[Meme] Cannot Speak to Friends If You Work at Sirius (Spouse Cannot Speak to Friends, Either)

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software at 9:42 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Not Free software, not even free speech (because truth discredits lies)

failed to prevent husband from speaking to a friend in 2-way chat?

Summary: Sirius ‘Open Source’ is a truly absurd company where chat outside work is apparently impermissible even if no companies or persons are named (and spouses too are impacted in an act of ‘collective punishment’)

Sirius and the Straw Man

Posted in Deception, Law at 9:21 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Sirius never had a union; managers would not allow one, either

Summary: Today we take a closer look at what Sirius ‘Open Source’ management said about unions. We have plenty left to say about Sirius ‘Open Source’ (many posts already; about 200!), so we expect this series to go on until next month. We’ll show a lot more examples and evidence of scandals.

FOUR years ago I seriously considered leaving Sirius in light of the abuse suffered due to management being liars and manipulative bullies. The abuse started only weeks after the Gates Foundation had gotten involved, according to our records (we re-checked the dates recently). Earlier this winter or in autumn I had already made up my mind, having tentatively decided to do that around 12 months ago (leaving the company), but Rianne is another story. Rianne did not want to leave. My own motivations were explained in blog posts last year. Ethics were a key part of it, instrumental in the decision-making. The company ceased to be ethical.

“A boss who hoped to prove that Rianne had done something wrong ended up doing many wrong things himself.”Earlier this month we showed that a boss had picked on my wife using non-evidence and non-facts. It was a total disaster (we previously showed Rianne’s resignation letter and Rianne’s departure message at tuxmachines.org). A boss who hoped to prove that Rianne had done something wrong ended up doing many wrong things himself. For more information see Anatomy of a Corporate Witch-Hunt, especially parts like these, which reveal the full chain of correspondence. People can assess that for themselves. Readers can form their own opinions.

“These gross omissions — and more generally the unprofessional management style — were consistent with what had been criticised for years already. This merely reinforced the legitimacy of the criticism.”Here at Techrights we’ve been covering many union-related activities, especially at the EPO (since 2014, i.e. nearly a decade already). So we’ve spent more time studying this situation at Sirius, striving to accurately explain that “fluke”. The gist of the story is, on November 18th a letter was sent to Rianne, probably before the company was getting legal advice and before Rianne herself could seek legal advice. Rianne insisted that she should be given time to speak to a lawyer.

Then, on November 28th, an entirely different letter was sent. Ever so suddenly the tone of the letter and content changed because the boss and the sidekick apparently spoke to actual HR people for the first time. They checked the law and realised they had left something out. These gross omissions — and more generally the unprofessional management style — were consistent with what had been criticised for years already. This merely reinforced the legitimacy of the criticism.

“My lawyer says I can be accompanied not only by a trade union person,” Rianne wrote to the bully. “Sirius doesn’t have a union.”

The response came about a day later (after the revised letter):

Dear Rianne,

Thanks for your message.

As per our letter, you are entitled to be accompanied by either a work colleague or by a Trades Union representative.

Just to be clear, it is not Sirius’ responsibility to run or operate a Union. Trades Unions are independent bodies that operate separately to employers so that they can work for the benefit of their members.

It is also not Sirius’ responsibility to nominate a suitable Trades Union. It is a right under UK law for each employee to make an individual decision to choose whether or not they wish to join a Union. Sirius is an equal opportunity employer and makes no distinction at all between those who are members of a Trade Union and those who are not.

Kind regards,

There’s a lot wrong with that response and an upcoming video will elaborate some more. Rianne responded by stating that it was a false dichotomy and moreover the boss admitted that he would “tinker” with the witness prior to any meeting and be in a position to even deny the request. This means that any impartial or sympathetic (to Rianne) witness is deemed disqualified or subject to judgement (or warning) from the accuser. Cushioning a ‘kangaroo court’ with more kangaroos does not improve things — it merely gives the illusion of balance even where none exists. It’s like those notorious compositions in internal appeals at the EPO — compositions that were repeatedly deemed inadequate by the ILOAT.

Rianne never bothered with that stupid ‘kangaroo court’. She had already suffered enough for 4 years. She wasn’t planning to waste any more time in such a corrupt company. On Friday at 4PM a PDF was sent and on Saturday morning she formally resigned, having explained how she felt about the whole thing (see links in the relevant wiki for contents of the PDF).

“Sirius is a very fake company. It’s run by phonies who lie to the staff and to clients.”Our current plan is to explain these matters and in the coming fortnight or so we’ll be publishing many more blog posts (they’re semi-drafted already) — with many more later, according to any further issues that arise (like the company trying to silence us). We cross-post, add to wiki etc. in order to better preserve access to all this information. We won’t allow that to be censored. The long report, followed by a PDF version, was already seen by the company a very long time ago. They knew what was coming. They didn’t know what to do. All the writing was done only after the bullying. In recent weeks we had to check with pension providers if the company was trying to ‘punish’ us through pensions. This is still under investigation (the pension provider opened a ticket for this and keeps updating us). This series has not been easy to publish as the company attempted to prevent access to our own E-mails! The company failed at it, so we still have access to evidence that vindicates us. We have some long articles on the way and maybe then some more blog posts (remaining notes, more embarrassing examples). We’ve meanwhile learned about the impact on the company. It can pretend all it wants that it doesn’t care, but it hurts really badly. That’s karma. Think before you shoot. Check the law before you leap to conclusions.

In the next part we’ll take a look at Carbon Accounting, which is where Sirius claims to be based. As we showed before, not only the company Sirius but also its CEO use their accountants to pretend to have an office. Sirius is a very fake company. It’s run by phonies who lie to the staff and to clients.

Links 17/01/2023: VirtualBox 7.0.6 and Uruk 3.0 (Iraqi GNU/Linux) ‘Cinnamon’ Released

Posted in News Roundup at 8:11 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

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    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

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        This article does not include general purpose text editors like Vim or Emacs. Of course, they are capable Markdown editors. There are also packages/plugins available for these editors (and others) that add Markdown functionality. But this Group Test focuses instead on dedicated markdown editors.

      • 9to5LinuxVirtualBox 7.0.6 Adds Initial Support for Linux 6.2, RHEL 9.1, and UEK7 Kernels

        Oracle released today VirtualBox 7.0.6 as the third stable update to the latest and greatest VirtualBox 7.0 series of this powerful open-source and cross-platform virtualization software that brings support for newer kernels and various improvements.

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      • Make Use OfHow to Create Mind Maps Within the Linux Terminal With h-m-m

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      • Whisker Menu 2.7.2 released

        Fix missing version number
        Fix memory leak when adding launchers to panel
        Fix skipping first treeview item when switching modes
        Fix clipping when changing application icon size
        Fix missing NULL checks with String class
        Use Thunar for adding launchers to desktop
        Translation updates: Arabic, Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Taiwan), Danish, Dutch, German, Greek, Esperanto, French, Italian, Korean, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian

      • Thomas Lange: FAI 6.0 released and new ISO images using Debian 12 bookworm/testing

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      • LinuxStans3 Best VPNs for Linux [Ed: This one, for a change, does not seem like sponsored VPN spam]

        VPN (Virtual Private Network) is one of the methods of safe encrypted connection to the Internet when a standard connection provides only limited access, or you want to stay anonymous. In addition, VPN is a good solution to access essential files through a secure connection if you work remotely.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • VideoHow to install GoLand on KDE Neon – Invidious

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

      • How to Install Flutter and Dart on Any GNU/Linux Distro

        Flutter is a Framework/ToolKit and Dart is a scripting language, both from Google.

      • LinuxTechLabHow to Get the Most Out of DuckDuckGo on Your Linux Terminal [Ed: Shusain is shilling a Microsoft proxy for Linux users. Terrible. DuckDuckGo isn’t privacy but a scam.]
      • Network WorldCommands and setting for managing user accounts on Linux | Network World

        To manage user accounts on Linux systems, you’ll need to be familiar with some important files and commands.

      • TechRepublicHow to test website speeds with curl

        Website speed reductions may be too small to view, but you know it happens. Here’s how to get actionable details on website speed with curl.

      • nixCraftHow to configure automated security updates on Debian automatically

        How do I keep my server/cloud computer powered by Debian Linux 11.x/10.x current with the latest security updates automatically? Is there is a tool to update security patches automatically?

        Yes, you can download and install all security updates/upgrades automatically in the background. It is done in an unattended way and installs security updates for you. Let us see how to configure automated security Debian Linux updates.

      • AddictiveTipsHow to get qBittorrent working on your Chromebook

        if you use torrents to download open-source software (which saves projects bandwidth,) download open-source operating system ISO files, or use the torrent protocol for large files (like a personal photo collection), and want to do all of this on your Chromebook, you’ll want to install a torrent client like qBittorrent.

        Please note: AddictiveTips does not advocate downloading unauthorized software with qBittorrent. Please only use this torrent client to download legitimate, legal software on your device.

      • ID RootHow To Install Atom Text Editor on Rocky Linux 9 [Ed: Its development was halted by Microsoft. Why still help people install this?]

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Atom Text Editor on Rocky Linux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, Atom is a highly customizable and powerful text editor that is designed for developers, but it can also be used for general-purpose text editing. One of the main features of Atom is its flexibility and customizability. Users can install and use packages and themes to customize the look and functionality of the editor. There is also a wide range of community-made packages available, such as code linkers, debuggers, and autocomplete tools, which can be easily installed and configured. Atom is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.

        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 Atom Text Editor on Rocky Linux. 9.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install ReRun on a Chromebook

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      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Discord on a Chromebook in 2023

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      • What is File Globbing in Linux?

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    • Games

      • Godot EngineDev snapshot: Godot 4.0 beta 13

        With the first Godot 4.0 Release Candidate on the horizon we continue to release beta snapshots frequently and relentlessly! Such cadence allows us to better measure the overall stability and quickly catch regressions, especially when a lot of features are worked on at the same time.

        This week we release a new batch of improvements and fixes, as well as some new features. Unfortunately, we also have to rollback one of the core animations features. After a lot of testing and consideration we’ve decided to postpone improvements to the inverse kinematics system until a future Godot 4.x release, removing the currently unstable SkeletonModificationStack3D. This decision allows us to better focus efforts of the Animation team on stabilizing other features.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • DebugPointKDE Plasma 5.27: Top New Features and Release Details

          The list of impressive features and enhancements of the KDE Plasma 5.27 desktop is arriving in February.

          In a way, KDE Plasma 5.27 is a milestone release.

          Firstly, it is the final LTS release of the Plasma 5 version and the last instalment of the Plasma 5 series. Initial porting work has already started for Plasma 6 series, which would be based on Qt 6 version.

          Release number-wise, it is the 29th version of the KDE Plasma desktop, followed by the prior plasma 5.26 release.

          Visible feature-wise, it’s of moderate size. However, the bug fixes, code refactoring, cleanup, and optimization are significant. Most are not visible on the deck, but you can feel the changes when using this fluid desktop.

        • KDE VideosArchitecture Slideshow – Kdenlive + Glaxnimate Proof of Concept – Kockatoo Tube
      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • OMG! LinuxWeather O’Clock GNOME Extension Does What it Says – OMG! Linux

          Weather O’Clock is a new GNOME extension that does something super simple, yet so supremely satisfying.

          See, like many, I want to know what the weather is doing as I use my computer (despite often being next to a window I could look out of). Rational or not; being able to look up and see the current weather conditions and temperature at-a-glance is something I like to do.

          Of course, being a user of GNOME Shell I am spoilt for choice in this regard.

          There are a ton of weather extensions for GNOME Shell that will, amongst other abilities, put the current conditions and temperature in the top panel, to the left or the right of the clock in a standard GNOME setup.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • The Register UKInterview: Continuing the original native OS for Arm chips • The Register

      The mid-1980s codebase for RISC OS, the original native OS for the Arm processor, is still run on present-day hardware and actively maintained and developed. We spoke to RISC OS Open boss Steve Revill about its 26-bit origins, working to bring it to newer 32-bit Arm chips, efforts to update its BSD-based network stack, and more.

    • ZDNetHaiku is an open-source operating system for those who miss NeXTStep | ZDNET

      At the same time, Jean-Louis Gassée left Apple to create a company called Be Inc., who developed BeOS, which focused on creating the fastest disk I/O, rendering, and kernel on the market.

      Instead of competing with Jobs’ other company, Apple bought NeXT and then modified the OS to become the new OS X and iPhone OS 1.

      But what happened to BeOS? It now lives on as the Haiku Project.

      I first tested Haiku years ago and was thrilled that an OS opted to offer an AfterStep-like interface. Of course, it turns out AfterStep (which was my favorite Linux desktop back in the day) was actually based on NeXT, so it all kind of comes full circle.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Red Hat OfficialThe importance of automating the hybrid cloud

        During AnsibleFest 2022, Red Hat announced its hybrid cloud automation initiative. This is a focused product effort to better support automation use cases across public cloud, private cloud and cloud-native infrastructures.

        The Ansible content ecosystem team, together with Red Hat’s partners, has been working on a new set of Red Hat Ansible Certified Content Collections and Ansible validated content to address the most common automation use cases across best-of-breed cloud technologies.

      • Red Hat OfficialNew deep threat intelligence in Red Hat Insights: Helping to prioritize what matters the most with system vulnerabilities

        Red Hat Insights has added new functionality that helps users determine which of their registered Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems are “affected” with a vulnerability but are not “vulnerable.” Yes, “affected but not vulnerable” is a thing, and having this level of threat intelligence is meaningful and can make a significant difference when time is of the essence and you have to protect your organization against the next big vulnerability.

