Links 21/10/2021: PostgreSQL JDBC 42.3.0 and Maui Report

Posted in News Roundup at 6:32 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Best Linux laptop for 2021: Which one should you buy?

        I remember, back in my early days of Linux, finding a laptop that could run the open-source operating system was tricky business. You might get a distribution to work with the video chipset. You might even find one that interacts with your soundcard. If you could manage to get wireless working, you were something special.

        That was then, and this is a very different time. Now, you can find Linux pre-installed laptops all over the place. Companies like System76, Tuxedo Computers, Juno Computers, Dell, Lenovo and HP are all producing laptops that support or are even fully certified to run Linux.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Ten more videos from the LibreOffice Conference 2021 – The Document Foundation Blog

        Here are some more videos from the LibreOffice Conference 2021! Check out the playlist, using the button in the top-right – or scroll down for links to individual videos:

      • Pi for the People | LINUX Unplugged 428

        We try out POP!_OS on the Raspberry Pi 4, and chat with its creator Jeremy Soller from System76.

        Plus our thoughts on the perfect Linux laptop right now, and the clever initiative Valve just launched for the Deck.

        Special Guests: Jack Aboutboul, Jeremy Soller, and Neal Gompa.

      • 20 Things You MUST DO After Installing Zorin OS 16 (Right Now!) – Invidious

        In this video, I’ll be taking you through 20 things that’ll make your computer Perform Better (Preload), your Internet Speed Faster (custom DNS) and so many more improvements.

      • CentOS 8 End of Life – Are you Ready? My thoughts & Suggestions – Invidious

        CentOS 8 will reach its end of life very soon – after December 31st, there will be no more updates for the popular distribution. If you’re using CentOS 8 in your data center, it’s time to make a decision. In this video, I’ll go over my thoughts about the subject, as well as some possible options for how to proceed.

      • mintCast 372 – Ryzen Sun

        1:44 The News
        18:21 Security Update
        21:43 Bi-Weekly Wanderings
        56:20 Announcements & Outro

        First up in the news Pinephone Pro, KDE’s 5.23 on their 25th, Ubuntu Frame, Windows 11 Ryzen slowdowns, and Nvidia updates

        In security Retpolines patches for performance and Azure Linux boot failures

        Then in our Wandering, Joe has some Pi, Norbert edits video, Tony Updates a BIOS, and Nishant upgrades Fedora

      • The Diablo is in the Details | Coder Radio 436

        Why mastering your development environment can be a tricky feat, and a server outage brought to you by the late 1990s.

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.14.14
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.14.14 kernel.
        All users of the 5.14 kernel series must upgrade.
        The updated 5.14.y git tree can be found at:
        	git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.14.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
        greg k-h
      • Linux 5.10.75
      • Linux 5.4.155
      • Linux 4.19.213
      • Linux 4.14.252
      • Nintendo Wii U Gamepad Linux Driver Support Still Pursuing Mainline – Phoronix

        It’s been a half-year since talking about the Wii U gamepad driver that’s been in development with mainline ambitions for supporting this wireless gamepad in conjunction with the Nintendo Wii U console. The driver has just been revised to address earlier code review comments, again renewing interest in the effort and possible mainlining in a future kernel version.

        The Wii U game console is nearly one decade old for this IBM PowerPC powered device but still is active with some hobbyists for running Linux on the device and other retro gaming purposes. This gamepad Linux driver effort continues to be for those wanting to load Linux on the console and depends upon the wireless gamepad being connected to the console via the DRH internal chip to the Wii U that in turn exposes it as a USB device. There has though been some work towards potentially allowing it to work in the absence of the console.

      • Linux 5.16 To Support The 2021 Apple Magic Keyboard – Phoronix

        Separate from all the ongoing Apple Silicon/M1 bring-up work for the Linux kernel, the Linux 5.16 cycle is set to support this year’s Apple Magic Keyboard.

        Via the Apple-HID driver there has been Linux kernel support for earlier versions of the Magic Keyboard to deal with device quirks and differences around this keyboard that need to be specially handled by the software for making full use of the keyboard, such as for the function (Fn) keys.

      • Apple Silicon PCIe Driver Queued For Linux 5.16 – Phoronix

        Queued this week into the Linux PCI subsystem’s “next” branch is the Apple PCIe driver needed to enable PCI Express support for Apple SoCs such as the M1.

        The “pcie-apple” driver is written by reverse-engineering expert Alyssa Rosenzweig and Marc Zyngier while also based on discoveries by Corellium and OpenBSD developers. At this stage the Apple PCIe controller driver is less than one thousand lines of new code for bringing up the PCI Express bus with Apple SoCs. The focus has been on the Apple M1 with last year’s Apple devices.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to play Nintendo DS games on Linux with MelonDS

        The Nintendo DS was one of Nintendo’s most successful handheld gaming consoles of all time. Sadly, in 2021 it is discontinued. So if you wish to enjoy your favorite Nintendo DS games, you’ll have to emulate them.

        If you’re a Linux user, the best way to emulate a Nintendo DS on Linux is with the MelonDS application. Here’s how to get it to work.

        Notice: AddictiveTips in no way endorses downloading Nintendo DS game ROMS online. If you wish to emulate your favorite games, please use your legal games.

      • How to play Trine 2 on Linux

        Trine 2 is the sequel to Trine, a puzzle-platforming action-adventure side-scroller game. It was developed by Frozenbyte and released in December 2011 for Windows, PS3, and Xbox 360. Later in 2012, it made its way to Linux. Here’s how to play it on your Linux system.

      • How to set up Webmin on Ubuntu Server

        Ubuntu Server is an excellent Linux server operating system. It comes with Snaps, which makes setting up apps easier. In addition, it has live patching, so you never miss a security update and many more excellent features.

        Still, for as great as Ubuntu Server is, setting up certain things can be a pain. If you’d like to avoid the annoyances of Ubuntu Server, check out Webmin. It’s a management tool for UNIX-like operating systems. With it, users can manage their Linux systems with an elegant web UI rather than the terminal. Here’s how to set it up.

      • How to install OpenBSD 7.0 – Unixcop

        When I’ve started my migration from privative OS to Linux, after a couple of weeks my first reaction was something like: ¡let’s try them all! I mean, all the linux distributions. Spoiler alert: I couldn’t, there are too many distributions. Even in 1999 there where too many.

        After a couple of months of trying different linux flavors I’ve got a new reaction: ¡let’s try all the others OSes!. And this is why I’m showing how to install OpenBSD.

        From the OpenBSD website: «The OpenBSD project produces a FREE, multi-platform 4.4BSD-based UNIX-like operating system. Our efforts emphasize portability, standardization, correctness, proactive security and integrated cryptography. As an example of the effect OpenBSD has, the popular OpenSSH software comes from OpenBSD.»

      • How to Create an SSH Honeypot to Catch Hackers in Your Linux Server – Make Tech Easier

        If you’ve ever looked at the authentication logs for your server, then you know that any server connected to the Internet is under a constant barrage of login attempts from hackers.

        Even if your server is a completely unknown hobby server, automated scripts will find it and continually try to brute force their way in using SSH. Although they’re not likely to get in as long as you’re using complex passwords or other security measures, there’s still always the chance that they could succeed.

        Luckily, there’s a useful and fun way to trap these hackers in your server and keep them too distracted to cause any trouble.

      • How To Install GoAccess on AlmaLinux 8 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install GoAccess on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, GoAccess is an interactive and real-time web server log analyzer program that quickly analyzes and views web server logs. It provides fast and valuable HTTP statistics for system administrators that require a visual server report on the fly. It parses the specified web log file and outputs the data to the terminal.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the GoAccess real-time web server log analyzer and interactive viewer on AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.

      • How To Install Drupal on Debian 11 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Drupal on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, Drupal is a free and open-source content management system based on the LAMP stack. It has great standard features, like easy content authoring, reliable performance, and excellent security. Flexibility and modularity are some of the core principles that set it apart from the rest.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of Drupal CMS on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Maui Report 16

          Today, we bring you a new report on the Maui Project’s progress.

          Maui 2.0 was released almost four months ago, and since then new features, bug fixes, and improvements have been made to the Maui set of apps and frameworks; the following blog post will cover some of the changes and highlights from the last month of development.

          Among many bug fixes that will be listed below for each individual app, some of the highlights include faster startup times, around 5X faster on the PinePhone and other ARM-based devices, which means that Maui Apps now start under 5 seconds or less in low-end devices with slow speed I/O reads.

    • Distributions

      • New Releases

        • Redcore Linux is a Gentoo-based Distro for Human Beings

          Today we’ll take a look at Redcore Linux 2102 codenamed “Polaris”. Redcore Linux is a Gentoo-based live-installable distribution that aims to bring Gentoo’s power to home users. Like Gentoo it is a rolling release, but unlike Gentoo, Redcore Linux provides more current software than Gentoo itself by using the Gentoo testing repositories as its package base.

          Redcore Linux is not a very popular Linux distro, with small development team behind it. Probably not too many people have heard of it. It’s been around for a little bit – in November, Redcore Linux will be 5 years old.

          The Redcore Linux devs team is strongly focused on few goals. They are not trying to be all things to all people like so many other Linux distributions are trying to be. All they are traying to do is make a easy to install Gentoo-based Linux distribution that ships by default with the KDE Plasma desktop. Redcore Linux targets casual desktop users and, to some extent, even power users.

      • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

        • KDE Plasma Update

          KDE Plasma pkgs were updated to 5.23.1 today. This is a bug fix release update to KDE Plasma 5.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • IBM Unveils ‘Open Source Cloud Guide’ at All Things Open

          One of the announcements made at this year’s All Things Open conference in Raleigh came on Monday when IBM unveiled an Open Source Cloud Guide, which offers a vendor and cloud agnostic view of open source developer tools.

          Unlike past ATOs, this year’s conference was a “hybrid” event, featuring in-person presentations before live audiences, as well as recorded presentations that were available only to online viewers. IBM’s announcement was made in one of the latter prerecorded presentations, called “The Growing Research that Open Source Owns the Future in Cloud,” with the announcement coming from Chris Ferris, IBM’s CTO of open technology.

          “The Open Source Cloud Guide, which highlights various use cases that are important in hybrid cloud environments, features the important open source projects in those areas and discusses how various clouds are using open source in their offerings,” Ferris and Todd Moore, IBM’s VP of open tech, wrote in a blog that was released on the same day. “By open sourcing the guide, developers are able to both use and contribute to the learnings and use cases.”

        • Automating host configuration with Red Hat Satellite and RHEL System Roles

          RHEL System Roles are a collection of Ansible roles and modules that provide a stable and consistent configuration interface to automate and manage multiple releases of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Our wide variety of System Roles can automate many aspects of RHEL, saving you time and helping to configure your RHEL systems consistently.

          In this post, we’ll walk through how to combine Satellite and RHEL System Roles to provide an effective method of automating the management of RHEL systems.

        • Monitoring eBPF-based metrics

          If you’re a Site Reliability Engineer, or do similar work, you’ve probably heard about eBPF. You might also have tried out a few bcc or bpftrace tools. Have you wondered how you can run these tools 24/7, log historical data and set alerts based on the measured metric values? This post will guide you through setting up Performance Co-Pilot, our monitoring solution for RHEL, and enabling eBPF sourced metrics on RHEL 8.

        • Developer workflows using the VS Code for Java extension 1.0 [Ed: IBM/Red Hat helping Microsoft instead of seeking to replace Microsoft's proprietary software that spies on users and encourages GPL violations]

          The 1.0 release of Language Support for Java by Red Hat on Visual Studio Code is now available on VS Code Marketplace. We’d like to take the opportunity to showcase a few workflows that really make it enjoyable to develop Java applications in Visual Studio Code (VS Code).

        • Announcing Language Support for Java by Red Hat 1.0 for Visual Studio Code [Ed: IBM/Red Hat propping up Microsoft's proprietary software that spies on users and encourages GPL violations]
        • Digital transformation: 3 goals CIOs should prioritize

          CIOs are at the forefront of digital transformation, a position that’s not likely to change. Transformations are never static, although I admit that the word makes it sound otherwise. If your goal is to reach some new fixed state that will carry you over for many years to come, you’ve lost the battle. Ultimately, digital transformation should lead to a state that enables continual change and improvement.

          Today’s CIO is now more involved in the marketing functions than in the past, and for good reason. Where once the CMO may have outsourced to an agency, the CIO is now more central to external customer experiences, in large part because digital technology is creating connections between external and internal users. And unlike with past internal efforts, the CIO needs to worry about the technology used by people over whom they have no control: end customers.

          CIOs also need to figure out the newly emerging internal marketing needs. They’re often brought in to tackle specific tasks but are quickly called upon to solve a host of other challenges within their organizations.

      • Debian Family

        • OpenEmbedded Dunfell complete recompile

          But then I wondered if there might be any repercussions with other packages. Not sure, but decided to do a complete recompile in OpenEmbedded, the Dunfell release with my ‘meta-quirky’ layer.

          Very interesting how long it took this time. Started at 9.30am yesterday, and it finished about 2.00am this morning, that is circa 16 hours. This is on my Lenovo with i3 CPU, 32GB RAM and swap partition on an internal SSD. The build has taken place on an external usb3 SSD, which would probably be the main bottleneck.

          The external SSD is 1TB, and the build has consumed almost 280GB. That is just for the x86_64 build. I also have the aarch64 build on the SSD, which has consumed almost as much. That is why I need a 1TB drive!

          The build has taken longer due to more packages compiled. I have posted about the gradual addition of more packages, and this latest build is 839 packages. That is original packages, not split up into several smaller packages like Debian does.

        • A look at old desktop themes

          I am planning a new theme for EasyOS 3.1. The theme in 3.0 and earlier has been in use for a long time, really do need a change.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Fintech Open Source and Cybersecurity

          The fintech ecosystem is flourishing and exciting things are happening these days at the intersection of digital technology and financial services – thanks in part to an infusion of global fintech investment that reached US$98 billion across 2,456 deals in H1’21. This far outpaces last year’s annual total of $121.5 billion across 3,520 deals.

          Fintech companies are creating and rolling out a wide range of solutions that are impacting nearly everyone, dramatically broadening the reach, flexibility, and level of innovation in financial services. In addition, technology is helping enable enormous progress in bringing financial services to the many people who have previously been excluded from the formal financial system.

        • Help Us Chart the Ubuntu Community Roadmap

          It hasn’t even been a week since the release of Impish Indri, and we already are gearing up for the journey to Jammy Jellyfish. If releases were a roadtrip, this is when we pull over, have some snacks, and find the best way to get to our next destination. The Desktop and Community Team want to know what your priorities are to be better advocates for the community and to make a better Ubuntu community roadmap, together!

        • Snapcraft experimental login – new, secure Web-based authentication method

          Some Snapcraft operations mandate that users identify themselves. For example, if you want to push your snap to the Snap Store, you need to login on the command line. The process relies on the internal login mechanism built into Snapcraft.

          A preview functionality for a new Web-based authentication flow is available as an experimental feature in Snapcraft since release 4.6. This allows you to complete the login process in a simple, secure manner using the browser, and extends the macaroon-based authentication currently in use.

        • Canonical at Cloud Expo Europe Madrid 2021

          The leading fair in London, Paris, Frankfurt and Singapore will open the doors of its first edition to C-level experts and executives in Madrid. Canonical will be attending as a Silver level Sponsor, presenting strategies and trends for industry leading companies, as part of the DevOps stream.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Open-Source Collaboration Platform ‘Twake’ is Out of the Beta Phase With New Feature Additions

        Twake is a modern Nextcloud alternative that is relatively new to the scene. You can use it for free or opt for paid options to unlock more features. If needed, you can also host it yourself.

        It depends on your requirements to use it as a replacement to a Nextcloud instance. However, if you are looking for an open-source solution to replace Slack, Google Drive, Trello, and Teams, Twake app should be an exciting choice.

        Even in the beta phase, I gave it a try and was pretty happy with it. Now that it is out of the beta phase, Twake 2.0 is the full release updated with new features and improvements.


        Twake 2.0 is a promising Nextcloud alternative along with the potential to replace other collaboration tools like Slack.

      • OK Lenovo, we need to talk!

        I’ve been wanting to publicly comment on Lenovo’s statement on Linux support for a while, as there’s much to say about it, and my failing attempt at finding a suitable replacement for my venerable T510 gave me an excuse to document my love-hate relationship with Lenovo all at once.

        This is of course my own personal views and ideas, and does not reflect the Haiku project’s position on the topic, nor that of Haiku, Inc. But I feel they deserve to be brought here due to history and the direct and indirect effect it might have had on the project, including previous failed attempts at commercial applications using it.

        While Lenovo is still above many other manufacturers on some aspects, and on others domains, well, nobody does any better anyway, they purport to perpetuating the IBM legacy, so I think (sic) they should be held up to the standard they claim to follow. Yet the discussion about repair and documentation pertains to almost every vendor.

        Also, it’s a long read, an hour or so, so make yourself comfortable, get a coffee, or tea and biscuits.

        Skip to the middle for the more political views on Right to repair, schematics and specifications, but you’d really be missing some history and facts for the subsequent discussion, and rants about the T510 and nvidia. If you just want to see me complain about current hardware just go further down.

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • PostgreSQL: PostgreSQL JDBC 42.3.0 released

          The PostgreSQL JDBC team is proud to announce version 42.3.0

          The major change here is that we have dropped support for JAVA 6 and JAVA 7

          This allows us to move forward with further changes

      • Programming/Development

        • Your “21st century banking” is sixty years old [Ed: At least COBOL, unlike "modern" and bloated frameworks, remains relevant and still works after all these years]

          There is one software language that controls all your money. A language that pretty much runs, all by itself, the cores of the worldwide financial systems. It cannot be replaced (not without great expense and risk, that is), and cannot be kept either, because the experts that really know it are dying out.

        • Qt Online Installer 4.2.0 beta released
        • Why Coda thinks documents are the internet’s next big platform

          The way Shishir Mehrotra sees it, digital documents haven’t really changed in 50 years. Since the days of WordStar, Harvard Graphics and VisiCalc, the basic idea of what makes up a document, presentation and spreadsheet haven’t really changed.

          Now, thanks to companies like Coda — where Mehrotra is founder and CEO — along with Notion, Quip and others, that’s starting to change. These companies are building tools that can do multiple things in a single space, that are designed both for creating and for sharing, and that turn documents from “a piece of paper on a screen” into something much more powerful. And to hear Mehrotra tell it, documents are headed toward a future that looks more like an operating system than a Word file.

          Mehrotra joined the Source Code podcast to talk about Coda’s recent announcements, the two-year project to rebuild its core technology, Coda’s future as a platform and why he thinks documents can be much more than just documents going forward.

        • Node.js 17 released, not intended for production use • The Register [Ed: Microsoft Tim on how Microsoft is weaponising TypeScript and GitHub to take over Node.js; there's also an outpost in the Linux Foundation that's controlled by a Microsoft mole, "Open"JS]

          Node.js 17 is out, loaded with OpenSSL 3 and other new features, but it is not intended for use in production – and the promotion for Node.js 16 to an LTS release, expected soon, may be more important to most developers.

        • GammaRay 2.11.3 Released!

          GammaRay 2.11.3 has been released! GammaRay is KDAB’s software introspection tool for Qt applications. Leveraging the QObject introspection mechanism, it allows you to observe and manipulate your application at runtime. This works both locally on your workstation and remotely on an embedded target. Version 2.11.3 will be the last in the 2.11 series.

          After this release, we will turn our attention to GammaRay 3.0, with the primary focus of adding support for Qt 6.

        • Perl/Raku

  • Leftovers

    • Would I Lie to Monty Hall?

      The logic problem involving a game show host that drove people crazy in the early ’90s … and whether it applies to the panel shows of today.

    • COVID-19, a lost opportunity for italian administrations

      Nineteen months ago, when Italy went in lockdown, I wrote almost immediately that this, at least, could and should be an excellent occasion to throw away and redesign from scratch many services, if not the whole economy, in ways that finally make sense.

      Nineteen months ago, the forced, hurried adoption of all sorts of “remote working” seemed to offer, if not a perfect field trial towards that goal, at least a great list of things to avoid.

    • Pandemics, kicking cars out of the stone age

      By now, you probably know that production of cars has slowed down worldwide, due to a shortage of electronic components, or “chips” for the sake of simplicity. Initially, the carmakers thoughts, or said, that this would only affect production for a few months. but this is not happening. One reason is [relatively] well known, and is the general mess of worldwide supply chains. The other is less known, and more interesting too.

    • Hardware

      • Refining The Greatest Joystick Of The 1980s | Hackaday

        The Competition Pro joystick is often considered to be the pinnacle of input devices, at least as far as the 1980s gaming goes. But the design isn’t perfect, and time hasn’t been kind to certain aspects of its mechanism. For example, the large rubber disc used to keep the stick centered on early generations of the hardware will invariably be hardened up on any surviving specimens. Looking to return these classic controllers to their former glory, and then some, [mageb] has released a number of 3D printed modifications for the Competition Pro that should be of great interest to the vintage gamer.

      • Know Audio: It All Depends On The DAC | Hackaday

        All of these are essentially sigma-delta DACs, and they approach the problem of moving the out-of-band noise upwards by producing pulse chains at a high multiple of the sample clock where the number of pulses corresponds to the value of the sample being converted. By sampling with lower resolution, but much faster, the associated out of band noise is shifted much higher up the frequency range, which makes the job of separating it out from the signal much easier. It can be decoded into an analogue signal by means of a fairly straightforward low-pass filter. These are the “Bitstream” and “1-bit” DACs advertised on those 1990s CD players, and what was once the bleeding edge of audio technology is now commonplace.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • The ELISA Project Continues to Grow its Global Ecosystem by Welcoming Red Hat as a Premier Member and Banma, Lotus Cars and SUSE – Linux Foundation

                Today, the ELISA (Enabling Linux in Safety Applications) Project, an open source initiative that aims to create a shared set of tools and processes to help companies build and certify Linux-based safety-critical applications and systems, announced that it Red Hat has upgraded its membership to premier member and welcomes Banma, Lotus Cars and SUSE as the newest members.

                Linux is used in all major industries because it can enable faster time to market for new features and take advantage of the quality of the code development processes. Launched in February 2019 by the Linux Foundation, ELISA works with Linux kernel and safety communities to agree on what should be considered when Linux is to be used in safety-critical systems.

                “Linux underpins many applications today that have safety-critical and cybersecurity implications,” said Kate Stewart, Vice President of Dependable Embedded Systems at The Linux Foundation. “By collaborating together, the ELISA members are defining the best practices for use of Linux in these systems. We look forward to continuing to build consensus and welcoming expertise and collaboration from these new members.”

              • The ELISA Project Continues to Grow its Global Ecosystem by Welcoming Red Hat as a Premier member and Banma, Lotus Cars and SUSE

                Today, the ELISA (Enabling Linux in Safety Applications) Project, an open source initiative that aims to create a shared set of tools and processes to help companies build and certify Linux-based safety-critical applications and systems, announced that Red Hat has upgraded its membership to premier member and welcomes Banma, Lotus Cars and SUSE as the newest members.

        • Security

          • Security updates for Wednesday

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (ffmpeg, smarty3, and strongswan), Fedora (udisks2), openSUSE (flatpak, strongswan, util-linux, and xstream), Oracle (redis:5), Red Hat (java-1.8.0-openjdk, java-11-openjdk, openvswitch2.11, redis:5, redis:6, and rh-redis5-redis), SUSE (flatpak, python-Pygments, python3, strongswan, util-linux, and xstream), and Ubuntu (linux, linux-aws, linux-aws-5.11, linux-azure, linux-azure-5.11, linux-gcp, linux-gcp-5.11, linux-hwe-5.11, linux-kvm, linux-raspi and strongswan).

          • JavaScript Packing Found in More Than 25% of Malicious Sites
          • Textbook Rental Scam – Schneier on Security

            Here’s a story of someone who, with three compatriots, rented textbooks from Amazon and then sold them instead of returning them. They used gift cards and prepaid credit cards to buy the books, so there was no available balance when Amazon tried to charge them the buyout price for non-returned books. They also used various aliases and other tricks to bypass Amazon’s fifteen-book limit. In all, they stole 14,000 textbooks worth over $1.5 million.

          • Amazon textbook rental service scammed for $1.5m

            A 36-year-old man from Portage, Michigan, was arrested on Thursday for allegedly renting thousands of textbooks from Amazon and selling them rather than returning them.

            Andrew Birge, US Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, said Geoffrey Mark Hays Talsma has been indicted on charges of mail and wire fraud, transporting stolen property across state lines, aggravated identity theft, and lying to the FBI.

            Also indicted were three alleged co-conspirators: Gregory Mark Gleesing, 43, and Lovedeep Singh Dhanoa, 25, both from Portage, Michigan, and Paul Steven Larson, 32, from Kalamazoo, Michigan

            From January 2016 through March 2021, according to the indictment, Talsma rented textbooks from the Amazon Rental program in order to sell them for a profit. The indictment describes what occurred as “a sophisticated fraud scheme.”

          • Google Releases Security Updates for Chrome

            Google has released Chrome version 95.0.4638.54 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This version addresses vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit to take control of an affected system.

            CISA encourages users and administrators to review the Chrome Release Note and apply the necessary update as soon as possible.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Mark Zuckerberg will soon be named in a major a privacy lawsuit

              The attorney general of Washington DC told The New York Times Wednesday that he plans to name Mark Zuckerberg in a privacy lawsuit that stems from the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The suit, first filed in December 2018, charges Facebook with misleading DC residents about their privacy, because Cambridge Analytica was able to illicitly obtain data on tens of millions of users.

              Attorney general Karl Racine told the Times that new information had shed light on Zuckerberg’s role in product changes that enabled third-party developers to collect data on their users’ friends, a technique that allowed a Cambridge University researcher to collect reams of data and sell it to Cambridge Analytica. “Under these circumstances, adding Mr. Zuckerberg to our lawsuit is unquestionably warranted, and should send a message that corporate leaders, including the C.E.O., will be held accountable for their actions,” Racine told the Times.

              Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone called the allegations “meritless” in a statement to the Times and said, “We will continue to defend ourselves vigorously and focus on the facts.”

            • The difference between Instagram and TikTok, and why it matters

              TikTok upload length of 15 seconds is feasible even without broadband. This, together with lack of curation or standards for it, was a godsend for creators from rural, poorer or marginalized caste backgrounds, who were otherwise invisible on the Indian internet. It gave them concrete opportunities to make decent money, even with theoretically unpolished content like joyfully “singing indigenous rhymes as floodwaters clogged their mud house”, and gained TikTok 200 million users in India in 2020, mostly outside the middle classes.

    • Environment

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Pork is already super expensive. This new animal-welfare law could push prices higher

          Pork, much like everything else these days, has gotten more expensive due in part to the supply chain issues and inflationary pressures spurred by the pandemic.

          And now comes another wildcard: The pork industry’s ability — and desire — to adapt to a new animal welfare law in California, its largest US market.
          The voter-approved measure taking effect on January 1 requires pork products sold within the state to adhere to standards that mother pigs are given at least 24 square feet of space each and kept out of gestation crates — 7-by-2-foot stalls where their movements are severely restricted.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Undercover political campaigners are arrived | Stop at Zona-M

        Voters engagement and voting advocacy are absolutely necessary to keep democracy alive. When they happen online, however, they can be controlled like any other political campaigning tool, but with much greater accuracy. Choosing the right messengers, in fact, allows to target specifical constituencies with great accuracy, each with a different message from the person that is more popular among them.

        This is true with all voters, of course. However, it is particularly relevant, at least now, among young voters, who as a group spend more time on social media but have less experience.


        Regulated, yes. Undercover, “clandestine” political campaigning is not good. Problem is, how do you do it without even worst side effects?

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Will the Right to Protest survive its migration online? – Access Now

        The human right to protest is crucial because it is a gateway right — it onboards us to other rights. Even for those who have never participated in a protest, or ever plan to, many of the rights we enjoy today are the result of others in the past exercising their right to protest for those rights.

        For example, it’s in large part because of the suffragette movement that women can vote today, and it is largely thanks to the sacrifices of the labor movement that many enjoy a 40-week workweek as a norm today. Contemporary history is signposted with protests that have enabled us to live the lives we currently live.

        I recently gave a TEDx talk recalling some of these history-defining protests — an anti-nuclear war protest held in Sydney in the ‘80s, and the 2011 Arab Spring protests in Egypt. In it I explain why the right to peaceful protest matters, now more than ever. But also how it is at risk due to the advent of new technologies. I inquire whether the right to protest will survive its migration online.

Links 20/10/2021: New Redcore Linux and Hospital Adoption of GNU Health

Posted in News Roundup at 1:16 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • 5 Best Ways To Secure Your Linux System Distribution

      There are many ways to secure your Linux system distribution. Today, cyber attacks and computer hacking can be prevented by bolstering security systems. By securing a Linux system, a computer is shielded from identity theft, data extraction, and other forms of malware. Different ways of securing a Linux system can teach users how to avoid spam, scams, and phishing campaigns. As a Linux developer, you should follow basic principles to increase privacy, security and stability. In this article, we’ll discuss the best ways you can secure your Linux system.

      Enable full disk encryption (FDE) to secure your Linux system. You should encrypt your entire hard disk regardless of which operating system you are using. This will ensure that your data remains secure if the device is stolen. First, take advantage of full disk encryption at install time if possible. By encrypting your hard disk, a criminal will be unable to extract your information without an FDE password. Encrypt your full disk so you don’t have to worry about temporary files, swap files, or other directories containing sensitive information. Furthermore, you will notice that encrypting your full disk allows your computer to function at a similar level of performance. Certainly, consider FDE as a cybersecurity tip to help Linux users protect their computers.

    • Server

      • The love/hate relationship the cloud has with Linux

        The cloud is run by Linux and open-source. There is no debating that claim at this point. It’s fact. And not only does Linux power all of those cloud services we deploy and use, but the hold it has over that particular tech sector is also only going to get stronger as we march into the future. I predict that, over the next five years, the cloud and Linux will become synonymous to the point everyone (from CEOs to end-users) will finally get just how important and powerful the platform is.

        So it’s safe to say, there would be no cloud without Linux.

        There would also be no cloud-native development, Kubernetes, Docker, virtual machines or containers in general.

        With that in mind, it should stand to reason that the relationship between Linux and the cloud would be all love.

    • Benchmarks

      • Radeon RX 6600 Linux Performance Rising Even Higher With Newest Open-Source Driver

        Just one week ago was the public launch of the Radeon RX 6600 as the newest offering in the RDNA2 GPU line-up. While in our Radeon RX 6600 Linux review the performance was good on AMD’s well regarded open-source driver stack and standing ground against the likes of the GeForce RTX 3060 with NVIDIA’s proprietary Linux driver, it turns out the RX 6600 Linux performance can be even better already. Here are benchmarks of the Radeon RX 6600 on Linux across six different driver configurations.

        In particular, it appears that the driver state around 1 October that was used for the launch-day RX 6600 Linux review is actually less than ideal — there appears to have been a regression around that point and with newer (as well as 21.2 stable) driver code there can be measurable gains to Linux gaming performance.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • What’s in a hostname?

        You can spend a surprising amount of time chasing RFCs and finding out more than you ever thought you’d need to know about something as trivial as “hostnames”.

        The Internet is a Playground, the DNS a never-ending source of entertainment and astonishment, and hostnames… largely undefined.

      • How to change the colour of the underline in gspell

        gspell is GNOME’s spell-checking library.

      • How To Install Calligra Office Suite on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Calligra Office Suite on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Calligra Suite is an office and graphic art suite by KDE similar to the LibreOffice. It is available for desktop PCs, tablet computers, and smartphones. It contains applications for word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, vector graphics, and editing databases.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Calligra Office Suite on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.

      • How to Convert a Webpage to PDF in Linux – It’s FOSS

        Saving a webpage as a PDF comes in handy when you archive certain resources or use them for educational purposes.

        But, how do you convert a webpage to PDF in Linux?

        You can either choose to go the easy way out using the web browser (GUI) on every Linux distribution or use the terminal to turn a webpage into a PDF file.

      • How to Install GoAccess Web Log Analyzer on Rocky Linux 8

        GoAccess is an open-source lightweight log analyzer that can read and analyze log files of multiple formats, including Apache, Nginx, Amazon S3, Elastic Load Balancing, CloudFront, Caddy, etc. It is written in C language and uses the ncurses library for its dashboard interface, which can be accessed from the command line.

        It can generate reports in HTML, JSON, and CSV format, which can be shared with others. You can even generate real-time HTML reports that can be displayed via a public link.

        In this tutorial, you will learn to install GoAccess Analyzer on a Rocky Linux-based server and configure it to read Nginx logs and serve real-time reports.

      • How to Install Prometheus System Monitoring Tool on Debian 11

        Prometheus is a free, open-source and web-based monitoring application that collects metrics from your services and stores them in a time-series database. Prometheus default configuration only exports metrics about itself. But, you can extend it by installing exporters, and other programs. It supports a multi-dimensional data model, multiple modes of graphing and dashboarding.

        In this post, we will show you how to install Prometheus monitoring on Debian 11.

      • How to Install R Programming Language on Ubuntu 20.04 – LinuxCapable

        R is an open-source programming language, and free software environment for statistical computing and graphical representation created and supported by the R Core Team and the R Foundation. R’s popularity is widely used amongst statisticians and data miners for statistical and data analysis software developers.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install R using the CRAN repository and install packages from both R’s CRAN repository or PPA cran2deb4ubuntu on Ubuntu 20.04.

      • How to Run Android Apps on Linux

        Ever wanted to run an Android app on Linux but didn’t want to mess with debugging bridges, development environments, or sideloading apps? An app called Anbox makes it possible, and we show you how to use it.

      • GNU Linux Debian – apt package management – what does this two-letter-package-status mean anyway? (ii rc)
      • How to install Mattermost Server on Rocky Linux 8

        Mattermost is messaging software that can be configured to support your organization’s messaging requirements.

        It works just like messaging software you will have used before. Users are able to log in and use the messaging platform to send messages of any kind between themselves or directed at other users which they choose to subscribe to their messaging feed. It also supports group messaging, where a conversation thread emerges between more than one person. Messages also include file attachments, images, links, etc, for sharing across an organization. Additionally, there are some interesting extra features that can be enabled, such as video conferencing if required.

        Developers want to use this software because it’s easy to configure, it can be hosted in your own private cloud, it’s free, and messaging is an important requirement for most organizations.

      • Install APEX and ORDS on CentOS 8 – Unixcop

        Oracle Application Express is a low-code development platform that enables you to build scalable, secure enterprise apps, with world-class features, that can be deployed literally anywhere.

        Also it’s a proprietary web-based integrated development environment (IDE) developed by Oracle Corporation for creating and managing Oracle databases and other related database functionality. In addition to, With it developers can quickly develop and deploy compelling apps that solve real problems and provide immediate value, even it’s not necessary to be an expert in a vast array of technologies to deliver sophisticated solutions.

      • Install Proftpd on Centos and Rockylinux 8 – Unixcop

        Proftpd is an Opensource ftp Server compatible with Unix-like systems its easy to install , fast and secure . lets show you in this how to install this software.

        In my case i’am using vzlinux its one if the Centos derivatives.

        Proftpd doesn’t exit on the standard Redhat/Centos repositories this is why we need to create extra repositories to make this possible, we need epel-repository.

      • Install and Configure Squid Proxy on Rocky Linux 8 – kifarunix.com

        In this guide, we are going to learn how to install and configure Squid proxy on Rocky Linux 8.
        Squid is a full-featured web proxy cache server application which provides proxy and cache services for HTTP, FTP, SSL requests and DNS lookups. It also performs transparent caching that reduces bandwidth and improves response time by caching and reusing frequently requested web pages.

      • Install and Setup Squid Proxy on Debian 11/Debian 10 – kifarunix.com

        In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to install and setup Squid Proxy on Debian 11/Debian 10.

        Squid is a full-featured web proxy cache application which provides proxy and cache services for HTTP, FTP, SSL requests and DNS lookups. It also performs transparent caching that reduces bandwidth and improves response time by caching and reusing frequently requested web pages.

      • Bash String Manipulation – OSTechNix

        String manipulation is one of the fundamental concepts in bash scripting. In programming, strings are one of the data types which are an ordered sequence of characters. It is important that you know how to create and manipulate strings in bash. In this guide, we will learn string manipulation in Bash shell scripting with simple examples. You will be comfortable working with bash strings at the end of this article.

      • Using Thunderbolt 3 or 4 on Ubuntu – ByteXD

        When purchasing any laptop, you need to take a keen look at all the ports available since they connect your system to other devices in the digital world. When Apple released the new style MacBook Pro in 2015, people were amazed. This machine ditched all the available ports on the previous releases and replaced them with only Thunderbolt 3 and a headphone socket. Standard ports like the charging socket, display ports (HDMI), USB, and SD card reader, which you will most likely find on most laptops, were all removed and are now supported by the Thunderbolt 3 port.

      • Multipath TCP on RHEL 8: From one to many subflows

        Many years ago, Hercules was traveling back to Athens when he lost his way in a wood. Arriving at a crossroad, he found two women. One of them was Aletheia, the goddess of truth, and the other was Apate, the goddess of lies. But he didn’t know who was who. Hercules needed all his intelligence to find the only question capable of revealing the way to Athens.

        If you are lost in a computer network and don’t know which path to take, don’t worry—you don’t need Hercules to find your way: You can use Multipath TCP.

      • Deploy and remove a web server with Ansible

        ​Ansible is an agentless IT automation tool that unravels the mystery of how work gets done. Many sysadmins run Ansible ad hoc commands or playbooks daily to handle their automated tasks. They rely on Ansible’s default command-line interface (CLI) output to visualize and understand what happens after their command or playbook finishes running.

        Since Ansible’s CLI standard output is clean and lean, one option for tracking runtimes, getting metrics, understanding resource consumption, and gathering other information is to modify the output to include more details through using callback plugins. This article explores how to use two different Ansible callback plugins to profile system activity and maximum memory usage of tasks and full execution using cgroups.

      • Can you turn a Raspberry Pi into a satellite deco? | ITIGIC

        The Raspberry Pi have been receiving different versions over time, with improvements in USB ports, HDMI, and even Ethernet in the most recent models. Along with them, a constant has been the 40-pin GPIO connector , thanks to which we can hook all kinds of modifications and improvements.

    • Wine or Emulation

      • Linux for Starters: Your Guide to Linux – Wine – Part 21

        his is a series that offers a gentle introduction to Linux for newcomers.

        Part 20 of this series explored VirtualBox, virtualisation software that lets you run operating systems (including Windows) as a guest operating system. With VirtualBox you can therefore run Windows software on a Linux machine. There is another, and very different way, of running native Windows software. It’s called Wine.

        Wine (originally an acronym for “Wine Is Not an Emulator”) is a free and open-source compatibility layer that aims to allow computer programs developed for Microsoft Windows to run on Unix-like operating systems including Linux.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • PSA: gnome-settings-daemon’s MediaKeys API is going away

          In 2007, Jan Arne Petersen added a D-Bus API to what was still pretty much an import into gnome-control-center of the “acme” utility I wrote to have all the keys on my iBook working.

          It switched the code away from remapping keyboard keys to “XF86Audio*”, to expecting players to contact the D-Bus daemon and ask to be forwarded key events.

          In 2013, we added support for controlling media players using MPRIS, as another interface. Fast-forward to 2021, and MPRIS support is ubiquitous, whether in free software, proprietary applications or even browsers. So we’ll be parting with the “org.gnome.SettingsDaemon.MediaKeys” D-Bus API. If your application still wants to work with older versions of GNOME, it is recommended to at least quiet the MediaKeys API’s unavailability.

    • Distributions

      • New Releases

        • Redcore Linux Hardened 2102 Polaris stable | Redcore Linux Project

          We’re pleased to announce that Redcore Linux Hardened 2102 (codename Polaris) is now available for download. This cycle was a rather smooth one, without major incidents, until the nasty portage bug announced in our last blogpost. But that one was not the only bug we addressed since our previous release. In fact, this release is mostly focused on polishing and fixing bugs, so you won’t find many exciting new features inside. Though, we still updated over 1300 packages since our previous release and, to top it off, we did a mass rebuild of the whole repository.

        • Redcore Linux Still Aims to Bring Gentoo Linux to the Masses, Now Ships with Linux 5.14

          Over the past five years, Redcore Linux’s goal has always been to bring the power of the source-based Gentoo Linux operating system to the masses, offering users up-to-date and hardened live ISO images with the most recent KDE Plasma desktop environment and a carefully selected set of applications for office, multimedia, gaming, and Internet browsing needs.

      • BSD

        • OpenBSD 7.0 Release Brings in Improved Apple M1 Support and Adds More Platforms

          OpenBSD 7.0 is the 51st OpenBSD release that brings in significant changes and multiple features.

          Let’s discover the changes OpenBSD has made.


          In brief, the security-focused operating system OpenBSD is making its way towards success.

          OpenBSD 7.0 presented more features and more support than before. You can try to install it if you are keen to know the interoperability of this system’s components.

        • How BSD Authentication Works

          The way OpenBSD authenticates users is quite different from other Unix-like operating systems. Most other systems like AIX, Solaris, Linux, the other BSDs, and MacOS, use a framework called Pluggable Authentication Module (PAM). The two main implementations are Linux PAM and OpenPAM. PAM modules are created as dynamically loaded shared objects, which communicate using a combination of common and implementation specific interfaces (Linux-PAM and OpenPAM). It’s configured using the pam.d directory and pam.conf file. While it can be flexible, it’s highly complex and very easy to mis-configure, leaving you open to strange and hard to track down authentication bugs. On top of that, the fact that it’s a shared library means that any vulnerability in a poorly vetted authentication module gives attackers direct access to the internals of your application. Author Michael W. Lucas said it best when he described PAM as unstandardized black magic.

