Links 07/03/2023: Flathub in 2023 and Kdenlive 22.12.3

Posted in News Roundup at 9:40 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Links 07/03/2023: More Technical News Sites Shut Down, Rust for Linux Explained

Posted in News Roundup at 11:37 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Kernel Space

      • LWNKernel prepatch 6.3-rc1

        The 6.3-rc1 kernel prepatch is out, and the merge window is closed for this development cycle.

      • MaskRayLinker notes on AArch64

        This article describes target-specific details about AArch64 in ELF linkers. AArch64 is the 64-bit execution state for the Arm architecture. The AArch64 execution state runs the A64 instruction set. The AArch32 and AArch64 execution states use very different instruction sets, so many pieces of software use two ports for the two execution states of the Arm architecture.

      • BootlinFixing reboot in ZynqMP PMU Firmware

        Thanks to community contributions, our engineer Luca Ceresoli has recently published a fix to the zynqmp-pmufw-builder repository that allows building a fully working PMU Firmware binary. Rebooting had previously been broken for a long time.

      • Heise Three Questions and Answers: Rust for Linux

        In Linux 6.1 users could get a glimpse of the Rust-implementation for the first time – although they had to content themselves with a simple “Hello, World!”. We spoke with Miguel Ojeda, software engineer and maintainer of Rust for Linux, about the current state and future of the project:

      • LWN Three Questions and Answers: Rust for Linux (Heise)
    • Applications

      • 2023-03-06 Pano Visual Clipboard Manager For GNOME Shell Adds UI Customization Options, Favorites, More

        Pano, a next-gen clipboard manager for GNOME Shell, has been updated with some major improvements such as user interface customization options, the ability to favorite items, content-aware notifications, as well as support for GNOME Shell 44.

        This is a clipboard manager implemented as a GNOME Shell extension that displays previews of your clipboard items, with support for text, images, code blocks, color codes, links, files, and with the latest release, Emoji. It supports GNOME 42, 43 and 44.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • RoseHostingHow to Install ReactJS on Debian 11

        In this tutorial, we are going to explain in step-by-step detail how to install ReactJS on Debian 11 OS. React is an open-source Javascript library used in web development. You can use the User Interface (UI) library to build interactive elements based on UI components. React has broad community support, and it was voted the 2nd most popular web framework in 2022.

      • Unix MenUsing Pmap to Report Memory Map of a Process (With Examples)

        Taking measure of a process’s RAM usage on Windows has always been straightforward. 

        You launch the Task Manager and browse through the processes to find their corresponding CPU, memory, and disk usage, among other usage metrics. 

      • Make Use OfHow to Remove Software Repositories on Ubuntu

        The ability to add repositories on Linux is essential to get software from third-party sources other than the official repos. On Ubuntu, you can add a repository using the add-apt-repository command or by editing the sources.list file.

    • Games

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • MediumJoin Mastodon with Medium

      A few weeks ago, we announced that Medium is embracing short-form writing by launching our very own Mastodon server at me.dm. Starting today, we’re opening up me.dm access for our member community. If you’re a Medium member, you can create an account on me.dm.

    • OpenSource.comSwitch from iCloud to Nextcloud

      If you’re wary of committing your data to cloud services controlled by a corporation but love the convenience of remote storage and easy web-based access, you’re not alone. The cloud is popular because of what it can do. But the cloud doesn’t have to be closed. Luckily, the open source Nextcloud project provides a personal and private cloud application suite.

      It’s easy to install and import data—including contacts, calendars, and photos. The real trick is getting your data from cloud providers like iCloud. In this article, I demonstrate the steps you need to take to migrate your digital life to Nextcloud.

    • [Old] Towards Data ScienceDemystifying the Parquet File Format

      Apache parquet is an open-source file format that provides efficient storage and fast read speed. It uses a hybrid storage format which sequentially stores chunks of columns, lending to high performance when selecting and filtering data. On top of strong compression algorithm support (snappy, gzip, LZO), it also provides some clever tricks for reducing file scans and encoding repeat variables.

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

    • Education

      • MoodleOpen Education Week: How Moodle supports Open Education for a transformative future

        Open Education Week (OE Week), launched in 2012 by Open Education Global (OE Global), is an annual global event that aims to raise awareness about the benefits of open education and promote its widespread adoption. It is a week-long celebration of open education and the open education movement.

        OE Global is supported by over 250 member organisations and open educators, with Moodle being one of them.

        The aim of the week is to promote and highlight the importance of open education. Since 2012, OE Week has become an important event for educators, researchers, students, and advocates of open education around the world. This year, OE Week takes place on March 6–10.

    • Programming/Development

      • Sean ConnerAnother attempt at a “unit test”

        The reactions to my previous post were interesting—it wasn’t a “unit test.” At best, it might have been an “integration test” but because it involved actual work (i.e. interaction with the outside world via nasty nasty side effects, aka I/O) it immediately disqualified it as a “unit test.” And to be honest, I was expecting that type of reaction—it appears to me that most unit test proponents tend to avoid such “entanglements” when writing their “battle tested” code (but I’m also willing to admit that’s the cynical side of me talking). There were also comments about how 100% code coverage was “unrealistic.”

      • [Old] Andrew JorgensenThe Five Ws of a Git Commit

        Your commit history is not for you, at least not for you of right now. You of right now are full of context and understanding that despite how much we may convince ourselves that we’ll remember with perfect clarity tomorrow, I rarely find that to be the case. To solve this problem it’s important to approach our commit history like a story.

      • [Repeat] Mark HansenCAP Theorem & UI Programming

        If we call this API on the UI thread, we might block user interaction for two seconds. That’s probably long enough to cause “Application Not Responding” timeouts (crashes!) on some devices. And it’s definitely long enough to annoy users.

        It’s a shame that this logically static data is fetched from a general-purpose asynchronous API, backed by the manufacturer’s hardware-abstraction-layer drivers, which could be arbitrary code.

      • Nicholas Tietz-SokolskyGetting people to tell you you’re wrong

        When you communicate out an idea, you are eminently trustable. Usually you’re right, and you have the bona fides to back that up. And you’re also persuasive and somewhat naturally convince people that your idea is right.

        This is a challenge. As a staff+ engineer, you are still human, so you will still *gasp* be wrong sometimes. But when you’re wrong, you’re less likely to get pushback. As a staff+ engineer, you have to be more careful with your ideas, and actively seek out checks on your own ideas. Pushback won’t come as naturally and immediately as it did earlier in your career.

        Here are a few of the things that I do to validate my ideas and elicit checks on them. Some are the same as when I was a senior software engineer, while others are unique to the leadership role of staff+ engineering.

      • ButtondownPredicate Logic for Programmers: Status Report

        Two years ago I started a new book: Predicate Logic for Programmers. In it I said

        People often ask me what’s the best math to learn for formal methods, and my answer is always “predicate logic”. 1 It’s super useful to specifying properties, understanding requirements, and just modeling things in general. Then they ask me how to learn it and I falter.


        I estimated it would be in early-access by June 2021. But then real life intervened, and then ADHD happened, and then I didn’t touch it for two years. In January of this year I picked it up again, with the goal of having the first draft done by the end of winter. Well, that’s not happening either, but I am 10k words in, so that’s progress! Let’s do a rundown of what the book is, what I have planned, and what I’m struggling with.

      • Jamie Brandon2023-03-05 0033: table sizing, bench harder, wasm frist steps, sycl vancouver, breathing for warriors, move your dna, the molecule of more, how to decide, slouching towards utopia
      • UbuntuCanonical joins the Eclipse Foundation’s Software Defined Vehicle working group

        Canonical is excited to announce it is now an official member of the Eclipse Software Defined Vehicle Working Group (SDV WG). Eclipse SDV focuses on software-defined vehicles (SDVs) and pushes innovations in automotive-grade solutions using open-source software.

      • HackadayAssembly Language 80’s Minicomputer Style

        In the days before computers usually used off-the-shelf CPU chips, people who needed a CPU often used something called “bitslice.” The idea was to have a building block chip that needed some surrounding logic and could cascade with other identical building block chips to form a CPU of any bit width that could do whatever you wanted to do. It was still harder than using a CPU chip, but not as hard as rolling your own CPU from scratch. [Usagi Electric] has a Centurion, which is a 1980s-vintage minicomputer based on a bitslice processor. He wanted to use it to write assembly language programs targeting the same system (or an identical one). You can see the video below.

      • Python

        • Seth Michael LarsonTesting multiple Python versions with nox and pyenv

          Nox is an incredible tool, I use it for all my Python projects, highly recommend it. One of the best features of nox and tools like it is parameterization. Usually this is done for the test suite portion where you want to run your test suite on many different Python versions (and maybe other things like dependency versions): [...]

  • Leftovers

    • Herman ÕunapuuI looked at this site on the Wayback Machine

      This domain used to point to a WordPress site that hosted content for a candidate in the local elections, at least around 2011-2014.

    • NPRHow Barnes & Noble turned a page, expanding for the first time in years

      The biggest change borrowed from the playbook of independent bookshops: Daunt gave local Barnes & Noble stores much more authority to order what their readers, in their area want to see.

      It’s “a huge shift, frankly, in philosophy for us as a bookseller,” DeVito says.

      “It’s not an algorithm. It’s not something that’s dynamically pulled from a code,” she says. “It’s very much a — I read this, I loved it, I know this area really gravitates towards beekeeping books, so I’m going to create the best beekeeping display I can because this is my local store.”

    • Copenhagen Post2023-03-06 It’s a blizzard, Hjørring!
    • CPJ2023-03-06 Russian court sentences journalist Andrey Novashov to 8 months of correctional labor
    • Copenhagen Post2023-03-06 Family reunited after two centuries apart – proof of time’s transformative qualities in the world of art
    • The Conversation2023-03-06 Are you a shark or a teddy? How understanding conflict styles can help you overcome fights with friends and family
    • The NationJenny Odell Wants You to Reclaim Your Time

      In 2019, Oakland-based artist and writer Jenny Odell published her first book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy. In that work of dazzling hybridity, Odell drew together scholarship and artistic practice to argue that our attention is our most vital personal asset, and also the most difficult to protect. This March, Odell is back, with Saving Time: Discovering Life Beyond the Clock (Random House), a follow-up to HTDN that subverts dominant notions of time in order so that we might reclaim it for ourselves and one another. The Nation spoke with Odell about her intentions for the book, and how writing it has shaped her own thinking and practices.

