almost half of the jihadists responsible for the 2015 Paris attacks and several subsequent terror attacks in Belgium. The bomber of a train at Brussels Central Station in 2017, for instance, lived in Molenbeek. Mehdi Nemmouche, who shot and killed four people at Brussels’ Jewish Museum in 2014, had previously lived in Molenbeek. The mastermind of the Paris killings, Abdelhamid Abboud, grew up and still lived in Molenbeek.

      • Counter PunchThe War ‘Diplomat’: How Borrell, the West Lost the ‘Global Battle of Narratives’

        “The global battle of narratives is in full swing and, for now, we are not winning,” Borrell admitted. The solution: “As the EU, we have to engage further to refute Russian lies and war propaganda,” the EU’s top diplomat added.

        Borrell’s piece is a testimony to the very erroneous logic that led to the so-called ‘battle of narratives’ to be lost in the first place.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The War ‘Diplomat’: How Borrell and the West Lost the ‘Global Battle of Narratives’

        In a blog entry reflecting on the G20 Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Bali, Indonesia on July 7-8, the High Representative of the European Union, Josep Borrell, seems to have accepted the painful truth that the West is losing what he termed “the global battle of narratives.”

    • Environment

      • Counter PunchPaper Straws Are Not Enough

        According to Monbiot: “Paper straws are not enough. Only System Change can halt the climate crisis.” Of course, System Change can only mean throwing out the neoliberal brand of capitalism in favor of almost anything else.

        Adam Smith would be spinning in his grave with today’s crony capitalism. Interestingly, “the term ‘capitalism’ appears nowhere in Smith’s writings.” (Source: Jesse Norman, Adam Smith, Penguin Random House/UK 2018, pgs. 265-66)

      • TruthOutRoads Are Literally Melting in Europe During Unprecedented Heat Wave
      • TruthOutBiden Mulls Climate Emergency Declaration as Wildfire Sweeps California
      • Counter PunchThe Fateful Fist Bump

        Perhaps Joe Biden’s advisors thought that a fist bump between the president and Saudi leader Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) would also somehow avoid the appearance of contamination and embarrassment, in this case of the political variety. Certainly, they were worried about the near-radioactivity of MbS. The crown prince is responsible for the murder of a Washington Postjournalist, the ongoing war in Yemen, and innumerable human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia. Indeed, on the campaign trail, Biden had promised to turn the Saudi autocrat into a veritable “pariah.”

        Shaking hands with such a devil seemed inconceivable for a president determined to distance himself from the callous disregard for human rights of his predecessor. But perhaps a fist bump…?

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Fist Bump Was Bad, But Biden’s Middle East Policies Are Worse
      • Counter PunchBack to the Future: Biden in the Middle East

        Biden did what all presidents do: He gave priority to strategic and economic interests ahead of human rights. His main accomplishment is that he discarded some of the worst features of Trump’s Middle East policy.

        Suspending Human Rights

      • Counter PunchBy the Givers of Jordan

        Towards the end of last year, I wrote a piece for CounterPunch on the Hashemite kingdom, using personal memories and anecdotes from my time there during what I called the foothills of Gulf War One. These were pitted against a recent barrage of coordinated barbs and criticism directed against the kingdom. I suggested that this was not only wearisome for the reader but counter-productive to peace and security in the region. Since then, and this is the great surprise, there has actually been a change in attitude towards Jordan, that for me is like watching someone come back from the dead.

        I see it in all sorts of ways, global food crises or tightening of oil markets or not. The now completed, and sometimes befuddled, visit by US President Biden to the region, when Biden was met on Jeddah tarmac by Prince Bandar bin Sultan, deputy governor of Mecca, and not by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has not been the only show in town. The crown prince, or MBS as he is known — to be fair, not exactly rehabilitated later by Biden’s visit — held recent talks with Jordan’s King Abdullah II at Al Husseiniya Palace in the capital Amman. This was the first such visit by the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia in years. This new phase of cooperation, with its openly declared enthusiasm for good relations, was a genuine surprise. MBS was granted the Order of al-Hussein bin Ali, the highest in Jordan. All those tense past few years, due to contrasting views on local hostilities and pledges of aid not followed through, evaporated like a desert haze. Colossal funding projects of at least $3 billion promised by Saudi Arabia could now be unblocked. It was like watching a desert rock at sundown change colour last minute. ‘There are large investments in Jordan that we are keen to actively participate in and such investments will bring benefits to both countries,’ said MBS. (‘What are the Saudis up to?’ one observer exclaimed to me about this.) Despite Biden later refusing to make Saudi Arabia a ‘pariah state’, at the same time as blaming MBS for being personally responsible for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamil Khashoggi, not even he was treated with such largesse. (They say MBS in quick reply to mention of Khashoggi accused Washington of hypocrisy by not investigating the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh, and for allowing Abu Ghraib prisoners to be abused.)

