Links 04/10/2022: Introducing NVK, Kueue, Stellarium 1.0, WordPress 6.1 Beta 3, and OpenSSH 9.1

Posted in News Roundup at 6:01 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • LinuxiacSystem76′s COSMIC Desktop Ditched GTK in Favor of Iced

        System76’s engineers picked Iced, a Rust-based cross-platform GUI toolkit, over GTK for their in-house developed COSMIC Desktop.

        System76, a computer manufacturer specializing in the sale of notebooks, desktops, and servers, is a well-known name in the Linux community. Being a strongly Linux-oriented company, System76 utilizes free and open-source software and offers its own Ubuntu-based Linux distribution, Pop!_OS.

        The distro uses COSMIC Desktop, an in-house developed desktop environment based on GNOME but extends on it with additional functionality.

      • XDACan I run Ubuntu Linux on the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5?

        If you don’t want to do any of the things above and you’d rather avoid Windows completely, you can buy the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5 with Ubuntu Linux installed out of the box. Or at least, you should be able to. While this option is mentioned on Lenovo’s official spec sheet, you can’t actually configure the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5 with Ubuntu right now. Still, the option should show up at some point in the coming weeks or months, so it’s worth it to keep checking back.

        Whether you want to get it with Ubuntu Linux or Windows 11, you can buy the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5 using the link below. Lenovo’s configurator offers a ton of options, not just for the software, but for the hardware of the laptop, and there are also some preset configurations you can buy outright, which typically ship a bit faster than custom configurations. If you want something else, there are many other fantastic Lenovo laptops out there which you can check out. Or, if you’re not committed to Lenovo, take a look at the best laptops overall.

      • TechRadarAMD Ryzen 7000 gives Windows users the perfect reason to move to Linux | TechRadar

        AMD Ryzen 7000 processors are now on sale, and those running the silicon in Linux PCs will apparently find the CPUs are faster with security mitigations turned on, which is counterintuitive for sure.


        Of course, turning on such defenses comes with the expectation that you may have a slight performance hit – or a heftier one, or perhaps at best your system might be pretty much unaffected. But what you definitely wouldn’t expect is that it’d run faster with the mitigations applied.

        So, with the security mitigations turned off, a route some folks might take to chase better performance, the Linux system is actually being slowed down – while leaving it more vulnerable to exploitation at the same time. A lose-lose situation if ever there was one.

    • Server

      • Kubernetes BlogIntroducing Kueue | Kubernetes

        Whether on-premises or in the cloud, clusters face real constraints for resource usage, quota, and cost management reasons. Regardless of the autoscalling capabilities, clusters have finite capacity. As a result, users want an easy way to fairly and efficiently share resources.

        In this article, we introduce Kueue, an open source job queueing controller designed to manage batch jobs as a single unit. Kueue leaves pod-level orchestration to existing stable components of Kubernetes. Kueue natively supports the Kubernetes Job API and offers hooks for integrating other custom-built APIs for batch jobs.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • VideoSalix OS – A Powerful and Simple Slackware Distro – Invidious

        I’ve wanted to take a look at some Slackware based distros for a while now, and now that Summer has ended it’s time to do just that, starting with Salix. Salix is an interesting distro that offers all the power and stability of Slackware, but its footprint is much smaller than a full Slackware install and, here’s the thing, it adds dependency management into the mix. This is what sets Salix apart. Package management is as simple as it is on the likes of ubuntu, especially when using the gslapt gui. Add the ability to use flatpaks and slackbuilds into the mix and you soon start to see what a great little system this really is.

      • VideoHow to install TUXEDO OS 1 – Invidious

        In this video, I am going to show how to install TUXEDO OS 1

      • VideoNew Linux Kernel (It’s Starting To Get Rusty) – Invidious

        A new Linux kernel has been released, even though its a major version bump the changes are not so major, mostly performance improvements for high core CPU’s, a new scheduler system, and support for newer hardware. I also talk about future 6.x releases which will start including kernel drivers written in Rust.

      • InfoQPodcast: Frederic Branczyk on Continuous Profiling Leveraging eBPF

        Wes and Frederic discuss the origin story of Polar Signals, eBPF (the enabling technology used by Polar Signals), Parca (the open-source system they built to collect continuous profiling data), and more, including things like FrostDB and why profiling data complements what we already have with our currenct observability stacks.

      • VideoWindows or Mac? I Dislike One, But Hate The Other! – Invidious

        A question that I often get asked online and in real life is “What would you choose between Windows and Mac?” Well, thankfully I have never had to make such a choice, but it’s certainly possible that one day I might have to do so (maybe for a job). Which proprietary operating system would I choose to run?

    • Kernel Space

      • FOSSLifeLinux Kernel 6.0 Released

        Linus Torvalds has released the 6.0 kernel as expected, noting that the major version number upgrade is more a matter of practicality than any fundamental changes.

      • LWNLinux 5.19.13
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.19.13 kernel.
        This release is to resolve a regression on some Intel graphics systems that had
        problems with 5.19.12.  If you do not have this problem with 5.19.12, there is
        no need to 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:
        greg k-h
      • LWNStable kernel update 5.19.13 released [LWN.net]

        The 5.19.13 stable kernel update is out. “This release is to resolve a regression on some Intel graphics systems that had problems with 5.19.12. If you do not have this problem with 5.19.12, there is no need to upgrade.”

      • NeowinBeware: Linux kernel 5.19.12 could damage your Intel laptop display, literally – Neowin

        It looks like one of the recent Linux kernel updates is causing issues with Intel laptops. Apparently the 5.19.12 update is not playing nice with Intel’s graphics i915 driver and this is leading to all sorts of issues. For example, below is an example of a user who said that they were almost constantly encountering weird flashing problems. The user added they had the issue on a Lenovo laptop powered by i7-1065G7 running Fedora 35.


        Over on the Framework community forum, affected users have been raising this issue for close to a week now, and it looks like an Intel Linux kernel engineer, Ville Syrjäl, had picked it up. Syrjäl says that the panel power sequencing (PPS) delay is bugged which could potentially even damage the LCD panels. He wrote:

    • Graphics Stack

      • 9to5LinuxCollabora Announces NVK, a New Open-Source Vulkan Driver for NVIDIA Hardware in Mesa

        We all know that NVIDIA GPUs don’t receive enough support from the Linux and Open Source community, at least not until NVIDIA finally decided to open source their graphics drivers. The open-source Nouveau driver lacks new hardware support and features, at least compared to the open-source drivers available for AMD and Intel GPUs.

        This is where NVK comes into play, written almost entirely from scratch by Collabora’s Jason Ekstrand, as well as Red Hat’s Karol Herbst and Dave Airlie, using the new official headers from NVIDIA. NVK aims to be the new reference Vulkan driver for NVIDIA hardware and will ship with an upcoming Mesa graphics stack release.

      • CollaboraIntroducing NVK

        For the past several months, I’ve been working on writing a brand new open-source Vulkan driver for NVIDIA hardware in Mesa called NVK. This new driver has primarily been written by myself (Jason Ekstrand), along with Karol Herbst and Dave Airlie at Red Hat. In the last month or two, we’ve started picking up a few commits here and there from community folks and I’m hopeful that community involvement will only increase going forward.


        Support for NVIDIA hardware in open-source drivers has always been somewhat lacking. The nouveau drivers exist but they’re often missing features, buggy, or just don’t support certain cards. This is due to a combination of factors. Unlike the Intel and AMD drivers, nouveau driver stack has been developed with little to no official documentation or help from NVIDIA. They occasionally provide little bits of support here. Historically, it’s been mostly focused on enabling nouveau just enough that you can install your Linux distro, get to a web browser, and download their proprietary driver stack.

        Most of the hardware knowledge we (the open-source graphics community) have is learned by reverse-engineering, digging through CUDA documentation (it’s amazingly low-level sometimes), and picking through the few bits NVIDIA drops us here and there. This slows down development in the best of times and makes solving certain problems nearly impossible.

      • LWNEkstrand: Introducing NVK [LWN.net]

        Jason Ekstrand announces a new Vulkan driver for NVIDIA hardware on the Collabora blog. It seems to be off to a good start, but there is some work yet to do:

    • Applications

      • Linux Shell TipsBest Command Line BitTorrent Clients for Linux

        While most torrent clients are prepackaged with a GUI, there are some exceptions reserved for Linux users who spend most of their productive time on the command-line environment.


        While Transmission is a free, fast, and easy-to-use torrent client with a beautiful user interface, this torrent-based software is versioned with transmission-cli to enable the download of torrent files from the Linux terminal environment.

      • Stellarium 1.0!

        After more than 20 years of development, the popular planetarium ‘Stellarium’ finally reached 1.0 release.

      • Ubuntu HandbookDesktop Planetarium Stellarium 1.0 Released! [Ubuntu PPA] | UbuntuHandbook

        The Stellarium team did it. Stellarium 1.0 is here!

      • LinuxInsiderUnix Basics It Pays To Know

        When writing about digital technology, or any topic, is something you do, it takes time to accumulate credibility. Even if you put in the study time up front to know your stuff, building trust takes time.

        I’ve been fortunate that, after years expanding my portfolio and the knowledge base under it, people come to me for advice on related subject matter. I’m still not totally comfortable in this position, but I roll with it.

        As more professionals put stock in my technical background, I have been exposed to more specialized technical environments and use cases. Friends asking for consumer electronics troubleshooting is worlds apart from professionals looking to overcome a technical hurdle.

        This new class of advice I’m prompted to provide has elucidated the challenges that professionals confront. Moreover, when I field the same question multiple times, it hints at a potential gap in computer science training. Naturally, I want to do my part to close it.

        To be clear, I’m not putting anyone down. There are plenty of things I don’t know and probably should. I simply want to draw attention to concepts that I’m surprised that competent individuals struggle with. Specifically, what I regard as key Unix principles I’ve found notably missing.

        I’m not totally surprised, as a lot of “tech sector” professionals work in levels of abstraction above the OS. But it pays to know these Unix basics considering there is often a Unix/Unix-like OS somewhere in the abstraction hierarchy. If that layer is unsound, the whole edifice risks collapse.

        To that end, I want to highlight questions I’ve been asked about Unixy (my substitute for “Unix and Unix-like”) systems, and the fundamentals to grasp to become self-sufficient.

      • Make Use OfGetting Started With Portainer: A GUI Manager for Docker on Linux

        Docker is a prominent container technology widely used by system administrators and IT engineers. It’s a great tool for quickly setting up complex IT environments and deploying software systems securely.

        Docker comes with a robust CLI tool to get the job done, but sometimes you might think of having a graphical view of Docker containers and their related services, which the Docker CLI does not provide. That’s where Portainer comes in.


        Portainer is itself deployed as a Docker image and is very lightweight. It’s made up of two core elements: the Portainer server and the Portainer agent. The agent communicates with the server to provide access to the node’s resources.

        You can install Portainer on Linux or Windows, and it even supports installation on Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Under the hood, Portainer utilizes the Docker CLI to offer you a good level of abstraction.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Enable SSH on Raspberry Pi OS Without a Monitor – Pi My Life Up

        Since 2016 Raspberry Pi OS has had its SSH server disabled by default. This change was done to help the security of recently set up devices, preventing bad actors from abusing open devices.

        While you can easily enable SSH through the terminal or the desktop interface, this process changes when you don’t have a spare monitor and keyboard.

        Over the following few sections, we will show you a couple of different ways to enable SSH on the Raspberry Pi without a monitor.

        These methods are all relatively straightforward as long as you have a computer capable of reading a micro-sd card.

      • DebugPointHow to Install and Configure IceWM in Arch Linux

        A simple guide on how you can install and configure IceWM (Ice Window Manager) in Arch Linux and related distros.

      • Upgrade Rocky Linux from 8.x to 9 (Tested method) – Darryl Dias

        I recommend that you backup all your data or take a snapshot of the current install before following along and performing the upgrade.

      • HowTo GeekHow to Kill a Linux Process by Port Number

        To kill a Linux process you need its ID or its name. If all you know is the port it’s using, can you still kill it? Yes, in several different ways.

      • Linux JournalInstalling LibreOffice On Slackware 15 | Linux Journal

        Slackware has been one of my favorite GNU/Linux distributions for a very long time, especially since Version 8.0 came out, many moons back. The reason is that it embodies the “KISS” method of designing a distribution. “KISS” means, “Keep It Simple, Stupid!”, and that’s what the Slackware team has done since the distribution’s inception. When Slackware 15.0 came out in February 2022, I celebrated like other “Slackers”, and I’d been running the beta and release candidates (the then-”Slackware-current”) since early 2021.

        I’ve even used Slackware at work in a “Microsoft shop”. Yes, it can be done, and it can be done well. To do so, I needed something compatible with Microsoft Office file formats. OpenOffice.org was the ticket back then even in its Beta Build 638c days (yes, I’ve been using it for a long time!), and the tradition continues today, 21 years later with today’s LibreOffice. It is this office productivity suite that really makes using Free Software platforms (e. g. GNU/Linux, the BSD’s) on general-purpose business computers possible.

        Sadly, Slackware didn’t include OpenOffice.org back then, and it doesn’t include LibreOffice now. This is speculation on my part, but several years ago, Patrick Volkerding stopped including GNOME because it was too much of a pain to package and distribute for a project that doesn’t have the resources of Red Hat, Debian, or Ubuntu. I suspect this may also be true for LibreOffice. Also, the binary packages from LibreOffice come in RPM and DEB format. This choice by the LibreOffice developers is quite understandable, as Red Hat- and Debian-based distros are by far the dominant presence on personal computers. That still leaves us “Slackers” out in the cold, though.

      • Installing Network Manager on Raspberry Pi OS – Pi My Life Up

        Network Manager is a piece of software that handles network functionality for your system. It is a powerful suite that makes many more complicated tasks very simple.

        For example, using Network Manager on your Raspberry Pi makes setting up your device as a wireless access point very simple.

        By default, the Raspberry Pi uses an older software called dhcpcd for its network handling. It is a bit more complicated to configure and has been superseded by Network Manager.

      • TechRepublicHow to go passwordless for shell scripts in Linux | TechRepublic

        Linux is the most flexible operating system on the market; there’s very little you cannot do with this platform. One only needs to look at shell scripting to realize just how powerful and customizable Linux is. Although shell scripting is certainly not a feature used by those new to the operating system, any admin fully understands their necessity.

        At some point, you might run into a situation where you need to create a shell script that requires a password. If you don’t want to save that password in the script, what can you do?

      • Linux NightlyHow to Install Lutris on Ubuntu 22.04 – Linux Nightly

        When it comes to PC gaming, Linux is sadly neglected by many developers. Linux gamers need to rely on Wine and other compatibility layers in order to play some of their favorite Windows-based games on Linux. Rather than figuring out all the necessary tweaks yourself in order to make a game run, Lutris makes the job easy by doing it for you.
        In this tutorial, you will learn how to install Lutris on Ubuntu 22.04 and use the application to install games. Lutris supports many independent titles, as well as games from networks like GOG, Epic Games, Ubisoft, and Origin.

      • H2S Media3 Ways to Install Code::Blocks on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 LTS Linux

        Learn the steps to install CodeBlocks IDE in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish Linux or 20.04 Focal fossa to code in a flexibly extensible environment for C, C++, or Fortran.

