Links 05/09/2022: Salix Xfce 15.0 and Xubuntu 22.10 Development Update

Posted in News Roundup at 4:47 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • LWNLinux 5.19.7
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.19.7 kernel.
        All users of the 5.19 kernel series must upgrade.
        The updated 5.19.y git tree can be found at:
        	git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.19.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
        greg k-h
      • LWNLinux 5.15.65
      • LWNLinux 5.10.141
      • LWNLinux 5.4.212
      • LWNLinux 4.19.257
      • LWNLinux 4.14.292
      • LWNLinux 4.9.327
    • Instructionals/Technical

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install WildFly on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, WildFly is a powerful, modular, and lightweight application server that helps you build amazing applications. It is cross-platform and comes with a sophisticated interface that makes changing application server settings and configuration very simple and quick. As of this writing, WildFly 26 is the latest release in a series of JBoss opensource application server offerings

        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 WildFly (JBoss) 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.

      • Install Oracle Linux 9 on VirtualBox – kifarunix.com

        In this tutorial, you will learn on how to simply install Oracle Linux 9 on VirtualBox. With Oracle Linux 9 now being available, you might want to try it out and the best way out is through installing it as a virtual machine.

      • Install dhclient command on Oracle Linux – kifarunix.com

        This simple guide will show you how to install dhclient command on Oracle Linux. Have you installed Oracle Linux system and trying to configure automatic IP addresses via DHCP using dhclient command? Well, unlike the CentOS/RHEL/Rocky Linux systems, the dhclient command is not installed by default.

      • Linux HintHow to Boot Raspberry Pi from USB?

        On paper SD cards have a bandwidth of almost 50 MBps but they achieve 38 MBps which is quite low. On the other hand, the USBs have relatively higher bandwidth at least more than that of the SD cards, so they tend to be a better choice for Raspberry Pi, if you are absolute fanatic about the speed then go for an SSD storage for your Pi.

      • Linux HintHow to Use AWS CLI to Manage EC2 Instance [Part 1]
      • Linux HintHow to Use AWS CLI to Manage EC2 Instance [Part 2]
      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install a Kubernetes Cluster with Kubeadm on Rocky Linux

        Kubernetes or k8s is an open-source platform for container orchestration that automates deployments, management, and scaling of containerized applications. Kubernetes is a container orchestration created by Google, and now become an open-source project and become standard for modern application deployment and computing platforms.

        Kubernetes is the solution for the modern container deployment era. It provides service discovery and load-balancing, storage orchestration, automated rollout and rollback, self-healing service, secret and configuration management. Kubernetes enables cost-effective cloud-native development.

      • Network WorldChecking exit codes in bash | Network World

        There are quite a few exit codes used on Linux systems, though no listing you can display when you’re feeling curious. In fact, you won’t see the numeric codes unless you specifically ask for them.

      • VituxHow to Securely Delete Files Using Shred Command in Debian 11 – VITUX

        If you have a file with sensitive information, it may not be enough to simply delete it with the rm command or press the Delete key. Deleting a file with the rm command usually only removes it from our directory. The deleted file remains on disk and can be recovered and abused by an attacker with the necessary skills.

        In Linux, you can use the shred command to safely delete the files by repeatedly overwriting the file with gibberish data. This makes recovery of the original data quite difficult or almost impossible, even if the deleted file is recovered. The Shred command not only overwrites a file but also deletes it if specified. You can also use it to overwrite partitions or an entire disk.
        In this article, we explain how to use the shred command in Debian 11 to safely delete files. The same procedure can be used in other Debian and Ubuntu versions. We also discussed some of the command line options.

      • Ubuntu HandbookHow to Install KDE Plasma 5.25 in (K)Ubuntu 22.04 via PPA | UbuntuHandbook

        For KUbuntu 22.04 users, the KDE Plasma 5.25 desktop is available to install via official PPA repository!

      • TechRepublicHow to install the Gitea git repository on Ubuntu Server 22.04 | TechRepublic

        Gitea is one of the best self-hosted Git servers on the market. This Go-based package is very user-friendly, lightweight and fairly straightforward to install. Once you have it up and running, your development teams can enjoy a Git repository from within your LAN, which means sensitive code will be less likely to find its way into the hands of a third party. Gitea features notifications, a built-in editor, user management and more.

    • WINE or Emulation

      • TechSpotWine 7.16 improves Windows games compatibility on Linux | TechSpot

        The Wine community has released a new version of the eponymous software, an essential for gamers using a Linux-based OS as well as for the Steam Deck console from Valve. Wine 7.16 includes a lot of fixes for gaming related bugs and other issues, improving compatibility with software (and not just games) designed to run on Windows.

        Wine 7.16 includes many bug fixes for software designed to run on Windows. Several issues with games are fixed as well, which will surely make Linux users happy.
        As the developers used to point out in the past, Wine “is not an emulator” but an open-source compatibility layer for users that need to run Windows software on Linux and other Unix-like operating systems.

    • Games

      • VideoLife is Strange – Episode 3: Chaos Theory | Linux Game – Invidious

        Life Is Strange is a five part episodic game that sets out to revolutionize story-based choice and consequence games by allowing the player to rewind time and affect the past, present, and future.

      • VideoGames for Linux | August 2022

        I myself did great research on this topic of Linux games and came to you for fulfilling your thirst for a generic list of games for Linux in August 2022.

      • Linux Hint5 Best Solitaire Apps for Android to Download in 2022

        “The Google Play Store is packed with intricate RPGs, thrilling first-person and third-person shooters, and high-octane racing games, but what if you’re looking for something familiar that you can play over and over again whenever you have a few minutes of free time without ever feeling bored? In that case, the top 5 best Solitaire apps listed in this article may be just what you need.”

      • Boiling SteamThe New Odroid-Go Ultra: The New King of Linux ARM Handhelds? – Boiling Steam

        Odroid has recently announced a new portable console, the ODROID-Go Ultra (aka OGU), Linux-based, to hit the market later this year (early october 2022). It’s similar in size to the Odroid-Go Super, but the internals have been massively upgraded so that you can expect to play a lot more demanding games (emulation is the main point here). it’s based on one of the their most powerful boards, the Odroid-N2+.


        That should help for PSP, Dreamcast, N64 and the Gamecube. Don’t expect the Gamecube games to run full speed – here’s a video below of Dolphin running Gamecube games on the N2+ last year…

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • Xubuntu 22.10 Development Update

        Xubuntu 22.10 “Kinetic Kudu” is set to arrive on October 20, 2022. It will include the latest updates from Xfce 4.17, GNOME 43, MATE 1.26, and the family of supported applications that make up Xubuntu. With the Beta freeze coming later this month, it’s time to start testing to make Xubuntu 22.10 a stable environment for users that want the latest and greatest from the Linux desktop.


        As usual, I’ve grouped the updates into some common categories: Appearance, GNOME Apps, Xfce Apps, Other Apps, and Libraries. Unless noted otherwise, each app listed just includes regular maintenance updates, bug fixes, or usability tweaks. It should also be noted that these apps will continue to change and be updated through the 22.10 final release in October.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Linux HintBest Linux Distros for Data Science

      “In today’s day and age, we can all agree that “data is king”. About 2.5 quintillion (18 zeros) bytes of data are being generated daily, which various industries use for their benefit.”

      Different industries use the data in different ways. However, all of them have the same goal: to understand their consumers better and produce products they believe would sell the most.

      The process of evaluating data using modern tools and techniques in finding patterns and extracting useful information from it is called “data science” and the people who carry out these tasks are known as “data scientists”.

      After finding patterns in the data, data scientists can make predictive Machine Learning models that can help the industries modify their marketing plans and make well-informed business decisions. The overall effect? The business grows, and the customers are satisfied.

      The importance of data science in today’s world can’t be understated. Many resources are invested in data extraction, warehousing, processing, and analyzing. Therefore, choosing a computer system that can meet the required demands is also important. A supportive and compatible operating system can make a huge difference among other specifications.

      There is a trend among data scientists and programmers to use or prefer Linux distributions over the generally popular operating systems such as Windows and Mac. There are multiple reasons behind this preference.

      Firstly, the computational speed of Linux computers is better than that of Windows. 90 percent of the world’s supercomputers run on Linux. There is better hardware support with Linux systems as compared to Windows. There are multiple distributions and software choices available with Linux. Linux is also more flexible, free, and open-source.

      As you may know and as stated above, many Linux distributions are available with different advantages. You are at the right place if you want to use Linux to perform your data science tasks and are wondering which Linux distribution would best suit you. We will look at the best Linux distro choices for your specific job.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

      • The Month in WordPress – August 2022 – WordPress News

        August has been a busy month, with the redesign of WordPress.org, new localized content on Learn WordPress, and the WordPress 6.0.2 security and maintenance release. But that’s not all! Read on to catch up on the latest WordPress news.

    • Programming/Development

      • PHP 8.2.0 RC1 available for testing

        The PHP team is pleased to announce the first release candidate of PHP 8.2.0, RC 1. This continues the PHP 8.2 release cycle, the rough outline of which is specified in the PHP Wiki.

        For source downloads of PHP 8.2.0 RC1 please visit the download page.

        Please carefully test this version and report any issues found in the bug reporting system.

        Please DO NOT use this version in production, it is an early test version.

        For more information on the new features and other changes, you can read the NEWS file, or the UPGRADING file for a complete list of upgrading notes. These files can also be found in the release archive.

        The next release will be the second release candidate (RC 2), planned for Sept 15th 2022.

        The signatures for the release can be found in the manifest or on the QA site.

        Thank you for helping us make PHP better.

      • Perl / Raku

      • Python

        • Linux HintGrid Search CV in Sklearn

          “The variables of a machine learning model that determine how the parameters will be tuned are known as hyperparameters. The problem of selecting a group of ideal hyperparameters for a learning algorithm is known as hyperparameter tuning. The hyperparameters can be configured manually or automatically. There are numerous algorithms available for this tweaking. One such method, GridSearchCV, will be covered in this blog.”

        • Linux HintClass Method vs Static Method in Python

          Let’s talk about the definition and usage of class and static methods in Python.

        • Linux HintFirst Class Functions in Python

          The “First Class Function” is supported by several programming languages including Lisp, Haskell, Scala, Julia, Python, JavaScript, Ruby, Perl, as well as Go. Every Python functions were the first class function, to put it briefly. In just about any programming language, a function is considered a first-class variable and can therefore be provided as well as handled in the same way as the other types of objects (all objects in Python are considered to be objects), like an integer or a string for instance.

        • Linux Hint*args and **kwargs in Python

          When there is а changeable number of parameters, the error is raised in the code. Then, would the function continue to be altered to take the precise number of arguments? In this case, *args and **kwargs are employed.

          Whenever we’re unclear about how many arguments to send to a function, we might use *args (non-keyword arguments) and **kwargs (keyword arguments) for parameters.

      • Java

        • Linux HintHow to Check if a String Contains Character in Java

          The Java wrapper class “Character” wraps a primitive data type “char“. Java utilizes the “char” data type to hold a single character enclosed in single quotes (‘ ‘), as opposed to the “String” data type that belongs to the Java wrapper class “String”, used to carry a sequence of characters enclosed in double quotations (” “). There are times while writing Java code that you need to verify if a certain character or a group of characters are present in the sequence or not.

        • Linux HintHow to Check if an Object is Null in Java

          Java is a dynamic object-oriented programming language that implements classes and objects. A unique instance of a class defines an object of the class. It is a self-contained entity with a state and behavior that facilitates mapping real-world entities while coding. The class defines the data and methods, and its object can utilize them to represent a specific entity.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • LiliputingLilbits: EU could mandate longer life-spans for phones, Motorola Edge 30 Ultra and Fusion leaked – Liliputing

        A growing number of phone makers are promising to support their phones by offering as many as five years of software updates. In some cases they’re even making spare parts and repair manuals available for folks who want to fix their own hardware at home.

        But European officials are considering regulations that would make long-term support the rule rather than the exception. Among other things, a new draft would require device makers to offer security updates and spare batteries, displays, cameras, back covers, and other parts for at least five years.

  • Leftovers

    • Daniel PocockAnzacs: Lombard, Arc-et-Senans aviators ceremony, 3 September 2022

      On 31 August 1944, a Stirling bomber LJ503 departed from Tempsford airbase in Bedfordshire, described as the most secret airfield of the second world war. The airmen conducted missions for the Special Operations Executive (SOE), known today as MI6, the stomping ground of James Bond.

