08.08.22

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Links 08/08/2022: EasyOS 4.3.3 and Debian Day 2022 After Silencing Dissent

Posted in News Roundup at 2:58 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

    • Server

      • Red Hat OfficialKubernetes network stack fundamentals: How containers inside a pod communicate | Enable Sysadmin

        Learn how containers communicate within a pod through the same Kubernetes network namespace

        Many sysadmins view networking as one of the most complex elements in a Kubernetes environment. This is especially true when hosting your own Kubernetes cluster instead of paying for a managed cluster.

      • Venture BeatOpen-source [Openwashing] Acorn takes a new approach to deploy cloud-native apps on Kubernetes | VentureBeat

        Kubernetes has become the de facto standard for multicloud deployments, with services on every major public cloud and a host of vendor technologies, including Red Hat OpenShift and Suse Rancher.

        Packaging and then deploying applications to run in cloud-native environments, with the Kubernetes container orchestration system, can be complex. It’s a challenge that Acorn is looking to help solve. There is no shortage of vendors in the Kubernetes space, but Acorn’s pedigree is particularly strong.

      • NetcraftMost Reliable Hosting Company Sites in July 2022 [Ed: GNU/Linux 9 out of 10, as usual]

        Aruba had the most reliable hosting company site in July 2022, dominating the leaderboard for the second month running. Aruba has data centres in Italy and the Czech Republic, and their services include cloud computing as well as hosting and domains.

        The remaining podium places also remained unchanged, with Rackspace coming in second and New York Internet(NYI) taking third place once again. Rackspace offers a variety of data, security, and cloud services, with data centres around the world, whilst NYI provides hybrid IT solutions.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • The Register UKLinux 6.0 to arrive soon, along with performance gains • The Register

        The next version of the Linux kernel is jumping version numbers, with some performance gains, but it’s not a major change all the same.

        Roughly every two dozen kernel versions, Linus Torvalds tends to bump the Linux kernel’s major version number, essentially so the minor version number doesn’t get too large. As such, what was previously planned to be version 5.20 is now Linux 6.0. The “merge window” during which contributors can send in requests for their new code to be incorporated is currently open, and then will come a period of testing and integration work, marked by a series of “release candidates.”

        Samba, the Windows-compatible filesharing tool for FOSS xNix, has a new in-kernel server for SMB3. This is receiving improvements to its multichannel handling, as well as further steps in the ongoing deprecation of the SMB 1 protocol. According to Microsoft’s analysis, this should boost performance.

        Support for the RISC-V architecture continues to accrue, with changes that improve the new platform’s support for handling for Docker containers and apps packaged with Ubuntu’s Snap system, plus page-based memory types.

      • Support for Intel Meteor Lake Processors Already Implemented in Linux 6.0

        But with regard to intelligent drivers in Intel Meteor Lake, everything is being prepared in advance. A x a thousand lines were added to the Linux Code compared to the SOF series driver, but the sound subsystem of Meteor Lake processors compared to its predecessors. Drivers are using ACE as symbol in the new generation. The release of Meteor Lake processors will go ahead next year, but engineering samples are already being tested, so the appearance of support for the audio subsystem of new products from Linux is very timely.

      • WCCF TechLinux 6.0’s Perf Tooling Ready For AMD Zen 4 IBS
      • Linux-compatible ELSA VELUGA G3 with NVIDIA RTX A5000

        Elsa introduced the 17.3-inch mobile workstation ELSA VELUGA A5000 G3-17 for Linux. Sales will begin in late August, with a market price of 3609 USD.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Lars WirzeniusOn home Internet routers

        Recently, the power brick for my home Internet router PC failed. It had worked flawlessly for six years. To get something working as soon as possible, I bought a cheap consumer router from a local store. I’d managed to forget how awful they are.

      • The Fosstodon HubOur Domain Expired and it Took Out All Our Services

        Luckily for me, the domain had just expired and we were still within our grace period, so we hadn’t lost the domain. Can you imagine what would have happened if someone else had nabbed it!

        I re-registered the domain as quickly as I possibly could, and 15 minutes or so later, our services started coming back up. Fantastic! Crisis averted.

      • Daniel StenbergHow I merge PRs in curl | daniel.haxx.se [Ed: Microsoft’s proprietary prison/PRISM]
      • Linux MintHow to upgrade to Linux Mint 21 – The Linux Mint Blog

        If you’ve been waiting for this I’d like to thank you for your patience.

        It is now possible to upgrade Linux Mint 20.3 to version 21.

      • TecMintLinux Mint 21 MATE Edition New Features and Installation

        Linux Mint 21, codenamed “Vanessa”, was officially released as a major update to Linux Mint on July 31, 2022. Linux Mint 21 is an LTS (Long Term Service) release based on Ubuntu 22.04 and will be maintained until April 2027.

        As expected, the latest release unveiled its three traditional desktop editions – XFCE, Cinnamon, and MATE and a bunch of other improvements and new features.

        In this guide, we will walk you through the installation of Linux Mint 21 MATE Edition.

      • H2S MediaHow to install Apache web server in Linux step by step

        Learn the step-by-step commands to install Apache Web servers on Linux such as Debian, Ubuntu, RedHat, CentOS, Almalinux, Rocky, Linux Mint, OpenSUSE, Amazon Linux, and more…

        Web servers are an important part of the Internet, but also provide useful services even for local networks. Configuring a web server with Apache is not a difficult task, yet, here we learn how to do that…

        However, before moving further let’s know a little bit about the Apache web server.

      • markaicode by MarkHow to Install Moodle eLearning on Rocky Linux 8 | Mark Ai Code

        In this guide, We will learn how to install Moodle eLearning Platform on Rocky Linux 8. It provides a rich set of features including, wiki, grading, assignment submission, online quizzes, discussion boards, and more.

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install LibreOffice on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, LibreOffice is totally free software that is open source and is created by the community across the globe. The LibreOffice suite includes applications for word processing, creating spreadsheets, creating and presenting slideshows, diagrams, database management systems, and more. Both Microsoft Office, as well as LibreOffice, are functionally similar to each other. However, one of the main differences between the two is their accessibility. While LibreOffice is absolutely free of cost, as discussed above, the Microsoft Office program comes with a license that has to be purchased.

        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 LibreOffice office suite 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.

      • Ubuntu PitHow To Take Screenshot on Chromebook

        Chromebook is a popular technology not only because they are cheap and small but also because of how they work. It has been proven that a large number of people like Chromebook because it is quick, secure, and easy to use. Chromebooks use ChromeOS, which makes it easy to run applications and access the internet.

        Those who have shifted to ChromeOS from another operating system will first have to go through a learning curve because the Chromebook keyboard is a bit different from the traditional one. For example, Chromebook does not have a print button to take a screenshot like the Windows one. So you have to follow a few methods to capture screenshots in a Chromebook.

        I write this guide because all of us are looking for a way to take screenshots on ChromeOS. You can learn some simple yet efficient techniques for taking screenshots on your ChromeOS device. So read the entire guide and learn some awesomely useful techniques.

      • H2S MediaHow to install Podman on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

        Follow the steps of this tutorial to install the Podman container tool on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa Linux for creating virtual containers.

        Podman is a container tool for virtualizing applications. It was originally developed by Red Hat and originated in the Cri-O project, which develops a lightweight container runtime environment for Kubernetes as an alternative to the Docker runtime environment.

        It is compatible with Docker on the command line however doesn’t rely on the Docker daemon. Hence, we can use its Container Engine to provide containers without root access. Buildah is the Image builder used by Podman.

      • MakeTech EasierHow to Make Blinking LEDs With the Raspberry Pi – Make Tech Easier

        The Raspberry Pi is more than just a tiny computer. It’s a powerful board that lets you do so many things with its GPIO pins. Here we will show you how to make blinking LEDs with the Raspberry Pi.