        What is Code::Blocks?

        With “Code::Blocks”, programmers will have an open source development environment for the programming languages C and C++.

        The tool is highly extensible due to its Plug-ins system, but also brings a lot with it: Predefined projects, a class browser, and syntax highlighting are included, but by far not everything. For example, “Code::Blocks” supports several compilers and also provides numerous debugging options.

        As an open source IDE, Code::Blocks first appeals to software developers who are looking for a powerful, but also flexibly extensible environment for C, C++, or Fortran. Written in C++, C and C++ developers are part of the core group that uses this development environment that is freely available under GPLv3. Code::Blocks also gives the software developer great freedom with regard to operating systems and compilers. Implemented with wxWidgets, the environment runs under Linux and macOS as under Windows. In addition to GCC and Visual C++, Clang and Borland C++ are also among the compilers that can be used.

      • UNIX CopHow to change the timezone in Ubuntu 22.04 | Linux Mint 21 – Unix / Linux the admins Tutorials

        In this post, simple and for beginners, you will learn how to change the timezone in Ubuntu 22.04 | Linux Mint 21

        The timezone is one of the issues that during the installation of an operating system is configured to improve the integration of the whole system. However, for any reason, we can change it to adjust it to a new location.

        Think of it is that you move and need to change it manually or because you need to know it for configuration scripts. In any case, it is important to know this entire process.

      • DebugPoint4 Ways to Install deb Files in Ubuntu [Beginner’s Guide]

        This absolute beginner’s guide explains the steps required to install deb (*.deb) files in Ubuntu. This applies to all Ubuntu-based Linux distributions such as Linux Mint, elementary OS, etc.

      • UbuntubuzzHow To Install Netbeans With GUI Designer On Ubuntu

        This tutorial will explain how you can install Netbeans, the one of the most popular free software Java IDEs, completely with GUI designer. The graphical user interface (GUI) designer, also called rapid application development (RAD) tool, is a visual way to create applications by drag and drop alongside with writing lines of code. Now let’s do it.

      • HowTo ForgeHow To Install and Use NVM (Node Version Manager) on Ubuntu 22.04

        NVM, also called Node Version Manager used for installing and managing multiple Node.js versions in Linux.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Matrix Synapse Chat Server on Ubuntu 22.04
      • Linux HandbookHow to Print Environment Variables in Linux

        Environment variables are specific to certain environments. A generic answer, right?

        But really, those are the variables that are just specific to your current system environment such as the currently logged-in user will be stored inside the “USER” variable.

        Still confused? no worries. I will walk you through a brief understanding of environment variables and then jump to various ways to print them.

      • IT Pro TodayHow To Install Ubuntu on a Computer or Virtual Machine
      • Linux CapableHow to Install Linux Kernel 6.0 on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        The Linux Kernel 6.0 is here, packed with many features, including support for the newest generation of processors from Intel, AMD, and ARM! In addition, the kernel includes updates to improve security and performance and support various new hardware devices. For users, the most significant change in this release will likely be the new capabilities and improved stability. As always, users are advised to upgrade to the latest kernel version if they require only to do so or understand the risks of using mainline kernels.

      • ID RootHow To Install vTiger CRM on Debian 11 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install vTiger CRM on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, Vtiger CRM is a popular Customer Relationship Management web application which can help enterprises grow sales, deliver customer service, and increase profits. The vTiger CRM provides two different solutions, the vTiger CRM cloud solution that you can pay for all management and additional features, and the vTiger CRM open-source version that you can self-hosted on your server.

        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 vTiger CRM on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

      • How to Install and Use AnyDesk on Ubuntu – Pi My Life Up

        AnyDesk is one of the best remote desktop solutions thanks to its superb operating system and device support. It works on a wide variety of devices, including the Raspberry Pi.

        By using AnyDesk on Ubuntu, you can remotely access your device securely from anywhere that has an internet connection.

        The AnyDesk team maintains support for the vast majority of Ubuntu releases, including Ubuntu 22.04, 18.04, and 18.04.

        It is the perfect alternative for those wanting to try something different from TeamViewer. For personal usage, AnyDesk offers a great solution, and for those requiring it for work it offers affordable plans.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Stellarium on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        Stellarium is a free and open-source planetarium software package. It is licensed under the GNU General Public License, version 2. It is available for Linux, Windows, and macOS. A port of Stellarium called Stellarium Mobile is available for Android, iOS, and Symbian as a paid version. It was originally developed by Fabien Chéreau and is now maintained by the Stellarium team. The software renders the night sky in 3D, allowing users to see stars, constellations, planets, nebulae, and other astronomical objects in their correct positions relative to each other. Users can also set the time and date to see how the night sky changes. In addition to being a useful tool for astronomers and amateur stargazers alike, Stellarium is also used in educational settings, such as planetariums and science museums.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Stellarium on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using two methods with APT Stable or Daily LaunchPAD PPA.

      • How to Install PowerShell on the Raspberry Pi [Ed: Better to rewrite in a syntax not controlled by the foremost enemy of Linux]

        PowerShell is a powerful command-line shell built to help with task automation by utilizing its scripting language.

        While initially developed for Windows, PowerShell has now been ported to multiple operating systems and architectures.

        This means that you can even install PowerShell to the Raspberry Pi since it now has support for the ARM architecture. Installing this shell is helpful if you are used to dealing with the PowerShell language.

      • How to install pip on the Raspberry Pi – Pi My Life Up

        pip (Package Installer for Python) is the package manager for Python that allows you to very easily install extra libraries and modules for you to use within your Python scripts.

        We often use pip within our Raspberry Pi projects as it greatly simplifies the process for the end user. For example, instead of downloading a file and moving it to a correct location, pip handles this entire process.

        You can think of pip much like the apt package manager but purely for dealing with Python.

      • How to Run an Internet Speed Test on Ubuntu – Pi My Life Up

        When your internet feels like it isn’t working as fast as it should be, one of the best ways to check this is by using an internet speed test provider.

        If you had access to your Ubuntu devices desktop, you could do this speed test from within a web browser. However, if you only had access to the terminal, you would need a different method.

        Over the following steps, we will show you how to download and install the Ookla Speedtest CLI to Ubuntu.

      • Linux CapableHow to Redirect NON-WWW & WWW with Nginx

        When you have a website or application up and running Nginx, it is desirable to allow visitors to access the domain using www and non-www versions of your domain name. However, in today’s age of Search Engine Optimization and users wanting a fast and easy browsing experience, having two URL links can negatively affect the overall experience of your website. However, this doesn’t mean you should abandon one of your visitors’ ways to access the site. Instead, a simple redirection can improve your website’s visitor experience, increase backlink recognition more quickly, and improve your SEO rating.

        In the below guide, you will learn using how to redirect a www URL to non-www, e.g. (www.example.com) to (example.com) and vice versa with a redirect is called a Permanent Redirect, or “301 redirects”, This can be done on any operating system using Nginx, the examples are for the server blocks only. They do not explain how to set these up or install Nginx.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Reviews

      • Make Use OfWhat Is PureOS? A Look at Purism’s OS for Laptops and Phones

        PureOS is a Linux distro that powers all Purism laptops and smartphones. So is PureOS the right operating system for your device? Let’s find out.

        When you purchase a Librem laptop or phone from Purism, you will come to find that the device ships with an operating system known as PureOS.

        Chances are, unless you’re already a Linux user, you’ve probably never heard of PureOS. Even those of us familiar with Linux may not know what sets this version apart from the others. So, what exactly is PureOS?

    • Screenshots/Screencasts

    • BSD

      • LWNOpenSSH 9.1 released
        OpenSSH 9.1 has just been released. It will be available from the
        mirrors listed at https://www.openssh.com/ shortly.
        OpenSSH is a 100% complete SSH protocol 2.0 implementation and
        includes sftp client and server support.
        Once again, we would like to thank the OpenSSH community for their
        continued support of the project, especially those who contributed
        code or patches, reported bugs, tested snapshots or donated to the
        project. More information on donations may be found at:
        Changes since OpenSSH 9.0
        This release is focused on bug fixing.
        This release contains fixes for three minor memory safety problems.
        None are believed to be exploitable, but we report most memory safety
        problems as potential security vulnerabilities out of caution.
         * ssh-keyscan(1): fix a one-byte overflow in SSH- banner processing.
           Reported by Qualys
         * ssh-keygen(1): double free() in error path of file hashing step in
           signing/verify code; GHPR333
         * ssh-keysign(8): double-free in error path introduced in openssh-8.9
        Potentially-incompatible changes
         * The portable OpenSSH project now signs commits and release tags
           using git's recent SSH signature support. The list of developer
           signing keys is included in the repository as .git_allowed_signers
           and is cross-signed using the PGP key that is still used to sign
           release artifacts:
         * ssh(1), sshd(8): SetEnv directives in ssh_config and sshd_config
           are now first-match-wins to match other directives. Previously
           if an environment variable was multiply specified the last set
           value would have been used. bz3438
         * ssh-keygen(8): ssh-keygen -A (generate all default host key types)
           will no longer generate DSA keys, as these are insecure and have
           not been used by default for some years.
        New features
         * ssh(1), sshd(8): add a RequiredRSASize directive to set a minimum
           RSA key length. Keys below this length will be ignored for user
           authentication and for host authentication in sshd(8). 
           ssh(1) will terminate a connection if the server offers an RSA key
           that falls below this limit, as the SSH protocol does not include
           the ability to retry a failed key exchange.
         * sftp-server(8): add a "users-groups-by-id@openssh.com" extension
           request that allows the client to obtain user/group names that
           correspond to a set of uids/gids.
         * sftp(1): use "users-groups-by-id@openssh.com" sftp-server
           extension (when available) to fill in user/group names for
           directory listings.
         * sftp-server(8): support the "home-directory" extension request
           defined in draft-ietf-secsh-filexfer-extensions-00. This overlaps
           a bit with the existing "expand-path@openssh.com", but some other
           clients support it.
         * ssh-keygen(1), sshd(8): allow certificate validity intervals,
           sshsig verification times and authorized_keys expiry-time options
           to accept dates in the UTC time zone in addition to the default
           of interpreting them in the system time zone. YYYYMMDD and
           YYMMDDHHMM[SS] dates/times will be interpreted as UTC if suffixed
           with a 'Z' character.
           Also allow certificate validity intervals to be specified in raw
           seconds-since-epoch as hex value, e.g. -V 0x1234:0x4567890. This
           is intended for use by regress tests and other tools that call
           ssh-keygen as part of a CA workflow. bz3468
         * sftp(1): allow arguments to the sftp -D option, e.g. sftp -D
           "/usr/libexec/sftp-server -el debug3"
         * ssh-keygen(1): allow the existing -U (use agent) flag to work
           with "-Y sign" operations, where it will be interpreted to require
           that the private keys is hosted in an agent; bz3429
         * ssh-keygen(1): implement the "verify-required" certificate option.
           This was already documented when support for user-verified FIDO
           keys was added, but the ssh-keygen(1) code was missing.
         * ssh-agent(1): hook up the restrict_websafe command-line flag;
           previously the flag was accepted but never actually used.
         * sftp(1): improve filename tab completions: never try to complete
           names to non-existent commands, and better match the completion
           type (local or remote filename) against the argument position
           being completed.
         * ssh-keygen(1), ssh(1), ssh-agent(1): several fixes to FIDO key
           handling, especially relating to keys that request
           user-verification. These should reduce the number of unnecessary
           PIN prompts for keys that support intrinsic user verification.
           GHPR302, GHPR329
         * ssh-keygen(1): when enrolling a FIDO resident key, check if a
           credential with matching application and user ID strings already
           exists and, if so, prompt the user for confirmation before
           overwriting the credential. GHPR329
         * sshd(8): improve logging of errors when opening authorized_keys
           files. bz2042
         * ssh(1): avoid multiplexing operations that could cause SIGPIPE from
           causing the client to exit early. bz3454
         * ssh_config(5), sshd_config(5): clarify that the RekeyLimit
           directive applies to both transmitted and received data. GHPR328
         * ssh-keygen(1): avoid double fclose() in error path.
         * sshd(8): log an error if pipe() fails while accepting a
           connection. bz3447
         * ssh(1), ssh-keygen(1): fix possible NULL deref when built without
           FIDO support. bz3443
         * ssh-keyscan(1): add missing *-sk types to ssh-keyscan manpage.
         * sshd(8): ensure that authentication passwords are cleared from
           memory in error paths. GHPR286
         * ssh(1), ssh-agent(1): avoid possibility of notifier code executing
           kill(-1). GHPR286
         * ssh_config(5): note that the ProxyJump directive also accepts the
           same tokens as ProxyCommand. GHPR305.
         * scp(1): do not not ftruncate(3) files early when in sftp mode. The
           previous behaviour of unconditionally truncating the destination
           file would cause "scp ~/foo localhost:foo" and the reverse
           "scp localhost:foo ~/foo" to delete all the contents of their
           destination. bz3431
         * ssh-keygen(1): improve error message when 'ssh-keygen -Y sign' is
           unable to load a private key; bz3429
         * sftp(1), scp(1): when performing operations that glob(3) a remote
           path, ensure that the implicit working directory used to construct
           that path escapes glob(3) characters. This prevents glob characters
           from being processed in places they shouldn't, e.g. "cd /tmp/a*/",
           "get *.txt" should have the get operation treat the path "/tmp/a*"
           literally and not attempt to expand it.
         * ssh(1), sshd(8): be stricter in which characters will be accepted
           in specifying a mask length; allow only 0-9. GHPR278
         * ssh-keygen(1): avoid printing hash algorithm twice when dumping a
         * ssh(1), sshd(8): continue running local I/O for open channels
           during SSH transport rekeying. This should make ~-escapes work in
           the client (e.g. to exit) if the connection happened to have
           stalled during a rekey event.
         * ssh(1), sshd(8): avoid potential poll() spin during rekeying
         * Further hardening for sshbuf internals: disallow "reparenting" a
           hierarchical sshbuf and zero the entire buffer if reallocation
           fails. GHPR287
         * ssh(1), ssh-keygen(1), sshd(8): automatically enable the built-in
           FIDO security key support if libfido2 is found and usable, unless
           --without-security-key-builtin was requested.
         * ssh(1), ssh-keygen(1), sshd(8): many fixes to make the WinHello
           FIDO device usable on Cygwin. The windows://hello FIDO device will
           be automatically used by default on this platform unless requested
           otherwise, or when probing resident FIDO credentials (an operation
           not currently supported by WinHello).
         * Portable OpenSSH: remove workarounds for obsolete and unsupported
           versions of OpenSSL libcrypto. In particular, this release removes
           fallback support for OpenSSL that lacks AES-CTR or AES-GCM.
           Those AES cipher modes were added to OpenSSL prior to the minimum
           version currently supported by OpenSSH, so this is not expected to
           impact any currently supported configurations.
         * sshd(8): fix SANDBOX_SECCOMP_FILTER_DEBUG on current Linux/glibc
         * All: resync and clean up internal CSPRNG code.
         * scp(1), sftp(1), sftp-server(8): avoid linking these programs with
           unnecessary libraries. They are no longer linked against libz and
           libcrypto. This may be of benefit to space constrained systems
           using any of those components in isolation.
         * sshd(8): add AUDIT_ARCH_PPC to supported seccomp sandbox
         * configure: remove special casing of crypt(). configure will no
           longer search for crypt() in libcrypto, as it was removed from
           there years ago. configure will now only search libc and libcrypt.
         * configure: refuse to use OpenSSL 3.0.4 due to potential RCE in its
           RSA implementation (CVE-2022-2274) on x86_64.
         * All: request 1.1x API compatibility for OpenSSL >=3.x; GHPR#322
         * ssh(1), ssh-keygen(1), sshd(8): fix a number of missing includes
           required by the XMSS code on some platforms.
         * sshd(8): cache timezone data in capsicum sandbox.
        - SHA1 (openssh-9.1.tar.gz) = 3ae2d6a3a695d92778c4c4567dcd6ad481092f6c
        - SHA256 (openssh-9.1.tar.gz) = QKfVArlcItV+e8V1Th85TL5//5d/AvOUhYOeHMDEGuE=
        - SHA1 (openssh-9.1p1.tar.gz) = 15545440268967511d3194ebf20bcd0c7ff3fcc9
        - SHA256 (openssh-9.1p1.tar.gz) = GfhQCcfj4jeH8CNvuxV4OSq01L+fjsX+a8HNfov90og=
        Please note that the SHA256 signatures are base64 encoded and not
        hexadecimal (which is the default for most checksum tools). The PGP
        key used to sign the releases is available from the mirror sites:
        Reporting Bugs:
        - Please read https://www.openssh.com/report.html
          Security bugs should be reported directly to openssh@openssh.com
    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • SUSE’s Corporate BlogThe first prototype of Adaptable Linux Platform is Live!

