09.30.22

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  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Linux LinksLinux Around The World: Norway – LinuxLinks

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

      • Its FOSS[Exclusive] Tuxedo Makes Ubuntu-based ‘TUXEDO OS’ Available For All [Ed: Maybe it should have said Marketing rather than "Exclusive"]

        Yet another Ubuntu distro?

        Not exactly! TUXEDO Computers is a hardware manufacturer famous for its Linux-focused laptops and computers.

        There are some interesting differences between TUXEDO OS and Ubuntu.

        While they already had TUXEDO OS as a choice to have pre-installed on their laptops/computers, it was not available for everyone.

      • Make Use Of9 Useful Ways to Reuse an Old Mac

        4. Install Linux on It

        Installing Linux on an old Mac can breathe new life into it while giving you a lightweight yet powerful operating system to work with. The best part is that since Linux is much more lightweight than macOS, it runs better on older hardware, boots faster, and even helps eliminate the annoying spinning wheel of death.

        And that’s just scratching the surface, as there’s so much more you can do with Linux. For starters, Linux has a reputation for being one of the most secure operating systems—even more so than macOS. This is because there are fewer vulnerabilities that can be exploited by malware and hackers.

        Another advantage of using Linux is that it offers alternatives to office suites, photo editors, mail clients, and a host of other software that is not available on macOS, especially on older macOS versions. Check out our complete guide on how to install Linux on any computer.

    • Server

      • Cloud-Native Apps Driving Major IT Data Crisis – Container Journal

        A global survey of 1,303 CIOs and senior IT practitioners finds 71% of respondents believe the explosion of data produced by cloud-native technology stacks is beyond humans’ ability to manage.

        Conducted by the market research firm Coleman Parkes on behalf of Dynatrace, the survey also finds more than three-quarters of respondents report that their IT environment changes once every minute or even more frequently.

      • The Next PlatformServer And Storage Spending Moves The Sticks Out Through 2026

        There is a very interesting technical side to IT infrastructure, which we are obviously very keen on exploring here at The Next Platform. But there is an economic side that we also watch like a hawk.

        We have always believed at server and storage spending are leading indicators of the global economy, and that if spending is boisterous then companies are optimistic or terrified about the future – or both at the same time. The dot-com boom was one such bubble that combined optimism about the possibilities for transforming applications as well as giving companies anxiety about not being able to compete with their compute. The AI revolution is another one.

        And so, when we can get our hands on some infrastructure spending data, we pull it apart and plot out the trends. We have just done this with the cloud and bare server and storage spending numbers released by IDC today to give you a sense of what is happening, how it compares with the past, and what the most recent spending forecast is from the market researcher.

      • Containers Vs. Virtual Machines: Why Containers are More Popular [Ed: This headline might be a falsehood or a loaded statement]

        Imagine a ship carrying cars wrapped with different layers of packaging materials. Now imagine that same ship, but the cars are not wrapped and are just stacked on top of each other. Which ship would be more efficient?

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • The Register UKHow Citrix dropped the ball on Xen … according to Citrix

        What’s the difference between the Citrix Hypervisor and Xen? Well, one has quite a big crowd of upset current and former community members.

        One of the more interesting talks at the Open Source Summit was from Jonathan Headland, software development manager at Citrix, with the unusual title “How to Disengage the Open-Source Community: The Citrix Hypervisor Experience.” Given all the usual fist-pumping so many companies’ marketing teams like to engage in, especially at an event like the Open Source Summit, The Reg FOSS desk was intrigued.

      • The New StackIntel Invokes Linus Torvalds to Push Software Tools [Ed: Intel bribed Linus Torvalds recently (fake new award, made up for him). It wants to turn him into a marketing mascot.]

        A visibly uncomfortable appearance by Linux legend Linus Torvalds at Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger‘s keynote was headline news at the company’s Innovation conference this week.

        In a conversation with Gelsinger, Torvalds recalled using a PC with a 386 chip in 1991 to create an OS that eventually became Linux. The conversation had the desired effect — it showed that software development on x86 mattered back in 1991, and it still does now.

    • Applications

      • NeowinqBittorrent 4.5.0 Beta 1 – NeowiqBittorrent 4.5.0 Beta 1

        The qBittorrent project aims to provide a Free Software alternative to µtorrent. qBittorrent is an advanced and multi-platform BitTorrent client with a nice user interface as well as a Web UI for remote control and an integrated search engine. qBittorrent aims to meet the needs of most users while using as little CPU and memory as possible. qBittorrent is a truly Open Source project, and as such, anyone can and should contribute to it.

      • Its FOSSFOSS Weekly #22.36: Ubuntu 22.10 Beta, KDE Theming, Loop Devices and More [Ed: "FOSS Weekly" creates confusion ("FLOSS Weekly" is like 14 years old)]

        Speaking of distributions, you get a word search puzzle centered around distro names in this edition. The answers for the previous week’s crossword are also here.

      • The Register UKGizmo makes overly silent computers noisy again • The Register

        The best way to make a sluggish old computer quicker is to replace spinning rust with some flash chippery. The snag is that loses part of the experience: the sound.

        It doesn’t need to be a purpose-made SSD. In fact, right now, The Reg FOSS desk has a smallish CF card and an adapter to turn it into a 2.5″ drive, waiting for a window in the diary so it can give an Amiga 1200 a new lease of life. While the speed boost is very gratifying, part of the authentic retro computing experience is the sound effects – such as hearing the hard disk head seeking.

        But German hacker Matthias Werner has come up with a solution: the HDD Clicker. He designed a tiny PCB that attaches to the connector for the disk-access LED, and which uses a tiny piezo-electric buzzer to emit a brief click every time the LED flashes. An output connector allows it to drive the original LED in turn. The device is demonstrated in the video below by root42.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Using Chmod Recursive to Change File Permissions on macOS and Linux

        When you need to manage file permissions on Linux or macOS, the chmod command is the way to go. However, the chmod recursive option lets you apply the chmod command to all files inside a directory and its subdirectories.

        In this article, we’ll explain how to use chmod recursive to easily change file permissions on macOS and Linux. We’ll also explain how to use the “X” argument to preserve file execution privileges and show you everything you need to know to use the chmod command like a pro.

      • CubicleNateKmail Message List Tabs – CubicleNate’s Techpad

        Kmail has been my email application for almost 20 years. Even before I started using openSUSE I have been happily using this email application. I find it to be the most feature rich of all the email management applications and far better than any web client I have ever used. I can shape the layout just the way I like it. I have spent a lot of time over the years tweaking it to the point where I am super happy with it.

        I love message list tabs, it is an incredibly useful feature. Since I live in my email quite a lot, I will keep multiple open at various times for different “mailboxes” for various reasons. I inadvertently closed the second tab and suddenly realized I didn’t know how I opened the series of tabs some many months back. I had forgotten where the option was activated are and it took me quite some time to find this one again.

      • Make Use OfHow to Fix GRUB Not Showing in a Dual-Boot Setup

        Dual-booting is an easy way to try Linux without giving up the convenience of Windows. However, sometimes you might run into troubles with the GRUB bootloader.

        A rare but difficult to deal with issue that dual-boot users may face is the GRUB bootloader not showing up during boot-up. Here’s how you can fix this quickly.

      • ID RootHow To Install Foxit PDF Reader on Rocky Linux 9 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Foxit PDF Reader on Rocky Linux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, Foxit PDF reader is a free, feature-rich, and very fast PDF Reader that enables you to view, annotate, fill out forms, and securely sign PDF documents no matter where you are or what device you’re on. It is available for Linux, macOS, and Windows.

        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 Foxit PDF Reader on Rocky Linux. 9.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to install ONLYOFFICE Docs 7.2 on Fedora Linux

        ONLYOFFICE Docs is an open-source office suite distributed under GNU AGPL v3.0.

      • LinuxiacHow to Install Nginx, MariaDB, and PHP on Rocky Linux 9

        This step-by-step guide walks you through installing and configuring Nginx, MariaDB, and PHP (LEMP Stack) on Rocky Linux 9.

        The LEMP software stack consists of a group of server-side software that serves dynamic web pages and web applications. It is an acronym representing four separate components: (L) Linux OS, (E) Nginx Web Server, (M) MySQL/MariaDB Database, and (P) PHP Scripting Language.

        Rocky Linux, one of the most popular Red Hat Enterprise Linux replacements, is a reliable, secure, and stable Linux distribution, ensuring your server’s seamless operations. Because of these qualities, it is a reasonable and often favored choice of system administrators for Linux-based servers.

      • Make Use OfHow to Use Encrypted Passwords in Shell Scripts on Linux

        Bash scripts are an important part of a system administrator’s job. They allow you to automate both mundane and critical tasks.

        One of the best things with scripts is that they can run independently without human intervention, but sometimes it can be challenging to automate tasks that require user passwords. Let’s look at how you can securely automate scripts that require passwords without compromising security.

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Okular on Linux Mint 21. For those of you who didn’t know, Okular is a free and open-source multiplatform document viewer developed by the KDE community. It can be used to visualize and modify professional-level documents very conveniently. The application is available for Linux, FreeBSD, macOS, Windows, and Android.

        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 an Okular pdf editor on Linux Mint 21 (Vanessa).

      • AddictiveTipsShare files fast and easy on Linux with VServer

        If you’ve ever needed to share a file to another computer on your Linux PC but don’t feel like dealing with complicated file-sharing tools, VServer is for you. Learn how to use VServer to quickly and easily share files on Linux.

      • AddictiveTipsHow to try out Ubuntu 22.10 early

        Ubuntu 22.10 is slated for an October release. It’s packed with all kinds of new and exciting updates and features. However, did you know that you can try it out early? Follow this guide to download and install Ubuntu 22.10 before release.

      • AddictiveTipsHow to install Only Office 7.2 on Linux

        The newest version of Only Office is out. With it comes even better Microsoft Office compatibility and great new features. If you’re dying to try version 7.2, follow along to learn how to get Only Office 7.2 working on your Linux PC.

      • AddictiveTipsHow you can benchmark your Linux Mint PC

        Are you curious about how powerful your Linux Mint PC is? Want to benchmark it but unsure how to do it? With Hardinfo, benchmarking Linux Mint is incredibly easy. Here’s how to do it on your system.

      • Linux HintHow to Remove Files, Diresctories, and Links in Linux

        Linux users need to work with files, directories, and links for various purposes. Files are used to store the data permanently. Directories are used to store one or more files that help to keep the data in a more organized way. The links are used to create the reference to a file or folder. Two types of inks can be created in Linux: one is a symbolic link and another is a hard link. The users may require to delete the files, directories, and links at any time. Many options exist in Linux to remove the files, directories, and links. Different commands and scripts to remove the files, folders, and links are explained in this tutorial.

      • Linux HintHow To Install and Use Eclipse IDE for Java

        One of the popular open-source Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) for Java programming is Eclipse. It can be used for other programming languages, such as PERL, Python, and C++. This application is not installed on Ubuntu by default. It is a Java-based IDE that requires Java Runtime Environment (JRE) to install and run. So, you have to install OpenJDK with JRE before installing Eclipse. It can be installed on Ubuntu by using a snap or manually. The way of installing Eclipse for Java programming and using this application for Java programming has been shown in this tutorial. This tutorial is divided into various parts, which are mentioned below.

      • Linux HintHow to Mount a USB Drive in Debian 11

        Removable USB drives allow you to easily transfer the files from one system to another. When you plug in a USB drive to your system’s USB port, it automatically mounts it. In Linux, it is mounted usually under the “/media” directory and can be accessed using the File Manager. However, in some scenarios, your system may not mount the USB drive automatically after you plug it in and you will be required to mount it manually in order to transfer the files between systems.
        In this post, we will describe how you can mount a USB drive in a Debian OS in case it is not detected by the system automatically.

        We use the Debian 11 OS to describe the procedure mentioned in this article. This procedure is also applicable to the previous Debian releases.

      • Linux HintHow to Use the Bash Cut Command

        Bourne Again Shell (Bash) comes available for all the GNU and Linux operating systems. The best part about using Bash is the flexibility that you get in navigating the menus and working with files and directories on the command line. Bash offers various helpful commands, and one of them is the cut command which helps print the selected sections of a given line. Ideally, if you want to split a given line, your best option is to use the cut command.

      • Linux HintHow to Install GNS3

        The Graphical Network Simulator-3 (GNS3) is an open-source program designed to help in network emulation, and it offers more features than Cisco’s packet tracer. With the GNS3, you can easily configure your router and switches, and the best part is how it allows you to design even complex networks easily. This guide offers a step-by-step guide on how to install GNS3 2.0 on Ubuntu.

      • OSNoteHow to Install Cockpit on CentOS, Rocky Linux and AlmaLinux – OSNote

        Cockpit is a free, open-source web-based admin GUI. It’s modular and extensible to meet your specific needs, with a lot of customization options across the board.

        Cockpit is released under the MIT license and is completely free to use on any project. There are no limitations to how many projects you can host, but note that your ISP may limit the number of open ports you can run in order to handle high volumes of traffic, which could cause performance issues. If you’re unsure about hosting Cockpit on your website, chat with your host provider or support for more information about this. If you want to host Cockpit yourself, we recommend using Haproxy or a similar in-memory load balancer, which can handle a large number of simultaneous client requests without affecting your server’s performance.

      • markaicode by MarkHow to Install Docker Swarm Cluster on Debian 11 | Mark Ai Code

        Docker Swarm is a tool for managing Docker hosts. We can build a high-availability, high-performance Docker cluster with apps deployed across many servers.

        Docker swarm is built with a management host and worker nodes. In your docker swarm cluster, you can have one or more manager nodes. The manager nodes use the native Docker API and share the Docker Swarm cluster’s database with the worker nodes. The management hosts are in charge of maintaining the cluster status, scheduling jobs, and handling HTTP API endpoints.

        Worker nodes are Docker engine instances that run containers.

      • VituxHow to Install Foxit PDF Reader on Ubuntu – VITUX

        PDF is one of the most popular and preferable file formats when it comes to reading, printing, and sharing files.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow to automate Linux patching with Ansible | Enable Sysadmin

        Use automation to reduce the time IT teams spend deploying patches and apply updates consistently across systems.

      • Barry KaulerLimine resolution fix in initrd

        …there are some questions left unanswered, but anyway, “RESOLUTION=800×600″ works.

        I wondered why appending “x32″ works, but none of “x4″, “x8″, “x16″ or “x24″.

        Also, my understanding is that many very old video cards to not support 32 bit-depth. What then, does Limine know and use what is available as reported by the video card?

      • The New StackWhat Is Apptainer and How Do You Install It on Ubuntu Server? – The New Stack

        The Apptainer/Singularity package has become one of the most widely-used container deployment systems for High-Performance Computing (HPC). This container system is designed to execute applications with bare-metal performance while retaining a high level of security, portability, and reproducibility.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Akademy IRL at Last! – ervin

          Today is a great day! I’m in Barcelona (typing this from my hotel room) to meet a good chunk of KDE for Akademy 2022. I can’t wait… it’s been a long time since the last edition was in person.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • OMG UbuntuThis Extension Adds Bluetooth Management to GNOME Quick Settings


          The new ‘Quick Settings’ UI in GNOME 43 makes it easier to switch audio output, swap power plan, and change Wi-Fi network than in earlier builds of the desktop environment.

