09.13.22

Links 14/09/2022: New Fedora Beta and Unifont 15.0.01

Posted in News Roundup at 8:38 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Adding software to the Steam Deck with systemd-sysext


        An immutable OS makes the system more stable and its updates less error-prone, but users cannot install additional packages to add more software. This is not a problem for most users since they are only going to run Steam and its games (which are stored in the home partition). Nevertheless, the OS also has a desktop mode which provides a standard Linux desktop experience, and here it makes sense to be able to install more software.

        How to do that though? It is possible for the user to become root, make the root filesytem read-write and install additional software there, but any changes will be gone after the next OS update. Modifying the rootfs can also be dangerous if the user is not careful.

    • Applications

      • The AnarcatAlternative MPD clients to GMPC – anarcat

        GMPC (GNOME Music Player Client) is a audio player based on MPD (Music Player Daemon) that I’ve been using as my main audio player for years now.

        Unfortunately, it’s marked as “unmaintained” in the official list of MPD clients, along with basically every client available in Debian. In fact, if you look closely, all but one of the 5 unmaintained clients are in Debian (ario, cantata, gmpc, and sonata), which is kind of sad. And none of the active ones are packaged.

      • Ubuntu HandbookEyedropper – Modern GTK4 HEX, RGB, HSL Color Picker Tool for Linux | UbuntuHandbook

        Looking for a color picker tool for Linux? Try Eyedropper, a new GTK4 application that looks native in modern GNOME desktop.

        It’s a free and open-source tool written in Rust programming language. Which, provides an easy to use interface to pick a color and display in HEX, RGB, HSV, HSL, CMYK, XYZ and CIE-Lab formats, as well as handy “Copy to clipboard” icons to quickly copy the values.

      • Samba 4.17.0 Available for Download

        This is the first stable release of the Samba 4.17 release series.

        Please read the release notes carefully before upgrading.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • H2S MediaInstall FortiClient VPN on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – Linux Shout

        Tutorial on how to install free FortiClient VPN on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy JellyFish using the command terminal for security.

        FortiClient is a security solution designed to reduce your computer’s vulnerability. The manufacturer advertises that the tool comes with virus protection, two-factor authentication, and WAN optimization, among other things.

        However, the FortiClient user interface itself only contains the vulnerability scan and a tab in which you can set up a VPN connection for remote access.

        The vulnerability scan indicates when, for example, an application is outdated, so there is potential for an attack and an update is urgently needed.

      • Make Use OfHow to Install Skype on Linux [Ed: That's Microsoft and NSA eavesdropping; better use something else]
      • Make Use OfHow to Install the Epic Games Launcher to Play Games on Linux

        Linux gaming is constantly reaching new levels, all thanks to the community and organizations focusing more and more on open-source gaming software. Epic Games is a renowned digital game store primarily known for distributing Windows games to millions of users globally. But not everyone knows that you can also install the Epic Games client on Linux.

        By the end, you’ll know how to install and set up Epic Games on Linux and will be able to enjoy your favorite gaming titles on your desktop.

      • Make Use OfHow to Use the Touchpad on Your Linux Laptop as a Graphics Pad

        FingerPaint is an open-source Linux app that lets you use your laptop’s touchpad as a graphics tablet for drawing and doodling.

        Graphics tablets are expensive, and a mouse isn’t intuitive to draw with. If you have a Linux laptop with a touchpad, you already have a rudimentary graphics tab built in. Here’s how to use your touchpad as a basic drawing surface on Linux.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Flashforge FlashPrint on a Chromebook in 2022

        Today we are looking at how to install Flashforge FlashPrint 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.

      • Linux HandbookHow to Find Full Path of a File in Linux

        You can get the full path of a directory with the pwd command:

        pwd

        But how do you get the absolute path of a file in Linux?

      • AddictiveTipsHow to manage your Docker containers with Yacht

        Docker is a beautiful tool, but it can be hard to manage if you’re unfamiliar with it. Yacht is a program that tries to make things easier by giving users a web UI that can be used to deploy, modify, and manage containers. Here’s how to set up Yacht on your Linux system.

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install WebStorm on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Webstorm by Jetbrains is an Integrated Development Environment used in web, server, mobile, and desktop application development. Like other JetBrains IDEs, it makes your development experience more enjoyable, automating routine work and helping you handle complex tasks with ease. Webstorm also has native support for NodeJS, ReactJS, VueJS, and many more.

        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 WebStorm 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.

      • nixCraftWhy command df and du reports different output?

        You will never notice something like this on FreeBSD, Linux Desktop home system, or your UNIX or Linux workstation. However, sometimes on a production UNIX server, you will notice that both df command (display free disk space) and du command (display disk usage statistics) report different output. Usually, df will output a bigger disk usage than du.

      • Nightly syslog-ng container images – Blog – syslog-ng Community – syslog-ng Community

        The syslog-ng team started publishing container images many years ago. For quite a while, it was a manual process, however, a few releases ago, publishing a container image became part of the release process. Recently, nightly container images have also become available, so you can test the latest features and bug fixes easily.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Drupal CMS with Apache2 on Ubuntu 22.04

        Drupal is a free and open-source web content management system written in PHP and distributed under GNU General Public License. Drupal provides a robust content management tool with sophisticated APIs for multichannel publishing. Drupal is used among at least 14% of the top 10,000 websites on the internet, it’s used for global enterprise industries, governments, education, and institutions sites. Drupal provides a high-scalable system, integrated with digital applications, and can be used to create multisite for different organizations with multilingual support.

        In this guide, I will show you how to install the latest version of Drupal on an Ubuntu 22.04 system. This guide includes the installation of some package dependencies such as Apache2 web server, MariaDB database, PHP 8.1, and Composer as the PHP package management tool. The goal here is you will have completed Drupal installation with LAMP Stack and secured with SSL certificates.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Statping on Ubuntu 22.04

        Statping is an open-source uptime monitor that keeps track of websites and applications hosted across multiple servers. It can generate a beautiful status page by fetching real-time data from various sources. It can work with multiple database systems including SQLite, MySQL, and Postgres. For our tutorial, we will be using the fork of Statping, called Statping-ng since the original application is no longer being developed.

      • MakeTech EasierHow to Create a Calendar Server With Baikal

        Baikal is a simple calendar software that allows you to synchronize CardDAV and CalDAV files online. Unlike Google Calendar, it synchronizes calendar files between different clients and devices seamlessly. The app also supports multi-user instances, which means that it is possible to use Baikal with other people and share calendar events as you do in Google Calendar. For example, you can host a personal Baikal server for your friends and family as well as colleagues.

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install OpenToonz on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, OpenToonz Animation Maker 2D App is an animation tool that is designed for cartoon-based animation. It is also utilized in creating animation for projects. With an intuitive user interface and detailed tips, it is quite beginner-friendly.

        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 OpenToonz animation maker 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.

      • H2S MediaInstall Wike Wikipedia Reader on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 LTS

        Install Wike reader on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy JellyFish or 20.04 Focal to read Wikipedia articles without opening any browser on your system.

        Wike is an open source app, project is available on GitHub, for the GNOME Desktop to read Wikipedia articles. The key benefit of Wike is to have all the content of the Wikipedia online encyclopedia in a native application. Its interface is simple, with minimal distractive elements, hence giving an expansive area to view articles.

        Apart from a simple interface, the application offers Search suggestions, Table Content, Light and dark themes, a List of recent articles, Text search in articles, multiple languages support, and more…

      • H2S MediaInstall FortiClient VPN on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – Linux Shout

        Tutorial on how to install free FortiClient VPN on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy JellyFish using the command terminal for security.

        FortiClient is a security solution designed to reduce your computer’s vulnerability. The manufacturer advertises that the tool comes with virus protection, two-factor authentication, and WAN optimization, among other things.

        However, the FortiClient user interface itself only contains the vulnerability scan and a tab in which you can set up a VPN connection for remote access.

        The vulnerability scan indicates when, for example, an application is outdated, so there is potential for an attack and an update is urgently needed.

        The abbreviation VPN stands for “Virtual Private Network”, a self-contained network that you can access from anywhere with the right access data. For example, do you log into the company network from your home office to use printers, hard drives, and your work e-mail inbox, or do you dial into your home network while on the go and conveniently control your smart home from afar? Universities also allow their students secure access to the university network via VPN.

    • Games

      • Boiling SteamSteam Deck’s Huge Booth at the Tokyo Games Show 2022: First Look and Line-Up Announced – Boiling Steam

        The Tokyo Games Show 2022 is just a few days away (starting this Thursday) and there’s already some leaks of what some of the booths will look like. As I mentioned in my previous post, Valve is putting a lot of effort along with Komodo to advertise the Steam Deck, and there’s what the booth is starting to look like, using a huge reproduction of the Steam Deck. Now you understand the meaning of the “Huge Presence”!

      • Godot EngineGodot Engine – Dev snapshot: Godot 4.0 alpha 17

        We’re getting prepared for the imminent release of Godot 4.0 beta 1, and to do so we’re having a (last?) alpha 17 release to ensure that things work as best as we can reasonably expect before the beta phase.

        [...]

        Be aware that during the alpha stage the engine is still not feature-complete or stable. There will likely be breaking changes between this release and the first beta release. Only the beta will mark the so-called “feature freeze”.

        As such, we do not recommend porting existing projects to this and other upcoming alpha releases unless you are prepared to do it again to fix future incompatibilities. However, if you can port some existing projects and demos to the new version, that may provide a lot of useful information about critical issues still left to fix.

        Most importantly: Make backups before opening any existing project in Godot 4.0 alpha builds. There is no easy way back once a project has been (partially) converted.

      • Boiling SteamTin Hearts: A Modern Day Lemmings with a Soothing Story – Boiling Steam

        Have you heard of lemmings? They are cute little rodents which got a bad and undeserved reputation of “suicidal herd mentality animal” due to the White Wilderness documentary in 1958, which staged them jumping from cliffs to their death in a collective unstoppable frenzy. This unfortunate myth, however, gave rise to one of the most memorable puzzle videogames of the 90’s, appropriately named after the rodents, which you do not as much guide as give orders to change the environment and make the little guys reach the exit.

      • mesa: speed up glTexImage(GL_DEPTH_STENCIL)

        The 2 patches achieve the same thing: they massively reduce “CS: GO” startup time on my machine from 150s to 10s (maybe there’s something wrong on my setup because the initial value is very high).

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • DebugPointFedora 37 BETA is Out for Testing and Installation

        Fedora team announced today that the Fedora 37 BETA is now available for direct download and upgrade from the current version. For a change, a Fedora release which is on time, without any delay! That itself makes it more of a piece of important news.

        A month of BETA testing is planned from today until the final release on October 18, 2022 (with the fallback date of Oct 25, 2022). In this one month, many bugs will be squashed and fixed to make it a more solid distro for you.

        Although I covered the new features in my traditional feature highlights of Fedora 37 page, let’s have a quick recap of the new features of this release.

      • Make Use OfFedora 37 Beta Gives Linux Devs Sneak Preview of Stable Release

        The Fedora project has announced the availability of the Fedora Linux Workstation beta version 37. The beta version sports an updated version of the forthcoming GNOME 43 desktop, and support for Raspberry Pi.

      • Beta NewsFedora Linux 37 Beta now available with GNOME 43 and Raspberry 4 support

        Fedora and GNOME go together like peanut butter and jelly. It is the best Linux distribution combined with the greatest desktop environment. Not to mention, Fedora focuses on truly free and open source software. Sure, that may make the operating system a bit less inviting to Linux beginners, but many seasoned Linux experts know Fedora is the cream of the crop.

        Today, Fedora 37 finally becomes available in Beta form, and the developers are hoping you will test it and provide some useful feedback. The most exciting aspect of Fedora 37 Beta is its use of GNOME 43, which is also in Beta. Also titillating is official Raspberry Pi 4 support, and yes, accelerated graphics are working. ARM fans will surely be happy about that, but sad to know the ARMv7 architecture will no longer be supported.

      • NeowinFedora 37 beta arrives with a beta version of GNOME 43 – Neowin

        The Fedora Project has announced the Fedora 37 beta for Fedora Workstation, Server, IoT, Spins, and Labs. Interestingly, the Workstation edition ships with a beta version of GNOME 43, this is expected to see a final release in a couple of weeks.

        With GNOME 43, users will get a device security panel in Settings, which will let you see security information about hardware and firmware on their system. In addition, more of the core GNOME apps have been updated to use the latest GTK toolkit for better performance and improved appearance.

        Another notable aspect of Fedora 37 is that the Raspberry Pi 4 is now supported officially with accelerated graphics. Unfortunately, ARMv7 hardware loses support in this release. The team said that the Fedora CoreOS and Fedora Cloud Base releases are being upgraded in status to Editions. This means they are flagship products designed for specific use cases.

      • 9to5LinuxFedora Linux 37 Beta Released with GNOME 43, Official Raspberry Pi 4 Support

        Fedora Linux 37 is probably the most anticipated GNU/Linux distro release of the year, promising official support for the Raspberry Pi 4 single-board computer with accelerated graphics and other enhancements, the upcoming GNOME 43 desktop environment for the Workstation edition, as well as the upcoming Linux 6.0 kernel.

        Apart from some of the latest and greatest GNU/Linux technologies and Open Source apps, the Fedora Linux 37 release also promises Fedora CoreOS and Fedora Cloud Base as official Fedora Linux editions, the public release of the Anaconda Web UI preview image, and SELinux autorelabel parallel running by default.

      • Linux 37
      • Fedora MagazineFedora Magazine: Announcing the release of Fedora Linux 37 Beta
      • Red Hat OfficialFedora 37 Beta now available
      • Charles-Antoine Couret: Fedora 37 Beta est disponible !
      • Red Hat OfficialPrivate 5G, edge computing business use cases and Red Hat solutions

        Private 5G is a non-public mobile network that uses licensed, unlicensed or shared spectrum. This is best suited for the areas where the spectrum provided by a mobile network operator (MNO) is restricted for government use only or is not available. Many organizations around the world have either deployed a private 5G network or are in the process of deploying one to secure data inside their premises.

