Links 17/09/2022: Archcraft September 2022 Release

Posted in News Roundup at 3:55 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Google Pixel sees huge sales growth, has 2% of North American market

        Canalys’ North American smartphone market share numbers are out, and the big mover for Q2 2022 is once again Google, which is seeing huge growth numbers thanks to the Pixel 6. Last quarter, Canalys had Google up 380 percent year over year, and this quarter, the company is up 230 percent.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Video15 Best Flatpak Apps that You MUST HAVE in 2022! (ESSENTIALS) – Invidious

        Flatpak apps are becoming increasingly popular as they offer many amazing advantages over traditional apps. They are super easy to install with literally single-click installations. They are always up to date with the latest features. They can run on any Linux distribution and they run without any issues because they don’t need any external dependencies. So in this video, I bring to you 15 fantastic flatpak applications that you definitely need to HAVE installed on your system.

      • Video“If You Use My Distro, It Will Make You Smarter” (Myth Busted!) – Invidious

        One of the most common pieces of (bad) advice is that you should use a hard-to-use Linux distro because you will “learn” Linux by using it. And it’s not just Linux distros. I hear people make this sort of claim with other pieces of software…

      • VideoUber Internal Systems Breached – Invidious

        What’s up, guys!!! In this video, we cover an article on how Uber, the drive share company’s internal network, was hacked. I thought this was an interesting article, so I thought I would share it.

      • VideoLinux Mint Wins the Upgrade Wars – Invidious

        Well, I updated three Linux systems and only one system properly applied security updates without adding a ton of unwanted, unnecessary changes. Also, Endeavour OS broke the whole system.

    • Applications

      • MedevelBluefish is an open-source Web HTML editor

        Bluefish is a feature-rich open source multiplatform webpage (HTML) editor for web developers.

        It is designed to aid developers edit their website projects using its tabbed user interface.

        Bluefish has been around for years, and it is used by many on Linux, Windows and macOS.

        One of its important features is it can upload and edit remote files through FTP, SFTP, FTPS, HTTP, HTTPS, and WebDAV.

        It also works with external programs especially on Linux systems as lint, make, weblint, xmllint, javac, awk, sort, sed, and more.

      • Linuxiac3 Best GUI Pacman Frontends for Arch Linux-Based Distributions

        This article shows the best graphical Pacman frontends for quickly and easily installing, updating, and removing software on Arch Linux.

        Arch Linux has long won advanced Linux users’ hearts due to the ultimate control it puts in their hands.

        Furthermore, the distribution has one of the largest and most diverse software repositories in the Linux world. So, it is hard to find Linux software that isn’t already available in the distro’s official repository or the AUR.

        As a heavily terminal-centric Linux distro, Arch expects software management to happen through the Pacman command-line tool. However, this is not always the easiest approach, especially for novice Linux users.

        Fortunately, several graphical tools make this process much easier, so we’ve chosen the three best for you. With them, you can easily and quickly install, update, and remove the software from Arch Linux and other popular Arch-based distros like Manjaro, EndeavourOS, Garuda Linux, and so on.

      • PowerDNSAuthoritative Server 4.7.0-beta2 | PowerDNS Blog

        this is the first Beta release for Authoritative Server 4.7.0, even though it is called beta2. (beta1 was never released because of bugs found during the release process).

        4.7.0 brings support for Catalog Zones, developed by Kees Monshouwer. As part of that development, the freshness checks in the Primary code were reworked, reducing them from doing potentially thousands of SQL queries (if you have thousands of domains) to only a few. Installations with lots of domains will benefit greatly from this, even without using catalog zones.

      • Barry KaulerEasyOS: Shotcut video editor now an SFS

        I have created SFSs over the last few days. All that you need to do is click on the “sfs” icon to download and install. You get a choice to install to the main desktop or in a container — I recommend the former, as these SFSs are configured to run the app as a non-root user, each app runs as its own user, which is fairly secure.

        Note, you can do both, install on main desktop and container, if you wish to compare. It seems that openGL is only working with software rendering in containers, which will make apps slower — but that is unconfirmed, as although the app reports cannot use hardware rendering, it may actually be using hardware rendering. In a container, the app has very limited capabilities, and may not be able to correctly probe how openGL is working.

      • Barry KaulerEasyOS: OpenShot video editor now an SFS

        OpenShot is available as an appimage, that I downloaded and extracted the files. I intend to develop a script ‘appimage2sfs’, but first need to learn more about how appimages are put together. Figured this one out manually and it was straight-forward, created the SFS.

        As usual, click on the “sfs” icon to download. Can be installed to run on the main desktop or in a container. In the former case, runs as user ‘openshot’.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • The New StackHow to Sign git Commits with an SSH key – The New Stack

        Development projects can get very busy. They can also grow to massive proportions. When projects do expand (especially those of an open-source nature), they take on more and more developers. That’s great… until it’s not.

        For example, what happens if a rogue developer hops onto a project and adds a commit that injects malicious software into the code? No project wants to have to deal with such an issue.

        To that end, projects must be very careful who they allow in. But what happens if someone sneaks under the radar? Maybe a rogue developer gains access to your project and adds a commit that injects malicious code and does so under the guise of another developer. When you see that developer’s name associated with the commit, you let it pass, assuming the code is solid and there’s no need to worry.

      • Bozhidar BatsovReload Zsh Configuration – (think)

        I’ve been using Zsh on-and-off for a very long time (15+ years), but I still occasionally learn something new about it.

      • The Server SideHierarchical Kubernetes namespaces explained by example

        Confused by hierarchical namespaces in Kubernetes? In this Kubernetes tutorial we’ll examine what hierarchical namespaces are, how to add them to a Kubernetes cluster and then how to use them.

      • EarthlyManage dotfiles from anywhere with Git – Earthly Blog

        Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you had to format your computer and manually reinstall all the programs you were using? Or did you change machines and have to go to the page of each of the software you use and download and run the installer one by one? Or even customize some mouse/keyboard settings?

        This is a bit of work for everyone, but it’s even more work for devs. We have a series of environment configuration files, variables, binary configurations, and shells that need to be configured the way we want them to be so we can be as productive as possible!

        Let’s understand how dotfiles will solve this problem and how you will be much more productive when you start versioning them using Git.

      • EarthlyHow to automate a microservice setup in Kubernetes using Earthly – Earthly Blog

        Kubernetes(K8s) is an open source system that automates the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications such as microservices. It’s designed to make it easy to deploy applications to a wide range of virtual machines and cloud providers e.g Digital ocean, AWS. K8s is built on a foundation of open standards. It helps you manage the lifecycle of processes running in the container. This guide will walk you through how to automatically setup your microservices with k8s using Earthly. A complete microservice setup on Kubernetes requires both the configuration and deployment of your application. Each service will have its own unique functionality and operates independently of the other services, and can be deployed individually.

      • uni TorontoGrafana’s problem with the order of dashboard panel legends and Prometheus

        It’s common to build Grafana dashboards with graph panels (including bar graphs) that have multiple things in them. Generally when you do this, you include a legend with labels. The legend labels come from the query or queries you make, as covered in the query options for Prometheus as a datasource (the same is true for Loki as a datasource).

        If each separate thing on the panel comes from a separate query, it’s easy to put the legend labels in any order that you want, because the legend order comes from the order of the queries, and Grafana lets you freely re-order them. You might have this if you’re graphing various memory metrics from a Linux server, for example, because the Prometheus host agent exposes each different thing from /proc/meminfo as a separate metric (and some things aren’t exposed directly anyway, such as the amount of swap space used; you get only ‘total swap’ and ‘free swap’).

      • Seattle TimesPros and cons of Linux and how to deal with HP laptop battery issues
      • ID RootHow To Install Inkscape on Linux Mint 21 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Inkscape on Linux Mint 21. For those of you who didn’t know, Inkscape is professional quality vector graphics software that runs on Linux, macOS, and Windows desktop computers. Inkscape is great for anyone who wants to get creative with their artwork, as it has many features that bring any design to life. These features include scalability and the ability to import/export so the artwork can be used in any vector graphics program.

        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 an Inkscape vector graphics editor on Linux Mint 21 (Vanessa).

      • ‘Linux IP Stacks Commentary’ Book Tries Free Online Updates [Ed: Slashdot seems to be running marketing plugs as "stories"]

        Recently the authors of Elements of Publishing shared an update. “After ten years in print, our publisher decided against further printings and has reverted the rights to us. We are publishing Elements of Programming in two forms: a free PDF and a no-markup paperback.”

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Tor Browser on AlmaLinux 9

        Tor, also referred to as The Onion Router, is open-source, free software that permits anonymous communication using online services like web surfing. The Tor network directs the web traffic through an accessible worldwide volunteer overlay network with over six thousand relays and continues to grow. Many users want to search out more ways to keep their information and activities anonymous or private online due to the increasing concerns over data and work snooping. However, users should be aware of both the advantages and disadvantages of using Tor before deciding whether or not it is the right tool for them.

        While Tor provides a high degree of anonymity, it is not perfect. Due to the way the network routes traffic, it can be slow, making it impractical for some uses. In addition, because traffic is encrypted, some sites that use anti-Tor measures can block all traffic from the network, preventing users from accessing them. Despite these drawbacks, Tor remains a popular tool for those seeking a higher degree of anonymity online.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Tor Browser on AlmaLinux 9 workstation desktop using Flatpak third-party package manager or downloading the browser manually and how to install it manually with tips on registering the application icon.

      • UbuntubuzzHow To Type Arabic with Buckwalter Layout on Ubuntu GNOME and KDE

        This tutorial will explain how to enable two keyboard layouts on Ubuntu GNOME or KDE namely English (US) and Arabic (Buckwalter). The goal is to help you type Arabic on computer by using standard physical QWERTY keyboard without having an Arabic one. Now let’s try it.

      • nixCraftHow to see Raspberry Pi OS version on Raspberry PI

        Do you want to know which version of Raspberry Pi OS is running on your hardware? Here is how to find the Raspberry Pi OS version including hardware details such as CPU, RAM and model using the command-line option.

        Raspberry Pi OS is Linux based operating system and to see the currently running version type the cat /etc/os-release command at Linux prompt. Let us see all commands in detail. Please note that this tutorial focuses on Linux operating systems. Still, RPI can run other Unix-like systems, such as FreeBSD, and some of the following commands will not work on different operating systems.

      • ID RootHow To Install Erlang on Debian 11 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Erlang on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, Erlang is a functional, concurrent programming language designed specifically for systems with high availability requirements. Erlang was originally developed to be used in several large telecommunication systems. But it has now slowly made its foray into diverse sectors like eCommerce, computer telephony, and banking sectors as well.

        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 Erlang programming language on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

      • Trend OceansHow to Extract/Decompress a WAR File in Linux – TREND OCEANS

        If you are familiar with programming languages, specifically Java, then you might be aware of JAR or WAR terms. However, many of you may not have heard of this term or will encounter it in the near future.

        Today, you will learn what they are, why you should use them, and how to extract/decompress a WAR file in Linux.

    • Games

      • Linux Links10 Fun Free and Open Source Platform Games: Part 2 – LinuxLinks

        A platform game (sometimes known as platformer or jump ‘n’ run games) is a video game genre and subgenre of action games in which the core objective is to move the player character between points in a rendered environment.

        Platform games are characterized by their level design featuring uneven terrain and suspended platforms of varying height that requires use of the player character’s abilities, such as jumping and climbing, to navigate the player’s environment and reach their goal.

        Let’s explore the 10 games. For each game we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screen shot of the game in action together with links to relevant resources.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Carl SchwanDaily driving the steam deck

          Tuesday night, I managed to break the screen of my laptop. This is particular annoying when you don’t have any external screen at home and need to work. Fortunately the scren wasn’t completely broken, and I managed to survice Wednesday, with half of the screen working.