          But it doesn’t (yet) do the same for Bluetooth connections — which is where the Bluetooth Quick Connect GNOME extension comes in.

          As-is, with Quick Settings in GNOME 43 you can enable/disable bluetooth by clicking on the bluetooth “pill” but you can’t do anything else, like see a list of bluetooth devices you can connect to. To do that, you still have to the full-fat Settings app, head to Bluetooth section, and do it from there.

        • Make Use Of5 Nautilus Extensions to Enhance Your GNOME File Manager

          GNOME is the default desktop environment for many major Linux distributions. It comes with a suite of useful applications, including a file manager. The file manager was called Nautilus until GNOME renamed it to GNOME Files in September 2012.

          Today, GNOME Files meets the everyday user’s needs for browsing and opening files and folders. The file manager also gives users many options for customization.

        • This Week in GNOME#63 Experiments and Prototypes – This Week in GNOME

          Update on what happened across the GNOME project in the week from September 23 to September 30.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2022/39

        This week’s been a little different from Tumbleweed as our regular release wrangler, Dominique, has been sick. Therefore I’ve stepped in and picked things up without our usual handovers which made things a little challenging, but I’m proud to be able to say we still released 5 snapshots in the last 7 days, including some pretty big changes.

    • Fedora / Red Hat

      • Fedora ProjectFriday’s Fedora Facts: 2022-39

        Here’s your weekly Fedora report. Read what happened this week and what’s coming up. Your contributions are welcome (see the end of the post)!

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: CPE Weekly Update – Week 39 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.

        We provide you with both infographics and text versions of the weekly report. If you just want to quickly look at what we did, just look at the infographic. If you are interested in more in-depth details look at the infographic.

      • Enterprisers ProjectIT leadership: What to prioritize for the remainder of 2022 [Ed: When Red Hat says "modernize, modernize, modernize" it means accept vendor lockin and get entangled in impractical complexity]

        As the calendar year winds down, you may be looking at your IT agenda and wondering what to chip away at in the remaining months. I encourage you to stay locked on the obvious, daunting as it may seem, and modernize, modernize, modernize.

      • Enterprisers ProjectHybrid intelligence: Bridging the skills gap

        With IT spending projected to total $4.5 trillion in 2022, it’s clear that cutting-edge technology is on every IT executive’s wish list this year. However, while investing in emerging technology is essential, businesses can’t beat the competition by simply increasing tech spending. IT leaders must create foolproof strategies that consider what these new technologies will do and how they will upskill workers to use them.

        Additionally, inflation will severely impact IT budgets as vendors adjust prices for the current market. Consequently, CIOs must be selective when choosing digital solutions.

        So which technologies will win in 2022 and beyond? Those that empower businesses to capitalize on existing technology infrastructure. Artificial intelligence (AI) solutions and a hybrid intelligence (HI) approach can bridge skills gaps in a workforce and help workers fundamentally change how they work and interact with technology.

      • Fedora 38 Wallpaper in motion! — Madeline Peck

        That’s right!!! We are officially ready to start brainstorming for Fedora 38 Wallpaper ideas because our candidate with an M last name has been chosen (drum roll please) and it’s Samuel Massie!!!

        Ideas and progress are going to be documented on gitlab here!

        Thank you to everyone who voted and gave comments on the candidates! It’s greatly appreciated! After choosing our inspiration, we had a brainstorming session for figuring out different paths we could go down together. We met on Wednesday, September 21st at the design team meeting which was 1:30-2:30 PM EST*

        *This is our usual time slot which we will continue to use for most of the future sessions. If you can’t make this time of the week, feel free to tune into the recording or are nervous about participating, join the Livestream to watch only.

      • Hari RanaTheEvilSkeleton: The Fedora Project Remains Community Driven

        Recently, the Fedora Project removed all patented codecs from their Mesa builds, without the rest of the community’s input. This decision was heavily criticized from the community. For that decision, some even asked the Fedora Project to remove “community driven” from its official description. I’d like to spend some time to explain why, in my opinion, this decision was completely justified, and how the Fedora Project remains community driven.

        [...]

        Massive organizations, like the Fedora Project, must comply with laws to avoid lawsuits as much as possible. Patent trolls are really common and will target big organizations. Let’s not forget that, in 2019, GNOME was sued by a patent troll. Unfortunately, patent trolling is quite common. And even worse, patent trolling against open source projects has considerably increased since early this year. So, this decision had to be acted quickly, to avoid potential lawsuits as soon as possible.

        Complying with laws is not up to the community to decide. For example, Gentoo Linux, another community driven distribution, cannot and will not redistribute proprietary software at all. And this is not something that can be voted on, but must be complied with. This doesn’t mean that Gentoo Linux is not community driven whatsoever; it only means that it’s legally bound, just like how the Fedora Project cannot ship these patented codecs.

      • PHP version 7.4.32, 8.0.24 and 8.1.11 – Remi’s RPM repository – Blog

        RPMs of PHP version 8.1.11 are available in remi-modular repository for Fedora ≥ 35 and Enterprise Linux ≥ 8 (RHEL, Alma, CentOS, Rocky…) and in remi-php81 repository for EL 7.

        RPMs of PHP version 8.0.24 are available in remi-modular repository for Fedora ≥ 35 and Enterprise Linux ≥ 8 (RHEL, Alma, CentOS, Rocky…) and in remi-php80 repository for EL 7.

        RPMs of PHP version 7.4.32 are available in remi-modular repository for Fedora ≥ 35 and Enterprise Linux ≥ 8 (RHEL, Alma, CentOS, Rocky…) and in remi-php74 repository for EL 7.

      • Red Hat OfficialStack/Unstuck: Data-baeses

        Writing data is easy. You take in the information and put it away for future use. It’s remembering exactly what you wrote and where you put it that’s the challenge. Just like having to look for your keys as you try to rush out the door, getting that data quickly makes all the difference. And when your database is your bestie, it can serve that information faster than you could imagine.

      • ForbesQualcomm Announces New Automotive Partnerships With Mercedes-Benz And Red Hat

        As part of its first Automotive Investor Day today, QualcommQCOM announced a pair of new partnerships with Mercedes-Benz and Red HatRHT . Qualcomm has moved aggressively in recent years to diversify its business beyond mobile devices with vehicles seen as a prime hunting ground and it’s already making significant inroads.

      • SDx CentralRed Hat OpenStack 17 Targets Telco Stability [Ed: Sponsored puff piece. Too many publishers 'forget' to mention that IBM/Red Hat pays them for the fluff.]

        Red Hat launched the latest iteration of its long-running OpenStack platform with new telecom operator-focused features that further closes the bond between that product and the vendor’s cloud-native OpenShift platform.

        Specific OpenStack 17 updates include dynamic resource allocation and director designed to support “lighter” deployments. These are applications that don’t require as many services and are targeted at a smaller infrastructure footprint like edge or resource-constrained locations.

      • Red HatPerform inference using Intel OpenVINO Model Server on OpenShift | Red Hat Developer

        In this article, you will learn how to perform inference on JPEG images using the gRPC API in OpenVINO Model Server in OpenShift. Model servers play an important role in smoothly bringing models from development to production. Models are served via network endpoints which expose an APIs to run predictions.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • DebugPointLinux Mint 21.1 Code Name Revealed, Coming Up on Christmas

        Looks like many significant releases are lined up for Christmas this year. First, we reported earlier that Xfce 4.18 is also planning for a release.

        And today, the Linux Mint team announced that the first point release of Linux Mint 21.0, i.e. 21.1, is arriving on Christmas 2022. Like every release, the codename of the Linux Mint 21.1 is “Vera”.

      • Make Use OfLinux Mint 21.1 Will Land on Christmas 2022 With Highly-Anticipated Fixes

        The new version will land around the 2022 holiday season with improved hardware support and USB stick creation.

      • OMG UbuntuLinux Mint 21.1 Codenamed ‘Vera’, Will Arrive at Xmas

        Linux Mint has confirmed we’ll be able to get our hands on the first point-release follow-up to the (well received) Linux Mint 21 release by Christmas.

        Linux Mint lead Clement Lefebvre also shares the codename for Linux Mint 21.1 is “Vera”. This continues the distro’s tradition of giving each release within a series a female name beginning with the same letter (Linux Mint 21 was ‘Vanessa’, for example).

        While we don’t know much about plans for Linux Mint 21.1 — though it will continue to be based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, ofc — a less cluttered desktop is in the offing.

      • Linux MintMonthly News – September 2022 – The Linux Mint Blog

        I’d like to start the news with a big thank you to all the people who help us. Thanks you for your support and your donations.

        [...]

        We made the manager run in user mode so you no longer need a password to launch it.

        Debconf is now properly supported. This was an issue for NVIDIA drivers when SecureBoot is enabled. This scenario was fixed.

        Packagekit was patched to receive the ability to purge packages (i.e. to not only remove them but to also remove their configuration files). The driver manager now purges removed drivers. This fixes a niche issue with NVIDIA drivers when switching between different versions of the drivers.

        The user interface was improved.

      • Kubuntu Kinetic Kudu (22.10) Beta Released

        The beta of Kubuntu Kinetic Kudu (to become 22.10 in October) has now been released, and is available for download.
        This milestone features images for Kubuntu and other Ubuntu flavours.

        Pre-releases of Kubuntu Kinetic Kudu are not recommended for…

      • Ubuntu HandbookFinal Beta of Ubuntu 22.10 ‘Kinetic Kudu’ is Released | UbuntuHandbook

        Ubuntu 22.10, code name ‘Kinetic Kudu’, is now in beta stage. The final release expected on October 20, 2022. See what’s new in the next release of the popular Linux distribution.

        Ubuntu 22.10 features Linux Kernel 5.19 with new hardware support. The default desktop environment is GNOME 43, that features a new flat system menu.

      • The Fridge: Ubuntu 22.10 (Kinetic Kudu) Final Beta released

        The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the Beta release of the Ubuntu 22.10 Desktop, Server, and Cloud products.

        Ubuntu 22.10, codenamed “Kinetic Kudu”, continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.

        This Beta release includes images from not only the Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and Cloud products, but also the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, Ubuntu Unity, and Xubuntu flavours.

        The Beta images are known to be reasonably free of showstopper image build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of 22.10 that should be representative of the features intended to ship with the final release expected on October 20, 2022.

        [...]

        As fixes will be included in new images between now and release, any daily cloud image from today or later (i.e. a serial of 20220929 or higher) should be considered a Beta image. Bugs found should be filed against the appropriate packages or, failing that, the cloud-images project in Launchpad.

      • Beta NewsDon’t install Ubuntu Linux 22.10 ‘Kinetic Kudu’ Beta (unless you are a cool dude) [Ed: Trollish clickbait from Brian Fagioli again]

        Installing a pre-release version of an operating system on a production machine is downright foolish. You can run into serious bugs, and potentially, lose data too. So I urge you not to install Ubuntu 22.10 “Kinetic Kudu” Beta which was released earlier today… unless you are cool dude or “dudette.”

        Yeah, the truly cool Linux users are willing to throw caution to the wind and ruin their current Ubuntu installation in favor or living dangerously. Of course, these brave Linux users should also have their important data backed up just in case something catastrophic happens. After all, failing to backup is certainly not cool.

        Ubuntu 22.10 uses the GNOME desktop environment by default, but it can also be had with KDE Plasma (Kubuntu), LXQt (Lubuntu), Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Unity, and Xfce (Xubuntu). In other words, if you don’t like GNOME there are plenty of other great options.

      • Its FOSSWow! You Can Now Use Ubuntu Desktop on Cloud [Ed: Ubuntu used to report to Amazon what people searched locally on their own PCs; this is complete takeover, including files and activities]

        Amazon WorkSpaces is a fully managed virtual desktop service that caters to enterprises and individuals looking to eliminate the hassle of maintaining, scaling, and managing specific hardware for work.

        Unfortunately, they did not have Ubuntu as one of their offerings.

        So, they partnered with Canonical to add an option for Ubuntu-based desktops.

      • The Register UKAmazon lets you rent Ubuntu Pro. Yes, it’s Linux on the virtual desktop

        Amazon WorkSpaces, the company’s persistent desktop virtualization product, now offers Ubuntu as an option.

        It’s another piece of validation for penguinistas, although it will doubtless fail to convince those industry commentators who still think it’s funny to joke about the “year of Linux on the desktop.”

      • UbuntuMigrating to an open-source private cloud platform: key considerations

        Private clouds combine the many benefits of cloud computing, like elasticity, scalability and agility, with the security, access control and resource customisation of on-prem infrastructure. Private clouds allow financial institutions to have greater control over hardware and software choices. They make it easier to enforce compliance with regulatory standards. Private clouds also enable financial institutions to move from a traditional IT engagement model to a DevOps model and transform their IT groups from an infrastructure provider to a service provider (via a SaaS model). But they can also entail high costs.

        One strategy that financial institutions can adopt to reduce infrastructure costs for private clouds is to move away from expensive proprietary technologies, like VMWare, to open-source platforms like OpenStack.

      • UbuntuMeet Canonical at IoT Tech Expo | Ubuntu

        IoT Tech Expo is almost here! With 250+ speakers, 5,000+ attendees and dozens of sessions dedicated to IoT in the enterprise and transformational IoT and 5G, it will be an impactful gathering. Join Canonical there to discuss our IoT solutions with our experts on-site.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • From Infrastructure as Code to Policy as Code

        I still remember when 15 years ago, the topic of Infrastructure as Code was beginning to be discussed. At the time, the majority of tools we know and use for Infrastructure as Code did not exist. Some people and companies realized the need for such a paradigm, while many others were skeptical or against it.

        In the last few months, I had a kind of a Deja Vu when I started to have conversations with some stakeholders around Policy as Code, or as someone prefers to call it, Compliance as Code. The idea behind Policy as Code is that if it was possible to write policies in a language that is both easily readable by a human and a computer, we could better govern IT. Policy as Code is not a new concept by itself. In fact, in Infrastructure as Code software such as Ansible, it is possible to create a Playbook to assess if a system is in the expected state. The problem, though, is that a Playbook written with Ansible with this scope is not always evident if read by people that are not highly trained on the topic.

        To create a successful Policy as Code system, you should have policies for the Infrastructure as Code and the effective configuration in production. Having a set of policies for the Infrastructure as Code means preventing a change to land in the Infrastructure as Code codebase if it fails as policies. Using Policy as Code on the effective configuration in production means detecting possible nonconformities independently from the fact they were caused by the Infrastructure as Code tool or manual changes. I call the first way of working ex-ante and the second ex-post.

      • The 4 minute bug | Alejandro AR (kinduff)

        It’s time for one of those bug’s story. This one was introduced earlier but it’s related to “The story of the 20 million queries per hour”, not a consequence of that mistake, but it shares some related context.

      • Complexity and software engineering | Well, quite.