        The first prototype of The Adaptable Linux Platform, the next generation of Linux, is already live!, the introduction of the Adaptable Linux Platform to the SUSE communities started an endeavour to build and design a new application-centric, secure and flexible platform. You can read more about this here.

        The idea behind ALP is to allow users to focus on their workloads while abstracting from the hardware and the application layer. With the usage of virtual machines and container technologies, the Adaptable Linux Platform allows workloads to be independent of the code stream.

    • Fedora / Red Hat / IBM

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: CPE hiring a software engineer [Ed: IBM outsourcing Fedora to India, just like it did IBM itself (to lower operating/operational costs). Under IBM, Fedora does not even care about the needs of Indian users.]

        The Community Platform Engineering group, or CPE for short, is the Red Hat team combining IT and release engineering for Fedora and CentOS. We currently have a position open for a software engineer in India.

      • Enterprisers ProjectIT talent: 3 interview questions to prep for (and how to respond)

        With skills gaps across many sectors and flexible work models becoming standard, there’s never been a better time to be an IT professional. Systems analyst, functional consultant, and cloud engineer are among the top roles tech leaders are looking to fill.

        If you have the technical knowledge (and even if you don’t!) along with skills like analytical thinking, clear communication, and the ability to understand and respond to feedback, you are likely a strong candidate. But first, you need to go through the interview process.

        Based on my experience, here are three questions CIOs might ask during an interview – and tips on how to respond.

      • Enterprisers ProjectEdge computing: 5 use cases for manufacturing

        Here’s how a layperson – me – explains what manufacturing is: It means taking raw materials and turning them into finished products.

        If you want a more formal definition, here’s one from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: “The manufacturing sector comprises establishments engaged in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products.”

        It sounds old-school and highly physical – and perhaps not exactly fertile terrain for computing innovation. Yet manufacturing, just like the overall industrial sector, is a natural fit for edge computing and related trends like IoT, AI, and machine learning.

      • Red Hat OfficialPut your CPU to work with GNU Parallel | Enable Sysadmin

        There was a time in ancient computer history when a computer only had one CPU. Today, your computer may still only have a single physical CPU, but that one CPU has multiple cores for data processing. When you run a command, you owe it to the brave sysadmins of the past to put all those cores to good use. One way to honor those who suffered on single-core machines is to use GNU Parallel, the seemingly magical command parser that can execute a task on several files simultaneously.

      • Red Hat OfficialRed Hat Storage strategy update

        Today, IBM announced that the Red Hat and IBM Storage businesses are coming together as a single group within IBM. By combining our mission, teams and technologies, we will be able to more fully harness our strengths to grow this business further and faster, accelerate innovation in cloud-native software-defined storage, drive new capabilities for IBM and Red Hat customers, and position IBM to compete as a leader in the Enterprise Storage System & Hybrid Cloud Storage Software market.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow to deploy Azure Red Hat OpenShift [Ed: Red Hat is promoting Microsoft proprietary software and mass surveillance, in effect helping those who attack GNU/Linux and the GPL]

        Red Hat OpenShift is the platform of choice for many companies that have decided to modernize application development by adopting a cloud-native approach that makes the most of microservice and serverless patterns.

      • Red Hat OfficialDesigning for inclusion: Representational vs. aspirational personas [Ed: Red Hat talking about a yuppie Utopia while working for IBM, which implemented genocide for profit]

        Personas are often used by teams when making decisions that will impact their users. While personas are not “real” people, they should reflect reality. But what about when reality isn’t ideal? What happens when you discover that the range of current users, based on the people occupying high-ranking positions in IT, does not reflect the diversity we would hope to see? Do you faithfully and accurately portray reality, or paint an aspirational picture of how it should be in an inclusive world?

      • OpenSource.comLearn the OSI model in 5 minutes | Opensource.com

        The Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model is a standard for how computers, servers, and people communicate within a system. It was the first standard model for network communications and was adopted in the early 1980s by all major computer and telecommunications companies.

        The OSI model provides a universal language for describing networks and thinking about them in discrete chunks, or layers.

      • Red Hat OfficialIt’s Customer Experience (CX) Day! How Red Hat is listening and learning from you [Ed: When a company is reduced to marketing and not substance]

        At Red Hat, making sure our customers’ and partners’ voices are heard is our top priority. Collecting and listening to feedback helps us to improve the experience our users have with Red Hat’s products, services and people.

      • Red Hat OfficialAutomating network testing, getting started with Ansible, and other sysadmin tips | Enable Sysadmin

        Check out Enable Sysadmin’s top 10 articles from September 2022.

    • Debian Family

      • ZDNetDebian Linux accepts proprietary firmware in major policy change | ZDNET

        In Debian Linux’s 29-year history, there was one constant: Debian would be made entirely of free software. Debian also defined exactly what free software was in its Open Source Definition. Until now. Starting with the next version, Debian 12, aka Bookworm, Debian Linux will include proprietary firmware.

        Debian has always offered a choice of installation images that included proprietary software, but these were also labeled as experimental. This decision makes proprietary software officially part of Debian.

        The Debian community knows exactly what it’s doing. In September, the group voted on incorporating non-free firmware in Debian. This vote, like all Debian community decisions, was done with the Condorcet method. The winning option, Proposal E, Choice 5, clearly stated it superseded the Debian Social Contract.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • Reminder: Call for Ubuntu Community Council Nominations

        The Community Council is still looking for nominees for the upcoming election.

        We will be filling all seven seats this term, with terms lasting two years. To be eligible, a nominee must be an Ubuntu Member. Ideally, they should have a vast understanding of the Ubuntu community, be well-organized, and be a natural leader.

        The work of the Community Council, as it stands, is to uphold the Code of Conduct throughout the community, ensure that all the other leadership boards and council are running smoothly, and to ensure the general health of the community, including not only supporting contributors but also stepping in for dispute resolution, as needed.

        Historically, there would be two meetings per month, so the nominee should be willing to commit, at minimum, to that particular time requirement. Additionally, as needs arise, other communication, most often by email, will happen. The input of the entire Council is essential for swift and appropriate actions to get enacted, so participation in these conversations should be expected.

      • InfoQAWS Introduces Amazon Workspaces Core and Support for Ubuntu Desktops on Amazon Workspaces [Ed: Massive regression: Ubuntu with mass surveillance, inc. mouse tracking and keylogging by Amazon and American spy agencies.]

        AWS recently introduced a new addition to Amazon Workspaces with a fully-managed, infrastructure-only Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) offering called Amazon Workspaces Core. In addition, customers can provision Ubuntu desktops on Amazon Workspaces for their developers, engineers, or data scientists.

      • Ubuntu3 step guide to start Hacktoberfest [Ed: Canonical advertises Microsoft Github, which is proprietary (it attacks both Git and "Open Source", it's an occupation, siege). "We ❤️ open source," to quote Canonical, but we PROMOTE the PROPRIETARY software of MICROSOFT.]

        We ❤️ open source and are so grateful to see so many projects taking the decision to work in the open.

      • UbuntuKubeflow 1.6 on Kubernetes 1.23 and beyond | Ubuntu

        Kubeflow is an open-source MLOps platform that runs on top of Kubernetes. Kubeflow 1.6 was released September 7 2022 with Canonical’s official distribution, Charmed Kubeflow, following shortly after. It came with support for Kubernetes 1.22.

        However, the MLOps landscape evolves quickly and so does Charmed Kubeflow. As of today, Canonical supports the deployment of Charmed Kubeflow 1.6 on Charmed Kubernetes 1.23 and 1.24. This is essential as Kubernetes 1.22 is not maintained anymore, following the latest release of Kubernetes 1.25.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwareAlibaba T-Head TH1520 RISC-V processor to power the ROMA laptop

        The ROMA RISC-V laptop was announced this summer with an unnamed RISC-V processor with GPU and NPU. We now know it will be the Alibaba T-Head TH1520 quad-core Xuantie C910 processor clocked at up to 2.5GHz with a 4 TOPS NPU, and support for 64-bit DDR at up 4266 MT.

        The TH1520 is born out of the Wujian 600 platform unveiled by Alibaba in August 2022, and is capable of running desktop-level applications such as Firefox browser and LibreOffice office suite on OpenAnolis open-source Linux-based operating system launched by Alibaba in 2020.

      • dwaves.de- The era of Micro PCs – will ARM based SoCs finally (Apples aside) be fast enough for Desktop Workstation and Server workloads? | dwaves.de

        Apple already demostrated that it is even possible to run x86 workloads on ARM with a little tweak in the memory system.

        Especially important: how fast does existing x86 software (as virtualmachine or docker container) can be run on very energy efficient ARM SoC?

        “Apple isn’t doing it purely in software – they have Total Store Ordering support in their hardware!”

      • CNX SoftwareKhadas Edge2 review with Android 12

        We can see the Android 11 image from the list we saw last month is gone for good, and a new Android 12 image dated September 20, 2022 is available. I selected that one, and OOWOW downloaded the files and flashed it to the board. Within five minutes, Android 12 was up and running on the board.

    • Arduino

      • ArduinoBuild a smart home entertainment system | Arduino Blog

        Smart homes have many benefits, and it’s not all about convenience, security, and chores. Entertainment is a big part of what we do at home, and smart technology can help us maximize our enjoyment of our home entertainment systems and manage them more easily.

        In this article, we’ll look at some of the ways smart home technology leads to better entertainment, and we’ll share a few examples of home entertainment projects from the Arduino Project Hub that you can try.

      • ArduinoFlux is a kinetic art installation brought to life with Arduino | Arduino Blog

        Art may be subjective, but all of our readers can appreciate the technology that goes into kinetic art. That term encompasses any piece of art that incorporates movement, which means it can be as simple as a sculpture that turns in the wind. But by integrating electronics, artists can achieve impressive effects. That was the case for Nicholas Stedman and his Devicist Design Works team, who built the Flux kinetic art installation for Shopify’s Toronto offices.

        Flux is a massive 40-foot-long kinetic art piece that hangs suspended from the ceiling in the Shopify offices. That length is divided into 20 individual planks, each of which contains two reflective prisms. The prisms rotate in different patterns, resulting in mesmerizing visuals as light reflects around the art piece and the surrounding office. It is striking in its industrial minimalism, but subtle enough that it blends into the space instead of overpowering it.

      • ArduinoUroflow measures urine stream to monitor medical treatments | Arduino Blog

        Many medical conditions can affect urine flow, either as the primary effect or as a secondary symptom. That’s especially true for men, because prostate problems often affect urination. Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), for example, is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate that results in a weak urine stream. BPH is usually treatable with medication, but doctors need a way to measure a treatment’s efficacy. Jerry Smith developed Uroflow to monitor urine streams and track the progress of BPH treatment.

        When one’s prostate enlarges, it can both put pressure on the bladder and restrict the urethra. That results in a frequent feeling that one needs to urinate, but also a weak stream. When the enlargement isn’t related to cancer, it falls under the BPH umbrella. A key to diagnosing BPH is a urinary flow test, which detects stream strength and urine volume. Follow-up urinary flow tests help doctors monitor treatment. But typical equipment for urinary flow testing is expensive and requires that the patient visit their doctor. Uroflow is inexpensive to build, which would let patients perform urinary flow tests at home.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Internet Freedom FoundationVideoLAN has issued a legal notice to DoT and MeitY for banning their website in India

      VideoLAN’s URL from which users download the VLC Media Player (which is still open-source and ad-free!) appears to have been banned by the Department of Telecommunications (‘DoT’) in India since March 2021. This was done without any prior notice, or affording VideoLAN an opportunity of hearing, which is contrary to the 2009 Blocking Rules and the law laid down by the Supreme Court in Shreya Singhal v Union of India. IFF assisted in the drafting and dispatch of this legal notice.


      VideoLAN is a not-for-profit organisation that developed VLC – a free and open source, media player software that was released for public use in 2001. We all use VLC for running various kinds of media files and streaming. Over the years, VLC has grown in scale and has become compatible for use in various devices and platforms. It can be downloaded on desktop operating systems, Android, iOS and iPadOS through various distribution platforms such as Apple’s App Store, Google Play, and Microsoft Store, in addition to its website.

      VLC is currently being used by 80 million Indians, and has consistently seen an average of 25 million downloads per year in India since its release. For millions of Indians VLC is the primary choice for running all kinds of media formats for free. In March 2022, VideoLAN’s home page was banned in India without any prior notice to VideoLAN.

    • The Register UKYou thought you bought software – all you bought was a lie • The Register

      At the heart of the computer industry are some very big lies, and some of them are especially iniquitous. One is about commercial software.

      Free and open source software (FOSS) is at the root of a very big lie. FOSS itself isn’t a lie. FOSS is real and it matters. The problem is that the most significant attribute of FOSS is a negative. It’s all about what it is not. It’s quite hard to explain things in terms of what they are not. People aren’t used to it, and it can cause more confusion than it clears up.

      So, instead, FOSS advocates talk about aspects which are easier to explain. Stuff like “source code,” which is where the term “open source” came from. The problem is that in real life, the parts that are relatively easy to convey are most often completely irrelevant, at best unimportant, and at worst, not true at all.

      So first, I want to talk about something equally important, but which may seem like a digression. Let’s talk about convenience.

      Anyone who chooses to use free and open source software on their desktop regularly gets asked why. Why bother? Isn’t it more work? Isn’t the pro-grade gear commercial? Isn’t it worth buying the good stuff? Windows is the industry standard, isn’t it simply less work to go with the flow?

