Microsoft AstroTurfing: GitHub’s First Puppet CEO May Be Violating Wikipedia Rules With Reputation Laundering by Proxy (Hiding the Serial Strangler From Microsoft/GitHub)

Posted in Deception, Microsoft, Wikipedia at 5:44 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

About a week ago: Nat Friedman Seems to Be Employing a PR Agency to Turn a Wikipedia Page About Him Into Hagiography and Hide His Strong Links to the Serial Strangler Alex Graveley

Nat Friedman theauthenticco

Before (heavily focused on one topic)

Nat Friedman deletion

After (account removed)

Summary: Wikipedia is being manipulated and is becoming a Public Relations machine; today we take a closer look into the ‘cover-up’ that comes after Nat Friedman, Miguel de Icaza, and their close friend Alex Graveley ‘leaving’ Microsoft

FOLLOWING last week’s quick post we noticed that “theauthentic.co” sort of ‘vanished’ itself from Wikipedia (screenshots above). Who are they and who’s employing them?

Details of domain registration are redacted for “privacy” and anyone trying to find their corporate registration would be disappointed. They’re very secretive. Also, someone who looked on LinkedIn said “they were founded in August 2019″ and they’ve deleted their Wikipedia account as well.

So let’s dive deeper.

Well, there was a working account there a week ago. It seems to be closely connected to or obsessed with Nat Friedman. Is he a client?

We found an LLC in Ohio where they’re supposedly based, but it’s not in the city that they are based in. The address attached to it is a virtual office:







This seems to be connected to “STREICHERT CONSULTING, LLC” under the name of “ASHLEY STREICHERT”:

So-called consulting 1

So-called consulting 2

So-called consulting 3

So-called consulting 4

Tampering with history and manipulating facts is a very Microsoft thing. Microsoft keeps getting caught and Jimbo Wales slammed them for it.

Less than 10 days ago we pointed out that in a very Microsoft fashion a former CEO of GitHub had ‘his’ Wikipedia article turned into some hagiography, owing so a shadowy entity. He must have noticed. We do know that this bunch is watch us closely, based on communications with their representatives. They have plenty to hide!

Links 16/10/2022: ArchLabs 2022.10.15 Out and GIMP Developer Website Revived

Posted in News Roundup at 1:29 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • DebugPointDebugPoint Weekly Roundup #22.09: New Wayland Compositor, Firefox OS Revival and More

      Welcome to the DebugPoint Weekly roundup #22.09, where you can find all the happenings from this week, mainly from the Linux and open-source space. This week saw some major anniversaries from some distros and some application updates. Also, we saw major releases and announcements from desktop environments.

      Here’s what happened this week.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Bryan LundukeAdvertising is killing Tech Journalism – by Bryan Lunduke

        Obviously this is a problem. There are very, very few Tech Publications that do not derive the majority of their revenue through advertising for the very companies that they are supposed to be covering.

        Can you trust a phone review site that advertises for Apple, Samsung, or any other smartphone maker?

        No. Of course not.

        And, even if that publication does not currently advertise for one of those companies… there’s always the possibility they might in the future. Which means they are going to always have a thought — in the back of their mind, at the very least — about keeping that company happy with that. Making it possible to run their ads in the future.

        Take it from someone who’s been in this business (on both the publishing side — magazines, podcasts, and shows — as well as the corporate advertising side)…

        Anyone telling you that this isn’t impacting nearly every major publication — in a big way — is lying to you.

        There is only one possible way to solve the problem.

        One way to make a publication trustworthy… to make the quality (and honesty) of the content improve.

        A publication must drop advertising — entirely — and move to another model for generating operating revenue.

        There’s no choice in the matter. That’s the only way.

      • Buy a Linux laptop: The TUXEDO Pulse 15 Gen 2 detailed review. [sic]

        In the past decade, Linux laptops have grown in popularity, as have the emergence and activity of companies specializing in Linux hardware. Among these companies is TuxedoComputers, a German company that builds Linux devices of various categories. Today, in this article, we will thoroughly review one of the most prominent laptops of TuxedoComputers, the Pulse 15 Gen 2, after three weeks of use as my daily laptop.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Linux in the Ham ShackLinux in the Ham Shack (LHS) Episode #484: The Weekender XCVII

        It’s time once again for The Weekender. This is our departure into the world of hedonism, random topic excursions, whimsy and (hopefully) knowledge. Thanks for listening and, if you happen to get a chance, feel free to call us or e-mail and send us some feedback. Tell us how we’re doing. We’d love to hear from you.

      • VideoHow To COMPLETELY Remove Applications On Linux – Invidious

        Some of the most common Linux support questions involve package management tasks such as updating, installing and removing software. And regarding removing software, one of the most frequently asked questions is: how can I completely remove an application? This is because simply uninstalling a program doesn’t remove it’s dependencies and/or configuration files.

      • E57: Secure your Software Supply Chain with Chainguard

        Dan Lorenc is Founder & CEO of Chainguard, the platform to secure your software supply chain. Chainguard supports many popular open source projects such as Sigstore, SLSA, and Tekton.

      • E58: Open Source Developer Data Platform Tigris

        Ovais Tariq is Cofounder & CEO of Tigris Data, the open source developer data platform.

      • Full Circle Weekly News #283 | Full Circle Magazine

        Linux kernel release 6.0:


        Release of the Stellarium 1.0:


        Release of IceWM 3.0.0 with tab support:


        COSMIC custom environment will use Iced instead of GTK



        Release of OpenSSH 9.1:


        ALP prototype, replaces SUSE Enterprise Linux:


        Release of Wireshark 4.0:


        Redcore Linux 2201 release:


        RetroArch 1.11:


        Canonical launches free extended updates service for Ubuntu:


        KaOS 2022.10:


        Parrot 5.1 Released:


        KDE 6 branch soon:


      • VideoChrome Books, Video games and 365 is rubbish now – A Trendy Talk – Invidious
    • Kernel Space

      • Mokin M.2 NVMe to USB Adapter with Western Digital 250GB WD Blue SN550 Drive under Linux

        The portability laptops grant users is always evolving. Modern laptops can run for well over eight hours, use the same, fast NVMe storage as their desktop counterparts, and mobile processors are both incredibly efficient and powerful. The tradeoff for this portability comes in features and storage, with most laptops only supporting one or two hard drives. Thunderbolt and USB 3.1 have brought incredible transfer speeds to portable storage, however most portable drives are still SATA solid state drives and even spinning disks.

        The latest SATA revision still operates at a theoretical maximum speed to 600 Mbps or .6 Gbps, while USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt speeds begin at 5 Gbps. To begin to saturate a 5 Gbps, 10 Gbps, 20 Gbps, or higher connection, a faster storage medium is needed – enter NVMe. Faster, lighter, and more power efficient than its SATA counterparts, NVMe is incredibly fast storage. While it took some time for NVMe to USB adapters to hit the consumer market, there are now plenty of options available, with prices ranging from $15 to $50 and up.

        Specific to my needs, I needed a portable drive with faster speeds to house virtual machines and do HD video editing while away from home. These aren’t tasks I regularly do away from my workstation, so keeping these things on a separate drive makes more sense than taking up space on the single drive of my Thinkpad T15.

      • SlashdotLinux Kernel 6.0 Released for the AmigaOne X1000/X5000 PowerPC-Based AmigaOS Computers
      • Re: New kernels

        I am happy to release the final kernel 6.0. Thanks a lot to Skateman and Musa for testing the alphas and release candidates.

      • SlashdotBad DIMM on Linus Torvalds’ Desktop System Move Kernel Merges to His Laptop
    • Applications

      • Linux Links5 Best Free and Open Source Text-Based Spotify Clients – LinuxLinks

        First launched in 2008, Spotify is a digital music streaming service with a freemium business model. You can listen to a huge library of music and podcasts for no charge if you are prepared to have shuffle play (with limited skips), interrupted listening and lower audio bitrate. Alternatively, there’s the option of Spotify Premium. In the UK, a subscription costs £9.99 per month for an individual account. This gives you streaming music at 320 kbps, the ability to download music, and full functionality.

        Spotify provide a semi-official app for the service which uses Chromium Embedded Framework (think bloated memory footprint). But third-party clients are available for Spotify Premium users. Spotify blocks API access to their audio for non-premium members.

        This article recommends our favourite text-based Spotify clients. Here’s our verdict summarized in a legendary Linuxlinks-style chart.

      • Linux HintBest Bitcoin Wallets for Ubuntu

        Bitcoin is the first-ever digital currency, also known as cryptocurrency. Bitcoin is becoming more and more popular due to the increasing internet user base around the world. The increased popularity of Bitcoin gave rise to several different Bitcoin Wallets, which are available for different platforms like Windows, Mac, Android, and Ubuntu.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Ruben SchadeThe wonderful tee(1) command

        In today’s installment of things you already know, unless you don’t, I’m visiting the stupendously useful tee(1) command. I use it daily, yet I see plenty of scripts that brute force alternatives to it. It’s one of the most common superfluous uses of cat(1) I see.

      • TechTargetHow to integrate and monitor Kubernetes with New Relic

        New Relic might be best known as a DevOps monitoring tool, but it can also help improve observability into your Kubernetes clusters. Follow this tutorial to get started.

      • Linux NightlyHow to Install Notepad++ on Manjaro – Linux Nightly

        While there are alternatives to Notepad++ on Linux, such as gedit, Sublime Text, GNU Emacs, and others, it isn’t easy to replace the many benefits Notepad++ has. Notepad++ possesses valuable features such as syntax highlighting, macro recording, full support for many programming languages including HTML, text autocompletion, and much more.

      • Adriaan ZhangWhy does my image look desaturated when I upload it online?

        Ultimately, this issue arises when your image is improperly converted from one color space to another; in my case, Adobe RGB is usually the culprit. Most decent photo editing tools (like Photoshop) will include the appropriate ICC color profile in the saved image, so everything will appear normal at first. The mangling occurs when you upload that image to a site that’s not equipped to deal with non-sRGB images, which proceeds to directly dump those Adobe RGB values into a new file, now devoid of color profile metadata, all while neglecting to perform a proper conversion between color spaces.

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Grafana on Rocky Linux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, Grafana is a great open-source data visualization and monitoring tool. It supports multiple data sources like Prometheus, Graphite, InfluxDB, Elasticsearc, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Zabbix, etc.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Grafana analytics and visualization tools on Rocky Linux. 9.

      • uni TorontoWhen Promtail seems to make position checkpoints (as of v2.6.1)

        Promtail is the normal log-shipping client for the Grafana Loki log aggregation system. Like all log shipping programs, Promtail needs to keep track of what logs it has and hasn’t sent to Loki, which it does by keeping track of its positions in each log file or log source. In order to handle being stopped and restarted, and also system crashes (or Promtail crashes), it normally saves these positions in a file. Exactly what a position is depends on the specific log source that Promtail is using. When the log source is a file, Promtail only uses and saves a byte offset, but when Promtail is reading from the systemd journal, it uses the journal cursor. Every entry in the systemd journal has a unique identifier, the cursor, and so if the journal hasn’t been truncated you can always resume reading from that entry by using its cursor.