      At about 3am on 1 September, the aircraft crashed into a mountain in the German occupied region of France. The crew of LJ503 was comprised of six Australians and two Scots.

      The mountain and crash site are in the municipal district of Lombard. The airmen were buried in the cemetery of Arc-et-Senans which is a larger town. This is a very remote location. It is closer to Switzerland than to Paris. It appears to be the only Anzac site in the Jura mountains.

      I previously wrote about using data science techniques to find less well known Anzac sites and this was one of the first sites that I found.

    • Security

      • Fear, Uncertainty,

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • HRWChina: New Evidence of Mass DNA Collection in Tibet | Human Rights Watch

          (New York) – Chinese authorities are significantly increasing policing, including arbitrary collection of DNA from residents in many towns and villages throughout the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), Human Rights Watch said today.

          The available information indicates that people cannot decline providing their DNA and that police do not need credible evidence of any criminal conduct. A report from Lhasa municipality in April 2022 stated that blood samples for DNA collection were being systematically collected from children at kindergartens and from other local residents. A report from a Tibetan township in Qinghai province in December 2020 stated that DNA was being collected from all boys aged 5 and above.

          “The Chinese government is already subjecting Tibetans to pervasive repression,” said Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch. “Now the authorities are literally taking blood without consent to strengthen their surveillance capabilities.”

        • ANSPDCP (Romania) – Asociația de Proprietari Aviației Park – GDPRhub

          The Romanian DPA found that the controller - has excessively processed the personal data (first name, surname, ID series and number, destination, time of arrival, time of departure, comments) of the deliverers and/or couriers as data subjects, without a legal basis justified in relation to the purpose of the processing (access control in the residential complex) and without presenting evidence that it ensures the correct and complete information of the data subjects, as well as that the processed data are adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purpose of the processing; - did not establish a storage period for the personal data processed through the video surveillance system (images) and stored them for a period longer than that necessary to fulfill the purpose for which they are processed, i.e. controlling access to the condominium.

          In addition, the DPA ordered the controller to: – Reviewing and updating the technical and organizational measures implemented as a result of the risk assessment for the rights and freedoms of individuals, including the procedures related to the protection of personal data and the establishment of deadlines for the retention of data in a form that allows the identification of the data subjects for a period that does not exceed the period necessary to fulfill the purposes for which the data are processed. – Evaluation of the processing carried out taking into account the principle of proportionality and the reduction of data to a minimum relative to the purpose and legal basis of the processing and the implementation of the necessary measures in order to comply with the principles related to the processing of personal data.

        • ReasonGlenn Greenwald on the Deep State, Capitalism, and Identity Politics

          I think it’s mostly the latter. The main reason Edward Snowden has said that he was drawn to me wasn’t so much because of my views about privacy and surveillance, although those aligned with his. But he saw that I looked at journalism in a radically different way than most of the media.

        • US News And World ReportTech Tool Offers Police ‘Mass Surveillance on a Budget’

          Local law enforcement agencies from suburban Southern California to rural North Carolina have been using an obscure cellphone tracking tool, at times without search warrants, that gives them the power to follow people’s movements months back in time, according to public records and internal emails obtained by The Associated Press.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Deutsche WelleUS greenlights $1.1 billion arms deal with Taiwan

        A potential deal to supply weapons to Taiwan has been approved by the US State Department. It includes the sale of anti-ship and air-to-air missiles as well as a radar surveillance system.

      • teleSURRussia Halts Drone Attack on Zaporizhzhia Plant [Ed: Is Venezuela a mouthpiece for Putin?]

        Authorities of Enerhodar City denounced constant Ukrainian attacks on the Zaporizhzhia facilities and power lines since Saturday morning.

      • New York TimesIran Seizes, Then Releases Two U.S. Drones, Officials Say

        Iran seized two American maritime drones operating in the Red Sea on Thursday, three U.S. defense officials said, the latest naval incident in a string of late-summer spats between Washington and Tehran.

        The crew of the Iranian naval ship that captured the drones, Saildrone Explorers that were operating near each other, hoisted the vessels onto their warship, the Jamaran, and covered them with tarp, one official said.

        On request from the U.S. Navy, the Iranian crew released the drones Friday morning, the officials said.

      • CNNIranian Navy seized 2 US Navy maritime drones on Thursday

        The drones were eventually released, but a US defense official says the incident looks like an escalation of Iranian hostile actions against the United States.

      • Atlantic CouncilHow Turkey can play a more constructive role in Russia’s war on Ukraine

        During the early days of the Kremlin’s war against Ukraine, Turkey earned well-deserved praise from both Kyiv and its Western allies for supporting Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, providing armed drones, and closing the Turkish Straits for Russian warships. More recently, its diplomatic efforts to ease the Black Sea grain blockade have also been welcomed.

      • ReasonWhitmer Kidnapping Plot Just One Example of FBI Entrapment

        Here’s a tip: If you have some radical political views and an acquaintance reaches out, encourages you to act on your convictions, and maybe offers to introduce you to a guy who can sell you some bomb parts, don’t take him up on it. That guy’s almost definitely working for the feds.

    • Finance

      • Vitalik Buterin Thinks Crypto Could Be the Linux of Finance by 2040 [Ed: Just using the brand “Linux” to legitimise a fake “coin” in a site that advertises casinos (among others). And by 2040 nobody will have heard of Vitalik Buterin; it’s like old politicians promising climate goals/targets by some distant year when they’re already long dead]

        With the merge fast approaching this September, the debate of Proof of Work versus Proof of Stake has never been stronger, and Vitalik has shared some thoughts on where crypto is going, as well as the potential limitations of Bitcoin’s current consensus model.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • New York TimesChina Imposes More Covid Lockdowns, Stoking Anxiety – The New York Times

        In the hours before the southern Chinese city of Chengdu entered a coronavirus lockdown, Matthew Chen visited four vegetable markets in an attempt to stock up on fresh food. But seemingly the entire city had the same idea, and by the time he got to each place, most of the shelves had been stripped bare, except for hot peppers and fruit, he said.

        Mr. Chen, a white-collar worker in his 30s, managed to scavenge enough cherry tomatoes, meat and greens for about one day, and since then has been ordering grocery deliveries to tide him through the lockdown, which began on Friday. But he worries about whether that supply will remain stable, and how much longer he will have to rely on it.

      • QuartzChina’s internet censors outwitted by Weibo posts in Cantonese — Quartz

        Thanks to Beijing’s sprawling internet censorship apparatus, content critical of the Chinese government rarely survives on the internet for long. As a result, users have become adept at using code like “Martian” language, emojis, and braille to evade censors.

        Sometimes, however, even everyday language is enough to confound online censorship mechanisms.

      • New York TimesOpinion | Student Journalists Reveal a Changing World. Let Them. – The New York Times

        It wasn’t exactly news when a principal in Nebraska censored a high school newspaper, canceled the school’s journalism program and abruptly disbanded its student newspaper. I mean, it’s news news, but it’s not surprising news. Red state bureaucrats and politicians have been at war with the First Amendment for a while now.

        Even school officials’ reason for shutting down The Viking Saga, the award-winning 54-year-old student paper at Northwest High School in Grand Island, Neb., wasn’t exactly a shock. When the school principal announced a new edict requiring student journalists, including at least three transgender staff members, to use bylines that match their legal names, the Saga staff members responded in its June issue with two opinion pieces on L.G.B.T.Q. issues and an article explaining the history of homophobia and the origins of Pride Month.

      • New YorkerThe Censorship Machine Erasing China’s Feminist Movement | The New Yorker

        This summer, a viral video of a group of women being viciously attacked in a restaurant sparked national outrage. The response has been quashed.

      • Hong Kong Free PressChina prosecutes 28 suspects after attack on women in restaurant

        Chinese prosecutors said Monday they had launched criminal proceedings against 28 people suspected of assaulting a group of women in a viral incident that sparked outrage over gender-based violence in the country.

      • US News And World ReportU.S. Concerned About Judicial Harassment After Turkish Pop Star’s Arrest

        The United States said it remained concerned about Turkey’s censorship of free speech, and women’s groups protested in Istanbul on Saturday, after the arrest of pop star Gulsen over a past quip she made about religious schools.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Rubik’s Cube to the Rescue

        For medical reasons I had to spend the latter half of yesterday and the first half of today in a very idle manner. No need to expand on that except to say that it was planned and all is fine.

        Two days ago I was talked into buying a Rubik’s cube. I’ve had one before but never been motivated to learn it, but now it was one of few things that I could do with my time.

        It took me two hours to solve it the first time, following a thorough tutorial on youtube. Every time I missed a step or messed something up I started from the beginning. Subsequently I was already very good at the first two steps after solving it just that one time.

      • Comdex’90

        James is noticeably upset. His hands are shaking, his voice is cracking, and his grey toupee is slightly askew, but I can’t really tell him that. He takes another sip of his Donald Duck juicebox and looks around.

        There are 11 computers with dark screens, the newest of the IBM PS/2 line, sitting on tables on an otherwise empty stage. A couple of actors are running lines off the side, and my partner is sleeping in the first row of chairs.

      • Bjork Tier List

        I’ve just finished listening to the Homogenic episode of Bjork’s new podcast series Sonic Symbolism.[1] Each episode of the podcast is a retrospective look at a Bjork album.

        The series as a whole (so far) is a beautiful examination the way art mirrors life, the way that the spirit and time of the artist is woven into the artwork.

        Having studied lots of post-structuralist philosophy, I have always been a bit too cynical about the extent to which the artist informs the meaning of their work. I’ve read too many pieces on how the names ‘author’ and ‘artist’ are just products of capitalist economics, and that it is always dangerous to reduce the meaning of a work to its author. ‘Damien Hirsh’ or ‘Stephen King’ are just names or labels, like ‘Nike’ or ‘Chanel’. Furthermore, focusing too much on the artists themselves can result in overly-’psychologised’ explanations of a work, while a critical analysis of the social structures and means of production surrounding the work result in a more ‘progressive’ view.

    • Technical

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

What is Judenlager Zemlin?

Posted in Deception at 3:44 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Survivors angered over rock concert at neglected WWII Nazi concentration camp in Belgrade

Survivors angered over rock concert at neglected WWII Nazi concentration camp in Belgrade

Anger over Serbia’s Nazi Rock Venue

Anger over Serbia’s Nazi Rock Venue


Summary: Jim Zemlin (not Judenlager Zemlin) has undermined the Linux community through something called Linux Foundation; can he bury the real history and tradition of the GNU/Linux community to make $1000-per-day “LF Events” on top of it all?

What the Linux Foundation (LF) Truly is: Lobbying Franchise

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Kernel at 3:24 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 70778d311e7b301386104778dd087dfa
Looking Closely at IRS Form of LF
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Linux Foundation (LF) in recent years is little but a bunch of corporate charlatans; it’s quite evident when one critically looks at their official paperwork, which became suppressed

THE year 2019 was quite a year. All Linux.com staff got sacked [1, 2], leaving the site orphaned without prior warning. Some of that staff has since then quit writing altogether! Even in other sites… truly devastating.

“It’s all about large corporations and almost all the money is spent in the US, so it’s not international either.”We now have a copy of the relevant form for 2019 (i.e. before COVID-19 impact and collapse of Linux Foundation revenues) and the video above goes through it. Jim Zemlin — like his wife [1, 2, 3] — seems to be defrauding a lot of people. He doesn’t use Linux, he is besieging it in pursuit of money. He monetises the attacks on the GPL, on decentralised collaboration (he keeps shilling Microsoft’s GitHub), and he generally misuses civil rights/good causes to confuse and deflect. The Linux Foundation is all about greed and it has nothing to do with ethics or morality. It’s all about large corporations and almost all the money is spent in the US, so it’s not international either.

“Be wary of what blogs too say about the Linux Foundation; in recent years the Linux Foundation started bribing blogs too (in exchange for ads and puff pieces).”We don’t suppose any large publishers care to illuminate what’s really happening. The corporate media protects corporations. Journalism is not harassment. If done properly, it does bother some people, corporations, governments, and non-profit organisations. That’s how it is when you do the job and expose facts. But a sicker society cares so much about every person’s feelings that humour is seen as rudeness and journalism is perceived to be “toxic”. This is why Zemlin et al keep shaming the community. They want to dis-empower anyone who isn’t a big sponsor. That includes Richard Stallman. Oversensitive people are a form of censorship tool. Sometimes they’re co-opted/used by censors, wilfully or not…

Be wary of what blogs too say about the Linux Foundation; in recent years the Linux Foundation started bribing blogs too (in exchange for ads and puff pieces).

