Links 20/12/2022: NetBSD 10.0 Beta, SystemRescue 9.06, and DietPi 8.12

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  • GNU/Linux

    • ZDNetLinux-based tablets: Pine64 says its PineTab 2 tablet is a ‘complete’ redesign | ZDNET

      Pine64 has announced it is making the Linux-based PineTab 2, which is the successor to the original PineTab that didn’t make it through the post-pandemic chip shortage.

      Pine64, which makes numerous developer-friendly pieces of kit, is billing the PineTab 2 as much more than just a specifications upgrade due to its new design, including a metal chassis that has two “snap-tabs” for easily releasing the back to access internals for repairs and upgrades.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Make Use OfThe 3 Best Christmas-Themed Wallpaper Collections for Linux

        Get into the holiday spirit by finding a Christmas-themed, high-quality wallpaper for your Linux desktop.

        With the holiday season in full swing, it is a good time to refresh the Christmas-themed wallpapers on your Linux PC.

        When you have so many wallpaper websites to choose from, how do you know which sites have high-quality images with wintry themes featuring magical views outdoors to full-blown Christmas scenes showing off the lights and action of the big city?

        You’ll have no trouble finding a perfect desktop background image to suit your Linux PC with these wallpaper collections.

    • Server

      • NetcraftDecember 2022 Web Server Survey | Netcraft News [Ed: Microsoft is down sharply again, from 5.43% in busiest sites to just 5.37% in one single month]

        In the December 2022 survey we received responses from 1,125,374,532 sites across 271,238,722 domains and 12,234,425 web-facing computers. This reflects a loss of 9.7 million sites, 450,421 domains, and 72,200 web-facing computers.

        Cloudflare continues its growth, gaining 1.5 million sites (+1.44%) and 309,670 domains (+1.21%). Cloudflare now accounts for 9.14% of sites and 9.57% of domains seen by Netcraft, up by 0.21pp and 0.13pp respectively.

        Apache lost 7.4 million sites (-3.03%) and 15,439 web-facing computers (-0.46%). However, it saw a modest gain of 52,986 domains (+0.09%). nginx also saw significant loss of 5.5 million sites (-1.84%), 1.3 million domains (-1.77%), and 82,128 web-facing computers (-1.71%).

        The largest percentage growth this month comes from LiteSpeed, with it gaining 1.1 million sites (+2.01%) and 170,873 domains (+2.03%). OpenResty also saw a significant growth of 1.1 million sites (+1.20%) but lost 135,748 domains (-0.34%).

        In the top million busiest sites, Cloudflare continues its upward trend – gaining 809 of the top million sites, which increases its market share by 0.08pp to 21.08%. The gap between Cloudflare and the leader Apache, which lost 784 sites and 0.08pp market share, is down to just 0.51pp. In second place, nginx gained a modest 428 sites and 0.04pp market share.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • The Register UKKernel 6.2 promises multiple filesystem improvements • The Register

        The forthcoming Linux kernel 6.2 should see improved filesystem handling, including performance gains for SD cards and USB keys, as well as FUSE. As for the next-gen storage subsystems… not so much.

        For a mature OS kernel, there are still considerable improvements being made in Linux’s handling of existing disk formats, and this should improve when kernel 6.2 appears at some point in early 2023.

        A patch from Sony engineer Yuezhang Mo makes it quicker to create new files or directories on an exFAT disk with lots of files on it – and the more files there are, the bigger the improvement. This follows the same programmer’s earlier patch to improve exFAT handling, in March.

      • InfoQLinux 6.1 Officially Adds Support for Rust in the Kernel

        After over two years in development, support for using Rust for kernel development has entered a stable Linux release, Linux 6.1, which became available a couple of weeks ago.

        Previous to its official release, Rust support has been available in linux-next, the git tree resulting from merging all of the developers and maintainers trees, for over a year. With the stable release, Rust has become the second language officially accepted for Linux kernel development, along with C.

        Initial Rust support is just the absolute minimum to get Rust code building in the kernel, say Rust for Linux maintainers. This possibly means that Rust support is not ready yet for prime-time development and that a number of changes at the infrastructure level are to be expected in coming releases. Still, there has been quite some work work going on on a few actual drivers that should become available in the next future. These include a Rust nvme driver, a 9p server, and Apple Silicon GPU drivers.

    • Graphics Stack

      • CollaboraState of Monado’s visual-inertial tracking

        After a two-year hiatus, FOSS XR took place in Minneapolis this past October. Besides being a wonderful place to come together and meet many different awesome people working on open-source XR, the conference held several talks directly related to Monado, our open-source OpenXR runtime. In this post, I’ll focus on summarizing some of the key points of the “Visual-inertial tracking for Monado” talk as an overview of its current state.

        In my last blog post, I took a more in-depth look at the details of integrating visual-inertial tracking solutions with Monado and why it was an important component to build. The gist is that new headsets have been coming with only cameras and IMUs as their sensors for tracking, and there hasn’t been a clear alternative to their proprietary tracking solutions. Although still not meant for final users, thanks to this module (and thanks to Basalt in particular), we can now get OpenXR apps tracked on a totally open-source software stack on Linux.

    • Benchmarks

    • Applications

      • OMG UbuntuUse ’Corluma’ to Control Hue, LIFX – Nanoleaf Lights on Ubuntu – OMG! Ubuntu!

        If you’re rocking some luscious LED smart lights in your home and you want to be able to control them from your Ubuntu desktop, check out Corluma.

        Corluma is a cross-platform light controller app available for macOS, iOS, Android, and — of interest to those of you reading this — Ubuntu-based Linux distributions. While the mobile and Mac versions of the app are paid software the Ubuntu version is free (as in beer).

        The aim of the app is to allow you to control all your lights from one app, without having to configure IFTT, smart assistant integrations, etc. For some of these lights, there aren’t other options for controlling them on Ubuntu.

        So if you’ve LIFX lights, or those pricey (but pretty) NanoLeaf tiles, you can control all of them from within one app, at the same time — an undoubted boon. Better yet, the app works over the local Wi-Fi network so there are no cloud services to sign up to, or logins to faff around with.

        Now, I don’t have any smart lights that are compatible with this app for me to test, so I can’t illuminate (sorry) this post with much first-hand perspective. While I have written about how to control Hue lights on Ubuntu before Corluma is the first tool I’ve seen that encompasses support for more than just Hue.

      • Linux Links5 Best Free and Open Source Address Book Managers

        Address books allow easy access to the user’s friends, family, business associates and others by maintaining their email and other contact details on their computer.

        This article focuses on standalone software. CardOver is tightly integrated with Thunderbird but it can also run independently.

      • LWNGnuPG 2.4.0 released

        Exactly 25 years ago the very first release of GnuPG was published. We are pleased to take this opportunity to announce the availability of a new stable GnuPG release: version 2.4.0.

        This release has a few new features and the binary releases come with an updated Libksba to fix another vulnerability related to CVE-2022-3515.

      • Ubuntu HandbookMuseScore 4 Released! New Mixer, Accent Colors & Muse Sounds Plugin | UbuntuHandbook

        Free and open-source music notation software MuseScore 4 is out after more than 2 year since the last major release.

        MuseScore 4 now have a modern look UI with both light and dark mode, as well as 7 accent colors. It provides a setup dialog to choose between them on first launch, though user can re-configure them along with fonts, background and paper colors by going to Preferences -> Appearances.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Make Tech EasierLibreOffice Calc Keyboard Shortcuts – Make Tech Easier

        LibreOffice Calc is a free, open-source spreadsheet program for Linux, Windows, and MacOS. Like Microsoft Excel, LibreOffice Calc provides a simple yet powerful interface that you can use to record and manipulate data tables. LibreOffice Calc can also produce complex tables and analyze them through its extensive built-in wizards.

      • ExplainShell: The Best Alternative for Linux Man Pages

        Look at the following command and tell me what each part of it does:

        $ find . -type f -printf ‘%s %p\n’ | sort -nr | head -10 | numfmt –to=iec-i –suffix=B –format=”%.3f”
        You might be full of confidence if you are a pro Linux user, but things are not that easy for beginners, and even for advanced users, there will be some commands that put them in a loop of confusion.

        Now, you might be thinking there are two ways to break down the above command: first, by directly searching for it on the internet, and second, by manually checking each part of the command on the manual page.

        For now, we will keep the first way aside (because you will rarely find the command’s explanation on the internet); however, the second way, manually checking on the manual page, can be too boring, mentally painful, and time consuming for a Linux user.

        But what if I told you that there is an amazing web-based tool known as ExplainShell, an alternative to the traditional manual page, that can quickly decode each part of the specified commands and give you a beautiful hierarchy with an explanation of each part?

      • UbuntubuzzHow To Import and Use Microsoft PowerPoint Templates on LibreOffice Impress

        This tutorial will help you importing and using Microsoft PowerPoint templates on LibreOffice Impress. This way, you can immediately create beautiful presentations you really need and want just instantly. From this article, you can download a lot of both academic and general purpose templates including those from Oxford, Harvard, and MIT available for free on the net in PowerPoint PPTX format to later import, save, and convert them to Impress ODP format if you wish. Now let’s practice!

      • Make Use OfHow to Create a Winter Wonderland on Linux With GNOME Extensions

        Whether you view the snow and cold weather as havoc to winter drivers, naughty words, aching backs, or a delightful way to have a hot beverage in hand, there are three straightforward ways to add a bit of joy to your Linux PC.

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

        PyCharm is an IDE developed by JetBrains. It’s used for programming in the Python language, and comes with some convenient features like the ability to connect to a database, create virtual environments, and more. In this tutorial, we will learn how to install PyCharm on Ubuntu 22.04. You will see how to install with Snap package, the official download, flatpak, and with GUI.

      • TechRepublicHow to create a Linux distribution within your web browser with Instantbox

        If you’re a developer — especially one who works with container or cloud-native deployments — you work with Linux. Even though Linux might not be your desktop operating system of choice, it certainly is your container or cloud environment. Because of that, you need to have easy access to a native Linux operating system to serve as your development environment.

        For that, you can always log in to your Docker or Kubernetes server and spin up a new container based on any given Linux image. You could also go the virtual machine route or even use a tool like Multipass.

      • Make Use OfHow to Manage Logitech Unifying Receiver and Devices on Linux

        Do you have a Logitech device and want to use a unifying receiver instead of Bluetooth but struggle to manage it on Linux?

        Solaar is a great tool for managing Logitech devices on Linux. You can use the Logitech Unifying or Bolt Receiver and connect up to six devices on a single unifying receiver.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install and Configure GoCD on Ubuntu 22.04

        GoCD is an open-source continuous delivery and automation system.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to deploy Ghost CMS on Rocky Linux 9

        Ghost is an open-source blogging platform to help you create a professional-looking blog.

      • How to Empty a File in Linux

        The more we use a PC, the more files we collect. Some of them are important, while others aren’t, and it’s important to know how (and when) to remove them.

        If you want to empty a file on Linux but don’t want to remove it entirely, you can try a couple of methods. Using the Linux terminal, you can make changes to the contents of a file, stripping it of content.

        The file will remain, allowing you to reuse it for other things. If you want to know how to empty a file in Linux, follow these steps.

      • VideoHow to install Zoom on KDE Neon – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at how to install Zoom on KDE Neon.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install Zlib on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS

        In this guide, we will show you how to install zlib on Ubuntu systems.

        zlib is a software library used for data compression. zlib was written by Jean-loup Gailly and Mark Adler and is an abstraction of the DEFLATE compression algorithm used in their gzip file compression program. zlib is also a crucial component of many software platforms, including Linux, macOS, and iOS. It has also been used in gaming consoles such as the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Wii, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

        zlib is designed to be a free, general-purpose, legally unencumbered — that is, not covered by any patents — lossless data-compression library for use on virtually any computer hardware and operating system. The zlib data format is itself portable across platforms. Unlike the LZW compression method used in Unix compress(1) and in the GIF image format, the compression method currently used in zlib essentially never expands the data. (LZW can double or triple the file size in extreme cases.) zlib’s memory footprint is also independent of the input data and can be reduced, if necessary, at some cost in compression.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install RustDesk on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS

        In this tutorial, we will illustrate how to install RustDesk into your Ubuntu systems.

        RustDesk is a remote access and remote control software, allowing maintenance of computers and other devices.

        The RustDesk client is available for different operating systems. RustDesk has the aspiration to be an open source alternative for Remote desktop software like TeamViewer or AnyDesk. Therefore, RustDesk is able to function without additional tools like VPNs or port forwardings, even behind firewalls or NATs. RustDesk used to be based on the proprietary Sciter UI runtime library, but in 2022 plans started to replace it with Flutter.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install Gatsby Node Framework on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and use Gatsby.js on Ubuntu

        Gatsby is an open-source static site generator built on top of Node.js using React and GraphQL. It provides over 2500 plugins to create static sites based on sources as Markdown documents, MDX (Markdown with JSX), images, and numerous Content Management Systems such as WordPress, Drupal and more. Since version 4 Gatsby also supports Server-Side Rendering and Deferred Static Generation for rendering dynamic websites on a Node.js server. Gatsby is developed by Gatsby, Inc. which also offers a cloud service, Gatsby Cloud, for hosting Gatsby websites.

      • VideoInstall Linux Without Losing Your Windows OS – Invidious

        If you purchased a new laptop recently and want to replace the Windows OS with Linux. In this video I walk through how save the windows OS you paid for incase you ever want to go back. You paid for Windows, so why not keep it.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install RStudio on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install R-base and RStudio on a Chromebook.

      • RoseHostingHow to Install Odoo 16 on Ubuntu 22.04 – RoseHosting

        Take a look at our tutorial and learn more about how to install Odoo 16 on Ubuntu 22.04. Let’s dive right in!

      • TecAdminHow to Change Redis Max Memory – TecAdmin

        To configure the maximum amount of memory that Redis will use, you can use the `maxmemory` directive in the Redis configuration file (`redis.conf`). This directive takes an integer value, representing the maximum number of bytes that Redis will use to store data in memory.

      • How to Exclude Words and Patterns in Grep – buildVirtual

        Grep is a powerful command-line tool that allows you to search for specific patterns or words in a file or group of files. It is widely used by programmers, system administrators, and analysts to search for specific patterns in logs, configuration files, and other types of data.

        One useful feature of grep is the ability to exclude certain words or patterns from the search. This can be useful if you want to focus on specific patterns or if you want to exclude certain types of information from the search results.

      • Red Hat OfficialTop 10 Ansible automation guides of 2022 | Enable Sysadmin

        Boost your productivity by automating your most frequent and monotonous tasks with Ansible.

      • ifconfig – command not found ! – buildVirtual

        If you’ve ever tried to use the ifconfig command on a Linux or Unix-based system, you may have encountered the error message “ifconfig: command not found”. This error occurs when the ifconfig command is not recognized by the system, and can be frustrating if you’re not sure how to fix it.

        In this blog post, we’ll take a look at why the “ifconfig: command not found” error occurs and how to troubleshoot and fix it.

      • A Terraform Learning Plan – buildVirtual

        Terraform is a powerful tool for building, changing, and managing infrastructure as code. It allows you to define infrastructure in a high-level configuration language, and then use those configurations to create and manage resources across a variety of cloud providers and on-premises environments. This article aims to detail a Terraform learning plan for those getting started with this great tool.

        Learning Terraform can be a valuable addition to your skill set, as it can help you automate the provisioning and management of infrastructure, making it easier to deploy and maintain applications and services. It is also a key tool in the realm of infrastructure as code, which is becoming increasingly important in modern cloud-based environments.

      • AddictiveTipsHow to use the Signal chat app on a Chromebook

        Singal is a privacy-centric chat application for Linux, Mac OS, Windows, and mobile devices. With it, users can expect encrypted chat messages and many other privacy-respecting features. Here’s how you can use the Signal chat app on your Chromebook.

      • ID RootHow To Install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install VMware Tools on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, VMware Tools is a suite of utilities that enhances the performance of the virtual machine’s guest operating system and improves the management of the VM. It includes a number of tools, such as a virtual network driver to improve network performance, a time synchronization utility to keep the guest operating system’s clock synchronized with the host, and a utility to improve the display resolution and colors of the guest operating system.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the VMware Tools on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.

      • grep cheat sheet – buildVirtual

        Grep is a command-line tool that allows you to search for specific patterns or words in a file or group of files. It is commonly used by programmers, system administrators, and analysts to search for specific patterns in logs, configuration files, and other types of data.

        To use grep, you specify the pattern you want to search for and the file or files you want to search in. Grep will then output all lines that contain the pattern.

      • LinuxConfigHow to Install etcd on Ubuntu

        Etcd is a free and open-source distributed and secure key-value store used to store the most critical information of a given distributed system. Etcd is written in Go making it extremely fast in distributed systems without incurring a performance overhead from clustered machines. In this guide, you discover the basics of installing and setting up an etcd cluster on Ubuntu systems.

      • LinuxConfigHow to retrieve hardware information with dmidecode on Linux

        Dmidecode is a free and open source utility we can use to retrieve hardware information on Linux. The tool is available in the repositories of all the major Linux distributions, and is able to inspect and dump the content of the SMBIOS table.

        In this tutorial we learn how to install dmidecode, and how to use it to retrieve information about the hardware configuration on Linux.

      • How to Find the Most Used Commands in Your Linux System

        As a Linux administrator or a normal user, you often have to execute multiple commands in your terminal emulator like Gnome Terminal or Konsole for different purposes.

        But have you ever wondered which command you are executing repeatedly without being aware of it? So, don’t worry if this thought did not come to your mind before or until you found this article.

        In this article, you will learn how to find and list the most (including least) used commands in your Linux system.

      • How to Find and List the Largest Files in Your Linux System

        Hardly, 10 GB of disk space is used for the Linux operating system, and the rest of the space is occupied by your own files when you set up a new Linux system.

        Sadly, more disk space is consumed over time when your system gets cluttered with a lot of unnecessary files, mostly due to large log or backup files.

        However, you have the find and du commands that can help you estimate the file size in your current working directory or whole system, and by piping another command, you can list them based on their size.

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to find and list the largest files and directories in your Linux system using the “find” and “du” commands.

      • How to Grep Files Recursively – buildVirtual

        Grep is a powerful command-line tool that allows you to search for specific patterns within text files. It’s a staple of many Linux and Unix-based systems, and is widely used by system administrators, developers, and others who need to search through large volumes of text data. In this article you will learn how to grep files recursively.