      • YANUB: yet another (nearly) useless blog: Tutorial: analysis of multiwavelength fast kinetics data

        The purpose of this post is to demonstrate a first approach to the analysis of multiwavelength kinetic data, like those obtained using stopped-flow data. To practice, we will use data that were acquired during the stopped flow practicals of the MetBio summer school from the FrenchBIC. During the practicals, the student monitored the reaction of myoglobin (in its Fe(III) state) with azide, which yields a fast and strong change in the absorbance spectrum of the protein, which was monitored using a diode array. The data is publicly available on zenodo.

      • Aigars MahinovsRyzen 7000 amdgpu boot hang

        So you decided to build a brand new system using all the latest and coolest tech, so you buy a Ryzen 7000 series Zen 4 CPU, like the Ryzen 7700X that I picked, with a new mother board and DDR5 memory and all that jazz. But for now, you don’t yet have a fitting GPU for that system (as the new ones will only come out in November), so you are booting a Debian system using the new build-in video card of the new CPUs (Zen 4 generation has a simple AMD GPU build-in into every CPU now – great stuff for debugging and mostly-headless systems) and you get … nothing on the screen.

    • WINE or Emulation

      • Ubuntu HandbookWine Dev 7.19 Released, Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu | UbuntuHandbook

        Wine, the open-source tool to run Windows application on Linux and macOS, got a new development update recently.

        The new Wine 7.19 adds support for storing DOS attributes on disk, updates bundled vkd3d to version 1.5, and add support for MPEG-4 audio format.

        As usual, there are various bug-fixes for applications include OpenMPT, Cubase 12, Sonic Adventure DX (2004), AIMP 3, and HP Prime Virtual Calculator Emulator.

    • Games

      • Boiling SteamBest Steam Deck Games Released in the Past Week – 2022-10-16 Edition – Boiling Steam

        Between 2022-10-09 and 2022-10-16 there were 175 new games validated for the Steam Deck. We use numerous metrics such as popularity, positive ratings, and more sources to make our selection of the Best Steam Deck Games for that period. Here’s a quick pick of the most interesting ones, separated in Verified and Playable ratings:

      • LiliputingLilbits: Linux on the Star64 RISC-V single-board computer, Game Boy cartridges on the Steam Deck, and fitness tracking on the Pixel Watch (is not optional) – Liliputing

        The Star64 is a single-board computer with a StarFive JH7100 processor featuring four 1.5 GHz SiFive FU740 CPU cores and Imagination BXE-4-32 graphics. When Pine64 first unveiled the board this summer, the company said that efforts were underway to port GNU/Linux distributions including Debian and Fedora to run on the hardware.

        Now Pine64 notes that developer Icenowy Zheng has made great strides in getting the Debian-based AOSC Linux to run on the board.


        In other recent tech news from around the web, a company that makes a Game Boy cartridge reader for PCs has confirmed that the accessory works with Valve’s Steam Deck handheld gaming PC using the default Linux-based Steam OS software, Apple may be planning to launch an iPad dock that lets you use the company’s tablets as smart home displays, and Google’s Pixel Watch might not be the best choice for folks who want a smartwatch that doesn’t also serve as a fitness tracker – because so far there’s no way to disable the watch’s heart rate monitor.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDE OfficialAkademy 2022 – The Weekend of KDE Talks, Panels and Presentations | KDE.news

          Akademy 2022 was held in Barcelona from the 1st to the 7th of October. As usual, the weekend of Saturday 1st of October and Sunday 2nd of October was dedicated to talks, panels and presentations. Community members and guests laid out for attendees what had been going on within KDE’s projects (and adjacent projects), the state of the art, and where things were headed.

        • Nate GrahamAkademy 2022 talk: Konquering the World – Are We There Yet? – Adventures in Linux and KDE

          Two weeks ago I attended Akademy in Barcelona, KDE’s annual conference. Let me tell you, it was great to finally, finally, finally see people in person again! It was so nice to meet up with old friends, and put faces to names for new ones!

          Four years ago I gave a perhaps arrogantly ambitious talk at Akademy 2018 entitled “Konquering the World – a 7-Step Plan to KDE World Domination“. In it, I described how the at-the-time new Usability & Productivity goal supported a deeper end goal of getting KDE Plasma pre-installed on commercially available hardware–that being the only way I believe we can introduce a truly huge number of new people to KDE’s friendly and powerful flavor of free software.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • OpenSource.comWhat’s new in GNOME 43?

          I love the GNOME desktop, and I use it as my daily Linux desktop environment. I find with GNOME, I can focus on the stuff I need to get done, but I still have flexibility to make the desktop look and act the way I want.

          The GNOME Project recently released GNOME 43, the latest version of the GNOME desktop. I met with GNOME developer Emmanuele Bassi to ask a few questions about this latest release…

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • ArcanWhipping up a new Shell – Lash#Cat9 | Arcan

      This article introduces the first release of ‘Lash#Cat9’, a different kind of command-line shell.


      Cat9 serves as the practical complement to the article on ‘The day of a new command-line interface: shell‘. That article also covers the design/architectural considerations on a system level, as well as more generic advancements to displacing the terminal emulator.

      The rest of the article will work through the major features and how they came about.

      A guiding principle is the role of the textual shell as a frontend instead of a clunky programming environment. The shell presents a user-facing, interactive interface to make other complex tools more approachable or to glue them together into a more advanced weapon. Cat9 is entirely written in Lua, so scripting in it is a given, but also relatively uninteresting as a feature — there are better languages around for systems programming, and better UI paradigms for automating work flows.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • MedevelNavit: Offline Navigation System for Android and Windows

      Navit is an open-source free car navigation system for Android and Windows devices that support offline maps. It comes with a vector maps with many formats for routing and rendering.


      Navit is written in the C programming language and it is released under the GPL-2.0 (Only) License.

    • MedevelSync and Backup your Mega Bookmark collections with Floccus

      Here, we introduce you Floccus, which is a handy tool to sync and backup your bookmark collections from different browser and devices. Furthermore, it is completely free and open source.

    • TechTargetGoogle grows data cloud capabilities for data management

      The tech giant brings open source Apache Iceberg table format support to its BigLake data lake as it extends BigQuery support for unstructured data and Apache Spark.

    • GoogleAnnouncing KataOS and Sparrow

      As we find ourselves increasingly surrounded by smart devices that collect and process information from their environment, it’s more important now than ever that we have a simple solution to build verifiably secure systems for embedded hardware. If the devices around us can’t be mathematically proven to keep data secure, then the personally-identifiable data they collect—such as images of people and recordings of their voices—could be accessible to malicious software.

      Unfortunately, system security is often treated as a software feature that can be added to existing systems or solved with an extra piece of ASIC hardware— this generally is not good enough. Our team in Google Research has set out to solve this problem by building a provably secure platform that’s optimized for embedded devices that run ML applications. This is an ongoing project with plenty left to do, but we’re excited to share some early details and invite others to collaborate on the platform so we can all build intelligent ambient systems that have security built-in by default.

    • LWNGoogle launches KataOS [LWN.net]

      Google has announced the existence of yet another new operating system, called KataOS, aimed at the creation of secure embedded systems.

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

      • dwaves.de- Rant: wordpress & privacy – self hosted instances upload all content to their CDN servers i2.wp.com imho without consent and no possibility to delete? | dwaves.de

        it “suddenly” and without consent it also exists on this server i2.wp.com, the “cool” wordpress CDN, that is supposed to speed up loading time of a blog… well… not this blog eh?


        if the user would have wanted that, instead of going self-hosting, the user could have just spared all the hazzle and used wordpress.org.

        so even when the author-user deletes that image from the user’s blog… (just tested) it will be still there on https://i2.wp.com/dwaves.de/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/S21_Ultra_Sample_Test_Photo_RawTherapie_post_processed_20220525_sky.jpg

        update: 3 weeks later… picture is gone.

        “great” isn’t it? so much for “control over one’s data”.

        “This is happening because you’re using Jetpack’s built-in Image CDN that relies on WordPress.com. If you like to disable that feature go to your Dashboard > Jetpack > Settings > Performance and toggle off the Enable site accelerator option under the Performance & speed section. You can read more about this feature here:

        https://jetpack.com/support/site-accelerator/” (src)

        no – this blog is NOT using jetpack site accelerator.

        also the option described is not available on self hosted wordpress.


        wordpress – a giant content “sucking up ur content and storing it forever” machine?

        time for alternatives.

    • GNU Projects

      • GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP)Revival of the GIMP developer website – GIMP

        GIMP has had a developer website for at least 2 decades (the Internet Archive traces back an early page in 2001), yet mostly unmaintained ever since 2009, which is a shame.

        Since then, documentation for developers was scattered on the general website, the source repository itself and 2 wikis (developer and GUI wiki). As you may know, the developer wiki encountered problems recently. As for the GUI wiki, it is still there, though we plan to merge both wikis into our new developer website.

        Rather than having duplicate documents all over the place, we want to consolidate developer documentation into a single point of entry.

    • Programming/Development

      • ChiarkReproducible man-db databases

        I’ve released man-db 2.11.0 (announcement, NEWS), and uploaded it to Debian unstable.

        The biggest chunk of work here was fixing some extremely long-standing issues with how the database is built. Despite being in the package name, man-db’s database is much less important than it used to be: most uses of man(1) haven’t required it in a long time, and both hardware and software improvements mean that even some searches can be done by brute force without needing prior indexing. However, the database is still needed for the whatis(1) and apropos(1) commands.

        The database has a simple format – no relational structure here, it’s just a simple key-value database using old-fashioned DBM-like interfaces and composing a few fields to form values – but there are a number of subtleties involved. The issues tend to amount to this: what does a manual page name mean? At first glance it might seem simple, because you have file names that look something like /usr/share/man/man1/ls.1.gz and that’s obviously ls(1). Some pages are symlinks to other pages (which we track separately because it makes it easier to figure out which entries to update when the contents of the file system change), and sometimes multiple pages are even hard links to the same file.

      • 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.

      • Inference on Adaptively Collected Data

        It is increasingly common for data to be collected adaptively, where experimental costs are reduced progressively by assigning promising treatments more frequently. However, adaptivity also poses great challenges on post-experiment inference, since observations are dependent, and standard estimates can be skewed and heavy-tailed. We propose a treatment-effect estimator that is consistent and asymptotically normal, allowing for constructing frequentist confidence intervals and testing hypotheses.

      • Jumping RiversHighlights from Shiny in Production (2022)

        Last week, we were very excited to host our first Shiny in Production conference! Attendees gathered in The Catalyst in Newcastle for two days of workshops and talks focusing on all things related to Shiny, building dashboards, and cool things you can do in R.

      • Common Statistical Tests in R – Part I – Musings on R – A blog on all things R and Data Science by Martin Chan

        This post will focus on common statistical tests in R to understand and validate the relationship between two variables.