          OpenBSD on the other hand uses a mechanism called BSD Authentication. It was originally developed for a now-defunct proprietary operating system called BSD/OS by Berkeley Software Design Inc., who later donated the system. It was then adopted by OpenBSD in release 2.9. BSD Auth is comparatively much simpler than PAM. Modules or, authentication “styles”, are instead stand alone applications or scripts that communicate over IPC. The module has no ability to interfere with the parent and can very easily revoke permissions using pledge(2) or unveil(2). The BSD Authentication system of configured through login.conf(5).

        • Explaining top(1) on FreeBSD

          We all know and have at least once used the top(1) command to track information about our cpu and processes, but how many of you know what each field means? Today we will guide you through each of these fields. By default, top(1) displays the ‘top’ processes on each system and periodically updates this information every 2.0 seconds using the raw cpu use percentage to rank the processes in the list.

      • SUSE/OpenSUSE

        • Hospital to run GNU Health, openSUSE

          Thousands of patients in the coastal area of Kribi, Cameroon, are set to gain enhanced health-care delivery as a hospital in the city expands with the use of energy efficient open-source solutions.

          The Ebomé Hospital, which is on the southern coast of central Africa, has 24-hour emergency services, an operating room, radiology, maternity, a laboratory, a pharmacy and other services. The hospital treats thousands of people every year.

          As the facility expands, it will use the Hospital Information System GNU Health to manage patient records, laboratory information and administrative services. The system will be running openSUSE Leap 15.3 on several Raspberry Pi 4 computers.

          “The excellent, long time relationship among openSUSE and GNU Health communities have resulted in a solid infrastructure that delivers state of the art technology all while delivering outstanding performance and protecting the privacy of the patients and health professionals,” said computer scientist, physician and Free Software advocate Luis Falcón. “From Single Board Computers to enterprise grade servers, to mobile phones. Our communities will continue pioneering and delivering state-of-the-art technology in the areas of public health, hospital and laboratory management, bioinformatics and personal health tech like MyGNUHealth.”

      • Arch Family

        • You Can Now Install the UnityX Desktop in Arch Linux, Here’s How

          UnityX is the successor of the Unity7 desktop environment created by Canonical for its popular Ubuntu Linux distribution back in 2011 with the Ubuntu 11.04 release. But Canonical pulled the plug on Unity7 after seven years of development, yet the community wasn’t ready for this major change.

          In May 2020, developer Rudra Saraswat created an unofficial Ubuntu flavor called Ubuntu Unity, which features the good old Unity7 desktop environment. Now, the Ubuntu Unity creator wants to take Unity7 to the next level and created UnityX, a modern, yet simple desktop environment.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Programming/Development

        • Paradox of the perfect code editor

          Imagine if someone summoned a magical genie and wished for a perfect code editor. Since it is perfect, does that mean it provides you everything you ever need to code the optimal solution? Or since it is perfect, does it enable you to accomplish the coding aspect instantly?

          Thus, the paradox:

          Does the perfect code editor mean that you spend nearly 100% of your work time using the editor or does it mean you spend nearly 0% of your work time using the editor?

        • I write code 100 hours/week, here’s why I probably won’t stop

          I feel strongly you should never feel compelled or required to do what I am doing. Any company, manager, or person asking you to do so is horrible and you should get out quick. I don’t want to contribute to that culture or feed it.

          But-I love what I’m doing. I love the amount of progress I’m able to achieve every day. I love my time spent solving problems. I love what I’ve achieved so far. I want to go further than ever before – I’ve been marathon coding for as long as I can remember, and I’m not going to stop. I need to see how far I can go.

          I love the choices I’ve made in life. I hope you love yours too.

        • Perl/Raku

          • The reports of Perl’s death have been greatly exaggerated

            But you know what? Perl’s still going. It’s had a steady cadence of year­ly releas­es for the past decade, intro­duc­ing new fea­tures and fenc­ing in bad behav­ior while main­tain­ing an admirable lev­el of back­ward com­pat­i­bil­i­ty. Yes, there was a too-​long adven­ture devel­op­ing what start­ed as Perl 6, but that lan­guage now has its own iden­ti­ty as Raku and even has facil­i­ties for mix­ing Perl with its native code or vice versa.

    • Standards/Consortia

  • Leftovers

    • Seeing the Future

      It was 1968. “He” was Minnesota Senator Eugene McCarthy. As that campaign slogan suggested, his strong second-place showing in the Maine primary was proof that opposition to the Vietnam War had finally become a viable platform for a Democratic candidate for president. I volunteered in McCarthy’s campaign office that year. My memory of my duties is now vague, but they mainly involved alphabetizing and filing index cards containing information about the senator’s supporters. (Remember, this was the age before there was a computer in every pocket, let alone social media and micro-targeting.)

      Running against the Vietnam War, McCarthy was challenging then-President Lyndon Johnson in the Democratic primaries. After McCarthy had a strong second-place showing in Maine, New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy entered the race, too, running against the very war his brother, President John F. Kennedy, had bequeathed to Johnson when he was assassinated. Soon, Johnson would withdraw from the campaign, announcing in a televised national address that he wouldn’t run for another term.

    • The Mirror

      The entertainment industry is in a golden age of reboots. Some stories, it seems, are compelling enough—after a few obligatory tweaks in style and tone—that an audience can be persuaded to make a repeat visit every five or 10 years. An incomplete list of such archetypes includes: A misanthropic clown commits crimes but has interesting reasons for doing so. Beset with bad health insurance, a chemistry teacher becomes a drug kingpin. Four female friends drink cosmos and have unrealistically large apartments in New York City. And on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, bloodthirsty cliques of teenagers party and scheme, surveilled by an anonymous blogger known as ”Gossip Girl.”

    • In the New Year

      Sun on my face and the train slips

      into the tunnel. Dim reflection confronts.

    • We Came Here to Get Away From You
    • Modernity: Never Shutting Up

      Fear and giddiness, disorientation, ghosts of the future… No wonder everyone wanted to go back to a sylvan past that never really existed. Sentimental burgomasters, proto-fascists, fitness cults and lousy painters invented paradises and tried to return there; a new stratum of nervous clerks, perused by the snickering men of the crowd, emerged from below and pressed into the concrete city nightscape. Voices and more voices, more and more voices. Modernism as logorrhea, an unhealth of speech. We became uncertain of who was speaking and from whence they spoke. Clouds heavy with words. Air buzzing with recording ice. Elevator doors like human mouths in constant jabber. Newspapers as teeming hives of detail, sardines of useless certitudes meant to stun the public via sheer factoid attrition. Was the multitude having its revenge on courtly silence, cowed deference, and late Victorian martial fatigue? Schizophrenia is a natural response to surroundings that have grown more and more averse to silence, an inward multiplicity called into being to meet multiple outsides. This is how the mind attempts to heal itself, and fails. Which was another proposition of Freud’s, maybe his most profound.

      Noise made new kinds of books, plays, and plastic. In 1889, Arno Holz and Johannes Schlaf published Papa Hamlet, which became the babbling sensation of the day. In a nod to the Nordic dramatists, the genuine avant garde back then—also perhaps in recognition of the slippery quality of modern identity—the pair wrote it under the pseudonym “Bjarnbe P Holmsen”. Ostensibly the tale of a failed actor, the preposterously named Niels Thienwiebel, the novella reads like Zola’s gin palace given over to Tourette’s and set in an earthquake. Thienwiebel’s family hover around destitution: his wife gives birth to a sickly doomed kid (called Fortinbras, of course), while the landlady demands her rent and various weird neighbors enter with obscure and probably larcenous motives. Crisis upon crisis accumulates, while Thienwiebel shrieks out snippets from the Danish Play and warns of dark powers lurking beneath the city sidewalks[2]. It is hard to tell exactly what is going on in Papa Hamlet, and even harder to tell who is speaking, despite the total absence of anything remotely fantastic or uncanny. Most contemporary reviewers thought it was a bad joke on the reader, but like Tristram Shandy, the book was a great success with both the public and the intellectuals. It has now been part of German school curricula for well over a century. Rixdorf Editions offers the Anglophone world this influential classic for the first time, collected with the authors’ other fugitive pieces, and rendered as painlessly as possible (but with the right agony) by the brilliant translator, James J. Conway.

    • I Just Chose My Place and Let the Circle Form Around Me
    • Art at the Border of Power and Ecology

      Miguel Fernández de Castro’s white Toyota pickup truck rolled into the empty gravel lot outside the Santa Ana bus station a few minutes after 5 pm. We were two hours south of the Arizona border, in the desert state of Sonora, one of the most sparsely populated regions in Mexico. I had met Fernández de Castro six months earlier in Brooklyn, at a Japanese-inspired cocktail bar run by the art magazine e-flux, where he was screening his experimental film Grammar of Gates. Released in 2019, the video examines the plight of the Tohono O’odham, the Indigenous group from which he is descended and whose territory straddles the US-Mexico border. Pairing drone footage of the tribe’s ancestral lands with clips from the kitschy 1970 western Geronimo Jones, it’s an impressionistic portrait of a nation encroached on from all sides. From the south, cartels have established trafficking routes that snake through the territory. From the north, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has occupied the reservation as a base of operations. At the time of the screening, Fernández de Castro was nearing the end of a fellowship, and he and his partner, the anthropologist Natalia Mendoza, were preparing to return to Altar, the town in Sonora where he was born and raised. When he said I was welcome to visit, he probably didn’t think I’d take him up on the offer. But there I was, sitting on the curb outside the bus station next to a taco stand, watching 18-wheelers trundle by on Federal Highway 2.

      Fernández de Castro pulled up to the curb. He is 35 years old, with dirty blond hair and striking gray-green eyes. He wears blue jeans, brown cowboy boots, and a dark baseball cap with a curved brim. When he’s driving, he always has a playlist at the ready—often corridos tumbados, the emerging genre that combines Mexican country music with hip-hop production and pop songwriting. Altar was an hour away, so after a few minutes on the highway, he decided to pull over to grab two Tecate Lights from the cooler in his truck bed. “Don’t expect to find craft beer out here,” he teased as he cracked a can and placed it in his cupholder.

    • Education

    • Health/Nutrition

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Caskading Failures

        In case you hadn’t heard, Let’s Encrypt’s root certificate expired on September 30th, causing many old applications and devices to reject connections to any site secured by certificates issued by Let’s Encrypt. At Cider and Saddle, all of our services are backed by a Let’s Encrypt wildcard certificate, which we’d configured to automatically renew when needed. We thought that meant we’d be in the clear; after all, we were sure to keep our production system up-to-date, and as long as the system’s CA certificates were fresh, there shouldn’t be any issues.

        We were wrong.

        On October 3rd, one of our community members noticed Cask was throwing 500 errors upon visiting the page. Scrubbing through the logs, it was pretty easy to guess what was going on: [...]

      • Proprietary

        • SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 released — free Word, Excel and PowerPoint alternatives for Windows, Mac and Linux

          German developer SoftMaker Software GmbH has unveiled the latest version of its free office suite for Windows, Mac and Linux. SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 is the first major release in over three years, and provides free alternatives to the key components of Microsoft Office, namely Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

          New features are thin on the ground, and form just a subset of those that accompanied the commercial release of SoftMaker Office 2021 last year.

          Word processor TextMaker 2021 gains support for ‘simultaneous use of footnotes and endnotes within the same document’, while Powerpoint alternative Presentations 2021 adds new OpenGL-based animations and slide transitions, which — SoftMaker promises — improves compatibility with PowerPoint documents.

        • Sinclair hit by ransomware attack, TV stations disrupted [iophk: Windows TCO]

          Sinclair Broadcast Group, which operates dozens of TV stations across the U.S., said Monday that some of its servers and work stations were encrypted with ransomware and that data was stolen from its network.

        • Sinclair hit by ransomware attack, TV stations disrupted [iophk: Windows TCO]

          The Hunt Valley, Maryland-based company either owns or operates 21 regional sports network and owns, operates or provides services to 185 television stations in 86 markets.

        • Pseudo-Open Source

        • Security

          • Project Zero: How a simple Linux kernel memory corruption bug can lead to complete system compromise

            This blog post describes a straightforward Linux kernel locking bug and how I exploited it against Debian Buster’s 4.19.0-13-amd64 kernel. Based on that, it explores options for security mitigations that could prevent or hinder exploitation of issues similar to this one.

            I hope that stepping through such an exploit and sharing this compiled knowledge with the wider security community can help with reasoning about the relative utility of various mitigation approaches.

            A lot of the individual exploitation techniques and mitigation options that I am describing here aren’t novel. However, I believe that there is value in writing them up together to show how various mitigations interact with a fairly normal use-after-free exploit.

            Our bugtracker entry for this bug, along with the proof of concept, is at https://bugs.chromium.org/p/project-zero/issues/detail?id=2125.

            Code snippets in this blog post that are relevant to the exploit are taken from the upstream 4.19.160 release, since that is what the targeted Debian kernel is based on; some other code snippets are from mainline Linux.

            (In case you’re wondering why the bug and the targeted Debian kernel are from end of last year: I already wrote most of this blogpost around April, but only recently finished it)

            I would like to thank Ryan Hileman for a discussion we had a while back about how static analysis might fit into static prevention of security bugs (but note that Ryan hasn’t reviewed this post and doesn’t necessarily agree with any of my opinions). I also want to thank Kees Cook for providing feedback on an earlier version of this post (again, without implying that he necessarily agrees with everything), and my Project Zero colleagues for reviewing this post and frequent discussions about exploit mitigations.

          • Crims target telcos’ Linux and Solaris boxes, which don’t get enough infosec love [Ed: Microsoft-connected CrowdStrike badmouthing Microsoft’s rivals again while mostly ignoring the elephant in the room, Windows with its notorious (and confirmed) back doors]

            A mysterious criminal gang is targeting telcos’ Linux and Solaris boxes, because it perceives they aren’t being watched by infosec teams that have focussed their efforts on securing Windows.

            Security vendor CrowdStrike claims it’s spotted the group and that it “has been consistently targeting the telecommunications sector at a global scale since at least 2016 … to retrieve highly specific information from mobile communication infrastructure, such as subscriber information and call metadata.” The gang appears to understand telco operations well enough to surf the carrier-to-carrier links that enable mobile roaming, across borders and between carriers, to spread its payloads.

          • Patch PowerShell now, Microsoft tells admins [Ed: Should one feel sorry for fools who put this thing on a GNU/Linux box despite all the warnings including Microsoft's back doors agenda?]

            Microsoft has asked system administrators to patch their PowerShell 7 installations against two vulnerabilities that can allow attackers to bypass Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) to run arbitrary code, and even gain access to plain text credentials.

          • What’s new in security for Ubuntu 21.10? | Ubuntu

            Ubuntu 21.10 is the latest release of Ubuntu and comes as the last interim release before the forthcoming 22.04 LTS release due in April 2022. As the interim releases are often proving grounds for upcoming features in the LTS releases, this provides a good opportunity to take stock of some of the latest security features delivered in this release, on the road to 22.04 LTS. In this blog post, we will take a look at those features and improvements that add to the overall security of an Ubuntu system and which help to enable your Linux cybersecurity strategy.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • EFF Files New Lawsuit Against California Sheriff for Sharing ALPR Data with ICE and CBP

              Last week, EFF filed a new lawsuit on behalf of three immigrant rights activists against Sheriff Bob Doyle and Marin County for violating two California laws that protect immigrants and motorists’ privacy. Our co-counsel are the ACLU Foundations of Northern California, Southern California, and San Diego & Imperial Counties, and attorney Michael Risher. We seek a court order prohibiting the Sheriff from sharing ALPR data with out-of-state and federal agencies.

              The Marin Sheriff’s ALPRs scan thousands of license plates each month. That sensitive data, including photos of the vehicle and sometimes its drivers and passengers, is stored in a database. The Sheriff permits over 400 out-of-state and 18 federal agencies, including CBP and ICE, to run queries of full or partial license plates against information the Sheriff has collected.

              This data sharing particularly impacts the safety and privacy of immigrants, communities of color, and religious minorities. Like many other surveillance technologies, ALPRs have a history of disproportionately impacting marginalized communities. ICE has used ALPR data to detain and deport immigrant community members. NYPD used ALPRs to scan license plates near mosques.

            • Illegal credit scores: noyb to amplify pressure
            • Security Risks of Client-Side Scanning

              I’m part of a group of cryptographers that has just published a paper discussing the security risks of such a system. (It’s substantially the same group that wrote a similar paper about key escrow in 1997, and other “exceptional access” proposals in 2015. We seem to have to do this every decade or so.) In our paper, we examine both the efficacy of such a system and its potential security failures, and conclude that it’s a really bad idea.

              We had been working on the paper well before Apple’s announcement. And while we do talk about Apple’s system, our focus is really on the idea in general.

            • Irish regulator proposes € 36 million Facebook privacy fine

              The draft ruling explained the infringement as serious in nature and Facebook criticized the lack of transparency.

              Facebook was unable to comment immediately.

              Schrems criticized the findings, showing that DPC emphasized that Facebook would circumvent the EU’s GDPR privacy rules by moving terms of agreement related to areas such as advertising and online tracking to the Terms of Service. ..

              A DPC spokesperson sent the draft decision to other supervisors and said there was no further comment as the process was underway.

            • TikTok Launches First “Discover List” to Highlight Top Creators

              The list, released on Tuesday morning, focuses on five categories: icons, innovators, foodies, change makers and originators. To create the list, TikTok’s community team — led by TikTok’s director of creator community, Kudzi Chikumbu — nominated creators and examined measurements like “engagement, views, video creations, account growth, likes, interactions with followers, and also which creators and content have sparked conversations both on and off the app,” according to a TikTok spokesperson.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Trump’s Lawsuit Against January 6 Commission Is a “Delay Tactic,” Members Say
      • What Riot?

        Mike Pence stood up to Donald Trump’s tirade. He certified the vote. He was unflinching. He now implies that day’s been overblown, Though he’s the one the mob had talked of lynching.

      • Senate Quietly Adds $10 Billion to Pentagon Budget While Blocking Climate Action
      • As Sirhan and Hinckley Prepare to Walk Free, Why is Ruchell Magee Still in Prison?

        On March 30, 1981, John Hinckley Jr. walked up to then-President Ronald Reagan outside of a Washington, D.C., hotel with gun in hand. He fired multiple shots, striking Reagan in the chest, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy in the side, District of Columbia police Officer Thomas Delahanty in the neck and White House Press Secretary James Brady in the head, leaving him partially paralyzed.

        In light of the prospect of two would-be presidential assassins walking the Earth as free men, it’s worth inquiring why similar consideration isn’t being given to Ruchell Magee, a Black man who has been imprisoned in California for more than 50 years.

      • To Avoid Armageddon, Don’t Modernize Missiles—Eliminate Them

        The single best option for reducing the risk of nuclear war is hidden in plain sight. News outlets don’t mention it. Pundits ignore it. Even progressive and peace-oriented members of Congress tiptoe around it. And yet, for many years, experts have been calling for this act of sanity that could save humanity: Shutting down all of the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missiles.

      • Super Imperialism: The economic strategy of American empire with economist Michael Hudson
      • Biden and Other Democrats Helped Colin Powell Spread George W. Bush’s Iraq Lies
      • Legacy of Shame: Colin Powell’s Blood-Soaked Service to the Empire

        The man who helped whitewash the massacre of civilians at My Lai during the war against Vietnam, pushed hard for the Gulf War in the 1990s, and gave the green light to Ariel Sharon in his murderous assault on civilians in Jenin and land grabs in the occupied West Bank, also sold the war against Iraq at the beginning of this century with a fistful of lies. Iraq never attacked the US. It did not have “weapons of mass destruction.” But the Bush administration was salivating for blood and oil after the attacks on the US on the 11th of September, 2001. And any morsel of fiction that would justify their lust for violence was welcomed.

        Powell would later blame his role in peddling these lies on an “intelligence failure.” This is the go-to excuse for the American military establishment, as we see with the latest atrocity they committed in Afghanistan, the recent drone bomb incineration of a family in Kabul after the disastrous pull out of American troops. Now that he is dead, he will not face justice at the Hague for these crimes. But really, no member of the American ruling class ever does.

      • A Reluctant Warrior? An Examination of Gen. Colin Powell’s Bloody Legacy from Iraq to Latin America

        We look at the life and legacy of Colin Powell, who is best known for giving false testimony to the U.N. Security Council in 2003 about nonexistent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, paving the way for the U.S. invasion and occupation that would kill over 1 million Iraqis. Powell, who was the first Black secretary of state, the first Black and youngest chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the first Black national security adviser, died on Monday due to blood cancer and Parkinson’s disease that left him vulnerable to infection from COVID-19. Tributes poured in from top U.S. leaders in both Republican and Democratic circles on Monday, but in other parts of the world Powell is remembered very differently. We speak with journalist and author Roberto Lovato, and Clarence Lusane, activist, journalist and political science professor at Howard University. Lusane describes Powell as “a complicated political figure who leaves a complicated legacy” whose public image was “in conflict with many of the policies of the party he supported and the administration in which he was involved.” Assessing Powell’s role in U.S. invasions around the world, from Vietnam to Central America, Lovato says “he’s made a career out of being a good soldier and supporting U.S. mass murder around the world, but evading the credit for it.”

      • Rikers Detainees Are Being Transferred From One “Hellhole” to Another

        Governor Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday that nearly 230 women and trans-identified people held at New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex will be transferred to two women’s prisons—Bedford Hills and Taconic Correctional Facilities in Westchester County. Beginning October 18, transfers of 10 to 20 people will occur twice a week. After being tested for Covid, the new arrivals will be integrated into the prisons’ existing housing units, rather than separated into their own unit.

      • How to Solve the Crisis on Rikers Island

        For 37 years, I have led an organization that is likely the longest-serving and largest nongovernmental presence on Rikers Island, where we offer discharge planning; educational, therapeutic, and vocational programs; and visiting support.1

      • Huge Crowds in Yemen Celebrate Prophet’s Birth and Recent Military Successes — Pledge Full Liberation

        Carrying a green flag in his hand and with ribbons tied on his wrist, Walid Ahmed al-Thueli, accompanied by a big family, arrived at the Square of the Seventy in the capital Sana’a early morning of Monday. He came to celebrate the birthday of Islam’s Holy Prophet Muhammad and recent victories that have been achieved by Yemeni forces against Saudi-led Coalition. The Yemeni’s family, which abides in the Rawdah neighborhood north of Sana`a, left their house at 6 a.m. to ensure finding a good place in the arena but were unable to reach the center of the square. Inside the square filled with celebrators, thousands of protesters were singing traditional songs collectively and dancing to the tune of “al-Baraa,” a dance of the Yemeni heritage.

      • US military may get a dog-like robot armed with a sniper rifle

        Ghost Robotics displayed the armed version at the annual meeting of the Association of the United States Army held in Washington DC this week. The robot is fitted with a Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle pod from Sword Defense, with a powerful 6.5mm sniper rifle. This has day and night cameras and an effective range of 1200 metres.

      • Lev Golinkin Texas’ Holocaust both-sides-ing debacle is scary. Worse? It’s already happening.

        Unfortunately, this revisionism is not only an insult to the dead but also a danger to the living. Wherever you see monuments and books presenting “opposing perspectives” about the Holocaust, you see angry — and organized — men carrying torches and focused on violent agendas. In Hungary, neo-Nazis use World War II anniversaries to celebrate their heroes and network among various groups. Torches light the nights in Bulgaria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Spain and Croatia, among other countries. All these are ostensibly to offer “opposing perspectives” on the Holocaust. All provide a chilling view of the dangers of such rhetoric.

      • How kidnappers, zealots and rebels are making Nigeria ungovernable

        Nigeria is not yet a failed state, but large parts of it are failing. This matters not only because one sub-Saharan African in six is Nigerian. The country also has Africa’s largest economy, whose dire performance holds the continent back. And its conflicts are spilling across borders, destabilising fragile neighbours such as Niger and Chad and amplifying the jihadist threat across the Sahel.

      • Why aren’t attacks on mosques in Afghanistan a crime against humanity?

        Recent mass murders of Muslims in attacks on mosques in Afghanistan have led to the deaths of hundreds. On October 8, a targeted attack led to the murder of more than 100 Muslims. Then another attack on Friday in Kandahar on October 15 led to the deaths of almost 50 people.

        These are targeted attacks, during Friday prayers, designed to commit genocide against Shi’ite Muslims. However, such attacks are generally ignored by the international community. Countries that have backed the kind of extremism that leads to attacks on Shi’ites, such as Pakistan’s support for extremists like the Taliban, generally prefer not to condemn these attacks. Yet the same countries tend to speak out about “Islamophobia” in the West and condemn attacks on mosques in places like New Zealand.

      • Rescued from ISIS dragnet in 2017, Kashmiri youth slips again and lands in jail

        After being rescued from the clutches of banned ISIS terror group from Turkey in 2017, Afshan Parvez has been found to be a sleeper cell of a terror module in Jammu and Kashmir that is promoting the armed crusade against the sovereignty of the country, officials here said on Sunday.

        Parvez, a resident of the downtown area in Khanyar, was 21 when he was rescued from Ankara, after his parents claimed he had been misguided by some people to join the terror ranks. And, showing a humane face, a young officer from the J&K police tied all the loose ends and brought him back to India.

        But after remaining dormant for sometimes after his return from Ankara, Parvez, now 25, was again seen active but in a different way as he was using mobile phones of unsuspecting people to carry forward his agenda at the behest of the banned terror group, according to officials.

    • Environment

      • Africa’s Last Mountain Glaciers Will Soon Be Gone, U.N. Report Warns

        While African nations contribute less than 4 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, the report by the World Meteorological Organization and other agencies underscored the outsize impact that changes in the climate are having on the continent’s 1.3 billion people as floods grow worse, droughts last longer and temperatures continue to rise.

      • Climate Change Will Melt All Glaciers In Africa By The 2040s, UN Report Says

        “The rapid shrinking of the last remaining glaciers in eastern Africa, which are expected to melt entirely in the near future, signals the threat of imminent and irreversible change to the Earth system,” Taalas said in a statement.

      • Climate change triggers mounting food insecurity, poverty and displacement in Africa

        Glaciers: Presently, only three mountains in Africa are covered by glaciers – the Mount Kenya massif (Kenya), the Rwenzori Mountains (Uganda) and Mount Kilimanjaro (United Republic of Tanzania). Although these glaciers are too small to act as significant water reservoirs, they are of eminent touristic and scientific importance. Their current retreat rates are higher than the global average. If this continues, it will lead to total deglaciation by the 2040s. Mount Kenya is expected to be deglaciated a decade sooner, which will make it one of the first entire mountain ranges to lose glaciers due to human-induced climate change.

      • Africa’s Disappearing Glaciers Signal ‘Irreversible’ Threat to Earth System: Report

        “In sub-Saharan Africa, climate change could further lower gross domestic product (GDP) by up to 3% by 2050.”

      • Opinion | Digital Farm Technology Is Not the Climate Panacea Corporations Want You to Think It Is
      • Opinion | Climate Despair, Hope, and My Long Walk to the Top of a Beautiful World

        Thirteen thousand feet high on the far side of the Himalaya mountains, we have entered the past and the future at the same time. We are a medical expedition and also a pilgrimage, consisting of doctors, nurses, Buddhist clerics, supernumeraries like me, and a large staff of guides, muleteers, and camp tenders. We are bound for the isolated villages of Upper Dolpo, a remote region of northwestern Nepal, land of the snow leopard—both the actual animal and The Snow Leopard, Peter Matthiessen’s nonfiction classic. We are traveling the same trails Matthiessen walked in 1973.

      • Cheap Grace and Climate Change: Australia and COP26

        The language was promoted through sponsored imagery in Times Square, New York, with advertising space purchased by a crowdfunding campaign of considerable success.  Billboards featured the prime minister as a “Coal-o-phile Dundee”, mercilessly mocked Australia’s climate policies and responses to the murderously scorching bushfires of 2020.

        It had begun modestly: a target of $12,500 to fund a few billboards in Glasgow during COP26 as part of the project JokeKeeper: Shaming Australia’s climate inaction, described as, “Subversive comedy to ridicule fossil fuel supporting parties in the upcoming federal election.”

      • ‘Delay Is the New Denial’: Study Confirms 99.9% of Scientists Agree on Climate

        The lead author of a new study showing that 99.9% of peer-reviewed scientific papers released over the past decade agree that global heating is caused primarily by human activity said Tuesday that the research should be “the last word” in the purported—but largely contrived—debate about what’s causing the climate emergency.

        “The reality of ACC is no more in contention among scientists than is plate tectonics or evolution.”

      • New Multimedia Report Details Unprecedented ‘Permian Climate Bomb’ in Texas

        With oil and gas executives looking to increase fossil fuel production in the Permian Basin in the coming years despite the climate crisis, a new multimedia report out Tuesday reveals how a major fracking boom in Texas endangers vulnerable communities from New Mexico to the Gulf Coast—and ultimately poses a threat to life on Earth.

        “To head off climate catastrophe, oil and gas production and consumption must decline.”

      • The West Wants to Engage Russia and China on the Climate Crisis While Also Demonising Them – It Won’t Work
      • Geopolitics Will Cost Us Our Planet

        This summer we witnessed, with brutal clarity, the Beginning of the End: the end of Earth as we know it—a world of lush forests, bountiful croplands, livable cities, and survivable coastlines. In its place, we saw the early manifestations of a climate-damaged planet, with scorched forests, parched fields, scalding cities, and storm-wracked coastlines. In a desperate bid to prevent far worse, leaders from around the world will soon gather in Glasgow, Scotland, for a UN Climate Summit. You can count on one thing, though: All their plans will fall far short of what’s needed unless backed by the only strategy that can save the planet: a US-China Climate Survival Alliance.

      • Energy

        • Puerto Ricans Fight Privatization of Energy and Demand Democratic Ownership
        • The Virtues of Passenger Rail for Rural America

          The good news is we may see passenger service return on the southern route — which would be a boon for all Montanans.

          A recent study, done by the Rail Passengers Association at the request of the Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority, found restoring passenger service to the once-famed North Coast Hiawatha Trail would serve 426,000 passengers annually.

        • ‘Stop Line 5′: Valve Turner Forces Shutdown of Enbridge Oil Pipeline in Michigan

          Water protectors donning masks gathered at a pump station outside of Vassar, Michigan on Tuesday and chanted “stop Line 5″ as an unidentified activist crawled under a fence then used a pipe wrench to close a valve of Enbridge’s oil pipeline.

          “Out of fear for our lives we shut down Line 5.”

        • London Science Museum Accused of ‘Jumping Into Bed With Big Coal’ After Adani Sponsorship

          The London Science Museum was the source of both disappointment and outrage Tuesday following the institution’s announcement that a new gallery related to the climate emergency will be sponsored by an arm of the coal giant Adani.

          “I can’t believe that the Science Museum—of all institutions and this of all years—has accepted money from Adani, one of the greatest climate criminals,” tweeted Global Witness co-founder Patrick Alley, calling it “a gobsmackingly stupid decision.”

        • Coal Mining Giant to Sponsor ‘Green Energy’ Gallery at UK Science Museum

          A coal mining conglomerate is to fund a new Science Museum gallery on the “energy revolution” in the latest sponsorship controversy to hit the institution.

          The new gallery at the 164-year-old central London museum will be sponsored by the wind and solar arm of the Adani Group, a controversial coal giant led by Indian billionaire Gautum Adani, it was announced today.

        • Norway Is Choosing Its Fossil Fuel Industry Over Climate Action

          Disappointing hopes of a government of the Left, Støre’s negotiations with the Socialist Left Party quickly reached an impasse. It soon became clear that the Labor leader was neither willing to renegotiate last year’s tax-stimulus package for the oil industry — a measure originally implemented by the Conservatives — nor question the government system for handing out licenses for petroleum exploration.

          Audun Lysbakken, leader of the Socialist Left Party, told reporters that his party had disagreements with Labor over taxes and wealth distribution, the privatization of public services, and environmental issues. But the key deal-breaker seems to have been a disagreement on oil policies and the continuation of exploration activities.

        • UK outlines net-zero strategy and green investment plans

          Johnson kicked off a Global Investment Summit in London by announcing a £400 million partnership with the Bill Gates Foundation to invest in “the next generation of ground-breaking clean energy technologies”.


          The investment summit, however, was attacked for “corporate greenwashing”.

          Social activism group Global Justice Now noted four banks invited have invested a combined $173 billion in fossil fuels in recent years.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • The National Park Service could soon have its first Native American director

          As NPR’s Kirk Siegler reports, the next Park Service director will be faced with a backlog of maintenance and critical infrastructure projects at national parks, as well as the consequences of record-breaking crowds during the pandemic.

          The National Park System covers more than 85 million acres in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

      • Overpopulation

        • Satellites reveal the secrets of water-guzzling farms in California

          Then Limas heard that researchers at California Polytechnic State University had developed a way to estimate the amount of water used by agricultural crops from images recorded by NASA-operated satellites miles overhead.

          Land IQ, meanwhile, was using that same technique — supplemented with stations on the ground — to collect data on field-by-field water use. It sounded like “Star Wars stuff,” Limas recalls. But it did sound easier and cheaper than getting water meters installed on every well in his district.

          The technique involves several steps. The first is figuring out which crops are growing on each field. The satellite images, which are updated almost every week, contain clues: the shade of green, the spacing of vegetation, the time of year the field turns green. Combining those clues, Kimmelshue says, produces a fingerprint of each crop. “We have a fingerprint for walnuts, and a fingerprint for alfalfa, tomatoes, and all these different crops.”

        • [Old] As California’s drought deepens, water use drops only 1.8%

          Officials warn that next year’s cuts in water supply could go even deeper as severe drought grips nearly 90% of California. North Coast and Bay Area residents cut water use while Southern Californians didn’t.

        • [Old] Amid Drought, Billionaires Control A Critical California Water Bank

          Wonderful, the closely held company owned by billionaires Stewart and Lynda Resnick, can buy up huge amounts of water whenever it needs more. Most of the Resnicks’ water comes from long-term contracts and other water from land rights they have from the farms they own. Around 9% of the total water used by Wonderful is bought out on the open water market. While that’s not a huge amount of the water it uses, the company can outspend pretty much every other farmer in the region, which can influence water prices.

    • Finance

      • The Trump Administration Used Its Food Aid Program for Political Gain, Congressional Investigators Find

        A $6 billion federal program created to provide fresh produce to families affected by the pandemic was mismanaged and used by the Trump administration for political gain, a new congressional report has found.

        As a ProPublica investigation revealed last spring and as the new report further details, the Farmers to Families Food Box program gave contracts to companies that had no relevant experience and often lacked necessary licenses. The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, which released its report last week, found that former President Donald Trump’s administration did not adequately screen contractor applications or identify red flags in bid proposals.

      • This 3-Minute Video Explains How Richie Neal Turned Paid Family Leave Into Insurance Giveaway

        “When we make voters feel that government can’t deliver, it hurts the entirety of the progressive agenda.”

      • The High-Paid Media Types are Unhappy Workers are Getting Higher Pay

        For those of us who think that all workers should be able to get decent pay, have decent working conditions, and be treated with respect on the job, the idea that large numbers of workers now feel they can quit jobs they don’t like is really great news. And, the increased labor market power for those at the bottom of the ladder is showing up in higher pay.

        Here’s the story for production and non-supervisory workers in six of the lowest-paying industries. Note, these numbers are adjusted for inflation, so they take account of the extent to which higher prices have reduced purchasing power since the start of the pandemic.

      • The same Trump supporters who claim nobody wants to work, also pay about $8.65 an hour with no benefits, and feed people food out of the garbage.

        A man in Florida applied for 60 jobs that were entry level and complained nobody wanted to work, and got an interview 1.7% of the time.

        In one case, the $10 an hour turned out to be a bait and switch. Already not enough to live on in America in 2021, the employer demanded that he work for $8.65, which is the minimum wage in Florida, and work part-time hours, but had to remain “available” if they wanted to work him more.

        In no case did this guy apply for anything fancy. It was all entry level with minimal experience, and he targeted any business that complained that they couldn’t find anyone and were desperate to hire.

        I know of several business owners like this. One of them has a fast food restaurant and they tell their workers to feed people food that they threw in the trash can because “That stuff costs money!”, and then the Coke machine has black mold in it.


        The economy is undergoing a realignment. With any luck, these small business owners who are being assholes on Facebook find themselves working as a stock boy at a big box store, and get a lesson in what getting up every morning and punching a clock for a living is like.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Can “Glenn Trumpkin” Both Embrace and Escape the Disgraced Ex-President?

        Glenn Youngkin, the fleece-vested Carlyle plutocrat, pulled off an amazing political feat last week. Well, almost.

      • Ilhan Omar Calls Manchin’s Demand to Limit Child Tax Credit a “Terrible Idea”
      • Democracy at a Tipping Point
      • Manchin’s Shameful Child Care Stance Isn’t Just Bad Politics. It’s Self-Defeating Policy.

        Senator Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) is reportedly asking Democrats to sacrifice all but one of the essential child-care policies from President Biden’s Build Back Better plan to cut down the bill’s $3.5 trillion price tag.

      • Texas GOP’s Electoral Map Gives White People Disproportionate Control Over State
      • Opinion | Devastating US Sanctions Policies Need Accountability

        In the 20 years since 9/11 and the start of the “Global War on Terror,” sanctions have become one of the most dominant tools in the U.S. foreign policy tool chest. Yet despite limited evidence of success and abundant evidence of serious consequences, the U.S government does little to evaluate the impact these blunt instruments have on civilian populations or even on U.S. foreign policy objectives. Congress has a chance to change that.

      • Will Dems ever get tough with Manchin/Sinema?

        The problem is no one knows what Manchin/Sinema’s demands are, short of slashing the price tag on Build Back Better by about half.

        Congressional Democrats, including progressives, have pretty much accepted defeat and are now tinkering with Biden’s plan—not to mention our planet’s future—over what to cut and what to eliminate entirely. Do we say to hell with climate change action and thus to hell with future generations? Or do we say goodbye to eye exams for seniors and nix mandatory paid family leave? How much can we undo the child tax credit Democrats wanted to make permanent? Basically everything is on the cutting block but new roads and bridges.

      • India Walton Didn’t Come Out of Nowhere

        A few roads in America provide a spectacular introduction to its cities, but of those I have driven none is so boldly demanding as Buffalo’s Skyway. Imagine you are approaching downtown from the south. You motor along Route 5, past relics from the lost steel empire, past the wind turbines and the beaches and the Outer Harbor’s parkland. You follow the signs. Nothing indicates you are about to be swept 110 feet off the ground. You are hurtling in the flow of traffic now, high in the wind, and there is no escape. The slim road arcs. To one side is the built world: a vista of urban architecture and transport routes punctuated in concrete by the largest collection of grain elevators on earth. To the other side, Lake Erie. You notice all this only in flashes; you’re moving, hands gripping the steering wheel.

      • Opinion | The Freedom to Vote Act Is a Big Deal for Democracy—But Democrats Must Act Fast

        The redrawing of congressional maps around the country has started in earnest, and there already are disturbing signs that communities of color will once again be squarely in the sights of map drawers. But Congress has the power to change this trajectory in a big way with the Freedom to Vote Act—the slimmed-down version of Democrats’ omnibus democracy reform bill that Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced on September 14, with support from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), among others.

      • ‘End the Filibuster’: GOP Ready to Tank Even Manchin’s Compromise Voting Rights Bill

        With Senate Republicans expected to block a compromise voting rights bill backed by the chamber’s full Democratic caucus on Wednesday, progressives are ramping up calls to finally kill the filibuster to protect American democracy and advance Democrats’ other top priorities.

        “The question is what President Biden and Senate Democrats do next. Do they throw in the towel or fight to amend the filibuster and save the republic?”

      • ‘A Toxic Presence in the Party’: Ocasio-Cortez Joins Calls for Jay Jacobs to Resign

        U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday joined progressive colleagues and activists in calling for the resignation or removal of New York Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs after he compared India Walton—a Black woman running for mayor of Buffalo—to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

        “India Walton is the Democratic nominee for mayor of Buffalo. No amount of racist misogyny from the old boys’ club is going to change that,” Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted.

      • As Corporate Dems Belly-Ache Over Social Investments, Senate Panel Approves Extra $29 Billion for Pentagon

        As a handful of right-wing Democrats demand significant cuts to proposed anti-poverty programs and clean energy initiatives in their party’s far-reaching reconciliation package, a Senate panel on Monday approved an annual Pentagon budget of $725.8 billion—handing the U.S. military $29 billion more than last year and $10 billion more than requested, with no objection from Sens. Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema, and other so-called deficit hawks.

        “That’s $100 billion over 10 years—or half the cost of universal pre-K, which we’re told we can’t afford,” journalist Mehdi Hasan tweeted, referring just to the additional $10 billion in military spending approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense panel.

      • ‘Resign or Be Removed’: Outrage After Top NY Dem Compares Buffalo’s India Walton to David Duke

        The chair of the New York State Democratic Party sparked anger, rebuke, and calls for his resignation Monday after comparing India Walton, winner of the party’s nomination for Buffalo mayor and a black woman, to notorious racist and white supremacist David Duke.

        “It is clearer than ever that [corporate Democrats would] rather uphold the status quo than fight for a bold, progressive vision that works for all Buffalonians.”

      • Top New York Democrat Sparks Outrage by Comparing India Walton to David Duke
      • Report: The Trump Administration Used Its Food Aid Program for Political Gain
      • ‘What Republicans Want to Do Everywhere’: Outcry Over New Voting Maps in Texas

        Texas’ GOP-controlled Legislature late Monday approved new and aggressively gerrymandered political maps that have prompted sharp criticism from voting rights advocates who are warning of a Republican power-grab.

        “The Texas congressional map passed yesterday is so skewed that it would fail four out of four test elections under the Freedom to Vote Act and be enjoined from use pending full litigation,” tweeted voting rights expert Michael Li of the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, referring to proposed federal voting rights legislation.

      • Chicago Groups Unite With Message to US Senate: ‘Reject Rahm’

        Asserting that former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s role in covering up the police murder of Laquan McDonald disqualifies him from consideration as U.S. ambassador to Japan, a coalition of activists held a Tuesday press conference condemning his nomination ahead of a scheduled Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday—the seventh anniversary of the Black teen’s death.

