Richard Stallman Recently Went to India to Give Talks

Posted in GNU/Linux, Videos at 9:22 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Clearly not 'canceled':

Summary: We recently wrote about Dr. Stallman giving talks in India [1, 2]; here’s an example from yesterday (day of upload)

Links 01/01/2023: 1,000th Edition of DistroWatch Weekly and Linux 6.2 RC2

Posted in News Roundup at 9:03 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • 9to5Linux9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: January 1st, 2023 “Happy New Year!”

      As expected, this week was slow in Linux news and releases due to the New Year festivities. Yet, we still got new exciting releases of the HandBrake video transcoder and IPFire hardened Linux firewall, as well as new releases of the siduction and Calculate Linux distributions.

      On top of that, Linux hardware vendor Slimbook announced a Limited Edition in black color of their Slimbook Kymera Ventus Linux gaming PC and Ubuntu Unity devs teased us with some of the upcoming features of the Unity 7.7 desktop environment. Below, you can enjoy these and much more in 9to5Linux’s Linux weekly roundup for January 1st, 2023.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux mailing listsLinux 6.2-rc2
        So the week started so slow due to the holidays that I thought I might
        not have any reason to do an rc2 at all, but by the end of the week I
        did end up getting a smattering of pull requests, so here we are. It's
        tiny, even smaller than usual for an rc2, and honestly, I'd expect
        that trend to continue for rc3. A lot of people are still off for
        another week on a well-deserved winter holiday, and so I suspect
        things will continue to be fairly quiet.
        Anyway, last week saw mainly some nvme fixes, some i915 drm work, and
        some kvm fixes (and kvm testing fixes). See below for the full
        shortlog, and if you're not still in a food coma from the holidays,
        please do give this all a good testing.
      • LWNKernel prepatch 6.2-rc2

        The second 6.2 kernel prepatch is out for testing — but there isn’t a lot there.

    • Applications

      • Ubuntu HandbookQQ for Linux 3.0 is out! Wine no longer Required for this Chinese Chat App | UbuntuHandbook

        For Chinese users or those who have friends or business in China, native QQ app is finally working well in Linux by releasing the 3.0 version!

        QQ is one of the top popular instant messaging apps in China. It has an official Linux client since 2019, which was however old, crash often, and not suitable for daily use.

        By releasing 3.0, QQ for Linux finally got a modern UI powered by its QQNT framework. Similar to the Windows app, it has the user avatar and a few navigation buttons in far left pane, friends and group chats in center, and messages in right.

      • Help Net SecurityOSV-Scanner: A free vulnerability scanner for open-source software – Help Net Security

        After releasing the Open Source Vulnerabilities database (OSV.dev) in February, Google has launched the OSV-Scanner, a free command line vulnerability scanner that open source developers can use to check for vulnerabilities in their projects’ dependencies.

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

        Here are the latest updates to our compilation of recommended software. It’s been a busy month in December. We have published new group tests and updated a few others.

        We are planning a lot more this year to massively ramp up coverage.

        As always, we love receiving your suggestions for new articles or additional open source software to feature. Let us know in the comments box below or drop us an email.

      • Kubernetes BlogKubernetes v1.26: Alpha support for cross-namespace storage data sources | Kubernetes

        Kubernetes v1.26, released last month, introduced an alpha feature that lets you specify a data source for a PersistentVolumeClaim, even where the source data belong to a different namespace. With the new feature enabled, you specify a namespace in the dataSourceRef field of a new PersistentVolumeClaim. Once Kubernetes checks that access is OK, the new PersistentVolume can populate its data from the storage source specified in that other namespace. Before Kubernetes v1.26, provided your cluster had the AnyVolumeDataSource feature enabled, you could already provision new volumes from a data source in the same namespace. However, that only worked for the data source in the same namespace, therefore users couldn’t provision a PersistentVolume with a claim in one namespace from a data source in other namespace. To solve this problem, Kubernetes v1.26 added a new alpha namespace field to dataSourceRef field in PersistentVolumeClaim the API.

      • Ruben SchadeRubenerd: Using Blender as a video editor

        Unbeknownst to me, Blender has a built-in video sequence editor (VSE). This is cool, because Blender is available on every major platform, is open source, and is under active development.

        Clicking Video Editor in the Blender splash screen will take you to a timeline where you can do basic video editing. It’s a bit different from other packages I’ve used, but I’ve cut together and exported a few things for work on it, and have been pleasantly surprised.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • LinuxiacInstalling Google Chrome on Manjaro: A Step-by-Step Guide

        This step-by-step guide will show you how to easily install the Google Chrome web browser on your Manjaro Linux system.

        Are you ready to upgrade your web browsing experience on Manjaro? Google Chrome is a reliable, user-friendly browser that offers a range of features and security measures to enhance your online experience.

        Unfortunately, Manjaro, like most Linux distributions, does not come with it preinstalled. That is why you must follow the instructions below to install Google Chrome on your Manjaro system.

        So, whether you’re new to Manjaro or a seasoned user, this guide will walk you through the installation process so you can start using Google Chrome in no time.

      • TecAdminHow to Install and Use Flask on Ubuntu 22.04 – TecAdmin

        Python Flask is a lightweight Python web framework that makes it easy to build web applications quickly. It’s a microframework that doesn’t include an ORM (Object Relational Mapper) or such features and is instead extensible through Flask plug-ins.

        Flask is easy to get started with and doesn’t require any particular directory structure. A Flask application is a Python script that imports the Flask module, creates an instance of the Flask class, and then starts the development server using a line of code.

        In this article, we’ll show you how to install Flask on Ubuntu 22.04. Also, create a simple Hello World application using the Flask Python module.

      • DebugPointwho Command in Linux: Explanation with Examples

        Here’s a beginner’s guide on understanding who command in Linux with several examples.

      • Red HatHow to install Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform on RHEL 9 | Red Hat Developer

        The Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform is a comprehensive solution that helps you automate collaboratively.

      • Make Use OfThe 6 Useful Bash Shell Variables You Should Know About

        Shell variables are important for the smooth running of any Linux system. For example, every time you run a program or command, your system looks in the PATH variable to check if the program is present. Knowledge of shell variables is important for your daily use or administration of Linux systems.

      • Make Use OfHow to List Current Logged-In Users on Linux

        Linux being a multi-user system allows multiple users to log in and run various programs at the same time. As a normal Linux user or system admin, you may sometimes need to check which users are currently logged into your system.

        This information can be useful for various reasons such as for troubleshooting performance issues, monitoring user activity, or for simply checking who else is using the system.

        There are several methods to list current logged-in users on Linux and see what they are doing.

      • VideoHow to install LeoCAD on KDE Neon – Invidious

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

      • MediumI knew it! ChatGPT has Access to Internet — Linux Terminal Simulator is the Proof? | by Michael King | Jan, 2023 | Medium

        Have you ever wished you could run Linux terminal commands directly from within your ChatGPT GUI interface? If you’re a fan of ChatGPT and also a command line enthusiast, this article is for you! We’re going to explore a new way to integrate the power of the terminal into your ChatGPT experience. It’s a game-changer for those who want the convenience of a GUI with the flexibility of the command line. Are you ready to dive in and see how it’s done? Let’s get started!

      • DebugPointInstall XeroLinux (Arch with Stunning Looks): Step-by-Step Guide

        For all the KDE Plasma and Arch Linux fans, XeroLinux is probably the best distro to experience. It’s loaded with goodies and brings a customized KDE Plasma theme with the goodness of Arch Linux.

        This distribution is mainly for those who like eye-candy desktops with the latest packages+KDE Plasma but do not want to re-configure the Plasma desktop. XeroLinux primarily uses a pre-configured Latte dock with Kvantum to give the desktop a distinct look.

        This tutorial will walk you through installing XeroLinux in a physical system as a standalone or dual-boot.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • New digiKam User Documentation

          A new year means new goals, and this one is a challenge: migrating the old digiKam documentation based on DocBook format to a new architecture, more simple and easy to maintain. After 20 years, we left the DocBook version for the modern Sphinx/ReStructuredText framework. This one is really a pleasure to use by documentation writers.

          The content is published in a dedicated web site, internationalized by the KDE translation teams. An EPUB version is also available for the off-line use cases.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Reviews

      • Distro WatchReview: Our favourite projects of all time

        Leading up to this week, and its 1,000th edition of DistroWatch Weekly, we wanted to mark the occasion by having our contributors talk about Linux distributions which were special to them in some way. It could be a favourite distribution, it could be their first, or even one they don’t currently use but which encapsulates something special.

        I’ve been using Linux for over 20 years and writing for DistroWatch for over 12. I have probably test driven an average of two distributions per week during my time with this publication, which means I’ve used in the range of 1,200 versions of Linux distributions for over a day. I’d also estimate that, including brief first-look experiences, I’ve probably run over 500 distinct Linux projects over the past decade, between writing reviews, evaluating projects on the waiting list, and gathering information for the DistroWatch database.

        Narrowing this collection of experiences enough to focus on just one project that would stand out as being special to me was going to be difficult.

        I thought about revisiting my first Linux distribution, a long since extinct, minimal flavour of Slackware called Pygmy Linux. Armed with no compiler, desktop, or package manager its claim to fame was it could be run from a DOS/Windows partition and fit on about five floppy disks. I was looking for a free flavour of Unix I could run at home (and download over a dial-up connection) with minimal destruction to my existing system. Pygmy Linux, with its extremely limited, bare bones approach, proved to be a worthwhile learning tool for someone trying to wrap his head around shell scripting and Linux internals.

        I could talk about my first full-time Linux distro, the one which made me believe Linux could replace Windows on my computer eventually: Phat Linux. Phat was much larger than Pygmy, featured the KDE 2 desktop, and was based on Mandrake Linux. It, like its parent, is long since gone, but it got me using Linux as my primary desktop operating system.

    • New Releases

      • OMG! LinuxFirst Version of Vanilla OS is Available to Download – OMG! Linux

        The Linux distro scene just got A LOT more interesting thanks to the first stable release of Vanilla OS.

        If you’re not familiar with Vanilla OS then honestly, you’re not alone. It’s a relatively new Linux distribution that has only been in development for the past four months. Plus, outside of a closed beta, it’s not been available for the wider community to try.


        Ubuntu-based Linux distros are ten a penny, but few tend to diverge from their parent OS in any interesting or unique ways. Not so with Vanilla OS. Far more than “just another” Ubuntu fork, the distro takes a novel new approach to computing thanks to an immutable file system.

        Vanilla OS doesn’t use apt. Instead, it uses its own package manager and subsystem called apx. This is described as “a wrapper around multiple package managers to install packages and run commands inside a managed container” and is inspired by Distrobox.

    • Debian Family

      • Jonathan McDowell: Free Software Activities for 2022

        There is a move to Bring Back Blogging and having recently sorted out my own FreshRSS install I am completely in favour of such a thing. RSS feeds with complete posts, for preference, not just a teaser intro sentence/paragraph.

        It’s also a reminder to me that I should blog more, and what better way to start 2023 than with my traditional recap of my Free Software activities in 2022. For previous years see 2019, 2020 + 2021


        Most of my contributions to Free software continue to happen within Debian.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • OMG UbuntuUbuntu’s Education-Focused Flavour is Heading Back to Class – OMG! Ubuntu!

        Edubuntu arrived on the scene in 2005 when it debuted as part of the Ubuntu 5.10 “Breezy Badger” series. The scholastic spin continued to issue new releases up until Edubuntu 14.04 LTS which, due to a lack of contributors, wound up being its final release an official favour.

        Fast forward to 2023 and the forgotten flavour is feeling optimistic about its future.

        During its original run Edubuntu was available variously as a LiveCD, a LiveDVD, and as a series of packages users could install atop a regular Ubuntu release. Curating and shipping educational software and tools was always the core focus, with GNOME and Unity desktops driving the core UI during its original tenure.

        Ubuntu Studio’s Erich Eickmeyer and his wife Amy, whose background is in education, are the ones stepping up to reboot and revive this spin. They’ve reams of ideas, plans, and goals under their collective sleeves and seem well-placed to help reposition this flavour for a new generation.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

      • The 5 Best Linux Smartphones of 2023 – Linux on the Go – DekiSoft

        Today our data is becoming vulnerable each day. This is attributed to how some operating systems are not giving enough attention to privacy or malware, phishing, and viruses which with time are becoming powerful.

        We need to opt for OS which provides the most privacy features and you know that all of the base, backend, and source code is open source. This is why we have recommended some of the best Linux smartphones that you can choose.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Daniel AleksandersenI’ve joined Vivaldi Technologies [Ed: Mastodon is Free software, but Vivaldi is proprietary; does Vivaldi hope that dabbling in Free software like this would give people false perceptions?]

        On November 1st, I joined familiar faces from my days at Opera Software and new colleges at Vivaldi Technologies. I joined as a Quality Assurance Tester working on the Vivaldi web browser product for mobile and desktop.

        I didn’t expect to ever work for a social media company. Two short weeks after I joined Vivaldi, it jumped on the decentralized social networking craze and launched a new Mastodon instance called Vivaldi Social.

      • CoryDoctorowWhat the fediverse (does/n’t) solve

        No matter how benevolent a dictatorship is, it’s still a dictatorship, and subject to the dictator’s whims. We must demand that the owners and leaders of tech platforms be fair and good – but we must also be prepared for them to fail at this, sometimes catastrophically.

        That is, even if you trust Tim Cook to decide what apps you are and aren’t allowed to install – including whether you are allowed to install apps that block Apple’s own extensive, nonconsensual, continuous commercial surveillance of its customers – you should also be prepared for Cook to get hit by a bus and replaced by some alt-right dingleberry.

        What happens next is a matter of technology and law. It’s a matter of whether you have to give up your media and your apps and your data to escape the no-longer-benevolent dictatorship. It depends on whether the technology is designed to let you move those things, and whether the law protects you from tech companies, or whether it protects tech companies from you, by criminalizing jailbreaking, reverse engineering, scraping, etc.

  • Leftovers

    • Matt RickardReflections on 2022 Predictions

      Last year I wrote about my predictions for what would happen in 2022. A look back at what I was thinking:
      First, a few meta-lessons learned, at the risk of extrapolating from only a few data points:
      Predictions, like goals, should be observable and testable. It’s maybe better to treat it as a hypothesis. For example, one of my “predictions” was “remote development hits the mainstream.” While it has surely grown in popularity, it’s unclear how you’d score something like this: what does mainstream mean? It might have been better to be more concrete in my thinking.
      The best predictions were events where the pieces were just starting to get into motion. It might just be a simple fact of predicting fewer things in the causal chain.
      There’s an enormous recency bias in predictions – last year, I found myself writing about events that had recently happened. Most of these events were fleeting. It’s easy to overlook things that continue to gain steam, even after the initial buzz dies down.

    • Nicholas Tietz-SokolskyReflecting on 2022, Looking Ahead to 2023 | nicholas@web

      This is one of those cliched posts: Reflection on the year that’s ending, and talking about goals and whatnot for next year. They’re cliche, but they’re also useful. The planning and reflecting process is a useful one, and sharing openly means other people can come along and learn with me.

    • GeshanReview of 2022: Recap of blogging, talks, an interview, and other things

      The year 2022 was partially eclipsed by COVID-19 for me.

    • CoryDoctorowAn end-of-year retrospective

      Every day, I revisit all the posts I’ve ever made, over more than 20 years of blogging; I review posts from one year, 5 years, 10 years, 15 years and 20 years ago, revisiting my priors and regrounding myself in the arc of stories I’ve followed for decades.

