09.10.22

On the World Wide Web, 25 Years is an Eternity

Posted in Site News at 8:30 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

I only built my first site in 1997/1998 (Geocities); some had already made much bigger things

Last Chance To Join Us For The Techdirt 25th Anniversary Party!

Summary: TechDirt turns 25 and we too expect to reach 25 (we’ve future-proofed everything)

Governing a country (or “commonwealth”) as a “monarch” for over 70 years is a lot, today it’s 9/11, but one milestone you likely did not hear of is TechDirt turning 25. Earlier this year my personal site turned 20, Tux Machines turned 18 (to be clear, I’m not that site’s founder!), and this site, Techrights, turns 16 in about 8 weeks from now. The site is as active as ever and it produces code like never before (thousands of lines of code per month in some months).

“I’m rather certain this site too will turn 25, even if the World Wide Web isn’t its primary protocol anymore. We’re constantly adapting.”We’re not joking or provoking when we say that the future of the World Wide Web isn’t bright. There are several factors contributing to this demise and many data points proving the demise.

Thankfully, as far as Techrights is concerned, we’re no longer dependent on the World Wide Web. While working on the new Tux Machines we’ve made a Content Management System (CMS) that treats Gemini like a first-class citizen, not merely a by-product. Later this year we’ll deploy the same here, whereupon this site will be “natively” more than just the World Wide Web. In recent months we’ve been busy behind the scenes (the back end) working to make this a reality.

I’m rather certain this site too will turn 25, even if the World Wide Web isn’t its primary protocol anymore. We’re constantly adapting.

Happy birthday to TechDirt and long live activism/citizen journalism online. We recently passed 34,500 blog posts (now 34,513) and we expect 50,000 one day, even if WordPress is trying to herd people into bloatware with a universal back door (we’ll probably have a new CMS in place by the end of the year). As a matter of full disclosure (on the record), my health is OK, we have additional people capable of running Techrights, and financially we’re secure for at least a decade.

Links 10/09/2022: New Debian Builds and KeePass2 2.52 Released

Posted in News Roundup at 3:10 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • VideoStormD StormOS Debian Variant – Invidious

        In this video I will be taking a look at StormD a variant from the distro creators of StormOS which is an Arch based distro, StormD is based on Debian. The ISO I have downloaded is an XFCE build which also comes with the same Maintenance Utilities Program as StormOS. Besides being based on Debian there are slight differences with applications out of the box, theming and layout, I don’t believe plank was available in the original StormOS. StormD also comes with Gnome Software with Flatpak available out of the box, also being Debian you would also be able to boost software availability by installing Snap Packages if that’s your preference. Hope you enjoy the video.

      • MakuluLinux Max ( Debian ) Dev Build 2022.09.10 – MakuluLinux

        We take a look at the many new changes over the last few weeks, Development is speeding along. This is one HOTLY anticipated Debian release of 2022. Keep up with the latest updates…

      • VideoThis Tool Converts Arch Linux Packages To AppImage – Invidious

        I love Arch Linux. I love AppImages. And I love this Python script that easily converts any Arch Linux package (either in the standard repos or the Chaotic AUR) to an AppImage. This tool is so simple to use that I think it will greatly increase the number of AppImages and their usage.

      • VideoTop 7 New Games to Play on Linux with Proton | August 2022 – Invidious

        I looks at the latest data dumps from ProtonDB to give you a quick list of new games that work perfectly with Proton since they were released in August 2022 – all of them work out of the box or well enough with tweaks.

      • VideoSaint Kotar | Linux Game – Invidious

        Saint Kotar is a psychological horror detective game set in a cursed valley in rural Croatia. Investigate the disappearance of your relative in the occult-ridden town of Sveti Kotar as you switch between conflicting realities through the eyes of two godly men.

      • VideoReasons Not to Use Linux – Invidious

        This is a highlight reel from the longer discussion on when not to use Linux.

    • Applications

      • Ubuntu HandbookKeePass2 2.52 Released! PPA Updated for Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04

        KeePass2 password manager released version 2.52 a day ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 22.04, Ubuntu 20.04, & Ubuntu 18.04 via PPA.

        The new release now allows importing 1Password 8.7 1PUX, and Key Folder 1.22 XML files, as well as groups and expiry dates when importing Sticky Password XML.

        There are also other password manager files compatibility, such as support for the new encoding of double quotes when importing Steganos Password Manager CSV, and automatically convert time-based one-time password generator settings on Bitwarden JSON import.

