Links 13/03/2023: Firefox 111 and FreeBSD 13.2 RC2

Posted in News Roundup at 9:34 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Jupiter Broadcasting501: Fat Stacks for Flatpaks

        Robert McQueen shares the inside scoop on Flathub’s ambitious plans to create a universal app store for all distros—and we ask the hard questions.

      • GNU World Order (Audio Show)GNU World Order 503

        **plasma-workspace** ( **gmenudbusmenuproxy** , **kcminit** ,

        **kcminit_startup** , **kcolorschemeeditor** , **kde-systemd-start-condition**

        , **kfontinst** , **kfontview** , **klipper** , and **krunner** ) from the

        Slackware **kde** package set.

        shasum -a256=e7a7aa1c09f84bab0cea90af701db2add339b8e0a66115d26ba5ea7dd9174552

    • Kernel Space

      • LWNKernel prepatch 6.3-rc2 [LWN.net]

        The 6.3-rc2 kernel prepatch is out.

      • Neowin New Linux kernel patches introduce workaround for system stuttering on AMD systems

        Linux kernel
        maintainers have backported a workaround to Linux 6.1.19 and Linux 6.2.6 from Linux 6.3-rc2 to fix system stuttering on some AMD machines. According to Phoronix, the updates were backported to older Linux 6 releases on Monday morning following the
        release of workaround on Linux 6.3-rc2 on Sunday.

        The stuttering issue was noted by users with AMD Ryzen systems that were using outdated fTPM firmware. It only became an issue for Linux users after AMD’s fTPM hardware random number generator
        started being used by default. If you run a distro such as Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, you probably won’t be suffering from the issue because it uses the older Linux 5.19 kernel out-of-the-box.

  • Graphics Stack

    • Dave AirlieDave Airlie: vulkan video vp9 decode – radv update

      While going over the AV1 a few people commented on the lack of VP9 and a few people said it would be an easier place to start etc.

      Daniel Almeida at Collabora took a first pass at writing the spec up, and I decided to go ahead and take it to a working demo level.

  • Applications

    • Linux LinksMachine Learning in Linux: scikit-learn – machine learning library for Python

      Scikit-learn is a machine learning library built on top of SciPy that supports supervised and unsupervised learning. It also provides various tools for model fitting, data preprocessing, model selection, model evaluation, and many other utilities. It’s accessible to everyone, and reusable in various contexts.

      This is free and open source software.

    • LinuxiacAlbert: The Smart and Efficient Linux Launcher for Your Desktop

      App launchers can be helpful for users who frequently use multiple applications or execute commands on their Linux system. They can save time and increase productivity by reducing the need for users to navigate through menus or type out long commands.

      Typically, app launchers provide a simple, searchable graphical user interface (GUI) where users can type the name of an application, and the launcher will present them with a list of matching apps. Once the user selects the desired application from the list, the launcher will launch the app.

      When it comes to Linux, one of the most well-known names is Ulauncher. Along with it, however, one other piece of software that we have been using daily for years also deserves to be mentioned. Please, meet Albert.

    • OMG! LinuxNeed a Simple Reminder App? Try Reminders for Linux

      Need help staying on top of your to-do items? The Reminders app for Linux might be able to help.

  • Instructionals/Technical

  • Games

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

Links 13/03/2023: GNU Octave 8.1.0 and Scrcpy 2.0

Posted in News Roundup at 8:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • 9to5Linux9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: March 12th, 2023

      This week wasn’t so bad but it could have been better. We got new releases of LibreELEC, Audacious, SparkyLinux, EndeavourOS, LibreOffice, siduction GNU/Linux, and KDE Frameworks with lots of interesting goodies for your to experience and enjoy on your personal computers.

      On top of that, the Flatpak vs Snap controversy continues with a new Ubuntu Flatpak Remix and Flathub announces their plans for 2023. Check out the hottest news of this week and access all the distro and package downloads in 9to5Linux’s Linux weekly roundup for March 12th, 2023, below.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux mailing listsLinux 6.3-rc2
        It's another Sunday afternoon. which must mean another rc release.
        This one looks fairly normal, although if you look at the diffs, they
        are dominated by the removal of a staging driver (r8188eu) that has
        been superceded by a proper driver. That removal itself is 90% of the
        But if you filter that out, it all looks normal. Still more than two
        thirds in drivers, but hey, that's pretty normal. It's mostly gpu and
        networking as usual, but there's various other driver fixes in there
        Outside of that regular driver noise (and the unusual driver removal
        noise) it's a little bit of everything: core networking, arch fixes,
        documentation, filesystems (btrfs, xfs, and ext4, but also some core
        vfs fixes). And io_uring and some tooling.
        The full shortlog is appended, for the adventurous souls that want to
        get that kind of details. The release feels fairly normal so far, but
        it's early days. Please keep testing and reporting any issues,
      • LWNLinux 6.2.6
        I'm announcing the release of the 6.2.6 kernel.
        All users of the 6.2 kernel series must upgrade.
        The updated 6.2.y git tree can be found at:
                git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-6.2.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
        greg k-h
      • LWNLinux 6.1.19
      • LWNLinux 5.15.102
      • LWNLinux 5.10.174
      • LWNLinux 5.4.236
      • LWNLinux 4.19.277
      • LWNLinux 4.14.309
    • Applications

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • What are Maven Profiles and How to Use Them

        Maven profiles are a way to define a set of configuration options for a Maven build. Profiles are used to specify different build configurations for different environments or situations. For example, you may have a development profile that uses a local database for testing and a production profile that uses a remote database.

      • Czech translation of LibreOffice Base Guide – and more news

        Zdeněk Crhonek (aka “raal”) from the Czech LibreOffice community writes: The Czech team translated the LibreOffice Base Guide 7.3 – and it’s now available on the documentation page. Our team consists of three translators: Petr Kuběj, Radomír Strnad and Zdeněk Crhonek, along with localized screenshot maker Roman Toman, and Miloš Šrámek, who prepared machine translations.

      • Linux HandbookHow to Use the gzip Command in Linux

        If you want to share multiple files, compressing them all into one is the best solution you can opt for.

      • TecMintHow to Install Puppet Master and Agent in RHEL-Based Systems

        Developed by Puppet Lans, Puppet is an open-source configuration management tool used for automating and centralizing the configuration of infrastructure such as servers just like Ansible and Chef. It helps the simple execution of repetitive tasks which would otherwise be cumbersome and time-consuming.

        Puppet adopts a client-server architecture and comprises the following salient aspects.

      • University of TorontoSome bits on Linux NFS(v3) server filesystem IDs (and on filehandles)

        Based on a comment from Arnaud Gomes on yesterday’s entry, the answer to where you can observe the fsid of existing NFS exports turns out to be /proc/net/nfsd/exports. Filesystems only show up here once someone actually mounts them, but when they do you’ll get lines like this (on Ubuntu 22.04): [...]

      • LinuxTechiHow to Install Kubernetes Cluster Using Kubespray
      • OpenSource.comMonitor Kubernetes cloud costs with open source tools

        Kubernetes is a powerful platform for managing dynamic containerized applications in the cloud, but it may be difficult to understand where costs are incurred. Managing the cost efficiency of Kubernetes resources can be a challenge. That’s where OpenCost comes in. OpenCost is a cloud cost monitoring tool that integrates seamlessly with Kubernetes, allowing you to track your cloud spend in real-time so you can optimize your resources accordingly.

        OpenCost is an open source CNCF Sandbox project and specification for the real-time monitoring of cloud costs associated with Kubernetes deployments. The specification models current and historical Kubernetes cloud spend and resource allocation by service, deployment, namespace, labels, and much more. This data is essential for understanding and optimizing Kubernetes for both cost and performance from the applications down through the infrastructure.

      • Make Use Of2023-03-12 How to Install Inkscape to Design Vector Graphics on Linux
      • 2023-03-12 How to Start Podman Containers on Boot
      • DebugPointA Guide to Find the Right Debian ISO for Download

        Installing Debian can be a difficult experience for beginner Debian users. The official download page contains several links, and it’s a little confusing as to which one to download.

        Keeping that in mind, I have prepared this guide to help you to pick up the right Debian ISO file directly from this page.

