11.13.22

Links 13/11/2022: Ubuntu 23.04 Release Date and Mozilla Firefox 107

Posted in News Roundup at 3:50 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • VideoSlackware Window Manager Tweaks – Dbus and Polkit – Invidious

        Dbus and Polkit are integral components in the modem Linux desktop and although they are not technically required, if you run without either the chances are you will miss out on some of the features that just make our life easier. This is a quick kitchen video to show you how I manage both on Slackware. I hope you enjoy the video :-) If you enjoy my channel and/or find it useful, you can support me in a number of ways.

    • Applications

      • Linux Handbooktop vs htop: What’s the Difference?

        top and htop are two of the most popular command line utilities for system monitoring in Linux.

        They have similar names and similar objectives.

        So, what’s the difference between the two?

      • LinuxiacPodman Desktop: A GUI That Makes Container Management Easy

        Podman Desktop is a new cross-platform desktop integrated app with a unified UI that significantly simplifies working with Podman containers.

        Containers have become a sacred term in the IT industry in recent years. You probably don’t realize it, but under the hood, containers power a large chunk of Internet services today.

        Since Docker succeeded in establishing itself as the industry standard for service containerization, Red Hat has collaborated with the Open Source community to develop an alternative that addresses Docker’s drawbacks. The result of this collaboration is Podman.

        In short, Podman (Pod Manager) is an open-source daemonless container engine, an alternative to Docker, for developing, managing, and running OCI containers on Linux systems.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Make Use OfHow to Create a Custom Ubuntu ISO With Cubic

        Cubic, or Custom Ubuntu ISO Creator, lets you generate a personalized version of the Ubuntu or Linux Mint ISO that suits your needs.

        One of the best things about Linux is that it lets you customize your system however you want to. Unlike users of other operating systems, you’re not limited to a particular corporate-mandated desktop environment, file manager, or office suite.

        Typically, you make changes to your distro after installing it to your hardware, but with Cubic, you can create a custom ISO that is perfect for your needs.

      • KifarunixHow To Create An Excellent Business Marketing Plan – kifarunix.com

        Marketing is all about creating value for a company through the creation and distribution of products or services.

      • Linux NightlyHow to Change Keyboard Layout on Ubuntu 22.04 – Linux Nightly

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to change the keyboard layout on Ubuntu 22.04 from GUI and command line. This is handy for users that wish to type in multiple languages.

      • DebugPointConnect to Ubuntu from Windows [Beginner’s Guide]

        This beginner’s guide helps you remotely connect to Ubuntu from Windows. We show you the easy steps with an example.

        If you work in a networked environment at your work or set up a small network at home (wired or wireless), you are often required to remotely connect to your Ubuntu machine (or any Linux machine).

        Although I have created this guide in Ubuntu 20.04 and Windows 10, the following steps ideally should work for any Linux distribution which supports Xrdp for remote connection. We have tested it in Ubuntu 22.04 and Windows 11 as well.

        In theory, there are many ways of connecting to any system over the network (internet or intranet). You can use any RDP client, such as Remmina (which is an excellent client), to connect via VNC and RDP protocol. Moreover, you can even connect via ssh with X forwarding as well. You can also check out the list of RDP clients if you want something specific.

      • DebugPointHow to Create WiFi Hotspot in Ubuntu

        This quick guide explains how to create a WiFi Hotspot in Ubuntu (all supported versions).

        Internet connection sharing is not new. It was available as an operating system feature for some time. In Windows 10 or 11, creating a Hotspot with just a click of a button in Settings is straightforward.

        In Linux Systems, particularly in Ubuntu-based systems, it was a bit tricky from the beginning. However, in recent Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – it is very straightforward, and you can quickly set up your WiFi hotspot from a desktop/laptop.

    • Games

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Bryan LundukeHaiku Week begins at The Lunduke Journal – by Bryan Lunduke

      The BeOS was lightning fast and capable of effectively using the power of multiple CPUs (through something dubbed “pervasive multi-threading”) and, because of that, was astoundingly responsive and good at multimedia.

      In fact, at one point, BeOS was considered to be the replacement for Apple’s MacOS 8/9 line (which eventually went to OpenStep instead, resulting in MacOS X).

      Despite this amazing operating system… Be Inc. eventually failed and was sold off for scrap to Palm.

      Shortly thereafter, the OpenBeOS project was started. The goal was to support the existing BeOS users… while developing replacement, open source components for BeOS itself. Eventually resulting in an entirely new — but BeOS compatible — system.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Mozilla

        • Ubuntu HandbookMozilla Firefox 107 Available to Install via Ubuntu PPA | UbuntuHandbook

          A new monthly release of Firefox web browser to be released soon! Users of Mozilla team PPA should already received the updates.

          Though it’s not officially announced at the moment of writing, user can however check what’s new in the release via the Github Releases page.

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

      • Nicholas Tietz-SokolskyPaper review: C-store | nicholas@web

        It’s that time again: I read another paper, and here’s what I took away from it! This week I read “C-store: a column-oriented DBMS” from chapter 4 of the Red Book. This one I picked since I thought it would be helpful for the chess database I’m working on, and it does seem applicable!

        This paper was pretty significant for making a strong case for the utility of columnar databases in read-heavy situations. It demonstrated an architecture for a column database which not only beats row-based databases of the time (in their workload) but also beat the proprietary column databases of the time as well.

        [...]

        Next week’s paper will be the DynamoDB paper, which I’m excited to read! Later!

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

      • Dan LangilleOdd look to the website – Dan Langille’s Other Diary

        I’ve been trying to update the website to PHP 8.1, but the WordPress Theme I’ve been using is from 2016 and has not been updated.

      • Bozhidar BatsovAn Unexpected Blogging Record

        Today I’ve noticed that I’ve written 36 articles to date here, which beats my annual record of 34 articles from 2011. I definitely didn’t see this coming, especially given how tough the year has been on me on multiple levels.

        A few years ago (think) was stagnant (I wrote 0 articles in both 2016 and 2017) and when I launched Meta Redux in 2018 I thought this was probably the end of my original blog. It’s funny that 4 years later I do most of my writing here again, and I even managed to reach the heights of my activity from the days when I was younger and had both more energy and more time to spare.1 Let’s hope I’ll keep this positive momentum going for a while, as there are definitely many topics that I’d like to explore here.

    • Programming/Development

      • Terence EdenIs Open Graph Protocol dead?

        Meta – like many other tech titans – has institutional Shiny Object Syndrome. It goes something like this:

        Launch a product to great fanfare
        Spend a few years hyping it as ✨the future✨
        Stop answering emails and pull requests
        If you’re lucky, announce that the product is abandoned but, more likely, just forget about it.

        Open Graph Protocol (OGP) is one of those products. The value-proposition is simple.

      • Frederico BittencourtA case for Go code generation: testify

        If you’ve been using Go for a while, you’re probably familiar with the testing library stretchr/testify. It makes it easy to write tests and provides several assertion functions, such as Equal, Contains, Greater, and many more. Assertion functions behaves differently depending on the scope. For example, when called from the assert or require package. The former logs the error and continue, while the latter stops the test immediately.

        [...]

        I think the biggest trade-off here is: complexity shifted from the testify package to the client test code. Writing tests using testify is extremely simple. I’ve rarely opened their documentation after the first few times I wrote tests. Which is a unique experience compared with other test libraries. For example with JavaScript’s chai, where often I forgot the order and idiomatic ways I should write assertions.

        This is a great trait of testify. Good libraries are the ones you don’t have to think too much about them, and they just work.

        The code generation path leaves a burden for the library developer to maintain, but it might simplify the package API, which makes adoption faster. I think testify developers probably made the right call here in making this simpler for the user, even if it risks complicating the maintainability of their tool.

        After all, it’s better to have all complexity in a single place than a little complexity everywhere.

      • Jim Nielsennpm Dependency Queries and the Cross-Pollination of Ideas

        I found out about npm dependency queries by reading Pawel’s post on the subject (and following links to the RFC). It’s an intriguing idea: discover information about your project and its dependencies by querying for it with selectors informed by CSS!

      • EarthlyHow To Simplify Kubernetes Configuration Using Custom Resources And Controllers

        Kubernetes is a powerful container orchestration tool that can help you manage your microservices. Often when you have a microservice setup, each microservice requires it’s own set of configuration in the Kubernetes cluster that makes it run. The problem is, maintaining closely similar configurations for your microservices, particularly those that use similar tech stacks, can lead to repetitive code that becomes a cumbersome to maintain.

        This can be made simpler if all your microservices are managed by a single configuration template. Changes made to this configuration template are easily applied to all the microservices using it. In addition to the maintenance ease, a configuration template can also make it easier to collaborate with other developers because all your microservice configurations and setup are in one place.

      • EarthlyGolang Workspaces

        In a previous article, we wrote about how you should be using replace in go.mod files for modules local to the repository, like in a large monorepo This works because we can safely make assumptions about the organization of the checked-out directory structure. But what to do when you are working on dependant modules spread across multiple repos?

        For example, say you are working on a project that uses several Golang modules. Each will have their own go.mod and their own dependencies. Furthermore, each may have their own repository. Within your project you have a library, maybe a parser for example, that is used in several other modules in your project. You want to do some work on the parser, and then you want to also start using these updates in other modules in your project.

