GNU/Linux Share in China Rises to New Highs in 2023

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Windows at 11:59 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz















































































































































































































































































































































































Summary: In a country with almost 1.5 billion people (or even more in India’s case, with ~10% market share for GNU/Linux) each “one percent” in market share can be several millions of users; as of this year, based on new figures from StatCounter, GNU/Linux is detected on 1.14% of laptops/desktops — the highest on record in China (where historically GNU/Linux adoption was among worst in the world)

“They’ll get sort of addicted, and then we’ll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade.”

Bill Gates about Chinese people

Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XXVIII — GitHub to Shut Down All Offices, Including Its Headquarters

Posted in Finance, Microsoft at 11:06 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Series parts:

  1. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part I — Inside a Den of Corruption and Misogynists
  2. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part II — The Campaign Against GPL Compliance and War on Copyleft Enforcement
  3. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part III — A Story of Plagiarism and Likely Securities Fraud
  4. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part IV — Mr. MobileCoin: From Mono to Plagiarism… and to Unprecedented GPL Violations at GitHub (Microsoft)
  5. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part V — Why Nat Friedman is Leaving GitHub
  6. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part VI — The Media Has Mischaracterised Nat Friedman’s Departure (Effective Now)
  7. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part VII — Nat Friedman, as GitHub CEO, Had a Plan of Defrauding Microsoft Shareholders
  8. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part VIII — Mr. Graveley’s Long Career Serving Microsoft’s Agenda (Before Hiring by Microsoft to Work on GitHub’s GPL Violations Machine)
  9. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part IX — Microsoft’s Chief Architect of GitHub Copilot Sought to be Arrested One Day After Techrights Article About Him
  10. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part X — Connections to the Mass Surveillance Industry (and the Surveillance State)
  11. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XI — Violence Against Women
  12. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XII — Life of Disorderly Conduct and Lust
  13. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XIII — Nihilistic Death Cults With Substance Abuse and Sick Kinks
  14. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XIV — Gaslighting Victims of Sexual Abuse and Violence
  15. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XV — Cover-Up and Defamation
  16. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XVI — The Attack on the Autonomy of Free Software Carries on
  17. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XVII — Backsliding Into 1990s-Style Digital Slavery by Microsoft
  18. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XVIII — The Story of NPM
  19. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XIX — The Collapse of Team Mono
  20. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XX — Entering Phase II
  21. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XXI — Rumours About How Microsoft Plans to Actually Make Money (Not Losses) From GitHub
  22. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XXII — ‘Mr. GitHub Copilot’ Balabhadra (Alex) Graveley Pleads Guilty After Assaulting Women
  23. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XXIII — CoPlagiarist: Microsoft’s GPL Violations and Plagiarism Tool Created by Serial Plagiarists
  24. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XXIV — Using Microsoft Money as ‘Get Out of Jail’ Card After Suffocating Women
  25. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XXV — Microsoft Employs Serial Strangler as a Manager, Running GitHub Copilot in Spite of Arrest for Assault on Women
  26. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XXVI — The Layoffs Era Begins
  27. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XXVII — The Future of OpenAI May Depend on the Fate of GitHub’s Copilot in Court ($9 Billion in Damages)
  28. YOU ARE HERE ☞ GitHub to Shut Down All Offices, Including Its Headquarters

GitHub: Where everything comes to die

Summary: The headquarters of GitHub and all other offices of GitHub are shutting down; do people really want their projects hosted by a company that lays off many workers and shuts down all of its offices quite so abruptly?

MICROSOFT is a real blessing, isn’t it? Anything it touches turns into dirt; sometimes sooner, sometimes later. Recall what Microsoft did to Yahoo! (many layoffs at the moment) and companies like Novell (remember Novell?), not to mention Nokia. It’s Microsoft's touch of death. When Microsoft ‘joined’ (paid) the Linux Foundation the community representation got eliminated. This organisation is nowadays just cashing in on openwash and other lies. It harms the “Linux” brand or milks it to death (meaninglessness). “OLTP was killed by Microsoft too,” an associate recalls. “That was well documented at the time but those articles are irretrievably in the past now and buried by the search engines and chaff.”

Things are moving fast. The corporate media barely reports on the latest wave of Microsoft layoffs (second in three weeks!), including GitHub layoffs, so of course it won’t quite ‘find time’ to cover this news (or barely; “when searching StartPage for “github layoffs” it recommends correcting the search query to “gitlab layoffs” instead,” an associate said, reaffirming a trend we noticed 2 days ago — Microsoft boosters try to change the focus to Gitlab). Maybe due to the timing of the announcement, internally at first, all we can expect at the moment is to be found in Indian media (active on Sundays too), citing another source. Here we go; Microsoft is “laying off up to 10% of its workforce and closing all of its offices, including its headquarters in San Francisco.”

Tech Layoffs: Microsoft-owned GitHub to shed 10% employees, will close all offices

“The bottom line is, these offices aren’t being shut down due to the pandemic but due to a lack of money.”Consider this is a bit of a wake-up call if you have an account/projects at GitHub. Don’t believe the damage-limiting face-saving statements (spin). At Sirius we had an "Office Manager in Company Without an Office" since 2020. Things deteriorated fast and now it seems like the company is on the verge of bankruptcy. The debt is vast. It is growing over time. There’s no fix in a downturn economy.

GitHub never had a business model. Not before Microsoft took over and certainly not after that. What are they going to do? “Surprise” new charges for GitHub Actions? Shutting down ‘inactive’ projects like some of the competition planned to (for cost-savings)?

The bottom line is, these offices aren’t being shut down due to the pandemic but due to a lack of money.

Links 12/02/2023: Another, Likely Final, Linux 6.2 RC

Posted in News Roundup at 9:42 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Make Use Of6 Ways elementary OS Improves Accessibility on Linux

        On paper, elementary OS 7 was not a substantial release. The developers didn’t drastically overhaul the desktop or introduce game-changing new features. In many ways, elementary OS 7 was about refinement.

        But it’s a refinement that Linux needs. These are the little touches that turn a Linux-based OS from being powerful to being approachable. Despite its flaws, elementary OS is one of the most accessible versions of Linux, and here’s why.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Open Source Security (Audio Show)Josh Bressers/Open Source Security: Episode 362 – A lesson in Rust from Carol Nichols

        JoshandKurttalk to Carol Nichols about Rust. Carol is an authority on Rust and helps us understand how Rust works, why it’s different. Why Rust doesn’t have the same problems C and C++ have, and what the future of it all could look like. It’s a really fun show with some great questions from Carol along the way.

