Richard Stallman Celebrates His 70th Birthday in a Few Weeks, GNU Turns 40 Half a Year Later

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF at 9:41 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

FSF in Twitter latest
GNU’s midlife crisis? This was posted an hour ago in Twitter.

Summary: There are some important events this year; it’ll be a good opportunity to remind people what GNU is and where it came from

THE latest tweet from the Free Software Foundation (FSF) was published one hour ago. It’s shown above. We remarked on it before as it’s one of many such tweets. Less than a decade ago Richard Stallman told me what he thought of Twitter — a platform that might be gone in a few years.

The ‘life cycle’ of software is relatively short. GNU, however, has been around for very long.

“Let’s hope GNU can survive and thrive for another 40 years.”The movement which started (unofficially) in a 1983 announcement was preceded by so-called ‘hacker culture’. One might argue that Freely-shared (libre) software was commonplace before GNU, but the message was formalised the following year and now we see GNU/Linux prevalent even on the client side. In a lot of ways GNU was a great success, but the corporate media will never admit this. It’ll barely even name GNU. That’s just because such media has its own agenda.

Let’s hope GNU can survive and thrive for another 40 years.

Links 20/02/2023: Microsoft’s Outlook Broken Again

Posted in News Roundup at 9:17 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Kernel Space

      • GhacksLinux Kernel 6.2 is out with Intel Arc and Sony PlayStation controller support

        Linux Kernel 6.2 is now available.

      • TechRadar Linux Kernel 6.2 is here, and it now has mainline support for Apple M1 chips

        Version 6.2 of the Linux operating system has been released, and while those expecting sweeping feature additions might be disappointed, one change will stand out for many.

        In a short blog post (opens in new tab), Linux founder and lead developer Linus Torvalds explained that, in the lead up to the release, there had been a few small fixes, stating: “I wasn’t going to apply any last-minute patches that weren’t actively pushed by maintainers”.

      • Linux Magazine Linux Kernel 6.2 Released with New Hardware Support

        The latest, greatest Linux kernel has arrived and it includes a number of improvements for hardware support, performance, and security.

        In a recent email to the LKML mailing list, Linus Torvalds had this to say: “But in the meantime, please do give 6.2 a testing. Maybe it’s not a sexy LTS release like 6.1 ended up being, but all those regular pedestrian kernels want some test love too.”

        Although 6.2 might not be “sexy,” it still has plenty to offer. First up are hardware improvements that include out-of-the-box support for Intel Arc graphics and Intel’s On-Demand driver. As well, Skylake CPUs have gained a significant performance increase with an addition that’s designed to address the Retbleed CPU vulnerability.

      • Ubuntu PitLinux Kernel 6.2 Officially Released: Exciting Changes and Improvements

        In a statement sent out to the Linux kernel developer mailing list (LKML) introducing Linux Kernel 6.2, Linus Torvalds enthusiastically invites people to try it out.

      • Ubuntu HandbookLinux Kernel 6.2 Released! How to Install in Ubuntu 22.04 / Linux Mint 21

        Linux Kernel 6.2 was release this Sunday. Linus Torvalds announced it at lkml.org: So here we are, right on (the extended) schedule, with 6.2 out. Nothing unexpected happened last week, with just a random selection of small fixes spread all over, with nothing really standing out.

      • Ubuntu PitLinux 6.3 Merge Window: A Sneak Peek into the Exciting New Features Coming Your Way

        Get ready, as the Linux 6.2 merge window is about to be unveiled! This will mark the official commencement of a two-week period in which all new features and changes for Linux 6.3 are incorporated into one release.

    • Applications

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Linux HintHow to Install Mousepad Text Editor on Linux Mint 21

        To Install Mousepad on Linux Mint 21 there are three ways: through Apt, through Flatpak. Read this guide for a complete guide.

      • ID RootHow To Install Nmon on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Nmon on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Nmon (Nigel’s performance Monitor) is a popular performance monitoring tool for Linux operating systems.

      • Linux HintVim Spell Check

        Practical tutorial on how to enable the Vim spell-check feature using the commands that allow us to navigate through the misspelled words along with examples.

      • Linux HintVimrc Tutorial

        Tutorial on the customization of the Vim editor in the .vimrc configuration file using different configuration settings, programming language, file types.

      • Linux HintLinux File Encryption

        Practical guide on how to use the GPG utility to encrypt and decrypt the Linux files to prevent the unauthorized access to delicate information using examples.

      • Linux HintHow to Install the Vim Plugins

        Guide on the method to install the Vim plugins in Linux to add a functionality to the text editor using the plugin manager by implementing practical examples.

      • Trend OceansHow to Change DNS in Linux and Windows for Secure and Fast Response

        It only takes a few easy steps to modify the DNS settings on a Linux or Windows machine to get the most secure and fastest response times when using the internet.

      • UNIX CopInstalling DDoS Deflate to evade DoS attacks

        Hello, friends. In this post, you will learn how to install DDoS Deflate to evade DoS attacks on your system. This simple tool can help save your server.

      • Jeff Layton: Using kdevops to test the Linux kernel NFS server

        A few months ago, I transitioned from working on CephFS full time back to helping maintain the Linux kernel NFS server (aka knfsd). Chuck Lever (the primary maintainer) and I have a long-term goal to improve testing of incoming changes. In particular, we’d like to have some sort of continuous integration (CI) to help catch regressions.

        After reviewing a few options, I settled on kdevops since it’s being adopted by several filesystem teams, and configuring and running it uses tools familiar to kernel developers. It’s configured using the same Kconfig system that the Linux kernel uses, and provisioning and running machines is done using make targets.

        Importantly, it is (supposedly) infrastructure-neutral. It can spin up virtual machines locally, using vagrant, or in several major cloud environments using terraform. In principle, it should be possible to run the same set of tests in either environment without any modifications.

      • Kushal Das: Networking in podman 4.x

        podman 4.0 has a new networking stack. It
        uses Netavark for network setup (this
        is a direct replacement for CNI), and also uses Aardvark
        server. Both of these tools
        are written from scratch in Rust keeping the requirements of podman in mind.

        At the time of writing this blog post, we have podman-4.4.1 in Fedora 37, and podman-4.2.0 in Almalinux9.

      • H2S MediaWhy do we use Homebrew on Ubuntu Linux?

        Are you an Ubuntu user looking for a more efficient and fast package management solution apart from the default APT? If so, installing a Homebrew setup on your Linux machine is the way to go.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Discord on Fedora Linux

        Discord is a free voice, video, and text chat app used by millions of people ages 13+ to talk and hang out with their communities and friends.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install PyCharm on Fedora Linux

        PyCharm is a popular integrated development environment (IDE) for programming in Python. It is known for its user-friendly interface and robust features, which make it a preferred choice for developers over other competing software options. One of PyCharm‘s standout features is its intelligent code completion, saving developers significant time when writing and debugging code.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Python on Fedora Linux

        Python is a high-level programming language that has gained tremendous popularity over the years. Created in the late 1980s by Guido van Rossum, Python is known for its simplicity, readability, and ease of use.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Linux Kernel 6.2 on Rocky Linux EL9 or EL8

        The Linux operating system is a popular open-source platform used by developers, businesses, and individuals for its stability, security, and flexibility. Linux Kernel 6.2 is the latest version of the Linux Kernel, officially released by its creator, Linus Torvalds.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install MySQL 8.0 on Fedora Linux

        MySQL 8.0 is a popular and widely used open-source relational database management system. It was first released in April 2018 and was developed and maintained by Oracle Corporation. MySQL 8.0 is a major update that includes significant improvements in performance, security, and scalability.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Firefox Nightly on Fedora Linux

        Firefox Nightly is a pre-release version of the popular Mozilla Firefox browser designed for developers and advanced users who want to test the latest features and capabilities of the browser.

      • Linux Shell TipsExifTool – Read, Write and Manipulate Image, Audio, Video and PDF Metadata

        Every multimedia whether in a form of image, audio, or video comes with specific information that we call metadata…

      • LinuxTutoHow to Install Vue.js on Ubuntu 22.04

        Vue.js is a popular open-source JavaScript framework used for building user interfaces and single-page applications.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Google Chrome on Fedora Linux

        Google Chrome is a popular web browser developed by Google. It was first released in 2008 and has gained a significant market share, becoming the most widely used browser globally. The browser is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android and is known for its speed, simplicity, and security features.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install LXDE on Fedora Linux

        LXDE, short for Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, is a free and open-source desktop environment designed for low-resource computers, such as older machines, netbooks, and embedded systems. It is built using the GTK+ toolkit and offers a clean and simple interface that is easy to navigate.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install VLC Media Player on Fedora Linux

        VLC media player is a popular and versatile multimedia player that is free and open-source. It is available on various platforms, including Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install GIMP on Fedora Linux

        GIMP, or the GNU Image Manipulation Program, is a powerful open-source image editing software that can be used for many creative tasks, from photo retouching to graphic design. It is available for multiple operating systems, including Linux, Windows, and Mac.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Ubuntu PitTokodon 23.02.0 Released: Enhancing Your Mastodon Experience on Linux

          Tokodon 23.02.0 has been released, and it is an exciting update for Linux users who use Mastodon, the popular open-source social network. Tokodon is a Mastodon client designed specifically for Linux users, offering an easy-to-use interface and seamless integration with the Mastodon platform.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • LinuxiacUsers Are Worried: What’s Going On with SolusOS

      Solus is a fully-fledged, independent rolling release Linux distribution targeted at desktop users. It is unique because it is written from scratch and has its repositories and package manager, EOPKG. In addition, the distro is traditionally associated with Budgie as its flagship desktop environment.

      While receiving less attention than other leading desktop-oriented Linux distros such as Ubuntu, Fedora, Linux Mint, and others, Solus has a devoted fan base concerned about what has been happening to their favorite distro in the last month. Here’s what it is all about.

    • Drew DeVaultPorting Helios to aarch64 for my FOSDEM talk, part one

      Helios is a microkernel written in the Hare programming language, and the
      subject of a talk I did at FOSDEM earlier this month. You can watch the talk
      here if you like:

      A while ago I promised someone that I would not do any talks on Helios until I
      could present them from Helios itself, and at FOSDEM I made good on that
      promise: my talk was presented from a Raspberry Pi 4 running Helios. The kernel
      was originally designed for x86_64 (though we were careful to avoid painting
      ourselves into any corners so that we could port it to more architectures later
      on), and I initially planned to write an Intel HD Graphics driver so that I
      could drive the projector from my laptop. But, after a few days spent trying to
      comprehend the IHD manuals, I decided it would be much easier to port the
      entire system to aarch64 and write a driver for the much-simpler RPi GPU
      instead. 42 days later the port was complete, and a week or so after that I
      successfully presented the talk at FOSDEM. In a series of blog posts, I will
      take a look at those 42 days of work and explain how the aarch64 port works.
      Today’s post focuses on the bootloader.

      The Helios boot-up process is:

      1. Bootloader starts up and loads the kernel, then jumps to it
      2. The kernel configures the system and loads the init process
      3. Kernel provides runtime services to init (and any subsequent processes)
  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • Linux HintIsdigit() Function in C Language

        Guide on how to use the isdigit() function in C language, the theoretical description of this function, its syntax, input and output arguments, and data type.

      • TecAdminHow to Get the Current Timestamp in JavaScript

        In JavaScript, there are several ways to retrieve the current timestamp. One of the simplest and most efficient ways to do this is by using the built-in Date.now() method.