        One common use case for grep is the need to search through multiple files, including files within sub-directories. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at how to grep files recursively, including how to search through sub-directories, how to search for an exact match, how to only search within certain file extensions, and how to use the find command instead of grep.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • The Register UKSystemRescue 9.06 is here with the shiny new Xfce 4.18

      SystemRescue 9.06 may only be a point release, but it has some good stuff including the newly released Xfce, MemTest86+ version 6, and a new USB-key-writing tool.

      We took at look at SystemRescue 9 when it appeared, nearly a year ago now. While version 9.06 isn’t a hugely different version number, it actually has some significant changes which merit a fresh look.

    • DebugPointEndeavourOS: Your Search for Perfect Arch Distro Ends Here

      A lot went into developing the distribution, which is quite evident if you have ever tried it out. The motto of this distro is to be a “general purpose” Arch Linux distribution for the masses, discarding the Arch Linux installation fear for new users and the superiority of using Arch.

      If you ever tried EndeavourOS, you must have “felt” how “easy” things are to perform on a desktop for the end user, being an Arch distro.

      We review the recent release of EndeavourOS “Cassini” and the distro overall.

    • New Releases

      • It’s FOSSEndeavourOS ‘Cassini’ Releases With New Features and Linux Kernel 6.0

        ndeavourOS is a popular Arch-based Linux distribution that aims to make the Arch experience easy.

        Code-named ‘Cassini’, it signifies a new phase in EndeavourOS’s development that aims to make the OS better than its previous iterations.

        Similar to a previous release, this release is also named after one of NASA’s projects.

        Let’s see what makes this release so unique.

      • NeowinArch-based EndeavourOS gets 22.12 ‘Cassini’ release bringing official Pinebook Pro support – Neowin

        The second-most popular Linux distribution, according to DistroWatch, has got a new update today. EndeavourOS 22.12 ‘Cassini’ is here and ready for installation, it includes updated software such as Linux kernel 6.0.12 and brings official support for the Pinebook Pro – a Linux-first laptop from Pine64. For those unaware, EndeavourOS is based on Arch Linux and uses a rolling release model rather than point releases that we get for Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

        Development of EndeavourOS began in 2019 following the discontinuation of Antergos – a distro aimed at making Arch easy to install and use.

      • DietPi 8.12 Released

        The December 17th, 2022 release of DietPi v8.12 comes with a new image for the NanoPi R6S and the Radxa ROCK 5B and a couple of improvements and bug fixes.

    • BSD

      • NetBSDNetBSD 10.0 BETA available

        After nearly 3 whole years of development (work started on NetBSD 10 in late 2019), BETA snapshots have finally been published for interested users to test. More changes will be backported from the development branch over the next few months before we tag a final release, so the BETA images will keep getting updated.

        While NetBSD 10.0 is expected to be a major milestone on performance, especially on multi-core systems, currently the BETA builds have some extra kernel diagnostics enabled that may reduce performance somewhat.

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • SUSE’s Corporate BlogALP is moving to its next peak: Punta Baretti | SUSE Communities

        ALP is the next generation of Linux, an application-centric, secure and flexible platform designed to focus on workloads while abstracting from the hardware and the application runtime layers.

        Punta Baretti is one of the prototypes based on ALP where we implemented features, approaches and relevant changes. There will be also other deliverables builds all based on ALP to come!

        The products and solutions based on ALP use containerized workloads to isolate different processes at the application layer. These are managed using K3s for Kubernetes-based workloads or Podman for non-k8s workloads. This approach adds extra flexibility while keeping the deployment and management of workloads persistent, easy and stable.
        ALP’s ‘Zero-Touch’ approach makes systems management, patching, and upgrading more stable, reliable and secure.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Fedora ProjectChanges/Unified Kernel Support Phase 1 – Fedora Project Wiki [Ed: systemd creeping deeper into the stack; see Phoronixcomments here]

        The goal is to move away from initrd images being generated on the installed machine. They are generated while building the kernel package instead, then shipped as part of a unified kernel image.

        A unified kernel image is an all-in-one efi binary containing kernel, initrd, cmdline and signature. The secure boot signature covers everything, specifically the initrd is included which is not the case when the initrd gets loaded as separate file from /boot.

        Main motivation for this move is to make the distro more robust and more secure.

        Switching the whole distro over to unified kernels quickly is not realistic though. Too many features are depending on the current workflow with a host-specific initrd (and host-specific kernel command line), which is fundamentally incompatible with unified kernels where everybody will have the same initrd and command line. Thats why there is ‘Phase 1′ in title, so we can have more Phases in future releases

      • Enterprisers ProjectIT hiring strategies – and 5 illuminating interview questions to ask candidates in 2023

        Finding the right talent – and keeping it – is critical to the health and success of IT organizations today. With the new year comes an opportunity to reflect on how your organization’s hiring practices have served you to date: Is hiring taking too long? Are you asking the right questions during interviews? Can you promote from within instead of opening a new role?

      • Enterprisers ProjectDigital transformation: 5 trends to watch in 2023

        The history of digital transformation is layered and has determined business processes for years. From automated technologies to AI-driven data insights, business leaders must understand the past, present, and future of digital transformation.

    • Debian Family

      • LinuxiacTails 5.8 Comes with a Wholly Redesigned Persistent Storage

        Tails 5.8 OS now ships with a complete redesign of the Persistent Storage, Wayland by default, and a better Unsafe Browser.

        Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System) is a Debian-based distro that differs from all other Linux distributions in that it is a live system solely focused on privacy. It is intended for security paranoids looking for maximum personal security and anonymity on the Internet. But, of course, this has its drawbacks.

        For example, because Tails is pre-configured to run everything through the Tor network, the speed of operations requiring a network connection is much slower than on a regular Linux distro.

        Today, the Tails Project has announced the general availability of Tails 5.8 with yet another dose of novelties. So, let’s have a look at them.

      • TailsTails – Tails 5.8 is out

        Tails 5.8 is the most important release of Tails in years. It includes both major redesign of existing features, important usability improvements, and hardened security.

        This work has been made possible by donations from users like you. If you like these changes and want more, donate now to fund our work in 2023.

      • NeowinTails 5.8 now available with much improved Persistent Storage – Neowin

        The Tails Project has announced the availability of Tails 5.8. The team has said that this release is the most important one in years as it brings a “major redesign of existing features, important usability improvements, and hardened security.” Perhaps the most notable change is the complete redesign of Persistent Storage, which hasn’t changed that much since 2012.

        With the new Persistent Storage update, you no longer have to restart after creating a Persistent Storage space or when you activate a new feature. You can change your Persistent Storage password with the updated application, and you can choose to create a Persistent Storage space from the Welcome Screen if one isn’t yet set up.

      • ID RootDebian vs. Ubuntu Comparison – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you the differences between Debian and Ubuntu. For those of you who didn’t know, Debian and Ubuntu are two popular open-source operating systems that are widely used on servers and other computer systems. While both distributions have many similarities, there are also some key differences between them that may make one a better choice for a particular use case. Overall, Ubuntu and Debian are a popular choices for users who value open-source software, community support, and frequent updates. It is suitable for a wide range of use cases, including desktop computing, server administration, and embedded systems development.

    • Mint/Ubuntu Family

      • Beta NewsYou should replace Windows 11 with Linux Mint 21.1 on grandma’s PC this Christmas

        Grandmothers can be great ladies, but let’s be honest — they aren’t very good at using computers. It’s not their fault though — they didn’t grow up with them. That’s why every time you visit grandma for Christmas, she asks you to fix her computer.

        If you are sick of removing malware from grandma’s PC, there is a simple solution — install Linux! Yes, by formatting grandma’s hard drive and replacing Windows with Linux, she will have the best Christmas ever.

        But what Linux distribution should you install on grandma’s computer? Well, Linux Mint 21.1 was officially released earlier today and it is a great option for beginners. The latest version of the operating system, code-named “Vera,” is based on Ubuntu 22.04 and uses Linux kernel 5.15. Best of all, Linux Mint 21.1 will be supported until 2027.

      • Make Use OfLinux Mint 21.1 Released With Decluttered Desktop, Other Improvements

        The Linux Mint development team has announced the release of Linux Mint 21.1, codenamed “Vera.” The release will likely be a welcome holiday gift for its users.

      • NeowinLinux Mint 21.1 out now with a theme overhaul and more – Neowin

        At the start of the month, Neowin wrote that Linux Mint 21.1 Beta was available with a new theme and that the final release would come out around Christmas. Living up to that promise, the Mint team has now released the final stable version of Linux Mint 21.1 ‘Vera’ in Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce editions. Those running the Beta can just apply updates to get to the final version while those on Linux Mint 21 will be able to upgrade soon.

        If you want to see the new theme and mouse cursor, check out the coverage from the Beta release. Those are not the only new features in this update, however. With this update, the Driver Manager has been made more friendly. You no longer need to type your password to launch it and it will display dedicated screens if you’re in offline mode or if it detects installation media. The Driver Manager now also lists dummy packages with “exotic dependencies” and test mode to help developers troubleshoot issues.

      • DebugPointLinux Mint 21.1 “Vera” is Officially Released. This is What’s New

        Linux Mint 21.1 “Vera” is officially out and it is available to download and upgrade.

        Following a successful BETA release, the Linux Mint team officially released the first point release of Linux Mint 21 series. Being a first point release, it brings all the initial bug fixes since the major release earlier this year and some interesting customizations.

        Let’s brief the release highlights.

      • LinuxiacLinux Mint 21.1 Vera: The Best Mint Release Yet

        Linux Mint 21.1 “Vera” has just been released, boasting numerous new features and a polished design. It’s the best Mint release yet – see why.

        Linux Mint is a free and open-source Ubuntu-based distro designed to be easy to use and provide a comfortable, modern computing experience. Mint is a popular choice for beginners and experienced users because of its simplicity, stability, and user-friendly interface.

        Each new release strengthens Linux Mint’s reputation as the best desktop-oriented Linux distribution. However, its latest release, Linux Mint 21.1, has exceeded all users’ expectations. Here’s why.

      • Linux MintLinux Mint 21.1 ‘Vera’ Xfce released! – The Linux Mint Blog

        Linux Mint 21.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2027. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

      • Linux MintLinux Mint 21.1 ‘Vera’ MATE released! – The Linux Mint Blog

        Linux Mint 21.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2027. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

      • Linux MintLinux Mint 21.1 ‘Vera’ Cinnamon released! – The Linux Mint Blog

        Linux Mint 21.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2027. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

      • It’s FOSSLinux Mint 21.1 Arrives with a Ton of Visual Changes and Improvements

        This release is similar to the usual point releases. However, it includes various changes to the look, feel, and features that could look subtle but will affect the user experience.

        Let’s take a look at the major highlights. We focus on Linux Mint’s Cinnamon edition.

      • LWNLinux Mint 21.1 (“Vera”) released [LWN.net]

        Linux Mint has announced the release of version 21.1 of the distribution in three editions: Cinnamon (what’s new), MATE (what’s new), and Xfce (what’s new). Mint 21.1 is based on Ubuntu 22.04 and uses kernel version 5.15.

      • GhacksLinux Mint 21.1 Long Term Support Release is out

        The releases share some of the improvements while others are environment-specific. Generally speaking, users of the Linux distribution may notice “cleaner and more modern looks”. The team highlights more vibrant accent colors and that it cleaned up the desktop to only show essential icons. The computer, trash and network icons were removed, but remain accessible via the File Manager. The home folder has been removed from the desktop as well. It can be accessed via the main menu or by using the keyboard shortcut Super-E.

        As far as colors are concerned, use of accent colors on the panel was removed and the team decided to switch to yellow folders instead of the classic green color used in previous versions of the Linux distribution. Linux Mint users may pick their favorite desktop color to customize the look.

        Linux Mint users who prefer the classic look may enable the Mint-Y-Legacy theme in the theme options to restore it. This restores the Linux Mint 20.2 look and feel.

        Another change that users may notice is that there is a new default mouse pointer theme. It is called Bibata, and designed to “give a fresh new look to the operating system”. Traditional DMZ-White and DMZ-Black mouse pointer themes are available next to a alternative pointer themes such as GoogleDot-Black, GoogleDot-White, or XCursor Pro. Speaking of icons, Linux Mint 21.1 includes alternative icon themes. Next to Mint-X, Mint-Y and Ming Legacy themes, users may choose one of four installed alternative icon themes: Breeze, Papirus, Numix and Yaru.

      • UbuntuManage Debian, Ubuntu, and derivative Linux distributions with Landscape Scripts | Ubuntu

        What are you tinkering with over your vacation? Perhaps you have ambitions to have a beautiful homelab, launch pet projects on a public cloud, or build do it yourself home automation. Ubuntu has broad community and commercial support, making it the logical choice when you need to provision machines and containers with a mix of proprietary and open source software. Once your homelab, home automation, or public cloud projects are running, you can deploy Landscape beta. Landscape beta is a Linux dashboard which can be deployed on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s Always Free tier in 5 minutes, and manage machines anywhere. This self-hosted Linux systems management software can administer a variety of Linux distributions. Canonical maintains a Landscape Scripts Github repository where we aggregate community scripts for common tasks in any language. If you write shell scripts that make managing your Raspberry Pis or virtual machines easier, consider forking the Landscape Scripts repository and contributing to open-source software by submitting a Pull Request with your own scripts or script ideas.

      • UbuntuSee for yourself: the benefits of chiselled Ubuntu images in action with an ASP.NET shop demo [Ed: Now it truly looks as though Microsoft bought Canonical, based on how Canonical is behaving]
    • Devices/Embedded

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • CNX SoftwareT-Camera S3 – An ESP32-S3 board with camera, display, PIR motion sensor, and microphone – CNX Software

        LilyGO has launched a new ESP32-S3 WiFi & BLE camera board with the T-Camera S3 also featuring a small display, a PIR motion sensor, and a microphone, as well as an optional plastic shell.

      • ArduinoThe Infineon team’s XXL Chatbot offers you yuletide greetings | Arduino Blog

        Infineon is one of the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturers, but the company is made up of regular people like any other. Many of those people just happen to be engineers and they like to build gadgets and gizmos like the rest of us. Following a water cooler discussion about who had the biggest 3D printer, the Infineon team decided to build this delightful XXL Chatbot to offer yuletide greetings.

        The adorable robot was designed after the Infineon Chatbot avatar that offers virtual assistance on the Infineon website. While that internet Chatbot can respond to natural language questions, this XXL Chatbot can only emote through its animated eyes and chest-mounted RGB LED matrix. The team 3D-printed the robot’s body in several sections on a Creality Ender-5 Plus and the assembled figure is quite large, hence the “XXL” designation.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Libre ArtsLibre Arts – Hugin 2022

      New annual release of Hugin, free/libre panorama maker, has arrived with UX improvements.

      It’s been a long time since Hugin has seen active development. However, the few people still working on this project do make regular releases with useful changes. This release (see the official notes here) mostly got contributions from Thomas Modes, JohnsWork, and Bruno Postle.

      The most user-visible changes in this release are split buttons in the Assistant mode. They provides a kind of presets to simplify accomplishing particular tasks.

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Mozilla

        • MozillaMozilla to Explore Healthy Social Media Alternative

          In early 2023, Mozilla will stand up and test a publicly accessible instance in the Fediverse at Mozilla.Social. We’re eager to join the community in growing, experimenting, and learning how we can together solve the technical, experience, and trustworthiness challenges inherent in hyper-scale social systems. Our intention is to contribute to the healthy and sustainable growth of a federated social space that doesn’t just operate but thrives on its own terms, independent of profit- and control-motivated tech firms. An open, decentralized, and global social service that puts the needs of people first is not only possible, but it’s absolutely necessary.

          Our Pledge for a Healthy Internet describes our hopes for the Internet, and what it can become: a powerful tool for promoting civil discourse and human dignity. One that elevates critical thinking and reasoned argument, that honors shared experience and individual expression and brings together diverse and global communities to work together for the common good. Today we see the rising tide of the Fediverse, through Mastodon, Matrix, Pixelfed, and many others as a promising next step in that direction. Together we have an opportunity to apply the lessons of the past to build a social experience for humanity that is healthy, sustainable, and sheltered from the centralized control of any one entity.

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

      • PostgreSQLPostgreSQL: pgAdmin 4 v6.18 Released

        The pgAdmin Development Team is pleased to announce pgAdmin 4 version 6.18. This release of pgAdmin 4 includes 13 bug fixes and new features. For more details please see the release notes.

        pgAdmin is the leading Open Source graphical management tool for PostgreSQL. For more information, please see the website. Notable changes in this release include:

      • PostgreSQLPostgreSQL: pg_ivm 1.4 released

        IVM Development Group is pleased to announce the release of pg_ivm 1.4.

      • Will Kahn-Greene: NormConf 2022 thoughts

        I went to NormConf 2022, but didn’t attend the whole thing. It was entirely online as a YouTube livestream for something like 14 hours split into three sessions. It had a very active Slack instance.

        I like doing post-conference write-ups because then I have some record of what I was thinking at the time. Sometimes that’s useful for other people. Often it’s helpful for me.

      • Data Scientist × Data Analyst – Avi Alkalay

        Analysts inform, explain and visualize DATA THAT EXISTS in order to help business executives make strategic decisions. Thus, data analysts live in business meetings, talk to a lot of people and create data visualizations to help others understand what is going on. Tools: SQL, BI, spreadsheets, PowerPoint.

        Scientists infer and calculate INFORMATION THAT STILL DOESN’T EXIST, such as the future, usually in order to optimize each and every business transaction. Example: if you like this one product, you might also like that other product. Example: according to data from surroundings, this house price should be around $X. Example: I learned how cars look like, so there is 98% chance there is a car in this photo. Thus, they create or improve digital products using machine learning and applied statistics. To create such improved user experiences, first data scientists use advanced exploratory data analysis techniques, create data visualization only for themselves, only for their better comprehension of what is going on. Tools: SQL, Pandas, math and statistics, git, programing, containers, Linux.

    • FSF

      • FSFFSF job opportunity: Deputy director

        The Free Software Foundation (FSF), a Massachusetts 501(c)(3) charity with a worldwide mission to protect computer user freedom, seeks a motivated and talented Boston-based individual to be our full-time deputy director.

        Reporting to the executive director, the deputy director plays a critical role in ensuring the value-added execution of key operational and business functions. This position assists with leading the organization in close partnership with the executive director. The ideal candidate is calm under pressure with proven ability to manage multiple moving priorities and stakeholders, all with attention to detail and rigor.

