09.02.22

Links 02/09/2022: CIQ’s Commitment to CentOS Refugees

Posted in News Roundup at 6:26 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • MedevelRelp is an Open-source Self-hosted Slack Messenger Alternative

        Relp is a free and open-source web-based messenger that anyone can self-host in his own server. The project is written by Abishek PY; a future computer engineer and a passionate open-source developer.

        The project is released under the MIT license as an open-source project for commercial and personal use.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • What is a shell in computing? Types, commands – examples – Dataconomy

        What is a shell in computing? Most people are familiar with shells as the tiny protective coverings that some species, like clams, crabs, and mollusks, have. An egg may also have a shell, which you should remove before eating. However, in computer science, a shell is a piece of software that processes user commands so that the operating system can comprehend them and carry out the necessary actions.

      • LinuxOpSysLinux Commands Tutorial

        Linux is an open-source Unix-like operating system that is based on the Linux kernel. The kernel is typically packaged in a Linux distribution.

        When talking about Linux, the first comes to mind is the Linux command. It is a utility that runs on the command line (shell, terminal, console, or prompt). Using the Linux commands you can perform basic and advanced tasks at a very high speed. The shell or terminal accepts the commands from the user and passes them on to the system and then the system processes and returns the output.

      • Barry KaulerWorking on integrating PKGget ppm with dpkg and apt

        I am working on doing what the title says. I know that rockedge, sc0ttman and others are also working in the area, and posting in the Puppy Forum. As EasyOS is somewhat diverged from the mainstream pups, I decided to code this from scratch. So far have these executables:

        debdb2pupdb (binary)
        files-pup2dpkg-single
        pupdb2debdb-single.sh
        setup-apt
        sync-dpkg2pupdb
        sync-new2dpkg
        sync-woof2dpkg

      • ID RootHow To Install Node.js on Linux Mint 21 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Node.js on Linux Mint 21. For those of you who didn’t know, Node.js is a back-end JavaScript runtime environment that is open-source, cross-platform, runs on the V8 engine, and executes JavaScript code outside of a web browser. It is available on various platforms such as Linux, Windows, Unix, and macOS.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Node.js on Linux Mint 21 (Vanessa).

      • Make Use OfHow to Install the Arduino IDE on Linux

        Arduino provides students, hobbyists, and organizations with a robust platform for developing electronic projects and prototyping at a very low cost.

        Linux is a great OS for developing your Arduino project, but first, you’ll need to install the Arduino IDE on your system. The Arduino IDE will help you write code, run it, and finally, upload it to your Arduino board.

      • MakeTech EasierHow to Use a Piezo Speaker With the Raspberry Pi to Play Sounds – Make Tech Easier

        Ever wondered how those tiny teddy bear toys make their sounds? Chances are, you were listening to a piezoelectric speaker. You can make your own for playing sounds and music by using a piezo speaker with the Raspberry Pi!

    • Games

      • Boiling SteamMake a Game in 10 Minutes With Godot! – Boiling Steam

        If you ever wanted to get started with game development in the spirit of FOSS, this is the right opportunity! Nils, our new team member, has decided to start his contributions by this excellent short and sweet introduction to Godot. Nobody wants to waste 3 hours to learn the basics, and he has found something short enough to get you start with a very tangible example that you can do to make a game in 10 minutes, and learn a great deal in the process.

      • Medevel5 Ways You Can Utilize Play-based Learning In Improving Kids’ Math Skills

        Research suggests that active kids perform better. Why not integrate learning and play?The early years foundation stage (EYFS) is an ideal time to introduce children to mathematical concepts by having them practice them via play. You may be under the impression that play and mathematics are at opposing ends of a spectrum. One involves solving equations and following rules; the other consists of breaking those rules and having fun being creative. On the contrary, math and play have many similarities with young children’s development. These activities involve discovering fascinating new information and investigating fascinating new ideas.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Make Use OfEverything You Need to Know About BlackArch Linux

      BlackArch is a well-known penetration testing distribution based on Arch Linux, but not everyone is aware of the unique features that set it apart.

      The fact that Arch Linux has spawned a variety of related Arch-based distros exemplifies its true worth within the Linux ecosystem.

      BlackArch is another variant that derives its roots from the ubiquitous Arch family. Its name doesn’t do it full justice, as it hardly gives an inkling of its identity and usage procedures.

      By the end, you’ll have a deep understanding of BlackArch and its features, and will be able to decide for yourself if you should switch from the original Arch Linux to the darker, more effective distribution.

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2022/35 – Dominique a.k.a. DimStar (Dim*)

        We all knew the day would come – and after 26 daily snapshots were released, 0830 wanted to break that. It turned out that libxml 2.10.x is not entirely ABI compatible with the previous 2.9.x we had in the tree (depending on configure parameters given; IMHO such symbols should have a specific version for those options, allowing to require feature sets). Snapshot 0831 is a very large one: as we checked in glibc during this week, coupled with this ABI break, we decided to let OBS decide what all needs a rebuild (with glibc which usually is everything). In total, we released 5 snapshots this week (0826, 0827, 0828, 0829, and 0831).

      • SUSE’s Corporate Blog30 Fun Facts about SUSE

        Today, SUSE turns 30. From our start in Nuremberg on September 2, 1992 to our record-breaking IPO in 2021 and continued growth, SUSE has always put community first, including our employee community.
        Looking back over my 33 years of employment at SUSE, I have often observed that there are more memories and joys in the journey than the destination. My journey with SUSE, (before it was even SUSE!) has been just that!

    • Rocky Linux, Fedora, and Red Hat

      • ZDNetLinux vets unite behind CIQ, Rocky Linux’s parent company | ZDNET

        CIQ is a relatively new company. Its leadership, however, has deep roots in open-source software and Linux. Besides Gregory M. Kurtzer, CIQ’s co-founder and CEO, who was a creator of CentOS, the popular Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) clone, its new executive team — announced Wednesday — boasts two of the founders of Linuxcare, the first company to make supporting Linux a priority.

      • IT World CAWhat happened with CentOS will not happen with Rocky Linux: Kurtzer | IT World Canada News

        Gregory Kurtzer, who founded and once led the former open-source project CentOS Linux as well as The cAos Foundation, the organization where early development of it took place, said today a governance structure has been put in place that will keep Rocky Linux in the public domain forever.

        Development of Rocky Linux began shortly after, in late 2020, Red Hat terminated development of CentOS, a community-based Linux distribution derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) that had been in existence since 2004.

        It is named after Jason Dale “Rocky” McGaugh, a talented programmer involved in CentOS development, who passed away in December 2004 at the age of only 30.

        Asked what McGaugh might have thought of the OS being named after him, Kurtzer told IT World Canada, “to be honest, he was a shy guy. I don’t know if he would have liked the attention, but at the same token, he was a huge advocate of open source and a big fan of open source. Personally, I don’t think he would have liked what happened with CentOS.”

        Kurtzer added that “what we are doing with Rocky Linux is really where he would have liked to see the project and open source going. When we named it Rocky Linux, it was a hat tip to him for everything he has done, not only in open source and high-performance computing (HPC), but also with the CentOS project.

      • QEMU From Fedora Livecd + Device CD + Device Disk + UEFI + 800×600 forced
      • Fedora ProjectFriday’s Fedora Facts: 2022-35 – Fedora Community Blog

        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)! The F37 Beta freeze is underway!

        I have weekly office hours on Wednesdays in the morning and afternoon (US/Eastern time) in #fedora-meeting-1. Drop by if you have any questions or comments about the schedule, Changes, elections, or anything else. See the upcoming meetings for more information.

      • Red Hat OfficialGene Kim’s tips for better DevOps

        Gene Kim joined Red Hat Coffee Hour for a discussion about how best to implement DevOps practices and build a successful, forward-looking company culture. In this conversation Kim touched on a variety of topics, including the importance of innovative leadership, how to implement a company culture of sharing and learning, and how best to embrace the future of DevOps.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • Ubuntu HandbookUbuntu 20.04.5 Released with New Hardware Enablement Stacks | UbuntuHandbook

        Ubuntu 20.04 LTS just got a new point release with hardware enablement stacks for use on newer hardware.

        The new Ubuntu 20.04.5 features Kernel 5.15 backported from Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, which enables newer hardware support.

        It also updates the NVIDIA 390, 470, 510 driver series, as well adds initial support of NVIDIA 515 driver. For HP machines, it adds mic mute key support for HP Elite x360 series, and adds more hp dmi to unblock intel-hid event. Also, add HP EliteBook 630/830 13 inch dmi string to intel-hid allowlist.

        The system hangs and display mode switching issues when external HDMI is plugged have been fixed. Firefox should be possible to open downloads folder when AppArmor enabled. And, many OEM meta packages have been added for Lenovo Thinkpad laptops.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CollaboraUsing a Raspberry Pi as a Bluetooth speaker with PipeWire

        Do you have an old pair of PC speakers, or an old Hi-Fi, that you would like to convert into a pair of Bluetooth® speakers to play music from your phone? A Raspberry Pi can be easily used as an audio bridge between a Bluetooth® device and an analog speaker system, to make this possible. In this quick guide, I will show you how to set up the software on a Pi, using PipeWire, to achieve this.

        In my demonstration setup, I am using a Raspberry Pi 3, which embeds a Bluetooth® chipset, and I am connecting an analog speaker to the 3.5mm jack. For the software, I am using RaspberryPi OS Lite with a recent PipeWire version installed from the Debian testing (Bookworm) repositories, as the version included in RaspberryPi OS (which is based on Debian Bullseye) is too old to support this use case.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • peppe8oReal time clock (RTC) DS3231 with Arduino Uno

        To control the system with the time and date, Real Time Clock (RTC) module (DS3231) is best to use. The time and date can store and it works for a long time as it contains the cell.

        In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to interface the real-time module (DS3231) with Arduino Uno and display real-time & date on the serial monitor. In this work, Arduino code, wiring diagram and component list presents for experimentation.

      • Arduino40+ Ideas For Your Next Home Automation Project with Arduino Cloud | Arduino Blog

        Home automation has increasingly become a need in our lives. Without even noticing it we have been adding connected elements to our homes and buildings to make our lives easier and nowadays we are surrounded by electronic devices that monitor our environment, control our lighting systems and appliances, and even give us peace of mind by home security systems. Our expectations go even further as we interact with devices remotely using our mobile handsets or locally with voice activated smart speakers.

        Although the commercial ecosystem of products that we can find is huge, it is also a fact that most of the solutions are still very expensive to solve simple problems. Furthermore, there are still many uncovered solutions that could be easily developed integrating existing elements. And that’s a point where Makers find a bit of frustration, and your frustration becomes an opportunity to dream up creative and ingenious solutions in the quest to make our lives easier. Many of you have told us through a survey that you would commence a Home Automation project as the very first move into the IoT world. That’s the reason why we decided to build a catalogue with a bunch of ideas that can easily and effectively make a difference to your environment.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • Jussi PakkanenJussi Pakkanen: Looking at LibreOffice’s Windows installer

        There has long been a desire to get rid of Cygwin as a build dependency on LibreOffice. In addition to building dependencies it is also used to create the Windows MSI installer. Due to reasons I don’t remember any more I chose to look into replacing just that bit with some modern tooling. This is the tragedy that followed.

        The first step to replacing something old is to determine what and how the old system works. Given that it is an installer one would expect it to use WiX, NSIS or maybe even some lesser know installer tool. But of course you already guessed that’s not going to be the case. After sufficient amounts of digging you can discover that the installer is invoked by this (1600+ line) Perl script. It imports 50+ other internal Perl modules. This is not going to be a fun day.

      • QtQt’s CMake deployment API

        Say you have just started with Qt. You installed a recent version with the Qt online installer, found your way through the C++ and QML API, and now have a nice desktop application that works for you ™. Now you want to share your precious marvel with others, for eternal fame and/or profit! But you don’t want to share just your code but a binary that also end-users can install and run without installing a compiler, Qt … How do you do this?

        A popular approach is to create a folder that contains both your application executable, but also the Qt libs and plugins, in the right structure, so that the executable finds everything it needs in the folder. Qt does help you in setting up such a folder with several command line tools, named windeployqt, and macdeployqt, and androiddeployqt. But how do you use them from CMake? Enter Qt’s CMake deployment API!

        [...]

        This generates a CMake script file that calls macdeployqt or windeployqt on our application target. The file name of the generated script file is stored in deploy_script. With the install(SCRIPT) call we instruct CMake to run the script on installation.

      • String to Number in JavaScript – Convert a String to an Int in JS

        When you’re programming, you’ll often need to switch between data types. For example, you may need to convert a string into a number.

        The ability to convert one data type to another gives you great flexibility when working with information.

      • MedevelWave SaaS Starter Kit

        Wave is a free and open source starter kit for building SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) platform. It comes with all the required features to saves developers time, and resources and ensure their SaaS is ready for enterprise.

        Wave is built on top of Laravel the popular PHP framework, Voyager, and TailwindCSS.

      • Perl / Raku

        • PerlMatch Anything, Quickly — Revision 1 | Tom Wyant [blogs.perl.org]

          My previous blog post, Match Anything, Quickly, brought a number of responses which are worth reading in their own right. The one that triggered this post, though, was from Nerdvana and Devin of Cincinnati Perl Mongers, who pointed out an error in my benchmark script. I had left off the intended /smx from the qr/ … / version of the test, which meant that the regular expression did not in fact match.

  • Leftovers

    • Pseudo-Open Source

    • Security

      • CISACISA, NSA, and ODNI Release Part One of Guidance on Securing the Software Supply Chain | CISA

        CISA, the National Security Agency (NSA), and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), have published part one of a three-part joint publication series, Securing Software Supply Chain Series – Recommended Practices for Developers. This guidance—created by the Enduring Security Framework (ESF), a public-private cross-sector working group led by the NSA and CISA—focuses on software developers and provides suggested practices to ensure a more secure software supply chain.

      • CISAMozilla Releases Security Update for Thunderbird | CISA

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

      • Security AffairsAnother Ransomware For Linux Likely In DevelopmentSecurity Affairs [Ed: Ransomware needs to actually get to the system. How would that get into the system in the first place? Windows has back doors, Linux is harder to penetrate.]

        The Uptycs Threat Research team recently observed an Executable and Linkable Format (ELF) ransomware which encrypts the files inside Linux systems based on the given folder path.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Associated PressFBI’s team to investigate massive cyberattack in Montenegro | AP News

        A rapid deployment team of FBI cyber experts is heading to Montenegro to investigate a massive, coordinated attack on the tiny Balkan nation’s government and its services, the country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs announced Wednesday.

