11.02.22

Links 02/11/2022: HPLIP 3.22.10, Mozilla Venture Introduced, and SourceHut Purges Many Projects

Posted in News Roundup at 5:48 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Server

      • Rakuten Symphony taking off Red Hat, putting on Rocky Linux

        Rakuten Mobile is in the process of removing Red Hat software from its network deployment in Japan, and working with Rocky Linux for processing software workloads in distributed units across its Open RAN network. Similarly, Rakuten Symphony, the company’s hardware, software and services arm, will use the real-time Rocky Linux operating system with future customers. In an interview with media and analysts at the Telecom Infra Project’s FYUZ event in Madrid, Rakuten Symphony CEO Tareq Amin candidly explained that Red Hat’s subscription-based model doesn’t fit with his business model.

      • PR WebCIQ Joins Oracle PartnerNetwork; Rocky Linux Now Available on Oracle Cloud Marketplace
    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • HackadayBye Bye Linux On The 486. Will We Miss You? | Hackaday

        A footnote in the week’s technology news came from Linus Torvalds, as he floated the idea of abandoning support for the Intel 80486 architecture in a Linux kernel mailing list post. That an old and little-used architecture might be abandoned should come as no surprise, it’s a decade since the same fate was meted out to Linux’s first platform, the 80386. The 486 line may be long-dead on the desktop, but since they are not entirely gone from the embedded space and remain a favourite among the retrocomputer crowd it’s worth taking a minute to examine what consequences if any there might be from this move.

    • Applications

      • Make Use OfThe 3 Best Terminal-Based Web Browsers for Linux

        Terminal-based browsers are something of a niche interest—even among seasoned Linux users, and most mainstream distros will come with either Firefox or Falkon pre-installed. But there are good reasons why you might want to experience the internet via a browser in your terminal.

        Here are some of the best terminal-based web browsers out there.

      • Ubuntu HandbookHPLIP 3.22.10 Released with Linux Mint 21, RHEL 9, Manjaro 21.3 Support | UbuntuHandbook

        HPLIP, the open-source HP printer and scanner driver for Linux, released version 3.22.10 today with new Linux distributions support.

        The installer script for the new release is now working on Manjaro 21.3, Suse 15.4, RHEL 9, Linux Mint 21.0, Mx Linux 21.2.

        The release does not include any new HP printer and scanner support. Meaning you can just skip this release if the last HPLIP 3.22.6 was installed on your system. And for Ubuntu 22.10, the 3.22.6 release is available to install in system repository.

    • Instructionals/Technical

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Nagios on Rocky Linux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, Nagios is an open-source monitoring solution designed to run on Linux. Nagios offers to monitor and alerting services for servers, switches, applications and services. It also provides a web interface for viewing current network status, log files, notifications, and much more.

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

      • Make Tech EasierHow to Install and Use Webmin on Ubuntu Linux – Make Tech Easier

        Administering a server can be a daunting task. The good news is, there are plenty of tools available to make the job easier. One of these tools is Webmin. This tutorial shows how to install Webmin on an Ubuntu Linux server.

      • Help Net Securitycert-manager: Automatically provision and manage TLS certificates in Kubernetes – Help Net Security

        cert-manager adds certificates and certificate issuers as resource types in Kubernetes clusters and simplifies the process of obtaining, renewing, and using those certificates.

        It can issue certificates from a variety of supported sources, including Let’s Encrypt, HashiCorp Vault, and Venafi as well as private PKI, and it ensures certificates remain valid and up to date, attempting to renew certificates at an appropriate time before expiry.

      • Make Use OfHow to Connect to Wi-Fi Through the Linux Terminal With nmcli

        Need to connect to the internet on your Linux device, but don’t have an Ethernet port or access to graphical networking software? In this article, we’ll learn how to connect to Wi-Fi in the Linux terminal using the nmcli command.

      • KifarunixHow to Integrate ELK Stack with TheHive – kifarunix.com

        In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to integrate ELK stack with TheHive. ELK Stack can be configured to sent event alerts to TheHive case management system. This enables security personnel to create, investigate and follow up on various incidents or cases.

      • It’s UbuntuHow To Install WhatsApp On Ubuntu 22.04 LTS | Itsubuntu.com

        How To Install WhatsApp On Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        In this tutorial post, we will show you a method to install WhatsApp on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. WhatsApp is a famous chat messaging app currently owned by Facebook (Meta). We will be installing a third-party “WhatsApp for Linux” app that you can use to access WhatsApp. WhatsApp for Linux is an unofficial WhatsApp desktop application.

    • Games

      • Boiling SteamNew Steam Games with Native Linux Clients – 2022-11-02 Edition – Boiling Steam

        Between 2022-10-26 and 2022-11-02 there were 37 New Steam games released with Native Linux clients. For reference, during the same time, there were 246 games released for Windows on Steam, so the Linux versions represent about 15 % of total released titles.

      • Linux LinksSaving Money with Linux: Gaming – LinuxLinks

        Gaming is often synonymous with guzzling electricity.

        That’s because modern graphics card can be extremely power hungry and can sometimes generate incredibly high frames per second (fps) that a monitor can’t display. For example, most gaming monitors offer refresh rates of at least 144 Hz. If your graphics card is producing 300 fps in a game you’ll literally be wasting electricity for no gaming benefit unless you’ve got a gaming monitor with a very high refresh rate of say 360Hz. If not, you graphics card will be functioning mostly as an (expensive) mini heater, and potentially unnecessarily reducing its lifespan.

        The top graphics cards have staggering power limits. For example, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 has a power limit of 450W. Even midrange graphics cards have bulging power limits. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti has a power limit of 200W which can be increased to 216W.

      • MozillaHow to talk to kids about video games

        I spend a lot of time talking to parents about screens. Most of those conversations are about fear.

        “I’m so worried about my child withdrawing into screens,” they say. “Are they addicted? How can I get them to stop?”

        I understand where they are coming from. I’m a clinical psychologist with 16 years of experience working in the U.K. and France, including for the U.K. National Health Service and in private practice. I’m also the mother of an 11-year-old girl and a teenage boy.

        “Screen time” has become one of the bogeymen of our age. We blame screens for our children’s unhappiness, anger or lack of engagement. We worry about screen time incessantly, so much so that sometimes it seems that the benchmark of a good parent in 2022 is the strictness of your screen time limits.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Ubuntu Pit20 Best KDE Plasma Themes for Your KDE Desktop

          Linux is an open source operating system with superior customization abilities. If you use KDE Desktop, you’ll have many Plasma themes to choose from. And if you can’t find something you like, developers create new ones daily.

          It can be tough to choose the best KDE Plasma Themes from the Hundreds of themes available in the KDE store. All of these themes are designed to improve the look of your KDE desktop, but it can be hard to decide which one is right for you.

          For those who want to give their Plasma Desktop a makeover, here is a list of the best KDE Plasma themes.

        • Linux MagazineNitrux 2.5 Released with Kernel 6.0 and KDE Plasma 5.26 – Linux Magazine

          Nitrux 2.5 has been officially released and is the first systemd-free distribution to include both kernel 6.0 and KDE Plasma 5.26.

          Nitrux is a Linux distribution, based on Debian, that emphasizes the use of AppImages for end-user software. And, instead of employing systemd as its init system, Nitrux uses OpenRC.

          To make things even more interesting, Nitrux adds a suite of convergent applications – called Maui Apps – as well as a curated collection of free and open source software.

          More importantly, however, Nitrux 2.5 is now available and is the first non-systemd distribution to include both kernel 6.0 and KDE Plasma 5.26. To be specific, Nitrux uses the 6.0.6 XanMod kernel, KDE Plasma 5.26.2, KDE Frameworks 5.99.0, and KDE Gear 22.08.2.

          As well, the developers decided to change their policy about including the Nvidia proprietary driver with the default installation.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Robert McQueen: Many thanks & good luck to Neil McGovern [Ed: But what legacy has Neil McGovern left? A GNOME that attacks the "G" in its name, using a campaign of defamation that serves monopolies (also GNOME sponsors)?]

          As President of the GNOME Foundation, I wanted to post a quick note to pass on the thanks from the Board, the Foundation staff team and membership to our outgoing Executive Director, Neil McGovern. I had the pleasure of passing on GNOME’s thanks in person at the Casa Bariachi this summer at GUADEC in Guadelajara, at the most exellent mariachi celebration of GNOME’s 25th Anniversary.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • The Register UKNew version of Plan 9 fork 9front released • The Register

      9front is a fork and continuation of Plan 9 from Bell Labs, which is what the minds behind UNIX and the C programming language went on to do next. It is also rather strange.

      The Golden Age of Ballooning is the rather inscrutable name of the latest release from the 9front project. 9front is one of several projects that continues work on the Plan 9 operating system, which was relicensed under the GPL in 2014. Plan 9, or more formally (and nowadays somewhat inaccurately, since it was spun off from Bell Labs last year) Plan 9 from Bell Labs is a research operating system.

      There are a great many research OSes out there. What’s significant about Plan 9 is that it, and its special dialect of the C programming language, are the direct continuation of the original UNIX research project. Plan 9 was in some ways an effort to deliver some of the original promises of UNIX while also bringing it into the 1990s.

      9front is probably the most active fork of Plan 9, and improves on the OS in a number of small ways: more drivers, more hardware support, a native x86-64 version, and so on. There’s a reasonable potted summary of 9front here, and the project’s own FQA [sic] file explains what’s new in this release. You might well ask what an FQA is, and don’t they mean FAQ? Well, a list of questions isn’t much help, even if they are frequently asked; a list of frequent answers is much more use.

    • New Releases

      • The Register UKZorin OS 16.2 is here • The Register

        Zorin OS 16.2 is a friendlier and more feature-rich distro than its parent Ubuntu 20.04, with a lot of updates and bundled apps.

        The Reg looked at Zorin OS 16 when it came out in 2021. Like the 16.1 release in March, the new version is an update of that same version, so it’s still based on Ubuntu 20.04 – albeit with the newer kernel 5.15 installed. This is a little surprising seven months after the release of the subsequent Ubuntu LTS release, but then again, to quote Bert Lance: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

        There are six different editions of Zorin OS in this version and three product families: the paid Pro version, plus free Education and Core product lines. Each has a matching Lite variant, which replaces the GNOME desktop with Xfce.

    • BSD

      • LinuxiacTrueNAS 13.0-U3 Released, Adding Significant New Components

        TrueNAS 13.0-U3 open storage is a major release bringing improved performance, scalability, and reliability in subsequent releases.

        TrueNAS CORE is a free and open-source FreeBSD-based operating system that provides free network-attached storage (NAS) services produced by iXsystems. In addition, TrueNAS is the best-known and most powerful free NAS software.

        It has some of the best features you can find in NAS software, such as data snapshots, a self-repair file system, encryption of data volumes, and so on.

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • SUSE’s Corporate BlogQuobyte and SUSE Rancher – Persistent state for scaling organizations | SUSE Communities

        Many organizations run Kubernetes today, for Development and actually more and more production workloads. This results in tens to hundreds of Kubernetes clusters within one organization and managing these clusters is a critical task. This is where SUSE Rancher enters the stage: As many clusters as needed can be controlled using a single interface. These landscapes can represent all of your organizational needs: Clusters can run on premise, in the cloud or as a service provided by any leading Kubernetes provider. In simple words: One interface to rule them all.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Red Hat OfficialNavigate the Linux terminal faster, test with LTP, and more tips for sysadmins | Enable Sysadmin

        October 2022 was a record-breaking month for Enable Sysadmin. During the month, we published 22 new articles and received more than 938,000 reads from nearly 640,000 readers across the site.

      • Red Hat OfficialExplore Red Hat OpenShift training tailored to your professional journey

        When determining the next steps of your professional development journey, you want to make sure you are on the right path to meet your goals. Red Hat Training and Certification offers guided learning pathways for individuals of all experience levels, covering topics such as deploying containers, developing containerized applications, managing container storage and using automated DevOps pipelines. With so many options available, Red Hat is committed to making the process easy to navigate so you can understand what courses are aligned with your professional journey.

      • Enterprisers ProjectHow to establish a DevOps culture: 7 tips

        DevOps is the leading software development methodology practiced worldwide, with a market share of 47 percent. By adopting DevOps, which emphasizes constant collaboration between development and operations teams, you can experience 63 percent improvement in software quality, 63 percent faster release, and 55 percent better collaboration among teams.

      • Red Hat OfficialUsing daysofrisk.pl with the Red Hat Security Data API

        A few months ago, I wrote my first blog for Red Hat: Getting a list of fixes for a Red Hat product between two dates is easy with daysofrisk.pl

        In that blog we explored the use of the daysofrisk.pl script provided on the Red Hat Security Data page and show you how you can use it to return a list of Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) and Red Hat Security Advisories (RHSAs) included in a particular Red Hat Product between two specified dates.

        Today I want to build on that post and show you ways to enhance the data with the Red Hat Security Data API.

      • AlmaLinux OfficialAlmaLinux 9.1 Beta – Now Available – AlmaLinux OS Blog

        Hello Community! AlmaLinux OS is happy to announce that AlmaLinux 9.1 Beta “Lime Lynx” is available for x86_64, aarch64, ppc64le and s390x architectures.

        Grab installation ISOs from mirrors now.

        As usual, a simple reminder, this is a BETA release. It should not be used for production installations. The provided upgrade instructions should not be used on production machines unless you don’t mind if something breaks. Now if you wanna test this somehow, somewhere to see how things will work in 9.1 stable, you’re on the right track.

    • Debian Family

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • OMG UbuntuLinux Mint Gains a Windows-Style ’Show Desktop’ Button – OMG! Ubuntu!

        If you’re a loyal Linux Mint user who’s often thought: “I wish it was easier to peek at my desktop while I work”, you’re in luck.

        The Linux Mint team has said it will replace the “show desktop” launcher item in the Cinnamon panel with a new “corner bar” item instead. It is similar to the “show desktop” button that debuted in Windows 7 (which I believe some third-party efforts brought to XP and Vista).

        Now, lest anyone get red in the face at my mentioning of Windows I will stress that Mint’s Corner Bar is not a 1:1 clone: it’s way more customisable.

        You get to choose what happens when you click on the button, or middle click on the button. And while you can quickly “peek at desktop” by hovering over the Corner Bar (just like in Windows) you are able to turn this behaviour or off per your mood.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • CNX SoftwareDongshanPI-D1s – An Allwinner D1s RISC-V development board designed to teach programming – CNX Software

        The DongshanPI-D1s development board is comprised of a soldered-on Allwinner D1s RISC-V system-on-module board (SoM) and a carrier board with two 40-pin headers and a 2.0mm dedicated header. This development board is specifically designed to teach programming with a focus on the RISC-V architecture.

      • CNX SoftwareQuadric Chimera GPNPU IP combines NPU, DSP, and real-time CPU into one single programmable core – CNX Software

        A typical chip for AI or ML inference would include an NPU, a DSP, a real-time CPU, plus some memory, an application processor, an ISP, and a few more IP blocks. Quadric Chimera GPNPU (general purpose neural processor unit) IP combines the NPU, DSP, and real-time CPU into one single programmable core.

