Links 08/06/2023: Cinnamon 5.8 and Leap 15.5 Release Mature

Posted in News Roundup at 12:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Kernel Space

    • Applications

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Share folder between Windows 11 guest and Fedora 38 host (KVM Hypervisor) using virtiofs

        Web Cockpit Console on Fedora 38 was used to manage Win11 KVM Guest

      • ID RootHow To Install Elasticsearch on Fedora 38

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Elasticsearch on Fedora 38. For those of you who didn’t know, Elasticsearch is a distributed, RESTful search and analytics engine built on top of the Apache Lucene library.

      • Michael Ablassmeier: updating to bookworm

        Just updated to bookworm. Only thing that gave me headaches was OpenVPN refusing to accept the password/username combination specified via “auth-user-pass” option..

        Mystery was solved by adding “providers legacy default” to the configuration file used.

      • TecAdminSQL Queries to Change Domain Name for WordPress Site

        There are times when you might need to change the WordPress URL in your website’s database. This could be due to moving your site to a new domain, changing your domain’s structure, or fixing a broken site after an update.

      • KifarunixGetting Started with Linux: Tips for Complete Beginners

        Linux is an open-source operating system that has gained significant popularity in recent years.

      • Make Use OfHow to Secure Linux Systems Effectively Using YubiKey

        You’re not alone if you worry about the ever-increasing threat of hacking. While authentication prompts and 2FA are sufficient to ward off most would-be hackers, thousands of breaches still succeed every day.

        One of the most commonly touted solutions to the authentication issue is YubiKey. But what is YubiKey, and how does hardware authentication work? Can you secure your Linux PC with YubiKey?

      • Network WorldWaiting for things to happen on Linux

        There are always things to wait for on a Linux system—upgrades to complete, processes to finish, coworkers to log in and help resolve problems, status reports to be ready.

        Fortunately, you don’t have to sit twiddling your thumbs. Instead, you can get Linux to do the waiting and let you know when the work is done. You can do this with a script or you can use the wait command, a bash built-in that watches for processes running in the background to complete.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Dokku on Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04

        Dokku is a pioneering platform as a service (PaaS) solution, designed to streamline the software deployment process. Enabling developers to push their code directly to the server, it automates the process of building the application environment, removing the painstaking configuration typically associated with deployment. .

      • IT Pro TodayHow To Check Linux Disk Space Usage: Classic SysAdmin Tips and Commands

        This guide explains Linux commands and utilities for checking disk space and usage.

      • It’s FOSSUsing tail Command in Linux

        The tail command is one of the several ways to display file contents or part of it. You can also live monitor changes made to files with it. Here are some common examples.

      • TecMintHow to Backup and Restore a PostgreSQL Database in Linux

        In a production environment, no matter how large or small your PostgreSQL database may be, regular backup is an essential aspect of database management.

      • Linux LinksAlternatives to popular CLI tools: lsof

        We explore free and open source alternatives to lsof, a utility that lists file information about files opened by processes.

      • Make Tech EasierWhat Is Parabola Linux and How to Install It

        Parabola is a Linux distribution that focuses on producing a secure and Libre version of Arch Linux. Unlike a regular distribution, Parabola distinguishes itself by only including software and libraries that you can inspect yourself.

      • CloudbookletDeleting Files and Directories in Linux: Step-by-Step Instructions

        Learn about the best practices and methods for deleting files on Linux. Explore various techniques, including the rm command, graphical file managers, and secure deletion methods. Regular file cleanup helps maintain system efficiency and data organization.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Grub Customizer on Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04

        Grub Customizer is an indispensible tool for Linux users, particularly those on Ubuntu-based systems. Acting as a comprehensive interface for managing the GRUB bootloader, this utility streamlines various processes, enabling users to tweak and adjust system startup options with precision and efficiency.

      • FOSSLinuxSolving the ‘Cannot Find LVM Volume Group’ error in Linux

        Logical Volume Management (LVM) offers a flexible and efficient way of managing disk space in Linux, but it can sometimes throw perplexing errors. One such error is ‘Cannot find LVM volume group,’ which typically arises when the system can’t detect or access the LVM volume group during the boot process. Causes can range from an incorrectly defined boot configuration to problems with the physical volume.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install WebStorm on Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04

        In the realm of web development, WebStorm stands out as a powerhouse Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Developed by JetBrains, a company recognized globally for crafting quality software tools, WebStorm offers a highly specialized platform tailored to the needs of web developers.

      • How to Install a Debian File in Linux?

        If you are new to Linux Operating System and having issues installing new applications using their Debian package on your PC, this guide has got you all covered. Installing Applications and Packages in Linux can be done using the Software Center, which can be called the store for Linux. However, not every application is present in the software center. That is why, oftentimes, you need to download the “deb” package file of the application from their download center. But once the Debian file is downloaded, installing the application may seem daunting to new Linux Users.

      • KifarunixInstall NixOS with Gnome Desktop on VirtualBox

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to install NixOS with Gnome Desktop on VirtualBox.

      • Trend OceansHow to Extract initrd/initramfs to View Content in Linux

        It takes a few simple steps to extract the initramfs files on your Linux system to view their contents. There may be a couple of reasons why you need to extract initramfs or initrd images, such as to find the reason for boot issues or to explore what content is in them.

      • Seamless Sharing: Exchanging Data between Hosts and Docker Containers

        Docker containers are a form of virtualization that allows users to run applications on any environment, regardless of the underlying operating system. Containers are lightweight, portable, and can be easily moved across different hosts without requiring much configuration or setup.

      • Exploring Docker: A Comprehensive Introduction to Use Cases

        Brief overview of Docker and its popularity in the tech industry Docker is a platform that allows developers to easily create, deploy, and run applications in containers. Containers are lightweight virtualization units that package software and all its dependencies into a single unit, ensuring consistency across various environments.

      • Docker in Action: Streamlining Testing for Your Projects

        With the growth of software development, testing and delivering high-quality software has become increasingly important. Docker is one of the most popular tools in the field of software development that has made a significant impact on how developers build and deploy applications.

      • CI/CD Excellence: Leveraging Shippable and Heroku with Docker

        The software development process is a complex and ever-changing endeavor that requires continuous innovation and optimization to keep up with the demands of modern businesses. In recent years, CI/CD has emerged as a key strategy for achieving faster, more reliable, and cost-effective software deployments.

      • TravisCI Meets Docker: Enhancing CI/CD Workflows

        TravisCI is a popular continuous integration (CI) tool used by developers to automate the testing and building of software projects.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install CLion on Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04

        Specifically engineered for C and C++ developers, CLion has cemented its status as an industry favorite due to a potent combination of ingenious features and an intelligent design approach.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Using Kirigami built with Qt6 without kdesrc-build

          I have a few blog posts planned, but the one I wanted to post involving KDE color schemes isn’t finished yet (it’s enormous and tedious). So instead, today I’m showing you how simple it is to compile Kirigami with Qt6 so you can start playing with it ahead of time.

          Kirigami, KDE’s library that extends QtQuick, is a Tier 1 KDE Framework. The cool thing about it is that it has effectively no dependency on any KDE libraries.

        • KDABObject Lifetime

          Last time we discussed Value Semantics. However, I missed one topic that is super important for a better understanding of basic building blocks of C++. Today, we are going to talk about an object. Without further ado, let’s dive deeper!


          What is an object? According to the C++ standard, part 3.9.8 under the name of [basic.types]

           An object type is a (possibly cv-qualified) type that is not a function type, not a reference type, and not a void type.

          Now is int i an object? Yes.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Reviews

      • Russell CokerRussell Coker: PinePhonePro First Impression

        I received my PinePhone Pro [1] on Thursday, it seems in many ways better than the Purism Librem 5 [2] that I have previously written about. The PinePhone is thinner, lighter, and yet has a much longer battery life. A friend described the Librem5 as “the CyberTruck phone” and not in a good way.

        In a test I had my PinePhone and my Librem5 fully charged, left them for 4.5 hours without doing anything much with them, and then the PinePhone was at 85% and the Librem5 was at 57%. So the Librem5 will run out of battery after about 10 hours of not being used while a PinePhonePro can be expected to last about 30 hours. The PinePhonePro isn’t as good as some of the recent Android phones in this regard but it shows the potential to be quite usable. For this test both phones were connected to a 2.4GHz Wifi network (which uses less power than 5GHz) and doing nothing much with an out of the box configuration. A phone that is checking email, social networking, and a couple of IM services will use the battery faster. But even if the PinePhone has it’s battery used twice as fast in a more realistic test that will still be usable.

        Here are the passmark results from the PinePhone Pro [3] which got a CPU score of 888 compared to 507 for the Librem 5 and 678 for one of the slower laptops I’ve used. The results are excluded from the Passmark averages because they identified the CPU as only having 4 cores (expecting just 4*A72) while the PinePhonePro has 6 cores (2*A72+4*A53). This phone definitely has the CPU power for convergence [4]!

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • OpenSUSELeap 15.5 Release Matures, Sets Up Technological Transition

        The release of openSUSE’s latest 15-series version marks years of maintenance and security that began more than five years ago..

        The maturity of Leap 15.5 comes into play as new technological changes of the last five years have been introduced, such as container technologies, immutable systems, virtualization, embedded development, and other high-tech advances.

        Entrepreneurs, hobbyists, professionals and developers use Leap as a go-to Linux distribution as seen by the increase in usage from each minor release. Traversing from legacy software to more modern systems is imminent.

      • LWNopenSUSE Leap 15.5 released

        Version 15.5 of the openSUSE Leap distribution has been released. This is not intended as a feature release, but brings updated versions of many packages. The project has also announced that there will be one more 15.x release before that series ends and users have to migrate to whatever its successor will be.

      • OpenAPI 3.0.0 Specification for the Open Build Service HTTP API

        Starting today, the OpenAPI Specification presented through Swagger UI becomes the official API documentation for Open Build Service 🎉 Find it at https://api.opensuse.org/apidocs/ With OpenAPI we now provide an industry standard way to maintain the specification and with Swagger UI a tool that makes consuming the documentation easier for people who want to make use of the OBS API in their code. Now our journey to remake the API documentation has come to an end,…

      • SUSE’s Corporate BlogDigital Provenance Product Chronicle Arrives in SUSE Rancher Marketplace

        SUSE guest blog authored by: Csilla Zsigri, Chief Strategy Officer at BTP & Digital provenance is a force for good as it can bring trust and transparency to a wide range of markets.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • The Register UKSpend to save? [Ed: So The Register is not funded by a company it's supposed to be covering. Out goes unbiased coverage.]

        Sponsored by Red Hat.

      • Weekly status of Packit Team: June 2023

        Week 22 (May 30th – June 5th) # Packit will now filter the pull requests based on the target branch if the branch is specified in the particular job configuration. (packit-service#2074) Packit now supports manual_trigger in the configuration that allows you to make jobs run only when explicitly triggered by a comment. (packit-service#2069)

      • Filipe Rosset: Fedora rawhide – fixed bugs 2023/05
      • Remi ColletRemi Collet: PHP 8.3 as Software Collection

        Version alpha1 is planned to be released this week. It’s still in development and will enter soon in the stabilization phase for the developers, and the test phase for the users.

        RPM of this upcoming version of PHP 8.3, are available in remi repository for Fedora 37, 38 and Enterprise Linux 7, 8, 9 (RHEL, CentOS, Alma, Rocky…) in a fresh new Software Collection (php83) allowing its installation beside the system version.

        As I (still) strongly believe in SCL potential to provide a simple way to allow installation of various versions simultaneously, and as I think it is useful to offer this feature to allow developers to test their applications, to allow sysadmin to prepare a migration or simply to use this version for some specific application, I decide to create this new SCL.

        I also plan to propose this new version as a Fedora 40 change (as F39 should be released a few weeks before PHP 8.3.0).

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: Flock 2023 CfP open now until 20 June

        Flock to Fedora returns in-person again after four years. This year is in Cork, Ireland from 2-4 August 2023. The CfP is open now. Will we see you there? This article introduces the new Flock CfP system and how to submit your proposal as a presenter this year.

        Apply now for the Flock 2023 Call for Proposals (CfP) at cfp.fedoraproject.org. This year, Flock is using a new CfP system. If you have ever submitted a proposal for a DevConf event, it will feel familiar. The deadline to submit is by Tuesday, June 20th, 2023.

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: Community Blog monthly summary: May 2023

        This is the latest in our monthly series summarizing the past month on the Community Blog. Please leave a comment below to let us know what you think.

    • Debian Family

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • Linux MagazineLinux Mint Finally Receiving Support for Gestures

        If you use the Linux Mint Cinnamon desktop, you’ll be thrilled to know that 21.2 is getting support for gestures on touchscreen devices and touchpads.

      • The Register UKOh Snap… Desktop Ubuntu Core to arrive in 2024

        Initially leaked in a forum comment, it has been confirmed in a blog post: Canonical will soon snappily jump aboard the immutable distro bandwagon.

        Lead Snap developer Oliver Grawert casually dropped the announcement in a comment in a story on the popular OMG Ubuntu site, but the news was confirmed the very next day in a lengthy and very detailed blog post by Ubuntu desktop product manager Oliver Smith. As of the next LTS release, which will appear next April, numbered as version 24.04, the standard Ubuntu desktop distro will be joined by a new immutable desktop version, based on the existing Ubuntu Core immutable distribution.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Linux GizmosGEEKOM launches AS 6 and AS 5 AMD-based mini-PCs

        The company GEEKOM launched today two mini-PCs built around the Ryzen 9 and Ryzen 7 AMD processors. The AS 6 supports DDR5 memory, 8K video output, up to 2TB of storage and multiple I/O ports. The product page states that these new products were co-developed with ASUS.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

      • Silicon AngleImply Data gives Apache Druid schema auto-discover capability
      • Silicon AngleOn theCUBE Pod: The MongoDB stock explosion and the continued AI debate
      • PostgreSQLpgAdmin 4 v7.3 Released

        The pgAdmin Development Team is pleased to announce pgAdmin 4 version 7.3. This release of pgAdmin 4 includes 5 bug fixes and new features. For more details please see the release notes.

        • Ensure that SSH Tunnel should work properly after upgrading to 7.2 from 7.1.
        • Ensure that the master password dialog should not be visible if the parameter MASTER_PASSWORD_REQUIRED is set to False.
        • Fixed an issue where Foreign Key with 3 or more columns are shown in the wrong order in SQL and Properties.
        • Fix an issue where editing a database object de-selects it on the browser tree.
        • Fixed an issue where pgadmin is unable to take the defined role.
    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

    • Programming/Development

      • RlangHow to improve your storytelling with R

        Your success as a Data Scientist isn’t because of your coding skills. Your success is determined by how well you can persuade decision-makers to take action. And that’s a powerful skill that I’m going to help you with today: It’s called Storytelling.

      • RlangSimplifying Data Transformation with pivot_longer() in R’s tidyr Library

        In the world of data analysis and manipulation, tidying and reshaping data is often an essential step. R’s tidyr library provides powerful tools to efficiently transform and reshape data. One such function is pivot_longer().

      • RlangMeeting the Stars of the R-Universe: PEcAn, an Open Source Project to Take Care of the Planet

        A new post of our interview series “Meeting the stars of the R-universe”. We aim to introduce the teams and people behind the development of software and packages many of us use and which are available through the R-Universe.

      • RlangThree useful (to me) R patterns

        I’m happy to report that I thought “oh but I know a better way to write that code!” a few times lately when reading old scripts of mine, or scripts by others.

      • Peter Hutterer: snegg – Python bindings for libei

        After what was basically a flurry of typing, the snegg Python bindings for libei are now available. This is a Python package that provides bindings to the libei/libeis/liboeffis C libraries with a little bit of API improvement to make it not completely terrible. The main goal of these bindings (at least for now) is to provide some quick and easy way to experiment with what could possibly be done using libei – both server-side and client-side. [1] The examples directory has a minimal EI client (with portal support via liboeffis) and a minimal EIS implementation. The bindings are still quite rough and the API is nowhere near stable.

      • Medevel18 Open-source and Free Next.js Full-stack Starters For Enterprise and Startups

        What is Next.js?

        Next.js is an open-source React-based framework used for building server-side rendering (SSR) web applications. It provides an efficient and easy-to-use environment for developing web applications with minimal setup and configuration.

      • LWNJulia 1.9 brings more speed and convenience

        Version 1.9 of Julia, which is an open-source programming language popular in scientific computing, was released in early May. There are a number of interesting new features this time around, including more work addressing the startup-time complaints and a number of improvements to the package system. Beyond that, there are a few interesting features from the Julia 1.8 release to catch up on.

        Julia is a general-purpose programming language which is just-in-time (JIT) compiled by the LLVM compiler. Since its public release in 2012, it has rapidly been adopted for scientific research, due to execution speed similar to Fortran combined with the convenience of REPL-based development. Julia has an expressive syntax as well as a high degree of composability of library code.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Digital Music NewsAmerican Car Companies Push Back on Proposed AM Radio Requirements

        Lobbyists in the U.S. auto industry are pushing back on lawmakers over proposed AM radio requirements in new vehicles. After bipartisan lawmakers introduced a bill requiring automakers to retain AM radio functionality in their 2024 model year vehicles, the lobbyist group Alliance for Automotive Innovation (AIA) is pushing back, arguing that the functionality is unnecessary.

  • Leftovers

Gemini Links 08/06/2023: Emacs and Thoughts on Bubble

Posted in News Roundup at 12:00 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal/Opinions

      • The Garden

        I awake from my daily prayer sitting in my garden, the sun hitting my skin and covering me with its radiant warmth before it is pushed away by a passing breeze.

        The finches chirp overhead before the greedy jay bird chases them off, wanting all the riches of my feeder to herself. I tend to my plants, filling their cups until they can drink no more, plucking any sickly leaves, and ensuring their health.