          From half of the screen working on Wednesday, the situation got worse on Tursday and I was forced to find another solution. My only other Linux powered devices at home were a PinePhone and my SteamDeck. Performance wise, the choice was easy and I choose to try to use my SteamDeck.

        • TSDgeos’ blog: Come to Barcelona for Akademy-es 2022!

          As previously announced, Akademy 2022 will be happening in Barcelona at the beginning of October.

          On top of that, Akademy-es [the Spain spin-off of Akademy] is also happening in Barcelona the days before (29 and 30 of September). So if you’re interested in KDE and understand Spanish a bit, please drop by https://www.kde-espana.org/akademy-es-2022 and register yourself at https://www.kde-espana.org/akademy-es2022/registro.php

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Ignacy Kuchciński: GSoC 2022: Overview

          Throughout this summer I’ve been working on making the New Documents feature discoverable in Nautilus, a file manager for GNOME as part of the GSoC project. This post is an overview with links of the work I did together with my mentor Antonio Fernandes.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • New Releases

    • BSD

      • Volker KrauseKDE Frameworks 6 FreeBSD CI and Qt Shader Tools Porting

        Since the last update we finally have all Frameworks build with Qt 6 and got one more platform covered on the CI. We are also only two weeks away from Akademy, which is where we’ll make important decisions on how to proceed.

        FreeBSD CI

        Besides Linux and Android we now also have FreeBSD CI coverage for the Qt 6 builds, thanks to Qt 6 having become available as FreeBSD packages. The roll-out is largely complete, and was remarkably painless. Pretty much everything built without needing additional fixes, and unit test results match the results with Qt 5.

        That’s even more surprising given there is one crucial difference in the FreeBSD CI: it doesn’t use separate containers for the Qt 5 and Qt 6 builds. Instead both versions are built on the same system, with both Qt versions installed. This is of course something that eventually has to work, but that has caused various unintended version mixes in the beginning.

        The last missing platform for full Qt 5 parity is now Windows. Work for creating a CI image for that is meanwhile under way as well.

    • Debian Family

      • James Valleroy: How I avoid sysadmin work – blog

        So basically my system administration task turns into a software development task instead. And (in my opinion) there are much better tools available for this: source control systems such as git, test suites and Continuous Integration (CI) pipelines, and code review processes. These make it easier to keep track of and understand the changes, and reduce the possibility of making a catastrophic mistake.

      • File sharing with bepasty – blog

        One of the apps running on my FreedomBox that I use frequently is bepasty. bepasty is essentially a self-hosted, free software pastebin. It allows you to paste text, or upload any type of file. You can also set an expiration date for when the file or text will automatically be deleted. If you are uploading multiple related files, you can organize them into a list.

        bepasty does not have user accounts. Instead, it has shared passwords, where each password is linked to a set of permissions. There are five permissions: Read, List, Create, Delete, and Admin. (The meanings are mostly straightforward, except for Admin, which means the ability to lock and unlock files.) This allows very fine-grained control. For example, if you want someone to be able to upload files to your bepasty, but not view or download anything, than you can generate a password with only the “Create” permission, and give this password to the person who will be uploading files.

      • FreedomBox Packages in Debian – blog

        FreedomBox is a Debian pure blend that reduces the effort needed to run and maintain a small personal server. Being a “pure blend” means that all of the software packages which are used in FreedomBox are included in Debian. Most of these packages are not specific to FreedomBox: they are common things such as Apache web server, firewalld, slapd (LDAP server), etc. But there are a few packages which are specific to FreedomBox: they are named freedombox, freedombox-doc-en, freedombox-doc-es, freedom-maker, fbx-all and fbx-tasks.

        freedombox is the core package. You could say, if freedombox is installed, then your system is a FreedomBox (or a derivative). It has dependencies on all of the packages that are needed to get a FreedomBox up and running, such as the previously mentioned Apache, firewalld, and slapd. It also provides a web interface for the initial setup, configuration, and installing apps. (The web interface service is called “Plinth” and is written in Python using Django framework.) The source package of freedombox also builds freedombox-doc-en and freedombox-doc-es. These packages install the FreedomBox manuals for English and Spanish, respectively.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • Ubuntu HandbookThis Extension Enables More Useful Top Bar Buttons in Ubuntu 22.04 | UbuntuHandbook

        For Ubuntu 22.04, Ubuntu 22.10, Fedora 36/37 & other Linux with GNOME 42/43, there’s a new extension to enable more useful gadgets into top panel.

        It’s “Aylur’s Widgets” extension that adds Dash, Workspace dots, Media playback control, Battery bar, Power menu in top-bar. All of them have ON/OFF switches, position option (left, center, right) as well as other settings.

        Dash is a trigger to quickly access frequently used system settings, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Settings, Shutdown Menu, Favorite Apps, Playback Control, Social Media websites, and have a glance at time & date, battery status, CPU usage, core temperature.

        The button has configurable text and icon, and allows to replace the “Activities” button. With it enabled, user may also press Super + D on keyboard to trigger the menu. In case you use the shortcut key to show/hide desktop, you may assign another shortcut via Dconf Editor.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • ArduinoFunctional miniature hydrogen fuel cell powers RC truck | Arduino Blog

        Vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells combine the benefits of battery-powered electric vehicles and internal combustion engines (ICEs). You get the environmental and performance benefits of electricity, with the same refueling convenience as you get with ICE vehicles. But for most of us, hydrogen fuel cells are still mysterious and unattainable. In reality, you can buy one right now. To demonstrate how practical they are, Alfonso Delgado Ollero built a miniature hydrogen fuel cell to power an RC truck.

        Hydrogen combines with oxygen in the air to produce water. As it does, it also produces electricity and we can use that electricity to power devices and even vehicles. The only reasons hydrogen fuel cell vehicles aren’t common are that it takes a lot of energy to produce the hydrogen in the first place and the energy density is relatively low. Those practical concerns are relevant when talking about the future of the automotive industry, but they shouldn’t prevent makers from experimenting with hydrogen fuel cells. You can buy small hydrogen fuel cells, like the 12W unit used in this project, from online retailers for less than $700. You can also purchase cartridges of hydrogen or even make your own through electrolysis (read up on the safety precautions first).

      • SparkFun ElectronicsVideo Demo: Single Pair Ethernet to Remotely Monitor Vibration – News – SparkFun Electronics

        We had some fun with our partners – Digi-Key, Analog Devices, Harting, and Würth Elektronik – to not only develop 10BASE-T1L SPE prototyping tools, but to also put together a helpful demo/use case. The video below provides a quick look at the new prototyping tools and then moves to the demo.

      • SparkFun ElectronicsDA16200 Comes to Thing+
      • SparkFun ElectronicsDumpster Dive Preview
      • SparkFun ElectronicsIt’s Dumpster Dive Day!
    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

      • Linux Links5 Top Free and Open Source OCaml Web Frameworks

        Caml is a general-purpose, powerful, high-level programming language with a large emphasis on speed and efficiency. A dialect of the ML programming language, it supports functional, imperative, and object-oriented programming styles. The OCaml system is the main implementation of the Caml language. It has a very strong type-checking system, offers a powerful module system, automatic memory management, first-class functions, and adds a full-fledged object-oriented layer.

        Here’s our verdict on the best OCaml web frameworks. We only recommend free and open source software here.

    • Programming/Development

      • Ubuntu PitTop 10 Best Golang Projects for Beginners in 2022

        Have you ever been so frustrated with something that you decided to take matters into your own hands and fix it? Golang or Go Language is a product of that frustration manifested with the talents of Rob Pike, Robert Griesemer, and Ken Thompson. It is a revolutionary language with versatile uses and plenty of Golang projects to work with.

        The language itself was designed at Google and is open-source, platform-independent, statically, and strongly typed in nature. However, it has all the positives of C, C++, Java, and Python while it overlooks their flaws. So, how about we explore what you can do with Golang as a beginner in 2022? Stay tuned!

      • Announcing the 2022 Table Contest – RStudio

        This contest aims to highlight the many great ways people transform and present data. Open source data science works better the more people contribute, and we particularly appreciate this community’s openness and generosity in sharing the code and methods you use to create beautiful, useful tables.

      • Tom MacWrightFocus – macwright.com

        For fun, I wrote a raytracer in Zig yesterday. It’s a port of a project I did in 2013, in JavaScript. It’s the first time in a while I’ve made a project just for kicks.

      • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

        • HowTo GeekHow to Parse CSV Data in Bash

          Comma Separated Values (CSV) files are one of the most common formats for exported data. On Linux, we can read CSV files using Bash commands. But it can get very complicated, very quickly.

      • Java

        • The Server SideUser input with a Java JOptionPane example

          Java JOptionPane input example The best way to teach the concept of Java user input to new software developers is to have them use the extremely visual and highly user-friendly JOptionPane…

      • Rust

        • Planning Go 1.20 Cryptography Work

          As you might know, I left Google in spring to try and make the concept of a professional Open Source maintainer a thing. I’m staying on as a maintainer of the Go cryptography standard library, and I am going to seek funding from companies that rely on it, want to ensure its security and reliability, and would like to get a direct line to the maintainers of their critical business infrastructure. (If this sounds like you, reply to this email!)

          In the meantime, though, the Go development cycle progresses inexorably, with the Go 1.20 feature freeze coming at the beginning of November. Once the main Go tree freezes, I plan to work on x/crypto/ssh and age, but in the meantime I have a few things I am excited about for Go 1.20.

  • Leftovers

    • CoryDoctorowGuide to a ripoff-free funeral

      If your loved one died in hospital, check whether the morgue will keep them for a few days while you check with funeral homes in a 20-30 mile radius. Set a budget. Under no circumstances should you tell a funeral director, “Money is no object, she deserves the best.”

    • Science

      • University of Glasgow – University news – Next generation of hearing aids could read lips through masks

        A new system capable of reading lips with remarkable accuracy even when speakers are wearing face masks could help create a new generation of hearing aids.

        An international team of engineers and computing scientists developed the technology, which pairs radio-frequency sensing with artificial intelligence for the first time to identify lip movements.

      • Algorithm learns to correct 3D printing errors for different parts, materials and systems

        Engineers have created intelligent 3D printers that can quickly detect and correct errors, even in previously unseen designs, or unfamiliar materials like ketchup and mayonnaise, by learning from the experiences of other machines.

      • 3D printed surfaces inspired by nature – Newsportal – Ruhr-Universität Bochum

        Scientists can use laser radiation to print tiny structures with high precision. This approach enables them to mimic the superpowers of animals and plants and makes them accessible for engineering applications.

        To survive in extreme habitats, many animals and plants have developed brilliant abilities that we otherwise only know from superheroes in movies. In most cases, their abilities are based on the extraordinary properties of their surfaces. Mimicking these properties offers enormous potential in the engineering field for developing new products and solving technical problems. Research teams from Bochum and Kiel have succeeded in mimicking the structural colour of the famous blue Morpho butterflies using a high-precision 3D printing technology referred to as two-photon polymerization (2PP). The researchers present their newest findings in a paper published in the Journal of Optical Microsystems on 2 September 2022.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • The mystery of why some people don’t catch COVID | Ars Technica

        We all know a “COVID virgin,” or “Novid,” someone who has defied all logic in dodging the coronavirus. But beyond judicious caution, sheer luck, or a lack of friends, could the secret to these people’s immunity be found nestled in their genes? And could it hold the key to fighting the virus?

