08.05.22

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  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • FOSSBytesChrome OS Vs Windows: The Ultimate Comparison [Ed: A false dichotomy, as usual]

        Gone are the days when Windows was your only good option when choosing an operating system. Thanks to the open-source community at large, Desktop Linux has witnessed steady growth in the past few years, and so has Google’s OS for computers and Chrome OS.

        Introduced in 2011, Chrome OS has grown immensely over the last decade, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic taking the previous two years by storm and work/study-from-home becoming the new norm. But the real question is, has Chrome OS developed enough to challenge Windows? Here’s the only ultimate Chrome OS Vs Windows comparison you’ll ever need!

    • Server

      • The New StackGoogle Puts Open Source in Chip Design and Manufacturing – The New Stack

        Chip manufacturers are on speed dial for cloud giants like Google and Amazon when they need volume production of internally designed chips. But a program led by Google is trying to open source silicon on the roadmap to combat that domination.

        Google is leading a group of partners that provides open source software tools for chip designers to design, verify and test virtual versions of the chips, and then get the physical parts manufactured in factories for free. The goal is to help do-it-yourselfers, universities and chip startups cut the designs and production cost of chips.

        [...]

        The New Stack is a wholly owned subsidiary of Insight Partners, an investor in the following companies mentioned in this article: Unit, Bionic.

      • UbuntuCanonical talks cloud native and career development at community meetup in Manila | Ubuntu

        The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) defines Cloud Native as

        A technology that empowers organisations to build and run scalable applications in modern, dynamic environments such as public, private, and hybrid clouds. Containers, service meshes, microservices, immutable infrastructure, and declarative APIs exemplify this approach.

        These techniques enable loosely coupled systems that are resilient, manageable, and observable. Combined with robust automation, they allow engineers to make high-impact changes frequently and predictably with minimal toil.

        Cloud native is about speed and agility.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Make Use OfLinux Kernel 5.19 Released With 7 New Features

        A new version of the Linux kernel has arrived. Like most updates, version 5.19 doesn’t contain one headline-grabbing feature. Instead, it’s filled with various odds-and-ends improvements that make Linux more performant across hardware both new and old.

        Maybe 5.19 will be a release that surprises you. But if you don’t want to be surprised, here’s some of what to expect.

    • Applications

      • Linux LinksStreaming with Linux: Amazon Music Unlimited – LinuxLinks

        This is a new series that surveys popular streaming services from a Linux perspective. I am not reviewing any of the streaming services themselves although I may make comments from a personal perspective along the way.

        To start the series, I’m looking at Amazon Music Unlimited. This is a music subscription service with a catalogue of around 90 million songs. It costs $8.99/£8.99 per month to Prime members ($9.99/£9.99 for non-Prime members). I took advantage of the recent Amazon Prime Day deal offering a 4 month free trial. At the time of writing, there’s still a 1 month free trial available. Up to 10 devices can be authorized to a music library account.

        The service offers a wide-ranging song catalogue and bundles in lossless and hi-res tracks in the standard subscription fee. If you’re a follower of my music software reviews, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of music encoded with FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec).

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • H2S MediaHow to Install exa on Ubuntu 20.04/22.04- ls command alternative

        Here in this tutorial, we will find out how to install and use Exa on Ubuntu 20.04 or 22.04 linux. The commands given here can be used on other Debian or Ubuntu-based systems as well.

        exa is a modern alternative to the ls command. exa is a revised terminal command (with more features) for listing files or folders. Colors are used for a clearer presentation by distinguishing file types and metadata. Symlinks, Git, and other attributes are also taken into account. It’s small, fast, and just one single binary.

      • Red Hat OfficialLinux tool alternatives, configuring firewalls, and more sysadmin tips | Enable Sysadmin

        July 2022 was another excellent month for Enable Sysadmin. During the month, we published 24 new articles and received more than 770,000 reads from over 520,000 readers across the site.

      • ByteXDHow to Set and Unset Environment Variables in Linux – ByteXD

        In this tutorial, you will be acquainted with multiple methods to manage environment variables by checking all available variables (local and global), along with common ways to set/unset system-wide and remote login session accessible variables.

      • ID RootHow To Install VSCodium on Linux Mint 21 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install VSCodium on Linux Mint 21. For those of you who didn’t know, VSCodium is an open source, free to use, and community-driven binary distribution of Microsoft’s editor VSCode. The source code for this product can be found on GitHub, which is licensed under the MIT license and will always remain free as long as you don’t mind installing extra features via plugins or extensions from third parties like Telemetry.

        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 a VSCodium on Linux Mint 21 (Vanessa).

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install ClamAV on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, ClamAV is an open-source antivirus engine for detecting trojans, viruses, malware, and other malicious threats. It supports multiple file formats (documents, executables, or archives), utilizes multi-thread scanner features, and receives updates for its signature database at least 2-4 times a day.

        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 ClamAV 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.

      • TecMint10 Things to Do After Installing Linux Mint 21

        This guide explains 10 things that you should do after installing Linux Mint 21, Vanessa. This focuses on the Cinnamon edition but should work for those who have installed the Mate and XFCE editions as well.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Install Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificate on Domain

        Consider this scenario, you have a website project that is up and running but you need some security surety to maintain the integral identity of your website project.