      • Counter PunchCreating the Capitalocene: Endless Accumulation

        “ . . . why does the early modern period come across as the new era of progress and humanism (?) . . . The reason for cultivating this myth is obvious: it is crucial to the West’s narrative of being the bearer of progress throughout the history of mankind. But what if our present system was actually built on a nightmare, born of naked violence and sheer despair? . . . What if civilization did not make progress, but systematized barbarism instead?”

        It is that system which threatens to plunge the world into final nightmares as we confront the consequences, of warfare and ecological destruction.  “  . . . we must thoroughly question the foundations of our economy, our state and much more,” Scheidler writes in his recent work, The End of the Megamachine: A Brief History of a Failing Civilization.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Greenland Loses 6 Billion Tons of Ice in 3 Days, Harbinger of Unprecedented Coastal Flooding

        CNN and The Independent reported this week on a massive ice melt in Greenland, with on the order of 6 billion tons of ice lost in three days. The melting was because of a heat wave at the top of the world, caused by our burning coal, gasoline, and methane gas and spewing billions of tons of the dangerous heat-trapping gas carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Common DreamsCalifornia Oak Fire Rages Out of Control as Biden Mulls Climate Emergency

          Thousands of emergency workers in California struggled to fight a rapidly growing wildfire near Yosemite National Park on Sunday as President Joe Biden continued to mull whether to declare a national climate emergency, a move that campaigners say is needed to respond to the immediate threat of extreme weather and lay the groundwork for a livable future.

          Dubbed the Oak Fire, the California blaze was completely uncontained as of Sunday afternoon, having tripled in size since it began on Friday. The fire has now burned more than 14,000 acres, making it California’s largest wildfire of the season.

    • Finance

      • TruthOutAmid Eviction Crisis, Organizers Win Right to Legal Representation for Tenants
      • TruthOutFederal Minimum Wage Hasn’t Been Raised in 13 Years
      • Common DreamsOn 13th Anniversary of Last Minimum Wage Hike, Dems Urged to Raise ‘Deplorable’ $7.25 Floor

        Marking the 13-year anniversary of the last federal minimum wage increase in the U.S.—a meager boost from $5.15 to $7.25 in 2009—progressive campaigners on Sunday urged congressional Democrats to make another push to raise the national pay floor as inflation continues to diminish workers’ purchasing power.

        “Congress must act to raise wages for the tens of millions of workers who are struggling just to get by.”

      • Counter PunchWhy Trader Joe’s Workers Are Joining the Fight to Unionize

        Modern companies like Apple, Google, Starbucks, and Trader Joe’s perpetrated this lie, obscuring their business practices with a veneer of progressive ideals and referring to staff with euphemistic titles like “partners,” “associates,” or “crew members.” Indeed, many workers employed within this slice of the American corporate world were often relatively content—until now. Alongside the recent pro-union activity at more than 150 Starbucks cafés across the United States is a newfound awareness among some workers at the Trader Joe’s grocery chain that a union may also be in their best interest.

        Unlike corporations like Starbucks or Amazon where attempts to unionize have a long history, Trader Joe’s workers have traditionally been content. In 2003, when tens of thousands of grocery store workers in Southern California—home of the original Trader Joe’s—went on strike for better working conditions and pay, Trader Joe’s workers, who were not unionized, sat out the labor strife.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The World Burns and the Richest Profit. It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way

        The last time prices rose this fast was 41 years ago. The last time the UK got through prime ministers this fast was the mid-1970s. The last time there was open war between major European powers was in 1945. The last time the Northern Hemisphere was this hot was probably 125,000 years ago.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Telex (Hungary)Orbán’s key word for the season ahead: staying out

        The Bálványos Free Summer University and Student Camp (more commonly known as Tusványos) has been organised in Transylvania since 1990. It has become a large-scale intellectual workshop of the Carpathian Basin, with tens of thousands in attendance. It was originally intended to promote cross-border cooperation, Romanian-Hungarian dialogue and a cultured Hungarian-Hungarian political exchange. According to critics, in recent years it has become a place where members of the Budapest government and representatives of the intellectual establishment close to them express their ideas without substantive debate. It was here that Viktor Orbán first spoke about building an “illiberal democracy’ in 2014, and his speeches have become the highlight of the event and are largely considered to be marking the direction of Fidesz’ politics for the year ahead. This year’s speech was no different.