      • Red Hat OfficialEmbraced by creative studios: VFX Linux Task Force recommends Red Hat Enterprise Linux

        Behind everyone’s favorite animated series or special effects-laden blockbuster stands a host of highly skilled visual effects (VFX) and animation studios, providing the artistic muscle to bring the wildest concepts to life on-screen. These creative houses rely on artist workstations and backend services powered by Linux, given the flexibility and scalability of the platform. A new report from the VFX Linux Task Force, however, doesn’t recommend that studios use just any Linux – the working group recommends Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 9.x, along with downstream rebuilds of the published RHEL sources.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow Red Hat is approaching the future of work

        The past few years have transformed how we think about work. Our “new normal” presents unique challenges for companies thinking seriously about the future of work. At Red Hat, we’ve come to believe that the future of work is driven by one concept: flexibility.

        As the world’s leading open source software company, Red Hat shares its products and what we’ve learned for free. In that spirit, I’d like to share three things we’ve learned about our new normal.

      • UbuntuIBM LinuxONE Emperor 4: Maximise the value of next generation IBM LinuxONE servers with Ubuntu 22.04.1 | Ubuntu

        IBM has today announced the next generation of its enterprise-grade Linux server family, IBM LinuxONE. The LinuxONE Emperor 4 is IBM’s most highly performing, secure, sustainable and open Linux server to date.

        As the world’s most powerful Linux-based server, LinuxONE Emperor 4 matches perfectly with Ubuntu, the leading Linux operating system. The latest Ubuntu Server release combines Canonical’s signature stability and price-performance together with purpose built LinuxONE hardware support – providing users with an unparalleled path to value for the new IBM server.

      • TechTargetIBM targets energy-saving mainframes at Linux users

        Looking to capitalize on enterprises’ growing focus on sustainability and energy saving, IBM has rolled out its next generation of Linux mainframes it claims reduces energy consumption by up to 75%.

        The high-end version of the LinuxOne Emperor 4 server can scale to support tens of thousands of workloads in a single footprint, saving data center floor space by potentially replacing hundreds of x86-based servers.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • UbuntuUbuntu Blog: Home Assistant tutorial on Ubuntu Core

        In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to install Home Assistant on Ubuntu Core, then create a motion-activated light automation. This is a great starting point for a secure, open-source smart home. By the end, we’ll have learned the skills we need to create Home Assistant automations of our own with whatever smart home devices we wish.

      • ArduinoTransform the way you organize your home with Arduino | Arduino Blog Smart storage

        One of the wonderful things about living in the modern world is having full cupboards, pantries, and wardrobes. But this privilege also comes with downsides — managing all the various items we own can be a headache and can lead to confusion and stress.

        The good news is that storage doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, with the right tech solutions, we can make our storage spaces much smarter, so they actually help us stay more organized and even give us guidance on how to use our space better. Many of these solutions can be built at home with just a few tools.

        In this article, we’ll explore the concept of smart storage, and why it’s so useful, and we’ll share a few examples from the Arduino community from people who have built their own smart storage projects.

      • ArduinoBuild your own automatic bean sprouter for superfood meals | Arduino Blog

        Mung bean sprouts are a very popular food throughout Asia, as they are nutritious and extremely easy to grow. While you can certainly purchase these bean sprouts at your local markets, you can also take advantage of their easy cultivation to grow your own. Doing so is affordable and doesn’t take much time or equipment, but Nico Pretorius’ automated bean sprouter will make the process even easier.

        Mung bean sprouts are seeds that are going through the germination process, so cultivating them is a matter of encouraging that germination. There are different techniques in use around the world, but the most efficient involves soaking mung bean seeds in water every few hours. After a few days, you get edible bean sprouts that are suitable for a wide range of culinary dishes. This device automates that watering process to eliminate almost all of the manual labor associated with cultivating bean sprouts.

      • HacksterPapon Charles’ NaxRiscV Offers a Fully-Open, Linux-Capable RISC-V System-on-Chip Design for All – Hackster.io

        Hardware engineer Papon Charles has put together a free and open source system-on-chip design, built around the RISC-V instruction set architecture, capable of booting into the RISC-V port of Debian Linux: NaxRiscv.

        “[There weren't] many OoO [Out-of-Order] open source soft-cores out there in the wild (Marocchino, RSD, OPA…),” Charles explains of his decision to develop NaxRiscv, an out-of-order superscalar RISC-V core. “The bet was that it was possible to do better in some metrics, and hopefully being good enough to justify in some project the replacement of single-issue/in-order core soft-cores by providing better performance (at the cost of [silicon] area).”

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers

      • Mozilla

        • MozillaSupport.Mozilla.Org: Tribute to FredMcD

          If you ever posted a question to our Support Forum, you may be familiar with a contributor named “FredMcD”. Fred was one of the most active contributors in Mozilla Support, and for many years remains one of our core contributors. He was regularly awarded a forum contributor badge every year since 2013 for his consistency in contributing to the Support Forum.

          He was a dedicated contributor, super helpful, and very loyal to Firefox users making over 81400 contributions to the Support Forum since 2013. During the COVID-19 lockdown period, he focussed on helping people all over the world when they were online the most – at one point he was doing approximately 3600 responses in 90 days, an average of 40 a day.

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

      • PostgreSQLPostgreSQL: pgBadger v12.0 released

        pgBadger is a PostgreSQL performance analyzer, built for speed with fully detailed reports based on your PostgreSQL log files.

      • The Register UKThe future of FOSS: A tale of database licensing says it all • The Register

        You don’t have to spend long in any aspect of IT to discover that databases are the soul of IT, its constant animating force. From one perspective, everything digital is a specialized database: word processors, spreadsheets, shoot-em-ups, streaming services, from Google to your disk filing system. The storing, sorting and retrieval of data? That’s it. That’s the whole game. It has been the case ever since Herman Hollerith designed the punched card tabulating machine in the late nineteenth century.

        As for databases that call themselves that, they’re the engine of corporate computing. Their capability, reliability and maintainability are essential, and the metrics of performance and expense are unambiguous. Corporate decisions about databases are one of the purest indicators of how IT is sourced and deployed. Hype is quickly exposed, as is the good stuff.

        So when you look at the databases developers actually choose, you’re seeing a market model with wider implications. Open source versus proprietary, hosted versus on-prem, innovation versus maturity: all primary concerns across IT, all crystallized in DB decisions.

        But there’s an equally important flip side: how the developers and suppliers of DB software manage to stay in business themselves. That’s the other great question of IT in the 2020s: how do you make money either fighting or flaunting FOSS.

        That’s the first lesson from a feature discussing today’s FOSS databases and their respective licensing terms: open source has won. It’s about time too. Before FOSS was a corporate option, the big guys were ruthless at monetizing their position in the heart of IT.

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • Document FoundationLibreOffice Conference 2022 Schedule – The Document Foundation Blog

        The schedule of the LibreOffice Conference 2022, to be held in Milan from September 29, to October 1st, has been published: https://events.documentfoundation.org/libreoffice-conference-2022/schedule/. Please check it on a regular basis, as changes will be reflected in real time, even during the conference.

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

      • Linux JournalStatic Site Generation with Hugo

        Hugo is quickly becoming one of the best ways to create a website. Hugo is a free and open source static website generator that allows you to build beautiful static websites with ease. Static websites are awesome because they take very little system resources to host. Compared to something like WordPress that replies on databases, php, and more static sites are simply HTML, CSS, and the occasional line JavaScript. So static sites are perfect for simple blogs, documentation sites, portfolios, and more.

    • GNU Projects

    • Programming/Development

      • Perl / Raku

        • PerlAn artistic tool for programmers. | lichtkind [blogs.perl.org]

          I just release App::GUI::Harmonograph for your leisure and pleasure. In case your not not an English noble man form the 18th century who could afford an Harmonograph, even though modern DIY kits are quite affordable, it is a set of set of 3 independent pendula, which move a pen and and paper to create harmonious drawings, of sometimes extraordinary elegance and richness. I got the impulse and knowledge of the apparatus from this book and refer for more background details to this publication. However, the documentation (which is also displayed by the program itself) is much more of practical use, because the WxPerl version is greatly enhanced in possibilities, not in the least for dotted lines with variable density an additional rotation movement and flowing colors.

        • PerlPerl Weekly Challenge 182: Max Index and Common Path
  • Leftovers

    • Linux Foundation

    • Security

      • LWNSecurity updates for Tuesday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (connman and python-oslo.utils), Fedora (libapreq2), Red Hat (booth, gnupg2, kernel, kernel-rt, mariadb:10.3, nodejs:14, nodejs:16, python3, ruby:2.7, and ruby:3.0), SUSE (chromium, opera, python2-numpy, and rubygem-kramdown), and Ubuntu (poppler).

      • CISAApple Releases Security Updates for Multiple Products | CISA

        An attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected device.

      • CISACISA Releases Five Industrial Control Systems Advisories | CISA

        CISA released five Industrial Control Systems (ICS) advisories on September 13, 2022. These advisories provide timely information about current security issues, vulnerabilities, and exploits surrounding ICS.

      • IT WireMicrosoft monthly patch release ‘on the lighter side’

        Microsoft has released patches for 62 CVEs on its monthly Patch Tuesday, with five rated as critical and 57 rated as important.

        The security firm Tenable said it had omitted one fix, CVE-2022-23960, a cache speculation restriction vulnerability as it was issued by MITRE and applied to Arm CPUs.

        Tenable staff research engineer Satnam Narang said Microsoft had patched CVE-2022-37969, an elevation of privilege vulnerability in the Windows Common Log File System (CLFS) Driver.

        [...]

        “All three CVEs are considered critical and carry a CVSSv3 base score of 9.8…”

      • CISAMicrosoft Releases September 2022 Security Updates | CISA

        Microsoft has released updates to address multiple vulnerabilities in Microsoft software. An attacker can exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

      • CISAAdobe Releases Security Updates for Multiple Products | CISA

        An attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

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

        • Security BoulevardRetbleed Security Fix Makes Linux go 70% Slower [Ed: Anti-Linux site spreads anti-Linux propaganda. This is about VMware, not Linux.]

          The Linux kernel workaround for the ‘Retbleed’ vulnerability is causing a huge slowdown in tests. Performance runs of VMware guests show results up to 70% worse on slightly old hardware.

          In a way, this was to be expected: When your workaround to a bug in a performance booster is to neuter the performance booster, you’d kinda expect the performance not to be so … boosted? Anyway, it’s hugely worrying for owners of older cloud server fleets.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Citizen LabMass DNA Collection in the Tibet Autonomous Region from 2016–2022 – The Citizen Lab

          In China under the Xi Jinping administration (2012–present), public security work is characterized by two features. The first is intensifying repression and state control, especially in areas with large ethnic and religious minority populations like the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The second is the expansion of invasive state surveillance over the public across China.

          Both of these features are evident in the police-led mass DNA collection campaigns which have occurred under the Xi administration. Like police forces around the world, China’s Ministry of Public Security, the national police agency, has operated a forensic DNA database system since the early 2000s. As of 2018, this DNA database system contained 68 million DNA samples. DNA samples in this database are collected as part of criminal or forensic investigations. Using this database, police can compare DNA samples they collect against a larger repository of existing samples in order to determine a suspect’s identity.

        • TechRadarADPPA vs GDPR: how does the proposed US law compare to EU privacy standards?

          While many Internet users are looking to secure their personal data with the best VPN services, governments across the world have been busy crafting ad-hoc legislations to protect citizens’ privacy and prevent businesses from exploiting their sensitive information for commercial purposes.

          Since 2018, people living in the EU and the UK have benefited from the protection of a comprehensive privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This legislation has functioned as a base for further regulations worldwide.

          Four years later, it could finally be the time for US citizens to have more control over their data. Making its way through the House floor right now, the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA) has the potential to become the first comprehensive federal privacy law in the US. At the moment, just a handful of States enforce their own regulations.

          Despite the fact the legislative process is still ongoing and the current text might change, let’s compare how people in Europe and the US could have their privacy rights preserved.

        • AccessNowYour body, your data: data-veillance and reproductive rights in a post-Roe world – Access Now

          In the wake of the historic overturning of Roe v. Wade, data privacy and reproductive rights experts have good reason to be alarmed. Once again, abortion can be criminalized in the United States, yet in today’s world our private lives are constantly surveilled and monetized. This means that everything from our whereabouts to our online search histories — from visiting Planned Parenthood to downloading a period app — is a tool to be sold and weaponized against us. Join this briefing where we will unpack what the Supreme Court ruling means for our human rights and digital safety, and where we go from here. Lunch will be provided for those attending in-person.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • ForbesIndia’s Supreme Court Demands Clarity On Internet Shutdowns

        India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has been ordered to reveal the grounds upon which it imposes or approves internet shutdowns.

        The ruling by the country’s Supreme Court follows a lawsuit from the Software Freedom Law Centre (SFLC) against the state of Arunachal Pradesh, which ordered an internet blackout last October to try and prevent cheating during the state civil service exams.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • BDIRSTU Wordo: TABOR

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

    • Technical

      • What’s my IP?

        Sometimes you want to find out what public IP address your connection is using to reach the outside world.

        An easy way to find this information is to use a DNS query, which I find to be a quicker way (and also a lighter weight query) instead of opening up a website to find this information.

      • I²C Project: A Single Flipped Bit

        I’ve been working on trying to get I²C comms working on Mecrisp Stellaris, using the built-in hardware module. I spent many lunch breaks seemingly going nowhere, because I couldn’t get the Trellis LEDs to even turn on, and the signals did not look correct on the scope.