    • Russ AllberyEagle’s Path: 2022 Book Reading in Review (2023-01-01)

      In 2022, much to my surprise, I finished and reviewed 51 books, a substantial increase over last year and once again the best year for reading since 2012. (I read 60 books that year, so it’s a hard mark to equal.) Reading throughout the year was a bit uneven; I avoided the summer slump this year, but still slowed down in early spring and September. As always, the tail end of the year was prime reading time.

    • Year End Review – 2022

      This year has been a crazy rollercoaster ride. Very less ups and a lot of downs, the year began with mourning the loss of my father, and I am fortunate and grateful that at least the year is ending on a positive note.

    • Michael West MediaSmoke in cargo hold: Qantas jumbo QF1 to London forced to land in Azerbaijan

      Qantas’ Sydney to London double decker jumbo QF1 flight has been forced to land in Baku, capital of central Asian nation Azerbaijan last night, after a smoke detector went off in the cargo hold, reports Michael Sainsbury.

      Qantas has scrambled to dispatch an A380 double decker jumbo to Baku, where 385 passengers are stranded after their flight from Singapore to London was forced into an emergency landing.

      The aircraft VH-OQD left Sydney today at 10.40am to fly directly to Baku, after Qantas spent the night gaining the requisite take off and landing permissions needed for an international flight.

      The pilot of Qantas flight QF verbally issued a mayday and squawked the emergency 7700 code on his transponder to alert all nearby aircraft and airports when it was flying over the former Soviet state of Georgia. The aircraft would have to land at the closest airport that was capable of accommodating the largest commercial aircraft in the world. That airport was at Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan which required a u turn by the flight crew.

    • Ruben SchadeRubenerd: Brand loyalty isn’t always irrational

      Brands are owned by companies, and companies are run by people. People have values, behaviour, and history. You’re not being rational by discounting these; you’re falling into the trap of ignoring the human factor.


      Assuming your loyalty has been earned—as opposed to blindly following a trend or crowd—I see no problem with it. Because it’s also theirs to lose.

    • Jon UdellMy belated introduction to Super Mario Brothers

      This seems unusual for someone like me. I have spent my adult life deeply engrossed in computer-based activity, and am often described to others, by friends and family, as a “computer guy.” That makes me a geek and/or nerd by definition. But I’ve never been comfortable with either of those terms.

    • Hardware

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Ruben SchadeRubenerd: Hanging out with nice people

        Unfortunately, Covid lockdowns and remote work reinforced these tendencies to such a degree that I think it started to impact my mental health. Even the most closeted of individuals need to spend time with people they care about, and being in a small group sharing in a hobby for a few hours is lovely.

    • Linux Foundation

    • Security

      • LinuxSecurityLinux Malware: The Truth About This Growing Threat [Updated]

        If you’ve been keeping up with security news, you may have noticed that it seems as if there have been an increasing number of attacks on Linux in recent years. The number of new Linux malware variants reached a record high in the first half of 2022, as nearly 1.7 million samples were discovered. This observation is somewhat counterintuitive, as Linux is generally regarded as a highly secure operating system.

        So what exactly has been going on lately, and are these attacks being blown out of proportion by the media? Is Linux still a viable OS for security-conscious users? LinuxSecurity.com aims to put the recent attacks on Linux into context, provide some background on Linux malware and shed some light on these questions in this article.

      • Make Use OfThe 8 Best Free Cybersecurity Tools to Keep You Safe as a Remote Worker

        As a remote worker, it’s expedient that you’re cautious of cybersecurity threats. You need to monitor your Wi-Fi networks to ensure they are safe enough to access sensitive data. This is because the slightest vulnerability in your system can expose you to cybercriminals. Thankfully, there are cybersecurity tools to avert this.

        These tools protect company data from theft and come in different forms. While a few beef up your security by warning you of possible attacks, others directly protect you from cybercriminals. Here’s a list of the best free cybersecurity tools to keep you safe as a remote worker.

      • Ruben SchadeRubenerd: Another smart camera leaking information

        As the tech guy among friends and family for years, people are surprised by my militant (that’s foreshadowing!) reluctance to buy smart, Internet-connected home devices. I wish it were based on a philosophical stance on privacy and sticking it to the proverbial man who wants to track everything we do to sell us rubbish… or heck, even for the mundane reason that half the stuff never works properly!


        I bring this up again, because yet another smart camera device manufacturer was caught out earlier this month making claims about their tech that were unsubstantiated, and doubled down when security researches proved otherwise. This is completely predictable if still frustrating. But in this case, the company even falsely claimed their devices kept video local, in an attempt to assuage concerns about smart devices in the first place. This is worse than false advertising, it’s fraud.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Michael West MediaKilling chickens to show monkeys: why it’s vital to protect whistleblowers, not persecute them – Michael West

        Lawyer and Lendlease tax-fraud whistleblower Anthony Watson writes on Australia’s whistleblower laws and why reform is vital to protect those who expose wrongdoing from having to choose between their careers and silence.

        Disclosing serious failings in the public interest must not remain the preserve of those citizens who are prepared to sacrifice their personal lives and those of their relatives, as has happened too often in the past. Sounding the alarm must become a normal reflex of every responsible citizen who has become aware of serious threats in the public interest.


        Bessie’s competence as a teacher was never in question and had nothing to do with her dismissal. Rather, her employers were distressed by Bessie’s complaints, made to Principal Leach, her immediate superior, about school practices she believed were unlawful and which she felt were harming the students. Bessie complained that the school administration were reserving administrative positions for white staff, and that black youths were being fenced out of the more desirable jobs given to their white peers.

        Bessie took her case to court, arguing that her communications were protected by the First Amendment (Freedom of Speech).

        Both the lower courts found the School’s decision to terminate Bessie was motivated primarily by the fact that Bessie had made the complaints. The District Court found that the School’s motivation “…was almost entirely a desire to rid themselves of a vocal critic of the district’s policies and practices which were capable of interpretation as embodying racial discrimination.”

    • Environment

      • Energy/Transportation

        • Michael West MediaGas reservation? Threats by the fossil fuel cartel may force government’s hand – Michael West

          The Albanese government’s gas caps are not enough. Gas reservation for the East Coast of Australia is likely as both industry and electricity consumers are held to ransom by high prices and gas cartel threats to withhold supply. Analyst Bruce Robertson reports.

          Even before the government’s price cap legislation passed through parliament last week, the gas industry was vigorously opposing it. Yet the $12 a gigajoule (GJ) price cap now enacted in law ensures a bright future for gas companies but continual decline for Australia’s manufacturing industries

          The gas industry, however, has continued to characterise the price cap as a calamity, with Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher going as far as to label it a “Soviet Style” response. Mr Gallagher has now warned of gas rationing in the domestic market or the breaking of international contracts.

        • Ruben SchadeRubenerd: The encouraging pushback against game NFTs

          Those people were misinformed, unqualified, or had ulterior motives. There was enough information about NFTs, web3, and other psuedo-decentralised puffery that anyone in a position of authority or responsibility voicing any kind of interest should be immediately dismissed. It’s the same people who question vaccines in 2022, or think the jury is still out on homeopathy.

        • Didier StevensPowerstrip With Neon Lamp Switch | Didier Stevens

          These switches (certainly older models) often use a neon lamp as light source.

          I measured the electric energy consumption of a powerstrip with switch on and neon lamp burning (without anything plugged into the powerstrip’s outlets).

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Michael West MediaThe Bali Bonk Ban that wasn’t – media gets it wrong. Again.

        Cancel your flights, lock your bedrooms. If you’re off to Bali and you’re not married, forget having sex, they’ll put you in gaol! So say Australian mainstream media and the Government’s travel advisory. Except they didn’t check the story, Duncan Graham and Kim Wingerei report from Indonesia.

        Nothing quite like a bonk-ban to excite the headline writers at Fairfax, News Limited, The Guardian and the ABC. Even the Government’s own Smarttravellers website got in on the act. Failing to check their facts, all in the interest of a saucy story or updated advice to sex-hungry travellers.

        The G20 in Bali last month was a splendid success – and not just because world leaders talked to each other proving differences can sometimes be understood, if not always accepted.

      • Michael West MediaDuck, Weave and Waffle: Robodebt Royal Commission grills Scott Morrison – Michael West

        Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison faced a long stint in the witness box before the Robodebt Royal Commission this week over his involvement in the disastrous scheme and any pressure he exerted to stop public servants coming forward with appropriate legal advice. Callum Foote reports.

        The Royal Commission was established to investigate the Centrelink “Robodebt” scheme, an automated debt recovery program that was established in 2015 and ran until November 2019 when the Attorney-General advised it was unlawful.

        It is attributed to more than 2000 people taking their own lives and resulted in a $1.8 billion settlement to hundreds of thousands of victims who were forced to pay illegitimate debts.

        Morrison was compelled to appear at yesterday’s commission hearing as he was the Social Services Minister when the scheme first went live, then subsequently Treasurer and Prime Minister throughout the life of the scheme.

      • Michael West MediaScomo sold the farm – Michael West

        Scott Morrison approved tens of billions in foreign takeover deals after secretly being appointed Treasurer last year, compromising Australia’s national interest.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Philosophy – Solarspinster – Reason’s Edge

        Deep winter has come to my Baba Yaga cabin. The snows pile in rolling pillows, crystalline breasts of milky white. As yet they are unmarked by animal tracks. The smarter, or at least more prudent, animals are abed. Now and again a jay or chickadee peeps sadly from a branch, but they are rare visitors. Only Raven keeps company with my days, a few neighbouring pairs flying about in search of a stray mouse. I’m glad of their company for many reasons. The coyotes who had been howling downhill have moved on, I think. I’ve not seen their tracks this past 旬, nor heard their dusk light howls. So the ravens fly overhead, once in a while to circle above me to espy my doings. They must find me inexplicable and a nuisance, for they often wind their routes around mine airspace. Mad dogs and Englishmen and me.

      • How to illustrate your own stuff

        Not sure how you can find the software you are going to like. Today I was trying to copy the style of an artist that had drawn a few pictures for a megadungeon of mine but everything about it was hard. When I finally switched to a messy brush, the process finally agreed with my brain again. So what makes good for me software?

      • 2021 status and 2022 plan

        I don’t usually write status update, even though I like the idea, because I’m most of the time too lazy to do so, but I thought it was a good way to kick off this year with a first post.

        I’m still unsure while writing this if I will actually publish it on my blog or on my gemlog. I guess I like the idea of using my blog only for technical posts, so it might end up in my gemlog…

      • Reflecting on the past year

        A new year begins, and I will start by looking back on the old one! One year ago I made a post about my plans for 2022 [1]. Let’s see how that went.

      • Entering 2023

        The clock keeps ticking and calendars have again rolled back to January 1st. Here are some tidings for the New Year.

    • Technical

      • What I don’t Know 2022

        Constructing the Foundation was the name of my theme in 2022. A markdown file summarizing it can be found on my codeberg¹. In short, I wanted to focus on building positive aspects of myself rather than criticizing parts of myself I don’t like. I would overall call this year a success with my theme, but I don’t have another complete theme year to compare it to.

        That in general was an important goal for me, I was able to maintain my journaling, theme, and general mental health for the whole year. I haven’t made progress in all the areas I wanted, but I haven’t gone backwards anywhere, and I want to congratulate myself for that.

      • so long, lelkins html page. you were good. maybe the best website of all time.

        ay mates, i’m back yet again! happy VERY LATE new year! i gotta try to be more comfortable with writing stuff, so expect more posts this time. no, not like 2022-07-11. there’s gonna be some stuff going on here, i’m sure of it.

        i used to have an html page that hosted my drawings and stuff, wanted to have my gemini posts be turned into html pages (especially the megaman 8bit deathmatch one) but i just didn’t do that. today i deleted that side of the lelkins page of altesq in favor for my gem capsule you are reading all of this from, as it’s a better place for my stuff. i also remade the capsule and added the art from the www page. this is my home now, my castle, my whatever you’d like to call this gemini capsule.

      • Living without a clock

        I’m a person who used to have lots of clocks, everywhere. Around the house, a watch, on my status bar, on my (un)smartphone, on my IRC client. Time was omnipresent. Not anymore. I’ve since removed all the clocks, everywhere. If I want to check the time, I do it manually via the $date utility, no more compulsive, unconscious, checking the time. This post will focus on how is it so far, I’ll probably do multiple updates. There will be a technical follow-up post on how I removed the clocks.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • 2022 review

          To everyone reading this (and even to those that do not), I wish you all a happy new year 2023! I won’t talk about expectations or resolutions here, because we all know here that if you want to set a goal for yourself, do it whenever you want, and not when the calendar tells you to :).

          Last year I published my first “year review” on gemini[1] (and not on my blog) and I thought I would do the same this year :). Not many things to talk about, as this year has been very busy with “day job” so finding time to write is not always easy. Or maybe it is just my brain not trained well enough to force myself to write instead of doing more passive things sometimes. Anyway, here a short review of 2022 and some plan for 2023.

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

Zemlins Should be Held Accountable Like Sam Bankman-Fried: Bakkt Nearly Penny Stock Now

Posted in Fraud, Kernel at 8:46 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


  1. Linux Foundation Revenue Plunges ($18,000,000 Decrease in One Year) and Jim Zemlin’s Wife Has Her Company Sued for Securities Fraud (Class Action)
  2. After Defrauding People in New York Stock Exchange (Now Class Action for Securities Fraud) Jim Zemlin’s Wife Quits Bakkt to Dodge Liability
  3. Jim ‘FTX’ Zemlin: “My Wife Who is a Successful Technology Executive and Harvard MBA [and Fraudster Facing Class Action Lawsuit for Securities Fraud] Really Had an Obvious Look of Disappointment… When I Told Her I Worked at a Non-Profit” [sic]


Zemlin scam

Summary: It’s a good thing that the government is cracking down on ‘crypto’ scams, but why aren’t there any arrests of Wall Street-connected ‘crypto’ scammers?

Links 01/01/2023: 4MLinux 42.0 Beta and End of Year Posts

Posted in News Roundup at 10:34 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • ID RootHow To Install PowerShell on Rocky Linux 9 – idroot [Ed: Better port to something like Bash, to avoid Microsoft controlling you by proxy]

        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 Microsoft PowerShell on Rocky Linux. 9.

      • Linux HintHow to Uninstall a Yum Package

        As a sysadmin, one obvious task is handling the packages, from installing to uninstalling them. When you want to install, update, remove, list, and track the different installed packages on the system, you must use a package manager for that particular distro.

        Yum is the package manager tool for handling the packages in Red Hat Enterprise in Linux. There are different ways of uninstalling a package using the Yum package management tool. Take a look!

      • Linux Hint2 Different Ways to Install Discord on Ubuntu 22.04

        Discord is a widely used application for instant messaging, video, and voice calling, allowing users to communicate with people worldwide. During the early days, this software was designed for gamers. But nowadays, people use this application to create discussion groups and forums and share their thoughts on different aspects.

      • TalospaceWhen Petitboot barfs, everything’s vomit

        Colourful, no? But it’s true. I’ve not been able to write up my Fedora 37 experience, nor upgrade Firefox (nor do further work on the JIT) because the Petitboot boot menu couldn’t stop touching the main NVMe drive and making its older (Linux 5.5) XFS kernel module hang. If Petitboot can’t start, your expensive POWER9 system is a brick.

