09.09.22

80% of Phoronix Today is AMD

Posted in Hardware, Marketing at 11:55 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Related: Techrights Statement on Phoronix

amd-day

Summary: Is AMD really worth that much space? Or have loads of gifts from AMD impacted editorial priorities at Phoronix?

For comparison’s sake:

Intel

Intel

AMD

AMD

ARM

ARM

Qualcomm

Qualcomm

Broadcom

Broadcom

Links 09/09/2022: messenger-cli 0.1.0 and General News

Posted in News Roundup at 5:45 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • OMG UbuntuOpen Source Qt ’Notes’ App Adds Folders, Tags + More – OMG! Ubuntu!

        A major update to Notes, a free, open source, and cross-platform note-taking app written in Qt, is available to download.

        Mentioning/recommending this app is made a little difficult by the fact its name is also its function — that and Apple’s own notes app is also called simply ‘Notes’. Regardless, Notes is a solid tool that handles the basic needs of note taking well with search and native markdown support.

        And in its latest version, it’s now even better.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Jonathan Dowland: memtest

        Since I’m writing about my NAS, a month ago I happened to notice an odd kernel message:

        Aug 8 04:04] list_del corruption. prev->next should be ffff90c96e9c2090,
        but was ffff90c94e9c2090
        A kernel dev friend said “I’m familiar with that code … you should run memtest86″. This seemed like advice it would be foolish to ignore!

        I installed the memtest86 package, which on Debian stable, is actually the formerly open-source “memtest86″ software, last updated in 2014, rather than the currently open-source “memtest86+”. However the package (incorrectly, I think) Recommends: memtest86+ so I ended up with both. The package scripts integrate with GRUB, so both were added as boot options.

        Neither however, would boot on my NAS, which is a UEFI system: after selection from the GRUB prompt, I just had a blank screen. I focussed for a short while on display issues: I wondered if trying to run a 4k monitor over HDMI was too much to expect from a memory tester OS, but my mainboard has a VGA out as well. It has some quirky behaviour for the VGA out: the firmware doesn’t use it at all, so output only begins appearing after something boots (GRUB for example). I fiddled about with the HDMI output, VGA output, and trying different RGB cables, to no avail.

      • ID RootHow To Install OneDrive on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS [Ed: Very bad idea. Microsoft Trojan horse and surveillance inside GNU/Linux. Then again, Canonical already helps Microsoft do this all on its own.]
      • Ubuntu HandbookEnable Wayland Support for Firefox/Chrome in Ubuntu 22.04 for Better Experience

        Running Ubuntu 22.04 with the default Wayland session? You can switch your web browser’s backend to get even faster and smoother experience.

        Firefox, Google Chrome and Chromium based web browsers do have native Wayland support, but they still use X11 as backend in Ubuntu desktop.

      • Using the Ubuntu Docker image – Octopus Deploy
      • HowTo ForgeRetrieving Emails From Remote Servers With fetchmail on Debian

        Fetchmail is a program for retrieving emails from remote servers. Imagine you have five email accounts on five different servers. Of course, you don’t want to connect to each of them to get your emails. This is where fetchmail comes into play. If you have a user account on a Linux server, you can make fetchmail download emails from remote servers and put them into just one mailbox (the one of your Linux user), from where you can retrieve them with your email client (e.g. Thunderbird or Outlook).

      • rclone – dump teamdrive config to config file
      • The New StackDeploy a Kubernetes Cluster on Ubuntu Server with Microk8s – The New Stack

        Kubernetes is hard. There is no way around that. From start to finish, you’ll find so many roadblocks in your way that, at times, you might feel so inclined as to give up.

        Don’t.

        There’s actually a very easy way to deploy a Kubernetes cluster that can be used for development purposes or even production.

        That method is thanks to Microk8s.

    • Games

      • Boiling SteamNeoDash Review: A Feast of Light, Sound and Speed – Boiling Steam

        NeoDash is a futuristic racer when you race against time to finish levels as fast as you can. The time pressure is represented by a line of fire that’s chasing your car. Its position is indicated at the bottom of the screen, by a marker on a line representing the whole level from start to end. In other words, you need to go fast, fast, and most of the time faster still, to make it.

        There’s no opponents, the main difficulty is to be fast as lightning, and avoid obstacles or moving parts/lasers on the way that would destroy your car. There’s no concept of “lives”. You can try the levels as many times as you want, while you always have to restart from the beginning. Think Super Meat Boy, racing style. After the first few easy levels, things get really difficult and you will fail dozens of times before you can finish a track. Tracks are not too long: from start to end it’s usually less than a minute if you manage to land your moves correctly.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • SUSE’s Corporate BlogReduce the Barriers to Entry for Blockchain by Leveraging Kubernetes’ Capabilities | SUSE Communities

        Distributed ledger technologies (DLT) are changing the nature of doing business and helping companies reimagine how to manage tangible and digital assets.Trendy cryptocurrencies and nonfungible tokens (NFTs) capture media headlines and the public imagination, but these and other blockchain and distributed ledger technologies are also electrifying the enterprise.

      • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2022/36

        As we are used to by now, Tumbleweed is kicking and rolling. 7 snapshots in a week would be nothing surprising. Unfortunately, this week we ‘only’ reached 6 snapshots. Number 7 was discarded – not for having issues, but the next snapshot passed so quickly through OBS that it was ‘ready for testing; before openQA could even finish the previous run. Not something we see very often. In any case, no harm done: you just needed an extra day of patience to get some of the updates.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Raspberry PiBack to school 2022: Our support for teachers

        The summer months are an exciting time at the Foundation: you can feel the buzz of activity as we prepare for the start of a new school year in many parts of the world. Across our range of fantastic (and free) programmes, everyone works hard to create new and improved resources that help teachers and students worldwide.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

      • PostgreSQLPostgreSQL: PGConf.NYC 2022 (Sep 22-23) Registration Closing Soon!

        Come join us in New York City on September 22 – 23, 2022 at Convene on 237 Park Ave for two packed days of fun, informative PostgreSQL content. Learn from PostgreSQL experts and source code contributors about best practices for developing the world’s most advanced open source database!

    • GNU Projects

      • GNUnetmessenger-cli 0.1.0 released

        We are pleased to announce the release of the messenger-cli application.

        The application is a counterpart for the terminal to the previous release of the GTK application using the GNUnet Messenger service. The goal is to provide private and secure communication between any group of devices. So server admins or users relying on a terminal focused window manager have now a proper option to utilize the service as well.

    • Openness/Sharing/Collaboration

      • HackadayUpcycling Flat Scraps With Open Source Tools

        If you have any sort of device that cuts like a CNC mill or a laser cutter, you probably generate a lot of strange-looking scrap material. Most of us hate to throw anything away, but how do you plan to use all these odd shapes? [Caddzeus] has an answer.  Using a camera and some software he digitizes the shapes accurately into a form usable in his CAD package of choice.

  • Leftovers

    • HackadayYour Car Gets Hot When Left In The Sun. Hot Enough To Cook?

      In hot weather, those of us who drive are familiar with the sensation of getting into the car and having it feel like an oven inside. A car is a essentially sealed metal box with large windows, thus on a sunny summer day it has more in common with a greenhouse, and in a heatwave this can become unbearable. But does it get hot enough for cooking? [Julian Lozos] aimed to find out, by cooking Icelandic rúgbrauð using only a 2016 Honda and the California sunshine.

    • The NationManga Hulks Its Way to the Top

      Blame it on Jujutsu Kaisen.

    • Counter PunchOpportunity Shouldn’t be About Luck

      Children born to wealthier families tend to have a higher college graduation rate and are shielded from economically traumatizing events, such as a major health problem or eviction. These children also tend to live in wealthier neighborhoods served by better resourced schools.

    • Counter PunchFrom Russia with Vision: My Journey to Parecon

      My earliest memory that might be called politically significant is: when I was a child — I don’t even remember how young exactly — there was a lot of talk on TV about poverty and unemployment (often being spoken about as ‘people having no work’). So, once I asked my father: “Why is ‘there’s no work’ a bad thing? Doesn’t that mean that all that has to be done is done and there’s no need to do more?” And my father said: “It’s bad because people don’t work and don’t get money”. I asked: “Then why don’t they print enough money and hand it out, so everyone has enough?”. “Because then money would be less valuable, and you wouldn’t be able to buy as much”, he said. That made some sense, so I asked no further questions then.

    • Counter PunchSo-Called Normality and Fear

      But the thing is as I said elsewhere, there are times when we are definitely better off dealing with what’s actually in front of us, regardless of analytical labels, abstractions or levels, just deal in straight power concepts and wage love. This is such a time.

    • HackadayApple’s Satellite Emergency Texts, How Do They Work?

      There is always some hype surrounding an Apple product announcement, and while maybe it’s not in the same league as those for the original iPod or iPhone, their iPhone 14 model will include emergency texting by satellite has generated quite a bit of coverage. It’s easy to find a lot about the system from the software end in terms of its interface and even Apple’s use of compression, but what about the radio side? Whose satellite constellation are they using, and how does it work?

    • The NationSue Bird Sets a Standard and Says Goodbye to the WNBA

      It’s a basketball legacy that—factoring in longevity, consistency, and success—is exceeded only by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s. Sue Bird played a record 21 seasons, all with the same team, the Seattle Storm; won four championships, each one achieved during a different part of her career; made 13 All-Star appearances; and has a future spot in the basketball Hall of Fame. In addition to being the WNBA’s all-time assist leader, she has a closetful of championship trophies from Europe, Olympic gold medals, and two titles from starring for what may have been the greatest college team in history, at the University of Connecticut. Bird never won an MVP, but her consistency and solidity have been unmatched, averaging double figures for her first 16 seasons in the league, always suppressing her own statistics to give what the team asked of her.

    • The NationWerner Herzog’s Exit From Civilization

      With his latest work, a novel called The Twilight World, the filmmaker Werner Herzog has chosen a subject so tailor-made for him that it verges on self-parody. In a cinematic oeuvre devoted to questing megalomaniacs and half-bestial outcasts, it seems inevitable that he would eventually find his way to Hiroo Onoda, most famous of the so-called “Japanese holdouts” after the Second World War—that is, soldiers stranded on islands that were bypassed by the US military in its advance across the Pacific, who refused to surrender for years or even decades after the conflict’s end.

    • HackadayTroubleshooting Barcodes: A Lesson In Critical Thinking

      We’ve all been there. Something that is known to work doesn’t work out in the field. But back at home base, it works fine. How do you fix it? Of course, there’s no one right answer to that question, but [Benji York] had a particularly satisfying round of troubleshooting some errant barcodes and even came up with a very creative solution.

    • Counter PunchTrick Babies
    • Education

    • Hardware

      • HackadayADSL Router As Effects Pedal

        Moore’s law might not be as immutable as we once though thought it was, as chip makers struggle to fit more and more transistors on a given area of silicon. But over the past few decades it’s been surprisingly consistent, with a lot of knock-on effects. As computers get faster, everything else related to them gets faster as well, and the junk drawer tends to fill quickly with various computer peripherals and parts that might be working fine, but just can’t keep up the pace. [Bonsembiante] had an old ADSL router that was well obsolete as a result of these changing times, but instead of tossing it, he turned it into a guitar effects pedal.