    • Counter PunchWelcome to Nyege Nyege

      Africa’s most important music festival is a breeding ground for new and unheard sounds.

      “There will be safe sex in Jinja”.   

    • Counter PunchReceived Routines

      Among the admittedly less than scintillating cohort of Americans who read the Sunday New York Times, I would hazard that there are few who remain immune to the temptations of the lifestyle pages—even enclosed, as they are, by the powerful anesthetic of the business and opinion pages. All of us, after all, contain multitudes; in each of us homo editorialus jostles with a Balzacian desire to know how the other half—of the upper quarter—lives.

      If, as Henry James remarked, literature satisfies two tastes—for the sensation of recognition, and for that of surprise—then no one can doubt that the taste satisfied by the ‘Sunday Routine’ page of the Metropolitan section is a literary one. No one, that is, should indict himself for frivolity if his own Sunday routine consists of the careful perusal of this page, though he must admit that recognition is more frequent than surprise.

    • Science

    • Education

      • Gannett‘I just found myself struggling to keep up’: Number of teachers quitting hits new high

        But Chalkbeat was able to obtain the latest teacher turnover numbers from eight states: Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Washington. These figures encompassed turnover between the 2021-22 year and this school year.

        In all cases, turnover was at its highest point in at least five years – typically around 2 percentage points greater than before the pandemic. That implies that in a school with 50 teachers, one more than usual left after last school year.

      • Counter PunchWhy Temple University’s Graduate Students are Striking

        The Temple University Graduate Student Association (TUGSA 6290), a union that represents more than 750 graduate student workers at Temple has entered the second month of their strike. TUGSA, the only graduate student union in Pennsylvania, continues to fight for a living wage, greater parental and bereavement leave, and dependent healthcare. Founded in 1997, TUGSA is on strike for the first time, making this the first graduate student strike in Pennsylvania’s history.

        TUGSA’s Demands

      • Counter PunchIndia’s Education Market: The Next Neo-Colonial Frontier

        Over the last week or so, Australian politicians and representatives of the university sector got busy pressing flesh in India, hoping to open avenues that have largely remained aspirational.  It was timed to coincide with G20 talks in New Delhi, which has seen a flurry of contentious meetings traversing security, economics and education, all taking place in the shadow of the Ukraine War.

        A starring outcome of the various discussions was an agreement between Canberra and New Delhi to ensure the mutual recognition of qualifications.  On March 3, the Australian Minister for Education, Jason Clare, stated in a media release that the Mechanism for the Mutual Recognition of Qualifications was “India’s most comprehensive education agreement of its type with another country.”

      • TruthOutReport: Big Oil Has Given Nearly $700M to Fund Research at Top Universities
    • Hardware

      • Ruben SchadeA 1990 encyclopædia on phones and packet switching

        IKEA tend to stock Swedish translations of popular titles on their bookshelf displays, but over the weekend Clara and I chanced upon a 1990 volume of the Lexicon Universal Encyclopedia. I’d never heard of it before, so of course I had to rifle through it for some goodies!

      • HackadayProbably The Most Over-Specified Calculator To Ever Be Manufactured

        It’s possible quite a few of our older readers will remember the period from the 1960s into the ’70s when an electronic calculator was the cutting edge of consumer-grade digital technology. By the 1980s though, they were old hat and could be bought for only a few dollars, a situation that remains to this day. But does that mean calculator development dead?

      • HackadayDisplaying The Time Is Elemental With This Periodic Table Clock

        We see a lot of clocks here at Hackaday, so many now that it’s hard to surprise us. After all, there are only so many ways to divide the day into intervals, as well as a finite supply of geeky and quirky ways to display the results, right?

      • HackadayYour Phone Is A 200X Microscope — Sort Of

        [A. Cemal Ekin] over on PetaPixel reviewed the Apexel 200X LED Microscope Lens. The relatively inexpensive accessory promises to transform your cell phone camera into a microscope. Of course, lenses that strap over your phone’s camera lens aren’t exactly a new idea, but this one looks a little more substantial than the usual piece of plastic in a spring-loaded clip. Does it work? You should read [Cemal’s] post for the details, but the answer — as you might have expected — is yes and no.

      • HackadayMEMS Teardown And Macroscopic Models

        There is a bit of a paradox when it comes to miniaturization. When electronics replaced mechanical devices, it was often the case that the electronic version was smaller. When transistors and, later, ICs, came around, things got smaller still. However, as things shrink to microscopic scales, transistors don’t work well, and you often find — full circle — mechanical devices. [Breaking Taps] has an investigation of a MEMS chip. MEMS is short for Micro Electromechanical Systems, which operate in a decidedly mechanical way. You can see the video, which has some gorgeous electron microscopy, below. The best part, though, is the 3D-printed macroscale mechanisms that let you see how the pieces work.

      • Computer WorldChina pumps $1.9 billion into homegrown chip-making firm YMTC

        China will invest an additional $1.9 billion in Yangtze Memory Technologies Co. (YMTC), the country’s biggest memory chip producer, to spur the growth of its domestic semiconductor industry, which is currently being cramped by US sanctions.

        China’s National Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund, a government-backed investment body also known as the Big Fund, will inject the capital into YMTC, Bloomberg reported Friday. The magnitude of the investment shows China’s effort to boost its struggling home-grown chip industry, which is currently facing constraints on its manufacturing capabilities from the US and other countries.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Proprietary

      • Silicon AngleRansomware gang releases data stolen from the City of Oakland [iophk: Windows TCO]

        The ransomware attack occured on Feb. 8, knocking some of the city’s information technology systems offline. A state of emergency was then declared on Feb. 16 following what the city described as ongoing network outages caused by the attack. The attack did not affect 911 services, but certain nonemergency systems were forced offline.

        A month after the attack, the Play ransomware group, which first emerged in August following an attack on Argentina’s Judiciary of Córdoba, has started releasing the stolen files.

      • The Register UKNow Microsoft injects Copilot AI into Dynamics 365

        It remains to be seen whether customers will welcome robo-communiqués – mechanical missives that can be detected most of the time. So it may not be long before message filters can block them as we do with normal spam. The automation of phone calls certainly hasn’t endeared many people to marketers.

        Customer service reps can use tools similar to those available to sales personnel Microsoft said. For Dynamics 365 Customer Service, Copilot supports drafting answers to queries – using both knowledge base content and conversation history data – in both email and chat.

      • ABCCyberattack hits major hospital in Spanish city of Barcelona

        A ransomware cyberattack on one of Barcelona’ s main hospitals has crippled the center’s computer system and forced the cancellation of 150 nonurgent operations and up to 3,000 patient checkups, officials said Monday.

        The attack Sunday on the Hospital Clinic de Barcelona shut down computers at the facility’s laboratories, emergency room and pharmacy at three main centers and several external clinics.

      • Security WeekRansomware Operators Leak Data Allegedly Stolen From City of Oakland [iophk: Windows TCO]

        The cyberattack started on February 8 and was disclosed on February 10, when Oakland announced that it had taken systems offline to contain the incident, but that emergency services were not impacted.

        One week later, while continuing restoration efforts, the city declared a local state of emergency, to speed up the procurement of equipment and materials.

    • Security

      • LWNSecurity updates for Monday

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (apache2, libde265, libreswan, spip, syslog-ng, and xfig), Fedora (edk2, libtpms, python-django3, stb, sudo, vim, and xen), Red Hat (libjpeg-turbo and pesign), SUSE (kernel, python36, samba, and trivy), and Ubuntu (linux, linux-aws, linux-aws-5.4, linux-azure, linux-azure-5.4, linux-gcp, linux-gke, linux-gkeop, linux-hwe-5.4, linux-kvm, linux-oracle, linux-oracle-5.4, linux, linux-aws, linux-dell300x, linux-gcp-4.15, linux-oracle, linux-aws-hwe, linux-oracle, and linux-bluefield).

      • Silicon Angle2023-03-06 Scammers exploit interest in ChatGPT with sophisticated investment scams
      • Make Use Of2023-03-06 What Is Mirai Malware and Who Is at Risk?
      • PowerDNSPowerDNS Recursor 4.8.3 Released

        We are proud to announce the release of PowerDNS Recursor 4.8.3 This release is a maintenance release. The most important fixes concern the serve-stale functionality which could cause intermittent high CPU load. The serve-stale function is disabled by default. Please refer to the change log for the 4.8.3 release for additional details.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • HackadayThe Eyes Have It: Stare Down Your Lighting

          You know how you can feel when someone is looking at you? Thanks to a person detector, [Michael Rigsby’s] little robotic light switch also knows when you are looking at it. As you can see in the video below, when it notices you are looking at it, it lights up an LED. If you continue to gaze at it, it will turn to stare back at you. Keep staring it down and it will toggle the state of a remote control light switch.

        • ScheerpostHow Israeli Cyber Weapons Are Taking Over Latin America

          In January, Salvadoran newspaper El Faro revealed that the country’s police have purchased three Israeli surveillance tools. Through the approximately $2.2 million contract, El Salavador’s police acquired the Wave Guard Tracer, from Wave Guard Technologies, designed to trace calls, text, and data, the GEOLOC system sold by an unknown Israeli firm, […]

        • Salon“Immoral” spy program: DHS collecting domestic intelligence in “shady” operation

          Among its other elements, OHICP allows officials to interview nearly anyone in the U.S., including those held in detention centers and Customs and Border Patrol facilities, local jails and federal prisons, while bypassing interviewees’ lawyers. According to the program’s documentation, interviewers must explicitly state that they work for DHS, participation is voluntary and an interviewee may end the interview at any time. But the document doesn’t prohibit interviews with people who are awaiting trial, and a law enforcement officer must reportedly be present when these interviews take place. Critically, there’s nothing in the program’s rules that would to stop such an officer from sharing whatever they overhear, whether with their superiors and colleagues, prosecutors or others.

        • NYPost‘Shady’ DHS officials running secret domestic-intelligence program: report

          In another document, some employees were so concerned about the legality of their activities that they wanted DHS to cover legal liability insurance, the news outlet reported. Keep up with today’s most important news

          Others feared retaliation for voicing concerns.

          “If you speak out, you’ll find yourself on the [southwest] border or in Portland, recalled by [Field Operations Division] HQ, or moved,” one employee said in a document. “If HQ finds out that you’ve spoken to others outside the Division (e.g. OCG, Ombuds), you’ll get in trouble.”

