[Video] Zola’s Algorithm

Posted in Europe, Patents, Videos at 10:01 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Source/credit: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Summary: We recently joked that Zola looks like Georg Weber from the EPO, promoting illegal patents on algorithms by bullying examiners or culling non-complicit ones

[Meme] Working for Sociopaths Who Break the Law and Gloat About It

Posted in Europe, Law, Patents at 9:48 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

I am the f***ing president; these are my slaves
The law doesn’t mean anything to António Campinos

Released Friday; Campinos bribing for second term; stacked deck. Totally illegal and they know it. But this is the EPO. Law does not exist. EPC violations in the  name of 'modernity'; Those have not been in compliance for ages; Quality has collapsed, so why shouldn't the  cost, too? Includes friends of EPO managers, who defraud EQE; EPO all about 'products'; Many of today's EPO 'official' patents are fake too; A kangaroo court; A cash cow for Germany;  at whose expense?
A celebration of EPO abuses; nothing has changed for the better since Benoît Battistelli left

Summary: It seems abundantly clear that the EPO operates outside the rule of law and perpetually exploits this to break the law, violate treaties/conventions ((e.g. Vienna, EPC), and disregard constitutions in defiance of courts’ rulings

Goodbye to Unnecessary Bloat (We’re Getting There!)

Posted in Site News at 8:38 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 143e801136254f28e3b384afae31a7be
Progress on Moving the Sites
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: In an effort to reduce complexity and lessen the technical debt we’ve developed our content management system (CMS), which now has some rudimentary support for images and file uploads

THIS weekend has been somewhat of an exception in the sense that it was mostly about organisation and maintenance (upgrades, backups, development). We’ve made further strides towards taking the sites “static”, serving requests from prepared files rather than querying the databases. It’ll be a long journey given the sizes of the sites in question (about a quarter million pages in total), but that needs to be done to secure the sites’ future and lower the complexity of maintaining them.

“Some of us just want to deliver text to people without all this unnecessary overhead.”The summer months are generally slower (less news, a lot fewer announcements are made), so we’re hoping to be finished with the lion’s share of migration by the end of August. European Patent Office (EPO) affairs are of strategic importance to us (tacking software patents in Europe and EPO corruption in general), but also have two series about Microsoft running at the moment. We’ve paced them down for improved if not maximal impact.

The video above explains what we’ve been up to so far this weekend and then resorts to the typical rants about the World Wide Web and the state of Web browsers. The bloat is a mutual relationship between Web ‘standards’ (like DRM), Web sites, and Web browsers. Bloat in the CMS sense contributes to this too. Some of us just want to deliver text to people without all this unnecessary overhead. The operating system we’re moving to is Alpine. It should be absolutely fine for most sites, Git repositories, IRC networks and so on. It’s minimalist and reliable.

EME and W3C

Web 2030

Links 30/07/2022: KMyMoney 5.1.3 and 4MLinux 40 Released

Posted in News Roundup at 6:46 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Hacker NoonCalling All Linux Lovers: Answer These Simple Questions to Win from $3,000! | HackerNoon

        Today, Linux powers most of the internet; in fact, it is being used everywhere – from your laptops to cars to mobile devices. What makes it a preferable choice for so many users? Why is it everyone’s favorite?

        Here at HackerNoon, we are looking for some interesting stories on your experiences and journey with Linux. Take a moment to think of everything you love about Linux and answer some of these questions we have curated for you.

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

        We cover events and user groups that are running in the US state of Washington. This article forms part of our Linux Around The World series.

      • SlashdotThe Story Behind Google’s In-house Desktop Linux – Slashdot

        “For more than a decade, Google has been baking and eating its own homemade Linux desktop distribution,” writes Computerworld.

      • Android PoliceWhat is a Chromebook?

        While Chromebooks might not be as popular as they were in 2020, they’re still a handy piece of hardware. However, since it’s a newcomer to the PC market, many people aren’t even sure what a Chromebook is. Simply put, a Chromebook is Google’s answer to both the Windows PC and the Mac computer. It’s a device, usually a laptop or tablet, that runs on Google’s Chrome OS. All-in-one desktops using Chrome OS, called Chromebases, are also available.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • mintCast Pocast391.5 – The Subscription Service Rabbit Hole – mintCast

        0:42 Linux Innards
        1:24:06 Vibrations from the Ether
        1:28:30 Check This Out
        1:30:45 Housekeeping and Announcements

        In our Innards section, we discuss the subscription services we’re using.

        And finally, the feedback and a couple of suggestions

      • VideoCOPR: Fedora’s Answer To The Arch User Repository – Invidious

        The Arch User Repository is the main reason I keep using Arch but it’s not the only user repository out there, Fedora has there own solution this one called COPR the Cool Other Package Repo

      • VideoLinux Lite 6: A Performance Packed Linux Distribution PERFECT For Windows Users (For 2022!) – Invidious

        Linux Lite is a High-Performance Linux distro made for WINDOWS Users and for people looking to get a Boosted Performance out of their computers. Why I am particularly excited about Linux Lite is because it delivers impressive performance while also giving us an elegant user interface and a set of power tools that enable even the newest of Linux newcomers to use Linux for their daily life very easily or tweak under the hood and customize it like they own it.

      • VideoConfiguring Neovim With Lua (It’s Easy!) – Invidious

        Although I’m mostly an Emacs user these days, viewers of the channel have been asking me to do more videos about Neovim, especially how to configure Neovim using Lua. So a few days ago, I decided to convert my existing Neovim config (init.vim) over to Lua (init.lua).

    • Applications

      • Make Use OfBuild a Gemini Server on Linux and Join the Web That Might Have Been

        Gopher is an internet protocol that existed in the early 1990s but ultimately lost out to HTML and the World Wide Web. It still exists today and Gemini is its spiritual successor, with improved security, and thousands of independent servers (known as capsules) running on low-cost hardware.

        The numbers are insignificant when compared with the web we know and love, but with a small amount of effort, you can swell the capsule ranks by one. Read on to find out how to set up your own Gemini server.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Linux Host SupportHow to Install and Secure PhpMyAdmin on AlmaLinux | LinuxHostSupport

        In this tutorial we are going to explain in step-by-step detail how to install and secure PhpMyAdmin on AlmaLinux.

        PhpMyAdmin is a free and open-source tool written in PHP used for managing MySQL databases via browser. It provides a very easy and user-friendly interface, that allows users to easily create databases, create users, tables columns and etc in no time. In this blog post, we are going to install PhpMyAdmin with the LAMP stack.

        Installing and securing PhpMyAdmin on AlmaLinux is a straightforward process and may take up to 15 minutes. Let’s get started!

      • TecAdminHow to run a command or function on error in Bash Script – TecAdmin

        We can use the trap command to catch the error signal system by the system during script execution. Then you can execute a shell command or call a function. In this way, you can execute your custom script code on an error that occurred in a bash script.

        This can be helpful to revert any partial changes, close database connections, or email status to the concerned persons, etc. You can use trap command with ERR signal like:

        trap 'on_error_function' ERR

        When an error is generated in a shell script, it will execute a function named ‘on_error_function’ of your shell script. Instead of calling a function, you can simply run a command as well.

      • TecAdmin(Resolved) Unknown collation: utf8mb4_unicode_520_ci – TecAdmin

        A collation is a set of rules that defines how to compare and sort character strings in a database server. In this tutorial, we are discussing an error faced during database restoration on another server.

      • Linux Cloud VPS10 Useful firewall-cmd Commands in Linux | LinuxCloudVPS Blog

        In this blog post, we are going to explain 10 useful firewall-cmd commands in Linux with real examples.

        The firewall-cmd is the command-line client used to manage the runtime configurations. It is a firewall solution as an alternative to the iptables service. We know that a properly configured firewall is the only weapon that can defend the server from attacks caused by internal influences. The firewall-cmd is part of the firewalld application that can be used for managing the firewall.

        In this blog post, we are going to use Ubuntu 22.04 as Linux OS. You can use any Linux distribution. Let’s get started!

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Memtest on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Memtests are memory-testing programs that check for faults in the RAM of your system. Memtest or Memtest86+ reads data, writes the memory address patterns, and checks the errors. It can output a list of bad RAM regions usable by the BadRAM kernel patch so that you can still use your old RAM with one or two bad bits.

        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 Memtest 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.

      • AddictiveTipsHow to play Craft The World on Linux

        Craft The World is a sandbox strategy game developed by Dekovir Entertainment and published by Black Maple Games. In this guide, we’ll show you how you can play Craft The World on Linux.

      • UbuntubuzzHow To Download YouTube Videos for Everyone

        This is a simple tutorial to download YouTube videos for everyone, in every computer and phone device at no cost. This is good for your software freedom as well as privacy. Now let’s download some!

      • Its FOSSHow to Install Latest Vim 9.0 on Ubuntu & Linux Mint

        Vim is one of the most popular terminal-based text editors. However, it is not installed by default on Ubuntu.

        Ubuntu uses Nano as the default terminal editor. Nano is also an excellent tool and I am not going into Nano vs Vim debate.

        If you have already spent some time mastering the Vim shortcuts, you don’t have to forget them and start using a new editor.

      • Easy Way to Extend KVM Virtual Machine Disk Size – kifarunix.com

        This is a simple tutorial about an easy way to extend KVM virtual machine disk size. Disk usage in a VM is among the limited resources which sometimes require to be increased/reduced. It is possible to resize the disk in KVM using QEMU.

      • Barry KaulerA new fault in the 5.15.x kernel

        It did eventually “come good”, but that was many releases after 5.15.16.

        EasyOS has 5.15.57 kernel, and there is a new problem. It was in the previous version used in Easy, 5.15.53 I think, don’t recall if had the problem before that. Anyway, it is recent.