        Before Go version 1.18, you’d need to pull the repos locally and then edit each module’s go.mod with a replace to be able to use and test the local changes. That might look something like this:

      • uni TorontoGo’s sync.Pool has (undocumented) ‘thread’ locality

        First, let’s say the obvious thing: this sync.Pool behavior is undocumented and so may change at any time, if the Go developers feel that it should be done a different way or just if they get annoyed at people building code around it. The second thing to say is that this doesn’t mean what you want and it’s not necessarily predictable, although it’s more predictable than I initially thought.

        Go (currently) uses an M:N work stealing scheduler to multiplex goroutines on to OS threads. The scheduler has three important sorts of entities: a G is a goroutine, an M is an OS thread (a ‘machine’), and a P is a ‘processor’, which at its core is a limited resource that must be claimed by an M in order to run user-level Go code. What sync.Pool is (currently) doing in its local pools is ‘P-local pools’ (as far as I can tell).

      • Mark DominusAddenda to recent articles 202210

        I haven’t done one of these in a while. And there have been addenda. I thought hey, what if I ask Git to give me a list of commits from October that contain the word ‘Addendum’. And what do you know, that worked pretty well. So maybe addenda summaries will become a regular thing again, if I don’t forget by next month.

      • Francesco MazzoliThe essence of Reed-Solomon coding

        Let’s say we want to store some data on multiple drives, so that we can recover from drive failures.

        One obvious (and valid!) first attempt is to just store everything multiple times – usually called “mirroring”. The most common form of mirroring is to store things twice: if one drive fails, the data is still in the other.1

        Reed-Solmon coding gives us much more flexibility, allowing us to store our data over n = k + t drives, so that any t drives can fail while still not losing data.

      • Saturn Elephant – The lazy numbers in R

        My new package lazyNumbers is a port of the lazy numbers implemented in the C++ library CGAL. The lazy numbers represent the real numbers and arithmetic on these numbers is exact.

      • The giant French Olympic-size swimming pool – r.iresmi.net

        What if all private swimming pools could be merged into one 25 m width pool? OSM is not just a map, it’s a database, so ask OSM… I know that not all swimming pools are present in OSM, but it’s just an exercise and it can give us an order of magnitude or at least a minimum.

      • Use data from Wikipedia – r.iresmi.net

        Scrape and geolocate data from Wikipedia. We will map the active space launch sites.

      • Scaling Shiny Apps for Python and R: Sticky Sessions on Heroku

        Scaling Shiny apps requires load balancing with session affinity which is not a trivial matter. Read on to see how to do that on Heroku.

        Shiny for R and Python can be deployed in conventional ways, using RStudio Connect, Shiny Server Open Source, and Shinyapps.io. These hosting solutions are designed with scaling options included and are the officially recommend hosting options for Shiny apps.

      • How to use nflfastR with Google BigQuery? – rstats-tips.net

        Lately I wanted to play around with nflfastR. That’s a great package giving you access to NFL’s play-by-play data since 1999. It let’s you download all the data and store it in several different databases.

      • Use data from data.gouv.fr

        Using GIS data directly from data.gouv.fr : railways network of France.

      • A web application for forecasting in Python, R, Ruby, C#, JavaScript, PHP, Go, Rust, Java, MATLAB, etc.

        In this post, I’ll describe an (work-in-progress) Application Programming Interface (API) for time series forecasting. An API is a system that can receive requests from your computer, to carry out given tasks on given resources, and return a response. This type of system is programming-language-agnostic. That means: it can be used with Python, JavaScript, PHP, R, Go, C#, Ruby, Rust, Java, MATLAB, Julia, and any other programming language speaking http. And therefore, it could be relatively easily integrated into existing workflows for uncertainty forecasting. I’ve used the following tools for building it:

      • RlangHow do I count thee? Let me count the ways?
      • Extract POIs from a Suunto watch – r.iresmi.net

        The Suunto watches (Spartan, Suunto 9,…) can record waypoints (or POIs) but although they can be visualized in the Suunto app (or on the watch), they cannot be exported to be used with other tools. It used to be possible to access them from the Movescount website but it was discontinued a few months ago.

      • Perl / Raku

        • PerlPerl performance evolution over the last decade | Dimitrios Kechagias [blogs.perl.org]

          I was reading recently about some significant Python 3.11 performance improvements, and I was wondering whether Perl 5 still gets significant performance improvements on each version – even though it might be more mature, thus more optimized in the first place.

          I thought I’d compare the final releases of alternating versions starting with 5.12.5 released 10 years ago, using a benchmark I made for a cloud vm comparison. As is the case with any benchmark, it might not be representative of your own workloads – it benchmarks things that are relevant to me and also some things that I would avoid, but are used by many modules and are notoriously slow (mainly DateTime and Moose). However, it is more representative of “real-life”, with results that are not lost in noise, than say, PerlBench (which has a different purpose of course).

        • DEV CommunityPushing the limits – DEV Community 👩‍💻👨‍💻

          This is the second part of the “A gaze of iterators!” series.

      • Rust

        • WiredThe Rise of Rust, the ‘Viral’ Secure Programming Language That’s Taking Over Tech | WIRED

          WHETHER YOU RUN IT for a massive organization or simply own a smartphone, you’re intimately familiar with the unending stream of software updates that constantly need to be installed because of bugs and security vulnerabilities. People make mistakes, so code is inevitably going to contain mistakes—you get it. But a growing movement to write software in a language called Rust is gaining momentum because the code is goof-proof in an important way. By design, developers can’t accidentally create the most common types of exploitable security vulnerabilities when they’re coding in Rust, a distinction that could make a huge difference in the daily patch parade and ultimately the world’s baseline cybersecurity.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Manuel MatuzovicWorkshop: Deep Dive on Accessibility Testing – Manuel Matuzović

        I’ve teamed up with my friends at Smashing Magazine 😻 to share with you everything I know about web accessibility testing! In this smashing workshop we’ll talk about automatic and manual testing, screen reader basics, Single Page Applications, Dev Tools, and more.

      • Xe’s BlogXess 2: CSS variable edition

        As a hacker with too many side projects, I like to have a certain look to my websites that makes it instantly identifiable. I have a very brutalist approach to web design that makes it very easy to get things off the ground and get hacking.

        One of my longer-standing projects is a CSS framework called Xess. Xess is my go-to CSS file when I just need to throw some words on a page.

      • Austin Gil6 Steps to Improve HTML Images For Users & Developers

        On a large screen, this image would be just fine, but for users with small screen devices, a 1200px wide image means they’ll have to to download a larger image than they need. That could take longer to download and it could cost them money on their data plan.

  • Leftovers

    • Matt RickardGenerational Advantages

      My generation has unfair advantages over previous ones. I grew up in a world that went through rapid digitization—the first to have access to unlimited (and free) information.

      [...]

      Of course, it would be short-sighted and pessimistic to think future generations won’t have their own unfair advantages. Maybe the children who grew up looking at iPads and innately using touchscreen gestures will have some advantages with new technology.

    • MWL
      Eight years ago today, my first novel

      Anyway, eight years ago today my first novel came out. Immortal Clay is a critical success and a financial sinkhole. Seems that some parts of it were a bit much for people.

    • Matt RickardInformation Barbell

      Hyper-recent information is usually immediately relevant — figuring out a new trend, understanding a new development, or arbitraging the information asymmetry in another way. So who better to learn from than the people actually doing the thing?

    • Science

      • Quanta Magazine‘Monumental’ Math Proof Solves Triple Bubble Problem and More

        The decades-old Sullivan’s conjecture, about the best way to minimize the surface area of a bubble cluster, was thought to be out of reach for three bubbles and up — until a new breakthrough result.

      • Sabine HossenfelderSabine Hossenfelder: Backreaction: Quantum Winter Is Coming

        Quantum technology current attracts a lot of attention and money, which might explain why they’re missing on my end. But it’s not just governments who think quantum everything is where your taxes should go, business investors and companies are willing to putting in big money, too. This has had a dramatic impact on quantum physics research in the past decade. It’s also created a lot of hype, especially around quantum computing. But if so much of quantum computing is hype then why are companies like Google and IBM pouring so much money into it, what’ll happen when the investment bubble bursts, what’s the “quantum winter”, and what does it mean for all of us? That’s what we’ll talk about today.

        There are several different quantum technologies, and as a rule of thumb, the fewer headlines they make, the more promising they are. Take for example, quantum metrology. That’s not a mispronunciation of meteorology, that’s making better measurements with quantum effects. You basically never read anything about this. But it’s really promising and already being used by scientists to improve their own experiments. You can learn more about this in my earlier video.

    • Education

      • Bjoern Brembsbjoern.brembs.blog – Interacting learning systems at SfN22

        I just sent the poster for this year’s Society for Neuroscience meeting to the printer. As our graduate student is preparing his defense and our postdoc did not get a visa (no thanks, US!), we just have a single poster this year and I will present it myself on Monday, November 14, 2022, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, on poster board WW53.

    • Security

      • Unattended Upgrades Debian – Patryk’s blog

        Feels like since forever have I been using unattended-upgrades package to automate the Security upgrades on my various Debian Stable based machines.