      • TechRepublicHow to set up a bare metal dedicated game server with OVH | TechRepublic

        If you’re a gamer, you might feel the need to set up a private, dedicated game server that gives you plenty of raw power for all the games you want, along with the security you need to keep everything running smoothly.

        One such route for this is the French cloud computing company, OVH Cloud. As of 2016, OVH laid claim to the largest cloud data center surface area, and as of 2019, it became the largest hosting provider in Europe. OVH offers plenty of options for hosting just about anything you need. One such feature is the Linux game server.

      • Make Use OfHow to Use the cat Command on Linux (and When Not To)

        One of the most basic commands you’ll use on Linux is cat. It may seem mysterious at first, but it’s actually simple to use.

        Here’s how to use the cat command on Linux, and when not to use it.

      • DedoimedoFirefox & AppArmor hardening – Custom rules

        Arguably, browsers are the weakest link in one’s overall security stack, other than the user, that is. In other words, should something naughty happen to your computer, it’s most likely going to involve your browser. To that end, browser vendors as well as operating system companies pay a lot of attention to making this delicate piece of software robust, secure, and isolated from the rest of the system.

        A few days ago, I had some spare time, and I sat wondering if there was a way to make browsers in Linux extra secure, especially if one uses custom installations or setups? This led me to tinker with AppArmor, a security framework available in a bunch of Linux distributions. In this article, I want to show you what you can do to make your browser (Firefox) extra hardened. Let’s go.

        [...]

        This brings me to the end of this tutorial, but not the end of this journey. There are many more things to cover, and cover them we shall in future articles. For now, this little guide should give you some basic grasp of how AppArmor works and how you can manually utilize it outside the predefined set of programs shipped by your distro (if any).

        I focused on Firefox, because it’s my favorite browser, and as an Internet-facing tool, it takes priority over something like your calculator. But the same logic applies to other browsers or programs of similar nature. Well, that would be all for now. Stay tuned for updates [sic]. Why [sic]? You will see in the sequel.

      • LinuxiacHow to Upgrade to Linux Mint 21 from 20.3: The Proper Way

        This article will guide you through all the steps to upgrade your current Linux Mint 20.3 system to Linux Mint 21.

        As we informed you earlier, Linux Mint 21 “Vanessa” has been available to all fans of this widely popular Ubuntu-based Linux distribution for some time.

        As expected, most users of the previous stable release 20.3 were eagerly waiting for the official Linux Mint upgrading tool to emerge to update to the next version, Linux Mint 21.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • OMG UbuntuPapirus Icon Theme’s August Update Adds 45+ New Icons


        Building on July’s impressive haul, developers introduce more than 45 new and updated icons in the latest refresh, including new icons for a couple of apps recently featured here on the blog, including the powerful GTK audio metadata editor Tagger, and the long-awaited Plex Desktop Linux client.

        Papirus is by far one of the most comprehensive best icon sets for Ubuntu and other Linux distributions. It provides coverage for all sorts of software, from established open source tools to niche proprietary apps and games.

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDE OfficialAkademy 2022 Talk Schedule Now Live | KDE.news

          After two years of virtual conferences, the in-person on-site version of Akademy is finally back! This year you will be able to attend Akademy, meet KDE community members face-to-face, get to know the vibrant city of Barcelona, and enjoy interesting and intriguing talks, panels and keynotes. That said, even if you can’t make it to Barcelona, you can still attend Akademy online as well.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • UbuntubuzzUseful 10 GNOME Extensions for Ubuntu 22.04

          This is our recommended ten useful GNOME shell extensions for Ubuntu 22.04. It lists out just work ones of them, like, Dash to Panel, and also how to install them via the brand new application, namely, Extension Manager.

        • PurismPurism at Berlin Mini GUADEC – Purism

          GUADEC is the main yearly GNOME conference, where developers, designers, and other community members gather in one place to watch talks, hack on new features, and plan for the future. Given Purism’s close involvement with GNOME development we used to attend GUADEC as a team before COVID, but of course in the past two years it was remote due to the pandemic.

          While online conferences are better than nothing, they’re really not the same thing. That’s why last year a few local GNOME people based in and around Berlin got together in person to watch the remote event and do some hacking, which ended up being very fun and productive. So when we learned that this year’s GUADEC would be in Guadalajara, Mexico we decided to repeat last year’s experiment. Flying to Mexico for a week in the middle of a climate emergency is really not great, especially given that there’s a pretty large local community in Berlin itself and several more people who live relatively close by in central Europe.

        • Ubuntu Handbook‘Just Perfection’ Finally Fixed Window Height for Low Resolution Displays | UbuntuHandbook

          The popular Gnome Extension ‘Just Perfection‘ got an update recently, with love for small displays, e.g., 13 inch laptop with 1366 x 768 screen resolution.

          For those never heard of the tool, it’s an extension, with lots of configuration options for customizing your Ubuntu, Fedora, or other Linux’s GNOME desktop appearance.

          With it, you can hide the top-bar, the dock, ‘Activities’ button; change the position of clock menu; configure panel height, position (top or bottom), panel icon size, padding; change notification bubble size, location, and much more.

          And it supports profiles to quickly switch between your pre-defined layouts and behaviors.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • LinuxInsiderNew MakuluLinux Brings ‘Shifting’ Innovations to Desktop Design [Review]

      MakuluLinux Shift is one solution to standardizing the Linux desktop.

      From a marketing standpoint, two big impediments block a more widespread adoption of the Linux operating system for business and consumer desktop use. One is easily selecting a desktop environment from among varied options. The second is wading through the myriad of independently developed Linux distributions.

      These two barriers are both a blessing and a curse of open-source desktop computing. MakuluLinux offers a simplified solution to both.

      MakuluLinux, around since 2013, does not have the name recognition of more popular desktop distributions. But do not overlook a gem that gets shinier with each new release.

      Jacque Montague Raymer, developer and creator of MakuluLinux, released the latest upgrade on June 13 to his new Shift distro. It continues to revolutionize the Linux user interface scenario.

      These innovations push the Linux desktop to new limits. No other Linux OS is developing at this level.

      The shift distro should provide other Linux developers with a solid concept to pursue similar innovations.

    • New Releases

      • LinuxiacRescuezilla 2.4 Disk Imaging App Is Here Based on Ubuntu 22.04

        Rescuezilla 2.4 upgrades its basis from Ubuntu 21.10 to Ubuntu 22.04 to improve compatibility with modern hardware.

        Rescuezilla is a free, easy-to-use hard disk cloning and imaging software based on Ubuntu that boots a live USB. It is a well-known and proven tool in system administrators’ toolboxes.

        Rescuezilla is a fork of Redo Backup and Recovery, but more importantly, it is fully compatible with Clonezilla, the other leading free software in this niche. In addition, it can be said that Resceuzilla is similar to Clonezilla but with an added graphical interface (GUI).

      • Barry KaulerEasyOS Dunfell-series 64-bit version 4.3.3

        Very similar to version 4.3, that was released on July 30, 2022:

        https://bkhome.org/news/202207/easyos-dunfell-series-version-43-released.html

        Small improvements, see release notes:

        https://distro.ibiblio.org/easyos/amd64/releases/dunfell/2022/4.3.3/release-notes.htm

        The main reason I have brought out this release, is have bumped Limine to 3.14.2, and want to test it on a Fujitsu laptop, that has proved to be difficult, it seems, due to having 32-bit UEFI

    • Red Hat

      • SSH from RHEL 9 to RHEL 5 or RHEL 6 | Richard WM Jones

        RHEL 9 no longer lets you ssh to RHEL ≤ 6 hosts out of the box. You can weaken security of the whole system but there’s no easy way to set security policy per remote host.

      • Enterprisers ProjectIT leadership: You gotta have H.E.A.R.T.

        Humility, Empathy, Adaptability, Resilience, and Transparency: H.E.A.R.T.