        • CF.orgDHS Has a Secret Domestic-Intelligence Program

          The program allows officials to conduct interviews with just about anyone in the United States without their lawyers present.

          That specific element of the program, was paused last year after a number of employees expressed concerns about its legality and potential violations of civil liberties.

        • TechdirtPredictive Policing Makes Everyone A Suspect, Even EU Officials

          We’ve long known so-called “predictive policing” is garbage. It’s the same old biased policing, except shinier and more expensive. Every system in place relies on data generated by policework — data instantly tainted by the things cops do, like hassling minorities, engaging in very selective enforcement, and treating people as inherently suspicious just because of where they live. These acts generate the garbage data that ensures that, when all the digital gears stop turning, more garbage data will be generated.

        • Yahoo NewsDHS has a program gathering domestic intelligence — and virtually no one knows about it

          Under the domestic-intelligence program, officials are allowed to seek interviews with just about anyone in the United States. That includes people held in immigrant detention centers, local jails, and federal prison. DHS’s intelligence professionals have to say they’re conducting intelligence interviews, and they have to tell the people they seek to interview that their participation is voluntary. But the fact that they’re allowed to go directly to incarcerated people — circumventing their lawyers — raises important civil liberties concerns, according to legal experts.

        • The Register UKUS lobbyists commission report dismissing proposed EU cloud regulations

          The European Cybersecurity Certification Scheme for Cloud Services (EUCS) is intended to put in place an EU-wide certification framework for IT services.

          However, the proposals would also impose “sovereignty” requirements that force cloud providers to host services for EU customers on infrastructure sited within the EU, and to demonstrate their “immunity” from foreign law enforcement authorities demanding access to data.

        • AxiosTech platforms struggle to verify their users’ age

          Most relevant in the U.S. is California’s law, which does not require strict age verification but age “estimation” and the rollout of corresponding privacy and data protections for the age group.

        • India TimesGoogle, Meta file lawsuit against South Korean data watchdog’s ruling

          The legal action by the two US companies came after the Personal Information Protection Commission (PIPC) decided in September last year to slap a combined fine of 100 billion won ($77.2 million) on them for collecting personal information without users’ consent and using it for personalised online advertising and other purposes.

          The fines marked the highest-amount ever imposed for alleged violations of the personal information protection law, reports Yonhap news agency.

        • FirstpostTaliban use fingerprints, gun records to hunt down Afghans who assisted US before 2021 takeover, says new report

          The findings are based on a new inspector general report that contains details on the chaos that ensued after American troops withdrew from the country in 2021.

          In the 148-page report, an ex-Afghan military intelligence officer said that the members of Taliban are going after former Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) “on a daily basis”.

          ANDSF had received funding worth tens of billions of dollars for training and equipment for over two decades. The US withdrawal resulted in the complete collapse of the force.

          The officer said, “They search their homes and if they cannot find the individual they will go after their family members.”

        • The Washington TimesTaliban comb Kabul records to hunt down U.S. war allies

          “The Taliban are going after former ANDSF on a daily basis,” one former Afghan military intelligence officer told investigators. “They search their homes, and if they cannot find the individual, they will go after their family members. They punish their family until the person they are looking for surrenders.”

          The former director of criminal investigations for the national police said people came to his home to track down his gun. The Taliban gained access to official records on firearm ownership that the U.S.-backed government kept.

        • [Old] HRWNew Evidence that Biometric Data Systems Imperil Afghans

          The Taliban control systems holding sensitive biometric data that Western donor governments left behind in Afghanistan in August 2021, putting thousands of Afghans at risk, Human Rights Watch said today.

          These digital identity and payroll systems contain Afghans’ personal and biometric data, including iris scans, fingerprints, photographs, occupation, home addresses, and names of relatives. The Taliban could use them to target perceived opponents, and Human Rights Watch research suggests that they may have already used the data in some cases.

        • EFFPodcast Episode: Making the Invisible Visible

          To Paglen, art is a conversation with the past and the future – artifacts of how the world looks at a certain time and place. In our time and place, it’s a world dogged by digital privacy concerns, and so his art ranges from 19th-century style photos of military drones circling like insects in the Nevada sky, to a museum installation that provides a free wifi hotspot offering anonymized browsing through a Tor network, to deep-sea diving photos of internet cables tapped by the National Security Agency. 

      • Confidentiality

        • [Old] Andrew JorgensenHow to not leak your credentials to the [Internet]

          One good security practice is to not store any unencrypted credentials at rest. If you can run cat on a file and see the credentials appear on the screen this means that are unencrypted at rest and just waiting for an attacker to read that file and pull the credentials out for nefarious purposes. Typically credentials in your profile would look something like…

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Michael West MediaThe integrity of the FOI Commission is at stake. What’s the scam?

        On Monday, the FOI Commissioner, Leo Hardiman PSM KC, quit his $398,630 job over his inability, for reasons beyond his control, “to increase timeliness of IC reviews and access in a way which best promotes the objects of the FOI Act”.

        It’s an honourable thing for him to have done and demonstrates that we’ve lost a man of great integrity from public service.

    • Environment

      • NPRA treaty to protect the world’s oceans has been agreed after a decade of talks

        An updated framework to protect marine life in the regions outside national boundary waters, known as the high seas, had been in discussions for more than 20 years, but previous efforts to reach an agreement had repeatedly stalled. The unified agreement treaty was reached late Saturday.

        “We only really have two major global commons — the atmosphere and the oceans,” said Georgetown marine biologist Rebecca Helm. While the oceans may draw less attention, “protecting this half of earth’s surface is absolutely critical to the health of our planet.”

      • AxiosOver 190 countries reach historic deal to protect oceans

        Why it matters: The High Seas Treaty moves to protect 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030 with the aim of halting and reversing the current extinction crisis, per Axios’ Ben Geman.

      • Bridge Michigan2023-03-06 Opinion | Spend $500 million on outdoors to boost Michigan for decades
      • The RevelatorDrought to Deluge: Managing Water for Climate Extremes
      • Counter PunchCan the World Save the World?

        The United Nations has convened 27 conferences on climate change. For nearly three decades, the international community has come together at a different location every year to pool its collective wisdom, resources, and resolve to address this global threat. These Conferences of Parties (COPs) have produced important agreements, such as the Paris Accords of 2015 on the reduction of carbon emissions and most recently at Sharm el-Sheikh a Loss & Damage Fund to help countries currently experiencing the most impact from climate change.

        And yet the threat of climate change has only grown larger. In 2022, carbon emissions grew by nearly 2 percent.

      • TruthOutThe Path to a Green New Deal Must Involve a Series of Separate Bills
      • Energy/Transportation

        • Bridge Michigan2023-03-06 Opinion | Extract Michigan’s raw materials to boost our EV future
        • MeduzaVladivostok water main bursts, leaving 30,000 people without heat and flooding streets — Meduza

          About 30,000 Vladivostok residents lost heating and hot water Tuesday after a water main burst, according to the Primorsky Krai Prosecutor’s Office.

        • Common DreamsDefusing ‘Methane Bombs’ Key to Averting Climate Catastrophe

          More than 1,000 “super-emitter” incidents—human-caused methane leaks of at least one tonne per hour—were detected worldwide last year, mostly at oil and gas facilities, and policymakers must prioritize cutting this planet-heating pollution to avoid “triggering catastrophic climate tipping points.”

        • Common Dreams100+ Groups Urge Congress to Abandon ‘Carbon Utilization Fantasy’

          More than 100 organizations on Monday urged the congressional sponsors of a new proposal that would boost the tax credit for certain carbon capture projects to shift their focus to solutions that will actually address the fossil fuel-driven climate emergency.

        • Common DreamsAnalysis Shows Major US Oil Companies Raked in $290 Billion in Profits Last Year

          An analysis published Monday by the watchdog Accountable.US revealed that the biggest oil companies operating in the United States raked in a collective $290 billion in profits last year while they “consistently prioritized shareholder returns over alleviating the pressure of high energy prices.”

        • Common DreamsHealth Pros Demand US Regulators Stop Fracked Gas Pipeline Expansion

          As of Monday, more than 500 physicians and other medical professionals had signed on to a letter urging federal regulators to prevent the expansion of a fracked gas pipeline in the Pacific Northwest.

        • NPRClimate solutions do exist. These 6 experts detail what they look like

          Oreskes says pay attention when you see a “climate solution” that means increasing the use of fossil fuels. She says an example is [fossil] gas, which has been sold as a “bridge fuel” from coal to renewable energy. But [fossil] gas is still a fossil fuel, and its production, transport and use release methane, a greenhouse gas far more potent than carbon dioxide.

          “I think we need to start by looking at what happens when the fossil fuel industry comes up with solutions, because here is the greatest potential for conflict of interest,” Aronczyk says.

        • DeSmogGoing ‘Net-Zero’ Will Boost Oil Sands Production, Industry Tells Canadian Government

          Oil sands producers plan to spend billions of dollars on emissions-reducing technologies so that they can boost production and sell more of their climate-warming products overseas, an industry lobby group explained to Canada’s federal government on multiple occasions. 

          “As our sector decarbonizes, we believe that the oil sands can play an even bigger role in producing energy for Canada and the world,” said the Pathways Alliance, an organization representing the six largest oil sands producers, in a submission last fall during consultations over the federal government’s 2023 budget. 

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • NPRTribes bury P-22, Southern California’s famed mountain lion

          Some representatives of the Chumash, Tataviam and Gabrielino (Tongva) peoples argued that samples taken during the necropsy should be buried with the rest of his body in the ancestral lands where he spent his life. Some tribal elders said keeping the specimens for scientific testing would be disrespectful to their traditions. Mountain lions are regarded as relatives and considered teachers in LA’s tribal communities.

          Tribal representatives, wildlife officials and others discussed a potential compromise in recent weeks, but a consensus was not reached before P-22 was buried in an unspecified location in the Santa Monica Mountains on Saturday.

        • Democracy Now“Hopeful”: Historic U.N. High Seas Treaty Will Protect 30% of World’s Oceans from Biodiversity Loss

          The first-ever international treaty to protect the oceans was agreed to by negotiators from more than 190 countries at a United Nations conference this weekend, capping nearly two decades of efforts by conservation groups. The legally binding pact could help reverse marine biodiversity loss by establishing marine protected areas covering nearly a third of the world’s seas by 2030. We hear more from one of the treaty’s scientist-negotiators, Minna Epps, a marine biologist and director of the Ocean Team at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

        • Pro PublicaHow Saving the Rainforests Could Prevent the Next Pandemic

          Jocelyn knew only one way to live. Growing up next to the Manombo Special Reserve in southeast Madagascar, his family taught him from a young age to see the forest as a source of income. His grandfather had been a logger, cutting trees for timber and burning wood to make charcoal to sell. His grandfather taught his father, and his father taught him.

