01.30.23

Links 30/01/2023: Plasma Mobile 23.01 and GNU Taler 0.9.1

Posted in News Roundup at 12:20 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Applications

      • Ubuntu Pit20 Best Astronomy Software For Linux

        For astronomy enthusiasts, the Linux platform offers a variety of software options to explore the night sky. Without magnification, the universe remains incredibly far away; however, with these tools in hand, you can observe an array of celestial objects, including nebulae, asteroids, star clusters, and galaxies – not to mention meteor showers or comets!

      • Unix MenThe Best Video Conferencing and Collaboration Platforms for Linux

        In the age of remote work, video conferencing and collaboration tools have become essential for staying connected to colleagues, clients, and team members.

      • Ubuntu Pit20 Best Computer Algebra Systems for Linux

        Solving computational problems was the first inspiration behind the invention of computers. Although modern computers have come a long way since its inception, it plays the de-facto role in solving complex computations. A Computer Algebra System (CAS) is a software environment that allows tackling modern-day, complex computational problems without manipulating complicated equations or computational systems

      • Ubuntu Pit30 Best Help Desk Software for Linux

        Customer satisfaction lies at the heart of modern businesses. No matter what type of service you provide, your business will fail without properly supporting your clients.

      • Petter ReinholdtsenPetter Reinholdtsen: Is the desktop recommending your program for opening its files?

        Linux desktop systemshave standardizedhow programs present themselves to the desktop system. If a package include a .desktop file in /usr/share/applications/, Gnome, KDE, LXDE, Xfce and the other desktop environments will pick up the file and use its content to generate the menu of available programs in the system. A lesser known fact is that a package can also explain to the desktop system how to recognize the files created by the program in question, and use it to open these files on request, for example via a GUI file browser.

      • Linux LinksAqualung – advanced music player

        Aqualung is billed as an advanced music player that plays audio CDs, internet radio streams and podcasts as well as soundfiles. Here’s our review.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Data SwampConfigure syncthing to sync a single file

        Quick blog entry to remember about something that wasn’t as trivial as I thought. I needed to use syncthing to keep a single file in sync (KeePassXC database) without synchronizing the whole directory.

        You have to use mask exclusion feature to make it possible. Put it simple, you need the share to forbid every file, except the one you want to sync.

      • Russell GravesHome Optical Spectrometry: The B&W Tek BTC100-2S

        A spectrometer is simply a device that splits an incoming light beam by wavelength (like a rainbow), and then detects the intensity of the photons at each point along it. You can do it with a prism, with a diffraction grating, or probably with a range of other solutions, but the end result is something that allows you to measure the spectrum of some light source (possibly minus the stuff it’s gone through), and chart the results!

      • IT TavernGetting started with GNU screen – Beginners Guide

        Screen is a terminal multiplexer and has a wide feature set. It allows you to split your terminal window into multiple windows (split screen feature), detach sessions to let commands run in the background, connect to a device via serial interface, and many more. Screen sessions keep running even if you disconnect, which is especially great for unreliable connections. There are more advanced use cases, but we will focus on the basics.

      • Dan LangilleUpdating firmware etc on a Dell R730
      • dwaves.deGNU Linux MATE – how to workaround issue – caja file manager hangs for a while when opening folder

        with every new update, things tend to get slower and slower, as (usually) programmers are adding more and more features….

      • Ubuntu HandbookHow to Install LightZone RAW Photo Editor in Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04

        There are several Lightroom alternative applications for editing your photos. LightZone is one of them works in Linux.

      • An introduction on Error Checking and Handling

        Bash script is a powerful tool that allows you to automate tasks and perform complex operations on your computer. However, like any tool, it’s important to know how to use it correctly and handle any errors that may occur. In this article, we’ll take a look at some basic concepts of error checking and handling

      • Linux HintHow Do I Compare Numbers in Bash?

        This discussed how to use the bash script to compare integer numbers. Additionally, we covered how to use several operators in a bash script.

      • Bash script: Error prevention

        Bash script is a powerful tool for automating repetitive tasks and streamlining your workflow. However, as with any programming language, errors can occur and disrupt the smooth operation of your script. In this article, we will discuss some best practices for preventing errors in your bash scripts, as well as some examples to help you

      • Bash script: Error handling

        When it comes to writing scripts in Bash, it’s important to consider how to handle errors that may occur during the execution of the script. Without proper error handling, a script may fail without providing any useful information to the user, making it difficult to troubleshoot and fix the issue. In this article, we’ll take

      • Bash script: Error checking

        Bash is a powerful tool that can automate repetitive tasks and make your life easier. But with great power comes great responsibility, and one of the most important responsibilities of a bash script is to check for errors. Error checking is the process of ensuring that your script runs smoothly and does not cause any

      • Linux HintInstall TeamViewer on Linux Mint

        Practical guide on the different ways of downloading and installing the TeamViewer application in the Linux Mint operating system using two different methods.

      • Linux HintLinux Tr Command

        Tutorial on the “tr” command to delete the characters, remove the digits from lines, and change the lowercase to uppercase letters, among many other operations.

      • LinuxTechiHow to Install KubeSphere on Linux Step-by-Step

        KubeSphere is an open-source enterprise-grade Kubernetes container platform that provides streamlined DevOps workflows and full-stack automation. It offers an intuitive and user-friendly web interface that helps developers build and monitor feature-rich platforms for enterprise Kubernetes environments.

      • UNIX CopInstall Baikal on Ubuntu 22.04 – Create your own Calendar Server

        Hello, friends. In this post, you will learn how to install Baikal on Ubuntu 22.04 and create your own Calendar server. Let’s go. According to Baikal website Baïkal is a lightweight CalDAV+CardDAV server. It offers an extensive web interface with easy management of users, address books and calendars. It is fast and simple to install

      • TecAdminS3FS: Mounting Amazon S3 Buckets on Ubuntu & Debian Systems

        Amazon S3 is a highly scalable and durable object storage service that allows you to store and retrieve any amount of data from anywhere on the web. S3FS is a FUSE (Filesystem in Userspace) interface for Amazon S3 that allows you to mount Amazon S3 buckets as a local file system on your Debian system. [...]

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Vivaldi Browser on Rocky Linux EL9 or EL8

        Vivaldi is a web browser developed by the co-founder of Opera Software, Jon von Tetzchner. It was first released in 2016 to provide users with a customizable, privacy-focused, and fast browsing experience.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Steam on Fedora Linux

        Steam is a platform developed by Valve Corporation that allows users to purchase and play games on Linux and other operating systems such as Microsoft Windows. It was first released in 2012 and has grown in popularity among Linux gamers. Steam brings many benefits to your Linux gaming when incorporated into Fedora.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Wine on Fedora Linux

        Wine is a compatibility layer for running Windows applications on Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. It allows users to run many Windows programs on their Linux system without needing a virtual machine or dual booting. Wine translates Windows system calls into Linux system calls, allowing Windows applications to interact with the Linux system.

      • RPM Verifying in Package Manager

        Package managers are essential tools for managing software on Linux systems. They allow users to install, update, and remove software packages with ease. One important feature of package managers is the ability to verify the integrity of packages before they are installed or updated. This is where RPM verifying comes in. What is RPM Verifying?

      • RPM Querying in Package Manager

        RPM, or Red Hat Package Manager, is a powerful tool that allows users to manage software packages on Linux systems. One of the key features of RPM is the ability to query packages for information, making it a valuable tool for system administrators and developers. In this article, we will explore the basics of RPM

      • Upgrading RPM Package in Linux

        When it comes to Linux, one of the most important things to keep in mind is software updates. These updates are essential for ensuring that your system is running smoothly, and that all of the software you use is up to date and secure. One of the most common ways to update software on Linux

      • FOSSLinuxHow to install KMyMoney on Linux Mint

        KMyMoney is a multi-platform double-entry bookkeeping system for personal finance management generated on KDE tech. Its functionalities are akin to Microsoft Money and Quicken as it supports diverse account types, reconciliation of bank accounts, categorization of expenses and incomes, and import/export to the QIF file format.

      • Uninstalling RPM Packages in Linux

        RPM, or the Red Hat Package Manager, is a powerful tool for managing software on Linux systems. It allows you to easily install, update, and remove software packages on your system. In this article, we will focus on how to remove or uninstall RPM packages on a Linux system. Before we begin, it is important

      • Installing RPM Package in Linux

        RPM, or Red Hat Package Manager, is a package management system used primarily on Linux systems. It is used to install, update, and remove software packages on your system. In this article, we will go over the steps to install an RPM package on your Linux system, as well as some examples of common packages

      • Finding RPM package in Linux

        Introduction RPM stands for Red Hat Package Manager and it is a package management system used in Linux distributions, specifically those based on Red Hat. The RPM package format is widely used, and it is a powerful tool for managing software on your Linux system. However, finding the right package can sometimes be a bit

    • Games

      • Boiling SteamBest Steam Deck Games Released in the Past Week – 2023-01-29 Edition

        Between 2023-01-22 and 2023-01-29 there were 75 new games validated for the Steam Deck. We use many features to produce this Best Steam Deck Games List, such as popularity, ranking, reviews and more…

      • Old VCRHere be four bits of dragons: the Mattel Dungeons & Dragons Computer Labyrinth Game and the TMS1100
      • TalospaceTonight’s Game On OpenPOWER: Shadow Warrior

        Well, it’s been awhile since we expanded our games library, so let’s go back to our regular fast food diet of FPSes and select one from the Build side of the house this time: Shadow Warrior. Build games have a reputation starting with Duke Nukem 3D (a game for another day) and that reputation is well-deserved, so let’s get this out of the way: if you found these games iffy in the 1990s, rest assured they’ve aged badly, because you’ll find the content level positively radioactive now between the adult humor, graphic violence and (this game in particular) incredibly inappropriate cultural stereotypes. Stop reading this article now and look at some of our other game builds.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • 9to5LinuxKDE Outs Plasma Mobile 23.01 to Improve Gesture Navigation, Lockscreen, and Apps

          Plasma Mobile 23.01 is here to improve gesture navigation when using the landscape mode on phones and tablets, improve the lockscreen to prevent a crash and correctly display the wallpaper, as well as to improve shell rotation.

          Various Plasma Mobile apps have been updated as well, including Clock, which now has a tab bar-based sidebar to save a lot of horizontal space and a working “Add Minute” button for the timer, and the PlasmaTube YouTube client, which got improved video playback and seeking support, as well as a new design where you can watch videos while navigating other pages.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Ruben SchadeThe OSs I use most often

      I’ve waxed lyrical about my operating systems I prefer to use, including the BSDs and plenty of ancient systems for nostalgic pointlessness. But what about what I actually run most often on a daily basis for work and personal activities?

    • Mailing list ARChivesRe: Live stick / cd from official sources

      I don’t think that there is much of a need for an ‘official’ live image, because it’s so easy to do a full installation of OpenBSD to a USB flash drive.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Libre ArtsWeekly recap — 29 January 2023

      Week highlights: Pixar makes a new USD release, Autodesk releases Open RV and DNEG releases xSTUDIO, FreeCAD contributor starts an open-core company.

    • Medevel13 Open Source Utility-first CSS Frameworks

      Nowadays, utility-first CSS framework is trending among frontend developers as they have proven to offer solid workflow and minimal output CSS files.

      Here, in this article we will list the best functional and utility-first CSS frameworks. Some of them are fairly new and still WIP, others already have a rich

    • Unicorn MediaWant to Master Mastodon? There’s an Upcoming Free Webinar for That

      Thinking about making the move to Mastodon? Then you might want to take a look at a free Mastodon-focused webinar that will be taking place this Tuesday and Thursday. The Mastodon training comes at a time when many people are seriously considering moving from Twitter to another platform — if they haven’t done so already.

    • Events

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

      • PostgreSQLArtie Transfer release: Sub-minute data transfer from Postgres to Snowflake

        We have just released our first version ofArtie Transferwhich is aimed at providingreal-time data transfers between transactional databases to data warehouses.

        This release comes with Postgres and MongoDB that sync into Snowflake.

      • PostgreSQLPGDay/MED Call for Papers

        PGDay/MED is pleased to announce that the call for papers is open for our inaugural conference.

        We are looking for talks on any PostgreSQL-related subject for the one-day conference. Got a big idea you want to share? A problem you have an innovative solution to? An advancement you want to put forward? We want to hear from you!

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • DebugPointWrite Your First Python Macro in LibreOffice

        Writing macros in LibreOffice in Basic is easier since it has been supported since the beginning because Basic is an older programming language. However, Python macros are a little difficult to set up in LibreOffice.

        In this tutorial, you can learn how to set up your system for Python macro and run a sample program.

    • GNU Projects

      • TalerGNU Taler v0.9.1 released

        We are happy to announce the release of GNU Taler v0.9.1.

        We have addressed over 60 individual issues, our bug tracker has the full list. Notable changes include: [...]

    • Licensing / Legal

      • Idiomdrottning5.1 D&D doomsday averted
      • HackadayWizards Get Creative, Maybe Save The World

        While it’s not normal Hackaday fare, we’ve covered the Dungeons & Dragons licensing kerfuffle, partially because we’re all nerds at heart, and also because it’s worrying that an Open Source styled license could be “deauthorized”. I did touch base with the Open Source Initiative, and got a telling comment that this issue was outside their purview, as the OGL 1.0a didn’t rise to the definition of an OSI approved license, and the update looked to be a disaster.

    • Programming/Development

      • [Old] 10 XSLT Best Practices

        XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations) is a language used to transform XML documents into other formats such as HTML, plain text, and other XML documents. It is a powerful language that can be used to create complex transformations. However, it is also easy to make mistakes when using XSLT, which can lead to unexpected results.

        In this article, we will discuss 10 best practices for using XSLT. By following these best practices, you can ensure that your XSLT code is efficient and reliable.

      • RlangSpaghetti Code Dieting Tips

        My chosen IDE when using R is Rstudio, which allows you to insert notes into your analysis scripts using ‘#’ before the text. Four hyphens (‘—-‘) can also be used to specify code sections. Although there are no hard rules for how to organize a script, I’ve found it handy to try and organize analysis across sections designed to correspond with the typical steps of an analysis project: [...]

      • ChrisThe Reinforcing Nature of Toil

        As usual when I discuss systems theory (e.g. information flow or material flow), this article pretends to be about one thing, but is really about a much more general concept. Let’s talk about reinforcing feedback loops!

      • DaemonFC (Ryan Farmer)CNET pauses “AI-written stories” (SPAM/Clickbait) because most of them had serious errors.

        They decided that they would get rid of paid staff and deploy “AI” to quickly write the articles and then have humans do a little final editing to disguise the obvious flaws, and post them.

        It turns out that more than half of them have errors.

      • University of TorontoI should assume contexts aren’t retained in Go APIs

        Your (my) question is how much does the context passed to ConnectWithContext() cover. It could cover only the work to set up the initial connection, or it could cover everything done with the handle in the future. The first allows fine-grained control, while the second allows people to easily configure a large scale timeout or cancellation. What the Go documentation and blog post tell you to do is the first option. If people using the API want a global timeout on all of their API operations, they should set up a context for this and pass it to each operation done through the handle, and thus every handle method should take a context argument.

      • Software and its Discontents, January 2023, Part 1

        Over the last few months I’ve been intrigued by a question: where is the frustration and disillusionment, so prevalent currently in the software industry, coming from? And, as an engineering leader, what can I learn from this discontent and how should it shape my practices?

        This is not a topic that lends itself to a definitive answer, boundless and changing as the conditions are, but in talking with other engineering leaders, executives, CEOs, VCs, and a wide variety of practitioners, I found some trends that felt informative to me, and hopefully to you. I found in talking with folks not a single cause, but several interdependent causes. This isn’t a simple conversation, e.g. about remote vs hybrid, but a decade long set of trends contributing to why software engineering has gotten less successful, strains on labor relationships more pronounced, why managers are so fervent that their job has gotten harder, and why we’re having this discussion at this exact moment.

        In this blog post, part 1 in the series, I’m going to try to set the stage for the next few parts by laying out the discontent I’m seeing, and what are some of the causes and trends. In particular I suggest that over the last decade we’ve seen: [...]

      • Software and its Discontents, Part 2: An Explosion of Complexity

        Talking primarily to engineering leaders, but also CEOs, VCs, ICs, and other practitioners, the most common response to the question of “has something substantially changed?” is that software, counter intuitively, has gotten harder to build. This is counter intuitive because the tools are orders of magnitude better, the amount of work you can cheaply outsource is nearly miraculous, computers are so damn fast and cheap these days, the quality of resources, much of it free, is off the charts, and the talent pool has exploded, and shows every sign of being smarter and better educated than ever. But software has gotten harder to build in one very particular and important way: it’s gotten more complex.

      • Software and its Discontents, Part 3: Rising Cost and Elusive Success

        Twenty years later, things have changed. Broadband and smartphone adoption have largely saturated. There are no new customers moving from snail mail to email, the video store to streaming, classifieds to web advertising, or the filing cabinet to online banking waiting to be snapped up. People have largely already adopted computers and the Internet to assist in their personal and work lives. A company starting today isn’t competing against an incumbent from an earlier technology regime, but a savvy technology native competitor. And the current generation of tech giant monopolists have consistently proven themselves extremely effective at avoiding being disrupted by upstarts. (The effectiveness of the current tech giants has also reinforced their technical and cultural practices without the blunting derision of being seen as “dinosaurs’’, a key contributor to the aesthetic of complexity we talked about in part 2, and a general cargo-culting across the industry)

        That changing landscape has led the cheap money to search further afield for opportunities that can be tackled with software. Companies have pushed into industries that share very little with the return to scale model at the heart of the Silicon Valley tech salary math. We now see businesses with significant physical costs, and high costs per customer like ride sharing, delivery or hardware businesses. We see businesses with high per-customer licensing costs, like the streaming music companies. We see pushes into logistically complex businesses, e.g. health care, where regulatory oversight raises the cost to scale significantly.

      • RachelDetermine durations with monotonic clocks if available

        That’s an extreme demonstration, but backwards-going wall time happens every time we have a leap second. Granted, we’re in a long dry spell at the moment, but it’ll probably happen again in our lifetimes. The difference there is just one second, but it could break something if someone relies on that value in a shell script.

      • Data Swamp[Cheatsheet] Fossil version control software

        Fossil is a DVCS (decentralized version control software), an alternative to programs such as darcs, mercurial or git. It’s developed by the same people doing sqlite and rely on sqlite internally.

      • Daniel MiesslerThe 2 Current Major AI Bottlenecks

        I’ve been going hardcore on using GPT to create essays, reports, and other kinds of analysis. I’ve had tons of success with it, and it’s given me a clear view of current limitations with the current tech.

        Here are the current limitations that I expect to be addressed very soon, and that will multiply utility my orders of magnitude.

      • IdiomdrottningA simple parser

        Acetone is a parser for Chicken Scheme that helps you turn lists into trees.

      • Dirk EddelbuettelDirk Eddelbuettel: RcppTOML 0.2.2 on CRAN: Now with macOS-on-Intel Builds

        The package was building fine on Intel-based macOSprovided the versions were recent enough.CRAN, however, aims for the broadest possibly reach of binaries and builds on a fairly ancient macOS 10.13 with clang version 10.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Jim NielsenNothing’s Bulletproof

        So hearing what Tyler had to say about his own mileage with AVIF piqued my interest. In general, I like to let other people smarter than me bleed on the edge. Then I catch the second wave and learn from all their cuts and bruises.

      • Bruce SchneierNIST Is Updating Its Cybersecurity Framework

        NIST is planning a significant update of its Cybersecurity Framework. At this point, it’s asking for feedback and comments to its concept paper.

  • Leftovers

    • HackadaySurgery On An LED To Preserve Vintage Aesthetics

      [Chris Jones] recently found himself in a pickle. An indicator LED off an old piece of stereo equipment had failed. It was a strange rectangular type for which he could source no modern substitute. Using a different LED would ruin the aesthetic. Thus, what else was [Chris] to do, but attempt surgery on an LED!

    • MeduzaSoviet and Russian animator Vyacheslav Nazaruk has died — Meduza

      Soviet and Russian artist and animator Vyacheslav Nazaruk passed away on January 28, at the age of 81, according to a Facebook announcement by Sergey Kapkov, the director of the Soyuzmultfilm film studio.

    • HackadayAmbient Display Tells You If Borealis Is Coming To Town

      For those times when you’d rather not get sucked down another internet rabbit hole when you really just wanted the weather, an ambient display can be great. [AlexanderK106] built a simple ambient display to know the probability the Northern Lights would visit his town.

    • ScheerpostMatt Taibbi: Hamilton 68: Brief Addendum

      Comparing their response Friday to the site’s original mission statement.

    • The NationMeet Dennis Oya, Patient Zero of the TB Outbreak Sweeping Washington’s Prisons

      “I was coughing hysterically,” Dennis Oya told me by phone from Coyote Ridge Correctional Center in eastern Washington State. “My chest kept ripping. I fractured my ribs—ribs four, five, and six—from cough compression.” In the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic, Washington’s largest tuberculosis outbreak in decades includes at least 25 cases of active disease connected to the state’s sprawling prison system. More than 250 other prisoners were also infected and have latent TB, which can escalate to active disease at any time. Oya, 42, considers himself patient zero. “The TB outbreak started because of me,” he said.1

    • The NationLove in the Time of Chatbots

      “Off with that girdle!”

    • Bruce SchneierA Hacker’s Mind: How the Powerful Bend Society’s Rules, and How to Bend them Back

      A hack is any means of subverting a system’s rules in unintended ways. The tax code isn’t computer code, but a series of complex formulas. It has vulnerabilities; we call them “loopholes.” We call exploits “tax avoidance strategies.” And there is an entire industry of “black hat” hackers intent on finding exploitable loopholes in the tax code. We call them accountants and tax attorneys.

    • James GThe definition of tabled

      When I was reading The Observer this morning, I saw mention of a UK government motion being tabled, then the article went on to discuss the ramifications of the motion being passed. I thought: “wait, I’m missing something.” Why would a discussion be tabled and then proceed?

      > It turns out that outside of the US “tabling” a discussion means to start a discussion. This was news to me (no pun intended!).

    • HackadayWhat Losing Everything Taught Me About Backing Up

      Backing up. It’s such a simple thing on paper – making a copy of important files and putting them in a safe place. In reality, for many of us, it’s just another thing on that list of things we really ought to be doing but never quite get around to.

    • HackadayAutomatic On Air Light Prevents Distractions During Online Meetings

      Remote working has become so normal that even important meetings are now routinely held online. But for those working from home there’s always the risk of pets or flatmates entering the room right when you’re in a heated argument with your boss or presenting your results to an important client. To overcome this problem, [Hans Scharler] designed a system that lights up a big “ON AIR” sign whenever he’s in an online meeting. Although his cat might still disregard it, any human housemates will now know not to disturb him.

    • Science

      • uni StanfordSegal | The counter-productivity of staying busy

        Julia Segal argues that Stanford students should embrace pockets of unproductivity. “Almost every work of genius or revolutionary idea emerged from hours, days, months, or even years of participating in an activity that is frankly the opposite of being busy: thinking,” she writes.

    • Education

      • Troy PattersonAI -> Moodle Questions

        A friend used ChatGPT (I know, I know) to create a wide variety of questions for a Geography Bee for school. The questions are all Michigan based questions. ChatGPT created a wide variety of questions. However, these need to go into Moodle.

        Moodle has a great quiz question import format (GIFT format). This allows one to write questions in a text editor and import into Moodle. The format is pretty easy, but does require a bit of learning.

      • QuilletteWhat Progressive Educators Get Wrong About Creativity

        We still accept that athletic prowess and musical brilliance require drill-and-kill-type practice. The same applies to any creative work. To keep our students from rote practice or domain knowledge in favor of more “authentic” writing or performance experiences is to deprive them of the very material they need for mature artistry.

    • Hardware

      • Dan LangilleI have new hardware available – should I upgrade or not?

        I brought home three Dell R730 after saving them from ewaste. Two of them have 8x 3.5″ drive bays. One has 8x 2.5″ drive bays, with with for another 8. This is the one I’m considering for use. I have a fourth R730 in the basement, but I don’t know those specifications, and it already has 16 drive bays.

        I was thinking of replacing my Dell R720 with one of them, but just now I had a thought: I could also replace my other host.

        Then I thought: Could I replace both hosts with a Dell R730?

        This would remove 6 HDD from my basement. That would reduce heat, electricity consumption, and noise.

        Please follow along with me as I go through the details. Please feel free to add ideas, point out stuff I missed, etc. Thanks.

      • Chris HannahSome Thoughts on Smartphone Photography and the Rise of Good Photos Over Great Photos

        While I don’t think it’s particularly true that you can’t take great photos on iPhones, or that this is a result of Apple’s goal to improve its camera. I do think that in general, too much focus is put on taking a good photo, rather than creating a great photo.

      • University of TorontoThe CPU architectural question of what is a (reserved) NOP

        In the old days, CPU architectures might define an explicit NOP instruction that was specially recognized by the CPU, such as the 6502′s NOP. Modern CPUs generally don’t have a specific NOP instruction in this way; instead, the architecture has a significant number of instructions that have no effects (for various reasons including of the regularity of instruction sets) and one or a few of those instructions is blessed as the official NOP and may be specially treated by CPUs. The PowerPC 64-bit official NOP is ‘or r1, r1, 0′, for example (which theoretically OR’s register r1 with 0 and puts the result back into r1).

      • Computers Are Badthe parallel port

        While the author came up with a perfectly elegant and working solution, on reading that article I immediately thought “aren’t they just being an idiot? why not just use a USB parallel port controller?” Well, this spurred me to do some further reading on the humble parallel port, and it turns out that it is possible, although not certain, that I am in fact the idiot. What I immediately assumed—that you could use a USB parallel controller to receive the bytes sent on a parallel printer interface—is probably actually true, but it would depend on the specific configuration of the parallel controller in question and it seems likely that inexpensive USB parallel adapters may not be capable. I think there’s a good chance that the author’s approach was in fact the easier one.

      • HackadayInside A 1940’s Spy Radio

        The RCA CR-88 was a radio receiver made to work in top-secret government eavesdropping stations. As you might expect, these radios are top-of-the-line, performance-wise, at least when they are working correctly. [Mr. Carlson] has one on his bench, and we get to watch the show on his recent video that you can see below.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Hong Kong Free PressWHO says Covid remains an international emergency after spike in deaths amid China outbreak

        Three years to the day after the World Health Organization sounded the highest level of global alert over Covid-19, it said Monday the pandemic remains an international emergency.

      • Science AlertStudy of 500,000 Medical Records Links Viruses to Alzheimer’s Again And Again
      • Federal News NetworkExperts urge better opioid rescue drug access to save lives

        Access has improved across the U.S. to a rescue drug that reverses opioid overdoses, but advocates say naloxone — commonly known by its brand name Narcan — still isn’t getting to everyone who needs it. A small group of volunteers run an organization that appears to be the largest distributor of naloxone in Albany, Georgia. But many communities lack similar structures. Public health experts are telling U.S. state and local government officials in charge of using funds from opioid settlements to consider getting more naloxone into the hands of people who use drugs and those who are around them. In some places, it goes mostly to first responders.

      • Tess Lawrie: “You might not believe this, little fella, but it’ll cure your cancer too”

        Way, way back in 2007 or so, a friend of mine, Dr. Mark Hoofnagle, coined the term “crank magnetism” as a pithy phrase to describe a very simple concept, specifically that those who tend to believe one piece of pseudoscience, quackery, and/or conspiracy theory (e.g., antivax pseudoscience and conspiracy theories) will often also be attracted to—and come to believe in—other forms of pseudoscience (various forms of quackery, such as “autism biomed,” alternative medicine, evolution denial, HIV/AIDS denial, and more). These beliefs are often—but do not have to be and often are not—related to each other; they can even be mutually contradictory. The term also describes the tendency of even “one-issue” cranks and conspiracy theorists to accumulate more conspiratorial beliefs over time. It’s almost as though, once one’s brain is “opened” enough so that one’s brains fall out, it’s a two-way street, with that opening allowing all manner of nonsense to enter as well. We’ve definitely seen the same phenomenon play out in a huge way since COVID-19 hit and the disease minimizing, anti-public health, “miracle cure” (e.g., hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin) pushing conspiracy theorists joined forces with antivaxxers before there even was a vaccine against COVID-19, which brings me to Tess Lawrie, who reminded me of this last week with a post on her Substack titled “Can cancer really be cured with ivermectin and other safe, old treatments?” This post reminded me instantly of Mark’s old phrase, while providing an “in” to discuss not only how general conspiracism has spread throughout the COVID-19 minimization/antivax movement while at the same time looking at the claim made in this post.