      • Red Hat OfficialRHEL 9 delivers latest container technologies for development and production

        Three years ago, with the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 (RHEL 8), we delivered a new set of container tools with a new concept called Application Streams. These new container tools enabled RHEL users to find, run, build and share containers. For more information on why RHEL moved from Docker to Podman (and the journey it took us to get there) see RHEL 8 enables containers with the tools of software craftsmanship.

        In our previous release, What’s new in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 Container Tools?, we introduced a lot of the foundational features and capabilities needed to get to RHEL 9.

      • Enterprisers ProjectArtificial Intelligence: 3 ways the pandemic accelerated its adoption

        The need for organizations to quickly create new business models and marketing channels has accelerated AI adoption throughout the past couple of years. This is especially true in healthcare, where data analytics accelerated the development of COVID-19 vaccines. In consumer-packaged goods, Harvard Business Review reported that Frito-Lay created an e-commerce platform, Snacks.com, in just 30 days.

      • OpenSource.comHow open organizations can harness energy disruptions

        Many people talk a lot about the values of Open Organization Principles, but in many ways, they require people to change how they do things, which can be difficult. That is true for businesses and industries as well. Disruption in many sectors is coming. How do we use Open Principles to address them? This article looks at what’s happening in industries related to energy and transportation when it comes to drastic costing changes that will lead to industrial disruption.

        Business disruption is happening through new technology or methods, which will slash costs. This is forcing industrial change. Consider the oil, coal, natural gas, nuclear, petroleum, biofuels, and charcoal (the primary energy in many developing countries) industries. All these industries are grouped in the fossil fuel-burning energy-generating industry. Imagine them all becoming obsolete and totally replaced by the solar and wind industries in the next decade or so because of costs. That is industrial disruption.

      • Red HatOpenTelemetry: A Quarkus Superheroes demo of observability

        Are you building microservices? Do you struggle with observability and with capturing telemetry data between distributed services? This article shows how to quickly and easily introduce OpenTelemetry into a distributed system built on Java with Quarkus. This combination allows you to visualize the interactions between all the microservices within an overall system.

        The article introduces the official Quarkus sample application, Quarkus Superheroes, deploys it on the free Developer Sandbox for Red Hat OpenShift, and demonstrates how to collect and visualize telemetry data in order to observe microservices’ behavior.

    • Debian Family

      • Bits from Debian: Debian Day 2022 – call for celebration [Ed: One day after Debian celebrated censorship (by itself) of its own volunteers to hide Debian's problems]

        Every year on August 16th, the anniversary of the Debian Project takes place. And several communities around the world celebrate this date by organizing local meetings in an event called “Debian Day”.

        So, how about celebrating the 29th anniversary of the Debian Project in 2022 in your city?

        We invite you and your local community to organize Debian Day by hosting an event with talks, workshops, bug squashing party, OpenPGP keysigning, etc. Or simply holding a meeting between people who like Debian in a bar/pizzeria/cafeteria/restaurant to celebrate. In other words, any type of meeting is valid!

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwareConclusive Engineering WHLE-LS1 networking SBC offers 4x GbE, 2x 10GbE SFP+ cages


        Conclusive Engineering WHLE-LS1 is a networking SBC powered by a choice of NXP Layerscape LS1xx8A Cortex-A72 or Cortex-A53 communication processors with four Gigabit Ethernet ports, two SFP+ cages capable of up to 10Gbps data rates.

        The board also features one SO-DIMM socket for up to 32GB DDR4, up to 64GB eMMC flash, M.2 PCIe sockets for NVMe SSDs, USB 3.0 host and USB 2.0 device ports, an RTC with backup battery, as well as serial and JTAG debug interfaces.

        [...]

        Conclusive Engineering says mainline Linux is supported, FreeBSD 13 support is available upon request, and U-boot, UEFI EDK2, and Arm Trusted Firmware are also supported.

      • Raspberry PiPico railway clock

        Martin and Vanessa had purchased what was essentially a secondary clock – ineffective without a mother clock. To get it working, they decided to build a mother clock themselves with a few additional components and some code running on a Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller.

      • Linux GizmosBombercat is a security tool that combines an RP2020 and an ESP32 MCUs

        The BomberCat board by ElectronicCats is a device powered by an RP2040 chip and a ESP32 microcontroller. According to the company, this security tool supports NFC technology and magnetic stripe technology. Moreover, the board was specially created to audit, read or emulate magnetic stripes and NFC cards. 

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • ArduinoBuilding a DIY laser modem | Arduino Blog

        All digital communication ultimately comes down to transmitting ones and zeroes, but there are many ways to achieve that. One can encode that binary data as modulation in a radio signal or simply pulse electricity through a wire. But one of the most interesting methods is optical. Flashing a light is a great way to transmit data over long distances at high speed. Fiber optic cables are the most common medium, but it is also possible to shine light through open air. To demonstrate this concept, Nino Ivanov built his own laser modem.

        In theory, this should be a very straightforward device: just point a laser at a photoresistor. Pulse the laser so that it is on for ones and off for zeroes. Then measure the resistance of the photoresistor to read those ones and zeroes. But as Ivanov explains, there are two issues with this setup. The first is that photoresistors are slow to respond to light changes and that severely limits the data transmission speed. The second issue is that it isn’t always obvious what is a zero bit (no light) and what is an absence of data transmission altogether.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers

      • Make Use OfBrave vs. Tor: Which Browser Offers More Security and Privacy?

        There are dozens of web browsers out there, some more popular than others, but only a select few can actually be considered both safe and private.

        Brave and the Tor Browser are certainly among them, and though they are similar in some respects, they are two very different pieces of software.

    • Education

      • [Old] Unix SheikhDon’t use Reddit for Linux or BSD related questions

        Last, but not least, if you have ever felt sad or negative by the behavior of the “toxic” people these places, don’t waste your time feeling depressed. Surely, if a drunk idiot on the street shouts at you, yelling that you’re a fool, stupid, wrong, or something else, you would hardly notice because, well, he’s drunk. He doesn’t even know what he’s saying. Then why would you pay attention to the even bigger idiot on a social media platform!?

    • Programming/Development

      • Perl / Raku

      • Python

        • atuf.app: Amsterdam Toilet & Urinal Finder – FoolControl: Phear the penguin

          atuf.app is a Python web app made to work great on both mobile and desktop environments. After app is run, every action will be performed automatically. From fetching (scraping) data from Maps Amsterdam to performing data manipulation on it, and then displaying processed data on a map using Folium (Python Data, Leaflet.js Maps) project. App container image is also built & released using automated scripts after which it’s deployed to RPI Kubernetes cluster running in my home.

      • Rust

        • Rust BlogRust Compiler Midyear Report for 2022 | Inside Rust Blog

          Back in February, the compiler team posted a collection of concrete initiatives and hopeful aspirations for this year. This post is a midyear report summarizing the progress so far on all of those items.

          [...]

          Each work item, regardless of whether it had resources committed or not, had an associated owner. To construct this progress report, pnkfelix sent each owner a survey (you can see what it looks like here). In fact, some work items had multiple subprojects, each with its own owner. This meant there were actually a total of 22 projects for which we received an update. This blog post is the compilation (ha ha) of those survey results.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • [Old] HiveMQ GmbhMQTT Client and Broker and MQTT Server and Connection Establishment Explained – MQTT Essentials: Part 3

        Welcome to the third edition of MQTT Essentials – a ten-part blog series on the core features and concepts of the MQTT protocol. In this post, we will discuss the roles of the MQTT client and broker, the parameters and options that are available when you connect to a MQTT broker, and explain MQTT server and connection establishment.

      • The VergeDeWalt gave my power tool battery the power of USB-C

        The $100 DeWalt DCB094 USB Charging Kit lets you add that port to any DeWalt 20V power tool battery in a literal snap. Slide this quarter-pound adapter onto your battery pack, and you get a bi-directional 100W USB-C PD port. That means not only can you charge up to a MacBook Pro-sized laptop with a big enough DeWalt pack, you can charge those DeWalt packs with your laptop or phone’s USB-C charger as well.