      • [Old] Marco CeticaHow To Set Up a Wireguard VPN Server with Unbound on OpenBSD

        Some months ago, I published an article on how to set up a Wireguard server with adblocking capabilities on GNU/Linux systems, focusing Debian and PiHole specifically. Recently I wanted to reproduce the same setup on an OpenBSD server(since the Wireguard protocol is available on *BSD systems as well) and, while PiHole is not currently available for *BSD systems, I managed to accomplish the same result using the DNS resolver unbound(8) and unbound-adblock to fetch updated blocklists every day. In this guide, I will show you how to achieve the same result.

    • WINE or Emulation

      • HackadayEfficient X86_64 Emulation With Box86

        Running applications on a different architecture than the one for which they were compiled is a common occurrence, not in the least with Apple’s architectural migration every decade or so. It’s also commonly used with for example ARM, OpenRISC, and RISC-V systems to run applications that are only available for x86 or x86_64. While QEMU and kin are often used here, they’re pretty resource heavy, which is where an option like Box86 and its 64-bit sibling Box64 are attractive options. Unlike QEMU, both offer dynamic recompilation and redirection of dynamic library calls to native libraries, including those for SDL and OpenGL.

      • ScummVMPeople say Syberia doesn’t exist. But people are so wrong.

        The first two installments of Syberia are now ready for testing in ScummVM!

        The acclaimed series from Benoît Sokal follows Kate Walker, a lawyer from New York as she initially tries to complete the sale of the Voralberg toy factory. But quickly Kate is drawn into a search for the owner which takes her on a journey of discovery. Join her as she uncovers the owner’s fascination with mammoths, the secrets of Syberia, and a love for adventure.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Make Use Of5 Reasons SteamOS Is a Good Way to Learn Linux

          The Steam Deck’s Desktop Mode has served as many people’s first introduction to Linux. People are getting to encounter desktop Linux without needing to pick a distro, download an ISO, or wipe their hard drives.

          But is SteamOS a good introduction to Linux, or is it too different? Here are some of your experiences with SteamOS that can completely carry over to other Linux desktops.

        • 9to5LinuxdigiKam 7.10 Photo Management App Adds Support for New Cameras, Bug Fixes

          Coming more than three months after digiKam 7.9, the digiKam 7.10 release is here to add support for new cameras, including Canon EOS R3, Canon EOS R7, Canon EOS R10, Fujifilm X-H2S, Fujifilm X-T30 II, OM System OM-1, Leica M11, and Sony A7-IV.

          This release also adds support for new formats, including the Phase One/Leaf IIQ-S v2 format, Canon CR3 film rolls/raw burst format, as well as Canon CRM movie format. All of these are possible thanks to the update to the libraw 0.21.1 library.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • 9to5LinuxGNOME 44 Release Candidate Is Out Now Ahead of March 22nd Final Release

          GNOME 44 Release Candidate is here to reimplement elementary OS support and revert the “add preference to set new tab page” change in the Epiphany (GNOME Web) web browser, allow the creation of virtual machines without selecting an Osinfo operating system entry in GNOME Boxes, and improve the state of switchers throughout the GNOME Control Center app.

          It also improves Flatpak support for the GNOME Disks app, updates the About You page in the GNOME Initial Setup app to make it clear that you can choose a different avatar, add nightly builds for AArch64 (ARM64) for the GNOME Maps app, and cleans up the Shortcuts menu and decreases memory usage in Songs View in the GNOME Music app.

        • Marcus Lundblad: Maps and GNOME 44

          So it’s that time that occurs twice a year when we’re approaching a new GNOME release, this time 44.


          Unfortunately an issue has come to our attention with the way the „go to“ animations works, resulting some times when covering large distances (for example when selecting a search result far away) that results in throttling from the tile server (HTTP 429, „too many requests”). This results in empty tiles showing up at the destination (and one needs to sometimes wait a while before Maps gets the view refreshed with new tiles (after restarting to force re-trying).

           As this results in a really bad user experience as a work-around we have disabled the animations for now (the animations when zooming is still in place, and of course panning the map view still works as usual).

          I also cherry-picked this for the 43 branch, and will probably also cut a 43.4 with this change (versions prior to 43.0 is not affected, as the animations in libchamplain uses another algorithm, first zooming out „high“ (a low zoom level) before moving, resulting in less intermediate tiles compared to the “fly to“-like animations now used in libshumate.

           We will try to come up with a better solution in libshumate soon. Either reverting to an approach like that in libchamplain, or try to implement our own rate limiting of some sort during animations to avoid firing off too many requests.

           Meanwhile at the libshumate side James Westman has been busy working on the vector tile support implementing label support among other things.

          He is also working on a vector tile style using the GNOME color palette in light and dark variants.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Reviews

      • FOSSLinuxOur hands-on review of AlmaLinux 9 Minimal Edition

        AlmaLinux is a reliable and stable Linux distribution that is suitable for enterprise use. The distribution is built from the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, which is known for its stability and reliability. AlmaLinux provides regular security updates and includes various security tools to ensure a secure operating system.

        While AlmaLinux is server-focused and does not come with a pre-installed desktop environment, users can easily install a desktop environment of their choice. The distribution also provides access to a vast repository of software packages through the yum package manager, which is widely used in enterprise Linux distributions.

        Overall, AlmaLinux is a viable option for enterprises looking for a reliable and stable Linux distribution. It is also a good option for users who are familiar with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and want to switch to a community-driven project. The active community support, compatibility with RHEL, and focus on security make AlmaLinux a solid choice for enterprise use.

      • Distro WatchReview: blendOS 2023.01.26

        When I’m reviewing a distribution there are two questions floating in the back of my mind. First, do I find this project useful or interesting? Second, does the project accomplish what it sets out to do, does it meet its own goals? I want to discuss these two queries and my responses to them after running blendOS.

        Is blendOS doing something interesting? It’s starting to. This is a young project and it seems to be trying to match features with Vanilla OS, which got a lot of hype in the second half of 2022. This project feels like an attempt to basically: “Be Vanilla OS, but with an Arch base.” And, if that is the case, it’s a worthwhile goal. The idea of being able to pull in software from multiple sources, multiple distributions, and run them all together on one, relatively minimal host operating system has a lot of merit.

    • BSD

      • Adriaan de GrootFreeBSD 12.3 EoL

        FreeBSD 12 is the “previous” series of releases. FreeBSD 13 is the “stable” series as of today (march 2023) and FreeBSD 14 is “current”, e.g. upcoming somewhen. The major versions of FreeBSD tend to bring larger changes – such as a newer base compiler, or a sudden improvement in system header-file compatibility. The previous series releases use clang 13, for instance, while stable uses clang 14. FreeBSD 12 is poorly supported by the KDE-FreeBSD team, and that’s on purpose.

        Chasing compiler versions, and more importantly, C++ standard library versions, is frustrating work. Maintaining backwards compatibility has real costs – especially when most of KDE development is done with some recent gcc on Linux.

      • UndeadlyBug fixing in wscons

        Crystal Kolipe has written up more of her work on the console. This time, it regards bugs in the handling of UTF-8: ExoticSilicon.com – fixing cringeworthy bugs in the OpenBSD console code.

      • Ruben SchadeResearching a new FreeBSD or NetBSD laptop

        The problem is, Panasonic and Apple have spoiled me with their 2× HiDPI displays. I love how images look, the higher fidelity of fonts in documents, and the ability to crank text down to smaller sizes when tailing logs. People saying these are silly luxuries were writing into PC Magazine saying 8-bit colour was sufficient in the 1990s, and that you don’t need double-density floppy disks because in my day we used punch card libraries, dagnabit!

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • GNOME 44.rc released! [Ed: With stuff such as Flathub (not to mention Wayland, systemd etc.) GNOME is increasingly a purveyor of IBM lock-in]

        Sorry for the slight delay, we discovered a problem in the GNOME OS startup but that should be fixed now with the patch for mutter here: [1] (thanks Carlos for helping with the investigation and the fix). You can see all the tests passing now in our openQA instance at openQA: gnomeos-master-iso-x86_64-gnomeos@qemu_x86_64 test results 25

        We remind you we are string frozen, no string changes may be made without confirmation from the l10n team.
        Hard code freeze is also in place, no source code changes can be made without approval from the release-team. If you need to request any of the above, see ReleasePlanning/RequestingFreezeBreaks – GNOME Wiki! 17

        Also remember you can use the 44beta branch of the flatpak runtimes, which is now available on Flathub beta.