        Let’s break this down and look at it systematically. We’ll first define what “affected” and “vulnerable” mean in the context of Insights. We’ll then review the most common challenges enterprises typically face, and finally we’ll review how having this level of threat intelligence will help. Let’s define these terms:

      • Fedora MagazineAnaconda Web UI storage feedback requested! – Fedora Magazine

        As you might know, the Anaconda Web UI preview image has a simple “erase everything” partitioning right now because partitioning is a pretty big and problematic topic. On one hand, Linux guru people want to control everything; on the other hand, we also need to support beginner users. We are also constrained by the capabilities of the existing backend and storage tooling and consistency with the rest of Anaconda. Anaconda team is looking for your storage feedback to help us with design of the Web UI!

        In general, partitioning is one of the most complex, problematic, and controversial parts of what Anaconda is doing. Because of that and the great feedback from the last blog, we decided to ask you for feedback again to know where we should focus. We’re looking for feedback from everyone. More answers are better here. We’d like to get input if you’re using Fedora, RHEL, Debian, OpenSUSE, Windows, or Linux, even if it’s just for a week. All these inputs are valuable!

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • OMG UbuntuUbuntu’s New Installer is Shaping Up Nicely – OMG! Ubuntu!

        Ubuntu’s been working on its new OS installer for a couple years, now it looks like the upcoming Ubuntu 23.04 ‘Lunar Lobster’ release will finally ship it by default.

        The latest pending Ubuntu 23.04 daily builds use the reworked installer by default, and is expected to power the default install experience of the Ubuntu 23.03 beta in March.

        Thing is, despite the fact the installer is built using an entirely different toolkit (Flutter) and now leverages the Ubuntu’s server-based Subiquity and Curtin efforts, it doesn’t look that different to the existing one.

        In fact, if no-one told you the installer was rebuilt you’d probably never tell.

        The new installer was available to test in previous versions of Ubuntu using a special ‘canary’ ISO, and is also available as a Snap app you can run (but shouldn’t) on an existing Ubuntu install.

      • Ubuntu HandbookKernel 6.1 (6.1.6) Available to Install in Ubuntu 22.04 via Mainline PPA | UbuntuHandbook

        For those who want to try out the latest Linux Kernel 6.1.x, the Mainline Kernel PPA finally works again.

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        After more than a month until the release of Kernel 6.1.4, the maintainers finally fixed the issue and built the kernel packages correctly for Ubuntu 22.04 +.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • PurismWhat We All Want – Purism

        What we don’t want is equally simple: We don’t want to be spied on, controlled, oppressed, forced nor exploited.

      • ArduinoMulti-function device displays PC data and news | Arduino Blog

        While the typical computer user doesn’t need to worry about it, those of us who overclock our computers or run them hard like to know how they’re performing. If, for example, you overclock your CPU, then you probably want to keep an eye on its temperature to ensure that it doesn’t exceed a safe level. This multi-function device, designed by Mirko Pavleski, displays all kinds of PC data and even current news.

        This Arduino LCD Info Panel works with open source software (LCD Smartie) running on a Windows PC. That software monitors many data points, including CPU load, free disk space, memory usage, and much more. It can also download RSS news feeds and sync with other software, like Winamp. The software then sends the relevant data to the Arduino LCD Info Panel device via a USB connection. The unit displays the data on a 16×2 character backlit LCD screen and a pair of potentiometer knobs let the user flip through the data.

      • ArduinoThe Arduino Launch Control System is a model rocket enthusiast’s dream | Arduino Blog

        Conventional hobby model rockets get their thrust from disposable motors containing an explosive propellant, like black powder. But unlike the gun powder in a firearm’s cartridge that uses a concussion-activated primer to ignite, model rocket enthusiasts ignite their motors using an electric arc. Simple launch controllers consist of little more than a battery, boost converter, and cables. But if you want something fancy, you should check out the Arduino Launch Control System.

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    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Events

      • OpenSUSELearn More About openSUSE, ALP at FOSDEM – openSUSE News

        The openSUSE Project is planning activities for this year’s FOSDEM, which will take place Feb. 4 and 5 in Brussels.

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        SUSE released its second prototype late last month of its Adaptable Linux Platform (ALP). There will be experts from the on hand to discuss ALP.

        Two ALP prototypes have been released so far; Les Droites was the first one released in October and Punta Baretti is the current available prototype for testing. More prototypes are expected for spring and summer.

      • FSFFree Software Directory meeting on IRC: Friday, January 27, starting at 12:00 EST (17:00 UTC)

        Join the FSF and friends on Friday, January 27, from 12:00 to 15:00 EST (17:00 to 20:00 UTC) to help improve the Free Software Directory.

      • FSFFree Software Directory meeting on IRC: Friday, January 20, starting at 12:00 EST (17:00 UTC)

        Join the FSF and friends on Friday, January 20, from 12:00 to 15:00 EST (17:00 to 20:00 UTC) to help improve the Free Software Directory.

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Mozilla

        • LWNFirefox 109 released [LWN.net]

          Version 109.0 of the Firefox browser has been released. The headline feature this time is the enabling of Manifest Version 3 support — a new extension mechanism that, among other things, gives a higher degree of control over what extensions can do.

    • Programming/Development

      • E-ink Dev board to track Fetal Development

        Partner is pregnant, ultrasound looked cool. Had an e-ink dev board collecting dust. So here we are. Pretty simple stuff, the board is an Adafruit MagTag. And all we needed to do was have a progress bar, some graphics, and some text. There are some useful guides to making a progress bar and graphics for this e-ink board HERE and HERE.

      • Get Dumber – Mike Blumenkrantz – Super. Good. Code.

        Had one of those moments when you looked at some code, looked at the output of your program, and then exclaimed COMPUTER, WHY YOU SO DUMB?

        Of course not.

        Nobody uses the spoken word in the current year.

        But you’ve definitely complained about how dumb your computer is on IRC/discord/etc.

        And I’m here today to complain in a blog post.

        My computer (compiler) is really fucking dumb.

      • Jussi PakkanenNibble Stew: PDF, text and fonts, a design by The Devil & Associates

        PDF has a fairly straightforward model for rendering text. Basically you specify a font to use, define a transformation matrix if needed and specify the text string to render. The PDF renderer will then load the embedded font file, extract the curves needed for your letters and render them on canvas. And it works quite nicely.

        Assuming you are using plain ASCII. Because 127 glyphs should be enough for everybody.

        If, for some weirdo reason, you belong to that ~80% minority population of planet Earth whose native tongue uses characters beyond ASCII, you are not going to be in a happy place. The whole situation is nicely summarized in this Computerphile video.

      • Barry KaulerLearning SDL v1.2 Lesson 08

        If compiled for the desktop, with SDL using X11, then the example app runs in a window, and can be closed via the window close-box. On the framebuffer though, there is no close-box.

      • CollaboraA brave new world: building glibc with LLVM [Ed: Sounds more like an effort to bury GPL and promote Microsoft GitHub (proprietary) instead]

        Common wisdom argues against putting all eggs in one basket, and this type of diversification is also important in software. Just like how programming languages ideally have multiple independent compiler implementations, a software project written in a specific language should ideally have multiple independent toolchains capable of building the project.

        Considering how many C language implementations and toolchains have been developed in the past 45+ years (yes, it’s been that long!), it is surprising that such a critical, central, and long-lived component of our modern systems, such as glibc, is still only buildable with a single toolchain, the venerable old GNU/GCC, despite LLVM becoming the clear dominant alternative.

        There are more technical and non-technical reasons for choosing GNU or LLVM, and it is up to each project and developer to decide. To be able to decide, however, a choice must be possible in the first place. This is what is changing and we believe that having this choice is worthwhile.

      • CollaboraLabeling tools are great, but what about quality checks?

        Modern datasets contain hundreds of thousands to millions of labels that must be kept accurate. In practice, some errors in the dataset average out and can be ignored – systematic biases transfer to the model. After quick initial wins in areas where abundant data is readily available, deep learning needs to become more data efficient to help solve difficult business problems.


        The video below shows a user quickly scrolling through 40 objects belonging to 5 classes and finding 6 mislabeled examples.

      • Perl / Raku

        • PerlMy Family and Other Fish (PerlayStation Part 2) | Saif [blogs.perl.org]

          So the resultant path that Term::Graille has taken is this. It avoids the fancier toolkits that rely on libcurses or libtickit. It starts off as a graphical tool for a non-graphical interface. For practical applications it emulates real-time interactivity (instead of using things like libev) for an environment that is principally asynchronous using Term::Graille::Interact. This is inevitably weak and has to be to be stressed to to become optimised, and game development perhaps allows this stress, highlighting failures in other existing code. Just developing one game is a dead end, however and the diverse set of problems one might face requires more specialised assets. Term::Graille::Sprite, like my daughter’s roller skates, does not outwardly have any of the features that will be required for serious, useful applications. But who knows, it might reasonably stress the platform and may offer secondary entertainment for others.

      • Python

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • IT WireiTWire – Oppo kicks off new year with release of budget smartphone

        Chinese smartphone vendor Oppo has released another model from its budget range in Australia, aiming to attract buyers to the A17 through a combination of price and decent specs, plus a 30-day mobile subscription.

        As usual, the new model is built atop an SoC from MediaTek, with the MediaTek Helio G35 being the one in question. It has 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage and supports two SIMs.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • VideoLessons from China and Africa

        Infections, 900 million (64% of population)

        Major cities, infection rates, 70% to 90%

        Infection rates up to 91% in some provinces


        One death per 15,015 infections

    • Proprietary

      • HC3 Publishes Threat Brief on Royal and BlackCat Ransomware [Ed: Microsoft Windows TCO]

        The Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center published a new threat brief on Jan. 12 regarding Royal and BackCat Ransomware—the groups are known to target the U.S. healthcare sector and are considered especially sophisticated


        Royal Ransomware was first observed in early 2022 and is believed to have experienced operators that previously belonged to other cybercriminal groups, including Conti Team One. The U.S. is the most targeted country for Royal Ransomware. The group uses a 64-bit executable, writes in C++, and encrypts files and appends “.royal” or “.royal.w” extensions to filenames and creates a “README.TXT” type ransom note.

    • Linux Foundation

      • The New StackAgStack: Linux Foundation Project Will Bring Farms Online – The New Stack

        Food sustains all of us, yet the information systems that support our food supply are 100 years old — if not older. The Linux Foundation plans to change that with its AgStack Project, said Sumar Johal, who is the executive director of the initiative. AgStack will create a common, neutral and open digital infrastructure, which can “in turn enable content creation and consumption at scale in the agricultural ecosystem,” Johal added.

    • Security

      • USCERTCISA Adds One Known Exploited Vulnerability to Catalog [Ed: Control Web Panel under attack or exploit attempts]

        CISA has added one new vulnerability to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities Catalog, based on evidence of active exploitation. This type of vulnerability is a frequent attack vector for malicious cyber actors and poses a significant risk to the federal enterprise. Note: To view the newly added vulnerabilities in the catalog, click on the arrow in the “Date Added to Catalog” column, which will sort by descending dates.

      • CISACISA Releases Four Industrial Control Systems Advisories | CISA

        CISA released four Industrial Control Systems (ICS) advisories on January 17, 2023. These advisories provide timely information about current security issues, vulnerabilities, and exploits surrounding ICS.

      • CISACISA Updates Best Practices for Mapping to MITRE ATT-CK® | CISA

        Today, CISA updated Best Practices for MITRE ATT&CK® Mapping. The MITRE ATT&CK® framework is a lens through which network defenders can analyze adversary behavior and, as CISA Executive Assistant Director Eric Goldstein noted in his June 2021 blog post on the framework, it directly supports “robust, contextual bi-directional sharing of information to help strengthen the security of our systems, networks, and data.” CISA highly encourages the cybersecurity community to use the framework because it provides a common language for threat actor analysis.

      • LWNSecurity updates for Tuesday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (tor) and SUSE (python-setuptools, python36-setuptools, and tor).

      • LWNGit 2.39.1 (and more) released [Ed: LWN links to a Microsoft site that shills an attack on Git... instead of the original from Git itself]

        Git 2.39.1 has been released with a set of security fixes; there are also updated versions of many older Git releases available.

      • Consider Open Source Software While Evaluating The Security Of Cloud Applications

        The pace of software development is accelerating. Devops teams are under more pressure to launch products rapidly, and they are able to do so in part because of open-source software (OSS) tools.

        According to estimates, OSS now makes up between 80 and 90 percent of all current software. However, OSS produces a big surface area that needs to be controlled because there are millions of packages published anonymously that developers utilise to build software, even though it has been a fantastic accelerator for software development.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • AccessNowIs the EU protecting people from Pegasus spyware? – Access Now

          Spyware is an extremely invasive surveillance tool and a global threat to human rights and democracy. Since the initial Pegasus Project revelations, we’ve learned that governments and private actors in over 46 countries worldwide, including EU member states, have used invasive spyware to target and silence journalists, human rights defenders, political opponents, and dissidents.

          Scandals involving European governments should have been a wake-up call for European institutions. Yet so far, they have taken very little action to prevent future abuses of power and to protect people from the harmful impact of such surveillance tools.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • On growing up in old places

        A few days ago I visited Bruges. Bruges is a city that was very prosperous during the end of middle age. Then it declined, mostly because it lived off trading, and the rivers went dry so the ships could not come the city anymore.

        In 500 years, the population was decreased by half.

        Now the city is more or less a museum, living from tourism off the greatness of it’s history.

      • Star Wars
      • 3/3/3

        I’m not big on New Years’ resolutions. I’ve been known to set myself up with some resolutions at the beginning of the year, and then a year goes by and I found that I’ve somewhat accomplished a few of them in a different way, not like I originally intended to. Like those stories where you get to ask a wish to a genie and the genie makes it true in a twisted way, with unforeseen consequences.

        I’m saying this as a preface to what comes next, because it might sound like a new years’ resolution, but it’s not.