  • Leftovers

    • Common DreamsOpinion | Beyond Plastics: How Much Do We Love Life?

      Back in 1967 people were electrified by “The Graduate,” especially the scene of 40+ Anne Bancroft seducing 21-year-old Dustin Hoffman. But there was another iconic moment when one of his parents’ friends definitively pronounces one word to Hoffman that would assure his future business success: “plastics.”

    • Counter PunchMy Dad, Indiana Jones and Peru

      Since then, it’s occurred to me that my dad is somewhat similar to Indiana Jones. Like the famed archaeologist, he’s part educator and part adventurer. My father was a teacher, who eventually worked his way to school administration. Although retired, he remains a mountaineer in every sense of the word — hiking, skiing, rock and ice climbing.

      I was reminded of this recently, as I rewatched Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I noted my feelings at SlaughterFreeAmerica.substack.com: “Way back when, I thought Harrison Ford was too old and the tone was too silly. But I’ve come around and decided I quite like an aging Jones surviving a nuclear blast in a refrigerator. I always enjoyed Shia LaBeouf’s portrayal of his greaser son.“

    • HackadayRobot Repeatedly Rearranges Remnants In The Round

      Sisyphus is an art installation by [Kachi Chan] featuring two scales of robots engaged in endless cyclic interaction. Smaller robots build brick arches while a giant robot pushes them down. As [Kachi Chan] says “this robotic system propels a narrative of construction and deconstruction.” The project was awarded honorary mention at the Ars Electronica’s Prix Ars 2022 in the Digital Communities category. Watch the video after the break to see the final concept.

    • Counter PunchPast Them Have Hastened Processions of Retreating Gunteams

      At least a number of my fellow presenters did know what they were talking about. Some of them were still bravely combatting their own terrible life experiences at the same time as educating the rest of us on why the voices of those with lived experiences are important, especially if we wish to destigmatise the subject and create solutions. The special individuals in question included American artist Kendall Alaimo, Austrian artist Laurent Ziegler, and North Korean writer Ji Hyun Park, who escaped a remarkable two times from North Korea.

      For my sins, in the end I wanted to examine how few things are exactly what they seem. I discussed the fact I had recently seen the documentary ‘The Real Mo Farah’ on Olympic gold medal winning long-distance runner Mo Farah. It had promised to tackle the issue of trafficking in persons head-on. My family and I were on our knees, I remembered, watching each of Mo Farah’s awe-inspiring races leading to his two gold medals at the London 2012 Olympics. I remembered us all shunting ever closer to the TV screen as he ran straight-backed and elegant both times towards the finishing line. A remarkable man, a remarkable story, in many ways a remarkable film. It spoke of an unsettled childhood and genuinely fearful journey made by a young boy from Somaliland to the UK. I was also struck by the importance in the gifted runner’s later childhood of one of his London teachers.

    • HackadayWant Faster Extrusion But Don’t Have A Volcano? Nuts!

      A lot of people want to print faster. Maybe they don’t like to wait, or they need to print a lot of things. Maybe it is just human nature to want to push things to go faster. The problem is, if you move filament too fast it may not have time to melt inside the hot end. To combat that, some people install a “volcano” — a larger heat block that takes a special longer nozzle. The melt zone is longer so there is more time for the filament to liquefy before shooting out of the nozzle. This is also a problem if you are using a very large nozzle size. But what if you don’t have one of these special hot ends? According to [Stefan], you can use a normal hotend with a volcano-style nozzle just by adding some common nuts. You can see the explanation in the video, below.

    • HackadayReal Robot One Is… Real

      Most of the robot arms we see are cool but little more than toys. Usually, they use RC servos to do motion and that’s great for making some basic motion, but if you want something more industrial and capable, check out [Pavel’s] RR1 — Real Robot One. The beefy arm has six degrees of freedom powered by stepper motors and custom planetary gearboxes. Each joint has an encoder for precise position feedback. The first prototype is already working, as you can see in the video below. Version two is forthcoming.

    • Education

      • Times Higher EducationBuyer beware: university brand partnerships have their pitfalls

        Last month, Nick Isles, CEO of Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design, suggested that we stop being squeamish about higher education’s increasingly commercial mindset. But many of the measures he suggested – from selling course naming rights to establishing direct talent pipelines into corporations – are not new, and history suggests that there are some pitfalls to beware of.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayBuild A Tablet Out Of Your Framework Motherboard

        The Framework laptop project is known for quite a few hacker-friendly aspects. For example, they encourage you to reuse its motherboard as a single-board computer – making it into a viable option for your own x86-powered projects. They have published a set of CAD files for that, and people have been working on their own Framework motherboard-based creations ever since; our hacker, [whatthefilament], has already built a few projects around these motherboards. Today, he’s showing us the high-effort design that is the FrameTablet – a 15″ device packing an i5 processor, all in a fully 3D printed chassis. The cool part is – thanks to his instructions, you can build one yourself!

      • HackadayHomemade CAT Scan Shouldn’t Scan Cats

        [Pyrotechnical] thought about buying a CAT scanner and found out they cost millions of dollars. So he decided to build one for about $200 using a salvage X-ray tube and some other miscellaneous parts. A scintillating detector provides the image for pick up with a camera phone. The control? An Arduino, what else? You can watch the video below, but due to plenty of NSFW language, you might want to put your headphones on if you don’t want to shock anyone.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • India Times85 per cent of Indian children have experienced cyberbullying: Survey

        Around 85 per cent of Indian children have reported being cyberbullied as well as having cyberbullied someone else at rates well over twice the international average, according to a McAfee Cyberbullying report released on Sunday. Cyberbullying includes racism, trolling, personal attacks and sexual harassment, among others.

        The survey was conducted between June 15 to July 5 covering 11,687 parents and their children across 10 countries.

      • Rolling StoneInsulin Will Remain Expensive for Many, Thanks to Republicans

        Around 37.3 million Americans, 11.3 percent of the population, have diabetes. Around 1 in 5 diabetic Americans with private insurance have to shell out more than $35 per month for the insulin they need to stay alive, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis cited by The Washington Post. And insulin is a “catastrophic” expense for 14 percent of the seven million Americans who need it daily, according to a Yale University study. That means those 14 percent are spending at least 40 percent of their monthly income (after paying for food and housing) on insulin.

      • Common Dreams‘What the Hell is Wrong With Them’: GOP Senators Kill $35 Cap on Insulin

        Senate Republicans on Sunday successfully stripped a proposed $35 per month cap on out-of-pocket spending on insulin for patients enrolled in private insurance from the tax and climate bill making its way through the Senate.

        The Senate parliamentarian had earlier ruled that the provision, sponsored by Georgia Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock, is not primarily related to the federal budget and thus not eligible for a reconciliation bill. The ruling gave Republicans a chance to kill the proposal.

      • NBCOn a reservation where alcohol is banned, Oglala Sioux Tribe embraces recreational marijuana sales

        Customers visiting a dispensary on a recent Friday said they view marijuana as a safe and natural way to obtain relief from mental health disorders and chronic illnesses, which are common among tribal citizens. But they said alcohol has wreaked havoc on the health, safety and life expectancy of tribal members.

      • TruthOutConfusion Over COVID Vaccine Safety Led to Many Avoidable Stillbirths
      • Counter PunchThe Fuss About Monkeypox

        Little time has been spent waiting for the growing threat that is monkeypox (MPXV).  The WHO has now declared it a “public health emergency of international concern”.  The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) global map charting the outbreak has the following breakdown of cases as of August 3: 26,208 in total, with 25,864 noted in countries that have not historically reported monkeypox.

        On June 2, the organisation published a brochure list of dot points, noting that most individuals who contracted the viral infection would “recover fully without treatment, but in some cases, people can get seriously ill.”  In a reminder that the virus is yet another example of transmission from an animal species to humans, the brochure notes that it was found in monkeys.