      • Science

        • Using a unicycle to do a bicycle’s job

          I refer to myself as a “unicyclist” since it is an activity I do on an almost daily basis. People who unicycle regularly will do so for various different reasons. For my own part, my interest is primarily to use it as a tool for getting around and/or keeping myself fit and active. Thus I use my unicycles pretty much as others might use a bike (or perhaps even a car). The longest I have travelled in a single ride is a little over 62km (39 miles) but I cycle distances in the 25 to 30km (15 to 19 mile) range fairly often and I cycle at least 10km (6 miles) for my daily round trip commutes (sometimes more than double that, as I love taking detours if I have the time).

      • Programming

        • Landing CPP Shuttle in Geminispace

          It has been a long time since my last entry! Lantashi, that beautiful but demanding Sylvan, has been pushing me to write more, and program more (personal coding, at least). I finally took a vacation in the last week of August.

          During the vacation, I worked on the Lantashi’s Dungeon code, which is written in C++. We already had the ability to map out the environment, and move about it with n (north), s (south) etc. But part of the fun on playing a text-based adventure game is figuring out the language it accepts.

        • White space

          I read that Go enforces code layout, so I’ll probably never use Go. I’m not bothered where the curlies go or whether indentation is tabs or spoaces. It makes no difference. But if I can use whitespace to make structure explicit, I’m all for it.


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

OIN is Not the Answer and the Real Issue Is Software Patents

Posted in Deception, IBM, Microsoft, OIN, Patents at 12:51 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 91caeee27d0c77b7847152283d12b591
Distracting From Patent Reform
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: ZDNet’s SJVN, sponsored by companies like IBM and even Microsoft, wants us to think that the Open Invention Network (OIN) will sort out the issues we’re having with patents, but OIN represents or fronts for big businesses which stockpile software patents and actively lobby in favour of such patents

THIS new article from SJVN misses the point or misses the mark on a number of levels. It mentions SCO, it mentions Microsoft, but it does not mention Microsoft’s role in siccing patent trolls. Massive oversight or deliberate omission?

The article is full of holes and it suggests non-solutions, as usual from SJVN. Notice how SJVN and OIN refuse or fail to speak about software patents as the issue; instead they blame “trolls”. IBM, Microsoft, Linux Foundation etc. are not against software patents; watch carefully who the Linux Foundation and ZDNet collect bribes (or ‘advertising’ money) from! The agenda being pushed here is simply paid for. They don’t want to see the issue from a community lens; they conflate corporations with community; they are in another universe!

“I think so,” agreed an associate, “since they are consciously choosing to promote software patents through selective omission. That implies misdirection if not downright dishonesty.”

The same people do even worse hings; they cancel people who actually talk about the real issue (by publicly defaming them).

This “further emphasises their active, conscious participation in the promotion of software patents against the general backdrop of software freedom,” our associate added. “It goes without saying that software patents are not a matter for software developers or programmers, but an active harm against actual end-users.”

The issues are discussed in the video above.

Links 13/09/2022: LinuxOne Emperor 4

Posted in News Roundup at 9:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • OpenSource.comRemixing Linux for blind and visually impaired users

      When I was around 5 years old, my father brought home our first computer. From that moment on, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in computers. I haven’t stopped hanging around them since. During high school, when considering which specific area I wanted to focus on, I started experimenting with hacking, and that was the moment I decided to pursue a career as a security engineer.

      I’m now a software engineer on the security compliance team. I’ve been at Red Hat for over two years, and I work remotely in the Czech Republic. I’ve used Linux for about 12 years, mainly Arch Linux and Fedora, but I’ve also administered Debian, Gentoo, and Ubuntu in the past.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • VideoTHIS is what Linux NEEDS! | Kubuntu Focus 22.04 Impressions – Invidious

        Came across the Kubuntu Focus project and I thought it deserved a spotlight as I believe it represents one of the approaches that desktop focused Linux projects need to take to drive desktop Linux adoption.

      • Tux Digital294: 8 Ways to Make Money with Open Source – Destination Linux – TuxDigital

        This week’s episode of Destination Linux, we’re going to be discussing ways projects can use on how to make money in Open Source. Then we will be discussing issues with GNOME’s data collection ambitions. Plus, we have our tips/tricks and software picks. All this and more coming up right now on Destination Linux to keep those penguins marching!

      • Late Night Linux – Episode 194 – Late Night Linux

        Huge wins for RISC-V and Ubuntu Unity, the changing ways that software is distributed, and a sad lament for young people’s privacy. Plus why KDE Plasma isn’t default in many major distros, along with the usual goodness in the Korner.

    • Applications

      • Its FOSSCubyText is a Fast Cross-Platform Open-Source Knowledge Management App in Development

        CubyText is a fascinating personal project that you can fork or try as a knowledge management app.

        There are plenty of open-source applications that help you note down and organize your thoughts/research or knowledge.

      • Trend OceansPeazip: A Modern File Manager and Archive Tool for Linux – TREND OCEANS

        Peazip is a free and open-source file manager and archiving tool based on popular technologies like 7-Zip / p7zip archiver, Facebook Zstandard fast compressor, Google Brotli fast compressor, etc.

        It is written in Pascal (programming language) and is available for all major platforms like Linux, BSD, macOS, and Windows. A source file is also available for manual compilation and installation.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • ID RootHow To Install MongoDB on Rocky Linux 9 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install MongoDB on Rocky Linux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, MongoDB is one of the popularly used general-purpose, object-oriented NoSQL databases. Unlike relational databases such as MySQL, Oracle, and SQL servers which store data in tables according to a rigid schema, MongoDB stores data in documents with flexible schema. MongoDB is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS systems supporting both 32 and 64-bit systems.

        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 MongoDB NoSQL database on Rocky Linux. 9.

      • Trend OceansHow to Convert a /home Directory to a Separate Partition in Linux – TREND OCEANS

        Let me start this article with one question, which answer I’m expecting from you in the comment section. So let’s take the question: when you read the title of this article, what goes into your mind? Why should one create a separate partition?

        If you are new to Linux, then you might not be able to give the answer, but those who have given some time to Linux do understand the importance of separated partitions.

        Yes, it is very important to create a separate partition in Linux. So let me explain to you why it’s necessary. If you do remember, while installing any Linux-based operating system, you may get the option to choose a partition as guided or manual.

      • Linux HintHow to Create a Docker Image?

        “Are you beginning your career in programming or DevOps and opted to start with Docker?

        If you have no clue what docker is and how it makes the life of a DevOps engineer easy, we have got your back with this incredible tutorial about docker images. This article includes all the required steps on how you can successfully create a docker image. We will guide you with the help of examples to learn how to build a docker image quickly and easily.

        Developing applications need a lot more than just writing a few lines of code. Different architectures, multiple languages, discontinuous interfaces between tools, and various framework models for each stage of a lifecycle create enormous complexity. Here, dockers come to the rescue of the developers and especially the DevOps engineers by simplifying and accelerating the workflows and providing developers the freedom to innovate with their selected tools, development environment, and application stacks.

        In this tutorial, we will take you through the complete lifecycle of Dockers step by step. We will describe the basic concept of dockers and docker images and how a docker image is created in ubuntu environments. We will also provide you with the different methods of installing the dockers in ubuntu environments. You can also install and use dockers in the windows operating system as well. However, this article is specifically designed for the installation and creation of docker images in an Ubuntu platform.

        By following this guide, you will be able to create your first docker image quickly and easily. So, let us begin!”

      • Its FOSSInstall ImageMagick on Ubuntu

        ImageMagick is a popular open-source software that allows you to manipulate digital images in almost every way and supports more than 200 image formats!!

        The chances that ImageMagick has already been installed on your Ubuntu system are pretty high as many other software use it as a dependency.

      • Linux HintInstall Seesaw Ubuntu

        “In the era of concurrent execution, there have been running many processes simultaneously to make more throughput and high working efficiency. In such circumstances, the servers are required to handle loads of workload for high performance, and it gets difficult for the servers to manage such huge traffic. To rescue this devastating situation, load balancers come to rescue the servers. These load balancers distribute the workload between the several networks and the hosts (that are being clustered) to increase the availability, performance, and reliability of the networks. Load balancers take the incoming network requests and assign them a VIP (Virtual IP address) and then send these requests to that server which load balancer finds an appropriate one keeping the minimum possible packet modification. The selected server by the load balancer then replies to the load balancer with the data being required; the load balancer then passes this required data to the client.”

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Install Python PIP in Linux Systems

        PIP is simply a Python Package Installer, which is used to retrieve and install Python-related packages from indexes such as the Python Package Index.

      • Linux HintImageMagick Sharpen Image

        “Editing photographs, changing their formats, renaming images, and doing numerous operations on multiple files at once are frequent tasks. Both vector and raster images can be shown, converted, and edited using the free and open-source software “ImageMagick”. John Cristy created it in 1987 while he was employed by DuPont. He utilized it to create several of his creations and compress 24-bit photos to 8-bit graphics. Once he transferred the ownership to ImageMagick Studio LLC in 1990, it was publicly disclosed. It provides rudimentary API-like capabilities for UNIX-like computers but lacks a full GUI like Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and GIMP. Numerous image file types are supported, including GIF, JPEG, PNG, Postscript, and TFF.”

      • Linux HintSSL Nginx Web Server

        “Nginx, also abbreviated as “Engine-x,” is an open source Linux software that serves as a web server for HTTP caching, reverses proxy, and balancing of load. It proves to be a high-performance web server for its high-performance stability, HTTP capabilities, improved application-based deliveries, and security of the websites with the reduction of the long waiting times for the busiest web pages by acting as a load manager/balancer for the websites. Being a competitive lightweight server, Nginx offers a tremendous variety of features, and one of these features includes “Secure Service Layer (SSL)”. SSL is the technology that enables HTTP websites to secure the connection between the web server and web browser from any malicious attacks from unknown sources.”

      • Configure CentOS/Rocky/Oracle Linux as a Linux Router – kifarunix.com

        Follow through this guide to learn how to configure CentOS/Rocky/Oracle Linux as a Linux Router. A router is a device that connects two or more IP networks or subnetworks. Linux can be configured as a default gateway to route traffic between networks.

      • Linux HintAnsible Tutorial for Beginners

        “Ansible is an open-source IT engine that optimizes the deployment of IT technologies, including intra-service orchestration, cloud provisioning, as well as application deployment. Because Ansible pushes modules toward clients rather than using any client-side agents or customized security architecture, it is simple to implement. The output of such modules was sent back to that same Ansible server once they had been run locally on that client side.

        It can quickly establish SSH-Key connections with clients, streamlining the entire procedure. The files, which are sometimes called inventory folders, include the client data. Ansible may utilize an inventory file that you’ve produced but also filled up.

        Ansible employs the playbook that utilizes plain language, i.e., YAML, to specify automation jobs. Although YAML is frequently used only for configuration files, it may be utilized in a wide variety of applications whereby data is already saved. The fact that any of the IT infrastructure support staff can understand and read the playbook but also troubleshoot if necessary is a huge advantage.

      • Red Hat OfficialA beginner’s guide to tmux | Enable Sysadmin

        Make your Linux terminal more useful with tmux, a terminal multiplexer that allows you to run multiple Linux programs over a single connection.

      • nixCraftHow to upgrade OpenSUSE 15.3 to 15.4 using the CLI

        Right now, the most advanced OpenSUSE version is 15.4. It is an opportunity for desktop and server users running the previous 15.3 release to update to the latest software stack. The procedure for upgrading OpenSUSE 15.3 to 15.4 is simple to follow. This tutorial will walk you through the process of upgrading OpenSUSE 15.3 to 15.4.

      • nixCraftpydf – Linux tool to see colourised filesystem disk space usage [Ed: Newly-updated]

        The pydf command displays the amount of used and available space on your file systems, just like df command, but in colors. The output format is completely customizable.

        This is a little known tool (python script) that displays the amount of disk space available on the mounted filesystems, using different colours for different types of filesystems.

      • OSTechNixHow To Change User Password In Linux

        In this tutorial, we will discuss how to change user password in Linux using passwd command from commandline. In addition, we will also learn how to allow an user to change the password of certain other users via sudo.

      • OpenSource.comHow I troubleshoot swappiness and startup time on Linux

        I recently experienced another interesting problem in the Linux startup sequence that has a circumvention–not a solution. It started quite unexpectedly.

        I was writing a couple of articles while making some updates to my personal copy of my series of books, “Using and Administering Linux: Zero to SysAdmin.” I had four instances of LibreOffice Write open to doing all that. I had three VMs running with VirtualBox to test some of the things I was writing about. I also had LibreOffice Impress open to work on an unrelated presentation. I like to listen to music, so I had one of several tabs in Firefox open to Pandora, my music streaming service of choice. I had multiple Bash shells open using Konsole with numerous tabs and the Alpine text-mode email client in one. Then there were the various tabs in the Thunar file manager.

        So I had a lot going on. Just like I do now as I write this article.

      • OpenSource.comOpen source blockchain development: Get started with Hyperledger FireFly

        It takes more than a blockchain node to build enterprise-grade applications at scale. As a result, developers often find themselves building plumbing from scratch to make their business logic work. The release of Hyperledger FireFly changed blockchain development, offering developers a full stack of tools to build and scale secure web applications using familiar APIs. FireFly’s next-gen platform simplifies development, making it easy to connect across multiple public and private chains while running many use cases simultaneously. Whether you want to build on permissioned chains like Hyperledger Fabric, Corda, or Enterprise Ethereum, or public chains like Ethereum, Polygon, Avalanche, Optimism, BNB Chain, Arbitrum, Moonbeam, or Fantom, FireFly has you covered.

        In this article I’ll walk you through where to download Hyperledger FireFly, how to set up a local development environment, and introduce you to the FireFly Sandbox. But first, a quick introduction to the Supernode.

