This Month, for the First Time, Microsoft Windows Share is Less Than 50% in Russia

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Windows at 10:22 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Background: Windows Has Had a Very Tough Year (That’s Why Microsoft Starts to Block GNU/Linux With ‘Secure’ Boot) | Antitrust Action Against Microsoft is Well Overdue | Microsoft’s Crimes Against the Competition, Notably BSD and GNU/Linux, Persist Albeit Disguised as ‘Security’ (UEFI ‘Secure’ Boot, TPM, Pluton…)

Windows share in Russia

Summary: As we noted yesterday, BRICS countries move away from Windows (in India, the world’s largest population, 7% of desktops/laptops are on GNU/Linux), so Microsoft is trying to make it impossible to even boot GNU/Linux on new laptops/desktops

GNOME (IBM/Red Hat Staff) Promoting Microsoft’s ‘Security’ Scam With the ‘Secure’ Boot Sham

Posted in IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat at 8:38 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

IBM/Red Hat, which paid Garrett to vandalise Linux [1, 2], is shilling Microsoft's vendor lockin (a ploy to force people to use NSA back-doored Windows, misleadingly and disingenuously disguised as “security”)

Emulated host profiles in fwupd; Windows is malicious; A system you control is not 'threats'
Who chose these wordings? Richard Hughes or his paymasters?

Reply to GNOME and Red Hat developers are working on integrating firmware security tips and recommendations into the desktop for warning users about platform/firmware security issues like if UEFI Secure Boot is disabled and other possible avenues their system could be exploited...
Reply to GNOME and Red Hat developers are working on integrating firmware security tips and recommendations into the desktop for warning users about platform/firmware security issues like if UEFI Secure Boot is disabled and other possible avenues their system could be exploited...

The comments in Phoronix (those two examples are from page 1) reveal that very few GNU/Linux users have fallen for these lies

Summary: Sponsored by IBM and the ‘Linux’ Foundation (James Zemlin and Sheela Microsoft, who reject Linux), Richard insinuates that protecting Microsoft's monopoly (Windows) is protecting “against malicious software when the device starts”

Richard Hughes at Red Hat

We need to slaughter Novell before they get stronger….If you’re going to kill someone, there isn’t much reason to get all worked up about it and angry. You just pull the trigger. Any discussions beforehand are a waste of time. We need to smile at Novell while we pull the trigger. ~Jim Allchin, Microsoft's Platform Group Vice President

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Links 29/07/2022: End of SysAdmin Appreciation Day

Posted in News Roundup at 8:00 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Server

      • Happy SysAdmin Appreciation Day! » ADMIN Magazine

        To celebrate System Administration Appreciation Day and to honor the tireless work of IT professionals around the world, ADMIN Network & Security and TuxCare are proud to present the 2022 edition of 10 Terrific Tools for the Busy Admin.

      • FOSSLifeSpecial Offer to Celebrate SysAdmin Appreciation Day

        For a limited time, you can download this free collection of articles covering useful tools for IT pros.

      • Using Kubernetes to Secure Data – Container Journal

        Data loss and ransomware are two of the biggest threats to data security today, especially as malicious actors turn their attention to the cloud. Even with security perimeters in place, bad actors are determined to map out new methods and tactics to penetrate these cloud-based environments.

        Although it’s impossible to predict or prevent every attack, there are security measures and practices that can help reduce the risk. Cloud-native development practices can help your organization ensure that these solutions are more resistant to attack. Kubernetes, for example, is a tool that can help.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Red Hat OfficialAre Big Mistakes That Big Of A Deal? Part 2

        Mistakes are part of growth. If we’re lucky, we’re in an environment where they’re not punished harshly. That lets us fix the problem, learn to do better, and move on—but also to tell the story once the sting has passed.

        Last episode, we heard three stories of people blundering into trouble and coming out the other side a little bit wiser. This episode adds three more stories of mistakes being made—but the culprit isn’t always as clear.

      • Jupiter BroadcastingLinux Action News 251

        Red Hat hints at its future direction, why realtime might finally come to Linux after all these years, and our reaction to Google’s ambitious new programing language.

      • Jupiter BroadcastingSolid as a Rock | Self-Hosted 76

        Alex runs us through his new and improved off-site backup setup, and Chris is trying out some Shelly devices.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • TecAdminRunning a Cron Every 10, 20 or 30 Minutes – TecAdmin

        Cron is a service that runs tasks at specified intervals in Unix/Linux systems. It’s commonly used for operational tasks like cleaning log files or backing up databases. But for our purposes, we can also use it to automate applications to perform some tasks at regular intervals.

      • Make Use OfHow to Make Your Linux Terminal More Colorful With lolcat

        The terminal can seem a little boring compared to flashier graphical Linux apps. lolcat is a program that adds some flair to your Linux terminal sessions. Here’s how to install and use lolcat on Linux.

      • Network WorldRepeating commands on Linux with or without changes | Network World

        Life on the command line on Linux is clearly something most of us enjoy, but typing the same command again and again can become tiresome. To avoid that boredom, this post explains a number of ways that you can make repeating commands – or repeating commands but with some changes – a lot easier than you might expect.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Toontown Rewritten on a Chromebook – Updated Tutorial

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

        Please take note that the fonts are currently not visible, as seen in the video. We hope it will be fixed soon.

        This tutorial will only work on Chromebooks with an Intel or AMD CPU (with Linux Apps Support) and not those with an ARM64 architecture CPU.

    • WINE or Emulation

      • WINE Project (Official)WineHQ – Wine Announcement – The Wine development release 7.14 is now available.

        The Wine development release 7.14 is now available.

        What’s new in this release:
        – More progress on syscall interface for USER32.
        – Improved font fallbacks in DirectWrite.
        – Some fixes for socket shutdowns.
        – Various bug fixes.

        The source is available at:


        Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:


        You will find documentation on https://www.winehq.org/documentation

        You can also get the current source directly from the git
        repository. Check https://www.winehq.org/git for details.

        Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file
        AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Adriaan de GrootMini-Talks Published

          At work-work there are educational sessions for the software team. They last about 2 hours, generally filled with a mix of watching a talk, discussing how the talk applies to the codebase, and individual developers presenting something. Typical conference talks might come from CPP on Sea). Discussion might go on about vocabulary types – what are the things in our system? Presentations are whatever somebody feels is interesting, and I’ve written up two 20-minute talks so far.

          There’s CMake Domain-Specific-Languages, which was written to talk about how we (at work-work) can update our CMake infrastructure to be less repetetive and to express better the kinds of things we build. It’s based on my experience with Calamares (which has CMake code to support writing Calamares modules) and ARPA2CM (similar, also for things like “build all the kinds of libraries you can from these sources”). The slides have been sanitized of any internal bits.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • This Week in GNOME#54 More Portings · This Week in GNOME

          Update on what happened across the GNOME project in the week from July 22 to July 29.

        • Barry KaulerGTK3 CUPS printing fixed

          Amazing, how long ago since the Dunfell-series had the first release? In all of that time, have not been able to from from GTK3-based apps.
          For Firefox, I always print to PDF, then use Evince PDF viewer to print the PDF. Evince, being GTK2-based can print.
          Yes, I discovered that the ‘gtk+3′ package in OpenEmbedded defaults to not having CUPS support. I modified the recipe, and recompiled it, and tested the result. Voila, FF now prints!

        • LinuxiacDash to Dock vs. Dash to Panel: Which One Extension is Better?

          Let’s compare the two most popular GNOME extensions providing dock functionality, Dash to Dock vs. Dash to Panel. Which one is better?

          Unlike other modern desktop environments, GNOME sticks to a different philosophy than the commonly accepted traditional user experience. But we will not comment here on whether this approach helps or degrades the GNOME desktop environment.

          However, one thing is certain: the average computer user has specific expectations about how the user interface appears and functions. And more precisely, elements and behaviors that he is familiar with embraced through time and is at ease with.

          The dock panel is an essential component of almost every desktop environment. It is the element with which the user interacts the most, providing for quick and easy application launching, quick switching between them, a list of currently running ones, and so on. Furthermore, other features like the start menu, system tray, and others are integral.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Digital TrendsThe best Linux distros for gaming | Digital Trends

      You’ve heard all the accusations. Gaming on Linux is crazy, right? Gamers should use a Windows PC and be done with it. Linux is all terminal commands and Firefox stuff. Valve would like a word with you. After all, the Valve Steam Deck runs on Linux. Steam is available on Linux, with more than 6,000 titles available. Many game developers have begun building for Linux systems as well.

    • H2S Media4 Best Linux Distros for Android Studio Developers – Linux Shout

      Among the popular operating systems, Linux has always been the first choice of many programmers and developers because they don’t have to pay for it. Moreover being an open source licensed software it is easy for programmers to customize Linux as per their needs. Furthermore, Linux also supports a wide range of programming languages, including C, C++, Perl, Ruby, PHP, and more.

      Even Linux is now a backbone of the internet, cloud hosting, Android, smartphones, routers, and other many devices. Hence, system administrators and developers need to learn how to operate a Linux system. There was a time when it was only a cup of tea for coders, but now even common desktop users can learn and operate Linux easily because of attractive and intuitive graphical desktop environments.

    • Fedora / Red Hat / IBM

      • Containerization Executive Q&A | ESF

        Containerization is a key technology for enterprises that need to frequently transport critical applications between different environments and operating systems. To maintain operations, they have to launch and move those applications within a short time frame. The technology gives businesses a more flexible application infrastructure.

      • VideoIn the Clouds (E26) | Cloud Ecosystem – Invidious

        The cloud native ecosystem has grown far beyond Kubernetes. The hundreds of projects show the innovation in open source, and the challenge for anyone to keep up with current technology. Red Hat Senior Director, Technical Marketing & Field PM, Cloud Platforms Chris Morgan joins host Stu Miniman to discuss the evolution of the cloud-native ecosystem. Chris was intimately involved in development of OpenShift and its partnerships with many key vendors.

      • Richard Hughes: Emulated host profiles in fwupd [Ed: IBM is shilling Microsoft vendor lockin disguised as “security”]

        As some as you may know, there might be firmware security support in the next versions of Plymouth, GNOME Control Center and GDM. This is a great thing, as most people are running terribly insecure hardware and have no idea. The great majority of these systems can be improved with a few settings changes, and the first step in my plan is showing people what’s wrong, giving some quick information, and perhaps how to change it. The next step will be a “fix the problem” button but that’s still being worked on, and will need some pretty involved testing for each OEM. For the bigger picture there’s the HSI documentation which is a heavy and technical read but the introduction might be interesting. For other 99.99% of the population here are some pretty screenshots:

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: Important changes to software license information in Fedora packages (SPDX and more!)

        On behalf of all of the folks working on Fedora licensing improvements, I have a few things to announce!

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: CPE Weekly Update – Week 30 2022

        Purpose of this team is to take care of day to day business regarding CentOS and Fedora Infrastructure and Fedora release engineering work.

      • Red HatRed Hat Developer roundup: Best of July 2022 | Red Hat Developer

        Welcome to our monthly article recap, where we round up the latest popular content from Red Hat Developer in one helpful place. Like last month, GitOps, Go, and Kubernetes security topics were in high demand from our readers. Without further ado, let’s dive into the July highlights.

      • Red Hat OfficialModernization: Building a modernization project team

        In this article, I discuss a proposal to build a success-primed team to modernize a portfolio of applications. We will take into account our points for alignment from our previous blog post. It’s important to remember this might not be a team that will be long running or one that will become a key part of the enterprise culture. As we discussed in the previous article, there will be a set budget and timeframe to get the work done. What is being proposed in this article is building a team to get results under these constraints.

      • Enterprisers ProjectWorkplace culture: 4 ways to foster healthy conflict

        Especially as CIOs and IT departments begin to rethink the way they interact with IT and business, the idea that conflict is unproductive and detrimental to workplace culture – and the notion that organizations should avoid conflict entirely – is based on a false premise: that all conflicts are unhealthy and unproductive.

        That claim falls flat when we broaden our perspective on what the term “conflict” encompasses.

        Healthy conflict allows room for treating people with respect, listening to others’ ideas, and considering those ideas during collaborative, iterative, and agile processes. Maintaining a diversity of thought and experience is crucial to building a healthy, fair, and inclusive company culture.

      • Red Hat OfficialHappy Sysadmin Appreciation Day: 2022′s top articles for sysadmins | Enable Sysadmin

        Thank you to all of the system administrators who keep our systems up and running, patched, and deployed every day of the year. Check out our most popular articles for sysadmins.

      • Enterprisers ProjectFuture-proof your IT organization by focusing on these 5 priorities

        The past two years of rapid digital transformation have reshaped the role of IT teams. More enterprises and workloads have shifted to the cloud, digital user experience (UX) has become more important than ever, and once-siloed IT professionals are now a central part of business decision-making. But understandably, many organizations are struggling to keep pace with these changes.

        The organizations coming out on top are the ones retooling IT operations to adapt to shifts in today’s market. These companies – we’ll call them the leaders of today’s IT world – are steps ahead of those that haven’t narrowed their focus on what really matters.

        Innovation and growth – rather than just staying afloat – must be a top priority to maintain a competitive advantage in 2022 and beyond.

    • Debian Family

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • 9to5LinuxLinux Mint 21 “Vanessa” Is Now Available for Download, This Is What’s New

        Linux Mint 21 “Vanessa” has been in development for the past five months and it’s the new major series of Linux Mint after Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana”, shipping with a brand-new Ubuntu base powered by Linux kernel 5.15 LTS and derived from Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish), and supported for the next five years, until 2027.

        Linux Mint 21 comes in three flavors, with the Cinnamon 5.4, Xfce 4.16, and MATE 1.26 desktop environments. All three flavors include the same under-the-hood improvements, as well as numerous other changes!

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwarePinecil V2 soldering iron gets BL706 Bluetooth LE RISC-V MCU, USB PD EPR support – CNX Software

        PINE64 is about to launch the second generation Pinecil RISC-V soldering iron with the Pinecil V2 featuring a new Bouffalo Lab BL706 RISC-V microcontroller with Bluetooth LE connectivity, optimizations for higher power levels, as well as tentative support for the new USB PD EPR standard (Extended Power Range) working at up to 28V.

      • CNX SoftwareAltium Designer adds 3D PCB layout tool – CNX Software [Ed: Red flag if they use Microsoft (LinkedIn) and Facebook to promote this]

        While we like open-source tools such as KiCAD, Altium has added a pretty cool feature to the Altium Designer program with a 3D layout tool, which as its name implies, allows the design of 3D PCBs…

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Apache BlogLaunch of the 2022 ASF Community Survey : The Apache Software Foundation Blog

      This week, we are excited to launch the 2022 ASF Community Survey, which will gather scientific data that allows us to understand our community better, both in its demographic composition and collaboration styles and preferences. We want to find areas where we can continue to do great work and others where we need to provide more support so that our projects can keep growing healthy and diverse. This joint effort was long overdue: our last surveys of this kind were implemented in 2016 [1] and 2020 [2], which means we are finally in a position to see trends over time.

      For this new version of the survey, we worked with Bitergia to design it. Bitergia is an expert in analyzing open source communities and other types of software development teams. They have deep experience running this type of survey and research in open source communities. Among other studies, their previous work includes an analysis in gender diversity in technical contributions for OpenStack [3]. The 2022 ASF Community Survey is the first part of a two-stage research project. The second part consists of interviews with people who have contributed to the ASF in order to assess their experience. We’ll share more on this second part of the project soon.

    • Apache BlogThe Apache News Round-up: week ending 29 July 2022 : The Apache Software Foundation Blog

      Farewell, July –we’re wrapping up the month with another great week. Here are the latest updates on the Apache community’s activities…

    • Events

      • Allan Day: BBerlin mini-GUADEC – Form and Function

        As I write this post, I’m speeding through the German countryside, on a high speed train heading for Amsterdam, as I make my way home from the GUADEC satellite event that just took place in Berlin.

        The event itself was notable for me, given that it was the first face-to-face GNOME event that I’ve participated in since the Covid pandemic set in. Given how long its been since I physically met with other contributors, I felt that it was important to me to do a GNOME event this summer, but I wasn’t prepared to travel to Mexico for various reasons (the environment, being away from family), so the Berlin event that sprang up was a great opportunity.

        I’d like to thank the local Berlin organisers for making the event happen, C-Base for hosting us, and the GNOME Foundation for providing sponsorship so I could attend.

      • Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC)LPC 2022 Schedule is posted! – Linux Plumbers Conference 2022

        The schedule for when the miniconferences and tracks are going to occur is now posted at: https://lpc.events/event/16/timetable/#all

        The runners for the miniconferences will be adding more details to each of their schedules over the coming weeks.