      • Train trip day 1

        I’m on my way to the Southwest for some sightseeing! I saved some money and decided to take the train down. Unfortunately, this means that I’m already “late” by 6 hours (yay Amtrak!). The train had electrical problems where a car wasn’t routing power from the engines to the rest of the train, like a burned out bulb on a string of Christmas lights.

      • The Virgin Suicides

        When albums like today’s roll around, I’m more intrigued than ever to read the book. It’s not that I demand or deserve an explanation. It’s just hard to imagine how someone could rate this album so highly? Perhaps I’m taking the ‘Albums you should hear before you die’ title too literally. Billions of our ancestors died before this album was recorded. Are our lives so much better?

    • Technical

      • Breaking Free From Google Maps

        Over the holidays I did about 22 hours of driving altogether and finally hit my breaking point with Google Maps.

        We had carefully planned a route in Google Maps through an area we weren’t super familiar with to try and avoid the worst of the winter weather. At some point during our navigation Google Maps without notifying us did a major reroute which undid the route we had planned. This ended up adding a couple hours to our trip by getting us stuck in some mountains during a sudden winter storm. At least we made it out alright.

        Later when planning for the next leg of our trip, Google Maps really wanted us to take a route through some more mountains and just wouldn’t show any alternatives. I’d had it and started looking for other Android navigation apps (though I think all of these are also available for iOS).

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Re: Perception of what the Internet looks like today

          The one thing I’ve noticed when using reduced clients and services is just how generally deficient the content is on the internet today. It becomes very apparent very quickly just how much garbage is pushed as useful information.

          For example when running an console based RSS feed reader all of the noise in HTML deployed content goes away. Not just bad fonts and colors but all the ads, all the suggestions of other related content. You’re left with just the blog post or news article. Sadly, once the noise is gone you realize there really isn’t much there. You start to see that the sole reason for so much junk “information” is to sell ads and make money.

        • Where are the borders of a Gemini Capsule? A proposal for “docks”

          As we know, the whole gemini protocol is full of nomenclature from spaceflight. The name “Gemini” refers to a NASA manned spaceflight Programme in the 1960s, the sum of all content here is the “gemini space”, we, the publishers, are “geminauts” and we fly around in our capsules. So far, so good. But no, there is one detail I found: While in manned spaceflight it is clear, what a capsule is (a small enclosed structure where astronauts can reside in savely, while flying around in space, which is a “shitty place” [1]), it is actually not that clear in geminispace. There is some inconsistency in what a “capsule” actually is.

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

Techrights Was Right: 11,000 Workers to Be Culled in Microsoft Layoffs, According to Press Reports

Posted in Microsoft at 5:16 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Microsoft employees are bracing for more layoffs

Summary: Microsoft is “said to be contemplating cutting roughly 5% of its workforce, which if accurate would equate to approximately 11,000 jobs.” Also “Microsoft could cut recruiting staff by as much as one-third.” Another source says that “Microsoft declined to comment.” So it’s not denying it.

Links 17/01/2023: LibreOffice 7.5 RC2

Posted in News Roundup at 11:13 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Server

      • Top 10 Docker Alternatives That Stand Out That You Should Know in 2023

        Docker has several standalone alternatives, some of which offer virtualization technologies and cross-platform support. Docker alternatives that stand out are also Open Container Initiative (OCI) tools that work with Docker, replace some Docker components, or work with other Docker alternatives to form robust Docker competitors.

        Thanks to its contemporary tools, compatibility, sizable community, and simplicity of use, Docker is still relevant for the majority of container projects, apps, and developers today. The licensing for Docker Desktop has recently changed, among other modifications made by Docker Inc. Consider these Docker alternatives that stand out in 2023 if you’re worried about the future of Docker and the exponential growth of Kubernetes because there are probably yet more changes to come. In this article, we’ll discuss the top Docker alternatives that stand out in 2023.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • WCCF TechLinux 6.3 Receives Further Optimizations For AMD DRM-Next Radeon Graphics Hardware

        Continued support was added to the AMDGPU and AMDKFD code work as part of the support for DRM-Next. The new pull request is going to be added to the AMD Radeon graphics driver for Linux 6.3 kernel. Alex Deucher of AMD submitted the new request last Friday, following the patches that were sent in by Mario Limonciello from AMD.

    • Graphics Stack

      • Maira Canal: January Update: Finishing my Igalia CE

        2022 really passed by fast and after I completed the GSoC 2022, I’m now completing another milestone: my project in the Igalia Coding Experience and I had the best experience during those four months. I learned tremendously about the Linux graphics stack and now I can say for sure that I would love to keep working in the DRM community.

        While GSoC was, for me, an experience to get a better understanding of what open source is, Igalia CE was an opportunity for me to mature my knowledge of technical concepts.

        So, this is a summary report of my journey at the Igalia CE.

      • Who-T: libinput and the custom pointer acceleration function

        After 8 months of work by Yinon Burgansky, libinput now has a new pointer acceleration profile: the “custom” profile. This profile allows users to tweak the exact response of their device based on their input speed.

        A short primer: the pointer acceleration profile is a function that multiplies the incoming deltas with a given factor F, so that your input delta (x, y) becomes (Fx, Fy). How this is done is specific to the profile, libinput’s existing profiles had either a flat factor or an adaptive factor that roughly resembles what Xorg used to have, see the libinput documentation for the details. The adaptive curve however has a fixed behaviour, all a user could do was scale the curve up/down, but not actually adjust the curve.

      • Dave Airlievulkan video decoding: av1 (yes av1) status update

        Needless to say h264/5 weren’t my real goals in life for video decoding. Lynne and myself decided to see what we could do to drive AV1 decode forward by creating our own extensions called VK_MESA_video_decode_av1. This is a radv only extension so far, and may expose some peculiarities of AMD hardware/firmware.

      • Lynne’s compiled musings | VK_MESA_video_decode_av1

        With the standardization of the Vulkan decoding extension less than a month ago, two codecs were defined – H264 and H265. While they have cemented their position in multimedia, another, newer codec called AV1 appeared. Indeed, I was involved with its standardization. Not entirely satisfied with the pace of Khronos, nor with VAAPI’s lack of synchronization, me and Dave Airlie decided to make our own extension to support AV1 decoding – VK_MESA_video_decode_av1. We were granted an official dedicated stable extension number from Khronos, 510, to avoid incompatibilities.

    • Applications

      • Ubuntu Pit15 Best Forum Software For Linux | UbuntuPIT

        Are you a Linux user in need of an online forum? If so, we have just the solution for you! With our detailed list of the top forum applications available today, gathering opinions and discussing topics with your peers has never been easier. Whether it’s advice or insights related to professional matters or blogging that you’re after – our compilation provides all that and more. Make use of this incredible resource now to get clear ideas about any item from within your community without delay!

        Linux always helps with a lot of applications for free. We researched different sources to find the best open source forum software for your need. Some of them allow you to open a single discussion forum only. On the other hand, some applications support multiple forums. Before going to the central point, we should know something crucial.

      • MedevelCalendar.js: May be the Best Web-based Calendar yet

        Calendar.js is a free open source web-based calendar app. It features dozens of useful features and a responsive customizable interface.

        One of the best features here is it allows you to control your events by drag-and-drop, duplicate events, add translated events, and even group your events.

        You can create custom events, export and import your events in different formats, schedule and repeat events, search your events and more.


        The project is released under the GPL-3.0 License.

      • MedevelWeevely: Manage your Events in a Fancy Style

        Weevely is a free open source web-based calendar app which is built on top of Next.js. It supports multiple users, multiple calendars and cusytomizable events and more.

      • Djalel OukidLinux Apps Tour: Ventoy, a feature-rich utility to create bootable USB

        Ventoy is a free, open-source, cross-platform utility for creating bootable USB drives for Linux and Windows. It is feature-rich and supports most system images and computer architectures. This article highlights Ventoy’s best features and teaches you how to configure and use this Rufus alternative.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Red Hat OfficialHow to create and use file access control lists in Linux | Enable Sysadmin

        Simplify your life by using ACLs to assign specific permissions for users or groups.

      • It’s UbuntuHow To Install Proprietary Drivers In Ubuntu 22.04 LTS | Itsubuntu.com

        In this tutorial post, we will show you the command line method to install Proprietary drivers in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. With the help of this tutorial post, you can easily install additional drivers like Nvidia drivers, network drivers, wifi drivers, and others in the Ubuntu terminal.

      • ID RootHow To Install Varnish on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Varnish on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Varnish is an open-source, high-performance HTTP accelerator that is used to improve the performance and scalability of web applications. It is a reverse proxy that sits in front of a web server and caches static content, such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files. By caching this content, Varnish reduces the workload of the web server and speeds up the delivery of content to users. Varnish offers many features such as private CDN, Gzip compression and decompression, HTTP streaming pass & fetch, etc.

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

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Metabase on Ubuntu 22.04 with Docker

        Metabase is a Java-based open-source Business Intelligence (BI) tool.

      • LinuxOpSysWhat is Shell in Linux

        Here learn about the shell which is an important part of the Linux operating system. The shell in the Linux operating system is used as a command line interpreter. It works between user input and Linux Kernel.

      • LinuxOpSysHow to Sort in Linux by Multiple Columns

        Here learn how to sort a file based on the contents of multiple columns in Linux. The sort command provides a lot of options that allow you to customize the way it sorts your data.

      • LinuxOpSysHow to Rename Multiple Directories in Linux at Once

        Here learn how to rename multiple directories in Linux at once. To do with multiple directories, we need to use special commands, scripts, or a combination of different commands.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install EPEL on CentOS Stream EL9 or EL8 – LinuxCapable

        EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) is a community-driven project that provides additional software packages for Enterprise Linux distributions such as CentOS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), and Scientific Linux. These packages are built and maintained by a group of volunteers and are compatible with the corresponding version of the Enterprise Linux distribution.

      • Find the Last Logged-In Users in Linux with Lastlog Command

        The lastlog command in Linux shows the most recent login of all the users or a specific user by pulling the information from the “/var/log/lastlog” file.

        The output is a long format summary of all the user’s account names, ports, IP addresses, and last login timestamps.

        Also, don’t confuse this tool with the last command, as both are separate tools and give you different information by reading different database files.

        In this article, you will learn how to use the lastlog command on Linux to check the most recent login of all users or a specific user, as well as how to clear a single or all user’s last login records.

      • LinuxOpSysHow to Use the Alias Command in Linux: A Tutorial for Beginners

        The alias command in Linux is used to create and manage aliases, which are essentially shortcuts for longer commands.

      • LinuxOpSysHow to Rename a Directory with Spaces in Linux

        Here learn how to rename a Linux directory whose names contain special characters such as space. We will make use of quotation marks, escape characters, and a couple of alternative methods to handle it.

      • LinuxOpSyssource Command in Bash: A Practical Guide

        Learn about one of the most useful Bash command, source, which is used to execute commands from a file or script in the current shell environment.

      • LinuxOpSysHow to Use userdel Command in Linux – Remove Users

        In this tutorial, we learn how to use userdel command in Linux to remove a user. A system administrator might require to remove a user when the user account is compromised, user no longer required, or when the user itself creates problems.

      • LinuxOpSyssort Command in Linux: How to Sort Data Quickly and Easily

        Here explore the sort command in more detail, including how to use it to sort data in various ways and how to customize the sort using options.

      • LinuxOpSysChange the Name of a Directory in Linux (rename a directory)

        Here learn how to rename a directory in Linux from the terminal. Renaming a directory in Linux can be a useful way to keep your file system organized and maintainable.

      • Backing up to a Remote Server with SSH and rsync

        While I pay for multiple video streaming services, I never got on board with streaming music services such as Amazon Prime Music or Spotify. I’ve curated quite the collection of MP3s in the past twenty years, with a fair number of tracks that aren’t available through streaming services. Since most phone manufactures have stolen our beloved SD card expansion slots, I’ve had to rely on various services the past few years to enjoy my music on the go.

        This started with Amazon Music, when there was an option to pay for a given amount of storage that you could upload your music collection to and enjoy through the Amazon Music app on your mobile devices. Then came Google Play Music with a similar service, but then Google did what Google does and killed that product in favor of Youtube Music. Ugh.

        I’ve since moved on to hosting a Plex server on a Raspberry Pi in my home’s network rack. Rather than loading my substantial music collection on the same SD card that the operating system runs on, I’ve opted to connect a 2.5” SSD with a bountiful amount of storage to the Raspberry Pi via USB. From here, I’m able to stream my music anywhere I have an internet connection through the surprisingly great Plexamp app.

      • Check the Linux Uptime History Using the Uprecords

        We wrote an article a few days ago about the tuptime command, which is used to view the historical and statistical records of the uptime command.

        In this article, we will discuss another similar utility named uprecords, which is used to record and keep track of Linux system uptime during every session.

        The output of this command gives a summary of historical uptime records, like how long the system has been up on each session, the highest uptime, when the system has been rebooted, etc.

        Stick with this article to learn each and everything about this tool using its options (with practical examples).

      • Linux CapableHow to Install GIMP on Linux Mint 21 or 20 – LinuxCapable

        GIMP, short for GNU Image Manipulation Program, is a free and open-source image editing software that can be used on Linux Mint and other operating systems. It is a powerful tool that can be used for a variety of tasks, such as photo editing, graphic design, and creating digital art. It offers many features that make it a suitable alternative to expensive professional software, such as Adobe Photoshop. Incorporating GIMP into your daily Linux Mint desktop can bring many benefits, including enhancing and manipulating images, creating custom graphics, and saving money on expensive software.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Git on CentOS Stream EL9 or EL8 – LinuxCapable

        Git is a widely-used version control system that tracks software development project changes. It allows multiple developers to work on a project simultaneously while keeping a record of all changes made to the code. Incorporating Git into your daily CentOS Stream desktop can bring many benefits, including collaborating with other developers, keeping track of changes made to your code, and quickly reverting to previous versions of your code.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Join, Combine or Merge Text Files in Linux

        The Linux cat command is one of the most versatile tools that can use to create files, view them, and even combine them in the Linux command line.