        I found that if plug in a USB-stick, sometimes its partitions are not recognized. If the stick is, for example, /dev/sdb with two partitions, then /sys/block/sdb is created, but not /sys/block/sdb/sdb1 and sdb2.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KMyMoney 5.1.3 released

          This is a maintenance release as part of the ongoing effort to support our users and fix bugs and annoyances. If you think you can support the project with some code changes or your artistic or writing talent, please take a look at the some low hanging fruits at the KMyMoney junior job list. Any contribution is welcome.

          Despite the ongoing permanent testing we understand that some bugs may have slipped past our best efforts. If you find one of them, please forgive us, and be sure to report it, either to the mailing list or on bugs.kde.org.

        • DebugPoint10 Easy Kdenlive Features for Beginner’s for Faster Video Editing

          In this article, I will show you how easy to learn Kdenlive features and create awesome videos.

          Kdenlive is a free and open-source video editor for Linux, Windows and macOS. It’s a KDE application and is considered one of the best feature-rich video editors. Although other excellent contenders exist in the free video editor space, such as Blender and Da Vinci Resolve, Kdenlive is the “OG” of all. I think it has all the features you get for free instead of buying costly licenses from commercial video editors.

          Basic video editing in Kdenlive is easy if you know how to do it. Each of these Kdenlive features probably takes less than a minute to learn.

          In this article, I will show you some basic video editing operations in Kdenlive in the easiest way.

        • KStar DevelopmentJasem’s Ekosphere: KStars v3.6.0 Released

          KStars v3.6.0 is released on 2022.07.30 for MacOS, Linux, and Windows. It’s a bi-monthly bugfix release with a couple of exciting features.

          Linear 1 Pass Algorithm

          John Evans contributed a new Focus algorithm: The Linear 1 Pass Algorithm. When using this algorithm, Ekos initially performs like the Linear algorithm in establishing the first pass V-Curve and fitting a curve to it to find the solution. Then, however, it moves directly to the calculated minimum.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Berlin Mini GUADEC 2022 – Space and Meaning

          Given the location of this year’s GUADEC many of us couldn’t make it to the real event (or didn’t want to because of the huge emissions), but since there’s a relatively large local community in Berlin and nearby central Europe, we decided to have a new edition of our satellite event, to watch the talks together remotely.

          This year we were quite a few more people than last year (a bit more than 20 overall), so it almost had a real conference character, though the organization was a lot more barebones than a real event of course.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Its FOSSSpiralLinux: New Distro Making Debian Easier for Beginners

      I like the imagination of the developer. GeckoLinux is based on openSUSE. Since openSUSE logo/mascot is a chameleon, the developer named it Gecko (a type of lizard).

      The logo of Debian is a swirl, so the developer named the Debian variant SpiralLinux.

      Both have the intention of simplifying the experience of their popular parent distro.

    • New Releases

      • Beta News4MLinux 40.0 achieves stable status, but does anyone actually care?

        You know what annoys me most about the Linux comuniuty? There are too many gosh darn operating systems based on the Linux kernel. And yes, too much choice can be a bad thing. You see, new Linux users often find themselves overwhelmed with the number of distributions from which to choose. Even worse, having many distros causes resources to be spread too thin. Desktop Linux would be better off if developers worked together on just a handful of operating systems (such as Debian and Fedora).

        But no. The Linux community can’t operate as a cohesive unit. Instead, it must be fragmented and confusing. Such is life, I suppose. With all of that said, version 40.0 of 4MLinux — an operating system that probably doesn’t need to exist — is now available for download. The lightweight distribution has officially achieved stable status, and the developers are hopeful you will choose their offering over the plethora of alternatives.

        “The status of the 4MLinux 40.0 series has been changed to STABLE. Edit your documents with LibreOffice 7.3.5 and GNOME Office (AbiWord 3.0.5, GIMP 2.10.32, Gnumeric 1.12.52), share your files using DropBox 143.4.4161, surf the Internet with Firefox 103.0 and Chromium 103.0.5060.53, send emails via Thunderbird 91.12.0, enjoy your music collection with Audacious 4.1, watch your favorite videos with VLC and mpv 0.34.0, play games powered by Mesa 21.3.8 and Wine 7.12. You can also setup the 4MLinux LAMP Server (Linux 5.18.7, Apache 2.4.54, MariaDB 10.8.3, PHP 5.6.40 and PHP 7.4.30). Perl 5.34.1, Python 2.7.18, and Python 3.9.12 are also available,” explains the development team.

    • 9to5Linux4MLinux 40 Distro Released with Linux Kernel 5.18, Improved 3D Support, and More

      4MLinux 40.0 comes a little over four months after 4MLinux 39 and ships with a newer kernel, namely Linux 5.18, for better hardware support, a newer graphics stack, namely Mesa 21.3.8, improved 3D support for both bare-metal and virtual machines, and initial support for the NVMe (NVM Express) interface, which appears to work well in VirtualBox for now.

      To make the operating system more versatile, the 4MLinux 40.0 release also introduces legacy MPlayer with MEncoder software for playing and decoding/encoding media, as well as several new apps pre-installed by default.

    • 4MLinux Blog4MLinux Releases: 4MLinux 40.0 STABLE released.

      The status of the 4MLinux 40.0 series has been changed to STABLE. Edit your documents with LibreOffice 7.3.5 and GNOME Office (AbiWord 3.0.5, GIMP 2.10.32, Gnumeric 1.12.52), share your files using DropBox 143.4.4161, surf the Internet with Firefox 103.0 and Chromium 103.0.5060.53, send emails via Thunderbird 91.12.0, enjoy your music collection with Audacious 4.1, watch your favorite videos with VLC and mpv 0.34.0, play games powered by Mesa 21.3.8 and Wine 7.12. You can also setup the 4MLinux LAMP Server (Linux 5.18.7, Apache 2.4.54, MariaDB 10.8.3, PHP 5.6.40 and PHP 7.4.30). Perl 5.34.1, Python 2.7.18, and Python 3.9.12 are also available.

  • Debian Family

    • Death of Michael Anthony Bordlee, New Orleans, Louisiana [Ed: Link may be broken]

      On 17 June 2022, information was published for the first time confirming the suicide of Frans Pop and linking it to the history of cyberbullying Pop experienced in the Debian open source project.

      Two days later, on 19 June 2022, an open-source VR artist, Michael Bordlee, passed away, age 29, in New Orleans. The cause of death has not been disclosed at this stage.

      There is a tribute page for Michael. The cause of death is not mentioned.

      We found that Michael had previously worked on a VR simulator to help people understand depression. There is a news article about it. The news article notes that Michael was himself a victim of bullying, much like Frans Pop. There is no statement connecting this to the death.

      There have been a number of similar deaths in 2021, including the suspected suicide of 18 year old Redox OS developer Samuel (jd91mzm2 / LEGOlord208) and in Japan, the confirmed suicide of BSNES creator Near ( Byuu / Dave). Both Samuel and Near had described experiences of bullying.

  • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • Matt RickardPresentation Next to Code

        We’re taught to separate presentation logic from code. Multi-tiered architectures, data layers, control planes, and service layers.

        But maybe there’s some merit to sometimes putting presentation right next to the code.

        CSS-in-JS – More expressive, more reusable. You could view this as part of the wider movement to mix markup and logic in the frontend stack (e.g., JSX and React). CSS-in-JS, while ugly sounding, is a better solution than preprocessors with ever-increasing complexity.

        Notebooks – Faster iteration between changes. Iteration speed is critical in the earliest phases of analysis – cleaning data, training small models, and calculating metrics.

      • glandium.org » Announcing git-cinnabar 0.5.10

        Git-cinnabar is a git remote helper to interact with mercurial repositories. It allows to clone, pull and push from/to mercurial remote repositories, using git.

      • Ubuntu PitScala vs Java: Things You Should Know About

        Object-oriented languages are in demand for their security, flexibility, and abstraction. Java and Scala are two user favorites among these languages and are seen as competitions often. This article compares Scala vs. Java and discusses the things you should know about them before diving into the programming aspects.

        Although programming languages have many common grounds, object-oriented languages tend to prepare learners to solve real-world problems. They are also easier to learn compared to structured languages such as C. Hopefully; you’ll have a more precise concept of OOP languages by the end of it – so keep reading!

      • Medevel21 Free Open-source React Dashboards and Control Panel Templates

        React is an amazing framework for building scalable apps. It also has a growing supportive community of passionate developers all around the world.

        In terms of templates, and UI components, React does not have any shortage, thanks to its active community.

        As we reviewed the best Vue dashboard and control panel templates in this list, It is time to do the same to our React collection.

      • Perl / Raku

        • Swarming Sundays | Playing Perl 6␛b6xA Raku

          To not miss any Sundays, PWC 175 is asking us to find them. Raku helps us a great deal, because we can easily find the last day in a month, calculate it’s distance to the next Sunday and turn the clock back by that many days.

  • Leftovers

    • Environment

      • The ConversationWhat is a heat dome? An atmospheric scientist explains the weather phenomenon baking large parts of the country

        A heat dome occurs when a persistent region of high pressure traps heat over an area. The heat dome can stretch over several states and linger for days to weeks, leaving the people, crops and animals below to suffer through stagnant, hot air that can feel like an oven.

        Typically, heat domes are tied to the behavior of the jet stream, a band of fast winds high in the atmosphere that generally runs west to east.

        Normally, the jet stream has a wavelike pattern, meandering north and then south and then north again. When these meanders in the jet stream become bigger, they move slower and can become stationary. That’s when heat domes can occur.

    • Finance

      • Ruben SchadeCNBC on why Starbucks failed in Australia

        CNBC ran a story and video back in 2018 about why Starbucks failed in Australia. This was pre-COVID pandemic, and more Starbucks stores have opened since, but the general message still applies.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Misinformation/Disinformation

        • John GruberInstagram Walks Back Recent Changes (But the Whole Thing Is Still Going to Shit, Don’t Worry)

          If you haven’t been paying attention to Instagram lately, they’ve been steadily dialing up the algorithmic content users see in their feeds, especially video. More stuff in your feed from accounts you don’t follow, selected by machine learning algorithms, at the expense of stuff from people and brands you have chosen to follow. To top it off, they recently rolled out a limited test to a small — but not that small — number of users that turned those users’ timelines into something basically like TikTok: full-screen videos (and some images) that you go through one at a time. This did not go over well.