        Website security provides the certainty that potential and growing internet traffic is never diverted from a web platform since users can trust their access to it. The Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate is a digital certificate responsible for authenticating a web app’s identity via an activated encrypted connection.

        For Linux users running and managing web apps via various Linux server distribution systems (either for personal or commercial reasons), the Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate is good at not only keeping customer information private and secure but also encapsulating their online transactions from prying eyes.

        This article will walk us through the installation and activation of the Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates on an active domain name.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Check Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificate Expiration Date

        Consider this scenario, you have a web app or website up and running and secured by a Let’s Encrypt certificate. The latter statement has no problem until you start wondering when you installed the Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate associated with your domain name and how many days you have towards its expiration.

        This article will walk us through a valid solution and also provide an alternate permanent solution so that we do not ever have to worry about the Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate’s expiration dates.

      • OpenSource.comDelete the local reference to a remote branch in Git | Opensource.com

        After you merge a GitLab or GitHub pull request, you usually delete the topic branch in the remote repository to maintain repository hygiene. However, this action deletes the topic branch only in the remote repository. Your local Git repository also benefits from routine cleanup.

        To synchronize the information in your local repository with the remote repository, you can execute the git prune command to delete the local reference to a remote branch in your local repository.

      • CitizixHow to Setup Prometheus Monitoring On Kubernetes Cluster

        In this guide, we will learn how to set up Prometheus for monitoring on a Kubernetes cluster. This setup collects node, pods, and services metrics automatically using Prometheus service discovery configurations.

      • Trend OceansHow to Enable PipeWire and Disable PulseAudio in Ubuntu 22.04 – TREND OCEANS

        There are lists of applications that I can’t afford to miss after setting up newly installed distributions, and one of them is EasyEffects, which enhances the audio quality to the next level. Without it, I don’t get the real vibe from the music.

        If you have ever used the EasyEffects, you will know it requires a PipeWire audio server, and it won’t work if you are using PulseAudio as an audio server, so I do have two options.

        One option is that I could install PulseEffects, or else I could enable PipeWire, which is bundled with Ubuntu 22.04, and as you know, PulseAudio doesn’t support the latest Bluetooth earphones, so it’s better for me to enable Pipewire.
        After making the changes, EasyEffects started working, so if you are having a similar kind of problem, then this article will be useful for you and you can even follow the below steps if your Bluetooth headset is not working in Ubuntu 22.04.

      • markaicode by MarkHow to Update from Rocky Linux 8 to Rocky Linux 9 | Mark Ai Code

        Gregory Kurtzer, the original CentOS creator, founded the Rocky Project. This came after Redhat announced the demise of CentOS Linux. This Linux distribution created to meet CentOS’s initial aims was first published on April 30, 2021, with the public availability version following on June 21, 2021.

        The most astonishing thing about Rocky Linux is that it is a free and open-source system that is bug-for-bug compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Rocky Linux 9 is the most recent release version of this Linux distribution.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Mini-GUADEC 2022 Berlin: retrospective | Philip Withnall

          I’m really pleased with how the mini-GUADEC in Berlin turned out. We had a really productive conference, with various collaborations speeding up progress on Files, display colour handling, Shell, adaptive apps, and a host of other things. We watched and gave talks, and that seemed to work really well. The conference ran from 15:00 to 22:00 in Berlin time, and breaks in the schedule matched when people got hungry in Berlin, so I’d say the timings worked nicely. It helped to be in a city where things are open late.

          c-base provided us with a cool inside space, a nice outdoor seating area next to the river, reliable internet, quality A/V equipment and support for using it, and a big beamer for watching talks. They also had a bar open later in the day, and there were several food options nearby.

          At least from our end, GUADEC 2022 managed to be an effective hybrid conference. Hopefully people in Guadalajara had a similarly good experience?

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

      • Time to Make Mageia 9 Beautiful – The Artwork Drop is Open | Mageia Blog (English)

        As with every release, the artwork for Mageia 9 will come from you, the great community that supports and makes Mageia possible. The Development of Mageia 9 is progressing quickly, with many major updates and key features getting ready for testing and release. With this progress, it’s time to get the artwork ready for release. As in previous years, we’re looking for your contributions and ideas, but not just images and photos – if you have icons and logos, or ideas on how login screens or animations should look, then it’s time to discuss or show them off.

    • Red Hat / Fedora Family / IBM

      • IBM Old TimerIBM emeritus Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Disruptive Forces Necessitate Bold Decisions

        In January of 2021 I attended Predictions 21, an online event organized by Forrester Research. “Faced with the pandemic, firms did things that once seemed impossible – sometimes overnight,” said Forrester last year, adding that “2021 will be the year that every company – not just the 15% of firms that were already digitally savvy – doubles down on technology-fueled experiences, operations, products, and ecosystems.”