        OK, it’s definitely not just the software industry. If you’ve seen the film The Big Short you may remember the seemingly endless secondary markets, adding complexity that led to no one understanding what risks they were exposed to. The motivation there seemed to be purely making money.

        Look at the food on your plate at dinner, and try thinking about the complexity of where all the ingredients came from to make that meal. If you have meat on your plate it might have been grown in the same country as you, but maybe not for the food the animal ate. You’re probably also eating animal antibiotics (or the remains of them). Where were they made? How can you start to get a hold on the incredible complexity of the human food chain? The motivation here seems also to be to make money: if you can make the same product as your competitors, but cheaper, then you can undercut your competitors a little, have bigger margins, and make more money. Who cares if it requires enormous environmental damage, right? Products are sure as hell not priced to reflect the damage done to the environment to create, maintain, or dispose of them.

      • Guiding principle: Think Big, Work Small | by Jason Yip | Sep, 2022 | Medium

        Thanks to John Cutler for the pithiest wording I’ve seen so far to describe this phenomenon.

      • Linux HintFseek() in C

        As a daily computer user, we are always working with files and folders. These files and folders are the must-haves in any operating system like Windows or Linux. Apart from accessing the files through the operating system, we can also access these files and folders within any programming language through filing. Though it’s not as simple as using the files and folders in operating systems, it can provide us with a sufficient amount of information.

        The “fseek” function of “C” is designed to get an information regarding the specific range of text data within any type of file like the total number of characters, display the specific text data, and many more. As we have been working on the Linux platform, it’s necessary to install the C compiler through the “command-line” application. Therefore, quickly open your “terminal” application and try updating your Ubuntu 22.04 Linux system first. Use the “apt” utility with “sudo” rights in the “update” query to update it.

      • jmtd → log → vim plugins → vim-css-color

        Last year I wrote about a subset of the vim plugins I was using, specifically those created by master craftsman Tim Pope. Off and on since then I’ve reviewed the other plugins I use and tried a few others, so I thought I’d write about them.

  • Leftovers

    • Education

      • Be critical or be corrupted

        On the surface, “The Wire” is about homicide detectives and the Baltimore drug trade. But on a deeper level, these motifs are just stage dressing for the show’s exploration of the city’s institutions and how corruption inevitably sprouts like weeds within them. I recently rewatched this series and, aside from hours of entertainment and a deeper butt-impression on my couch, I also had an epiphany about how I’ve observed this theme first-hand.

      • Learning is Remembering

        For example, on the quantum mechanics Wikipedia page we might at first not understand “subatomic particles”. We click on it and go to its page. Then on that page we don’t understand “composite particles” so we click on that, and so on, remembering where we were each time so we can come back to the right place.

    • Proprietary

    • Security

      • IT WireMicrosoft investigating two zero-days affecting Exchange Server [Ed: What Microsoft-bribed media has been distracting from lately]

        Microsoft says it is investigating two zero-day vulnerabilities reported to be affecting Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, 2016, and 2019.

        A blog post issued by the Microsoft Security Response Centre on Thursday said the first, identified as CVE-2022-41040, was a Server-Side Request Forgery vulnerability

        The second, identified as CVE-2022-41082, allowed remote code execution when PowerShell was accessible to the attacker.

        British security expert Kevin Beaumont was the first to mention the issue in a series of tweets this morning that iTWire reported, wherein he said that it appeared that a new zero-day had been unearthed.

      • Bleeping ComputerNew Microsoft Exchange zero-days actively exploited in attacks

        Threat actors are exploiting yet-to-be-disclosed Microsoft Exchange zero-day bugs allowing for remote code execution, according to claims made by security researchers at Vietnamese cybersecurity outfit GTSC, who first spotted and reported the attacks.

      • LWNSecurity updates for Friday

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (libsndfile and libvncserver), Fedora (bash), Red Hat (httpd24-httpd, java-1.7.1-ibm, and java-1.8.0-ibm), and SUSE (krb5-appl, libjpeg-turbo, python310, and slurm_20_02).

      • Bruce SchneierSecurity Vulnerabilities in Covert CIA Websites – Schneier on Security

        Back in 2018, we learned that covert system of websites that the CIA used for communications was compromised by—at least—China and Iran, and that the blunder caused a bunch of arrests, imprisonments, and executions. We’re now learning that the CIA is still “using an irresponsibly secured system for asset communication.”

      • IT WireAlbanese says Optus has agreed to pay for replacement passports

        Optus has agreed to pay for the replacement of passports of users caught up in the data breach that the telco suffered, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says.

        In a tweet this afternoon, he wrote: “An important update for all Australians on the Optus security breach. After actions taken by myself, @SenatorWong and @ClareONeilMP, Optus has agreed to pay for replacement passports for those affected by the data breach.

        “What has happened here is unacceptable. Australian companies should do everything they can to protect your data.

        “That’s why we’re also reviewing the Privacy Act – and we’re committed to making privacy law stronger.”

      • DiffoscopeReproducible Builds (diffoscope): diffoscope 223 released

        The diffoscope maintainers are pleased to announce the release of diffoscope version 223. This version includes the following changes:

        [ Chris Lamb ]

        * The cbfstools utility is now provided in Debian via the coreboot-utils

        Debian package, so we can enable that functionality within Debian.

        (Closes: #1020630)

        [ Mattia Rizzolo ]

        * Also include coreboot-utils in Build-Depends and Test-Depends so it is

        available for the tests.

        [ Jelle van der Waa ]

        * Add support for file 5.43.

      • USCERTMicrosoft Releases Guidance on Zero-Day Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange Server

        Microsoft has released Customer Guidance for Reported Zero-day Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange Server. According to the blog post, “Microsoft is aware of limited targeted attacks using the two vulnerabilities to get into users’ systems.”

      • CISACISA Adds Three Known Exploited Vulnerabilities to Catalog | CISA [Ed: This CISA post has failed to say that 67% of it is about Microsoft, and specifically zero-days already exploited with severe consequences (espionage and blackmail)]

        CISA has added three vulnerabilities to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities Catalog, based on evidence of active exploitation. These types of vulnerabilities are a frequent attack vector for malicious cyber actors and pose significant risk to the federal enterprise. Note: to view the newly added vulnerabilities in the catalog, click on the arrow in the “Date Added to Catalog” column, which will sort by descending dates.   

      • CISADrupal Releases Security Update | CISA

        Drupal has released a security update to address a vulnerability affecting multiple versions of Drupal. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to access sensitive information. For advisories addressing lower severity vulnerabilities, see Drupal’s Security advisories.

      • USCERTMozilla Releases Security Update for Thunderbird

        Mozilla has released a security update to address a vulnerability in Thunderbird. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system.

      • USCERTCisco Releases Security Updates for Multiple Products

        Cisco has released security updates for vulnerabilities affecting multiple products. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system. For updates addressing high and low severity vulnerabilities, see the Cisco Security Advisories page.

      • USCERTHurricane-Related Scams

        CISA warns users to remain on alert for malicious cyber activity targeting potential disaster victims and charitable donors following a hurricane. Fraudulent emails—often containing malicious links or attachments—are common after major natural disasters. Exercise caution in handling emails with hurricane-related subject lines, attachments, or hyperlinks. In addition, be wary of social media pleas, texts, or door-to-door solicitations relating to severe weather events.

      • Fear, Uncertainty,
        Doubt/Fear-mongering/Dramatisation

        • LinuxInsiderNew Cyber Bill Aims To Fix Open-Source Security in Government

          Federal legislators last week began the process of better securing the open-source software used by government agencies with a new bill titled “Securing Open Source Software Act of 2022.”

          Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, introduced the legislation that seeks to address open source software risks in government. The proposed Bill, S. 4913, now awaits action by the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

          The legislation comes after a hearing Peters and Portman convened on Feb. 2 to investigate the Log4j incident that was discovered in December 2021. It directs the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to help ensure that open-source software is used safely and securely by the federal government, critical infrastructure, and others.

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • The New StackEthereum’s Software Switch Has Crypto Miners Scrambling

          The switch in underlying software protocols to mint Ethereum cryptocurrency is rendering mining equipment obsolete, and companies running server farms are now repurposing the hardware for artificial intelligence and Web3 applications.

          Ethereum recently switched over the cryptocurrency validation system to “proof of stake,” which replaces the older “proof of work” system, which became unsustainable as the energy consumed by the process became a strain on electric grids. Ethereum mining consumed more energy than Finland does annually.

      • Wildlife/Nature

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Hiems appropinquat

        I’ve been suffering from more intense abdominal pain since the

        beginning of September when the weather turned cold. So lately I’ve

        been on the consumer side and watched movies or played video games

        rather than creating something. I haven’t even written a single line

        of code outside of work nor did I care about my servers. I only

        updated my laptop and that was it.

        [...]

        The plan for next week was that my brother would visit, but he

        unfortunately caught corona and even had fever for a couple of days.

        We wanted to drive to Czechia as he also likes the good food there. I

        think we’ll do it anyway me and my wife.

        It’s been raining a lot during the last couple of weeks, but provided

        we can trust the forecast, next week will be better. We even had to

        turn on the heating, the bills are going to be horrible. I’d rather

        not write anything about the current German federal government and

        especially the Greens, it would not work without the heavy use of

        swear words.

      • Absence

        Writer’s block sucks. Though the only way to get past it is to write, which is quite paradoxical.

    • Politics

      • Profit above all else

        Our society actively promotes profit as the principal goal in life, placing it above all else. This isn’t only morally wrong, but produces a society without empathy or regards for the surrounding world.

        The obsession surrounding profit can rightly be traced to the current economic system. Yet, I don’t want to get into a theoretical stand point, I want to focus on the impact, the result, this primary focus has had on people’s lives around the world.

        Here children are taught in the economics class that “as an adult, profit should be valued above anything else.” This is disastrous from multiple sides, as the future adults will be less empathetic, if they have any at all, and will think of their relationship as transactions, as means for an end, in this case their monetary gains.

    • Technical

      • Using libsodium

        Libsodium is a wrapper around the Nacl cryptography library which simplifies the handling of buffers.

      • Patterns in noise

        Stare at any noisy image for a while, and you will see a face or some other figure in it. Once it has been seen it cannot be unseen. Pareidolia is a common and unavoidable perceptual quirk. Some artists have used it consciously, such as Dalì with his paranoiac-critical method. Beginning with some random blot any figures discovered in it can be reinforced, the image can be built up around these perceived figures that are really just random variations.

      • Science

        • Regarding Life Beyond Earth

          I recently read this little article laying out the various reasons, from recent research, to think that there might be life elsewhere in the universe, or rather that the odds look better than they used to look.


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

Intel Treats Linus Torvalds as a Marketing Mascot

Posted in Interview, Kernel, Marketing at 3:16 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The Godfather of the Open Source movement,” [sic] according to Intel’s CEO.

Direct link

Summary: 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)

ZDNet Used to Write About 3 ‘Linux’ Stories Per Day. But Now…

Posted in Deception, FUD, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 2:52 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Evidence of ZDNet dying: By Monday it'll be ELEVEN days

Summary: The death of ZDNet is anything but official

In other news, Spamnil (Swapnil Bhartiya), who calls SJVN his “mentor”, has just published spam for Microsoft and the OSI (just earlier today, link omitted to avoid sending traffic to it), in effect helping a Microsoft-sponsored campaign to encourage GPL violations under the guise of "HEY HI" (AI). This is a Linux Foundation-funded attack on the GPL, Linux’s licence. And it’s not just GPL violations but licence violations in general and across the board. Microsoft controls the narrative and encourages abuses against Free software.

Also see: OSI’s Cofounder Bruce Perens: “Linux Foundation is an Infringer’s Club.”

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

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 1:21 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

His repertoire keeps growing:

Matthew Garrett Attacks feminists, defames RMS....

Summary: 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)

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

Posted in News Roundup at 9:41 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • VideoSCP and SFTP, What Are The Differences? – Invidious

        Explaining the differences between Secure Copy and Secure File Transfer Protocol Music used in the video

      • VideoBecome a FreeBSD Bash Script pro with ShellCheck! – Invidious

        I can do BASIC, and maybe even a little sh/bash script, but to become better, I need a tutor to correct my work, and in this short video I have a look at ShellCheck on FreeBSD!

      • Linux in the Ham ShackLHS Episode #482: Linux Network Utilities Deep Dive

        Hello and welcome to Episode 482 of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this episode, the hosts take an in-depth look at some common network utilities on the Linux command line to help you configure, monitor and troubleshoot your computers’ network connections. We hope you find this episode informative and entertaining. Please send us feedback and we look forward to catching you for the next installment.

    • Applications

      • Linux LinksExcellent Utilities: CopyQ – advanced clipboard manager

        This series highlights best-of-breed utilities. We cover a wide range of utilities including tools that boost your productivity, help you manage your workflow, and lots more besides.

        CopyQ is an advanced clipboard manager. This software stores content of the system clipboard whenever it changes and allows to search the history and copy it back to the system clipboard or paste it directly to other applications. The tool offers a lot of functionality.

        It’s written in C++ and published under an open source license.

      • Linux Links32 Outstanding Linux Utilities to Maximize your Productivity

        This is a series of cornerstone articles highlighting essential utilities. These are small, indispensable tools, useful for anyone running a Linux machine.

        You’ve migrated over from Windows or Mac OS X to the wonderful world of Linux. You’ve selected a Linux distro (after a bit of fruitful distro hopping), chosen a desktop environment, and studied the basic Linux commands. Or you’ve been using Linux for decades, know the operating system like the back of your hand. Whatever your level of experience, you want some really useful free utilities. Software that enriches your workflow, offers new opportunities, and allows you to tap into new innovations. This article picks the finest open source software to maximize the goodness of Linux.

      • HowTo Geek‘UnstableFusion’ Makes AI Art Easy on Windows, Mac, and Linux

        Stable Diffusion is a popular tool for creating AI artwork, since it can run directly on your computer, instead of relying on cloud servers like DALL-E. However, Stable Diffusion isn’t as easy to use as web-based tools, which is starting to change.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • TecMintMost Commonly Used Linux Commands You Should Know

        Linux is a very popular Operating System (OS) amongst programmers and regular users. One of the main reasons for its popularity is its exceptional command line support. We can manage the entire Linux operating system via command line interface (CLI) only. This allows us to accomplish complex tasks with a just few commands.

        In this guide, we will discuss some commonly used commands that are useful for experienced sysadmin or a beginner. After following this guide, users will be able to operate the Linux system confidently.

      • OpenSource.comHow I dock my Linux laptop

        Not that long ago, docking a laptop was a new idea to me. Since then, I’ve set up two different laptops for docking, and I’ve been more than satisfied with how this configuration works. This article describes how I set up the laptop docking stations and gives tips and guidance for anyone considering the same.

      • Manuel MatuzovicDay 4: the min() function

        It’s time to get me up on speed with modern CSS. There’s so much new in CSS that I know too little about. To change that I’ve started #100DaysOfMoreOrLessModernCSS. Why more or less modern CSS? Because some topics will be about cutting-edge features, while other stuff has been around for quite a while already, but I just have little to no experience with it.

      • Unix SheikhDrive failure and IO errors? ZFS to the rescue!