Don’t expect the media to cover any of these issues. Wikipedia too spreads lies.

Facts, media

Twitter as a company
Unfortunately, Linus Torvalds has let Linux too become a company

Survey of 3 Million Sites: Microsoft Windows Sinks to Another All-Time Low This Month, GNU/Linux Reaches Record Highs

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 10:41 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Windows all-time low
Windows has just 27.5% of the whole and 73.5% of laptops/desktops

GNU/Linux share 2009-present
GNU/Linux share over time. Chart source and data in OpenDocument Format (ODF).

Summary: As of today, based on data aggregated by StatCounter so far in September, Windows sinks to new lows and GNU/Linux is about the exceed 3% on desktops/laptops worldwide

Links 05/09/2022: GNU/Linux Machines Nowadays Just Work

Posted in News Roundup at 9:50 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • TuxPhonesLinux machines that just work

      In some sense, 2022 has been resembling the long-memed Year of the Linux Desktop. Although this sounds like some cult’s prophetic rubbish, by looking at the success of the Linux desktop in very empirical terms an improvement of the last couple of years becomes clearly noticeable.

      The Steam Deck alone has had the most merit for this. Although its reviews were mixed, its power and overall technical brilliance has been acknowledged by essentially all (mainstream) reviewers that could get their hands on it. And alongside it, a new generation of Android/Linux hybrid devices is slowly growing, alongside many ex-Android phones (with Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets) that are starting to “just work” on mainline Linux kernels.

      On the desktop side, products such as the Librem 14 laptop which we reviewed back in April show a surprisingly stable and practical Linux experience. Other reviewers – finally also on mainstream tech sites – acknowledged the Librem 14 perks and faults, mainly agreeing on the general practicality. Furthermore, newly developed machines such as the HP Dev One and Dell XPS 13 Plus are both heavily Linux-centric professional machines, the former being developed in collaboration with Pop OS, the latter officially certified by Ubuntu for full hardware support.

    • Server

      • Episode 38: All About LearnWP with Special Guest Hauwa Abashiya – WordPress News

        In the thirty-eighth episode of the WordPress Briefing, join Josepha Haden Chomphosy and special guest Hauwa Abashiya for a discussion on the WordPress Training team and LearnWP initiative.

      • Linux HintURL Rewriting

        The URL that a client requests can be changed entirely or patly using the NGINX rewrite rules. In addition to directing the flow of NGINX’s executing pages, the primary goal of updating a URL is to alert the clients that the services they are seeking have moved. URLs are rewritten using the return and rewrite commands in NGINX. The same task of rewriting the URLs is carried out by both directives. The rewrite directive is stronger than the return directive, as it can handle a complicated rewriting without the need to parse the URLs. We will examine in this guide on how the NGINX uses the return and rewrite commands to modify or rewrite the URL.
        It is highly advised to update the current Nginx instance to the higher version because this instruction is optimized for NGINX version 1.0.1 and above. Nevertheless, some of the operations and syntaxes might still apply to the versions earlier than the one mentioned.

      • NetcraftMost Reliable Hosting Company Sites in August 2022 [Ed: 90% of that is GNU/Linux]

        In August 2022, Rackspace had the most reliable hosting company site, securing first place on the leaderboard. Rackspace offers a range of cloud hosting solutions and has data centres across the globe including in Frankfurt, New York, and Hong Kong.

        Second and third place were occupied by New York Internet (NYI) and Bigstep respectively, resulting in the top three companies all moving up one spot compared to July 2022. NYI offers hybrid IT solutions and Bigstep provides ‘bare metal’ cloud hosting.

        The top six companies, which in August included ServerStack, Flexential, and Pair Networks, responded to all of Netcraft’s requests. Linux remained the most popular operating system and was used by nine out of the top ten hosting companies, with NYI using FreeBSD.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Graphics Stack

      • Blender Vulkan – Status report – Blender Development – Blender Developer Talk

        Last week there was some movement on discussing Vulkan Blender integration. This post will give the status of the Vulkan project and updated reasoning.

        Currently there are no active developers working on Vulkan integration in Blender. Although many decisions are driven by this API. If you have some ideas/comments or want to participate in such a project please get into contact with us by leaving a reply or via #eevee-viewport-module on Blender chat.

    • Applications

      • LinuxiacNotesnook Private Notes App Takes the Open Source Route

        Notesnook, an Evernote app alternative, officially open-sourced all its client apps (sync server will be open-sourced soon) on GitHub.

        Open Source is a way that an increasing number of apps are choosing to get greater popularity among consumers. And there is a logical explanation for this.

        When an app is Open Source, users’ trust in it skyrockets because there’s no way to hide malware, analytics, or anything else nefarious.

        In other words, this approach guarantees transparency and that nothing remains hidden behind the curtains. As a result, instead of constantly questioning, for example, if it’s just another tool with built-in telemetry capabilities, the end user approaches it with trust.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • TechRepublicHow to schedule Linux upgrades with Webmin | TechRepublic

        I’ve been a fan of Webmin for years. Although there are newer, easier web-based administration tools available, Webmin happens to be one of the more mature and robust on the market. With a modular system that makes it easy to install new capabilities, there’s very little Webmin can do. And given much of its capability is already baked in, you can quickly install the software and get to work.

      • How To Install AngularJS on Ubuntu 22.04 – LinuxTuto

        AngularJS is an open-source JavaScript framework developed by Google for building dynamic web applications. Compared to other options such as jQuery, Knockout, Handlebars, or PagerJs, Angular integrates a complete solution that allows us to abandon the old PHP in our developments with modern technology.

        In this tutorial you will learn to install and create AngularJS Application on a Ubuntu 22.04 OS.

      • VideoLearn the Basics of the Dired File Manager (Doom Emacs) – Invidious

        This tutorial will cover some of the basic commands and customization options of ‘”dired”, the file manager inside Emacs. This video will focus on dired within Doom Emacs, using the evil keybindings (vim-like keybindings). Although this video is nearly 30 minutes long, it barely scratches the surface of the functionality available within this excellent file manager!

      • How to Install Wine 7.16 on Ubuntu / Linux Mint

        Wine is a recursive acronym for “Wine Is Not an Emulator“.The project’s goal was and is to allow users to run their Windows software on non-Windows systems, and it has been very successful in this regard.

        WineHQ is made up of a number of different parts, all of which are necessary for the successful running of Windows software.

        WineHQ Team released its new Development version 7.16

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Appwrite with Docker on Ubuntu 22.04

        Appwrite is a free and open-source back-end server that offers core APIs required to build any application packaged together as a set of easy-to-use Docker containers. It helps mobile developers to build advanced apps much faster.

      • OSTechNixHow To Perform Arithmetic Operations In Bash – OSTechNix

        In this article, we will focus on how to do mathematical operations in bash scripts. We can perform arithmetic operations in Bash using the built-in and external tools. First, we will learn about the built-in tools.

      • DignitedHow to install DD-WRT custom firmware on your WiFi Router – Dignited

        Every WiFi router comes with its own firmware. This is a proprietary operating system installed by the manufacturer right from the factory. This is one of the reasons it’s incredibly difficult to manage and use routers compared to other devices such as smartphones for instance. Also these vendor router firmware lack in features, are rarely updated with new features and security patches. So, one option you have is to install an open source custom router firmware on your router. The biggest ones include DD-WRT, OpenWRT and Tomato.

      • Linux HandbookUsing ifup, ifdown, and ifquery commands in Linux

        The ifup, ifdown, ifquery commands are some of the basic Linux networking commands.

        The ifup command is used to activate (up) a network interface, ifdown deactivates (down) it while ifquery lets you check the state of a network interface.

        To be more precise, these commands are used to configure network interfaces based on interface definitions in the file /etc/network/interfaces.

        Before you see the usage of ifup, ifdown and ifqury, get a few things in order first.

      • Trend OceansReptyr: Move Working Process into Another Terminal Session without Closing in Linux – TREND OCEANS

        If you are a Linux or cloud administrator or anyone whose life revolves around a Linux terminal, then you need to LEARN about Reptyr, RIGHT NOW!

        You might be thinking, what the heck is this tool and why should you use it? What void space does it fill? Read the complete article and you will find your answer with a great sense of relaxation that you have never felt before.

        First, let me introduce you to the Reptyr tool in simple terms.

    • Games

      • Linux HintHow to Show FPS Counter in Linux Games

        Linux gaming got a major push when Valve announced Linux support for Steam client and their games in 2012. Since then, many AAA and indie games have made their way to Linux and the number of users who game on Linux have increased considerably.
        With the growth of Linux gaming, many users started to look for proper ways to display “frames per second” (FPS) counter as an overlay on running Linux games. An FPS counter helps in tweaking performance of running games as well as in benchmarking a PC’s overall ability to play games at different resolutions.

        Unfortunately there is no single unified way to display FPS counter in all Linux games that is independent of underlying technologies a game is running upon. Different renderers and APIs have different ways to display FPS counter. This guide will explain various methods that can be used to display an FPS counter in Linux games.

      • VideoSyncthing can enable multi-device play for your favorite games. – Invidious

        It’s no secret that some games (even new releases) can be missing basic features like Steam Cloud support. but don’t worry.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

    • FSFE

      • FSFEBroad alliance demands: Digitization must serve social and ecological change

        A broad alliance of 13 organisations from the fields of environmental protection, digital policy, development cooperation and academia publishes a catalog of demands to show political solutions towards a more sustainable digital society. This as a prelude to the upcoming conference for digitization and sustainability “Bits & Bäume”.

        A broad alliance of 13 organizations from the fields of environmental protection and nature conservation, digital policy, development cooperation and academia demands: Digitization must be at the service of society and social and ecological change. This is what the organizations are calling for at the forthcoming conference on digitization and sustainability “Bits & Bäume”, which will take place from September 30 to October 2, 2022 in Berlin. Today, the same organizations publish a catalog of demands that show political solutions towards a more sustainable digital society.

    • Programming/Development

      • QtQt Safe Renderer Monitor

        The Qt Safe Renderer is our solution for creating user interfaces (UI) for safety-critical systems. Since 2017 the Qt Safe Renderer has been used by multiple customers and certified for different functional safety standards. With the upcoming version 2.0, we are introducing a new approach for validating the correct rendering of safety-critical information – the Monitor.

        Functional safety applies to many industries, such as automation, medical, railway, and automotive. Safety-critical information in the digital displays must be correct, even if some malfunction prevents rendering the other parts of the user interface. Qt Safe Renderer provides a solution for rendering the safety-critical information to achieve functional safety. It can be used with Qt or other user interface technologies – or even for creating the whole user interface in some cases.

      • QtIn Depth: Custom Shader Effects

        Qt Graphical Effects was one of the modules left out from the original Qt 6.0 release, unfortunately without a direct replacement at the time. There was a port available as source, but it wasn’t built or included in the official releases.

        One of the reasons was that not all effects were compatible with the Qt 6 approach of precompiling shader code: Some shaders in Qt Graphical Effects are generated at run-time from the properties, to enable pregenerating tables such as Gaussian weights. With the introduction of RHI in Qt 6, we now compile shader code at build time. This can give considerable improvements for startup times and frame rate during loading, but the trade-off is that it somewhat restricts our ability to generate code on the fly.

        And, in addition, we had seen over the years that there was a fundamental drawback in how the graphical effects were designed. Chaining effects requires an additional draw call, an additional set of shader passes and an additional offscreen buffer for each effect you add. This causes the chained effect to be both slower and more memory hungry than it needs to be. The end result was that users would often implement custom effects instead, in order to optimize their applications. We thought we could do better, and therefore we did not officially include Qt Graphical Effects in the first releases of Qt 6.

      • The Register UKThe modern OS desktop is a crime against humanity • The Register

        The reason for the unholy UX mess with no signs of converging is, of course, marketing, and the reason they get away with it is because of one of the greatest con jobs in IT. We have been taught, and never question, the near-abolition of customer support by the OS makers. Unless you pay extra, you cannot pick up the phone or email Apple, Microsoft, and especially not Linux, to ask basic questions. You cannot say to Apple, “Which bit of the Finder actually finds things?” You cannot complain to Microsoft that File Manager thinks “Share with Skype” is the second most important file operation, right after Open. You cannot pick up a phone to Ubuntu and scream “Stop! Stop! In God’s name, stop!”