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

      • The Register UKPostgreSQL pitches better Oracle, SQL Server migrations • The Register

        PostgreSQL, the popular open source relational database, is getting support for MERGE statements, a move which is intended to make migration from SQL Server and Oracle-based systems easier.

        With the release candidate for PostgreSQL 15 published on Friday and general availability expected on 13 October, the upgrade promises a slew of new features for developers.

        But for those eyeing migration from Oracle to PostgreSQL, the new MERGE implementation that might be the focus of attention.

        MERGE allows the developer and DBAs to either insert, update or delete a row in the table according to certain conditions.

      • OpenSource.com5 new improvements in Apache ShardingSphere | Opensource.com

        Apache ShardingSphere, a powerful distributed database, recently released a major update to optimize and enhance its features, performance, testing, documentation, and examples. In short, the project continues to work hard at development to make it easier for you to manage your organization’s data.

        1. SQL audit for data sharding

        The problem: When a user executes an SQL query without the sharding feature in large-scale data sharding scenarios, the SQL query is routed to the underlying database for execution. As a result, many database connections are occupied, and businesses are severely affected by a timeout or other issues. Worse still, should the user perform an UPDATE/DELETE operation, a large amount of data may be incorrectly updated or deleted.

        ShardingSphere’s solution: As of version 5.2.0, ShardingSphere provides the SQL audit for data sharding feature and allows users to configure audit strategies. The strategy specifies multiple audit algorithms, and users can decide whether audit rules should be disabled. SQL execution is strictly prohibited if any audit algorithm fails to pass.

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Kotlin Static Site Generators

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

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

      • WordPress 6.1 Beta 3 Now Available – WordPress News

        WordPress 6.1 Beta 3 is now available for download and testing.

        This version of the WordPress software is under development. Please do not install, run, or test this version of WordPress on production or mission-critical websites. Instead, it is recommended that you test Beta 3 on a test server and site.

    • FSFE

      • FSFEFree Software in France +++ Hackerspace in Albania +++ Job

        In this issue, we discuss the rising awareness for Free Software in France. We share our plans for monitoring the implementation of Device Neutrality principles. A hackerspace in Albania shares the ‘Public Money! Public Code’ demand. We are looking for a working student to be our next system administrator assistant.

      • FSFE✦ Youth Hacking 4 Freedom Winners ✦ – FSFE

        After a year of coding and evaluation the Youth Hacking 4 Freedom competition comes to an end, giving us amazing projects. Who won? The six winning programs offer sign language transcription, a smart table robot, a personal assistant, a music tutorial, file sharing, and a homework manager. All Free Software.

        Back in October the FSFE started the Youth Hacking 4 Freedom competition to inspire the younger generation into software freedom. We had the pleasure to receive many interesting and inspired projects from all around Europe. Over a hundred people coming from 25 countries registered for the competition, making it a truly pan-European event. Now it is the exciting time of the results! The winners receive a cash prize intended to help them further develop their programs, or to support their studies. After careful consideration and interviews, here are the six winners…

      • FOSSLifeFSFE Announces Youth Hacking 4 Freedom Winners

        The FSFE started the Youth Hacking 4 Freedom (YH4F) competition in October of 2021 to inspire the younger generation about software freedom. We received many interesting and inspired projects from all around Europe, and more than a hundred people from 25 countries registered for the competition, making it a truly pan-European event.

    • Licensing / Legal

      • Copyright Licenses Are Key When Including Software in Standards

        Open source software and open standards have many similarities but the legal frameworks under which each are created have real and important differences. Nonetheless there is an increasing desire to combine the benefits of both open source and standards in the development of new interoperable software-based technologies. The good news is that the differences in legal frameworks can be reconciled by giving care to the rules under which standards are developed. One key area of attention to achieve this end involves the copyright rules under which open source elements of standards are made available.


        The mere development and use of software by SSOs in these ways has for the most part not given rise to conflicts with traditional SSO patent policies that permit participants to license their essential patent claims (i.e., those patent claims that would be infringed by implementing the standard), on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms. The intellectual property rights (IPR) policies of most (but not all) SSOs provide that FRAND terms may include reasonable royalties or other reasonable license fees. SSOs with such patent policies are referred to in this article as FRAND SSOs.

    • Programming/Development

      • Make Tech EasierHow to Make Your First Linux App With Flutter – Make Tech Easier

        Many popular apps, such as Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office, and WhatsApp, don’t have Linux desktop counterparts. However, thanks to cross-platform application development platforms like Electron, Flutter and Tauri, the number of Linux apps is on the rise.

        If you’re interested in trying your hand at development, this tutorial shows you how to make a very simple app using Flutter and could prove helpful for those who want to figure out how to create apps for Linux and get some programming experience.

      • mrcal 2.2 released

        The biggest single new feature in this release is the interactive graphical tool for examining dense stereo results: accessed via mrcal-stereo –viz stereo.

        The next pressing thing is improved documentation. The tour of mrcal is still a good overview of some of the functionality that makes mrcal unique and far better than traditional calibration tools. But it doesn’t do a good job of demonstrating how you would actually use mrcal to diagnose and handle common calibration issues. I need to gather some releasable representative data, and write docs around that.

      • Venture BeatMeta seeks to accelerate AI inference with open-source AITemplate

        Meta is open sourcing its AITemplate technology that enables AI inference to run across multiple hardware vendors, with the claim of better performance

      • MedevelBuild Desktop Application with Next.js and Electron using Nextron

        Next.js is a fashionable React framework for building web application. Some may argue that it is not suitable for building desktop apps, but they are wrong. It can be used to a powerful desktop apps using Nextron which is a starter for Electron + Next.js.

        Electron is a free and open-source software framework for building desktop apps. It is based on the open source Chromium browser engine as a layer to run desktop apps using Node.js runtime environment.

      • How to get the length of an Array in PHP – Pi My Life Up

        There are many situations where you will want to know precisely how long your array is within PHP.

        Luckily, getting an array’s length is a simple process thanks to one of PHP’s built-in functions.

        Over the following few sections, you will see how you can use PHP’s count() function to get the length of an array.

        If you haven’t yet been introduced to arrays, we recommend you check out our guide to arrays in PHP.

      • Git

        Git is one of those tools that I have been using for the past 4-5 years on a daily basis, very very good tool. Below I share some git commands and aliases …etc, that I’ve collected over the years.

      • Python

        • DebugPoint5 Best Python IDE(s) and Code Editor(s) – Top List of 2022

          We list the five best Python code editors for Ubuntu/Linux and Windows in 2022.

          Python is everywhere today, and it is arguably the C programming language of the modern era. You can find Python everywhere, from websites, apps, data science projects, and AI to IoT devices. So being a popular programming language of this decade, it is essential to know the development environment of Python, where developers create applications, especially if you are starting afresh.

          Many Python development environments are available with features and utilities catering to your need. Some of them are useful for beginners learning Python by setting up the environment and other users for heavy Python development and complex setups. Here, in this post, I will touch upon the five best of them that would help you to pick one for your own need and use case.

      • Java

        • TecMintMost Popular Java IDE’s for Linux Developers

          Java is a high-level, object-oriented, and general-purpose programming language that is widely used to build robust and secure web and desktop applications. Most developers prefer working on an IDE that simplifies writing code and maximizes productivity.

          So, what is an IDE?

          An IDE (Integrated Development Environment) is a software application that combines a comprehensive set of development tools and plugins into a graphical UI that makes writing code easier and more efficient.

        • InfoQJava News Roundup: BellSoft Introduces Alpaquita Linux, GlassFish, WildFly, Hibernate, Tomcat

          This week’s Java roundup for September 26th, 2022 features news from OpenJDK, JDK 20, Alpaquita Linux, Native in Spring Boot 3.0-M5, GlassFish 7.0-M9, Open Liberty and, WildFly 27 Beta1, Micronaut 3.7.1, Quarkus 2.13, Hibernate ORM 5.6.12, Hibernate Reactive 1.1.8, Kotlin 1.7.20, TornadoVM 0.14.1, Apache Lucene 9.4, Camel Quarkus 2.13, Apache Tomcat updates and jConf.dev.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • IT WireiTWire – European Parliament approves move for USB-C as single charging port

        The European Parliament has approved the move to make USB-C a common port for charging on portable digital devices, a move which was proposed back in September last year.

        The Parliament voted on Tuesday to adopt USB-C by a vote of 602 votes to 13, with eight abstentions.

        The move will have to be formally approved by the European Council before it is published in the EU Official Journal. It will become law after 20 days with member states given 12 months to transpose the rules and 12 months after the transposition period ends to apply them. The new rules will not apply to products placed on the market before the date of application.

        In a statement, the Parliament said by the end of 2024 all mobile phones, tablets and cameras sold in the EU would need a USB-C charging port. The obligation will extend to laptops from spring 2026.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • The Next PlatformDifferent GPU Horses For Different Datacenter Courses

        If the semiconductor business teaches us anything, it is that volumes matter more than architecture. A great design doesn’t mean all that much if the intellectual property in that design can’t be spread across a wide number of customers addressing an even wider array of workloads.

        How many interesting and elegant compute engines have died on the vine because they could not get volume economics and therefore volume distribution behind them, driving down costs and driving the creation of software ecosystems? Well, the truth is, damned near all of them.

        While Intel is no stranger at all to the GPU business. In fact, it would be hard to find a stranger GPU business than the one that Intel put together several times over the decades – yes, decades – as GPU guru Jon Peddie, writing for the IEEE Computer Society, has documented.

    • Security

      • IT WireiTWire – Government should also share blame for Optus fiasco: Budde

        Well-known independent telecommunications consultant Paul Budde says while Optus has bear a lion’s share of the blame for the recent massive data breach, the government was not totally off the hook.

        “As with so many policies there has been a serious lack of vision from the government and therefore also no clear strategy attached to it,” he told iTWire on Tuesday. “There are a dozen or so initiatives that are not aligned and sometimes conflicting with each other.”

        Optus announced the breach on 22 September. However, only last evening did the company specify the numbers affected, with a total of 2.1 million taking a hit.

      • Bruce SchneierNSA Employee Charged with Espionage [Ed: FBI sting operations to create more Russophobia?]

        An ex-NSA employee has been charged with trying to sell classified data to the Russians (but instead actually talking to an undercover FBI agent).

        It’s a weird story, and the FBI affidavit raises more questions than it answers. The employee only worked for the NSA for three weeks—which is weird in itself. I can’t figure out how he linked up with the undercover FBI agent.

      • IT WireiTWire – Telstra gets in on data leak action, staff data posted online

        Telstra has reported a data breach, with the names and addresses of 30,000 current and former staff being posted online.

        Australia’s biggest telco was in a rush to play down the leak, saying on LinkedIn that this was not due to a breach of any Telstra system.

        It appears the data was filched from workforce management software company, Pegasus, which was providing a rewards program for Telstra staff.

      • LWNSecurity updates for Tuesday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (barbican), Fedora (libdxfrw, librecad, and python-oauthlib), Oracle (bind), Red Hat (bind and rh-python38-python), SUSE (bind, chromium, colord, libcroco, libgit2, lighttpd, nodejs12, python, python3, slurm, slurm_20_02, and webkit2gtk3), and Ubuntu (linux-azure, python-django, strongswan, and wayland).

      • Fear, Uncertainty,

        • USCERTImpacket and Exfiltration Tool Used to Steal Sensitive Information from Defense Industrial Base Organization | CISA [Ed: Microsoft CISA tries to blame “open source” for merely being used to construct things that exploit holes/back doors in proprietary stuff]

          CISA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the National Security Agency (NSA) have released a joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA), Impacket and Exfiltration Tool Used to Steal Sensitive Information from Defense Industrial Base Organization, highlighting advanced persistent threat (APT) activity observed on a Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Sector organization’s enterprise network. ATP actors used the open-source toolkit, Impacket, to gain a foothold within the environment and data exfiltration tool, CovalentStealer, to steal the victim’s sensitive data.

        • eSecurity PlanetZINC Hackers Leverage Open-source Software to Lure IT Pros [Ed: Linux Today relays Microsoft lies and FUD against “Open Source”]

          Microsoft team published a detailed schema that explains how the ZINC group compromised targeted engineers in 2022…

        • USCERTCISA Releases Five Industrial Control Systems Advisories [Ed: Some of these are specific to Microsoft]

          CISA has released five (5) Industrial Control Systems (ICS) advisories on October 04, 2022. These advisories provide timely information about current security issues, vulnerabilities, and exploits surrounding ICS.

        • CISAJohnson Controls Metasys ADX Server [Ed: Microsoft Windows TCO]

          Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an Active Directory user to execute validated actions without providing a valid password.

        • CISAHorner Automation Cscape | CISA

          The affected product does not properly validate user-supplied data. If a user opens a maliciously formed FNT file, then an attacker could execute arbitrary code within the current process by accessing an uninitialized pointer, leading to an out-of-bounds memory read.

        • CISAOMRON CX-Programmer [Ed: Microsoft Windows TCO]

          The affected product is vulnerable to an Out-of-Bounds Write in CX-P.exe, which may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • BBCBrazil’s Lula and Bolsonaro face run-off after surprisingly tight result – BBC News

        Brazil’s election is going into a second round in which left-winger Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will face far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.

        With almost all the votes counted, Lula had won 48% against Bolsonaro’s 43% – a much closer result than opinion polls had suggested.

        But Lula fell short of the more than 50% of valid votes needed to prevent a run-off.

        Voters now have four weeks to decide which of the two should lead Brazil.

        Winning outright in the first round was always going to be a tall order for any candidate – the last time it happened was 24 years ago.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • VOA NewsRussia ‘Tightening Screws’ on War Coverage

        The Kremlin is “tightening the screws” on how media inside Russia can report on its war in Ukraine, media analysts say.

        Moscow issued new directives to the media in late September, following Russia’s announcement of a partial military mobilization to try to bolster its troops.

        Under the new regulations, media organizations must use only data and information from federal and regional executive bodies when reporting on mobilization efforts.

        Failure to comply could result in news outlets being blocked or fined up to 5 million rubles (US $82,000), according to the Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor.

        Russia has imposed a series of regulations on the media since it invaded Ukraine in February, including directives to call the war a “special operation,” and a new law penalizing spreading “false news” about the army. A violation of the latter carries a 15-year prison sentence.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • MIT Technology ReviewThe White House just unveiled a new AI Bill of Rights

        The White House wants Americans to know: The age of AI accountability is coming.

        President Joe Biden has today unveiled a new AI Bill of Rights, which outlines five protections Americans should have in the AI age.

        Biden has previously called for stronger privacy protections and for tech companies to stop collecting data. But the US—home to some of the world’s biggest tech and AI companies—has so far been one of the only Western nations without clear guidance on how to protect its citizens against AI harms.

        Today’s announcement is the White House’s vision of how the US government, technology companies, and citizens should work together to hold AI accountable. However, critics say the plan lacks teeth and the US needs even tougher regulation around AI.

      • AccessNowIran: Alarm over mass arrests of human rights defenders amidst protests – Access Now

        The undersigned international human rights and civil society organisations demand an end to the deliberate violence, arrest, threats, and charges against Iranian human rights defenders, journalists, student activists and civil rights actors, especially amongst minority ethnic groups.