        There must be tons of similar tutorials around, you may be thinking. So why?

        The primary (and selfish) goal of the post is to create a guide that is practical enough for myself to refer to from time to time. This post is edited from my own notes from learning statistics and R, and have been applied to a data example/scenario that I am familiar with. This means that the examples should be easily generalisable and mostly consistent with my usual coding approach (mostly ‘tidy’ and using pipes). Along the way, this will hopefully benefit others who are learning statistics and R too.

      • Extract patterns in R? – Data Science Tutorials

        Extract patterns in R, R’s str extract() function can be used to extract matching patterns from strings. It is part of the stringr package.

      • Andrew HelwerThe Missing Prelude to The Little Typer’s Trickiest Chapter

        It’s hard to find a textbook series garnering more effusive praise than The Little Schemer, The Little Prover, The Little Typer & co. The Little Typer introduces dependent type theory and is the first of the series I’ve read. I

      • Terence EdenHackday – Group Solar Forecasts – Terence Eden’s Blog

        Last week, I attended BrumPropHack – a hackathon in Birmingham which looked at problems with retrofitting homes to make them more energy efficient.

        There were some great talks about the scale of the problem – both in terms of the number of properties which need improving and the cost of retrofitting. A bunch of teams showed off some impressive demos which aimed to tackle the issues.

      • Liam Proven“A Plea for Lean Software” by Prof. Niklaus Wirth

        Memory requirements of today’s workstations typically jump substantially – from several to many megabytes—whenever there’s a new software release. When demand surpasses capacity, it’s time to buy add-on memory. When the system has no more extensibility, it’s time to buy a new, more powerful workstation. Do increased performance and functionality keep pace with the increased demand for resources? Mostly the answer is no.
        About 25 years ago, an interactive text editor could be designed with as little as 8,000 bytes of storage. (Modern program editors request 100 times that much!) An operating system had to manage with 8,000 bytes, and a compiler had to fit into 32 Kbytes, whereas their modern descendants require megabytes. Has all this inflated software become any faster? On the contrary. Were it not for a thousand times faster hardware, modern software would be utterly unusable.

      • CRAN and the Isoband Incident – Is Your Project at Risk and How to Fix It – R programming

        The R community had a recent scare with the isoband package risking archival on CRAN. The reason why this incident made waves is that isoband is a ggplot2 dependency and when a package gets removed from CRAN all other packages that depend on it get removed as well (see CRAN policy). If isoband fell, ggplot2 would be at risk. And this would cascade with the removal of even more packages.

      • Acing Virtual Events with Networking Sessions and Collaboration – R Consortium

        The R Consortium recently caught up with Alyssa Columbus of R-Ladies Irvine (also on MeetUp and Twitter) to discuss the group’s progress during the pandemic. Alyssa discussed the group’s efforts to remain active and provide networking opportunities for its members. The group has also formed strong collaborative ties with other R user groups in Southern California.

  • Leftovers

    • Ruben SchadeContent, engagement, and extraction

      I’m iffy on the language used to describe people, our creativity, and our interactions online. Everything is measured by engagement, for the production of content, and extracting value. And it’s hollowing out the web from the inside.

    • Mark DominusStethoscope

      Today I realized I’m annoyed by the word “stethoscope”. “Scope” is Greek for “look at”. The telescope is for looking at far things (τῆλε). The microscope is for looking at small things (μικρός). The endoscope is for looking inside things (ἔνδον). The periscope is for looking around things (περί). The stethoscope is for looking at chests (στῆθος).

    • Zach FlowerOn Buying Used Books

      It could probably go without saying, but I read a lot of books.

      Good books, bad books, big books, small books, books I agree with, books I don’t, books with pictures, books for kids… you get the idea. I love to read, and while I’m no stranger to the world of eBooks, nothing beats the experience of curling up in front of the fire with a stack of dead trees.

      But, as I’m sure you can imagine, buying physical books can be both financially and physically unsustainable. The damn things are expensive, and as much as I love to line my bookshelves with the wisdom of the ages, it’s hard to feel particularly good about the arboreal waste it represents.

      While I can and do support my local library (both physically and digitally), I am a sucker for marginalia. I like to fully own my books, and fill them with my thoughts and notes. It’s how I retain what I read, which was a hard-won habit that I don’t want to lose any time soon. So, what is a guy to do?

      Well, when it comes to fiction, I’ve learned to be flexible. The library is my friend, and the Libby app in particular allows me to borrow books directly on my Kindle. But what about non-fiction? The types of books that generate a ton of notes, highlights, and bookmarks? That’s where used books have become my saving grace.

    • The Washington PostThe robots are here. And they are making you fries

      At the end of July, a Jack in the Box in Chula Vista, Calif., got a new employee. He stood there for a couple of weeks while other workers swirled around him, jockeying between flattop and fryer, filling up paper sleeves with the tacos that the fast-food brand sells every year by the hundred million.

    • Matt RickardA Personal Training Corpus

      Thomas Kinkade, the self-proclaimed “Painter of Light,” produced over 1,000 paintings in his life. His company claimed that his paintings hung in “one out of every twenty American homes.” Nevertheless, art critics generally wrote Kinkade off – describing his artwork as kitsch, naive imitation, gratuitous, or lacking more profound thought.

    • Science

      • Sabine HossenfelderSabine Hossenfelder: Backreaction: The First Ever Episode of Science News Without the Gobbledygook

        One thing I miss about the blogging days is the ability to comment on current events short notice. It’s much harder with video than in writing. This is why on my YouTube channel, we now have a weekly Science News episode.

      • Bryan LundukeThe History of the First Computer Shell – by Bryan Lunduke

        BASH? PowerShell? It all traces back to 1963. And the work of an amazing Frenchman, CTTS, and Multics.

      • Bryan LundukeThe first UNIX Shell: 1971′s Thompson Shell

        We all know that the first text-based computer Shell dates back to the early 1960s (RUNCOM written for the Compatible Time Sharing System… followed by a new Shell, designed by the same man, for Multics).

      • Matt RickardRisk vs. Uncertainty

        Most people prefer Bucket A, despite both buckets having the same expected utility. This is because we tend to choose the less ambiguous option when it comes to quantifiable vs. unquantifiable risk. Our tendency towards ambiguity aversion, even when the expected utility is greater, is called the Ellsberg paradox.

      • Powerful simulation solves vital physics problem – News – University of Florida

        In one of the most intensive uses yet of the University of Florida’s HiPerGator supercomputer, UF engineers have faithfully reproduced the turbulence and complexity of hot air rising along a wall — a previously impossible simulation with applications in home fire safety and heating and cooling.

      • uni MITNew system designs nanomaterials that conduct heat in specific ways

        Researchers at MIT have taken a different approach. They developed an algorithm and software system that can automatically design a nanoscale material that can conduct heat in a specific manner, such as channeling heat in only one direction.

        Because these materials are measured in nanometers (a human hair is about 80,000 nanometers wide) they could be used in computer chips that can dissipate heat on their own due to the material’s geometry.

        The researchers developed their system by taking computational techniques that have been traditionally used to develop large structures, and adapting them to create nanoscale materials with defined thermal properties.

    • Education

      • TruthOutGrades Are Capitalism in Action. Let’s Get Them Out of Our Schools.

        The capitalist economic system has major failures. It generates extreme, socially divisive inequalities of wealth and income. It consistently fails to achieve full employment. Many of its jobs are boring, dangerous and/or mind-numbing. Every four to seven years, it suffers a mysterious downdraft in which millions of people lose jobs and incomes, businesses collapse, falling tax revenues undermine public services, and so on. If these failures were widely perceived as the inherent failures of the capitalist system, the desirability and thus sustainability of capitalism itself might vanish.

      • Scientific AmericanNobel Winner Svante Pääbo Discovered the Neandertal in Our Genes – Scientific American

        Scientists have always been fascinated by the question of human origins: When and where did modern humans—Homo sapiens—first appear? What distinguishes us from other members of the genus Homo and enabled us to develop such unprecedented culture and society?

        Indeed, hardly any question fascinates humanity as much as our own roots. For thousands of years, clerics, scholars and philosophers have been racking their brains about where we come from, who are we and where are we going. The French painter Paul Gauguin was so captivated by that line of inquiry that he even dedicated a painting so named in the 19th century. The work, which deals with both the meaning and the transience of life, remains his most famous.

        We have come a lot closer to answering these big questions thanks in part to the work of the paleogeneticist Svante Pääbo. He achieved what others had long thought impossible: he decoded the genome of Neandertals, a relative of modern humans who went extinct around 30,000 years ago. The Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm honored him this year with the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology for his contribution to the study of human evolution.

    • Hardware

      • Grgely NagyTrackball musings

        I’ve been pinging him about making a Keyboardio Trackball from time to time over the past couple of years, but I bounced off every time. Hearing this, that the factory wants them to make one, then seeing the support quickly pile up made me very happy, and very enthusiastic. Not much sleep was had, I kept turning in my bed, recalling all things trackball.

        This is a post about my ideas about how a perfect trackball would look and function. It’s not necessarily the best trackball to build as a product, but perhaps it can serve as inspiration of sorts, or at least, a different point of view.

      • XueYaoT700 and My Apology – XY Tech

        I apologise for the lack of sizeable updates in the past few months. Unfortunately the T700 project has not been smooth sailing, primarily due to Shenzhen and other Chinese cities under major lockdowns.

        I’ve received a prototype and the board is working well. Board production has also finished and the boards are ready to ship once we are satisfied software issues are cleared up. There are two primary issues with the board which are explained below.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Sci Tech DailyOptimize Exercise: Specific Links Between Exercise, Memory, and Mental Health Revealed by Fitness Trackers

        Exercise can boost your mental and cognitive health — but not all forms and intensities of exercise affect the brain equally. In fact, according to a new Dartmouth study, the effects of exercise are much more nuanced. It found that specific intensities of exercise over a long period of time are associated with different aspects of memory and mental health. The findings were recently published in the journal Scientific Reports and provide insight into how exercise could be optimized.

      • NPRWhat a viral study on Yankee candles can teach us about COVID data : NPR

        Losing your sense of smell is one of the more recognized symptoms of an infection. After noticing this trend, people began to ask: could the reviews themselves be a reliable indicator of a surge in the virus?

        That theory was put under the microscope, and has taken on new relevance amid concern at the lack of official data tracking infections across the U.S. heading into another winter.

        Over the course of the pandemic, social media sleuths, epidemiologists and health nerds alike began noticing an interesting trend in the review section for Yankee candles on Amazon.

        Whenever there was an influx of negative reviews citing no smell, there was usually a spike in COVID cases to go along with it.

      • WSWSJackson, Mississippi’s water disaster is a crime of capitalism – World Socialist Web Site

        The 150,000 residents of Jackson, Mississippi remain without access to clean drinking water this week following the collapse of the water and sewage system under the pressure of heavy flooding late last month.