      • GhacksPassword Manager KeePass 2.52 is out

        Check out my review of KeePass if you are new to the application. It has been my password manager of choice for a long time. Main reasons for that are that it is a local application with optional cloud syncing support, extensible through a ton of extensions and apps, well designed and more secure than online password managers.

        KeePass 2.52 is available as a download from the official project website. You may get an update notification in the program itself, but need to download and install the update manually.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Trend OceansUse Apt or Apt-Get Command to Install a Specific Version of a Package on Ubuntu – TREND OCEANS

        Do you want to install a specific version of a package using the apt or apt-get command without using modern sandboxing tools like Snap or Flatpak?

        Then check your package for all available versions that you want to install by using the below command.

      • TecAdmincURL – How to display request headers and response headers – TecAdmin

        The request headers contain the information about the resource that is required to be fetched. The response headers contain information about the response sent by the server. It’s something like server details and other information.

        cURL is a command line utility used to transmit data over the different-2 protocols. It is a quick tool for developers to view the request header and response header values of a website.

      • peppe8oMAX7219 LED Matrix with Arduino

        To control the dot matrix with MAX7219 using Arduino and display different patterns/characters on a dot matrix

        In this tutorial, we will learn how to interface MAX7219 LED Dot matrix display with Arduino. We will familiarize you with the MAX7219 dot matrix display and program Arduino to show various demonstrations of displaying texts and symbols.

      • Tried implementing FUSE cpiofs.

        Tried implementing FUSE cpiofs. I thought it might be fun to implement a file system that can mount initrd file systems. I’ve implemented symlinks and regular files handling and then I realized that it is kind of annoying that I need to implement hard links.

      • uni TorontoThe history of sending signals to Unix process groups

        All (Unix) processes are members of some process group. Process groups go very far back in Unix; they’re present at least as far back as Fourth Edition (V4) Unix. However, they aren’t really “process groups” in the modern sense, as we can see from the relevant proc struct field being called p_ttyp. Instead they were used primarily to send signals to your terminal processes when various things happened (see dmr/tty.c and dmr/dc.c), and the ‘process group number’ was the address of the ‘struct tty’ for your terminal.

        In V7, h/proc.h changed the p_ttyp field to p_pgrp and now called it the ‘process group leader’. However, there’s (still) no way to send a signal to a process group from user code, although various tools know about the idea of process groups and will report them to user level (for example pstat.1m, which gets this information in the traditional Unix approach of reading kernel memory, per cmd/pstat.c). V7 is also where the ‘process group’ number becomes the process ID of the first process to open a (serial) tty after it’s been closed.

      • H2S MediaInstall or Uninstall add-ons on Mozilla Firefox – Here is How?

        Want to install add-ons like Adblocker in Mozilla Firefox? Here is this tutorial where we will learn how to install the extensions for this open-source browser on Windows, Linux, or macOS.

        To extend the functionality and feature of the browser we use extensions and the same goes for FireFox as well. For example, if you want to block advertisements in FireFox completely, then we can use extensions such as Adblocker that need to be installed separately in Mozilla Firefox. The so-called add-ons/extensions make it easier for us to surf or enable you to use new functions.

    • Games

      • Positech GamesDemocracy 4 DLC now available to add to wishlist! – Cliffski’s Blog

        All the cool kids these days are trying to get people to add their upcoming games to their wishlist. Its literally the coolest game in town. You wouldn’t want to not be cool right?

        In all seriousness, the reason indie devs do all that is because its widely believed that steams algorithm internally keeps track of what new games are ‘hot’ by how many people are following them or adding them to their wishlists, and this helps to determine how much visibility those games get at launch. I suspect the effect is much reduced with DLC because it sells to a smaller audience anyway, and perhaps steam prioritizes new IP over expansions and DLC anyway. We have no way of knowing.

      • Daniel MiesslerMetagaming: An Interview With Andrew Ringlein – Daniel Miessler

        In today’s standalone episode I’m going to talk about some new gaming ideas I’ve not seen anywhere else, and have their creator, Andrew Ringlein, come on and talk about them. Andrew was also on a previous episode where we talked about crypto and how it changes incentives in business.

        So I’ve been a steady, casual gamer since junior high school, and Andrew actually introduced me to Role Playing Games way back then. Andrew is a die-hard gamer, a super close friend, and quite simply the smartest game designer I’ve ever met. And now he’s actually built a game studio and is in the middle of launching two games.