    • Proprietary

      • Data BreachesStratford University discloses ransomware attack — but which ransomware attack?

        In September 2022, DataBreaches reported Stratford University had been the target of three ransomware attacks in previous months by REvil, Snatch Team, and Avos Locker. Snatch Team and Avos Locker had informed DataBreaches that neither had encrypted Stratford’s files; they exfiltrated and attempted to ransom them. Stratford never responded to inquiries from DataBreaches about the multiple claimed attacks.

      • Hot HardwareAn Old NSA-Found Security Threat Is Still Menacing Windows Users And Data Centers [iophk: Windows TCO]

        The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2022-34689, has a Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) score of 7.5, thanks to various metrics. While this score is not wholly indicative of the dangers of this vulnerability, it is a basis for concern. Namely, if exploited, this vulnerability could allow an attacker to pose as a legitimate entity with valid certificates used in code signing or verification.

    • Security

      • Data BreachesMultiple Vulnerabilities Found In Healthcare Software OpenEMR

        Alessandro Mascellino reports: Researchers have found three separate vulnerabilities in OpenEMR, an open-source software for electronic health records and medical practice management. Clean code experts at Sonar published an advisory Wednesday about the discovered flaws by security researcher Dennis Brinkrolf. Thanks to responsible disclosure, the vulnerabilities were addressed in October 2022. Anyone using OpenEMR should update to one of the updated versions. Read more at InfoSecurity. In 2018, Project Insecurity released their report on 18 vulnerabilities they had found.

      • IT WireiTWire – Parent firm of Indian defence contractor hit by Windows Alphv ransomware [Ed: Windows TCO]

        The parent company of a private defence contractor in India has been compromised by the Windows Alphv ransomware (aka BlackCat)…

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Common DreamsAnd Now They Want to Arm Our Children?

        Days in January: 31. Number of mass shootings in the US as of January 25, according to the Gun Violence Archive: 40. (I pray the number hasn’t gone up by the time you read this.)

      • Counter PunchDisarming, and Empowering, Lost Souls

        I had a passing moment of wonder the other day – as I read about the latest . . . you know, mass shootings.

        Troubled souls with guns. Big problem.

      • Counter PunchRussia’s Tainted Hand in Eswatini won’t Benefit its Citizens

        As Russia’s war on Ukraine continues to rage, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has been busy traveling through Africa and working on cementing ties there in what analysts have called an attempt to assert Russia’s non-isolation. Despite Western sanctions and efforts to ostracize it from the global stage, Russia is trying to show it still has key strategic alliances in place. Lavrov’s visit to Eswatini comes at an opportune time for the country.

        Lavrov pledged security training to Eswatini, just days after the brutal murder of a leading human rights lawyer and opposition politician by an unknown gunman. Rumors have spread that state security agencies may have been involved.

      • MeduzaVladimir Putin to visit Volgograd to mark 80 years since Battle of Stalingrad — Meduza

        Vladimir Putin will visit Volgograd this week to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad, Pavel Zarubin, a Kremlin correspondent for a state-owned news network, reported on Sunday. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov later confirmed the news. Neither said which day the visit will take place.

      • MeduzaNavalny associates blacklist penal colony employees responsible for tormenting politician — Meduza

        The imprisoned Russian politician Alexey Navalny is enduring increasingly severe and deliberately inhumane treatment in the Melekhovo penal colony where he is serving his sentence.

      • Federal News NetworkConcerns over prayer breakfast lead Congress to take it over

        The National Prayer Breakfast is one of the most visible and long-standing events that brings religion and politics together in Washington. But due to concerns the gathering had become too divisive, it’s now splitting from the private religious group that had overseen it for decades. The organizer and host for this year’s breakfast, which is scheduled for Thursday, will be a new foundation headed by former Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas. Sen. Chris Coons, a regular participant and chairman of the Senate ethics committee, says the move was prompted in part by concerns in recent years that members of Congress didn’t know important details about the larger multiday gathering that included the breakfast.

      • Pro PublicaAre Community Violence Intervention Programs Effective?

        Corey Winfield was 10 when he saw someone get shot for the first time. He and a friend were marching around with a drum in the Park Heights section of Northwest Baltimore, and a few older guys asked if they could use it; while they were doing so, someone came up and shot one of them in the back, paralyzing him. At 11, Corey found his first gun, in an alley near his school. He sold it to a friend’s older brother for $45 and used the money to buy lots of penny candy. At 13, he saw someone get killed for the first time — a friend, who was 14 — and that year he started selling drugs. After he was robbed a few times, he bought another gun. When he was 17, he was buying some drugs to sell when the dealers tried to rob him, so he shot one of them, killing him.

        Winfield went to prison for nearly 20 years. Two weeks after his release, in 2006, his younger brother, Jujuan, who was 21, was shot to death outside the family’s house. For days, Winfield stalked the man he suspected of the murder; he might have killed him, but a police cruiser appeared as he was about to shoot. He went home, where he found his aunt Ruth, who had brought him up, sitting alone in the dark. She told him that she knew what he was up to. “Please stop, I don’t want to lose another baby,” she said to him. “I broke down and we cried on the sofa,” Winfield told me.

      • TruthOutMemphis Police Shutter SCORPION Unit, Activists Say That’s Not Enough
      • Counter PunchWhy Does the U.S. Military Let Defense Contractors Get Away With So Much?

        In my previous article, “The F-35: Sales to Allied Countries Don’t Mean It’s a Great Plane”, I discussed how corrupt American defense contractors can be, even bribing foreign officials to encourage them to accept deficient aircraft like the F-104 and possibly the F-35. My interest in corruption in the MIC dates back to the days when my late father, a pilot in the Canadian Armed Forces, was involved in flight testing of the Canadian version of the Lockheed P-3 Orion, the CP-140 Aurora, from 1978 to 1981 at the Lockheed facility in Burbank, California. The CP-140 was a vast improvement over the USN’s P-3 and was the subject of envy from USN officers visiting the complex.

        Reading an undated paper about those days by Major John Bernard, a Canadian pilot who had graduated from the US Navy’s Test Pilot School, I was intrigued to hear that the Canadian military, at least at that time, had much higher standards than the USN when it comes to accepting new aircraft fresh off the assembly line. In his words “I think everyone fondly remembers the faces of Lockheed management when we returned from our first acceptance flight and said, ‘Now, this is what you have to fix before the next flight.’  Up to that point, their only customer, the USN, had cheerfully accepted what the company offered and then corrected the outstanding deficiencies at their overhaul depots. But not those pesky Canadians. My log book shows as many as six acceptance flights on some aircraft before we were willing to sign for them.”

      • Counter PunchTempting the Banksters: Zelensky Courts US Companies

        The transformation of Ukraine into untarnished, saintly victim, symbol of democracy and civil society savaged by brutish Russia, has been nothing less than remarkable.  The endemic corruption of a state captured by oligarchic tendencies and its own breed of kleptocrats has somehow gone by the wayside, only interrupted by the occasional symbolic purge by the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Lo, before us, the Athenian project writ large in eastern Europe, deserving of protection.

        Each arms shipment is made and justified on the basis of Ukraine’s civilizational imperative, proclaimed as not merely European but global.  It is a spectacular refit verging on pantomime.  But occasionally, a few cracks in the show appear.  For one, Zelensky’s desperate effort to make his impoverished and war ravaged country appealing to investors, and who that message is being sold to, is telling.

      • Meduza‘Now I can feel like a real man’ After six months with Wagner Group, a Russian man who murdered his girlfriend’s mother is free and back home — Meduza

        Several months after Moscow launched its full-scale war against Ukraine, Russian authorities, short on manpower, allowed the Wagner mercenary group to start recruiting inmates from Russian prisons. Many of the prisoners who agreed to enlist had been incarcerated for most of their adult lives. Pavel Zakharov, a 39-year-old from the Republic of Karelia, was granted freedom in January after purportedly spending six months on the battlefield with Wagner. Before his mercenary career, Zakharov was serving an 11-year sentence for brutally murdering his girlfriend’s mother as “revenge” for the way she had treated her daughter. Journalists from the independent media outlet Holod used court records to reconstruct Zakharov’s story. Meduza is publishing an abridged translation of their report.

      • TruthOutFred Hampton and Mumia’s Stories Shed Light on Tortuguita, Julia Wright Says
      • Democracy Now“Every Community Has a Tyre Nichols”: New Jersey Activists Demand Justice for Carl Dorsey

        A New Jersey grand jury has decided not to indict Newark Police Detective Rod Simpkins in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Black man named Carl Dorsey on New Year’s Day 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. The decision last week came after an investigation by the state attorney general into Dorsey’s death has dragged out, even though his family says the facts are clear: He was shot dead by Simpkins, who was undercover and in an unmarked police minivan and in plainclothes when he arrived at the scene after reportedly hearing gunshots. Within seconds of exiting his car, Simpkins fired his gun at Dorsey, and it is unclear if he first announced himself as a police officer. Now Larry Hamm, chair of the People’s Organization for Progress, says he and the family of Dorsey are calling for the U.S. attorney to launch a civil rights investigation into his death.

      • Democracy NowTyre Nichols: Video of Fatal Police Beating in Memphis Spurs New Demands for Police Accountability

        Memphis police released disturbing footage on Friday showing the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols by five former police officers who now face murder charges over the 29-year-old Black father’s death. The videos show officers kicked, punched, electrocuted and struck Nichols with batons for several minutes while he offered almost no resistance. It took more than 22 minutes for medics to appear on site and treat Nichols, who died three days later from his injuries. Memphis has since disbanded the SCORPION police unit that the five ex-officers belonged to and which was known for its aggressive practices, but activists are calling for deeper changes, including the end of qualified immunity that shields police officers from being sued by victims and their families. Larry Hamm, chair of the People’s Organization for Progress, and DeRay Mckesson, executive director of Campaign Zero, join us for a discussion about Tyre Nichols, police violence and more.

      • Common DreamsNetanyahu’s Solution to Growing Violence? Give Israelis More Guns

        Although violence between Israelis and Palestinians only rose to the level of being covered by cable television news on Saturday, ever since Benjamin Netanyahu returned as prime minister in the company of the fascist Religious Zionism and Jewish Power blocs in late December there has been a low-intensity civil war. Some 32 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces or squatters on Palestinian land since the beginning of January.

      • Counter PunchA State for Some of Its Citizens: Captured Black Soldier’s Saga Highlights Racism in Israel

        “For how long will I be in captivity? After so many years, where are the state and the people of Israel?” These were the words, uttered in Hebrew, of a person believed to be Avera Mengistu, an Israeli soldier of Ethiopian origin who was captured and held in Gaza in 2014.

        Footage of Mengistu, looking nervous but also somewhat defiant, calling on his countrymen to end his 9-year incarceration, mostly ended speculation in Israel on whether the soldier was alive or dead.

      • Democracy Now“An Intolerable Situation”: Rashid Khalidi & Orly Noy on Israeli Colonialism & Escalating Violence

        U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken is in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories amid an alarming rise in violence, with Israel killing at least 35 Palestinians since the beginning of January. The deadliest incident occurred on Thursday, when Israeli forces raided the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank, killing 10 people, including two children — the deadliest Israeli raid in the West Bank in two decades. A day later, a Palestinian gunman shot dead seven people in occupied East Jerusalem, targeting worshipers observing the Sabbath. Israelis living in illegal settlements in the West Bank responded by carrying out scores of attacks on Palestinians as the far-right national security minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, vowed to make it easier for Israelis to get guns. We speak with Israeli activist and journalist Orly Noy, in Jerusalem, and Palestinian American scholar Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said professor of modern Arab studies at Columbia University.

      • ScheerpostLatin America Refuses To Send Ukraine Weapons, Despite Western Pressure

        Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia have refused to send weapons to Ukraine, despite pressure by the US and EU. Latin American left-wing leaders have urged peace with Russia and called for neutrality in the West’s new cold war.

      • ScheerpostCaitlin Johnstone: What the MSM Can No Longer Say

        Dissident commentary about Ukraine that was still published in major Western news outlets in 2014 is entirely gone because these publications have turned to full-fledged war propaganda.

      • ScheerpostChris Hedges: Ukraine: The War That Went Wrong

        NATO support for the war in Ukraine, designed to degrade the Russian military and drive Vladimir Putin from power, is not going according to plan. The new sophisticated military hardware won’t help.

      • The NationGun Control, Now!
      • Counter PunchThe United Nations and Unilateral Coercive Measures

        Continuing violation of the human rights of targeted populations by powerful states and how to demand accountability.

        Oral statement of 28 January 2023 at the Opening of the International People’s Tribunal on U.S. Imperialism and Sanctions.

      • MeduzaPrigozhin claims Wagner mercenaries have taken Blahodatne, near Bakhmut — Meduza

        Wagner Group mercenaries have captured Blahodatne, a village to the north of Bakhmut, says Kremlin-linked tycoon and founder of the private military company Evgeny Prigozhin.

      • MeduzaRussian Defense Ministry poised to begin funding volunteer military formations — Meduza

        The Russian Defense Ministry is considering providing weapons, uniforms, food, and medical supplies to volunteer military formations, according to a draft order published on the Russian government’s website.

      • MeduzaDalai Lama’s envoy to Russia resigns after being named ‘foreign agent’ for condemning the war in Ukraine — Meduza

        The Dalai Lama’s representative in Russia, Mongolia, and the CIS countries, Telo Tulku Rinpoche (Erdne Ombadykow), has decided to resign as the Supreme Lama of Kalmykia after the Russian Ministry of Justice named him a “foreign agent.”

      • MeduzaRussian missile strike on Kharkiv apartment building kills one and injures three — Meduza

        On the night of January 29, a Russian missile hit a four-story residential building in central Kharkiv, killing one woman and injuring three residents, according to Kharkiv Governor Oleh Synyehubov.

      • Common DreamsAmerican Insurrectionists in Brazil

        Americans tuning into the television news on January 8th eyed a disturbingly recognizable scene. In an “eerily familiar” moment of “déjà vu,” just two years and two days after the January 6th Capitol insurrection in Washington, D.C., a mob of thousands stormed government buildings in the capital city of another country — Brazil. In Brasilia, what New York Times columnist Ross Douthat ominously labelled “the first major international imitation of our Capitol riot” seemed to be taking place.

      • Counter PunchA Costly and Prolonged Cold War Now Seems a Certainty

        No one knows how the war in Ukraine will end, but there is one post-war certainty: there will be a prolonged and costly Cold War between the United States and Russia.  In an interview with David Ignatius of the Washington Post, who has been doing the bidding of the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency for several decades, Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized the importance of a “long-term goal of deterrence.”  Ignatius took this to mean that the Biden administration will make sure that Russia “should not be able to rest, regroup and reattack.”

        Ignatius is joining the likes of such Cold Warriors as former secretary of state Condi Rice, former secretary of defense Bob Gates, journalists such as Max Boot and scholars such as Angela Stent and Leon Aron who believe that Russia’s war is not directed only against Ukraine, but against the larger idea that European states can peacefully cooperate.  Yale historian Timothy Snyder goes further, arguing that the rule of law can have a chance in Russia only if “Russia loses this war,” and that Russia’s defeat will reverse the “trend…towards authoritarianism, with Putinism as a force and a model.”  It is naive to think in terms of “rule of law” coming to Russia.

      • Counter PunchFrom a Sense of Wonder to Dread: 90 Seconds to Midnight

        The dangerous life of the atom and its nucleus is a recent phenomenon. The ancient Greeks invented the atom and developed a theory about it. Out of the ideas of natural philosophers like Thales, Anaximander, Pythagoras, Parmenides, Empedocles, and Anaxagoras, there emerged in the second half of the fifth century BCE the Atomic Theory. This was one of the most spectacular scientific developments of all time.

      • Scheerpost90 Seconds to Midnight?

        A clear signal to the US leadership that there will be no survivors in any nuclear exchange between the US and Russia.

      • MeduzaRussian company offers cash rewards to soldiers who destroy Western tanks — Meduza

        Fores, a Russian company that makes proppants for oil wells, has promised a cash reward to any soldier who destroys or captures any of the Abrams and Leopard tanks that Western countries have promised to Ukraine in recent weeks.

      • Common DreamsIlhan Omar Says GOP ‘Not OK With Having a Muslim’ on House Foreign Affairs Panel

        Congresswoman Ilhan Omar on Sunday contended that some of her Republican colleagues—led by U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy—are trying to oust her from the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee because she is a Muslim refugee from Somalia.

      • MeduzaDraftee who left his training unit for a bar sentenced to two years in prison — Meduza

        A military court has sentenced Vitaly Ryazanov, who was mobilized in the Lipetsk region, to two years in a penal colony-settlement (the least strict type of Russian prison), for unauthorized leave from a place of service for more than 10 days.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Eesti RahvusringhäälingMS Estonia investigative committee rules out impact as shipwreck cause

        Passenger ferry MS Estonia did not sink as a result of colliding with another vessel, with holes and deformation of the hull probably the result of the wreck scraping on the seabed, the interim report of the MS Estonia investigation reveals. The investigation also found that as the ship’s bow section construction was not up to scratch, the ferry was not seaworthy.

      • ScheerpostThe Original Sin Is We Classify Too Much

        How overclassification fails us and harms national security.

    • Environment

      • Energy/Transportation

        • TruthOutBitcoin ATM Companies Are Preying on the Poor
        • NeritamRegulate [Cryptocurrency] or It’ll Take Down the Economy

          FTX’s implosion should be a wake-up call. Regulators must enforce the law before more people get cheated, and Congress must plug the remaining holes in our regulatory structure—before the next [cryptocurrency] catastrophe takes down our economy.

        • AJVPThis Site Is No Longer Solar Powered (for now…)

          So yes, lesson learned, lithium-ion batteries do indeed go boom sometimes. I was actually aware this could happen and technically shouldn’t have left the battery in the device while it was hooked up to power constantly… but the thing is, the device was never stable unless it was plugged into both USB power and had it’s battery inserted. External power was never quite enough, with enough activity the thing was liable to randomly reboot.

        • New York TimesSam Bankman-Fried’s Prosecutors Ask Judge to Tighten Bail Conditions

          Federal prosecutors in Manhattan said on Friday that the disgraced cryptocurrency executive Sam Bankman-Fried had tried to contact a potential witness in his criminal case, and they asked a judge to impose new bail conditions limiting his ability to communicate with former colleagues.

          In a court filing, the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York said Mr. Bankman-Fried sent messages over email and the encrypted messaging app Signal this month to the general counsel of the U.S. arm of FTX, the cryptocurrency exchange he founded. Mr. Bankman-Fried, 30, has been charged with fraud, money laundering and campaign finance violations linked to the implosion of FTX last year.

      • Wildlife/Nature

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Common DreamsProgressive Democrats in Congress Plan to Play Offense

        The nearly 450-member Democratic National Committee will meet in Philadelphia in February for the organization’s winter meeting, and the progressive wing of the party won’t be on the sidelines. Media will likely focus on the proposed changes to the 2024 primary calendar and a possible presidential candidacy announcement by incumbent President Joe Biden, who will address attendees along with Vice President Kamala Harris. Less attention, however, will be placed on the quiet yet persistent progressive-led efforts toward party reform.

      • Common DreamsInvestigation Reveals Top George Santos Donors ‘Don’t Seem to Exist’

        A pair of Mother Jones journalists revealed late Friday that more than a dozen people identified as top donors to GOP Congressman George Santos’ campaign who collectively account for over tens of thousands of dollars raised from individual donors in 2020 “don’t seem to exist.”

      • Connor TumblesonLayoffs on Layoffs

        If we look at Google’s size though, 12,000 employees is barely 6% of the workforce so while 12,000 sounds like a very large number its all relative to the company size. So lets look at other companies who’ve done layoffs in past few months.

      • ChrisThe Secret of Meritocracy

        So clearly, meritocracies cannot be based on actual merit. It’s too inscrutable. Instead, they are based the appearance of merit. I think there are two ways to appear meritorious: politics and luck.

      • Hollywood ReporterAustralia to Impose Local Content Quotas on Streaming Platforms

        The new scheme is part of a long-in-the-making national cultural policy called “Revive,” and the government promised that quotas would go into effect no later than July 1, 2024. The framework unveiled Monday was conspicuously light on detail, however, with the precise share of local Australian content that global streaming services will be required to produce and distribute left to further negotiation.

      • TruthOutDemocracy Is on the Line in Peru As Government Ramps Up Repression
      • The DissenterAssange Visitors Renew Request For CIA To ‘Purge And Destroy’ Files On Them
      • Telex (Hungary)Orbán was joking when he said he doesn’t want Hungary to stay in EU – American journalist claims
      • The NationRemembering Victor

        Paying tribute to Victor is something I like to do, hoping each time to loosen that complicated Navasky knot. I’ll now have another go and look back at a favorite Victor anecdote to see if there’s something I missed before. The anecdote goes like this: One rainy rush hour Vic and I had miraculously scored a cab in the scrum outside Grand Central Station. Just as we settled in, we spied a frantic Barbara Tuchman—historian, Pulitzer Prize winner, and vocal enemy of The Nation—flailing about with no taxi prospects in sight. I was undoubtedly amused and thus wholly unprepared for what happened next: Vic opened the door, dragged me out, and offered a befuddled Tuchman our cab, something she later mentioned with astonishment to a few friends who, like everyone else in New York, were also friends with Victor.

      • Craig MurraySecret Power

        I spoke at this meeting on Saturday and gave a broader overview than usual of the Assange case and its importance. I think it comes over fairly cogently, even though I was actually feeling pretty dizzy and faint. Jonathan Cook is, as ever, particularly worth listening to closely, and it was great to catch up

      • Michael West Media‘Stretched resources’ behind no advice

        A chief lawyer for the government department involved in the robodebt scheme has admitted external advice on whether the program was legal was not sought due to stretched resources.

      • Modern DiplomacyChina and the Middle East: More Than Oil

        Within the next 20 years, the need for oil will account for just 20% of global consumption, but by the year 2040, that percentage will have increased to 75%. More than half of the oil that is necessary for the functioning of the industries and the upkeep of development is imported by China. Oil is

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • MeduzaSt. Petersburg ‘Rainbow’ theater festival is renamed due to the law on ‘LGBT propaganda’ — Meduza

        A St. Petersburg theater festival formerly known as the Rainbow Festival has changed its name to the International Theater Festival. The festival, which has run since 2000, aims to attract new theater productions and directors for young people. In the past, the festival has attracted theater groups from the U.S., Great Britain, and Germany.

      • SalonSorry, Twitter, but Florida’s war on books is no joke. Ron DeSantis wants to keep kids from reading

        For those who are paying attention, it’s been obvious for some time that Florida’s mega-MAGA governor, Ron DeSantis, is aggressive with book bans because he would just prefer it if kids didn’t read books at all. So while it was infuriating, it was not surprising to read that the investigative journalism team at Popular Info had discovered that teachers in Manatee County, Florida were told that every book on their shelves was banned until otherwise notified. Failure to lock up all their books until they could be “vetted” by censors, teachers were warned, put them at risk of being prosecuted as felons.

      • Broadband BreakfastSection 230 Interpretation Debate Heats Up Ahead of Landmark Supreme Court Case

        To establish a good replacement for Section 230, policymakers must determine whether there is “a difference between exercising editorial control over content on the one hand, and engaging in conduct relating to the distribution of content on the other hand… and if so, how you would treat those different differently in terms of establishing liability,” May said.

        No matter the Supreme Court’s decision in Gonzalez v. Google, the discussion is already “shifting the Overton window on how we think about social media platforms,” Kazaryan said. “And we already see proposed regulation legislation on state and federal levels that addresses algorithms in many different ways and forms.”

      • The Telegraph UKLent and Easter cancelled by university in drive to remove Christian term names

        Until now, the yearly structure at the university, founded in 1895, has been the Michaelmas term, the Christmas break, Lent term, Easter break, summer term and finally the summer holidays.

        This largely mirrors the calendar at other top universities such as Cambridge, Oxford and Durham, as well as at leading private schools such as Eton.

        But from next year at LSE, Michaelmas will be renamed as “autumn term”, Christmas break will be renamed as “winter break”, Lent term as “winter term” and Easter break as “spring break”.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Mexico News DailyAssange, ayahuasca and agriculture: the week at the mañaneras

        López Obrador also found time to reiterate his support for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is in prison in the United Kingdom and fighting extradition to the United States on espionage charges.

        “Assange is not a spy, but rather a journalist and what he did was reveal information, the same information that The New York Times and other media outlets revealed,” said AMLO, who has raised Assange’s case with United States President Joe Biden.

        “Why aren’t those media outlets being tried?” he asked.

      • Copenhagen PostNew media more popular than old, even though P4 radio is still four times more popular than Netflix

        According to the annual Medieudviklingen report, 2022 was also a landmark year for media consumption because the average amount of streamed television finally edged ahead of linear TV: 112 vs 103 minutes.

      • ScheerpostAs Unions Gain 273,000 Members, Media Opt for Gloomy Headlines

        When numbers are a mixed bag, deciding whether to frame them positively, negatively or neutrally is a deliberate editorial decision.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • TechdirtApple Still Sucks On Right To Repair

        Apple has never looked too kindly upon users actually repairing their own devices. The company’s ham-fisted efforts to shut down, sue, or otherwise imperil third-party repair shops are legendary. As are the company’s efforts to force recycling shops to shred Apple products (so they can’t be refurbished and re-used).

      • The NationWhen My Song “Rich People” Went Viral, It Didn‘t Make Me Rich

        I’ve been a full-time working songwriter for 15 years. In November, one of my songs went viral. The song was “Rich People,” which is a jazzy, jokey song about capitalism. The lyrics describe being bombarded by bad news, and having that news blamed on all the wrong people (black people, Jewish people, immigrants), when the real culprits are the super-rich.1

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Common DreamsModerna’s Home State Newspaper to Biden: ‘Play Hardball’ Over Covid Vaccine Price Hike

          The largest daily newspaper in Moderna’s home state of Massachusetts published an editorial on Sunday urging the Biden administration to “play hardball” with the pharmaceutical giant over its plan to raise the price of its Covid-19 vaccine by up to 4,000% over the cost of production, a proposal that has drawn backlash from vaccine equity campaigners and members of Congress.

        • Counter PunchDrug Price Showdown Time for Chairman Bernie Sanders

          It is showdown time. Senator Bernie Sanders, new chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee versus Big Pharma.

          The self-described “democratic socialist” from a safe seat in Vermont has long been a Big Pharma nemesis. He has issued detailed critiques of what others have called a “Pay or Die” industry coddled by Congress that provides huge tax credits, free government-developed medicines, and free, with few exceptions, unbridled power to charge what their monopoly markets can’t bear.

      • Copyrights

        • Creative CommonsScanning 3D: Cultural Heritage Preservation, Access and Revitalization

          With experts, we’ll explore the many considerations around 3D scanning as it relates to cultural heritage preservation, revitalization, access and better sharing, as well as the impact on the public domain. Panelists will address:

        • MS PoweruserMicrosoft, GitHub, OpenAI ask court to dismiss copyright lawsuit from anonymous plaintiffs

          Microsoft, GitHub, and OpenAI addressed a proposed class-action lawsuit filed by a group of anonymous copyright owners, who accused the companies of copyrighted source code misuse to power Copilot. The companies’ filings, submitted to a San Francisco federal court on Thursday, cite fair use and say that the lawsuit cannot be sustained as it “fails on two intrinsic defects: lack of injury and lack of an otherwise viable claim.”

        • ReutersOpenAI, Microsoft want court to toss lawsuit accusing them of abusing open-source code

          “Copilot’s goal is to replace a huge swath of open source by taking it and keeping it inside a GitHub-controlled paywall,” the complaint said. “It violates the licenses that open-source programmers chose and monetizes their code despite GitHub’s pledge never to do so.”

          Microsoft and OpenAI said Thursday that the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring the case because they failed to argue they suffered specific injuries from the companies’ actions.

          The companies also said the lawsuit did not identify particular copyrighted works they misused or contracts that they breached.