      • John GoerzenDead USB Drives Are Fine: Building a Reliable Sneakernet

        NNCP is one of those things that almost defies explanation. It is a toolkit for building asynchronous networks. It can use as a carrier: a pipe, TCP network connection, a mounted filesystem (specifically intended for cases like this), and much more. It also supports multi-hop asynchronous routing and asynchronous meshing, but these are beyond the scope of this particular article.

        NNCP’s transports that involve live communication between two hops already had all the hallmarks of being reliable; there was a positive ACK and retransmit. As of version 8.7.0, NNCP’s ACKs themselves can also be asynchronous – meaning that every NNCP transport can now be reliable.

        Yes, that’s right. Your ACKs can flow over tapes and USB drives if you want them to.

        I use this for archiving and backups.

      • Data SwampExplaining modern server monitoring stacks for self-hosting

        Hello, it’s been a long time I didn’t have to take a look at monitoring servers. I’ve set up a Grafana server six years ago, and I was using Munin for my personal servers.

        However, I recently moved my server to a small virtual machine which has CPU and memory constraints (1 core / 1 GB of memory), and Munin didn’t work very well. I was curious to learn if the Grafana stack changed since the last time I used it, and YES.

        There is that project named Prometheus which is used absolutely everywhere, it was time for me to learn about it. And as I like to go against the flow, I tried various changes to the industry standard stack by using VictoriaMetrics.

        In this article, I’m using NixOS configuration for the examples, however it should be obvious enough that you can still understand the parts if you don’t know anything about NixOS.

      • Ciprian Dorin CraciunSecuring my static site server with seccomp

        During the discussion cycle, many (if not most?) have failed to see the great potential such a simpler server (like my own) has with regard to security (and other directions). Most participants were happy with their generic HTTP server that also serves static files.

      • uni TorontoThe amount of memory in basic 1U servers and our shifting views of it

        As a practical matter, I don’t think we’d deploy any reused server with less than 4 GB of RAM, and we might take the effort to bring them up to 8 GB. We have very few machines with less than 8 GB now, and it’s not just because of the hardware generation they’re on. We’ve simply wound up in a situation where we default to thinking that 8 GB is the minimum amount of RAM that a server should have (and we add more if it seems called for). Of course this isn’t absolutely necessary; we probably have plenty of servers that don’t really need 8 GB, and I’ve never had problems on my virtual machines with 4 GB.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Akregator on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Akregator is a powerful yet easy-to-use news feed reader. With Akregator, you can follow your favorite news sites, blogs, and other RSS/Atom-enabled websites without constantly checking for updates using a web browser. Akregator’s fast search feature lets you quickly find the information you’re looking for, while its advanced archiving functionality ensures that you’ll never miss an important story. With Akregator’s internal browser, reading the news is a breeze. Whether a casual news reader or a power user, Akregator is the perfect tool for keeping up with the latest headlines.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Akregator on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using two methods with APT or Flatpak using the command line terminal.

      • AddictiveTipsHow to set up Jellyfin on Linux in Docker

        Jellyfin is an open-source implementation of Plex. It is the perfect media server for those who don’t like Plex’s direction. This guide will show you how to deploy a Jellyfin server on Linux in Docker.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Erlang on Debian 11 Bullseye

        Erlang is a functional, concurrent programming language designed specifically for systems with high availability requirements. The original implementation was developed by Ericsson in the 1980s and was later released as open source in 1998. Over the years, Erlang has gained a reputation for being particularly well suited for parallel and distributed systems. This is due to its support for “lightweight” processes, which can be created and destroyed very efficiently. In addition, Erlang’s fault-tolerant design also means that it can gracefully handle failures without bringing down the entire system. As a result, Erlang has become a popular choice for mission-critical applications that require high availability.

      • [Old] POSSE

        POSSE is an abbreviation for Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere, the practice of posting content on your own site first, then publishing copies or sharing links to third parties (like social media silos) with original post links to provide viewers a path to directly interacting with your content.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Firefox Nightly Browser on Fedora 36 Linux

        Mozilla developers contribute code to a central repository every day. This code is compiled nightly to create a pre-release version of Firefox for testing. The code matures and then merges into stabilization repositories (Beta and Dev Edition). The code is polished until it reaches a level of quality that allows for a new final version of Firefox to be shipped to hundreds of millions of people. Nightly builds are an essential part of the Firefox development process, as they allow us to test new code and ensure that it meets our high standards before it is released to the public.

        Often, non-developer users should refrain from using the nightly version, given it can bring either system instabilities but, more often, features that may not be secured or open new security issues. For example, one would never do internet banking on a nightly browser. However, checking out the nightly version may be interesting for users that like upstream versions of the latest bleeding-edge software and are casual browsers.

        The following tutorial will teach you how to install Firefox Nightly on Fedora 36 Linux using a COPR repository using the command line terminal.

      • UNIX CopHow to install and use the duf command on Linux

        Want a more complete alternative to the du command? Well, in this post, we will show it to you because you will learn how to install and use the duf command on Linux.

      • LinuxOpSysHow to List Services in Linux Using Systemctl

        Service is a Linux program that runs continuously in the background. Some of the common examples of Linux services are reverse proxy servers, network, cron, SSH, and the high-performance web server. Linux supports multiple tools and methods to list and manage services. Some services start at the boot time and some services can be started after your system boots up. You can control Linux services with systemctl commands.

        In this tutorial, we will learn how to list services in Linux using systemctl.

      • LinuxOpSysHow to Install Neofetch in Ubuntu/Debian/Mint and ArchLinux

        Neofetch is a cross-platform, simple shell script that scans for your system’s information and displays it in a terminal, together with an ASCII image or any desired image next to the output.

      • LinuxOpSysHow to List Installed Packages by Size on Ubuntu

        In this tutorial, we learn through the steps to list installed packages by size on Ubuntu/Debian Linux systems. This can be important when doing space audits and trying to find packages using occupying large space on your system.

        The Ubuntu / Debian dpkg-query and dpkg package manager provide some command line options which can be utilized for this task, with the help of some Linux regex tools like awk, sed, sort, tr etc.

      • LinuxOpSysHow to Install AppImage on Ubuntu (Easy Steps)

        AppImage is a format for packaging applications that is self-contained. It is the universal software package format compatible with various Linux distributions.

        In the traditional system of installing software packages, you need to download, extract and install on various directories of the system. But with the AppImage there is no extraction, no installation, no root permission, you just download the single package, make it executable and run it with a single click. It includes all the compressed image, dependencies, and libraries needed to run the software. Even to uninstall the application, you will just remove the AppImage file.

      • LinuxOpSysHow to Install Packages on Arch Linux

        Arch Linux is one of the popular Desktop Operating systems. Its main pros revolve around large communities and thousands of packages that can be installed on Arch Linux, both from official repositories and from AUR.

        AUR is a community-driven repository for Arch Linux users. It was created with the intention to make it easy to share community packages in an organized manner. AUR contains package descriptions called PKGBUILDs which allow you to compile a package from source with makepkg.

        For you to install a package on Arch Linux from AUR, you need a helper tool that automates the process of building and installing the package.

      • LinuxOpSysBash bc command in Linux – Usage + Examples

        Have you wondered how to perform calculations in Linux and Unix systems? This mostly comes into use when you do programming.

        In this tutorial, we learn about bc command in Linux with examples.

      • LinuxOpSysHow to Change Color Scheme in Vim

        Vim is a text editor that can be used to edit all kinds of plain text, especially useful for writing and editing programs. It is also one of the customizable text editors heavily used in the Linux operating system.

        The suitable color in the editor helps you to categorize, analyze and identify bugs in the code. You can change color schemes that come with the software package or install vim themes.

        In this guide, we learn how to list and change color schemes in VIM.

      • LinuxOpSysCommands to Get Hardware Info in Linux

        Linux systems have several hardware components, and it is important to know the exact hardware specifications to know whether your Linux computer is compatible with certain applications. Linux supports multiple commands or tools to check hardware devices, such as CPU, memory, PCI card, USB devices, and network card. Some of these commands are lshw, lscpu, hwinfo and lspci.

        In this tutorial, we cover some of the most significant Linux commands to check hardware device information on your computer.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Ubuntu PitFly-Pie: A Mouse-Centric GNOME Shell Menu Launcher for Linux


          Despite the availability of many other application launchers for Linux, Fly-Pie stands out the most. Using Fly-Pie, you can launch applications, simulate hotkeys, URLs, and most recent files, access the clipboard, and many other things. Let’s dig deep into Fly-Pie to see what it has to offer you.

          You might know that Simon Schneegans and Cue Faux Shock, both developers collaborated to create GNOME pie for Linux. Fly-Pie is also the product developed by them, but don’t make the mistake of judging these two as the same. Fly-Pie has remarkable individual features (e.g., Wayland compatibility).

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • BSD

      • Undeadly[OpenBSD]-current has moved to 7.2

        For those unfamiliar with the process: this is not the 7.2 release, but is part of the standard build-up to the release.

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • SUSE’s Corporate BlogSUSE Rancher and Komodor – Continuous Kubernetes Reliability | SUSE Communities

        With 96% of organizations either using or evaluating Kubernetes and over 7 million developers using Kubernetes around the world, according to a recent CNCF report, it’s safe to say that Kubernetes is eating up the world and has become the de-facto orchestrating system of cloud-native applications.

        The benefits of adopting K8s are obvious in terms of efficiency, agility, and scalability. However, despite the project’s maturity, the industry is still developing the knowledge-base, best practices, and tools required to manage day-to-day K8s operations.

    • Red Hat / IBM

      • Red HatKafka Monthly Digest: August 2022 | Red Hat Developer

        This 55th edition of the Kafka Monthly Digest covers what happened in the Apache Kafka community in August 2022.

        For last month’s digest, see Kafka Monthly Digest: July 2022.

      • SUSE’s Corporate BlogSecurity, Sustainability and Speed: Introducing the IBM LinuxONE Emperor 4 | SUSE Communities

        A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending SHARE 2022. It was a great experience, not only because of the incredible content, but also because it was the first live event that we were able to attend since the pandemic. Interacting with clients and partners was truly enlightening and we learned a lot about what was top of mind.

        Not surprisingly, the topic of security came up in nearly every conversation. And while many were enthralled by the new IBM z16 that we talked about in a prior blogpost, I am pleased that the SUSE enterprise open source solutions in conjunction with the new IBM LinuxONE Emperor 4 server address not only data security but also provide sustainability – coupled with high performance.

      • Venture BeatIBM upgrades Linux mainframe, boosting availability and AI performance

        The mainframe, the hardware stalwart that has existed for decades, is continuing to be a force for the modern era.

        Among the vendors that still build mainframes is IBM, which today announced the latest iteration of its Linux-focused mainframe system dubbed the LinuxOne Emperor 4. IBM has been building LinuxOne systems since 2015, when the first Emperor mainframe made its debut, and has been updating the platform on a roughly two-year cadence.

      • Enterprisers ProjectDigital transformation: How to get buy-in

        With digital transformation or any big initiative, there are many decisions to be made – and many opinions to navigate along the way. Gaining buy-in and support is a critical, and often difficult, part of a leader’s job. Even when it’s easy to get a group of people on board with what goals to pursue, there are often many various and conflicting perspectives on how to achieve them.

        We asked CIOs who recently won a 2022 Wisconsin CIO of the Year ORBIE Award to share their tips for getting buy-in. From asking the right questions to building strong relationships, learn how to work collaboratively to bring people on board with your next big idea.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • LinuxInsiderLinux Mint 21 Release Brings Reviewer a Welcome Reunion

        Computer hardware requirements for Linux Mint 21 have not changed. You need a fairly-modern computer because LM is not as lightweight on system resources as it used to be. That means a box with a 64-bit processor, at least 2 GB RAM, and 15 GB free space.

        The Linux Mint website has a comprehensive installation guide should you need assistance installing Linux Mint 21. But that should be unlikely. The installation engine is well polished. Most of my computers run multiple partitions, which typically force manual interventions.

        LM 21 installer did not stumble. It simply asked where to put the OS. The installer handled all the partitioning and adjustments in the background.

      • UbuntuCharmed Kubeflow 1.6: what’s new? | Ubuntu

        Kubeflow 1.6 was released on September 7, and Charmed Kubeflow 1.6 (Canonical’s distribution) came shortly after, as it follows the same roadmap. Charmed Kubeflow introduces a new version of Kubeflow pipelines as well as model training enhancements.

        [...]

        Metadata is a project that is used to better track and manage machine learning workflows. It provides information about runs, models, datasets and data artefacts, enabling users to monitor and understand their artificial intelligence projects. However, in the previous versions of Kubeflow, machine learning engineers had to manually configure it to benefit from this feature, which was often challenging. Moreover, they could not log additional metadata or use any metadata in downstream components. Kubeflow 1.6 changes the asynchronous process implementation that the metadata project had. It offers more assurance that the metadata is captured and recorded, regardless of the deployment step. The metadata is now sourced from the pipeline execution cache. KFP concepts are used to capture the metadata instead of the Pod spec.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwareKhadas Edge2 ultra thin SBC is powered by Rockchip RK3588S processor – CNX Software

        As noted in the Khadas VIM1S announcement, the company is also preparing to launch the Khadas Edge2 single board computer with a Rockchip RK3588S octa-core Cortex-A76/A55 processor and a thickness of just 5.7mm (before a low-profile heatsink is installed). The new board follows a similar form factor as the original Khadas Edge board powered by a Rockchip RK3399 processor, except the edge connector is gone, so it can’t be used as a system-on-module anymore, but remains the thinnest and one of the most powerful Arm SBCs so far.