        But before I bring him on I want to talk about why I thought these ideas warranted a UL episode. He’s a close friend, but I have lots of friends, and I only create UL content around ideas that I think will be interesting to the audience.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • LiliputingGNOME Shell for mobile Linux reimagines how a smartphone UI can work

          The GNOME desktop environment is one of the most popular user interfaces and suites of apps available for desktop Linux distributions. Now a team of developers have been working to bring GNOME to mobile devices running Linux-based operating systems.

          GNOME Shell for mobile provides a touch-friendly user interface optimized for smartphones and tablets. And while it looks a bit like Android or iOS at first glance, there are a few key differences. The GNOME team have outlined some of them in an article about recent updates to GNOME Shell on mobile.

        • Make Use OfGNOME 43 Is Almost Here! Here’s What You Can Expect

          GNOME 43 has almost arrived, with the beta already released on August 6, 2022. Although it is not a finished product, it provides a glimpse of what to expect from the stable release which is due in September 2022.

          GNOME 43 brings a number of cool features and updates with a focus heavily on visual enhancements making the UI more user-friendly and efficient.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • BSD

      • Liam Provenliam_on_linux | A fresh look at FreeBSD

        It went easier than I expected, so I thought I’d have a go on my sacrificial half-decent Thinkpad.

        (It is only a Core i5, it has a wobbly screen hinge, and until recently it had a tiny decade+ old SSD. Recently, I pulled the SSD that was giving errors from my X220, replaced it with a new bigger one — that’s only been waiting for a couple of years — and bunged the old, possibly-flakey one into the sacrificial T420. I tried it with Ubuntu Kylin, the international remix. Worked well although there are glitches.)

        This machine’s primary SSD has ChromeOS Flex on it. I rather like it. It’s slick, it’s fast, it does its one job very well. I am using a Debian container to run Firefox ‘cos I am perverse like that. Slow to start, issues with maximisation, but works well.

        Tonight, because the radio has gone Very Very Solemn And Dull And Worthy, I spent a while faffing with DR-DOS VMs and then I decided on something that might be more educational.

        I nuked Kylin and put FreeBSD 13.1 on it.

        Now recently I tried GhostBSD on my multiboot testbed. It was a nightmare. Hard, fiddly, falls over in its own install process, and the end result has an ugly theme. Not impressed.

        So I went with the vanilla version.

        First boot: it finds the wifi card, but can’t see any WLANs. That is not much cop.

        Tried again. Found a hint online on my phone, switched vconsoles, did `ifconfig wlan0 down` and then `ifconfig wlan0 up`. Went back to the installer, and lo! It sees WLANs! Pick mine, connect, and now I can install stuff.

        So, violating the recommended process, since it’s booted off a DVD image via Ventoy, I figure that if I reboot, I won’t be able to readily mount and install stuff off that. So let’s do it while I’m booted off the install medium. It leaves you in a `chroot` console so it should be installing stuff onto the hard disk.

      • November 2022 FreeBSD Vendor Summit

        Join us for the online November 2022 FreeBSD Vendor Summit. The event will consist of virtual, half day sessions, taking place November 3-4, 2022. It’s free to attend, but we ask that you register with the Eventbrite conference system to gain access to the meeting room. In addition to vendor talks, we will have discussion sessions and a separate hallway track. The vendor summit is sponsored by the FreeBSD Foundation.

    • Fedora Family / Red hat / IBM

      • [Test-Announce] Fedora Linux 37 Beta is GO

        The Fedora Linux 37 Beta RC5 compose[1] is GO and will be shipped live on Tuesday, 13 September 2022. For more information please check the Go/No-Go meeting minutes[2] or logs[3]. Thank you to everyone who has and still is working on this release! The Final Freeze begins on Tuesday 4 October.

      • Red Hat OfficialCompiler: The Fractious Front End

        Front-end development can be complex—and that means a front-end developer’s skills are essential, albeit constantly shifting. But a humble web search can produce various memes and jokes about how the front end isn’t as much of an endeavor as other parts of an application can be.

      • The Next PlatformManaging Infrastructure At Cloud Scale Without The Hyperscaler Propellerheads

        As more enterprises embrace hybrid and multicloud strategies and begin to extend their IT reach out to the edge, scale becomes an issue. Red Hat, a longtime player in the datacenter thanks to its Linux distribution and related systems software, has worked hard over the past decade to establish itself in the hybrid cloud world. It was an effort that worked well enough to compel IBM to spend $34 billion in 2019 to buy it to try to change its own future.