      • ArduinoPreventing excessive water consumption with tinyML | Arduino Blog

        As the frequency and intensity of droughts around the world continues to increase, being able to reduce our water usage is vital for maintaining already strained freshwater resources. And according to the EPA, leaving a faucet running, whether intentionally or by accident for just five minutes can consume over ten gallons of water. However, Naveen has leveraged the power of machine learning to build a device that can automatically detect running faucets and send alerts over a cellular network in response.

      • ArduinoGrow a beautiful garden with home automation | Arduino Blog

        A beautiful, lush garden is a wonderful thing. Not only does it look good year-round and impress the neighbours, but it’s also a great place to spend time in the summer months and entertain guests.

        However, a good garden is not an easy thing to maintain. It takes many hours of hard work and toil to create a beautiful garden in the first place, and then many more hours to keep it that way. If you take a vacation or have a few busy weeks, things can start to go wrong fast.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • OpenSource.comAchieve smart home interoperability with open source technology | Opensource.com

      Advertisers sell the myth of the “Smart Home” as a magical world where you automate everything with ease to simplify your life and free your mind of trivial tasks. It looks great on paper and TV, but so far, it’s mainly been a battle of technologies and manufacturers.

      Suppose you want to add a presence sensor from manufacturer A to your existing hub from manufacturer B so you can switch ON your light from manufacturer B. Or perhaps you want to switch OFF your air conditioner when your door is open, but the door sensor is not from the air conditioning manufacturer. Will it work?

      There’s a significant chance that the devices you want to link to one another don’t talk the same “language.” You might research compatibility for weeks before deciding to take your chances. It may or may not work. There are so many technologies, protocols, APIs, and cloud connectors involved that you just can’t be sure until you spend a lot of money trying them. So far, the “Smart Home” has been an over-complex world in which every vendor tries to push its own technology, protocol, and stack at the cost of consumer freedom, time, effort, and expense.

    • MedevelHack.chat Is A Free Open-source Distraction-Free Chat App

      hack.chat is a minimal, distraction-free, accountless, logless, disappearing chat service which is easily deployable as your own service. The current client comes bundled with LaTeX rendering provided by KaTeX and code syntax highlighting provided by highlight.js.

      hack.chat offers simple user-interface and several commands and mod. If you are an old school internet user, you certainly will enjoy the app.

      [...]

      This project is licensed under the WTFPL (DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO PUBLIC LICENSE) License.

    • Events

      • FSFLibrePlanet 2023 will be held March 18-19, CFS extended to November 23

        The dates for LibrePlanet 2023 have been announced and the Call for Sessions has been extended.

        Have you submitted a talk for LibrePlanet 2023 yet? For those unsure if they can make it to the event, we have now set the dates: March 18 & 19, 2023! We have also extended the Call for Sessions (CfS) for another three weeks, until Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at 10:00 EST (15:00 UTC). This gives you the chance to make sure that you’re a part of LibrePlanet 2023: Charting the Course.

      • PostgreSQLPostgreSQL: Call for Papers – PGConf India, 2023

        India PostgreSQL User Group is pleased to announce that PGConf India 2023 will be held in Bengaluru, India between 22nd Feb to 24th Feb 2023.

        Call for papers is out now. Please submit your proposal by signing up on https://pgconf.in and following the instructions there. The last date for submission is November 20, 2022. We would encourage everyone to submit their proposals as early as possible without waiting till the last date.

        With growing popularity and adoption of PostgreSQL, PGConf India has become one of the largest events in this part of the world. We expect more than 400 delegates to attend this year’s event. So this gives you a great opportunity to present your work in front of a large audience. More details about the conference are available on the conference website https://pgconf.in

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Mozilla

        • MozillaThe Mozilla Blog: Mozilla Launches First-of-its-Kind Venture Fund to Fuel Responsible Tech Companies, Products [Ed: Mozilla could instead pay salaries to much-needed Firefox developers]

          Today, amid a sea of internet companies and products that routinely put profits ahead of people, Mozilla is unveiling an ambitious new venture capital fund to transform technology investment — and the internet more broadly.

        • MozillaThe Mozilla Blog: Mozilla Ventures: Investing in Responsible Tech [Ed: Mozilla laid off many engineers to instead waste money on optics]

          My response: we won’t know unless we try, together.

          Personally, I think it is possible to build successful companies — and great internet products — that put people before profits. Mozilla proves this. But so do ProtonMail, Hugging Face, Kickstarter and a good number of others. All are creating products and technology that respect users — and that are making the internet a healthier place.

    • Programming/Development

      • TechRepublicSourceHut to remove all cryptocurrency-related projects

        Open-source repository SourceHut is pulling the plug on software projects that tap into cryptocurrency and blockchain. In a post published on Monday, Oct. 31, SourceHut founder and creator Drew DeVault said he would ban projects associated with these technologies, citing their use in “get-rich-quick” schemes and other types of scams.

        DeVault explained his decision by asserting that domains used in these types of projects are associated with “fraudulent activities and high-risk investments” that take advantage of people during difficult economic times and an inequality in global wealth.

      • The AnarcatA typical yak shaving session – anarcat

        Someone recently asked what yak shaving means and, because I am a professional at this pastime, I figured I would share my most recent excursion in the field.

        As a reminder, “yak shaving” describes a (anti?) pattern by which you engage in more and more (possibly useless) tasks that lead you further and further away from your original objective.

      • Perl / Raku

        • PerlSpoken like a 1980s chip | Saif [blogs.perl.org]

          As an old simpleton, however, I can not drag myself away from the genius of the guys who with such limited resources managed so much, into the modern world were memory and processor power limitations are of no real issue. The SP0256-AL2 is the centre of this remarkable primitive utility, and I took it myself to explore how this worked, to transform it into a simple module that can be imported into any Perl program, with no dependencies apart from a means to transfer data to a speaker. There indeed many attempts to emulate this little chip, though I have not come across any that specifically use Perl, I do find resources including this one from Greg Kennedy that allow translation to the allophones used here.

        • DEV CommunitySpecifying a pattern – DEV Community 👩‍💻👨‍💻

          This blog post will discuss the types of patterns you can specify with rak.

      • Python

      • Go

        • VideoHow to install GoLand on Linux Mint 21 – Invidious

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

        • FOSSLifeFree Ways to Start Learning Go

          Go, also known as Golang, is an open source programming language developed at Google. The language, which was written by Robert Griesemer, Rob Pike, and Ken Thompson, is widely used for cloud native development and building cloud infrastructure.

          “Docker, a Linux container manager, and Kubernetes, a container deployment system, are core cloud technologies written in Go,” states this Communications of the ACM article. “Today, Go is the foundation for critical infrastructure at every major cloud provider and is the implementation language for most projects hosted at the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.”

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • The Next PlatformCutting To The Front Of The Server CPU Line

        In many ways, particularly when it comes to the overall profitability of a CPU line over time, it sucks to be a CPU maker. Everything is exactly backwards.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • TediumWhat Gives Prescription Drugs Their Unusual Names, Anyway?

        A while back, I caught something interesting on the blog of a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Andrew Marshall, a writer for Reuters who serves as a correspondent in Southeast Asia, had a need for an anti-diarrheal medication while in Burma, a country that has put him in the crosshairs of food poisoning multiple times. (I’m okay with not learning the specifics of his medical ailment.) With that in mind, he had purchased a drug with an unusual name when he was in nearby Thailand—Tedium. Yes, Tedium. The drug, essentially a regional variant of Imodium A.D., is kind of hilariously suited for this particular drug. “It not only alleviates the condition but, in a single word, captures the experience,” Marshall wrote. And I guess I’ve sort of been wondering: How do drugs get named? And why do drug names carry a certain flow to them, despite seemingly sounding like gibberish words? That’s a question I needed to answer for myself—and for today’s Tedium (the newsletter, not the anti-diarrheal).

    • Linux Foundation

      • ONE Summit Adds New Industry Luminaries to Keynote Line-up, New Mini-Summits & Global Virtual participation

        Taking place in Seattle, WA, November 15-16, ONE Summit is the one industry event that brings together decision-makers and implementers for two days of in-depth presentations and interactive conversations around 5G, Access, Edge, Telco, Cloud, Enterprise Networking, and more open source technology developments. The event enables attendees to engage directly with thought leaders across 5G, Cloud Native and Network Edge and expand knowledge of open source networking technology progression.

    • Security

      • IT Wire
        Top security researcher Vitali Kremez dies while scuba diving

        Well-known security researcher Vitali Kremez has died apparently after going scuba diving off the coast of Hollywood Beach in Florida. He was 36.

        The US Coast Guard said in a tweet that Kremez’ body had been recovered by local authorities on Wednesday.

        Local reports said Kremez had entered the water at about 9am local time on Sunday and was not seen thereafter.

        At the time of his death, Kremez was working as the chairman and chief executive of Advanced Intelligence, a company that specialises in threat intelligence.

      • Help Net SecurityHigh-severity OpenSSL vulnerabilities fixed (CVE-2022-3602, CVE-2022-3786) [Ed: Still no apologies for prior exaggeration]

        Version 3.0.7 of the popular OpenSSL cryptographic library is out, with fixes for CVE-2022-3602 and CVE-2022-3786, two high-severity buffer overflow vulnerabilities in the punycode decoder that could lead to crashes (i.e., denial of service) or potentially remote code execution.

      • Hacker NewsInside Raccoon Stealer V2 [Ed: Windows TCO]

        Raccoon Stealer is back on the news again. US officials arrested Mark Sokolovsky, one of the malware actors behind this program. In July 2022, after several months of the shutdown, a Raccoon Stealer V2 went viral. Last week, the Department of Justice’s press release stated that the malware collected 50 million credentials.

      • Hacker NewsThese Android Apps with a Million Play Store Installations Redirect Users to Malicious Sites

        A set of four Android apps released by the same developer has been discovered directing victims to malicious websites as part of an adware and information-stealing campaign.

        The apps, published by a developer named Mobile apps Group and currently available on the Play Store, have been collectively downloaded over one million times.

        According to Malwarebytes, the websites are designed to generate revenues through pay-per-click ads, and worse, prompt users to install cleaner apps on their phones with the goal of deploying additional malware.

      • Malware on the Google Play store leads to harmful phishing sites

        A family of malicious apps from developer Mobile apps Group are listed on Google Play and infected with Android/Trojan.HiddenAds.BTGTHB. In total, four apps are listed, and together they have amassed at least one million downloads.

      • Hacker NewsMultiple Vulnerabilities Reported in Checkmk IT Infrastructure Monitoring Software

        Following responsible disclosure on August 22, 2022, the four vulnerabilities have been patched in Checkmk version 2.1.0p12 released on September 15, 2022.

      • GoogleProject Zero: Gregor Samsa: Exploiting Java’s XML Signature Verification

        Earlier this year, I discovered a surprising attack surface hidden deep inside Java’s standard library: A custom JIT compiler processing untrusted XSLT programs, exposed to remote attackers during XML signature verification. This post discusses CVE-2022-34169, an integer truncation bug in this JIT compiler resulting in arbitrary code execution in many Java-based web applications and identity providers that support the SAML single-sign-on standard.
        OpenJDK fixed the discussed issue in July 2022. The Apache BCEL project used by Xalan-J, the origin of the vulnerable code, released a patch in September 2022.

        While the vulnerability discussed in this post has been patched , vendors and users should expect further vulnerabilities in SAML.

        From a security researcher’s perspective, this vulnerability is an example of an integer truncation issue in a memory-safe language, with an exploit that feels very much like a memory corruption. While less common than the typical memory safety issues of C or C++ codebases, weird machines still exist in memory safe languages and will keep us busy even after we move into a bright memory safe future.

        Before diving into the vulnerability and its exploit, I’m going to give a quick overview of XML signatures and SAML. What makes XML signatures such an interesting target and why should we care about them?

      • LWNSecurity updates for Wednesday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (ffmpeg and linux-5.10), Fedora (libksba, openssl, and php), Gentoo (openssl), Mageia (curl, gdk-pixbuf2.0, libksba, nbd, php, and virglrenderer), Red Hat (kernel, kernel-rt, libksba, and openssl), SUSE (gnome-desktop, hdf5, hsqldb, kernel, nodejs10, openssl-3, php7, podofo, python-Flask-Security, python-lxml, and xorg-x11-server), and Ubuntu (backport-iwlwifi-dkms, firefox, ntfs-3g, and openssl).

      • Beta NewsDropbox confirms serious security breach in which hackers stole code from 130 GitHub repositories

        Dropbox has revealed details of a phishing attack to which it fell victim. In the attack, a threat actor was able to steal code from the company after gathering employee credentials to GitHub repositories.

        The security breach took place in the middle of last month, with GitHub notifying Dropbox of suspicious account activity on October 14. The cloud storage company says that the code that was accessed “contained some credentials — primarily, API keys — used by Dropbox developers” but insists that “no one’s content, passwords, or payment information was accessed”, and that its core apps and infrastructure were unaffected.

      • [Old] Should hackers destroy communication? | Stop at Zona-M

        Last week, the day after the russian invasion of Ukraine, Jaromil remembered that opposition from 1999, asking hackers to keep the networks of communication alive between Russia and the rest of the world.

        [...]

        No answer for this. Not now, at least. Just the sad awareness that it will become a crucial issue, the next time there will be such a crisis.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • AccessNowMusk’s Twitter takeover must not silence activists – Access Now

        Now that tech billionaire Elon Musk has completed his takeover of Twitter, he must protect the voices of human rights defenders across the globe.

        While Musk stated that the company will not make major revisions to its content moderation policy until a council is established, there are already campaigns to flood the platform with hateful conduct and messaging.

        Twitter, in spite of its flaws, is an essential tool for activists, journalists, and human rights defenders to share information, campaign, and address threats around the world. Musk must make decisions in the near future to ensure the platform will protect the people who depend on it.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Public Domain ReviewPlaying Indian: *Cummins’ Indian Congress at Coney Island* (1903) – The Public Domain Review

          This recording of Colonel Frederick T. Cummins’ Wild West Show held in Brooklyn’s Steeplechase Park is one grand audio sleight-of-hand. The orchestra at Columbia Records’ Manhattan studio created the sounds of whooping “Sioux warriors”, beating tom toms, and stampeding horses. Cummins’ “five hundred Indians representing forty-two tribes, living in teepees, wigwams, and adobe houses” were all out at Coney Island, under the watchful eye of showman Cummins and his Lakota wrangler Henry Standing Bear, a veteran of Carlisle Indian School. Vaudevillian Len Spencer supplies the carny barker introductions, and orchestra musicians round out each section with mock applause or war cries.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

    • Technical

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Re: Mayan and Gemini priests

          I ordinarily try to steer clear of posting about Gemini itself. I do tend to post a good bit about the pieces of software that I’ve authored around Gemini, but those posts aren’t really about Gemini itself but rather my hobby of writing software. But this idea that Gemini is an elite community of tech nerds that keeps people out by having a high barrier to entry bothers me, big time. In fact, just the word “gatekeeping” is a trigger word for me these days, much in the same way as the term “woke” is when it comes to social issues. Both terms are thrown around as a pejorative and source of ridicule. Both terms also are applied far too broadly. Of course, I’d rather that they weren’t used as a pejorative to begin with, but the actual level of human decency or, correspondingly, technical awareness in the context of gatekeepking that can trigger their use is ridiculously low.