        In the early days of the pandemic, a small, tight-knit community of scientists from around the world set up an international consortium, called the COVID Human Genetic Effort, whose goal was to search for a genetic explanation as to why some people were becoming severely sick with COVID while others got off with a mild case of the sniffles.

        After a while, the group noticed that some people weren’t getting infected at all—despite repeated and intense exposures. The most intriguing cases were the partners of people who became really ill and ended up in intensive care. “We learned about a few spouses of those people that—despite taking care of their husband or wife, without having access to face masks—apparently did not contract infection,” says András Spaan, a clinical microbiologist at Rockefeller University in New York.

      • The HinduResearchers develop 3D printed artificial cornea – The Hindu

        Researchers from Hyderabad have 3D-printed an artificial cornea and transplanted it into a rabbit’s eye.

        A team of clinicians and scientists from the LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), Hyderabad, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad, and Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), have collaborated to develop the 3D-printed cornea from the human donor corneal tissue which would have otherwise been discarded for not meeting optical standards for clinical transportation.

        The printed corneas need to undergo further clinical testing and development before they can be used in patients, which could take several years. The team is hopeful of a positive outcome.

    • Pseudo-Open Source

    • Linux Foundation

    • Security

    • Environment

    • Finance

      • Michael West MediaRBA not to blame for housing crisis: Lowe

        The failure to address zoning, taxation and transport issues are to blame for systematically high housing costs, not interest rate settings, the Reserve Bank of Australia says. RBA governor Philip Lowe said interest rates do drive cyclical changes in property prices but other forces were at play keeping house prices higher for longer.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • DaemonFC (Ryan Farmer)Illinois Amendment 1, the ‘Workers Rights Amendment’, could undo the Safe-T Act’s police reforms if the public votes to pass it. | BaronHK’s Rants

        Illinois Amendment 1, the “Workers Rights Amendment”, could undo police reform if the public votes to pass it.

        Illinois voters are being asked to pass a constitutional amendment to “guarantee collective bargaining rights.

        “Amendment 1”, or the “Workers Rights Amendment”, is said to “ban Right To Work zones” in Illinois, which are already banned under statutory law.

        Right To Work laws allow workers to decide for themselves if they want to be in a labor union.

        Illinois politicians are at the beck and call of corrupt mafia unions, mostly the ones that represent “public workers”.

        However, if this dangerous amendment passes, it could also undo parts of the Safe-T Act that were meant to prevent police violence and deaths of prisoners in police custody.

        See, the Safe-T Act, which is due to go into effect on January 1, 2023, bans chokeholds by the police, requires other officers to step in and prevent excessive use of force on detainees by police officers, and requires officers to stop and render first aid to detainees, including the use of CPR.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Tom MacWrightHacker News – macwright.com

        If you’re lucky, you end up being good at a few things. If you’re really lucky, those are also the things you like doing. I’m good at writing articles that get upvoted and discussed on Hacker News, or news.ycombinator.com. But I don’t like it.

        Writing on the internet can be a two-way thing, a learning experience guided by iteration and feedback. I’ve learned some bad habits from Hacker News. I added Caveats sections to articles to make sure that nobody would take my points too broadly. I edited away asides and comments that were fun but would make articles less focused. I came to expect pedantic, judgmental feedback on everything I wrote, regardless of what it was.

    • Monopolies

      • TechCrunchGoogle cancels half the projects at its internal R-D group Area 120 • TechCrunch

        Google CEO Sundar Pichai, speaking at the Code Conference last week, suggested the tech company needed to become 20% more efficient — a comment some in the industry took to mean headcount reductions could soon be on the table. Now, it seems that prediction may be coming true. TechCrunch has learned, and Google confirmed, the company is slashing projects at its in-house R&D division known as Area 120.

        The company on Tuesday informed staff of a “reduction in force” that will see the incubator halved in size, as half the teams working on new product innovations heard their projects were being canceled. Previously, there were 14 projects housed in Area 120, and this has been cut down to just seven. Employees whose projects will not continue were told they’ll need to find a new job within Google by the end of January 2023, or they’ll be terminated. It’s not clear that everyone will be able to do so. [...] TechCrunch learned of the changes from a source with knowledge of the matter. Google confirmed the changes in a statement.

      • Copyrights

        • Michael GeistThe Bill C-11 Hearings Are Back, Part Three: The Risks of Higher Consumer Costs, Less Competition, and Little New Money for Film Production – Michael Geist

          The first two posts of this series on Bill C-11 focused on the risks to user content and Canadian creators. This post picks up on the implications of the bill for consumer costs and choice. In short, at a time when political parties are focused on affordability and inflation, the Bill C-11 effect is likely to increase consumer costs and decrease choice. There is no magic solution that results in hundreds of millions of new money entering the system without someone paying for it. It is fairly clear that that someone will be Canadian consumers as streaming services either hike Canadian fees to account for their new costs or shun the market altogether. It should be noted that it doesn’t need to be that way: a bill that establishes thresholds to exclude smaller services would limit the negative effects on competition and a sufficiently flexible approach to Canadian contributions would recognize that the large streaming services already invest billions in Canada.

          While some officials in Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez’s office have said their intent with the bill is to only cover the largest services with hundreds of thousands of subscribers, the bill does not include any such thresholds. In fact, Liberal MPs rejected multiple amendment proposals to add a threshold to the bill. Moreover, Canadian Heritage own internal documentation acknowledges that the legislative plan for the legislation adopts a broad regulatory approach that targets podcast apps such as Stitcher and Pocket Casts, audiobook services such as Audible, home workout apps, pornographic sites, sports streaming services such as MLB.TV and DAZN, niche video services such as Britbox, and even broadcaster websites such as the BBC.

        • Michael GeistThe Bill C-11 Hearings Are Back, Part Four: The Risks of a Trade Challenge and Tariff Retaliation – Michael Geist

          The first three posts in this series on Bill C-11 have focused on the risks of regulating user content, the risks to Canadian creators, and the risks of increased consumer costs and less competition. Today’s post identifies another risk with the bill: the prospect of a trade challenge under the CUSMA that could lead to billions on tariff retaliation that target some of Canada’s most important economic sectors. The possibility of a U.S. trade battle over the bill is no idle speculation even if downplayed this week by an official from Global Affairs. This summer, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai raised the issue directly with Canadian Minister of International Trade Mary Ng. While the Canadian readout of the meeting notably excluded any reference to the issue, it was cited in the U.S. readout of the meeting:

          “Ambassador Tai expressed concern about Canada’s proposed digital service tax and pending legislation in the Canadian Parliament that could impact digital streaming services.”

          The creation of a new trade irritant with Bill C-11 could prove extremely costly as it opens the door the possibility of hundreds of millions of dollars in retaliatory tariffs. Those tariffs can target any sector, meaning they could be levied on dairy, steel or other sensitive economic sectors. Canadian Heritage Minister Rodriguez has claimed that the bill could result in $1 billion in new revenues (a figure debunked by his own officials), but whatever the number, the CUSMA would allow the U.S. to levy tariffs of an equivalent commercial effect in the event of a violation of the treaty.

        • Michael GeistMisleading on Bill C-11: Why Did the CRTC Sit on the Radio-Canada Decision For Nearly Eight Months? – Michael Geist

          Days after Bill C-11 passed in the House of Commons, the CRTC released its decision involving Radio-Canada and the use of the N-word in a broadcast. The decision sparked an outcry in Quebec and raised concerns that the Commission did not feel constrained by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in its decision. Indeed, given that the majority of the Commission ignored the Charter and freedom of expression altogether, the decision signalled how Bill C-11 could be used to regulate Internet content the CRTC deems contrary to Broadcasting Act policy objectives. Two of the lingering questions with the case involved timing and who had been involved: the complaint had reached the CRTC in 2020, yet the decision was released nearly 18 months later only after Bill C-11 passed the House of Commons. I asked the CRTC for the full commission minutes to better understand who was involved in the case and when the issue was debated and decided. The Commission responded that all of this information was only available through the Access to Information Act. While I find this level of secrecy astonishing – there is no reason for the Commission to not publish who was involved in decisions and to make its minutes publicly available by default – I filed the request.

          Yesterday, I received the answer (full ATIP can be accessed here). The complaint was filed with Commission in November 2020. The Full Commission first discussed the case in July 2021, choosing to defer its decision.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • ABCESLK Wordo: TOGAS
      • The cat woke me up three times last night

        Yesterday at 4:45pm I got an email from my supervisor listing all the mistakes I made that he had to “suss out and fixing [sic]“. I almost sent a reply, but I was off the clock by then so lmao; guess I’ll fix it on Monday. This could have been avoided if I had some decent onboarding or documentation — or if they had told me it was my responsibility to generate documentation for the job — alas, now I have to go back and redo a bunchǝ shit. I took my work email accounts offline for the weekend; if someone wants to get in touch they’ll have to wait until Monday.

    • Technical

      • Games I’ve Found Addictive

        I’m not an addict personality. That is, I’m not one who easily falls into addictions like substances or gambling. Nor computer games.

        Games that reviewers or my friends have called addictive have always just seemed boring to me. I can only spend so many minutes on an MMO before feeling that staring at a wall is only slightly less entertaining. The moment someone mentions ”grinding” I tune out.

        Games have a cost and a reward. Most of the time the cost is time, money, or both. The reward is often a dopamine kick, community, or leaderboards. The balance I require between these aspects is quite strict.

      • Starbucks data breach

        Well done, guys. Truly well done. And by “well done” I mean “you complete and utter muppets”.

        Starbucks sells coffee. How in the name of all that is holy can there be a data breach? I’m asking rhetorically, of course. Starbucks has a Rewards loyalty programme (why is there a rewards system for a poxy coffee shop? Don’t know). Birth dates, addresses and mobile numbers have been accessed.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Musings on SmolZINE, continued

          And the protocol, too, so we have gopher and http links in the list as well. And can we make the number a link to the issue? Sure we can, one line per link. And wouldn’t it be nice, if we could somehow scrape the preceeding description into the result as well? It surely would.

        • August-September Updates

          The ESP32 powering this capsule has over a month (maybe even 1.5 months) of uptime. This is great!

        • A closer look at geminispace.info backlinks

          Continuation of testing why comitium feed agregator have failed to handle geminispace.info backlinks (as I mentioned in [previous post at Sat 29 May 2021 08:36:05 PM CEST]).

          The first part of answer is obvious because geminispace.info backlink page template consists in [root/serve/templates/fragments/footer.gmi] two variables. One of it is printed, and it is changing every time geminispace.info index is updated.

          The second part of answer is still unclear for me. Because I have added two backlinks pages to my comitium installation. The first for szczezuja.flounder.online domain, and the second for szczezuja.space domain. And there must be some difference because, beside index update date, the pages are in different “days” on comitium feeds page.

        • Gemini browser with gamepad suppor

          I want to create a Gemini browser with gamepad support. I’m thinking in using Python and Textual.

          Why use a gamepad? Gemini is the perfect system to interact in a TV. Simple structure, high contrast, and it should be easy to navigate.

      • Programming

        • Some days it’s like pulling teeth…

          Funny how that works. I bootstrapped nForth in 3 days (really two, but I had a really short day). Then yesterday I got almost nothing done, even though I worked hard at it.