      • CNX SoftwareESP-Hosted helps adds WiFi connectivity to legacy Linux or MCU-based products

        Most of the ESP8266 and ESP32 projects and products we cover here use the Espressif microcontroller as the main chip, but ESP8266 started as a WiFi module meant to be controlled with AT commands from a host device. But there are still “legacy” products that may benefit from connecting to the cloud, and Espressif introduced the ESP-Hosted for that purpose in 2020, and recently released a next-generation ESP-Hosted solution (ESP-Hosted-NG) specifically for Linux hosts.

        The solution is available in two variants: ESP-Hosted-FG (First generation) exposing an Ethernet interface to the host and suitable for microcontrollers and Linux hosts, and the ESP-Hosted-NG presenting an 802.11 network interface and designed for Linux hosts only. Both solutions include ESP32 firmware and a host driver running on the legacy system.

      • CNX SoftwarePicamera2 Python camera library for Raspberry Pi leverages libcamera open-source framework

        Raspberry Pi Trading released a new version of Raspberry Pi OS last week with the highlight being the Picamera2 Python library for Raspberry Pi cameras, along with small changes such as the ability to search menu items, a new audio input control,

        The new Picamera2 library was first announced in mid February 2022 with a preview release, and it’s the first time the Python library is included by default in Raspberry Pi OS. It is now based on the libcamera open-source framework instead of the proprietary and closed camera APIs from Broadcom found in the original Picamera library.

      • Linux GizmosFanless Mini-PC features up to 4x 2.5GbE LAN ports and Elkhart Lake processor

        The NX6412-4L is a Mini-PC equipped with Intel’s Elkhart Lake Celeron J5412 processor developed by Maxtang. This fanless mini-PC offers flexible connectivity including up to four 2.5GbE LAN ports, Wi-Fi/ Bluetooth connectivity and a slot for SIM cards.

        The processor found on the NX6412-4L is the Elkhart Lake J6412 processor which has been featured in other similar router mini-PCs (i.e., Topton X6, Fitlet3). 

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • ArduinoSimon Boak’s SB116 is a TI Programmer-inspired DIY calculator | Arduino Blog

        Many types of calculators exist beyond those basic models that everyone used in elementary school. The most common is the scientific calculator, including the iconic Texas Instruments TI-83. Programmer’s calculators contain buttons and functionality designed to help with coding, with the ability to work in binary, hexadecimal, and other base systems and to perform logic operations like XOR and AND. Simon Boak had a 45-year-old TI Programmer that was becoming unreliable, so he built his own 16-bit integer Reverse Polish notation (RPN) calculator with an Arduino.

        Boak’s SB116 programmer’s calculator very closely mimics both the button layout and functionality of that old TI calculator. The most visible difference is that the SB116 has a modern SSD139 driver-based 2.42” OLED display with a resolution of 128×64, in contrast to the vintage TI’s retro bubble LED screen. The keypad looks almost identical to the original, with the only other major external aesthetic difference being the gorgeous custom aluminum enclosure that Boak constructed. To add to the aesthetic, Boak even made a matching retail box that looks absolutely fantastic.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

    • Programming/Development

      • HackadayWith A Little Heat, Printed Parts Handle Vacuum Duty

        We don’t have to tell the average Hackaday reader that desktop 3D printing has been transformative for our community, but what might not be as obvious is the impact the technology has had on the scientific community. As explained in Thermal Post-Processing of 3D Printed Polypropylene Parts for Vacuum Systems by [Pierce Mayville], [Aliaksei Petsiuk], and [Joshua Pearce], the use of printed plastic parts, especially when based on open source designs, can lead to huge cost reductions in the production of scientific hardware.

      • Raspberry PiThe European Astro Pi Challenge is back for 2022/23

        The European Astro Pi Challenge is back for another year. This is young people’s chance to write computer programs that run on board the International Space Station.

      • HackadayArduino Nano Powers Reverse Polish Notation Calculator

        There’s something about Reverse Polish Notation (RPN) and the calculators that use it. It calls to mind a time when a calculator was a serious tool, and not just a throwaway toy. Created in the legacy of such calculators by HP and Texas Instruments, [Simon Boak] shows off his SB116, sporting an Arduino Nano under the hood. It’s a fully custom design, with a hand-built metal case, a custom PCB for the keyboard, and a tiny OLED display for maximum retro green goodness. The impetus for this build was to replace a particular calculator, a well-used TI Programmer, that’s useful for working with 6502 assembly. The SB116 supports binary, octal, decimal, and hex; and boasts some downright useful functions — AND, NOT, OR, XOR, and bitshifts. The source code is available, but you’re on your own for the case and keyboard. And for maximized retro faux-nostalgia, [Simon] designed a box that would have looked right at home on an 80s store shelf.

      • HackadayGit Intro For Hardware Hackers

        Git is a wonderful tool that can multiply your project’s impact, or make your project easier to manage by an order of magnitude. Some of us hackers don’t yet know how to use command-line Git, but a relatable example of why a certain tool would be useful might be a good start. Today, I’d like to give you a Git crash course – showing you why and how to put a KiCad PCB into a Git repository, later to be shared with the world.

      • MedevelVssue: an Open-source Git-based Commenting system for Vue projects

        Vssue is a free open-source commenting plugin for Vue that uses GitHub or GitLab as a backend to store data.

        Beyond it is support to GitHub/ and GitLab it also supports self-hosted Git platforms, as well as Bitbuckets, Gitee, and Gitea.

        Vssue is an easy to integrate with Vue2 and Vue3 projects, and it plays well with other Vue frameworks as Nuxt, VuePress, and Gridsome.

      • QtPut your developers in the driving seat

        Qt for Android Automotive helps developers create visually stunning user interfaces and experiences for different in-car displays – all with the same code base. Here’s how.

      • GeorgeGenerators Of Disagreement With AI Alignment

        So I came to think that there might be some generators of disagreement around the subject that are a bit more fundamental than simple engineering questions about efficiency and scaling. After reading nintil’s (linked above) and VKRs most recent essays on the subject, I think I can finally formulate what those might be.

      • Java

        • Linux HintWhat is the Difference Between the != and =! Operators in Java

          The symbol used to perform operations is called an operator. In Java, the “!=” is a Comparison Operator utilized to determine whether two operands are equal or not by comparing them, while the “=!” operator combines two operators; the first is an Assignment operator “=”, and the second is a logical Not operator “!” that operates on boolean values. It is also utilized in the inversion of boolean values.

        • Linux HintHow to Get Current Timestamp in Java

          Your system clock assigns a date and timestamp to each file you create and update on your computer, an email you sent or received, and so on. Every operation of a computer depends on the date and time. Sometimes, the current date or time may be required while developing an application. Java allows you to set and adjust dates and times using two packages, java.time and java.util.

        • Linux HintHow to Check Variable Type in Java

          You may know that the variable gives named storage that programs can access. Every variable in Java has a unique type that specifies its memory size, the range of operations that can be performed on the variable, and the range of values stored in memory. To compute data, sometimes you need to check the data type of a variable because the logical operations are performed with the same type of variables.

          This write-up will discuss the approaches for checking the type of variable in Java.

      • Rust

        • Paul E. McKenneyPaul E. Mc Kenney: Kangrejos 2022: The Rust for Linux Workshop

          I had the honor of attending this workshop, however, this is not a full report. Instead, I am reporting on what I learned and how it relates to my So You Want to Rust the Linux Kernel? blog series that I started in 2021, and of which this post is a member. I will leave more complete coverage of a great many interesting sessions to others (for example, here and here), who are probably better versed in Rust than am I in any case.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Moving off self hosted email – 2022-02-26

        UCEPROTECT Level 3 blocks ASNs which you can think of as a group of IP ranges operated by an ISP. They want the ISP to take down misbehaving / spamming actors on their network. One could theoretically pay them to remove an ASN block for.. $485. But once a single IP address spams again, they’ll add it back to their block list and keep the money.

  • Leftovers

    • The reports of UML’s death are greatly exaggerated

      Out of 14 types of diagram there are 3 that I use on a regular basis: Activity Diagram, State Machine Diagram, and Sequence Diagram. I think the Timing Diagram is borderline, but I can only think of a couple of occasions when it has been useful.

      Writing the diagrams in text and rendering them with Mermaid makes including them in documentation and websites painless, and the project is under active development.

    • The NationConstellation of Transgressions
    • AxiosBorder Patrol deactivates regional Twitter account after “inappropriate” posts

      Driving the news: In a tweet Saturday, CBP commissioner Chris Magnus said the agency “has become aware of unauthorized and inappropriate content” posted to the account, and that the tweets were removed and the account was deactivated.

    • Counter PunchSloganeering Suicide Prevention: the R U OK movement

      In 2009, an advertiser (because that is exactly the deep feeling person you want) came up with an idea born from his own insecure moorings.  Gavin Larkin’s “R U OK?” was inspired by the death of his father Barry Larkin.  Instead of leaving his father alone in dark melancholic repose brought out by suicide, the son chose to exploit his death with a messianic urgency.  It spawned a campaign of grotesque proportions, judgmental, insisting and persevering.  “To genuinely change behaviour Australia-wide, a national campaign was needed. And from this realisation, and with Gavin and Janina’s expertise and passion, R U Ok? was born.”

    • HackadayThe Hunt For A Rare Version Of IBM’s OS/2

      Slovenian OS/2 Warp 4 was a popular OS choice in that European country back in the day, but could the Slovenian Computer Museum lay their hands on a copy? In that question lies a bit of detective work and some luck.

    • Unicorn MediaMonday Morning: How a Command Prompt and Edlin Made Me a Computer Enthusiast – FOSS Force

      Last week Slate published a fascinating longish excerpt from Kevin Driscoll’s latest book The Modem World: A Prehistory of Social Media. In the excerpt, which Slate titled “The Birth of the Modem World,” Driscoll goes back to the days when modems weren’t something that got you connected to the fiber or coax running to your door, but to the copper wires from the phone company.

      We’re talking about old school dial-up modems here. Really old school.

      If you’re envisioning the old dial-up modems we had in the early days of the World Wide Web, which occupied a slot on your motherboard so you could plug the computer directly into the phone systems connector box, you’re thinking way too modern. We’re talking about external modems, that coupled to your telephone sonically, through a cradle upon which you set the handset of your old wired to the wall telephone receiver.

      But the Slate article wasn’t about modems, it was about what people were doing with them, which according to Driscoll was pre-internet bulletin boards that people ran out of their homes and to which people could connect by telephone, but only one user at a time. We’re talking ’70s or early ’80s here, back when the little private internets such as Prodigy and Compuserve were still the stuff of some future science fiction world.

    • Counter PunchUnder Oregon Skies

      The sky was a sickly orange-gray.

    • Science

      • HackadayBlue Origin Loses Rocket, Gains Abort System Test

        Even if you’re just making a brief hop over the Kármán line to gain a few minutes of weightlessness, getting to space is hard. Just in case any of their engineers were getting complacent, Blue Origin just got a big reminder of that fact this afternoon with the destruction of their New Shepard 3 (NS3) rocket during a suborbital research flight.

      • Counter PunchStick to Your Guns? No, Stick to Your Songs

        Additional research demonstrates that pleasant music can reduce activity in the brain’s amygdala, which is responsible for regulating our negative emotions. Accordingly, music can open a safe path to remember, to talk, to engage and heal.

    • Education

      • Nicholas Tietz-SokolskyI’m taking a sabbatical and attending Recurse Center!

        I’ll be taking 12 weeks off of work and attending Recurse Center in the Fall 2 batch, starting September 19th. Here’s what I’ll be learning and how I’ll be doing it.

      • Are Textbook Publishers Playing a Role in Cheating Trends?

        The College Board’s announcement to digitalize the SAT made major news headlines across the United States earlier this year. While standardized college entrance exams are undergoing changes and modernization, the assessments that college and university students take while in school are also in desperate need of an overhaul.

        Many academic institutions across the country are overly reliant on pre-made test banks and outsourced homework questions that have risen in prominence due largely to the major publishing companies. Given the expansive use of these prepared test questions by college professors, it is fair to wonder if publishers share some of the responsibility for the recent cheating trends.

      • WBUR RadioCensorship wars: Why have several communities voted to defund their public libraries?

        Efforts are also more aggressive. Several communities have voted to stop funding their public libraries. In others:

        “There’s been a few instances where there have been physical threats or, for example, the library in Montana that found books in their book dropped that had been riddled with bullets.”

        Today, On Point: Protecting America’s public libraries.

      • TruthOutSeattle Teachers Strike for Smaller Classes, Higher Pay and Special Ed Support
    • Hardware

      • HackadayTesting An Inexpensive CNC Spindle

        The old saying “you get what you pay for” is a cautionary cliché, but is directly contrary to several other common sayings. In the case of [Spikee]’s planned CNC machine build, he took the more adventurous idiom of “no risk, no reward” to heart when he purchased these spindles for the machine from AliExpress. While the delivered product seemed fine, there were some problems that needed investigations.

      • HackadayEqualize Your Listening With HiFiScan

        Audiophiles will go to such extents to optimize the quality of their audio chain that they sometimes defy parody. But even though the law of diminishing returns eventually becomes a factor there is something in maintaining a good set of equipment. But what if your audio gear is a little flawed, can you fix it electronically? Enter HiFiScan, a piece of Python software to analyse audio performance by emitting a range of frequencies and measuring the result with a microphone.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Privatisation/Privateering

      • Democracy NowJackson’s Water Crisis Comes After $90M Contract with Siemens to Overhaul System “Ended Up a Disaster”

        We look at how corporate involvement in Jackson, Mississippi’s infrastructure helped set the stage for its water crisis, as tens of thousands of residents of the majority-Black city remain under a boil water advisory. The main water treatment plant was damaged after a flood in late August, and while water pressure has been restored to most homes, viral videos show undrinkable brown liquid coming out of many taps. Mississippi’s Governor Tate Reeves has said “privatization is on the table” for the state capital. This could lead to a repeat of problems stemming from a $90 million contract Jackson signed in 2010 with the German multinational conglomerate Siemens to overhaul the city’s water infrastructure and install new water meters meant to raise extra revenue and help the city reinvest in the system. “This contract ended up being a disaster,” says Judd Legum, who wrote about the Siemens deal for his independent political newsletter Popular Information. “There was essentially a lost decade where the system deteriorated further and there were really no substantial investments made, and that’s part of the reason why we see what’s going on today.”