      • Craig MurrayThe Forde Report and the Labour Right

        Nobody can accuse the authors of the Forde report of having a low opinion of themselves. Its lofty tone reflects profound disdain for the views and actions of mere mortals, and it utters judgments with an air of deep profundity. This is amusing as it is banal in the extreme.

      • TruthOutPolitical Polarization Is Pushing Evangelicals to a Historic Breaking Point
      • ScheerpostWhat Does the Future Between the US and China Look Like?

        As China ascends economically and politically, its struggle with the US has grown fiercer. Huang Renwei points out the inherent weakness of the US power structure and argues that, starting in 2020 …

      • Common DreamsMajor Missouri Newspaper Calls Josh Hawley a ‘Laughingstock’ for Fleeing Jan. 6 Mob

        Missouri’s second-largest newspaper by circulation derided home-state Sen. Josh Hawley in a scathing editorial on Saturday, calling him a “laughingstock” and a “coward” after the House panel investigating the January 6 Capitol attack showed previously unseen security footage of the GOP lawmaker fleeing the violent right-wing insurrectionists that he helped embolden.

        “Hawley has become one of the defining figures of that day,” notes The Kansas City Star’s editorial board. “A famous photo captured by Francis Chung shows him raising a fist in solidarity with the crowds that would soon break through doors, loot offices, and assault law enforcement.”

      • Counter PunchBy Denying Proven Failures in Tory Government, Sunak and Truss Will Repeat Them

        I was reminded of this Chinese fable when watching Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, one of whom will be the next British prime minister come September, pretend to a control over events past and present that is just as fictitious as anything imagined by the Chinese beetle.

        Governments at all times log anything good that happens as their own achievement and disclaim responsibility for anything bad. There is nothing new in this behaviour, but the Truss/Sunak fantasy picture of what has happened in Britain from Margaret Thatcher to Boris Johnson requires a radical rewrite of history.

      • Counter PunchScott Morrison Awaits the Apocalypse

        This may well have been the case with Scott Morrison, the accidental of Australia’s prime ministers.  In 2019, he won an election deemed unwinnable.  In 2022, he lost in the formidable face of a third of voters who preferred to go for alternative parties.  Refusing to read the smoke signals from a Liberal heartland worried about political integrity, climate change and violence against women, his party was carved by the stormy arrival of independents and minor parties.

        Put out to lean, undernourished pasture, there was little reason to expect him to slide into respectable obscurity.  The lecture circuit beckoned, and his debut came in his July 14 address to the Asian Leadership Conference in Seoul.  In it, he emerges enlightened, quoting from yet another pop-historical tract from historian Niall Ferguson, this time on pandemics.  His account is free of failures and full of praise, much of it for achievements not his own.

      • Counter PunchYellen’s Noble Efforts Come to Naught
      • Counter PunchAmerica as Panopticon: You are Being Watched, Even if No One is Looking for You

        Most Americans are aware of video surveillance of public spaces. Likewise, most people know about online tracking – and want Congress to do something about it. But as a researcher who studies digital culture and secret communications, I believe that to understand how pervasive surveillance is, it’s important to recognize how physical and digital tracking work together.

        Databases can correlate location data from smartphones, the growing number of private cameras, license plate readers on police cruisers and toll roads, and facial recognition technology, so if law enforcement wants to track where you are and where you’ve been, they can. They need a warrant to use cellphone search equipment: Connecting your device to a mobile device forensic tool lets them extract and analyze all your data if they have a warrant.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Computer WorldNetflix to launch ad-supported tier with Microsoft in 2023

        Netflix chief operating officer Greg Peters told analysts during the company’s earnings call yesterday that “all of the ads that are served on our ad-supported offering will come through Microsoft. So that’s an exclusive arrangement with them.”