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

Google is Banning GNU/Linux Videos and GNU/Linux Channels

Posted in GNU/Linux, Google at 3:23 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Download link (first 3m:54s; full video)

Summary: It is already widely known that mentioning “Linux” in YouTube titles can get one immediately ‘demonetised’, sometimes deranked/shadowbanned, but it is getting worse as very old videos are being retroactively used to deplatform GNU/Linux proponents (the above is a new example; we saw or heard of more examples in the recent past and sometimes the producers permanently lose the channel or have too small an audience to get noticed)

Twitter is Rotting Away in Less Than a Week

Posted in Deception, Finance at 3:10 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 7214b19128e440dd514564eb3809c67b
Twitter Looks Like a Failed Project Heading to the Grave
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: 6 days have passed and Twitter is up in flames; Twitter temporarily enjoys being the “talk of the town”, but for all the wrong (and unwanted) reasons

THE earliest media reports said that Twitter’s sale and handover had become a done deal last Thursday at night, so technically 6 days ago. What has happened since then is quite a lot! We posted many clippings in IRC and in Daily Links, but the short story is, management is leaving, technical staff is leaving (no, not just the ones fired), users leave in droves, and advertisers basically boycott the new Twitter. All this happened in a matter of days.

They say that advanced forms of incompetence are indistinguishable from sabotage. Whatever happens in Twitter right now, it is an existential crisis for the company and the platform. Bringing in some edgy Musk-loving fans to run something they don’t understand would be "LeeNode" all over again. It’s chaotic. To quote Stephen King (the author): “$20 a month to keep my blue check? Fuck that, they should pay me. If that gets instituted, I’m gone like Enron.” (October 31, 2022; we talked about it in IRC the other night)

“They say that advanced forms of incompetence are indistinguishable from sabotage. Whatever happens in Twitter right now, it is an existential crisis for the company and the platform.”Well, Mr. King never belonged in Twitter in the first place. His solid track record in literature should be enough to attract fans to his own site. Twitter is like a ‘poor man’s RSS feed’. It’s always a bad idea, in effect managing one’s ‘audience’ through a centralised, hostile or at best dubious third party, e.g. Google/YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. Techrights doesn’t have those issues. Questionable interests change over time, resulting in censorship or downtime (going offline permanently is only a matter of time, for purely commercial reasons).

Aside from that, there’s the aspect of self-censorship (like inability criticise a sponsor or use blunt language, even when it is truly deserved and warranted). “Brand safety” is code for censorship on behalf of brands.

We’ll continue to monitor the situation, but we already see an exodus of users and advertisers, i.e. the financial lifeblood of the company. No users means no advertisers. And no advertisers means more and more debt for the owners to bear. The writings are on the wall already. The New York Times said: “They are essentially going to take all the financial resources of the company and just pour it into servicing the debt…”

“Don’t expect a turnaround. It’s too late already.”There’s massive backlash and people are actually leaving, not just threatening to leave. Earlier today I checked “Analytics” on some inactive accounts and they show not much. The theory that Twitter will be taken over by bigots overlooks the fact that they already have other platforms for their kinds. Even more edgy types must recognise the fact that bringing back Donald Trump, for instance (still under investigation for insurrection), would immediately lose the platform millions of users, some of whom very high-profile users. This would deepen the debt. “Mr. Musk faces financial challenges in owning Twitter,” says the summary from the above piece. “The site [sic] frequently loses money and took on $13 billion in debt for the blockbuster deal.”

Don’t expect a turnaround. It’s too late already.

More Technical People Recognise the Importance of Being Offline Sometimes (and the Covert Dangers of Technology)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Hardware at 2:32 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 63f768f69464807407eeb1d90d67bda4
Staying Offline When Away From Keyboard
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: There’s growing recognition that “high-tech” isn’t this Utopian thing that improves lives in perpetuity and there’s more to life than being online and getting “likes” from strangers (or people not seen in person for many years); in fact, a lot of technology has gradually been warped and turned against the users (because exercising control over them can be seductive and even profitable)

THE most resistance (or antagonism) to supposedly "modern" technology tends to come not from people who fail to understand it but from people who understand it the most or grasp it best. That’s why many Facebook employees outright refuse to allow their kids to use Facebook. They know the ‘sausage factory’ all too well; they see the gore and hear the screams. They also see the bad ingredients going into finished and well-presented “products”.

It would be wise to refrain from “Luddite” analogies because the motivations of Luddites were vastly different and inherently based on productivity/distribution, not “ethics”; a lot of people like yours truly oppose voting machines because those aren’t trustworthy and we’ve seen ample evidence of how they can be tampered, ruining democracy by just flipping a few bits here and there. Speaking of democracy, the next video (after this) will discuss Social Control Media, which is all about manipulation and increasingly about control. See this new article by Manuel Matuzović.

“Technology stopped improving a long time ago, maybe decades ago.”My wife and I decided a long time ago not to have mobile phones and certainly none of those “Smart” gadgets for the home, including “spy meters” that the energy suppliers already sent us about 30 nags/reminders about, in turn charging us extra (de facto penalties) for not having these. Technology needs to have limits/boundaries and we need to look back at how we lived before we had 24/7/365-connected machines at all corners of lots of “modern” homes. They like to tell us this digitalisation makes “green” (less paper), conveniently omitted the cost of producing gadgets and keeping them charged. In a lot of ways we have not progressed. “Dumb” homes (or “dumb” cities) were OK. Stress levels were lower, it was harder for the boss the bother the employee, and dignity of people (or their family) could be preserved rather easily. Looking back at my childhood, firstly the PC was always local and not portable (1980s, no spying/”telemetry”), then the PC became temporarily connected, i.e. online over dial-up (surveillance becomes possible). When I started university and we had Ethernet my PC was almost always connected (before surveillance capitalism flourished) but sometimes turned off. In the past decade we saw more and more of these “Smart” phones, i.e. always-on always-connected spies in the pocket. Never do that last one. Don’t accept fashionable consumerism, even if there’s peer pressure or a ‘gift’ from the employer.

The video above, recorded before writing this text, talked about Luke’s video from yesterday (borrowed from IRC). He basically suggests people stay offline, and don’t mistake him for a technophobe; he’s very tech-literate.

“Technology is like medicine; in moderation it is beneficial, but don’t turn it into a religion.”Technology stopped improving a long time ago, maybe decades ago. Any recent “developments” are mostly superficial or based around renaming for hype’s fake (like “Hey Hi” and/or clown computing, in effect trying to use up the available CPU capacity… ‘crypto’ ‘coins’ have shown us how desperate people are to waste this ‘untapped power’; CPU scaling works better than constant churn).

30 years ago computers got a lot of things done, as many tasks were even 100% comparable to what we do today. IRC was probably the first thing I used when I got a connection at home (browsers were very, very primitive at the time… the type that fits onto a single floppy disk… akin to some Gemini clients). I still use IRC and it’s more or less the same as in the 1990s (even fully compatible).

Technology is like medicine; in moderation it is beneficial, but don’t turn it into a religion. Don’t live inside a sleeping bag in the church (to feel closer to a deity), not even if you pursue a lifetime as a nun.

Links 02/11/2022: Dropbox Reports GitHub Breach

Posted in News Roundup at 8:34 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Tux Digital37: Spice of Linux – Linux Out Loud – TuxDigital

        This week, Linux Out Loud chats about how variety is the spice of Linux.

        Welcome to episode 37 of Linux Out Loud. We fired up our mics, connected those headphones as we searched the community for themes to expound upon. We kept the banter friendly, the conversation somewhat on topic, and had fun doing it.

      • mintCast Podcast399 – Lunar Eclipse? No, Lunar Lobster – mintCast

        News 1:29
        Security and Privacy 18:35
        Biweekly Wanderings 20:8
        Linux Innards 47:40
        Vibrations By The Ether 1hr 25m
        Housekeeping and Announcements 1h 32m

        First up in the news: The Kudu is out, with a Lobster on its tail, Fedora 37 is dragging, the next Kernel takes less power from the people, Steam Snap switches stacks, Flatpak gets Meson, and Linus wants to forget about 486;

        In security and privacy: we get the first security update for the Kudu;

        Then in our Wanderings: Joe goes to Micro Center, Moss is having a ball, and Bill is clouding around

        In our Innards section, we continue our historical journey through Linux distros;

      • Tux DigitalUbuntu Flavours 22.10, Flatpak, KDE Neon, Steam Deck Dock, Tuxedo OS, and more Linux news! – Podcasts – TuxDigital

        On this episode of This Week in Linux: we check out the 22.10 release of the Ubuntu Flavours, the latest release of Flatpaks format, a new distro from Tuxedo Computers, plus some interesting news from the GNOME project and the Linux kernel itself, all that and much more on Your Weekly Source for Linux GNews!

    • Applications

      • TecMintHow to Monitor Linux System Performance with Nmon Tool

        If you are looking for a very easy-to-use performance monitoring tool for Linux, I highly recommend installing and using the Nmon command-line utility.

        Nmon short for (Ngel’s Monitor), is a fully interactive Linux system performance monitoring command-line utility that was originally developed by IBM for the AIX systems and later ported to the Linux platform.

        The important benefit of the nmon tool is that it allows you to monitor the performance of your Linux system aspects such as CPU utilization, memory usage, disk space, network utilization, top processes, virtual machine stats, file systems, resources, power micro-partition and more, in a single, concise view.

        In addition to monitoring your Linux system interactively, nmon can also be used in batch mode to gather and save performance data for later analysis.

      • LinuxOpSysHorde vs Roundcube vs Squirrelmail – Which Works Best

        Webmail is a great way to access your emails from different devices and when you are away from your home. Now, most web hosting companies include email with their server plans. And all of them offer the same three, webmail clients as well: RoundCube, Horde, and SquirrelMail. They are part of the cPanel – the most popular hosting control panel.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • LinuxOpSysHow to Install Neovim on Ubuntu and Its Plugins

        Neovim is an easy-to-use fork of the well-known text editor VIM. You can also use a GUI, IDEs, web browser to embed Neovim as an editor. It provides asynchronous job control with better functionality and reusability. Neovim is an open-source tool that is available for all major operating systems, and it supports XDG-based directories.

        In this tutorial, we will learn how to install the Neovim text editor on Ubuntu.

        Ubuntu supports multiple methods to install Neovim on Ubuntu. Here, we will list some of the most used methods for installing Neovim.

      • LinuxOpSys[Solution] Cannot lock /etc/passwd; try again later – Useradd Error

        Sometimes in Linux when adding a user using the useradd command it throws the error ‘Cannot lock /etc/passwd; try again later’ as shown below…

      • LinuxOpSysSed command in Linux – Options + Examples

        Text Manipulation in Linux – you should immediately know grep, awk, sort, sed, and cut. The sed command manipulates text files directly from the Linux command line without even opening the file. The most commonly used command for substitution.

        In this tutorial, we learn about sed command in Linux with its usage examples.

      • LinuxOpSysHow to Install Systemd on CentOS Stream

        Modern Linux Distributions already adopted systemd as their service manager. This includes Ubuntu, RHEL, and Fedora. To have new features immediately you can manually install systemd by compiling from the source.

        In this tutorial, we learn how to install systemd on the CentOS Stream 9 system…

      • LinuxOpSysRemove Tomcat from Linux | Uninstall Tomcat Ubuntu

        Apache Tomcat or simply Tomcat (formerly it was also known as Jakarta Tomcat) is an open-source web server and servlet container developed by the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). Tomcat can be installed on CentOS Stream /Redhat machine either using yum or from the source file. However, in this tutorial, we will see, how we can uninstall/remove tomcat from the Linux machine.

        In order to remove tomcat from your machine, the first thing you need to check is how this package got installed on your server.

      • LinuxOpSysDmidecode in Linux

        The dmidecode in Linux stands for Desktop Management Interface, abbreviated as DMI. The dmidecode is a Linux command that comes in handy in retrieving all details of your system’s hardware components, and it displays the output in a human-readable format. You can utilize the DMI on various Linux systems, including Debian, CentOS/RHEL, OpenSUSE, Fedora, and Arch Linux.

      • LinuxOpSysHow to Delete Lines in Vim or Vi

        UNIX-based operating systems offer various text editors. Working with text files on the command line is challenging for most beginners. Luckily, you don’t have to hassle any longer, especially when you must delete multiple or specific lines in a text file.

        With a text editor like vim or vi, you can utilize its normal mode or command mode to edit a file quickly, including deleting lines. Besides, there are plenty of options that you can use, provided you know how.

        This guide covers all details on how to delete lines in vi or vim editor.

      • LinuxConfigHow to add new disk to existing Linux system

        When you are adding a new disk to an existing Linux system, you will need to format and partition it, add a file system to it, and then mount the disk to some path where you plan to access it from. This might sound complex or like a lot of steps, but it really only takes a few minutes. The following tutorial will make it very easy.

        In this tutorial, we will cover the step by step instructions to add a new hard drive or solid state drive to an existing Linux system. We will show the steps for both command line and GUI methods, so you can follow along with set of instructions you are most comfortable with. Let’s get started.

      • LinuxConfigHow to clone a Linux system

        Making a clone of your Linux system is a great way to make a complete backup. This type of backup would preserve all your system and personal files, as well as any customizations and settings that you have applied to your operating system over time (assuming everything is on one hard drive). Cloning and restoring a Linux system is relatively easy, since Linux will not encounter errors if you clone it onto different hardware – at worst, you may have a few hiccups, such as the need to uninstall and install necessary drivers.

        You can even make a clone of your Linux system as its running. There are a few applications built especially for this type of function, like Partimage and Clonezilla, but we can also use a simple, default command line tool such as dd. In this tutorial, we will take you through the step by step instructions to make a clone of a running Linux system. You will learn three different methods below and can choose the one that you think fits your situation best.

      • LinuxConfigCurl command not found

        If you encounter the curl command not found on a Linux system, it means that the tool has not yet been installed. The curl Linux command can use various network protocols to download and upload data on Linux. In this tutorial, you will see how to install the curl command on all major Linux distributions.

      • Red Hat OfficialStore and analyze your test-suite logs with this open source tool | Enable Sysadmin

        Bunsen is a Python-based toolkit that keeps test-suite logs in Git and lets you analyze and report the results using an SQLite database.

      • TecMintHow to Enable EPEL Repository on RHEL, Rocky – Alma Linux

        In this article, you will learn how to install and enable the EPEL repository on RHEL-based Linux distributions to install additional standard open-source software packages by using YUM and DNF package manager.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Mozilla

        • The Register UKFirefox patches Windows 11 Ctrl+C hang, introduces new bug

          Windows 11 and Firefox users who have experienced months of browser freezes when copying text, rejoice: there’s finally a patch that eliminates the problem, which has been persistent since May.

          Mozilla’s patch notes for Firefox version 106.0.3, released yesterday, only includes a couple of items, among them a fix for “an incompatibility” with a Windows 11 22H2 feature called “Suggested Actions” that pop a window up whenever anything is copied to the clipboard.

  • Leftovers

    • The NationFirst Foray Into Apophatic Theology

      If God transcends all, then God transcends language. If God transcends language, we cannot deploy language to particularize God. If we cannot articulate what God is, we can only announce what God is not. This is how I approach the divine; I study the corona that circles the eclipse, which I’ve been told not to look at, still there’s some elegance in the bright

    • Telex (Hungary)Once imitating tennis players as a child, Dóra Kiss now appears in the world’s number-one horror film
    • TechdirtNinth Circuit Bucks Extremely Recent Trend, Says Chalking Tires Not A Fourth Amendment Violation

      I have to admit I’m amused by recent court activity dealing with chalking tires. Something that has been done for years with zero protest — marking tires with chalk to determine how long a vehicle has been parked — is now fodder for federal appellate decisions.