        The OS companies have insulated themselves from user pain, the sort that soaks up customer service resources and actually costs them money. Go to the forums, thou sluggard, and try to work out which version the answers you find are actually about. They have created their own walled poison gardens where they can mess around according to the will of whatever internal faction is carrying the day, sentencing billions to useless frustration, cognitive load, lost work, and lost lives. It is frankly criminal.

      • Making games in R- Nara and eventloop Game Changers

        Making games in R- Nara and eventloop Game Changers, It’s possible that you are aware of the existence of the R programming language.

        This is a fairly understandable language that is mostly utilized by data scientists as well as more conventional statisticians.

      • Perl / Raku

        • Rakulang2022.36 Coming in at 50 – Rakudo Weekly News

          In IEEE Spectrum’s ninth annual ranking of Top Programming Languages, the Raku Programming Language comes in at #50 when weighted by trending (/r/rakulang comments)! A good trend!

  • Leftovers

    • Security

      • LWNSecurity updates for Monday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (flac, ghostscript, libmodbus, qemu, rails, ruby-rack, and thunderbird), Fedora (kernel, kernel-headers, kernel-tools, libtar, qt5-qtwebengine, subscription-manager-cockpit, tcpreplay, and vim), Mageia (chromium-browser-stable, webkit2, and ytnef), SUSE (curl, firefox, freerdp, gdk-pixbuf, ImageMagick, json-c, libgda, php-composer2, and python-pyxdg), and Ubuntu (libzstd, linux-aws, linux-aws-5.4, linux-azure-5.4, and linux-oem-5.17).

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Michael West MediaBandt checks his privilege in pursuit of Morrison – Michael West

        When he’s not abjuring the Australian flag, or colonial history, or the nation itself, Greens leader Adam Bandt has a canny eye on the rulebook under which the nation’s legislators operate.

        On Monday he tried to have Scott Morrison referred to the privileges committee of the House of Representatives over his extra portfolios jape / threat to our democracy (strike out whichever does not fit your point of view).
        The move was rejected by the Speaker, Labor’s Milton Dick, although the House may yet take this action. Morrison’s secretive conduct is the subject of an inquiry headed by former High Court judge Virginia Bell.

        Privileges committees are a feature of parliaments that operate under the Westminster system or were inspired by it. Malta has one, so does Malaysia. ”The Committee of Privileges and Members’ Interests is established under standing order 216 of the House of Representatives,” the Australian parliamentary website tells us.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Internet Freedom FoundationGauhati HC decision on internet shutdown in Assam

        On 18th August, the Government of Assam issued an order directing the suspension of internet services in several districts in Assam on the 21st and 28th of August to prevent cheating during governmental recruitment examinations. On 23rd August, Mr Raju Prosad Sarma, a social worker based in Assam filed a petition asking the Gauhati HC to restrain the Government of Assam from suspending internet services on the 28th August. On 26th August, the Gauhati High Court refused to grant interim relief and the Government of Assam suspended internet services on the 28th. Advocate Gayatri Goswami represented the Petitioner in Court and IFF provided legal support.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

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

Links 05/09/2022: OpenMandriva Approaches Big Release

Posted in News Roundup at 6:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Fedora MagazineManage containers on Fedora Linux with Podman Desktop – Fedora Magazine Manage containers on Fedora Linux with Podman Desktop

        Podman Desktop is an open-source GUI application for managing containers on Linux, macOS, and Windows.

        Historically, developers have been using Docker Desktop for graphical management of containers. This worked for those who had Docker Daemon and Docker CLI installed. However, for those who used Podman daemon-less tool, although there were a few Podman frontends like Pods, Podman desktop companion, and Cockpit, there was no official application. This is not the case anymore. Enter Podman Desktop!

        This article will discuss features, installation, and use of Podman Desktop, which is developed by developers from Red Hat and other open-source contributors.

      • LinuxConfigHow to build Super Mario 64 natively on Linux

        Super Mario needs no presentations: it is one of the most beloved video games characters. Super Mario 64 was originally released for the Nintendo64 console in 1996, and represented the first 3D episode of the Mario franchise. Thanks to a github project, which achieved the full decompilation of the game, it is now possible to build a native Linux port and play it without the need of a Nintendo64 emulator. In order to compile the port, an original, and legally obtained “.z64” rom of the game is needed.

        In this tutorial we see how to compile and launch the Super Mario 64 Linux port on some of the most used distributions.

      • LinuxConfigIntroduction to the OverlayFS

        The OverlayFS pseudo-filesystem was first included in the Linux kernel 3.18 release: it allows us to combine two directory trees or filesystems (an “upper” and a “lower one”) in a way that is completely transparent to the user, which is able to access files and directories on the “merged” layer just like he would do on a standard filesystem.

        In this tutorial we learn the basic concepts behind OverlayFS, and we see a demonstration of its usage.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow to connect to a remote computer using VNC in Linux | Enable Sysadmin

        The Wayland protocol is the latest graphical server software for Linux computers, and it has replaced the X11 system in most major distributions. Old tricks like X Forwarding over SSH and logging in through xhost are on the way out, and remote access is now provided by the remote frame buffer protocol and Virtual Network Computing (VNC).

      • LinuxConfigHow to send desktop notifications using notify-send

        Every desktop environment on Linux has its own notification system which implements the Freedesktop notifications specifications. Some of them, like GNOME or KDE, use their own built-in notification systems which cannot be replaced; others like Xfce or Mate, use more modular components (Xfce notification daemon and Mate notification daemon, respectively). Desktop-independent notification systems also exist (dunst, for example): most of the time they are used on minimal setups (e.g. when using a plain window manager instead of full blown Desktop environments).

        In this tutorial we learn how to send desktop notifications from the command line using the notify-send utility.

      • ID RootHow To Install Unrar on Fedora 36 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Unrar on Fedora 36. For those of you who didn’t know, The GNU unrar is a freeware used to extract compressed files in RAR format. In addition, it offers several features for manipulating archives, such as the ability to list the contents of an archive or extract only specific files.

        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 Unrar decompress on a Fedora 36.

      • TecAdminHow to Change the Default Browser in Ubuntu – TecAdmin

        You probably know that Chrome is the default browser in Ubuntu. But did you know that you can change this? There are several other browsers that come pre-installed with Ubuntu, such as Firefox and Midori. If you’re not a fan of Chrome or if you prefer to use another browser for your browsing needs, changing the default browser from Chrome to Firefox, for example, is pretty straightforward.

        This tutorial will show you how to change the default web browser on Ubuntu and other versions of Linux Mint.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • CNX SoftwareNVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX fanless embedded box PC features four HDMI input ports – CNX Software

        The BOXER-8256AI ships with two wall mount brackets, a screw package, and a power connector. It supports NVIDIA Jetpack 4.6.2 or above, which should include the recently released Ubuntu 20.04-based Jetpack 5.0.2 SDK.

      • UbuntuUbuntu Blog: The State of IoT – August 2022

        Welcome to the August edition of the monthly State of IoT series.

        Let’s dive straight into the most prominent news across the IoT landscape from the last month.

      • Why Ubuntu 22.04 is so fast (and how to make it faster)

        If you’ve upgraded to Ubuntu 22.04 then you probably noticed how smooth the GNOME experience is. If you haven’t noticed then try comparing it to an older Ubuntu release or even the latest Fedora. The main enhancement responsible for this is the introduction of triple buffering in Ubuntu.

      • UbuntuBest practices to publish open-source software operators | Ubuntu

        Running or operating applications requires several tasks throughout their lifecycle: scaling instances, checking the health, integrating with other applications, running backups, and applying updates – to name a few examples. It’s a time and labour-intensive process. To automate these tasks, developers can implement scripts for repeated execution. This is where the software operator comes in. Software operators are a design pattern, a proven and acknowledged approach by the software community. Software operators lift automation to a new level. They don’t only automate the deployment of application workloads, they also encode the expertise required to manage and operate them. In other words, they offer a secure and reliable way to operate applications.


        Canonical has developed Juju and the Charmed Operator SDK to develop and run operators in an open-source way. Operators written to run on Juju are called Charmed Operators, or Charms for short. Developers can publish their operators on our app store: Charmhub.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

      • Linux GizmosAndroid TV boxes feature Amlogic SoCs and support Android 11.0

        The Tanix X4 and the TX8 Pro are two TV Box devices powered by Amlogic’s SoCs recently launched in the market. Both devices offer similar features including 4K resolution, ethernet and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity.

        The Tanix X4 TV Box features the Amlogic S905X4 SoC which combines an ARM-G31 MP2 GPU and a quad-core ARM-A55 processor (up to 2.0GHz). Similarly, the TX8 Pro accommodates the Amlogic S905W2 chipset featuring the same GPU (Mali-G31 MP2) along with a quad-core Cortex-A35 processor (up to 1.8GHz). 

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers

      • Chromium

        • PC WorldGoogle removes malicious Chrome extensions with 1.4 million users

          Extensions hijacking browsers in order to plaster the web with even more ads is nothing new. It’s the fact that these extensions appeared on the Chrome Web Store, ostensibly with Google’s seal of approval, that allowed them to affect such a wide array of users. You can admonish users for being careless all you want, but if Google hosts the extensions and presents them directly to users, the company bears some of the responsibility. But initial testing and scans can only do so much, especially when popular extensions can be sold to less-scrupulous new owners.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • PC WorldUSB4 leaps ahead of Thunderbolt with 80Gbps standard

        The USB Promoter Group announced USB4 Version 2.0 on Thursday, a specification that will allow for up to 80Gbps to be transferred over the USB-C connector that is commonly in use on PCs and smartphones. The standard will be backwards compatible with USB4 Version 1.0, USB 3.2, USB 2.0, and Thunderbolt 3 — but not USB 1.0 or Thunderbolt 4.

        The USB Promoter Group said that the new standard will be published in November, meaning the first products should debut sometime thereafter.

  • Leftovers

    • India TimesSmartphone app accurately detects Covid infection in people’s voices

      Its overall accuracy was 89 per cent, its ability to correctly detect positive cases was 89 per cent, and its ability to correctly identify negative cases was 83 per cent.

    • Rolling Stone‘These Kids Are Dying’ — Inside the Overdose Crisis Sweeping Fort Bragg

      Disney’s memorial service was in July. “We were getting ready to go into the chapel,” Bowman says, and Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue, the commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, came into the room and personally informed her that the results of a toxicology report were in. The cause of death was acute fentanyl intoxication.


      A staggering total of 109 soldiers assigned to Fort Bragg, active and reserve, lost their lives in 2020 and 2021, casualty reports obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show. Only four of the deaths occurred in overseas combat operations. All the rest took place stateside. Fewer than 20 were from natural causes. All the rest were preventable. This is a seemingly unprecedented wave of fatalities on a modern U.S. military installation.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayGP2040: A Configurable Game Pad Firmware

        [feralAI] and fellow GitHub contributors present for your viewing pleasure GP2040: an open source game pad firmware for RP2040-based hardware. The dual-core RP2040 is a good platform to use for gaming inputs, as there is plenty of CPU grunt to get sub-1 ms USB polling time, regardless of any other tasks the controller may be performing. Currently the firmware supports PC, Android, RPi, Nintendo Switch, PS3, PS4 (legacy mode), and the sweet MiSTer FPGA-based retro-gaming platform.

      • HackadayThis Vintage Alphanumeric Display Was Huge, Hot, Heavy, And Expensive

        It’s easy to take display technology for granted nowadays, but the ability to display data in a human-readable way was not always easy. This is demonstrated well by the Pinlite 30003 Alphanumeric Display Module, a four-character display that was pure luxury for its time.

      • HackadayMagnetic Maniac Manages Mangled Memory

        Ahh, floppy disks. Few things carry nostalgia quite like a floppy — either 3 1⁄2 or 5 1⁄4, depending on which generation of hacker you happen to be. (And yes, we hear you grey-beards, 8-inch floppies were definitely a thing.) The real goodies aren’t the floppies themselves, but what they carried, like Wolfenstein 3d, Commander Keen, DOS, or any number of other classics from the past. Unfortunately a bunch of floppy disks these aren’t carrying anything anymore, as bit rot eventually catches up with them. Even worse, on some trashed floppies, a format operation fails, too. Surely, these floppies are destined for the trash, right?