    • GNU Projects

      • GNUGNU Common Lisp – News: GCL 2.6.13 is released [Savannah]

        Greetings! The GCL team is happy to announce the release of version 2.6.13, the latest achievement in the ‘stable’ (as opposed to ‘development’) series. Please see http://www.gnu.org/software/gcl for downloading information.

        This release consolidates several years of work on GCL internals, performance and ansi compliance.

        Garbage collection has been overhauled and significantly accelerated. Contiguous block handling is now as fast as or perhaps faster than relblock handling, leading to the now implemented promotion of relblock data to contiguous after a surviving a number of gc calls. Relblock is only written once during gc. Heap allocation is fully dynamic at runtime and controllable with environment variables without recompilation. While SGC is supported, it is found in practice to be less useful with modern large memory cores and is off by default.

        GCC on several platforms defaults to code which must lie within a common 2Gb space, now an issue with heaps routinely larger than this. Error protection for code address overflow is in place on most machines. The variable si::*code-block-reserve* can be set to a static array of element type ‘character to preallocate a code block early within an acceptable range. On amd64, compile-file takes a :large-memory-model-p keyword (with compiler::*default-large-memory-model-p*) to compile somewhat slower code which can be loaded at an arbitrary address.

        The COMMON-LISP package is fixed to the ansi standard. A CLTL1-COMPAT package is defined to support earlier applications, and is used in non-ansi builds.

      • GNUGNU Parallel – News: GNU Parallel 20221222 (-#039;ChatGPT') released [Savannah]

        GNU Parallel 20221222 (‘ChatGPT’) has been released. It is available for download at: lbry://@GnuParallel:4

        Quote of the month:

        GNU Parallel absolutely rocks.
        — Austin Mordahl@Stackoverflow

        - New in this release:

        - –results works on more file systems (e.g. fat)
        Joblog gives the same exit code as bash.

        News about GNU Parallel:

        - Programação Shell Linux: Paralelismo de processos com GNU parallel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duheTWLIrp8

        - Talk Python: Data Science from the Command Line https://talkpython.fm/episodes/show/392/data-science-from-the-command-line

        GNU Parallel – For people who live life in the parallel lane.

        If you like GNU Parallel record a video testimonial: Say who you are, what you use GNU Parallel for, how it helps you, and what you like most about it. Include a command that uses GNU Parallel if you feel like it.

    • Programming/Development

      • Barry KaulerMeta-quirky Kirkstone git repository created [Ed: Outsourcing to Microsoft proprietary prison some more]

        This is based on the Kirkstone 4.0 release of OpenEmbedded/Yocto, iteration 4.0.5.

        As reported, it took four 24-hour days and three hours, a long time, but more experimenting is planned to reduce that.

        Anyway, won’t have to do a complete recompile for awhile. If any individual package needs to be recompiled, or a new package added, it can be done without a complete recompile.

      • Git Commands Cheatsheet – buildVirtual

        Welcome to my Git Commands Cheatsheet!

      • SpiderMonkey Newsletter (Firefox 108-109) | SpiderMonkey JavaScript/WebAssembly Engine

        SpiderMonkey is the JavaScript engine used in Mozilla Firefox. This newsletter gives an overview of the JavaScript and WebAssembly work we’ve done as part of the Firefox 108 and 109 Nightly release cycles.

      • OpenSUSEGood Commit Messages Give Devs Meaning, Purpose – openSUSE News

        Adding clarity to commit messages significantly helps fellow developers, and this short blog will share some best practices for writing quality commit messages for openSUSE and open-source contributions.

        Commit messages communicate vital information between team members, and since open-source software is one big team focusing on open collaboration, it’s imperative to communicate context in these messages.


        The “Why?” may be obvious to you now, but it might not be to others; especially those who might not even be involved yet with your code. Well-crafted commit messages help developers remember aspects of a previous commit and help future developers understand what changed and the purpose for the change.

      • Godot EngineGodot Engine – Status of the OpenGL 3 renderer

        Last year we announced that we were planning on creating an OpenGL-based renderer to complement the current Vulkan-based renderers. At that time, we thought that we wouldn’t have it ready until 4.1. However, we are now confident that we will be shipping 4.0 with an OpenGL-based renderer; it just won’t be feature complete. As a reminder, an OpenGL-based renderer is still crucial so we can support older platforms, and Web export. There is a Vulkan-like web API called WebGPU in development, but it currently isn’t widely supported yet, so WebGL remains the best option for targetting web games.

        At the time of writing this article, all planned 2D features and most basic 3D functionalities are now supported by the OpenGL 3 renderer. As it is much newer, the OpenGL 3 renderer hasn’t been tested as widely as the Vulkan-based renderer. We expect it will have more bugs for the time being.

        Our goal is for the OpenGL 3 renderer to have broad compatibility and good performance on a wide range of hardware. Accordingly, it won’t receive all the fancy new features that the Vulkan-based renderers bring.

      • TecAdminHow to Set Session Timeout in PHP: A Guide for Newbies – TecAdmin

        As a web developer, you might need to create websites with user logins, comment sections, and other features that require users to keep their accounts active. As such, it’s important to implement a way of limiting the time that users can spend on your website. This is called setting session timeout in PHP. Without this restriction, users can stay logged in on your website indefinitely.

        This blog post will explain what session timeout in PHP is and why you would need it. Then we’ll provide step-by-step instructions for implementing session timeout in your own website projects. So keep reading to learn more!

      • More Flexibility for Workflows in the OBS and SCM Integration – Open Build Service

        Right in time for the holiday season, we have prepared you a gift for the continuous integration between OBS and SCMs. We are introducing placeholder variables and for your workflows configuration files, a customizable location. Let’s see how this new flexibility helps you in your work.


        Whenever a webhook event comes in, OBS downloads the workflows configuration file and parses it. This was previously static, but you can now use placeholder variables to tell OBS to replace them with data from the webhook event payload.

      • Dirk EddelbuettelDirk Eddelbuettel: RcppDE 0.1.7 on CRAN: Several Updates

        RcppDE is a “port” of DEoptim, a popular package for derivative-free optimisation using differential evolution optimization, from plain C to C++. By using RcppArmadillo the code becomes a lot shorter and more legible. Our other main contribution is to leverage some of the excellence we get for free from using Rcpp, in particular the ability to optimise user-supplied compiled objective functions which can make things a lot faster than repeatedly evaluating interpreted objective functions as DEoptim does (and which, in fairness, most other optimisers do too). The gains can be quite substantial.

      • Perl / Raku

        • RakulangDay 21: Raku and I: Journey begin … – Raku Advent Calendar

          It has been ages since I last blogged about Raku. The only time, I have blogged about when I took part in The Weekly Challenge . But then this also changed recently as I finally found time to contribute to the weekly fun challenges but no blogging still.

          I would say it is all about my mental state, since I have so much to talk about. Recently I was approached by a very dear friend and senior member of Raku Community if I am interested in contributing to the Raku Advent Calendar 2022 . So as you guessed it rightly so, I have a compelling reason to get back to blogging.

      • Python

        • VideoThis Python Code Should Be Illegal, Do This Instead – Invidious

          Writing Python code like this is bad practice, use list comprehensions instead

        • TecAdminPython – How to find local IP address – TecAdmin

          An IP address is a unique identifier that computers use to communicate with each other on a network. It stands for Internet Protocol, and it’s a set of numbers that identify each device connected to a network. Without an IP address, your computer wouldn’t be able to access the internet. It’s essential for communication between computers and networks, as it helps to direct data to the right place. An IP address is like a street address for your computer — it’s how computers can find each other. Every computer on the internet has a unique IP address,

  • Leftovers

    • Please help me share my NEXT million words in 2023 | Stop at Zona-M

      As of today, this blog contains almost one million, two hundred twenty thousand words, in about 2200 posts all 100% free of charge, advertising or tracking.

    • DedoimedoDedoimedo – A Place to Learn a Lot About a Lot

      After fourteen years, I have moved dedoimedo.com to a new hosting provider. Why, you ask? Well, it’s a long story. In the past year, I noticed a whole bunch of problems with my previous hosting provider. Namely, there were SSL termination issues, about which I already wrote. Then, the provider deprecated their ticketing system in favor of a “live” chat thing. Except, you end up sitting there like a monkey, waiting for hours for someone to respond. The site performance dropped after a migration to a “new” infrastucture. Weird redirections pointing to a problem with the loadbalancers or such. And worst of all, half of my pages suddenly had become de-indexed on search engines, as the the provider seems to be blocking Google crawler and alike. Enough.

    • Proprietary

      • Climate Contradiction: Microsoft Invests $1 Billion In Climate Innovation, $2 Billion In Oil, Coal-Fired Utilities [Ed: And yet, TFIR keeps shilling Microsoft and keeps perpetuating climate lies for Microsoft, as Spamnil did no more than a year ago]

        Microsoft shareholders voted on an As You Sow resolution asking the company to disclose how the company’s 401(k) retirement funds manage the growing systemic risk created by investing in companies contributing significantly to climate change. The proposal earned an 11.2% vote last week at Microsoft’s annual general meeting, achieving the threshold needed to continue dialog with the company and resubmit the resolution next year, if necessary.


        Rather than addressing growing employee concern about climate change across its full range of investment options, the company offers a difficult-to-use alternative of a self-directed option, which charges additional fees, and outsources investment risk to employees.

    • Linux Foundation

      • BGRGoogle Maps just got a new competitor from Linux, Amazon, Meta, Microsoft, and TomTom [Ed: They keep conflating Linux with ‘Linux’ Foundation, which in many ways even harms Linux adoption and misrepresents GNU/Linux users]

        There’s no question that Google Maps is the most popular navigation app on mobile devices. Google Maps has two big rivals: Waze, which Google owns, and Apple Maps, available only on iPhone. But if some of Google’s biggest competitors have their way, Google Maps might soon get a decent alternative that could make the entire geo-location industry more interesting.

        The Linux Foundation unveiled the Overture Maps Foundation a few days ago. The project aims to develop an open-source mapping system that could become the backbone of other mapping services that compete against Google Maps.

      • Linux Foundation Forms Open Mapping Initiative

        The Linux Foundation has formed the Overture Maps Foundation, “a collaborative effort to develop interoperable open map data as a shared asset.”

        Overture Maps aims to create an “easy-to-use ecosystem of map data,” according to the website. And, through development of a Global Entity Reference System, Overture will work to “simplify interoperability” and “combine resources to build map data that is complete, accurate, and refreshed as the physical world changes,” the announcement says.

      • PR NewswireThe Linux Foundation’s AgStack Project to Build World’s First Global Dataset of Agricultural Field Boundaries [Ed: 'Linux' Foundation as front group for IBM et al, misusing the name of a kernel]

        The Linux Foundation, a global nonprofit organization enabling innovation through open source, today announced that its AgStack project will host a new open source code base, alongside a fully automated, continuous computation engine, to create, maintain and host a global dataset of boundaries’ “registry” for agricultural fields to aid in such things as food traceability, carbon tracking, crop production, and other field-level analytics.

      • PR NewswireAutomotive Grade Linux Showcases Open Source Technology and Software Defined Vehicle at CES 2023

        Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a cross-industry effort developing an open source platform for all connected car technologies, will be at CES 2023 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, West Hall Booth #4141 from January 5-8, 2023.

    • Security

      • PIADo You Still Need an Antivirus? – PIA VPN Blog [Ed: Poorly composed.]

        Last, but certainly not least is Linux, an open-source operating system that renders it intrinsically safe and transparent. Malware which targets Linux systems is exceedingly rare, so if you’re considering a safer OS for your next machine, you might want to check it out.

        Linux, by design, uses the principle of least privilege, wherein every user can only enter specific areas of the system. This limits catastrophic disruption in the event of a malware attack since the malicious code will be barred entry in sensitive system areas.

        Even if Linux malware infects the system, it shouldn’t be able to affect the OS core, not without help. Linux is the least common OS among everyday users, compared to Windows and macOS, making it less attractive as a target for attacks.

        That said, Linux is still the de-facto OS used in enterprise and mission-critical environments. Servers running Linux distros are constantly hit by DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks, viruses, spyware, ransomware, and worms. Zero-day attacks are also recorded.

      • Bruce SchneierTrojaned Windows Installer Targets Ukraine – Schneier on Security [Ed: Every country, including Ukraine, should not be using Windows at all]

        Mandiant is reporting on a trojaned Windows installer that targets Ukrainian users. The installer was left on various torrent sites, presumably ensnaring people downloading pirated copies of the operating system…

      • LWNSecurity updates for Tuesday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Fedora (mujs) and SUSE (kernel and thunderbird).

      • CISACISA Releases Six Industrial Control Systems Advisories | CISA

        CISA released six Industrial Control Systems (ICS) advisories on December 20, 2022. These advisories provide timely information about current security issues, vulnerabilities, and exploits surrounding ICS.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Make Tech EasierEpic Games to Pay Record FTC Fine for Children’s Privacy Violations – Make Tech Easier

          Epic Games will have to start changing its tune. After making Apple the bully in its fight against the App Store ecosystem, the FTC has fined Epic Games $275 million for violating the children’s privacy law with Fortnite and will have to refund $245 million for practices that tricked users into paying unwanted charges.


          The Depart of Justice on behalf of the FTC filed two separate settlements and is forcing Epic Games to create strong privacy settings for minors. Along with accusing the FTC of tricking minors into unwanted charges and retaining children’s information without parental consent, it also left voice and text chat open on the Fortnite game by default.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

        • Public KnowledgeElection Disinformation 2022: The Battlefield Shifts Again – Public Knowledge

          After the presidential election in 2020, Public Knowledge reported on how effectively digital platforms had countered the “election misinformation war,” meaning the torrent of election misinformation flowing across their platforms. We concluded, as we did during the COVID-19 pandemic, that “in a high-stakes and high-visibility situation, platforms will develop new standards and solutions to problems they previously claimed were impossible to solve.” Days after that election, we theorized that the dominant platforms had taken sufficient accountability for the content on their platforms that Americans could safely get to the polls and vote. But we warned of a new risk: that an extended vote-counting period – due in part to COVID-19 precautions that encouraged early and mail-in voting – would allow misinformation to erode trust in the results after the election.

          We published that blog post two months before the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. On that day and in the weeks since, we have learned a great deal about the potential for violence stemming directly from election-related networked disinformation. (Misinformation – that is, false information that isn’t deliberately misleading – holds the potential for harm. However, because of its role in elections, in particular, we will focus here on networked disinformation: deliberately false information seeded and spread in the interest of power or profit, in this case to influence elections.) We have seen how election-related conspiracy theories and disinformation, long after the actual election, can be used to justify a record-breaking number of new laws designed to suppress voting or distort the electoral process, and to further the campaigns of election-denying political candidates seeking to take over the administration of elections. We’ve also seen harassment, intimidation, and threats directed at the people – including volunteers – that administer U.S. elections.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Internet Freedom Foundation2022 Year In Review: A recap of how sustained legal efforts advanced digital rights

        The legal team at IFF has been working hard to address important digital rights issues, such as internet shutdowns, mandatory imposition of Aarogya Setu, illegal website blocking, unlawful spying and use of facial recognition technology. In 2020 and 2021, we brought these issues to the attention of Constitutional Courts. This year, we are seeing the fruits of our labour, with positive outcomes from cases filed in previous years and additional victories that have advanced the digital rights of every Indian. For example, Mr. Tanul Thakur’s case against the illegal ban on his website was filed in 2019 and saw positive outcomes in 2022. Additionally, our sustained efforts have resulted in 5 more important victories this year, all of which we have summarised in this post below.

        Clearly, litigation is a process that requires patience and sustained support over the years. If you believe in the efforts that we describe, please support us. Our members enable us to perform the important task of defending digital freedoms in courts. We are grateful to the litigants for trusting us with their cases and our network of collaborating lawyers who spent countless hours working pro bono.

    • Monopolies

      • Public KnowledgePublic Knowledge Responds to Omnibus Spending Package – Public Knowledge

        Today, Congressional leadership unveiled a roughly $1.7 trillion deal to fund the U.S. government through fiscal year 2023. The package includes provisions that would benefit consumers by taking steps towards promoting adoption of broadband through device access and assisting greater antitrust enforcement, but, unfortunately, abandons popular antitrust bills designed to rein in Big Tech. Public Knowledge looks forward to working with the new Congress next year to promote a competitive marketplace for Big Tech, help close the digital divide, and better protect consumers.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Star Log 2022-12-19 Evening (Fairbanks, AK, US)

        Last night my family and I visited some relatives for a movie party. The skies were clear, and the location was about 20 miles outside of the Fairbanks light pollution. So, while everybody else watched the movie, I snuck outside for some stargazing. I did not have any astronomy equipment with me, so it was a naked-eye session. It was also -17 ℉ (-27 ℃), but fortunately I had brought most of my cold-weather gear, and I was able also to warm up in the Suburban when necessary.

    • Technical

      • Programming

        • Don’t Quote Me

          Another option (at the cost of time, complexity, and other drawbacks) would be to use a YAML library to modify test.yml. An advantage is that the substitutions can be better controlled; if test.yaml were ever modified (and how would you know?) to have a key such as EXAMPLE_MAIL_CONTACT_FILE, this new key would be mangled by the simple substitution on EXAMPLE_MAIL_CONTACT. This would not be the case with the substitutions confined to non-key portions of the YAML.

          On the other hand, YAML libraries can be complicated and may do undesirable things such as to reorder your carefully organized Ansible configuration stanzas. In that case, I’ve used simple regex modifications, similar to the above, combined with a very careful review of the diff. This was suitable for a one-time bulk edit of the YAML.

        • Embedding Wren, pt2

          It’s Xmas time, which, amongst other things, means I have no guilt about working on the side project for a few days…

          So I’m back on the EH500!

          The last time I picked this up was in the Summer, so I decided to finish embedding Wren and get the rest of the “console” exposed to script.

        • GCC code generation quirks

          I’ve been stuck upside down in a peculiar pit of hell, a strange combination of pure joy and absolute frustration. Some of you know I’ve succumbed to a monumental bucket list project, trying to harness and integrate a C compiler (gcc for now) into a Forth/Lisp/Smalltalk-like interactive environment, with function-level compilation and immediate linking, image, sources integration, and all the good stuff.