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

Linux Foundation: We Spend Money Buying the Media, Authoring Self-Serving PR by People Who Reject Linux

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Marketing at 10:11 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

This is NOT journalism:

Newly formed Linux Foundation Europe provides inside track on OSS Dublin 2022

Summary: The Linux Foundation‘s Dan Whiting is not even using Linux (the link on his name, as shown above, goes to Microsoft); this isn’t about Linux but about the Foundation promoting itself (its openwashing and PR services, advancing proprietary software, as explained here the other day)

Links 17/09/2022: KDE Changes Outlined

Posted in News Roundup at 4:14 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • HackadayHackaday Podcast 185: A 2022 Rotary Phone, How AI Imagines Zepplin, Are We Alone In The Universe

        This week, Editor-in-Chief Elliot Williams and Managing Editor Tom Nardi start off by talking about the chip shortage…but not how you think. With a list that supposedly breaks down all of the electronic components that the Russian military are desperate to get their hands on, we can see hackers aren’t the only ones scrounging for parts. If you thought getting components was tricky already, imagine if most of the world decided to put sanctions on you.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Trend OceansThe Difference Between Su, Sudo Su, Sudo -i, and Sudo -s – TREND OCEANS

        As Linux administrators, you have to go through tons of things like securing the system against unknown access and creating standard users instead of allowing direct root access.

        Sometimes, even the normal user requires some extra privileges depending upon their role. Switching to a different user or accessing a root account is one of them.

        However, there are no single but multiple ways to switch to a different user or superuser in Linux. It may create confusion for beginners as to which command to use and which command is relevant in which situation.

      • TecAdminWhere is the Maven Local Repository? – TecAdmin

        Maven Local Repository is a feature provided in Maven that allows you to manage local copies of your project’s dependencies. By default, Maven makes a copy of each dependency artifact that is used in your project and stores it in the local repository.

      • Introducing Red Hat UBI9 OpenJDK runtime images

        A few weeks ago we shipped the first RHEL UBI9-based OpenJDK container images.

        Universal Base Image (UBI) is an initiative where you can obtain, share and build upon official Red Hat container images without needing a Red Hat subscription. They’re exactly the same base images that Red Hat products are built upon, composed entirely of Open Source software. Your precise rights are covered in the EULA.

        Nowadays we offer two flavours of images, the original style (now termed builder images) and leaner runtime images, which have a subset of the JDK, and no build tools like Maven, etc.

      • BeebomHow to Enable or Disable Fast Startup on Windows 11 | Beebom

        Despite being a heavy and bloated OS (learn how to debloat Windows 11), Microsoft has been working to make Windows 11 faster to boot and use. One such technique that the company is using is called “Fast Startup,” which allows your PC to boot faster almost instantly. But what is Fast Startup and whether you should keep it turned on or off? To answer all your questions, we bring you an easy guide on how to enable or disable Fast Startup on Windows 11. Along with that, we have also explained what it does, so check that out before making any changes.

    • Games

      • Boiling SteamTokyo Games Show 2022 Video Recap – Boiling Steam

        There’s still more Tokyo Games Show 2022 (TGS 2022) coverage to come from Boiling Steam. Today we are sharing with you all a video montage made of scenes we have captured on the show floor, to give you a sense of what it feels to be there. Many scenes are taken from the Steam Deck booth (Komodo).

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Nate GrahamThis week in KDE: It’s a big one, folks

          This week we have, like, a quadruple whammy. We released the Plasma 5.26 beta, annihilated a huge number of high profile bugs, added new features, and improved the UI throughout Plasma!

          Ark has now been ported to use KHamburgerMenu for a cleaner default user interface (Andrey Butirsky, Ark 22.12. Link)…

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Drew DeVaultThe phrase “open source” (still) matters

      In 1988, “Resin Identification Codes” where introduced by the plastic industry. These look exactly like the recycling symbol ♺, which is not trademarked or regulated, except that a number is enclosed within the triangle. These symbols simply identify what kind of plastic was used. The vast majority of plastic is non-recyclable, but has one of these symbols on it to suggest otherwise. This is a deceptive business practice which exploits the consumer’s understanding of the recycling symbol to trick them into buying more plastic products.

      The meaning of the term “open source” is broadly understood to be defined by the Open Source Initiative’s Open Source Definition, the “OSD”. Under this model, open source has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success, such that virtually all software written today incorporates open source components.

      The main advantage of open source, to which much of this success can be attributed, is that it is a product of many hands. In addition to the work of its original authors, open source projects generally accept code contributions from anyone who would offer them. They also enjoy numerous indirect benefits, through the large community of Linux distros which package and ship the software, or people who write docs or books or blog posts about it, or the many open source dependencies it is likely built on top of.

      Under this model, the success of an open source project is not entirely attributable to its publisher, but to both the publisher and the community which exists around the software. The software does not belong to its publisher, but to its community. I mean this not only in a moral sense, but also in a legal sense: every contributor to an open source project retains their copyright and the project’s ownership is held collectively between its community of contributors.

    • Programming/Development

      • GSoC Finale

        It definitely was a long journey. Although I didn’t write enough blogs to outline the exact shaping of it, here’s a final report on what has been going on.

        The workings of the protocol and the connection specifics have already been discussed before, so let’s keep this short.


        Now we had what you can call state management (just a variable and if checks) and some nice JSON string generators.

        We jumped into media handling right on. Already having a pipeline to process video and audio in GNOME Network Displays made things easy, but tinkering with it was no easy job until the saviour lent a helping hand. The first few tutorials were all that was needed to get to speed.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • OpenSource.comWhat is OpenRAN? | Opensource.com

        The OpenRAN initiative (shorthand for Open Radio Access Network) was started by the O-Ran Alliance, a worldwide community of mobile operators, vendors, and research and academic institutions. The initiative aims to define open standards between the various components of radio access networks. Interoperability between components of different manufacturers was not possible. Until now.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • The Next PlatformSambaNova Doubles Up Chips To Chase AI Foundation Models

        One of the first tenets of machine learning, which is a very precise kind of data analytics and statistical analysis, is that more data beats a better algorithm every time. A consensus is emerging in the AI community that a large foundation model with hundreds of billions to trillions of parameters is going to beat a highly tuned model on a small subset of relevant data every time.

        If this turns out to be true, it will have significant implications for AI system architecture as well as who will likely be able to afford having such ginormous foundation models in production.

        Our paraphrasing of “more data beats a better algorithm” is a riff on a quote from Peter Norvig, an education fellow at Stanford University and a researcher and engineering director at Google for more than two decades, who co-authored the seminal paper The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Data back in 2009, long before machine learning went mainstream but when big data was amassing and changing the nature of data analytics and giving great power to the hyperscalers who gathered it as part of the services they offered customers.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Security

      • Krebs On SecurityBotched Crypto Mugging Lands Three U.K. Men in Jail

        Three men in the United Kingdom were arrested this month for attempting to assault a local man and steal his virtual currencies. The incident is the latest example of how certain cybercriminal communities are increasingly turning to physical violence to settle scores and disputes.

      • HackadayWhat’s Old Is New Again: GPT-3 Prompt Injection Attack Affects AI

        What do SQL injection attacks have in common with the nuances of GPT-3 prompting? More than one might think, it turns out.

      • HackadayGaze Upon Just How Thin ATM Skimmers Are Getting

        ATM skimmers are electronic devices designed to read financial card information, and they are usually paired with a camera to capture a user’s PIN. These devices always have to hide their presence, and their design has been a bit of an arms race. Skimmers designed to be inserted into a card slot like a parasite have been around for several years, but [Brian Krebs] shows pictures of recently captured skimmer hardware only a fraction of a millimeter thick. And that’s including the battery.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Environment

    • Finance

      • ScheerpostQueen’s Funeral Shuts Food Banks Amid Cost of Living Crisis

        Critics warn that people ‘cannot wait for help’ as millions face poverty this winter.

      • The NationWhy US Workers Are Better Situated to Confront Economic Turbulence

        Inflation has come for Europe. In 2021, inflation concerns were largely specific to the United States, but after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, energy prices skyrocketed on the continent. This winter, unless there is significant government intervention, families will struggle to heat their homes. But inflation goes beyond this: With ongoing supply-chain problems, prices have risen even if you exclude energy and food. As we enter this next dangerous phase of the post-Covid recovery, decisions made much earlier are playing an outsize role. And the United States made two choices that have left the country’s economy in a much better situation than that of Europe.

      • ScheerpostHow a City’s Unequal Infrastructure Makes Poorer Neighborhoods Hotter

        Why poor neighborhoods are often hotter than rich neighborhoods — and what to do about it.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • DeSmogConservative Party Given £651k by Aviation Industry

        DeSmog analysis of official records showed the gifts included £515,000 from Christopher Harborne, the owner of a major aviation fuel company who donated millions to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party in the run-up to the 2019 general election. 

      • Craig MurrayCool Observation of Mass Hysteria

        When the so-called “Leader of the opposition” opposes protest against a new unelected head of state, out of respect for the previous unelected head of state, you know you live under totalitarianism.

      • MeduzaParliament of Kazakhstan renames Nur-Sultan to Astana and increases presidential term to seven years — Meduza

        At a joint session of the chambers, Kazakhstan’s parliament adopted the law “On Amendments and Additions to the Constitution.” Interfax reported that the document was unanimously supported by all 50 senators and 99 deputies of the Mazhilis who were present at the session. The law will now be sent to the president of Kazakhstan for his signature.

      • The NationFacing a Rising Right, Liberal Politicians Need to Stand Firm
      • The Nation“MAGA Republican” Is a Distinction Without a Difference

        Joe Biden ignited a firestorm of criticism—if firestorm is the right term for the tired, predictable fainting-couch routine the right resorts to when challenged—when he spoke forcefully of the risk that “MAGA Republicans” pose to the United States. He made a valid argument but erred in clinging to the good-vs.-bad Republicans framing, which suggests the conscience of the GOP is a potential solution to the existential threat the party represents. It isn’t, and the sooner Democrats realize that the better it will be for the future of our at-risk democratic institutions.

      • TechdirtMudge’s Testimony Shows He Was Acting As An Activist, Not An Executive

        Tuesday, former Twitter cybersecurity executive Pieter “Mudge” Zatko testified in front of a congressional committee regarding his whistleblower complaint[1][2][3] against Twitter. Though I’m a techie, I thought I’d write up some comments from the business angle.

      • The NationLet’s Call DeSantis’s Migrant Stunt What It Is—Kidnapping

        My late father immigrated to the United States in the 1970s, from Haiti. Like many Haitian immigrants, he first came to New York City. Queens. He came as a teenager with his mother and two younger siblings. One day, when he had been here for around six months, he was playing soccer in Central Park. The coach of the Denver University soccer team happened to be in the park on vacation that day and saw him play. The coach offered him a scholarship to DU on the spot, or so the story goes. My dad, who barely spoke the language at that point, accepted. He thought “Denver” was somewhere in New Jersey. When he showed up at the airport some weeks later, he had no idea that he’d be traveling 2,000 miles away from his family and friends, to the mountains.

      • The NationNew Hampshire’s GOP Senate Nominee Wants to Take Away the Right to Elect Senators

        It is no secret that the Republican Party has taken a hard right turn toward antidemocratic extremism. Former President Donald Trump attempted a coup in order to stay in office, and his minions have doubled down on their embrace of radical gerrymandering, voter suppression, and schemes to eliminate nonpartisan oversight of elections.

      • The NationACME of War
      • Common DreamsOpinion | Can US Democracy Survive This Fall?

        The traditional horse race politics of Democrat versus Republican are being supplanted by a more fundamental confrontation between defenders of our democracy, flawed as it is, and those who call themselves patriots while pursuing authoritarianism. The Republican Party, in thrall to the cult of Donald Trump, is openly professing subversion of elections. Allied with armed militias, the GOP and its backers are working to bend or break the institutions of government.

      • ScheerpostMark Fiore: Dems Funding MAGA: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

        In a new animation, Mark Fiore explores why Democrats funding far-right MAGA candidate seems like a huge gamble.