      • GNU World Order (Audio Show)GNU World Order 499

        **Okteta** hex editor, the **Oxygen** theme files, and the **palapeli** jigsaw

        puzzle emulator from the Slackware **kde** package set.

        shasum -a256=8dfc6fb57a3398c05c0e0f21976ea6952e63a87249af8abd922a57b36e701079

      • Kernel Podcast: S2E2 – 2023/02/12

        The latest stable kernel is Linux 6.1.11, released by Greg K-H on February 9th 2023.

        The latest mainline (development) kernel is 6.2-rc7, released on February 5th 2023.

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux mailing listsLinux 6.2-rc8
        The 6.2 series continues to be fairly calm, and the only real reason
        for an rc8 is - as now mentioned several times - just to make up for
        some time during the holiday season. Not that we seem to really have
        needed it, but there was also no real reason to deviate from the plan.
        So here we are. And we did have a few late regression fixes, and a
        couple still pending that will hopefully make it during next week, so
        absolutely no harm done.
        Most of the discussion I see seems to have already been about future
        stuff, and I also already have one pull request for the next merge
        window in my inbox (and I won't mind more if they show up). But in the
        meantime we did have a scattering of the usual fixes, with networking,
        GPU and sound drivers being the most noticeable. As is usual.
        But there's other fixes in there too - both smaller driver subsystems
        and to various other code. See the shortlog below for details.
      • Make Use OfLinux Kernel Releases Land, Fixing Frustrating Bugs

        The Linux Kernel Organization has released a number of kernel updates. While these releases aren’t particularly groundbreaking, they offer a number of fixes that will make them essential updates for Linux users.

    • Applications

      • Linux Links7 Best Free and Open Source Terminal-Based Internet Radio Apps

        There’s a wide range of free and open source software that lets you listen to internet radio. With so many different possibilities available it’s easy to get lost trying to find the right one for you.

        This article recommends our favourite terminal-based internet radio apps. We only include free and open source software.

      • Linux Links7 Best Free and Open Source Terminal-Based Internet Radio Apps

        This article recommends our favourite terminal-based internet radio apps. Free and open source software only.

      • OMG! LinuxAudacious Music Player Preps Support for PipeWire – OMG! Linux

        Support for the PipeWire audio stack will be available in the next stable release of the lightweight Audacious music player.

        Developers working on the player have issued a beta build of Audacious that ships with optional support for PipeWire via a plugin. Since most Linux distributions, including big-names like Ubuntu and Fedora, default to PipeWire for audio handling this inclusion makes sense.

        Other changes in the Audacious 43 beta include a plugin providing Opus audio decoding, support for Qt 6 and GTK3 (though the client still defaults to GTK2 on Linux), and a number of rough edges smoothed out through bug fixes.

      • Ubuntu HandbookAudacious Music Player 4.3 Beta added PipeWire output & Opus Support

        The lightweight audacious music player announced the beta release of the next v4.3 a few days ago. Usually, the final release will be out in next or next few months with mostly no change since beta. So far, this beta release include the following new features.

      • OMG! Linux’Timer’ is a No-Frills Countdown App for Linux – OMG! Linux

        Looking for a Linux timer app? Check out this useful GTK-based utility.

        It’s called Timer and —shock— it’s a timer app for Linux desktops. You can use it to create a countdown in hours, minutes, and seconds.

      • OMG! LinuxCeleste is a Promising New Cloud Sync Client for Linux – OMG! Linux

        Looking for a user-friendly way to sync Google Drive, Dropbox, and Nextcloud files on the Linux desktop?

        Check out Celeste. It’s a promising new file synchronization client for Linux desktops built in Rust and GTK4/libadwaita (meaning it runs fast and looks great).

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Golang on Fedora Linux

        Golang, also known as Go, is a cutting-edge open-source programming language widely used to develop scalable and highly efficient applications. Its concise syntax and ease of use make it a popular choice among developers.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install NVIDIA Drivers on Fedora 37 or 36

        For individuals looking to enhance their gaming or graphic design experience, it is crucial to have the fastest drivers possible. By default, most modern Linux distributions come with open-source Nouveau drivers installed.

      • Network WorldJoining lines of text on Linux | Network World

        There are number of ways to join multiple lines of text and change delimiters if needed. This article shows two of the easier ways to do this and explains the commands.

      • Network WorldManipulating text with awk, gawk and sed | Network World

        The awk, gawk and sed commands on Linux are extremely versatile tools for manipulating text, rearranging columns, generating reports and modifying file content.

      • Make Use OfHow to Install Metasploit on Ubuntu

        Metasploit is one of the most popular network penetration frameworks in the world and allows both newbies and professionals to easily exploit vulnerabilities in a huge variety of software and firmware.

        You can use Metasploit to test your own security, go after bug bounties, or wreak mayhem across the internet. Whatever color hat you’re wearing, it’s easy to install Metasploit on Ubuntu.

      • Make Use OfHow to Restore SteamOS on the Steam Deck Using Valve’s Recovery Image

        Valve hasn’t locked down the Steam Deck, so you’re free to modify it however you wish. That also means you’re free to break things. What do you do if the situation goes sideways?

        You’re in luck—Valve provides a recovery image that makes it easy to get your device back up and running. Here’s how to restore SteamOS to its default settings and leave your Deck good as new.

      • Make Use OfHow to Install Rust on Ubuntu (the Easy Way)

        Rust is a programming language mainly associated with software development and is widely used on Ubuntu-enabled desktops. Rust draws its roots from C++ and promotes safety, concurrency, and speed. The programming language has made its niche in technology, especially in memory management.

        You can safely use the language to develop gaming engines, browsers, and operating systems. If you’re an Ubuntu fan, you’ll probably want to use Rust on your favorite OS. We’ll show you how you can install Rust on Ubuntu.

      • Make Use OfHow to Install a Supervised Home Assistant Server on Ubuntu

        There are two Home Assistant versions that you can install on a regular Linux distro. You can either install the supervised version or choose the non-supervised version of Home Assistant, based on your requirements and experience with Linux.

        While non-supervised installation is quick and easy, the supervised version requires several additional steps. But if you want to experience the full power of Home Assistant on Ubuntu or Debian, you must go for the supervised version. Let’s see how you can set up a Supervised Home Assistant server on Ubuntu.

      • Make Use OfHow to Install a Desktop Environment/GUI in Ubuntu Server

        If you’ve just installed Ubuntu Server for the first time, you may want a familiar user interface, perhaps similar to Ubuntu Desktop. Here’s how to set up a graphical user interface and install a desktop environment on your Ubuntu server.