      • TruthOutCorporate Involvement in Jackson’s Infrastructure Set Stage for Its Water Crisis
      • ScheerpostMark Fiore: Exceptions to American Exceptionalism

        Mark Fiore’s animation on the Mississippi water crisis is scathing about American exceptionalism.

    • Linux Foundation

    • Security

      • The Way Forward for K8s Security: Eliminate Standing Privileges – Container Journal

        If you have worked in cloud computing, DevOps or related fields in recent years, you’ve no doubt come across Kubernetes. One of the earliest and most popular open source container orchestration systems, Kubernetes, also known as K8s, enables development teams to group containers that make up an application into logical units for easy administration (stylistic) and discovery in cloud environments. There are other container orchestrators out there—Nomad from HashiCorp, Red Hat’s OpenShift, Helios and Azure Container Instances are all popular alternatives. But there are just as many variations on what amount to Kubernetes-specific management services, such as Google Kubernetes Engine (Kubernetes originated as a Google project), Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service and Azure Kubernetes Service.

        Obviously, there is a lot of demand out there for container orchestration, and there are a lot of different ways to take advantage of what K8s has to offer. Check out the case study section of the Kubernetes website, and you will see accolades from all areas of the developer community.

      • Bruce SchneierFBI Seizes Stolen Cryptocurrencies – Schneier on Security

        The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the FBI has recovered over $30 million in cryptocurrency stolen by North Korean hackers earlier this year. It’s only a fraction of the $540 million stolen, but it’s something.

      • Integrity/Availability/Authenticity

        • Ed25519 Deep Dive Addendum – 2022-09-11

          As an application developer, you have likely connected to GitHub or an SSH server with an SSH Key. To do this successfully without anyone else impersonating you, a Digital Signature Algorithm (DSA) is used to authenticate you. Several DSAs can be used to authenticate over SSH; Ed25519 is a great option and not only for SSH keys. In A Deep dive into Ed25519 Signatures, I suggest the Ed25519 algorithm is modern, fast, small, misuse-resistant, and secure option for signing data; I also included an exercise in creating Ed25519 keys, signing data and verifying signatures.

        • [Old] A Deep dive into Ed25519 Signatures – 2022-03-06

          Digital Signature Algorithms (DSAs) underpin modern technology enabling phone calls, emails, operating system updates, and payments to process securely. Every DSA is built upon one way functions, which is easy to perform one way but hard to reverse. Ed25519 is one such DSA and in this article I’ll show how to use it.

        • BSDlyYour ‘Forgotten’ Blockchain Account Needing Reactivation? It’s a Scam

          Scammers are using ‘forgotten’ cryptocurrency accounts as bait for stealing the identities of the gullible and dishonest. You have been warned.

          I have never put any money into bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • EFFEFF’s “Cover Your Tracks” Will Detect Your Use of iOS 16’s Lockdown Mode

          While a large win for endpoint security, this is also a small loss for privacy. Lockdown Mode is unlikely to be used by many people, compared to the millions who use iOS devices, and as such it makes those that do enable it stand out amongst the crowd as a person who needs extra protection. Web fingerprinting is a powerful technique to determine a user’s browsing habits, circumventing normal mechanisms users have to avoid tracking, such as clearing cookies.

      • Confidentiality

        • Crypto Agility and Post Quantum – 2022-08-24

          At DEF CON 30 “Crypto Agility” and “Post Quantum” buzz words were repeated in several villages. I heard it around the Privacy and Crypto village and Soatok heard about it at the Quantum village. If you are an application developer, keep reading, these words are for you!

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Democracy Now“Two Years Is Too Long”: Family of Carl Dorsey, Black Man Killed by NJ Police, Sues as Probe Drags On

        Just after midnight on New Year’s Day of 2021, Newark police officer Rod Simpkins shot 39-year-old Carl Dorsey dead. Simpkins was in an unmarked police minivan and in plainclothes when he arrived at the scene after reportedly hearing gunshots. Within seconds of exiting his car, Simpkins fired his gun at Dorsey. It is unclear if he announced himself as a police officer. The family of the unarmed Black man killed that night is now suing the police and the city of Newark, frustrated that the investigation by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office has dragged on for 20 months with no findings so far. “We’re demanding justice for my brother, and we need people to be accountable for what happened to him,” says Madinah Person, Dorsey’s sister. Larry Hamm, chair of the People’s Organization for Progress, says New Jersey Attorney General Matt Platkin owes the family and the wider community answers. “Two years is too long not to hear anything from the attorney general about this case,” says Hamm.

      • Democracy NowDismantle the Commonwealth: Queen Elizabeth’s Death Prompts Reckoning with Colonial Past in Africa

        The death of Queen Elizabeth II has focused global attention on the British royal family and renewed criticism of the monarchy both inside the U.K. and abroad, especially among peoples colonized by Britain. “There’s a degree of psychosis that you can go to another people’s land, colonize them, and then expect them to honor you at the same time,” says Kenyan American author Mukoma Wa Ngugi, who teaches literature at Cornell University and whose own family was deeply impacted by the bloody British suppression of the Mau Mau revolution. He says that with Queen Elizabeth’s death, there needs to be a “dismantling” of the Commonwealth and a real reckoning with colonial abuses. We also speak with Harvard historian Caroline Elkins, a leading scholar of British colonialism, who says that while it’s unclear how much Queen Elizabeth personally knew about concentration camps, torture and other abuses in Kenya during her early reign, the monarchy must reckon with that legacy. “Serious crimes happened on the queen’s imperial watch. In fact, her picture hung in every detention camp in Kenya as detainees were beaten in order to exact their loyalty to the British crown,” says Elkins.

      • Telex (Hungary)We lost our monarch – and we didn’t expect it to feel this way

        Thanks to our supporters, we were able to report from London the day after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, to show our Hungarian readers how the British are mourning their longest-reigning monarch. Our video report from the UK’s capital.

      • Counter PunchThe Queen Tapped Into a Nostalgia that has Kept the Monarchy Strong

        Whipped by monks, Henry went to Becket’s tomb in the crypt and confessed that his “incautious words” had led to the killing. His penitence went down spectacularly well with onlookers and, in what was taken as an instant sign of divine approval, Henry’s armies started winning in the field.

      • ScheerpostChris Hedges: Monarchs Belong in the Dustbin of History

        No institution helps obscure the crimes of empire and buttress class rule and white supremacy as effectively as the British monarchy.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | It Is Time to Throw the Monarchies of the World Into the Dustbin of History

        The fawning adulation of Queen Elizabeth in the United States, which fought a revolution to get rid of the monarchy, and in Great Britain, is in direct proportion to the fear gripping a discredited, incompetent and corrupt global ruling elite.

      • The NationGod Save Us From the King

        King Charles III has had an unusually protracted apprenticeship. He is only now, at the venerable age of 73, ascending to the throne—an elevation made possible under melancholy circumstances thanks to the death of his 96-year-old mother, Queen Elizabeth II. It’s a strange fate to prepare all your life for a role you don’t get to perform until the eighth decade of that life. Yet, despite his undeniable maturity, Charles is unable or unwilling to perform many simple tasks that almost all his subjects who are above the age of 5 manage for themselves: Squeezing toothpaste on his toothbrush is one example. Charles has his valets take care of this arduous task, using a crested silver dispenser made especially for the job. He is similarly servant-dependent for almost all of the most menial daily activities.

      • Counter PunchThe Queen Is Dead

        This will also be a rare-old-time for paparazzi and the court correspondents of the tabloids. Will Meghan Markle and Kate speak to each other? What will the reprobate Prince Andrew be up to? Which of the royal offspring will misbehave and how?

      • Site36German Air Force in Afghanistan and Mali: Drone operator talks on his severe trauma

        For the first time, a German „Master of a Drone System“ reports stress disorders and depression just from watching from the air. With the introduction of combat drones, the phenomenon is likely to get worse.

      • Site36Cooperation with Turkey: Selenskyj awards medal for combat drones

        With the „TB2“, Turkey is becoming a worldwide drone power, now Ukraine is supposed to help in doubling the production.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Weapons Industry as a Taxpayer Scam

        Congress has spoken when it comes to next year’s Pentagon budget and the results, if they weren’t so in line with past practices, should astonish us all. The House of Representatives voted to add $37 billion and the Senate $45 billion to the administration’s already humongous request for “national defense,” a staggering figure that includes both the Pentagon budget and work on nuclear weapons at the Department of Energy. If enacted, the Senate’s sum would push spending on the military to at least $850 billion annually, far more—adjusted for inflation—than at the height of the Korean or Vietnam wars or the peak years of the Cold War.

      • ScheerpostSpending Unlimited

        Contractors Cash in as Congress Adds Billions to the Pentagon Budget.

      • Counter PunchThe International Community Must Draw a Line on Zaporizhzhia

        For the past few days, one reactor was kept running to power the pumps, meters, and other essential equipment. Now an external line has been repaired and a shutdown was deemed safe.

      • Counter PunchNine Stupid Nations

        According to ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, in 2021 the nine nuclear nations spent a total of $82.4 billion on their nuclear programs—$156,841 a minute. The ultimate driver of this profligate, irrelevant, dangerous spending turns out to be: profit, shored up by $117 million in lobbying.

      • MeduzaFSB ‘stages’ murder of two Russian occupation officials — Meduza

        Channel One reported on September 12, 2022, that the Russian security services had staged the murder of two Russian occupation officials in Nova Kakhovka, Kherson region.

      • MeduzaMunicipal deputies in Moscow and St. Petersburg demand Putin’s resignation — Meduza

        Nearly two dozen municipal deputies in Moscow and St. Petersburg have signed a petition demanding Vladimir Putin’s resignation as president. Shared by St. Petersburg councilwoman Ksenia Thorstrom, the document says, “We, the municipal deputies of Russia, believe that President Vladimir Putin’s actions harm the future of Russia and its citizens.”

      • Meduza‘Heavy losses’ for Ukraine, the ‘feats’ of Russian soldiers, and ‘fake news’ from Kyiv How Russian state TV reported on Ukraine’s counteroffensive — Meduza

        In early September, the Ukrainian army launched an offensive on the country’s Kharkiv region, causing occupying Russian troops to retreat for the first time since the start of the full-scale war. According to independent analyses, Ukrainian forces have regained control of thousands of square kilometers. While the Russian Defense Ministry has technically confirmed the withdrawal, it claims the goal of this new “operation” is to consolidate its troops in the Donbas, not to flee a Ukrainian attack. Here’s what Russia’s TV personalities had to say about the retreat on September 11.

      • MeduzaAt least 1,000 civilians reported killed in Izyum — Meduza

        At least 1,000 civilian residents of Izyum were killed during the Russian occupation. 

      • MeduzaFrom ‘here for good’ to ‘an operation to curtail’ A brief timeline of statements from Russian officials in the leadup to Ukraine’s Kharkiv counteroffensive — Meduza
      • MeduzaResidents of several towns in Rostov region report powerful explosion — Meduza

        Residents of several cities in the Rostov region reported a powerful explosion. Citing eyewitnesses, local publication 161.ru noted that the distance between some of the witnesses was nearly 125 miles.

      • MeduzaTwo suspects in Ilya Ponomarev case flee Russia after police raids — Meduza

        Viktor Zyryanov, a Telegram administrator for the news site Orlets, and Sergey Nosov, an activist from Russia’s Oryol region, have fled Russia, according to the news outlet Sever Realii. The men’s homes, along with the homes of a number of other journalists in various regions of the country, were raided last week in connection with the Russian authorities’ case against former State Duma deputy and Putin critic Ilya Ponomareva.

      • ScheerpostChain of Corruption: How the White Helmets Compromised OPCW Investigations in Syria

        By enlisting the sectarian insurgent-allied, US-funded White Helmets for chemical weapons probes in Syria, the OPCW abandoned impartiality and broke its fundamental rules for collecting evidence.

    • Environment

      • FuturismYoung People Are Getting Way More Cancer Than Old People Did

        While the authors admitted that increased access to screenings have contributed to the uptick, they say early exposures to harmful chemicals, some even in-utero, are likely contributing to rising cancer rates. The culprit, they suspect, is that human environments have changed substantially in the last century, and that combined with changes in diet, lifestyle, and the microbiome, the cause of the rise may just be civilization itself.

      • Counter PunchThe Ghost Islands of the Arctic: the View from the Graf Zeppelin

        Some scientists theorized that these were rocky banks that had been pushed up by sea ice.

      • DeSmogWhy is Climate Change Off the Agenda at the World’s Biggest Insurance Conference?

        This year has already been marked by numerous extreme weather events of record intensity, with the tragic loss of life from the Pakistan floods just the latest example. We all know that climate change – driven by the continued expansion of fossil fuel production, in defiance of all scientific advice – is making these events more common and severe.

      • Energy

        • New York TimesAll Biden Has to Do Now Is Change the Way We Live

          Transmission lines are a good place to ground this (sorry: energy infrastructure joke). The decarbonization strategy, at its core, is simply this: Most cars, homes, buildings and industry are currently powered by fossil fuels. In the future, they will be powered by clean electricity. But right now, 60 percent of electricity comes from fossil fuels. We need to rebuild our electrical grid around clean sources, and then we need to triple or quadruple the total amount of electricity we generate.