        • 🚨 Instagram walks back its changes – by Casey Newton

          Instagram will walk back some recent changes to the product following a week of mounting criticism, the company said today. A test version of the app that opened to full-screen photos and videos will be phased out over the next one to two weeks, and Instagram will also reduce the number of recommended posts in the app as it works to improve its algorithms.

          “I’m glad we took a risk — if we’re not failing every once in a while, we’re not thinking big enough or bold enough,” Instagram chief Adam Mosseri said in an interview. “But we definitely need to take a big step back and regroup. [When] we’ve learned a lot, then we come back with some sort of new idea or iteration. So we’re going to work through that.”

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • SpellBinding: BCEILVN Wordo: LOINS
      • Friendships

        It is a fact of life that nothing lasts forever. You might want something to last forever, but it won’t, because such is the fact of life.

        Did it ever happen to you that on a non-busy day you sat in your room alone, your thoughts wandering – wondering – how is that person doing?

        That person, who you used to be best friends with, until you weren’t. That person, or, these persons.

        You may have great friends now, but inevitably, at some random times, you will glance into that mirror of time, where your past is.

        You’re lucky if you smile looking into that mirror. Good memories, firmly categorized as _memories_.

    • Technical

      • Let’s Encrypt with OpenBSD and Rex

        In short, it gives away TLS certificates for your website – for free! The catch is, that the certificates are only valid for three months. So it is better to automate certificate generation and renevals.

      • Science

        • Quanta MagazineQuanta Magazine: Can Computers Be Mathematicians?

          How do you teach mathematics to an artificial intelligence? AI has already bested humans at problem-solving tasks that include games like chess and Go. But before any task can be tackled by a machine, it must be reinterpreted as directions in a language that computers can understand. For the last few years, researchers and amateurs all over the world have worked together to translate the essential axioms of mathematics into a programming language called Lean. Armed with this knowledge, theorem-proving programs that understand Lean have begun helping some of the world’s greatest mathematicians verify their work. Steven Strogatz speaks with Kevin Buzzard, professor of pure mathematics at Imperial College London, about the effort to “teach” math to Lean — and how projects like this one could shape the future of mathematics.

        • GeorgeEating Boogers – by George – Epistemink

          The most plausible story we could craft here is one where eating dry nasal mucus might provide some headway for adaptive immunity against pathogens we might later ingest in larger quantities and better-preserved states. This is very far-fetched but fine, what does the literature have to say?

      • Internet/Gemini

        • WordPress to Gemini

          I was surprised by the response in the poll about [which link mode would feel the most natural for Gemini?], there were several options and to put links at the end of the article was almost the least popular answer.

          Some time ago I’ve started to organize my articles in the same way. I had been adding links in the Gopher style, with numbering them like [1], [2], [3], …, [n], and puting the index of links at the end of the article. But then Przemek said, that he had an idea to put descriptions of the links, instead of their occurrence number. And I liked that idea. It’s better when we can read an article without looking at the links, and after that to look at the index of every link with their description. So we can process an article, or an index in a separate way.

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

Links 30/07/2022: EasyOS 4.3, Graft for Hardware Giants

Posted in News Roundup at 10:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Server

      • ZDNetMirantis releases Lens Pro Kubernetes IDE | ZDNet

        Lens, the most popular Kubernetes Integrated Development Environment (IDE), is still open-source software under the new name OpenLens. But, its parent company, Mirantis, is seeking to profit from it with the release of Lens Pro. This has a revised end-user license and includes new features for enterprise users.

    • Kernel Space

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Cacti Monitoring Tool on Ubuntu 22.04

        Cacti is an open-source network monitoring and graphing tool written in PHP. Learn how to install the Cacti monitoring tool on Ubuntu 22.04 here.

      • TecAdminHow to list all collections in MongoDB database – TecAdmin

        Question – How do I list all the collections available in the MongoDB database?

        MongoDB is a NoSQL database, that stores documents in JSON format. A collection is an entity in MongoDB (ie similar to a table in RDBMS databases) that stores JSON documents.

        You can use one of the below options to list collections in a MongoDB database.

      • TecAdminMongodb – Get the last record from collection – TecAdmin

        MongoDB find() method is used to select documents from a specified collection. It also set the cursor position to the selected document.

        The default find() method gets the documents from the start of the collection. In some situations, we need to fetch the last record from a collection. Use the following query to get the last records from a MongoDB collection.

      • MediumHow to create a Linux bootable USB | by Nithil Krishnaraj | Jul, 2022 | Medium

        If you own and use a computer, there’s a big chance it’s running Windows. However, there’s a better alternative to Windows. It’s called Linux. Unlike Windows, where there’s only one type, there are more than 600 Linux distributions or distro for short. You can think of these as different flavors and each flavor targets a certain audience. For example, Edubuntu, a Linux distro, is targeted toward students and educators. Since there are so many different ones, there’s probably a distro that’s probably tailored for your needs. Also, due to its small user base, it’s less targeted by hackers, making it more secure and better in performance. You can install a distro onto a USB and try it out without replacing your current operating system. In this article, you’ll learn how to create a USB that can be used to install Linux onto any computer. For the sake of simplicity, we’ll be installing the Pop!_OS distribution.

      • ID RootHow To Install Pantheon Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Pantheon Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Pantheon Desktop Environment is the default desktop environment for Elementary OS developed by Elementary OS developers using the GTK3 toolkit and Vala. Pantheon offers an amazingly pretty user interface with a rich set of features, programs, and apps needed in day-to-day use.

        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 Pantheon Desktop Environment 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.

      • ID RootHow To Install Papirus Icon Theme on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Papirus Icon Theme on Ubuntu 22.04 on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Papirus is an icon theme that has been developed using the GTK+ library, so it is compatible with GNOME and its derivative. It is a huge icon set, encompassing close to a thousand icons in its bundle. Papirus is well-known for its polished and stylish look. The Papirus icon theme has three versions, dark, white and simple theme.

        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 Papirus Icon Theme 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.

      • AddictiveTipsHow to play Minion Masters on Linux

        Minion Masters is a free-to-play tower-defense card game. It was developed and published by BetaDwarf for Mac OS and Windows. Here’s how you can play Minion Masters on your Linux PC.

      • Trend OceansHow to Mount and Unmount an ISO Image in Linux

        In this beginner’s guide, you will learn how to mount and unmount ISO image files on the Linux system temporarily and permanently without any applications.

    • Games

      • 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.

      • 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).

      • 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.

      • GamingOnLinuxModern Diablo game engine devilutionX sees new release, how to get it on Steam Deck

        Do you want to play the classic Diablo RPG? Well, not only does GOG have it and the Hellfire expansion but the Native Linux devilutionX game engine can make it even better. Here’s how to get it working on Steam Deck (and Linux desktop!).

      • GamingOnLinuxYars: Recharged from Atari launches August 23rd

        Yars: Recharged is the latest remake from Atari with developers Adamvision Studios and SneakyBox and it’s launching on August 23rd with Native Linux support. This is the latest entry in the Recharged series following Missile Command: Recharged, Centipede: Recharged, Black Widow: Recharged, Asteroids: Recharged and Breakout: Recharged. No doubt they have more planned too.

      • GamingOnLinuxValve speeds up Steam Deck production some more, all existing reservations this year

        Valve has announced that they’ve sorted out various issues with their Steam Deck supply chain, so they will get through reservations much faster than expected now. This means a lot of people will be bumped up the list a bit getting their Steam Deck purchase email a lot sooner.

      • GamingOnLinuxThe Humble Amazing Adventures Bundle has some gems in it

        Need some new games for the weekend? Humble Bundle have put up the Amazing Adventures Bundle and there are a couple of gems in it so let’s take a look. As usual I’ll let you know what you can expect from them on Linux desktop and Steam Deck, along with ProtonDB rating if needed.

      • Linux Links10 Fun Free and Open Source Role-Playing Games – Part 2

        A role-playing game (RPG) is a genre of video game where the gamer controls a fictional character (or characters) that undertakes a quest in an imaginary world. RPG video games originate from tabletop or pen-and-paper RPGs, such as Rolemaster or Dungeons & Dragons — a type of game in which the players impersonate their characters by actively describing their actions and thoughts.

        It’s difficult to define an RPG given that modern games often contain elements from another genre. Traditional RPGs often let you improve your character as you play and interact with elements of the environment or storyline. You may have a menu-based combat system, and a central quest.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Nate GrahamThis week in KDE: Lots of work on Discover – Adventures in Linux and KDE

          This week, Aleix Pol Gonzalez put a ton of work into Discover, which you’ll see throughout the post! Beyond that, it was a Plasma-heavy week, with developers adding several useful new features, polishing the UI, and fixing a large number of high-priority issues.

        • Volker KrauseJune/July in KDE Itinerary

          After the necessary foundational work has been finished, Itinerary now has a completely new integration with the corresponding system calendar on Android and Linux.

          So far it was only possible to import events created by KMail’s itinerary plugin from the Android calendar. This is now not only also possible on Linux, but is also no longer restricted to those specific events.

          Instead, events that the travel document extractor recognizes as e.g. train trip due to being provided by an iCal file from the corresponding train operator or booking agent can now also be imported. You can also import arbitrary events as such.

          Events are also no longer imported automatically and from all calendars, but you can now select which calendar to import from, and which events exactly to import. This also avoids ending up with trips in your timeline from other people’s shared calendars.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • Python

        • MedevelFastAPI is an Open-source Enterprise-grade API Framework

          FastAPI is a modern, fast (high-performance), web framework for building APIs with Python 3.6+ based on standard Python type hints.

          It plays well with other Python libraries as requests, multipart, ujson, pyyaml, and others.