      • Make Use OfHow to Access Your Google Drive Account on Ubuntu

        Google Drive provides 15GB of free storage space, making it a good option for backing up and syncing files. Accessing your Google Drive account on Windows and macOS is easy, but using Google Drive on Ubuntu works a little differently.

        It’s not hard to access your Google Drive files in Ubuntu; however, you must know how to do it. Here are a few ways to access the coveted Google Drive on your favorite Ubuntu version.

      • Make Use Of6 Ways to Pre-Configure Your Raspberry Pi Installation Before Booting

        Installing an operating system on a Raspberry Pi is straightforward enough, but one element can be frustrating: configuration.

        Network settings, username and password, SSH access, etc., must all be configured once the OS is up and running. Once or twice isn’t so bad, but if you have multiple Pis, or regularly reinstall the operating system, things can get repetitive.

        Wouldn’t it be easier is you could pre-configure the Raspberry Pi OS and get started as soon as it boots? Here are X ways you can do that.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDEKDE Frameworks 5.103.0

          KDE today announces the release of KDE Frameworks 5.103.0.

          KDE Frameworks are 83 addon libraries to Qt which provide a wide variety of commonly needed functionality in mature, peer reviewed and well tested libraries with friendly licensing terms. For an introduction see the KDE Frameworks release announcement.

          This release is part of a series of planned monthly releases making improvements available to developers in a quick and predictable manner.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • OMG! LinuxGNOME Devs Working on New Background Apps UI – OMG! Linux

          GNOME devs want to make it easier to monitor and control background apps in GNOME Shell.

          So to this end, they’re exploring a new ‘Background Apps’ feature in the Quick Settings menu.

          Paired with a background app monitoring portal, the effort gives modern Linux apps a graceful way to surface their activity — “hey, I’m doing stuff while you can’t see me” — so users are aware of what’s happening on their system even if all app windows are closed.

          This new ‘background apps’ menu also gives users a way quit apps running in the background without needing to re-open the app, and include a shortcut to the App Settings panel where, if needed, permission to run in the background can be removed.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Events

      • Computer WeeklyOh, Canada – Open Infrastructure Summit gathers

        Not Las Vegas, not Barcelona, not Orlando, not San Francisco and not even France’s nice Nice or London’s ‘OMG that’s too far away’ fabulous ExCeL convention centre.

        This time its Vancouver.

        Pardon? No, no really, the Open Infrastructure Summit (OpenInfra to its friends) is being held June 13-15, 2023, at the Vancouver Convention Centre overlooking Vancouver Harbor.

    • Programming/Development

  • Leftovers

    • France24‘It is my duty to give back,’ says foreign student helping quake survivors in Turkey

      Nearly a week after the deadly earthquake in southern Turkey, foreign students Abdelaziz, Ahmed Ali, Yassir and Mustafa are helping survivors of the quake in the city of Gaziantep. They say they are happy to give back to the country that has given them so much, and that they have fallen in love with.

    • France24Live: Death toll tops 30,000 in earthquake hit Turkey and Syria

      The death toll from the catastrophic earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria has now reached approximately 33,000 reports stated Sunday, with the UN warning that the final number could rise by “double or more”. Also on Sunday, a new UN convoy arrived in Syria to deliver deperately needed international aid. Follow FRANCE 24 for live updates.

    • LRTA dune opens up in southern Lithuania

      Another continental dune will be unveiled in Lithuania’s southern region of Dzūkija.

    • TwinCities Pioneer PressTurkey detains building contractors as quake deaths pass 33K

      Turkish justice officials are targeting more than 130 people allegedly involved in shoddy and illegal construction methods after a pair of earthquakes collapsed thousands of buildings in southeast Turkey and northern Syria six days ago. Rescuers extricated more survivors from the rubble on Sunday, including a pregnant woman and two small children, but the death toll from the quakes also surpassed 33,000. Turkey’s justice minister said Sunday that 131 people were being investigated for their alleged responsibility in the construction of buildings that failed to withstand the quakes. He said three were arrested pending trial, seven people were detained and seven other were barred from leaving the country.

    • New York TimesAmnesty in Turkey for Construction Violations Is Scrutinized After Quake

      Survivors and building experts say poor construction most likely exacerbated the scale of the earthquake’s destruction, as the death toll in Turkey and Syria surpassed 33,000 people.

    • The Local SEHow to play office politics in Sweden… and survive

      Most articles on Swedish office culture gush about the lack of hierarchy, the reasonable working hours, and the absence of dog-eat-dog competition. But most newcomers soon realize it’s not (always) quite as nice as it appears. Here’s how to play Swedish office politics and win.

    • CNNChildren orphaned by the quake in Turkey and Syria face an uncertain future

      A baby began her life surrounded by chaos and devastation this week.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • February Update

        So, it’s been a few months since an update. Partially because I’ve been a little busy in my life, but mostly because I ran out of steam. Going forward, I think I will try to write an entry once a month.

        A few things have happened in recent months, some good, some bad. I had a hard time around December particularly. I ran out of medication and, due to a weird mix up, I wasn’t able to get an emergency prescription as promised. I got myself so worked up about it, that my Mum ended up intervening and sending what was probably a very scary message for the doctor, warning that it was potentially dangerous if I went without my medication for this long. It must have worked, as they sorted it pretty quickly after that.

      • Family

        I want Knives to have family building, and playing multiple generations of characters, like in King Arthur Pendragon. I don’t want rules for it, so I can write an essay, or an example of play, or both. But it’s hard to fit it all on one page. Perhaps I should rename this page from “Family” to “Flirting” and write a second page about playing multiple generations of characters.

    • Technical

      • Programming

        • The life-changing magic of git

          Sometimes you have a project or even just a single file in a folder where you want to keep track of different versions. You want to make new versions but be able to rewind time to before you made those versions, or you wanna get suggestions for new versions from other people.

          If you’ve been blessed enough to not even have to learn what files and folders are yet, you’re not gonna be able to follow along, but the good news is that you don’t need git. Files and folders are primitive beasts and git makes them less bad.

          A “repo” (short for “repository”) is the nickname for a folder that git can help you store different versions of. It’s not a good idea to have more than one repo per folder so make separate folders for the separate repos.

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

Links 12/02/2023: Microsoft Has Another Round of Layoffs, Almost 30,000 Dead in Quake

Posted in News Roundup at 1:01 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Kernel Space

      • University of TorontoLearning about Linux fwmark masks

        The Linux kernel’s general IP environment has a system for marking packets with what is generally called a fwmark, short for ‘firewall mark’. Fwmarks can be set through iptables, using the MARK target (documented in iptables-extensions), or by facilities such as WireGuard, and can then be used by firewall rules or by ‘ip rule’ policy based routing. Fwmarks are how I solved the general recursive routing problem when I set up my WireGuard environment. All of my uses of fwmarks have been simply picking a value, setting it, and checking for it. I was recently working with something that also uses fwmarks, and I saw unusual things in ‘ip rules’ and ‘iptables’ output: [...]