      • Qubes OS Summit 2022: September 9-11 in Berlin | Qubes OS

        In conjunction with 3mdeb, the fourth edition of our Qubes OS Summit will be held live this year from September 9 to 11 in Berlin, Germany! For more information about this event, including the CFP (which is open until August 29), please see: https://qubesos.3mdeb.com

    • Web Browsers

    • Programming/Development

      • arc4random – are you sure we want these?
        Hi glibc developers,
        I learned about the addition of the arc4random functions in glibc this
        morning, thanks to Phoronix. I wish somebody would have CC'd me into
        those discussions before it got committed, but here we are.
        I really wonder whether this is a good idea, whether this is something
        that glibc wants, and whether it's a design worth committing to in the
        long term.
        Firstly, for what use cases does this actually help? As of recent
        changes to the Linux kernels -- now backported all the way to 4.9! --
        getrandom() and /dev/urandom are extremely fast and operate over per-cpu
        states locklessly. Sure you avoid a syscall by doing that in userspace,
        but does it really matter? Who exactly benefits from this?
        Seen that way, it seems like a lot of complexity for nothing, and
        complexity that will lead to bugs and various oversights eventually.
      • GCCGCC 12.1.1 Status Report (2022-07-27)
        The gcc-12 branch is open for regression and documentation fixes.
        It is time for a GCC 12.2 release, we are comparatively late with it
        already.  The plan is to create a GCC 12.2 release candidate on
        August 12th which should give plenty of time to backport or implement
        important regression fixes.
        Please make sure your primary and secondary targets are in good
        shape for this release.
  • Leftovers

    • ScheerpostPatrick Lawrence: The Causes of Things

      Over a summer sup on the back lawn the other night, a Times-reading, MSNBC–watching, NPR–listening neighbor…

    • Counter PunchThe Cynics’ Monkeywrench

      Last week, for instance, I wrote about the weekend I spent, a decade ago, getting handgun training from the NRA — and what I learned, which is that the things you need to fear are endless, and when one of them pops up in your life you’d better be prepared to kill it. One reader said he wondered “if Robert has ever truly felt as though his life or those he values were threatened” and quickly answered his own question: Of course not! And then he crooned, oh so tenderly: “Must be nice for Robert to live in such an insulated bubble.”

      Issue solved! Everyone needs a gun, except for the utterly naïve.

    • HackadayFoam Cutter Moves Like A Hot Knife Through Butter

      Make enough attempts to cut foam using whatever you’ve got — utility knife, hacksaw, serrated plastic knife — and you’ll wish hard for something that cuts cleaner, faster, and better. While there are all sorts of ways to build a hot wire foam cutter, this design from [jasonwinfieldnz] is both interesting and imitable.

    • HackadayLove Is A Burning Flame, And So Is This Underwater Burning Ring Of Fire

      When Johnny Cash wrote “Ring of Fire”, he was talking about love. But when an unnamed follower of [TheBackyardScientist] took it literally and suggested making actual rings of fire — underwater —  they rose to the challenge as you can see in the video below the break.

    • Counter PunchEncounters With Sinead O’Connor

      Speaking with her, reminded me how much I loved listening to her music which I’d listened to very little in the previous decade, though she had been featured several times in CounterPunch “Best Of” articles. Her haunting voice was just as powerful as it had seemed to me when I first heard her in the late 80s. I wasn’t an MTV fanatic like my older sister, but I’d stop to watch Sinead’s videos a long with a handful of others.

      I recalled the night she tore up the photo of Pope John Paul II and said “Fight the Real Enemy”. I thought she was bold and beautiful and brave and I had deep admiration for her. And I didn’t understand why the fuck anybody in my surroundings cared at all that she’d done this. That is to say, the Mormon capital of the world, Happy Valley, Utah. I defended her and questioned them. It’s the Catholic pope… why should it bother any of them? It’s not as if it’s the president of the Mormon church. I wouldn’t have torn up a photo of him then, but I did question the abuse of men in the church from years before that. It was only two before then that I had three different men, two bishops and an older member of the priesthood, tell me that because I was then pregnant and getting married, it was now my duty to please my husband however he saw fit, whether I wanted to or not. Their orders were eerily similar. They all told me that I had tempted  my soon to be husband and spread my legs for him and got myself pregnant and ruined his life and from then forward I should continued spreading my legs (yes they said those exact words) and if I didn’t want to have sex then I should at least give him a hand-job. All three of them asked me if I knew how to do that and offered instruction. I was 17. These were men between 45-65. So as Sinead made her statement about PJ11 which brought about a war against her by the music industry, that profited from her and still does, and the entire world still ignoring for another decade the abuses committed by the Catholic church, the seeds of escaping Mormonism were already sprouted in the back of my mind. She was an inspiration even if I can’t carry a tune. Shortly after her photo destruction, I shaved my head and escaped Mormonism.

    • The NationEncounters With Adélia Prado

      My impulse to live and toil and evolve inside someone else’s words is sparked by a desire for intimacy. Living in Brazil for 18 months in the late 1970s, I haunted bookstores and combed through literary journals, aching to find a voice that was irresistible, larger, different than mine, one that challenged me to find a way to haul it—still fully alive—into English.

    • Science

    • Hardware

      • HackadayA Customizable Macropad To Make Anyone’s Tail Wag

        [Gili Yankovitch] has always wanted some kind of macro keypad for all those boss-slaying combos he keeps up the sleeve of his wizard robe while playing WoW. Seventeen years later, he finally threw down the gauntlet and built one. But really, this is an understatement, because Paws is kind of the customizable macropad to end all customizable macropads.

      • HackadayHackaday Prize 2022: A Functional Commodore PET Tribute

        The C64 may be the best-selling computer of all time, but Commodore made several machines before that, too. [Mjnurney] always loved the Commodore PET, and set about building some new machines in the PET’s unique all-in-one form factor.

      • HackadayNew OS For Commodore 64 Adds Modern Features

        The Commodore 64 was a revolutionary computer for its day and age. After four decades, though, it gets harder and harder to use these computers for anything more than educational or hobby electronics projects. [Gregory Nacu] is fiercly determined to challenge this idea, though, and has gone to great extremes to make this hardware still relevant in the modern age by writing a completely new operating system for the Commodore machines.

      • HackadayPERSEUS-9, The Dual-6502 Portable Machine That Should Have Been

        A question: does anyone who was around in the early days of the 8-bit computer revolution remember a dual-CPU 6502 portable machine like this one? Or just a dual-CPU machine? Or even just a reasonably portable computer? We don’t, but that begs a further question: if [Mitsuru Yamada] can build such a machine today with parts that were available in the era, why weren’t these a thing back then?

      • Petros KoutoupisIntel to Kill its Optane Business? – Random [Tech] Stuff

        It is a shame too because it was a solid technology. The problem was always: lack of adoption. The technology was confined and limited to Intel. This is yet another case of history repeating itself and I am saddened to read this news.

      • The Next PlatformIntel Let The Chips Fall Where They Might

        This day always comes. It is the nature of monopoly and hubris.

        It came for IBM. It came for Microsoft, and it is coming for Facebook. It will come for Google and, even though it is hard to believe, it will come for Amazon. And it is most assuredly coming for Intel right now, and it is probably going to get worse. Maybe not as bad as IBM in the early 1990s – because nothing was worse than that self-inflicted and self-described “near-death experience,” where Big Blue had the biggest write-offs in corporate history and eventually had to lay off half of its 400,000 workforce – but most assuredly for Intel, bad nonetheless.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Counter PunchThe Weaponization of Food

        International outcry against the Russian bombing of Odesa—as with its earlier strikes on shopping malls, train stations, and hospitals—has been fierce. “Striking a target crucial for grain export a day after the signature of Istanbul agreements is particularly reprehensible & again demonstrates Russia’s total disregard for international law & commitments,” tweeted Josep Borrell Fontelles, who coordinates the European Union’s foreign policy.

        Despite Russia’s action, the agreement on grain exports will likely hold. After all, Russia didn’t technically violate the accord. The Kremlin promised only to avoid hitting the ships carrying food to the outside world.

      • Counter PunchClimate Change is Reshaping America’s Most Iconic Landscapes

        I see constellations at night instead of smog. I’ve summited rock formations that left me breathless and humbled with sweeping views, reminding me to tread lightly on the sacred and ancestral lands of the Cahuilla, Chemehuevi, Serrano, and Mojave peoples.

        Millions have also shared memorable experiences like these at our long-treasured national parks. But as climate change caused by human activities brings more heat, drought, and fire, it now threatens natural wonders across the country.

      • TruthOutGOP Opposition to Drug Pricing Bill Shows Scope of Big Pharma’s Grip on Congress
    • Linux Foundation

      • ReutersOS Climate launches climate planning tools for companies, investors [Ed: Linux Foundation buys greenwashing puff pieces from tycoon-owned media]

        Non-profit OS Climate on Wednesday launched the first in a series of free tools to drive climate-friendly decision making by companies, financial institutions and governments.

        As a project of the Linux Foundation, a non-profit technology consortium founded in 2000 that builds open-source software, OS Climate aims to help fill the gaps in data currently preventing capital flowing to the right projects.

    • Security

      • LWNSecurity updates for Friday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Fedora (xorg-x11-server and xorg-x11-server-Xwayland), SUSE (aws-iam-authenticator, ldb, samba, libguestfs, samba, and u-boot), and Ubuntu (firefox, intel-microcode, libtirpc, linux, linux-aws, linux-kvm, linux-lts-xenial, linux-azure, linux-bluefield, linux-gcp-5.4, linux-gke-5.4, mysql-5.7, and mysql-5.7, mysql-8.0).

      • Bruce SchneierMicrosoft Zero-Days Sold and then Used [Ed: There are so many Microsoft Zero-Days and Microsoft even shares them with the NSA (back doors)]

        Yet another article about cyber-weapons arms manufacturers and their particular supply chain. This one is about Windows and Adobe Reader zero-day exploits sold by an Austrian company named DSIRF.

      • 0-days sold by Austrian firm used to hack Windows users, Microsoft says [Ed: Microsoft claiming to value security is an outright lie; it's just another blame game]

        Multiple news outlets have published articles like this one, which cited marketing materials and other evidence linking DSIRF to Subzero, a malicious toolset for “automated exfiltration of sensitive/private data” and “tailored access operations [including] identification, tracking and infiltration of threats.”

      • USCERTCISA Adds One Known Exploited Vulnerability to Catalog [Ed: Microsoft and Windows still dominate this list of “Known Exploited Vulnerabilit[ies]“]

        CISA has added one new vulnerability to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities Catalog, based on evidence of active exploitation. These types of vulnerabilities are a frequent attack vector for malicious cyber actors and pose significant risk to the federal enterprise.

      • Efficient Infrastructure Testing | Pen Test Partners

        Before we start let’s set the scene regarding vulnerability assessment. It is imperative that enterprises conduct their own continuous automated scanning, to have up-to-date assessments of threats that their networks may be susceptible to. Infrastructure penetration testing (discussed in this blog post) should be then used to delve further to expose issues and attack chains using manual testing that would have not been uncovered by automated techniques.

        To go one step further, mature environments with well-formed patch management policies and good security practice, should then consider Red Team engagements to assess response and detection against emulated real-world adversaries.

        On several infrastructure tests I’ve found myself performing vulnerability assessments on expansive networks. While Nessus and other scanning tools have their place, it is crucial to be able to work efficiently to provide much more value on an engagement rather than providing tool output that clients can run themselves (and should be doing, regularly).

      • UbuntuMultipass 1.10 brings new instance modification capabilities | Ubuntu [Ed: Canonical prioritising Microsoft again?]

        The 1.10 update brings some other nice features, particularly for Windows users. Windows Pro machines can now take advantage of generation 2 virtual machines through Hyper-V. These new VMs support a variety of boot features, including UEFI, secure boot, and more.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Counter PunchThe Paranoid Nature of American Foreign and Domestic Policy

        That conversation between my father and brother has been on my mind, as I’ve been experiencing America’s increasingly divided, almost schizoid, version of social discourse. It’s as if this country were suffering from some set of collective auditory hallucinations whose lead feature was nastiness.

        Take cover! We’re being threatened by a revived red(dish) menace from a “rogue” Russia! A “Yellow peril” from China! Iran with a nuke! And then there are the alleged threats at home. “Groomers”! MAGA kooks! And on and on.

      • ScheerpostThe Nasty Voices in Our Heads

        The Paranoid Nature of American Foreign and Domestic Policy.

      • ScheerpostLee Camp: The Shadow Bank That Owns The World

        BlackRock’s power is growing — and that’s not a good thing.

      • Counter PunchLiberalism and the Morality of War

        On the other hand, journalist Gerard Colby-Zilg—also identifying progressivism with corporate liberalism—defines the first as an “instrument of conservatism,” in the sense that it is the “rationalization of the old order to meet the needs of the new monopolistic order.” This radical view presupposes a psychological derivation of the idea of progress in terms of political ideology, as in Karl Polanyi: “Hope—the vision of perfectibility—was distilled out of the nightmare of population and wage laws, and was embodied in a concept of progress so inspiring that it appeared to justify the vast and painful dislocations to come.” This interpretation locates a cynicism at the heart of the modern liberal project, a dark twin to its much-vaunted idealism, and would therefore read the original progressive rhetoric for empire as textbook delusions of grandeur. These delusions would be leveraged to crush indigenous initiatives toward self-sufficiency around the world while hiding behind platitudes of support for the self-determination of all peoples.

        Consider that the archetypal elements of American Third World thuggery emerge fully formed—like Athena from the head of Zeus—in the period 1898-1901, between the dust-up to the Spanish-American War and the defeat of the Filipino insurrection:

      • Counter PunchWake up Stupid! Biden Wants War with Iran Too

        Talks have been dragging on for months and leading nowhere. Iran’s demands are simple and remain virtually the same since day one, save for a few concessions that they’ve made to the Biden Administration; knock it off with the fucking sanctions that crazed orange orangutan gagged us with and we’ll offer you back our nuclear program on the same silver platter we awarded to Obama back in 2015. But somehow this simple message is two fucking complicated for Biden’s people, who let’s not forget are essentially just Obama’s people in new ties. America won’t even meet with Iran directly. We send them coded messages in a bottle through EU intermediaries at drop sites in Doha or Vienna and they fucking put up with it! Yet somehow, the simplest snafu to undue in imperial history continues to be derailed by a never-ending procession of tripwires and landmines.

        Iran offers to return to the JCPOA, and Biden demands they make concessions to the maximum pressure ransom note of the same ginger asshole who continues to insist Joe stole the fucking election. Iran offers to return to the JCPOA, and their scientists are assassinated in broad daylight by hired guns who do everything but wave an Israeli flag over their bodies after dropping the gat to announce who sent them. Iran offers to return to the goddamn JCPOA, and America hijacks their oil tankers on the high seas like Blackbeard with battleships. Iran finally caves to the crazy concessions Trump made and Biden demands, and talks are put on hold. Iran finally loses their shit with these honky whack jobs and raises their plutonium enrichment to well beneath the threshold necessary for nuclear weapons to even be an option and suddenly they’re the crazy brown rogue state swinging a saber at the wilting Western World.

      • Counter PunchThe Reserves of the DA Afghanistan Bank Belong to Afghanistan

        This waking nightmare is a policy choice. When the Taliban became the de facto government in August 2021, the Biden administration decided to deny Afghanistan’s central bank, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), access to most of its international reserves, more than $7 billion that are deposited in the US. Without access to foreign reserves, it is virtually impossible for DAB to fulfill its basic central banking functions. And without a functioning central bank, economic collapse was nearly inevitable.

        The blocking of DAB assets, and the subsequent executive order setting aside half for potential compensation for victims of the September 11 attacks, have been widely condemned by lawmakers, economists, UN human rights experts, civil society organizations, 9/11 victims’ families, and everyday Afghans alike. After months of pressure, there are now reports that the Biden administration is in talks with the Taliban for an as-yet-undetermined mechanism for using half the assets to help address the crisis.

      • TruthOutTrump Claims “Absolute Immunity” Protects Him Against Jan. 6 Civil Lawsuits
      • TruthOutThe Justice Department Obtains a Warrant to Search John Eastman’s Phone
      • TruthOutPutin’s Repression Is Driving Many Antiwar Russians Abroad
      • TruthOutRepublican Senators Reject Bill to Provide Veterans Care for Toxic Exposure
      • Counter PunchOn Schedule (for) F(ascism): the Dithering Dems and the Radical Republicans

        I once watched a small youth soccer game pitting two teams of four and five-year-olds against each other. One of the teams had an aggressive thirty-something buzz-cut white dad coach who egged his team down the field until they somehow managed to nudge the ball though their opponents’ goal posts. Winning was a big deal to him. He was a local Republican and general all-around pain in the ass – the kind of guy who fouls you a lot during noontime basketball at the Y.