  • Leftovers

    • Common DreamsOpinion | The Cynics’ Monkey Wrench

      If you depart from an “us vs. them” philosophy of life, your first confrontation is likely to be with the cynics.

    • The VergeKylie Jenner can’t save Instagram forever

      In early May, the Meta executive in charge of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, shared some news: the social media app’s main feed would start looking dramatically different to some users.

      For those in a small test group, the feed they’d been using for a decade would be replaced with an “immersive viewing experience” containing full-screen photos and videos with many posts coming from people they weren’t following. In other words, Instagram would start to look and feel even more like TikTok, the short-form video app that Meta sees as its fiercest competition.

    • TediumLava Me 3 Review: A Carbon Fiber Guitar With a Touchscreen

      So, I bought a new guitar over the fourth of July weekend. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it was the sudden increase in my credit line or the sudden appearance of one at my favorite music store that drove me toward the purchase. From the day I saw Mary Spender review the guitar on her YouTube channel, I decided to get one sometime. I didn’t realize it would happen a mere six months later. In today’s Tedium, we’re doing something a little different and reviewing the Lava Me 3 from Lava Music. Now, let’s talk about this phenomenal guitar.

    • ScheerpostDonkey Punch

      “Donkey Punch,” a new original cartoon by the inimitable Mr. Fish, looks at the fundamental disconnect between true progressivism and the DNC.

    • HackadayHackaday Prize 2022: Modern Plug-in Gives TRS-80 Its Voice Back

      Like artificial intelligence, speech synthesis was one of those applications that promised to revolutionize computing in the 1980s, only to fizzle out after people realized that a robotic voice reading out predefined sentences was not actually that useful. Nevertheless, computer manufacturers didn’t want to miss out on the hype and speech synthesizers became a relatively common add-on for a typical home computer.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayCV Based Barking Dog Keeps Home Secure, Doesn’t Need Walking

        Meet [Tanner]. [Tanner] is a hacker who also appreciates the security of their home while they’re out of town. After doing some research about home security, they found that it doesn’t take much to keep a house from being broken into. It’s true that truly determined burglars might be more difficult to avoid. But, for the opportunistic types who don’t like having their appendages treated like a chew toy or their face on the local news, the steaks are lowered.  All it might take is a security camera or two, or a big barking dog to send them on their way. Rather than running to the local animal shelter, [Tanner] used parts that were already sitting around to create a solution to the problem: A computer vision triggered virtual dog.

      • HackadayToddler EV Gets Big Boy Battery Upgrade

        No matter the type of vehicle we drive, it has a battery. Those batteries wear out over time. Even high end EV’s have batteries with a finite life. But when your EV uses Lead Acid batteries, that life is measured on a much shorter scale. This is especially true when the EV is driven by a driver that takes up scarcely more space in their EV than a stuffed tiger toy! Thankfully, the little girl in question has a mechanic:

      • HackadayWhen [Carl] Says Jump, PCBs Say “How High?”

        We’ve noticed that [Carl Bugeja] likes flexible PCBs. His latest exploit is to make PCB-based springs that combine with some magnets to create little devices that jump. We aren’t sure what practical use these might have, but they are undeniably novel and you can see them — um — jumping around, in the video, below.

      • CNX SoftwareAllwinner H618 processor powers Android 12 TV boxes – CNX Software

        Allwinner H618 processor has started to show up in several TV boxes running Android 12, and capable of playing 6K/4K VP9 and H.265 videos with devices such as T95Z Plus and T95 Max, which may be confusing, as companies are reusing those model numbers over and over.

        Featuring a quad-core Cortex-A53 processor, an Arm Mali-G31 MP2 GPU, and 6K video support, the Allwinner H618 looks exactly like the Allwinner H616 processor except it can run the more recent Android 12 operating system.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • TruthOutPrison Health Expert Warns Monkeypox Could “Dramatically Increase” Behind Bars
      • Democracy NowPrison Health Expert Warns Monkeypox Could “Dramatically Increase” Behind Bars, Calls for CDC Action

        The first case of monkeypox behind bars was reported in Chicago this week, and health experts are warning that jails could accelerate the spread as they are dangerously unprepared to combat against a virus that spreads through close physical contact. We speak with Dr. Homer Venters, the former chief medical officer for New York City’s Correctional Health Services, whose new op-ed for The Hill is headlined ”CDC must act to prevent monkeypox explosion in prisons.”

      • Pro PublicaNew York Polio Case Linked to Virus Traces Found in UK, Israel

        Public health officials’ international hunt for clues in the case of polio that paralyzed a New York man has turned up a big one: The virus that infected him matches the genetic fingerprint of poliovirus found in sewage samples taken in London and in the Jerusalem area, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization told ProPublica on Friday.

        It is not yet clear how the virus moved from one place to another or where it was first.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Paranoid Nature of American Foreign and Domestic Policy

        I have a brother with chronic schizophrenia. He had his first severe catatonic episode when he was 16 years old and I was 10. Later, he suffered from auditory hallucinations and heard voices saying nasty things to him. I remember my father reassuring him that the voices weren’t real and asking him whether he could ignore them. Sadly, it’s not that simple.

      • Common DreamsBig Pharma Flooding Airwaves With Disinformation to Kill Drug Price Reform

        While its thousands of lobbyists work fervently on Capitol Hill, the pharmaceutical industry is flooding the airwaves in several states with deceptive ads in a last-ditch campaign to block Senate Democrats’ plan to curb the unchecked pricing power of drug corporations.

        Included as part of a reconciliation package negotiated by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the proposal would require Medicare to negotiate the prices of a small number of drugs directly with pharmaceutical companies, which can currently drive up costs as they please—boosting their profits at the expense of patients.

    • Proprietary

      • India TimesAWS now has $79 bn annual sales run rate as top Cloud provider

        Amazon Web Services (AWS), the Cloud arm of Amazon, now represent an annualised sales run rate of nearly $79 billion that has made it the leading Cloud provider once again.

        AWS reported $19.7 billion net sales in the June quarter, up 33 per cent year over year. The operating income of AWS was $5.7 billion in Q2.

      • India TimesApple now has over 860 mn paid subscriptions across services

        Tech giant Apple has announced that it now has over 860 million paid subscribers across all of its services, which includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple News, iCloud, and more.

    • Security

      • Diffoscopediffoscope 220 released

        The diffoscope maintainers are pleased to announce the release of diffoscope version 220. This version includes the following changes:

        * Support Haskell 9.x series files and update the test files to match. Thanks
          to Scott Talbert for the relevant info about the new format.
          (Closes: reproducible-builds/diffoscope#309)
        * Fix a regression introduced in diffoscope version 207 where diffoscope
          would crash if one directory contained a directory that wasn't in the
          other. Thanks to Alderico Gallo for the report and the testcase.
          (Closes: reproducible-builds/diffoscope#310)

      • Security WeekMicrosoft Connects USB Worm Attacks to ‘EvilCorp’ Ransomware Gang | SecurityWeek.Com [Ed: Microsoft blames others for its vulnerable software, as usual]

        Cybersleuths at Microsoft have found a link between the recent ‘Raspberry Robin’ USB-based worm attacks and EvilCorp, a notorious Russian ransomware operation sanctioned by the U.S. government.

      • Krebs On Security911 Proxy Service Implodes After Disclosing Breach

        911[.]re, a proxy service that since 2015 has sold access to hundreds of thousands of Microsoft Windows computers daily, announced this week that it is shutting down in the wake of a data breach that destroyed key components of its business operations. The abrupt closure comes ten days after KrebsOnSecurity published an in-depth look at 911 and its connections to shady pay-per-install affiliate programs that secretly bundled 911’s proxy software with other titles, including “free” utilities and pirated software.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • The VergeNJ police used baby DNA to investigate crimes, lawsuit claims

          According to the lawsuit, parents and the public at large are unaware that blood samples taken from their children could be used in this way. “The New Jersey Monitor believe the public would be shocked by what has occurred in OPD’s client’s case and that law enforcement agencies are skirting warrant requirements in this way,” a section of the lawsuit reads. “It also believes that parents in particular would be shocked to learn that their children’s blood samples are being stored by the Department of Health for more than twenty years and are being accessed by law enforcement agencies without their knowledge or consent so that their DNA could be analyzed.”

        • Newborn screening program used to aid criminal investigation, public defender says

          Blood drawn as part of a mandatory New Jersey newborn testing program could end up as evidence in the hands of law enforcement.

          The state Office of the Public Defender is alleging law enforcement in New Jersey obtained blood taken as part of the program and used it to charge the child’s father with a crime, an allegation that has led to cries of alarm from civil liberties advocates.

        • TechdirtSan Francisco Mayor Wants PD To Be Able To Commandeer Cameras Owned By Residents Because Reasons

          Ring has been bedding down as many law enforcement partners as possible, turning cops into brand evangelists with the implicit (and sometimes, explicit) promise they’ll have access to private citizens’ recordings. Ring likes this because it increases its market share. Cops like it because it gives them more camera coverage in the areas they patrol, at least theoretically.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • MedforthAnti-Semitic Imam expelled from France

        The file put together by the Northern Prefecture on Hassan Iquioussen convinced the Commission for the Expulsion of Foreigners, presided over by the President of the Lille Court. It gave a positive opinion on the expulsion on June 22. The decision was not a foregone conclusion. With five children, fifteen grandchildren and all his assets declared in France, Hassan Iquioussen could claim to be integrated in his very own way. At the meeting of the departmental commission on expulsion, the minutes of which Le Point has read, the prefect of the Nord department travelled in person to address the case before the judges, receiving the full support of the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin.

      • Jerusalem PostTurkey accused of killing Kurdish female commander in Syria

        A Kurdish commander in the Syrian Democratic Forces, the US-backed group that helped defeat ISIS, was murdered in a targeted assassination by a drone strike in Syria on July 22.