        Earlier this year I attended Predictions 22, and was particularly curious to see how things had changed in the intervening year. “Disruptive Forces Necessitate Bold Decisions,” was the overriding message in this year’s event guide. “The old ways of working no longer work. The future is up for grabs. Leading firms will use the crucibles of 2020 and 2021 to forge a path to an agile, creative, and resilient tomorrow.”

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: CPE Weekly Update – Week 31 2022

        This is a weekly report from the CPE (Community Platform Engineering) Team. If you have any questions or feedback, please respond to this report or contact us on #redhat-cpe channel on libera.chat (https://libera.chat/).

      • ZDNetFrom software developer to CEO: Red Hat’s Matt Hicks on his journey to the top [Ed: On the WWW, thought I'm not sure about paper form, like 90% of "news" is already paid-for webspam, sponsored by the companies the 'articles' are about. This means that nowadays being a "professional journalist" means being compromised, becoming a corporate parrot.]
      • SlashdotFrom Software Developer To CEO: Red Hat’s Matt Hicks On His Journey To the Top [Ed: IBM paying "news" sites to do Red Hat churnalism/stenography, pretending all is well]
      • Enterprisers Project4 tips to help retain IT talent

        Over the past two years, IT leaders have been tasked with juggling innovation to keep business operations running efficiently – all at breakneck speed while collaborating with external partners. CIOs must also collaborate with internal stakeholders to manage the risks.

        As business models and customer interactions have shifted to digital platforms, technology management has also changed to allow employees to remain productive in this new environment.

        Organizations today have a diverse and truly globalized workforce and must consider different cultures, time zones, and currencies. Many employees also struggle with challenges such as balancing the demands of work and family, dealing with a more solitary work environment, and more – all of which affect mental health and work performance.

      • Enterprisers ProjectDeveloper burnout: 3 ways to avoid it on your IT team

        Software development is continuous and constantly changing. As a result, modern developers may feel “always on,” with little downtime to recharge. A study from Haystack found that 83 percent of software developers suffer from workplace burnout.

        It’s no secret that the pandemic increased feelings of burnout, but other variables exacerbate these feelings as well. The top reasons developers cited in the study for burnout included high workload (47 percent), inefficient processes (31 percent), and unclear goals or targets (29 percent).

        Developer experience (DevEx) refers to the overall interactions and feelings that a developer experiences when working toward a goal. It can play a critical role in curating positive experiences for both developers and end users. A frictionless developer experience that uncomplicates processes and helps prevent developer burnout is vital.

    • Debian Family

      • CNX SoftwareInexpensive, Snapdragon 410-based “4G LTE WiFi Modem” made to run Debian 11

        Some ultra-compact 4G LTE wireless routers housed in what looks like a largish USB dongle are based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 401 (MSM8916) quad-core Cortex-A53 processor and have been hacked to run Debian 11 with Linux 5.15 instead of the pre-loaded Android OS.

        Soon after Extrowerk had purchased a ~$20 “4G LTE WiFi modem” USB dongle, he noticed it would show as “Android” when connected to his PC. It also turned out that Chinese hacker HandsomeYingYan had already done some work on the device modding the lk2nd bootloader and the Linux kernel for the OpenStick project for “mainline Linux on msm8916-based 4G USB modem”, and documented his work (in Chinese) to run Debian 11 on the “4G USB WiFi Modem” pictured below.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Medevel16 Open-source Projects to Build a CCTV System With Raspberry Pi

        Raspberry Pi is still the most popular affordable SBC (Single Board Computer). It is used as the core in many of projects for education, healthcare, security, and IoT.

      • Geeky GadgetsMangoPi MQ Pro with 64-bit RISC-V processor


        MangoPi has officially launched their second RISC-V mini PC after unveiling it earlier this year. The MangoPi MQ Pro measures just 65 x 30mm and is available with either 512MB or 1GB of DDR3L memory and is equipped with 2 x USB Type-C ports, 1 x mini HDMI 1.4 port, 1 x microSD card reader plus a 40-pin GPIO header compatible with Raspberry Pi boards. The mini PC also supports Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi 4 connectivity.

        The MangoPi MQ Pro is the company second mini PC powered by a RISC-V processor and follows on from the tiny MangoPi MQ powered by a Allwinner D1s processor supported by 64MB of RAM and featuring 2 x USB-C ports, 1 x microSD card reader, WiFi and Bluetooth.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • OpenSource.comScalable storage for the masses to debut in ownCloud Infinite Scale | Opensource.com

      So far, ownCloud users have only had the opportunity to choose between simple local file storage based on a POSIX-compatible file system or EOS Open Storage (EOS). The latter causes massive complexity during setup. More recent versions of ownCloud feature a functionality called Decomposed FS. This file system is supposed to bring oCIS to arbitrary storage backends and even scalable ones.

      During the rewrite of ownCloud from PHP to Go, the company behind the private cloud solution is introducing massive changes to the backend of the software. This time, the developers do away with a tedious requirement of the first versions of ownCloud Infinite Scale (oCIS). By implementing a file system abstraction layer, oCIS can use arbitrary backend-storages (and even such storage mechanisms that can seamlessly scale out). This article explains the reasons behind ownCloud’s decision, the details behind the Decomposed FS component, and what it means for ownCloud users and future deployments.