        The announcement came as the government’s main websites — including the ministries of defense, finance and interior — remained unreachable. Officials said they were offline “for security reasons.”

        The ministry called the FBI assistance “another confirmation of the excellent cooperation between the United States of America and Montenegro and a proof that we can count on their support in any situation.”

      • Bruce SchneierMontenegro is the Victim of a Cyberattack – Schneier on Security

        Russia is being blamed, but I haven’t seen any evidence other than “they’re the obvious perpetrator.”

      • teleSURFighting in Northern Ethiopia Triggers Population Displacement

        “We and our partners continue to provide humanitarian aid in the north, including in Afar, where more than 31,000 people were reached with food,” Dujarric pointed out, adding that over 8,000 people have received health services since Aug. 24.

        Currently, Northernmost Tigray and the neighboring regions of Afar and Amhara pay the heaviest toll in the country’s north.

        While the main road into Mekelle is impassable and UN Humanitarian Air Service flights into Tigray’s capital grounded, blocking relief from outside the region, aid workers distributed 17 truckloads of fertilizers this week to support farmers within the region during the planting season.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Modern DiplomacyHow can Americans tolerate U.S. Government’s crucifixion of Julian Assange? – Modern Diplomacy

        Julian Assange has long been in solitary-confinement imprisonment in Britain awaiting extradition to America on charges which could bring him 175 years in prison, but he has never been convicted of anything, and the U.S. Government has violated both the U.S. Constitution and U.S. laws by having thus imprisoned him for over a decade without his ever having faced a court on the allegations for which the U.S. and UK Governments have been imprisoning him. The U.S. Government was even, for a while, planning to have him secretly poisoned to death in America if sent from Britain.

        [...]

        Assange remains in solitary confinement (“23 hours a day locked in their cells”) in a super-max British prison, because the U.S. Government won’t stop its demand that he be extradited to the U.S. (and killed here, instead of die in Britain, while waiting). His only ‘crime’ was his publishing only truths (no one alleges anything that he published to have been false), especially truths that cut to the core of exposing the U.S. regime’s constant lying. All of his sources were whistleblowers. A dictatorship hates whistleblowers. So, this blatant and illegal injustice against an international hero (virtually everywhere except in the United States) is today one prominent disproof of the U.S. and UK lies to the effect that they are democracies. These and many other such examples in ‘the land of the free’, and in America’s and Britain’s ‘democracies’, during the post-1945 period, display the basic lie that these countries are democracies. (Maybe formally they are ‘democratic’, but, in reality, at least during recent decades, they aren’t, but are instead a dictatorship by psychopaths. No real democracy would treat the world’s top champion of open government and of whistleblowers and of democracy, in such blatantly illegal, as well as abysmally unethical and even barbaric, ways.) On 26 September 2021, Yahoo News reported (based largely on reporting in Madrid’s El Pais on 5 January 2021) that the Trump Administration felt so embarrassed by some information that had been Wikileaked, they drew up detailed plans to kidnap Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to “rendition” him for possible execution by America. The plans, including “meetings with authorities or approvals signed by the president,” were finally stopped at the National Security Council, as being too risky. “Discussions over kidnapping or killing Assange occurred ‘at the highest levels’ of the Trump administration”, even without any legal basis to try him in the United States. So: the Trump Administration then prepared an indictment against Assange (to legalize their extradition-request), and the indictment became unsealed or made public on the same day, 11 April 2019, when Ecuador’s Government allowed UK’s Government to drag Assange out into UK super-max solitary-confinement imprisonment, and this subsequently produced lie-based U.S. & UK tussles over how to prevent Assange from ever again being able to reach the public, either by continuing his solitary confinement, or else by, perhaps, poisoning him, or else convicting him of something and then executing him. On 4 January 2021, a British judge nixed Assange’s defense case: “I reject the defence submissions concerning staying extradition [to U.S.] as an abuse of the process of this court.” Earlier, her handling of Assange’s only ‘trial’, which was his extradition hearing, was a travesty, which would have been expected in Hitler’s courts, and which makes clear that UK’s courts can be just as bad as Nazi courts had been. However, the U.S. regime’s efforts to grab Assange continued on. Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and the overwhelmingly compliant U.S. Congress, are all to blame for that dictatorial regime’s pursuit against that champion of truth-telling; and the same blame applies to the leadership in UK. On 10 December 2021, BBC bannered “Julian Assange can be extradited to the US, court rules”. Blatantly, both America and England lie in order to refer to themselves as being democracies. In fact, America has the world’s highest percentage of its residents in prisons. But can the Government of Australia be any better, since Assange is an Australian and they’ve done nothing whatsoever to protect him from his would-be executioners? After all: Assange will be dying in prison regardless of whether or not he even becomes formally tried for any alleged crime. That’s a democracy? Of course not! It is a country that is controlled by its roughly 1,000 billionaires. It is an aristocracy. And the public are merely their dupes. And that is the reason why, in the only international poll of this that has ever been published on approval/disapproval of Assange — and its findings then were suppressed — only in the U.S. did a majority of the public disapprove of Assange.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • teleSURBritish Postal Workers Are on Strike | News | teleSUR English

        Their action was called on Aug. 26 as part of a campaign to demand a “dignified and appropriate” wage increase from the company. Other protests will be held on Sept. 8 and 9.

        Currently, the British workers are not happy with the proposal from Royal Mail, which offered them a raise of just 2 percent despite the fact that they were classified as “essential workers” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

        In today’s walkout, members of the Communications Workers Union (CWU) staged protests outside post offices across the country. Over 100,000 workers are taking part in the strike, making it the largest action by British workers this summer. Other massive strikes are being carried out by longshoremen, subway employees, and criminal lawyers.

      • New YorkerChelsea Manning’s Wicked Beats | The New Yorker

        The WikiLeaks source preps for her first public d.j. set in fifteen years, at a club in Brooklyn, where she chats about electronic dance music (“how I survived prison”) and being more than just her Wikipedia page.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Public KnowledgeMoney Alone Can’t #ConnectTribes – Public Knowledge

        Policymakers want to achieve universal connectivity — a point evidenced by their recent substantial investments towards the goal. Nevertheless, those living on Tribal lands have some of the worst connectivity rates in the country. While these investments are undoubtedly helpful for Tribal connectivity, a number of no-cost policy changes will help to fill in the gaps and #ConnectTribes.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • ZeroHedgePower Company Seizes Control Of Thermostats In Colorado During Heatwave | ZeroHedge

        After temperatures soared past 90 degrees, residents were left confused when they tried to adjust their air conditioning and found locked controls displaying a message that said “energy emergency.”

        Xcel confirmed to local news station Denver7 that “22,000 customers who had signed up for the Colorado AC Rewards program were locked out of their smart thermostats for hours on Tuesday.”

        “I mean, it was 90 out, and it was right during the peak period,” Tony Talarico told the news station. “It was hot.”

        Talarico said he is normally able to override the “energy emergency” message, but not on this occasion.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Movie Review: Cosmic Sin

        Paraphrased; it was more than a week since I watched it and i don’t remember the exact line.

        Cosmic Sin is a Netflix Original movie starring aging but still cool Bruce Willis. I didn’t have high expectations of it, but I didn’t quite expect what I got anyway.

        I thought I would see a medium quality bog standard special-effects-driven action movie, without any sort of experiments in shape or form. My impression after watching it was rather different. The mean quality is definitely bog standard, but it varies wildly over the course of the movie. Some things are very good, while other things are less so.

      • WNOPRUD Wordo: GUTSY
      • Gulf Livestock 1

        The Gulf Livestock 1 carrier sank two years ago today in the East China Sea. On their way to be murdered, 5,867 cows instead drowned approximately 100 miles off the coast of Amami Oshima. The Japanese Coast Guard later recovered three crew members from among the floating cattle corpses. The remaining forty are presumed dead, following the Coast Guard’s suspension of its search for survivors on 2020-09-09.

      • Visiting the Seaside

        I’m taking a few days away by the seaside. I’m hoping to use this time for relaxation and recouperation. I’m still not in a good way with my health and it’s hard when I feel as if there is no longer a clear end date for this illness. Still, I am going to try and get out for a short while each day, take some walks and enjoy my me time.

      • Another Manic Week

        Loads of insomnia again this week. It seems that there is just not enough time in a waking day to clear out the contents of my brain. I know that I need to work on filtering what gets into there, but its hard. Everything is just so damn interesting.

    • Ideas

      • RE: Spending My Own Money for Office Comfort?

        As someone working for home almost 100% since March 2020 (I’ve been to the office 3 times since) and who has been partially working for home for the past 10 years, I’ve seen the impact of having improved my “office” over the years. I’m putting office between quotes because when I started working from home, I worked either seated on my bed or on my couch without a real place to work. It was fine for remote working a day here and there, but when I started to do it a bit more regularly I saw the negative impact on my health (heavy neck and back pain mainly).

        Over time I invested piece by piece into improving my working from home situation. Of course it started with a desk and an ok+ chair. Adding 1 external screen quickly became a must… And 10 years later, I have a great setup and it would be very hard finding a better one in an office. Even more so having it fully paid by my employer.

      • A lie I tell myself

        I’ve convinced myself that if I do the right thing, be the bigger person, turn the other cheek, be introspective, and try to better myself that good things will come to me.

        This is not true, but I think it to be true. Then when things inevitably go wrong, I tell myself it’s some sort of punishment for bad things I’ve done. Roomie says I grasp for straws and dig up little stuff from the past. He says I am a good guy, but I don’t feel that way.

    • Technical

      • Dillo could be a good alternative browser

        First, I know that I can use a shellscript to upload Gemtext to smol.pub, but I wanted to try something different, so I have configure Dillo (a minimal browser) to accept cookies from smol.pub and now I can post without the need to use Waterfox or any other “big” browser. Yey!

        ,

        When I say Dillo is minimal, it not like Min or Qutebrowser that are minimal in UI. It’s REALLY minimal on the features like partial support to CSS, no JS, and cookies disabled by default and only configured by a very simple cookie configuration file. I love how fast and minimal it is! But I wish the project was still active, since looks like their Mercurial repository is down, the last entry in changelog is 18 months old, and last stable is from 2015!

      • Managing a fleet of NixOS Part 1 – Design choices

        I have a grand project in my mind, and I need to think about it before starting any implementation. The blog is a right place for me to explain what I want to do and the different solutions.

        It’s related to NixOS. I would like to ease the management of a fleet of NixOS workstations that could be anywhere.

        This could be useful for companies using NixOS for their employees, to manage all the workstations remotely, but also for people who may manage NixOS systems in various places (cloud, datacenter, house, family computers).

      • Communicating with relations

        My preferred channels of communication with everyone else contain between 3 and maybe 10 people, not more nor less. I do not feel comfortable talking when there is too much people listening, nor in a private conversation with someone else. Small groups going out, having some holidays together, speaking over small comfy IRC channels, posting on Gemini, yes.

        More than that and I feel like the group is already splitting up in smaller groups, which feels weird in the long term. I’m not even talking about public networks such as Twitter or Mastodon, I can’t participate in them without feeling like I’m stepping over a chasm.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Simplicity and HTML

          After experimenting around with Hugo a while, I gave it a try for WWW web pages. Learned to make a theme, configure it properly and all. Although when I checked Gemini, I got reminded of its simplicity, and it struck me how complex all of the WWW is in order to display some text.

          In the end, I spent more time tweaking CSS and various layouts than actually publishing content on that website I made. With HTML, there’s always something that can go wrong, especially on mobile layouts. To achieve a usable state, you probably need to pour in a few hours of work with an SSG, then there’s still a plethora of tweaks you can do. The irony being, you get to spend more time tweaking than posting content, right, which is not a practical way of writing at all whatsoever. Sure, it is more accessible, but is it worth it? I’m thinking of using a Gemini to HTTP proxy and proxy the website.

        • The Telescope logo is here!

          In 2021 I promised to GMID and Telescope author that I would help out with a logo for this amazing Gemini TUI client, and after a really long time I was able to deliver it!

      • Programming

        • Thoughts on separate compilation (part 3)

          In previous parts I showed that separate compilation increases resulting binary size and discussed approaches that allow converting some build system based on separate compilation to one-file one.


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

Linux Foundation Blunders That Media Won’t Write About

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Kernel at 4:14 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Whose Foundation is LF?
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Summary: Taking stock of some recent revelations regarding the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation — a subject we’ve devoted a lot of time to lately

THE Linux Foundation spends several millions of dollars each year just paying publishers for puff pieces (‘articles’ that are actually ads). The Wikipedia article about the Linux Foundation is also an ad and it is already marked (flagged) as such.

What many people still fail to realise about the Linux Foundation, partly because of its name, is that it’s not pro-Linux and a lot of it doesn’t even run Linux. The video above goes through some recent revelations, many of which based on this suppressed IRS form from 2020.

Linux Foundation Uses Proprietary Software on Proprietary Operating System (Not Linux!) to Lecture People on Adopting ‘Open Source’

Posted in Apple, Deception, Fraud, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Kernel at 12:05 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Published 2-3 hours ago:

Is it time for an OSPO in your organization?

A Deep Dive into Open Source Program Offices: Structure, Roles, Responsibilities, and Challenges

LF Research Mac

Summary: The Linux Foundation‘s track record of hypocrisy carries on today (they’re using proprietary stuff on an Apple Mac to produce a report on ‘Open Source’); they reject Open Source on two levels

In Africa, Windows Has Been Reduced to Minority Market Share Almost everywhere

Posted in Site News at 9:32 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The usage numbers as of the end of August:

africa-android

Summary: According to StatCounter, which aggregates data from about 3 million Web sites, Africans don’t care much for Windows anymore

Links 02/09/2022: Praise of qemu and Godot 3.5.1 RC 1

Posted in News Roundup at 9:15 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Digital TrendsHow to install Ubuntu | Digital Trends

        Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux distributions in the world and has been for a decade. It is easy to use and pleasing to look at, with a straightforward user interface and a streamlined installation. The Ubuntu Software Store makes Linux repositories easy to use, like downloading apps from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. It’s also completely free to use, like most Linux distros, and learning how to install Ubuntu on a Windows computer doesn’t take long.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

    • Applications

      • Drew DeVaultIn praise of qemu

        qemu is another in a long line of great software started by Fabrice Bellard. It provides virtual machines for a wide variety of software architectures. Combined with KVM, it forms the foundation of nearly all cloud services, and it runs SourceHut in our self-hosted datacenters. Much like Bellard’s ffmpeg revolutionized the multimedia software industry, qemu revolutionized virtualisation.

        qemu comes with a large variety of studiously implemented virtual devices, from standard real-world hardware like e1000 network interfaces to accelerated virtual hardware like virtio drives. One can, with the right combination of command line arguments, produce a virtual machine of essentially any configuration, either for testing novel configurations or for running production-ready virtual machines. Network adapters, mouse & keyboard, IDE or SCSI or SATA drives, sound cards, graphics cards, serial ports — the works. Lower level, often arch-specific features, such as AHCI devices, SMP, NUMA, and so on, are also available and invaluable for testing any conceivable system configurations. And these configurations work, and work reliably.