        In this article, we take a detour and explore how you can join two text files in Linux using the cat command, (short for “concatenate”) is one of the most commonly used commands in Linux as well as other UNIX-like operating systems, used to concatenate files and print on the standard output.

        It is not only used to view files but can also be used to create files together with the redirection character.

      • Czech translation of LibreOffice Calc Guide 7.4
    • WINE or Emulation

      • Ubuntu Pit30 Best Game Emulator Consoles for Linux

        Everyone looks back fondly on the days we played classic games like Sega, PlayStation One, and Nintendo. But with today’s powerful PCs and smartphones revolutionizing technology beyond what anyone imagined in those times, it’s no surprise that retro consoles are slowly becoming obsolete. If you’re yearning to recapture those childhood gaming days again, then you’ll be glad to know that developers have created powerful emulator systems which make it possible. Linux users can now relive their nostalgia through these emulators — and in this guide, our goal is to provide the best retro game experience available!

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Mozilla

        • MozillaHere’s what’s going on in the world of extensions

          About one-third of Firefox users have installed an add-on before – whether it’s an extension to add powerful and customizable features or a visual theme to personalize the web browsing experience. But if you’re unfamiliar, add-ons are sort of like apps for your browser. They can add all kinds of features to Firefox to make browsing faster, safer or just more fun.

          The past year introduced some exciting new changes to the extensions world. The majority of these changes are foundational and take place in the deeply technical back-end of the system, typically out of sight of most Firefox users. However, if you pride yourself on hanging out in popular cybersecurity hubs, reading the latest tech news or developing your own extensions then you might have caught wind of some of these changes yourself.

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • LibreOffice 7.5 RC2 is available for testing

        LibreOffice 7.5 will be released as final at the beginning of February, 2023 ( Check the Release Plan ) being LibreOffice 7.5 Release Candidate 2 (RC2) the forth and final pre-release since the development of version 7.5 started in mid June, 2022. Since the previous release, LibreOffice 7.5 RC1, 89 commits have been submitted to the code repository and 39 issues got fixed. Check the Release Notes to find the new features included in this version of LibreOffice.

        LibreOffice 7.5 RC2 can be downloaded for Linux, macOS and Windows, and it will replace the standard version.

    • Education

      • OSI BlogBigBlueButton provides access to quality education through Open Source – Voices of Open Source

        BigBlueButton is an Open Source virtual classroom started in 2007 by OSI sponsor, Blindside Networks. What differentiates BigBlueButton from other web conferencing platforms is that it’s designed for the education market. It focuses on maximizing time for applied learning and feedback, incorporating tools such as a multi-user white board, breakout rooms, shared notes, polling, and emojis.

        Nearly all educational institutions use learning management systems that teachers and students access to manage all the components of classes or programs such as assignments, grades, and lesson plans. Integration with learning management systems is important for the success of an online learning platform, and BigBlueButton is built into the core of some of the most popular options like Moodle, Canvas, Schoology, and D2L.

    • Programming/Development

      • QtQt for Android Automotive 6.4.2 is released

        We are happy to announce that the latest Qt for Android Automotive patch release is available which contains one critical bug fix.

      • Barry KaulerBack in business with SDL_ttf

        I suppose that I could trace the code, find where the function is failing; however, I took a punt. Sometimes, older versions of a package are better. Developers may start off with something that works, then they add more features and clever things.

      • Barry KaulerMore old widget libraries for SDL 1.2

        There are so many old projects. If you keep looking and looking, using different search keywords, more old treasures are discovered. And links to no-longer-existing projects.

      • Perl / Raku

        • PerlRegexp Delimiters

          Perl lets you use almost anything as a regular expression delimiter. It is usual to use punctuation of some sort, but characters that match /\w/ can be used provided there is white space between the operator and the delimiter: m X foo Xsmx compiles and matches ‘foobar’. In the presence of use utf8; you can go wild.

          A query on the Perl 5 Porters Mailing List (a.k.a. ‘p5p’) a few days ago asked for opinions about appropriating the colon (‘:’) as a delimiter for modifiers to the regular expression operators. This got me wondering about what regular expression delimiters were actually in use.

          I scratched that itch by plowing through my local Mini CPAN, running everything that looked like Perl through PPI, and checking anything that parsed to an object of one of the relevant classes. A summary of the results is appended.

    • Standards/Consortia

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • Whatg is really Lost in Translation? | Stop at Zona-M

        That answer, of course, reveals a certain ignorance of the sector in which I work (completely understandable and moreover symmetrical); but it also shows an idea of the future that is taken for granted by those involved in machine learning and yet it is difficult to conceive – because in many ways literally inconceivable – for everyone else. “People talk about Miami or Bangladesh as if they still have a chance,” said a famous report on climate change whose argument was that they no longer have a chance. Similarly, people talk about translators, communication experts, civil lawyers, authors.

    • Hardware

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Linux Foundation

    • Security

      • A new privilege escalation vulnerability in the Linux kernel, enables a local attacker to execute malware on vulnerable systems

        A new privilege escalation vulnerability has been identified in the Linux kernel by researcher Davide Ornaghi. This vulnerability might enable a local attacker to execute code on vulnerable computers with elevated rights if the kernel is installed on those systems. Additionally, Davide published the proof-of-concept and the write-up. The vulnerability, which has been assigned the tracking number CVE-2023-0179, is a stack-based buffer overflow that exists in the Netfilter subsystem. An authorized attacker might exploit this issue to get elevated privileges as root if the attacker executed a program that had been carefully written for the purpose.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Vice Media GroupThe FBI Won’t Say Whether It Hacked Dark Web ISIS Site

          According to the complaint against him, Al-Azhari allegedly visited a dark web site that hosts “unofficial propaganda and photographs related to ISIS” multiple times on May 14, 2019. In virtue of being a dark web site—­that is, one hosted on the Tor anonymity network—­it should have been difficult for the site owner’s or a third party to determine the real IP address of any of the site’s visitors.

          Yet, that’s exactly what the FBI did. It found Al-Azhari allegedly visited the site from an IP address associated with Al-Azhari’s grandmother’s house in Riverside, California. The FBI also found what specific pages Al-Azhari visited, including a section on donating Bitcoin; another focused on military operations conducted by ISIS fighters in Iraq, Syria, and Nigeria; and another page that provided links to material from ISIS’s media arm. Without the FBI deploying some form of surveillance technique, or Al-Azhari using another method to visit the site which exposed their IP address, this should not have been possible.

        • Bruce SchneierThe FBI Identified a Tor User – Schneier on Security

          There are lots of ways to de-anonymize Tor users. Someone at the NSA gave a presentation on this ten years ago. (I wrote about it for the Guardian in 2013, an essay that reads so dated in light of what we’ve learned since then.) It’s unlikely that the FBI uses the same sorts of broad surveillance techniques that the NSA does, but it’s certainly possible that the NSA did the surveillance and passed the information to the FBI.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Here is an example of AI euphemisms | Stop at Zona-M

        In real life, the John in the picture above is a guy who never went anywhere close that naked woman which is not his wife. Still, that and other pictures “prove” that John is a really bad guy involved in all sorts of illegal, or otherwise deeply troubling activities that he never took part in in reality.

      • House of future, full of DUMB ideas and GOOD sensors | Stop at Zona-M

        a table with built-in electronics could sense the temperature of the drink you place down on it and heat or cool just that portion of the surface to maintain the drink’s temperature.

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

Links 17/01/2023: Plop Linux 23.1 Released

Posted in News Roundup at 7:48 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • University of TorontoBackporting changes is clearly hard, which is a good reason to avoid it

        Recently, the Linux 6.0 kernel series introduced a significant bug in 6.0.16. The bug was introduced when a later kernel change was backported to 6.0.16 with an accidental omission (cf). There are a number of things you can draw from this issue, but the big thing I take away from it is that backporting changes is hard. The corollary of this is that the more changes you ask people to backport (and to more targets), the more likely you are to wind up with bugs, simply through the law of large numbers. The corollary to the corollary is that if you want to keep bugs down, you want to limit the amount of backporting you do or ask for.

      • Doug BrownUpgrading my Chumby 8 kernel part 3: Wi-Fi

        The Chumby 8/Insignia Infocast 8 has a built-in AzureWave AW-GH321 802.11g module. This is a pretty old module that doesn’t even support 802.11n, so it maxes out at 54 Mbps and the link is an archive.org link because it’s nowhere to be found these days. The module makes use of the Marvell 88W8686 chipset, which connects through the SDIO bus. SDIO is basically just the same as SD, except it’s for I/O devices like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules instead of SD cards. This wireless chipset is supported by a Linux driver called libertas.

    • Applications

      • TecMintScrcpy – Display and Control Your Android Device via Linux Desktop

        Brief: This guide shows how to install scrcpy an application that helps you connect, display and control an android device from your Linux desktop computer.

        Scrcpy (pronounced “screen copy“) is a free, open-source, and cross-platform application used to display and control an Android device from your Linux desktop computer. It works on Linux, Windows, and macOS, and allows you to control a device connected via a USB or wirelessly (over TCP/IP).

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Manuel MatuzovicDay 82: value processing

        This post differs from most of the other posts because it’s not about modern CSS, but about CSS fundamentals. When I was writing about custom properties and especially about container style queries, I realized that I had to understand some of the basics of the language first before I could comprehend how certain properties and rules worked.

        The final value of a property in CSS is the result of a multi-step calculation. In this process, the actual value of a property can come from different sources, take on different forms, and undergo adjustments.

      • Dan LangilleHow To Limit A Jail

        After encountering a rare instance where processing a FreeBSD commit caused FreshPorts to run low on resources, I want to investigate how limiting a jail might help this situation.

      • Manuel MatuzovicDay 81: the order of individual transform properties

        On day 66, I’ve introduced you to individual transform properties. An interesting detail about these properties is the order in which transforms are applied compared to the transform property.

      • Dan LangilleWhy Does Net/Mosquitto Not Save The Pid On System Restart?

        I’m encountering this issue with net/mosquitto on FreeBSD.

      • IT TavernSSH Troubleshooting Guide

        I won’t go into specific cases in this blog post. This is a general guide on how to gather the necessary information that will help you to get your problem fixed.

        In this post, I’ll use a Linux client and server as a reference.

      • APNICSubdomain enumeration with DNSSEC

        In my previous blog post, I described how subdomain enumeration and subdomain brute force in particular could be enhanced by taking the DNS status code into account, rather than relying on the existence of A or AAAA records only.

        This follow-up post describes what techniques exist to enumerate subdomains in a DNSSEC-enabled zone and what countermeasures exist to prevent it. DNSSEC itself is not explained further, however, some relevant record types are briefly described.

      • LinuxTechiTop 10 Linux Distributions for Servers in 2023

        Linux operating system is a popular choice for servers – and for multiple reasons. First, it’s free (with exception of a few commercial distributions such as RHEL and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server ) and open-source. Its open-source nature implies that developers can view its source code, modify it and redistribute it according to the laid-out license terms. In addition, Linux is generally considered stable, versatile, and more secure than Windows. Furthermore, it can easily be deployed across various platforms such as bare-metal, virtual, and cloud environments.

      • University of TorontoYour server BMCs can need to be rebooted every so often

        This happens for more or less the reasons I mentioned above. BMCs naturally accumulate very large uptimes because they don’t normally reboot when your server reboots; if you don’t do anything special, your BMC will normally stay up for as long as the server has power. In many places this can amount to years of uptime, and it’s a rare set of software that can stand up to that even if you don’t use them much. Server vendors typically don’t want you to think about this, and I don’t believe ‘BMC uptime’ is generally exposed anywhere.

        (Routinely querying the BMC’s sensor readings via IPMI may actually make this worse, since then the BMC’s software is active to answer those queries. I should probably make our metrics system notice when a server decreases the number of IPMI metrics it exposes without a reboot.)

        Modern BMCs can generally reboot themselves without rebooting their host (the actual server), although you may want to test this to be sure since apparently some vendors can do that differently.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Google Chrome on openSUSE Leap or Tumbleweed – LinuxCapable

        Google Chrome, a widely used web browser for its speed, security, and features, can be installed on OpenSUSE, a free and open-source operating system available in two different versions: OpenSUSE Leap and Tumbleweed. This article will provide an overview of how to install Google Chrome on both versions of OpenSUSE, as the commands used for the installation process are similar for both.

      • UNIX CopHow to install Tube Converter on Linux using Flatpak

        We know that downloading videos from YouTube is something very frequent and common these days, although we have to be careful not to violate the rules of the author. So today you will learn how to install Tube Converter on Linux using Flatpak.

      • TecAdminBacking Up Your Linux System with Rsync: A Step-by-Step Guide – TecAdmin

        or many computer users, the most stressful part of working with a Linux system is having to back up their data. The good news is that there is a simple solution to this problem: set up an automatic rsync backup script that will automatically keep your data safe. In this article, we will go over the tools and steps that you need to take to set up an automated backup system on a Linux system with rsync. You will learn how to use rsync to automatically create backups of files, how to keep these backups up-to-date, and how to restore them in the event of data loss or corruption.

        If you regularly perform backups on your Linux system, chances are you already know about rsync, a command-line utility that can be used to back up and synchronize files and directories. However, if you’re new to rsync, it might come as a surprise that this simple command is capable of backing up your entire Linux system. In this guide, we’ll show you how to use rsync to back up your Linux system using different strategies.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • It’s FOSSA ChatGPT GNOME Extension is in Development for Linux Users

          ChatGPT is a popular chatbot that can interact with its users as if they are having a conversation.