      • HackadayTracking Weather Balloons With SDR

        The advent of cheap software-defined radio hardware means that what would have once been an exotic expensive undertaking can now be relatively cheap. [David] notes that using some pretty simple gear, he could track down weather balloons.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Counter PunchAs New Covid Boosters Move Forward, Better Outreach is Needed to Save Lives

        In late July, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the share of people living in counties designated by the CDC’s guidelines as medium or high risk had grown significantly due to the spread of the BA.5 variant; at that time, 87 percent of the entire population lived in a medium or high risk area. KFF estimated that the number of people living in those counties who were not up to date on their Covid-19 vaccinations had also jumped––to 198 million. This jump represented a 65 percent increase since the start of June alone.

      • Common DreamsScientists Develop Malaria Vaccine With ‘World-Changing’ Potential

        “With the right support, the world could end child deaths from malaria in our lifetimes.”

      • The NationEnding Free Covid Tests, US Policy Is Now “Figure It Out Yourself”

        Last summer, getting vaccinated was promoted as the most fun, fashionable, sexy thing a person could do. Free vaccines and boosters were a centerpiece of the Biden administration’s policy and its messaging. The sense of hope, progress, and even hookups enabled by vaccines was crystallized in the upbeat single “Vax That Thang Up” by Juvenile—perhaps the only credibly sex-positive Covid-related US public health message to date. Iconically, the video featured scenes from a pop-up vaccination site, with a health tech/backup dancer in a face shield and the rapper Juvenile “making it rain” with white CDC vaccination cards. The unsung hero of that cultural moment, of course, was the significant federal expenditures underwriting national vaccine supplies.

    • Privatisation/Privateering

    • Security

      • CISACisco Releases Security Updates for Multiple Products | CISA

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

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • The NationDHS Surveillance Increasingly Targets US Citizens

          Days after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, Mattie Walker woke up to police knocking on her door in Texas. The officers, who worked for the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service—the agency tasked with protecting federal buildings and their employees—handed her a letter referencing something she posted on Twitter the day of the decision. “You became upset at the Roe Vs Wade decision and stated, ‘Burn every fucking government building right down right the fuck now. Slaughter them all. Fuck you goddamn pigs,’” the letter stated. Then it warned her against “any harassing/threatening language when contacting any government agency,” threatening her with arrest if she didn’t comply.

        • The Wall Street JournalG-7 privacy regulators aim to ease turbulent international data flows

          New trans-Atlantic privacy deal is the missing puzzle piece to help data move more smoothly between wealthy countries

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Counter PunchThe Death Penalty Needs Transparency & Regulation

        Although the death penalty has existed in the United States since the earliest colonies, in the 1700s, Congress was already questioning the legality and humanity of these severe methods of punishment. As a result, the evolution of execution methods progressed to what is perceived to be more humane. Lethal injection has been broadly touted as the most humane method since 1977,  and since then, there have been 1,370 executions by lethal injection — now the primary execution method used by 30 states and the U.S. government.

    • Environment

    • Finance

      • Counter PunchThe Fed Appears to Have Violated the Dodd-Frank Act in the Second Quarter of 2020, Giving $455 Billion in Loans to Citigroup

        But during and after the 2008 financial crisis, the largest of the Fed’s emergency lending facilities, the Primary Dealer Credit Facility (PDCF), sluiced $8.9 trillion in cumulative loans to trading firms on Wall Street. Two-thirds of that amount went to just three firms: $2.02 trillion to Citigroup; $1.9 trillion to Morgan Stanley; and $1.775 trillion to Merrill Lynch according to a congressionally-mandated audit by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). (See chart below from the government audit.)

      • Counter PunchThe World Bank: Promoter of Starvation?

        I ordered the Bank’s 1974 Annual Report. The cover photo is of bent over rice farmers working in a field in Bangladesh perhaps reflecting the mentality of an institution of western imperialism,.

      • Counter PunchRousing the Power of the Rank and File

        Some of these jobs sucked more than others, but they all sucked. Being a temporary worker most of the time, I used that as an excuse and told myself I did not have time to attempt any organizing. Before I took the job in Washington state, I signed what was essentially an illegal yellow dog contract in which I promised not to talk union at all. I broke the promise, but it didn’t matter. The people who worked there were the castoffs from a major union busting campaign undertaken at the local Simpson lumber mill right before I moved there. The International Woodworkers of America (IWA) had conceded hundreds of jobs and most of its future operations in the town. Consequently, my co-workers at the circuit board assembly plant were afraid of unionizing and skeptical that a union could really do much about anything, anyhow.

      • Counter PunchPutin’s No Superfluous Man

        In 19th-century Russian fiction, the superfluous man is a man who imagines big ventures but does not act upon them. He is an aristocrat, landholder, and possessor of serfs, oversensitive to class distinctions, up and down; he lives off the land he rarely visits; seeks women of high status, but ineffectively; fights duels to save his honor but reluctantly; dies prematurely from a mysterious illness but lives a thoroughly pathetic and wretched life.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • MeduzaAs the war against Ukraine rages on, Russians head to the polls What to look out for in Russia’s 2022 municipal elections — Meduza
      • TruthOutReport: 17 of 18 Pro-Democracy Bills Were Killed by Filibuster This Congress
      • Counter PunchDeSantrump

        DeSantis has fired elected, Democratic officials on thin pretexts and created a new police force – electoral brownshirts — to hunt down voting fraud. These fearless centurions were deployed in August 2022 – weapons drawn, and doors smashed in — to arrest and charge 20 hapless ex-cons who, it turned out, were ineligible to vote even though election authorities sent them registration cards. The point of the raids and subsequent press conference was not prosecutions (they are almost certain to collapse) but to intimidate former prisoners from exercising the franchise returned to them by a citizen referendum in 2018. Black people are greatly over-represented (47%) in Florida prisons, so the prosecutions serve the additional effect of bullying Black voters overall.

      • Counter PunchTransparent Idiocy and Cynically Wishful Democratic Party Thinking: Reflections on a Poll and its Reporting

        The NBC poll has been cited over and over by liberal cable news talking heads claiming that the main thing driving voters today is the danger to democracy posed by the Donald Trump “MAGA Republicans,” who were recently described by Joe Biden as “semi-fascists” – an understatement from a semi-liberal.

      • Democracy Now“Attack Philanthropy”: Right-Wing Billionaire Fueled Climate Denial & Conservative Judges, Schools

        New revelations about the secretive right-wing billionaire Barre Seid, who donated $1.6 billion to a conservative nonprofit run by Leonard Leo, known as Donald Trump’s “Supreme Court whisperer,” show he has also used his massive fortune to undermine climate science, fight Medicaid expansion and remake the higher education system in a conservative mold. We speak with The Lever’s Andrew Perez, who reported on what Seid calls “attack philanthropy,” after obtaining emails through an open records request.

      • Common Dreams‘Abhorrent and Anti-Democratic’: Outrage as DNC Panel Blocks Vote on Dark Money Ban

        Former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner, a DNC member who faced an onslaught of dark money during her recent campaigns for a U.S. House seat, told Common Dreams that “it’s really a sad state of affairs” for the DNC Resolutions Committee to “not even bring this to the floor so that the members of the DNC can weigh in.”

      • Counter PunchYes, Gorbachev Was a Failure but Other Hands Helped Bring Down the Soviet Union
      • Counter PunchLetter From Crimea: Yalta, the McCarthy Era and Trump

        As I was early to the scrum, I got the front seat, which on the twisting coastal road high above the water gave me spectacular views. Then the bus cut slightly inland, which meant I didn’t see the palaces in Koreiz—not far from Yalta— where Josef Stalin and Winston Churchill stayed during the February 1945 conference.

      • Counter PunchPossible Prisoner Exchange in US Hybrid War against Venezuela

        Alex Saab, who has been confined for over two years, is a victim of the US economic war calculated to achieve regime-change in Venezuela. He has been targeted because of his role in helping circumvent the sanctions imposed on Venezuela by the US. These measures, really collective punishment, are intended to make conditions so onerous there that the people would renounce their elected government. Such unilateral coercive measures are illegal under international law.

      • Counter PunchMAGA Civil War? Ain’t Gonna Happen

        It’s astounding that individuals like Sen. Lindsey Graham could possibly stand up in all his faux-righteous indignation and claim there will be “riots in the streets” if the Department of Justice dares prosecute a former president for stealing top secret government documents and storing them haphazardly at his Florida resort with no control over who may have seen, copied, or stolen them.

      • Counter PunchBiden’s New War on Extremism and Liberty

        Biden declared that “Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.” But Biden didn’t confess to the audience that he considered almost half of all Americans to be “extremists.”  A few hours before Biden’s speech, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre asserted,  “When you are not with what majority of Americans are, then you know, that is extreme. That is an extreme way of thinking.”  Is this wacko definition of extremism designed to vilify anyone who doubts Biden will save America’s soul?

      • Common DreamsQueen Elizabeth II of England Dead at 96

        The Royal Family made the announcement on social media and with a public statement.

      • TruthOutQueen Elizabeth Is Dead, But Her Bloody Legacy Lives on
      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Unified Anti-Bolsonaro Front Needed to Save Brazil—and the Planet

        In less than a month, Brazilian voters will elect their next president. One might imagine that the unpopular far-right incumbent, Jair Bolsonaro, doesn’t stand a chance. But Bolsonaro retains the support of some very powerful forces, and he continues to pose a severe threat to Brazilian democracy.

      • The NationWe Were Supposed to Help Asian Migrant Women—Instead We Got Police

        After a white man shot dead six Asian women at three spas in Atlanta in March 2021, unprecedented interest fell on grassroots organizations serving New York City’s Asian communities. Mainstream discussions about violence against Asians in America have rarely focused on migrant workers, who face aggressive policing, unfair housing policies, garnished wages, and other discriminatory actions. But New Yorkers sympathetic to the Atlanta victims suddenly inundated organizers like Yves Tong Nguyen with queries about how to help. In response, Nguyen would repeat a blunt message: “I want you to care when people are still alive.”

      • The NationThe Far Right Has Already Had an Impact on Sweden’s Elections

        The far-right Sweden Democrats don’t stand a chance of winning a majority in the upcoming elections here on September 11, but you can see their presence everywhere. On an August day when election posters were going up on fences and lampposts, the sun blasted down with unusual intensity in this part of the world and both center-left and center-right parties promised a higher level of policing and a crackdown on “segregation”—code here for opposition to neighborhoods where a majority of residents are migrants.

      • MeduzaMoscow municipal deputy candidates receive calls from ‘journalists’ who don’t exist — Meduza

        Candidates for Moscow’s upcoming municipal council elections have begun receiving calls from people claiming to be journalists from Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Novaya Gazeta, Polit.ru, and other media outlets. In the calls, the “journalists” ask candidates about their views on sensitive issues such as the war in Ukraine and opposition politician Alexey Navalny’s “Smart Vote” initiative, Yabloko party representative Kirill Goncharov told Dozhd.

      • TruthOutSteve Bannon Charged With Fraud, Conspiracy and Money Laundering
      • TruthOutNew Poll Shows 6 in 10 Voters Don’t Want Trump to Run in 2024
      • The NationThe Planetary Stakes of the Brazilian Election

        Brazilians vote to elect a president on October 2, and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a former president and the Workers’ Party candidate, is leading in the polls. But the current president, Jair Bolsonaro, is threatening to disregard the results and seize power. If that happens—or if Bolsonaro somehow wins at the ballot box—it will accelerate the destruction of the Amazon rain forest. Brazil is skidding toward an environmental disaster, and if Bolsonaro remains in power, his government will sabotage the international campaign to slow global warming. It is no exaggeration to call the next election in Brazil one of the most important votes in environmental history.