      • 5k in 29:30 (wohoo!)

        today marks the first time i completed a 5k run without stopping. not just that, but even in suboptimal conditions, i managed to get a time below my target of 30 minutes. the sun had been blasting the soil for a couple weeks. we were only a couple degrees away from what i’d call proper summer weather. two days ago, it started raining and it hasn’t quite stopped. there’s a couple of hours of rain, broken by a couple hours of sunlight, rinse and repeat. so what we’re left with at the moment is a very humid heat which is, arguably, the worst kind of heat. i was sweating during my warmup at home and i was already thinking that i’d be happy hitting my 3k target at the very least.

    • Science

      • “Schöner Thrombus”

        Blood clots… some patients know about them, and have a sense that blood clots can mean trouble. On the other hand healthcare workers, especially those dealing with acute illness, are on average positively horrified by this entity.

        There are arterial and venous clots. The former is something like what happens with many types of heart attacks and strokes, but can also travel to and block arterial blood flow in the kidneys, spleen, other organs, or the arms and legs. I will leave those for other discussions and the pertinent specialists (cardiologists, neurologists, vascular surgeons…).

    • Technology and Free Software

      • Imitation

        Imitation is a common way to learn. An urge could be good, or bad. The experience could be educational, or might land you a job. Or it could go down the barren rabbit hole, again. One way to defuse fad following is to toss the task onto a TODO list and let the subconscious chew on it. If it’s still interesting after a while, or has been reinforced by something else, then give it a spin. You may also need to free up a block of time for dedicated study: no internet, no distractions. Or it could end up being deleted off the TODO list after a while.

      • Emacs: Bookmarks in Registers

        This sounds like just what you need. However, the problem with these is that if the buffer in-question changes, then running register-to-point will not take you where you want to go. E.g., if you run point-to-register inside an *info* buffer, and then move the buffer to some other info page, then this will not take you back to the original info page.

        Of course, you can just use a regular bookmark instead, but then you must name the bookmark, and then the bookmark clutters up your list of bookmarks. What I want is to be able to store an anonymous bookmark in a register, which is handy if you only need a bookmark for a little while.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Thoughts on Bubble

          So I’ve been away from geminispace for a while, only really using it to check the weather on my phone. I was busy with Game Boy Showdown (I placed roughly middle of the pack, but I’m just glad I finished a thing), and there’s always work (ugh), and the last couple of weeks I somehow talked myself into doing savage raiding in FFXIV (not sure if this was a mistake).

          But I have seen some chatter about Bubble, which looks like a neat project. The only complaint I have about it is that geminispace.org is way too similar a URL to geminispace.info.

          I get the concerns about centralization, but it would be really cool if multiple people ran their own Bubble instances for different interests. The Reddit-esque format is good for writing prompts, for example.

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


Links 07/06/2023: Reddit Layoffs and OpenGL 3.1 in Asahi Linux

Posted in News Roundup at 11:02 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • mintCast PodcastmintCast 413.5 – Git Some!

        In our innards, talk all things Git

        In “Check This Out” Londoner shared a cool tool for generating secure passwords; Joe sheres a couple links for getting started with Git
        No feedback this episode. Get in touch with us!

    • Graphics Stack

      • DebugPointOpenGL 3.1 is Now Available in Asahi Linux, Boosting Graphics Performance

        The Asahi Linux team has unveiled an exciting upgrade for Asahi Linux systems: the highly anticipated OpenGL 3.1 support. This leap in graphics drivers surpasses the previous OpenGL 2.1 and OpenGL 3.0 versions, significantly boosting gaming experiences and overall application functionality. Additionally, the team has announced the elevation of OpenGL ES 2.0 support to OpenGL ES 3.0, opening doors to a whole new level of possibilities.

      • Alyssa RosenzweigAlyssa Rosenzweig: OpenGL 3.1 on Asahi Linux

        Upgrade your Asahi Linux systems, because your graphics drivers are getting a big boost: leapfrogging from OpenGL 2.1 over OpenGL 3.0 up to OpenGL 3.1! Similarly, the OpenGL ES 2.0 support is bumping up to OpenGL ES 3.0. That means more playable games and more functioning applications.

        Back in December, I teased an early screenshot of SuperTuxKart’s deferred renderer working on Asahi, using OpenGL ES 3.0 features like multiple render targets and instancing. Now you too can enjoy SuperTuxKart with advanced lighting the way it’s meant to be:

        [SuperTuxKart rendering with advanced lighting]

        As before, these drivers are experimental and not yet conformant to the OpenGL or OpenGL ES specifications. For now, you’ll need to run our -edge packages to opt-in to the work-in-progress drivers, understanding that there may be bugs. Please refer to our previous post explaining how to install the drivers and how to report bugs to help us improve.

        With that disclaimer out of the way, there’s a LOT of new functionality packed into OpenGL 3.0, 3.1, and OpenGL ES 3.0 to make this release. Highlights include: [...]

    • Applications

      • Linux LinksMachine Learning in Linux: BackgroundRemover – remove backgrounds from images and video

        Our Machine Learning in Linux series focuses on apps that make it easy to experiment with machine learning.

        BackgroundRemover is a command line tool to remove the background from images and videos using AI. The AI is performed courtesy of U2Net, a machine learning model that allows you to crop objects in a single shot. Taking an image of a person, cat, etc. as input, it can compute an alpha value to separate the background from the panoramic view.

        U2Net is a neural network based on a two-level nested architecture. This offers two main advantages: the ability to capture information at different levels of scale and the ability to go deeper without increasing the computational cost too much. U2-Net’s authors aim to design a new neural network for salient object-detection that can be trained from scratch.

        BackgroundRemover is written in Python and published under an open source license.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Linux HandbookSystem Calls in Linux

        System calls are slightly different from what it suggests from its naming schema.

      • OSTechNixHow To Dual Boot Fedora And Windows

        In this guide, we will explore the process of installing and configuring a dual boot setup with Fedora and Windows. We will cover the necessary steps to prepare your computer, partition the hard drive, install Fedora alongside Windows, and frequently asked questions about Dual booting Fedora with Windows.

      • TecMint8 Best IP Address Management Tools for Linux Network

        If you are a network administrator, you surely know, how important it is to keep track of the leased IP addresses within your network and easily manage those addresses.

        For short the IP address management process is called IPAM. It is crucial to have a management tool to help you track allocation and classify your IP addresses, which can help you avoid network conflicts and outages.

      • TecMint19 Best Linux Bandwidth Monitoring Tools for Network Analysis

        Are you having problems monitoring your Linux network bandwidth usage? Do you need help? It’s important that you are able to visualize what is happening in your network in order to understand and resolve whatever is causing network slowness or simply to keep an eye on your network.

        In this article, we will review 19 useful bandwidth monitoring tools to analyze network usage on a Linux system. The tools listed below are all open source and can help you to answer questions such as “why is the network so slow today?”.

      • TecMintFixing “Failed to Load Module Canberra-GTK-Module” Error

        GTK, an abbreviation for GNOME Toolkit, is an open-source and feature-rich development toolkit used for creating GUI applications. It’s free and open-source and offers a rich set of UI tools for creating stunning and immersive desktop applications and UI elements for desktop environments and window managers. With GTK, you can develop standalone desktop apps to complete application suites.

        If you have been running Linux for a while, you might have bumped into the “failed to load module canberra-gtk-module” error on the terminal. This occurs on Linux desktops and, as you can infer, is caused by a missing GTK module known as the canberra-gtk-module.

      • TecMint3 Ways to Find Out Which Process Listening on a Particular Port

        A port is a logical entity that represents an endpoint of communication and is associated with a given process or service in an operating system. In previous articles, we explained how to find out the list of all open ports in Linux and how to check if remote ports are reachable using the Netcat command.

        In this short guide, we will show different ways of finding the process/service listening on a particular port in Linux.

      • UNIX CopHow to install Glances on Debian 11

        In this post, you will learn how to install Glances on Debian 11. According to the tool’s website Glances is a cross-platform system monitoring tool written in Python. It allows real-time monitoring of various aspects of your system such as CPU, memory, disk, network usage etc.

      • Linux HintHow to Install Fish Shell on Linux

        Guide on how to install the Fish shell on various Linux distros and how to build and install Fish from the source along with some basic usage of the Fish shell.

    • Games

      • TechdirtBorked KOTOR 2 Switch Release Ends As It Began: A Shit Show

        Almost exactly a year ago, we discussed the train wreck release of Knights of the Old Republic 2 as a port for the Nintendo Switch. How big a screw up was this whole thing from the start? Well, if you’re not familiar with our previous post on it, we can just start with there being a bug that makes the game literally unfinishable and take it from there. Aspyr, the company that did the port, apparently didn’t do the sort of QC to uncover this itself, and instead only learned of the issue when many customers who bought the game got very angry on social media some two weeks after the game was released for purchase.

      • GamingOnLinuxTransform creatures into tools in puzzle-platformer Transmogrify now with Linux support

        Released originally back in April, Transmogrify is a puzzle-platformer where you play as Chris — a janitor stranded at Future Perfect Labs where strange and deadly specimens have breached containment and overrun the facility. To help you get through it, you have access to the experimental Transmogrify device, which allows you to transform living creatures into tools and structures to get through various puzzles and platforming and hopefully escape the lab.

      • GamingOnLinuxClaim a free copy of Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs on GOG

        To celebrate the release of the new Amnesia: The Bunker, GOG are giving away free copies of Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs.  All you need to do to claim it is be logged into GOG, scroll down a bit on the homepage and you’ll see the giveaway banner to add it to your library.

      • GamingOnLinuxProton Experimental fixes up Halo MCC, Ubisoft Connect, Creativerse

        Valve has released an update to Proton Experimental, bringing with it a few nice fixes for issues in various games so here’s a run over what’s changed.

      • GamingOnLinuxAmnesia: The Bunker is stressful horror done the right way

        Amnesia: The Bunker is the latest in a series of horror games from Frictional Games, one that feels a lot like Alien: Isolation with a WW1 theme. Definitely not a game for the faint of heart — like me. Wow, this was a stressful game to play. Note: key provided by Evolve.

      • GamingOnLinuxHumble Choice for June 2023 has Ghostwire: Tokyo and Remnant: From the Ashes

        Need even more games to fill up your Summer with? Humble Choice for June 2023 is out now with some fresh games and here’s a run over what to expect on Steam Deck and desktop Linux.

      • GamingOnLinuxA fully transparent Steam Deck mod is on the way

        We’ve had transparent backplates for the Steam Deck for a while now but what about the front? Well, they’re on the way from two different companies.

      • GamingOnLinuxDead Cells hits over 10 million sales

        Something that not many indie titles are able to do, Dead Cells has now managed to hit over 10 million sales and still going strong. This news was shared in a press release yesterday June 5th, via Tinsley PR.

      • GamingOnLinuxSandtrix is Tetris with sand – delightful, free and renamed after a DMCA

        Have a few minutes to kill here and there? Sandtrix could be what you need. It’s free, has a Linux version and got the attention of Tetris Holding, LLC under the previous name Setris so it got a DMCA takedown but now it’s back. But for how long?

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • 9to5LinuxpostmarketOS 23.06 Arrives for Linux Phones and Tablets with GNOME Mobile

          Based on the latest Alpine Linux 3.18 operating system, postmarketOS 23.06 is here as the first-ever version to ship the GNOME Shell UI (GNOME Mobile) graphical interface for supported phones and tablets. GNOME Shell on Mobile 44 is included in this release, which comes with a much-improved GNOME Software package manager.

          KDE Plasma Mobile 5.27.5, GNOME-based Phosh 0.27, and Sxmo 1.14.0 are among other graphical interfaces that are included by default and supported in the postmarketOS 23.06 release. Notable here is the fact that the Phosh 0.27 interface now comes with the Evince document viewer by default.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • BSD

      • KlaraLinux vs. FreeBSD: FreeBSD or Linux – A Choice Without OS Wars

        In the world of operating systems, there are always loud voices complaining about one operating system or another, its lack of relevance, or wrong approach to a certain problem. Throughout the development of FreeBSD as an operating system there have been triumphs and setbacks, but ultimately both Linux and FreeBSD have evolved to be stable operating systems with very different philosophies and approach to start-up, set-up and usability. When choosing an operating system, it is important to consider the best tool for the job, rather than just what is most popular.

      • Data SwampOpenKuBSD design document

        I got an idea today (while taking a shower…) about _partially_ reusing Qubes OS design of using VMs to separate contexts and programs, but doing so on OpenBSD.

        To make explanations CLEAR, I won’t reimplement Qubes OS entirely on OpenBSD. Qubes OS is an interesting operating system with a very strong focus on security (from a very practical point of view ), but it’s in my opinion overkill for most users, and hence not always practical or usable.

        In the meantime, I think the core design could be reused and made it easy for users, like we are used to do in OpenBSD.

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • 9to5LinuxopenSUSE Leap 15.5 Releases with KDE Plasma 5.27 LTS, Xfce 4.18, and More

        openSUSE Leap 15.5 is here exactly one year after openSUSE Leap 15.4 and it’s built on top of binary packages from the SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP5 operating system. It’s powered by the same Linux 5.14 kernel as Leap 15.4 but with added drivers for better hardware support.

        openSUSE Project compares the Linux 5.14 kernel included in openSUSE Leap 15.5 with the upstream Linux 6.0 kernel series saying that the biggest changes are in the area of GPU drivers, supporting new graphics cards like AMD Radeon RX 7600, AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT/XTX, Intel ARC A380, Intel Arc A750, and Intel Arc A770.

      • OpenSUSEProject Announces Plans for Another Minor Leap 15 Release

        We’d like to announce that the openSUSE Release team plans to work on openSUSE Leap 15.6.

        openSUSE Leap 15.6 is expected to be released in early June 2024 and would reach its end of life by the end of the year 2025.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • The Register UKRed Hat to stop packaging LibreOffice for RHEL

        Red Hat is to stop packaging a native version of the LibreOffice suite for its enterprise Linux distro.

        According to a post on the Fedora Development mailing list, the official RPM packages for LibreOffice in RHEL have been orphaned — in other words, they no longer have an official maintainer. The official stated reason is that the company is switching manpower to fixing more critical issues, such as support for high dynamic range displays, and that uses of the RHEL workstation distro who need LibreOffice can install the Flatpak version instead.

        This doesn’t seem to be a direct result of the well publicised Red Hat layoffs back in April, which resulted in calls to unionize. The proximate cause seems to be that the Hatter who was the product’s lead maintainer, Caolán McNamara, has quit and gone to work for Collabora, the primary company behind the ongoing development of the FOSS office suite.

      • Red Hat OfficialSupply chain challenges: Handling returns

        Evolving customer expectations have forced retailers to figure out how to better manage the ripple effects that the pandemic, increased online shopping and supply chain disruptions have created— including handling customer returns. On the surface, returns may seem like a fairly straightforward problem, but there are many nuances and tradeoffs to consider. 

        Customers want easy returns. For merchandise delivered to the home, the return experience can be a critical reason why consumers stick with a given retailer. Take Zappos, for example, their generous return policy for shoes—an item that’s tricky to buy without trying on—was one important ingredient in their early success.

      • Red Hat OfficialSecuring D-Bus based connections with mTLS and double proxy

        When we started the discussions on the requirements that led to the development of Hirte (introduced by Pierre-Yves Chibon and Daniel Walsh in their blog post), we explored using systemctl with its –host parameter to manage systemd units on remote machines. However, this capability requires a secure shell (SSH) connection between the nodes, and SSH is too large of a tunnel.

        Instead, Hirte was created using transmission control protocol (TCP) based manager-client communication between the machines. Since Hirte manages systemd units, it uses the D-Bus protocol and the sd-bus application programming interface (API), not only between hirte-agent and systemd, but also between hirte-manager and hirte-agent.

      • Red Hat OfficialGetting to know Penny Philpot, Vice President, EMEA Partner Ecosystems, Red Hat

        Red Hat is delighted to welcome Penny Philpot as Vice President of the EMEA Partner Ecosystem. In this role, Penny will be responsible for Red Hat’s partner ecosystem business in EMEA, driving an ecosystem-first mindset and continuing to expand Red Hat’s footprint across the region through valued partners. 

        We caught up with Penny to find out more about her impressive career, why she chose Red Hat and her open approach to leadership.

      • Red Hat OfficialEnd of maintenance for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is almost here

        It’s time to prepare for the end of maintenance support.

        It’s been almost ten years since the launch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7, and its maintenance support phase will come to an end in June 2024.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • Own HowToHow to Install Kubuntu 23.04

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to install kubuntu.

        Kubuntu is basically Ubuntu, but instead of Gnome desktop environment, Kubuntu uses KDE Plasma as desktop environment. Even though both systems are the same, the desktop environments are different and each has its own pros and cons.

      • UbuntuMeet Canonical at SmartNICs Summit 2023

        SmartNICs, the programmable network adapters that make data centre networking, security and storage efficient, scalable and modular, have started to play a significant role in the industry.

        Join Canonical at the second SmartNICs Summit in San Jose, California from June 13-15  to connect with engineers and managers who are interested in this field. 

      • UbuntuUbuntu Blog: How telco companies can reduce 5G infrastructure costs with open source

        5G has the potential to revolutionise the telecommunications industry, offering high speed and connectivity for a wide range of devices ranging from radio access networks (RAN), user equipment (UE), and core networks. However, the high costs associated with 5G infrastructure have been a significant blocker for adoption, hindering innovation and growth in this area. 

        This blog discusses the primary challenges faced in the telecom industry and how open source technologies are helping to resolve them. 