        Since 18 September 2022, over fifty human rights defenders, in addition to journalists and student activists, have been arrested and arbitrarily detained, some already charged with “acting against national security”. The death toll around the country is estimated to have gone beyond one hundred according to some human rights organisations and media outlets. According to the Baloch Activists Campaign on 1 October 2022, at least sixty seven protesters have been killed only in Zahedan, Balouchestan province. The arrests and attacks appear to be aimed at punishing and silencing those protesting for human rights, especially women’s rights, and accountability for the death in Morality Police custody of a 22-year-old young woman, Mahsa (Jina) Amini, while enforcing the country’s discriminatory forced veiling laws. In response to this, several human rights groups have called for the Iranian police and authorities to be held accountable.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Make Tech EasierFCC Cracking Down on Robocalls With a Threat to Voice Service Providers – Make Tech Easier

        There is no need to explain what robocalls are. We ALL know what they are and have been at least bothered, if not enraged, by them. The Federal Communications Commission has had enough too. Seven voice service providers not playing by the rules will be removed from the FCC database for robocallsif they don’t comply in 14 days.

      • PoliticoNew UN telecoms chief urges governments to keep the internet on

        Governments shouldn’t shut down the internet to quell protests, the newly elected head of the United Nations’ telecoms agency suggested on Friday.

        Asked about countries, including Iran, where governments restrict web access to limit political dissent and communications, the secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United States’ Doreen Bogdan-Martin, stressed the internet’s importance.

        “I believe that all people should have access to connectivity: It’s empowering; it can be life-saving,” she said in an interview with POLITICO.

    • Monopolies

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • A rare update

        I know I don’t post very often and I don’t really participate in the gemini community. I’m not a very extroverted person and I became really depressed since the russian invasion of Ukraine, although my life hasn’t changed that much. I wasn’t hit by inflation that hard (yet) and I can still pay my bills. But every day there are more shocking news and escalation. I’m haunted by old fears which I thought were long gone.

        But here is a little update – I don’t want my gemini presence to vanish completely. It won’t be read by many people anyway and I don’t consider my content as ‘high quality’. Sorry for that, but I’m not much of a writer.

      • 🔤SpellBinding: CEMOUTP Wordo: VIRAL
      • 10-03-2022

        This is intended to be more of a small blog rather than anything I actually write super long on. Short diary for my day. Tried to use gemlog blue or whatever, but this seems nicer. Dunno.

    • Politics

      • Avoiding Fascism

        With all my “farewell anarchy” talk lately, I need to become super careful to avoid fascism.

        Fascism is a rich-gets-richer project that was created to divert energy from the class vs class struggle and instead getting the classes to cooperate vs some nebulous “other”.

        The jews, the muslims, the gays, the terrorists, the drug-dealers, the genderqueer, the women, the Mexicans, the immigrants, the fake news, the abusers, the traffickers…

      • An Antique Epoch of Human History

        Sometimes I **do** feel that being sessile like our omnipresent *friend* Shambal Brambel’d be the best course of action. And, as Robert Calvert said: *There’s only one course of action.* One wouldn’t have to bustle thither and then hither unmaking, reassembling and poorly ascertaining the multitudinous building blocks of life. The sessile state is one of contemplation. The sessile state is one of concentration. The sessile state is one free of distraction. Well, unless you are stationed in the sessile state beside a cacophony of Spanish (or otherwise) “humans” clamouring for attention between each other and pretending that anything outside of their bubble does not exist. Tribal heathens. May they experience the flame death – and soon. The moral is, whilst packing for your journey to the *sessle state*, to include your best noise-cancelling headphones in case the general location of your sessile state is invaded by clamouring Spanish (or otherwise) tribalists.


        As for my own involvement, I’ve been to blame for being a music snob for many epochs. Back in the *good ol’ days*, I’d certainly condemn those who listened to *lesser* music (read – simply what was fed to them by the radio) as opposed to actively exploring “higher” forms. I evolved, finally, and through many epochs. When it comes to interest-related cliques, one must simply understand that people’s foci differ. Simply, if one is into avant-garde music doesn’t mean one is into avant-garde film and vice-versa, though of course it doesn’t exclude the possibility, either. As always, borders are fuzzy. The membranes of such bubbles are broad and permeable. The catholic tribe of believers in a stark black and white universe will die in the multi-timbrel conflagration of colour.

    • Technical

      • My open-source machine learning toolbox

        I recently got interested into what’s possible with machine learning programs, and this has been an exciting journey. Let me share about a few programs I added to my toolbox.

        They all work well on NixOS, but they might require specific instructions to work except for upscayl and whisper that are in nixpkgs. However, it’s not that hard, but may not be accessible to everyone.

      • ActivityWatch

        Interesting FOSS program time! ActivityWatch[1] is a time monitoring FOSS program. Compared to alternatives, it’s fully FOSS, privacy-friendly and stores data locally. I thought it’d help me see how I spend my computer time, thus would prove helpful in organizing it. If you’re on Android it’ll auto import your statistics from the OS.

        On the Small Web we tend to be mindful of our computer usage and try to not get caught in the whirlwind of the WWW, so a helpful utility like ActivityWatch fits right in. I find it useful for keeping myself informed in regards to my screen time, not only that you can see what specific programs you use and you can group them based on various categories.

      • Compaq Presario 5150

        My mother and I were staying at someone’s home. Whoever it was had a computer that could access the internet. My mother told me that soon we would be speaking to my father through this person’s computer. I was a bit incredulous but nevertheless excited when I shouted “How!?” at the top of my lungs. She explained, “Your father is on the other side of the computer and he’s going to send us messages over the internet.” Internet? The other side of the computer? Images of my father shrunken down, small enough to fit in the palm of my hand, and living inside the computer screen flashed in my mind. I was scared.

      • Science

        • Star Log 2022-10-04 Morning (Fairbanks, AK, US)

          OpenWeather forecasted clear skies in the early morning hours, so I decided to get up about 2am AKDT and do some star gazing. When I got outside about 2:30am, there was some mild green Aurora swirls. I was told by others that there were some spectacular displays a few hours earlier, so it looks like I saw the tail end of that.

      • Programming

        • The easy decision to move from Electron to Qt at Lumina

          At Lumina[1] (the statup I work), we switched our UI stack from Electron to Qt. Both are extremely popular and mature technologies, both had their pros and cons. But we ended up migrating by the end of 2021. I think the story is interesting and worth sharing. Hence this post.

          For some context, Lumina sells webcams and provides a software for post-processing and image tuning. Early PoC software was MacOS only and written in Electron[2] and bridged to C++ for low level accss. This works quite well as we are able to leverage experiences from our web team. The native software team just have to deal with image processing and camera control. Crossing the JS <-> C++ bridge is easy-ish but prone to error. We had wrapper issues from time to time.

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

Linux Foundation Events Now ‘Run’ by Linux’s Biggest Foe

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 6:35 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Linux Foundation “Wanna First Start Off by Saying a Thank You to Our Sponsors, Especially to Our Diamond Sponsor Microsoft”

This was uploaded 6 days ago (0:00-1:04 below):

Summary: The Linux Foundation expresses gratitude, upfront, to only one company: Microsoft

Informal notes on the keynote from Jim Zemlin (in order of appearance):

  • The Linux Foundation lies about being “global”, showing highly misleading charts in an early slide for a “Latin” audience. Over 90% of the money is spent in the US, based on the latest IRS files.
  • Jim Zemlin keeps saying “intellectual property”. That’s disingenuous.
  • The Linux Foundation’s LFX seems to be proprietary software (vendor lock-in). Needs to be verified though.
  • Recently, Jim Zemlin did not even give talks. His keynotes were just him reading a script. Ridiculous.
  • Zemlin now spread the “supply chain” FUD of Microsoft proxies. They try o make “Open Source”, not the NSA and its tentacles (like Microsoft), seem like the real risk, including “back doors”.
  • Zemlin also brags about Microsoft working with Linux Foundation on “trust” (while Microsoft works for the NSA, a back doors booster).
  • Zemlin became like a Microsoft salesperson (like his wife, who is technically a fraud [1, 2]). He even uses the same talking points, e.g. “log4j” (even a year after this was patched).
  • Zemlin also perpetuates the lie that in proprietary software there are good security practices but the same is untrue in “Open Source”; he’s in effect repeating Microsoft’s lies. It is a false narrative.
  • Zemlin says “Open Source movement”, but it’s not a movement but a corporate push to attack the movement (Free software) or what he conveniently dubs “collective innovation”.
  • LF events became like a joke. Online, the whole thing is just people reading scripts, even the presenter, or the coordinator. It’s like people who are able to speak, just read. They’re like actors for the sponsors.
  • If a speaker ‘bashes’ Microsoft, will the CoC be enforced? The first talk after Zemlin keeps mentioning GitHub (proprietary) as if it’s the same thing as “Open Source”. “The worst part is that from a marketing perspective,” an associate notes, “it is chump change and not even noticeable money they’re selling out for. Microsoft’s very presence violates the CoC.”
  • To quote the associate further: “Jim Zemlin engages in a bit of revisionism. FOSS is not becoming a part of industry. It is what built and runs the Internet and the WWW. It’s not becoming part of product and service development, it has been there since day one already. It has not become the cornerstone, it started out as the cornerstone going back to the first days of computing in the 1940s and 1950s, though back then it was referred to merely as “software” since the availability of the source code went without saying. It was only IBM and Microsoft in the 1980s that worked to undermine that, helped along with a lot of revisionism in the last 5 to 10 years by marketeers like Jim Zemlin.”

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Links 04/10/2022: Tor Project Board and Conflicts of Interest, More Politics

Posted in News Roundup at 4:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Kernel Space

      • TalospaceLinux 6.0

        The Linux 6.0 kernel is out, formerly “5.20,” and on its way to a distro near you. Keeping in mind that no Linux numerical release corresponds to any particular milestone, real or imagined, the marquee improvements include more graphics hardware support, XFS performance and scalability improvements (I like this in particular since my Fedora root is still XFS), further preparations for Compute Express Link, zero-copy send for networking and io_uring userspace block driver support.

      • Ubuntu HandbookLinux Kernel 6.0 Released! How to Install it in Ubuntu 22.04 | UbuntuHandbook

        Linux Kernel 6.0 was released hours ago! Here are the new features and how to install instructions for Ubuntu 22.04.

        “So, as is hopefully clear to everybody, the major version number change is more about me running out of fingers and toes than it is about any big fundamental changes.” Linus Torvalds announced.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Linux Kernel 6.0 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

        The Linux Kernel 6.0 release contains several features and improvements. One of the most notable is support for the newest generation of Intel, AMD, and ARM processors. In addition, the kernel includes updates to improve security and performance and support various new hardware devices. For users, the most significant change in this release will likely be the new capabilities and improved stability. As always, users are advised to upgrade to the latest kernel version if they require only to do so or understand the risks of using mainline kernels.

        Some of the various changes besides the typical CPU improvements include the following.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • DebugPointHow to Enable, Disable Keyboard, Mouse and Touch Devices via Terminal

        Xinput is a utility that gives you configuration options to control mouse, keyboard, touchpad, and touch screen devices in Linux (applicable for all Linux distributions such as Ubuntu and Fedora). It is part of xorg-xinput package, which provides various device services.

        Here’a a simple tutorial to demonstrate how you can enable & disable various peripheral devices using Xinput via the terminal.

      • PowerDNSStructured Logging in PowerDNS Recursor

        The problem with free text logging is that is it very hard to keep it consistent and hard to process automatically in a reliable way. It is also not always clear (unless the creator of the message is very careful) what information is actually logged and quoting of special values is often problematic. A typical example of a free format log message looks like this (set quiet=no when running Recursor to see these detailed messages, this is not recommended in a production environment as it generates an awful lot of messages): [...]

      • JCSBBSing at 300 Bits Per Second

        I recently acquired a 3M Whisper Writer 1000 communications terminal circa 1983, and restored it to working order. This is a short session of it dialing into my Kludge BBS (hosted on a Macintosh Plus circa 1986) over its internal 300 bps modem.

      • Manuel MatuzovicDay 6: the :has() pseudo-class

        It’s time to get me up on speed with modern CSS. There’s so much new in CSS that I know too little about. To change that I’ve started #100DaysOfMoreOrLessModernCSS. Why more or less modern CSS? Because some topics will be about cutting-edge features, while other stuff has been around for quite a while already, but I just have little to no experience with it.

      • In defence of swap: common misconceptions

        Having swap is a reasonably important part of a well functioning system. Without it, sane memory management becomes harder to achieve. [...]

      • VideoHow to install Microsoft Fonts on Linux Mint 21 – Invidious

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

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install GachaBoba on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install GachaBoba 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.

    • Games

      • Daniel MiesslerStadia is Google’s Product Strategy – Daniel Miessler

        Google refuses to invest in solid product strategy and UI/UX, and the results are becoming predictable


        As I ranted about with Google’s management interfaces, the interfaces seem completely oblivious to how people will actually use the products. So they fail.

      • AIMStadia Joins The League Of Extraordinary ‘Killed by Google’ Projects

        In 2019, Google introduced Stadia during the Game Developers Conference (GDC) held in San Francisco. A cloud gaming service, Google described it as ‘a platform for everyone’ – one that could stream games from the cloud to the Chrome browser, Pixel devices, and Chromecast. Against this backdrop, Google had also planned to establish its own gaming studio for exclusive titles. Stadia was touted to be the next disruptive thing in the gaming industry.

      • Obliteration is a new PS4 Emulator for PC (Windows/Linux)

        And here comes a new challenger. Developer ultimaweapon has released a brand new Playstation 4 emulator for the PC, called Obliteration. Obliteration is currently at a very early point, and it doesn’t exist for commercial games. Nevertheless, for that video demonstration can be found under the map as well as a download link.

      • GamingOnLinuxSteam Next Fest – October 2022 Edition is live now

        Ready to try more game demos? Now is your chance once again as Steam Next Fest – October 2022 Edition is live.

      • GamingOnLinuxKDE devs talk Steam Deck and their work for it at Akademy 2022, over a million shipped

        Recently at the Akademy 2022 conference, KDE’s David Edmundson gave a talk on the Steam Deck and the ongoing work in KDE to improve things.

      • GamingOnLinuxAMD driver update gets Red Dead Redemption 2 working better on Steam Deck / Linux

        Are you having issues with Red Dead Redemption 2 on either the Steam Deck or a Linux desktop with an AMD GPU? Well, upcoming driver updates should improve it. While there was an update in Proton Experimental recently that fixed the game not running after the FSR2 upgrade, it seems there’s still problems with it crashing after a while.

      • GamingOnLinuxSteamOS and Steam Deck on top for Linux in the Steam Hardware Survey

        The latest Steam Hardware & Software Survey is out now for September 2022, with it showing that clearly the Steam Deck with SteamOS is the most popular way now to game on Linux.

      • GamingOnLinuxProton Experimental updates fix up Indiana Jones, Final Fantasy IV (3D Remake)

        Valve has recently put up a fresh update for Proton Experimental, bringing more game compatibility and some fixes. The update was released on September 30th.