        While water service has returned to homes and businesses throughout the state’s capital, the city remains under a boil-water advisory that was issued in July, with reports that water remains foul and undrinkable. Residents once again queued in long lines at distribution centers throughout the city Tuesday, picking up bottled water to use for cooking and basic hygiene. Approximately 600 National Guard soldiers have been deployed to the city by Republican Governor Tate Reeves to oversee the distribution.

        While tens of thousands have been forced to rely on bottled water or use buckets to collect water from wells in the wealthiest country in the world, Jackson sits on and draws its water from the Ross Barnett Reservoir, the largest source of drinking water in the state.

      • Fake ration cards or faulty Aadhaar data?

        Mismatched numbers, wrong photos, disappearing names, fingerprinting errors – Aadhaar is in full flow in AP’s Anantapur district. At the receiving end are BPL card holders who have been denied rations for months

    • Proprietary

      • FudzillaMilitary use of Microsoft’s HoloLens would get soldiers killed

        Microsoft and the US Army are continuing to explore how to make mixed reality an aid rather than a hindrance for soldiers after tests showed that soldiers taking them into battle felt sick and were more vulnerable to enemy forces.

      • Microsoft’s HoloLens makes soldiers SICK: 80% suffered ‘mission-affecting physical impairments’  | Daily Mail Online

        A report from the Pentagon, obtained by Bloomberg, reveals Microsoft’s HoloLens is causing headaches, eyestrain and nausea among soldiers testing it in the field.

      • OMAATLufthansa Bans AirTags: Will Other Airlines Follow?

        With so many reports of lost luggage over the summer, many travelers have gotten savvier and have taken matters into their own hands, by tracking their checked luggage. Lufthansa is now allegedly saying that this isn’t allowed, and that sets an interesting precedent.


        Lufthansa has become the first major airline to ban AirTags from checked bags. Or more accurately, Lufthansa is using the standard policy for checking personal electronic devices, which requires that they be powered off, and that renders AirTags useless.

        Personally I don’t think Lufthansa’s motives here are pure, though I am curious to see how the industry responds to AirTags in general, because it seems like maybe they should technically be banned, based on current regulations.

    • Privatisation/Privateering

      • WSWSEugene V. Debs and the struggle of railroaders – World Socialist Web Site

        As railroad workers prepare for a confrontation against the corporations, the government and the union bureaucracies that falsely claim to “represent” them, they must learn from and grapple with their own history.


        Debs later said he regretted leaving school, but it was natural for youth to be drawn to work on the trains, which embodied all the technology and excitement of the age, a “Type of the modern—emblem of motion and power—pulse of the continent,” as Walt Whitman put it.[1] Debs soon entered the ranks of organized labor, joining in 1875 the two-year-old Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen. His leadership talents were recognized, and he rose quickly in the Brotherhood’s ranks, by 1880 becoming Grand Secretary and Treasurer and the editor of its journal, Firemen’s Magazine.

        Meanwhile, the national railroad industry grew by leaps and bounds. Some 30,000 miles of track were laid by 1860, with four trunk lines linking the Midwest to the East and realigning it economically away from what had been its traditional orientation to the South via the steamboat and barge commerce of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. The rail network thus unified the North economically and facilitated its victory in the Civil War in 1865, when Debs was 10 years old—a Second American Revolution that destroyed chattel slavery and gave birth to a whole new capitalist society.

    • Security

      • VideoHow To Secure Your Admin Login Page – Invidious

        In this video I show you how to secure an admin login page for your wordpress login, cpanel, Django, or any other website framework that has an admin login page.

      • ForbesGoogle Issues ‘High’ Priority Update For Chrome Browser Users
      • Michael West MediaOptus Hack just tip of the iceberg. FinTechs harvest bank details and passwords, can sell them too

        Australian FinTech companies collect your bank customer registration number and your password to access your bank accounts; and they keep that access even if you no longer use their services. Cyber security expert Manal al-Sharif explores privacy rorts.

        Their star may be fading as stock market darlings, but the FinTech companies continue to challenge the big banks, using aggressive data-collecting techniques that not only flouts privacy principles, but seem highly unethical. And the big banks look the other way.

      • MandiantNew CISA Operational Directive Strengthens Cyber Defenses for Federal Networks | Mandiant

        Mandiant recently reported that about 26 percent of the time, actors gain initial access through the exploitation of public-facing applications, which underscores how critical it is for organizations to maintain an up-to-date inventory of assets and vulnerabilities; this is true for both public and private sector entities—as no one is immune—including the federal government.

      • Bryan LundukeThat time the creator of UNIX built a Trojan Horse that let him log in to any UNIX machine.

        Back in 1984, the Association for Computing Machinery presented Ken Thompson with a “Turing Award” for his many contributions to the world of computing.

        Ken worked on Multics, co-created UNIX, created multiple programming languages (Bon and B — which directly led to C), co-created the Plan 9 operating system, and on and on. The man certainly has earned a few computing awards.

        But we’re not here today to talk about those contributions to computing.

        No, sir. We’re here to talk… about his acceptance speech. Because it is absolutely amazing… and it revealed an absolutely fascinating computer virus that Thompson had created years earlier… for the C compiler.


        Ken modified cc (the C compiler on UNIX systems) so that — only when it was compiling UNIX’s “login” program — it would inject a small “backdoor” (into “login”) that would allow him to log in as any user on the system if he used a predefined “password”.

      • Fear, Uncertainty,

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • IT WireiTWire – Labor’s new initiative: passports that cannot be used for ID

          When the new Federal Government took power in May this year, it promised several new initiatives; it has delivered on some of them and looks set to keep on providing what it promised.

          But one innovation which it did not promise, but has nonetheless delivered is a global first: passports that cannot be used to establish one’s identity.

          This revolutionary initiative appears to emerged as part of a deal cut by Labor with Australian telco Singtel Optus, the company that suffered a calamitous data breach which it announced on 22 September.

          Judging by the available evidence, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese appears to have modified his firm assertion, made initially on 28 September and repeated two days later, that Optus would have to pay for all passports which had been exposed as part of the breach.

        • The Wall Street JournalCompany Documents Show Meta’s Flagship Metaverse Falling Short

          Most visitors to Horizon Worlds generally don’t return after first month; ‘an empty world is a sad world’

        • CoryDoctorow“Don’t spy on a privacy lab” (and other career advice for university provosts)

          This is a wild and hopeful story: grad students at Northeastern successfully pushed back against invasive digital surveillance in their workplace, through solidarity, fearlessness, and the bright light of publicity. It’s a tale of hand-to-hand, victorious combat with the “shitty technology adoption curve.”

          What’s the “shitty tech adoption curve?” It’s the process by which oppressive technologies are normalized and spread. If you want to do something awful with tech – say, spy on people with a camera 24/7 – you need to start with the people who have the least social capital, the people whose objections are easily silenced or overridden.

        • The VergeSamsung and Google make it easier to share your smart home with Matter [Ed: Surveillance inside the home]
    • Defence/Aggression

      • Michael West MediaFederal government funded 2021 weapons expo – Michael West

        An analysis of AusTender, the federal government’s contract tendering website, reveals that the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) delivered 76 grants worth $3.7 million to manufacturing and technology companies associated with the defence industry to either attend or support the 2021 Land Forces Conference.

        While most of these contracts went to Australian companies, some went to subsidiaries of foreign multinational weapons makers such as SAAB and Boeing.

        In 2021, the company behind Land Forces ACNC was the recipient of $2 million in government grants, or 20% of its revenue.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

    • Environment

      • Impact of fast-melting ice | UDaily

        Wei-Jun Cai, an expert in marine chemistry at the University of Delaware, is sounding new alarm bells about the changing chemistry of the western region of the Arctic Ocean, where he and an international team of collaborators have found acidity levels increasing three to four times faster than ocean waters elsewhere.

        They also identified a strong correlation between the accelerated rate of melting ice in the region and the rate of ocean acidification, a perilous combination that threatens the survival of plants, shellfish, coral reefs and other marine life and biological processes throughout the planet’s ecosystem.

      • Energy

        • Sabine HossenfelderCold Fusion is Back (there’s just one problem)

          Cold fusion could save the world. It’d be a basically unlimited, clean, source of energy. It sounds great. There’s just one problem: it’s not working. Indeed, most physicists think it can’t work even in theory. And yet, the research is making a comeback. So, what’s going on? What do we know about cold fusion? Is it the real deal, or is it pseudoscience? What’s cold fusion to begin with? That’s what we’ll talk about today.

          If you push two small atomic nuclei together, they will form a heavier one. This nuclear fusion releases an enormous amount of energy. There’s just one problem: Atomic nuclei all have a positive electric charge, so they repel each other. And they do so very strongly. The closer they are, the stronger the repulsion. It’s called the Coulomb barrier, and it prevents fusion until you get the nuclei so close together that the strong nuclear force takes over. Then the nuclei merge, and boom.

        • Sabine HossenfelderCan we make flying “Green”?

          “Flight shaming” is a social movement that originated in Sweden a few years ago. Its aim is to discourage people from flying because it’s bad for the environment. But let’s be honest, we’re not going to give up flying just because some Swedes think we should. I mean, we already shop at IKEA, isn’t that Swedish enough?

          But seriously, maybe the flight shamers have a point. If aliens come to visit us one day, how are we supposed to explain this mess? Maybe we should indeed try to do something about airplane emissions. What are airlines doing anyway, isn’t it their job? What are the technological options, and will any of them give you a plausible excuse if flight shamers come for you? That’s what we’ll talk about today.

    • Finance

      • Soylent NewsHorrible Bosses Cause ‘Race to the Bottom’ – Study

        That effluent flows downhill perhaps isn’t too surprising, but do you think the converse is true, or is it really the case that nice guys finish last?

      • Michael West MediaA bunch of shifting bastards: how Big Tech goes small on tax – Michael West

        How do multinationals like Microsoft get away with paying so little tax? They deliberately wipe out their profits in high-tax countries such as Australia. Callum Foote reports on the global tax avoidance structure of the tech giant.

        A new report has revealed how the tech giant Microsoft avoids paying tax on more than $5 billion of income in Australia alone; albeit while raking in billions in revenue from contracts with Australian governments.
        The report was compiled by the Centre for International Corporate Tax Accountability and Research (CICTAR), an alliance of unions and civil society organisations aiming to provide better information about the tax arrangements of multinationals.

      • Michael West MediaQantas stock soars as Alan Joyce declares the Roo back in the black – Michael West

        Qantas boss Alan Joyce sent the airline’s share price into orbit today on forecasts of a $1.3bn profit this half year. What’s the scam?

        The scam is RANS, DANS, TANS, RDAC, IAS, IFAM and JobKeeper – a dazzling array of at least six sorts of public subsidies – which helped get this private enterprise through the pandemic. As Qantas directors are now helping themselves to pay rises once again, all this government largesse has been forked out with nothing demanded in return; no customer service obligations, no obligations to employees – nothing in terms of reform.