      • Red Hat OpenShift Certified and Supported for the Public Cloud with NVIDIA AI Enterprise

        Red Hat OpenShift, the industry’s leading enterprise Kubernetes platform with integrated DevOps capabilities, is now certified and supported for the public cloud in addition to bare-metal and VMware vSphere-based deployments, following NVIDIA’s announcement of general availability of NVIDIA AI Enterprise 2.1.

    • Debian Family

      • Debian — News — Updated Debian 11: 11.5 released

        The Debian project is pleased to announce the fifth update of its stable distribution Debian 11 (codename bullseye). This point release mainly adds corrections for security issues, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories have already been published separately and are referenced where available.

        Please note that the point release does not constitute a new version of Debian 11 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away old bullseye media. After installation, packages can be upgraded to the current versions using an up-to-date Debian mirror.

      • Debian — News — Updated Debian 10: 10.13 released

        The Debian project is pleased to announce the thirteenth (and final) update of its oldstable distribution Debian 10 (codename buster). This point release mainly adds corrections for security issues, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories have already been published separately and are referenced where available.

      • LinuxiacDebian 10.13 and Debian 11.5 Are Available as Bugfix Releases

        The Debian Project has announced 10.13 and 11.5 updates to its “Buster” and “Bullseye” series, which mainly address security issues.

        Debian is one of the oldest GNU/Linux distributions in active development. However, it does not follow a strict release schedule, making it difficult to predict when a new release will be available.

      • FLOSSLinux: 202209101115 Debian release day – Cambridge – Bullseye and Buster testing starting

        And I’m over here with the Debian images/media release team in Cambridge.

        First time together in Cambridge for a long time: several of the usual suspects – RattusRattus, Sledge, Isy and myself. Also in the room are Kartik and egw – I think this is their first time.

      • FLOSSLinux: 202209101602 Debian release day – Cambridge – post 2

        Definitely settling into a rhythm – we’ve been joined by smcv in person (and bittin on line). Bullseye testing is now well beyond the standard image testing into the live images.

        Buster images are gradually being built so there’s the added confusion of two sets of wiki editing, two sets of potential edit conflicts …

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Prusa Mini

        In June I caved and bought a Prusa Mini 3D printer for home. I bought it just before an announced price hike. I went for a Prusa because of their reputation for “just working”, and the Mini mostly as its the cheapest, although, the print area (7″³) is large enough for most of the things I am likely to print.

        To get started, at the same time I bought some Prusament recycled PLA to print with which, unfortunately, I’ve been a little disappointed with.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

      • Linux Links5 Best Free and Open Source Lisp Static Site Generators – LinuxLinks

        LinuxLinks, like most modern websites, is dynamic in that content is stored in a database and converted into presentation-ready HTML when readers access the site.

        While we employ built-in server caching which creates static versions of the site, we don’t generate a full, static HTML website based on raw data and a set of templates. However, sometimes a full, static HTML website is desirable. Because HTML pages are all prebuilt, they load extremely quickly in web browsers.

        There are lots of other advantages of running a full, static HTML website.

    • Programming/Development

      • Grantlee version 5.3 now available | Steveire’s Blog (Stephen Kelly)

        I previously announced the end of new Qt5-based Grantlee releases. The Grantlee template system is to find new life as part of KDE Frameworks 6 in the form of KTextTemplate. The Grantlee textdocument library will probably become part of another KDE library with similar scope.

        Meanwhile, some changes have accumulated since the last Grantlee release, so I’ve made a new release to make them available to users. Many of the changes are small, but with a few new features which were cherry-picked from the Cutelee repo.

        The other significant change is that Grantlee 5.3.0 can be built with Qt 6. This is not a change of plan regarding migration to KDE Frameworks, but is intended to assist with porting existing code to Qt 6.

      • RlangFinancial Industry Supports Robust Vienna R Community

        R Consortium recently talked to Mario Amau, co-organizer of the Vienna<-R about the lively R community in Vienna. The group is committed to providing its members with valuable talks and networking opportunities. The group is looking forward to restarting their live events, now hybrid, in September!

      • Joachim Breitner: rec-def: Behind the scenes
      • Make Use OfUsing the Subversion Version Control System on a Server

        Subversion is an open-source version tracking system. It keeps files in a central repository and provides version control over directories or files. As a developer, you can pull project files from a repository, make changes to them, and push them back again.

        Subversion also has a server component that you can use to host your projects. It works much like an ordinary file server.