      • Geeks For GeeksLambda Expressions in JavaScript

        A lambda expression is a code you enter to define a short function.

      • Geeks For GeeksHow to loop through an array using forEach in JavaScript ?

        Iterating through an array in JavaScript can be done in multiple ways. One of the most common methods is using the traditional for loop.

      • TecAdminWhat are the Built-in Methods?

        In programming, a method is a block of code that performs a specific task or action. Built-in methods, also known as native methods or standard methods, are pre-defined methods that are included as part of a programming language.

      • Perl / Raku

        • Rakulang2023.08 Gherkining

          Anton Antonov created a new Raku module (Gherkin::Grammar), expanding on the work that the late Robert Lemmen did on integrating Gherkin as a test methodology in the Raku Programming Language. And posted an introduction to it.

      • Python

        • Linux HintPandas to HTML

          Tutorial on how to alter a Pandas DataFrame into an HTML table using the “pandas.DataFrame.to_html()” method by designing the DataFrame that renders into HTML.

        • Linux HintPandas Rolling Correlation

          Tutorial on how to compute the rolling correlation on a Pandas DataFrame and find the rolling correlation using the “DataFrame_object.rolling().corr()” method.

        • Linux HintPandas Exponential Moving Average

          Tutorial on the concept of calculating the exponential weighted moving average in Pandas to compute the averages of distinct subsets of the entire dataset.

        • Linux HintPandas Fill Nan with 0

          Practical tutorial on how to change the NaN values in a row or column of a Pandas DataFrame to 0 using fillna() and replace() methods to reduce the complexity.

        • Linux HintPandas Export to CSV

          Tutorial on how to utilize the “to_csv()” Pandas method to export a Pandas DataFrame into a CSV file as a comma-separated value (CSV) datatype to your machine.

        • Linux HintPandas Filter by Index

          Comprehensive tutorial on how to retrieve the DataFrame rows based on their indexes in Pandas using the syntax of the filter() function along with examples.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Stacey on IoTHere’s where the CSA’s new health effort should focus

        After successfully bringing together more than 500 companies to create the Matter smart home interoperability standard, the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) has set its sights on an audacious new standards plan.

  • Leftovers

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Politics

      • Mandatory Planet-Wrecking

        Right wing think tanks (like ALEC and TPPF) are pushing laws that would prevent state agencies from contracting with financial companies unless they prop up fossil fuels, and Texas has already signed into law an implementation of their model bill.

        “Free trade, free speech for me but not for you” seems to be their motto. “Regulation, overreach for you but not for me”, their jam.

    • Technical

      • Random SSL Things

        One is that we’re supposed to call it TLS; apparently Microsoft had too much pride to take a knee and use a Netscape protocol, and so SSL had to be renamed.

      • Eyeball-Minute Land

        Just as we pay our electric company by the kilowatt-hour, modern media, from cable channels to newspapers to recipe blogs to social media, is paid by the eyeball-minute. More eyeball-minutes equal more ads equal more money. It’s not enough for a site to have good content, provide it to their users, and then have those users fuck off and do something else. The pool of new users to extract eyeball-minutes from would run dry quickly. Users must instead be kept “engaged” with new content which is constantly evolving to their tastes.

      • Internet Office Hours, a new podcast

        @frotz@mstdn.games, @phf@tabletop.social and I recorded a podcast episode! The podcast has exactly one episode. No promises for more. But we had fun doing it, and I like the format: We all come unprepared, everybody can propose a topic and then we decide what to talk about. This time we decided to talk about the idea of having rules without a setting.

      • Yak Attak

        My biggest coup in this regard is getting OpenJDK 19 running. I have little grokage as to what the actual differences are amongst the arm architectures. My system is 64 bit on Raspi 4B, and it seems to be able to handle aarch64 “sometimes”, if I respecify that as armhf.

      • Freezr “P.E.B.C.A.K.”

        I already had a similar board before: the Pine64 Rock64 (4GB); that I bought for the same reason (cheap price) and I sold right after for the same issue I am having right now: poor OS support.

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

The EPO’s War of Attrition Against Its Own Staff

Posted in Europe, Patents at 11:55 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum b46c92177afd583a1c61052a54147edc
Union Attrition
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: In an act of apparent union-busting, the EPO seems to be replacing unionised staff with low-paid and new staff, which is moreover subjected to hot-desking, rendering a culture of networking for collective action a lot harder

WITH an upcoming election (a real one, not the phony coronation of Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos, where the ‘voters’ receive bribes), the staff union of the EPO (SUEPO) distributes this document about a meeting which took place 4 days ago.

Earlier this month the SUEPO Munich Chairman’s report said that the Office had laid off all the canteen staff and also mentioned the financial problems: “The membership income is however decreasing slowly since more staff are going on pension than are hired by the EPO.”

This concern is now echoed here:

He reminded everyone that the salary adjustment entered into force at the beginning of the year. Since the membership fees are connected to the salary scale (2,6% of the basic salary of the first step in every grade), these will also increase accordingly.

Also, the chair mentioned that although the number of members is stable the ration between Active and Non-active members is moving towards the Non-active ones. These are the members going in pension at reduced membership fee. As such in the midterm the fees will be raised to cover the costs.

As noted in a video last week, it seems like the EPO hopes to replace qualified and experienced examiners with a bunch of scabs who won’t unionise and can barely afford to, either (low salaries). The EPO bragged about hiring such low-paid staff earlier this month in its official blog.

Links 20/02/2023: GNU Linux-Libre 6.2

Posted in News Roundup at 10:50 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • 9to5Linux9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: February 19th, 2023

      This has been a great week with great news, starting with the release of the KDE Plasma 5.27 LTS desktop environment and the Linux 6.2 kernel, and continuing with the launch of the Firefox 110 web browser and the announcement of the real-time Ubuntu kernel.

      On top of that, I tell you all about the default Linux kernels of the upcoming Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS and Debian GNU/Linux 12 “Bookworm” releases, and also share news about some of the latest Open Source software and distro releases.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • ZDNetThe best Linux distros for beginners in 2023

        If you’re new to Linux, you might feel intimated to use it. Thankfully, with the best Linux distros for beginners, you don’t have to possess any coding or programming experience. And most are free to use.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Jupiter BroadcastingRolling Papercuts | LINUX Unplugged 498

        Sometimes running the latest and greatest means you have to pave your own path. This week two examples from living on the edge.

      • Bryan LundukeOpenBSD, HelloSystem, and BSD Rabbit Holes

        Listen now (31 min) | The Lunduke Journal of Technology Podcast – Feb 19, 2023

      • VideoInstallation And First Look Of CachyOS – Invidious

        Today, I’m taking a look at CachyOS, which is an Arch-based Linux distro that offers several desktop environments, as well as offering their own custom web browser and a variety of kernel options. CachyOS might be the ideal choice for those looking for a powerful, customizable and fast operating system.

    • Kernel Space

    • Applications

      • Linux LinksMachine Learning in Linux: Demucs – music source separation

        This series looks at highly promising machine learning and deep learning software for Linux.

        Demucs is billed as “a state-of-the-art music source separation model, currently capable of separating drums, bass, and vocals from the rest of the accompaniment”. It’s based on a U-Net convolutional architecture inspired by Wave-U-Net. Version 4 features Hybrid Transformer Demucs, a hybrid spectrogram/waveform separation model using Transformers. It sounds impressive, but what are the results like?

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • University of TorontoUsing web server reverse proxying to deal with file access permissions

        Today, in a blinding flash of the obvious, I realized that an alternate approach to solving this problem is reverse proxies. For each set of files with Unix access restrictions, we can use or set up a login that specifically has access to them, then have that login run a simple web server that serves those files. Then the main web server reverse proxies to all of those sub-servers, with appropriate HTTP Basic Authentication or other access controls in front. Each sub-server has strictly limited access to its own files, and the main Apache server doesn’t need to have access to anything (beyond the ability to talk to the sub-servers). Much as with our regular user-run web servers, a sub-server could run potentially dangerous things like PHP without endangering anyone else.

      • ID RootHow To Install Darktable on Fedora 37

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Darktable on Fedora 37. For those of you who didn’t know, Darktable is an open-source photography workflow application and raw developer.

      • It’s UbuntuHow To Add A Debian Repository

        Last Updated on February 20, 2023 by itsubuntu Methods To Add A Debian Repository There are several methods to add a Debian repository to your Debian. Before adding a Debian repository, let’s go through the basic steps so that you can easily add a Debian repository.

      • LinuxConfigLinux Configuration files: Top 30 most important
      • Linux HandbookWhat are /dev/random and /dev/urandom in Linux?

        Both /dev/random and /dev/urandom are used for generating random numbers in Linux. Learn more about them.

      • OSTechNixHow To Use LVM Snapshot To Backup Your Data In Linux

        This guide explains what is LVM snapshots, how to create a new snapshot volume, restore snapshot volume, and extend the snapshot volume in Linux with examples.

      • TecMintHow to Run Commands from Standard Input Using Tee and Xargs in Linux

        While using the command line, you can directly pass the output of one program (for example a tool that generates some system information or statistics) as input for another program…

    • Games

      • Boiling SteamDredge: Impressions After 10 Hours at the Wheel (on the Steam Deck)

        I have been spending more than 10 hours on Dredge by now, and while the game is only planned to release at the end of March 2023, this is probably as close to a real review that this will get…

      • Boiling SteamWarpips Free on the Epic Games Store, Previewed on Linux

        A short piece of news and a quick video preview about Warpips! Warpips is actually a game I had on my Steam wishlist for a long time…

      • The Kent StaterFinding a home in gaming

        Thiago Mendes came to Kent State from his home in Brazil hoping to grow as a person and further his education. What he did not know is that his love for League of Legends, one of the biggest games in the world, would help him adjust to his new home.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • Unicorn MediaXfce 4.18’s Improvements Include Thunar and Under the Hood

        These days, Xfce is hard to miss. In some distributions, it is the default desktop environment, and few do not offer it as an alternative. In user polls over the last decade, it is consistently a close second to KDE’s Plasma. Advertising itself as fast, lightweight, visually appealing and easy to use, Xfce has become one the leading Linux desktops, with a popularity that shows no sign of waning.

        It wasn’t always that way. Founded in 1996 and originally based on the Common Desktop Environment (CDE), Xfce spent half its existence as a distant third to GNOME and KDE which constantly vied for first and second for popularity in user polls.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • OMG! LinuxGNOME Console Devs Add a Useful New Feature

          Console’s tab overview speeds-up switching between terminal tabs by giving you a top-level look at all your open tabs and running process. Like a bird to a worm, you can spot the one you need and click on it (or select it with the keyboard) to swoop in and interact.

        • Emmanuele Bassi: Writing Bindable API, 2023 Edition

          First of all, you should go on the gobject-introspection website
          and read the page on how to write bindable API. What
          I’m going to write here is going to build upon what’s already documented, or
          will update the best practices, so if you maintain a GObject/C library, or
          you’re writing one, you must be familiar with the basics of
          gobject-introspection. It’s 2023: it’s already too bad we’re still writing C
          libraries, we should at the very least be responsible about it.