        In its most literal sense this article is largely a precautionary tale, because unless you’re a long-term Fedora user like me with a continuously updated older installation, it’s very unlikely you have an XFS volume in your OpenPOWER box. But if the antique kernel in Petitboot ever starts barfing on your own filesystems or a device you install, you’ll be in this state too, so here’s how I got the Talos II working again.

      • Bryan LundukeAnimated ASCII fireworks in your Terminal for New Years

        Last week, I unleashed “Lunduke’s Holiday BASH Animations” with two ASCII animations for your terminal: a Christmas tree and a Hanukkah Menorah.

        Well. New Years Eve is coming up.

        So I’ve added a new animation to the BASH script to help ring in the new year: Fireworks.

      • TecAdminHow to Install Python Tkinter on Linux

        Tkinter is a Python library that is used to create graphical user interfaces (GUIs). It is a standard Python interface to the Tk GUI toolkit, which is widely used in the Linux operating system. In this tutorial, we will learn how to install Tkinter on a Linux system using either pip or apt-get.

      • FOSSLinuxHow to install Steam on Linux Mint

        Steam is considered the largest Linux-based gaming platform. Installing it on your PC allows you to play games on Linux just as quickly as on the Windows operating system. This tutorial will demonstrate how to install Steam on a Linux Mint PC.

      • FOSSLinuxHow to check your Linux Mint version by GUI and command-line ways

        Linux Mint is a community-driven Ubuntu-based Linux distribution bundled with a variety of free and open-source software. It can provide full multimedia support out-of-the-box for those who opt to include proprietary software such as multimedia codecs. Every Linux distro has several versions on the market.

      • FOSSLinuxHow to mount SMB shares on Linux Mint

        Samba is a free, open-source tool suite that permits us to share files and printers between Linux and Windows workstations. Because most Linux file explorers include samba compatibility, a Samba share is quite simple to set up and use. However, in other cases, we can mount a Samba share at startup, just like a regular filesystem on a given mount point.

      • FOSSLinuxHow to install an updatable Fedora on a USB flash drive | FOSS Linux

        Have you ever considered utilizing a computer that is not yours, complete with your own files and settings? Any Linux distribution is capable of doing so. Yes! You may utilize your own customized Linux operating system on any machine with a USB drive. Fedora is among the most advanced and stable Linux distributions.

      • FOSSLinux10 handy Ubuntu Keyboard shortcuts you should know | FOSS Linux

        Linux veterans recognize that the keyboard is more potent than the mouse since many activities that require numerous mouse clicks can be performed with a single keyboard shortcut. Learning a few keyboard shortcuts may increase your productivity as a Linux user and win you considerable bragging rights in the Linux community.

      • TecAdminDifference Between `su` and `su -` Commands in Linux

        In Linux, the `su` command allows a user to switch to a different user account. The `su` command can be followed by the name of the user to switch to, and will prompt the user for the password of the user they are trying to switch to.

        The `su` command has a number of options that can be used to modify its behavior. One of these options is `-`, which stands for “login shell”. When the `-` option is used with the `su` command, it causes the su command to run a login shell for the specified user. This means that the user’s environment variables and profile scripts will be sourced as if they had logged in to the system normally.

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxWhat I want to see in 2023 for Linux, Gaming, Steam Deck and more | GamingOnLinux

        The end of a year is a good time to sit, think and reflect on what a year it has been and what we hope 2023 will bring so here’s some of what I want and what I think could happen.

        I actually wrote a wishlist for the Steam Deck back in October, and funnily enough pretty much every single point there is still valid right now. Some points have had minor work but most of it hasn’t been touched. I hope Valve are reading, because all of those points are what I regularly see people moan and gripe about too.

        What else though for the wider picture?

      • Best Maps of 2022 Poll – DDraceNetwork News

        Our entire DDNet team would like to wish you all a warm and safe journey throughout 2023. DDNet grew again massively this year and we welcomed many newcomers to the community. We hope that you will all continue enjoying your time on DDNet while we continue to serve the community and find new ways to enrich your experience in 2023.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Bryan LundukeThe incredibly boring, totally reasonable finances of the GNOME Foundation

          I recently reported on the incredibly bizarre finances of Mozilla (the makers of Firefox). Payments to nonexistent companies, major payments to political extremists (that have no relation to their core business), a total reliance on a single customer… and that’s just for starters. The finances of Mozilla are absolutely wild.

          Which brings up a question:

          How does that compare to the financial operations of other “non-profit” organizations in the Tech and Open Source world?

          Are the finances of other organizations similarly corrupt and strange? Or is Mozilla… unique?

          In order to (begin to) answer that question, I dove into the available financial data of the GNOME Foundation — the Non-Profit Foundation behind the GNOME Desktop Environment (among many other software projects).

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • New Releases

      • 4MLinux Blog4MLinux Releases: 4MLinux 42.0 BETA released.

        4MLinux 42.0 BETA is ready for testing. Basically, at this stage of development, 4MLinux BETA has the same features as 4MLinux STABLE, but it provides a huge number of updated packages.

        Road map:
        December 2022 -> BETA
        March 2023 -> STABLE
        July 2023 -> OLD STABLE
        November 2023 -> EOL

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • TalospaceFedora 37 mini-review on the Blackbird and Talos II

        It’s been kind of a wild ride getting the Talos II and the Blackbird upgraded to Fedora 37, but we’re there, so it’s finally time for a mini-review to summarize the current state. As I always like to remind folks, Fedora was one of the first mainstream distributions to support POWER9 out of the box, it’s still one of the top distributions OpenPOWER denizens use and its position closest to the bleeding, ragged edge is where we see problems emerge first and get fixed (hopefully) before they move further downstream. That’s why it’s worth caring about it even if you yourself don’t run it.

        Another important reminder is both my ‘Bird and T2 are configured to come up in a text boot instead of gdm and I start GNOME (Blackbird) or KDE (T2) manually from there. I still test GNOME on both systems, but I’ve pretty much entirely migrated over to KDE Plasma on the T2, so I’ll talk about both the GNOME and KDE experience in this and future mini-reviews. I strongly recommend a non-graphical boot as a recovery mechanism in case your graphics card gets whacked by something or other. On Fedora this is easily done by ensuring the symlink /etc/systemd/system/default.target points to /lib/systemd/system/multi-user.target.

      • Congratulations Anwesha

        The year 2022 gave me one of the happiest moments in my life, and I also felt proud as Anwesha joined the Ansible community team as a software engineer in Red Hat. Proud because she became the best example of someone to whom I taught things about computers (she has multiple mentors/friends who helped her during this journey). Though sometimes that created trouble at home, the output is super lovely. From a Masters in Law to a software engineer in Red Hat is a good story.

      • Jan Piet MensSome things I blogged about in 2022

        My original plan for 2022 was to work a bit less, but I failed for the simple reason that I forgot to mark “free” time in the calendar. Stupid. Be that as it may, it was mostly quite a good year for me, with a definite non-work-highlight being a three-week holiday with my offspring in the Spring.


        I did quite a bit of DNS work and trainings, and gave a few Ansible trainings, and in between I wrote the odd blogticle:

        This year marked my tenth Ansible anniversary, and we created an Ansible reference sheet. I learned about using a lookup plugin for Ansible module_defaults, and jotted down some notes on Ansible local facts on Windows nodes. As you might know, I’m a fan of local facts, and we began collecting ideas for using local facts.

      • OpenSource.comWhat to write about on Opensource.com in 2023 | Opensource.com

        As we start 2023, it’s the perfect time to reflect on what the last few years have brought to us. The pandemic has brought us closer together globally. Conferences and meetings moved to virtual platforms lowering the geographic barrier to participating and collaborating. Many of us moved to remote work and embraced asynchronous communication with our teams. We have met people across the globe whom we would have never had the privilege to meet.

      • OpenSource.com6 articles to get you excited about programming | Opensource.com

        Programming is at the heart of open source software. Learning programming is a great way to explore new ideas and create programs that are useful for you. This year, Opensource.com authors shared many excellent articles about programming, from how new programmers can get started, to how experts can learn more about the details. Here are six articles to get you excited about programming:

    • Debian Family

      • C.J. Adams-Collier: State of the racks, 20221231

        I haven’t written in a while. I’ve been caught up in work. But between working, I’ve put together some new equipment in a couple of new racks. I bought an audio dampened 15U rack a couple of years ago or so, and into it I’ve placed the RAID array and an HP desktop form-factor ML110 server to drive the disks. The disk array controller is a two-port Broadcom / LSI SAS3008 PCI-Express Fusion-MPT SAS-3. I’ve been thinking about getting the four-port variant, since I like this one and I’ve got another 7 drive bays in the chassis that don’t have disks in them.

      • Junichi Uekawa: Challenges in getting a Debian package.

        Challenges in getting a Debian package. Debian Rust packaging team has a great collection of scripts for maintaining Debian Rust packages, but that depended on schroot and other tools that I haven’t used usually. Getting that working first was a challenging. I had to get out of my podman container running sid inside user namespace, because schroot didn’t work due to not being able to create devices files. That was okay, and I went back to my old chroot script which was doing something similar to schroot. Had to fix up /etc/passwd and /etc/group to match inside and outside. I broke gpg on the way, I had to fix the chroot script not to break PTTY by keeping /dev/pts. This I could probably have ignored if I had used schroot myself as well. Anyway, some maintenance of old scripts to get back up to speed…

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • SlashdotUbuntu Blogger Chooses the 5 Best Linux Distros of 2022 – Slashdot

        Long-time Slashdot reader destinyland shares an article listing “the five best Linux distros of 2022″ — as chosen by the editor of the blog omg! ubuntu!

        “Spoiler: they’re not all Ubuntu-based!” the article begins, also noting that it’s not a ranking of superiority of importance, but rather “giving a shoutout to some of the year’s best Linux releases.”

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • The Register UKShould open source ban itself in China and Russia? • The Register

      In 2022, information technology collided with geopolitics like never before. After Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, many nations decided that Vladimir Putin’s regime and populace should be denied access to technology and even to services from the companies that make and wield it.

      The USA, meanwhile, extended its restrictions on technology exports to China, citing its belligerence and repression of human rights.

      The bans appear to have been somewhat effective: China and Russia both started efforts to replicate technology they could no longer easily, or legally, obtain.

    • Programming/Development

      • James GSeasonal emojis for your personal website | James’ Coffee Blog

        Before Christmas, I decided to work on a small project that would automatically change the emoji on my website. I am calling this project seasonal.js. Using seasonal.js, you can change all of the emojis on a web page that use a pre-defined CSS class. seasonal.js contains a default JSON object of various events that are relevant to me, from my birthday (assigned a party emoji) to Boxing Day (assigned a box emoji). You can change this object to include events that you want to celebrate on your website.

      • Amos WengerDay 9 (Advent of Code 2022)

        The Advent of Code is not a sprint: it’s a marathon: sometimes you’ve got to stop and smell the roses.

      • Amos WengerDay 11 (Advent of Code 2022)

        In that one, we have to apparently cosplay as an IBM mainframe and just.. crunch them numbers. This doesn’t look fun, and I can’t think of a clever twist to make it fun, so let’s try to make it short and sweet.

      • Xe’s BlogThe Next-Generation Universal Hlang compiler

        In a world where simple tasks have hundreds of dependencies and most of them are not documented, everything falls to chaos. The monolithigarchy dictates that your build times must be slow so that They (the dependocracy) can win over your hearts and minds with video games that you play during your compile times. One person gets mad about their string padding library being used by corporations without paying and then the entire internet explodes for a few days. This is unsustainable.

      • University of TorontoSome notes to myself on ‘git log -G’ (and sort of on -S)

        Today I found myself nerd-sniped by a bit in Golang is evil on shitty networks (via), and wanted to know where a particular behavior was added in Go’s network code. The article conveniently identified the code involved, so once I found the source file all I theoretically needed to do was trace it back in history. Until recently, my normal tool for this is Git’s ‘blame’ view and mode, often on Github because Github has a convenient ‘view git-blame just before this commit’, which makes it easy to step back in history. Unfortunately in this case, the source code had been reorganized and moved around repeatedly, so this wasn’t easy.

      • R

        • Modeling the secular trend in a stepped-wedge design – ouR data generation

          Recently I started a discussion about modeling secular trends using flexible models in the context of cluster randomized trials. I’ve been motivated by a trial I am involved with that is using a stepped-wedge study design. The initial post focused on more standard parallel designs; here, I want to extend the discussion explicitly to the stepped-wedge design.

        • Progress on R-spatial evolution, Dec 2022

          This is the second report on the R-spatial evolution project. The project involves the retirement (archiving) of rgdal, rgeos and maptools during 2023. The first report set out the main goals of the project. Here we report on progress so far, steps already taken, and those remaining to be accomplished. We feel that anyone planning training or teaching for the Northen hemisphere Fall semester/term should plan to have ceased using the retiring packages before work begins after the summer; sp will use sf for functions previously using retiring packages in June 2023.

        • Interpret Complex Linear Models with SHAP within Seconds – Michael’s and Christian’s Blog

          A linear model with complex interaction effects can be almost as opaque as a typical black-box like XGBoost.

          XGBoost models are often interpreted with SHAP (Shapley Additive eXplanations): Each of e.g. 1000 randomly selected predictions is fairly decomposed into contributions of the features using the extremely fast TreeSHAP algorithm, providing a rich interpretation of the model as a whole. TreeSHAP was introduced in the Nature publication by Lundberg and Lee (2020).

        • Plotting two-way interactions from mixed-effects models using ten or six bins

          Whereas the direction of main effects can be interpreted from the sign of the estimate, the interpretation of interaction effects often requires plots. This task is facilitated by the R package sjPlot (Lüdecke, 2022). In Bernabeu (2022), the sjPlot function called plot_model served as the basis for the creation of some custom functions. Two of these functions are deciles_interaction_plot and sextiles_interaction_plot. These functions allow the plotting of interactions between two continuous variables. In the case of deciles_interaction_plot, one of the variables is divided into ten bins, known as deciles, and the other variable is unchanged. In the case of sextiles_interaction_plot, one of the variables is divided into six bins, or sextiles, and the other variable is unchanged.

        • New Statistics Tutorial | Mad (Data) Scientist [Ed: Sadly outsourced to Microsoft proprietary software/prison]

          It is not just a quick introduction, but a REAL one, a practical one. Even those who do already know statistics will find that they learn from this tutorial.

        • RObservations #44: Adding Frame and Custom Title Support To mapBliss – bensstats [Ed: Sadly, this one too helps Microsoft swallow R]

          The mapBliss package is a R package which I developed which allows for users to make custom souvenir quality maps of their flights, road trips and favorite cities by utilizing the power of the leaflet and other R packages (for a full list, see the Github README here).

      • Python

        • AdafruitCircuitPython in 2023

          Happy 2023! As the year starts, let’s take some time to share our goals for CircuitPython in 2023 and beyond. Just like past years (full summary 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022), we’d like everyone in the CircuitPython community to contribute by posting their thoughts to some public place on the internet by Wednesday January 18th, 2023.

      • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

        • Make Use OfHow to Install Z Shell (Zsh) and Oh My Zsh on Linux

          Z shell is an efficient, powerful, and interactive Unix shell. It’s easy to install, configure, use, and learn on any Linux platform including Ubuntu, Fedora, Arch Linux, and more.

          Here’s how you can install Z shell and Oh My Zsh on your Linux machine.

        • Bryan LundukeThe Fork Bomb: What it is, how it works, and where it originated

          That simple line has been crashing systems in the Linux world for years — It is known as the (infamous) “BASH Fork Bomb”.