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Pacman package Manager – Removing packages

        Pacman is a powerful package manager for Arch Linux and its derivatives, like Manjaro Linux. It allows you to install, update, and manage packages easily and efficiently. But what about when you want to remove a package from your system?

      • Pacman package Manager – Installing Packages

        As a Linux user, one of the essential tools you need to know is a package manager. A package manager is a program that helps you manage and install software packages on your operating system. In this article, we will focus on Pacman, the package manager used in Arch Linux. What is Pacman?

      • Updating Software with Zypper

        In today’s digital world, software is an essential component of our daily lives. From our smartphones to laptops, software plays a crucial role in enabling us to perform various tasks with ease. Keeping software up-to-date is important for security, functionality, and bug fixes.

      • Installing and removing software with Zypper

        Zypper is a command-line package manager for the openSUSE operating system and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. It allows you to install, update, and remove packages from your system, as well as perform a variety of other package-related tasks. This guide will provide an overview of how to use Zypper, including examples of common commands.

      • Petros KoutoupisNew Book: Cloud Security & Compliance for Dummies Guide
      • TecAdminA Comparison Between ss vs netstat Commands

        When it comes to network analysis and troubleshooting in Linux, two of the most commonly used commands are ss and netstat. Both of these commands allow you to display information about network connections and sockets, but they differ in terms of their features, speed, and efficiency.

      • TecAdminSS Command in Linux (Monitor Network Connections)

        The ss command is a powerful utility in Linux that allows you to monitor and display information about network sockets. Unlike netstat, ss provides more detailed information and is faster and more efficient. This makes it an essential tool for system administrators and network engineers.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Microsoft Fonts on Fedora Linux

        Fedora Linux is a popular open-source operating system known for its stability, security, and user-friendliness. However, Fedora does not have pre-installed proprietary fonts, such as Microsoft Fonts..

      • Linux CapableHow to Enable Nginx Mainline on Fedora Linux

        Nginx is a popular open-source web server that serves dynamic and static web pages. It is known for its high performance and low resource utilization, making it a popular choice for web administrators. Nginx Mainline is the latest version of Nginx, an open-source web server and reverse proxy.

      • Camera, code, coffee | Instant offline translation with Argos Translate and a dash of Bash

        Google Translate is great, until it’s not. The quality of translation is undeniably impressive, and the apps have some genuinely useful features. But even if you choose to ignore the fact that Google lives off our data, there is a matter of Google Translate not working offline—not on a Linux system, anyway. And even if it could do that, there is still a case to be made for using and supporting an open-source alternative free from the shackles of surveillance capitalism.

      • Switch to the base-devel meta package requires manual intervention

        On February 2nd, the base-devel package group has been replaced by a meta package of the same name. If you installed the base-devel package group prior to this date, explicitly re-install it to get the new base-devel package installed on the system:

        pacman -Syu base-devel

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • 9to5LinuxKDE Frameworks 5.103 Improves Support for Flatpak and Qt 6 Apps, Plasma Wayland

          In KDE Frameworks 5.103, the KDE developers improved support for Flatpak apps as they addressed a major bug causing your system to hang while installing or updating Flatpaks, especially when using the Btrfs file system.

          They also improved the Plasma Wayland session by fixing a bunch of weird and random clipboard issues, as well as Spectacle’s “Copy to clipboard right after taking a screenshot” feature, which now works as expected on Plasma Wayland.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Events

      • HackadayHackaday Berlin: In Praise Of Lightning Talks

        We’re in full-on prep mode for our first event in Europe in four years: Hackaday Berlin. And while we’ve got a great slate of speakers lined up, and to be announced soon, I’m personally most excited for the lightning talks.

      • Volker KrauseFOSDEM 2023

        Last weekendFOSDEMhappened in person again, for the first time since2020, as fully packed with talks, discussions and people as always.

    • Education

      • UndeadlyGame of Trees Daemon – video and slides

        At the recently-concluded FOSDEM 2023 conference, Stefan Sperling (stsp@) presented a talk on Game of Trees. Video and slides of Stefan’s presentation are now available.

    • Programming/Development

      • James GAnnouncing recipe syndication for Breakfast and Coffee

        Since then, I have syndicated most of my coffee shop recommendations to the wiki and have made a number of improvements. b&c has been the subject of numerous discussions in the IndieWeb community, resulting in new ideas on how to improve the site.

      • Julia EvansPrint copies of The Pocket Guide to Deb

        Hello! We released The Pocket Guide to Debugging back in December, and here’s a final update: the print copies are done printing and they’ve arrived at the warehouse, ready to ship to anyone who wants one.

        You can buy the print or PDF version now, and if you preordered it, your copy should already have shipped. Some people have told me that they already received theirs! Email me if you haven’t gotten the shipping confirmation.

      • Kushal Das: A 7 year old pr

        I can not keep track of Github notifications, for too many years. Yesterday, I thought of rewritingretaskfor Python3 only, and noticed aPRwaiting for 7 years only, fromMiro.

        Now it is merged. Took some time, but the patch went in. Miro alsonoticed :)

      • Josef Strzibny: InvoicePrinter 2.3 with Prawn 2.4 and Ruby 3.1

        This past weekend I released a new version of InvoicePrinter, my Ruby library for generating PDF invoices. Here’s what’s new.

        New features

        First of all,InvoicePrinterdependencies got updated forPrawn 2.4and to supportRuby 3.1.

        Remember that if you cannot use a particular version on your project, you can run InvoicePrinteras a server.

      • Java

        • How to Become a Better Java Programmer Using SonarLint

          One of the fastest ways to advance in Java programming is using SolarLint’s IDE extension. It helps you avoid common problems and ensures your code is clean. SonarLint is a linting tool for code quality analysis and improvement.

        • How to Skip A Finally Statement in Java

          A common interview question for Java developers is to write some code inside a try / catch / finally statement so that the finally statement is not reached. At first glance, this is not possible. A finally statement in Java is used in conjunction with a try/catch statement.

        • How to Create a Deadlock In Java with One Thread

          A deadlock is a situation in computer programming where two or more processes are blocked, each waiting for the other to release a resource that they need in order to continue executing. As a result, all the processes remain blocked indefinitely and are unable to make further progress.