      • FirstpostHindus are under attack in Bangladesh: Why it is right time for Indian Muslims to stand up and protest

        The Economist recounted how innocent Hindus were targeted by frenzied mobs shouting “Hang the culprits”. It was Durga Puja day and people were looking forward to celebrating it but were instead caught up in a wave of violent protests. There was Dilip Das, a washerman, who set out for his local temple to take part in the festivities.

      • Bangladesh witnessing steep rise in persecution of Hindus

        According to the data released, apart from 79 Hindus being killed this year alone, 620 of them have been threatened, 183 of them injured in “targeted” quarrels and fights, 32 of them are missing and more than 145 of them have faced attempt to murder like situation across Bangladesh.

        Not only this, the Hindu Mahajot also claims that more than 130 Hindu families have been rendered homeless, 77 Hindus have been kidnapped, while 501 incidents of “organised” attacks on Hindus have been reported. The Hindu Mahajot also claims that this year alone, 95 cases of forced conversion have been documented in the country in the last six months.

      • Jerusalem PostChildren in Houston sing religious anthem associated with Iranian regime

        The video was posted on Tuesday on the “Houston Azadari” channel which has been active since October 2011 and has over 12,000 subscribers. Azadari, meaning “mourning,” refers to a set of commemoration rituals practiced mostly by Shi’ite Muslims to mourn the death of Imam Husayn ibn Ali in the Battle of Karbala.

      • MedforthMuslim randomly stabs train passengers in Germany: He intended to rid Germany of “non-Muslims”

        Now a psychiatric examination came to the conclusion: the man was acting with full consciousness and was not mentally impaired at the time of the crime. In the course of the investigation, IS propaganda had been found on the Palestinian’s person.

      • The NationTrump Might Face Prison, but Bolton and Kissinger? Never!

        John Bolton made a staggering admission recently. Speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper earlier this month, Bolton denied that what Donald Trump tried to do after the election was a “carefully planned coup d’etat.” When Tapper replied that “one doesn’t have to be brilliant to plan a coup,” Bolton pushed back—and drew on his credentials as Trump’s national security adviser and George W. Bush’s ambassador to the UN. “I disagree with that,” Bolton said, “as someone who has helped plan coups d’etat, not here, but, you know, other places. It takes a lot of work…”

      • MeduzaAt least 53 Ukrainian POWs feared dead after missile strike on prison camp near Donetsk — Meduza

        Ukraine and Russia traded accusations on Friday after a missile strike on a prison camp in Olenivka, a village outside of Donetsk, reportedly killed dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war.

      • ScheerpostIs America’s Destiny Manifest?

        One of the GODFATHER’s most dramatic episodes is the ‘Day of the Long Knives.’

      • Common DreamsRecords Show There Are More Missing Jan. 6 Texts That DHS Watchdog Failed to Mention

        It was revealed Thursday that additional text messages sent and received by Department of Homeland Security officials before and during the January 6, 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol are missing—something the DHS inspector general has known for more than five months but unlawfully failed to disclose to Congress.

        On top of the Secret Service texts from January 5 and 6 that were deleted after the DHS inspector general’s office requested the agency’s electronic communications records, messages sent to and from three high-ranking Trump administration officials at DHS in early January 2021 are missing, according to an internal agency record obtained by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) and congressional sources.

      • TechdirtTraining And Expertise: Denver Cops Hit Five Bystanders While Shooting At ‘Felony Menacing’ Suspect

        Sometimes you’ve got to shoot a few civilians to make the public safe. (h/t Maggie McNeill)

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Republicans Who Testified Had No Business Acting Surprised by Trump’s Incitements to Violence on Jan 6

        The overarching narrative presented by the House January 6 Committee is that the violence of January 6 was the culmination of a long process: that Trump laid the groundwork to undermine the election long before November 2020; promoted the Big Lie every day since the election; invited the mob to the Ellipse on January 6; incited them on that day; urged them to march on the Capitol; and then stood by approvingly while they did what he told them to do.

      • Common DreamsAnti-War Voices Warn Against ‘Insanely Provocative’ Pelosi Visit to Taiwan

        As U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi departs Friday for an Asian trip that may include a stop in Taiwan, anti-war voices are sounding the alarm over a visit they say would needlessly provoke China during a time of already heightened global tensions from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

        “Chinese officials have warned of serious consequences should Pelosi make the trip.”

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • TechdirtThe Case Against Reality Winner Was A Travesty

        Ever since Reality Winner was arrested, we’ve written about the ridiculousness of her case. It was yet another in a long line of cases using the Espionage Act to go after whistleblowers who aren’t spies, but are actively trying to do the right thing — and, as per the Espionage Act — not even allowed to give the context to the court. And, as we noted, the information that Winner “leaked” and for which she was sentenced to five years in prison, was publicly revealed by other government agencies anyway, which seems to completely erase any claim that the leaking of the documents caused some sort of harm to national security.

    • Environment

      • Common DreamsClimate Crisis Linked to Deadly Kentucky Floods

        The planetary crisis was linked to at least 15 deaths in Kentucky Friday as heavy rains triggered what Gov. Andy Beshear called “one of the worst, most devastating flooding events” in the state’s history.

        “As we keep kicking the can on climate solutions, more lives will be lost in climate-based tragedies. We must act now.”

      • Democracy NowBehind the Scenes of the Senate Climate Bill & What Finally Pushed Joe Manchin to Make a Deal

        President Biden is hailing a Senate bill negotiated by Joe Manchin and Chuck Schumer as “the most significant legislation in history to tackle the climate crisis.” While it faces hurdles before passage, the so-called Inflation Reduction Act would invest $369 billion into renewable energy and other measures to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Leah Stokes, a professor of environmental politics who advised Senate Democrats on the legislation, says that while the bill is not perfect, it represents a major step forward. “We just do not have another decade left to wait if we really want to be on track to cut carbon pollution in half this decade,” says Stokes.

      • Common DreamsAdvocates Slam $0 for Child Care in Manchin Anti-Inflation Package

        Advocates for children and parents on Friday highlighted what they say is a major oversight in the Inflation Reduction Act, the climate and tax bill introduced this week after months of negotiations between Sen. Joe Manchin and Democratic leaders, as the package included no funding to help shore up struggling child care facilities across the United States.

        “There is unanimous frustration that Congress continues to push child care to the side, threatening small businesses, keeping parents out of the workforce and putting childrens’ development at risk.”

      • TruthOut369 Groups Tell Biden to Reject Manchin’s Big Oil “Handouts” in Reconciliation
      • FAIRVivek Shandas on Climate Disruption & Heat Waves, Jamie Kalven on Laquan McDonald Coverup
      • TruthOutClimate Deal Is Making McConnell Gag on His Own Tactics — But It’s Not Done Yet
      • DeSmogIreland’s Agri Lobby Has Dodged Its Climate Commitments Through Special Pleading and Dubious Science

        After months of protracted and often bitter wrangling, Ireland’s coalition government yesterday published emissions budgets for each part of the economy, in a bid to meet its ambitious climate goals.

        They take us a step further to achieving the 51 percent emissions cut by 2030 enshrined in legislation, but leave much to be desired. For a start, when all the sectoral targets are tallied up, they represent – at best – a 43 per cent reduction, according to the government’s own Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC). 

      • The NationGavin Newsom’s Letter to Biden Urges Climate Action
      • The NationThis Year, It Was New Mexico’s Turn to Burn

        Firefighters don’t normally allude to early English epics, but in a briefing on the massive Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire in northern New Mexico, a top field chief said, “It’s like Beowulf: It’s not the thing you fear, it is the mother of the thing you fear.” He meant that the flames you face may be terrifying, but scarier yet are the conditions that spawned them, perhaps enabling new flames to erupt behind you with no escape possible. The lesson is a good one and can be taken further. If tinder-dry forests and high winds are the mother of the thing we fear, then climate change is the grandmother.

      • DeSmogClimate Protesters Delay Congressional Baseball Game

        The Congressional Baseball Game is an annual tradition that dates back to 1909. It’s supposed to be a time for both sides of the political system to come together and join in a peaceful nine innings of the national pastime. 

        But this year’s game, held on Thursday, July 28 at the Washington Nationals’ ballpark in Washington, D.C., was less sleepy than the average baseball game. Now or Never, a group of justice, faith, and climate organizations, held a protest in an attempt to disrupt the event and draw attention to the urgent need for large-scale climate action. 

      • The NationRed Hot Summer In America
      • Democracy Now“Hellholes”: Heat Waves Worsen Conditions in Prisons with No Air Conditioning, Understaffing

        As tens of millions of people in the United States live under heat alerts this summer, we look at conditions faced by those in prisons and jails with poor cooling systems and lack of access to running water. “Although heat has been an ongoing issue in Texas, this year it’s exacerbated by a staffing crisis that’s been years in the making,” says Keri Blakinger, the first formerly incarcerated reporter for The Marshall Project. “This is a drastically underappreciated problem,” adds Dr. Homer Venters, the former chief medical officer for New York City’s Correctional Health Services.

      • Democracy Now“Our Lives Depend on Passing Climate Policy”: Meet Congressional Staffer Arrested in Senate Protest

        Before a deal emerged this week on a bill to address the climate emergency, six congressional staffers were arrested Monday on Capitol Hill as they held a nonviolent civil disobedience protest inside the office of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, urging him to reopen negotiations on the bill. We speak with Saul Levin, one of the staffers who was arrested, and discuss the role the action had in pushing the bill forward. “Our lives depend on passing climate policy this year,” says Levin. “We hope that this had an impact.” We’re also joined by Leah Stokes, a professor of environmental politics who advised Senate Democrats on the legislation.

      • Common DreamsMediterranean Sea Ecosystem Threatened by Heat-Induced ‘Marine Wildfire,’ Scientists Warn

        Scientists are warning this week that the prolonged and above-average temperatures gripping the Mediterranean Sea are causing a “marine wildfire” that could permanently alter the ecosystem and cause species extinction.

        David Diaz of the Spanish oceanographic institute told Le Monde such ocean heatwaves were “the equivalent of underwater wildfires, with fauna and flora dying just as if they had been burned.”