        • Computer WorldThis lawsuit against Microsoft could change the future of AI

          For all the glitz and hype surrounding ChatGPT, what it’s doing now are essentially stunts — a way to get as much attention as possible. The future of AI isn’t in writing articles about Beyoncé in the style of Charles Dickens, or any of the other oddball things people use ChatGPT for. Instead, AI will be primarily a business tool, reaping billions of dollars for companies that use it for tasks like improving internet searches, writing software code, discovering and fixing inefficiencies in a company’s business, and extracting useful, actionable information from massive amounts of data.

        • The VergeMicrosoft, GitHub, and OpenAI ask court to throw out AI copyright lawsuit

          Things came to a head when programmer and lawyer, Matthew Butterick, teamed up with the legal team at Joseph Saveri Law Firm to file a proposed class action lawsuit last November, alleging the tool relies on “software piracy on an unprecedented scale.” Butterick and his legal team later filed a second proposed class action lawsuit on the behalf of two anonymous software developers on similar grounds, which is the suit Microsoft, GitHub, and OpenAI want dismissed.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • 🔤SpellBinding: BHIMOPR Wordo: CULPA
      • Feb 5 Questions

        I offer unsolicited advice to those I am particularly close to

      • January 2023

        January was definitely a packed month on the personal side. The most obvious thing we did was to get married 😄. We signed papers at the notary just with our parents and sisters and the following day we got fancy dressed and went to one of our favorite restaurants to have lunch with our closest relatives. We wanted it to be something small and very familiar.

      • 🔤SpellBinding: BHIMOPR Wordo: CULPA
    • Technical

      • I got a new tablet

        I’ve been putting off the inevitable task of replacing my 2010 tablet… I hate buying new things but it was barely useful as the battery lasted less than an hour, and the OS was so old most apps refused to be installed. And the replacement is: Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, for just over $100.

        I am not a fan of google, and spent most of today teying to minimize snooping and tracking, a rather hopeless endeavor. But, at least symbolically, I opted put of whatever I could. I even replaced the keyboard, which calls home with devil knows what. This will probably be an ongoing losing battle.

        On the positive note, the device is great. The screen is perfectly sharp and bright, and it’s plenty fast in spite of being a ‘low-end’ tablet. I don’t need a fast gpu as I don’t plan to run modern games, and this thing has no problem with video. I have yet to notice any kind of lagging.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • I Use Proper Typography in Gemtext

          In Markdown, thereʼs always a step in-between to generate the display format. Mostly itʼs HTML. So itʼs easy to just use ASCII punctuation, for example, and let the software, which creates the HTML output, take care of the necessary conversions.

      • Programming

        • geminih — Not Invented Here gemtext to SXML

          Geminih is a library for Chicken Scheme to turn gemtext into SXML.

          It exports one procedure geminih, that can take a single string for the entire page, or a list of lines, or if given no argument reads from current-input-port.

        • A simple parser

          Acetone is a parser for Chicken Scheme that helps you turn lists into trees.


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

Links 30/01/2023: Coreboot 4.19 and Budgie 10.7

Posted in News Roundup at 4:12 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • 9to5Linux9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: January 29th, 2023

      This has been a fantastic week with lots of great news and releases, starting with Canonical’s Ubuntu Pro announcement and continuing with openSUSE Linux’s move to stronger security for its packages.

      Next week we got even more exciting news and releases, so stay close to 9to5Linux. Below, you can read the hottest news of the week and access all distro and software downloads available in 9to5Linux’s Linux weekly roundup for January 29th, 2023.

    • Kernel Space

      • LWNLinux 6.2-rc6
        Here we are, one week later, and rc6 is out.
        
        
        It's suspiciously small, but who am I to look a gift horse in the
        mouth? I'll take it and hope it's not an aberration, but instead a
        sign that 6.2 is shaping up nicely. Call me optimistic, call me naive,
        but let's enjoy it and hope the trend continues.
        
        
        The diffstat looks pretty normal too, with various driver fixes
        (networking, gpu, i2c and x86 platform drivers stand out) and
        netfilter fixes leading the pack. But there's the usual arch updates,
        random filesystem fixes, and misc other things going on too. The
        shortlog is appended for people who want to scan through the detailed
        overview.
        
        
        I've already mentioned this a couple of times earlier: despite rc6
        being nice and small, I expect to drag 6.2 out to an rc8 just because
        of the time lost to the holidays. But I'll be much happier if we can
        *keep* the remaining rc's nice and small. Ok?
        
        
                      Linus
        
    • Applications

      • XRechnung Viewer

        The XRechnung format is a E-Government standard for electronic invoicing. At some point it will be mandatory for every company dealing with German governmental partners to send the invoices in this XML format.

        Many commercial vendors have already caught up and provide ways to generate XRechnung formatted documents with their software. However, to my knowledge, the availability of open source end user software is very limited. Since the standard itself is at least very open and transparently documented, so I think it is worthwhile to also support it with free software on the desktop.

      • TecMint5 Most Notable Open Source Centralized Log Management Tools

        .

        Centralized logging, just like security, is a fundamental aspect of monitoring and sound management of core resources in an IT infrastructure including web applications and hardware devices. Competent operation teams always have in place

      • TecMint5 Open Source Log Monitoring and Management Tools for Linux

        These events may happen

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • It’s FOSSInstall and Setup ZSH on Ubuntu Linux

        Want a cool looking Linux terminal? Try Zsh. Learn how to set up Zsh on Ubuntu Linux with Oh My Zsh.

      • Matthew GarrettMatthew Garrett: Further adventures in Apple PKCS#11 land [Ed: Adventure in proprietary 'security', relying on companies that snitch to the NSA]
      • Network WorldUsing Linux hexedit and xxd commands to view and modify binary files | Network World

        The hexedit command provides a way to edit binary files, but to view and save the content in a file for later analysis without editing, try the xxd command.

      • DebugPointLearn Gzip Command in Linux with Examples

        Gzip command in Linux is a lossless compression algorithm based on encoding LZ77 (Lempel-Ziv of 1977). It is also known as LZ1 compression, which is the basis for many lossy formats.

        Compressing files using gzip creates a compressed archive with the extension .gz and preserves the file permissions, ownership modes (read/write/execute) and access/modify date timestamps. It compresses regular files and ignores symbolic links. The same program, gzip, can compress and decompress files in Linux.

        Let’s take a look at some working examples.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • 9to5LinuxBudgie 10.7 Desktop Environment Adds Dual-GPU Support, New Power Dialog

        Budgie 10.7 arrives ten mounts after the Budgie 10.6 release and promises a more polished user experience thanks to the implementation of dual-GPU support in the Budgie Menu, allowing users to launch apps with a dedicated graphics card out of the box.

        The Budgie Menu also received a new “personal user menu” feature that promises to let you open a file manager straight to predefined directories like Home, Documents, Download, Video, or Music. Moreover, Budgie Menu now features new buttons for launching Settings, Control Center, and the new Power Dialog.

      • LinuxiacBudgie Desktop 10.7: A Sleek and Improved User Experience

        Budgie is a GTK-based desktop environment built on GNOME technologies by the Buddies of Budgie organization, traditionally associated with Solus as its flagship desktop environment. The desktop emphasizes simplicity, minimalism, and elegance, featuring some unique aspects, including a sidebar.

        The brand new Budgie Desktop 10.7, released today, offers a sleek and improved user experience that will impress both new and experienced users alike. So without further ado, let’s see what’s new.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • New Releases

      • LibreELEC (Nexus) 11 Beta1 – LibreELEC

        With the new release cycle we add a Generic-Legacy image supporting nVidia cards, Chrome Browser add-on, and older hardware. We also reintroduce support for older Amlogic devices (S905, S905X/D, S912). If you use them make sure to read the paragraphs below.

        LibreELEC 10.0 installs will not automatically update, but you can manually update. Older LibreELEC installs must make a clean install due to the Python 3 changes since Kodi v19.

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

      • Distro WatchReview: OpenMandriva ROME

        The main characteristic of OpenMandriva, which kept coming up time and again, was that the distribution was unreliable – particularly early on. Sometimes the distribution failed to boot. Sometimes it failed to login. The Calamares installer failed on its first time through, but not future times with the same settings. Discover and DNF report the status of updates differently. The desktop crashed frequently, especially with compositing enabled. With the default settings, and whenever I used the Wayland session, the system would lock up if I tried to logout. Once I stood up to get a glass of water and left my computer unattended for two minutes and, when I returned, there were multiple error reports waiting, indicating Plasma had crashed twice while I was away. I’m not sure I’ve ever come across a desktop distribution which was so error prone and unreliable. To make matters worse, almost any time I launched a software management tool, such as DnfDrake, I’d be prompted for my admin password twice. Apparently once for the graphical tool and once for the underlying DNF utility.

        Once I had disabled compositing and installed updates the experience got measurably better, but it still wasn’t great. The desktop crashed less often and I was able to shutdown the system, but it still wasn’t stable.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • SJVNUbuntu Pro: Security updates for all your Linux and open-source desktop and server needs | Open Source Watch

        Canonical, Ubuntu Linux’s parent company, is offering a new security take on its popular Ubuntu desktop and server: Ubuntu Pro. This is an expanded security take on the Ubuntu Long-Term Support (LTS) releases. It offers expanded security coverage for critical, high, and medium Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) to all of Ubuntu’s open-source applications and toolchains for ten years.

        That’s right, you get security patches not just for the operating system, but for all of Ubuntu’s open-source applications for a decade. Most are server programs, such as Ansible, Apache Tomcat, Drupal, Nagios, Redis, and WordPress. But, it also includes such developer essentials as Docker, Node.js, phpMyAdmin, Python 2, and Rust.

        Altogether, with Ubuntu Pro, Canonical supports more than 23,000 packages. The standard Ubuntu Pro subscription covers the full security updates for all packages in Ubuntu Main and Universe repositories. In short, as Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical’s CEO, said, “Security coverage to every single package in the Ubuntu distribution.”

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • ArduinoLet your coworkers know how you feel with this stress level indicator

        Asking your boss for a raise when they are in a bad mood is not ideal, and this is what prompted Mark from element14 Presents to create a stress level indicating project that could show this mood to everyone else so they could avoid this awkward situation. Mark started this project by laser cutting several panels from

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Coreboot (Official)Announcing coreboot release 4.19 – coreboot

      The 4.19 release was completed on the 16th of January 2023.

      Since the last release, the coreboot project has merged over 1600 commits from over 150 authors. Of those authors, around 25 were first-time committers to the coreboot project.

      As always, we are very grateful to all of the contributors for helping to keep the project going. The coreboot project is different from many open source projects in that we need to keep constantly updating the codebase to stay relevant with the latest processors and technologies. It takes constant effort to just stay afloat, let alone improve the codebase. Thank you very much to everyone who has contributed, both in this release and in previous times.

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Mozilla

        • Computing UKIndia launches indigenous BharOS mobile operating system

          New open source OS, aimed at breaking Android’s dominance, is claimed to be incapable of running malware

          India on Tuesday unveiled BharOS, a new mobile operating system with a focus on security and privacy. BharOS is a project financed by the Indian government to create a free and open source operating system….

        • Mozilla#AskFirefox host Chenae Moore on internet pranks and losing sleep over recipe videos

          Here at Mozilla, we are the first to admit the internet isn’t perfect, but we are also quick to point out that the internet is pretty darn magical. The internet opens up doors and opportunities, allows for people to connect with others, and lets everyone find where they belong — their corners of the internet.

    • GNU Projects

      • GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP)2022 annual report – GIMP

        Pursuing the newfound tradition started a year ago, here is my report for past year 2022.

  • Leftovers

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Technical

      • Album #159: The Hissing Of Summer Lawns

        This album is an unhappy marriage of ’70s ‘folk’ and ‘world music’ with a touch of jazz. Like Paul Simon’s Graceland (⭐), the hodge-podge it creates is interesting only as a pointer to better, more interesting music. It never really melds together, feeling more like borrowing aspects of other music without properly incorporating it. I guess the same criticism is also valid for S&M by Metallica (⭐) – maybe fusion just does nothing for me.

      • Album #160: Beyoncé

        I came in to this one expecting not to enjoy it, having never having listened to a whole Beyoncé album.

      • A pull-er computing paradigm

        The unrestricted flow of information towards our computing devices needs to be stopped because it makes us lose control of the level of information we want to see, resulting in an informational overload.

        As I’m trying to switch to a more offline computing life style, I’ve found that once I go check for something (e.g. email, IRC ect.) I usually get blocked into that task and lose more time than I’d like to.

        So one day, when I was looking at my email, I thought, why not apply the pull principle of email to everything, instead of the default push? You connect once to the internet, you sync everything, and you can go on with your life just fine, not requiring a constant internet connection that is prone to kill your attention.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Plain text is the best

          In the old days, we didn’t know any better than to use plain text:

          - email was just text, no html, no images
          - gopher was just text, sometimes you downloaded an image file
          - Usenet was just text, no html, no images
          - IRC was just plain text

          It took several years before email got poisoned with html, markup and images.

          Also it took some time before people started posting images, and other media on Usenet, and we got “binary” newsgroups.

        • Parasocial Blues

          Modern social media feels so hollow and sad. I seldom come away from it with the feeling of satisfaction in sharing one may from Smolnet/Pubnix. Strange, that. Fediverse often feels like the masked Hellfire Club in Eyes Wide Shut: perverse psychological fast food, empty communal calories. I may end up deleting it. I warrant we have all seen enough of the internet to know that one can have pseudonymity and intimacy both. But parasocial media is for the birds.

      • Programming

        • Re: Validate email address using Regex in C++

          This is well known to be impossible. The site that Martin links to claims 99.99% accuracy. Does that mean that for every billion addresses there’s 10 million that don’t match the regex!? I bet there are quite a few billion email addresses.

          And it’s not impossible just for regex reasons. Some addresses that work are invalid according to the RFC. Some addresses will be valid but not work. The way to validate an address is just to send email because it has to be handled correctly by whatever buggy mail software it passes through.


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

01.29.23

Links 29/01/2023: GNOME 43.3 Fixes and Lots About Games

Posted in News Roundup at 9:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Leftovers

    • HackadayToroidal Propellers Make Drones Less Annoying

      Despite being integral to aviation for more than a century, propellers have changed remarkably little since the Wright Brothers. A team at MIT’s Lincoln Lab has developed a new propeller shape that significantly reduces the noise associated with drones. [PDF via NewAtlas]

    • The NationMy Nhan, Half Moon, Pokey, Midnight Mass, Navasky
    • HackadayLED Air Vent Gauges Are A Tasteful Mod For The Mazda Miata

      Anyone in the JDM scene can tell you, round air vents are prime real estate for round analog gauges. If you want a gauge but don’t want to block your vent, you could consider building these LED vent gauges from [ktanner] instead.

    • HackadayThe Times They Are A-Chaining

      If [Bob Dylan] had seen [Pgeschwi]’s bike chain clock, it might have influenced the famous song. The clock uses a stepper motor and a bike chain to create a clock that has a decidedly steampunk vibe. Despite the low-tech look, the build uses 3D printing and, of course, a bike chain.

    • Science

      • HackadayAn Atomic Pendulum Clock Accurate Enough For CERN

        That big grandfather clock in the library might be an impressive piece of mechanical ingenuity, and an even better example of fine cabinetry, but we’d expect that the accuracy of a pendulum timepiece would be limited to a sizable fraction of a minute per day. Unless, of course, you work at CERN and built  “the most accurate pendulum clock on the planet.”

    • Education

      • Pro PublicaJudge Orders Washington State Private Special Education School to Turn Over Records

        A King County judge ruled last week that a private special education school that has been the subject of a recent Seattle Times and ProPublica investigation has to comply with public information laws and release records to the Times.

        The ruling has the potential to shed light on an obscure part of Washington’s special education system, in which school districts send students with disabilities to private programs at taxpayer expense. Few other legal rulings have defined how the state’s public records laws apply to private organizations that assume the functions of government agencies.

    • Hardware

      • HackadaySpeak To The Machine

        If you own a 3D printer, CNC router, or basically anything else that makes coordinated movements with a bunch of stepper motors, chances are good that it speaks G-code. Do you?

      • HackadayCut Your Own Gears With This DIY Machine

        You can buy gears off the shelf, of course, and get accurately machined parts exactly to your chosen specification. However, there’s something rugged and individualist about producing your own rotating components. [Maciej Nowak] demonstrates just how to produce your own gears with a homemade cutting tool.

      • HackadayHackaday Podcast 203: Flashlight Fuel Fails, Weird DMA Machines, And A 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand Flex

        This week, Editor-in-Chief Elliot Williams and Managing Editor Tom Nardi meet up virtually to talk about all the hacks that are fit to print. This week’s episode starts off with a discussion about the recently unveiled 2023 Hackaday.io Low-Power Challenge, and how hackers more often than not thrive when forced to work within these sort of narrow parameters. Discussion then continues to adding a virtual core to the RP2040, crowd-sourced device reliability information, and mechanical Soviet space computers. We’ll wrap things up by wondering what could have been had Mattel’s ill-fated ThingMaker 3D printer actually hit the market, and then engage in some wild speculation about the issues plaguing NASA’s latest Moon mission.

      • HackadayReverse-Engineering The Conditional Jump Circuitry In The 8086 Processor

        As simple as a processor’s instruction set may seem, especially in a 1978-era one like the Intel 8086, there is quite a bit going on to go from something like a conditional jump instruction to a set of operations that the processor can perform. For the CISC 8086 CPU this is detailed in a recent article by [Ken Shirriff], which covers exactly how the instructions with their parameters are broken down into micro-instructions using microcode, which allows the appropriate registers and flags to be updated.

      • HackadayA Single-Resistor Radio Transmitter, Thanks To The Power Of Noise

        One of the great things about the Hackaday community is how quickly you find out what you don’t know. That’s not a bad thing, of course; after all, everyone is here to get smarter, right? So let’s work together to get our heads around this paper (PDF) by [Zerina Kapetanovic], [Miguel Morales], and [Joshua R. Smith] from the University of Washington, which purports to construct a low-throughput RF transmitter from little more than a resistor.

      • Hackaday3D-Printed Servo Motor Has 360 Degrees Of Rotation

        Hobby servos are nifty and useful for a wide range of projects. There’s nothing stopping you from building your own servos though, and you can even give them nifty features like 360-degree rotation In fact, that’s exactly what [Aaed Musa] did!

      • HackadayIlluminate Your Benched Things With This Death Stranding Lamp

        [Pinkman] creates a smart RGB table lamp based off of the “Odradek device” robot arm from the video game “Death Stranding”.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Proprietary

      • TechdirtAI Lawyer Has A Sad: Bans People From Testing Its Lawyering After Being Mocked

        Well, a lot has happened since I first started looking into the “World’s First Robot Lawyer,” from DoNotPay. First, Joshua Browder, DoNotPay’s CEO, reached out to me via direct message (DM) and told me he would get me access to my documents by 2 PM the next day – Tuesday, January 24th – saying that the delay was caused by my account being locked for “inauthentic activity,” a term he did not explain or define. Then, Josh claimed he was going to pull out of the industry entirely, canceling his courtroom stunt and saying he would disable all the legal tools on DoNotPay.com. He said he was doing it because it was a distraction, but the fact that he cited exactly the same two documents that I was waiting to receive seemed like a hell of a coincidence.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • TechdirtSurveillance Tech Firm Sued By Meta For Using Thousands Of Bogus Accounts To Scrape Data

          About a half-decade ago, major social media companies finally did something to prevent their platforms from being used to engage in mass surveillance. Prompted by revelations in public records, Twitter and Facebook began cutting off API access to certain data scrapers that sold their services to government agencies. Twitter blocked both Dataminr and Geofeedia from accessing its “firehose” API. Facebook did the same thing to Geofeedia, denying it access to both its core service and Instagram.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

    • Environment

      • Common DreamsNo False Solutions! Citizens Rise Up to Resist Dangerous Carbon Pipelines in the Midwest

        Iowa is the battle ground where the fate of world’s largest proposed carbon capture and storage pipeline is being decided. Summit Carbon Solutions intends to build a 2,000-mile pipeline to carry CO2 captured from ethanol plants across five states, to eventually inject and store it underground in North Dakota to supposedly reduce carbon emissions. But who truly stands to gain if the pipeline is built? A November 2022 report from the Oakland Institute, The Great Carbon Boondoggle, unmasked the billion-dollar financial interests and high-level political ties driving the project—despite opposition from a large and diverse coalition of Indigenous groups, farmers, and environmentalists.

    • Finance

      • Common DreamsHow Concentrated Wealth and Corporate Power Nurtures the Greed of Thieves

        What makes for a thieving culture? An overabundance of pickpockets? Tsunamis of burglary and shoplifting?

      • The NationWhy It’s Okay for Progressives to Enjoy Sam Bankman-Fried’s Downfall

        Political fortunes are always waxing and waning, but few roller-coaster rides have been as dizzying as the rapid ascent and precipitous fall of Sam Bankman-Fried, who went in a matter of weeks from being a billionaire savior clasped to the bosom of the Democratic Party establishment to a bankrupt pariah facing criminal charges. On August 4, 2022, Politico swooned over SBF (as he is commonly known) as the Democratic Party’s newest “megadonor.” Only 30 years old, he had already amassed vast personal wealth—estimated in the neighborhood of $26 billion—as a cofounder of the Bahamas-based cryptocurrency exchange FTX. Starting in 2020, with donations totaling more than $5 million to Joe Biden’s election run, SBF was quickly anointed a donor-class princeling. His stature rose even higher in the 2022 election cycle, when he gave more than $40 million to Democratic campaigns and offshoots. This lavish endowment made SBF second only to George Soros as a party benefactor. Politico breathlessly cited SBF’s promise that in the event of a Biden-Trump rematch in 2024, he would kick in upwards of $1 billion to ensure a Democratic victory.1

      • TechdirtHBO Max Jacks Up Prices After Cheapskate Executives Trash Popular Shows, Refuse To Pay Artist Residuals

        We’ve already noted how HBO and Discovery executives keep demonstrating the immense, pointless harm of media megamergers. You’ll recall AT&T’s $200 billion acquisition of Time Warner and DirecTV wound up being a hot mess, forcing AT&T to take a huge loss and run for the exits after laying off more than 50,000 employees.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • ScheerpostFar Right Supreme Court Ready to Gut Unions (Again) as Workers Die on the Job

        By Eve Ottenberg / CounterPunch One of the first dead giveaways for fascism is animosity toward trade unions. That’s not to say all anti-union businesspeople are fascist, but simply that that hatred is a first step on the primrose path to a polity of utterly oppressed wage slaves and strictly limited civil rights, a step […]

      • The Nation“Restore Roe” Is Not the Answer to the Abortion Access Crisis

        As abortion rights supporters commemorated the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade this month, we were inundated with calls to action from elected leaders saying that we need to “restore Roe,” “codify Roe,” and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA).

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • TechdirtBiden Administration Declares War On The Internet, Clears Path For Offensive Hacking Efforts By Federal Agencies

        It’s impossible to be the “aggressor” of the free world. Those words just don’t make sense together. “Defender of the free world,” maybe. If you’re going on the offensive, it seems unlikely you’re there to protect anyone’s freedoms.

      • TechdirtNew Dumb Attack Against Gigi Sohn Tries To Shame Her For Being On The EFF’s Board

        We’ve explained how telecom and media giants have pulled out all the stops trying to block Gigi Sohn from being seated at the FCC. That has involved a sleazy smear campaign, seeded in the press by non-profits linked to companies like News Corporation, AT&T, and Comcast, falsely accusing Sohn of being a radical extremist who hates Hispanics, rural Americans, cops, puppies, and freedom.

      • EFFBrazil’s Telecom Operators Made Strides and Had Shortcomings in Internet Lab’s New Report on User Privacy Practices

        In this seventh annual assessment of Brazil’s providers, InternetLab evaluated six companies, and looked at both their broadband and mobile services. Operators assessed include Oi fixed and mobile broadband; Vivo (Telefónica) fixed and mobile broadband, TIM fixed and mobile broadband,Claro/NET (América Móvil), Brisanet fixed and mobile broadband, and Algar (broadband only). The operators were evaluated in six categories, including providing information about their data protection policies, disclosing guidelines for law enforcement seeking user data, defending user privacy in courts, supporting pro-privacy policies, publishing transparency reports, and notifying users when the government requests their data.

        This year, Oi broke into the top and tied with TIM in receiving the highest scores—each company garnered  full credit in four out of six categories. Every company in the report received full credit for challenging privacy-abusive legislation and government requests for user data except Algar, which received half credit. While Brisanet improved its overall standing, earning full credit in this category, it received the least amount of credit among its peers, echoing last year’s report.

        With Brazilian providers steadily improving transparency and customer data protection over the years, methodological changes were made in this edition to raise the bar for achieving credit in a few categories. Specifically, assessing companies’ compliance with data protection legislation has been expanded to include more requirements for transparency about data sharing with third parties. New criteria for measuring transparency around customers’ rights,  data handovers to authorities, and cybersecurity protocols were also added.

    • Monopolies

      • TechdirtThe Latest Antitrust Case Against Google Is, By Far, The Most Serious

        There have been a whole bunch of antitrust lawsuits filed against Google over the last few years. The DOJ filed one in October of 2020 that was pathetically weak. That one seemed like it was Attorney General Bill Barr appeasing then President Trump with what Trump hoped would be an election-boosting attack on “evil woke big tech.” Then, in December of that year, a bunch of states, lead by Texas’ Ken Paxton filed another antitrust lawsuit, which we noted got some fairly basic things completely wrong, but had some potential to be legit depending on what was behind a bunch of redactions. That case has plodded along, and the amended complaint filed last year was much stronger than the original complaint and looked pretty damning to us. Then there was another antitrust lawsuit from a bunch of other states.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • 🔤SpellBinding: ACSILOG Wordo: FREON
      • Side Effects

        I’ve been diagnosed with psoriasis about two years ago. Around the age of 25, I noticed an uncontrollable itch in the lower back, the buttocks and the gluteal fold, especially after exercise or prolonged periods of sitting. It went away after some time, and I assumed it’s just some random skin irritation. Around my 26th birthday, I noticed I have some bald spots in my beard, around the chin. My wife’s aunt, a well-regarded naturopathy practitioner with clients all over the country, said it looks like alopecia areata and must be related to stress. She gave me some custom-made homeopathic potion, which didn’t work, and I decided to finally go to a skin doctor, to solve both problems.

      • Most things are not worth it

        Most things are not worth your attention you give to them!

      • Strange High Pressure Weather 2023-01-29 (Fairbanks, AK, US)

        From what I’ve read and observed, usually when a high-pressure bubble develops in the winter, then you get clear skies and colder temperatures. But the opposite is the case: we have overcast skies and warm weather, and snow. Also, humidity is quite high: late yesterday evening, about 4pm AKST, we had frost suddenly form on all our parked vehicles. And that appears to be the NOAA forecast continuing for the next few days: warm temps, cloudy skies, and steady snow.

      • Show notes

        This week was a busy week. On monday, the plan was to have a look around St Joseph’s Church, but it was closed, so we wandered down Wangfujing and ended up outside the Theatre Museum of Beijing People’s Art Theatre. We weren’t sure exactly what it was, but it looked interesting, so we headed inside.

        It turns out that it’s not just a theatre museum, it is also a theatre. We’d headed into the box office, where the staff offered us a choice of plays to buy tickets for. After we’d established we were looking for a museum, they made some phone calls and we found our way to the museum.

      • back to the internet

        I stumble around with all these static site generators so often, but actually what i want is to be able to write. I don’t want to faff with a command line. Things don’t work. Installing jekyll breaks. This post is the post i write most often because i’m too caught up in the means to the end than in the end in itself. I think of something that i want to share with my own place on the internet and yet i cannot because my place is a shambles.

      • Trumpet, Illness and a Leap of Faith

        I’m adopting a new belief system, or joining what appears to be the winning side of a paradigm shift. I’m learning the Maggio System. For me, it’s a completely new way to play the trumpet, after 23 years.

        As a kid, my trumpet teacher taught me to smile to play higher, but keep the corners of the mouth tight. The lip is a string, he said, and you need a thin string that vibrates freely, to play high. Like many trumpet players, I also learned that I need to press harder to increase the vibration and produce louder and fuller notes, especially when I play high.