        It’s funny, because it’s actually difficult to put into words. I have dealt with different filesystems over the past 35+ years, but one thing is clear, ZFS is unique! Absolutely nothing compares. And it’s not just the fact that ZFS tries really really hard to protect your data, actually amazingly hard, but it almost also “holds your hand” while it does it.

      • The AnarcatDetecting manual (and optimizing large) package installs in Puppet – anarcat

        I recently worked on a neat hack called puppet-package-check. It is designed to warn about manually installed packages, to make sure “everything is in Puppet”. But it turns out it can (probably?) dramatically increase the bootstrap time of Puppet bootstrap when it needs to install a large number of packages.

      • dwaves.deGNU Linux Debian 11 (bullseye) – find and remove duplicates files with czkawka_cli (successor to fslint)
      • TecMintLinux rmdir Command Examples for Beginners

        As Linux users, we interact with the files and directories on a regular basis. One common operation users perform is removing directories from the file system. However, we have to be extra careful while removing the directories. Because carelessly performed removal operations can result in data loss.

        In this beginner-friendly article, we will learn about the rmdir command. We will also discuss some of the practical examples that can be used on a day-to-day basis.

      • Its FOSSHow to Properly Theme KDE Plasma [An in-depth Guide]

        If you have been using Linux for some time, you know about KDE Plasma, the desktop environment.

        Many distributions ship KDE Plasma as the default (or flagship) desktop environment.

        Hence, it is not surprising to find it among the best desktop environments.

      • Vitux6 Ways to List Network Interfaces in Debian 11 – VITUX

        A network manager often finds himself in situations where he has to change various network configurations.

      • Linux HintHow to Install and Use Ngrok

        “This tutorial explains how to use Ngrok to make local resources public. For example, to make a local website from the localhost accessible from the internet.

        After reading this tutorial, you will be able to make websites and applications hosted on the local computer (Local Host or 127.0.0.1) public. Except for the installation methods, which only cover Debian and RedHat based Linux distributions, usage instructions are valid for every distribution.

        All instructions included in this tutorial contain screenshots, making it easy for every Linux user to understand and follow them.”

      • Linux HintHow to Use the Bash xargs Commands

        “xargs is a bash command that allows the execution of multiple commands in the same line. Whether the commands take parameters or arguments as input, they can run in the same line when combined with xargs. With xargs, you can build and execute multiple commands through the standard input, as xargs can take an input and convert it to a command argument to be used by the next command.”

        To help you understand xargs and how you can use it, this article will give multiple examples of using the xargs command. Take a look!

      • TechRepublicInstall Samba on RHEL-Based Linux Distributions | TechRepublic

        With some Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu Desktop, many of the pieces are in place by default. Other distributions, such as those based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, might not include everything required to get Samba working out of the box. That’s what I’m here for: I want to walk you through the process of getting Samba up and running on RHEL-based Linux distributions.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Yarn on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Yarn is a package manager that helps develop JavaScript code and shares it through software packages. A team at Facebook developed it as an alternative to the Node package manager (NPM) client and focused on speed, security, and consistency. Packages, also known as modules, are used to distribute the code, and a package.json file outlines the contents of the package and all associated distributed codes. Yarn can work offline and has a deterministic algorithm used to install packages, meaning that if two developers have the same dependencies, Yarn will generate the same file structure in both projects. This allows for a better understanding of projects and more reliable builds.

        In addition, Yarn uses checksums to verify the integrity of every installed package before its code is executed. Yarn will attempt to fix mismatches automatically or report an error if mismatches are found. Using Yarn, developers can share JavaScript code more quickly and efficiently while ensuring that code is secure and consistent across projects.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn various methods of installing Yard on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish desktop or server, along with some tips on using Yarn.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Okular on Linux Mint 21 LTS

        Okular is a free and open-source multiplatform document viewer developed by the KDE community. It is based on Qt and KDE Frameworks libraries and is distributed as part of the KDE Applications bundle. Okular was initially developed as a fork of KPDF, and it has since replaced KPDF, KGhostView, KFax, KFaxview, and KDVI in KDE 4.

        The application is available for Linux, FreeBSD, macOS, Windows, and Android. Okular has various features that make it suitable for viewing multiple document types, including PDFs, PostScript files, DjVu files, XPS files, comic books, and more. The app also supports annotations and notes, making it ideal for students and researchers who need to take notes on documents. Okular is a versatile document viewer perfect for users who require to view various document types.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn to install Okular on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using the standard default apt repository or flatpak third-party package manager, with some tips for maintaining or removing Okular in the future.

      • UNIX CopHow to clear cache on Linux? – Unix / Linux the admins Tutorials

        Clearing the Linux cache can bring us certain advantages that we should take a look at. Today you will learn how to do it on Linux. Let’s go.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Element on a Chromebook – a Matrix client

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

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxThe free Indonesia update for art of rally is out now

        Continuing to expand to some gorgeous locations to race through, the free Indonesia update for art of rally is out now.

      • GamingOnLinuxOpen-world turn-based RPG ‘Of Blades & Tails’ arrives October 19th

        Inspired by classic hack and slashers like Diablo and turn-based RPGs like Tales of Maj’Eyal or Stoneshard, we have the new open-world RPG coming Of Blades & Tails. Planned to enter Early Access on October 19th, this will feature Native Linux support and it looks great.

      • GamingOnLinuxProject Killswitch sales suspended as the kickstand messed with the Steam Deck fan

        Looks like dbrand are not having a great time with Project Killswitch, their bundle of accessories as they had to pull it from sale shortly after going up for reservations due to it causing problems.

      • Björn WärmedalA Mod For OpenTTD

        I’ve started fiddling with it, and I really like it. I’m incrementally getting somewhere. I figure that if I could sit down alone for a full day I could have this NewGRF finished. It’ll be at least a week before I have that opportunity though.

      • Raspberry PiPico W retro gaming special in The MagPi magazine issue #122

        Get back in time to the glory years of gaming with the brand new Pico W microcontroller board.

      • GamingOnLinuxGOG celebrates 14 years with big sale, game giveaway and Skyrim release

        GOG are celebrating 14 years of existing with a big sale on lots of games, plus you can get a free copy of Master of Magic Classic.

      • GamingOnLinuxTransferring files from PC to Steam Deck with FileZilla FTP

        Want another way to transfer files from a PC (Linux / Windows) over to a Steam Deck? Here’s how to do it using the FileZilla FTP application. I’ve already covered the use of tools like Warpinator and Syncthing and both are great, however not everyone gets along with them and this way is pretty much bulletproof with a tiny bit of a setup.

      • GamingOnLinuxPoint and click mystery adventure The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow is out now

        Arriving with Native Linux support, the new mysterious point and click adventure game The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow from Cloak and Dagger Games / Wadjet Eye Games is out now.

      • VarietyGoogle Is Shutting Down Stadia Games Service After It Failed to ‘Gain Traction’

        After three years, Google Stadia is exiting the arena.

        The internet search giant, which launched the streaming games service in November 2019, announced that Google Stadia will be winding down over the next few months. Players will continue to have access to their games library and be able to play through Jan. 18, 2023. Google said it will refund all Stadia hardware purchases made through the Google Store, as well as all game and add-on content purchases made through the Stadia store.

        While Stadia’s approach to streaming games “was built on a strong technology foundation, it hasn’t gained the traction with users that we expected so we’ve made the difficult decision to begin winding down our Stadia streaming service,” Phil Harrison, VP and GM of Stadia, wrote in a blog post Thursday about the decision.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • LinuxiacParrot OS 5.1 Brings a Host of Updates and New Docker Repo

      Updated security tools, IoT performance improvements, and its own Docker repo are some things the new Parrot OS 5.1 comes with.

      Parrot OS, similar to Kali Linux, was created as a security-focused operating system for ethical hackers and privacy-oriented users. It is a free and open-source Linux distribution based on Debian.

      Half a year after its latest stable release, 5.0, Parrot OS 5.1 is finally here. So let’s see what’s changed.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Venture BeatRed Hat advances Enterprise Linux with improved Podman containers | VentureBeat

        There is more than one type of application container technology that enterprises can choose as they build out cloud-native applications.

        Linux vendor Red Hat announced this week the beta release of the latest update for its Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) platform with the 8.7 and 9.1 milestones. Both RHEL 8.7 and 9.1 add new features and capabilities designed to help organizations more effectively use Podman containers, which is an open source effort led by Red Hat.

        Red Hat has been a business unit of IBM since it was acquired for $34 billion in 2018.

        Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the company’s flagship Linux platform on which enterprises and government users run all types of applications. Red Hat supports multiple versions of its enterprise platform with a series of incremental updates every year.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • OMG UbuntuUbuntu 22.10 Beta is Now Available to Download

        Links to download the Ubuntu 22.10 beta are live, meaning those wanting to test the “Kinetic Kudu” can now do so!

        The final stable version of Ubuntu 22.10 is due in on October 20. But before it can receive the rubber-stamp of officialdom, eagle-eyed bug testing must take place, which happens by way of this beta build.

        Now, as this is an interim Ubuntu release, the changes and features on offer aren’t as substantial as in April’s LTS release.

        But there’s still plenty to look forward too.

      • 9to5LinuxUbuntu 22.10 (Kinetic Kudu) Beta Released with GNOME 43, Linux Kernel 5.19

        Featuring the latest GNOME 43 desktop environment, Ubuntu 22.10 beta comes with PipeWire as the default sound system, which is accompanied by WirePlumber as its session and policy manager, GCC 12 as the default system compiler, as well as Endeavour, a new app for managing your personal tasks.

        Under the hood, Ubuntu 22.10 beta is powered by Linux kernel 5.19, which features support for AMD’s Secure Nested Paging feature, initial support for Loongson’s “LoongArch” RISC ISA CPU architecture, support for ZSTD-compressed firmware files, support for the ARM Scalable Matrix Extension (SME), and many other changes.

      • Its FOSSUbuntu 22.10 Beta is Out! Here Are Top 7 Features

        Ubuntu 22.10 is around the corner. This release brings significant improvements, notably GNOME 43 (the showstopper?) and Linux Kernel 5.19.

      • Ubuntu Fridge | Ubuntu 22.10 (Kinetic Kudu) Final Beta released

        The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the Beta release of the Ubuntu 22.10 Desktop, Server, and Cloud products.

        Ubuntu 22.10, codenamed “Kinetic Kudu”, continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.

        This Beta release includes images from not only the Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and Cloud products, but also the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, Ubuntu Unity, and Xubuntu flavours.

        The Beta images are known to be reasonably free of showstopper image build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of 22.10 that should be representative of the features intended to ship with the final release expected on October 20, 2022.

      • Ubuntu Studio 22.10 Beta Released – Ubuntu Studio

        The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the beta release of Ubuntu Studio 22.10, codenamed “Kinetic Kudu”.

        While this beta is reasonably free of any showstopper installer bugs, you may find some bugs within. This image is, however, mostly representative of what you will find when Ubuntu Studio 22.10 is released on October 20, 2022.

      • 9to5LinuxLinux Mint 21.1 “Vera” to Arrive on Christmas with Improved Driver Manager, New ISO Verifier

        Linux Mint 21.1 has been codenamed “Vera” and it’s the first point release to Linux Mint 21 “Vanessa”, which means that it will be based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish) and powered by Linux kernel 5.15 LTS, and the same internal components as upstream.

        While the internals will be pretty much unchanged, Linux Mint 21.1 “Vera” will come with improvements to the Driver Manager and Software Source in-house built tools. Software Sources has been updated to make it easier to handle PPA keys.

      • UbuntuThat’s a wrap! Canonical attends the very first OpenSearchCon in Seattle

        A few of us at Canonical travelled from Europe to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Seattle, Washington and attended the very first OpenSearchCon. Huge congratulations to the OpenSearch team for the well-organised, first ever in-person conference held on 21 September 2022 at Fremont Studios.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwareNuvoton NuMicro MA35D1 Arm Cortex-A35/M4 microprocessor to power Linux edge IIoT gateways – CNX Software

        Novoton NuMicro MA35D1 microprocessor features two Arm Cortex-A35 cores, one Arm Cortex-M4 real-time core, and two Ethernet interfaces for Linux-based edge IIoT gateway.

        The SoC also is offered in variants supporting external DDR memory or integrated up to 512MB RAM, 154 or 208 GPIOs, and an optional “Enhanced ADC”. The MA35D1 also comes with a TFT interface for up to 1920×1080 displays, several hardware security features, and the company says the microprocessor facilitates Tiny AI/ML for edge computing despite not integrating an AI accelerator.

      • Linux GizmosRaspberry Pi CM4 cluster Mini-ITX board available for $199

        SeeedStudio recently launched the DeskPi Super6C CM4 Cluster board which can accommodate up to 6 Raspberry Pi CM4 modules. This cluster board comes with a mini-ITX form factor providing access to 2x GbE LAN ports and M.2 sockets for each CM4 module.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • [Old] Raspberry PiWe all live in a LEGO submarine

        This radio-controlled submarine is smart enough to maintain a steady depth and keep a set distance from the bottom of the body of water it’s dropped in. A pressure sensor and a laser distance sensor make all of this possible. The LEGO submarine has so far survived tests in a swimming pool and a real-life river.

      • AdafruitStackable Storage Caddies #3DThursday #3DPrinting

        Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

      • SparkFun ElectronicsLet’s Race! Using ESP32 Wireless Timing

        There are two techniques for timing an athlete’s 40-yard dash; hand timing, and fully automated electronic timing. As you probably know, hand timing consists of manually starting and stopping time as the athlete crosses the start and finish lines. Fully automated electronic timing methodologies are used to mitigate human error, whereby the actions of the athlete will start and stop the time. Typically, an athlete will have a “slower” 40-yard dash time if they are timed using a fully automated timing system. These electronic systems are extremely expensive costing the average Joe more than $600 for one system. Inspired by the significance of the 40-yard dash and its costly market, we set out to replicate this timing system using only SparkFun components.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • NiconiconiKen Thompson Really Did Launch His “Trusting Trust” Trojan Attack in Real Life

        In 2021, I’ve rediscovered the full Usenet message after a search effort in multiple Usenet archives. My success was partial – it was still a repost by someone else, and I was unable to find the original message. However, this repost contains the full Usenet message, including complete headers and message body, with the poster name and its Message-ID, establishing the authenticity of the post beyond reasonable doubts.

        Historians with a higher standard of proof may contact the poster in person, and the confirmation would be trivial. The poster of this message was Jay R. Ashworth, apparently well-involved in tech and was the author of RFC 2100.

        In conclusion, Ken Thompson’s “Trusting Trust” compiler Trojan attack is not just a thought experiment. In fact, it was actually what he really did in real life. In a 1995 mail, he said he was able to successfully compromise the Unix Support Group at Bell Labs (precursor to Unix System Laboratories).

      • Linux HintUnicode in C

        Unicode is a set of non-English characters which can be characters from a different language like Arabic, Hebrew, etc, or can be special characters like emojis and smiley faces. Character encoding went for a toss when different people from different regions of the world started encoding in their local languages. Because of that, the whole process of communication by the means of computers got affected. So, to handle this problem, the Unicode consortium came into the picture which was a group of different people from different regions and different companies whose main task was to encode all the characters that exist in the world in such a way that there remain no disputes.