    • Devices/Embedded

      • HackadayA Lightweight Smart Home Server

        Working towards automating a few things in a home often seems simple on the surface, but it’s easy for these projects to snowball into dozens of sensors and various servos, switches, and cameras strewn about one’s living space. The same sort of feature creep sneaks into some of the more popular self-hosted home server platforms as well, with things like openHAB requiring so much computing power that they barely function on something like a Raspberry Pi. [Paulo] thought there should be a more lightweight way of tackling a project like this, and set about building his own smart home server with help from some interesting software.


        From here the major hurdle is that using the default software from these devices is fairly limiting, so [Paulo] reached for a Raspbee 2 Zigbee gateway for use with a Raspberry Pi and an extremely lightweight and customizable web server called Mako to make this happen. Using Lua as the high-level language to tie everything together he was able to easily deploy the server to control the Ikea hub and devices and automate them in any way he sees fit.

      • HackadayHackaday Prize 2023: Bluetooth Spell To Speak

        Have you ever known what you wanted to say but couldn’t figure out exactly how to say it? For some individuals, that’s all the time. The gap between intention and action can be a massive chasm. [Pedro Martin] is trying to help bridge that gap with a Bluetooth RPM letterboard.

      • HackadayRetroPie, Without The Pi

        With most of these devices, a Linux environment is included running on top of an ARM platform. If that sounds similar to the Raspberry Pi, it turns out that a lot of these old Android TV sets are quite capable of doing almost everything that a Raspberry Pi can do, with the major exception of GPIO. That’s exactly what [Timax] is doing here, but he notes that one of the major hurdles is the vast variety of hardware configurations found on these devices. Essentially you’d have to order one and hope that you can find all the drivers and software to get into a usable Linux environment. But if you get lucky, these devices can be more powerful than a Pi and also be found for a much lower price.

      • Raspberry PiOnlyTrains: for fans of trains, and only trains

        Jonathan M created Trainbot with a Raspberry Pi Camera. It watches a stretch of train track outside his home, detects trains, and stitches together images of them.

        Everyone else at Pi Towers said their favourite thing about the project is the Wes Anderson-esque aesthetic of the screen recording above. My favourite thing is that the tab for the train watching website says “Onlytrains”, because I am easily amused.

    • Arduino

      • ArduinoDIY marble solitaire board helps you solve the puzzle

        Solitaire is any tabletop game that can be played by just one person, and it can take the form of cards, pegs, memory, and in this case, marbles. As Mark Donners discusses in his element14 Presents video, marble solitaire is made of 33 individual divots and a total of 32 marbles that populate each one except the center with the goal of capturing every marble until the last one lands in the middle. Due to the pattern being somewhat difficult to memorize, Donners constructed a custom board that uses an Arduino Nano and LEDs to light the way.

      • ArduinoThis beer pong-playing robot uses sophisticated math to sink shots

        Beer pong is a classic party game involving skill, persistence, and alcohol tolerance. Participating in friendly games of beer pong is a great way to socialize with peers, but what if you aren’t very good at tossing ping pong balls into red Solo cups?

      • Linux GizmosThe Epi 32U4 is a miniature board compatible with Arduino

        Crowdsupply launched last month a tiny embedded board powered by an ATmega32 microcontroller. This open-source device features an USB Type-C port and it provides up to 23x IOs with support for serial protocols as I2C, SPI, etc.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • MedevelLibre: Open-source Manufacturing Execution and Performance monitoring Solution

      Libre is an open-source manufacturing execution and performance monitoring tool that allows you to define your master data, push your machine metrics, and start collecting and analyzing your manufacturing data to improve your operations.

    • OpenSource.comNew developments at Opensource.com

      You may have noticed that it’s been quiet here on Opensource.com lately. That’s because there’s a new project in the works, and while there aren’t many specific details to announce yet, there’s plenty to talk about. What better way to start than with the entire internet?

  • Leftovers

    • Science

    • Education

    • Hardware

      • CNX SoftwareUP Squared i12 is a compact Alder Lake-P single board computer

        AAEON’s UP Squared i12 is a single board computer with the same dimensions as the UP Squared (Apollo Lake) and UP Squared V2 (Elkhart Lake) boards, and mostly the same ports layout, but powered by a more powerful 12th generation Intel Alder Lake-P processor from a Celeron 7305E up to an Intel Core i7-1270PE.

      • HackadayBillion Year Clock Is LEGO Genius Or Madness

        If you are a fan of LEGO bricks or Rube Goldberg, you should have a look at [Brick Technology’s] billion-year LEGO clock. Obviously, it hasn’t been tested for a billion years, and we wonder if ABS would last that long, but the video below is still worth watching.

      • HackadayOp Amp Contest: This Lighthouse Sculpture Flickers In The Rhythm Of Chaos

        Op amps are typically used to build signal processing circuits like amplifiers, integrators and oscillators. Their functionality can be described by mathematical formulas that have a single, well-defined solution. However, not every circuit is so well-behaved, as Leon Chua famously showed in the early 1980s: if you make a circuit with three reactive elements and a non-linear component, the resulting oscillation will be chaotic. Every cycle of the output will be slightly different from its predecessors, and the circuit might flip back and forth between different frequencies.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • The Straits TimesBeyond sushi: Japan expands vegan options to tempt tourists

        Japan is on a mission to show its renowned gastronomy is not off-limits to those who do not eat meat.

      • LatviaAgriculture Ministry plans supermarket closures on Sundays

        To stop the rise in food prices, one of the action plans prepared by the Agriculture Ministry is the closure of supermarkets on Sundays. This will encourage more low-price fights on working days and the opportunity on Sunddays for small businesses to earn, Latvian Radio and Latvian Television reported on June 6.

      • LatviaAgriculture Minister: no reason to declare dairy sector emergency

        Minister of Agriculture Didzis Šmits (United List) does not see a reason for announcing a state of emergency in the dairy sector, as farmers have requested, but hopes for additional European Union (EU) support for the sector, as well as plans a special program for restructuring dairy farmers’ activities to other agricultural sectors, LSM reports on June 6.

      • France24‘The air is unbreathable’: Congolese living near a foundry say they are being poisoned

        For weeks now, Cyrille Traoré Nbembi has been filming video after video of the black smoke coming out of an old foundry and factory located just a few metres from his home in Vindoulou, an area on the outskirts of Pointe-Noire, in Congo. As his family and neighbours continue to suffer health problems, Nbembi reached out to the FRANCE 24 Observers team – and is calling on the government to take action

      • France24Continuing wildfires in Canada prompt air quality warnings in northeastern US

        Intense Canadian wildfires are blanketing the northeastern U.S. in a dystopian haze, turning the air acrid, the sky yellowish gray and prompting warnings for vulnerable populations to stay inside.

      • Hong Kong Free Press‘Phenomenon’ behind organ donor withdrawals similar to 2019 ‘black riots,’ says Hong Kong’s John Lee

        Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee has likened the “phenomenon” behind the recent uptick in withdrawals from the city’s organ donation registry to the “black riots” in 2019, after four people were arrested over suspicious cancellations.

      • Las Vegas Won’t Save the Water It Needs by Just Removing Lawns

        Drought-plagued Nevada pledged to do away with 3,900 acres of grass in the Las Vegas area within six years, but a ProPublica analysis found that the state grossly overestimated how much of that grass would likely be removed.

      • The AtlanticSterilizing Cats, No Surgery Required

        A single shot might someday replace spaying as a tool for cat-population control.

      • Science AlertThis Common Artificial Sweetener Can Break Down DNA, Scientists Warn

        The artificial sweetener sucralose (marketed as Splenda) is widely used and found in products like diet soda and chewing gum. According to a new study, it’s also capable of damaging the DNA material inside our cells.

        As DNA holds the genetic code controlling how our bodies grow and are maintained, that’s a serious problem that could lead to multiple health issues.

      • Science AlertThese Companies Kept Silent About ‘Forever Chemicals’ For Decades

        We never knew.

      • Defence WebFunding shortfall means military health patients face complications and possibly death

        A presentation by the Director: Military Health Planning of the SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) left Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) under no illusions about the poor health of the national defence force’s healthcare facilities

      • [Repeat] RFAGrieving mother who lost son kills herself after cyberbullying, official warnings

        A Chinese woman killed herself in late May after her first-grade son was fatally struck by a teacher’s car on school property, sparking outrage among residents and netizens who blamed cyberbullying and government pressure for her death.

        The specific reason for her death remains unclear, but in a video recorded before she died, the woman, surnamed Yang, said that national security officers had told her to keep quiet about her son’s death.

      • The Register UKUS govt now bans TikTok from contractors’ work gear

        The US federal government’s ban on TikTok has been extended to include devices used by its many contractors – even those that are privately owned. The bottom line: if some electronics are used for government work, it better not have any ByteDance bits on it.

        The interim rule was jointly issued by NASA, the Department of Defense and the General Services Administration, which handles contracting for US federal agencies. The change amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation to prohibit TikTok, any successor application, or any software produced by TikTok’s Beijing-based parent ByteDance from being present on contractor devices.

      • Return of the revenge of “vaccines permanently alter your DNA”

        Last week, I discovered a new antivax scientist named Kevin McKernan, whose message had been recently amplified by long time quack tycoon Joe Mercola. At the time, his false claim was that SV40 promoter sequences in plasmid DNA contaminating the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines were somehow putting people at risk for cancer. In my deconstruction, I pointed out that this claim was an even more ridiculous variation on an old antivax claim that oral polio vaccines from the late 1950s to 1963 that had been discovered to be contaminated with SV40 virus were responsible for a wave of cancer. They weren’t, but this antivax claim keeps coming back from the grave (going back a decade, at least), ready to party. This time is no different, except that the claim is even more ridiculous than the movie from which I adapted that tagline to describe it. Why? Because it’s almost as though McKernan, his background in microbiology and (apparently) genomics, either does not know the difference between a promoter sequence and an actual gene or, more likely, knows the difference but knows that his audience doesn’t know the difference but is aware of the polio vaccine/SV40 story.(Take your pick.)

      • HackadayReverse Engineering A Better Night’s Sleep

        All you want is a decent night’s sleep, so you decide to invest in one of those fancy adjustable beds. At first, it’s fine — being able to adjust the mattress to your needs on the fly is a joy, and yet…something isn’t quite right. Something nags at you every night, thwarting your slumber and turning your dreams of peaceful sleep into a nightmare once you realize your bed has locked you into a vertically integrated software ecosystem from which there’s no escape.

    • Proprietary

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • AntiWarIt Was All in Vain: Edward Snowden’s Sacrifice 10 Years On

          This week marks the 10th anniversary of the first story featuring National Security Agency (NSA) contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden’s initial revelation: the role of Verizon in aiding NSA’s telephone metadata mass surveillance program.

        • Vice Media Group‘Night Fury’: Documents Detail DHS Project to Give ‘Risk Scores’ to Social Media Users

          Internal DHS documents reviewed by Motherboard provide more detail on a DHS plan to monitor social media for content related to terrorists, the illegal opioid trade, and foreign interference bots.

        • The Register UKMicrosoft cops $20M slap on the wrist for mishandling kids’ Xbox data: Pocket change, in other words

          Microsoft is being fined $20 million by the US Federal Trade Commission for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by illegally gathering kids’ personal information and retaining it without parental consent.

          Along with paying the rather small fine (slightly more than a tenth of a percent of Microsoft’s most recent quarterly profit), the FTC is also requiring the company to update its account creation process for children to prevent collection and storage of data, and extend those responsibilities to third-party publishers that Microsoft shares such data with.

        • The Register UKPolice use of PayPal records under fire after raid on ‘Cop City’ protest fund trio

          This evidence, according to Patterson’s arrest warrant [PDF], included reimbursements from the Network for Strong Communities, a state-registered nonprofit, for expenses including “gasoline, forest clean-up, totes, COVID rapid tests, media, yard signs and other miscellaneous expenses.” These expenses totaled nearly $7,000 over about two years.

          The police somehow obtained and used PayPal records as evidence of those reimbursements. The cops suspect charitable donations to the Network for Strong Communities were passed to Kautz et al, who then used the cash, as board members of the Atlanta Solidarity Fund, to support those protesting against Cop City. Those protesters included the Defend the Atlanta Forest group, which Homeland Security considers violent domestic extremists, according to the police.

        • Scheerpost‘The Whole World Is Watching’: Atlanta City Council Approves Cop City Funding

          “We’re here pleading our case to a government that has been unresponsive, if not hostile, to an unprecedented movement in our City Council’s history,” one opponent of the police training facility said.

        • Democracy NowCop City: Atlanta City Council OKs $67M for Facility Despite Mass Protests & Armed Raid on Bail Fund

          Residents in Atlanta shattered the record for turnout at a city council meeting Monday, as thousands lined up to voice their opposition to the construction of a massive police training facility known as Cop City. Ultimately, the Atlanta City Council voted 11-4 to approve $30 million in additional funding for the project, bringing the total to $67 million — more than double the original estimate. The contentious vote comes after a SWAT team raided the Atlanta Solidarity Fund last Wednesday and arrested three people who had been raising money to bail out protesters opposed to Cop City, charging them with money laundering and charity fraud. Forty-two protesters still face charges including domestic terrorism for opposing Cop City, and activists continue to demand answers over the fatal police shooting of environmental activist Manuel “Tortuguita” Terán in January. For more on Cop City, we speak with Reverend James Woodall from the Southern Center for Human Rights, who spoke at the City Council meeting, as well as Atlanta Solidarity Fund organizer Marlon Kautz, one of the three people arrested in last week’s SWAT raid. Kautz says the charges are “malicious political prosecutions” with the intent to “suppress a political movement.”

        • The NationAtlanta Is Trying to Crush the Opposition to “Cop City” by Any Means Necessary

          In the early morning of Wednesday, May 31, a heavily armed joint task force of officers from the Atlanta Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation raided the Teardown House, a long-standing community center in Edgewood—a historically Black, rapidly gentrifying neighborhood in Atlanta—that doubles as a home for community organizers.

        • OpenRightsGroupSnowden Revelations: Ten Years On

          It would take much more than a blog to outline all of what we learnt over the next year and more. Javier Ruiz, Policy Director at ORG wrote a comprehensive analysis, Collect it all, describing what specifically learnt about surveillance in the UK, which included the following: [...]

        • Michael West MediaJapan, Australia, US to fund Micronesia undersea cable

          Japan has joined the United States and Australia in signing a $US95 million ($A143 million) undersea cable project that will connect East Micronesia island nations to improve networks in the Indo-Pacific region where China is increasingly expanding its influence.

          The approximately 2250-kilometre undersea cable will connect the state of Kosrae in the Federated States of Micronesia, Tarawa in Kiribati and Nauru to the existing cable landing point located in Pohnpei in Micronesia, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

        • The NationGet Ready for AI Surveillance at the 2024 Paris Olympics

          After some initial public enchantment with artificial-intelligence (AI) technologies, people have been ringing alarm bells with increasing fervor. In Hollywood, concerns that AI will be used as a worker-replacement contraption has helped animate the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike. Katrina vanden Heuvel noted in The Nation that although AI could usher in “an era of unprecedented human health and happiness,” the bundle of technologies also “has the potential for massive economic disruption, weakened national security, and the erosion of personal privacy.” In other words, because we, the people, don’t control AI, it is in the hands of the 1 percent, and it could come to control us.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Bruce SchneierSnowden Ten Years Later

        In 2013 and 2014, I wrote extensively about new revelations regarding NSA surveillance based on the documents provided by Edward Snowden. But I had a more personal involvement as well.

        I wrote the essay below in September 2013. The New Yorker agreed to publish it, but the Guardian asked me not to. It was scared of UK law enforcement, and worried that this essay would reflect badly on it. And given that the UK police would raid its offices in July 2014, it had legitimate cause to be worried.

        Now, ten years later, I offer this as a time capsule of what those early months of Snowden were like.

      • Digital First MediaDetroit police in leaked memo: Stop leaking information to media

        The May 23 teletype, titled “Releasing Information to News Outlets Without Proper Authority,” advised that unauthorized leaks to reporters would “not be tolerated. Any member found to be engaging in this behavior will be subject to discipline up to and including termination.”

      • Deutsche WelleFact check: No, Sweden is not holding a ‘sex championship’

        A headline on the website for The Times of India, one of India’s most popular and reputable newspapers, reads that “Sweden Will Soon Host the European Sex Championship.”

        According to the report, Sweden has officially recognized sex as a sport and, to determine who’s best at it, would host a tournament in which contestants would engage in daily encounters lasting up to six hours.

        The competition was apparently scheduled to begin June 8 in the city of Gothenburg.

    • Environment

      • France24Earthquake kills several people in Haiti following deadly floods

        An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.9 struck southern Haiti early Tuesday, killing at least four people and injuring 36 others, authorities said.

      • France24Scores dead and thousands displaced after flooding, landslides in Haiti

        At least 42 people were dead and 11 missing in Haiti after heavy rains at the weekend triggered flooding and landslides, civil protection officials said Monday.

      • YLEAlleged Finnish-Estonian environmental crimes case goes to court

        An investigation by the National Bureau of Investigation in cooperation with Estonian authorities uncovered evidence that thousands of tons of waste were illegally transported between Finland and Estonia.

      • Marcy WheelerNow Fully Normalized: Sportswashing the Bonesaw with Golf

        Golf as a professional sport now has completely lost its way with the merger of PGA with LIV. Apparently blood money makes the greens greener.

      • Michael West MediaTreasurer heads to New Zealand for economic talks

        Climate action and economic development will be on the agenda as Treasurer Jim Chalmers visits New Zealand.

        Dr Chalmers heads to Wellington on Wednesday as the two countries mark 40 years of the Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement, known as the CER.