          Recently, ChatGPT has been in the news, sometimes for the wrong reasons.

          You see, there are two sides to the ChatGPT saga. In fact, for any artificial intelligence implementation.

          On one side, the potential of this tool has impressed many. But on the other side, it has led to quite a ruckus in the tech world for its abuse/misuse.

          So much so it has led its creator, OpenAI, to develop a tool to detect its use.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • New Releases

      • Plop Linux 23.1 Released
         Version 23.1
         Release date 16/Jan/2023
            Linux Kernel not updated because of hang problems with NVidia graphic cards.
            Fixed 32 bit size of time on 32 bit systems. Problems with gnutls
            gnutls_x509_crt_get_activation_time. Causing "The certificate has not yet 
            been activated" on wget.
            Build tools / update-os.tar.gz: To update glibc, also a static build for 
            ARM added.
            Filezilla removed for 32 bit because of compile problm with the current GCC.
            _Float16 is not supported on this target
            EFI directory to uppercase.    
            Added EFI image to ISO. EFI/efiboot.img
            Build scripts updated.
            183 packages updated. See Changelog-Packages.txt.
    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • It’s FOSSMaking Content that Resonates: An Interview with ‘The Linux Cast’ Creator, Matthew Weber

        Try both. I preach this all the time, but the distro I use should make no difference on the distro you choose. I have a hardware setup that is different than yours, and yours is different than someone else’s. That means that every distro is going to run differently on your hardware. As for Arch VS. Fedora, the big difference comes down to package managers and versioning of software. Arch will have slightly newer software than Fedora, and it has the AUR. Fedora is a more traditional release-based distro, but it still has newer software than something like Debian.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Old VCRSAIC Galaxy 1100: a pre-CDE VUE of the PA-RISC with a security clearance

        Even though I’m a Power ISA bigot through and through (typed on ppc64le!), to this day I still have an enduring sweet spot for Hewlett-Packard’s PA-RISC “Precision Architecture” because it was my first job out of college. It doesn’t hurt that it was one of the saner RISCs, with a fairly clean instruction set except for its odd deficiency with atomics, and was quite a piledriver in its day due to its cache arrangement and early adoption of SIMD. We ran HP-UX 10.20 on a big K250 where I developed database applications on Informix, later upgrading it to an L-class something or other (I think an L2000). When I was still consulting for the university one of my tasks was even setting up a Visualize C3750 workstation, which was a stupid fast machine at the time and I’m sure served very well for them doing protein visualization. Heck, if Commodore had stuck around longer, we might really have had a PA-RISC Amiga instead of the modern third-party PowerPC systems. (I’ve got some other wacky PA-RISC machines around here I might introduce you to later.)

      • Tom’s HardwareLean, Green, Raspberry Pi Handheld Machine

        The screen is from Pimoroni, the HyperPixel 4.0 Square. This 4 inch square of IPS goodness packs a 720 x 720 resolution and a full 60fps. Oh and its also a touch screen! Under the screen is a removable Blackberry keyboard. To be specific it is a BBQ20KBD from Solder Party, aka Arturo182. The keyboard connects to the Pi via a USB-C interface using a USB breakout board. The keyboard also features a Stemma QT connector, in case you fancy adding sensors or additional components. If gaming is more your thing, then pdrift is working on a gamepad that takes the place of the keyboard.

      • HackadayIt’s Not Easy Counting Transistors In The 8086 Processor

        For any given processor it’s generally easy to find a statistic on the number of transistors used to construct it, with the famous Intel 8086 CPU generally said to contain 29,000 transistors. This is where [Ken Shirriff] ran into an issue when he sat down one day and started counting individual transistors in die shots of this processor. To his dismay, he came to a total of 19,618, meaning that 9,382 transistors are somehow unaccounted for. What is going on here?

      • HackadayZSWatch: This OSHW Smart Watch Is As DIY As It Gets

        We say it often, but it’s worth repeating: this is the Golden Age of making and hacking. Between powerful free and open source software, low-cost PCB production, and high resolution 3D printers that can fit on your desk, a dedicated individual has everything they need to make their dream gadget a reality. If you ever needed a reminder of this fact, just take a look at the ZSWatch.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Voltron Data12 Open Source Projects To Watch In 2023

      Significant investment continues to pour into the open source ecosystem, from individual contributors worldwide and from companies like Meta, Anaconda, NVIDIA, Google, and more. The pursuit of innovation across the data community is remarkable – and we are grateful for the spirit and energy toward constant improvement and innovation.

      Voltron Data contributes to numerous open source projects including Apache Arrow, Substrait, Ibis, RAPIDS, Velox, and more. We deeply believe that supporting open source standards will ensure freedom and flexibility for the future of data systems.

      As we look ahead to 2023, we want to spotlight 12 open source projects that are paving the way for innovation in the data analytics ecosystem. Some of these projects are well-established and others are emerging. All are on a mission to tackle pain points developers and engineers face in data science, machine learning, and other corners of today’s complex data analytics landscape.

      To generate this list, we pooled insights and perspectives from Voltron Data’s leadership, product, engineering, and developer relations teams. We dug deep into project pages, community forums, and GitHub to identify the projects we think will fundamentally change the way we work with data. This list is not intended to be exhaustive. We hope it inspires you to discuss, honor, and uncover other exceptional work happening in the open source data community.

    • OpenSource.comWhat’s new in Apache ShardingSphere 5.3.0?

      After 1.5 months in development, Apache ShardingSphere 5.3.0 has been released. Our community merged 687 PRs from contributors around the world.

      The new release has been improved in terms of features, performance, testing, documentation, examples, etc.

      The 5.3.0 release brings the following highlights:

      Additionally, release 5.3.0 also brings the following adjustments…

    • OpenSource.comHow open source is addressing food sovereignty

      Our food system is broken. As with so many systems of the 21st century, power is concentrated in the hands of very few companies, often geared toward exploiting people and the planet, under the premise of maximizing profit. Under such a mindset, feeding people is a secondary goal. When it comes to something as important as food, we can and should aim for more than this as a society. What if the goal became getting high-quality, nutritious, and ecologically regenerative produce from farms to plates of every person in the world?

      We believe getting food to everyone is not a radical concept. But getting there requires radical thinking. It requires putting the people most involved in the food system (producers, eaters, and communities) at the heart of the food system. It means putting collaboration above intellectual property. It means creating a commonwealth of knowledge and resources. This is the approach we are taking at the Open Food Network (OFN).

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

    • Education

      • Austin Z HenleyThe pain points of teaching computer science

        Teaching is hard.

        But exactly what about it is hard? How could technology help?

        To investigate the pain points that CS instructors face and their workarounds, we conducted semi-structured interviews with 32 computer science instructors. Their institutions range from large research universities to small liberal arts colleges and community colleges across 7 different countries.

        We asked open-ended questions about lecture structure, availability of resources such as TAs and software, time spent on various activities, techniques used to improve learning experiences, the most painful aspects of running courses, and potential solutions to their pain points.

    • Licensing / Legal

      • SFC: Thanks for helping us meet our extended match! [Ed: Not even enough to pay the manager’s salary]

        Thanks to SFC’s incredible base of Sustainers and supporters, our original fundraising match goal of $104,759 was met in just over a month, and we quickly met an extended goal of an additional $12,030 — for a total of $116,989 matched and $156,730.91 contributed by you! Thanks to your sustaining contributions to our organization, we’ll be able to continue the community driven work we have become known for. Our commitment to software rights and freedom remains as strong and ever. This support from individual contributors empowers and motivates us for the year to come.

    • Programming/Development

      • Andrew HealeyAdding For Loops to an Interpreter

        I’m in the middle of a programming retreat at the Recurse Center (W2’23), and one of the projects I’ve been working on is an interpreter for a language I designed called nodots.

        It’s called nodots because I had some trouble in a previous language when it came to mutating via dot access. So I decided: no dots this time (okay, fine, you can use dots for floats).

        It’s a dynamic language with strong types. It’s got variables, functions, logic, and a few more things — but no for loops (yet).

      • Frederik BraunOrigins, Sites and other Terminologies

        In order to fully discuss security issues, their common root causes and useful prevention or mitigation techniques, you will need some common ground on the security model of the web. This, in turn, relies on various terms and techniques that will be presented in the next sections.

        Feel free to skip ahead, if you are familiar with some of the following concepts.

      • Geeks For Geeks10 C++ Programming Tricks That You Should Know

        C++ Programming Language is a powerful, versatile, and compiled language, which means the source code is converted into machine language before the execution. In order to make your code as efficient and effective as possible, you should be aware of the following tricks and techniques. Hence, it’s better to know some C++ tricks and tips to reduce a few lines of code.

      • Casey PrimozicReverse Engineering a Neural Network’s Clever Solution to Binary Addition

        Even if this particular solution was just a fluke of my network architecture or the system being modeled, it made me even more impressed by the power and versatility of gradient descent and similar optimization algorithms. The fact that these very particular patterns can be brought into existence so consistently from pure randomness is really amazing to me.

      • [Old] Richard S SuttonThe Bitter Lesson

        This is a big lesson. As a field, we still have not thoroughly learned it, as we are continuing to make the same kind of mistakes. To see this, and to effectively resist it, we have to understand the appeal of these mistakes. We have to learn the bitter lesson that building in how we think we think does not work in the long run. The bitter lesson is based on the historical observations that 1) AI researchers have often tried to build knowledge into their agents, 2) this always helps in the short term, and is personally satisfying to the researcher, but 3) in the long run it plateaus and even inhibits further progress, and 4) breakthrough progress eventually arrives by an opposing approach based on scaling computation by search and learning. The eventual success is tinged with bitterness, and often incompletely digested, because it is success over a favored, human-centric approach.

        One thing that should be learned from the bitter lesson is the great power of general purpose methods, of methods that continue to scale with increased computation even as the available computation becomes very great. The two methods that seem to scale arbitrarily in this way are search and learning.

      • Nicholas Tietz-SokolskyWhy Rust’s learning curve seems harsh, and ideas to reduce it

        I’ve been thinking about the learning curve for Rust lately, and why it feels so hard to learn. I think the reason is because the complexity is all front-loaded, and the resources generally don’t actively reduce that front-loading1.

        There are two well-trod paths for learning Rust: read long books, or learn by example.

        These work for some people, but they have harsh learning curves. The books are quite long and generally you have to get through all of it before you can do things that are generally useful2. On the other hand, learning by example generally works only if you’re already quite familiar with low-level programming and just need to learn the syntax and other little Rust-y bits.

      • Andy DoteFeature Flags in a CI Pipeline

        Reduce the risk of breaking a CI pipeline for all of a project’s developers by using the flagon CLI to query Feature Flags, opting developers into and out of new CI features and processes by targeting groups of developers or branch naming patterns.

      • Imputation in R: Top 3 Ways for Imputing Missing Data – Machine Learning, R programming

        Real-world data is often messy and full of missing values. As a result, data scientists spend the majority of their time cleaning and preparing the data, and have less time to focus on predictive modeling and machine learning. If there’s one thing all data preparation steps share, then it’s dealing with missing data. Today we’ll make this process a bit easier for you by introducing 3 ways for data imputation in R.

      • Favorite compiler and interpreter resources

        My personal path, a hobbyist, was focused at first on interpreters for Brainfuck, Scheme, lower-case forth, and lower-case lisp. I had a bit of “formal” undergraduate training in one PL course and one compilers course I took before I dropped out, but for the most part I hacked on stuff since then for fun and education.

      • In response to a frontend developer asking about database development

        You write that you’re a self-taught frontend developer who would like to be able to work on more complex systems like databases. You asked about my learning path (since my site mentions I started with jQuery and PHP).

        First off, ambition/desire is a powerful thing! I was a manager for a while and I’d watch folks across all apparent experience and talent levels. When they said they wanted to do something I’d see it gnaw at them until they did it.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Computers Are Badhuff-duff

        The history of HF radio and its many interesting military and intelligence aspects could fill a book, and probably will over time on this blog. I have mentioned, for example, HAARP. That of course means that ionospheric heaters and the military-intelligence mission of HAARP are now on my list of topics to address, along with the ubiquitous HAARP conspiracy theories. First, though, I had a reader email me in response to the OTH posts. They asked about CFS Masset: a Canadian Forces Station on Graham Island, off the west coast of BC and a good ways north of Vancouver Island. I’ve never been to Graham Island but it’s on my list, and CFS Masset is one of the reasons. The CFS consists mostly of one of few operating examples of a fascinating artifact of HF radio and military intelligence: the CDAA or Wullenweber antenna.

  • Leftovers

    • BBCNepal air crash: Indian passenger’s video caught plane’s last moments

      “Sonu did the [livestream] when the plane crashed in a gorge near the Seti River,” Mukesh Kashyap, Jaiswal’s friend, told reporters.

    • The Straits TimesIndian passenger in Nepal plane crash livestreams last seconds of his life

      Seconds later, the phone lost focus but a deafening crash and screaming could be heard. Then, it kept recording.

    • Sean ConnerAn epiphany about bloated web pages might be the result of a dumb network

      Basically, the paradigm in telephony is a “smart network” and a “dumb edge.” All the “intelligence” of an application on telephony is on the network side of things—the “edge” here being the device the end user interacts with. In the old days, this was an on-off switch, a microphone and a speaker. Later models this device included a tone generator. So any features needed to be handled on the network side because the end user device (the “edge”) was incapable of doing much at all. If a person wants a new feature, they have to get it implemented on the entire network, or it’s effectively not supported at all (because there’s not much one can do with an on-off switch, speaker, microphone and a tone generator).