      • Common DreamsMarkey Leads Call for Federal Probe of DeSantis Over ‘Cruel’ Migrant Stunt

        Markey and Reps. Jake Auchincloss, Bill Keating, Jim McGovern, Seth Moulton, Ayanna Pressley, and Lori Trahan sent a letter to the department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) given the governor’s use of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) “to cruelly relocate vulnerable immigrants from Florida to other states across the country.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Corporate Media Is Trying to Convince People Student Debt Forgiveness Is Bad

        President Joe Biden’s student debt cancellation plan may not be full forgiveness, but it can still have a life-changing impact on millions of people. Almost 20 million may see their debts wiped clean, and more than 40 million are directly affected. The plan is a step forward for debtors and activists who have spent decades struggling to abolish student debt and make higher education, long promised as the path out of poverty, affordable for everyone.

      • Common DreamsPakistan Floods Made Worse By Climate Crisis and Inequality: Study

        International climate experts teamed up to conduct the study for World Weather Attribution, a project that determines how much the human-caused climate crisis is fueling individual extreme weather events.

      • Common DreamsProgressive Lawmakers Slam Pushing Senate Same-Sex Marriage Vote to After Election

        “You should be able to marry who you love. This shouldn’t be controversial.”

      • Common Dreams‘Chickensh*t’: Watchdogs Criticize Biden DOJ’s New Corporate Crime Plan

        In a speech in New York Thursday attended by prosecutors as well as corporate lawyers, Deputy U.S. Attorney General Lisa Monaco outlined a number of changes the DOJ is moving to implement in an effort to crack down on and deter corporate crime, including incentives for companies to quickly self-report misconduct, stiffer enforcement of existing laws, and a shift away from “multiple, successive non-prosecution or deferred prosecution agreements with the same company.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Trump’s Latest Threat Is a Doozy and Requires Four Responses

        Yesterday, Donald Trump threatened that if he is indicted on a charge of mishandling classified documents after leaving the White House, there would be “problems in this country the likes of which perhaps we’ve never seen before,” adding “I don’t think the people of the United States would stand for it.”

      • TruthOutLacking 10 GOP Votes, Senate Negotiators Delay Marriage Equality Vote
      • Telex (Hungary)Radio Free Europe: Orbán spoke about the point of EU membership and the disintegration of the EU at Fidesz’ picnic
      • Counter PunchThe Chuckleheads Take Charge

        In fact, last I checked, Republican panjandrum Mitch “Democracy’s Gravedigger” McConnell regarded the Ukraine proxy-war iniquity as the mission of our time. Mission to hell is more like it. But he and most of his party are just as frenzied with bloodlust as your average Dem. And that’s saying something.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Creative CommonsStatement on the Introduction of the EU Media Freedom Act

        Catherine said: “An independent, plural media is central to a healthy, functioning democratic system which in turn is the bedrock for citizens’ trust and confidence in politics and values. Creative Commons applauds the EU in its efforts to protect journalists from intimidation and to safeguard the independence of the editorial processes.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Common Dreams‘Cowardly and Despicable’: West Virginia Gov. Signs Abortion Ban Into Law

      Republican Gov. Jim Justice abruptly announced at a press conference that he had privately signed House Bill 302, which passed in the legislature earlier this week.

    • Common DreamsOpinion | The Rail Strike Was Averted For Now, But Employers Take Notice

      A nationwide rail strike has been averted for now. A new agreement grants railroad workers an additional paid day off and the ability to attend medical appointments without penalty. (The agreement now must be ratified by the workers.)

  • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • TechdirtCalifornia’s Age Appropriate Design Code Is Radical Anti-Internet Policy

      When a proposed new law is sold as “protecting kids online,” regulators and commenters often accept the sponsors’ claims uncritically (because… kids). This is unfortunate because those bills can harbor ill-advised policy ideas. The California Age-Appropriate Design Code (AADC / AB2273, just signed by Gov. Newsom) is an example of such a bill. Despite its purported goal of helping children, the AADC delivers a “hidden” payload of several radical policy ideas that sailed through the legislature without proper scrutiny. Given the bill’s highly experimental nature, there’s a high chance it won’t work the way its supporters think–with potentially significant detrimental consequences for all of us, including the California children that the bill purports to protect.

    • TechdirtBiden Falsely Claims That Removing Section 230 And Forced Transparency Will Stop Hatred; He’s Dangerously Wrong

      On Thursday, the White House hosted the United We Stand summit, to bring together people to take action against what they refer to as “hate-fueled violence.” This seems like a good idea for a summit, at a time when so much of politics is focused on grievances and culture wars that seem to inevitably lead to bigotry and violence. It’s good to see that the White House can actually talk about some of this and take a stand, rather than cowering behind traditional platitudes.

  • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

    • TechdirtAdobe Really Wants To Help Netflix With Its Dumb Password Sharing Cash Grab

      We’ve already noted how Netflix’s password sharing crackdown is a dumb cash grab. The company already cordons users off into pay tiers based on a number of different criteria, including how many simultaneous streams a single account can already use at one time. And it just got done imposing a major price hike on most of its subscribers, with more on the way.

  • Monopolies

    • Common Dreams‘This Is About Corruption’: Fury as Senate Poised to Delay Antitrust Vote

      TIME reported late Thursday that key lawmakers involved in the effort to get the American Innovation and Choice Online Act over the finish line “don’t expect” Schumer (D-N.Y.) to bring the bill to the floor for a vote ahead of the November elections, throwing the stalled measure’s prospects into further doubt.

    • Copyrights

      • Torrent FreakLawsuit: Comcast Must Terminate Pirates & Block Top Torrent Sites

        Comcast has joined AT&T and Verizon to become the third U.S.-based ISP to be sued for copyright infringement this month. Led by Voltage Holdings, a coalition of filmmakers says that Comcast failed to meet its obligations under the DMCA to disconnect customers repeatedly flagged for copyright violations.

      • Torrent FreakPirate IPTV Subscription Seller Sentenced to Six Months in Prison

        A man in his 40s who sold subscriptions to two pirate IPTV services has been sentenced to six months in prison. The man and his partner, both from Sweden, were acquitted of money laundering charges after the court found insufficient evidence to show that income was directly linked to two named IPTV services.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Technical

      • Another Oldie but Goldie: OpenTTD

        Last week I started playing Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe. It’s a game from 1994 that still receives updates, mods, music, maps, and other content. The idea is that you start out on map where cities, mines, timber mills, factories, refineries, etc are sprinkled out here and there and you run a transporting company. You have to transport cargo from source to destination; from where it is to where it’s needed.

        It’s hard to explain what’s so fun about it, but oh my god have I been hooked. I’ve watched a couple of youtube videos about it, and the OpenTTD wiki has been a daily occurrence in my reading. There’s always something I want to check out. It took me some trying and reading to figure out how train signals work.

      • Science

        • HackadayVintage Tube Tester Teardown

          [Mr. Carlson] has an old-style 1940-era radio tube tester, the kind that used to inhabit grocery and drug stores. It is in amazing condition and he was kind enough to tear it down for us. The tester is a Model X from the Radiotechnic Laboratory in Evanston Illinois and, like [Mr. Carlson], we were amused that one of the indicators on the device is a Ouija board-like “doubtful” reading. When it lights up, it looks amazing.

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

IRC Proceedings: Friday, September 16, 2022

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Links 17/09/2022: Details Emerge About Uber’s Ubercrack

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  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • VideoUber Has Been Hacked – Invidious

        Uber had a massive security breach, the hacker allegedly had access to Ubers internal AWS, vsphere, hackerone, gsuite, and domain admin accounts.

      • VideoTikTok No Longer a Threat in Deal with US Govt – Invidious

        TikTok No Longer a Threat in Deal with US Govt This week in Privacy News, period trackers enable Anonymous Mode, Sims tied to ID are problematic, and Facebook is not sure where all your data is stored. Also, the government strikes a deal with TikTok so they will no longer be a considered a national security threat.

    • Kernel Space

      • Advent(2) — The System-Call Advent Calendar

        What you need is a Linux shell (as we focus on Linux) with the gcc C compiler installed (apt-get install build-essential). [...]. For some exercises, you will need a relatively recent Linux kernel (> 5.10) as we will explore some shiny new features.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • AddictiveTipsImprove the Gnome Shell clipboard with Pano

        The Gnome Shell clipboard manager is very basic. It can copy things to it and paste the items elsewhere (programs, file manager, terminal, etc.). However, it doesn’t let users sort through it, keep clipboard history, or anything like that.

        Thankfully, a third-party extension has come along called Pano. It is for Gnome Shell 42+ and offers an elegant way to manage your Gnome clipboard items. Here’s how to improve your Gnome Shell clipboard with Pano.

      • Computer WorldSadly, IT can no longer trust geolocation for much of anything

        Ferraz is regrettably right. Regardless of which one of these many options a fraudster opts to use, the bottom line is that IT simply can no longer trust geolocation for much of anything. There are some applications where the risk of meaningful damage from location fraud is so low that it’s probably fine to use location — say, a gaming application where someone pretends to be in Central Park when they aren’t. If all they get are points or access to a special visual treat, it’s likely harmless.

      • Embedding ain’t easy, but its alright

        To make life easier for myself, I wrote a shortcode called git-embed, which at build time will fetch the specified file, and embed either the whole file, or a line range in a highlighted code block. It supports line ranges (start, finish), and it will use the file’s extension as the highlight language, unless you override with lang parameter.

      • The Power of CSS Blend Modes

        Here’s where it gets interesting. The fourth layer uses the same repeating radial gradient, but rather than alternating between white and gray, it steps through the rainbow, with hard color stops so there’s no blending.

      • Lee Yingtong LiOn the credible probability of confidence intervals

        Confidence intervals are commonly misinterpreted by consumers of statistics. Hoekstra et al. [1] presented 120 psychology researchers and 442 students with ‘a fictitious scenario of a professor who conducts an experiment and reports a 95% CI for the mean that ranges from 0.1 to 0.4’. 58% of respondents endorsed the assertion ‘There is a 95% probability that the true mean lies between 0.1 and 0.4’, and the proportions were similar between students and researchers. That assertion is incorrect,1 but clearly the misinterpretation is common.

        The usual explanation for why the assertion is incorrect goes something like ‘The true mean is a fixed (but unknown) value, not random. So either it is in the interval (with probability 1), or it is not in the interval (with probability 1). There can be no probability in between.’2 But this seems unsatisfying, for it seems to beg the question. There are interpretations of probability which can assign probabilities to fixed-but-unknown parameters. Does adopting another interpretation of probability not resolve the issue?

      • UNIX CopHow to Install Inkscape on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS

        In this guide, we will show you how to install Inkscape on Ubuntu systems

      • OpenSource.comFix the apt-key deprecation error in Linux | Opensource.com

        Follow these steps and you can run apt update with no warnings or errors related to deprecated key configurations.

      • H2S MediaHow to install Atom Text Editor on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – Linux Shout [Ed: Atom has already been assassinated by Microsoft. It's bloated and deprecated. Why are multiple sites (so far this week) promoting this for Linux???]

        You might want to work with Text editors on Linux for coding because they provide intelligent code completion; suggestions of instructions and possible parameters; color highlighting, syntax highlighting, and more such features to code more rapidly. Out of popular text editors, Atom is one that has many convenient features for programming in Python by default and offers even more through its extensibility. It is available for the platforms Windows, Mac OS X, Unix/X and is open source (i.e. there are no costs). It was developed by the GitHub folks and has been available under the free MIT license since 2014.

        Atom is Node.js based and the source code of this code editor is also available to download and compile, to use on any system. However, soon on December 15, 2022, Github will stop any further development of Atom Text Editor.