        I have relied on this testing quite a bit when working on kernels, particularly on my own Helios kernel. With a little bit of command line magic, I can run a fully virtualised system with a serial driver connected to the parent terminal, with a hardware configuration appropriate to whatever I happen to be testing, in a manner such that running and testing my kernel is no different from running any other program. With -gdb I can set up gdb remote debugging and even debug my kernel as if it were a typical program. Anyone who remembers osdev in the Bochs days — or even earlier — understands the unprecedented luxury of such a development environment. Should I ever find myself working on a hardware configuration which is unsupported by qemu, my very first step will be patching qemu to support it. In my reckoning, qemu support is nearly as important for bringing up a new system as a C compiler is.

      • Its FOSSEvernote Alternative Notesnook is Now Open Source

        However, there are fewer privacy-focused alternatives to Standard Notes that provide features similar to the popular Evernote note-taking app.

        Fortunately, we have a new option to join the list, i.e., Notesnook.

        Notesnook recently went open-source under GPLv3 license to allow the community to help improve it and make sure the project does not go anywhere.

        Currently, the developers want to focus on improving the GitHub repository, and then move on to add new features/other development activities.

      • Its FOSSFOSS Weekly #22.32: Linux Terminal Tips, Ubuntu Unity Comes Back, Crystal Linux and More

        Lots of exciting stuff this week. You’ll see all that in a moment.

        Let me tell you about another interesting development first.

        You probably have supported It’s FOSS in the past with your donations. You can pledge your continuous support by opting for a premium membership of It’s FOSS News website.

        I don’t plan to block content access for anyone. The Pro membership gives you an ad-free reading experience and your support helps the work me and my team does for It’s FOSS. I have compiled a FAQ page to answer your questions but feel free to reply to this email for any membership-related queries.

      • GamingOnLinuxOBS Studio 28.0 rolled out with HDR, 10-bit, Qt 6 and more | GamingOnLinux

        OBS Studio is the free and open source video content creation kit for livestreaming and recording. Probably the best software in the world for it and OBS Studio 28.0 is out now. It’s how I create all my videos and do any livestreaming too!

        Some of the big new features included in this release are 10-bit and HDR Video Encoding Support, however, that is mainly for Windows as right now the Linux stack just isn’t ready for it but work is ongoing on all fronts towards it in various places. So eventually we should see it too. The toolkit they use for the user interface saw a major version upgrade with Qt 6, making it easier for them to keep updating the UI in future too.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Bitwarden Password Manager on Ubuntu 22.04

        Bitwarden is a free and open-source password manager that allows you to store all of your logins and passwords and sync them between all of your devices. It is cross-platform and available for Linux and all other major operating systems, like Windows and macOS. It has a lot of useful features, including strong encryption, two-factor authentication (2FA), password security auditing, password breach monitoring, and cloud or local hosting options.

        In this post, we will show you how to install Bitwarden Password Manager software on Ubuntu 22.04.

      • Red Hat OfficialDrop man pages for this Linux command | Enable Sysadmin

        Every sysadmin has a magical combination of command-line flags and arguments in their toolbox to accomplish a specific task. However, these esoteric command-line combinations are often very difficult to remember. Frequently, this results in a notes.txt file lying somewhere on a workstation, collecting dust, that’s never quite available when you need it.

      • Rename all images inside folder with sequential numbers bash scripts, Bash Scripts

        he following bash script renames all .jpg images inside a folder with sequential numbers, for example 1.jpg, 2.jpg, 3.jpg……

        If you are using a different image format such as .jpeg, .png, .gif just change the code at the start of the for loop, for example for i in *.png if your folder contains .png images.

      • FreeBSDVideo Playback on FreeBSD – Quick Guide | FreeBSD Foundation

        In this guide, we’ll use the xine video player to set up basic video playback on a fresh FreeBSD install. The xine multimedia player relies on the XWindow system and the XVideo extension to provide a graphical video playback interface.

      • FreeBSDNew FreeBSD Quick Guide: Video Playback on FreeBSD | FreeBSD Foundation

        Setting up basic video playback on FreeBSD is quick and simple! In this guide, we’ll download and set up the xine video player on a fresh FreeBSD install. The xine multimedia player relies on the XWindow system and the XVideo extension to provide a graphical video playback interface.

      • Red Hat OfficialRunning Kubernetes in systemd with Podman, displaying friendlier Linux man pages, and more sysadmin tips | Enable Sysadmin

        Today, we are looking back at our top 10 articles of August to give you a chance to catch up on any of the great content you might have missed. In this list, you will see various topics covered, and we are confident that some, if not all, will be of interest to you.

      • TecAdminMapping URL to Different Path In Nginx – TecAdmin

        Sometimes we need to map a sub URL to a different directory path in the file system. The Nginx users can achieve this by using the “location” block in the configuration file. The location specifies a regular expression for the URL the browser requests. Under the location code block, we can specify the file system path with the ‘root’ or ‘alias’ option.

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxCore Keeper has a new roadmap with a mini-update due soon

        Core Keeper, the delightful pixel-art mining sandbox adventure that you can play solo or online with friends has a new roadmap. It sounds pretty exciting too with a mini-update coming out soon.

      • GamingOnLinuxCross-vendor Mesh Shading for the Vulkan API is now here

        Today the Vulkan API specification 1.3.226 was released and it brings with it an exciting new extension with VK_EXT_mesh_shader. This was worked on by people from NVIDIA, Valve, Intel, ARM, QUALCOMM, Igalia and AMD.

      • GamingOnLinuxHeroic Games Launcher gets an emergency hotfix for Epic Games Store logins

        Recently it seems something changed over on the Epic Games Store and so third-party programs trying to login like the Heroic Games Launcher would fail. Thankfully a fix was found.

      • GamingOnLinuxController support for V Rising planned, better Steam Deck support

        Stunlock Studios have revealed quite a lot of their plans for V Rising, the popular open-world vampire survival game.

      • GamingOnLinuxThese were the most popular Steam Deck games in August 2022

        Valve has revealed what the most popular games were on Steam Deck for August 2022, so here’s the list. Announced on Twitter, they have sorted it by hours played and it is once again full of unsurprising titles.

      • Godot EngineGodot Engine – Release candidate: Godot 3.5.1 RC 1

        We released Godot 3.5 one month ago, and like any release, there are few rough edges to iron out which warrant making maintenance “patch” releases (3.5.x).

        A number of issues have been fixed already, so we’re having a look at preparing the 3.5.1 update, starting with this Release Candidate for users to help us validate those fixes and make sure that Godot 3.5.1 is ready to publish.

        Please give it a try if you can. It should be as safe to use as 3.5-stable is, but we still need a significant number of users to try it out and report how it goes to make sure that the few changes in this update are working as intended and not introducing new regressions.

      • GamingOnLinuxLinux user share on Steam continues the slow climb, SteamOS hits top

        Another month has finished and the Steam Hardware & Software Survey has been refreshed. It shows once again that the Linux user share has risen.

      • GamingOnLinuxCrusader Kings III: Friends & Foes releases next week, other DLC prices going up

        Paradox Interactive has announced the Crusader Kings III: Friends & Foes event pack releases September 8 and they also mentioned some price rises.

      • GamingOnLinuxGet the Dungeons trilogy in this new bundle ahead of Dungeons 4

        Recently developer Realmforge Studios and publisher Kalypso Media announced Dungeons 4, and so they put all the previous games into a Humble Bundle for you. No word yet on exact platform support for Dungeons 4, or even a release date other than 2023.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • BSD

      • FreeBSDAugust Foundation Fundraising Update | FreeBSD Foundation

        First, I’d like to send a big thank you to everyone who gave a financial contribution to our efforts this year! We are 100% funded by your donations, so every contribution helps us continue to support FreeBSD in many ways, including some of the work funded and published in this newsletter.

        Our goal this year is to raise at a minimum $1,400,000 towards a spending budget of around $2,000,000. As I write this report, we’ve brought in under $200,000 towards that goal. So, we definitely have a long way to go. However, instead of focusing on our fundraising efforts, we’d much rather spend our precious time talking to folks in our community on how we can help you. We’d much rather help create content to recruit more users and contributors to the Project, and we would most certainly rather spend time understanding challenges and pain points that individuals and organizations have in using FreeBSD, so we can help improve those areas. Asking you for money to invest into the continued success of the Project is not on that list, but the reality is, it’s the only way we can fund the above efforts!

      • DragonFly BSD DigestIn Other BSDs for 2022/08/27
    • Fedora Report and Red Hat

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: CPE Weekly Update – Week 35 2022

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

        We provide you both infographics and text version 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 below the infographic.

      • Remi Collet: PHP on the road to the 8.2.0 release

        Version 8.2.0 Release Candidate 1 is released. It’s now enter the stabilisation phase for the developers, and the test phase for the users.

        RPM are available in the remi-php82 repository for Enterprise Linux 7 (RHEL, CentOS), or in the php:remi-8.2 stream, and as Software Collection in the remi-safe repository (or remi for Fedora)

      • TechTargetVMware Tanzu sets up edge computing showdown with OpenShift

        Enterprise edge computing is still at a nascent stage, but a battle is brewing between Kubernetes platforms such as VMware Tanzu and OpenShift to support the emerging trend.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • 9to5LinuxLooks Like Ubuntu 22.10 (Kinetic Kudu) Will Be Powered by Linux Kernel 5.19

        Ubuntu 22.10 is due out on October 20th, 2022, and if you’re wondering which kernel version the upcoming Ubuntu release will ship with by default, let me tell you that the Kinetic Kudu will be powered by Linux kernel 5.19.

        This is quite great news for Ubuntu users wanting to try the Kinetic Kudu release later this fall because they will enjoy better hardware support thanks to the numerous new and updated drivers included in the Linux 5.19 kernel.

      • Kubuntu 20.04.5 LTS Update Available | Kubuntu

        The fifth point release update to Kubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) is out now. This contains all the bug-fixes added to 20.04 since its first release in April 2020. Users of 20.04 can run the normal update procedure to get these bug-fixes.

      • UbuntuJoin our upcoming IoT developer workshop in Madrid
    • Devices/Embedded

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Linux GizmosArducam launches $30 ToF depth camera for Raspberry Pi devices

        Following the launch of the Hawkeye 64MP camera back in April, Arducam has recently launched a low-cost Time of Flight (ToF) camera specifically designed for the Raspberry Pi embedded platform. The operating depth range for this camera spans from 2m (±4cm) to 4m (±2cm) and it can be used in outdoor environments as well.

        According to the specifications, the camera module has a resolution up to 120fps. The performance drops depending on the Raspberry Pi device used. For example, the Raspberry Pi 4 and the CM4 can get up to 30fps. The frame rate is halved to 15fps on the Pi Zero 2 W while the Pi 3B can achieve up to 10fps. The Pi Zero is also supported but the resolution drops to 5fps.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers

    • Programming/Development

      • Tom Lingham (Toml): Why are you so busy?

        “I’m just too busy. I barely have time to breathe, let alone lead the threat modelling exercise with my team”. This was something that one of my peers said to me at the end of a long day after I asked him how he was doing. I believed him—he was much too busy. He would send slack messages and emails at ungodly hours. He would only attend parts of meetings (ducking out half way through with a “have to run to the next one” in the chat). He’d always be noticeably nervous at scrum-of-scrum meetings as leadership grilled him on the deadline they’d so enthusiastically thrust upon him. And his team were all clearly stressed. Two key team members had quit already, and it looked, to me at least, that others were also peeking over the fence.

        What an absolutely terrifying proposition that is! That he and his team were too busy to do the job they were hired to do, and in a way that could be catastrophic—and this was by no means an isolated incident.

        The system that they were building was a replacement for a legacy system that exposed customer personal data. A customer’s name, age, date of birth, as well as their gender identity, and minority status were all accessible in one way or another through that system exposed to the public internet. It’s not really the sort of work where you should skip any of the security fundamentals.

      • The False Trade-off Between Quality and Speed

        One of the main risks that a growing software engineering team faces is a decrease in the team’s productivity. The decrease comes from several factors, from an increased need to communicate across many communication paths, to additional processes to be followed to minimise the risk for the business and its customers.
        One thing that I have invariantly observed, even in the best teams, is that at some point the team starts to struggle with speed because the internal quality of the software has deteriorated to the point where new features take incrementally longer to build than before.

      • VideoRockstar Developers Are THE WORST Developers – Invidious
      • You Should Be Using Python’s Walrus Operator – Here’s Why
      • Code: Falsehoods programmers believe about email

        In the spirit of falsehoods programmers believe about names and time, here’s some falsehoods about email which are all too common.

      • Bozhidar BatsovOCaml at First Glance

        Lately I’ve been learning OCaml and I thought it might be a good time to share a few initial impressions, while they are still fresh. Of course, you should take those with a grain of salt, given that my knowledge of OCaml is still quite basic and I might be missing out on some stuff.

      • OCR

        • Medevel11 OCR Libraries and Projects

          OCR or Optical Character Recognition is a process that converts images that contains text into readable editable text formats which you can edit, copy, paste and save.

          It is not a new technology as it was created decades ago to aid enterprise transform their paperwork into digital documents.

          OCR works by recognizing the text characters within image or PDF files, scanned papers or directly from with a camera’s live stream.

          It does not only work with printed text, but many OCR libraries and frameworks can extract text of handwritten documents to a certain degree as well.

  • Leftovers

    • Counter PunchPlantation
    • The NationGood
    • Counter PunchWe All Live by the River

      Frontman of The Clash, Joe Strummer, would have been 70 last week. Musician, anarchist, socialist, culture revolutionary and punk rock hero, Strummer’s politics were grounded in resistance to authority and conformity of the late 1970s and 1980s. The Clash’s music spoke to us about heightened Cold War tensions, Sandinistas in Central America, Washington’s Bullets all over the world, union busting, dismantling of social services and, generally, neo-liberalism in the UK being ushered in by Margaret Thatcher.

    • Counter PunchWho Will Repower the American West?