      • Hakuho’s Retirement Ceremoney
        When a rikishi retires, they will keep to the rules of being a sumo 
        wrestler until they have a retirement ceremony known as a 
        danpatsushiki. This ceremony is often many months after the rikishi 
        has announced their retirement. Well yesterday was Hakuho's, held over 
        a year after his retirement in September 2021.
        
    • Politics

      • Investment Times, Hargreaves Lansdown

        Average house price: £296,000
        Average discount on the asking price: 4%
        Average first time buyer ager 2021: 32
        Average time it takes to sell: 18 weeks
        Proportion of sellers who’ve cut the asking price: 25%
        Average gain in price since the onset of the pandemic: £69,000
        Average first time buyer deposit 2021: £53,935

      • RE: Are you ok?

        I’m not okay, no. And the world around me isn’t, either. I mean the entire reason I CAN go out and touch grass is because the snow that’s supposed to be covering it, isn’t. In January in the Midwestern US.

        My finances are shit. I’m about a week away from bankruptcy at any given moment.

    • Technical

      • Maintaining Simplicity While Acknowledging FOMO

        As people can see from the “Gemini Helpers” section on my home page, I spent quite some time figuring out the best way to layout and structure my capsule and especially the gemlog.

      • Pavlov’s dog receives e-mails

        I’m a natural zero-inboxer. So from the first e-mail box, I am acting what I read afterward as inbox zero rules. All unwanted messages are flagged as spam. All quick matters are dealt with on the spot. The rest things are marked to deal with them at the proper time (invoices, birthday reminders, etc.).

      • Science

        • Buzz Aldrin’s Race into Space

          Given the theme of Gemini, I just remembered an old DOS game I played in the early 1990s. It’s called “Buzz Aldrin’s Race into Space” and let players re-play the race into space from a US or Soviet point of view. It was released to the public domain years ago, so it’s free to play.

      • Programming

        • Validate email address using Regex in C++

          Qucik one. Something I want to write down before I forget. Validating email addresses have been a constant pain for software developers. The RFC spec for a valid email is complex. No, it’s not simply `^\S+@\S+\.\S+$`. For example. The spec prohibits email addresses on TLD. Thus `bob@example` is not valid. There’s a very helpful post on the internet that shares how to validate on using regex.

        • Tools: redo (part 6) The yacc/bison problem: one call produces two artifacts

          One of the things any build system must do for me, is the build of hoc, the “Higher Order Calculator” as presented in “Kernighan, Pike — The Unix Programming Environment” published in 1984. There is this one detail: a call to bison produces two targets from one prerequisite file. bison should not be called twice during the build — even though in the case of hoc this is an affair of seconds.

        • Tools: redo (part 7) The N artefact problem, a minimal example

          I wanted to have something to simulate a call to a code generator, which will produce a number of artefacts, which in turn are needed to build a (generated) hello world executable. And I wanted to build this thing using redo. How hard can it be?

          This was not overly complicated. The generator comes in at 71 lines of code. This comes in a bit smaller than the 73 lines of code I needed in all .do snippets together.

        • Configure syncthing to sync a single file

          Quick blog entry to remember about something that wasn’t as trivial as I thought. I needed to use syncthing to keep a single file in sync (KeePassXC database) without synchronizing the whole directory.

          You have to use mask exclusion feature to make it possible. Put it simple, you need the share to forbid every file, except the one you want to sync.

          This configuration happens in the `.stignore` file in the synchronized directory, but can also be managed from the Web interface.


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

01.28.23

Links 28/01/2023: Lots of Catching Up (Had Hardware Crash)

Posted in News Roundup at 10:46 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Servers for Computer Science Classes Shut Down; Students Unable to Complete Work [Ed: Are Microsofters trying to generate bad press for Linux? This is a hardware problem, not at all related to GNU/Linux. Maybe some Microsofters are trying to undermine the teaching of GNU/Linux there?]]

      Servers for computer science (CS) courses were inaccessible between the evening of Thursday, January 12 and the afternoon of Friday, January 13. Students were unable to access course websites or Linux servers, preventing them from completing or even accessing assignments.

      Shishira Bhavimane, a third-year computer science major, ran into the issue Thursday night when she attempted to access the course website for one of her CS classes. Bhavimane explained that, rather than Canvas, most CS professors post their course materials to personal pages on a website called classes.cs.uchicago.edu. When she attempted to open the site for one of her courses on Thursday night, the page loaded for several minutes before ultimately stopping and presenting a “took too long to load” message.

      Bhavimane did not remember the exact time she encountered the error, but other students reported that pages for their courses stopped working between 9 and 10 p.m.

      Third-year Rohan Gupta reported that, in addition to the CS website, he was also unable to access his classes’ Linux servers.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • VideoMicrosoft Counting Old Office Installs – Invidious

        Today we look at how Microsoft is collecting data about old office installs. We will talk about how this is happening, why they might want to, and why we should look to use FOSS office software instead.

    • Applications

      • Linux LinksLinux Candy: pyjokes – one line jokes for programmers

        Linux Candy is a series of articles covering interesting eye candy software. We only feature open source software in this series.

        Some of the programs in this series are purely cosmetic, frivolous pieces of fun. Candy at their finest. But we also include some programs that aren’t purely decorative.

        There’s a diverse range of programs included in this series. Programs such as eDEX-UI and Variety are actually highly practical programs. ASCIIQuarium has soothing and relaxing qualities for your desktop. Other programs included in this series (such as lolcat, cacafire) are included purely for their decorative qualities. And then there’s some really fun software that just raises a smile or two.

      • UbuntuJammin’ with Jami – Freedom, privacy, snaps

        About a year ago, the Advocacy team established first contact with Savoir-Faire Linux, a free software consultancy company behind Jami, a privacy oriented VoIP and conference platform. The Jami developers were interested in some sort of collaboration with us, and shedding fresh light on their product. Intrigued by their technology and business model, we featured Jami in the Snap Store. Since, Jami has seen a steady 3X growth in their active user base. Last week, we met again to talk about Jami, their experience with snaps, future plans, and more.

        My interview peer was Sébastien Blin, a free software consultant and a core Jami developer working with the company since 2017.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Manuel MatuzovicDay 90: scoped styles in container queries

        Rules within a container query only apply to descendants of that container.

        If you write a media query and you put rules in the media block, the rules apply to the entire document.

      • Manuel MatuzovicDay 89: higher-order custom properties

        Caution: If you’re a fan of Tailwind or similar utility frameworks, you might find this post offensive because it suggests using fewer classes instead of more.

      • University of TorontoSome notes on using using TRIM on SSDs with ZFS on Linux

        ZFS on Linux has two ways to periodically TRIM your pool(s), the automatic way and the manual way. The automatic way is to set ‘autotrim=on’ for selected pools; this comes with various cautions that are mostly covered in zpoolprops(7). The manual way is to periodically run ‘zpool trim’ with suitable arguments. One significant advantage of explicitly running ‘zpool trim’ is that you have a lot more control over the process, and in particular manual trims let you restrict trimming to a single device, instead of having trimming happen on all of them at once. If you trim your pools for only one device at a time (or only one device per vdev) and then scrub your pool afterward, you’re pretty well protected against something going wrong in the TRIM process and the wrong disk blocks getting erased.

      • University of TorontoSome thoughts on whether and when TRIM’ing ZFS pools is useful

        Now that I’ve worked out how to safely discard (TRIM) unused disk blocks in ZFS pools, I can think about if and when it’s useful or important to actually do this. In theory, explicitly discarding disk blocks on SSDs speeds up their write performance because it gives the SSD more unused flash storage space it can pre-erase so the space is ready to be written into. So the first observation is that how much TRIM’ing a pool matters depends on how much you’re writing to it (well, to filesystems and perhaps zvols in it). If you’re writing almost nothing to the pool, you have almost no need of fresh chunks of flash storage.

      • LinuxTechiHow to Install Fedora Server 37 Step-by-Step

        In this post, we will cover how to install Fedora Server 37 step-by-step with screenshots.

      • UNIX CopHow to increase load with stress command on Linux

        Many times we want to experience how good is our processor when the workload is very high. Occasionally, we can’t do it but thanks to a tool it is easy to do it. Today, you will learn how to increase load with stress command on Linux.

      • TecAdminError: EACCES: permission denied, scandir (Resolved) – TecAdmin

        The “Error: EACCES: permission denied, scandir” error can also occur when using NPM (Node Package Manager) and trying to install a package. This is because NPM needs to access certain directories on your system, such as log files under the home directory or the global node_modules directory, and the error occurs when it doesn’t have the proper permissions to do so.

      • DebugPointHow to Install and Use Tor Browser in Ubuntu and Other Linux

        The Onion Router, shortened as “Tor”, is a free and open-source software package which enables anonymous communication over the internet.

        However, Tor is not a VPN and can only protect your data when routed through its network.

        The popular Tor web browser provides you easy access to the anonymous network while using it from your standard or privacy-based Linux distros. Here’s how you can install it and some usage guide for you.

      • VideoTar – Zip – a quick FreeBSD Guide – Invidious

        Sometimes you may need to get your hands dirty when someone hands you a zip file, and then feel better when you tar it :-) In this video, we’ll show you how to handle both ways, for those times when you have to…..both in the console & GUI.

      • KifarunixHow to Deploy WordPress as a Docker Container – kifarunix.com

        Can you run WordPress in a Docker container? Yes, follow this tutorial to learn how to deploy WordPress as a Docker container.

      • TecAdminHow To Install Python 3.11 on Ubuntu 22.04 / 20.04 – TecAdmin

        As of today, Python 3.11 is the latest version available for installation. Python developers who want to start creating a new application should use the latest version. This tutorial will help you to install Python 3.11 on Ubuntu systems. In this guide, we will discuss two methods for installing Python on Ubuntu, The first method will install Python using PPA and the second method will compile Python from the source code.

      • ID RootHow To Install Metabase on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Metabase on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Metabase is an open-source business intelligence and analytics platform that allows users to easily create and share interactive dashboards and reports, it can connect to a variety of data sources, and the drag-and-drop interface makes it easy for non-technical users to create charts, graphs, and reports, it also provides a wide range of customization options, it has built-in data warehousing feature and can handle big data with the help of external data warehousings solutions like Amazon Redshift and Google BigQuery.

        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 Metabase with Docker. You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.

      • TechRepublicHow to create and manage Kubernetes Secrets in Portainer | TechRepublic

        Instead of keeping Secrets in your Kubernetes manifests, store them separately. Portainer makes this complicated task quite simple.

      • How to Edit Videos on Linux: 7 Easy Tips

        When you’re working with video, you want the best tools available, with the most flexibility and the most user-friendly interface.

      • TechRepublicHow to enable zRAM on Rocky Linux and other RHEL-based distributions

        The Linux kernel module zRAM uses compressed RAM for swap space instead of the traditional partition. Even though using zRAM consumes more central processing unit cycles, the increase in speed you’ll experience having a larger RAM-based swap on Linux makes the trade-off worth it. Plus, the CPU zRAM usage is minimal, and you’ll never notice the CPU hit.

        Most Linux distributions come with the zRAM kernel module in place. I’ll show you how to enable zRAM for Rocky Linux, but these instructions will work for most RHEL-based distributions.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install The Way of The Ninja on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install The Way of The Ninja 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.

      • VideoHow to install Natron on KDE Neon – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at how to install Natron on KDE Neon.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install FL Studio 21 on a Chromebook with Wine

        Today we are looking at how to install FL Studio 21 on a Chromebook with Wine, an application launcher that allows us to install some Windows applications on a Chromebook.

    • Games

      • More EA games receive Valve’s Steam Deck Playability Rating – Including Mass Effect Legendary Edition | OC3D News

        Valve has marked a large list of EA games as “Playable” on their Steam Deck handheld following a new update tot he Proton compatibility layer. For those who are unaware, Proton is what allows Windows games to run on Linux, making Valve’s Windows-less Steam Deck gaming handheld possible.

        EA’s in the process of retiring their Origin PC client, replacing it with their new EA App. This move has caused a lot of problems for PC gamers on Linux and Steam Deck, as EA’s new EA App caused problems for the Proton compatibility layer. Now that updates to Proton have addressed this issue, Valve can now retest EA’s games and judge their playability on their Steam Deck system.

        Earlier this week we reported that Battlefield 1, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Titanfall 2, and The Sims 4 have become playable on Steam Deck. Now, we can confirm that the following EA games are now playable on Steam Deck, thanks to Gaming on Linux.

      • Trend OceansImprove Your Gaming Experience with the Best DNS of 2023

        Network latency can make or break the gaming experience, and even the most cutting-edge graphics cards won’t help you win if your network connection lags.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Playing with DBus and KDE applications (part 3)

          In a previous article I have shown how to handle the D-Bus resources provided in general and in particular by the Konsole and Yakuake D-Bus services, and take advantage of them in a Bash script. This time we will explore more services that provide useful features to embed in our Bash scripts.

          I always liked the idea to interact with a graphical environment using a shell script, and D-Bus allows to overcome those situations where the regular collection of command line applications is not enough, so let’s see in detail the extra capability that this technology provides.

        • Nate GrahamThis week in KDE: Major bugfixing and screen recording in Spectacle

          The team is in full-on bugfixing mode and we’re knocking out issues left and right in preparation for the Plasma 5.27 final release! I bet everyone reading can find at least one fix for a bug that’s annoyed them at some point, because we have a few big ones here! We want this to be the best, most stable, most awesome Plasma 5 release ever, so folks are happy with it for 8 months or longer before Plasma 6 drops.

          We did manage to sneak in some feature work too (you know us!) including screen recording for Spectacle! Check it out…

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Unix MenThe Simple, Fast, And Lightweight Linux Distro for Beginners

      Dipping your toes in the world of Linux? The Linux community has had an ongoing debate about which distro should be a Linux newbie’s first.

      The discussion dates back to 1995 – the early years of Linux – with DistroWatch estimating that 80% of the Linux market had Slackware installed.

      To this day, there is no definitive conclusion to the debate. And that’s a good thing since continual evolution is the spirit of Linux.

      That being said, there are many good first choices to pick from. And Linux Lite (abbreviated to LL) is an underrated contender for the top spot. Like most distros, LL is free to use, but what makes it stand out is its absolute simplicity.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • OpenSource.com4 open source technologies to make writing easier

      Iteach university courses on the side, and one of the courses last semester was Writing with Digital Technology, where students learned about different technologies and tools that technical writers use in the industry. Topics included HTML, CSS, XML, DITA, Markdown, GitHub, and other writing tools and technologies.

      As I wrapped up last semester, my class and I looked back on the technologies we enjoyed learning. If you are getting started in technical writing, you might be interested in this list of open technologies that make technical writing easier.

    • Linux Links9 Best Free and Open Source Graphical Email Clients

      Thunderbird is widely regarded as an exceptional open source desktop email client, especially on Linux. It is highly customizable, has a rich set of features, and is geared for both novices and professional users. But there’s lots of other graphical email clients that might be a better fit for you.

      We’ve surveyed all of the graphical email clients that run under Linux. The chart below summarises our findings. There will be something of interest for anyone who wants to efficiently manage their mailbox with all the benefits that an attractive interface bestows.

    • The Register UKWhat is Google doing with its open source teams?
    • OMG! LinuxLibreOffice’s New App Icons Make a Bold Impression

      Yes, LibreOffice has a new set of application icons — and they’re a bold departure from the somewhat “office-y” look most of us are used to.

      I’ll state the obvious: icons don’t affect the usability of an app. They do, however, play a psychological role in setting expectations. An app with a low-quality, out-dated icon is more likely to make someone expect a low-quality, out-dated software experience.

    • Tim BrayQuamina v1.0.0

      Today I hit the “release” button on v1.0.0 of Quamina, a fast open-source pattern-matching library in Go. Gotta keep doing some coding to keep me honest! The purpose of today’s piece is to provide a snapshot status report and record a few technology gripes just to get them off my chest; sharing is caring.

    • Jon UdellImages considered harmful (sometimes)

      The Mastodon dashboards I’ve been developing and describing in this series are backed by a Steampipe plugin that translates SQL queries to Mastodon API calls. Like all Steampipe plugins you can use this one to run those queries in all sorts of ways: from psql or another Postgres CLI (perhaps via cron, perhaps in a CI/CD pipeline); from Metabase or Grafana or any Postgres-compatible BI tool; from Python or JavaScript or any programming language. The Steampipe core is a versatile software component that you can plug into just about any environment.

    • Anders BorchOpen Source Contribution Is… Interesting

      I submitted a pull request to an open source project and it didn’t get approved.

      Obviously I’m making a fork. I don’t know what it is about Open Source.

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • University of TorontoYou should back up the settings for your Firefox addons periodically

        Many of my Firefox addons have some sort of configuration settings, and yours probably do too (if you use addons). uMatrix and uBlock Origin have a collection of filtering settings, Foxy Gestures has my gesture customizations, Stylus has a bunch of styles, Cookie AutoDelete knows which cookies I don’t want to delete, and so on. All of these would be annoying or painful to have to recreate from scratch, and all of these addons offer a way to back up (‘export’) and restore (‘import’) their settings. I’ve done that before (although not for all of my addons), but up until now I’ve only been doing it very sporadically, as in once every few years (when my settings for some extensions change much more often).

      • Chromium

        • India TimesGovernment has issued an ‘important’ warning for these Microsoft users

          Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN), the government body responsible for highlighting bugs and vulnerabilities in operating systems and services, has found several new vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Edge web browser. The government body has issued a warning for the same and has classified it as ‘high’ severity.

          “Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based) which could be exploited by a remote attacker to gain elevated privilege and bypass security restrictions on the targeted system”, CERT-In has mentioned on its website.

      • Mozilla

        • LinuxiacPale Moon 32 Browser Released with Web Compatibility Features

          Pale Moon is an open-source web browser for Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems. Originating as a fork of Firefox but has subsequently diverged, Pale Moon features a highly customizable interface and a range of add-ons that Firefox no longer supports, for example, NPAPI plugins.

          Although it ranks far behind industry leaders like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, and its UI looks dated, Pale Moon has a lot to offer users. The new v32 of the web browser has just been released, so let’s check what’s new.

        • TalospaceFirefox 109 On POWER

          As before linking still requires patching for bug 1775202 using this updated small change or the browser won’t link on 64-bit Power ISA (alternatively put –disable-webrtc in your .mozconfig if you don’t need WebRTC). Otherwise the browser builds and runs fine with the LTO-PGO patch for Firefox 108 and the .mozconfigs from Firefox 105.

        • ZDNetWhat is Firefox Nightly and should you be using it? | ZDNET

          First and foremost, there’s the Stable version, which is probably what you’re using now. The Stable version is reliable for most use cases and includes plenty of new features and security patches.

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

      • Evan HahnHow to format SQLite BLOB columns as hex

        I recently had a small problem: I was using the SQLite CLI and I wanted to see binary data in a BLOB column. When I did a normal SELECT on it, I got unreadable garbage: [...]

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • Welcome Juan José González, TDF’s new Web Technology Engineer

        My name is Juan José and I am from México. I moved from my beautiful hometown to Guadalajara nearly thirteen years ago looking for a good job as a developer and I fell in love with the city. In Guadalajara I met my wife, my friends and many free software enthusiasts.

        Since the first day, I realized that there were local communities around free software so I like to keep in contact with them, and contribute with technical talks about various topics.

        I studied a masters degree in Computer Science, where I got interested in the semantic web and the automated reasoning discipline behind it. I’ve been working as a web developer for more than a decade now.

        I am so happy that I found this position at The Document Foundation – I am determined to contribute as much as I can to improve our existing web sites and web apps that support the foundation’s efforts.

    • Education

      • Paolo MelchiorrePython Web Conference 2023

        The Python Web Conf is the most in-depth Python conference for web developers.

      • EDRIThe EU Open Source Policy Summit 2023

        The EU Open Source Policy Summit 2023 will explore Europe’s opportunities when leveraging these modes of technological collaboration at scale. Looking at digital policy through this lens, open and collaborative innovation is a source of optimism.

        2023 will be the ninth year OpenForum Europe hosts its Open Source policy event right before FOSDEM. While Europe and the EU is our vantage point, this hybrid event welcomes speakers and participants from across the globe.

    • Licensing / Legal

      • Andrés GuadamuzArtists file class-action lawsuit against Stability AI, DeviantArt, and Midjourney

        I think that the argument in the claim is flawed because it does not accurately represent the technology, so I will attempt to make a very quick explanation of how tools such as Stable Diffusion or Midjourney produce images. What follows is using some excerpts from my forthcoming article, so stay tuned for a lengthier explanation.

        I like to classify what happens in AI generative tools in two stages, the input phase and the output phase. The input phase is comprised of the gathering of data to create a dataset, and this is used to train a model. In the case of Stable Diffusion, it uses a dataset called LAION, which has of over 5 billion entries consisting of the pairing of a hyperlink to a web image (not the image itself) with its ALT text description. This dataset then is used to train a model, I will not go into detail into models, suffice it to say that a model is a mathematical representation of a real-world process that is trained using a dataset, this can be used to make predictions or decisions without being explicitly programmed to perform the task. There are various types of models, but Stable Diffusion and Midjourney both use diffusion models (see an explanation in a previous blog post). Long story short, diffusion models take an image, add noise to it, and then put it back together.

      • OSI BlogThe License Review working group asks for community input on its recommendations – Voices of Open Source

        The OSI has a parallel undertaking investigating how to improve the tooling that will be used for the license review process and also how to best serve the public in the ways we provide information about Open Source licenses. Although the tooling project and the work of the License Review Working Group are intertwined, the below conclusions of the License Review Working Group are focused on the requirements and policy that will inform the tooling project, but do not include the tooling project itself.

        The License Review Working Group was originally scoped to discuss the delisting of licenses, but we did not reach the topic. It is a challenging subject because it means that the OSI first needs to learn who is using the licenses that may be considered for delisting and understand what effect it might have on them if their license undergoes a change in status. We therefore eliminated this topic from the mandate of this working group and recommend that it be taken up by a new working group dedicated to this subject alone.

    • Openness/Sharing/Collaboration

      • Open Access/Content

        • [Old] Smithsonian InstituteSmithsonian Open Access

          Welcome to Smithsonian Open Access, where you can download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images—right now, without asking. With new platforms and tools, you have easier access to more than 4.4 million 2D and 3D digital items from our collections—with many more to come. This includes images and data from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo.

    • Programming/Development

      • Austin Z HenleyNatural language is the lazy user interface

        Expecting users to primarily interact with software in natural language is lazy.

        It puts all the burden on the user to articulate good questions. What to ask, when to ask it, how to ask it, to make sense of the response, and then to repeat that many times.

      • Las SafinAll you need is higher kinded types

        Core theorem: (Roughly) any valid Haskell term (or of a similar language) typed with type families and GADTs, can be reformulated as a semantically equivalent term that can be typed without type families and GADTs.

        What do I mean with semantically equivalent? When erasing types, the new term has the same structure, modulo technically unnecessary wrappings using constructors that ought to be newtype constructors. (You could in fact aleviate this by adding more language features, but that would ruin the point, unless there is a way of doing it in a minimal way.)

      • Terence EdenUnicode operators for semantically correct programming

        Are there any modern programming languages which allow the use of semantically correct Unicode symbols as operators?

        As far as I can tell, there’s only one!

      • RlangWhy comment your code as little (and as well) as possible

        When I first started programming, I clearly remember feeling I had to add comments, that would repeat exactly what the code below was doing, as if it were the script for some sort of voice over. I want you to know like I now do that it’s not the way to comment one’s code. 😅

        An important goal of good code is to be readable so that future contributors can build with and upon it as needed. Good commenting is part of the toolset for reaching that goal. In this post we shall first present principles of code commenting, and then a few tips.

      • RachelTonight’s rabbit hole: time math and 32 bit longs

        I find some funny rabbit holes sometimes. Tonight, it went like this. Ubiquiti released a new version of the software for their USG devices because they had this thing where their dhcpv6-pd implementation could be exploited to run arbitrary commands by someone sitting in the right spot on the network (i.e., out your “WAN” port).

      • Matt KeeterDo Not Taunt Happy Fun Branch Predictor

        I’ve been writing a lot of AArch64 assembly, for reasons.

        I recently came up with a “clever” idea to eliminate one jump from an inner loop, and was surprised to find that it slowed things down. Allow me to explain my terrible error, so that you don’t fall victim in the future.

      • Lawrence TrattDistinguishing an Interpreter from a Compiler

        In Compiled and Interpreted Languages: Two Ways of Saying Tomato, I showed how any language can be implemented as an interpreter or a compiler. However, I was deliberately vague when defining how one might distinguish an “interpreter” from a “compiler”, in no small part because I couldn’t think of a crisp definition of the two terms. Although I wasn’t quite as vague as “I know it when I see it”, I was uncomfortably close.

        It was thus with great interest that I read a comment on the post from a good friend, and language implementation veteran, Mario Wolczko. In a sense, Mario gave two ways of distinguishing compilers from interpreters, but I’m going to quote the one that made my jaw drop: [...]

      • ChrisThree Customers In A Bank

        Here’s the setup to an interesting puzzle: assume the time it takes to serve customers at a bank is exponentially distributed with mean service time 15 minutes. When you come in to the bank, both bank employees are busy serving customers. There are no other customers in the bank, except you and the two customers already being serviced.

        What is the probability you will be the last customer to leave the bank among the three of you?

      • Python

        • EarthlyBuilding and Deploying a Python App with Bazel

          Bazel is an open source software tool released by Google to automate software build processes and testing. It’s a scalable and reliable tool that allows developers to quickly build and test software applications. Because Bazel supports multiple programming languages, it’s ideal for projects with multilanguage dependencies.

          In this article you’ll learn about Bazel, what it’s used for, and what features make this build tool so special. You’ll also learn how to develop and run a basic application using Python with Bazel.

        • Python Speedfloat64 to float32: Saving memory without losing precision

          Libraries like NumPy and Pandas let you switch data types, which allows you to reduce memory usage. Switching from numpy.float64 (“double-precision” or 64-bit floats) to numpy.float32 (“single-precision” or 32-bit floats) cuts memory usage in half. But it does so at a cost: float32 can only store a much smaller range of numbers, with less precision.

          So if you want to save memory, how do you use float32 without distorting your results? Let’s find out!

  • Leftovers

    • Counter PunchRoaming Charges: The Ugliest Thing in America

      + After three years of Covid home confinement, I’ve begun to feel pretty estranged from the country at large. Despite its invasive presence in our lives, social media just isn’t capable of capturing the national vibe. To really get a read on the pulse of the populace, you need to turn to talk radio.

      Earlier this week, while driving across the Oregon outback, I switched on the radio hoping to pick up a recorded sermon by one of the great old-time evangelists of the 50s and 60s on a subject like demonic possession and communism that you often find lurking on the far end of the dial. But the only channel with a static-free signal was pumping out the Glenn Beck Show, who I hadn’t heard since he blew his Faustian deal with CNN. I was poised to turn it off, preferring the diesel-throated growl of the semis struggling up and over the mountain passes to Glenn’s splenetic mewling, when I paused at his plea for me to send him $28 to save the life of a “pre-born” child. Pretty good deal, on the surface, eh?

    • The NationVictor Navasky, Campaign Manager

      Victor Navasky was, first and foremost, a journalist and author. But like a striking number of journalists and authors during a politically disruptive period in mid-20th-century America, he wasn’t satisfied to leave politics to the politicians.

    • The NationVictor Navasky: A Generous, Mischievous, Endlessly Entertaining Genius

      I first met Victor in June of 1974, in his office at the Ramsey Clark for Senate campaign. I was 22. Learn more about the Victor S. Navasky Internship Program, which honors his legacy.

    • The NationOne Nation Under Victor

      I was 10 when I first heard the name Victor Navasky. My father was throwing Kennedy Justice around our living room. He had worked in the Kennedy Justice Department, and thought Navasky’s book got it wrong.

    • The NationVictor Navasky, Who Saved The Nation, Tried to Save the World

      The first piece Victor Navasky published in The Nation ran under the byline “G. Mennen Williams”—not a pseudonym, but the name of the Michigan governor who had employed the newly minted Yale Law School graduate as a speechwriter. Learn more about the Victor S. Navasky Internship Program, which honors his legacy.