      • HackadaySubverting PS4 And PS5 Through The PS2 Emulator

        Game console hacking remains a fascinating area, and we’re glad when someone brings the spoils of exploration for us to marvel at. This time, we’re looking at the [mast1c0re] hack story by [cturt] – an effort to find bugs in PS2 emulation toolkit present on Sony PlayStation 4 and 5 consoles, proving fruitful in the end. What’s more, this exploit seems unpatchable – not technically, but under the Sony’s security practices, this emulator falls under the category of things they refuse to patch when identified.

      • HackadayYour Own Home IR Cloner

        Many devices use infrared (IR) as a signalling medium like, for example, RGB LED strip controllers modules and some TV controllers. Often times these signals aren’t meant for secure applications which means the functionality can be reproduced by simply replaying back the received signal verbatim. Sometimes, enterprising hackers want to reverse engineer the IR signals, perhaps to automate some tasks or just to get a better understanding of the electronics we use in our everyday life. To help in this effort, [dilshan] creates an open source hardware IR cloner device, capable of snooping IR signals and retransmitting them.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Bryan Lunduke25th Anniversary of FreeDOS — with the creator of FreeDOS

      Back in 2019, on the 25th anniversary of FreeDOS, I talked with the projects founder… Jim Hall.

      Note: This video was originally recorded in 2019 and is presented here, unedited. Including advertisements from the time. Because historic computer ads are cool and should be preserved.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Jeff GeerlingYou can’t buy a Raspberry Pi right now

        Well, two reasons:

        1. Raspberry Pi is one of the few SBC vendors (maybe the only one) to tackle the most important feature for adoption and ongoing end-user happiness: support.

        Instead of throwing hardware at the wall, seeing what sticks, and relying on developer communities to support their hardware with distributions like Armbian, Raspberry Pi actively supports their boards, all the way back to the original Pi model B. They ship Raspberry Pi OS. They continually improve their documentation and focus on a great end-user experience for beginners and advanced users.

        2. Production limitations because of the global components shortage.

      • NetBSDThe Geeks way of checking what the outside wheather is like

        Long story short – I was still in the process of recabling the house (running ethernet to every room) and added a serial cable from the machine room to the WS2300, and then did some pkgsrc work and got misc/open2300 and misc/open2300-mysql. I used those to log the data from the weather-station to a mysql database, and later moved that (via misc/open2300-pgsql) to a postgres database.

        Now sometime this year the machine running that database had to be replaced (should have done that earlier, it was power hungry and wasteful). The replacement was an aarch64 SoC (a Pine64 Quartz64 model A) – and it had no real com ports (of course) any more. I had experimented with USB serial adapters and the WS2300 before, but for unclear reasons this time I had no luck and couldn’t get it to work. Since some of the outdoor sensors of the old weather-station had started failing, I decided to replace it.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Mozilla

        • TorThe Role of the Tor Project Board and Conflicts of Interest

          First off, a word about non-profit boards of directors. Although every non-profit is unique in its own way, the purpose of a board of an organization like The Tor Project, with a substantial staff and community, is not to set day-to-day policy or make engineering decisions for the organization. The board’s primary role is a fiduciary one: to ensure that Tor is meeting its obligations under its bylaws and charter, and “hire/fire” power over the executive director. Although staff members may consult board members with relevant expertise over strategic decisions, and board members are selected in part for their background in the space, the board is separate from the maintenance and decision-making on Tor’s code, and a board seat doesn’t come with any special privileges over the Tor network. Board members may be consulted on technical decisions, but they don’t make them. The Tor Project’s staff and volunteers do. The Tor Project also has a social contract which everyone at Tor, including board members, has to comply with.

    • Programming/Development

      • Lawrence TrattUML: My Part in its Downfall

        In this post I’m going to try and explain some of the factors that I think contributed to UML’s downfall. To some extent this is a historical document, at least of my perspective. But, with the benefit of hindsight, I feel there are general lessons to be drawn about how both group dynamics and standardisation can develop in unfortunate ways. Be forewarned that I only saw part of what was going on (so I will be unaware of possibly important details), I didn’t write a diary (so I will recall things incorrectly), and my recollections are bound to reflect my biases (my ego will inevitably encourage me to relay the story in a way that presents me in a better light than I deserve).

      • RlangR tips and tricks – get the gist

        In scientific programming speed is important. Functions written for general public use have a lot of control-flow checks which are not necessary if you are confident enough with your code.To quicken your code execution I suggest to strip run-of-the-mill functions to their bare bones. You can save serious wall-clock time by using only the laborers code lines. Below is a walk-through example of what I mean.

      • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

        • Alexandru NedelcuExecute Shell Commands in Java/Scala/Kotlin

          The following describes snippets for executing shell commands, in Java, Scala, and Kotlin, using standard functionality. It’s also useful to compare Java vs Scala vs Kotlin for this particular problem.

  • Leftovers

    • Terence EdenBlog To Speech

      I find this curious. I don’t think it is bad or wrong or unbloggerly. Just a bit odd. I’m from the generation who hated phone calls and ruthlessly mocked voicemail. And now I see the youth leaving each other voicenotes and I feel bemused.

      Reading is faster than listening. For me, at least. But reading requires focus. It’s hard to cook dinner while reading text. But it’s pretty easy to do most things while a podcast prattles on in the background.

    • Andre FrancaBrief thoughts on Mastodon

      Lately, I’ve been in a movement to limit my access to Mastodon, so I can focus on my family, or things like reading and studying. Although I don’t toot much, my account is active and I try to catch up monthly on what’s going on there.

    • HackadayLaser Zaps Cockroaches Over One Meter

      You may have missed this month’s issue of Oriental Insects, in which a project by [Ildar Rakhmatulin] Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh caught our attention. [Ildar] led a team of researchers in the development of an AI-controlled laser that neutralizes moving cockroaches at distances of up to 1.2 meters. Noting the various problems using chemical pesticides for pest control, his team sought out a non-conventional approach.

    • HackadayHackaday Prize 2022: An Easy-To-Build Fermenter For Tempeh

      [Maud Bausier] and [Antoine Jaunard] believe we should all know about tempeh — a traditional Indonesian food made out of legumes fermented with fungi. To simplify the process a bit: you get some soybeans, add a tempeh starter fungi culture to them, ferment them a while, and out comes the tempeh. It’s a great source of proteins that’s relatively easy to grow on your own. One catch, though — you do need a certain kind of climate to have it develop properly. This is why [Maud] and [Antoine] are bringing a tempeh fermenter design to this year’s Hackaday Prize.

    • Science

      • Matt RickardThe Steffen Boarding Method

        Boarding an airplane is no fun. Usually, it’s done by airline status or back-to-front. In a wildly unprofitable industry where time is the major constraint – isn’t there a quicker boarding method? A survey of queuing algorithms.

      • Lee Yingtong LiBayesian biostatistics procedures matching frequentist confidence intervals

        Confidence intervals are commonly misinterpreted as there being, after observing the data, a 95% probability that the true parameter lies within the confidence interval. The usual explanation why this is incorrect is that the true parameter is not random, and so is either inside or outside the confidence interval. This explanation holds in the ‘relative likelihood’ interpretation of probability associated with frequentist statistics.

        However, as I have discussed previously, in the ‘subjective’ interpretation of probability associated with Bayesian statistics, we can assign a probability to the true parameter lying within a given interval. To do so implies that we are thinking of a particular likelihood function for the data, and a prior that would allow us to assign a probability to the true parameter lying within the interval before observing any data.

        It is relevant to ask, then, if we interpret a frequentist confidence interval of level $α$ as a Bayesian credible interval of level $α$, what prior does this imply? Equivalently, can we construct Bayesian procedures whose credible intervals exactly match the standard frequentist confidence intervals, for all levels $α$?

      • RTLSweden’s Paabo wins medicine Nobel for sequencing Neanderthal DNA

        Paabo’s research gave rise to an entirely new scientific discipline called paleogenomics, and has “generated new understanding of our evolutionary history”, the Nobel committee said.

        “By revealing genetic differences that distinguish all living humans from extinct hominins, his discoveries provide the basis for exploring what makes us uniquely human,” it said in a statement.

        Paabo — the founder and director of the department of genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig — found that gene transfer had occurred from these now extinct hominins to Homo sapiens following the migration out of Africa around 70,000 years ago.

    • Education

      • uni TorontoUniversities and their non-employees (part two)

        In an ordinary conventional company (or more broadly many organizations), everyone present not merely matters to the company but also is paid by the company and actively work for it. They’re an employee or a contractor of the company, they get paid for it, and they think of their relationship with the company this way. Even in sectors that are plagued by ‘unpaid internships’, I think that such people still think of themselves as working for the company, just for free.

      • Positech GamesThis article is too long for you

        I made the mistake today of reading some social media comments (twitter, reddit, arstechnica, slashdot) on a topic I know a bit about and have read a lot of the background on. As you might guess it was an IQ-barren tirade of abuse, uninformed hot-takes and absolutely baseless bullshit. This isn’t new, but I am beginning to worry that its basically the only means of communication people can cope with now. I think that our IQs have taken a battering, but far far worse, our attention spans have been destroyed, which is the first step towards making us even stupider.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Proprietary

      • AIMCloud Prices Are Hurting Enterprises Bad, But There Might Be Ways Out

        The discussions around companies facing an ongoing cloud crisis are everywhere. According to a recent report published by autonomous solution provider company Anodot, almost 50% IT professionals are currently facing difficulties in controlling cloud costs, and almost a third of the respondents witnessed a 25–50% hike in cloud prices.

      • JoinupInterview of Lydia Prinsen from the City of Amsterdam and Jeroen Naves from Pels Rijcken Permalink

        The ambition of this project has always been to show it is possible to operationalize general guidelines for AI ethics to ensure the digital human rights are safeguarded while making use of the advantages that digitalization may bring to a city. Because of interest from other players in Europe with regards to the Amsterdam practices, further promotion of ethical AI by having an European standard for public procurement of AI And algorithmic systems was a perfect next step. For this reason, we, DG CNECT and DG GROW of the EC jointly decided to announce this collaboration by holding a webinar. Here, Amsterdam shared it’s experiences on the AI-clauses and it’s conditions were in depth presented by Jeroen Naves. This was a first step in ultimately creating a draft version of the European AI Clauses.

    • Security

      • Integrity/Availability/Authenticity

        • Jan Piet MensDNSSEC signing with the se.SAM N200 HSM with PKCS#11

          I pretty much stumbled over sematicon and their N200 Series on my quest for Hardware Security Modules (HSM) of almost any shape and size, and after a very pleasant phone call with one of their managers, I was quickly given documentation to study and access to a dedicated device over a Wireguard VPN.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Rolling StoneAretha Franklin Was Tracked By the FBI for 40 Years. Here’s What’s In Her File

          From 1967 to 2007, the Federal Bureau of Investigation methodically collected information about Aretha Franklin using false phone calls, surveillance, infiltration, and highly-placed sources, according to the documents obtained in September by Rolling Stone.

          Franklin’s FBI file — first requested in via the Freedom of Information Act on Aug. 17, 2018 — is 270 pages long, peppered with phrases like “Black extremists,” “pro-communist,” “hate America,” “radical,” “racial violence,” and “militant Black power” and overflowing with suspicion about the singer, her work, and the other activists and entertainers with whom she she spent time. Some documents are heavily redacted and others indicate that there may be additional materials in the FBI’s possession. Rolling Stone has requested the FBI make available any and all additional records.

        • Site36Artificial intelligence for border surveillance: Greece tests autonomous drone swarms

          Now the Greek authorities are researching new methods to detect border crossings from the air. This will involve the use of drones that will take over tasks for border surveillance and law enforcement with the help of „real-time artificial intelligence“. The project is called REACTION and researches technologies for land border surveillance. Details of the project were presented by the Greek Minister of Immigration and Asylum, Notis Mitarakis, at a trade fair in Thessaloniki earlier this month.

        • InklPeter Thiel’s Palantir Had Secret Plan to Crack UK’s NHS: ‘Buying Our Way In’

          Palantir Technologies had a secret plan to deepen its relationship with the UK’s National Health Service without public scrutiny.

          The US data-analytics company aimed to buy up smaller rivals that already had an existing relationship with the NHS, according to emails and strategy documents seen by Bloomberg. This approach would hopefully allow Palantir to avoid further scrutiny in working with one of the largest depositories of heath data.

          Palantir’s regional head Louis Mosley described the strategy in an email entitled “Buying our way in…!” sent in Sept. 2021, which outlined “hoovering up” small businesses serving the NHS to “take a lot of ground and take down a lot of political resistance.”

        • HackadayBig Brother Or Dumb Brother? Bus Drivers In Beijing Are Forced To Wear “Emotional Monitors”

          Humans aren’t always great at respecting each other’s privacy. However, common sense says there’s a clear boundary when it comes to the thoughts in one’s own head and the feelings in one’s heart.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Counter PunchStop the Ukraine War: Refuse to Handle Military Cargo

        We, members and retirees of the ILWU, are very concerned about the Coast Committee’s public statement of March 3, 2022 on the war in Ukraine. It diverges from the many anti-war positions that our union has taken even when it was unpopular to do so. The ILWU has always criticized NATO’s war moves. Since the end of World War II we’ve opposed U.S. wars and coups in Korea, Vietnam, Angola, Serbia (former Yugoslavia), Cuba (Bay of Pigs Invasion), Chile (coup), El Salvador and Nicaragua.

      • Democracy NowNoam Chomsky & Vijay Prashad on Ukraine, Why U.S. Must Negotiate with Russia & What Media Gets Wrong

        We speak to world-renowned political dissident Noam Chomsky and political writer Vijay Prashad about the Russian war in Ukraine, now in its eighth month. When it comes to continuing the war rather than negotiating a peace settlement, “the United States and Britain are pretty isolated on this,” says Chomsky. “The United States saw Ukraine as a kind of loose nail under which they place their weapons, billions of dollars of weapons … in order to egg Russia on,” says Prashad. Chomsky and Prashad are co-authors of the new book, “The Withdrawal: Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and the Fragility of U.S. Power,” which covers failed U.S. foreign policy in recent wars and the importance of seeing beyond dominant media narratives.

      • MeduzaThe Ukrainian offensive in the Kherson and Donetsk regions New developments at the front, in detail — Meduza

        While the official Kremlin is busily annexing Ukrainian regions on paper, Ukraine’s armed forces are conducting a major offensive in the Kherson and Donetsk areas. Please note that, during a war, fact-checking all the incoming information for complete accuracy takes time. This report reflects our best understanding of what’s currently happening at the front, and may be amended in the future.

      • BBCNorth Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan

        The UN prohibits North Korea from ballistic and nuclear weapons tests.

        “North Korea appears to have launched a missile. Please evacuate into buildings or underground,” the Japanese government said in a rare alert issued at 07:29 local time on Tuesday (22:29 GMT Monday).

        Officials said the missile fell into the Pacific Ocean about 3,000 km (1,860 miles) from Japan, and that no injuries had been reported in connection with it.