          When run in a GNU/BASH shell, this BASH variant of the Fork Bomb will bring your average Linux system to its knees, lickety-split. A mere handful of characters that can cause a computer to cry “Uncle.”

          But what, exactly, is a “Fork Bomb”? How do they work? And where on this green Earth of ours were they first created?

          Come with me on a journey into the history, design, and usage of one of the most dastardly ideas in all of computing… of The Fork Bomb!

      • Rust

        • Nicholas Tietz-SokolskyWorking with Rust in (neo)vim | nicholas@web

          I’ve been using vim for nearly as long as I’ve been writing code. My first introduction to it was being thrown in the deep end in 2009 by my Intro to CS lab assistant, who told us to write our programs using vi1 on the department servers. Why he told us that, I have no idea. But I got used to switching into and out of insert mode, and also how to save and quit.

          At my internship in 2011, I learned to use vim in earnest. The project I worked on thrashed system memory by running HBase in a test suite over and over, and my work would routinely crash Eclipse2 as a result. I don’t remember if my mentor suggested it or if I used vim on my own, but he did encourage it. He urged me to learn proper vim and disable the arrow keys to get used to navigating with the hjkl keys. That got me to learn it quickly through immersion and I fell in love.

  • Leftovers

    • Terence EdenWhat would a decentralised Uber look like? – Terence Eden’s Blog [Ed: Uber "ridiculously convenient" to who? Their Saudi owners who wheel people in for assassination inside embassies?]

      Uber are undoubtedly a company engaged in extremely dodgy activity. But, on the other had, they’re ridiculously convenient.

      A few months ago, we landed in a foreign country, opened the same Uber app as we used back home, and booked a cab. It just worked. I didn’t need to register for a different version. I didn’t need to create a new account. I didn’t need to add a new credit card. That’s the sort of seamless experience which can only come from a centralised service.

      But, hey, we’re all moving to a ReDeCentralised Federated Future. Nae king! Nae quin! Nae laird! Nae master! We willna’ be fooled again! So let’s think about how a decentralised Uber would work.

    • Terence EdenTech Predictions for 2023

      As I wrote about in The Social Pendulum we see a swing to extremes of culture. We’ve had a decade-or-so of big central social networks. Now we’re swinging the other way.

    • FortuneGen Z is overwhelmed by ‘tech shame’ at work—and it’s keeping them quiet in meetings

      When the Zoom lags, some participants might be panicking more than others: Gen Z.

      They’re most likely to feel plagued by technological issues at work, according to HP’s global survey of 10,000 office workers around the world. That might be surprising considering the youngest generation is digitally native, often assigned the job of explaining newfangled gizmos or devices to their older peers at work. But that can put Gen Z under pressure.

      While 1 in 5 young office workers report feeling judged for having tech issues, only 1 in 25 of their older coworkers feel the same way, according to HP. They’re also 10 times more likely to feel shame when having these tech snafus than their peers over age 40.

    • Nolan Lawson2022 book review | Read the Tea Leaves

      Once again, here are the books I read this year, and especially the ones I’d recommend.

      One interesting thing I noticed about this year: in years past, I mentioned trying to read more books written by women. Well this year, without consciously trying, 9 out of the 13 books I read were written by women. I’d pat myself on the back, but if I did a full accounting of all the books I’ve read in my lifetime, I probably have a huge deficit to make up.

    • ACMMaking Traffic a Thing of the Past [Ed: A techno-fascist Utopia -- spying becoming pervasive and universal, to make things "green"]

      Americans wasted a whopping 3.4 billion hours in 2021 thanks to traffic, according to research from connected car analytics company INRIX, which also noted that this equates to 36 hours lost per person. The numbers are clear: Even with drops in traffic thanks to new travel patterns in the wake of the pandemic, we still lose an entire workweek each year to traffic.

    • Jay LittlePop Goes the Gaslighting Weasel

      This is one of the things that resonates with me most. Mostly because I had worked with my boss a lot over the course of many years so we had worked together on a rather extensive list of projects. One thing I had started to notice over the last few years is that no matter how bad some of these projects had gone, My bosses memories of them always seem to paint the project in a very positive light whereas my memories were usually more negative.

      Meanwhile the ex-clients generally had very negative memories too. I know because I was still working with some of them on my own and we’d occasionally chat about the past. Of course now I realize that that my boss was painting themselves in a positive light. In every story they tell, they are the hero. There can be no other version of it. At least not in their deeply disturbed worldview.

      Needless to say, I won’t be working with this person again. Especially now that I have fully realized how I was being treated. I’m also not going to belabor this issue or go too deeply into specifics as I know that despite protests saying otherwise, this person deeply desires any kind of open line of communication with me. I will not give them that.

      Enjoy the silence asshole because I sure will.

    • How to start a successful blog in 2023 – Manu

      I have a blog. It is successful. So let me tell you how to start yours by describing exactly how to make a copy of mine. Wouldn’t that be an incredibly useful and creative blog post? One minor problem… two actually. First, my blog is definitely not successful (and that’s a feature, not a bug) and second, there are many, many good ways to start a blog. So, let me just write down some of the ways you can start a blog—a successful one—in 2023.


      You’re basically in the camp I’m in. I can’t afford to spend a lot running a server for my stuff just for fun but I do have enough skills to make and run my own blog. I’d say your best options are to pick a CMS—I’d go file based if I were you—and then I’d host my site on a relatively cheap VPS. You can keep a personal site up for less than $5/m, domain included which to me sounds like a reasonable price to pay.

    • James GThe comfort of rewatching 90s sitcoms

      My favourite category of television show is 90s sitcoms. I greatly enjoy Frasier and Seinfeld. I have watched both series many times, although on many occasions I have had the show on in the background before I go to sleep. I enjoy going to sleep after watching something funny. I remember reading an article in The Atlantic at the beginning of the pandemic that spoke about the comfort of watching shows you have already seen before. This idea just came to mind again.

      I maintain a public list of television shows that I want to watch. I keep this record to remind me of what I have found in the past that I thought I may enjoy. This makes it easier for me to decide what to watch should I choose to watch a television show (or indeed a movie). But, despite having a list of things I want to watch, I keep re-watching Seinfeld and Frasier (even if only in the background).

    • Latest Isn’t Always Greatest: Why Product Updates Capture Consumers

      Suppose you’re in the market for a new selfie stick for an upcoming vacation. You see two models online—one that extends to 24 inches and the other to 16. Seems obvious that you’d pick the longer one, right? Bigger and better panoramic pics!

      Well, not necessarily.

      When presented with this exact scenario in an experiment, most people did indeed choose the longer stick, whereas only 15 percent initially chose the shorter one. However, when the short version was labeled as “newer,” twice as many, about 31 percent, chose it—even though all of the other product information remained the same. Why? Because consumers gravitate to merchandise labeled as “updated,” even if the items are not necessarily improved, according to the results.

      “Once something says ‘revised’ on it, it makes you suspend critical judgment.”

    • Rick Carlino2022 Year in Review

      2022 was a calm year and my first normal-ish year after COVID disruptions. My year was defined by a significant career change and reduced public engagement. I spent most of my time outside of work running and only entertained a small number of projects.

    • Robert OCallahanEyes Above The Waves: Travers-Sabine Circuit 2022

      After completing the Paparoa Track on December 14, six of our group were dropped off in St Arnaud to prepare for the Travers-Sabine Circuit. We spent two nights at Nelson Lakes Motel, with a rest day on December 15 to do laundry, buy a few more supplies, pack for the circuit, and generally relax (including watching Morocco vs France in the football World Cup).

      On December 16 we got up early and took a boat across Lake Rotoiti to Coldwater Hut where we started the track. That day we marched for several hours up the Travers Valley, all the way to Upper Travers Hut at the head of the valley. It was a long, tiring walk with heavy packs containing supplies for six days, but not especially difficult. As forecast, the weather was foggy and a bit drizzly but not bad and when we reached Upper Travers we had some good views of Mt Travers and surrounding slopes still with patches of snow. The second day we crossed the Travers Saddle — a more difficult walk, starting with a steep 500m-vertical climb to the saddle, followed by a 1km-vertical desent to the East Sabine River and a walk to West Sabine Hut. This day the weather was pretty good and we had some great views from the saddle.

    • Hardware

      • Indian researchers build computing platform for next-gen devices, data centres

        Researchers at the Indian Institute of Sciences (IISC) have developed an energy-efficient computing platform that uses memristors instead of the conventional CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) fabrication process for building electronic circuits.

        Unlike CMOS, which processes and stores data in different locations in an integrated circuit and consumes more energy for communication, memristors process as well as store data in the same location, resulting in improved speed and efficiency.

        “We are resolving this problem by performing both computation and storage at the same physical location,” said Sreetosh Goswami, assistant professor, CeNSE (Centre for Nano Science and Engineering) at IISC.

      • IEEEMars Helicopter Is Much More Than a Tech Demo – IEEE Spectrum

        The original mission of the Mars Helicopter (named Ingenuity) was to successfully complete a single 30-second long flight on Mars. That happened back in April. After several more successful flights, Ingenuity’s 30-day mission came to an end, but the helicopter was doing so well that NASA decided to keep it flying. Several months later, JPL promised that Ingenuity would “complete flight operations no later than the end of August,” but as of late November, the little helicopter has completed 17 flights with no sign of slowing down.

      • SpaceMars helicopter Ingenuity aces 1st flight after software update | Space [Ed: GNU/Linux inside]

        These more daring flights required the Ingenuity team to search for level airfields that are free of rocks that could damage the helicopter during landing. Because Jezero Crater, which the helicopter and Perseverance are exploring, is rather rocky, those flat, safe airfields have been hard to find. The new software will use Ingenuity’s downward-facing camera to detect risky objects before landing and steer Ingenuity to avoid them, allowing the chopper to use smaller airfields.

        “While in flight, Ingenuity will identify the safest visible landing site,” the Ingenuity team said in a statement (opens in new tab). “When preparing to land, Ingenuity will then divert over to this selected site.”

        The software will also make Ingenuity more confident in flight. Since the helicopter was designed to fly over flat fields, its cameras previously could get confused by seeing a hilly landscape underneath. The old software would think the helicopter was veering, which would make it actually veer while in flight in a misguided attempt to stabilize its course.

      • Quanta MagazineQuanta Magazine: The Year in Physics

        The year began right as the James Webb Space Telescope was unfurling its sunshield — the giant, nail-bitingly thin and delicate blanket that, once open, would plunge the observatory into frigid shade and open up its view of the infrared universe. Within hours of the ball dropping here in New York City, the sunshield could have caught on a snag, ruining the new telescope and tossing billions of dollars and decades of work into the void. Instead, the sunshield opened perfectly, getting the new year in physics off to an excellent start.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • New ScientistRobot guides needle into lungs more accurately than human doctors | New Scientist

        A medical robot can guide a flexible needle through the lungs of living pigs without direct human control. Over several additional tests on lungs removed from the pigs, the robot placed the needle more precisely than human doctors using a standard straight-needle procedure.

        “There are many procedures, including biopsy or directed drug delivery or localised radiation cancer treatment, that involve using a needle to get to a specific target to perform the procedure where you’re manoeuvring that needle inside tissue,” says Ron Alterovitz…

      • CoryDoctorowPluralistic: Orphaned neurological implants (12 Dec 2022) – Pluralistic: Daily links from Cory Doctorow

        The startup world’s dirty not-so-secret is that most startups fail. Startups are risky ventures and their investors know it, so they cast a wide net, placing lots of bets on lots of startups and folding the ones that don’t show promise, which sucks for the company employees, but also for the users who depend on the company’s products.

        You know what this is like: you sink a bunch of time into familiarizing yourself with a new product, you spend money on accessories for it, you lock your data into it, you integrate it into your life, and then, one morning – poof! All gone.

        Now, there are ways that startups could mitigate this risk for their customers: they could publish their source code under a free/open license so that it could be maintained by third parties, they could refuse to patent their technology, or dedicate their patents to an open patent pool, etc.

        All of this might tempt more people to try their product or service, because the customers for digital products are increasingly savvy, having learned hard lessons when the tools they previously depended on were orphaned by startups whose investors pulled the plug.

        But very few startups do this, because their investors won’t let them. That brings me to the other dirty not-so-secret of the startup world: when a startup fails, investors try to make back some of their losses by selling the company’s assets to any buyer, no matter how sleazy.

    • Proprietary

      • Ruben SchadeRubenerd: Feeling validation for Apple Pay anxiety [Ed: iDiots who think cash payments aren't good; this never happens with cash. Never. Apple typically solves "problems" that do not exist, but it spends billions on marketing, insinuating that there are new problems, like people not wearing a watch that broadcasts their pulse and phones "911" based on nonsense (false reports are a crime).]

        By this point, most of the people in the queue had given up, and another checkout had opened next to us. There were so many people behind us, we decided to stay put. But this meant watching this person work in vain to get a virtual card working on their phone.

        There are a couple of lessons here. Test and validate your new payment stuff before trying it at a packed supermarket! Keep carrying your cards, even if you have them in your bag. Added convenience is fine, but what’s your plan B when it fails?

      • Bryan LundukeApple has changed… and not in a good way.

        Back in 2007, “Apple Computer, Inc.” dropped the word “Computer” from their name. Becoming, simply, “Apple”.

        Since then Apple has transformed, radically, into a company that is almost unrecognizable. Their approach to both hardware and software has changed so fundamentally that, if it were not for the big “Apple” logo on their products, you would be forgiven for not recognizing them as being made by the same company.

        Unfortunately, these changes have not resulted in Apple making better products. The reality is quite the opposite. Any bright spots in the Apple product line is in spite of — not because of — Apple’s abandoning of what made them great in the past.

        Let’s look through a handful of examples that showcase this dramatic shift.

    • Security

      • Bleeping ComputerAttackers bypass Coinbase and MetaMask 2FA via TeamViewer, fake support chat [Ed: Proprietary software can n ever offer true security, only gadgets and glitz]

        A crypto-stealing phishing campaign is underway to bypass multi-factor authentication and gain access to accounts on Coinbase, MetaMask, Crypto.com, and KuCoin and steal cryptocurrency.

        The threat actors abuse the Microsoft Azure Web Apps service to host a network of phishing sites and lure victims to them via phishing messages impersonating bogus transaction confirmation requests or suspicious activity detection.

        For example, one of the phishing emails seen in the attacks pretended to be from Coinbase, which says they locked the account due to suspicious activity.

      • Extreme TechWhat Is Speculative Execution?

        With a new Apple security flaw in the news, it’s a good time to revisit the question of what speculative execution is and how it works. This topic received a great deal of discussion a few years ago when Spectre and Meltdown were frequently in the news and new side-channel attacks were popping up every few months.

        Speculative execution is a technique used to increase the performance of all modern microprocessors to one degree or another, including chips built or designed by AMD, ARM, IBM, and Intel. The modern CPU cores that don’t use speculative execution are all intended for ultra-low power environments or minimal processing tasks. Various security flaws like Spectre, Meltdown, Foreshadow, and MDS all targeted speculative execution a few years ago, typically on Intel CPUs.

      • Trail Of BitsHow to share what you’ve learned from our audits

        Trail of Bits recently completed a security review of cURL, which is an amazing and ubiquitous tool for transferring data. We were really thrilled to see cURL founder and lead developer Daniel Stenberg write a blog post about the engagement and the report, and wanted to highlight some important things he pointed out.