      • Michael West MediaClimate change risk added to banking watchdog’s beat

        Australia’s banking regulator will push banks, insurers and superannuation funds to properly account for climate risks under an updated charter.

        The Albanese government on Wednesday released an updated Statement of Expectations for the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA).

      • Pro PublicaClimate Crisis Has Stranded 600 Million Outside Most Livable Environment

        Climate change is remapping where humans can exist on the planet. As optimum conditions shift away from the equator and toward the poles, more than 600 million people have already been stranded outside of a crucial environmental niche that scientists say best supports life. By late this century, according to a study published last month in the journal Nature Sustainability, 3 to 6 billion people, or between a third and a half of humanity, could be trapped outside of that zone, facing extreme heat, food scarcity and higher death rates, unless emissions are sharply curtailed or mass migration is accommodated.

        The research, which adds novel detail about who will be most affected and where, suggests that climate-driven migration could easily eclipse even the largest estimates as enormous segments of the earth’s population seek safe havens. It also makes a moral case for immediate and aggressive policies to prevent such a change from occurring, in part by showing how unequal the distribution of pain will be and how great the improvements could be with even small achievements in slowing the pace of warming.

    • Finance

      • ScheerpostFor Media, Giving in to Debt Limit Blackmail Was a Triumph of Bipartisanship

        Media legitimizing the GOP’s economic hostage-taking allowed the party to stick with it without fear of massive political blowback.

      • Telex (Hungary)The Hungarian economy will have to transition to an existence without EU funding – Márton Nagy

        The price freezes will not be lifted for the time being, but why should they be, and inflation will be down to single digit figures by the end of the year, Márton Nagy, Hungarian Minister for Economic Development, told Világgazdaság in an interview evaluating his past year on the job. The paper also asked about the attraction of foreign direct investment (FDI) and whether it can replace EU funds, and the Minister for Economic Development said that it can, and is even better than EU funds.

      • Telex (Hungary)Hungary sees biggest drop in retail sales in EU

        Among EU member states, Hungary saw the biggest year-on-year decline in retail sales in April, Portfolio reports.

      • Michael West MediaContentious Australia-first rent bidding revamp shelved

        An Australia-first proposal to make rent bidding transparent has been shelved after warnings of even worse inflation were aired by tenant and landlord advocates.

        Designed to help level the playing field for tenants and assist with the costs of renting, a ban on secret rent bidding would spark legal rental auctions and further push up prices, an inquiry into the proposal heard late last week.

      • Michael West MediaLabor rejects claim wage rise to blame for rates hike

        The federal government has rejected claims the latest hike in interest rates was partially driven by its decision to back wage rises for low-paid workers.

        The Reserve Bank of Australia on Tuesday hiked the key cash interest rate to 4.1 per cent in another blow for mortgage holders.

      • New York TimesWorld Bank Projects Weak Global Growth Amid Rising Interest Rates [Ed: Growth in what? The currencies lose their value rapidly.]

        A new report projects that economic growth will slow this year and remain weak in 2024.

      • Michael West MediaInflation-beating pay rises can’t be widespread: RBA [Ed: The banksters are starving the poor]

        The wages of the lowest-paid workers should be protected from the rising cost of living but not everyone should expect a pay rise that eclipses inflation, the central bank head says.

        Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Philip Lowe has clarified his thinking about swelling pay packets and the inflationary outlook after the RBA’s interest rate decision on Tuesday.

      • Michael West MediaAustralia on ‘narrow path’ to bring down inflation: RBA

        Australia is still on track to bring inflation down without triggering a recession but this “narrow path” is littered with risks, Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Philip Lowe says. 

        Tuesday’s interest rate hike – the 12th in a particularly assertive tightening cycle – will ensure inflation comes back within its two-to-three per cent target range in a “reasonable timeframe”.

      • ScheerpostFailure of the US Monetary System and the Solution

        The debt-ceiling crisis that recently played out in Washington between budget-cutting Republicans and the further explosion of debt under the Biden administration highlights again the failure of the US monetary system to provide effective liquidity for the world’s largest economy. 

      • Michael West MediaWorld Bank lifts 2023 growth forecasts, cuts outlook

        The World Bank has raised its 2023 global growth outlook as the US, China and other major economies have proven more resilient than forecast but says higher interest rates and tighter credit will take a bigger toll on next year’s results.

        Real global GDP is set to climb 2.1 per cent this year, the World Bank said in its latest Global Economic Prospects report – up from a 1.7 per cent forecast issued in January but well below the 2022 growth rate of 3.1 per cent.

      • Michael West MediaJenny Craig to cease trading, employees made redundant

        Weight loss giant Jenny Craig will immediately cease trading from stores across Australia with employees to be made redundant after the company failed to sell its Australian and New Zealand operations of the brand.

        FTI Consulting took the reins of the weight management service’s Australian and New Zealand operations last month after they slipped into voluntary administration.

      • Michael West MediaUS debt ceiling talks rekindle feud over Ukraine funds

        The battle to raise the $US31.4 ($A47.2) trillion US debt ceiling has rekindled debate in Congress over funding for Ukraine, as House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy says he has no immediate plans to take up legislation to boost defence spending beyond what was in the deal.

        McCarthy’s comments could signal a tougher road through Congress when President Joe Biden next asks for additional funds for Ukraine. 

      • QuartzSingapore will shut down its oldest and only racecourse to build more homes

        Amid a housing crunch, Singapore’s only racecourse is being cleared to make way for more homes.

      • France24Nationwide protests against pension reform see lowest turnout since January

        A mere 300,000 people participated in demonstrations in Paris on Tuesday according to the CGT union, the lowest since protests against the government’s deeply unpopular pension reform started in January, while police put turnout at 31,000. Despite the low numbers, French unions remain determined in their fight againt raising France’s retirement age. Read our live blog to see how all the day’s events unfolded. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).

      • New York TimesFrench Pension Plan Protests Erupt Again

        After months of widespread protests failed to budge the government, opponents acknowledge that the chances of turning the tide now are slim.

      • JURISTFrance unions stage potentially last nation-wide protests against pension reforms

        French union activists and protesters once again took to the streets Tuesday to protest the controversial pension reform bill, which first sparked mass protests back in January. While tens of thousands of people still turned out to protest, the turnout—as of the time of this report—is lower than previous protests.

      • The NationCongress Is Sticking Students With the Check

        As centrist Washington rallies around the Fiscal Responsibility Act—the GOP austerity bill blessed by the Biden White House as a shining example of elegant, difference-trimming compromise—student debtors are facing a far less pleasing lesson in bipartisan lawmaking. The debt agreement abolishes the pandemic-era pause on student debt repayments—a senselessly punitive reversal that comes as the US Supreme Court is preparing to decide a right-wing challenge to President Joe Biden’s own student debt-relief plan, pledging $20,000 in debt forgiveness per borrower. It will almost certainly rule in favor of the plaintiffs seeking its overthrow. In this charged atmosphere, Biden’s mishandling of the debt crisis is a stunning repudiation of yet another bold claim that Biden has made about his egalitarian record: commitment to relieve “unsustainable debt” for college students seeking basic middle-class economic security, and to “fix a broken system” of spiraling tuition and debt for college students.

      • La Quadature Du NetFamily Branch of the French Welfare System: technology in the service of exclusion and harassment of the most vulnerable
      • Yahoo NewsReddit to Lay Off 5% of Workforce, Citing Company Restructuring

        Reddit confirmed it was laying off approximately 5% of its workforce, or 90 employees, on Tuesday — in line with most other noteworthy tech companies — to make 2023 a year of layoffs and cost-cutting measures.

        The Wall Street Journal broke the news, revealing that Reddit’s laying off employees and looking to cut down on costs in an effort to break even next year. Furthermore, the company’s previous projections of hiring 300 people by the end of 2023 have been slashed down to 100.

      • The Wall Street JournalReddit Laying Off About 90 Employees and Slowing Hiring Amid Restructuring
      • CNN’s Licht Apologizes To Newsroom, As Critics’ Dire Predictions Intensify

        “CNN is not about me,” he said, according to multiple reports based on a transcription, and inside sources. “I should not be in the news unless it’s taking arrows for you.” Licht also vowed to “fight like hell” to earn back the newsroom’s trust.

      • Android HeadlinesT-Mobile lays off almost 70% of its notable customer service team

        Several tech companies are dropping their workers like ballasts as they struggle to take on the diminishing economy. Job cuts are affecting major companies like Microsoft, Google, Meta, Etc. T-Mobile is no stranger to this as the company has dropped several hundred more employees. According to The Mobile Report, T-Mobile laid off nearly 70% of its notable T-Force customer service team.

        If you are unfamiliar with what T-Force is, it’s T-Mobile’s very notable team of customer service specialists. They were introduced back in 2018 when John Legere was the CEO. The consisted of several call centers full of waiting customer service representatives to help people with their troubles.

      • QuartzWhat happens if the SEC’s Coinbase lawsuit lands at the Supreme Court?

        The US Securities and Exchange Commission’s lawsuit against cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has the potential to significantly diminish either the crypto industry’s presence in the US, or the power of the SEC.

      • QuartzThe SEC is finally making good on its threats to rein in crypto

        The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sued the crypto company Coinbase, one day after filing a lawsuit against Binance. Nearly a year after SEC chair Gary Gensler asserted that most cryptocurrencies are, in fact, securities, the agency is finally trying to bring the crypto industry into compliance.

      • LatviaLatvia ranks low in EU for social protection spending

        New data published by Eurostat May 5 shows that Latvia is close to the bottom of the list in the European Union when it comes to social protection expenditure.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • The Straits TimesMalaysia wins appeal against partial award in $20b claim by sultan’s heirs

        The decision, which is final and binding, is a decisive victory for Malaysia, the law minister said.

      • Craig MurrayThe Framing of Jeremy Corbyn

        On Sunday I spoke alongside Jeremy Corbyn and others at a packed meeting in Oslo to discuss freedom in the modern world, with particular reference to Julian Assange and to Guantanamo. It was a truly inspirational event.

      • The NationCornel West’s Presidential Run Is Already Shaking Up the 2024 Race

        After decades of challenging the Democratic Party from within and without, professor and progressive activist Cornel West announced on Monday that he is running for president in 2024 as the candidate of the independent progressive People’s Party.

      • Telex (Hungary)The latest from Arte Weekly: A look at the lasting scars the pandemic left on the mental health of Europe’s youth, and the political gamble of Spain’s socialist party

        Spain’s socialist leader Pedro Sanchez is betting his party’s survival on voters’ desire to keep the far right out of government. Although the pandemic is officially over, it has had a lasting impact on the mental health of young people across Europe. The Afghan artist Kubra Khademi’s bold artwork of the female body explores politics, culture and the patriarchy.

      • The NationSpain’s Left Is in Turmoil—and Now It’s Facing a Huge Electoral Test

        Is Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez a political chameleon, a phoenix, or a kamikaze? This is the question running through the minds of many on the left in Spain after May 29, when, less than 12 hours after his Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) was humiliated in local and regional elections across the country, Sánchez suddenly announced that he was dissolving the parliament and calling a general election for July 23—a full five months earlier than expected.

      • The NationThe GOP Is Not Gaining Black Voters

        Increasingly, Republicans are going after Black candidates for higher office. The GOP has fielded multiple Black nominees for statewide office and encouraged South Carolina Senator Tim Scott to run for president. Although these are mainly cynical attempts to peel away some Black support from Democrats, these developments do pose a threat to the party—but not for the reason many pundits think.

      • TechdirtWelcome To Twitter, Linda Yaccarino, No One Wants To Advertise On Your Terrible Platform Any More

        On Monday of this week, new CEO Linda Yaccarino officially became CEO of Twitter. Of course, basically no one believes that she’s actually the CEO. Everyone knows that Elon Musk, who in the past has mocked the “CEO” title anyway, is still in charge. He still owns the company and is executive chairman, meaning that he can still fire Yaccarino whenever he wants. And he’s still managing the company and its products. Any honest look at what’s happening here would recognize that Yaccarino’s role is somewhere between “VP of Marketing & Advertising” and “the person we sent to meetings when Elon has pissed off someone important.” At best, she’s poised atop that glass cliff, awaiting the inevitable shove from Elon.

      • New York TimesBolsonaro to Face Trial Over Electoral Fraud Claims

        Brazil’s former president is accused of spreading false information about the nation’s election systems. A conviction would block him from office for eight years.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

        • ReasonFirst (?) Libel-by-AI (ChatGPT) Lawsuit Filed [Ed: It had to happen. Just a matter of time. Microsoft making libel and plagiarism machines, then MARKETS them as INTELLIGENT!]

          “Every statement of fact in the summary [provided by ChatGPT] pertaining to [plaintiff] Walters is false.”

        • India TimesIs it real or made by AI? Europe wants a label for that as it fights disinformation

          The European Union is pushing online platforms like Google and Meta to step up the fight against false information by adding labels to text, photos and other content generated by artificial intelligence, a top official said Monday.

          EU Commission Vice President Vera Jourova said the ability of a new generation of AI chatbots to create complex content and visuals in seconds raises “fresh challenges for the fight against disinformation.”

        • TechdirtPossible Reasons Why YouTube Has Given Up Trying To Police 2020 Election Misinfo

          Judging by the number of very angry press releases that landed in my inbox this past Friday, you’d think that YouTube had decided to personally burn down democracy. You see, that day the company announced an update to its approach to moderating election misinformation, effectively saying that it would no longer try to police most such misinformation regarding the legitimacy of the 2020 election:

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Hong Kong Free PressHong Kong pollster axes release of Tiananmen anniversary survey results, citing gov’t ‘suggestions’

        A Hong Kong pollster said it has cancelled the release of survey results on Hongkongers’ views of the Tiananmen crackdown, citing “suggestions” made by “relevant government department(s).” The findings of the annual survey, conducted by the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute (PORI), were originally scheduled to be announced on Tuesday.


        PORI published a statement hours before the slated release, saying that it was advised by “relevant government department(s)” to cancel the sharing of its June 4th Anniversary Survey Report based on a “risk assessment.”

      • Hong Kong Free PressWhy I lit a candle

        On Sunday, June 4, I went to Victoria Park to light a candle. In Poland, that’s how we commemorate the dead. That’s how we pray for the dead who lost their voice, and the living. Having made friends here during my exchange, I was made aware that Hong Kong used to have a similar tradition.


        When I entered Victoria Park, the truth is, I was scared, very scared. I thought I would be arrested, probably even deported. But if that’s what it meant – that in 24-hours I might be on the plane to the safety of home – it was a risk worth taking. My Hong Kong friends don’t have the same luxury.

        In the end, I had nothing to lose as an exchange student, but the action felt important. I wanted to show that the exchange students are aware of what Hong Kong is going through. We know. We might be foreigners, but we are not foreign to Hong Kong’s struggle.

      • [Repeat] Hong Kong Free Press‘To care, to express our sorrow’: Taiwan hosts Tiananmen crackdown remembrance vigil

        Hundreds gathered in Taiwan’s capital on Sunday to mark the 34th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown – a show of solidarity as Beijing continues to censor all trace of the 1989 incident.

        The annual vigil took place outside Taipei’s Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, with speakers including Chinese human rights lawyer Chen Jiangang, Taiwanese NGO worker Lee Ming-che, Danish artist Jens Galschiøt via video link, and ex-Tiananmen student leader Zhou Fengsuo — who spoke from New York, home to the world’s only museum about the crackdown.

      • Hong Kong Free PressGov’t seeks to ban protest song ‘Glory to Hong Kong’, including from internet

        The government is seeking a legal injunction, and interim injunction, to ban unlawful acts relating to the 2019 protest song Glory to Hong Kong, the lyrics of which contain a slogan that has been deemed a call for secession.

      • Hong Kong Free PressHong Kong police remove ‘seditious’ Tiananmen crackdown candle banner from Sai Kung shop

        The store owner Debby Chan, a former district councillor, told HKFP that a banner was hung on the gate on Sunday. The date marked the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown.

        On Monday morning, some neighbours sent her photos of several police officers outside her store before the banner was removed and a notice was put on the gate, Chan told HKFP.

      • Hong Kong Free PressHong Kong law is ‘clearly stated,’ John Lee says when asked about arrests over Tiananmen crackdown anniversary

        Hong Kong’s law is “clearly stated,” Chief Executive John Lee has said when asked to explain the reason behind a number of arrests made in relation to the Tiananmen crackdown anniversary.

      • The Register UKHong Kong tries to outlaw uploads of unofficial and anti-Beijing anthem

        The government of Hong Kong has sought an injunction to prevent performance and distribution, including online, of a song that has been mistaken for its national anthem.

        The song is titled “Glory to Hong Kong” and was composed as part of protests against the winding back of democratic freedoms in the Chinese territory.

        The ditty became popular among protestors and was widely shared – so widely shared that Google’s search engine often produces results naming it the Special Administrative Region’s (SAR) official anthem.

      • ReasonSomeone Trying to Vanish My Article About People Trying to Vanish Articles

        In 2021, I published Shenanigans (Internet Takedown Edition) in the Utah Law Review; the article is about people using various schemes—some of which included forgeries and frauds—to get material vanished from Internet search results. (You can read the Introduction below.)

        Yesterday, I saw that someone tried to use a different scheme, which I briefly mentioned in the article (pp. 300-01), to try to deindex the Utah Law Review version of my article: They sent a Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice to Google claiming that they owned the copyright in my article, and that the Utah Law Review version was an unauthorized copy of the version that I had posted on my own site: [...]

      • El PaísChina on the anniversary of Tiananmen massacre: Between oblivion and silence

        “Oblivion and silence,” sums up a European diplomatic source based in Beijing. Thirty-four years after the Tiananmen Square massacre, those two words are what best define the mood on the anniversary of the bloody repression of June 4, 1989 against peaceful protesters who had spent weeks in Tiananmen Square demanding political reforms from the Chinese government.