      • The HillUS faces election worker shortage ahead of midterms due to rise in threats

        In an interview last month, Kim Wyman, senior election security lead at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said because of those threats 1 in 3 elections officials and poll workers have quit their positions over fears for their safety, and state officials are having a hard time hiring for such positions.d

      • NBCOath Keepers leader regretted not having guns on Jan. 6, prosecutors say at seditious conspiracy trial

        The Justice Department alleges that Rhodes and members of his organization plotted to oppose the peaceful transfer of power, stockpiling guns in “quick reaction forces” just outside of D.C. that could be brought into the city at a moment’s notice. Rhodes’ lawyers have noted that he followed D.C.’s strict gun laws, which they say is an indication that he would have only acted upon an order from then-President Donald Trump. But the audio recording and other evidence prosecutors presented Monday suggest that Rhodes planned to disrupt certification of the presidential election regardless of what Trump said.

      • The HillProsecutors lay out sprawling sedition case against Oath Keepers

        Federal prosecutors on Monday laid out their sprawling case against Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes and four other members of the far-right militia as it brings rarely used seditious conspiracy charges in one of its most high-profile trials against those who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

        Rhodes is on trial alongside Oath Keepers Kelly Meggs, Kenneth Harrelson, Jessica Watkins and Thomas Caldwell, each accused of conspiring to use force to overthrow the government — a crime that carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

      • The Telegraph UKVolodymyr Zelensky hits back at Elon Musk after he tweets his ‘peace’ plan for Ukraine

        “Which @elonmusk do you like more?,” the president tweeted, offering two responses: one who supports Ukraine, one who supports Russia.

        Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to Mr Zelensky, asked Mr Musk in a response: “Will hundred thousand dead in Mariupol vote? Or those who went through concentration camps? @elonmusk you create rockets and dream of colonising Mars. Russia creates mobile crematoria and dreams of Ukrainians disappearing as a nation. It is not a “voting” issue.”

      • NPROath Keepers planned an armed rebellion, prosecutor tells jury in sedition case

        Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and four other members of the far-right group tried to change history and disrupt the peaceful transfer of power on Jan. 6, 2021, prosecutor Jeffrey Nestler told jurors hearing the first seditious conspiracy trial to result from the assault on the U.S. Capitol last year.

      • SalonGinni Thomas and the Oath Keepers signal the “no regrets” phase of January 6 apologia

        Ginni Thomas is sticking to the Big Lie, even when testifying before the January 6 committee. We still don’t know her exact phrasing, but reports from members of the January 6 committee indicate that the right-wing activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas reiterated during her testimony last week the false belief that President Joe Biden stole the 2020 election from Donald Trump. Whether or not she was sincere in this claim is hard to discern. She also told the committee she never speaks about her extensive political activism with her husband, a claim so implausible that it casts doubt on the truthfulness of anything she said during an interview in which she was not put under oath.

      • Over 2,295 Teachers Killed In North-East Schools’ Attacks, Says TRCN

        The Registrar/Chief Executive of Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Professor Josiah Ajiboye, has disclosed that attacks on schools by insurgents claimed the lives of more than 2,295 teachers in the North-east between 2009 and 2022.

      • Nigerian TribuneAttack On Schools: Over 2,295 teachers killed in North East between 2009 – 2022, says TRCN

        Registrar/chief executive of Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Professor Josiah Ajiboye, who disclosed this, on Friday in Abuja, also revealed that over 19,000 others have been displaced, and over 910 schools damaged or destroyed due to the conflict.

      • Number of migrants crossing the Channel this year edges closer to 33,000

        There have been 27,539 crossings since then home secretary Priti Patel announced the deal with the east African nation in April.

      • Kent UKChannel crossings crisis is ‘out of control’, says Home Secretary Suella Braverman

        Channel crossings this year are already past 30,000. Picture: UKNIP

        “So the problem has gone out of control for a variety of reasons.”

      • The Telegraph UKPolice catch people-smuggling gang behind 50 Channel crossings

        Each Channel dinghy generally carries more than 40 migrants and is said by police to have netted the smugglers around £70,000 apiece, or more than £3.5 million in total.

        News of the raids came as an estimated 650 to 700 migrants crossed the Channel on Thursday following 667 confirmed as being intercepted in the Channel on Wednesday. It takes the total past 31,000 for this year, compared with 28,561 for the whole of 2021.

      • RTLUnexploded WWII bomb found in Hosingen

        The grenade was taken to a nearby patch of woodland and neutralised in a controlled explosion.

      • The Telegraph UKMystery military drone washes up on Crimea beach

        The unmarked vessel – carrying cameras and other electronic equipment – was found on a beach at Omega Bay, close to the Sevastopol naval base on the Crimea peninsula, illegally annexed by Russia in 2014.

        The discovery of the device, around 150 nautical miles from Ukrainian-held waters, may explain why Russia took the recent decision to move its Kilo-Class attack submarines from the Sevastopol base to Novorossiysk, in Krasnodar Krai, southern Russia.

      • Marcy WheelerStop Magnifying The Former President’s Incitement

        We have gotten so well-practiced with mass shootings in the US, we know well enough not to participate in the mass shooter’s actions by magnifying his manifesto.

        But we don’t follow that rule about terrorism-in-process, at least not in the form of the former President’s own tweets.

      • ScheerpostHedges: ‘The Greatest Evil is War’ Excerpt Details the Horrors of a Post-War Life

        Chapter X: Wounds That Never Heal

      • ScheerpostDobbs Is a Recipe for Disaster in the Military

        Andrea Mazzarino gives us a feeling for just what a disaster the Dobbs decision is likely to be for one community of Americans of which she’s a part: military spouses.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Helsinki TimesLaw on whistleblower protection finally moving forward in Finland

        The bill states that private companies with 50–249 employees must introduce an internal channel that enables the anonymous reporting of misconduct by 17 December 2023. Companies with 250 or more employees must introduce such a channel within three months of the act passing. The obligation to set up the channel will also apply to certain smaller organisations in the financial sector.

        Whistleblowers who do not have access to such a channel or who have good reason to believe the internal report would be ineffective can also submit their reports to the office of the Chancellor or Justice.

      • TruthOutNational Archives Says It’s Still Missing Docs Trump Removed From White House
    • Environment

      • Energy

        • ScheerpostBlinken Says Nord Stream Sabotage Is a ‘Tremendous Opportunity’

          The secretary of state says it’s an opportunity to remove Europe’s dependency on Russian energy.

        • Common Dreams‘Their Greed Knows No Bounds’: Analysis Shows Ongoing Price Gouging by Oil Giants

          “Why are gas prices still failing to match lower oil prices? Corporate greed.”

        • Common Dreams‘Doing This for My Son’: UK Climate Activist Gives Interview While Handcuffed, Hauled Off by Cops

          “The United Nations has said we should have no new oil.”

        • Michael West MediaBeyond the Vales: towering profits and squalid PR tactics at the twilight of the coal boom

          “Extremely investor friendly” is how the latest fossil fuel buyer describes Australia. Along with the twilight of the coal era with its astronomical profits has come the rise of squalid public relations tactics. Zacharias Szumer investigates the case of Liechtenstein-based coal trader Sev.en Global Investments, its billionaire owner Pavel Tykač and Sev.en’s propaganda associates.

          The recent sale of the Vales Point coal plant to Czech company Sev.en Global Investments has already attracted plenty of controversy. Not least because of the $200 million price tag. It was an extremely tidy turn for Liberal Party donor and local coal baron Trevor St Baker who bought it for only $1 million from the NSW Government in 2015.

        • VarietyKim Kardashian to Pay $1.26 Million to Settle SEC Charges She Illegally Hyped Cryptocurrency

          According to the SEC’s order, Kardashian failed to disclose that she was paid $250,000 to publish a post on her Instagram account about EMAX tokens, the crypto asset security being offered by EthereumMax. Kardashian’s post linked to the EthereumMax website, which provided instructions for potential investors to purchase EMAX tokens.

        • NPRSEC charges Kim Kardashian for unlawfully touting crypto on her Instagram account

          The Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday Kardashian has agreed to pay a fine of $1 million, although she did not admit or deny the S.E.C.’s findings. She will also give back $260,000, which includes her payment from the company with interest.

        • Soylent NewsThe Bicycle

          Why is a gasoline moped allowed to do 30, but an electric one only 20? Oil industry bribes to legislators, or is Secretary Buttigieg on the take? Are oil companies bribing him? He and my elected representatives will be getting some emails… Or more likely, Trump’s transportation secretary Elaine Chao, since the Republican Party is the Party of Big Oil, the party of climate change skeptics, the party of billionaires, no longer the party of Lincoln but now the party of Trump, the president who engineered a failed attempt to hold onto power despite the vote.

          But, the fellow at Ace was correct. The maximum speed without pedaling is 20. I recommend that shop, they have good people.

          As to the bike itself, here’s a short review: [...]

        • HackadayLithium-Ion Batteries Are Easy To Find

          In the first article, I’ve given you an overview of Lithium-Ion batteries and cells as building blocks for our projects, and described how hackers should treat their Lithium-Ion cells. But what if you don’t have any LiIon cells yet? Where do you get LiIon cells for your project?

        • DeSmogScrap UK’s Net Zero Target, Key Figure in Pro-Truss Think Tank Tells Tory Conference

          Andy Mayer, chief operating officer and energy analyst at the Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA), called the legally binding target “nonsense” adding that the energy crisis shows that energy security and “affordability” are more important.

        • HackadayAncient Nuclear Plant Computer Finds New Home In Bletchley Museum

          Although technology keeps advancing every year, safety-critical systems in factories and power plants typically stay with the technology that was available when they were built, in the spirit of “don’t fix it if it ain’t broke”. When it comes to safety, there are probably few systems more critical than nuclear power plants, and as a result one power station in Dungeness, in the south-east of England, was controlled by the same Ferranti Argus 500 computer from the early 1970s until the reactor was shut down in 2018.

        • Common DreamsSupreme Court Gives Biden DOJ a Chance to Prove Its Commitment to Climate Justice

          In Suncor Energy Inc. v. Board of County Commissioners of Boulder County, Suncor and ExxonMobil are urging the conservative-dominated Supreme Court to intervene after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the fossil fuel companies’ argument that such climate liability cases belong in federal court.

        • Common DreamsOpinion | A New Term Begins for This Extremist Right-Wing Supreme Court

          The Supreme Court begins its new term today, October 3, and will soon consider critical questions about the future of fair elections, affirmative action, and more. While there’s much we don’t know, one key data point is what we’ve learned over the last year. The blockbuster Supreme Court term that ended in June was the first full-year opportunity for the 6–3 conservative supermajority to wield power. It frequently did so in radical ways.

      • Wildlife/Nature

    • Finance

      • The NationCapitol Flight: How Dems Dropped the Stock Ban

        Congress gaveled out last Friday to begin a recess for all of October, so that members can campaign for reelection. As this legislative session winds down, lawmakers will be leaving behind plenty of unfinished business, but one item in particular stands out: a policy with stronger public support than the Inflation Reduction Act, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the CARES Act, the CHIPS and Science Act, student debt cancellation, and gun control.

      • The NationLabor Without Love

        “No one wants to work anymore” was the surprise refrain of late 2021, posted on the doors of businesses forced to close for lack of staff and delightedly memed by a burgeoning anti-work crowd online. Reddit’s r/antiwork subgroup, the clearinghouse for cathartic quitting stories and texts to horrible bosses, became so popular it warranted a report from the Financial Times. If the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic were marked by astonishing unemployment rates as businesses closed down and fired or furloughed staff, so many people quit their jobs in 2021 that the phenomenon acquired its own nickname: the Great Resignation. Baristas, the quintessential service workers, have won unionization campaigns at Starbucks franchises across the country; in April 2022, warehouse workers on Staten Island finally struck a blow against the seemingly invincible Amazon. Wages for American workers have risen rapidly, a novelty after decades of stagnation. But what should we take from these recent developments in the politics of labor? Are they aftershocks of the pandemic alone, or are they indicative of broader trends?

      • TruthOutLiz Truss Is Roiling the British Economy in Her Zeal to Serve the 1 Percent
      • TruthOutIlhan Omar and Ro Khanna’s Offices Overwhelmingly Vote to Unionize
      • TruthOutWorkers Have Held More Strikes So Far in 2022 Than in All of 2021, Data Finds
      • Common DreamsUK’s Truss Drops Tax Break for Wealthy, But Austerity Threat Remains Amid ‘Tory Class War’

        “They need to reverse their whole economic, discredited trickle-down strategy.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Will Congress Extend Corporate Tax Breaks But Not Tax Provisions That Reduce Child Poverty?

        Congress may enact bipartisan legislation after the midterm election to stop corporate tax increases that are scheduled to go into effect under former President Trump’s 2017 tax law, which Republicans passed without a single Democratic vote. Republican lawmakers who voted for the 2017 tax law now universally want to prevent these cost-containing provisions in that law from taking effect, which would make Trump’s corporate tax cuts even larger than originally enacted. Regardless of what one thinks of the merits of this, it would be entirely unreasonable to enact these corporate tax cut “extenders” without also extending the expansions in the Child Tax Credit that pulled 2.1 million children out of poverty in 2021 according to recent Census data.

      • Common DreamsTo ‘Step Back From the Edge of Recession,’ UN Urges Central Banks to Stop Rate Hikes

        “We have the tools to calm inflation and support all vulnerable groups. This is a matter of policy choices and political will.”

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Democracy NowNoam Chomsky & Vijay Prashad on Brazil Election, Lula’s Leftist Platform & Fears of a Bolsonaro Coup

        Brazil’s presidential contest will be settled by a runoff vote on October 30 after leftist former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva fell short of a majority in Sunday’s election, winning 48% of votes compared to incumbent far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who received 43%. Bolsonaro outperformed expectations set by recent polls, which had suggested an outright win for Lula. On Friday, we spoke to world-renowned political dissident Noam Chomsky in Brazil and political writer Vijay Prishad, just back from the country, about the stakes in one of the most important elections in Latin America. The results of the contentious election will determine, among many things, the fate of the Amazon, and another Bolsonaro term would be “devastating for the world,” says Chomsky. Lula is leaning more left than in his previous presidency and has made “very clear that questions of social justice will be at the forefront of his presidency,” says Prashad.

      • Common Dreams‘We Will Be on the Streets’: Lula Vows Resolve as Brazil Heads Toward Runoff

        “Tomorrow we will be on the streets to win the elections. We don’t have a break. We are going to work hard,” Lula said as the results showed a second round would be necessary.

      • ScheerpostLula Vows Resolve as Brazil Heads Toward Runoff

        “We don’t have a break. We are going to work hard,” said the leftist former president. “And we have 28 more days.”

      • Common DreamsBrazilians Elect Three Transgender Progressives to Congress

        “We won the election, despite the attacks from sectors of the left, attacks from Christian fundamentalists, and death threats from the extreme right.”

      • ScheerpostScott Ritter: The Onus Is on Biden & Putin

        We are, literally, on the eve of destruction. Now is the time for the kind of political maturity leaders rarely demonstrate.

      • TruthOut“We Will Be on the Streets”: Lula Vows to Keep Fighting in Runoff With Bolsonaro
      • Common DreamsBrazil Votes Live: Lula Wins the First Round Over Far-Right Bolsonaro; Runoff Oct. 30

        Brazil’s presidential race will need to go to an October 30th second round after former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva fell short of the 50%+1 he needed to avoid a run-off with extremist incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.