      • Fedora MagazineFedora Magazine: The Fedora Project FOSDEM 23 Experience

        A measure of growth is most apparent when scaled across a span of different times and situations. That applies to folks getting to see you after a long time, to vegetation left alone to spread and of course, to communities having their first meetup after a prolonged spell of online-bound interactions. FOSDEM 23 happened to be one of the first times after around three years that community members from across the world met in person with each other in Brussels, Belgium. With new and old faces alike, their time was well spent representing the community, exhibiting to the wider free and open-source communities the good stuff that they have been keeping themselves busy with and most importantly, bonding with their Fedora friends.

        This year FOSDEM took place on 4th February ’23 and 5th February ’23 at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Campus du Solbosch, Avenue F. D. Roosevelt 50, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium. This free event was participated by over 8000 software engineering enthusiasts from across the world, had around 36 lightning talks and around 771 talks spanning 55 designated devrooms. Contributors from our community did not restrict their participation in the event as just attendees but they also enthusiastically volunteered to be stand keepers in the Fedora Project booth, speakers for a variety of talks and lectures, organizers for a set of devrooms and even as ground staff for making FOSDEM 23 a grand success.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Raspberry PiPALPi: handheld Raspberry Pi games console

        PALPi doesn’t have a built-in speaker to output audio, but Raspberry Pi Zero W’s Bluetooth capability means you can connect a Bluetooth speaker and blast all the retro games’ original audio while you’re playing.

      • OpenSource.comKeep the solar system in your pocket with a Raspberry Pi

        In my previous article, I talked about Stellarium in a web browser. This stellar software allows for a 3D view of your local sky, with amazing telescopic and scripting features. In this article, I’ll show you how to put those stars in your pocket using a Raspberry Pi 4, along with scripting some animations for fun. If you remember my Halloween-themed article, I covered using a Raspberry Pi to make a festive Halloween jack-o-lantern. I’ve repurposed this same Raspberry Pi to create a traveling galaxy box. That’s what I’ll be calling it today. So let’s get packed for a galactic trip.

      • Make Use Of4 Cheap Raspberry Pi Alternatives You Can Buy for Under $50

        The Raspberry Pi is a staple in the toolbox of electronics tinkerers everywhere. But supply issues have meant that they’re in short supply, and you’re likely to pay a premium when you do find one. Raspberry Pi isn’t the only cheap single-board computer out there, however: if you open yourself to alternatives, you’ll find a cornucopia of fruit and veg themed hardware for under $50.

        Bear in mind that the issues affecting the Raspberry Pi supply chain also caused problems for other manufacturers and retailers. In some cases, these alternatives are being sold at above their original price point.

      • Ken Shirriff2023-03-11 Reverse-engineering the register codes for the 8086 processor’s microcode
    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • OpenSource.com7 questions for the OSI board candidates [Ed: The opening sentence here is misleading. Today’s OSI is shilling Microsoft GitHub (proprietary) and assists massive GPL violations by Microsoft. It undermines its own mission.]

      The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit organization that promotes open source that maintains and evaluates compliance with the Open Source Definition. Every year the OSI holds elections for its board of directors. It has become somewhat of a tradition for me to write questions for OSI board candidates.

      In past years, I’ve asked questions about the focus of the organization and how the board should work with staff. The board has since acted decisively by hiring its first executive director, Stefano Maffuli. It has also expanded staffing in other ways, like hiring a policy director. To me, this is a huge success, and so I didn’t pose those questions again this year. 

    • Abin SimonReleasing scopeline.el

      What is does is something pretty simple, but IMO pretty useful. It shows you what every closing delimiter is actually closing. When you have a large file and you are the end of a function, you might have a lot of closing brackets, one for the function, one for a loop, one for that conditional you started and one for that switch statement. Also, which function is this closing bracket for again? Answers for all of these question is provided by scopeline.el. It uses tree-sitter under the hood to parse the code and figure out what we are looking at and makes use of overlays to display it. It works with elisp-tree-sitter as well as builtin treesit package.

    • Bozhidar Batsovclojure-mode meets tree-sitter

      Emacs 29 aims to change this with the introduction of a built-in support Tree-sitter. Tree-sitter is a parser generator tool and an incremental parsing library. It can build a concrete syntax tree for a source file and efficiently update the syntax tree as the source file is edited. Sounds great, right?

    • Jussi PakkanenFirst A4PDF release, version 0.1.0 “embarrasment”

      The time has come to make the first technical preview release of A4PDF, nicknamed embarrasment. The name stems from this statement.

      If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Chromium

        • Eric HameleersChromium (-ungoogled) 111 packaged for Slackware 15.0 and -current

          You’ll have noticed – as indicated earlier, the Chromium packages for Slackware 14.2 are no longer being updated. Today I made available the Slackware packages available for Chromium 111.0.5563.64, and they are accompanied by the un-googled version. This latest release squashes a massive 40 vulnerabilities, none labeled critical, but it’s wise to keep your systems […]

    • GNU Projects

      • GNU Octave 8.1.0 Released

        GNU Octave version 8.1.0 has been released and is now available for download. An official Windows binary installer is available. For macOS see the installation instructions in the wiki.

        This major release improves the graphics backend, compatibility with Matlab and contains many new and improved functions. A list of important user-visible changes is available by selecting the Release Notes item in the News menu of the GUI or by typing news at the Octave command prompt.

        Thanks to the many people who contributed to this release!

    • Programming/Development

      • Franz DillOptical Algorithm Simplifies Analog AI Training

        Researchers have developed a range of analog and other unconventional machine learning systems in the expectation that they will prove vastly more energy efficient than today’s computers. But training these AIs to do their tasks has been a big stumbling block. Researchers at NTT Device Technology Labs and the University of Tokyo now say they’ve come up with a training algorithm (announced by NTT last month) that goes a long way toward letting these systems meet their promise.

      • RlangData transformation and standardization in r

        Often economic and other Machine Learning data are of different units or sizes making either estimation, interpretation or visualization difficult. The solution to these issues can be handled if the data can be transformed to unitless or data of similar magnitude. When the need to transform thus arises, then one finds it difficult to get handy function to achieve that.

      • Connor TumblesonLetting Dependabot merge

        About a year ago I hit 100% code coverage on an open source project known as Leaf. I blogged about this when I hit that coverage marker and after a year its worked out quite well. Adding new large features is a pain from all the requirements, but little changes here and there I’ve now got full confidence in whether they regress or break the site.

      • Daniel MiesslerSPQA: The AI-based Architecture That’ll Replace Most Existing Software

        AI is going to do a lot of interesting things in the coming months and years, thanks to the detonations following GPTs. But one of the most important changes will be the replacement of our existing software.

      • Want an unfair advantage in your tech career? Consume content meant for other roles

        In my opinion, one of the greatest tools to gain competitive advantage in a tech career is hidden in plain sight: it’s the wealth of information out there made for people in roles you work with.

      • Jussi PakkanenJussi Pakkanen: My book is finally available for purchase

        A major difference between software and book projects is that the latter have a point when they can be considered complete and finished. For my debut novel, that time has come.


        The text block has been created with a “mini-LaTeX” DTP program that I wrote basically from scratch. This caused “fun” things to happen. For example I got an email from the printing house some four days before the unveiling event that the book contains words that were not hyphenated according to recommended style guides. I was aware of said style guides, had added handling for those and even had unit tests to ensure that they work. And yet in production they did not work. This lead to a very stressful debugging session where you know that the only person in the world that can fix it is you, and that there is a very strict and personal deadline.

        The actual PDF generation was done with Cairo and Pango. Surprisingly there were zero issues with them, the printer accepted them just fine and the printout looks great. The cover was made with Scribus and it did have several issues none of which had anything to do with Scribus itself, just that doing a full color managed print job is to this day a bit tricky. did have to postprocess Cairo’s output with Ghostscript because Cairo only produces PDFs in the RGB colorspace whereas printers require grayscale PDFs.