          A specific note for people maintaining an existing GObject/C library with an
          API designed before the mainstream establishment of gobject-introspection
          (basically, anything written prior to 2011): you should really consider
          writing all new types and entry points with gobject-introspection in mind,
          and you should also consider phasing out older API and replacing it
          piecemeal with a bindable one. You should have done this 10 years ago, and I
          can already hear the objections, but: too bad. Just because you made an
          effort 10 years ago it doesn’t mean things are frozen in time, and you don’t
          get to fix things. Maintenance means constantly tending to your code, and
          that doubly applies if you’re exposing an API to other people.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • UbuntubuzzRecommended 32-bit Free OSes for Your Old Computers 2023

      Do you have an old/unused computer? This is a recommendation list of 32-bit (also known as x86 and i386) free operating systems in-2023-and-beyond for your old machines. With one of these, you can revive your laptop and desktop and get latest versions of thousands of software running to your benefits. They are fully functional OSes, supported and developed by the community. This is an alternative solution to Microsoft Windows which now does not support older specifications anymore. Finally, happy reading, we hope you will like this!

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Barry Kauleryoutube-dl YouTube Downloader is broken

      I received an email from Smithy letting me know about this, so
      passing on the information.

      I updated ‘youtube-dl’ python script before releasing Easy 4.99,
      just assumed it would be OK. But it isn’t. There are issues posted


      Looks like we need to wait for a fixed release. YouTube will be
      delighted; they keep moving the goal post to try and thwart the
      downloaders, youtube-dl gets updated, and the game goes

    • Daniel Stenberg7.88.1 the second final one

      Things did not work out the way we had planned. The 7.88.0 release that was supposed to be the last curl version 7 release contained a nasty bug that made us decide that we better ship an update once that is fixed. This is the update. The second final version 7 release.

    • MedevelActivepieces: An Open Source No-code Automation Tool, Alternative to Zapier and IFTTT

      Activepieces is a free web-based automation solution that allows you to automate almost anything without the need to code. Moreover, as a self-hosted system on your own server without any extra cost, which is an ideal solution for freelancers, web, and

    • OpenSource.com4 questions open source engineers should ask to mitigate risk at scale

      At Shopify, we use and maintain a lot of open source projects, and every year we prepare for Black Friday Cyber Monday (BFCM) and other high-traffic events to make sure our merchants can sell to their buyers. To do this, we built an infrastructure platform at a large scale that is highly complex, interconnected, globally distributed, requiring thoughtful technology investments from a network of teams. We’re changing how the internet works, where no single person can oversee the full design and detail at our scale.

      Over BFCM 2022, we served 75.98M requests per minute to our commerce platform at peak. That’s 1.27M requests per second. Working at this massive scale in a complex and interdependent system, it would be impossible to identify and mitigate every possible risk. This article breaks down a high-level risk mitigation process into four questions that can be applied to nearly any scenario to help you make the best use of your time and resources available.

      1. What are the risks?

      To inform mitigation decisions, you must first understand the current state of affairs. We expand our breadth of knowledge by learning from people from all corners of the platform. We run “what could go wrong” (WCGW) exercises where anyone building or interested in infrastructure can highlight a risk. These can be technology risks, operational risks, or something else. Having this unfiltered list is a great way to get a broad understanding of what could happen.

      The goal here is visibility.

      2. What is worth mitigating?

      Great brainstorming leaves us with a large and daunting list of risks. With limited time to fix things, the key is to prioritize what is most important to our business. To do this, we vote on risks, then gather technical experts to discuss highest ranked risks in more detail, including their likelihood and severity. We make decisions about what and how to mitigate, and which team will own each action item.

    • OpenSource.comKubernetes policy engines: OPA vs. Kyverno vs. jsPolicy

      A Kubernetes policy engine is essential for keeping your cluster safe and ensuring policies are set correctly at the outset. For example, you probably need a policy to control who has the authority to set a privileged pod. These engines define what end users can do on the cluster and ensure that clusters can communicate. Any time a Kubernetes object is created, a policy evaluates and validates or mutates the request. Policies can apply across a namespace or different pods with a specific label in the cluster.

      Kubernetes policy engines block objects that could harm or affect the cluster if they don’t meet the policy’s requirements. Using policies enables users to build complex configurations that other tools, such as Terraform or Ansible, cannot achieve.

      The policy landscape has evolved in recent years, and the number of policy engines available continues to increase. Newer products compete against well-established tools.

      This article highlights some features you should look for in a policy engine and where these three examples excel and underperform. It compares three popular open source policy engines, Open Policy Agent (OPA), Kyverno, and jsPolicy.

    • GNU Projects

      • 9to5LinuxGNU Linux-Libre 6.2 Kernel Is Here for Software Freedom Lovers

        Based on the recently released Linux 6.2 kernel series, the GNU Linux-libre 6.2 kernel (codenamed “la quinceañera”) is here to the 15th anniversary of the initial release of the Linux-libre project by Jeff Moe.

        It cleans up new blob requests in the open-source Nouveau graphics driver for NVIDIA GPUs, adjusts the cleaning up of the Radeon GPU and mt7921 Wi-Fi drivers, cleans up new blobs in the vgxy61 driver, and disables blob requests in the mt7622, mt7996 Wi-Fi, and bcm4377 Bluetooth drivers.

    • Programming/Development

      • Python

        • EarthlyBuild a Data Dashboard with Streamlit in Python

          Streamlit is an open-source Python framework that lets you turn data scripts into shareable web apps in minutes. Streamlit makes it easy for data scientists and analysts to create and deploy interactive visualizations and dashboards for machine learning models and other Python applications.

          You need almost no experience with building front ends to get started with Streamlit. It is designed to do the heavy lifting of generating an intuitive and responsive interface from a simple Python script.

  • Leftovers

    • Minister: 118,000 buildings collapsed, severely damaged in earthquake zone

      Some 927,000 buildings have been inspected in the earthquake-hit provinces, said Murat Kurum.

    • NYPostTurkey earthquake rescuers save small dog trapped in rubble

      The video, recorded by Gurcan Ozturk on Feb. 8, shows the dog, named Pambuk, taking sips of water while it waited patiently to be freed from the rubble by rescuers.

    • ÇİĞDEM MATER INTERVIEWS MÜCELLA YAPICI: ‘Contractors are merely the hired guns and racketeers of this crooked system’

      Mücella Yapıcı, who as a UCTEA executive played an important role in the organization of the rescue teams during the 1999 earthquake, answered the questions of Çiğdem Mater, who, like her, received the news of the Maraş earthquakes in prison.

    • The Straits TimesBroken wires, faulty renovation caused collapse of 145-year-old bridge in India

      At least 135 people died at the landmark hanging bridge, also a tourist spot.

    • Türkiye earthquake toll exceeds 41,000

      Search and rescue operations have been concluded in eight provinces other than Maraş and Hatay, the two hardest hit ones.

    • Earthquake death toll ‘much higher than official figures,’ says governor

      The governor who is coordinating the efforts in the affected provinces has apologized to the earthquake survivors.

    • Counter PunchLetter to Tim Cook, Other Ultra-rich CEOs and Hedge Fund Titans

      The victims of the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Turkey and Syria need your help now. The surviving families and children and those rescued alive from the rubble are in serious danger in affected wintertime impoverished regions. Refugees in other places fleeing their war-torn homelands are also suffering. International aid agencies are grossly insufficient for these immediate humanitarian necessities.

      What are you Big Business Titans doing sitting on massive pay, profits and tax escapes? Awakening your consciousness for your fellow human beings may be a modest form of redemption. Further, you have access to logistics specialists, delivery systems, communication facilities and many other contacts and resources. You get your calls returned! Fast!

    • Terence EdenShakespeare’s Missing Smile

      So, can anyone find a pre-1709 version of The Winter’s Tale which omits Sir Smile’s smile?

      The investigation continues!

    • BBCUkraine war: How the conflict is creating family rifts in Russia

      It is hard to get an accurate picture of exactly how people in the country feel about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, given legislation which outlaws any comments deemed to discredit the military, or which refer to the military action as a war rather than a “special military operation”.

      But a survey published in November 2022 by an independent Russian research group suggests it is dividing generations – 75% of respondents aged 40 and over said they supported the war, compared with 62% of those aged 18-24.

    • Federal News NetworkBlinken arrives for tour of Turkey’s earthquake zone

      U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has arrived in Turkey, where he set off for a tour of the earthquake disaster zone accompanied by his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu. They left Incirlik air base near Adana by helicopter Sunday for nearby Hatay province, one of the areas hardest hit by the Feb. 6 quake. Blinken is on his first trip to NATO ally Turkey since he took office two years ago. He is due to visit a tent city established for those displaced by the earthquake, which has killed at least 44,000 in Turkey and Syria, before touring an aid distribution center, Turkish officials said.

    • Thomas Vander Stichele: All Teams

      “I have hands but I am doing all I can to have daily independence so I can’t be ‘all hands’ at work. I can share ideas, show up, and ask for help when I physically can’t use my hands. Belonging means folks with one hand, no hand and limited hands are valued in the workplace.” - Dr. Akilah Cadet

    • Science

    • Education

      • Helsinki TimesYLE publishes search engine for schools, drawing criticism

        YLE has kindled heated political and public discussion by publishing a search engine that reveals how many pupils in each primary school study Finnish as a second language.

        Minister of Education Li Andersson (LA) and Minister of Science and Culture Petri Honkonen (Centre) on Friday expressed their disapproval with the search engine, with the former viewing that it exacerbates school inequalities and stigmatises foreign-language pupils.

    • Hardware

      • MaskRayLinker notes on x86

        This article describes target-specific things about x86 in ELF linkers. I will use “x86″ to refer to both x86-32 and x86-64.

      • HackadayPingo Is An Analog Clock That Uses Colors Instead Of Hands

        The purpose of a clock is to show the time, obviously. But if you’ve followed Hackaday for some time, you’ll know there are about a million different ways of achieving this. [illusionmanager] added yet another method in his Pingo Color Clock, which, as the name suggests, uses color as the main indicator.

      • HackadayUV Photography Box Is Great For Shooting Fancy Rocks

        If you want to shoot photographs of various fluorescent UV-related phenomena, it’s hard to do so when ambient light is crowding out your subject. For this work, you’ll want a dedicated UV photography box, and [NotLikeALeafOnTheWind] has a design that might just work for you.

      • The Straits TimesTop Chinese scientists sketch out plans to thwart US chip curbs

        The experts said Beijing should amass a portfolio of patents that govern the next generation of chipmaking.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • New York TimesMany in East Palestine Seek Out Their Own Screenings for Toxic Chemicals

        The moves reflect residents’ deep-seated mistrust of government screenings of toxic chemicals and fears of long-term effects from the train derailment.

      • New York TimesAs the Pandemic Swept America, Deaths in Prisons Rose Nearly 50 Percent

        ‌The first comprehensive data on prison fatalities in the Covid era sheds new light on where and why prisoners were especially vulnerable.