        Unicode started with a fixed two-byte character set but later on, it was changed. Unicode consists of more than a hundred thousand characters and over a hundred languages to handle the vast multitude of different languages including complex characters like emojis, modifiers, and other unknown characters.

        If we try to print a special character like an emoji in C language, the compiler will not give the result of printing that emoji. Rather, it returns a code for that emoji which will not be helpful for the user. To resolve this matter, we will practice the Unicode process in C.

      • Linux HintFgets() Function in C

        The title of this article little clears out the purpose of using the fgets function in C. The fgets() function in C is mainly designed to get the data input from a user or an input stream like file and display it within the output console. To get the input from a user to display on the console, we must have some buffer memory or array in which we can store that input. Using this function, we can restrict the number of characters to be displayed from an input stream and avoid displaying the excess data and display only the needed ones. This guide covers some C examples to explain the use of the fgets() function in detail.

        The system update is a must before performing any sort of coding on it as it caters to all the memory-related issues and makes your system feature full. Thus, the “update” keyword with the “apt” utility and “sudo” privilege is a must. After adding this query to your Linux shell, it would require the passcode of a currently logged-in user.

      • Barry KaulerLimine nested menu

        I posted a couple of days ago, adding a “Fix broken video” menu entry to Limine boot-loader

      • Linux HintPOSIX Semaphores in C

        “Although every programming language has many libraries for specific purposes, the POSIX library of C has its place. It has been designed to create a great harmonization among the processes and helps a lot in using multithreading within the programs, i.e., creating multiple threads and synchronizing their execution. Within this guide today, you will see a simple illustration of using POSIX semaphores in C. For the basic C code examples, we must configure its compiler in the system. But, before that, we need to update the system as it’s a must needed step for the smooth execution of code. Thus, the query displayed in the attached snap is a must-have to update and upgrade your Linux operating system with the “apt” utility.”

      • Perl / Raku

        • gfldex: Rabbitholeing

          With PWC 182-2 specifically asking for Linux paths to be handled, we need to resolve issues like /../ and symbolic links. Since I didn’t feel like putting a directory called a into my root folder, I wrote a little helper that deals with some of the tripwires that modern filesystems provide.

  • Leftovers

    • Counter PunchForsaken Identities: Brujes-la-Morte

      If this sounds familiar, it is because Rodenbach’s book influenced Boilea-Narcejac’s novel The Living and the Dead, upon which Hitchcock’s Vertigo is based. The same phantoms of identity haunt all three works in the form of a doppelgänger, the inauthentic double of an object of love whose apparition brings tragedy and death. In the early modern period, false appearances and general uncertainty preoccupied the sciences, arts, and popular imagination. The advent of photography and cinema seemed to propel dusty phantoms into material existence, and old folk tales of dead ringers took on new forms with new technologies (spirit pictures, films like The Student of Prague and Der Januskopf, the compulsions of psychoanalysis and early sociology). The human double was a blurry byproduct of the paranoias of anonymity and social relations, a bad conscience of mass production become flesh and mirror. As Freud put it: The double has become an image of terror, just as, after the collapse of their religion, the gods turned into demons.

    • HackadayHackaday Prize 2022: An Old (and Distinguished) Camera Learns New Tricks

      In the 1950s the major Hollywood studios needed impressive cinematic technologies for their epic movies, to both see off the threat from television, and to differentiate themselves from their competitors. For most of them this meant larger screens and thus larger frame film, and for Paramount, this meant VistaVision. [Steve Switaj] is working on one of the original VistaVision cameras made for the studio in the 1950s, and shares with us some of the history and the work required to update its electronics for the 2020s.

    • The NationSIEGE

      i. In the dark, a woman traces the body of her son the way she traces the map of scars that adorns her body. It is night in their village. Outside, the branches of trees fall like men on the battlefield. There is a sound rising into the air like the voices of those about to be murdered. A sound that carries with it the cries of women buried beneath the bloodied soil of this land. Somewhere a woman placates her child to sleep, says tomorrowyou will wake up to a sky with stars. In a room, a man teaches his son how to outpace bullets whenever he goes to the streets to play. There is silence lingering in rooms abandoned by those who stay awake tonight in a refugee camp.

    • The NationThe Real Butt of Nathan Fielder’s Joke

      Nathan Fielder bothers people. Or at least the character he plays makes them very uncomfortable. His lack of affect, monotone delivery, and blank demeanor alienate or captivate viewers depending on their charitability toward his enterprise. A persistent, somewhat integral question comes up again and again in his work: What is the line between the real-life Fielder and his character? (We’ll refer to the character as “Nathan.”) Fielder’s creative motivations have been the subject of some predictable debate in light of his latest HBO series, The Rehearsal. The metafictional documentary follows Nathan as he assists ordinary people paralyzed by everyday challenges (difficult conversations; learning how to parent) by having them rehearse the situation in a meticulously designed facsimile. Nathan commissions elaborate sets and well-prepared actors to practice seemingly every iteration of an awkward confession or a difficult interaction. The results impact both Nathan and the participants in unexpected ways.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayA Drone For The Rest Of Us

        As anyone who’s spent Christmas morning trying to shake a quadcopter out of a tree can attest, controlling these fast moving RC vehicles can be tricky and require a bit of practice to master. [Erik] wanted to simplify this a little bit so his children and friends could race with him, and the end result is a drone that only needs two inputs to fly.

      • HackadayBuilding A Replica Of An Obscure Romanian Computer

        We’ve all seen emulated Apple II and Commodore 64 boards about the place. Few of us have heard of the Romanian ZX Spectrum clone known as the Cobra, let alone any efforts to replicate one. However, [Thomas Sowell] has achieved just that, and has shared the tale with us online.

      • HackadayCasting Metal With A Microwave And Vacuum Cleaner

        Metalworking might conjure images of large furnaces powered by coal, wood, or electricity, with molten metal sloshing around and visible in its crucible. But metalworking from home doesn’t need to use anything more fancy than a microwave, at least according to [Denny] a.k.a. [Shake the Future]. He has a number of metalworking tools designed to melt metal using a microwave, and in this video he uses them to make a usable aluminum pencil with a graphite core.

      • HackadayTeensy Becomes Tiny Handheld Computer, Plays Emulators

        Science fiction predicted that we would one day all carry around tiny computers of great power. While smartphones are great, those predictions were more based on cuter systems that more closely approximated existing computers, with keyboards and screens. [Jean-Marc Harvengt] has built something along those very lines, and it’s called the T-COMPUTER.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • The EconomistBecoming a father shrinks your cerebrum

        It is hardly surprising that pregnancy and childbirth, nine months of enormous changes to a woman’s body, also change her brain. And they do, by causing certain parts of it to shrink. Fathers, it might be thought, would be unaffected. But no. There is evidence that their brains shrink, too. A paper just published in Cerebral Cortex by Magdalena Martínez-García of the Gregorio Marañón Health Research Institute in Madrid, and her colleagues, divulges the details.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Denial of Mental Healthcare: ‘Your Therapist Will See You Now or Will They?’

        Can you imagine breaking your arm and your doctor saying, “I think we can squeeze you in—in a month or two.” Unimaginable. 

      • TruthOutFrom COVID to Monkeypox, Our Health System Failed. We Need Medicare for All.
      • Counter PunchThe Democrats Need to Keep Their Promises on Marijuana Reform

        Vote for Democrats “if you believe in decriminalizing cannabis,” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer insisted just days prior to the election. “If I become majority leader, I will put this on the floor and it’s likely to pass.”

      • Counter PunchVoices from the Picket Lines:  the Strike at Kaiser Continues

        This is from Kostka’s speech at the NUHW’s rally in Sacramento. NUHW members have been picketing Kaiser medical centers and clinics in Northern California. They’ve held rallies in Santa Rosa and Sacramento, including a Labor Day rally at Kaiser’s flagship medical center in Oakland.

      • HackadayIntranasal Vaccines: A Potential Off-Ramp For Coronavirus Pandemics

        An interesting and also annoying aspect about the human immune system is that it is not a neat, centralized system where you input an antigen pattern in one spot and suddenly every T and B lymphocyte in the body knows how to target an intruder. Generally, immunity stays confined to specific areas, such as the vascular and lymph system, as well as the intestinal and mucosal (nasal) parts of the body.

      • HackadayUrine Flow Measurement Made Accessible With UroFlow

        If you’re dealing with a chronic illness, the ability to continuously monitor your symptoms is indispensable, helping you gain valuable insights into what makes your body tick – or, rather, mis-tick. However, for many illnesses, you need specialized equipment to monitor them, and it tends to be that you can only visit your doctor every so often. Thankfully, we hackers can figure out ways to monitor our conditions on our own. With a condition called BPH (Benign Prostate Hyperplasia), one of the ways to monitor it is taking measurements of urinary flow rate. Being able to take these measurements at home provides better insights, and, having found flow rate measurement devices to be prohibitively expensive to even rent, [Jerry Smith] set out to build his own.

      • Pro PublicaMissouri Town to Get Air Pollution Monitors Following ProPublica Report

        The Environmental Protection Agency will start monitoring the air in Verona, Missouri, where a manufacturing plant named BCP Ingredients emits a potent carcinogen called ethylene oxide. The mayor of Verona, Joseph Heck, has fought for air monitoring for nearly a year, since ProPublica’s analysis showed the company’s emissions substantially raised the local cancer risk. In some parts of the small city, the industrial cancer risk was an estimated 27 times what the EPA considers acceptable.

    • Proprietary

      • Hollywood ReporterSocial Media Giants to Top Creators: Your Terms of Service Have Changed

        On Sept. 20, YouTube, led by Susan Wojcicki, unveiled a series of creator-driven announcements, including a plan to bring its “secret sauce,” its revenue-sharing model, to its shortform product, Shorts. But there’s a catch: While longer-form YouTube videos pay out 55 percent of their ad revenue to creators and 45 percent to YouTube, the shortform version flips that, with only 45 percent of total revenue going to creators (the rest covers costs of music licensing). Creators’ payouts will be determined by their contribution to the total Shorts views every 30 days, which means that as more users upload Shorts, it could become more difficult for a user to take up a larger percentage of total viewership, likely leading to even lower revenues for influencers.

      • India TimesGoogle to build its first cloud region in Greece

        A cloud region usually is based around a cluster of data centres.

      • IT WireResearcher warns of new zero-day in Microsoft Exchange under exploit

        Beaumont pointed to a post by a Vietnamese source named GTSC Cyber Security Company that said details of the vulnerability, noticed in August, had been sent to the Zero-Day Initiative which had verified and acknowledged two bugs.

      • Port SwiggerWeb security flaw in Sophos Firewall patched

        Sophos Firewall v19.0 MR1 (19.0.1) and older are potentially vulnerable to the security bug in the User Portal and Webadmin of Sophos Firewall.

      • Krebs On SecurityFake CISO Profiles on LinkedIn Target Fortune 500s

        Someone has recently created a large number of fake LinkedIn profiles for Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) roles at some of the world’s largest corporations. It’s not clear who’s behind this network of fake CISOs or what their intentions may be. But the fabricated LinkedIn identities are confusing search engine results for CISO roles at major companies, and they are being indexed as gospel by various downstream data-scraping sources.

    • Security

      • IT WireResearcher warns of new zero-day in Microsoft Exchange under exploit

        Reports are emerging that a new zero-day exists in Microsoft Exchange and that it is being exploited in the wild, a well-known security researcher has warned.

        Kevin Beaumont said in a series of tweets that he could confirm significant numbers of Exchange servers had been backdoored, including a honeypot.

        He added that while Microsoft appeared to be aware of the new vulnerability, the company had not yet informed its customers.

        Beaumont pointed to a post by a Vietnamese source named GTSC Cyber Security Company that said details of the vulnerability, noticed in August, had been sent to the Zero-Day Initiative which had verified and acknowledged two bugs.

      • USCERTVMWare Releases Guidance for VirtualPITA, VirtualPIE, and VirtualGATE Malware Targeting vSphere

        VMWare has released Protecting vSphere From Specialized Malware, addressing malware artifacts known as VirtualPITA (ESXi & Linux), VirtualPIE (ESXi), and VirtualGATE (Windows), which are used to exploit and gain persistent access to instances of ESXi.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • TechdirtRoskomnadzor Has Become Putin’s Personal Powerful Surveillance Network

          Russia’s Roskomnadzor never used to be a powerful government thug. It used to be almost nothing at all. It was an afterthought — a regulatory agency created to cover things hardly anyone considered to be important. It was formed in 2008 and asked to oversee radio signals, telecom, and the Russian mail service.

        • TechdirtIs California’s Kids Code Screwing Up The Efforts For A Federal Privacy Law?

          It really does feel like the legislative process regarding the tech world and privacy is a complete mess. While politicians are right that it would be good if we got a comprehensive privacy bill in place, they seem to have no idea what that even means. Actually, it seems like they don’t even know what privacy means. And thus, the mess just continues. California tried to leap ahead into the unknown by putting together a truly ridiculous bill (CCPA) that no one has even figured out yet, despite it having passed years ago. And, without even bothering to understand any of it, California has pushed ahead again with the California’s Age Appropriate Design Code law, which somehow intersects with the CCPA, but again, no one’s quite sure how or why.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • NigeriaUK: Muslims say of Hindus, ‘Let’s clean them from Leicester as we did from Kashmir’

        Yet once again, jihad allies and enablers are spreading claims of Muslim victimhood in this unrest, and once again, the international media is falling for it.

      • Gatestone InstituteShariah Law and Islamist Ideology in Western Europe

        The text was compiled, written, and edited by the following CIP staff: international director Irfan Al-Alawi, executive director Stephen Suleyman Schwartz, general studies director Kamal Hasani, German director Veli Sirin, and UK research director Daut Dauti. Further, Qanta Ahmed, MD, wrote a supplemental section on Islamist ideology in UK medical training, and leading North American legal authority F.H. Buckley contributed a Prefatory Note. Finally, numerous Muslim colleagues – translators, reviewers, and other personnel – assisted in the production.

      • MedforthFrance: Incitement against Jews, gays and women at Salafist mosque in Obernai

        The Salafist legitimises polygamy and calls for discrimination against Jews, homosexuals and women, towards whom he also justifies the violence committed by their husbands, especially in the case of adultery,” according to the Ministry of the Interior. The cleric is also accused of “also legitimising the use of violence against cartoonists and taking pleasure in the attacks on them; he makes conspiratorial comments about them and declares that they are orchestrated by the Islamophobic French state”.

      • Medforth79 Islamists are released from German prisons

        Among the released prisoners are also IS fighters. According to the Federal Government, at the beginning of this year there were twelve persons imprisoned in Germany who had taken part in fighting operations of the Islamic State (IS), had been trained in handling weapons, had carried out or prepared attacks for the IS or had been trained in handling explosives. Of these, two persons have been released from prison since January 1, 2022 after serving their sentences, and a further three persons from this group are expected to be released by December 31, 2023.