        “Rewarding Rahm Emanuel’s cover-up of Laquan McDonald’s murder with an ambassadorship is not an act that reflects a value of or respect for Black lives.”

      • Bernie Sanders Shows Democrats How to Deal With Joe Manchin

        The senator from Vermont went on to explain that while the plan is opposed “by every Republican in Congress as well as the drug companies, the insurance companies, the fossil fuel industry and the billionaire class,” Republicans aren’t the only obstructionists. “Poll after poll shows overwhelming support for this legislation. Yet, the political problem we face is that in a 50-50 Senate we need every Democratic senator to vote ‘yes.’ We now have only 48. Two Democratic senators remain in opposition, including Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.”

        Sanders was just stating the facts. But Manchin couldn’t handle the truth.

      • Turkey summons Finnish ambassador over support for political prisoner

        Kavala has been imprisoned since 2017, with rights groups saying his incarceration was part of President Tayyip Erdogan’s crackdown on dissent.

      • Turkey summons 10 ambassadors after call for philanthropist’s release

        The Turkish businessman has been in prison since late 2017 without being convicted, in what rights groups say is symbolic of a crackdown on dissent under President Tayyip Erdogan.

        The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) called for Kavala’s immediate release in late 2019 over a lack of reasonable suspicion that he committed an offence, ruling that his detention served to silence him.

      • Facebook content moderators demand pay hike

        An international group of Facebook content moderators are calling on subcontractor Accenture to raise their pay.

        The workers sent a letter Monday to Accenture CEO Julie Sweet making their demands clear. The letter was organized with support from the legal nonprofit Foxglove.

      • Facebook to roll out features on state elections

        Facebook is rolling out a suite of features aimed at providing users with reliable information ahead of a slate of state-level elections next month.

        Users based in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington will soon be shown details about how to vote in their upcoming elections.

        The day before the statewide elections, Facebook will display a reminder with how to find polling locations and other important voting info.

      • Fox News War on Christmas. “Biden” is the reason you can’t duck out on Thanksgiving to buy crap at Walmart. – BaronHK’s Rants

        A “War on Christmas” explains the global supply chain problems that have snarled the economy for two years, and largely due to incompetent politicians like Trump, Bolsonaro, and Boris Johnson.

        My family is pretty terrible. They’re all Republicans, so they’re not only such a bunch of malicious trolls that they’ll scream at you, unprompted, during a holiday dinner, but if you actually defend your position with logical and common sense retorts, you won’t ever be invited to one again.

        They feel like they are entitled to ruin what was going to be a relatively uneventful evening, unprompted even, but that you’re supposed to just sit there and take it.

        It’s no wonder Trump acted so unpresidential and so much like a child who had been given too much candy at the debates. That’s how his voters act.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Microsoft’s Censorship of ‘Tank Man’ Came from ‘a Team Located in the US and China’

        The media inferred that the removal of Tank Man occurred at the hands of Chinese engineers driven by China’s censorship policies. But by focusing only on foreign worksites, news outlets failed to consider whether foreign workers within the United States may have played a role in the censorship. It’s important to remember that Silicon Valley employs thousands of Chinese nationals via H-1B visas and the controversial Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for foreign “students”. Microsoft’s new information about the incident makes it entirely possible that the censoring of Tank Man images occurred in the United States by a Microsoft employee hired through an immigration program.

        When Microsoft refers to “human error” they don’t mean that Tank Man images disappeared after an employee accidentally spilled coffee on their keyboard and fried some circuit boards, coincidentally on the 32nd anniversary of the Tank Man protest. As the media outlets infer, it is more likely that employees intentionally edited the company’s search engine algorithm to prevent the images from being seen in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and other countries.

      • Mob in Bangladesh torches over 60 houses of Hindu community over Facebook post

        According to Mohammad Sadequl Islam, the chairman of the local Union Parishad, around 65 houses were torched during the attack on Sunday night, resulting in at least 20 houses being completely burnt down. The attackers, Islam alleged, were from the local units of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JEI) and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir.

      • French left-wing extremists call teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded by Islamists, partly to blame for this terrorist attack

        Just over a year ago, Samuel Paty was beheaded in front of his school by a young jihadist of Chechen origin, who was shot dead by the police shortly afterwards. A few days earlier, the history and geography teacher had shown Charlie Hebdo cartoons in class as part of the civics lesson. As a result, a young pupil had complained to her father and lied. The latter then issued a fatwa against the teacher together with an Islamic preacher who was on the S-list for terrorism. A wave of social pressure on social media resulted in the teacher’s murder on October 16, 2020. One year later, however, many public figures still believe that the problem lies in the teacher’s responsibility in this chain of events that led to the worst. The tweet published by Islamic scholar François Burgat on Saturday October 16 is a case in point.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • Opinion | Empty Gestures or Substantive Change? On the Nobel Prize in Literature and Its Discontents

        The fact that Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah has won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature is welcome news, especially as the Swedish Academy is historically known for lacking in diversity, as if intellectual creativity is largely confined to Western intellectual circles.

      • A Secretive Hedge Fund Is Gutting Newsrooms

        Spend some time around the shell-shocked journalists at the Tribune these days, and you’ll hear the same question over and over: How did it come to this? On the surface, the answer might seem obvious. Craigslist killed the Classified section, Google and Facebook swallowed up the ad market, and a procession of hapless newspaper owners failed to adapt to the digital-media age, making obsolescence inevitable. This is the story we’ve been telling for decades about the dying local-news industry, and it’s not without truth. But what’s happening in Chicago is different.

        In May, the Tribune was acquired by Alden Global Capital, a secretive hedge fund that has quickly, and with remarkable ease, become one of the largest newspaper operators in the country. The new owners did not fly to Chicago to address the staff, nor did they bother with paeans to the vital civic role of journalism. Instead, they gutted the place.

      • The Chicago Tribune is being murdered before our eyes

        Remember, the Tribune was profitable. So were many of the 200+ other newspapers that Alden now controls, and which it is slowly strangling.

        If you learned about business from Econ 101 high school civics, this is baffling. How is it good business to buy a profitable business and render it UNprofitable?

        The short answer is financialization – the end state of capitalism, in which the productive economy is destroyed by the socially useless finance sector.

      • Nobel Prize committee hails US-aligned journalists, silent on Assange

        As has been the case many times before when it comes to the Nobel Peace Prize, even limited scrutiny belies the lofty rhetoric. Founded by Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, the award has always reflected the political interests and concerns of powerful sections of the European ruling class, and often the US state, rather than the disinterested promotion of high ideals that it purports.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Appeals Court Says Couple’s Lawsuit Over Bogus Vehicle Forfeiture Can Continue

        Another attempted government theft has been thwarted by the courts. The Ninth Circuit Appeals Court has ruled in favor of a couple whose vehicle was carjacked by Arizona law enforcement officers while their son used it for an extended road trip.

      • Forlorn Farmers, Fatal Fears
      • Criminalizing Teens’ Google Searches Is Just How The UK’s Anti-Cybercrime Programs Roll

        Governments sure seem to hate online advertisers and the platforms that profit from targeted advertising and tailored content algorithms. But they don’t — at least in this case — have anything against engaging in exactly this sort of behavior if it helps them achieve their ends.

      • Can the Most Powerful Global Tax Organization Shed Its Racist Ways?

        We tax lawyers take pride in the complexity of our handiwork. The website of the US Internal Revenue Service quotes no less than Albert Einstein for the proposition that “the hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” We take comfort in the notion that its complexity shields tax law from the damage done by ordinary human foibles. How could rules so byzantine possibly be distorted by racism?

      • After Years of Delays and Alarmingly Flimsy Evidence, Security Expert Ola Bini’s Trial Set for This Week

        For over two years EFF has been following the case of Swedish computer security expert Ola Bini, who was arrested in April, 2019, in Ecuador, following Julian Assange’s ejection from that country’s London Embassy. Bini’s pre-trial hearing, which was suspended and rescheduled at least five times during 2020, was concluded on June 29, 2021. Despite the cloud that has hung over the case—political ramifications have seemed to drive the allegations, and Bini has been subjected to numerous due process and human rights violations—we are hopeful that the security expert will be afforded a transparent and fair trial and that due process will prevail. 

        Ola Bini is known globally as a computer security expert; he is someone who builds secure tools and contributes to free software projects. Ola’s team at ThoughtWorks contributed to Certbot, the EFF-managed tool that has provided strong encryption for millions of websites around the world, and in 2018, Ola co-founded a non-profit organization devoted to creating user-friendly security tools.

      • Young Men Aren’t Falling Behind Young Women

        In the figures below, we add to that picture by charting the percentage of young men and young women who are not in school or paid employment, segmented by age levels. Internationally, this is sometimes referred to as the “not in employment, education, or training,” or NEET rate, a term we use here with the caveat that it isn’t clear how well short-term job training is captured in US data.

        As the figures show, young women at all age levels are less likely than young men at all age levels to be in school or work, however the NEET gender gap widens after age 24. Figure 1 charts NEET rates since 2013 for young women and men in three age bands (20–24; 25–29; and 30–34). In the first quarter of 2021, about 18 percent of men aged 20–24 and 18.5 percent of women in that same age range were not employed or in school. Among young men and women aged 25–29, about 17 percent of men and 23 percent of women were not employed or in school. Finally, among men and women aged 30–34, the NEET rates are 15 percent and 27 percent, respectively.

      • Central Europe, From Postcommunism to Democracy?

        The lady with the little blue flag with yellow stars would surely like to say goodbye to populism in her country in the next elections, just as the Czechs did last October 9 when they said their big NO to the oligarch Andrej Babiš and his ANO movement (which in Czech means “yes”). For months, many Czech citizens had been waiting for the elections as the time to free themselves from the corrupt populist Babiš, one of the richest oligarchs in Europe, who owns a large part of the Czech media.

        “We are the change, just as you are,” political scientist Petr Fiala, leader of the Spolu (“Together”) coalition – which with nearly 28% of the vote narrowly beat ANO – told his voters, thanks to whom he will be the next prime minister. Babiš, by using his campaign to badmouth almost all the other parties, made it impossible for some aprties which might have formed a coalition with him to enter the Parliament and ensured that those parties which did manage to do so, avoided entering a coalition with ANO because they preferred to strengthen the winning formation. With his poisonous rhetoric Babiš dug his own grave, politically speaking.

      • Deported to Haiti, Activist Jean Montrevil Returns to US on Special Parole
      • “Second Chance”: Deported to Haiti, Immigrant Activist Jean Montrevil Returns to U.S. on Special Parole

        In an exclusive interview, we speak with Jean Montrevil, an immigrant rights leader who was deported to Haiti in 2018. He returned home to New York and reunited with his family Monday on a special 90-day parole. He hopes to stay longer. Montrevil was a founding member of the New Sanctuary Coalition, which worked with Families for Freedom to engage churches in immigrant defense. ICE targeted him for his activism, using a decades-old conviction as pretext to deport him. In his first interview since landing, Montrevil tells Democracy Now! he will continue to speak out and implore the current administration to “take a second look at their policies and to stop deportations to Haiti.” His longtime lawyer Alina Das says, “We don’t believe that anyone should be targeted for deportation, to be jailed, to be taken away from their family, to be expelled from this country because they’ve chosen to speak out.”

      • A missing Alabama woman’s body is found in a parked, unoccupied police van

        The police van, according to police, was purchased in 1995 and was initially used to transport inmates to jail. However, in the early 2000s, the van was repurposed and used by employees to “transfer evidence” approved for destruction from cleared investigations.

        “Because of its original design, it does not have handles inside. It was made for transporting inmates,” McCarver said. “You cannot exit once you’re inside.”

        The van was last used in March 2021, police said.

      • Seven of a family killed in Muzaffargarh house fire

        Regarding the possible motive, Mehmood said that he had married a woman named Fouzia Bibi out of free will, alleging that his father-in-law and brother-in-law were unhappy with the marriage and they set his home ablaze “in rage”.

      • It’s Islamic – Kwara cleric justifies brutalisation of Arabic students

        One of the clerics in Musbaudeen Al Islamy Arabic School, Ganmo in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State have justified the brutalisation of some students of the Arabic school.

        Daily Post reported earlier that the students, five males and a female in their teens, were seriously flogged by their senior colleagues, as seen in viral videos circulating on social media.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Illegal CCTV deployment in Delhi is alarming #SaveOurPrivacy

        In the last 10 years, surveillance in the name of public (and women’s) safety has increased exponentially. The Smart City initiative, which is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme under the Central Government, covers 100 Indian cities, has as a “core infrastructure element” the “safety and security of citizens, particularly women”. The initiative has a proposed budget of Rs. 48,000 crores over five years i.e. on an average Rs. 100 crore per city per year. One area in which utilisation of these funds has been consistent across cities is investment in developing a robust surveillance infrastructure. There is also the “Safe City” initiative of the Ministry of Home Affairs, being undertaken under the Nirbhaya Fund in eight Indian cities. It aims to “create a safe, secure and empowering environment for women in public places, to enable them to pursue all opportunities without the threat of gender-based violence and/or harassment” and has an estimated budget of Rs. 2,919.55 crores. Six lakh CCTV cameras were proposed to be deployed in Telangana by the end of 2020 because a “safe Hyderabad” is a “shaandaar hyderabad”.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Canon Sued For Disabling Printer Scanners When Devices Run Out Of Ink

        For more than a decade now, computer printer manufacturers have been engaged in an endless quest called: “let’s be as annoying as humanly possible.” That quest, driven by a desire to monopolize and boost the sale of their own printer cartridges, has resulted in all manner of obnoxious DRM and other restrictions designed to make using cheaper, third-party printing cartridges a monumental headache. Often, software or firmware updates have been designed to intentionally grind printing to a halt if you try to use these alternative options.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Software Patents

          • [Old] DRM Patent Claim Against Deemed Unenforceable, in Major Legal Win For Apple

            U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap in Texas found that Personalized Media delayed its application to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in a bid to claim more money at a later date. The patents involved go back as far as the 1980s. At that point, patents lasted 17 years, this changed to 20 in 1995. They also include many dated in the 1990s, but then there was a gap until it Personalized Media had 101 issued from 2010 onwards.

      • Copyrights


Links 19/10/2021: Karanbir Singh Leaves CentOS Board, GPL Violations at Vizio

Posted in News Roundup at 8:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • New Linux laptop offers RTX 3080 and 144 Hz 17-inch screen

        Linux users like to game, too, and the Juno Neptune 17-inch V3 laptop announced this week ensures that people on Ubuntu can play their favorite titles on the go.

        Keeping up with the Alienwares, Asus ROGs, and other Windows-focused gaming brands, the new portable packs up to an RTX 3080 discrete graphics card and the 8-core Intel Core i7-11800H. And it lets you experience all the action on a spacious, 17.3-inch screen with a 144 Hz refresh rate. A colorfully backlit keyboard completes the package.

      • Juno readies Intel Tiger Lake-H and AMD Ryzen 5000U Linux-based laptops

        Juno Computers is a new UK-based OEM that sells Ubuntu Linux laptops for the European and US markets. The company just updated its entire laptop lineup with the latest mobile processors from Intel and AMD.

        For budget-oriented users, Juno offers the Nyx 15-inch AMD V2 model powered by the Ryzen 7 5700U 8-core / 16-thread APU with Zen 2 cores. It features a 15.6-inch IPS display with FHD resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate, but does not come with a dGPU solution, so users will have to make do with the integrated Vega 7 graphics. The Nyx supports up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and up to 2 TB of NVMe SSD storage and comes standard with Wi-Fi 6 + BT 5.0 + GbE connectivity, 49 Wh battery, 3.64 lbs chassis, plus connectors like USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (no DP), HDMI 2.0 and even features a microSD card reader.

      • Windows, macOS or Linux, which one to choose [Ed: Relatively shallow article]

        Linux made its name for being an extremely versatile operating system, equipping everything from minicomputers like the Raspberry Pi to datacenters in the cloud, through devices that are in our daily lives, such as smart TVs, routers, thermostats, and the like, without even being suspicious. But what about home and personal use? How does the penguin system fare?

        The main difference between Linux in relation to Windows and macOS is that it is an open-source system. Therefore, it can be modified and improved by anyone who wants to collaborate on the project or make their own distribution. It is due to this characteristic that we see the system being implemented for so many purposes.

    • Server

      • Trend Micro duo find Linux malware targeting Huawei Cloud [Ed: As it turns out, Linux isn't the security risk but proprietary software people install on it]

        A vulnerability in the Oracle WebLogic Server product of Oracle Fusion Middleware is one route through which Linux malware, observed by researchers at Trend Micro to be attacking Huawei Cloud, a relatively new cloud service provider, gain access to systems.

      • How to create your own data center-specific Linux image with Cubic – TechRepublic

        At this point, you most likely use Linux in your data center. It’s an inevitability that you cannot fight these days. And that’s a very good thing because Linux is incredibly powerful, flexible and (without question) powers so much of what we depend on.

        If you’re deploying to a lot of servers in your data center, the idea of installing a base server distribution and then adding everything you need, one server at a time, can be a bit of a daunting task. That’s understandable, especially when those servers might number in the hundreds. And if you’re not using virtual machines for those deployments, you’re probably looking for a way to make those rollouts a bit easier.

      • Cortex-M55 based Arm Virtual Hardware is now available in AWS Cloud

        The Arm DevSummit 2021 is taking place on October 19-21, and the first announcements from Arm are related to IoT with “Arm Total Solutions for IoT delivering a full-stack solution to significantly accelerate IoT product development and improve product ROI”, “Project Centauri” aiming to achieve for an extensive Arm Cortex-M software ecosystem in the way that Project Cassini does for the Cortex-A ecosystem, starting with support for PSA Certified and Open-CMSIS-CDI cloud-to-device specification, and Arm Virtual Hardware based on Corstone-300 IoT platform with a Cortex-M55 MCU core and an Ethos-U55 microNPU accessible from Amazon Web Services.

      • Foundries.io Announces Support for Arm® SystemReady Initiative with Future-proof Linux Platform for Securing IoT and Edge Products

        Foundries.​io, leader in cloud native development and deployment solutions for secure IoT and Edge devices, today announced support for the new Arm SystemReady initiative.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Intel teases ‘software-defined silicon’ with Linux kernel contribution – and won’t say why

        Intel has teased a new tech it calls “Software Defined Silicon” (SDSi) but is saying almost nothing about it – and has told The Register it could amount to nothing.

        SDSi popped up around three weeks ago in a post to the Linux Kernel mailing list, in which an Intel Linux software engineer named David Box described it as “a post-manufacturing mechanism for activating additional silicon features”.

      • Graphics Stack

        • RadeonSI Lands Another “Very Large” Optimization To Further Boost SPECViewPerf – Phoronix

          In recent months we have seen a lot of RadeonSI optimizations focused on SPECViewPerf with AMD seemingly trying to get this open-source OpenGL driver into very capable shape moving forward for workstation GL workloads. Hitting Mesa 22.0-devel today is yet another round of patches for tuning SPECViewPerf.

        • Vendors Including NVIDIA Talk Up New OpenCL Extensions For Vulkan Interop, NN Inference – Phoronix

          Last Friday night we spotted OpenCL 3.0.9 with several new extensions included. Today The Khronos Group is formally announcing these latest OpenCL additions focused on Vulkan interoperability as well as neural network inferencing.

          These new extensions for OpenCL 3.0 include an integer dot product extension for neural network inferencing (cl_khr_integer_dot_product) with a focus on 8-bit integer support.

        • RadeonSI Enables NGG Shader Culling For Navi 1x Consumer GPUs – Phoronix

          As another possible performance win for RadeonSI Gallium3D as AMD’s open-source Radeon OpenGL driver on Linux systems is enabling of NGG culling for Navi 1x consumer graphics processors rather than limiting it only to newer Navi 2x (RDNA2) GPUs.

          Merged on Monday was a patch to enable shader culling for Navi 1x consumer SKUs with no longer limiting it to Navi 2x / GFX10.3 or when using various debug options. This culling was also enabled for Navi 1x GPUs but only for the “Pro” graphics SKUs.

    • Applications

      • SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 is Now Available to Download

        As with previous versions of this free (but not open source) alternative to Microsoft Office, the full suite of apps is available across Windows, macOS, and Linux with no feature limitations or patchy coverage.

        While SoftMaker says this is a “completely revised version” that is “seamlessly compatible with Microsoft Office” file formats, both new and old, it’s hard to know what’s new in FreeOffice 2021 specifically as there’s no official change-log detailing the changes between this and the previous FreeOffice release.

      • VirtualBox 6.1.28 Released with Initial Support for Linux 5.14 and 5.15 Kernels

        VirtualBox 6.1.28 is here about three months after VirtualBox 6.1.26 to introduce initial guest and host support for the Linux 5.14 and 5.15 kernel series. This means that you can now use VirtualBox on GNU/Linux systems powered by Linux kernels 5.14 or 5.15, as well as to run distributions powered by Linux 5.14 or 5.15 kernels inside virtual machines.

        In addition, this release introduces initial support for the upcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 operating system, improves the detection of kernel modules in Linux hosts to prevent unnecessary rebuilds, fixes a display corruption on Linux Mint systems, and adds bindings support for Python 3.9.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Speak to me! – Purism

        My trusty laptop’s speakers gave up the ghost. I don’t like to sit around in headphones all the time, I don’t have any other speakers, and the replacements are still being manhandled by the postman.

        I’d get used to the austerity if I hadn’t started missing calls from a friend. That’s unacceptable! But what am I supposed to do? Buy extra gadgets just to throw them away after a week? Nope, I’m not that kind of a person.

        But hey – I have a Librem 5! It has a speaker. It’s open. I have control over it, and I’m a hacker too. So I should be able to come up with a hack to turn it into a speaker for my laptop, right?

        Pulseaudio to the rescue. I look through the guide. There it is: forwarding audio over a network.

      • How To Install CSF Firewall on Debian 11 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install CSF Firewall on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, CSF is also known as “Config Server Firewall” is a free and advanced firewall for Linux systems. We should use ConfigServer Security & Firewall (CSF) since this CSF have more advanced and comprehensive features than other firewall application such as UFW, Firewalld, or Iptables. Compared to the other Linux firewall application, CSF is more user-friendly and effective which is mostly used by web hosting providers.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of the ConfigServer Security & Firewall (CSF) on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

      • What are the differences between SQL and MySQL | FOSS Linux

        Due to many organizations, businesses, companies, and firms making an online presence, databases have become the core requirement for their daily operations. A database in a layman’s language is defined as a collection of data stored and organized electronically to ensure easy retrieval, access, management, and manipulation of business data.

        Most business successes depend on databases since they aid in storing essential and relevant data in a central position. Besides, databases also help facilitate communication of crucial business info such as employee profiles, sales transactions, customer profiles, marketing campaigns, product inventory, etc. Furthermore, databases have ensured that the company’s data is secure through various authentication mechanisms like access specifiers, user logins, and sign-ups.

        This article will talk about the difference between the two popular relational databases SQL and MySQL.

      • How to install Funkin’ Psych Engine on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Friday Night Funkin’ Psych Engine on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

      • How to Use an SSH Key with Non-root Users – Unixcop

        You can SSH to your Linux instance as root with the key. However, the key doesn’t work for non-root users.

        So we will illustrate two methods to use SSH keys with non-root users.

      • Allow Port Through Firewall in Ubuntu 20.04 – Linux Nightly

        Ubuntu comes with ufw (uncomplicated firewall) installed by default. This is a frontend for iptables/nftables, the built-in Linux firewall, and is meant to make firewall management a bit easier.

        In this guide, you’ll see how to add rules to the firewall to open ports and allow certain services to have access through the firewall on Ubuntu.

      • Some regex tests with grep, sed and AWK

        In my data work I regularly do searching and filtering with GNU grep (version 3.3), GNU sed (4.7) and GNU AWK (4.2.1). I don’t know if they all use the same regex engine, but I’ve noticed differences in regex speed between these three programs. This post documents some of the differences.

      • Upgrade to Fedora 35 from Fedora 34 using DNF – If Not True Then False

        This is guide, howto upgrade Fedora 34 to Fedora 35 using DNF. This method works on desktop and server machines. You can also upgrade older Fedora installations (example Fedora 33/32/31/30) directly to Fedora 35.

        I have tested this method on several machines, but if you have problems, please let me know. Always remember backup, before upgrade!

      • Jenkins: Basic security settings – Anto ./ Online

        Jenkins contains sensitive information. Thus it must be secured, like any other sensitive platform. Thankfully Jenkins provides you with many security options. This guide will show you all the essential bits that you need to know.

        You access these features on the Configure Global Security page under manage Jenkins.

      • LDAP query from Python · Pablo Iranzo Gómez’s blog

        Recently, some colleagues commented about validating if users in a Telegram group were or not employees anymore, so that the process could be automated without having to chase down the users that left the company.

        One of the fields that can be configured by each user, is the link to other platforms (Github, LinkedIn, Twitter, Telegram, etc), so querying an LDAP server could suffice to get the list of users.

        First, we need to get some data required, in our case, we do anonymous binding to our LDAP server and the field to search for containing the ‘other platform’ links.

      • How To Install Zikula on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Zikula on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Zikula is free open source software (FOSS) It allows webmasters and users to create great portals for secure extranet, online databases, e-commerce and multilingual sites.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of Zikula on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.

      • How to Install Caddy Web Server on Debian 11

        Caddy is a free, open-source, and modern web server written in GO language. It is a lightweight and commercially supported web server that supports HTTP/2 and experimental HTTP/3 protocols. It can run anywhere with no external dependencies and is expanded via plugins. It is designed with security in mind and provides a number of features that are useful for hosting websites.

        In this tutorial, I will explain how to install the Caddy web server on Debian 11.

      • How to Install GIMP on Debian 11 Bullseye – LinuxCapable

        GIMP is free, open-source raster graphics editing software primarily used for image manipulation and image editing, transcoding between various image formats, free-form drawing, and many more specialized tasks. GIMP is released under GPL-3.0-or-later license and is available for Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn to install the GIMP application on Debian 11 Bullseye using three alternative methods that you can choose from.

      • How to Install and Use PIP Python Package Manager on Debian 11

        Pip is a widely used package manager for the Python programming language. It is being used for installing and managing additional packages that are not available in the Python standard library. It allows users to search a package from the python packages index as well as install its dependencies. Pip is also known as a “Preferred Installer Program” that can create a completely isolated environment for the Python application.

        In this article, I will show you how to install and use Pip on Debian 11.

      • How to Install Visual Studio Code Cloud IDE on Rocky Linux 8 [Ed: It is proprietary, it is spying, and it needs to be shunned]
      • How to Remove Trash Can Icon From Left Dock Panel in Ubuntu 21.10 | UbuntuHandbook

        This simple tutorial shows how to remove the trash icon from the dock in Ubuntu 21.10 Impish Indri.

        Different to the previous releases, Ubuntu 21.10 puts the trash icon on left dock instead of the desktop. However, I don’t use the trash icon in either location. Instead, I removes files using right-click menu options, and go to trash via file manager left sidebar.

        If you also find it useless, then here’s how to remove it either via a single command or by a graphical configuration tool.

      • How to create a user and add it to the sudoers group in Rocky Linux

        In Linux administration, best practice recommends running commands as a regular user with sudo privileges. This user is simply known as a sudo user, and the user bears root privileges to perform elevated tasks in the system such as installing, updating, upgrading, and removing packages to mention a few. To execute privileged commands as a sudo user, the word ‘sudo’ precedes the actual command. Sudo is short for Super User do and when invoked, it allows underprivileged users to perform elevated tasks using root privileges.

        By default, the regular user created upon installation is simply an underprivileged user. Thankfully, you can add the user to the sudoers group to impart root privileges. This will allow the user to perform elevated tasks in the system just as a root user would. In this tutorial, we demonstrate how to create a user and add them to the sudoers group on Rocky Linux.

      • How to install Apache, MariaDB and PHP (LAMP) on Debian 11 – VITUX

        The LAMP stack is a collection of open-source software products that are frequently used in conjunction. The acronym LAMP is used to describe a computer system that has the following components: Linux, Apache HTTP Server (or just server), MySQL and PHP/Perl/Python.

        A user can install all of these components separately on a single computer or, more commonly, on separate computers connected by a network; however, some components are dependent upon other components – for instance, it is not possible to install Apache without first installing Linux – hence the standard installation practice is to install all components on a single computer system.

        The LAMP stack is the combination of open-source software to form a server environment most commonly used in web development.

      • How to install OpenSSH server on Alpine Linux (including Docker) – nixCraft

        This quick tutorial explains how to install and set up OpenSSH (SSHD) server and client on the Alpine Linux system. Further, you will learn how to build a Docker Linux container running sshd server based upon Alpine Linux image too.

      • How to use Shazam on the Linux desktop with SongRec

        Are you listening to a song and don’t know the name of it? Want to “Shazam” it but don’t have an Android or iOS phone? Check out SongRec! It’s an unofficial Shazam client for Linux. Here’s how to use it to “Shazam” on the Linux desktop.

      • Installing KDE On Linux Mint Cinnamon Base – gHacks Tech News

        If you’re like me and really enjoy using the KDE Plasma desktop environment, especially as it’s become very lightweight over the last year or two compared to the past where it was known as very heavy on resources, you are probably disappointed that Linux Mint does not offer a KDE version of its popular Ubuntu-based distribution. However, installing KDE is very easily accomplished, and doesn’t take very long.

      • A Fresh Installation of Debian 11 Bullseye

        August 14, 2021, marks a new major release for the popular Debian Linux distribution. Codenamed Bullseye and chock-full of enhancements as well as software updates after 2 years, 1 month, and 9 days of development, this release will be supported for the next 5 years.

        This guide will walk through a fresh installation of Debian 11 Bullseye’s new operating system.

        With this new release comes quite a bit of new functionality. One of the most welcomed changes is an updated kernel. Buster (Debian 10) was still running 4.19 but now with Bullseye (Debian 11), the jump to 5.10 has brought some wonderful hardware support!

    • Games

      • How to play Trine 3 on Linux

        Trine 3 is an action/puzzle-platformer video game developed by Frozenbyte. It is the successor to Trine 2 and was released on August 20th, 2015. The game is on Microsoft Windows, Xbox, PS4, Mac OS, and Linux. Here’s how to get it working on your Linux PC.


        Trine 3 works on Linux as a native game, but you’ll have to install the Steam application first if you want to play it. Thankfully, Steam works on a majority of Linux operating systems. Unfortunately, the software doesn’t come pre-installed on many distributions, so we’ll need to go over how to get it working first.

      • Stellaris: Aquatics Species Pack announced, launching with the free 3.2 update | GamingOnLinux

        Paradox only recently talked about a bunch of changes coming in the free 3.2 update and now they’ve announced Stellaris: Aquatics Species Pack as the latest DLC.

        “Sail the intergalactic seas and uncover an all new expansion packed to the gills with new options for new and longtime players alike. The Aquatics Species Pack will rinse Stellaris with a rising tide of new content, including brand new origins, species traits, civics and a treasure trove of new cosmetics. Seafarers and landlubbers alike will agree that this is Stellaris’ most immersive species pack to date.

      • Monster collecting game Cassette Beasts gets a new trailer and publisher | GamingOnLinux

        Cassette Beasts is the upcoming monster collecting game from Bytten Studio and today it has been announced that Raw Fury has joined as publisher. Bytten Studio had been looking for a publisher for some time now so this is great news.

        Developed in the open source Godot Engine, Cassette Beasts looks like a monster catching game like no other as you use the powerful fusion system to transform into creatures using retro cassette tapes.

      • Julius 1.7 is out, an open source re-implementation of the classic Caesar III | GamingOnLinux

        Julius is another shining example of an open source game engine re-implementation done well and a major update is out. Taking the original Caesar III and upgrading it for modern computing platforms. Not by the original developers though, this is like others, totally unofficial but don’t let that stop you enjoying a much improved experience.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDE Plasma 5.23.1, Bugfix Release for October

          Today KDE releases a bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.23.1.

          Plasma 5.23 was released in October 2021 with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience.

          This release adds a week’s worth of new translations and fixes from KDE’s contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important and include…

        • KDE Plasma 5.18.8, Bugfix Release for October

          Plasma 5.18 was released in February 2020 with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience.

    • Distributions

      • Screenshots/Screencasts

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • CentOS Project Chair Karanbir Singh Steps Down
        • Karanbir Singh stepping down from the CentOS Board

          Today we have heard from KB that he is stepping down from the CentOS Board of Directors.

          On behalf of the Board, I want to thank KB for his years of leadership. His work on the project, and in the community, has made the world a better place in tangible ways that affect millions of sysadmins on a daily basis, and that’s hard to measure or quantify.

          On a personal note, I’ve appreciated his advice, insight, and mentorship as I took the reins of the Community Manager position. His stories and introductions paved the way for success in a role that has been very rewarding and a lot of fun.

        • How security has changed in the era of cloud computing

          Technologies come and go, but one concept has remained at the forefront of IT conversations for decades: Security. While security remains a perennial top priority for IT departments, what it means to be secure, and the processes required, continue to change. Let’s talk about how security, open source, and cloud computing can co-exist.

        • “DevOps Culture and Practice with OpenShift”: The experience-driven, real world guide to building empowered teams

          With a wealth of information about DevOps adoption readily available on the market, a group of Red Hatters felt that some critical elements were missing—pieces they’ve found to be successful in their own work with customers adopting DevOps.

          Technology is the cornerstone of DevOps adoption, but containers and Kubernetes need DevOps practices to maximize the business impact of modern application platforms. The team pivoted to focus not just on the technology, but on those practices and the role that people, process, and culture play in supporting the technology; a key change in approach that is imperative to success.

        • Introducing Node.js 17

          Back in April, I gave an update on some of the news features in the Node.js 16 release. Today, I am happy to share that the Node.js community is releasing Node.js 17 and that next week Node.js 16 will be promoted to Long Term Support (LTS).

          As per the Node.js release process, Node.js version 17 will not be promoted to LTS as only even versions get LTS. For production deployments, we recommended using Node.js 16, and focus on Node.js 17 to test and provide feedback on the new functionality and features to help pave the way for future releases. You can read more about the community release process here.

        • AlmaLinux Announces ELevate Project to Migrate or Upgrade Any Red Hat Enterprise Linux-based Distribution
        • AlmaLinux Announces ‘ELevate’ For CentOS 7 to AlmaLinux 8 Migrations – FOSS Force

          On Tuesday at the All Things Open conference in Raleigh, AlmaLinux’s community manager, Jack Aboutboul announced the ELevate project, which includes software and methods for migrating CentOS 7 deployments to AlmaLinux 8 without needing to do a lot of heavy lifting and shifting.

          Actually, according to Aboutboul, ELevate capabilities aren’t confined to CentOS to AlmaLinux moves, but can be used help with all migrations between different Red Hat Enterprise Linux-based distributions, such as CentOS 7 to AlmaLinux 8, Oracle Linux 8, or Rocky Linux 8.

      • Debian Family

        • Gunnar Wolf• raspi.debian.net now hosted on Debian infrastructure

          So, since I registered the URL for serving the unofficial Debian images for the Raspberry computers, raspi.debian.net, in April 2020, I had been hosting it in my Dreamhost webspace.

          Over two years ago –yes, before I finished setting it up in Dreamhost– Steve McIntyre approached me and invited me to host the images under the Debian cdimages user group. I told him I’d first just get the setup running, and later I would approach him for finalizing the setup.

        • Raphaël Hertzog: Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, September 2021

          Folks from the LTS team, along with members of the Debian Android Tools team and Phil Morrel, have proposed work on the Java build tool, gradle, which is currently blocked due to the need to build with a plugin not available in Debian. The LTS team reviewed the project submission and it has been approved. After approval we’ve created a Request for Bids which is active now.

          You’ll hear more about this through official Debian channels, but in the meantime, if you feel you can help with this project, please submit a bid. Thanks!

          This September, Freexian set aside 2550 EUR to fund Debian projects.

        • More python3 modules in devx SFS

          In OpenEmbedded, there are some python3 modules used during the build, but not packaged for the target system. I have added these to be built for the target system. So these binary packages will be built for possible inclusion in EasyOS.

        • Dirk Eddelbuettel: RVowpalWabbit 0.0.16: One More CRAN Request

          Another maintenance RVowpalWabbit released brings us to version 0.0.16 on CRAN. This is last package for which configure.ac needed an update to current standards (see the updates of corels, RcppGSL, RQuantLib, and littler). The make matters more interesting we also had to address one UBSAN issue we could not reproduce locally (which, it turns out, was our fault because we had not rebuilt one package dependency under UBSAN). But Prof Ripley confirmed the issue as addressed so all is good for now.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Ubuntu Unity and Cinnamon Remix versions 21.10 available

          Ubuntu Unity is the attempt to keep alive Unity 7 , Canonical’s mythical shell that has been the face of Ubuntu for years, but has ended up abandoned after the company gave up its strategy around the consumer market.

          Ubuntu Unity officials say the desktop environment has received major changes in version 21.10, “including new and updated flags and the migration of schemas from ‘glib-2.0’ to ‘gsettings-ubuntu-schemas’ ” . The system now has a new look that includes a simpler logo, new wallpapers, and a new splash screen for Ubiquity’s Plymouth, plus the project is undergoing a slow migration process to GitLab due to the fact that its current structure cannot handle heavy traffic.

          Ubuntu Unity has decided to adopt the Snap version of Firefox for version 21.10, thus following the line set by Canonical. On the other hand, it has published the first beta of ‘ lol ‘ , which is not a reference to League of Legends or lots of laugh , but an Open Source alternative to the Snap Store and published under GPLv3 .

          Lastly we have the Ubuntu Unity ISO image builder released as part of the project Ubuntu Remixes to allow anyone to build new Ubuntu remixes. This tool has recently started to be used by Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix as well.

        • Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Codename Has Been Revealed and it’s Dangerously Ho

          The Ubuntu 22.04 LTS codename has been revealed on Launchpad, home of Ubuntu development.

          After the letter “I” in the alphabet series, comes “J”. Therefore, Canonical’s next big LTS version codename should have the letter “J” in its codename.

          Canonical has revealed what the codename is going to be for the next LTS version of Ubuntu i.e, 22.04. Ubuntu 22.04 LTS release date has also been revealed and it is set on April 21st, 2022.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • LEGO Technic meets Raspberry Pi with the Build HAT

        A new official Raspberry Pi expansion board is introduced today. The Built HAT provides four connectors for LEGO Technic motors and sensors from the SPIKE Portfolio, as well as an 8V DC jack to power both the Raspberry Pi and LEGO motors, sensors, LED matrix, and more.

        Designed in collaboration with LEGO Education, the Build HAT features the Raspberry Pi RP2040 dual-core ARM Cortex M0+ MCU for I/O control, and will enable more complex models benefiting from more powerful Broadcom BCM2xxx processors, as well as a Python library for easy programming.

      • Raspberry Pi LEGO HAT taps RP2040

        Raspberry Pi has launched a $25 “LEGO Build HAT” for STEAM education based on its RP2040 MCU. The HAT can control up to 4x LEGO Technic motors and sensors and comes with Python library and an optional $15 power supply.

        When Raspberry Pi launched its dual Cortex-M0+ based RP2040 MCU and RP2040-based Raspberry Pi Pico module, we speculated that one or both might show up in a Raspberry Pi HAT. Today, Raspberry Pi and Lego Education announced an official LEGO Build HAT based on the RP2040 designed for any 40-pin Raspberry Pi. The $25 HAT is designed for STEAM education and hobbyist hacking for anyone who owns the LEGO Education SPIKE Prime or SPIKE Prime Expansion sets, or other LEGO devices such as the LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor kit.

      • This Raspberry Pi add-on lets you control Lego robots

        Raspberry Pi is releasing an add-on that will let you use many of its tiny, inexpensive computers to control certain Lego robot motors and sensors. The add-on is called the Build HAT (HAT stands for Hardware Attached on Top), and slotting it onto a Raspberry Pi’s GPIO pins will give you four ports that you can use to control Lego Education’s SPIKE components, which the HAT and its software are specially designed for. It’ll also connect to most other parts that use an LPF2 connector, including the components from the Lego Mindstorms robot inventor kit.

        There’s also a Python library (basically a set of commands you can use to control the robot) available to go alongside the HAT, which will let you write software to control the robot parts you’ve got hooked up. Programing Lego’s SPIKE components with Python isn’t a unique selling feature from Raspberry Pi — the SPIKE kit comes with a hub that supports connecting six devices (compared to the Build HAT’s four) that can also store and run Python programs.

      • Now you can plug Lego into your Raspberry Pi | ZDNet

        Raspberry Pi has announced a new collaboration with Lego, which will enable users to integrate a whole new range of sensors, motors and other special pieces into their creations.

        The project has been two years in the making, according to Raspberry Pi’s program manager Richard Hayler, and takes the form of a $25 add-on board called the Build HAT (an acronym for “Hardware Attached on Top”) that can connect to the computer on one end while attaching to Lego components on the other.

      • Common Sense – using the Raspberry Pi Sense HAT on Ubuntu Impish Indri | Ubuntu

        Dave Jones from the Canonical Raspberry Pi team has put together a helpful guide for those getting started with the Raspberry Pi Sense HAT on Ubuntu Impish Indri. We’ve reproduced an edited version below, or you can read the full post on his blog along with other great Raspberry Pi tips!

      • Wheeled payload robot can control elevators

        SLAMTEC’s wheeled “Hermes” robot runs Android on an RK3399 and can carry up to 16 kg payloads. The autonomous bot includes 360° Lidar, depth cameras, WiFi and 4G links, a 7.5-hour battery, and an elevator controller.

      • RK3399-based programmable wheeled robot works across multiple floors

        Powered by a Rockchip RK3399 mainboard, the Hermes robot platform supports autonomous path-finding, robot collaboration, cross-floor delivery, smart obstacle avoidance, safety features, and autonomous Recharging. It can be controlled with a REST API, programmed with C++ SDK, or a program called RoboStudio available for Windows and Android.