      • TechdirtPolitico’s New Owner Heads To The Fainting Couch Over TikTok

        New Politico owner and Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner has called for a ban on TikTok at the Vox Media Code conference. In fact, the lion’s share of the conference involved folks hyperventilating in one form or another over the existential threat posed by a popular social media app:

      • The NationWhat the Republicans Did
      • MeduzaEstonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland to restrict border crossings for Russians with Schengen visas starting September 19 — Meduza

        In a press conference, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said that Estonia would close its border to Russian citizens with tourist visas, starting September 19.

      • ScheerpostKatrina vanden Heuvel: Mikhail Gorbachev’s Legacy Was Squandered. Now We’re All Paying the Price.

        On this week’s “Scheer Intelligence,” Katrina vanden Heuvel, editorial director and publisher of The Nation, remembers the Russian leader—whom she called a friend—as a committed pro-peace thinker.

      • ScheerpostThe Chris Hedges Report Podcast: Historian Paul Street on the Bankrupt Liberalism and Gilded Absurdities of the Democratic Party
      • ScheerpostRepeat After We
      • Misinformation/Disinformation

        • Counter PunchDinner Versus the Truth: The Problem With Facebook’s Content Warnings

          Ads are placed on Facebook feeds by animal rights organizations like The Humane League, the group I work for, to raise awareness about the reality of factory farming. These ads depict chickens raised for food (commonly known as broiler chickens) and their experiences on factory farms. But Facebook’s algorithm often rejects those ads under its “sensational content” policy. Facebook requires posts that share “violent” or “graphic content” information and images to come with a content warning, which cannot be included in paid ads.

        • Common DreamsOpinion | The Dangerous Digital Forever War of Far-Right Conspiracy Theories

          The three men and three women stood with their right arms raised. Behind them the remains of the daylight hued the sky a bluish gray. As a fire danced at their feet, they gazed straight ahead at a camera recording their words. The square-jawed man in the middle, retired Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn, spoke first. The others, including members of his family, repeated after him.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Counter PunchJournalists, Israel and War Crimes

        And CNN wasn’t the only independent organization to investigate: “Witnesses, including Al Jazeera journalists, immediately said Israeli forces had carried out the shooting in Jenin, a claim that was backed up by numerous investigations by media outlets, human rights organisations, and the United Nations.”

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • TechdirtAmy Klobuchar’s Link Tax Bill Put On Hold Because She Doesn’t Understand Her Own Bill And Ted Cruz Doesn’t Understand The 1st Amendment

        Earlier today, there was a Senate Judiciary Committee markup on the JCPA — the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act — put forth by Senator Amy Klobuchar. Last week I wrote a long post about just how broken the bill is. It does almost everything it seeks to do badly, in ways that are genuinely dangerous. That post has the details, but in short: it tries to force big internet companies to pay news organizations for linking to them, which fundamentally changes how the internet works (you should never have to pay to link). While it pretends not to, it fundamentally messes with copyright law, because while it talks about “licensing,” it never explains what these sites need to actually license. That’s because the reality is that they’re trying to license links, news snippets, and headlines. All of those are fair use and require no license. Yet under this bill, they’ll need to be licensed.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakTarantino and Miramax Settle Copyright Lawsuit Over “Pulp Fiction” NFTs

          Quentin Tarantino and Miramax have settled their copyright infringement lawsuit over the “Pulp Fiction” NFT project. The film studio accused the director of using copyrighted materials, including the screenplay, without owning all the rights. The settlement details are not public but both parties say that they might collaborate to release more NFTs in the future.

        • TechdirtCopyright Troll In Taiwan Accused Of Uploading Movies Itself To Entice, Sue, And Threaten ‘Pirates’

          It’s no secret that copyright trolls have been a scourge on many countries for some time now. The typical method of the copyright troll is quite simple. You buy or acquire the rights to some media, you watch for any of that media to show up on the internet illicitly, and then you attempt to legal-fu the IP addresses out of ISPs or site hosts and then threaten those using those IPs with a lawsuit if they don’t pay a “settlement fee.” This scheme is problematic for any number of reasons: this isn’t how copyright laws were intended to work, IP addresses are not people representing guilty parties, there have been a ton of false positives, etc. etc. etc.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Technical

      • Science

        • Tedium10 Executable File Formats That Didn’t Make It

          Whether the way you roll is .EXE, .APP, or .SH, you most assuredly executable some things in your life as a computer user. Maybe you don’t even realize it—after all, Android and iOS really go out of their way to separate you from the process of direct file execution—iOS with a whole flippin’ App Store. Of course, the nature of execution is such that every type of computer has its own way of doing things, and that way of doing things may not be compatible with any other. As a result, it leads to a lot of incompatiblity over time—some of which we’re talking about today. Continuing on our list of things that didn’t make it, we now lean really hard on once-common file formats that execute things—or, at least, look like they do. Today’s Tedium executes some code. (Got a problem with the list? See the disclaimer.)

      • Announcements


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

Links 09/09/2022: Leap Micro 5.3 Beta and Ruby 3.2.0 Preview 2

Posted in News Roundup at 8:13 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Its FOSSFOSS Weekly #22.33: Features of Fedora 37, Ubuntu 22.10, GNOME 43, KDE 5.26, Explaining Linux to Beginners and More

        Linux is user friendly. It’s just selective about who its friends are. But once you befriend Linux, you’ll have the best friend for life.

        Any operating system could be complicated. In Linux, you have the opportunity to take control of the system completely. Right?

      • [Older] The Year of the Linux Desktop – by Matt Hartley

        One of my biggest grievances with the current state of Linux journalism is the sheer volume of puff pieces passed off as quality content. I’ll be among the first to admit there are some decent technology writers still puttering around. Yet despite years of experience in the tech space, far too many of them fall victim to the deadly writing assignment “Year of the Linux Desktop” type articles.

        Editors often assign puff piece articles with one laser focused thought in their tiny little brains – eyeballs on the article in question. These editorial minions of mediocrity have no interest in furthering the adoption of Linux on the desktop. They simply wish to make their monthly readership quotas so they can assign additional puff pieces to a willing batch of wet behind-the-ear tech writers.

        And this brings us to the hottest Linux topic next to a new Ubuntu release announcement – The Year of the Linux Desktop. (Insert dramatic music here…or something)

        The concept of this topic is nothing new. It’s been recycled off and on for years by countless publications. In 2017, Linux enthusiasts were told by a well known presenter for the Linux Foundation that this would be the year of the Linux desktop. Well, perhaps not exactly.

      • [Older] 9 great reasons why I need to write this article about switching to Linux

        I don’t believe it’s any secret that PCWorld is laser-focused on topics they can cultivate into advertising dollars. I get it. We all have to eat. PCWorld’s focus is illustrated with its emphasis on hardware, mobile devices, and proprietary software. All of which is perfectly reasonable.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • LWNLinux 5.19.8
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.19.8 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:
        
        https://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-s...
        
        thanks,
        
        greg k-h
        
        
      • LWNLinux 5.15.66
      • LWNLinux 5.10.142
      • LWNLinux 5.15.67
    • Graphics Stack

      • Mike Blumenkrantz: SP33D2

        For this edition of the blog, we’re hopping off the usual tracks and onto a different set entirely: Vulkan driver optimization. I can already hear what you’re thinking.

        Vulkan drivers are already fast. Go back to doing something useful, like making GL work.

        First: no they’re not.

        Second: I’m doing the opposite of that.

        Third: shut up, it’s my blog.

        How does one optimize Vulkan drivers? As we all know, any great optimization needs a test case. In the case of Vulkan, everyone who’s anyone (me) uses Zink as their test case. The reasons for this are many and varied because I say they are, but the important one to keep in mind is, as always, drawoverhead.

    • Applications

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • OSTechNixHow To Configure Static IP Address In Linux And Unix

        Setting IP address after a fresh Linux installation is one of the mandatory skill that every Linux and Unix administrator should learn. We can easily assign IP address in Linux that has GUI mode. However, configuring IP networking from command line mode is entirely different! This step by step tutorial describes how to configure static IP address in Linux and Unix operating systems from command line mode.

      • H2S MediaHow to install Thunderbird on Debian 11 Bullseye – Linux Shout

        Thunderbird is Mozilla’s developed open-source email client available for Windows, macOS, Linux, and other popular operating systems. The secure and free e-mail client “Mozilla Thunderbird” supports all common e-mail accounts, can encrypt outgoing messages on request, offers an integrated RSS reader, and is highly expandable. If you want, you can even use Thunderbird as a Twitter client.

        The Mozilla e-mail client is easy to use and offers a tabs view, so you can, for example, cleanly separate emails from chats. By clicking “Compose” you can write new emails and add appointments and addresses optionally. For large mail stocks, there are practical tools for a better overview. So you can highlight important messages, hide read ones, or sort the mail into different folders. Very cool are the virtual folders, where you can automatically sort mails with certain criteria.

      • ‘Forever loading’ error with Jitsi and Google Meet – formicapunk

        I had this issue preventing me to start a call, which happened on two different browsers. It turned out that the pulseaudio service was hung, and no audio devices were available for the browser to use.

      • Trend OceansUncover: Quickly Discover Exposed Hosts on the Internet from Linux – TREND OCEANS

        Recently, I’ve written a detailed guide on the Smap alternative to Nmap that takes advantage of the Shodan API to generate identical output like Nmap, except it also fetches open port data from Shodan as an add-on to standard Nmap.

        No doubt, Shodan is an amazing way to find devices connected to the internet. However, it is not the only search engine. There are several platforms like Censys and Fofa that offer you the chance to check if the device is connected to the internet.

        If you have a list of IP addresses and check it on Shodan (to know whether they are exposed to the internet), in a very rare situation, you might not see any result declaring that they are not exposed.
        You leave that situation for further investigation. However, it is recommended to check IP addresses on multiple platforms to verify that they are 100% not exposed to the internet from anywhere.

        To achieve this, you can take the help of various tools that help you perform all search engine searches from one tool without letting you manually visit each search engine for testing.

        Of all those tools, one is the Uncover tool, which can give you the power to perform tests on hosts to check whether they are exposed to the internet.

      • Trend OceansSubfinder: Fast Passive Subdomain Enumeration Tool in Linux – TREND OCEANS

        Today, most of the vulnerability or exploitation is done over the subdomains of a website where developers have less interest, which gives an attacker an open invitation to exploit their main website.

        In some cases, the developer doesn’t even know which subdomain was created. From a security point of view, if you are doing security research, then it is your responsibility to know how to get a list of subdomains of the root domain.

        Now, there are multiple ways to find a subdomain. For example, if you are a site admin and have access to a DNS record, then you can easily view the list of registered subdomains.
        In case you are not a site admin and just a security researcher looking for a subdomain of the root site to check a security flaw, then you should take the help of the subfinder tool.

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install KDevelop on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, KDevelop is a free-to-use IDE that is Linux based. It provides editing, navigation, and debugging features for several programming languages such as C, C++, Python, QML/JavaScript, and PHP, as well as integration with multiple build systems and version-control systems, using a plugin-based architecture.

        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 KDevelop IDE 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.