        In this post, Daniel dives into cURL’s growth since its last audit in 2016: the project; the codebase; and then into the work with Trail of Bits. He touched on both the engagement experience and the final report.

      • Ruben SchadePassword managers must encrypt metadata too

        In Australia’s previous government, attorney general George Brandis struggled to define metadata in one of the defining moments in modern political TV history. At one point he said it was details on an envelope, before recanting, then saying it was, sort of. His argument, when he eventually got to it, was that metadata was meaningless without the contents of the envelope anyway, and that security professionals were overplaying their significance.

        This was, to use the technical term, nonsense. An envelope from a suicide line, then a GP, then a psychologist, can be interpreted pretty easily. PGP email has the same weakness.

        LastPass’s most recent security disclosures are worrying for this reason. While attackers can only hope to brute force the leaked binary blobs containing credentials (assuming we trust their implementation), the service is unique among password managers in that it doesn’t encrypt the URLs of sites themselves. This has been known about for years, and it still floors me. I’m practically parquet at this point.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • New York TimesFor Sale on eBay: A Military Database of Fingerprints and Iris Scans – The New York Times

          German security researchers studying biometric capture devices popular with the U.S. military got more than they expected for $68 on eBay.

        • Universities, rich in data, struggle to capture its value, study finds [Ed: Surveillance in universities misses the whole point of universities]

          Universities are literally awash in data. From administrative data offering information about students, faculty and staff, to research data on professors’ scholarly activities and even telemetric signals — the functional administrative data gathered remotely from wireless networks, security cameras and sensors in the course of daily operations — that data can be an invaluable resource.

          But a new study by researchers at UCLA and the MIT Press, published Dec. 23 in the journal Science, finds that universities face significant challenges in capturing such data, and that they severely lag the private sector and government entities in using data to solve challenges and inform strategic planning.

          “This new research shines a bright light on the ways in which universities are data rich and data poor — and sometimes intentionally data blind,” said Christine L. Borgman, distinguished research professor at the UCLA School of Education & Information Studies and one of the study’s authors. “They are struggling to capture and exploit the true value of their data resources and reluctant to initiate the conversations necessary to build consensus for data governance.”

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Michael West MediaTroy Stolz: pokies and money-laundering whistleblower’s trial to continue next year

        Whistleblower Troy Stolz’s defamation trial against ClubsNSW has run overtime and will continue early next year as the Court hears evidence from Stolz’s former managers regarding bullying and harassment claims and the Clubs CEO’s attempts to enforce damage control in the wake of the Stolz revelations. Callum Foote reports.

        After five days of gruelling cross-examination by counsel for pokies lobby ClubsNSW, Troy Stolz ended back in hospital on the weekend getting blood clot needles. The whistleblower has Stage 4 cancer.

        Meanwhile, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has upped the ante in his efforts to introduce cashless gaming card reforms and ClubsNSW has threatened to campaign against MPs who support reform.

        Labor opposition leader Chris Minns has continued to be criticised for refusing to take a significant position on gambling reform.

        Stolz presented to the Maitland hospital emergency with chest pains, and shortness of breath and was treated for deep vein thrombosis. These were the upshot of complications related to the chemotherapy treatment he is currently undergoing.

    • Environment

      • Michael West MediaKevin from Santos loves public hand-outs, loathes tax, lashes Labor’s little gas price limit as “Soviet” – Michael West

        Kevin Gallagher was paid $37m over five years, more than Santos booked in profits, while they paid zero tax, raked in $20bn income from government gas permits, and never complained once about the $50bn of public subsidies to the fossil fuel sector. What’s the scam?
        The scam is that Santos boss Kevin has had an embarrassing hissy-fit, invoking Venezuela, Nigeria and a “Soviet-style” intervention by Labor to introduce timid gas price caps (at a high $12gj) which ease power bills for ordinary Australians but don’t touch the 80% of gas exported by Santos and other cartel members at all.
        Not a peep from Kevin either and his corporate welfare cronies when the government was intervening to hand-out $2bn in subsidies to build Darwin’s Middle Arm gas port to help Kevin and co make millions from gas fracking in the Beetaloo Basin at the expense of the public and the planet.

      • Michael West MediaCoalition sidelined, fossil outrage as Labor strikes deal on Energy Relief bill with Greens – Michael West

        The government’s Energy Price Relief Plan bill has passed in a tumultuous final day of parliament for 2022 after the Greens secured funding to help people on low incomes transition away from gas appliances and electrify their homes. But the question of the cartel behaviour by gas companies remains, reports Daniel Bleakley.

      • Michael West MediaCoalKeeper is dead but Chris Bowen’s New Energy Scheme is secret like Dan Andrews’ – Michael West

        In early December, the nation’s energy ministers met to drive the final nail into the coffin of the Scott Morrison’s much-maligned “CoalKeeper” scheme, agreeing to a totally new scheme to support clean energy storage.


        As Queensland Minister for Energy Mick de Brenni proclaimed after the recent meeting of the nation’s energy ministers: “Angus Taylor and Scott Morrison’s CoalKeeper is dead”.

        Like ‘CoalKeeper’, the government’s new Capacity Investment Scheme will underwrite dispatchable power to support the entry of more intermittent renewables into the grid. Unlike CoalKeeper, it will only support low-carbon dispatchable power like batteries and pumped hydro and, therefore, won’t face accusations of propping up coal-fired power longer than it would otherwise exist.

      • Mind Pollution

        • Scientific AmericanIs Your Phone Actually Draining Your Brain? – Scientific American

          Right now my phone is sitting next to me untouched. But have I really protected myself from its distractions or its ability to impact my mind? The answer is no, according to a well-known study in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research from 2017 entitled “Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity.”

    • Finance

      • Michael West MediaPub billionaire’s Endeavour sails into Captain Cook storm – Michael West

        Court documents reveal that pubs and pokies baron Bruce Mathieson’s Endeavour Group may have underpaid $700,000 in stamp duty when buying the Captain Cook Hotel in Sydney. Callum Foote reports.

      • Michael West MediaBrexit: Britain’s political tragedy poses a dire warning for Australia – Michael West

        Brexit’s a dud. The UK economy has shrunk. Almost 17 million Brits live in poverty. And there are large lessons in it for Australia. Michael West reports.


        The British pound has cratered, rendering imports more expensive, inflation is in double digits, debt at record levels, trade has been hammered; the UK Office for Budget Responsibility, the body which produces economic forecasts for the government, expects Brexit to reduce Britain’s output by 4% over 15 years compared to remaining in the EU trading bloc.

        As Prem Sikka, accounting professor and Labour member of the House of Lords, puts it, “The UK has become a poor country with a lot of very rich people in it.
        “Just 250 people have wealth of £710.723bn whilst average real wage of workers is less than what it was in 2007.

        “Some 16.65 million live in poverty. The poorest 20% in Ireland have a standard of living almost 63% higher than the equivalent poorest in the UK. Most people don’t have the spending power to rejuvenate the economy and no major political party is pursuing equitable distribution of income and wealth.”

      • Michael West MediaA lifetime of fraud: Donald Trump’s blatant tax swindles unveiled – Michael West

        Donald Trump knowingly committed dozens of brazen tax frauds during the six years when he ran for office and was President. Trump biographer and tax avoidance expert David Cay Johnston reports.

        Donald Trump knowingly committed dozens of brazen tax frauds during the six years when he ran for office and was President, my analysis of the Congressional report on his tax returns and other documents shows. This explains why he fought all the way to the Supreme Court in a failed effort to keep his tax information secret.
        One technique he used at least 26 times between 2015 and 2020 was as simple as it was flagrant. Trump filed sole proprietor reports, known as Schedule C, that showed huge business expenses despite having zero revenue. That created losses which Trump used to offset his income from work and investments, thus lowering his income taxes. Additional Schedule Cs had expenses exactly equal to revenues while only a few showed profits.

      • CoryDoctorow[Repeat] This “inflation” is different

        Here’s the inflation story you’re expected to believe (advance warning: this story is entirely false): America gave the poors too much money during the lockdown and now the economy is awash in free money, which made those poors so rich that now they’re refusing to work, which means the economy isn’t making anything anymore. With all that extra money and all those missing workers, prices are skyrocketing.

      • Michael West MediaAlan Joyce relents to more than double pay-deal in its fight with Qantas engineers union – Michael West

        Union-brawling Qantas chief Alan Joyce has capitulated to pay rises of up to 33% over five years in a deal struck with the Aircraft Engineers’ Association. Michael Sainsbury with the scoop.


        Licensed aviation engineers are an increasingly rare breed both in Australia and worldwide. Their average age is 54 and the company has all but stopped training apprentices over the past 13 years.
        Nevertheless, for those who remain, this is substantially above the standard offer of 9% over five years he has been telling the market he won’t budge on for Qantas staff. Unions have been pushing back against the broad offer which effectively lowers the real wages of the company’s staff by 10-15% as it charges towards a record half-year profit of up to $1.4 billion for the six months to December 31.
        Qantas deals with multiple unions including the Australian Federation of Air Pilots, the ALAEA, the Transport Workers Union, the Flight Attendant’s Association of Australia (FAAA), the Transport Workers Union, the Australian Services Union (ASU) and the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA).

      • Ricardo GarcíaYear-end donations round, 2022 edition

        As I’ve explained in the past, at the end of each calendar year I always like to make a small round of personal donations to projects and organizations that are important for my personal digital life.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Michael West MediaMessage Massage: are political operatives manipulating elderly voters in nursing homes? – Michael West

        Aged care homes and retirement villages are being targeted to harvest votes from Australia’s elderly. Is it systemic, or just a few anecdotes? Dr Sarah Russell looks at the evidence.

        Some aged care homes and retirement villages are actively disenfranchising older people in what could be described as a corruption of the political process. These providers allow only some candidates to distribute election material within their premises. They also control which candidates meet their residents.

        I first became aware of the disparity of access during the 2013 federal election campaign. While spending time with my mother in a residential aged care home, I noticed that only one candidate visited the home. When I asked whether other candidates would be visiting, I was told that only this candidate had been “invited”.

      • Michael West MediaJosh and Scott deliver Goldman Sachs the giant vampire squid a giant quid – Michael West

        Josh Frydenberg as treasurer and secret treasurer Scott Morrison made a motza for foreign vulture funds in last year’s takeover boom and record Aussie assets sell-off. Who knew what when, and why are we flogging essential monopoly services to cuff-linked tax crooks?

        Two months after losing his seat at the federal election, former treasurer Josh Frydenberg landed on his feet with Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs.

        Goldman Sachs was a banker to most of the large foreign takeovers that the Treasurer approved during his time. And there were some monsters: Afterpay, AusNet, Spark Infrastructure and Sydney Airport among them.

        Once famously labeled the “Giant Vampire Squid wrapped around the face of humanity”, Goldman made a truckload of money from the decisions of Scott and Josh’s Treasury.

        So, Australia’s reputation as an attractive destination for foreign capital was surely burnished during the Treasury stewardship of the dynamic duo. Burnished that is, as a destination for easy-pickings.

        Sadly for Australians however – as opposed to Wall Street – we are too attractive; chumps and fools for foreign vulture funds with a penchant for snatching our assets on the cheap: things the public have already paid for, built, privatised and subsidised – and then plonking them in tax havens.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

        • Leaked Documents Outline DHS’s Plans to Police Disinformation

          The Department of Homeland Security is quietly broadening its efforts to curb speech it considers dangerous, an investigation by The Intercept has found. Years of internal DHS memos, emails, and documents — obtained via leaks and an ongoing lawsuit, as well as public documents — illustrate an expansive effort by the agency to influence tech platforms.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Ruben SchadeSideloading [sic] on iTelephone [Ed: Propaganda term against people installing what they want on their things ]

        I haven’t felt strongly about sideloading software on phones either way; maybe I should have. But Bruce Schneier’s latest submission to the US Senate Judiciary Committee makes a compelling case for granting third party access.

    • Monopolies

      • CoryDoctorowWeb apps could de-monopolize mobile devices

        Mobile tech is a duopoly run by two companies – Google and Apple – with a combined market cap of $3.5 trillion. Each company uses a combination of tech, law, contract and market power to force sellers to do commerce via an app, and each one extracts a massive commission on all in-app sales – 15-30%!

        This is bad for users and workers. Many companies’ gross margins are less than 30%. In some categories, that means there’s no competition. Take audiobooks: publishers wholesale their audiobooks to retailers at a 20% discount, so a retailer that sells its audiobooks through an app, paying a 30% commission, will lose money through every sale.

      • Copyrights

        • Financial TimesAI breakthrough ChatGPT raises alarm over student cheating
        • Ruben SchadeRubenerd: Marcel Bischoff discusses commercial radio

          My interest in understanding incentive structures is a recurring theme here, whether it be digital privacy or software development. If shorter, shallower tracks are easier to produce, get higher play counts, and therefore generate more money, the industry will trend in that direction.

        • Public Domain ReviewHappy Public Domain Day 2023! – The Public Domain Review

          As people waken round the world to a brand new year, so the public domain wakens to thousands more works having entered its ever-expanding expanse, including Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, and the works of M. C. Escher and Edward S. Curtis.
          Each January 1st is Public Domain Day, where a new crop of works have their copyrights expire and become free to enjoy, share, and reuse for any purpose. Due to differing copyright laws around the world, there is no one single public domain, but there are three definitions which cover most cases. For these three systems, newly entering the public domain today are:
          works by people who died in 1952, for countries with a copyright term of “life plus 70 years” (e.g. UK, Russia, most of EU and South America);
          works by people who died in 1972, for countries with a term of “life plus 50 years” (e.g. New Zealand, and most of Africa and Asia);
          films and books (incl. artworks featured) published in 1927 for the United States.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Hello 2022

        So another year Gregorian Calendar style has begun. Hello New Year! And a Happy New Year to all, who adhere to this calendar. Good day to everyone!

      • Warm New Year

        New Year’s Eve was unusually warm, we watched the fireworks from our

        balcony, my brother wearing shorts and a t-shirt. Even at midnight we

        had around 12 ˚C. Now the thermometer on the balcony displays 15 ˚C.

      • Day 001: The monumental staircase of the Temple of Cupidity

        In an old deep cavern, occupied centuries ago by a dangerous clan of Dwarves, you see the small two-doored entrance of a construction of some sort.

        When you enter the construction, you see before you a very massive staircase sculpted directly on the rock. There’s no inscription, no statues, no symbol, nothing. And yet, you sense something malevolent, just like if every vein of the rock around you was full of a long-forgotten dark energy.

      • Micro album reviews 04

        It’s been, yikes, over a year since I did some short album reviews. I stopped writing but I didn’t stop listening. In fact, the quest I embarked on some years back to expand my musical horizons and to be less passive in my consumption of music has been an unmitigated success. I listen to and enjoy a much wider range of musical styles and eras today than I ever have in the past. And I’m not done yet!

      • Hello 2023

        Hello New Year! And a Happy New Year to all, who adhere to this calendar. Good day to everyone!

      • 🔤SpellBinding: EKORSTY Wordo: FETES
    • Technical

      • Export / Import flatpak programs from a computer to another

        As a flatpak user, but also someone with a slow internet connection, I was looking for a way to export a flatpak program to install it on another computer. It turns out flatpak supports this, but it’s called “create-usb” for some reasons.

      • Sonic-PI

        Been playing with Sonic-PI which is an easy to use (and install) live coding music environment.