        The other team was coached by a laid-back Democrat, a decent young man with shoulder-length hair and a tie-dye t-shirt. I liked him. For him, the game was about fun and sharing. He’d yell out “good job” and “great kick” whenever one of his kids almost made a decent play. When the other team scored, as it did over and over, he’d call out “nice try” to his goalie, a five-year-old girl who had little idea where the goal was.

      • Counter PunchGet Brittney Griner Back? Sure, But Release Her Counterparts in America, Too

        Griner, currently on trial, faces a ten-year sentence if convicted of possessing cannabis. She was arrested at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport on February 17 after officials allegedly found vape cartridges containing “hash oil” in her possession.

        I’d personally like to see Griner released. I suspect most Americans agree with me. But the political outrage over her arrest feels quite manufactured given that hundreds of thousands of Americans get treated like Griner every year by their own governments.

      • Democracy NowUkrainian Feminist: We Need Western Solidarity in Fighting Russian Imperialism

        We speak to Oksana Dutchak, a Ukrainian feminist and co-editor of the leftist journal Spilne, who fled to Germany because of the “inability to live under the constant pressure of fear” as Russian invaded. She says Western leftists and feminists who have misgivings about Western military support for Ukraine often overlook that Ukrainians are fighting for self-determination and against imperialism. “What does it mean to stop the war? How it should be stopped? There are questions which should be in the center if you want to give a political answer to the challenges Ukrainian society is facing,” she adds.

    • Environment

    • Finance

      • Counter PunchIt’s Time to Crackdown on the Excessive Pay of CEO’s

        Big company CEOs have enjoyed soaring pay, even as their employees have been struggling to keep their families safe and their bills paid.

        Look at Target, for example. Last year, the median Target worker salary did not even keep pace with inflation, rising by less than 4 percent to just $25,501.

      • Common DreamsRecession Fears Spark Calls to Stop Hiking Interest Rates and Rein In Corporate Greed

        As new government data on Thursday stoked fears of a looming recession—and even led to some claims that the nation is already experiencing one—progressives renewed calls for the Federal Reserve to stop hiking interest rates and policymakers to take on the corporate profiteering driving inflation.

        “Reining in corporate greed is the key to bringing down costs for families and kickstarting economic growth.”

      • Common Dreams‘This Victory Is Historic’: Massachusetts Trader Joe’s Becomes First to Unionize

        Workers at a Massachusetts Trader Joe’s on Thursday voted to become the first of the supermarket chain’s more than 500 locations to unionize, a historic development that comes amid a nationwide labor organizing wave.

        “Our crew needs to be represented by an entity that is solely dedicated to our best interests.”

      • Counter PunchThe West Can’t Stop Pillaging Other Countries’ Bank Accounts

        See a pattern? Leave your nation’s money in a western bank, and it might not be yours for very long, especially if you in any way bother western politicos, like having an economic system they disapprove of, or sending them packing when they invade your country, or telling NATO where to get off when it threatens to absorb a neighboring nation and plant missiles there. In this last instance, it would have been far better had Moscow waged economic war on NATO countries, instead of an actual war on Kiev. But as it happened, Ukraine got clobbered militarily and dreadfully, and the west launched an economic blitzkrieg on Moscow, accidentally firing all its financial missiles at itself.

        The west’s larcenous behavior erodes trust in its financial system, to understate matters. Keep your savings in dollars or in western banks and you could lose them, if say, you don’t let NATO invade your country and topple your government, or balkanize your country, or even if you don’t privatize your ports, or worse, you let China invest in them. Not saying these last two have happened, but if the past is precedent, they sure could. All over the world, in recent months, countries finally got the message, and some feel vulnerable. So things have begun to change in ways that do not bode well for Washington’s global financial hegemony. It is certainly likely, for example, that Chinese leaders look at their more than one trillion dollars in U.S. debt and now think “Gee, maybe that’s not such a great idea.” Indeed, compared to May, 2021, China’s holdings in U.S. treasury securities this year fell by 9 percent.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Counter PunchBeidaihe Closed Doors: China Plots Its Future

        Beidaihe, a coastal resort some 280 km north of Beijing, does not see the country’s leading politicians taking the plunge into the blue, to escape the sultry heat, but it does see them testing the political waters for two weeks from the beginning of August.  The jostling for position and power brokers doing deals may be reminiscent of political conclaves the world over but this is in a league of its own. One showpiece event will focus their minds this year.

        In November central Beijing will cordon off its roads, and close it subway stations as the quinquennial 20th National Congress of the Communist Party takes place. President Xi Jinping wants to take this opportunity to be chosen for an unprecedented third term as party secretary and get his allies into top positions. Xi’s hope was that the political atmosphere could be summed up, ahead of the congress, as steady as she goes. That hope has vanished, evaporated like mist in the glare of an unforgiving sun.

      • Counter PunchChaff Candidates: The Race for the UK Tory Leadership

        No leader with such a destructive sense of presence could do anything but impair those who followed him. But that impairment lingers in the contenders who are seeking to replace him, and it shows.

        In a system that is admirably daft, the governing party, namely the Conservatives, have given themselves a remarkable span of time to pick Johnson’s successor. A number of candidates initially put their name forth, a chaff-wheat separation exercise that eventually led to the selection of chaff.

      • ScheerpostRalph Nader: Keep Calling Powerful Players–Even If They Won’t Answer

        I am confident in saying that members of Congress and their staff have never been more unresponsive to serious petitions (letters, calls, emails and old-fashioned petitions) on important issues than today.

      • TruthOutClarence Thomas Bows Out of Teaching at GWU After Students Demand His Dismissal
      • Telex (Hungary)The hothead of Karcag who organized the American light cavalry in the War of Independence
    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Common DreamsHouse Dems and Shireen Abu Akleh’s Family Urge US to ‘Hold Her Killers Accountable’

        Progressive U.S. lawmakers on Thursday joined relatives of Shireen Abu Akleh in demanding the Biden administration thoroughly and transparently investigate the Israeli military’s killing of the Palestinian-American journalist, with one congressman introducing a bill that would require such a probe.

        “From Day One the Israeli government has denied Shireen’s murder. There is no reason for them to be conducting an investigation.”

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Counter PunchThe Growing Danger of Anti-Abortion Extremism

        Far-fetched? Not the way things are going. When it comes to extremism, Republican politicians are racing each other to the bottom.

        Once we thought that otherwise anti-choice Republicans favored allowing girls and women who were victims of rape or incest to get abortions. But there are no such exceptions in the laws Republican legislatures have recently enacted.

      • TruthOutKansas GOP Seeks to Remove Abortion Rights From State Constitution in Primaries
      • The NationErasing the Constitution
      • The NationAs the World Burns, Organizers Are Burning Out

        Political organizing is challenging work. You’re expected to keep up with the metrics and goals of your parent organization while convincing people, one by one, to help you push political leaders to make positive change. All the while, climate change continues, justices and Republicans strip people’s reproductive rights, and the news from Washington is relentlessly bad. It’s no wonder organizers are burning out.

      • Common Dreams‘Truly Disgusting’: Alito Mocks Critics of Anti-Abortion Ruling as Pregnant People Suffer

        As horror stories abound of the impact his Dobbs ruling is having on pregnant people across the United States, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito used his keynote address Thursday at Notre Dame’s Religious Liberty Summit in Rome to mock critics of the opinion, which ended constitutional protections for abortion and endangered a plethora of other rights.

        “I had the honor this term of writing I think the only Supreme Court decision in the history of that institution that has been lambasted by a whole string of foreign leaders who felt perfectly fine commenting on American law,” Alito said in his first public address since the ruling, which was joined by the high court’s five other right-wing justices.

      • Insight HungaryOrban causes outrage for opposing ‘mixed race’ society in Hungary

        Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban is facing backlash after a speech arguing that Europeans should not become people of ‘mixed race’. Orban held his annual speech in Băile Tuşnad, Romania, where he spoke about racial purity among Europeans. This year’s event (a Summer University often referred to as ‘Tusványos’) was the first since the coronavirus pandemic started. Băile Tuşnad is where Orbán usually assesses current political events and sets the tone for future communication.

        When Orbán started his speech, leader of Romanian nationalist Calea Neamului Mihai Tîrnoveanu and another individual held up a poster that read “Ceva este etern: Transilvania, pământ românesc!” meaning “Something is eternal: Transylvania is Romanian land!” Orban supporters quickly gathered around them and hid the message with umbrellas. The two protesters were escorted out of the event.

      • The NationPhilip Guston’s Philosophy of Doubt

        At the entrance to the Philip Guston exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, one might pick up a card bearing a statement that reads: emotional preparedness for “philip guston now.” On the verso, one finds the trigger warning—“The content of this exhibition is challenging”—and the wise observation that while “it is human to shy away or ignore what makes us uncomfortable…this practice unintentionally causes harm.” Viewers are invited to “lean into the discomfort of confronting racism on an experiential level as you view art that wrestles with America’s past and present racial tensions.” But maybe you shouldn’t lean too far: “Identify your boundaries and take care of yourself.”

      • TruthOutRepublican Blocks Contraception Access Bill From Coming to Vote in Senate
      • AccessNowMeta must disclose India’s Human Rights Impact Assessment – Access Now

        Meta is deflecting accountability in India, and perpetuating human rights harms, by refusing to disclose findings from the independent Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA).

        Meta’s first-ever human rights report has a mere four pages on Facebook’s impact on India, most of which is merely descriptive rather than providing detailed substantive information. It also shifts the blame to third parties, and emphasizes that Meta does not agree with its findings. It fails to include the assessor’s analysis, conclusions, or recommendations, and Meta does not make any commitments on next steps. In private briefings, Meta has made it clear that it will not release any further information, wholly rejecting the calls by civil society to release the full report.

        HRIAs are supposed to show that a company is seriously committed to understanding and addressing its impacts on human rights. Investors also look to HRIAs to evaluate whether the companies in their portfolios are meeting their responsibility to respect human rights. Under the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Meta has a duty to “provide information that is sufficient to evaluate the adequacy of an enterprise’s response to the particular human rights impact involved” – one that it is failing to fulfill.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Heather J MeekerVictory for FireTek in the PyroTechnics Case – Copyleft Currents

          About a year ago, I wrote about a copyright case involving fireworks firing codes. This case did not get a lot of attention at the time, and it was yet another example of a plaintiff using copyright law as unexploded ordinance (if you will forgive the pun) to harass its competitors, rather than to protect works of authorship.

          Fortunately, the Third Circuit recently vacated a prior injunction in the case, for lack of likelihood of success on the merits, and remanded to the district court with an order to to dismiss the claim with prejudice.

          The court analyzed the copyright protection of both Pyrotechnics’ digital message format, and the digital messages created with it. The opinion linked above provides interesting detail on how the messages worked.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Technical

      • Science

        • HackadayInca Knots Inspire Quantum Computer

          We think of data storage as a modern problem, but even ancient civilizations kept records. While much of the world used stone tablets or other media that didn’t survive the centuries, the Incas used something called quipu which encoded numeric data in strings using knots. Now the ancient system of recording numbers has inspired a new way to encode qubits in a quantum computer.

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

Links 29/07/2022: ‘Linux’ Foundation is Greenwashing Microsoft

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  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • Its FOSS7 Docks to Customize Your Linux Desktop in 2022

        A dock has been an important part of the Linux desktop experience for decades. It provides a handy way of quickly accessing your favorite, frequently used applications.

        Unfortunately, the popular desktop environment GNOME doesn’t provide a dock.

        Fret not. You can always install a Docking application on your Linux desktop.

        And this is not just limited to GNOME. If you don’t like the dock provided by your distribution and the desktop environment, you can replace it with another one of your choices.

        Speaking of choices, let me share some of my favorite docks that will help you change the default look of your desktop Linux.

      • Make Use OfThe Top 10 Most Popular AppImage Apps for Linux

        It may not be as popular as Snap or FlatPak, but there are some great AppImage Linux apps.

        While most of you probably know of Flatpaks and Snaps, you may not have heard much about AppImage. It might even surprise you to know that it’s been around quite a bit longer than the other Linux universal package formats.

        When apps are released as Snaps or Flatpaks, there’s usually accompanying articles, videos, and social media posts, whereas when apps release as AppImage, there seems to be little to no fanfare.

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Alternatives to Apple Dictionary

        Apple Dictionary is a small utility that lets users easily get definitions of words and phrases from a variety of sources.

        While Apple Dictionary free to use, it’s proprietary software and not available for Linux. We recommend the best free and open source alternatives.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • uni TorontoWhat ZFS ‘individual’ and ‘aggregated’ IO size statistics mean

        On all of the machines that I can readily get statistics for, individual IO seems more common by count and to be responsible for more IO size than aggregated IO. However, aggregated IO is often large enough in both count and especially size to matter; it’s clear to me that you can’t just ignore aggregated IO. Asynchronous writes seem to especially benefit from aggregation. All of this is on SSD based pools, often using large files, and I don’t understand how the non-rotating aggregation limit is interacting with the 128 KB default ZFS recordsize.

      • TecMintInstallation of Manjaro 21 (GNOME Edition) Desktop

        Manjaro 21, codenamed ‘Ruah‘ is the latest release of Manjaro which is a Linux distribution based on Arch Linux. It features major improvements and enhancements including new versions of desktop environments – Xfce, GNOME, and KDE.

        In this guide, we walk you through the installation of Manjaro 21 GNOME Edition.

      • TecMintUseful Tips For VLC Player Users in Linux Desktop

        The VLC media player is arguably one of the most widely used media players. It is a multi-platform media player and framework that supports a wide range of multimedia files and streaming protocols.

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install VLC and examine some of the tips you can use to make the most out of the popular and feature-rich VLC media player on the Linux desktop.

      • TecMintEbook: Introducing Learn Linux In One Week and Go from Zero to Hero

        After the success of our RHCSA / RHCE and LFCS / LFCE certification books, we are now happy to present “Learn Linux In One Week”.

        This ebook will walk you through the beginnings of Linux and the contributions of Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman to performing secure file transfers over a network. You’ll learn how to manage users and groups, and to write shell scripts to help automate system administration tasks.

      • ID RootHow To Install Barrier on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Barrier on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, The barrier is free and open-source making it easy to share a mouse & keyboard, over a local network, between machines running Windows, Linux, and macOS. The barrier was forked from Symless’s Synergy 1.9 codebase. Synergy was a commercialized reimplementation of the original CosmoSynergy written by Chris Schoeneman.

        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 Barrier 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.

      • ByteXDHow to Use Steam Proton & ProtonDB to Play Games on Linux

        Playing games on Linux has never been easier than it is now because of Steam Play support for Linux and tools like Steam Proton.

        Previously there was no way for Linux users to play Windows games unless developers had developed a Linux native version. But, with Steam Proton, Linux users can download and play Windows games.

        Some of these games will run natively and some will need minor tweaks to run on Linux based system. Steam Proton has an associated community website that displayed data collected from users about the compatibility status of different games with Proton. Users share exactly the system configurations they used to run a game so you can find out if you are in a position to try and run a game with tweaks or not.

      • ID RootHow to Install Citra Nintendo 3DS Emulator on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Citra Nintendo 3DS Emulator on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Citra is an experimental open-source Nintendo 3DS emulator/debugger written in C++. This emulator has been developed keeping in mind that it has portability since it has actively maintained compilations for 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 Citra Nintendo 3DS Emulator 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.

      • CitizixHow to create a Digitalocean Managed Database cluster using terraform

        Terraform is an open-source, infrastructure as code, software tool created by HashiCorp. Users define and provide data center infrastructure using a declarative configuration language known as HashiCorp Configuration Language, or optionally JSON.

        Terraform codifies cloud APIs into declarative configuration files. It allows you to compose infrastructure as code in a Terraform file using HCL to provision resources from any infrastructure provider.

      • Linux.orgVirtualBox Explored (Part 1) | Linux.org

        Many people that use VirtualBox, at some point come across a problem they have not encountered before.

        In this article, I want to cover as many issues that may arise and how to fix them. This may be hum drum to some, but I’m sure there may be some tidbits in here that can be useful. The first part of the article is more basic than the second part.

      • VideoHow to install LeoCAD on Pop!_OS 22.04 – Invidious

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

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Godot Game Engine on a Chromebook in 2022

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

      • Trend OceansHow to install and start an SSH server in Fedora 36 – TREND OCEANS

        Once you have installed the Fedora system on your VirtualBox or hardware, there may be a possibility you will access your system remotely through the SSH service, and when you try to access it, you may find the error “ssh: connect to host port 22: No route to host.”

        And when you try to check the status of the SSH service in your Fedora, you may get another error: “Unit ssh.service could not be found.”

        If you are also facing a similar kind of issue or you want to install an OpenSSH server on Fedora, then this article can be helpful to fix the above issue.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Swap Contents of Two Files in Linux

        The handy tools and commands provided by the Linux operating system make it possible to achieve/accomplish numerous file manipulation objectives. Under Linux file management, you might need to swap two files for one reason or another.