      • TecAdminHow to format source code in Visual Studio Code (VSCode) [Ed: This is proprietary software that lets Microsoft spy on users a lot; better advise people to use something else]
      • DebugPointHow to View Saved WiFi Password in Linux Mint

        A simple guide to view saved WiFi password in Linux Mint (all versions – Cinnamon desktop) for beginner’s.

        If you use wireless connections and frequently connect to a list of WiFi access points, then you tend to save the password for seamless connectivity in Ubuntu and other systems. However, you may forget the password after a certain period. Here’s how you can quickly find it out.

        After continuous use of any system, you may forget about the WiFi password which you set up a while back. Because in most cases, the passwords are saved in your system, and you do not need to enter them again to connect. Linux Mint and other distros do it for you.

      • OMG UbuntuHow to Try Ubuntu’s New Installer on Your Current Install – OMG! Ubuntu!

        Itching to play around with Ubuntu’s new installer on an existing install? With the new Ubuntu Desktop Installer Snap, you can!

        Of course, it should be obvious to you that doing a fresh install of Ubuntu using the latest canary build is the only real way to “test” the revamped Flutter-built installer (y’know, to see if it actually installs anything). But not everyone wants to download a 4GB .ISO, create a USB, or go through the hassle of that.

        Some folks (hi 👋) just want to get a feel for the “experience” the new installer offers. Y’know, gawp at the visual changes between this subiquity-based creation and the GTK Ubiquity installer most of us are (intimately) familiar with, i.e. click through the steps to see how it compares.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Containerd Container Runtime on Ubuntu 22.04

        Containerd is a high-level container runtime that supports OCI Image Spec and OCI Runtime Spec (Open Container Initiative). Containerd is created with an emphasis on simplicity, robustness, and portability for container deployment and lifecycle. It’s designed to be easily embadlable to latge system such as Docker and Kubernetes. Under the hood, the new Docker version uses the Containerd for managing container lifecycle. And for Kubernetes, you can use Containerd as your container runtime via the CRI to manage containers lifecycle on the Kubernetes Cluster.

        This tutorial will go over how to install the Containerd Container Runtime on an Ubuntu 22.04 server. This tutorial will go over two different methods for installing Containerd, manually by downloading the binary package or and installing Containerd via the APT repository. By the end of this tutorial, you will have the container environment for your development, you can also use this as part of the Kubernetes cluster installation.

      • Linux.orgBash 09 – Functions | Linux.org

        We have covered all of Bash, except for Functions. Functions can be very helpful for a script.

        If you have any programming experience, then you should already have an understanding of the Function. A Function is a set of commands that you utilize multiple times. We can set the Function up one time and called as many times as we need.

      • UNIX CopHow to install Wine 7 on Ubuntu 22.04 | Linux Mint 21

        Taking advantage that I had to make some tweaks to play a game I like, I will show you how to install Wine 7 on Ubuntu 22.04 | Linux Mint 21.

        The reality is that Ubuntu 22.04 | Linux Mint 21 comes with Wine 6 which is a great version but not the latest. We already know that with Wine you should use recent versions to take advantage of the improvements they incorporate.

        But what is Wine? If you are a newbie, you probably don’t know. So, Wine 7 is the latest stable branch of a project that has been with us for many years. With wine, we can have a layer of compatibility that allows us to run Windows software on Linux.

        Thanks to an active development, Wine 7 comes with many interesting new features. For example, the inclusion of the Windows-on-Windows 64bit architecture (WoW64) that allows us to install 32-bit Windows applications on 64-bit Linux systems.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Zoom on Debian 11 Bullseye

        In the era of COVID-19 and possible future situations similar to it, Zoom has become an essential tool for business and education. The platform provides high-quality video and audio, making connecting with colleagues and customers accessible from any device. Zoom’s screen sharing feature is also valuable for presentations and collaboration. Additionally, the ability to record meetings has proved helpful for training purposes. For businesses, Zoom’s enterprise features are a significant advantage. Single sign-on and integration with calendaring systems make it easy to deploy and manage Zoom across an organization. Additionally, support for large-scale deployments ensures that businesses can meet their communication needs, even as they grow.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn to install Zoom on Debian 11 Bullseye using the downloaded Zoom deb package or installing the Flatpak third-party package manager, with some tips for maintaining or removing software in the future.

      • How To Use Your Webcam On Linux – by Matt Hartley

        There was a time not too many years ago when using secondary devices like webcams would have been a nightmare with most Linux distributions. Then one day, a single individual changed everything with a single focus – making webcams work with Linux distributions of the era.

        French programmer Michel Xhaard took the bull by the horns and forever charged history for Linux-loving webcam users. He did so for free, and I thank him for getting us where we are today. Well, at least for those of us with webcams working flawlessly.

      • [Older] Samba on Linux the Easy Way – by Matt Hartley

        Samba file sharing isn’t tricky. There, I said it. End of the article? Not so fast home slice.

        Intermediate to advanced Linux users would likely agree with the previous statement. And to a lesser degree, I do as well. Once you understand what is needed, a basic Samba share isn’t a big deal.

        Things go 43 degrees to “full funky-town” when you try to follow the ridiculous “guides” elsewhere on “the interwebs.” Imagine flocks of Linux newbies circling a single guide. Now picture newer Linux users getting Samba to work right (gasp) the first time, every time?!

        Thank you for reading Gloves Off Linux. This post is public so feel free to share it.

      • >[Older] Terminal Prompt Warrior – Forget TimeShift and OBS

        After reading the OMG Ubuntu article, it got me thinking – what if TimeShift, BackInTime, and other similar backup tools were to disappear? Think about it, a world filled with Linux users who cannot locate simple GUI applications to handle their data backups reliably! It would be chaos, would it not?

        Now let’s unleash further madness…what if OBS lost its principal developer?

        Poof, OBS is gone! Then shortly after, SimpleScreenRecorder, among other similar GUI applications, disappeared! What would we do? Well, I’m about to tell you. Keep reading.

        After reading the rest of this article, you’ll realize it’s not that big of a deal. Best of all, you will learn to do things using the terminal that may not have occurred to you previously.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install MariaDB 10.6 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

        MariaDB is one of the most popular open-source databases next to its originator MySQL. The original creators of MySQL developed MariaDB in response to fears that MySQL would suddenly become a paid service due to Oracle acquiring it in 2010. With its history of doing similar tactics, the developers behind MariaDB have promised to keep it open source and free from such fears as what has happened to MySQL. Many Linux distributions include MariaDB as their default database management system due to this assurance from the developers.

        MariaDB 10.6 brings several significant improvements, including improved performance, scalability, and new features such as a crash-safe replication mechanism and improved SQL compatibility. In terms of performance, MariaDB 10.6 includes several optimizations that can help to speed up database operations. For example, the new version contains several changes that can help to reduce disk IO and improve caching strategies. In addition, MariaDB 10.6 introduces a new storage engine called MyRocks, which is designed for modern hardware architectures and can provide significant performance improvements. In terms of scalability, MariaDB 10.6 includes several changes that make it easier to run large databases on multiple servers. The new version introduces sharding support, dividing databases into numerous pieces spread across various servers. In addition, MariaDB 10.6 includes several changes that improve the ability to replicate databases across multiple servers. Finally, regarding SQL compatibility, MariaDB 10.6 introduces several features that make it easier to port applications from other database systems. Also, the new version includes support for Oracle’s PL/SQL language and introduces a compatibility mode that can make running MySQL applications on MariaDB servers easier. As a result, MariaDB 10.6 is a significant release that includes many improvements that users of all types will welcome.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install NVIDIA Drivers on Fedora 36 Linux

        When it comes to graphics processing, speed is often of the essence. For any Linux user who relies on their system for gaming or graphic design, having the fastest drivers possible is essential. While most modern Linux distributions come with NVIDIA drivers pre-installed, these are often not the most up-to-date or well-supported drivers available. The Nouveau open-source graphics device driver for Nvidia video cards is typically slower than Nvidia’s proprietary driver and lacks support for the latest hardware features and software technology. In most cases, upgrading to proper NVIDIA drivers will provide a much better experience. In some situations, the improvement in speed and performance can be substantial.

        The following tutorial will teach you how to install the Nvidia Drivers on Fedora 36 Linux from the Nvidia Proprietary Repository RPM Fusion or Nvidia RPM Cuda REPO using cli with the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install LibreCAD on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        LibreCAD is a free Open Source CAD application for Windows, Apple, and Linux. Support and documentation are free from our large, dedicated community of users, contributors, and developers. LibreCAD has been downloaded over 1 million times and is used worldwide for industrial design, mechanical engineering, architecture, gardening, and more! The developers have worked hard to make LibreCAD easy to use yet powerful enough for advanced users. For example, LibreCAD supports multiple layers, and unlimited undo/redo, an excellent patterns. In addition, LibreCAD can be extended with plugins written in C++ or Python. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced CAD user, LibreCAD is a great choice for your next project.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install LibreCAD on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using two methods with APT using the default Ubuntu repository or by importing the official LaunchPAD PPA and installing the most up-to-date version using the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Calibre E-Book Reader on Linux Mint 21 LTS

        Calibre is free and powerful software that helps you manage your e-books. With Calibre, you can automatically catalog your books, fetch metadata for them, or convert them into different formats. Additionally, Calibre’s network features allow users to download content from over 1,000 websites that are updated daily. Overall, Calibre is an excellent software for managing your e-book collection.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Calibre on the Linux Mint 21 LTS release series using two different methods: APT and Flatpak using cli in the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install HandBrake on Linux Mint 21 LTS

        HandBrake is an open-source video transcoder that can be downloaded for free and supports Mac, Windows, or Linux to convert videos in many different formats into more commonly used ones like MP4 with minimal file size reduction – making it efficient at reducing the amount of data consumed on your hard drive while also helping save time! For example, I had a 2-hour movie in MKV format that was 6.5GB. After using Handbrake to convert it to MP4, it was only 1.2GB without any noticeable loss in quality! Not only does this save a ton of space on my hard drive, but it also means that the movie will take less time to download if I ever need to put it on another device. In addition, Handbrake can compress video files without changing the format, which is excellent for reducing the file size of more extensive videos without sacrificing quality. Overall, Handbrake is a handy tool that I would highly recommend to anyone looking to reduce the file size of their video collection.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Handbrake on Linux Mint 21 LTS using the command line terminal with various methods to install the transcoding software and update and remove the software if needed.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install MariaDB 10.6 on AlmaLinux 9

        Oracle’s acquisition of MySQL in 2010 led to fears that the popular open-source database would become a paid service. In response, the original creators of MySQL developed MariaDB, and MariaDB is now one of the most popular open-source databases. Like MySQL, it is free and can be used for various purposes, including web development, data analysis, and application development. The developers behind MariaDB have promised to keep it open source and free from the same fears that led to its creation. This commitment has helped to solidify MariaDB’s position as a leading open-source database.