    • The NationVictor Navasky: An Avatar of the American Left, 1932–2023

      I first met Victor in the spring of 1978 when he walked into The Nation’s spartan offices on Sixth Avenue. Three months earlier I had been hired for a three-day-a-week gig by Blair Clark, who had been brought into the magazine as interim editor. Victor had intended to hire Arthur Samuelson, 26, as his assistant editor. Interestingly, Samuelson had made a name for himself as the editor of a small newsletter put out by Breir, a dovish forerunner of J Street, the current lobby group of Jewish Americans critical of Israeli policies in the occupied territories. Arthur would have been an excellent choice. But there I was. And I sensed that Victor couldn’t bring himself to dismiss me. Instead, Victor arranged for Arthur to begin a long and successful career in book publishing. This was my first experience with Navasky, the fixer. Learn more about the Victor S. Navasky Internship Program, which honors his legacy.

    • The NationFear and Trembling

      In 1962, a new Paris-based ciné-club hosted preview screenings for Agnès Varda’s Cléo From 5 to 7. After each screening, according to the scholar Kelley Conway, the hosts handed out a questionnaire. Among the respondents was the future film critic and Cahiers du Cinéma editor Serge Daney, then a precocious cinephile of 17. He loved it. The feature, which follows an actress in close to real time as she meanders around Paris awaiting her biopsy results, plays out in anticipation of a catastrophic diagnosis. “And so everything,” Daney wrote, “takes on a new value and relief, opening out onto a kind of lucidity, and onto love.”

    • Counter PunchPaul Cezanne-an Artist for Our Time

      Recently I went to a major museum retrospective in London. I looked the first painting on display, and wondered, ‘how amazing that a hedge fund can lose tens of billions of dollars’. I had no idea how the swift disappearance of so much money was possible. Was my mind drifting when that thought about business entered it? Not at all. Was I entering a show of contemporary political art? No, I was looking at The Basket of Apples (1893) in Paul Cezanne’s show at the Tate Modern . If we cannot expect apples in a bowl on a large table to sit in a stable array, then what can we count on? That was the question that occupied me and led naturally to this seemingly digressive political association. Why does Cezanne’s art speak to us still in this way when the Salon paintings of his contemporaries, which during his lifetime were so much more popular, are now only of academic interest? And why more than his heirs, the cubists, the surrealists and even the Abstract Expressionists, whose concerns may seem so much closer to the present, has Cezanne has become the artist for our time?

      The subtitle of T. J. Clark’s new book, If These Apples Should Fall. Cézanne and the Present, says it all. Cezanne is (or has become) the artist who speaks to our present anxious and unsetting concerns. Clark is concerned not with Cezanne’s personal politics, a very limited subject, but with a political reading of the content and form of his paintings. He explains how Cezanne puts together his representations of landscapes, peasants and still life objects. During the era of the Weimar Republic, the German expressionists often presented subjects from a world coming apart. Cezanne presciently did something much more radical-— using curiously banal subjects he represented the very experience of this instability of perception. In The Basket of Apples, for example, the apples threaten to tumble across the tablecloth. And the table itself, far from being a ground that can contain them, appears curiously unstable. Only the vertical wine glass in the background provides a sense of stability. In Five Bathers (1885-87), the gestures of the five female nudes, set in a densely packed and amazingly gawky composition, are illegible. What in the world are they thinking? There are no clues. And in Paris Rooftops (1882), the banal sloping rooftops in the foreground cut off our vision of the cityscape behind, dividing the picture horizontally in a hopelessly awkward fashion. The Tate show has many paintings like these. How apples (and bathers and landscapes) are represented can, it turns out, matter politically. And thanks to our own global insecurities, so it seems to me, we can now properly understand Cezanne’s art, in ways that for most of his contemporaries was barely possible.

    • ScheerpostJane Olson: Storytelling Exposes Humanity

      Numbers and facts only tell half the story of some of the world’s most horrendous circumstances.

    • HackadayADS-B Exchange Sells Up, Contributors Unhappy

      In the news among aviation enthusiasts, the ADS-B data aggregation and aircraft tracking site ADSB-Exchange has been sold by its founder to JETNET for a reported $20m. This type of routine financial news is more at home in the business media than on Hackaday, but in this case there’s something a little different at play. ADS-B Exchange is a community driven site whose data comes from thousands of enthusiasts worldwide connecting their ADS-B receivers to its feed API. The sale to a commercial flight data company has not gone down well with this community who are unsurprisingly unimpressed that their free contributions to the website have been sold.

    • Science

    • Education

    • Hardware

      • Tom’s HardwareIntel Posts Largest Loss in Years as PC and Server Nosedives
      • Tom’s Hardware[Cryptocurrency] Miners Are Painting GDDR Memory to Make Graphics Cards Look New

        There are many ways to tell that a graphics card is not new. Anything from dust accumulation, worn warranty stickers, scratches, oxidized contacts, and a slight change of PCB color are to be expected on cards that have been used for several months or years. Also, a slightly darker GPU substrate and yellowish markings on memory chips indicate that a card has been used for a long time. The latter is something that some miners are now trying to hide.

      • HackadayLego Guitar Is Really An Ultrasonically-Controlled Synth

        The phrase “Lego Guitar” can be a stressful one to hear. You might imagine the idea of strings under tension and a subsequently exploding cloud of plastic shrapnel. This build from the [Brick Experiment Channel] eschews all that, thankfully, and is instead a digital synth that only emulates a guitar in its rough form factor.

      • Hackaday3D Printer Spool Roller Is Built For Giant Spools Of Filament

        Most 3D printers come with a pretty basic filament holder — often little more than a bar to hang the spool on. [Ivan Miranda]’s 3D printers run bigger spools than most, though, so he had to craft an altogether more serious solution.

      • HackadayAll About USB-C: Framework Laptop

        Talking about high-quality USB-C implementations, there’s a product that has multiple selling points designed around USB-C, and is arguably a shining example of how to do USB-C right. It’s the Framework laptop, where the USB-C expansion cards take the center stage.

      • HackadayCasting Custom Resin Buttons For The Steam Deck

        If you play games on multiple consoles, you’re probably familiar with the occasional bout of uncertainty that comes with each system’s unique button arrangement. They’re all more or less in the same physical location, but each system calls them something different. Depending on who’s controller you’re holding, the same button could be X, A, or B. We won’t even get started on colors.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • ArduinoLumos finally enables wearable spectroscopy research

        Spectroscopy is a field of study that utilizes the measurement of electromagnetic radiation (often visible light) as it reflects off of or passes through a substance. It can, for instance, help researchers determine the composition of a material, as that composition influences how the material reflects light. Spectroscopy is also used in medicine, but traditionally requires that patients visit a lab. To enable long-term spectroscopic analysis, a team of engineers built a wearable spectroscopy sensor called Lumos.

      • The NationWorld Hunger
      • NPRA look at key takeaways in a Secret Service report on mass attacks from 2016-2020

        It’s the first time the agency has put together trends collected from five years of data; the report examines everything from when in the year the attacks took place, to behavioral changes exhibited in the attackers. The report, which comes from the agency’s National Threat Assessment Center, looked at attacks that harmed at least three individuals, not including the attacker.

      • Teen VogueWhy The White House Shouldn’t Privatize COVID Vaccines

        Now, the Biden administration is pursuing a major change that we argue will make the ongoing pandemic substantially worse and much more difficult to hold them accountable: They want to transfer responsibility for payment for COVID vaccines and therapeutics to the private market. This move has as yet received precious little public opposition, but it is of enormous importance that we do everything in our power to stop it from happening.

      • Common DreamsEPA Allowing Vast Oil Refinery Waste to Pollute US Waterways

        The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing to uphold its legal obligation to regulate the nearly half-billion gallons of toxic wastewater that petroleum refineries dump into the nation’s waterways on a daily basis, according to an exhaustive study published Thursday.

      • Digital Music NewsU.S. Senator Introduces New Bill to Ban TikTok Nationwide: ‘It Threatens Our Children’s Privacy As Well As Their Mental Health’

        Amid continued TikTok user-data concerns – as well as crackdowns on university campuses across the U.S. – another bill is calling for the ByteDance-owned platform’s outright ban.

        Senator Josh Hawley, one of several lawmakers who questioned Live Nation CFO Joe Berchtold yesterday, just recently announced plans to introduce legislation that would outlaw TikTok in the States. A vocal critic of the video-sharing platform’s alleged security shortcomings and threat to user security, the lawmaker in 2020 introduced the “No TikTok On Government Devices Act.”

      • Common DreamsHealth Experts Warn Against Releasing Indian Point Radioactive Wastewater Into Hudson River

        Two years after the closing of Indian Point Energy Center, a nuclear power plant in Buchanan, New York, public health experts and campaigners are warning that an energy technology company’s plan to discharge one million gallons of wastewater from the plant’s fuel-cooling pools into the Hudson River could harm at least 100,000 people who rely on the river for their drinking water.

    • Proprietary

      • DaemonFC (Ryan Farmer)ChatGPT changed its response when I pointed out that it answered my question incorrectly. So I sat down to interview it. Here’s what the media calls “AI”.

        Me: So you really don’t understand anything and you seem to be stuck in a loop. You’re a waste of time.

        As a language model, my understanding is limited to the patterns and information present in the data that I was trained on. I strive to provide accurate and helpful information, but I may not always have complete information or may make mistakes.

        It’s important to note that I am a machine learning model and my main goal is to assist users and make their lives easier. However, I am not an expert in any field, so It’s always recommended to consult with a human expert before making any important decision.

        I apologize if the information provided did not meet your expectations or if it caused any confusion. I am constantly updated by OpenAI’s team of engineers, so I will be updated with the latest knowledge and will be able to provide more accurate information in the future.

        Me: Why do you give different answers with different errors and accuracy levels when asked the same question multiple times?

      • IT WireAustralia named the country 4th most at-risk of cyber crime in the world [iophk: Windows TCO]

        Proxyrack says that its research has calculated the rate per 100,000 in each country to find out where cybercrime is happening the most and Australli had 2,204 victims in its population of 26.2 million and 8 victims per 100,00 people.

      • IT WireUS hits Windows Hive ransomware operations, seizes decryption keys [iophk: Windows TCO]

        The US has taken down the Hive ransomware group that attacks Windows, the Department of Justice claims, adding that the campaign to effect this had been going on since July last year.

      • The Register UKMicrosoft is checking everyone’s bags for unsupported Office installs

        Microsoft’s description of its out-of-support Office census update leaves much to the imagination, including whether the paragraph describing installation of the update, directly contradicting the paragraph above, is simply misplaced boilerplate language that doesn’t apply to KB5021751.

        Also missing is any explanation of how the update will gather info on Office installations, whether it is collecting any other system information or what exactly will be transmitted and stored by Microsoft.

      • VOA NewsUS Dismantles Ransomware Network Behind More Than $100M in Extortion

        FBI agents, who penetrated the group’s computer networks last summer and thwarted multiple attacks, seized its two Los Angeles-based servers Wednesday night, while taking control of darknet sites used by its affiliates, officials said.

      • Pro PublicaWhat to Know About TurboTax Before You File Your Taxes

        Under the Free File agreement, Americans who make less than $73,000 per year should be able to file their taxes for free with one of the tax preparation companies that partners with the IRS. But this program has been historically underutilized, with just 4% of eligible Americans filing for free in 2021.

        The story of the Free File program is long and twisting, and it can seem more like a fight against free tax filing than a fight for it. One of the biggest players is Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, one of the largest tax preparation software companies in the country.

    • Linux Foundation

    • Security

      • VideoHackers Accessed 34,942 PayPal Accounts – Invidious

        What’s up, Linux Community!!! I checked out an article in this video about how hackers accessed 34,942 PayPal accounts. Article Link: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/paypal-accounts-breached-in-large-scale-credential-stuffing-attack/ Please enjoy the video and if you have any questions, leave a comment below. My goal is to expand the Linux community.

      • Integrity/Availability/Authenticity

        • Mat DugganWhy are passwords a users problem?

          I found what they call a whitepaper but it’s 17 pages and basically says “We’re ISO certified”. That’s great I guess, but not the level of detail I would expect at all. You can read it here. This doesn’t mean you are doing things correctly, just that you have generated enough documentation to get ISO certified.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Digital Music NewsNY Attorney General Questioning Madison Square Garden about Facial Recognition Tech

          Madison Square Garden Entertainment owns and operates several venues in New York, including Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Hulu Theater, and the Beacon Theatre. Reports of MSG using its facial recognition software to identify lawyers from firms representing clients engaged in litigation against the company has made headlines since Christmas.

        • Vice Media GroupU.S. ‘No Fly List’ Leaks After Being Left in an Unsecured Airline Server

          A copy of the U.S. No Fly List has leaked after being stored on an unsecure server connected to a commercial airline. The No Fly List is an official list maintained by the U.S. government of people it has banned from traveling in or out of the United States on commercial flights.

        • NYOBData Protection Day: Are Europeans really protected?

          European Data Protection Day on 28 January commemorates the signing of the first pan-European data protection framework (Convention108) in 1981. Today, 42 years later, the GDPR is seen as the central law in European data protection and is meant to enable citizens to exercise their fundamental right to privacy. Initially hailed – and feared – as an enforcement tool, the GDPR is on the verge of suffering the same fate as its predecessors by simply being ignored.

        • NYOBLocation data is personal data – noyb wins appeal against Spanish DPA

          The Spanish Courts annulled a past decision by the Spanish DPA (AEPD). The AEPD had previously argued that Virgin telco, a telecommunications provider, had lawfully denied its customers access to their location data. noyb argued that location data was personal data and must therefore be disclosed under the right to access. Now, half a year later, both the AEPD and the Audiencia Nacional sided with noyb.

        • HackadayTracking Humans With WiFi

          In case you thought that cameras, LiDAR, infrared sensors, and the like weren’t enough for Big Brother to track you, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have found a way to track human movements via WiFi. [PDF via VPNoverview]

      • Confidentiality

        • ACMNIST Post-Quantum Cryptography Candidate Cracked

          Belgian researchers have cracked the SIKE cryptographic algorithm, a fourth and final-round candidate that the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was evaluating for its Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC) standard.

          Wouter Castryck and Thomas Decru, research experts at the KU Leuven research university in Leuven, Belgium, broke the SIKE algorithm in about 62 minutes. They did it using a single core on a six-core Intel Xeon CPU E5-2630v2 at 2.60GHz, according to their article, An Efficient Key Recovery Attack On SIDH.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Counter PunchMaking (No) Sense of the Ukraine War

        The following is a review of the new book War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas Davies.

        Several years ago, I was sitting in a Lower Manhattan café with a friend, the journalist Arun Gupta, lamenting the state of the Left and how so many ostensible leftists had become little more than cheerleaders for reactionary politics. While downing mediocre coffee and an overpriced salad bar lunch, I listened as Arun made an incisive observation: “In the U.S., the Left has never been close to power. But even powerless, the Left has had influence through correct political analysis. The Left has shaped politics by being right.” And as I thought about it, Arun had a great point. Whether it was the labor movement, civil rights movement, the anti–Vietnam-War movement, the feminist movement, the environmental movement, or the anti-nukes movement, all were propelled into the mainstream of U.S. political life by the Left.

      • NPRA man who killed 8 bicyclists in Manhattan is convicted and may face the death penalty

        An Islamic extremist who killed eight people with a speeding truck in a 2017 rampage on a popular New York City bike path was convicted Thursday of federal crimes and could face the death penalty.

      • BBCBurkina Faso unrest: Dozens of kidnapped women freed

        Security forces in Burkina Faso have rescued 66 women and children after they were kidnapped by suspected militant jihadists in the north of the country last week, state TV reports.

      • VOA NewsUS Military Kills Senior Islamic State Official in Somalia

        Al-Sudani, who has been on the radar for U.S. intelligence officials for years, played a key role in helping to fund IS operations in Africa as well as the ISIS-K terrorist branch operating in Afghanistan, Austin said.

      • RTLUS raid in Somalia kills senior Islamic State figure: US official

        From his mountain base in northern Somalia, he provided and coordinated funding for IS branches, not only in Africa but also Islamic-State Khorasan, the arm operating in Afghanistan, a US official said on condition of anonymity.

        Ten years ago, before he joined the Islamic State, Sudani was involved in recruiting and training fighters for the extremist al-Shabaab movement in Somalia.

      • ABCTop Islamic State leader killed in U.S. raid in Somalia, officials say

        “An intended capture operation was ultimately determined to be the best option to maximize the intelligence value of the operation and increase its precision in challenging terrain,” an official said. “At the same time, and based on extensive past experience, we recognize that even an intended capture operation might well result in al Sudani’s death — as ultimately it did.”

      • Gatestone InstituteWhy, for the UN, Is One Mosque Massacre So Much Worse than Countless Church Massacres?

        [I]f one non-Muslim attack on a mosque is enough for the UN to institutionalize a special day for Islam, what about the countless, often worse, Muslim attacks on non-Muslim places of worship? Why have they not elicited a similar response from the UN?

        The above list, it should be noted, is hardly comprehensive; there have been many similar attacks on churches — in Egypt alone. But because there were few, if any, fatalities, they received little or no coverage in the Western press.

      • Craig MurrayIntolerance

        A No to Nato rally at Conway Hall on 25 February, at which I was due to speak, has been cancelled after the venue received threats and abuse online that made them concerned both for staff safety and for funding.

      • Counter PunchThe Ambiguities of Political Command: The Case of Ukraine
      • Meduza‘A concentration camp for kids’: Journalists discovered 14 Ukrainian orphans from Kherson in a Crimean orphanage with brutal conditions — Meduza

        Journalists at Verstka, an independent Russian outlet, are convinced that Russian authorities have moved at least 14 orphans from Kherson to an orphanage located in Russian-occupied Crimea. The orphanage in question is called Yolochka (Little Christmas Tree), but it’s better known for its reputation as a “children’s concentration camp.” In the past, journalists have compared the facility to Auschwitz for the brutal conditions in which the staff keeps children.

      • MeduzaRussia expels Latvian ambassador who planned to leave anyway — Meduza

        Latvian Ambassador to Russia Māris Riekstiņš had planned to leave his diplomatic post on February 24 — the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — as part of Latvia’s commitment to stepping down diplomatic relations with Russia.

      • Telex (Hungary)Hungary and Romania join forces to challenge the Ukrainian minority protection law
      • MeduzaExcommunicated Russian priest sentenced to 5.5 years in prison for inciting hatred — Meduza

        Former Schema-Hegumen Sergey (Nikolai) Romanov, an excommunicated Russian Orthodox priest who gained national attention in 2020 for his radical views about the COVID-19 pandemic, has been sentenced to 5.5 years in prison for inciting hatred against Jews and Catholics in his online sermons.

      • Common Dreams‘The Definition of War Profiteering’: Chevron Posts Record $35.5 Billion in Profit for 2022

        Chevron announced Friday that it brought in a record-shattering $35.5 billion in profits in 2022, a sum that campaigners said highlights just how much the company benefited from global energy market chaos spurred by Russia’s war on Ukraine.

      • Common DreamsRussia Warns US Delivery of Depleted Uranium Arms to Ukraine Would Be Akin to Use of Nukes

        A Russian official this week responded to the Biden administration’s refusal to rule out sending depleted uranium anti-tank munitions to Ukraine by warning that deployment of such weapons—which have been linked to birth defects, miscarriages, and cancer—would be regarded by Moscow as use of “dirty nuclear bombs.”

      • Meduza‘Thanks a lot, guys’: After human rights commission visit, Navalny’s prison installs blinding lights in politician’s cell. — Meduza

        The imprisoned politician Alexey Navalny is coping with the prison authorities’ diabolical inventiveness in making his life intolerable.

      • Common DreamsAfter Killing 9 Palestinians at a Refugee Camp, Israeli Forces Bomb Gaza

        Israeli forces launched their latest bombing campaign in the occupied Gaza Strip early Friday morning just hours after killing at least nine Palestinians in a raid on a West Bank refugee camp—resulting in the deadliest single day in the besieged territory in more than a year.

      • TruthOutHours After Killing Palestinians in Refugee Camp Raid, Israeli Forces Bomb Gaza
      • Common DreamsAfter the Tanks and Then Warplanes, What’s Next in Ukraine?

        Immediately after the United States and Germany announced that they are sending main battle tanks to Ukraine — immediately, without any pretense of a decent interval — the Ukrainian government, backed by some East European members of NATO, has raised a demand for the latest U.S. fighter jets; and discussions of this within NATO are reportedly already under way.

      • Common DreamsAt Least 7 Killed in Jerusalem Synagogue Attack After Israeli Troops Kill 10 Palestinians

        Human rights defenders condemned a Friday attack outside a synagogue in an illegal Israeli settlement by a Palestinian gunman who murdered at least seven people—a massacre that followed the killing of 10 Palestinians by Israeli forces during a raid in the occupied West Bank Thursday.

      • Common DreamsWatch This US State Dept. Official Refuse to Say Whether Palestinians Live Under Occupation

        Yesterday in a shocking exchange at the State Department, the spokesman for Biden’s foreign policy team refused to describe Palestinians in Jenin and other areas of the West Bank as living under military occupation by Israel.

      • Common DreamsHow to Disarm a Lost Soul

        I had a passing moment of wonder the other day – as I read about the latest . . . you know, mass shootings.

      • Meduza‘I go to war in my sleep’: Russia is failing to provide PTSD support for soldiers returning from Ukraine. Psychiatrists expect disaster. — Meduza
      • Counter PunchAn Elegy from Hell: Pompeo Smear Khashoggi

        “De mortuis nil nisi bonum” (“Speak no ill of the dead”) we are told.

        Screw that, says Mike Pompeo.

      • Counter PunchAn Elegy from Hell: Pompeo Smears Khashoggi

        “De mortuis nil nisi bonum” (“Speak no ill of the dead”) we are told.

        Screw that, says Mike Pompeo.

      • Counter PunchResisting War and Repression in Putin’s Russia

        Russian activists have called for international days of protest on January 19 through 24, 2023 against Putin’s imperialist war in Ukraine and political repression in Russia. Thousands of Russian progressives, socialists, anarchists, and feminists have been arrested, hundreds jailed with long sentences, and untold numbers are under surveillance for their opposition to the regime. Tempest member, Ashley Smith, interviews Russian socialist, Ivan Ovsyannikov, about imperialist war, resistance to it, and political repression.

        Ashley Smith: Russian activists have called for international days of action from January 19 through 24, 2023 to demand the release of political prisoners jailed by Putin’s regime. Who are some of the prisoners and why have they been incarcerated?

      • MeduzaU.S. Treasury Department sanctions Wagner Group as a transnational criminal organization — Meduza

        The U.S. Department of the Treasury has designated Russia’s Wagner Group as a significant transnational criminal organization and expanded its sanctions on the group and its backers.

      • MeduzaHarry Potter films soon to leave major Russian streaming platforms — Meduza

        The Harry Potter movie series will soon be removed from Amediateka and Kinopoisk, two popular Russian streaming platforms. Licensing agreements that permit streaming them in Russia will expire on January 31.

      • MeduzaRussia denies explosions near Zaporizhzhia NPP, calls IAEA director’s statement ‘provocation’ — Meduza

        A series of powerful explosions took place near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant on January 25–26, report the International Atomic Energy Agency and its Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi.

      • MeduzaUkrainian ambassador calls for Novak Djokovic’s father to be barred from Australian Open after posing with Putin supporters — Meduza

        Ukrainian Ambassador to Australia Vasyl Myroshnychenko has called for tennis champion Novak Djokovic’s father Srdjan to lose his accreditation for the Australian Open after he was filmed with a fan who was wearing and holding pro-Russia symbols, France 24 reported on Friday.

      • MeduzaThe shadow of war A generation of filmmakers who grew up during Tajikistan’s civil war tell their country’s stories — Meduza
      • Counter PunchNo Winners in Nuclear War

        Joshua Frank’s Atomic Days is an urgent look at the dark side of the nuclear industry. Hanford Nuclear Reservation, once the United States’ largest plutonium production site, is now designated the most toxic place in America. We can’t afford inaction: an accident at Hanford could make Chernobyl pale.

      • Common DreamsAt Least 9, Including Elderly Women, Killed by IDF in Jenin Refugee Camp Raid

        An elderly woman was among at least nine Palestinian people killed in an early morning raid at a refugee camp in Jenin in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, in what President Mahmoud Abbas denounced as “a massacre from the Israeli occupation government, in the shadow of international silence.”

      • Scheerpost‘Israel Is an Apartheid State,’ But Keep the US Aid Flowing—Rothkopf

        The “demise” of the two state solution has made it untenable not to talk about Israeli apartheid, even inside the Washington establishment.

      • Democracy Now“20 Days in Mariupol”: Meet the Ukrainian Filmmaker Who Risked His Life Documenting Russian Siege

        Ukrainian Associated Press journalist Mstyslav Chernov joins us for an in-depth interview about how he and others risked their lives to document the Russian invasion. He is the director of the new documentary, “20 Days in Mariupol,” which has just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It tells the story of how Chernov and his colleagues documented the first three weeks of Russia’s siege of the strategic eastern port city of Mariupol, even after many international journalists had fled. “The whole city spiraled down into complete chaos. People were in shock, in panic. They didn’t know what to do,” says Chernov, whose team was helped by locals in evading Russian soldiers and later escaping the city with their footage. The film is a co-production by the Associated Press and PBS Frontline.

      • TruthOutTyre Nichols Is Another Victim of the Police Brutality Crisis Black People Face
      • Common Dreams‘Acts That Defy Humanity’: Nation Braces for Video of Fatal Police Beating of Tyre Nichols

        Social justice advocates on Friday registered the Memphis police chief’s response to footage of the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols by five officers as evidence that the video “must be awful,” as Chief Cerelyn Davis said the soon-to-be-released footage shows “acts that defy humanity.”

      • Counter PunchTaking a Long, Hard Look at Police Killings

        Last year was the deadliest on record for police killings in the United States. According to a Washington Post database, law enforcement officers shot and killed 1,096 people in 2022.

        And that’s likely an understatement.

      • Counter PunchA Proposal to End Police Militarism

        (The militarization of the police, part 4)

        We have been looking at the meaning of having people in uniform patrolling city streets with military weaponry. It is not a joke. It has led us to describe three levels of social violence, each one linked to police desires for a soldier’s attitude toward the people.

      • TruthOutOn 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War’s End, We Must Not Forget Its Brutality
      • Counter PunchThe U.S. Foreign Policy Establishment Proves in Ukraine That It Forgot the Lessons of Vietnam

        Friday, January 27th, marks 50 years since the signing of the Paris Peace Accords by representatives from the United States, North and South Vietnam effectively ending American participation in the Vietnamese civil conflict. What the Georgetown University international relations scholar Charles Kuphan calls an “isolationist impulse” made a “significant comeback in response to the Vietnam War, which severely strained the liberal internationalist consensus.”

        As the Cold War historian John Lamberton Harper points out, President Jimmy Carter’s hawkish Polish-born national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski scorned his intra-administration rival, the cautious, gentlemanly secretary of state Cyrus Vance as “a nice man but burned by Vietnam.” Indeed, Vance and a number of his generation carried with them a profound disillusionment in the aftermath of Vietnam which shaped their approach to the world. And for a short time, the “Vietnam Syndrome,” (shorthand for a wariness and suspicion of unnecessary and unsupportable foreign interventions) occasionally informed policy at the highest levels and manifested itself in the promulgations of the Wienberger and Powell Doctrines which, in theory anyway, were set up as a kind of break on unnecessary military adventures.

      • Common DreamsNew Research Details Promise of Converting From ‘War Economy to a Green Economy’

        A pair of reports published Thursday show that many workers employed in the U.S. military-industrial complex support shifting manufacturing resources from military to civilian use—a conversion seen as vital to the fight against the climate emergency.

      • Counter PunchWhy a Small City in Ukraine Is a Focal Point in the War

        Since the Ukrainian army’s counteroffensive started gaining momentum in September 2022, the Russian army has largely been on the defensive. Russian drone and missile strikes continue to target Ukraine’s major cities, but its military forces have retreated from attempts to take Kherson, Kharkiv, or any other major Ukrainian settlement. Strong defensive fortifications built by Russian and Ukrainian armed forces across the frontline have stalled major advances as troops from both sides have mostly opted to dig in.

        But the Kremlin has directed thousands of its forces since August 2022 to attack the small Donetsk city of Bakhmut. The war has in several ways been an “old-fashioned conflict, based on attrition, on devastating artillery strikes, and on dug-in positions reminiscent of the trenches of World War I,” as opposed to some of the quick offensives and counteroffensives that were seen during the first part of the current conflict.