        When we talk of swapping two files on a Linux operating system environment, it does not exactly translate to swapping/exchanging the location of these two files but their actual content.

        To better understand the objective of this tutorial, consider the existence of the following files under a Linux operating system environment.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Edit Binary Files on Linux Command Line

        If a file stores data in contiguous bytes format, a program trying to read this file will need to be instructed on how to read it since such files do not directly define a compatible method for reading their associated content.

        This type of file is called a binary file. Opening such a file on a normal text editor program will only display unreadable characters. It is because binary data store data as bytes and not as textual characters.

        The headers of a binary file are accompanied by an instruction set that reveals how its stored data should be read. Since binary files can store any data type, we can broadly classify all file types as either binary or text.

      • FOSSLinuxHow to install LXDE GUI in Debian 11 Bullseye | FOSS Linux

        The LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) is a program that aims to create a lightweight and fast desktop environment. This software is a meta-package that relies on the LXDE’s core and recommended components such as lxde-core, lxappearance, lxinput, lxsession-edit, gpicview, mousepad, lxterminal, galculator, lxrandr, and xarchiver. LXDE is optimized for devices with limited resources, including older resource-constrained PCs, newer netbooks, and other compact computers.

        This tutorial guide will illustrate how to install LXDE on an existing Debian 11 Bullseye installation. Therefore, to learn more, keep reading this article guide.

      • FOSSLinuxHow to install Thunar file manager on Debian | FOSS Linux

        Thunar is an X11 file manager based on the GTK+ 2 widget toolkit. Since version 4.4, it has been the primary file manager in Xfce. Thunar is a contemporary, lightweight file manager that ships with the Xfce desktop environment as the default file manager. It was created to be quicker and more responsive than existing file managers for Linux computers. Thunar is a simple and easy-to-use user interface that may be expanded with plugins.

        This tutorial guide will demonstrate how to download, install, set up, and use the Thunar file manager on Debian 11 Bullseye. Below are the essential features of Thunar that you ought to know.

        On Debian 11, there are three ways to install the Thunar file manager. Apt-get, apt, and aptitude. Each method will be described in detail in the sections that follow. You may select one of them that suits you more.

      • UNIX CopHow to kill all Python processes on Linux

        This tutorial guide will demonstrate how to download, install, set up, and use the Thunar file manager on Debian 11 Bullseye.

      • UbuntubuzzFixing Telegram Opens PDFs with Wrong Applications

        When you receive PDF files in Telegram Desktop, you might be disappointed when it opens in the wrong application not in your PDF reader. For example, in Kubuntu, it wrongly opens PDF with LibreOffice Draw, while it should be Okular. In other cases, it may instead opens PDF with web browser. We will show you how to fix this issue quickly.

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxGE-Proton 7-27 has the Halo Infinite campaign and videos working on Steam Deck & Linux

        Recently I showed off Halo Infinite running quite nicely online on the Steam Deck and now GE-Proton 7-27 that just went up makes the process even smoother and the campaign and videos now work too. This is another great step forwards.

      • GamingOnLinuxWine manager app Bottles makes rolling back configs real easy

        Bottles is the free and open source app that allows you to easily manage Wine, the Windows compatibility layer on Steam Deck and Linux. Another new version is live, with a whole new versioning system to help you roll back changes.

      • Boiling SteamStarship Troopers: Terran Command. Finally a Great Video Game After the Movie! – Boiling Steam

        Starship Troopers is back! While I’m probably more of a fan of Robocop when it comes from the same director, Paul Verhoeven, I have to admit that Starship Troopers was brilliantly made back when it was released. Fighting aliens on other planets is one thing (Avatar anyone?), but when the enemy is a truly insect-like alien, things get scary really fast as swarms of them attack your human forts and dismember everyone in sight. In a sense, this is the ultimate merciless enemy: insects have no remorse, no feelings, and no individuality. Starship Troopers demonstrates that humans would fare very poorly against such adversaries even with superior firepower and technology.

      • Nikita ProkopovGMTK Game Jam 2022: Dice Out

        Using a game engine helps a lot. It solves a lot of problems that you don’t want to deal with in 48 hours or, probably, never.

        I chose Godot and liked it a lot: Python-like language seems like a better fit for casual scripting than C#, and apparently it has much better HTML export than Unity.

      • GamingOnLinuxVoodoo Detective is a Monkey Island inspired point-and-click adventure

        One we apparently missed that arrived with Native Linux support back in May, Voodoo Detective is a Monkey Island inspired point-and-click adventure from Short Sleeve Studio. It has a Very Positive user rating on Steam, so seems like it’s worth a highlight if you’re after something new.

      • GamingOnLinuxDetective adventure Lord Winklebottom Investigates is out now

        Cave Monsters has released their detective adventure game Lord Winklebottom Investigates with Native Linux support. Inspired by Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes, you will find a classic British murder mystery set in the 1920s. Setting itself apart, it features a quirky animal cast with the protagonist being a giraffe detective.

      • GamingOnLinuxProton Experimental brings support for Unravel Two, fixes up Civilization IV

        Valve has released the latest update to Proton Experimental, the special version of Proton you can use that has the latest updates bringing more game compatibility to Linux and Steam Deck.

      • GamingOnLinuxYou can now play DOOM as the Cat from Stray

        Yes this is a real thing, DOOM modders will quite literally do anything and I’m here loving it. You can now play DOOM as the cat from Stray.

      • GamingOnLinuxJust King blends Vampire Survivors action with Slay the Spire progression

        Just King is going to be my next game to be fixated on. It’s ridiculously cheap and offers up gameplay where you keep wanting to come back for more. Note: personal purchase.

      • GamingOnLinuxitch.io has another Creator Day live with 100% going to developers

        The game store itch.io is running another Creator Day, this is where they don’t take any cut from developers. Developers will then get all of the proceeds from each sale (minus any required fees and taxes).

      • GamingOnLinuxOUTRIDERS officially gets a Playable Steam Deck rating

        Looking for your next RPG-shooter hybrid with online co-op? OUTRIDERS from People Can Fly recently released the WORLDSLAYER expansion and it’s now actually Playable on the Steam Deck (and Linux desktop too). Previously it had problems with Easy Anti-Cheat but that is no longer an issue.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • DaemonFC (Ryan Farmer)Fedora removes Creative Commons CC0-licensed software; leaves Fraunhofer AAC. Bonus: Use Opus instead of AAC. – BaronHK’s Rants

        Fraunhofer is a member of the MPEG-LA patent troll, and other patent trolls. It is a patent troll.

        They are giving you software and threatening to see you in court if you use it without paying a ransom to someone. This is blackmail.

        You may remember Fraunhofer from the late 90s and early 2000s threat letters sent out around the time that Napster made MP3 popular, which said that they intended to collect royalties from or sue people for using MP3 or offering people encoders (such as LAME) or decoders which could play the files back.

        They specifically demanded “$25,000 per year” in one case, from one open source MP3 encoder project called 8hz MP3, knowing it would ruin them, and that they would decide to shut down the project instead.

        (Although the article plays up MP3 “Pro” and Microsoft WMA, nobody took them seriously. The only serious usage WMA ever got was some music “stores” that failed and destroyed your entire library with the Digital Restrictions Malware when they did. Walmart even had one!)

        This resulted in a number of responses.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • HowTo GeekWhat’s New in Linux Mint 21 “Vanessa”

        Linux Mint 21, codenamed “Vanessa,” is a major update coming to Mint users in summer 2022. The first beta release was on July 14, 2022. Here’s a rundown of what’s new in this version—the changes, improvements, and new features.

        Vanessa is the first release of the Linux Mint 21 “V” series, having a long-term support plan lasting till 2027. As you’ll see, the coming improvements and new updates make the latest Linux Mint more efficient and advanced than its predecessors.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwareSolidRun introduces SolidWAN software-defined edge network hardware with NXP LX 16-core Cortex-A72 SoCs

        SolidRun has launched two SolidWAN Linux-based system-level solutions for software-defined wide area networks and network security applications with the SolidWAN Single LX2162 based on NXP LX2162 16-core Cortex-A72 SoC designed for small offices (SoHo) and SMBs, and the SolidWAN Dual LX2160 equipped with two NXP LX2160A 16-core Cortex-A72 networking processors targetting enterprise and edge data center applications.

        The compact SolidWAN LX2162A features SolidRun LX2-Lite system-on-module with the NXP CPU, memory, and storage, and targets applications such as Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) or WAN Edge Gateways in small offices or home offices. Alternatively, SolidRun also offers the earlier quad-core Clearfog CN9130 Base and Clearfog CN9130 Pro fanless solutions with 1GbE/2.5GbE/10GbE software-defined dedicated Ethernet ports that are now part of the SolidWAN offerings. More details about LX2162A can be found on SolidRun’s documentation website, but somehow there’s no info about the software yet.

      • Stacy on IoTForget sleep and wake; it’s time to embrace ambient mode

        Forget binary sleep and wake. When we ask a fitness tracker to measure heart rate or a battery-powered earbud to have an always-on listen mode without requiring a fresh charge every hour, we’re taking advantage of ambient mode. As we are when we leverage the face detection sensors on our phones that wait until our face is detected before “waking up” a primary processor for the heavy lifting of facial recognition. Its use cases like these that are driving the rise of “ambient mode” in processors.

      • Linux GizmosSeeedStudio launches carrier boards for Jetson Nano/Xavier NX/TX2 NX

        SeeedStudio has unveiled the reComputer J101 and J202 which are compatible with the 260-pin SODIMM modules from NVIDIA. The company specified the J101 and the J202 feature a similar functional design and the same size as the NVIDIA development kits.

        According to the product page, the design of reComputer J101 it’s based on the NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit while the reComputer J202 mirrors the design of the NVIDIA Jetson Xavier Developer Kit. 

      • UbuntuThe State of IoT – June & July 2022

        Welcome to the June & July combined edition of the monthly State of IoT series.

        Let’s dive straight into the most prominent news across the IoT landscape from the last two months.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Raspberry PiPico PlayStation MemCard

        The goal of this project was to provide a solid alternative at a very low price, says Daniele. “Raspberry Pi Pico understands the protocol used to communicate with memory cards and convinces the PlayStation into believing an original memory card is plugged in. Development boards, such as these ones, were particularly interesting because they were quite powerful yet very cheap, and allowed me to set up my personal server to test all sorts of applications.”

      • Björn WärmedalPICO-8 and TIC-80

        Now TIC-80 is open source. Well, at least the basic version. There’s a PRO version too, though I don’t know that I’d ever need it. The main problem is documentation and, from an ideological standpoint, opacity regarding guardianship. I’ve looked around the website and have been left with questions.

      • peppe8oMQTT and Raspberry PI Pico W: Start with Mosquitto (MicroPython)

        Raspberry PI Pico W brings connectivity to your projects. Mosquitto is one of the most reliable, simple and fast communications for IoT projects. For this reason, MQTT and Raspberry PI Pico W will surely give you great flexibility for your Smart Things projects

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers

      • Mozilla

        • 9to5LinuxFirefox 104 Enters Beta Testing with Two-Finger Swipe Back/Forward Gesture on Linux

          Firefox 104 doesn’t look like a big release, but it may be an important release for Linux laptop users as it enables a long-anticipated feature, namely a two-finger horizontal swipe gesture to navigate forward and backward using a touchpad, which now works out-of-the-box without holding down the Alt key.

          The two-finger swipe back/forward gesture was available in the Firefox web browser since version 4.0, which was released back in 2011 as the first 64-bit build for Linux, but you needed to hold down the Alt key to use it.

        • Firefox Nightly: These Weeks In Firefox: Issue 121
    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

      • Vincent BernatVincent Bernat: ClickHouse SF Bay Area Meetup: Akvorado

        Here are the slides I presented for a ClickHouse SF Bay Area Meetup in July 2022, hosted by Altinity. They are about Akvorado, a network flow collector and visualizer, and notably on how it relies on ClickHouse, a column-oriented database.

    • Programming/Development

      • Matt RickardLisp and Spreadsheets

        What if you could use a Lisp inside a spreadsheet? Or another functional language? Or maybe even a general purpose language?

      • Seth Michael LarsonHelp us test system trust stores in Python

        If you’re an IT or software team that uses Python along with corporate system certificates, an internal CA, or internal PyPI repository: please read on to help improve Python. If you know one or more teams that fits this description: forward them this article! We need lots of people to try the new pip feature to test our implementation of system trust stores in Python.

      • RlangPosit – Why Rstudio is changing its name

        For the past few years, Posit (formerly RStudio) has been shifting from R-exclusive tooling to a language agnostic ecosystem. Much to our enjoyment, we’ve seen the RStudio IDE grow to be more Python-friendly and the Posit data science ecosystem become “A Single Home for R & Python.”

      • RlangRStudio is becoming Posit

        So while you will see our name change in a bunch of places (including our main corporate website), we are still continuing on the same path. That path has widened as we have succeeded in the original mission, and we are excited at the chance to bring what we all love so much about the R community to everyone.

      • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

        • OpenSource.comFix bugs in Bash scripts by printing a stack trace

          No one wants to write bad code, but inevitably bugs will be created. Most modern languages like Java, JavaScript, Python, etc., automatically print a stack trace when they encounter an unhandled exception, but not shell scripts. It would make it much easier to find and fix bugs in shell scripts if you could print a stack trace, and, with a little work, you can.

          Shell scripts can span multiple files, and well-written code is further broken down into functions. Tracing issues when something goes wrong in a shell script can be difficult when these scripts get large enough. A stack trace that walks the code backward from the error to the beginning can show you where your code failed and give you a better understanding of why so you can fix it properly.

          To implement the stack trace, I use the trap in the following manner at the beginning of my script:

          This example accomplishes a few things, but I’ll address the second one, trap ‘ERRO_LINENO=$LINENO’ ERR, first. This line ensures the script traps all commands that exit with a non-zero exit code (i.e., an error), and saves the line number of the command in the file where the error was signaled. This is not captured on exit.

      • Rust

        • OpenSource.comLearn Rust by debugging Rust

          In my previous article about rustup, I showed you how to install the Rust toolchain. Well, what good is the toolchain if you won’t be using it to get more hands-on with Rust? Learning any language involves reading existing code and writing a lot of sample programs. That’s a good way to become proficient in a language. However, there’s a third way: debugging code.

          Learning through debugging involves trying to compile a pre-written (buggy) sample program, understanding the errors generated by the compiler, fixing the sample code, and then re-compiling it. Repeat that process until the code successfully compiles and runs.

          Rustlings is an open source project by the Rust team that helps you learn Rust through the process of debugging. It also provides you with a lot of hints along the way. If you’re a beginner to Rust and have either started or completed reading the Rust book, then rustlings is the ideal next step. Rustlings helps you apply what you’ve learned from the book, and move to working on bigger projects.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Jim NielsenHTML Emails: A Rant

        I’ve wanted to share these thoughts for a while, but stitching them into a coherent piece of writing seemed too much to overcome. However, with some prodding I decided to go ahead and hit “publish”.

        I’ve been in the world of HTML emails lately so the wounds are still fresh — maybe too fresh. Perhaps these are more feelings than thoughts. But I don’t care, it’s how I feel.

        Maybe you do too.

  • Leftovers

    • ButtondownInformation camouflage

      I do a lot of research for my job and over time built a vocabulary for researching concepts. This one comes up a lot so I figured I’d get it written down.

      Information camouflage is when piece of information A has a name similar to another, very different, much more popular piece B. This makes searching for A difficult because you always get results for B instead.

    • Counter PunchTrain I Ride, Five Coaches Long

      The change in the landscape is subtle as one travels from Burlington to the New York suburbs. The woods and fields of Vermont are occasionally interrupted by small and smaller towns along the track, Indeed, it isn’t until one is south of Greenfield, Massachusetts that industrial structures and houses began to dominate the scenery. Even then, there are still enough woods on both sides of the train a passenger can ignore the impending aesthetic dissonance that describes the dystopian reality of the eastern seaboard. A similar phenomenon can be seen in the passengers boarding at each stop. The styles become more urban. Fades in the haircuts, a brutal razor’s edge taken to the skull in an attempt to reflect or blend in to an urban architecture defined by angles or just an attempt to blend in with a fad I’m unaware of, I’m not certain. Conversations become louder and one cannot help but hear personal issues they might rather not. It’s almost like riding a city bus where neighbors play out their disputes and their affairs, teenagers their loves and nonsense, and people complain about the weather no matter what it is. By the time the train is in the tunnel that leads into Manhattan’s Penn Station, the ride is more like a ride on the D Train heading north from West 4th than an interstate train collecting and dispersing its human cargo up and down the coast.

