09.23.22

Geminispace Roughly Quadrupled in Size (and Grew a Lot in Terms of Number of Capsules) Since We Joined It Last Year

Posted in Site News at 10:04 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

As per the latest numbers and plots that are based on Lupa

Gemini approaching 2150 and approaching 2750

Gemini size

Summary: Despite the media’s apathy (pretending that Gemini does not exist or does not matter), Geminispace continues to expand and we have 42,703 pages in it

[Meme] Getting Promoted (or Hired/Recruited/Absorbed Directly Into Top Management) by Knowing “The F***ing President”

Posted in Europe, Patents at 8:28 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Apropos: EPO VP4 Nellie Simon: 24/7 Day and Night, Only One Hour to Speak to EPO Staff

Remember me, Tony? ... from Alicante?

Summary: The EPO‘s own numbers indicate that as a female it's incredibly hard to get promoted at the EPO; the insiders’ joke is, you need to be a former colleague of Benoît Battistelli/António Campinos (or even a spouse) to get promoted

According to EPO Data, Women Have No Place at the EPO (Unless They Fancy Being Underpaid)

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 7:51 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 6a75e66c2e1b725c93741f0086aca5a7
EPO Exploits Women
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: The European Patent Office, accused by a former president who was female of an “alphamale” issue, treats women poorly; incidentally, she wasn’t just the only female president in a ~25 year period but also the only non-French president in that same period (EPO diversity is a sad farce)

The Central Staff Committee of the European Patent Office (EPO) has circulated a new series about gender discrimination at the EPO. The staff union has long spoken about some aspects of this; now there are some solid numbers that support the allegations. Even the Administrative Council was concerned about this. Only hours ago the EPO’s management boasted about (warning: epo.org link) the exploitative and likely illegal Pan-European Seal Programme, dubbing it “Nurturing next generation IP talent” and noting a female majority. The timing was interesting and it also said nothing about how grossly underpaid those people are.

“The EPO signals to women that they would be treated well (at least in public), whereas private data suggests otherwise.”The female president of the EPO was muscled out by what she dubbed “alphamale” [1, 2] (Benoît Battistelli), followed by his corrupt successor, António Campinos, who mostly surrounds himself by friends, not qualified management.

It is expected that, especially as the next meeting of the Administrative Council fast approaches, there will be more publications on this topic. Here’s the first message of more to come (the significance will become more apparent over time and is of interest to the public in general as the EPO isn’t a private company, it just casually acts like one).

Rewards Exercise 2022: Overview and gender pay gap

Dear colleagues,

Every July the Office proudly announces the results of the yearly reward exercise. This year was no different, with the Office’s publication concerning the reward exercise of 2022 “Celebrating outstanding achievements with an inclusive approach”. In an effort to improve the transparency of the practice, the annual announcement is accompanied by a document containing the detailed statistics, which provide breakdowns of different divisions of our EPO population. We appreciate having access to the data, since it allows for an analysis of the distribution of the rewards despite being far from complete (i.e. lacking data on functional allowances).

The staff representation has carefully examined the data provided this year and for previous years and will make a short series of publications detailing our analysis:

Part one: Overview of the findings

Part two: Widening the Gender Pay Gap

Over the coming weeks, subsequent editions in this series on the rewards exercise will be published that take a closer look at a number of topics that have given us cause for concern.

Sincerely yours,

The Central Staff Committee

We’ve taken the liberty to republish those first two parts as HTML. The European public deserves to see what’s being done in its name. Here’s Part 1 (original shown in the video above):

Zentraler Personalausschuss
Central Staff Committee
Le Comité Central du Personnel

Munich, 16/09/2022
sc22120cp

Rewards Exercise 2022:

Part 1 – Overview

Introduction
Every July the Office proudly announces the results of the yearly reward exercise. This year was no different, with the Office’s publication concerning the reward exercise of 2022 “Celebrating outstanding achievements with an inclusive approach”. In an effort to improve the transparency of the practice, the annual announcement is accompanied by a document containing the detailed statistics, which provide breakdowns of different divisions of our EPO population. We appreciate having access to the data, since it allows for an analysis of the distribution of the rewards despite being far from complete (i.e. lacking data on functional allowances). Your staff representation has carefully examined the data provided this year and for previous years.

This paper is the first part in a short series of publications detailing our analysis. The present document gives an overview of our findings. Over the coming weeks, subsequent editions in this series on the rewards exercise will be published that take a closer look at a number of topics that have given us cause for concern.

Unequal treatment between men and women

“Women have received, on average, only 0.88 steps to every 1 step awarded to men”One of the most alarming issues that we have revealed is the difference in treatment between men and women, consistent through recent years. The Office claims that “the gender gap continued to close”, but this is a very naïve and misleading summary of the situation. In fact, the reward system is being used as a tool to increase the gender pay gap, and the cumulative effect is crippling. Our detailed analysis exposes the reality, that women are progressing more slowly in their careers due to the receiving only 0.88 steps for every step awarded to a man, are significantly less likely to receive a double step, and have to wait longer for a promotion.

“Men are 54% more likely to receive a double step compared to women”Further analysis will be presented in the coming publications that give details on other groups of staff including those who have been on maternity leave, recent recruits, part-time staff, and Job-Group-6 staff. These are all groups who have been under-rewarded in past periods and are yet to see any mitigating measures.

Decreasing the rewards budget

“The budget set by the AC, in real terms is decreasing year on year”Regarding the budget allotted to the reward exercise, we found that the yearly budget for pensionable rewards is decreasing year on year, and does not keep up with inflation. Furthermore, the President sets his own budget which is always lower than that approved by the AC, and even then does not manage to spend the entirety of the lowered budget. The amount of budget which could have been used to reward staff is not negligible – it amounts to 18.88 million euros, which is enough to give one step to every eligible employee.

“The budget withheld from staff since 2015 is enough to give one step to every eligible employee”Transparent or opaque?
Some of you may have seen our report on the feedback we received from our observer in the Harmonisation Committee, and will appreciate that there is plenty to be improved upon when it comes to “transparency” in the proceedings. If the systematic issues of discrimination are not being discussed by management behind the closed doors, we wonder what is happening there, and what exactly are they harmonising?

Conclusions
Although in some areas there are signs of limited effort to reduce the unfairness, in other areas the problems remain and appear to not have even been identified by the administration. Furthermore, the impact of previous reward exercises cannot be ignored. It is incredibly saddening that the EPO is not able to treat its employees fairly when managerial discretion is introduced, and allows discrimination to grow. A genuine effort will be required in the upcoming rewards exercises if one ever wants to close the existing gaps.

As time goes by, the new career system continues to be a “winner-takes-all” system, with a small group progressing fast, and an increasingly large group that have seen their careers grinding to a halt, progressing ever slower. It proves itself to be anything but a merit-based system.

More to come!
Watch this space for a more detailed analysis of specific aspects of the rewards exercises in the weeks to come.

Your Central Staff Committee

And here’s Part II:

Zentraler Personalausschuss
Central Staff Committee
Le Comité Central du Personnel

Munich, 16/09/2022
sc22121cp

Rewards Exercise 2022:

Part 2 – Widening the Gender Pay Gap

Old vs New Career System
Prior to 2015, the EPO was doing some things right in terms of gender pay equality – both men and women were subject to the same salary progression within a grade – automatic steps up to the end of a grade (bearing in mind that there also used to be 13 steps per grade in the old salary scales), with managerial discretion only applied for decisions on promotions to the next grade.

Since 2015, when the new career system came into force, managerial discretion is now applied for all decisions on salary progression – both steps and promotions. It is now clear that, once the possibility arose, management was not able to resist the temptation to discriminate against women. The statistics shown in the figure below undisputedly expose that the new career system has created a gender pay gap.

EPO gender gap graph #1: Rate of allocation of any pensionable reward % of eligibile men and women

Women’s career progression is a fraction of the men’s
The Office insists that its efforts made to close the gender gap in the reward distribution should be recognized. However, the damage has been done, and the new career system has resulted in women progressing slower through their careers, thus increasing the gender pay gap. In fact, over the last 7 years, women received only 0.88 steps for every step awarded to men. We cannot find any reason to celebrate the fact that our management continues to discriminate against women, albeit less than a few years ago, and we cannot understand why the Office drags its feet in correcting such evident discrimination.

A diverse and inclusive organisation? – Not where it pretends
For many years, the Office has boasted of its achievements in diversity and inclusion, yet it has never managed to reward men and women equally, not even in a single year. Furthermore, if we look more closely at the data and separate the pensionable rewards into single step, double step, or promotion rewards then we see further problems. When looking at single step allocation (top graph below), the difference between men and women isn’t so stark – in some years women were even rewarded one step more often than men. However, for double step rewards and promotions (bottom two graphs below), women are systematically and consistently under-rewarded when compared to men. We find some very troubling statistics – men are 54% more likely to receive a double step than women, and men are 19% more likely to be promoted (when eligible) than women. Here, the Office has done nothing to address the issue, since the trend is stable.

EPO gender gap graph #2: Rate of allocation of one step for men and women; Rate of allocation of double steps for men and women; Rate of allocation of promotions to those eligible for men and women

The cumulative effect of this under-rewarding of women on the gender pay gap must not be underestimated, and this enduring bias is simply not worthy of an international organisation. The Office is also silent on any possible measures to correct the discrimination that has happened since the introduction of the New Career System – is this because they think that the system is fair and women deserve fewer rewards and lower pay?

Staff on maternity leave
The Office also proclaims that it is making an effort to reward staff who have been on maternity leave. There, we see a significant improvement during the last two reward exercises. However, for the first six reward exercises, staff on maternity leave were rewarded significantly below average, as is readily evident from the data provided by the Office below.

EPO gender gap graph #3: Rate of allocation of total pensionable rewards for maternity leave and EPO average

Conclusions
In order to correct the serious errors of the past, staff members who were disadvantaged in the reward exercises since 2015 should now be compensated for their slower careers in the previous years. Inaction in this situation constitutes an admission on the part of our management that their claimed dedication to diversity and inclusion, and closing the gender pay gap, is just a smoke screen. We invite our management to open discussions on potential resolutions to these systemic issues.

Your Central Staff Committee

There’s some discussion of the context of this in the video above. The EPO signals to women that they would be treated well (at least in public), whereas private data suggests otherwise.

Links 23/09/2022: PeerTube 4.3 and GNOME Report

Posted in News Roundup at 5:40 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Linux MagazineMake It One with Linux

      We interview Tuxedo Computers founder Herbert Feiler about the company’s past, present, and future.

      In the old days, the operating system had to be Windows, but the times are changing. Tuxedo Computers is part of a new generation of computer vendors specializing in preinstalled Linux systems. The company is celebrating its 18th birthday this year, which seemed like a good time to ask Tuxedo founder Herbert Feiler about how he got started and the path ahead.

    • Unix MenLinux Commands Every Sysadmin Must Know

      If you are a system administrator, then Linux commands are what you use everywhere, you know what they are for and how to use them. However, before moving on to Linux commands that will be useful for both beginners to learn and experienced network administrators to make up for forgotten, it is worth mentioning what Linux is.

      Linux is an open-source operating system designed for file management. This means that any developer can take freely available system files and create their version of Linux – a distribution. Versions differ in built-in features, performance, graphical environment, support for unique programs and commands, and much more. Therefore, before downloading the system installation files from the first link in the browser, you need to figure out what exactly you need Linux for and, based on the goals, choose the appropriate version.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • 9to5GoogleFramework Chromebook clarifies modules, operating systems

        This week the Framework Chromebook was announced as the first modular ChromeOS laptop. The ideas behind Framework are ambitious, to say the least, but how will this Chromebook version differ from the Windows option, and what about modules? In a Q&A on Hacker News, Framework’s founder has answered some of the community’s biggest questions around this new device.

      • Linux On The Laptop Works So Damn Well That It’s Boring | by Clive Thompson | Sep, 2022 | Medium

        A few days ago I took my Macbook Pro into the shop. It needed a new battery; the current one is five years old and dies after an hour. We’ll be in touch by next Tuesday, the repair shop said.

        So in the meantime, I started working on my backup laptop — which runs Linux.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • André Almeidafutex2 at Linux Plumbers Conference 2022 | tony is coding

        As in the past editions, I took the opportunity to discuss about futex2, a project I’m deeply involved in. futex2 is a project to solve issues found in the current futex interface. This years’ session was about NUMA awaress of futex. Currently, futex allocates a single hash table in the kernel to store all data. If this is done in a NUMA machine, the table is allocated in a single node. This increases the cost of futex operations when done from any other node, given that will need to access a memory outside of it’s node.

      • LWNLinux 5.19.11
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.19.11 kernel.
        
        
        All users of the 5.19 kernel series must upgrade.
        
        
        The updated 5.19.y git tree can be found at:
                git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.19.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
        
        https://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-s...
        
        thanks,
        
        
        greg k-h
        
      • LWNLinux 5.15.70
      • LWNLinux 5.10.145
    • Graphics Stack

      • Marcin ‘hrw’ Juszkiewicz: Is Wayland really a future of desktop?

        Each time I update my Fedora desktop to new release (usually around Beta) I give a try to Wayland. Which shows that I still use X11.

        [...]

        For desktop environment I use KDE. Which means Plasma desktop/panel, Konsole and few KDE apps. Firefox and Chrome as web browsers, Thunderbird for mail, Steam for gaming and Zoom (or Google Meet) for most of video calls.

    • Applications

      • OMG UbuntuAudacity 3.2 Released with Realtime Effects, VST3 Support – OMG! Ubuntu!

        Podcasters, musicians, and amateur video makers like me will be pleased to know that a new version of open source audio editor Audacity is available to download.

        Audacity 3.2 serves as the latest stable release of this capable digital audio workstation, and is, as ever, available for Linux, macOS, and Windows platforms.

        But what’s changed since last year’s Audacity 3.1 release?