      • How to hire engineering talent without the BS

        As a candidate in my early career, I experienced all sorts of technical interviews, ranging from being asked to write an algorithm on a piece of paper with an ink pen (not kidding) to doing leet coding in an IDE. Looking back, the best experiences were when the interviewer wanted me to succeed, was empathetic, and presented me with a problem that reflected how I would solve problems in the real world without gotchas.

        Since then, I’ve been on both sides of the table hundreds of times and reflected a lot about the problem that plagues technical hiring: how to assess whether a candidate is both technically proficient and has the right mindsets and behaviors to succeed in your organization.

        Most organizations have a technical interview process that attempts to evaluate both qualities to varying degrees of success. They may also use platforms like HackerRank or Karat to assess technical strength. But all too often, these approaches can lead to suboptimal outcomes, filtering out great talent or, worse, providing a poor candidate experience that hurts the company’s reputation.

      • HackadayFlipper Zero Mayhem Hat Adds Camera, More Radios

        For a device advertised as the “Multi-tool Device for Hackers”, the Flipper Zero already offers a considerable list of onboard capabilities. But some hard decisions had to be made to get the retail price down, so features like WiFi and Bluetooth had to be left off. Luckily, there’s an expansion interface along the top of the device which makes it possible to plug in additional hardware.

      • Relative line number in Neovim (Lua)

        To enable relative line number, add the following line to your init.lua. Save this file by doing a :w or Shift + z repeat z. The next time you open Neovim, you should see the relative line number enabled.

      • Python

        • University of TorontoGetting a Python 2 virtual environment (in 2023′s twilight of Python 2)

          Suppose, not entirely hypothetically, that you need to create a new Python 2 virtual environment today; perhaps you need to install some package to see how its old Python 2 version behaves. With Python 3, creating a virtual environment is really easy; it’s just ‘python3 -m venv /tmp/pytest’. With Python 2 today, you have two complications. First, Python 2 doesn’t have a venv module (instead it uses a ‘virtualenv’ command), and second, your installed Python 2 environment may not have all of the necessary infrastructure already set up since people are deprecating Python 2 and cutting down any OS provided version of it to the bare minimum.

      • Java

        • Java Performance on Linux vs Windows

          Java is a cross-platform language, which means that Java applications can run on a variety of operating systems, including Linux and Windows. The performance of Java applications can depend on a variety of factors, including the specific implementation, the hardware and software environment, and the workload of the application.

        • Php Vs Java In Regards to Performance

          The performance of PHP and Java can depend on a variety of factors, including the specific implementation, the hardware and software environment, and the workload of the application. In general, Java is considered to be a faster and more efficient language than PHP.

        • How to Develop Securely In Java

          There are several good security practices to follow when developing Java applications. Here are some of the most important ones: By following these best practices, you can help ensure the security of your Java applications and protect against common security threats.

        • How to Rewrite JSP Pages In Java

          SP (JavaServer Pages) pages are essentially HTML files with embedded Java code. To rewrite JSP pages in Java, you will need to extract the Java code from the JSP pages and refactor it into Java code files that can be compiled and run independently.

        • New Features in Java 17 and Comparison to Java 11

          Orcacle releases new Java versions quite often and the current one is 19. However, plenty of production code is still running on older Java versions as even Java 8 is still supported.

        • Quick Win Hints for Refactoring Java code

          There are several quick wins that can be achieved through refactoring Java code: Overall, refactoring can help improve the quality of Java code, make it easier to maintain, and reduce the risk of introducing bugs.

        • Useful Mockito withSettings() Methods For Testing

          In one of our previous articles How to Mock Variables for Interfaces and Casts in Java we described how to use the method withSettings().extraInterfaces() in order to add more interfaces / implementations to mocked objects.

      • Rust

        • Safety and Soundness in Rust

          Rust is designed around safety and soundness. Roughly speaking, safe code is code that doesn’t use the unsafe keyword,What we mean by “safe” depends on context, which is partly what this post is about.

    • Standards/Consortia

  • Leftovers

    • Xe’s Blog2023-03-10 A weapon to surpass Metal Gear
    • Why You Should Send a Weekly Summary Email

      Since I joined RevenueCat a year and a half ago, I have without fail sent a weekly email summary to my manager and my team, and I am asking all product managers in my team to do the same. It’s not something I invented, and it’s deceptively simple. However, this weekly ritual has many benefits that I want to talk about in the following.

      At its core, the weekly email has two headings with 3–5 short bullet points each: achievements this week and priorities next week. Under the former, you list the 3–5 most important things you got done this week, under the latter, the 3–5 most important things you want to get done the following week.

    • Counter PunchThe Ghost of Hugo Grotius: The UN High Seas Treaty

      Ever so rarely, the human species can reach accord and agreement on some topic seemingly contentious and divergent. Such occasions tend to be rarer than hen’s teeth, but the UN High Seas Treaty was one of them.  It took over two decades of agonising, stuttering negotiations to draft an agreement and went someway to suggest that the “common heritage of mankind”, a concept pioneered in the 1960s, has retained some force.

      Debates about the sea have rarely lost their sting.  The Dutch legal scholar Hugo Grotius, in his 1609 work Mare Liberum (The Free Sea), laboured over such concepts as freedom of navigation and trade (commeandi commercandique libertas), terms that have come to mean as much assertions of power as affirmations of international legal relations.

    • Terence EdenZero Interfaces

      The best gadget I got in lockdown was a set of motion activated lights. They have no user interface. I walk by them in the dark and they turn on. Midnight piss? No fumbling for a light switch, no shouting to a digital assistant, no logging in to an app.

    • Education

      • Jay LittleCode Monkey Mid-Life Crisis

        Nevertheless, I have spent a lot of time over the last few years debating my future in this profession. There are a lot of reasons for this but it probably started with my disdain for everything shifting to the cloud. This is more than just a trend, its a complete re-imagining of how tech works and operates. As a slight aside, its also an ice pick shoved squarely into the eye of the vision of decentralization and resiliency that inspired the creation of ARPANET (aka the Internet), but I digress.

        This has created a situation in which I’ve gone from being a well-rounded tech professional that could juggle coding and systems tasks to one that is deficient in what is now a very important area. Sure I’ve done some basic Azure integration using Azure AD authentication and posting messages to Teams and I host this website on a VM I have at Linode, but beyond that, my cloud experience is exceptionally lacking at the moment.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayBuilding The Sanni Cartridge Reader To Back Up And Restore Games And Saves

        Game cartridges are generally seen as a read-only medium with the contents as immutable as text chiseled into a granite slab, and with accompanying save files on the cartridge surviving for generations. The unfortunate truth is that as with any media storage, cartridges can and do fail, and save files are often just ethereal bits in battery-backed SRAM. This makes being able to copy not only the game data but also the save files off these cartridges essential. Projects like the Open Source Cartridge Reader by [sanni] make this something that everyone can do.

      • HackadayImmersive Virtual Reality From The Humble Webcam

        [Russ Maschmeyer] and Spatial Commerce Projects developed WonkaVision to demonstrate how 3D eye tracking from a single webcam can support rendering a graphical virtual reality (VR) display with realistic depth and space. Spatial Commerce Projects is a Shopify lab working to provide concepts, prototypes, and tools to explore the crossroads of spatial computing and commerce.

      • HackadayLarge E-Paper Slow Movie Player Offers Great Docs

        Over the last couple of years we’ve seen several iterations of the “slow movie player” concept, where a film is broken up into individual frames which are displayed on an e-paper display for a few minutes at a time. This turns your favorite movie into a constantly changing piece of long-term art. Unfortunately, due to the relatively high cost of e-paper panels, most of the examples we’ve seen have only been a few inches across.

      • Andrew HutchingsHow to use the SSD1351 OLED display

        In my previous post, I mentioned that I managed to get the SSD1351 working with a Raspberry Pi Pico. I figured I would write a few blog posts going into detail about how this is done.

        In this first post, I’ll talk about how to talk to the SSD1351 OLED display. You’ll find that many OLED and LCD displays are very similar in this regard so it can be an excellent introduction to talking about displays in general.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Security

      • Open Source Security (Audio Show)Episode 366 – Software liability is coming

        Josh and Kurt talk about the number of dependencies that is now normal. Keeping track of thousands of dependencies used to be impressive, now it’s normal. In what instances should we know everything about our open source? The days of being able to ignore your software liability is looking like it’s coming to an end.