      • TruthOutBolsonaro Pushes Brazenly False Claims of Election Fraud After First Round Loss
      • The NationLula Wins the First Round, but Bolsonarismo Is Here to Stay

        São Paulo—Last night, Brazil went to bed in the knowledge that the election has another 28 days left and that a bitterly fought second round awaits between former president Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva and Jair Bolsonaro. Progressives in São Paulo spent the day in high spirits: The sun was out, red-clad Workers Party (PT) supporters were gathering in bars and on the streets, and there were very few people dressed in the national soccer team jersey that, over the past decade, has been appropriated by Brazil’s right wing.

      • The NationOff the Record: Barack Obama on Donald Trump

        The last few days of any president’s term are bound to spark moments of melancholy reflection—perhaps for Barack Obama even more so than most commanders in chief. Imagine Obama in the third week of January 2017: He had made history as the first Black US president; he had prided himself on trying to govern rationally and to engage with his Republican foes with civility on the playing field of competing ideas; he was leaving a presidency that, despite many headwinds, had some notable achievements to its credit, such as the Affordable Care Act, the Iran nuclear deal, and the Paris Agreement on climate. Despite all that, Obama was about to be replaced by a malevolent buffoon.

      • The NationThis Supreme Court Will Decide the Fate of the Voting Rights Act

        The Voting Rights Act shaped my childhood, though as a kid I didn’t know that. Heading to the polls with my parents every Election Day was as routine as getting up for church each Sunday. It’s also the reason I upended my career as a biologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to start a civic engagement organization, Fair Count. Let me explain.

      • The NationThe Promise of Freedom

        On May 24, 1861, the fate of the Civil War was unclear. The Confederacy was formed in large part to defend slavery, but the Union was not yet committed to ending the chattel regime. That did not deter three enslaved people—Frank Baker, James Townsend, and Shepard Mallory—from doing their part to change the meaning of the conflict. Leased out to construct Confederate defenses in Virginia, they fled at night, rowing a boat four miles north along the Chesapeake coast to Fort Monroe, the Union’s only base in Virginia at the time. Under the Fugitive Slave Law, the Union should have returned the three men to their enslavers. The commanding officer of the fort, Benjamin Butler, thought differently: Secession had invalidated any Union responsibility to Confederate property, he insisted, and the men could be kept as “contraband of war.” Butler still justified the emancipation of the enslaved by treating them as property—the Emancipation Proclamation was still about two years away—but the three fugitives’ escape marked the point at which Black people began to turn the conflict into a war for freedom. Over the next 19 months, some 500,000 people, fleeing to Union lines, would join them in self-liberation.

      • TechdirtLazy-Ass House GOP Uses Foreign Stock Photos In Video About America

        I get that stock photos are a thing and that political campaigns or teams may be pressed for time, but some things really shouldn’t be so hard. If you follow politics, you may be aware that House Republicans, led by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, unveiled an agenda for 2023 politics it’s calling “Commitment to America.” I’ll leave any discussion of the agenda itself to sites that focus on politics. I will note, however, that if this whole thing sounds familiar to you, then you’re old enough to remember Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America” which is heralded as an important primer that led to the GOP gaining 54 House and 9 Senate seats in the 1994 elections.

      • MeduzaSuing Gorbachev 31 years after the USSR’s collapse, a group of Lithuanians sought to hold its last leader to account — Meduza
      • MeduzaDmitry Ozerkov, head curator of contemporary art, resigns from Hermitage — Meduza

        Dmitry Ozerkov, the head curator of contemporary art at St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage, has resigned from his position after 22 years of working at Russia’s celebrated art museum.

      • MeduzaRussia’s State Duma more than unanimous in ratifying annexation treaties, with more votes in favor than deputies present — Meduza

        Russian State Duma deputies have ratified four treaties signed by Vladimir Putin and the heads of several Ukrainian regions, where annexation “referendums” were conducted on Sept. 23–27. The treaties join the self-proclaimed “DNR” and “LNR,” as well as Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions, to the Russian Federation as its new constituents. As part of the formal annexation procedure, these documents had to be approved by the Russian parliament.

      • Telex (Hungary)Novák only V4 president to not sign presidential declaration condemning Russian annexation of Ukrainian territories
      • Telex (Hungary)Orbán: This is the beginning of cannibalism in Europe
      • uni TorontoUniversities, “Bring your own device”, and security

        Organizations have a strong interest in making sure that the devices people use to do their work (and access to organization’s resources) are secure. When BYOD is in effect, my impression is that the common corporate approach is to require people to put their BYOD devices under some sort of corporate remote management (sometimes called ‘Mobile Device Management (MDM)’ when it applies to smartphones and the like). This remote management is then used to apply security settings, insure things are up to date, look for signs of compromise (and perhaps remotely wipe the device if they’re detected), and often intrusively track what’s done on the device in the name of the organization’s security.

      • The NationWhat We Can Learn From Watergate

        Watergate demonstrates both the importance and the limits of accountability. The Watergate investigations of a sitting president led not only to Nixon’s resignation but to the prosecution of some 40 government officials—and prison time for many, including Nixon’s chief of staff, White House counsel, domestic affairs director, and attorney general.

        To this day, those serving in the White House remain aware that they are not above the law. White House counsel Pat Cipollone warned that “we’re going to get charged with every crime imaginable” if Trump joined the march on the Capitol on January 6. When Trump sought to replace the acting attorney general, Jeffrey Rosen, with a zealot prepared to certify baseless claims about election fraud, the acting deputy attorney general, Richard Donoghue, threatened he would resign and “your entire department of leadership will walk out within hours.” Trump backed down, possibly remembering how Nixon’s “Saturday night massacre”—the firing of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox—kick-started the impeachment process.

      • The HillGoogle shuts down translation feature in China

        “We are discontinuing Google Translate in mainland China due to low usage,” Google told The Hill in a statement.

        Bloomberg News also reported that the Hong Kong version of the translation service isn’t accessible in the area without a virtual private network.

      • CNBCGoogle shuts down Translate service in China

        Alphabet’s Google on Monday said it shut down the Google Translate service in mainland China, citing low usage.

        It marks the end of one of Google’s last remaining products in the world’s second-largest economy.

      • TruthOutEvery Single Florida House Republican Voted Against Disaster Relief Funding
      • TruthOutThe Supreme Court May Well Legalize Election Theft This Term
      • FAIRThe Persistently Faulty Record of Generic Ballot Polling

        Yet, in the past several weeks, numerous news stories (e.g., Washington Post, 8/27/22; Washington Examiner, 8/20/22; New York Times, 9/16/22) have suggested that the Democrats may not suffer disastrous losses in the House after all.

      • Common DreamsRights Groups Implored EU Leaders to Denounce Israeli Apartheid at Summit

        “The decadeslong European failure to take action in the face of grave human rights abuses has emboldened Israeli authorities to brazenly escalate their repression of Palestinians.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Make No Mistake: Donald Trump Is on the Ballot
      • Common Dreams‘We Must Not Stand By’: Amnesty Urges State Leaders to Ban Guns Near Polling Places

        “The presence of firearms at polling places will act as a force multiplier for violence and could result in abuses of the right to life.”

      • The NationThe Differences Between Us

        In 2015, The New York Times Book Review posed the question “Whatever happened to the Novel of Ideas?” to the writers Pankaj Mishra and Benjamin Moser. On the question of “whether philosophical novels have gone the way of the dodo bird,” Mishra answered in the affirmative and—not a writer who shies away from generalizations—charged that the culprit was the MFA program. “America’s postwar creative-writing industry,” Mishra claimed, has “hindered literature from its customary reckoning with the acute problems of the modern epoch” and “boosted instead a cult of private experience.”

      • The NationLady Justice
    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • ABCHigh court will hear social media terrorism lawsuits

        In the cases the court agreed to hear, relatives of people killed in terrorist attacks in France and Turkey had sued Google, Twitter, and Facebook. They accused the companies of helping terrorists spread their message and radicalize new recruits. One of the cases was thrown out, mostly under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, while the other was allowed to proceed.

        The court, which began its new term Monday, is expected to hear arguments in the cases this winter with decisions before the court recesses for the summer, usually in late June.

      • Dhaka TribuneIran: Lawmaker labels female protesters as prostitutes

        An Iranian lawmaker labeled women who have taken off mandatory headscarves to protest against the death of Mahsa Amini as “rioters” who are “out to prostitute themselves.”

        Mahmoud Nabavian, a legislator from Tehran, made the comments as hardline attitudes grow against ongoing protests following Amini’s death, which occurred while in police custody.

      • Dawn MediaTwo firemen shot dead in ‘targeted attack’ on Korangi fire station

        Two employees of the city’s fire brigade department were shot dead in what police described as a targeted attack aimed at spreading terror in Korangi in the small hours of Saturday morning.

        Korangi SSP Faisal Bashir Memon said all the victims were firemen, who were there to respond to any fire emergency in the area.

      • TruthOutGrassroots Groups in Mississippi Are Pushing for Representation in Local Office
      • Common DreamsOpinion | When You Have No Choice in a Pro-Violence Society

        In significant parts of this country, the Supreme Court’s June 2022 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade returned Americans to a half-century-old situation in which hundreds of thousands of women, faced with unwanted pregnancies, were once forced to resort to costly, potentially deadly underground abortions. My spouse’s employer, the Pentagon, recently announced that its own abortion policy, which allows military insurance to cover the procedure when a pregnancy results from rape or incest, or poses a threat to the mother’s life, still holds.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Rise of the Right-Wing University

        The notion that American institutions of higher learning are pervasively left-wing and endeavor to instill liberalism or socialism in their students is a conventional wisdom that has gone virtually unexamined since the student movement in the 1960s.

      • ScheerpostPrison Strike Spreads in Alabama as Incarcerated Individuals Demand DOJ Protect Their Human Rights

        After a week of striking, Jared Ware shares how prison authorities have tried to thwart inmates’ protests.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • TechdirtDish’s ‘New 5G Network’ Remains Kind Of A Mess

        You might recall that the Trump administration “fix” to the competition and layoff problems created by the Sprint T-Mobile merger (which consolidated four major wireless players into three major players) was to have Dish build a new 5G network. But the effort has been a sloppy mess from the start, and three months into its commercial launch, there’s not a whole lot of indication it’s gotten much better.

    • Monopolies

      • CoryDoctorowAn antitrust murder whodunnit

        First, I’ll explain the authors’ conclusion, then I’ll explain the evidence that supports it. The authors conclude that the change in US antitrust enforcement wasn’t the result of reasoned argument, but rather, a mix of financial enticements and a covert influence operation.

      • Patents

        • TechdirtNew Study Shows That High R&D Costs Don’t Explain High Drug Prices

          For years, defenders of pharma patents loved to claim that the reason that they needed patents and the reason they had to charge extortionate rates for drugs was because of the high cost of R&D for new drugs. The numbers keep going up. When I first started covering pharma patents, the number bandied about was $600 million per new drug. Then it jumped to $800 million. Then $1 billion. The latest I’ve heard them claiming is an average of $1.5 billion per new drug.

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakHosting a Pirate Streaming Site on GitHub Isn’t the Best Idea

          WishFlix is a French pirate streaming site that chose GitHub as its hosting platform. While this worked well for a while, the site was targeted by a StudioCanal takedown notice last week. WishFlix is currently still afloat but GitHub probably isn’t the best hosting option for a pirate site that went viral on social media.

        • TechdirtPublishers Lose Their Shit After Authors Push Back On Their Attack On Libraries

          On Friday, we wrote about hundreds of authors signing a letter calling out the big publishers’ attacks on libraries (in many, many different ways). The publishers pretend to represent the best interests of the authors, but history has shown over and over again that they do not. They represent themselves, and use the names of authors they exploit to claim the moral high ground they do not hold.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Would you rub the crystal ball?

        My long-term anxiety sees every month as less than guaranteed. Sometimes I can’t even take a week for granted. If I had the ball, all I would have to do is ask, and know whether or not my anxiety is well-founded…but doing so puts a countdown on the rest of my life, regardless of whether the answer is in 6 weeks or 6 decades.

    • Politics

      • Re: Everything is Rotten

        Under the delusions of market capitalism, fossil fuel has been a remarkable source of energy to cheaply enable far-reaching transportation. It’s all illusory because we’ve been paying for that wealth by wrecking our own planet.


        Abolishing that will decrease our standard of living very much. And we’ve got to, or we’ll die. That’s what gasoline populists don’t understand.


        And, I still haven’t seen any anarchist solutions to externalities, unlike exploitation; modern ancom grew out of the class struggle and has an effective plan to fight exploitation; we need a new toolbox to solve climate externalities.

    • Technical

      • Akka and the future of SpaceBeans

        Apparently a paid licence will only be necessary for large companies (not sure if profiting from Akka), and looks like security patches will be backported (at least for a while). Any non-OSS version will be released as OSS after 3 years, but that doesn’t matter in my opinion.

        SpaceBeans is currently using the latest OSS version of Akka (the service relies on Akka Streams), and I don’t plan to use the non-OSS version, so this is the end of the road for SpaceBeans as it is today.

      • Science

        • Everything is Rotten

          The personal implications of this are insightful. Often there are parts of my life that I start to dismantle without understanding the purpose of it. This leads me to despair at points, since I realize that there is really nothing founding the majority of what holds my own identity together. This tempts me to “come up with a solution to all these problems in [my] head”, as Jeremy says. This leads me into a depressing epistemic nihilism.


          I believe everything is rotten. Our institutions are designed to serve those already in power, states cannot respond properly to any social issues, corporations are empowered to destroy the environment for profit, and so much more.


          Social democrats say that society cannot be changed radically, fighting against “extremists” with the same vehemence as those who push for less incrementalist societal shifts. Bolshevists say society must be changed radically, but the people will not be ready without actively pushing for class consciousness.


          As I heard from a wise indigenous anarchist, abolishing capitalism will probably increase our standard of living, but abolishing colonialism will likely lower it. This is because our lives have been built upon institutions that depend on genocide.

        • Chesterton’s Fence

          Critical thinking is the most powerful weapon in the arsenal of humankind. It is like a sharp sword that cuts through the follies of society, leaving nothing undefiled in its wake. Yet, when deployed improperly, it can also injure the thinker, bring ruin to his or her life, and ultimately accomplish nothing productive.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • 2022 Week 38/39: Thoughts and Photos

          Much of the negative commentary I’ve read about Gemini recently seems to focus on how much convenient functionality it lacks relative to the Web–functionality such as forms, in-line links, and stateful connections. The set of people who have this “too featureless” mindset seems to correlate heavily with the set of people who have been told that Gemini is a “better Web”. In my opinion, while Gemini sits comfortably between Gopher and the Web, it’s much more correct to think of Gemini as an expansion of Gopher than a contraction of the Web. It might be more helpful to show newcomers the nature of Gopher and its limits, and then explain what Gemini does to improve on its concepts. Those who see Gopher as pointless will probably think similarly of Gemini, in which case it’s important not to oversell the protocol.

          My wife and I have returned from two trips out of the area. The first was a vacation, and the second was a business trip, on which I traveled alone. My wife got sick immediately after returning from the vacation, but the head cold was kind enough to let me fly out to the office and back before filling my brain with fog. I now get to enjoy my first few days back with a box of tissues and a bag of cough drops.

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

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