          It was dangerous work. He risked landing in jail for illegal logging every time he ventured into the protected reserve. “I needed to feed my family,” recalled Jocelyn, who doesn’t use a surname; the vegetables he grew near his house weren’t enough. He also needed money for health care. Once, when his wife was pregnant and fell ill, he sold all of their plates and pans to pay for treatment at a government clinic. She wound up losing the baby anyway.

      • Overpopulation

    • Finance

      • QuartzKenya is running out of US dollars

        Kenya is facing an acute foreign exchange crunch, with US dollar reserves dropping to their lowest in eight years as its currency keeps plummeting against major global currencies.

      • Telex (Hungary)Indian women recruited to work as truck drivers in Hungary for 1800 euros
      • ScheerpostStudent Loan Forgiveness Program Appears Headed for Defeat in the Supreme Court

        The right-wing “justices” seemed impervious to the economic plight of tens of millions with debilitating student debt.

      • Counter PunchWhy Student Debt Cancellation is Reasonable, Not Radical

        “Nobody’s telling the person who is trying to set up the lawn service business that he doesn’t have to pay his loan,” said U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts during oral arguments about President Joe Biden’s student debt forgiveness plan. Roberts continued his logic on behalf of this hypothetical lawn service operator, saying, “he still does, even though his tax dollars are going to support the forgiveness of the loan for… the college graduate, who’s now going to make a lot more than him over the course of his lifetime.”

        It’s remarkable how concerned Roberts and other conservatives have been about the exploitation of the average American when it comes to loan forgiveness. The Supreme Court’s chief imagines that college graduates will go on to make enough money to pay back their loans and they are choosing not to—apparently in order to take advantage of business owners like lawn care operators.

      • Michael West MediaA Lowe Act: RBA tweaks its language as it delivers 10th rate hike

        The subtlety of language is a big thing for central bankers and the hordes of economists who hang on their every word. The key change in language from the RBA today was “further tightening”. They replaced “further increases in interest rates” with “further tightening”. What’s the scam?

        The scam is that there are other tools at the Bank’s disposal to contain inflation besides the big one, lifting the cash rate. The subtle change suggests a more sophisticated attack on inflation.

      • Common DreamsWhy Warren Buffett Is Wrong and Joe Biden Is Right About Stock Buybacks

        Warren Buffett, one of the richest people in America, defended stock buybacks in his highly anticipated annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, released a few days ago.

      • Common DreamsMajority of US Voters Want the Fed to Stop Raising Rates Before It Tanks the Economy: Poll

        Survey data released Monday shows that a majority of U.S. voters want the Federal Reserve to stop raising interest rates before it plunges the economy into recession, a position that aligns with the view of many economists and lawmakers who fear the central bank is on the verge of needlessly throwing millions out of work.

      • Common DreamsCritics Rip ‘Financial Vulture’ SoFi for Suing to Block Biden’s Student Loan Repayment Pause

        Supporters of U.S. President Joe Biden’s plan to cancel over $400 billion in college debt to more than 43 million borrowers reacted angrily Monday to a lawsuit filed by an online finance company trying to overturn his administration’s latest pause on student loan repayments—a policy that has cost the firm more than $100 million in lost profits.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • 2023-03-05 Josh Marshall: ‘The Deep Archeology of Fox News’
      • The Atlantic2023-03-06 How to Take Back Control of What You Read on the Internet
      • Common DreamsBiden Can Rein In Israeli violence Against Palestinians—But Will He?

        In an analysis for Haaretz last week, former Israeli diplomat Alon Pinkas asks a pertinent and important question: “When will the U.S. stop pretending that things are normal in Netanyahu’s Israel?” It’s a rhetorical question, but nonetheless crucial after the United States embarrassed itself yet again by touting a completely phony “agreement” reached in Aqaba, Jordan, between the far-right Israeli government and the quisling Palestinian Authority while Israeli settlers were burning the town of Huwwara. But Pinkas addresses this question, ultimately, with an equally empty line: “Friends don’t let friends rescind democracy.”

      • Common DreamsGroups Sue to Stop Biden From Offering 73 Million Acres to Oil Drillers in Gulf of Mexico

        Seven groups on Monday filed a legal challenge to the U.S. Interior Department’s Lease Sale 259, which would offer 73.3 million acres of public waters in the Gulf of Mexico to the highest-bidding oil and gas drillers.

      • Telex (Hungary)No sign of the plant to be opened in Hungary in August with more than €17,7 million in Hungarian state funding
      • Telex (Hungary)Be a part of shaping Telex English!
      • Telex (Hungary)Fidesz MPs don’t want politicians to have to leave university boards of trustees
      • Counter PunchNikki Haley’s Diet-MAGA Problem

        In 2015, according to the talking points being floated by former South Carolina governor and Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley and her team, she alone heroically removed the Confederate flag that flew on the grounds of the state capitol and so healed racial wounds. She implied as much right after it happened, again at the 2020 Republican National Convention, and in subsequent interviews. This “achievement” remains a critical part of her story about why she aspires to become president. Given the weakness of the South Carolina governorship, Haley doesn’t have a lot to show for her time in office or, for that matter, defending President Donald Trump as his ambassador at the United Nations.

        Still, even her claim to that is problematic on multiple levels. First, she and other state Republicans like Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott had ignored decades of resistance to that flag by African Americans and their local allies. And unlike Haley and crew, those protesters, of course, never bought into the “Lost Cause” rhetoric of the Confederacy, the historical revisionism filled with intentional mythology that has long suggested the stars and bars are nothing but a benign neutral symbol of “our” past.

      • Common DreamsNikki Haley’s Diet-MAGA Is a Bitter and Foul Drink

        In 2015, according to the talking points being floated by former South Carolina governor and Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley and her team, she alone heroically removed the Confederate flag that flew on the grounds of the state capitol and so healed racial wounds. She implied as much right after it happened, again at the 2020 Republican National Convention, and in subsequent interviews. This “achievement” remains a critical part of her story about why she aspires to become president. Given the weakness of the South Carolina governorship, Haley doesn’t have a lot to show for her time in office or, for that matter, defending President Donald Trump as his ambassador at the United Nations.

      • The NationMike Pence Resists Grand Jury Subpeona

        Pence guards his White House prospects, hence He’s planned resistance that’s intense. He wouldn’t want to give offense To MAGA types. That makes no sense— Though, purely by coincidence, They’re folks who chanted “Hang Mike Pence.”

      • The NationRingleader

        J. Edgar Hoover, we’ve always assumed, became the most powerful unelected American of his time because he had the goods on everybody: the mistresses, financial shenanigans, and underworld connections of presidents who might fire him and legislators who might investigate him. Two new books about the longtime FBI chief make you realize that there was something else as well. Hoover’s half-century of immense influence rested on his mastery of a very American art—the crafting of his image.1

      • TruthOutMN Governor Signs Law Giving Voting Rights Back to Formerly Incarcerated People
      • The Register UKAtlassian to fire 500 – by email – in the name of ‘rebalancing’

        Atlassian has announced a five percent reduction in its workforce as part of an effort it founders described as a “rebalancing” that will allow the collaboration upstart to focus on its changing priorities.

      • India TimesTwitter’s revenue drop about 40% in December: report

        As advertisers continue to move away from Twitter since Elon Musk’s takeover in October last year, the microblogging platform reported a drop in revenue and adjusted earnings for December, The Wall Street Journal reported citing sources.

        Twitter reported a 40% year-on-year decline in revenue and adjusted earnings for December in an investor update.

      • The NationReports of Trump’s Demise Are Premature, and His Threat of “Retribution” Is Serious

        Donald Trump is more of a performer than an orator. Those who complain that his speeches routinely violate the codified norms of rhetoric and grammar by giving vent to meandering digressions and bizarre interjections miss the point of how he communicates. Trump is not vying with Pericles, Abraham Lincoln, or Winston Churchill in a contest to achieve timeless eloquence. Rather, he belongs to the tradition of insult comedians such as Joan Rivers or Don Rickles, wrestling-ring braggarts such as Hulk Hogan, and radio shock jocks such as Rush Limbaugh. Like these other performers, Trump aims not to persuade but to electrify and polarize by conjuring up a memorable persona that the audience can identify with as an avatar of their socially frowned-upon anger and unspoken desires.

      • New York TimesWhite House Said to Consider Pushing Congress on Dealing With TikTok

        White House officials are weighing whether to support legislation being developed by Senator Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, that would give the government more authority to police apps and services that could pose a risk to Americans’ data security or be used in foreign influence campaigns, two of the people said. That could be used to target TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance.

      • [Old] Essel Group300 TikTok, ByteDance employees worked for China’s propaganda machinery: Report

        Forbes found “strong ties between TikTok’s parent business, ByteDance, and the Chinese government’s propaganda arm, which has been extensively utilising social media to propagate disinformation that supports the Chinese Communist Party.”

        ByteDance and TikTok, according to the article, did not dispute that the 300 LinkedIn profiles were current workers or deny their ties to Chinese official media.

        According to a ByteDance spokeswoman, the business makes “hiring choices based solely on an individual’s professional capacity to accomplish the job.”

      • TechdirtPolitical Fiction vs. Reality: Twitter’s Alleged Help For Dems vs. Rupert Murdoch’s Real Help For Trump

        I know, I know, there are no room for facts in the modern GOP, just feelings. But, still, it’s kind of remarkable just how much they seem committed to the bit that Twitter was actively trying to suppress Republicans to help Joe Biden. There remains zero proof of this. Zero. Over the course of the various “Twitter Files” all we’ve seen is Twitter literally pushing back on anything that suggests political bias, and instead trying to review things based on whether or not they legitimately broke the rules.

      • ANF News2023-03-06 Women protest in Istanbul: “We are united in anger and rebellion”
      • CBC2023-03-06 Liberals in Ontario are not competitive. They’re struggling to fix that
      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

        • Project CensoredAnalyzing Current Events Through a Critical Media Literacy Lens: Don Lemon’s Sexism/Ageism at CNN, the Sackler Dynasty, Russiagate Propaganda, and More – The Project Censored Show

          Butler’s recent piece on the Lemon affair was published by Ms. Magazine, and her rejoinder to Lemon in USA Today. Higdon’s latest op-ed with Huff on Russiagate was published numerous places, including as a Dispatch at Project Censored.