    • Counter PunchUFOs Forever

      Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena or UAPs, the new acronym for UFOs doesn’t have a classy ring to it. The Pentagon’s decision to rename UFOs as UAPs is a big letdown. UAP is dull, unexciting, hard to remember, who really cares?. It’s an ugly acronym that takes the fun and sport out of ufology.

      But they’re still out there! UFOs.

    • HackadayFlappy Bird Drone Edition

      Ornithopters have been — mostly — the realm of science fiction. However, a paper in Advanced Intelligent Systems by researchers at Lund University proposes that flapping wings may well power the drones of the future. The wing even has mock feathers.

    • Counter PunchLetter from London: Long Night’s Journey into the Past

      When it rains at night there is always a distinctive dripping sound coming from beneath the eaves as the water hits the bedroom window ledge below. The fact there is a bird’s nest seems secondary as this is so silent and snugly self-contained as to be invisible. I also love the resonance of rain hissing from the rubber tyres of the vehicles at the front of the building. This is as cars zip from the busy roundabout and race towards the heath. There is always something cinematic about vehicles in the rain, especially with the windscreen wipers going. A recent example of this is at the beginning of Santiago Mitre’s ‘Argentina, 1985’. When I watch from the kitchen window, I am oddly comforted by the dreamlike quality such scenes evoke. In the bedroom meanwhile there is the sound of foxes starting up in a neighbouring back garden. It is a peculiar noise they make, not unlike dogs learning how to bark, though I have long been an admirer of our many urban foxes as I always feel them essentially undying. People say I wouldn’t feel so inclined if I was a farmer. Well, I am not a farmer, I like to tell them. There is also the small matter of the leak in the bathroom roof, which, despite many efforts, will not seem to go away. When it rains like this we have various receptacles about the place, rather like the containers put out by Brendan Gleason’s Frank in ’28 Days Later’.

      My mind is at its most lucid in the middle of the night. I had two operations recently and though pretty much recovered, it does get one thinking. For what it’s worth, I go to bed early these days and often wake around two or three in the morning like this. I haven’t drunk alcohol for six and a half years and I don’t smoke. I am running every two days and try most days to walk at least four miles. Had I met myself ten years or so ago I would have privately yawned. In fact, there was a time when the city for me would be at its most interesting this time of night. Perhaps it still is. After one particularly intense trip abroad, I remember few things more resuscitating than central London when it was buzzing like a stickler’s hive. It was as if mainstream media, or government, or whatever, even tomfoolery, had all slipped off to bed, and it was now left for the true mischief makers to crack their knuckles in preparation for good conversation.

    • Science

      • ChrisBayes Rule in Odds Form

        Using Bayes’ rule in its commonly stated form requires arithmetic and probability estimation that can be difficult to apply mentally on the fly. Stating Bayes’ rule in its lesser known odds form makes it significantly more usable for on the fly calculations.

      • Science NewsA powerful laser can redirect lightning strikes

        Houard’s team tuned their laser so that it formed this electrically conductive pathway just above the tip of the tower. This allowed the tower’s lightning rod to intercept a bolt snagged by the laser before it zipped all the way down to the laser equipment.

    • Education

      • [Old] Library CaseOn The Multifaceted Crisis of IFLA

        Leitner assumed the post of Secretary General of IFLA in June 2016 and was responsible for IFLA’s strategic and operational management and financial administration. His contribution to the development of the Library Federation has without doubt been significant. In 2017, Leitner initiated IFLA’s Global Vision project, which took the form of an online survey in 216 countries and was called «a conversation across the global library field». The aim of the project was to develop a shared strategic vision for the world’s librarians and libraries. This resulted in the strategy document «IFLA Strategy 2019-2024» (available for download here in 15 different languages.)

        Already from the above brief description, anyone could conclude that IFLA is currently going through a crisis. How deep is the crisis? Obviously, the answer will depend on the degree of the observer’s loyalty to the Governing Board of the organisation. But then it is not just a question of whether the Board did right or wrong in dismissing Leitner. Leitner’s management alone …

        … is not a sufficient criterion for assessing the responsibility of the rest of the management, i.e. the Board. The question of substance, IFLA’s strategy and worldwide activities during Leitner’s time in management, must also be taken into account. The crisis is therefore about more than what has happened and is happening at headquarters in The Hague. At this point, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that IFLA’s strategy and activities are also in crisis.

      • Telex (Hungary)The pressing need for more student housing in Budapest
    • Hardware

      • Tom’s HardwareRussian 48-Core Baikal-S CPU Powers First Storage Device

        Eliptech, a company that used to be a part of Sber, one of Russia’s largest state-controlled bank and cloud service providers, has developed a motherboard based on the BE-S1000 server-grade system-on-chip featuring 48 Arm Cortex-A75 cores at 2.50 GHz at 120W. The SoC has six 72-bit memory interfaces supporting up to 768 GB of DDR4-3200 ECC memory in total (i.e., 128GB per channel), five PCIe 4.0 x16 (4×4) interfaces, one USB 2.0 controller, two 1GbE interfaces, and various general purpose I/O. While on paper this thing may look good, it will hardly ever enter our list of best CPUs for workstations.

      • Hackaday2022 FPV Contest: Congratulations To The Winners!

        We wanted to see what the Hackaday crowd was up to in first-person view tech, and you didn’t disappoint! Commercial FPV quads have become cheap enough these days that everyone and their mom got one for Christmas, so it was fantastic to see the DIY spirit in these projects. Thanks to everyone who entered.

      • HackadayImpressive Sawdust Briquette Machine

        When you are a life long carpenter with an amazing workshop, you’re going to make a lot of saw dust, and managing its collection and storage poses quite a challenge. [Russ] from [New Yorkshire Workshop] built an impressive Briquette press to handle the problem.

      • HackadayStairway Drying Rack Rises Above The Rest

        Finding space to dry clothes can be challenging in smaller spaces. [Tom Parker] solved this conundrum in his one bedroom apartment by putting a drying rack in his stairwell.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • CS MonitorNo more TikTok? More US states ban video app over safety concerns.

        TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese company that moved its headquarters to Singapore in 2020. It has been targeted by critics who say the Chinese government could access user data, such as browsing history and location. U.S. armed forces also have prohibited the app on military devices.

        TikTok is consumed by two-thirds of American teens and has become the second-most popular domain in the world. But there’s long been a bipartisan concern in Washington that Beijing would use legal and regulatory power to seize American user data or try to push pro-China narratives or misinformation.

      • Bridge MichiganLakes Michigan and Huron join list of lakes with PFAS-tainted smelt

        The announcement from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) follows ramped-up state testing for PFAS in the Great Lakes, after Wisconsin regulators in 2020 discovered high levels of the “forever chemical” in Lake Superior smelt.

      • JURISTWisconsin and North Carolina ban TikTok from state devices

        Both orders cite China’s 2017 National Intelligence Law as justification for banning the applications. The law and its provisions have been interpreted to suggest that Chinese technology companies like ByteDance and Tencent may be compelled to hand over data from foreign countries in the interest of national security. Article 7 of the law reads:

        An organization or citizen shall support, assist in and cooperate in national intelligence work in accordance with the law and keep confidential the national intelligence work that it or he knows.The state shall protect the individual or organization that has supported, assisted in or cooperated in national intelligence work.

      • Common DreamsCovid-19 Drugmaker Asked Twitter to Censor Activists Pushing for Generic Vaccine

        Drugmaker BioNTech and the German government pushed Twitter to “hide” posts by activists calling on Big Pharma to temporarily lift patents on Covid-19 vaccines—a move which would have given people the Global South greater access to the lifesaving inoculations, a report published Monday by The Intercept revealed.

      • Common DreamsTens of Thousands March in Madrid to ‘Stop Privatization’ of Healthcare System

        Tens of thousands marched in Madrid, Spain on Sunday to stop the right-wing regional government’s ongoing attack on the public healthcare system.

      • Counter PunchTeenage iPhone Rebellion in Brooklyn

        Every Sunday about a dozen high school teenagers gather without their iPhones on a little hill in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, USA. They form a circle and quietly start to read serious books (Dostoevsky, Boethius) (paperbacks or hardbacks), or draw in sketchbooks, or just serenely sit listening to the wind.

        As the New York Times reporter Alex Vadukul wrote last month these youngsters have had enough of the addictive Internet Gulag run by corporate incarcerators. “Social media and phones are not real life,” said Lola Shub a senior at Essex Street Academy. She expressed the group’s consensus: “When I got my flip phone, things instantly changed. I started using my brain. It made me observe myself as a person.”

    • Proprietary

      • BBC‘It had just vanished’ – the shock when tech fails

        Her site had been in the hands of cloud hosting provider Gridhost, which shut down in November. Mrs Brown never received notifications about the switch-off because her blog had been set up by a third-party business, which had stopped trading.

        And she had no access to the backup for her blog either, since it had also been hosted in the cloud by Gridhost. Days of stress ensued. Many tears flowed.

      • Silicon AngleTwitter reportedly cuts off API access to third-party apps in intentional move

        Neither Twitter nor Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has publicly commented on the API going down, but The Information reported Saturday that internal Slack messages show that Twitter intentionally suspended the API and hence access to services such as Twitterbot. The report also said staff were discussing internally when Twitter will announce the decision.

      • 9to5GoogleTwitter API appears to be down, breaking Tweetbot and third-party clients

        It does stand to reason, though, that it is possible Twitter may be killing off third-party clients. These clients generally do not bring any ad revenue for the platform, something that Musk has made clear is a priority in his tenure so far. Just this week a report from The Information revealed desperate measures to keep ad buyers on board, and many Twitter users have noted major increases in the number of ads and frequency of ads seen on the platform. Twitter also recently forced users on iOS to view the “For You” tab by default rather than the “Following” tab that actually shows what accounts they are following.

      • Data BreachesRansomware attack exposes California transit giant’s sensitive data [iophk: Windows TCO]
      • Industry DiveRansomware attack exposes California transit giant’s sensitive data [iophk: Windows TCO]

        The data, much of which appears to be related to the transit agency’s police department, was posted to a leak site controlled by Vice Society.

      • Torrent FreakPolice Complaint Removes Pirate Bay Proxy Portal from GitHub [Ed: Microsoft censorship is in full swing and we're meant to think this is "normal" now, even when Free software is being censored and plagiarised (Microsoft is selling the plagiarism as a service or subscription)]

        GitHub has taken down a popular Pirate Bay proxy information portal from Github.io. The developer platform took action in response to a takedown request sent by City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit. The takedown notice concludes that the site, which did not link to any infringing content directly, is illegal.

      • The Bureau of Investigative Journalism[Cracked] evidence and stolen data swamp English courts

        Many of the [cracks] appear to relate to UK court cases. Information stolen by Jain’s gang was used as evidence in the London courts and the targets have included several British lawyers. Some of the [cracker’s] private investigator clients have been contracted by major law firms with bases in the City.

        A striking feature of the English legal system is that a judge will accept [cracked] emails as evidence in court in the interests of justice unless persuaded to exclude it. Peter Ashford, a London solicitor and expert in the admissibility of evidence, claims the English system is “the most liberal”. He added: “Even if you’ve done the hacking, you’ve still got a pretty good chance of getting it in [to the court].”

      • GamingOnLinuxState of the industry: MSI offered a chance to win the ability to buy a GPU

        The GPU industry is so broken right now and to make things worse, MSI thought it would be a good idea to do a lottery for a chance to win the ability to buy a GPU. I had to do a triple-take to make sure I was reading it right.

      • RiskyBizRisky Biz News: Secure Boot not working on recent MSI motherboards
      • MSI accidentally breaks Secure Boot for hundreds of motherboards [Ed: Your personal security is at risk when your own machine refuses to boot because of some remote company]
    • Security

      • Integrity/Availability/Authenticity

        • Gabriel SiebenTech’s over-reliance on the internet is a easily preventable security issue

          What would happen if the internet suffered a prolonged and serious outage, reason irrelevant (cyberattack, zero days, P = NP with a simple and fast algorithm, solar superstorms, major vendor compromise, AWS KMS shredded from attack or mistake, total BGP meltdown, take your pick), but we still had electricity, gas, mail, mostly functioning government, and basically everything we used to have in the ~80s, in most areas?

          Well, besides the obvious awful consequences on basically everything in every industry, I can sure think of some extremely low-cost, easily preventable technical consequences which would make rebuilding unnecessarily difficult: [...]

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Terence EdenThe IAB loves tracking users. But it hates users tracking them.

          The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) is a standards development group for the advertising industry. Their members love tracking users. They want to know where you are, who you’re with, what you’re buying, and what you think. All so they can convince you to spend slightly more on toothpaste. Or change your political opinions. Either way, they are your adversaries.

          The IAB’s tech lab is working on a system called UID2. It’s a more advanced way to track you no matter what you do and no matter what steps you take to avoid it.

        • Stacey on IoTStick figures ruled CES, raising questions about privacy

          I saw the stick figures on a fall detection-and-person-tracking lamp from a company called Nobi and in demos from at least two companies trying to sell cameras to retailers so they could track where in the store customers paused. And as I saw these stick figures I wondered if they were the key to bringing more privacy in a world determined to put cameras everywhere.

        • Jon UdellMastodon relationship graphs

          The new release of Steampipe is all about relationship graphs. Our blog post shows how these graphs provide contextual awareness for devops and security pros who can now see all the resources related to an EC2 instance, or determine at a glance whether the permissions related to an IAM role are properly scoped. As always, developers can explore and remix the code that builds these graphs to adapt them for their own purposes. And as always this is general-purpose tech that can be applied in any domain.