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

Sirius Open Source Uses ‘Privacy’ as a Weapon Against Truth-tellers (Can’t Speak Outside Work, Always Hush-Hush)

Posted in Law at 4:41 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum f537fd943d49eeaf0de1f801a60f08bf
Erosion of Worker Rights in IT
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Workers’ rights are under attack; in the case of IT, more so with people who work from home, rights are under unprecedented attacks which laws have not caught up with

IN the latest meme and latest article we talked about abuse against workers or twisting of the law to basically employ people overnight for salaries far below industry standards (and basically the same as daytime salaries). There’s also the issue of ‘double shifts’ and overtime, but how about privacy?

For instance, is an employer permitted to intrude communications of staff outside work? Where is work? Home? What about spyware? Is that allowed? There are also moral aspects, especially when a company names itself “Open Source” and fails to deliver this promise.

It seems likely that the Techrights of 2023 may shift somewhat to issues of rights in the workspace, based on my personal experiences that I can finally speak openly about (even name the employer, just not clients or colleagues as it would be unfair to them).

Tomorrow we’ll cover more of the free speech aspects and “privacy” aspects.

Anyway, happy new year from Techrights!

Techrights 2023

2022 in Gemini: More Code, New Planet/s, Many Videos, and Nice Utilities

Posted in Protocol at 4:09 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 84320f13c1a6e36675bff8a598020251
2022 a Good Year for Gemini
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: 2022 was an exceptionally healthy year for “Geminispace” (or “Gemini space”, the namespace that responds over Gemini Protocol); all it generally needs is more users and more capsules (it grew a lot this past year)

THE “Geminispace” is still growing, based on Lupa at least, and our capsule grows too, with addition of code and more interconnected services, which include the popular “Planet”. There are Gemini utilities for all sorts of things, so over time I myself use more and more of Gemini to gather information. The video above invites people to do the same in 2023.

Gemini is like the exact opposite of Social Control Media and advertising.

Links 1/1/2023: First for the Year!

Posted in News Roundup at 3:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • TecAdminERROR: No matching distribution found for tkinter (Resolved) – TecAdmin

        If you get an error message saying “Could not find a version that satisfies the requirement tkinter (from versions: none). No matching distribution found for tkinter”, can be frustrating and may prevent you from using Tkinter in your Python scripts. In this tutorial, we will learn how to resolve this error and successfully install Tkinter on a Linux system using either default package manager.

      • TecAdminA Beginner’s Guide to Formatting EXT4 Partitions on Linux – TecAdmin

        Welcome to our beginner’s guide to formatting EXT4 partitions on Linux! In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the process of creating and formatting an EXT4 partition on a Linux system, using tools like `mkfs.ext4`. We’ll also cover some important considerations to keep in mind when formatting an EXT4 partition.

        Before we get started, it’s important to note that formatting a partition will erase all data on it. Make sure you have backed up any important data before proceeding.

      • VideoInstall Linux Without Losing Your Windows OS – Short – Invidious
      • Barry KaulerWarning old bootloaders not support ext4 encrypt

        EasyOS uses the ext4 encrypt feature for folder encryption. At first bootup of a new installation of EasyOS, the ‘init’ script in the ‘initrd’ will see if the encrypt feature is not enabled and will offer to enable it.

        The problem arises if you are booting with an old version of GRUB. GRUB v1 and GRUB4DOS will no longer recognize the partition as having an ext4 partition, if the encrypt feature is enabled.

        I was surprised that GRUB v2 did not recognize the encrypt feature until mid-2017, after version 2.02 was released. The next official release was 2.04, in 2019, though possibly some distributions may have applied patches to 2.02 including recognize the ext4 encrypt feature.

      • Make Use OfHow to Install and Set Up Anaconda on Ubuntu

        Anaconda is an open-source software used to manage machine learning, data science, and other scientific workflows. It is an integrated Python environment that comes packed with hundreds of scientific packages that help you get started with your projects.

        Anaconda is easy to install and configure on Linux as well as other operating systems, including Windows and macOS. Let’s see how you can install and set up Anaconda on Ubuntu via the command line.

      • FOSSLinuxHow to install Fedora on VirtualBox | FOSS Linux

        Fedora, first released to the market as Fedora core, is a Linux distro developed by members of the Fedora Project. Red Hat supports it alongside other companies. This is one of the most stable and bleeding-edge Linux distros out there that centralized its project around generating a multi-purpose OS of free software packages. It is great for office work, software development, multimedia, web development, and more.

      • FOSSLinuxHow to install RPM packages on Ubuntu | FOSS Linux

        The Ubuntu version of Linux has thousands of deb packages that can be installed from the official Ubuntu software center or by using the apt command line utility. Deb is an installation package format used by all Debian-based distros, including Ubuntu. However, some packages are not available in the standard Ubuntu repo, but they can easily be installed by enabling the appropriate source.

        Generally, when the software vendor does not offer a repo, they will have a download page from which you can download and compile or set up the deb package software from sources. Not so regularly, some software may be provided only as an RPM package. RPM, in this case, is just another package format used mainly by Red Hat and its derivatives like CentOS. As such, they are installing such an application requires some tweaks and tricks to get it done. Luckily, an alien tool permits us to set up an RPM file on Ubuntu or convert an RMP file into a Debian package file. Practically, anything from one Linux distribution can be done on another with a change in approach.

      • FOSSLinuxHow to update Linux kernel on Fedora | FOSS Linux

        A Linux kernel is the primary interface between the PC’s hardware and its processes. It works as a channel for communication between the two, managing resources as effectively as feasible.

        Just comprehend the kernel to be like a seed inside a hard shell because it exists within the operating system and takes charge of all the major functionalities of the hardware, whether it is a server, phone, laptop, or any other kind of computer. The kernel performs four tasks: memory management, which monitors the amount of memory being used to store what and where; device drivers, which act as an interpreter between processes and hardware; process management, which chooses which processes can use the CPU when and for how long; and, finally, system calls and security, which receives requests for service from the processes.

      • FOSSLinuxHow to run Android Apps in Linux without an Emulator | FOSS Linux

        Usually, a standard android app is generated for a tablet PC or smartphone running on the Android OS. Still, this guide will explicitly show you how to set it up on your Linux machine without using an emulator.

        Linux, on the other hand, is an open-source operating system. An operating system is software that directly interlinks and manages a system’s hardware and resources, such as storage, CPU, and memory. The OS sits or works as a bridge between apps and hardware and connects all your physical resources that do the work and your software.

        How can you run Android games or apps on a Linux machine without an emulator? Because of the creativity and inventiveness of some dedicated Dev Ops, there are currently several ways to run Android apps on Linux. This post will focus on how we can do that without an emulator. Let’s get started.

      • ID RootHow To Install R and RStudio on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install R and RStudio on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, RStudio is an integrated development environment (IDE) for the programming language R. It is a popular tool among data scientists, statisticians, and researchers for data analysis, visualization, and statistical modeling. It is available as a desktop application for Windows, macOS, and Linux, as well as a web-based application that can be accessed from any device with a web browser.

        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 R and RStudio 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.

      • FOSSLinuxHow to install and configure git on Fedora | FOSS Linux

        Git is an open-source, free version control program that helps users manage big and small projects effectively. This tool allows several developers to work together on non-linear development as it keeps track of all the changes in a source code for each branch of a project’s history.

        Git is one of the most prominent Distributed Version Control Systems(DVCS) for DevOps. Linus Torvalds developed Git during the setup of the Linux kernel back in 2005 to help developers collaborate with other members on their projects.

        You must have, in one way or another, heard about Git at some point if you are learning software development and its various facets. But you don’t need to worry if you haven’t since this guide will explicitly cover Git in detail, along with a brief guide on setting up and configuring it on Linux, particularly Fedora.

      • FOSSLinuxHow to install Microsoft Teams on Fedora [Ed: This is technically malware. It's better off avoided completely.]

        The triumph of a team is solely dependent on effective communication. One such powerful solution is Microsoft Teams, a proprietary communication platform created by Microsoft as an element of the Microsoft 365 suite. This software offers a plethora of essential functionalities like file storage, application integration, videoconferencing, chats, and messaging.

        Additionally, Teams integrates other services like CD/CI pipelines, Git, and much more. One of the most outstanding benefits of Microsoft Teams is that it is a cross-platform tool available for several operating systems (Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, Android, and web). Teams compete with the similar service Slack, replacing other Microsoft-operated business messaging and collaboration platforms, like Skype for business and Microsoft classroom.

        Most large firms or organizations currently use Microsoft Teams to connect their employees, primarily because of work-from-home situations. Since this application is well-integrated with Office 365, it is a closed-source and paid app.

      • FOSSLinuxHow to install LAMP stack on Fedora | FOSS Linux

        The LAMP server is one of the most commonly used sets of open-source apps for creating web apps. This stable and robust server structure is straightforward and simultaneously set up. LAMP is a combination of four components, namely: Linux, Apache, MySql, and Php. A similar counterpart for macOS and Windows is also there, namely MAMP and WAMP.

        This free, open-source software app drives dynamic apps like Magento, WordPress, Joomla, and much more.

        This guide will discuss how you can install Apache as the HTTP server, MariaDB or MySQL as a relation DBMS(database management system), and PHP as the server-side scripting language. For this article, we will be using Fedora version 37. In the end, your Apache web server will run a PHP script, connect to a DB and return a successful response.

      • FOSSLinuxHow to update Fedora by GUI and command-line ways | FOSS Linux

        Fedora often introduces numerous enhancements, bug fixes, security updates, and new features. Therefore, it is essential to keep all software up-to-date. Fedora supports package managers such as RPM (DNF), Flatpak, and OSTree – GNOME Software is the default graphical front-end.

        This guide demonstrates how to update Fedora to obtain the most recent software. There are two ways to update Fedora: the graphical user interface and the command line.

        Regardless of the distribution, it is essential to maintain all packages up-to-date. Updates to packages include numerous enhancements, bug fixes, security patches, and new or enhanced functionality.

      • Major HaydenConnect 1Password’s CLI and app in i3 with lxpolkit – Major Hayden

        Bitwarden became my go-to password manager a few years ago after I finally abandoned LastPass. Once I read the recent news about stolen password vaults, I was even happier that I made the switch.
        My original password manager from way back in my Apple days was 1Password. It had a great user interface on the Mac and on iPhones, but I found it frustrating to use when I switched to Linux laptops and Android phones.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Nate GrahamHighlights from 2022 – Adventures in Linux and KDE

          Many but not all of the items I was hoping for from my 2022 roadmap are finished now.

          While we didn’t get a new style for Breeze icons or inertial scrolling everywhere, we did get the merged “Formats and Languages” KCM and a major overhaul for multi-monitor support to make it all finally work properly. “The Wayland session can completely replace the X11 session” is a bit fuzzier, but I can tell you that it’s done so for me! I only ever use the X11 session for occasionally testing merge requests. This doesn’t mean it’s there for everyone, of course. But it got ever closer in 2022. And finally, the 15-minute bug initiative was a big success! We didn’t fix every one of the 142 bugs classified as “15-minute bugs” in 2022, but we did fix 95 of them! That’s a pretty good rate. We’ll keep up the focus on these quality-of-life issues in 2023, too.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Debian Family

      • Junichi Uekawa: 2023 started.

        2023 started. I’m still stuck at home due to COVID-19 and therefore I have more than usual time on hacking on Debian stuff. I’ve learnt schroot does most of what I have been doing with my home grown tools.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Linux GizmosESP32 based Open Source 3D printer supports MSLA resin

        CrowdSupply recently featured the Lite3DP Gen2 which is a miniature MSLA resin 3D printer built around a ESP32 module from Espressif. This product supports all UV 405-nm resins and it can be configured with optional displays for real-time print progress.

      • Linux GizmosArduino compact board equipped 9-axis IMU and supports TinyML

        The Arduino Nano 33 BLE Sense Rev2 is an embedded platform featuring the NINA-B306 module (nRF52840 SoC) from u-blox. In addition to wireless support (BL + Zigbee), the new Sense Rev2 combines a 6-axis gyroscope/accelerometer sensor, a 3–axis magnetometer and various other sensors for data acquisition.

      • HackadayKiCad 2022 End-of-Year Recap And 7.0 Preview

        [Chris Gammell] moderated the KiCad 2022 End-of-Year Recap with several KiCad developers and librarians. They reviewed what’s been bubbling up in the nightly KiCad 6 builds, what we can expect from KiCad 7, and even answered some questions from the user community. Over the course of 2022, the KiCad project has grown both its development team and library team. The project even has a preliminary support commitment from the CERN Drawing Office!

      • HackadayBattery-Powered ESP8266 Sensor? Never Been Simpler

        Say, you’re starting your electronics journey with a few projects in mind. You have an ESP8266 board like the Wemos D1, a Li-Ion battery, you want to build a small battery-powered sensor that wakes up every few minutes to do something, and you don’t want to delve into hardware too much for now. Well then, does [Mads Chr. Olesen] have a tutorial for you! Here, you’ll learn the quick and easy way to get your sensor up and running, learn a few tricks for doing sleep Arduino environment, and even calculate how long your specific battery could last.

      • HackadayWant To Play With FPGAs? Use Your Pico!

        Ever want to play with an FPGA, but don’t have the hardware? Now, if you have one of those ever-abundant Pi Picos, you can start playing with Verilog without getting an FPGA board. The FakePGA project by [tvlad1234], based on the Verilator toolkit, provides you with a way to compile Verilog into C++ for the RP2040. FakePGA even integrates RP2040 GPIOs so that they work as digital pins for the simulated GPIOs, making it a significant step up from computer-aided FPGA code simulation

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • SSLHsslh v2.0-rc2 released

      sslh-v2.0-rc2 is now available from the usual sources: https://www.rutschle.net/tech/sslh/download.html

    • Jon UdellInstance-qualified Mastodon URLs

      Today, as I began to use that new affordance in earnest, I discovered a new challenge. In order to assign someone to a list, or change a list assignment, I clicked the link in the account_url column to open that person’s profile in the Mastodon web app. That was fine for accounts on my home server, mastodon.social. An account URL like Shelley Powers’ https://mastodon.social/@burningbird brings me to Shelley’s profile on my home server where the list manager is available.

  • Leftovers

    • ScheerpostTop Scheer Intelligence Episodes of 2022: Michael Brenner, Ellen Brown, Gabor Maté and More

      Recap the year with some of the most popular episodes of “Scheer Intelligence.”

    • Dan Langilleslocum

      This server was upgraded on Feb 2 2019. Only the storage persisted. Everything else was upgraded.

    • Neil Selwyn‘Why I am not going to buy a computer’ (notes on Wendell Berry)

      Berry’s criteria for deciding whether or not to adopt a new tool or technology into his life resonate clearly with current discussions around digital degrowth – not least reframing digital technology consumption along lines of ‘voluntary simplicity’, ‘conscious minimalization’, ‘reparability’ and so on. To quote a series of dot-points that Berry offers toward the end of his essay in way of a conclusion: [...]

    • Robert OCallahanPaparoa Track

      We have a tradition that every year I organise a group tramping trip in the South Island in December, between students finishing exams and Christmas. Typically we do one “easy” tramp and one “hard” tramp, balancing welcoming new trampers with pursuing tougher but more rewarding challenges. This year the “easy” tramp was Paparoa Track and the “hard” tramp was the Travers-Sabine Circuit (which we previously did in 2019).