    • Security

      • Bruce SchneierNIST’s Post-Quantum Cryptography Standards [Ed: NIST works for NSA (i.e. back doors) agenda, and this is what NSA Bruce has to say on the topic]

        Quantum computing is a completely new paradigm for computers. A quantum computer uses quantum properties such as superposition, which allows a qubit (a quantum bit) to be neither 0 nor 1, but something much more complicated. In theory, such a computer can solve problems too complex for conventional computers.

        Current quantum computers are still toy prototypes, and the engineering advances required to build a functionally useful quantum computer are somewhere between a few years away and impossible. Even so, we already know that that such a computer could potentially factor large numbers and compute discrete logs, and break the RSA and Diffie-Hellman public-key algorithms in all of the useful key sizes.

        Cryptographers hate being rushed into things, which is why NIST began a competition to create a post-quantum cryptographic standard in 2016. The idea is to standardize on both a public-key encryption and digital signature algorithm that is resistant to quantum computing, well before anyone builds a useful quantum computer.

        NIST is an old hand at this competitive process, having previously done this with symmetric algorithms (AES in 2001) and hash functions (SHA-3 in 2015). I participated in both of those competitions, and have likened them to demolition derbies. The idea is that participants put their algorithms into the ring, and then we all spend a few years beating on each other’s submissions. Then, with input from the cryptographic community, NIST crowns a winner. It’s a good process, mostly because NIST is both trusted and trustworthy.

        In 2017, NIST received eighty-two post-quantum algorithm submissions from all over the world. Sixty-nine were considered complete enough to be Round 1 candidates. Twenty-six advanced to Round 2 in 2019, and seven (plus another eight alternates) were announced as Round 3 finalists in 2020. NIST was poised to make final algorithm selections in 2022, with a plan to have a draft standard available for public comment in 2023.

      • LWNSecurity updates for Monday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (chromium, libtirpc, and xorg-server), Fedora (giflib, mingw-giflib, and teeworlds), Mageia (chromium-browser-stable, kernel, kernel-linus, mingw-giflib, osmo, python-m2crypto, and sqlite3), Oracle (httpd, php, vim, virt:ol and virt-devel:ol, and xorg-x11-server), SUSE (caddy, crash, dpkg, fwupd, python-M2Crypto, and trivy), and Ubuntu (gdk-pixbuf, libjpeg-turbo, and phpliteadmin).

      • Red Hat OfficialRed Hat Satellite: How to obtain Insights Advisor recommendations [Ed: Red Hat trying to sell security as a "service"]

        Red Hat Insights is a hosted service that analyzes applications and platforms to predict risk and recommend detailed remediation steps. Insights also has the ability to remediate problems automatically with a push of a button.

        Red Hat Satellite manages Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) environments on-premises and in the cloud, helping to ensure that security is up to date while allowing businesses to manage the lifecycle of their hosts with precision.

      • Hacker NewsNew IoT RapperBot Malware Targeting Linux Servers via SSH Brute-Forcing Attack [Ed: Once again the sloppy media tries to blame bad passwords on "Linux" even though that has nothing to do with Linux]

        A new IoT botnet malware dubbed RapperBot has been observed rapidly evolving its capabilities since it was first discovered in mid-June 2022.

        “This family borrows heavily from the original Mirai source code, but what separates it from other IoT malware families is its built-in capability to brute force credentials and gain access to SSH servers instead of Telnet as implemented in Mirai,” Fortinet FortiGuard Labs said in a report.

      • GwisinLocker A New Ransomware Encrypts Windows and Linux ESXi Servers [Ed: With Windows, back doors exist. With Linux, it's not clear how such malware gets there in the first places, but they try to give an illusion of parity, as if back doors aren't the biggest problem.]

        A new ransomware family has been discovered by ReversingLabs’ cybersecurity analysts, which targets specifically Linux-based systems using a range of encryption methods. GwisinLocker is the malware responsible for the attack.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • [Old] MashableWhy you need a secret phone number (and how to get one)

          Your phone number was never meant to be an all-access pass to your life.

          That 10-digit string has likely followed you worldwide and across the internet for years. Over the course of that time, you’ve almost certainly handed it out — willingly or otherwise — to every person, restaurant, social media platform, or online store that’s asked. That’s a problem. For someone with the right motivation, that number is a thread that, once pulled, can unravel your entire digital life — crashing down your privacy, bank account, or even your very identity.

          But it doesn’t have to be.

        • India TimesDuckDuckGo to block Microsoft trackers amid backlash

          Following the May disclosure that the privacy-focused online browser DuckDuckGo permits Microsoft to track scripts on external sites, the platform now claims to begin banning those as well.

          The platform said it was announcing more privacy and transparency around DuckDuckGo’s web tracking protections after community backlash.

        • PC WorldDuckDuckGo will now block Microsoft trackers

          DuckDuckGo has made a name for itself protecting users from being tracked and preserving their anonymity, which is why folks were understandably upset when they discovered that the browser maker had given the green light to being tracked by Microsoft. On Friday, the search engine remedied that.

          As of today, DuckDuckGo chief executive Gabriel Weinberg said that it will expand the scripts that “we block from loading on websites to include scripts from Microsoft in our browsing apps (iOS and Android) and our browser extensions (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge and Opera), with beta apps to follow in the coming month.”

        • Advocacy groups in the Americas focus on tackling rising surveillance technology

          In recent years, technology has prevailed as the go-to solution for fighting crime in the Americas. Nevertheless, this tendency to technosolutionsism by governments has been widely criticised. Tools developed and deployed with the justification that they are needed to fight crime are failing to comply with basic human rights standards, while initiatives to build more “intelligent” cities are turning into invasive systems that collect and exploit data without sufficient transparency. In many cases, authoritarian regimes use new technologies to invade citizens’ privacy, impacting migrant communities, journalists, rights defenders, and political opponents.

          Human rights groups point out that governments have been hard at work installing massive surveillance and facial recognition systems without public consultation or participation and using technology developed outside of the region.

          Among the cases of the use of the controversial spyware technology Pegasus brought to light earlier this year is that of award-winning Central American news outlet El Faro, thanks to an investigation led by a coalition of digital rights organisations (among them Access Now, Citizen Lab and Social TIC). The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has also expressed deep concern and urged the government of El Salvador to open an investigation. Digital rights groups signed a joint statement at the time, calling on international and regional bodies to take urgent actions.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • The VergeCalifornia DMV accuses Tesla of making false claims about Autopilot and Full-Self Driving

        California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has accused Tesla of falsely advertising its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) features, as reported earlier by the Los Angeles Times (via CNBC). The agency filed two separate complaints with the state’s Office of Administrative Hearings on July 28th, alleging Tesla made “untrue or misleading” claims about its vehicles’ autonomous driving capabilities.

    • Environment

      • NBCTaylor Swift, Kylie Jenner and the very real climate consequences of private planes

        And while celebrities are absolutely contributing to the climate crisis, it’s the carbon hypocrites who really stand out, the people like Bill Gates who travel around the world speaking about climate change while racking up hundreds of thousands of air miles in their private jets.

        All the evidence shows that most of the super-rich, including many celebrities and public figures, even when they lead campaigns against climate change, are spewing way more than their share of greenhouse gases because of their private jets, superyachts, multiple houses and mobile lifestyles. And buying carbon offsets does not make the emissions go away. So while it may feel unfair to some people to single out any one celebrity for usage, it is absolutely fair to highlight the massive and disproportionate impact of celebrity private plane travel.

      • TruthOutClimate Reality Is Hitting Us Like a Breakaway Glacier
      • Energy

        • NPRThe U.S. made a breakthrough battery discovery — then gave the technology to China

          The Chinese company didn’t steal this technology. It was given to them — by the U.S. Department of Energy. First in 2017, as part of a sublicense, and later, in 2021, as part of a license transfer. An investigation by NPR and the Northwest News Network found the federal agency allowed the technology and jobs to move overseas, violating its own licensing rules while failing to intervene on behalf of U.S. workers in multiple instances.