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • ESP32 Clock Pushes Outrun Graphics Over Composite | Hackaday

          We’ve covered plenty of clocks powered by the ESP32, but this one from [Marcio Teixeira] is really something special. Rather than driving a traditional physical display, the microcontroller is instead generating a composite video signal of an animated digital clock. This could be fed into whatever device you wish, but given the 80’s synthwave style it’s pumping out, you’ll probably want to find a suitably retro CRT to do it justice.

        • The Quadrivium EnsembleBot Is A Labour Of Love

          The Quadrivium EnsembleBot project is a mashup between old school musical instruments and the modern MIDI controlled world. Built by a small team over several years, these hand crafted instruments look and sound really nice.


          This project is by no means unique, lately we’ve covered controlling a church organ with MIDI, as well as a neat Arduino Orchestra, but the EnsembleBot is just so much more.

      • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Events

        • Five of Tuesday’s ‘All Things Open’ Presentations We Wouldn’t Miss

          Yesterday — just in case you were looking for something to do — we told you about five talks on Monday’s All Things Open schedule that we were planning on watching online (which we did, and they were even better than expected).

          Today, we’re doing the same with ATO’s Tuesday schedule, because hey, that’s just the way we roll. You might have noticed yesterday that we left the keynotes off our list, which we’re also doing today. The way we look at it is that if we have to tell you that you need to watch the keynotes, there’s not much we can do for you.

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • How to try out the open-source Firefox alternative LibreWolf on Linux

            Firefox is a great browser. The developers of Firefox do a lot for the web, and without it, we’d all be stuck using Chromium on Linux. However, as time goes on, Firefox has gotten worse with its practices. If you’re tired of the experiments and the business practices Mozilla is up to, there’s LibreWolf.

            LibreWolf is a fork of Firefox proper. It is open-source and works on Mac OS, Linux, and Windows. Best of all, it removes all of the shady things Mozilla has been up to. Here’s how you can try out LibreWolf on Linux.

          • William Lachance: Learning about Psychological Safety at the Recurse Center

            Some context: I’m currently working as a software engineer at Mozilla, building out our data pipeline and analysis tooling. I’ve been at my current position for more than 10 years (my “anniversary” actually passed while I was out). I started out as a senior engineer in 2011, and was promoted to staff engineer in 2016. In tech-land, this is a really long tenure at a company. I felt like it was time to take a break from my day-to-day, explore some new ideas and concepts, and hopefully expose myself to a broader group of people in my field.

            My original thinking was that I would mostly be spending this time building out an interactive computation environment I’ve been working on called Irydium. And I did quite a bit of that. However, I think the main thing I took away from this experience was some insight on what makes a remote environment for knowledge work really “click”. In particular, what makes somewhere feel psychologically safe, and how this feeling allows us to innovate and do our best work.

            While the Recurse Center obviously has different goals than an organization that builds and delivers consumer software, I do think there are some things that it does that could be applied to Mozilla (and, likely, many other tech workplaces).

          • [Older] Firefox Now Sends Your Address Bar Keystrokes to Mozilla

            Firefox now sends more data than you might think to Mozilla. To power Firefox Suggest, Firefox sends the keystrokes you type into your address bar, your location information, and more to Mozilla’s servers. Here’s exactly what Firefox is sharing and how to control it.

          • Support.Mozilla.Org: What’s up with SUMO – October 2021

            As we enter October, I hope you’re all pumped up to welcome the last quarter of the year and, basically, wrapping up projects that we have for the remainder of the year. With that spirit, let’s start by welcoming the following folks into our community.


            Thanks for Jefferson Scher for straightening the Firefox Suggest confusion on Reddit. That definitely help people to understand the feature better.

          • Welcome Imo Udom, Mozilla’s new Senior Vice President, Innovation Ecosystems

            I am delighted to share that Imo Udom has joined Mozilla as Senior Vice President, Innovation Ecosystems. Imo brings a unique combination of strategy, technical and product expertise and an entrepreneurial spirit to Mozilla and our work to design, develop and deliver new products and services.

          • Taskgraph Diff | Hunting the Shmoo

            Introducing taskgraph –diff to help validate your task configuration changes.

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • Announcing the election for the next TDF Board of Directors

          On October 18, we officially announced the upcoming election for the next Board of Directors of The Document Foundation, the non-profit entity behind LibreOffice.

          As per § 7 II of our statutes (binding German version and non-binding English translartion) the Board’s term lasts two years. The current Board started its duty on February 18, 2020. Therefore, the old Board remains in charge until the end of February 17, 2022, so the new Board will be in charge the day after that, which is February 18, 2022.

          That upcoming term will then (regularly) end on February 17, 2024, so the next election of the Board of Directors will take place before.

          As per § 6 III, only members of the Board of Trustees of The Document Foundation, as well as current members of any of its bodies, are eligible to be elected into the Board of Directors, and the election is prepared and supervised by the Membership Committee (§ 7 II).

      • FSF

        • Licensing/Legal

          • Complaint (direct link)
          • Software Freedom Conservancy files lawsuit against California TV manufacturer Vizio Inc. for GPL violations

            Software Freedom Conservancy announced today it has filed a lawsuit against Vizio Inc. for what it calls repeated failures to fulfill even the basic requirements of the General Public License (GPL).

            The lawsuit alleges that Vizio’s TV products, built on its SmartCast system, contain software that Vizio unfairly appropriated from a community of developers who intended consumers to have very specific rights to modify, improve, share, and reinstall modified versions of the software.

          • SFC files suit against Vizio over GPL violations [LWN.net]

            Software Freedom Conservancy has announced that it filed suit against TV maker Vizio over “repeated failures to fulfill even the basic requirements of the General Public License (GPL)”. The organization raised the problems with Vizio in August 2018, but the company stopped responding in January 2020, according to the announcement.

          • Software Freedom Conservancy sues Vizio for GPL violations

            The SFC is suing Vizio because its SmartCast OS is based on Linux. Linux’s source code is protected under the GPL version 2 (GPLv2). Besides the Linux kernel, the other GPL’d and Lesser GPL (LGPL)’d code in SmartCast includes U-Boot, bash, gawk, tar, Glibc, and FFmpeg. In short, Vizio is using the code without permission.

            This can’t come as any surprise. Vizio has been made well aware of this problem. The company was first informed that it had violated the GPLv2 for not releasing SmartCast OS’s source code by the SFC in August 2018. After over a year of diplomatic attempts to work with the company, the Conservancy declared that not only was the company still refusing to comply, but it had stopped responding to inquiries altogether as of January 2020.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • VCF East Roars Back To Life | Hackaday

        It didn’t take long to realize that the 2021 Vintage Computer Festival East — returning to the InfoAge Science and History Museum in Wall, New Jersey after being held virtually last year — was a massive success. In fact, the first clue came before I even got out of my car. When a volunteer came up to my window to apologetically explain that the primary parking lot was already full and I’d have to drive down the road to an overflow lot, there was no question about it; a whole lot of folks were more than ready to shake off those pandemic blues and get back to business.

      • Drone And High Voltage Spin Up This DIY Corona Motor | Hackaday

        The average Hackaday user could probably piece together a rough model of a simple DC motor with what they’ve got kicking around the parts bin. We imagine some of you could even get a brushless one up and running without too much trouble. But what about an electrostatic corona motor? If your knowledge of turning high voltage into rotational energy is a bit rusty, let [Jay Bowles] show you the ropes in his latest Plasma Channel video.

        Like many of his projects, this corona motor relies on a few sheets of acrylic, a handful of fasteners, and a healthy dose of physics. The actual construction and wiring of the motor is, if you’ll excuse the pun, shockingly simple. Of course part of that is due to the fact that the motor is only half the equation, you still need a high voltage source to get it running.

    • Health/Nutrition

      • How food became the perfect beachhead for gentrification

        Everybody, it seems, welcomes the arrival of new restaurants, cafés, food trucks and farmers markets.

        What could be the downside of fresh veggies, homemade empanadas and a pop-up restaurant specializing in banh mis?

        But when they appear in unexpected places – think inner-city areas populated by immigrants – they’re often the first salvo in a broader effort to rebrand and remake the community. As a result, these neighborhoods can quickly become unaffordable and unrecognizable to longtime residents.


        It’s uncontroversial and has broad appeal. It taps into the American Dream and appeals to the multicultural values of many educated, wealthy foodies. Small food businesses, with their relatively low cost of entry, have been a cornerstone of ethnic entrepreneurship in American cities. And initiatives like farmers markets and street fairs don’t require much in the way of public investment; instead, they rely on entrepreneurs and community-based organizations to do the heavy lifting.

        In City Heights, the Community Development Corporation hosted its first annual City Heights Street Food Festival in 2019 to “get people together around table and food stalls to celebrate another year of community building.” Other recent events have included African Restaurant Week, Dia de Los Muertos, New Year Lunar Festival, Soul Food Fest and Brazilian Carnival, all of which rely on food and drink to attract visitors and support local businesses.

        Meanwhile, initiatives such as the New Roots Community Farm and the City Heights Farmers’ Market have been launched by nonprofits with philanthropic support in the name of “food justice,” with the goal of reducing racial disparities in access to healthy food and empowering residents – projects that are particularly appealing to highly educated people who value diversity and democracy.

      • Christian Celebrity Says She’s ‘Pro-Medical Freedom’ Amid COVID Vax Mandates
    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • Security updates for Tuesday

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (redmine and strongswan), Fedora (containerd, fail2ban, grafana, moby-engine, and thunderbird), openSUSE (curl, firefox, glibc, kernel, libqt5-qtsvg, rpm, ssh-audit, systemd, and webkit2gtk3), Red Hat (389-ds:1.4, curl, kernel, kernel-rt, redis:5, and systemd), SUSE (util-linux), and Ubuntu (ardour, linux-azure, linux-azure-5.11, and strongswan).

          • Best Open Source Security Tools | eSecurityPlanet

            Over the past quarter of a century, the open source movement has gone from strength to strength. But that success and the openness inherent in the community have led to a major challenge – security. The more software that is developed, the greater the likelihood there is for vulnerabilities.

            To make matters worse, the open source world prides itself on openness and transparency. Therefore, any security vulnerabilities are disclosed publicly. In this age of organized gangs of cybercriminals, that is like placing an ad asking for an attack.

            This has given rise to a large number of open source security tools. They take care of all aspects of the management of security in open source components, examine dependencies, fix bugs in code, and lower risk.

          • Credit card PINs can be guessed even when covering the ATM pad

            Researchers have proven it’s possible to train a special-purpose deep-learning algorithm that can guess 4-digit card PINs 41% of the time, even if the victim is covering the pad with their hands.

            The attack requires the setting up of a replica of the target ATM because training the algorithm for the specific dimensions and key spacing of the different PIN pads is crucially important.

          • Using Machine Learning to Guess PINs from Video – Schneier on Security

            This works even if the person is covering the pad with their hands.

          • Google Developing “SiliFuzz” For Fuzzing CPUs To Uncover Electrical Defects – Phoronix

            With OSS-Fuzz for continuous fuzzing of open-source projects and along with working on the various sanitizers for compilers, Google has been doing a lot for proactively uncovering software defects in key open-source projects. Now though a group of their engineers have been working on SiliFuzz for software aiming to discover new CPU defects.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • DHS Wants Wearables to Track Employee Health at Work and at Home

              The Homeland Security Department wants to build a tech solution to monitor the health and stress levels of its employees to help identify when workers need assistance—due to physical or mental weariness—and optimize “human performance and resiliency” among the workforce.

              The department issued a call for proposals looking for solutions that incorporate biometric technologies to monitor employees’ health and “psychosocial information” entered into the software by the user. That data will be supported by algorithms that can alert employees to oncoming physical and mental health issues and suggest actions that can be taken to avert those breakdowns.

              “The scope of this project is to find innovative technological solutions that will improve the overall health and wellness of those consistently placed in high-stress and dangerous conditions,” the call states. “DHS is seeking capabilities that not only promote intervention action when necessary, but preemptively and in real-time optimize DHS personnel performance and resilience.”

            • Profiling for USA 2024 is already happening

              In the social media industry, data is the product. Facebook’s APIs allow me to pull some aggregate data but other methods let me scrape the profiles of people who interact with my posts.


              Such an engine could power potent networks of political disinformation. Major companies have long had far more powerful targeting tools at their disposal, but those tools are too expensive for politicians and aren’t aimed squarely at the traits that drive political engagement.

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • Enough of batteries, already! [Ed: An economy made to increase waste for the same of profit]

          The Internet of Things should embed polluting electronics in billions of things that mostly don’t really need it. We already know that. Less considered is the contribution of this pollution by another phenomenon, much smaller in size, but much more important, and hopefully much more lasting in the long run: the Makers Movement.

        • Urban air travel, this is not

          The problem: While consumers and businesses are increasingly converting to electric ground vehicles, air travel remains a carbon-intensive industry.

    • Finance

      • Research: Remote Work Now Accounts for Nearly 15% of all High Paying Jobs

        Ladders, Inc. data scientists analyzed tens of thousands of high-paying job openings in the US and Canada. They dug into not only those 100K+ jobs listed on theladders.com, but also high-paying jobs available across the largest 50,000 employers, which are responsible for the majority of all hiring. Cenedella says the research shows this is not a passing trend. “This is not a fad. The future of work is here now,” he said. “This is great news for employees seeking better work/life balance. You often hear people are happy to work in their pajamas but this is so much deeper than that. People who work remotely have more time to invest in family and personal wellness. You can’t put a price on that.”

      • Remote Career Opportunities Show No Sign of Slowing

        The Ladders study found that remote job opportunities represented nearly 15 percent of all high-paying job listings in the third quarter of 2021, up from about 13 percent in Q2. “There are currently more than 30,000 high-paying remote jobs available in the US and Canada,” the study reports.

        “This is not a fad. The future of work is here now,” says Ladders CEO Marc Cenedella. “This is great news for employees seeking better work/life balance.”

    • Monopolies

      • Amazon sent a man through my neighborhood to figure out why so many packages are being stolen.

        Today, a man named Mario, from Amazon, came through our neighborhood. He stopped by my apartment building and rang a bunch of the doorbells and talked to some of us about stolen packages.

        The consensus among the tenants was just that we lived in a bad neighborhood.

        It’s in Waukegan, IL, and just blocks from where the riots and looting pretty much tore through the town last year.

        The cops pretty much just hide out in the police station doing nothing and playing with themselves, or occasionally venture out to write up some paperwork, or issue traffic tickets, so when the looting happened, the cops pretty much arrested 6 people out of hundreds and called it a day.

        Mail theft, early in the morning, and package theft, are of course, easy crimes to get away with. Especially when the cops don’t care.

      • Patents

        • SACEPO discusses digital transformation and data protection [Ed: EPO management looking to distract, yet again, from its gross privacy violations by throwing money at the problem and writing misleading press releases]

          The SACEPO Working Party on Rules met on 14 October 2021 via videoconference to discuss legal changes that will further enable the digitalisation of the patent grant process and enhance data protection.

          Stakeholders from the patent profession and user communities were consulted on the Office’s plans for amending the EPC Implementing Regulations, so as to bring a variety of rules into line with the new digital environment. EPO representatives reported on the implementation of the order of the Enlarged Board of Appeal in referral G1/21, as well as the ongoing evaluation of the pilot project for the conduct of oral proceedings by videoconference (on which a full analysis will be published in the coming weeks).

        • New EPO study: Europe and US are leading innovation in plastic recycling and alternative plastics globally, patent data shows [Ed: A new greenwashing campaign]

          From a global perspective, Europe and the US are leading innovation in plastic recycling and alternative plastics technologies, a new study published today by the European Patent Office (EPO) shows. Europe and the US each accounted for 30% of patenting activity worldwide in these sectors between 2010 and 2019, or 60% combined. Within Europe, Germany posted the highest share of patent activity in both plastic recycling and bioplastic technologies (8% of global total), while France, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium stand out for their higher specialisation in these fields.

        • Patents to tackle plastic waste on the rise [Ed: EPO now pays German media to produce propaganda and lies about patents, as if monopolies will save the planet]

          There are currently thousands of different types of plastic available and the lion’s share of new plastic soon ends up as waste. As mountains of the used stuff continue to pile up around the world, people are looking for new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle some of it. But getting rid of even a tiny amount of it will be a gargantuan job, especially with the popularity of hard-to-recycle products and single-use plastic.

          In 2019, nearly 370 million tons of plastic were produced globally, according to the PlasticsEurope trade association. Most of it was synthesized from oil or natural gas. That’s just another reason why many inventors are now tackling the issue in a multitude of ways like making things easier to recycle or even looking for alternatives to conventional plastics altogether.

          Currently, the US and Europe are tied for the number of recycling-related and bioplastic technology patents, according to a study released Tuesday by the European Patent Office (EPO). Combined they account for 60% of global patents between 2010 and 2019 to make the plastic industry more circular.
          This may seem like old data, but since patent applications are often filed years before products or processes actually appear for consumers, such information can be a good indicator of things to come. And what the EPO sees is growing innovation in recycling and alternative plastics.

        • Slovenia deposits ratifications of UPC Agreement and its Protocol on Provisional Application [Ed: Slovenia is irrelevant to the UPCA because UPC can never happen without the UK. Team UPC spin mode persists regardless.]

          As reported here, Slovenia’s legislation ratifying the Protocol on the Provisional Application (PPA) of the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) came into force on 24 September 2021. The instrument of ratification, however, was not immediately deposited with the Council of the EU. The deposition was, however, effected on 15 October, together with that of Slovenia’s instrument of ratification of the UPCA itself. Slovenia’s ratification of the PPA is, therefore, now effective; as recorded here and here.

        • Slovenia ratifies PPA and Unifed Patent Court Agreement [Ed: This is just Bristows again, using yet another blog with recycled talking points]

          According to a message of the UPC Preparatory Committee, this brings “the Unified Patent Court one step closer to its launch”.

          “Thanks to the Slovenian ratification and following the recent ratification of the PAP-Protocol by the German government, one last ratification (or expression to be bound) is now necessary in order for the Court to enter the final phase of its set-up”, the Committee has stated.

        • Bill Gates Patents

          • Burger King still sells the “Impossible Whopper”, AKA Bill’s Burgers, but wants $1.49 more for the meal with lab garbage.

            Burger King still sells the “Impossible Whopper”, AKA Bill’s Burgers (he’s heavily invested in Beyond Meat as well), but wants $1.49 more for the meal with lab garbage.

            I was at Burger King last night with my spouse and noticed this.

            Bill Gates said at one point that he admitted that the fake burgers aren’t as good and the beef industry wants to have labeling laws that make you call them “lab garbage”, which is what they are.

            Why would I bother to write this? It gives me an excuse to pull this out after 23 years. I found it on an old back up of my website from when I was 14.

            Maybe this is the patented process for Bill’s Burgers too. Anyway, the Burger King deal was a natural fit, as Bill was so evasive and told so many Impossible Whoppers in the US v. Microsoft case that even the judge broke down and laughed.

Links 19/10/2021: GNU dbm 1.22 and Godot 3.4 RC 1

Posted in News Roundup at 12:06 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Juno Linux laptop range with AMD and Intel options launches from $1,150

        Juno has introduced its new range of Linux laptops this week with prices starting from $1,150 and rising to $2,250. The entry-level laptop takes the form of the Juno Nyx 15″ AMD V2 powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U processor supported by AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, 16 GB of RAM and is fitted with a 15.6 inch display offering users a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Other features include connectivity via Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6 as well as connectivity via HDMI, Ethernet, and USB Type-C and Type-A and comes preloaded with the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS operating system.

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.14.9 starts to land in Debian Backports for Debian 11 “Bullseye”. – BaronHK’s Rants

        Linux 5.14.9 has started to land in Debian Backports for Debian 11 “Bullseye”.

        Right now, the only kernel image available is “unsigned”, and there are no new device firmware packages yet.

        The difference between “signed” and “unsigned” kernels, is that unsigned ones aren’t signed by Microsoft for Security Theater Boot, and so they won’t work if you don’t have it turned on.

        Since I don’t have Security Theater Boot turned on, I went ahead and pulled all of the Intel, Free, and Non-Free Linux firmware packages out of Debian Testing (as well as an AMD Graphics firmware bundle since apt complained that one of the others depended on it, even though it won’t do me any good since this is an all-Intel laptop.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How To Add Shortcuts on Ubuntu Desktop

        The desktop is the first thing that greets the user when they login to their computer. It’s the reference point for all your navigation. Speaking of which, navigation can be made much easier through shortcuts. Most users prefer to put shortcuts to various applications on the desktop to launch applications quickly. This way, they don’t have to go looking for them in their corresponding directories.

        On Windows, many application installers prompt the user to add a shortcut to the application on the desktop. If the user didn’t accept the option, the shortcut could be created simply by navigating the application’s .exe file, right-clicking on it, selecting Send To, and then Desktop (create shortcut). However, executing the same thing on Linux is slightly more complicated.

        Most of the popular Linux desktop environments like KDE Plasma, XFCE, and Cinnamon also allow users to add their favorite application shortcuts on their desktop. On the other hand, GNOME (Ubuntu’s desktop) does not provide this option by default. Fortunately, Canonical ships an extension with Ubuntu out-of-the-box, which allows the user to add desktop shortcuts.

      • How To Install Synfig Studio on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Synfig Studio on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Synfig Studio is a free and open-source 2D animation software, designed as a powerful industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation using vector and bitmap artwork. Synfig Studio is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Synfig Studio open-source 2D animation software on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.

      • How To Upgrade Ubuntu 21.04 To Ubuntu 21.10 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to upgrade Ubuntu 21.04 to Ubuntu 21.10. For those of you who didn’t know, Ubuntu 21.10 is a non-LTS release, which means it will be supported for 9 months only, until July 2022. If you prefer stability over bleeding edge, then stick with Ubuntu 20.04. But if you want to experience the latest and greatest software, you can follow this tutorial to upgrade.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step upgrading from Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo) to Ubuntu 21.10 (Impish Indri).

      • How to Backup Ext2, Ext3, or Ext4 File Systems in Linux

        The file systems used in Linux are its primary distinction from other operating system environments. At a glance, we have Ext2 (second extended), Ext3 (third extended), and Ext4 (fourth extended) file systems.

        The implementation of the Ext2 file system overcame the limitations posed by Ext; the original Linux file system. Ext2 does not support any journaling feature, has 16GB to 2TB maximum individual file size, and 2TB to 32TB being its overall file system size.

        Ext3 file system availability and support are from Linux Kernel 2.4.15 to earlier versions. It accommodates the journaling feature; absent on Ext2. It also has 16GB to 2TB maximum individual file size and 2TB to 32TB overall file system size.

      • How to Check Disk Space in Ubuntu – TecAdmin

        Disk space is used to refer to the computer space amount on the hard drive, floppy, USB, etc, and is usually measured in large units like kilobytes, megabytes. We can also simply say that disk space is the maximum amount of data that a disk is capable of holding and any type of media that can hold some data have disk capacity.

        As we save data to a disk, the disk usage increases day by day and it is important to monitor that data so our disk capacity or disk space doesn’t reach its limit. We can monitor data on any device including computers, mobiles, laptops as well as Linux servers. Suppose you have a 200GB hard disk and you are going to install PubG game on your computer which requires at least 30GB of free space on your hard drive. In this case, first, you are going to check the disk space and make sure that 30GB is available to download and install the pubg game.

        In this article, all the necessary steps will be taken to teach you how to check disk space in Ubuntu 20.04 with two methods which are graphical user interface (GUI) and also via command line/ terminal.

      • How to Check/Repair Linux File System on Boot

        An operating system user that is still a learner in the OS world can never escape the challenges the current elite users have overcome. The user impact of such challenges depends on the operating system flavor or distribution you are under.

        For Linux users, you might think you are facing an impossible challenge only to realize that there are multiple valid solutions for every single OS problem faced.

      • How to Disable (or Enable) Firewall in Ubuntu 20.04 – Linux Nightly

        Ubuntu comes with ufw (uncomplicated firewall) installed by default. This is a frontend for iptables/nftables, the built-in Linux firewall, and is meant to make firewall management a bit easier.

      • How to Install & Configure Linux Malware Detect (Maldet) on AlmaLinux 8 – LinuxCapable

        Linux Malware Detect (LMD), also known as Maldet, is a malware scanner for Linux released under the GNU GPLv2 license. Maldet is quite popular amongst sysadmins and website devs due to its focus on the detection of PHP backdoors, dark mailers, and many other malicious files that can be uploaded on a compromised website using threat data from network edge intrusion detection systems to extract malware that is actively being used in attacks and generates signatures for detection.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install and use Maldet on AlmaLinux 8.

      • How to Install Asterisk 18 on Ubuntu 20.04

        Asterisk is a popular open-source PBX framework for VoIP gateway development. It is an online telephone solution used by individuals, small and large businesses, enterprises, and various governments.

        Asterisk uses a VoIP protocol to make calls over the internet using the TCP/IP instead of the traditional land telephone line. Its features include voicemail, music on hold, conference calling, call queuing, call recording, interactive voice response, SMS messaging, automatic call distribution, and more. Asterisk can be installed on multiple operating systems, including Linux, NetBSD, macOS, and Solaris, among others.

      • How to Install GNOME 40 Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 – LinuxCapable

        GNOME 40 introduces many changes from visual changes, new apps and overhaul back-end changes to improve performance. Overall, it is vastly different from what previous Gnome versions have looked before.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the new GNOME 40 on your Ubuntu desktop.

      • How to Install ModSecurity for Nginx on Debian/Ubuntu

        It is every developer’s desire to deploy secure web applications which are safe from threats. On most occasions, this is effortless said than done. The frequency of websites being hacked keeps rising as hackers continue to exploit all attack vectors at their disposal.

        WebApp security can be a huge challenge especially with the prevalence of malicious tools such as rootkits, scanners, bots, and other malware. Although getting breached may seem a matter of when if not if, it is prudent to implement some decent security measures to safeguard your web applications.

      • How to Install Rust and Cargo on Ubuntu & Other Linux

        Ever since Mozilla dumped Rust, it has gained even more prominence and popularity. Don’t just take my words for it. Rust is going to be included in the Linux kernel, only the second programming language after C.

      • How to Install Snap & Snap-Store (Snapcraft) on Fedora 35 – LinuxCapable

        By default, Fedora does not come with Snap or Snap Store installed as this is a feature that was built by developed by Canonical as a faster and easier way to get the latest versions of software installed on Ubuntu systems, and Snap packages are installed from a central SNAP server operated by Canonical.

        Snap can be installed and, for the most part, work with most packages on Fedora-based systems that are currently actively supported. There are a few conflicts with specific packages. The issue with Snaps VS DNF package manager is that Snaps are self-contained, which results in an increased .snap due to having all its dependencies included along with various degrees of slight performance degradation compared to a natively installed application. In contrast, DNF is much lighter than its snap counterpart because it doesn’t need to bundle dependencies.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Snapcraft and have the ability to use this feature going forward in Fedora 35.

      • How to Install Telegram on Debian 11 Bullseye – LinuxCapable

        Telegram is a popular free cross-platform, cloud-based instant messaging system. Telegram is famous for providing end-to-end encrypted video calling, VoIP, file sharing, amongst many other features. One of the main attractions of Telegram, it is unique in having no ties or shared interests with the big social media giants such as Facebook or Twitter. The application is also cross-platform, with app versions available for most operating systems for desktops and mobile/tablet devices.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the Telegram client on Debian 11 Bullseye.

      • How to check ZFS File system storage pool on Linux/Unix – nixCraft

        First, there is no fsck command for ZFS, which Linux and Unix use for file system repair. However, ZFS comes with a scrub option. This subcommand is a root-initiated dynamic consistency check. It runs in the background on a mounted live filesystem. Hence, we use the zpool scrub command for ZFS storage and test file system integrity. Let us see how to check ZFS File system storage pool on Linux, FreeBSD or Unix-like systems using the command-line option.

      • Linux Iptables List and Show All NAT IPTables Rules Command – nixCraft

        I am using /sbin/iptables -L -v -n | more command. However, I am unable to list NAT rules. How do I use the iptables command to view or list NAT rules stored in NAT tables? How do I see all the rules in NAT tables under CentOS / RHEL / Debian / Ubuntu Linux based server?

        /sbin/iptables command for IPv4 packet filtering and NAT. Network address translation (NAT) imodifyies IP address information in IP packet headers while in transit across a routing device.

      • How to install Yourls in CentOS 8 – Unixcop

        YOURLS (Your Own URL Shortener) is an open source URL shortening and data analytics application.

        We will cover the process of installing YOURLS on a CentOS 8 server.

      • How to install and configure docker on Debian 11 – Citizix

        In this guide we are going to learn how to install docker on Debian 11 (Bullseye).

        Docker is an open source containerization platform. It enables developers to package applications into containers—standardized executable components combining application source code with the operating system (OS) libraries and dependencies required to run that code in any environment.

        Docker is a set of platform as a service products that use OS-level virtualization to deliver software in packages called containers. Containers are isolated from one another and bundle their own software, libraries and configuration files; they can communicate with each other through well-defined channels.

      • How to install pip on Debian 11 – Citizix

        Pip is a package-management system written in Python used to install and manage software packages. It is a package management system that simplifies installation and management of software packages written in Python such as those found in the Python Package Index (PyPI). Pip is not installed by default on Debian 11.

        In this guide we will learn how to install Python Pip on Debian 11 using the apt package manager.

      • Difference Between “su” and “su -” Commands in Linux – Unixcop

        As a new Linux user, you may always face confusion regarding the difference between su command and su – command.

        This article will help you to understand the difference between “su” and “su -“ in Linux.

      • How to manage Jenkins plugins – Anto ./ Online

        Jenkins uses plugins extensively. Most Jenkins features are all implemented as plugins. Jenkins plugins provide features to support building, deploying, and automating any project. Believe it or not, but there are over 1800+ community-contributed Jenkins plugins available. This guide will show you how to manage Jenkins plugins.

        Jenkins plugins are Java Archive (JAR) files with either an .hpi or .jpi extension. The jpi plugin gets precedence over the hpi plugin in case both are present.

      • 19 Commands to monitor the Network Activity in Linux – ByteXD

        To manage all network activities you should have detailed knowledge about how to check network load, bandwidth usage, active connections, connections sockets, and how much bandwidth is used by processes on your Linux system.

        In this article, we will discuss 19 useful commands that help monitor your network activity on Linux. The commands are executed on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. We will also show how to install these command-line tools or utilities in Ubuntu / Debian systems.

      • Migrate containers from Raspberry Pi OS to Fedora Linux

        This article explains how to transition a typical container setup from Raspberry Pi OS to Fedora Linux at the example of the Traefik reverse-proxy. We start with an already setup Fedora Linux to keep this one to the point, which is getting to know fundamental differences and options when first touching down on Fedora Linux and podman.

      • Where are Docker Images, Containers and Volumes Stored?

        Want to know where Docker images, containers and volumes are located?

        In a typical Linux environment, you can find the Docker image and container data in:

        If your server is running out of space, you should definitely take a look into this directory.

        Primarily, all Docker related entities are located at /var/lib/docker. But let us look into it more specifically, with the Alpine image and container as a hands-on example.

        Note: Please note that this information is for educational purpose only. Manipulating with host system Docker directories/files are never actually recommended. The docker and docker-compose commands should be the preferred method always. Physically located Docker directories/files should be accessed or manipulated only as a last resort during emergency situations.

    • Games

      • Half-Life 2 and the episodes get a Beta with Vulkan (DXVK) and more | GamingOnLinux

        Valve has put up a Beta for Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One and Half-Life 2: Episode Two as they prepare more of their own games ready for the Steam Deck.

        We don’t know yet all the exact details, as this update hasn’t even been announced by Valve yet but the Betas are up and you can try them out right now. However, we do know for sure they now have DXVK Native which is the port of DXVK to Linux which allows it to be used natively without Wine. This changes the game to use Vulkan, instead of OpenGL, if you launch it with “-vulkan” in the launch options.

      • How to Install Counter-Strike on Ubuntu

        Linux distributions have been gaining massive popularity over the years, becoming more and more suited for daily tasks. Improvements in design and GUI and embedded compatibility with a wide variety of apps have made Linux suitable for casual users.

        Aside from daily work-related tasks, Linux distributions are now optimized for gaming, offering support for many popular gaming titles available on Steam. One of the most popular gaming titles on Steam is Counter-Strike (CS), a collection of multiplayer first-person shooters.

        The gameplay follows standard Search-and-Destroy rules. The Terrorists are tasked with perpetrating acts of terror such as bombing and taking hostages(depending on game mode), whereas the Counterterrorist try to stop the terrorists, either by defusing the bomb, rescuing hostages or by eliminating all terrorists.

      • Intruder In Antiquonia is an upcoming point & click mystery where you unravel your past | GamingOnLinux

        The first game from indie developers Aruma Studios, a husband and wife duo from Spain that follows the protagonist Sarah trying to figure out her past.

        The story takes place in the present day, when Sarah is found lying in the road leading to the town of Antiquonia. After recovering, she is diagnosed with amnesia and must stay in the town to learn about her past. She will soon discover that the internet is not welcome in this town, a detail that will prove difficult as she begins to unravel the mystery of her past.

      • Project Haven looks like a very slick turn-based tactics delight due in 2022 | GamingOnLinux

        Code Three Fifty One are currently working on Project Haven, an impressive looking turn-based tactics game where you command the Steel Dragons, a mercenary outfit fighting for survival in the harsh, urban near-future that is Haven City. Seems to be one we missed during Gamescom this year as we had no idea they planned Linux support at the time.

      • Proton Experimental sees another small update fixing up Fallout 76, updating VKD3D-Proton | GamingOnLinux

        Proton Experimental continues to see rapid development to give us more great fixes to run Windows games under Linux. If you wish to know more about Steam Play and Proton do check out our dedicated section.

        Valve updated it once again on October 18 to bring more improvements. Hot on the heels of VKD3D-Proton version 2.5 releasing, which came with plenty of DirectX Raytracing upgrades, this version is now included in Proton Experimental making it real easy to test it out.

        Other improvements in this release include fixing the Atomic Shop and random crashes in Fallout 76, multiplayer is fixed for RaceRoom, flickering in the Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord launcher was fixed and the Windows version of Game Dev Tycoon is noted as being playable (it has a Linux version too).

      • Steam Deck Verified: Understanding Compatibility – Boiling Steam

        As the launch window of the Steam Deck approaches, Valve has finally decided to touch upon the hot topic of compatibility with the Steam Deck Verified initiative. Basically, they will show in the new SteamOS interface whether or not titles work as expected on the Steam Deck, using a rating system.

      • Valve is Reviewing Games Compatible with SteamOS – It’s FOSS News

        With the introduction of Steam Deck, the future of gaming in Linux is more promising than ever.

        The presence of Steam Deck has already made it possible to bring in anti-cheat engine support to Linux. If you did not know, Steam Deck is powered by the upcoming new SteamOS (based on Arch Linux).

        And, now, to make things better, Valve has announced to introduce new compatibility badges to showcase games on Steam that should work with Steam Deck powered by SteamOS.

      • Steampunk base-building survival game Volcanoids gets Steam Workshop support | GamingOnLinux

        Volcanoids is such a fantastic idea for a survival game. You build a base inside a big moving drill, that you continually upgrade and extend and now you can enhance it in many new ways with Steam Workshop support.

        Not played it before? Volcanoids sets you up on an island that sees frequent volcanic eruptions, which are being triggered by strange mechanical bots. It’s up to you to build, defend and explore while keeping an eye on the volcano for when you need to quickly dive deep underground in your big drillship.

      • Stellaris to get more free improvements in the upcoming 3.2 update | GamingOnLinux

        Paradox continues to tweak their space sci-fi strategy game Stellaris with another free upgrade coming. Update 3.2 continues the work of their newer Custodian Team. This is the team that focuses entirely on free content, with other teams working on DLC.

        For the 3.2 update (that has no date yet) there’s going to be new content and features, some of which was cut from the 3.1 update. While there’s no date, they are aiming for around three months between free updates now.

      • The Sundew is a story-rich point & click set in the aftermath of a devastating future war | GamingOnLinux

        After your next futuristic point and click adventure? Check out The Sundew which is out now along with native Linux support.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDE Plasma 5.23 Gets First Point Release, Plasma Wayland Sees More Improvements

          Last week on October 14th, the KDE Project celebrated its 25th anniversary with the launch of the KDE Plasma 5.23 desktop environment series, a major update that introduced numerous new features and improvements.

          Now, the first point release is already here, addressing several issues with the Plasma Wayland session like a crash that occurred immediately after login when using the Right Alt never chooses 3rd level advanced keyboard setting.

    • Distributions

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Why IT automation training is a smart way to boost your career

          However, the benefits of Red Hat Training and Certification also apply to individuals. Many IT professionals seek automation training on their own and find that it enhances their value to their company and their personal marketability. Take, for example, Christian Sandrini, an IT professional who was named the 2021 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year. He has earned nearly a dozen Red Hat certifications, including the Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ansible Best Practices and the Red Hat Certified Specialist in Ansible Automation Platform.

        • Deploy a Java application using Helm, Part 1

          To deploy enterprise Java applications with Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP) servers to Red Hat OpenShift, developers have usually needed to learn how to use OpenShift templates or Operators to specify Kubernetes and OpenShift resources such as build config, deployment, volume, environment variables, and application image. This article, the first of a two-part series, explains a simpler way to deploy an enterprise Java application to OpenShift using Helm charts, and how to connect the application to a PostgreSQL database.

        • IT hiring: 5 signs of a continuous learner | The Enterprisers Project

          Deep into the digital transformation age, IT leaders recognize that change is the one constant. As a result, their hiring needs have shifted from seeking out those employees who are highly skilled in a single area to pursuing professionals who are capable of acquiring new aptitudes on an ongoing basis. Continuous learning is the name of the game.

          “The pace of digital innovation across industries was already rapid, but COVID accelerated change,” says Charley Betzig, managing director, IT executive recruiting firm Heller Search Associates. “It is more important than ever to have continuous learners in positions of leadership. Companies need IT leaders who not only are on top of the most modern technology but are curious and creative around how those technologies can influence current business models or even create new ones.”

        • 5 ways leaders can fight team burnout

          Despite the uncertainty around COVID-19, the shift to remote work was, for many employees, a welcome departure from the in-office routine. However, as weeks turned into months, and months into a year, the downsides of remote work became clear for some people.

          One example is the difficulty of delineating work from home life. With 24/7 connectivity and no commute, it can be challenging to separate the two. Many people find themselves working late into the evening and on weekends. Add in reduced staff and increased workloads, and burnout quickly becomes a reality: A Deloitte survey found that 77 percent of workers have experienced burnout.

        • MontaVista MVShield Support Now Available for Rocky Linux Baselines

          MontaVista® Software, LLC, a leader in commercial Embedded Linux® products and services, today announced the immediate availability of MVShield support services for Rocky Linux. The Rocky Linux project was founded in late 2020, gathering immediate momentum since its inception with continued robust adoption during 2021.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Early Progress Made On Porting Radeon Vulkan Driver To BeOS-Inspired Haiku OS – Phoronix

        After successfully getting Mesa’s software-based Lavapipe Vulkan implementation building on Haiku last month along with related Mesa code for headless support, a developer independent of AMD has started work on porting the Mesa Radeon Vulkan driver “RADV” to Haiku.

        Haiku developer “X512″ has been spending the past number of weeks so far trying to get the open-source Radeon Vulkan driver stack working on this BeOS-inspired platform. This would be the first major Vulkan driver working for Haiku though there is also interest in getting the open-source Intel Vulkan driver working there too.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • LibreOffice and Google Summer of Code 2021: The results

          This year, LibreOffice was once again a mentoring organization in the Google Summer of Code (GSoC), a global program focused on bringing more student developers into free and open source software development. Seven projects were finished successfully. Students and mentors enjoyed the time, and here we present some of the achievements, which should make their way into LibreOffice 7.3 in early February 2022!

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

          • GNU dbm – News: Version 1.22

            Version 1.22 is available for download. This version includes several bugfixes and improves the documentation.

          • Excellent Free Tutorials to Learn Octave

            Octave is a high-level language, primarily intended for numerical computations. It provides a convenient command line interface for solving linear and non-linear problems numerically, and for performing other numerical experiments using a language that is mostly compatible with Matlab. It is drop-in compatible with many Matlab scripts. It may also be used as a batch-oriented language.

            Octave has extensive tools for solving common numerical linear algebra problems, finding the roots of nonlinear equations, integrating ordinary functions, manipulating polynomials, and integrating ordinary differential and differential-algebraic equations. It is easily extensible and customizable via user-defined functions written in Octave’s own language, or using dynamically loaded modules written in C++, C, Fortran, or other languages.

      • Programming/Development

        • GitUI: A Blazing Fast Terminal Client for Git Written in Rust

          The basic Git commands are good enough for the usual clone, add, commit push.

          But if you are working on a large project with multiple contributors, you may need to visualize things. A GUI tool gives a better view on the diff, stash and blame.

          But then, if you are a terminal dweller, who wants the comfort of GUI with Git, I have got a good tool for you.

          It is called GitUI and it provides user experience and comfort similar to a git GUI but right in your terminal. It is portable, fast, free and open source.

        • Release candidate: Godot 3.4 RC 1

          The upcoming Godot 3.4 release will provide a number of new features which have been backported from the 4.0 development branch (see our release policy for details on the various Godot versions). With this first Release Candidate, we completely freezes feature development, and comes after a long series of beta builds to fix a number of bugs reported against previous builds (as well as against previous stable branches).

          If you already reviewed the changelog for beta 6, you can skip right to the differences between beta 6 and RC 1. Notable changes are in-editor class reference translations (so far Chinese (Simplified), Spanish, and some French), some new rendering features (high quality glow mode, 3D point light attenuation option), and a number of C# marshalling fixes.

        • Crystal 1.2 programming language Released – itsfoss.net

          The release of the programming language Crystal 1.2 has been published , the developers of which are trying to combine the convenience of development in the Ruby language with the high application performance inherent in the C language. Crystal syntax is close to Ruby, but not fully compatible with it, despite the fact that some Ruby programs are executed without modification. The compiler code is written in Crystal and is licensed under the Apache 2.0 license.