      I completed all the official “Great Walks” some years ago, but recently the Paparoa Track was created as a new Great Walk, and this year seemed like a good time to re-complete the set. We did it over three days (December 12-14) which seemed about right; one could spend an extra day and stay at Ces Clark hut, but that would make it a bit too easy for my taste. So we started at the southern end, Smoke-Ho car park, and walked north, staying at Moonlight Tops Hut on the first night and Pororari Hut on the second night. We hired three rental cars to get all thirteen of us to the track start (staying the night before at Greymouth Top 10 Holiday Park), and hired Buller Adventures to move those cars to the track end while we were walking. These logistics all worked out well.

    • Mark DominusMinor etymological victory

      Yes! Ultimately both words are from Persian naft, which is the Old Persian word for petroleum. Then the Greeks borrowed it as νάφθα (naphtha) and the Russians, via Turkish. Petroleum is neft in many other languages, not just the ones you would expect like Azeri, Dari, and Turkmen., but also Finnish, French, Hebrew, and Japanese.

    • Chris Lamb: Favourite films of 2022

      In my four most recent posts, I went over the memoirs and biographies, the non-fiction, the fiction and the ‘classic’ fiction I enjoyed reading in 2022.

    • HarshvardhanMoving Next from Revue to Substack | Harshvardhan

      Twitter is shutting down Revue, the newsletter platform that I use for Next. Thus, I’m migrating to Substack.

    • Science

      • SalonFor the first time, scientists discover organisms whose diets rely on eating viruses

        However, new research in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides evidence that not only are chloroviruses regularly eaten, they are also nutritious, which has broad implications for how we think about food chains and the cycling of carbon earth. The paper was co-authored by a plant pathology professor James Van Etten, who first discovered chloroviruses in 1980.

      • uni YaleWhat on Earth is a polar vortex? And what’s global warming got to do with it? » Yale Climate Connections

        An influx of Arctic air is blasting across the U.S., sending temperatures plunging, dropping snow, disrupting Christmas travel plans, and setting social media atwitter about the polar vortex.

        But what exactly is the polar vortex? Where does the cold air come from? And is global warming making cold snaps like this one more likely? Yale Climate Connections meteorologist Bob Henson has answers.

    • Hardware

      • Ruben SchadeFlickering caused by a hot MOS 8565R2

        I mentioned on Mastodon that while the chips in my Commodore 128 barely break a sweat most of the time, there are a few in the new Commodore 64C that definitely do. The SID gets warm to the touch, and the VIC-II gets hot; enough that it made me flinch.

      • HackadayIn Praise Of “Just Because” Hacks

        Sometimes you pick a project because the world needs it to be done. Or maybe you or a friend need it. Or maybe you don’t really need it, but it fulfills a longstanding dream. In my mind, the last stop before you reach “why am I doing this” is the “just because” hack.

      • HackadayGet To Know Touch With This Dev Board

        In the catalogue of the Chinese parts supplier LCSC can be found many parts not available from American or European suppliers, and thus anyone who wants to evaluate them can find themselves at a disadvantage. [Sleepy Pony Labs] had just such a part catch their eye, the Sam&Wing AI08 8 channel capacitive touch controller. How to evaluate a chip with little information? Design a dev board, of course!

      • HackadayDirty USB-C Tricks: One Port For The Price Of Two

        [RichardG] has noticed a weird discrepancy – his Ryzen mainboard ought to have had fourteen USB3 ports, but somehow, only exposed thirteen of them. Unlike other mainboards in this lineup, it also happens to have a USB-C port among these thirteen ports. These two things wouldn’t be related in any way, would they? Turns out, they are, and [RichardG] shows us a dirty USB-C trick that manufacturers pull on us for an unknown reason.

      • Ruben SchadeHigh idle power on AMD’s RDNA3 cards

        Seeing the higher than expected power consumption on AMD’s new Radeon RX 9700 XT(X) cards has been concerning.

      • IEEEAn IBM Quantum Computer Will Soon Pass the 1,000-Qubit Mark – IEEE Spectrum

        IBM’S CONDOR, THE world’s first universal quantum computer with more than 1,000 qubits, is set to debut in 2023. The year is also expected to see IBM launch Heron, the first of a new flock of modular quantum processors that the company says may help it produce quantum computers with more than 4,000 qubits by 2025.

        While quantum computers can, in theory, quickly find answers to problems that classical computers would take eons to solve, today’s quantum hardware is still short on qubits, limiting its usefulness. Entanglement and other quantum states necessary for quantum computation are infamously fragile, being susceptible to heat and other disturbances, which makes scaling up the number of qubits a huge technical challenge.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • NPRBiden approves banning TikTok from federal government phones

        Republicans and Democrats alike have long taken aim at TikTok, since it is owned by Beijing-based tech behemoth ByteDance. Lawmakers worry about the Chinese Communist Party using the app to spy on Americans, or using the app’s algorithm to amplify pro-China narratives.

        While the company denies it would ever be used for nefarious purposes, national security experts say China-based businesses usually have to give unfettered access to the authoritarian regime if information is ever sought.

      • The Washington TimesLike tobacco, social media is a danger to children

        But any justice that comes to these families through the civil courts will come too late. That’s why prevention is key. We must recognize the harm inherent in social media for minors — harm not unlike that posed by cigarettes to youths revealed in the U.S. surgeon general’s famous 1964 report on the dangers of smoking. And we must protect our nation’s children.


        The data is in for social media as well. Self-harm and suicide rates were steadily declining among young people in the United States until 2008. As social media use among minors has risen dramatically, so have self-harm and suicide rates.

      • VOA NewsTradition of ‘New Year’s Hike’ Reaches All 50 US States

        A simple plan to get more people enjoying the outdoors on New Year’s Day has become a nationwide movement in the U.S. after a hike at a Massachusetts park more than three decades ago.

        Just 380 people participated in the initial First Day Hike in 1992 at the nearly 2,830-hectare Blue Hills Reservation just south of Boston. On Sunday, tens of thousands of people are expected to take part in First Day Hikes at hundreds of parks in all 50 states.

      • [Older] New ‘highly infectious’ Omicron strains scare China

        On October 4, 2022, new Omicron sub-variants BF.7 and BA.5.1.7 were detected in Yantai and Shaoguan cities in South China. The detection was amid the latest Covid outbreak in the country. According to reports by Global Times, It’s the first time the BA.5.1.7 subvariant has been detected on the Chinese mainland.

      • WSWSAlmost a million excess deaths in Britain due to decades of social inequality – World Socialist Web Site

        Several reports published in Britain over the last few years attest to the fact that staggering levels of social inequality, fuelled by austerity policies, have claimed the lives of around a million people.

        Earlier this month a paper led by the University of Glasgow and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH), found as a “a conservative estimate” that there were 334,327 excess deaths beyond the expected number in England, Wales and Scotland over the eight-year period from 2012 and 2019. GCPH is a partnership between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow City Council and the University of Glasgow.

      • Jeff GeerlingPart of the wrong 1% — Ostomy surgery, part 2

        About 1 percent of Americans have diagnosed Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) like Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. And about 1 in 500 Americans (0.2%) have ostomies—small openings called stomas that help when their bowels get really screwed up (whether through disease, cancer, or trauma).

      • TruthOut16,000 New York City Nurses Are Preparing to Strike
      • Common Dreams16,000 Nurses Say They Are Ready to Strike Across New York City

        An estimated 16,000 unionized nurses from private hospitals across the New York City metropolitan area announced strike authorizations on Friday as current contracts are set to expire and the region continues to experience a “tridemic” health crisis that includes Covid-19, flu, and the respiratory illness known as RSV.

      • TruthOutLearning to Self-Manage Abortions Is Key in a Post-“Roe” Society
      • EFFReproductive Justice and Digital Rights: 2022 in Review

        That meant that when Dobbs v. Jackson overturned the protections that Roe promised to people seeking abortions and other reproductive healthcare, we were prepared. We were prepared to answer questions about what exactly your phone knows, Google knows, and Facebook knows. And how that information could be obtained. The sudden disappearance of federal protections, combined with a growing number of “bounty laws” targeting support for such care, raises a host of concerns regarding data privacy and online expression. And this expanded threat to digital rights is especially dangerous for BIPOC, lower-income, immigrant, LGBTQ+ people, and other traditionally marginalized communities, and the healthcare providers serving these communities.

        The repeal of Roe created a lot of new dangers for people seeking healthcare. This past year, EFF has worked to protect your rights in two main areas: 1) your data privacy and security and 2) your right to free speech.

        With law enforcement looking to punish those who seek abortions, your digital paper trail is now potentially incriminating evidence. Google maps data can tell police if you searched for the address of a clinic. Chat logs can show if you talked about abortion with someone. A digital dragnet can give police names of anyone in the vicinity of a place suspected to offer abortion services. These are just a few examples of things law enforcement already does in other criminal contexts and can now do with regard to reproductive health. The good news is that EFF has a lot of experience in fighting these fights. And so our initial efforts focused on protecting the data privacy and security of people seeking, providing, and facilitating abortion access.

      • Common DreamsAfrican Feminist Movements Face More​ Obstacles After Roe v Wade Decision

        This year’s most notable decision affecting gender justice—the overturning of federal protection of the right to abortion in the US—happened more than 6,000 miles from Africa, but its impact was felt here too.

    • Linux Foundation

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • The HillGoogle to pay $29.5 million to settle DC, Indiana lawsuits over location tracking

          Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita (R) said in a statement that the state reached a settlement with Google for $20 million to resolve its lawsuit over the company’s “deceptive location-tracking practices.”

        • University of TorontoGoing from a Firefox preference to the underlying configuration setting

          Suppose, not entirely hypothetically, that you have a Firefox “Preferences” option and you’d like to know for sure what about:config setting corresponds to it. One way to do this is to look it up in the Firefox source code, which is probably most readily done online through searchfox.org. This has to be done in two steps because there’s a little bit of indirection in the Firefox code base (due to localization).

        • EFFSchools and EdTech Need to Study Up On Student Privacy: 2022 in Review

          In an important decision by a federal judge, a remote proctoring “room scan” by a public university – Cleveland State University in Ohio -  was deemed an unreasonable search under the Fourth Amendment. “Room scans,” where students are forced to use their device’s camera to give a 360-degree view of everything around the area in which they’re taking a test, are one of the most invasive aspects of remotely proctored exams. Often, these scans are done in a personal residence, and frequently a private space, like a bedroom. 

          The district court recognized that room scans provide the government (public schools are government entities) with a window into our homes—a space that “lies at the core of the Fourth Amendment’s protections” and long-recognized by the Supreme Court as private. There are few exceptions to this requirement, and none of the justifications offered by the university—including its interests in deterring cheating and its assertion the student may have been able to refuse the scan—sufficed to outweigh the student’s privacy interest  in this case. Though this decision isn’t binding on other courts, any student of a state school hoping to push back against room scans in particular could now cite it as persuasive precedent. The school is expected to appeal to the Sixth Circuit. 

          EFF began looking more closely at student activity monitoring software, which is basically indistinguishable from spyware, and is used to filter, block, and flag vast amounts of student activity on their school-issued, and sometimes personal, devices. We already know that the machine learning algorithms in this software that filter, flag, and block content routinely misclassify any LGBTQ+ content as “Adult” content. We know that Securly flags “Health” sites (like WebMD) as “needs supervision,” andGoGuardian blocks access to reproductive health materials. It isn’t difficult to see the harms that will occur as more anti-trans laws pass and the legal right to abortion is overturned: students who use their devices to research topics such as trans healthcare or abortion-related material could find those devices weaponized against them, potentially resulting in criminal charges. Moreover, there are already examples of these apps outing LGBTQ+ students.

        • Bryan LundukeThe CIA invests in these Tech companies – by Bryan Lunduke

          Wouldn’t it be weird if the CIA invested in, and influenced, Tech companies?

          Spoiler: The CIA totally does that.

          Through a puppet venture capital firm known as “In-Q-Tel”, the CIA invests in a wide range of Tech companies.

          Video games. Search engines. SQL databases. Even website load balancing. The CIA has their hands in it all.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Environment

      • CBCElectric vehicle sales are racing ahead, but is there a plan for the waste they create?

        Auto research firm J.D. Power estimates electric vehicle batteries have a lifespan of ten to twenty years — so electric vehicles have now been around long enough in Canada that some batteries will need to be replaced near the end of the decade.

        Finding ways to recycle their costly, toxic batteries could address the environmental questions that arise from building electric vehicles in the first place.

      • TruthOutThe US Saw Some of Its Worst Climate Disasters in 2022
      • uni YaleHow to save on winter home heating costs » Yale Climate Connections

        During the chilly season, many people receive pricey bills for propane, natural gas, and electricity.

        Winter’s snow and cold temperatures often arrive alongside skyrocketing energy bills. Whether you rent or own your home, there are many ways to save money this winter — from increasing energy efficiency to applying for financial assistance.

        In addition, clean energy tax credits to help you weatherize your home, purchase more efficient appliances, buy a heat pump water heater, and more go into effect in 2023.

      • At COP15, Indigenous leaders warn against ’biggest land grab in history’ | Grist

        Indigenous leaders from around the world are calling for a bigger role in negotiations at the United Nations’ Biodiversity Conference which convenes today in Montreal. Known as COP15, delegates from nearly 200 countries are expected to finalize the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, a set of international goals and standards for conservation efforts over the next decade.

      • Energy/Transportation

        • Kevin NormanHow the Pixel 6 Pro charges – In Graphs

          I was bored, and was curious to know what the charging behaviour of my Pixel 6 Pro looked like. I decided to use a Ugreen Nexode 100w USB-C charging brick with a Macbook charging cable as the power supply, and left my phone in its case. I note this because I will in the future perform this same test with the phone artificially cooled to see how much of a difference temperature makes to charging rate. I picked the Ugreen Nexode PSU because it has the widest support for quick charging standards I’ve ever seen. It supports all sorts of weirdo standards, and I highly recommend owning one. It supports (and I am sure this is not an exhaustive list): [...]

        • Michael West MediaFossocracy Australia: government of the people, by the fossil fuel companies for the fossil fuel companies – Michael West

          Public subsidies for coal plants are merely the icing on the cake of a triumphant year for multinational fossil fuel corporations operating in this country. Michael West and Callum Foote report on Fossocracy Australia.

    • Finance

      • Helsinki TimesBrexit damage continues to mount

        “The damages caused by Brexit just continue to mount. In the two years since the end of the transition period, we have seen no advantages to leaving the European Union. The cost of living crisis and recession are being felt more deeply in the UK than anywhere else, with recent research showing food bills in the UK are £210 higher in the last two years due to Brexit. Households on the lowest incomes are the hardest hit.

        “The UK economy is fundamentally on the wrong path and there is no real alternative on offer within the current system. The Scottish Government is committed to giving the people of Scotland a choice about the future they want – a greener, wealthier and fairer economy within the European Union, or a sluggish, stagnating economy outside of the European Union. We will continue to publish the Building a New Scotland series of prospectus papers to ensure people can make that informed choice.

      • Common DreamsOn Tax Avoidance, Says Bernie Sanders, ‘Trump Is Not Alone’

        Senator Bernie Sanders is not asking anyone to be shocked that Donald J. Trump was very good at not paying taxes, but he also wants people to know that the disgraced former Republican president is far from the only rich person or powerful corporation who gets away with paying little or nothing each year federal income tax.

      • Michael West MediaTop 40 tax dodgers 2022! – Michael West

        It’s a post-Christmas feast. We are serving up the Top 40 Tax Dodgers, the crème de la crème of Australia’s biggest and meanest tax tricksters.