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

[Meme] Denying Security Breaches, Excuses No-one

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Security at 12:00 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

We outsourced all the passwords to spying firms; but added 2FA on top
“It seemed like a good idea at the time…”

Summary: The ‘Mickey Mouse’ security at Sirius ‘Open Source’ followed the staff exodus or the management’s infinitely admirable ability to drive away essential technical staff


Sirius ‘Open Source’ Outsourcing Confidential Information to Spying Companies in Another Continent

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Security at 11:32 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Putin koala: I got all of his passwords! Not my fault!

Summary: The Sirius ‘Open Source’ management made the decision (without any consultation with the staff affected) to outsource key operations to foreign, third-party entities that are subjected to the US government's prying eyes and several of the National Security Agency's programs; this affected clients as well (usually without their awareness, let alone consent)

THIS is the last part of the third section of a report I left with the company before leaving at the start of this month. There will be a lot more information about this scandal next month. Recent E-mails are appended below (with certain stuff redacted for privacy’s sake).

I cautioned about this repeatedly (for about 4 years) and suffered retribution, threats, and more. Nothing has improved since then.

As just a little sample, please see the E-mails at the bottom (recent); shared in the future will be some longer E-mails about this issue.

But first… the report.

The morale around that time was low, set aside COVID-19 becoming a growing problem, along with lock-downs. Roy noted that in order to comply with the law he cannot post clients’ details on the Slack network. So he chose to obey the regulations and the law, in line with security standards. Stuff like “hi” is probably considered OK and safe enough for Slack, but not addresses, passwords etc. Things have not improved since, as the final section notes again (with examples).

This long section, along with written messages as evidence, is very important. Bad leadership worsened the corporate climate and changed how people viewed the company from within, if not from the outside as well.

This document now proceeds to a discussion about the latest and maybe the final blow. The company already had capacity issues (not enough staff to cover shifts) and now it’s even worse.

Roy and Rianne hoped to prevent a ‘death spiral’ and ironically enough it seems like the company wants to accelerate its own ‘death spiral’, due to tactless, insensitive remarks.

One of many messages to that effect — messages which I was sending for years to highlight the problem. Of course nothing was done about this; usually there was not even as much as a reply. Hush hush as a company-wide policy…

This one is from August of this year:

Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2022 09:00:50 +0100
MIME-Version: 1.0
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.6) Gecko/20050317
 Thunderbird/1.0.2 Mnenhy/
From: Roy Schestowitz
Subject: Handover to Shift 2 (30/08/22)
To: [whole team]



users need to change all the passwords they have there and not keep them
there if they value real security not paper mills.

Another one from August of this year:

Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2022 03:10:53 +0100
MIME-Version: 1.0
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.6) Gecko/20050317
 Thunderbird/1.0.2 Mnenhy/
Content-Language: en-US
From: Roy Schestowitz
Subject: Slack admits to leaking hashed passwords for five years
To: [whole team]
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit


Does not surprise me at all. They only admit this because they got
caught, hence they need to spin this somehow, belittling the severity,
just as LastPass did after several blunders (it had suffered a breach).
The way forward is self-hosting and encrypting things (on server one
controls, not leasing).

Former Executive Director John Sullivan Has Left the Free Software Foundation (FSF)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF at 10:21 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

2021 (after he had been pressured by an online mob, became “outgoing” but remained ad interim for a graceful transition and advising the successor):

FSF executive director John Sullivan in 2021

Months ago:

FSF executive director John Sullivan and Kooyman in 2022


Kooyman at FSF

Hours ago:

December's FSF opening

Summary: Former FSF executive director John Sullivan, who served in this role for many years, has left completely, based on the “staff” page, the Internet Archive (Wayback Machine), and a new job opening

Links 20/12/2022: Epic Games Fined Over Privacy Abuse, Tails 5.8 Released

Posted in News Roundup at 7:52 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Applications

      • TecMint16 Best Microsoft Teams Alternatives For Linux

        Brief: In this guide, we explore the best Microsoft Teams alternatives for Linux that you can use to streamline your workflows and collaborate with your friends and colleagues.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Terence EdenYou Don’t Need HTML!

        And I thought… do you even need HTML to make a website?

        A few hours later, I launched the NO-HT.ML website. Proving, once and for all, that you don’t need HTML to make a beautiful1 responsive2, and useful3 website which everyone will love4.

      • MarkMigrating My Blog to a New Host with no Downtime

        My blog is finally running on a new host! I learned a lot about DNS and SSL certificates during the transition and it tickled the curious part of my brain that loves puzzles and problems. I love doing things the “right way” and “the hard way” to learn and I hope this might educate or be a good reference in the future. I aimed to do my migration with no downtime, but my website did go down for a few minutes. For that, I explained what I did wrong and what I believe is the better method.

    • Games

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • BSD

      • APNICBe careful with that ping, FreeBSD

        Out of the blue, an interesting Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE), formally called CVE-2022-23093 has emerged, which exploits one of the fundamental tools of the Internet stack: Ping, the command that implements the Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) as it’s universally known.

    • Debian Family

      • 9to5LinuxPrivacy-Focused Tails 5.8 Enables Wayland by Default, Adds New Persistent Storage

        The Debian-based Tails 5.8 privacy-focused Linux distribution has been released today and it’s a major update that brings exciting new features and better security for those who want to stay anonymous while browsing the Internet.

        The biggest change in Tails 5.8 is the fact that Wayland is now used as the default display system instead of X.Org Server for an extra layer of security. For Tails specifically, the switch to Wayland reenables the Unsafe Browser, which was disabled a few releases ago due to a security vulnerability in X11.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Doug BrownUpgrading my old Chumby 8 Linux kernel part 1: U-Boot

        As I mentioned in my last post, I spent a good chunk of my spare time over the past 6 months working on a project I’ve been thinking about for over a decade. I bought a Chumby 8 in 2011. It’s an 8″ touchscreen device powered by the Marvell PXA166 processor. It is essentially a souped-up digital picture frame with extra capabilities like speakers, a microphone, and Wi-Fi. There are a bunch of little Flash-based “apps” you can install for stuff like pictures, music, sports scores, weather, games, etc. I have no idea how many of the apps still work these days. Chumby actually went out of business a few months after I bought mine, although one of the founders stepped up to keep the service running. A variant of this device was also created for Insignia, which was called the Infocast 8″ Internet Media Display.

      • Mark Allen GroupOpen-Source, Reusable Software Stack Enables Real-Time Processing and Algorithm Development for CbM

        The CN0549 CbM platform provides system flexibility and a myriad of software resources to designers when developing their applications. A deep dive into the software stacks has been provided with discussions around how the different components can be leveraged for CbM and predictive maintenance (PdM) developments. Due to the openness of the software, HDL, schematics, and integrations with data science tools, designers can leverage the components they need for their end system throughout the entire stack. In summary, this condition monitoring design offers an easy to use out-of-the-box solution, complete with open-source software and hardware, to provide flexibility and allow designers to achieve better, customized results in less time.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Andrew HutchingsAcorn RiscPC: Upgrades Part 4

        What is likely the final batch of upgrades has arrived for my RiscPC. This is exciting stuff as I got some games running on it too. Let’s get into it.

      • Kian RyanThe Rough And Ready Guide To Getting Your RC2014 Pro Online

        Back in t’day (drops 20p in t’swear jar), before the advent of the Internet as we know it in its current form, computers talked to each other using BBS software and terminal programs. You dialled the remote machine, the modem on the other side would pick up and a conversation would ensue, machine to machine.

        The internet abstracted all this away, and we moved towards a model where your computer connected to an Internet Service Provider, and then all your traffic is routed over a global network of connected machines.

      • MeduzaForeign manufacturers stop delivering ‘Russian’ Baikal and Elbrus microchips to Russia — Meduza

        The foreign producers of the nominally “Russian” Baikal and Elbrus CPUs have stopped delivering them to Russia.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • SANSHunting for Mastodon Servers

      The problem with this decentralized platform, the number of servers keeps growing, and there are many domain names to track to detect Mastodon traffic. Hopefully, it’s possible to generate the list of servers through an API call.

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

      • MarkWhy does my blog HTTP 503 Service Unavailable when I click around using Firefox on iPhone?

        After migrating my blog to a new host, I noticed my website would crawl to a halt while I clicked around. I would see hangs ranging from 4 seconds to 15 seconds. If I click enough, I’d eventually see HTTP 503 Service Unavailable. Why was visiting my website causing it to hang? Here’s my debugging story.

        It was strange. In my previous post, I shared some tests measuring my website’s response times and the numbers were beautifully performant. Yet, I was seeing and feeling something very different. CURL would return within one second, but my real-world experience was terrible. So what was the difference?

    • GNU Projects

      • TecMintProgress – Show Percentage of Copied Data for (cp, mv, dd, tar) Commands

        Progress, formerly known as Coreutils Viewer, is a light C command that searches for coreutils basic commands such as cp, mv, tar, dd, gzip/gunzip, cat, grep, etc currently being executed on the system and shows the percentage of data copied, it only runs on Linux and Mac OS X operating systems.

        Additionally, it also displays important aspects such as estimated time and throughput and offers users a “top-like” mode.

  • Leftovers

    • HackadayMouse Whisperer Keeps You Working, Even When You Need A Break

      When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade, right? What about when life hands you annoyingly intrusive work-from-home policies that require you to physically stay at your computer even though you really, REALLY need to go to the bathroom, but can’t be trusted to act like a responsible adult who won’t get diverted by TV or the fridge on the way back? In that case, you build something like the Mouse Whisperer — because malicious compliance is the best kind of compliance.

    • Common DreamsNews Sites Took Nearly $1 Million From Consultant Pushing Power Companies’ Agenda: Report

      Alabama Power and Florida Power & Light hired a political consulting firm that paid six news websites in the two states nearly a million dollars as they attacked officials seeking to hold the polluting utilities accountable, an investigation revealed Monday.

      “Matrix sought to ensure much coverage was secretly driven by the priorities of its clients.”

    • The NationA Gift Guide for the Whole Planet

      My husband and I stopped exchanging gifts a few years ago. Instead, we make donations and do something fun, like see a play. It’s great: no shiny new books to add to the teetering tower of unread tomes, no scarves to add to the overflowing basket of same, and especially no complicated kitchen equipment to gaze up reproachfully from next to that never-used air fryer I got from a neighbor on Freecycle. Whether or not you give presents to your loved ones, here are some suggestions for your end-of-year donations.

    • Science

      • HackadayLaser Fusion Ignition: Putting Nuclear Fusion Breakthroughs Into Perspective

        This month the media was abuzz with the announcement that the US National Ignition Facility (NIF) had accomplished a significant breakthrough in the quest to achieve commercial nuclear fusion. Specifically, the announcement was that a net fusion energy gain (Q) had been measured of about 1.5: for an input of 2.05 MJ, 3.15 MJ was produced.

    • Education

    • Hardware

      • HackadayPhotography, The Stereo Way

        Most consumer-grade audio equipment has been in stereo since at least the 1960s, allowing the listener to experience sounds with a three-dimensional perspective as if they were present when the sound was originally made. Stereo photography has lagged a little behind the stereo audio trend, though, with most of the technology existing as passing fads or requiring clumsy hardware to experience fully. Not so with the DIY stereoscopic cameras like this one produced by this group of 3D photography enthusiasts, who have also some methods to view the photos in 3D without any extra hardware.

      • HackadaySnail Mail Notifier’s Simple Power Management To Maximize Battery Life

        There are no weird, specialized components nor esoteric sleep mode tricks behind the long battery life of [Zak]’s WiFi mail slot watcher. Just some sensible design and clever focus on the device’s purpose: to send an HTTP request whenever it detects that the front door’s mail slot has been opened. The HTTP request is what kicks off useful notifications, but it’s the hardware design that’s really worth a peek.

      • HackadayIO Connected Radio Alarm Clock

        [CoreWeaver] creates an alarm clock that includes features one might expect in such a project, including an FM radio, snooze button inputs and a display, but goes beyond the basic functionality to include temperature sensing and a PC connection, opening the way for customizable functionality.

      • HackadayIt’s Ethernet, From An SPI Interface

        Over the years as microcontrollers have become fast enough to do the heavy lifting, we have become used to 10 megabit Ethernet being bit-banged from interfaces it was never meant to emerge from. We think however that we’ve never seen one driven from an SPI interface, so this one from [Ivan] may be a first. With a cleverly designed transceiver using logic chips, it even offers a chance to understand something about the timing of an Ethernet interface, too.

      • Hackaday35mm Film Restoration Process Explained

        For a large part of the 20th century, motion pictures were distributed on nitrate film. Although cheaper for the studios, this film was highly flammable and prone to decay. On top of that, most film prints were simply discarded once they had been through their run at the cinema, so a lot of film history has been lost.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Common DreamsUpending of Daily Life During Pandemic Led to Traumatic Stress Among US Mothers: Study

        A study by the National Institute of Health in the first 16 months of the coronavirus pandemic found that mothers in the U.S. were especially likely to report high levels of stress during the public health crisis if they experienced major disruptions to their daily lives at work, their children’s schools, or in their interactions with their communities—as the majority of people surveyed said they did.

        The NIH’s Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program surveyed more than 11,000 mothers between April 2020 and August 2021—the largest study to date regarding how mothers experienced the pandemic.

      • Counter PunchThe Meat Industry Has Created a False Dichotomy That Pits People Against Animals

        This narrative has made it easy for the meat industry to create a false dichotomy that pits people against animals: “Do you care more about a pig than my family’s livelihood?”

        It’s now been decades with factory farming as the dominant industry, but have rural communities actually experienced their purported economic benefits? Has factory farming made life easier for the people in small towns?

      • TruthOutWest Virginia Officials Hamper Public Health Measures Amid Local HIV Outbreak
      • Common DreamsJust in Time for Holidays, Dems May Embrace GOP Plan to Boot Millions Off Medicaid

        With congressional leadership expected to imminently release the text of omnibus government funding legislation, Politico revealed Monday that Democrats are preparing to join with Republicans who have demanded an end to Medicaid policies enacted because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

        As part of pandemic relief legislation passed in 2020, Congress boosted Medicaid funding to states but imposed a “continuous coverage” requirement, barring them from cutting off most enrollees from the government healthcare program until after the public health emergency (PHE) officially ends.

      • US Dept Of Health and Human ServicesUse of Online Tracking Technologies by HIPAA Covered Entities and Business Associates

        Tracking technologies are used to collect and analyze information about how users interact with regulated entities’ websites or mobile applications (“apps”). For example, a regulated entity may engage a technology vendor to perform such analysis as part of the regulated entity’s health care operations.5 The HIPAA Rules apply when the information that regulated entities collect through tracking technologies or disclose to tracking technology vendors includes protected health information (PHI).6 Some regulated entities may share sensitive information with online tracking technology vendors and such sharing may be unauthorized disclosures of PHI with such vendors.7Regulated entities are not permitted to use tracking technologies in a manner that would result in impermissible disclosures8 of PHI to tracking technology vendors or any other violations of the HIPAA Rules. For example, disclosures of PHI to tracking technology vendors for marketing purposes, without individuals’ HIPAA-compliant authorizations, would constitute impermissible disclosures.9

      • The Guardian UKTikTok self-harm study results ‘every parent’s nightmare’

        The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) found that the video-sharing site will promote content including dangerously restrictive diets, pro-self-harm content and content romanticising suicide to users who show a preference for the material, even if they are registered as under-18s.

      • India TimesTikTok bans hit more U.S. states; security firm says most access blocked globally

        TikTok on Monday reiterated a statement, saying the company was “disappointed that so many states are jumping on the political bandwagon to enact policies based on unfounded falsehoods about TikTok that will do nothing to advance the national security of the United States.”Some 19 of the 50 U.S. states have now at least partially blocked access on government computers to TikTok, which is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd. Most of the restrictions came within the past two weeks.

        Some members of Congress last week proposed a nationwide ban, which would follow countries such as India that have already prohibited its use.

    • Security

      • Integrity/Availability/Authenticity

        • APNICSecuring NTP against MITM attacks

          The Network Time Protocol (NTP) is one of the oldest Internet protocols that is still widely used. The protocol has no security mechanisms, communication is unencrypted, and there is no authentication between client and server or safeguards against manipulation of network packets. Attacks against NTP can have a serious impact because other protocols are dependent on the accuracy of the system time, such as DNSSEC, Kerberos, and TLS.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • NYOBStatement on EU Comission adequacy decision on US

          Today, the European Commission issued a new adequacy decision replacing the “Privacy Shield” decision, that was previously invalidated by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) over US surveillance. The CJEU required (1) that US surveillance is proportionate within the meaning of Article 52 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights (CFR) and (2) that there is access to judicial redress, as required under Article 47 CFR. Updated US law (Executive Order 14086) seems to fail on both requirements, as it does not change the situation from the previously applicable PPD-28. There is continuous “bulk surveillance” and a “court” that is not an actual court. Therefore, any EU “adequacy decision” that is based on Executive Order 14086 will likely not satisfy the CJEU.

        • Citizen LabMass Iris Scan Collection in Qinghai

          Of the 189 publicly available sources we uncovered, 53 contained figures for the number of iris scans police had collected. Based on our analysis of these 53 reports, we estimate that between March 2019 and July 2022, police may have collected between roughly 1,248,075 and 1,452,035 iris scans, representing between one fifth (21.1%) and one quarter (25.6%) of Qinghai’s total population (5.9 million). The number of irises scanned would make mass iris scan collection in Qinghai the largest known program conducted in China relative to population, with the possible exception of an earlier program in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

        • Krebs On SecurityHacked Ring Cams Used to Record Swatting Victims

          Two U.S. men have been charged with hacking into the Ring home security cameras of a dozen random people and then “swatting” them — falsely reporting a violent incident at the target’s address to trick local police into responding with force. Prosecutors say the duo used the compromised Ring devices to stream live video footage on social media of police raiding their targets’ homes, and to taunt authorities when they arrived.

        • TechdirtSurprise: Telehealth Startups Playing Fast And Loose With Sensitive User Medical Data

          From the Internet of very broken things to telecom networks, the state of U.S. privacy and user security is arguably pathetic. It’s 2022 and we still don’t have even a basic privacy law for the Internet era, in large part because over-collection of data is too profitable to a wide swath of industries, which, in turn, lobby Congress to do either nothing, or the wrong thing.

      • Confidentiality

        • SequoiaPGPThe Sequoia GnuPG Chameleon 0.1 Is Released

          We are pleased to announce the first release of the Chameleon, Sequoia’s reimplementation of the GnuPG interface. This is a technology preview, but we encourage developers who integrate GnuPG into their software to see whether it works with the Chameleon.