      • Michael West Media2024 tax cuts find their true north – Michael West

        As Labor faces pressure to abandon them, the stage three tax cuts have been given a boost by one of the new Teal independents.

        As reported by The Australian Financial Review, Kylea Tink (North Sydney) told a forum hosted by investment bank Citi that not all beneficiaries of the cuts are wealthy.

        “Right here, right now, it is unfair to put people in that income bracket of around that $120,000 to $140,000 mark as rich,” Tink said. “They are not rich. There’s been significant creep through our taxation levels and we need to be aware of that.” Tink, whose harbourside seat is one of Australia’s richest, made similar comments to Sky News last week.

        The Morrison government legislated the tax cuts with the support of the Albanese-led opposition. Labor, which failed at the 2019 election with an ambitious redistributive agenda, feared being wedged on the issue. Now Labor is coming under pressure to reverse the cuts, scheduled for 2024, and bank the estimated $243 billion savings over 10 years.

      • Escaping the Western Rentier | Michael Hudson

        In his latest essay, Professor Hudson digs deeper into Germany’s suicidal economic/financial policies; their effect on the already falling euro – and hints at some possibilities for fast integrating Eurasia and the Global South as a whole to try to break the Hegemon’s stranglehold.

      • The Euro Without German Industry

        The reaction to the sabotage of three of the four Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines in four places on Monday, September 26, has focused on speculations about who did it and whether NATO will make a serious attempt to discover the answer. Yet instead of panic, there has been a great sigh of diplomatic relief, even calm. Disabling these pipelines ends the uncertainty and worries on the part of US/NATO diplomats that nearly reached a crisis proportion the previous week, when large demonstrations took place in Germany calling for the sanctions to end and to commission Nord Stream 2 to resolve the energy shortage.

        The German public was coming to understand what it will mean if their steel companies, fertilizer companies, glass companies and toilet-paper companies were shutting down. These companies were forecasting that they would have to go out of business entirely – or shift operations to the United States – if Germany did not withdraw from the trade and currency sanctions against Russia and permit Russian gas and oil imports to resume, and presumably to fall back from their astronomical eight to tenfold price increase.

        Yet State Department hawk Victoria Nuland already had stated in January that “one way or another Nord Stream 2 will not move forward” if Russia responded to the accelerating Ukrainian military attacks on the Russian-speaking eastern oblasts. President Biden backed up U.S. insistence on February 7, promising that “there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2. We will bring an end to it. … I promise you, we will be able to do it.”

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Michael West MediaA decade from Big M: Gillard and the might-have-beens – Michael West

        The 10th anniversary of Julia Gillard’s so-called misogyny speech is a reminder of what might have been. Chiefly, the loss of a potentially great Australian leader.

        The speech resonated around Australia and the world. The Macquarie Dictionary even redefined the word misogyny on the back of it. But beyond the commemorative songs, seminars, studies and symposiums lies the story of the squandered opportunities of the most recent former Labor government.

        Maybe things will work out better for Anthony Albanese. After all, he had a front-row seat when Labor burned its two leading lights and opened the door for nine years of generally poor Coalition government. Meanwhile the Gillard story is a reminder of how Labor often wins the culture wars and loses the political ones.

      • BBCRussia confirms Meta’s designation as extremist

        The Russian authorities have added Meta – which owns Facebook and Instagram – to a list of terrorist and extremist organisations, the country’s Interfax agency reports.

      • The Wire‘Vishwa Guru’ India Needs to Learn from Southeast Asia’s Pluralist Ethos  

        This was how the mid-17th century Buddhist-Hindu kingdom of Cambodia referred to its monarch, Reameathipadei, when he converted to Islam and took the title Sultan Ibrahim.

        Although disapproving, the court respected the king’s decision – even after his death. “It is remarkable that Reameathipadei was given a Buddhist funeral and that his Muslim regalia were retained by a Buddhist-Brahmanic court,” writes Dutch scholar of Islam, Carool Kersten, in his study of contemporary indigenous and European accounts of the event.

        History also records that the 15th century ruler of the then new Muslim state of Malacca, Sultan Muhammad Shah, became Shri Maharaja Muhammad after taking the prestigious title of his Buddhist-Hindu predecessors.

        A pluralist ethos marks southeast Asia’s past and present, reflecting a civilisational maturity that shames those who speak of ancient India’s spiritual ‘legacy’ overseas in making the self-laudatory vishwa guru claim while stoking an ugly communal divide at home.

      • The RavenDemocracy versus the Megamachine – by Patrick Mazza

        The years since the late 1700s have been marked by waves of struggle for a more democratic, egalitarian society that have repeatedly been rolled back by power elites. From 18th century political revolutions, to 19th century labor struggles, to civil rights struggles, to the cultural uprisings of the 1960s, people’s movements have made gains.

      • James Brownroguelazer’s website: Mastodon Move

        Since Twitter seems to be about to dive back into being the hosting platform of choice for neo-nazis, I don’t want there to be any gap in my Fediverse access; I’ve set up a new Mastodon account at @roguelazer@tenforward.social2. Hopefully it’ll be another great community, like mastodon.technology was.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • The Puppets and the Puppet Masters

        The judicial proceedings against Julian Assange give a faux legality to the state persecution of the most important and courageous journalist of our generation.

    • Monopolies

      • BloombergApple’s Oklahoma City Store Is Second to Unionize After Vote

        As with the Machinists’ victory in Towson, Maryland, the Oklahoma vote could quickly embolden Apple workers who have been privately discussing organizing elsewhere. The fact that the effort prevailed in a deep-red state, whose unionization rate is only around half the US average, underscores the campaign’s potential to spread nationwide.

        Patrick Hart, a leader in the Oklahoma City campaign, said he’s now eager to advise other Apple stores on how to organize. “I want this to become a labor movement,” he said. “We’re going to be that catalyst for people.”

        With two stores unionizing, Apple will have a tougher time maintaining the status quo, said Epstein Becker & Green attorney Steven Swirsky. “If I lost one, it could concern me,” Swirsky, who advises companies on how to avoid unionization, said prior to the vote. “If you lose more than one, then it starts to become hard to explain away.”

      • CoryDoctorowAntitrust is – and always has been – about fairness

        What Kennedy meant was that antitrust laws don’t exist to protect small businesses per se – rather, they exist to promote “efficiency,” which is best understood as “prices going down.” So long as prices are going down, antitrust is working as intended – irrespective of the ruined lives and places that are sacrificed to low prices and the corruption begat by concentrated power.

        The question of what antitrust should do is certainly up for fair debate. I understand the “efficiency” argument, even though I thoroughly disagree with it. What isn’t (or shouldn’t be) up for debate is what purpose antitrust was created to serve. That is a historical fact, easily verified by looking at contemporaneous primary source documents from the recent past.

        But for 40 years, we’ve accepted an alternate history of antitrust law, an unhinged conspiratorial account that pretended that the lawmakers who drafted and fought for antitrust law and who told us over and over why they did so were speaking in code – that we can’t rely on their plain language and must instead fall back on gnostic interpretations where every word can mean its opposite.

        Finally, that age of mystic nonsense is coming to a close. The new antitrust enforcers not only reject the ahistorical gibberish that pretends to explain antitrust’s origins, they embrace the intent of antitrust’s framers: to prevent the accumulation of commercial – and thus political – power into the hands of “autocrats of trade,” be they Rockefellers and Carnegies, or Kochs and Seids.

      • Copyrights

        • Michael GeistWhy the Canadian Film and TV Production Sector’s Bill C-11 Expectations Are Wildly Out of Touch With Global Standards

          Last week, the ongoing Senate hearings into Bill C-11 featured an appearance from the Canadian Association of Film Distributors and Exporters, who spelled out its expectations for Bill C-11, particularly the contributions from streaming services such as Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime. While much of the Bill C-11 debate has focused on the regulation of user content, the bill’s supposed intent is to bring large streaming services into the Canadian broadcasting system. Fuelled by the government’s dubious claim that the bill could generated a billion dollars per year (even government officials now admit that the number is an estimate based not based on actual data), the Canadian sector came sporting demands wildly out of touch with international standards. Indeed, when compared to European regulation, which is often touted as the global leader, Canada would strongly discourage market entry for streaming services and likely result in reduced libraries of content in order to meet the government and CRTC’s regulatory requirements.

          The big number for the Canadian sector is 30 percent: mandated contributions of 30 percent of Canadian revenues to support Canadian content funding and mandated discoverability requirements in which 30 percent of what is recommended or pops up in search is Canadian content.

        • Ollin Boer BohanMaple Diffusion

          Maple Diffusion is the second Stable-Diffusion-on-a-phone implementation I’m aware of (first place goes to Matt Waller), but it should be the fastest.

        • Michael GeistSurvey Says: Why the Government Reacted With Alarm to a Critical Opinion Poll on the Online News Act

          On the very first day of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage’s hearings on the Online News Act last month, News Media Canada, the lead lobbyist for Bill C-18, was asked about a poll it commissioned this year which found 79% support requiring Google and Facebook to share revenue with Canadian news outlets. When Bloc MP Martin Champoux asked whether respondents were well informed, President and CEO Paul Deegen assured him “they were very well informed”. Deegan had a different response yesterday to another poll – this one commissioned by Google – as he took issue with the poll and warned that Google must provide “an honest presentation of the facts.” I have never thought any of these corporate-commissioned polls were of significant value and I’m not going to start now, whether it is News Media Canada or Google that is doing the commissioning. However, I think what makes the Google poll notable is the response to it, rather than the actual data.

          First, the data. The poll finds that most Canadians are not familiar with the Online News Act – ie. not well informed – with only 8% of respondents saying they were very familiar with the bill and 67% either having only heard of it or only heard of it when taking the survey. When asked about issues that matter, the two issues cited as most important were not treating misinformation as news under the Act and ensuring that eligible news outlets follow journalistic standards. The poll continues with some of Google’s concerns: the power of the CRTC, payments for links, disincentives to demote misinformation, and eligibility of foreign news companies for the system. The majority of respondents unsurprisingly express concern about those issues, which then leads to 59% supporting reforms to the bill.

        • Xe’s BlogPrompt engineering is hard

          I’ve seen a lot of comments on Twitter that seem to completely misunderstand the process of getting a decent result with AI generators like Stable Diffusion and DALL-E 2. People seem to assume that it’s just “push button, recieve bacon” without any real creativity in the equation. As someone who has done a lot of this experimentation in the past few months, I’d like to challenge that assertion and show you what the process for getting a decent result actually involves.

          First, you need to start off with a vision for what you want. I’m going to pull my fictional world Malto, specifically an area named Kanar. It is a very green area, lots of bamboo and the local architecture takes advantage of it. The area is fairly wealthy because they take advantage of their weird soil composition in order to produce the plants that help them make an alcoholic beverage that the nobles all over the world can’t get enough of.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • I don’t have emotions about significant changes in my life

        I have noticed this for several years but not known whether or how to put it into words. After thinking about it more than usual in the past weeks, this is my attempt to describe my feelings.