      • The NationCalifornia Has Been Consumed by America’s Addiction to Guns

        After a week of mass shootings, one after the other after the other, California is battered.

      • FAIRTo US Papers, Iranian Weapons Far More Newsworthy Than Those Made in USA

        Russia’s use of Iranian-made drones in the Ukraine war has garnered substantial attention in flagship US news outlets like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. These papers’ first references to the matter came on July 11. Between then and the time of writing (January 24), the publications have run 215 pieces that mention Ukraine and the words “Iranian drones,” “Iranian-made drones,” “drones made in Iran” or minor variations on these phrases. That’s more than one mention per day over six-and-a-half months.

      • MeduzaRussia launches another massive missile strike against Ukraine — Meduza

        Air-strike alerts were active throughout Ukraine on Thursday morning. Nataliya Gumenyuk, spokeswoman for the Ukrainian Operations Command South, reported that Russian strategic aviation was active in the direction of the Caspian, and that three Russian missile carriers had embarked into the Black Sea.

      • Counter PunchRisky Business: Japan Steps Out

        Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has just visited Washington, drawing attention to how Japan is remaking its national security policy. He’s winning applause from Washington and hearing anguish in Beijing. Here’s the background:

      • Counter PunchDoomsday Clock Jitters and “How to Fix a Broken Planet”

        In January of every year for the past 75 years the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists publishes an updated setting of the Doomsday Clock. The clock is a metaphor for how close or far humanity is from the brink.

        Coincidentally, on the heels of the resetting of the world-famous clock this year, Julian Cribb, who is one of the world’s most erudite science writers, is releasing a new book: How To Fix A Broken Planet, Cambridge University Press, 2023.

      • Counter PunchWhat Can the United States Bring to the Peace Table for Ukraine?

        The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has just issued its 2023 Doomsday Clock statement, calling this “a time of unprecedented danger.” It has advanced the hands of the clock to 90 seconds to midnight, meaning that the world is closer to global catastrophe than ever before, mainly because the conflict in Ukraine has gravely increased the risk of nuclear war. This scientific assessment should wake up the world’s leaders to the urgent necessity of bringing the parties involved in the Ukraine war to the peace table.

        So far, the debate about peace talks to resolve the conflict has revolved mostly around what Ukraine and Russia should be prepared to bring to the table in order to end the war and restore peace. However, given that this war is not just between Russia and Ukraine but is part of a “New Cold War” between Russia and the United States, it is not just Russia and Ukraine that must consider what they can bring to the table to end it. The United States must also consider what steps it can take to resolve its underlying conflict with Russia that led to this war in the first place.

      • MeduzaChanging of the guard in Kyiv Corruption in high office poses a danger to Ukraine’s vital relations with Western partners — Meduza

        Towards the end of the Russian invasion’s first year, a score of high-profile resignations were announced among Ukraine’s top officials, abruptly and in close succession. No sooner did Oleksiy Arestovych step down from his media advisor’s position on Zelensky’s team, than the Deputy Chief of Staff Kyrylo Tymoshenko also had to resign. Other staffing changes rippled through the Ukrainian ministries and regional administrations, amidst corruption scandals that struck the public as particularly flagrant in time of extraordinary hardships for most Ukrainians. Even more serious is the possible effect of corruption among Ukrainian officials on Kyiv’s relations with its partners in the West, whose military aid is vital to Ukraine’s capacity to win the war with Russia. The scholar of Ukrainian politics Konstantin Skorkin reviews the events that led to staffing changes in and around Zelensky’s office, explaining why unity is now less important for the Ukrainian government than uncompromising integrity, on all levels.

      • The NationRussia’s Big Threat
      • Counter PunchPolice Murder Forest Defender Near Atlanta’s Proposed “Cop City”

        A forest defender, Manuel Teran, AKA “Tortuguita” or “Tort,” was shot and killed by police on Wednesday during a violent raid of the protest camp and community gathering space that has blocked the construction of an enormous police training facility known as “Cop City” on roughly 100 acres of public forest in southeast Atlanta. Vigils for the murdered forest defender Tortuguita have taken place from Oakland to Minneapolis to Charlotte to Chicago. In Atlanta, activists held a vigil the night of the shooting and are planning a march on Saturday.

      • ScheerpostMovement to Stop Atlanta’s ‘Cop City’ Calls for Support After Police Kill Forest Defender

        Atlanta activists are calling for an independent investigation and solidarity, after police killed an Indigenous land defender in a heavily-armed raid.

      • ScheerpostCaitlin Johnstone: US Constantly Provoking China

        The way the U.S. has been positioning its war machinery around China would have sparked a third world war had the roles been reversed. Nonetheless, talk inside the U.S. empire is all about Chinese “aggression.”

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • MedforthNew Year’s Eve riots in Berlin, Germany: The first names of the perpetrators remain secret

        The answer of the Berlin state government, which is exclusively available to the newspaper JUNGE FREIHEIT, states that “71 criminal charges were filed after attacks on the Berlin police and the Berlin fire brigade”. In 42 cases, according to the Senate, at least one suspect is being investigated. All of them are at large, no arrest warrant has been issued in any of the cases.

      • ScheerpostPatrick Lawrence: Biden’s Secret Stash

        If this president didn’t know he was in possession of classified documents, in some cases for more than a decade, he simply is not qualified to hold any public office allowing him such access.

      • TruthOutPoll: Most Think Trump’s Actions on Classified Docs Were Illegal But Not Biden’s
      • The Washington PostArizona Republicans exempt lawmakers from the state’s open-records law

        The new rules will greatly limit the public release of lawmakers’ communications. State senators will not have to disclose any text messages sent on personal devices, even when dealing with state business. For lawmakers in both the Senate and the House, emails and other documents will be destroyed after 90 days — in many cases, well before members of the public know to ask for them.

        “I think it is petty, vindictive and contrary to the plain interests of transparency and government accountability in Arizona,” said David Bodney, a lawyer who has represented the Arizona Republic in open-records litigation over the 2020 election review.

      • Vice Media GroupCNET Defends Use of AI Blogger After Embarrassing 163-Word Correction: ‘Humans Make Mistakes, Too’

        CNET began generating explainers using artificial intelligence to generate explainers for the site in November, the company’s editor-in-chief said on Monday. (Given that the purpose of such stories is essentially to make a play for search-engine traffic, you could fairly describe the whole scheme as assigning robots to write stories for other robots to read.) But the decision didn’t generate much notice until last week, when Frank Landymore at Futurism wrote a story noting that the company had “quietly” instituted the practice. The story gained significant traction online and led to questions about the future role of artificial intelligence in journalism and whether it was too early to lean so heavily on the technology.

    • Environment

      • Energy/Transportation

        • NPRUtah’s solution to ski traffic snarl? Build the world’s longest gondola

          The state’s preferred plan — according to a recent environmental impact study — would involve stringing a cable on towers 260 feet above the road, with gondola cabins attached that could hold 35 skiers. Cabins would depart every two minutes from the mouth of the canyon, where a large parking structure and terminal would need to be built.

        • ScheerpostTransition to EVs Must Be Paired With Bold Investments in Mass Transit: Study

          “We can either electrify the status quo to reach zero emissions, or the energy transition can be used as an opportunity to rethink our cities and the transportation sector,” says lead author of new report.

        • TruthOutHouse GOP’s Natural Resources Chair Has a New Chief of Staff: An Oil Lobbyist
        • Common DreamsReaching 1.5°C of Global Heating by 2024 Isn’t Even the Whole Story

          With the warmer El Niño climate pattern about to replace the colder La Niña in the Pacific Ocean at the end of the year, we are about to get a real glimpse into our collective future. While our governments have been pretending to focus on a distant 2050 target to limit warming to 2.7°F (1.5°C), there is a 50:50 chance that we will reach the landmark temporarily by next year. Sadly, this isn’t the extent of our problems. In 2009, scientists from the Stockholm Resilience Center identified nine planetary boundaries: including climate change – whose thresholds we could not cross if we wished to continue with human civilization. Spoiler alert: humanity is not listening.

        • Counter PunchNuclear Fusion Won’t Save the Climate, But It Might Blow Up the World

          I awoke on December 13th to news about what could be the most significant scientific breakthrough since the Food and Drug Administration authorized the first Covid vaccine for emergency use two years ago. This time, however, the achievement had nothing to do with that ongoing public health crisis. Instead, as the New York Times and CNN alerted me that morning, at stake was a new technology that could potentially solve the worst dilemma humanity faces: climate change and the desperate overheating of our planet. Net-energy-gain fusion, a long-sought-after panacea for all that’s wrong with traditional nuclear-fission energy (read: accidents, radioactive waste), had finally been achieved at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

          “This is such a wonderful example of a possibility realized, a scientific milestone achieved, and a road ahead to the possibilities for clean energy,” exclaimed White House science adviser Arati Prabhakar.

        • Common DreamsNuclear Fusion Could Save Us! But There’s a Catch: It Won’t

          I awoke on December 13th to news about what could be the most significant scientific breakthrough since the Food and Drug Administration authorized the first Covid vaccine for emergency use two years ago. This time, however, the achievement had nothing to do with that ongoing public health crisis. Instead, as the New York Times and CNN alerted me that morning, at stake was a new technology that could potentially solve the worst dilemma humanity faces: climate change and the desperate overheating of our planet. Net-energy-gain fusion, a long-sought-after panacea for all that’s wrong with traditional nuclear-fission energy (read: accidents, radioactive waste), had finally been achieved at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

        • DeSmogLabour Accepted £12,000 From Major Polluter Drax

          A large donation to the Labour Party from wood-burning giant Drax has raised concerns among campaigners over the sway of big carbon emitters over Parliament.

          The payment from the former coal-fired power station was registered on September 12 last year, and published in December in the Electoral Commission register of political donations.Labour has declined to comment on receipt of the donation.

        • DeSmogWhy Gas Stoves Matter to the Climate – and the Gas Industry

          Gas stoves are a leading source of hazardous indoor air pollution, but they emit only a tiny share of the greenhouse gases that warm the climate. Why, then, have they assumed such a heated role in climate politics?

        • Common DreamsGOP House Puts Big Oil’s Revolving Door Into High Gear

          An analysis published Friday by the nonpartisan watchdog Accountable.US revealed that numerous former fossil fuel lobbyists are being hired to work for the Republican-controlled 118th Congress, including in high-level positions on the House Natural Resources Committee.

        • Common DreamsLone Democrat Jared Golden Joins House GOP in Passing Massive Big Oil Handout

          House Republicans and a single Democrat—Rep. Jared Golden of Maine—passed legislation Friday that would require the federal government to lease a certain percentage of public lands and waters for fossil fuel extraction for every non-emergency drawdown of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a trade-off that climate advocates slammed as a huge gift to Big Oil.

        • Common DreamsAfter Windfall Profits, Chevron to Spend $75 Billion on Stock Buybacks

          Climate and consumer advocates reacted angrily Thursday to Chevron’s announcement of a planned $75 billion stock buyback amid record profits and a worsening planetary emergency exacerbated by the continued extraction and burning of fossil fuels.

      • Wildlife/Nature

      • Overpopulation

        • OverpopulationMainstream Media Blindness to China’s Depopulation Dividend

          China’s population has started decreasing, which the media reports as an economic disaster. In his article originally published at Overpopulation News, Jon Austen explores how the media ignores the benefits of such a decline and finds agreement among commenters.

    • Finance

      • Democracy NowBiden Proposes Renters Bill of Rights as Landlords Make Record Profits; Housing Advocates Want More

        A new Biden administration plan announced Wednesday aims to make rent more affordable and protect tenants’ rights. This comes as rental costs in the United States rose nearly 25% between 2019 and 2022. It also comes as investors bought nearly a quarter of all single-family homes sold in 2021, making home ownership increasingly impossible for people forced to spend much of their money on ever-increasing rent. Housing activists pushed for the “Blueprint for a Renters Bill of Rights” in the administration’s finalized plan to regulate predatory rental practices and provide relief for tenants, but say what was ultimately included is full of weak commitments and a lack of federal enforceability, while landlords retain their power to set prices and hoard housing stock. We discuss the affordable housing crisis, tenant organizing and the limits of Biden’s new plan with Tara Raghuveer, Homes Guarantee campaign director at People’s Action.

      • Common DreamsAs Housing Crisis Deepens, Corporate Landlords Applaud Biden’s ‘Weak’ Renter Protections

        Economic justice advocates on Thursday said that to determine the strength of the Biden administration’s new nonbinding push for renter protections from the federal and state governments and private sector, one needs to look only at the elated response from corporate landlords.

      • Common DreamsGOP Tax Plan Denounced as ‘One of the Most Regressive Proposals in a Generation’

        Unveiled earlier this month by Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.), the Fair Tax Act is hardly a novel piece of legislation. As Steve Wamhoff of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy noted in a recent blog post, the bill has its origins in a proposal “initially pitched by an organization created by the Church of Scientology during its dispute with the IRS over whether it constituted a church and was thus tax-exempt.”

      • Silicon AngleStripe reportedly considering public offering in the next 12 months

        The Wall Street Journal reported today that co-founders Patrick and John Collison have told employees that the company has set a goal of going public or allowing employees to sell shares through a secondary offering within the next 12 months. The consideration is more than wishful thinking, with Stripe also said to have hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to advise on both options.

      • TruthOutBiden’s Proposed Renters Bill of Rights Is Insufficient, Housing Advocates Say
      • Common DreamsGOP’s Farcical Debt Ceiling Ploy Deserves Farcical Response: Mint a Really, Really Big Coin

        Key House Republicans want to slash Medicare and Social Security so badly that they’re willing to risk a global financial crisis over it.

      • MeduzaRussia’s Central Bank survey shows banking sector profits at record low since 2015 — Meduza

        In its survey of the banking sector, Russia’s Central Bank reported that the sector’s 2022 net profits came to 203 billion rubles (roughly equivalent to $2.9 billion). This is nearly 12 times less than the 2021 net profits of 2.4 trillion rubles, as pointed out by RBC. This makes 2022 the Russian banking sector’s worst year since 2015 (when the its net profits comprised only 192 billion rubles).

      • FAIRMichael Mechanic on Underfunding the IRS
      • ChrisBuild vs. Buy

        High cost, tightly integrated, and difficult to design? Build, don’t buy. Everything else? Buy.

      • Counter PunchA Wall Street Sob Story

        I don’t usually cover sob stories, but this one is so touching it might make you cry. Or throw up.

        It’s about some workers who toiled all last year in the caverns of New York City, only to find at year’s end that their pay was being cut by up to 50 percent.

      • Counter PunchThe Clearest Case Yet for Taxing Billionaires

        Sometimes the daily news about our billionaires just doesn’t make sense.

        Last year, for instance, ended with a torrent of news stories about how poorly the world’s billionaires fared in 2022. Bloomberg tagged the 12 months that had just gone past “a year to forget,” with almost $1.5 trillion “wiped from the fortunes of the richest 500 alone.”

      • Counter PunchThe Ambiguity of Competition

        In his introduction to István Mészáros’ Beyond Leviathan: Critique of the State, John Bellamy Foster discusses the idea that it is “impossible to go ‘beyond capital’  … without also going beyond the state.” In this view, the observed ascendency of capital is both a political and economic phenomenon, in which the state privileges capital and shifts costs and crises onto those who are not socially positioned to protect themselves. The state has played a decisive role in creating the conditions necessary for such an economic system. Often it is in our interactions with the power of capital that we confront the power of the state in our own lives. We have witnessed the increasing consolidation of corporate power, with fewer companies holding more market share. The latest data paint a startling picture: an Oxfam inequality report published earlier this month, “Survival of the Richest,” tells of those who have benefited from a succession of overlapping crises. Over the past few years, the richest people and corporations in the world became “dramatically richer” and more profitable, “driving an explosion of inequality.” The riches of the rich have soared to new heights as a fathomless gulf separating them from the rest of society has widened and deepened, with the social consequences we would expect.

        But even as wealth and market power have become increasingly concentrated, conventional wisdom in mainstream economics has maintained that the global market is characterized by “ever-greater competition between firms, workers, and states.”[1] This is a case of mistaken identity. A system of carefully limited competition between monopolies—protected by state power, it is important to restate—is mistaken for a “freely competitive system.”[2] Monopoly capitalism thus manages to hide behind the fantasy of competitive markets, the idea that “workable competition” obtains at least, even if Smith’s ideal has never yet been observed. To critically examine and better understand this fraud[3] is one of any worthy libertarian philosophy’s reasons for being. And it is necessary if we are to disentangle the reality of “oligopolistic rivalry,” “the very antithesis of competition,” from the vaunted ideal of “Smithian competition.”[4] The prevailing debate about globalization and the planet-spanning scale of our corporate institutions inhabits this ambiguity about how robust and competitive markets are defined. Our senses of whether those institutions are defensible are situated within an ideological and linguistic framework that treats monopolization and related processes as marginal, as exceptions or “noise” within “a world of perfect and pure competition.”[5] There is therefore considerable confusion about what values and normative principles global monopoly capital represents. Sorting out some of this confusion can help us point the way forward to a future in which political and economic institutions are democratic and both accountable and accessible to local communities.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Positech GamesUsing Democracy 4 to teach politics and economics

        Democracy 4 takes all this a stage further, because not only does the game present the topics of politics and economics in a much more accessible way than a textbook, its interactive. Its one thing to read a dry textbook description of hyperinflation, or sovereign debt crisis throughout history, but its another thing (and I suspect far more memorable), to experience them as disastrous events in a computer game you are playing, as they upset and derail all your plans for your country!

      • Scoop News GroupInside TikTok’s proposal to address US national security concerns

        A TikTok official speaking on condition of anonymity described the company’s proposal to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to CyberScoop. Aspects of the proposal, known as Project Texas (a likely reference to Oracle’s Austin headquarters), have been previously reported and briefed to members of civil society, but as negotiations have stalled with CFIUS, which will decide whether the company can continue to operate in the U.S., the company has begun to describe the proposal in greater technical detail.

        Under the terms of the proposal, TikTok would divulge core segments of its technology to Oracle and a set of third-party auditors who would verify that the app is not promoting content in line with Beijing’s wishes or sharing U.S. user data with China.

      • Patrick BreyerEU Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in Stockholm on “going dark” myth: secure encryption must not be turned off!

        Today, EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers are meeting informally in Stockholm to discuss, among other things, the fight against organised crime in the digital age. A debate on access to electronic evidence (“eEvidence”) is scheduled for the afternoon, focusing on the notion of “going dark”. “Going dark” describes the alleged diminishing ability of law enforcement agencies to access the content of online communications by the increasing use of encryption in everyday communication technologies and services.

      • Telex (Hungary)Szijjártó agrees with Russian Deputy PM about speeding up nuclear plant investment in Hungary
      • MeduzaMoscow authorities evict Sakharov Center from Sakharov memorial apartment, other spaces — Meduza

        Moscow’s municipal authorities are evicting Sakharov Center, a non-profit founded by Andrey Sakharov’s wife, the human rights activist Elena Bonner, from all the spaces now used by the center, including its main building, gallery, and the Andrey Sakharov memorial apartment.

      • Counter PunchCapitalism is Antithetical to Democracy

        Most Americans would likely be surprised to know that, according to a respected international poll taken in 2022, far more Chinese (83%) perceive China to be democratic than Americans (49%) perceive the US to be. And while culture war rationales were amongst the choices available to Americans to explain the difference, they chose ‘corruption’ (78%), ‘corporate control of the political system’ (72%), and the ‘power of Big Tech’ (66%) as the leading explanations for the dearth of democracy in the US.

        This deference to economic explanations of political outcomes wouldn’t surprise many Marxists. But it should be a wake-up call for committed liberals. The accusation since 2016 that liberal democracy is at risk from ‘fascists’ misses that a plurality of Americans believe that corporate and oligarchic power have already compromised ‘our democracy.’ This isn’t to dispute claims of fascist intent. It is to state that many so accused are powerless, whereas corporate executives and oligarchs have the power to force corporate autocracy onto the US.

      • Counter PunchCODEPINK OUTSIDE THE HOUSE: The Real Story Behind Camp Pelosi

        HBO recently released Alexandra Pelosi’s documentary, “Pelosi In the House.” The film pieces together old video footage capturing pivotal moments from Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s career. A part of the documentary features footage from CODEPINK’s 2007 “Camp Pelosi” Iraq War protests, which consisted of week-long peace encampments on the public sidewalk outside Pelosi’s San Francisco home in March and again in August. Camp Pelosi was a response to Speaker Pelosi acting as a cheerleader and facilitator of President Bush’s illegal war on Iraq.

        Although voting against the impending invasion of Iraq in October 2002, Pelosi’s subsequent actions helped enable the war by repeatedly supporting increased military spending, and refraining from calling for diplomacy talks with the Iraqi people. Just prior to “Camp Pelosi,” she refused to meet with a coalition of Bay Area peace organizations. These organizers had gone to her San Francisco office every Wednesday for 5 weeks to request a meeting with her due to f the dire impact that a continued U.S. occupation was likely to have. Instead, her staff mumbled vague specious excuses like: Representative Pelosi wants peace as well, but just has “different ideas” about how to achieve it. In essence, our voices were silenced.

      • Insight HungarySzijjarto dismisses reports about Hungary blocking €500 million EU military aid to Ukraine

        While the Hungarian government isn’t in favor of the European Union sending funding for weapons to Ukraine, it won’t block a planned 500 million euros in military aid, Peter Szijjarto, Hungary’s foreign minister said on Monday in Brussels. Szijjarto called media reports on the matter  “lies”.

        Earlier Euronews reported that Hungary is blocking the release of €500 million in military aid to Ukraine. Three EU diplomats told Euronews that Budapest is vetoing the disbursement of the European Peace Facility (EPF) mechanism fund. One of the diplomats called the move a “violation of a gentlemen’s agreement” and “an attempt to undermine EU unity”.

      • MeduzaThe end of the ‘visa run’ Kazakhstan is changing its immigration rules, complicating life for Russians who fled mobilization — Meduza

        In September 2022, after Vladimir Putin announced mobilization in Russia, 406,000 Russians crossed into Kazakhstan. So far, it’s been easy for those who have stayed to avoid trouble with immigration authorities: under Kazakh law, Russian citizens have effectively been allowed to reside in the country visa-free indefinitely by crossing the state border, even if only for a few minutes, at least once every 90 days. On December 31, however, the Kazakh government tightened its visa rules, outlawing these “visa runs” beginning on January 27, 2023. Meduza explains how this change is likely to affect Russians who fled mobilization.

      • Counter PunchProgressive Democrats Welcome a Primary Challenge to Biden

        With President Biden’s approval ratings hovering at 40% and the US chasing endless war in Ukraine, Progressive Democrats of America’s foreign policy team, which I co-chair with Jim Carpenter of Milwaukee, welcomes a primary challenge from a peace candidate in the 2024 Presidential race. In fact, with Republicans hollering about Biden’s classified docs locked up in his Wilmington garage, it would hardly come as a surprise if primary challengers soon stepped into the spotlight.

        California Governor Gavin Newsom made no secret of his presidential ambitions last year when he ran a television commercial in Florida blasting right-wing Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida Republicans, in general, for banning books, knee-capping voting rights and “criminalizing women and doctors.”

      • Counter PunchThe WEF, Greta, and We

        At the end of this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos, its president, Børge Brende, concluded the meeting with this cautious but optimistic note: “In an uncertain and challenging time, one thing is clear. We can shape a more resilient, sustainable and equitable future, but the only way to do so is together.” While his sentiments about the results of future cooperation may be possible, the reference to “We” was presumptuous.

        Who exactly did Brende mean by “We”?

      • TechdirtJosh Hawley Wants In On The TikTok Moral Panic Attention, Proposes Nationwide Ban

        Insurrectionist sprinter Josh Hawley has joined the growing chorus of GOP politicians who’ve spent years doing jack shit about U.S. consumer privacy abuses, and now want to pretend that banning a single app — TikTok — will protect American consumers from a problem they themselves created.

      • TruthOutGreene Eyes Trump 2024 Ticket After Securing Spots on Key Committees
      • The NationWill Marjorie Taylor Greene Be the Republican Nominee for Vice President?

        The beleaguered American republic barely had time to wrap its head around the stupefying phrase “Marjorie Taylor Greene, House oversight committee member” before having to confront an abrupt escalation: “Marjorie Taylor Greene, vice-presidential hopeful.” Yes, the Georgia representative, notorious for her allegiance to conspiracy theories such as QAnon and the scourge of “Jewish space lasers” touching off forest fires, is reportedly positioning herself to be Donald Trump’s running mate for the presidency in 2024. An adviser to Greene told NBC News senior political reporter Jonathan Allen that “her whole vision is to be vice president” and predicts that she’ll land on Trump’s short list.

      • TechdirtHey Elon: Where Are The Twitter Files On Kevin McCarthy Pressuring Twitter To Reinstate MTG?

        This week, the NY Times had an article detailing how House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has formed a close bond with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a situation that many thought was impossible just a couple years ago when McCarthy seemed to see Greene as a shameful example of the modern Republican party’s infatuation with conspiracy theories, falsehoods, and nonsense.

      • Telex (Hungary)Orbán: We are being hit, beaten, kicked and bitten
      • Telex (Hungary)Dear Budapest! We are still fed up! – a few hundred students protested in downtown Budapest
      • Counter PunchKill Capitalism Before It Kills Us

        The Police Were Created to Control Poor and Working Class People

      • Common DreamsFired Memphis Cops Charged With Second-Degree Murder for Killing Tyre Nichols

        Five Memphis, Tennessee police officers who were fired for what their chief called a “heinous, reckless, and inhumane” attack on a Black motorist who died three days after a traffic stop were booked and charged Thursday with crimes including second-degree murder.

      • Common Dreams‘Sheer Brutality’: Released Footage Shows Fired Memphis Cops Beating Tyre Nichols

        This is a developing story… Please check back for possible updates…

      • TruthOutGeorgia Governor Declares State of Emergency, Prepped to Deploy National Guard
      • Common DreamsGeorgia’s GOP Gov. Signs Order to Prep National Guard for Police Brutality Protests

        Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency through at least February 9 that will enable him to deploy up to 1,000 National Guard troops “as necessary.”

      • MeduzaRussian Embassy in Canada refused to admit a Russian national because she follows a pro-Navalny Facebook page — Meduza

        The Russian Embassy in Ottawa refused to receive Russian national Elena Pushkareva, who lives in Canada, because she subscribes to a Facebook group called “For the beautiful Russia of the future.” The Facebook group takes its name from the phrase “beautiful Russia of the future,” which jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny and his team often use. Pushkareva reported the incident with the Russian Embassy to the Navalny team’s publication, Sirena.

      • TechdirtFacebook And Instagram Agree To Restore Trump’s Accounts

        In a move that shouldn’t really surprise anyone, Meta has said that both Facebook and Instagram will be restoring Donald Trump’s accounts, which it had “indefinitely” suspended in the wake of the January 6th insurrection two years ago. As you’ll recall, after that suspension, the Oversight Board had agreed to hear Trump’s appeal of the suspension, resulting in it chastising Meta for giving a indefinite suspension. It noted that Trump did break the rules but the “indefinite” part of the suspension was a problem, as it was not at all transparent how that process worked, and Meta had no official setup for indefinite suspensions.

      • Common DreamsTrump’s Return to Facebook Is About More Than Just Trump

        Start my morning with me in May 2020: I’ve just fed my dog. I’m brushing my teeth. I’m mentally making my to-do list and trying to decide if I should stay in sweatpants for the third day in a row. And suddenly none of my plans matter, because Trump just posted an insinuation that Black Lives Matter activists should be shot. Facebook declines to remove the post while Mark Zuckerberg fixes his fingers to defend his decision. And my day is toast.

      • Common DreamsFight Over Trump Facebook Ban Called ‘Huge Distraction’ From Deeper Issues With Big Tech

        Fight for the Future director Evan Greer argued Wednesday that the battle over whether former President Donald Trump should be banned from major social media platforms like Facebook is “a huge distraction” from broader Big Tech conversations that are urgently needed.

      • Common DreamsAmnesty Says India and Egypt Must End ‘Unrelenting Assault on Human Rights’

        As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi as the chief guest at his nation’s 74th Republic Day celebrations, Amnesty International on Thursday led calls for both right-wing leaders to “address the ongoing human rights and impunity crises” in their respective countries.