          These relationship graphs are driven by SQL queries that define nodes and edges. Such queries can use any column of any table provided by any Steampipe plugin to form nodes, and then edges between nodes. If you want to see connections among the people and objects represented by diverse APIs, you can now use SQL idioms to graph them. The only limit is your imagination.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Counter PunchTop Secret: The Real Classified Documents Scandal

        Former US president Donald Trump supposedly absconded from the White House with reams of classified documents, stored them at his Mar-a-Lago home, responded first lackadaisically then combatively when called upon to hand them back over, finally resorting to weird claims about having declassified those documents by “thinking about it.”

        Former US vice-president (now president) Joe Biden supposedly absconded from his official residence at the US Naval Observatory with reams of classified documents, which ended up in a closet at a private office, in a garage at one of his homes, and possibly elsewhere. He began returning them of his own volition, but apparently discovered them before, and waited to mention them until after, the 2022 midterm elections.

    • Environment

      • CBCIce cover on Lake Superior is less than 5% in the middle of January. Researchers say that’s the new normal

        “So if you look at ice coverage prior to 1998, most years we had moderate to heavy ice cover,”Austin said. “Then ’98 itself was an El Niño year with very low ice coverage and we’ve had lots of those extremely low coverage years since then.

        “It does really appear the atmosphere sort of shifted into a different mode in 1998 and we’ve never seemed to shift back,” he said.

      • Common Dreams700,000 Sign ‘Cease and Desist’ Letter to Fossil Fuel CEOs at Davos

        A group of climate leaders from across the globe issued a “cease and desist notice” on Monday directed at fossil fuel CEOs attending this week’s World Economic Forum, which environmentalists warn will likely be used by oil and gas interests as another PR opportunity for their planet-wrecking business.

      • New paper: Assessing ExxonMobil’s global warming projections

        This is a quick summary about the newly published paper “Assessing ExxonMobil’s global warming projections” by Professor of Environmental Science and Policy Geoffrey Supran, Professor of Physics of the Oceans Stefan Rahmstorf and Professor of the History of Science Naomi Oreskes. It leverages a thread tweeted by Geoffrey Supran shortly after publication on January 12, 2023. Please note that the full paper will only be available open access for two weeks after publication.

      • Energy/Transportation

        • Science NewsHow rare earth elements’ hidden properties make modern technology possible

          The rare earths are the lanthanides — lutetium and all 14 elements between lanthanum and ytterbium across one row of the periodic table — plus scandium and yttrium, which tend to occur in the same ore deposits and have similar chemical properties to the lanthanides. These gray to silvery metals are often malleable with high melting and boiling points.

          Their secret powers lie in their electrons. All atoms have a nucleus surrounded by electrons, which inhabit zones called orbitals. Electrons in the orbitals farthest from the nucleus are the valence electrons, which participate in chemical reactions and form bonds with other atoms.

        • New York TimesThe Crypto Collapse and the End of the Magical Thinking That Infected Capitalism

          I have come to view cryptocurrencies not simply as exotic assets but as a manifestation of a magical thinking that had come to infect part of the generation who grew up in the aftermath of the Great Recession — and American capitalism, more broadly.

          For these purposes, magical thinking is the assumption that favored conditions will continue on forever without regard for history. It is the minimizing of constraints and trade-offs in favor of techno-utopianism and the exclusive emphasis on positive outcomes and novelty. It is the conflation of virtue with commerce.

        • Digital First MediaMeet the Ann Arbor autonomous vehicle company looking to shake things up

          May Mobility, backed by Toyota Motor Corp. and other big-name corporations, plans to take the safety driver out of its AVs this year and expand outside the three cities where it’s currently operating. Unlike other AV companies, May is focused on contracting with governments and businesses instead of going directly to consumers. The strategy is less costly and the feats aren’t as extreme, but that doesn’t mean the technology isn’t capable.

        • CoryDoctorow1,000,000 stranded Southwest passengers deserved better from Pete Buttigieg: The worst US aviation failure in history was a long time coming, and could have been averted.

          It’s not like the carriers can’t afford to improve things. After pulling in $54 billion in covid relief, the airlines are swimming in cash, showering executives with record bonuses and paying titanic dividends to shareholders. Southwest has announced a $428m dividend.

          This isn’t a new problem. Trump’s Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao was a paragon of inaction and neglect, refusing even to meet with consumer advocacy groups. This is bad, because under US law, state attorneys general are not allowed to punish misbehaving airlines – that power vests solely and entirely with the Secretary of Transport.

        • Common DreamsOutrage After Kerry Backs UAE Oil Executive as COP28 Chair

          Progressives on Monday reacted with outrage and disbelief after U.S. climate envoy John Kerry backed the appointment of Sultan al-Jaber to lead the the United Nations’ annual conference on the climate emergency, saying the CEO of the United Arab Emirates’ state-run oil company was not only qualified to preside over the summit, but that his background strengthened the case for his presidency.

        • Common DreamsLast Anti-Coal Protesters Removed From Condemned Village in Germany

          The way was cleared for the complete demolition of the German village of Lützerath and the expansion of a coal mine on Monday after the last two anti-coal campaigners taking part in a dayslong standoff with authorities left the protest site.

        • TruthOutPolice Evict Protesters from German Village to Clear Way for Coal Mine Expansion
        • Telex (Hungary)Hungarian oil giant MOL may sue Slovakia over windfall tax
      • Wildlife/Nature

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • OpenRightsGroupOnline Safety Bill Third Reading Briefing

        Unintended consequences of the Online Safety Bill mean a trio of surveillance, prior restraint of speech, and restriction on access to online content and services.

      • IT WireiTWire – Ericsson sets aside US$211m for US fines over alleged bribery in Iraq

        Swedish telecommunications equipment provider Ericsson has set aside 2.3 billion kronor (US$211 million) to settle a breach levelled against the company by the US Department of Justice with regard to its activities in Iraq some years ago.

        In a statement issued on 13 January, the company said it had not yet reached a resolution with the DoJ over breaches of a deferred prosecution agreement which was agreed to in 2019.

        Ericsson, one of the three big telecommunications equipment providers, said any fines it paid in connection with these alleged breaches would be booked in its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2022.

        The DPA was reached in connection with alleged bribes paid by Ericsson to the terrorist groups Al Qaeda and Islamic State in Iraq to facilitate its business activities.

      • IT WireEricsson sets aside US$211m for US fines over alleged bribery in Iraq

        Swedish telecommunications equipment provider Ericsson has set aside 2.3 billion kronor (US$211 million) to settle a breach levelled against the company by the US Department of Justice with regard to its activities in Iraq some years ago.

      • Broadband BreakfastGoogle Defends Section 230 in Supreme Court Terror Case

        Denying the provision’s protections for platforms “could have devastating spillover effects,” Google argued in the brief. “Websites like Google and Etsy depend on algorithms to sift through mountains of user-created content and display content likely relevant to each user. If plaintiffs could evade Section 230(c)(1) by targeting how websites sort content or trying to hold users liable for liking or sharing articles, the [Internet] would devolve into a disorganized mess and a litigation minefield.”

      • Craig HockenberryThe Shit Show

        What bothers me about Twitterrific’s final day is that it was not dignified. There was no advance notice for its creators, customers just got a weird error, and no one is explaining what’s going on. We had no chance to thank customers who have been with us for over a decade. Instead, it’s just another scene in their ongoing shit show.

        But I guess that’s what you should expect from a shitty person.

        Personally, I’m done. And with a vengeance.

      • TruthOutOver a Hundred Thousand Israelis March to Protest Netanyahu Government
      • Meduza‘Sometimes our friends act in such a way that we don’t need enemies.’ Kremlin spokesman Peskov on reports of conflict between Wagner Group and Russia military. — Meduza

        Any reports of a conflict between the Russian Defense Ministry and the Wagner mercenary group are simply a “product of media speculation,” Putin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

      • Counter PunchTurning Influence Into Money in the EU Parliament

        The spectacular unmasking of alleged bribery in the EU Parliament has attracted limited attention in Britain, despite police in Brussels discovering suitcases stuffed with hundreds of thousands of euros in cash and a vice president of the Parliament landing in jail.

        Qatar and Morocco are accused of buying up Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in a scandal that revolves around a vote on a resolution criticising Qatar during the World Cup. The Greek MEP Eva Kaili is now suspended as vice president of the Parliament with many pointing derisively to a speech she made last year, saying “the World Cup in Qatar is proof actually of how sports diplomacy can achieve a historical transformation of a country with reforms that inspired the Arab world”.

      • Counter PunchThe Politics of Regionalism: Secession vs. Interdependence

        In recent years an old idea has reappeared in U.S. political life. Seemingly settled at the end of the Civil War, the concept of secession from the Union is emerging from across the political spectrum.

        Perhaps the best known movements are in states that already have a virtual national identity as realms unto themselves, Texas and California.

      • Counter PunchBoth Sides Of Force The Vote Are The Same

        I don’t follow left media infighting. I hope you don’t either. But it is hard to miss this “Force The Vote” stuff coming up again. Needless to say, I disagree with both sides equally. There are cases in life when both sides are correct and this causes us to agonize over which side to choose. These sorts of decisions often lead to depression as we are divided between two good values that cannot coexist at the same time. Thankfully for us Force The Vote can only depress us if we pay attention to it. I don’t want to get into too many details about it. If you know it you know it all too well. If you don’t know it then you should make sure you never ever find out about it.

        I am taking a lot of heat for defending Zizek but given the current lack of depth of political arguments how can Zizek’s advice of “don’t do, think” not be seen as prescient? The argument raging online about whether progressives in the House should have forced a vote on Medicare For All in 2020 (leveraging Nancy Pelosi’s bid for Speaker) has risen up again amidst the Republican holdouts for Speaker McCarthy.

      • MeduzaKrasnoyarsk Krai governor’s son who was arrested in Italy at U.S. request asks to be extradited to Russia — Meduza

        Russian national Artem Uss, who was arrested in Italy on sanctions evasion and money laundering charges at the request of U.S. authorities in October, has asked a Milan court to extradite him to Russia, according to La Repubblica. Uss is the son of Krasnoyarsk Krai Governor Alexander Uss.

      • MeduzaNonprofit with links to Russian officials proposes State Duma legalize seizure of foreign agents’ property — Meduza

        The National Historical Heritage Protection Foundation, an organization whose founders include Russian State Duma First Deputy Speaker Ivan Melnikov, has proposed amending Russia’s Criminal Code to allow the state to seize the property of people and entities who authorities have dubbed “foreign agents.”

      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • The Local SESwedish prosecutors: Hanging of Erdoğan effigy ‘not defamation’

        Swedish prosecutors have decided not to launch a criminal investigation into the hanging of an effigy of Turkish President Erdoğan, which showed him dangling by his legs from a rope in Stockholm.

      • Book RiotThree Future Targets for Book Censors: Book Censorship News, January 13, 2023

        We’ll still see teachers targeted. We’ll see certain Twitter pages send harassment to overworked, underpaid teachers and librarians, which will continue to decimate both fields of incredibly talented and passionate people. We’ll see more and more bills clamping down on everything related to art and creativity if it doesn’t fall within the moral boundaries of white, cishet Christian conservative values. It won’t “just” be Drag shows but include any and everything these groups can lump under the umbrella of “indoctrination” and “pornography” and “grooming.”

      • Daily Kos1961 Dr. Seuss book offers lesson on racism too advanced for Ohio school district official to allow

        The Sneetches was published in 1961. The veiled lessons about race from 1961 are now too risky for a classroom. By the way, three different economists had recommended it to Beras for this podcast episode.

        The fact that this is about a Dr. Seuss book is particularly interesting. In 2021, Republicans were beyond outraged when the company that publishes Dr. Seuss’ books decided to stop publishing six racist ones. It was a private business decision made because those six books “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” but then-House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy claimed it “outlaw[ed] Dr. Seuss,” and Sen. Marco Rubio described it as “an example of a depraved sociopolitical purge driven by hysteria and lunacy.”

      • WonketteOh Sh*t, Ohio Student Noticed Top Secret Anti-Racist Message Of ‘The Sneetches’

        Just to review, the book is about two kinds of Sneetches: Some have stars on their bellies, and others have none upon thars. The star-belly Sneetches are unduly privileged, and won’t let the plain-belly Sneetches come to their weenie roasts, ever. A shrewd huckster, Sylvester McMonkey McBean, shows up with a machine that’ll put stars on a Sneetch’s belly — for a fee.

        Unwilling to tolerate all that passing, the star-bellied Sneetches pay McBean to remove their stars so they’ll know who’s really the elite, and after much foolishness they all realize how stupid it all is and decide that everyone should be treated equally, and the story ends happily. At least until John Roberts rules that plain-bellied Sneetches don’t need their voting rights protected anymore.

      • Columbus OhioOlentangy Schools official cuts off reading of Dr. Seuss book during NPR podcast

        “The Sneetches,” published in 1961, is a book about two kinds of Sneetches: those with stars on their bellies and those without stars. The Plain-Belly Sneetches are judged negatively by their appearance, so capitalist Sylvester McMonkey McBean makes money selling them stars for their bellies. Meanwhile, the Star-Bellied Sneetches don’t like associating with the Plain-Belly Sneetches, so they start paying to have a machine take their stars off.

        The Seuss family has said the book was intended to teach children not to judge or discriminate against others because of their appearance and to treat people equitably.

      • Jihad WatchUganda: Muslims screaming ‘Allahu akbar’ slice Christian’s neck, killing him, after religion debate

        If you can’t win the debate with rational arguments, then it’s “When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks” (Qur’an 47:4).