      • zstd compressed debug sections | MaskRay

        In January I wrote Compressed debug sections. The venerable zlib shows its age and there are replacements which are better in every metric except adoption. The obvious choice was Zstandard, but I was not so confident about solving the ecosystem issue if we adopted it for ELF compressed debug sections. At any rate, I slowly removed some legacy .zdebug support from llvm-project so that a new format could be more easily introduced.

        In June, Cole Kissane posted [RFC] Zstandard as a second compression method to LLVM on LLVM discourse forums. I learned that other folks were investigating a better compression format for ELF compressed debug sections and told myself: it’s high time to propose ELFCOMPRESS_ZSTD to the generic System V Application Binary Interface (generic ABI).

        ELF is an elegant format which has passed the test of time. Many things created by the forefathers from 30 years ago carry over and are still used today. Every new feature, even a small addition like introducing a new constant has to pass a significant high bar for acceptance. There were many discussions on Add new ch_type value: ELFCOMPRESS_ZSTD.

      • Multiple studies, one chart

        I redesign a grouped-bar chart to attempt to better align the logic of the display with the logic of the argument. The redesigned chart provides better visual access to year-by-year comparisons by different combinations of categories and reveals nuances in the data not obvious in the original chart.

      • Tracking: announcing new R package TrackMateR

        TrackMate is a plug-in for ImageJ which ships with Fiji. It’s essential for single particle tracking work, particularly for microscopy movies. For example, tracking the movement of fluorescent vesicles inside cells.

        A tracking session generates a TrackMate XML file. The idea was to write something for R that could load these XML files and do some analysis.

  • Leftovers

    • 4.2 Gigabytes, or: How to Draw Anything

      Watching a vibrant Seattle sunset the other day, my imagination started running. The otherworldly hue of the sky evoked something from science fiction. The hazy orange-purple was mesmerizing.

      I envisioned a massive, alien object hovering over a long-abandoned Seattle, with a burning orange sky, and buildings overgrown as nature reclaimed the city.

    • Andy BaioExploring 12 Million of the 2.3 Billion Images Used to Train Stable Diffusion’s Image Generator – Waxy.org

      One of the biggest frustrations of text-to-image generation AI models is that they feel like a black box. We know they were trained on images pulled from the web, but which ones? As an artist or photographer, an obvious question is whether your work was used to train the AI model, but this is surprisingly hard to answer.

      Sometimes, the data isn’t available at all: OpenAI has said it’s trained DALL-E 2 on hundreds of millions of captioned images, but hasn’t released the proprietary data. By contrast, the team behind Stable Diffusion have been very transparent about how their model is trained. Since it was released publicly last week, Stable Diffusion has exploded in popularity, in large part because of its free and permissive licensing, already incorporated into the new Midjourney beta, NightCafe, and Stability AI’s own DreamStudio app, as well as for use on your own computer.

    • Security

      • 20220910-youngest-LUKS-user

        So I’m in Berlin currently to attend the fourth Qubes OS Summit, also to discuss the future of the reproducible-builds.org mirror of snapshot.debian.org and in the evening I’ve met an old Debian friend who told a lovely story about his 5 year old daughter, who since recently is a Debian user using an old laptop with LUKS encryption, knowing her data will be lost when she forgets her passphrase… 😀

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

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Bert HubertOn my resignation as regulator of the Dutch intelligence and security services – Bert Hubert’s writings

          I’ve seen some mediocre automated translations of my Dutch language resignation statement go round. To prevent any confusion, please find the story here in English:

          Until today I was one of the three members of the board that checks warrants for the Dutch intelligence and security services. This board is called “Toetsingscommissie Inzet Bevoegdheden” or TIB.

          If either of the civil or the military intelligence and security services of The Netherlands want to use their lawful intercept, SIGINT or hacking (& some other) legal powers, they have to first convince their own jurists, then their ministry and finally the TIB. The TIB then studies if the warrant is legal, and that decision is binding.

    • Finance

      • Michael West MediaLufthansa paid back its debt, Qantas bought its own shares – Michael West

        As the Spirit of Stuff-Ups continues, nothing puts the Qantas conundrum in starker relief than rival airline, Germany’s national carrier Lufthansa, which paid back its Covid debt to the German people last November.

        “On behalf of all Lufthansa employees, I would like to thank the German government and the German taxpayers,” declared Carsten Spohr, CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa. “In the most serious financial crisis in our company’s history, they have given us a perspective for the future. This has enabled us to save more than 100,000 jobs.”