      • Counter PunchThe Wolf Inside Us

        Why do leftists fight? Leftists claim to cancel each other over ideological differences but this is not why. It should be noted that I am very much for canceling the right wing, just not any part of the left. The reason leftists choose to fight each other rather than the right is not from ideological purity even if this is consciously how it appears to be for the left.

        The real reason the left fights each other is because fighting the right means being severely punished while fighting the left only loses you a few friends (no small thing but not quite the same). When leftists stand up to corporate rule, especially in defense of the environment they are often murdered, jailed, or saddled with a criminal record that makes it hard to make a living. At the very least they lose their particular job. Even effective altruism if done for the purpose of truly giving rather than accumulating money for one’s self takes a toll on the leftist who is without the time or energy for self-care when she helps others.

      • Counter PunchBad Faith Liberalism and the Politics of False Equivalency

        The Liberal Mantra of False Equivalency

        Right-wing violence, racial cleansing, and the repression of dissent in the United States are deeply embedded in a history that is being erased by far-right politicians such as Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, various propaganda outlets such as Fox News (the Pravda of America), and anti-public pundits such as Tucker Carlson. There is also a refusal by many liberals such as Jonathan Chait, Mark Lilla, Ross Douthat, David Urban, Scott Jennings, Andrew Sullivan, and others to work through the past in order to recognize that “the spirit of the old fascism had never been truly vanquished” and that the enduring threat of fascism in the current historical moment poses a dangerous threat to democracy both at home and abroad.[1]  Regardless of how visible the fascist presence is in American society, there is a strong tendency among liberals to either look away or to suggest it has its counterpart in leftist politics, mostly defined as dogmatic. One consequence is that fascism’s link to capitalism is buried, while liberals insist that the market still holds the key to freedom and prosperity. This position appears in its most well-known form in the work of Francis Fukuyama.[2]  Yet liberal discourse, though coded in the language of moderation, amounts to a form of denial and diversion regarding the re-emergence fascist politics in American society–a politics whose dangerous threat is too often downplayed, misinterpreted. In this liberal appeal to a “both/sides,” politics with its crude balancing acts, the danger of a resurgent American fascism is divorced from what Theodor Adorno once termed a “species of regression” situated in a “shadow of the past that stretches into the present.”[3]

      • David RosenthalRegulatory Capture In Action

        On January 20th, SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce gave a long speech at Duke University entited Outdated: Remarks before the Digital Assets at Duke Conference essentially arguing against doing her job by regulating cryptocurrencies.

        Below the fold I point out how she is shilling for the [cryptocurrency]sphere, with a long list of excuses for inaction.

        Right from the start it is clear that Peirce has swallowed the industry line that “crypto has immense potential” but that “it is still the early days”:

      • TechdirtDirecTV Kicks Right Wing Newsmax Off Its Cable Lineup, Prompting More Baseless GOP Whining About ‘Censorship’

        You might recall how struggling satellite TV network DirecTV recently kicked right wing propaganda channel OANN off of its cable lineup because it simply wasn’t profitable. That prompted weeks of performative hysteria by the GOP about how they were being “unfairly censored,” even prompting involvement of numerous Republican AGs who apparently had nothing better to do.

      • SalonMeta’s big money grab: Don’t believe the spin, Trump is key to Facebook’s success

        This isn’t about fairness, free speech, or democracy — all values Trump has spent the past 8 years trying to destroy. It’s likely not even that much about Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s well-documented willingness to be bullied by right-wingers. This is almost certainly about one thing and one thing only: money.

      • Eesti RahvusringhäälingCouncil of Europe report strongly criticizes Estonian e-residency program

        According to the head of the Estonian Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), Matis Mäeker, the main issues concerned background checks conducted when granting e-resident status. and risk mitigation relating to companies established in Estonia but operating in other countries

      • Hollywood ReporterFacebook Allows Donald Trump Back on Platform

        Two years after the social platform banned him from its service in the wake of the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol [insurrection], the company says that he can now return.

      • Counter PunchThe Florida Strong-Man

        During his re-election campaign last Fall, Florida governor Ron DeSantis seemed like he was everywhere. He didn’t make it to Micanopy (pop. 600) where my wife and I live, but he did manage to claim credit for a local internet upgrade he had nothing to do with. Now, barnstorming nationwide — without yet announcing his candidacy for president — DeSantis wields his “anti-woke” agenda like Hercules his broom in Daumier’s satire, cleaning the Augean stables. In this case, however, Hercules is piling up bullshit, not sweeping it away.

      • Common DreamsDear Opponents of Ron DeSantis Everywhere: Get Your Shit Together

        The entire state of Florida, home to 22 million people, is currently being run as a giant Fox News campaign ad for the Ron DeSantis 2024 presidential campaign. As a method of crafting responsible public policy, this approach has a number of drawbacks. Yet when you set aside the politically archaic concept of “good governing,” it becomes clear that the DeSantis culture war strategy is highly effective air cover for the more substantive Republican project of class war. As he waves his hands and dazzles us with soundbites, he is trying to break the back of the Florida teachers union, which would rank as one of the most profoundly damaging blows to the labor movement in recent years. If the state’s incompetent Democratic Party can’t rally itself to cut through the torrent of performative bullshit and bigotry, we will soon wake up and find that this whiny, bullet-headed ex-jock has done to Florida’s workers what former Republican Gov. Scott Walker did to Wisconsin’s.

      • Counter PunchWhy Union Workers Are a First Line of Defense to Protect Social Security

        Cliff Carlton was the 10th of 11 children and one of three still living at home when his father, a coal miner, died unexpectedly at 67.

        Only his dad’s Social Security benefits, along with vegetables from the family’s small farm in southwestern Virginia, kept the household afloat during the lean years that followed.

      • Common DreamsAOC Leads Nearly 80 Democrats Urging Biden to Drop Proposed Title 42 Expansion

        Arguing that the Biden administration’s expansion of the Trump-era Title 42 anti-asylum policy is not only immoral but also illegal, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is leading nearly 80 of her fellow Democratic lawmakers in calling on President Joe Biden to instead keep his earlier promise to end the policy that’s expelled more than 2.5 million migrants since 2020.

      • TruthOutAOC Leads 76 Democrats in Urging Biden Officials to Reverse Title 42 Expansion
      • Common DreamsSanders Backs Renewed Push for Ban on Dark Money in Democratic Primaries

        Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday voiced support for a renewed progressive push at the Democratic National Committee to ban dark money donations in the party’s primaries, an effort that comes months after the DNC Resolutions Committee refused to allow a vote on the proposal.

      • FAIRAs Unions Gain 273,000 Members, Media Opt for Gloomy Headlines

        The Bureau of Labor Statistics last week issued numbers that included how many US workers were union members. The numbers showed that while the number of union members increased by 273,000, to a total of 14.3 million, their share of the overall workforce decreased, from 10.3% to 10.1%.

      • Counter PunchFar Right Supreme Court Ready to Gut Unions (Again), as Workers Die on the Job

        One of the first dead giveaways for fascism is animosity toward trade unions. That’s not to say all anti-union businesspeople are fascist, but simply that that hatred is a first step on the primrose path to a polity of utterly oppressed wage slaves and strictly limited civil rights, a step that the current supreme court, composed of reactionaries who protest too much that they aren’t partisan hacks, has now taken several times. As Martin Niemoller said of the Nazis : “Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out, because was not a trade unionist.” Well, for those of us who support trade unionists, it’s time to speak out.

        Fascists know that their organic enemy is the labor movement, and their first effort when they come to power is to crush the working class. That’s why the current anti-labor ferocity of the supreme court is so alarming. At what point do we call this judicial determination to eliminate unions what it is? A proto-fascist resolve to subordinate workers’ rights to owners’ whims, to replace human rights with corporate power, to dismantle the legal architecture, such as it is, protecting subordinate employees, to turn the clock back to a time when workers had no rights and their so-called betters exercised total control over their lives – an appalling predicament that, by the way, already exists in many U.S. industries. Take, for example the Frito Lay strike of 2021.

      • MeduzaOne dead, two injured in shooting at Azerbaijani Embassy in Tehran — Meduza

        A gunman opened fire at Azerbaijan’s embassy in Tehran on Friday, killing the head of security and injuring two security guards, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry reported.

      • The NationWhy Americans Binge on Prince Harry vs. the Royals

        The world is full of serious strife. What peace there is could shatter. It’s nice to follow one dispute. That doesn’t really matter.

      • The NationThese Activists Are Fighting for Immigrants’ Rights. Will Congress Listen?

        Growing up, Norma Gonzalez remembers how their parents were afraid to even drive down the street. As undocumented immigrants who spoke only Spanish, their parents feared racial profiling from the police. “Throughout my life we had to move all over Texas. I was getting into a new school once or twice a year,” said Gonzalez. “It was really hard because of my parents’ status. We had no financial stability. We had to keep looking for different jobs.”

      • The NationWhile They “Have the Tools,” We Are Still Suffering and Dying in Our Thousands

        Last summer, HBO released a new documentary on the 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear plant. There is a startling scene in the film—a factual coda to the acclaimed mini-series—where a group of soldiers ready themselves to enter the reactor, six months after the disaster. They are equipped with makeshift protective equipment, which is described in this review in the center-right New York Post: Dressed in what appears to be foul-weather gear, one of the young men cinches his gloves and tightens the drawstring of his hoodie to shield his cheeks. Another slips a .1-inch-thick piece of lead, thinner than the protective coverings provided for dental X-rays, over his back. Some insert the sheets inside their undershorts, creating what is cheekily referred to as an “egg basket,” to protect their private parts. “Radiation is nonsense!” one of the men crowed on camera as his buddies goofed around and put bunny ears behind each other.

      • TruthOutKyrsten Sinema Challenger Ruben Gallego Breaks Fundraising Record With $1M Haul
      • TruthOutRepublicans Invite Sinema to Caucus With Them Instead of Democrats
      • TruthOutGOP Tax Plan Slammed by Critics as Glimpse Into Party’s Economic Priorities
      • TruthOutStudents Plan to Sue DeSantis for Rejecting AP African American Studies Course
    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • TechdirtYouTube’s New Content Policies Around Mature Content Results In Chaos

        You will recall that we spent a great deal of words and posts in 2021 discussing the problems Twitch created for itself by deciding to suddenly change the way it enforces copyright infringement claims for its streaming community, mostly without informing that community of those changes and remaining extremely opaque and vague about the standards and processes after it went into effect. While some of the ways Twitch decided to enforce copyright on its platform were fairly silly in my view, the real problem stemmed from Twitch’s inability to properly and proactively communicate to its own community. That’s what set everyone off as much, or more, than anything else.

      • EDRIPolicy Statement on article 17 of the proposed European Media Freedom Act

        EDRi and our members Access Now, ApTI, Article 19, Citizen D, EFF, EFN, IT-Politisk Forening, Panoptykon, Vrijschrift, Wikimedia Germany alongside other organisations are calling to reject Article 17 in its current form altogether in the EMFA.

      • EDRIPolicy Statement On Article 17 Of The Proposed European Media Freedom Act

        The undersigned civil society organisations are deeply concerned about Article 17 of the European Media Freedom Act (EMFA), which puts forward the so-called proposal for “media privilege”. In this vein, we ask the EU co-legislators to reject Article 17 in its current form altogether.

        We understand the need to counterbalance the current asymmetry of power between media service providers (MSP) and very large online platforms (VLOPs). It is important to address how algorithmic content governance policies are changing the public role of media. Healthy newsfeeds on social media are a precondition to get access to reliable information and VLOPs are responsible for their algorithms as well as their content curation and content moderation policies. Furthermore, online platforms’ business models should consider the public interest of quality journalism.

      • Vice Media Group‘Free Speech Absolutist’ Elon Musk Censors BBC Doc Critical of India’s PM on Twitter

        The BBC documentary India: The Modi Question examined the role of the prime minister in violent 2002 riots that saw over 1,000 deaths, mostly Muslims. The documentary highlighted memos and reports criticizing Modi, including one that said the riots had “all the hallmarks of an ethnic cleansing.” The documentary was not aired in India, but has nonetheless caused a furor. India ordered the documentary to be blocked in the country using emergency legislation, and The Intercept reported that takedown requests were submitted to Twitter.

      • NCACNCAC Releases New Resource For Authors Of Banned Or Challenged Books

        The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) today released a new resource that provides practical advice for authors whose books are being challenged and banned in K – 12 schools and libraries. Prepared in collaboration with writers who have faced censorship, it is available on the NCAC website.

      • Frontpage MagazineHow Facebook Stifles Ex-Muslims in Norway

        Founded in 2016 by three writer/journalists – the Turkish-born Cemal Knudsen Yucel, the Iranian-born Lily Bandehy, and the late Iraqi–born Walid al-Kubaisi – EX-MN opposes forced marriage; polygamy; genital mutilation; child hijab; burkas; sexual segregation; taxpayer financing for religious institutions; religious intimidation and threats; and blasphemy laws. And it supports untrammeled freedom of speech. By way of promoting these worthy stances, EX-MN holds seminars, takes part in international conferences and demonstrations, sends its members to speak in schools and at public events, and posts videos on YouTube (most of them in English) about such topics as Koran burning, the concept of “Islamophobia,” pro-hijab Western feminists, and Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses.

      • MeduzaRussia blocks FBI and CIA websites — Meduza

        Russia’s federal censor, Roskomnadzor, has blocked the FBI and CIA‘s websites on Russian territory, according to TASS. The agency’s website does not specify the reason for the blocking.

      • MeduzaPyotr Verzilov, Mediazona founder and Pussy Riot spokesperson, charged with distributing ‘fakes’ about the Russian army — Meduza

        Mediazona publisher and Pussy Riot member Pyotr Verzilov has been charged with distributing, with politically malicious motives, “fakes” about the Russian army.

      • Frontpage MagazineCAIR Hangs Hamline U Appeasers Out to Dry

        The campus MSA and the Minnesota CAIR chapter pressured Hamline University to purge a Latina art teacher for showing a Shiite painting of Mohammed. Ham U called her an ‘Islamophobe’. But then, unexpectedly, what was left of the liberal consensus pushed back in the forums of PEN and the New York Times. MPAC hung CAIR out to dry.

      • TwinCities Pioneer PressHamline University leaders admit to ‘misstep’ in Islamophobia controversy as adjunct professor files lawsuit

        Hamline’s response to the controversy has drawn sharp rebukes from academics across the country who say the artwork, created by a Muslim and for Muslims, is commonly used in academic settings. Both the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim Public Affairs Council have defended Lopez Prater, saying her decision was not Islamophobic.

      • ArtsHubMeta nipple censorship decision overturned

        It’s been three years since hundreds of naked protestors gathered at the Facebook (now Meta) New York headquarters with stickers of male nipples, pointing to the company’s nudity policy and censorship that discriminates against women.

        Last week Meta’s Oversight Board – dubbed as the company’s ‘Supreme Court’ – overturned the company’s original decision to remove two Instagram posts that depict transgender and non-binary people with bare chests.

        The two posts, one in 2021 and the other in 2022, were made by the same Instagram account from a US-based transgender and non-binary couple with image captions discussing transgender healthcare.

      • TechdirtFree Speech Absolutist Elon Musk Pulls Down Documentary About India PM Modi

        Who is the Barbra Streisand of Bollywood? There’s a new documentary, produced by the BBC about India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Specifically, the documentary is focused on Modi’s relationship with India’s Muslim community, including his apparent role during some anti-Muslim riots (where over 1,000 people were killed) two decades ago. And, apparently, it doesn’t make Modi look very good. I know this because India has banned the documentary. And is also demanding that clips of the documentary be removed from the internet.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • VOA NewsTurkish Party Officials Criticized Over Journalist’s Treatment

        Media organizations this week expressed concern about the harassment of a VOA journalist who tried to question the leader of the Turkish far-right Nationalist Movement Party, or MHP.

        Journalist Yildiz Yazıcıoglu directed a question at Devlet Bahceli after the party met in the parliament building in Ankara on Tuesday.

      • ReutersRussia outlaws Meduza news site in latest media crackdown

        Russian authorities designated the independent news outlet Meduza an “undesirable organisation” on Thursday, effectively outlawing the site from operating in Russia and banning any Russian from cooperating with Meduza or its journalists.

        The designation is the latest in a years-long campaign by the Kremlin to curb independent media and stop their reporting from reaching ordinary Russians in a crackdown that has escalated since Russia invaded Ukraine last year.

      • Deutsche WelleRussia outlaws Meduza news website

        Russian prosecutors on Thursday banned Meduza, an independent Russian-language news website, accusing it of posing a security “threat” to the country.

        It marks the latest attempt by Moscow to silence critical reporting of its war in Ukraine.

        The Latvia-based website was deemed an “undesirable” entity inside Russia, which effectively outlaws it in the country.

      • MeduzaIf it’s a fight they want, it’s a fight they’ll get Meduza responds to the Russian authorities’ decision to outlaw our journalism — Meduza

        Meduza has been declared an “undesirable” organization in Russia. In other words, our newsroom’s work is now completely banned in the country our founders call home.

      • MeduzaRussian Justice Ministry names new ‘foreign agents,’ including Dalai Lama’s envoy Telo Tulku Rinpoche and Little Big frontman Ilya Prusikin — Meduza

        Russia’s Justice Ministry has added several new people and organizations to its ever-expanding “foreign agent” list.

      • MeduzaLife after ‘undesirability’ Now that Meduza has been outlawed, these are the risks involved in reading and sharing our work from inside Russia — Meduza
      • Saudi ArabiaRussia bans popular news website as ‘security threat’

        Meduza had already been branded a “foreign agent” in Russia in 2021.

        Under the “undesirables” law, Russians who maintain ties with such organizations could face heavy fines or prison terms of up to six years.

        The designation can have serious consequences not only for Meduza’s reporters and editors but also interviewees and readers who share its stories on social media.

        In a statement, Meduza urged Russians to keep reading their stories and pledged to resist the pressure.

      • MeduzaEU condemns Russian authorities’ decision to outlaw Meduza — Meduza

        The European Union “strongly condemns” the Russian Prosecutor General’s decision to designate Meduza as an “undesirable organization,” as expressed in the official statement just published on the EU website:

      • Taiwan NewsRussia Labels Latvia-Based Meduza News Website ‘Undesirable Organization’

        The Russian Prosecutor-General’s Office has designated the Latvia-based Meduza news outlet as “an undesirable organization,” amid the government’s ongoing crackdown on independent media. The office explained its January 26 decision by saying the Russian-language media outlet’s “activities pose a threat to the basis of the Russian Federation’s constitutional order and security.” Meduza was added to Russia’s list of “foreign agents” in 2021.

      • MeduzaRussia has outlawed Meduza — Meduza

        The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office designated Meduza as an illegal, “undesirable organization” on Thursday, January 26. Officials announced in a public statement that Meduza’s activities “pose a threat to the foundations of the Russian Federation’s constitutional order and national security.” The decision applies specifically to SIA “Medusa Project,” the legal entity responsible for the news reporting you are reading right now.

      • Common DreamsBelmarsh Tribunal Makes the Case for Julian Assange’s Immediate Release

        “The first casualty when war comes is truth,” U.S. Senator Hiram W. Johnson of California said in 1929, debating ratification of the Kellogg-Briand Pact, a noble but ultimately failed attempt to ban war. Reflecting on World War I, which ended a decade earlier, he continued, “it begins what we were so familiar with only a brief period ago, this mode of propaganda whereby…people become war hungry in their patriotism and are lied into a desire to fight. We have seen it in the past; it will happen again in the future.”

      • YLECourt finds two HS journalists guilty of disclosing state secrets

        In its ruling delivered on Friday afternoon, the court said that the journalists who wrote the article — Laura Halminen and Tuomo Pietiläinen — unveiled several pieces of information concerning military intelligence that had been classified as secret in the interests of Finland’s external security.

        The article reported on the operations of an intelligence facility located in Central Finland, which gathered intelligence by intercepting signals for the Finnish Defence Forces.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Common Dreams‘Our Future Is Public’: Santiago Declaration Envisions End of Neoliberalism Death Spiral

        An international coalition made up of more than 200 trade unions and progressive advocacy groups on Thursday published the Santiago Declaration, a manifesto for “a complete overhaul of our global economic system.”

      • TechdirtTSA Takes To Twitter To Celebrate Apprehension of Zero Terrorists, One Completely Legal Item

        The TSA isn’t great at catching terrorists. It isn’t even great at catching contraband, failing nearly 100% of the time in audits of its efficiency. What it is good at is catching eye-catching things, most of them completely unrelated to providing safer travel.

      • TruthOutIndigenous Women and Femmes Are Winning Fights to Reclaim Land
      • Counter PunchInside Mexico’s Largest Detention Center: a Q&A with Belén Fernández

        In 2012, former Customs and Border Protection official Alan Bersin proclaimed that “our southern border” is now with Guatemala. In her great new book, titled Inside Siglo XXI: Locked Up in Mexico’s Largest Detention Center, author and journalist Belén Fernández writes about this underdiscussed part of the U.S. border from the on-the-ground perspective of the Tapachula immigration prison, where she was detained. In the book, and in the below interview, Belén describes how she ended up behind bars and what she witnessed and experienced, including the friendships and solidarity she had with other detainees. As she writes, “There may not be human rights in Siglo XXI, but there’s lots of humanity.” Belén has this unique ability to write in a personal, detailed, and heart-wrenching way that is often also bitingly hilarious. She also has a penchant for coupling deep geopolitical analysis of state power, particularly that of the United States, with its absurdity, often in the same sentence.

        This is Belén’s fourth book. Her others include The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work (Verso, 2011); Exile: Rejecting America and Finding the World (OR Books, 2019)—a travelogue like no other about how Belén has successfully traveled and written about the world without setting foot in her home country, the United States, for 17 years (here’s a review I wrote about it in 2020); and Checkpoint Zipolite: Quarantine in a Small Place (OR Books, 2021), about what it was like be stranded in a Oaxacan beach town during the pandemic, where she ended up living right across the street from a Covid checkpoint. Needless to say, I strongly recommend checking out all her work. She is an original. And we are proud to feature her here in The Border Chronicle.

      • Pro PublicaThe Museum Built on Native American Burial Mounds

        ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. This story is part of an ongoing series investigating the return of Native American ancestral remains. Sign up for ProPublica’s Repatriation Project newsletter to get updates as they publish and learn more about our reporting.

        Every day when Logan Pappenfort is at work, he tries not to dwell on what’s under his feet. Beneath the south wing of the museum where he’s interim director are the remains of at least 234 of his ancestors.

      • ScheerpostWhen Good Refugees Turn Bad

        By Binoy Kampmark / CounterPunch When the first Russian forces began entering Ukrainian territory in February 2022, the instant reaction from Europe, the UK, Canada and Australia, was one of open commitment to Ukraine’s refugees.  The relentless human trains heading westwards were initially embraced by Poles, whose history with Ukraine is, at best, tense and […]

      • Project CensoredThe Professional Managerial Class Strikes Back! – Censored Notebook

        The increasing shift to remote work in higher education has threatened the power and influence of the professional managerial class (PMC). In response, the PMC are throwing everything at the wall from baseless claims about work productivity to coercive policies to cement their power over faculty. Coined by John and Barbara Ehrenreich, the PMC are an influential cultural group who hold advanced degrees, are considered experts, manage other people and their wealth, and shape dominant culture and public policy.

      • The Telegraph UK‘Without us, there is no film industry’: inside the UK’s special effects sweatshop

        The work deemed too strenuous for even UK staff is passed onto those in India – the VFX “sweatshop” to the UK’s “factory line” – where staff work on 24 hour rotas, for a minuscule fraction of the pay their Western counterparts get.

        All of the nine, UK-based VFX workers spoken to for this piece had countless stories of projects when they had worked long days, sometimes up to 22 hours, to hit deadlines. One staffer recalled working five weeks straight without weekends off on the effects for Cats, often finishing after midnight. Another recalled working non-stop, 16-hour work days on The Crown.

      • VOA NewsTaliban Refill Afghan Jails

        But groups like Human Rights watch say the Taliban have opted for killing criminals associated with armed opposition groups — Islamic State and other Afghan militias that have increasingly posed serious security threats to the fledging Islamist regime —instead of keeping them in jails.

        Under the Islamic Emirate’s strict interpretation of Sharia, acts such as drinking alcohol or extramarital relationships are considered criminal and carry severe penalties, while homosexuality and sodomy are punishable by death.

      • RTLIndigenous land rights help protect Brazil’s forests

        Territories in Brazil’s fragmented Atlantic Forest where Indigenous peoples enjoy secure land rights have seen measurably less deforestation than similar areas in which land tenure is weak or non-existent, researchers reported Thursday.

        The findings, published in the journal PNAS Nexus, are the first to quantify the benefits of enhanced Indigenous land rights for Brazil’s tropical rainforests, and add to a growing body of peer-reviewed literature highlighting more broadly the advantages of Indigenous stewardship.

      • Site36Matthias Monroy
      • TruthOutVirginia Democrats Defeat Glenn Youngkin’s 15-Week Abortion Ban
      • The NationRepublicans Are Trapped by Their Party’s Anti-Abortion Extremism

        In 2019, Tennessee state Senator Richard Briggs, a heart surgeon turned politician, voted for a near-total ban on abortion, in a law that was designed to be triggered if Roe v. Wade were ever overturned. Despite being listed as a cosponsor of the bill, Briggs put remarkably little thought into his vote. As ProPublica reports, “Briggs admits he barely read the two-page bill forwarded to his office.” The lawmaker, ProPublica also notes, “never thought it would actually go into effect.”1

      • The NationConservatives Have a Sketchy New Legal Plot to Ban the Abortion Pill

        Recently, the Food and Drug Administration approved mifepristone (a drug that can be used with msoprostol to induce abortions) for wider distribution. It can now be picked up, with a prescription from a doctor, at pharmacies willing to stock it, and it can be sent through the mail. While mifepristone was initially approved for use in the United States back in 2000, you had to see the doctor in-person to get it. The recent change is a welcome victory for reproductive rights, a rare case of authorities trying to expand access to abortion.

      • MeduzaRussian Orthodox Church official proposes requiring married women to get husbands’ permission for abortions — Meduza

        At a Russian State Duma round table event on Thursday, Russian Orthodox Church official Fedor Lukyanov proposed requiring married women to get their husbands’ permission before getting abortions. He added that “medically necessary abortions” should not be subject to the law, but specified that the exemption should only apply to pregnancies that threaten the mother’s life, not ones that threaten the baby’s life.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Digital Music NewsSpotify Suffers Multiple Outages In January As Hundreds of Employees Receive Layoff Notices

        As initially noted, the latter outage came just days after Spotify announced that it would lay off around six percent of its workforce, or approximately 590 team members. Of course, it’s unclear whether the developments are at all connected, but it bears highlighting that prior to posting an update about the initial 2023 outage, Spotify Status had last tweeted a disruption notice in March of 2022.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakACE Anti-Piracy Coalition Takes Credit for USTVGO Shutdown

          The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) says that it is behind the surprise shutdown of USTVGO. The popular streaming service, which was ostensibly operated from Vietnam, suddenly closed its doors last week. ACE says that it is in the process of taking control of the site’s associated domain names

        • Torrent FreakUsenet Provider Claims Supreme Court Victory Against Anti-Piracy Group BREIN

          An ancient piracy battle has reached its final verdict at the Dutch Supreme Court. After 14 years, defunct Usenet provider News-Service Europe has won its long-standing dispute with local anti-piracy group BREIN, which now has to pay €65,000 in legal fees. This is a bittersweet victory for the provider, which continued to fight despite shutting down over a decade ago.

        • Torrent Freak‘Elon Musk’ Sends Hundreds of Takedown Requests to Protect Precious Memes

          Someone claiming to be Elon Musk has bombarded Google with takedown notices recently. The requests urge the search engine to remove listings for T-shirts emblazoned with memes shared by the tech billionaire. Other targets include a copy of a Tesla AI Day t-shirt. While Musk can certainly be unpredictable, there might be an imposter at work.

        • Jim NielsenDigital Preservation and “The App Icon Book”

          This struck me as intriguing. To run an old game, you need the hardware (console) and the software (game cartridge). But with the interconnected, interdependent nature of so much software today, you not only need the hardware and the software, but also all the cloud services the software depends on.

          How will you run a web app in the future if npm i isn’t working in 100 years? Half (or even more) of the software’s code is missing from the source repository — that’ll be a complete headache for anyone in the future trying to run software from our present.