        • Counter PunchWe Stopped a Fossil Fuel Pipeline in Idaho….And We’re Just Getting Started

          What we did in this case was unprecedented: after litigating this case for two years and filing our opening brief, the government tucked its tail and ran, without even waiting for a final court order. We have never seen this in a legal challenge to a pipeline before. What this means is no possibility for any appeals to an ideological Supreme Court that would reverse this win if given the chance. Instead, this win is here to stay.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Counter PunchYet Another Misleading Piece on Wildfires From the New York Times

          The journalists did get the ultimate cause of wildfires correct—changing climate, but they go on to list other “proximate” causes that would not have any significance without climate warming.

          The article strongly correlates climate change with hotter, drier conditions as one of the main factors driving large blazes—this important message used to be ignored by the media and is now getting more print and airtime. Hot, dry conditions make it easier for vegetation to ignite and spread. Plus, the fire season when vegetation is susceptible to fire is longer—all good points.

    • Finance

      • TruthOut75% of New Jobs Require a Degree While Only 40% of Potential Applicants Have One
      • TruthOut98 Million Skipped Treatment or Cut Back on Spending to Pay for Care This Year
      • Counter PunchHow to Resist the Empire’s Neoliberal Debt Trap

        Now, in The Destiny of Civilization: Finance Capitalism, Industrial Capitalism or Socialism, Hudson provides a series of lectures on neoliberalism to Chinese economic planners, meant as a contribution to ongoing Chinese debates about the direction of the super-successful Chinese economy. (This level of trust is shared by few other US economists, notably Jeffrey Sachs and Joseph Stiglitz.) Hudson explains how Washington’s aggressive neoliberalism, bolstered by military force, is backfiring. In one of his many articles in recent months, Hudson says:

         The US/NATO confrontation with Russia in Ukraine is achieving just the opposite of America’s aim of preventing China, Russia and their allies from acting independently of U.S. control over their trade and investment policy. Naming China as America’s main long-term adversary, the Biden Administration’s plan was to split Russia away from China and then cripple China’s own military and economic viability. But the effect of American diplomacy has been to drive Russia and China together, joining with Iran, India and other allies. For the first time since the Bandung Conference of Non-Aligned Nations in 1955, a critical mass is able to be mutually self-sufficient to start the process of achieving independence from Dollar Diplomacy.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • The HillMusk suggests deal could go through if Twitter provides info on confirming users

        Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested early Saturday that his acquisition deal with Twitter could still go through if the social media platform provided information about how it confirms that sampled accounts are real.

      • LawfareA Frontier Without Direction? The U.K.’s Latest Position on Responsible Cyber Power

        Unsurprisingly, the speech repeated a clear U.K. position—reiterated at various U.N. fora on cyber norms—that “cyberspace is not a lawless ‘grey zone.’” However, Braverman’s speech then went on to articulate a rather distinct U.K. interpretation of the application of international law to peacetime offensive cyber operations. Braverman affirmed the U.K.’s continuing reliance, during peacetime, on the narrower principle of non-intervention, rather than the more commonly agreed-upon principle of national sovereignty in cyber governance. In the U.K.’s interpretation of non-intervention, a breach of one state’s sovereignty by another through offensive cyber operations itself does not constitute a breach of international law. To address when there is such a breach, Braverman turned to an expansive interpretation of coercive behavior under the principle of non-intervention as a means of scoping what is legally permissible. According to Braverman, to breach the principle of non-intervention, the action(s) must be “forcible, dictatorial, or otherwise coercive, depriving a State of its freedom of control over matters which it is permitted to decide freely by the principle of State sovereignty.”

      • ScheerpostBiden’s Wrong About Israel—It’s Absolutely an Apartheid State

        Juan Cole examines the U.S. president’s latest statement on Israel.

      • ScheerpostReeking of Butter

        The House speaker has just given off a reek of butter that seems to have sent the whole of East Asia in search of hankies.  

      • Counter PunchNancy Does Taiwan While General Flynn Cleans His Guns

        Indeed, the militaristic nature of the Senator’s trip highlighted the exceedingly more martial approach undertaken by the United States against China in recent years; an approach that has seemingly intensified since Joe Biden became president. Although some commentators and politicians might try and claim that Donald Trump would not have militarized the situation between China and the US if he were still in office, I find that opinion to be both naive and ignorant of the moves taken by the Trump administration against China during his term. In fact, as the New York Times pointed out in its January 20, 2021 edition, “Among its final acts, the (Trump) administration declared that Beijing was committing genocide against Uighurs and other Muslims in a far western region. It held a video conference between a senior United States envoy and the president of Taiwan, the self-ruled island claimed by Beijing. And it jettisoned longstanding guidelines limiting exchanges with Taiwanese officials.” In other words, the Trump administration was instrumental in paving the way for Pelosi’s visit and the increased tensions that visit has provoked.

        Of course, it’s not like Donald Trump was doing anything unusual when his administration issued these and other anti-Beijing orders in its final days. US foreign policy is not usually a partisan endeavor. In other words, both the Democrats and the Republicans are died in the wool cheerleaders of Washington’s imperialistic policies overseas and will pretty much vote to fund any request they believe will further the goals of those policies. One need only look at the recent congressional votes to arm the Ukraine military and invite Sweden and Finland into the NATO military alliance to understand this. Both votes passed the Senate with overwhelming majorities ($40 billion to Ukraine:86-11, NATO invitation:95-1) No matter what their differences over domestic spending on schools and health care, contraception and racism, the men and women elected to the US Congress rarely waiver from approving the requests of the Pentagon and those other agencies for which the military serves as the bared fist.

      • Counter PunchTurning People into Corporations

        Now there’s a movement afoot to go the other way and turn people into corporations.

        Yes, I know, some people like Elon Musk and Donald Trump already act pretty much like corporations. When the famous turn themselves into brands—pop stars, mega-athletes—they basically transform themselves into businesses.

      • Counter PunchMainstreaming Christian Nationalism, Despite Its History of Violence

        GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a far-right Donald Trump loyalist from Georgia, told an interviewer on July 23, 2022, that the Republican Party “need[s] to be the party of nationalism. And I’m a Christian, and I say it proudly, we should be Christian nationalists.”

        Similarly, Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Republican from Colorado, recently said, “The church is supposed to direct the government. The government is not supposed to direct the church.” Boebert called the separation of church and state “junk.”

      • Telex (Hungary)The Hungarian doctor who was mistaken for Mengele, the feared Nazi doctor, and who translated Winnie the Pooh into Latin
      • Common DreamsWorld Faces ‘Loaded Gun’ on Hiroshima’s 77th Anniversary

        “Humanity is playing with a loaded gun” UN head Antonio Guterres said in Hiroshima on Saturday, the 77th anniversary of the United States atomic bomb attack on Japan.

        “Tens of thousands of people were killed in this city in the blink of an eye. Women, children and men were incinerated in a hellish fire,” he said.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Where We Stand on August 6 and 9, 2022

        August 6 and 9 mark the 77th year since the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, annihilating instantly an estimated 170,000 women, men, and children and sentencing tens of thousands more to eventual death from radiation poisoning and injuries.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Africa: Western Colonialism vs The Legacy of the Soviet Union

        Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s recent tour in Africa was meant to be a game changer, not only in terms of Russia’s relations with the continent, but in the global power struggle involving the US, Europe, China, India, Turkey and others.

      • Common DreamsSenate Barely Approves Scaled Back Legislation on Climate, Taxes, Healthcare

        The U.S. Senate on Sunday barely passed a $430 billion bill intended to fight climate change, lower drug prices, and raise some corporate taxes. The 51-50 party-line vote needed Vice President Kamala Harris to cast the tie-breaking ballot.