      • Morning Star NewsRadical Muslims Kill Christian after Religion Debate

        A 37-year-old father of four was killed on Jan. 2 after participating in a Christian-Muslim debate in eastern Uganda at which 13 Muslims put their faith in Christ, sources said.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Project CensoredThe Importance of Whistleblowers and Independent Journalists in Free Society- Kevin Gosztola and Sam Husseini – The Project Censored Show

        Later in the show, independent journalist Sam Husseini speaks with Mickey about working to uncover the truth when both politicians and corporate media circumvent or suppress it. Husseini notes an unwillingness among reporters to ask tough but important questions about major topics. Among the examples he cites include the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the nuclear weapon ban treaty from a Trump/Putin press conference in Helsinki, and the possible origin of the coronavirus in a Wuhan lab. He notes how these and other pertinent questions are either not asked, or become distorted into a Trump-vs-Democrats type of argument that is then often dismissed.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Jacobin MagazineMLK Day Should Be About Continuing Dr. King’s Radical Project

        On Martin Luther King Jr Day, rather than embracing a sanitized, deradicalized King, we remember a committed foe of not only racism, but economic inequality and militarism.

      • Jihad WatchHamas-linked CAIR supports ritual animal sacrifice in Hamtramck, Michigan

        There were three separate TV newscasts about the city of Hamtramck, Michigan passing an ordinance permitting the ritual slaughter of animals at private residences. All three of these news reports included a statement from the Director of Safe Spaces for the Michigan chapter of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Nour Ali.

      • Frontpage MagazineAll-Muslim Michigan City Council OK’s Home Animal Sacrifice

        Some people were apparently aware of some of the possible darker implications. Warikoo somehow summoned up the minimal decency to note that “some residents and animal rights advocates have expressed opposition to the ordinance changes, saying they will lead to animal cruelty and sanitation problems in Hamtramck, one of the most densely populated cities in Michigan. They said they worry about people being traumatized by seeing the throats of goats, lambs and cows being slit in backyards, with blood splattering and entrails falling out.”

      • GannettHamtramck council approves Islamic animal sacrifices at home

        The all-Muslim city council voted 3-2, with Mayor Amer Ghalib casting an additional vote in favor making it 4-2, to amend a city ordinance to allow religious sacrifice of animals at home. After the vote to approve, applause broke out from members of the public, who packed the meeting to speak out before the vote.

      • FirstpostLiving under Sharia laws in 21st century a humiliation, says Iranian activist, chastises West for Islamophobia hoax

        Iran has turned into a boiling pot with protesters in the country resisting the regime for more the two months over the death of 22-year-old woman Mahsa Amini in police custody and the arrests as well as subsequent executions of those agitating. Voicing concerns of people, especially women, in the Islamic state Masih Alinejad, journalist and activist, said: “We deserve to have secular, democratic country.”

      • The NationDr. Martin Luther King Jr.
      • The NationIs the Respect for Marriage Act a Win for the Right?

        Anticipating an increasingly activist Supreme Court and wary of further incursions on LGBTQ+ and other rights, Democrats sprung into action. A unique combination of factors—a lame-duck session of Congress, fear of a future attack on Obergefell v. Hodges, and a turning tide of public opinion on marriage equality—paved the way for the signing of the Respect for Marriage Act on December 13.

      • Common Dreams‘Our Job Is to Pick Up the Baton,’ Says Poor People’s Campaign on MLK Day

        To mark Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, leaders of a modern iteration of the slain civil rights champion’s final campaign called on U.S. politicians from both sides of the aisle—many of whose policies and actions are like those King condemned as the “evil triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism”—to step up and meet the needs of the country’s poor and low-income people.

      • Common DreamsClass Struggle and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
      • ScheerpostVeterans Understand Martin Luther King Jr’s Powerful Demand for Peace

        Foreign policy is a blind spot for Americans. This became part of Martin Luther King’s message.

      • Common DreamsMartin Luther King Jr.’s Anti-War Legacy Remains Vital as Ever

        The birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. provides an opportunity to step back and reflect on the significance of his life and work. It is particularly important to do so this year, with unapologetic racism on the rise and a Cold War atmosphere permeating Washington.

      • Common DreamsA True and Visionary Radical, Martin Luther King Jr. Was No Moderate

        In his absorbing profile of the writer Alex Haley (author of “Roots” and “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”) in the New York Times Book Review a year ago, Michael Patrick Hearn made a familiar mistake. He wrote: “Politically [Haley] he was a moderate, philosophically more Martin than Malcolm.”

      • Common DreamsAgainst Rising Nationalism in  Education at Home and Abroad

        You’ve seen the photos from Ukraine. The bombed out schools, the ghostly writing left behind on blackboards, desks turned over and posters in tatters. As Russian attacks mercilessly drum on, innocent Ukrainian families and children flee westward.

      • Democracy NowMLK Day Special: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in His Own Words

        Today is the federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was born January 15, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People’s Campaign to address issues of economic justice. Dr. King was also a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We play his “Beyond Vietnam” speech, which he delivered at New York City’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, as well as his last speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” that he gave on April 3, 1968, the night before he was assassinated.

      • Counter PunchMLK

        Fewer and fewer people remember his charisma, the marches, lack of fear facing institutionalized violence, including the American government’s infiltration of the movement, their smear of his ethics and its guiding ember. It would be nice to say his dream lives on and go forward, character over race, on the Left side of history — equal and up to the task, perhaps a prequel to a time like The Tempest full of grace — shipwrecked, but one, with all the monsters gone. What are we going to do? It’s so dark. AIs have more life than our fading spark.

      • TruthOutFollowing in MLK’s Footsteps Means Resisting Christian Nationalism
      • ScheerpostJ. Edgar Hoover was the QAnon of his Era, and Martin Luther King Jr. was the Victim of his Dirty Tricks

        Ours is an age beset by conspiracy theories, with the fascist QAnon cult at the center of much public lunacy. These completely implausible ideas, apparently taken seriously by millions of people, have been enabled by the internet, by social media, and by the rise […]

      • Common DreamsBefore There Was QAnon, There Was J. Edgar Hoover and Red-Baiting Aimed at MLK Jr.

        Ours is an age beset by conspiracy theories, with the fascist QAnon cult at the center of much public lunacy. These completely implausible ideas, apparently taken seriously by millions of people, have been enabled by the internet, by social media, and by the rise of a new, militant billionaire class that funds them. Indeed, with the turn to such conspiracies by new Twitter owner Elon Musk, that site has seen an explosion of hate speech, calumny, and wacky but dangerous ideas. Just to refresh our memories, QAnon accused Hillary Clinton and other high officials of running a pedophile ring out of a Washington, D.C., pizzeria. At one point these vicious lies even led to the pizzeria being shot up. This conspiracy theory was believed and broadcast by Gen. Michael Flynn, the former U.S. National Security Advisor! More recently, QAnon acolytes were involved in the January 6, 2021, attempted coup d’etat.

      • ScheerpostThe Supreme Court Is About to Eviscerate the Right to Strike

        The court will likely rule in “Glacier Northwest” that the union’s strike activity isn’t protected by federal labor law.

      • Scheerpost21 years later, Guantánamo is still open — and we are still protesting to shut it down

        Witness Against Torture continues to serve as a visible reminder to a forgetful U.S. public that Guantánamo is still a crime and an affront to humanity.

      • ScheerpostKingmaker
      • The OTHER face of recruiters and job seekers going bonkers

        I had already observed in August 2022 that, if finding a job has become harder, the fault may be less of actual robots stealing human jobs, than it is of “robot recruiters”. There is, that is, too much use and abuse of “artificial intelligence” software that rejects too many job applications for all the sad, dumb reasons explained in that post.

      • We are just 2 generations away from this | Stop at Zona-M

        “total time spent using social apps rose 17% year-over-year, now surpassing 2 trillion hours on Android phones in 2022.”

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Happy 20th Birthday TaoSecurity Blog

        Blogger (now part of Google) has continuously hosted this blog for 20 years, for free. I’d like to thank Blogger and Google for providing this platform for two decades. It’s tough to find extant self-hosted security content that was born at the same time, or earlier. Bruce Schneier’s Schneier on Security is the main one that comes to mind. If not for the wonderful Internet Archive, many blogs from the early days would be lost.

      • Michael GeistThe Law Bytes Podcast, Episode 152: Konrad von Finckenstein on the Challenges That Lie Ahead for the CRTC – Michael Geist

        The start of a new year often means a fresh start and for the CRTC, it meant welcoming a new chair, as Vicky Eatrides officially took over as chair a few days into 2023. Eatrides comes to the Commission at a particularly busy time with wireless competition concerns top of mind for many Canadians and the government set to ask the Commission to play a pivotal role in implementing Bills C-11 and C-18.

        Konrad von Finckenstein is someone who knows quite a bit about the challenges faced by new CRTC chairs, having served in the role from 2007 to 2012. He was recently appointed to the Order of Canada for his many contributions to public life and he joins me on the Law Bytes podcast to reflect on those experiences in the context of the CRTC. Our conversation reflects on what is involved in launching entirely new programs, ensuring public engagement, and developing policies that enjoy both public support and can withstand potential legal challenges.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • SecurepairsDeere hedges bets on repair with new agreement – Week in Repair

        So how does this agreement let Deere control repair? The major critique of the MOU is the vague nature of the document – and the lack of any enforcement mechanism to hold Deere to its word. The lack of specificity and teeth in the agreement give Deere many avenues to avoid allowing a true right to repair their equipment.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • AxiosWeaponizing MLK’s words in a divided nation

          He then told NBC News four years later: “I must confess, that dream that I had that day has, at many points, turned into a nightmare.” King cited persistent discrimination, poverty and the Vietnam War for his pessimism.

        • Walled CulturePublic domain: a belated step forward, two huge steps back

          Although we can celebrate the wonderful works that have finally entered the public domain in places like America after being locked up behind copyright’s walls for so long, we should be outraged that two countries have just taken a massive step backwards in this respect.

        • TumblrKC Green on the 10th anniversary of his “This Is Fine” comic

          We passed it a couple of days ago, but it has been 10 years since the strip “On Fire” which became the meme “This is Fine” was posted originally on my webcomic Gunshow.

        • NPRA decade on, the ‘This is fine’ creator wants to put the famous dog to

          Now after 10 years of using the famous dog in his comics to project his own thoughts and feelings, Green tells NPR that he might be ready for a new chapter.

        • TechdirtThere’s Still Time To Join The Public Domain Game Jam!

          At the beginning of the year, we launched the latest edition of our public domain game jam, Gaming Like It’s 1927! We’re calling on game designers of all stripes to build analog or digital games based on the works that have entered the public domain this year, including:

        • EFFIt’s Copyright Week 2023: Join Us in the Fight for Better Copyright Law and Policy

          One of the interesting side effects of the internet is that more people than ever are aware of copyright. Pretty much everyone online has seen some version of the “this media is no longer available due to a copyright claim” notice on something they wanted to see. Copyright affects everything from what entertainment we see to which of our devices we can repair. This is why we must fight for copyright law and policy that serves everyone.

          Eleven years ago, a diverse coalition of Internet users, non-profit groups, and Internet companies defeated the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), bills that would have forced Internet companies to blacklist and block websites accused of hosting copyright infringing content. These were bills that would have made censorship very easy and harmed legitimate speech, all in the name of copyright enforcement.

          Last year there were a bevy of bad copyright and copyright-related proposals in the U.S. Because thousands of you spoke up, none of them made it into the year-end, must-pass bills in Congress.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • 🔤SpellBinding: CEILNOU Wordo: GOOKY
      • Back in town
      • 2023 Week 2: Thoughts and Photos

        My weight went down by just under a pound this week. I tried to focus on exercise this week and tried to do at least one extended cardio session each day. Unfortunately I gave into the temptation to eat several cookies the evening before my weigh-in; I suspect my registered weight would have been even lower without them. The exercise clearly helped, though, and my weight is at least moving in the right direction.


        I’ve been able to keep up with my pocket planner better than I thought I would. Already it’s reminded me of a few commitments I would have completely forgotten about if I hadn’t recorded them well ahead of time. The planner also doubles as a food journal: as part of my weight loss, I’m not necessarily counting calories, but I am trying to take note of what I’m eating and how much. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, I kept another food journal, and it helped quite a bit in the long run.

    • Technical

      • The other SFTP that never was

        For reasons, I’m doing some research into the history of FTP (File Transport Protocol) when I come across an RFC (Request For Comments) for SFTP. Only this isn’t the SFTP (Secure File Transport Protocol) [1] that is used today, but instead the Simple File Transfer Protocol [2] from 1984. Unlike TFTP (Trivial File Transport Protocol), it uses TCP (Transmission Control Protocol), and unlike FTP, it only uses a single network connection.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Edan’s Capsule – Now On Gemini!

          Hey, everyone. What you are looking at now is a manual mirror of my website over on Neocities, hosted by the good people of Flounder.

          I’ve been reading up on the Gemini, Finger, and Gopher protocols on Mastodon, and I want in on this “small web” action. It sound utopian, especially in comparison to the ads, the paywalls, the hate, and the “please update your browser” you get on the web.

        • Melliecwn’s Gemlog

          Right now I am writing my first entry, and I am going to tell you why I how I found out about this place. I was going inside my brothers room, because why not, and I saw him writing here and it looked interesting. By the way, if you want to see my brother’s blog he is danielonit. So I just came here and made an account.

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

Rumour: 6,000 More Employees Impacted by Microsoft Layoffs; Managers Informed Today, Staff Informed Tomorrow (Updated)

Posted in Microsoft, Rumour at 7:04 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

This has just happened:

Round 2 of Microsoft layoffs coming starting Jan 18th.  Around 6K is the number one source mentioned. HR will probably mass flag this post and get it removed. Like if you want more updates. Update 1: Managers of impacted folks will be notified the previous day. HR will also provide talking points on how to handle impacted employees and how to talk to the team about it. #Microsoft #layoffs

Summary: Other (previous) rumours have named the same dates and similar numbers; so perhaps today the middle managers are already being prepared

Update: Seems Bing may be affected:

Bing layoffs

IRC Proceedings: Monday, January 16, 2023

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