      • UNIX CopHow to Install Akregator on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS
      • UNIX CopHow to Install Jami on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS
      • UNIX CopHow to Install NotepadQQ on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS
      • UNIX CopHow to Install Synaptic Package Manager on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS
    • Games

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • BSD

      • KlaraA Quick Look at the History of Package Management on FreeBSD – Klara Inc.

        There are a lot of great stories about how computing tools come about—for example, Jeff Bonwick’s proposal to create the ZFS file system—but unfortunately, not all tools are as well documented or storied. Today, we’ll take a look at how FreeBSD’s package management system evolved over time.

        Every operating system needs a way to install third party applications. These tools are commonly called package managers. In FreeBSD, applications can be easily installed from either pkg—a system managing precompiled binary packages—or the ports tree, which automates building and installation of packages directly from their source code.

      • DragonFly BSD Digestuwtwn(4) update – DragonFly BSD Digest

        If you are using urtwn(4) for your USB network connection, it now supports the Edimax EW-7811Un chipset? model?.

      • DragonFly BSD DigestLazy Reading for 2022/09/11
      • DragonFly BSD DigestBSD Now 472: Consistent Exit Code – DragonFly BSD Digest

        This week’s BSD Now has two things I want to highlight – articles on Linux ABI and on dma. You’ll just have to click through.

    • Red Hat / IBM

      • Silicon AngleIBM debuts new generation of energy-friendly LinuxONE servers – SiliconANGLE

        IBM Corp. today announced a major refresh of its LinuxONE server hardware with a big focus on sustainability, saying it can slash data center energy consumption by up to 75% on multiple workloads.

      • Dell Allies With Red Hat to Build OpenShift Platforms

        Dell Technologies and Red Hat this week announced a collaboration through which instances of the Kubernetes-based Red Hat OpenShift platform will be made available on systems from Dell.

        Caitlin Gordon, vice president of product management for Dell Technologies, says there will be two options. One is an instance of Red Hat OpenShift that has been certified to be installed by an internal IT team. The other is a managed APEX Containers for Red Hat OpenShift service that provides IT organizations and their developers with an on-premises container-as-a-service (CaaS) platform managed by Dell.

      • Fedora ProjectCPE Weekly Update – Week 37 2022 – Fedora Community Blog

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

        We provide you both infographics and text version of the weekly report. If you just want to quickly look at what we did, just look at the infographic. If you are interested in more in depth details look below the infographic.

      • Red Hat OfficialRed Hat Insights Advisor pathways will guide you towards a healthier hybrid cloud

        We’re excited to announce a new feature in Red Hat Insights Advisor to make life easier for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) system administrators. It’s called pathways, and it’s a group of configuration recommendations combined into common remediation actions to simplify getting your systems updated with as few steps as possible.

      • Red Hat OfficialEnhancing application container security and compliance with Podman

        As organizations adopt container-based ecosystems, the approach to continuous IT security and compliance must shift from traditional system security assessments to new methodologies that account for how cloud-based technologies operate. Containers enable agnosticism amongst cloud computing operating environments by packaging applications, or workloads, within a virtualized environment. The application, or workload, is then operating independently of its hosted environment all while inheriting the security benefits of that hosted environment. Container technologies implement the concept of immutability, as in a stateless entity or image that is deployed but not changed.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwareYuzuki Chameleon – A Raspberry Pi Model A shaped SBC with Allwinner H616 CPU – CNX Software

        Yuzuki Chameleon is an open-source hardware single board computer powered by an Allwinner H616 quad-core Cortex-A53 processor that somewhat follows the shape of Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ SBC with a different port layout that should still keep mechanical and electrical compatibility with some Raspberry Pi HATs.

        The board supports up to 2GB RAM, up to 128GB eMMC flash, features a MicroSD card slot, one 4K-capable HDMI 2.0 port, an audio jack, four USB Type-C ports to keep the design as slim as possible, as well as a wireless module for WiFi and Bluetooth and a connector to optionally add Fast Ethernet through an external module.

      • GizmodoThe Cheapest Kindle Is Now Less Cheap, but It’s Got a Better Screen [Ed: Generally malicious device, but it runs Linux]
    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Raspberry PiBig Mouth Billy Bass

        One of the key aspects of this project was establishing how the existing animatronic fish worked. Online research revealed some details, usually with a view to controlling the fish with Alexa, whereas Kevin’s plan was to control the motors himself. However, a tear-down of Billy Bass’s components, in which Kevin stripped out the existing wiring, showed a relatively simple circuit with three motors.

      • Jeff GeerlingBliKVM PCIe puts a computer in your computer

        This is the BliKVM PCIe, a full computer on a PCI Express card. This is an IP KVM (Internet Protocol Keyboard-Video-Mouse) that can be put inside another computer or server.

        Most server motherboards already have remote ‘lights-out’ management functionality built in. Most frequently this is referred to as IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface, but Dell calls it iDRAC, and HPE calls it ILO.

        But not all servers have it. And even if they do, sometimes you have to pay extra money to use it, or the version you have goes unmaintained and it would be a security risk to keep it running on your network.

        So that’s where the BliKVM PCIe comes in.

      • AdafruitBringing a Open-Source Retro Rotary Cellphone Kit to Market

        In 2020, Justine Haupt turned a vintage rotary phone into a cellphone. When the project went viral, she started getting requests for turning the project into a product. After saying no for a while, she finally said yes.

        The result is the Rotary Un-Smartphone kit. In this video, Justine gives us a tour of the phone.

      • Raspberry PiAutonomous Robotics Platform for Raspberry Pi Pico review

        Kitronik’s Autonomous Robotics Platform caught our attention recently thanks to its usage of Raspberry Pi Pico, rather than the more common Raspberry Pi Model B or Zero models.

        The kit contains a robotics platform chassis with two TT motors pre-mounted. Two large yellow wheels are attached to the side, along with an ultrasonic sensor on the top and a line-following sensor underneath. Finally, a Pico or Pico W with a GPIO header soldered in can be mounted in the middle of the two motors. Four AA batteries are slotted in underneath to provide power to the motors and Pico.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

      • Kev QuirkRemember When Phones Were Cool?

        Look at that thing! It’s so cool looking, isn’t it? Granted, it may not be the most accessible of devices, but damn they were cool.

        It got to point where you looked forward to the latest phone being released, because you literally had no idea what you would be getting.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Licensing / Legal

      • BSDlyOpen Source in Enterprise Environments – Where Are We Now and What Is Our Way Forward?

        When in need, call in Legal (but make sure they understand the issues). Lawyers endure a lengthy education in order to pass the bar and turn to practicing law, but there is no guarantee that a person well versed in other business legalese has any competence at all when it comes to matters of copyright law. When you do turn to Legal for help, be very exacting and stern in insisting that they demonstrate a command of copyright basics and if at all possible have a reasonable real world understanding of how software is built.

        As in, you really do not want to spend an entire afternoon or more explaning the difference between static and dynamic linking and why this matters in the face of a certain license, or that specific terms of different licenses deemed open source by the Open Source Initiative may in fact be incompatible in practice.

    • Programming/Development

      • Lars WirzeniusNot breaking things is hard

        There is an ongoing discussion among software developers about stability versus making changes more easily. Some people get really frustrated by how hard it can be to get new versions of their software to people who want it. For those people, and their users, the cost of stability is too high. They want something that takes less effort and goes faster, and are willing to instead pay to cost of things changes frequently and occasionally breaking.

      • Easy JSON in Haskell

        This is the fun part of the post where I recommend using lenses within a section titled “The Easy Way”. But honestly, I feel that quickly extracting a value from JSON is one of the best reasons to start exploring lenses as a user. And it’s really easy once if that’s all you’re trying to do! We’ll make use of the lens-aeson library, which is truly a joy.

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • The ConversationThe horseracing industry is ignoring what science says about whipping

        When the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) released its recent whip consultation report, it claimed to have consulted the science. But it insists whipping doesn’t hurt horses and fails to recommend that the racing industry changes its approach.

        The BHA recognises two uses of the whip. For encouragement, to activate the horse or trigger a gear change in speed. And for safety of the horse and rider such as when jumping an obstacle. It recommends that whipping “for safety and encouragement” should continue. Industry leaders and jockeys say that whip use is essential to keep horses and jockeys safe.

        The BHA report says using a whip as a form of “encouragement” acts “as an aid to activate the horse, which motivates a horse to give of its best and realise its potential in a race”. This gives the impression that striking horses with a partially padded rod is in their interest, like making your children eat their vegetables. But the scientific research into how horses experience whipping reveals a different story.

    • Education

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Wine Industry Iconoclast Fred Franzia Dies at 79

        Franzia followed up on that: Bronco acquired numerous budget wine brands in the 1990s. However, his greatest success may have been acquiring the Charles Shaw name in 1995 for a mere $25,000. What had been a failed Napa Valley winery, he built into a $1.99-a-bottle empire ($2.99 outside California), arguably creating a new market segment for ultra-budget wines, and streamlining distribution exclusively through the Trader Joe’s grocery chain as an additional cost-saving measure. Franzia famously retorted when asked how he made wine cheaper than a bottle of water, “They’re overcharging for the water. Don’t you get it?”

    • Proprietary

      • ViceThis Song Will Break Your MacBook’s Speakers

        The speakers of a MacBook Air can be damaged just by playing a really, really loud song, and a loud sound for 40 seconds, according to a researcher who pushed the laptop’s speakers to their limits.

      • ABC[Cracker] claims to breach Uber, security researcher says

        “It seems like they’ve compromised a lot of stuff,” said Sam Curry, an engineer with Yuga Labs who communicated with the hacker. That includes obtaining complete access to the Amazon and Google-hosted cloud environments where Uber stores its source code and customer data, he said.

      • Patrick BreyerCyber Resilience Act: Protecting digital security works differently

        Today, the EU Commission presented the “Cyber Resilience Act”, draft legislation which would oblige manufacturers of products “with digital elements” to guarantee cyber security throughout the entire product life cycle.[1] This way, the Commission wants to ensure that digital products are designed more securely from the beginning of the devices‘ life cycle and contain fewer vulnerabilities in order to be better equipped against cyber attacks.

      • RNZEducation technology harvesting children’s data – UK report

        The foundation told RNZ small countries like New Zealand should follow the likes of the Netherlands, and look to curb education technology that spies on children.

        Its investigation concludes that just how exposed kids are varies between schools, but in general digital classrooms are flouting data protection laws to exploit children’s data “for commercial gain”.

      • Helsinki TimesPolice investigating series of frauds, computer break-ins linked to error at S Bank

        The perpetrators, for example, exploited the vulnerability to access the online banking services of other customers, use their log-in credentials to access other online services and to make unauthorised payments, indicates a press release issued by S Bank on Tuesday. The system error, it said, enabled a “small group of customers” to log in to the online banks of others “in certain circumstances”.

    • Linux Foundation

      • I ProgrammerLinux Foundation Announces Open Wallet Initiative [Ed: This past week has truly been the Linux Foundation openwashing week. And none of that was about Linux at all!]

        The Linux Foundation is setting up a new foundation. The aim is for the new OpenWallet Foundation to encourage the development of open source software to support interoperability for a wide range of wallet use cases.

        The Linux Foundation is a global nonprofit organization that works to enable innovation through open source software. The foundation says the latest initiative already has strong support from leading companies across technology, public sector, and industry vertical segments, and standardization organizations.

      • EngadgetMeta is spinning off the Pytorch framework into its own AI research foundation

        In 2016, Meta (then but a simple country Facebook) launched its open-source AI research library, the Pytorch framework. Six years and 150,000 projects from 2,400 contributors later, Meta announced on Monday that the Pytorch project will soon spin out from the company’s direct control to become its own entity, the Pytorch Foundation, a subsidiary within the larger Linux Foundation nonprofit hegemony.