      When the school season starts in late August, the flood of cars becomes a storm, the small town suddenly exhibits the maladies and madness of Los Angeles, our megalopolis neighbor.

    • HackadayA Liquid Metal Fountain That Works At Room Temperature

      A fountain is a great way of adding a little flair to an otherwise boring pond. All you need is a pump, a filter and some pipes, along with a nozzle to scatter the pressurized water in some aesthetically pleasing way. Fountains are generally quite safe: if any of the parts malfunction, the worst thing that can happen is some minor flooding.

    • Education

    • Hardware

      • HackadayHackaday Prize 2022: A Spring-Driven Digital Movie Camera

        These days, most of us are carrying capable smartphones with high-quality cameras. It makes shooting video so easy as to take all the fun out of it. [AIRPOCKET] decided to bring that back, by converting an old spring-driven 8mm film camera to shoot digital video.

      • HackadayPowering A Cellphone With Gasoline

        Batteries are a really useful way to store energy, but their energy density in regards to both weight and volume is disappointing. In these regards, they really can’t compete with fossil fuels. Thus, [bryan.lowder] decided to see if he could charge a phone with fossil fuels as safely and inoffensively as possible.

      • HackadaySmall Engine Failure Leads To Impromptu Teardown

        When the 6.5 HP (212 cc) Harbor Freight Predator engine in his kid’s go-kart gave up the ghost after some particularly hard driving, [HowToLou] figured it would be a good time to poke around inside the low-cost powerplant for our viewing pleasure. As a bonus, he even got it up and running again.

      • HackadayLEGO Rig Makes Pretty Water Vortexes

        LEGO and its Technic line is a great way to learn about all kinds of mechanical things, but it’s also just a whole lot of fun to play with. We suspect the latter reason is what got [Brick Technology] to pursue creating a trippy water vortex with the building toy.

      • HackadayThe Ease Of Wireless Charging, Without The Wait

        Historically, there have been a few cases of useful wireless power transmission over great distances, like a team at MIT that was able to light up a 60 W bulb at several meters, and of course Nikola Tesla had grand dreams of drawing energy from the atmosphere. But for most of us wireless power is limited to small, short-range devices like cellphone chargers. While it’s not a lot of work to plug in a phone when it needs a charge, even this small task can be automated.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • NPRThere aren’t enough young farmers. Congress is looking to change that

        “I would ask that we have some predictability going into the next farm bill,” Brown told the House Agriculture Committee. “We have so much volatility throughout my operation, throughout the ag economy. If we know what we are dealing with we can plan better.”

      • Pro PublicaThe Environmental Injustices of Coke Plants in Birmingham, AL

        With the doors damaged, the toxic chemicals they were supposed to contain within the ovens leaked out at an accelerated rate. The fumes should still have been captured by a giant ventilation hood that had been put in place to suck up emissions. But that system was broken, too, causing plumes of noxious smoke to drift across the city’s historically Black north side, as they had done so many times before.

      • Counter PunchPot Prohibitionists Fear Democracy More Than Marijuana

        In some cases, they are even willing to overturn the will of the electorate to get their way.

      • The NationMeet Sandy Morris, the ALS Heroine Hardly Anybody Knows

        With the retirement of Dr. Anthony Fauci after almost 40 years at the helm of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, many have remarked his preeminent role in the struggle against HIV/AIDS, H1N1 influenza, Ebola, Zika, Covid-19 and monkeypox, as researcher, administrator, and public figure. Far less is known, however, about Fauci’s role in helping to transform biomedical research by bringing people living with HIV/AIDS into the research process after ACT UP and other groups pressed him to do so in the late 1980s.

      • Common Dreams‘Largest Private Sector Nurses Strike in US History’ Coming to Minnesota

        “Our healthcare and our profession are in crisis.”

    • Proprietary

      • India ranks second in cyber attacks on health system, report shows

        The United States was the most targeted for cyber crimes, according to CloudSEK, an artificial intelligence company that deals in cyber threats.

        [...]

        The Covid-19 pandemic led to fast digitisation but budget constraints could not allow health systems to set up robust cybersecurity. Medjacking, where medical devices are hijacked, also surfaced as a major concern, the report added. It can lead to shut down of a life saving machine or equipment during surgery or in intensive care units.

        Scroll.in has reached out to the National Health Authority and in-charge of the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission for a response about the cyber security concerns raised by CloudSEK. The article will be updated once they respond.

    • Pseudo-Open Source

      • Openwashing

        • Visual Studio Code is designed to fracture

          A couple of moments ago, I finished reading the article by Rob O’Leary about the pervasive data collection done by Visual Studio Code. Now that I’m no longer an employee at Gitpod, I’m finally able to author a blog post freely about something that has been troubling me for quite some time…

        • TechTargetMeta and partners build Velox open source execution engine [Ed: Openwashing of proprietary spyware]

          The Facebook parent company, along with multiple contributors, including Ahana, Voltron Data and Intel, are developing a new open source technology to make data processing faster.

    • Security

      • When disclosure goes wrong. People | Pen Test Partners

        My experience of vulnerability disclosure is that it is rarely as easy or simple as it could be. I had hoped that bug bounty programmes and vulnerability disclosure programmes (VDPs) would help matters. Broadly that doesn’t seem to be the case, often for unexpected reasons.

        It’s not all bad though. Bug bounties incentivise bringing organisations and independent researchers together, with rewards for researchers efforts. They’re also quite handy for sifting out the dross and allowing organisations to focus on important vulnerabilities.

        Perhaps the hardest part is trying to help VDP people effect change in their organisations when their organisation is patently not interested. Many organisations claim to take customer security seriously, but through inaction and abdication of responsibility they clearly do not. Outsourcing to a bug bounty platform does not relieve said organisation of its responsibility to listen to researchers or its responsibility to fix vulnerabilities.

        It’s not my job to shoot the messenger. It’s not fair or right for a researcher to hold someone in the vendor’s Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) responsible for all of the vendor’s failings. But, if they’re my only available point of contact what choice do I have?

        If I don’t get a sensible response when going through a VDP, if the vulnerability is serious enough I simply go to the top of the organisation.

      • Computer WeeklyGoogle debuts open source bug bounty programme [Ed: And at the same time Gulag undermines security and helps the NSA]

        Google is calling on hackers to take pot-shots at its open source projects for the first time through a new vulnerability research programme

      • TechTarget20 free cybersecurity tools you should know about
      • Data BreachesNew York medical practices hit by “Bl00dy Ransomware Gang”

        In July, a new channel appeared on Telegram called the “Bl00dy Ransomware Gang.” In August, information about alleged victims started to appear. So far, the gang has leaked some data allegedly from three victims in two incidents. In each case, there is some confirmation that the victims may have been attacked, but there is no confirmation from the named victims that this group attacked them. Here’s what we know so far:

      • Unix MenCybersecurity And Its Importance For Businesses

        It seems that more of our lives are starting to take place online. We use the internet for business, shopping, entertainment, socializing, and so much more. Yet, as we move towards a more virtual world, criminals continue targeting anyone that’s not protected – including small businesses. Small businesses have become an easy target for individuals looking to exploit security vulnerabilities. So what can businesses do to improve their cybersecurity?

        In this article, we’ll focus on cyber security, what it is and why it’s important for businesses. We’ll also look at some of the threats facing businesses and how to protect against them. Some of the solutions are to buy residential proxies, implement staff training and enforce strong passwords.

      • LWNSecurity updates for Friday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by CentOS (firefox, rsync, systemd, and thunderbird), Debian (chromium, dpdk, and sofia-sip), Fedora (kernel, thunderbird, and zlib), Red Hat (pcs and rh-mariadb103-galera and rh-mariadb103-mariadb), Slackware (poppler), SUSE (cifs-utils, curl, dwarves and elfutils, firefox, flatpak, gnutls, gpg2, harfbuzz, ignition, kernel, ldb, samba, libslirp, libsolv, libzypp, zypper, libtirpc, logrotate, mozilla-nss, ncurses, open-vm-tools, openssl-1_1, p11-kit, pcre, pcre2, podman, postgresql12, postgresql13, postgresql14, python-M2Crypto, python3, rsync, salt, spice, systemd-presets-common-SUSE, tiff, ucode-intel, xen, and zlib), and Ubuntu (curl, linux, linux-aws, linux-aws-5.15, linux-azure, linux-azure-5.15, linux-gcp, linux-gcp-5.15, linux-gke, linux-gke-5.15, linux-gkeop, linux-ibm, linux-kvm, linux-lowlatency, linux, linux-azure-4.15, linux-dell300x, linux-gcp-4.15, linux-kvm, linux-snapdragon, linux-aws, linux-azure, linux-bluefield, linux-gcp, linux-gcp-5.4, linux-gke, linux-gkeop, linux-ibm, linux-ibm-5.4, linux-kvm, linux-oracle, linux-oracle-5.4, and linux-aws-hwe).

      • Daniel Stenbergcurl’s TLS fingerprint | daniel.haxx.se

        The phrase TLS fingerprint is of course in this spirit. A pattern in a TLS handshake that allows an involved party to tell or at least guess with a certain level of accuracy what client software that performed it – purely based on how exactly the TLS magic is done. There are numerous different ways and variations a client can perform a TLS handshake and still be standards compliant. There is a long list of extensions that can vary in content, the order of the list of extensions, the ciphers to accept, the allowed TLS versions, steps performed, the order and sequence of those steps and more.

        When a network client connects to a remote site and makes a TLS handshake with the server, the server can basically add up all those details and make an educated guess exactly which client that connects to it. One method to do it is called JA3 and produces a 32 digit hexadecimal number as output. (The three creators of this algorithm all have JA as their initials!)

      • TechRadarLinux systems are being hit with more ransomware than ever [Ed: Well, ransomware is predominantly a Windows issue, based on extensive surveys of the issue; Trend Micro profits from selling to Windows users (snakeoil), so obviously it does not want “Linux” to succeed]

        Targeted ransomware attacks are becoming more common as an increasing number of businesses adopt Linux systems, new research from Trend Micro has found.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • ICCChristian Woman Killed By Militants

        Last year, Nigeria earned the distinction of being the country with the world’s worst persecution in ICC’s Persecutor of the Year Awards. Radicalized and armed Islamist Fulani have killed tens of thousands of Christians and left more than three million homeless in a 20-year genocide against them.

      • Counter PunchInvestigating the Victim: On Abbas’ ‘Holocaust’ and the Depravity of Israeli Hasbara

        In Israel itself, “many feared that Jenin would be added to the black list of massacres that have shocked the world,” Haaretz reported with obvious relief. Though Israel has committed numerous crimes and massacres against Palestinians prior to April 2002, and many more after that date, Israelis remain comforted by their persisting illusion that they are still on the right side of history.

      • Counter PunchMariupol’s Staggering Death Toll

        The latest developments, including: – Shocking death toll from Mariupol – Contextualizing the scale of the killing in Mariupol – Ukraine’s state-run natural gas company in default – Can Ukraine’s economy survive? – US weapons going to Ukraine – How anti-aircraft weapons from US and Germany affect Russia’s strategy and capability

      • Common DreamsOpinion | We Cannot Let New Pentagon Rules Sanitize or Legitimize Brutality of Endless War
      • Counter PunchRenewed TPLF Terror War Against the Ethiopian People

        This latest offensive was launched on 24 August, violating the humanitarian truce agreed with the Ethiopian government, and shattering the temporary peace. A Government statement relayed that, “Ignoring all of the peace alternatives presented by the government, the terrorist group TPLF…. continued its recent provocations and launched an attack this morning at 5 am (0200 GMT)”

      • The Gray ZoneWHO chief, TPLF leader Tedros silent about his party’s theft of World Food Program fuel
      • Counter PunchUkraine, What Comes Next?

        The question of sanctions needs to be approached with similar realism, because here too it cannot simply be a question of adopting a stance. The states that wanted to ‘punish’ Russia have undoubtedly succeeded in doing so (to the extent that it can no longer obtain spare parts and critical technologies), but have not come anywhere close to the objectives set out six months ago. On 1 March France’s economy minister Bruno Le Maire boasted, ‘We’re going to cause the Russian economy to collapse … The European Union is discovering its power.’ Unfortunately for him, the International Monetary Fund, hardly a hotbed of anti-Western thought, recently concluded that ‘Russia’s economy is estimated to have contracted during the second quarter by less than previously projected,’ while ‘the war’s effects on major European economies have been more negative than expected’ (2).

      • Counter PunchLetter From Crimea: Tolstoy and Putin in Sevastopol

        The Uses and Misuses of Chersonesus

      • Counter PunchThe Only Solution to a Second American Civil War is a Thousand Little Revolutions

        Recent studies have shown that one in five Americans believe that politically motivated violence is completely acceptable under certain extenuating circumstances with 7% of 18 million adults in this nation confessing that they themselves are willing to kill for a cause. Nearly half of these Americans expect a civil war in their lifetime and before you go blaming it all on MAGA consider the fact that 41% of Biden voters have stated a desire for their state to secede from the Union along with the lion share of Trump voters. The response from the corporate Washington intelligentsia to this swelling tide of bipartisan disenchantment seems to vacillate between total denial and hair-pulling hysteria. Many on the mainstream left seem to be desperately rifling through their cluttered junk drawers for a jerry-rigged defibrillator to revive faith in our dear old republic and its derelict democratic institutions before it’s too late. My own personal radical left-wing informed response to these trends however can essentially be summed up with ‘about time’ and ‘good riddance.’

      • Counter PunchThe Collapse of the Last Nuclear Weapons Treaties

        Had U.S. President Ronal Reagan accepted Gorbachev’s proposal to verifiably and mutually eliminate all nuclear weapons arsenals of the Soviet Union and the United States, as proffered in 1986 in Reykjavik, ninety one percent of the world’s nuclear weapons would have been eliminated.

      • Counter PunchLos Angeles Is Creating a Model for Fighting Mass Incarceration

        We anticipated that and developed a very comprehensive plan around what you could do instead of expanding the largest jail system in the world. We put together the Los Angeles County Decarceration Report, and we published two editions of that report. When we did stop the jail plan—which was a big and profound win that no one thought was possible, because the expansion plan had already been put in motion—the county moved forward with a workgroup inviting all the stakeholders to develop an agenda around what we do instead of building these jails[LWF9] [ME10] . And we were ready. 

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Feeding the Wolf of War

        Close your eyes and try to envision the two wolves.