      • The VergeStreaming video apps all look the same now

        Based on the comments on our story and comments I’ve seen across Twitter, Reddit (1, 2, 3), and elsewhere, people don’t seem to mind the similarities. This interface has gradually become the de facto standard across Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max, and now Prime Video. And consistency goes a long way here; we’re fundamentally using all of these services to reach the entertainment on each one, and having a samey interface between them should make doing so easier for everyone.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakSony Flags Its Own Website for Repeat Copyright Infringements

          Takedown notices can be a useful tool for rightsholders to protect their content but it’s less productive when companies start to report their own websites as piracy havens,. This is precisely what an Indian branch of Sony Pictures did recently, and they’re not alone either.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Hadestown and How Having Power Sucks

        This moment in the show is absolutely brilliant. When you see it actually staged, Orpheus stamps his feet in time with the “keeps his head low” line, mimicking the choreography from the workers’ chant. It’s a fantastic, beautiful reversal of the theme, showing how Hades is just as trapped as his workers.

        Being on top of an oppressive hierarchy is awesome from a resources and power standpoint. You have all the power, money, food, everything you could possibly want, at the expense of everyone underneath you. But beyond that, from an emotional — or perhaps even, a spiritual — perspective, there are no winners in the game of oppression. Being at the bottom sucks worst of all because you fear for your survival, your basic needs. But the top of the pile is a terrifying, lonely, impossibly stressful place as well.

        I say this not to say “Oh, think of the poor billionaires, managing a company from their yacht parties must be so stressful! :(” but rather to point out that *everyone* is worse off under oppressive hierarchies, even when those hierarchies seem to explicitly benefit them. We are not meant to hold so much power. We are not meant to constantly watch our backs, fearful someone will take away our position at the top.

      • zine-making, and the benefits it provides (in my eyes)

        I compile a zine, a “per-zine” (personal zine) every so often. Usually every couple of months, and it always is the most rewarding and fulfilling thing I do when I am online. It’s a creative initiative, it’s motivating, it’s 100% *BY* me, and I am glad to keep it going.

        It’s also a direct response to a *lack* of motivation and creativity I succumbed to when I was on social media for all those years (10 years). Everything was a “do X in order to arrive at the same result as anyone else who ‘does X’”, which was to: gain attention > try to gain followers > try to get reaction/engagement, etc. – when all I ever wanted to do was to feel *personally* satisfied/fulfilled with whatever I was doing. Not need to run it through a vanity filter to vindicate/justify that, “yes, I DO need to feel significant, needed, wanted, fulfilled and satisfied”. So the zine offers that personal gratification.

      • Plants and Food

        We may have become a bit plant obsessed as of late. This weekend we picked up the following plants for our yard and future garden…


        We are hoping to be able to cultivate a nice collection of edibles on our property over time. So far we have 7 different plants that are edible, maybe 8 if you count Hibiscus. Right now the edibles we have are 2 guava trees, 2 varieties of mint, basil, cocoplum, prickly pear, lime and calamondin. Plus, our neighbor on one side has a big avocado tree that produces tons of avocadoes and on the other side they have a huge walnut tree. I’m not sure what else we’ll get in the future but some likely possibilties are some of the many varieties of banana that grow well here, maybe a dwarf variety of orange or maybe some other edible natives like blueberry and mulberry. There are some other native and non-native edibles that grow well in our climate too so we’ll see.

    • Technical

      • Ask advices about smartphone changing when you try to remove Google of your life

        Today, I have a OnePlus Nord since mostly two years, and I am almost satisfied. I have Android smartphones since about ten years today, and I change my phone almost every two years. I want to keep my current phone longer, this time (for ecological reason). My first problem is the software update (with security fixes) seems to be over in one year, and I don’t like to have a phone without security fixes. My second problem is I try to remove maximum Google usage in my (personal) life, and I am not sure if that to keep a “standard” Android phone is a good thing here.

      • On telling users to write the documentation themselves

        i occasionally encounter a situation in which foss users, noting or complaining about the lack of documentation for a piece of software – whether an end-user application or a developer library – get told by the software dev(s) to write it themselves.

        This feels _ridiculous_ to me. Someone reaching for documentation is doing so because _they don’t know_ how to use some software, whether an application or a library. Since _they don’t know_ how to use the software, they are _not able to document how to use it_!

      • Science

        • Bad news for the pub

          People aged under 40 should not drink alcohol and consumption guidelines should be changed, study says

        • Putting ourselves out of business

          I’ve started reading Patrick Stuart’s blog post about artificial intelligence and art, and I immediately thought of a post by Judd Karlmann I recently saw on Mastodon.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Re: Gemlog and internet time

          I received a nice email from Ernst, but something’s not right with the account so I can’t send a response. So instead, I’ll just publish my reply here.

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

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