      • ACMCan We Secure Cryptography Against Quantum Attacks? [Ed: Hyping up "Crypto"; make keys longer, be done with it; it's not like encryption that works isn't possible]

        While a useful quantum computer is still under development, it already is known that when adversaries will start to use it, today’s public-key cryptography will be broken. To protect digital information and services against attacks with a quantum computer, a new type of cryptography is needed: post-quantum cryptography.

        The 9th Heidelberg Laureate Forum organized a panel discussion on post-quantum cryptography that included three Turing Award recipients: Adi Shamir (the S in RSA), Whitfield Diffie (of the Diffie-Hellman key exchange protocol), and Vint Cerf (co-developer of the TCP/IP Internet protocol suite). They were accompanied by two research scientists at IBM Research Europe in Zürich, Switzerland, from a younger generation: Vadim Lyubashevsky and Gregor Seiler, who contributed to the design and implementation of some of the cryptographic schemes selected by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in July 2022 as upcoming standards for public-key encryption and digital signatures.

      • NVISO LabsNVISO EXCELS IN MITRE ATT-CK® MANAGED SERVICES EVALUATION – NVISO Labs [Ed: Bogus badges and vanity NFTs?]

        As one of the only EU-based Cyber Security companies, NVISO successfully participated in a first-of-its-kind, MITRE-led, evaluation of Managed Security Services (MSS).

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Ruben SchadeRubenerd: An app to not be run over

          A large American automaker published a press release discussing a proposed new mobile app designed to make roads safer.

          [...]

          The popular press have been vague on how this would work, and there are plenty of confused people on threads about the topic. But it’s clear from the PR that the car company intends for this to be a smartphone app that would communicate over Bluetooth Low Energy to vehicle “infotainment” systems.

          Infotainment has to be among the most obnoxious new words we use, right up there with zine, sheeple, and utilise.

          It sounds dystopian on its surface, and I was tempted to leave it at that grim observation! But the more I peeled back the idea, the more nonsensical it became. Let’s take a drive.

        • ACMNon-cooperative wi-fi localization & its privacy implications

          We present Wi-Peep – a new location-revealing privacy attack on non-cooperative Wi-Fi devices. Wi-Peep exploits loopholes in the 802.11 protocol to elicit responses from Wi-Fi devices on a network that we do not have access to. It then uses a novel time-of-flight measurement scheme to locate these devices. Wi-Peep works without any hardware or software modifications on target devices and without requiring access to the physical space that they are deployed in. Therefore, a pedestrian or a drone that carries a Wi-Peep device can estimate the location of every Wi-Fi device in a building. Our Wi-Peep design costs $20 and weighs less than 10 g. We deploy it on a lightweight drone and show that a drone flying over a house can estimate the location of Wi-Fi devices across multiple floors to meter-level accuracy. Finally, we investigate different mitigation techniques to secure future Wi-Fi devices against such attacks.

        • Franz DillCutting Back on Alexa AI?

          As reported by The Wall Street Journal, Amazon is aiming to cut costs by slimming down some of its less profitable departments. The big one is Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant software. Despite Alexa’s existence inside millions of Echo devices and other smart speakers around the world, the business of building, supporting, and licensing a voice assistant platform has apparently been less profitable than Amazon hoped. (According to WSJ, the Alexa business has been operating at a $5 billion-per-year loss.)

        • VideoSignal Is Losing Its Way – Invidious

          This week in Business News, Tesla will be rolling out Zoom calls in the car, YouTube keeps pushing shorts in the worst of places, and Microsoft has new tests going on in the developer previews. Also, Signal is starting to lose its way. We also go to SillyVille.

        • Stacey on IoTWhy aren’t there any Matter smoke alarms? [Ed: Smoke alarms should not be connected. Keep is simple, functional, and energy-efficient]

          On a recent Internet of Things Podcast episode, we took a question on our Voicemail hotline from Sam. Given all of the recent Matter news, Sam is wondering if there are any smoke detectors that support Matter right now. It’s a good question because some people aren’t clear about what the first device types will support.

          Unfortunately, smoke and carbon dioxide detectors aren’t in the first bunch of supported device types. That’s not likely to change for quite a while either.

    • Environment

    • Finance

      • Michael West MediaThe new clean, transparent Teal politics (you still gotta bring your money) – Michael West

        They’re in the money. Who? The Teal MPs who represent Australia’s wealthiest electorates, of course, writes Mark Sawyer.

      • Michael West MediaA Perfect Slime: Scott Morrison’s slippery Sports Rorts report just the fix for Bridget McKenzie – Michael West

        It’s a Sports Rorts whitewash. Scott Morrison’s former chief-of-staff and top bureaucrat Philip Gaetjens fortuitously found “no evidence” of pork barrelling by Senator Bridget McKenzie. Rex Patrick on how disappearing documents and political double-speak converged for an artful cover-up.

        Very few people knew about prime minister Scott Morrison’s ‘Governance Committee of Cabinet’. It was almost as secret as his multiple ministerial appointments.

        Its role was stated to “provide advice and oversight of governance and integrity issues, which include, but are not limited to, the Statement of Ministerial Standards and issues arising from the Lobbyist Code”.

      • Michael West MediaBanks rake in $29 billion profit bonanza as rates on mortgages outpace rates on savings – Michael West

        The big four Aussie banks have posted a $29 billion profit, a 10% increase over last year, with more to come as interest rates rise, reports Callum Foote.

        It was a massive week for Australia’s banks. With Westpac’s profit result posted on Wednesday morning, the picture of the big four banks’ dazzling profitability is complete. Money-printing from Covid stimulus, as well as rising interest rates, are helping massively too.

        Together, the big four have posted record profits, totalling $29 billion for the year ending September 2022.

        Commonwealth Bank makes up a third at $10 billion. ANZ and NAB posted $7 billion each with Westpac recording a $6 billion profit.

      • Michael West MediaThe Usual Suspects: tax office dump lays bare Australia’s biggest tax dodgers – Michael West

        It’s the fossil fuel corporations again, the usual suspects, paying no income tax despite billions in income. For yet another year: Exxon nought, Shell nought, Ampol, BP and APLNG nought, and Chevron putting them all to shame with the $30 in income tax paid on its $9bn in revenues.

        The annual Tax Office transparency report found around half of mining and energy stocks pay zero income tax. The thing to watch with these figures is the timing. This is last year’s data and does not capture the huge spike in coal and gas prices earlier this year from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. And therefore the huge spike in foreign corporate profits being made at the expense of Australian energy consumers.

        How do they do it? Multinational coal and gas companies exploit the failed PRRT oil and gas tax by wiping out tax obligations on profits with losses on their newer exploration projects, they also “debt-load” aggressively, that is write loans from their Australian entities to their offshore companies and the interest on these loans flows offshore thereby wiping out the tax bill.

      • Matt RickardOn FTX

        A collection of some thoughts on the FTX meltdown over the last few days.

        [...]

        FTX did not have a board of directors. I’m all for founders having the freedom to follow their vision, but the most successful leaders surround themselves with even smarter people who challenge them.

        Regulation matters. FTX was headquartered in the Bahamas, and Alameda Research is in Hong Kong. FTX.us is a US-based exchange, which is much smaller.

        The relationship between FTX and Alameda Research seems like it crossed the line. Having both an exchange and a market-maker business (more like a hedge fund) can quickly get you in trouble if you aren’t careful.

        When everything looks good, it’s easy to gloss over specifics. So you have to do deep research no matter what. FTX had raised from top venture capital firms – Sequoia, Race, Ribbit, and Softbank.

      • Michael West MediaLifters and leaners: energy giants and Rupert bludging on tax again, big banks and miners pay their dues – Michael West

        The schism between the lifters and leaners in corporate Australia has deepened. BHP, Rio and the banks are tipping in massive tax while tax paid by fossil fuel giants remains paltry, abjectly failing to merit a social licence to operate in Australia. Callum Foote peruses the latest tax data.

        It’s the usual mob, the leaners that is, again. Foreign gas giants and petrol corporations, Rupert Murdoch’s News Australia Holdings, LendLease, Qantas, the financial engineers from Brookfield, real estate stapled trusts and infrastructure securities such as Sydney Airport, Transurban and Mirvac (their members are supposed to pay the tax). Zip.

      • Michael West MediaJoyce won’t stop jesting, but can Albo and the public avoid being dacksed again? – Michael West

        Taxpayers didn’t rate a mention at the Flying Kangaroo’s AGM on Friday. But as the excuses for poor performance pile up, the airline is planning to play on our patriotism and better judgment in its push to thwart competitors, writes Michael Sainsbury.

        Prime Minister Anthony Albanese had his pants pulled down well and truly by Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce when the Irish-Australian blindsided him by grounding the airline’s fleet in 2011, when the now PM was transport minister. Albanese was told nothing until after the grounding order was given. He and Prime Minister Julia Gillard were furious.