        For several years now there has not even been an official ceremony in Hong Kong. The island, returned by the United Kingdom to China in 1997, was for decades the only stronghold in the People’s Republic where massive vigils were organized annually in memory of the victims of the 1989 student protests. But a growing crackdown on freedoms in the former British colony, where a harsh National Security Law has been in force since 2020, has resulted in another year of forgetfulness.

      • RFAYoung overseas Chinese mark 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre

        Chinese students in Britain, the United States and elsewhere outside their homeland led vigils and rallies over the weekend marking the anniversary of the June 4, 1989, Tiananmen massacre despite threats and potential violence from agents and government supporters.

        A group of overseas students in London called the “China Deviants” staged a rally in Trafalgar Square on Sunday, displaying posters and photos of the massacre, alongside plastic tanks and other props.

        In actions that imitated the banners, headband slogans brought by the young people who once congregated in their thousands on Tiananmen Square 34 years ago, the students’ slogans also spoke eloquently to their own generation in the wake of the “white paper” protests of November 2022.

      • [Repeat] JURISTRussia bans ‘unfriendly countries’ journalists from economic gathering

        A spokesman for the Kremlin Dmitri Peskov announced on Sunday that journalists from ‘unfriendly countries’ were banned from covering St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) which is scheduled for mid June. The ban, announced just days before the event, effectively prohibits independent media organizations and critical journalists from reporting on one of Russia’s most prominent economic gatherings. No journalists from Western countries will be accredited to attend for the first time in history. Peskov stated “Yes, indeed. It was decided not to accredit media outlets from unfriendly countries to the SPIEF this time.”

      • Jacobin MagazineNarendra Modi Is Developing a New Template for Authoritarian Control of the Internet

        Many journalists have been jailed for reporting on issues that displeased Modi’s government. The Indian authorities have raided the offices of human rights organizations like Amnesty International and frozen their bank accounts, accusing them of money laundering. In February of this year, there were raids on the BBC’s local offices after the British channel broadcast a documentary that criticized Modi’s handling of the 2002 anti-Muslim violence in Gujarat when he was the state’s chief minister.

        Most of the Indian media supports Modi and has either misrepresented this crackdown or ignored it altogether. New Delhi Television (NDTV) was one of the last remaining news channels that maintained a semblance of neutrality and reported on uncomfortable issues. However, a wealthy Gujarati businessman and Modi supporter, Gautam Adani, recently purchased NDTV in a hostile takeover. Many of NDTV’s leading news anchors resigned after the takeover, anticipating a change in its editorial policies.

        With near-total control of the conventional print and broadcast media, one can only find unbiased and critical reporting in the independent news platforms that are available online. But Modi and the BJP are now seeking to crack down on the space offered by the [Internet] for dissenting voices. The moves it is making could establish a wider template for authoritarian control of online space and platforms.

      • The NationLike It or Not, Cancel Culture Is Free Speech

        When I wrote a cover ­story about the so-called “father of gynecology,” J. Marion Sims, for the November 2017 edition of Harper’s Magazine, I wanted to take him down. To ruin his reputation and topple the statues of him. I didn’t realize it would make me an apologist for cancel culture.

      • TechdirtTechdirt Podcast Episode 353: Moderator Mayhem!

        Last month, in partnership with Engine, we launched our new browser game that puts you in the shoes of a frontline content moderation worker at a growing online platform: Moderator Mayhem. If you haven’t tried it yet, you can play it in your browser on mobile or desktop. The response to the game has been great, and this week Mike is joined on the podcast by myself, our game design partner Randy Lubin of Leveraged Play, and Engine executive director Kate Tummarello who spearheaded the project, to discuss how we built Moderator Mayhem and the impact it’s been having so far.

      • ScheerpostTwitter Files Extra: How the World’s ‘No-Kidding Decision Makers’ Got Organized

        The Atlantic Council is hosting its 360/0S Summit at RightsCon this week, and Twitter Files documents tell us more about how this VIP-room-within-a-VIP-room was formed.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • [Repeat] teleSURUS Gannett Journalists Go on Strike

        On Monday, hundreds of journalists joined a strike to demand a change in management at Gannett, a business group that controls newspapers like USA Today.

        Their protest coincides with Gannett’s annual meeting of shareholders who have been asked by protesters to withdraw their trust from CEO Mike Reed.

      • Hong Kong Free PressHong Kong police urged to give explanation after journalist taken away on Tiananmen crackdown anniversary

        The move of putting veteran journalist Mak Yin-ting in police custody in Causeway Bay on Sunday without giving any reason amounted to “seriously hindering reporting,” the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) said in a statement issued on Monday.

      • RFERLEuropean Rights Court Slams Russia’s Failure To Adequately Investigate Navalny Poisoning

        The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that Russian authorities failed to adequately investigate the poisoning in 2020 of Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, thus violating his right to life and a proper investigation under the European Convention of Human Rights.

      • RFERLJournalists Not Allowed To Attend Navalny’s New Trial Inside Russian Prison

        The administration of a prison in Russia’s Vladimir region has barred journalists from entering the facility, where the preliminary hearing into a new criminal case against already jailed opposition leader Aleksei Navalny is set to start on June 6.

      • teleSURRussia-South Africa Mass Media Partnership’s Prospects Are Huge [Ed: Russia exporting lies]

        The BRICS Africa Channel editor-in-chief tells TV BRICS about the opportunities in the South African media market.

      • AxiosChaos looms over CNN

        CNN is on edge following a chaotic weekend of media reports and headlines suggesting CEO Chris Licht’s days at the network are numbered.

        Why it matters: The network was already under enormous stress following years of corporate mergers, product pivots and evaporating cable viewership.

      • EFFTo Save the News, We Must Open Up App Stores

        When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad in 2010, he didn’t just usher in a new kind of computing device – the first mainstream touchscreen tablet – he also promised a new model for internet-based publishing: paid subscriptions.

        Jobs railed against the world of advertising-supported web publishing, correctly identifying it as the pretense for the creation of a vast, dangerous unaccountable surveillance system that  the private sector would build, but which cops and spies enjoyed unfettered, warrantless access to.

        Jobs promised a better internet: he promised publishers that if they expended the capital to build apps for his new tablets, that he would free them from the increasingly concentrated and aggressive surveillance advertising sector. Instead of paying for journalism with ads, Jobs promised that publishers would be able to sign up subscribers who’d pay cash money, breaking the uneasy coalition between surveillance and journalism.

      • Democracy Now“Enough Is Enough”: Australian PM Throws Support Behind Movement to Free Julian Assange

        A growing number of politicians, including Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, are calling on the United States to drop its case against WikiLeaks founder and Australian citizen Julian Assange, who has been locked up for four years in London’s Belmarsh prison awaiting possible extradition to face espionage and hacking charges for publishing leaked documents about U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Among Assange’s supporters is Australian human rights attorney Jen Robinson, who has been a legal adviser to Assange since 2010. She joins us from London, where she calls for the case against Assange to be dropped and warns that continuing his prosecution “threatens free speech around the world.”

      • Scheerpost15 Reasons Why Mass Media Employees Act Like Propagandists

        By Caitlin Johnstone / CaitlinJohnstone.com If you watch western news media with a critical eye you eventually notice how their reporting consistently aligns with the interests of the US-centralized empire, in almost the same way you’d expect them to if they were government-run propaganda outlets. The New York Times has reliably supported every war the US […]

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • RFERLSpeculation Rises Over Death Of Iranian Ex-Policewoman After Her Release From Custody

        A former member of Iran’s police force who resigned in protest against the suppression of demonstrators, is said to have died under what colleagues say were suspicious circumstances.

      • TechdirtThe Fleeting Utopia: Navigating The Euphoria Of New Digital Communities

        Joining a new digital community can be an exhilarating and empowering experience. This has been observed on numerous occasions when people join new platforms such as Nostr, BlueSky, Farcaster, Post.news, Tribel, and many others, as well as older social media platforms such as blogs, Usenet, LiveJournal, Xanga, AOL, Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.

      • QuartzTwo planes of migrants landed in California within a week—both flown by the same air charter company

        Days after a planeload of Latin American migrants arrived on a private jet at a small Sacramento airport, a second such group has landed in California’s capital.

      • LatviaRīga Mayor: pride flag above city council was a one-person decision

        Riga Mayor Mārtiņš Staķis told Latvian Radio June 6 that the decision on hanging the pride flag at the City Council building was taken by himself alone, to express solidarity with the LGBT+ community.

      • Federal News NetworkRacist message, dead raccoon left for Oregon mayor, Black city council member

        Authorities say someone left a dead raccoon and a sign with “intimidating language” outside an Oregon city mayor’s law office. The Redmond Police Department says the raccoon and the sign were found Monday and named both Redmond Mayor Ed Fitch and Redmond City Councilor Clifford Evelyn, who is Black. The Bulletin reports that Fitch characterized the sign’s language as “racially hateful.” Evelyn described the act as a hate crime in an interview with Oregon Public Broadcasting. He says he has confidence in the police investigation.

      • NYPostSouthern Poverty Law Center adds parental rights groups to ‘hate and extremism’ report

        “Schools, especially, have been on the receiving end of ramped-up and coordinated hard-right attacks, frequently through the guise of ‘parents’ rights’ groups,” the SPLC’s report argues.

      • New York TimesThe Immigrant Experience in a Danish Butter Cookie Tin

        Ubiquitous in immigrant households, the cookie tin might be a more apt metaphor for our journeys than the melting pot.

      • Onur Yaser Can case: Police officers receive lenient sentences in prolonged trial

        Onur Yaser Can, a 28, took his own life in 2010 following alleged torture by narcotics police. After years of legal proceedings, four officers were ultimately convicted of “tampering or destroying official documents.” The plaintiff’s lawyers will appeal the decision, urging for the officers to be face trial for torture.

      • ReasonWomen-Only Naked Spa Lacks Constitutional Right to Exclude Transgender Patrons with Pensises

        From Judge Barbara Jacobs Rothstein’s opinion yesterday in Olympus Spa v. Armstrong (W.D. Wash.): The Olympus Spa is a Korean spa “specifically designed for women,” and the services offered there “are closely tied to the Korean tradition,” meaning patrons are “require[d] … to be naked” during certain services.

      • The Straits TimesCustomer ran amok in a restaurant in Malaysia after being called ‘pak cik’, say cops

        Mr Wan Azlan said the authorities are tracing the suspect’s whereabouts.

      • [Repeat] teleSUR77 Schoolgirls Poisoned in Afghanistan

        The Taliban have banned secondary and higher education for women since they came to power on August 15, 2021. Other gender-related restrictions include mandatory face coverings, segregation by sex, and requiring women to travel accompanied by a male relative.

      • [Repeat] New York TimesNearly 90 Afghan Schoolgirls Were Poisoned, Officials Suspect

        In March last year, the Taliban administration barred girls from attending high schools and in November, it prohibited women from attending university. Women have also been barred from going to many public places like gyms and parks, traveling any significant distance without a male relative and working in most fields outside of the private sector and health care.

      • NL TimesHundreds of young Dutch people at risk of forced marriage during summer holiday

        Hundreds of young Dutch people are at risk of forced marriage and abandonment abroad during the summer period because they often miss signs of danger. They are blind to these issues, often out of loyalty to their family, so that a seemingly innocent family visit abroad can end in a “one-way trip,” claimed the LKHA, a Dutch information center specialized in research and policy regarding forced marriage and abandonment.

        Victims realize only afterwards that there were signs, such as a sudden departure or a lack of control over their passport, visa or tickets. “For example, victims are kept out of certain conversations, or no return ticket has been booked for the victim,” the LKHA said.

      • Michael West MediaTask force to bring aged care back from the brink

        The unanswered question of the royal commission into aged care will be tackled by a new expert group seeking to lift standards, improve funding models and put people’s rights at the centre of the system. 

        Aged Care Minister Anika Wells will lead a task force of economic, finance, public policy, First Nations and consumer advocacy representatives who will provide the federal government with the next steps in sector reform.

      • The NationCountry of Immigrants
      • The NationHow Black Women Writers Got It Done

        In the early 1980s, two Black women sat at a table, a tape recorder between them. One, Margaret Walker, was an elder, a trailblazing writer and educator who had endured untold obstacles since her career began in the 1940s. The other, Claudia Tate, was a young academic hard at work on her first book: a study of Black women writers who, like Walker, had found success in spite of the misogynoir of the American literary landscape. “People think that [Richard] Wright helped me and my writing,” Walker told Tate, the hurt and indignation in her voice. “But I was writing poetry as a child in New Orleans. I had published in The Crisis even before I ever met Wright…. Do you believe I was just being introduced to literature by Wright?” Though Tate had never suggested that, decades of snubs and indignities animated Walker’s defensiveness. Eventually, though, she softened. “Here’s one of Wright’s letters,” she said, and I can imagine Walker rummaging through an armoire, or a filing cabinet, to deliver these precious yellowed memories into Tate’s lap. It is a beautiful thing to picture her, after shadowboxing her invisible detractors, realizing that the young Black woman sitting in front of her can be trusted.

      • ScheerpostProgressive Groups Sue Mississippi Over ‘Unconstitutional’ Anti-Protest Law

        “We should not have to risk arrest and imprisonment for exercising our constitutional rights, including freedom of speech and equal protection under the law,” asserted one of the plaintiffs.

      • ScheerpostFormer Prisoner of 48 Years Reviews John Oliver’s Report on Solitary Confinement

        Mansa Musa, who spent 48 years in prison, talks about what John Oliver’s recent Last Week Tonight segment on solitary confinement gets right and what it leaves out, including the fact that solitary was used to isolate Black Panthers and other radicals entering the prison system in the ’70s.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • TechStory MediaSpotify to lay off 200 workers in podcast division – TechStory

        On Monday, Spotify Technology SA said it would slack off 200 employees in its podcast division, which is about 2 per cent of the audio streamer’s global workforce.
        The company has complied to aggressive methods of expansion to compensate for its earnings from music streaming with other revenue-generating formats including podcasts, spending more than $1 billion on them and adding popular names such as Joe Rogan and Meghan, Duchhess of Sussex, to its brand campaign.

      • TechdirtDisney Gets A Nice Fat Tax Break For Making Its Streaming Catalog Worse

        We just got done discussing how, as the streaming video space consolidates and grows, it’s starting to behave more and more like the unpopular, consolidated cable and broadcast companies they once disrupted. Cory Doctorow’s theory of enshittification has come to streaming, in a big way.

    • Monopolies

      • The NationAI Doesn’t Pose an Existential Risk—but Silicon Valley Does

        A coalition of the willing has united to confront what they say is a menace that could destroy us all: artificial intelligence. More than 350 executives, engineers, and researchers who work on AI have signed a pithy one-sentence statement: “Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks, such as pandemics and nuclear war.” But like the target of the last infamous coalition of the willing—Saddam Hussein and his mythical “weapons of mass destruction”—there is no existential threat here.

      • EU/EC

        • European CommissionPolitical agreement on new Anti-Coercion Instrument to better defend EU interests on global stage [Ed: The same EC that helped EPO and patent profiteers break the law, violate constitutions, to the detriment of "EU interests on global stage" with the insane Unified Patent Court]

          European Commission Press release Brussels, 06 Jun 2023 The European Parliament and the Council have today reached a final political agreement on the Anti-Coercion Instrument (ACI).

        • European Commission€2.2 million from European Globalisation Adjustment Fund to support 600 dismissed workers in Belgium [Ed: While at the same time attacking all Belgium SMEs by unlawfully bringing Unified Patent Court into force]

          European Commission Press release Brussels, 06 Jun 2023 Today, the European Commission proposed to support 603 workers dismissed by a logistics company in Belgium with €2.2 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund for Displaced Workers (EGF).

        • Telex (Hungary)OLAF opened 15 investigations into suspected fraud in Hungary last year [Ed: EU says it cracks down on fraud. So why does EU PARTICIPATE in the EPO fraud? Why did it start a fraudulent court illegal and unconstitutionally? Where does "fraud" seem acceptable?]

          The EU’s Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) has published its annual report, which shows that in 2022 it opened 15 investigations into suspected fraud in Hungary, and in ten of these, the office proposed some kind of financial consequence. The investigation didn’t just compare EU member states, but included other countries where EU funds are used as well, Hvg.hu reports.

      • Trademarks

        • ReasonS. Ct. Will Decide “TRUMP TOO SMALL” Trademark / First Amendment Case

          The government, on the other hand, argues that the trademark registration scheme should be treated like government subsidies, which can generally be distributed in content-based but reasonable and viewpoint-neutral ways. (For instance, the charitable tax exemption can be limited to groups that don’t use the exemption to advocate for or against candidates, because the exemption is a subsidy and the no-electioneering condition is viewed as reasonable and viewpoint-neutral.) The Court will presumably hear the case this Fall, and will decide it by June 2024.

      • Copyrights

        • Public Domain ReviewIn the Mind of Marie: A Haunting Encounter in the Gardens of Versailles (1913)

          Time travel with a hairpin twist: two women land in the psyche of Marie Antoinette in 1792, while she is thinking about 1789.

        • Digital Music NewsStray Kids Smashes K-Pop Record with More Than 5 Million Album Pre-Sales

          K-pop boy band Stray Kids smashes records with five million-plus album pre-sales and more than two million copies sold on day one in South Korea. On the day of its release, Stray Kids’ comeback album 5 Star quickly became one of the bestselling titles in South Korea this year.

        • Torrent FreakManga Publishers Seek Google Analytics Data to Back $14m Piracy Damages Claim

          Manga publishers Kodakawa, Shogakukan, and Shueisha hope to recoup millions of dollars in damages from the operator of Mangamura, which was once the largest manga piracy site. To assist in their legal battle in Japan, the publishers went to a U.S. federal court this week, requesting traffic stats and personal data from the site’s accounts at Google and Cloudflare.