        • Democracy Now“They All Knew”: Media Matters Files FEC Complaint That Fox News Broke Election Laws, Lied for Trump

          A number of bombshell revelations about the inner workings of Fox News have come to light as part of a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems against the network. Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News, has admitted under oath that many hosts on his network “endorsed” Donald Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election for financial, not political, reasons, stating, “It is not red or blue, it is green.” In court filings, Dominion also revealed that Murdoch had given Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner confidential information about Biden’s campaign ads and debate strategy in possible violation of election laws. Our guest, Angelo Carusone, is president of the watchdog group Media Matters for America, which recently sent a Federal Elections Commission complaint against Fox News based on evidence from the Dominion lawsuit. “All the way from Rupert Murdoch on down to the show producers, they knew what they were saying was not true, that it was actually a lie, and they did it anyway,” says Carusone.

        • Project CensoredJournalistic Malpractice on Trial: What the Dominion Voting System Tells Us About How the Media Sacrificed their Credibility to Partisan Falsehoods – Censored Notebook

          “This is direct evidence of knowing falsity” exclaimed RonNell Anderson Jones, Professor of Law at the University of Utah, in a February 2023 interview with Jon Stewart. Jones noted that in most defamation cases “the likelihood that you will find evidence of them [news outlets] saying, ‘We know this is a lie and we would like to move forward with it anyway is deeply unlikely.’” However, in the case of Dominion Voting Systems v. Fox News, “the filing contains just this trove of evidence of emails and text messages and internal memos that are ‘rare’ both in terms of the ‘volume of the evidence and as to the directness of the evidence.’” This sentiment was echoed by Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe who noted, “I have never seen a defamation case with such overwhelming proof that the defendant admitted in writing that it was making up fake information in order to increase its viewership and its revenues.”

        • The NationDid Something Happen on January 6, 2021? Republicans Don’t Want to Talk About It.

          Bye-bye, Larry Hogan. On Sunday, the former Maryland governor finally answered a question nobody was asking, except maybe his family: No, he will not challenge Donald Trump for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.1

        • TruthOutGen Z Congressman Says Ron DeSantis Is Governing Florida Like a Fascist
        • US News And World ReportDigital Foot Soldiers: Pro-Trump Bots Swarm DeSantis, Haley

          Over the past 11 months, someone created thousands of fake, automated Twitter accounts — perhaps hundreds of thousands of them — to offer a stream of praise for Donald Trump.

          Besides posting adoring words about the former president, the fake accounts ridiculed Trump’s critics from both parties and attacked Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor and U.N. ambassador who is challenging her onetime boss for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • CPJPakistan bans broadcasting of ex-PM Imran Khan’s speeches, suspends ARY News channel

        Hours after the order was announced on Sunday, PEMRA suspended ARY News’ license for broadcasting a speech by Khan, according to those sources and ARY News CEO Salman Iqbal, who spoke to CPJ by phone. ARY News remains off the air as of Monday evening, Iqbal said.

      • Associated PressPakistan bans media broadcasts of ex-PM Imran Khan speeches

        The ban by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority was imposed on Sunday and went into effect on Monday. It covers airing of both recorded and live speeches by Khan, who was ousted in a no-confidence vote in Parliament last April. The ban followed a particularly fiery speech by Khan, who has a large grassroots following, lambasting Sharif’s government and the country’s all-powerful military.

      • duvaRRenowned geologist Prof. Dr. Ahmet Ercan detained over social media post

        Renowned geologist Prof. Dr. Övgün Ahmet Ercan has been detained in the eastern province of Elazığ on the grounds of one of his media posts, according to reporting by state-run Anadolu Agency on Feb. 28.

      • duvaRProsecutor seeks 3 years in jail for Turkish pop star Gülşen over remarks about Islamic Imam Hatip schools

        A Turkish prosecutor seeks up to three years in prison in their final opinion for famous pop singer Gülşen who is facing charges of “inciting hatred and hostility among the public” over her comments about Islamic Imam Hatip schools.

        Gülşen was jailed pending trial on Aug. 25 on a charge of incitement to hatred, after a video of her comments from four months ago surfaced on a website of a pro-government newspaper Sabah.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • QuartzWhy Safaricom, east Africa’s biggest telecom, is getting sued by its customers

        East Africa’s leading telecommunications company Safaricom is in trouble. Pressure is mounting on it, with two major lawsuits from its customers who are demanding accountability from the telco giant.

      • TechdirtNetflix Fights Big Telecom Plan To Impose ‘Big Tech Tax’ In EU

        Big Telecom lobbyists have been working overtime in both the US and EU, trying to get policymakers to force Big Tech to pay them billions in additional subsidies for no coherent reason. We’ve noted for several years how the push is self-serving bullshit by anti-competitive telecom giants, yet thanks to their lobbying influence, the effort shows no sign of slowing down.

      • TechdirtDutch Officials Warn That Big Telecom’s Plan To Tax ‘Big Tech’ Is A Dangerous Dud

        For much of the last year, European telecom giants have been pushing for a tax on Big Tech company profits. They’ve tried desperately to dress it up as a reasonable adult policy proposal, but it’s effectively just the same thing we saw during the U.S. net neutrality wars: telecom monopolies demanding other people pay them an additional troll toll — for no coherent reason.

    • Monopolies

      • The Register UKEU ‘poised’ to OK Microsoft’s Activision biz gobble

        The European Union appears poised to clear the acquisition next month without asking Microsoft to divest any of its assets in return, according to a report late last week from Reuters. A go-ahead from the EU would remove one hurdle from the software maker’s path, but would still leave antitrust concerns in the US and UK to deal with.

        Citing three unnamed sources, Reuters said that Microsoft’s efforts to sign licensing deals with rivals is playing a role in the thinking of the EU, which is set to make its decision by April 25.

      • Software Patents

        • TechdirtFord Submits A Patent That Would Allow Cars To Repossess Themselves

          The automotive industry is entering into its own subprime crisis. Even before the COVID pandemic led to supply chain issues that vastly inflated car prices, lenders were starting to extend loan periods to make things easier for underfunded purchasers, moving on from the industry standard 3-5 year loans to 84-month baselines that ensure people could purchase cars… but for a price they’d be paying for a long, long time.

      • Copyrights

        • Creative CommonsNew official translations of CC legal tools published in Danish, Frisian, and German

          The addition of these translations is a significant milestone, as it enables even more people to access and use Creative Commons licenses in their native tongue. The Danish translation of CC 4.0 licenses and deeds was first started in 2019 by a team of official translators from the European Commission, coordinated by Pedro Malaquias. In 2022, the Danish Agency for Digital Government requested the translation to be completed, with the aim of recommending the use of CC licenses to public authorities and administrations. Peter Leth led the effort to complete the Danish translation.

        • Torrent FreakWarner Fights Unreleased ‘Scooby-Doo And Krypto Too!’ Leaks

          After Warner Bros. canceled several upcoming Scooby-Doo films, fans of the iconic show wondered when they’d ever catch a break. On the back of reports that Warner may have also canceled the upcoming film Scooby-Doo And Krypto Too!, this weekend the entire movie suddenly leaked online. Warner’s anti-piracy team is currently attempting to contain the leaks.

        • Creative CommonsCC Community Input: Better Sharing for Generative AI

          Supporting community-driven solutions has always been at the heart of CC’s approach to sharing and creativity. In February, we held open meetings with our community to start to explore what CC might do new or differently in a world filling with AI-generated creations. Over 65 people registered to participate in the conversation from all over the world, including artists, educators, lawyers, librarians, policymakers, scholars, scientists, students, technologists, and more.

        • Creative CommonsAngie Cervellera — Open Culture VOICES, Season 2 Episode 5

          Open Culture VOICES is a series of short videos that highlight the benefits and barriers of open culture as well as inspiration and advice on the subject of opening up cultural heritage. Angie Cervellera is the Program Manager of Open Culture and Knowledge at Wikimedia Argentina and works with local organizations and institutions to open up collections.

        • TechdirtWhen Given The Choice, Most Authors Reject Excessively Long Copyright Terms

          Recently, Walled Culture mentioned the problem of orphan works. These are creations, typically books, that are still covered by copyright, but unavailable because the original publisher or distributor has gone out of business, or simply isn’t interested in keeping them in circulation. The problem is that without any obvious point of contact, it’s not possible to ask permission to re-publish or re-use it in some way.

        • Counter PunchLetter from London: VFX REDUX

          The young son of an English friend who lives in Los Angeles presently enjoys a deep interest in visual effects. He is talented. His father is a scriptwriter. Film must run in the veins. VFX, as associates like to call visual effects, are to film what jewellery is to royalty — fascinating, opulent, not always necessary. I told my English friend I knew another Brit in Los Angeles, a former colleague, responsible over the years for some pretty impressive work in this sphere, no easy feat when you consider the restrictive nature of the briefs sometimes, and that we should attempt to put the two of them together, so that my friend’s son could at least benefit from what I know would be some pretty serious and sound advice. It got me thinking. London, never mind Los Angeles, or Vancouver for that matter, has a really intense relationship with VFX. In film circles, the VFX industry stands alone. Its death in London is often rumoured but survival seems assured. What is it about this sometimes dark art that makes it so prevalent here?

          It was in London one day that I first encountered this obsessively created imagery that is the world of VFX, its curious physical absence, its dizzying, often precocious, use of CGI, Compositing, Motion Capture; its 3D modelling, green screen filming, animalistic performances and capture. The expert I had mind for my friend’s son was Nicholas Lloyd. When I spoke to Nicholas on a video call last week about this he was characteristically willing. He lives in LA close to the airport (LAX). He likes California and California likes him. I knew Nicholas when he was Nick. Incredible to think he has been living and working over there for over 20 years now. I first knew him here in London when he used to ride a motorbike like a road-seeking missile, when not locked-on like one to two giant computer screens, at the same time as running code like a revolutionary might run guns. And all in the name of the boffinist of visual digitalia.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • 🔤SpellBinding: WDHNSTA Wordo: POXES
      • Our Intolerant Musical Culture

        My productivity went UP yesterday. I actually spent “quality” time practising guitar, plus I added a section to Gibbet. *Gibbet* is the working title. The piece doesn’t actually sound like a gibbet, as there are too many major 7 chords one after another, cascading. There is one Jazz Standard that also does that for a time. It may be Alice in Wonderland. That being claimed, the whole is not focused around major 7 chords. The main sequence seems to ever return to a harmonic major tonality. One day, some one will lock me up in a non-ergonomic pit because of my obsession with minor 6ths. A lesser spirit would make a terrible pun related to that last sentence. I am not that lesser spirit.