      To understand the struggle that oCIS faces, it’s important to have a quick look back at the genesis of ownCloud Infinite Scale. What started as an attempt to gain more performance resulted in a complete rewrite of the tool in a programming language that was different from the previous one. ownCloud did, however, partner with several companies and institutions when rewriting its core product. Amongst the organizations that ownCloud partnered with was a university in Australia. Said university used EOS, a storage technology developed by CERN, the European physics research institute notorious for running projects like the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). For the partnership between ownCloud and the Australian University to make any sense, oCIS needed to be tied to the existing on-premises storage solution of the institute.

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

      • Ariadne ConillMigrating away from WordPress

        Astute followers of this blog might have noticed that the layout has dramatically changed. This is because I migrated away from WordPress last weekend, switching back to Hugo after a few years. This time around, the blog is fully self-hosted, rather than depending on GitHub pages, and the deployment pipeline is reasonably secure. Perhaps we can call it a “secure blog factory” with some further work, even.

      • The Month in WordPress – July 2022

        July 2022 brought a lot of exciting announcements and proposals for the WordPress project, from an updated timeline for the WordPress 6.1 release, to design updates on WordPress.org. Read on to learn more about the latest news from the community.

      • MedevelRasa is a Machine Learning Framework For Building Text and Voice Intelligent Conversations

        Rasa is a free and open-source community-powered machine learning framework to automate text- and voice-based conversations.

        [...]

        Rasa is licensed under the Apache-2.0 License.

      • Medevel15 Open-source Free Live-chat Widget Solutions To Boost Your Customer Engagement

        In this article we created you a list of the best open-source chat widget solutions, which vary in features, and options. We recommend going through the list and look through all of their features before making a final decision.

    • Programming/Development

      • Java

        • Ubuntu PitTop 15 Best Netbeans Themes for Free in 2022

          Netbeans is an open-source IDE known for its easy usage, intuitive interface, and Java implementation. However, users sometimes have their own preferences for which they might wish to use one of the other NetBeans themes. And there are plenty of options to choose from!

          That said, themes aren’t just used to make the software look pretty. They have a lot more to them and actually contribute much to the user experience besides the UI. Different themes in IDEs work to keep the codes organized and enhance their readability, among other benefits.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Chromecast Protocol

        After almost a month of reconnaissance through the study of Chromium’s code, VLC’s code and other people’s attempts, we finally have figured out the Chromecast protocol, and it works flawlessly and reliably!

  • Leftovers

    • [Old] Where I hope to go (just NOT with SubStack) | Stop at Zona-M

      A couple of months ago, NiemanLab republished what Casey Newton learned from a year on Substack, that is plenty of details and tips about leaving a media company and start your own publication.

    • TruthOutFeel Like Everything Is Crumbling? This Oral History of the Future Offers Hope.
    • The NationJuan Emar’s Forgotten Vanguard

      The Chilean writer known as Juan Emar chose that name amid a lifetime of dissatisfaction. Born Álvaro Yáñez Bianchi in 1893 in Santiago, he was the son of a prominent Chilean lawyer and newspaper magnate, and adopted his nom de plume around 1924 to express his disdain for the country’s intellectual landscape and his place in it. Contemporary Chilean literature’s staid criollismo movement was looking to the countryside for naturalist visions of rural life—imagine Little House on the Pampas—but Bianchi was more interested in European experimentalism. “Juan Emar” was meant to sound like “J’en ai marre,” French for “I’m fed up.”

    • HackadayThe FishFeeder Keeps Your Fish Fed While You’re Away

      With summer in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere, millions of people are out on vacation leaving millions of homes empty. Thanks to modern technology it’s easier than ever to keep an eye on those empty homes: internet-connected cameras report suspicious activity, and smart-home devices like curtains and light bulbs can be operated from your holiday home. If you’ve got an aquarium and want to keep your fish well-fed during your vacation, then [FoxIS]’s internet-connected automated fish feeder might come in handy too.

    • Common DreamsOpinion | Remembering the Life and Work of David 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?”

    • Hardware

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Proprietary

      • NBCTaiwanese websites hit with DDoS attacks as Pelosi begins visit

        The attacks hit at least four websites — those of President Tsai Ing-wen, the National Defense Ministry, the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the country’s largest airport, Taiwan Taoyuan International.

        It wasn’t clear where the cyberattacks came from. Their timing added to concerns over China’s vehement opposition to the visit by Pelosi, D-Calif.

    • Security

      • Bleeping ComputerNew Linux malware brute-forces SSH servers to breach networks [Ed: Now the Microsofters are trying to blame "Linux" for weak passwords, which are brute-forced. This is getting utterly ridiculous given that Windows has actual back doors.]

        A new botnet called ‘RapperBot’ is being used in attacks since mid-June 2022, focusing on brute-forcing its way into Linux SSH servers to establish a foothold on the device.

      • Maritime regulation. All Hands-on Deck! | Pen Test Partners

        Since January 1st 2021 the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been enforcing Resolution MSC. 428(98) of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code.