      • Counter PunchRemembering the Sabra Shatila Massacre, Forty Years Later

        On Saturday, September 18, along with the other international health care volunteers, we were ordered by the Phalangists (Lebanese Christian militia working under Israeli control) to assemble at the front of the hospital. We were marched, at machine-gun point, down Sabra Street, the main street of the camp – passing dead bodies, passing hundreds of women and children from the camps being lined up and held at gun point by soldiers. We heard the chatter of ongoing communication from the militias’ walkie-talkies. Eventually we were turned over to the Israel Defense Force (IDF) forward command post where Israeli soldiers were looking down on the camps with binoculars. We were driven out of the area by IDF vehicles.

      • Democracy NowNina Khrushcheva & Katrina vanden Heuvel Remember Mikhail Gorbachev as Reformer Committed to Peace

        We look at the life and legacy of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who died on Tuesday at the age of 91. Gorbachev led the Soviet Union from 1985 until its dissolution in 1991 and has been credited internationally with bringing down the Iron Curtain, helping to end the Cold War and reducing the risk of nuclear war. Inside Russia, many say his policies led to the breakup of the Soviet Union and the collapse in the standard of living for millions. Russian President Vladimir Putin has called the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe” of the 20th century. Katrina vanden Heuvel, publisher of The Nation and a friend to Gorbachev, remembers him as a “believer in independent journalism” and credits him with introducing the “fairest and freest presidential and parliamentary elections to Russia.” Joining us from Moscow, Nina Khrushcheva, great-granddaughter of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, says she knew Gorbachev as “an absolute democrat in comparison to anybody who came before him, including Nikita Khrushchev,” and his policies allowed her the freedom to pursue her academic career in the U.S. as a Russian expat.

      • Counter PunchAmerica’s Exploitation of Gorbachev

        The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan.

      • Counter PunchMaybe Civilization Was a Mistake, After All

        And then there’s senator Marco “Bomb the Chinese Aircraft Carriers” Rubio. He’s ready and rip-roaring to go for World War III, which, according to latest estimates would promptly starve over five billion people to death via nuclear winter, and leave the rest of us…hunting in the forest for fiddlehead ferns to eat, while consulting our wild food guidebooks about which mushrooms are not poisonous. Maybe we could just delete the nuclear war step and skip straight to a hunter-gatherer culture. There would be a lot less yellow-peril, racist razzmatazz, thus disappointing GOP demagogues, though certainly many more survivors.

      • Counter PunchOn the Deck of an Aircraft Carrier

        So, when I read Rhode Map, the Boston Globe’s newsletter covering Rhode Island news, about the recent New England Defense Industry Alliance’s (SENEDIA) “innovation conference”, it’s little wonder that my childhood experiences with militarism came rushing back instead of the great hikes, camping, and hundreds of other experiences from scouting.

      • The NationThese Are the Crimes That Will Disqualify Trump From Ever Again Being President

        The reason that Donald Trump and his allies have grown increasingly hysterical about the details of the FBI search of the former president’s Mar-a-Lago compound, and the federal investigation into his unauthorized retention and destruction of classified documents, is that they know these are the crimes that will disqualify Trump from ever again seeking the presidency.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Battle to Protect American Democracy Is the Most Important Battle of Our Lifetimes

        One week after a team of F.B.I. agents descended on his private club and residence in Florida, Trump warned that things could get out of hand if the Justice Department kept the heat on him. “People are so angry at what is taking place,” Trump told Fox News, predicting that if the “temperature” isn’t brought down, “terrible things are going to happen.”

      • Common DreamsTrump Floats ‘Full Pardons’ for January 6 Insurrectionists

        In an interview with right-wing radio host Wendy Bell, Trump claimed he is “financially supporting” some of the people who took part in the Capitol attack, adding that “they were in my office actually two days ago, so they’re very much in my mind.”

      • Counter PunchSchools Won’t be Safe Until Lawmakers Respect Students

        Congress, for example, passed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act — which does many good things, but may also contribute to the growing militarization of schools.

      • MeduzaIAEA inspectors arrive at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant — Meduza

        A team of officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has arrived in the Russian-occupied city of Enerhodar, where they will conduct an inspection of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.

      • Meduza‘People there are very concerned’: The most likely scenarios for the Kremlin’s annexation ‘referendums’ — Meduza
      • MeduzaChairman of Russian oil producer Lukoil dies after fall from hospital window — Meduza

        Ravil Maganov, the chairman of the board of Russian oil producer Lukoil, has died after falling from a hospital window in Moscow, Interfax reported on Thursday, September 1.

      • Common DreamsWATCH: Biden Speaks on MAGA Republicans Posing ‘Extremist Threat to Our Democracy’
      • ScheerpostReport: Russia, Ukraine Tentatively Agreed on Peace Deal in April

        Boris Johnson arrived in Kyiv not long after the talks and told Zelensky not to negotiate with Russia, saying the West wasn’t ready to sign a deal.

      • Democracy Now“No Tech for Apartheid”: Google Workers Push for Cancellation of Secretive $1.2B Project with Israel

        A national day of action is planned next Thursday as protests grow against Google’s secretive $1.2 billion program known as Project Nimbus, which will provide advanced artificial intelligence tools to the Israeli government and military. We speak with two of the leaders of the protest: Ariel Koren, a former Google employee who says she was pushed out for her activism, as well as Gabriel Schubiner, who currently works at Google and is an Alphabet Workers Union organizer. ​​”Cloud technology is extremely powerful, and providing that power to a violent military and to an apartheid government is not a neutral act,” says Schubiner on Project Nimbus. The pair also detail how workers are rising up against what Koren says is Google’s “culture of retaliation.”

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • PJ MediaLefty Rag Says ‘Islamophobia’ Is Worse Than Ever, So Why Is It So Hard to Find Any?

        Jihad activity is continuing all over the world. Just days ago, a Muslim in France admitted that he had murdered his Jewish housemate with an axe because he was Jewish. A hadith has Muhammad saying that Muslims can hasten the last days by killing Jews: “The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews” (Sahih Muslim 6985).

        But Salon, and the Left in general, is far too worried about “Islamophobia,” i.e., people yelling rude things on trains, to be concerned about that. (Salon doesn’t make any mention of that killing in France.) The narrative must be preserved at all costs.

    • Environment

      • Counter PunchHow Bad Can It Get?

        Still, the general public is tired of negative articles about climate change. It turns them off. Climate change is impossible to deal with. It’s too much; it’s too negative!

      • Common DreamsGreenhouse Gases, Sea Levels, and Ocean Heat All Hit New Highs in 2021: NOAA

        “Climate change has global impacts and shows no sign of slowing.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | As the World Floods and Burns, It’s Time to Hold Wall Street to Account

        Pakistan is responsible for around 0.3% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in our atmosphere. Yet, that nation of 220 million people is currently experiencing what is undoubtedly a “climate-induced humanitarian disaster.” Much of the country is under water. At least 1,100 people are dead. One million homes have been damaged or destroyed. An estimated 40 million lives have been impacted.

      • The NationPakistan’s Floods Are a Wind From the West

        Islamabad, Pakistan—Despite contributing less than 1 percent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions, the people of Pakistan have become the victims of an unprecedented climate catastrophe. After a monsoon season in which rainfall exceeded average levels by around 780 percent, as much as a third of the country has been flooded, with more than a thousand people killed in what officials are describing as the worst climate disaster in Pakistan’s history. Sherry Rehman, who serves as minister for climate change in the ruling coalition, estimates that the crisis has affected more than 33 million people. “The volume and scale of water that has come down is without precedent, falling in relentless torrents without gaps for nine weeks,” she told The Nation. “There has been nowhere to drain the water, and the provinces in the south look like one large ocean. The north looks like a giant bulldozer has gone through it.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | CO2 Levels Are the Highest in a Million Years as Extreme Weather and Flooding Rage Across the Globe

        CNN reports that satellite photos show that the overflowing Indus has created a new body of water in southern Pakistan some 62 miles (100km) wide. It will take days or weeks for the water to recede, and in the meantime millions are left homeless and over all, 33 million people have been affected by the worst monsoon floods in recorded history. CNN quotes Pakistan’s Climate Minister Sherry Rahman as saying “That parts of the country ‘resemble a small ocean,’ and that ‘by the time this is over, we could well have one-quarter or one-third of Pakistan under water.’”

      • Counter PunchRoaming Charges: Losing It

        Thousands of miles of roads have been wiped out. Hundreds of bridges washed away. Rail lines and airports submerged. Nothing getting in, nothing getting out. The entire nation brought to a standstill. A nation with nuclear weapons and an unstable government.

      • Common DreamsNew ‘Blame Wall Street’ Campaign Launched as Climate Emergency Grips Planet

        The Stop the Money Pipeline coalition, which includes more than 200 climate action groups, called on people across the U.S. to join “Blame Wall Street” public actions that are already planned in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and other cities where campaigners will “connect the dots between the extreme weather events harming communities and the corporations fueling the climate crisis.”

      • TruthOutGreenland’s Melting Glacier Could Raise Sea Levels Twice as Much as Predicted
      • Democracy Now“Zombie Ice”: Greenland’s Melting Glacier to Raise Sea Levels Nearly 1 Foot, Double Previous Estimate

        We speak with glaciologist David Bahr, who co-authored a shocking new study this week revealing Greenland’s melting ice sheet will likely contribute almost a foot to global sea level rise by the end of the century. The report, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, finds that even if the world were to halt all greenhouse gas emissions today, 120 trillion tons of Greenland’s “zombie ice” are doomed to melt. Bahr says if global emissions continue to rise, global sea level rise just from Greenland glacial melt could reach two-and-a-half feet. “The faster we can get to net zero, the better we will all be,” he says.

      • TruthOutEnvironmental Injustice Allowed to Continue Plaguing Alabama
      • Energy

        • HackadayCogeneration And District Heating For Comfortable Homes And Happy Factories

          Most of modern society’s energy usage is spent on heating in some form, whether it is to heat water, raise the temperature in a room, or for use in industrial processes. This makes it an excellent target for improvements in efficiency and resilience, as well as in the effort to decarbonize the world’s energy production. Here district heating and similar solutions are likely to play a major role in the near future.

        • Green Party UKCaroline Lucas responds to the decision to approve Sizewell C nuclear power station

          “Sizewell C is massively costly, achingly slow, and carries huge unnecessary risks. Its approval marks Boris Johnson taking one final opportunity to kick the public in the teeth before his departure as Prime Minister.  

        • Common Dreams‘The Insanity Continues’: Global Fossil Fuel Subsidies Nearly Doubled in 2021

          Data compiled by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows that 51 governments around the world—including the United States, Germany, Canada, China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia—provided a combined $697.2 billion in tax breaks and other handouts to the fossil fuel industry last year, up from $362.4 billion in 2020.

        • Common DreamsShell Ruling in South Africa a ‘Victory Against Capitalist Extraction and Destruction of Our Future’

          “The fight of coastal communities versus Shell is a struggle for environmental justice, for the protection of rural livelihoods, for sustainable development, and for the life of the planet.”

        • DeSmogRadioactive Waste ‘Everywhere’ at Ohio Oilfield Facility, Says Former Worker

          “We were literally ankle-deep in sludge and a lot of times knee-deep in different spots. All that shit is dripping down on you,” says Torbett, a 51-year-old former employee of Austin Master Services, a radioactive oilfield waste facility in Martins Ferry, Ohio. “You’re saturated in it, your hands are covered in it, the denim of your uniform would hold it, and the moisture would soak right through your under-clothes and into your skin.”

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Frontpage MagazineThe Iraqi Government Continues to Neglect the Survivors of the Yezidi Genocide

        The government in Baghdad promised several projects to rebuild the devastated Sinjar region and to resettle the Yezidis and enable stability in the region. So far nothing has been done about the dispute with Erbil.

        Thus the question remains: What role does the United Nations play in protecting religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq?

      • TechdirtElon Musk Tries, Tries Again To Come Up With A Better Excuse To Get Out Of Buying Twitter

        As we highlighted recently, despite press coverage saying otherwise, former Twitter security boss Peiter “Mudge” Zatko’s whistleblowing report about the company actually supported Twitter’s underlying legal argument regarding how it counts spam in the mDAU. Remember, Musk doesn’t really have an escape clause here and the spam stuff is made up nonsense. The underlying issue is that the only real exist from the deal is if Musk can show that Twitter somehow hid from him a “material adverse event” (MAE) that could get him out of the deal. As we noted down at the very end of our long post about Mudge’s whistleblower report, it’s not the spam stuff that’s interesting (beyond actually confirming Twitter’s position, rather than undermining it). Rather, some of the other stuff alleging fraud and possible FTC consent decree violations that might, possibly, if you squint create an actual MAE that could offer Musk an off-ramp.

      • Insight HungaryNew report on Chinese influence in Hungary raises concerns

        The analysis states that the Hungarian government’s ‘willing cooperation’ with Beijing means that “China does not need to directly influence or actively intervene in Hungary’s domestic debates to change public perceptions”. China’s activities over the past decade have generated classical soft power in Hungary – CEPA’s report writes.

      • TruthOut46 Percent of Voters Are More Likely to Vote Thanks to Student Debt Relief Plan
      • TruthOutGinni Thomas Told Wisconsin Lawmakers to Overturn 2020 Presidential Result
      • Common Dreams‘Corrupt as Hell’: Demands for Clarence Thomas to Resign Follow New Details of Wife’s Election Scheming

        “Reminder that Clarence Thomas heard election cases while his wife conspired to overthrow democracy.”

      • Counter PunchThe Politics of Anti-Trumpism

        Further, while I agree that a reactionary nationalist tendency with fascistic undertones is haunting not only the “land of the free” but is also threatening contemporary Brazil, some former Soviet republics, India, South Africa, and elsewhere, I differ on both the causes and potential remedies.

      • Counter PunchNot-so “Semi-” Fascism and its Bourgeois-Democratic Enablers

        Perhaps Biden will roll the term out again (I’m betting not) tonight (I am writing on the morning of Thursday, September 1st) in a much-advertised prime-time Philadelphia speech on the domestic US threats to “democracy” and the supposedly egalitarian “soul of our nation.” This – “soul of our nation” – was language Biden used[1] in the video that launched his 2020 presidential campaign, featuring footage from the August 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, where torch-carrying white men chanted “Jews will not replace us,” channeling what Biden called “the same anti-Semitic bile heard across Europe in the 1930s.”