      • TruthOutMillions of Americans Would Approve of Using Violence to Put Trump Back in WH
      • MeduzaDuma speaker believes those on military registers are prohibited from leaving Russian Federation, but Defense Ministry disagrees — Meduza

        Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin wrote on Telegram that Russians who are on the military register during mobilization are forbidden to leave their place of residence without the permission of the military commissariat.

      • MeduzaTuva police arrest 20 anti-draft protesters after official says region’s mobilization ‘completed’ — Meduza

        In Kyzyl, the capital of Russia’s Republic of Tuva, police put down an all-women protest against mobilization on Thursday. According to local media, officers arrested about 20 women and took their fingerprints.

      • Democracy NowUkrainian Journalist Describes Mass Graves, Widespread Torture & Other Abuses by Russian Troops

        Russia has announced it will formally annex four areas of occupied Ukraine on Friday, after organizing referendums in the regions widely denounced by Ukraine and its allies as a sham. We speak with Ukrainian journalist Nataliya Gumenyuk, who explains how armed Russian soldiers went to the houses of Ukrainians in the occupied territories, forcing them to vote. She also describes widespread abuses committed by Russian forces, including mass graves and suspected torture chambers. Meanwhile, more than 200,000 Russians have fled the country over the past week following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a partial military mobilization to draft at least 300,000 people. Gumenyuk says she hopes the draft will “create some disturbance within Russia” now that the war is impacting middle-class Russians.

      • Counter PunchLetter From Crimea: Yalta’s Terms and Why Peace Treaties Don’t End Wars

        Perhaps the only peace that was arranged at the 1945 Yalta conference in Crimea was the 1904-05 Russo-Japanese War that began with the Japanese sneak assault on the Russian naval base at Port Arthur in southern Manchuria and ended with Japan in control of Korea and much of Manchuria (in China).

      • Counter Punch“End War in Ukraine” Say 66 Nations at UN General Assembly

        African leaders echoed one of the first speakers, Macky Sall, the president of Senegal, who also spoke in his capacity as the current chairman of the African Union when he said, “We call for de-escalation and a cessation of hostilities in Ukraine, as well as for a negotiated solution, to avoid the catastrophic risk of a potentially global conflict.”

      • Counter PunchUS Hybrid War against Venezuela Goes to Court: The Case of Venezuelan Diplomat Alex Saab

        Judicial overreach on political grounds

      • The Gray ZoneEU parliamentarian calls to sanction Vanessa Beeley and all observers of Donbass referendums
      • ScheerpostEU Parliamentarian Calls To Sanction Vanessa Beeley and All Observers of Donbass Referendums

        EU Parliamentarian Natalie Louiseau asked for the European Union to place sanctions on all international observers in the Donbas region of Ukraine, including journalist Vanessa Beeley.

      • The NationPutin Out!
      • The NationQueen Elizabeth Was No Mere Symbol

        It was utterly unsurprising that the moment Buckingham Palace announced that Queen Elizabeth’s doctors were “concerned for Her Majesty’s health,” a gross amount of invective would be flung at Meghan Markle. Now that the queen has died, grief seems to be overshadowed in certain corners by the joy taken in blaming Markle for the passing of a 96-year-old woman whose health had been in decline over the past year. The Windsors’ brand has always been unmiscegenated whiteness as a proxy for imperial glory, and for royalists and racists both British and American, Markle’s entry into the family was a blemish on, even an invasion of, that monarchical legacy. So it was no surprise that #GoHomeMeghanMarkle trended, that a cluster of white women refused to shake Markle’s hand as she greeted mourners at Windsor Castle, that one viral tweet claimed it was “sickening” to watch her “pretending to be sad after making the Queen’s final years a misery.” Nor that those incidents were gleefully recounted by right-wing rags such as the UK’s Daily Mail and the New York Post.

      • MeduzaRussia’s dangerous game How likely is Putin to cross the nuclear red line? — Meduza

        Since the start of Russia’s full-scale war in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin — along with numerous other Russian officials, politicians, and propagandists — has regularly threatened to use nuclear weapons. The president’s most recent mention of the topic came on September 21, when he announced Russia’s “partial mobilization.” To get a better idea of whether there’s any chance of Russia’s leaders following through on their nuclear threats and what the consequences will be if they do, Meduza spoke to Maxim Starchak, an expert on Russia’s nuclear policy and a Fellow at the Center for International and Defense Policy of the Queen’s University in Canada.

      • MeduzaWho rules occupied Ukraine? 90 percent of state officials in Russian-controlled Ukrainian regions are Russian citizens — Meduza

        Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, 36 people have been appointed for government roles in the self-proclaimed “DNR” and “LNR,” as well as the occupied Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, and Kharkiv regions. Only three out of 36 were citizens of Ukraine. The rest, close to 92 percent, were all Russian citizens. These conclusions emerged from the study conducted by the Proekt media project.

      • MeduzaThe Russia-Georgia border is now closed to bicycles and scooters, witnesses say — Meduza

        The border between Russia and Georgia is closed to pedestrians, cyclists, and scooters at the Verkhny Lars crossing in North Ossetia, reports Baza. Only cars and buses are allowed across.

      • MeduzaHalf of Russians feel anxiety and fear about draft orders, while a quarter feel ‘pride for Russia’ — Meduza

        Almost half of Russians (47 percent) experienced anxiety or fear when they learned about the orders for “partial mobilization,” according to a poll conducted by the Russian polling organization the Levada Center at the end of September. 

      • MeduzaRussian college conducts terrorism drill without informing students in advance — Meduza

        Administrators at the Rabotkinsky Agrarian College in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region held an anti-terrorism drill on Thursday without warning students, according to the local news site NN.ru. The site posted screenshots of messages sent by students who believed they were experiencing a real terrorist attack.

      • MeduzaDozens of Gazprom employees forced to join army as ‘volunteers’ — Meduza

        Over 80 Gazprom employees have been forced to enlist in the military as “volunteers” after being taken to their local military commissariat under the pretense of having their documents checked, according to the independent TV network Dozhd.

      • MeduzaState Duma deputies invited to Kremlin for annexation ‘ceremony’ on Sept. 30 — Meduza

        State Duma deputies were invited to the to the Kremlin for a 3 p.m. special event on Sept. 30. The presence of President Vladimir Putin is expected at the event, wrote Duma Deputy Denis Parfenov on Telegram.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Nuclear War and Moral Sanity

        What does surrender look like in the world of geopolitics? To my mind, this gets pretty close:

      • ScheerpostInside America’s War Machine, Integrity Is Optional

        William J. Astore examines the epidemic of lies and dishonor that exists within the US military industrial complex.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Urgent Need for a Draft Ukraine-Russia Peace Agreement

        Former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski famously described Ukraine as a “geopolitical pivot” of Eurasia, central to both US and Russian power.  Since Russia views its vital security interests to be at stake in the current conflict, the war in Ukraine is rapidly escalating to a nuclear showdown.  It’s urgent for both the US and Russia to exercise restraint before disaster hits.  

      • Counter PunchFrom Nabulsi to Shtayyeh: Which Side is the PA On?

        For years, various Palestinian and international human rights groups have criticized the PA’s violent practices against dissenting Palestinian voices, quite often within the same human rights reports critical of the Israeli military occupation of Palestine. The Hamas government in Gaza, too, has its fair share of blame.

      • Counter Punch“Take Israel to the ICC:” the Families of 5 Children Killed in Israeli Airstrike Demand Justice

        Israel’s three day attack on the Gaza Strip, earlier this August, resulted in 49 Palestinian deaths, 17 of which were children, according to Gaza’s Ministry of Health. No Israelis were killed or sustained notable injuries. Israel claimed that its military were targeting Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Party fighters, yet the majority killed were civilians.

      • Telex (Hungary)Hungary does not recognise Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian territories

        The usual weekly government briefing was held today by Gergely Gulyás, the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff and government spokesperson Alexandra Szentkirályi. They provided information and answered the press’ questions on several current issues. Below is a summary of the most important points relating to Hungary and the world.

      • Counter PunchAre the Fleeing Russians Merely Draft Dodgers?

        The difference between objecting to a particular war and all wars should not be minimized. In order to be given conscientious objector status in the United States during the Vietnam draft, one had to be a pacifist, opposed to all violence. The classic question in 1968 was: “If your mother was attacked in the street, would you defend her?” A negative answer, with some form of religious confirmation, was necessary.

      • Counter PunchWhy I Love the “Vietnam Syndrome” of the People

        Over the years, the Vietnam Syndrome lived this double life. One proposed cure was by way of the Weinberger Doctrine, which in its essence sought to correct the alleged government mismanagement of its intervention in Vietnam over the course of a full decade. What Caspar Weinberger, a right wing political figure and at the time Reagan’s Secretary oof Defense proposed in 1983, was that the U.S, should not enter future non-defensive questionable foreign wars, with the Vietnam War in mind, without satisfying the following conditions:

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Scoop News GroupWhat’s with the UFO on a U.S. intelligence agency seal?

        A spokesperson there told CyberScoop in an emailed statement that its National Intelligence Manager for the Air Domain, also known as NIM-Aviation, “erroneously posted an unofficial and incorrect logo.”

    • Environment

      • Mexico News DailyMexico was the deadliest country for environmental activists in 2021

        Global Witness (GW) conducted a worldwide analysis that found that 200 land and environmental defenders were murdered in 2021. Fifty-four of that number were killed in Mexico, an increase of 24, or 80%, compared to the 2020 tally of 30.

      • ABCStudy finds that climate change added 10% to Ian’s rainfall

        Thursday’s research, which is not peer-reviewed, compared peak rainfall rates during the real storm to about 20 different computer scenarios of a model with Hurricane Ian’s characteristics slamming into the Sunshine State in a world with no human-caused climate change.

      • Democracy Now“We Don’t Care About Y’All”: Incarcerated People in Hurricane Ian’s Path Not Evacuated, Live in Fear

        As millions of Florida residents in the path of Hurricane Ian were ordered to evacuate, advocates pushed authorities to also evacuate what they say are as many as 176,000 people incarcerated in prisons, jails and immigrant detention centers. Now the storm has left millions without power and many without water. “We’re worried about the conditions in the days and weeks following, with no AC, lack of sanitation and water, lack of food, lack of appropriate staff and access to health,” says Angel D’Angelo, a member of Restorative Justice Coalition and Fight Toxic Prisons.

      • Common Dreams‘Total Devastation’ as Hurricane Ian Tears Through Florida

        After making landfall in southwest Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, the storm battered the state with sustained winds upwards of 150 miles per hour and hit the peninsula with what the National Hurricane Center (NHC) described as “catastrophic storm surge.” In some areas, according to state authorities, storm surge reached as high as 12 feet.

      • Democracy Now“Reality of Global Warming”: Hurricane Ian’s Power Shows How Climate Change Supercharges Storms

        Authorities say hundreds may be dead after Hurricane Ian made landfall Wednesday along Florida’s southwestern coast as a powerful Category 4 storm, one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the continental United States. We get an update from Tampa and look at links between the climate crisis, rising sea levels and intensifying storms. “It’s just been devastating, and we don’t know the full extent of the damage yet,” reports Seán Kinane, WMNF news and public affairs director. “We are seeing these storms that aren’t otherwise stressed just exploding in intensity,” says Harold Wanless, professor in geography and urban sustainability at the University of Miami.

      • TruthOutGrassroots Climate Organizers Led the Way to Scrapping Manchin’s Dirty Deal
      • Common DreamsAcidification of Arctic Happening Up to 4 Times Faster Than Other Oceans

        The faster rate of change is due to the speed with which ice in the ocean is melting, according to Wei-Jun Cai of the University of Delaware and Liqi Chen of the Third Institute of Oceanography in China.

      • Common DreamsHouse Dems Urge Biden to Push for Removal of Climate-Denying World Bank President

        “People and governments now more than ever need a World Bank leader who listens to the science and is a global leader in combating climate change.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Eight Reasons Why There Hasn’t Been a Global Climate Revolt Yet

        Our worldhome is critically ill and on fire, but the politicians and economically powerful are fluffing about with rockets, gleefully banning abortion, spending US$932 billion on new oil and gas fields, and goofing around with carbon trading, as though our living conditions and survival were a leisurely card game.

      • TruthOutBiden Declares Disaster in Florida as Record-Breaking Hurricane Ian Floods State
      • Common DreamsUS Gas Flaring Releases Five Times More Methane Than Previously Thought

        “There is a lot more methane being added to the atmosphere than currently accounted for in any inventories or estimates.”

      • Common DreamsAnalysis Exposes Taxpayer Billions ‘Wasted’ on Dead-End Carbon Capture Schemes

        “What the fossil fuel industry hopes you won’t find out is carbon capture is already a failure of an experiment, funded with taxpayer money.”

      • Common DreamsClimate Scientist Demands ‘War Crimes’ Charges for Whoever Ordered Pipeline Sabotage

        “Whoever ordered this should be prosecuted for war crimes and go to jail,” Stanford’s Rob Jackson told the Associated Press as scientists assessed the potentially massive environmental impact of the pipeline damage, which European countries and NATO have formally concluded is the result of a deliberate attack.

      • ScheerpostThe Timing of the Pipeline Attack

        Joe Lauria explains the timely nature behind the attack on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is affecting Russia and Germany most.

      • Counter PunchThe Urgent Global Climate Revolt That Isn’t Happening

        Globally, we are worried, and terrified. Scientists are screaming that all the climate records have been broken and it is now or never. Many of us are already living through water scarcity, increased food prices as farmers struggle with longer dry seasons, unprecedented fires and floods, mental health issues, and illness or death from overheating.

      • Common DreamsEnvironmental Defender Killed Every Two Days Over Last Decade, Report Finds

        “Our data on killings is likely to be an underestimate, given that many murders go unreported.”

      • Counter PunchExtreme Events are the New Normal…and Not Just in the Weather

        So, extreme events are taking place not only in the physical climate. They take place as well in the political climate. January 6, 2021, the storming of the Capitol in the United States, was another such event. The return of the Marcoses, Trump’s incitement to rebellion, Narendra Modi’s ethnonationalist regime in India, Jair Bolsonaro’s fascistoid government in Brazil, and just in the last few days, the electoral triumphs of the far right in traditionally Social Democratic Sweden and, horror of horrors, in the birthplace of fascism itself, Italy—all of these are extreme events, and they are, in turn, symptoms of a much larger extreme event:  the deepening crisis of liberal democracy.

      • Counter PunchSea Level Acceleration

        According to knowledgeable sources, regardless of mitigation efforts, sea levels are destined to rise by approximately one foot by 2050. Thereafter, fairly high probabilities indicate up to 5 feet-to-10 feet by the end of the century, which is considerably more than “up to 3 feet in a high-GHG emissions scenario” forecast by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

      • Counter PunchRoaming Charges: Shelter From the Surge

        The sizzling atmosphere did its part. With every degree of warming, atmospheric water vapor increases by at least seven percent. In a mere six hours, Ian unloaded 12 inches of rain on the Ft. Meyers area. A day later, parts of the city were still under 4 feet of water and sharks were videotaped swimming up the streets of Naples.