        MariaDB 10.6 brings several significant improvements to the popular open source database, including improved performance, scalability, and new features such as a crash-safe replication mechanism and improved SQL compatibility. In terms of performance, MariaDB 10.6 includes several optimizations that can help to speed up database operations. For example, the new version contains several changes that can help to reduce disk IO and improve caching. These changes can result in a significant performance boost for high-traffic databases. MariaDB 10.6 also introduces a new replicated log that is much more resilient to crashes and other failures. This feature can help to ensure that data is always safe and available, even in the event of an unexpected shutdown. Finally, MariaDB 10.6 includes several improvements to SQL compatibility, making porting applications and data from other database systems easier. MariaDB 10.6 is a significant step forward for the popular open source database and will provide substantial benefits for users looking for a high-performance, scalable, and feature-rich option.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install MariaDB 10.6 on AlmaLinux 9 using the official RPM repository straight from MariaDB.org to have the latest updates and security fixes for the 10.6 series.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install KiCad on Linux Mint 21 LTS

        KiCad is a free software suite that makes it easy to design and simulate electronic hardware. It has an integrated environment for schematic capture, PCB layout (including 3D rendering), manufacturing file viewing, and SPICE simulation, all in one place! The software is a powerful tool for both experienced engineers and beginners alike. Developed over 25 years ago, this program has been continuously improved upon by its dedicated team of developers who work around the clock to ensure that every user can get something out of their time spent using it! KiCad offers a wide range of features, making it easy to create complex designs with high accuracy. The software is also constantly being updated with new features and improvements, so users can always be confident that they are using the best tool for their needs. If you are looking for a powerful and user-friendly electronic design and simulation suite, then KiCad is perfect!

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install KiCad on Linux Mint 21 LTS release series by importing the official LaunchPAD PPA and installing the most up-to-date version using the command line terminal.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Kate Text Editor on Linux Mint 21 LTS

        Kate is a powerful and intuitive editor that may be the perfect fit for you. With its robust yet straightforward interface, Kate offers everything from word processing to development tools in one place, saving time! And with 200+ languages available onboard alongside plugins galore (think code hooks), this tool will help maximize productivity, whether it’s coding or content creation. Even better, Kate is free and open-source software released under the GNU General Public License, so users are free to download, use, and distribute the program as they see fit. So if you’re looking for an all-in-one solution that can help you streamline your workflow, Kate is worth checking out!

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Kate Text Editor on Linux Mint 21 LTS using the command line terminal, including how to update and, if required, remove the software using the cli commands.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install digiKam on Linux Mint 21 LTS

        An excellent digital photo management application is essential for anyone who likes to take photos. DigiKam is a superb option for Linux, Windows, and macOS users. It provides comprehensive tools for importing pictures from your camera or external storage devices such as SD cards/USB disks without breaking out the manual hex editors! The app also has excellent features like editing remotely through Dropbox integration which means no more juggling between different screens while trying not to miss anything important. Another great feature of DigiKam is its ability to tag photos with GPS location data. This makes it easy to organize and find photos later, whether looking for all the images you took on your last vacation or just those taken near your current location. Whether you’re a professional photographer or just someone who likes to take pictures, DigiKam is an excellent option for managing your digital photos.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn to install the digiKAM on Linux Mint 21 LTS using three methods: apt package manager using the default apt repository or a newer version from a launchpad ppa or flatpak package manager, along with some tips for maintaining or removing digiKam in the future.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install MakeMKV on Linux Mint 21 LTS

        MakeMKV is a free, open-source tool that can convert video clips from DVDs and Blu-rays, usually encrypted. The output will have most information preserved but not changed; it’s perfect for people who want their media without hassle or headache caused by software limitations like those found with other transcoder apps. For example, many commercial DVDs and Blu-rays are copy-protected with CSS encryption. This encryption can prevent some software from being able to read the disc properly, but MakeMKV doesn’t have that problem. It can read the discs and convert the video without any issues. This makes it an excellent tool for people who want to convert their media collection to digital files. There are many uses for MakeMKV beyond just converting CSS-encrypted discs. It can also be used to create backups of discs, extract audio tracks from video files, and more. It’s a versatile tool that any serious media fan should have in their arsenal.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install MakeMKV on Linux Mint 21 LTS utilizing the command line terminal using the recommended Launchpad PPA repository MakeMKV team to provide the most up-to-date version.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install CMake on Fedora 36 Linux

        CMake is a well-known compiler that has gained much popularity in recent years. The main reason for its popularity is that it is open-source and cross-platform, so developers can use it on any operating system they want and don’t have to worry about licensing fees. Additionally, CMake can generate wrappers and executables in any combination, making it very versatile.

        While some compilers are designed to only work with specific languages or operating systems, CMake can be used with any programming language and on any platform. This makes it an ideal choice for developers who want the flexibility to work on various projects. CMake is also constantly being updated with new features and improvements, so developers can be confident that they are using an always up-to-date tool. With its many benefits, it’s no wonder that CMake has become so popular in recent years.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install CMake on Fedora 36 Linux workstation or server using the command line terminal with two methods: dnf package manager with the native app-stream or compile method.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install UNRAR on Fedora 36 Linux

        UNRAR is a powerful tool for extracting compressed files, and Windows users widely use it. RAR files are much smaller archives and compress better than ZIP for most files by compressing files “together,” saving more space. UNRAR is not natively pre-installed on Fedora 36 but can be easily installed from its repository. Once installed, UNRAR can be used to extract RAR files with a simple command. In addition, UNRAR offers several features for manipulating archives, such as the ability to list the contents of an archive or extract only specific files. As a result, UNRAR is a valuable tool for anyone who needs to work with compressed files.

        The following tutorial will show you how to install UNRAR on Fedora 36 Linux workstation or server using the command line terminal and the most commonly used commands.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Linux Kernel 6.0 on Fedora 36 Linux

        The Linux Kernel 6.0 brings many new features and improvements, making it one of the most significant releases in recent years. One of the most anticipated features is support for the latest AMD “Zen” CPU architecture, which promises substantial performance gains for users with this CPU. With these and other improvements, including the early phase of rust code, virtualization improvements, GPU driver support, scheduler changes, and much more, the Linux Kernel 6.0 will significantly boost your system’s overall performance.

        Most users may not be required to update to Linux Kernel 6.0 immediately, but for users seeking better performance on existing hardware or having new hardware that their current kernel does not support or has relatively low support, then upgrading immediately would be beneficial. If your system is running fine and you are happy, do not pre-upgrade your kernel and wait for the official release in Fedora; I would advise you to keep the current kernel, given Fedora’s schedule of releases.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Linux Kernel 6.0 on Fedora 36 Server or Workstation using the Linux Vanilla third-party repository that is well known or using Fedora’s upstream, along with how to downgrade back to the original Fedora kernel if you run into issues.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Blender on Linux Mint 21 LTS

        Blender is a powerful 3D creation suite that is free and open-source. It supports the entire 3D pipeline, from modeling and rigging to animation and rendering. It is made by hundreds of people worldwide, including studios and individual artists, professionals and hobbyists, scientists, students, VFX experts, animators, game artists, modders, and more. Blender is an open-source project with a community that spans the globe. It is unique with its vast array of features and capabilities; it is an excellent tool for anyone interested in 3D creation.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Blender on Linux Mint 21 LTS release using two different methods: APT and Flatpak, using the command line terminal along.

      • Install MySQL Workbench on Oracle Linux 8 – kifarunix.com

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to install MySQL Workbench on Oracle Linux 8. MySQL Workbench is graphical user interface tool that is used by GUI centric database administrators/architects/developers to administer and manage MySQL servers and databases. MySQL Workbench provides data modeling, SQL development, and comprehensive administration tools for server configuration, user administration, backup, and much more.

      • VideoHow to install Telegram on Pop!_OS 22.04 – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at how to install Telegram on Pop!_OS 22.04.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Gacha Universal Beta on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Gacha Universal Beta 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.

      • Network WorldHow to copy files to multiple locations on Linux

        You can run a series of Linux commands to copy multiple files to a folder or copy a single file to multiple folders, but you can save time and trouble by using xargs, loops and scripts.

        Using a series of commands to copy a file to multiple locations or a number of files to a single location can be time-consuming, but there are options to speed up the process. This post explains some of them.

      • TechRepublicHow to deploy microk8s during the installation of Ubuntu Server 22.04 | TechRepublic

        There are numerous ways to deploy Kubernetes. But when your server of choice is Ubuntu Server, the options can be a bit confusing. This is in part because Kubernetes dropped support for Docker, so getting the pieces up and running can be a bit of a challenge.

      • Easily Install FortiClient VPN on Oracle Linux – kifarunix.com

        In this tutorial, you will how to easily install FortiClient VPN on Oracle Linux. FortiClient VPN allows you to create a secure and an encrypted Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection tunnel using IPSec or SSL VPN “Tunnel Mode” connections between your device and the FortiGate Firewall.

      • DebugPointConnect to Ubuntu 20.04 from Windows 10 [Beginner’s Guide]

        This beginner’s guide helps you remotely connect to Ubuntu 20.04 from Windows 10. We show you the easy steps with an example.

        If you work in a networked environment at your work or set up a small network at home (wired or wireless), you are often required to remote connect to your Ubuntu machine (or any Linux machine).

        Although I have created this guide in Ubuntu 20.04 and Windows 10, the following steps ideally should work for any Linux distribution which supports Xrdp for remote connection.

        Technically, there are many ways of connecting to any system over the network (internet or intranet). You can use a client such as Remmina (which is an excellent client) to connect via VNC, and RDP protocol. You can even connect via ssh with X forwarding as well.

      • TechRepublicHow to enable PXE boot with VirtualBox | TechRepublic

        PXE stands for Preboot Execution Environment and is a client-server interface that makes it possible for computers to be booted from a remote server on a network. This makes it possible for you to work with automated provisioning of servers and workstations over a network.

      • PR NewswirePrometheus Certified Associate Exam is Now Generally Available
      • HowTo GeekHow to Run a Local Script on a Remote Linux Server

        Scripting repetitive tasks improves the efficiency of system administration. That’s great for local machines, but what if you oversee remote servers? Can you run a local script on a remote computer? Yes!

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install FileZilla on Linux Mint 21. For those of you who didn’t know, FileZilla is the most popular cross-platform, open-source FTP client which allows us to upload or download the file to FTP server. FileZilla is available for Windows or Linux on both server and client sides.

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

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxPrison Architect is getting a ‘Free for life’ update (and yes it’s free)

        Double Eleven and Paradox Interactive just announced a new free update coming to Prison Architect named ‘Free for life’. The update will release on September 12th. Sounds like it’s going to be quite a useful update too, although it doesn’t really contain anything huge it’s still a few welcome additions for this 7 year old game (yes it’s really that old).

      • GamingOnLinuxFight against socks and sandals, grey suits and more in Fashion Police Squad

        What do people have against socks and sandals exactly? Fashion Police Squad is a funny new first-person shooter from Mopeful Games and No More Robots and might be one of my favourite games this year. Note: key provided by the publisher.

      • GamingOnLinuxCrusader Kings III: Friends & Foes out with free update and Free Weekend

        Crusader Kings III has a big free update out now, plus the Crusader Kings III: Friends & Foes event pack is out now. You can also try the game free this weekend.

      • GamingOnLinuxClassic racer Re-Volt returned to Steam — here’s how to work it on Steam Deck / Linux

        Re-Volt is a retro delight from the year 1999 that originally came to GOG in 2013. Sadly it was pulled from sale when it was found to contain code written by the community, that the release did not have permission to use. Now it’s back and on Steam too.

      • GamingOnLinuxProton Experimental fixes up Red Dead Redemption 2, gets more games working

        Recently Red Dead Redemption 2 had a big update which amongst other things, added in FidelityX Super Resolution (FSR) 2.0. Sadly, it broke it on Linux and Steam Deck but Valve already have a fix out but you need to pick it manually for now.