          The language uses static type checking, implemented without the need to explicitly specify the types of variables and method arguments in the code. Crystal programs are compiled into executable files, with macro evaluation and code generation at compile time. In programs in the Crystal language, it is allowed to connect bindings written in the C language. Parallelization of code execution is carried out using the “spawn” keyword, which allows you to start a background task asynchronously without blocking the main thread, in the form of lightweight threads called fibers (Fiber).

        • Why Mark Text is my favorite markdown editor

          I got introduced to the markdown format a few years ago when I began to explore Jupyter Notebooks. Many of the other writers at Opensource.com knew markdown, but it was a skill that was unfamiliar to me.

          Markdown is a standard way of writing text, in which you use minimal notation to markup how you want the text styled. For instance, instead of clicking a button to make a word bold, you surround the word with two asterisks (**word**).

        • DeepMind Announces MuJoCo Physical Process Simulator – itsfoss.net

          The code is written in C / C ++ and will be published under the Apache 2.0 license. Linux, Windows and macOS platforms are supported. The work on the opening of all the source codes associated with the project is planned to be completed in 2022, after which MuJoCo will switch to an open development model, which implies the possibility of participation in the development of community representatives.

        • Perl/Raku

  • Leftovers

    • Health/Nutrition

      • MoUs for algorithms and data for profit: 4 new MoUs signed between the Ministry of Agriculture and private corporations, including Jio and Cisco.

        The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare has recently signed 4 more Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreements regarding the Agristack with Cisco, Ninjakart, ITC Limited, and Jio. In this post, we analyse these MoUs, and explain the issues that arise as a result.


        As with all the previous MoUs, the DACFW will share all the data sets with CISCO, Ninjakart, ITC, and Jio, while retaining ownership and responsibility for security of the data. Absolutely no clarity has been provided in any of the MoUs regarding how the data sets are to be kept secure, beyond the role allocation of data security being given to the Ministry of Agriculture. Further, the Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA) in the appendices of the MoUs are vague on the subject of whether farmers’ data shared under the respective MoUs is considered “confidential information”, and thus subject to protection under the NDA. Another concern is that the State departments have not been made parties to these MoUs, even though agriculture is a state subject under the Constitution of India.

        A GRAIN report titled ‘Digital fences: the financial enclosure of farmlands in South America’ has already brought to attention how digitalisation has enabled the land grabs by large scale agribusinesses in Latin America, while the requirement of digital land records for access to public schemes for agriculture has resulted in large scale exclusion. Thus, here, the Agristack may be a double-edged sword: in case such cases are rushed over and dealt with in a perfunctory manner, the resultant injustice in the form of dispossession would be locked in, whereas if land disputes are adequately addressed and resolved, India’s farmers could rest assured that their land holdings have been digitally enshrined. Thus, there is an urgent need to address all such land disputes before creating such a database, especially since compensation-based dispute settlements have generally led to highly inadequate compensation for farmers and lengthy delays in payment.

      • Negative impacts of land digitization | Stop at Zona-M

        There is already a lot of “Land Governance Digitalization” going on, in every corner of the world. Personally, I am sure that this is half unavoidable, half, in the long term, be beneficial. The problem of course is how long it will take to get there, and how much damage will happen along the way, especially in the Global South.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • Microsoft tells sysadmins to update PowerShell 7 to fix flaw that could expose credentials in Linux [Ed: Karma for fools who add Microsoft (NSA back doors partner) stuff inside GNU/Linux]
          • Trustworthy computing in 2021 [Ed: Hardware is becoming more hostile towards the user -- to the point of arrogantly assuming that the people who bought the hardware are the enemy and therefore control over the hardware should be passed over to untrustworthy vendors. It's another example of "defective by design" products.]

            Intel’s EFI evolved into an architecture-neutral variant known as the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, frequently referred to as UEFI. For the most part, UEFI won against Open Firmware: the only vendor still supporting it being IBM, and only as a legacy compatibility option for their POWER machines. Arguably the demise of Open Firmware was more related to industry standardization on x86 instead of the technical quality of UEFI however.

          • Ransomware Attacks against Water Treatment Plants

            According to a report from CISA last week, there were three ransomware attacks against water treatment plants last year.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Limits to Growth: Can AI’s Voracious Appetite for Data Be Tamed?

              IN THE SPRING OF 2019, artificial intelligence datasets started disappearing from the internet. Such collections — typically gigabytes of images, video, audio, or text data — are the foundation for the increasingly ubiquitous and profitable form of AI known as machine learning, which can mimic various kinds of human judgments such as facial recognition.

              In April, it was Microsoft’s MS-Celeb-1M, consisting of 10 million images of 100,000 people’s faces — many of them celebrities, as the name suggests, but also many who were not public figures — harvested from internet sites. In June, Duke University researchers withdrew their multi-target, multi-camera dataset (DukeMTMC), which consisted of images taken from videos, mostly of students, recorded at a busy campus intersection over 14 hours on a day in 2014. Around the same time, people reported that they could no longer access Diversity in Faces, a dataset of more than a million facial images collected from the internet, released at the beginning of 2019 by a team of IBM researchers.

              All together, about a dozen AI datasets vanished — hastily scrubbed by their creators after researchers, activists, and journalists exposed an array of problems with the data and the ways it was used, from privacy, to race and gender bias, to issues with human rights.

            • Worried About Facial Recognition? Big Tech Wants Your Anal Prints Too

              Privacy concerns related to the implications of facial recognition have been raised several times but you may not have thought much about a very different part of your body being scanned.

              Sanjiv Gambhir, a Stanford radiologist believes that the future of medicines starts in the bathroom and his lab is leading the way.

              Gambhir’s team has developed a ‘smart toilet’ that analyses the users’ urine and faeces using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to monitor for diseases, infections or even certain cancers, such as colorectal or urologic cancers.

              Interestingly, to authenticate your waste with you, the smart toilet scans your ‘anal print’.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • EU accused of disregarding human rights when supporting law enforcement abroad

        The EU has been accused of contributing to the development of ‘surveillance’ capacities in third countries without considering fundamental rights and data protection; according to a complaint filed with the European Ombudsman by a coalition of privacy NGOs.

        The dossier sent to the EU oversight body includes internal documents and communications relative to projects that provide training, technology and financing to law enforcement authorities in third countries, notably in Africa and the Western Balkans.

        The NGOs regret that in all cases, the EU bodies and agencies failed to provide an impact assessment for the potential implications on human rights and privacy despite the grave consequences if the capacities provided were misused. They have labelled it a case of maladministration.

        “EU bodies must equally ensure respect for human rights in their external relations, by, for example, assessing the risks that their actions pose to human rights. What our research suggests, however, is that these assessments are lacking when transferring surveillance capabilities outside the EU,” said Ioannis Kouvakas, legal officer and acting general counsel at Privacy International.


        The NGOs dispute that argument, arguing that EU bodies need to ensure human rights law and principles are respected since they are equipping third countries with intrusive equipment and techniques that could enable mass surveillance.

        The argument was echoed by German MEP Patrick Breyer. “The Commission showed itself to be completely ignorant when we asked them about impact assessment, which is not acceptable,” Breyer said.

        “Without prior human rights impact assessments, such actions could pose serious threats,” stressed Manos Papadakis, co-founder of Homo Digitalis.

        A Commission spokesperson was not readily available for comments.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

Links 19/10/2021: Sequoia PGP LGPL 2.0+, Open RAN Adoption

Posted in News Roundup at 7:50 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • Leftovers

    • A Smiling Sayonara from Private Equity’s Pioneers
    • Leaps of Faith

      To state that Jonathan Franzen ranks among America’s best novelists reliably provokes ire—especially on the Internet, where such ire is never in short supply. Nevertheless, his work has long been discussed in these terms, at least since his third novel, 2001’s The Corrections, the rare work of literary fiction that was both a critical and a commercial hit. Whether or not he is any good, let alone one the best novelists in the country, Franzen’s tidiest trick has been to force us to litigate his own excellence every few years.

      Franzen began his career in 1988, with The Twenty-Seventh City, and followed that experimental novel about St. Louis a few years later with Strong Motion, which established the themes that have concerned so much of his work: the environment, capitalism, faith. These novels share a self-conscious, postmodern sensibility and an ambition to probe deeply into the world—to use fiction to talk about reality. But it was The Corrections that saw this ambition most fully realized; abandoning the earlier works’ hyper-exuberance for a more realistic mode. His follow-up, 2010’s Freedom, trod the same territory as its predecessor—an exploration of sexuality, morality, money, and power through the lens of family bonds; easy to read, indeed, difficult to put down.

    • FAA Suggests Steps to Improve Aviation Safety in Alaska. Some Experts Say They’re Not Enough.

      Recommendations released last week by the Federal Aviation Administration to improve aviation safety in Alaska represent a significant step forward but fall short of what’s needed to reduce the state’s fatal crash rate, aviation experts say.

      The FAA Alaska Aviation Safety Initiative, or FAASI, released its final report Thursday, encouraging the agency to focus its efforts on bolstering the availability of weather information for pilots flying in the state, increasing use of safety technology and improving FAA policies for flying with cockpit instruments.

    • Education

      • 5 Reasons Going To Grad School Isn’t Worth It Anymore

        Speaking of minimum wage jobs: this academic upselling has gotten so bad that statistics show that 45% of recent MA graduates working in their chosen field can’t even manage to pay off the interest on their student loans, let alone the loans themselves. As a result, graduate programs now destroy as many careers as they make. The crippling debt eventually forces countless alums to sacrifice their dreams for a steady paycheck of corporate or teaching positions barely related to their fields of expertise.

      • So You Want to Write a Technical Book

        If you’re knowledgeable in a technical field, writing a book to teach others a few things can be a rewarding experience on many different levels. With the many avenues available for self-publishing these days, an important question to ask yourself is “Do I need a publisher?”. The answer depends on your particular situation and your particular set of skills. In the twenty years that I have been writing books, I have taken both routes, and this post is a collection of the many things I have learned along the way.

    • Health/Nutrition

      • DOJ Will Ask Supreme Court to Place Stay on Texas’s 6-Week Abortion Ban
      • Opinion | Activists Should Continue to Fight for National Single Payer Rather Than Taking Cues From the Democratic Party

        It is a mistake for activists to once again allow Democratic politicians corrupted by big money to determine the nature of the struggle for single-payer Healthcare. We must have a strong fight on the national level in order to win this. Otherwise, we are abandoning a struggle that has strong public support and giving Congress a free pass to do nothing.

      • Corporate Democrats’ Toothless Drug Pricing Alternative Is a Coup for Big Pharma
      • Pediatrician Welcomes Imminent Approval of COVID Vaccine for Kids 5-11 Amid Opposition to Mask Mandates

        The Biden administration is launching a national vaccination campaign for about 28 million children between the ages of 5 and 11. The vaccine will be two doses and one-third as potent as the one being given to people over the age of 12. An independent panel is set to offer a recommendation to the FDA that evaluates the safety and efficacy of the vaccines in late October. We’re joined by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, pediatrician and co-chair of the Protect Michigan Commission, to speak more about the rollout of the vaccine for kids. “It’s really important, if we want to go back to normal, for our kids to get this vaccine,” says Dr. Hanna-Attisha. “We need all hands on deck to improve our vaccination rates.”

      • “Racism Plays a Major Part”: Like in Flint, Lead Pipes Leave Benton Harbor, Michigan, with Toxic Water

        Residents of Benton Harbor, Michigan, are calling for immediate action on replacing the city’s lead pipes, which have endangered their drinking water. Since 2018, tap water in the predominantly Black city has contained lead levels up to 60 times the federal limit. Yet government officials have only addressed the toxic contamination as an urgent crisis in recent days. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician who exposed a similar water crisis in the neighboring city of Flint, sees parallels between the two emergencies. “Every day that goes by when there is lead in the water is one day too long for the children of Benton Harbor,” she says. Reverend Edward Pinkney, president of the Benton Harbor Community Water Council, emphasizes that racism plays a major role in the government’s slow response. He says, “Since it’s Benton Harbor, a Black city, they figure this can continue.”

      • Lead Pipes Leave Benton Harbor, Michigan, With Toxic Water
      • Funeral Rites for COVID Zero

        Then came mutations and variants. Delta became the word mentioned like a terrorist saboteur, placing bombs under the edifice of the health system. The pro-market factions within governments receptive to using lockdown formulas could claim that harsh stay-at-home rules were not working. It was time to open up the economy; time to live with the virus, and, consequently, a good number of deaths. It was time for the epidemiologists to do more modelling.

        A crucial factor to this was the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines and the acceleration of vaccination programs.  Studies showing how increased vaccination coverage would reduce cases of COVID-19 and precipitate a fall in hospitalisation began to catch the attention of policy makers.  One, a preprint and yet to be peer-reviewed paper from August, looked at the effects of vaccination coverage among the 112 most populous counties in the United States.  It found that a 10 percent increase in vaccination coverage could be associated with a 28.3 percent decrease in the rate of hospitalisation and a 16.6 percent decrease in COVID-19 hospitalisations per 100 cases.

      • Despite Outcry, Japanese Prime Minister Urges Swift Release of Fukushima Wastewater Into Sea

        “Japan’s decision was made without enough consultation with the neighboring nations.”

      • Ivermectin is the new hydroxychloroquine, take 7: Are there positive studies that aren’t fraudulent?

        I’ve long been saying that ivermectin is the new hydroxychloroquine, so much so that I have to say now that ivermectin is no longer new, even as I speculate what new “miracle cure” for COVID-19 will become the “new ivermectin”. Readers might remember that, very early in the pandemic, hydroxychloroquine, a widely used antimalarial drug with mild immunosuppressive properties that make it also useful to treat some autoimmune diseases, was seized upon as the (then) only effective treatment for COVID-19 based on reported observations in Wuhan, China during the first major outbreak. There, a group of Chinese researchers reported that none of a group of their 80 patients with lupus erythematosus who were taking hydroxychloroquine went on to become infected with SARS-CoV-2. Based on that very thin gruel, hydroxychloroquine for a time became part of the de facto standard of care around the world, including in one of the hospitals that I practice at. The devotion to hydroxychloroquine spread, thanks to promotion by Dr. Oz, then-President Donald Trump, and a veritable rogues’ gallery of quacks, and it took a long time for the evidence to catch up and kill it. There was a reason why I called hydroxychloroquine the Black Knight of COVID-19 treatments, because no amount of evidence appeared able to kill it, until it did. Even so, a year later there remains a contingent of quacks who still promote it not just as a treatment but as a preventative.

      • Anti-Vaxxers and Climate Change Deniers: Living in a Post-Fact World

        Do facts matter? We are in the midst of a credibility revolution. Donald Trump’s presidency and his questions about the results of the 2020 election are an example of what can be confirmed factually and what we should all agree upon.

        Our era has been labelled “Post-Fact, Post-Truth.” Who really killed John F. Kennedy? Did a hijacked plane really hit the Pentagon on September 11, 2001? There is plenty of evidence on both sides of the two questions to raise skepticism about definitive answers.

      • Opiates and Social Media Are Symptoms, Not Causes

        I don’t think they are. Are they good for you? They can be, when used appropriately. Are they being abused? Yes, clearly. But I think the problem is ultimately what Hari talks about in his book. It’s the lack of something bigger than the drug or social media in peoples’ lives.

      • Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ are everywhere. The EPA has a new plan to crack down.

        On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a three-year initiative to regulate PFAS and restrict their use. U.S. manufacturers still use the chemicals, and public water systems are not required to monitor for any PFAS.

        PFAS are known as “forever chemicals” because they never break down and remain present in the human body. The chemicals seeped into the groundwater around the Warminster naval base for decades, according to the EPA.

      • Most resistance-causing mutations in TB have now been identified

        More than a dozen antibiotics and other drugs are used to treat TB. But strains of M. tuberculosis that are not susceptible to one or more of these have emerged and are spreading at an alarming rate. Nearly 500,000 of the 10m cases of tuberculosis in 2019, for example, were drug-resistant. Good news, however, emerged on October 19th, when the Comprehensive Resistance Prediction for Tuberculosis International Consortium (CRyPTIC, for short), an international collaboration that has been searching for quick ways to diagnose resistant strains, published the fruits of its labours. The result of the consortium’s analysis of more than 15,000 samples from patients in 27 countries is a way of detecting any and every resistance-inducing mutation in a particular bacterium’s genome.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Cyberattackers strike payday as ransomware attacks increase tenfold [iophk: Windows TCO]

          Ransomware has emerged as one of the defining cybersecurity threats of 2021, witth attacks increasing tenfold over the past year and the trend set to continue as cyberattackers see lucrative paydays from ransomware operations.

          That’s the view of security solutioms provider Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs ahead of Australian Cyber Week (25-29 October 2021) and CERT New Zealand’s Cyber Smart Week (18-24 October 2021).

        • Want a fully specced-out MacBook Pro? You’ll have to pay more than $6,000

          And if you want to buy the absolute highest-end model, with 64GB of unified memory, 8TB of SSD storage, a 140W USB-C power adapter, and the M1 Max chip, that will cost you a cool $6,099, according to Apple’s online store.

        • Apple Drops Intel in Biggest MacBook Pro Overhaul in Years

          The company showcased the chips at an event Monday called “Unleashed” that also included its latest audio products. The new components, called the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, are 70% faster than its M1 predecessors, Apple said. It also unveiled a redesigned MacBook Pro, adding larger screens, MagSafe charging and better resolution.

        • Apple drops Intel in biggest MacBook Pro overhaul in years

          The chips include 10 total CPU cores — the components that handle processing — up from the eight in the M1 chip. The 10 cores are split into eight high-performance cores and two cores for tasks that require less energy. That compares with four high-performance and four low-performance cores in the M1.

        • Apple Ditches Intel Chips for MacBook Pro With Lineup Featuring M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max

          Apple has nixed all of the Intel MacBook Pro models from its MacBook Pro lineup, with the prior-generation Intel i7 and i9 machines now discontinued.

          All of Apple’s MacBook Pro models now feature M-series chips as the company continues to phase out Intel chips. That means Apple’s entire portable notebook lineup (the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro) is Intel-free and running Apple-designed chips.

        • Security

          • Microsoft’s very bad year for security: A timeline

            So far, 2021 has proved to be somewhat of a security annus horribilis for tech giant Microsoft, with numerous vulnerabilities impacting several of its leading services, including Active Directory, Exchange, and Azure. Microsoft is no stranger to being targeted by attackers seeking to exploit known and zero-day vulnerabilities, but the rate and scale of the incidents it has faced since early March has put the tech giant on its back foot for at least a moment or two.

            What follows is a timeline of the significant security events that have afflicted Microsoft in 2021, why it remains susceptible to serious vulnerabilities and attacks, and an assessment of its response according to experts from across the cybersecurity sector.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Hacking the World – Part 3: The Hackers and the Hacked
            • Many Digital Divide ‘Solutions’ Make Privacy And Trust A Luxury Option

              We’ve noted a few times how privacy is slowly but surely becoming a luxury good. Take low-cost cellular phones, for example. They may now be available for dirt cheap, but the devices are among the very first to treat consumer privacy and security as effectively unworthy of consideration at that price point. So at the same time we’re patting ourselves on the back for “bridging the digital divide,” we’re creating a new paradigm whereby privacy and security are something placed out of reach for those who can’t afford it.

            • Study Shows How Android Phones Still Track Users, Even When ‘Opted Out’

              We’ve frequently noted that what’s often presented as “improved privacy” is usually privacy theater. For example researchers just got done showing how Apple’s heavily hyped “do not track” button doesn’t actually do what it claims to do, and numerous apps can still collect an parade of different data points on users who believe they’ve opted out of such collection. And Apple’s considered among the better companies when it comes to privacy promises.

            • Facebook introduces controls for kids. Is it enough?

              Josh Golin, executive director of Fairplay, a watchdog for the children and media marketing industry, said that he doesn’t think introducing controls to help parents supervise teens would be effective since many teens set up secret accounts any way. He was also dubious about how effective nudging teens to take a break or move away from harmful content would be. He noted Facebook needs to show exactly how they would implement it and offer research that shows these tools are effective.

            • Bugs in our Pockets: The Risks of Client-Side Scanning [warning for PDF]

              Our increasing reliance on digital technology for personal, economic, and government affairs has made it essential to secure the communications and devices of private citizens, businesses, and governments. This has led to pervasive use of cryptography across society. Despite its evident advantages, law enforcement and national security agencies have argued that the spread of cryptography has hindered access to evidence and intelligence. Some in industry and government now advocate a new technology to access targeted data: client-side scanning (CSS). Instead of weakening encryption or providing law enforcement with backdoor keys to decrypt communications, CSS would enable on-device analysis of data in the clear. If targeted information were detected, its existence and, potentially, its source, would be revealed to the agencies; otherwise, little or no information would leave the client device. Its proponents claim that CSS is a solution to the encryption versus public safety debate: it offers privacy—in the sense of unimpeded end-to-end encryption—and the ability to successfully investigate serious crime.

              In this report, we argue that CSS neither guarantees efficacious crime prevention nor prevents surveillance. Indeed, the effect is the opposite. CSS by its nature creates serious security and privacy risks for all society while the assistance it can provide for law enforcement is at best problematic. There are multiple ways in which client-side scanning can fail, can be evaded, and can be abused.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Opinion | The Pundits Who Want to Give James Bond a License to Kill… the Chinese

        On Sunday morning I woke up to, not one, but two editorials lamenting the fact that Hollywood hasn’t yet granted James Bond the license to kill Chinese people.  Foreign Policy, the prestigious publication catering to global power influencers, published an essay by James Crabtree headlined “New Bond Can’t Take On Beijing’s Supervillains.” Crabtree, a Foreign Policy columnist and the executive director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies-Asia, thought Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007 suffered from “melodrama and incoherent action.” He has a solution:

      • As CIA Ramps Up Anti-China Actions, Why Doesn’t Congress Oppose Biden’s “New Cold War”?

        We speak with Ethan Paul, a former reporter with the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong who is now with the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. China’s military revealed last week that it had conducted beach landing and assault drills in the province across from Taiwan. This comes as the CIA has set up a new mission center focused solely on China. CIA Director William Burns has described China as “the most important geopolitical threat facing the United States.” Paul says there has been almost no “meaningful dissent among Democrats” in Congress about “the need to make sure that we don’t let this beast run out of control.”

      • Top Trump Fundraiser Boasted of Raising $3 Million to Support Jan. 6 “Save America” Rally

        As much as $3 million may have been raised to support the Jan. 6 rally in Washington, D.C., that preceded the attack on the Capitol, according to interviews and documents reviewed by ProPublica, with some money flowing to Republican dark-money groups that helped bring crowds to the event.

        Caroline Wren, a former top fundraiser for the Trump campaign, managed distribution of some of the money raised to support the rally. She told one associate that she sent funds to a number of political organizations backing the event.

      • Colin Powell, Who Helped George W. Bush Lie Nation Into Iraq War, Dead at 84

        Colin Powell, the former U.S. Secretary of State who helped President George W. Bush under whom he served to sell the 2003 invasion of Iraq to the United Nations and the American people, has died at the age of 84.

        According to the New York Times, “He died of complications from Covid-19, his family said in a statement. He was fully vaccinated and was treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, his family said.”

      • Colin Powell’s Own Staff Had Warned Him Against His War Lies

        In the wake of WMD-liar Curveball’s videotaped confession, Colin Powell was demanding to know why nobody warned him about Curveball’s unreliability. The trouble is, they did.

      • Colin Powell, Who Helped George W. Bush Lie Nation Into Iraq War, Dies
      • Nicaragua is the Exception: Letter to a Cynic

        “I know, right?” I replied.

        “No, I mean it’s actually unbelievable,” he wrote back. “For cynical people like me, our faith in humanity has been undermined. The story of a government really looking after ordinary people is too good to be true.”

      • Is Trump’s Violent Dishonesty Inexorable?

        Reflecting on it now, I remember that many people acted with surprise when Trump’s supporters staged a violent insurrection on January 6th, and others asked me, “how did you see this coming, you’ve been writing about it for months?” Before the election I wrote “Be Prepared to Defend Democracy” and punctuated the warnings: “It is up to us to protect our rights and freedoms. We know that nonviolence can bring down dictators. A people united are stronger than Donald Trump and his terrorist thugs. We have a democracy if we can keep it, let’s all do our parts.” In many ways we have failed to make the defense.

        Matthew Shepard’s murder was slow and agonizing; on October 7, 1998, he was tied to a fence after being severely beaten. The image of the horror that I can never forget is that he was initially discovered by a passing cyclist who had mistaken his body for a scarecrow, and the officer who responded noted that only interruption to his blood-caked-face was two streaks that had been washed clean by his hours of crying. This is now the pathway of the slow painful death our democracy is on if we continue ignoring the emergency.

      • ‘Needlessly Provocative’: Austin Rebuked for Again Opening NATO Door to Ukraine and Georgia

        Anti-war advocates on Monday warned that U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin would be making a dangerous strategic blunder if he suggests that Ukraine and Georgia have a welcome mat toward full integration into the NATO military alliance—a move critics say would dramatically increase the risk of war between Washington, D.C. and Moscow.

        “Keeping the ‘door’ open to NATO expansion antagonizes Russia, and it strings Ukraine and Georgia along for no good reason.”

      • Biden admin to build intelligence-gathering cell to track groups of migrants headed north

        The new cell, to be operational by the end of the month, would supply the agency with “indications and warnings” of possible migrant surges by collecting intelligence from DHS personnel in Central and South America, seek to establish aerial surveillance of trucks and migrant camps massing on borders and increase communication with the U.S. intelligence community and law enforcement agencies in other countries, according to the planning document.

      • Nigeria jihadist infighting kills scores in Lake Chad

        Infighting between Nigeria’s two major jihadist factions has left scores dead, raising the possibility of a prolonged internecine conflict between the two forces, civilian and security sources told AFP Tuesday.

        Islamic State West Africa Province or ISWAP has emerged as the dominant faction in Nigeria’s conflict, especially after the death of rival Boko Haram commander Abubakar Shekau in May during infighting between the groups.

      • Taliban Committed War Crimes, Report Says

        Reports from Amnesty International claim that they had found evidence of the Taliban murdering thirteen people from the ethnic Hazara community including a teenage girl. The event took place in August in the province of Daykundi. The Taliban called the report “one sided” and denied the allegations. The Hazara make up the third largest ethnic community in Afghanistan and have long faced discrimination and persecution from the predominantly Sunni community.

      • Germany: Ex-Muslims demonstrating in Cologne against the call of the muezzin allowed by the municipality were threatened by Muslims in front of the mosque

        Imperto-Ghasemi also reports that demonstrators were directly threatened over the weekend. Individual demonstration members would therefore also file a complaint with the police on Monday ( October 18). “I am sure that I will also be threatened,” says Imperto-Ghazemi.

        When asked about the fact that church bells are also ringing in Cologne, the journalist says: “Church bells are only a sound and cannot be compared to the muezzin’s call. The words that are shouted there are not compatible with an open society.” Another large demonstration in front of the central mosque is planned for the coming days. However, it is not yet clear when this will take place.

      • France to Vote on the Great Replacement of Western Civilization

        Bfmtv interviewed Fewzi Benhabib, a resident of Saint-Denis. Since his arrival from Algeria 25 years ago, he found in France the ideology from which he was fleeing in his former country “For the Islamists, it is a question of Islamizing modernity, not modernizing Islam.”

      • What is China’s new hypersonic glide vehicle?

        Glide vehicles work differently. They are also lofted on a rocket but either get released in the upper atmosphere, before they ever get into space, or re-enter very quickly. Their design, with a high lift-to-drag ratio, means that they can then glide, unpowered, much farther than the re-entry vehicle of a normal ICBM warhead. They stay lower than either ICBM or orbital systems—thus hiding better from radar—and can take long and convoluted routes that avoid ground-based missile defences.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

    • Environment

      • Opinion | Climate Cassandra: Seeing the Future When No One Believes You

        For decades, I kept a poster on my wall that I’d saved from the year I turned 16. In its upper left-hand corner was a black-and-white photo of a white man in a grey suit. Before him spread a cobblestone plaza. All you could see were the man and the stones. Its caption read, “He stood up alone and something happened.”

      • Opinion | Here’s the Message: No Climate, No Deal
      • Green Public Spending a ‘Win-Win Opportunity’ for Climate and Workers, Global Study Shows

        As congressional Democrats reassess the Build Back Better Act’s climate provisions after right-wing Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, an unabashed coal profiteer, vowed to gut a key clean electricity program, new research out Monday confirms that green public spending yields more jobs than unsustainable investments—for Manchin’s constituents in West Virginia and for workers around the world.

        “Continuing to funnel money to unsustainable infrastructure rather than green infrastructure doesn’t make sense for the climate, but it also doesn’t make sense for workers.”

      • ‘Ecocide’: Climate lawyers say Amazon deforestation is a crime

        A group of climate lawyers called Tuesday for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to launch an investigation into Brazil’s president for possible crimes against humanity over his administration’s Amazon policies.

        The AllRise group filed a dossier with the global court alleging that Jair Bolsonaro’s administration is responsible for a “widespread attack on the Amazon, its dependants and its defenders” that affects the global population.

        The call comes less than three weeks before the United Nations’ 26th Climate Change Conference of the Parties, known as the COP26, starts on Oct. 31 in Glasgow.

      • Manchin Obstructs Climate Progress as His Family Is Hit by “Unbelievable” Storms
      • It’s Joe Manchin vs. the World, and Manchin Is Winning
      • Energy

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • ‘Policy of Death’: Amazon Guardians Sue Ecuador’s President Over Oil, Mining Decrees

          In a bid to halt what one Indigenous leader called a “policy of death,” communities from Ecuador’s Amazon region on Monday sued the country’s right-wing president, who is planning a major expansion of fossil fuel extraction and mining that threatens millions of acres of pristine rainforest and the survival of native peoples.

          “President Guillermo Lasso intends to impose an extractive agenda and sacrifice the lives of thousands of Indigenous families who inhabit these territories.”

        • ‘Half-Measures Are No Longer Enough’: Haaland Urged to Sign Order to Halt Extinction Crisis

          Noting that a million species around the world face extinction in the near future, more than 100 conservation groups on Monday implored U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to issue a secretarial order “that sets concrete action” to “stem the extinction crisis and restore abundant wildlife and plant populations” worldwide.

          “Our leaders need to commit to doing everything they can to save life on Earth.”

        • Could Property Law Help Achieve ‘Rights of Nature’ for Wild Animals?
        • Reconciling God with Wild Animal Suffering

          One of the more interesting responses to my query on this problem of evil came from philosopher Thomas Jay Oord. He argued God wasn’t all powerful. It seemed like such a straightforward solution to so many age-old theological dilemmas, I was surprised more people haven’t taken it up. I’m pretty ignorant of religious debates, but I gather Oord’s is a heterodox view.

          “I don’t think God can prevent suffering singlehandedly,” Oord said. “Simply can’t. I think God loves every creature, large and small, complex and simple. And God wants all to flourish. But God can’t prevent the evil of the world, whether done by humans or animals. So God’s not culpable for failing to prevent animal suffering.”

        • Stop the Deforestation Madness

          In that time, over four decades now, the propaganda produced by the private-public partnership that created modern industrial logging after the end of WWII, has kept pace with the expanded use of heavy machinery to extract and process logs. There’s plenty of blaming others for causing “illegally deforested land around world,” and finger-pointing directed at domestic forest activists, but never constructive self-criticism or reflection that might lead to change in forest practices causing deforestation here at home. Industry propaganda is repeated ad nauseam by industry flacks, active and retired U.S. Forest Service (USFS-USDA) agents and like-minded congressional members, who all sing in perfect unison from the same hymnal.

          Where we (most of us) see, experience and feel a forest, the timber industry and its partners in crimes against nature, see only “natural capital” as an engine to generate corporate profit. The more acres of nature converted to profit, the greater their bottom line. Measuring a forest’s value only in dollars is ceremonial cult worship. Propaganda (false narratives to divert our gaze away from clearcutting) manipulates public perception by distorting what’s really happening to public forests and the deadly effects on all local lifeforms.

      • Overpopulation

    • Finance

      • Poverty Can Happen to Anyone

        The pandemic has been a crash course in hardship and downward mobility for millions of Americans. Whether they thought they had their lives “set” or were already struggling to get by, the arrival of the coronavirus suddenly added a lot of new households to the ranks of those scrambling to make the rent, pay the electric bill, or make three weeks’ worth of money stretch to the end of the month.1

      • Local Democrats Nationwide to Congress: ‘Don’t Come Home’ Until Biden Agenda Passed in Full

        Democratic local and state lawmakers representing millions of people throughout the United States sent a clear message to congressional Democrats on Monday: “Do not come home until you have passed the FULL $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act.”

        “Stop playing games and pass the Build Back Better Act for the American people.”

      • Why Record Numbers of Workers Are Quitting and Striking

        Perhaps McGrath was inspired by Shana Ragland in Lubbock, Texas, who nearly a year ago carried out a similarly public resignation in a TikTok video that she posted from the Walmart store where she worked. Ragland’s complaints were similar to McGrath’s as she accused managers of constantly disparaging workers. “I hope you don’t talk to your daughters the way you talk to me,” she said over the store intercom before signing off with, “F**k the managers, f**k this company.”

        The viral resignations of these two young women are bookending a year of volatility in the American workforce that economists have branded the Great Resignation. Women in particular are seen as leading the trend.

      • ‘Indefensible’: US Billionaires Became $2.1 Trillion Richer in 19 Months of Pandemic

        American billionaires grew in number and expanded their collective fortunes by $2.1 trillion since Covid-19 sparked a worldwide pandemic nineteen months ago, according to a new analysis unveiled Monday.

        “Targeted tax increases on billionaires, including the proposed Billionaire Income Tax, would rebalance the tax code and reduce these glaring abuses in who pays for the services we all depend on.”

      • US Billionaires Became $2.1 Trillion Richer in 19 Months of Pandemic
      • Fed Chair Jerome Powell Sold Over $1 Million in Stocks Right Before Crash
      • The Embarrassment of Riches

        They build enormous homes for everyone to gawk at. They throw lavish parties. They commission paintings, statues, biographies. They endow institutions so that their names can live on in granite forever.

        At the same time, the rich withdraw into gated villas, travel in their own private jets, and buy their own Picassos so that they don’t have to mix with the hoi polloi at museums. The rich want us to know about their wealth, but they also want to be left alone to enjoy it. They engage in an enormous game of peekaboo with the public. Now you see my wealth, now you don’t

      • Manchin Sparks Fury With Demands for Work Requirement, $60K Income Cap on Child Tax Credit

        Progressives responded with outrage following Sunday night’s report that right-wing Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin has told the White House that he would only support prolonging the expanded child tax credit—a key component of his party’s potentially historic investment in improving social welfare—if it includes a work requirement and limits benefits to households with annual incomes under $60,000.

        “The White House needs to tell Joe Manchin ‘no’… Six months of appeasement brings stuff like this that will guarantee Dem losses in 2022.”

      • Opinion | Manchin’s Native Con

        The legislative battle between progressives and moderates over the “Build Back Better” spending bill became increasingly personal this week. A West Virginia newspaper published an op-ed by Bernie Sanders in a not so veiled attack on Senator Joe Manchin’s refusal to support the plan, declaring that its passage would “finally address the long-neglected crises facing working families and demand that the wealthiest people and largest corporations in the country start paying their fair share of taxes.”In response, Manching put out a public statement proclaiming that “this isn’t the first time an out-of-stater has tried to tell West Virginians what is best for them despite having no relationship to our state”

      • Jerome Powell and the Federal Reserve Board

        What we are seeing right now is a Federal Reserve Board that is doing the right thing in the face of the hysteria of its critics. The critics want to see it move rapidly to slow the economy so that they can again get good help cheap. Specifically, they would like to see the Fed end its quantitative easing program (buying bonds and other assets) and raise the short-term interest rate it controls, in order to reduce demand in the economy.

        Higher interest rates will slow the economy by making it more expensive for people to buy homes and cars, since they now have to pay a higher interest rate on their mortgages and car loans. Higher interest rates will also end a boom in mortgage refinancing that has saved homeowners tens of billions of dollars in interest payments. The arithmetic on this is straightforward. If someone had a $250,000 mortgage at 4.25 percent interest rate, and was able to refinance at 3.25 percent, they saved $2,500 on their annual interest payments by refinancing.

      • ‘Just Cancel the Debt,’ Advocates Say as Biden Admin Develops Strategy for Restarting Student Loan Payments

        “Student debt cancellation is a racial, economic, and inter-generational issue.”

      • Occupy Wall Street With Author Michael Levitin – The Project Censored Show

        Michael Levitin is a widely-published journalist who in 2011 co-founded The Occupied Wall Street Journal.  His work has been featured in numerous publications internationally from Bolivia to Berlin, as well as in the Los Angeles Times, Time, Newsweek, The Atlantic and many other outlets. He is currently assistant professor of journalism at Diablo Valley College. His web site is www.michaellevitin.com

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Welcome to the USA
      • Biden’s Supreme Court Commission Was Designed to Fail

        The Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States released its draft findings late last week, and, in a surprise to absolutely no one, the commission was skeptical of the idea of court expansion—or pretty much any other real reform to the Supreme Court.

      • Legacy Social Media: Free as in Beer, Not as in Speech

        Per Haugen’s theory, lack of “action” by social media platforms is the cause of social ills such as violence  in Myanmar and Ethiopia. Because, as we all know, Myanmar and Ethiopia were oases of tranquility before Facebook came along and ruined everything.

        What kind of “action” Does Haugen advocate?

      • New Research Shows Social Media Doesn’t Turn People Into Assholes (They Already Were), And Everyone’s Wrong About Echo Chambers

        We recently wrote about Joe Bernstein’s excellent Harper’s cover story, which argues that we’re all looking at disinformation/misinformation the wrong way, and that the evidence of disinformation on social media really influencing people is greatly lacking. Instead, as Bernstein notes, this idea is one that many others are heavily invested in spreading, including Facebook (if the disinfo story is true, then you should buy ads on Facebook to influence people in other ways), the traditional media (social media is a competitor), and certain institutions with a history of having authority over “truth” (can’t let the riffraff make up their own minds on things).

      • Apple Gives Chinese Government What It Wants (Again); Pulls Quran App From Chinese App Store

        Apple has generally been pretty good about protecting users from government overreach, its recent voluntary (and misguided) foray into client-side scanning of users’ images notwithstanding. But that seemingly only applies here in the United States, which is going to continue to pose problems for Apple if it chooses to combat local overreach while giving foreign, far more censorial governments greater and greater control.

      • Apple takes down Quran app in China

        The BBC understands that the app was removed for hosting illegal religious texts.

        The Chinese government has not responded to the BBC’s request for comment.

        The deletion of the app was first noticed by Apple Censorship – a website that monitors apps on Apple’s App Store globally.

      • Mark Zuckerberg Knows Exactly How Bad Facebook Is

        The words came across as weaselly and disingenuous at the time, but they sound even worse now. Thanks to tens of thousands of pages of internal documents provided by Frances Haugen, a former Facebook product manager turned whistleblower, we know that Zuckerberg was willfully lying about this and many other issues concerning his company. Haugen took these internal reports to The Wall Street Journal, which has published them in a lengthy series titled The Facebook Files.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • After Corbyn, Israel Lobby Turns Its Guns on UK Academia

        The Israel lobby appears to be readying for a campaign to root out leftwing academics in the UK critical of Israel’s continuing oppression of the Palestinian people – echoing its efforts against the previous leader of Britain’s Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn.

        As with the attacks on Corbyn, the assault on academia is being led by the Jewish Chronicle, a UK weekly newspaper that speaks for the most ardent supporters of Israel among the UK’s Jewish community.

      • Court Tells Arkansas Troopers That Muting Anti-Cop Terms On Its Facebook Page Violates The 1st Amendment

        When government entities use private companies to interact with the public, it can cause some confusion. Fortunately, this isn’t a new problem with no court precedent and/or legal guidelines. For years, government agencies have been utilizing Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. to get their message out to the public and (a bit less frequently) listen to their comments and complaints.

      • [Old] Does Freedom of Speech Include the Right to Offend?

        As artists, we have control over the message we want to share. I pitched this article to HowlRound just after Sony’s incident with The Interview and am now writing this article post Je suis Charlie. I can’t help but wonder had the production happened post Charlie Hebdo, would the TFANA conversation have changed? Are we now even more steadfast in our beliefs? I guess we won’t know until the next time as artists we are tested and held accountable. The idea of censorship is personal and emotional, and yet I can’t imagine living in a country where we risk loosing freedom of speech. In a microcosm of what is happening across the world, this year in Brooklyn we faced a test and reached a decision that was right for the production, the artists, and engaged our community. If we are going to take on the question of freedom of speech and the right to offend, our answer must be an informed one. It is our job as artists to open the door to start that conversation, which begins with a willingness to reach out.

      • Museums Post Nude Artworks on OnlyFans to Beat Social Media Censorship

        The tourism board in Vienna said the capital city is home to “some of the world’s most famous artists [...] whose works pushed the boundaries of what was considered acceptable in art and society at the time [...] so it hardly comes as any surprise to learn that some of their artworks fell foul of the censors over 100 years ago. [...] Major social media channels like Instagram and Facebook have nudity and ‘lewd’ content firmly in their sights.” Adding: “Vienna and its art institutions are among the casualties of this new wave of prudishness,” as the reason for posting “the capital’s world-famous ‘explicit’ artworks on OnlyFans.”

      • Vienna museums launch OnlyFans account to display ‘explicit’ artworks

        Now, these works and more of Vienna’s “18+ content” can be found on full, unfiltered display on OnlyFans — a subscription-based website best known as a platform for sharing and viewing pornographic content.

        The capital’s tourism board said that Vienna is home to “some of the world’s most famous artists [...] whose works pushed the boundaries of what was considered acceptable in art and society at the time [...] so it hardly comes as any surprise to learn that some of their artworks fell foul of the censors over 100 years ago.