          The Chameleon is a re-implementation and drop-in replacement of gpg and gpgv using the Sequoia OpenPGP implementation.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • The NationDOJ Lawyers Are Cowards if They Don’t Indict Trump

        As many have noted: these criminal referrals legally mean jack squat. Congress is not a law enforcement body. Congress can write the laws, but it’s up to others to determine if those laws have been violated. That’s a good thing, and the next two years of Kevin McCarthy and the Republican Congress hunting Hunter Biden’s penis pics will prove the wisdom of having at least nominal separation of powers between our political bodies and our law enforcement apparatus.

        Unfortunately, Merrick Garland’s Department of Justice is the law enforcement body responsible for holding the people who attacked the country accountable. Whether Trump is actually charged for the crimes the Select Committee laid out is, and has always been, up to the discretion of Garland and the DOJ.

      • ADFFears Of Islamic State Presence Grow In South Africa

        In November, less than a week after the United States and other countries issued a terror alert in South Africa, the U.S. Treasury Department filed sanctions against four Durban men who allegedly procure weapons and money for ISIS.

      • QuartzThe UK can deport asylum seekers to Rwanda, the high court has ruled

        “On the evidence before this court, the government has made arrangements with the government of Rwanda which are intended to ensure that the asylum claims of people relocated to Rwanda are properly determined in Rwanda,” read part of a summary of the judgement by Lord Justice Lewis, who oversaw the high court case.

      • Common DreamsUK Court Upholds ‘Inhumane’ Plan to Send Asylum-Seekers to Rwanda

        Human rights advocates on Monday vowed to continue fighting the United Kingdom’s plan to deport asylum-seekers to Rwanda if they arrive in the U.K. after crossing the English Channel by boat, after the country’s High Court ruled that the Conservative Party’s plan is lawful.

        “If the government moves ahead with these harmful plans, it would damage the U.K.’s reputation as a country that values human rights.”

      • JURISTUK plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda lawful, judges rule

        One of the judges, Lord Justice Lewis, said, “The court has concluded that it is lawful for the government to make arrangements for relocating asylum seekers to Rwanda and for their asylum claims to be determined in Rwanda rather than in the United Kingdom.” But he added that the home secretary “has not properly considered” eight individual cases, meaning the decisions to send these people to Rwanda will now be returned to the Home Office.

      • France24UK plan to deport asylum-seekers to Rwanda is legal, court rules

        More than 44,000 people have arrived in Britain across the Channel this year, and several have died in the attempt, including four last week when a boat capsized in freezing weather.

      • The NationDefense Contractors Are Escorting Us Down the Path to Armageddon

        Hey, cheer up because it truly is a beauty! I’m talking about this country’s latest “stealth bomber,” the B-21 Raider, just revealed by Northrop Grumman, the company that makes it, in all its glory. With its striking bat-winged shape and its ability to deliver a very big bang (as in nuclear weapons), it’s our very own “bomber of the future.” As Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin put it at its explosive debut, it will “fortify America’s ability to deter aggression, today and into the future.” Now, that truly makes me proud to be an American.

      • Counter PunchA Blueprint For Peace In Ukraine

        My blueprint for peace is simple.  1. Ceasefire based on the UN Charter, 2. A ban on deliveries of weapons to the belligerents, 3. UN organized international assistance to all populations suffering because of the war, lack of energy, lack of food, etc. 4. UN organized and monitored referenda in Crimea and Donbas, 5. Lifting of sanctions that have nullified the benefits of globalization, broken supply chains, upset international trade, endangered food security, 6. Drafting of a new security architecture for Europe and the world, 7. Establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to hear the grievances from all sides, 8. Punishment of war crimes by the respective governments, e.g. Ukrainian crimes to be investigated and prosecuted by Ukrainian judges, Russian crimes to be investigated and punished by Russian tribunals.

        There is no valid binary analysis or division of the world into “good guys” and “bad guys”.  There has always been good in the bad and bad in the good.  A binary analysis is only possible if one refuses to consider the opinions of all belligerents, and of the rest of humanity — as it watches this tragedy unfold.  There are root causes of the catastrophe that we are witnessing, and if we want to formulate a viable blueprint for peace, we must not look at it exclusively from the “Western” perspective, but also take into account the views of 1.5 Billion Chinese, 1.5 Billion Indians, 240 million Pakistanis, 170 million Bangladeshis, 280 million Indonesians, 220 million Nigerians, 220 million Brazilians, 140 million Mexicans etc.  The stakes are too high, and we Americans and Europeans have no right to risk the survival of the planet because of an internal European querelle.  For the average African, Asian or Latin American, it is wholly irrelevant whether Crimea is in Russia or in Ukraine.  A nuclear war must not be fought over this.

      • Telex (Hungary)BKV donates 15 scrapped but functioning buses to Ukraine
      • Counter PunchCan the Left Disagree Without Being Disagreeable?

        There is no war that I have experienced that has been as devastating as the war on Iraq, which snatched the lives of millions, devastated the lives of the entire population, and left the country scarred beyond belief. No doubt other reporters who are in Ukraine will come with their own stories. There is no comparison of warzones, one more deadly than the other, although the sheer destruction of Iraq compares to the pain inflicted on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the atomic bombs.

        Wars are to be opposed and every effort must be made to prevent wars and to end wars.

      • Counter PunchWill Ukraine Become Another Ceaseless War?

        Refugees who are at first warmly accepted as victims of tyranny may outstay their welcome and become resented and even hated. This is what happened to the five million Syrians who fled to Turkey and one million to Lebanon after 2011. The wars in Somalia and Yemen are not only endless, but are escalating.

        Will the Ukraine conflict become another of these ceaseless wars? It is difficult to see why it should not, since neither Moscow nor Kyiv is likely to win a decisive victory but they still hope to improve their political and diplomatic position on the battlefield. The Russians are using precision-guided missiles and drones to destroy the Ukrainian infrastructure and the Ukrainians are beginning to fire missiles back at ostensibly military targets. It may not be long before they decide that if they are going to sit in the dark, so too will the Russians.

      • Counter PunchBiden’s National Security Team is Trailing Badly at Halftime

        Conversely, the preoccupation with Ukraine has kept the Biden team from pursuing alternatives to the feckless dual containment policy against Russia and China; the maximalist (and similarly feckless) denuclearization policies against Iran and North Korea; the emphasis on increased military spending; and the unwillingness to pursue arms control and disarmament measures.  A dialogue is needed with North Korea, and Biden should have returned to the Iran nuclear accord.  But the Biden team doesn’t even include a disarmament specialist!

        Although Biden can claim credit for ending the “forever wars” in Iraq and Afghanistan, the record spending on defense, which includes an $80 billion increase over last year’s spending as well as the emphasis on costly weapons systems points to business as usual.  The increase in spending alone is far more than Russia spending on its entire defense budget.  In fact, with the exception of China, this year’s increase is greater than every defense budget in the global community. The mainstream media approved the unrestrained defense spending, and merely highlighted the fact that the defense bill rescinded the Pentagon mandate regarding the coronavirus vaccine.

      • TruthOutJanuary 6 Committee Unanimously, Formally Accuses Trump of Insurrection
      • Common DreamsOpinion | Arming Robots Is Too Dangerous

        San Francisco was embroiled in controversy earlier this month over a proposal to allow police to deploy robots armed with deadly weapons. After initially greenlighting the technology, the Board of Supervisors reversed course due to widespread public outcry. For the time being, killer robots are banned in San Francisco, but the controversy there has put the issue in the national spotlight. People are increasingly aware that this technology exists and that some police departments want to deploy it.

      • Common Dreams‘Time to Prosecute’: Jan. 6 Panel Unanimously Refers Trump to DOJ for Criminal Charges

        The congressional committee probing the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on Monday concluded its proceedings by unanimously voting to recommend that Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Justice Department investigate former President Donald Trump and some of his associates for four crimes in connection with the deadly insurrection.

        “Donald Trump knowingly and corruptly repeated election fraud lies, which incited his supporters to violence on January 6.”

      • Counter PunchChallenging the Fake Antiwar Left on Ukraine

        This time Eric takes on some of the arguments put forward by those on the Left who advocate for immediate negotiation as they claim to be the voice of the authentic “antiwar” Left. Eric addresses claims about NATO, US arms to Ukraine, the objectives of the Biden Administration, Putin’s justifications for the war, and much more.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Where Is the Debate Over This Bloated, Immoral Pentagon Budget?

        Congress is on track in the coming week to give final approval to a national military budget for the fiscal year that is expected to reach about $858 billion—or $45 billion more than President Biden had requested and 8 percent more than last year.

      • ScheerpostCongress Just Passed $858 Billion Military Budget, But GOP Is Blocking $12 Billion to Fight Child Poverty

        “This isn’t using our taxpayer dollars wisely,” said one analyst. “It’s robbing programs that we need.”

      • MeduzaSaving Private Alexey A Russian prisoner joins a private military company to follow his conscripted twin to Ukraine, but his brother dies and now the mercenary is missing — Meduza

        In September, a Russian prisoner named Alexey who had just a few months left on his sentence decided to sign a contract with the Wagner private military company (PMC) after learning that his twin brother, Konstantin, had been drafted to fight in Ukraine. Now Konstantin is dead, and the twins’ family is desperately lobbying the Wagner Group to return Alexey, who has been out of contact since early November. But their pleas are being ignored.

      • MeduzaPutin issues decree to grant veterans free land plots in Moscow region and Crimea — Meduza

        Vladimir Putin has signed a decree instructing authorities in the Moscow region, Crimea, and Sevastopol to pass legislation to grant plots of land to veterans of the war in Ukraine free of charge.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

    • Environment

      • RTLEU reaches deal on major carbon market reform

        EU member states and parliamentarians on Sunday announced an agreement for a major reform to the bloc’s carbon market, the central plank of its ambitions to reduce emissions and invest in climate-friendly technologies.

        The deal aims to accelerate emissions cuts, phase out free allowances to industries and targets fuel emissions from the building and road transport sectors, according to a European Parliament statement.

      • RTLFrance bans disposable packaging, utensils in fast-food restaurants

        Restaurants have been preparing for months to implement a rule that comes into force on January 1, which for many has upended business models based on single-use packaging and utensils, both for eating in and for take-out.

        The roughly 30,000 fast-food outlets in France serve six billion meals a year, generating an estimated 180,000 tons of waste.

      • Helsinki TimesHS: Finland contributes to warming as much as it did in early 1990s

        The turnaround is attributable to the adoption of more accurate calculation methods at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). The updated calculations reveal that the carbon sink of forests has eroded so much in the past decade that it has undone the otherwise commendable emission reductions and, as a result, jeopardises the government-stated objective of becoming carbon neutral by 2035.

        The objective is inscribed in the newly adopted climate act.

      • Common DreamsA ‘Weak’ Global Biodiversity Pact Approved at COP15 Despite Objections of African Nations

        Over the objections of the Democratic Republic of Congo and frustrations by other African nations, a final draft of The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework was adopted in the early hours of Monday that conservationists say is not strong enough to prevent industries and corporate behemoths from continuing their destructive, profit-driven attacks on the natural world and vulnerable species.

        “The draft agreement is weak,” said An Lambrechts, leader of Greenpeace International’s delegation at the summit, following the release of the final draft text on Sunday. “This is an open invitation to greenwash. In its present shape, it won’t halt biodiversity loss, much less reverse it.”

      • TruthOutGlobal Biodiversity Pact Draft Is an “Open Invitation to Greenwash,” Critics Say
      • Energy

        • Helsinki TimesLUT is planning the first advanced research microreactor in Finland

          LUT University and Seattle-based Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aiming to deploy a micro-modular reactor (MMR®) as a research and test reactor in the city of Lappeenranta, Finland. The planned project will also involve local authorities and stakeholders.

        • ZimbabweZimbabwe’s current load shedding explained

          Zimbabwe’s power demand sits at 2100MW and at the time I am writing this we are producing 501MW of power. Less than 25% of the national demand. Is it a case that we don’t have enough power-generating stations to meet this demand?

        • New York TimesSam Bankman-Fried Said to Agree to Extradition After Chaotic Hearing

          The disgraced cryptocurrency mogul Sam Bankman-Fried has agreed to be extradited to the United States, one of his lawyers said on Monday, after a chaotic morning of legal maneuvering in which Mr. Bankman-Fried was shunted back and forth between court and prison in the Bahamas.

          Mr. Bankman-Fried is facing fraud charges in the United States related to the collapse of his cryptocurrency exchange, FTX, which was based in the Bahamas. Jerone Roberts, a local defense lawyer for Mr. Bankman-Fried, told reporters that his client had agreed to extradition voluntarily, defying “the strongest possible legal advice.”

        • The NationThe Crypto Scandal Is Also an Opportunity for the Left

          Sam Bankman-Fried’s empire of fraud was protected by the disguise of philanthropy, with the ideology of effective altruism used as justification for his once-immense fortune, estimated recently, at its peak, at over $26 billion. That fortune, always largely imaginary and speculative, is now gone. The Bahamas-based crypto exchange Bankman-Fried founded, FTX, is bankrupt. Bankman-Fried himself is facing a variety of criminal charges on fraud in both the Bahamas and the United States. Bankman-Fried’s philanthropy was always a shifty business (despite having prominent neoliberal apologists), since it was so clearly a vehicle for keeping cryptocurrency deregulated.1

        • Common Dreams‘Listen to Oregon’: Merkley, Wyden Urge FERC to Deny Expansion of Gas Pipeline

          U.S. Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden on Monday pressured federal regulators to reject a Canadian company’s attempt to expand a fracked gas pipeline, citing President Joe Biden’s climate promises, threats to Oregon’s frontline communities, and efforts by their state to fight the planetary crisis.

          “Rather than helping Americans, GTN Xpress would be supporting a market for dirty fossil gas from a foreign country.”

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Hollywood ReporterSteven Spielberg Says He “Truly” Regrets ‘Jaws’ Influence on the “Decimation of the Shark Population”

          “Thousands of fishers set out to catch trophy sharks after seeing Jaws,” he told the outlet, while suggesting — similar to other published studies — that the shark population was notably impacted by the release of the movie. “It was good blue-collar fishing. You didn’t have to have a fancy boat or gear — an average Joe could catch big fish, and there was no remorse since there was this mind-set that they were man-killers.”

          For that reason, Benchley spent parts of his life after the book’s publishing working to campaign to save the oceanic creatures his book had vilified. “Jaws was entirely a fiction,” he reportedly told the London Daily Express in 2006. “Knowing what I know now, I could never write that book today.”

    • Finance

      • ABCMom warns parents after son charges $16K on in-app game purchases

        Johnson, a real estate broker and mother of two, said that on July 9, she noticed the same charge of $106.34 appear on her bank statement 12 times in a row. In a transaction report shared by Johnson with “GMA,” there were also lesser charges of $53.16 and several more in the $200 to $600 range.

      • EFFEFF Receives $250k Grant from Craig Newmark Philanthropies

        This generous support will help EFF educate journalists about, and protect them from, digital and legal threats. It also will help us do public education, build coalitions, and conduct research into the disciplinary technologies that corporations, schools, and individuals use to violate people’s autonomy and privacy. 

        This grant, for work to be conducted through April 2023, is the latest in a series of grants made to EFF by the Craig Newmark Philanthropies, created by the founder of Craigslist to support causes including building networks to help protect the country in the cybersecurity world, defending against disinformation warfare, and fighting online harassment as well as support for ethical and trustworthy journalism, particularly in underserved communities. 

        EFF, founded in 1990, is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world, championing user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. Newmark is a member of EFF’s advisory board. 

      • Common DreamsOpinion | 10 Ways We Helped Dent Inequality in 2022

        Congratulations to everyone who worked to move the country and the world towards greater equity in 2022. Herewith are 10 of the most inspiring economic inequality victories of the year.

      • MeduzaDemand for foreign real estate more than doubled in Russia, compared to 2021 — Meduza

        The Russian buyers’ demand for foreign real estate has increased by a factor of 2.3, compared to 2021. Compared to the 2019 pre-pandemic demand for properties abroad, this is a 1.7-fold increase.

      • Counter PunchHow Colombia Will Tax the Wealthy
      • FAIRMedia Prescribe More ‘Pain’ for Workers as Inflation’s Only Cure

        Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell is profit’s prophet and the corporate media are his cultish devotees, joining hands to sacrifice working people. In this cult, profit is sacrosanct.

      • Common DreamsBiden Unveils Plan to Reduce Homelessness 25% by 2025

        The Biden administration on Monday released a plan that seeks to eventually eradicate homelessness in the United States, starting with a 25% reduction in the number of people suffering from a lack of reliable access to safe housing over the next two years.

        “My plan offers a roadmap for not only getting people into housing but also ensuring that they have access to the support, services, and income that allow them to thrive,” President Joe Biden said in a statement. “It is a plan that is grounded in the best evidence and aims to improve equity and strengthen collaboration at all levels.”

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • TechdirtAs Many Suspected, Elon’s Claims Of Jet Account Helping His Stalker Turned Out To Be Bogus

        That said, reporters Taylor Lorenz and Drew Harwell, both excellent tech reporters who were both suspended from Musk’s Twitter over the last few days, have a more complete story of the stalker, including talking to the guy. And it’s pretty damn clear that it has literally nothing to do with the ElonJet account, which did not dox him, nor help the crazed guy.

      • ScheerpostMatt Taibbi and Russell Brand Expose Twitter Policy

        “The Twitter Files with Matt Taibbi, who has been releasing internal documents from before Elon Musk purchased Twitter. Here Matt reveals everything we need to know about these revelations.”

      • TruthOutWarren: Musk Is Using Tesla to Prop Up Twitter’s Debts and Failures
      • Common Dreams‘I Will Abide’: In Self-Imposed Survey, 57.5% of Twitter Say Musk Should Step Down as CEO

        Update: After twelve hours of voting—and over 17.5 million accounts casting a digital response—the results of Elon Musk’s survey question on whether or not he should “step down” as head of Twitter determined the answer was resounding: Yes.

        With 17,502, 391 total votes, 57.5% said he should step aside while just 42.5% said he should not.