        Now, Joyce is trying to do it again as Qantas battles a bid by Qatar Airways to double its flights into Australia, which it lodged last week barely a year after Qantas pocketed the last of about $2 billion in taxpayer subsidies. Airfares both domestically and internationally are soaring and is now the main source of complaints about the company on social media.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Michael West MediaPerrottet backflip another boon for pokies in Rum Rebellion reprise – Michael West

        The Crime Commission report found rampant money-laundering in pubs and clubs, yet just days later NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet caves in on his pokies reform. Is NSW reprising the Rum Rebellion? Michael West reports.

        Just to get this right … the NSW government has shelved laws to regulate the pokies and done them a favour instead? Instead of a cashless pokies card to combat money-launderers and addicted gamblers, as was proposed by Premier Dominic Perrottet, they’ve canned that idea now and gone with facial recognition technology, just what the pokies lobby ordered. No reform, just a straight “next drinks!”

        The clubs pokies lobby ClubsNSW did not only get what it didn’t want – cashless pokies – they got what they did want too – facial recognition – technology that will allow them to track their problem gamblers even more closely.

      • Dhole MomentsContemplating the Future

        As everyone knows, Elon Musk is now running Twitter directly into the ground. Who knows? Maybe he needed some inspiration for the Boring Company.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Michael West MediaChildren, go where we send you – Michael West

        Thursday began with reports of wayward lions and never-ending lines of parents wanting to put their kid into childcare. The latter story isn’t quite as eye-catching but more far-reaching for the nation.

        ”Childcare operators say they are struggling to fill vacancies,” an ABC report warned. ”The government says its new subsidies will allow 37,000 parents to work full-time. But the sector says there are not enough workers to support that.”

        So it’s a fairly familiar saga. Parents can’t get places and are threatened with fee rises. Childcare operators, unable to find or keep staff, want wage subsidies. The fresh aspect is the hope that the Albanese government’s industrial relations changes will drive up the low wages and help fill the 7000 vacancies in the sector.

    • Monopolies

      • CoryDoctorowThe good news is that Penguin Random House can’t buy all the other publishers

        The whole health supply chain is monopolized, except for the patients at one end (paying higher prices for worse care) and the health care workers at the other end (getting paid less to work under worse conditions). The giants that run the industry may fight one another over how to divide the pie, but they all agree that we should get crumbs.

      • ACMAmazon Launches Warehouse Robot That Can Do Human Jobs [Ed: Amazon does not "create jobs" but steals jobs and then hands them over to non-jobs]

        Amazon has rolled out a new warehouse robot in order to automate more jobs as the company seeks to reduce logistics costs.

        The company said the Sparrow robotic arm is the first robot that can “detect, select, and handle individual products in our inventory,” jobs once performed only by warehouse employees.

        The robotic arm identifies and picks up small objects with the help of computer vision technology and suction cups.

        Amazon, which has developed 700 new robotics-related job “categories,” said Sparrow will “benefit” employees by allowing them to focus more on less-repetitive warehouse tasks.

      • WiredHurricane Ian Destroyed Their Homes. Algorithms Sent Them Money

        WHEN Hurricane Ian churned over Florida in late September, it left a trail of destruction from high winds and flooding. But a week after the storm passed, some people in three of the worst-hit counties saw an unexpected beacon of hope.

        Nearly 3,500 residents of Collier, Charlotte, and Lee Counties received a push notification on their smartphones offering $700 cash assistance, no questions asked. A Google algorithm deployed in partnership with nonprofit GiveDirectly had estimated from satellite images that those people lived in badly damaged neighborhoods and needed some help.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • In Memoriam: Unus Annus

        Every once in a while, something truly once in a lifetime comes along and you find yourself witness to an event that will never happen again. Unus Annus was one of those events for me, but even that is understating just how much it changed me.

        For those who don’t know, and for those fortunate enough to only need a reminder, Unus Annus was a YouTube channel and collaborative experiment created by Mark Fischbach and Ethan Nester, better known by the handles Markiplier and CrankGameplays. On November 13th, 2019 the channel was created with the ultimatum that it would only exist for exactly one year. The goal was that Unus Annus would be a truly once in a lifetime experience. Videos on the internet are immortalized forever, near-permanently available to rewatch over and over again. The automatic and easily accessed archival of online experiences means that very few things can ever truly give the experience of witnessing something that happens only once.

      • Five (Very Bad) Cybernetic Poems

        These Five Poems In English are generated from my app “Cybernetic Poet” written in FreeBASIC based of a database of old poems of mine…

      • 🔤SpellBinding: CDENOSY Wordo: DOUBT
    • Technical

      • Science

        • BBCHow to store data for 1,000 years – BBC Future

          Most current data storage systems eventually stop working. But there are alternatives on the horizon.

        • Jeff GeerlingExploring a 1 MW FM Radio Tower with my Dad

          I asked him about how the audio gets routed through the transmitter site, how HD (digital) and analog signals are mixed, how that’s all routed a giant combiner room with 9″ solid coaxial cables, then delivered through NO2 pressurized lines up to the antenna system 1115 ft (340 m) up in the air.

          There’s a lot of fascinating little details you might not think about when you see one of these masts sticking up into the sky, including support, grounding, cable management, transmitter cooling (including a rare sighting of a water-cooled FM transmitter!), and backup power.

        • The Washington PostDan O’Dowd is the rich tech CEO spending millions to stop Elon Musk – The Washington Post

          Dan O’Dowd says Tesla’s ‘Full Self Driving’ software shouldn’t be on the road. He’ll keep running over test dummies until someone listens.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Internationalizing Zond

          My capsule generator, Zond, hasn’t seen a lot of new features lately because it’s been pretty feature complete, at least for my own usage. I have been keeping on top of tracking newer versions of it’s dependencies as they come out. I also periodically run `clippy` as new versions of the compiler come out to check it against all of the latest lints, which over time tends to accumulate a number of changes making the code more idiomatic. But other than that it hasn’t really changed much and has just been a rock solid boring tool for me.

          [...]

          In looking at Fluent I do think that it is a better designed system. In particular, it allows one to place variables into your string translations, so any portion of a string which is going to remain static accross all languages can be placed into the correct grammatical position accross all languages. However, there is a lot to be said for inertia in software, and if I’m going to go through the work to make Zond i18n capable then I want to also make it as easy as possible on potential translators. Gettext has been a standard for such a long time and has great tools that have grown up around it’s use such as Poedit. So ultimately that’s what I went with.

      • Programming

        • Another Smol Journal: Forty years a programmer

          Forty years of programming, or thereabouts — 1982 is probably about right, as the start of my programming years.

          Early on, it was Forth and Pascal and Basic and Modula-2 and assembler (which I have yet to write much of, but got so I could read it anyways – 6502, z80, 68000).

          Then there was C. Then there was Lisp and Prolog and then Perl and then ABC and then Python and Lisp and Prolog some more. And always Forth, through these times.

          And J. And I got stuck on J. J is hard. I’m still stuck, although now I’m stuck in dyalog apl, which is a very sweet dev environment that I am a complete newbie in. I seem to be unable to program with arrays; I need records (aka structs), it seems. Still trying to crack this nut. I remember seeing an APL machine in around 1982 or so, it was basically a laptop, from Japan (iirc). I’ve wanted to grok (and use) APL ever since. I believe that there’s a major “aha” moment I have yet to have about doing modern enterprise class computing (cf: codd’s relational model of data) using APL. There’s a secret sauce, and I’m pretty sure I’ve read about it, but I still haven’t quite got it.


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

Microsoft is Laying Off Contractors, Not Only Full-Time Staff (the Ones Counted or Mentioned by Microsoft)

Posted in Deception, Microsoft at 4:36 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

This weekend:

Microsoft is Laying Off Contractors

Summary: The media hasn’t been doing its job; it parroted what Microsoft had said, not counting temps and contractors at Microsoft (the real number of layoffs at Microsoft is vastly higher than publicly stated, as usual)

IRC Proceedings: Saturday, November 12, 2022

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Links 12/11/2022: Nat Friedman-Linked FTX Collapses

Posted in News Roundup at 12:26 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • Ubuntu PitKodi: The Best Way to Organize and Enjoy Your Media Library

        Kodi is a powerful open-source, cross-platform application that can turn any computer into an amazing home theater system. It offers a variety of options to make it work perfectly with your big-screen TV and hi-fi audio system.

        Kodi transforms your entertainment experience by organizing and playing streaming media – like videos, podcasts, and music – from the web and local/network storage.

        This software provides a fluid user interface that can be extended with a wide range of add-ons to increase functionality and capability. Kodi can play all types of music files, including MP3, FLAC, WAV, WMA, and OGG. It is also able to play all video collections in various formats such as AVI, MP4, DivX, XviD DVD-Video, and MKV.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Make Use OfHow to Install the KDE Plasma Desktop on Linux Mint

        Linux Mint offers three different editions of the operating system, namely Cinnamon, XFCE, and MATE. A quick glance at the Linux Mint website shows that there’s no official KDE Plasma-based flavor available for you to download.