        What’s the scam? The German government lent the money (1m euros), jobs were saved, service standards preserved. The Australian government gave billions in public subsidies instead of loans, standards plummeted and 9,400 lost their jobs while management banked the JobKeeper.

      • Military-Industrial Complex Clinches Nearly 450,000% Return on Investment – Public Citizen

        Every year, the defense industry donates millions of dollars to the campaigns of members of Congress, creating pressure on the legislative branch to fund specific weapons systems, maintain an extremely high Pentagon budget, and add ever more military spending. This upwards pressure is a constant, no matter what figure is requested by the president for the Pentagon, even though nearly 50% of the current Pentagon budget already goes to private contractors each year.

        Members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees are especially targeted by defense contractors. These committee members determine the amount of money authorized for the Pentagon when the committee marks up the annual Pentagon policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • TomDispatchSteve Fraser, The Rogue Court, Then and Now

        Once upon a time, such a donation would have been inconceivable. However, thanks to a series of court decisions, chiefly the Supreme Court’s 5-4 2010 Citizens United one that wiped out century-old campaign finance restric­tions, corpor­a­tions and other outside — or as they’re known, “dark-money” — groups can now essentially sink unlim­ited funds into elec­ting those they believe will benefit them most. In this case, that money will assumedly help Leo and his nonprofit further reshape both American politics and our courts.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation

        • AntipopeLondon Bridge

          If you can find any other news that’s being buried under the royal succession whoopsie? This is your thread.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • EUKLNQI Wordo: SABRA

        This is a wordlog for the SpellBinding puzzle (in which you construct words using the specified letters; each word must contain the anchor letter).

      • Star Log 2022-09-10 01:50 AKDT (Fairbanks, AK, US)

        This, alas, must be a rather brief and pathetic post. For the last two weeks, I have been reading books on astronomy and star gazing, and I have been very eager to do more star gazing. But that whole time we have had, here in Fairbanks, an almost unbroken continuance of overcast cloud conditions. That, coupled with the fact that, in my location, one must currently get up at about 1am or 2am for workable light conditions, has made stargazing near impossible for the working man.

        [...]

        Of course, here in Alaska we have plenty of darkness once we get deep into winter, but the benefit is offset somewhat by the sub-zero temperatures.

    • Technical

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Welcome to snonux.land

          This is yet another Gemini capsule and interweb site. This is more of an experiment and I don’t know yet if it will roll. Let’s see! I will take bets!

      • Announcements

        • GemiNotes source code available

          It’s a very simple app I made with Python and sqlite with no proper coding standards applied, but hopefully the code would be useful for other people trying to learn more about Gemini and cgi scripts in general.

      • Programming

        • Porting *Space Station 13* with Transpilation

          I’ve been working on *Donk Project* for the past three months or so. It was one of those projects that I couldn’t help but try out, to see how far I could get.

          [...]

          There’s decades worth of solid libraries in the ecosystem, as well as a new generation of modern, C++17-and-above-supporting libraries.

        • progress in design

          I’ve slowly made progress in the cluster design. I have started setting up what could be called the hashi stack. It’s been an interesting, if sometimes frustrating, process.

          I’ve also worked on getting some network kit. I ended up looking at ibm rackswitch equipment, ebay found me some ibm 8264 switches for cheap, one had ethernet, the cables of course were a fortune.


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

[Meme] Mozilla Does Not Trust Web Sites, But It Trusts the CIA Enough to Hire Managers From It

Posted in Deception, Security at 1:27 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Related: Mozilla Hired Top-Level Managers Directly From the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Can They Be Trusted on Privacy?

This site signs its certificates? Instead of outsourcing 'trust' to Mozilla's corporate patrons and government?

Summary: Who do you trust more? Mozilla or yourself? Or the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation, which outsourced Let’s Encrypt to Microsoft?

Mozilla Hired Top-Level Managers Directly From the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Can They Be Trusted on Privacy?

Posted in Deception at 1:06 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

This article from yesterday leaves out a key part or key fact:

Mozilla's CSO

He joined 7-8 years ago (article from 20 months ago):

Marshall Erwin Mozilla

After he had worked for the CIA :

Marshall Erwin at Mozilla

Marshall Erwin interview

Don’t worry, he doesn’t call it CIA, it’s just “intelligence community”.

Marshall Erwin bio

His career also started there [PDF]

Marshall Erwin ref

Summary: Mozilla’s composition of managers is a parade of spies and monopolies; the message (or promise) does not match the actions

THIS post will be followed up by a video quite soon. This is just to note who we’re expected to trust with Firefox security.