      • TechdirtI Speak Fluent ‘New Social Media CEO Who’s In Over Their Head’; Let Me Translate The Last Few Days Of Twitter Policy

        The last few days on Twitter have been, well, chaotic, I guess? Beyond the blocking of the ElonJet account, followed by the blocking of the @JoinMastodon account, then the blocking of journalists asking about all this and the silly made up defense of it, over the weekend, Twitter announced a new policy banning linking to or even displaying usernames on a whole host of other social media platforms:

      • Common DreamsCampaigners Declare ‘No… Democracy With Oligarchy’ at Twitter HQ

        Dozens of artists, labor advocates, and climate campaigners answered a call from Climate Justice Arts on Sunday, arriving at Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco to paint the company’s famed bird logo on the street outside along with pro-democracy messages.

        “Sick of billionaires, wealthy corporations, and their politicians mismanaging, profiteering, and wrecking our communities and planet?” read the invitation to community members. “Join us speaking out against oligarchy by painting a guerrilla street mural directly in front of San Francisco Twitter headquarters.”

      • The NationCitizen Musk

        Elon, we knew ye all too well. Elon Musk, the failed emperor of Twitter, will apparently be stepping down from his lofty perch after issuing a user poll asking whether he should remain head of the company. The poll appeared after yet another series of deranged miscalls and abuses on the site—from the random suspension of the accounts of Musk-critical journalists on the fabricated charge of doxxing Musk’s real-time whereabouts to an abrupt ban on promotional links to other social media platforms—which alienated even his previous supporters. It was scarcely surprising that the vote landed firmly in the “Leave” column.

      • ScheerpostDangerous “Kids Online Safety Act” Does Not Belong in Must-Pass Legislation

        Every year, Congress must follow through on an enormous and complicated task: agreeing on how to fund the government for the following year. The wrangling over spending often comes down to the wire, and this year, some Senators are considering shoehorning a controversial and unconstitutional bill, the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA), into the must-pass legislation. Make no mistake: KOSA is bad enough on its own, but putting KOSA into the “omnibus package” is a terrible idea.

      • Michael GeistElon Musk’s Twitter Linking Restrictions May Have Been Short-Lived, But Bill C-18 is Based on a Similar Approach to Links

        The policy may have been short-lived – last night the company’s tweets on point were removed – but the policy on linking remains particularly notable because it bears a striking resemblance to the Canadian government’s Online News Act, known as Bill C-18. While some responded to a tweet I wrote that the comparison is a stretch, the parallels are obvious. In Twitter’s case, the company took the position that certain links posted by users – namely links to rival services – create unfair competition since Twitter is competing with services such as Instagram for the same user base and the same advertisers. In response, the company said that the links would either be blocked or could remain with compensation (ie. paid advertising).

      • RTLMeta ‘breached EU antitrust rules’ on Facebook ads

        Monday’s announcement was about “suspected violations” of EU antitrust rules and gives Meta a chance to respond to the commission’s formal Statement of Objections.

        Those concerns focus on the way Meta gives Facebook users automatic access to Facebook Marketplace “whether they want it or not”.

      • The NationHunting
      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Crazy Code Behind the Far Right’s Success

        Arizona is ground zero for the wackiest theories and craziest political candidates.

      • Counter PunchBeyond Razor Wire: A Connected Planet

        OK, he’s a politician — Doug Ducey, the exiting governor of Arizona, who recently began erecting “hundreds of double-stacked shipping containers topped by razor wire” along Arizona’s eastern border with Mexico, including through the Coronado National Forest. Is this not his right: to blather, lie and give his constituents an enemy? And what keeps us safer from that enemy than a wall, especially one topped with razor wire?

        No matter the wall doesn’t really keep desperate, fleeing migrants out. It keeps out ocelots and jaguars, bighorn sheep and spotted owls. It keeps out, or rather, imperils the life of the western yellow-billed cuckoo. It endangers the survival of 70+ plant and animal species. The wall is a monument to racism, according to Daniel Lombroso, director of “American Scar,” and what it accomplishes is ecocide.

      • Counter PunchNew Era of China-Saudi Ties Riles Iran

        The “three-in-one” conveyed a big signal that Saudi Arabia stands at the heart of China’s Arab world diplomacy. It is in sharp contrast with the transactional relationship that the historic U.S.-Saudi alliance has been reduced to.

        Indeed, the nearly three dozen energy and investment deals during Xi’s visit will preserve the core of the strategic interests of Saudi Arabia and China. They encompass frontier areas such as information technology, green energy, cloud services, infrastructure and health and inject a greater sense of alignment between Riyadh’s economic diversification pivot (known as Vision 2030) and China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)-driven development of smart industries and high quality infrastructure, including digital infrastructure, which has the potential to undergird regional connectivity in the coming decades.

      • The NationDemocrats Could Have Won the House if They’d Had Their Act Together

        House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, the most inept congressional leader of the modern age, is struggling to pull together enough assurances from members of the House Republican Caucus to secure his election as speaker of the House in January. He may get the votes he needs, but the fact that he does not have them yet offers a measure of just how miserable the next two years will be for McCarthy and his partisan allies.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Judge the Far-Right by Their Hideous Heroes

        You can learn a lot about the people who make up a political party by identifying their heroes. So, who are the heroes of today’s Republicans? If your first thought was Ronald Reagan, you’re showing your age. Reagan was the answer of an earlier time, when we had a different, although not wholly dissimilar, Republican Party. Saint Ronnie, as he was sometimes called back then, was the patron saint of the GOP. Their answer to every question.

      • Common DreamsWATCH LIVE: Criminal Referrals for Trump Expected During Final Jan. 6 Committee Hearing

        The final public hearing of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol will be held Monday afternoon, a televised session that will include a vote on issuing criminal referrals against former president Donald Trump to the U.S. Department of Justice.

        In public statements and interviews over recent days, committee members have made clear their shared belief that Trump is guilty of criminal conduct related to his involvement in the lead up to the insurrection that took place on January 2, 2021 and his behavior on that day.

      • MeduzaNew Russian children’s and youth organization named ‘Movement of the First’ — Meduza

        The first congress of the new state-sponsored Russian children’s and youth organization has voted on the organization’s name. TASS, RIA Novosti, and RBC report that the organization will operate as the “Movement of the First.”

      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • FMG IncShould Artists Facing Censorship Head to OnlyFans?

        Hartlauer notes that beyond driving tourism, the campaign aimed to start discussions about the power social media companies wield regarding censorship and illuminate the challenges some artists face in promoting their more provocative work. The message clearly resonated—the video landed a coveted Cannes Golden Lion award this year. “We question this kind of censorship because we believe it’s not a good idea to let an algorithm determine our cultural legacy,” Hartlauer tells NPR. “It might lead to some unconscious self-censorship when artists make art differently because they know a tool as strong as social media would not show or promote certain types of art. This is quite frightening.”

        While Vienna found success in leveraging OnlyFans as an inclusive venue for uninhibited artistic expression, observers note that artists have yet to follow the city’s lead. The reason may lie in the website’s stigma as a platform for sex workers and performers—in 2020 alone it experienced growth from 7.5 million subscribers to 85 million. (Some say Beyoncé is partially responsible for shouting it out in her “Savage” remix.) Though OnlyFans hosts family-friendly accounts for cooking, gardening, and fitness, it has yet to shake its X-rated reputation, especially after a botched attempt to ban pornography in 2021 garnered widespread ridicule.

      • Teen VogueAmerican Library Association President: Librarians Are Facing Harassment

        Book bans are only one of the issues that public libraries are currently facing. In Tennessee, lawmakers want to force librarians to list all the materials they offer and to conduct periodic reviews to make sure the materials are “age-appropriate,” a measure many librarians told Chalkbeat is unnecessary and beyond the scope of their job. Across the country, several librarians have been attacked or doxxed for standing up for books that are deemed controversial or worthy of being banned.

        The American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world, is a nonprofit that promotes libraries and public education across the United States. Teen Vogue spoke with the organization’s president, Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada, about the consequences of book bans, the importance of public libraries as community spaces, and how the ALA is fighting back against censorship across the country.

      • RFERLRights Group Says Tortured Iranian Protester Dies In Hospital

        Hengaw, a Norway-based group that monitors rights violations in Iran’s Kurdish regions, said on December 19 that Mohammad Haji Rasoulpour was arrested on October 1 during nationwide protests over the death of Mahsa Amini in September while in police custody for allegedly wearing a head scarf improperly.

      • Journal of Free Speech LawPublic Calls For Censorship As Bad Speech

        Responsible speakers avoid trafficking in bad speech, that is, speech that they have reason to believe causes or constitutes net harm. Moreover, third parties have prima facie reason to suppress such speech. As recent events have made salient just how harmful speech can be, there has been a corresponding increase in calls to suppress or censor such speech. This article argues that there are three mechanisms by which calls to suppress bad speech themselves tend to cause or constitute harm. Paradoxically, then, those most concerned about the pernicious effects of bad speech ought to be especially reluctant to call for its suppression.

      • The HinduRelationship between writer and society should not be one of censorship, says Geetanjali Shree

        Delivering the first M.R. Narayana Kurup memorial lecture at Government College, Madappally, here on Monday on ‘A writer’s responsibility’, the author of Tomb of Sand ( Ret Samadhi) said writing, for a writer, was as natural as breathing. “How can I breathe when the atmosphere is so polluted? But I have to find strategies to do it even in such a condition,” she said, adding that censorship crushed the story and limited knowledge and that the curbs to freedom should come from within the writer.

        Ms. Shree explained, through several anecdotes, how most people thought that writing was not a profession that had something to covet, that writing in a regional language was not necessary when the writer was educated and were often surprised to find an educated writer writing in his or her mother tongue.

      • EFFNo Nudity Allowed: Censoring Naked Yoga

        One recent illustration is the censorship of True Naked Yoga—a platform providing online naked yoga videos. In August 2022, payment processor Stripe banned True Naked Yoga, calling it a “restricted business,” which contravened Stripe’s service agreement. Stripe gave True Naked Yoga just four days’ notice before the account was closed.

        Stripe had reviewed the site in December 2021 and did not flag any problems, nor did it give True Naked Yoga any warning that the terms of service had changed. The abrupt ban forced True Naked Yoga to shut down for more than one month until it could find a new payment processor.

      • SalonElon Musk’s censorship spree exposes the fundamental flaw in the right’s definition of “free speech”

        The simplest explanation for Musk’s ever-more-hilarious self-contradictory behavior as the new boss of Twitter is that the man is a narcissist and a hypocrite. Like his right wing brethren (no, his politics are not “complicated”), Musk subscribes to a “free speech for me, but not for thee” philosophy, which of course means he never believed in free speech at all.

        But it’s worth digging a little deeper, because this entire (extremely entertaining) debacle also helps reveal quite a bit about the right wing mythology around “free speech” that colonized Musk’s mind. It goes further than plain old hypocrisy and into the psychology of the right, especially the self-serving tale of their own alleged victimhood.

      • QuilletteThe Radicalization of the Film Canon

        The winner of the 2022 critics’ poll, on the other hand, raised more than a few eyebrows. Belgian director Chantal Akerman’s 1975 film Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles is a 202-minute work of glacial minimalism, which painstakingly dramatises the daily routine of a middle-aged woman who earns money by selling herself. It’s deeply admired by the few people who have seen it, but it’s rarely discussed today. Even its most ardent admirers would, I think, struggle to argue that it has had a fraction of the cultural impact of Vertigo or Citizen Kane. Dielman’s surge from #36 in the 2012 poll to #1 in 2022 only really makes sense as a political statement rather than an assessment of artistic importance. This is, after all, the first time that a film directed by a woman has topped Sight and Sound’s poll, and the film’s status as a feminist portrait of a sex worker appears to meet the demand for a more progressive canon, inclusive of previously marginalized voices.

        This has led some observers to suspect that the results had been massaged to produce a politically desirable outcome. In a characteristically blunt post on his Facebook page the day after the poll results were published, the veteran American screenwriter and director Paul Schrader spoke for many skeptics when he wrote the following: [...]

      • Meduza‘Inappropriate for screening’: Documentary about 1920s famine released online after Russia’s Culture Ministry revokes theatrical license — Meduza

        “Famine,” a new documentary film from the U.S.-government-funded media outlet Current Time about the famine that ravaged Russia in the early 1920s, has been released on YouTube after the Russian Culture Ministry revoked its theatrical distribution certificate.

      • Meduza‘Murderers, you bombed it to rubble’: Graffiti prompts removal of St. Petersburg display celebrating city’s ‘brotherhood’ with Mariupol — Meduza

        A decorative display with two hearts — the greater one inscribed “St. Petersburg,” and the one beside it “Mariupol” — had to be removed from the Palace Square, after a 16-year-old girl scrawled on it in black paint: “Murderers, you bombed it to rubble. Judases.”

      • MeduzaFrom Jean Genet to Sarah Waters: Moscow libraries told to ‘recycle’ books that fail ‘LGBT propaganda’ test — Meduza

        Moscow libraries have received a government-issued list of books that must be written off and “recycled,” due to content that runs against the grain of Russia’s new law against “LGBT propaganda.” This information was published by the journalist and literary critic Sergey Lebedenko, on Telegram.

      • NetblocksTikTok restricted in Jordan amid fuel price protests

        Network data confirm the restriction of social video platform TikTok in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on multiple internet providers on Friday 16 December 2022. The incident comes amid protests over high fuel prices which have spread to multiple cities.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Deutsche WelleSwedish court stops extradition of Turkish journalist

        The court said there were “several hindrances” to the extradition of Kenes, the former editor-in-chief of the Zaman daily newspaper, including the fact that some of the accusations against him are not crimes in Sweden.

        This, along with his refugee status and the political nature of his case, made the extradition impossible, it added.

        “There is also a risk of persecution based on this person’s political beliefs. An extradition can thusly not take place,” Judge Petter Asp said in a statement.

      • Craig MurrayNot a Fit and Proper Person

        After a two year process, the NUJ Executive have finally rejected the renewal of my NUJ membership based on social media posts I allegedly made which they refuse to show me and of content and subject of which I genuinely have not a clue.

        But apparently these social media posts make me not a fit and proper person to be a member of the NUJ.

        Murdoch employees are fit and proper persons. The Guardian journalists who produced the front page of lies about Manafort meeting Assange are fit and proper persons. The security service mouthpieces at the BBC are fit and proper persons.

        The NUJ even accepts for membership copywriters for corporations working in PR companies. All these people are fine.

      • Don’t Extradite AssangeSakharov award ceremony at the European Parliament

        Julian Assange was selected as one of three finalists for the prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, awarded each year by the European Union Parliament. More than 40 MEPs nominated Julian Assange for this year’s Sakharov Prize long list. Julian Assange’s wife Stella Assange addressed a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, October 11th, in which she made the case for Julian Assange winning the award.

      • Eesti RahvusringhäälingPostimees and Õhtuleht chiefs expect Eesti Päevaleht to also drop Mondays

        The editors-in-chief of two of Estonia’s leading daily newspapers, Postimees and Õhtuleht, believe that Eesti Päevaleht will eventually follow them in opting not to publish paper editions on Mondays. Postimees and Õhtuleht will discontinue their Monday editions from January due to rising costs announced by state-owned delivery service Omniva.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • MeduzaSevastopol court gives Russian man 12-year prison sentence for alleged spying — Meduza

        A Sevastopol court has sentenced a Russian citizen to 12 years in a high-security penal colony on treason charges after finding him guilty of gathering information for Ukrainian intelligence services, Interfax reported on Monday, citing the Russian FSB. The man, whose name is Yevgeny Petrushin, was also reportedly fined 100,000 rubles (about $1,480).

      • MeduzaGreek citizen arrested in Austria on suspicion of spying for Russia — Meduza

        A Greek citizen whose father is a former employee of the Russian General Staff and former diplomat has reportedly been arrested in Vienna. The unnamed man is suspected of spying for Russia and faces up to five years in prison if convicted, Deutsche Welle reported Monday.

      • ScheerpostScott Ritter: A Lexicon for Disaster

        Russia seeks arms control agreements to prevent dangerous escalation. But the U.S. seeks only unilateral advantage. This risks all out conflict unless this changes.

      • Counter PunchChanging the ‘World as It Is’ into the ‘World as it Should Be’

        Over the past half-century, some of the most prominent community organizing networks in the United States — ranging from the Gamaliel Foundation to Faith In Action to the Industrial Areas Foundation, or IAF — have taught about this divide as a key part of their introductory trainings, using it as a means of orienting new organizers to their approach to organizing. Over the years, the framework has been invoked by Barack Obama, Saul Alinsky and countless rank-and-file organizers. For advocates of this concept, understanding the “two worlds” dichotomy is fundamental to developing the type of people who can effectively produce change: namely, realistic radicals.

        So what is the origin of this idea? And why might it be useful for us today?

      • Common DreamsDutch Slavery Apology Dismissed by Black Activists as ‘Neocolonial Belch’

        While many activists welcomed Monday’s official apology by Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte for his country’s 250-year history of enslaving Africans, some Dutch advocates of African ancestry called the gesture ill-timed and insufficient.

        “For centuries, the Dutch state and its representatives stimulated, preserved, and profited from slavery,” Rutte, who represents the center-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, declared during a speech in The Hague. “For centuries, in the name of the Dutch state, human beings were made into commodities, exploited, and abused. For centuries, under Dutch state authority, human dignity was violated in the most horrific way possible.”

      • Pro PublicaCongress and Industry Leaders Call for Crackdown on Hospice Fraud

        Less than three weeks after ProPublica and the New Yorker published an exposé of hospice fraud, members of Congress have called on the Department of Health and Human Services to “immediately investigate this situation.”

        In a letter sent Friday to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of Inspector General, the bipartisan leaders of the Comprehensive Care Caucus wrote that “Medicare fraud cannot be tolerated, especially when it is being perpetrated on our nation’s most vulnerable patients.”

      • Democracy NowMorocco’s Occupation of Western Sahara Is at Center of Growing European Parliament Bribery Scandal

        A corruption scandal involving Qatar and Morocco is rocking the European Union, with authorities in Belgium earlier this month raiding the homes and offices of multiple European Parliament lawmakers for allegedly accepting bribes from the two governments. The raids recovered hundreds of thousands of euros in cash. Among those arrested was European Parliament Vice President Eva Kaili, who in the lead-up to the World Cup repeatedly defended Qatar against critics. Ana Gomes, a retired Portuguese diplomat who was a member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2019, says that while the investigation was initially focused on Qatar, “it looks more and more that Morocco should be the center of the investigation.” We also speak with Francesco Bastagli, a former United Nations special representative for Western Sahara, who notes that Morocco has cultivated a sophisticated network of “friends” in Europe who have helped the country in trade agreements and in gaining acceptance for its illegal occupation of Western Sahara.