        KDE Plasma offers endless customization options, and the best part about using Linux is that you can mix and match desktops and distributions to build an operating system you can proudly call yours. Here’s how to replace the default desktop and install KDE Plasma on Linux Mint.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Discord on Fedora 37/36/35

        Discord is a free voice, video, and text chat app used by millions of people ages 13+ to talk and hang out with their communities and friends. Users communicate with voice calls, video calls, text messaging, media, and files in private chats or as part of communities called “servers.” Discord is available on Windows, macOS, and Linux Distros. Fedora is one of the many Linux Distros that Discord is compatible with; the only downside is that a natural RPM download is unavailable, leaving most to install the client using third-party repositories.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Discord on Fedora 37/36/35 desktop using two different methods with RPM Fusion or the natively installed flatpak manager and using the Flathub repo, which, given Discord’s popularity, will always have the most up-to-date binary.

      • H2S MediaHow to manually install Nginx on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – Linux Shout

        In this tutorial, we learn the simple commands to install Nginx on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy JelyFish LTS Linux using the command terminal.

        Apart from using as a Web server, it is also used as a proxy, cache, and load-balancing server. To install it, you just need a Linux server such as Ubuntu 22.04 and sudo user rights along with the Internet connection.

      • DebugPointHow to Upgrade to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS From Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

        Here are the complete steps and precautions you need to take before upgrading to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS from Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

        Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish releases on April 21, 2022. I recommend you wait for a month or two after April 21st to upgrade. Ideally, it would be best if you plan to Upgrade to any major release after the first point release.

        But if you are in a hurry or want to experience the stunning changes and features that Ubuntu 22.04 brings to the table, then read below the steps required for a flawless upgrade process.

    • Games

      • Game RantSteamOS 3.4 Beta Updates Linux Version, Improves Performance and Stability

        Valve has just released an all-new beta build of software for the Steam Deck as part of the SteamOS 3.4 preview suite. Deck users who are subscribed to the beta update track have been able to enjoy a wide variety of crucial improvements and feature additions ahead of those sticking with stable SteamOS versions, and the latest new update may be one of the most important ones yet.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • WebVTT support, CSS and more | Subtitle Composer

          I’m happy to announce that the support for WebVTT format and all the nice features that it brings is finished.

          Along with reading and writing of WebVTT subtitles, Subtitle Composer can now fully understand CSS – Cascading Style Sheets, subtitle positions and alignment.

          A new panel has been added that allows syntax-higlighted CSS editing and subtitle position/alignment adjustment. Of course all edits are visible everywhere in app in realtime.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • CubicleNateNsCDE | Not So Common Desktop Environment on openSUSE – CubicleNate’s Techpad

        One of the aspects that first attracted me to Linux was the choice in desktop environments. What I specifically thought was great when I made the switch to Linux from Windows was the KDE option at the time. I could shape and mold it to what I wanted my desktop to be, something I had never experienced quite like that before.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • 9to5LinuxRed Hat Enterprise Linux 8.7 Is Officially Out with New Capabilities and System Roles

        Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.7 is here six months after Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.6 and introduces new capabilities like the ability to view and manage system-wide crypto policies for consistency and reduction of risk, support for editing custom firewall services, as well as to label and encrypt data in sosreports.

        This release also improves the kernel live patching workflow by allowing you to install only kpatch updates in the web console, and makes it possible to download the Red Hat Enterprise Linux installation media when you try to create a new virtual machine in the web console.

    • Debian Family

      • [Old] Firmware and Debian

        There has been a flurry of activity on the Debian mailing lists ever since Steve McIntyre raised the issue of including non-free firmware as part of official Debian installation images.

        Firstly I should point out that I am in complete agreement with Steve’s proposal to include non-free firmware as part of an installation image. Likewise I think that we should have a separate archive section for firmware. Because without doing so it will soon become almost impossible to install onto any new hardware. However, as always the issue is more nuanced than a first glance would suggest.

        Lets start by defining what is firmware?

      • About Debian Brasil at Latinoware 2022 — Debian Brasil

        From November 2nd to 4th, 2022, the 19th edition of Latinoware – Latin American Congress of Free Software and Open Technologies took place in Foz do Iguaçu. After 2 years happening online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was back in person and we felt Debian Brasil community should be there. Out last time at Latinoware was in 2016

        The Latinoware organization provided the Debian Brazil community with a booth so that we could have contact with people visiting the open exhibition area and thus publicize the Debian project. During the 3 days of the event, the booth was organized by me (Paulo Henrique Santana) as Debian Developer, and by Leonardo Rodrigues as Debian contributor. Unfortunately Daniel Lenharo had an issue and could not travel to Foz do Iguaçu (we miss you there!).

      • KDE Network Brazil – Latinoware 2022 – rabbiticTranslator

        From 01/11 until 05/11, I went from São Paulo to Foz do Iguaçu in Paraná to tend to the KDE booth at the biggest free software event of Latin America, Latinoware 2022, together with two great people who have been attending Latinoware for years, Pedro and Barbara, and who have been contributing to KDE longer than I am.

        Immediately after arriving at the hotel close to the midnight of 01/11, I got a heartwarming greeting from other event participants who would present talks over the next few days. I did my check-in afterwards and went to my bedroom, where I just dozed off.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Linux GizmosCeleron based Mini PC features triple 2.5 GbE ports

        The Partaker J6412 is a Mini PC based on the 2.6 GHz Celeron processor along with Intel UHD graphics. This product offers triple 2.5GbE ports, triple display interfaces, an M.2 2280 socket, etc. Moreover, the device is offered as barebones or it can be configured with up to 16GB DDR4 and 512GB SSD.

      • SparkFun ElectronicsMeasuring Height with Atmospheric Pressure

        We’re always under pressure from the atmosphere around us, even if we forget! Using the Qwiic MicroPressureSensor as the cornerstone of her project, Mariah built a tool that can measure height using atmospheric pressure readings. You’ll even get a look at the software she used as well! Check it out below, and think about what projects you might want to do with measuring pressure.

      • SparkFun ElectronicsSTEM Week!
      • SparkFun ElectronicsCustom Kits at SparkFun
      • SparkFun ElectronicsAir Quality is the Best Policy – News – SparkFun Electronics

        Hello and welcome back to another Friday Product Post here at SparkFun Electronics! This week, we have a handful of new products to show off and it all starts with the new ENS160 Indoor Air Quality Sensor! This Qwiic-enabled breakout consists of four independent heaters and gas sensor elements based on metal oxide (MOX) technology and a controller. Following that, we have two new products from SparkX, a GNSS Antenna Splitter and a Qwiic Micro Dynamic NFC/RFID Tag. Let’s jump in and take a closer look at this week’s new products!

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Events

      • Niall MurphyReflections on SRECon EMEA 2022

        Though I’ve been involved with SRECon EMEA many times before, this time was unique for two reasons: firstly and most importantly, we hadn’t been physically together since late 2019, and secondly, I was program co-chair (alongside Daria Barteneva) – a new experience for me. With the freshness of the experience still in mind, I thought it was the perfect moment to write up my reflections.

    • Programming/Development

      • Sentinel

        Today no cartography in R but in QGIS. However the satellite image processing has been made with the {sen2R} package.

        We emulate infrared photography with a combination of the 8, 4 and 3 bands from the Sentinel-2 satellites, aimed at Termignon in the Vanoise National Park.

      • Collecting and Analyzing Mastodon Data

        It has been a wild view days on Twitter after Elon Musk took over. The future of the platform is unclear and many users are looking for alternatives, a popular one being mastodon. I also decided to give it a try and signed up. I quite quickly became interested in its API and realized that there is only a seemingly unmaintained R package on github. So I decided to write a new one. Fast forward a week(!!!!) and the package rtoot was accepted by CRAN.

      • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

        • why does zsh start so slowly?

          I’m serious about shell startup speed. I use tmux to open and close tmux splits all day every day, so I need zsh to start quickly. I used to use frameworks like oh-my-zsh or prezto and while I was happy with the functionality they provided I wasn’t happy with their impact on my shell’s startup speed. So, what do we do about it? The first step when something feels slow is to validate that it is slow; we need to profile!

      • Java

        • OpenSource.comUse a hashmap in Java | Opensource.com

          In the Java programming language, a hashmap is a list of associated values. Java uses hashmaps to store data. If you keep a lot of structured data, it’s useful to know the various retrieval methods available.

  • Leftovers

    • New YorkerThe Polymath Film Composer Known as “the Third Coen Brother” | The New Yorker

      In May, the composer Carter Burwell flew to London to record his score for Martin McDonagh’s new movie, “The Banshees of Inisherin.” The sessions took place in Studio Two at Abbey Road—the Beatles’ old studio. The ensemble consisted of six violins, four violas, three cellos, two double-basses, a flute, a clarinet, and a harp. Burwell, who is sixty-seven, stood on a low platform and opened an annotated copy of the music on a large stand in front of him. He has wavy gray hair and a soul patch the size of a blob of shaving cream, and he was wearing jeans and an untucked collared shirt with a flower print. “For some reason, there’s a magnet and a nail on my music stand,” he told the group. “I hope I don’t have to use them.”

      “Banshees” is set on a small island off the Irish mainland in 1923. Early in the film, Colm Doherty, a fiddler, played by Brendan Gleeson, tells his longtime best friend, Pádraic Súilleabháin, played by Colin Farrell, that he no longer wants anything to do with him, because he’s so boring.