      • Its FOSSAudacity 3.2 Released With VST3 Plugins and Apple Silicon Support

        Audacity 3.2 is here, a point update to one of the most popular free and open-source audio editing/recording tools.

        This release comes in after more than a year of the previous major release, Audacity 3.0.

        It is still one of the best audio editors for Linux available right now, even after its controversy last year.

        This release has a lot of new additions, such as support for VST3 plugins, support for Apple Silicon, FFMPEG 5.0, and more.

        Let’s take a quick look at what’s new with Audacity.

      • LinuxiacPeerTube 4.3 Free Video Platform Is Out with New Functionalities

        The ability to automatically import all videos from a remote channel into one of your PeerTube channels is the big news in PeerTube 4.3.

        PeerTube allows anyone to set up their video streaming site. It is a free, self-hosted, and open-source software that users can install on their servers to create a video hosting and sharing platform. In other words, it is like having your personal YouTube at home.

        Furthermore, all PeerTube sites can connect, and users having accounts on one can interact with people on the others. All PeerTube servers are interoperable as a federated network, and video load is lowered thanks to P2P (BitTorrent) in the web browser via WebTorrent.

      • Its FOSSFOSS Weekly #22.35: Linux Crossword, EuroLinux, GNOME 43, Files and Directories

        As promised in the previous edition of FOSS Weekly, we have created a crossword for you. This one is focused on various desktop environments and window managers.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • ID RootHow To Install Rust Programming Language on Rocky Linux 9 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Rust Programming Language on Rocky Linux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, Rust is a free and open-source, multi-paradigm, general-purpose programming language developed by Mozilla. This language has many features such as safety, memory, and concurrency. Developers use Rust to create a wide range of new software applications, such as game engines, operating systems, file systems, browser components, and simulation engines for virtual reality.

        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 Rust Programming Language on Rocky Linux. 9.

      • DebugPointHow to Fix: bash wget Command Not Found Error
      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Nexus Repository Manager on Ubuntu 22.04
      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Neos CMS on Debian 11

        Neos is an enterprise content management built-in with custom content modeling that provides an effective way to edit and manage content, SEO optimization such as automatic redirects and SEO metadata, and powerful roles and user management.

      • Make Use OfHow to Read and Execute From a File With the Linux source Command

        source is a handy built-in shell command that accepts arguments, parses commands in a script, and executes them in the shell environment. The file’s content is read by source and then passed on to the Tool Command Language (TCL) interpreter, which executes the commands.

      • H2S MediaHow to install FreeOffice on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy

        Learn the commands to install FreeOffice on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish Linux using the terminal to edit your documents.

        FreeOffice 2021 is a strong MS-Office alternative for those who don’t want to spend money but still rely on compatibility with Microsoft Office formats. Although FreeOffice is limited compared to the paid solution of SoftMaker, for most personal users the range of functions should still be sufficient.

        Using FreeOffice Microsoft documents can usually be opened, edited, and saved under FreeOffice without loss of formatting. Also visually oriented the software is stronger which won’t let you feel that you are using some free office version. This allows you to use a modern ribbon menu, as you are used to from MS Word. FreeOffice also includes a classic menu including Light and Dark Mode. In addition, there is a touchscreen mode, which significantly improves finger operation.

        To use FreeOffice for free, you must register the software after five days. All you have to do is provide a valid e-mail address.

      • AddictiveTipsSet up the Betterbird fork of Thunderbird on Linux

        Tired of waiting for Mozilla Thunderbird to get updated with new features or bug fixes on your Linux system? Try out Betterbird. It is a soft fork of Thunderbird that promises to keep the email client fresh, packed with features, and up to date. Here’s how to set up Betterbird on your Linux PC.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow to integrate Red Hat Advanced Cluster Security for Kubernetes with ServiceNow

        In this post I will go through how you can integrate and send policy alert notifications from Red Hat Advanced Cluster Security for Kubernetes (RHACS) to ServiceNow.

        Red Hat Advanced Cluster Security supports a number of specific notifier integrations today, including Slack, Jira, Splunk, syslog and email. Although ServiceNow is not currently in that list, it is possible to use generic webhooks to create this integration. Using this option together with the ServiceNow feature Scripted REST API will allow you to send security alert notifications also to ServiceNow.

      • DebugPointHow to Fix: sudo Command Not Found Error

        The sudo command is an abbreviation of “superuser do”, and it is a program which allows a user to execute a command with admin privileges. The sudo command helps you run programs/commands like an admin user.

        Also, the user, who is running the command with sudo must be a part of the sudo group. The primary reason you get this error is that the package itself is not installed. However, most modern Linux distribution provides this by default, but some don’t.

      • H2S MediaHow to install Ubuntu 22.04 Server on VirtualBox – Linux Shout

        Learn the steps to install Ubuntu 22.04 Server ISO on VirtualBox Virtual machine running on Windows, macOS, Android, or Linux systems.

        Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Linux server is the latest long-term supported server OS from Canonical developers. Although, yet most of the server users are resorting currently on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, however, for those who want to try out the Jammy Jellyfish on a Virtual machine before moving to it, this article will help them.

        Most of the users would already be familiar with VirtualBox, if not, then it is an open-source project from Oracle to run virtual machines on all popular operating systems such as Windows, Linux, macOS, and FreeBSD.

      • LinuxConfigHow to automatically change X11 displays setup with autorandr on Linux

        Adding a monitor to a setup is probably one of the most effective and immediate ways to increase productivity. A multi monitor setup can be useful, for example, when we need to consult some kind of documentation and at the same time work on another task full-screen. Autorandr is a free and open source utility able to apply specific X11 configurations depending on the displays connected to our machine.

        In this tutorial we learn how use the autorandr utility, and how to install it on some of the most used Linux distributions.

      • Red Hat OfficialFind text in files using the Linux grep command | Enable Sysadmin

        Using grep, you can quickly find text matching a regular expression in a single file, a group of files, or text coming from stdin.

      • OSTechNixEnable RPM Fusion Repository In Fedora, RHEL – OSTechNix

        In this brief guide, we will see what is RPM Fusion repository, why should we install RPM Fusion repository, and finally how to enable RPM Fusion repository in Fedora, RHEL, and its clones like CentOS, AlmaLinux and Rocky Linux distributions.

      • The New StackHow to Create a Software Bill of Materials – The New Stack

        Although there might be days when you feel like dropping “SBOMs” left and right, within the realm of technology we’re not talking about another term for a four-letter word starting with “S.”

        SBOM stands for Software Bill of Materials and has become a crucial aspect of security for enterprise businesses and developers. Essentially, an SBOM is a nested inventory of software that comes together to serve a greater whole. SBOMs have become absolutely necessary for maintaining the high standards of security required to do business successfully — especially concerning supply chain risk management.

        You see, every piece of software ever created may or may not include vulnerabilities. That’s just a part of dealing with technology. This gets increasingly difficult as a piece of software requires more and more dependencies.

      • Trend OceansHow to Enable UEFI Mode in VirtualBox and VMware – TREND OCEANS

        Nowadays, you will find that most operating systems and hardware support UEFI mode, and when you buy new hardware that comes with a Windows operating system, you will find that the UEFI mode is the default boot firmware.

        However, you can switch back to legacy boot (on some hardware), but for that, you need to reinstall the operating system.

        But who will do that when UEFI has a lot of features enabled for users, like fast booting, which means you do not need to wait for a long period of time to just complete the boot process thanks to a separate EFI partition which holds the information about the operating system in a different partition.

        In addition, you will get a secure boot option to verify the integrity of the operating system at startup. It supports GUI over the boring blue screen, which can be complex for some users, but it has its own advantages.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Prestashop with Apache and Let’s Encrypt SSL on Debian 11

        PrestaShop is a free, open-source, efficient, and innovative e-commerce solution that helps you to sell your products online.

    • WINE or Emulation

      • WINE Project (Official)WineHQ – Wine Announcement – The Wine development release 7.18 is now available.
        The Wine development release 7.18 is now available.
        
        What's new in this release:
          - Character tables updated to Unicode 15.0.0.
          - Wow64 support in the macOS driver.
          - Async reader fixes in GStreamer support.
          - Various bug fixes.
        
        The source is available at:
        
        https://dl.winehq.org/wine/source/7.x/wine-7.18.tar.xz
        
        Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:
        
        https://www.winehq.org/download
        
        You will find documentation on https://www.winehq.org/documentation
        
        You can also get the current source directly from the git
        repository. Check https://www.winehq.org/git for details.
        
        Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file
        AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list.
        
    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Shared With Me files in KIO GDrive

          I’ve just merged in kio-gdrive master the support for Shared With Me files. This new feature will be shipped with the next KDE Gear 22.12 release.

          Your shared files and folders will be presented in a virtual “Shared With Me” folder (similar to the “Shared With Me” tab in the Google web-UI)…

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • New Releases

      • Mabox September 2022 ISO refresh

        September’s refreshed ISO images bring some interesting new features and a series of improvements for the already known Mabox tools.

    • Screenshots/Screencasts

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2022/38 – Dominique a.k.a. DimStar (Dim*)

        During this week, openSUSE Tumbleweed was once again able to showcase the power there is in using OBS (open build service), openQA, and a dedicated team to make things happen. After six months of development, GNOME 43.0 has been released upstream on Sep 21. The openSUSE GNOME Team has been closely following progress and kept packages updated in the devel branch throughout the alpha/beta/RC phases. All the relevant package updates had been ready shortly after upstream released the tarballs and GNOME 43.0 could be shipped as part of Snapshot 20220921. This one snapshot only serves as an example of what happens in the various development areas. And this was just ONE of the snapshots published during this week. One, in a group of a total of 7, that is.

      • SUSE’s Corporate BlogTCS Cognix Enterprise CaaS Solution with SUSE Rancher | SUSE Communities

        The following blog has been written by TCS Agile Computing, Cloud & Edge, Centre of Excellence (CoE) in collaboration with the Global SUSE GSI team. It examines the TCS Cognix Enterprise Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) solution with SUSE Rancher.

    • Red Hat and Fedora Family

      • Enterprisers Project4 questions IT leaders should ask before investing in new technologies | The Enterprisers Project

        It’s becoming clear that the economic highs we’ve seen over the last few years are settling down. What’s less clear is how low they will go and for how long.

        Savvy business leaders understand that the one thing that will help them weather this change is technology. While spending on technology will remain strong going forward, the key drivers to tech investments will shift, and practicality will be the key watchword.

        The cloud will continue to gain momentum as the key enabler to work from anywhere. Still, cloud costs will be more closely scrutinized across different departments, and some tasks formerly handled by cloud providers will likely go back to the IT staff. In addition, companies will look to reveal underutilized services that could enable additional cost savings.

        Companies will also turn to automation and AI to boost productivity and reduce costs caused by errors and waste. For example, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) systems will help companies automate repetitive tasks while minimizing human error that can result in additional costs and penalties.

      • Red Hat OfficialPipelines for cloud-native network functions (CNFs) Part 2: Pipelines for lifecycle management
      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: CPE Weekly Update – Week 38 2022

        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.

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: Friday’s Fedora Facts: 2022-38

        Here’s your weekly Fedora report. Read what happened this week and what’s coming up. Your contributions are welcome (see the end of the post)!

        I have weekly office hours on Wednesdays in the morning and afternoon (US/Eastern time) in #fedora-meeting-1. Drop by if you have any questions or comments about the schedule, Changes, elections, or anything else. See the upcoming meetings for more information.

    • Debian Family

      • Gunnar WolfGunnar Wolf: 6237415

        Years ago, it was customary that some of us stated publicly the way we think in time of Debian General Resolutions (GRs). And even if we didn’t, vote lists were open (except when voting for people, i.e. when electing a DPL), so if interested we could understand what our different peers thought.

        This is the first vote, though, where a Debian vote is protected under voting secrecy. I think it is sad we chose that path, as I liken a GR vote more with a voting process within a general assembly of a cooperative than with a countrywide voting one; I feel that understanding who is behind each posture helps us better understand the project as a whole.

        But anyway, I’m digressing… Even though I remained quiet during much of the discussion period (I was preparing and attending a conference), I am very much interested in this vote — I am the maintainer for the Raspberry Pi firmware, and am a seconder for two of them. Many people know me for being quite inflexible in my interpretation of what should be considered Free Software, and I’m proud of it. But still, I believer it to be fundamental for Debian to be able to run on the hardware most users have.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • UbuntuIoT Project Lifecycle: Efficient prototyping with Snaps and Ubuntu Core [Part I] | Ubuntu

        There is nothing more exciting than creating something new. Whether developing a new idea, coding a new software feature or creating a new product altogether. After a lot of hard work, we can finally see users interacting with the system and sharing their feedback. The quickest way to reach that point in a project is to start prototyping early.

        With an abundance of hardware and software available, it has never been easier to create a working prototype. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a prototype is worth a thousand meetings. Providing an interactive solution to stakeholders and potential users is the easiest and fastest way to convey and validate your ideas.

      • UbuntuDesign and Web team summary – 29 July 2022 | Ubuntu

        The Web and design team at Canonical runs in two-week iterations building and maintaining all of the Canonical websites and product web interfaces. Here are some of the highlights of our completed work from this iteration.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • ArduinoA DIY non-contact digital tachometer for machinists | Arduino Blog

        A tachometer is a device that counts the revolutions of a rotating object, with the most well-known example being the automotive tachometer that monitors the revolutions per minute (RPMs) of an internal combustion engine. But tachometers are useful, and sometimes a requirement, in many other applications. RPM is a very important datum when working with machine tools like lathes and milling machines, which is what this DIY non-contact digital tachometer was designed to accommodate.

        The term “feeds and speeds” refers to the parameters a machinist uses to achieve the ideal tool load. A vertical milling machine’s end mill, for example, can only remove a certain amount of material with each stroke of each cutting flute. For that reason, it is imperative that a machinist know how fast the end mill is rotating. Most modern machine tools (not just CNC tools, but also manual tools) include a digital RPM display. But many older machines and some modern machines with low-cost VFDs (variable-frequency drives) do not and that makes it very difficult to maintain optimal load. This DIY device addresses those shortcomings in an affordable way.