        Thanks to Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), there was a huge, last-minute win for the private equity and hedge fund industries when Sinema forced the elimination of what would have been a $14 billion tax increase targeting private executives.

      • Counter PunchTo the New York Times – “We Thought We Knew Ye”

        The editors call it an historic revamping in the digital age that is absorbing a growing, aliterate younger generation. I call it a frantic overreach replacing serious content with excessive photography and graphics slouching toward stupefaction. (The digital Times is doing very well).

        I spend serious time reading the New York Times in print – marking up at least 30 selections daily and sending them to a variety of advocates, scholars and groups. I started reading this august newspaper at the age of ten.

      • Counter PunchGriner’s Sentence is in Line With Russia’s Strict Drug Penalties, But How Long She Serves will be Decided Outside the Courtroom

        The country has long enforced strict drug laws and has a well-deserved reputation for zero-tolerance jurisdiction.

        Indeed, the crime Griner was prosecuted of – smuggling narcotics in “significant amount” in violation of Article 229¹(2)(c) of the Russian criminal code – carries a minimum sentence of five to 10 years “deprivation of freedom” along with the fine, and the upper end of the spectrum seems to be common. The prosecutor in Griner’s case asked for 9 ½ years and, presumably, the maximum fine. He got most of what he wanted.

      • Leslie Wexner’s Young Global Leaders

        In this excerpt from her upcoming book, Whitney examines the Wexner Foundation’s origins and the ties of Leslie Wexner’s philanthropy and Jeffrey Epstein to Harvard as well as the now infamous Young Global Leaders program of the World Economic Forum.

        [...]

        It is hard to know exactly when the Wexner Foundation was originally created. The official website for the foundation states clearly in one section that the Wexner Foundation was first set up in 1983 alongside the Wexner Heritage Foundation. However, the 2001 obituary of Wexner’s mother, Bella, states that she and her son created the foundation together in 1973. Regardless of the exact year, Wexner’s mother, Bella, became the secretary of the foundation (just as she had with his company The Limited), which Wexner wanted people to refer to as a “joint philanthropy.”

        The foundation’s website states that the original purpose of the Wexner Foundation was to assist “emerging professional Jewish leaders in North America and mid-career public officials in Israel.” Per the website, Wexner’s main philanthropic endeavors were created after Wexner “reached the conclusion that what the Jewish people needed most at that moment was stronger leadership.” As a result, Wexner sought to focus his foundation’s attention chiefly on the “development of leaders.” As a consequence of this, Wexner’s programs have molded the minds and opinions of prominent North American, as well as Israeli, Jewish leaders who went on to work at the top levels of finance, government and, even, intelligence.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation

        • NBCMassive verdict against Alex Jones isn’t just vindication. It’s a warning.

          Alex Jones, host and creator of the far-right conspiracy-theory website Infowars, has received what is likely to be only the first of a series of expensive lessons about the importance of fact-checking.

        • Counter PunchHow Alex Jones Helped Enrich the Global Elites He Railed Against

          For years, Jones fueled speculation that a horrific mass shooting resulting in the deaths of 20 children and 6 faculty at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012, was an elaborate hoax, and that grieving parents were “crisis actors” paid to help curb gun rights. The latest lawsuit is one of several brought by parents of Sandy Hook victims. The hefty fines he now owes may very well put him out of business, especially considering his admission to the public and his viewers that the mass shooting—contrary to his repeated claims—was “100 percent real.”

          It is important to understand that Jones and his media empire, Infowars, have been a central node in the constellation of far-right institutions that eroded an already fragile American democracy, feeding irrational paranoias and subverting the facts that undergird our shared reality. Just as Jones unleashed conspiracies about fake shootings, he egged on millions of former President Donald Trump’s supporters into believing that the 2020 election was stolen.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • NPRRepublicans have long feuded with the mainstream media. Now many are shutting them out

        “You have one person from the campaign tweeting a photo from inside the room and talking about how great the view is that the journalists can’t see,” he said. “Spokespeople who are not answering my basic questions, like, ‘Is there a recording of this event?’ are taking the time to make fun of reporters for going there.”

        Indeed, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ spokeswoman Christina Pushaw taunted reporters on Twitter afterward.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • RNZHead in the clouds? Call for NZ to take control of data storage

        Did you know the FBI could take a copy your data held in New Zealand if it got the legal OK in the US first, and you might never even know it?

        This, and a host of other reasons, are driving a Māori bid to up control over their own data by building cloud storage here.

        The cloud – it really just consists of someone else’s internet-enabled computers where you can put data, and get help to work on it from anywhere in the world you happen to be – has the quid pro quo that it most often means someone else has access to your data.

      • CoryDoctorowUber’s still not profitable

        The best analyst of Uber’s financial disclosures – as always – is Hubert Horan, a transport analyst who has made a second career out of debullshitifying Uber’s balance-sheet deceptions, proving that the company is a bezzle (“the magic interval when a confidence trickster knows he has the money he has appropriated but the victim does not yet understand that he has lost it”).

      • NPRIndiana is installing more baby boxes, where newborns can be anonymously surrendered

        SHERIDAN: The idea of a box where a baby could be safely and anonymously surrendered is centuries old. Kelsey opened the first U.S. box in the small town of Woodburn, Ind., in 2016. Now there are 113 boxes across the country, 86 of them in Indiana. Today’s boxes are temperature controlled, alarm activated, safety incubators installed in the side of firehouses or hospitals.

      • NPRAfter a police officer sent a racist text, a town disbanded the entire department

        During the council meeting, Latimore announced he had suspended the chief and assistant chief, and the council voted to end the agency. Latimer said Carden turned in his resignation via text message just hours after the city council voted to dissolve the department.

      • Mexico News DailyYoung girls jailed after attempting to flee forced weddings in Guerrero

        Two 14-year-old girls were imprisoned for over 24 hours earlier this week after they attempted to flee their hometown in Guerrero to avoid impending forced marriages.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Danger of Empathy

        The Desert Fathers of the 3rd and 4th centuries CE lived alone in their caves and hovels in the Egyptian wilderness and began to have visions. Gustave Flaubert’s The Temptation of St. Anthony gives a literary artist’s portrait of why it isn’t good to be alone and shut off from the world. We need other human beings to keep us human and, more to the point, to keep us sane.  

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Public Misconceptions about Legal Immigration Undermine Reform

        The American public overwhelmingly supports legal immigration, with deep divisions on whether this path is “easy”.

      • TruthOutSterilization Laws Are Still on the Books — and Pose New Dangers Post-“Roe”
    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakPirate Sites Using Twitch To Stream TV Shows Face Hollywood Investigation

          Pirate streaming sites have plenty of options when it comes to sourcing movies, TV shows, and live TV streams. But for some, however, cheaper is apparently better. Streaming portals offering channels from Disney, Paramount, Warner Bros. and HBO are using Twitch’s servers to save money, but it appears Hollywood has already launched an investigation and is hot on the trail.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Coronavirus adventure, day 2

        I’m feeling worse than yesterday, but not by a lot. I skipped Liturgy today as I don’t want to give this to anyone else.

        I’m going to work remotely tomorrow, though if I feel worse and worse as the day goes on I’ll call it and go to bed. I don’t have a cough, I just feel really, really tired.

        I’ll write more later.

      • SpellBinding: YDELNTC Wordo: UNMAN
    • Technical

      • Doom (the original one)

        @mforester@rollenspiel.social was writing about Heretic and other old first person shooter games, and I remembered that this laptop has Freedoom and some games installed. I remembered playing Doom on a 286 in Bangkok, somewhere around 1990. But that is clearly impossible. Wikipedia says Doom launched in 1993 and I must have been back in Switzerland by that time. So perhaps I was playing Doom on a later computer I bought as a 15 year old… Tempus fugit!

        Anyway, I hooked up the home office monitor to the laptop, attached a mouse, plugged in my headphones, and started playing. I love how the sound effects really do give you a hint as to what’s coming at just the exact right moment that you can turn around and you *know* what’s coming, or you learn what’s coming. I love those little touches like that corridor where you get a key card and then the lights go out. Those moments – in the first first Doom!