    • Common DreamsOpinion | A Pre-Dead Obituary of… Us

      Oddly enough, I’ve read obituaries with fascination from the time I was quite young. And yet, in all these years, I’ve never really reflected on that fact. I don’t know whether it was out of some indirect fascination with death and the end of it all or curiosity about the wholeness (or half-ness or brokenness) of an individual life in full. But here’s the odd thing: in all that time — put it down to the charm of youth or, later, perhaps a lingering sense of youthfulness or, at least, agelessness — I never really thought about my own obituary. Like so many of us when younger, I simply couldn’t imagine my own death. Against all reason, it seemed strangely inconceivable.

    • Hackaday[Dana Sibera] Creates Devices That Don’t Exist

      [Dana Sibera], known as [@NanoRaptor] on Twitter, makes us wonder about devices that could have been, and wince about devices that must never see the light of day – summoned into existence by her respectable photo editing and 3D modeling skills. Ever wanted to see a Model M with a small green-tinted CRT built into its side? Now you have. Perhaps, a “self-tapping” DE-9 plug with wood screws for pins? Tough luck, here it is anyway, but you can have a palate cleanser if it was too much to bear. Having started over a year ago with the classic “spicy pillows, but actually pillows” design, she keeps gracing us with portrayals of tech and tech-adjacent objects straight from the depths of her imagination.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayPlywood Lamp Has Customizable Light Output

        There’s something about light fixtures that attracts makers like moths to a flame. [danthemakerman] wanted something with a more configurable light output and built this Sculptural and Customizable Plywood Lamp.

      • HackadayReproducing Vinyl Records In Resin

        While most are just plain, vinyl records can be found in a variety of colors, shapes, and some even glow in the dark. [Evan and Katelyn] decided to spruce up a plain old record by replicating it in bright, glow-in-the-dark resin.

      • HackadayExploring Piston Engine Design With LEGO

        When learning about the design of a machine or mechanism, reading and watching videos is certainly effective, but it’s hard to beat hands-on experimentation. In the video after the break, [Brick Technology] uses LEGO to gain some practical insight into the world of piston engine design, from single-cylinder all the way up to radial twelve-cylinder engines.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • TechdirtSomeone Decides To Say Something Less Stupid About Rainbow Fentanyl… And It’s A Cop

        There’s a drug panic underway and the DEA is to blame. Ever since the appearance of multi-colored fentanyl pills on the scene, the DEA has somehow managed to surpass its normal ridiculous hyperbole in public statements, making all sorts of absurd claims about this new threat to the youth of America. Couple this hysteria with the normal, incredibly stupid claims miscreants will hand out (expensive) drugs for free to trick-or-treating kids and you’ve got a perfect storm of insane and inane “reporting” that just regurgitates whatever idiocy has fallen out of law enforcement officials’ mouths.

    • Proprietary

      • Hacker NewsDropbox Breach: Hackers Unauthorizedly Accessed 130 GitHub Source Code Repositories

        File hosting service Dropbox on Tuesday disclosed that it was the victim of a phishing campaign that allowed unidentified threat actors to gain unauthorized access to 130 of its source code repositories on GitHub.

        “These repositories included our own copies of third-party libraries slightly modified for use by Dropbox, internal prototypes, and some tools and configuration files used by the security team,” the company revealed in an advisory.

        The breach resulted in the access of some API keys used by Dropbox developers as well as “a few thousand names and email addresses belonging to Dropbox employees, current and past customers, sales leads, and vendors.”

    • Security

      • IT WireAustralia to host international ransomware gabfest early next year

        Australia will host a virtual meeting of an international counter-ransomware task force early next year, a statement says.

        Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil said the meeting was a follow-up to the initial gathering in Washington earlier this week.

        “The cyber incident involving Medibank Private is a blunt reminder that we need a globally focused capability to combat cyber threats, including ransomware,” she said.

        “I want Australia to be a global leader in cyber security, and the Australian Government will continue to join with international partners, industry and the community to develop effective responses to the complex issue of cyber crime.”

      • Hacker NewsExperts Warn of SandStrike Android Spyware Infecting Devices via Malicious VPN App [Ed: "Experts" say don't install malicious software or it might do... gasp... malicious things!]

        Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky is tracking the campaign under the moniker SandStrike.

      • IT JungleOpenSSL Flaw No ‘Heartbleed,’ But Other New Vulns Detected

        The cybersecurity world has been sitting on pins and needles for the past 48 hours, ever since news of a potentially devastating new flaw in OpenSSL started to leak out early Monday morning. That flaw turned out to be not as bad as initially feared, but that shouldn’t stop IBM i shops from patching other recent flaws, including some pretty serious ones in WebSphere Liberty, Java, the CCA, and Zlib.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Meduza‘We have no effective defense against ballistic missiles.’ Ukraine decries Iranian missile shipment to Russia. — Meduza

        The Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yury Ignat thinks that Russia is getting ready to deploy Iranian-made ballistic missiles near Ukraine’s northern border.

      • Counter PunchMore Than 90 Organizations Reject Calls for Military Intervention in Haiti
      • Common Dreams90+ Groups Tell Biden to ‘Listen to Haitian Civil Society,’ Reject Military Intervention

        The Caribbean nation has been in a state of crisis since the July 2021 presidential assassination that was followed by a devastating earthquake and hurricane. Last month, acting Prime Minister and President Ariel Henry called for a foreign military intervention, provoking protests.

      • Counter PunchNo U.S. intervention in Haiti!

        Henry has called for U.S. intervention to defend such policies and repress popular resistance and gangs that have emerged out of the crisis within Haitian society. Already, Washington and its so-called Core Group, comprised of the U.S., Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, the European Union, the United Nations, and the Organization of American States, has secured the passage of one UN resolution, which imposes sanctions on one purported gang leader and former police officer Jimmy “Barbecue” Chérizier, paving the way for another resolution that would authorize the deployment of non-UN military forces to Haiti.

      • Counter PunchDissolve the Pentagon for Its Nuclear Antics

        My hunch is that most of these radiated Americans would say to themselves, “No, in retrospect I don’t think it was worth it. Yes, we have wiped out the Pentagon’s mortal enemy Russia but just look at what has been done to our nation. A nuclear desert with pockets of life, all under strict military control for the rest of our short lives. I now realize that those libertarians were right in opposing the Pentagon’s extreme anti-Russia, interventionist antics. I wish I had listened.”

      • Counter PunchNew US Sanctions are Designed to Hit Nicaragua’s Poorest Citizens

        Was it a coincidence that the sanctions were announced on the same day that the Sandinista government presented its annual budget for 2023? The budget is 14% higher than this year’s with more than half of the expenditures devoted to social investment. Included in this are the construction of no fewer than nine new public hospitals, adding 4,300 homes to the stock of social housing, bringing electricity to an extra 35,000 households and massive improvements in water and sanitary services. Much of the new investment is directed towards the country’s under-resourced Caribbean regions, now properly connected to the main population centers on the Pacific coast by recently completed highways and the huge new River Wawa bridge. These regions are a priority – in part – because they were heavily damaged by recent hurricanes. The government’s careful plans to protect people and rebuild affected settlements helped secure the highest levels of support for Daniel Ortega in any region during last year’s elections. Is it another coincidence that these are the areas where gold mining is a major source of employment, now to be the specific target of US sanctions?

      • Counter PunchThe Post-Nazi Antisemitic Killing That (Un-)Shaped Germany

        Just a few weeks earlier – on August 22 – a terrorist group led by the neo-Nazi Manfred Roeder threw an incendiary bomb into a refugee shelter in Hamburg’s Halskestraße. Two Vietnamese – Nguyên Ngoc Châu and Dô Anh Lân – died. On  December 24, 1980, the known West German neo-Nazi Frank Schubert shot two Swiss border guards – and himself – while trying to smuggle weapons from Switzerland into Germany.

      • The NationKyrie Irving and the Fraught History of Our Collective Liberation

        Thanks to Jeff Bezos, Kyrie Irving is using his giant NBA platform to promote a movie available on Amazon that luxuriates in the heat of anti-Semitism like Steve Bannon at a cross burning. The film, Hebrews to Negroes, promotes the idea that the Holocaust—which affected my family intimately—was a lie. It promotes the idea of a link between us modern Jews and Satan worship. It includes quotes attributed to Adolf Hitler about how fraudulent modern Jews are—we aren’t “real Jews.” We are apparently instead focused on world domination. (For what it’s worth, I’ve never understood why, if Jews are set on world domination, I’ve never been invited to any of the meetings.)

      • Counter PunchPolitical Violence is the Currency of Fascism

        During the coup attempt on January 6th, 2021, mobs broke into the Capitol and proceeded down hallways calling out her name. Some of them erected makeshift gallows in front of the building. And since this incident there have been political ads depicting violence against the Speaker and other politicians in the Democratic Party.

      • Site36Ukraine war: Iran now becomes a single-use drone power

        Russia’s war in Ukraine is increasingly being fought with unmanned systems. Both sides are using so-called „loitering munitions“ originating from the US or Iran. A new Iranian drone clone could also soon be flying attacks.

      • Pro PublicaNew Uvalde 911 Calls Highlight Botched Police Response

        A man had crashed his truck into a ditch by Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and he was rushing toward the school with a gun.

      • ScheerpostRevealed: The Former Israeli Spies Working in Top Jobs at Google, Facebook and Microsoft

        Studying employment databases, MintPress has ascertained that hundreds of agents from Israeli military intelligence and spying organization Unit 8200 are now employed in influential roles in many of the world’s largest tech and communications companies, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon.

      • MeduzaMilitary enlistment offices will tap data from Russian state registries, Pension Fund, Tax Service, and e-voting — Meduza

        The Russian government has approved a pilot project for connecting military enlistment offices to state-run databases. The RBC reported this, citing the Moscow region’s Military Commissar Alexey Astakhov.

    • Environment

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Rightwing Dark Money Bomb Coming for State Courts

        State supreme courts can be vital to protecting Americans’ freedoms, though the U.S. Supreme Court gets most of the attention, especially lately with its rulings limiting federal protection for reproductive rights, voting rights, gun safety, and our environment. State courts are where the vast majority–90%–of civil and criminal cases of the country are decided.

      • Common DreamsSupreme Court Temporarily Blocks Release of Trump Tax Records to Congress

        Chief Justice John Roberts issued an interim stay of a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit following an emergency request filed by the former president on Monday. Roberts ordered the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, which is set to receive six years of tax returns for Trump and his companies, to respond to the former president’s emergency request by November 10.

      • Craig MurrayA Response to James Kelly

        The ever excellent Scot Goes Pop blog of James Kelly has posted an article disagreeing strongly with my contention that the Alba party should fight the SNP at the next Westminster election, should the SNP renege on its commitment to a “Plebiscite election” that determines Independence.

      • The NationBiden’s Recognition of Lula’s Win Is a Rebuke to Trumpism

        Trumpism is a domestic phenomenon. But it is aligned with a global movement. The cult of personality that has developed around Donald Trump and transformed the Republican Party into an antidemocratic cabal that rejects election results and embraces conspiracy theories is closely linked with neofascist, nationalist, and extreme right-wing movements in Europe and Latin America. And nowhere has that linkage been more pronounced than in Republican enthusiasm for the authoritarian strongman Jair Messias Bolsonaro, whose viciously bigoted, conspiratorial, and destructive tenure as president of Brazil has echoed the worst of Trump’s tenure as president of the United States.

      • Common DreamsNo Concession From Brazil’s Bolsonaro—But Staff Say Transition to Proceed

        “Brazil’s democracy appears to be working.”

      • The NationLula Is President! Democracy—and the Planet—Has Won!

        São Paulo—In what might just be the greatest political comeback since Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa in 1994, Lula da Silva has won the Brazilian election. Unless there is increasingly unlikely coup, he will be the president of Brazil for the third time just two years after languishing in a prison cell on since-overturned corruption charges.

      • TruthOutBolsonaro Expected to Accept Defeat as Some Supporters Demand Military Coup
      • Common DreamsBolsonaro Expected to Accept Defeat as His Supporters Block Roads, Demand Military Coup

        By Monday night, pro-Bolsonaro truck drivers and other motorists had set up 342 roadblocks, BBC News reported, citing federal police data. According to the news outlet, “Blockages were reported in all but two states, causing considerable disruption and affecting food supply chains.” Some flights were canceled after access to São Paulo international airport was restricted.

      • Look Up Which Fortune 500 Companies Fund Election Deniers

        Corporate America pledged to quit supporting lawmakers who challenged the 2020 election results. Two years later, the companies’ wallets are back open.

      • Pro PublicaCompanies That Fund Election Deniers

        It is not clear exactly what form such punishment would take. But there’s another complicating factor in this revenge scenario: Many of the corporations that announced with great fanfare their cutoff in contributions after the certification vote and storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, have since resumed giving to some of those 147 Republicans. In other words, if Greene leads a quest for revenge on those companies, she’ll be taking aim at the very corporations that have funded many of her allies.

      • Pro PublicaHow to Understand Political Contributions & Campaign Finance

        For journalists, that often means looking at how political campaigns are funded and who’s paying for lobbyists. Today we’re going to talk about some of the methods we use to dig into those subjects.

      • The NationVote for Your Future!
      • ScheerpostThe West Must Stop Blocking Negotiations Between Ukraine and Russia

        Ukrainians have been paying a terrible price for the failure of ensuring sensible and reasonable negotiations from 2014 to February 2022 – which could have prevented the invasion by Russia in the first place, and once the war started, could have led to the end of this war.

      • TruthOutJudge Tells Trump Org Lawyers to Stop Using “Confusing” Arguments in Trial
      • TechdirtSection 230 Immunizes TikTok Against Suit Brought By Parent Whose Child Died Participating In A ‘Blackout Challenge’

        Earlier this year, the mother of child who died of asphyxiation while participating in the so-called “Blackout Challenge” sued TikTok, alleging the company was directly responsible for her 10-year-old daughter’s death. The lawsuit claimed this wasn’t about third-party content, even though the content that the child allegedly emulated was posted on TikTok. Instead, the lawsuit tried to avoid the obvious Section 230 implications by framing its allegations as intentionally flawed product design.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Ralph Nader’s Urgent Appeal: Vote for Democrats

        When Ralph Nader appeared on “Democracy Now!” last week, a key moment came as he responded to the final question from host Amy Goodman: “You have campaigned as an independent and a Green throughout your political life. You ran for president four times. Why now throw in your lot with the Democrats?”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Trump’s Violent ‘Big Lie’ Politics Has Aimed Harpoon at the Heart of US Democracy

        Will we be governed by representatives we elect, or people put in office by angry mobs storming capitols?