      • ArduinoZen sand garden in a suitcase doubles as MIDI controller | Arduino Blog

        At the shallow end of the pool, a MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) controller can be as simple as a handful of buttons that correspond to different notes. But even as one wades into the deep end of the pool, MIDI controllers tend to still look like hunks of plastic with some knobs and keys. Redditor Gilou_ wanted something that felt more organic (actually, “inorganic” if we want to be technical) and so they built this unusual MIDI controller that looks like a Japanese-style sand garden in a suitcase.

        If you stumbled across this device without any context, you would assume that is exactly what it is: some kind of portable sand garden. Opening the top of the suitcase reveals a handful of dark stones resting in a bed of sand. Traditional rakes and scoops hang in straps on the lid of the suitcase. But underneath the sand there are a few electronic components that turn the sound garden into a functional instrument. A piezoelectric pickup, like the kind you’d see on some acoustic-electric guitars, in the sand translates the vibrations of sand raking and sifting into an audio signal that feeds into a computer’s sound card.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Microsoft-funded ‘analyst’: The Dead End – tecosystems

      If we normalize projects baiting developers with an open source license to gain traction and switching to a non-open source license to monopolize the returns on that traction, then the logical next step for investors will be skipping that first step entirely.

    • drones run linux: the free software movement isn’t enough

      richard stallman. rms. if you’ve spent time in tech, you may know his name. in
      popular tabloid culture, he’s painted as a sexist pedo – in 4chan-esque dungeons,
      he’s heralded as a savior.

      in reality, he’s a very flawed human that discovered something most of us never will.
      a single cause to commit the rest of his entire life to.

      rms has led the free software movement for 40 years. his asset is his flaw. he is
      stubborn. extremely stubborn. absolutely unwilling to deviate, admit fault, change,
      or back down. a staunch revolutionary on a blazing battleground. the world will see
      free software as a moral right, and he will die fighting, no matter what anyone says.

    • HackadayOpenAI Hears You Whisper

      Should you wish to try high-quality voice recognition without buying something, good luck. Sure, you can borrow the speech recognition on your phone or coerce some virtual assistants on a Raspberry Pi to handle the processing for you, but those aren’t good for major work that you don’t want to be tied to some closed-source solution. OpenAI has introduced Whisper, which they claim is an open source neural net that “approaches human level robustness and accuracy on English speech recognition.” It appears to work on at least some other languages, too.

    • VideoNMKD, An Easy GUI for the Stable Diffusion AI Art Generator – Invidious

      NMKD Stable Diffusion GUI is an easy to use, and easy to install, graphical front end to the Stable Diffusion AI Art Generator. In this video, I go through the steps involved in finding the tool, installing it, and creating your own AI masterpieces on your own PC.

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

    • Programming/Development

      • Steve KempLisp macros are magical

        In my previous post I introduced yet another Lisp interpreter. When it was posted there was no support for macros.

        Since I’ve recently returned from a visit to the UK, and caught COVID-19 while I was there, I figured I’d see if my brain was fried by adding macro support.

        I know lisp macros are awesome, it’s one of those things that everybody is told. Repeatedly. I’ve used macros in my emacs programming off and on for a good few years, but despite that I’d not really given them too much thought.

      • Barry KaulerLimine 4.1.2 black screen

        I have built EasyOS 4.4, for final testing, and tested it on some of my small collection of computers. Unfortunately, get a black screen on one of the computers.

      • QtQt for Android Automotive 6.3.2 is released

        We are happy to announce that the latest Qt for Android Automotive is out, focusing on better developer experience and bug fixes.

      • Perl / Raku

        • PerlTPF launches merch store for Perl 5 | dean [blogs.perl.org]

          TPF has launched an online store with Perl merchandise (swag) celebrating the Perl 5.36 release. The marketing committee plan to do a custom celebratory collection for each release of Perl with revenue from each sale goes to TPF’s Perl fund.

        • PerlMy Perl Weekly Challenge | AWNCORP [blogs.perl.org]

          All this talk about types, objects, and systems, got me to thinking, “what would it take to create a 100% backwards-compatible pure Perl proof-of-concept for optionally typable subroutine signatures”. I mean really, how hard could it be?

      • Python

        • LWNArch Linux drops Python 2

          Arch Linux has announced that Python 2 is being removed from the distribution’s repositories. “If you still require the python2 package you can keep it around, but please be aware that there will be no security updates.”

        • LinuxiacPython 2 Is No Longer Part of the Arch Linux Repositories

          Python 2 reached EOL in 2020, so Arch’s devs reduced the apps that used it to the point it is now entirely removed from the distro’s repos.

      • Rust

        • Linux embracing Rust will boost robotics community [Ed: There are reasons to be sceptical of this because C is already used widely, good developers use it, and it's not clear what developers stayed away from Linux kernel development just because Rust wasn't admissible]

          This week, Linux’s Benevolent Dictator For Life Linus Torvalds mentioned that the Rust programming language would be used in the upcoming Linux 6.1 kernel. Currently, the Linux kernel is at preview version 6.0-rc6 (codenamed “Hurr durr I’ma ninja sloth”) so we have a bit of time before we all have Rust powering the kernel, but the mere announcement is news-worthy. It’s the author’s opinion that this embrace of Rust at the very core of Linux will be a huge boost to the robotics community.

        • Ten challenges for Rust

          Rust is in a pretty good place; it is getting more and more popular, has more and more contributors, and is used in some pretty significant places. However, it is a time of flux and change, and transitioning from a research project then a new, rapidly changing language to a popular, established project is a difficult change.

          Here, I want to describe what I think are the ten biggest challenges for Rust for now and the next few years. I have some ideas for solutions, but they are all big, difficult questions with no simple answer, so the real solutions will all take iteration, energy, and creativity. My focus is on the core project; there are many challenges for the community and ecosystem (e.g., how to make GUIs with Rust, or how to get more crates to 1.0) which I think must be primarily solved by the community.

  • Leftovers

    • HackadayBetter Scope Measurements

      There was a time when few hobbyists had an oscilloscope and the ones you did see were old military or industrial surplus that were past their prime. Today you can buy a fancy scope for about what those used scopes cost that would have once been the envy of every giant research lab. However, this new breed of instrument is typically digital and while they look like an old analog scope, the way they work leads to some odd gotchas that [Arthur Pini] covers in a recent post.

    • HackadayRobots Chase Down Balls In Fun Outdoor Game

      Art installations aren’t always about static sculpture or pure aesthetics. In the case of Operation Kiba, they can be fun games for everyone to enjoy.

    • HackadayA Love Letter To Small Design Teams, And The B-52

      The true measure of engineering success — or, at least, one of them — is how long something remains in use. A TV set someone designed in 1980 is probably, at best, relegated to a dusty guest room today if not the landfill. But the B-52 — America’s iconic bomber — has been around for more than 70 years and will likely keep flying for another 30 years or more. Think about that. A plane that first flew in 1952 is still in active use. What’s more, according to a love letter to the plane by [Alex Hollings], it was designed over a weekend in a hotel room by a small group of people.

    • HackadayHackaday Prize 2022: Solar Powered LoRa Weather Station For The Masses

      [Debasish Dutta] has designed a few weather stations in the past, and this, the fourth version of the system has had many of the feature requests from past users rolled in. The station is intended to be used with an external weather sensor unit, provided by Sparkfun. This handles wind speed and direction, as well as measuring rainfall. A custom PCB hosts an ESP32-WROOM module and an Ai-Thinker Ra-02 LoRa module for control and connectivity respectively. A PMS5003 sits on the PCB to measure those particulate densities, but most sensors are connected with simple 4-way I2C connectors. Temperature, humidity, and pressure are handled by a BME280 module, UV Index (SI1145), visible light (BH1750) even soil humidity and temperature with a cable-mounted SHT10 module.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayWireless Water Detector Hooks Up To Home Assistant

        Water damage can quickly make even the nicest buildings unliveable. [Andres Leon] suffered a small flood from an air conditioning unit, and wanted to avoid such issues in future. Thus, he built a wireless monitor to solve the problem.

      • HackadaySimple Internet Radio Transplant

        While we have a definite sweet spot in our hearts for analog radio, there are times that just call for a digital upgrade. One of the downsides that can come with this upgrade is complexity. For example, the more software-minded among us might base their build on the Music Player Daemon, and use a web interface for control. But that’s not everyone’s idea of a good time, and particularly an older user of your gizmos might really appreciate a simple, tactile user interface. That’s the situation [Blake Hannaford] was in, while building an Internet powered radio for someone else.

      • We Spoke With the Last Person Standing in the Floppy Disk Business
    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Common DreamsMassive Surge in US Wildfire Smoke Chokes Air Quality Progress for Tens of Millions

        Researchers at Stanford University found that the number of people impacted by “extreme smoke days,” during which air quality is considered unhealthy for all age groups and populations, has increased by 27 times over the past decade, with 25 million exposed to hazardous air quality on at least one day in 2020.

    • Proprietary

    • Security

      • LWNSecurity updates for Friday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (bind9, expat, firefox-esr, mediawiki, and unzip), Fedora (qemu and thunderbird), Oracle (webkit2gtk3), SUSE (ardana-ansible, ardana-cobbler, ardana-tempest, grafana, openstack-heat-templates, openstack-horizon-plugin-gbp-ui, openstack-neutron-gbp, openstack-nova, python-Django1, rabbitmq-server, rubygem-puma, ardana-ansible, ardana-cobbler, grafana, openstack-heat-templates, openstack-murano, python-Django, rabbitmq-server, rubygem-puma, dpdk, freetype2, rubygem-rack, and virtualbox), and Ubuntu (etcd, libjpeg-turbo, linux-gcp, linux-gke, linux-raspi, linux-oem-5.17, linux-raspi-5.4, python-oauthlib, and python3.5).

      • The Register UKCan reflections in eyeglasses actually leak info from Zoom calls? Here’s a study into it

        Our models and experimental results in a controlled lab setting show it is possible to reconstruct and recognize with over 75 percent accuracy on-screen texts that have heights as small as 10 mm with a 720p webcam.” That corresponds to 28 pt, a font size commonly used for headings and small headlines.

        […]

        Being able to read reflected headline-size text isn’t quite the privacy and security problem of being able to read smaller 9 to 12 pt fonts. But this technique is expected to provide access to smaller font sizes as high-resolution webcams become more common.

        “We found future 4k cameras will be able to peek at most header texts on almost all websites and some text documents,” said Long.

        […]

        A variety of factors can affect the legibility of text reflected in a video conference participant’s glasses. These include reflectance based on the meeting participant’s skin color, environmental light intensity, screen brightness, the contrast of the text with the webpage or application background, and the characteristics of eyeglass lenses. Consequently, not every glasses-wearing person will necessarily provide adversaries with reflected screen sharing.

        With regard to potential mitigations, the boffins say that Zoom already provides a video filter in its Background and Effects settings menu that consists of reflection-blocking opaque cartoon glasses. Skype and Google Meet lack that defense.

      • arXivPrivate Eye: On the Limits of Textual Screen Peeking via Eyeglass Reflections in Video Conferencing

        Using mathematical modeling and human subjects experiments, this research explores the extent to which emerging webcams might leak recognizable textual and graphical information gleaming from eyeglass reflections captured by webcams. The primary goal of our work is to measure, compute, and predict the factors, limits, and thresholds of recognizability as webcam technology evolves in the future. Our work explores and characterizes the viable threat models based on optical attacks using multi-frame super resolution techniques on sequences of video frames. Our models and experimental results in a controlled lab setting show it is possible to reconstruct and recognize with over 75% accuracy on-screen texts that have heights as small as 10 mm with a 720p webcam. We further apply this threat model to web textual contents with varying attacker capabilities to find thresholds at which text becomes recognizable. Our user study with 20 participants suggests present-day 720p webcams are sufficient for adversaries to reconstruct textual content on big-font websites. Our models further show that the evolution towards 4K cameras will tip the threshold of text leakage to reconstruction of most header texts on popular websites. Besides textual targets, a case study on recognizing a closed-world dataset of Alexa top 100 websites with 720p webcams shows a maximum recognition accuracy of 94% with 10 participants even without using machine-learning models. Our research proposes near-term mitigations including a software prototype that users can use to blur the eyeglass areas of their video streams. For possible long-term defenses, we advocate an individual reflection testing procedure to assess threats under various settings, and justify the importance of following the principle of least privilege for privacy-sensitive scenarios.

      • eSecurity PlanetSoftware Supply Chain Security Guidance for Developers

        Whether it’s package hijacking, dependency confusing, typosquatting, continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) compromises, or basic web exploitation of outdated dependencies, there are many software supply chain attacks adversaries can perform to take down their victims, hold them to ransom, and exfiltrate critical data.

        It’s often more efficient to attack a weak link in the chain to reach a bigger target, like what happened to Kaseya or SolarWinds in the last couple of years. Attackers can implant an RCE (remote code execution) or harvest developers’ credentials to escalate privileges and perform malicious actions stealthily.

        Besides, they may only have to compromise a single package to distribute malware to a large range of users and organizations, because the current supply chain is insanely complex and interconnected.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

    • Environment

      • ScheerpostThe Main Driver Behind Pakistan’s Floods Has a Familiar Name

        Juan Cole reports on a new paper regarding a third of Pakistan being under water as calls for debt relief and reparations grow.

      • The NationHolding Back the Tide of Water Privatization

        At the end of August, severe storms hit Mississippi, and the Pearl River flooded, rendering the city of Jackson’s water treatment facilities inoperable. Now approximately 150,000 residents do not have access to safe drinking water. The crisis in Jackson has exposed a long-standing history of racism, white flight, and state sabotage of a majority Black city. Tate Reeves, the Republican governor of Mississippi and himself the product of the suburbs to which white residents fled, has suggested that privatizing Jackson’s water supply could fix the problem. Water activists say this cure would likely be worse than the disease.