      • GamingOnLinuxCounter-Strike: Global Offensive improves startup time, Steam Deck Steam Input improvement

        Valve has put out an update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive that not only makes it startup faster but improves Steam Input handling on Steam Deck too.

      • GamingOnLinuxPaper Animal RPG takes inspiration from Paper Mario and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon

        Paper Animal RPG is a rather cute looking upcoming game. Currently in development from Cuddling Raccoons Studio it’s a mixture of exploration, dungeon crawling, combat and a little relaxation by the campfire too.

      • GamingOnLinuxThe Excavation of Hob’s Barrow releases September 28th

        The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow is an upcoming folk horror narrative-driven point and click adventure, with a really great mixture of animated pixel-art and Native Linux support. Coming from Cloak and Dagger Games and Wadjet Eye Games, nice to see more fully supported games like this.

      • GamingOnLinuxThe new Library Mode in Wine manager Bottles looks awesome

        Here’s an update I missed recently somehow. Bottles, the application you can use for managing various Windows games and apps installed with Wine had a fresh update with a fancy new Library Mode. Where do these developers find the time to constantly improve Bottles? Amazing.

      • Boiling SteamBottles Devs (Lutris Alternative) and their Talk at the Linux App Summit – Boiling Steam

        The devs behind the now famous Bottles have recently shared with everyone the recording of their talk at the Linux App Summit, an event co-sponsorted by GNOME and KDE. Bottles is a piece of software that works on top of WINE to make it easy to create specific prefixes for various purposes, including running Windows games. It can definitely replace PlayonLinux and Lutris in many use cases.

      • Week 11: Finalizing the activities

        The coding period is coming to an end in a few weeks, and this is the time for complete devotion towards making the activity ready to be merged. The visual representation of the activity is close to completion, and the working of a few parts is left. The implementation of the idea is improved significantly with the help of mentors. One thing I learned when implementing something in the code is that the activity should be “scalable” for the future. It should adapt to the requirements.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • The syslog-ng Insider 2022-09: 3.38; SQL; disk-buffer; nightly;

      This is the 104th issue of syslog-ng Insider, a monthly newsletter that brings you syslog-ng-related news.

    • FSFESFP#16: Free Software in France with Hugo Roy

      In this episode of the Software Freedom Podcast, Bonnie Mehring speaks with Hugo Roy about his long involvement with the FSFE. Hugo is also very active in the French Free Software community and gives us an overview of the standing of Free Software in France.

    • SFC offers project membership to Sourceware; three video-chat discussion times with SFC available
      We're pleased to report that SFC's Evaluations Committee has voted to
      accept Sourceware! The next step is to review the legal agreement:
      
      https://sfconservancy.org/docs/sponsorship-agreement-template.pdf
      
      
      https://sfconservancy.org/docs/sponsorship-agreement-template.odt
      
      We're in the middle of updating our template to improve it a little bit,
      but there are no substantive changes. The most important section is
      building the governance section 6, for which the template has various
      suggested structures.
      
      We'd like to have a meeting where anyone can join and ask questions
      about the agreement or anything else about joining SFC. We'll be hosting
      3 calls to let community members join when is best for them: 15:00 UTC
      Friday, 18:00 UTC Saturday and 17:00 UTC Monday on BigBlueButton. We'll
      post the links to this mailing list right before the calls.
      
      Just for clarity since we heard about some confusion in backchannel: SFC
      is offering membership to the Sourceware hosting project itself, not to
      the guest projects that receive services *from* Sourceware. We are
      completely aware that, for example, the various GNU projects that
      receive services from Sourceware already have a fiscal sponsor — i.e.,
      the FSF. We are not seeking to take those projects from the FSF,
      rather, to offer SFC's services to the Sourceware hosting platform
      itself.
      
      We're glad to answer questions on this and anything else related at
      these sessions!
      
      Thanks and see you there!
      -Pono
      
    • IT WireiTWire – Nextcloud announces integration with Cisco Webex App Cloud

      Open-source file syncing and sharing software company Nextcloud has released its embedded app on Cisco’s Webex App Cloud with effect from Thursday.

      The app allows Webex users to look at and edit documents on a Nextcloud instance while working on the Webex app.

    • Static site hosting hurdles

      Which leads me to that detail I say it’s often overlooked:

      How to serve a static site?

      The short but surprising answer is that although we imagine and operate as if we actually were in the early 2000s, that’s far from the real requirements in 2022…

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

      • OpenSource.comOpen source matters in data analytics: Here’s why

        It’s been a little over a year since I wrote my article on Opensource.com, introducing the Cube community. As I worked with our community members and other vendors, I’ve become more convinced of the benefits of open source in data analytics. I also think it’s good to remind ourselves periodically why open source matters and how it provides long-term benefits for everyone.

    • Openness/Sharing/Collaboration

      • Open Access/Content

        • [Old] How Did the Free Sharing of Scientific Knowledge And Culture Become the Worst Crime Our Justice Systems Could Think Of?

          There’s an interesting observation to make here, though, and this is that courts are ordering Internet censorship — an extremely grave reduction in liberty, normally unthinkable outside of wartime — for one “crime”, and one “crime” only: the free sharing of knowledge and culture, which must apparently be stopped at any cost.

          This is a measure so extreme, it’s not used for genocide, premeditated murder, or anything else in the crime catalog. There is but one “crime” that is so horrendous, such a grave crime against the whole of humanity, that it merits Internet censorship as ordered by would-be respectable judges:

          The free sharing of scientific knowledge or popular culture. This is apparently the worst, and only, conceivable crime that merits this worst of prevention.

        • [Old] AAASWho’s downloading pirated papers? Everyone

          How many Sci-Hub users are there? The download requests came from 3 million unique IP addresses, which provides a lower bound. But the true number is much higher because thousands of people on a university campus can share the same IP address. Sci-Hub downloaders live on every continent except Antarctica. Of the 24,000 city locations to which they cluster, the busiest is Tehran, with 1.27 million requests. Much of that is from Iranians using programs to automatically download huge swaths of Sci-Hub’s papers to make a local mirror of the site, Elbakyan says. Rahimi, the engineering student in Tehran, confirms this. “There are several Persian sites similar to Sci-Hub,” he says. “So you should consider Iranian illegal [paper] downloads to be five to six times higher” than what Sci-Hub alone reveals.

          The geography of Sci-Hub usage generally looks like a map of scientific productivity, but with some of the richer and poorer science-focused nations flipped. The smaller countries have stories of their own. Someone in Nuuk, Greenland, is reading a paper about how best to provide cancer treatment to indigenous populations. Research goes on in Libya, even as a civil war rages there. Someone in Benghazi is investigating a method for transmitting data between computers across an air gap. Far to the south in the oil-rich desert, someone near the town of Sabhā is delving into fluid dynamics. (Go to bit.ly/Sci-Hub for an interactive map of the website’s data and see what people are reading in cities worldwide.) Mapping IP addresses to real-world locations can paint a false picture if people hide behind web proxies or anonymous routing services. But according to Elbakyan, fewer than 3% of Sci-Hub users are using those.

    • Programming/Development

      • Ruby 3.2.0 Preview 2 Released

        We are pleased to announce the release of Ruby 3.2.0-preview2. Ruby 3.2 adds many features and performance improvements.

      • QtItem Views in Qt Quick

        A substantial amount of work has gone into improving TableView and TreeView in Qt 6.3 and 6.4, and more is also in the works. In this post I’ll give a quick overview over what has been done so far.

      • Visually impaired, blind children benefiting from new coding project

        Thousands of African primary and high school pupils have since 2017 been introduced by Tangible Africa to coding concepts, through coding App games.

        [...]

        Bona uBuntu programme co-ordinator Robyn Fick welcomed the coding classes and collaboration with Tangible Africa.

      • reprepro-rebuilder

        I’ve come up with a new reprepro wrapper for adding rebuilds of existing Debian packages to a local repository: reprepro-rebuilder. It should make it quicker to update local rebuilds of existing packages, patched or unpatched, working wholly out of git.

      • Java

        • Kubernetes Liveness Probe Saves the Day

          We’ve been running dockerised Java applications on Kubernetes for a while now, all with readiness probes configured. Due to Blue/Green deployment the application would receive frequent no-downtime upgrades, and all pods would get redeployed. This would also clear any existing Java memory (and hide the problem we’re about to discuss).

          We’ve started running stress tests against the application in order to push it to its limits, and the following happened.

  • Leftovers

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Democracy NowFamine by October? Somalia & East Africa Face Humanitarian Crisis Amid Climate Change, Ukraine War

        We look at the devastating effects of climate change and global inequity in East Africa, and how many countries face drought and a looming famine, with guests in Mogadishu, Somalia, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “The current unprecedented drought, that is a result of four consecutive failed rainy seasons, with the fifth and the sixth projected to also be below average, is causing a huge food insecurity,” says Adam Abdelmoula, the U.N.’s humanitarian coordinator for Somalia. “I think the agenda for Africa now is food sovereignty,” adds Million Belay, coordinator at the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa.

      • Counter PunchThe Covid Debacle Rolls On

        Covid finished off 1.04 million Americans, the highest toll of any nation and hardly an advertisement for the public health system in the heart of the Exceptional Empire. Compare that to China’s 5200 covid deaths out of a population of 1.4 billion. The U.S. population clocks in at 330 million. Which country took this lethal virus seriously enough to protect its citizens? Hint, not the capitalist behemoth, with patients intubated from sea to shining sea.

    • Proprietary

    • Linux Foundation (the proprietary openwash agenda)

    • Security

      • Help Net SecurityNmap 7.93, the 25th anniversary edition, has been released – Help Net Security

        Nmap is a widely used free and open-source network scanner. It’s used for network inventorying, port scanning, managing service upgrade schedules, monitoring host or service uptime, etc. It works on most operating systems: Linux, Windows, macOS, Solaris, and BSD.

      • CISACISA Releases Four Industrial Control Systems Advisories | CISA

        CISA released four Industrial Control Systems (ICS) advisories on September 08, 2022. These advisories provide timely information about current security issues, vulnerabilities, and exploits surrounding ICS.

      • CISACISA Adds Twelve Known Exploited Vulnerabilities to Catalog  | CISA

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

      • Help Net SecurityRansomware attacks on Linux to surge [Ed: Diverting attention away from the fact that the lion's share of ransomware is actually a Microsoft Windows pandemic]
      • WiredA Windows 11 Automation Tool Can Easily Be Hijacked [iophk: Windows TCO]

        The attack is based on Microsoft’s Power Automate, an automation tool that was built into Windows 11. Power Automate uses a form of robotic process automation, also known as RPA, in which a computer mimics a human’s actions to complete tasks. If you want to get a notification each time an RSS feed is updated, you can build a custom RPA process to make that happen. Thousands of these automations exist, and Microsoft’s software can link up Outlook, Teams, Dropbox, and other apps.

        The software is part of a broader low-code/no-code movement that aims to create tools people can use to create things without having any coding knowledge. “Every business user now has the power that the developer used to have,” Bargury says. His company exists to help secure low-code/no-code apps.

      • ViceRansomware Gang Accessed Water Supplier’s Control System [iophk: Windows TCO]

        Now, security researchers who specialize in industrial control systems cybersecurity (ICS) and who have analyzed the data published by Cl0p think the gang could potentially have interfered with the systems of South Staff Water (SSW), a UK water supply provider.