  • Leftovers

    • The Kent StaterKent Fire Department assists East Palestine following train derailment

      Several fire departments, including the Kent Fire Department, provided aid to the East Palestine community after a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed from its tracks.

    • The Kent StaterKSU professors’ families affected by Turkey-Syria Earthquake

      Two professors from Kent State recall the moment they found out their families were affected by a deadly earthquake that left thousands dead and displaced in Turkey and Syria.

    • ReasonPhotos Show the Transformation of Great Britain

      A new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art displays how the U.K. changed in the 1970s and ’80s.

    • GreeceE-fraud soars 790% in 3 years

      Electronic fraud is on the rise in Greece, due not only to the high penetration of the internet and smartphones, but also to the fact that cybercriminals are constantly discovering new ways of deception.

      The figures provided by the Ministry of Citizens’ Protection in response to a parliamentary question, concerning the period 2019-2022, reveal the rapid rise of cybercrime. Considering that these are only the cases of computer fraud under Article 386A of the Criminal Code that are reported to the authorities – often small amounts of money in defrauding are not reported to the police – then the real size of electronic crime is likely much higher.

    • MeduzaPregnant Russian nationals detained at Buenos Aires airport have been released — Meduza

      Six pregnant Russian citizens, who were detained by Argentina immigration authorities at an airport in Buenos Aires, have been allowed to enter the country, says Christian Rubilar, lawyer to three of the women.

    • The Age AURussian women travel to Argentina to give birth in astonishing numbers

      The phenomenon has become evident in recent weeks. “Only last night in the last Ethiopian [Airlines] flight, 33 Russian citizens entered with pregnancies of approximately 32, 33, 34 weeks,” the national director for migration said.

    • Education

    • Hardware

      • HackadayA Look Back At The Xbox 360’s Hard Drive Security

        Anyone who’s owned a game console from the last couple of generations will tell you that the machines are  becoming increasingly like set-top computers  —  equipped with USB ports, Bluetooth, removable hard drives, and their own online software repositories. But while this overlap theoretically offers considerable benefits, such as the ability to use your own USB controller rather than being stuck with the system’s default, the manufacturers haven’t always been so accommodating.

      • Vincent BernatVincent Bernat: Hacking the Geberit Sigma 70 flush plate

        My toilet is equipped with aGeberit Sigma 70flush plate. The sales pitch
        for thishydraulic-assisted devicepraises the
        “ingenious mount that acts like a rocker switch.” In practice, the flush is very
        capricious and has a very high failure rate.Avoid this type of
        Prefer a fully mechanical version like theGeberit Sigma 20.

      • Russell CokerRussell Coker: T320 iDRAC Failure and new HP Z640

        The Dell T320

        Almost 2 years ago I made a Dell PowerEdge T320 my home server [1]. It was a decent upgrade from the PowerEdge T110 II that I had used previously. One benefit of that system was that I needed more RAM and the PowerEdge T1xx series use unbuffered ECC RAM which is unreasonably expensive as well as the DIMMs tending to be smaller (no Load Reduced DIMMS) and only having 4 slots. As I had bought two T320s I put all the RAM in a single server getting a total of 96G and then put some cheap DIMMs in the other one and sold it with 48G.

      • Ruben SchadeFeedback: preventing streaks when retrobrighting

        I’ve retrobrighted my HP Brio desktop,Commodore 128,Commodore 64C, and mentioned I’m in the process of doing it for my newly-arrivedVC-20. Retrobrighting is the process of removing superficial yellowing from old computer plastics using hair developer and sunlight to bleach the surface. It has workedshockinglywell for me.

      • HackadayPlaying Music On A Custom Flyback Transformer

        We’ve seen a number of people create plasma speakers over the years here at Hackaday, so at first blush, the latest Plasma Channel video from [Jay Bowles] might seem like more of the same. Even his overview of the assembly of the 555 timer circuit at the heart of the setup, as detailed as it may be, is something we’ve seen before.

      • HackadayGrocery Store Robot Gets Brief Taste Of Freedom

        Back in 2019, Giant Food Stores announced it would outfit each of its 172 stores in the United States with their own robot — at the time, the largest robotic deployment in retail. The six foot (1.8 meter) tall robot, nicknamed “Marty”, was designed to roam autonomously around the store looking for spills and other potential hazards. In an effort to make these rolling monoliths a bit less imposing in their stores, Giant decided to outfit them with large googly eyes.

      • Tom’s HardwareWorld’s Smallest 3D Printer is 41mm Tall, Outputs Detailed Models

        This SLA printer is no taller than a matchstick, but it works and appears to work well.

      • The AnarcatAntoine Beaupré: Picking a USB-C hub and charger

        Dear lazy web, help me pick the right hardware to make my shiny new laptop work better. I want a new USB-C dock and travel power supply.

      • CubicleNateTheC64 X-Windows Mod

        This machine looks nearly identical to an original Commodore 64 but without the legacy ports that were on it. There is no Expansion port, RF modulator, Analog AV out in the DIN connector, IEC port, Tape deck or Userport.

      • Russell CokerIntel vs AMD

        In response to a post about my latest laptop I had someone ask why I chose an Intel CPU. I’ve been a fan of the Thinkpad series of laptops since the 90s. They have always seemed well constructed (given the constraints of being light etc) and had a good feature set. Also I really like the TrackPoint. I’ve been a fan of the smaller Thinkpads since I got an X-301 from e-waste [1] and the X1-Carbon series is the latest and greatest line of small Thinkpads.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • ReasonNew California Bill Proposes Legalizing Authentic Cannabis Cafes

        Cannabis consumers should have the same commercial leisure spaces that alcohol drinkers do.

      • ReasonThe Fight To Criminalize Opioid Prescribing

        Over 88 percent of opioid overdose deaths now involve either heroin or fentanyl. Targeting prescriptions is not an efficient way to address mortality.

      • NPRERs staffed by private equity firms aim to cut costs by hiring fewer doctors

        This staffing strategy has permeated hospitals, and particularly emergency rooms, that seek to reduce their top expense: physician labor. While diagnosing and treating patients was once doctors’ domain, they are increasingly being replaced by nurse practitioners and physician assistants, collectively known as “midlevel practitioners,” who can perform many of the same duties and generate much of the same revenue for less than half the pay.

      • CoryDoctorowAfter Ohio rail disaster, Buttigieg is silent on restoring the safety standards Trump repealed

        That’s what happened during the Trump years, when rail lobbyists secured the repeal of a long-overdue, hard-won safety regulation that would have required rail companies to replace the Civil-War-era brakes on their rolling stock with modern electronically controlled pneumatic brakes (ECPs): [...]