      • Hackaday2022 Cyberdeck Contest: The Black Beast Will Help You Survive A Robot Apocalypse

        With AI systems getting smarter every day, one might wonder if they might someday evolve into a sentient Skynet-like system and try to take over the world. We’re not sure how close we are to such a situation, but we do know that if the robot apocalypse were to happen, we would want to stay close to [LordOfAllThings], who would likely be carrying the Black Beast. This scary-sounding machine is in essence a Raspberry Pi-based portable computer built inside an outdoor carrying case, with a wide range of unusual peripherals that make it the digital equivalent of a Swiss army knife. In other words, it’s a cyberdeck built for end times — and whatever comes after.

      • HackadayThe 7805 Is Dead! Long Live The 7805!

        The 78XX series of regulators are very handy to use. If you need, say, a 5V regulator, you grab a 7805, add a capacitor for stability, and send in enough voltage for the regulator to work with. Cheap and easy. However, the part is not without its faults.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Proprietary

    • Security

      • Krebs On SecurityViolence-as-a-Service: Brickings, Firebombings & Shootings for Hire

        A 21-year-old New Jersey man has been arrested and charged with stalking in connection with a federal investigation into groups of cybercriminals who are settling scores by hiring people to carry out physical attacks on their rivals. Prosecutors say the defendant recently participated in several of these schemes — including firing a handgun into a Pennsylvania home and torching a residence in another part of the state with a Molotov Cocktail.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • [Old] CPO MagClass Action Lawsuit Accuses Oracle of “Global Surveillance,” Creating Detailed Profiles of Five Billion People

          A class action lawsuit is accusing Oracle of conducting global surveillance, essentially attempting to create detailed shopping and spending profiles of the world’s entire population.

          The suit accuses Oracle of creating profiles for five billion people worldwide, attaching things like purchase records and GPS locations to their name and contact information. While social media platforms usually dominate the conversation about global surveillance, the Oracle Data Marketplace and the company’s BlueKai service have quietly become one of the world’s largest sources of the sort of personal information that “data brokers” sell for targeted advertising purposes.

        • [Old] PC MagClass-Action Lawsuit Accuses Oracle of Tracking 5 Billion People

          This claim is backed up by a video on the ICCL website(Opens in a new window) of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison describing how the company’s real-time machine learning system collects this information and confirms the 5 billion profiles stored in the “Oracle Data Cloud.” The profiles are referred to as a “Consumers Identity Graph.”

        • [Old] Extreme TechOracle Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Tracking 5 Billion People

          The filing claims that Oracle has created “proxies” for sensitive data that other data brokers and advertisers have agreed not to track. Case in point, Facebook made it more difficult to target users based on race in certain advertising categories several years ago, but Oracle’s Identity Graph helped advertisers achieve the same results. It did this without acquiring any user consent, and even common sense measures like blocking third-party cookies are not enough to stop Oracle’s sophisticated data collection.

        • [Old] Irish Council for Civil LibertiesClass action against Oracle’s worldwide surveillance machine

          Oracle’s dossiers about people include names, home addresses, emails, purchases online and in the real world, physical movements in the real world, income, interests and political views, and a detailed account of online activity: [4] for example, one Oracle database included a record of a German man who used a prepaid debit card to place a €10 bet on an esports betting site.[5]

          Oracle also coordinates a global trade in dossiers about people through the Oracle Data Marketplace.

        • Associated PressTech tool offers police ‘mass surveillance on a budget’

          Sold by Virginia-based Fog Data Science LLC, Fog Reveal has been used since at least 2018 in criminal investigations ranging from the murder of a nurse in Arkansas to tracing the movements of a potential participant in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. The tool is rarely, if ever, mentioned in court records, something that defense attorneys say makes it harder for them to properly defend their clients in cases in which the technology was used.

          The company was developed by two former high-ranking Department of Homeland Security officials under former President George W. Bush. It relies on advertising identification numbers, which Fog officials say are culled from popular cellphone apps such as Waze, Starbucks and hundreds of others that target ads based on a person’s movements and interests, according to police emails. That information is then sold to companies like Fog.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • JNSThe BBC’s perfectly sealed thought system

        Deech, a former Oxford University law lecturer, wrote that “it is absolutely unacceptable to respond to comments with murder or violence,” and that Atwan’s comments “could amount to glorifying terrorism,” a crime under English law.

        The BBC dismissed her complaint, insisting that inviting Atwan to comment was “editorially justified” and that “if extreme views are expressed on the BBC we would always seek to challenge them.”

      • The Jewish ChroniclePeer attacks BBC for ‘glorifying terrorism’

        The BBC has refused to back down after a former Governor of the corporation said its coverage of the Salman Rushdie attack “could amount to glorifying terrorism”, the JC can reveal.

        Baroness Ruth Deech, a crossbench peer, wrote to Director General Tim Davie after a British-Palestinian commentator appeared to express sympathy for the Rushdie assailant’s extremism on the BBC News Channel.

      • The Jewish ChronicleIn full: Baroness Deech’s letter to the BBC

        It was wrong for the BBC to have given him this airtime. His comments about Rushdie could amount to “glorifying terrorism” under the Terrorism Act 2006. It is absolutely unacceptable to respond to Sir Salman’s writing or comments, no matter how offensive they might seem to some, with murder or violence, and any attempt to explain or justify violence committed against him should be challenged vigorously, not least by the presenter. No direct challenge was made on the programme when Mr Atwan spoke about this topic.

      • Frontpage MagazineHorror of Love Jihad Strikes India Again

        The liberal ecosystem within India is not dissimilar to the United States or other western theaters which are remarkably easy to buckle under cries of ‘Islamophobia’ if suspects, assailants, perpetrators of any crime happen to be Muslim.

        Despite its pluralism, and the fact that the majority religion (Hinduism) lives peacefully with the minority religions of Islam and Christianity, there are frequently shrill cries from media, academia and the chattering classes whenever any aspect of Hindu culture is seen to usurp Islamic hegemony.

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • HackadayHackaday Prize 2022: Drying Clothes With Ultrasound

          Clothes dryers are great, and a key part of modern life, but they do use a lot of energy. [Mike Rigsby] decided to see if there was a more efficient method of drying clothes that could compete with resistive heating for efficiency. Thus, he started work on an ultrasonic clothes dryer.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Counter PunchAnimal Welfare in the Bible

          So I decided to ask some Christian activists, scholars, and theologians — who are concerned with animal ethics — whether they thought the Old Testament had more to say on the subject than the New Testament, and whether they viewed this as a problem. Here’s what they said.

        • Counter PunchHow to Green Our Parched Farmlands and Finance Critical Infrastructure

          There are, however, other ways to finance these essential projects. “A work-around,” says Tucker, “is so-called off-balance sheet money creation.” That was the approach taken in the 1930s, when commercial banks were bankrupt and the country faced its worst-ever economic depression; yet the government succeeded in building infrastructure as never before.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • The VergeGoogle put Parler’s app back in the Play Store

        Parler, which advertises itself as a platform for free speech, agreed to moderate posts that show up in the Play Store app, according to a Bloomberg report. The company previously told The Verge that it has a similar deal that allows it to remain on the App Store — “Anything allowed on the Parler network but not in the iOS app will remain accessible through our web-based and Android versions.” (The Android version was, at the time, available via side-loading and therefore did not have to conform to Google Play policies.) The company also said that its algorithm could detect violent content that violates its guidelines.

      • The VergeTwitter had a new plan to fight extremism — then Elon arrived

        Instead, researchers hoped to identify people who were about to engage with harmful tweets, and nudge them toward healthier content using pop-up messages and interstitials. “The pilot will allow Twitter to identify and leverage behavioral — rather than content — signals and reach users at risk from harm with redirection to supportive content and services,” read an internal project brief, viewed by The Verge.

        Twitter researchers partnered with Moonshot, a company that specializes in studying violent extremists, and kicked off a project called Redirect, modeled after work that Google and Facebook had done to curb the spread of harmful communities. At Google, this work had resulted in a sophisticated campaign to target people searching for extremist content with ads and YouTube videos aimed at debunking extremist messaging. Twitter planned to do the same.

      • The VergeTwitter’s edit button is a big test for the platform’s future

        Whether Twitter should have an edit button is still a fun and controversial debate. Will some users abuse the feature, creating (or manufacturing) viral tweets and then changing them to something problematic that lots of users see? You betcha. Do most people want an edit button to do totally valid, normal, platform-improving things? Yep. Can Twitter do enough to track and mitigate the abuse, so that the vast majority of users — who just want to correct typos, re-phrase things that are being misinterpreted, and update their tweets as things change — can use it for its intended purpose? That’s the real question.

      • Counter PunchWhy Gorbachev Was One of the Greatest Failures in History

        A myth has since grown up that the Soviet Union was in a state of collapse when Gorbachev took the helm, but this is not correct. It was politically and economically dead in the water, but it was not falling apart and the Government faced no serious challenge to its authority. It might have continued in this semi-moribund state for decades – like the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century – if its leadership had so wished.

      • Counter PunchGorbachev Rode the Tiger and Ended Up Inside It

        This destructive process of sweeping away all the institutions of state socialism via radical privatization did not give birth to the free market capitalism that the ideologues of the IMF and their Russian acolytes desired. Instead, it gave way to a system where privatized assets passed into a few hands that had mastered the system of pirate capitalism.

      • Counter PunchWhere Does Russia Receive Its Aid From?

        Even most of Russia’s key post-Soviet allies belonging to its international organizations, the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), have avoided supporting Moscow. Kazakhstan, for example, a member of both institutions, took steps in July to begin exporting its oil across the Caspian Sea, bypassing Russian-controlled oil pipelines. This directly undermines the Kremlin’s strategy of restricting oil to Europe to compromise the region’s energy security. The key exception among post-Soviet states has been Belarus. Over the last decade, President Alexander Lukashenko has steered Belarus further into Russia’s orbit. Enticed by cheap Russian oil and gas and lucrative transit fees as both these commodities continue on to Europe, Lukashenko has also increasingly relied on Russian security forces to enforce his rule—notably evident during the 2020 Belarusian protests

      • TruthOutBiden Adviser’s Lobbying Firm Is Undermining Democratic Party Priorities
      • Counter PunchThe Story of Ted Hall, the Atomic Spay

        Joseph Allbright and Marcia Kunstel, former Moscow correspondents and authors of the book on Ted Hall, Bombshell (1997), appear on numerous occasions in the film to offer expert historical commentary on the Hall narrative. Photos of Hiroshima and an interview with the pilot of Enola Gay, Paul Tibbets, provide historical evidence of the nuclear devastation that Ted Hall helped create and wished to end. Well-chosen music evokes past events.

      • Common DreamsTrump Calls Biden ‘Enemy of the State’ in ‘Fully Unhinged’ Speech

        “What Trump did by calling Biden an ‘enemy of the state’ to his poorly educated crowd is literally threatening the president.”

      • Common DreamsWashington Post Ripped for ‘Neocolonial’ Editorial Against Chile’s New Constitution

        “Green or not, energy for the North continues to trump democracy in the South.”

      • TruthOutAntiwar Activists Decry Saudi Arabia’s “Sportswashing” Golf Tournament
    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • GannettOn Salman Rushdie: Reading and speaking to thwart those who would silence us

        Purchasing the book and using it as a prop at my commencement was an act of resistance to censorship and terrorism, for sure; yet it was amusing that, like most of those threatening or criticizing Rushdie, I had not read the book, either.

      • The VergeCloudflare blocks Kiwi Farms due to an ‘immediate threat to human life’

        Concerns about Kiwi Farms grew after transgender YouTuber and Twitch streamer, Clara Sorrenti (Keffals), had been targeted by a dangerous harassment campaign by users from the site. Last month, Kiwi Farms users waged a swatting attack against Sorrenti, otherwise known as the act of providing a false tip to police that someone’s planning on carrying out a violent crime, resulting in police swarming the victim’s home.

        Sorrenti later went into hiding and started a #DropKiwifarms campaign that urged Cloudflare to stop serving Kiwi Farms. Users across Twitter shared the hashtag, also with some revealing the harassment they’ve experienced at the hand of Kiwi Farms’ users.