          “A lot of that needs to be built where the resource is,” Liza Reed, an electricity transmission expert at the Niskanen Center, told me, “where the solar is, or the wind is, or the geothermal is. So you need to move that power around from the places it’s generated.” That means building many, many more power lines than we currently have. But the way we presently build transmission lines is a mess.

        • Common DreamsFossil Fuel Giants Have Targeted 150+ Activists With ‘Judicial Harassment’: Report

          “We cannot let the oil, gas, and mining industries weaponize the legal system to silence their critics.”

        • TruthOutManchin’s Pipeline Deal Must Be Blocked, 77 Democrats Say in Letter
      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Bright New Satellites Join a Crowded Sky — Here’s How You Can Help

          Sky & Telescope readers can record scientifically useful observations of BlueWalker 3. I have been studying magnitudes recorded by visual observers since Starlink and other spacecraft became an issue for astronomers a few years ago. The brightness data are used to characterize and monitor these space objects. Visual magnitudes revealed that the addition of a sunshade made Starlink satellites fainter than the original design, while omission of that shade for more recently launched satellites has increased their luminosity again.

        • IDAParc du Mont-Bellevue Becomes Canada’s First Urban Night Sky Place

          Despite its urban setting, the site is primarily forested yet includes sensitive wetlands and aquatic habitats that are home to some 400 species of plants and over 100 species of wildlife, a dozen of which are endangered. The park’s location in the center of the city of Sherbrooke and near the Université de Sherbrooke’s campus makes it possible to reach a large population to raise awareness about the impacts of light pollution on the nocturnal environment and model good outdoor lighting practices. Situated within the MMIDSR, this site further allows Sherbrooke’s citizens to reconnect with a quality night sky and implement practices that are respectful of the nocturnal environment.

          This certification results from combined efforts between the Cégep de Sherbrooke, the Ville de Sherbrooke, the Université de Sherbrooke, the MMIDSR, and other partners working together to combat light pollution and protect the region’s natural resources since 2019.

        • The RevelatorLeft Out to Dry: Wildlife Threatened by Colorado River Basin Water Crisis
        • Counter PunchLawsuit Aims to Protect Grizzlies from Expanded Livestock Grazing in Montana’s Paradise Valley

          Several of the allotments are located in designated grizzly recovery zones and within important habitat linkages for bears in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. The U.S. Forest Service has expanded both the livestock grazing area and season, putting the bears at higher risk of being killed in response to conflict with cattle operations. Greater grizzly bear mortality in areas on the cusp of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem will slow the bears’ recovery and keep the Yellowstone grizzly population isolated. Scientists predict that long-term isolation of Yellowstone grizzlies will likely decrease their genetic diversity, which would harm the population’s health and reproductive success.

        • Counter PunchConservation groups Sue to Protect Yellowstone Grizzly Bears From Expanded Cattle Grazing

          In addition to several of the allotments’ located in the grizzly bear’s “recovery zone,” the agency also expanded the area and lengthened the grazing season, putting the bears at increased risk of being killed in response to foreseeable conflict with private, for-profit cattle operations. Our lawsuit also names the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a defendant because the agency is supposed to be protecting endangered and recovering species but used out-of-date scientific information and failed to adequately consider the impacts of the grazing decision on grizzly bears in the Lower 48 states.

        • Counter PunchGood News in the Maine Woods

          The support for enlarging Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument by both Senators provides a lesson in conservation history that I’ve seen repeatedly. Both Senators initially opposed the proposal for a unit of the National Park System in the Maine Woods. They wrote a letter to President Obama outlining “serious reservations.” However, to their credit they are now supporters of the monument.

        • Common DreamsOpinion | The USDA Published Eye-Witness Accounts of Slaughterhouse Inspections, and They’re Harrowing

          On June 7, 2021, a slaughterhouse inspector with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported a violation at a Tyson Foods-owned poultry plant in Nashville, Arkansas. The inspector saw a bird on the slaughter line “vigorously flapping” as it headed towards the “scald vat.” That wasn’t supposed to happen. 

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • NPRSocial media firms are prepping for the midterms. Experts say it may not be enough

        But the wave of falsehoods in the wake of that election — including the “big lie” that Donald Trump won — has continued to spread, espoused by hundreds of Republican candidates on ballots this fall.

        That’s left experts who study social media wondering what lessons tech companies have learned from 2020 — and whether they are doing enough this year.

      • CoryDoctorowThe White House has a plan for Big Tech

        The White House plan is a mixed bag. They set out six action points, each of them amorphous enough that they could all be summarized as “the devil is in the details” – that is, depending on how these are handled, they could be great, or terrible.

        But one point stands out as especially fraught, controversial and dangerous: a vague promise of “fundamental reforms to Section 230,” which is incorrectly characterized as “special legal protections for large tech platforms.”

        I’m going to go through all six of the points below and describe how they could go right, or wrong, and in the end I’ll get into more detail on 230 – it’s one of the worst-understood areas of internet law, a favored punching bag of the right and the left, and getting this one wrong could deliver permanent dominance to Big Tech platforms.

      • UK model eyed for intelligence services

        The changes are being initiated in the wake of the tapping of PASOK President Nikos Androulakis’ phone, which exposed long-standing problems linked to the country’s intelligence services. Apart from the blow suffered by the government because of the transparency issues that emerged from the case, it became very clear that in its present form and mode of operation, EYP does not play the role it should and is not consistent with its mission of defending national security.

      • NPRAnti-royal protesters are being arrested in the U.K. as the ‘Not My King’ tag grows

        Hill said police initially told him he was arrested under the U.K.’s recently toughened laws on protests, a change that came after advocacy groups such as Extinction Rebellion and Black Lives Matter mounted large and/or disruptive protests in recent years.

        The new law allows police to act in cases which they deem to be “unjustifiably noisy protests that may have a significant impact on others” or seriously disrupt an organization’s activities.

        The arrests highlight individuals’ troubles with the authorities — but large groups have also chosen or been forced to change their plans due to Elizabeth’s death.

      • Counter PunchLiz Truss: a Precarious Prime Minister for a Precarious Country

        Even before Truss becomes prime minister today, it is possible to describe the political landscape in which she will operate. For all Boris Johnson’s boosterism, the British state is less powerful than it was 10 years ago. There have now been four prime ministers in six years, which is the sort of turnover once associated with political instability in Italy.

      • Counter PunchLearning From Gorbachev’s Failures

        I must confess that I, too, choked up a bit as I watched a streaming video of this performance at the Golden Mask festival along with its emotional curtain call.

      • Counter PunchOn the Life and Legacy of Mikhail Gorbachev: an Interview With Richard Falk

        Richard Falk: I think it is safe to say that Mikhail Gorbachev had the greatest historical impact of any public figure since the end of World War II. To be sure, it is a bitterly polarized legacy. One of unbounded admiration and historical achievement in the West and one of contempt and unconditional disrepute in Russia, holding Gorbachev responsible for the breakup of the Soviet Union as a Great Power and its loss of political relevance beyond its territorial borders. It has taken Vladimir Putin, a political figure reviled in the West, to undue Russian irrelevance by launching an aggressive war against Ukraine, but whether the cost is worth even for Russia, only time will tell.

      • Counter PunchFrance’s Influence in Africa Faces Strains From Locals and Foreign Competitors

        By the early 20th century, Paris commanded control over much of West and Central Africa. However, the French Empire grew increasingly strained during World War I as well as during the occupation of France by Nazi Germany in World War II. French decolonization began soon after and was largely finalized relatively peacefully after 1960, save for a bloody seven-year war with Algeria that lasted until 1962.

      • TechdirtMusk Tries, Tries Again With Yet Another Argument For How He Can Get Out Of Buying Twitter: Mudge’s Severance Package

        I mean, of course. On Friday Elon Musk terminated his Twitter purchase for the third time. In yet another termination letter sent to Twitter, he claims that Twitter’s severance agreement with Peiter “Mudge” Zatko was a violation of the purchase agreement.

      • Common DreamsTrump Backers Accused of Weaponizing Records Requests to ‘Destabilize’ Midterms

        “County officials are drowning. And in some cases, when the requester does not like the response they get, they become belligerent and threatening.”

      • Common Dreams160+ Groups Denounce Mining Industry Giveaways in ‘Dirty’ Manchin Side Deal

        “There is no way to mitigate the damage that would be done by this side deal, it must be unequivocally rejected.”

      • Counter PunchBiden’s Democracies

        It has often been noted that the White House can provide a rarified atmosphere that separates the occupants from reality and this might, to some extent, be the case with President Biden. So, here is a big, big, big hint. Biden is in the United States—a place with quite a history of civil strife, assassinations, and large sections of cities periodically going up in flames, and most of this is politically motivated violence. And, that emphatic “never” so belies U.S. history as to suggest an embarrassing naïveté. Ask many of the nation’s police chiefs. They apparently believe that “blood in the streets,” when produced by those supposedly upholding the rule of law, is very appropriate. So what is it that Biden is really trying to say? Here is an educated guess.

      • Counter PunchThe Bewildering Vote in Chile That Rejected a New Constitution

        On September 7, Jadue told us that he was feeling “calm,” that it was a significant advance that nearly 5 million Chileans voted for the constitution and that “for the first time we have a constitutional project that is written and can be transformed into a much more concrete political program.” There is “no definitive victory and no definitive defeat,” Jadue told us. People voted not only on the constitution but also on the terrible economic situation (inflation in Chile is more than 14.1 percent) and the government’s management of it. Just as the 2020 plebiscite to draft a new constitution was a punishment for former President Sebastián Piñera, this was a punishment for the Boric government’s inability to address the problems of the people. Jadue’s “calm” stems from his confidence that if the left goes to the people with a program of action and is able to address the people’s needs, then the 5 million who voted for the constitution will find their numbers significantly increased.

      • The NationChile’s Constitutional Makeover, Take 2

        There should be a rule in politics that if you have trouble explaining something, you can’t build a movement around it.

      • TechdirtCourt Dumps Trump Lawsuit Claiming Hillary Clinton Rigged The 2016 Election He Actually Won

        Sooooooo… this was something that happened.

      • The NationTrump Proves That Presidents Have Too Much Power

        During the run-up to the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, the George W. Bush administration often deployed a pet mixed metaphor, which originated with then–national security adviser Condoleeza Rice: We don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud. In the mode of rudderless geopolitical scaremongering that took hold in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks, the underlying appeal was unmistakable: If our national sanctums of war-making aren’t granted unqualified power, the world itself may just be headed for nuclear annihilation. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

      • TechdirtFearmongering CS Professor Insists That California’s Design Code Is Nothing To Worry About. He’s Wrong

        Hany Farid is a computer science professor at Berkeley. Here he is insisting that his students should all delete Facebook and YouTube because they often recommend to you things you might like (the horror, the horror):

      • The NationThe DNC Moves to Block Debate on Dark Money, but We Won’t Quit

        Last week, Nevada Democratic Party Chair Judith Whitmer and I appeared before the party’s Resolution Committee at the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting in National Harbor, Md. We were there to speak in favor of our resolution calling on the party to ban the use of “dark money” in Democratic primaries.1

      • Counter PunchDemocrats: To Win in November Listen to the Messages of Citizen Groups

        Astonishingly, citizen leaders for years have been marginalized to their and the Democratic politicians’ disadvantage. The Republicans do not make such mistakes. Witness the roles and influence of right-wing advocacy groups such as the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute and the National Taxpayers Union.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | ‘We’ll Meet Them Out in the Fields’: Challenging the Pipelines to Nowhere

        Recent polls suggest that the bonkers, even barbaric, rhetoric coming from far-right MAGA candidates could be undermining Republicans’ chances of capturing both chambers of Congress in November. Now, the greater danger may lie down-ballot. If extremists win key offices in swing-state governments in 2022, they might manage to award their states’ Electoral College votes to the MAGA presidential candidate, against the will of the voters, in 2024 and illegitimately capture the White House. 

      • MeduzaFeigning democracy: The winners and losers of Russia’s 2022 regional elections — Meduza
      • The NationThe Left Takes Chicago

        Chicago—It wasn’t hard to tell which of the guests at the 63,000-square-foot Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago were there for the 2022 Socialism Conference. Giveaways included T-shirts bearing political slogans and labor affiliations (“Abortion is a Human Right,” “Troublemakers Union,” “Tired Feminist”); elaborate tattoos; moth-like attraction to the makeshift bookstore set up by Haymarket Books, this year’s main sponsor; and anything red. At one session, when the moderator called on “the comrade in the red shirt,” three heads pivoted toward the podium. “I dropped, like, $100 on books and already have tons I haven’t read at home,” a middle-aged Black male comrade confessed in the elevator, adding, “The wife is not happy.”

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Let’s just ban all the books!

        Obviously, this is all very confusing. So I have a better idea:

        Let’s just ban all the books.

        That way, no fragile minds will have to worry about being offended. No closed minds will dare be opened.

        I used to think Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” was a 1950s warning about the dangers of censorship. But Florida’s governor and legislators have taught me the book was really a how-to guide for 2022.

        The new Florida mantra is: Information is bad, especially when it prompts people to think for themselves — and most especially if it ever prompts a child to have an independent thought that contradicts their parent’s.

      • TechdirtEFF Asks Ninth Circuit To Toss Two Stupid Lawsuits Claiming Federal Government Is Moderating Social Media Users

        Normally, there wouldn’t be much need to insert yourself into lawsuits involving seriously flawed claims about social media moderation. But these two lawsuits — both losses for plaintiffs claiming the Biden administration conspired to ban their social media accounts — are now in the hands of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has delivered some unusual (and terrible) takes on Section 230 and intermediary liability recently.

      • MeduzaKsenia Sobchak allegedly being checked for violation of ‘gay propaganda’ law — Meduza

        According to a RIA Novosti source, police are checking one of Ksenia Sobchak’s channels for a violation of the law on “gay propaganda.”