Mozilla also hired managers from Facebook while promising us "privacy" and bagging money from Google (surveillance giants). Microsoft is in Mozilla's Board and the VPN is about as trustworthy as DNS partners. Wake up, people, Mozilla isn’t woke. It’s just pretending like the Linux Foundation. They destroy entire countries. They bomb and ban people based on nationality alone. That’s racist. Would you trust Mozilla to decide which sites are trustworthy and which ones are not? Would you like this company to turn Firefox into a censorship machine based on some criteria of “misinformation”? Do you trust Mozilla when it tells you some site isn’t to be trusted because it uses a self-signed certificate instead of outsourcing to a US-centric cabal of CAs? The latter begets censorship. Anybody can request and receive a ‘free’ certificate, but a shadowy group of American firms can revoke these at any time, denying access to sites/services.

“The CA model they use facilitates MitM,” an associate of ours noted, “especially with their antipathy towards self-vouched for certificates. They are especially state, then after that Google specifically though pandering to Microsoft a lot.”

Mozilla’s Strategy: More Lawyers and Spam, Not More Engineers

Posted in Deception, Law, Marketing at 11:23 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

They send me stuff before even asking me if I accept an embargo (I do not; we reject NDAs and information embargoes from greedy corporations)

moz-spam

Summary: Mozilla has been contacting a load of people, asking them to generate inane hype over a useless hire by a notoriously wasteful CEO

They’re hiring lawyers from firms that attack programmers, just like they hire managers from Facebook while they promise us privacy:

Hi Roy,

Hope you’re well. I am writing with embargoed news for Monday, September 12, 2022 @ 9:00 a.m. ET to give you a heads up that Mozilla has hired a new Chief Legal Officer:

Carlos Torres will lead Mozilla’s global legal and public policy teams, developing legal, regulatory and policy strategies that support Mozilla’s mission. He will also manage all regulatory issues and serve as a strategic business partner helping Mozilla accelerate its growth and evolution.

Carlos comes to Mozilla from Flashbots where he led the company’s legal and strategic initiatives. Prior to that, he was General Counsel for two start-ups and spent over a decade at Salesforce in a variety of leadership roles including VP, Business Development and Strategic Alliances and VP, Associate General Counsel, Chief of Staff. He also served as senior counsel of a biotech company and started his legal career at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Let me know if you’d be interested in mentioning this in your newsletter on Monday? For your convenience, here is a link to our blog with the announcement (Note: the blog post will go live when the embargo lifts on Monday). I’ve also shared a draft of the announcement below.
Thanks,

Cherie


DRAFT UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL 9 am ET 9/12

Announcing Carlos Torres, Mozilla’s new Chief Legal Officer

Mitchell Baker

I am pleased to announce that starting today, September 12, Carlos Torres has joined Mozilla as our Chief Legal Officer. In this role Carlos will be responsible for leading our global legal and public policy teams, developing legal, regulatory and policy strategies that support Mozilla’s mission. He will also manage all regulatory issues and serve as a strategic business partner helping us accelerate our growth and evolution. Carlos will also serve as Corporate Secretary. He will report to me and join our steering committee.

Carlos stood out in the interview process because of his great breadth of experience across many topics including strategic and commercial agreements, product, privacy, IP, employment, board matters, investments, regulatory and litigation. He brings experience in both large and small companies, and in organizations with different risk profiles as well as a deep belief in Mozilla’s commitment to innovation and to an open internet.

“Mozilla continues to be a unique and respected voice in technology, in a world that needs trusted institutions more than ever,” said Torres. “There is no other organization that combines community, product, technology and advocacy to produce trusted innovative products that people love. I’ve always admired Mozilla for its principled, people-focused approach and I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute to Mozilla’s mission and evolution.”

Carlos comes to us most recently from Flashbots where he led the company’s legal and strategic initiatives. Prior to that, he was General Counsel for two start ups and spent over a decade at Salesforce in a variety of leadership roles including VP, Business Development and Strategic Alliances and VP, Associate General Counsel, Chief of Staff. He also served as senior counsel of a biotech company and started his legal career at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.


Cherie Crosby

she/her/hers
518.321.2144

cherie.crosby@berlinrosen.com

It’s worth noting that the email itself contained surveillance; Mozilla Thunderbird warned about it. So the PR firm chosen by Mozilla is spying. This is where Mozilla’s money goes.