      • MeduzaApple removes VTB Bank app posing as restaurant coupon tracker — Meduza

        Apple has removed an app from its App Store that appeared to be a restaurant guide but was actually an online banking app for customers of Russia’s majority state-owned VTB Bank, according to the Russian business magazine Inc.Russia.

      • HackadayA Parts Bin Cyberdeck Built For Satellite Hacking

        While there’s little in the way of hard rules dictating what constitutes a cyberdeck, one popular opinion is that it should be a piecemeal affair — a custom rig built up of whatever high-tech detritus the intrepid hacker can get their hands on, whether it be through trades or the time-honored tradition of dumpster diving. It should also be functional, and ideally, capable of some feats which would be difficult to accomplish with a garden variety laptop.

      • Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt/Fear-mongering/Dramatisation

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Helsinki TimesFacebook-parent Meta planning to launch Twitter rival

          Elon Musk’s Twitter could soon face new competition from Facebook-owned Meta.

          Meta Platforms Inc is considering launching a new Twitter-like social network. “We’re exploring a standalone, decentralized social network for sharing text updates,” a Meta spokesperson said in a statement to Variety.

        • Data SwampLinux $HOME encryption with ecryptfs

          In this article, I’d like to share with you about the Linux specific feature ecryptfs, which allows users to have encrypted directories.

          While disk encryption done with cryptsetup/LUKS is very performant and secure, there are some edge cases in which you may want to use ecryptfs, whether the disk is LUKS encrypted or not.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • GannettFox News lied to you. Here are some ways to move forward.

        It’s clear from court filings in the Dominion Voting Systems $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox news that the network cares only about making money, and knows its money comes from telling viewers exactly what they want to hear. Supporting former President Donald Trump and parroting his lies about the 2020 election being rigged was good for the bottom line, so the network and hosts like Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson responded in kind.

      • Common DreamsRupert Murdoch Lies at the Heart of Democracy’s Destruction Worldwide

        What country in its right mind would allow a foreign entity to come into their country, set up a major propaganda operation, and then use it to so polarize that nation that its very government suffers a violent assault and its democracy finds itself at a crossroads?

      • Michael West MediaAcademy of Science, ANU compromised by government secrecy over damning emissions report

        Science and secrecy are two words that rarely go well together. Yet remarkably, our peak scientific institution, the Australian Academy of Science is deliberately engaging in secrecy, aided and abetted by the Australian National University. Transparency Warrior Rex Patrick tells the story.

        Back in January, knowing the Safeguard Mechanism legislation that underpins Labor’s key climate change policy (which we now know, flawed) would be debated in the upcoming parliamentary sitting, I FOI’ed a paper written by Australian National University Associate Professor, Cris Brack, on ‘the “science” of measuring carbon credits for human-induced regeneration’.

      • EFFThe Foilies 2023

        It seems like these days, everyone is finding classified documents in places they shouldn’t be: their homes, their offices, their storage lockers, their garages, their guitar cases, between the cracks of their couches, under some withered celery in the vegetable drawer … OK, we’re exaggerating—but it is getting ridiculous.

        While the pundits continue to speculate whether President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and President Joe Biden put national security at risk by hoarding these secrets, that ultimately might not be the biggest problem.

        What we know for sure is that these episodes illustrate overlapping problems for government transparency. It reveals an epidemic of over-aggressive classification of documents that could easily be made public. It means that an untold number of documents that belong to the public went missing—even though we may not get to see them for at least 25 years, when the law requires a mandatory declassification review. And then there’s the big, troubling transparency question: If these officials pocketed national secrets, what other troves of non-secret but nonetheless important documents did they hold on to, potentially frustrating the public’s ability to ever see them?

      • ScheerpostChris Hedges: Ukraine’s Death by Proxy

        Ukraine is a pawn for militarists intent on degrading Russia and ultimately China in a self-defeating quest to ensure U.S. global hegemony. The end of this war, like most proxy wars, will be ugly.

      • Scheerpost‘Snowden,’ ‘Assange’ & ‘Manning’ Arrive in Sydney [VIDEO]

        The three bronze statues that have been touring the world have arrived in Assange’s home country, where John Shipton, John Pilger, David McBride and other speakers demanded the prime minister tell Joe Biden to release the WikiLeaks publisher.

    • Environment

      • Energy/Transportation

        • Digital First MediaMackinac Island ferry converting to electric power with automaker aid

          The Mackinac Island Ferry Co., formerly known as Star Line, will replace two 1988 diesel engines on its Chippewa ferry vessel with electric propulsion motors. Ferry Company owns the former Arnold Line Ferry fleet and Mackinac Marine Services shipyard.

          The company plans to upgrade all of its seven steel vessels with electricity after the Chippewa is converted. EGLE plans to electrify all 28 Mackinac Island ferries and help develop a full-time, year-round shipbuilding industry in the straits region.

        • Renewable Energy WorldData: The energy transition’s next big thing

          Fundamentally, Bhatraju said he believes that distribution utilities should focus on distributing power, not generating it, and take on a “coordinator” role to manage DERs. That transition won’t take place now, or ever, without incentives for distribution utilities.

          The economics support that business model, too. Transmission and distribution costs are going up, while generation costs continue to dive thanks to new technology. Plus, the monopolistic piece of the business involves poles and wires, not power plants.

        • Common Dreams‘Shocking’: Saudi Aramco Posts Largest-Ever Annual Profit for a Fossil Fuel Company

          Saudi Aramco, an oil giant almost entirely owned by the government of Saudi Arabia, announced Sunday that it brought in a staggering $161.1 billion in profits last year as it joined other fossil fuel companies in capitalizing on energy market turmoil sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • The North Lines IN‘The Elephant Whisperers’ Triumphs At Oscars 2023, Director Dedicates Award To ‘Motherland India’

          Tamil documentary “The Elephant Whisperers” emerged as the winner at the 95th Academy Awards making it a maiden victory for India in the Documentary Short Subject category.

        • Counter PunchWhy is the Forest Service is Destroying Critical Mule Deer Habitat?

          These are the facts. Almost half of the Ashland Ranger District of the Custer-Gallatin National Forest in southeastern Montana has burned in recent wildfires. This has severely impacted mule deer habitat, resulting in a declining mule deer population which will continue to fall if the Forest Service goes forward with its proposed South Otter logging and burning project on 292,000 acres (456 sq. miles) of public lands.

          The 1990 Ashland Deer Guidelines were developed jointly between the Forest Service and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to limit logging impacts on what they note is “the most stable and important population of mule deer in southeastern Montana.” Yet, by ignoring its own scientists and arbitrarily changing existing standards, the South Otter project will destroy even more of what’s left of this vitally important mule deer habitat.

    • Finance

      • The Kent StaterLocal food pantries brace for increased demand as SNAP benefits come to an end

        Local food pantries may soon see a surge in demand for their services after pandemic-era SNAP benefits come to an end. A temporary boost to SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps, was put in place to help low-income individuals and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      • Counter PunchIn Defense of Taxing Stock Buybacks

        The Biden administration is getting a lot of grief over its proposal to tax share buybacks at a 4.0 percent rate. They are being denounced as economic illiterates, and worse. I’m going to side with the economic illiterates, and say Biden is very much on the mark with this proposal.

        To be clear, I have written before that I don’t agree with most of the complaints directed against buybacks. It makes little difference as a practical matter whether companies pay out money to shareholders as buybacks or dividends.

      • Michael West MediaFrench pension reform protests flare up again

        Protests against pension reforms in France have flared up again, with large rallies being held in major cities such as Paris, Nice and Toulouse. The authorities reportedly expected up to one million protesters across the country.

      • YLEPoll: Voters support cutting business subsidies; otherwise split on balancing public finances

        Among the current governing parties, the views of the supporters of the Centre and Swedish People’s Party were often closer to those of the NCP than of their cabinet partners.

      • CNNWorld’s most expensive housing market faces a critical question

        Behind the gleaming skyscrapers and multimillion-dollar homes that have made this city the world’s most expensive property market lies a far less attractive parallel reality: one of the world’s seemingly most intractable housing crises.