    • Counter PunchLanguage, Denaturing, and the Jaguar’s Gaze
    • Counter PunchConcrete Compassion
    • Education

    • Hardware

      • HackadayWelcome Back, Supercon!

        The last two Novembers, Hackaday’s annual gathering was held in remote mode: Remoticon instead of Supercon. While still recovering from jetlag, I’m reflecting on the pros and cons of live versus virtual events. And wondering how we can combine the virtues of both for next year. Come brainstorm with me!

      • HackadayA Muppet On A Tricycle

        [Donald Bell] wanted to recreate the magic of seeing Kermit on a tricycle from a 2018 NY Maker Faire he attended, so he created his own take of a Muppet on a Radio Flyer kids tricycle bike.

      • HackadayBicycle Inner Tube Becomes Rugged Pencil Case

        If you’re a cyclist that lives in an area with poorly-maintained infrastructure, you’ll likely have plenty of punctured inner tubes begging for reuse. Consider crafting them into a rugged, hard-wearing pencil case with this design from [Yorkshire Lass].

      • HackadayBringing Up An Old Motherboard Is A Delicate Process

        If you were around for the early days of the personal computer revolution, you’ll no doubt recall the excitement every time IBM announced a new version of its beige boxes. For a lot of us, the excitement was purely vicarious, for despite the “personal” moniker, mere mortals could rarely afford a branded IBM machine. But it was still cool to keep track of the latest releases, and dream of the days when cheap clones would make it possible to play.

      • HackadayProtect Your Property With This Fire-Breathing Billionaire

        Let’s face it: if you can’t trust a fire-breathing billionaire industrialist to protect your stuff, who can you trust? (Video, embedded below.)

      • HackadayDIY Streamdeck Helps You Professionalize Your Twitch Show

        The one thing that separates the pros on Twitch from the dilettantes is the production values. It’s all about the smooth transitions, and you’ll never catch the big names fiddling with dodgy software mid-stream. The key to achieving this is by having a streamdeck to help control your setup, like this straightforward design from [Electronoobs]. (Video, embedded below.)

      • HackadayA Private View Of A Public Transport Sign

        [Stefan Schüller] was a fan of the LED signs that display arrival information for the trams and buses in their city of Zürich. [Stefan] was having trouble finding a source to purchase the signs so, instead, decided to build one himself.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Proprietary

      • India TimesMerely adopting cloud computing or technology does not make you digitally transformed: Innover’s Rakesh Prasad

        The buzz around digital transformation strengthened after the pandemic, and companies rushed to change the way they did business. From customer service to supply chains, every aspect of business felt the need to be digitally sound. But what constitutes digital transformation, what impact can it have on supply chains, and how does one implement it? In a conversation with ET Digital, Rakesh Prasad, Senior Vice-President – Digital Services, Innover, talks about the need for clarity, what digital transformation can achieve and the trends to watch out for. Edited excerpts: [...]

      • The HillBig Tech purge may be good for US and the world [iophk: Windows TCO]

        This may be a seminal moment for the country as social, economic and security concerns are being examined under new lenses.

        Policymakers can be deliberate rather than diffident when addressing the full range of tech policy issues. Their erstwhile deference to industry dictates can now be reviewed and reversed.

        Taken together, these developments are all good, not only for Americans but also for the world. They allow the industry to retool for today’s economic realities — and to recalibrate their C-suite leadership for tomorrow’s workforce.

    • Pseudo-Open Source

      • Openwashing

        • GoogleGoogle funds open source silicon manufacturing shuttles for GlobalFoundries PDK

          Those shuttles will leverage the existing OpenMPW shuttle infrastructure based on the OpenLane automated design flow with the same Caravel harness and the Efabless platform for project submissions.

        • GoogleGet ready for Google Summer of Code 2023! | Google Open Source Blog

          We are thrilled to announce the 2023 Google Summer of Code (GSoC) program and share the timeline with you to get involved! 2023 will be our 19th consecutive year of hosting GSoC and we could not be more excited to welcome more organizations, mentors, and new contributors into the program.

          With just three weeks left in the 2022 program, we had an exciting year with 958 GSoC contributors completing their projects with 198 open source organizations.

    • Security

      • IT WireGovt announces 100-strong force to hunt down online attackers [Ed: Windows TCO]

        A 100-person strong task force, formed jointly by the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Signals Directorate, will be given the job of hunting down those who commit crimes online.

        Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil and Federal Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus made the announcement jointly on Saturday, a day after the AFP commissioner Reece Kershaw claimed that those behind the ransomware attack on medical insurance provider Medibank Group were based in Russia. Ransomware generally attacks only systems running Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

        O’Neil, who is also responsible for online security, said: “This is the formalisation of a partnership, a standing body in the Australian Government, which will day in, day out, hunt down the scumbags who are responsible for these malicious crimes against innocent people.

        “Around 100 officers across these two organisations will be a part of this permanent Joint Standing Operation. They will show up to work every day with the goal of bringing down these gangs and thugs.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Patrick BreyerEU lawmakers and civil society call on Member States for a strong ban on biometric mass surveillance as the negotiations on the AI Act come to a close

          Yesterday, several EU parliament negotiators on the AI Act from Socialists and Democrats, Greens/EFA, Renew and The Left groups gathered in the European Parliament to discuss how far the AI Act should go in banning Biometric Mass Surveillance in Europa. They were joined by 20 NGOs coming from all over the EU, representing a “Reclaim Your Face” coalition of 76 NGOs in favour of a strong ban.

          The event, co-hosted by a cross-group coalition of 10 Members of the European Parliament, including co-Rapporteur Brando Benifei, ended with several commitments not to agree to an AI Act trilogue agreement which doesn’t include a ban on BMS. The speakers covered different areas which they argued ought to be in the scope of the ban: remote biometric recognition – whether for law enforcement or border control purposes – but also emotion and gender categorisation, polygraphs, behavioural analysis and crowd control. The impact of biometric mass surveillance on democracy, on fundamental rights such as the freedom of expression, and specific communities such as people on the move was highlighted. All speakers concurred about the need to ban the practise, and that this ban should take a strict and ambitious form.

        • Stacey on IoTIoT news of the week for Nov. 11, 2022 [Ed: Listening devices = espionage, not business.]

          Brace yourselves, Alexa owners. Amazon is looking at cost-cutting, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, and Alexa looks like a target. The WSJ reports that the business unit has a reported loss of $5 billion a year.

        • ScheerpostSecrets of an AT&T Scandal

          By David Rosen / CounterPunch On October 14th, AT&T’s Illinois subsidiary agreed to pay a $23 million fine to resolve a federal criminal investigation into alleged misconduct involving the company’s efforts to unlawfully influence former Illinois Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan. Madigan was a very influential political player.  The Justice Department notes that, in addition […]

    • Defence/Aggression

      • New ScientistUK will use GPS fingerprint scanner to track people facing deportation

        The UK began using GPS-enabled ankle tags to track adult foreign-national offenders who are subject to deportation orders in August 2021. People in this position, also known as immigration bail, aren’t UK citizens and have committed a crime that resulted in a custodial sentence of more than 12 months or are considered to be “persistent offenders”. According to the most recent data, as of 30 September, 2146 people were being monitored in this way.

        The new devices, which resemble a large key fob and are produced by Buddi, will be given to people on immigration bail soon, the Home Office has confirmed. They will track an individual’s location 24 hours a day. Lucie Audibert at Privacy International says the charity understands that the devices will be rolled out this autumn.

      • Rolling StoneThe MAGA Election Takeover Is Happening One County at a Time

        This story is based on a year’s worth of election board meetings, conversations with citizens of Spalding County on all sides of the political spectrum, and more than 3,500 of pages of mostly duplicative internal emails obtained by Rolling Stone under public records laws. The Republican officials taking over administration of Spalding’s election board largely declined to speak with Rolling Stone. In internal communications, they’ve argued their ultimate goal is to reform a faulty election system to prevent future mishaps. To their critics, it’s something far more sinister.

        The story of Spalding County isn’t just the story of Spalding County. It’s the story of the takeover of America’s election system and, by extension, its democracy. All over the country, a Republican party obsessed with phantom election fraud is taking control of local election administration, putting people in charge of elections who are — at a minimum — skeptical that an election can be free or fair if their side didn’t win. The scariest chapters of this story are ahead: In 2020, Trump’s push to overturn the election was stalled by a handful of brave people at all levels of American government. But 2024 is upon us, and if Trump tries again, it’s unclear how many of those people will be left.

        In Spalding, what began in a dumpster continued with pro-Trump zealots and conspiracy theorists overseeing elections in Spalding County. Now, they have been subpoenaed for their involvement in trying to commit a possible election crime.

      • The Telegraph UKTen-point migration plan to end ‘Hotel Britain’

        At least eight councils have taken or are considering legal action to block the use of hotels, of which there are now thought to be about 200 funded by the Home Office, to house as many as 37,000 migrants.

      • ScheerpostPatrick Lawrence: Why Are the Russians Retreating in Ukraine?

        The most opaque war in my lifetime and probably yours, the war we can hardly see because the reporting is so bad, just took an unexpected turn. There must be someone somewhere who anticipated the retreat of Russian forces from Kherson, the key Ukrainian city along the southern […]

      • Scheerpost‘UK Executive is Wining and Dining with People Plotting the Assassination of My Husband’

        Declassified sits down with Stella Assange, the wife of the WikiLeaks founder, to talk about how he’s holding up in his fourth year inside Belmarsh prison—and how his case threatens the very core of freedom itself.