        When significant changes occur in my life it feels like they are occurring around me without my agency. They don’t have an impact on my feelings or emotions, they are just things that happen.

      • SpellBinding: CDEGLTN Wordo: WOOLY
    • Technical

      • How To Downgrade The Manjaro Kernel

        I am having a problem with my current kernel. I’d like to downgrade. And I prefer to use Manjaro’s graphical tools.

        The basic process is to manually boot into the old kernel using GRUB, and then disable the newer kernel.

      • Programming

        • The development of the online RPG market

          @dredmorbius@toot.cat and @babelcarp@social.tchncs.de were talking about journalism. It started with reading the news online and being tracked, with tracking being better if you subscribe (since now they have your payment info and perhaps your location, too), and therefore a cultural tax on the one side, and musings of micropayments and the unwillingness to subscribe to every newspaper because in our online world we see a lot of links to multiple newspapers on the other side.

          I know the feeling. A cultural tax would be great, if everybody agreed to it, across borders. Fat chance. Too many people are making money as intermediaries!

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

Links 16/10/2022: A Lot on Devices

Posted in News Roundup at 3:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Applications

      • Linux HintBest Network Monitoring Tools for Linux Mint 21

        System monitoring is a necessary part when you’re a regular user of it as it helps in different circumstances. Similarly, it is compulsory to keep an eye on the system network to prevent your system from the issues that can create problems in the future.

        Monitoring a network allows you to observe network resources, over-usage, and the reason behind slow performance. Hence, monitoring tools can help to display a complete picture of what happens in a system network.

      • FOSSLinuxThe 6 Best Image Editors for Ubuntu | FOSS Linux

        Ubuntu users can do everything with their operating systems, including editing images. The truth remains that Ubuntu has so many image editors available to use. However, this post will take you through just a few of the best ones available.

        This article will take you through the six best image editors for Ubuntu, list their features, and, most importantly, take you through their installation processes.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • uni TorontoThe pragmatic effects of setting nconnect on NFS v3 mounts on Linux

        After I wrote about how Linux NFS clients normally only make one TCP connection to a given fileserver no matter how many NFS mounts they have, people pointed out the ‘nconnect’ for NFS mounts, as documented in nfs(5). Naturally I wondered what the effects of setting this above one are (so in theory one or more mounts uses multiple TCP connections), and conveniently I have an environment where I can test this.

        Suppose that you have a NFS fileserver that you mount a bunch of filesystems from, and you set ‘nconnect=2′ on all of those NFS mounts. At the level of TCP connections, what you wind up with is two TCP connections to the fileserver instead of one, each with its own local port. If you then set nconnect to 3 for a few of those filesystems but not all of them, you’ll get a surprise; there are still only two connections and /proc/mounts will say that those filesystems are NFS mounted with ‘nconnect=2′ despite you providing ‘nconnect=3′ when they were mounted. In practice, all mounts from a given server use the lowest nconnect setting among all such mounts, with one exception.

      • Linux Hint3 Ways to Find Kernel Version on Raspberry Pi

        Kernel is the backbone of a system that controls the activities of your operating system. It allows the system to connect application software to a system’s hardware. It resides in the main system memory, completely controlling your software and hardware resources like CPU usage, file systems, network usage and many other activities.
        Updating your system Kernel is extremely important for improving your system’s security and fixing the bugs in the previous version. It also adds new features to the system and helps to increase the overall system performance.

        If you are looking for a way to discover the Kernel version of your Raspberry Pi system, follow this guide to find out how you can do it.

      • It’s FOSSInstall and Use Grub Customizer in Fedora Linux – It’s FOSS

        Grub Customizer is a handy tool for customizing the grub configuration and changing its appearance.

        While you can do all this in the command line by modifying the grub config file, Grub Customizer gives you the comfort of a GUI tool.

        In this article, I will walk you through the steps of installing and using the mighty tool GRUB Customizer in Fedora Linux.

      • Linux HandbookPretty Print XML in Linux Command Line

        While XML (Extensible Markup Language) is a human-readable markup language, you’ll more likely find XML files unstructured enough to give you headaches!

      • FOSSLinuxHow to create and call functions in Bash | FOSS Linux

        Since we humans made the fantastic discovery of computers, we have been trying to improve it further and further than the last day. This is done through the challenging work of the millions of programmers across the planet and the hundreds of programming languages. Programming works on several fundamental principles, one of which is the usage of functions. Today, we will see how to create a function in Linux’s most popular scripting language, Bash.

      • markaicode by MarkHow to Change a Password on Linux Mint 21 | Mark Ai Code

        A password is used to authenticate any device, whether it be a mobile or desktop system. It is mandatory to create a secure, difficult-to-crack password while dealing with the system. Changing your password after a certain period of time will help you avoid system assaults. It occurs while you are at work and working as a team member. In such a case, some of your team members could know your password. This would cause issues since data might be hacked or assaulted by anyone.

        Resetting passwords on a regular basis might help you avoid these issues. Even if your prior credential (password) is discovered, they will not be able to access the system.

    • Games

      • Aurélien GâteauSeptember 2022 monthly update

        On desktop, Pixel Wheels kind-of supported the XDG Base Directory spec in that it saved its config to $HOME/.config, data to $HOME/.local/share/pixelwheels and logs to $HOME/.cache/pixelwheels. But it did not support the XDG environment variables to override these directories. It does now.

      • [Old] The Interactive Fiction Database

        The Interactive Fiction Database is an IF game catalog and recommendation engine. IFDB is a Wiki-style community project: members can add new game listings, write reviews, exchange game recommendations, and more.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Raspberry PiDetect Starlink satellites with a Pi-powered Tricorder

        The device doesn’t actually get satellite [Internet], but it can pick up Starlink’s beacon signal via Ku-band radio beacons.

      • Raspberry PiControl temperature and humidity with Raspberry Pi Pico

        Hesam’s creation can read freezing temperatures from −40°C all the way up to a worryingly toasty +125°C. Admittedly, I generally lend little attention to how we scientifically measure humidity. I rely on a range that spans from “hair looks a little frizzy” through to “air feels like it’s stuck to my face”. Happily, the project post describes how the sensor provides proper measurements from 0–100% relative humidity, with a tolerance of ±2%RH.

      • Temperature & Humidity Control Unit Using a Raspberry Pi Pico

        To design the schematic and PCB, I used Altium designer 22 and installed the missing component libraries using Altium’s manufacturer part search. By using the Octopart website, I was able to quickly gather the necessary component information and generate the BOM. Finally, to get high-quality fabricated boards, I sent the Gerber files to PCBWay.

      • Linux HintHow to Use Arduino Serial.read() and Serial.write() Functions

        Arduino uses serial communication to send and receive data from different devices. Serial communication allows the Arduino board to receive and send instructions or commands to sensors that can act accordingly. Like other functions, Arduino also has two main functions that can accommodate users while writing or reading data from devices.

      • Linux HintCeramic Resonator in Arduino

        Arduino is a microcontroller board that can execute instructions and generate output according to it. Microcontrollers are dependent upon clock sources. These clock sources determine how fast Arduino can execute commands and generate output. So, clock source is fundamental to performance. Generally, two types of clock sources are used in Arduino boards named as crystal oscillator and ceramic resonator. Today we will cover the ceramic resonator and its purpose in an Arduino board.

      • Linux Hint3 Ways to Comment out Arduino Code

        Arduino is a development platform consisting of hardware known as Arduino boards and the software which is used to program these boards is known as IDE. Arduino uses an extension of C/C++ language to program Arduino boards.
        As a beginner in Arduino programming lots of people face difficulty in writing code. So, to make sure users understand the code, comments are generally used. Comments can also help to terminate specific parts of code and can disable any lines of code if not needed.

        Let’s discuss how we can add comments in Arduino programming using different ways.

      • Linux GizmosESP32 dev kit includes touchscreen and optional thermal imaging

        GroupGets recently featured the gCore development kit designed for portable GUI-based applications. The dev kit is also compatible with an expansion board and a Teledyne FLIR Lepton FS to obtain thermal imaging capabilities.

        The MCU found on the gCore is the ESP32 WRover-B from Expressif Systems. This ESP32 module features two cores with an adjustable clock frequency ranging from 80-240MHz along with 16MB of PSRAM and 16MB of Flash. For external storage, the dev kit includes a MicroSD slot with 4-bit mode data interface for high data transfer.

      • SparkFun ElectronicsUnbox Machinechat With Us!
      • SparkFun ElectronicsMachinechat JEDI: What Can It Do?
  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • Nicholas Tietz-SokolskyRC Week 2: Pairing is Awesome

        The second week of my batch at Recurse Center (RC) is a wrap, and it already feels like it’s going too quickly. My batch is twelve weeks long, so I’m 17% through.

  • Leftovers

    • HackadayWhy Learn Ancient Tech?

      The inner orbits of the Hackaday solar system have been vibrating with the announcement of the 2022 Hackaday Supercon badge. The short version of the story is that it’s a “retrocomputer”. But I think that’s somehow selling it short a little bit. The badge really is an introduction to machine language or maybe a programming puzzle, a ton of sweet blinky lights and clicky buttons, and what I think of as a full-stack hacking invitation.

    • Counter PunchSee If You Are Really Real
    • HackadayPrinted Axial Generator Is Turned By Hand

      While desktop 3D printing is an incredible technology, it’s got some pretty clear limitations. Plastic parts can be produced quickly in a 3D printer but can be more expensive or take longer to make than parts from materials like wood. Plastic parts can also be weaker than materials like metal. If a 3D printer is all you have on hand, though, you can often make some design choices that improve the performance of a plastic part over other materials. That’s what [1970sWizard] did to make this axial hand-cranked generator.

    • OMAATAmerican Airlines CEO Doesn’t Know About JetBlue Mint – One Mile at a Time

      American Airlines CEO Robert Isom appeared in court yesterday as part of the current Department of Justice case. While being questioned, the topic of JetBlue Mint came up, which is JetBlue’s business class product. Isom claimed that he has never flown JetBlue Mint, and doesn’t know if JetBlue Mint is lie-flat. He then clarified that he understands that Mint is JetBlue’s domestic first class, but “can’t speak to all the amenities they include.”

    • HackadayOrganizational Inspiration From The Discount Tool Company

      When in need of any tool to get a job done quickly, or only for a small number of times, it’s great to have a local “discount tool” company locally for some working, yet often low-quality solution to whatever problem might arise. While there are some gems, most of these tools won’t last through heavy, sustained use like their more expensive counterparts will. On the other hand, there are other things to be had at these discount shops, such as inspiration for tackling a storage problem.

    • Education

      • [Old] Sumana HarihareswaraIf You Give A Speech You Care About, Post A Transcript

        When I give a keynote address at a conference, I sometimes commission* and post a transcript or a near-transcript afterwards (example). And sometimes I do this for non-keynote speeches (example); this year I decided to get and post a transcript for the recent GitHub OCTO talk I gave, on what it would look like if open source were healthy.