        This resolution encourages Vessel Owners to ensure that cyber risks are appropriately addressed in existing safety management systems (SMS) by no later than the first annual verification of the company’s Document of Compliance (DOC) after January 1, 2021.

      • eSecurity PlanetCobalt Strike Inspires Next-generation Crimeware | eSecurityPlanet

        Cobalt Strike is a legitimate vulnerability scanning and pentesting tool that has long been a favorite tool of hackers, and it’s even been adapted by hackers for Linux environments.

      • LWNSecurity updates for Friday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by CentOS (firefox, thunderbird, and xorg-x11-server), Debian (xorg-server), Gentoo (Babel, go, icingaweb2, lib3mf, and libmcpp), Oracle (389-ds:1.4, go-toolset:ol8, httpd, mariadb:10.5, microcode_ctl, and ruby:2.5), Red Hat (xorg-x11-server), Scientific Linux (xorg-x11-server), SUSE (buildah, go1.17, go1.18, harfbuzz, python-ujson, qpdf, u-boot, and wavpack), and Ubuntu (gnutls28, libxml2, mod-wsgi, openjdk-8, openjdk-8, openjdk-lts, openjdk-17, openjdk-18, and python-django).

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • [Old] NEVER mix your employer and your smartphone

          Rachel By The Bay recently shared that she bought a second phone just because she wanted THAT other phone, and that only, to “take the burden of all of the crap her new employer was about to throw at her”.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • NBCAfter Alex Jones’ lawyers accidentally leak years of emails, Infowars financial documents are revealed in court

        Lawyers for Alex Jones appeared to have accidentally sent over the entire contents of the Infowars founder’s phone to the lawyers for the plaintiffs in his defamation trial, according to court proceedings Wednesday.

        Mark Bankston, a lawyer for the parents of one of the children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and who are now suing Jones, said during the proceedings that “12 days ago, his [Jones’] attorneys messed up and sent me a digital copy of every text” and email from Jones’ phone.

      • Foreign PolicyTaliban Killings Skyrocket in Forgotten Afghanistan

        This is not the first warning that Taliban killings are on the rise. In January, the United Nations reported that more than 100 former Afghan officials had likely been killed since the Taliban seized Kabul in August 2021, most of those killings conducted by the militant group. But former Afghan officials believe that the numbers are continuing to rise as Afghanistan has receded from the spotlight with Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and few consequences from U.S. officials.

      • The HillAlex Jones’s attorney ‘messed up’ and sent two years of texts to Sandy Hook parents’ lawyers

        The legal team for far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones accidentally sent two years of his phone records to the attorneys for parents of a Sandy Hook school shooting victim, cross-examination revealed Wednesday during his defamation trial.

      • TruthOutJan. 6 Committee Has Requested Alex Jones Texts, Sandy Hook Parents’ Lawyer Says
      • NPRA judge unleashed a tirade on a prominent Jan. 6 defendant for his post-plea comments

        But Friedrich, who was nominated to the federal bench by former President Trump, grew audibly frustrated when she turned to Straka’s recent public comments about both his cooperation and his plea deal.

      • Telex (Hungary)The captured American spy plane that crashed during a Hungarian pleasure flight

        Sixty-one years ago, on 6 August 1961, the accident known as the Lumumba Street tragedy occurred when a Malév plane – a passenger plane converted from an American “spy plane” – crashed into a high-rise building in Zugló during a sightseeing flight in Budapest. Even though thirty people died in the disaster, it was not reported in the newspapers until days later.

      • TruthOut21st-Century US Foreign Policy Is Shaped by Fears of China’s Rise, Chomsky Says
      • ScheerpostPatrick Lawrence: Language and Its Enemies

        Media critic Patrick Lawrence lays out how the aftermath and potential consequences of Pelosi’s Taiwan visit are made obscure by certain media outlets.

      • TruthOutWarnings Grow over Nuclear War as Tensions Escalate Between US, Russia and China
      • Counter PunchAs the War in Ukraine Devastates the Nation’s Ecosystems, the World Reaches Record-High Military Spending

        While ignoring the climate disaster, the U.S. is not only spending to boast its own military powers but also providing Ukraine with weapons and other aid in its ongoing conflict with Russia.

        With the war in Ukraine raging on, the U.S. Senate voted 86 to 11 in May and gave its approval to President Joe Biden’s massive additional aid package of $40 billion to help Ukraine on top of the nearly $14 billionauthorized just two months prior. This total financial aid package for Ukraine of around $54 billion is now almost as large or larger than the entire 2021 defense budgets of several countries: France’s military budget was $56.6 billion in 2021, Germany’s was $56 billion, Japan’s was $54.1 billion and Australia’s military spending stood at $31.8 billion. In contrast, there are also other ongoing struggles and attempts by some countries to achieve independence worldwide. They grab little attention and receive no substantial financial support.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Reflections on Russia’s Antiwar Protests and Ours

        Simultaneously, we find ourselves witnessing the playing out of the repression of dissent against the illegal and hugely unpopular 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, along with the repression of dissent against the illegal and hugely unpopular 2003 American invasion of Iraq. The arena for the latter has been the ongoing extradition campaign against Julian Assange for the 2010 Wikileaks release of “Collateral murder” a video of a 2007 U.S. helicopter attack killing several Iraqi civilians, including two journalists. The most noteworthy recent Russian event—in real time—came with a court sentencing Moscow district councilor Aleksei Gorinov to seven years in prison for breaking a recently adopted law against spreading “false information.” Gorinov’s crime was calling the Ukraine invasion a “war” and not a “special military operation.” A good moment, perhaps, to consider the respective fates of the two antiwar efforts—dramatically different in one aspect and depressingly similar in another.