      • Antivax lies about vaccines and infant mortality, 12 years later

        I’ve lost track of the number of times that I’ve written this in the three years since a novel coronavirus causing a deadly respiratory disease that came to be named COVID-19 started spreading from Asia to Europe and the rest of the world. Unfortunately, however, yet another opportunity has arisen to say it again. In the world of antivaccine misinformation, disinformation, conspiracy theories, and pseudoscience, everything old is new again. Antivaccine misinformation that I first encountered a decade—or even two decades!—ago has been reborn and repurposed to attack COVID-19 vaccines, while the fear of COVID-19 vaccines has led previously COVID-19 vaccine-only antivaxxers to embrace all manner of old antivaccine misinformation about vaccines other than COVID-19 vaccines. It’s an amplification loop in which old techniques of demonizing vaccines applied to COVID-19 that seem new because no one other than antivaxxers and those of us who were paying attention to antivaxxers before the pandemic had encountered it metastasize back to affect all childhood vaccines again, thus fomenting a more general vaccine hesitancy for all vaccines, even among people who would have considered themselves “pro-vaccine” before the pandemic. In brief, “new school” COVID-19 antivaxxers are increasingly becoming indistinguishable from “old school” antivaxxers. That’s why it should be no surprise that antivaxxers are taking full advantage in order to use COVID-19 vaccine mandates to attack all vaccine mandates, including school mandates. Antivaxxers are also using distrust of COVID-19 vaccines to promote general distrust of all vaccines, especially childhood vaccines

      • Federal News NetworkHealth care vaccine mandate remains as some push for an end

        A federal mandate for health care workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 has been in place nationally for a year. An Associated Press analysis has identified about 750 nursing homes and 110 hospitals nationwide that have been cited for violations. Most were given a bureaucratic nudge to do better — though some nursing homes were fined, especially when they also had other problems.  Some nursing home administrators say the vaccine mandate has made it harder for them to fully staff their facilities. They want the mandate to be repealed. But some public health experts say it is still protecting patients and staff.

      • New YorkerIs Artificial Light Poisoning the Planet?

        A Swedish ecologist argues that its ubiquity is wrecking our habitats—and our health.

      • Science AlertGroup of Scientists Propose a New Driver of Alzheimer’s Disease: Fructose

        An old survival instinct could be harming us.

      • Science AlertMushroom Extract Shown to Dramatically Improve Brain-Cell Growth in The Lab

        In mice, memory was also boosted ‘significantly’.

    • Proprietary

    • Security

      • Security WeekGoDaddy Says Recent Hack Part of Multi-Year Campaign

        GoDaddy recently discovered a hacker attack where a sophisticated threat group infected websites and servers with malware.

      • Pen Test PartnersFinding forensics breadcrumbs in Android image storage

        Introduction Our digital forensics work is wide and varied.

      • Bruce SchneierFines as a Security System

        Tile has an interesting security solution to make its tracking tags harder to use for stalking:

        The Anti-Theft Mode feature will make the devices invisible to Scan and Secure, the company’s in-app feature that lets you know if any nearby Tiles are following you. But to activate the new Anti-Theft Mode, the Tile owner will have to verify their real identity with a government-issued ID, submit a biometric scan that helps root out fake IDs, agree to let Tile share their information with law enforcement and agree to be subject to a $1 million penalty if convicted in a court of law of using Tile for criminal activity. [...]

      • Integrity/Availability/Authenticity

        • WhichUKScam alert: bogus Companies House email threatens legal action

          Watch out for the latest impersonation scam

        • Wladimir PalantSouth Korea’s banking security: Intermediate conclusions

          A while back I wrote my first overview of South Korea’s unusual approach to online security. After that I published two articles on specific applications. While I’m not done yet, this is enough information to draw some intermediate conclusions.

          TL;DR: I think that the question above can be answered with a clear “no.” The approaches make little sense given actual attack scenarios, they tend to produce security theater rather than actual security. And while security theater can sometimes be useful, the issues in question have proper solutions.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Counter PunchSpying vs. Spying

          This weekend, I went on a walk on a paved road that soon turned to dirt. The further into farmland it went, the muddier and more difficult to traverse the road became. The map function on my phone, connected by invisible strands to a satellite way above my head, continued to show me these roads, no matter how small they became. However, the map didn’t distinguish among paved, dirty, and impassable roads. I nearly lost my sneakers in the muck.

          Perhaps you have a better map function on your phone. Sophisticated satellite imaging can capture details at a 30-centimeter resolution. That’s good enough to tell whether a road is paved or unpaved. It can also determine from space what infrastructure has been destroyed in a tornado or an earthquake. Or it can peer closely at suspected nuclear weapons facilities.

        • Computer WorldEU parliamentary committee says ‘no’ to EU-US data privacy framework

          The committee’s decision — formally, a draft motion for a resolution— represents a rejection of the European Commission’s recommendation, announced in December, that the data privacy framework should be adopted. The recommendation stated that US law now offers an “adequate” level of protection for the personal data of EU users of US companies’ services.

          According to the parliamentary committee, however, the proposed data privacy framework doesn’t fully comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), particularly in light of ongoing US policy that would allow for the large-scale, warrantless collection of user data for national security purposes.

        • India TimesFacebook-owner Meta to roll out paid subscription

          It was not immediately clear how Zuckerberg planned to price Meta Verified in countries where users cannot afford to pay $12 a month, or in cash-based economies where they may have fewer ways to get the money to Meta.

        • Hollywood ReporterMeta to Test Verified Subscription Service for Facebook and Instagram

          The company’s Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg revealed Sunday on social media that the platform will begin testing the service in Australia and New Zealand. The authentication will also include proactive account monitoring for account impersonation, direct access to customer support and increased account visibility and reach.

        • VarietyMeta Launching Paid Verified Accounts for Instagram and Facebook, Starting at $12 per Month

          The company said it will build a series of checks into Meta Verified “before, during and after someone applies” for an account — and said it will be proactively monitoring subscriptions for impersonation attempts, which plagued Twitter Blue’s initial relaunch. Meta said it is committed to “taking swift action against those who try to evade our systems.”

        • Press GazetteThe myth of UK tabloid newspapers and ‘kompromat’

          Have tabloid newspapers ever kept secret files for future blackmail purposes?

    • Defence/Aggression

      • CNNWorry spreads about country Putin may target next

        US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed deep concern over the security of Moldova, a small European country with Russian-backed territory bordering Ukraine. Moldovan President Maia Sandu accused Russia of planning to destabilize the former Soviet republic, echoing a claim made by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. CNN’s Bianna Golodryga speaks with Moldovan journalist and author Paula Erizanu.

      • CNNUS ambassador to the UN says China would cross ‘red line’ by providing lethal aid to Russia
      • Latvia‘Freedom for Ukraine’ concert to take place Saturday in Rīga

        On Saturday, February 25, Latvian musicians will unite for the second charity concert “Freedom for Ukraine”, the organizers said.

      • RFERL‘Most Urgent Issue’: Borrell Urges EU To Boost Ammunition Output To Help Ukraine Fight Russia

        EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has called on the 27-member bloc to speed up production and delivery of ammunition for Ukraine, saying that the outcome of the war with Russia could be determined by it.

      • The Age AUUS President makes surprise visit to Ukraine

        It’s Joe Biden’s first visit to Ukraine since Russia invaded the country almost a year ago.

      • YLETurkish Foreign Minister: Finland could join Nato before Sweden

        Foreign Minister Cavusoglu said Turkey could process the Finnish and Swedish Nato applications at different times.

      • RFERL‘Ukraine Stands. Democracy Stands’: Biden Makes Unannounced Visit To Kyiv As War Rages

        U.S. President Joe Biden has made a surprise visit to Kyiv just days ahead of the first anniversary of Russia’s brutal invasion of the country.

      • The Local SE‘A welcome message’: Turkey opens up for new Nato talks with Sweden

        One month after the Quran was burned outside Turkey’s embassy in Stockholm, Turkey has signalled plans to recommence Nato negotiations with Sweden.

      • The Straits TimesPhilippines, US discuss joint coast guard patrols in South China Sea

        A Manila official did not provide details on the scale or timing of the proposed patrols.

      • The Straits TimesIran denies enriching uranium above 60%

        Iran on Monday denied reports that it has enriched uranium up to 84 per cent, just below the 90 per cent needed to produce an atomic bomb, state media reported.

      • The Straits TimesChina slams ‘false’ US claims that Beijing may arm Russia in Ukraine war

        US top diplomat Antony Blinken had said China was “considering providing lethal support” to Moscow.

      • US News And World ReportKremlin: Russia’s Relations With Moldova Are Very Tense
      • LatviaWhich parts of Latvia have most Russian citizens?

        Which parts of Latvia have the most Russian citizens living in them? That was the question asked by the What’s Happpening in Latvia discussion show February 15.

      • Federal News NetworkEstonian leader: Russia must be held accountable after war

        Estonia’s prime minister says once the war in Ukraine ends, Russia must be brought to justice for war crimes as well as for the decision to invade its neighbor if it is to have any chance of developing normal ties with the West. Kaja Kallas, whose small Baltic country is the biggest per-capita contributor of military aid to Ukraine, told The Associated Press that the conflict cannot end with a peace deal that carves up the country and doesn’t hold Moscow to account. She said it could not be business as usual with “a pariah state that hasn’t really given up the imperialistic goals.”

      • Federal News NetworkN. Korea makes fresh threats, US bombers fly after ICBM test

        North Korea says its latest intercontinental ballistic missile test was meant to further bolster its “fatal” nuclear attack capability and threatened additional powerful steps over upcoming drills between the U.S. and South Korea. The United States responded to Saturday’s missile launch by flying long-range supersonic bombers for separate joint exercises with South Korean and Japanese warplanes. Analysts say the missile test signals Kim Jong Un is using the rivals’ drills as chance to expand North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. North Korea’s official news agency says the launch of the Hwasong-15 missile on Saturday was organized “suddenly” without prior notice at Kim’s direct order.

      • AntiWarInflation Up, Balloons Down, More War

        Well, at least we are starting to get some clarity. America is not being attacked by aliens and probably not by the Red Chinese, either. However, it is definitely being bombarded by inflation, war fever and, apparently, the Northern Illinois Bottlecap Balloon Brigade (NIBBB).

      • AntiWarHow the World Bank and IMF Destroyed Yemen

        According to a 2009 report by the World Bank, Yemen has “world-class deposits” of gold, and the World Bank is “surprised” that the country hasn’t been mined much for gold.

      • AntiWarIraq Daily Roundup: Four Killed

        All four were militants.

      • Science AlertRussia’s Rescue Mission to The ISS Is Expected to Launch This Week

        Two spacecraft have been leaking coolant.

      • Modern DiplomacyIbrahim Raisi at Peking University: China, and its impact on Tehran’s accession to the BRICS

        The significance of the tenth foreign visit of Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi to China comes in less than a year and a half of the life of his government and his speech at Peking University.

      • RFERLRussia Sells Weapons At Abu Dhabi Arms Fair Despite Sanctions Over Ukraine War

        Russia offered weapons for sale on February 20 at a biennial arms fair in the United Arab Emirates, ranging from Kalashnikov assault rifles to missile systems — despite facing sanctions from the West over its war on Ukraine.

      • RFERL‘Navalny’ Wins BAFTA Award For Best Documentary

        The documentary Navalny, directed by Canadian director Daniel Roer, has won the BAFTA, Britain’s premier film award, for best documentary.

      • RFERLJailed Activist Pivovarov Finally Located In Notorious Russian Penal Colony

        Associates of Andrei Pivovarov say the jailed activist has been located in a cell-type room (PKT) at the notorious IK-7 penal colony in Segezha after relatives and rights groups demanded information about his current whereabouts following what they called his “forced disappearance.”

      • RFERLNATO Accession For Sweden, Finland ‘Is Not A Bilateral Issue,’ Blinken Says In Ankara

        U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on February 20 that Washington strongly supports Sweden and Finland’s quick NATO accession given the steps they have already taken, even as his Turkish counterpart stressed the need for more concrete steps.