        “And the battle against censorship still rages on: with the rise of social media, bans like these are back in headlines once again. Major social media channels like Instagram and Facebook have nudity and ‘lewd’ content firmly in their sights.”

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • EFF Joins Press Freedom Groups In Asking U.S. To Drop Assange Extradition Efforts

        The renewed request comes after a Yahoo News report that the CIA discussed kidnapping or killing Assange in 2017, before charges against Assange were filed. The agency also reportedly planned extensive spying on WikiLeaks associates.

        Assange has been charged under the Espionage Act. The charges have been widely condemned by journalists and press freedom organizations, including by outlets that have been critical of Assange. Leaks of information that the government would prefer to keep secret, and the publication of those leaks by journalists, are vital to our democracy. Regardless of what one thinks about other criminal charges against Assange, his indictment on charges that mostly reflect basic journalistic practices will have a chilling effect on critical national security journalism. 

        In January, a British judge denied the Trump Administration’s extradition request, on the basis that the conditions of confinement in the U.S. would be overly harsh. The U.S. chose to appeal that decision. A hearing on the case is scheduled to be heard next week. Human rights and press freedom groups, including EFF, first asked in February for the Biden Administration to drop the extradition effort.

      • After CIA Plot Revealed, Press Freedom Coalition Says DOJ Must Drop Assange Case

        “The actions laid out in the indictment are virtually indistinguishable from common practices in newspapers around the country.”

      • Britain’s Guantanamo: is Julian Assange a terrorist?

        As Julian Assange prepares to face a British court for possibly the last time, threatened with up to 175 years detention in a US supermax prison, journalist Gary Lord explores the latest bizarre twists in the US effort to extradite the Wikileaks founder and the silence of global media.

      • Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale Imprisoned In Communications Management Unit Designed For Terrorists

        This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter, a project of Shadowproof. Become a paid subscriber and help us expand our work.

        Drone whistleblower Daniel Hale, who pled guilty to violating the Espionage Act, was transferred from a jail in Virginia to a communication management unit (CMU) at United States Penitentiary Marion in southern Illinois.

      • Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: British-Iranian aid worker loses court appeal in Iran

        Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was a project manager for the charity Thomson Reuters Foundation when she was was arrested in April 2016 after having taken her daughter to Iran to celebrate the Iranian new year and to visit her parents.

        Iranian authorities alleged that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was plotting to topple the government in Tehran and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards accused her of leading a “foreign-linked hostile network” when she visited.

        She completed a five-year sentence in March this year, only to be slapped with a fresh one-year jail term for “propaganda against the system”.

        She is one of a number of Western passport holders being held by Iran in what human rights groups condemn as a policy of hostage-taking aimed at winning concessions from foreign powers.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • How Not to Talk About Race

        An African-American friend describes the following scenario: “My son L. was invited to a neighbor’s seventh birthday party. When we arrived, the neighbor child introduced L. to the small circle of other children, all of whom were white; he did so in hushed tones, seemingly so that adults wouldn’t hear. ‘This is my friend L.,’ he whispered. ‘He’s Black!’ He said it with giddy pride, as though L. were an exotic prize, an unusual triumph, a trophy specimen.”

      • Beyond Bows and Arrows: Indigenous Radio in Texas

        It’s a gloomy, overcast Sunday evening in August, and Albert Old Crow pulls a collapsible crate on wheels that holds two giant CD binders from his maroon truck. Old Crow, 66, is host of the Beyond Bows and Arrows radio program in Dallas. He’s tall with long, graying hair tied into a low ponytail at the nape of his neck, dressed in a Head Start T-shirt and black basketball shorts, and holding a 44-ounce drink from Sonic. Old Crow, who is Cheyenne and originally from Hammon, Okla., has brought hundreds of CDs with him to the KNON 89.3 FM station, as he’s done every Sunday since October 1996. This story is published as part of a partnership between The Nation and The Texas Observer.

      • Biden Has Outpaced Trump’s Use of Title 42 to Expel Asylum Seekers
      • Behind the ‘Uyghur Tribunal’, US govt-backed separatist theater to escalate conflict with China
      • Over 650 People Arrested in D.C. During Week of Indigenous-led Climate Action Calling on Biden to be the Climate Leader he Promised to be

        As environmental advocates from across the United States converged in Washington, D.C. last week to take part in the five day “People vs. Fossil Fuels” action, President Biden’s infrastructure package remained stalled, in part, by West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin’s push to cut its largest climate measure.

        The series of fossil fuel protests were organized by a coalition of over 25 environmental groups known as Build Back Fossil Free, a poke at Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda. Indigenous leadership in the fight against fossil fuels was forefront at the rallies.

      • Good Americans

        Under Hitler, Nazis became, as was promised, more repressive, politically punishing, and viciously racist, murdering leadership of the parties that had opposed them, the Communists—who had gotten nearly as many votes—and Social Democrats.  With those parties decapitated, organized resistance ceased in a nation divided between a minority supporting Hitler and everyone else.

        What became of the will of that near two-thirds of Germans who had rejected Nazis and their Fuhrer?  Prevailing American opinion has mistakenly regarded in naive wonder their complaisance, their utter passivity and their genuflection to, and public adulation of, their dictator.  It’s as if most Americans have no idea what universally applied terror does.  Of course, they haven’t.

      • Students in GA Protested Against Racism. Only the Black Pupils Were Punished.
      • LAPD Sees Your Reform Efforts, Raises You $20 Million In Bullets, Snacks, And Surveillance

        The Los Angeles Police Department is reform-resistant. This isn’t the same as reform-proof, but more separates “resistant” from “proof” in this case than the misleading labels promising varying degrees of water resistance placed on watches and cellphones.

      • US universities ponder massive debt to Native Americans

        That recognition began growing over the past year, after an extensive analysis showed that 52 US universities – largely major public institutions – were built on land directly taken from Native Americans.

        That land, presented and long understood as gifts from federal holdings, has an estimated current value of nearly $500 billion (£360 billion), according to the investigation led by a Native American journalist and a University of Cambridge history lecturer.

        Even Native American tribes were unaware of the foundational role of indigenous land seizures in the long-revered Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862, and are still trying to sort out the implications.

      • Desperate Afghan parents are selling their kids to pay off debt as poverty levels deepen following Taliban takeover: report

        “Afghanistan pretty much faces universal poverty by the middle of next year,” Wignaraja said. “That’s where we’re heading — it’s 97-98% no matter how you work these projections.”

      • The Taliban Is Just as Bad as It Always Was

        Of course the Taliban hasn’t changed. Despite its savvy public-relations operation, few believed that it actually would. But leaders in the U.S. and elsewhere had expressed hope, perhaps naively, that maybe the group’s priorities had. If the Taliban of 2021 was so intent on seeking international legitimacy, the logic went, then the West could feasibly retain a degree of leverage over it, which in turn could be used to ensure that certain basic rights—particularly those of women, members of ethnic minorities, and other vulnerable populations—would be maintained.

        This theory hasn’t come to pass. In the months since the Taliban retook control of Afghanistan, it has overseen a steady return to the pre-2001 status quo. Women, who previously made up a little more than a quarter of the country’s Parliament and 6.5 percent of its ministerial posts, have been excluded from the Taliban’s interim government. And despite assurances that women would still be allowed to work and study, many have yet to be invited back to their offices and classrooms, as their male peers have. In perhaps the most ominous sign of things to come for Afghan women, the building that was once the Ministry of Women’s Affairs has been repurposed to house the reestablished Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the Taliban’s morality police.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Alder Lake May Break Some Games Due To DRM Tripwire But Intel Is Working With Devs

        To prep coders for the new era of computing on Intel hardware, the company published a guide primarily aimed at game developers, on how to optimize their stuff for Alder Lake. We covered many of the high-level details, except for one interesting tidbit—potential compatibility issues with Data Relationship Management (DRM), as Intel calls it (we call it Digital Rights Management around these parts).

        “If your existing or upcoming game uses a DRM middleware, you might want to contact the middleware provider and confirm that it supports hybrid architectures in general, and the upcoming Intel ADL platform in particular,” the guide states.

        “Due to the nature of modern DRM algorithms, it might use CPU detection, and should be aware of the upcoming hybrid platforms. Intel is working with leading DRM providers such as Denuvo to make sure their solutions support new platforms,” the guide continues.

    • Monopolies

      • Arm wrestling with Intel over open RAN as it sets up 5G lab

        Open RAN, it is fair to say, has some image problems. It is purportedly about supplier diversity, and yet Intel seems impossible to avoid. It is no more a priority than energy efficiency has become to the world’s biggest operators, but those Intel chips are seen as power hogs in parts of the telecom industry. Reconciling these contradictions is awkward for open RAN enthusiasts.

      • U.S. bill would stop Big Tech favoring its own products

        The bill follows others introduced with the goal of reining in the outsized market power of tech firms, including industry leaders Facebook and Apple. Thus far none became law, although one, which would increase resources for antitrust enforcers, passed the Senate.

        Senators Amy Klobuchar and Chuck Grassley’s bill would prohibit platforms from requiring companies operating on their sites to purchase the platform’s goods or services and ban them from biasing search results to favor the platform.

      • Amazon accused of lying to House panel over business practices

        Five members of the Judiciary Committee of the US House of Representatives made the accusation in a letter sent to Andy Jassy, the president and chief executive of Amazon on Monday. The company has not made any public statement about the accusations.

      • Patents

        • Why the hell are Democrats keeping your drug prices high?

          Here’s something else you can do: If you happen to be a constituent of one of these four Democrats, don’t vote for them when they’re up for reelection. Make sure they’re primaried, and then vote in the Democratic primaries for true public servants — who care more about advancing the public good than protecting private profits.

      • Copyrights

        • Copyright Law Discriminating Against The Blind Finally Struck Down By Court In South Africa

          Most people would agree that those who are blind or visually impaired deserve all the help they can get. For example, the conversion of printed materials to accessible formats like Braille, large print, or Digitally Accessible Information System (DAISY) formats, ought to be easy. Who could possibly object? For years, many publishers did; and the reason – of course – is copyright. For example, publishers refused to allow Braille and other accessible editions to be shared between different countries:

        • A time of new beginnings and heartfelt farewells

          I wanted to welcome and introduce some new team members to our broader community, as well as publicly thank those for their service who have recently moved on to new and exciting opportunities. 

        • Filmmakers Withdraw Popcorn Time ‘Blocking’ Request After Google Shows Up

          Several movie companies have withdrawn a broad injunction request that would require ISPs and other Internet services to block access to the Popcorn Time app. The decision comes shortly after Google intervened. The filmmakers shouldn’t be disappointed, however, as a Virginia magistrate judge is recommending an award of millions in copyright and trademark infringement damages.

        • Dune Leaked on Pirate Sites Before US Theatrical & HBO Max Release

          Dune is one of the most anticipated movies of the year and has already stirred controversy with the decision to launch in US theaters and HBO Max on the same day. However, that debate will now be placed on the back burner after a copy of the movie was leaked online. The release comes courtesy of EVO, the same group that recently leaked Netflix’s ‘The Power of the Dog’ and ‘The Guilty’.


Links 19/10/2021: MyGNUHealth 1.0.5 and Ubuntu 22.04 Now Developed

Posted in News Roundup at 6:53 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • A Terror So Terrifying, You’ll Swear It’s Just A Myth – Invidious

        This Halloween comes a film so terrifying that you will swear it’s just an urban legend. You think nothing bad can ever happen to you. After all, you run Linux! But what did you install on that Linux machine? And what does it want from you?

      • Late Night Linux – Episode 147

        The pros and cons of tiling window managers, and how we nearly use them. Plus your feedback about Flatpak, Firefox as a Snap, a web-based image editor, starting a FOSS career, and why we have a Telegram group instead of IRC or Matrix.

      • FOSS Alternatives For The Windows Refugee – Invidious

        When you first switch to Linux it can be hard to out what alternatives you should look into for the apps that you want to run so today we’re going to look at exactly that

      • LHS Episode #436: Bowling for Ham Radio

        Hello and welcome to Episode 436 of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this short-topics episode, the hosts discuss an ARDC grant for high school STEM students, a pair of intrepid amateur radio hobbyists, state-sponsored ARCs in Africa, Ubuntu 21.10, Sysmon for Linux and much more. Thank you for listening and have a great week.

    • Applications

      • Get memory use statistics with this Linux command-line tool

        In my programming work, I often need to know the memory used by web applications. A rough estimate is usually enough before getting down to details and browser profiling tools.

        To interrogate memory use on Linux or macOS, people typically use top or htop. I’d love to see a single number: How much RAM did a process take. But statistics shown by these utilities can be hard to understand. With web browsers, it’s even more complicated because they often run many separate processes. They all show up in top output as a long list, each with its own individual metrics.

      • 4 Linux tools to erase your data

        One of the best ways to keep your data secure is by only writing data to an encrypted hard drive. On a standard drive, it’s possible to view data just by mounting the drive as if it were a thumb drive, and it’s even possible to display and recover even deleted data with tools like Scalpel and Testdisk. But on an encrypted drive, data is unreadable without a decryption key (usually a passphrase you enter when mounting the drive.)

        Encryption can be established when you install your OS, and some operating systems even make it possible to activate encryption any time after installation.

        What do you do when you’re selling a computer or replacing a drive that never got encrypted in the first place, though?

        The next best thing to encrypting your data from the start is by erasing the data when you’re finished with the drive.

      • Micro – simple and feature-filled command line text editor

        Many users prefer using command line-based applications for their day-to-day work, even if there are graphical alternatives. Of course, for some use cases, it might not be a choice, like logging into a system through SSH, but in many cases, we cannot resist the speed and elegance that the command line offers.

        Many command-line text editors are reasonably popular, like Vim, Emacs, or Nano. But we will take a look at a different editor today, which is called Micro. The specialty of this editor is that it is straightforward to use, with familiar keyboard shortcuts, while also containing several advanced features. As a result, it suits beginners and power users all the same. We will introduce and explore Micro in this article.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Query NTP Server in Terminal – CubicleNate’s Techpad

        I have this desire to do as much as possible to ensure that devices on my local network do not require the Internet to function. Obviously, it isn’t ideal to be cut off from the World Wide Web but I want to ensure minimal disruption. One such disruption I had recently are some Tasmota dimmer switches that became sluggish and unresponsive when they lost access to Network Time Protocal services on the Internet. Adding a local NTP server is another step in limiting my need for Internet services.

      • Regain your Privacy and Security in Digital Era

        With privacy and security being more important today than ever, it’s essential to know how best to protect yourself in this digital era.

        Apart from avoiding the internet completely, you can regain a lot of your privacy and security by simply using the correct services. For every major service that exists today, there is a similarly functioning application that respects your privacy. Usually, the privacy-respecting applications aren’t as well known as their popular counterparts.

        This article features a comprehensive guide about what digital services a person should use to maximize their privacy and security online. Read on to see our recommendations, and why we’ve chosen them.

      • How to Install and Play Doom on Linux

        Doom is a series of PvE first-person shooters that originated in the 90s. The first game, titled “Doom” was an instant hit. The series has received numerous awards for being the best action game and having one of the best soundtracks.

      • How to install Naruto Mugen on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Naruto Mugen on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

      • How to Format USB Drive on Linux

        A USB is a handy appendage that offers numerous options in terms of customization and allocation. However, to harness its capabilities, one needs to know how it works. We often need to change a file system for improved adaptability to a system or erasing data for any given purpose.
        In times like this, we need formatting. However, it is seen as a tedious task many don’t want to stumble upon. So in this article, we guide you step by step as to how you can format your USB drive. This can be done with the terminal or the “Disks” software. So, without further ado, let’s jump into it.

        USB formatting is seen as a strenuous task for many users. In the case of windows, there are several things one needs to look out for. However, it is comparatively easier in Linux. So, worry not, after going through this article, you will surely be capable of formatting your drive without any issues whatsoever.

      • How to play Elite Dangerous on Linux

        Elite Dangerous is a space flight simulator game developed and published by Frontier Developments. In the game, the player takes control of the “Commander” and goes on exploration missions. Here’s how to play the game on Linux.

      • How to play We Were Here Together on Linux

        We Were Here Together is a co-op first-person adventure puzzle game for Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation. It was released in 2019. Unfortunately, however, there’s never been a Linux release. Thankfully, you can play this game on your Linux PC with a few tweaks.

      • How to store files on the cloud for free with Ice Drive on Linux

        Ice Drive is a cloud storage solution that has excellent Linux user support. If you’re not a fan of big cloud providers like Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, or Dropbox, Ice Drive is a nice option. Here’s how to use Ice Drive on Linux.

      • Install Tesseract OCR on Linux

        This tutorial explains how to install Tesseract on Linux using both the Debian apt packages manager and the git repositories for other Linux distributions.
        Tesseract is the free and probably the best OCR solution in the market. Since 2006 it has been sponsored by Google; previously, it was developed by Hewlett Packard in C and C++ between 1985 and 1998. The system can identify even handwriting; it can learn, increasing its accuracy, and is among the most developed and complete in the market.

        If properly trained, it can beat commercial competitors like ABBY; if you are looking for a serious solution for OCR, Tesseract is the most accurate one, but don’t expect massive solutions: it uses a core per process, which means an 8 core processor (hyperthreading accepted) will be able to process 8 or 16 images simultaneously.

        Tesseract is a great solution, but before thinking about it, you must know that the last Tesseract’s versions brought big improvements, some of which mean hard work. While training could last for hours or days, recent Tesseract’s versions training may be of days, weeks, or even months, especially if you are looking for a multilingual OCR solution.

      • Jenkins Set Up and Install – Anto ./ Online

        Jenkins is an open-source automation server that enables developers to build, test, and deploy software. Additionally, you can install it on various operating systems such as Linux, Windows, macOS, etc. This guide will show you the various options to set up and install Jenkins.

      • Using the xargs command on Linux to simplify your work | Network World

        The xargs command on Linux can make it easier to build and execute commands. If you want to run the same command for a group of files or users, xargs can often make that process easier. Here’s a very simple example of xargs that creates or updates the update time on some files.

      • Install GUI on Ubuntu 20.04 Server & Desktop – Linux Nightly

        Although GNOME is the default GUI, there are many different desktop environments available for Ubuntu. If you want to try a different desktop environment, or need to install a GUI because you don’t have one yet, we’ll show you how in this guide.

        These instructions will also work for Ubuntu Server, which doesn’t have a GUI by default and only uses the command line.

      • How to Turn Raspberry Pi on and Off

        If you’ve just got your Raspberry Pi, you probably noticed it lacks a power button. This might leave you wondering how to turn the miniature computer on and off. Let’s walk through it all, step by step.

      • How To Install HTTrack on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install HTTrack on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, HTTrack is a web-based synchronization software for web pages. It takes any web page and fetches static content to store on the user’s local disk. HTTrack arranges the original site’s relative link structure. Simply open a page of the “mirrored” website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link as if you were viewing it online.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of HTTrack on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.

      • What is Build Essential Package in Ubuntu? How to Install it? – It’s FOSS

        The build-essential package actually belongs to Debian. It is not a piece of software in itself. It contains a list of packages that are required to create a Debian package (deb). These packages are libc, gcc, g++, make, dpkg-dev etc. The build-essential package contains those required packages as dependencies, so when you install build-essential, you install all those packages in one single command.

        Please do NOT consider build-essential to be a super package that will magically install all kind of development tools from Ruby to Go for you in a single command. It has some development tool but not all.

      • DRBD with MySQL Centos 8 – Unixcop

        Drbd is a distributed replicated storage system for the Linux platform. It is implemented as a kernel driver, several userspace management applications, and some shell scripts. It is traditionally used in high availability (HA) computer clusters. Still, beginning with DRBD version 9, can also use it to create larger software-defined storage pools focusing on cloud integration.

        If you are using the virtual kernel as part of a virtual machine, you will need to compile the drbd module manually. It may be easier to install the Linux-server package inside the virtual machine. Check drbd user’s guide and MySQL.

      • Ansible: To use the ssh connection type with passwords, you must install the sshpass program – Anto ./ Online

        Unixcop – Linux and Unix Howtos, Tutorials, Guides, News, DevOps, DRBD creation steps on Centos 8 cluster nodes

      • Prevent Software Updater Installing Firefox Snap in Ubuntu MATE 21.10

        The “Software Updater” utility in Ubuntu MATE 21.10 tries to remove native Firefox package and install the SNAP version instead. If you’ve done that, here’s how to revert to Firefox DEB package and prevent the misbehavior.

        As you may know, Ubuntu is switching Firefox from native DEB to the universal SNAP package. Ubuntu 21.10 now has Firefox SNAP out-of-the-box, while its flavors are still having the classic deb package.

    • Games

      • Still early days, though, with experimental DXR 1.1 support

        Linux gamers wanting to play big-name Windows titles with ray tracing can start getting excited, as strides have been made with getting some games up and running via the VKD3D-Proton project, which is one facet of Steam Play (and its Proton compatibility layer for running Windows offerings).

        VKD3D-Proton translates Microsoft’s Direct3D 12 to Vulkan, and with the latest release which is version 2.5, there’s opt-in (early and experimental) support for DXR 1.1 ray tracing.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDE Announces Plasma 25th Anniversary Edition

          KDE Plasma 5.23 marks the 25th anniversary of the KDE desktop environment.

          This release brings a fresh new theme and custom color options along with enhancements to the app launcher, the software manager, and other Plasma tools and utilities.

        • Study of Editable Strokes for Inking

          So, with Krita 5.0 nearing completion. There’s been some discussion about what we’ll do next.

          On of the proposed topics has been to replace our calligraphy tool with something that can produce nice variable width editable lines.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • 5 Best GNOME Shell Extensions for Your Linux Desktop

          Not satisfied with the default GNOME functionality? Here are 5 of the best GNOME Shell extensions to make your Linux desktop shine.

          By default, GNOME Shell has a set of features that are determined by the developers. However, with the addition of GNOME Shell extensions, it’s possible to go beyond the default feature set.

          As the name suggests, GNOME Shell extensions extend the functionality of GNOME Shell desktop. They allow you to customize the default GNOME Shell interface and its parts, such as window management and application launching. You can think of extensions as browser add-ons that perform a specific task.

        • Dash to Dock is Finally Available for GNOME 40

          Dash to Dock is one of the most useful GNOME extensions for years now. With the introduction of GNOME 40, many failed to make the extension work with it.

          Of course, being a popular option, the support for GNOME 40 was expected to be added soon enough. And, finally, it is here!

          If you did not know, GNOME 40 includes a horizontal workspace view, which affected the workflow for some, but Ubuntu did not move the dock even with GNOME 40.

          So, you can still use Dash to Dock to get a horizontal dock from the overview area.

    • Distributions

      • Screenshots/Screencasts

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Protecting and storing data for a mobile bank app

          In the Secure a cloud-native application on IBM Cloud for Financial Services code pattern, I showcase how to integrate IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Services in the Example Bank application to encrypt and secure data. To understand the process of integration, you must understand different terminologies such as bring your own key (BYOK), keep your own key (KYOK), key ceremony, database as a service (DBaaS) and envelope encryption. Although you can find information about these key concepts about the Hyper Protect Services scattered across the web, this blog post is my attempt to bring them together into one single point of reference.

          Sensitive data should be stored encrypted in the cloud. However, the key that is used to encrypt and decrypt the data should also be protected. Setting up on-premises hardware security modules (HSMs) can sometimes be hard to manage if you’re not already familiar with it. An inexpensive solution is to use cloud-based storage, but that has its own challenges. In this approach, you can’t be sure that the data is secured as the key that is used to encrypt the data, also known as the data encryption key (DEK), is spread in multiple computers.

          The solution that combines ease of use and cost effectiveness is to use a key management service (KMS) such as IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Crypto Services (HPCS). HPCS provides access to a FIPS 140-2 Level 4 HSM that protects the customer master key and all other keys that are used to encrypt data at rest in IBM Cloud Object Storage, IBM Cloud Hyper Protect DBaaS, IBM Cloud Block Storage, and similar.

        • The NeuroFedora Blog: Next Open NeuroFedora meeting: 25 October 1300 UTC

          Please join us at the next regular Open NeuroFedora team meeting on Monday 25 October at 1300UTC in #fedora-neuro on IRC (Libera.chat). The meeting is a public meeting, and open for everyone to attend.

        • Real-time Analytics News for Week Ending October 16 – RTInsights

          In this week’s real-time analytics news: Red Hat announced updates in its portfolio of tools and programs for building applications on Red Hat OpenShift, and more.

          Keeping pace with news and developments in the real-time analytics market can be a daunting task. We want to help by providing a summary of some of the items our staff came across each week. Here are some of the news items from this week:

          Red Hat announced a series of updates in its portfolio of developer tools and programs for developers building applications on Red Hat OpenShift. The updates were to Red Hat OpenShift Pipelines, Red Hat OpenShift GitOps, and the Red Hat build of Quarkus. Additionally, Red Hat expanded the roster of training resources available on Kube By Example.

        • What I learned about Kubernetes and Knative Serverless

          If you happened to miss this year’s Kubernetes Summer Camp, there’s some good news! The sessions were recorded and are available for on-demand viewing. Along with those, you’ll also get access to a variety of downloadable content, including a free O’Reilly e-book.

        • Awards roll call: August to October 2021 [Ed: Those accolades and fake rewards/awards can easily be bought; they let you game the system for money]

          From workplace accolades to product wins, we are proud to be able to highlight some aspects of our company and the recognition they’ve received in the past few months.

          We recently published our DEI Statement, which declares our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion—not just for our associates, but for our partners, customers and open source contributors.

          Our culture is rooted in transparency, collaboration, and inclusion—open source principles that continue to drive our company forward. We see the following awards as a recognition of our open source-driven innovation, where the best ideas can come from anywhere and anyone.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Ubuntu 22.04 LTS “Jammy Jellyfish” Begins Development

          Canonical today formally opened the “Jammy” archive for development for what will be the next version of Ubuntu, 22.04 LTS “Jammy Jellyfish”.

          Ubuntu 22.04 as the “Jammy Jellyfish” is due out in April as the next Long Term Support release. The archive is now open for development to begin and auto-syncing from Debian is beginning.

          Python 3.10 changes will begin to land in Ubuntu 22.04. Also another big change this cycle is OpenSSL 3.0. Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is also planning to ship with PHP 8.1, Ruby 3.0, GNOME 42.0, and an assortment of other package updates ahead over the next half-year. It’s great that they appear to jump from GNOME Shell 40 to 42 for this LTS cycle rather than aiming just for the recently released GNOME 41 components, thus returning them to the point of shipping the latest GNOME desktop components as of release time.

        • Jammy Jellyfish is now open for development
        • Ubuntu Fridge | Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 705

          Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 705 for the week of October 10 – 16, 2021.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Ubuntu-ready Ryzen V2000 mini-PC starts at $639

        Simply NUC has launched a $639-and-up “Cypress” mini-PC with AMD’s Ryzen V2000 plus 2.5GbE, 2x HDMI, 2x DP-ready Type-C, 3x USB 3.2 Gen2, and a 128GB SSD for one of the 2x M.2 slots.

        Simply NUC (or SimplyNUC) has launched a Cypress Long Life Mini mini-PC, named for its 7-year supply guarantee. The system offers pre-installed Ubuntu or Win 10 running on AMD’s 7nm, octa- and hexa-core Ryzen Embedded V2000.

        Pricing starts at $639 for a Cypress LLM2v5Cy SKU with the hexa-core, 2.1GHz/3.95GHz V2516, $689 for the LLM2v6CY with the hexa-core, 3.0GHz/3.95GHz V2546, and $829 for the LLM2v8CY with the top-of-the-line, octa-core 2.9GHz/4.25GHz V2748. All these prices include 4GB RAM, a 128GB SSD, 1-year support, and either no OS or pre-installed Ubuntu.

      • Build A Dog Ball Launcher That Kinda Looks Like A Dog | Hackaday

        The design is straightforward. The 3D printed housing features a large funnel into which a ball can be dropped. A servo then holds the ball while a pair of rollers are spun up by brushed DC motors. After two seconds, the servo releases the ball towards the rollers which launch the ball out of the machine. A Raspberry Pi Pico runs the show, controlling the timing of the ball launch and varying the motor speed to change the distance the ball is launched on each firing.

      • Arm adds virtual testing platform for Corstone Cortex-A and -M ref designs

        Arm has launched an “Arm Total Solutions for IoT” initiative that combines its Cortex-A- and -M based Corstone SoC reference designs with a new “Arm Virtual Hardware Targets” platform for virtual, cloud-based testing.

        In 2018, Arm launched an Arm Corstone subsystem product line comprising prevalidated SoC reference designs that combine its core IP with security, debug, memory subsystems, and in some cases, NPUs. Now, Arm has expanded Arm Corstone with a cloud-based Arm Virtual Hardware Targets testing and development platform aimed at IoT. Together with a new Project Centauri ecosystem initiative for Cortex-M developers, the programs are wrapped up into an “Arm Total Solutions for IoT” umbrella platform.

      • 248: PinePhone Pro: Exclusive Interview with Pine64

        This week’s episode of Destination Linux, we’re being joined by Lukasz Ericenski of Pine64 for an Exclusive Interview about the new PinePhone Pro! Then we’re going to talk about NTFS improvements coming to the Linux kernel. Plus we’ve also got our famous tips, tricks and software picks. All of this and so much more this week on Destination Linux. So whether you’re brand new to Linux and open source or a guru of sudo. This is the podcast for you.

      • Amazon offered me half of what I paid for my Galaxy S20 FE 5G. The phone is so awful that I’m considering it. – BaronHK’s Rants

        I’m considering a Pine Phone Pro.

        My spouse laughed at me when I said it runs GNU/Linux and lets you do whatever you want. It sounds like the anti-iPhone to me. No crAPPs. No vendor lock-in. No freemium junk.

        But Samsung has been going downhill for years. Now, they don’t even want to talk to you unless you have thousands of dollars for a phone that will be obsolete or broken in a matter of 24-36 months (the Z series).

        The Pine Phone Pro is going to be $399 and Amazon is offering me a $200 gift card for this Galaxy phone.

        Which is half of what I paid for it last year, but I’m considering it.

        The stupid thing barely even works at all since T-Mobile bought Sprint and put the T-Mobile Network Experience SIM card in it. The stupid thing malfunctions the worst when I have 5G turned on, but it’s not great in LTE mode either.

        When it can get a network signal, the piece of trash is either beeping at me because it’s Samsung wanting me to agree to a new EULA or use Microsoft products that are also trash that I don’t want. (With NSA backdoors.)

        In the past 5 years, Samsung phones have gone from a couple of crapplets, just disable them, whatever, to an entire phone screaming at you that you MUST use Microsoft products.

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • Arduino Brings USB Mouse to Homebrew computer

          When building your own homebrew computer, everything is a challenge. Ultimately, that’s kind of the point. If you didn’t want to really get your hands dirty with the nuts and bolts of the thing, you wouldn’t have built it in the first place. For example, take the lengths to which [rehsd] was willing to go in order to support standard USB mice on their 6502 machine.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • The Apache News Round-up: week ending 15 October 2021

        Happy Friday, everyone. The Apache community has had another great week.

      • Events

        • The Intelligent Edge – Coming Soon to Arm DevSummit 2021 [Ed: What a ridiculous coredump of mindless buzzwords by SUSE]

          For those of us not keeping score, we’re at the cusp of a technology shockwave that will fundamentally change the way we live, work, and interact with each other. Some call it the fourth industrial revolution (I4). While the third industrial revolution was all about process and product automation, the fourth industrial revolution (from an IT perspective) will center on the fusion of IT and OT.

        • Five of Monday’s ‘All Things Open’ Presentations We Wouldn’t Miss – FOSS Force

          If you couldn’t make it to Raleigh, North Carolina to attend this year’s All Things Open, you’re in luck. You can go to the conference’s web site and register for the free online version of the event, which will include live streaming of all presentations happening at the event (including all keynotes), as well as a large number of prerecorded presentations that were put together specifically for the online audience.

          That’s how we at FOSS Force are planning on attending this year, although downtown Raleigh is only a couple of hours away by car.

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • This Week in Glean: Designing a telemetry collection with Glean

            (“This Week in Glean” is a series of blog posts that the Glean Team at Mozilla is using to try to communicate better about our work. They could be release notes, documentation, hopes, dreams, or whatever: so long as it is inspired by Glean.) All “This Week in Glean” blog posts are listed in the TWiG index).

            Whenever I get a chance to write about Glean, I am usually writing about some aspects of working on Glean. This time around I’m going to turn that on its head by sharing my experience working with Glean as a consumer with metrics to collect, specifically in regards to designing a Nimbus health metrics collection. This post is about sharing what I learned from the experience and what I found to be the most important considerations when designing a telemetry collection.

            I’ve been helping develop Nimbus, Mozilla’s new experimentation platform, for a while now. It is one of many cross-platform tools written in Rust and it exists as part of the Mozilla Application Services collection of components. With Nimbus being used in more and more products we have a need to monitor its “health”, or how well it is performing in the wild. I took on this task of determining what we would need to measure and designing the telemetry and visualizations because I was interested in experiencing Glean from a consumer’s perspective.

          • Firefox Add-on Reviews: How to choose the right password manager browser extension

            All good password managers should, of course, effectively secure passwords; and they all basically do the same thing—you create a single, easy-to-remember master password to access your labyrinth of complex logins. Password managers not only spare you the hassle of remembering a maze of logins; they can also offer suggestions to help make your passwords even stronger. Fortunately there’s no shortage of capable password protectors out there. But with so many options, how to choose the one that’ll work best for you?

            Here are some of our favorite password managers. They all offer excellent password protection, but with distinct areas of strength.

          • Mozilla Performance Blog: Performance Sheriff Newsletter (September 2021)

            In September there were 174 alerts generated, resulting in 23 regression bugs being filed on average 6.4 days after the regressing change landed.

            Welcome to the September 2021 edition of the performance sheriffing newsletter. Here you’ll find the usual summary of our sheriffing efficiency metrics. If you’re interested (and if you have access) you can view the full dashboard.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • Community Member Monday: Hlompho Mota

          I am a native of Lesotho, and a dreamer and a person who aspires to make changes. Currently I’m working in a business that serves other businesses in Lesotho to get recognition in the market, and generally grow to become more self-reliant. Other than my business, I do try and dabble in technology and try to understand how it works – and get a sense on how it can be relevant in the area of life that I live in at this moment.

          But besides that, I consider myself as lifelong learner and I hope that the learning will continue for the rest of my life. Currently, I’m a self-taught developer trying to participate in as many open-source projects as possible, with the hope of bringing much-needed development to my part of the world.

      • Funding

        • How Purism Funds Free Software

          Free software isn’t free. Free software geeks love to correct people by saying that the “free” in “free software” refers to freedom (libre), not cost (gratis). We even join in this word play at Purism by naming our laptops Librem–a combination of the words libre (freedom) and librum (book). Whether free software is written as a labor of love in someone’s free time or written as part of someone’s full-time job, even if the developer doesn’t charge for the software the cost to make it is still there. In this post I’ll talk about why Purism funds free software through hardware, and why we didn’t take some of the other popular approaches.

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

      • Programming/Development

        • Use KPNG to Write Specialized kube-proxiers

          The post will show you how to create a specialized service kube-proxy style network proxier using Kubernetes Proxy NG kpng without interfering with the existing kube-proxy. The kpng project aims at renewing the the default Kubernetes Service implementation, the “kube-proxy”. An important feature of kpng is that it can be used as a library to create proxiers outside K8s. While this is useful for CNI-plugins that replaces the kube-proxy it also opens the possibility for anyone to create a proxier for a special purpose.

        • Dirk Eddelbuettel: dang 0.0.14: Several Updates

          A new release of the dang package arrived at CRAN a couple of hours ago, exactly eight months after the previous release. The dang package regroups a few functions of mine that had no other home as for example lsos() from a StackOverflow question from 2009 (!!), the overbought/oversold price band plotter from an older blog post, the market monitor from the last release as well the checkCRANStatus() function recently tweeted about by Tim Taylor.

          This release regroups a few small edits to several functions, adds a sample function for character encoding reading and conversion using a library already used by R (hence “look Ma, no new depends”), adds a weekday helper, and a sample usage (computing rolling min/max values) of a new simple vector class added to tidyCpp (and the function and class need to get another blog post or study …), and an experimental git sha1sum and date marker (as I am not the fan of autogenerated binaries from repos as opposed to marked released meaning: we may see different binary release with the same version number).

        • Perl/Raku

          • Rakudo Weekly News: 2021.42 Learning With

            Daniel Sockwell was inspired by a blog post a few weeks ago about a bouncing balls demo. The result is a new framework for learning Raku, but this time with some nice graphics: Learn Raku With: HTML Balls. Apart from the technical points, it’s also a great way (for people without much programming experience) to get involved with Raku while creating graphics and animations, rather than textual output. Check it out!

          • Russ Allbery: rra-c-util 10.0

            It’s been a while since I pushed out a release of my collection of utility libraries and test suite programs, so I’ve accumulated quite a lot of chanages. Here’s a summary; for more, see the NEWS file.

        • Rust

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • Apple Announces The M1 Pro / M1 Max, Asahi Linux Starts Eyeing Their Bring-Up

        Apple today announced the M1 Pro and M1 Max as their most powerful SoCs ever built by the company. The new chips feature up to a 10-core processor, 32-core GPU, and up to 64GB of unified memory.

        While the Apple M1 was already well regarded for its speed, the M1 Pro and M1 Max are said to deliver up to 70% faster CPU performance than last year’s M1. Meanwhile the GPU within the M1 Pro is up to 2x faster than the M1 while the M1 Max’s GPU is said to be 4x faster.

      • The HP3458A: King Of Multimeters For Three Decades | Hackaday

        [Marco] looks at a lot of meters. However, he considers the HP3458A the best even though they were introduced more than 30 years earlier in 1989. Someone donated one to [Marco] but it presented some error messages on startup and exhibited erratic behavior, so he had some repairs to do.

        The error codes hinted there were issues with the multislope analog to digital converter and that’s what sets the meter apart, according to [Marco]. The meter has 8.5 digits, so a normal conversion stage won’t cut it.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Pseudo-Open Source

        • Security

          • The Missouri Governor Doesn’t Understand Responsible Disclosure

            The Missouri governor wants to prosecute the reporter who discovered a security vulnerability in a state’s website, and then reported it to the state.

          • Missouri governor vows criminal prosecution of reporter who found flaw in state website • Missouri Independent

            The newspaper agreed to hold off publishing any story while the department fixed the problem and protected the private information of teachers around the state.

          • CISA, FBI, and NSA Release Joint Cybersecurity Advisory on Blackmatter Ransomware

            CISA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the National Security Agency (NSA) have released joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA): BlackMatter Ransomware.

            Since July 2021, malicious cyber actors have used BlackMatter ransomware to target multiple U.S. critical infrastructure entities, including a U.S. Food and Agriculture Sector organization. Using an analyzed sample of BlackMatter ransomware and information from trusted third parties, this CSA provides cyber actor tactics, techniques, and procedures and outlines mitigations to improve ransomware protection, detection, and response.

          • Microsoft called out as big malware hoster – thanks to OneDrive and Office 365 abuse [Ed: Microsoft Tim knows that nobody at Microsoft will ever be arrested for deliberate negligence and for serving malware]

            Microsoft has been branded as “the world’s best malware hoster for about a decade,” thanks to abuse of the Office 365 and Live platform, as well as its slow response to reports by security researchers.

            Infosec expert Kevin Beaumont, who worked at Microsoft as a senior threat intelligence analyst between June 2020 and April 2021, made the comments in response to a report by “cybersec professional” TheAnalyst.

            TheAnalyst noted that a BazarLoader malware campaign was hosting its malware on Microsoft’s OneDrive service. “Does Microsoft have any responsibility in this when they KNOWINGLY are hosting hundreds of files leading to this, now for over three days?” they asked.

          • iPhone 13 Pro, Windows, Chrome, Linux and others pwned at Tianfu Cup

            Tianfu Cup is the Chinese version of the Pwn2own in which hackers from Kunlun Lab managed to secure first place by hacking iPhone 13 through a vulnerability in the Safari mobile browser.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • EU facilitates surveillance: Access Now, PI, demand an investigation – Access Now

              Today, Access Now joins Privacy International, Sea-Watch, BVMN, Homo Digitalis, and International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) in calling on the European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, to open an inquiry into several EU institutions’ failure to promote and respect human rights when transferring surveillance tools to third non-EU countries.

              “The European Union has a responsibility to not only uphold the rights of people within its borders, but it must work to safeguard the rights of at-risk people in the non-EU countries it works with,” said Estelle Massé, Senior Policy Analyst and Global Data Protection Lead at Access Now.

              The complaint follows Privacy International’s investigation last year which revealed how the European Commission and EU institutions — including the European Border and Coastguard Agency (Frontex) and the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) — provided funding and trainings to non-EU intelligence and security authorities in surveillance techniques, wiretapping tech and biometric ID systems as a part of migration control and surveillance programs.

    • Monopolies

      • Rethinking Trade – Season 1 Episode 40: Apple & Google Seek U.S. Trade Attack on Anti-Monopoly Law
      • Patents

        • VGI Health Technology Limited Japanese Patent to be granted
        • VGI Health Technology Limited (NSX:VTL) Japanese Patent to be Granted [Ed: Seems like an off and insignificant thing to issue a press release about when tens of millions of dubious patents are being granted. Companies that keep boasting too much about patents typically do so because their products truly suck, so they try to compensate for it with some virtual if not fictional 'currency'.]
        • AVL and Maha dispute over after EPO destroys exhaust gas measuring patent [Ed: EPO granted fake patents again. Only the lawyers stand to gain from those.]

          EP 2 414 808 B1, which the EPO’s Technical Boards of Appeal has recently destroyed, protects a system for taking exhaust gas samples from internal combustion engines. The automotive industry relies heavily on the system, which is applied to test benches or rigs on which exhaust gas values are tested and determined. AVL owns the patent.