      • MeduzaYaroslav Yanushevych, head of the regional military administration, enters Kherson — Meduza

        Head of the regional military administration, Yaroslav Yanushevych, arrived for the liberation of Kherson, reports Kyrylo Tymoshenko, adviser to the President of Ukraine.

      • MeduzaRussia names Henichesk temporary capital of annexed Kherson region — Meduza

        Henichesk will be the temporary administrative capital of the occupied part of the Kherson region, following the withdrawal of Russian troops from Kherson.

      • MeduzaKremlin-installed administration evacuates Kakhovka — Meduza

        Members of the Russian-appointed administration in the annexed Kakhovka area of the Kherson region are leaving a 15-kilometer (around 9-mile) zone on the left bank of the Dnipro River.

      • MeduzaKyiv refuses to freeze conflict with Moscow — Meduza

        Ukraine does not intend to freeze hostilities at the front following the liberation of Kherson, said Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the Ukrainian National Defense and Security Council, live on air during a national television marathon.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | How Serious Is the Authoritarian Threat in the US? What Can We Do About It?

        The following is the text of the keynote address delivered to the conference on Anti-Fascism in the 21st Century, held at Hofstra University on November 2 and 3.

      • Common DreamsTrump Sues House Jan. 6 Panel to Avoid Testifying

        Less than a month after he expressed eagerness to provide testimony on live television, former President Donald Trump sued the House January 6 panel to block a subpoena ordering him to testify.

        In a lawsuit filed Friday night in the Southern District of Florida, Trump’s legal team argues that while ex-presidents have voluntarily agreed to cooperate with congressional subpoenas in the past, “no president or former president has ever been compelled to do so.”

      • The Gray ZoneTop Zelensky advisor threatens war with Iran
    • Environment

      • Common Dreams‘Not Yet Defeated’: 1,000+ March for Climate Justice at COP27

        Hundreds of people rallied Saturday at the United Nations COP27 summit in Egypt to demand the fundamental political-economic transformations required to achieve climate justice.

        “There can be no climate justice without human rights,” declared the COP27 Coalition, an alliance of progressive advocacy groups that planned the protest as part of its push for “an urgent response from governments to the multiple, systemic crises” facing people around the world. “We are not yet defeated!”

      • DeSmogSanctioned Coal Barons Among Russia’s COP27 Delegates

        Russia has sent dozens of executives from the country’s vast fossil fuel industry to COP27, including two sanctioned oligarchs with significant interests in coal.

        Oleg Deripaska, who has large stakes in multiple coal companies, and Andrey Melnichenko, who transferred ownership of Russia’s largest coal producer to his wife in March as sanctions were brought in, are both set to attend.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Fossil Fuel-Funded Research Is a Dealbreaker for College Applicants

        Today, high school students are showing that we have way more power in taking climate action than might have been imagined a mere decade ago. We’re taking to the streets in global climate strikes on the scale of millions, but outside of the strikes, we need to keep up the pressure for sustainable change from all of our institutions. For my peers and me, that can and must include institutions of higher education. Right now, universities, both public and private, are complicit in the progression of the climate crisis due to their acceptance of research funding from fossil fuel companies, a clear conflict of interest that jeopardizes climate research. Any sort of allyship between a university and the fossil fuel industry is a blow to its students, for it shows that the university takes no regard for their futures when choosing its partners.

      • Energy

        • India TimesCryptocurrency platform FTX files for bankruptcy, boss resigns amid tumult

          Crisis-struck cryptocurrency platform FTX has gone bankrupt in the United States and its chief executive Sam Bankman-Fried has resigned, it said Friday, the latest blow in a saga that has reverberated across the digital currency landscape.

          The filing comes after the world’s biggest cryptocurrency platform Binance agreed to buy its rival earlier this week but backed out, leading market players to consider possible regulator responses.

        • NBCBefore his epic fall, Sam Bankman-Fried was hailed as a [cryptocurrency] genius. Some clients saw smoke and mirrors.

          Now, his Bahamas-based empire is scorched, investors are shellshocked and the entire [cryptocurrency] ecosystem is on edge. FTX and an array of related entities filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday morning, Bankman-Fried resigned and a new CEO has been installed to oversee a process to “maximize recoveries for stakeholders.”

          The meltdown began last weekend and accelerated Tuesday when FTX International halted customers’ redemptions. A major investor threatened to sell because the company’s financial soundness had come under scrutiny and the ensuing market mayhem took the price of bitcoin to a fresh low this week.

        • VOA NewsCollapsed FTX Hit by Rogue Transactions; at Least $600 Million Removed

          FTX was engulfed in more chaos on Saturday when the [cryptocurrency] exchange said it had detected unauthorized access and analysts said hundreds of millions of dollars of assets had been moved from the platform in “suspicious circumstances.”

          FTX filed for bankruptcy on Friday, one of the highest profile [cryptocurrency] blowups, after traders rushed to withdraw $6 billion from the platform in just 72 hours and rival exchange Binance abandoned a proposed rescue deal.

        • The EconomistSam Bankman-Fried’s [cryptocurrency] exchange files for bankruptcy

          Now that ftx’s demise is total, what remains are big and difficult questions about how this could have happened, what can be salvaged and the size of the reverberations. Some are already being felt in [cryptocurrencyland]. The prices of digital assets are sliding as investors panic about who is exposed to the blow-up. BlockFi, a business Mr Bankman-Fried swooped in to save when prices crashed in the summer, has halted customer withdrawals.

        • NPRA proposed lithium mine presents a climate versus environment conflict

          As world leaders meet for another climate summit in Egypt, the U.S. is pushing to mine more lithium for electric vehicle batteries at home. EVs will help cut pollution from transportation, the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. But there’s a tradeoff, as residents have learned near Charlotte, where a big open-pit mine is proposed.

          A company called Piedmont Lithium wants to build a mine and processing operation on 1,500 acres in northern Gaston County, about 30 miles west of Charlotte.

        • DeSmogHow the Fossil Fuel Industry Buys Goodwill

          From the world’s biggest soccer championship to soccer training for kids, from major universities to music festivals and art galleries to — if you can name it, fossil fuel companies have probably sponsored it.

          TotalEnergies will sponsor the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France. Aramco has partnered with Spain’s Laguna de El Hito Nature Reserve to conserve bird species. Chevron partnered with a “Community Inclusion” social project in Brazil. BP has donated to the British Museum in London since 1996.  

      • Overpopulation

        • DenverColorado River conditions are worsening quicker than expected. Feds prepare to step in.

          Running out of time and options to save water along the drying Colorado River, federal officials said they’re considering whether to release less water from the country’s two largest reservoirs downstream to Arizona, California and Nevada.

          Without enough snow this winter, the water level at Lake Powell — the country’s second-largest reservoir — will drop below a critical level by next November, according to a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Below that point, the Glen Canyon Dam will no longer be able to generate electricity and experts worry whether conditions will worsen to the point that the structure will no longer be able to send water downstream at all.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • The HillHow the cyber agenda would shift if the GOP takes over Congress [iophk: Windows TCO]

        His Republican colleagues on the Senate side also warned against the TSA requirements on the pipeline sector, calling them “unnecessarily burdensome” and saying they “shift resources away from responding to cyberattacks to regulatory compliance,” The Washington Post reported.

        Cyber industry leaders have expressed the same concerns to lawmakers.

      • The Washington PostA top Republican is warning against new cyber regulations [iophk: Windows TCO]

        The Transportation Security Administration already imposed new cyber regulations on pipeline operators in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline hack, which briefly disrupted gas supplies. New requirements are in the works for the rail and air sectors as the Biden administration pushes to raise the nation’s cyber posture amid a wave of ransomware attacks.

      • NBCIs it safe to use Twitter? Security fears rise after Elon Musk drives off staff

        Twitter’s chief information security officer Lea Kissner and its chief privacy officer Damien Kieran announced their resignations, and they were joined out the door by others who worked on cybersecurity and related teams. Musk a week ago laid off about half of Twitter’s workforce, citing financial constraints.

      • The Death of Twitter? (And the move to Mastodon)?

        I’ve researched leaving Twitter several times. The biggest alternative is Mastodon. However, Mastodon isn’t Twitter. It is different. It has a different intent. It functions differently.

      • Eesti RahvusringhäälingEstonian President to Paris Peace Forum: Crucial minors safe in cyberspace

        Online giants Amazon, Dailymotion, Google, Instagram, Meta, Microsoft, Snapchat, Twitter, Qwant and TikTok are all to be involved in the lab’s work, joining the UN, UNICEF and the civil society organizations Save the Children, WeProtect, E-enfance, RespectZone and Point de Contact

        The roundtable led by President Emmanuel Macron was held in the Élysée Palace Friday, presenting the laboratory as a joint French, Estonian, Argentinian and New Zealand initiative whose work would involve the input of representatives of a wide range of countries, NGOs, research institutes and Internet giants.