      • CloudflareBlocking Kiwifarms

        We have blocked Kiwifarms. Visitors to any of the Kiwifarms sites that use any of Cloudflare’s services will see a Cloudflare block page and a link to this post. Kiwifarms may move their sites to other providers and, in doing so, come back online, but we have taken steps to block their content from being accessed through our infrastructure.

        This is an extraordinary decision for us to make and, given Cloudflare’s role as an Internet infrastructure provider, a dangerous one that we are not comfortable with. However, the rhetoric on the Kiwifarms site and specific, targeted threats have escalated over the last 48 hours to the point that we believe there is an unprecedented emergency and immediate threat to human life unlike we have previously seen from Kiwifarms or any other customer before.

      • ScheerpostThe Chris Hedges Report: Ukraine and the Crisis of Media Censorship

        Throughout the Ukraine war, Western news outlets have mindlessly parroted the opinions of a ruling elite and overseen a public discourse that is often unhinged from the real world. 

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • NBCSaudi Arabia investigates video of men attacking orphaned women and girls

        ALQST, a British-based rights group which focuses on Saudi Arabia, said in a statement that the attack was a retaliation against women staging a sit-in and strike over living conditions inside the facility.

      • Helsinki TimesTelework still largely regulated at company level in Europe

        Access to telework and working arrangements when working from home are still largely determined at company level in most EU Member States, with just France, Lithuania and Portugal currently enshrining the right to request telework in legislation. While some common ground exists, there are varying standards and practices in place with regards to telework in the EU, which can be regulated through legislation or collective agreements.

      • European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working ConditionsTelework in the EU: Regulatory frameworks and recent updates

        Ten countries adopted new regulation on telework since the beginning of the pandemic, underlining the importance of further developing capacity building for social dialogue. In Member States with a relatively weak culture of social dialogue, implementing national-level regulation at company level and protecting employees teleworking is especially challenging.

        A significant number of collective agreements on telework were introduced during the pandemic at company and sectoral levels, particularly in sectors with existing arrangements, such as in financial services, manufacturing and information and communications. New agreements were developed in the public services and administration, education, and health and social work activities sectors, highlighting how telework is fast becoming an established way of work organisation across the EU.

      • The Telegraph UKSharia law returns to Afghanistan as Taliban confirms public whippings

        The Taliban has been enforcing Sharia law for a while since seizing power by ousting the government last summer.

        However, although there have been unconfirmed reports of similar punishments being carried out elsewhere in the country, this is the first time the Taliban has officially said public whippings are being used.

        It came just days after Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada, the Taliban’s leader, ordered all existing laws to be scrapped and submitted a series of six new articles for how the country should be governed in accordance with Sharia law.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | ‘Water Is Dignity,’ Say Jackson, Mississippi Activists as Crisis Continues

        As of September 2, the vast majority of the residents of the city of Jackson, Mississippi—over 150,000—still have no access to safe drinking water. The Jackson water crisis began on August 30 when flooding caused the pumps at the main water treatment facility, O.B. Curtis, to fail. This left most residents without clean water and many with no water at all due to low water pressure. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves warned residents on August 31, “Do not drink the water from the pipes if you can avoid it.” 

      • Common DreamsOpinion | America Needs a Civic Group to Oppose a Cashless Society

        The most perceptive ancient historians and philosophers could not have foreseen a time when a certain type of mass convenience and abundance becomes a threat to democracy, justice and dispersed power. Welcome to the incarcerations of the credit card payment systems Gulag and the corporate state’s drive to stop consumers from paying with cash.

      • Counter PunchHow About a Civic Group to Oppose a Cashless Society?

        If you are in the lower 20% of the income scale, unbanked and outside the Gulag, consumer protections are really weak. Rip-off practices such as pay-day loan rackets and check cashing gouges proliferate.

      • Counter PunchBy Refusing to Prioritize Drivers’ Safety, UPS Risks Major Strike

        It’s not just cookies and steaks that are baking in the trucks. Drivers are collapsing and dying from the extreme temperatures.

      • Counter PunchLabor Day: Unions Have a Stake in Ending Minority Rule in the United States

        The assault on labor has contributed greatly to soaring income inequality and stagnant living standards for workers in the United States. From 1979 to 2019, productivity (the income generated from an hour of labor) has grown by 60 percent; yet the typical worker’s real (inflation-adjusted) compensation rose by just 14 percent. But wages used to rise with productivity: from 1948 to 1979, productivity rose by 118 percent, and real compensation increased by 108 percent.

      • Counter PunchAmerica’s New Moment of Labor Mobilization

        It comes on the back of a wave of successful efforts to mobilize at Starbucks and Amazon. The growth of unionized stores at Starbucks in particular has been stunning. Since baristas in Buffalo, New York, became the first at the chain to unionize in December 2021, colleagues at a further 234 outlets have followed suit in recent months.

      • TruthOutOn Labor Day, Let’s Celebrate 2022 as a Pivotal Year for Independent Unions
      • Common Dreams‘We’ll Come Back Stronger,’ Vows Chilean Left After Plebiscite Loss

        “We resisted for 500 years and will continue to do so.”

    • Monopolies

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Summer Retrospective

        Summer is coming to an end. The temperatures are dropping below 30°C. To think that when I was young we expected a few days only of 30°C and more. Summer is coming to an end and my summer break is coming to and end at the end of September. As always, the prospect of going back to work is not very enticing. I’m looking forward to a future were we mostly entertain each other and the basic necessities of life are free.

    • Technical

      • Dream XI

        I got a new computer.

        It looked strange.

        There was a detachable screen. And a leather seat. One that you could find in a car.

        On the left side of the leather seat, was an embedded keyboard, on the right, a touchpad. They had the same leather finish as the rest of the seat.

        It felt like sitting in a car. But it wasn’t a car. It was a computer. The screen hovered in front of me. It had no mounting point or base to rest on. It moved along with my head. The keyboard was nice and easy to use.

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


Links 05/09/2022: Another RC of Linux 6.0 and Apache AGE 1.1.0

Posted in News Roundup at 2:48 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • 9to5Linux9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: September 4th, 2022

      This week has been all about Ubuntu as we kicked off the week with a piece of fantastic news for fans of the good old Unity7 desktop environment, namely that the Ubuntu Unity distribution is becoming an official Ubuntu flavor. In addition, Ubuntu 20.04.5 LTS arrived with an updated HWE kernel, Ubuntu 22.10 adopted the Linux 5.19 kernel, and both Ubuntu 22.04 LTS and 20.04 LTS users got a new kernel security update.

      On top of that, this week brought us a new major OBS Studio release, new point releases of the Nitrux, MX Linux, and Armbian distributions, as well as a plethora of software releases for everyone. Below, you can enjoy these and much more in 9to5Linux’s Linux weekly roundup for September 4th, 2022.

    • Linux Made SimpleLinux Weekly Roundup #198

      Welcome to this week’s Linux weekly Roundup. We had a full week in the world of Linux releases with MX Linux 21.2, Absolute Linux 20220825, Bluestar Linux 5.19.4, Nitrux OS 20220831, Garuda Linux 220903, Linuxfx, deepin 20.7, and Ubuntu 20.04.5 with all it’s flavors.

    • Audio and Video

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 6.0-rc4
        It's Sunday afternoon, which can only mean one thing - another rc
        release. We're up to rc4, and things mostly still look fairly normal.
        Most of the fixes the past week have been drivers (gpu, networking,
        gpio, tty, usb, sound.. a little bit of everything in other words).
        But we have the usual mix of fixes elsewhere too - architecture fixes
        (arm64, loongarch, powerpc, RISC-V, s390 and x86), and various other
        areas - core networking, filesystems, io_uring, LSM, selftests and
        documentation. Some of this is reverts of things that just turned out
        to be wrong or just not quite ready.
        Please do go test,
      • LWNKernel prepatch 6.0-rc4 [LWN.net]

        The 6.0-rc4 kernel prepatch is out for testing. “We’re up to rc4, and things mostly still look fairly normal”.
        Beyond the usual fixes, 6.0-rc4 includes one feature change: a hook to allow security modules to control access to the io_uring command pass-through mechanism. See this article for the background behind this late-arriving change

    • Applications

      • Earthly15 Essential Linux Terminal Commands – Earthly Blog

        Linux, a powerful, free, stable, secure, and highly customizable operating system, is essential for any developer’s workflow. The Linux terminal interacts with the operating system for all basic and advanced tasks. Moreover, most web servers run Linux, and tools like Docker work by providing an additional layer of abstraction and automation on top of Linux.

        While some distributions have GUI (graphical user interface), the GUI is limited with regard to functionality and customization. The terminal, or the shell, provides you with the power to customize and carry out tasks in seconds that would have been tedious, multi-click steps on a GUI. You can chain commands to run multiple commands together with an order of execution or simultaneously, which makes your workflow optimized and efficient.

        In this post, you’ll learn about fifteen essential commands—commands that will help supercharge you as a Linux user. The commands in this post have been selected based on their popularity and usefulness.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Ripcord on a Chromebook

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

      • LinuxTechiHow to Deploy Docker Swarm on Ubuntu 22.04 Step-by-Step

        Docker Swarm is a container orchestration tool that runs on the Docker platform. It helps users to create and manage a cluster of Docker nodes. Clustering in Docker is a crucial concept in providing redundancy by enabling Docker Swarm to fail over should one or more nodes in the cluster fail.

        Docker Swarm uses the standard Docker API to communicate with other tools such as Docker Engine. It intelligently assigns containers to worker nodes and ensures resource optimization by scheduling container workloads to run on the most suitable node(s)

      • Data SwampHow to host a local front-end for Reddit / YouTube / Twitter on NixOS

        I’m not a consumer of proprietary social networks, but sometimes I have to access content hosted there, and in that case I prefer to use a front-end reimplementation of the service.

        These front-ends are network services that acts as a proxy to the proprietary service, and offer a different interface (usually cleaner) and also remove tracking / ads.

        In your web browser, you can use the extension Privacy Redirect to automatically be redirected to such front-ends. But even better, you can host them locally instead of using public instances that may be unresponsive, on NixOS it’s super easy.

      • Data SwampManaging 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).

        In this central management, it makes sense to not have your users with root access, they would have to call their technical support to ask for a change, and their system could be updated quickly to reflect the request. This can be super useful for remote family computers when they need an extra program not currently installed, and that you took the responsibility of handling your system…

      • Trend OceansArch2appimage: Convert Arch Package into Appimage using Python Script on Linux – TREND OCEANS

        If you are using Arch Linux due to a specific package being only available in that distribution, then it’s time for you to move on with that package.

        What am I talking about? You might be thinking about what I’ve just said. Look, you and I both know that Arch or its derivatives like Manjaro and Endeavour, are community-driven and have the largest software repository.

        It’s been a long time since I’ve used Arch or any of its derivates, but as I recall, I remember there were many packages that were not available for other distributions and vice-versa.
        However, if you are using an Arch-based system just because your favourite package is not available for another distribution like Debian, Ubuntu, RHEL, Fedora, etc, then it’s time for you to move your package to those distributions using Arch2appimage.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Gingerblue 6.2.0 for musicians who compose, record, and share original music in Evolution – Ole Aamot

          You can try Gingerblue 6.2.0 with Evolution email attaching in the Broadcast step in the GTK+/GNOME wizard available from https://www.gingerblue.org/ and https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Gingerblue

          Gingerblue 6.2.0 provides a link in the final GtkAssistant Broadcast page that launch Evolution or another email program that supports mailto:?attachment=localOggVorbisRecording.ogg application handler in GNOME 43. The syntax mailto:?attachment is not yet a RFC and it is only supported by Evolution 3.44 as far as I have tested, the default email client on GNOME 43.

        • Linux LinksSaving Money with Linux: Power Settings in GNOME – LinuxLinks

          The first article in this series recommended you use a power meter to establish how many Wh your computer uses. In this article we’ll explore a few ways you can reduce this footprint without sacrificing your productivity or workflow.

          We’re testing power consumption using the GNOME desktop on a Mini PC with a quad-core i5-6500T processor. This is a relatively old desktop processor (Intel 6th generation with a 35W TDP).

          From the GNOME desktop, there are three power profiles available. To choose a power profile go to the Activities overview and start typing Settings. Click Power to open the panel.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Reviews

      • Distro WatchReview: deepin 23 Preview

        Hiweed GNU/Linux is an Ubuntu-based distribution developed in China. Actually, that description is a bit out of date, let me start over. Linux Deepin is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution featuring a custom desktop environment called Deepin Desktop Environment. Actually, that’s no longer accurate. Deepin is a Debian-based distribution featuring the custom Deepin desktop and a number of desktop applications developed in-house. Wait, I’m almost up to date now. deepin is a Chinese distribution which claims to be independently developed. It features the Deepin desktop, a custom system installer, a custom application repository called Linglong, and the project offers atomic updates.