      • Jacobin MagazinePete Buttigieg’s Transportation Department Is Skirting Safety Standards

        The recent train derailment in Ohio shows the need for more stringent safety rules for train brakes, especially for trains carrying hazardous materials. Transportation regulators are instead bending to the interests of rail industry lobbyists.

      • Russell GravesHow Your LED Lights and Screens are Killing You

        And the answer may horrify you. It sure did me. The summary is simple enough: LED lighting badly suppresses human melatonin production at night, which impacts sleep quality. Poor sleep quality has all sorts of nasty effects on human health – but it’s worse. Melatonin is also involved in the suppression of tumors and cancers. If your melatonin levels are low at night (from disruption or from simple night shift work), your risk of various cancers goes up by somewhere in the 30-80% range, depending on the cancer and study. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), back in 2007, considered “shift work” to be a “probable human carcinogen,” and plenty of other studies have demonstrated the link as well. Lighting, especially in the evenings and nights, is quite literally deadly serious. And we’ve gone about utterly screwing it up in the pursuit of “efficiency.”

      • JURISTUS EPA announces $1B program for superfund projects to clean up 22 toxic waste sites

        The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Friday announced that there will be “superfund” projects to clean up 22 toxic waste sites across the US. These projects will receive $1 billion from the federal superfund program to help remove the backlog of hazardous sites. Under the 2021 bipartisan infrastructure bill,

      • ReasonAcross the Globe, Government Health Care Systems Are Failing Us [Ed: Koch lobbying for privatised healthcare]

        By restricting private health care choices, the NHS and other beloved single-payer systems were doomed from the start.

    • Proprietary

    • Security

      • Ruben SchadeTerramaster NAS’s eye-opening CVE

        This ishauntinglysimilar to how I got into a photocopier/print server in my high school library in the mid-2000s. I couldn’t believe the password was delivered to the endpoint for local comparison. It also delightfully dropped every non-alphanumeric character, and translated every letter into lowercase before evaluation, just to remove some more entropy.

        (I disclosed the issues, because I’m a square)!

      • Silicon AngleDigging into Google’s point of view on confidential computing [Ed: Well, "confidential computing" is a scam designed to lure companies and governments into being spied on, based on false beliefs about "clown computing"]

        Confidential computing is a technology that aims to enhance data privacy and security by providing encrypted computation on sensitive data and isolating data from apps and other host resources in a fenced off enclave during processing.

      • India TimesReddit confirms the [breach], says no harm to users

        Reddit has acknowledged a recent cyberattack that resulted in the theft of sensitive company information. The company referred to the breach in a security alert as a “sophisticated and highly-targeted phishing attack”. Reddit stated that it does not believe the breach impacted its users. A spokesperson from Reddit said that the company is “actively investigating and closely monitoring the situation.”

      • CNNHackers interrupt Iran president’s TV speech on anniversary of revolution

        The Islamic Republic marked the 44th anniversary of the Iranian revolution on Saturday with state-organized rallies, as anti-government hackers briefly interrupted a televised speech by President Ebrahim Raisi.

      • Data BreachesAnd two more class action settlements….

        In August 2021, DataBreaches noted reports that Electromed had been hacked, and the incident affected employees and customers. Electromed later reported the incident to HHS as impacting 47,200 patients. According to subsequent disclosures, this was a ransomware incident that Electromed had discovered in June. In September 2021, a potential class action lawsuit was filed against the Minnesota firm.

        Top Class Actions reports that Electromed settled the lawsuit for $825,000 without admitting wrongdoing or liability. The case is Lutz, et al. v. Electromed Inc., Case No. 0:21-cv-02198-KMM-DTS, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

      • Cop and telecoms staffer charged in data breach case

        A police sergeant who was suspended from the RCIPS last year and a former employee of a local telecommunications company have both been summoned to appear in court next week in relation to a data breach investigated by the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB), the RCIPS has confirmed. The former telecoms worker is alleged to have unlawfully shared a customer’s phone number with the sergeant, who is accused of using it for personal reasons. The officer has been charged with misconduct in public office and unlawfully obtaining personal data. The telecom worker faces one count of unlawfully disclosing personal data.

      • Data BreachesTechnion University hacked and locked; previously unknown attackers demand 80 BTC

        A spokesperson for the institution confirmed the attack to Ynet, who reports that despite the cyber attack, exams at the Technion are taking place today as usual. However, the students were asked to disconnect their personal computers from the network and reduce email traffic until further notice. In email to DataBreaches, however, Dasa reports that all exams have since been canceled for the 13th and 14th.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • The Register UKGoogle’s Go may add telemetry that’s on by default

          Russ Cox, a Google software engineer steering the development of the open source Go programming language, has presented a possible plan to implement telemetry in the Go toolchain.

          However many in the Go community object because the plan calls for telemetry by default.

        • BBCGrieving a daughter’s Covid death in Wuhan – while being surveilled

          But Ms Yang wasn’t in a celebratory mood. She had been under heavy surveillance since speaking to the media about losing her daughter to Covid.

          She has been protesting on the streets, and has been trying to file a lawsuit against the government. She says she wants “an explanation”.

          China is a one party-state which does not tolerate protests that challenge the leadership.

          The media and the internet are also heavily censored, with many foreign news outlets being banned in the country. People who talk critically about the country to foreign media often face retribution – from warnings to even detention.

          With technology, China has also established an extensive surveillance network that monitors mobile device data and tracks movements.

        • The Age AUThirty-year-old VHS tape led to sexual assault charges, court told

          A man is on trial in the NSW District Court after his former wife claimed to have found a VHS videotape in a garage showing him allegedly assaulting an unknown woman.

        • NYPostRetailers busting thieves with facial-recognition tech used by MSG’s James Dolan

          James Dolan has lately stirred controversy over his use of facial-recognition technology to keep his enemies out of Madison Square Garden — but supermarkets and other retailers say they’ve begun using it for a legitimate purpose: to bust shoplifters. Grocery stores, drug chains and other mass merchants are increasingly using high-tech innovations — including facial-recognition…

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

    • Environment

      • Energy/Transportation

        • TruthOutOhio Train Derailment Reveals Danger of Plastics Boom and Corporate Cost-Cutting
        • HackadayDirecting Ambient Light For Some Extra Glow

          [Yuichiro Morimoto] wanted to create a decorative lamp, one that wasn’t burdened with batteries or wires, but used just the ambient light in the room to create a directed glow effect. Using a coloured circular acrylic sheet, with a special coating (not specified) ambient light impinging on the surface is diffused toward the edge. This centre sheet is embedded in an opalescent sheet, which scatters the light from the center sheet, giving a pleasant glow, kind of akin to a solar corona. An additional diffuser cover sheet on the front covers over the edge to hide it, and further enhance the glow effect.