        If you give speeches that you’re proud of, that you want people to think about and pass along so they can keep influencing people, you should do the same thing. Get transcripts up as soon as possible.

    • Hardware

      • New ScientistSensory trick makes objects seem heavy or light in virtual reality | New Scientist

        Vibrating pads placed on people’s arms can make the illusion of holding light or heavy objects in virtual reality more convincing by making us disregard some inputs from our senses.

      • HackadayA 3D Printed Ratchet That Can Really Take The Torque

        Printed tools aren’t exactly known for their durability, but [Gladius] shows us that with some thoughtful design, it’s possible to print a ratcheting wrench that can handle surprising amounts of torque.

      • HackadayAqua PCB Is A Big Upgrade For The Mattel Aquarius

        In case you weren’t around in the 80s, or you happened to blink, you may have missed the Mattel Aquarius computer. [Nick Bild] has a soft spot in his heart for the machine though and built the Aqua cartridge to make the Aquarius into a more usable machine.

      • HackadayReverse-Engineering A Display Protocol To Repair A Roland Synthesizer

        Repairing electronic devices isn’t as hard as it used to be. Thanks to the internet, it’s easy to find datasheets and application notes for any standard component inside your gadget, and once you’ve found the faulty one, you simply buy a replacement from one of a million web shops — assuming you don’t end up with a fake, of course. When it comes to non-standard components, however, things get more difficult, as [dpeddi] found out when a friend asked him for help in repairing a Roland Juno-G synthesizer with a broken display.

      • HackadayLaser Engraving, Up Close

        You know you aren’t supposed to watch your laser while it is cutting or engraving. But [Alex] hosted Wired in his studio and showed them how lasers engrave metal with a fiber laser. You can see the video below.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • CoryDoctorowHow Palantir will steal the NHS

        Britons are divided on many matters, but one uniting force that cuts across regional, party and class lines is jealous pride for the NHS and fierce resistance to its privatisation and the importation of America’s grisly omnishambolic health care “system.”

        But while the British people oppose privatisation, the British investor class are slavering for it. Oligarchs love to loot public services, which is why the IMF is so adamant that the countries it “helps” sell off their public water, housing, even their roads and schools and museums.

        Normally, the corrupting, immiserating effects of privatisation happen so slowly that they can feel like a natural phenomenon, a gradual change in the weather that makes everyone a little colder, a little more uncomfortable every day, until one day, the situation is unbearable.

        But there have been moments of “big bang” privatisation where governments and oligarchs speed-ran the process of looting the public coffers and transferring them to private hands – think of the sell-off of ex-Soviet state industries to connected insiders.

        Or think of Thatcher’s sell-off of council homes, an airdrop that converted shelter from a human right to an asset, in which “market forces” were allowed to “optimise” the housing system, with the result that everyday people can’t afford a home, while wealthy speculators trousered billions.

      • TruthOutReport Shows Toxic PFAS Pollution Is Likely at More Than 57,000 US Locations
    • Proprietary

      • New York TimesLufthansa Says Apple AirTags Are Once Again Allowed in Checked Bags

        In the United States, that was confirmed by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency said that its regulation did “not in itself ban or allow” the trackers, but that operators had the right to determine which devices were safe to use in flight.

        It appears Lufthansa sought advice from German aviation authorities. Martin Leutke, a spokesman for the airline, said Wednesday that he had no further comment about the company’s statement, first released on Twitter.

        Lufthansa found its policy under fire when reports surfaced in the German news media that it had prohibited the devices, amid speculation that the airline had been embarrassed by reports of passengers using the devices to find baggage it had lost.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • WiredKids Are Back in Classrooms and Laptops Are Still Spying on Them

          Student-monitoring software has come under renewed scrutiny over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. When students in the US were forced to continue their schooling virtually, many brought home school-issued devices. Baked into these machines was software that can allow teachers to view and control students’ screens, use AI to scan text from student emails and cloud-based documents, and, in severe cases, send alerts of potential violent threats or mental health harms to educators and local law enforcement after school hours.

          Now that the majority of American students are finally going back to school in-person, the surveillance software that proliferated during the pandemic will stay on their school-issued devices, where it will continue to watch them. According to a report published today from the Center for Democracy and Technology, 89 percent of teachers have said that their schools will continue using student-monitoring software, up 5 percentage points from last year. At the same time, the overturning of Roe v. Wade has led to new concerns about digital surveillance in states that have made abortion care illegal. Proposals targeting LGBTQ youth, such as the Texas governor’s calls to investigate the families of kids seeking gender-affirming care, raise additional worries about how data collected through school-issued devices might be weaponized in September.

        • Lipstick on a Pig — Pixel Envy

          It is plausible that Meta’s virtual reality efforts do not demo well and must be experienced for them to make sense. It would be utterly foolish of me to proclaim any of these efforts dead on arrival, and I do not think it is helpful to dump on things I do not understand.

          But I am going to do a little bit of that because I watched Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote in full and found myself unconvinced and uncompelled by much of anything I saw. The company triumphantly said that legs were coming to in-world avatars, but it later admitted the appendages shown were motion capture animations. The best moments were in the last moments of the presentation when Meta showed off products that would help people with disabilities. But the company admitted those were still research prototypes, nowhere near finished. Whether these products ever will be released — and whether we should be offloading home health supports to private businesses prone to moving fast and breaking things — is another matter.

        • John GruberWhere’s the VR Beef?

          I quipped to my Dithering cohost Ben Thompson a few days ago that it sort of feels like Facebook is building the BlackBerry of VR. The obvious low-hanging fruit platform, just waiting to be disrupted by some actual breakthrough platform — by Apple, perhaps, again — at some point in the future. But the more I think about it, I think that’s unfair to BlackBerry. BlackBerry was, for its time, a sensation. It wasn’t a mainstream hit, but the people who used BlackBerrys loved their BlackBerrys. They called them “CrackBerrys”.

        • MeduzaMoscow authorities demand that hotel and hostel operators hand over information on male guests — Meduza

          The administrative head of the Filyovsky Park district demanded that Moscow hotel and hostel owners provide information on male guests between the ages of 18 and 55. Evgeny Stupin, lawyer for the Moscow City Duma, posted a photo of the document.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • New York TimesElon Musk Foments More Geopolitical Controversy With Ukraine Internet Dispute

        The situation, which spurred an outcry for how it might hobble Ukrainian forces, was yet another controversy fomented by Mr. Musk, 51, who has become an unlikely provocateur in international geopolitics. The billionaire, who oversees the electric carmaker Tesla and other companies, is already embroiled in public brouhahas on many other fronts, including a will-he-won’t-he $44 billion deal to buy the social media service Twitter.

        Last week, Mr. Musk drew a fierce rebuke from Ukrainian officials for proposing a peace plan — which included ceding territory to Russia — to end the war. He also suggested in an interview with The Financial Times that tensions between China and Taiwan could be resolved by handing over some control of Taiwan to Beijing.

      • New York TimesNew Generation of Combat Vets, Eyeing House, Strike From the Right

        But their pivots to the far right have confounded other veterans, especially those who have long pressed former service members to run for office as problem-solving moderates less vulnerable to shifting partisan winds. Organizations like New Politics, and With Honor Action were founded in the past decade on the notion that records of service would promote cooperation in government. That ideal is under assault.

        “When you think about the faith of the mission, listen, this is hard,” said Rye Barcott, founder and chief executive officer of With Honor Action. “I mean, the trends have certainly gotten worse.”

        Democratic veterans, however, see the newer veteran candidates’ willingness to embrace Mr. Trump’s lies as a precursor to totalitarianism, and in contravention of their service. “We all took the same oath,” said Representative Ruben Gallego, a former Marine who saw some of the worst combat of the Iraq war. “We all understand the Constitution of United States, and some of these men are really leaning into outright fascism.”

      • The DiplomatNew Islamist Militant Outfit Emerges in Bangladesh

        Bangladesh has three streams of Islamic militant organizations. While the AAI, which came to the fore in 2013 with the killing of atheist blogger Rajib Haider, is an al-Qaida affiliated group, Neo-JMB, which was responsible for the 2016 Holey Artisan Café attack is an affiliate of the Islamic State (IS). The third stream is the JMB, which was founded in 1998 by Afghan war veterans.

      • ABCAssailants fatally shoot Hindu man in Kashmir

        Kashmir’s minority Hindus, who are locally known as Pandits, have long fretted over their place in the region. Most of an estimated 200,000 of them fled Kashmir in the 1990s, when an armed rebellion against Indian rule began. Some 4,000 returned after 2010 as part of a government resettlement plan that provided them with jobs and housing.

      • ABCProminent mosque in Germany sounds 1st public call to prayer

        Until now, the call to prayer was heard only inside the building. Early Friday afternoon, it was broadcast through two loudspeakers, though authorities stipulated that it should be limited to 60 decibels for nearby residents.

      • TruthOutChomsky: 20 Years After Iraq War Vote, US Continues to Flout International Law
      • Common DreamsOpinion | ‘Little Amal,’ the Syrian Refugee

        I was completely taken in by her as she gently tried to turn the great cube at Astor Place on her way to Washington Square park. Surrounded by many others, she had all of us mesmerized by her big eyes, expressive gestures, bending toward and, somehow, embracing each person. She does this with a grace that is impossible to articulate. One forgets that she is a puppet.

      • New YorkerDonald Trump, January 6th, and the Elusive Search for Accountability | The New Yorker

        Susan B. Glasser writes about the final hearing of the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection, and asks whether all of the panel’s work will result in Donald Trump facing any accountability.

      • Michael West MediaIt’s the same guy: the PR guy, the Murdoch scribe and the bouncer at the weapons fair!

        It’s Australia’s annual weapons fair and Michael West Media has been banned from entry. Friendly media only. Land Forces 2022. What’s the scam?
        The scam is that this fair is showcasing the biggest public money expenditures there are, the whole thing is funded by governments and attended by their suppliers, the world’s biggest weapons manufacturers. Yet they are barring entry to media which they deem may not be good for the show.
        You know there’s a problem in media in this country when the same guy, Philip Smart, doing the PR for weapons charity AMDA is the same guy blocking our reporter Callum Foote from attending the weapons fair and the very same guy writing the big splash for Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian (unpaywalled) about how Land Forces is bigger and better than ever!

      • MeduzaElon Musk says Russia is ‘trying to kill’ Starlink — Meduza

        Head of SpaceX Elon Musk says that the Starlink satellite Internet system is the only communications system still functioning in the combat zone in Ukraine. According to him, the Russian military is “trying to kill” Starlink at the front.

      • MeduzaShelling in Belgorod causes fire in oil depot — Meduza

        An oil depot in the Belgorod region is on fire following shelling, reports regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov.

      • Meduza11 are shot at Belgorod training ground — Meduza

        The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that “two citizens of another CIS country” committed “an act of terrorism” at a Belgorod military training ground, killing 11 and injuring another 15. The attackers were killed. According to the official report, cited by Interfax, the incident occurred during shooting lessons for volunteers who had decided to go to war.