        Yesterday was also my first day to stroll around Pagan Park. I was alone except for a shambling mute hispanic man. Perhaps he sensed my love for minor 6ths and, offended, did not return my multiple greetings as we moved along the curving pavements, shambling opposite directions. Or perhaps he was mute for some altogether different reason, though I cannot think of any reason other than being offended by someone’s obsession for minor 6ths to be mute. In fact, it may be the most widespread cause of muteness in any sort of human, not just hispanic humans.

      • Indistinguishable from Parody

        This post got me thinking about works that, while not intended as satire or parody, are indistinguishable from it. I don’t know what to call them.

        A couple of examples will suffice.

        People who know me know that I’m a huge fan of Star Trek. I have been for most of my life. I watched the “Star Trek” 2009 movie when it came out on video, and I honestly could not tell the difference between it and a parody of the original series. “Are they fucking serious? This isn’t a Trek movie; it’s a parody!”

      • The Low-Hanging Climate Fruit

        I’m seeing a lot of “oh it’s great that we discovered these easily-pluggable, low-hanging fruit emitters like methane leaks and diked-out peatlands, yay” and on the one hand, yeah, fixing the low-hanging fruit, the 80/20, the squeakiest wheels is definitively something we’ve got to do…

        …we already knew we were in trouble before we discovered these issues and these sites. We need to fix a lot of the normal stuff too.

      • Care

        We got food poisoning, a stomach flu, or something.
        I was on the child unit, on hold with pharmacies in
        the small out-of-the-way city one of my discharged
        kids went home to. A production issue caused short-
        age of methamphetamines. His family’s pharmacy
        couldn’t fill his prescriptions. I was trying to
        find a pharmacy that was holding.

        I couldn’t concentrate. I’d felt increasingly awful
        for hours. Nausea, hot-and-cold, brain foggy strug-
        gling to dial numbers, hyperfocusing, cramping.
        “Eum, just 11 hours work on 2 hours sleep,” I
        thought. “I’ll feel better if Amy lets me kick her
        the discharge for after she finishes med pass. I
        hate to shirk, his family’s been here an hour, but
        I’ll actually take my break today & feel better.”

    • Technical

      • PostmarketOS… two months later

        It has now been what, about two months(?) since i dabbled into the realm of Postmarketos… what is my conclusion so far?

        Well, it works. I switched from SXMO to phosh about a month after my initial installation of the system because i simply did not get used to the “tiling window manager on smartphone” thing after my initial enthusiasm faded. Phosh is much more touch oriented and mostly stays out of the way. I CAN imagine, that SXMO would work very well if you had a smartphone with an integrated keyboard, but with a touch only interface i simply could not get used to it.

      • Iris & Ploopy Nano

        I’m not actually a keyboard junkie, I don’t have a pile of them around the house or anything, and I can’t relate to the obsessives on r/mechanicalkeyboards who appear to be spending whole life savings on input devices. I’m picky, though, to be sure, and I do get a new pair of keyboards every five years or so, one for home and one for work, then proceed to run them into the ground.

      • The shadow world

        We should be prepared for the shadow world where humans walk and talk surrounded by empty machines, sometimes remote controlled but usually without controllers, endlessly crawling the web, uploading the data, producing reports that nobody ever reads. We will have automated bullshit jobs because all the bot nets and crawlers and auto dialers and pseudo intelligence writing near-comprehensible text that mostly other pseudo intelligences read and so it goes.

        It will be important to connect with real people, read and listen to messages by real people, and from there the hundred thousand shadows flow, cast by real people sending real messages.


        I have automated defences against bots on my servers, on my email inbox, and then I double check myself, looking for that human spark, that link back into the real network.

      • Science

        • Varieties of belief

          Friday and Saturday, there was a pretty cool conference, the conference of the Moral Psychology Research Group. I only attended the 2nd day, but it was a blast. But the highlight for me was Tania Lombrozo’s talk on a dual account of “to believe”.

      • Programming

        • A vision for search

          If I were to reinvent Search, where would I start? Page rank invites spam, we already know that. Endless crawling leads to the majority of web traffic being bots, we also know that. Crawling is also invasive, pulling things into the public square that were not intended for publication. So what are we to do?

          Here’s a different plan. Perhaps we need more different plans.

          Let there be a site map that contains all the pages you would like strangers to find, with the keywords associated with them.

        • RFC 2646‘s Format=Flowed and inline quoting

          So I’m gonna argue against an RFC should here.

          The intent behind this particular should is to prevent lines that normally start with a greater-than character to be misinterpreted as if they were quote characters. I’m hard pressed to come up with even one example but I’m sure there are some math situation or something where it could conceivably come up. The intent was that there should be some sort of UI widget to explicitly mark text as “quoted”.

          My recommendation is that MUAs (including webmail interfaces) should not space-stuff lines that start with a “>” character, and if there is a line that starts with “ >” (a single space in front of the >), leave those alone too.

        • Observations on the IF Game Project

          I have started working on an Interactive Fiction side project.
          I have now set up a functional Gemini interface for this, although there is nothing publicly available yet. I have plenty of fine-tuning to do in the user interface to see what works best in this use case.

          I’ve collected some observations on the project so far. All in all, it feels very much like working on a point-and-click adventure game, but instead of graphics you have lots of text and get to use your imagination.

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

Links 07/03/2023: Audacious 4.3 and Apt 2.6.0

Posted in News Roundup at 6:35 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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

IRC Proceedings: Monday, March 06, 2023

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Links 06/03/2023: rpminspect 1.11 and Mozilla Enlarges the Boards

Posted in News Roundup at 12:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • 8 Reasons Why Kali Linux is the Ultimate Operating System for Hackers

        Kali Linux is a powerful and versatile operating system designed for hackers and security professionals. It is a Debian-based distribution that comes loaded with a variety of security and hacking tools that are essential for penetration testing, vulnerability analysis, and digital forensics.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • Linux LinksMachine Learning in Linux: Whisper – automatic speech recognition system

        Whisper is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) system trained on 680,000 hours of multilingual and multitask supervised data collected from the web. Powered by deep learning and neural networks, Whisper is a natural language processing system that’s built on PyTorch.

        The software offers transcription in multiple languages, as well as translation from those languages into English.

        This is free and open source software.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • ID RootHow To Install Darkstat on Rocky Linux 9

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Darkstat on Rocky Linux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, Darkstat is an open-source, web-based network traffic analyzer that captures and analyzes network traffic.

      • It’s FOSSNixOS Series #3: Install and Remove Packages in NixOS

        It can be a bit different when installing and removing packages in NixOS. Here, we explain it to make things easy.

      • Linux HandbookCompress Files Faster Using Pigz on Linux

        Pigz is a faster compression tool. Learn how to use it for generating .gz compressed file faster in Linux.

      • Trend OceansHow to Clear the Buffer, Cache, and Swap Memory in Linux

        Clearing the buffer, cache, and swap memory in Linux can be done easily with a few simple commands.

      • BeebomHow to Add a User to a Group in Linux

        Assume you are a system administrator of a big project, and you often receive complaints from the QA team that the development team is messing up the codebase and vice versa. Upon close inspection, you find out that two teams are a part of the same group, sharing the same codebase. So you ask your senior to help with the problem, and he advises you to make two groups for all the users of the development and QA teams. But, you have no clue how to add users to a group in Linux. Well, we are here to help solve this problem. In this article, we have explained how to create a new group, create new users, and then add a user to a group in Linux.

      • BeebomHow to Fix “exec user process caused: exec format error” in Linux

        After completing a massive project, your team and you decided to use containerization for the entire project in the staging and production steps to avoid any environment-related issues and last-minute “it works on my machine” statements. But, while creating a container, you encountered the “exec user process caused: exec format error” and have no clue how to fix this. Don’t worry, as we are here to help. In this guide, we will explain the possible reasons for this issue, along with some reliable fixes to solve the “exec user process caused: exec format error” on your Linux system.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • LinuxiacNitrux 2.7 Provides Users with a Choice between Plasma and Maui

          Nitrux is a desktop-focused Linux distribution based on the Debian unstable branch, featuring a heavily modified KDE Plasma desktop environment called NX Desktop, the MauiKit application framework, and a unique approach to package management.

          That means there will be no conventional package management here. Instead, all the apps you need can be installed as Flatpak packages, AppImages, or inside Distrobox containers.

        • A month as KDE Software Platform Engineer

          Precisely one month ago I joined KDE e.V., the non-profit organization behind KDE, as Software Platform Engineer. This is part of three positions in KDE’s “Make a living” initiative.

          The exact scope of this position is a bit vague. I like to describe it as “Taking care of everything needed so that people can build and enjoy awesome software”. A large part of that is taking care of foundational libraries such as Qt and KDE Frameworks, but it can be really anything that helps people do awesome things. This is pretty much what I’ve been doing as a volunteer for the last couple of years anyway.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • ZDNetEmmabuntüs is a Linux distribution geared toward those who don’t know Linux | ZDNET

      I’ve been using Linux as my primary desktop OS since 1997 and I’ve used and tested just about every flavor imaginable. During that time, I’ve tried many Linux distributions claiming to be perfectly suited for users with little or no experience. Sometimes those claims are founded, while others… not so much.

      Even so, every time I hear of a new distribution release geared toward new users, I get excited because it means there’s one more version of the open-source operating system that can be used to sway new users away from their proprietary OSs. So, when I read there was a new release of Emmabuntüs, you can bet I wanted to try it right away.

    • New Releases

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • Web Pro NewsopenSUSE Begins Enforcing Secure Boot Kernel Lockdown [Ed: Fake security and more about remote control over people's PCs]

        Linux distro openSUSE has begun enforcing Kernel Lockdown when Secure Boot is enabled, creating issues for many users.

        Kernel Lockdown was introduced in version 5.4 of the Linux kernel and is designed to help protect the kernel from tampering and unauthorized modification, and serves as an important security feature. It works together with Secure Boot, which is a system to ensure the bootloader process is running legitimate, trusted code signed by Microsoft-controlled master keys.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • EIN PresswireYellow Tail Tech is teaming up with Red Hat to bring students the latest and greatest in tech training.