      • A Deficit Spending Scam Destroyed UK’s Prime Minister—Who’s Next? – RDWolff

        “Most of what passes as “the economic policy we need now” is really pleading by a self-interested employer class. Raising interest rates to fight inflation is the big example these days. Among the forms and fields of class struggle, debunking economic policies’ claims of being class neutral is an ongoing battle.”

        With its disguises as “high finance” for the mystified and “Keynesian fiscal policy” for those “in the know,” deficit spending by the government was quite a successful scam for a long while. When the UK’s ex-prime minister opened her new government in September, Liz Truss followed tradition by trying to run the oft-used scam again. But this time it did not work. Eventually, even successful scams stop working. Its failure became hers but also her party’s, the Conservatives.’ Neither of them understood the scam’s limits. Perhaps its disguises had worked best on those who repeated them most in thought and word.


        The scam’s seamy side was massively “underreported.” It was and still is a fact that UK governments borrowed most of the money for deficit spending from the UK corporations and the rich. Once the government had cut taxes, the money saved by those corporations and the rich could be and was often lent to that government. The scam offered a certain “no-brainer” opportunity to corporations and the rich. Instead of making a one-time tax payment to the government (like other taxpayers do) corporations and the rich can instead lend that money to the government. The government security obtained in exchange provides repayment in full in the future plus annual interest payments till then.

        This scam has worked for many years across global capitalism. After former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson lied his way out of office, Liz Truss presumed she could and would run the scam again, loudly and proudly, with the usual political applause. All her predecessors had. But this turned out to be the time and the place where the scam would hit its limits. Ironically, the very beneficiaries of the tax cuts Truss proposed for the corporations and the rich were the “investors” who balked. They took a good look at the UK government’s financial conditions and decided not to lend it more money without much higher interest rates (and maybe not even then). Very quickly—as these things often go—higher interest rates drove down bond prices threatening UK pension plan assets. Suddenly, the unraveling of the UK economy could be glimpsed as could be its risks for global capitalism. Leading the blind, President Joe Biden said of Liz Truss that she had “made a ‘mistake.’”

        The old scam’s Achilles’ heel: at some point, corporations and the rich might see too much risk in lending the government money they saved from their cut taxes. The very repetition of the scam over decades might accumulate levels of the UK’s national debt plus conditions in global capitalism that are rendered risky. Lending the UK still more money suddenly made little sense as an investment; other options were better.

      • Common DreamsThe Southwest Airlines Meltdown: Capitalism, Climate Change, and Christmas

        Climate Change, Christmas and Capitalism chaotically converged with an epic operational failure at Southwest Airlines that stranded thousands of holiday travelers and airline staff at airports for days. Winter Storm Elliott slammed the continental United States with snow, pelting winds and freezing cold arctic air in what meteorologists call a “bomb cyclone.” Air travel was understandably impacted, but the scale of the disruption at Southwest was many times greater than other airlines, accounting for an estimated 90% of the tens of thousands of canceled flights. Central to this travel catastrophe are the deregulation of the airline industry during the late 1970s, during the Carter administration, and the decision by Southwest executives to prioritize their investors over customers and staff.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • SlashGearNew York Passes Right To Repair Bill, However Last Minute Changes Make It Useless For Most Consumers

        New York has become the first state in the U.S. to sign a right to repair bill into law. In theory the bill, and others like it, puts the power back into consumers’ hands. Instead of paying costly repair fees or having to replace a broken device, people can simply buy a replacement part and fix their own tech. The European Union is looking to put right to repair laws in place, and there is also a push to get something enacted at a federal level in the United States. On paper, New York has beaten everyone to the punch. In reality, the state’s new right to repair bill isn’t all that it seems — and people aren’t happy.

      • The Washington TimesSuspicions about TikTok’s link to the Chinese government spread across party lines

        “It’s a genuine concern, I think, for the U.S. government in the sense that because the parent company of TikTok is a Chinese company, the Chinese government is able to insist upon extracting the private data of a lot of TikTok users in this country and also to shape the content of what goes on to TikTok, as well to suit the interests of the Chinese leadership,” Mr. Burns told PBS.

      • New York TimesAn Architect of Biden’s Antitrust Push Is Leaving the White House

        Hannah Garden-Monheit, who was involved in the antitrust executive order, will take over his antitrust policy work. Elizabeth Kelly, who works on digital asset policy for the National Economic Council, will inherit his portfolio of technology policy issues, the White House said. Bharat Ramamurti, the deputy director of the National Economic Council, will continue to oversee both areas.

      • Silicon AngleWhite House antitrust adviser Tim Wu to depart next week

        In 2003, Wu coined the phrase “net neutrality” to describe a principle that has since become a major focus for the telecommunications industry. The principle states that internet providers should treat the data traveling through their infrastructure equally and not throttle or charge more for certain types of traffic.

      • Common Dreams‘Why Are These Conflicts Allowed?’ Corporate Giving to Group Tied to Supreme Court Sparks Concern

        Both alarm and concern were expressed Saturday in response to new reporting about a charitable group with close ties to the U.S. Supreme Court that has been soliciting and accepting donations from corporate interests and far-right activists with cases before the court.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

        • RFERL‘Propaganda Is Almost Everywhere’: Grassroots Campaigners Take On The Kremlin War Machine

          Dozens of independent, social-media-based information projects have emerged after pressure from the Russian government’s crackdown, most of them run by journalists or activists who fled the country under threat of imprisonment. In interviews with RFE/RL, they said they were motivated primarily by their consciences and that their main mission is to make sure Russians are not left alone against the massive tide of pro-war state propaganda.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • RFATibetan writer held by China for ‘discussing’ Dalai Lama

        A prominent Tibetan writer who disappeared last year in Chinese custody was arrested for taking part in politically sensitive discussions about Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, Radio Free Asia has learned.

        Rongwo Gangkar, author of such popular works as The Knot and An Interview With Gendun Choephel, a collaboration with other writers, was taken into custody in western China’s Qinghai province more than a year ago, a source living in the region said.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • WiredThe Work-From-Anywhere War Is Beginning

        This will not be an easy transition. For instance, according to a report by workplace research firm Leesman, office-based working has been most popular with one group alone—senior leaders who had their own offices (or private meeting spaces). As a result, in 2023, veteran corporate managers will likely use the economic downturn to do a final attempt of dragging workers back to the office. It’s implausible to imagine that these more traditional managers might be rubbing their hands at the prospect of a short economic slowdown ahead, but using a softer job market as leverage to bring employees back to the office could prove a popular strategy. It might be too late; top talent has already made its mind up. There could be conflict ahead as it resolves itself.

      • Common DreamsCanada’s First Nations Are Conserving Land on an Unprecedented Scale

        In yet another unusually warm subarctic day last August, members of the Łı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kų́ę́ First Nation in the Northwest Territories of Canada held a fire-feeding ceremony, drummed, raised their eagle-emblazoned flag, and prepared a celebratory feast for themselves and a group of scientists 30 miles south of where they live in Fort Simpson.

      • Common DreamsThe Year 2022 Displayed the Woeful Shortcomings of Humankind

        A year that started with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and is ending with famine in Africa, while still spreading death and misery through an enduring pandemic and a deteriorating climate crisis — 2022 has been an apocalyptic warning of the frailty of our planet and the woeful shortcomings of humankind.Beyond the stark statistics of millions of people displaced by war and natural disasters, it has been a 12 months that tragically highlighted our global interconnections and how a confluence of events and trends can bring another year of record levels of hunger.

      • Common DreamsNo More Dire Warnings: It’s Time to Fight to Win

        We need to put it clearly: 2022 was an unyielding disaster. The effects of what happened this year will echo for decades to centuries, but far from there being any lessons learned from it, what the managers of global capitalism are doing is trying to make next year even worse.The most worrying statistic of the year, the one that assures us that what happened in 2022 is not fleeting, is the fact that the record for global-scale greenhouse gas emissions has been broken again. With a 1% increase over 2021, the decrease in emissions that occurred during the pandemic has already been surpassed. The year’s increase was led by the burning of more fossil fuels, particularly in the United States and India.The volume of extreme events this year, both meteorological and social, economic, and political, means that most of them have simply been wiped from our collective mind and consciousness, because we effectively have no capacity to process what is happening to us, and the institutions that run global capitalism even less so. The cost of living crisis, intrinsically linked with the gas on which so much of the European economy depends, looks like the crisis that will precipitate a new global recession. That is the decision of governments and central banks. These institutions have decided that prices and inflation will be reduced by rising interest rates, that is, by widespread defaults on loans, evictions, bankruptcies, unemployment and austerity.

      • History books tell us about just a few who fought for India’s freedom: P Sainath

        The purview of the freedom struggle from British colonial rule in India is as vast as its geography and culture. Many who were part of the freedom struggle did not realise the crucial weight of their ‘simple’ actions.

        P Sainath’s The Last Heroes finds stories of the country’s Independence struggle from forests, villages, homemakers and farmers. His book tells stories like that of of Bhavani Mahto, who were left out of mainstream history books.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • VarietyIn a Horrible 2022 for Streamers, Netflix Still Victorious — for Now

        Of course, those hits weren’t enough to stop Netflix from bleeding subscribers throughout the first half of the year, and their long-term value is debatable in terms of their potential to drive future growth and financial return. “Stranger Things 4” was one of the most expensive TV seasons ever produced, at $30 million per episode, while the rewards of “Dahmer” and “The Watcher” may not balance out the costs of Netflix’s massive overall deal with Murphy.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakTorrentFreak’s Most-Read News Articles of 2022

          With 2022 nearing its end, we take a look at the most-read news articles posted on TorrentFreak this year. The Z-Library crackdown dominated the headlines with several articles. At the same time, prominent Spider-Man and House of the Dragon leaks drew a lot of eyeballs, while the ‘You Wouldn’t Steal’ PSA was put in a new perspective.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • deeply personal guide of being lonely

        If I’m good at nothing I can always relate to people that are bad at something.

      • Happy New Year
      • New year, new resolutions

        As I’m writing this it’s officially the first hour of 2023! I don’t have expectations of this year, I just want to keep improving and reach a lifestyle I can be satisfied with, whilst being more present and more “me,” also a lot more of (applied!) philosophy for sure.

        At the moment, I’m reorganizing my digital life, so you could say my resolution is to definitely be more “out of date” with things, as to limit the flow of information, to be slower, more present. I’ve curated my RSS feeds and my bookmarks, I’ve also bought an nice e-reader, using a 4:3 resolution on my computer and switched to an old-ish (un)smartphone with a custom ROM. I’ll get a few words written about the topics I’ve mentioned in the upcoming days. Even while not being present on social media, being on the Internet is still overwhelming for various reasons, which is why I want to start using Gemini and Gopher again more often, as I found myself using the Corporate Web more than I would have liked.

      • Happy new year!
      • Resolution
      • Looking ahead together

        I can understand the rhetorical concern that someone might think “what way forward do we as leftists even see, if we wanna exclude millions of wrong-hearted backwards-thinkers to this extent? We’re not inviting them to dialogue, we’re not listening to them, we’re breaking up friendships with them. What’s gonna happen in the long term? Is it us vs them until one side is dead?”

        I don’t actually see people raising this point a lot on the left; that might mean that people are really short-sighted, close-horizoned on this, but it might also mean that they’ve already figured this out:

    • Politics

      • “I love the smell of black powder at night”

        I think I’m resigned to the fact that every January 1^st and July 4^th I have to suffer living in a war zone. Unlike past years [1], Bunny and I decided to head outside and at least enjoy the show. The most impressive ones were at the other end of our street—huge ones shot perhaps only a couple hundred feet if that, in the air, with the embers nearly hitting the nearby roofs still lit accompanied by the loud thunderclap a second or two later.

      • White Supremacy

        If you run into someone who’s missed the memo on how the phrase “white supremacy” is increasingly used, and I don’t mean anyone on here of course, but if y’all have friends and fam who’s been out of the loop on this, this Wikipedia page is a good overview that you can send them…

    • Technical

      • The Year of Blogs on the Desktop

        And if your blog is already listed but another blog you like is not, please encourage them to get in touch. I don’t want to add people without their consent…

      • The Slow, Painful Death of Embedded PowerPC

        It’s hard to believe how far PowerPC has fallen. In 2010, chips from a half dozen companies were ubiquitous across the industry – servers, cars, game consoles, networking, defense. By 2015, embedded PPC was a pale ghost of itself, the Power.org consortium was effectively dead, and IBM was pinning the future of the platform on its server-oriented OpenPower initiative.


        C*Core, perhaps the most interesting, still actively designs and sells parts based on the PPC 476 (which they call “C9000″) for a range of uses in the PRC domestic market. At one point a pair of new high-end cores, the C9100 and C10000, were roadmapped and then canceled before shipping; my strong suspicion is that the C9100 would have been an enhanced PPC 476 with VMX added, and that the C10000 would have been a member of IBM’s A2 family (which saw use in Blue Gene/Q supercomputers and possibly in the PowerEN network processor.) Surprisingly enough, C*Core announced in early 2022 that a new and advanced PPC core, also named C10000 but probably unrelated to the canceled C10000 design, was in a late stage of development.

      • Design of a war time civilian network

        If you are watching news, you might see that especially recently, Taiwan and China isn’t having a great relation. And unfortunately I live in Taiwan. I’m not going into the politics of it, but I’m going to talk about my plains of keeping my surroundings to have access to important information. Thus more likely to survive in case a war breaks out.

        First, I’m assuming under war, the opponent won’t be following the Geneva convention. It’s war crime but it’s in the opponent’s best interests. Cutting infrastructure access is devastating to civilians. There’s nothing I can do for water and gas. But I can do something for internet (not fully, we’ll see) and power.

      • “Stray” is a great game
      • “Stray” is a great game

        Last night I finished the game “Stray”, released earlier this year by BlueTwelve Studio. I played it on the PS4 but it is also available for the PS5 and Windows. I really, really enjoyed it, more than I can remember having enjoyed any other game I’ve played in a long time (not that play an awful lot of them).

        As a *game*, it’s fairly lightweight. That sounds like a criticism, but I genuinely don’t mean it as one. I’m just trying to calibrate your expectations. It took well under a week to complete, okay, playing a little more often over the holiday period than I would always find time to while working, but by no means did I binge play the thing. It’s just relatively short and relatively simple. I never got stuck on any of the puzzle elements for more than ten minutes and I never got frustrated trying and failing for hours to get past what felt like impossibly overpowered enemies. Again, don’t take this the wrong way, “Stray” is absolutely not a boring, stuck-on-rails interactive fiction kind of game where you just run between cutscenes. Far from it. I found it engaging and enjoyable to play from start to finish. I just want to make it clear to any hardcore gaming types that if you want something “meaty” with complex strategy that you will find a real challenge to complete, or wildly non-linear, open world freedom that you can explore for months on end, “Stray” is definitely not that.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Funkwhale

          I just joined a new nook of the fediverse, a funkwhale pod, with a few old tracks previously only available on soundcloud. More things to be added later.

        • Announcing source.community

          In my last gemlog entry[1] I talked about the gemini server framework I created but hadn’t yet made the code available. This wasn’t because the code wasn’t ready to publish but because I didn’t yet know where I wanted to publish it.

      • Programming

        • Yet More Testing

          Test::UnixCmdWrap, mostly written for testing my unix scripts, tests below whether /bin/echo when given “foo” returns something that matches “foo”. (A better test might be qr/^foo$/ or that there is only a single line that only contains “foo”–a bad echo could emit “foofoo” or “foo\nfoo” and pass the following test, but that’s not relevant here.)

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