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Wanted for Attempted Murder: Donald Trump

        Donald Trump did not personally break into Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home at 2:30 am on Friday, but you might say he was there in spirit. He certainly is complicit in the attempted murder, just as he bears primary responsibility for the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol building and the deaths and serious injuries of several law enforcement officers trying to protect the Capitol from the right-wing mob he inspired and cheered on.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Hottest US Senate Races on a Very Hot Planet

        Vote Climate U.S. PAC’s priority U.S. Senate races are all very close and could go either way on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th. They are all critical for climate-action, reproductive choice and American democracy itself. According to Cook Political Report, all of our priority candidates including: John Fetterman (D), Pennsylvania; U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D), Nevada; U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock (D), Georgia; U.S. Senator Mark Kelly (D), Arizona and Mandela Barnes (D), Wisconsin, are in toss-up races.

      • IT WireiTWire – Even ABC’s own Wil Anderson says broadcaster is shutting out youth

        Well-known ABC personality Wil Anderson has bought into the claim that the broadcaster lacks young presenters by suggesting that he could act as some kind of overseer for late-night programs presented by young comedians.

        The Age quoted Anderson as saying: “Let’s make something. Let’s get all these young people and give them more shows and do something in a slot – I don’t care where it is, it could be 10.30 on a Friday night, or we find a channel and we do it every night – let’s just invest in people.”

        The debate over a lack of youth presenting on the ABC arose after the 8.30pm slot on Friday night was given to Fran Kelly, the former host of the news show, RN Breakfast. Kelly stopped hosting the show recently and it has been taken over by Patricia Karvelas.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

        • ScheerpostPatrick Lawrence: Disinformation, Absolutely

          By Patrick Lawrence / Original to ScheerPost 1. Everything you will read in this commentary is disinformation. 2. To say that this commentary contains disinformation is disinformation. 3. To say statements calling this commentary disinformation are disinformation is disinformation. Th­is is what our public discourse has come to. This is what we have done to […]

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • TechdirtAre Exaggerations About Cancel Culture Actually Leading To The ‘Self-Censorship’ People Screaming About Cancel Culture Are Worried About?

        I think, by this point, I’ve made my overall views on the hype around “cancel culture” pretty clear. To me it seems to be just as much of a moral panic about free speech as most other moral panics, though couched in language that pretends it’s about supporting free speech. As with most moral panics, that’s not to say there aren’t some legitimate concerns about whatever is at the heart of the panic, but the actual concerning bits are rare and quite limited, whereas the panic assumes that it’s widespread and pervasive.

      • New Rules For Social Media Intermediaries Vague, Will Result In Over-Censorship, Experts Say

        The new rules require intermediaries to “respect” Constitutional rights which are traditionally enforceable only against the State

        [...]

        Social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram are facing fresh requirements under India’s less than two-year-old rules for intermediaries.
        Grievance appellate committees, reduced timelines for vetting content, and communicating privacy policy, user agreement to consumers in Indian local languages are among the key changes made to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Counter PunchWashington as Mephistopheles, Iranian Opposition Edition

        Anyhow, back to the aforementioned charges against the Iranian journalists. I have learned not to take criminal charges that are informed by a government’s politics literally. In other words, I question whether the two journalists charged are in the employ of the CIA or any other foreign agencies. However, whether they are or not, their journalism is being manipulated to serve those agencies and their agendas. One such example can be found in the early dissemination of the original report of Mahsa Amino’s arrest which appeared on the Twitter feed of Voice of America reporter Masih Alinejad. Alinejad works for the US propaganda agency US Agency for Global Media (USAGM). This taxpayer-funded agency was preceded by the United States Information Agency (USIA), an agency whose partial mission was “to understand, inform and influence foreign publics in promotion of the national interest….” (USIA: an overview”. USIA. August 1998). USAGM is the institution behind numerous media efforts like Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio Marti and the Middle East Broadcasting Network. All of USAGM’s endeavors are aimed at spreading the “good news” of US capitalism and militarism.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • The NationWe’ve Lost the Ability to Judge Behavior According to Its Context

        It has become increasingly common to read about people getting fired, punished, or otherwise “canceled”—often with good reason—for something they said on Twitter. Some of these casualties become free speech warriors or the subjects of searching profiles on the blurry line between our imagined “right” to be who we are on the Internet and our ability to still retain a job. And then there’s the recent case of Erick Adame, a popular weatherman on NY1 who lost his job after being anonymously harassed with images someone stole of him performing sex acts on a private, noncommercial website. We’re faced with fast-evolving standards of appropriate conduct. But we’re also dealing with the dissolution of boundaries between who we are and what we say or do depending on where we are.1

      • The NationIn Iowa, Voters Set Their Sights on Gun Rights

        This November, Iowans will vote on an NRA-sponsored ballot initiative to incorporate the right to keep and bear arms into the Iowa state Constitution. The amendment goes beyond just incorporating the language of the Second Amendment into Iowa’s law books, as many other states have done, but will instead make any push for gun regulations nearly impossible, while undermining any existing restrictions. “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The sovereign state of Iowa affirms and recognizes this right to be a fundamental individual right. Any and all restrictions of this right shall be subject to strict scrutiny,” reads the proposed amendment.

      • The NationCan a District Attorney Dismantle Mass Incarceration and Fight for Gender Justice?

        Today, Pamela Price is an accomplished civil rights attorney, but her earliest interactions with the law were unfailingly negative. Devastated and enraged by the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., she organized student demonstrations as a teenager—and was tossed in jail for it. After running away from home, she bounced between the foster care and youth justice systems. “My juvenile experience led me to think, ‘Oh, these lawyers, this is all bad,’” she recalled. “I didn’t want to be part of a legal system, or even a political system. It took years for me to actually get back into being active.”

      • The NationIn This Time of “Polycrisis,” the Midterms Are More Critical Than Ever

        We live whipsawed by “polycrisis.” That’s the word historian Adam Tooze uses to describe multiple, simultaneous systemic crises that intensify as they collide, resulting in dire and deadly disruptions. The question we confront is whether we can rouse our battered politics to deal with them. If the 2022 election campaign is any indication, we’re not coming close.

      • Counter PunchUnderstanding India Through Faces of Inequality

        He further explores the nature of inequality through the distress migration of the Dalits and Adivasis (most marginalized communities) in the country. He expresses the nature of social hierarchies in terms of livelihood, decent wages, access to services, justice, and peace. Part 2 of the book explains the nature of work, the hardship within the workplace, and the blatant exploitation faced by these communities and their families in their quest for survival. He explores the patriarchy and gender discrimination instilled with physical, mental, and sexual violence by the brick owners towards their women workers, and exemplars the nature of social atrocities faced by the Dalit and Adivasi communities in the country. The migrant crisis during the lockdown shows the ugly side of unskilled/semiskilled industry in the country, which systematically ignores the right to life of the interstate migrants and their access to basic needs. The graphic representation of migrants walking hundreds of miles during the lockdown, without food, water, and proper protective gear in the first wave of the pandemic is heartbreaking. The story of Rakesh, a homeless migrant from Odisha, emotionally breaks down while begging for food encapsulates the story of millions of migrants in India.

      • Counter PunchVirtuous Hypocrisy: The Socceroos and the Qatar World Cup

        A number of footballing teams, however, could not contain themselves.  While not wanting to seem totally complicit in a regime’s atrocious labour practices and archaic punishments, there was the sense that something had to be done.  But how could disagreement with Doha’s policies possibly take place alongside continued attendance?

      • TruthOutGreg Abbott Is Still Prosecuting Migrants Under a Bogus Disaster Declaration
      • TruthOutKemp Refuses to Say Where He Stands on Future Abortion Restrictions in Georgia
      • Common DreamsNew Senate Report Spotlights ‘Barbaric Consequences’ of GOP Abortion Bans

        The Massachusetts Democrat contacted healthcare professionals at the American Medical Association (AMA), Physicians for Reproductive Health (PRH), National Nurses United (NNU), the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and the American Hospital Association (AHA) over the last two months to determine what impacts of abortion bans doctors and nurses have observed.

      • Common DreamsSupreme Court Quashes Graham Attempt to Avoid Testifying in Georgia

        The high court’s decision, which did not include any dissents or recusals, came after Justice Clarence Thomas last week temporarily blocked the subpoena following a ruling against Graham (R-S.C.) by a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | I’m A Doctor. Here’s Why We Need Universal Healthcare

        On September 19th, Atlanta became one of the latest municipalities to pass a resolution endorsing national universal health coverage. This important local action is aspirational in its urging of the United States Congress to pass the Medicare for All Act of 2021 – 2022 (H.R. 1976). However, the need for the affordable insurance this legislation would provide for every American is huge and pressing.

      • Democracy NowSupreme Court Poised to Strike Down Affirmative Action in Cases Brought By Conservative Activist

        The majority-conservative Supreme Court appears poised to strike down race-conscious college admissions decisions, after hearing arguments Monday against Harvard and the University of North Carolina. The plaintiffs argued the admissions process discriminates against white and Asian American applicants by giving priority consideration to Black, Hispanic and Native American applicants. The decision could jeopardize affirmative action initiatives implemented after the Civil Rights Movement to give more equal opportunities to people disadvantaged by centuries of racial discrimination and the legacy of slavery. John C. Yang, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, says his organization investigated the allegations against Harvard and found no discrimination but rather that “allowing race to be considered benefited Asian Americans.” Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, says rescinding affirmative action programs risks harming students of color and will dramatically decrease the racial diversity that has shown to benefit colleges.

      • The NationMake No Mistake, the Supreme Court Will Kill Affirmative Action

        The Supreme Court started the process of officially dismantling affirmative action in college admissions on Monday as it heard two cases attacking the policy. The cases were brought by the Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), a group that claims to represent the interests of Asian American and Pacific Islander students who claim they were discriminated against by race-conscious admissions policies at the University of North Carolina and Harvard University.

      • TruthOutSupreme Court Appears Poised to Strike Down Affirmative Action
      • TruthOutAbortion Bans Are Barring People From Life-Saving Pregnancy Care
    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • TechdirtTechdirt Podcast Episode 336: The DSA Is A Mess, But Will Now Rule The Internet

        There are big internet regulatory changes coming in the EU, with the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act. Each is a huge bundle of new rules that could drastically change the future of the entire internet, and today we’re focusing on the DSA, which is set to come into force in 2024. Emma Llansó from the Center for Democracy & Technology and Daphne Keller from Stanford’s Cyber Policy Center join us on this week’s episode to dig into the DSA and its many, many implications.

      • Techdirt5G Hype Simply Didn’t Deliver

        We’ve noted for several years how the “race to 5G” was largely just hype by telecoms and hardware vendors eager to sell more gear and justify high U.S. mobile data prices. While 5G does provide faster, more resilient, and lower latency networks, it’s more of an evolution than a revolution.

    • Monopolies

      • TechdirtMicrosoft, Staring Down Regulators, Promises To Keep CoD On PlayStation

        After Microsoft’s deal to acquire Activision Blizzard was announced, alongside its deal to acquire Zenimax/Bethesda, we’ve had a series of posts pointing out that this consolidation of the gaming industry has featured vague statements from Microsoft leaving everyone wondering about the exclusivity of major gaming franchises. One of those major franchises would be Activision’s Call of Duty. Microsoft, in what has become its familiar fashion, made some vague statements about honoring Activision’s current agreements with Sony, along with a promise to keep CoD on the PlayStation for “at least another 3 years.”

      • Pro PublicaSenator Seeks Antitrust Review of Apartment Price-Setting Software

        The move comes after ProPublica published an investigation Oct. 15 into RealPage’s pricing software, which suggests new rents daily to landlords for all available units in a building. Critics say the software may be helping big landlords operate as a cartel to push rents above competitive levels in some markets.

      • Common Dreams‘Major Milestone’ as Judge Halts Mega-Merger Between US Publishing Giants

        Judge Florence Y. Pan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the proposed $2.175 billion merger would “substantially” harm competition as publishing houses compete for the rights to publish new books, which the U.S. Justice Department had argued would drive down compensation for authors.

      • IT WireNew EU digital act set to curb firms like Meta, Google and Amazon

        Companies that act as gatekeepers in the online economy will from now on be subject to a new regulation put in place by the European Union from this month onwards: the Digital Markets Act.

        In a statement, the political bloc said the act, which will be enforced from 2 May 2023, would end unfair practices by gatekeeper companies.

        The act was proposed by the European Commission in December 2020 and pushed through by the European Parliament and Council by March this year.

        Gatekeeper platforms are defined as “digital platforms that provide an important gateway between business users and consumers – whose position can grant them the power to act as a private rule maker, and thus creating a bottleneck in the digital economy”.

      • PoliticoEU to launch advanced Microsoft-Activision probe

        The European Commission is set to launch an in-depth investigation into Microsoft’s record $69 billion splash on games developer Activision-Blizzard after the U.S. tech giant opted not to file remedies to the EU’s antitrust enforcers, people familiar with the matter told POLITICO.

      • Patents

      • Copyrights

        • EFFStop the Copyright Creep

          No copyright proposal—or copyright-adjacent one—has a place in “must-pass” legislation. Must-pass legislation is a bill that is vital to the running of the country and therefore must be passed and signed into law. They are usually the bills that fund the government for the upcoming year, in all its forms.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • On Void

        There is an abyss far from this world;

        The coffin of nine gates of darkness,

        of terror, thick loads of tar, an eternal trap of souls!

        The void is of the human nature. We have always known it, felt it and fled before it. Ergo we crafted the gods, the legends and the tales, for without them life is void.

        Yet from this very void we conjure ideas, thoughts, poems and philosophy, trying to make sense of this existence that is utterly ‘void’ of meaning or goal.

    • Technical

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Re: Mayan and Gemini priests

          I don’t appreciate it, but, I don’t feel guilty over publishing on Gemini any more than I feel bad for having an Atom feed.

          As I’ve mentioned before, it’s just as easy to make a polished Android or iOS app to read and write on Gemini than it is to make a Mastodon app. Probably way easier actually, so it’s ironic that this discussion is on Mastodon.

      • Programming

        • Matrix To MMS-Over-Email Bridge

          I made a friend online while locked-down during COVID who I want to continue communicating with. The problem, though, is that I do not use social media, and chat apps do not work for me no matter how hard I try. So after about a month of back-and-forth discussing possible solutions, we’ve thought of something that we think will work: I’m going to run a Matrix to MMS-over-email bridge on my server.


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

Links 02/11/2022: WordPress 6.1 and TrueNAS 13.0-U3

Posted in News Roundup at 4:08 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Hacker NoonThe Impact of Linux and the GNU Project | HackerNoon

      The moment we talk about open-source, the first thing that comes to mind is Linux and Linus Torvalds. Though Linus Torvalds created Linux and engineered the kernel on which most of the servers work today, Richard Stallman promoted the concept of free software and started the moment in 1985. Back then, Richard Stallman created the legal, technological and philosophical foundation for the free software movement through the GNU Operating System. Without these contributions, it’s unlikely that Linux and Open-Source would have evolved into the current forms that we see today.

    • Server

      • IT WireCloud infrastructure services spend grows at slowest rate in 3Q 2022 [Ed: The clown computing bubble is imploding and Microsoft fakes its share by simple re-branding all sorts of things "Azure" (Azure is a division of layoffs, basically a failure covered up with media deceit)]

        Expenditure on cloud infrastructure services increased by 28% year-on-year globally during the third quarter to reach US$63.1 billion, the first time the rate has fallen below 30%, the technology analyst firm Canalys reports.

        The low rate of growth was attributed to high inflation, rising energy prices and the strong US dollar, with Canalys saying companies had responded to the uncertainty by cutting down on spending.

        This, it added, could have an effect on demand for cloud services in the near term.