        A preview of the latest version of deepin was published in mid-August and its release announcement featured a few key points. Specifically: the move away from Debian to be an independent distribution; the use of Linglong to offer a custom repository of portable applications that can be run across multiple distributions; and the use of atomic updates to make updates more reliable.

        The new deepin release, version 23, is currently in the development phase at the time of writing and I wanted to see what this departure from the previous, Debian-based model would look like. I downloaded the deepin ISO which is a 3.4GB build for 64-bit (x86_64) computers. After confirming the media’s checksum was good, I tried booting from it.

        The live media brings up a boot menu asking if we’d like to install deepin with version 5.15 of the Linux kernel or 5.18. Both options also have failsafe driver options, resulting in four menu options. There’s a fifth menu entry for running a self-check on the media. There are no options for running a live desktop in the menu. I decided to try the 5.18 kernel option first.

    • BSD

    • Arch Family

      • Linux Shell TipsThe History of Arch Linux Distribution and Repositories

        Most Linux distributions are renowned for their ease of use. Out of the box, you get pre-installed applications that will help you get working without so much of a struggle.

        Arch Linux is a Linux distribution that takes on a different philosophy. It’s a pragmatic Linux flavor and demands a high level of skill in setting everything up.

        Designed for Intel’s x86_64 architecture, Arch Linux is a general-purpose operating system that is free and open source and designed for intermediate to advanced users.

        By default, it provides a minimal base system allowing the user to install and configure only what is required. This is especially handy in avoiding bloatware that comes with graphical installations.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • PostgreSQLPostgreSQL: Announcing the release of Apache AGE 1.1.0

      Apache AGE is a PostgreSQL extension that provides graph database functionality.

      AGE (A Graph Extension) is inspired by AgensGraph, a multi-model database Bitnine built from PostgreSQL 10. The goal of the project is to apply graph processing and analytics to relational databases, enabling both the ANSI-SQL and openCypher.

    • Web Browsers

      • Mozilla

        • OMG UbuntuFirefox 105 Includes Gesture Navigation, PDF Annotation + More – OMG! Ubuntu!

          Mozilla Firefox 105 is shaping up to be an impressive update when the stable release lands in a couple of weeks time.

          Intrigued by what I’ve been hearing, I downloaded the latest beta of the famous FOSS browser to find out first-hand what Mozilla’s got in store for us.

          And spoiler: it’s set to be a real doozie.

    • Programming/Development

      • uni TorontoGo 1.19 added an atomic.Pointer type that’s a generic type

        In Go 1.18, the Go developers were careful to keep generic types out of the standard library, to the point where they decided not to have a ‘constraints’ package of generics helpers in the standard library, never mind generic versions of slices and maps. As the Go 1.18 release notes say, all three packages were instead put under golang.org/x/exp. However, Go 1.19 turns out to have somewhat quietly changed that, adding the standard library’s first public generic type in sync/atomic’s new atomic.Pointer[T any] type.

        The atomic.Pointer type is a type-safe atomic pointer to a *T, with the type safety assured at compile time. You could previously do atomic pointers through atomic.Value, but that was only type safe at runtime and might panic if you violated type safety (and storing a nil in one was complex (but possible)). The appeal of atomic.Pointer as a generic type is pretty obvious and it also seems unlikely that you could design a better generic type or a better API than the one it uses (which atomic.Value had from Go 1.4 and Go 1.17 (for .CompareAndSwap())). I suspect that all of this adds up to why it was considered safe to add to the standard library in Go 1.19, and thus commit Go to having it there as part of the compatibility guarantee.

      • Rust

        • Red HatHow to create Python binding for a Rust library | Red Hat Developer

          This article continues a series about how to take advantage of the recent Rust support added to Linux.

        • Red HatHow to create C binding for a Rust library | Red Hat Developer

          This article is the second installment of a series about how to take advantage of the recent Rust support added to Linux. The first article in the series, 3 essentials for writing a Linux system library in Rust, describes special considerations that system libraries require when you are writing in Rust. This article demonstrates how to create a C binding so that programmers in C or C++ can call your Rust library. Rust has not conquered the Linux world yet, so our system library needs to provide bindings to other languages.

  • Leftovers

    • Matt RickardWhy Does Google Kill So Many Products?

      Google’s reputation for discontinuing products is unmatched. There’s even a site dedicated to it (KilledByGoogle). We all loved Google Reader, but it shut down almost ten years ago.

    • Science

      • ACM TechBrief Warns of Promise and Peril of “Sleeper” Quantum Simulation Technology, Highlighting Multiple Risks

        The Association for Computing Machinery’s global Technology Policy Council (ACM TPC) has just released “Quantum Computing and Simulation.” It is ACM’s fourth TechBrief: a series of short technical bulletins by ACM TPC that present scientifically grounded perspectives on the impact of specific technological developments in computing and their applications.

        “Quantum Computing and Simulation” underscores how quantum simulation, an offshoot of quantum computing that has received relatively little attention, poses profound societal and individual risks as well as benefits with serious public policy implications. These include that intense media and policymaker focus on the theorized encryption-cracking power of future quantum computers has obscured the imminent viability, and actual likely consequences, of quantum simulation technology today.

      • Scientists discover new ‘origins of life’ chemical reactions
      • BBC‘We talk to plants – they tell us how happy they are’ – BBC News

        Vertical farming – growing plants indoors, on stacked levels, in a highly controlled environment – allows higher yields.

        And now, the Gardin company hopes to further improve productivity, using sensors and artificial intelligence to assess individual leaves and suggest changes to each plant’s environment.

    • Hardware

      • CNX SoftwareTelink energy harvesting wireless module to enable batteryless remote controls – CNX Software

        The solution is based on a 48MHz RISC microcontroller that supports Bluetooth 5.1 LE, 802.15.4 (Zigbee/RF4CE/6LoWPAN/Thread), and 2.4GHz proprietary protocols. With a single module integrating all main components required for batteryless operation, Telink says its solutions reduce BOM and size, as well as supply chain complexity, and improves user-friendliness by removing the need for battery swaps.

    • Pseudo-Open Source

      • Openwashing

        • Enterprisers ProjectDigital transformation: 3 steps to enable innovation

          Everyone wants to be seen as innovative. Innovation conjures images of exciting, dynamic companies that move fast, generate great results, and leave everyone (employees and customers) happy.

        • OpenSource.comSaving home energy using open organization principles [Ed: Openwashing and greenwashing all in one]

          There are (at least) two ways to look at the move to more green power generation: the supply side and the demand side. The supply side emphasizes a transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and carbon-free energy. The demand side, however, looks at how to reduce energy use, preferably without hurting the current standard of living.

    • Entrapment (Microsoft GitHub)

    • Security

      • Daniel StenbergA bug that was 23 years old or not | daniel.haxx.se

        The vulnerable code has been in curl versions since version 4.9 which makes it exactly 8,729 days (23.9 years) until the shipped version 7.85.0 that fixed it. It also means that we introduced the bug on project day 201 and fixed it on day 8,930.

        The code was not problematic when it shipped and it was not problematic during a huge portion of the time it has been used by a large amount of users.

        It become problematic when HTTP servers started to refuse HTTP requests they suspected could be malicious. The way this code turned into a denial of service was therefore more or less just collateral damage. An unfortunate side effect.

        Maybe the bug was born first when RFC 6265 was published. Maybe it was born when the first widely used HTTP server started to reject these requests.

      • OpenSource.com3 things to know about planning for OTA updates in your homelab | Opensource.com

        Updates to a system used to be relatively straightforward. When a developer needed to revise something that they’d already distributed to the public, an updater would be released for people to run. Users would run the updater, allowing old files to be replaced by new files and new files to be added. Even with these “relatively straightforward” updates, though, there was a catch. What happens when a user’s installation is in an unexpected state? What happens when an upgrade is interrupted? These questions are just as relevant now when all kinds of devices are online, and sometimes in need of important security updates. Many updates today are delivered wirelessly, over-the-air (OTA), and the potential for poor connections, sudden loss of signal, or loss of power, can potentially be disastrous to what should be a minor update. These are the top three strategies you need to consider when planning to deliver over-the-air updates.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Make Use OfIs Wickr Secure? How the Encrypted Instant Messenger App Works [Ed: Wickr has been buster and is not trustworthy anymore.]

          You have almost certainly used an instant messaging app at some point. In fact, you probably use one on a daily basis, and it is highly likely you use apps like Facebook Messenger—which is neither secure nor private.

          Fortunately, secure alternatives that keep your messages private, and don’t collect or sell your personal data, exist. Wickr is among their number. So, what is Wickr, and how does it work? Is Wickr safe? How does it compare to other encrypted messaging apps?

        • The Register UKChina orders tech companies to ID users who spread fake news
    • Defence/Aggression

      • New York TimesChina Charges 28 People, Months After Brutal Beating of Women – The New York Times

        A group of men caught on camera violently beating several women at a barbecue restaurant in June were charged on Monday, part of a wider investigation into the criminal activities of a local gang in the Chinese city of Tangshan.

        More than a dozen officials and police officers are also under investigation for corruption, more than two months after the brutal attack unleashed a torrent of outrage over violence against women.

      • Ukraine and the Politics of Permanent War

        No one, including the most bullish supporters of Ukraine, expect the nation’s war with Russia to end soon. The fighting has been reduced to artillery duels across hundreds of miles of front lines and creeping advances and retreats. Ukraine, like Afghanistan, will bleed for a very long time. This is by design.

        On August 24, the Biden administration announced yet another massive military aid package to Ukraine worth nearly $3 billion. It will take months, and in some cases years, for this military equipment to reach Ukraine. In another sign that Washington assumes the conflict will be a long war of attrition it will give a name to the U.S. military assistance mission in Ukraine and make it a separate command overseen by a two- or three-star general. Since August 2021, Biden has approved more than $8 billion in weapons transfers from existing stockpiles, known as drawdowns, to be shipped to Ukraine, which do not require Congressional approval.

      • Radioactivity under the sand

        The Hoggar massif is located in the west of the Algerian Sahara. Prehistoric men have left stunning rock carvings there. The men of the 20th century left nuclear waste.

        Between 1960 and 1996, France carried out 17 nuclear tests in Algeria and 193 in French Polynesia. In Algeria, atmospheric and underground tests were carried out at the Reggane and In Ekker sites, in an atmosphere of secrecy and conflict between an Algerian nation under construction and a colonial power seeking strategic autonomy. A majority of the tests – 11 – were carried out after the Evian agreements (18 March 1962), which established Algeria’s independence.


        In French Polynesia, the strong mobilization of many associations has enabled the environmental consequences to be taken into account and the first remediation steps to be put in place. For Algeria, the situation is different. Due to a tumultuous Franco-Algerian relationship, the absence of archives, and the absence of registers of local workers who participated in the tests, the data on the consequences of the tests remains patchy and incomplete. It was only in 2010, thanks to independent expertise, that a map from the Ministry of Defense was revealed, showing that the European continent was also affected by fallout from the nuclear tests carried out in the south of the Sahara.

    • Environment

      • RlangCO2 Emissions Comparing and Modeling for Global Warming | R-bloggers

        Recently, I watched the new Predator movie, Pray, and I loved it. Hence, I’ve fallen into the Predators series, especially the first two movies, again. The Predators in the movie would choose warm planets to hunt because their vision capabilities are based on infrared thermal, which allows them to see heat signatures.

      • Jacobin MagazineThe Floods Devastating Pakistan Are More Than a Natural Disaster

        Monsoon rains and melting glaciers have driven tens of millions of Pakistanis from their homes. The disaster shows that the poor Global South populations who do least to cause climate change are the people who pay most for its consequences.

      • Energy

        • Didier StevensQuickpost: Standby Power Consumption Of My Bosch 18V Chargers | Didier Stevens

          I have 2 Bosch 18V “power for all” chargers. A normal charger (AL 1830 CV) and a fast charger (AL 1880 CV).