      • Common DreamsGroups Demand Ouster of ‘Climate Denier’ Leading World Bank

        Activists on Thursday unfurled a banner in front of the institution’s building in Washington, D.C. that labels Malpass a “climate denier” and called on U.S. President Joe Biden and other leaders to ditch the World Bank chief.

    • Finance

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Lives Are on the Line: It’s Time for a National Paid Leave Policy

        My husband and I dreamed of starting a family for so long. Our beautiful son, David, is the light of my life. But when he was born 11 years ago, those first few months were a very difficult time for our family. I had a c-section, so I needed time to heal as we brought David home. But neither my husband nor I had jobs with paid leave, and there are many expenses that come along with having a child.

      • The NationUnionizing Starbucks
      • TruthOutUnionized Boston Starbucks Workers Celebrate Win After 64-Day Strike
      • The NationNo, America Doesn’t Actually Need “Sacrifice Zones”

        In the American ethos, sacrifice is often hailed as the chief ingredient for overcoming hardship and seizing opportunity. To be successful, we’re assured, college students must make personal sacrifices by going deep into debt for a future degree and the earnings that may come with it. Small business owners must sacrifice their paychecks so that their companies will continue to grow, while politicians must similarly sacrifice key policy promises to get something (almost anything!) done.

      • The NationFascists, Neofascists, and Postfascists: Italy’s Unreal Election Debate

        Rome—Ahead of Sunday’s general election, 92 percent of Italians say their top concern is rising energy prices. Even before the inflation crisis, millions of Italians avoided turning on their home appliances; now, they are discussing how to use less gas to boil pasta. Yet the importance of this issue doesn’t necessarily translate directly into partisan allegiances.

      • The Nation“You Strike So You Don’t Quit”: Across the Country, Nurses Are Fighting Overwork

        On the first day of a massive nurses’ strike across 16 hospitals in Minnesota, Emily Kniskern and her daughter arrived outside the hospital where she works, St. Luke’s Duluth, at 6:30 in the morning. Her daughter soon left to go to school, but after cross-country practice, she came back to rejoin the picket line. Other nurses brought their kids too. One had 4-month-old triplets in onesies emblazoned each with one of the unions’ three letters: MNA. Kniskern spotted children whose births she assisted. “Our kids get care there; this is the hospital that we go to when we are sick or when we are hurt,” she noted. The kids “are reminders of why we’re doing this.”

      • Counter PunchChina is Capitalist

        Before explaining his proofs, Brown engages in some general applause for the Chinese system—though the causes for his cheer-leading are basically beside the point regarding whether China is communist-socialist or capitalist. He states that “China has become, in one generation, the world’s largest economy in purchasing power parity (PPP)”—a measure economists question anyway when used in reference to production, as Brown does.

      • Common DreamsHouse GOP Agenda Signals Push for Social Security and Medicare Cuts

        A one-page summary of the agenda that House Republicans, led by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), are expected to formally introduce Friday includes a highly misleading line that expresses the GOP’s commitment to “save and strengthen Social Security and Medicare.”

      • Common DreamsFed Rate Hikes Won’t Tackle the Corporate Profiteering Behind Inflation, Experts Tell Congress

        During his opening statement, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), chair of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, said that “we cannot ignore the reality that American corporations today are reporting higher profit margins than ever, while increasing prices more than necessary to cover costs—all at the expense of the American consumer.”

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • The NationA Poet Confronts the Violent History of El Salvador

        In the early morning darkness of May 24, 2022, hundreds of people were camped on a street bordering a prison in San Luis Mariona, El Salvador. The encampment had been there for days, its inhabitants hoping for information about loved ones they suspected the state was holding on the other side of the prison walls. More than 50,000 Salvadorans have been arrested since late March in what President Nayib Bukele claims is a crackdown on gangs, but the administration refuses to share information about those detained. Most of the families that day in May couldn’t even be certain their relatives were in Mariona. But they had traveled hours by public bus from their rural homes to get here, where the only option was to sleep on the street, because the administration sometimes released prisoners by stealth at night.1

      • ScheerpostCaitlin Johnstone: America’s Perverse Poverty Draft

        Some lawmakers worry partial cancellation of student debts will harm military recruitment and they’ve written to the president and defense secretary about it.

      • ScheerpostDown for the Count

        “Down for the Count,” a new original cartoon by the inimitable Mr. Fish, takes a closer look at the fabric of our justice system.

      • Papers PleaseFreedom to travel to get an abortion

        Both anti-abortion vigilantes and state laws criminalizing actions related to abortion, including facilitating abortion-related travel, are prompting women seeking abortions as well as those who support abortion rights to think about how to protect abortion travelers and their supporters against identification, surveillance, stalking, harassment, or legal sanctions.

      • Techdirt5th Circuit Awards Immunity To Cop Who Decided A Suicidal Man Should Be Tased While He Had A Noose Around His Neck

        Oh, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Whatever will you do next?

      • TechdirtNew Data From The Bureau Of Prisons Indicates Bail Reform Won’t Make Americans Less Safe

        Along with the call for law enforcement reforms following the inflection point created by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s murder of George Floyd, there has been increasing demand for bail reform.

      • TruthOutCongressional Staffers Are Holding Their First-Ever Union Vote
      • ScheerpostStates Need Constitutional Amendments to Protect Abortion From Right-Wing Judges

        Marjorie Cohn writes about state government and right to abortion from constitutional protection. Although the California Supreme Court has declared that the state constitution’s right to privacy protects abortion, that safeguard remains ephemeral.

      • Common DreamsOhio Court Filings Detail Dozens of Patients Put Under ‘Extreme Duress’ by Abortion Ban

        As the Ohio Capital Journal reported Thursday, abortion providers in the state have seen the effects of Senate Bill 23—which banned nearly all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and is now temporarily blocked until mid-October—on dozens on patients facing fetal abnormalities, cancer diagnoses, and pregnancies resulting from rape.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • TechdirtCable Giant Charter Will Pay $1.1 Billion After Tech Murders Elderly Customer

        Back in the early aughts, when I wrote exclusively about the broadband sector, you literally couldn’t go a week without a story about a cable broadband technician  falling asleep on the job, blowing up homes, occasionally murdering people or getting arrested for torturing and spray painting kittens.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Tips for the bachelors degree?

        Soon I will need to write my bachelors degree. I have mixed feelings about it, curious but also a bit scared. All in all, I think I have a pretty interesting topic (using low-earth-orbit satellites for routing the internet), and also have some (minor) experience in reading and writing scientific papers, but the scale of a bachelors degree is something completely new to me.

        I therefore thought about what I could do to ease the progress of writing the degree, and also want your feedback on what would be sensible to do in such a situation, maybe it will help me (and maybe also others) for this and further scientific works.

      • ROOPHLOCH

        Here we are again, writing from the bus. I’m slowly tapping away as I take the 20 minute journey into Reykjavik to meet a friend for coffee. I’ve not spent time with her in months, so we have much to catch up on.

        I like the bus. I never used it in the US. I lived in 16 states but only twice in a town with any substanitial public transit. In neither case did it feel like this, like community. As I sit here there are four children with scooters traveling alone into the city. Perhaps another dozen scattered and talking. I relax into the atmosphere instead of dreading it. I go to see a friend, yo share my community experiences with her and the journey is fitting.

        Last night I listened to a talk by Pawel (look up last name later) at my local hackerspace, Hakkavélin, about Solarpunk. It was inspiring, hopeful, and a wake-up to tge possibilities in my own actions. It was also the first introduction to the idea for many of my friends. The thrill of seeing their excitement redoubled my own.

      • FHIOSTU Wordo: VAPID
      • Star Log 2022-09-23 04:00 AKDT (Fairbanks, AK, US)

        Having had only overcast skies for days and days, I was eager to latch on to any opportunity. OpenWeather had forecasted a brief drop in the cloud cover in the early morning, so I gave it a try, getting up around 2am. Unfortunately, the cloud cover was still pretty bad, around 80% I’d guess. I tried to work with it, but the problem was that the clouds were moving pretty fast, so that once I got my sights trained on something, it would get covered up by clouds within about five minutes. So, if you are looking for an exciting post, you’ll want to skip the rest of this entry.

        On the whole, it was disappointing, but it was an interesting challenge to try to orient myself to the sky when only about a fifth of it is visible through random gaps in the cloud cover.

      • Media Rec: Severance

        Wasn’t sure what to call this style of entry, but it’s mainly going to be for raving about pieces of media that I’ve recently enjoyed. Severance was initially suggested to me by my parents, and I was curious about the concept, but oh boy did it exceed my expectations!

    • Politics

      • A rant about politics

        I am not a fan of politics, never have been. I don’t like reading about it, hearing about it, seeing about it. Thats because people aren’t interested in genuine heartfelt discussion and idealogical compromise, theyre interested in pointing fingers, playing with scapegoats and strawmen. Grown ass adults acting like children who would rather play the blame game with the polar opposite of their ideaology and say “this type of person is the reason for all the worlds problems! Look at how (insert political group) is to blame for our suffering! If only that country adopted Y economic system!”

        In my real life experience, ones who single mindedly talk about politics and ideaologies are arrogant and bullheaded people who think they are so much smarter and well informed than everyone else, and their opinions are the *right* ones.

    • Technical

      • Internet/Gemini

        • IDEA: Public Imageboard In Gemini

          There was once a gemini capsule called iich.space, it was run by sk! and is now defunct. It was another chan board inspired by 2chan. Now I would not be talking about a capsule dead for months if it did not do something special that has not yet re-appeared in gemini. A public *image* board.


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

Links 23/09/2022: EuroBSDcon 2022 Ahead, PowerDNS Recursor 4.5.11, 4.6.4 and 4.7.3 Out

Posted in News Roundup at 5:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Its FOSSA Modular Chromebook Launched by Framework and Google

        Framework has launched a Chromebook in collaboration with Google; the main focus of their products has always been to provide repairable and modular laptops.

        With the launch of this laptop, they have implemented the same formula as their previous laptops, but with a touch of Google in the form of ChromeOS.

        Let’s see what they have on offer.

    • Server

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Jupiter Broadcasting259: Linux Action News

        GNOME 43 highlights, Canonical’s new hardware partner, and why we’re disappointed in the Framework Chromebook.

    • Graphics Stack

    • Applications

      • 9to5LinuxAudacity 3.2 Released with Real-Time and VST3 Effects, FFmpeg 5.0 and WavPack Support

        Audacity 3.2 is here almost a year after the Audacity 3.1 series and it introduces several exciting new features like real-time effects for the Audio Units, LADSPA, LV2, and VST3 plugins, support for VST3 effects, support for the WavPack open audio compression format, as well as support for the latest FFmpeg 5.0 multimedia framework.

      • Its FOSS5 Free and Open-Source Figma Alternatives – It’s FOSS

        Figma is a popular interface designing tool. You can get started free or opt for premium subscription plans for advanced use.

        It is an impressive platform that many professionals rely on. However, in 2021, Figma changed its free plan by imposing certain restrictions. While this made some users look for alternatives, it was still manageable for many.

        Unfortunately, in 2022, the announcement of Adobe acquiring Figma for $20 billion put off many users. So, everyone has started looking for alternatives that are free and potentially open-source.

        To help you out, we decided to compile a list of free and open-source alternatives to Figma that you can try.

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Alternatives to Apple Preview


        Apple Preview is more than just an image viewer. The software provides a full set of markup tools. These include tools for adding text and shapes, redacting content, making freehand drawings, inserting sticky notes, and capturing your signature. It’s also a full-featured PDF editor.

        Apple Preview is proprietary software that’s not available for Linux. We recommend the best free and open source alternatives.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • uni TorontoSome notes on the readings you get from USB TEMPer2 temperature sensors

        Since this is long and observational, I’ll put the summary up front. If you’re going to use TEMPer2s, you need to test the behavior of each of your specific units, you probably want to trust the probe temperature more than the internal temperature, and you want to use a USB extender cable (partly to get the probe far enough away from your computer, since the TEMPer2 only comes with a relatively short wire for the probe).

      • Kev QuirkHow to Create a Simple HTML/CSS Notice Box

        Over the years I’ve had a number of people reach out asking how I created the notice boxes on this website. Their design has changed slightly over the years, but here’s an example of what they look like today: [...]

      • Jan Piet MensDNSSEC signing with an offline KSK

        Jaromir Talir held a presentation about offline KSK with Knot DNS, and from the terminology he used in 2019 I made this diagram a few years ago to help me better understand the flow of keys.

      • Data SwampSharing some statistics about BTRFS compression

        As I’m moving to Linux more and more, I took the opportunity to explore the BTRFS file system which was mostly unknown to me.

        Let me share some data about compression ratio with BTRFS (ZFS should give similar results).

      • OpenSource.comHow to build a dynamic distributed database with DistSQL | Opensource.com

        Distributed databases are common for many reasons. They increase reliability, redundancy, and performance. Apache ShardingSphere is an open source framework that enables you to transform any database into a distributed database. Since the release of ShardingSphere 5.0.0, DistSQL (Distributed SQL) has provided dynamic management for the ShardingSphere ecosystem.

        In this article, I demonstrate a data sharding scenario in which DistSQL’s flexibility allows you to create a distributed database. At the same time, I show some syntax sugar to simplify operating procedures, allowing your potential users to choose their preferred syntax.

        A series of DistSQL statements are run through practical cases to give you a complete set of practical DistSQL sharding management methods, which create and maintain distributed databases through dynamic management.

      • OpenSource.comInstall JDBC on Linux in 3 steps | Opensource.com

        When you write an application, it’s common to require data storage. Sometimes you’re storing assets your application needs to function, and other times you’re storing user data, including preferences and save data. One way to store data is in a database, and in order to communicate between your code and a database, you need a database binding or connector for your language. For Java, a common database connector is JDBC (Java database connectivity.)