        Yellow Tail Tech is an EdTech company focused on helping people—with little to no IT or technical background—acquire the required competencies to land a career in IT. Founded by industry professionals Paloma Vilceus and RHCSA Jubee Vilceus, the YTT team brings real-world demands into accessible training courses.

        The company is again raising the bar and setting the standard for innovation in the industry by partnering up with Red Hat, Inc., a US-based software company known for developing enterprise open-source software solutions. Red Hat Enterprise Linux offers an open-source platform that allows companies to develop app development, storage, virtualization, automation, and more technologies.

      • Red Hat5 global environment variables provided by OpenShift GitOps

        Red Hat OpenShift GitOps provides a compelling out-of-the-box experience for the majority of Red Hat OpenShift customers. However, there are times when organizations have specific requirements to satisfy that require additional tuning. OpenShift GitOps provides a number of global-level environment variables that organizations can apply to tailor their experience.

        5 Environment variables: Overview

        OpenShift GitOps supports the use of environment variables to control operator behavior in specific areas. The following table provides a brief overview of five variables from the upstream documentation. Note that this list can change between releases, so it’s always a good idea to verify new, deprecated, or removed variables.

      • David Cantrell: rpminspect-1.11 released

        rpminspect 1.11 is now
        available. The last release was in June of 2022. This release is
        definitely the largest so far. There are 258 closed issues in this
        release across 211 pull requests in 354 different commits.

        This release saw a lot of continued fixes in specific inspections,
        such as annocheck and abidiff. There was a lot of good reporting from
        different users and I was able to address a lot of issues with very
        specific reproducers. I also received a lot of feedback on how best
        to report changes, which improves the usability for developers, QA,
        and other teams.

      • Fabio Alessandro Locati: MACCHIATObin boot on serial port

        I bought a MACCHIATObin Single Shot a few months ago with the idea of creating a NAS out of it. The results have been very good and, to begin in an easy way, I decided to install Fedora 37 Server Edition.

        Now that I’ve decided exactly what I want out of it, I reinstalled Fedora and started from scratch with exactly what I wanted. I decided to install Fedora 37 IoT, which is an rpm-ostree based release.

    • Debian Family

      • Valhalla’s Things: Bookbinding: photo album

        When I paint postcards I tend to start with a draft (usually on lightweight (250 g/m²) watercolour paper, then trace1 the drawing on blank postcards and paint it again.

        I keep the drafts for a number of reasons; for the views / architectural ones I’m using a landscape photo album that I bought many years ago, but lately I’ve also sent a few cards with my historical outfits to people who like to be kept updated on that, and I wanted a different book for those, both for better organization and to be able to keep them in the portrait direction.

        If you know me, you can easily guess that buying one wasn’t considered as an option.

      • Jonathan DowlandJonathan Dowland: date warping in HLedger

        My credit card and bank account rarely agree on the date for when I pay it off1.
        Since I added balance assertions for bank account transactions,
        I need the transaction in my ledger to match what the bank thinks, otherwise
        the balance assertions would start to fail.

        The skew is not normally more than a couple of days, and could be corrected by
        changing the date for just one of the two
        . But the skew is
        not very important, and altering the posting date could be used for something
        more useful.

        date warping credit card repayments

        My credit card bills land halfway through the month, so February’s bill covers
        transactions between January 15th and February 14th. I pay off the bill in full
        each month using Direct Debit. The credit card company consider the bill paid
        immediately, but they don’t actually draw it until the end of the month (Jan 31
        in the running example). This means the payment transaction for a given month
        lands halfway through the period covered by the next month’s bill.

      • Vincent BernatVincent Bernat: DDoS detection and remediation with Akvorado and Flowspec

        Akvorado collects sFlow and IPFIX flows, stores them in a
        ClickHouse database, and presents them in a web console. Although it lacks
        built-in DDoS detection, it’s possible to create one by crafting custom
        ClickHouse queries.

        DDoS detection

        Let’s assume we want to detect DDoS targeting our customers. As an example, we
        consider a DDoS attack as a collection of flows over one minute targeting a
        single customer IP address, from a single source port and matching one
        of these conditions:

        • an average bandwidth of 1 Gbps,
        • an average bandwidth of 200 Mbps when the protocol is UDP,
        • more than 20 source IP addresses and an average bandwidth of 100 Mbps, or
        • more than 10 source countries and an average bandwidth of 100 Mbps.
    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • Kubuntu General News: Kubuntu Manual 22.04.2 Release

        Hello everyone! It’s a great day with a new release of the Kubuntu Manual to match the recently-released Kubuntu 22.04.2 update.

      • UbuntuUbuntu Blog: What happens in the Craft team stays in the Craft team … until today

        Snapcraft, Charmcraft, Rockcraft … you may have heard of these tools, but have you ever wondered how – and by who – they are developed? These tools are the intellectual and keyboard-driven product of Canonical’s Craft team. Officially, the team’s name is *Craft, and the asterisk symbol can easily be seen as a “star” (The asterisk is also a play on the glob wildcard character because the *Craft team maintains all Canonical tools whose name ends in ‘craft’). However, due to obvious trademark implications in calling the team Starcraft, we will stick with the shorter and somewhat less glamorous Craft henceforth.

        In this article, a first of many, we’d like to share the work being done in the team. After all, if you’re using these tools to build your snaps or charms, you may also be interested to know what the team is doing day to day, or rather fortnight to fortnight, as we conduct our business on a bi-weekly cadence. So let us show you what we have done in the last two weeks.

        Snapcraft, call for testing, core24

      • UbuntuUbuntu Blog: Join us at Everything Open 2023 in Melbourne to Learn about Open Source Technologies and Best Practices for Linux Security

        Are you interested in the latest trends in open source technologies? Look no further than Everything Open 2023 in Melbourne, Australia!

      • UbuntuJoin us at Operator Day, hosted by Canonical at KubeCon Europe 2023

        Join us at the 6th edition of Operator Day at KubeCon Europe – Speakers will talk about their software operator journey, from configuration management to application management.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Barry Kauleropenvpn compiled in OpenEmbedded

        There was a post to the forum that VPN does not work in Easy:


        Alfons reported that he got openvpn working, by installing DEB packages.
        So, I have compiled openvpn in OE and posted to the above forum thread.

        I have added ‘openvpn’ to the package-list so it will be builtin in the next release of EasyOS.   

      • Ross Burton: Building a big-endian Arm system in Yocto

        For reasons I won’t bore anyone with I needed to build a 32-bit big-endian system with the Yocto Project to test a package, and I thought I’d write the steps down in case I ever need to do it again (or, even more unlikely, someone else needs to do it).

        For unsurprising reasons I thought I’d do a big-endian Arm build. So we start by picking the qemuarm machine, which is a Armv7-A processor (Cortex-A15, specifically) in little-endian mode by default.

      • J Piepermoteus external connector pin selection

        moteus r4.11 has two external connectors, the ABS connector (AUX2) and the ENC/AUX1 connector. The ABS connector was designed initially just to have 2 I2C pins. The ENC connector just has the random pins that were used for the onboard encoder SPI plus one more.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Medevel9 Useful Free Open-source Telegram Bots

      Telegram is a popular messaging app that has gained immense popularity. Its easy-to-use interface, end-to-end encryption, and numerous features have become the go-to messaging app for millions of users worldwide.

    • Medevel10 Open Source HIPAA-Compliant Enterprise Solutions

      What is HIPAA?

      HIPAA was enacted in 1996 by the United States Congress as a federal law. It establishes national standards for electronic healthcare transactions and protects personal health information (PHI).

    • InfoWorldCompanies can’t stop using open source [Ed: Mac Asay is back. His employer pays this publisher to post his stuff.]
    • Medevelhof is An Open-source High code Framework

      hof is an exceptional tool that brings together various aspects of development into a cohesive and streamlined workflow. With hof, you can easily create and modify data models, generate code, and automate tasks with CUE.

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Mozilla

        • Wladimir PalantVeraport: Inside Korea’s dysfunctional application management

          Note: This article is also available in Korean.

          As discussed before, South Korea’s banking websites demand installation of various so-called security applications. At the same time, we’ve seen that these applications like TouchEn nxKey and IPinside lack auto-update functionality. So even in case of security issues, it is almost impossible to deliver updates to users timely.

          And that’s only two applications. Korea’s banking websites typically expect around five applications, and it will be different applications for different websites. That’s a lot of applications to install and to keep up-to-date.

          Luckily, the Veraport application by Wizvera will take care of that. This application will automatically install everything necessary to use a particular website. And it will also install updates if deemed necessary.


          Remaining issues

          Application signature validation was still broken in Veraport Presumably, that’s still the case in Veraport, but verifying is complicated. This is no longer a significant issue since the connection integrity can be trusted now.

          While checkProcess is no longer available, the getPreDownInfo command is still accessible in the latest Veraport version. So any website can still see what security applications are installed. Merely the version numbers have been censored and are no longer usable.

          It seems that even Veraport still uses the eight years old mongoose 5.5 library for its local web server, this one hasn’t been upgraded.

          None of the conceptual issues have been addressed of course, these are far more complicated to solve. Veraport customers still have the power to force installation of arbitrary applications, including outdated and malicious software. And they aren’t restricted to their own website but can sign a policy file for any website.

          A compromised signing certificate of a Veraport customer still cannot be revoked, and neither is it possible to revoke a known malicious policy. Finally, the outdated root certificate (1024 bits, MD5) is still present in the application.

        • MozillaExpanding Mozilla’s boards in 2023

          As Mozilla reaches its 25th anniversary this year, we’re working hard to set up our ‘next chapter’ — thinking bigger and being bolder about how we can shape the coming era of the internet. We’re working to expand our product offerings, creating multiple options for consumers, audiences and business models.

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • Outreachy and LibreOffice installer improvements: Rachael Odetayo

        Last week, we talked to Ximena Alcaman who’s working on LibreOffice installer improvements as part of the Outreachy programme. Outreachy provides internships to people subject to systemic bias and impacted by underrepresentation in the technical industry where they are living.