          On test benches and rigs, a dilution tunnel calms injected air in order to measure the particle density. Diesel generally produces large, heavy particles, whereas petrol combustion emits very small particles. To test diesel engines as well as gasoline engines, test benches originally needed two dilution tunnels. EP 808 concerns the use of only one dilution tunnel for both types of engines.

          Major car manufacturers such as BMW and Daimler, as well as testing organisations such as TÜV, regularly use these test benches and rigs.

          With over 11,000 employees globally e and subsidiaries in 30 countries, patent holder AVL is one of the largest suppliers in this field. The Austrian company develops systems for CO2 reduction and tests drive systems in the automotive and other industries.

        • Software Patents

          • Parus Files Second Patent Lawsuit Against Samsung for Infringement of its Proprietary Voice-Browsing and Device Control Technology [Ed: Software patents weaponised. Rinse, repeat with another target. This isn't innovation. It's parasitic.]

            Parus Holdings, Inc., a pioneer in voice-enabled technologies, announced today that it has filed a second patent infringement lawsuit in the U.S. Federal District Court for the Western District of Texas against Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. The lawsuit alleges that Samsung infringes on Parus’ patents for voice-browsing and device control technology. The lawsuit is based on U.S. Patent No. 6,721,705, U.S. Patent No. 8,185,402, and U.S Patent No. 7,386,455. Parus is seeking all available remedies, including damages against Samsung for all of its infringing sales. The lawsuit asserts that the infringement has been “willful,” and requests that the defendant be ordered to pay treble damages and Parus’ attorneys’ fees, and be permanently enjoined from infringing the Parus Patents.

          • $3,000 Awarded for Safe Driving prior art [Ed: There's also money in squashing fake patents because such patents are a nuisance to so many]

            Unified is pleased to announce PATROLL crowdsourcing contest winner, Arpit Jain, who received a cash prize of $3,000 for his prior art submission for U.S. Patent 9,713,994. This patent is owned by Act-IP, an NPE. The ’994 patent generally relates to a system of sensors to allow a driver to safely drive their vehicle while being able to use smart applications. This patent is currently being asserted against Ford Motor Company in the Delaware District Court.

      • Copyrights

        • IFF writes to Google India regarding copyright strikes.

          There has been a rise in instances of takedown of content owned by independent news media companies, citizen journalists, current affairs bloggers and satirists on the grounds of copyright violations by YouTube. These takedowns are usually a result of copyright complaints received from big media houses. This is a misuse of intellectual property law by weaponising copyrights to stifle political dissent and fair critique. We write to Google India highlighting that action taken upon such complaints is based on an incorrect application of copyright law and YouTube’s policies and, therefore, threatens press freedom and is in violation of the constitutional rights of digital media reporters and its audience.

Links 18/10/2021: Porteus Kiosk 5.3 and Ventoy 1.0.55

Posted in News Roundup at 3:03 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Linux Tablets: What are Your Options?

      There are plenty of Linux-based laptops available. There are also mini-PCs preloaded with Linux.

      A few Linux-based smartphones are also present in the market.

      How about tablets? Are there some good Linux-based tablets? The answer is not straightforward.

      Many Linux-only system manufacturers focus on creating desktop computers. This is primarily due to the fact that the Linux experience on touch devices is no where close to what Android and iOS provide.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Juno’s Linux laptops now available with Intel Tiger Lake-H or AMD Ryzen 5000H

        Juno Computers sells a line of desktop and laptop computers that ship with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed, and this month the company updated its lineup with several new high performance models sporting 11th-gen Intel Core “Tiger Lake H” or AMD Ryzen 5000H processors.

        They don’t come cheap, with starting prices ranging from $1,150 to $2,250. But the new laptops pack a lot of horsepower.

        The most affordable, least powerful of the bunch is the Juno Nyx 15″ AMD V2, a 3.64 pound laptop with an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U processor, a 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a 49 Wh battery, support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0, and a selection of ports including HDMI, Ethernet, and USB Type-C and Type-A.

      • Linux Release Roundup #21.42: Ubuntu 21.10, KDE Plasma 5.23, Lutris 0.5.9 and More New Releases – It’s FOSS News

        In the Linux Release Roundup series, we summarize the new distribution and application version releases in the past week. This keeps you informed of the latest developments in the Linux world.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • WP Briefing: Episode 18: The Economics of WordPress

        In episode 18 of WP Briefing, Josepha Haden Chomphosy reflects on a recent lecture that she gave to students at Hendrix College in which she explored the economics of WordPress and the principles that sustain the project’s ecosystem.

      • Linux Action News 211

        We cover what’s special about Plasma’s 25th-anniversary edition, chat with CloudLinux’s CEO, and detail why Apple supporting Blender is good for all of us.

      • These Open Source SCAMMERS are getting out of control! – Invidious

        No, Inkscape isn’t a scam. In fact, it’s the best vector illustration tool on the planet. But, much like Krita just a few weeks ago, scammers have registered official-looking domains that are meant to trick people into downloading and installing ransomware. It’s sad to see and I can’t think of many ways we can combat this besides raising awareness.

      • Josh Bressers: Episode 293 – Scoring OpenSSF Security Scoring

        Josh and Kurt talk about the release of OpenSSF Security Scorecards version 3. This is a great project that will probably make a huge difference. Most of the things the scorecards are measuring are no brainier activities. We go through the list of metrics being measured. There are only a few that we don’t think are fantastic.

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.15-rc6 Ticks Up In Size, Stops Using AMD SME By Default – Phoronix

        We’ll see how this week plays out to see if it will be worrisome or not the rest of the cycle. The brief 5.15-rc6 announcement can be read on the kernel mailing list.

        This past week saw mostly the wide assortment of fixes as usual for this stage of development. One somewhat notable change that landed this weekend is AMD SME no longer defaulting to being used on capable machines but rather needing to opt-in to that memory encryption feature. This was done to some buggy platforms that would otherwise experience boot problems with SME.

      • Kernel prepatch 5.15-rc6

        The 5.15-rc6 kernel prepatch is out. “I’d love to say that it’s all looking average, but rc6 is actually bigger than rc5 was, and larger than normal for this time in the release cycle. It’s not _enormously_ larger than normal, and it’s not the largest rc6 we’ve had, but it’s still slightly worrisome.”

      • AMD Secure Memory Encryption Has a Flaw, Now Disabled by Default in Linux Kernel

        According to a report from Phoronix, the Linux 5.15 kernel is receiving a new fix that involves disabling AMD’s Secure Memory Encryption, or SME. This feature is normally enabled by default, but due to unexpected boot failures on some AMD machines, SME will now be disabled by default. Devs will update the Linux 5.15 kernel first, but the change will also move to prior kernels.

        AMD Secure Memory Encryption is a feature exposed to AMD’s EPYC and Ryzen Pro processors that allows the CPUs to encrypt the memory at a hardware level. AMD says the feature offers no significant impact on system performance and works with any OS and application because it’s hardware-accelerated and doesn’t rely upon software.

      • [Older] Linux Kernel Concurrency Cheat Sheet

        Navigating Linux kernel APIs can be very time-consuming, so Linux ksplice guru Vegard Nossum put together a very handy time-saving cheat sheet to help traversing Linux kernel concurrency primitives.

        As a child, I spent countless hours playing games on my Nintendo Game Boy. As I grew older and started programming in QBasic on MS-DOS, I also got curious about how Game Boy games worked.

      • Habana Labs For Linux 5.16 To Bring Peer-To-Peer Support With DMA-BUF – Phoronix

        The drama around DMA-BUF code for the Habana Labs AI driver appears to be wrapping up with the Linux 5.16 cycle that is coming up.

        The Habana Labs driver changes were mailed out today for queuing in char/misc ahead of next month’s Linux 5.16 merge window. This driver for supporting the AI inference and training accelerators at the Intel-owned company has some exciting updates for this next kernel release.

      • Graphics Stack

        • mesa recompiled with gallium drivers

          The guys have been reporting slow Nvidia performance, for example a report from forum member Keef here:


          I had compiled all of the packages in OpenEmbedded without libllvm, as it is a hug library, about 60MB. However, it meant had to leave out some drivers in the ‘mesa’ package.

        • Mesa 22.0 Lands Some Patches Toward OpenCL Image Support – Phoronix

          Mesa 22.0-devel is one step closer to having OpenCL image support that is sought after by many individuals for allowing more OpenCL-enabled desktop software to work nicely with this open-source OpenCL component in Mesa.

          For nearly a year there has been the work-in-progress merge request implementing OpenCL 1.2 image support. That work was started by Red Hat’s Karol Herbst.

    • Applications

      • Ventoy 1.0.55

        Ventoy is an open source tool to create bootable USB drive for ISO/WIM/IMG/VHD(x)/EFI files. With Ventoy, you don’t need to format the disk over and over, you just need to copy the ISO/WIM/IMG/VHD(x)EFI files to the USB drive and boot them directly. You can copy many files at a time and ventoy will give you a boot menu to select them. Both Legacy BIOS and UEFI are supported in the same way. Most type of OS supported (Windows/WinPE/Linux/Unix/Vmware/Xen…)

      • CuteFish – An Elegant, Beautiful and Easy-to-Use Linux Desktop

        CutefishOS is a new free and open-source desktop environment for Linux operating systems with a focus on simplicity, beauty, and practicality. Its goal is to create a better computing experience for Linux users.

        Cutefish OS is among the newest kids on the block of desktop environments. And since it has been born at such a time when the KDE aesthetic leads in the UI/UX stand for Linux users, it features a design that is strikingly similar.

        Given its goal of making a better desktop experience, the team uses KDE Frameworks, KDE Plasma 5, and Qt. My guess is that Qt is the source of its “cute” name. They seem to have collaborated heavily with JingOS, a beautiful Linux OS targeted at Tablets.

      • Annotator: Open-Source App for Linux to Easily Add Essential Annotations to Your Images

        When it comes to image manipulation and editing, there are many tools available. However, options like GIMP are not necessarily the solution to everything.

        Yes, GIMP offers plenty of features for beginners and advanced users, but it could be time-consuming to learn something and apply visual enhancements to any image you want.

        Annotator is an impressive open-source tool that lets you do a lot of things in a couple of clicks.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How To Install WordPress on Debian 11 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install WordPress on Debian 11. For those of you who didn’t know, WordPress is an open-source CMS (Content Management System) that allows you to create a website that is tailored to your specific requirements. With WordPress, you can create a blog, a company website, a portfolio, an online store, or anything else you can think of.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of WordPress cms on a Debian 11 (Bullseye).

      • How to Download & Install Ubuntu 21.10 Impish Indri – LinuxCapable

        Ubuntu has officially released the Ubuntu 21.10 codenamed Impish Indri. This has seen the introduction of GNOME 40 as the default desktop, and sadly GNOME 41 did not make the final cut. The release also introduces Linux Kernel 5.13 among new applications and other back-end performance improvements.

        Some of the other features.

      • How to Install Docker Engine on Debian 11 (Bullseye)

        Docker is an open platform tool which provides container run time environment. With the help of docker, developers can build, ship and run their code as a container anywhere like on-prem or public cloud. Docker makes use of OS-level virtualization to spin up the containers. The host on which docker is installed and containers are spun are called as ‘Docker Engine’.

        In this post, we will cover how to install Docker Engine (Community Edition) on Debian 11 (Bullseye) step by step.

      • How to Install GNOME 41 Desktop Unstable on Debian 11 Bullseye – LinuxCapable

        Many Debian 11 users know that Gnome 38 is the default version that ships with the codename Bullseye operating system. However, as much hype has been built around the new Gnome 41 desktop, many would be looking for an opportunity to install and test or permanently use the latest on offer from GNOME.

        GNOME 41 introduces many changes from visual changes, new apps, and overhaul back-end changes to improve performance. Overall, it is vastly different from what previous GNOME versions have looked before.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the new GNOME 41 desktop from the unstable (sid) repository on your Debian 11 Bullseye operating system.

      • How to Install Odoo 15 on Ubuntu 20.04 – SpeedySense

        In this article, we explain you how to install Odoo 15 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Follow 8 easy steps for install Odoo 15 on Ubuntu. Odoo 15 was released on Oct 06, 2021. It is very easy to install Odoo in Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa.

        Odoo is a most extensive open-source ERP that provides all business related application. Such as Accounting, CRM, Sales, Purchase, Project, Point of Sale, E-Commerce and many more. So Let’s start how to install and configure Odoo 14 in Ubuntu. Every year Odoo comes up with more new features and make platform more user-friendly.

      • How to Install Slack on Fedora 35 – LinuxCapable

        Slack is one of the most popular collaboration communication platforms in the world. From it was initial launch in 2013, it has grown. It is now favored amongst development teams and corporations to integrate many services, run groups, meetings, etc. The way Slack works is to create channels for your teams, topics, customers, or co-workers. Slack also features voice and video calls, file sharing.

        In the following tutorial, you will know how to install the Slack communication platform on Fedora 35.

      • How to Install and Configure Postgres 14 on Debian 11

        In this guide we are going to install Postgresql 14 in Debian 11.

        Postgresql is an open source object-relational database system with over 30 years of active development that has earned it a strong reputation for reliability, feature robustness, and performance. Postgres, is a free and open-source relational database management system emphasizing extensibility and SQL compliance. It was originally named POSTGRES, referring to its origins as a successor to the Ingres database developed at the University of California, Berkeley. PostgreSQL is used as the primary data store or data warehouse for many web, mobile, geospatial, and analytics applications. PostgreSQL can store structured and unstructured data in a single product.

      • How to Perform a Remote Linux Backup Using SSH

        Secure Shell or SSH is responsible for successful network communication between two remote computers. For a Linux system administrator, this networking tool is the perfect solution for remote server/machine access over unsecured networks.

      • How to manage wireless connections using iwd on Linux

        Iwd is the acronym of “iNet wireless daemon”. As the name suggests, it is a free and open source wireless management daemon written by Intel for Linux. It is designed to avoid the usage of external libraries it just relies on the functionalities integrated into the kernel. It can be used together with NetworkManager as a substitute for wpa_supplicant, or in standalone mode. In this tutorial we will explore the latter option.

      • Linux Uptime Command with Examples

        The uptime command displays how long the system has been up (running) along with the current time, number of logged-in users, and the system load averages for the past 1, 5, and 15 minutes.

        In this tutorial, we learn the Linux uptime command.

    • Games

      • Valve launches Deck Verified, to show off what games will work well on the Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux

        We’ve been wondering what Valve had planned to show off Steam Deck compatibility for games and now they’ve launched Deck Verified as their answer.

        Valve say they are reviewing the entire Steam catalogue on the Steam Deck, with each of them gaining a category that it falls under that will show up across Steam from the store to your own Steam Library. The ratings will be split across Verified, Playable, Unsupported and Unknown. This is good because there’s a lot of reasons why games will mix between perfect and unplayable on Steam Deck and the Arch Linux-based SteamOS it ships with.

      • Valve Launches “Steam Deck Verified” Program For Games That Run Well On The Steam Deck – Phoronix

        Valve is introducing a Steam Deck Verified system for helping gamers find out what games have been verified to work well on their forthcoming AMD+Linux-powered handheld game console.

      • VKD3D-Proton v2.5 is out for Direct3D 12 on top of Vulkan, improving DirectX Raytracing | GamingOnLinux

        VKD3D-Proton is the project that translates Microsoft’s Direct3D 12 to Vulkan, another big part of Steam Play Proton and there’s a new release out. If you wish to know more about Steam Play and Proton do check out our dedicated section.

        A continued focus of VKD3D-Proton is bringing up support for DirectX Raytracing (DXR). As of this version 2.5 the developer notes that DXR 1.0 “is more or less feature complete”. A few weird issues are left and eventually the config variable to enable it will be removed when it’s stable enough.

        Further work went into improving DXR 1.1 and it’s now experimentally exposed, with it being enabled by setting VKD3D_CONFIG=dxr11. They say that DXR 1.1 cannot be “fully implemented” just yet, although the feature support missing doesn’t seem to currently be used by games. As of now DXR 1.1 inline raytracing is also fully implemented.

      • VKD3D-Proton 2.5 Released With Experimental DXR 1.1, More Games Working – Phoronix

        VKD3D-Proton as Valve’s Direct3D 12 over Vulkan implementation for Steam Play’s Proton is out with a big feature update.

        VKD3D-Proton 2.5 brings experimental, opt-in support for DXR 1.1 ray-tracing. DXR 1.1 isn’t yet fully implemented but does add inline ray-tracing support and other features. DXR 1.0 ray-tracing meanwhile is now considered effectively feature complete with VKD3D-Proton 2.5.

      • Timberborn: a cute beaver colony sim with an unrewarding late game

        The game only supports Windows. However, it runs excellently on Linux in Steam Proton compatibility mode.

      • Swarming RTS Age of Darkness: Final Stand is in Early Access and works great on Linux | GamingOnLinux

        Age of Darkness: Final Stand is like a fantasy version of They Are Billions, and compared with the latter it runs great on Linux thanks to Steam Play Proton. No native Linux version here but honestly it runs so well you can’t tell the difference, it’s click and play thanks to Proton and as such a massive fan of real-time strategy games I couldn’t resist playing this one myself. Note: key provided by Team17.

        The world in Age of Darkness is one of constant fear. Darkness brings out Nightmares, strange hellish creatures with a taste for flesh and destruction. It’s a constant battle of preparation. Right now it only has a survival mode, which sees you build up a village as you attempt to survive each night. All the traditional elements of a base-building RTS are here with population management, resource gathering, army building and more. A game very much for those of you who like “turtling”, where you focus on building up a heavy defence.

      • Playing Deltarune: Chapter 2 natively on Linux | GamingOnLinux

        So, some time ago Toby Fox released the second chapter of the Deltarune series. Sadly, as was the case with the previous chapter, this one too comes without official Linux support. However, if the [HeartShapedObject] is willing, there is a way to play the game natively on Linux, albeit without official support.

        The trick is essentially the same as I described back in 2018 when the first chapter of Deltarune was released. Essentially, Deltarune is made with the GameMaker engine, and you can do a “port” of games like that as long as you can find a compatible GameMaker runner binary to pair up with the game data.

      • War Thunder is getting more terrain deformation in the upcoming ‘Ground Breaking’ upgrade | GamingOnLinux

        Ground Breaking is the name of the next major update for War Thunder and it sounds quite exciting, with some game engine upgrades to allow for more terrain interactions and deformation.

        Not only will you see huge craters left over from some of the more explosive ordinance, you will also be able to push around the ground. Soil, sand and snow will be movable with your tanks, allowing you with a little patience to create your own little protective barriers. That’s right, self-entrenching is going to be a thing. In the Ground Breaking update the developers will add in a new animation for vehicles digging in.

      • Hugely popular mobile roguelike Shattered Pixel Dungeon is coming to Steam | GamingOnLinux

        For the PC release the developer now has a Steam page live and they’ve confirmed it will have a native Linux version.

      • Steam Play tool Luxtorpeda for running games in native Linux engines sees a major upgrade | GamingOnLinux

        Steam Play allows Linux gamers to use many different compatibility layers like Proton for running Windows games but Luxtorpeda instead makes games use an available native Linux game engine. It’s a thoroughly clever and awesome project, as there’s a number of games that just run better (regardless of the platform) on an up to date native game engine.

        Quite a few games are supported with it including: Arx Fatalis, Caesar 3, Chris Sawyer’s Locomotion, multiple Doom games, Descent 1 / 2, Freespace 2, Ocean’s Heart, PowerSlave, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Warzone 2100 and the list goes on.

        The new version 40 that’s out now moves over to a more modern Steam Runtime (Soldier). The developer mentions that this “leads to better tooling with the newer starting point, less extra dependencies, and will be much more future proof”.

      • Marci from the DOTA: Dragon’s Blood anime will join Dota 2 later this year | GamingOnLinux

        Valve has announced that the next hero joining the ranks in Dota 2 will be Marci, the silent companion to Mirana from the DOTA: Dragon’s Blood anime. It’s not a big surprise as Marci ended up being quite the fan favourite.

        Not much is known about the Marci update, as the official post from Valve was short and to the point simple confirming Marci is coming along with an animation by Studio Mir. The only other thing we actually know is that Marci will drop into Dota 2 “this Fall”.

      • OpenTTD 12.0 is out now improving multiplayer for fans of Transport Tycoon Deluxe | GamingOnLinux

        Based on Transport Tycoon Deluxe, the free and open source OpenTTD has release version 12.0 as the multiplayer update.

        The big thing with this new release is improved multiplayer and it’s much less of a hassle to setup. You no longer need to mess with port-forwarding. The game now does pretty much everything for you. All you need to do now is setup a server, share a code and your friends can join in – nice.

    • Distributions

      • BSD

        • OpenBSD 7.0 adds 64-bit RISC-V, improves Apple Arm silicon support

          OpenBSD 7.0, the 51st release of the UNIX-like operating system, was outed on October 14, 2021, with the introduction of 64-bit RISC-V support for HiFive Unmatched and PolarFire SoC Icicle Kit boards, as well as further improvements to ARM64 targets, notably for Apple Silicon Macs, although it’s not quite ready for general use yet.

          You’ll find the complete list of new features and updates on the OpenBSD website, but here are some of the highlights…

      • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

      • Gentoo Family

        • Gentoo-Based Porteus Kiosk 5.3 Released with Hardware Video Decoding, Virtual Keyboard

          Porteus Kiosk 5.3 is here about six months after Porteus Kiosk 5.2 to add several new features, including experimental hardware video decoding support and virtual keyboard for both Mozilla Firefox ESR and Google Chrome web browsers.

          While the hardware decoding feature can be enabled in remote config with the hardware_video_decode parameter, the virtual keyboard feature comes as an extension and will pop-up automatically when clicking an input field on a web page. Users can control the virtual keyboard in remote config with the virtual_keyboard parameter.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Use and contribute to a new Open Source Cloud Guide

          Today, at All Things Open, IBM is releasing the Open Source Cloud Guide, which highlights various use cases that are important in hybrid cloud environments, features the important open source projects in those areas, and discusses how various clouds are using open source in their offerings. By open sourcing the guide, developers are able to both use and contribute to the learnings and use cases

        • Announcing Cryostat 2.0: JDK Flight Recorder for containers

          Cryostat is a container-native JVM application that provides a secure API for profiling and monitoring containers with JDK Flight Recorder (JFR). JDK Flight Recorder collects profiling and diagnostic data from applications using JFR events stored in binary flight recordings. When requested, Cryostat can retrieve, store, and analyze flight recordings from containerized Java virtual machines (JVMs) to assess overall application health. Users can download recording files and upload them to JDK Mission Control (JMC) or Grafana for further analysis.

          This article introduces Cryostat and shares new features in the 2.0 release, including example use cases, tips for getting started, and additional release notes. For more information about Cryostat fundamentals, visit Introduction to Cryostat: JDK Flight Recorder for containers.

        • Kafka Monthly Digest: September 2021

          Welcome to the 44th edition of the Kafka Monthly Digest. In this edition, I’ll cover what happened in the Apache Kafka community in September 2021.

          For last month’s digest, see Kafka Monthly Digest: August 2021 on IBM Developer.

        • Sensitive information detection using the NVIDIA Morpheus AI framework

          The growth of cloud-native applications has driven an explosion of east-west network traffic within a datacenter where applications can create hundreds of thousands of network connections among virtual machines and containers. As a consequence, the ability to track, monitor, and secure a datacenter in a timely manner has risen above that of any individual or team, thus requiring the help of AI and machine learning (AI/ML) to enable ITOps, infrastructure security, and DevSecOps teams to manage the complexity of modern cloud-native applications and the underlying platforms.

          Red Hat and NVIDIA have been working together to bring the security analytics capabilities of the NVIDIA Morpheus AI application framework to Red Hat infrastructure platforms for cybersecurity developers. This article provides a set of configuration instructions to Red Hat developers working on applications that use the NVIDIA Morpheus AI application framework and NVIDIA BlueField data processing units (DPUs) to secure interservice communication.

        • DevSecOps: 11 questions to ask about your security strategy now

          It’s the fourth and final quarter of 2021, believe it or not. That makes it time for IT leaders to review and evaluate how things are going – and plan for 2022. Security sometimes gets left out of those conversations. We’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen, with an extensive list of questions worth asking as you assess your security posture and look for ways to improve.

          We’ll start with a series of topics that are particularly relevant for teams that are considering or already implementing a DevSecOps strategy, then we’ll cover a series of fundamental questions worth asking in any organization – especially those currently struggling to modernize their security approach.

        • How Podman runs on Macs and other container FAQs | Enable Sysadmin

          As the Podman machine function becomes more used—particularly on Macs—there have been many questions about how this all works. Some of what is tossed around on the internet is pure speculation, so this article aims to eliminate any speculation.

          Many people do not realize that containers are really Linux. As such, Linux containers cannot run natively on macOS. Therefore, the containers must run in a Linux virtual machine (VM), and a Podman client interacts with that VM. This is in line with all solutions for running containers on macOS.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Ubuntu 21.10: Plan to do yourself an Indri? Here’s what’s inside… including a bit of GNOME schooling

          Canonical has released Ubuntu 21.10, or “Impish Indri” as this one is known. This is the last major version before next year’s long-term support release of Ubuntu 22.04, and serves as a good preview of some of the changes coming for those who stick with LTS releases.

          If you prefer to run the latest and greatest, 21.10 is a solid release with a new kernel, a major GNOME update, and some theming changes. As a short-term support release, Ubuntu 21.10 will be supported for nine months, which covers you until July 2022, by which point 22.04 will already be out.

        • Ubuntu 21.10 Radeon Gaming With KDE Plasma vs. GNOME Shell + Wayland vs. X.Org

          With last week’s release of Ubuntu 21.10, here are some fresh benchmarks looking at the Linux gaming performance on this new release while testing both the GNOME Shell 40 default desktop to that of its KDE Plasma 5.22 based option. Both the X.Org and Wayland sessions for KDE and GNOME were benchmarked for seeing how the Linux gaming performance compares with the Radeon open-source GPU driver stack.

          In the past we’ve seen the GNOME Shell Wayland-based Linux gaming experience to be in very good shape and in some games performing even better than the X.Org based environment. With GNOME / Mutter continuing to mature as well as running the latest open-source Radeon drivers, now with the Ubuntu 21.10 release it’s a good time to re-test the performance. Additionally, the KDE Plasma Wayland experience has matured a heck of a lot this year and is now in much better shape for day-to-day use so it’s been also included for this comparison.

        • Ubuntu Studio: Ubuntu Studio 21.10 Released

          The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu Studio 21.10, code-named “Impish Indri”. This marks Ubuntu Studio’s 30th release. This release is a regular release, and as such it is supported for nine months until July 2022.

          Since it’s just out, you may experience some issues, so you might want to wait a bit before upgrading. Please see the release notes for a complete list of changes and known issues.

          You can download Ubuntu Studio 21.10 from our download page.

        • Lubuntu 21.10 (Impish Indri) Released!

          Thanks to all the hard work from our contributors, Lubuntu 21.10 has been released. With the codename Impish Indri, Lubuntu 21.10 is the 21st release of Lubuntu, the seventh release of Lubuntu with LXQt as the default desktop environment.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • Results from the Survey about LibreOffice Calc

          Earlier this year we run a survey on LibreOffice Calc. It was inspired by a similar questionnaire for LibreOffice Draw (see first and second blog post). The Calc survey was used to learn about how Calc is being used, what features are most important to users and where they expect to see the improvements to the software. The work was done by Maria Berg, thanks a lot for your contribution.

          This blog post shows some results in detail. You may also watch the recording of the presentation at the LibreOffice conference at http:// (link will be added later)

          In total 1797 people started the survey and 1229 completed all questions. Many thanks to everyone!

          We started with a couple of demographic questions that demonstrated the limits of online surveys: most participants were middle age (65% between 33 and 65 years old), technology-affine (60% use Linux as operating system), and power users (45% run the application every day). We advertised the survey on our blog and social media such as Twitter (you may also follow the design team), Reddit, and Facebook. And while LibreOffice has roughly 200 millions users, most of those who are following us are technology enthusiastic.

      • Programming/Development

        • Play DOOM Using Web Browser Checkboxes (Finally) | Hackaday

          While the resolution and color palette aren’t what we have come to expect from DOOM, it’s likely that the graphics could be further improved by tinkering with the dithering and threshold settings. Higher resolutions may also be possible with further optimization.

  • Leftovers

    • Opinion | I Hear America Screeching

      In the weeks since the 20th anniversary of 9/11, sensory memories of that disastrous day — things I haven’t thought about in years – came flooding back.

    • Health/Nutrition

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Microsoft admits to yet more printing problems in Windows as back-at-the-office folks asked for admin credentials
        • Security

          • Former Microsoft Security Analyst Claims Office 365 Knowingly Hosted Malware For Years

            Malware on Windows devices has become a real problem in the last few years, specifically with a recent uptick in ransomware. It appears that Microsoft has been trying to combat this issue, though, with updates to Microsoft Defender, so it has more teeth than ever before. However, what if Microsoft is part of the problem too?

            On Friday, cybersecurity researcher TheAnalyst explained on Twitter how BazarLoader malware leads to ransomware that can severely affect healthcare, among other industries. He then called out Microsoft, asking if the company has “any responsibility in this when they KNOWINGLY are hosting hundreds of files leading to this,” alongside an image of what appears to be malicious files being hosted in OneDrive.

          • Windows 10, Linux, iOS, Chrome and Many Others at Hacked Tianfu Cup 2021

            Windows 10, iOS 15, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Microsoft Exchange Server, and Ubuntu 20 were successfully broken into using original, never-before-seen exploits at the Tianfu Cup 2021, the fourth edition of the international cybersecurity contest held in the city of Chengdu, China.

          • Security updates for Monday

            Security updates have been issued by Debian (amd64-microcode, libreoffice, linux-4.19, and nghttp2), Fedora (chromium, libopenmpt, vim, and xen), openSUSE (firefox, kernel, krb5, libaom, and opera), Oracle (thunderbird), SUSE (firefox, firefox, rust-cbindgen, iproute2, javapackages-tools, javassist, mysql-connector-java, protobuf, python-python-gflags, and krb5), and Ubuntu (nginx).

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • CIA Funding Arm Gave Encrypted App Wickr $1.6 Million

              In-Q-Tel, a nonprofit investment firm started by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), recently poured more than $1.6 million into encrypted messaging platform Wickr, according to public disclosure records reviewed by Motherboard.

              The $1.6 million was transferred before Amazon purchased the company, but highlights Wickr’s continuing position as an end-to-end encrypted messaging app for government agencies. Beyond the In-Q-Tel investment, Wickr also has a specific product approved by the Department of Defense, and as Motherboard reported last month, a new $900,000 contract with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

              Jack Poulson, executive director of Tech Inquiry, first flagged the money transfer to Motherboard. As he pointed out, one of In-Q-Tel’s Form 990s, which describes compensation paid to outside contractors, mentions a payment to a company called “W I.” That company’s address—1459 18th Street, San Francisco—is identical to that of Wickr Inc., according to other public corporate records.

            • Fingerprint biometrics and IDV set for rapid growth, big players consider blockchain | Biometric Update

              Forecasts of rapid growth in fingerprint sensors and digital identity verification are backed up by reports from technology providers of market progress in both areas, with Fingerprint Cards moving forward with PC deployments and a biometric payment card project, and new deals for FSS, Blinking, FacePhi, Socure, HooYu and Ondato, and a launch for ComplyCube. Digital identity decentralization, at least in terms of computation, also continues to gain steam, while centralized national ID projects in India and Pakistan are considered for the lessons, positive and negative, they can provide.

            • Give us your biometric data to get your lunch in 5 seconds, UK schools tell children
    • Environment

      • Opinion | Beyond Science: Art and the Environment

        In 1871 photographer William Henry Jackson and painter Thomas Moran joined an expedition to the Yellowstone region of the United States, which they documented in a series of powerful and moving creative works. Soon after, Jackson’s and Moran’s images became the catalysts for Congress to designate the very first national park at Yellowstone.

      • Wildlife/Nature

    • Finance

      • Opinion | A Smiling Sayonara from Private Equity’s Pioneers

        The billionaire founders of KKR, America’s first nationally celebrated “private equity” giant, have just announced they’re stepping down as the company’s co-CEOs. Henry Kravis, now 77, and George Roberts, 78, helped found KKR in 1976. They opened up shop with $120,000 in capital to invest. Their KKR portfolio currently holds assets valued not all that far from half a trillion.

      • Mondaire Jones Warns Against Watering Down Human Infrastructure Proposals

        Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones on Sunday criticized efforts to include means-testing requirements on programs in his party’s reconciliation package as an approach that is not cost-effective and that could exclude those most in need.

        The vocal opposition to means-testing from Jones and other progressive Democrats came amid a push by conservative Democrats including Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia to pare back the climate and safety net package by imposing income limits on proposals like Medicare expansion.

      • Why Everything is Suddenly Getting More Expensive — And Why It Won’t Stop

        It’s not just me. It’s probably you, too. Have you noticed that it’s starting to be hard to just…get stuff? If you’ve tried buying a car lately, you might have observed that even used car prices have climbed to relatively astronomical levels. The same is beginning to hold true for good after good — from electronics to energy. What’s going on here?
        I have some bad news, and I have some…well…worse news. We’re at the beginning of of an era in economic history that’ll probably come to be known as the Great Inflation.
        Prices are going to rise, probably exponentially, over the course of the next few decades. The reason for that’s simple: everything, more or less, has been artificially cheap. The costs of everything from carbon to fascism to ecological collapse to social fracture haven’t been factored in — ever, from the beginning of the industrial age. But that age is now coming to a sudden, climactic, explosive end. The problem is that, well, we’re standing in the way.
        Let me explain, with an example. I was looking for a microphone for a singer I’m working with. I was shocked to read that a well-know German microphone company had just…stopped making them. And furloughed all its workers. It didn’t say why — but it didn’t need to. The reason’s obvious. Steel prices are rising, and they’re going to to keep rising, because energy prices are rising. Then there’s the by now infamous “chip shortage,” chips they probably rely on, too. Add all that up, and bang — you’ve got an historic company suddenly imploding.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

Links 18/10/2021: Linux 5.15 RC6 and 7 New Stable Kernels

Posted in News Roundup at 3:47 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Linux Weekly Roundup #152

        Welcome to this week’s Linux weekly roundup and wow! What a full week in the world of Linux releases with KDE Plasma 5.23 and Linux releases like Ubuntu 21.10, Devuan 4.0.0, KaOS 2021.10, Bluestar Linux 5.14.11, Manjaro 21.1.16, and Sparky Linux 2021.10.

      • 9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: October 17th, 2021

        This week was all about Ubuntu 21.10, but we also saw some big announcements starting with the release of the KDE Plasma 5.23 desktop enviornment and the launch of the PinePhone Pro Linux smartphone, and continuing with several great distro releases like the systemd-free Devuan GNU+Linux 4.0 and KaOS 2021.10.

        You can enjoy these and much more in 9to5Linux’s Linux weekly roundup for October 17th, 2021, below. Last but not least, this week I also managed to do some further optimization to the website so that it runs faster, and cleaned up the bottom part of the posts pages to make the comments section more accessible.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • KDE Plasma 5.23 Run Through – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at KDE Plasma 5.23.

      • KDE Plasma 5.23

        Today we are looking at the newly released KDE Plasma 5.23, we use the KDE Neon user edition to look at it (which is based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS). Enjoy!

      • Zoomers Don’t Understand Computer Folders – Invidious

        As computers get easier to use and more people are using computers from a young age you’d think that computer literacy would increase, well in some instances that may not actually be the case.

      • I Can’t Use Free Software. Proprietary Software Is BETTER! – Invidious

        I often talk about the advantages of free and open source software (FOSS) versus proprietary software (aka “proprietary poo”). But many people have messaged me saying that they could never switch to FOSS because: (1) I have to use proprietary software, or (2) proprietary software is just inherently better than free/cheap software, or (3) there is no FOSS software for the stuff I do.

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.15-rc6
        So here we are, slightly later on a Sunday than usual due to travel,
        but rc6 is out.
        I'd love to say that it's all looking average, but rc6 is actually
        bigger han rc5 was, and larger than normal for this time in the
        release cycle.
        It's not _enormously_ larger than normal, and it's not the largest rc6
        we've had, but it's still slightly worrisome. By rc6 I really do
        expect things to have started calming down.
        I'm hoping it's just one of those random timing effects, with a couple
        of slightly bigger pulls having come in the last week, and we'll see
        the next week being extra quiet because rc6 got some of the stuff that
        would normally have hit rc7. It happens. But let's see how this goes.
        The 5.15 cycle over-all remains one of the smaller cycles (at least
        counting commits), so I wouldn't have expected this to be one that
        requires an extra rc, but that may be what ends up happening unless
        the upcoming week is really nice and calm.
        That said, nothing in here looks _particularly_ worrisome. It really
        smells like just random timing effects to me, with networking, GPU
        drivers, and ntfs3 all having had a somewhat active week.  Other than
        that it all really looks fairly normal.
        Full details in the shortlog below.
        Please give it a whirl. And let's hope for a nice calm next week and a
        smaller rc7.
      • Linux 5.14.13
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.14.13 kernel.
        All users of the 5.14 kernel series must upgrade.
        The updated 5.14.y git tree can be found at:
        	git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.14.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
        greg k-h
      • Linux 5.10.74
      • Linux 5.4.154
      • Linux 4.19.212
      • Linux 4.14.251
      • Linux 4.9.287
      • Linux 4.4.289
    • Applications

      • Free Software Review: Yoga Image Optimizer. Google Guetzli? WHY!? – BaronHK’s Rants

        Many programs that write JPEG files don’t do the best job at using the format efficiently.

        So, there are many suboptimal JPEGs floating around the internet, and many are up to 20-30% bigger than they need to be, because some programs do all sorts of ridiculous and unnecessary things when they write them, and also fail to use Huffman Coding correctly.

        Unfortunately, JPEG is a lossy compressed format (and not even a great one), and so like an MP3 file, if you re-encode it, even back into itself, you suffer further loss in quality.

        However, lossless optimization doesn’t do this. You may not get enormous improvements in file size, but it’s more like using a more aggressive dictionary search in a ZIP file.

        (As lossy compression schemes broadly have two parts. One that discards data that it considers perceptually irrelevant, and then another part that does lossless compression methods on what’s left.).

        I looked around to see if Debian had MozJPEG, but it didn’t. There was a open discussion about it, which is one of the bright sides of Debian. At least you know the discussions leading up to the decisions they make.

      • 6 Best Command Line Music Players for Linux in 2021

        Linux terminal is used for performing administrative tasks without having any issues. However, many people don’t know that we can play music through the command line. Linux provides different CLI music players by which users can play the audio files from the terminal.

        CLI music players are simple to use and consume lesser memory. This article briefs about the 6 best command line Music players for Linux in 2021.

      • 31 Best Linux Performance Monitoring Tools

        Linux Performance Monitoring tools are the tools that allow you to keep track of your Linux system’s resources and storage usage, as well as the state of your network. The tools can be used to troubleshoot and debug Linux System Performance issues.

        In this tutorial, we will learn the best tools for Linux performance monitoring and troubleshooting.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How to install Thinkorswim Desktop on a Chromebook in 2021

        Today we are looking at how to install Thinkorswim Desktop on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

      • Gaze at the stars on your Linux PC with Stellarium

        Stellarium is a digital planetarium that is free and open source. Anyone can install it and use it to gaze at stars in the sky in real-time. It also shows detailed information on planets, moons, and even constellations. Here’s how you can use Stellarium to gaze at the stars on your Linux PC.

      • How to Install Checkmk Monitoring Agents on Linux – kifarunix.com

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to install Checkmk monitoring agents on Linux. Monitoring agents enables remote monitoring of system metrics such as system load, memory and disk usage e.t.c.

        In our previous tutorial, we learnt how to install Checkmk monitoring tool on Ubuntu 20.04 system.

      • How to play Dead Space on Linux

        Dead Space is a survival horror game developed by EA Redwood Shores and published by Electronic Arts. The game was released on PS3, Xbox 360, and Windows. Here’s how to play Dead Space on Linux.

      • » kvm-qemu – where to set the bios and chipset? | dwaves.de

        it is actually like this, in virt-manager, that chipset and bios can only be changed during first setup “begin installation”

      • [Gentoo] Quick and dirty way to fix broken pam on a machine that runs fine otherwise | LordVan’s Page / Blog

        Due to some unfortunate events I ended up with a broken pam library on a VM I am running. Everything else worked just fine .. except that login of course (so a bit of an issue if you need to do stuff like update letsencrypt certificates quickly cuz you forgot and are on holiday…

      • How to use terraform to Launch an AWS EC2 Instance

        Terraform is an open-source infrastructure as code software tool created by HashiCorp. To use terraform, you define the resources you want to create using a declarative configuration language created by Hashicorp known as HashiCorp Configuration Language (HCL), or optionally JSON.

      • How to play Gunfire Reborn on Linux

        Gunfire Reborn is an adventure FPS game with RPG and roguelite elements. The game was published and developed by Douyi Games. Here’s how to play the game on Linux.


        Gunfire Reborn has an excellent rating on ProtonDB, so it should run great on Linux. However, if you’d like to play the game, you’ll have to first install the Steam app for Linux on your computer.

    • Games

      • Pnevmo-Capsula: Domiki rolls onto Windows, Mac and Linux

        Usually the term “on rails” refers to a highly linear experience over which the player has little control. But sometimes it’s meant far more literally than that, as is the case in Pomeshkin Valentin Igorevich’s recently released steampunk adventure, Pnevmo-Capsula: Domiki.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Dash to Dock (Finally) Adds GNOME 40 Support

          Dash to Dock now supports GNOME 40 — officially.

          Work to get the popular desktop dock extension jiving with GNOME 40 desktop got underway back in April. Progress was, as we reported, swift and functional, but to try it out users needed to manually install a development version from Github.

          Well, no more.

          You can now install Dash to Dock on GNOME 40 from the GNOME extensions site using a compatible web browser.