      • Openstack RDO -& KVM Hypervisor: Managing fedora-36-aarch64 KVM Guest via WebCockpit Console
      • ID RootHow To Install Code Blocks on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Code Blocks on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Code::Blocks is a free, open-source cross-platform IDE that supports several compilers such as GCC, Clang and Visual C++. It provides a very simple UI that makes it simple to navigate and create projects. It’s quite easy to use and is made quite extensible using plugins.

        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 Code Blocks on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.

      • UNIX CopHow to install MinIO on Ubuntu 22.04

        In this post, you will learn how to install MinIO on Ubuntu 22.04. This tool allows us to have cloud storage using an API compatible with many programming languages.

      • Linux HintSed In Place Edit File

        “In UNIX/Linux ecosystem, the sed command is a dedicated tool for editing streams, hence the name (stream editor). It receives text inputs as “streams” and performs the specified operations on the stream.”

        In this guide, we will explore performing in-place file editing with sed.

      • LinuxTechiHow to Create VM using VMWare Workstation on Ubuntu 22.04

        In this guide, we will cover, how to create a VM (Virtual Machine) using VMware workstation on Ubuntu 22.04 step-by-step.

        In our previous guide, we have already cover How To Install VMware Workstation On Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04.

      • VideoHow to install Natron on Linux Mint 21 – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at how to install Natron on Linux Mint 21.

      • Install Firefox 105 on Ubuntu / Linux Mint

        This tutorial will be helpful for beginners to install firefox 105 on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, Ubuntu 20.04, and Linux Mint 21.

      • Make Use OfHow to Encrypt Sensitive Files Using GnuPG on Linux

        Nowadays, news revolving around hacking, ransomware, and data compromise is very common. Therefore, it is important to be very vigilant in protecting personal files and sensitive data.

        On Linux, you have GnuPG, a simple yet comprehensive encryption tool that you can use to secure important data on your system.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install DONTFORGET on a Chromebook

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

      • UNIX CopSimple(st) network monitor

        This is a really short article describing the simplest network monitor ever. At least I think so

        So, I was playing with network bridges and I did something wrong, on production of course. After – as we say in Argentina – sweat like a false witness* I was able to recover the connection. This recovery by the way, included the server reboot, and several downtime minutes (and death threats and stuff).

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    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxDOSBox Staging 0.79.0 is out now

        DOSBox Staging is a fork of the original DOSBox aimed at getting new features in faster, along with a better overall experience for users.

      • GamingOnLinuxCore Keeper and Terraria are getting cross-over updates

        Two rather great sandbox mining games are set for an official cross-over. Terraria and the new kid on the block Core Keeper will both be getting free updates for it.

      • GamingOnLinuxHYPER DEMON is a vision-bending FPS from the creator of Devil Daggers

        Devil Daggers was a great time-survival FPS and now the creator is back with HYPER DEMON, which will blow your tiny little mind. Well, it might blow your eyes wide open at least. It’s nuts. Note: this was a personal purchase.

      • GamingOnLinuxGet a whole lot of Serious Sam in this game bundle

        Humble Bundle are making sure you can get serious this week with The Serious Sam Bundle containing plenty of action ready for you to dive in. As you’ve come to expect I will go over each title and list what you will find in terms of compatibility on Steam Deck and Linux desktop, along with Native Linux support or ProtonDB ratings.

      • GamingOnLinuxShort point and click adventure The Plague Doctor of Wippra is out on October 5th

        The Plague Doctor of Wippra will see you attempt to help people but ignorance, superstition, and religious zeal will firmly get in your way. Developer Electrocosmos and publisher Application Systems Heidelberg have announced it’s releasing with Native Linux support on October 5th.

      • GamingOnLinuxParadox Arc to publish sci-fi base builder Stardeus, entering Early Access in October

        Stardeus from developer Kodo Linija (Bloody Rally Show) has found a publisher with Paradox Arc (Paradox Interactive’s new publishing arm). It’s also set to enter Early Access on October 12th with Native Linux support and it is already Steam Deck Verified.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Kdenlive Fundraiser

          Kdenlive is a free and open source professional video editor that offers ease of use, powerful features, and tons of effects and transitions. Join the growing community of users who rely on Kdenlive to make their vlogs, commercials, documentaries, news segments, and films.

          To keep building, improving and maintaining Kdenlive we need your support: Donate now, or, even better, become a Kdenlive patron and help us make Kdenlive the video editor for everybody!

        • Its FOSS11 Gorgeous KDE Plasma Themes to Make Your Linux Desktop Even More Beautiful

          One of the most powerful features of the KDE Plasma desktop is its fantastic potential for customization.

          Speaking of customization, changing the theme is perhaps its most common and most visual aspect.

          Not that the default Breeze theme is bad looking. It’s just that you can give it an entirely different look with a new theme and icon set.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • [Old] Marius BakkeIt wasn’t for nothing

      Guix is pure. It’s refreshing to know that I can take any package and reuse its source code for my own purposes without having to worry about commercial restrictions or redistribution. It’s reassuring to know that all packages are bootstrapped and not just some random binary blobs. Guix is also immensely hackable, it’s easy to add extra packages or services without submitting them, either by creating a channel or “inlining” straight in the OS configuration.

    • BSD

      • EuroBSDcon 2022

        Because of environmental reasons (and the airport being nothing short of a complete clusterfuck), we took the Nightjet to Vienna. Scheduled to board it wednesday evening, we (me and three of the best travel companions) set out to meet a bit earlier, to grab a coffee and share our enthusiasm. Once boarded, we discovered that the bunks were harder than our heads – which was kind of unfortunate and resulted in a ‘slight’ deprivation of rest. Luckily, the nightly hours passed by quickly. After the arrival at Vienna HBF, we quickly spotted a familiar face: Philip Jocks. We walked to our hotels together, to drop off the luggage and get a refreshing shower. Mischa and I set out for two days of checking out Vienna and some hacking, while the remaining two travel companions attended a tutorial.

      • TuMFatigRunning a Docker Host under OpenBSD using vmd(8)

        The OpenBSD virtual machine daemon works pretty well with Linux VMs nowadays. This was time for me to see if I could replace the Synology Docker service with some Docker host provided by vmd(8).

      • KlaraYour Comprehensive Guide to rc(8): FreeBSD Services and Automation

        This article will try to bring you up to speed on FreeBSD services management, and offer options for automation that you may find useful in your cloud-like environments.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • 9to5LinuxUbuntuDDE Remix 22.04 Brings the Deepin Desktop Environment to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish), UbuntuDDE Remix 22.04 also aims to be an LTS release that will receive support for a few years with software and security updates since it relies on the upstream software repositories.

        Just like Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, the system is powered by Linux kernel 5.15 LTS, which ships with a brand new NTFS file system driver and new in-kernel SMB file server, and features the latest Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE) with up-to-date Deepin apps, including Deepin Music, Deepin Movie, Deepin Calculator, Deepin Text Editor, Deepin Terminal, and more.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Stacey on IoTSo I made a LoRa-based prototype using a dev kit

        After talking about IoT development kits for the past several years, I figured it was time to get my hands dirty. So the folks at Blues Wireless sent me their Sparrow Development Kit for review. And I got my hands dirty! Over the past week, I’ve been using the Sparrow components to gather temperature and humidity data using LoRa-enabled sensors.

      • SparkFun ElectronicsTechnical Resource Collections: Technical Reference Support for Popular Technology Topics

        SparkFun is dedicated to providing technical documentation and tools to support the use of new tech. We have now amassed over 900 tutorials/guides, over 1200 GitHub repositories, and thousands of product pages that provide loads of technical content. Over the last couple years, we have quietly been working on more overarching technical resource collections. These collections focus on a specific topic and typically include an overview, links to projects/tutorials, conceptual infographics, comparison guides (if relevant), and links to related products. We will keep building these out – let us know if there is a topic you would like to see!

      • CNX SoftwareMiniature dual camera Full HD or 4K encoder boards support RGB and thermal cameras – CNX Software

        Z3 Technology has introduced several miniature dual-camera encoder boards with the PoE-capable FV2K-13A and FV4K-13A boards capable of handling two visible and/or thermal cameras at Full HD or 4K resolution respectively, along with the FV2K-15A and FV4K-15A variants equipped with low-profile connectors.

        All four models enable H.265/H.264 video streaming of a single or dual camera system, support ONVIF Profile S and T profile, and comply with the NDAA law in the US. This set of features as well as low power consumption and the lightweight designs make the boards suitable for UAV, inspection, surveillance, and other weight-constrained applications.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • [Old] SSRNDownsides of Using Inadequate Open Source Software Processes and Licenses within Standard Development Organizations

      Standard Development Organizations (SDO) and Open Source Software (OSS) Projects offer two different models for open and collaborative innovation. While SDO standards have interacted with independent OSS projects for a long time, an increasing number of SDOs are themselves hosting OSS projects, notably for the development tools or for reference implementations of their standards. While policy makers and industry stakeholders have rightly identified the potential benefits of tighter integration of OSS and SDO processes, the potential downsides of this integration are insufficiently understood. An OSS reference implementation sponsored by the SDO itself has the potential to dominate the market for standard-compliant implementations. SDO participants may feel compelled to participate in the OSS project, as decisions made in the development of the OSS implementation will influence standardization outcomes and determine how the standard will be used. It is thus a significant concern when formal and influential SDOs develop OSS reference implementations of their standards under a license that is incompatible with the SDO’s balanced patent policy, and using processes that do not reflect the SDO’s commitment to openness and consensus decision-making. When SDOs use inadequate licenses, owners of standard-essential patents (SEP) participating in the OSS project may be deprived of the possibility to collect royalty revenue from the licensing of their SEP. For SEP owners unwilling to forfeit this royalty revenue, participation in the standard development itself becomes unattractive, as they are excluded from significant parts of the decision-making, as well as from using the dominant implementation of the standard. We illustrate these potential risks using the case of Open Source MANO (OSM), an OSS project of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).

    • PowerDNSPowerDNS Recursor 4.5.11, 4.6.4 and 4.7.3 Released

      Today we have released a maintenance release of PowerDNS Recursor 4.5.11, 4.6.4 and 4.7.3, containing fixes for a few minor issues and performance enhancements in the case Recursor is confronted with connectivity issues to authoritative servers.

    • VideoOpen AI Whisper – Open Source Translation and Transcription – Invidious

      In this video I demo Open AI Whisper an automatic speech recognition (ASR) system trained on 680,000 hours of multilingual and multitask supervised data collected from the web.

    • Web Browsers

      • Mozilla

        • TechCrunchMozilla urges action to unpick platform browser lock-ins • TechCrunch

          As antitrust regulators around the world dial up scrutiny of platform power, Mozilla has published a piece of research digging into the at times subtle yet always insidious ways operating systems exert influence to keep consumers locked to using their own-brand browsers rather than seeking out and switching to independent options — while simultaneously warning that competition in the browser market is vital to ensure innovation and choice for consumers and, more broadly, protect the vitality of the open web against the commercial giants trying to wall it up.

        • TalospaceFirefox 105 on POWER

          Firefox 105 is out. No, it’s not your imagination: I ended up skipping a couple versions. I wasn’t able to build Firefox 103 because gcc 12 in Fedora 36 caused weird build failures until it was finally fixed; separately, building 104 and working more on the POWER9 JavaScript JIT got delayed because I’d finally had it with the performance issues and breakage in GNOME 42 and took a couple weeks renovating Plasma so I could be happy with my desktop environment again. Now I’m on track again with everything hopefully maintainable and my workflows properly restored, and we’re back to the grind with both those concerns largely resolved.

          Unfortunately, we have a couple new ones. Debug builds broke in Fx103 using our standard .mozconfig when mfbt/lz4/xxhash.h was upgraded, because we compile with -Og and it wants to compile its functions with static __inline__ __attribute__((always_inline, unused)). When gcc builds a deoptimized debugging build and fails to inline those functions, it throws a compilation error, and the build screeches to a halt (This doesn’t affect Fedora’s build because they always build at a sufficient optimization level such that these functions do indeed get inlined.) After a little thinking, this is the new debug .mozconfig:

    • Openness/Sharing/Collaboration

      • Open Data

        • JoinupEU Datathon 2022: Meet the teams behind the apps

          In the run-up to the October finale, meet the 12 EU Datathon finalist teams and peek behind the scenes! Launched at the beginning of September, ‘Teams behind the apps’ is a series of 1-minute videos prepared by the finalists. In the videos, you can learn more about the teams and the apps they are working on.x

    • Programming/Development

      • [Old] What Would Open Source Look Like If It Were Healthy? Video & Transcript

        In late March I spoke in the GitHub Office of the CTO Speaker Series (online): “What Would Open Source Look Like If It Were Healthy?”

      • [Old] Working for The Man

        Proprietary environments are a trap

        I used to be a Microsoft Windows programmer, as well as a UNIX/POSIX programmer.

        The knowledge I’ve gained about programming POSIX is still useful, even though I learned a lot of it over twenty years ago. My Windows knowledge is now rather out of date, and getting more so over the years. It isn’t worth my time anymore to keep up with each increasingly baroque change to the Windows environment. Just as an example, over this time the latest “hot” communication paradigm that Microsoft recommended developers use in Windows changed from NetBEUI, to NetDDE, then OLE, followed by OLE2, then COM, DCE/RPC, DCOM, and now currently seems to be Web Services (SOAP and the like). Meanwhile, in the UNIX world the Berkeley socket API was useful in the 1980′s and is still the core of all communications frameworks in the open standards world. All the UNIX RPC, object and Web Service environments are built on that stable base. Learn as much about the proprietary environments as you need to be able to help people port programs over to open standards. You’ll never be lost for work. The same is true of any proprietary environment, not just Windows. Windows just happens to be the one I know best. What will get very interesting in the future is the effect a fully open Java platform will have on the software environment in the next ten years. After initially ignoring Java due to its proprietary restrictions, I now believe Java and it’s associated libraries have the potential to be the next POSIX.