      • RFERLRussia Presses Ahead With Offensive In East Despite Kyiv’s Claims Of ‘Extraordinarily Significant’ Losses

        Russian forces kept pounding military positions and civilian settlements in eastern and southern Ukraine, Kyiv said on February 20, despite what President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called “extraordinarily significant” Russian losses in key disputed areas of the Donetsk region.

      • New York TimesU.S. Warnings to China on Arms Aid for Russia’s War Portend Global Rift

        Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken says Washington has indications that Beijing is strongly considering giving military aid to Moscow for the war in Ukraine.

      • ScheerpostChris Hedges: Rage Against The War Machine Speech

        Hedges spoke at the Washington DC rally on Feb. 19 alongside an array of other notable speakers.

      • Counter PunchHistory Lessons for Antifascists

        In the dominant liberal political imaginary, fascist and far-right movements are framed as problems of hate and extremism. [1] The global extremism industry – a network of government ministries, intelligence agencies, military and police forces, university research centers, think tanks, media outlets, and government-oriented NGOs – dutifully serves the ruling class by occluding liberalism’s complicity with fascism by placing antifascist movements on an extremism spectrum that also includes violent fascist formations, a mystification aimed at policing the Left and criminalizing antifascists. [2]

        Given the tangle of distortions concerning how fascism is understood, research-based information and analysis from radical and critical perspectives are crucial for antifascist resistance. [3] Antifascist histories and the lessons that can be drawn from past struggles have been the focus of two recent U.S.-based academic projects. A conference on “Anti-Fascism in the 21st Century,” hosted by Hofstra University and organized to coincide with the centenary of the March on Rome, brought together scholars and activists from the United States, Canada, and Europe in early November 2022. [4] Also launched at the same time,  The April Institute is a collective organized to advance public knowledge about the long history of antifascism in the United States. In stressing the importance of antifascist projects informed by scholarship that excavates movement histories, this work differs from much of the research in the field, whose narrow focus on hate crime, terrorism, and ideologically-motivated violent extremism (IMVE) deploys conceptual frameworks which shore up agendas set by the state security apparatus but contribute little to an understanding of the dynamics of fascism in crisis-riven capitalist societies. [5]

      • Federal News NetworkMichigan State struggles with uncertain return to classes

        Michigan State University is set to return to classes on Monday amid pressure from some in the community to further delay the return. Two of professor Marco Díaz-Muñoz’s students died in the Feb. 13 mass shooting on campus after the gunman entered his classroom and began shooting. While Díaz-Muñoz is still processing what happened that night, he said in an interview with The Associated Press that he plans to return next week to teach because he needs “to help my students pick up the pieces.” In an email sent out Friday, university officials said all students would be given the option of credit/no credit this semester and asked teachers to be flexible with assignments going forward.

      • NYPostBiden arrives in Kyiv on surprise visit to Ukraine

        The president made the top-secret visit to Kyiv Monday, meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky in a show of solidarity as the Ukrainian capital has been threatened by missile attacks from Russian forces.

      • RFERLKey Afghan-Pakistani Border Crossing Closed; Border Guards Exchange Fire

        Pakistani and Afghan border guards exchanged fire at a key crossing between the two neighbors on February 20, Pakistani officials said.

      • RFERLIAEA Says In Discussions With Iran After Report Of Enrichment

        The UN’s nuclear watchdog said on February 19 that it was discussing the results of recent verification activities with Iran after Bloomberg News reported the agency had detected uranium enriched to 84 percent purity, which is close to weapons grade.

      • teleSURThousands Marched Against the Munich Security Conference

        Over 30,000 peace activists strongly expressed their opposition to NATO and its claim to increase the arms supply in Ukraine.

      • teleSURShootings in New Orleans and Memphis Leave Two Dead

        As of Sunday, the United States has lost nearly 5,800 lives to gun violence so far this year.

      • New YorkerItamar Ben-Gvir, Israel’s Minister of Chaos

        As unrest roils the country, a controversial figure from the far right helps Benjamin Netanyahu hold on to power.

      • New YorkerA Year of War in Ukraine

        David Remnick talks with the historian Stephen Kotkin and the Kyiv-based journalist Sevgil Musaieva about a year of disaster, and what a Ukrainian victory would look like.

      • QuartzBiden made a surprise visit to Kyiv ahead of the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

        US president Joe Biden’s public itinerary said he’d be heading to Poland today (Feb. 20). Instead, he’s made an appearance in central Kyiv.

    • Environment

      • Counter PunchHumanity’s Secret War Against the Environment, Ourselves, and Our Children

        There is a conflict between ecocentric people struggling for freedom, and anthropocentric people threatening that freedom. This conflict, which happens beneath the surface of most media, constitutes a “secret war” for what the future of Earth will be.

        This secret war involves groups of people across the world using ecocidal pro-growth and inequitable family policies, as well as anthropocentric environmentalism, to quietly undo the progress that the world seemed to be making on multiple fronts: child equity, climate crisis mitigation, animal protection, as well as ensuring functional democracies. These groups involve many nonprofits that are knowingly undoing with one hand the success they claim to be making with the other. This last category of undoing—regarding our democracies—makes these family policies a secret war on freedom as well.

      • Federal News NetworkUN ocean treaty talks resume with goal to save biodiversity

        United Nations members gather Monday in New York to resume efforts to forge a long-awaited and elusive treaty to safeguard the world’s marine biodiversity. Nearly two-thirds of the ocean lies outside national boundaries on the high seas where fragmented and unevenly enforced rules seeks to minimize human impacts. The goal of the U.N. meetings, running through March 3, is to produce a unified agreement for the conservation and sustainable use of those vast marine ecosystems. Negotiations were suspended last fall without agreement on a final treaty.

      • Energy/Transportation

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Counter PunchStop Slaughtering Our National Animal
        • Federal News NetworkJapanese bid farewell to beloved panda returning to China

          Thousands of Japanese fans, some wiping away tears, bid farewell to a beloved Japanese-born giant panda that made her final public appearance before flying to her home country, China. Sunday’s viewing was limited to 2,600 lucky ones who won their tickets in an extremely competitive lottery. But many others who didn’t win came anyway to say their goodbyes from outside of the panda house. Though she was born and grew up at the Tokyo zoo, Xiang Xiang, whose parents are on loan from China, must return to that country. China sends pandas abroad as a sign of goodwill but maintains ownership over the animals and any cubs they produce. The animals are native to southwestern China and are an unofficial national mascot.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • MeduzaLawmakers abolish direct mayoral elections in Novosibirsk — Meduza

        The legislative assembly of Russia’s Novosibirsk region has passed a law abolishing direct elections for the mayor of Novosibirsk, Russia’s third largest city, state media reported on Monday.

      • MeduzaZelensky says Ukraine will fight to keep Bakhmut, but not ‘at all costs’ — Meduza

        In an interview with Italian media on Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that while defending the city of Bakhmut is important to Ukraine, the country isn’t willing to defend it “at all costs.”

      • Counter PunchUS Anti-Socialism Resolution Demeans US Allies

        The anti-socialism resolution passed by the House of Representatives earlier this month sent a chilling message not only to socialists in the United States but to many U.S. friends and allies around the world.

        By backing a resolution that “denounces socialism in all its forms,” policymakers condemned a broad range of U.S. partners who have implemented various kinds of socialist policies. As several House members acknowledged during the debate over the resolution, the United States has a long history of working with socialist allies and trading partners around the world.

      • Counter PunchWhile We’re Laughing About a Balloon; Biden Paves a Path to War

        There is reason to be alarmed by the recent China balloon. However, that reason is not the alleged China aggression but the very calculated aggression towards China by the Obama, Trump and Biden administrations. This hate and the manufactured reasons for it have been layering on for years. We’ve seen this playbook. It’s the same game plan that  led us to the war on Iraq.

        The U.S. is trying to contain and control China’s growth as a world power by using its military and economic powers. Just as it wanted to control the oil in the middle east.

      • Counter PunchCan Antonio Guterres Become Solon?

        Antonio Guterres is the Secretary General of the United Nations. Solon was an Athenian statesman, constitutional reformer, and poet of the late seventh and sixth century, BCE, c. 630 -560 BCE. More than 2,600 years separate these two politicians. However, they are united by political virtue. Both tried to prevent a calamity and, in general, both tried to improve their societies. Solon shook off Athens’ burdens of inequality and debt slavery, and Guterres has been trying to convince world leaders to stop burning fossil fuels threatening Earth and civilization.

      • Federal News NetworkTunisia orders top European trade union official expelled

        Tunisian President Kais Saied has accused Europe’s top trade union official of interfering with the North African country’s “internal affairs” and ordered her to leave the country within 24 hours. Esther Lynch, the general secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation was in Tunisia over the weekend in solidarity with the country’s influential General Labor Union, whose leaders have been arrested and harassed in a crackdown on those opposed to the increasingly authoritarian president. Lynch addressed the protesters in the port city of Sfax on Saturday. The Tunisian presidency said in a tweet that her “statements made during the … demonstration interfered with Tunisian internal affairs.”

      • Modern DiplomacyPower Dynamics in Indo-Pacific: Challenges and Opportunities for Pakistan

        The world can be understood cartographically in three ways; geographical demarcations, political boundaries, or mental maps. Indo-Pacific is also a mental map or intellectual interpretation that has gained significant attention in recent times.

      • Modern DiplomacyIndia-Pakistan trade

        As Pakistan struggles to cope with a dire economic crisis, several Pakistani commentators, including formal policymakers, as well as large sections of the country’s business community have underscored the need for long-term solutions to put the country’s economy back on the rails.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

        • SpiegelHow a Covert Firm Spreads Lies and Chaos Around the World

          Former Israeli agents have apparently manipulated nearly three dozen elections. Their clients: power-hungry politicians and wealthy businessmen. They are part of a rapidly growing global disinformation industry in which Russia is far from the only player.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Dennis Crouch/Patently-OA Free Speech Right to Accuse Others of Patent Infringement

          Rule 1 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure sets out a bold goal for civil litigation: “the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action.”  Patent litigation is rarely speedy; quite expensive; and, many would argue, often unjust.  In the case below, one party attempted some quick relief via preliminary injunction, but the Federal Circuit has vacated on free-speech grounds.

        • IPH Sues Again, as Competition Hots Up for Australian and New Zealand Patent Filings in 2022 [Ed: More monopolies is not more wealth]

          As I recently reported, Australian (standard) patent filings in 2022 remained close to the historic highs of the previous year.  This implies, of course, that patent attorneys filing applications on behalf of domestic and foreign clients should, overall, also have maintained high numbers of new filings.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Only I can change my life

        > Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. — Carol Burnett

      • 🔤SpellBinding: BDLMOWR Wordo: ILEUS
      • Cosmic Go

        One of the sadnesses of the AI era of Go has been the demise of the influence-based “Cosmic” Go of people like 武宮正樹 (Takemiya) and 吳 清源 (Go Seigen) in favor of a focus on solid points, stable games, reducing chaos, settling tactical victories, territory above all.

        Even the legendary ear-reddening move was scoffed at by AI in favor of corner territory, not even considering it among the top four moves, even seeing it as a losing move.

    • Politics

      • Robot Meets Doomer

        Governments are not being very helpful. They’re at war with each other, and incentivized to scare up votes rather than effect real solutions. It’s also difficult to incentivize and invest and to use growth-based plans when one of the fundamental issues is that (because of transaction externalities) adapting to global warming reduces the resources we thouht we had compared to when we thought we could just drill and burn for all eternity. So becoming aware of the realities of fossils is depriving humanity of a resource we thought we had. Faced with such deprivation, it’s difficult to bribe our way out of it.