        • Torrent FreakDodgy RARBG Knockoffs Thrive as Former Users Seek Refuge

          While the shutdown of RARBG is bad news for former users, scammers are happily exploiting the confusion to boost their own traffic. One copycat in particular, which has been around for years, has sneakily managed to convince some people that the site hasn’t been shut down. RARGB is working just fine! Oh, wait…

        • Torrent FreakRightscorp Taps Indie Labels to Fuel New Wave of Piracy Settlement Action

          After somehow managing to survive years of losses that pushed the company ever closer to bankruptcy, Rightscorp’s piracy settlement model suddenly underpinned recording industry lawsuits against ISPs in the United States. After joining the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), Rightscorp hopes that the Indie sector will reinvigorate its fortunes.

        • Creative CommonsEllen Euler — Open Culture VOICES, Season 2 Episode 18

          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. Ellen is a Lawyer and Cultural Heritage professional who is currently a Professor at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam where she teaches about open access in the Library and Information Sciences department.

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

Gemini Links 07/06/2023: Jukka Charting Geminispace

Posted in News Roundup at 10:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Looking out or in?

        I really do miss writing. For whatever reason I’ve been in a major dry spell for the last several months, and it’s hard to understand. Self-doubt is likely contributing, but that’s always been there, and it doesn’t seem like it’s any worse these days than at any other point.

        There’s certainly a degree of “what” involved (as in, what I want to write about). On the one hand, I was bolstered recently by a quote from Alan Moore (he of many great comic books), that a writer’s job isn’t to tell people what to think, but rather to make them think. At the least, I’m encouraged by the idea that I don’t necessarily have to figure out a problem to talk about it, especially since so many solutions (that I can come up with, at least) boil down to “be less terrible.”

      • 🔤SpellBinding: DLNOSUY Wordo: INEP
      • Hybrid Shadows – Watched, Waterfall

        Following is the next screen to Hybrid Shadows. With this one I wanted to bring out Kendra’s and Matthew’s personalities more, as well as to further develop their relationship.

        This scene took a while for me to write. It it supposed to be a fun scene before things start to get more serious in the story.

        This might happen with all authors, I don’t know, but as I write stories, I keep wanting to put in more and more character and relationship building, and I get the idea that after a while I need to cut things off. Otherwise, my story will be 90% relationship and 10% action. Which kinda sounds fun, but I do want the story to proceed, and not be a million words long ;-)

    • Technical

      • OpenKuBSD design document

        I got an idea today (while taking a shower…) about _partially_ reusing Qubes OS design of using VMs to separate contexts and programs, but doing so on OpenBSD.

        To make explanations CLEAR, I won’t reimplement Qubes OS entirely on OpenBSD. Qubes OS is an interesting operating system with a very strong focus on security (from a very practical point of view ), but it’s in my opinion overkill for most users, and hence not always practical or usable.

        In the meantime, I think the core design could be reused and made it easy for users, like we are used to do in OpenBSD.

      • Install OpenBSD in Qubes OS

        Here is a short guide explaining how to install OpenBSD in Qubes OS, as an HVM VM (fully virtualized, not integrated).

      • alternative input methods

        Yesterday I watched a bit of the Apple announcement and remembered a project I was working on in my last year of college. nowadays not just VR/AR but smartphones and other devices can just listen to spoken commands and accurately recognize the words, but in 2009 speech recognition was not good, specially with non native English speakers or people with non standard accents.

        Visually impaired users had a couple options: mobile devices with physical keyboards (but blackberry was going the other way, to all screen devices) or alternative input methods. I was developing a braille based software keyboard for touchscreen devices, but of course there were many approaches. Having the braille layout on top of the screen and tapping on it as if it were a chorded keyboard was one way.

      • Qubes OS dom0 files workflow using fossil

        Since I’m using Qubes OS, I always faced an issue; I need a proper tracking of the configuration files for my systemthis can be done using Salt as I explained in a previous blog post. But what I really want is a version control system allowing me to synchronize changes to a remote repository (it’s absurd to backup dom0 for every change I make to a salt file). So far, git is too complicated to achieve that.

        I gave a try with fossil, a tool I like (I wrote about this one too ;) ), and it was surprisingly easy to setup remote access leveraging Qubes’qvm-run.

        In this blog post, you will learn how to setup a remote fossil repository, and how to use it from your dom0.

      • Qubes OS dom0 files workflow using fossil
      • Internet/Gemini

        • Charting the Cosmos

          Cosmos has been up and running since the start of 2022, collecting gemlog posts and other feed entries around Geminispace. I thought it would be interesting to take a closer look at the data.


          * The coverage may favor more distant past because sometimes aggregators will surface multiple past entries from a feed that haven’t previously been discovered (for instance, CAPCOM may do this). Does this account for the dip? Probably not, but one would have to compare the data against a more thoroughly crawled index to see if all entries from all known feeds are actually present.

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


Links 06/06/2023: Angie 1.2.0, New EasyOS and EndeavourOS Released

Posted in News Roundup at 8:42 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Gemini Links 06/06/2023: OpenKuBSD, GrapheneOS, and More

Posted in News Roundup at 8:35 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Duolingo Progress

        Finished the first section in my Irish course on Duolingo. I’m still woeful, but I can read a bit of Irish. To a lesser extent, understand it when spoken. I’m a long ways from being able to read stuff outside the application, but, I’m getting there? It feels like progress, and it feels good to make progress on something which, if I’m being honest, is kind of a useless goal. Would it be better for my career to grind the rust off my French? Absolutely. Am I doing something else instead? Absolutely. I can talk about owls and beer (ulchabhan agus beoir). Say “I like Irish” (Is maith leom an Gaeilge). Important things.

      • Tanana River Trail Photos 2023-06-06 (Fairbanks, AK, USA)

        I took these photos yesterday during my lunch-break walk.

      • The Laundry Asymmetry

        When preparing for a longish trip I packed six sets of socks, underwear and t-shirts, so I could do the laundry weekly (six plus the clothes I was wearing). Sadly, I miscalculated.

      • Going to the Psycho Ward

        A married man with children goes and visits his wife’s family. He tells the people there about the trip in the south of the country to which he goes by his car in the morning. Old Gruffandgrim*, his father in law, reminds him that he needs to work so he can make a living and have enough money for his trips.

      • Dory progress and Misfin thoughts

        I guess I’d call this a milestone achieved. I’ve successfully sent a couple of Misfin messages to the reference server with a small binary that uses Dory under the hood. Getting there was a little more difficult than I expected, as these things often go.

      • Taking the Measure of the Place

        A weary and dusty traveler shuffles into the bar, slips a business card back into his jacket pocket, and takes a look around to get the measure of the place. A motley crew of vagabonds, salesmen, entertainers, writers, and freethinkers fill the Midnight, chatting in small groups over lukewarm beer. Among the various patrons of the bar, one particularly odd creature stands out, balancing upright on long tentacles with constantly moving eyestalks scanning the scene.

      • Contextual Pizza

        I’ve been finally losing weight after years of simply refusing to deal with the problem. It was nothing too terrible–just an extra 40 pounds and change, but it definitely made itself felt in my feet and knees when running or doing tai chi. After about 4 months I’m finally getting close to the target weight I set, which upon reaching I promised myself a single piece of pizza. I shouldn’t have done that.


        Conflating the symbolic representation with the actual is fraught in so many unexpected ways.

    • Technical

      • OpenKuBSD design document

        I got an idea today (while taking a shower…) about _partially_ reusing Qubes OS design of using VMs to separate contexts and programs, but doing so on OpenBSD.

        To make explanations CLEAR, I won’t reimplement Qubes OS entirely on OpenBSD. Qubes OS is an interesting operating system with a very strong focus on security (from a very practical point of view ), but it’s in my opinion overkill for most users, and hence not always practical or usable.

        In the meantime, I think the core design could be reused and made it easy for users, like we are used to do in OpenBSD.

      • Pixel 7a & GrapheneOS

        I’m testing a phone for work, and it’s an Android, which is new to me. I swapped the OS for GrapheneOS, which is a security-focused minimalist Android distribution, and the phone hardware is a Pixel 7a. Here’s how someone fairly familiar with iPhones views a current-generation Android phone as their daily driver…

      • New order in /dev/pts

        Previously, I had one global session of terminal multiplexer, and that was where everything lived — plain text accounting, news, blogging, different personal and $dayjob projects. Since you can have only so much tabs before it turns into complete mess, context switching meant closing them all and opening ones relevant to task at hand.


        Actually, it is even more than that. Ever saw “normies” to struggling to put two browser windows side-by-side? Well, I can’t do any better on their soil. But I can use tiling window managers, and they don’t. The same satisfying feeling. I found my highground.

      • Striking mods

        First Reddit, now Stack Overflow; moderators are fed up with the admins of the sites they dedicate their labor to. Unpaid labor, to be exact. After decades of witnessing social media platforms rise and “fall” – some underwent a significant revamp and shrank to a healthy size, others shut down permanently, few just became plain irrelevant to former users, yet still exist – and how people react to such things, the latter in particular has become ridiculously predictable, for the sole reason that too many people merely decide to be vocal, rather than vote with their feet in a quiet manner.

      • The Search For An OSR System

        NOTE: I started writing this around New Years not long before the whole WotC OGL situation got started. I was holding off on publishing it because I wanted to find a happier ending to send it off with. The longer I wait, the more certain parts are going to make less sense, so I’m going to get it out faster.

      • Programming

        • The Urge

          One of the unhelpful things that I commonly experience when I read things about software (and very occasionally other things, but usually software) is the urge to make my own version of whatever the thing is.

        • things i wanna do (in no order)

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

Links 06/06/2023: OpenSUSE Plans for Leap

Posted in News Roundup at 9:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Server

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • Fedora MagazineFedora Magazine: 4 cool new projects to try in COPR for June 2023

        Copr is a build-system for anyone in the Fedora community. It hosts thousands of projects for various purposes and audiences. Some of them should never be installed by anyone, some are already being transitioned to the official Fedora Linux repositories, and the rest is somewhere in between. Copr gives you the opportunity to install 3rd party software that is not available in Fedora Linux repositories, try nightly versions of your dependencies, use patched builds of your favorite tools to support some non-standard use-cases, and just experiment freely.

      • Linux LinksResonance – Rust-based music player

        Resonance is an intuitive music player application written in Rust (with a smattering of Python), built with a clean user interface using GTK4 / Libadwaita.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Data SwampInstall OpenBSD in Qubes OS

        Here is a short guide explaining how to install OpenBSD in Qubes OS, as an HVM VM (fully virtualized, not integrated).

      • University of TorontoThe Linux kernel will fix some peculiar argv usage in execve(2)

        In a conventional call to execve(2), the argv argument is a pointer to an array that will become the executed program’s argv, with the array terminated with a NULL element (in the grand C fashion, there is no explicit ‘length’ parameter passed). The first (0th) element of this array is the nominal name of the program and the remainder are the command line arguments. Since all programs have some name, this array is normally at least one element long. However, the execve(2) interface (plus C) allows for two additional variations on the value of argv here.

      • TecMint10 Practical Examples of Using the Gzip Command in Linux

        Compression is a very commonly performed operation by users to save disk space as well as reduce time and bandwidth while transferring large amounts of data over the network using gzip utility.

        gzip stands for the GNU zip and it is a very popular compression and decompression utility. One of the primary reasons for its popularity is its high compression ratio and speed, which means the compressed data remains the same after decompressing.

      • TecMintHow to Use Bash For Loop with Examples in Linux

        In programming languages, Loops are essential components and are used when you want to repeat code over and over again until a specified condition is met.

        In Bash scripting, loops play much the same role and are used to automate repetitive tasks just like in programming languages.

      • TecMintHow to Fix “bash syntax error near unexpected token” in Linux

        Bash (Bourne Again Shell) is a command-line program that accepts commands provided and executes them. It takes Linux commands directly typed into it interactively from a keyboard or from a shell script file.

        Bash is used in Linux and Mac systems to run the system and it is the default shell in a majority of modern Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Rocky Linux, and AlmaLinux to mention a few.

      • ID RootHow To Install Flatpak on Fedora 38

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Flatpak on Fedora 38. For those of you who didn’t know, Flatpak is a universal package manager designed to work seamlessly across various Linux distributions. It enables users to install, update, and run software applications in an isolated environment, known as a sandbox.

      • CloudbookletHow to Change Directory in Linux Using cd Command

        Discover how to change directories in Linux using the powerful cd command. Master absolute and relative paths, and navigate the file system effortlessly.

      • Make Tech EasierHow to Get Wayland to Work on Nvidia Graphics Cards

        Although Nvidia has theoretically had full support for Wayland since they released their drivers in late 2021, the road hasn’t necessarily been smooth.

      • Make Tech EasierHow to Comment Multiple Lines in Vim Editor

        Vim is one of the most popular and influential command-line text editors.

      • The Top 10 Lesser Known Linux Power Commands That You Won’t Be Able to Live Without

        Intro As Linux system administrators, we continuously delve into the boundless ocean of Linux commands to manage and control systems with precision. Some commands are pretty standard and widely known. However, a few lesser-known Linux power commands can make life significantly easier for sysadmins.

      • Hidden Treasures: Managing Secrets with Kubernetes

        Kubernetes has become the dominant container orchestration system for deploying and managing containerized applications. It provides a wide range of features and functionalities that enable DevOps teams to deploy, scale, and manage applications easily.

      • Seamless Blogging: Deploying WordPress on Kubernetes Clusters

        Blogging has become an important tool for businesses and individuals to reach their audience. It’s an effective way to share ideas, market products, and connect with people.

      • Embracing PaaS: Setting up OpenShift Origin for Your Docker Projects

        In today’s fast-paced business environment, companies need to be agile and responsive to changing market needs. One way to achieve this is by leveraging cloud computing and Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings.

      • Expand and Contract: Scaling Your Kubernetes Cluster Effectively

        Kubernetes is an open-source container orchestration platform for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. It has become increasingly popular in modern software development due to its ability to automate the deployment and management of scalable, distributed systems.

      • From Code to Deployment: Building and Launching Apps on OpenShift with Docker

        Building and launching applications has become a complex process in today’s digital world. The rise of containerization has made it easier to package an application and its dependencies into a single container that can run on any platform.

      • Discovering Docker APIs and SDKs: A Comprehensive Introduction

        Docker is a powerful containerization technology that allows developers to bundle their applications and dependencies into portable containers that can be run anywhere, regardless of the underlying hardware or operating system.

      • Streamlined Construction: Building Docker Images Using APIs

        Docker has revolutionized the way modern software is developed and deployed. It is a containerization platform that allows developers to package their applications along with their dependencies into a single, portable unit called a Docker image.

      • Seamless Deployment: Launching Docker Containers with APIs

        Docker Containers have revolutionized the way we deploy and manage applications. Unlike traditional Virtual Machines that require a full-fledged operating system and consume heavy resources, Docker Containers enable us to package applications into portable, lightweight, and self-sufficient units that can run anywhere.

      • Mastering Container Management: Performing Operations Using Docker APIs

        In today’s fast-paced and dynamic world of software development, containerization has become an essential practice for managing applications. Containerization allows developers to create and deploy applications more quickly, efficiently, and securely.

      • TecAdminConverting UTC Date and Time to Local Time in Linux

        When managing a Linux system, you may frequently come across timestamps recorded in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Understanding and converting these timestamps to your local time can be essential, particularly when troubleshooting system events or running time-specific commands.

      • UNIX Copdig and nslookup commands on Linux

        Hello, friends. In this post, you will learn the basics of the dig and nslookup commands on Linux. These commands, although simple, are part of powerful network utilities. Introduction to dig and nslookup commands The tools for querying network actions are important for testing solutions and troubleshooting in everyday system use.

    • Games

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • [Repeat] Systemd FreeA new low for the systemd gang and what it may mean (libblockdev udisks2 udiskie)

      The struggle continues, it is not over till we say it is over.

      The reasons which code will change without a version number shift, in this case nearly abandoned and complete projects, are to be speculated upon. Till now it didn’t seem to be a need for such maneuvering. So why such snicky way of changing code without bumping a version number? Because it has already been audited? The version has. … You draw your own conclusions on this one, we just brand it a “new low” for systemd crap pumped out at an alarming rate to trully be audited for security.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • RlangTidying the Freedom Index

        I needed to create a few plots by using the Civil Liberties and Political Rights scores from the Freedom Index. However, the data provided in Excel format was not in an easy to use presentation. This blog post shows how I reshaped the data to make it easier to work with.

        There is an excellent post, Cleaning Freedom House indicators, by Marta Kolczynska that I used as reference. The post is four years old, so here I am using some updated functions and I tried to make some steps more general.

      • Ruben SchadeGetting frustrated at inanimate IT objects

        I had a bit of an epiphany today. I’m not frustrated at my computers for not doing what I want, or for behaving unexpectedly, or for having increasingly-hostile interfaces and design. I’m frustrated at the people who designed them, made them, and/or signed off on them.

      • UndeadlyGame of Trees 0.89 released

        Version 0.89 of Game of Trees has been released (and the port updated): [...]

      • Nicholas Tietz-SokolskyUnits in Go and Rust show philosophical differences

        Let’s compare how Go and Rust represent units of time! Specifically, we’ll look at how they represent durations of time for things like thread sleeps. For this, we’ll look primarily at the standard library; other libraries may do it differently, but this is a somewhat “blessed” path, and the world of libraries is so vast. The standard libraries also are more likely to represent idiomatic usage.