        “They appear to have had sufficient access in the environment to conduct further operations in the environment, if desired,” Mark Plemmons, senior director of threat intelligence at the ICS cybersecurity company Dragos, told Motherboard in an email.

      • The RecordChile says gov’t agency struggling with ransomware attack [iophk: Windows TCO]

        Chile’s cybersecurity incident response team said an unnamed government agency is dealing with a ransomware attack that targeted the organization’s Microsoft tools and VMware ESXi servers.

        Chile’s CSIRT said the attack started last Thursday but did not respond to requests for comment about what group was behind the attack or what department or agency was attacked.

      • The RecordFBI and French officials arrive in Montenegro to investigate ransomware attack [iophk: Windows TCO]

        The attacks, which were carried out Friday and Saturday, crippled government-run transportation services and online platforms for information, as well as water and electricity systems.

        According to Public Administration Minister Maras Dukaj, 150 devices within 10 government agencies were infected, and many government websites are still down.

      • IT WireInvestor lawsuit against SolarWinds over breach dismissed

        Security firm SolarWinds has avoided a lawsuit filed by investors in Delaware last year, with Delaware Court of Chancery vice-chancellor Sam Glasscock dismissing the suit.

        Investors sued the directors of the company, claiming they were aware of the risks that the firm’s software posed, but failed to act to prevent devastating attacks that came to light in 2020. The attacks were given the moniker SUNBURST.

        The suit was filed on 4 November 2021 in the Delaware Chancery Court, by the Construction Industry Labourers Pension Fund, the Central Labourers’ Pension Fund, and two individual investors.

      • LWNSecurity updates for Friday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Fedora (mediawiki), SUSE (libEMF, libnl-1_1, libnl3, mariadb, nodejs16, php8-pear, postgresql12, and rubygem-rake), and Ubuntu (linux-raspi, linux-raspi-5.4, and tiff).

      • LawfareRethinking Responsible Disclosure for Cryptocurrency Security

        The Biden administration has pointed, with alarm, to the national security implications of both cybersecurity and cryptocurrency. It’s just a matter of time before the government begins worrying about their intersection—cryptocurrency security. All of the United States’ international adversaries are in the business of exploiting bad cybersecurity, and many of them monetize their exploits using cryptocurrency. There’s nothing more natural for North Korean state hackers, Russian organized crime, or partially privatized cyberspies in China and Iran than to steal cryptocurrency to finance their national security operations. They’ll find an open door; because, as bad as overall cybersecurity is, the security of cryptocurrency is worse.

        You only have to follow cryptocurrency news casually to be struck by the size and frequency of cryptocurrency security failures. That’s not your imagination, or press bias. Cryptocurrency really does have worse security than other digital technologies, and there’s a good chance it always will.

      • Bruce SchneierResponsible Disclosure for Cryptocurrency Security – Schneier on Security

        Stewart Baker discusses why the industry-norm responsible disclosure for software vulnerabilities fails for cryptocurrency software. [...] Stewart Baker discusses why the industry-norm responsible disclosure for software vulnerabilities fails for cryptocurrency software.

      • Reproducible Builds in August 2022

        Welcome to the August 2022 report from the Reproducible Builds project! In these reports we outline the most important things that we have been up to over the past month. As a quick recap, whilst anyone may inspect the source code of free software for malicious flaws, almost all software is distributed to end users as pre-compiled binaries. The motivation behind the reproducible builds effort is to ensure no flaws have been introduced during this compilation process by promising identical results are always generated from a given source, thus allowing multiple third-parties to come to a consensus on whether a build was compromised.

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

        • TechRepublicThe rise of Linux malware: 9 tips for securing the OSS

          Linux is the most secure operating system on the market; for years, that has been one of the open source platform’s best selling points. However, as with anything regarding technology, it’s only a matter of time before criminals catch up. This has been the case with every operating system, software and service. At this point, to say Linux is immune to malicious software would be a fallacy.

          The sad truth is if it’s connected to a network, it’s vulnerable. It doesn’t matter what operating system you use — the longer it’s in play, the more likely it will become a target. And Linux is no exception.

          Over the past few years, Linux has had a target drawn on its back. Given how enterprise businesses now live and die by open source technology, including the Linux OS, it should come as no surprise that this has become a reality, and it’s not going to go away. In fact, if I had to guess, I’d say that the rise of malicious software targeting Linux deployments will become staggering over the next decade.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • EFFEFF to California Governor: Protect Abortion Data Privacy

          EFF also supports two other California bills that would protect the data privacy of vulnerable people who seek medical sanctuary in California. S.B. 107 would protect trans youths who visit to obtain gender-affirming care, and A.B. 2091 would protect people who visit to obtain abortion.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • RTLBomb defused on Wednesday, Pont Buchler reopened to traffic

        A bomb from the Second World War was discovered during expansion work at the central railway station in Luxembourg City on Wednesday, prompting preventive evacuations. At around 2.50pm, the defusing work was completed.

      • [Old] India TimesExplained: What Is Waqf Act And Who Owns The Waqf Land In India

        Finally, The Waqf Act, 1995 was enacted and implemented on November 22, 1995. This Act established the Central Waqf Council and the State Waqf Board. These two bodies are responsible for the administration and supervision of auqaf along with the Chief Executive Officer who is a subordinate to the board. Further, this act provides for the power and functions of the Council, the Board(s) and the Chief Executive Officer, and also the duties of mutawalli.

      • [Old] India Times6.1 lakh Waqf properties across India, most in UP, West Bengal, Karnataka

        Most of the encroachments are reported in Punjab (5,610), followed by Madhya Pradesh (3,240) and West Bengal with 3,082. Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have reported 1,335 and 862 encroachments, respectively.

      • Pro PublicaThe Navy Is Withholding Court Records in a High-Profile Ship Fire Case

        Seaman Recruit Ryan Mays, 21, has been charged with aggravated arson and hazarding a vessel in the 2020 fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard. Mays has maintained his innocence.

      • Pro PublicaWhere Is the Line Between Public & Private Policing in St. Louis?

        The email was not from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the police force that employs them and that residents fund with their taxes. Instead, it was from a retired city police detective named Charles “Rob” Betts, who also employs them at his private company, The City’s Finest.

      • Democracy NowNuclear Experts: Demilitarized Zone at Zaporizhzhia Plant Needed to Avoid Chernobyl-Level Catastrophe

        The International Atomic Energy Agency is calling for a safety and security protection zone to be immediately set up around the facility in order to avoid a nuclear disaster at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. This week it released a long-awaited report urging Russia and Ukraine to create a demilitarized zone around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, after visiting it last week. “Their warnings are pretty clear: Unless the fighting stops, unless the shelling around and on the plant site stops, … then the plant is really skating on thin ice,” says Edwin Lyman, director of nuclear power safety at the Union of Concerned Scientists. We also go to Kyiv to speak with Olexi Pasyuk, deputy director of Ukrainian environmental group Ecoaction, who says the IAEA report will have limited impact on the fighting but helps raise awareness of the risks. “This is what Ukraine wanted to hear … that the only way to have it safe is to demilitarize the area,” says Pasyuk.

      • Counter PunchThe “War on Terror” at 20+ Years: A Retrospective

        Numerous questions remain about where the public stands 20 plus years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. What do Americans think about our past wars, and would the public stomach renewed violence in the name of fighting al Qaeda, ISIS, or some other Islamist movement that’s hostile to the United States if a future president (or the current one) recommitted the U.S. to the “War on Terror”?

    • Environment

      • New York TimesA Smartphone That Lasts a Decade? Yes, It’s Possible.

        If a smartphone were designed to last a decade, it would probably be made so that we could simply open it up to replace a part like a depleted battery or a cracked screen. Many of its components would be able to be upgraded — if you wanted a better camera, you could just swap out the old one for a newer, more powerful one. You could also download software updates from the phone’s maker indefinitely.

        Sensible and sustainable, right?

      • DeSmogCampaigners Raise ‘Serious Concern’ Over New Climate Minister’s Pro-Drax Stance

        Graham Stuart, who joined the newly formed cabinet this week, is regarded as a green Conservative who has described climate change as “one of the greatest challenges we will face in this lifetime”.

  • Finance

    • Common DreamsOpinion | What Insurance Tells Us About Our (In)Capacity for Climate Resilience

      Insurance is a key safety net of western modern life, and many take the insurance of property for granted. House and contents insurance, it is envisaged, will be there if disaster strikes. However, a lack of meaningful action to mitigate climate change is putting this sense of security at risk. For households, there is growing uncertainty about what the future may hold. There are examples, worldwide, of insurers withdrawing from certain markets and households being less and less likely to be able to access or afford property insurance. 

    • Pro PublicaHow to Compare and Negotiate Funeral Costs

      Prices for funerals have always been steep. Funeral homes charged a median of $7,848 for a viewing and burial last year, according to the National Funeral Directors Association, and $6,970 for a cremation. Those costs don’t include the charges from cemeteries, which can add thousands more. ProPublica recently investigated one cemetery whose charges could run into the tens of thousands of dollars.

  • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • [Old] MC5 Gateway – Sources and Links5

      MC5 Gateway – Sources and Links

    • NPRA hacker bought a voting machine on eBay. Michigan officials are now investigating

      Harri Hursti has bought about 200 used voting machines without incident, but the one he purchased on eBay last month is now the subject of a state investigation, with Michigan officials determined to find out how the device ended up for sale online.

    • CNNPolice investigating how Michigan voting machine wound up for sale online

      The machine was purchased by a cybersecurity expert in Connecticut who alerted Michigan authorities and is now waiting for law enforcement to pick up the device. CNN determined the machine was dropped off at a Goodwill store in Northern Michigan, before being sold last month on eBay by a man in Ohio.

      In an interview with CNN, the Ohio man said he purchased the machine online at Goodwill for $7.99 before auctioning it on eBay for $1,200.

    • Frontpage MagazineSurvey Says Muslims More Islamophobic Than Americans

      Islamic activists have spent two decades falsely accusing Americans of Islamophobia for being concerned about Islamic violence.

      What does it mean that more Muslims believe that Muslims are violent than Americans do?

    • Raw Story‘See you all in Court!’ Trump threatens Lincoln Project after new ad appears on Fox News

      Donald Trump took to his Truth Social account on Thursday morning to attack the Lincoln Project and threaten them with a lawsuit after Fox News agreed to run one of their latest ads attacking the former president.

    • CoryDoctorowEvery billionaire is a factory for producing policy failures

      Louis Brandeis once said, “we can have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of the few, but we can’t have both.” It’s part of a long American tradition that abhors the gathering of power into just a few hands.

    • Insight HungaryHelsinki Committee: Chief judge unlawfully appointed several judges

      Documents obtained by the Helsinki Committee show that Varga proceeded unlawfully on several judicial applications. In 5 cases out of the 11 vacancies announced in 2021, he did not initiate the appointment of the first-ranked judge, nor did he reach out to the National Judicial Council for approval to deviate from the ranking. On one occasion, he declared the fourth-ranked applicant the winner, which is not allowed under the law even with the National Judicial Council’s consent.

    • Common Dreams‘A Disgrace’: Ron Johnson Says He Opposes Same-Sex Marriage Bill

      Speaking at a Common Sense Citizens of Washington County meeting last week, Johnson said his comment in July signaling that he saw “no reason to oppose” the Respect for Marriage Act was issued just to get reporters to stop pressing him.