      Certain towns along the way take one back to how it used to be. Bellows Falls, VT is one such place. The waters of the Connecticut River slowed by the walls that fence it in through the town, one can almost hear the water wheels turning crushing grain or powering looms. The industrial revolution that moved New Englanders off the farms and out of the shacks to fill the pockets of the bankers down river with more money then the workers would ever see in a dozen lifetimes of wage slavery. It turned the towns upside down, fed the tavern owners, freed the children from the structures of home and church and replaced them with the oppression of capitalism and its measly rewards the bosses call a payday—a ritual they begrudgingly go along with despite the greed capitalism encourages.

    • Hardware

      • IT WireiTWire – Global smartphone sales take a hit for fourth quarter running

        Global smartphone sales fell to 287 million units in the second quarter of 2022, a drop of 9% year-on-year and the lowest figure since the second quarter of 2020 when the pandemic first hit, the technology analyst firm Canalys says.

        Another company, IDC, said the figure was 286 million units and represented a drop of 8.7%, about 3.5% lower than forecast.

        Canalys said Samsung (61.8 million units, 21% share) led the market followed by Apple (49.5 million units, 17% share) and Xiaomi (39.6 million units). Oppo and vivo made up the top five, with 27.3 million units and 25.4 million units respectively.

        “What started out as a supply-constrained industry earlier this year has turned into a demand-constrained market,” said Nabila Popal, research director with IDC’s Worldwide Tracker team.

        {loadposition sam08}”While supply improved as capacity and production was ramped up, roaring inflation and economic uncertainty has seriously dampened consumer spending and increased inventory across all regions.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Corporate Oligarchs Have Put Humanity on a Path Toward Self-Annihilation

        The world today is on the verge of a major food emergency, provoked in part by Russia’s attack on Ukraine but more broadly by the damage heat from global warming is doing to crops worldwide. This is both a crisis and an opportunity.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | On Their 57th Anniversary, Medicare and Medicaid Remain Under Threat

        You may wonder why former President Harry Truman is sitting close by while President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Medicare and Medicaid into law in the iconic 1965 photograph. Or why Harry Truman received the first-ever Medicare card. The reason is that Truman first proposed a Medicare-like system in 1945—but it took two decades, another Democratic president, and a Democratic supermajority in Congress to overcome opposition from political conservatives and the health industry. As we celebrate 57 years of Medicare and Medicaid successes on July 30th, it is vexing that these two vital programs continue to be in the cross-hairs of GOP opponents. 

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Four Ways to Improve Anxiety and Despair Amid Never-Ending Bad News

        The bad news keeps coming, seemingly at an ever-increasing rate: The war in Ukraine; frequent mass shootings; global heating with its concomitant fires and droughts; high rates of overdose deaths and suicide; the overturning of Roe v. Wade and all it portends for women’s autonomy and rights; inflation; the persistence of COVID variants; and growing extinction rates (even the Monarch Butterfly has been listed as an endangered species), to name a few.

      • TechdirtColorado Appeals Court Again Reminds Cops That Marijuana Legalization Means Their Drug Dogs Are Mostly Useless

        Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use in 2012. That’s an entire decade ago. Who knew the learning curve for cops would be so extreme?

    • Proprietary

      • CBCShopify laying off 10% of staff as explosive pandemic growth fizzles

        According to regulatory filings, the company had about 10,000 employees at the end of 2021, twice the amount they had before the pandemic. The cuts amount to 10 per cent of the company’s workforce.

      • EarthlyS3 Terraform Backend

        In the previous article I ported all my AWS infrastructure to Terraform. But in doing so, I was left tracking all my Terraform state in a terraform.tfstate file. This has a number of problems.

      • Jeff GeerlingStarlink’s current problem is capacity

        This blog post is a lightly edited transcript from my most recent YouTube video, in which I explain some of Starlink’s growing pains: slower speeds due to oversubscription, design challenges with their v2 hardware, and a major bet on much larger v2 sats and a rocket (Starship) that has yet to complete an orbital flight.

      • Matt RickardDon’t Be Scared of Cloud Lock-in

        Technology companies were right to care so much about vendor lock-in in the last two decades. In the past, developers were burned by IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle services, often with few alternatives and price gouging. But to align your strategy so vehemently against the same type of lock-in in the cloud era would be wrong.

        Vendor lock-in still exists (switching costs will always be one core driver of competitive advantage), but the calculation is much different. Lock-in is a trade-off between portability/optionality and velocity.

    • Linux Foundation

      • Linux Foundation’s Site/BlogWhat is the OpenGEH (Green Energy Hub) Project [Ed: More greenwashing PR to dilute/harm the brand “Linux”; Linux Foundation is not misusing the brand “Linux” to spread lies for Microsoft and it’s like ClearlyDefined in OSI; LF became a GPL violators’ force of occupation against Linux and against the GPL. If the LF’s mission isn’t to kill Linux, it’s to kill the original owners/ownership of Linux, handing over control of the project to its enemies.]

        OpenGEH ( GEH stands for Green Energy Hub ) enables fast, flexible settlement and hourly measurements of production and consumption of electricity. OpenGEH seeks to help utilities to onboard increased levels of renewables by reducing the administrative barriers of market-based coordination. By utilizing a modern DataHub, built on a modular and microservices architecture, OpenGEH is able to store billions of data points covering the entire workflow triggered by the production and consumption of electricity.


        Initially built in partnership with Microsoft, Energinet

    • Security

      • Matthew GarrettMatthew Garrett: UEFI rootkits and UEFI secure boot [Ed: Microsoft apologists at it again. The person who caused the problems now pretends to be the rescuer offering redemption.]

        Kaspersky describes a UEFI-implant used to attack Windows systems. Based on it appearing to require patching of the system firmware image, they hypothesise that it’s propagated by manually dumping the contents of the system flash, modifying it, and then reflashing it back to the board. This probably requires physical access to the board, so it’s not especially terrifying – if you’re in a situation where someone’s sufficiently enthusiastic about targeting you that they’re reflashing your computer by hand, it’s likely that you’re going to have a bad time regardless.

      • Linux Shell TipsThe History of Kali Linux [Penetration Testing] Distribution

        In cybersecurity and digital forensics, penetration testing plays a crucial role in identifying and mitigating exploitable vulnerabilities in a system. A number of tools have been developed to help pentesters efficiently conduct penetrations tests, one of which is Kali Linux.

      • GhacksLibreOffice security update fixes macro execution bypass and potential password leaking – gHacks Tech News

        The developers of LibreOffice have released updates for the open source Office suite to patch three security issues.

      • Integrity/Availability/Authenticity

        • David RosenthalThe Internet Archive’s “Long Tail” Program

          In 2018 I helped the Internet Archive get a two-year Mellon Foundation grant aimed at preserving the “long tail” of academic literature from small publishers, which is often at great risk of loss. In 2020 I wrote The Scholarly Record At The Internet Archive explaining the basic idea: [...]

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Free Press JournalLaw can be stretched to stonewall questions on Pegasus

          The law of contempt, like the criminal law, can be stretched to save those who chastise judges for flaying Nupur Sharma in their court rooms while ignoring the unjustified comments in the judgment which resulted in the arrest of activists like Teesta Setalvad.

          Predictably, this is why the attorney general of India KK Venugopal refused to sanction the prosecution of those dignitaries for criticising Justice Surya Kant for his so-called intemperate remarks against Nupur Sharma, which is a gross violation of the fundamental rights in Part III of the Constitution.

        • Krebs On SecurityBreach Exposes Users of Microleaves Proxy Service

          Microleaves, a ten-year-old proxy service that lets customers route their web traffic through millions of Microsoft Windows computers, recently fixed a vulnerability in their website that exposed their entire user database. Microleaves claims its proxy software is installed with user consent, but data exposed in the breach shows the service has a lengthy history of being supplied with new proxies by affiliates incentivized to distribute the software any which way they can — such as by secretly bundling it with other titles.

        • EFFFederal Preemption of State Privacy Law Hurts Everyone

          The debate around the ADPPA’s preemption provisions has centered largely on whether or not it’s stronger than current state privacy laws, therefore lowering the bar for the country right now. But that’s only part of the issue: we must also look to the future. So the ADPPA’s current preemption language is bad for everyone in the country—not only those who happen to live in one of the states that have passed data privacy statutes.

          At least five states have enacted comprehensive consumer data privacy statutes in the past few years: Connecticut, Utah, Colorado, Virginia, and California. Like ADPPA, these laws govern how companies can collect, use, store, or share data, and they allow people to access, delete, or stop sale of their data. EFF wanted more from these laws, but they nonetheless demonstrate the ongoing commitment of state legislators to protect their residents’ data privacy. Some provisions of these state laws are stronger than parallel features of ADPPA. But the ADPPA would preempt them all.

          Of course, current state and local protection of data privacy extends far beyond these recent comprehensive statutes. For example, ADPPA would roll back rights to data privacy that states have enshrined in their state constitutions. Based on the text of the current bill, ADPPA also endangers state privacy rules that address just some types of businesses, such as broadband providers or data brokers.

        • WiredHow Tor is fighting—and beating—Russian censorship

          For years, the anonymity service Tor has been the best way to stay private online and dodge web censorship. Much to the ire of governments and law enforcement agencies, Tor encrypts your web traffic and sends it through a chain of computers, making it very hard for people to track you online. Authoritarian governments see it as a particular threat to their longevity, and in recent months, Russia has stepped up its long-term ambition to block Tor—although not without a fight.

          In December 2021, Russia’s media regulator, Roskomnadzor, enacted a 4-year-old court order that allows it to order internet service providers (ISPs) to block the Tor Project website, where the Tor Browser can be downloaded, and restrict access to its services. Since then, censors have been locked in a battle with Tor’s technical team and users in Russia, who are pushing to keep the Tor network online and allow people to access the uncensored web, which is otherwise heavily restricted in the country.

          Russia’s efforts to block Tor come in two flavors: the technical and the political. So far, Tor has had some success on both fronts. It has found ways to avoid Russian blocking efforts, and this month, it was removed from Russia’s list of blocked websites following a legal challenge. (Although this doesn’t mean blocking efforts will instantly end.)

    • Defence/Aggression

      • JNSThe Israeli journalist who visited Mecca should be worried

        The legal prohibition on non-Muslims visiting Mecca is based on a Koranic injunction (Surah 9, verse 28). Since Muslims believe that the Koran is the word of God, no human authority, whether religious or political, can change this ruling. Non-Muslims who enter Mecca are therefore defiling Islam’s most important holy place, as Tamary did.

        To complicate matters, Islam has no pope-like central figure. So, even if the Saudis decided to table the issue for the time being, others—such as a “lone wolf” terrorist—perhaps opposed to the Saudi regime, could take up the charge to defend the honor of Islam. Indeed, throughout the history of Islam, individual Muslims and sects have interpreted the Koran as they chose, resulting in insurrections and assassinations that have often threatened Muslim regimes. This means that extremists might try to take revenge against Tamary personally.

      • MeduzaRumor has it Did Zelensky strip Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky of his citizenship? — Meduza

        Last week, Ukrainian lawmaker Serhiy Vlasenko published what appeared to be a scan of a presidential decree depriving ten people of citizenship. The fact that billionaire oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky was included on the list caused a sensation. The Ukrainian authorities have yet to provide clear confirmation as to whether the document is real. Regardless, journalist Konstantin Skorkin, a contributor for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, believes that the document speaks to a behind-the-scenes struggle in the highest echelons of power in Kyiv. Indeed, when he was elected in 2019, Zelensky’s critics dubbed him “Kolomoisky’s puppet.” But in the years since, he has been working consistently to rid Ukrainian politics of oligarchic influence — all while strengthening his personal power. 

      • Meduza‘He walks the walk’ How United Russia General Secretary Andrey Turchak turned the ‘party of power’ into the party of war — Meduza

        After Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, it didn’t take United Russia General Secretary Andrey Turchak long to realize that Vladimir Putin’s obsession with the Donbas region was here to stay. In a bid to secure his own political future as well as that of the party — whose approval ratings are in decline — Turchak decided to go all-in on consolidating United Russia’s influence in Ukraine’s occupied territories.

      • Pro PublicaTurkish TB2 Drones: Federal Lawmakers Demand Investigation

        As countries around the globe add armed drones to their arsenals, federal lawmakers are pressing the Biden administration to investigate how U.S. parts and technology ended up in what has fast become one of the most popular models on the world market: Turkey’s TB2.

        Manufactured by the Turkish firm Baykar Technology, the TB2 can hover high above a battlefield and strike targets with laser-guided missiles. Baykar has maintained that the TB2s are domestically produced, with nearly all of the parts coming from within Turkey. But, as ProPublica reported this month, wreckage from downed drones in multiple conflicts has shown otherwise. A range of components were made by manufacturers in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

      • Democracy NowUkraine Invasion: Russian Opposition to War Has Been Smashed, with Many Dissidents Fleeing Abroad

        We look at how the Russian war in Ukraine is impacting the Russian people, with many Russian dissidents who oppose the invasion choosing to flee abroad after facing violent crackdowns at home. Ilya Budraitskis is a Russian historian and political writer who left his home in Moscow after the war in Ukraine began, and recently launched the media outlet Posle. Meanwhile, Putin’s Russia looks like an extremely “conformist” society, where “some 200 kilometers from your home you have a full-scale war with the army of your country that started this war, and you pretend not to follow the news, not to disturb your normal way of life with this terrifying information,” says Budraitskis.

      • Counter PunchDonald Trump is in Trouble
      • The NationCalls for a Diplomatic Settlement in Ukraine Are Misplaced

        The war in Ukraine has lasted for more than five months. As the bloodletting and destruction continue, the West faces rising inflation, and many economists warn that recessions may be coming. With winter coming, Europe is panicking about gas supplies. And on the military front, there are fears that the war could spread or escalate, spiraling into a clash between the world’s two nuclear superpowers.

      • Counter PunchLetter From Crimea: the Bridge

        The overnight train from Novocherkassk to Crimea left just before 6 p.m. I had an early dinner at my guest house and set off on the bicycle for the station, which, while in no way busy, was still in a state of confusion. The electronic departure board was not working, and the dispatcher announcing the trains kept changing the platform for my train, as if calling a Square Dance.

        Twice I had to drag my bike and bags up the staircases and over the tracks until I finally came back to the original platform. When the long string of Pullmans (well, the Russian equivalent) pulled into the station, I was at the wrong end of the platform, which meant another sprint while pushing the bicycle to get to my sleeping car.

      • Counter PunchGun Violence: an International Educator’s Moral Quandary

        He posted: “It is days like today in the USA when I have an internal ethical struggle with my job … the job I’ve had for 20+ years … the job I love and find so rewarding … the job that has shown me the world and taught me so much about life – outreaching to and recruiting international students to come to this country for a powerful educational experience and a valuable higher education degree.

        “I feel guilty sometimes, working with students and families in their pursuit to come to America to experience our culture. Why would anyone want to come here right now? We have some major issues to work out as a society and as a country that the entire world is watching closely.”

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • The DissenterWhistleblower Testimony Shows BOP Director Ignored Rampant Abuse And Corruption At Atlanta Prison

        Two whistleblowers who worked at United States Penitentiary Atlanta testified at a US Senate hearing and described rampant abuse and corruption that has plagued the medium-security prison in Georgia for several years.The hearing on July 26 was part of an investigation by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations into USP Atlanta, which is a facility for pretrial detainees. So far, the investigation has focused on civil rights violations, prison staff misconduct, the flow of contraband and narcotics, and the high rate of suicides. According to Georgia Senator Jon Ossoff, who is the chair of the subcommitee, “The investigation has revealed that gross misconduct persisted at this facility for at least nine years, and that much of the damning information revealing misconduct, abuse, and corruption was known to BOP and accessible to BOP leadership during that period.”The subcommittee invited outgoing BOP Director Michael Carvajal to testify, but the Justice Department initially declined to make Carvajal available. Only after the subcommittee issued a subpoena, which was later withdrawn, did the BOP director agree to appear before senators.