      • Alexandru NedelcuProprietary Environments are a Trap

        What to learn in order to not become obsolete as a software developer, and then being forced into early retirement from programming? What platforms to prefer for building products that last with minimal maintenance?

      • RlangFrom Biology to Healthcare Analytics: My Data Science Journey

        In this blog post, I’ll share my journey from studying biology to becoming a healthcare data analyst. I’ll also share some of the things I’ve learned along the way and practical steps on how you can make the transition into data science – if you’re not sure where to begin. Please check out this resource guide if you want more information on any of these steps.

      • Carl SvenssonShort Thoughts on Computers and Programming

        Not quite aphorisms.

      • Matt RickardTree Shaking

        The idea is tree-shaking – analyzing a program’s control flow to see what functions will be called and removing unused code.

        For statically compiled languages, the compiler does the heavy work. GCC and LLVM do dead code elimination. But, of course, code can only (safely) be removed if it is unused unconditionally [...]

      • Red HatJoin the Red Hat team at NodeConf EU 2022 | Red Hat Developer

        It’s that time of the year again, and NodeConf EU is almost upon us. This annual event is one of the leading Node.js events in Europe. It brings together contributors and innovators from the Node.js community to deliver a wide range of talks and workshops.

        The conference will be back in person this year after being virtual for the past two years on October 3rd–5th in Kilkenny, Ireland.

        The Node.js team here at Red Hat will be talking about lesser-known Node.js Core modules as well as guiding attendees through a workshop that will get you familiar with cloud-native development with Node.js.

      • Perl / Raku

      • Python

        • Removing python2 from the repositories

          Python 2 went end of life January 2020. Since then we have been actively cutting down the number of projects depending on python2 in our repositories, and we have finally been able to drop it from our distribution. If you still have python2 installed on your system consider removing it and any python2 package. If you still require the python2 package you can keep it around, but please be aware that there will be no security updates. If you need a patched package please consult the AUR, or use an unofficial user repository.

        • AdafruitThe Python on Hardware weekly video – September 21, 2022 #CircuitPython #Python @micropython @Adafruit

          This is the Adafruit weekly Python on Microcontrollers newsletter video highlights!

        • Linux HintPandas to Dictionary
        • Linux HintPandas str Replace
        • Linux HintPandas Standard Deviation
        • Linux HintPandas Stack
        • Linux HintPandas Series Map
        • Linux HintPandas Variance
        • Linux HintPandas to String
        • Linux HintScikit Learn Tutorial

          “Scikit learn is the most widely used robust library that is being presented by Python. Scikit learn provides an efficient tool for Machine learning algorithms (supervised, unsupervised & reinforcement learning) and statistical modeling. Some major functionalities of sci-kit learn to include classification, regression, clustering, and Principal component analysis, i.e., dimensionality reduction. Scikit also deals with the support vector machines, gradient descents, and random forests (tree classifiers) that help achieve the results. Scikit learn is built on the most familiar libraries of python, such as Numpy, matplotlib, and scipy.”

      • Java

        • InfoWorldJDK 19: The new features in Java 19

          Java Development Kit 19, a non-LTS (long-term support) release of standard Java, arrives today as a production release.

          Seven features target the release including structured concurrency, record patterns, a preview of a foreign function and memory API, and support for the open source Linux/RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA). All features but the Linux/RISC-V capability are either in preview or incubator phases.

        • India TimesJava 19’s key capabilities to be showcased at JavaOne 2022 in Las Vegas

          Oracle today announced the availability of Java 19, the latest version of the world’s number one programming language and development platform. Java 19 (Oracle JDK 19) delivers thousands of performance, stability, and security improvements, including enhancements to the platform that will help developers improve productivity and drive business-wide innovation. Oracle will showcase the latest capabilities in Java 19 at JavaOne 2022, taking place October 17-20 in Las Vegas, and via a keynote, broadcast airing on dev.java/ at 9:00 a.m. PT on Tuesday, September 20.

      • Rust

    • Standards/Consortia

      • DaemonFC (Ryan Farmer)Will JPEG-XL be the JPEG replacement we’ve been waiting 30 years for? | BaronHK’s Rants

        The JPEG standard we all use today is old. Really old.

        The reason we still use it, of course, is because software patents have made it dangerous to try replacing it with anything else, even though it’s comically inefficient and poorly designed.

        The standard caught on, all software supports it, the patents are dead.

        Like most obsolete technologies, everyone agrees in principle that JPEG should be replaced with something better, but that’s been very hard to do, mainly because of obstacles such as Apple and Microsoft, who have tried creating their own replacements and then threatening to sue anyone who supports them.

        I ran into this problem with photos from my spouses iPhone in the HEIC format, and blogged about it, and had to go get a HEIC library with conversion tools out of RPM Fusion and convert them to PNG for print upload, because the patents for HEIC are from HEVC and as such are not fit for inclusion into Fedora GNU/Linux.

  • Leftovers

    • Counter PunchThank You Dave Foreman

      The first time I met Dave was in the fall of 2000, on the ranch of a Budweiser heir down deep in the Boot heel of New Mexico, a stone’s throw from the Mexico border. The ranch was stunning and wild, we looked out for jaguars. There a group of us talked about the concept of rewilding and plans for making that a driving force in conservation. It was heady and exciting!

    • Education

      • New YorkerThe Enduring Allure of Choose Your Own Adventure Books

        In “The Cave of Time,” the first book in the series, you discover a time-travelling cave whose tunnels carry you to Colonial Massachusetts, where you become a soap-maker’s apprentice; or to the Titanic, where your attempts to warn the captain are futile; or even to a version of the year 2022 that does not look much like our version of 2022 (more bike trails). The stated desire of your character (to return to your own time) is at odds with the actual desire of a reader (to have as many adventures as possible). You want to die in the jaws of a T. rex, or change the course of history by eating a sandwich. The warning at the beginning of the book tells you, “Remember—you cannot go back!” But of course you can go back, and you will. After the first few books, the warnings stop saying “You cannot go back!” They understand that going back is the point—not the making but the re-making of choices, the revocability of it all. In childhood, you get to take things back. It’s a small compensation for having very little power in the first place.

      • [Old] Mike McQuaidStop requiring specific technology experience for senior-plus engineers

        If you reword your job advertisements to remove this $TECHNOLOGY as a “requirement” and replace it with a “desirable” (or just mention you use it) you will find yourself able to get more, better candidates into your hiring pipeline (particularly from underrepresented groups in technology that will often not bother to apply when they don’t meet “requirements”).

      • CBCFormer MUN student wins human rights case after prof refused to wear a mic

        “Sears, a student with a disability, was placed into conflict with a tenured professor who held power over him and denied him meaningful access to education services,” wrote Brodie Gallant, who oversaw the proceeding at the commission’s board of inquiry.

      • Jim NielsenMoving With Prototypes

        Prototyping is moving. It’s the meeting, the considering, and the conceptualizing, but with iterative progress in a concrete artifact. When you’re done, you’re left with something tangible — as well as experiential knowledge — rather than just a bunch of meeting notes and perceived agreement.

      • ROS IndustrialFall 2022 ROS-I Community Meeting Happenings

        The ROS-Industrial Community Meeting was held on Wednesday, 9/21, and it brought with it a few interesting updates for the Industrial ROS community, but also the broader ROS/open source robotics community as well. I wanted to take this moment to highlight some key bits that came out of this specific community meeting and provide the links to the provided presentations. Typically, I add these to the event agenda, but due to some changes in how the meeting unfolded, I figured a blog post may be easier to track down.

    • Hardware

      • TechSpotThe last man selling floppy disks says he still receives orders from airlines

        In a book written by Persky, he goes over some of the more recurring customers on the site. Tom sells a large number of floppy disks to industrial companies. Persky writes, “Imagine it’s 1990, and you’re building a big industrial machine… You design it to last 50 years and you’d want to use the best technology available.”

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Broadband BreakfastRepublican Congressmen Criticize NTIA, FCC Absence at Farm Bill Hearing

        Garrett Hawkins, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau, testified to the broadband needs of farmers. “Today’s farmers and ranchers, we use precision [agriculture] techniques to make decisions that impact everything from fertilizer to the amount of water that’s needed for our crops to the amount and type of herbicides that are applied,” Hawkins said. “These are just a few examples of how farmers are using connectivity to bump yield, improve environmental impact, and increase profitability.”

      • [Old] Global News CAB.C. doctors can now prescribe national park pass to patients who need nature time

        Doctors in British Columbia can now prescribe a national park pass to patients in need of the physical or mental health benefits offered by time spent in nature.

        Canada’s national nature prescription program, PaRx, has announced a new collaboration with Parks Canada allowing its registered, licensed health-care professionals to provide a free annual Parks Canada Discovery Pass to patients.

      • Bridge MichiganSewer poop: it’s not just for COVID testing anymore

        For two years, wastewater surveillance crews in Michigan have been on the lookout for COVID. But in recent months, their mission has broadened to include other diseases such as flu, monkeypox, norovirus, a leading cause of foodborne illness, and — in the coming weeks — polio.

        Credit the coronavirus pandemic for wastewater’s growing role in tracking emerging threats to public health.

      • Counter PunchWhere Has All the Water Gone? Check the Grocery Store.

        There was a time when soft drinks only came in six-packs of twelve-ounce bottles in the grocery store, and the only bottled water was club soda and tonic water, usually in a single larger bottle or six-pack of smaller bottles. There was no aisle of bottled water or liters and liters of soft drinks. Also, beer was only sold in six-packs of twelve-ounce bottles and cans. If you wanted anything larger than six-packs, like a case of beer, you had to go to a “Liquor” store. Furthermore, there were only five or six regional breweries and they were not owned by one giant corporation. There were no gas station “mini marts”, and department stores did not sell the same groceries as the grocery store, like you now see in stores such as Target and Walmart.

      • Counter PunchPress Coverage of Declining US Life Expectancy Evades the Truth

        U.S. reporting on the downhill turn of U.S. life expectancy is fertile ground for the emergence of press bias in accounting for the excess deaths in ways that satisfy establishment leanings.

    • Proprietary

      • What You Miss By Only Checking GitHub

        Too many researchers, entrepreneurs, marketers, open source sustainability activists, and commentators assume that activity on GitHub and data from the GitHub API is a reasonable proxy for activity in and data about open source as a whole. It is not.

        Further: if you’re a funder, and you limit your recipients to projects that live on GitHub, you’re leaving out quite a lot of the infrastructure you probably want to fund.

        GitHub’s a big, easy-to-search resource with an API, so it’s an appealing place to start. But pursuing open source sustainability/security/data only through projects on GitHub is an example of the lamppost fallacy. The story goes that a drunk guy says, “I dropped my keys, will you help me look for them?” “OK, sure. Where’d you drop them?” “Under that tree.” “So why are you looking for them under this lamppost?” “Well, the light is better here.”

        I notice this phenomenon at least a few times a quarter.

      • VarietyInstagram App Goes Down: Users Report Widespread Technical Problems

        According to uptime-monitoring site Downdetector, complaints about Instagram began to spike just after 12:30 p.m. ET. As of 12:54 p.m., more than 24,000 users had submitted error reports, according to the site, with 86% of those indicating problems accessing the app. The highest number of problem reports about Instagram in the U.S. were from users in New York and L.A., according to Downdetector, although the issues were affecting users worldwide including in Europe, Asia and South America.

      • Teen VogueWhy Are Prosthetics So Expensive? Researchers Are Working to Change That

        At the beginning of experiments with a highly advanced prosthetic arm, I started interacting with the people I had dreamed for so long of helping. In the quiet moments at the research lab, as the patients and their families filled out consent forms, they presented me with questions — not only about the prosthetic arms, but about living a life that requires a prosthetic arm. “Can we take this one home? How much will it cost?” “What do I do if my insurance doesn’t cover arms anymore? How am I supposed to keep a job?”

        Initially, I didn’t know the answers. Then I did. But I didn’t know how to tell patients the truth: The American medical system makes no real accommodations for the vast majority of amputees. Prosthetic arms and legs, unless they are truly rudimentary, typically cost more than $60,000. They require replacement parts every year that can cost thousands more, and only a small fraction of the cost of limbs and spare parts is covered by insurance.

      • CNNThe internet’s new favorite video game is like ‘Guitar Hero’ but with trombones

        A new rhythm game called “Trombone Champ” has struck a chord with users online, bringing the kind of much-needed levity to the internet that only a trombone can. Numerous videos have been shared on social media in recent days of avatars blasting their trombones with unbridled joy. And the small developer behind the game is now racing to adapt to the strong demand.

      • EarthlyLima VM – Linux Virtual Machines On macOS

        Lima is powered by QEMU and is frequently used (via colima) to run containers on macOS. That is, it can be used as an alternative to docker desktop.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • CJEUCommunications Directorate: Press and Information Unit, PRESS RELEASE No 156/22, Luxembourg, 20 September 2022 [PDF]

          The Court of Justice confirms that EU law precludes the general and indiscriminate retention of traffic and location data, except in the case of a serious threat to national security.

          However, in order to combat serious crime, the Member States may, in strict compliance with the principle of proportionality, provide for, inter alia, the targeted or expedited retention of such data and the general and indiscriminate retention of IP addresses.

        • WiredTelegram Has a Serious Doxing Problem

          Over the past eight months, Han Nyein Oo’s Telegram channels, and those of other pro-coup figures, including self-defined journalist Thazin Oo and influencers Kyaw Swar and Sergeant Phoe Si, have doxed hundreds of people that they accuse of siding with the resistance movement, from high-profile celebrities to small business owners and students. Dozens have since been arrested or been killed in vigilante violence.

        • IEEECalifornia’s Proposed Law Could Change the Internet: AB 2273 could be a sea change for online privacy

          AB 2273, or the California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act, promises to make the Internet safer for children—in part by tightening age verification. Its opponents instead believe that, in the process, AB 2273 could completely decimate the existing Internet as we know it.