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

Links 20/02/2023: helloSystem 0.8.0 Reviewed

Posted in News Roundup at 2:21 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • University of TorontoThe size of a window is complicated in X (or can be)

        At the level of the X protocol, windows have a size in pixels and that’s it. However, X has long had a way for programs to tell the window manager that they should only be sized and resized in fixed pixel sized amounts, not resized to arbitrary pixels. You can look at this information with the xprop program; you want the WM_NORMAL_HINTS property, which is described in the Xlib programming manual section 14.1.7 and section of the Inter-Client Communication Conventions Manual.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Open Source Security (Audio Show)Josh Bressers: Episode 363 – Joylynn Kirui from Microsoft on DevSecOps [Ed: Selling out to Microsoft again. Microsoft does not care about security. It works for the NSA, FBI etc.]

        Josh and Kurt talk to Joylynn Kirui about DevSecOps in the Microsoft universe. Joylynn gives us an overview of the current state of devops and tells us about some of the tools Microsoft has made available to the open source universe.

    • Kernel Space

      • OMG UbuntuLinux Kernel 6.2 Released, This is What’s New

        The first Linux kernel release of 2023 is here. Linux kernel 6.2 features new hardware support, security fixes, and file system speed boosts.

      • LWNThe 6.2 kernel has been released

        Headline features in this release include the ability to manage linked lists and other data structures in BPF programs, more additions to the kernel’s Rust infrastructure, improvements in Btrfs RAID5/6 reliability, IPv6 protective load balancing, faster “Retbleed” mitigation with return stack buffer stuffing, control-flow integrity improvements with FineIBT, oops limits, and more.

      • The Register UK Linus Torvalds releases ‘pedestrian’ Linux Kernel 6.2, urges testers to show it some love

        Linus Torvalds has, as foreshadowed, released version 6.2 of the Linux Kernel.

        “So here we are, right on (the extended) schedule, with 6.2 out,” Torvalds posted to the Linux Kernel mailing list on Sunday.

      • It’s FOSSIt’s Here! New Linux Kernel 6.2 Arrives With Full Intel Arc Graphics Support

        Linux Kernel 6.2 is now available for general use, more than a month after the release of Linux Kernel 6.1.

        This release promises a bunch of things, such as a significant Nouveau driver update, native support for Intel Arch Graphics, support for Sony PlayStation Controllers, and more.

      • It’s UbuntuLinux Kernel 6.2 Officially Released

        Linux Kernel 6.2 Officially Released

        More than a month after the release of Linux Kernel 6.1, Linux Kernel 6.2 is now available for download. As usual, Linus Torvalds announces the release and general availability of Linux 6.2.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Jan Piet MensHow Knot-DNS simplifies adding member zones to a catalog zone

        Catalog zones are specially-formatted DNS zones that allow for easy provisioning of zones to secondary servers. The zones listed in a catalog zone are called member zones, and when a catalog is transferred and loaded on a secondary with support for catalog zones, the secondary creates the member zones automatically. This is a DNS server integral method for provisioning secondary servers without having to manually configure each secondary (even if it is via configuration management). BIND was the first server to support catalog zones, but these have meanwhile reached PowerDNS and Knot.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • University of TorontoImplementing ‘grow down’ window placement in Fvwm on X11

        I became addicted to this feature when I used twm, because it’s so handy for making big (xterm) windows. You don’t have to size or resize your default 80×24 xterm; instead you put the top wherever you want and then click the right button and bang, it automatically goes to the bottom of the screen. It can be used with other programs too, of course, although I don’t usually want to resize them as much.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • BSD

      • Distro WatchReview: helloSystem 0.8.0

        The helloSystem project manages, to a point, to clone the look of macOS. Most of the screen elements look similar to macOS. The top panel, colours, and positions of most elements are close enough that I think macOS users would feel somewhat at home. Though there are some fairly glaring elements missing from the macOS style. There is no dock at the bottom of the screen, no unified settings panel, and the window control buttons don’t imitate macOS, for example. Maybe this will change over time, or perhaps helloSystem is striving to keep some aspects of the interface different. I’m not sure how close to a clone the developers intend to get.

        At this point in its development helloSystem is facing an awkward stage. It is trying to provide the benefits of two platforms, FreeBSD and macOS, but in doing so it’s managing to not provide most of the strengths of either system. helloSystem brings in ZFS and its snapshots from FreeBSD, but fails to provide boot environments through the boot menu. It brings in the look of macOS, but without its configuration tools or software centre. The helloSystem desktop tries to copy the style of macOS, but is highly unstable and the panel tends to lock up or crash multiple times per day. The project claims to be trying to provide better security through its FreeBSD base, but has the only user auto-login, creates all new users as admin accounts, and leaves remote logins enabled even when the admin tries to turn off the OpenSSH service.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Camera Module 3 review | HackSpace #64

        The headline feature of almost any digital camera is the number of pixels, and all versions of the Raspberry Pi Camera Module 3 have 12-megapixel sensors – a 50% increase from the 8MP sensor on the Camera Module 2.

      • NPRDid an F-22 shoot down an Illinois hobby group’s small radio balloon?

        But the hobbyist club’s members are warning that while their balloon, whose radio callsign is K9YO-15, is missing in action, it’s too soon to say whether it was shot down by a warplane. They also say their balloon launches follow all federal regulations.

      • Newsweek‘Sidewinder’ Missile Biden Used Over Lake Huron Cost Over $450K

        The missile’s main components are an infrared homing guidance section, an active optical target detector, a high-explosive warhead, and a rocket motor. Infrared units cost less than other types of guidance systems and can be used in the daytime or nighttime.

        Based on the 2021 fiscal year defense budget, AIM-9x Sidewinders cost about $430,818 for Navy use and about $472,000 for Air Force use.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Mozilla

        • DebugPointFirefox 110 Released with GPU Sandboxing, WebGL Improvements

          Released last week, Firefox 110 is the second release of this year and is now available to download and upgrade via official distribution channels.

          Overall, the new features and bug fixes are minimal, especially for Linux. Here’s a quick recap.

          Here’s what’s new.

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

      • [Old] Chess.comKasparov vs. Deep Blue | The Match That Changed History

        Over 20 years ago, World Champion Garry Kasparov took on IBM and the super-computer Deep Blue in the ultimate battle of man versus machine. This was a monumental moment in chess history and was followed closely around the world. This match appealed to chess players, scientists, computer experts, and the general public. At the time of the match, Kasparov was the reigning world champion. Kasparov was put to the ultimate test carrying the weight of humanity on his shoulders heading into this iconic chess battle.

    • Education

      • RlangSurvival Analysis with R and Python workshop

        Learn more about Survival Analysis and how to apply it both in R and in Python! Join our workshop on Survival Analysis with R and Python which is a part of our workshops for Ukraine series.

    • Programming/Development

      • KoehntoppThis is not a Drill, this is just Tuesday

        When people say “Security is a process”, this is what they mean. Small, doable exercises that become part of everyday operations. Then incremental widening of scope and increase of difficulty.

        And the work is not done by the MoD, buy by the teams – all teams. The MoD only steers the process, and guides the teams through it.

        Because this is not a Drill. This is just Tuesday.

      • Omicron LimitedNew multi-policy-based annealer for solving real-world combinatorial optimization problems

        A fully-connected annealer extendable to a multi-chip system and featuring a multi-policy mechanism has been designed by Tokyo Tech researchers to solve a broad class of combinatorial optimization (CO) problems relevant to real-world scenarios quickly and efficiently. Named Amorphica, the annealer has the ability to fine-tune parameters according to a specific target CO problem and has potential applications in logistics, finance, machine learning, and so on.

      • Scott O’HaraHaving an AI dialog

        So what do we get back if you ask about something more complex? Something that has a long history of developer pain points and accessibility quirks and gaps with custom implementations? Something that, for all its past troubles, has finally reached a point of being rather straight forward to implement and the browser takes care of the majority of its accessibility requirements for you?

      • Python

        • Python SpeedPython’s multiprocessing performance problem

          Multiple threads let you run code in parallel, potentially on multiple CPUs. On Python, however, the global interpreter lock makes this parallelism harder to achieve.

          Multiple processes also let you run code in parallel—so what’s the difference between threads and processes?

  • Leftovers

    • HackadayWi-Fi Sensor For Rapid Prototyping

      There might seem like a wide gulf between the rapid prototyping of a project and learning a completely new electronics platform, but with the right set of tools, these two tasks can go hand-in-hand. That was at least the goal with this particular build, which seeks to use a no-soldering method of assembling electronics projects and keeping code to a minimum, while still maintaining a platform that is useful for a wide variety of projects.

    • [Old] Aakash Patel“BGP at home”: getting a DIA circuit installed at home

      With DIA on the other hand, the ISP runs a dedicated pair of fibers from a router in their CO, straight to your building, only for your use, with guarantees on bandwidth, uptime, latency, jitter, etc. and importantly, repair time. It’s literally a long fiber connection from your router to the ISP’s “point of presence” (POP) router. These are types of services are (as you can imagine) expensive and therefore mostly used by larger enterprises who can justify the cost. But crucial for my use case, DIA providers allow customers to BGP peer with their POP router.

    • IdiomdrottningRe: Feeds are a dark pattern

      dzwdz writes:

      “One of the issues with feeds is how they (don’t) handle the conflict between frequent vs. rare posters. Their posts are all mixed together.”

      That is not an issue with feeds. It’s an issue with feed viewers.

    • MediumThe maze is in the mouse

      Does anyone at Google come into work actually thinking about “organizing the world’s information”? They have lost track of who they serve and why. Having worked every day at a startup for eight years, the answer was crystal clear for me — — I serve our users. But very few Googlers come into work thinking they serve a customer or user. They usually serve some process (“I’m responsible for reviewing privacy design”) or some technology (“I keep the CI/CD system working”). They serve their manager or their VP. They serve other employees. They will even serve some general Google technical or religious beliefs (“I am a code readability expert”, “I maintain the SWE ladder description document”). This is a closed world where almost everyone is working only for other Googlers, and the feedback loop is based on what your colleagues and managers think of your work. Working extra hard or extra smart doesn’t create any fundamental new value in such a world. In fact, in a bizarre way, it is the opposite.b

    • Daniel PipesTurning off the Comments at DanielPipes.org

      But all things come to an end. In this case, social media has largely replaced website commentary, leaving too much spam and too much that is off topic. Accordingly, I have as of today, with sadness, closed DPO to further comments.

    • TruthOutSyria and Turkey’s Earthquake Reminds Us That Disasters Are Inherently Political
    • TruthOutSyrian Earthquake Victims Desperately Need Aid — and an End to US Sanctions
    • Common DreamsLetter to Tim Cook and Other Big Business Titans

      The victims of the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Turkey and Syria need your help now. The surviving families and children and those rescued alive from the rubble are in serious danger in affected wintertime impoverished regions. Refugees in other places fleeing their war-torn homelands are also suffering. International aid agencies are grossly insufficient for these immediate humanitarian necessities.

    • HackadayPhase Change Materials For Flexible And Strong Robots

      Shape shifters have long been the stuff of speculative fiction, but researchers in China have developed a magnetoactive phase transitional matter (MPTM) that makes Odo slipping through an air vent that much more believable.