        Terri Whitehead worked for BOP for 30 years before she was forced into retirement in December 2021. She was a staff member at USP Atlanta from August 2020 until she retired.There are around 600 beds in the Detention Center Unit. When Whitehead arrived at USP Atlanta, she noticed the unit had “mold on the ceilings and walls, an infestation of roaches and rats, cats roaming the hallways, holes in the ceiling (ceiling tiles and drywall missing), graffiti on the walls, elevators not working, three inmates sleeping in two-man cells, inadequate food portions, not enough laundry (jump suits, towels, rags, underwear, socks), standing water on the floor, and no assigned COVID-19 isolation or quarantine areas.”In early 2021, Whitehead became the USP Atlanta’s acting associate warden. “I was appalled to learn of USP Atlanta’s repeated bureaucratic failures to deal with infestations of rodents in food preparation areas,” Whitehead recalled [PDF]. “I was contacted, via email, by the Southeast Regional Office food service administrator, who indicated someone had reported cats and rats inside of inmate food preparation areas.”“I then met with the food service staff management who told me rat infestation had been a recurring problem and food service staff intentionally left doors open so that cats could catch the rats. Rats were getting into inmate food.”Whitehead added, “I was told USP Atlanta had no professional pest control program because two management officials did not agree which department budget would pay for the pest control service.” She does not know if officials at the prison ever took care of the rodents—or the cats.A major incident occurred in July 2021 when “over 700 cell phones and numerous hard contraband items and illegal drugs were found inside USP-Atlanta.” Detainees were moved to other prisons, and according to Whitehead, “approximately 40 management officials” were transferred as well. Yet none of the 432 staff members were apparently punished.  Whitehead wrote discipline memos urging investigations into misconduct by other institutions, but they went nowhere. She was “rewarded” for her efforts to enforce policies and procedures with a dismissal. The BOP tried to relocate her to Texas so she retired earlier than she had planned.

    • Environment

      • Common DreamsFrom ‘Poison Pills’ to ‘Transformative’ Funding, Climate Groups Grapple With Manchin Deal

        More than 700 pages of legislative text negotiated principally by Sen. Joe Manchin—one of the fossil fuel industry’s closest allies in Congress—are bound to contain provisions that are appalling to climate advocates and communities on the frontlines of the planetary emergency.

        That is certainly the case with the newly revealed Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which green groups characterized as a mixture of potentially “transformative investments” in renewable energy and alarming giveaways to the fossil fuel industry, the primary driver of the climate crisis. The combination has left climate groups grappling with whether the good outweighs the bad—a question with massive implications for the planet.

      • Common DreamsAfter Manchin Deal, Advocates Say ‘We Still Need Biden to Declare a Climate Emergency’

        Climate advocates made clear Thursday that they have no intention of dropping their calls for U.S. President Joe Biden to declare a climate emergency after Democratic leaders cut a legislative deal with Sen. Joe Manchin that includes tens of billions of dollars in green energy investments.

        “The climate doesn’t give out prizes for getting 70% of the way there,” said Fossil Free Media director Jamie Henn, referring to estimates that Senate Democrats’ newly proposed bill, if passed, would bring the U.S. significantly closer to meeting Biden’s goal of cutting the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions in half by the end of the decade.

      • Energy

        • David RosenthalRegulating “Digital Assets”

          I’m a retired software engineer so I focus here on the technological risks. I have no positions in cryptocurrencies or related companies. Nearly a quarter-century ago I started work at Stanford on a decentralized peer-to-peer consensus system using Proof-of-Work. It won a Best Paper award five years before Satoshi Namakoto published the Bitcoin protocol.

          This discussion is badly framed; the term “digital asset” is counter-productive. My checking accounts are digital assets. What you want to talk about are “cryptocurrencies” or “digital ledger technologies” or “blockchains”, but these terms cover two completely different technologies: [...]

        • DeSmogMurky World of Carbon Offsets Faces Greater Scrutiny

          Proposals to boost transparency in the carbon offset market could shine a light on brokers who buy credits cheaply from Indigenous communities before selling them to companies at inflated prices. 

          The measures form part of a wide-ranging package drafted by the Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market, a governance body aiming to boost the quality of carbon offsets. The proposals were published this week, beginning a 60-day public consultation.

        • Site36Airbus‘ „Zephyr“: Stratospheric drone beats own record

          Airbus‘ unmanned glider has been flying for 42 days without landing; no aircraft has been in the air without refueling for such a long time. As a flying Internet node, the drone could replace 250 cell towers. But there is interest mainly from the military.

        • DeSmogPennsylvania County Bans Fracking in Area Parks

          Eight years after allowing a shale gas company to drill beneath Deer Lakes County Park for methane gas, the Pennsylvania county home to Pittsburgh has banned all industrial activity in the area’s eight other parks — despite a veto from the county executive.

          It’s the first such move at the county level in the state, one fracking opponents term a milestone in a state where the fracking industry almost always gets its way.

        • Common DreamsSince 2021, Big Oil Has Spent Over $200 Million to Sabotage Climate Action: Analysis

          The oil and gas industry, one of the most powerful corporate forces in American politics, has spent more than $200 million over the past year and a half to stop Congress from slashing carbon emissions as evidence of their catastrophic impact—from deadly heatwaves to massive wildfires—continues to accumulate in stunning fashion.

          That topline estimate of the fossil fuel industry’s lobbying outlays and congressional election spending in the U.S. was calculated by Climate Power, which provided its findings exclusively to Common Dreams.

        • Common DreamsOpinion | With Referendum Off Until 2024, California Lawmakers Must Act on $18 Minimum Wage

          Californians may have gotten temporary relief recently when gas prices finally fell to about $6 a gallon this month, down from as high as $8 per gallon in June in Los Angeles County. Inflation has rocked the economy, soaring 9.1% from a year ago in June.

        • Common DreamsBig Oil’s Record Profits and Buyback Splurge Spotlight ‘Broken Energy System,’ Critics Say

          Economic and climate justice advocates on Thursday reiterated their demands for far-reaching energy reforms after Europe’s two biggest fossil fuel corporations reported more than $21 billion in combined second-quarter profits and announced plans to buy back a combined $8 billion in shares in the third quarter—all while continuing to receive billions in public subsidies each year to wreck the planet.

          British venture Shell posted a record-breaking $11.5 billion in profits from April through June, more than doubling its Q2 earnings compared with 2021 ($5.5 billion) and surpassing the previous quarterly high of $9.1 billion set during the first three months of 2022, which was nearly triple last year’s Q1 net income of $3.2 billion.

        • Counter PunchEnergy is Eternal Delight

          I was on the banks of a pond off Mount Tremper, in the Catskill Mountains of New York, with my daughters Josie and Léa and Josie’s friend Ito, on a Sunday not long ago, a day of high wind and pouring sun in big blue sky.

          The sunlight, the wind on the pond, the shifting breezes threw the surface of the water this way and that, so that the rippling liquid burst in traceries of fire, golden treasures, scintillations, waves of diamonds and crystals one after the other as if in rhythms of the sea.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • The RevelatorA New Way to Count African Forest Elephants: DNA From Dung
        • Counter PunchBreakdown of the Marine Food Web

          It’s a disturbing discovery, but first a look at the marine food web, starting with the lowest organisms: (1) phytoplankton – plant-like plankton: green algae, diatoms, and dinoflagellates eaten by (2) zooplankton – microorganisms: crustaceans, rotifers, insect larvae and mites eaten by (3) small fish: anchovies, sardines, shrimp, squid, krill eaten by (4) bigger fish: sturgeon, sunfish, sharks, manta rays eaten by (5) mammals: seals, dolphins, polar bears, and last but certainly not least, humans at an increasingly wobbly end of the food chain.

          At the bottom of the food web phytoplankton generically serves as the most significant resource of marine life simply because nothing else eats if phytoplankton doesn’t exist. Moreover, phytoplankton performs photosynthesis, converting sunrays to energy, absorbs CO2, and serves as a major source, producing oxygen for the biosphere.

    • Finance

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Noam Chomsky: We Can Free Ourselves from State Capitalism

        The following interview originally appeared in German at Telepolis but this is the first publication of the English translation.

      • Common DreamsReport Details ‘Abusive’ Eviction Tactics by Corporate Landlords During Height of Pandemic

        Four large corporate landlords filed nearly 15,000 eviction actions in the first 16 months of the pandemic, with some executives and property managers engaging in harassment and deception of their tenants and deliberately inflicting cruelty on people who had been unable to pay their rent.

        The U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis released a new report Thursday following a yearlong investigation into the eviction practices of Pretium Partners, Invitation Homes, Ventron Management, and the Siegel Group, all of which were thriving financially when the committee began examining its practices.

      • Counter PunchRoaming Charges: Tell Tom Joad the News

        + Ticket prices for Springsteen’s Born to Run tour in 1975 averaged about $8 for general admission. ($7.50 in Upper Darby, PA, when he played venues that small.) The minimum wage was $2.10 per hour. So a kid had to work less than half a day to earn enough to go to the gig. Today the minimum wage is a miserly $7.25 an hour. But the price of tickets for this fall’s Springsteen tour ranges from $100 to more than $5000 a piece. The cheapest price I could find for the Portland show was a restricted view seat from behind the stage selling for $136–which means that a Springsteen fan who works at a minimum wage job (assuming he has any left) would have to work nearly 3 full days to buy a crappy ticket. Landau said the absurd ticket prices were “a fair price to see someone universally regarded as among the very greatest artists of his generation.” They call him the boss for a reason. Now go tell Tom Joad the news.

        + Given the extortionate price of these tickets, it might be fair to ask just how much more money does Springsteen need? Forbes calculated his yearly income while touring at $81 million. And  that was before he sold his entire catalogue to Sony for $550 million.

      • Counter PunchThe Semi-Conductor Bill and the Moderna Billionaires

        To be clear, the bill does some good things. It has funding both to subsidize manufacturing capacity for semiconductors in the United States and also for further research in developing better chips in the future. Both of these are positive developments even if the benefits of the former are overstated.

        It was common in the pandemic days to tout the supply chain problems as evidence that we needed more manufacturing in the United States in a variety of areas. However, that story ignored several factors.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Free Press JournalMedia must carry out some soul-searching

        Chief Justice of India NV Ramana has pointed to mediocrity and mischief in the media which pose a grave threat to democracy. He said, “New media tools have enormous amplifying ability but appear incapable of distinguishing between the right and the wrong, the good and the bad and the real and the fake. Media trials cannot be a guiding factor in deciding cases. Of late, we see the media running kangaroo courts, at times on issues even experienced judges find difficult to decide. Ill-informed and agenda-driven debates on issues involving justice delivery are proving detrimental to the health of democracy.” Along with the additional pressures created by social media, the Chief Justice unambiguously said, “biased views being propagated by the media are affecting the people, weakening democracy, and harming the system.” It is absolutely impossible to differ with the honourable Chief Justice, as the media’s character has doubtless changed for the worse — and dangerously so. Mediocrity can be explained in terms of inadequate resources, but what about mischief? [...]

      • The NationBiden’s Misguided International Crusade

        Biden’s on a mission! He’s working the phones, twisting arms, giving speeches, and otherwise campaigning for a cause. Only it’s not abortion rights or climate survival, stopping gun violence, or protecting voter rights. Rather, he’s busy creating a Cold War–like network of alliances to defend the “rules-based world order” against rogue states like Russia and China.

      • Counter PunchDonation Politics: Biden’s Global Hypocrisy Starts at Home

        The approach became even more personal a day or two later when the same lure line was attributed to Jill Biden, cast in the role of a political party team player. The First Lady went on to expatiate upon the cynical view that Democrats are so desperate for a chance to interact with the President that they would fall for any come on, however absurd. In her  astonishing words: “Throughout the years, I’ve learned that there are at least three things that can make Joe smile from ear to ear: Our kids and grandkids, chocolate chip ice cream, and getting to talk one-on-one with Americans like you, Richard.”

        And continues, “Having the chance to hear your hopes and dreams grounds Joe and motivates him to keep fighting the hard battles. That’s why Joe would love nothing more than to give you a call soon.” Then come what the message was really about—nothing more or less than a crass appeal for money coupled with a sly ‘confession’ that, after all, receiving a call from Biden was as unlikely as Donald Trump committing civil disobedience as a consequence of becoming an ardent anti-nuclear activist.

      • Common Dreams‘These Motherf*ckers’: Jon Stewart Goes Off on GOP Turning Back on Sick Veterans

        Liberal comedian Jon Stewart chastised the GOP on Thursday, less than 24 hours after Senate Republicans tanked a bill that would have expanded healthcare access for U.S. military veterans exposed to Agent Orange and toxic burn pits—a move that was made in retaliation for Democrats reviving their reconciliation package following the passage of bipartisan legislation designed to boost domestic semiconductor chip manufacturing.

        “Fuck the Republican caucus and their empty promise to our veterans.”

      • Counter PunchWashington is the Problem, Not the Solution

        Political and diplomatic platitudes aside, the current American administration has done the exact opposite as indicated in Biden’s words and actions. Alleging that the US commitment to a two-state solution “has not changed”, Biden dismissed his Administration’s interest in trying to achieve such a goal by declaring that the “ground is not ripe” for negotiations.

        Considering that the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas has repeatedly announced its readiness to return to negotiations, one can only assume that the process is being stalled due to Israel’s intransigence. Indeed, none of Israel’s top leaders or major parties champion negotiations, or the so-called peace process, as a strategic objective.

      • Counter PunchIt’s the Corruption, Stupid!

        They don’t all chat; and those who do don’t always follow my leads into politics and society. But enough of the 8,000-plus passengers I’ve driven in four years have gone with me that I can draw some firm conclusions.

        First, I can say with 100% certainty that, when conversations do turn political, they all respond with reflexive nods of recognition when I say: “The overriding problem in America today is that all of the resources go to the handful at the top, and the rest of us are left to fight for the scraps.”

      • Misinformation/Disinformation

        • NPRA Georgia monument was destroyed. Locals blame conspiracy theories.

          Conspiracy theories aren’t a new phenomenon, and neither is people acting out on them in real life. But Jared Holt, an extremism researched with the Institute for Strategic Dialog, said the Guidestones are a perfect example of how pervasive conspiracy thinking has become.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Free Press JournalProposed bill to control digital media is worrying

        The Press and Registration of Books (PRB) Act, 1867, which regulates newspapers and printing presses in India, is intended to be replaced by this proposed bill. The cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is reportedly expected to pass this bill soon. Since there is currently no procedure in place to register digital news portals like newspapers, this bill intends to do so with the Press Registrar General, which would be the equivalent of India’s current Registrar of Newspapers. It is intended to require digital news providers to submit an application for registration within 90 days of the law taking effect. For the first time in India, there will be rules governing digital media, which will be under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting if the bill is approved.

      • ReutersEx-journalist fined again for discrediting Russian army over Ukraine

        Former Russian TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova was fined 50,000 roubles ($820) on Thursday after being found guilty of discrediting the country’s armed forces in social media posts condemning Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

        The ruling was passed after a short hearing in a Moscow administrative court. Ovsyannikova rejected the proceedings against her as “absurd”.

      • [Old] RFERLRussian TV Journalist Who Protested War On-Air Arrested

        Ovsyannikova published a post on Instagram saying she was taken to the police station in the capital’s Krasnoselsky district.

        She later wrote she had been charged with “discrediting the actions of the army of Russia” during an interview she gave near the Basmanny Court of Moscow in support of opposition politician Ilya Yashin, who is being held in pretrial detention for allegedly spreading false information about the Russian military.

      • The Independent UKRussia finds former state TV journalist guilty of discrediting army in ‘absurd’ trial

        Now she has appeared in court over subsequent social media posts in which she said that those responsible for the invasion of Ukraine should be standing in the dock before an international tribunal.

        During the trial, Ms Ovsyannikova said she did not understand why she was on trial, telling the court: “What’s going on here is absurd. War is horror, blood and shame.”

      • RTERussian court fines Ukraine protest TV journalist

        In March, Ms Ovsyannikova shot to prominence for interrupting a live TV broadcast to denounce Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine.

        After sending troops to Ukraine, Moscow adopted laws imposing sentences of up to 15 years in prison for spreading information about the military deemed false by the authorities.

      • Free Press JournalProphet row: Rajasthan man offers house, property to anyone who beheads Nupur Sharma

        After the heinous beheading of Kanhiya Lal in Udaipur, the incidents of death threats and controversial posts on social media are being reported in various parts of Rajasthan. Five persons have been arrested in the Hanumangarh district for circulating objectional content on social media.

        The [Internet] services were suspended in the state for three days after the Udaipur incident. Internet and other services were restored in a phased manner on Monday, however, as soon as they were restored, the cases of threats and objectionable content also started coming to the fore on social media

      • TechdirtDevin Nunes Drops SLAPP Case He Lost Against Guy He Claims Is The Husband Of The Satirical Tweeting Cow Who Mocks Him

        Last month, we wrote about how Devin Nunes had lost yet another of his many, many SLAPP suits against various critics online for being mildly critical of the former congressman, who seems to have the thinnest skin imaginable. As you’ll recall, Nunes’ chronic SLAPP infatuation began a little over three years ago with a lawsuit against a satirical online cow who mocked him. While most people don’t realize it, that lawsuit is still going on (other defendants, namely Twitter and Liz Mair have gotten out of it), but technically the suit against the cow lives on, in part because Nunes and his lawyer, Steven Biss, have claimed they’re unable to identify the cow.

      • EFFAbortion Information Is Coming Down Across Social Media. What Is Happening and What Next.

        As reported by Vice and followed up on by Wired, posts about abortion receive intense scrutiny online. The difference, one activist told Vice, is simply that more people are seeing their posts removed than before.