      • Energy

        • FAIRNightly News Fails to Connect Gas Price Surge and Climate Crisis

          Gas prices hit an all-time high in June, with the national average surpassing $5 per gallon. A shortage of Russian oil due to sanctions imposed by the European Union, United States and others is largely to blame, and in response President Biden has urged US oil companies and other producers—like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates—to increase their production to fill the gap.

        • DeSmogWhen Extreme Weather Reigns, Disinformation Pours

          Recent extreme weather across the globe is showing us how rapidly the climate is changing in an increasingly warming world. Heatwaves are scorching Europe, the United States, North Africa, Siberia, and some parts of the Middle East and China. Last month, the worst heatwave ever recorded hit Japan. In Brazil, more than 20,000 people were displaced after heavy rainfall in May triggered floods and landslides. The month before, extreme rainfall and floods in South Africa killed more than 400 people. In Europe, Spain and Portugal are battling wildfires, while Italy is suffering from the worst drought in the past 70 years, with many municipalities rationing water.

        • TruthOutExxonMobil Is Counting on Trump-Chosen Judge to Undermine Right to Sue Polluters
        • Common DreamsPrice Gouging at the Pump Results in 235% Profit Jump for Big Oil: Analysis

          As fossil fuel giants this week reported record profits for the second quarter, an analysis out Friday highlighted how eight oil companies have raked in nearly $52 billion over the past three months “while Americans continue to struggle at the pump.”

          The review by the watchdog group Accountable.US revealed that from April through June, Chevron, Equinor, ExxonMobil, Hess Corp, Phillips 66, Shell, and TechnipFMC “saw their profits skyrocket from the same time period last year, with income shooting up 235%.”

        • Common DreamsClimate Coalition to Biden and Schumer: Reject ‘Fossil Fuel Expansion’ in Manchin Deal

          A climate justice coalition sent a letter Friday imploring President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to reject any proposed fossil fuel expansion during negotiations over the latest iteration of the Democratic Party’s reconciliation bill.

          “The unnecessary fracked gas Mountain Valley Pipeline and further drilling in Alaska and the Gulf are not foregone conclusions.”

        • Common DreamsMajor Handouts in Manchin Deal ‘Delighting’ Oil and Gas Industry

          The U.S. oil and gas industry is openly lauding elements of a reconciliation package that includes historic renewable energy investments, a response likely to heighten climate advocates’ wariness of the bill as Democrats look to push it through the Senate as soon as next week.

          The legislation, whose scope and ambitions were dictated by fossil fuel industry ally Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), includes components “that are helpful to our business,” Rich Walsh of Valero said during the fossil fuel giant’s earnings call on Thursday, referring to tax credits in the 725-page bill that could benefit the company.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Counter PunchThe NYT Promotes Logging in Yosemite

          The article states without qualification, “many experts say there is a consensus among scientists and political leaders on the need to thin and burn forests more proactively.”

          The article suggests that humans always managed the landscapes in Yosemite and elsewhere. And that there is consensus that Indian burning kept the forests open. This view has been challenged but is not acknowledged in the NYT piece.

        • Nepal’s tiger population reaches 355

          Nepal has successfully achieved its goal of doubling the tiger population by 2022, as per its commitment, along with 12 other tiger range countries, the first tiger summit in 2010 in St Petersburg.

          In 2010, there were 121 tigers in Nepal. The number rose to 198 in 2013 and 235 in 2018.

          Nepal has now easily surpassed its commitment to increase the number to 250 in 2022, as 355 tigers were counted during the last census in December.

        • The Washington PostIn much of Asia, tiger populations are rebounding

          Tiger researchers, while optimistic, warn that the fierce hunter remains under threat from both poaching and encroachment into its remaining habitat. And nations are struggling to reach their collective goal of doubling the population of wild tigers worldwide between 2010 and 2022, the last two years assigned to the tiger in the Chinese zodiac.

        • Nepal Nearly Doubles Its Wild Tiger Population

          With fewer than 4,000 wild tigers left in the world, more must be done to ensure tiger numbers keep trending upwards. “Every tiger counts, for Nepal and the world,” said Dr. Ghana S. Gurung, Country Representative of WWF-Nepal. “While Nepal is but a few tigers away from our goal to double tiger numbers by 2022, this survey underscores the continued need to ensure protection and improved and contiguous habitats for the long-term survival of the species.”

        • BBCNepal: Return of the tigers brings both joy and fear

          Nepal’s zero-poaching approach has worked to protect the tigers. The military units support the national park teams. And in buffer zones next to the park, community anti-poaching units monitor nature corridors that allow tigers to roam safely.

      • Overpopulation

        • NewsweekIt’s Earth Overshoot Day, and Future Generations Are Calling

          July 28 is Earth Overshoot Day. As of that day, for the rest of 2022, human economic activity will be using the planet’s resources beyond its capacity to renew them. Humans now consume things like wood, water, and soil at nearly twice the rate the planet can support.

          We’re also fast approaching climate overshoot, beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming, by 2030. The Climate Overshoot Commission will meet several times this year to discuss ways to keep that from happening. Meanwhile the World Meteorological Organization calculates a 50 percent chance of touching the 1.5 degree threshold by 2026. Recent intensified storms, fires, floods, and droughts are all symptoms of the fever.

          The dominoes are falling. Resource consumption drives climate change, and the biggest driver of consumption is population growth. Strategies for perpetual economic growth demand ever increasing consumption, requiring more and more people, pushing us into overshoot.

        • Health Minister Offers Absurd Solution to Control Pakistan’s Population

          A recent UN report titled ‘World Population Prospects 2022’ revealed that Pakistan’s population will jump to 366 million by 2050. To put into perspective, it will be an increase of 56% in the country’s current 220 million population.

          Instead of taking holistic measures after the publication of the UN report, Federal Health Minister, Abdul Qadir Patel, has come up with an absurd solution to rein in the rapidly rising population of Pakistan.

        • Qadir Patel’s out-of-the-box advice to people wanting more children

          Federal Minister for Health Abdul Qadir Patel Monday gave an out-of-the-box solution to couples who want more children.

          Presenting a solution to them, the federal minister said during an event that if couples want to have more children, they can go to a country where there are fewer Muslims — so that the Muslim population increases there.

        • Dawn MediaThe people bomb

          We are now faced with a perfect storm. Inadequate investment in education and poor economic growth have generated enormous resentment and anger among a youth cohort that sees few prospects for advancement amid contracting employment opportunities. The effects of climate change are bearing down unmistakably upon us, and making scarce resources even more so. Unpredictable weather patterns and rising temperatures are adversely affecting harvests and exacerbating food insecurity. Population pressures also leave us much more vulnerable to international developments such as the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war that disrupt global supply chains. Shortages of water and electricity have already begun to spark unrest; the smallest provocation, it seems, is enough to trigger mob violence in a people whose patience has been stretched thin by poor governance, rising inflation and urban crime. This is not how a country’s future is secured.

        • Daily TimesPakistan’s population to double in next 30 years burdening its resources: Turner

          British High Commissioner on Tuesday observed that Pakistan’s population was going to double in the next 30 years putting a huge burden on its resources that demanded a proper response to address the pressing issue.

          The British envoy made these remarks during a ceremony to commemorate World Population Day, a collaborative event conducted here in a joint effort of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Pakistan, British High Commission, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination (NHSRC), and Population Programme Wing (PPW), the event revolved around the theme” A world of 8 billion: Towards a resilient future for all – Harnessing opportunities and ensuring rights and choices for all,” a news release said.

        • Rapid growth in Pakistan’s population warrants head-on response: UK HC

          While addressing the ceremony, Dr Christian Turner said, “The business-as-usual approach needs to stop. It is important to talk about family planning. The UK is the largest donor on Family Planning in Pakistan and has been supporting the country since 2012. Delivering Accelerated Family Planning in Pakistan (DAFPAK) is a £90 million programme that has so far reached 7 million family planning users mostly from marginalised communities. The UK remains committed to support Pakistan.” While addressing the World Population Day event via a video testimonial, President Dr Arif Alvi expressed concern over the constant population growth and the meager resources available in Pakistan.

    • Finance

      • Counter PunchAmerican Diplomacy as a Tragic Drama

        Confronted with China’s industrial prosperity based on self-financed public investment in socialized markets, U.S. officials acknowledge that resolving this fight will take a number of decades to play out. Arming a proxy Ukrainian regime is merely an opening move in turning Cold War 2 (and potentially/or indeed World War III) into a fight to divide the world into allies and enemies with regard to whether governments or the financial sector will plan the world economy and society.

        What is euphemized as U.S.-style democracy is a financial oligarchy privatizing basic infrastructure, health and education. The alternative is what President Biden calls autocracy, a hostile label for governments strong enough to block a global rent-seeking oligarchy from taking control. China is deemed autocratic for providing basic needs at subsidized prices instead of charging whatever the market can bear. Making its mixed economy lower-cost is called “market manipulation,” as if that is a bad thing that was not done by the United States, Germany and every other industrial nation during their economic takeoff in the 19th and early 20th century.

      • MeduzaThe film industry gets creative Russian movie theaters’ last-ditch effort to survive Hollywood’s boycott — Meduza

        Russia’s movie theater industry is on the brink of collapse. After the country launched its full-scale war against Ukraine, Hollywood’s largest studios were quick to pull out of the market. Russian distributors initially thought they could make up for the lost movies by showing Indian and Latin American films, but filling theater seats has turned out to be harder than they anticipated. Now, the industry is discussing “solutions” such as the parallel import of foreign films, “compulsory licenses” issued by the Russian government, and the “non-contractual use of rights” to new films. Some theaters have already screened the latest Top Gun and Doctor Strange films illegally, and industry experts say illegal showings will only become more common as theaters fight to stay open. Meduza weighs the future of going to the movies in Russia.