      • Counter PunchTo Renew or Not to Renew the 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement, That is the Question

        I was accompanied at the meeting by Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General and major progressive personality at the time in the United States and Don Luce, a prominent and courageous anti-war religiously oriented activist who gained worldwide fame in 1970 by departing from a prescribed tour route to expose a visiting delegation of U.S. Congress members to the notorious ‘tiger cages’ in Con Son Prison the major facility in South Vietnam a repeated focus of severe torture allegations. During our time together in Iran we met many religious leaders and secular supporters of the popular uprising that would soon be running the country. We witnessed extraordinary displays of mass popular excitement in the country and anxious sighs of disbelief that greeted the news that the Shah had abdicated the Peacock Throne, and as it turned out, leaving Iran never to return.

      • The NationHow To Get To The Negotiations Table

        A year after workers vote to unionize, more than half still don’t have a contract. After a year without a contract, management can push to legally decertify a hard-won union.

      • The NationLessons for Progressives From Yuh-Line Niou’s Loss

        Consider these numbers: 38,142 and 16,686. The first is the number of voters who chose self-described progressive candidates in the Democratic primary for New York’s 10th Congressional District in late August. The second is the number who chose Daniel Goldman. Nevertheless, Goldman, a centrist—for the district, anyway; he’d be regarded as a liberal in the rest of the country—walked away the winner. How did he come out ahead when he garnered only 26 percent of the vote in a field of 12 and when more than twice as many progressive votes were cast against him? Because three popular politicians split those votes—leaving the second-place finisher, Working Families Party–endorsed state Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, trailing Goldman by only about 1,300 votes.1

      • TruthOutMary Peltola Defeats Palin, Becomes First Alaskan Native to Win House Seat
      • The NationSarah Palin’s Loss Is Democracy’s Gain

        Sarah Palin griped about ranked-choice voting before all the votes were counted in Alaska’s special US House election, where the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee was hoping to make a triumphal political comeback.

      • The NationNow Is the Time for Democrats to Ban Dark Money From Primaries

        Big money—increasingly laundered through independent groups that do not disclose their donors—is corrupting our politics. In this election season alone, the Wesleyan Media Project reports, nearly 60 percent of the ads aired in Democratic House primaries were purchased by groups that offered only partial disclosure of their donors—or none at all. Progressive challengers in contested primaries were often the leading targets of these dark money groups.

      • The NationThe Democratic Party Shouldn’t Be a Gerontocracy

        Dianne Feinstein is 89. Steny Hoyer is 83, Nancy Pelosi and Pat Leahy are 82, and Bernie Sanders is 80. Ben Cardin is 78, Richard Blumenthal is 76, Jeanne Shaheen is 75, Elizabeth Warren and Ron Wyden are 73; Debbie Stabenow is 72 and Chuck Schumer is 71. And that’s just the Democrats. In total, 46 percent of Senate Democrats and 40 percent of Democrats in the House are 65 or over. (Republicans in Congress are also way up there, but that’s their problem.) Unlike Europe, where leadership is comparatively youthful, America is a gerontocracy: President Biden is 79, and the average age of current Congress members is the highest it’s been in 20 years. That’s not good!

      • Common DreamsBiden to Confront ‘Big Lie’ Extremism of GOP as Analysis Highlights Its Corporate Funders

        Biden’s remarks, set to begin at 8:00 pm ET, will come on the heels of an analysis showing that major U.S. corporations and business lobbying groups have donated nearly $25 million over the past year and a half to Republican lawmakers who voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election in the wake of the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

      • MeduzaVladimir Putin not attending Mikhail Gorbachev’s funeral because his ‘schedule won’t allow it’ — Meduza

        According to Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin has bid farewell to the first president of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, at the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow.

      • TruthOutOversight Committee Reaches Agreement to Get Trump’s Financial Records
      • MeduzaKazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to seek second term in snap election — Meduza

        Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced in a state-of-the-nation address Thursday that he plans to seek a second term in an early election this fall.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • NPRAn Oklahoma teacher gave her students access to banned books—now she’s under scrutiny

        Oklahoma’s top education official wants to strip a former teacher of her credentials after she tried to give students access to books that may be banned in schools under a new state law.

        In a letter he tweeted on Wednesday, Oklahoma Secretary of Education Ryan Walters called on the state board of education to revoke the teaching certificate of Summer Boismier, a former teacher at Norman High School.

      • Counter PunchUnder Attack: Tenure and Academic Freedom

        IU’s first woman president reacted similarly when the questioner refined his query to focus specifically on her three-year tenure as president at Kennesaw State University in Georgia from 2018-2021.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • NPRWatering flowers while Black: A pastor shares his story of wrongful arrest

        The exchange between Jennings and the officer led to shouting, as Jennings told the officers that he had done nothing wrong. After about 10 minutes, Jennings was placed in handcuffs for not providing the officers with his identification.

      • IndiaTaliban’s Horror Continues; Afghan Shops Ordered To Not Sell Goods To Women Without Hijab

        Amid the ongoing political, social and economic crisis in Afghanistan, Taliban authorities have ordered shopkeepers in the nation’s Balkh province to not sell any item to women who are not wearing a hijab and further threatened them with repercussions if they fail to comply. The Taliban officials from the Ministry of Propagation Virtue and Prevention of Vice of Afghanistan have told store owners in Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh province’s provincial capital in northern Afghanistan, not to sell anything to women who are not wearing a hijab, citing local sources, Khaama Press reported.

      • The PrintTaliban’s atrocities continue, shopkeepers warned not to sell goods to women without hijab

        Shopkeepers stated that serious action would be taken against them if they sell products to women who do not wear hijab, as per the new decree.

      • The NationStop Violence Against Women
      • Common DreamsAnalysis Shows New Unionization Wave Gives Young Workers Much to Celebrate

        “The advantages of union representation for younger workers make reinforcing the labor movement a critical investment in our collective future.”

      • TechdirtTexas School Violates Texas Law By Refusing To Display ‘In God We Trust’ Poster Written In Arabic

        Well, that was quick. We had recently discussed an athiest activist who had planned to have some fun pointing out the veiled nature of a Texas law that requires a school to display any donated poster featuring the phrase “In God We Trust” along with the American and Texas flags. How was the fun to be had? Well, by donating posters that very closely followed the law’s requirements… except to put the phrase “In God We Trust” in Arabic. Should a school or the public freak out over such a poster, well, that would point out the true motivation of the law, which was to promote white, English speaking Christianity rather than an American motto.

      • Counter Punch“Race Reductionism” Threatens to Doom the Left

        The New York Times’ 1619 Project gave yet another boost to the demand for redress, probably the most significant boost so far. As a systematic effort to interpret U.S. history entirely in terms of the oppression of Blacks, it was tailor-made to advance the reparations narrative. The immense resources of the Times, in collaboration with the corporate-endowed Pulitzer Center, went into designing and distributing a curriculum that schools could use to teach the 1619 Project. This massive nationwide campaign soon coincided, fortuitously, with the George Floyd protests in 2020 and the revival of Black Lives Matter. By then, Black identity politics was so deeply embedded in the nation’s culture that conservatives discovered they could capitalize on it by inventing a “critical race theory” boogeyman to frighten whites into supporting reactionary politicians and reactionary policies. The discourse of anti-racism and reparations continued to spread even as the right-wing backlash against it grew in intensity and effectiveness.

      • Counter PunchDelta-8 is Legal, But Will Unclear Regulations Get in the Way?

        “It felt like they were raiding a kingpin drug dealer,” said Kimzey, who was accused of selling cannabis — an illegal Schedule I substance — after the police department claimed they had “smelled” it. The search only yielded cigarettes, glass pipes, and THC gummies.

      • Common DreamsGOP Officials Vote to Bar Popular Abortion Rights Initiative From Michigan Ballot

        The initiative proposes adding to the state constitution an amendment that reads, in part, “Every individual has a fundamental right to reproductive freedom, which entails the right to make and effectuate decisions about all matters relating to pregnancy, including but not limited to prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum care, contraception, sterilization, abortion care, miscarriage management, and infertility care.”

      • Counter PunchThe Costs of Traveling for Abortion Care in the US

        As a sociologist who studies gender, reproduction and health, I have interviewed hundreds of women who have sought abortions, many of whom had to travel for care. My recent studyon the experiences of people who had to travel across state lines for abortion care can help people better understand what costs abortion patients face when they have to travel.

      • TruthOutAbortion, Gun Violence Give Democrats Slight Edge Over GOP in Midterm Polls
      • TruthOutGOP Election Officials Block Abortion Rights Ballot Initiative in Michigan
      • The NationWhy We Don’t Say “Reform the Police”

        Following the November 2020 elections, Democratic leadership called former president Barack Obama out from retirement to quell growing public support for shrinking police department budgets and investing in community needs. In an interview on Snapchat’s “Good Luck America,” Obama admonished protesters and activists: “If you believe, as I do, that we should be able to reform the criminal justice system so that it’s not biased and treats everybody fairly, I guess you can use a snappy slogan, like ‘defund the police.’ But you know, you lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually going to get the changes you want done.”

      • The NationThe Renewed Fight for Latinx Rights and Representation

        In the mountains, the sun is slow to arrive, but when it does—around midday—it comes all at once. The end of Wednesday programming at the Latinx House’s Raizado Festival also came suddenly, after a densely packed day of talks, panels, presentations, awards, and an after-party at Aspen’s landmark Hotel Jerome.

      • Counter PunchThe Union Advantage for Young Workers: Higher Wages and More Benefits

        Evidence suggests that those who enter the labor market during economic crises may suffer persistent economic harms due to delayed or derailed career progress during this crucial beginning stage. Many workers between the ages of 18 and 34 will have entered the labor market during either the Great Recession or the COVID-19 pandemic, raising the potential for economic scarring across an especially large cohort. Union representation presents a potential counter. Since union wage advantages often match or exceed earnings setbacks related to economic shocks, increased union density could serve as a bulwark against longer term earnings suppression. Previous research has found union wage effects that would have been equivalent to six years of fast-paced wage growth for young workers prior to the Great Recession.

      • Counter PunchWhen History Tells Us to Get On With the Struggle

        The historical narrative in The Rising of the Women begins with Part Two, titled “Chicago Will Be Ours.” In this section Tax provides an introduction to the period following the Civil War in the United States. She describes a rapidly industrializing nation, a major influx of immigrants, mostly from Europe. She also discusses the growing wealth of US capitalists and a growing economic inequality. At the same time, the text introduces the beginnings of a labor movement and a growing socialist consciousness Women’s role in these phenomena was complex and multilayered. Many women and girls found themselves seeking work. Even though men’s wages were low and their working conditions as exploitative as their wages, women’s wages were even lower and their conditions often worse. In addition, women were restricted in terms of their social lives because of the gender-based restrictions then in place. Indeed, women were not only considered less capable than men, they were often considered less than men, especially white men. This was reflected in the aforementioned wages, but also in the fact that the nascent labor unions did not allow them into their organizations. Of course, it’s a well-known fact that those unions usually did not allow Black men or men in certain immigrant groups.

      • Common DreamsFetterman Fires Back at ‘Sad and Desperate’ Oz ‘Murder’ Smear

        “Does Dr. Oz believe that the wrongfully convicted should die in prison? Does this man have any compassion?”

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • TechdirtA New Ad-Based Tier Won’t Fix What Ails Netflix

        As a publicly traded company, it’s simply not good enough to provide an affordable service that people genuinely like. The pressure to deliver quarter over quarter growth often takes on a tendency toward auto-cannibalism; price hikes, customer support cuts, dumb ideas justified through greed, all designed to goose growth, but often at the cost of brand reputation and service quality.

    • Monopolies

      • Common Dreams30+ Civil Society Groups Call On Amazon CEO to Answer for Warehouse Safety Crisis

        In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.); House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.); the Senate Health, Labor, and Pensions Committee; and the House Education and Labor Committee, the groups demanded that Amazon CEO Andy Jassy be called to testify on the high rate of worker injuries and grueling pace of work at the company.

      • Patents

        • The VergeQualcomm’s server and laptop ambitions may be in trouble

          According to Arm’s complaint, which you can read in full below, in 2019, it gave Nuvia licenses to both use its “off-the-shelf” processor designs, and to build its own designs using Arm’s architecture Arm also gave the startup “substantial, crucial, and individualized support” for its work to develop server-grade processors. Arm makes its money from licensing fees, as well as royalties from products sold using its technology, such as Nvida’s computing devices with Arm chips, or the MacBooks and iPhones that use Apple Silicon. (Nuvia was founded by engineers that previously worked on the A-series chips found in iPhones and iPads).

        • ReutersArm sues Qualcomm, aiming to unwind Qualcomm’s $1.4 bln Nuvia purchase

          The lawsuit represents a major break between Qualcomm and Arm, one of Qualcomm’s most important technology partners. Qualcomm has relied on Arm since it stopped designing its own custom computing cores. But in recent years, the companies have been at odds.

        • The Register UKArm sues Qualcomm over custom Nuvia CPU cores, wants designs destroyed

          According to Arm, though, the licenses it granted Nuvia could not be transferred to and used by its new parent Qualcomm without Arm’s permission. Arm says Qualcomm did not, even after months of negotiations, obtain this consent, and that Qualcomm appeared to be focused on putting Nuvia’s custom CPU designs into its own line of chips without permission.

          That led to Arm terminating its licenses with Nuvia in early 2022, requiring Qualcomm to destroy and stop using Nuvia’s designs derived from those agreements. It’s claimed that Qualcomm’s top lawyer wrote to Arm confirming it would abide by the termination.

      • Copyrights

        • How the public domain can win

          Public domain products are strictly superior to equivalent non-public domain alternatives by a significant margin on three dimensions: trust, speed, and cost to build. If enough capable people start building public domain products we can change the world.

          It took me 18 years to figure this out. In 2004 I did what you would now call “first principles thinking” about copyright law. Even a dumb 20 year old college kid can deduce it’s a bad system and unethical. I have to tell people so we can fix this. I was naive. Thus began 18 years of failed strategies and tactics.

        • Torrent FreakCloudflare Rejects Role as Internet or Piracy Police

          Cloudflare suggests that it made a mistake by terminating the accounts of The Daily Stormer and 8Chan. These decisions made it harder for the company to defend itself against overbroad termination requests and invited a wave of follow-up demends, from activists to copyright holders. This isn’t a position Cloudflare wants to be in.

        • Torrent FreakMovie Pirate Sentenced in Criminal Case Designed to Send Warning

          A former private torrent site user who downloaded around 40 movies has received a 30-day conditional prison sentence in Denmark. While the case covered just one person, the prosecution was carefully crafted to send a deterrent message: any persistent pirate risks prosecution in a criminal court.