    • Kernel Space

      • LWNLinux 5.4.222
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.4.222 kernel.
        
        This release is only needed if you use clang to build your kernel.
        If not, no need to upgrade.
        
        The updated 5.4.y git tree can be found at:
        	git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.4.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
        
        https://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-s...
        
        thanks,
        
        greg k-h
        
      • LWNLinux 4.19.263
      • LWNLinux 4.14.297
    • Applications

      • Make Use Of11 Fun Linux Command-Line Programs You Should Try When Bored

        Working on the Linux terminal doesn’t have to be stressful. Take some time out and enjoy the moment with these fun Linux command-line tools.

        The Linux terminal is a powerful utility. You can use it to control the whole system, crafting and typing commands as you go about doing your everyday tasks. But it can quickly become overwhelming to keep staring at a command line and carry on with your work.

        Lucky for you, the terminal is also a source of fun. You can play around with commands, listen to music, and even play games. Although expecting a great deal of entertainment from a window full of commands would be carrying it too far, you can find utilities to bind some time when bored.

        Here are some fun and entertaining commands every Linux user should try at least once.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • uni Toronto(Maybe) copying email anti-spam measures from Google and company

        You can have a number of reactions to this. One of them is to be grumpy that Google is rejecting email that’s otherwise (probably) perfectly valid and perhaps not even spam. Well, let’s be honest here; all competent modern mail system operators reject email at SMTP time for all sorts of peculiar reasons, so I can hardly pick on GMail for not liking messages without message IDs when we will reject your messages if they an attachment type we don’t like or ClamAV matches a signature.

      • Manuel MatuzovicDay 28: custom properties and web components

        We already know that we can encapsulate styles within a web component and we know that web components inherit styles. Another interesting feature of web components in terms of CSS is that custom properties used in a web component can be modified from the outside.

        Let’s take this basic alert component.

      • Manuel MatuzovicDay 27: the font-variation-settings property

        Adjustable features of a variable font are called axes. You can use the font-variations-settings property to change these features by specifying the four letter axis name along with a value.

        For example, the Saira variable font has two axes, weight (‘wght’) and width (‘wdth’). This is how the font looks like by default: [...]

      • DJ AdamsMore Untappd data explorations with jq – my top ranking beer types (part 3)

        So, about those rating values. I’ll take the ratings for the Winter Warmer category as an example to work on, and I can get a list of those by extending the current filter like this: [...]

      • uni TorontoI wish ZFS supported per-user reservations, not just per-user quotas

        The most common case that comes up is that we have a bunch of people in a single filesystem, some of whom may fill up the filesystem by accident in the course of their work and others (such as professors) who we always want to be able to use some additional space so they can keep working. This is the ideal situation for a positive reservation instead of a negative quota, since what we want to put a limit on is the pool of space used by a group of people.

      • TecMintHow to Install Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificate to Secure Nginx on RHEL 9/8

        In this article, we’ll guide you on how to generate and install an SSL/TLS certificate obtained for free from Let’s Encrypt Certificate Authority that we’ll be using to secure Nginx webserver HTTP transactions on RHEL and RHEL-based distributions such as Fedora, Rocky Linux and AlmaLinux.

        If you’re looking to install Let’s Encrypt for Apache on RHEL and RHEL-based distributions, follow this guide below…

      • UNIX CopHow to install Kotlin on Ubuntu 22.04

        In this post, you will learn how to install Kotlin on Ubuntu 22.04. This modern language is intended to replace Java in key processes of Android and other components where it reigned supreme.

      • Pi My Life UpHow to Find Files on Ubuntu using the Terminal – Pi My Life Up

        If you are using a desktop version of Ubuntu finding files is straightforward as opening up the Files application and using the search bar.

        However, the process is slightly more complicated if you want to find a file using the terminal. You will have to utilize either the “find” or “locate” apps to find files within the terminal on Ubuntu.

        The find command is an integral part of Ubuntu and is one of the best ways to find files on your system. The locate package allows you to perform the same searches quickly but requires a database to be refreshed regularly.

      • Pi My Life UpHow to Change a Filename in Linux – Pi My Life Up

        There are a few different methods that you can use to change a filename on a Linux system. However, we will be focusing on using the mv and rename commands. Both of these commands are easy to use.

        For this tutorial, we will be focusing purely on the terminal. However, for some Linux-based operating systems, you will have the option to use a GUI (Graphical User Interface) to alter file and folder names.

      • Pi My Life UpHow to Copy and Paste in the Ubuntu Terminal – Pi My Life Up

        When you are new to using the terminal on Ubuntu, you may be unaware of how to copy and paste from the terminal.

        Knowing how to copy and paste from the terminal will help you utilize it more efficiently.

        As long as you have a keyboard or mouse, copying and pasting into the terminal on Ubuntu is a straightforward process.

        Each terminal can work differently, so the keyboard shortcuts shown within this guide might only work with Ubuntu’s terminal.

      • LinuxOpSysWhat is Pop Shell – How to Use POP Shell Tiling Extension on GNOME

        The Pop Shell is an advanced tiling window management tool that offers flexibility in controlling the layouts and positions of windows.

        Pop Shell is a gnome shell extension that runs on top of the GNOME Shell. It offers two window management modes; auto-tile and stacking.

        The stacking mode allows windows to overlap, as in the case of the traditional GNOME desktop. However, in the auto-tile mode, all the windows get tiled automatically. Besides, you can switch between the two modes from the Pop shell extension menu.

      • LinuxOpSysHow to Add a User to the docker Group

        Docker has been one of the best containerization tools and many industries are using docker in their application. The developers find it to be a very effective tool and they can deploy their application in production or any other environment without any dependencies on the target system.

        It is always a best practice to not run any command as a sudo user since you have elevated permissions. Generally, when you install docker it needs root permission because the daemon runs as a root user. Due to this, you will have to run the docker command with sudo. While you run with sudo, you might see the below error -

        docker: Got permission denied while trying to connect to the Docker daemon socket at unix:///var/run/docker.sock: Post http://%2Fvar%2Frun%2Fdocker.sock/v1.24/containers/create: dial unix /var/run/docker.sock: connect: permission denied.
        See ‘docker run –help’.

        How can you fix the above error? In case you don’t want to run the docker as the root user, you can read this page to solve this issue. In this guide, we learn how to run docker as a non-root user.

      • Guide to WordPress Post Formats  – ThisHosting.Rocks

        WordPress formats are premade templates used for blog posts to present them in a different layout and style. The formats allow theme builders to define the visual manifestation of blog posts.

      • ID RootHow To Install Julia Programming Language on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Julia Programming Language on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Julia is a programming language designed to be high-performance in computation and analysis. Julia is widely used in data sciences and application-building processes as a programming language. Not only that, but Julia can work with other programming languages as well, such as Python, C, C++, Rust, R, and SQL.

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

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Marvel VS DC Mugen on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Marvel VS DC Mugen on a Chromebook.

        If you have any questions, please contact us via a YouTube comment and we would be happy to assist you!

      • ID RootHow To Install PostgreSQL on Manjaro 21 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install PostgreSQL on Manjaro 21. For those of you who didn’t know, PostgreSQL (often called Postgres) is a free, open-source, and advanced relational database management system and is developed by The PostgreSQL Global Development Group. Users may rely on the PostgreSQL database system for its dependability, data integrity, extensive feature set, and flexibility.

        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 PostgreSQL open-source relational database management system on a Manjaro 21 (Ornara).

    • WINE or Emulation

      • GamingOnLinuxWindows compatibility layer Wine 7.20 is out

        The Wine hackers have put out a new development build of the Windows compatibility layer in Wine 7.20. This is part of Steam Play Proton, which allows you to play tons of Windows games on Steam Deck and Linux desktops. Once a year they make a big new stable release, and eventually Proton updates to it too.

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxSteam Deck pushed Linux to the highest share on Steam in years

        A fresh month, which means a new Steam Hardware & Software Survey is out. Looking over the October 2022 data, it appears we’ve hit a fresh high point.

      • GamingOnLinuxDwarf Fortress releases December 6 on Steam and itch.io, Native Linux support later

        Dwarf Fortress is finally getting the big Early Access release on Steam and itch.io on December 6, although the Native Linux support is to come along later. Many years in the making, with actual proper graphics and more, it’s nearly here!

      • Hans Petter Jansson: Balance of Power: A rematch served cold

        There’s an old video game the memory of which recently escalated itself to my attention: Chris Crawford’s Balance of Power, a geopolitics simulator first released for the Macintosh in 1985. According to Wikipedia it sold about a quarter million units, which was a lot at the time, and I must’ve been somewhere in the impressionable age range of 10 to 12 years old when my father bought Incredible Technologies’ port for the Commodore Amiga.

        [..].

        Since Halloween seems like a good occasion to indulge in a little psychological horror (no other reason), I decided to do a rematch of sorts — this time with the help of fs-uae.

      • Evan HahnEverything we know about The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, as of November 2022

        This post tries to summarize everything we know about Breath of the Wild’s sequel. It’s arranged by time. It may contain spoilers.

      • GamingOnLinuxOpen source kart racer SuperTuxKart 1.4 is out now with Vulkan in Beta

        You can swap between the Vulkan and OpenGL renderer with a “–render-driver=vulkan” or “–render-driver=opengl” launch argument, and it seems to stick to the last one you picked. Currently, Vulkan doesn’t seem to have a lot of the graphical effects present in OpenGL so it’s very much a work in progress.

      • GamingOnLinuxMissile Command: Recharged gets a revamp and relaunch on Steam

        Atari and Adamvision Studios have taken down the original Missile Command: Recharged, and replaced it with another Missile Command: Recharged of the same name but it has been upgraded. It’s seen a bump in the price too.

      • GamingOnLinuxSteam Beta update tweaks the new Big Picture Mode from Steam Deck for desktop

        Valve has today released a new Steam Client Beta, which amongst other things tweaks the new Big Picture Mode that is also in a special Beta that was taken from the Steam Deck.

      • GamingOnLinuxCompetitive tactics game Duelyst is being revived with Duelyst II

        Love competitive games? How about when they’re free to play? Dream Sloth Games are reviving Duelyst as Duelyst II, with approval from Counterplay Games. A game that originally reviewed quite well, but it was shut down and delisted on Steam back in February of 2020. Duelyst II was originally started as a fan-game but it’s now turning into a full complete sequel.

      • GamingOnLinuxThese were the most popular Steam Deck games for October 2022

        Valve has revealed two fresh lists of popular games for the Steam Deck through October, sorted by both daily average player count and time played overall.

      • GamingOnLinuxVideo recording app OBS Studio v28.1 out with NVENC changes

        OBS Studio has a new release out now, and it comes with some changes for NVIDIA GPU owners who use NVENC. Some of the changes (as usual) only affect Windows, but there’s still some goodies in there for Linux too.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Barry KaulerRethinking direction of EasyOS

      Have had a rethink about what EasyOS is all about. Easy is a unique and very quirky OS, and and does just about everything differently from other Linux distributions.

      I recently posted that have abandoned sync’ing the PKGget package manager (PPM, see “pkg” icon on the desktop) with Debian apt and synaptic. Decided to stay with PKGget only.

      For the last few days have been working on login as user “zeus”. Yes, it works, but I found myself having to apply so many workarounds. The simplicity and elegance of login as root, with apps able to run non-root, and “crippled root” or user “spot” in containers, was becoming compromised and complicated.

    • New Releases

      • TrueNASTrueNAS 13.0-U3 Increases Maturity and Includes iX-Storj Service – TrueNAS – Welcome to the Open Storage Era

        Building on the Enterprise quality of prior versions, the third update of TrueNAS 13 was released today. In addition to greater maturity and test coverage, Globally Distributed Storage provided by iX-Storj is also now included in this release.

        Compared to TrueNAS 12, TrueNAS 13 includes significant new components and has improved performance, scalability, and reliability in subsequent releases. In the two months since TrueNAS 13.0-U2 was released, it has already become the 2nd most deployed version of TrueNAS. TrueNAS 13.0-U3 builds on the maturity of the prior version with 30 bug fixes and security updates. It also includes enclosure management updates for the TrueNAS R50 Gen3, which was announced two weeks ago.

        To date, more than 25% of TrueNAS users have updated to TrueNAS 13, including many of our largest enterprise customers. Today TrueNAS 13.0-U2 is the default software used for all TrueNAS appliances, and it is recommended for all TrueNAS CORE and Enterprise users by virtue of its improved security and reliability characteristics compared to TrueNAS 12.0-U8 and previous versions.

    • BSD

      • MWLupgrading PHP 7.4 to PHP 8 on FreeBSD

        Like PHP. PHP is very much the real world. My site has been running PHP 7.4 for a while, which goes end of life on 28 November. I put this off as long as possible, but it’s time to update.

        I run my e-bookstore on Woocommerce, which is built on WordPress, which is built on PHP. What started as a silly experiment has become the center of my business. I need to minimize downtime, which means I must check everything before upgrading. It’s PHP, which means it’s a maze of twisty little modules that all look alike. PHP has this annoying habit of adding, removing, splitting, and changing modules. Running PHP applications on FreeBSD is all about finding the module your application needs, so I want to identify all possible problems before changing.

      • Vice Media GroupHow a Redditor Ended Up With an Industrial-Grade Netflix Server

        Dave Temkin, Netflix’s former Vice President of Network Systems Infrastructure told Motherboard there’s nothing too mysterious about what the servers can do, though they significantly help improve video streaming by shortening overall content transit time.

        “They’re just an Intel FreeBSD box,” he said. “We got Linux running on some of the generations of that box as well.”

        Netflix’s Open Connect Content Delivery Network hardware caches popular Netflix content to reduce overall strain across broadband networks. Netflix lets major broadband ISPs embed a CDN server on the ISP network for free; the shorter transit time then helps improve video delivery, of benefit to broadband providers and Netflix alike.

    • Debian Family

      • Sparky news 2022/10 – SparkyLinux

        The 10th monthly Sparky project and donate report of 2022:
        – Linux kernel updated up to 6.0.6 & 5.15.76-LTS & 4.9.331-LTS49
        – Common Desktop Environment (CDE) updated up to version 2.5.1 for Sparky 6+7 amd64+i386
        – Sparky 2022.10, 2022.10 Special Editions and 2022.10-1 and 2022.10-2 LXQt released
        – Cartillo started translating Sparky Wiki pages to Spanish; thanks a lot!

        The LXQt 2022.10 and 2022.10-1 iso images of the rolling line features LXQt 1.1.0 from the Sparky ‘extra’ repos, but it is not compatible with present Qt libs in Debian testing repos. You can remove the ‘extra’ repos and downgrade all LXQt related packages (see Sparky forums for details https://forum.sparkylinux.org/index.php/topic,6177.msg16986.html) or make fresh installation using Sparky 2022.10-2 LXQt iso.
        And, the Sparky ‘extra’ repos have been deleted now.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Tom’s HardwareSiFive Reveals New RISC-V Chips, the P670 and P470

        SiFive announced a pair (opens in new tab) of new high-performance RISC-V (opens in new tab) processors aimed at what it calls “next-generation wearables and smart consumer devices.” Known as the P670 and P470, the processors offer new features and improved performance compared to previous CPUs based on the popular open-source architecture.