      • Energy

        • ForbesBitcoin’s Environmental Damage Is On Par With Beef, Natural Gas And Oil, Study Suggests

          The climate-related damages of each bitcoin generated—the asset is “mined” using an energy intensive computer process—in 2021 was more than $11,300, according to the researchers’ estimates, which were based on the economic costs of carbon dioxide emissions.

          Between 2016 and 2021, the average climate damages of each bitcoin mined stood at 35% of its market value, the researchers estimated, rising to nearly 60% between 2020 and 2021.

        • CNBC[Cryptocurrency] mining could hinder U.S. ability to battle climate change, White House says

          between 0.4% and 0.8% of domestic emissions, respectively, though the estimates are uncertain, the report said. Mining crypto produces planet-warming emissions primarily by burning coal, natural gas and other fossil fuels to generate electricity.

          This year, crypto mining produced between 110 and 170 million metric tons on carbon pollution across the world and roughly 25 to 50 million metric tons in the U.S. alone, the report said. The process produces electricity by purchasing it from the power grid or by producing and disposing of computers and mining infrastructure.

        • Eesti RahvusringhäälingOver a third of electricity generated this year from renewables

          Over a third of electricity generated in Estonia this year will have come from renewables, ERR reports.

          Renewable electricity will constitute 37 percent of the total, around half from the burning of woody biomass, principally wood chips, and the remainder from wind and solar energy combined – the total for the latter two categories will depend on weather and seasonal conditions.

        • Telex (Hungary)Orbán announces “national consultation” on energy sanctions – but what is this exactly?
        • ScheerpostFossil Fuels Subsidized at Rate of $11 Million per Minute

          Lee Camp explores how the fossil fuel industry receives subsidies in a new video.

        • Counter PunchFukushima: Novel Fixes Fail, Waste Dumping Threatens Pacific Ocean

          Attempts to locate and examine the total of 900 tons of melted reactor fuel (which possibly burned through the wrecked “containments” and foundations of the three units) have failed, because robotic cameras have repeatedly been destroyed by the ferociously hot and radioactive melted wastes. Eleven years after the catastrophe, the condition and location of the melted fuel masses, known as “corium,” is still uncertain because Tepco has yet to develop a robust enough camera.

        • Counter PunchThe Electricity Crisis in South Africa Continues to Brew

          Eskom has been unable to provide a stable supply of electricity for 15 years due to a lack of investment in keeping infrastructure up to date and its poor maintenance, a period of plunder under the kleptocratic regime of former President Jacob Zuma, and a longstanding state austerity program that has resulted in general disinvestment from state-owned companies.

        • Counter PunchUnnatural Consequences

          Char Miller is one such voice. His years of prose detailing the dangers of fracking, the commercial reasons those dangers are denied and the struggles against this industrial destruction comprise a fair amount of his recently published text titled Natural Consequences: Intimate Essays for a Planet in Peril. As a resident Southern California, he is also witness to the devastation caused by the excesses of US capitalist culture that most of his fellow residents seem to take for granted. Among those excesses are too many motor vehicles on too many giant highways, not enough water but a refusal to conserve what water there is, and a human hubris that is only exacerbated by an economic system that rewards environmental destruction in the short term while rejecting and silencing those who search for more long term and sustainable approaches to humanity’s presence on the planet.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Counter PunchThe Aerodynamics of Velvet: What Owls Can Teach Humans

          “Microscope photographs of the down show it consists of hairs that form a structure similar to a forest:” Peake explained. “The hairs ini­tially rise almost perpendicular to the feather surface but then bend over in the flow direction to form a canopy.” This Lilliputian ‘forest’ reduces pressure fluctuations and turbulence dramatically as the air flows over the wing. The researchers, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and the U.S. Office of Naval Research, recreated this topography in plastic. Testing their prototype in a wind tunnel, they found it reduced sound so well that they patented the de­sign. This discovery promises not simply stealthier surveillance aircraft or submarines but also a significant drop in everyday noise pollution from, say, wind turbines, computer fans, and even the passenger planes daily crisscrossing the planet.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • India TimesApple’s tech supply chain shows difficulty of dumping China

        But Bloomberg Intelligence estimates it would take about eight years to move just 10% of Apple’s production capacity out of China, where roughly 98% of the company’s iPhones have been made. Scores of local component suppliers — not to mention modern and efficient transport, communication and electricity supplies — make it particularly difficult to get out of the world’s second-largest economy.

      • The NationIt’s Official: America Is an Oligarchy

        Pause and consider that last fact. Working-class Americans held a greater share of the nation’s wealth at the end of Ronald Reagan’s “trickle-down economics” presidency in the late 1980s than they do today. Now, pause and consider this fact: Wealth inequality is substantially more severe for people of color. “In 2019, White families’ median wealth was 6.5 times that of Black families, 5.5 times that of Hispanic families, and 2.7 times that of Asian and other families,” according to the CBO.

      • YLEMan fined for insulting asylum seekers on social media

        According to the Lappeenranta court, the defendant had posted two comments in a conversation on his Facebook page, which included bias, insults and violent threats against asylum seekers.

      • TruthOutDemocratic Leaders Will Likely Delay Vote on Stock Ban Until After the Election
      • TruthOutTrump’s Lawyers Dodge Special Master’s Questions on Mar-a-Lago Inventory List
      • TruthOutTrump Believed He Could Sue Congress to Stop Congressional Impeachments
      • TruthOutActivists Condemn GOP States’ “Sham” Lawsuit Over Student Debt Forgiveness
      • Counter PunchDisunited States

        In August, Joe Biden invited a group of liberal academics, historians and journalists to the White House. They included historian Michael Beschloss, whose rhetoric has inspired some of Biden’s speeches. Since the attack on the Capitol, the constant refrain has been, ‘We are all in existential danger of having our democracy and democracies around the world destroyed’ (2). This will be the Democrats’ campaign message in 2024, allowing them to link stopping Trump with taking on Russia and China.

      • Craig MurrayDorothy Bain: Incompetent or Corrupt?

        A Scottish Independence referendum could radically alter the future of not just one entire nation, but several. In these circumstances, it is remarkable that there has been no media comment on the fact that the ruling party of Scotland had to radically re-argue the case for the referendum its own government had put before the London Supreme Court.

      • Counter PunchWhat Happens when Culture is too Expensive?

        Usually, when I review the Carnegie Internationals in Pittsburgh, which I have done for forty years, I focus on the art. Some years ago, however, I reflected on the politics of this institution in an academic way:

      • Telex (Hungary)Hungarian government orders complete payment freeze at government agencies until end of October

        A so-called “2000″ government decision has been issued. According to this, apart from a few items, government agencies will not be allowed to pay out essentially anything other than salary costs until 31 October. There is little reason to be alarmed, however: the state’s liquidity situation is not so bad that it would provide a financial reason to block spending. Our sources say it is more a case of Viktor Orbán wanting to do a clean up because he feels that the government spending cuts decided upon in May are being sabotaged.

      • The NationKen Burns Gets at the Nasty Underbelly of American History

        Ken Burns’s new documentary, The U.S. and the Holocaust, is streaming now on the PBS app and other platforms. David Nasaw is a historian and biographer whose most recent book is The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Nation. This interview, originally broadcast on the Start Making Sense podcast, has been edited for length and clarity. Powered by RedCircle

      • The NationFox News Compares a Film Examining White Women’s Racism to Pearl Harbor

        A provocative if uneven documentary about an intriguing project to help white women acknowledge their own racism sent Fox News huckster Jesse Watters into hysterics Monday night, calling it an attack comparable to Pearl Harbor. The film, Deconstructing Karen, was made by American women, but distributed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Apparently, our peaceful allies to the north are coming for us.

      • The NationKeir Starmer Might Win Power—but Can He Do Anything With It?

        Liverpool— It’s been four years since the last Labour Party conference here, but it might as well have been decades. In 2018, the party’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, stood behind a podium with an all-red placard emblazoned with his iconic slogan “For the many, not the few.” This year, his successor Keir Starmer’s podium featured a more tepid message, “A fairer, greener future,” right next to a giant Union Jack.1

      • The NationMarine Le Pen’s National Rally Has What It’s Always Wanted: Institutional Power

        Agde, on the western end of France’s Mediterranean coast, is a city of some 30,000 people, divided between a historic inland center and a vacation district by the sea. Conceived between the 1960s and ’80s as an affordable destination for the swelling middle classes of France’s postwar boom, Cap d’Agde, as the vacation colony is now known, has since gained a reputation as a main port of call on Europe’s swinger and libertine circuit. But the 2022 season had long since peaked by the weekend of September 17 and 18, when elected officials and insiders of Marine Le Pen’s National Rally met for their end-of-summer convention.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | What Brazil’s Upcoming Election Tells Us About Violence and Democracy

        When doing fieldwork for my book on Brazilian social movements in 2010, I heard many people express a kind of qualified support for the outgoing Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva administration.   

      • Common DreamsTrailing Lula in Polls, Bolsonaro’s Party Peddles ‘Fabricated’ Attack on Brazilian Voting System

        Four days before Brazilians head to the polls, Bolsonaro’s Liberal Party released a report on an audit of the election system it completed in July, baselessly claiming it had found evidence that federal employees have “absolute power to manipulate election results without leaving a trace.”

      • Common Dreams‘Let’s Pass Medicare for All,’ Says Jayapal as Survey Spotlights Failures of For-Profit System

        “No one should have to go into debt because they need to access healthcare. No one should have to choose between seeing a doctor and paying bills.”

      • Counter PunchWhat South Sudan Needs and Doesn’t Need

        South Sudan is the embodiment of so many ills that affect the world—colonialism, militarization, civil war, climate change, famine, and sexual violence. By the mid-20th century, Sudan, encompassing what is now South Sudan and Sudan, began to fill up with firearms. By 1966, the country had received 30,000 G3 rifles from West Germany. By the late 1970s/mid-eighties, with the US-Soviet proxy wars in full swing, US arms transfers to Sudan were so large ($1.4 billion) that combined with arms transfers from other countries, the country was dubbed “Africa’s arms dump.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | What South Sudan Needs and Doesn’t Need

        By every conceivable measure, South Sudan is a nation in acute crisis. According to the World Bank, eighty percent of the South Sudanese population lives below the international poverty line, only one percent of people have access to electricity, and this month a UN Security Council delegation warned that another full-fledged civil war could break out at any moment.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | ‘End War in Ukraine’ Say 66 Nations at UN General Assembly

        We have spent the past week reading and listening to speeches by world leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York. Most of them condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a violation of the UN Charter and a serious setback for the peaceful world order that is the UN’s founding and defining principle.

      • Counter PunchWhat Brazil’s Election Tells us about Violence and Democracy

        Even though Lula left power with a high approval rating, Brazilians were still seeking a leader to confront issues such as corruption.

      • Counter PunchHow Mikhail Gorbachev Became the Most Reviled Man in Russia
      • The NationBipartisanship Is Bullshit

        When future historians seek out a representative scene to distill the essence of our unique age of political folly, it will be hard to surpass Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s recent star turn at the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center. The symbolic pageantry of the occasion alone was overwhelming: here was a feckless apostle of political obstructionism for its own sake holding forth at a podium supplied by the era’s most disciplined practitioner of obstruction for ideology’s sake. Both Sinema and Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell are notoriously bankrolled by the most venal and compromising financial interests, and both are militantly proud of that fact. And both, far from coincidentally, profess awestruck devotion to the sacred antidemocratic rites of Senate lawmaking—most especially the filibuster, which began life as a blunt tool of racial suppression and continues to thwart any and all instrumental progress toward the expansion of our formal democracy.

      • Counter PunchCompromised Talking Heads

        MSNBC talking heads often bring on US House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-CA). A centrist Democrat who has accumulated a net worth of $60 million across a 22-year Congressional career, Schiff voted for the monumentally criminal, petro-imperialist, and mass-murderous US invasion of Iraq in 2003. He supported the US-backed Saudi Arabian invasion of Yemen in 2015, cause of an epic humanitarian disaster.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Jacobin MagazineWe Got Arrested Protesting Against King Charles III

        The arrests took both Symon and Mariángela, as well as people across the country, by surprise. Symon has previously been arrested for taking part in direct actions. “While I don’t think those arrests were okay, I wasn’t surprised by them,” he says. “But this time I was really surprised, because I don’t think I’m naive about police behavior, but I’d literally just said a couple of sentences in the street and got arrested.”

        Mariángela recounted similar thoughts at the time: “When I went up there, I thought: worst-case scenario, people are gonna get angry at me, and maybe the police will ask me to take down the poster. If they ask me to, I don’t really want to get arrested, so I’ll do it. But it just came out of nowhere.”

        The police seemed just as confused by it. Symon hasn’t been charged with any crimes, and while arrested, he kept asking why they had detained him. “The policeman who was with me didn’t seem to know. He kept saying he’d find out. I mean, he should know, he was supposed to be responsible for it.”

      • Frontpage MagazineThe End of Debate: Censorship is the one thing world leaders can agree on.

        The one thing the Russians and Europeans can agree on is that the whole matter of the war can be reduced to “disinformation”: bad speech that we would all be better off without. The only issue, as Lenin put it, is “Kto Kovo” or “Who, Whom”. Who gets to censor whose speech?

        No regime, no matter how debased, hesitated to rant about “disinformation” at the UN.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Computer WorldFour-day workweek pilot shows wide support for a 32-hour week

        The experiment is being run by the 4 Day Week Global coalition in collaboration with researchers at Cambridge University, Boston College, and the University of Oxford. With a few exceptions, most companies taking part in the project are smaller firms.

      • QuilletteThe Great Cover-Up

        Mahsa Amini’s death sentence was written 43 years ago, and it is based on a lie. On that day—February 1st, 1979—a fanatical cleric, Ayatollah Khomeini, arrived in Iran from exile in Paris and seized power in the nation. He abolished democracy, civil rights, and the freedom of women to feel the wind in their hair, the sun on their arms, and the grass on their legs. Since that day, tyrannical Muslim clerics from Iran to Indonesia and my native India have controlled generations of women with that lie—the lie that God commands women to cover their hair to protect their honor and chastity. They have incorrectly called this cover “hijab.” But women can win the war against dress codes and gender apartheid because the world can finally see the injustice and absurdity of their violence.

        This lie has had plenty of enablers since Khomeini’s austere and cruel religious coup 43 years ago. These enablers come in many forms, and many of them wear a Western secular face, notably US fashion houses and bloggers, and women’s and girls’ magazines like Glamour and Teen Vogue. In that world, where nothing—including the truth—may be said or written that might possibly be judged as “Islamophobic,” the mandatory wearing of the hijab has been transformed from a cudgel used to control and oppress women into a fashionable item of liberation.

      • VOA NewsTaliban Disrupt Afghan Women’s Rally Supporting Iran Protests

        Taliban security forces snatched and tore the banners before firing in the air to disperse the rally. Organizers later said the demonstration was held to show “support and solidarity” with the Iranian people and the women in Afghanistan.