          Version 70 of the add-on gains official support for GNOME 40 and its horizontal workspace and application launcher. The dock can be placed on different sides of the screen, and remain accessible once exiting the overview (unlock GNOME Shell’s native dock).

    • Distributions

      • Reviews

        • Review: Auxtral 3

          At the beginning of this review I mentioned Auxtral reminded me of Linux Mint Debian Edition. The theme, the Cinnamon desktop, and general look of the project certainly held that first impression. However, the default applications and tools (apart from the Cinnamon desktop and command line utilities) felt quite a bit different. Linux Mint has been around for several years and has earned a reputation for being beginner friendly, polished, and shipping with a lot of top-notch open source applications.

          Auxtral appears to have a similar approach – similar base distribution, the same desktop environments, and a similar look. However, Auxtral does have its own personality under the surface. It ships with a quite different collection of applications, sometimes using less popular items (Brave in place of Firefox, SMPlayer instead of VLC, etc.) It has also gone its own way with software updates, preferring classic tools like APT and Synaptic over Mint’s update manager.

          Auxtral is off to a good start. This was my first time trying the distribution and the experience was mostly positive. The operating system is easy to install, offers multiple desktop environments, and walks a pretty good line between hand holding and staying out of the way. The application menu is uncluttered while including enough programs to be useful. Some of those programs are a bit more obscure or less beginner friendly than what you might find in Linux Mint, but otherwise it’s a good collection. Virtually everything worked and worked smoothly. I was unpleasantly surprised by this distribution’s memory usage, most projects consume about half as much RAM, but otherwise I liked what Auxtral had to offer. I might not recommended it to complete beginners, especially since the project does not appear to have any documentation or support options of its own, but for someone who doesn’t mind a little command line work or who likes the idea of an easy to setup distribution that combines Debian with the Cinnamon (or Xfce desktop) this seems like a good option.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Best Free and Open Source Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop

        Adobe is a large multinational computer software company with over 22,000 employees. Its flagship products include Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, XD, Acrobat DC, as well as the ubiquitous the Portable Document Format (PDF). Their products are wrapped up and marketed as the Creative Cloud, a subscription-only way of accessing more than 20 desktop and mobile apps and services for photography, design, video, web, UX, and more.

        We are long-standing admirers of Adobe’s products. They develop many high quality proprietary programs. It’s true there are security and privacy concerns in relation to some of their products. And there’s considerable criticism attached to their pricing practices. But the fundamental issue regarding Adobe Creative Cloud is that Linux isn’t a supported platform. And there’s no prospect of support forthcoming.

      • Events

        • All Things Open: Diversity Event Today – Big Top Goes Up Monday! – FOSS Force

          By now things are going full tilt boogie in downtown Raleigh, as the All Things Open conference is well into its “pre” day.

          Keeping with the trend set by other conferences, All Things Open opens a day ahead of time, partially to stage free event’s that aren’t officially a part of the main show, but which offer attendees from out-of-town a reason to fly in a day early to settle in.

          This is good for the travelling attendees, because they don’t spend the first day suffering for jet lag or other forms of travel fatigue, and good for the event, because it means that more people are in place to fill seats and attend presentations, beginning with the opening keynote.


          At ATO, the registration desks are open on Sunday from noon until 5:30 Eastern Time, and the pre-conference is a free Inclusion and Diversity Event that started at noon and will run until 5pm, emceed by Rikki Endsley, formally with Red Hat and now a community marketing manager at Amazon Web Services.

      • Programming/Development

        • pam-krb5 4.11

          The primary change in this release of my Kerberos PAM module is support for calling pam_end with PAM_DATA_SILENT. I had not known that the intent of this flag was to signal that only process resources were being cleaned up and external resources should not be (in part because an older version of the man page doesn’t make this clear).

        • QB64 Hits Version 2.0, Gets Enhanced Debugging | Hackaday

          Despite the name, BASIC isn’t exactly a language recommended for beginners these days. Technology has moved on, and now most people would steer you towards Python if you wanted to get your feet wet with software development. But for those who got their first taste of programming by copying lines of BASIC out of a computer magazine, the language still holds a certain nostalgic appeal.

  • Leftovers

    • Education

      • Libraries today: digital futures and Renaissance ideals

        There is a fairly standard image of the university library. At least in affluent Western countries, they are generally open long hours, run by professionals with their own acquisitions budgets, and fairly comprehensive in their coverage of major disciplines. And, until recently, they have been notable for a solemn silence.

        Yet much of this model is relatively new and now coming under pressure. A recently published book, The Library: A Fragile History (Profile), offers some striking insights into the past and future of university libraries. Its authors are Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen, the founding director and deputy director of the Universal Short Title Catalogue, the leading resource for the study of early printed books, at the University of St Andrews, where they are also, respectively, professor of modern history and British Academy postdoctoral fellow.

    • Hardware

      • The Wireless PS/2 Keyboard That Never Was | Hackaday

        The PS/2-style port was once about as ubiquitous on PCs as USB connectors are today, and more than a few of us accumulated a fair collection of keyboards and mice that sported the 6-pin mini-DIN plug. They’re not nearly as common today, but when you need one, you need one, so if your stockpile of PS/2 keyboards has dwindled to nothing, you might want to look at rolling your own PS/2 remote keyboard dongle.

      • Electronic Covid Test Tear Down Shows Frustrating Example of 1-Time-Use Waste

        The latest video from [TheSignalPath] is a result of his purchase of a home COVID-19 test. He found an electronic version that connects to your cell phone and displays the results on the phone. The device is an antigen test and, internally, works like the home tests that show the results using lines similar to a pregnancy test. So, somehow, the phone version reads the lines and communicates with the phone. But how? That’s the point of the video, which you can see below.

        In a traditional test, there’s a control line that has to appear to show that the test was done correctly. Then a line under that indicates detection of the virus. The circuit board inside the electronic test has a plastic unit onboard that contains a similar strip and has optical sensors for both the reference line and the detection line. Since it is essentially an optical device — there are some lenses in the strip assembly that look like they are detecting the dye as it moves through the strip with LEDs onboard to shed light on the situation.

      • A Redesigned ZX Spectrum Desktop Computer That Works Surprisingly Well | Hackaday

        Retrocomputer enthusiasts will quite often be found pondering the great what ifs of their hobby. What if Commodore had had a half-way decent marketing division is a popular one, but the notoriously penny-pinching ways of Sinclair Research are also a plentiful source. What if Sinclair had won the competition for a computer in UK schools, not only the first time around when Acorn’s BBC Micro scooped the prize, but also what if they’d entered the fray once more in 1983 when there was another chance? [10p6] investigates this possibility, and comes up with a Spectrum desktop computer that you can see in the video below the break.

        The first two-thirds of the video is devoted to renders which, while pretty to look at, offer nothing of substance. In the later part though we see a build, putting a Spectrum 48k board, Interface 1, and two Microdrives in a slimline case along with a power supply. Meanwhile a ZX rubber keyboard is mounted stand-alone on the end of a cable. It’s a computer that we know would have been an object of desire for many kids back in the day, and we agree with the video that it could have been integrated onto one board without the need for a separate Interface 1. We feel it’s inevitable though that Sinclair’s cost-cutting would have caused something to go astray and there would certainly have been only one Microdrive, even though we like that separate keyboard a lot.

      • Machining Wood Inlays, No CNC Required | Hackaday

        It’s almost hard to remember a time when the obvious answer to most questions about manufacturing wasn’t “Throw it on the CNC.” CNC machines have become so entrenched that the acronym has become a verb; few people would misunderstand a statement like “Let’s just CNC that.”

        But before CNC machines became so ubiquitous, there were plenty of clever tricks for cutting material in a controlled fashion, as [Pask] shows us with this tool to machine wood for inlays. The tool is called a parser (or passer) drill, and is designed for use in conjunction with a steel template. [Pask]’s version seems pretty easy to make; a pair of mild steel bars are forged flat into spade shapes before having a cutting surface ground into them. The two halves of the drill are welded together and ground down to fit in the chuck of a hand drill, a modern nod to the fact that few people will want to use the traditional bow and breastplate that drove the original parser drills.

    • Health/Nutrition

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Security

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Facebook disputes report that its AI can’t detect hate speech or violence consistently

              Instead, he said, the company believes focusing on the prevalence of hate speech people actually see on the platform and how it reduces it using various tools is a more important measure. He claimed that for every 10,000 views of a piece of content on Facebook, there were five views of hate speech. “Prevalence tells us what violating content people see because we missed it,” Rosen wrote. “It’s how we most objectively evaluate our progress, as it provides the most complete picture.”

            • Instagram Struggles With Fears of Losing Its ‘Pipeline’: Young Users

              By last year, the issue had become more urgent, according to internal Instagram documents obtained by The New York Times. “If we lose the teen foothold in the U.S. we lose the pipeline,” read a strategy memo, from last October, that laid out a marketing plan for this year.

              In the face of that threat, Instagram left little to chance. Starting in 2018, it earmarked almost its entire global annual marketing budget — slated at $390 million this year — to targeting teenagers, largely through digital ads, according to planning documents and people directly involved in the process. Focusing so singularly on a narrow age group is highly unusual, marketers said, though the final spending went beyond teenagers and encompassed their parents and young adults.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • How Social Media Became a Battleground in the Tigray Conflict

        When Ethiopian federal forces and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) started fighting in November 2020, a second front quickly opened online, where both sides seek to control the narrative.

        Social media became a battleground, with the Ethiopian government and its supporters on one side and Tigrayan activists and supporters on the other. Each side tried to present its version of events to English-speaking audiences, according to The Media Manipulation Casebook. Created by the Shorenstein Center’s Technology and Social Change project at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Casebook group has been researching Tigray-related information campaigns since the conflict began.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Kurm: Ferry Estonia probe difficult due to wreck’s shifting on seabed

        The former state prosecutor said that approximately 25,000 photos were taken of the wreck, on the basis of which a 3D model of the wreck will be put together. The model will enable investigators to see the wreck as a whole and measure the size of the injuries.

        “The model will also reveal penetrating injuries,” Kurm said. He added that some areas of the wreck have not been photographed, but these are not relevant when it comes to the disaster. According to Kurm, the 3D model will take three to four weeks to complete.

    • Environment

    • Finance

      • Don’t Blame Workers for Inflation

        Part of that story is true: There are more than 10 million unfilled jobs in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The percentage of people quitting their jobs — a measure of confidence in being able to find work — hit a record high in August.

        But for whatever reason, workers overall are not managing to extract much more money from their employers.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Facebook Is Creating 10,000 Jobs in EU to Help Develop a Metaverse

        Target markets for the hiring include the Republic of Ireland, which unlike Northern Ireland remains part of the European Union, as well as Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, and the Netherlands. A spokesperson for Facebook confirmed to Bloomberg the U.K. wasn’t being included.

      • Over three million Afghan refugees trying to reach Iran, Pakistan

        Numerous members of Al Qaeda and Islamic States have broken out of Afghan prisons amid fighting that toppled the Kabul government last month, the Interfax quoted Anatoly Sidorov, head of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation joint staff, as saying.

      • Chinese social media targets satirical duet by Namewee with Taiwan-based singer

        Chinese social media outlet Sina Weibo blocked the accounts of Malaysian rapper Namewee (黄明志) and Taiwan-based Australian singer Kimberley Chen (陳芳語) after they released a duet satirizing the country’s communist regime, reports said Saturday (Oct. 16).

      • Tibet activists arrested in Greece for Bejing Olympics protest

        The activists waved the Tibetan flag and Hong Kong’s revolution flag atop the historic monument, chanting “Boycott Beijing 2022” and “Free Tibet”, “just 48 hours before the Olympic Torch will be handed to Beijing in the very same place”, according to a statement from the New York-based organisation Students for a Free Tibet.

      • Stop China from Erasing ‘The Heart of the World’

        In pursuit of Xi Jinping’s theory, “to govern the nation, govern the borders; to govern the borders, strengthen the development of border regions”, China has given a concrete shape to the new Great Helmsman’s slogan by building some 600 “model” villages, many in sacred areas on the Tibetan side of the Indian border.

        Whether it is with the hydropower plants or the new villages, the hallowedness and pristine purity of these areas are being lost forever.

      • China’s Covert Invasion of India

        China, referred to in the report as a “manipulative adversary”, has allegedly been targeting “the bright impressionable minds, the tech savvy youth, the opinion makers and the intelligentsia present in India” through investments by Chinese companies including Alibaba and Tencent in Indian multinationals such as BYJU’s, the Educational technology company based in Bangalore. The appearance of Bollywood megastars Shah Rukh Khan and Kabir Khan at the Beijing International Film Festival in 2019 is interpreted by the report as a covert intelligence mission by the Chinese to “make inroads into Bollywood for its influence operations through the mechanism of co-productions.” The selection of Sha Rukh Khan’s film Zero to close the festival is referred to as a “calculated step” by the Chinese Communist Party.

      • The Chinese film beating Bond and Marvel at the box office

        The biggest movie in the world right now is not the latest Bond film No Time To Die or even Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

        It’s a Chinese propaganda film about the 1950s Korean War, centred on a story of Chinese soldiers defeating American troops despite great odds.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • YouTube’s stronger election misinformation policies had a spillover effect on Twitter and Facebook, researchers say.

        Researchers at the Center for Social Media and Politics at New York University found a significant rise in election fraud YouTube videos shared on Twitter immediately after the Nov. 3 election. In November, those videos consistently accounted for about one-third of all election-related video shares on Twitter. The top YouTube channels about election fraud that were shared on Twitter that month came from sources that had promoted election misinformation in the past, such as Project Veritas, Right Side Broadcasting Network and One America News Network.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Internet shutdowns have become a weapon of repressive regimes

        Shutdowns have become more sophisticated in recent years. Authorities have learned to take out specific platforms, such as WhatsApp or Twitter, to discourage political mobilisation. They may also ask internet services providers to throttle, or deliberately slow down, network traffic or hit only mobile internet connections. Shutdowns may affect individual cities or entire countries; they may last a few hours or drag on for months. In Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where the army and rebel forces have clashed for nearly a year, residents have been cut off for over 300 days.

      • “Cut off their heads like in the times of the Prophet”: Marine Le Pen and Eric Zemmour are threatened with beheading on the [Internet]

        He directed his video at another [Internet] user, whom he called ”my brother”. This person recorded himself on camera on the TikTok network. The video was published by journalists from CNews on Friday October 15. In this sequence, which lasts less than a minute, the orator did not hesitate to threaten Marine Le Pen and Eric Zemmour with beheading. [...]

      • A Year Later, a Schoolteacher’s Beheading Still Haunts France

        As a history teacher, Mr. Paty was responsible for teaching civics. To illustrate the right to blasphemy, free speech and freedom of conscience, he showed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, setting in motion a swirl of lies and rumor that ended in his beheading.

        The police investigation revealed that the girl who told her father, Brahim Chnina, a false version of what had taken place in the class and prompted the online frenzy that led to the killing had not been in the class at all.

        The girl told the police that Mr. Paty had questioned all students on their religious allegiance, let Muslims know that they could leave because “they would be shocked” and then ordered her out of the class for causing a ruckus while images of a naked Prophet were shown. But the story, it emerged in March, was made up; she was never there.

        The judicial investigation is continuing, and no trial is expected for at least a year.

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • Life as a ‘foreign agent’: Inside Russia’s crackdown on free speech

        Instead of overt brutality, the campaign is being waged quietly with a vague legal tool: a law regulating the activities of so-called foreign agents.

        It was first used against a media outlet in 2017, when several U.S.-government funded outlets, such as the Voice of America, were declared foreign agents. But, last year, the state began to deploy it against independent Russian journalists.

      • ‘Slow moving coup’ — journalists need to do a better job than comedians

        A grim phrase burst into the political conversation this past week: “slow-moving coup.” And it didn’t come from journalists — it was delivered by a late-night comedian.

        The “coup” label drove an eight-minute monologue by HBO’s Bill Maher, laying out in detail efforts by Donald Trump’s allies to oust the GOP old guard and lower election guard-rails through a hundred small actions, from Capitol Hill to towns and counties beyond the Beltway.

        Maher’s routine exploded on social media because it was a compelling story that gathered scattered pieces of reporting from around the country together into a cohesive narrative. That’s something the mainstream press has not been able to do.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • India’s high-tech governance risks leaving behind its poorest citizens

        Given India’s immense scale and complexity, and with its deep pool of highly skilled workers, its governments have increasingly turned to high-tech solutions for all sorts of problems. Generally these have eased burdens on both rulers and the governed, despite some expected glitches. Administrative infrastructure such as Aadhaar has propelled such conveniences as digital payments, internet shopping and online schooling. Yet precisely because of India’s size and poverty, tens of millions still are left out—because they are poor, illiterate, disabled, lack electricity, do not possess a smartphone or cannot connect to a mobile or Wi-Fi network.

      • A brief chat with the fired #AppleToo organizer

        On October 14th, Apple fired a leader of the #AppleToo movement for allegedly failing to comply with an internal investigation. The employee, Janneke Parrish, has been working behind the scenes for months to organize fellow employees who’ve faced harassment and discrimination.

        Now, Apple appears to be cracking down on those efforts — under the guise of trying to stop internal information from leaking to the press. In September, Apple fired Ashley Gjøvik for allegedly violating her confidentiality agreement. Then, it placed software engineer Cher Scarlett on medical leave.

      • Leader of Apple activism movement says she was fired.

        Ms. Parrish, 30, said she believed Apple was retaliating against her for helping to organize the activist group. In recent months, Apple employees have uncharacteristically spoken out and said the company’s culture of secrecy — meant to prevent product leaks — pervaded other aspects of the company and discouraged workers from coming forward about issues like sexual harassment and wage disparities.

      • Restoring virginity: Controversial fatwa on hymen repair reveals the hypocrisy of Egyptian society

        During a live broadcast on the official Facebook page of Dar Al-Ifta – the institution tasked with issuing religious fatwas [Islamic edicts] – Ahmed Mamdouh, head of the Islamic Sharia law research department argued in late August that hymen repair was “permissible and necessary,” for example, where a girl has been raped or deceived [by a man] and wished to repent and turn a new page.”

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

    • Monopolies

      • EU Must Be Speedy to Catch Tech Giants, Antitrust Watchdog Warns [Ed: A lot of those are funded (or subsidised at a loss to taxpayers) by the Pentagon, which eats up over a trillion dollars (in national debt) each year to maintain increasingly-elusive "world domination"; EU must not do the same; it kills the economy and puts people in tent cities with rifles -- not roofs -- over their heads]

        The European Union’s top antitrust official warned that enforcers must move faster to tackle big tech’s bad behavior, hinting at how they may try to fix future problems.

        “We must intervene promptly” Olivier Guersent, director general of the European Commission’s competition unit, said at an online conference. If you are too slow, “you impose a very high fine but the damage is done and there’s nothing you can do to repair the harm” when tech giants take over a market.

      • Patents

        • Unified Defeats Constitutional Arguments; Arthrex Remand Granted

          On October 13, 2021, the Federal Circuit (2-1 majority) ruled in favor of Unified Patents, rejecting Mobility Workx’s arguments that the PTAB has a financial interest in instituting IPRs. All of Mobility Workx’s constitutional arguments were found to be “without merit.”

          In line with other Arthrex cases, the PTAB’s finding the patent is unpatentable has been remanded back to the Acting Director for the limited purpose of determining whether review is warranted. The arguments, which appear copied verbatim from another appeal, were not raised below.

        • Blockchain’s IP future promising but far off, say sources [Ed: What a load of nonsense and misnomers; the author is drowning in a sea of misleading buzzwords and hype waves, repeating what her sponsors in litigation firms tell her to print. Do not write whole articles about topics you do not understand; inserting quotes from vested interests that claim to know better does not compensate for an inability to judge and fact-check.]

          Counsel from Asia and elsewhere discuss the reasons behind blockchain’s slow implementation in IP, but highlight use cases from China and promising trends

        • Disclaimer in Prosecution cannot be Recaptured in Litigation

          The patentee primarily these cases on claim construction on two simple terms — based largely on statements made during prosecution to skirt the prior art.

          “Location” – some of the asserted claims take various actions related to the “location of [a] mobile wireless device.” During prosecution the patentee had argued that its location ability was not limited to “a position in a grid pattern” and did not require a grid pattern overlay. Rather its location sense was more “adaptable” and “refined.” The courts found this clear prosecution history disclaimer and so the location term is properly construed to require “not merely a position in a grid pattern.” This construction excused Nokia from infringement, since the accused Nokia system is arranged in a grid of 50-meter-by-50-meter bins.

          “A Computer” – the claims all required “a computer” or “first computer.” The problem was that the accused devices performed the various functions across a set of computers. The district court construed “first computer” and “computer” to mean a single computer that can perform each and every function. That construction was affirmed on appeal after the Federal Circuit reviewed the claims and specification for supporting evidence.


          Indefiniteness: Some of the claims were also invalidated as indefinite, even after a certificate of correction. In particular, the those claims required a “means for … suggesting corrective actions . . based upon . . . location” but the specification did not disclose how that might take place. On appeal, the Federal Circuit affirmed. “Although Traxcell demonstrated that the structure makes corrections based on other performance data, it hasn’t shown that any corrections are made using location.”

          The Federal Circuit uses a simple if-then shortcut for its indefiniteness analysis of claims that include means-plus-function language. If the specification lacks sufficient structure to support the claimed means; Then the claim is invalid as indefinite. This approach is probably too rule based. Rather, each time the Federal Circuit should use its lack-of-structure analysis to ask does the claim at issue “particularly point[] out and distinctly claim[] the subject matter which the inventor or a joint inventor regards as the invention.” 35 U.S.C. 112(b).

        • How does the USPTO Decide the Discretionary Aspect of Institution? [Ed: Dennis Crouch is feeding crackpots again]

          In February 2021, US Inventor and others collectively sued the USPTO asking the court to order the USPTO to issue rulemaking regarding discretionary considerations at the institution stage of AIA Trials. That case is now on appeal.

        • Latest Ruling On PTAB Constitutionality Tees Up More Fights [Ed: Patent extremists with their captured (biased) media already look to twist a big blow to their agenda as something positive]

          The lengthy string of challenges to the constitutionality of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board appears set to continue after a dissent by a Federal Circuit judge on Wednesday identified another potential flaw in the board that seems likely to spur more litigation, attorneys say.

          A 2-1 majority of a panel of the appeals court rejected arguments by Mobility Workx LLC that the PTAB has a financial interest in the outcome of cases that makes it biased against patent owners. However, U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman’s dissent raised a separate issue to suggest the way the board institutes reviews does not comport…

        • Artificial Intelligence The New Inventors [Ed: Loaded headline full of nonsense because every single large patent office (and court) rejects this lunacy/fantasy. The body is no better. Pure propaganda from patent lunatics, looking to make a buck from junk.]

          From the inspirational intergalactic films to science fiction we have always wanted, computers and robots to be able to talk to us, understand us, helps us in ways a human brain cannot process and materialize. Artificial intelligence (AI) is a computer source code which behaves like a cluster of neurons communicating electromagnetically and basing their actions on self-learning algorithms. One can brainstorm on the fiction of Avengers where, Jarvis and Friday, the AI systems that Tony Stark a.k.a Iron Man uses, are undoubtedly his intellectual property. So given the situation where the former develops some benefiting and novel invention would the legal system consider the AI as inventor or its human developer? And who would be the patentee?

        • Split Federal Circuit rejects constitutional challenge to patent board structure [Ed: Joe Biden needs to make PTAB great again after mobster Trump gutted it with his corrupt appointee, Iancu]
        • Three reasons why the SurgiSil design patent case is important [Ed: Design patents are an absolutely insane thing (trademarks already cover designs), but when the publisher is sponsored by litigation fanatics guess who the ‘journalists’ consult… their sponsors]

          Counsel say the Federal Circuit’s decision could encourage design patent applicants to strive for broader claim language, among other things

        • Strategies in response to the new Patent Examination Guidelines in Taiwan [Ed: In Taiwan, law firms use changes in law to push more disservices in pursuit of monopolies that likely benefit nobody except the lawyers (it's like a pyramid scheme or MLM)]

          The Taiwan Patent Examination Guideline was revised and announced on July 14, 2021, and the major revisions include Part II Chapter 6 Amendments, Part V Invalidations, as well as clarification of disclosure requirements. From now on, patentees shall be careful that the invalidation procedures are different from the past, and that there are now more limitations to the amendment of claims. We set out the revised regulations below and offer our strategies.

        • The path to Wall Street is paved with patents for Biotech companies [Ed: Patent profiteers (lawyers) promoting the self-serving fiction that exhausting one's budget pursuing worthless patents will make one "big"]

          Building a useful patent portfolio requires the company to define quantity and quality targets, for the short, medium, and long terms. It would be no exaggeration to see the past year as a golden age of Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) for Israeli startups and tech companies. The prominent offerings over the past year include Kaltura, monday.com, WalkMe, Global-e, Playtika, SimilarWeb, SentinelOne, Taboola, ironSource, and Payoneer. Together they have raised more than $2 billion and are traded with combined market caps of more than $50 billion.

        • Ai inventors: Do they exist, and does it matter? [Ed: Hey Hi nonsense and "HI" BS (buzzwords) have turned lawyers into cucumbers, unable to grasp how insane a position they've taken in the name of profit. Following sites of lying 'law' firms and lying lawyers you might think that patents can now be granted to 'bots' as if they're "inventors" and "natural persons"; reality is, only two rather insignificant patent islands (AU, SA) said OK and the rest all reject that.]
        • Divided Fed. Circuit Panel Rejects Patent Board Bias Attacks (1) [Ed: CAFC has no patience left for the anti-PTAB lobby because lousy and fake patents need to go for good]

          The Federal Circuit accepted patent owner Mobility Workx LLC’s argument that its case should be sent back to the patent office for director review in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court case finding administrative patent judges were unconstitutionally appointed.

          In a precedential opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit remanded Unified Patents LLC’s challenge to Mobility’s wireless patent under United States v. Arthrex, which gave the patent office director the power to overturn decisions the Patent Trial and Appeal Board makes in the inter partes review process.

          Two judges of the three-member appellate panel rejected Mobility’s broader arguments that the board is structured in a way that creates due process concerns for patent owners.

        • How to navigate complex IP issues in European tech M&A [Ed: Truly laughable nonsense and a torrent of lies from a law firm 0litigation machine) pretending to be a "news" site, Out-Law.com]

          That task is complicated, however. Developing case law around the licensing of patents ‘essential’ to standardised technology, the fallout from Brexit, and possible reforms to IP law, including in the context of artificial intelligence (AI), will all play into due diligence exercises.

        • ‘Radical’ Optis decision shuts door on SEP hold-out [Ed: It is only "radical" if you bother asking nobody except the lawyers who sponsor your propaganda (lobbying or propaganda mill). This is incomplete and one-sided 'journalism' (agenda being money).]

          Legal and industry sources agree Justice Meade has taken a radical step, but are split on whether it gets the balance right

        • Hexicon : The European Patent Office intends to grant Hexicon patent for a floating wind power platform with tilted towers | MarketScreener

          The European Patent Office (EPO) has confirmed its intention to grant Hexicon a European patent for the company’s floating wind power platform with tilted towers. EPO has also examined a third-party submission, similar to the objection filed against the patent already granted in Sweden, and did not find it relevant, in accordance with Hexicon’s previous assessment.

        • European Patent Office to grant Hexicon patent for a floating platform
        • Global Wind Energy Maintenance, Repair and Replacement Patent Review Report 2021: 7095 Patents and Patent Applications Prepared by Applicants from 28 Countries and Registered in 43 Patent Offices [Ed: Seems like junk methods, such as patent tallies]

          The review provides data relating to the patenting activity in the leading patent offices, including USPTO (US), EPO (States to the European Patent Convention), CNIPA (CN), KIPO (KR), JPO (JP), CIPO (CA), IP Australia (AU), DPMA (DE), TIPO (TW), DKPTO (DK).

        • RenovaCare Establishes Leadership Position in Cell Isolation and Spray Technology with Newly Awarded U.S. Patent [Ed: A whole press release devoted to just one US patent among more than 11 million]
        • Samsung set to overtake Google as most-sued US patent defendant in 2021 [Ed: The Trump regime gutted some of the programme responsible for quashing fake patents that should never have been granted at all]

          US district court patent litigation levels are about the same now as they were in 2017, while PTAB filings have dropped, and ex parte re-examinations are trending upwards

        • Senate IP committee to hold Pride in Patent Ownership hearing [Ed: Litigation lobby-funded politicians still lie in public about patent policy for no reason other than enriching parasitic law firms. Notice how Kappos is still lobbying, misusing his USPTO connections to promoting IBM and Microsoft profits.]

          The Senate IP subcommittee will hold a hearing on Tuesday, October 19, to discuss the Pride in Patent Ownership Act, which – if passed – would compel patent owners to disclose their identity to the USPTO when a patent was issued or when patent ownership changed.

          Senators Patrick Leahy and Thom Tillis introduced the act on September 21, along with the Unleashing American Innovators Act, which would require the USPTO’s satellite offices to conduct outreach to increase participation in the patent system from underrepresented groups.

          The hearing will start at 2.30pm EST on October 19 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, room 226, with Leahy presiding. It will be available to watch online via the Senate Judiciary Committee website.

          Former USPTO director David Kappos will serve as a witness at the hearing, as will Allon Stabinsky, deputy general counsel at Intel, Abigail Rives, IP counsel at Engine, and Robin Feldman, a professor at the Hastings College of the Law, University of California.


          The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rejected arguments from non-practising entity Mobility Workx on Wednesday, October 13, ruling that the structure of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board was constitutional.

          In Mobility Workx v Unified Patents, the appellate court dismissed the argument that administrative patent judges (APJs) had an interest in instituting proceedings to fund the USPTO and ensure job stability.

          The court pointed out that the chief APJ, deputy chief APJ, and vice chief APJs were not responsible for the USPTO’s finances. It added that Congress set the USPTO’s budget, which meant that any agency interest in fee generation was too tenuous to be a due process violation.

          The Federal Circuit also disagreed with the NPE’s assertion that APJs had an interest in instituting proceedings to earn better performance reviews and bonuses.

          It did, however, remand the decision to the PTAB to allow Mobility to request director rehearing of the final written decision, which it was entitled to under US v Arthrex.

          The appellate court declined to review the merits of the PTAB decision until Drew Hirshfeld, who was performing the functions and duties of the USPTO director, determined whether a rehearing was warranted.

          Mobility sued T-Mobile and Verizon for patent infringement in 2017 in the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. One of the disputes settled and the other was stayed pending this appeal. Unified Patents – of which both telecoms companies were members – filed an inter partes review in June 2018.

          In 2019, the PTAB found that some of Mobility’s claims were unpatentable because they were obvious. Mobility then appealed to the Federal Circuit.

          US Copyright Office to study ancillary copyright for publishers

          The US Copyright Office announced on Tuesday, October 12, that it would conduct a study of ancillary copyright protection for publishers, or the rights of publishers to prohibit third-party online services from reproducing press publications.

          The office said in a notice published on the Federal Register that it would investigate the issue at the request of Congress, noting that there were concerns that online news aggregators – which included search engines and social media platforms – allowed readers to get news without visiting publishers’ websites.

          The copyright office also acknowledged arguments that news aggregators drove readers to new websites and got them to click on more articles than they would normally.

          Comments are due by November 26. The office wants to know how effective current protections are for press publishers, whether more protections are desirable and how new protections would interact with existing rights and international treaty obligations.

          The office will hold a virtual roundtable to discuss this issue on December 9.

        • Rating the world’s top patent offices [Ed: Joff Wild preparing more propaganda for his sponsors/paymasters. Lying as a service. That’s IAM.]

          We are very grateful for the many responses we have already had to our annual benchmarking survey focusing on the efficiency, quality and value provided by the IP5 patent offices – the China National IP Administration, the European Patent Office, the Korean IP Office, the Japan Patent Office and the US Patent and Trademark Office.

        • FOSS Patents: OPPO outperformed Daimler and its numerous suppliers in litigation with Sharp, will likely give Nokia a run for the money now

          Like my previous two posts (also published today) on IP Bridge v. Ford and Thales v. Avanci & Nokia, this one stems from my research into high-profile Munich patent cases.

          Six days ago, Sharp announced a global cross-license agreement with Chinese smartphone maker OPPO. In connection with the Chinese part of the dispute, the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China had made an interesting jurisdictional decision. Sharp was suing OPPO over alleged infringements in Germany, and it appears that OPPO defended impressively well.

          The Munich I Regional Court has confirmed to me that Sharp’s complaint over EP2854324 on a “communication system and mobile station apparatus (case no. 21 O 3514/20) was dismissed: the patent was not found to be infringed by OPPO.

        • French industrial conglomerate Thales suing Avanci and Nokia in Munich over alleged antitrust violations by refusing to grant component-level patent licenses

          Just like my previous post (on a newly-discovered IP Bridge v. Ford Motor Company case pending in Munich), this post relates to automotive standard-essential patent (SEP) licensing issues.

          The Nokia v. Daimler dispute lasted almost two years, and only toward the very end did French industrial giant Thales intervene. Thales makes network access devices (NADs), which other companies then incorporate into their telematics control units (TCUs). Thales is a tier 2 supplier by automotive supply-chain terminology, and its customers are tier 1 (i.e., direct) suppliers.

          A couple of weeks ago, OffshoreAlert listed a U.S. discovery request that Thales made from InterDigital in order to use the information so obtained in an antitrust litigation in Munich against the Avanci patent pool and Nokia. InterDigital is an Avanci licensor (as are Nokia and roughly three dozen other companies).

        • Snyders Heart Valve LLC v. St. Jude Medical, LLC (Fed. Cir. 2021)

          The Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Arthrex, Inc., 141 S. Ct. 1970 (2021), at the end of its last term resulted in many cases with pending certiorari petitions that were based on Appointment Clause challenges to be remanded to the Federal Circuit, and many (if not most) of those were remanded back to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The decision handed down by the Federal Circuit on Tuesday in Snyders Heart Valve LLC v. St. Jude Medical, LLC is an exception, the Court considering the appeal on the merits and reversing the Board’s determination that St. Jude had shown by a preponderance of the evidence that challenged claims 1–3, 8, 9, 22, 23, 31–35, 37–39, and 45 of U.S. Patent No. 6,821,297 were invalid as being either anticipated by U.S. Patent No. 5,855,601 to Bessler or obvious over the ’601 patent “in combination with other prior art references.”

          This is the second appeal of several IPRs between the parties; in an earlier case, St. Jude Medical, LLC v. Snyders Heart Valve LLC (Fed. Cir. 2020), the Board found Snyders’ U.S. Patent No. 6,540,782, directed to an artificial heart valve and systems for introducing the valve, to be neither anticipated over U.S. Patent No. 5,957,949 nor rendered obvious over a combination of the ’949 patent with U.S. Patent No. 4,339,831 to Johnson and U.S. Patent No. 5,413,599 to Imachi. The Federal Circuit affirmed this decision. In the same appeal, the Federal Circuit reversed the Board’s finding that certain of the challenged claims of the ’782 patent were anticipated by the Bessler ’601 patent based on erroneous claim construction.

        • European Union: Paediatric Extensions To Supplementary Protection Certificates In The EU / EEA And UK [Ed: Patents now 'on steroids' because Big Pharma moneyheads hire lobbyists to buy them new laws, ensuring their continues enrichment at everybody else's expense]

          Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPCs) for medicinal products are intellectual property rights intended to compensate patent holders for the loss in effective patent term that results from the time taken to receive marketing authorisations for such products. An SPC takes effect at the expiry of the normal term of the patent on which it is based, and expires at whichever is the earlier of (i) 15 years from the first marketing authorisation in the EU/EEA, and (ii) 5 years from the expiry of the basic patent.

        • Federal Circuit Holds That the PTAB Does Not Have an Impermissible Incentive to Institute IPRs [Ed: CAFC backs PTAB again; patent extremists lose their minds! Also a message patent reformists: the patent battle isn’t lost; the judges are happy to know that not only aggresive patent trolls, monopolies, and litigation firms get to speak about them. They could use our support. Anywhere online. Blog about patents and show them there’s millions of us. We’re bigger than they are! We support judges who knock down the patent extremists.]

          After inter partes review (“IPR”), the Board found Mobility’s patent claims invalid. Mobility appealed the decision to the Federal Circuit, arguing that the structure and funding of AIA review proceedings violates due process. Particularly, Mobility argued that the Board and the individual administrative patent judges (“APJs”) have impermissible financial incentives to institute IPRs.

          The Federal Circuit rejected Mobility’s due process challenges. First, the Court distinguished the Board from the mayor’s court found impermissible in Tumey v. Ohio, 273 U.S. 510 (1927) where the mayor presiding over the proceedings received compensation if the defendant was convicted and used the fees to finance the town. The Federal Circuit explained that Congress, not the APJs, is responsible for setting the USPTO’s budget, and thus held that the fee-funded structure of IPRs does not violate due process. Second, the Federal Circuit held that individual APJs did not have an impermissible incentive to institute IPRs based on the APJ bonus structure because any interest in instituting IPRs for a bonus was too remote to violate due process.

        • Attorney fees awarded since patentee knew it had a losing case. [Ed: A warning to fake 'inventors' with fake patents from USPTO]

          In a prior appeal in this case, the the Federal Circuit affirmed the lower court’s holding that Heat On-The-Fly’s U.S. Patent No. 8,171,993 was unenforceable due to inequitable conduct. By the critical date (1-year-before-filing), the patentee had done about $2 million in jobs using the invention, but did not disclose those sales/uses to the USPTO during prosecution.

          On remand, the district court awarded attorney fees to the defendants — finding the large number of undisclosed sales sufficient to constitute “affirmative egregious conduct” and then pursued aggressive litigation despite knowing that the patent was invalid.

          The patent act provides a district court with discretion to award “reasonable attorney fees to the prevailing party” in “exceptional cases.” Once you have a prevailing party, the district court needs to determine whether the case is “exceptional.” If so, the district court will then determine whether to award attorney fees, and the amount to award. These determinations are within the district court’s equitable discretion based upon a broad “totality of the circumstances” test. On appeal, the district court’s factual and equitable determinations are given deference and only overturned based upon an abuse of discretion. Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc., 572 U.S. 545 (2014); Highmark Inc. v. Allcare Health Mgmt. Sys., Inc., 572 U.S. 559 (2014).

        • Opinion: COVID drug prices will only fuel patent scepticism [Ed: Now they say “patent scepticism”; what next? Maybe “patent hesitation”? Or “patent deniers”? Maybe they should just admit it’s unethical to get patent monopolies during pandemics; they also say “weaken faith in the patent system as a whole,” inadvertently admitting it’s like a religion only? Faith? Not evidence/facts?]

          Charging high prices on life-saving drugs, as Merck Sharp & Dohme has done, may weaken faith in the patent system as a whole

        • Patenting fees cut by 80% to spur university innovation [Ed: Does India not understand patents and innovation? Does it conflate the two by repeating lies from patent litigation firms and their lobbyists? In many cases patents actively curtail and suppress innovation.]

          India’s commerce ministry last month announced an 80% fee cut for educational institutions in India and abroad applying for patents in India in a bid to drive up research, encourage more industry-university collaborations and make it globally competitive in the development of research into patented innovations.

        • ToolGen Reply to Broad Opposition to ToolGen Preliminary Motion No. 1 [Ed: The latest wave in the truly insane battle to somehow call nature or life an "invention" and then get a monopoly (patent) on things that predate humans]

          On May 20th, Senior Party ToolGen filed its Substantive Motion No. 1 for benefit of priority to U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/837,481, filed June 20, 2013 (“P3″ or “ToolGen 5 P3″), or alternatively, International Application No. PCT/KR2013/009488, filed October 23, 2013 (“PCT”). Junior Party the Broad Institute, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (collectively, “Broad”) filed its Opposition to this motion, and on September 24th ToolGen filed its Reply.

          As set forth in ToolGen’s motion, the Board had granted ToolGen the benefit of its U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/717,324, filed October 23, 2012 (“P1″), resulting in ToolGen having an earlier priority date than Broad. ToolGen submitted this motion to be accorded benefit of priority to two later-filed, related applications: U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/837,481, filed June 20, 2013 (“P3″ or “ToolGen 5 P3″), or alternatively, International Application No. PCT/KR2013/009488, filed October 23, 2013 (“PCT”). In its motion, ToolGen explains that it is submitting this motion contingent on the Board granting CVC’s Substantive Motion No. 2, which attacks ToolGen’s entitlement to priority to the P1 priority document in Interference No. 106,127.

        • Software Patents

          • En Banc Petition: Counting to Two Alice Style [Ed: Software patents are being crushed to death and Dennis Crouch, funded by a patent litigation firm which lobbies for such patents in the open, pushes back]

            In August, the Federal Circuit sided with Apple and affirmed the district court determination that USR’s asserted claims were all directed to abstract ideas — and thus ineligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101. When I first wrote about the original decision, I noted the high correlation between the two steps of Alice: “if a claim fails step one, it usually fails step two as well.” However, this particular decision stood-out because of the extent that the step-one analysis “borrow heavily from typical step two analysis.” Crouch, When Two become One, Patently-O (Aug 29, 2021).

            USR has now petitioned for en banc rehearing, and focused-in on the panel’s overlapping analysis regarding step one and step two.

          • Auto IP conflict heats up; Honor nets BlackBerry patents; Unprecedented Japanese patent battle; MPEG-LA claims HEVC leadership; China’s 6G IP focus; plus much more [Ed: IAM pushing software patents agenda for massive troll]

            MPEG-LA has hit back at recent IAM analysis which found that Access Advance’s HEVC patent pool provides the most compelling offering to prospective licensees.

      • Trademarks

      • Copyrights

        • Anti-Piracy Outfits Still Target Pirate Sites That Shut Down Years Ago

          Pirate sites such as ExtraTorrent, KickassTorrents, and isoHunt disappeared from the web more than half a decade ago. Intriguingly, that hasn’t stopped some anti-piracy groups from going after them, as they’re still asking Google to remove ‘infringing’ URLs of these sites.

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