      • Science

        • HackadayCT Scans Help Reverse Engineer Mystery Module

          The degree to which computed tomography has been a boon to medical science is hard to overstate. CT scans give doctors a look inside the body that gives far more information about the spatial relationship of structures than a plain X-ray can. And as it turns out, CT scans are pretty handy for reverse engineering mystery electronic modules, too.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • There Really Ought To Be Only One Way To Access It

          This capsule is hosted by the (unsinkable) Molly Brown. For reasons I’ve never dug into, it’s available at both /~adiabatic/ and /users/adiabatic/.

          Once I noticed that it was available at two different locations, it started to bug me a bit.

          Finally, when I decided to fold one into the other, I had a bit of trouble figuring out which I should fold into the other. The /~username/ convention seems much more, well, conventional, while /users/adiabatic/ is the one that’s linked to from the user directory.

        • gemini-ipfs-gateway

          I’ve been slowly working on a read-only Gemini IPFS gateway — or is it an IPFS Gemini gateway? I still don’t know… It’s a Gemini server you can use to access the IPFS network, like the Kubo’s HTTP gateway.

          There’s a similar project by hsanjuan (who is one of the IPFS devs I think), but for one I didn’t want to mess with Go, and for another it starts up a new lite IPFS node instead of using the local node — why not? It’s already running anyway.


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  1. Intel Treats Linus Torvalds as a Marketing Mascot

    Intel uploaded this video a couple of days ago (14:08-15:09); see the press reports below and the portion above (he doesn’t look like he wanted to be there, but maybe his bosses at Linux Foundation forced him to, as he's not truly in control of his job anymore)



  2. ZDNet Used to Write About 3 'Linux' Stories Per Day. But Now...

    The death of ZDNet is anything but official



  3. Matthew Garrett Admits Being a Transphobic Adult Before Choosing to Weaponise This to Defame and Then 'Cancel' People Who Aren't Transphobic

    Even in his very own words, his hypocritical campaigning is shown to be little but opportunism, misrepresenting vulnerable groups in the name of "protecting" them (and not even engaging politely, just defaming, cursing, stalking, trolling, threatening and blackmailing people)



  4. Links 30/09/2022: *buntu 22.10 Beta and Linux Mint 21.1 Plans

    Links for the day



  5. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, September 29, 2022

    IRC logs for Thursday, September 29, 2022



  6. Reminder That Microsoft's GitHub Copilot is Run by a Criminal With Many Female Victims

    The person who started and led Microsoft’s GitHub Copilot is basically a criminal who attacks his own partners (at least 3 that we know of); why is the Open Source Initiative helping him? Because Microsoft pays for it.



  7. Open Source Initiative Controlled (Infiltrated) by Microsoft GitHub: Microsoft Bribes OSI to Justify GPL Violations Under the Guise of 'AI', Even Writes the OSI's Material

    This is why the OSI has done all those “AI” talks and podcasts lately; they cover up Microsoft’s attacks on Open Source (encouraging plagiarism) and they take money to do this (this is where the majority of the OSI's money goes)



  8. Links 29/09/2022: Avidemux 2.8.1 and Pithos 1.6.0

    Links for the day



  9. EPO Management Plans to Further Accelerate Grants of Illegal, Invalid, Fake European Patents Next Year

    The EPO has quit behaving like a patent office; it’s just issuing a lot of bogus patents to meet pre-defined “targets” and then it bullies examiners into blind compliance



  10. [Meme] EPO Would Probably Argue It's Just a Coincidence That “Women Have Received, on Average, Only 0.88 Steps to Every 1 Step Awarded to Men”

    Women barely get promotions at the EPO (“men are 54% more likely to receive a double step compared to women”); the EPO keeps storytelling to distract from these measurable facts



  11. Facts About the European Patent Office and Why Recruiting/Retaining Capable Examiners Isn't Possible Anymore

    A couple of new papers (or parts of a long paper) reveal an office responsible for granting patents which intentionally fails to do the job properly



  12. No Protection for Linux Offered by the So-called 'Linux' Foundation

    From a purely objective perspective, the so-called 'Linux' Foundation spends far more time/money protecting monopolies than it spends protecting Linux; hence, the organisation arguably does more harm than good to society



  13. Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) is Facilitating a Hostile Takeover by Corporations (Privatising Free Software)

    The Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), which is trying to take ‘business’ and funds away from the FSF (also from SFLC, which sued it over that), helps IBM/Red Hat and the corporate front groups take over important GNU projects, typically under the guise of providing security and funds (financial security)



  14. The Linux Foundation is in No Position to Lecture Us (or Anybody) on Diversity

    The Linux Foundation cannot define and cannot understand how to support women and instead it trolls people; it also hires no black people and just like IBM it then accuses the community of being an impediment to diversity (community projects actually have more such diversity)



  15. Links 29/09/2022: Linuxfx 11.2 and Progress on GNOME 43

    Links for the day



  16. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

    IRC logs for Wednesday, September 28, 2022



  17. Links 28/09/2022: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.7 and 9.1 Beta; SpiralLinux 11.220925

    Links for the day



  18. Microsoft is Coasting on What it Once Was, Using Things like Internet Explorer for Leverage and BSA Ads on Facebook

    Reprinted with permission from Ryan



  19. IBM is Outsourcing Key Parts of GNU to Microsoft Linux Foundation

    GNU Toolchain is being given to Microsofters at the Linux Foundation after just over 3 years of coup against the FSF



  20. MICROSOFT Still the ENEMY of Linux and FOSS, But Somebody Has Very Selective Memory and Weak Critical Skills

    The latest video of "Nick" misleads on what Microsoft means to GNU/Linux users and Free software developers; I respond to some weak or false premises



  21. Get Away From Clowns (Clown Computing), They Will Only Betray and Hurt You at the End

    Corporations do not like people, they are just blindly obedient to shareholders and their personal interests; outsourcing your personal data (or business data, which impacts non-consenting subjects) to other companies is a self-harming if not outright suicidal move and we gather more and more evidence of this over time



  22. The Internet is Under Growing Threat of Being Cut Off (at Least Partially)

    War and conflict being escalated means that cables which connect continents are at threat of being severed without anyone being detected as accountable for it (this is incredibly difficult when dealing with cables that long), knowing how disruptive such an action would be as we've come to assume that the Internet is just "always there"



  23. Free Speech is Becoming as Scarce as Independent Journalism (Even at the FSF)

    Censorious tendencies and authoritarian leanings have put speech (both online and offline) at risk; it has gotten so bad that nowadays it's difficult to say what's true and factual if someone's feelings (or a clique) will be hurt



  24. Attempts to Legislate Against Free Software in Order to Elbow Such Software Aside

    There's not only a wave of attacks falsely attributing security issues to Free software (the media says "Open Source") but also new legislation in the United States, likely crafted by lobbyists, which discriminates against Free software whilst ignoring the elephant in the room, e.g. government back doors



  25. Links 28/09/2022: Fedora 37 Changes, Ubuntu Desktop Advertised as 'Clown' (Controlled by GAFAM)

    Links for the day



  26. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, September 27, 2022

    IRC logs for Tuesday, September 27, 2022



  27. 'The Linux Experiment' Thinks RMS is the Enemy and Microsoft is Not

    Microsoft apologists ignore the profound evidence of Microsoft's attacks on GNU/Linux



  28. Linux Today Back to Posting Spam Instead of News

    An early news aggregator for Linux (since the 1990s) is looking for a quick buck; There’s probably more of this to come (some advertising contract with ZDNet‘s parent company)



  29. Links 27/09/2022: Bash 5.2 and LXD 5.6

    Links for the day



  30. Balanced Coverage in Phoronix Today

    Phoronix does a lot of promotional ads today while raising corporate money


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