      • Project CensoredBanned Books Week 2022 – The Project Censored Show

        Notes: -Betsy Gomez is coordinator for the Banned Books Week Coalition. -Cameron Samuels is a recent high school graduate and activist from the Katy Independent School District near Houston, Texas. Cameron was named the Youth Honorary Chair of Banned Books Week (the first time the title has been awarded) for actively opposing book banning in the District as a student there. -Jordan Smith is the digital editor at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. -Nico Perrino is Executive Vice-President at the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, formerly known as the Foundation for Individual Rights In Education, an organization specializing in protecting academic freedom.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • TruthOutThe Supreme Court Won’t Save Us — It Was Founded to Defend White Supremacy
      • NPRMeet the strippers working to unionize a Los Angeles dive bar

        On March 18, 15 of the club’s 23 employees at the time delivered a petition to Star Garden’s owners stating their demands. When they attempted to meet with their bosses at the club the next day to discuss their grievances, the dancers said, they were locked out.

        NPR spoke to eight dancers for this story, all of whom said that they were contract employees and that they were unfairly terminated for raising safety and privacy concerns with management. They spoke to NPR on the condition that they be identified by only their stage names to protect their safety and privacy. All the dancers said they use the term “stripper” to describe their work and often use the label interchangeably with “dancer.”

      • Pro PublicaFighting the New “Literacy Tests” Making It Harder to Vote

        A third of her neighbors in Coffee County struggle to read at a basic level, and she wanted to make sure they had help navigating their ballots. In the late afternoon, she slid behind the sparkly pink steering wheel of her SUV for her final push of the day, heading down a long stretch of road where buildings gave way to fields and thickets of pine. She turned in to the Kinwood Estates mobile home park and stopped at the edge of a familiar dirt driveway just as Shondriana Jones, 30, bounded down the steps of a trailer.

      • TruthOutNew Restrictions Make Voting Harder for People Who Struggle to Read
      • Pro PublicaHow to Fix America’s Confusing Voting System

        Combs’ feelings of insecurity and disorientation when faced with a ballot are not unusual. Voters with low literacy skills are more likely to take what they read literally and act on each word, sometimes without considering context, literacy experts say. Distractions can more easily derail them, causing them to stop reading too soon.

      • Pro PublicaHow We Analyzed Literacy and Voter Turnout

        Our reporting has found that helping people with low literacy skills to read their ballots at the polls enables them to understand what and who they are voting for and ensures that their votes are counted. But decades of voter suppression — particularly in the South — have made this kind of assistance difficult to access in many communities.

      • Pro PublicaQuick Guide to Voting Accessibility for All

        You do not have to prove you can read or write to vote.

      • Common DreamsAt Packed Rally, Fetterman Vows to ‘Be That Vote to Scrap the Filibuster and Codify Roe’

        “Should this decision be made by Dr. Oz?” Fetterman asked the roughly 3,000-strong and enthusiastic crowd, which replied with a forceful “no!”

      • The NationThe Southern Baptist Convention’s Deal With the Devil

        In June, at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif., Albert Mohler Jr., the president of the denomination’s flagship seminary and one of its leading theologians, was asked whether he believed that women who have abortions should be prosecuted for murder. Mohler acknowledged that there could be gray areas, such as miscarriages, but came down on the side of criminalizing women. “There are many cases in which, demonstrably, there is not just an abortionist who should face criminal consequences, but a woman seeking an abortion,” he said to applause. “That is something we believe the law should pursue.” Law enforcement could pursue such cases, he added, if the final version of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion, resembled the draft that had leaked in May.1This article was produced in partnership with Type Investigations.

      • Common Dreams50 Million People Are Trapped in Modern Slavery Worldwide: Report

        “Nothing can justify the persistence of this fundamental abuse of human rights.”

      • TechdirtDissent Calls Out Appeals Court, New York Prosecutor For Denying A Prisoner His Right To Challenge His Conviction

        The operative word in the phrase “criminal justice system” isn’t “justice.” As much as we tip our hats to enshrined rights and ideals like “innocent until proven guilty,” the operative word remains “system.” And like any system, the justice system is mostly there to process those accused of crimes, rather than act as a check on government power.

      • Common DreamsExperts Warn Supreme Court Supporting ‘Dangerous’ GOP Legal Theory Could Destroy US Democracy

        “If the Legislature were to be successful in Moore v. Harper, it could threaten the state court’s ability to provide this crucial check on the legislative branch.”

      • TruthOutDemocracy Can’t Be Reduced to Voting in 2022 — We Must Build the Future We Want
      • The NationJana Prikryl’s Poetry of Perpetual Motion

        “Women and exile are linked,” observes Etel Adnan in Of Cities and Women, her series of letters concerning urban life, place, and gender written toward the end of the 20th century. Virginia Woolf, writing closer to the century’s midpoint, famously declared in her great anti-war treatise Three Guineas that “As a woman I want no country. As a woman I need no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.” The sensibility that links these works and those of others (Simone Weil, Judith Butler, etc.) is a desire to imagine a space outside the masculine spheres of nations, flags, and borders.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • [Old] John GoerzenThe PC & Internet Revolution in Rural America

        Notice what’s missing: Free Software / FLOSS in the Richard Stallman sense of the word. Stallman lived in the big institution world – after all, he worked at MIT – and what he was doing with the Free Software Foundation and GNU project beginning in 1983 never really filtered into the DOS/Windows world at the time. I had no awareness of it even existing until into the 90s, when I first started getting some hints of it as a port of gcc became available for OS/2. The Internet was what really brought this home, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • TechdirtYou’re Living In The True Golden Age Of Television. Enjoy It, Because It’s About To End.

        To be clear, the shift from traditional cable television to streaming TV has been a very good thing. Consumers had grown irritated with bloated, expensive bundles of channels they never watched, and customer service that was literally ranked some of the worst of any industry in America. Based on recent data, it’s not a trend that’s going to be slowing down anytime soon.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakDNS Resolver Quad9 Continues to Fight Pirate Site Blocking Demands

          After a Hamburg court issued a preliminary order requiring DNS resolver Quad9 to block a music piracy site, the case is now progressing through the court system. Sony filed a main proceeding at a Leipzig court that allows both sides to provide further evidence. According to Quad9, the outcome of this case is going to be very important.

        • Torrent FreakACE Shuts Down More Illegal Steaming Sites – These Sites May Be Next

          The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment has announced the shutdown of seven domains linked to illegal streaming services, together generating at least 27 million visits per month. ACE’s interest in these domains dates back to 2020 and was revealed in DMCA subpoenas issued in the United States. A new batch of similar subpoenas reveal fresh ACE targets.

        • Torrent FreakP2P Streaming Tool “Ace Stream” Decries Unjustified Site Blocking and Piracy Allegations

          Ace Stream is a decentralized streaming tool with millions of users. The application, built on the VLC media player, doesn’t host or link to any content, but that hasn’t stopped rightsholders from complaining. In fact, the software’s website is currently blocked by ISPs in Spain, which is completely unjustified according to Ace Stream’s management.

        • Creative CommonsMembers Share Their Experiences with the CC Open Culture Platform

          It’s a space for open culture and cultural heritage practitioners, advocates, and enthusiasts to share resources, hold conversations, and collaborate on matters related to open access to cultural heritage, especially heritage held in galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAMs).

        • Creative CommonsOpen Office Hours with CC’s Legal Team

          We’ll start off with a few minutes talking about CC and some current topics and then open the floor for anything you’d like to chat about. As usual, CC will not be able to offer specific legal advice.

        • Public Domain ReviewTrimalchio in Newburyport: Timothy Dexter’s *A Pickle for the Knowing Ones* (1848) – The Public Domain Review

          A strange 1797 text with literary ambitions, written in Dexter’s personal eye dialect and entirely devoid of punctuation.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Comparing Aldous Harding to Kate Bush

        Obviously they’re quite different artists, but right from when I first heard Aldous Harding, she reminded me of Kate Bush Not so much stylistically, more in how artistic they both are.

        So it was interesting to find a recording of Aldous Harding singing Wuthering Heights, which goes back to 2016.

      • Star Log 2022-09-13 01:00 AKDT (Fairbanks, AK, US)

        I saw on the Chilly Weather service that there was supposed to be a break in the cloud cover around midnight, so I gave it a go. Indeed, the sky was mostly clear, but star gazing was nonetheless rather difficult because of a very bright moon, waning but mostly full, and high in the sky. The moonlight was so bright, I was able to take notes in my notebook without a flashlight.

      • The metaphysics of ontopoetics and panpsychism

        In the course of my usual “oh, that sounds interesting” travels on Teh Intarwebs, i recently came across ‘ontopoetics’. As someone who’s something of a panentheist, i’m finding the concept more than intriguing.

        The concept of ‘ontopoetics’ was created by Naarm/Melbourne philosopher and academic Freya Matthews.

      • “I want to publish zines, and rage against the machine…”

        FFS, am I Harvey Danger? I can “identify” with nearly every lyric from the song “Flagpole Sitta”, which was a one-hit wonder type of song from 1998, which was *the* year for one-hit wonder bands. Countless swarms of them all over MTV and the radio. It was a hop skip and jump away in time from Britney Spears dominating…music, and I think every record label in the developed world were trying to make anything/everything “happen” in regards to trends, genres, and fashion. Sorta fun times, but I was pre-occupied with my own narcissism at the time, so I just stayed focused on my life and the times I could have with my friends and our frantic shit we would get into.

      • Feeling Creative

        Recently, I’ve been feeling really creative, which is surprising because I’ve found it hard in the last few years to make much art, and when I do it’s usually a once in a blue moon thing. But since discovering all the interesting creatives on neocities (and working out how to make pixel art), I’ve actually been genuinely excited about creating in a way that I haven’t in a long time.

    • Technical

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Re: Sneakernets

          I feel like we’re not talking about the same things, though. I guess I was pretty vague about my thoughts even though I tried.

          [...]

          On Free/Developed/Democratic etc Societies, Persecution, Criminals

        • egalaxyd 0.5.1

          I haven’t written a whole lot about my gemini/spartan server project on this gemlog recently, as it’s mostly been a toy for me to play with the protocol and different ways of program organization.

          However, recently I’ve dropped a major two-part release that I think might bring it into production-quality territory. The biggest outstanding bugs were fixed, the packaging/release system was streamlined, etc. I intend to deploy it onto one of my public-facing servers soon and see how far I can get.

      • Games

        • StepManiaX

          An arcade not far from the area has a dance game called StepManiaX, or SMX for short. The game involves stepping on a dancing stage with up, down, left and right panels similar to DanceDance Revolution, but it also features a center panel, bringing the total number of inputs per side to five.

          On the surface, SMX sounds like a cheap ripoff of DDR, as many dance games were in the 2000s. The creative team behind the game, however, have no intention to be exploitative: they have been avid rhythm game fans for decades and developed the game in an effort to improve on the groundwork laid out by arcade machines like DDR and Pump It Up.


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

Why Does NPR, Funded by Bill Gates, Publish Such a Thing This Week?

Posted in Bill Gates at 5:52 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Yesterday in BillPR (NPR, funded by Bill Gates):

NPR on kids

Summary: NPR is trying to normalise what many parents would deem obscene (but not the Gates family)

Older:

‘Really good quality sex education starts very, very early’: Melinda Gates

Gates-Epstein house

Sun and Gates

Bill Gates, Jeffrey Epstein

Go away, Linux users
Jim Zemlin knows his "true masters"

Bill Gate and Lolita Foundation
The real MIT problem was not Dr. Stallman (FSF’s founder) but Bill Gates; see older evidence-based articles, e.g.: Mansion of Pedophilia – Part II: Dr. Stallman Defamed in the Media One Day After Request Made for King County Sheriff’s Office to Divulge Information About Pedophilia in Home of Bill Gates (2019)

A False Sense of Privacy and Safety is Ruining Otherwise Fine Browsers (Like Kristall)

Posted in Deception, Security at 2:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 32e4ca1c33f9868bad88d181d08783c6
TLS False Positives
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Impediments to self-hosting and self-determination (not outsourcing of "trust" for instance) are increasing; today we look at the case of Kristall, a highly versatile multi-protocol browser

THE layers of additional complexity often make it hard to set up a Web site and to use a Web browser, confusing both system administrators and users. Geminispace with its capsules model (self-signed certificates) lowered the entry barrier, but the Web persists with the security theatre of chaos. In a nutshell, on the Web you’re now expected not just to fully embrace HTTPS but also outsource control over it; many outsource to companies like ClownFlare, which in turn worsens privacy. It’s almost a taboo to criticise this.

“The conclusion one can reach is that what used to be a simple protocol has been unnecessarily complicated. Developers too are struggling with this complexity, not just users. And they both suffer.”In the video above I demonstrate that Kristall, a Gemini client with support for 3 or 4 other protocols, has an utterly dumb or broken way of handling TSL certificates for HTTPS. Why? It’s OK with self-signed for Gemini but not HTTPS. But why? No good reasons! Upon closer scrutiny, the implementation of this is clearly buggy. The complexity messed it up. We should be ‘forgiving’ towards sites that self-sign certificates (many have legitimate reasons) and less ‘forgiving’ towards Web browsers that deny this. Who are they serving? Users? Sites? Or the CA cartel?

In the case of Kristall, it seems to boil down to a bug. But it’s a very obnoxious one. The software does not seem to be very actively developed anymore (no commits since January), so we are guessing that a fix is not on the way.

The conclusion one can reach is that what used to be a simple protocol has been unnecessarily complicated. Developers too are struggling with this complexity, not just users. And they both suffer.

The Web is closing, it’s getting locked down, and not in a positive way.

IRC Proceedings: Monday, September 12, 2022

Posted in IRC Logs at 2:36 am by Needs Sunlight

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