          Measuring the power consumption of these 2 chargers in standby mode (plugged into a 230V outlet, but no battery connected) with a GPM-8310 powermeter, I obtained the following results

    • Finance

      • Michael West MediaWing crack fears for A380 superjumbo escalate customer nightmare for Qantas chief Alan Joyce – Michael West

        Qantas international flights may become even more expensive as Airbus has issued a global directive concerning A380 wing cracks. Holus-bolus leasing of foreign aircraft and flight crew is now being considered. Michael Sainsbury with this exclusive investigation.

        Qantas is being forced into urgent maintenance on two of its three double-decker A380 planes, due to fears at their manufacturer Airbus that some of the aircraft may have cracks in their wings due to problems with critical aircraft infrastructure. The superjumbos are the biggest planes in the sky and can carry up to 853 passengers.

      • Michael West MediaPensions boost as cost of living bites – Michael West

        More than 4.7 million Australians struggling to cope with cost of living pressures are in line for a helping hand. Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth says an indexation increase to welfare payments set to kick in on September 20 will be the largest in more than 30 years for allowances and 12 years for pensions.

      • The Past, Present, and Future of Work – YES! Magazine

        Our work environment is deeply dysfunctional. But making systemic change requires understanding how we got here.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • ReasonTrump Disregards Democracy, While Biden Ignores Its Dangers

        In his speech last night about “the continued battle for the soul of the nation,” President Joe Biden said some things that are indisputably true. He noted that democracy requires candidates to accept the results of “free and fair elections” and that refusing to do so threatens the rule of law as well as the peaceful transfer of power.

        Donald Trump and his followers have conspicuously failed that basic test. But Biden’s emphasis on preserving democracy sets the bar for good government pretty low, eliding the tension between majority rule and individual freedom. And his related claim that Trump’s refusal to concede electoral defeat amounts to an “extreme ideology” gives the former president, who is anything but a systematic thinker, too much credit.

      • ScheerpostKatrina vanden Heuvel: Gorbachev’s Legacy

        On March 11, 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev became leader of the Soviet Union. Within a few weeks, the full-scale reformation he attempted to carry out both inside his country and in its Cold War relations with the West, particularly the United States, began to unfold. Perestroika (“restructuring”)—as Gorbachev called his reforms—officially ended with the Soviet Union and his leadership in 1991. The historic opportunities for a better future it offered Russia—and the world—have been steadily undermined ever since.

        Usually forgotten is that the wave of democratization at the end of the 20th century began in a place, and in a way, that few had expected: in Soviet Russia, under Gorbachev’s leadership as the head of the Soviet Communist Party. Indeed, the extent to which his democratic achievements during nearly seven years in power have been forgotten or obscured is a measure of historical amnesia.

      • TwinCities Pioneer PressSerge Schmemann: Gorbachev freed the Soviet Union but could not save it – Twin Cities

        Back in the old Soviet Union, the political joke was the principal underground conduit of political opinion. One that made the rounds soon after Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in 1985 posed this question: “Who supports Gorbachev in the Politburo?” The answer: “Nobody has to. He can move around on his own.”

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • New York TimesParler Returns to Google Play Store

        Parler, the social media service that attracted fans of former President Donald J. Trump, will return to Google’s Play app store on Friday, more than a year after Google suspended the app for content that incited violence.

        A Google spokesman said the app had significantly increased its content moderation since the beginning of 2021. All apps in Google’s Play Store must have practices “that prohibit objectionable content, provide an in-app system for reporting objectionable” content, and remove or block abusive users who violate terms and policies, the spokesman said in a statement.

        The app had also been banned from Apple’s App Store, but has since been reinstated.

        Parler defended its content moderation policies on Friday. “While Parler believes the best way to address the problems of hate and divisiveness in today’s culture is to allow more speech, not less, we are still happy to do business with those who think differently, on the terms on which we do agree,” Christina Cravens, Parler’s chief marketing officer, said in a statement. “The conversation isn’t over, and those who want to see Parler as we intend it may always do so in the browser at Parler.com.”

      • New York TimesOpinion | Salman Rushdie and What It Means to Support Free Speech – The New York Times

        Violence against writers was the topic I was about to interview the novelist Salman Rushdie about at the Chautauqua Institution on Aug. 12. We were being introduced onstage when out of nowhere, like a scene from Mr. Rushdie’s novel “Shalimar the Clown,” a knife-wielding man rushed onto the stage and began to stab him.

        Immediately audience members ran to the stage to defend him.

        It was a remarkable response. That rush of people leaping from their seats was the opposite of the so-called “bystander effect,” when individuals do nothing, relying on others to help. I would call it “the reader effect.” Reading creates empathy, and Chautauqua is an intentional community of readers. The intuitive response of an empathetic community is to help.

      • RFAShanghai police detain zero-COVID critic who called on local leader to resign

        Shanghai police have detained a prominent rights activist who called on a local official to resign over the citywide COVID-19 lockdown in April.

        Ji Xiaolong has been incommunicado, believed detained by the Shanghai state security police, for 24 hours, sources told RFA on Friday.

        Ji, 46, lives in an expatriate district of Pudong district, and has around 33,000 followers on Twitter, which is banned in China.

        His detention came after he began writing petitions to Shanghai ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) secretary Li Qiang, calling on him to resign for “blindly following orders from the central government [in Beijing]” when implementing weeks of grueling lockdown in the city earlier this year.

        In the petition, Ji wrote that he was fine with being jailed for opposing government policies in an era of widespread internet censorship and surveillance of ordinary people.

      • ReasonBiden Admin’s ‘Misinformation’ Crusade is Censorship by Proxy

        On July 16, 2021, the day that Joe Biden accused Facebook of “killing people” by failing to suppress misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, a senior executive at the social media platform’s parent company emailed Surgeon General Vivek Murthy in an effort to assuage the president’s anger. “Reaching out after what has transpired over the past few days following the publication of the misinformation advisory, and culminating today in the President’s remarks about us,” the Meta executive wrote. “I know our teams met today to better understand the scope of what the White House expects from us on misinformation going forward.”

      • Hong Kong Free PressExplainer: Hong Kong’s national security crackdown – month 26

        Hong Kong’s High Court made a landmark ruling this month to lift reporting restrictions on committal proceedings for criminal cases, including national security cases, should the defendant request the limitations be removed.

      • RFAFacebook user fined for accusing Vietnamese police of ‘singing too much karaoke’ — Radio Free Asia

        A Facebook user in Vietnam has been fined VND 7.5 million (U.S.$ 323) by authorities in Bac Giang province for “slanderous acts, distorting and affecting the honor and reputation of the police force.”

        State media cited a source from the Son Dong District police as saying the 35-year-old owner of the Facebook account P*****R***, who had the initials NVP and lived locally, posted an article titled: “Crackdown on brothels hiding in the shadow of Karaoke bars.”

        NVP added the comment: “The crackdown was for show. Maybe policemen go singing more [than ordinary people],” with the implication that “singing” was not the only activity the police were taking part in.

        NVP was fined in accordance with Point A, Clause 1, Article 101, Decree 15 of the government regulations on penalties for administrative violations in the fields of post, telecommunications, radio frequencies, information technology and electronic transactions, often used to punish those accused of spreading “fake news” online.

      • ViceVirginia Court Blocks Republican Attempt To Criminalize LGBTQ Books

        A court in Virginia has thrown out a lawsuit which tried to make it illegal to sell or lend two popular LGBTQ-themed books to minors in the state.

        The lawsuit—which was brought against book chain Barnes & Noble by state delegate Tim Arnold on behalf of Republican Congressional candidate Tommy Altman—tried to use the state’s ancient “obscenity” laws to have the books restricted or removed from stores and library shelves. While book bans have become frighteningly common in schools and public libraries, the West Virginia lawsuit is notable because it tried to criminalize the books entirely, making them illegal to sell or loan within the state.

      • GizmodoTaliban Is Upgrading Afghanistan to 4G Despite Censorship

        The Taliban wants to expand high-speed internet connectivity in Afghanistan despite a history of online censorship and internet blackouts to thwart protests against the militant group.

      • RFAChinese police crack down on petitioners, dissidents ahead of 20th party congress — Radio Free Asia

        The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has announced it will hold its 20th National Congress on Oct. 16, amid a mounting wave of censorship and curbs on the freedom of dissident voices around the country.

        A Beijing-based petitioner surnamed Ma said police had already started rounding up petitioners, ordinary people who pursue complaints against local government wrongdoing through China’s “letters and visits” system, despite frequent detention and harassment from “interceptors” sent from their hometowns to stop them.

        “The Beijing police started rounding up petitioners more than 10 days ago — they’ve all been taken back to where they came from,” she said. “People came from Heilongjiang more than 10 days ago to detain people, and we got into a fight with officers from the police station.”

      • RFATaiwan author hits back over book ban, saying she is proud to be banned in China — Radio Free Asia

        Taiwanese author Lung Yingtai has responded to the banning of her books in Chinese schools, saying she is honored to have been targeted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s ever-widening program of censorship.

        “I am honored to have been banned by you,” the former Taiwanese culture minister and long-term critic of authoritarian rule wrote on her Facebook page after schools in the eastern Chinese provinces of Shandong and Jiangsu, among other locations, issued notices to parents that all of her works were no longer considered suitable reading matter for children.

        “Actually, I have been banned for a long time,” she wrote, adding that “Big River, Big Sea 1949″ and “Please Use Civilization to Convince Me” have been banned in China for more than 10 years now.

        Other works including “Watching You Go” and “Dear Andreas” have also been targeted, Lung wrote.

      • Off Guardian‘The Rise of the New Normal Reich’ banned in Germany, Austria, and The Netherlands! – OffGuardian

        So, the censorship of my latest book, The Rise of the New Normal Reich: Consent Factory Essays, Vol. III (2020-2021), continues. Amazon.com has now banned the book in three countries … Germany, Austria, and The Netherlands.

        The pretext the Amazon Content Review Team has cited as grounds for banning the book is the semi-visible swastika on the cover. This pretext is clearly a pretext, i.e., a lie, as Amazon sells a number of other products displaying semi-visible swastikas in these markets.

      • ReasonEngineering Board Penalizes Engineer-Activist for Calling Himself an Engineer

        The head of an urban policy nonprofit has been penalized by Minnesota’s licensing board for referring to himself as a “professional engineer” in speeches and articles while his license was expired.

        Last month, the state’s Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design (AELSLAGID) issued an official censure of Charles Marohn, founder of the Brainerd-based advocacy group Strong Towns, and slapped him with a $1,500 fine.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • HRWBangladesh: Allow UN to Assist ‘Disappearance’ Inquiries | Human Rights Watch

        Bangladesh authorities should heed international calls for transparent, independent investigations into enforced disappearances, Human Rights Watch said today on the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances.

      • Unicorn MediaPassings: Peter Eckersley, a Founder of Let’s Encrypt, Dies at 43 – FOSS Force

        FOSS Force has learned that Peter Eckersley, who among other things was a founder of Let’s Encrypt, has died. He was 43 years old. We first learned of his death from a brief notice on LWN.net that links to a post from Seth Schoen, a friend of Eckersley’s who worked with him on Let’s Encrypt, a project that provides short-lived SSL certificates to website owners that Eckersley co-founded in 2012 while working at Electronic Frontiers Foundation.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Backwards Chairs

        Jackson sneered, frustrated with the seating coordinators. Chairs were supposed to be positioned towards the stage, at least as far as he understood. Maybe cyborgs had eyes on the back of their heads, or maybe they modified their necks to turn around 180 degrees with ease. He had no idea. Regardless, anthropes like himself needed to sit in the direction they’re looking, unless they wanted major neck pain.

        He casually turned each chair around, one by one, accidentally clanking them against each other at times and readjusting rows when all their chairs had been corrected. Working slowly prevented him from getting too anxious, as it freed his mind to consider other things. If only straightening out this thoughts was as easy as turning chairs.

      • Passed by the Dutchy on the left hand side

        Overtaking generally happens at the end of a straight. The car behind gets an aerodynamic tow, and can get along side as they brake for the corner. No one expected much overtaking at the Dutch Grand Prix because it’s all fast corners. But that’s not how it went. Tyre differences and strategy differences meant speed differences, and passing into turn one looked almost too easy.

    • Technical

      • Internet/Gemini

        • a pub, huh?

          This led me to find Geminispace, which at first I was skeptical about until I realized how much better it was than the regular World Wide Web, at least in terms of being more user-focused, easier to work with, and the absence of companies finding ways to monetize everything.

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

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