        Vice found that the truthful sentence “abortion pills can be mailed” triggered a flag as violating Facebook’s rules about “buying, selling, or exchanging non-medical drugs.” A moderator running a group on Facebook connecting people seeking information about abortions told Wired she has always had to carefully monitor posts to avoid the group being removed entirely, with clear rules about what can be posted—any links are banned, for instance.

        The moderator expressed a frustration we’ve heard constantly about community guidelines: that they have no idea what the lines actually are and find things suddenly shifting with no warning.

      • Democracy NowNina Khrushcheva: “Don’t Cancel Russian Culture.” Collective Punishment “Plays into Putin’s Hands.”

        As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, many in Western countries are expressing their opposition to the war by becoming hostile to Russian culture. Nina Khrushcheva argues that Russian music, films, books and art are not the right targets for antiwar activism in her latest article, “Don’t Cancel Russian Culture.” If Russians feel that the West is inhibiting Russian culture, “they will blame the West more than they blame the oppressive regime that is there in Russia,” says Khrushcheva, professor at The New School and great-granddaughter of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. Meanwhile, Russia is cracking down on cultural producers who dare to oppose the invasion.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Pro PublicaHelp Us Investigate Termination of Parental Rights in the Child Welfare System [Ed: ProPublica pretends to care about children while bagging bribes from Bill Gates, who helped Epstein smuggle thousands of underage girls for sexual exploitation]

        Journalists at ProPublica and NBC News would like to connect with people whose parental rights have been terminated in the past decade.

        We want to understand how your case was handled by your state’s child welfare agency and courts, and what types of services you were provided to help reunite your family.

      • TechdirtKansas Police Officer Who Killed Innocent Man During A Swatting Denied Qualified Immunity

        Swatting is truly heinous. People angry about video game playing somehow believe they’re justified in attempting to end their opponents’ lives, literally. Toxic sub-humans who can’t handle losing turn to secondhand killing to get their revenge. Absolutely abhorrent behavior that plays into law enforcement’s shoot-first, handcuff-the-corpse-later warrior mentality.

      • Counter PunchOrganized Labor and the Crisis of Democracy

        There is, however, at least one glimmer of hope for democracy, and it comes from a source that might initially, to many people, seem rather unrelated: a renascent labor movement.

        Given that the primary role of unions is to advocate for the interests of their members on the job, one might wonder how they could play an essential part in protecting and revitalizing the very different institution of political democracy. How can organizations with such a particular mission, a seemingly narrow economic one, serve as a buttress for the universal interest of democracy itself? Actually, according to polls, two thirds of Americans approve of labor unions, suggesting they understand what a constructive force unions are. If people knew the real history of organized labor, however, the number would probably be close to 90 percent.

      • Pro PublicaLiberty University’s Online Programs Are Source of Veterans’ Complaints

        When an Army veteran was looking for somewhere to get an online aviation degree a couple of years ago in hopes of becoming a pilot, Liberty University advertised having the speed and flexibility she needed: accelerated eight-week courses with start times throughout the year and 52 affiliated flight schools around the country where she could get the required flight training. She signed up for the program, paying with the GI Bill benefits that have made military veterans such a reliable source of revenue for Liberty and other universities with large online programs.

        But when her husband, who was still on active duty, learned he would be transferred from Georgia to Hawaii, she discovered that the lone Liberty flight affiliate on Oahu, George’s Aviation Services in Honolulu, did not offer the accelerated courses Liberty had touted. This meant that it would take her double the time to complete her program, two years rather than one, and would cost U.S. taxpayers more along the way, she stated in a complaint she filed with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

      • TechdirtCity Of Chicago, Chicago PD Officers Sued Over Their Use Of Questionable ShotSpotter Technology

        ShotSpotter has made a name for itself (and not a good one!) by telling cops its sensors and mics can convert soundwaves into actionable intel. It has become beloved by some cops, perhaps in part for being willing to alter its reports to reflect what cops want to believe happened, rather than what actually may have happened.

      • Democracy NowTaliban Rule an “Epic Failure” for Afghanistan with Widespread Poverty, Crackdown on Women & Girls

        As next month marks one year since the United States officially withdrew from Afghanistan, we look at the Taliban-ruled country’s devastating economic and humanitarian crisis that has unfolded since. Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwary describes the dire situation as “an epic failure by the Taliban as the de facto rulers in terms of not stopping their crackdown against the Afghan people” while they cope with flash floods, food shortages and more. He adds that the U.S. exit deal with the Taliban “completely sidelined the previous government” and failed to kickstart a peace process, contributing to instability in the country.

      • The NationThey Don’t Know Us. But They Hate Us.

        Are you fucking kidding me?

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Fox News Seeks Allies Across the Political Spectrum to Defend Neoliberal Bolsonaro

        “Particularly since the 1930s, the connection of PSYOP with ideology and mass communication has made it a constant strategic element of international politics.” — An Overview of Psychological Operations (PSYOP), Federal Research Division, Library of Congress (1989)

      • The NationPete Seeger Outlasted the Bastards

        Newport, Rhode Island—Pete Seeger was one of the handful of visionaries who started the Newport Folk Festival in 1959, at a time when elite venues refused to allow the father of American folk music anywhere near a microphone. So it was only fitting that the US Postal Service issued a stamp featuring Seeger last week on the eve of the festival, in a special ceremony where musicians and fans honored the singer for his music and his activism.

      • Common DreamsPetition Demanding Clarence Thomas Impeachment Reaches 1.2 Million

        U.S. Reps. Jamaal Bowman and Ilhan Omar joined progressive groups outside the Supreme Court on Thursday to deliver over 1.2 million petition signatures demanding the impeachment of Justice Clarence Thomas.

        “This issue is even bigger than impeaching Thomas. We need to reform this broken court.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Dual Population Problem: People and Things

        As we careen from one crisis to the next, focused on political struggles that seem to rarely produce even short-term solutions, it’s easy to avoid big questions that have no easy answers. Here’s a good one: What is the sustainable carrying capacity of the planet for Homo sapiens?

      • Common DreamsPropelled to Victory by Dem Leaders, Cuellar Says $7.25 Too Much for Millions of Workers

        Labor experts and advocates on Wednesday expressed disbelief and outrage as the details of an “unconscionable” new bill purporting to expand “flexibility and choice” in workplaces came to light, condemning Democratic co-sponsor Rep. Henry Cuellar for proposing the gutting of minimum wage protections.

        “This bill would allow employers to trample on the rights of an untold numbers of workers.”

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Extra icanhazip services going offline :: Major Hayden

        Every great thing has its end, and the extra services I launched along with icanhazip.com are no exception. I started icanhazip.com way back in 2009 and detailed much of the history when I transferred ownership to Cloudflare.

        The extra services, such as icanhazptr.com, icanhaztrace.com, and icanhaztraceroute.com, came online in 2013 and they weren’t part of the Cloudflare transfer. These services add extra challenges since they need IPv6 connectivity and they don’t play well with containers. Relative to icanhazip.com, these services receive very little traffic.

        As much as I’d like to keep running these sites, the extra services will go offline on August 17, 2022.

      • TechdirtU.S. ISPs That Ripped Out Huawei Gear After Promise Of FCC Funding Now Struggle To Get FCC Funding

        You might recall that the FCC under both Trump and Biden has made a big deal about forcing U.S. telecoms to rip out Huawei gear from their networks, under the allegation that the gear is used to spy on Americans. You’re to ignore, of course, that the United States spies on everyone, constantly.

      • TechdirtThe NFL’s New Streaming Offering… Kind Of Sucks Thanks To Legacy Broadcasting Rights

        I’ve spilled many words on these pages talking about the outsized importance live sports has on the adoption of streaming as a primary entertainment platform compared with traditional cable. While cord-cutting is very much a thing, the vine that terrestrial cable is clinging to keeping it all from falling over the cliff remains live sports. Major sporting leagues in America have typically woven a complicated web of broadcasting rights, whether with local broadcast stations, cable channels, or even with some teams that own their own channels. That complicated web is what keeps blackout rules for MLB.TV in place, as well as what keeps the implementation of true streaming of everything impossible.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Common DreamsVaccine Equity Activists Denounce Pfizer’s ‘Obscene’ Pandemic Windfall

          Health equity campaigners on Thursday called for a fairer system of developing and distributing Covid-19 medications after pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced record second-quarter revenue, more than half of which is attributable to sales of coronavirus vaccines and treatments that remain out of reach for much of the Global South.

          “Millions of people in low- and middle-income countries faced death and devastation without access to vaccines while Pfizer sold doses to the highest bidders.”

      • Software Patents

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakRecord Labels and ISP Bright House go to Trial over Pirating Subscribers

          ISP Bright House and several music companies go to trial next week. In preparation, a Florida federal court has set some rules for what can and what can’t be brought up before the jury. Among other things, the ISP is allowed to argue that terminating accounts of persistent pirates is disproportional. However, the ISP can’t freely argue that Internet access is a human right.

        • Torrent FreakPirate IPTV: Five Charged Following RCMP Cybercrime Investigation

          Following an investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, five people have been charged with distributing pirate IPTV services. RCMP officers raided GaloTV (Soltv) in 2021, seizing hundreds of set-top boxes, receivers and broadcasting devices. One of the men was previously sued by DISH and agreed to settle a civil suit for more than half a billion dollars.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • TTRPGs, PDFs, and a Very Cheap Tablet

        I’ve been wanting to start playing tabletop role playing games (TTRPGs) again. I used to play them a lot in high school and college, but until I joined a remote game for a podcast a few years ago, it had been close to 20 years since I had played one. COVID lockdowns gave me the urge to play remotely, but I was so busy at home I didn’t ever get around to it, though I did buy some TTRPG products, in digital media form.

        The thing about TTRPG rulebooks and supplements, which has been true since the 90s, AD&D 2d edition, and the White Wolf World of Darkness games, is that they are mostly printed on glossy paper, with lots of color illustrations and really intensive layout. Two columns of text, interrupted in fancy shapes by illustrations running in from the sides. Some independent games are simpler, but this is the standard that most games aspire to, and with D&D 5e, it’s especially intense.

      • SpellBinding: AYNRSWC Wordo: SCRIP
      • You Wanna Help My Plant?

        I’ve spoken a lot about AstroBotany on here. It’s awesome.

        My plant is currently getting increasingly closer to 600th generation, and I can and do harvest it several times a day. But harvesting is a pretty big operation with many gemini requests, each one carrying with it a TLS handshake.

    • Politics

      • What’s up with this recession? (Unemployment)

        There seems to be a lot of arguing in the mainstream news about what we are experiencing.

        Is this a recession? Macro numbers seem to indicate yes. And yet, unemployment is not going through the roof, as it should. In fact, businesses of all kinds cannot hire enough employees. Salaries and wages are going through the roof too, contributing to the final, more obvious stages of monetary inflation (started with the massive money-dump directly into billionaires’ pockets). And yet, the world is running out of employees.

        So some are saying “no, this is not a recession — look at unemployment numbers”. I don’t think this is a valid argument, as mainstream statistics are completely off-mark.

        In the US, the numbers come from those claiming unemployment benefits from the government. After a while, many give up and are no longer counted. What do these people do? They don’t crawl under a rock and die, right?

    • Technical

      • Why Not Oberon?

        “Why not?” indeed. The language has been called an “overlooked gem” and it is both a low-level language, capable of building operating systems, and a high-level language, defined in terms of basic data types and operations that are not inherently bound to machine sizes such as 32-bit and so on. CHARs typically are thought of as 8-bit, but the language doesn’t require that; a particular implementation could use unicode-able CHARs (the JVC ‘oberonc’ compiler does, for instance).

        It explicitly has the Dijkstra “DO Guard -> Statement { [] Guard -> Statement } OD” construct, visible within Oberon(07)’s WHILE statement!

      • There’s (gonna be) an AI for that!

        Yup, any day now, it’ll be “there’s an AI for that!” instead of last decade’s “there’s an App for that!”.

      • Just Writing

        Two years ago I wrote about writing. I thought the main barrier that kept most people from writing was environmental distractions. I claimed “stress, anxiety, sleep deprivation, or other mental issues” played a role, but often the issue was “whether or not you chose the right font, whether that section should be in italics, or if that paragraph should be colored red for emphases [sic]“. Those might have been my excuses for not writing then, but its far from my main inhibition now.

      • NUU F4L

        Dumbphones are becoming extremely hard to come by in the US. 3G networks were shut down, so an entire class of devices are obsolete here. Many carriers are selling Kyocera and other dumbphone devices at extreme prices ($200+), while giving away overkill smartphones for free (one can only imagine that there is some kind of incentive structure at play there…).

        KaiOS devices are a bit scary, as KaiOS has huge Google investment, and they are becoming almost functional smartphones with quite a lot of functionality and apps – distractions and news are what we’re trying to get away from.

      • How to start an unencrypted chat on Matrix (Element)

        This is nice and easy because encryption is the default. On the “people” section on the left side, click the plus icon. Search for a person’s name, or enter their full @username:matrix.org handle into the box. Click Go. All done!

        If you like encryption – most people do – then you don’t need to read the rest of this post.

      • NVIDIA with Wayland on GNOME

        Your immediate thought may be why I’m trying to use an NVIDIA card with Wayland. The simple answer is I’ve been stuck with a GTX 1060 for the past 5 years with no money to buy an AMD card. Nouveau is a non-starter as the Pascal series of cards does not support reclocking and will occasionally lock up the system.

        As of driver version 515.57 with GNOME 42, I have a mostly stable experience on Wayland. Emphasis on “mostly”. Going from not being able to even log into the desktop to a functional experience is a major improvement, however I semi-regularly experience freezes with perplexing errors…

      • Science

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Hello!

          Growing up I was very active, but very cautious, on the internet of the late 90′s/early 00′s. I was anonymous in the extreme. I didn’t give any demographic or location information whatsoever. But I had some really interesting conversations online… religion, science, anything and everything. People were interesting, and interested.

          Then I grew up some more, shrugged off the anonymity, signed up for Facebook when it expanded to some more .edu’s early on. Things started getting weird online, though. Hard to put your finger on, but, strange. I deleted Facebook a couple years in, avoided most of the other services, and let my online presence eventually turn into just… a sort of resume. Things got weirder online, and the weirdness and negativity leaked into the real world too. I turtled more, became a hermit online. Didn’t want to get pulled into all that.

        • Some Boring Analysis on TLGS Index (and messing with CERN’s ROOT analysis framework)

          Lupa[1] provides constant basic statistics about the Gemini network. Stats like how many servers are online, number of virtual hosts, TLS distribution, etc.. It’s a really cool project. It got me asking.. what kinds of information can I extract from TLGS’ index? Furthermore, I want to provide some more information for Gemini users. Helping us to understand the network we love.


          First, I need to get the index from PostgreSQL into SQLite. ROOT’s RDataFrame should support PostgreSQL in the future. But for now SQLite is the best option we have. The table format can be directly extracted from the source code of `tlgs_ctl` and use with minimal modification. Dumping the actual data is more complicated. What’s generated by `pg_dump` is quite close to what SQLite can handle. But some changes are needed. I ended creating my own command to remove unsupported commands. And generates “dump.sql” as output.

      • Programming

        • Re Error Handling

          At it’s simplest, an enum is almost an algabraic data type. In C however enums are little more than an integer constant. If one looks at Zig’s error handling, we see that errors are implemented as error unions. That is, the function is able to return either the intended return value or the error. Zig also has tagged unions, which in code look like an enum wrapping a union. This is what is really meant by the term Algabraic Data Types. A type that can be one of several things with a tag to determine unequivically what type it is

        • Hacking osu!lazer for fun and fun

          The circles mode in osu! is a somewhat fun game. I want to play it casually from time to time, and enjoy myself, without taking it seriously. But the game has always fought back against me whenever I’ve tried to play it more. The life bar is strangely aggressive on some songs and the scoring system places a huge amount of emphasis on combo, to the point where accidentally missing a single note will make your score worthless, no matter what else happened in that attempt.

          Something I love to do in rhythm games is improve upon my past scores, but the combo system makes this difficult and frustrating. “Improving” in the circles mode of osu! means “getting lucky and not missing for longer chains”. Some people may find satisfaction in playing easier songs and striving for a full combo, but I find it much more fun to play more difficult and intense songs and try to get a certain % score on them.