        The SiFive Performance P670 and P470 #RISCV processors bring unparalleled compute performance and efficiency to wearables, smart home applications, AR/VR devices, and more. Read about how we’re raising the bar and giving designers true flexibility: https://t.co/11wb02d8YZ pic.twitter.com/eVvum8Y3jXNovember 1, 2022

      • Raspberry Pi‘Gourdan’ the pun-kin(g) wins Halloween

        Gourdan is powered by Raspberry Pi, and his Adafruit LCD eyes have been trained to follow you around the room. Creepy. I like it.

      • Tom’s HardwareBest RP2040 Boards 2022

        While Raspberry Pi has its own RP2040-powered board in the Raspberry Pi Pico, there are now more than sixty, third-party solutions that offer improvements which range from smaller sizes to built-in Wi-Fi, more storage or a lot of additional outputs. There are even RP2040-powered keypads and RP2040 breakouts designed to be embedded into your next project. All of these boards share the same $1 RP2040 chip, but offer much more than the stock model.

        With Raspberry Pi still being hard to come by we’ve compiled the best RP2040 boards to get your projects up and running. These boards can be used for everything from general learning to building Wi-Fi connected robots to implementing basic A.I.

      • Tom’s HardwareBest Raspberry Pi HATs 2022: Expansion Boards for Every Project

        To help you choose, we’ve listed the best Raspberry Pi HATs that we have personally tested, grouped by their use case. These expansion boards can be used for everything from general learning to implementing A.I. via Machine Learning. Or you could just build your own Raspberry Pi powered robot to explore the world around us.

      • ArduinoArduino brings Ghost Rider costume to life | Arduino Blog

        Long before Nicolas Cage ever portrayed the character on the silver screen, Ghost Rider appealed to an edgier subsect of Marvel’s audience. We won’t do a deep dive into the character(s) and their Faustian deals, but suffice it to say that Ghost Rider is a human man who turns into a flaming skeleton that rides a motorcycle. Where that lands on the cool to cringe scale depends on the particular appearance, but Andy’s Halloween costume recreation of Ghost Rider is definitely cool.

        Andy’s costume includes a skeleton mask and the appropriate biker-style leather jacket, but really comes to life thanks to the added effects. Those include LED lighting and billowing flames. Andy can activate those using a small handheld remote control. When he does, the LEDs illuminate pieces of red cloth that flap in a wind created by big blower fans. Those mimic the look of flames shooting out from the jacket.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Silcon RepublicCould Mastodon be the new Twitter now that Musk is in charge?

      However, one platform in particular has been getting a lot of attention as Twitter users consider flocking elsewhere.

      Decentralised microblogging platform Mastodon has seen a big surge in users since last week. The free and open-source platform tweeted on 30 October that it got more than 70,000 sign-ups on the day after the deal closed.

    • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Software – October 2022 Updates – LinuxLinks

      Here are the latest updates to our compilation of recommended software. For October, we have focused almost entirely on expanding our recommendations for coding and web apps. A huge pat on the back to Eilidih Parris for her sterling work and dedication.

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Daniel StenbergHTTP Workshop 2022 – day 1 | daniel.haxx.se

        The fifth HTTP Workshop is a three day event that takes place in Oxford, UK. I’m happy to say that I am attending this one as well, as I have all the previous occasions. This is now more than seven years since the first one.

        [...]

        All the people gather in the same room. A person talks briefly on a specific topic and then we have a free-form discussion about it. When I write this, the slides from today’s presentations have not yet been made available so I cannot link them here. I will add those later.

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

      • WordPressWordPress 6.1 ‘Misha’ – WordPress News

        Say hello to WordPress 6.1, “Misha,” inspired by the life and work of Soviet-Norwegian jazz pianist Mikhail “Misha” Alperin. Misha introduced the work of jazz ensembles in the USSR and globally. He is also celebrated as a founding member of the Moscow Art Trio.

        “Misha” further refines the site-building experience. Inside WordPress 6.1 you’ll interact with enhancements that continue to make site creation more intuitive while pushing your creative boundaries further than ever. Don’t forget to enjoy some of Misha’s jazz piano as you take in all WordPress 6.1 has to offer.

        The third major release of 2022 is here. Download it now! As of the time of this release, WordPress powers 43% of websites worldwide.

        Site owners and administrators should upgrade today to take full advantage of the many stability, performance, and usability enhancements. Furthermore, WordPress content creators will enjoy a suite of new features geared toward improving the writing and designing experiences.

    • Programming/Development

      • Andy DoteDeploy != Release

        This turned out to be somewhat controversial until we discussed what I specifically meant by deploy and release.

        As with all things, agreeing on definitions or understanding what someone means when they use a specific term is essential, so I thought I would write down a short blog post on it.

      • Dirk EddelbuettelDirk Eddelbuettel: tint 0.1.4 on CRAN: Miscellaneous Updates

        A new version 0.1.4 of the tint package arrived at CRAN today. tint provides a style ‘not unlike Tufte’ for use in html and pdf documents created from markdown. The github repo shows several examples in its README, more as usual in the package documentation.

        This is the first release in over two years and it brings a few incremental changes which are described in detail below. The trigger was an email from CRAN desiring compacted pdf files inside the package sources. Which, coincidentally, was made a default about a year ago in the build.r script from littler I use to make packages. But as we had not updated tint this has not reached CRAN. So there.

      • Dirk EddelbuettelDirk Eddelbuettel: RcppXts 0.0.5 on CRAN: Maintenance

        A new maintenance release 0.0.6 of RcppXts is now on CRAN. The RcppXts package demonstrates how to access the export C API of xts which we contributed a looong time ago.

      • Paul Tagliamonte: Decoding LDPC: k-Bit Brute Forcing

        I’ve been working on the next generation of the “PACKRAT” series called “RATPACK”. I’m hoping to start writing new posts soon, and hopefully this is an interesting note of what’s to come! In the meantime, you can check out the PACKRAT posts until then.
        My initial efforts to build a PHY and Data Link layer – from scratch using my own code – have been progressing nicely since the initial BPSK based protocol I’ve documented under the PACKRAT series. As part of that, I’ve been diving deep into FEC, and in particular, LDPC.

        I won’t be able to do an overview of LDPC justice in this post – with any luck that’ll come in a later post to come as part of the RATPACK series, so some knowledge is assumed. As such this post is less useful for those looking to learn about LDPC, and a bit more targeted to those who enjoy talking and thinking about FEC.

    • Standards/Consortia

  • Leftovers

    • Fred HerbertThe Demanding Work of Analyzing Incidents

      This whole analysis serves the objective of learning from incidents. But learning isn’t something you control or dictate. People will draw the lessons they’ll draw, regardless of what you had planned for. All you can hope for is to provide the best environment possible for it to take place. In environments like tech, a lot hinges on people’s mental models. We can’t implant nor extract mental models, so challenging them through experience or discussion is the next best thing, and exposing how people were making decisions, the various factors and priorities they were juggling, or the challenges they were encountering are all key parts of their experience you wish to unveil.

    • The NationMama I Am Sorry

      ways I have betrayed you.

    • HackadayTambour Table With A Puzzling Secret

      Some people really like puzzles. [Simone Giertz] is one of these serious puzzle lovers and built a transforming table (YouTube) to let her easily switch between puzzles and more mundane tasks, like eating.

    • Education

      • DJ AdamsStop asking for slides in advance

        A slide deck is not the talk content. A slide deck is there to aid the talk, to enhance it, to provide a bit of context (or light relief) for those attending. They’re there to support what’s being said, to underpin the message.

        That’s why, sometimes, I don’t use slides at all. I just show stuff on my computer, fumble around and wave my arms about wildly. Anything to get the point across, to help explain what I’m trying to say, to be more effective in landing the concepts that I’m attempting to convey.

      • Terence EdenI’ve reached a local maxima in my career

        I’m now at the point where I face several challenges to moving up to the next grade.

    • Hardware

      • IT WireFifth successive quarter of falling shipments for tablets, Chromebooks

        Tablet shipments fell by 8.8% year-on-year in the third quarter, coming in at 38.6 million units, making this the fifth successive drop, the technology analyst company IDC says.

        Chromebooks followed a similar trajectory, shipping 4.3 million units, a decline of 34.4% year-on-year, and making this the fifth straight quarter of decreasing shipments.

        IDC said Chinese vendors were able to perform well in emerging markets where there was demand for low-end devices. Additionally, sanctions on many vendors enabled Huawei to sell well in the Russian market.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • The NationMeet the California State Senator Who Wants to Decriminalize Psychedelics

        In an unassuming, off-white, two-story house in San Francisco’s Mission District, built in the Italianate style that predominates in the neighborhood, you’ll find the Institute of Illegal Images, aka the Blotter Barn. It houses an extensive personal collection of LSD art, called “blotter paper,” lovingly curated by Mark McCloud, a wizened, affable remnant of the city’s counterculture. McCloud came to California from Argentina as an adolescent, attended one of Ken Kesey’s early Acid Test “happenings” in the 1960s, puttered around the globe, and eventually put down stakes in the Mission in the mid-’70s, opening a home gallery that serves as an unbound history of the War on Drugs.

    • Proprietary

      • BBCCyber-attacks on small firms: The US economy’s ‘Achilles heel’? [iophk: Windows TCO]

        Cyber-crimes are expected to cost the world $10.5tn (£9.3tn) by 2025, according to cyber-security research firm Cyber Ventures.

        On the current trajectory, small businesses will absorb most of the hit.

        They are three times more likely to be attacked by cyber-criminals compared to large businesses, cloud security firm Barracuda Networks has found.

      • India TimesFrance’s Thales says hackers claim to have stolen data [iophk: Windows TCO]

        Thales said the extortion and ransomware group had announced plans on the dark web to release the data on Nov. 7. It added that so far it had not received any direct ransom notification.

      • Times Higher EducationFears for overseas students following Australian cyber breach [iophk: Windows TCO]

        Medibank Private, one of five companies authorised to provide overseas student health cover (OSHC), revealed on 13 October that it had been the subject of a “cyber incident”. At the time it said there was no evidence that sensitive data had been accessed, and that customers could expect little inconvenience other than temporary disruptions as the international student policy management systems were taken offline.

        That assessment changed a week later, with Medibank revealing that it had been contacted by a “criminal” claiming to have stolen 200 gigabytes of data. The extortionist had sent sample records from 100 policyholders, including international students, detailing their names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, insurance details and medical histories.

      • The StrategistQuad’s ransomware commitment could help shore up regional software supply chains [iophk: Windows TCO]

        Since the Covid-19 pandemic, ransomware attacks have increased dramatically worldwide. The latest annual report on the state of ransomware, by cybersecurity firm Sophos, indicated a 78% rise in attacks globally between 2020 and 2021. Nearly two-thirds of the organisations surveyed reported having been affected.

      • India TimesGoogle increases storage to 1TB from 15GB on Workspace individual accounts

        The tech company in a blog post revealed that upgrading one’s account to 1TB safe cloud storage is an entirely automatic process. When Google rolls out the new upgrade, every Google user will automatically get the standard 15GB storage updated to 1TB. Users will be able to add up to 100 different formats including CAD files, PDFs, and various image formats on Google Drive.

      • Raspberry PiThe Ventura problem

        At the beginning of last week Apple released macOS Ventura, the next major version of their desktop operating system for Mac computers. We’d been monitoring a problem with Ventura since the early betas back in August with the hope that, on release, things would be working normally.

        Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case. Right now, if you’re using a Pico with your Mac, we don’t recommend upgrading to Ventura (at least not yet).

      • Tom’s HardwareMacOS Ventura Does Not Play Well With Raspberry Pi Pico

        A problem has arisen in the way the latest version of MacOS mounts Raspberry Pi Pico (opens in new tab) virtual volumes, meaning Macs updated to 13.0 Ventura, released October 24, cannot copy across the UF2 files used for flashing instructions onto the microcontroller. The Raspberry Pi blog has a post about the error (opens in new tab), and the company has reported it to Apple as a bug.

    • Security

      • dwaves.de- OpenSSL fixes two high severity vulnerabilities – OpenSSL versions 3.0.0 to 3.0.6 are vulnerable – OpenSSL 1.1.1 and 1.0.2 NOT affected | dwaves.de

        BUT: only 1.5% of all OpenSSL instances were found to be impacted by this security flaw

      • Bleeping ComputerOpenSSL fixes two high severity vulnerabilities, what you need to know

        Cloud security firm Wiz.io also said that only 1.5% of all OpenSSL instances were found to be impacted by this security flaw after analyzing deployments across major cloud environments (i.e., AWS, GCP, Azure, OCI, and Alibaba Cloud).

      • OpenSSL vulnerabilities: Everything you need to know | Wiz Blog
      • Xe’s BlogOpenSSL gave everyone alarm fatigue

        So, the OpenSSL security issue embargo ended today and the patches dropped [sic]. Based on the contents of the security issue, the difficulty of exploiting it in practice, and the fact that most Linux distributions take basic precautions to prevent it from being a viable attack vector: this issue doesn’t affect nearly any users of OpenSSL in the real world.

      • ProtocolOpenSSL dodges a bullet

        However, after initially rating the vulnerabilities as “critical” in a heads-up advisory last week, the new vulnerabilities have been downgraded to a severity rating of “high,” though administrators are still being urged to patch systems quickly.

      • CVE-2022-3786 and CVE-2022-3602: X.509 Email Address Buffer Overflows

        Today we published an advisory about CVE-2022-3786 (“X.509 Email Address Variable Length Buffer Overflow”) and CVE-2022-3602 (“X.509 Email Address 4-byte Buffer Overflow”).

        Please read the advisory for specific details about these CVEs and how they might impact you. This blog post will address some common questions that we expect to be asked about these CVEs.Q: The 3.0.7 release was announced as fixing a CRITICAL vulnerability, but CVE-2022-3786 and CVE-2022-3602 are both HIGH. What happened to the CRITICAL vulnerability?

      • OpenSSL Security Advisory [01 November 2022]

        Pre-announcements of CVE-2022-3602 described this issue as CRITICAL. Further analysis based on some of the mitigating factors described above have led this to be downgraded to HIGH. Users are still encouraged to upgrade to a new version as soon as possible.

        In a TLS client, this can be triggered by connecting to a malicious server. In a TLS server, this can be triggered if the server requests client authentication and a malicious client connects.

      • Using Sysmon for Linux to Monitor Against MITRE ATT-CK Techniques – LogRhythm [Ed: Fake security from Microsoft]

        Microsoft Sysinternals recently released Sysmon for Linux. Beyond installing and configuring the software, there are several next steps you can take to use Sysmon for Linux to monitor against MITRE ATT&CK Techniques.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • The HillFCC commissioner calls for TikTok ban over data concerns

          One of the five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is calling on Congress to ban TikTok over concerns that user data could end up in the hands of China’s government.

          “I don’t believe there is a path forward for anything other than a ban,” FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said in an interview with Axios published Tuesday.

        • NBCAmerica’s Ring doorbell camera obsession highlights the scourge of mass surveillance

          Surveillance proponents will claim this act of violence had nothing to do with Ring and other networked doorbell cameras. They’ll blame the neighbors, the neighborhood, the guns. But we have to face reality: Blanketing our neighborhoods in surveillance devices that promote a culture of suspicion makes all of us less safe.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Environment

      • RTL‘Earth is in our hands’: Astronaut Pesquet’s plea for the planet

        From his unique viewpoint hundreds of kilometres above Earth, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet told AFP he felt helpless watching fires rage across the planet below, calling for more to be done to protect this fragile “island of life”.