      • ChrisScales of Plan-Driven Development

        Balancing Agility and Discipline talks a lot about the contrast between agile development and plan-driven development. We will briefly look at the contrast at the end of this article, but first an insight that I think is much more fundamental.

      • EarthlyBuilding Golang With Bazel and Gazelle

        In this article, you’ll learn about the basics of building Go using Bazel and Gazelle. You’ll learn how to prepare a workspace, run, and test it; and how to develop a basic application using Bazel. To follow along, you must be familiar with the basics of Golang and how the Golang build process works. You also need to have the latest version of Go installed on your system.

      • Fernando BorrettiWhy Lisp Syntax Works

        Lisp’s unusual syntax is connected to its expressive power. How? Not because of “homoiconicity”, a word that has no meaning but leaves people somewhat impressed, because it sounds fanciful and mathematical. It’s because of uniformity.

      • Bogomil Shopov – Bogo: Me, Myself, and DevOpsDays 2023 Prague

        It’s early Tuesday morning, and I am again in the metro, going to a location in Prague I have never been to before. People are quiet on the train, thinking about their lives. I saw just a few people not looking at their phones. Have we become humanity addicted to some shiny devices and so-called “technologies”? That could be another topic. Now, I am going to the second day of DevOpsDays2023 Prague.

        The hotel welcomes me with many tobacco smokers outside and a strange facade. I am in the right place because I saw familiar faces and heard someone talking about Jenkins. 

        I took the elevator to the conference area and headed to the registration. A lovely girl said hello to me after I got my welcome pack. I said hello back. I told myself something was wrong. See, sweet girls never say hello to me like that. 

        Then I remembered I am in a friendly company because DevOps is not only about technologies but also about the mindset of being nice to others.

        I met a few great people I worked with and then went to the conference room. I expected more attendees. The room was 80% full. It may be too early.

        I was just on time for the first speaker.

  • Leftovers

    • Terence EdenWhy did Usenet fail?

      My university experience was dominated by Usenet. It was where nerds went to socialise. I bought and sold computer equipment, published terrible poetry, and learned about LGBT matters. I lurked in the comp.lang.* hierarchy until I was confident enough to ask my Prolog questions without making it look like I was asking for help with my university assignments.

      And then, one day, I just stopped.

      There are three main reasons that I remember.

    • Science

      • HackadayThe Printing Of Pi

        It really isn’t necessary, but there is some geek cred to learning pi to some bizarre number of digits. One way to do that is via a piem — a mnemonic device that is easy to remember and gives you the digits. Don’t know any? [Roni Bandini] has you covered with the PiemPi machine. It prints a random piem on a thermal printer and calculates each digit on the fly. You can watch the machine in action in the video below.

    • Education

      • Raspberry PiMeet Brian Corteil: CamJam event runner

        “I am part of the team that has taking over organising CamJam from Mike Horne and Tim Richardson,” Brian tells us. “[They] organised the last couple of CamJams before 2020. Early this year, I had realized that it had been over three years since the last CamJam and I decided to it was time for CamJam to return, and the only way it would happen is if I organised it. So, I pitched the idea to hold the jam at Cambridge’s Makespace to both Mike, Tim, and Makespace. Luckily, everyone thought it was a great idea.”

      • Arjen WiersmaPerfectionism leads to procrastination and paralysis

        It’s often said that the perfect is the enemy of the good. In my quest for the ‘just right’ words to articulate my thoughts, I found this saying to be glaringly accurate. The ticking clock became a dull backdrop to my cerebral scavenger hunt. My concentration started to drift and instead of zeroing in on my research proposal, I found myself fixated on, of all things, the color scheme of my desktop environment.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayIncreasing System Memory With The Flick Of A Switch

        There’s an apocryphal quote floating around the internet that “640K ought to be enough memory for anybody” but it does seem unlikely that this was ever actually said by any famous computer moguls of the 1980s. What is true, however, is that in general more computer memory tends to be better than less. In fact, this was the basis for the Macintosh 512k in the 1980s, whose main feature was that it was essentially the same machine as the Macintosh 128k, but with quadruple the memory as its predecessor. If you have yet to upgrade to the 512k, though, it might be best to take a look at this memory upgrade instead.

      • HackadayMicrosculptures 3D Printed With Advanced Macromolecular “Inks”

        When we think about 3D printing, our mind often jumps to hot nozzles squirting out molten plastic. Other popular techniques include flashing bright light into resin, or using lasers to fuse together metal powders. All these techniques are great at producing parts with complicated geometries at desktop scales.

      • HackadayThis Vending Machine Is For The Birds

        The early bird may get the worm, but [Stephen Chasey’s] birds only get to eat if they are smart. He’s created a vending machine for bird feeding. While this is a classic and simple exercise for a microcontroller, [Stephen’s] design is all op amps and 555 timers. The feeder comes on when it detects a warm body and waits for something to drop through a hole. Birds don’t have coins, so the hole will accept anything that will trigger the IR sensor within. In response, it dispenses a few peanuts. Rodents and squirrels won’t figure out the machinery, and so they can’t pilfer the peanuts meant for the pigeons — or other birds, even if they don’t start with the letter P.

      • HackadayOp Amp Contest: Generate Spirograph Shapes Using Only Op Amps And Math

        If you’re a child of the ’80s or ’90s, chances are you’ve spent hours tracing out intricate patterns using the pens and gears of a Spirograph kit. Simple as those parts may be, they’re actually a very clever technique for plotting mathematical functions called hypotrochoids and epitrochoids. [Craig] has spent some time analyzing these functions, and realized you can also implement them with analog circuits. He used this knowledge to design a device called Op Art which generates Spirograph shapes on your oscilloscope using just a handful of op amps.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • RTLCalifornia’s honey bees await the famous sunshine

        But with temperatures in the Los Angeles area topping out around 20 Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) most days right now, and the area’s famously blue skies hidden by a blanket of cloud, it all adds to the impression that the weather is just not being very Californian this year.

      • Michael West MediaPokie numbers cut amid ongoing gambling health concerns

        The Northern Territory government has lowered the number of poker machines allowed across the region as it continues to acknowledge the significant harm caused by problem gambling.

        The cap on gaming machines in community venues has been reduced from 1699 to 1659, excluding machines at the NT’s two casinos which are covered by separate agreements.

      • Democracy NowEd Bisch Fights to Hold Sacklers Accountable for Opioid Epidemic 22 Years After Son Died of Overdose

        The Sackler family, the billionaire owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, have secured immunity from all current and future civil litigation related to their role in fueling the opioid epidemic. The legal shield was granted last week by a federal appeals court in exchange for the family agreeing to pay up to $6 billion to thousands of plaintiffs in various lawsuits that are now suspended as part of the deal. While the Sacklers appear safe from further civil litigation, they could — and should — be criminally charged, says Ed Bisch, who lost his son Eddie to an OxyContin-related overdose in 2001 at age 18. “Fines without any prosecutions, there is no deterrent. They look at it as the cost of doing business,” says Bisch. We also speak to Christopher Glazek, the investigative reporter who was the first to publicly report how the Sackler family had significantly profited from selling OxyContin while fully aware that the highly addictive drug was directly fueling the opioid epidemic in America. “The Sacklers lied about how addictive the drug was, in order to convince doctors and patients that it wasn’t dangerous,” says Glazek.

    • Proprietary

      • Bruce SchneierThe Software-Defined Car

        Developers are starting to talk about the software-defined car.

      • Michael West MediaElon Musk says China will initiate AI regulations

        The Chinese government will seek to initiate artificial intelligence regulations in its country, billionaire businessman Elon Musk says after meeting with officials during his recent trip to China.

        Musk did not elaborate further and made his remarks in a Twitter Space with Democratic presidential candidate Robert F Kennedy Jr on Monday.

      • TwinCities Pioneer PressIs Outlook down? Thousands of users report problems with Microsoft’s email platform

        Thousands of Microsoft Outlook users reported issues with accessing and using the email platform Monday morning. Microsoft 365 outage and problem reports peaked at almost 18,000 shortly after 11 a.m. ET Monday morning, according to outage tracker Downdetector.

      • India TodayEx-Microsoft employee says he did not get any job offers even after applying to more than 1000 places

        An ex-Microsoft employee took to LinkedIn and revealed that he has been looking for a new job since he got laid off but even after applying to more than 1,000 places, he could not secure any position.

      • Microsoft Is Deprioritizing Third-Party Ad Tech Amid Reorgs And Layoffs

        Microsoft’s purchase of Xandr from AT&T in late 2021 might have looked like an embrace of third-party ad tech.

        But while parts of the Xandr tech are considered valuable by Microsoft, the future of Xandr as an SSP integrated with thousands of outside publishers is in doubt.

        Since completing the acquisition in June of last year, Microsoft Advertising has shifted its focus to first-party products and integrations to win and secure key accounts, such as Netflix, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of recent changes within the group.


        Yet because layoffs have affected every part of Microsoft, there are fewer people to handle support tickets.

        Due to the layoffs and restructuring, there are also “more demands” on the Xandr group now, said one Microsoft Advertising employee who’s been with AppNexus since 2015. Those demands come from internal stakeholders such as Microsoft Azure, Bing and other high-priority units in the company.

      • Windows TCO

        • The Register UKMicrosoft battles through two 365 outages in one day

          At the time of writing, the Outlook email service has been in trouble since 1830 ET (2230 UTC).

          An earlier incident took out multiple Microsoft 365 services, including Outlook, Teams, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Site36Whistleblower of the hearts: Ten years ago, Edward Snowden exposed secret mass surveillance
        • TechdirtLocked Out Of NSO Group’s Pegasus Spyware, DEA Purchases Exploits From Its Non-Union, Israeli Equivalent

          First off, let’s just clear one thing up: the headline is a Simpson’s reference, not a dog whistle aimed at unions and/or the Jewish population of Israel.

        • BBCMicrosoft to pay $20m for child privacy violations

          Microsoft will pay $20m (£16m) to US federal regulators after it was found to have illegally collected data on children who had started Xbox accounts.

          The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a settlement with the company on Monday, which also includes increased protections for child gamers.

          Among other violations, the FTC found that Microsoft failed to inform parents about its data collection policies.

        • ABCMicrosoft will pay $20M to settle U.S. charges of illegally collecting children’s data

          Microsoft will pay a fine of $20 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it illegally collected and retained the data of children who signed up to use its Xbox video game console.

          The agency charged that Microsoft gathered the data without notifying parents or obtaining their consent, and that it also illegally held onto the data. Those actions violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, the FTC stated.

        • MWLOrganized Freebies

          The pedantic will note that these books aren’t truly free. You must make an account somewhere to get them. And–yes, that’s true. I’m a business. Giving me money requires making an account somewhere. Meet me in a dark alley and slip me $20 and I’ll hand over a brown paper bag containing a book, sure, but online commerce requires accounts. For what it’s worth, my store’s privacy policy is the one I would like other retailers to use, and you can delete accounts in my store.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Fast CompanyInside Snopes: the rise, fall, and rebirth of an internet icon

        Trolling was named after the fishing practice in which anglers bait hooks and pull them on lines through the water. Online, the bait was a bit of bad info, and a “‘good’ troll,” according to AFU, was “obviously facetious/sarcastic to anyone who has a sense of humor and some intelligence.” But because of pomposity or because people were gullible or stupid, they’d leap to correct a poster who’d spoken in jest. So they were reeled in and informed that they’d “lost.” They’d been trolled. They weren’t worthy company.

        In 1993, AOL began providing Usenet access to its subscribers, and tens of thousands of newbies were dumped onto the electronic bulletin board in what became known as “Eternal September.” Trolling became meaner. It became even more of an “insider’s game,” says the user experience designer Michele Tepper, an AFU alumna and author of the first academic paper on trolling. (It would mutate later, of course, into something else—something dark—and the whole web would become its playing field.) But newcomers to AFU were offered “survival guides” and warned against arguing with Mikkelson, a legend, in particular.

    • Environment

      • Energy/Transportation

        • Michael West MediaMinister taken to court over ‘mega’ coalmine approvals

          An environmental group has mounted a legal challenge to federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek after she did not accept calls to consider the impact of global warming when assessing three coalmine applications in NSW and Queensland.

          The Environment Council of Central Queensland has filed in the Federal Court seeking a judicial review of Ms Plibersek’s decisions, claiming she has refused to accept the global warming risk associated with proposals.

        • Michael West MediaOff-grid hydrogen box could replace diesel generators

          Millions of diesel generators could switch off across Australia if work sites, councils and isolated communities opt for a new hydrogen “power bank”.

          Governments may want to export hydrogen to Asia over the next decade but a Brisbane-based startup says it has technology ready to go now for local use by farms, mines and eco-tourism operators or remote mobile phone towers and water treatment plants.

        • HackadayLinear Power Supply’s Current Limiter Is A Lesson In Simplicity

          Here at Hackaday we really like to feature projects that push the limits of what’s possible, or ones that feature some new and exciting technology that nobody has ever seen before. So what’s so exciting about this single-voltage linear power supply? Honestly, nothing — until you start looking at its thermally compensated current limiting circuit.

        • New York TimesIndia Train Crash: What We Know About the Deadly Accident in Odisha

          Three trains, with more than 2,200 people onboard, were involved in the crash in Odisha State, the deadliest such disaster in decades. The death toll approached 300.

        • New York TimesAmsterdam Train Service Resumes After Disruption

          The cause of the problem, which prompted widespread travel delays starting Sunday, had still not been determined.

    • Finance

      • Pro PublicaComplaint: True the Vote Leaders Used Donations for Personal Gain

        Conservative activists Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips used the nonprofit True the Vote to enrich themselves, according to a complaint filed to the IRS.

        On Monday, the nonprofit watchdog group Campaign for Accountability called for an investigation into True the Vote, which has made repeated false claims about voter fraud in elections. The complaint said True the Vote may have violated state and federal law when the charity used donations to issue loans to Engelbrecht, its founder, and lucrative contracts to Gregg Phillips, a longtime director. The organization also failed to disclose the payments to insiders in its tax returns, including excessive legal bills paid to its general counsel at the time, who filed election-related lawsuits in four states, the complaint said.

      • Democracy NowDavid Sirota: Working Class Will Be “Deeply Harmed” by Biden’s “Big Win” on Debt Ceiling

        President Joe Biden on Saturday signed a debt ceiling deal into law that averts a catastrophic default by the United States through January 1, 2025, hailing it as a “big win” for the country. Critics say the agreement protects wealthy corporations and tax dodgers while imposing new cuts on key social programs and expanding work requirements for some recipients of food stamps. The legislation has also been called a “dirty deal” by climate activists because it rolls back environmental regulations and fast-tracks the approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline through West Virginia and Virginia, a pet project of powerful Democratic West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. “The working class of this country was deeply harmed by this bill,” says investigative journalist David Sirota of The Lever. He also faults Democratic leaders for not raising the debt ceiling after the midterm elections, when the party still had control of Congress. “What you see is a picture of a party that wanted this outcome,” says Sirota.

      • Michael West MediaVeterans’ homelessness to cost billions if unaddressed

        Veterans are almost three times as likely to end up on the street but three times less likely to ask for help, a new report has found.

        In the past year, almost 6000 or 5.3 per cent of Australia’s half a million veterans were on the streets, a rate almost three times higher than the general population.

      • Michael West MediaNew blow for home owners as interest rates rise again

        Mortgage holders have been slugged with another 0.25 percentage point interest rate rise.

        The Reserve Bank board has opted to keep pressure on borrowers as it grapples with still-high inflation.

      • Michael West MediaNew bargaining system for workers kicks into action

        The first multi-employer bargaining case will be brought to the industrial umpire under new federal laws allowing workers from different businesses to band together to negotiate higher pay rises.

        Unions representing workers at 20 different early childhood education employers across NSW, the ACT and Victoria will bring their case before the Fair Work Commission on Tuesday – the first day the new laws come into effect.

      • Michael West MediaReserve Bank gears up for another close cash rate call

        The Reserve Bank board is set to make another tough interest rate decision in the fight against persistent but tempering inflation.

        Board members will weigh up strong but somewhat unreliable monthly inflation data – which came in at 6.8 per cent in April, up from 6.3 per cent in March – as well as signs of an easing but still robust jobs market.

      • Michael West MediaCouncil rates shake up, as NSW lags behind other states

        Council rate hikes could be different across rural, regional and city areas under proposed changes, but it will be up to the NSW government to bring local funding up to speed with the rest of Australia.

        NSW local government leaders have long been calling for an overhaul of the rate pegging system, which sets an annual limit on increased income from ratepayers.

      • YLEPolice suspect young man of hundreds of payment fraud crimes

        The man allegedly duped more than 400 people into revealing their banking details and stole more than one million euros from them.

      • LatviaAffordable housing project in Latvia gets hit by inflation

        Due to a substantial increase in construction costs, the affordable rental housing project announced last year has been cut from 700 to 467 apartments. In planning other similar programs, calls are made to reduce the fragmentation of housing policy, Latvian Radio reported on June 4.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • New York TimesTwitter’s U.S. Ad Sales Plunge 59% as Woes Continue

        But Twitter’s U.S. advertising revenue for the five weeks from April 1 to the first week of May was $88 million, down 59 percent from a year earlier, according to an internal presentation obtained by The New York Times. The company has regularly fallen short of its U.S. weekly sales projections, sometimes by as much as 30 percent, the document said.

        That performance is unlikely to improve anytime soon, according to the documents and seven current and former Twitter employees.

      • Silicon AngleNew Twitter boss Linda Yaccarino starts her job today at a difficult time

        Prior to taking the post, Yaccarino had worked for four years as head of NBCUniversal Media LLC’s advertising and partnership team. Back in December, Musk polled Twitter users, asking them if he should stay or go, and 57.5% said he should go. That he did, later explaining he’d like to hire a new CEO so he can concentrate on Tesla Inc. and other ventures.