      • The NationHow the “Brooks Brothers Riot” Set the Stage for Insurrection

        In the wake of a bitterly disputed presidential election, a central hub of government operations was suddenly under siege. A group of aggrieved right-wing protesters defied security and flooded into the now-chaotic center of activity. Government officials were harassed and feared for their safety, as charges of fraud and betrayal of the people’s will rose up from the angry mob.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • The DissenterJustice Department: NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Must Wait To Apply For Pardon

        Winner’s attorney Alison Grinter sent a letter to the Justice Department’s Office of the Pardon Attorney on June 29 and singled out Trump’s actions.“We are asking that the waiting period be waived on this application for pardon because as the former President has been shown to have had no respect for our democratic institutions and norms and has shown a willingness to subvert, manipulate, and hide the truth, now is the right time to forgive those who brought us the truth when we needed to know it,” Grinter argued. Grinter further maintained that it was necessary to stand up to “political retaliation and scapegoat scare tactics” and pardoning Winner would help bring about healing and reconciliation. She also contended, as the US government is focused on fighting Russia in Ukraine, it is wrong for the Justice Department to continue to punish Winner.On August 3, four days after National Whistleblower Appreciation Day, the Office of the Pardon Attorney replied, “We have concluded that it would not be appropriate to grant a waiver of the waiting period in her case to permit her to apply for a pardon at this time.” The response mostly quoted the guideline that the Justice Department often follows, but it also was insulting to Winner.

    • Environment

      • The NationIn the Era of Climate Migration, What Will “Home” Mean?

        In modern American parlance, the meaning of “home” is entangled in real estate. In young adulthood, I learned that to be a “grown-up” was to buy your own house, even if it left you with a crippling mortgage that would devour most of your earnings. The idea lies at the core of the American Dream, that postwar fantasy that exerts a stubborn influence on our culture no matter how outdated it becomes. This article is an excerpt from Madeline Ostrander’s new book At Home on an Unruly Planet: Finding Refuge on a Changed Earth, published by Henry Holt.

      • HackadayReduced Sulfur Emissions Could Cause Climate Shock

        When we talk about emissions these days, we typically talk about cutting them back for the good of the environment. However, the climate system is a complex beast, and one we’re still learning to understand.

      • Pro PublicaThe EPA Has Identified 23 U.S. Facilities Whose Toxic Air Pollution Puts People at Risk

        The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced plans to “engage and inform” nearly two dozen communities across the country where air pollution from commercial sterilizer plants has significantly increased lifetime cancer risks for nearby residents. The facilities use a toxic gas called ethylene oxide to sanitize medical and dental equipment and fumigate certain food products. The announcement comes after the EPA’s inspector general and news publications including ProPublica and The Texas Tribune highlighted the agency’s yearslong failure to inform communities of their risks.

        The EPA said that its analysis of the industry’s self-reported emissions data showed that about a quarter of the nearly 100 commercial sterilizers the agency regulates are exposing nearby residents to unacceptable cancer risks from ethylene oxide. It posted risk maps and other information online for each of the high-risk facilities and announced dates for national and community-specific webinars and in-person meetings in the coming weeks.

      • Common DreamsFirst-of-Its-Kind Greenwashing Lawsuit Targets Gas Giant for Methane Lies

        Warning that a Washington, D.C. utility has run afoul of the U.S. capital’s consumer protection law, three public interest groups on Thursday announced a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against Washington Gas Light Company over what they called the “greenwashing” of its use of highly pollutive methane gas.

        U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Environment America Research and Policy Center, and ClientEarth filed their lawsuit in the District of Columbia Superior Court, saying Washington Gas is consistently misleading more than one million customers by advertising its use of natural gas as a “smart choice for the environment.”

      • Energy

        • The VergeSpain bans setting the AC below 27 degrees Celsius

          A decree published on Tuesday morning in the official state gazette and scheduled to go into effect next week mandates that air conditioning in public places be set at or above 27 degrees Celsius (about 80 degrees Fahrenheit) and that doors of those buildings remain closed to save energy.

          Those public places include offices, shops, bars, theaters, airports, and train stations. The decree is being extended as a recommendation to all Spanish households. The rules include maintaining heating at or below 19 degrees Celsius (about 66 degrees Fahrenheit) in the winter and will remain in place at least through November 2023.