      • NBCEmperor penguins are now a threatened species due to climate change, U.S. officials say

        The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said emperor penguins should be protected under the law since the birds build colonies and raise their young on the Antarctic ice threatened by climate change.

        The wildlife agency said a thorough review of evidence, including satellite data from 40 years showed the penguins aren’t currently in danger of extinction, but rising temperatures signal that is likely. The agency’s review followed a 2011 petition by the environmental group Center for Biological Diversity to list the bird under the Endangered Species Act.

      • Energy

        • David RosenthalGreater Fool Supply-Chain Crisis

          Below the fold I look into this persistent failure to proceed moon-wards

        • RTLDo you know these new road signs?

          Tim Wagner confirms that this is indeed the case. One sign that is quite recent and that drivers will see more and more on the road is: Rue Cyclable. With this sign, several rules must be followed: [...]

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • The HillCelebs eye Twitter exit after Musk takeover

        The controversial Tesla CEO was named the sole director of Twitter on Monday after completing his $44 billion acquisition of the company last week. Musk has suggested he plans to lift lifelong bans and transform Twitter’s content moderation policies, leading critics to express concerns about the spread of misinformation.

      • The HillGroups call on top Twitter advertisers to press Musk to enforce rules

        Amazon, Apple, Meta Platforms, Google and Disney were among the 20 advertisers to receive the open letter, signed by groups including the NAACP, the Center for American Progress, GLAAD, the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism, and #Voteprochoice. The effort was organized by Free Press, Media Matters and Accountable Tech.

      • The HillMusk to raise Twitter Blue to $8 per month: Current checkmark system ‘bull—-‘

        Musk called Twitter’s “current lords & Peasants system” governing who has a blue checkmark or not “bullshit” in his post about the new system he’s planning to launch.

      • AxiosElon Musk and Twitter’s Saudi situation

        The big picture: Murphy is aware of the history. In a tweet, he argued: “The Saudis could have cashed out, like most everyone else. That would have been the financially sound thing to do. Instead, they allied with Musk … There’s a clear political motivation to their decision, and CFIUS should get to the bottom of it.”

      • Axios“It’s going to be a bloodbath”: Twitter workers brace for cuts

        Reports suggest those executives were fired “for cause,” which could allow Musk to avoid large payouts in cash and stock.

      • VarietyElon Musk Calls Twitter’s Verification System ‘Bulls—,’ Says Twitter Blue Will Cost $8 per Month for Blue Check Mark and Other New Perks

        Elon Musk, less than a week into his ownership of Twitter, announced that the price of Twitter Blue will increase to $8 per month — and will be the only way to achieve verification on the platform.

      • Tim BrayHow Much For Twitter?

        Following on Mr Musk’s acquisition of Twitter a discussion has broken out about what to charge for. Which makes sense, because Twitter revenue is kind of lousy, notably out of sync with its societal importance, and now they’ve got a great big honking debt to service.

        Whatever I may think about Twitter’s leadership, previous or current, I like the service and would prefer that it continue functioning. In fact, I like it enough to pay for it! But how much and what for?

      • Matt RickardWhat If Google Builds This?

        But behind every bad question is a shred of truth. For later-stage startups (let’s say $1B+), incumbents will enter the market. At that point, the question is probably more nuanced — how much better is the distribution, production, or other advantages?

      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

        • AxiosElon Musk tweets misinformation about Paul Pelosi

          Why it matters: Musk linked to an article from the Santa Monica Observer, a website known for years for publishing false stories.

        • New York TimesLetters, Tweets, TV: How Midterm Disinformation Has Washed Over Pennsylvania

          Pennsylvania, with about 13 million people, is by no means unique when it comes to the problem, but as a swing state narrowly won by President Biden in 2020, it has become a disinformation battleground ahead of the midterms on Nov. 8. The result has hardened the state’s partisan divide and deepened distrust not only of politicians but of the political process itself since the way ballots are cast and counted has been at the heart of much of the disinformation swirling around.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • VOA NewsMilitary Coup Propels Myanmar Into Global Impunity Index

        The press freedom group the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) included Myanmar in its annual Global Impunity Index for the first time in 2022. Of the five journalists killed there in the past 10 years, three died while detained by the junta, according to CPJ research.

        Somalia, for the eighth year, tops the list published Tuesday. Mexico, which is on track to record its deadliest year with more than a dozen journalists slain, comes in at sixth on the index, which tracks unsolved journalist killings.

      • RFAMyanmar junta bans Irrawaddy news agency after months of harassment

        Myanmar’s junta has officially banned online news outlet The Irrawaddy and charged the outlet’s registered publisher for violating national security laws, state media reported over the weekend, following months of legal harassment.

        The ban is the latest on at least 20 media groups – news agencies, publishing houses and printing presses – since the military seized power in a Feb. 1, 2021, coup and began a crackdown on press freedom in Myanmar.

      • RFERLFamily Of RFE/RL Journalist Says His Body Is Still Missing In Iran

        The statement sent to RFE/RL’s Radio Farda said authorities have failed to inform the family which state organ has seized Haghighatnejad’s body following his October 25 repatriation to Iran for burial in his home province of Fars.

      • Deutsche WelleIran journalists demand release of jailed colleagues

        More than 300 Iranian journalists on Sunday called for the release of colleagues who were detained amid nationwide demonstrations.

        They signed a statement published in the Iranian Etemad and other newspapers in which they accused authorities of arresting members of the press and “stripping them of their civil rights.”

        “They did not have access to their lawyers, they were interrogated and charged before holding a public hearing,” the statement said.

      • BIA NetWho are the nine arrested Kurdish journalists?

        The arrest of the journalist and Şebnem Korur-Fincancı, head of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB), sparked protests in the country the next day. The International Press Institute (IPI) condemned the action, stating that Türkiye regularly abuses anti-terror law to target journalists, The institute called on Türkiye to release all journalists immediately.

        Nine of the 11 journalists are still remanded in custody.

      • BIA NetEleven journalists working for Kurdish outlets detained in ‘terror’ investigation

        Police have detained 11 journalists working for two pro-Kurdish news outlets in raids across five cities in “terrorism-related” investigations.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Gregory HammondGetting Started With Accessibility – Presented at WordPress Accessibility Day 2022

        Why accessibility is so important? It is said that 1 in 4 people (and recent stats say it’s about 15% of the world) identify as having a disability. That disability could be something you see, or invisible. You may not even know that someone has a disability unless they tell you. Accessibility is so important because it shows that you care and you want everyone to be able to access what you offer. If you don’t include accessibility you could not include 25% (or more) of your potential audience.

      • VOA NewsIranian Protests Continue, Defying Crackdown

        Rights groups say more than 200 people have died during the protests, and hundreds, if not thousands, have been arrested.

      • Times Higher EducationIranian students defy official demand for end to protests

        In recent days, students at several universities – including Tehran’s prestigious Sharif University of Technology and the Hormozgan University, located in a more socially conservative part of Iran – took the battle inside campuses as they tore down the barriers that segregate cafeterias, dividing men and women.

        The students’ actions show that they are “prepared to engage in civil disobedience because they completely reject the Islamic Republic’s gender apartheid strictures”, said Mr Brodsky.

      • RFAAuthorities allow Tibetans in Lhasa to travel in region amid COVID wave

        Now authorities are allowing Tibetans living in Lhasa who are natives of the cities and towns of Shigatse, Kongpo, Lhoka, Nagchu, Chamdo and Ngari to return to their homes. But they can do so only after first getting in touch with their respective points of contact as set by regional authorities for “swift processing,” according to an official notice dated Oct. 31. They are prohibited from returning on their own.

      • Deutsche WelleShirin Neshat: ‘Biggest uprising since Islamic revolution’

        DW: There are over 200 dead and the regime is striking back brutally. Is this extreme reaction a sign of fear?

        SN: This movement, which we Iranians now call a revolution, is the biggest uprising since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. We’ve had a number of different short lived uprisings in the last few years. There was the Green Movement in 2009, which lasted no more than ten days or so. And so many expected this to be another upheaval, kind of a hiccup. But we are now in the second month and it is not as trivial as they thought. This time it is not about the economy, unemployment or water — it is about women. And women are a very sacred part of society. For the men, these are their sisters, wives, mothers. So, the murder of a young woman is sacrilegious to the Iranian people. That’s why I don’t see the women or the people in Iran going back to the way they were six weeks ago.

      • FirstpostIran anti-hijab activist missing for 10 days, family fear ‘abduction, rape, torture’ by authorities

        Armita, an Iranian girl, participated in recent demonstrations for freedom. She was taken to Imam Ali Karaj Hospital by the IRGC security agents on October 18. Hospital authorities said that their daughter had been arrested eight days earlier by Islamic Police.

      • Jerusalem PostArtist paints Marge Simpson cutting her hair outside Iranian consulate

        Both murals were almost identical, albeit with slight differences. The first mural depicted the famous cartoon character holding a pair of scissors in one hand and most of her iconic blue hair in the other as a reference to the Iranian women who cut their hair in protest of Mahsa Amini’s death at the hands of the morality police.

        The mural was immediately painted over by the consulate, but despite that, it reappeared shortly after, this time with Simpson giving the middle finger and with a more angry expression than before.

      • RTLWomen leaders call to expel Islamic Republic of Iran from U.N. Women’s Rights Commission

        The Open Letter was published in Sunday’s New York Times and expresses solidarity with Iranian women and girls, as well as men, who are continuing their daily protests for more than 40 days now across the Islamic Republic and abroad following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Jina Amini.

        Reports of extreme punishments and harsh crackdowns against protestors by Iranian authorities have flooded international headlines and social media feeds in the weeks since Amini’s death, gaining worldwide attention and scrutiny.

      • India TodayPOCSO Act overrides personal law in case of minor Muslim girl’s marriage, observes Karnataka HC

        The accused in the case was booked under sections of the POCSO Act and the Prohibition of child marriage Act for marrying and impregnating a minor Muslim girl. The incident came to light when the victim visited a Primary Health Care Centre for a check-up. Upon examination, it was discovered that she was pregnant and was around 17 years old.

        When it came to court, the accused’s counsel argued that attaining puberty was the consideration for marriage under Mohammaden Law. The counsel further argued that since the girl had attained puberty at 15, the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act was not applicable.

        The court rejected this by stating that since POCSO is a special Act, it overrides personal law.

      • Deutsche WelleEU court prohibits extradition of Serb from Germany to US

        The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Friday that Germany is not allowed to extradite a Serbian national to the United States. The ruling decrees that a non-EU citizen cannot be sent to serve jail time for the same crime twice.

      • The Telegraph UK‘Auntie, he will kill me’: The woman murdered while the police asked her for paperwork

        Raneem’s husband, Janbaz Tarin, murdered both his wife and her mother, following an horrific campaign of domestic abuse towards Raneem. When they married in April 2017, Tarin, an Afghani Muslim, had warned Raneem: “We don’t have a divorce in our culture. The day you will be free from me is when I’ll kill you.”

      • ABCFamily of man killed by Detroit police are suing them for $50 million

        Fieger also claimed White showed the public “edited videos” of the incident during the press conference.

        “He has never provided those videos to the family and we don’t want an edited video…we want the full video,” Fieger said.

        Despite his claims, Fieger says he and his team plan to obtain all video footage by issuing subpoenas to the Detroit Police Department and will release the videos to the public once obtained.

      • The NationHow to Crush a Movement for Racial Justice

        Little Rock, Ark.—It’s a scorching July day during the pandemic’s first summer. in the month since the murder of George Floyd, residents have gathered frequently in front of the Arkansas State Capitol, marching to protest the police killings of Black people across the country.1This story was reported in partnership with Type Investigations and produced with support from the Puffin Foundation and the Fund for Constitutional Government.

      • The NationGuilty Before Innocent

        Writing in 1923, the prominent American judge and legal philosopher Learned Hand stated that “under our criminal procedure the accused has every advantage. While the prosecution is held rigidly to the charge, [the defendant] need not disclose the barest outline of his defense. He is immune from question or comment on his silence; he cannot be convicted when there is the least fair doubt in the minds of any one of the twelve [jurors]…. Our dangers do not lie in too little tenderness to the accused. Our procedure has been always haunted by the ghost of the innocent man convicted. It is an unreal dream.”

      • Frontpage MagazineThe Murder of Political Prisoners in Tehran | Frontpage Mag
    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • CBCNetflix subscribers in Canada can now get a break on the price — if they don’t mind watching ads

        Netflix essentially killed every part of the conventional television business when it launched a streaming video service 15 years ago. But now that it’s facing an existential threat of its own from upstarts closing in on all sides, it’s borrowing from the playbook of its old rival to save itself: advertising.

      • VarietyYouTube Is Reselling Subscriptions to 34 Streaming Services, Including Paramount+ and Showtime

        The Google-owned video giant announced the launch of Primetime Channels, a storefront stocked with 34 streaming services, available for any YouTube user to subscribe to. The lineup includes Paramount Global’s Paramount+ and Showtime, Lionsgate’s Starz, MGM’s Epix, AMC Networks’ AMC+ and TelevisaUnivision’s ViX+, along with more than two dozen niche-oriented channels. Users can sign up through YouTube’s Movies & TV hub; initially, the channels will be available only in the U.S.

        Notably absent from YouTube’s Primetime Channels lineup are major streamers including Netflix, Disney+, Hulu and HBO Max — which are also unavailable in Amazon Prime Channels, its collection of third-party streaming services that Prime members can subscribe to.

    • Monopolies

      • Trademarks

        • LatviaFor Stability! party banned from using S! as its trademark

          The court has satisfied the request of the municipality of Sigulda to provide temporary protection for the “S!” trademark, which has been used by the municipality for over 12 years on its own and as part of the slogan S!gulda aizrauj (S!gulda excites). The municipality of Sigulda claims the right to be the only user of this trademark in Latvia in order not to create misleading associations with the values of the municipality.

          The Court has prohibited the use of the trademark, including advertising and representation materials, without the permission of the municipality of Sigulda, until the final decision.

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakDon’t Feed Copyright Trolls: Canadian Court Urged to Protect Internet Users

          Copyright holders often write to internet billpayers claiming that their IP addresses have been linked to piracy. They say that billpayers are liable because they pirated content themselves or failed to stop someone else who did. When movie company Voltage Holdings tried to win default judgments against 30 internet subscribers, none of whom were shown to be the actual infringers, a judge refused to comply. In its appeal, Voltage says the judge made the wrong decision.

        • Torrent FreakRIAA Seeks $250,000 in Attorneys’ Fees from YouTube Ripper

          After winning a landmark legal battle against Yout.com last month, the RIAA is seeking $250,000 in attorneys fees from the stream-ripping site. The music group successfully thwarted Yout’s request for a declaration that its service doesnt circumvent YouTube’s technological protection measures. This was a futile endeavor from the start, the RIAA argues.

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    • Personal

      • I hope I find all you fellow midnights well!

        It is over a month since I last graced the pub with my ramblings, and I admit I need to do the courtesy of reading what you have all been saying these past few weeks.

        I am trying to change habits. Again. The most sensible advice I have come across is to not to just stop doing something but to replace it with another action – don’t leave a void. We all know how nature feels about voids.


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