      • CNNHow does a bank collapse in 48 hours? A timeline of the SVB fall
      • AxiosSVB: A startup bank’s rise and fall

        Given how deeply and widely its roots run across the industry, Silicon Valley Bank — dramatically seized on Friday by the federal government amid a crippling bank run and a swooning stock — couldn’t have a more apt name.

      • AxiosThis weekend is everything for Silicon Valley Bank and its customers

        The U.S. government on Friday assumed control of Silicon Valley Bank and its billions of dollars in customer deposits, temporarily shutting all branches and freezing withdrawals.

      • AxiosU.S. government takes control of Silicon Valley Bank

        U.S. banking regulators on Friday assumed control of Silicon Valley Bank, the country’s 16th largest bank and a top financial institution for technology and life sciences companies.

      • AxiosSVB doled out bonuses ahead of FDIC seizure

        Silicon Valley Bank on Friday paid out annual bonuses to eligible U.S. employees, just hours before the bank was seized by the U.S. government, Axios has learned from multiple sources.

      • New York Times3 Lessons From Silicon Valley Bank’s Failure

        Here’s one takeaway: The bank’s extremely online clientele may have contributed to its downfall.

      • New York TimesSilicon Valley Bank’s Collapse Causes Strain for Young Companies

        Young companies raced to get their money out of the bank, which was central to the start-up industry. Some said they could not make payroll.

      • New York TimesSilicon Valley Bank Collapse Sets Off Blame Game Between Crypto and Tech

        The implosion of the Silicon Valley bank led to finger-pointing, as executives and investors jumped on the crisis for their own messaging.

      • 2023-03-11 Marc Rubinstein: ‘The Demise of Silicon Valley Bank’
      • ScheerpostEllen Brown: The Looming Quadrillion Dollar Derivatives Tsunami

        On Friday, March 10, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) collapsed and was taken over by federal regulators. SVB was the 16th largest bank in the country and its bankruptcy was the second largest in U.S. history, following Washington Mutual in 2008. Despite its size, SVB was not a “systemically […]

      • QuartzWith SVB and Signature, the US is making a “systemic risk exception” for systemically unimportant banks

        With a resoluteness befitting a response to the threat of an all-out banking crisis, US banking regulators issued a joint statement on the evening of March 12, declaring that all depositors in the failed Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) will have full access to their funds starting March 13.

      • Michael West MediaSVB staff ‘offered 45 days of work at 1.5 times salary’

        Employees of Silicon Valley Bank have been offered 45 days of employment at 1.5 times their salary by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, the regulator that has taken control of the collapsed lender, according to an email sent to staff.

      • Helsinki TimesSurvey finds strong support for universal income and social security reform among Finnish workers

        A recent survey conducted by Kantar Public Oy on behalf of Suomen Yrittäjät (Finnish Entrepreneurs) has found strong support for universal income security and social security reform in the Finnish workforce. The survey, called the Työelämägallup, was conducted among 1,511 respondents, including employees, entrepreneurs, furloughed workers, and the unemployed.

        The results of the survey indicate that 42% of those surveyed view a universal income security model favorably.

      • The Straits TimesPrivate jets, Cartier watch: Hillsong under probe in Australia after claims of misuse of church funds

        An Australian MP accused the church’s founder Brian Houston of spending lavishly using church funds.

      • The Straits TimesGraft charges give me sleepless nights, says Malaysia’s ex-PM Muhyiddin

        The Bersatu leadership has rallied around Muhyiddin, urging him to remain in command of the party.

      • BW Businessworld Media Pvt LtdUS Bails Out SVB Depositors, Says Will Get All Their Money Back From Today

        In a joint statement released by Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome H Powell, and FDIC Chairman Martin J Gruenberg announced they would “fully protect” all depositors who had funds in Silicon Valley Bank, just days after regulators took control of the institution.

      • India Times[Cryptoxxurreny] firm Circle says $3.3 billion USDC reserves to be fully available on Monday

        Cryptocurrency firm Circle said all its depositors with the collapsed Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank will be made whole and the $3.3-billion USDC reserve deposit held at Silicon Valley Bank will be fully available when banks open on Monday.

        Circle’s announcement comes after the US administration on Sunday stepped in with a series of emergency measures to shore up confidence after the failure of Silicon Valley Bank and New York-based Signature Bank threatened to trigger a systemic crisis.

      • Monday NoteNo Atheists In Foxholes. Or Libertarians In Bank Runs

        Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) made and lost chancy bets on long-term bonds. This concerned depositors who in turn worried other depositors, starting a chain reaction, a massive exit of funds. SVB didn’t have enough liquidities, became insolvent and is now in the hands of the FDIC (Federal Deposits Insurance Corporation).

      • Pete WardenNotes from a bank run

        To start with, Useful is not at risk of shutting down. The worst case scenario, as far as I can tell, is that we only have access to the insured amount of $250k in our SVB account on Monday. This will be plenty for payroll on Wednesday, and from what I’ve seen there are enough liquid assets that sales of the government bonds that triggered the whole process should be enough to return a good portion of the remaining balance within a week or so. If I need to, I’ll dip into my personal savings to keep the lights on. I know this isn’t true for many other startups though, so if they don’t get full access to their funds there will be job losses and closures.

      • The North Lines INCollapse Of Silicon Valley Bank To Impact Indian Startup Ecosystem, Feel Experts

        The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, the largest vendor in the startup ecosystem, is likely to adversely impact the Indian startup scenario as well as it has injected a lot of uncertainty in the sector overnight, industry experts say. “Hopefully the matter will get resolved, but I think it is a big hit for Indian startups,” Ashu Garg, a prominent Silicon Valley-based venture capitalist and early-stage investor for over two decades, said in an interview. California-based Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), the 16th largest bank in the United States, was closed on Friday by the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation which later appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as its receiver. [...]

      • AxiosBiden on brink of banking crisis

        How it works: Banks don’t keep deposits in a vault — they lend them out to businesses and individuals. So if depositors ask for all their money back at once, as they did at SVB, the bank is likely to fail.

        Corporate America just got a stark reminder that none of their deposits are insured above $250,000 by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

      • Counter PunchWhy the Banking System is Breaking Up

        The collapses of Silvergate and Silicon Valley Bank are like icebergs calving off from the Antarctic glacier. The financial analogy to the global warming causing this collapse is the rising temperature of interest rates, which spiked last Thursday and Friday to close at 4.60 percent for the U.S. Treasury’s two-year bonds. Bank depositors meanwhile were still being paid only 0.2 percent on their deposits. That has led to a steady withdrawal of funds from banks – and a corresponding decline in commercial bank balances with the Federal Reserve.

        Most media reports reflect a prayer that the bank runs will be localized, as if there is no context or environmental cause. There is general embarrassment to explain how the breakup of banks that is now gaining momentum is the result of the way that the Obama Administration bailed out the banks in 2008. Fifteen years of Quantitative Easing has re-inflated prices for packaged bank mortgages – and with them, housing prices, stock and bond prices.

      • Common DreamsThe Really Great February Jobs Report

        The failure of Silicon Valley Bank on Friday overtook the really big event of the day, the February jobs report. The 311,000 jobs were far more than I had expected. I thought the huge January number was a fluke of seasonal adjustments and unusually good winter weather. For that reason, I expected the February number to be very weak, not because I thought the labor market had crashed, but just as a correction to the high number in January.

      • Silicon AngleNew York shuts down [cryptocurrency]-heavy Signature Bank to protect depositors

        The New York Department of Financial Services took control of Signature Bank pursuant to Section 606 of New York Banking Law in order to protect depositors. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was appointed as the receiver of the bank.

        Signature Bank had total assets of $110.36 billion and total deposits of $88.59 billion as of Dec. 31. It’s unclear what the figure is today.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Marcy WheelerMatt Taibbi Declares John Podesta’s Risotto Recipe Was “True” [Ed: Matt Taibbi targeted by fanatics of HRC, using straw man arguments]

        Matt Taibbi does not know the difference between “true” and “authentic,” and it shows in his propaganda. 

      • Marcy WheelerJan. 6 seditious conspiracy comes into focus at Proud Boys trial as classified ‘spill’ roils proceedings

        Details on how sending the defense attorneys the wrong “Jencks” file has roiled the Proud Boys trial.