          AB 2273 isn’t final just yet. To become California law, a bill has to pass both houses of the state legislature—the Assembly and the Senate—and then attain the signature of the governor. AB 2273 passed the Assembly on 29 August, and the Senate the next day, posting it to Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk. As of this writing, Newsom has yet to sign the bill. There’s little indication whether he will.

        • EarthlyCreating and Deploying a Facial Recognition System with Jupyter Notebooks and Anvil

          In this tutorial, you will build a facial recognition system. As you implement this, you will learn to use Deepnote to build the logic and Anvil to build the interface, as well as how to link them. The process of identifying people’s faces in an image or video feed by comparing them to a database of registered faces is known as facial recognition. In some cases, it can also be used to identify the faces of other animals.

        • TuMFatigThe BigTech usage

          To give a bit of context on the Fediverse switch, herés how I use the Big Tech Services: [...]

      • Confidentiality

        • uni TorontoThe TLS client’s view of Certificate Transparency and CT Logs

          The current version of Certificate Transparency is described in RFC 9162. Following RFC 9162, when a client gets a TLS certificate issued by a participating CA (which is all of them that want to work with Chrome and Safari), it will also receive (in one way or another) some number of Signed Certificate Timestamps (SCTs). Each SCT is a promise by some CT log to include the certificate (broadly speaking) in the log within a time interval specified by the log, and is signed by the CT’s private key. A garden variety client can verify the SCT signatures (for CT logs that it knows of and accepts) and stop there. Generating a valid SCT requires (some) control of that log’s private key and its activities, and if the key or the log is compromised, there’s potentially not lots of point in going further.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

    • Environment

      • Newsquest Media Group LtdRewilding in cities can tackle climate-driven heatwaves and floods – ZSL

        In the face of climate change they are at increasing risk of heatwaves made worse by heat trapped among buildings and paved areas, and flash floods from more heavy rain that has nowhere to go.

        Rewilding in cities can tackle these impacts with more diverse greenery and space for water, which cools the air and absorbs rainfall, and also cuts air pollution and provides habitat for wildlife to live and move through.

        It can also link people up with nature again, improve health and well being and even boost local economies as they attract visitors to see wildlife and enjoy the outdoors , the report argues.

      • CBC‘Our world is in peril,’ UN secretary-general warns general assembly

        Nearly 150 heads of state and government are on the latest speakers’ list, a high number reflecting that the United Nations remains the only place not just to deliver their views but to meet privately to discuss the challenges on the global agenda — and hopefully make some progress.

      • Rewilding our cities could reduce impacts of extreme weather, says new report

        Large-scale nature recovery in urban areas could protect humanity against the worsening impacts of climate change, such as flooding and heatwaves, while helping to restore biodiversity says new report published by international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London).

        ZSL’s Rewilding our Cities report (published today, Thursday 22 September 2022), not only lays out the benefits of rewilding urban areas but shows how it can be done at scale.

        The report says spaces like private gardens, green spaces owned by councils, businesses and religious groups and public spaces such as parks, urban waterways, estuaries and wetlands, as well as less obvious areas such as railways, are key locations where rewilding could be implemented at a scale big enough to make a difference.

      • New report: Without nature, there is no path to a climate-safe future

        To understand how nature can help avert climate breakdown — and what humanity must do next — Conservation News spoke with Griscom and fellow Conservation International scientists Michael Wolosin and Starry Sprenkle-Hyppolite, all of whom contributed to the roadmap.

      • PLOSVariations in greenhouse gas emissions of individual diets: Associations between the greenhouse gas emissions and nutrient intake in the United Kingdom

        Dietary assessment tools, which estimate nutrient intake derived from the composition of thousands of food items, rarely estimate their environmental impact. Instead, measures of environmental sustainability are often derived broader food groups. To move beyond general advice at the population level, to specific advice tailored to the individual, requires measures of environmental sustainability applied to a comprehensive range of specific food items at a more granular level.

        We therefore aimed to identify and link GHG emissions values across the food items covered by the UK Composition Of Foods Integrated Dataset (COFID) [8], generating a GHG emissions estimate for each individual diet in a cohort of 212 adults [9, 10]. We evaluate the associations between the GHG emissions, the nutrient requirements, and the demographic characteristics of the participants. Based on this, we aim to identify the additional information required in dietary assessment methods to generate more accurate indicators of environmental impact for individual-level diets. For this initial proof of concept, we chose to report on GHG emissions, rather than land and water use, or acidifying and eutrophying emissions, as this is where associations between health and environmental gains have previously appeared strongest [3].

      • The NationThe White House Wants a Climate Denier Out as World Bank President

        Kerry and Gore were speaking at an event hosted by The New York Times as part of Climate Week NYC, an annual series of public events coinciding with the United Nations General Assembly that aims to galvanize climate action. Malpass, appearing separately from Kerry and Gore at the event, called Gore’s call for his removal “very odd.” On stage, Malpass was asked three times whether he “accepted the scientific consensus that the man-made burning of fossil fuels is rapidly and dangerously warming the planet.” Each time, the World Bank president declined to answer before finally saying, “I don’t even know, and I’m not a scientist.”

      • Counter PunchPreventing Climate Disaster in Africa: Eritrea Leads the Way

        We lived in Eritrea from 2006 to 2021 and saw first hand the rapid rate of water conservation. Alongside water conservation the critical task of soil conservation through terracing and reforestation is taking place, for without both these new water reservoirs will quickly fill up with silt, making them far less effective.

      • Energy

        • Didier StevensQuickpost: Tuning The Electric Energy Consumption Of My TV

          We have a 55 inch QLED Samsung TV from 2018. The test protocol I worked out is the following: start to play a long movie (LoTR) and measure the electric energy consumption during one hour exactly (with a GW Instek GPM-8310 digital power meter). Don’t touch the TV or remote while testing is going on, and make sure that no dynamic settings are enabled that can influence the electric energy consumption (like ambient light based brightness control).

        • David RosenthalCryptocurrency-enabled Crime

          Below the fold I discuss both Cong et al’s paper, and Erin Plante’s $30 Million Seized: How the Cryptocurrency Community Is Making It Difficult for North Korean Hackers To Profit, an account of Chainalysis’ “arduous but effective” efforts to recover some of the loot from the Axie Infinity theft.

        • Le MondeGermany finally nationalizes energy company Uniper

          Uniper is majority owned by the Finnish group Fortum, which spent a long time negotiating its ruinous exit with the German government. Two statistics make it clear why Berlin was forced to take this step: Uniper currently provides 40% of the country’s gas supply – essential for household heating and the operation of many industries – and 50% of this gas was imported from gas fields in Siberia.

        • RTLFossil fuels make up 90% of Middle East air pollution: study

          More than 90 percent of harmful air pollution in the Middle East and parts of North Africa comes from fossil fuels, according to research Thursday that showed the region “permanently exceeded” dangerous air quality levels.

          The World Health Organization this year said the MENA region had some of the poorest air quality on Earth.

        • DeSmogItaly’s Lurch to the Right Raises Risk of Fossil Gas Lock-In

          Italy’s gas lobby should be entering early retirement. Instead, it’s rarely been riding so high.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • ABCSpain gives personhood status to Mar Menor salt-water lagoon

          The initiative backed by more than 600,000 citizens will become law after Spain’s Senate in Madrid voted in favor of the proposal to grant the Mar Menor lagoon on Spain’s southeastern coast the status of personhood, the first time such a measure has been taken in Spain.

          A total of 1,600 square kilometers (994 square miles) of the lagoon and the nearby Mediterranean coastline will now be legally represented by a group of caretakers made up of local officials, local citizens and scientists who work in the area. The grassroots group that pushed the measure hopes this will improve the ability to defend the lagoon from further degradation.

        • RTLSpain grants personhood status to threatened lagoon

          It now becomes law after Spain’s Senate, the upper house of parliament, voted in favour of the proposal, with only far-right party Vox opposing it.

          This will allow the rights of the lagoon located in southeastern Spain to be defended in court, as though it were a person or business.

          “The Mar Menor becomes the first European ecosystem with its own rights after the Senate approved the bill to give it a legal identity,” the president of the Senate, Ander Gil, tweeted after the vote.

        • Counter PunchWhy Are Wild Horses Brutally Uprooted From Public Lands While Private Livestock Can Stay?

          The roundups are physically tortuous and indiscriminate. Young, old, and heavily pregnant mustangs are forced into a violent stampede over rocky and dangerous terrain. Low-flying helicopters chase the terrified horses into traps. Young animals collapse in exhaustion or are rendered helpless from injury as they run in fear for their lives. Spontaneous abortions and stillbirths can occur among pregnant mares. Bonded family bands are shattered in the chaos marking the end of their freedom.

      • Overpopulation

        • NPRWhere the Colorado River crisis is hitting home

          This January first, some 500 homes in the Rio Verde Foothills community, Nabity’s included, are losing all their water. That’s because nearby Scottsdale, which gets most of its water from the Colorado River, now says there’s not enough to go around anymore. And its long standing delivery program will cease.

          Remember “deadpool” up in Lake Mead? Nabity worries it’s coming faster than predicted.

    • Finance

      • Counter PunchThe Non-Mystery of a Smaller Labor Force

        “The share of working-age Americans who have a job or are looking for one is at 62.4 percent, a full percentage point lower than it was in February 2020, according to Labor Department data.”

      • Counter PunchNixon’s Famous Price Freeze Did Stop Inflation

        Reactions can only be imagined in watching Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell a few days ago warn us that its inflation fight to bring it down to 2 percent would require continuing high-interest rates and layoffs which will “bring some pain to households and businesses .” He certainly wasn’t alluding to billionaire households or Fortune 500 companies. Or that he and the Fed’s board of bankers were ever likely to resort to far less drastic, yet effective, remedies suggested recently by economist Richard D. Wolff in CounterPunch:

      • FAIR‘We’ve Incentivized Corporations to Go After This Price-Gouging Strategy’

        Janine Jackson interviewed the Groundwork Collaborative’s Chris Becker about inflation coverage for the September 16, 2022, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Digital First MediaMichigan clerks who gave away tabulators risk ability to run elections, letters show

        Michigan clerks who handed over voting tabulators to aid investigations into unproven claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election could lose their ability to administer future elections unless they confirm they’ve stopped allowing unauthorized access to equipment.

      • Federal News NetworkConstitution stops Charles becoming Britain’s ‘green’ king

        For decades, Charles has been one of Britain’s most prominent environmental voices, blasting the ills of pollution. Now that he’s monarch, he is bound to be more careful with his words and must stay out of politics and government policy in accordance with the traditions of Britain’s constitutional monarchy.

        “Charles will have very little freedom of maneuver now that he is King,” said Robert Hazell, an expert on British constitutional affairs at University College London.

        “All of his speeches are written or vetted by the government,” Hazell added. “If he makes an impromptu remark which seems at odds with government policy, the press will pounce on him to point out the inconsistency, and the government will rein him in; he will have to be far less outspoken than he has been in the past.”

      • News AUFacebook whistleblower launches nonprofit to take on big tech

        Whistleblower Frances Haugen — a former Facebook engineer who leaked documents suggesting the firm put profits before safety — on Thursday launched an organization devoted to fighting harm caused by social media.

      • MeduzaVictor Tretyakevich, executed in 1943 and once considered a ‘traitor’, posthumously made Hero of Russia — Meduza

        The Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded the Hero of Russia title posthumously to Victor Tretyakevich, one of the founders of the Young Guard, an underground anti-fascist youth organization active in 1942–1943 in the German-occupied Ukrainian city of Krasnodon. Since 2014, Krasnodon is controlled by the self-proclaimed “LNR.”

      • MeduzaBono, Boris Akunin, and Ekaterina Shulman contribute items for auction to benefit Russians accused of ‘discrediting’ army — Meduza

        The human rights organizations Department One, OVD-Info, and the Moscow Helsinki Group announced plans to hold a joint charity auction to benefit Russians facing prosecution for allegedly “discrediting” the Russian army and spreading “disinformation” about it.

      • Counter PunchHow Northern Ireland’s Unionists are Embarrassing Themselves Over King Charles’ Meeting with Sinn Féin

        The unionists were always going to object to anything which further legitimises Sinn Féin, since they frequently emphasise its past connection with the IRA, while claiming that those links are not as broken as Sinn Féin pretends. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) will not have relished the King mentioning that Sinn Féin is the largest political party in Northern Ireland as it has been since the Northern Ireland Assembly election on 5 May. He reportedly questioned the DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson in private about his party’s negative stance on the Irish Protocol.

      • Democracy Now“Art of the Steal”: Trump Faces Greatest Legal Peril Yet as NY AG Sues Trumps & Docs Probe Resumes

        Former President Donald Trump is facing his greatest legal peril yet, as New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday against Trump, three of his children and his family business for widespread financial fraud. The suit alleges they overvalued assets by billions of dollars in order to secure more favorable financial arrangements, then deflated those values to pay less in taxes. If the lawsuit is successful, the Trump Organization could be barred from conducting business in the state of New York. “He’s gotten away with this for decades. Now he’s going to have to answer in civil court,” says award-winning reporter David Cay Johnston, who has covered Trump for years. Also on Wednesday, a three-judge federal appeals panel, including two who were appointed by Trump, allowed the Justice Department to continue reviewing the documents seized by the FBI from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

      • FAIRDragging Trump Into Spotlight Feeds His Dangerous Movement

        In a recent New York Times “America in Focus” opinion piece (9/13/22), the paper gathered 16 Americans to discuss their views on the economy and how it’s affecting their personal finances.

      • Democracy NowCuba’s Deputy Foreign Minister on U.S. Embargo, Gay Marriage & Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

        We speak to Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Fernández de Cossío about U.S.-Cuba relations, sanctions and more. He is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, where countries are expected to vote again in favor of lifting the 60-year economic blockade imposed by the U.S. on Cuba. “The aim of the United States policy since 1960 has been to make life as difficult and as unbearable as possible for the people of Cuba with the ambition that that would lead to the overthrow of the government,” says Fernández de Cossío. He also discusses Cuba’s abstentions in U.N. votes critical of Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, saying that while Cuba “cannot and does not support” a violation of another country’s sovereignty, the U.S. still bears “huge responsibility” for the conflict because of its push to expand NATO into Eastern Europe.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • France24Death toll climbs in Iran from protests over Mahsa Amini’s death

        Iranians have taken to the streets “to achieve their fundamental rights and human dignity… and the government is responding to their peaceful protest with bullets,” charged its director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam.