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

Microsoft Windows in Chinese Desktops/Laptops Down to 80% (Hence Microsoft Started Blocking GNU/Linux From Even Booting, as China’s Lenovo Demonstrates)

Posted in Asia, Microsoft, Windows at 7:27 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Background: Windows Has Had a Very Tough Year (That’s Why Microsoft Starts to Block GNU/Linux With ‘Secure’ Boot) | Antitrust Action Against Microsoft is Well Overdue | Microsoft’s Crimes Against the Competition, Notably BSD and GNU/Linux, Persist Albeit Disguised as ‘Security’ (UEFI ‘Secure’ Boot, TPM, Pluton…)

Minutes ago: (Source)

Windows loses its grip on the biggest market; the reasons for migrating away from Microsoft are both control and security; furthermore, all countries can realise those benefits by ditching Microsoft

Summary: China’s official policy is that it'll migrate away from Windows; so far this year the effect can be seen and Microsoft seems to have responded by technical sabotage

EPO VP4 Nellie Simon: 24/7 Day and Night, Only One Hour to Speak to EPO Staff

Posted in Europe, Patents at 6:50 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 6e06b34d85f0c4e3c0d0847053795671
EPO VP4 Too Busy to Speak to Staff
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: The president’s sidekick Nellie Simon isn’t fulfilling her Office duties; staff isn’t amused

THE corruption at the EPO deepens, as do the stress levels. European software patents, as we recently showed, are being promoted under false pretenses and buzzwords while staff gets treated very poorly. No wonder there's a recruitment and retention crisis.

“No wonder there’s a recruitment and retention crisis.”The document discussed above and shown below (as HTML) reminds us of the lack of dialogue — an issue for which EPO management is entirely to blame. It can barely devote an hour a month to discussion about pressing issues, including worrisome deviations from the rules/laws.

Here’s the full text:

Örtlicher Personalausschuss München Innenstadt, Haar und Brüssel
Local Staff Committee Munich City, Haar and Brussels
Le Comité local du Personnel de Munich ville, Haar et Bruxelles


Report on the meeting of the Local Staff Committee Munich City with the Site Manager of Munich City, VP4 Nellie Simon

On 12 July 2022 the Local Staff Committee Munich City, Haar and Brussels (LSC Munich) met the Site Manager of Munich City, VP4 Nellie Simon, for the first time in 2022 to discuss a number of prevailing local matters, notably the Bringing Teams Together project and the planned move of the BoA Unit to PH 7 in a virtual meeting which had been scheduled, as had the previous ones last year, for one hour, only.

Since on some topics no progress had been made, we had requested the administration to put them on the agenda again.

The agenda was as follows:
1. Bringing Teams Together Project
2. BoA Unit re-location to PH VII (see also Intranet announcement by BoA 05.04.2022)
3. Proposal for a Conference on the possible building occupancy
4. DE Kindergeld vs. EPO Dependants’ allowance
5. Dependency status
6. Lack of Consultation of LOHSEC

Topics which were not discussed

i. Ongoing problems with tools and associated issues
ii. Compensation for extra-ordinary inflation
iii. Data-protection issues regarding on-call colleagues and personal mobile phones

We had agreed with the administration in advance that any topic left out would be dealt with by the administration in writing. Topic (i) was submitted as “Kleine Anfrage”, due to be answered by VP4 by the end of the summer break.

Present for the administration: Nellie Simon (VP4), Edda Franz (PD 44), Fiona Dullenkopf (President’s Office); Steve Rowan (VP1), Jan Boulanger (in part) (Director HR Essential Services) and Frédéric Brunelle (Director Planning and Construction)

1. Bringing Teams Together Project

For the project, we noted that a prime motivation appeared to be the plan to gradually empty the offices in the PH I-IV buildings due to structural problems, as seen e.g. by the rusting of the reinforcing steel of the concrete in the underground garage. We inquired how long these repairs would last. We were especially curious why the works weren’t well underway, some closed off areas being in the same corroded state since February 2021, the date shown on the closing-off notice in the garage. We specifically asked whether the long announced tender for fixing the concrete reinforcements in the underground garage PH I-IV had been completed and repair work started.

In this connection we also inquired what would happen if, in addition to staff from PH I-IV, staff from PH VII would also be moved elsewhere, due to the planned move of the BoA to PH VII (see also next agenda item). Presently foreseen is only PH V, VI, VIII and the ISAR building.

While the emptying out of PH I-IV was neither confirmed nor denied, the administration was adamant with regard to repair work having in fact started. It assured us that the underground garage was structurally sound. It further explained that at the moment it was collecting information about workspace relocation and the underground garage. In the garage, measurements were being made to make a 3D digital twin of it, to enable efficient working on the needed repairs.

Regarding the planning of future office use within the project, we stressed that staff needed to know what they should do to have an allocated fixed office. In essence, we inquired whether it would be sufficient just to ask for a fixed office in order to get one, no matter whether for one day per week or e.g. if a whole team would like to come in four to five days per week, or if further factors were involved.

The administration gave various “peripheral” replies amounting to (1) the need for discussion within the teams, with the line manager deciding based on the information gained, but that everybody’s preference would be accepted, with (2) chances being higher if increased presence is sought (e.g. two days per week), but (3) there was no “one solution fits all” approach. Responding to an explicit question, VP4 said a whole team wishing to come in four to five days per week on a regular basis would be “perfect[ly]” accommodated with an allocated fixed offices for each team member.

In this connection it was pointed out that VP1 was currently asking Team Managers how we could make staff come back to the EPO. However, unsurprisingly, it turned out that a workplace for the day was unattractive to many. We strongly urged the administration to clarify its plans, i.e. whether to motivate staff to come back or to keep them out as much as practically possible by demotivating their return.

VP1 replied that the plan was neither. The question should actually be “What do I do?” The New Ways of Working scheme gave “incredible flexibility and treated everyone with trust”. Surely there were people who needed an office, but others who rarely came would not. The idea was to give people an adult choice how they want to manage their time.

We found it bizarre to have on one hand a security awareness campaign but on the other an open door policy with absence of keys even for allocated fixed offices. The administration stressed that security was not seen as an issue. Staff did not have keys in The Hague either and Munich should not

be treated differently. In any case, papers should not be left on desks and with proper discipline there would not be a problem.

2. BoA Unit re-location to PH VII

We inquired about the time frame of planned movements of DG1 staff actually situated in PH VII, noting that the President of the BoA had stated that the relocation would be completed in 2025-26. In particular we sought clarification as to when the removals would start and to which building the DG1 staff concerned would move.

The administration confirmed that 2025-2026 was correct. However no concrete plans for a starting date had yet been made. With regard to staff moving out of PH VII, it was reiterated that it was most important to bring teams together. Again no confirmation was given that PH I-IV would be emptied (and no denial). With respect to the planned investment into Oral Proceedings facilities on the side of BoA, including F2F facilities, not being foreseen anymore save for very exceptional cases in DG1, the administration could not give any specific assessment, being aware, as was everyone, of the Oral Proceedings rooms in PH I-VI.

With respect to our assumption that there would be free movement possible between the BoA building and PH I-VI and VIII (e.g. Sky bar, tunnel, bike cages), as well as the rooms in PH VII not being used for the BoA, the administration could not refer to any concrete plans as of now.

(N.B. After the meeting with VP4, an update by the BoA Unit appeared on the intranet on 20.07. 2022; inter alia free access of the Sky-bar to all EPO staff was mentioned)

3. Proposal for a Conference on the possible building occupancy

In context with the removal topics of the preceding agenda items, we wished to discuss our proposal of a conference with, inter alia, the Presidium of the BoA Unit, the MSC and the site managers of Munich Haar and Munich City, and Facility Management, in order to discuss the future of BT7 and related matters of building occupancy. We further noted that a conference was the gold standard of consultation.

VP4 essentially replied that the word “conference” sent shivers down her spine. In her experience, conferences were often a waste of time. It was still early, and she hadn’t seen any plans about 2025-2026. However, there would be full communication, which would be low key and efficient. She didn’t like the idea of a conference, but she understood our point that transparency was needed. As for the “wish list” of the President of the BoA, it was too early for any detailed discussion. Even if consultation wasn’t possible she agreed that information should be provided to the people. She understood that staff representatives needed to know what was happening.

4. DE Kindergeld vs EPO Dependants’ allowance

The German “Kindergeldgesetz” and “Einkommensteuergesetz” contain a passage stating that Kindergeld is not paid if it can be received from an International Organisation, cf. Bundeskinder-geldgesetz:

§ 4 Andere Leistungen für Kinder, (1) Kindergeld wird nicht für ein Kind gewährt, für das eine der folgenden Leistungen zu zahlen ist oder bei entsprechender Antragstellung zu zahlen wäre: …3. Leistungen für Kinder, die von einer zwischen- oder überstaatlichen Einrichtung gewährt werden und dem Kindergeld vergleichbar sind

This is not in line with the EPO’s handling of the Kindergeld, which merely deducts it from the dependants’ allowance, as possible under previous DE law. However, this situation is now illegal under the current DE law quoted above, hence colleagues unaware of this change in law and still collecting the German Kindergeld first and the remainder from the EPO second are liable for DE fraud charges, regardless of the fact that the EPO would be the beneficiary of this fraud. So we inquired once again (after 23 June and 28 October 2021) about any office measures to inform and/or help affected colleagues.

The administration was aware of the situation and would assess the extent of the problem based on case numbers, noting that staff had to take individual responsibility too, in view of the complex multi-national and interlocutory situation. If the numbers are sufficiently high, VP4 offered to have a communication sent to alert colleagues to this important regulatory change. If not, following our suggestion, the affected colleagues would be contacted individually.

5. Dependency status Article 69 (3) vs 69 (4) and the implementing Circular 82.

We informed the administration anew that their systematic confusion of Article 69(3) ServRegs with Article 69(4) ServRegs was detrimental to staff. Thus the administration was confusing the dependency status of a child with granting it an allowance. This confusion had great implications for all children between 18–26 years irrespective if these children are in vocation training or not.

The administration argued that only a handful of staff were affected. We pointed out that this was demonstratively not true.

We explained how the two articles must be considered in order to avoid misinterpretation.

Step 1:

Article 69(3) ServRegs

This article deals solely with establishing if a child is dependent. Once this has been established that child is automatically in receipt of the health insurance under the parent’s policy (Cigna).

Step 2:

Article 69(4) ServRegs

This article deals solely with granting a child a dependency allowance according to a couple of rules one of which is: if the child is in receipt of vocational or educational training. This article has nothing to do with the health insurance (Cigna) or dependency status. It is purely the basis for granting an allowance.

The problem is with Circular No. 82 which deals with the implementation of Article 69(3) (dependency status) and not with Article 69(4) (Granting of an allowance), but contains provisions of the latter:

Rule 1

(1) Subject to paragraph (2), a legitimate, natural or adopted child (Art. 69(3(a) ServRegs) shall be assumed to be mainly and continuously supported by the employee or his spouse if the child is:
(a) not gainfully employed (Rule 3) and
(b) is under 18 years of age, or has not reached the age of twenty-six and is receiving educational or vocational training, or
(c) prevented by serious illness or invalidity from earning a livelihood, irrespective of age.

Hence this circular introduces unallowable restrictions (in bold and red above) into Article 69(3) from Article 69(4). For instance, it introduces the restriction that a child has to be receiving educational or vocational training in order to be considered dependant. This requirement is not found in Article 69(3) ServRegs which Circular No. 82 is meant to implement.

In a nutshell: the Administrative Council of the Organisation, by adopting Article 69 ServRegs as is, has decided that dependent children should still receive health insurance (Cigna), even without undergoing educational or vocational training. The President of the Office, by adopting Circular No. 82 as is, has taken that away again. However, it is beyond his powers to do so (ultra vires). This is why it is an unallowable restriction.

This unallowable restriction causes considerable anxiety for ALL staff having children between the age of 18-26, because they are left unsure how the administration will interpret the rules. For instance, all children finishing the baccalaureate are, according to the administration not health insured (Cigna) unless the parents can prove that within a very limited time frame the child continues with their vocational or educational training. This situation may even lead to retroactive loss of coverage and is clearly wrong since there is no such requirement in Article 69(3) ServRegs.

Should the Office insist on such an interpretation, the staff should ask for a written confirmation of the Article of the ServRegs (not the Circular) indicating the basis of such a requirement. The Circular is of a lower ranking law which cannot supersede the ServRegs.

We insisted on this during the meeting until VP4 instructed the Director of HR Essential Services to delve further into the matter. We have also been promised by the President that should there be a systemic problem with implementing the Rules of the Codex this would be addressed immediately. There is no better example of systematic wrongful implementation of the ServRegs than this present case. We look forward to seeing swift implementation of an appropriate amendment to the provisions of Circular No. 82.

6. Lack of Consultation of LOHSEC

We explained that on 2 June 2022 there had been a publication on the intranet in the “Life” channel about a new terrace outside the cafeteria in the ISAR building. LOHSEC had not been informed about this, nor other staff representatives. On 9 June 2022 the LOHSEC members of the MSC presented this issue to all LOHSEC members, asking to put the topic of the terrace and the lack of consultation of the LOHSEC on the next agenda, since safety and health aspects were clearly involved. We found

the reply by the LOHSEC Chairwoman unsatisfactory, that the project had been mentioned months before and thus the topic could have been raised before.

We further inquired when and how consultation should start, in particular with the LOHSEC. At the same time we were curious to know whether the PschorrHöfe Buildings would also have outdoor terraces.

The administration sided with the LOHSEC Chairwoman, noting further that safety aspects had been considered by facility management staff and working conditions did not change, hence the Staff Representation did not need to be involved.

We noted that the initial publication was on a side-line of the Life channel, hence of low visibility. Moreover, Staff Representatives should not have to hunt for information, rather the Administration in control of this knowledge should be approaching Staff Representatives with it. That is what consultation was about. The absence in this case was furthermore seen as symptomatic of how “consultation” is presently carried out in the Office. Lastly the difference between Article 38 Service Regulations, defining when the Staff Representation is to be consulted, and Article 38a Service Regulations, defining when the LOHSEC is to be consulted, was explained, as well as between considering (something) and consulting (someone).

This issue and the pertinent procedural and legal questions was furthermore submitted as “Kleine Anfrage” to VP4, due to be answered after the summer break.


While the meeting may be said to be well organized and efficiently conducted, one hour per half year is not enough. Consider this: A working year has about 2000 hours. The Site Manager of Munich City is spending 0,1% of her working time on consultation with us. It is not nearly enough for one half year of topics, of both broad scope and great impact, requiring normally lengthy discussions. The latter applies especially to the complex Bringing Teams Together project, the apparently desperately needed PH 1-4 building repairs, or to properly follow the dynamics of a pandemic.


Local Staff Committee Munich City, Haar and Brussels


With a dire situation such as this, no wonder many workers are protesting and engaging in industrial action. As noted the other day, quoting the union: “770 staff members participated in the ballot on the “Work-to-Rule” actions among which 90% voted in favour.”

It’ll carry on for at least 2 more months.

“A working year has about 2000 hours,” the above notes. “The Site Manager of Munich City is spending 0,1% of her working time on consultation with us. It is not nearly enough for one half year of topics, of both broad scope and great impact, requiring normally lengthy discussions.”

She wants people to work all day long (it's illegal by the way) while she fails to fulfil her own role. She’s busy doing pinkwashing photoshoots to distract from the fact she’s not qualified for this job and got it through nepotism as a former colleague of António Campinos.

[Meme] “Truly a Landmark Occasion”

Posted in Europe, Patents at 3:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Context: Banana EPO: Montenegro, With Population 134 Times Smaller Than Germany’s, Will Get a Vote as Powerful as Germany’s | [Meme] Voting Fodder and Faking Concern for the European Patent Convention (EPC)

Just one European Patent per year
Source page (warning: epo.org link)

Montenegro and EPO
Cannot contain the excitement of being able to buy more delegates to back criminal behaviour

Summary: With about 1 patent application in 100,000, Montenegro is truly a cause for celebration for EPO presidents like Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos, who simply buy votes

Microsoft Bribing Everyone: Canonical, ‘Linux’ Foundation, OSI… (Those That Should Push Back Against Microsoft Crimes)

Posted in Antitrust, Deception, Microsoft at 3:01 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

From yesterday’s “news” alone:

Openwashing and greenwashing as a service diluting the brand 'Linux' for Microsoft

What is an Open Source Program Office and why you should have one: The openwashing hive known as OSI is now more closely connected to LF via TODO Group; these are proprietary people

Let’s get confidential! Canonical Ubuntu Confidential VMs are now generally available on Microsoft Azure: When did you sell to Microsoft and how much for, Mark Shuttleworth (MS)? a division of Microsoft? exclamation mark on a LIE

Ubuntu Confidential Virtual Machines come to Microsoft Azure: Layoffs, failure; Azure is surveillance; company that blocks Linux

Summary: Don’t expect the Linux Foundation or OSI to speak out against Microsoft’s latest crimes [1, 2, 3]; heck, even Ubuntu no longer competes with Windows because Microsoft paid the parent company to become a partner instead of competitor (hence WSL); this is what antitrust laws exist for! But nobody enforces them anymore, except when Microsoft lobbyists ask regulators to focus on other companies, weaponising enforcement to basically protect an abusive monopolist

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