    • DeSmogIsle de Jean Charles Community Members Moved into the First Federally Funded Resettlement Project in Louisiana Despite Visible Engineering Issues

      Once he signed, Chris would become the first lifelong resident of Isle de Jean Charles to commit to moving into one of the newly built homes provided by Louisiana’s Office of Community Development (OCD).  The New Isle subdivision is the first federally funded resettlement project built for a coastal community facing immense risk from the climate crisis.

    • Telex (Hungary)Another public institution is hardly a cure for corruption in Hungary
    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • New York TimesWhen Teens Find Misinformation, These Teachers Are Ready

        Between lessons about the Revolutionary War and the functions of Congress, juniors in several history and U.S. government classes at Palmer High School in Colorado Springs are taught to defend themselves against disinformation.

        The students, many of them on the cusp of voting age, spend up to two weeks each fall exploring how falsehoods, prejudices and opinions can lurk in the many places they get information. They learn to trace the origins of documents, to validate a website by leaving it to consult other sources and to train a critical eye on the claims made by TikTok influencers and on YouTube videos.

      • John PilgerSilencing The Lambs. How Propaganda Works.

        In an address to the Trondheim World Festival in Norway, John Pilger charts the history of power propaganda and describes how it appropriates journalism in a ‘profound imperialism’ and is likely to entrap us all, if we allow it.

  • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • New York TimesVice, Exploring a Sale, Weighs a Content Deal With a Saudi-Backed Firm

      After Saudis killed the journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, Vice Media joined many other American companies in publicly distancing themselves from the Saudi Arabian government, whose agents carried out the killing.

      Now, Vice is in talks to expand its business in the kingdom.

      The youth-focused digital media company is exploring a deal with MBC, a media giant partly owned by the Saudi government, to start a new content partnership in the region, according to two people with knowledge of the talks who would speak only on the condition of anonymity.

  • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Naked SecurityPeter Eckersley, co-creator of Let’s Encrypt, dies at just 43

      We don’t often write obituaries on Naked Security, but this is one of the times we’re going to.

      You might not have heard of Peter Eckersley, PhD, but it’s very likely that you’ve relied on a cybersecurity innovation that he not only helped to found, but also to build and establish across the globe.

    • News AUFamily charged with attempted murder of daughter pleads not guilty

      It was revealed in 2021 that the victim, a Muslim woman from Afghanistan, had been in a relationship with a Sri Lankan Christian man who her family did not approve of.

      [...]

      The victim’s father, brother and brother-in-law were charged with one count each of attempted murder and unlawful detention.

    • Pro PublicaPrivate Police in St. Louis Are High-Ranking, Off-Duty Officers

      Among the roughly 200 St. Louis police officers whose names appeared earlier this year on an internal list of officers who had sought and received approval from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to moonlight for The City’s Finest were four of the six district commanders who hold the rank of captain. The list, obtained by ProPublica through a public records request, also included two of the department’s highest-ranking officers, Maj. Ryan Cousins, who oversees the department’s murder, rape and arson investigations, and Maj. Shawn Dace, who oversees South Patrol, which includes two districts. It’s not clear if all of those officers currently work for The City’s Finest.

    • Pro PublicaJefferson Parish Sheriff Clears Deputy Who Slammed Woman to the Ground

      The incident involved JPSO Deputy Julio Alvarado, a 17-year veteran, and Shantel Arnold, 34, a Black woman who is under 5 feet tall. It drew national attention after the brief video clip was covered by ProPublica, WWNO and The Times-Picayune | The Advocate.

    • Common DreamsWarren Introduces Bill to Repeal ‘Right-to-Work’ Laws Enacted by GOP in 27 States

      “Democrats are making clear that we stand in solidarity with workers everywhere.”

    • Counter PunchLet Roe Go: Winning Abortion Rights

      Of course, the abortion-rights battle must be waged on all fronts. But legal and legislative victories will only be won securely as a result of winning broad and deep political support—persuading a majority of people of the justice and necessity of the cause. That is the kind of political work that created the conditions for Roe v. Wade—independent, risky personal and collective political action, including civil disobedience, that highlighted the plight and right of pregnant women, and the hypocrisy and cruelty of criminalizing abortion.

    • Counter PunchBrazil, Amazon, World: Ballots and Bullets

      Channel 4 News in the UK understands the global repercussions, that the Brazilian election “will determine the future of the Amazon rainforest, and the world’s fight against climate change”. It’s on the right track but not enough. The fight against climate change means protecting the world’s rainforests, respecting their Indigenous custodians, learning from Indigenous knowledge, applying serious initiatives like the Green State Vision which was launched by West Papua’s independence leaders at COP26, where it was ignored. It means ceasing all other forms of extractive plunder now, understanding that the planet’s future depends on this. This is a matter of universal human rights (and those of other species) if ever there was one. It’s no project for a criminal against humanity. Lula is Brazil’s and the world’s best chance. To begin with he’s promised an Indigenous Ministry if he wins the election, and the good news is that a record number of 181 Indigenous people have registered as candidates.

    • Counter PunchWhat Liberal Admonishers of Left Psychiatry Critics Get Wrong

      “On the Left,” Ritts tells us, “common criticisms seek to explain how psychiatry can inadvertently medicalize injustice.” While Ritts is correct that this is a common criticism, it is by no means the only criticism, and for most Left critics, it is not even the most heartfelt one.

    • Counter PunchCiudad Juárez: Haitians in Limbo

      “The police took our money, and if you have the bad luck of coming across a patrol they’ll take your money,” Noel warned. At the time of the interview, Noel’s family had been in Mexico almost a year and Ciudad Juárez for two weeks, searching for a place to live and seeking a legal way into the United States, possibly via political asylum, where he has long-established relatives. According to the young migrant, the Caribbean island nation of an estimated 11.5 million residents is immersed in political and criminal violence; a family home was burned down by arsonists with differing political opinions.

  • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • The AnarcatComplaint about Canada’s phone cartel – anarcat

      I think it’s absolutely scandalous that telecommunications providers in Canada can charge so much money, especially since the most prohibitive fee (the “non-prepaid” plans) are automatically charged if I happen to forget to remove my sim card or put my phone in “airplane mode”.

      As advised, I have called customer service at Fido for advice on how to handle this situation. They have confirmed those are the only plans available for travelers and could not accommodate me otherwise. I have notified them I was in the process of filing this complaint.

      I believe that Canada has become the technological dunce of the world, and I blame the CRTC for its lack of regulation in that matter. You should not allow those companies to grow into such a cartel that they can do such price-fixing as they wish.

  • Monopolies

    • Copyrights

      • Rolling StoneThe Beatles’ Unheard ‘Revolver’: An Exclusive Preview of a Blockbuster Archival Release

        Except the world hasn’t heard it yet. Because in 2022 there’s more to Revolver than we ever knew. Over a few summer days in Abbey Road, the legendary London studio the Beatles called home, Rolling Stone gets a one-on-one exclusive tour of the brand-new Revolver, as good-day sunshine streams through the windows. Producer Giles Martin, son of the band’s wizardly producer George Martin, spins unheard outtakes from the sessions, along with the revealing new mix of the Beatles’ most wildly experimental album.

      • Creative CommonsNew FAQ on NFTs and CC0

        CC has been following how people are creating and trading NFTs, and how the marketplace of creative works is transforming. We keep seeing NFTs linked to works published with CC’s open licenses or the CC0 public domain dedication — so often that CC0 NFTs have their own hashtag: #cc0summer. We know that there are many in the CC community trying to figure out how CC tools interact with NFTs — as are many others who are hearing about CC for the first time as they explore NFTs.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

    • Technical

      • Running gotwebd behind nginx

        The latest release of the Game of Trees control version systems includes a brand-new repository web interface: gotwebd. It was written by tracey@ and it’s going to replace the “old” CGI script, also written by him.

      • Classic Chips

        I found a few classic chips which I ripped out of some equipment heading for the scrap pile.

        [...]

        The chip at right center appears to be a Mostek Z80 8-bit CPU. The top-right chip is a DMA controller. I thought at first that the chip on the bottom right might be an early Intel CPU, but I believe it is actually a bus interface, evidently tied to the Z80.

      • Freezr “P.E.B.C.A.K.”

        SSH through Android hotspot didn’t workout, even though by default SSH should work out-of-the-box on any Linux distribution… I am pretty sure the reason is that is not allowed. However it consumed 5 mega doing anything therefore I won’t use it anyway…

      • Video – talk about NixOS deployments tools

        At work, we have a weekly “knowledge sharing” meeting, yesterday I talked about the state of NixOS deployments tools.

        I had to look at all the tools we currently have at hand before starting my own, so it made sense to share all what I found.

        This is a real topic, it doesn’t make much sense to use regular sysadmins tools like ansible / puppet / salt etc… on NixOS, we need specific tools, and there is currently a bunch of them, and it can be hard to decide which one to use.

      • Science

        • Using Renewable Energy at Home

          I recently switched our power and gas supplier to The Energy Co-op because I wanted our apartment to start using renewable energy. Although we’re not literally using power that comes straight out of wind turbines and solar panels (The Energy Co-op works by buying and retiring RECs for their subscribers), I feel good about redirecting our monthly bill to fund renewable energy facilities. It’s a little more expensive, but I think it’s still worth it for me.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Yes, 9.9.99 (2)

          ivan, I remember like yesterday the release of Dreamcast and the date 9.9.99 and the HUGE promotional effort put behind that console.

          I bought it less than a week later, with Crazy Taxi and some “winter games” type of game, as well as one of the Madden NFL titles, and I don’t think I bought any other games for that console, lol! I played *the hell* out of those three, though.

        • Wouter Spekkink Micro Log

          Checking in with gemini again after not giving it any attention for a looooong time. I also considered taking down my capsule, given that I didn’t update it in almost a year now. I decided against it everytime it crossed my mind. I had a look at my favorite capsule (Joneworlds). It is a shame that the story has concluded, but at the same time it is a nice opportunity to start exploring the gemini space for other cool stuff.

      • Programming

        • Cursed whitespace sensitive C

          I’m coming in strong today with a small meme prototype, that actually turned out interestingly.

          It all started with me having a stupid idea: writing C with a whitespace sensitive syntax, ala Python. Knowing it wouldn’t be too hard to hack something in that vein, I started working and got something done in a couple of hours. I present to you…

        • Git – How to prevent a branch to be pushed

          I was looking for a simple way to prevent pushing a specific git branch. A few searches on the Internet didn’t give me good results, so let me share a solution.


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The Register Corrects Itself on Microsoft

Posted in Deception, Microsoft at 4:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Yesterday:

Remond [sic] modernizes database management system for an open and cloudy world
Yesterday the summary said: “Remond [sic] modernizes database management system for an open and cloudy world” (compare Google Cache for new page and old page; the latter now redirects to the former)

Today:

Yesterday this was red (Queen)
It has since then been changed to say the above (in all black along the top, due to the Queen’s death).

Summary: It’s good to see publishers not only recognising a mistake but also correcting it (The Register is notorious in that regard). Microsoft is googlebombing “Linux” again to promote proprietary software nobody needs. It’s not even a proper port to GNU/Linux! It said “open and cloudy world” as if this proprietary software of Microsoft is “open” rather than affront to it. It was a good choice and a sound editorial decision to correct the mistake, even if belatedly.

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