      • Counter PunchYoung Iranians Want Regime Change

        Are Iranians now protesting against the protestors in support of the regime? There is no way to know for sure. It is difficult to verify any of the news emerging from Iran as the regime has cut off internet access and has likely flooded the internet with its own propaganda.

      • Eric BaileyYes, accessibility is also a backend concern

        There is a prevailing notion in web development that the frontend—the discipline of creating what someone can see and do on a website or web app—is the only place you need to consider accessibility.

        This simply isn’t true. Accessibility is a holistic practice that touches every aspect of creating a digital experience. This means it is also a backend web development consideration.

      • The Washington PostTeen sought in Amber Alert dies in shootout after running toward deputies

        After police say Anthony Graziano shot his estranged wife in Southern California on Monday morning, an Amber Alert was blasted out saying he was on the run with his 15-year-old daughter, Savannah.

        The next morning, someone spotted his Nissan pickup and notified authorities, leading to a vehicle chase that officials say began and ended with gunfire. Graziano was killed in the firefight. Also killed was a passenger who emerged from Graziano’s vehicle in “tactical gear” and ran toward the officers, deputies say.

      • MedforthOutrage in Austria because the state broadcaster ORF employs a headscarf-wearing correspondent for a report on the women in Iran protesting against the headscarf

        Thousands of young women in Iran are currently protesting against the compulsory headscarf and fighting for their rights. On the Austrian public broadcaster ORF’s news programme ZiB1, however, a correspondent wearing a headscarf appeared in the middle of this protest movement – and a political debate ensued.

      • TechdirtBelly Buttons And Napolean Poses: Google Play Flags Android Game For Inappropriate Content

        We’ve talked a great deal about the impossibility of getting AI or other automated systems to properly police content for moderation purposes. While all kinds of content fits into this generally, we can pick on the topic of nudity or sexual content to demonstrate the point. We have a slew of posts on the topic, almost all of which deal with a service provider, through automated systems or even IRL people, not being able to discern when content is inappropriate or not. For instance, Facebook has a ban on showing a picture of a penis. Sounds reasonable, right? Well, what about Neptune’s penis? You know, on a statue in Bologna? Now it seems kinda silly, right?

      • Common DreamsControlled by Right-Wing Justices, US Supreme Court’s Approval Hits All-Time Low

        Just 47% of U.S. adults have “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust in the federal judiciary, Gallup found. “This represents a 20-percentage-point drop from two years ago, including seven points since last year,” and is six points lower than the previous record low of 53%, the polling firm noted. “The judicial branch’s current tarnished image contrasts with trust levels exceeding two-thirds in most years in Gallup’s trend that began in 1972.”

      • The NationThe Left Needs to Take Back the Constitution

        With the catastrophic recent term of the Supreme Court finally concluded, it can no longer be denied that the judiciary is firmly under the thumb of the conservative movement. In discussions of how the conservatives accomplished this feat, we often hear about the organizing acumen of the Federalist Society, or the vast financial resources of the Kochs, the Olins, and the Scaifes. But one critical ingredient has been largely overlooked, something the conservative movement has but its progressive counterpart does not: a compelling constitutional ideology.

      • The NationThe Supreme Court Returns on Monday, Stronger and More Terrible Than Ever

        The Supreme Court will return to work on the first Monday of October, after a three-month summer break, with all the determination of a Renaissance-era explorer looking for new lands to conquer. Last term, the court’s conservative supermajority showed it was willing to ignore precedent (overturning Roe v. Wade), reality (issuing rulings that will lead to more gun violence and climate pollution), and facts (making up evidence in the praying-football-coach case) to arrive at its preferred judicial outcomes.1

      • TruthOutAs Millions Evacuate, Incarcerated People in Ian’s Path Are Left Behind
      • Telex (Hungary)Women do not choose abortion because it’s fun

        Thousands protested against the tightening of the abortion law on Wednesday evening in Budapest. From 15 September, it is mandatory that women seeking an abortion listen to the foetus’ heartbeat before the procedure. The demonstration began outside Parliament, from where demonstrators marched to the Interior Ministry.

      • ScheerpostThe Chris Hedges Report: Roger Waters on His Music, Activism and ‘This is Not a Drill’ Tour

        Chris Hedges interviews legendary rock icon Roger Waters from Pink Floyd about his music, activism and ‘This is Not a Drill’ tour.

      • Counter PunchThe Global Fight Against Fascism

        Sadly, social democrats are not great fighters. While the American right-wing does not want to admit it, (nor do centrist Dems or even, in fact, much of the left) the most effective fighters against fascism are communists and always have been. That’s because the communist analysis of fascism, as handed down by Leon Trotsky and Clara Zetkin is the most honest, lucid and unequivocating one around and it leads inexorably to the conclusion that only mass action, maybe even – as happened when confronting Nazism – antifascist violence, is the way to stop this horror.

      • Counter Punch“Art Evokes Thought” in New Star-Studded Antifascist Film

        The two-hour, 14-minute Amsterdam has an intricate plot that may be hard to follow unless viewers pay close attention to the complex storyline. The movie begins as if it’s a quirky period piece, flashing back and forth from New York City in the 1930s to Europe during World War I and the postwar “Lost Generation” of Americans abroad. At first, the film’s vibe is similar to that of a wacky Coen Brothers’ comedy, but all this builds up to Amsterdam making an unexpected left turn that is startlingly timely as contemporary America struggles to maintain its system as a constitutional republic.

      • Counter PunchDisastro Italiano: Neo-Fascism Returns

        This might well be a historic turning point towards fascism or, at least – as many neo-fascists in Italy will hope – to something we know as, a Hungarian-style illiberal democracy – with the emphasis on “illiberal” rather than democracy.

      • ScheerpostChris Hedges: The Disappearance of Meghan Marohn

        ScheerPost is reprinting Chris Hedges’ moving, urgent piece on the disappearance of his friend Meghan Marohn, who was recently found dead in Massachusetts.

      • ScheerpostMeghan Marohn: Goodbye to All That and a Whole Lot More

        ScheerPost is reprinting Meghan Marohn’s August 3, 2020 piece in her honor.

      • Counter PunchA Feminist Revolution in Iran?

        That said, while as yet unacknowledged, the historical shadow of Ṭāhirih Qurrat’ul-ʿAyn, the ‘Remover of the Veil’, hangs long over current events unfolding in Iran, with Mahsa Amini (who was murdered by the security forces of the Morality Police of the Islamic Republic on the 13th of September 2022 which triggered current events) becoming a sort of archetypal Qurrat’ul-ʿAyn revisited, since Qurrat’ul-ʿAyn was the first modern Iranian woman to have challenged the Islamic patriarchy at its root, and the ḥijāb in particular, in the way it is once more being decisively challenged and defied, this time by all sectors of Iranian women rather than just a single person. The slogan of this uprising, ‘Woman, life, freedom’ (zan, zendegī, āzādī), also epitomizes what Qurrat’ul-ʿAyn and all Iranian women who came after her have stood for, struggled and fought for. In a sense, given its conspicuous anti-clericalism, current events are also a reprise of the Iranian Constitutional Revolution (1906-1909) itself from where it left off: a movement initially spearheaded by late nineteenth century and early turn of the twentieth century Iranian Azalī Bābīs that was originally designed to curb both the unchecked power of the absolutist monarchy as well as the reactionary Shiʿite clergy behind it.[8] Given Tsarist Russian intervention in an anti-Constitutional coup d’etat in 1909 on the side of the Qājārs and some of their clerifical allies, such as Khomeini’s bigotted anti-Bābī hero Shaykh Faḍlullāh Nūrī (d. 1909) – an arch-reactionary figure of the period which the Islamic Republic has gone out of its way over the years to celebrate and lionize – this movement slowly unravelled over the next decade before being twilighted altogether with the rise of the Pahlavi shahs and their uber-modernist, statist and petro-dollar dictatorship during the 1920s. But its memory and thrust lived on because it re-appeared in a new guise during the Anglo-Soviet occupation of Iran (1941-1946) and with the two shortlived premierships of Mohammad Mossadegh (d. 1967)[9] in the early 1950s.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • TechdirtMusk’s Pledge To Bring Starlink To Iran Didn’t Actually Do Anything. That Didn’t Stop The Hype Machine.

        Despite Elon Musk’s disdain for the press, his legend wouldn’t exist without the media’s need to hyperventilate over every last thing that comes out of the billionaire’s mouth. We’re at the point where the dumbest offhand comment by Musk becomes its own three week news cycle (see the entire news cycle based on Musk’s comments on a baseless story about somebody cheating at chess with anal beads).

      • India TimesFive things to know about the UN telecoms agency

        The ITU was created to manage international telegraph networks but expanded its remit to new technology such as telephones, radio, television, satellites, mobile phones and the [Internet].

    • Monopolies

      • CoryDoctorowMaintaining monopolies with the cloud: Microsoft, Oracle and other cloud giants use their terms of service to prevent competition.

        Correction: An earlier draft of this article incorrectly stated that John D Rockefeller owned the railroads that shipped product for the Standard Oil Company. In reality, Rockefeller controlled those railroads through bribery and coercion, not an equity stake. I regret the error.

        “There is no cloud, there is only other people’s computers.” It’s funny because it’s true, and the “other people” in this case are rapacious, vertically integrated monopolies that use their cloud businesses to put their customers in cages.

      • BloombergSoftware Makers’ Restrictive License Rules Targeted by New Group

        The Coalition for Fair Software Licensing argues that software agreements need to be more flexible and predictable for customers, including allowing the use of cloud services and programs from different providers.

      • EFFGoogle Loses Appeal Against EU’s Record Antitrust fine, But Will Big Tech Ever Change?

        The DMA reflects the EU Commission’s experience with enforcing antitrust rules in the digital market. Some of the new requirements forbid app stores from conditioning access to the use of the platform’s own payment systems and ban forced single sign-ons. Other rules make it easier for users to freely choose their browser or search engine. The ruling by the General Court in the Google Android case will make it easier for the EU Commission to decide which gatekeepers and services will fall under the new rules and to hold them accountable. 

      • Trademarks

        • TechdirtThird Culture Bakery Celebrates Loss Of ‘Mochi Muffin’ Trademark With Giveaway

          This will be a short one, but the reputation rehab project for Third Culture Bakery has begun. If you don’t recall that name, it’s a baker business in California that somehow convinced the USPTO to issue it a trademark for “mochi muffin“. Mochi is a rice paste popular in Japan for making small baked goods and other foods. A mochi muffin is just that: a muffin made of mochi. It is, therefore, purely descriptive to call your product a mochi muffin. The sort of thing, in other words, that you’re not supposed to be able to trademark.

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakIndie Record Label Leads Crackdown on YouTube Downloaders

          Three years ago, the RIAA began targeting YouTube ripping sites by sending relatively rare takedown requests to Google.

          Instead of the usual DMCA copyright notices, the music group asked the search engine to remove various URLs for alleged violations of the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provision.

          The sites in question are accused of circumventing YouTube’s rolling cipher, a technical protection measure that attempts to protect audio and video from being copied without permission. As such, the RIAA argues that the sites should be removed from Google’s search results.

        • Torrent FreakDanish Pirate Site Blocking Updated, Telecoms Group Publishes All Domains

          Rights Alliance and ISPs have agreed to update their code of conduct to block pirate sites more quickly in Denmark. When one ISP receives an instruction to block a domain, a new process will see other ISPs follow in less than seven days. Meanwhile, Denmark’s Telecommunications Industry Association is publishing files that reveal precisely which domains are being blocked.

        • TechdirtThat Time The Former White House Photographer Was Threatened By A Copyright Troll Over His Own Public Domain Photo

          We’ve talked in the past about the fact that creative works of the federal government are in the public domain and cannot be covered by copyright. This is pretty explicit in the law. Back in 2009 we had called out the fact that the Obama White House was (usefully!) posting images taken by the White House photographer, Pete Souza, to Flickr — but that they were placing a restrictive license on them. Flickr had created a special public domain license specifically to deal with these photos, but still the White House was demanding restrictions it had no legal right to demand (the images are public domain). That happened a few times unfortunately.

        • RTLDavid Bowie’s handwritten ‘Starman’ lyrics sell for over £200,000

          The handwritten lyrics sold for five times as much as the £40,000 estimate.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • The Direction One’s Toil Has Taken

        It is a good morning. It is a good morning despite having the feeling that Marisa is irked at something. Of course, I could be placing the origin of her being irked upon myself, which makes me an egocentric offal ball. More likely, and I’m thinking positively here (but again, *thinking positively* means that somewhere in my sodden brain, I am searching for what **I** may have done to cause the *irk*), she is irked because of her need to go to work early. She always needs to go to work early. Shouldn’t she be used to it? Or perhaps she just didn’t sleep well. Nightmares? She gets um.

      • After a bad night’s sleep

        Don’t take a day off after not having slept enough the previous night. That would be wasting the holiday allowance. It wouldn’t be possible to enjoy my free time anyway, so why not just work? For an IT Engineer, there’s still a way to be productive (sometimes even more) with half or less of the concentration power available!

      • Mixed Feelings About My Current Job

        Figures my first post will be about work…but it’s been on my mind all week, and I didn’t want to burden Midnight pub.

        So my journal seemed like the best spot for it!

        Anyway…

        I started this job late August, and came close to quitting on my first day, after they threw me to the wolves. I got swamped with dishes, which was a big deal because I work for a catering company that prides itself on scratch cooking. Problem is, they didn’t do any of that or use real utensils and flatware throughout the pandemic.

    • Politics

      • Farewell, anarchy

        Against labor exploitation, I felt that traditional ancom was a good idea. Worker co-ops, unions… all good solutions. Creating a haven for the downtrodden, so we could leave the owner classes plants and highrises hollow and abandoned. “The workers are going home.”

        Against climate change & other environmental effects of externalities abuse, the ancom set of solutions aren’t so hot, especially given automation tech. Plenty of cruel machines that’ll poison the Earth with or without us.

        The core value of ancom style anarchy is that every human has the same worth. There can be no coercion or hierarchy or force. The ultimate democracy, not only politically but also economically.

    • Technical

      • Announcing hoursctl — a command-line utility to manage your hours

        I created a small shellscript over the summer to manage my hours. Since then, it’s grown into being an ‘actual program’ So, I decided to properly release it.

        It’s now on Sourcehut, and is on version 0.7. hoursctl understands many different time formats, adheres to the Unix Philosophy, and is well-documented in English and toki pona — and it’s written in fully POSIX-compliant shell!


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Reminder That Microsoft’s GitHub Copilot is Run by a Criminal With Many Female Victims

Posted in Microsoft, OSI at 2:04 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Also a drug dealer, serial plagiarist, chronic strangler, and worse (more on that later this year and next year)

MeToo Alex Graveley

Summary: 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.

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

Posted in Deception, GPL, Microsoft, OSI at 1:11 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Infiltration and corruption don’t get any more obvious than this.

Yesterday:

OSI corrupted: OSI’s Deep Dive is an essential discussion on the future of AI and open source

OSI’s Deep Dive is an essential discussion on the future of AI and open source

Two days ago:

sjvn puff piece

sjvn on ClearlyDefined

Summary: 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)

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