      • Democracy NowJudge Orders Philly DA to Disclose All Evidence in Mumia Abu-Jamal Case. Could It Lead to New Trial?

        Supporters of imprisoned journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal are celebrating a decision by a Philadelphia judge on Friday to order the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office to share all of its files on the case with Abu-Jamal’s defense team. Judge Lucretia Clemons gave prosecutors and the defense 60 days to review the files, including many that Abu-Jamal’s team has never seen. The judge is then expected to rule on whether to hold a new trial for the former Black Panther, who has been imprisoned for over 40 years for his 1982 conviction in the murder of police officer Daniel Faulkner. His supporters have long claimed prosecutors withheld key evidence and bribed or coerced witnesses to lie, and documents found in the DA’s office in 2019 show Abu-Jamal’s trial was tainted by judicial bias and police and prosecutorial misconduct. For more on the case, we speak with Johanna Fernández, an associate professor of history at CUNY’s Baruch College and one of the coordinators of the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home. “We have enough evidence here to clearly give Mumia at least an evidentiary hearing, a new trial or set him free,” says Fernández. She is the executive producer and writer of the film “Justice on Trial: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal” and is also the editor of “Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal.”

      • TechdirtCourt Reminds St. Louis City Council That Blocking Taxpayers On Social Media Violates 1st Amendment

        No matter what you may have heard on certain social media outlets, this is how the First Amendment actually works.

      • TechdirtIndependent Journalist Sues Deputy Who Arrested Him For Filming Officers Responding To A Call

        Maybe if enough cases pile into the federal court system, the Supreme Court might decide to actually establish a First Amendment right to record public officials as they engage in their public duties. Until then, we’re stuck with a patchwork of precedent that recognizes this right only in certain parts of the nation.

      • Democracy NowAs Title 42 Nears End, El Paso Declares Emergency over Influx of Asylum Seekers

        The Democratic mayor of El Paso, Texas, has declared a state of emergency over concerns the city won’t be able to provide shelter and resources to the thousands of asylum seekers arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. This comes as the Biden administration is expected on Wednesday to stop enforcing Title 42, the Trump-era pandemic policy that has been used by the U.S. government to block over 2 million migrants from seeking asylum in the country. Many asylum seekers now at the border are sleeping outdoors in freezing temperatures while the infrastructure to welcome them is sorely lacking, says Fernando García, the founder and executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights based in El Paso. “This is what I consider the perfect storm happening right now at the border,” he says. “If we don’t have long-term fixes, if we don’t have immigration reform fixing the asylum process, which has been broken and damaged by the previous administration, I think we are going to continue seeing these crises.”

      • TruthOutEl Paso Declares Emergency Over Influx of Asylum Seekers Amid Freezing Weather
      • Common DreamsChief Justice Grants GOP Request to Halt End of ‘Inhumane’ Title 42 Policy

        In a move that outraged migrant rights advocates, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday granted a request from 19 GOP-led states to temporarily stop the Biden administration from winding down the Title 42 policy used to swiftly expel asylum-seekers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

        “It’s an inhumane policy that misuses public health to unjustly—and unlawfully—expel asylum-seekers.”

      • TruthOutIsrael Deports Palestinian Human Rights Lawyer Who Sent War Crimes Case to ICC
      • TruthOutZionism Made Hanukkah About Israel, But It’s Always Been a Holiday of Diaspora
      • TruthOutHouse Passes Bill to Allow Puerto Ricans to Vote on Statehood or Independence
      • TruthOutOver 25,000 People in Prison Await Decisions on Their Clemency Applications
      • Counter PunchKate Brown Finally Finds the Courage of Her Convictions

        It’s not that Williamson supports the death penalty. Unlike most “conservative” commentators, he considers the outcome good. His complaint is that “executive unilateralism of the sort being practiced here by Gov. Brown is an invitation to chaos.”

        He does, in a minor way, support his claim. After court decisions eviscerated the death penalty as practiced, Oregon’s voters remedied the situation with a constitutional amendment specifically providing for its narrower use, and the legislature has since tailored that use. “If Gov. Brown wants to change the laws of Oregon,” Williamson opines, “she should run for the state legislature.”

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • ZimbabweFacebook’s fiber has landed in South Africa and it’s the world’s longest undersea cable at 45000km

        Meta’s Facebook is joining the telecoms space and they have decided to come out of the gates with the longest undersea fiber optic cable at 45000km. To make this all happen they formed the 2Africa group which comprises other telecom operators. China Mobile International, Djibouti Telecom, Meta (Facebook), MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Telecom Egypt, Vodafone, and WIOCC is the full list of the consortium.

      • APNICWhy kids need to be involved in Internet governance discussions

        I see firsthand both the huge opportunities and damaging effects of the Internet for kids. It can be a huge enabler for education, it gives us access to information for living, it connects us globally, and it is also a place to advocate for ourselves and share our voices.

      • Common DreamsTim Berners-Lee Wants to Enable Internet Users to Own Their Personal Data

        The creator of the World Wide Web is on a mission to reinvent it and protect personal data from Big Tech.

        “I think the public has been concerned about privacy—the fact that these platforms have a huge amount of data, and they abuse it,” Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the concept of the web in 1989, told CNN on Friday. “But I think what they’re missing sometimes is the lack of empowerment. You need to get back to a situation where you have autonomy, you have control of all your data.”

    • Monopolies

      • India TimesEU warns Meta over Facebook Marketplace antitrust breach

        The European Commission on Monday said it has warned Facebook parent company Meta that it is breaching EU antitrust laws by distorting competition in markets for online classified advertising and abusing its dominant position.

        The Commission said in a preliminary view that it would further investigate and that it could impose a fine of up to 10% of the company’s annual global turnover, if there is sufficient evidence of an infringement of European Union rules.

      • India TimesTwitter bans all links to FB, Insta, Mastodon & other rivals on its platform

        The company said that it will remove accounts created solely for the purpose of promoting other social platforms and content that contains links or usernames for the following platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr and Post.

        Twitter will still allow cross-posting content from any social media platform.

      • Counter PunchCorporate Monopoly Power: a Main Driver of Inflation

        Large U. S. multinational corporations are, however, major drivers of inflation by price gouging.  An analysis by the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy included these findings between 2019 and 2021:

        According to Rakeen Mabud, chief economist and managing director of policy and research at the Groundwork Cooperative, 3

      • Patents

        • Teen VogueThe Artificial Christmas Tree Was Invented By Jewish World War II Pilot Si Spiegel

          But things didn’t go as planned. After a string of legal patent challenges, design flaws, and competition, American Brush Machinery was ready to give up. “When they didn’t do too well and wanted to close up,” said Spiegel in an interview with the New York State Military Museum, “I asked them to let me run it.” So, the higher-ups gave him a shot.

          Spiegel decided to take a different approach. He brought in real trees to study and then made corresponding tweaks to the brush machines. With more tinkering, Spiegel eventually crafted the perfect artificial tree that was set to take over American homes. And with the influx of plastic products following World War II, Spiegel had the right materials to make his vision a reality.

      • Copyrights

        • Walled CultureHow to redeem big, bad music streaming so that it serves artists, fans – and local communities

          Music streaming services are great – for listeners, who gain access to huge quantities of music, even if they don’t end up owning any of it. But it’s hardly a secret that streaming services produce very little income for the musicians involved – even the big names earn a pittance – with most of the money ending up with the recording companies. That doesn’t mean that streaming services are beyond redemption. It just requires a little imagination to think of ways in which they can be great for artists and audience alike. Take this idea, for example, reported on Vice: [...]

        • Vice Media GroupLibraries Are Launching Their Own Local Music Streaming Platforms

          That prototype has become the open source program MUSICat, which is now being used by a number of libraries in North America. Artists whose music is included in one of the local streaming collections are paid an honorarium of at least $200 per licensed album. That means they get money up front, not in barely visible dribs and drabs over years, as with the mainstream streaming services.

        • Torrent FreakUK Govt: Netflix Password Sharing is Illegal & Potentially Criminal Fraud

          The UK Government’s Intellectual Property Office published new piracy guidance today, and it contains a small, easily missed detail. People who share their Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Disney+ passwords are violators of copyright law. And it gets worse. The IPO informs TorrentFreak that password sharing could also mean criminal liability for fraud.

        • Creative CommonsPatrick J. McGovern Foundation Funds New CC Initiative to Open Large Climate Datasets

          Today, Creative Commons (CC) is excited to announce one million US dollars in new programmatic support from the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation (PJMF) to help open large climate datasets. The twelve-month grant will enable CC to conduct key climate data landscape analyses and expand our work, bringing people together to create policy and practices to open data that advances climate research and innovation.

        • Creative CommonsCC Publishes Global Open Culture Call to Action to Policymakers

          Today, we are proud at CC to announce the publication of Towards better sharing of cultural heritage — A Creative Commons Call to Action to Policymakers, a simple, concise, and accessible resource that aims to support policymakers with key arguments to reform policy — in particular copyright — to achieve better sharing of cultural heritage in the public interest. 

        • TechdirtCan AI Text Writers Help People Impacted By Copyright Law To Better Weigh In On Copyright?

          One of the reasons that copyright is so unbalanced in favor of companies, especially Big Content, is that the process of bringing in new copyright laws is hard for ordinary members of the public to engage with. Typically, new laws come about after government consultations. Although these are public in the sense that they are not secret, and anyone can take part, their questions and format are at best intimidating, and at worst incomprehensible for ordinary people.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

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

Links 20/12/2022: Kodi Nexus RC 1 and $96+ Banana Pi

Posted in News Roundup at 4:32 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Chris HannahOne of Those Linux Evenings

      It’s an interesting story, and he takes you through the various stages of the debugging process. But I had to share the part where he eventually discovered the fix on an online forum: [...]

    • Server

      • Kubernetes BlogKubernetes 1.26: Introducing Validating Admission Policies | Kubernetes

        In Kubernetes 1.26, the 1st alpha release of validating admission policies is available!

        Validating admission policies use the Common Expression Language (CEL) to offer a declarative, in-process alternative to validating admission webhooks.

        CEL was first introduced to Kubernetes for the Validation rules for CustomResourceDefinitions. This enhancement expands the use of CEL in Kubernetes to support a far wider range of admission use cases.

        Admission webhooks can be burdensome to develop and operate. Webhook developers must implement and maintain a webhook binary to handle admission requests. Also, admission webhooks are complex to operate. Each webhook must be deployed, monitored and have a well defined upgrade and rollback plan. To make matters worse, if a webhook times out or becomes unavailable, the Kubernetes control plane can become unavailable. This enhancement avoids much of this complexity of admission webhooks by embedding CEL expressions into Kubernetes resources instead of calling out to a remote webhook binary.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • David RevoyOverview of my Krita Digital Painting Workflow − end 2022 – David Revoy

        These steps make it easier to make my Digital Painting at the end of 2022, and you’ll see many of my artworks with a similar process: a large sketch or storyboard, then a thin temporary line-art, then a silhouette on multi layer, then a color flat, a shading and to finish with a paint-over and post-effect. This is a tutorial doesn’t dive into the details, but keeps an overview of the workflow, the goal is to give an idea of the full path and to give tips on the way. I hope showing my recipe will inspire you to start a drawing to test something you’ll find interesting and find your own path.

      • Late Night Linux – Episode 208 – Late Night Linux

        It’s our 2022 in review episode which features Linux in space, gaming wins and fails, Raspberry Pi drama, the year of user-facing AI, Canonical and Microsoft, the rise of Mastodon, and more.

      • VideoThe SCREEN Act and Why It is the WRONG Solution – Invidious

        Today we talk about the newly proposed SCREEN act and why it is not a good solution to protecting kids online.

    • Graphics Stack

      • Khronos Group Welcomes Inseye as Associate Member
      • Khronos Finalizes Vulkan Video Extensions for Accelerated H.264 and H.265 Decode

        In April 2021, the Vulkan® Working Group at Khronos® released a set of provisional extensions , collectively called ‘Vulkan Video’, for seamlessly integrating hardware-accelerated video compression and decompression into the Vulkan API. Today, Khronos is releasing finalized extensions that incorporate industry feedback and expose core and decode Vulkan Video functionality to provide fully accelerated H.264 and H.265 decode.

      • CollaboraJason Ekstrand is a 2022 Khronie Award recipient! [Ed: Awards from corporations to corporations]

        With such a talented team contributing to various realms of software development, it is a gratifying moment when one of our teammates receives recognition. This year, our fellow colleague Jason Ekstrand is the recipient of a Khronie Award from the Khronos Group!

        “The Khronie Awards are presented to individuals who have made significant contributions in advancing the work of Khronos Working Groups towards their goals.”

    • Applications

      • OpenSource.comExplore the features of the Linux Double Commander file manager | Opensource.com

        Double Commander is a graphical dual-pane file manager for Linux, in the tradition of Midnight Commander (mc). While Midnight Commander (like the DOS application Norton Commander before it) has its fans, its audience is limited by the fact that it only runs in a terminal window. Not everyone wants to use a “flat” interface embedded in a terminal to browse their file system, and so Double Commander provides a similar interface in a way that feels familiar to many desktop users.

      • Kodi FoundationKodi Nexus RC 1

        Here we go folks, ramping things up and we have the first Release Candidate (RC) for Kodi “Nexus”.

        As always, thanks go out to all contributors for their work. We are nearing 4,000 commits since v19 “Matrix” was first released on February 19th 2021. For everyone that has contributed, both those in Team Kodi and all other devs that choose to roll up their sleeves and fix an issue. Everyone appreciates you for making Kodi better.

        We also want to thank all those users who provide endless support on the forums, we appreciate you, and all the support anyone provides to our users.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • TecAdmindf Command – Check Disk Space in Linux – TecAdmin

        Do you use Linux? If so, then you know that it is a powerful operating system with a lot of tools and options to help you manage your system. One of the most useful tools that Linux provides is the df command, which allows you to check your disk space. In this blog, we will take a look at how to use the df command to check your disk space in Linux.

      • TecMint30 Most Commonly Asked Linux Interview Questions

        If you have already achieved your Linux certification and are looking forward to securing a Linux job, it pays a great deal to prepare for an interview that tests your knowledge of the ins and outs of Linux.

        In this guide, we present to you some of the most commonly asked questions in Linux interviews and answers.

      • It’s FOSSHow to Downgrade Flatpak Packages in Linux – It’s FOSS

        Technically, minor or point release updates are released to solve issues. But things may get worse when some updates break your current workflow.

        Whether a Flatpak package or Snap, everything breaks at some point when there is an issue. Being a sandboxed packaging solution, it may not affect the entire system, but if you encounter a bug that makes your app experience worse, you may regret the update.

        For example, the previous update of Black Box was bundled with certain bugs, and I could not select text! Developers have solved this issue now, but until they did not, I downgraded that specific package to make things work.

      • nixCraftHow to add Mastodon verification for the Discourse forum

        Discourse is a free and open-source Internet forum software. Mastodon is also free and open-source software for running self-hosted social networking services such as Twitter. Let us see how to add a Mastodon verification link to your forum. Here is how it looks when verification is done correctly:

      • DebugPointHow to Find Out Ubuntu Version: 6 Methods

        A simple guide, showing five methods to find the installed Ubuntu version of your desktop and servers via GUI and CLI methods.

        Usually, if you are well-known about the Ubuntu release cycle, you probably know what Ubuntu desktop or server version you are running in your system. Generally, there are two Ubuntu versions per year and one LTS (long-term support) version every two years.

        Having said that, it’s always a good idea to check what version you are running for development projects and compatibilities. Here’s how to find the Ubuntu version.

      • “most” is an advanced alternative for the less command

        The pager programs like more, less, and “most” are often used to fit the output of a particular command that is too big to fit on one screen. So, what is the difference between them?

      • DebugPointLinux Command Learning Series#4: How to Find Out Ubuntu Version: 6 Methods

        Usually, if you are well-known about the Ubuntu release cycle, you probably know what Ubuntu desktop or server version you are running in your system. Generally, there are two Ubuntu versions per year and one LTS (long-term support) version every two years.

        Having said that, it’s always a good idea to check what version you are running for development projects and compatibilities. Here’s how to find the Ubuntu version.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Linux Kernel 6.1 on CentOS Stream EL9/EL8

        On December 11, 2022, Linux Kernel 6.1 was released with a significant new addition – initial Rust language support in mainline Kernel. Users of CentOS Stream 9 or 8 may find upgrading to the latest Kernel will bring better performance due to hardware possibly not supported on the existing Kernel or through improvements in code on existing hardware support, amongst other features. The following tutorial will teach you how to upgrade your Linux Kernel using the ELRepo repository.

      • IT Pro TodayHow to Use AppImage to Distribute Software on Linux

        The open source AppImage tool enables developers to make their Linux software available for all Linux distributions. Here’s a look at how AppImage works.

      • VMware vSphere Virtual Machine Snapshots Explained – buildVirtual

        VMware snapshots are a feature in VMware virtualization software that allows administrators to create a point-in-time copy of a virtual machine (VM). Snapshots allow administrators to roll back the VM to a previous state if something goes wrong.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install Glances on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS

        Glances is a cross-platform system monitoring tool written in Python. Glances is developed by an awesome community. If you want to join us, please open|find an opened issue scheduled in the next release. Add a simple message in the issue to inform the community that you want to contribute.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install BleachBit on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS

        BleachBit is a free and open-source disk space cleaner, privacy manager, and computer system optimizer. The BleachBit source code is licensed under the GNU General Public License version 3.

        It can do identifying and removing Web cache, HTTP cookies, URL history, temporary files log files and Flash cookies for Firefox, Opera, Safari, APT and Google Chrome

      • UNIX CopHow To Install gThumb on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS

        In this small guide, we will show you how to install gThumb on Ubuntu systems.

        gThumb is a free and open-source image viewer and image organizer with options to edit images. It is designed to have a clean and simple user interface and follows GNOME HIG, it integrates well with the GNOME desktop environment.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install TagSpaces on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS

        In this guide, we will show you how to install TagSpaces on Ubuntu systems

        TagSpaces is an open-source data manager and file navigator. It helps organize files on local drives by adding tags to files. Users get the same user interface to manage their files on different platforms. TagSpaces is compatible with Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, iPhone, Firefox and Chrome. The application requires neither internet connection, nor user’s registration to run both on desktop and portable devices.