        • AxiosEverything we know about the leak in the L.A.-Las Vegas gas pipeline

          A leak discovered in a gas pipeline that runs between Los Angeles and Las Vegas has led to a state of emergency in Nevada as state and local officials rush to stem possible shortages.

          Driving the news:The leak, discovered at a pumping station in a city near Los Angeles, has forced several associated fuel lines to shut down. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, which operates the pipeline, said that the cause for the leak is currently unknown and that an investigation is underway.

        • The Kent StaterKent Fire Department assists East Palestine following train derailment

          Several fire departments, including the Kent Fire Department, provided aid to the East Palestine community after a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed from its tracks. TV2’s Jacob Brooks spoke with Lt. Craig Peeps from the Kent Fire Department to learn more about how they helped in the efforts to contain the fire.

      • Overpopulation

        • ABC1st infant in Kentucky surrendered anonymously at ‘baby box’

          At a news conference Friday, Safe Haven Baby Boxes founder and CEO Monica Kelsey said the child was dropped off within the last seven days at a Bowling Green Fire Department location, declining to be more specific to protect anonymity. She said fire department staff was able to tend to the child in less than 90 seconds.

          The child is the 24th in the country to be surrendered at one of more than 130 baby boxes and drawers the organization has established across nine states.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Frontpage MagazinePalestinians Should Strive to be Like Singapore Not Like Afghanistan

        If the United Arab Emirates can take such a dramatic and historic step as entering Holocaust Studies to its school curriculum, why can’t the Palestinians recognize the historical connections between the land of Israel and the Jewish people? Regrettably, if the Palestinian leaders and those who run its institutions dwell on hatred and on the destruction of Israel rather than improving the lives of the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza, their lot won’t be much better than that of Afghanistan. The Palestinian-Arabs are the most educated people in the Arab world. With the right mental attitude and with a focus on the betterment of life in the West Bank and Gaza, Palestine could become a Middle Eastern Singapore.xs

      • Deutsche WelleIran: 44th anniversary of revolution disrupted by [crackers]

        The government in Tehran claimed victory over the protests sparked by the death of Jina Mahsa Amini. But Iranians abroad held large protests against the Islamic Republic.

      • Common DreamsThe Corruption of the Right-Wing Supreme Court

        Under the guise of the regressive legal theory of “originalism,” the United States Supreme Court Republican-appointed majority has issued a series of ultra-right rulings on such vital issues as votingrights, gerrymandering, unionorganizing, the death penalty, environmental protection, guncontrol, abortion, and campaign finance. The end goal appears to be nothing less than the dismantling of the last vestiges of the New Deal and the Civil Rights movement.

      • Common DreamsThe GOP’s Grip on Power Undermines Democracy Across the South

        While Democrats defied historical trends in the 2022 midterm elections by blocking the Republican “red wave” that many pundits predicted would overtake the U.S. Congress, last year’s election resulted in significant GOP gains in Southern state legislatures, bolstering their control of the region’s politics.

      • TruthOutMinnesota Democrats Pass Expansive Voting Rights Bill in Committee
      • Modern DiplomacyIndia could be this decade’s China

        This could be India’s decade if it plays its cards right. The subcontinental state is poised to be the next China, even if its path will likely be less straightforward than that of China and more of a Leninist two steps forward, one step backwards.

      • Modern DiplomacyThe Large Informal Economy in Indonesia: an institutional weakness?

        Indonesia is one of the developing countries in Asia with a large number of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). In 2016, the Bureau of Statistics recorded that 99 percent of businesses in Indonesia could be classified as MSMEs and as many as 65 million MSMEs contribute 61 percent of the country’s total Gross Domestic […]

      • The Straits TimesMalaysia’s ‘sin industries’ plan for rising Islamic conservatism ahead of state polls

        Gaming outlets and major breweries are making contingency plans to guard their earnings.

      • Marcy WheelerSarah Huckabee Sanders’s Hallucinatory Vision Of America

        Republicans refuse to worship the false idols of the Woke Democratic Left.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • CPJJournalist Evan Lambert arrested, charged while covering Ohio train derailment

        Around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, Lambert was giving a live report for cable network NewsNation about a recent train derailment when at least four law enforcement officers approached and asked him to stop speaking because Ohio Governor Mike DeWine was simultaneously giving a press conference, according to NewsNation and news reports.

        Lambert finished his report, and then the officers, some with “Trooper” insignias on their uniforms and others in dark green shirts and khaki pants, surrounded him, pushed him to the ground, and handcuffed him, according to those sources.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Mexico News DailyThese couples made cross-cultural romance last

        Leigh Thelmadatter interviews Mexican-expat pairings who’ve made love work despite language, culture clashes, and opinionated in-laws.

      • Off GuardianInside the Iron Cage

        Edward Curtin “No one knows who will live in this [iron] cage in the future….” Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism I would prefer not to relay the following very strange story given to me by a fellow sociologist, but he had done me a number of favors…

      • Modern DiplomacyIncrease in Crimes against Dalits and Other Scheduled Castes in India

        One of the most severe hate crime laws in the world, India’s Prevention of Atrocities Act (PoA) seeks to punish and deter violence against Dalits (ex-untouchables) and Adivasis (tribals). However, worries over its efficacy in tackling historical oppression rule popular discourse in India and the international humanitarian community.

      • Off GuardianDistract, Divide and Conquer: The REAL State of Our Union

        John whitehead Step away from the blinders that partisan politics uses to distract, divide and conquer, and you will find that we are drowning in a cesspool of problems that individually and collectively threaten our lives, liberties, prosperity and happiness. These are not problems the politicians want to talk about, let alone address, yet we cannot …

      • BBCThe boxer who fled Iran seeking the freedom to fight

        Sadaf Khadem trains at her boxing club in Royan on the south-west coast of France three nights a week. The Iranian-born boxer hopes one day to go professional.

      • RFATibetan leader visits US, says Biden would meet Dalai Lama

        The White House did not respond to a request for comment from Radio Free Asia, but Tsering said Pelosi told him during a meeting at the Capitol on Wednesday, which also involved actor and Tibet supporter Richard Gere, that Biden would be open to meeting.

      • RFERLIranian Officials Urge Unions To More Strictly Adhere To Mandatory Hijab Law

        In recent weeks, numerous reports have been published detailing moves by authorities to seal businesses, restaurants, cafes, and in some cases even pharmacies because of owners and managers failing to observe Islamic laws and mandatory hijab rules.