      • MeduzaFour conscripts from Krasnoyarsk killed in Ukraine — Meduza

        Three conscripts from the city of Minusinsk and one from the nearby village of Zelyony Bor were killed in Ukraine. Vlast Truda, the region’s official publication, reported the deaths, and the Taiga.info Telegram channel called attention to the report.

      • MeduzaA military commissar in Primorye has died in a possible suicide — Meduza

        Roman Malyk, military commissar for the city of Partizansk in the Russian Far East, who was responsible for mobilization and enlistment in the region, died in the evening of October 14. The Partizansk city administration reported the death on Russian social media network VKontakte.

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • Interesting EngineeringWorld’s first fusion reactor will be open in UK by 2040

          The UK Government has committed to operationalizing the world’s first commercial nuclear fusion reactor by 2040. Once complete, the facility (which in theory could offer virtually infinite clean energy) will be constructed in West Burton, Nottinghamshire.

          If successful, this would be very fitting for a nation that produced the world’s first commercial nuclear fission reactor in the 1950s.

          The announcement comes after the UK’s Business secretary Jacob Rees Mogg disclosed the location at the UK Conservative Party Conference on Monday.

          “The plant will be the first of its kind, built by 2040 and capable of putting energy on the grid,” he announced.

        • Common DreamsOpinion | The Myth of ‘Clean Coal’: Power for Southern People Not Southern Company

          The project was an ambitious one: in 2010, construction began on the Kemper Power Plant, touted as the pinnacle of the movement to bring “clean coal” to America. The plant, which was intended to be the largest of its kind, and to serve as a proof-of-concept for future plants to follow, would spend the next eleven years trying and failing to become operational, while the monopoly that owned it, Southern Power, fobbed the costs of its ill-conceived venture off on the residents of Kemper County. Despite the fact that the plant never provided clean-coal power to a single person, local people saw their utility bills go up and up as the years wore on–until one day, the plant itself went down.

    • Finance

      • DecryptNew Tool Shows Just How Much Users Lost in Celsius Bankruptcy – Decrypt

        A new tool now lets anyone see just how much money some users have lost after the troubled crypto lender filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July.

      • John GruberCelsius Bankruptcy Leaderboard

        I’ve been telling everyone for years that Celsius is no good, but this cryptocurrency scam makes the temperature scale seem OK.

      • John GruberLayoffs at Sketch

        That’s about one-third of their headcount, from my understanding. I sure am rooting for Sketch — it’s a such a great product. But it’s obviously tough right now in an ever more Figma-dominated world.

      • ACMFSOC Warns Crypto is Possible Systemic Risk

        Top U.S. banking and markets regulators on Monday warned that the crypto industry could pose a major risk to the financial system if lawmakers and agencies don’t act soon to set ground rules.

        The Financial Stability Oversight Council — a Treasury-led panel of top officials from the Federal Reserve, SEC and other agencies — released a 120-page reportthat identified a wide range of regulatory gaps and market risks affecting everything from Bitcoin trading platforms and stablecoins to consumer protection and cyberattacks.

      • Pro PublicaHow a Secret Rent Algorithm Pushes Rents Higher

        “Never before have we seen these numbers,” said Jay Parsons, a vice president of RealPage, as conventiongoers wandered by. Apartment rents had recently shot up by as much as 14.5%, he said in a video touting the company’s services. Turning to his colleague, Parsons asked: What role had the software played?

      • Common DreamsOpinion | ‘The Rent Is Too Damn High’: Activists Respond to the US Housing Crisis

        Apryl Lewis is in a housing fight—again. This time, she is pushing to keep dozens of families from being put out of a Charlotte extended-stay motel that is scheduled to be shut down in a matter of weeks. Such motels cost as much as $500 each week, expensive compared to long-term housing. But many of these families are living paycheck-to-paycheck or on fixed incomes, and have no other option.

      • MeduzaPutin authorizes the Central Bank to permit foreign currency exports — Meduza

        The Central Bank of Russia is now allowed to authorize the export of foreign currency in amounts greater than $10,000, according to a decree signed by President Putin.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • The Washington TimesChinese police post U.S. sites to coerce nationals

        The Justice Department is prosecuting several cases of Chinese officials charged with illegal harassment of dissidents in the United States.

        “These operations eschew official bilateral police and judicial cooperation and violate the international rule of law, and may violate the territorial integrity in third countries involved in setting up a parallel policing mechanism using illegal methods,” the report states.

        The Chinese call their overseas police operations “110 Overseas” after the national emergency telephone number. At least 54 of the police “overseas service stations” were identified in 30 nations on five continents. Most are in Europe.

        The report identifies one Chinese service station in New York and three in Canada that the report says are used to support Chinese activities targeting overseas Chinese under the euphemism “persuasion to return.”

      • TechdirtKentucky Judge Streisands Story About Him Failing To Wear Pants At Work Into Wide Coverage

        For obvious reasons, we’ve covered a metric ton of Streisand Effect stories here at Techdirt over the years, but I honestly didn’t think we’d get to one about a judge not wearing pants. Yet, unfortunately, here we are.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • BBCIran protests: Fury over police sex assault video

        A video of anti-riot forces in Iran sexually assaulting a female protester whilst trying to arrest her has provoked fury on social media.

        Users voiced outrage, with many calling for “justice” and the resignation of the police chief. Some pro-government users also condemned the perpetrators.

        Despite blocks on some social media tools, Iranians are still managing to share powerful images of the protests.

      • BBCIran: Video shows forces shooting fleeing people from truck

        The number of fatalities or casualties is hard to verify since the BBC and other independent media are banned from reporting from inside Iran. Authorities have also heavily disrupted the internet.

        Norway-based Iran Human Rights organisation put the death toll at 201, including 23 children, as of Wednesday, though the true figure is believed to be higher.

        The protests are the biggest since the inception of the Islamic Republic in 1979 and are seen as a major challenge to the regime.

      • New York Times‘It Was a Massacre’: How Security Forces Cracked Down in Southeastern Iran

        Some of the wounded tried to crawl away to escape the gunfire. Others bled to death on prayer mats as people tried to drag them to safety.

        But the snipers and officers kept pulling their triggers, firing bullet after bullet into men and young boys at a worship area where Friday Prayer had been underway.

      • MEMRIPalestinian Islamic Scholar Sheikh Yousef Makharzah: In Islam, A Rebellious Wife May Be Beaten By Her Husband; If You Don’t Beat Your Wife, She May End Up Beating You

        Palestinian Islamic scholar Sheikh Yousef Makharzah, who is affiliated with Hizb ut-Tahrir, said in a sermon that was aired on Al-Waqiyah TV (Hizb ut-Tahrir) on September 28, 2022, that wives who rebel against their husbands should be “disciplined” by being beaten in a “deterring” fashion. He gave the example of a woman who leaves her home in a forbidden fashion without notifying her husband, explaining that her husband must first lecture her about what she did wrong, and then sleep separately from her if she does not listen, but that if this is not effective, he should beat her. He bemoaned the fact that Muslims have been “borrowing” from Western culture, and he criticized America for claiming to champion women’s rights and human rights even though it deliberately annihilated millions of Native Americans. In addition, in a reference to the recent civil unrest in Iran after an Iranian woman died after being beaten by Iran’s morality police for improperly wearing her headscarf, he criticized the U.S. for “punishing” Iran for killing a woman who went out in public “naked.” Moreover, Sheikh Makharzah warned that if men do not beat their wives, they may end up being beaten by their wives.

      • ME ForumGermany Refuses Asylum for Muslim Apostate who Faces Death in Iran

        The same Germany that took in over a million Muslim migrants in 2015 and ten thousand non-vetted Afghans in 2021 — all people who, by definition, could not be experiencing religious persecution back home as they themselves are Muslim — has refused asylum to a Muslim convert to Christianity, even though one of his relatives was tortured and murdered for the same “crime” of apostasy in his native Iran.

      • New York TimesApple Store in Oklahoma City Becomes Second to Unionize

        Apple employees at a store in Oklahoma City have voted to unionize, becoming the second of the company’s roughly 270 U.S. retail stores to do so.

        The result, announced by the National Labor Relations Board on Friday night, suggests that an initial victory by a union at a store in Towson, Md., in June was not an isolated development in an organizing campaign that dates back to last year.

      • Common Dreams‘We Won!’: Workers Vote to Become Second Unionized US Apple Store

        Citing a preliminary tally from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), CNN reported that 88 of 95 workers at the Penn Square Mall store weighed in, and 56 of them—or 64%—voted to be represented by Communication Workers of America (CWA).

      • TruthOutApple Workers in Oklahoma City Vote to Unionize Second US Store
      • TruthOutRailroad Workers Reject Deal: “Our Demands Have Not Been Met”
      • TruthOutVoter ID Laws Will Make It Harder for Trans People to Vote in the Midterms
    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakPirate Sites That Rip-Off Other Pirate Sites’ Branding Are About to Regret It

          Sites like The Pirate Bay are recognized for their unique branding but in today’s pirate streaming sector, individuality can mean copying a successful site and buying the closest possible domain. Countering ISP blocking is a driving force but opportunists are also putting Coke labels on cheap, generic cola. Thanks to the High Court in London, pirating other pirates ends in site blocking.

        • Torrent FreakFilmmakers’ Repeat Infringer Lawsuit Against ISP RCN Can Move Forward

          RCN’s request to dismiss a piracy liability lawsuit filed by several filmmakers has been denied by a New Jersey federal court. The movie companies accuse the ISP, operating under the Astound brand, of turning a blind eye to copyright infringers. The plaintiffs’ application for a dedicated site-blocking injunction was also denied.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Niemann sucks, but Chess.com and Magnus are the real villains

        This is belated and somewhat untimely since this is weeks-old news at this point, but I’ve been meaning to post more here and I’ve been thinking about this as I try to improve at chess.

        The whole controversy over Hans Niemann’s cheating is ridiculous. Niemann is a little shit, but the true villains here are Chess.com and to a lesser degree, Magnus.

    • Technical

      • Science

        • Rare Electrical Recordings of the Human Brain Give Detailed Picture of Neural Activity

          An international research team of scientists has captured human neural activity in unprecedented detail by using medical data in ways to better understand how the brain works in the processing of visuals.
          “Because what we see, and our responses to it, are continuously changing, it is challenging to understand how the brain works when taking in new information and then in processing it,” says Jonathan Winawer, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at New York University and the senior author of the paper, which appears in the Journal of Neuroscience. “This work helps us more deeply appreciate the dynamics of our neural responses to visual images and in ways that can inform future research.”
          The human brain is a vastly complex organ that is dynamic in ways beyond our current understanding. This is especially true when it comes to its activity in the processing of visuals— viewing a simple, static image on a screen unleashes a vast network of neural activity in our brains.
          However, developing a robust understanding of these processes requires invasive techniques not typically used with human subjects. Rather, such studies typically measure brain activity using fMRI, MEG, or EEG scanners—methods that only scratch the surface of the complexity of neural operations.

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