        The Kurdish woman Amini, 22, died last week after she had been arrested by the Islamic republic’s feared morality police for allegedly wearing a hijab headscarf in an “improper” way, sparking widespread outrage.

      • HRWSaudi Arabia: Drop Baseless Investigation of US Citizen

        Morris told Human Rights Watch that she believes the investigation is related to tweets she published in April 2022 in which she wrote that Saudi Arabia’s male guardianship system impedes her ability to depart Saudi Arabia with her daughter, perform parental duties like obtaining medical care, or make decisions about her daughter’s education without the approval of her former husband. Under Saudi law, only men can act as guardians of their children. Women cannot act as guardians and have limited authority over their children’s lives. Foreign national women face even greater restrictions.

      • [Old] ABCActress from Hollywood’s ‘Golden Age’ turned activist, Marsha Hunt, dies aged 104 in California

        The reason, she learned from her agent, was that the communist-hunting Red Channels publication had revealed that she attended a peace conference in Stockholm and other supposedly suspicious gatherings.

        “I’d made 54 movies in my first 16 years in Hollywood,” Hunt said in 1996.

        “In the last 45 years, I’ve made eight. That shows what a blacklist can do to a career.”

      • EducationWeekA School Librarian Pushes Back on Censorship and Gets Death Threats and Online Harassment

        Now, Jones is pushing back, bringing suit against some of the Facebook groups where the harassment against her occurred. This week, a judge dismissed her case, but Jones vowed to appeal.

      • Counter Punch10 Ways the Left is Vulnerable to Cancellation Campaigning and How We Might Overcome This Tendency

        When you have the cloud around you, you are toxic.  Any association with you will lead to the people associating with you having to spend time and energy defending their actions and looking into the allegations surrounding you.  Regardless of whether they think there’s anything legitimate about the accusations surrounding you, people will tend to avoid you, for their own safety, comfort, peace of mind, etc.  They may also tend to do so, in order to avoid any group they’re associated with getting bogged down in some kind of controversy no one has time for, that would distract from important work.

      • The RecordIran shutters mobile networks, Instagram, WhatsApp amid protests – The Record by Recorded Future

        Officials in Iran appear to be limiting access to mobile networks and communication platforms like Instagram and WhatsApp amid widespread protests over the alleged police killing of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.

        Several internet access watchdogs reported nationwide outages for people using MCI (First Mobile), Iran’s leading mobile operator, and Rightel, as well as partial outages for Irancell, on top of a ban on Instagram and WhatsApp.

        ⚠️ #Iran is now subject to the most severe internet restrictions since the November 2019 massacre.

      • ForbesIran Shuts Down WhatsApp And Instagram As Protests Spread

        As protests continue over the death of a woman in police custody in Iran, access to Instagram and WhatsApp has been blocked.

        Meanwhile, there have been major internet outages across the country, with cellphone services also disrupted.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • CPJIranian photojournalist Yalda Moaiery arrested during anti-state protests

        On Monday, September 19, Iranian security forces arrested Moaiery, a prominent photojournalist, as she was covering anti-state protests on Hejab street in downtown Tehran, Iran’s capital, she said on Instagram Stories directly after her arrest. (CPJ reviewed her story before its automatic 24-hour expiry.)

        Her father, Gholamreza Moaiery, who spoke to CPJ via messaging app, confirmed the arrest.

      • President López Obrador calls Assange a Quixote of freedom of speech

        Assange revealed some documents and evidence from the U.S. embassy talking about the 2012 elections, fraud committed between former President Vicente Fox (2006-2012), and how INE officials visited the U.S. embassy before the elections in order to inform them how they were going to handle the election results.

      • EuractiveZelenskyy, Ukrainians, and Assange among nominees for 2022 Sakharov prize

        Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the people of Ukraine, Julian Assange, Sonia Guajajara, and the Colombian Comision de Verdad are among the nominees for the 2022 Sakharov prize, an EU award dedicated to individuals, groups or organisations that contribute to protecting freedom of thought.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • DaemonFC (Ryan Farmer)More than two dozen criminals in Illinois got fake Paycheck Protection Program loans from the Trump administration and used them to post bail and flee. | BaronHK’s Rants

        If Trump had appointed an Inspector General to oversee the program as the law required, perhaps this (and other similar incidents?) may not have happened.

      • OverpopulationThe Natural Synergy between Population Stabilization and Reproductive Rights

        In the second essay we are featuring from the Great Transition Initiative’s forum The Population Debate Revisited, Céline Delacroix highlights the win-win relationship between elevating women’s health, rights and autonomy and minimising population growth. Why then is the topic so unwelcome in international policy discourse?

      • AxiosNew campaign for Cherokee Nation House delegate

        Driving the news: The 1835 Treaty of New Echota, which was signed by then-President Andrew Jackson and ratified by the Senate, promised a nonvoting House delegate to the nation.

      • RFAChinese authorities allegedly torture 5 Tibetans, 1 to death, for praying in public

        Chinese authorities in Tibet have allegedly arrested and tortured five Tibetans, killing one of them, for publicly lighting incense and praying, two Tibetan sources living in exile told RFA.

      • CNNIran’s President abandons CNN interview after Amanpour declines head scarf demand

        Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi withdrew from a long-planned interview with CNN’s chief international anchor Christiane Amanpour at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, after she declined a last-minute demand to wear a head scarf.

        Some 40 minutes after the interview was scheduled due to start and with Raisi running late, an aide told Amanpour the president had suggested that she wear a head scarf. Amanpour said that she “politely declined.”

      • NPRCNN says Iran’s president tried to make a hijab a condition for Amanpour interview

        An interview between CNN’s Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi was abruptly canceled because Amanpour declined to wear a hijab, she recounted on Twitter.

      • BBCIran: CNN cancels interview with Iranian president over headscarf demand

        Veteran CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour cancelled an interview with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi after he demanded she wear a headscarf for their meeting in New York.

        Amanpour pointed out that no previous presidents had requested this when she interviewed them outside Iran.

      • ABCCNN’s Christiane Amanpour cancels interview with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi over headscarf demand, amid ongoing protests over death of Mahsa Amini

        In a Twitter post, Amanpour said she had been ready to start when one of the president’s aides insisted she cover her hair, at the president’s request.

        “I politely declined. We are in New York, where there is no law or tradition regarding headscarves. I pointed out that no previous Iranian president has required this when I have interviewed them outside Iran,” she wrote.

        “The aide made it clear that the interview would not happen if I did not wear a headscarf. He said it was ‘a matter of respect, and referred to ‘the situation in Iran’ — alluding to the protests sweeping the country.”

      • Democracy NowWomen Burn Hijabs in Iran as Protests Escalate over Killing of Mahsa Amini by “Morality Police”

        Protests in Iran continue after the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman in custody of the so-called morality police. Mahsa Amini died last week after being detained for allegedly leaving some of her hair visible in violation of an Iranian law requiring women to cover their heads. Witnesses said Amini was severely beaten by police, but authorities claim she died of natural causes. Thousands of people, often led by young women, have taken to the streets in outrage over Amini’s death, chanting slogans against the morality police and the government, with some burning their headscarves in a show of defiance. “This anger against the morality police and the violence they are committing on the streets has been building up for years,” says Iranian American journalist Negar Mortazavi.

      • ANF NewsSeven killed during ongoing protests in East Kurdistan against the killing of Mahsa Amini

        Protests have been raging for days in dozens of cities in Iran and East Kurdistan after the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody. Demands for democracy and freedom are being voiced during the protests that started after the murder of the young Kurdish woman by the morality police in Tehran.

        7 protestors have been killed in East Kurdistan in the last four days. Moreover, around 250 people have been injured and more than 500 others detained in Iran and East Kurdistan.

        According to local sources, 1 person was killed in the Sine city of East Kurdistan, 1 person in Dehgulan, 2 people in Diwandara, 1 person in Mahabad, 1 person in Urmia and 1 person in Piranshahr.

      • TechdirtOhio Supreme Court Says There’s Nothing Wrong With Cops Seizing A $31,000 Truck Over An $850 Criminal Offense

        In 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States resolved a long-running lawsuit over asset forfeiture. Indiana resident Tyson Timbs had his $42,000 Land Rover seized by law enforcement following his sale of $260 of heroin to an undercover officer.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • AI Generated Content

          Effective immediately, Getty Images will cease to accept all submissions created using AI generative models (e.g., Stable Diffusion, Dall‑E 2, MidJourney, etc.) and prior submissions utilizing such models will be removed.

        • Digital Music NewsThe U.S. Music Industry Generated $7.7 Billion During H1 2022 As Streaming’s Growth Slowed, RIAA Report Shows

          The U.S. recorded music industry generated $7.69 billion during 2022’s opening half, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) – a figure that reflects comparatively modest year-over-year growth of about 9.07 percent.

        • Torrent FreakYouTubers Lose Brains Over Night of The Living Dead Copyright Claims

          After a copyright blunder led to a major boost for the horror genre, George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead became a public domain classic. But in a terrifying new twist, YouTubers are now completely surrounded by a horde of Content ID notices claiming ownership and monetization rights. Screams for help are being ignored as Universal Music-owned Ingrooves gorges on the spoils.

        • Torrent FreakMovie & Music Piracy Acceptable to a Growing Number of U.S. Households

          Nearly a quarter of all U.S. households believe that piracy is justified because music and movies should be available to anyone for free. Research by Parks Associates reveals that this percentage has increased significantly in recent years. According to some experts and insiders, this can in part be explained by the fragmented streaming landscape.

        • TechdirtKlobuchar’s Link Tax Is Back… And Somehow Even Worse? Helps Trumpist Grifters Get Free Money & No Moderation From Google

          So, we’ve talked quite a bit about the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA), Senator Amy Klobuchar’s attempt to do Rupert Murdoch’s bidding and force successful internet companies to send cash to media companies for… linking to them. Yes, not only do the news orgs want the traffic from Google, but they also want to get paid for it. This whole scheme was dreamed up by Rupert Murdoch, who after decades of pretending to be about free markets, started demanding the government force internet companies to subsidize him for his own failures to innovate.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • 22 September 2022 – 23:47

        I turned 30 yesterday. I’m currently struggling with this. Part of me wants to bury myself in old anime and games and pretend it’s 2006. Part of me wants to really start kissing ass at work so I can start working on one of those “careers” I’m supposed to have. I have no idea what to do.

      • the in-between days

        Spare time flows through me, right now. I’m letting myself enjoy doing /less/ but not /nothing/. I live in hope that these quiet times will restore my soul, such that I can re-enter the World of Work in a manner that suits me – I still have something to give.

    • Technical

      • Plainly Put: Plane Power Play

        While it’s normally just me (Player 2) and one other (Player 1) there. We don’t interact much, especially since they play the most when I’m at work. But there’s something special about being the only people on the server. A kind of familiarity forms rather quickly, and because of our play time difference there really isn’t any competition. By the time I enter a new game they’ve already amassed tens or even hundreds of millions of pounds, and for that matter I’m not really a competitive person anyway.

        [...]

        I’m not sure I like that sort of gameplay. When I play single player games I start a lot earlier, using a few mods that add earlier vehicles. That means the addition of planes is far away. It’s a much more relaxing sort of game.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • My Thoughts On The CDG, And How You Can Help Fight The Discoverability Crisis

          One problem I have always found, as have many others who try out gemini, is difficulty in finding interesting content. There are many contributing factors to why, but lets just say the problem is an ongoing issue that has no real easy solutions. Search engines and feed aggregators help out a lot and are great places for newbies to start. Many capsuleers also have created public collections of links they find worthwile to share which is helpful when you stumble upon them.

          [...]

          However; unfortunately, still much awesome content and useful services slip through the cracks of many peoples awareness. Either they aren’t indexed well, mentioned often, or properly advertised by the author. Some great content on the geminispace will be missed because its hard to find. Sometimes you need to be lucky to stumble across them, and have the foresight to save and share the links.

          There is a great post I saw a while back about how the best thing you can do for the small net protocols is to create your own public bookmark indexes/link collections featuring cool stuff. If everyone did this things would be much easier to find. After all, Whatever site you think is mundane and obvious, someone else may have never heard of.

        • Feed Aggregators and Idea Silos

          There’s an idea being floated about building a decentralized, personalized feed aggregator as opposed to something like Antenna which is open for all to submit to.

          [...]

          Additionally, I would caution against building any community where a core goal is to only gather with people who share identical political ideologies. I’m not saying it can’t or shouldn’t ever be done, but I generally see such communities as unproductive at best and a breeding ground for extremism at worst. You only need to look as far as Reddit, Lemmy, or one of the many “free speech” platforms to see why. Just my two cents.

        • Re: Right wing politics on Gemini

          I find it utterly bemusing the lack of self-awareness in lefties. I read an article a couple times, on right wing politics on Gemini, and the second time I mentally flipped a few words within to point in the other direction, and it fit perfectly.

          You can see it time and time again simply by reading their own words. Case in point: there is a leftist on Gemini, who is, quite literally someone who spews some of the most dangerous, foolish and propagandistic writings that I have ever encountered in my life. This person has the gall to paint the right with those specific adjectives (or variants thereof: ‘dangerous’, ‘fooled’, ‘propagandists’). These people have no right to preach about ‘myths and misconceptions’ — most of everything said by this person is a myth and misconception.

      • Programming

        • Having looked into Forth (a bit)

          I previously wondered how much Forth was like Whitespace assembler…
          …so I got a Forth interpreter and had a go. I didn’t get much beyond beginner level, so take all I say with a pinch of salt.


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