      • Silicon AngleLinkedIn’s open-source Feathr feature store for machine learning joins the LF AI & Data Foundation [Ed: 'Linux' Foundation works for Microsoft. Openwashing services for a malicious and proprietary surveillance machine.]

        Microsoft Corp.-owned professional networking site LinkedIn is donating another project to the open-source community.

      • Silicon AngleLinux Foundation announces OpenWallet Foundation for interoperable open-source digital wallets – SiliconANGLE

        The Linux Foundation today announced plans to form a new collaborative initiative called the OpenWallet Foundation to support the development of interoperable open-source digital wallets.

    • Security

      • EngadgetMicrosoft Teams has been storing authentication tokens in plaintext

        Microsoft Teams stores authentication tokens in unencrypted plaintext mode, allowing attackers to potentially control communications within an organization, according to the security firm Vectra. The flaw affects the desktop app for Windows, Mac and Linux built using Microsoft’s Electron framework. Microsoft is aware of the issue but said it has no plans for a fix anytime soon, since an exploit would also require network access.

      • SANSVirusTotal Result Comparisons for Honeypot Malware, (Mon, Sep 12th) [Ed: Does it detect Microsoft malware like Windows? Or is Microsoft exempt?]

        VirusTotal has become an important tool for researchers and defenders alike. Unusual executables or files can be uploaded to get an idea of how different antivirus vendors will classify it. Keeping the discovery of customized malware secret is also important and, in those cases, file hashes can be used to find any preexisting results. It should always be assumed that any file submitted to VirusTotal is being looked at by someone. The malware seen by public honeypots, such as the DShield honeypot, generally are not considered sensitive. Malware seen by these devices is being broadly used around the world in an attempt to compromise IoT (Internet of Things) devices.

      • Of0xThoughts on the use of noVNC for phishing campaigns

        Dear Fellowlship, today’s homily is a rebuke to all those sinners who have decided to abandon the correct path of reverse proxies to bypass 2FA. Penitenziagite!

      • Integrity/Availability/Authenticity

        • Xe’s BlogPush notification two-factor auth considered harmful

          I think that issuing everyone in the company a Yubikey and making every internal system work with that would be a better option. I think this because of the core problem of phishing: it works best when you are less vigilant. Many two factor authentication mechanisms lend themselves to phishing because of how they work. Here are my cynical thoughts about some common ones.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

    • Environment

      • SalonPatagonia founder donates entire company to fight against climate change

        Launched over 50 years ago, the company is now worth upwards of $3 billion and will be transferred over to a collective that will oversee that all non reinvested profits will be put to use as Chouinard intends.

      • Earth is now our only shareholder.

        Here’s how it works: 100% of the company’s voting stock transfers to the Patagonia Purpose Trust, created to protect the company’s values; and 100% of the nonvoting stock had been given to the Holdfast Collective, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting the environmental crisis and defending nature. The funding will come from Patagonia: Each year, the money we make after reinvesting in the business will be distributed as a dividend to help fight the crisis.

      • NPRThe number of hungry people has doubled in 10 countries. A new report explains why

        “Less than 18 days of those profits would cover the entire $48.82 billion U.N. humanitarian appeal for 2022,” the report states.


        “The food system is heavily oriented toward the corporate model of production. Meanwhile, smallholders who are minimal contributors to climate change and use sustainable techniques don’t get the support they need.” Farr said.

      • RTLNew UNICEF ambassador seeks to give louder voice to climate change victims

        UNICEF says about half of the world’s children — roughly 1 billion — live in one of 33 countries classified as “extremely high risk” due to climate change impacts.

      • Counter PunchMonumental Plans to Fix the Planet

        Now that the broken climate system has been recognized as a serious threat, as a general rule, if something is broken, it can be fixed. There’s no other plausible outcome. Otherwise it wouldn’t have been possible to build it in the first instance, or looked at another way, if it can be built, it can be fixed.

      • Energy

        • David RosenthalMiners’ Extractable Value

          According to the official Ethereum website “Maximal Extractable Value” (MEV) is a feature not a bug. MEV is a consequence of the fact that it is the miners, or rather in almost all cases the mining pools, that decide which transactions, from the public mempool of pending transactions, or from a dark pool, or from the mining pool itself, will be included in the block that they mine, and in what order. The order is especially important in Turing-complete blockchains such as Ethereum; allowing miners to front-run, back-run or sandwich transactions from elsewhere. The profit from doing so is MEV. MEV is being renamed from Miners Extractable Value to Maximal Extractable Value since it turns out that miners are not the only actors who can extract it.

        • NPRThe White House calls for more regulations as cryptocurrencies grow more popular

          President Biden’s administration is pushing for more regulations on digital assets such as cryptocurrencies, and it’s advocating for tougher oversight at a time when the popularity of virtual money continues to grow.

          In a series of new reports released Friday that lay out recommendations, the White House pointed to the volatility of virtual currencies and a recent slump that has led to trouble across the [cryptocurrency] landscape.

    • Finance

      • TruthOutCapitalism Fuels Disease, Trauma and Addiction. How Can We Heal?
      • Counter PunchIt’s a Capitalism-Induced Ecological Crisis

        But in telling this truth, we are faced with a terrible political reality that few are willing to admit. Many of us understand the science. We know that Earth’s ability to host humans depends on a very delicate balance of physical and ecological conditions that have only been present for a short time during the Earth’s lifespan. The Earth has been around for billions of years, but modern humans, as we know them, have only been here for some 200,000. Humanity is just a blip in our planet’s lifetime. The ecosystems that support human life are now in free-fall in terms of planetary time. We’re in the middle of the Sixth Mass Extinction, but this time, it’s because of human activity, fossil fuel extraction, and the unsustainable abuse of land, air and water. We’re in this terrible predicament because of an extractive economy that requires constant environmental destruction in order to fuel economic growth.

      • Insight HungaryEU chief recommends cutting billions of funds for Hungary

        “We must fight for our democracies… I would like to focus on corruption, “European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in her annual policy speech, confirming that the executive will freeze funding for members damaging democracy. The suspension could mean $22.44 billion)worth of cohesion funds earmarked for Hungary from the 2021-27 budget.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Björn WärmedalRe: 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. Primarily I failed to convey (or highlight) two things:

        What I mean by a “Free, Developed Society” or “democratic countries in the developed world”

        What I mean by “sneakernet”. Note that I am well aware of the actual definition, but I intended my post to address a specific subset of use cases, and I tried to state so.

        When I talk about “sneakernet” in this post I don’t mean the occasional file moved on a USB thumb drive between friends once in a while (even though that technically counts). I’m thinking about organised sneakernets between several actors, be they individuals or organisations.

      • NPRAlex Jones’ defamation trials show the limits of deplatforming for a select few

        A growing body of research suggests deplatforming toxic actors or online communities does usually reduce audience size significantly, with the caveat that this smaller audience migrates to less regulated platforms, where extremism then concentrates, along with the potential for violence.

        Gauging the effectiveness of deplatforming is complicated, in part because the word itself can refer to different things, says Megan Squire, a computer scientist who analyzes extremist online communities for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

        “There’s losing your site infrastructure, losing your social media, losing your banking. So like the big three, I would say,” says Squire. She says they’ve all had different impacts depending on the specific case.

      • Broadband BreakfastFTC Forum Hears Evidence that U.S. Should Follow European Union Privacy Model

        The FTC proposed last month to use its authority under Section 18 of the FTC Act to bring “commercial surveillance” – the act of entities collecting personal information and selling them to third-party data brokers – under its authority to further regulate technology platforms. Section 18 is a statute of the FTC Act that grants the commission the authority to implement trade regulation rules for businesses that use tactics that are considered “unfair” or harmful to consumers.

      • TediumQueen Elizabeth II’s First Move: Allowing TV Cameras at Her Coronation

        We take for granted a lot in this world—the access to information we have, the access to people we have. Especially if they’re famous. Over the last 20 years or so, any day of the week, you likely had a pretty good idea of what Queen Elizabeth II was doing, because of the closeness in which she was followed by the media. In many ways, the queen and the media were made for one another, which makes her death last week something of a big blow for a certain contingent who appreciated the formerPrincess Elizabeth of York. She lived an extremely long life, one full of cameras and speculative news articles on the way she lived, her family, and how the way her family lived affected the way she lived. A lot of that was enabled by technology—and it’s likely the tech played a way in how we embraced the queen almost from the very start. With that in mind, let’s take a look at one of Queen Elizabeth II’s first big decisions—her decision to let television cameras capture her first moments as queen, despite rules against it.

      • Counter PunchTwitter: Platform of Exchange … Vehicle of Duplicity

        The move from the abstract philosophical debate in the United States to practical First Amendment application finds its genesis in the dissenting opinion of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in Abrams et. al v. United States, 250 U.S. 616 (1919) an early case in which a constitutional challenge was raised to the conviction of anti-war dissidents under the Espionage Act for distributing leaflets calling for a strike at U.S. munitions plants. In finding such acts to be protected political speech enshrined under First Amendment jurisprudence, Holmes noted “that the ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas — that the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market.”

      • Counter PunchJarman’s Jubilee: Funeral Music for Elizabeth Windsor

        Although the Silver Jubilee’s observances are absent from Jubilee, every scene crackles with scorn for the celebration and the queen.

      • TruthOutVideo Shows Marjorie Taylor Greene Kicking a Teen Activist
      • Misinformation/Disinformation

        • New York TimesFor Gen Z, TikTok Is the New Search Engine

          More and more young people are using TikTok’s powerful algorithm — which personalizes the videos shown to them based on their interactions with content — to find information uncannily catered to their tastes. That tailoring is coupled with a sense that real people on the app are synthesizing and delivering information, rather than faceless websites.

        • Bjoern BrembsScholarly Societies Partly To Blame For Post-Truth Age?

          The same cannot be said of his successors in today’s many scholarly societies. Prioritizing revenue, it was not lost to them that technologies such as email and browsers would allow them to copy their mail and journal distributions onto a digital format, at huge savings. Judging from their public messaging since then, for the exact same financial reasons, they have refused to invest even the smallest amount of innovation or progressive thought into what broader opportunities internet technology might provide for their mission going forward. Instead, it looks as if all of that intellectual energy flowed into conserving outdated concepts and demonizing digital progress into a threat for every scholarly society’s revenue. For nearly three decades now, scholarly societies, collectively, appear to have been preoccupied with looking back, at the expense of looking forward. Not even after 2006, when the term “social media” should have provided an etymological prompt even for the dimmest of professional “society” administrators, was there a change of direction. Apparently, the best some of our societies can do these days is installing forum technology from the late 1990s and call it “community“.

        • Telex (Hungary)Hungarian PM Orbán awarded highest state honour of Serbia
    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Techdirt5th Circuit Rewrites A Century Of 1st Amendment Law To Argue Internet Companies Have No Right To Moderate

        It is difficult to state how completely disconnected from reality this ruling is, and how dangerously incoherent it is. It effectively says that companies no longer have a 1st Amendment right to their own editorial policies. Under this ruling, any state in the 5th Circuit could, in theory, mandate that news organizations must cover certain politicians or certain other content. It could, in theory, allow a state to mandate that any news organization must publish opinion pieces by politicians. It completely flies in the face of the 1st Amendment’s association rights and the right to editorial discretion.

      • New York TimesA federal court clears the way for a Texas social media law.

        Lawmakers in Washington have pushed for changes to a law, known as Section 230, that shields platforms from liability for the content users post, to nudge the companies to either be more forceful or more lenient. But those proposals have gained little traction.