        The wave of closings comes amid the months-long public anger that eru pted after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in September while in custody after being detained by morality police in Tehran for “improperly” wearing a head scarf.

      • India‘Unacceptable’: Taliban Beat & Arrest Professor Who Tore Degrees On TV In Support Of Women’s Education

        According to Radio Free Europe, the 37-year-old professor caught the eye of the Taliban and was brutally beaten up by officials on Thursday. He was also subsequently arrested for the dissent. Abdul Haq Hammad, a Taliban official from the Information and Culture Ministry, accused Mashal of “provoking people against the [current political] system.”

        Since December last year, the Taliban have carried out beatings and detained several people who have protested against its ban on women from pursuing university education. As a result, Mashal decided to take matters into his own hands and carried dozens of books on a cart named ‘Iqra’, which is Arabic for ‘read’, to distribute the reading material among women of Kabul.

      • The Times Of IsraelIraqis outraged after father kills YouTube star daughter

        The death of a young YouTube star at the hands of her father has sparked outrage in Iraq, where so-called “honor killings” continue to take place.

      • Gatestone InstituteIslamic Justice Prevails: Stripped Naked and Paraded in Egypt, Christian Grandmother Is Now the Guilty One

        Her “crime” was that her son was accused of being romantically involved with a Muslim woman. Islam assumes the man is superior, and that non-Muslims must never have authority over Muslims. Non-Muslim men may therefore never court or marry Muslim women, although Muslim men may court and marry non-Muslim women. Why do so many Western women support this unabashed discrimination?

      • Teen VogueAtlanta’s “Cop City”: HBCU Students and Faculty, Youth Organizations Fight Proposal

        On February 2, Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC) student organizers occupied a weekly campus “social justice and leadership” forum at the historically Black college Morehouse, per the university paper, The Maroon Tiger, to lobby the university community over Cop City. The organizers read a list of demands, including that Morehouse “denounce and sever their support in building” Cop City and that the college president follow suit.

      • SalonThe case to let children vote: Why law professor Adam Benforado calls for a “minor revolution”

        That starts by being honest with ourselves about some discomfiting contradictions in the status quo. “We’ve somehow ended up with a justice system that treats kids as adults when it comes to policing and punishment but not when it comes to basic rights,” he writes, noting that each year 76,000 children who aren’t allowed to watch R-rated movies are prosecuted as adults. In some states, they’re deemed fully responsible for rash choices made under peer pressure but not responsible enough to sell a bike or go to the dentist alone. These rules aren’t just wildly inconsistent; they’re also backwards, according to science. Studies show that a teen’s “capacity to understand and reason her way to a decision is comparable to an adult’s ability in situations that allow for coolheaded deliberation,” Benforado explains. In other words, research on the adolescent brain says “yes” to letting them vote and “no” to prison.

      • TruthOutBiden Pledged to Take On “Junk Fees.” He Should Start With Jails and Prisons.
      • JURISTUK government rejects call to resentence prisoners facing indeterminate jail terms

        The UK government Thursday rejected a call by the Justice Committee to resentence prisoners facing indeterminate jail terms under the abolished Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) scheme. This poses a major challenge to nearly 3,000 prisoners who were sentenced when the legislation was still in place but remain in prison despite the Committee’s proposal…

      • CNN‘Cow Hug Day’: How India’s attempt to rebrand Valentine’s Day backfired

        For centuries, cows have been considered sacred by India’s majority Hindu population, a symbol of both the Earth and the divine.

    • Monopolies

      • India TimesMicrosoft integrates Adobe’s PDF reader into Edge browser

        This integration will bring new features to Microsoft Edge’s built-in PDF reader, including more accurate colours and graphics, improved text selection, and the ability to read documents aloud for greater accessibility. Additionally, these new capabilities will be available for free to all users. By joining forces, Adobe and Microsoft are taking a significant step forward in their goal of transforming the way people work with digital content and furthering their commitment to making technology accessible to everyone.

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakMystery as Major Pirate IPTV Lawsuit Finds Itself Quietly Dismissed

          With a reputation for quality and sporting one of the most recognized brands to ever exist in the pirate IPTV marketplace, a big legal win over PrimeStreams would’ve been a PR coup for any rightsholder. Instead, two PrimeStreams-related lawsuits worth tens of millions in damages were quietly settled this week, despite what appeared to be a mountain of evidence. So what went wrong?

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • 🔤SpellBinding: FIOPXTS Wordo: MIENS
      • hijack a gre tunnel

        you’ll need a shell account on my box already to do this

        there’s a suid program named “hijack-gre-over-udp” that will
        allow you to point the remote end of a gre over udp tunnel
        to wherever it gets a packet from next.

        I’m thinking of changing it so that this command runs from
        a TCP port, and requires that the next packet it receives is from
        the same IP that the TCP connection is made from…

    • Politics

      • The Long Boom

        “The long boom” predicted growth that “could eventually double the world’s economy every dozen years”.


        So. Question. How is the world economy going to double every 12 years and sustain that? One could quote Professor Al Bartlett who began his one-hour talk with the statement, “The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.” And if one tells only of the boom one might miss the busts and the benefits going mostly to those not less equal than others. How fares the rest of this story?

    • Technical

      • Package Management – Identifiers

        The other really big topic when it comes to package is how to identify them. This is a lot more complicated because I view packages in a polyglot manner instead of a single foreign ecosystem.

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

Too Many Ads, Michael, Don’t Complain That Readers Are Blocking Them

Posted in Deception, Marketing, Microsoft at 10:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Phoronix Microsoft content (latest story):

Phoronix Microsoft content

Phoronix content today (Microsoft GitHub):

Phoronix content

Summary: Michael Larabel of Phoronix habitually complains that readers of Phoronix block ads; but look what he has turned the site into. The actual content is about 25%* of the page!

* An associate of ours has another take on this. It might be useful to make a distinction between advertisements and JavaScript (in the above, there’s clearly an overlap between the two things). Malvertising usually rides along in JavaScript, but JavaScript and advertisements are really, in principle, two separate things. It would be disingenuous of Mr. Larabel to try to conflate the two. Many people who are still visiting his site without JavaScript turned on (executed on their PCs) probably have no problem with actual advertisements (per se), but these advertisements get blocked along with the malicious JavaScript. The content of these pages might be substantially less than 25% if one counts the scripts (but not the graphics). His latest post, for example, is about 430kB minus the graphics and minus most scripts. Yet the text itself is about 2kB, which is 0.47%. Of course 0.47% is less than 25% by a lot.

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