      • UNIX CopHow to install Shotwell on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS

        In this guide, we will show you how to install Shotwell on Ubuntu systems.

        Shotwell is an image organizer designed to provide personal photo management for the GNOME desktop environment. In 2010, it replaced F-Spot as the standard image tool for several GNOME-based Linux distributions, including Fedora in version 13 and Ubuntu in its 10.10 Maverick Meerkat release.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install Chkrootkit on Ubuntu 20.04 | 22.04 LTS

        In this guide, we will show you how to install Chkrootkit in Ubuntu systems.

        chkrootkit (Check Rootkit) is a common Unix-based program intended to help system administrators check their system for known rootkits. It is a shell script using common UNIX/Linux tools like the strings and grep commands to search core system programs for signatures and for comparing a traversal of the /proc filesystem with the output of the ps (process status) command to look for discrepancies.

      • DebugPointWriting a Macro in LibreOffice Calc: Getting Started

        Planning to automate stuff in LibreOffice? Start writing your first LibreOffice Calc macro using this guide.

        LibreOffice provides a way to write your macro to automate various repetitive tasks in your office application. You can use Python or basic for your macro development. This tutorial focuses on writing a macro in LibreOffice with a ‘Hello World’ macro in the Basic programming language.

      • TecAdminThe stream or file “/var/www/html/storage/logs/laravel.log” could not be opened: failed to open stream: Permission denied – TecAdmin

        One of my Laravel applications started showing the following error after I restarted the instance.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install EPEL on CentOS Stream EL9/EL8

        EPEL, which stands for Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux, is an open-source and free repository that provides extra packages for Enterprise Linux which can be beneficial on CentOS Stream 9 or 8 distributions. The following tutorial will teach you how to install and enable EPEL on your CentOS Stream system.

      • Linux CapableHow to Increase DNF Speed on Rocky Linux EL9/EL8

        DNF is a package manager for RPM-based distributions such as CentOS Stream, Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), and Rocky Linux. The following tutorial will cover how to increase DNF performance, centering around download speed by adding parallel downloads and configuring the fastest mirrors.

      • Linux Shell TipsDNF vs YUM Commands: What’s the Difference?

        This article guide explains the nature and differences between the Yum package manager and the DNF package manager in Fedora and Red Hat-based Linux distributions.

        The first step to being a Linux user is choosing a preferred Linux operating system distribution. A key identifier in each Linux distribution is the package manager used to perform operating system tasks like installing, updating, upgrading, and removing packages or software collections.

        Some popular package managers include APT (Advanced Packaging Tool) for Debian and Ubuntu distributions, ZYPPER for SUSE Linux Enterprise, and PACMAN for Arch Linux distribution.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • GStreamer 1.20.5 stable bug fix release

          The GStreamer team is pleased to announce another bug fix release in the stable 1.20 release series of your favourite cross-platform multimedia framework!

          This release only contains bug fixes. It should be safe to update from 1.20.x.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Fedora and Red Hat

      • Fedora ProjectMy Experience as a Fedora Intern – Fedora Community Blog

        As my internship with Fedora comes to an end, I reflect on my experiences over the past five months. I began my internship in May, applying to a Community Architect position posted through Red Hat. I was unfamiliar with the Fedora community, but was eager to learn and contribute to the communities. Marie Nordin, the former Fedora Community Action and Impact Coordinator guided me the whole way. She taught me about the passion and enthusiasm the open source community respects within community involvement.

        Marie and I began the internship preparing for the summer’s Fedora Hatch events. We put together promotional content for the Hatches taking place around the globe. Marie guided me through the process of ensure each Hatch was properly promoted. I communicated with the organizers to ensure that the promotional tweets and Community Blog posts were all agreed upon. The Hatches allowed me to acquaint myself with the involved Fedora contributors. This allowed me to feel more confident and comfortable within the community.

      • Red HatGitOps Cookbook: Kubernetes automation in practice | Red Hat Developer

        With the advent of practices such as infrastructure as code (IaC), software development has pushed the boundaries of platforms where you can run applications. This becomes more frequent with programmable, API-driven platforms such as public clouds and open source infrastructure solutions. While some years ago developers were only focusing on application source code, today they also have the opportunity to code the infrastructure where their application will run. This gives control and enables automation, which significantly reduces lead time.

        A good example is with Kubernetes, a popular open source container workload orchestration platform and the de facto standard for running production applications, either on public or private clouds. The openness and extensibility of the platform enables automation, which reduces risks of delivery and increases service quality. Furthermore, this powerful paradigm is extended by another increasingly popular approach called GitOps.

      • Red HatStream processing with ksqlDB in OpenShift Streams for Apache Kafka | Red Hat Developer

        This is the first article in a three-part regarding existing solutions to manipulate Kafka stream data with SQL, the well-known query language widely used to manipulate relational databases.

      • Red HatHow to contribute to LLVM | Red Hat Developer

        LLVM is a collection of compiler toolchain technologies that underpins many modern programming languages, including Rust, Julia, and Swift. The LLVM community is welcoming to new contributors and a great place to get into compiler development.

        This article is a fairly detailed guide for LLVM contributions. Generally speaking, it’s fine to just put up a patch, and somebody will be happy to guide you through the more idiosyncratic parts of the LLVM contribution process. However, a lot of the early patch review feedback tends to be the same, and this article should help you avoid some of the common issues.

      • A quarter on the Red Hat OSCI and Testing Farm team – Martin Pitt

        For the last quarter I have worked in Red Hat’s Testing Farm (TFT) and “Operating System CI” (OSCI) and teams, on a temporary rotation. TFT develops and runs the Testing Farm (TF) infrastructure, an API which you tell “go run a test with $these parameters, it allocates a bunch of cloud instances, sets them up, runs your test, and returns the result. OSCI builds upon this to implement Fedora’s and RHEL’s gating tests for package updates, image builds, upgrades, and so on. Everytime you look at Fedora’s bodhi and see these, you are looking at results provided by these teams…

    • Debian Family

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX Software$96+ Banana Pi BPI-M2S Amlogic A311D/S922X SBC offers dual GbE, optional PoE and WiFi 5

        The company provides more information and Android 9, Ubuntu 20.04, and Debian 10 OS images in the wiki. But note that, as usual, some of the information is wrong or incomplete, for instance, they shamelessly copied the preliminary specifications from the first CNX Software article, which stated there are three buttons based on the 3D renders, while there are now only two buttons following a small design change, and did not update the info. Also worth noting is that the Linux BSP hosted on GitHub relies on U-boot 2015.1 & Linux kernel 4.9.236.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Mozilla

        • Installing Windows (2022) | Will’s Blog

          I work at Mozilla. We get a laptop refresh periodically. I got a new laptop that I was going to replace my older laptop with. I’m a software engineer and I work on services that are built using Docker and tooling that runs on Linux.

          This post covers my attempt at setting up a Windows laptop for software development for the projects I work on after having spent the last 20 years predominantly using Linux and Linux-like environments.

          Spoiler: This is a failed attempt and I gave up and stuck with Linux.

        • The Register UKGoogle, Mozilla to collaborate with Apple on fresh Webkit browser benchmark [Ed: Mozilla does not compete with Google, it works for Google; sort of like Canonical and Microsoft]

          Apple, Google and Mozilla are teaming up to develop a new version of the Speedometer browser benchmark that they say will score web browser performance in a novel way: one that reflects user journeys, not under-the-hood streamlining.

          Speedometer was originally released in 2014 by Apple’s WebKit team and measures web app responsiveness; version 2 was released in 2018. The WebKit, Chrome and Mozilla Developer teams confirmed in tweets they’re now collaborating on version 3.

          The Speedometer project’s page states that its goal is to build a benchmark in which higher scores indicate an actual user benefit. “Historically benchmarks haven’t done a great job at this and have actively competed for attention with the needs of real sites,” Mozilla’s developer account said in a tweet.

          Speedometer originally included implementations of todo apps in vanilla Javascript as well as the Ember, Backbone, AngularJS, jQuery, Flight and React frameworks. Version 2 added support for additional modern JavaScript frameworks and libraries.

    • FSFE

      • FSFEFSFE is hiring an office coordinator [Ed: They still say “Free Software Foundation Europe” despite trademark issues (the FSF does not like this)]

        We are looking for an office coordinator for 25-35 hours per week in our Berlin office. As part of our office management team you will be the administrative backbone of our operations. Our ideal candidate has experience as an office administrator, secretary, event organiser, or another relevant administrative role.

    • Programming/Development

      • Daniel MiesslerWould You Put AI Art In Your House?

        What about you? Does your brain instantly rebel against this idea? And if so, do you think there’s a justifiable reason? Or are you letting society tell you what to like? If you have a real reason this isn’t real art I’m willing to be that kind of enthusiast. But it’d have to be a real reason, not one based on gatekeeping or peer pressure.

      • BootlinUpdated Buildroot support for STM32MP1 platforms, ST BSP v4.1 – Bootlin’s blog

        Back in December 2021, we announced the buildroot-external-st project, which is an extension of the Buildroot build system with ready-to-use configurations for the STMicroelectronics STM32MP1 platforms. Later on, in July 2022, we updated it to the lastest Buildroot LTS 2022.02 and version 4.0 of ST BSP version.

        More specifically, this project is a BR2_EXTERNAL repository for Buildroot, with a number of defconfigs that allow to quickly build embedded Linux systems for the STM32MP1 Discovery Kit platforms. It’s a great way to get started with Buildroot on those platforms.

      • KDABThe Top 100 QML Resources by KDAB

        If you’re a reader of this blog, you probably know that we have a huge amount of quality material on QML and Qt Quick, among other topics. In fact, there is so much material that it can be hard to find what you need.

        If that sounds familiar, you’ll want to bookmark this page! This blog captures a snapshot of the top 100 resources we offer on QML and Qt Quick. This mix of blogs, instructional videos, and other resources has been organized into simple, easy-to-understand categories with simple descriptions added when necessary.

      • Perl / Raku

        • RakulangDay 20: Sigils are an underappreciated programming technology – Raku Advent Calendar

          Sigils – those odd, non-alphabetic prefix characters that many programmers associate with Bash scripting; the  $  in  echo $USER  – have a bit of a bad reputation. Some programmers view them as “old fashioned”, perhaps because sigils are used in several languages that first gained popularity last millennium (e.g. BASIC, Bash, Perl, and PHP). Other programmers just view sigils as rather pointless, as “just a way of encoding type information” in variable names – basically a glorified version of apps Hungarian notation (which isn’t even the good kind of Hungarian notation).

          Maybe sigils served a purpose in the bad old days, these critics say, but modern IDEs and editors give us all the type information we could want, and these tools have made sigils obsolete. Now that we have VS Code, we don’t have any reason to take the risk that someone might use sigils to write code that bears a suspicious resemblance to line noise, or perhaps to an extremely angry comic strip character.

        • Rakulang2022.51 Hijacking D3 – Rakudo Weekly News

          Anton Antonov has published another video, this time about their excellent new module Javascript::D3 to create beautiful graphs with Raku in Jupyter notebooks, or just even in HTML. It also comes with a blog post and comments on /r/rakulang. Check it out!

      • Python

        • Didier StevensNew tool: teeplus.py

          This new tool, teeplus.py, is an extension of the tee command.

          The tools takes (binary) data from stdin, and sends it to stdout, while also writing the data to a file on disk.

          While the tee command requires a filename as argument, teeplus.py takes no arguments (only options).

        • AdafruitThe Python on Hardware Newsletter: Over10k subscribers, subscribe now! #CircuitPython #Python #RaspberryPi @micropython @ThePSF

          The Python on Microcontrollers newsletter is the place for the latest news involving Python on hardware (microcontrollers AND single board computers like Raspberry Pi).

        • OpenSource.comHow I use Artipie, a PyPI repo | Opensource.com

          While developing with Python as a student, I found that I needed some private centralized storage. This was so I could store binary and text data files, as well as Python packages. I found the answer in Artipie, an open source self-hosted software repository manager.

          At university, my colleagues and I conducted research and worked with a lot of data from experimental measurements. I used Python to process and visualize them. My university colleagues at the time were mathematicians and didn’t have experience with software development techniques. They usually just passed data and code on a flash drive or over email. My efforts to introduce them to a versioning system like Git were unsuccessful.

        • Linux HintSciPy Differential Evolution

          This article is about SciPy Differential Evolution (DE). SciPy is the library of the Python language, and Differential Evolution is the method or function of the SciPy library. Most people have been learning Python, whether they are developers or not, since Python’s numerous libraries and functions make it very secure and reliable. SciPy is frequently used for solving differential and algebraic equations, interpolation, optimization, etc. Here, we are discussing SciPy DE usage to help you understand how to implement the SciPy differential evolution function in Python applications.

      • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

        • University of TorontoMy dmenu wrapper script and what it will invoke for me

          Dmenu needs a wrapper script in order to do something useful, because all it does by itself is read autocompletion entries from standard input and write your selection to standard output. The traditional basic wrapper script runs a command found in your $PATH, or perhaps does some other single purpose action like passing a URL you entered to a browser. My wrapper script has always been a little more complicated, and has evolved to primarily do three different things: run commands (using a custom $PATH for dmenu), pass ‘URLs’ to my primary Firefox session, and start terminal sessions to local hosts, possibly using alternate usernames.

      • Rust

        • Dizietdiziet | Rust for the Polyglot Programmer, December 2022 edition

          I have reviewed, updated and revised my short book about the Rust programming language, Rust for the Polyglot Programmer.

          It now covers some language improvements from the past year (noting which versions of Rust they’re available in), and has been updated for changes in the Rust library ecosystem.

          With (further) assistance from Mark Wooding, there is also a new table of recommendations for numerical conversion.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • CNX SoftwarePinecil V2 Bluetooth LE soldering iron gets a web interface – CNX Software

        It’s now possible to make use of the Pinecil V2 soldering iron‘s Bluetooth LE connectivity through a web-based interface used to monitor and/or set the temperature and power of the RISC-V soldering iron.

        When the Pinecil V2 soldering iron was launched with a Bouffalo Lab BL706 RISC-V Bluetooth microcontroller last summer, we were told there were main potential cases to make use of the Bluetooth LE features: OTA firmware upgrade and remote telemetry and control. The latter is now being taken care of by Joric who has written a web application to visualize telemetry data and even control the temperature of the soldering iron.

    • Pseudo-Open Source

      • Openwashing

        • TechRepublicAcceldata launches new open-source data observability platform

          Acceldata has announced the release of a new open-source version of its data platform. Unlike many traditional data platforms, this new release is multidimensional, promising integrated insights from data pipelines, data quality tools and data systems.

    • Security

      • FOSSLifeEthical Hacking Insights from HackerOne Report

        Today’s ethical hackers are motivated by the desire to learn, to earn money, and to protect and defend, according to HackerOne’s 2022 Hacker-Powered Security Report. In fact, 92 percent of hackers say they can find vulnerabilities that scanners can’t, the report says.

      • Computer WorldThe trials and tribulations of Microsoft’s KB5012170 patch [Ed: ‘Secure’ boot is the opposite of security]

        KB5012170 is many things to many Windows users. First, it’s a patch that either installs with no problems or leads to a blue screen of death (BSOD). It can also be an indicator we have a problem getting updated drivers on our systems. It can demonstrate how users don’t keep up with Bios updates. And it shows that some OEMs enable Bitlocker on the systems they sell (not necessarily in a good way).

        In short, it’s a problematic patch that just keeps rearing its head.

        Also known as “Security Update for Secure Boot DBX,” KB5012170 was released earlier this year and makes improvements to the Secure Boot Forbidden Signature Database (DBX). Windows devices that have Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)-based firmware have Secure Boot enabled. It ensures only trusted software can be loaded and executed on during the boot process by using cryptographic signatures to verify the integrity of the process and the software being loaded.

      • Bleeping ComputerMicrosoft: KB5021233 causes blue screens with 0xc000021a errors

        Microsoft is investigating a known issue leading to Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) crashes with 0xc000021a errors after installing the Windows 10 KB5021233 cumulative update released during this month’s Patch Tuesday.

        The company warned over the weekend that “after installing KB5021233, some Windows devices might start up to an error (0xc000021a) with a blue screen.”

        This known issue is likely caused by a mismatch between the file versions of hidparse.sys in system32 and system32/drivers in the Windows folder, “which might cause signature validation to fail when cleanup occurs.”

        The list of affected platforms includes only client Windows 10 versions, from Windows 10 20H2 to the latest release, Windows 10 22H2.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • [Old] Points worth noting in the Estonia i-voting report | Stop at Zona-M

        Back in 2019, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) deployed an Election Expert Team (EET) to observe the 3 March parliamentary elections in Estonia. That team focused its assessment on the work of the election administration, the implementation of Internet voting, and the participation of national minorities in the electoral process. The final report, published in June 2019, contains some considerations and recommendations that anybody who still thinks online voting in actual political elections makes sense consider carefully….

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Santa Claus, Coca-Cola, Sprite, and vast amounts of cookies

        I was wrong when I mentioned that Coca-Cola created our modern image of Santa Claus [1]— it goes back into the mid-to-late 1800s [2]. But Coca-Cola’s Santa Claus advertising *might* have been the inspiration for Sprite.

        And speaking of Santa and food products, here’s a video that answers the question no one bothered to ask, how many cookies does Santa Claus consume on Christmas? [3] It’s amazing he even survives the trip.

    • Technical

      • initial thoughts on stable diffusion’s dataset

        i’ve come across this little article about stable diffusion’s training dataset [2]. unlike dall-e’s openAI, stability is rather transparent about this stuff, which is great. so. i wanna talk about the dataset — or rather, the fraction of the dataset [3] that’s been organized and can be browsed. read the article first and then come back so i don’t have to paraphrase it all lmao

        the fraction we can browse is composed of 12 million image-caption pairs, or “2% of the 600 million images used to train the most recent three checkpoints”. so it’s a lot but doesn’t even scratch the surface.

      • Change the default character limit on your Mastodon instance

        For the sake of this post, we’ll assume we want to change the default character limit to 2000 characters.

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

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Posted in Europe, Patents at 1:27 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

No time to talk! No time to check compliance.

Interstellar 7 years: December 2023
Anything to perpetuate the illusion of “progress”

Summary: The EPO, writing about the Unitary Patent from one year in the future (!!), says it’ll start next year (they always say “next year”)

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