        • Pro PublicaManchin Trades Climate Support for Massive WV Pipeline

          From his Summers County, West Virginia, farmhouse, Mark Jarrell can see the Greenbrier River and, beyond it, the ridge that marks the Virginia border. Jarrell moved here nearly 20 years ago for peace and quiet. But the last few years have been anything but serene, as he and his neighbors have fought against the construction of a huge natural gas pipeline.

          Jarrell and many others along the path of the partially finished Mountain Valley Pipeline through West Virginia and Virginia fear that it may contaminate rural streams and cause erosion or even landslides. By filing lawsuits over the potential impacts on water, endangered species and public forests, they have exposed flaws in the project’s permit applications and pushed its completion well beyond the original target of 2018. The delays have helped balloon the pipeline’s cost from the original estimate of $3.5 billion to $6.6 billion.

    • Finance

      • The DissenterEquifax Whistleblower Says He Was Fired After Exposing Fraud Related To Consumer Complaints

        Stephen Leary, a whistleblower for the US credit reporting agency known as Equifax, says he was fired after he refused to submit fraudulent data about customer complaints to a US government agency.He filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Atlanta, Georgia, where Equifax is headquartered. It alleges that Equifax violated a section of the Consumer Financial Protection Act, which protects employees of “consumer reporting agencies” from this type of retaliation.“This case is about a company punishing a dedicated employee for refusing to ‘play ball’ when it tried to cover up its regulatory violations that placed the financial security of everyday Americans in jeopardy,” the complaint declares.

        Equifax garnered a notorious reputation in 2017 after a massive data breach compromised the personal data of more than 145 million Americans, as well as thousands of Canadians and nearly a million citizens in the United Kingdom. The company’s outreach to the public was viewed as “haphazard,” “ill-conceived,” and a “dumpster fire.”

      • TruthOutSinema Wants to Prevent Closure of Tax Loophole for Rich in Reconciliation Bill
      • Common DreamsAfter Shielding Tax Loophole for Private Equity, Sinema Backs Senate Bill

        Sen. Kyrsten Sinema announced late Thursday that she has agreed to back Democrats’ new reconciliation bill, but only after securing changes to a proposed levy on major corporations and forcing the removal of a provision targeting a notorious tax loophole exploited by rich investors.

        In a statement, Sinema (D-Ariz.) said that she and the Democratic leadership agreed to strip out “the carried interest tax provision, protect advanced manufacturing, and boost our clean energy economy in the Senate’s budget reconciliation legislation.”

      • Common DreamsSiding With ‘Private Equity Buddies,’ Sinema Targets Corporate Tax Provisions

        As Senate Democrats work to finalize their new reconciliation package, corporate-friendly Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is reportedly demanding the removal of language taking aim at a notorious tax loophole that primarily benefits rich private equity investors and billionaire hedge fund managers.

        Politico reported Wednesday that the Arizona Democrat—a major recipient of private equity campaign cash—”wants to nix language narrowing the so-called carried interest loophole,” which allows some ultra-wealthy executives to pay a lower tax rate than ordinary employees.

      • TruthOutSanders Takes Aim at Big Oil, Big Pharma Concessions in Inflation Reduction Act
      • Common DreamsSanders Announces Amendment to Strip All Fossil Fuel Handouts From Manchin Deal

        Sen. Bernie Sanders announced Wednesday that he will be filing amendments to remove fossil fuel industry giveaways from Democrats’ new reconciliation bill and strengthen the legislation’s drug price provisions, which the Vermont senator has characterized as unacceptably weak.

        In a speech on the Senate floor, Sanders reiterated the message he delivered in Tuesday remarks outlining what he sees as the deep flaws of the reconciliation package, the product of months of negotiations primarily between fossil fuel industry ally Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

      • Common DreamsBowman Introduces Bill to Help People ‘Crushed by the Burden of High Prices’

        Stressing the need for a “new economic playbook” that prioritizes human needs over corporate greed, U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman on Thursday introduced proposed legislation that would tackle excessive profiteering with targeted price controls.

        “In my district and across the country, people simply cannot afford to live.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | How to Stop the GOP From Killing Medicare, Social Security, and Us

        It’s The Ronald Reagan Memorial Competition: which Republican can make the rich richer and the poor poorer the fastest?

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • ScheerpostElite Lapdogs Always Welcome in Corporate Media

        Chris Cuomo’s return is a reminder that corporate media personalities are not accountable to the public, they are accountable to the elites they serve.

      • Insight HungaryCPAC embraces Viktor Orban despite his previous remarks on ‘mixed-race’ society

        Viktor Orban, Hungary’s nationalist Prime Minister, has traveled to Dallas to give an opening speech at CPAC Texas on Thursday. The Conservative Political Action Conference featured Orban after he sparked outrage with his comments against Europe becoming a ‘mixed-race’ society. After his controversial remarks, one of his closest advisors stated it was a ‘pure Nazi’ speech and resigned.

        In his CPAC address, the Hungarian PM attacked the media, saying their coverage of him is ‘fake news’ due to the country’s ‘zero tolerance policies ‘ for racism and anti-Semitism. He also stated that a ‘Christian politician cannot be racist’, and that those who accuse him or his government of racism and anti-Semitism are “idiots”.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Common Dreams‘Catastrophic’: Michigan Town Votes to Defund Library Over LGBTQ+ Material

        A library in western Michigan is at risk of closing in the next year after town residents voted against a tax that would have funded 84% of the facility’s budget, following a fight over a book with LGBTQ+ themes on the library’s shelves.