        • EFFHollywood’s Insistence on New Draconian Copyright Rules Is Not About Protecting Artists

          Illegal downloading and streaming are not the cause of Hollywood’s woes. They’re a symptom of a system that is broken for everyone except the few megacorporations and the billionaires at the top of them.  Infringement went down when the industry adapted and gave people what they wanted: convenient, affordable, and legal alternatives. But recently, corporations have given up on affordability and convenience.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Restocking

        I’m running *Stonehell* in a two-referee but soon-to-be three-referee game called The Monday Games, these days. We’re all using Halberds & Helmets. I’ve been wondering about the dungeon stocking or restocking rules. I like them, that’s for sure. They’re quick and easy to use.

      • Re: Spending My Own Money for Office Comfort?

        Just came across a post and I have a small confession to make… sometimes I spend too much on Reddit. One of the few subreddits I follow is r/battlestations where people post photos of their home offices/gaming stations/workstations. That subreddits with its instagram-like pictures is the biggest reason for all the money and effort I’ve spent in my office! But the results have been very much worth it for me!

      • First day of school – a quick stream of feelings and thoughts

        Dark labyrinths of old corridors, an official-military style speech, a teacher who looks like Senator Palpatine and is clearly insincere, fake and stiff. The first day of school for zero and first grade and kindergarten. The worst shadows emerge from the dark corners of repressed memories.

    • Technical

      • Week 7: Kindle, Couch, Baths

        I found a Kindle being given away on a street corner for free! I looked up the model number online, and it looks like it’s from 2011. We were doubtful about its condition, but it surprisingly works well! The battery life is excellent, you can still log in to it, and the speakers work, too. It even had all seven Harry Potter books included in it!

      • Science

        • How the Lenia evolver works

          The rule doesn’t change. Instead, the pattern changes. In Conway Life you’ve seen “gliders”. Think of these patterns as a much bigger glider pattern and then a machine-learning algo writes more and more capable patterns. So this isn’t self-evolving code; it’s two different halves. One code that looks at, and keeps evolving, the other and it self.

          Basically the computer is like “OK my job is to design a hand-written pattern that can make its way through mazes. Oh, they’re all failing. OK, let me evolve myself so that I get better at hand-writing such patterns.”


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

Links 02/09/2022: SUSE Turns 30 and Microsoft Burns GNU/Linux With ‘Teams’

Posted in News Roundup at 3:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • CNX SoftwareKubuntu Focus NX is a Linux mini PC with a Tiger Lake processor, two Thunderbolt 3 ports – CNX Software

        Kubuntu Focus NX is a mini PC running Kubuntu Focus Linux operating system on an Intel Core i5-1135G7 or i7-1165G7 Tiger Lake processor, with up to 64GB RAM, support for NVMe and SATA storage, offering four HDMI/DisplayPort video outputs, two Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports, and three extra USB 3.2 Type-A ports.

        The mini PC also comes with decent networking and wireless connectivity thanks to a 2.5GbE port and an Intel AX601 module enabling WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2. Mini PCs shipping with Linux by default are quite rare, and most that do are fairly expensive ones, so it’s nice to see a more affordable mid-range mini PC working with Kubuntu Focus out of the box.

      • DignitedBest Linux Distros That You Can Try in 2022

        I have been using Linux for over two years now and truly it has immense benefits compared to other operating systems. Linux was developed to be free, secure, and affordable to everyone. Let’s get to see the top Linux distros that you can try out in this day and age.

        There are quite a number of these distros out there but knowing one that can suit your needs is key. We shall discuss generally the top five distros in this article that have proven to be stable, robust, or most reviewed and used in 2022.

        [...]

        Linux is typically packaged in a Linux distribution. and let’s see the top five distros to try out now! These are not in any particular order!

    • Server

    • Applications

      • Linux Shell TipsMeowfetch – A Customizable Linux System Information Tool

        A Linux system information tool is an essential hack for Linux administration. Any system administrator or super user will appreciate the essence of having a tool that can easily print out system-related info like the Linux distribution being used, the system architecture, system uptime, and total memory to used memory ratio.

        The printout of such system-critical information should be in an organized and user-friendly manner as it can help a system admin determine the perfect system requirement (hardware and software) for the presented Linux distribution either on a diagnostic or configuration level.

        [...]

        You should be able to see your Linux system information (uptime, memory, and architecture) on the terminal window of the meowfetch tool.

      • Linux LinksStreaming with Linux: Myuzi – LinuxLinks

        This is a new series that surveys popular streaming services from a Linux perspective. We are not reviewing any of the streaming services themselves although we may make subjective comments along the way.

        The first article in this series explored Amazon Music Unlimited which is a paid subscription service. While many of the articles in this series will explore other paid subscription services, this article is different.

        We are looking at Myuzi. It bills itself as a Spotify alternative for Linux with no ads, payments, or accounts. The software is published under an open source license.

        [...]

        We installed Myuzi from a package available in Arch User Repository (for Arch and Arch-based distros). The unfettered source code is available if you prefer the manual approach.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • UNIX CopHow to add an user to sudoers and give him root permissions

        A question that many novice users don’t ask is how to add a user to sudoers. This is to give that new user the ability to use sudo and thus execute commands as root user.

      • John GoerzenJohn Goerzen: Dead USB Drives Are Fine: Building a Reliable Sneakernet

        Normally, “sneakernet” is a sort of tongue-in-cheek reference to using disconnected storage to transport data or messages. By “disconnect storage” I mean anything like CD-ROMs, hard drives, SD cards, USB drives, and so forth. There are times when loading up 12TB on a device and driving it across town is just faster and easier than using the Internet for the same. And, sometimes you need to get data to places that have no Internet at all.

        Another reason for sneakernet is security. For instance, if your backup system is online, and your systems being backed up are online, then it could become possible for an attacker to destroy both your primary copy of data and your backups. Or, you might use a dedicated computer with no network connection to do GnuPG (GPG) signing.

      • ID RootHow To Install Sails.js Framework on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Sails.js Framework on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Sails.js is a MVC framework for Node.js similar to Ruby on Rails. It enables developers to rapidly assemble REST APIs, single-page apps, and many more. Sails.js is a flawless JavaScript solution that underpins varied front-end technologies and multiple databases concurrently.

        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 Sails.js Framework on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.

      • How to install Webmin 2 control panel on Ubuntu 22.04 – NextGenTips

        In this tutorial, we will learn how to install the Webmin control panel on Ubuntu 22.04

        Webmin is a powerful and flexible web-based server management control panel for UNIX-like users. It allows Webmin to configure operating system internals e.g users, configuration files, disk quotas, etc. Webmin removes the need to edit Unix configuration files manually and lets you manage the system remotely or via console.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • Tumbleweed Continues Release Streak – openSUSE News

        Tumbleweed’s continuous daily release streak has reached an astounding 26 snapshots.

        The streak of openSUSE’s rolling release continued this week and packages like glibc, ibus, Mozilla Firefox and sudo all received updates.

        Will the streak continue beyond snapshot 20220829? Users should know soon.

        Snapshot 20220829 provided package updates for AppArmor and libapparmor3.0.7. The new versions fixed the setuptools-version detection in buildpath.py. The Man pages for Japanese made some improvements with the man-pages-ja 20220815 update. The tree 2.0.3 update provided multiple fixes for .gitignore functionality and fixed a couple segfaults.

        The 20220828 snapshot had ten packages updated. Among the updated packages were ibus 1.5.27, which enabled an ibus restart in GNOME desktop and disabled XKB engines in Plasma Wayland. The update of webkit2gtk3 2.36.7 fixed several crashes and rendering issues as well as addressed a Common Vulnerabilities and Exposure related to Apple’s use of the package. The Python web framework and asynchronous networking library python-tornado6 6.2 enabled SSL certificate verification and hostname checks by default and its Continuous Integration has moved from Travis and Appveyor to Github Actions. Another package to update in the snapshot was font handler libXfont2 2.0.6. The new version fixed some spelling and wording issues. It also fix comments to reflect the removal of legacy Operating System/2 support.

      • SUSE’s Corporate BlogCelebrating 30 Years of Openness [Ed: SUSE is promoting proprietary software, not "Openness"; the CEO Melissa Di Donato, who wrote this post, is a proprietary salesperson from SAP]

        Today is a milestone anniversary for SUSE. We are celebrating 30 years of open source innovation, and the people who made it possible: our employees, community, partners, and shareholders.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Enterprisers ProjectWhy IT leaders should prioritize empathy | The Enterprisers Project [Ed: Red Hat lecturing you on empathy after attacking RMS to distract from Jeffrey Epstein and Bill Gates (MIT scandal)]

        It’s no surprise that organizations that practice empathy can satisfy customers better than organizations that don’t. While most leaders recognize the good business sense of prioritizing empathy, few know how to put that value into practice.

        In fact, Harvard Business Review found that 61 percent of senior business leaders struggle to balance their employees’ need for support with their company’s drive for high performance.

        IT leaders may struggle with this balancing act, often prioritizing constant product updates over the customer experience. But to reap the benefits of an empathetic workplace, organizations should view empathy as a necessary part of their internal and external-facing operations. Ultimately, a company-wide commitment to empathy yields stronger customer relationships and more satisfied employees.

    • Debian Family

      • Kiwix in Debian, 2022 update – The Lego Mirror

        Kiwix is an offline content reader, best known for distributing copies of Wikipedia. I have been maintaining it in Debian since 2017.

        This year most of the work has been keeping all the packages up to date in anticipation of next year’s Debian 12 Bookworm release, including several transitions for new libzim and libkiwix versions.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • 9to5LinuxUbuntu 22.04 LTS and 20.04 LTS Users Get New Kernel Update, 9 Vulnerabilities Patched

        Just a day after the release of Ubuntu 20.04.5 LTS, which ships with Linux kernel 5.15 LTS from Ubuntu 22.04 LTS by default, a new kernel update is now available to address several security issues, including CVE-2022-1729, a race condition discovered by Norbert Slusarek in the perf subsystem that could allow a privileged local attacker to cause a denial of service (system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • QtUnderstand The Requirements For Medical Device Software Testing

        Technology plays a vital role in all forms of modern healthcare, from simple personal monitoring devices like a step tracker to those in medical settings like critical care life support systems. Each requires software to enable it to run and deliver the expected service. Therefore, it is imperative that manufacturers have thorough and reliable medical device software testing in place.

        It is estimated the market for such devices will be worth over US$ 455bn in 2022, and there’s the added fact that they impact the health of individuals who need to be confident they work as expected and won’t inadvertently cause harm. So, it isn’t surprising to see a regulatory regime that sets standards on how to test medical device software.

      • QtThe Future of Headless Embedded Devices

        The trend of hybrid and headless embedded devices disrupts many industries. According to a recent market study commissioned by the Qt Company, the future product design of embedded devices is heavily polarized depending on the industry. In some industries, 85% of respondents imagine that embedded devices will not have in-built screens anymore within five years. In other sectors, only 10% of respondents expect devices with in-built screens to disappear even within ten years. This blog post gives an update on opportunities and threats for a shift towards remote-controlled devices in different industries.

      • Jamie Brandon0027: preimp, framework, dotfiles and backups, links

        I got as far as I could with the clj version.

        The main obstacle is provenance. The main feedback from the essay was that it would feel much more natural with direct manipulation. Why write code to make a toggle button for the status of a todo? Why can’t you just click on the status and change it?

        Doing that requires tracking, for each value, where in the source code it came from so that we can map edits back to that location. Doing this in clojurescript seems very difficult. Clojurescript’s strings and numbers are just javascript strings and numbers. There is no way to attach any additional information to them. I could put wrapper objects around all strings and numbers in the source code, but then existing functions won’t work on them.

        Performance is also an issue. I used preimp to build an accounting tool that we actually use, but we have to use it on my fancy laptop because on a $200 chromebook it takes multiple seconds to render a few months of transaction history.

      • OpenSource.comHow to display the presence and absence of nth-highest group-wise values in SQL | Opensource.com

        While skimming through SQL to prepare for interviews, I often come across this question: Find the employee with the highest or (second-highest) salary by joining a table containing employee information with another that contains department information. This raises a further question: What about finding the employee who earns the nth-highest salary department-wide?

      • SQL joins really explained – Lukáš Zapletal

        I’ve got asked how SQL joins really work. Let me explain real quick, imagine a database of student with a simple (1:N) relationship, a city students are from.

      • Johnnycanencrypt 0.9.0 release

        The first biggest change is related to build system, now we are using setuptools-rust to build. This change happened as dkg is working towards packaging the module for Debian.

      • Python

        • MedevelBuild A SaaS system with This Django SaaS Boilerplate

          The djaodjin-saas project is a Django application that implements the logic to support subscription-based Sofware-as-a-Service businesses.

          The project aids Django developers to start writing their SaaS project directly as it has all structures ready, such as profiles, user, customer management and accounting.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • CNX SoftwareUSB4 Version 2.0 to enable speeds of up to 80 Gbps, introduce “active” USB cables – CNX Software

        The USB Promoter Group has just pushed a press release about the “pending release” of the USB4 Version 2.0 specification that promises up to 80 Gbps of data performance over the USB Type-C cable and connector. The group also explains both the USB Type-C and USB Power Delivery (USB PD) specifications will also be updated, and everything will be published right before the USB DevDays developer events planned for November 2022 in the US and South Korea.

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • Extreme TechElectrical Brain Stimulation Boosts Memory in Seniors, Study Finds

        Memory lapse remains a major concern for those approaching their golden years. As many as 40 percent of US adults over the age of 65 have some type of age-associated memory impairment, with approximately 160,000 of them receiving dementia diagnoses each year. While long-term it would be ideal to find ways to prevent the initial onset of such memory impairments, scientists are working to help seniors mediate their memory obstacles in the meantime. A new study suggests electrical currents to the brain might be a way to do just that.

      • ACMInterpretable Machine Learning: Moving from Mythos to Diagnostics

        The emergence of machine learning as a society-changing technology in the past decade has triggered concerns about people’s inability to understand the reasoning of increasingly complex models. The field of interpretable machine learning (IML) grew out of these concerns, with the goal of empowering various stakeholders to tackle use cases, such as building trust in models, performing model debugging, and generally informing real human decision-making.7,10,17

      • TechXploreCreating a perfect trap for light

        Whether in photosynthesis or in a photovoltaic system: If you want to use light efficiently, you have to absorb it as completely as possible. However, this is difficult if the absorption is to take place in a thin layer of material that normally lets a large part of the light pass through.

        Now, research teams from TU Wien and from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) have found a surprising trick that allows a beam of light to be completely absorbed even in the thinnest of layers: They built a “light trap” around the thin layer using mirrors and lenses, in which the light beam is steered in a circle and then superimposed on itself—exactly in such a way that the beam of light blocks itself and can no longer leave the system. Thus, the light has no choice but to be absorbed by the thin layer—there is no other way out.