      • AxiosHomelessness politics and voter frustration drives local elections nationwide

        Homelessness is emerging as a potent political issue in local elections this year, particularly when coupled with related concerns about crime.

      • Marcy WheelerConclusion To Series On The Dawn Of Everything

        A few thoughts from a fascinating book.

      • New York TimesIn World Cup Run-Up, Qatar Pressed U.N. Agency Not to Investigate Abuses

        Lobbying at the International Labor Organization dovetailed with an influence campaign that set off a corruption scandal at the European Parliament.

      • Michael West Media“Let’s drop this now”: calls rise for Albo to ask Joe Biden for release of Assange in tonight’s AUKUS talks

        There will be no better opportunity than now for Anthony Albanese to ask US President Joe Biden for the release of Julian Assange. Michael West reports on the Belmarsh Tribunal and calls for the release of Australia’s number one political prisoner. 

        Prime Minister Anthony Albanese meets with US President Joe Biden today, US time. He is in San Diego with AUKUS partners Biden and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to strike a deal to spend billions of dollars of Australia’s public money with the US and UK on nuclear submarines.

      • Counter PunchPsycho Political Dimensions of Being a Stranger in a Strange Land

        The 21 st C. New Normal – Psycho Political Dimensions of Being a Stranger in a Strange Land

        Measuring a Weaponized Infrastructure (Telecommunications)

      • Common DreamsTrump-Era Deregulation Deemed a Key Culprit in Failure of Silicon Valley Bank

        In 2018, ignoring the vocal warnings of experts and advocacy groups, the then-Republican-controlled Congress passed legislation that weakened post-financial crisis regulations for banks with between $50 billion and $250 billion in assets, sparking fears of systemically risky failures and more taxpayer bailouts.

      • Counter PunchIndict Trump? Sure, But Don’t Forget That’s Exactly What He Wants

        Former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson tells USA Today that former president Donald Trump should abandon his 2024 campaign to re-take the White House if he’s indicted: “It doesn’t mean that he’s guilty of it or he should be charged, but it’s just such a distraction that would be unnecessary for somebody who’s seeking the highest office in the land.”

        Is Hutchinson right? Maybe. Does Hutchinson — who’s been talked up for years as a possible presidential candidate — have ambitions that Trump’s departure from the field would serve, or is he just doing the “elder statesman” thing out of concern for his party’s prospects? Either could be true.

      • Counter PunchWhat Kevin Alexander Gray Taught Me

        In July 2015, when two Black Lives Matter activists challenged liberal candidates running for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, the late Kevin Alexander Gray told me in an interview, “all candidates ought to have an agenda that deals with the issues that the Black community are grappling with right now, to include police violence, to include economics, to include all the issues that the Black Lives Matter activists raised.”

        Gray didn’t let anyone off the hook, including Vermont’s independent Senator Bernie Sanders, who had launched his first presidential campaign, and was considered the most left-leaning candidate. “They ought to hire Black people to advise them in their campaigns,” he said, “instead of just organizing a group of white men, which Bernie Sanders is guilty of doing too, and letting those people try to filter what it is that the candidates get.”

      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

        • New York TimesDisinformation Is Not the Real Problem With Democracy

          Americans increasingly lack the information they need to participate in the political process.

        • New StatesmanHow Russian propaganda works, with Jade McGlynn

          One year into Russia’s war against Ukraine, Katie Stallard speaks to Jade McGlynn, an expert on Russian propaganda and memory politics, about how the Kremlin has framed the conflict at home. McGlynn is an academic researcher at King’s College London and the author of two forthcoming books, Russia’s War and Memory Makers: The Politics of the Past in Putin’s Russia.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • CNNGary Lineker pauses presenting ‘Match of the Day’ after immigration tweets
      • New York TimesBBC in Turmoil as Revolt Over Gary Lineker’s ‘Match of the Day’ Suspension Spreads

        One of England’s best-known sports personalities, he was taken off the air after criticizing a British government immigration proposal on social media. His ouster set off a staff boycott.

      • RFERLIran Confirms Death Sentence Against Swedish-Iranian Dissident Lured To Turkey

        Iran’s hard-line judiciary says its Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence against a Swedish-Iranian dissident who went missing from a Turkish airport two years ago before turning up in Iranian custody accused of terrorism.

        The defendant, Habib Chaab, a founder and former leader of a separatist group called the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA), lived in Sweden for 14 years until he was apparently lured to Turkey by Iranian intelligence agents.

      • The AtlanticBlasphemy Forever: Schoolboys scuffed a Quran. Why did the police care?

        But the moralists never left, and English authorities have stumbled when trying to figure out how to mediate between them and those they accuse. Last month, in the West Yorkshire town of Wakefield, a 14-year-old bought a bargain-basement English translation of the Quran on Amazon. (Known as the “Pink Qur’an,” it costs about $13.) He gave it to his buddies at school, and by the end of the day it was smudged and slightly torn. The school suspended the kids, and police investigated the incident as a possible hate crime—which, given that it was his own book, and that police don’t generally conduct investigations of creased covers and smudged pages, would be hard to distinguish from a charge of blasphemy.

        They did not, in the end, prosecute. And when the owner was threatened with death, police took the menacing seriously. But the incident illustrates how society’s defenses, like a watchman dozing off on a late shift, tend to slip. (Last year’s attempted murder of Salman Rushdie roused many advocates of free speech from a similar slumber.) Only one good thing has come from this incident: It has forced authorities, and civil society, to wipe the crust from their eyes and recall how best to respond to incidents, or non-incidents, like this one.

      • Common DreamsFrankfurt Attacks Human Rights of Palestinians by Canceling Roger Waters’ Concert

        After a highly acclaimed run in North America, Roger Waters will take his “This Is Not a Drill” tour across Europe. The long journey includes shows in Germany, with the final concert in the country originally planned to take place in Frankfurt on May 28. On February 24, however, Frankfurt’s city council and the Hessian state government announced the cancellation of the Frankfurt concert, for “persistent anti-Israel behavior,” and called Waters an antisemite.


        The conflation of criticism of Israel and antisemitism is dangerous and perpetuates the common antisemitic perspective that all Jews monolithically support Israel. Because antisemitism is a real issue, its weaponization and distortion to stifle legitimate criticism of Israel is reckless, and undermines the fight against antisemitism.

      • Counter PunchFrankfurt Undermines Human Rights by Canceling a Concert by Roger Waters
    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Monopolies

      • CoryDoctorowSpirit warned investors that merging with Jetblue would be illegal

        That’s great news if you’re an airline shareholder. It’s terrible news if you’re hunting for your lost bags, or if you’re a flight attendant or pilot being squeezed, or if you’re being hit for billions in covid bailouts – or if you’re one of one million Americans who were stranded during Christmas week by the failure of Southwest Airlines’ IT systems, which use duct-tape and wishful thinking to hold together the IT systems of all the airlines SWA bought: [...]

      • Jacobin MagazineIntellectual [sic] Property [sic] Killed the Movie Star

        The lead actors in today’s blockbuster films are celebrities, not movie stars. That’s not their fault: the industry has reduced actors to stewards of profitable intellectual property, robbing them of the opportunity to connect with audiences and shine.

      • Common DreamsFollowing Loud and Lousy Exit, FTC Better Off Without Christine Wilson

        Commissioner Christine Wilson’s “noisy exit” from the Federal Trade Commission officially has an end date. On March 2, she submitted her official resignation to President Biden announcing she will step down on the last day of the month, and she couldn’t help but take some final shots at her apparent nemesis, Chair Lina Khan. Evidently, Wilson still has a bad case of “Lina Khan Derangement Syndrome.”

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Success does not guarantee happiness

        So, don’t optimize on your success but on your personal well-being.