        Two tech industry groups, NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association, sued to block the law after it was approved last year, saying the social media companies have a First Amendment right to remove posts they consider inappropriate. A different federal court has blocked a similar law in Florida.

      • Texas claims victory in censorship fight — Analysis

        HB20, which prohibits platforms with more than 50 million users from censoring content posted by residents of the state based on viewpoint, marks one of the boldest efforts by Republican-controlled states to push back against Big Tech’s alleged anti-conservative bias. Texas had argued that Silicon Valley went so far as to muzzle federal elected officials – such as President Donald Trump – and even censored a congressional hearing that featured disfavored viewpoints.

      • CTV NewsCourt rules in favour of Texas censorship law targeting Twitter, Facebook and other social media

        The Texas law, signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott last year, has been challenged by tech trade groups that warn that it would prevent platforms from removing extremism and hate speech. A similar law was also passed in Florida and ruled unconstitutional by a separate appeal court.

        The final say is likely to come from the U.S. Supreme Court, which earlier this year blocked the Texas law while the lawsuit played out.

      • I was arrested after asking “who elected him?” at the proclamation of King Charles

        It was only when they declared Charles to be “King Charles III” that I called out “Who elected him?” I doubt most of the people in the crowd even heard me. Two or three people near me told me to shut up. I didn’t insult them or attack them personally, but responded by saying that a head of state was being imposed on us without our consent.

      • LBC‘Who elected him?’: Man arrested for potentially causing ‘distress’ during King Charles III proclamation

        Man who was arrested for shouting anti-monarchist views tells Tom Swarbrick, “I seem to be arrested for expressing an opinion.”

      • Sahara ReportersPolice Arrest UK Lecturer For Shouting “Who Elected Him” During King Charles’s Proclamation

        Symon Hill, 45, who described his ordeal to Oxford Mail, expressed concern over the British people being forced to accept a Head of State without a democratic election.

      • Irish Independent‘Who elected him?’ – anti-monarchy protesters arrested as Charles proclaimed Britain’s new king

        Symon Hill accused police of abusing their powers, claiming the new police and crime law had created a draconian atmosphere that has “significantly reduced free expression and harmed democracy”.

        Meanwhile, in Edinburgh, a 22-year-old woman was arrested after a sign calling for the abolition of the monarchy was held up before the accession event in the Scottish capital.

      • Patrick BreyerChat control: Internal documents show how divided the EU member states are

        According to the paper, there is no explicit consent from a single member state for such chat control in encrypted communications. Germany and Austria are explicitly against it. Four states have unclear positions on this: The Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, and France.

      • ReasonGovernment Officials Bully Social Media Companies to Censorship

        In July 2021, President Joe Biden was asked by a reporter whether he had any message for platforms like Facebook. “They’re killing people,” he replied. “The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they’re killing people.”

        His press secretary at the time, Jen Psaki, and legions of Democrats rushed to his defense, saying Biden was referring to so-called “misinformation” spread on the platform by the “disinformation dozen”—some 12 or so accounts deemed responsible for the vast majority of the platform’s vaccine-skeptical content. But Biden, Psaki, and others in the administration have frequently used White House podiums to make bold and inexact claims about the harm posed by social media companies, either implicitly suggesting or more explicitly demanding that these companies change their content moderation practices in line with the administration’s preferences.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Counter PunchOn the Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

        Unfortunately, there has been no independent, credible investigation.  Two weeks ago, without providing any details, the Israeli government, after first blaming the Palestinians for Ms. Abu Akleh’s death, stated that she was likely shot, by mistake, by an unnamed Israeli soldier.  The State Department has concluded that gunfire from Israeli Defense Force (IDF) positions was likely responsible, but that there was “no evidence to indicate her killing was intentional.”  The Department acknowledges that conclusion was not the result of an investigation, but rather a review of information provided by the IDF and the Palestinian Authority (PA).  We are told that “the Administration continues to believe that cooperation among Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and the U.S. Security Coordinator (USSC) is the best path to support a thorough, transparent, and impartial investigation.”

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • CBSIranian president orders probe after 22-year-old woman reportedly dies in custody of “morality police”

        According to reports by local media, Mahsa Amini, 22, was detained earlier this week by the so-called “morality police” after officers apparently found fault with her headscarf, or hijab.

      • CBCFuror in Iran after young woman slips into coma and dies while in custody, reportedly over headscarf rules

        But hard-liners have called for harsh punishment and even lashes, arguing that allowing women to show their hair leads to moral decay and the disintegration of families. The judiciary has, in recent years, urged people to inform on women who do not wear the hijab.

      • New York TimesIn Iran, Woman’s Death After Arrest by the Morality Police Triggers Outrage

        Her brother, Kiarash Amini, said he was waiting outside the detention center on the day of her arrest when he heard screaming from inside. An ambulance arrived and a witness coming out of the center told him security forces had killed a young woman inside, according to local news media.s

      • VOA NewsIranian Woman’s Death After Morals Police Arrest Sparks Protests

        A young Iranian woman has died after falling into a coma following her detention by morality police enforcing Iran’s strict hijab rules, sparking protests by Iranians on social media.

      • BBCFury in Iran as young woman dies following morality police arrest

        Her death comes in the wake of growing reports of repressive acts against women, including those judged not to be complying with Islamic dress code being barred from entering government offices and banks.

      • NBCIranian woman dies after being arrested by morality police, sparking protests

        In the past few months, Iranian rights activists have urged women to publicly remove their veils, a gesture that would risk their arrest for defying the Islamic dress code as the country’s hardline rulers crack down harder on “immoral behavior.”

        Videos posted on social media have shown cases of what appeared to be heavy-handed action by morality police units against women who had removed their hijab.

      • Counter PunchThe Post-Roe Horror is a Bipartisan Production

        The Post-Roe Hell

      • Counter PunchLet Us Now Praise Infamous Animals

        The defendants were indigent and the court appointed a lawyer to represent them. A few weeks later a trial was convened in Savigny’s seigneurial court. Before a crowded room, witnesses were called. Evidence was presented and legal arguments hotly debated. The justices considered the facts and the law and rendered a verdict and a sentence. The mother was pronounced guilty and ordered to be hanged to death by her legs from the limb of the gallows tree. Her six children, however, received a judicial pardon. The court accepted the defense lawyer’s argument that the youngsters lacked the mental competence to have committed a crime in the eyes of the law. The orphaned children were sent into custodial care at the expense of the state.

      • Counter PunchLuring Doctors from Poorer Countries is the UK’s Quiet Scandal

        The exodus from there of medical professionals is high and getting higher. From the start, the National Health Service (NHS) has recruited from overseas. But within the last decade the influx has vastly increased, with the share of doctors recruited by the NHS from outside the UK and EU rising from 18 to 34 per cent and nurses from seven to 34 per cent between 2015 and 2021, according to statistics compiled by the BBC’s Shared Data Unit. The proportion of British-trained doctors in the health service has fallen from 69 to 58 per cent and nurses from 74 to 61 per cent over the same period.

      • Counter PunchAnother Noble Dream: AP African American Studies and the Objectivity Question

        Northwestern Professor of African American Studies Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor recently asked…

      • Counter PunchThe New Fight for Mobility Justice

        And as a testament to the power of community, even online communities, the “Fuck Cars” movement has not remained isolated to the caverns of Reddit, but is rather a real movement spearheaded by activists and organizers. While “Fuck Cars” was the way Reddit verbalized its discontent, the movement is called “mobility justice,” and it represents a coalition of nonprofits, activists, politicians, and community organizers working together to envision a safer and more accessible future. While the rest of society is driving their Fords and Toyotas, activists from a wide array of socioeconomic backgrounds, urban environments, and ethnicities have coalesced into a burgeoning movement to curb the influence of cars and their vested interests. But, the diversity of interests within the coalition has simultaneously created a diversity of aspirations and tactics. Much like the Reddit community battling against others to retain “Fuck Cars’” position on r/place, the mobility justice movement faces a variety of both internal and external challenges in its goal to usher in a greener more accessible future.

      • TruthOutWarren and Markey Urge Loosening of Restrictions on Testosterone Access
      • TruthOutGOP’s 15-Week Abortion Ban Is a Midterm Tactic — But Not in the Way You Think
      • Pro PublicaColorado Halfway Houses Are a Revolving Door to Prison

        Fellow inmates cautioned him against entering Colorado’s community corrections system, saying it was overly punitive and too often a ticket back to prison. But after nearly 13 years behind bars — his entire adult life — Montano’s desire to embrace his long-term partner and start a career overshadowed those warnings.

      • Papers PleaseCountdown to a crackdown on flying without ID

        What — if anything — will really change at Transportation Security Administration checkpoints when this countdown clock runs out on May 3, 2023?

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • VarietyNetflix Is Overplaying Its Hand in Rushed Ad Negotiations

        Multiple reports, however, indicate that with the streaming space at large beginning to embrace a raft of new advertising innovations, including virtual product placement and increased targeting, Netflix is taking the opposite tack.

        The streamer is reportedly planning to simply run traditional video ads before and during content, and with limited targeting capabilities: Ad buyers told The Wall Street Journal that the personalization Netflix offers is “less granular” than typical online ads. In other words, the streamer is asking for premium rates while not even offering competitive levels of ad tech out of the gate.

    • Monopolies

      • CoryDoctorowCalifornia’s antitrust case against Amazon

        Senator John Sherman said it well, when campaigning for his landmark 1890 Sherman Act, America’s first comprehensive antitrust law: “If we will not endure a King as a political power we should not endure a King over the production, transportation, and sale of the necessaries of life.”

      • Hollywood ReporterFrench TV Merger Called Off After Antitrust Probe

        The companies said Friday that after meeting with the antitrust watchdog it became apparent they would only receive approval for the deal on the condition they sold one of the two networks’ flagship channels: either TF1 or M6 channel.

      • Software Patents

        • [Old] Unified PatentsDefending Open Source: An 2022 Litigation Update

          Patents are tracked internationally by something called CPCs, i.e., the cooperative patent classification system. Each patent will be assigned multiple CPCs. When looking at patents bearing CPC codes related to Open Source Projects, NPE assertions have already nearly matched their 2021 totals as of June 6, 2022. In 2021, NPEs filed a total of 482 cases of patent infringement against open source packages; they have to date already seen 474 as of June of 2022. If this trend continues for the rest of the year, this would be an almost 100% increase from the previous year.

      • Copyrights

        • Hollywood ReporterDavid Zaslav’s Strategy Shift: Licensing Out Warners’ IP Treasure

          And while it isn’t going to be part of any larger live-action DC universe, Batman is still some of DC’s most popular IP [sic]. “Once you decide your streaming ambitions are not your ‘north star,’ why not license as much as possible?” ” Lightshed analyst Rich Greenfield wrote in an Aug. 10 research note. “Catalog only has value to streaming services if you can drive meaningful daily time spent where subscribers are getting lost in your service.”

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Technical

      • Into the Radius

        Into the Radius has pulled me back into VR lately. After only five hours with it that have seemed like they’ve flown by I can already tell it’s going to be one of my favorite games.

        It’s a survival shooter set somewhere in Russia in the zone of some anomalous black hole looking thing that dominates the sky. Everything’s messed up. Dead plant life, vehicles and bits of buildings suspended frozen in the air, unnatural dark featureless creatures roam the landscape, and other telltale signs you’re living in the apocalypse. I think it’s a pretty neat setting as far as post-apocalyptic ones go, and I especially love that you’re just dropped in and left to figure things out through exploration and environmental storytelling. Games that do that generally come closer to taking full advantage of the medium than ones that don’t.

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

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