      • New ScientistRobot dog learns to walk on tough terrain in just 20 minutes | New Scientist

        Grass lawns and hiking trails are no problem for this robot, which learned to walk on them on the fly thanks to a machine learning algorithm

        A robot dog can learn to walk on unfamiliar and hard-to-master terrain, such as grass, bark and hiking trails, in just 20 minutes, thanks to a machine learning algorithm.

        Most autonomous robots have to be carefully programmed by humans or extensively tested in simulated scenarios before they can perform real-world tasks, such as walking up a rocky hill or a slippery slope – and when they encounter unfamiliar environments, they tend to struggle.

        Now, Sergey Levine at the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleagues have demonstrated that a robot using a kind of machine learning called deep reinforcement learning can work out how to walk in about 20 minutes in several different environments, such as a grass lawn, a layer of bark, a memory foam mattress and a hiking trail.

      • Researchers design new inks for 3D-printable wearable bioelectronics

        Flexible electronics have enabled the design of sensors, actuators, microfluidics and electronics on flexible, conformal and/or stretchable sublayers for wearable, implantable or ingestible applications. However, these devices have very different mechanical and biological properties when compared to human tissue and thus cannot be integrated with the human body.

        A team of researchers at Texas A&M University has developed a new class of biomaterial inks that mimic native characteristics of highly conductive human tissue, much like skin, which are essential for the ink to be used in 3D printing.

        This biomaterial ink leverages a new class of 2D nanomaterials known as molybdenum disulfide (MoS2). The thin-layered structure of MoS2 contains defect centers to make it chemically active and, combined with modified gelatin to obtain a flexible hydrogel, comparable to the structure of Jell-O.

    • Proprietary

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • New ScientistFace recognition struggles to recognise us after five years of ageing [Ed: Not even after ageing. A lot of this "tech" is based on a lie, sold based on exaggerations and fabricated benchmarks]

          We can age as little as five years before face-recognition algorithms begin to struggle to identify us as the same person. This means systems that rely on facial recognition may need to get new images of users periodically or risk being unable to verify who they are.

        • IEEEStreetlight Wi-Fi Hotspots: A Bright Idea [Ed: This would mean more surveillance and more precise (in the locational accuracy sense) spying/tracking]

          Wi-Fi deployed via streetlights—the vision of an international consortium founded by Intel, Facebook, Nokia and others—may one day help augment wireless access throughout cities. However, much remains unknown about the most apt placement for these access points. Now a novel algorithm could help telecommunications companies discover how to best install this infrastructure, a new study finds.

          The international Telecom Infra Project envisions making public Wi-Fi available via the 60-gigahertz frequency band (ranging from 57 to 73 GHz) by installing access points on light poles. This band is unlicensed, and the IEEE 802.11ay standard for 60-GHz Wi-Fi released in 2021 supports up to 8.64 GHz of bandwidth.

          A challenge that comes along with using 60-GHz signals is that oxygen absorption exacerbates attenuation, thus limiting their range. If wireless links using these frequencies are relatively short—less than 100 meters—they may still prove useful in dense urban areas. However, much remains unknown about the best way to use such transmissions in cities, such as the ideal height for access points to avoid obstructions that might scatter these signals.

        • ACMProtecting Children’s Privacy Online

          Digital games and educational apps for children can be a boon. They keep youngsters engaged in interactive play and learning, and can give parents a break.

          Unfortunately, though, a large percentage of those games’ characters and features are designed not to altruistically enlighten children, but to make them spend more time on the platform–and to get their parents to spend more money on extra features.

          “We assume adults are better at recognizing persuasion pressure and are hopefully less magically engaged with their parasocial relationships with characters,” said Jenny Radesky, M.D., principal investigator of the Radesky Lab at the University of Michigan Medical School. “Kids’ relationships with Elmo or Daniel Tiger or Strawberry Shortcake are very important to them, and they are more likely to follow those characters’ instructions.”

        • John GruberDaring Fireball: Facebook’s Problems

          The nuance I’m trying to emphasize here is that I don’t think anyone believes with certainty that VR is going to be huge.

        • TechCrunchFTC sues data broker Kochava for sale of people’s sensitive location data, including visits to reproductive health clinics

          The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Monday announced it has filed a lawsuit against data broker Kochava Inc. for selling geolocation data from “hundreds of millions of mobile devices,” it says, which could be used to trace the movements of individuals including those to and from sensitive locations. Specifically, the FTC said the data could reveal people’s visits to places like reproductive health clinics, domestic violence or homeless shelters, addiction recovery centers and places of worship.

          This personal and private information could expose people to “threats of stigma, stalking, discrimination, job loss, and even physical violence,” the FTC explained in a press release.

          The suit aims to halt Kochava’s data collection practices involving sensitive geolocation data and will request that the company delete the data it has already collected.

        • John GruberFTC Sues Data Broker Kochava for Sale of People’s Location Data

          Location data has always been sensitive — among the most private of private things that can be tracked through computing devices. With Roe v. Wade overturned and antiabortion Christianist lawmakers now drafting laws to make it illegal to cross state lines to get an abortion, the stakes are well past “hypothetical”.

        • Stacey on IoTPodcast: Is Kickstarter still relevant for smart devices? – Stacey on IoT | Internet of Things news and analysis

          This week we start off talking about the Federal Trade Commission suing a data broker for sharing sensitive location data. It’s a topic we’re following closely, in part because location information can’t be anonymized even when companies promise that it strips identifying information from it.

        • RlangUse of Differential Privacy in the US Census–All for Nothing? | R-bloggers

          The field of data privacy has long been of broad interest. In a medical database, for instance, how can administrators enable statistical analysis by medical researchers, while at the same time protecting the privacy of individual patients? Over the years, many methods have been proposed and used. I’ve done some work in the area myself.

          But in 2006, an approach known as differential privacy (DP) was proposed, by a group of prominent cryptography researchers. With its catchy name and theoretical underpinnings, DP immediately attracted lots of attention. As it is more mathematical than many other statistical disclosure control methods, thus good fodder for theoretical research–it immediately led to a flurry of research papers, showing how to apply DP in various settings.

          DP was also adopted by some firms in industry, notably Apple. But what really gave DP a boost was the decision by the US Census Bureau to use DP for their publicly available data, beginning with the most recent census, 2020. On the other hand, that really intensified the opposition to DP. I have my own concerns about the method.

          The Bureau, though, had what it considered a compelling reason to abandon their existing privacy methods: Their extensive computer simulations showed that current methods were vulnerable to attack, in such a manner as to exactly reconstruct large portions of the “private” version of the census database. This of course must be avoided at all costs, and DP was implemented.

        • ACMDeploying Decentralized, Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing

          Contact tracing is a time-proven technique for breaking infection chains in epidemics. Public health officials interview those who come in contact with an infectious agent, such as a virus, to identify exposed, potentially infected people. These contacts are notified that they are at risk and should take efforts to avoid infecting others—for example, by going into quarantine, taking a test, wearing a mask continuously, or taking other precautionary measures.

    • Finance

      • Niall MurphyWaste versus slack in production engineering

        Economics teaches us that one person’s income is another person’s expenditure. But we don’t think like that when we think of waste. Instead, our usual intuition for waste is it’s something expended that we didn’t have to, or something left behind after we did what we needed to.

        In today’s distributed systems and cloud-first environment, however, that perfectly fine concept is a little trickier. Many apparently obvious examples of it become a bit less obvious when you look at them more closely. It’s also hard to decide what to do about that “waste”, even when you’ve decided what it is.

        [...]

        In some sense, then, the cloud providers capitalise not just on indefinite rent for compute resources continuing into the future, but also a rapidly changing environment which just makes it organisationally easier to keep spending that money to service current needs, rather than try to spend the time to understand what’s going on and maybe reduce that spend.

        Waste then in this context becomes a lot subtler. You, the customer, might not have had the resources for capex expenditure for your production fleet, but you can afford the opex. This is hardly waste – indeed, arguably it’s the opposite, since being able to trade having to have a large amount of money up front for having continual smaller amounts of money arriving on a regular schedule gives you the chance to run a business you previously couldn’t. Exactly like mortgages! But now it’s much harder for you to figure out whether or not a better deal exists elsewhere, precisely because of the complexity of the billing model and how your production now works. Is that waste? Well, it is, if you could pay for the same thing somewhere else for less, but for good reasons and for bad, it’s not trivial to compare those possibilities.

        [...]

        Now we come to the question of slack – un-used capacity in your system, which could be used, but on average isn’t.

        There is a key difference between waste and slack. Both of them represent states of the world in which resources are unused, but we define slack as when the “waste” is there deliberately – to cover a situation where those resources will be used, or have a high probability of such. The difference is in some sense intentional: waste which gets accidentally used to compensate for a situation is still waste, if you didn’t do so deliberately. But when that happens – when you use waste for slack – you’ve discovered something about your system, congratulations! (Though you’d better build capacity into your plans from now on.)

        Ultimately though, slack results from a deliberate act taken to compensate, or partially so, for events that would otherwise overwhelm your system. It is capacity, but to smooth out variations, not for immediately assigned work.

      • New York TimesNew York City Braces for an M.T.A. Budget Disaster, Again – The New York Times

        New Yorkers fear a repeat of past service cuts as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority faces a $2.5 billion budget deficit in 2025.

      • RetailWireShould the cryptocurrency crash scare retailers?

        Nearly 75 percent of retailers plan to accept either cryptocurrency or stablecoin payments within the next two years, according to Deloitte’s “Merchants Getting Ready For Crypto” study.

        The survey of 2,000 U.S. retail executives was taken in the first two weeks of December 2021, just before valuations on digital currencies collapsed.

        According to Barron’s, Bitcoin, the dominant token, continues to trade at around one-third of its November 2021 all-time high, with the market capitalization of the overall crypto space also tumbling.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Michael GeistA Failure of Responsibility: My Reflections on Canadian Heritage Funding an Anti-Semite and Being Wrongly Called Racist by a Sitting MP – Michael Geist

        It is thankfully not everyday that a sitting Member of Parliament uses social media to suggest that you are racist. Yet that is precisely what happened to me last week when Chris Bittle, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, suggested that my public comments on Twitter calling for Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez to say something about his department funding an anti-semite as part of its anti-hate program was grounded in racism.

        [...]

        For those that have missed the controversy over the past few weeks, persistent, important work from Mark Goldberg – amplified by Jonathan Kay – brought to light that Canadian Heritage was supporting a known anti-semite with a long history of anti-semitic comments and posts. These posts were openly available online and should have been part of any routine due diligence. Moreover, Goldberg regularly tweeted at the department and Rodriguez to try to get attention. However, the department ignored or failed to find the evidence, agreeing to pay $133,800 to the Community Media Advocacy Centre (CMAC), led by Laith Marouf, to develop an anti-racism strategy for Canadian broadcasting. The issue attracted international attention, yet many Canadian leaders have been strangely silent about it.

      • Michael GeistSilent No More: Liberal MP Anthony Housefather Calls on All 338 MPs to Speak Out on Anti-Semitism and Ensuring No Government Funding for Anti-Semite

        My post yesterday focused on the government’s multiple failures with regard to providing funding to an anti-semite as part of the Canadian Heritage anti-hate program. It examined the department’s failure to conduct proper due diligence, the failure of most Liberal MPs to speak out, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage Chris Bittle’s since deleted tweet that suggested I was racist when I expressed concern about silence from government ministers such as Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez.

        One of the most notable aspects of the post was the emphasis on how it has been left largely to Jewish MPs such as Anthony Housefather and Ya’ara Saks to say something about the issue. While there have been a few other responses to media or constituent questions, pro-active statements have been shockingly missing. That reality may have sparked Housefather to issue a call for all 338 MPs to speak out.

      • Trump’s social media app facing financial fallout | Fox Business

        Former President Donald Trump’s social media outfit, Truth Social, is locked in a bitter battle with one of its vendors claiming that the platform is stiffing the company out of more than $1 million in contractually obligated payments, Fox Business has learned. [...]

        In October, RightForge announced it entered into an agreement to host Truth Social, which Trump helped create after he was banned by Twitter following the Jan. 6 riots. RightForge now contends that Truth Social has reneged on its contractually obligated monthly payments for setting up the platform’s web-servicing infrastructure, according to three people with direct knowledge of the matter.

        These people say RightForge contends that Truth Social has made just three payments and ceased making any payments since around March. RightForge claims that Truth Social owes it around $1.6 million and is threatening legal action to recoup the money, these people add.

      • AxiosScoop: Truth Social’s Google Play Store holdup

        Truth Social CEO Devin Nunes last week claimed the decision about when the app would be available on Android “is up to Google,” but Google insists that the ball is in Truth Social’s court.

        What Nunes is saying: “I don’t know what’s taking them so long.”

        What Google is saying: “On Aug. 19, we notified Truth Social of several violations of standard policies in their current app submission and reiterated that having effective systems for moderating user-generated content is a condition of our terms of service for any app to go live on Google Play.”

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Monopolies

      • UK challenges $69B Microsoft/Activision deal, citing potential harm to gamers

        The United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is challenging Microsoft and Activision Blizzard to justify their planned merger, saying the deal “could substantially lessen competition” in the gaming industry. A CMA announcement today cited concerns about “competition in gaming consoles, multi-game subscription services, and cloud gaming services (game streaming).”

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Halloween and Christmas

        Earlier this evening, I was listening to the Stage 1 music from the NES game “Ghosts ‘n Goblins”. The game is a run-and-gun platformer with a classic horror theme, and music is often used in Halloween-related gaming videos online. While listening to the tune tonight, however, I suddenly had the feeling that it could well have been an 8-bit rendition of classical Christmas music.

        The thought struck me as odd. The music of Ghosts ‘n Goblins is intentionally filled with suspense and foreboding, a far cry from the saccharine jingles we usually associate with Christmas today. However, the music reminded me of a YouTube video from last year^ that discussed the eerie, otherwordly magic of traditional interpretations of Christmas.

    • Technical

      • Internet/Gemini

        • smolZINE – Issue 33

          I’m going to be straight with you. My energy and time levels were well below 50% for this issue so I just winged it and wrote a quick thing straight out of my grey matter because that’s what I was interested in during the 24 hour period leading up to smolZINE release day. If you get tired of hearing about the things that *I* find interesting…I don’t blame you and you’re very welcome to submit something *you* find interesting for a future issue. Solicit someone else to write something you’d find interesting even! Ok, lets get on with it.


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