      • Common DreamsDemocrats Beat Election-Denying Secretary of State Candidates in Arizona and Nevada

        On Friday night, two additional Democratic candidates for secretary of state defeated Republicans who endorsed former President Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” that the 2020 presidential contest was stolen, delivering another blow to far-right conspiracy theorists running for top elections posts.

        In Arizona, Democrat Adrian Fontes beat his Republican opponent Mark Finchem, a state lawmaker with ties to the Oath Keepers who was at the U.S. Capitol during the deadly January 6 insurrection and who said he would not have certified Biden’s victory in the state.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Rise of Celebrity-Politicians Is Bad for Democracy

        In a matter of days Americans will vote on a new cohort of U.S. Senators in a midterm election cycle with significant bearing on the nation’s future. Among those vying for what is actually a tedious, bureaucratic “sausage-making” job, is a crop of celebrity-politicians whose electoral success, along with that of Donald Trump’s, is signaling what could be a fundamental change in the way political power works in America.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Democrats Need to Fire Their Corporate-Conflicted Political Consultants

        The mid-term congressional elections are over, but the counting in some very close races continues, which extends the time for determining the margins of control over the Senate and the House.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

        • RTLTwitter scrambles to curb spread of fake accounts

          Twitter moved on Friday to curb fake accounts that have proliferated since Elon Musk’s takeover. Figures from US presidents to mega corporations were lampooned by users impersonating them before Twitter took action to combat the trend.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • uni MichiganHow can we restore free speech?

        Though debates on the nature of free speech have been ongoing throughout American history, the tension surrounding them has dramatically escalated over the past two years. In the aftermath of the pandemic, the Jan. 6 [insurrection] and Twitter’s decision to “deplatform” some politicians, pundits and other right-wing figures, Facebook and other social media have become far more censorious. While private companies maintain a right to moderate discourse on their platforms, the inconsistent manner in which they’ve done so has profound implications.

      • PhillippinesChinese are criticizing zero-Covid — in language censors don’t seem to understand

        Such colorful posts are remarkable not only because they represent growing public frustration at China’s unrelenting zero-Covid policy — which uses snap lockdowns, mass testing, extensive contact-tracing and quarantines to stamp out infections as soon as they emerge — but because they remain visible at all.

        Normally such harsh criticisms of government policies would be swiftly removed by the government’s army of censors, yet these posts have remained untouched for days. And that is, most likely, because they are written in language few censors will fully understand.

        These posts are in Cantonese, which originated in Guangzhou’s surrounding province of Guangdong and is spoken by tens of millions of people across Southern China. It can be difficult to decipher by speakers of Mandarin — China’s official language and the one favored by the government — especially in its written and often complex slang forms.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • QuilletteBroken Incentives

        In October, a study published in PLOS One provided some fresh insight into how and why American media has become so dysfunctional. Over the past 20 years, the study reported, headlines that convey anger, fear, sadness, and disgust have been increasing, while headlines conveying neutrality or joy have been in decline. These trends have coincided with a massive drop in trust in news journalism, particularly in the US.

      • [Old] PLOSLongitudinal analysis of sentiment and emotion in news media headlines using automated labelling with Transformer language models

        An important question raised by this work is whether the sentiment and emotionality embedded in news media headlines reflect a wider societal mood or if instead they just reflect the sentiment and emotionality prevalent or pushed by those creating news content. Financial incentives to maximize click-through ratios could be at play in increasing the sentiment polarity and emotional charge of headlines over time. Conceivably, the temptation of shaping the sentiment and emotional undertones of news headlines to advance political agendas could also be playing a role. Deciphering these unknowns is beyond the scope of this article and could be a worthy goal for future research.

        To conclude, we hope this work paves the way for further exploration about the potential impact on public consciousness of growing emotionality and sentiment negativity of news media content and whether such trends are conductive to sustain public well-being. Thus, we hope that future research throws light on the potential psychological and social impact of public consumption of news media diets with increasingly negative sentiment and anger/fear/sadness undertones embedded within them.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Monopolies

      • The HillOngoing fight for Senate threatens fate of key bill targeting tech giants

        A bipartisan antitrust bill that aims to keep dominant tech firms from preferencing their own products has been stalled in the Senate as vulnerable Democrats fought off tough challenges this year, but proponents remained steadfast that they would get a vote before year’s end. Now, if Democrats’ Senate power hinges on a tough battle in Georgia, the bill may fall to the wayside yet again.

        Even if Democrats secure Senate control, their chances of passing the bill, or other antitrust legislation targeting tech giants, in the next Congress are slim with Republicans poised to win control of the House — making the lame-duck session the best shot for the bill’s supporters.

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakGitHub Domain Listed on Police Piracy Blacklist For The Last Four Months

          When a domain appears on the ‘Infringing Website List’, it means that UK police have concluded its activities are most likely criminal. Advertisers and other intermediaries are advised that knowingly supporting crime, is a crime in itself. The IWL is not open to scrutiny but TorrentFreak has learned that for the last four months, a GitHub subdomain has been labeled “massively infringing.”

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Politics

      • Salt Crystals (2022-11-12)

        I started exploring something new — growing crystals. Household salt was handy, so I gave that a try for starters. The basic idea is you heat up some water, put in enough salt to saturate the water, pour out some of that water into a jar, and have something like a piece of rope sticking into the water, so crystals can grow on it. As the water cools and evaporates, crystals build up — hopefully interesting ones — because the water is already saturated and so the minerals are forced to precipitate.

        My first attempt went fairly well — there were some interesting cube-shaped crystals at the end of the rope, and some spikey ones along the middle of the rope.

      • NON . EST . DEUS

        Tonight I saw a deaf man. He was a veteran who had lost his hearing at war.

        He was also ill from being exposed to chemical bombs.

        He said that the regime did not grant him medical care or life support. He was on the street trying to make a living. He fought for a regime that abandoned him and gave his rights to their cousins.

        Tonight I cried. Yes even men cry sometimes. Everywhere I look I see death, I see anguish and torture and worst and I don’t know what to do with myself, with these emotions, I guess something reckless and aggressive.

    • Technical

      • Adoption Curves

        Things start slow and hard amd expensive, and get easier, cheaper and faster. That is how it is. Was it always like this, or are we on a runaway train?

        With tech the curve is clear. Think back to 1953, when IBM was surprised to get more than 5 orders for a new computer. Coincidentally, John McCarthy put together the first Lisp a few years after – the language which pioneered garbage collection, bytecode interpretation, first class functions and lambdas, to name a few concepts – the language which I use daily… Weird, huh.

        Back when Lisp was invented, running a Marathon was a feat for professional athletes. Today, if you go to a Marathon in your city (!) you will likely find older folks, people with arms and legs missing, and likely people who’ve had heart attacks. It’s just a race. There are people who fly around the world and run Marathons a few times a week. It’s not just tech, it’s the whole society.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Going Smol Increases Your Horizons

          For the last month or so, I have done all of my cooking on a small wood stove. I didn’t have to do this, but I wanted to do it as an experiment to challenge my concepts of what I need to live. At some point in the experiment, I experienced a sort of matrix style download, and could suddenly understand a great deal about different food preservation methods, why certain common dishes became popular historically, and how I might go about storing and grinding various grains. The reason I mention this, is because it is not the first time I have had this kind of experience. But what i realized this time, was that the experience is always preceded by challenging a perceived need, or a norm of convenience.

      • Programming

        • Pushing Pieces

          Pushing pieces around a game board can be done in a number of different ways. The first attempt was recursive, though I did have vague notions of how to do a better job of it. Up to N moves are made, swapping the piece being moved with an empty cell, or recursing if there is something in the way, in which case there’s a conga line of swaps. With a callback or by building a list this could in theory give an animation routine something to do, but I have no idea how to implement animations, so that might all be wrong.

        • Component-based Software Development

          If you read the literature for long enough, you see the same ideas come around again and again, be they good or bad. A good idea is imposing a structure of larger units, components, composed of many indiviual modules. Components are also often used as a unit of deployment, rather than one of work assignment like modules.

          [...]

          First, Taligent. I’ve heard it referred to as a noble failure, like the Charge of the Light Brigade. Clean C++ interfaces for all OS features, but it was built as a library for AIX, OS/2, etc. I never saw it running, apparently very few did since it didn’t sell well at all, but did I leaf through the documentation.


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

The Twitter Exodus

Posted in Deception at 12:06 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum d52711ecafa298a2512ff3931df1a4c1
Twitter Exodus Continues
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Expect to hear and to read more stories about people who quit Twitter; social control media is going out of fashion

THERE are more and more stories in the ‘blogosphere’ about people quitting Twitter. We saw several such stories in GNU/Linux sites so far this weekend, including from Ariadne (Gemini link via proxy).

“2022 will end on a good note if lots of people wean themselves off the likes of Facebook and Twitter.”Some people choose to blog instead of “tweet” (or “toot”). Some move to alternatives, which are still social control media. Based on my own experience, all of these sites are outside one’s own control; self-hosting them for control is far from simple and can become extremely time-consuming, so we’ve consistently suggested quitting all social control media (altogether).

2022 will end on a good note if lots of people wean themselves off the likes of Facebook and Twitter. They’re dumpster fires.

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