      • Disgust and Disappointment

        Last Friday I received a phone call from a fellow Scout leader which
        has spent my head spinning between disgust and disappointment. Turns
        out that a Scout leader in the local area had appeared on a paedophile
        hunter Facebook page. It appears he had been sending messages to a 15
        year old boy about meeting up. This particular person was someone who
        I have worked with professionaly and as a volunteer with. I looked up
        to him and thought he was a sensible voice to get advice from. This
        news has shocked me. I am surprised he could do or contemplate
        something so disgusting and debased. My mind has been spinning ever
        since. This has filled my mind and destroyed any spare thoughts. The
        video from the paedophile hunters is a hard watch. It shows a group
        confronting him on his doorstep. His wife comes out eventually and
        doesn’t appear shocked. She is also heavily involved in local Scouting
        and another reason for the mind spinning. What if she knew and wasn’t
        reporting? How could someone do that? I occasionally hope it is
        some sort of mix up. It probably isn’t. The good news is that the
        police have been presented with evidence and are investigating. I have
        no idea if he has been arrested.

      • Day 1 Haru 2023

        Sumo is back for another tournament. We are back in Osaka for this
        one. I must admit, this one creeped up on me and I was not feeling the
        excitement in the build up. However, there is much to be excited

        Terunofuji remains kyujo and so is not fighting. This is expected
        although he has been training again. There has been lots of noise
        around him taking part in the Jungyo (travelling show case) after the
        basho. Sounds promising and hopefully he is not suffering too much.

        The disgraced former Ozeki, Asanoyama is back fighting in Makuuchi
        after dropping down a fair few divisions. Oh wait, he is just
        visiting. Yes, his previous efforts to get out of Juryo last basho had
        failed. However, he did get a win today so hopefully he will be back
        into the top division.

      • Morality in dream content

        The dreams that I can remember the next day are rarely concrete enough to describe in words, but last night I had an odd one. It’s amusing how, as far as I can recall, the dreams just, like, seamlessly place you into a certain context that makes sense in the dream.

      • aphantasia

        I am thinking about the limitations my aphantasia imposes on me at times.
        The topic has been getting more attention the past few years, but honestly, I do not keep up with any of it, so I don’t know if they made any progress in what causes it, if it’s even “real”, how to treat it, and so on.

        I just know that most of the time, I do not have a mental image. At all. Just knowledge. Internally visualizing stuff largely does not work for me. I never got the joke about “not thinking about the pink elephant” because of it. I read books and I don’t see anything. I play pen and paper roleplay and I don’t see anything. Not being able to see anything in front of my mental eye has shaped the way I understand 3D space, math, and art. When I do art, I work on it until it looks right for me. I sadly cannot imagine something and then bring it to the medium like it is in my head. I would love to have a finished product in my head and then following along my mental image until it looks like it does in my head.

      • Music Finds (March 2023)

        Some notes on new bands I’ve been getting into, plus some comments on music discovery.

      • Their grate

        Polyseme: Spelled the same, pronounced the same, same etymology
        Homonym: Spelled the same, pronounced the same, different etymology
        Homograph: Spelled the same, pronounced differently, regardless of etymology
        Homophone: Spelled differently, pronounced the same, regardless of etymology


        Polysemes are not homonyms, nor vice versa. Polyseme means “many meanings”, homonym means “same name”, homograph means “same writing”, homophone means “same sound”.

      • Cultural appropriation

        I feel that the left’s reaction against cultural appropriation is good but some are missing that the flipside is cultural imperialism and we might need to walk the tightrope between the two of them (sometimes erring on one side, sometimes the other) instead of diving headfirst into compulsive white normativity.

        Clarification needed before I mention the word “radfem” just to make it explicit that it’s inherently queer inclusive, and you’ll see why as I get into the essay proper. The deluded TERF cult is a snake’s nest of inconsistencies, illogic, propaganda and alliances with the far right.

        They prop up what they claim to fight: oppressive, suffocating gender normative limitations. They claim to be “gender critical” while being 24/7 complicit in the performance of gender. They deny the existence of wall while being the wall. They have forgotten the fight for pants.

      • 🔤SpellBinding: DEIKOSV Wordo: LINTS
    • Technical

      • Obsidian

        I’ve been using Obsdian as a means for visualizing my notes as well as a way to package up some of my notes for sharing and collaborating with others. It makes for a really nice way for mortals to view my markdown content. I’ve already added support for most of the same features Obsidian has in my own process, well before discovering Obsidian, but the thing that has me going back to Obsidian is that oh-so-nice ~murder wall~ *Infinite Canvas*.

        I like dropping original source materials into a canvas and then starting to write markdown notes off to the sides where I’m contextualizing the new information. I’ve also used it to map out my capsule hierarchy from the perspective of user workflow. And I’ve made use of the excellent Excalidraw plugin to convert some hand drawn diagrams into SVGs. It’s **really** nice.

      • Linux $HOME encryption with ecryptfs

        In this article, I’d like to share with you about the Linux specific feature ecryptfs, which allows users to have encrypted directories.

        While disk encryption done with cryptsetup/LUKS is very performant and secure, there are some edge cases in which you may want to use ecryptfs, whether the disk is LUKS encrypted or not.

      • DST Hot Takes

        So as a US American most* of us transitioned into Daylight Savings time last night (well “this morning”)… overnight… We jumped forward and hour cutting into our precious sleep time.

        This is always controversial because, it sucks. It throws off sleep schedules, messes up your internal clock, etc. But it’s great because as the days lengthen it shifts the social clock to be inline with solar time over the spring and summer months, allotting more “daylight hours” to social time.

      • Re: Feature Poor sudo Replacement

        Ordinarily I’d say Unix, not Linux. This time I said Linux intentionally, because if you’re using another form of Unix then you are already not the average user.

        When I first started using Linux very few distributions shipped with sudo. If you needed to do sysadmin type things then you used su in a terminal and became root until you were done. The thing is, people are lazy, and a lot of people would just leave that root terminal running because typing a password is so much work.

        The first distro I personally saw that provided sudo by default was Ubuntu. They also discouraged the use of su to have a long running terminal by providing a default configuration that did not add your own personal user to the `wheel` group and disallowed logging in as root graphically. Now, they may very well not have been the first to go down this route. They were the first that I personally noticed. Over time, most Linux distros have followed a similar path.

      • Re: Ham Radio, Silent Key Archive

        As a moderately new ham, got my ticket back in 2011, I have had the same thoughts wholesomedonut has. Such a wonderful hobby that is filled with aging hobbyists and dying knowledge. Discussions online from younger generations tend to drift off into annoyance with topics being had on the radio and older operators getting annoyed that computers are getting in the way with the bands being filled with the sound of modems rather than voice and Morse Code (CW). There is a good YouTube community of operators trying to revive the hobby, though revive may be the wrong word as numbers of new licensees has increased over the past few decades. While they all have been talking about why they get annoyed with others in the hobby, I have been thinking for quite some time why the hobby itself may not last.

      • Going Postel

        A short summary of the above is to “reduce ambiguity over time and create a healthy ecosystem”. Nuance has been gained; various downsides of “being liberal in what you accept” have been noted. Old implementations were expected to be conservative in what they sent, and to silently discard unexpected inputs unless the specification required an error message. The draft instead recommends “active maintenance” instead of an accumulation of tolerances for whatever wacky things the other end might do.

      • quick review: isekai nonbiri nouka and tamayura: hitotose.

        A quick note before we start, this is an experimental first post and does not represent what this gemlog may look like in the future. I hope to do more in depth analysis of more interesting shows, or at least something better than this. So consider sticking around for that. anyway, on with the show.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • More Running Multiple Servers

          To continue my progress of replacing my simple web pages with Gemini proxied capsules I needed to get Kineto[1] to run multiple instances pointing to different pages and served on different ports. Only problem, kineto doesn’t support config files and systemd unit files kind of suck with a dynamic layout.

          I’ve never been a big fan of systemd. When possible I’ve actively worked at not running it. Making a monolith isn’t great but that it the design that shows unseasoned developers. A purely configuration based init system is create when you have nothing special going on but that is rarely the case.

      • Programming

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

Sirius UK CEO Resigns (or Gets Sacked) and Completely Deletes His Whole Past With Sirius ‘Open Source’

Posted in Deception, Finance at 2:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Not a single mention of Sirius, which used to be all over his LinkedIn page only weeks ago

Sirius deleted

Summary: The above person was with Sirius since 2017 and CEO for about 2 years; he’s now hiding any connection to the company (it used to be all over his LinkedIn profile, from top to bottom); any attempts to send him E-mails bounce back from GMail, so he is eager to leave no paths open

IRC Proceedings: Sunday, March 12, 2023

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