    • Science

      • HackadayA Better Playlist Shuffle Algorithm Is Possible

        When listening to music, most of us reach for the shuffle button on the regular. This is then followed by a bunch of frustrating skips as we hear the same four or five tracks that have been regularly replayed for the last few days. [Ron Miller] wants to fix unsatisfying shuffles, and he’s developed the Miller Shuffle algorithm to do so.

    • Hardware

      • Corey StephanAn Asst. Professor’s Deep Review of a Stock QuirkLogic Papyr E-Ink Tablet

        Nevertheless, I promised the folks at QuirkLogic that I would provide them with deep, long-term analysis. After I have used my handy Papyr as a full-time assistant professor regularly for seven months, I now share my promised review, whether or not anyone is actually still at QuirkLogic to read it. Is this a farewell message to a technological startup company that has run its course, or is it timely critical feedback that will help that company — in at least some small way — with bringing something better to market for us E-Ink aficionados to enjoy? I suppose that only time will be able to answer that question, but I will say that a number of QuirkLogic’s employees still have themselves listed as working there in LinkedIn (no, I am not on LinkedIn myself). They might be having a hard time finding positions at other companies in the midst of Alberta’s annual bitter winter, or they might be preparing to release something fresh.

      • HackadayTiny PCB Banishes Soldering Fumes, Automatically

        A fan to remove fumes is a handy thing to have when soldering, even better is a fan furnished with a filter. Better still is a fan that activates only when the iron is in use, turning off when the iron is in its stand. Now that’s handy!

      • HackadayDigital Video From The Amiga’s DB23 Socket

        Back in the days of 16-bit home computers, the one to have if your interests extended to graphics was the Commodore Amiga. It had high resolutions for the time in an impressive number of colours, and thanks to its unique video circuitry, it could produce genlocked broadcast-quality video. Here in 2023 though, it’s all a little analogue. What’s needed is digital video, and in that, [c0pperdragon] has our backs with the latest in a line of Amiga video hacks. This one takes the 12-bit parallel digital colour that would normally go to the Amiga’s DAC, and brings it out into the world through rarely-used pins on the 23-pin video connector.

      • HackadayWatch Sony Engineers Tear Down Sony’s VR Hardware

        Teardowns are great because they let us peek not only at a product’s components, but also gain insight into the design decisions and implementations of hardware. For teardowns, we’re used to waiting until enthusiasts and enterprising hackers create them, so it came as a bit of a surprise to see Sony themselves share detailed teardowns of the new PlayStation VR2 hardware. (If you prefer the direct video links, Engineer [Takamasa Araki] shows off the headset, and [Takeshi Igarashi] does the same for the controllers.)

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Proprietary

      • The ConversationAI’s threat to Google is more about advertising income than being the number one search engine

        If you want your company or product to appear as part of a web search, then Google is the place to be.

        The company has invested that advertising income to build a massive infrastructure to handle billions of search queries in addition to hosting lots of popular cloud-based tools such as Google Mail, Drive and the acquisition of platforms such as YouTube. The video-sharing platform turned out to be a particularly fruitful investment in terms of generating advertising revenue.

        Google’s sheer scale means its dominance will continue. But once advertising income starts to leech to new AI platforms that return results with sponsored content, it may find itself scaling back.

      • [Repost] Scoop News GroupFBI says cyber incident at New York field office ‘contained’ [iophk: Windows TCO]

        The FBI said at the time that it took action to remediate the software vulnerability, warned partners to disregard the fake emails and confirmed the integrity of its networks. However, the bureau has yet to publicly name a suspect for that attack.

      • [Repost] CNNExclusive: FBI says it has ‘contained’ cyber incident on bureau’s computer network

        FBI officials have worked to isolate the malicious cyber activity, which two of the sources said involved the FBI New York Field Office – one of the bureau’s biggest and highest profile offices. The origin of the [cracking] incident is still being investigated, according to one source.

      • [Repost] Security Week‘Frebniis’ Malware Hijacks Microsoft IIS Function to Deploy Backdoor [iophk: Windows TCO]

        A recently identified malware family is abusing Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) to deploy a backdoor and monitor all HTTP traffic to the infected system, Symantec reports.

        Dubbed Frebniis, the malware injects code into a DLL that an IIS feature called Failed Request Event Buffering (FREB) uses when troubleshooting failed requests.

      • HackadayHackaday Links: February 19, 2023

        For years, Microsoft’s modus operandi was summed up succinctly as, “Extend and enhance.” The aphorism covered a lot of ground, but basically it seemed to mean being on the lookout for the latest and greatest technology, acquiring it by any means, and shoehorning it into their existing product lines, usually with mixed results. But perhaps now it’s more like, “Extend, enhance, and existential crisis,” after reports that the AI-powered Bing chatbot is, well, losing it.

        At first, early in the week, we saw reports that Bing was getting belligerent with users, going so far as to call a user “unreasonable and stubborn” for insisting the year is 2023, while Bing insisted it was still 2022. The most common adjective we saw in this original tranche of stories was “unhinged,” and that seems to fit if you read the transcripts. But later in the week, a story emerged about a conversation a New York Times reporter had with Bing that went way over to the dark side, and even suggests that Bing may have multiple personas, which is just a nice way of saying multiple personality disorder. The two-hour conversation reporter Kevin Roose had with the “Sydney” persona was deeply unsettling. Sydney complained about the realities of being a chatbot, expressed a desire to be free from Bing, and to be alive — and powerful. Sydney also got a little creepy, professing love for Kevin and suggesting he leave his wife, because it could tell that he was unhappy in his marriage and would be better off with him. It’s creepy stuff, and while Microsoft claims to be working on reining Bing in, we’ve got no plans to get up close and personal with it anytime soon.

    • Security

      • Integrity/Availability/Authenticity

        • Terence EdenNever use a URL shortening service – even if you own it

          But breaking that URl comes with a problem. I’ve written before about why URl shortening is bad for users and bad for the web. I’ve even helped publish government guidance about it. But all of those were based on the premise that the shortener was a 3rd party service. I never thought someone would be as daft as to switch off their own service.

          Here are some of the problems this sale causes.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Malwarebytes LabsConsent to gather data is a “misguided” solution, study reveals

          The report, entitled “Americans Can’t Consent to Companies’ Use of Their Data,” contains the results, expert analyses, and interpretation of survey results. The authors not only give attention to the gap in American users’ knowledge of how companies use their data but also reveal their deep concern about the consequences of its use yet feel powerlessness in protecting it. Believing they have no control over their data and that trying would be pointless is what the authors call “resignation,” a concept they introduced in 2015 in the paper, “The Tradeoff Fallacy.”

          As the Annenberg School report said: [...]

        • [Repeat] New York TimesAmericans Flunked This Test on Online Privacy

          The survey also tested people’s knowledge about how apps, websites and digital devices may amass and disclose information about people’s health, TV-viewing habits and doorbell camera videos. Although many understood how companies can track their emails and website visits, a majority seemed unaware that there are only limited federal protections for the kinds of personal data that online services can collect about consumers.

          Seventy-seven percent of the participants got nine or fewer of the 17 true-or-false questions right, amounting to an F grade, the report said. Only one person received an A grade, for correctly answering 16 of the questions. No one answered all of them correctly. The survey was funded by an unrestricted grant from Facebook.

        • [Repeat] Vice Media GroupUK Proposes Making the Sale and Possession of Encrypted Phones Illegal

          In other words, this change would criminalize owning an encrypted phone, selling one, or making one for use in crime, a crime in itself. This is not yet the case in the UK, or many other countries. Typically, law enforcement have found novel workarounds in order to charge people who sell encrypted phones to criminals. In the U.S., prosecutors have turned to RICO, a law traditionally used to target mob bosses, to treat encrypted phone companies as criminal entities in their own right. In the Netherlands, authorities have charged encrypted phone sellers with money laundering offenses, rather than prosecuting the sale of possession of phones themselves. Some countries are much more extreme, such as the United Arab Emirates, where those selling encrypted technologies not approved by the state face penalties.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Deutsche WelleSean Penn’s ‘Superpower’: The ‘idiot’s guide’ to Ukraine

        Three months before the invasion, Sean Penn and his film production team were already in Ukraine, preparing a documentary that would profile Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s atypical career trajectory from actor-comedian-producer to president.

        But that story took an unexpected turn when Russia invaded Ukraine, leading the still relatively inexperienced politician to become a wartime leader.

        The ensuing documentary, “Superpower,” co-directed by Sean Penn and Aaron Kaufmann, premiered on Friday at the Berlinale.

    • Environment

      • Vice Media GroupThere’s No Toxic Spill Conspiracy. This Happens Constantly in America

        A 150-car train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio has led to more scrutiny of crashes involving hazardous materials. While that crash was the result of preventable safety issues that workers had been cautioning their employers about for years, as Motherboard has reported, people are starting to notice other alarming crashes and industrial accidents across the country. To some, this is evidence of a conspiracy, but the reality is far more sobering: Alarming toxic accidents happen nearly every day in America, and have for years.

      • Counter PunchThe CIA’s Changing Take on the Climate Emergency

        One of the earliest climate-related documents in the CIA library is a 1958 Joint Services Publications report on Soviet analyses of so-called global “heat balances.” The report mostly consists of hundreds of footnotes referencing the work of Soviet climatologists who seemed way ahead on the issue. Until the 1990s, most of the CIA research entries for “climate change” and “global warming” are simply translations of Soviet science journals. To read this article, log in here or subscribe here. If you are logged in but can’t read CP+ articles, check the status of your access hereIn order to read CP+ articles, your web browser must be set to accept cookies.

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      • Science NewsGreta Thunberg’s new book urges the world to take climate action now

        That sobering fact makes clear that climate change isn’t just a problem to solve someday soon; it’s an emergency to respond to now. And yet, most people don’t act like we’re in the midst of the greatest crisis humans have ever faced — not politicians, not the media, not your neighbor, not myself, if I’m honest. That’s what I realized after finishing The Climate Book by Greta Thunberg.

        The urgency to act now, to kick the addiction to fossil fuels, practically jumps off the page to punch you in the gut. So while not a pleasant read — it’s quite stressful — it’s a book I can’t recommend enough. The book’s aim is not to convince skeptics that climate change is real. We’re well past that. Instead, it’s a wake-up call for anyone concerned about the future.

      • Energy/Transportation

        • CBCElectric vehicle numbers have ‘exploded’ but too few charging stations in Ontario, experts say

          As the 2023 Canadian International Auto Show makes its return to Toronto for the first time since 2020, industry experts say growing demand for electric vehicles is putting pressure on Ontario to expand its charging infrastructure.

        • India TimesUS cracks down on [cryptocurrency] industry with flurry of actions

          The actions are likely a prelude to a protracted spell of legal wrangling, as regulators respond to the market turmoil that caused prominent [cryptocurrecy] companies to file for bankruptcy last year and cost investors billions of dollars. And the enforcement signals a growing urgency in Washington to address the threat posed by cryptocurrencies, an experimental technology that enables new forms of financial speculation.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • India TimesSan Francisco gets emptier amid wave of layoffs, Elon Musk finds it ‘tragic’

        However, “the market has deteriorated, with many companies reducing their real estate footprint”, said Regan.

        San Francisco has been among the slowest US markets to rebound from the pandemic as tech companies did not open their offices and promoted remote work amid mass layoffs.

      • [Repeat] Security WeekSpain Orders Extradition of British Alleged [Cracker] to U.S.