        On Tuesday, people in Jamestown Township voted 62% to 37% against approving a millage that would have been applied to residents’ property taxes in order to fund Patmos Library.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Associated PressSuit: Police chasing white suspect wrongly arrest Black man

        A suburban Boston police officer who was pursuing a white suspect pinned a 20-year-old Black man to the ground as he was walking home and placed a knee on the man’s neck despite having no evidence that he was involved in any crime, according to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed Wednesday.

      • NPRUndercover journalist in Afghanistan finds Taliban are abducting, imprisoning women

        Navai chronicles the Taliban’s treatment of women in the new PBS Frontline documentary, Afghanistan Undercover, which she started researching in early 2020.

        “I started looking at the land [the Taliban] were taking and what was happening to women in the territory they were taking over. And it was frightening,” Navai says. “I wanted to make a documentary almost as a warning: Listen, everybody, this is what’s happening.”

      • TruthOutAnti-Abortionists Deny Importance of Kansas Vote, But It’s Massively Significant
      • ScheerpostRight-Wing Extremists Are Making Fiction Come True

        Nina Burleigh looks into the political implications of the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Very Good People of Kansas

        I want to talk about Kansas. Not about its corn as high as an elephant’s eye, nor about Dorothy and Toto trying to find their way home, but about Kansas as the geographic and Republican center of America, Kansas as the vintage Norman Rockwell core of America, Kansas as what the Republican Party was before being hijacked by Newt Gingrich and then mugged by a New York real estate con artist.   

      • Common Dreams‘It’s About Damn Time’: 4 Louisville Cops Charged in Killing of Breonna Taylor

        Following two years of racial justice activism, the U.S. government on Thursday charged four current and former Louisville, Kentucky officers for alleged federal crimes related to the March 2020 killing of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old unarmed Black woman who was shot dead in her own home during a botched police raid.

        “Justice delayed is justice denied. But it’s never too late to do the right thing.”

      • Common DreamsRussian Court Sentences Brittney Griner to 9 Years in Penal Colony on Drug Charges

        Following a Russian court’s announcement of a guilty verdict in the case of U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner on Thursday, calls mounted for President Joe Biden to take any necessary steps to help free the Women’s National Basketball Association player.

        Griner’s attorneys said they would “certainly file an appeal” of the “unreasonable” verdict, which came five months after Griner was arrested for carrying two vape cartridges containing less than a gram of hashish oil in her luggage at a Moscow airport.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Hollywood ReporterRoku’s Decline: Wall Street Sees Rocky Road Ahead

        Nathanson fears that Roku’s numbers, like other companies’, had been elevated by consumer demand for streaming video during the pandemic and propped-up higher advertising spend in 2021. But, as the second quarter showed, Roku’s advertising, which is easy to turn off and on, appears more susceptible to a recession than traditional TV advertisers. At the same time, the company is facing competition on three sides, Nathanson writes.

      • The VergeOne of the most enduring shows on TV is getting put behind a Peacock paywall

        NBC’s long-running soap opera Days of Our Lives will be leaving broadcast television after 57 years on to stream exclusively on Peacock, the network announced on Wednesday. The change means that fans who previously have been able to watch the show for free on broadcast will now have to pay for a streaming service to learn what happens next in the show’s fictional town of Salem. New episodes of Days of Our Lives will debut beginning September 12th.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakLaLiga & Movistar Will Block IPTV Pirates, No Court Process Needed

          Top-tier football league LaLiga and subscription TV platform Movistar Plus+ have won a joint lawsuit in Spain that allows them to block IPTV services until 2025 without needing permission from the courts. A second lawsuit won by Movistar Plus+ allows the TV platform to advise local ISPs of piracy-facilitating sites on a weekly basis and have them blocked within three hours.

        • Torrent FreakCloudStream-3 Piracy App Taken Down By Sky UK DMCA Notice

          Popular open source Android app Cloudstream-3 allows people to watch movies and TV shows by aggregating content from dozens of major streaming sites. Following a DMCA takedown notice sent to Github on behalf of Sky UK, which complains about the availability of a single TV episode, Cloudstream-3′s main development repo has been consigned to history.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Manhattan

        I was schlepping down to the decent bagel shop two blocks away. The one on my block is awful, and the really good one is twenty blocks away. Well worth the mile walk, but lately there’s been a line of thirty-somethings around the block. So, the decent bagel is good enough.

      • SpellBinding: EYKLNUI Wordo: SAVOR
      • I broke

        I don’t know what else to call it, I guess since I still have my wits about me I’m not broken per say but I decided to drive out into the woods to get away from my life for a while. Or not a while, just tonight.

    • Technical

      • Science

        • The Joule Thief

          The “Joule Thief” is a simple voltage booster circuit that allows batteries that would otherwise be considered “dead” (with voltages as low as ~0.3 V) to power LEDs.


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