      • TruthOut4 Companies Filed Nearly 15,000 Eviction Actions in COVID’s First 16 Months
      • ScheerpostMassachusetts Trader Joe’s Becomes First to Unionize in Huge Workers’ Victory

        Brett Wilkins reports on how grocery store workers in Hadley, Mass. organized and won a huge labor victory despite anti-union moves.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Debunking Four Myths About Inflation

        The truth about inflation is getting covered up by countless myths spewed by corporations and their political lackeys.

      • Techdirt76% Of U.S. Voters Don’t Know Congress Passed A Huge Infrastructure Bill

        You might recall that John Oliver bit years ago about how Americans fall asleep when they hear the word “infrastructure.” We’ll obsess for hours over Elon Musk showmanship, or the innovative potential of NFTs, but the U.S. press in particular falls into a lazy stupor any time actual, essential infrastructure is mentioned. It’s a problem for a species facing an historic climate destabilization that heavily targets… infrastructure.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Interest Rate Hikes Will Not Fix Inflation

        In prescribing cures for inflation, economists rely on the diagnosis of Nobel laureate Milton Friedman: inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon—too much money chasing too few goods. But that equation has three variables: too much money (“demand”) chasing (the “velocity” of spending) too few goods (“supply”). And “orthodox” economists, from Lawrence Summers to the Federal Reserve, seem to be focusing only on the “demand” variable. 

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Fed Will Be to Blame if the Economy Crashes Into a Recession

        The Federal Reserve’s interest rate policy is one of the most important economic decisions that our government makes. If it were more widely understood, and the Fed were held more accountable, Fed officials would probably be more careful about the downside risks of raising interest rates too much.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • The NationMissouri Senate Hopeful Lucas Kunce Battles Big Money in Both Parties

        There is a good debate to be had about whether newspaper endorsements still carry the weight in political races that they once did. But if Missouri Democrats are serious about winning the race for that state’s open US Senate seat, they will pay close attention to the reasoning of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board than they do to ads from millionaire candidates and special-interest groups that are flooding the state’s airwaves.

      • The NationWe Sing, We Dance
      • TruthOutALEC Focuses on “Woke Capitalism,” Bodily Autonomy and More at Annual Meeting
      • Democracy NowWhy Is AIPAC Spending Millions in Primary to Defeat Rep. Andy Levin, a Former Synagogue President?

        As the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) invests millions in Democratic primaries to defeat progressives who support Palestine, we speak to one of the candidates: Michigan Congressmember Andy Levin, whose primary is on Tuesday. He is a self-described Zionist who supports a two-state solution, but earlier this year a former president of AIPAC described him as “arguably the most corrosive member of Congress to the U.S.-Israel relationship.” “What you have here is a real threat to the Democratic Party being able to choose our own nominees that we send to the general election in November,” says Levin. Levin was among 17 House Democrats arrested Tuesday in a pro-abortion protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court.

      • ScheerpostFun Fun Fun!

        “Fun Fun Fun,” a new original cartoon by the inimitable Mr. Fish, considers the altruistic side of the Republican Party.

      • Common DreamsFollowing Trump’s Lead, GOP Pushes Bill to Make Federal Workers Fireable ‘At Will’

        U.S. Rep. Chip Roy’s introduction Friday of a bill to make federal bureaucratic personnel at-will employees further stoked fears that marginalized workers will suffer discriminatory firings under a future Republican administration or even GOP-controlled Congress.

        “This is obviously a huge and major change, an effort to gear up a major assault on the federal employment system.”

      • ScheerpostKatie Halper: Trump ‘Broke Liberals’ Brains’

        The comedian and host of two popular progressive podcasts offers her take on why the American left keeps getting things wrong.

      • TruthOutWarnock, Abrams in Close Races With Republicans in Georgia Races
      • Misinformation/Disinformation

        • NBCIn a California town, a militia is welcomed by some, cautioned by others

          “There is a wide open park with a shade filled pavilion. Completely empty. You would figure that would be the perfect area for evacuees to eat and unwind, but no, they chose a couple parking lots in the middle of town, highly visible, so they could advertise,” a commenter responded.

          “They have no authority. They are in costume and they want attention. That is all. Otherwise they would move their charade to a place that makes sense.”

        • India TimesMeta to no longer fund its news publishers in US: Report

          Tech giant Meta has started informing its news partners that the company will stop paying publishers for their content to run on Facebook’s News Tab in the US.

          According to Axios, as the company is moving forward with sweeping changes to the Facebook experience, news has become less of a priority.

        • NBCElon Musk countersues Twitter, but details of the suit are confidential

          It wasn’t clear why Musk asked the court to keep details of his countersuit confidential when the billionaire, who is also the CEO of SpaceX, had been vocally critical of Twitter on social media and in press interviews in recent months.

        • The HillMusk confidentially countersues Twitter over nixed acquisition bid: reports

          Tesla CEO Elon Musk confidentially filed a countersuit against Twitter after the company sued him for terminating a deal to buy the social media platform for $44 billion earlier this month, according to multiple news reports.

        • ReutersElon Musk files countersuit under seal vs Twitter over $44 bln deal

          Elon Musk countersued Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) on Friday, escalating his legal fight against the social media company over his bid to walk away from the $44 billion purchase, although the lawsuit was filed confidentially.

          While the 164-page document was not publicly available, under court rules a redacted version could soon be made public.

        • AxiosScoop: Meta officially cuts funding for U.S. news publishers

          Catch up quick: Facebook brokered a slew of three-year deals with publishers in 2019. At the time, the company was ramping up its investment in news and hired journalists to help direct publisher traffic to its new tab for news.

          The deals were worth roughly $105 million in the U.S., sources told Axios. In addition to that, the company spent around $90 million on news videos for the company’s video tab called “Watch.”

        • AxiosReality crashes down on Meta

          Driving the news: The tech giant told investors Wednesday that it’s planning to cut costs, slow investments and reduce head count as it braces for what CEO Mark Zuckerberg called a “downturn” that has already begun to wreak havoc on its business.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • WSWSWSWS readers defend Zero-COVID advocate Dr David Berger

        The WSWS continues to receive statements in defence of Dr David Berger, a respected Australian physician and dedicated zero-COVID advocate who is being threatened with deregistration by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) over his social media condemnations of the government’s “let it rip” coronavirus policies.

      • YLETurkey again requests legal assistance against Tampere man that insulted Erdoğan

        The man is accused by Turkey of posting derogatory pictures of the President and derogatory comments about him on Facebook, according to the prosecutor. The man from Tampere has repeatedly denied the crime [sic].

      • RFERLIranian Actress Nazanin Bahrami Reportedly Detained, Whereabouts Unknown

        Bahrami was one of some 800 women to recently sign a statement denouncing the “systematic” sexual harassment and violence against women in the Iranian film industry and had called for a mechanism to ensure those responsible were dealt with.

        Her relatives said Bahrami was returning home in the capital from work when she was surrounded by plainclothes police and taken into custody.

        Her whereabouts are not known and officials have not commented on the situation.

      • Frontpage MagazineDeath for ‘Blasphemers’ in Pakistan

        The problem with this law is not so much that its sentencing is extreme and irrevocable but rather that Muslims regularly exploit it to settle personal grudges against non-Muslim minorities in Pakistan, as in this case. The fact is, Pakistan’s non-Muslim minorities, mostly Christians and Hindus, know better than to say anything that can be misconstrued as offensive to the Muslim prophet—being, as they are, well acquainted with the dire repercussions. They are taught from youth to exhibit nothing but deference for Islam’s prophet. But that does not stop Muslims from falsely accusing those “infidels” they have a grudge against of vocally insulting Muhammad.

      • [Old] Amnesty InternationalPakistan: Use and abuse of the blasphemy laws

        AI is concerned that a number of people facing charges of blasphemy, or convicted on such charges have been detained solely for their real or imputed religious beliefs. Most of those charged with blasphemy belong to the Ahamdiyya community but Christians have increasingly been accused of blasphemy, among them a 13-year-old boy accused of writing blasphemous words on the walls of a mosque despite being totally illiterate. The following case histories are supplied: Anwar Masih, a Christian prisoner; Arshad Javed, reportedly mentally ill, sentenced to death; Gul Masih, a Christian, sentenced to death; Tahir Iqbal, a convert to Christianity, died in jail while on trial; Sawar Masih Bhatti, a Christian prisoner; Dr Akhtar Hameed Khan, Muslim social activist; Chand Barkat, a Christian acquitted of blasphemy but continuously harassed; Hafiz Farooq Sajjad, stoned to death; Salamat Masih, Manzoor Masih and Rehmat Masih, three Christians.

      • TechdirtTrump Says It’s Defamation To Call His Lying About The Results Of The 2020 Election ‘The Big Lie’

        Donald Trump, whose supporters still pretend is a “free speech” champion, has regularly been known to sue news organizations that are mildly critical of him. You may recall that back in 2020 he hired notorious-lawyer-for-suing-media-companies (yes, he once was the lawyer in a case against us), Charles Harder, and sued both the NY Times and the Washington Post. The NY Times case was dismissed easily. The Washington Post case appears to somehow still be alive, though not much has happened in a while. It was, initially, assigned to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who has since received two separate promotions, which took her off the case. Somewhere along the way, Harder left the case and was replaced by Harmeet Dhillon, who has been a favorite lawyer of perpetually aggrieved culture warriors.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • The NationDavid Moberg, 1943–2022

        In September 1965, David Moberg, a 22-year-old reporter in Newsweek’s Los Angeles bureau, interviewed Bob Dylan, who had just begun using electric instruments in his recordings and concerts, which upset fans who preferred a more traditional, acoustic sound. He asked the singer if there was a “new” Bob Dylan. Dylan responded, “How would you like it if somebody introduced you as the ‘new’ David Moberg?”

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • BBCIran: Ex-child bride among three women executed in one day – report

        Rights groups report that Iran also executes more women than any other country, the majority of whom are thought to have been found guilty of killing their husbands.

        On Wednesday, the Iran Human Rights Group says former child bride Soheila Abadi was hanged in prison after being convicted of killing her husband after marrying him 10 years previously when she was 15 years old.