      • TechdirtTwitter Admits in Court Filing: Elon Musk Is Simply Wrong About Government Interference At Twitter

        It is amazing the degree to which some people will engage in confirmation bias and believe absolute nonsense, even as the facts show the opposite is true. Over the past few months, we’ve gone through the various “Twitter Files” releases, and pointed out over and over again how the explanations people gave for them simply don’t match up with the underlying documents.

      • ScheerpostChris Hedges: Dr. Cornel West Announces He Is Running for President

        Dr. Cornel West, in his first interview since deciding to enter the U.S. presidential race, explains why he is a candidate.

      • Democracy NowDavid Sirota: Florida Lawmakers Help Ron DeSantis Shovel More Cash to Wall Street

        David Sirota of The Lever talks about how Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s fundraising for his 2024 presidential bid could be hindered by a federal pay-to-play rule that restricts campaign contributions from financial executives to state officials who control pension investment decisions.

      • TechdirtBlizzard’s ‘Diablo 4’ Q&A With Fans Got Real Weird, Real Fast

        Usually when we’re talking about companies engaging in astroturfing, it takes the form of companies or industry groups inputting comments supposedly from “the public” to support whatever thing they’re trying to accomplish. Utility groups creating a shell advocate organization to stifle reforms. Telecom companies employing astroturfers to smear an FCC nominee. Amazon cosplaying as a series of small businesses pretending to advocate against antitrust reforms. These are the types of things you think about when we talk about astroturfing.

      • H.K.G. case: The request that H.K.G herself should be directly heard at the court was rejected

        Antep MP of the Labour Party Sevda Karaca said before the hearing, “There are now those in the parliament who do not want women in their corridors. We know that this new Parliament wants to justify child abuse. We are here today. H.G.K. is not alone.”

      • New York TimesMillennials Just Keep Voting

        They are voting at higher rates than younger adults once did, helping the Democratic Party.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

        • MeduzaPutin’s ‘martial law’ address broadcast in 3 Russian regions. The Kremlin says radio stations were hacked, denies authenticity of recording. — Meduza

          A state-of-emergency address by Vladimir Putin was broadcast on the radio in three regions of southern Russia: Rostov, Belgorod, and Voronezh. Listeners heard Putin declare martial law in response to an alleged “incursion” of the Ukrainian armed forces into Russia.

        • NBCIs it real or made by AI? Europe wants a label for that as it fights disinformation

          E.U. Commission Vice President Vera Jourova said the ability of a new generation of AI chatbots to create complex content and visuals in seconds raises “fresh challenges for the fight against disinformation.”

          She said she asked Google, Meta, Microsoft, TikTok and other tech companies that have signed up to the 27-nation bloc’s voluntary agreement on combating disinformation to work to tackle the AI problem.

        • Troy PattersonPlea for Action

          A friend came to me asking for help. This friend’s Facebook account has been hacked. The hackers are now asking for money using the compromised account. This is particularly effective since this is an account that lots of people have interacted with for quite a while. So, friends and relatives are responding to requests for money. Since this is a “known” account, the request has more import. The hackers are benefitting since people are sending money.

        • Vice Media GroupStack Overflow Moderators Are Striking to Stop Garbage AI Content From Flooding the Site

          “Stack Overflow, Inc. has decreed a near-total prohibition on moderating AI-generated content… tacitly allowing the proliferation of incorrect information (“hallucinations”) and unfettered plagiarism on the Stack Exchange network,” reads an open letter written by the moderators, who are all volunteers elected by the community.

          “This poses a major threat to the integrity and trustworthiness of the platform and its content. Effective immediately, we are enacting a general moderation strike on Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange network, in protest of this and other recent and upcoming changes to policy and the platform that are being forced upon us by Stack Overflow, Inc.”

        • International Business TimesEU wants tech companies to clearly label AI-generated content

          European Commission Vice President Vera Jourova told reporters on Monday that advanced AI tools including ChatGPT can effortlessly create complex, seemingly realistic content and visuals in a few seconds. Jourova also pointed out that people can use image generators to make realistic pictures of events that never took place.

          “Voice generation software can imitate the voice of a person based on a sample of a few seconds,” she added. In fact, Spotify is reportedly prepping to use the AI-trained voices of popular hosts with the help of similar technology.

          Jourova also warned of Russian disinformation, which is spreading like wildfire in Central and Eastern Europe. Moreover, she noted that machines did not have “any right” to freedom of speech. Jourova has asked the 44 signatories of the European Union’s code of practice against disinformation to help users identify AI-generated content. “The labelling should be done now — immediately,” she insisted.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • NPRHe took away the country’s top AAA rating in 2011. He ended up fearing for his life

        Chambers was the public face of the downgrade. He defended it on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° and MSNBC’s Morning Joe. And before long, he started receiving serious threats.

      • The NationHow CNN Went From Bad to Worse

        One way to make yourself look good is to keep pointing out the faults of your predecessor. Like Elon Musk at Twitter, CNN’s CEO Chris Licht loves to denigrate the previous management of his company. With both Musk and Licht, this is clearly an attempt at covering up their own failures.1

      • VOA NewsMoscow Bans ‘Unfriendly’ Journalists From Economic Forum

        Those who have opted to stay face escalating risks, including arbitrary detention. American reporter Evan Gershkovich, who works for The Wall Street Journal, has been detained for over two months in Russia on espionage accusations that he and the U.S. government deny.

      • Project CensoredThe Project Censored Newsletter—May 2023 – Newsletters

        At the risk of sounding biased, we suspect State of the Free Press 2024 may develop into the best volume yet in the Project’s venerable yearbook series. You’ll be able to judge for yourself in December when the book drops. Meanwhile, stay tuned in the coming months for more details and sneak peaks. And, if you’re wondering why the May newsletter is arriving at the very end of the month? Well, let’s just say we’ve been busy researching and writing!

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • The NationWhy the Internet Hates Gay People

        For kids whose formative years fell in the late 2000s and early 2010s, when home computers ebbed with the widespread availability of portable screens, the practice of covertly spelunking into salacious corners of the Web—often while our parents weren’t home—was something like a rite of passage. Chat rooms like ChatRoulette or Omegle, the old Tumblr, and, of course, porn sites, offered a window into the most mysterious aspect of adult life: sex. In my case, poking around the Internet helped me realize that the range of possible self-expression and sexual desire was much bigger than what I was taught to believe in the classrooms and hallways of my suburban Ohio school.

      • TechdirtBroadband Usage Caps Now Drive MORE Broadband Usage, Study Finds

        We’ve noted for years how broadband usage caps are a pointless, unnecessary cash grab by telecom monopolies looking to nickel-and-dime consumers who already pay too much for broadband.

      • TechdirtSupreme Court Declines To Review Important 9th Circuit Section 230 Win

        Would you believe it? We’ve got some more good news from the Supreme Court on Section 230. Remember that, before Gonzalez v. Google, a few of the Justices seemed to be begging for cases that would let them destroy Section 230. But then they (surprisingly) took the Gonzalez case, had to deal with many dozens of amici briefs explaining why 230 is so important, and seemed positively spooked when they actually realized that maybe this was more complex than they thought, leading them to punt on the issue.

    • Monopolies

      • Trademarks

        • Hollywood ReporterCan a Phrase That Trolls Trump Be Trademarked? The Supreme Court Will Decide

          The Supreme Court on Monday said it will decide whether a California lawyer has the free speech right to trademark the phrase “Trump Too Small,” a reference to a taunt at the former president during the 2016 presidential campaign. In reviewing the case, the Supreme Court will revisit the constitutionality of restrictions on trademark registrations.

      • Copyrights

        • Creative CommonsA Journalist’s Guide to Creative Commons 2023

          Whether you work for a smaller newsroom seeking high quality, newsworthy photos that are free to use, or are part of a larger operation, like Propublica, that CC licenses all news to increase access and spread, CC licenses are free, powerful tools at your disposal.

          Yet, some journalists may not be aware of the potential and ease of these tools. Open Newswire and Creative Commons partnered to offer a practical primer on Creative Commons for journalism, and how to make the most of CC licenses. Enjoy!

        • New YorkerThe Case for and Against Ed Sheeran

          Music copyright, which became law in the United States in 1831, allows composers to establish the “metes and bounds” of their intellectual [sic] property [sic], just as mechanical inventors do in obtaining patents. But a patent is granted only after examiners have determined, by way of an investigation, that an invention is truly new and useful. A music copyright is more like a virtual rubber stamp that a musician gets automatically as soon as a song is “fixed in a tangible medium of expression.” If the song is a hit and the musician is sued—because “where there’s a hit, there’s a writ,” as an old adage goes—it is up to the courts to figure out how original the work is.

          Copyright makes it commercially viable to be an artist. But painters can’t claim ownership of a color, and songwriters can’t monopolize notes or, for that matter, common chord progressions, modes, or rhythms. A composer is entitled to own only a particular expression or arrangement of a musical idea, not the idea itself. (The concept of an arpeggio, or of counterpoint, cannot be copyrighted.) The question is how to legally separate the two. The law, which represents the Apollonian side of human experience—the rational, analytical, and intellectual—is a leaky sieve for containing the Dionysian elements of music: the irrational, abstract, and emotional parts.

        • Torrent FreakSetback for Bell Canada in $400m Movie Piracy Lawsuit

          Canada’s ‘Notice and Notice’ regime requires ISPs to forward infringement notices to subscribers, typically those linked to the sharing of movies via BitTorrent. U.S. movie companies say that since Bell Canada failed to forward around 40,000 notices, they are now entitled to CAD$400m in damages. Bell’s response included allegations of copyright misuse, abuse of process, champerty and maintenance and unlawful means conspiracy. That hasn’t gone according to plan.

Gemini Links 06/06/2023: Bubble 4.0, Neutral News, and Older Bits

Posted in News Roundup at 9:19 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • The Tracker Arrives…

        A weary traveler stands outside the pub, dusting off his clothes and checking his pockets nervously. He pulls a worn and slightly crumpled business card from his left jacket pocket, turning it over in his hand to examine both sides. The embossed logo of a door with a moon in the center stands out clearly in the dim light of the alleyway. Looking again at the front door of the Midnight, he raises a fist and knocks three times.

      • train of thoughts

        as a kid i was enamored of many things: succulents, rubik’s cubes, computers and also trains. the larger-than-life feeling of entering the hall of a train station, the incomprehensible announcements through the tinny speakers, the neverending onslaught of wagons dragged by freight trains, the ridiculous speeds at which these massive metal worms drag people from point a to b. unfortunately i never got around to traveling by train much as a kid. then and now going by train isn’t exactly the cheapest way to get around, and since my family was perfectly happy going everywhere by car, i didn’t have a choice.

      • 🔤SpellBinding: CINORTY Wordo: BRIMS
      • Wigs and Sandals

        Hearing someone disapprove of socks and sandals, or wearing pyjamas outdoors may be the fastest way to identify an idiot. The recategorization happens instantly, and they find themselves unknowingly in the company of every Victorian man who might have chided someone for not wearing a wig, or powdering their face enough.

      • Neutral News

        “News sources are biased”, and “everyone lives in a bubble”, we all hear constantly (or perhaps that’s just my bubble). But what would a non-biased news source look like?

        Taking a strict middle-ground gives immediately ridiculous conclusions. Perhaps the UK’s food banks suggest some problem, but not much of a problem? This seems less wrong than saying food banks don’t suggest any problem, but still wrong. And should this neutral position exist on a per-country basis – so all the countries can have balanced, and unbiased, but totally different news stories – or planet-wide? ( – I can’t even imagine what madness that would summon)

      • Apple vs VR

        Facebook’s hardware efforts on the other hand have landed pretty well—the Oculus does what people want at a good price point. Their “Metaverse” software is failing because it’s not what people want at all, but we’re getting on just fine by ignoring it completely.

        With Google going “too cheap” and Facebook hitting “just right”, the idea of Apple entering the fray at a ridiculously high price point—$3500—is both fitting and hilarious.

    • Politics

      • Auto Eugenics

        Once in a while I hear of someone who’s decided to not have children because of bad ideas. I don’t want to argue that anyone should or should not have children, but I do want to remove those bad ideas.

    • Technical

      • Will I outlive NetBSD?

        I was recently reading a detailed account of Apple UNIX, a Macintosh-compatible UNIX operating system published by Apple for Macintosh computers with m68k CPUs. The account appeared to have been written in 2001, based on one screenshot of the author’s PC desktop. The account concludes by recommending that operators of m68k-based Macintosh computers who wish to run UNIX on their machines find an alternative to Apple UNIX for a number of reasons. They recommend NetBSD.


        Oh. Zsh came out in 1990; it’s older than Linux. Huh.

      • Building a Meme in Under a Month

        People have parroted the phrase ‘depends on the threat model’, so often, so quickly, and so vacuously, that I find my toes curling at the sound of it. But after a run-in with the mods on Reddit’s /r/privacy, some noteworthy gaffs came up which I think I can give a non-vacuous example of where the threat model really matters.

      • Pens Must Die

        I’ll miss pens when they go. I like how they feel. I like that handwriting is almost impossible to fake. I like that when I receive a letter, I can tell who sent it just from how they write the address. But it all has to go.

        Pens have some advantages over computers. One can generally access a pen-record faster – just open the notepad and it’s there. Modern software is so badly programmed that it’s often easier to find a page in a notepad than to open a text document. And it’s resilient – even if rain doesn’t do paper any favours, anyone can still read a page which has been rained on. Taking out a computer in the rain is just madness.

      • Falling off the Edge of the World

        Here is a simple dice game for y’all.

        Everyone needs four pawns or markers, and then you need three dice, and then make a board that has ten spaces numbered four through thirteen, plus a little starting area before the “4” space where everyone’s pawns start out, and also make sure that the “13” space is right next to the edge of the board.

        This is a roll-and-move game of the misère variety since you lose when you move your last piece off the board, and you win by hanging on the longest.

      • Death of the Duckling – My new D&D Campaign

        My role-playing group has 3 Game Masters, and we rotate week-to-week on who is running their campaign. I’m using the more generic ‘Game Master’, because we wander away from and back to Dungeons & Dragons, though ‘DM’ would be appropriate right now, because right now all campaigns are using the D&D system.

        It is usually between two Dungeon Masters, as it has been a couple of years since I ran adventures consistently. But that is changing :) I have been putting a lot of effort in developing a new campaign, named ‘Death of the Duckling’. There is a story behind the name, but it didn’t stop the players from creating characters based on the name of the theme, with increasing references to cartoon characters such as ‘Darkwing Duck’.

      • Science

        • Long Covid Meta Analysis, Jan 2023

          A massive review of what we currently know about #LongCovid has been published today. Below are the highlights that jumped out at me, you can read the whole thing at nature.com[1].

        • Cloud spotting blues

          tfurrows wrote a phlog post yesterday centred mostly around responding to severe weather advisories and warnings. Right at the end he mentions participating in “weather spotter / Skywarn training”, something provided by the US National Weather Service. This seems to basically be a program to “crowdsource” early detection of heavy weather (what did we call “crowdsourcing” before that became a term?). I would certainly be interested to read more about this experience!

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Out with the junk and clunk, in with open web protocols

          I always hear (usually from bloggers) “everybody needs a blog”, or “everyone needs a Web page”. Fair. But what everyone sort of “needs” is e-mail, which is why Gmail was such a smash hit in 2004 (and beyond). @yahoo.com and @aol.com e-mail accounts really were overzealous in their presence online (I mean, not a lot of alternatives at one point).

          But before 2004, in 1998-ish, people wanted a different thing altogether. Not JUST a different platform (for search, Yahoo – for chat, AOL) but a different way of using the WWW that wasn’t JUST that. Essentially, a self-made, en masse invention of Internet usage/culture.

        • Migration of html2gmi API done

          My previous hosting provider changed their pricing plan so it was time to move. If I’d known people were using it I would have tried to ensure minimal downtime but until just now I hadn’t realised this, so I took my time about it. There was an evening of wasted effort trying to shoehorn it into AWS Lambda before I decided to just add it to the VPS running this site.

        • Speed up your internet by caching DNS queries for longer – nscd.conf

          Every time you access a web page there will be a few dozen network requests to a few different servers. Before every network request can run there will be a connection made to a DNS server to look up the IP address of the website server.

          If you visit the same website again soon after your computer will remember the result of the previous DNS query and not need to ask the DNS server for the IP again. However I’ve noticed that this cache expires fairly quickly and that network requests to the same server, often only minutes later, involve a DNS query that seems redundant – DNS settings don’t change all that often.

        • [Old] How will the fediverse pay the bills when it is 10x bigger?

          In the early days of the fediverse user numbers (aka hosting costs) were low and enthusiasm was high.

          Admins made their instance because they wanted to. Moderators volunteered because it felt meaningful (or whatever). We all had similar values and vibes were good. When the hat was passed around everyone happily threw a few bucks into it. Setting up a small instance can be done fairly easily by using a pre-configured docker image so only basic linux skills were needed.

        • Migrating Gemini Servers

          I’m in the process of preparing to migrate Gemini servers. This is a journey for me to learn how to do this, so I’m chronicling some things that I learned here. When all is ready, playonbsd.com will move from the current Vultr server to OpenBSD Amsterdam – for more storage space and more “OpenBSD-ness” of the whole project.

      • Announcements

        • Bubble v4.0: Muting, Tag Filters, Monthly Archive

          bbs.geminispace.org has been upgraded to Bubble v4. This week’s feature update adds some useful new tools and fixes several bugs.


          You can now mute posts, subspaces, and individual users to hide them and notifications related to them. Together with follows, this allows tailoring what one sees in their Bubble feeds with quite a lot of precision.

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

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