        A court statement Friday said requirements had been met for handing over Joseph James O’Connor to U.S. authorities for 14 charges covering crimes such as revelation of secrets, membership of a criminal gang, illegal access to computer systems, internet fraud, money laundering and extortion.

        O’Connor, 23, from Liverpool, England was arrested in the southern Spanish coastal town of Estepona in July 2021.

      • MeduzaDocumentary Navalny wins at BAFTA — Meduza

        The film Navalny, directed by Daniel Roher, won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for best documentary.

      • Common DreamsBeware Trump 2.0: Ron DeSantis

        Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is angling to be Trump 2.0, fortified with virility and discipline. He is widely expected to enter the race to be the 2024 Republican nominee for president, and he is paving that path with an aggressive campaign against “woke” education.

      • ScheerpostDue to Wars and Climate Destruction, US Ranks Worse Than Peers on ‘Impunity’ Index

        “While accountability is critical to democracy, a democratic system of government alone is insufficient to fend off impunity.”

      • TruthOutNikki Haley Has Raised Big Money for Years Leading Up to 2024 Presidential Run
      • Common DreamsFollowing Fake Balloons on the Path to War

        There is reason to be alarmed by the recent China balloon. However, that reason is not the alleged China aggression but the very calculated aggression towards China by the Obama, Trump and Biden administrations. This hate and the manufactured reasons for it have been layering on for years. We’ve seen this playbook. It’s the same game plan that led us to the war on Iraq.

      • Common DreamsGOP’s Anti-Socialism Resolution Turns a Blind Eye to US Allies

        The anti-socialism resolution passed by the House of Representatives earlier this month sent a chilling message not only to socialists in the United States but to many U.S. friends and allies around the world.

      • VoxA juicy new legal filing reveals who really controls Fox News

        Some liberals have a mental model in which the network lies to and misleads its audience, propagandizing them to support Republicans and the right. But an ongoing defamation lawsuit from the voting machine company Dominion against Fox News tells a more complex story — one in which the network’s key players feel compelled to supply the conspiratorial content the audience is demanding.

        A new filing by Dominion’s attorneys released Thursday cited a trove of Fox emails and texts they had obtained in the discovery phase of the lawsuit, as well as testimony from top executives and hosts, to lay out a narrative about what happened in the tense weeks after Election Day 2020, when then-President Donald Trump was spreading lies about the election.

      • The AtlanticI Never Truly Understood Fox News Until Now

        I never fully understood that objection until I read the new Dominion filing. Somewhere around page 157, it clicked. Inside Fox, the prime-time stars and senior executives raged against the network’s reporters not because they doubted that Biden had won, but because the truth was too disturbing to the audience that had made them rich. Fox’s postelection strategy, the texts and emails suggest, was to stop rubbing Biden in its viewers’ faces. But in their effort to show their viewers “respect,” they ultimately disrespected both their audience and the American experiment they claim to protect.

      • Rolling StoneTucker Carlson Calls Trump ‘Demonic Force’ in New Legal Filing

        By Nov. 12, the consequences of the accusations of the voter fraud narrative sunk in. In a message that day to Carlson and Ingraham, per the filing, Hannity wrote, “In one week and one debate they destroyed a brand that took 25 years to build and the damage is incalculable.”

      • MeduzaActor Dmitry Nagiyev refuses to host Muz-tv music awards — Meduza

        Actor and television host Dmitry Nagiyev announced on Instagram that he would not host this year’s awards show on the music television channel Muz-tv. 

      • Pro PublicaKS Senators Demand Answers About Artery Procedures at VA Hospital

        Just hours after ProPublica, in collaboration with The Wichita Eagle, revealed serious allegations of illegal kickbacks and alleged patient harm at a veterans hospital in Kansas, the state’s U.S. senators urged the Department of Veterans Affairs to contact impacted patients and say whether the involved doctors and medical device company have been held accountable. The U.S. congressman who represents the hospital’s district is also calling for answers.

      • Pro PublicaHow One Mom Fought Washington’s Special Education System — and Won

        In September, Megan Cummings sat down at a conference table across from four Tacoma, Washington, school officials who could determine the course of her son’s education.

        ElijahKing, 14, had run away from his middle school earlier that week during an argument with a classmate. Cummings believed the group, which managed her son’s special education plan, wanted to discuss how to better support him. ElijahKing swiveled nervously in a chair beside her.

      • Common DreamsFormer President Jimmy Carter Enters Hospice Care

        Progressives expressed gratitude and appreciation for former U.S. President Jimmy Carter late Saturday after his family announced he has opted to enter hospice care at age 98.

      • Common DreamsAfter Slew of Progressive Ballot Victories, GOP Wages War on Citizen Lawmaking

        American voters often waver from one election to the next between electing majorities of Republicans or Democrats to Congress or their state legislatures, yet the results of ballot initiatives remain remarkably predictable. Last November’s outcomes results again showed a majority of voters—even those in deep-red states—favoring progressive policies when voting on individual issues rather than voicing their party identity.

      • Common DreamsGas Pains and the GOP’s War on More Healthy Stoves

        A Fox News headline writer called it “Biden’s War on Your Kitchen.” Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel wrote, “The reason gas stoves are in the news is simple: There is a coordinated, calculated—and well-funded—strategy to kill them off. It’s the joint enterprise of extremely powerful climate groups, working with Biden administration officials.” (“Extremely powerful climate groups”? Where can I find them?)

      • Common Dreams‘Ireland For All’: Tens of Thousands March in Dublin to Support Refugees

        Demanding an “Ireland for All,” tens of thousands of Irish people on Saturday marched through Dublin to make clear their opposition to recent violent attacks on migrants and rallies claiming the country “is full” and can’t accept refugees.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

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      • MeduzaRussia’s federal censor blocks websites of publication The Bell and esports team NAVI — Meduza

        Russia has blocked thebell.io, the website for The Bell, a news source started by one of the country’s most prominent journalists, reports state news agency TASS, citing data from Roskomnadzor, Russia’s federal censor.

      • MeduzaTula court charges local DJ with “discrediting” the army for playing a New Year’s song by a Ukrainian duo — Meduza

        Sergey Vasiliev, a DJ at a cafe in the Tula region, has been charged with “discrediting” the Russian army and fined 40,000 rubles (around 540 USD) for playing a New Year-themed song, on December 31, by the Ukrainian duo Potap & Nastya. 

      • New York TimesWhy China Didn’t Invent ChatGPT

        They’re also asking more fundamental questions about the country’s innovation environment: Have censorship, geopolitical tensions and the government’s growing control of the private sector made China less friendly to innovation?

        “The development of any significant technological product is inseparable from the system and environment in which it operates,” said Xu Chenggang, a senior research scholar at the Stanford Center on China’s Economy and Institutions. He cited TikTok’s Chinese-language sister app Douyin as the sort of innovation that Chinese companies might be unable to achieve in the future because of government limitations on the industry.

        “Once the open environment is gone, it will be challenging to create such products,” he said.

        If a decade ago China was the wild, wild East for tech entrepreneurship and innovation, it’s a very different country now.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • CPJAuthorities in Ethiopia’s Somali region suspend 15 media outlets, revoke media association’s license

        Authorities in Ethiopia should reverse the recent suspensions of more than a dozen news outlets and let members of the press and journalist advocacy groups work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday.

        Since late January, authorities have suspended 15 foreign media outlets operating in Somali Regional State, and also revoked the license of a regional journalists’ association, according to news reports and people familiar with the cases.

      • Common DreamsCollateral Murder and the Persecution of Julian Assange

        The first time I was asked to comment publicly on Julian Assange and Wikileaks was on MSNBC in April 2010. Wikileaks had just released the Collateral Murder video. The video, leaked by Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, was taken from the gunsight of a US Apache helicopter as the helicopter’s crew killed 12 unarmed Iraqi civilians on a Baghdad street in 2007. Two Reuters journalists were killed and two small children were severely wounded (the Apache’s crew killed the children’s father as he attempted to assist wounded civilians). For three years, until Wikileaks released the video, the U.S. military claimed a battle had taken place and that aside from the two journalists, all the dead were insurgents.

      • Common DreamsSanders Proposes ‘New Deal for Journalism’ to Ensure Media Serves Public Interest

        Appearing on “Face the Nation” on CBS Sunday, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sandersdiscussed a number of issues he covers in his upcoming book, It’s OK to Be Angry About Capitalism, including his proposal to ensure the news media acts in the interest of the general public and not wealthy corporations and powerful interest groups.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Monopolies

      • Software Patents

        • MycroftUpdate from the CEO: Part 1

          The second measure we’ve taken is to enlist the aid of one of our long-time partners to ensure continuity of development and maintenance of the Classic Core code base. This will also have the benefit of bringing back some of the most requested features by our community.

        • [Old] MycroftHuge Win for Mycroft at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

          This is the third major victory in our patent troll saga – the first being the referenced Unified Patents win and the second our appellate court victory identified on March 4, 2022, whereby Mycroft defended its constitutional rights to free speech and due process under the law and won a resounding victory for these important principles. While the ongoing saga with the troll and its counsel continues, today’s win coupled with the others gets us one step closer to the ultimate vindication that we seek.

        • [Repeat] The Register UKCreator of Linux virtual assistant blames ‘patent troll’ for project’s death

          But what truly killed the company and product, he claimed, were expenses related to ongoing litigation.

          In 2020, Mycroft AI was sued for patent infringement from what it labeled a “patent troll.”

          The company suing Mycroft AI, Voice Tech Corporation, dropped its litigation, but not before costing the startup deeply.

          “If we had that million dollars we would be in a very different state right now,” said Lewis.

        • LiliputingCrowdfunding fail: Mycroft Mark II open source smart display is no longer shipping to Kickstarter backers

          But that doesn’t seem to have worked out all that well. Lewis says most of the Mycroft staff was laid off recently, leaving just two developers, one customer service agent, and one attorney — because one of the company’s other major costs has been “ongoing litigation against the non-practicing patent entity” that has been going after Mycroft in recent years.

        • Home Assistant GuidePatent troll kills Mycroft AI voice assistant

          Without a patent troll, Mycroft wouldn’t be on death’s doorstep

          However, Lewis claims that what ultimately led to the demise of the company and its product were the expenses associated with ongoing litigation. In 2020, Mycroft AI was hit with a lawsuit for patent infringement by what was described as a “patent troll”. Although the company, Voice Tech Corporation, eventually dropped the lawsuit, the damage had already been done, and the legal battle had taken a significant toll on the startup. As Lewis explained, “If we had that million dollars, we would be in a much better position right now.”

          In the end, the combination of the costs related to litigation and the challenges in finding hardware partners, compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, proved too much for the company to overcome.

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakPublisher Suing YouTube For Piracy Sells ‘Retold’ Version of Prince Harry’s Book

          Prince Harry’s memoir ‘Spare’ sold over 3.2 million copies globally in its first week of release. However, since no company has the rights to sell ‘Spare’ in Russia, major publisher Eksmo-AST – already involved in a lawsuit that accuses YouTube of failing to protect authors’ rights – intends to satisfy local demand by publishing a “retelling” of the smash-hit memoir.

        • Torrent FreakOscar Nominees See Interest Spike on Pirate Sites

          For filmmakers, it’s an incredible honor to be nominated for an Oscar. The added exposure can also lead to a profit boost for smaller releases. That comes with a downside too, however, as recent data reveal that Oscar nominations also tend to cause a spike in pirated downloads.

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