      • Internet Freedom FoundationHey CM leave those kids alone!

        In the latest edition of the Delhi Government’s CCTV saga, parents will now be able to livestream CCTV footage of the children who study in Delhi govt. schools. Concerned about potential misuse, we wrote to the Chief Minister’s Office urging them to recall the scheme.

        Why should you care?

        CCTV surveillance has risen exponentially in the national capital. According to a report titled, “Delhi, Chennai among most surveilled in the world, ahead of Chinese cities”, published on the Forbes India website on August 26, 2021, Delhi is the most surveilled city in the world with 1,826.6 cameras per square mile. While we were concerned after seeing this report, the Government of Delhi on the other hand seemed to take it as an achievement. Now, the Government of Delhi is planning to livestream CCTV footage from government schools to the parents of their children. It is essential that we resist the urge to normalise these levels of surveillance, especially because increasing surveillance fails to fulfil its primary promise, a corresponding increase in security.

      • TruthOutMichigan High Court: Anti-Discrimination Law Applies to LGBTQ Residents
      • The NationAfter Dobbs, Republicans Offer Few Ideas for Increasing Support for Children and Families

        The conservative movement that has worked for a half century to overturn the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade has finally succeeded: As of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs case in June, abortion is no longer a constitutional right guaranteed across the country.

      • TruthOutAlito Gloats and Taunts Critics of His Anti-Abortion Ruling
      • Common DreamsBiden Applauded for Nominating ‘Distinguished’ Abortion Rights Lawyer to Federal Court

        Reproductive freedom advocates on Friday praised President Joe Biden’s nomination of an abortion rights attorney to the federal bench in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court reversing Roe v. Wade.

        “This important nomination… could not come at a more important time in the fight for reproductive freedom.”

      • TruthOutMassachusetts Trader Joe’s Workers Celebrate Forming Company’s First-Ever Union
    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Monopolies

      • The VergeFTC staff reportedly recommended against suing Meta

        The FTC’s latest suit targets the specific category of VR fitness apps. But a key claim is that buying Within has a larger purpose for Meta: “building, and ultimately controlling, a VR ‘metaverse.’” It asserts that by buying the fitness studio, Meta is removing competition that could spur it to keep improving its own software offerings, including the fitness-adjacent rhythm game Beat Saber. “As early as 2015, Mr. Zuckerberg instructed key Facebook executives that his vision for ‘the next wave of computing’ was control of apps and the platform on which those apps were distributed,” it says. “A key part of this strategy was for his company to be ‘completely ubiquitous in killer apps.’”

      • Trademarks

        • TechdirtRapper IDK Calls Out Popeyes Over Trademark Because He’s Trademark Illiterate

          I’ll preface this post with this short bit of throat-clearing: no writer or reader of this site should expect the average person on the street to understand the nuances of intellectual property at the same level of those of us interested in the topic. The law is complicated and nuanced, and the layperson is simply not going to have the background that some of us have.

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakPiracy Lawsuit Triggers Dispute Over ‘Hollywood Style Quality’ of Adult Films

          Piracy lawsuits should be pretty straightforward. Rightsholders must provide solid evidence that someone shared a copy of their content without permission. However, in a piracy case filed by adult entertainment company Strike 3 the purported “Hollywood style quality” of the porn videos is now a topic of contention.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Equalizer Baduk variant

        Players take turns saying a number or passing. You can’t say a number higher or the same as what’s already been said. It’s an action and who bids lowest is the equalizer.

        The equalizer sits on black’s left side and white’s right. East, if black is north and white is south.

      • How to Watch Terminator

        I’ve re-watched all the Terminator movies in the past few days, trying to determine how they fit together in some sort of watch order. (A small disclaimer is in order: I haven’t seen a single episode of the Sarah Connor Chronicles. This post is about the movies only.)

        It’s not… easy. Almost all those following Terminator: Judgment Day are reboots or rewrites of the storyline. Although they do take advantage of the confusing mechanics of time travel to sort of make it work.

        So how do we do this? Let’s attempt to make some sense to it. Here’s what I choose to call the School Bus Approach to Terminator (stupid name, sure, but I’m just now re-watching the scene in Genisys where a school bus tumbles around on the Golden Gate Bridge).

      • The Martian and Project Hail Mary

        I rewatched The Martian some weeks back and had the idea to read the book by Andy Weir it was based on. I ended up liking it enough to also check out Andy Weir’s most recent book, Project Hail Mary. And it’s a good thing I did since that one, in my opinion, is even better.

        I won’t go too into detail but the two books are pretty similar. If you like one you’ll almost certainly enjoy the other. But they each also feel different and unique which I appreciate having read the two back to back.

      • Washington, Oklahoma, Kansas/Missouri

        My wife and I took our first ever real vacation in the 17 years we have been married.

      • Saniĝanta kaj pensanta pri teĥnologio senkomprena

        I’ve recovered from whatever illness I had before. Perhaps it was food poisoning, or some side-effect of jet lag, or some virus or bacterium. Whatever it was, it’s done.

        I’m taking a couple days vacation with my family in The Windy City before I start working for the nonprofit. We drove here 2 days ago and spent yesterday at a car dealership looking at folkloric shirts (it’s a long story). Today we’re going to visit museums.

      • Travel Fatigue and US hospitality

        Greetings fellow pub-goers, it’s been a while and I’m all traveled out.

        Maybe it was an attempt to make up for the lack of going anywhere over the last two years, or just a yearning for being anywhere else — but after visiting my family earlier this year, going to a wedding in a hot country last month, and spending three weeks just now in the US — I can safely say that I’m done.

        There is only so much walking under the midday summer sun in a hot country that I am willing to do, and I think I’m well past any healthy limit. Plus, I just can’t handle takeoff’s and landings anymore. It’s gotten to the point that I automatically revert into a meditative state where I hum a song to myself with my hands clasped lightly together until the plane levels out.

    • Technical

      • I Just Left Feedly!

        Running FreshRSS has been a great experience. So much so that I almost forgot that I had Feedly account, despite using it for more than a decade.

        I’m subscribing to more feeds now. Adding new subscriptions no longer feels like a dumb idea; reading posts on Feedly was starting to become so annoying I just didn’t want more there.

        Because I’ve locked my FreshRSS instance between HTTP Auth (it’s only for me, after all) it can’t do WebSub (formerly PubSubHubub). But that’s okay. It just meant that the initial import from the OPML file I got from Feedly threw a few errors. It quickly adapted.

      • Two Weeks With the Snail

        Most of the time, I focus on one or two applications (a browser or a text editor and a browser), and everything else (like the IRC client) is packed neatly in the stack area. Therefore, I’m fine with this limitation. I tried to tune the formula to allow 3 tall windows in the master area even with a 16:9 monitor, but they’re just too narrow. A high-resolution display doesn’t help, because many UIs (especially IDEs with sidebars) don’t work well when they’re so narrow.

        I find the snail layout very nice to use when I combine it with “workspaces”. I have one tag with my coding setup (text editor, browser, IRC client, two general-use terminals) and another for everything else (audio mixer, Bluetooth settings, etc’). The former has room for two tall windows in the master area, and the latter is always a mess with “temporary” windows I forgot to close, and changes constantly.

      • Science

        • HackadayTesting Antennas With WSPR

          There are many ways to test HF antennas ranging from simulation to various antenna analyzers and bridges. However, nothing can replace simply using the antenna to see how it works. Just as — supposedly — the bumblebee can’t fly, but it does so anyway, it is possible to load up some bed springs and make contacts. But it used to be difficult — although fun — to gather a lot of empirical data about antenna performance. Now you can do it all with WSPR and [TechMinds] suggests a moderately-priced dedicated WSPR transmitter to do the job. You can see a video about the results of this technique below.

        • HackadayCalculus Made Easy In The Car

          If you had the traditional engineering education, you’ve made your peace with calculus. If you haven’t, you may have learned it on your own, but for many people, calculus has a reputation for being super difficult. While some of the details can be very tricky, the core concepts are actually simple and [Mathologer] has a very simple explanation along with some good graphics that can help you get started on calculus mastery if you’ve been putting it off. Using a car on the highway as the prototypical example, he covers quite a bit of ground in the 30 minute video that you can see below.

      • Internet/Gemini

      • Programming

        • I can’t stand developer interviews with algorithms (Or, why I’m learning APL)

          I’ve been contacted by several HR people who are looking for a software engineer. It’s good. I’m always looking for new challenges. What I can’t stand is a large portion of the company decides that they should test the candidate’s algorithm skill. Sorry, what? You just said you want to hire a senior GPU developer. Instead of interviewing with actual related domain knowledge and writing code that runs on the GPU. You decided if I want the potision, I should spend time on LeetCode and write algorithm questions. You are waisting my time. And so I’ll have my revenge.

        • Unmaintained packages

          I’m a strong advocate of downstream packaging, however, one of the downsides I neglected to mention is when a package becomes unmaintained (i.e, orphaned). I’ve seen this happen with both traditional package management and also on Flathub.

          In the latter case, the update for an app and a PR was available for months, but the maintainer was inactive. I e-mailed the Flathub admins and they manually intervened. It was for an emulator, so not a big deal and I didn’t plan on using it for long anyway. As another example, arc-theme (a GTK theme) was outdated for months as the original upstream was no longer maintained. It took a while for the package for a new maintainer to adopt the package and switch to the new upstream.

        • moving forward

          So I got let go from Google Summer of Code, it’s unfortunate, but the project just involved different skillsets than I expected, and I wasn’t able to hack it. I have enough money to probably get me through August and into the period of time I go to houston to visit family.

          I originally saw these as two seperate projects, but in the process of writing them, I have realized that they can be completed in sequence.

          Start a personal project, see if it gets big, then either go to houston and work on it there for free for a while, or come back after going there for a few weeks and work on it here. Coming back would be preferable, but I probably would have to get a “regular job” to pay for myself until I could get it out.

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