“Notice that their links is to AWS and not to Mozilla,” an associate noted. “More can be said about the embargo or lack thereof.”

I never spoke to Mozilla, so they’re clearly mass-mailing hundreds if not thousands of people with this (without following the correct protocol; you must first verify an embargo is accepted by the recipient).

Only they know the extent of the distribution and notice the screenshot at the top. Even Mozilla’s own email client does not like it.

[Meme] Time to Take Away the EPO’s Diplomatic Immunity

Posted in Europe, Patents at 10:11 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

EPO immunity

Summary: It was a huge mistake to give the EPO any immunity; instead of upholding the law the EPO breaks the law, and moreover it violates conventions and constitutions with impunity

Never Let Courts Be Controlled by Those Who Ignore Court Rulings (European Patent Office, European Patent Organisation, or EPO)

Posted in Europe, Patents at 9:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum cb73d03748fcbc6b5bb0843f0317e373
EPO Laughing at the Courts
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Not only is Europe’s second-largest institution exceedingly corrupt; when taken to court it refuses to obey rulings against it and at the same time it calls monarchs "role models"; to make matters yet worse, the EPO tries to replace courts that are answerable to the population with kangaroo courts answerable to corrupt EPO management

THE truly absurd EPO is still trying to replace patent courts with a bunch of kangaroo courts while shamelessly ignoring the rulings (against EPO) regarding unlawful actions from Benoît Battistelli. Battistelli’s friend António Campinos not only refuses to execute the latest judgement; he also keeps lying about it!

That the EPO is run by a bunch of criminals is hardly news, but the following letter is new:

European Patent Office | 80298 MUNICH | GERMANY

Mr António Campinos
President of the EPO

By email

OPEN LETTER

Reference: sc22117cl
Date: 06.09.2022

Execution of ILOAT Judgment No. 4551 (mass emails)

Dear Mr President,

In a letter of 29 July 2022, the CSC demanded the immediate execution of Judgment No. 4551 issued on 6 July 2022 and reinstating the former rules on mass emails in force prior to 31 May 2013.

To this day, this letter remains unanswered and Staff Committees and their members still cannot send an email to more than 50 addresses.

We note that mailing lists for sending mass emails to more than 50 staff members, e.g. DDL-ALL-STAFF(-XX), already exist in the EPO standard email system. Such mailing lists can be easily selected from the available address book and inserted into the recipient field. However, when the sender is a Staff Committee or one of its members, sending of the email is technically blocked. The same applies upon inserting more than 50 individual addresses as recipient from the available address book.

The above confirms that the EPO has not executed Judgment No. 4551 two months after the ruling of the Tribunal.

As already explained in the letter of 29 July 2022, we see no legal or technical requirements preventing the EPO from granting authorisation to Staff Committees and their members to use the EPO mailing lists. In fact, granting authorisation is technically a matter of seconds for the EPO internal IT services (BIT) and could have been easily done already immediately after the Judgment was issued.

Therefore, we repeat the demand for the immediate execution of Judgment No. 4551 and no later than 30 September 2022.

Yours sincerely,

Thomas Czogalla
Chairman LSC Berlin

Jutta Haußer
Deputy Chairwoman LSC Vienna

Michael Kemény
Chairman LSC Munich

Jorge Raposo
Chairman LSC The Hague

Alain Dumont
Chairman Central Staff Committee

I did a video about the prior letter along with a bunch of memes about this non-presidential behaviour from Campinos, who insisted (in his own words): “I am the f***ing president” (how do people who talk like this manage to make it into positions of great power???)

Corruption prevails and thrives at today’s EPO while politicians simply look the other way. As noted in the video above, the EPO is attempting to paint itself as a lover or art, a sympathetic lover of life (or a monarch, which it calls “a public service role model“). At the same time the EPO says “Unitary Patent & UPC” (illegal & unconstitutional) “Coming this winter”, which is a lie. We recently mentioned back room deal with monarchs. The EPO’s is Europe’s pinnacle of corruption, intended to benefit and protect the rich (and their lawyers).

[Meme] We’re Back to Medieval Times: The Case of EPO

Posted in Europe, Patents at 9:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Yesterday in the EPO’s official site:

Monarchy is the role model???

This is the EPO’s “role model”:

'Are the British public ultimately paying for Andrew to avoid appearing in court?'

Summary: The EPO’s management thinks that it is the royal family or the Queen of England; is the EPO aware that this is not how patent offices are meant to work? The EPO became a for-profit corporation that views itself as entirely above the law.

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