    • Licensing / Legal

      • LWNThe SCO lawsuit, 20 years later [LWN.net]

        On March 7, 2003, a struggling company called The SCO Group filed a lawsuit against IBM, claiming that the success of Linux was the result of a theft of SCO’s technology. Two decades later, it is easy to look back on that incident as a somewhat humorous side-story in the development of Linux. At the time, though, it shook our community to its foundations. It is hard to overestimate how much the community we find ourselves in now was shaped by a ridiculous lawsuit 20 years ago.

        SCO claimed to be the owner of the Unix operating system which, it said, was the power behind the “global technology economy”; the company sold a proprietary Unix system that ran on x86 hardware. By that point, of course, the heyday of proprietary Unix was already well in the past, and SCO’s offerings were not doing particularly well. The reason for that, SCO reasoned, was the growth of Linux — which was true to a point, though Windows had been pushing a lot of Unix systems aside for years.

      • SlashdotThe SCO Lawsuit: Looking Back 20 Years Later
      • Adrian PlazasAdrien Plazas: David Revoy (Comic Artist): “At First, Publishing Under a Free License Scared Me”

        In this article I use the words “librism” and “librist” as direct borrows from the French “librisme” and “libriste”.
        You can define librism as a conjunction of the free software and free culture movements.
        I prefer to define it as the fringe of the anticapitalist struggles that strives to destroy intellectual property by creating new intangible commons and protecting them.

        The following is a translation of an interview published in the February 2023 issue of Alternative Libertaire.
        I conducted this interview with the goal of offering to its readers a glimpse of what the free culture movement is.
        The magazine doesn’t target free software or free culture enthusiasts, and its printed edition constrains the size of its content.
        Please excuse the resulting briefness and simplifications.

    • Programming/Development

      • Evan HahnNested array permutations in JavaScript

        I recently ran into this problem and couldn’t find a solution online:

        How do you compute the nested permutations of an array that contains sub-arrays? This is all the ways to shuffle an array, including shuffling sub-arrays

      • RlangLittle useless-useful R functions – Using xspline to create wacky signatures

        Nothing short of wacky usage of plot() function with xspline to interpolate the points, but still a “parameter” short of Bezier’s curve.

      • Linux HintRead() Function in C Language

        Practical tutorial on how to use the read() function to read the files and the methods that the C language provides to detect and identify the errors.

      • Linux HintStrings in C Language

        Guide on what a string consists of in the C language, their elements, the kind of data they use, how they are encoded, and what characters each type supports.

      • Linux HintFree() Function in C Language

        Practical tutorial on how to use the free() function to free the dynamically allocated memory using its syntax and the theoretical description of how it works.

      • Linux HintPthread_Function() in C Language

        Tutorial on how to use the pthread_cancel() function to ask the system to terminate a running thread and how to compile the programs from the pthread library.

      • Python

        • TecAdminUsing Modulus Operator (%) in Bash

          In programming, modulus or remainder is the operation that returns the remainder of a division. In Bash, the modulus operator is represented by the % symbol. The modulus operator is commonly used in programming to check if a number is divisible by another number or to perform operations that require a cyclic pattern.

        • TecAdminHow to Calculate Remainder (%) of a Division in Bash

          In programming, finding the remainder of a division is a common task. In Bash, the modulus operator “%” can be used to calculate the remainder of a division. However, the output of the modulus operator can be negative when dealing with negative numbers.

  • Leftovers

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Fernando who? 🏁

        The first race of the season should have been dull and predictable. Verstappen coasted to an easy win. Ferrari had an engine failure. Mercedes look like they’ve gone backwards. But the race was fun to watch because of Fernando Alonso who lost positions at the start, and got them back by making audacious moves in unexpected places.

      • The flu

        Oh the joys. I felt the first symptoms of coming down with something on Monday. Somehow I coughed and struggled through a four hour workshop that had already been postponed a few times and pretty much collapsed into bed immediately after dinner. You know, man-flu.

        Seriously though, this is the third time in a couple of months that I have fallen sick. I do think that generally speaking I do take care of myself, but the situation at work is getting to me more and more. I neglected the first two outbreaks and went back to work relatively fast. This time hopefully I’m smart enough to take some rest.

      • Re: Coffee and Tea and the Java and Me

        While I concede that most coffee drinkers I know wouldn’t drink the coffee without the caffeine, I don’t think they enjoy it any less than someone who likes tea. While tea drinkers may have more tastes to note with the wide variety of teas out there, you can ask coffee drinkers what kinds of coffee they like and you’ll get a variety of answers. As a reformed coffee AND tea drinker myself (I can’t drink a lot of caffeine anymore), I can say that I loved finding different types of coffee beans, from Cuban/caribbean, to Ethiopian, to Kona, to my old stand-by, Colombian. I did frequently put some milk and sweeteners in it, but I wasn’t heavy-handed, and as ~Skyjake mentioned in his own reply [1], different tastes can be drawn out with the different mixers, much like a good milk in any breakfast or chai tea.

      • Moving onward to 2023

        As I try to get myself back into something that resembles a routine after the holiday break I started to poke around at some things that have been needing attention. It seems that my microblog to gemini renderer has been broken for about a month. A quick fix and it seems to be functioning but that gave me an excuse to tweak the overall layout. Previously I rendered gemtext headings for the years and the months, leaving the individual entries as just simple paragraphs, however it seems more logical to expose individual entries so you can navigate the in-reply-to chain using your user-agent, assuming it has the ability to navigate headings (Lagrange does).

      • Adding Friction

        I’ve got a compulsive nature, and so spartan abolishment of junk food (both mental and physical) is typically the only solution that helps me stay healthy long-term. Hence no smartphone, no booze in the house, and no computer powerful enough to run a video game newer than, say, Hexen. Still, the black pit of the internet beckons, and I was spending far too much time there.

        I was willing to live without a personal computer entirely, just using an OS on a thumb drive at the local library when necessary, but the security issues are manifold. It’s just not practical.

      • Genre Buster Bombs

        A workable definition of a genre buster bomb would be a work in a genre that destroys or significantly changes said genre, often by some form of often violent deconstruction.

    • Technical

      • Goldberg Email Rube

        Gmail is painful even with mutt; there is too much lag. And the login is slow. One might expect mail to be at least as fast as it was in the 1990s, but instead we got…the web. Dun dun dunnnn! I may misremember how quick pine wasn’t in the fishbowl era. OAUTHBEARER was also a pain to setup; the website was horrible, go here click that go there revisit that, all very Java-y Object-y Enterprise-y and too complicated. And the CPU fan was running. People who want to run mutt are not their demographic, I’m guessing. And gmail labels too much of the OpenBSD mailing list mails as spam spam spam spam lovely spam!

      • 2023 Week 7/8/9: Status and Photos

        While the front face of Rob’s Gemini Capsule hasn’t seen much activity, I’ve continued to make lots of changes behind the scenes. I continue to update my weight graph and “Where in the World?” log, though I did neglect the latter for some time. Other projects have taken up my time too: diving into git’s `fetch` and `push` commands to see if they can be adapted to use an asynchronous protocol like NNCP, as well as setting up Yggdrasil nodes on my home network. Other tidbits are appearing on various pages as I have time.

      • Framework laptop, two months on…

        I’ve had the Framework laptop for a while now, so time to add to my previous post. No particular order; this is as things pop into my head…


        Ok, so not really the laptop, but this is the first time I’ve used Fedora and the first OS I’ve had on Wayland.

        Fedora is great!

        Boots exceptionally quickly, rock solid, and I’ve had zero update snafus. The only issues, to date:
        Signal doesn’t work (no idea)
        I couldn’t find an RPM for Texture Packer.
        RPMs, or the lack of them, have held me back from Redhat spins for the longest time, so it’s nice that Flatpacks are becoming the norm. Or at least, more common. It’s almost a solved problem, annnd no Snaps! Hurrah!

        But it’s not perfect. Wayland’s crashed on me twice. Is that normal?

      • doas rm -rf *.past.*

        It is the annoying habit of written words that they tend to resurface.
        These words mean nothing to me anymore nor the person to whom I gifted them.
        Yet they remind me. Not of memories or lessons but of images. I remember
        everything that I’ve ever seen and I wish I could forget half of it. That is as
        my dad calls it “the curse of a good memory” but I’m not bothered by them, I am
        further than I have ever been from being bothered by the past. The title is a
        click bait but I still believe that “The past is a place only fitting for the
        So let us summon the spirit of dead words.

      • browser extensions that help me a lot

        Over the years I’ve gathered some nice browser extensions to help manage browsing the web. They kind of deserve to be written down somewhere and maybe someone else finds use for them.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • The IRC client optimized for creepers

          I’ve been seeing the Matrix bridge to IRC networks like Libera as an overall good thing. IRC has been dying and this bridge is, in some sense of the word, an IRC client, and it’s an IRC client that people can get behind. Don’t ask me why they’re so into it because I don’t like using it, but that’s the point of clients and protocols: you use a client you like, I use a client I like, it’s all kumbaya and good.

          However, IRC is set up so that you can join channels / rooms about topics and talk about topics there. It’s not set up so you can just go in and take your pick of users all across the network and start a convo with a rando. I know that /names with channel and server omitted is supposed to list all names, but that’s disabled on Libera.

        • emerging from darkness

          With the release of version 4 of Mastodon [1] there has been a problem of links to profile pages or conversation threads “going dark” within shell based browsers, such as Lynx [2]. In version 3.x you would get a text rendering of each page, but now you only get a terse *”To use the Mastodon web application, please enable JavaScript”* message.

      • Programming

        • Another attempt at a “unit test”

          The reactions to my previous post were interesting—it wasn’t a “unit test.” At best, it might have been an “integration test” but because it involved actual work (i.e. (that is) interaction with the outside world via nasty nasty side effects, aka (also known as) I/O (Input/Output)) it immediately disqualified it as a “unit test.” And to be honest, I was expecting that type of reaction—it appears to me that most unit test proponents tend to avoid such “entanglements” when writing their “battle tested” code (but I’m also willing to admit that’s the cynical side of me talking). There were also comments about how 100% code coverage was “unrealistic.”


          One respondent [2] even quoted me out of context—“… that we as programmers are not trusted to write code without tests …” and cut the rest of the sentence: “… yet we’re trusted to write a ton of code untested as long as such code is testing code.” Which was my cynical take that the “unit tests” (or the code that implements “unit tests” ) are, themselves, not subjected to “unit tests.” Something I kept trying to impart to my former manager, “stop taking the unit tests as gospel! I don’t even trust them!” (mainly because the business logic of the project was convoluted and marketing kept using different terms from engineering, at least engineering in my department)

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