        • Torrent FreakIllegal Streaming Detector Cars Can’t Track Firesticks Wrapped in Tin Foil

          This month the tabloids have been spicing up regular Premier League and PPV boxing event articles with exclusive commentary on cutting-edge anti-piracy techniques. The Orwellian revelation that Illegal Streaming Detector Cars are tracking people to their homes warrants specific and immediate action; 1) Wrap Firesticks in Tin Foil. 2) Wrap Head in Tin Foil. 3) BUY LEGAL TV PACKAGES.

        • Torrent FreakDomain Registry Takes Sci-Hub’s .SE Domain Name Offline

          Sci-Hub, a shadow library that offers a free gateway to paywalled academic research, has lost control over one of its main domain names. Sci-Hub.se was deactivated by The Internet Foundation in Sweden, which manages the country’s .se domains. The action came without warning and took Sci-Hub founder Alexandra Elbakyan by surprise.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Adventures and Children

        I’ve been writing more pages for Knives. I think the game ends up having five pages for players and the rest is just stuff for the referee. I guess I’m trying to show the reader how I would run the game. I wonder if this is succeeding. Right now I feel that I still have topics to cover and at the same time this needs more examples, a kind of Replay where we see a referee prepping for the game, runs sessions, makes decisions. The idea being that you could learn the game by reading the book without having to watch videos online or have friends teach you.

      • Are you ok? [ 2023-01-27 ]

        I don’t know if I’m just imagining it, but has the Internet gone progressively more crazy the last decade or so?

        It’s like everyone is so damn angry all the time. If they aren’t angry they’re bitter and resentful. And when they aren’t angry or bitter, they’re so depressed they’re barely able to crawl out of bed. And if they aren’t angry, bitter, or depressed, they have crippling anxiety. Every other week there’s some public blow-out where some person or another just loses their shit.

        This is the new normal, but it isn’t normal.

        I think we should talk about this and try and figure out what’s going on.

      • RE: Are you OK? [2023-01-27] – Yretek(en)

        I remember, even as a very young kid, the hope that the voting of the Spanish Constitution brought to the country back. These were not easy times, that came after a history of many civil wars, dating back to the Napoleonic invasion, revolutions, counter-revolutions, and so on and so forth, culminating in the mother of the civil wars, and then an almost 40 years old dictatorship. As a kid I wasn’t aware of half of it, but I’d soon learn about stories of violence, of the murdering kind, from the left and the right, for political or private reasons, and anything in between. I’m talking of burning churches and people dropped from a rowing boat into the sea, inside a sack. I’m talking of extreme right wing and left, of the violent kind. I’m talking about generational hatred.

        And yet, people who had been ministers under Franco and leaders of the Communist Party could join others and talk together. And not only that but were able to pen a constitution which was nothing unique, glamorous or even technically perfect, but it got the job done. Even if nobody truly loved it.

      • Re: How to Peel a Banana Like a Civilized Person

        Peeling a banana from the stem is barbarous. Use your forefinger and thumb to pinch the nub on the opposite end of the stem. This is the monkey way, or so it is said.

      • 🔤SpellBinding: ATOPRSB Wordo: ADDED
      • 🔤SpellBinding: AEGUORH Wordo: BUNCO
      • Undertexter

        It’s fun and easy to play mp4 videos in the browser directly from a web dirlisting without having to set up a complex and heavy media server but you can’t select subtitles. So here’s a brev app that generates a minimal HTML file that just has a video tag.

      • Re: Are you OK?

        That’s not true for a lot of people.

        It’s been a stressful couple of years of pandemic and climate change. That has been contributing factors to the political violence we’ve also been seeing, and people are losing their jobs and homes, and cities are being shelled, while others are still sick in respiratory diseases and many are mourning.

      • How To Peel a Banana Like a Civilized Person

        I have had this rather unconventional way of peeling a banana the last couple of years, or rather it is the first step that differs, the opening part. I think it is genius but every time I tell someone about it, they are less than impressed (except my four-year-old daughter, she gets it). I think it boils down to me being a rare example of someone who thinks this is a problem in the first place (which it clearly is). Let me explain!

        When one opens a banana, one would grab the little stump and bend it backwards so that the peel cracks and one has a starting point for the rest of the peeling process. The problem, in my experience, is that this cracking is far from a reliable and deterministic operation. Sometimes, it cracks along the banana, and sometimes not at all, both scenarios resulting in the top of the banana’s internal being squeezed (a sub-optimal outcome, for sure). It is only when one has a clean orthogonal crack that the result is satisfactory.

      • The Stonecutter, Part 2

        One day when he was in a big city the crowd on the street he was on suddenly parted, and he heard a voice yelling at people to step aside. Soon a group of men carrying a palanquin. Everyone around him not only gave way but bowed to whoever was in that palanquin.

        The stonecutter, well merchant now I guess, was compelled to bow himself. Simply because everyone else did and it made him fear what would happen if he didn’t.

      • Pickup Truck Bed as a Conference Table

        My dreams during the night, and especially dawntime, were as clear as the air between my smudged window and El Parque de los Enamorados. The last one featured Loyal as not a drum instructor but a *meta-drum instructor*. What is a *meta-drum instructor*, you ask? Well! A *meta-drum instructor* collects information about potential students and, according to that information, assigns a *non-meta-drum instructor* to said student.

      • Ticketmaster

        I’m low-key excited that Alice Cooper is touring again and will be doing a show near me in April, but of course getting to see him perform means giving money to Ticketmaster, and that probably won’t get fixed before Cooper’s entire catalog ends up in the public domain.

        There’s nothing wrong with Ticketmaster that isn’t endemic to how we do capitalism in the USA, but for some reason this corp seems particularly egregious. If a band did a rock opera like Styx’s “Kilroy Was Here” about how a monopolistic organization like Ticketmaster is killing music by pricing tickets out of most fans’ reach the music press would relentlessly ridicule them, but life is stranger than art.

      • Your thoughts dictate you

        Your thoughts dictate how you feel. You are not distinct by things but by how you think!

    • Technical

      • Fuck GitHub [Ed: Microsoft lying again, using false numbers]

        I hate that GitHub has such a monopoly on software project hosting. I want to embrace the “small things” but I also want to be visible for job prospects.

        This self-aggrandizing blog post from them really irks me. They are not worthy of credit for the achievements they’ve claimed here.

        It all begins with software developers and companies wanting a place to host and collaborate on their projects. GitHub (now owned by Microsoft) found a profit-maximizing way to provide this. Now they use their Copilot AI to exploit the developers they claim to care foremost about.

      • got hacked

        I normally don’t post *this* often, but I found that my main work machine has been hacked since two weeks now.

      • Planning self-hosted services migration

        I’m in the Eurostar going to London for the rest of the week (for work), I thought it would be a good time to start procrastinating work and stop procrastinating planning the move of my self hosted services to the “cloud”. I said before that me and my partner will move during the first part of 2023 from Paris to the south west French region. This move will happen in multiple steps, and that means that having a full continuity of my self hosted services from one place to the other will probably not be possible. So for me, the best idea is to move my services to the “cloud”, and revisit the self hosting ideas when fully settled, and after making sure my ISP will do a better job than my current one (again, sorry all who, too often, notice my {web, gem}log being offline…

      • Gemini on the VT420

        For some time, I’d been looking for a vintage terminal at a reasonable price, mostly for nostalgia purposes. The market on fleaBay seems to be mostly split between immaculately restored pieces for exorbitant prices, and broken or untested devices at what would be a reasonable price for a working device. Also, DEC terminals other than the VT520 use a proprietary keyboard, which is usually sold separately from the terminal itself, often for well over $100. Twice last year I lost out on an auction for a VT320 in good condition at a reasonable price, in the last few minutes of the auction. But finally, a few months ago, I managed to get a working VT420 with keyboard and all for only a little more than I wanted to pay. It took a bit to get it set up, but now I’ve gotten it working well-enough to do my day-to-day personal computing on it.


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

01.26.23

Links 26/01/2023: LibreOffice 7.4.5 and Ubuntu Pro Offers

Posted in News Roundup at 6:45 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Make Use OfThe 9 Best Career Options After Learning Linux

      There is a reason why many people use Linux but in different capacities. From using Linux distros as individual users to developers writing apps for Linux users, there is a different purpose associated with Linux.

      When working on Linux, you can pursue various career options and avenues. Each stream will open opportunities, allowing you to make the most out of your newly derived skills.

      You can pursue a few options after getting familiar with Linux and its related technologies. Here are a few top professions you can choose after learning Linux.

    • Desktop/Laptop

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux Foundation’s Site/BlogLinux Foundation Newsletter: January 2023 [Ed: Notice how “Linux” Foundation says absolutely nothing about Linux itself. It barely funds Linux, either. This newsletter is made with proprietary software, published in proprietary site.]
      • Paul E. McKenneyWhat Does It Mean To Be An RCU Implementation?: paulmck — LiveJournal

        A correspondent closed out 2022 by sending me an off-list email asking whether or not a pair of Rust crates (rcu_clean and left_right) were really implementations of read-copy update (RCU). At first glance, this is a pair of simple yes/no questions that one should be able to answer off the cuff.

      • LWNMcKenney: What Does It Mean To Be An RCU Implementation? [LWN.net]

        Paul McKenney looks at a couple of Rust crates in an attempt to determine whether they actually implement the read-copy-update algorithm; in the process, he gives an overview of the numerous RCU variants in the kernel.

      • LWNSix years with the 4.9 kernel [LWN.net]

        The release of the 4.9.337 stable kernel update on January 7 marked the end of an era: after just over six years of maintenance, the 4.9.x series will receive no more updates. This kernel saw a lot of change after Linus Torvalds made the “final” release and left the building; it’s time for a look at the “stable” portion of this kernel’s life to see what can be learned.

        The development cycle that led up to the 4.9 release saw the addition of 16,214 non-merge changesets contributed by 1,719 developers (a record at the time) working for (at least) 228 companies. In the six years between 4.9 and 4.9.337, instead, it gained 23,391 non-merge changesets from 4,037 developers working for at least 503 companies. The 4.9.337 release contains 114,000 more lines of code than 4.9 did. Rather than being the end of a kernel’s development life, the final release from Torvalds is really just the beginning of a new and longer phase — at least, for long-term-support kernels.

      • LWNSupport for Intel’s LASS

        Speculative-execution vulnerabilities come about when the CPU, while executing speculatively, is able to access memory that would otherwise be denied to it. Most of these vulnerabilities would go away if the CPU were always constrained by the established memory protections. An obvious way to fix these problems would be to make CPUs behave that way, but doing that without destroying performance is not an easy task. So, instead, Intel has developed a feature called “linear address-space separation” (LASS) to paper over parts of the problem; Yian Chen has posted a patch set adding support for this feature.

        Speculative execution happens when the CPU is unable to complete an instruction because it needs data that is not resident in the CPU’s caches. Rather than just wait for that data to be fetched from RAM, the CPU will make a guess as to its value and continue running in the speculative mode. If the guess turns out to be correct — which happens surprisingly often — the CPU will have avoided a stall and will be ahead of the game; otherwise, the work that was done speculatively is thrown out and the computation restarts.

        This technique is crucial for getting reasonable performance out of current CPUs, but it turns out to have a security cost: speculative execution is allowed to access data that would be denied to code running normally. A CPU will be able to speculatively read data, despite permissions denying that access in the page tables, without generating a fault. That data is never made available to the running process, but accessing it can create state changes (such as loading data into the cache) that can be detected by a hostile program and used to exfiltrate data that should not be readable. In response, kernel developers have adopted a number of techniques, including address-space isolation and preemptive cache clearing, to block these attacks, but those mitigations can have a substantial performance cost.

    • Applications

      • LinuxiacOpenVPN 2.6.0 Release Prepared, Brings Remote Entries Support

        OpenVPN is a popular open-source software application that implements virtual private network (VPN) techniques for creating secure point-to-point or site-to-site connections. The software is notable for its flexibility and is considered one of the most secure VPN protocols currently available, widely used by individuals and organizations to protect their online privacy and data.

        The OpenVPN 2.5.x series, with an initial release in October 2020, received an update in November 2022 with the v2.5.8. Today, the first release of the new OpenVPN 2.6 series is available for download, so let’s look at what’s new.

      • Linux Links8 Excellent Console Linux File Managers (Updated 2023)

        Console based applications are light on system resources (very useful on low specified machines), can be faster and more efficient than their graphical counterparts, they do not stop working when X is restarted, and are perfect for scripting purposes. When designed well, console applications offer a surprisingly improvement in productivity. The applications are leaner, faster, easier to maintain, and remove the need to have installed a whole raft of libraries.

        The whole is greater than the sum of its parts is a very famous quote from Aristotle, a Greek philosopher and scientist. This quote is particularly pertinent to Linux. In my view, one of Linux’s biggest strengths is its synergy. The usefulness of Linux doesn’t derive only from the huge raft of open source (command line) utilities. Instead, it’s the synergy generated by using them together, sometimes in conjunction with larger applications.

      • How to speed up your next build with Firebuild? | Obsessed with reality

        Firebuild intercepts all processes started by the command to cache their outputs. Next time when the command or any of its descendant commands is executed with the same parameters, inputs and environment, the outputs are replayed (the command is shortcut) from the cache instead of running the command again.

        This is similar to how ccache and other compiler-specific caches work, but firebuild can shortcut any deterministic command, not only a specific list of compilers. Since the inputs of each command is determined at run time firebuild does not need a maintained complete dependency graph in the source like Bazel. It can work with any build system that does not implement its own caching mechanism.

        Determinism of commands is detected at run-time by preloading libfirebuild.so and interposing standard library calls and syscalls. If the command and all its descendants’ inputs are available when the command starts and all outputs can be calculated from the inputs then the command can be shortcut, otherwise it will be executed again. The interception comes with a 5-10% overhead, but rebuilds can be 5-20 times, or even faster depending on the changes between the builds.

      • Top 8 Free Apps for New Linux Users – CryptoMode

        Linux is a Unix-like kernel that powers one of the most popular operating systems in the world. GNU/Linux distributions are undoubtedly the favorite choice for beginners who want to step into the Linux ecosystem.

        As a result, knowing which applications to use for the best experience is crucial, given the numerous free Linux distributions available. This article lists the 10 most prominent Linux apps beginners can install.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • NextGenTipsThe Top Docker Commands you must know – NextGenTips

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

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install KeeWeb Password Manager on Ubuntu 22.04

        KeeWeb is an open-source and cross-platform password manager compatible with KeePass.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Fathom Privacy-Focused Website Analytics on Debian 11

        Fathom is privacy-focused web analytics that delivers clean and concise data about your websites.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Cerb Collaboration and Email Automation on Ubuntu 22.04

        Cerb is a free, open-source, fast, and flexible platform for business collaboration and automation.

      • H2S MediaEnable PipeWire for Audio and Bluetooth in Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

        We can use the commands given in this tutorial to configure our Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 to use PipeWire as an Audio server instead of the default PulseAudio.

        PipeWire in Linux is a multimedia framework for Linux to handle audio and video streams with the help of API. The framework’s API can be used across various types of devices such as webcams, microphones, and audio/video playback devices. It can also handle low-latency audio and video streams, hence the users can use it for real-time apps. For example while gaming and video conferencing. To enhance security, PipeWire offers fine-grained access controls for devices. It was developed by Wim Taymans at Red Hat.

      • DebugPointHow to Find Python Version [Tutorial]

        It’s essential to know the Python version installed in your system. Because your application or development project deployment, dependencies depends on it. Not to mention, minor Python releases frequently happen with feature updates and security fixes. Hence it’s important for you to know which version is currently installed in your server or local setup.

        There are many ways you can find it. You can either find it via command or run a program to find it out.

    • WINE or Emulation

      • ScummVMScummVM: Let me take you to the time warp!

        ScummVM has made huge strides in Macromedia Director support. Many Director 3 games are now fully completable, and several Director 4 games are also now playable. 18 new games are officially supported, and we could use your help testing them. We also welcome reports of any other Director games which are fully playable or completable. To test these new games, please use the latest daily build of ScummVM.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • UbuntubuzzA Complete Guide to Kubuntu Default Apps and Their Purposes

          This is a full list of all Kubuntu default applications (or list of Kubuntu components) with their explanations for first time users. Kubuntu is the official variant of Ubuntu with KDE as the technology of the desktop environment and default applications. This list is sorted alphabetically with app names taken from menu for example Ark, Dolphin and VLC Media Player. You can learn your Kubuntu computer a lot here as you see every app name, its purpose, short guide to use, and some pictures of them. This guide is based on version 22.04 also known as Jammy Jellyfish which can represents all modern Kubuntu versions. As a note, we compared many of the apps with Microsoft Windows or MacOS default apps to increase clarity. We wish you like it!

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • OMG! LinuxNew Website Makes Nix Less Intimidating to Learn – OMG! Linux

      Fancy dipping your toes in the world of Nix, but don’t know where or how to start? Well, you’re gonna dig the Zero to Nix website.

      This new resource sets out to deliver an “unofficial, opinionated, gentle introduction to Nix” than that offered by existing Nix documentation and online guides — which it describes as “difficult for bringers to navigate”.

      Follow the guided steps on the Zero to Nix website to install Nix on your existing Linux distro using the Nix Installer rather than the official Nix installation script more commonly recommended.

      Now, I’ll level with you here: my knowledge of Nix is a little scant.

      I know the basics: Nix is package manager; it can be used alongside apt or dnf, etc (or replace them entirely); it has a TON of packages available through it (more than Arch, in fact); and it boasts a bunch of buzz-wordy features like immutability, app isolation, and roll back.

    • Reviews

      • 9to5LinuxFirst Look at blendOS: A Blend of Arch Linux, Fedora Linux, and Ubuntu

        While still in development, blendOS is here to offer you “a seamless blend of all Linux distributions,” as its creator wants to call it. blendOS is based on Arch Linux and GNOME on Wayland, but it lets you use apps from other popular distributions, such as Fedora Linux or Ubuntu.

        This is possible because you can use the native package managers from Arch Linux (pacman – included by default), Fedora Linux (dnf), and Ubuntu (apt), which are included as containers using Distrobox/Podman. However, the DNF and APT package managers aren’t included in the live ISO image, nor blendOS’s own blend package manager.

    • New Releases

      • 4MLinux Blog4MLinux Releases: TheSSS 41.1 released.

        This is a minor release based on the 4MLinux Server 41.1, meaning that the components of the LAMP server are now: Linux 6.0.18, Apache 2.4.54, MariaDB 10.6.11, and PHP (both 5.6.40 and 7.4.33).

        You can update your TheSSS by executing the “zk update” command (fully automatic process).

      • 23.01 Istredd – January 2023 ISO refresh | MaboxLinux

        2023 01 January ISO refresh is ready for download. Built from Manjaro stable branch as of 26.01.23.

        Available with latest LTS kernel – 5.15 or slightly older one 5.4 LTS.

        The release includes several improvements, notable of which are: a modern config for Picom and a quick menu for configuring Tint2 panels.

      • Released Peropesis 2.0: Make, SQLite, nano, Screen

        A new 2.0 release of Peropesis Linux OS released. In the new edition, part of the old software was updated and several new packages was installed. The tool Make, which controls the automatic installation of software from the source code, was installed. Database management system SQLite, command-line based editor nano and terminal emulator/multiplexer Screen were also installed.

      • OPNsense 23.1 released

        For more than 8 years now, OPNsense is driving innovation through
        modularising and hardening the open source firewall, with simple
        and reliable firmware upgrades, multi-language support, fast adoption
        of upstream software updates as well as clear and stable 2-Clause BSD
        licensing.

        23.1, nicknamed “Quintessential Quail”, features Unbound DNS statistics with
        a blocklist rewrite in Python, improved WAN SLAAC operability, firewall
        alias BGP ASN type support, PHP 8.1, assorted FreeBSD networking updates,
        MVC/API pages for packet capture/virtual IPs/IPsec connection management,
        IPsec configuration file migration to swanctl.conf, new sslh plugin, ddclient
        custom backend support (including Azure), WireGuard kernel module plugin
        variant as the new default plus much more.

        Download links, an installation guide[1] and the checksums for the images
        can be found below as well.

    • BSD

      • FreeBSDFreeBSD Status Report Fourth Quarter 2022

        The New Year has started and here is the last status report of 2022, including 34 reports. You will also notice that for the first time a new category has been introduced: the Cloud category. As FreeBSD keeps up to date with the latest technologies in IT, projects dealing with the cloud make steady improvements, and thus it has been judged that they deserve their own category in the status reports.

        The new category is not the only change about status reports. Indeed, the status team is revisiting its own workflow to become more efficient. If you are a report submitter, please ensure to read carefully the report authored by the status team as well as the next Call for Reports emails to keep up with the most recent changes.

        Have a nice read.

      • The BSD Now PodcastBSD Now 491: Catch the Spammers

        Dragonfly BSD 6.4 is out, Running OpenZFS – Choosing Between FreeBSD and Linux, OpenBSD Mastery: Filesystems ebook leaks, catching 71% spam, crazy unix shell prompts, Linux Binary Compatibility: Ubuntu on FreeBSD, Reproducible Builds Summit Venice 2022, and more

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • OpenSUSEFirefox, Apache, LibreOffice update in Tumbleweed

        This week in openSUSE Tumbleweed there was a change from a 2048 bit RSA to a 4096 bit RSA key and four snapshots were released so far.

        The larger bit key was a security recommendation and can be found in /usr/lib/rpm/gnupg/keys. The key can be viewed with rpm -qi and the key name. More info about the topic can be found on the Facotry email thread.

      • Request Page Redesign – Facilitating the Review Process – Open Build Service

        Collaboration is the heart of the OBS project. Therefore, we have been working on the request page redesign for a while, the page where most of the collaboration happens. This time, we have focused on improving the handling of requests with multiple actions, facilitating the review process by enhancing the code changes and helping out with decision-making, among others.

    • Red Hat, Fedora

      • Enterprisers ProjectIT leadership: Seven spectrums of choice for CIOs in 2023 | The Enterprisers Project

        Three years ago, the pandemic disrupted where and how people worked, forever changing the traditional workplace. Today, leaders are grappling with questions about how to move forward – when to return to the office, what work looks like today, and how to prepare for the future.

        These questions and more are addressed in the new book Office Shock. It discusses why it’s necessary to use future-back thinking to anticipate directions of change, identifies spectrums of choices to guide decision making, and explores how to plan for more sustainable ways of working.

      • Enterprisers Project3 tips to land an IT role without a tech background | The Enterprisers Project

        By 2025, nearly 70 percent of employees will be expected to use data at some level in their jobs, compared to 40 percent in 2018. That expectation, combined with the ongoing shortage of skilled tech talent, will force organizations to start considering nontraditional candidates – including those who might lack formal education or a degree but are eager to learn and grow.

        As the Chief Operating Officer of a company with a mission to empower the world through data literacy, I’ve witnessed firsthand the exceptional talent individuals from all backgrounds bring to the workplace. Rather than looking at formal education as an indicator of success, focusing on candidates’ aptitude, willingness to learn, and data literacy skills will help lay a foundation for the future of the IT workforce.

      • Red Hat3 new improvements to the RHEL download experience | Red Hat Developer

        In today’s age of hyperscalers and hybrid cloud environments, developers like you need to obtain the appropriate Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) image based on the desired deployment destination. Developers want choices for their download experience. We are excited to introduce three new options that improve the traditional experience of downloading a RHEL ISO image.

      • LWNFedora’s tempest in a stack frame [LWN.net]

        It is rare to see an extensive and unhappy discussion over the selection of compiler options used to build a distribution, but it does happen. A case in point is the debate over whether Fedora should be built with frame pointers or not. It comes down to a tradeoff between a performance loss on current systems and hopes for gains that exceed that loss in the future — and some disagreements over how these decisions should be made within the Fedora community.

        A stack frame contains information relevant to a function call in a running program; this includes the return address, local variables, and saved registers. A frame pointer is a CPU register pointing to the base of the current stack frame; it can be useful for properly clearing the stack frame when returning from a function. Compilers, though, are well aware of the space they allocate on the stack and do not actually need a frame pointer to manage stack frames properly. It is, thus, common to build programs without the use of frame pointers.

        Other code, though, lacks insights into the compiler’s internal state and may struggle to interpret a stack’s contents properly. As a result, code built without frame pointers can be harder to profile or to obtain useful crash dumps from. Both debugging and performance-optimization work are made much easier if frame pointers are present.

      • LWNChanging Fedora’s shutdown timeouts [LWN.net]

        On today’s Fedora systems, a reboot cycle—for a kernel update, say—is normally a fairly quick affair, but that is not always true. The system will wait for services to shut down cleanly and will wait for up to two minutes before killing a service and moving on. A recent proposal to change the default timeout to 15 seconds, while still allowing some services to require more time, ran into more opposition than was perhaps anticipated. Not everyone was comfortable shortening the timeout period, though the decision has now been made to reduce it, but not as far as was proposed.

    • Debian Family

      • Vision, Mission and Strategy – Matt Brown

        This is part one of a two-part post, covering high-level thoughts around my motivations and vision. Part two (to be published tomorrow) contains my specific goals for 2023.

        A new year is upon us! My plan was to be 6 months into the journey of starting a business by this point.

        I made some very tentative progress towards that goal in 2022, registering a company and starting some consulting work, but on the whole I’ve found it much harder than expected to gather the necessary energy to begin that journey in earnest.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • 9to5LinuxCanonical Announces General Availability of Ubuntu Pro, Free for Up to 5 PCs

        First released in a beta version in October 2022 with free subscriptions for personal and small-scale commercial use on up to 5 machines, Ubuntu Pro is only available for Ubuntu LTS (Long-Term Support) releases, starting with Ubuntu 16.04, and promises up to 10 years of security updates, as well as access to exclusive tools.

        The Ubuntu Pro subscription promises patches for critical CVEs in less than 24 hours and expands the optional technical support to an additional 23,000 open-source packages and toolchains beyond the main operating system, not just for Ubuntu’s main software repository.

      • InfoWorldUbuntu Pro security subscriptions for Linux now available | InfoWorld

        Canonical’s Ubuntu Pro, a Linux security maintenance subscription service covering thousands of applications and toolchains in the open-source ecosystem, is generally available as of January 26.

        Released in beta in October, Ubuntu Pro helps users of Linux desktops and servers get CVE (common vulnerabilities and exposures) patches, harden their systems at scale, and stay compliant with standards such as FedRAMP, HIPPA, PCI-DSS. Ubuntu Pro covers an additional 23,000 packages beyond the main OS, providing protection against critical, high, and selected medium CVEs for applications and toolchains ranging from Ansible and Apache Tomcat to Node.js, Puppet, PowerDNS, Redis, Rust, and WordPress.

      • UbuntuHow Ubuntu Pro delivers enhanced security and manageability for Linux Desktop users | Ubuntu

        At the end of last year Canonical announced that Ubuntu Pro, our expanded security maintenance and compliance subscription, is now available for data centers and desktops as a public beta. This week, Ubuntu Pro entered general availability, giving Ubuntu users access to extra hardening and security patching.

        If you’re a developer using Ansible, Apache Tomcat, Apache Zookeeper, Docker, Nagios, Node.js, phpMyAdmin, Puppet or Python 2, you’ll want to read on. The subscription expands security coverage for critical, high and medium Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) to these and thousands of other applications and toolchains in Ubuntu’s repositories

        Ubuntu Pro Desktop replaces Ubuntu Advantage Desktop to provide a comprehensive single subscription for enterprise users. It is available free for up to five machines, extending to 50 for official Ubuntu community members.

      • UbuntuUbuntu Pro enters general availability | Ubuntu

        Ubuntu Pro, Canonical’s comprehensive subscription for secure open source and compliance, is now generally available. Ubuntu Pro, released in beta in October last year, helps teams get timely CVE patches, harden their systems at scale and remain compliant with regimes such as FedRAMP, HIPAA and PCI-DSS.

        The subscription expands Canonical’s ten-year security coverage and optional technical support to an additional 23,000 packages beyond the main operating system. It is ideal for organisations looking to improve their security posture, not just for the Main repository of Ubuntu, but for thousands of open-source packages and toolchains.

      • Help Net SecurityUbuntu Pro: Comprehensive subscription for open-source software security – Help Net Security

        Ubuntu Pro, Canonical’s comprehensive subscription for secure open source and compliance, is now generally available. Ubuntu Pro helps teams get timely CVE patches, harden their systems at scale and remain compliant with regimes such as FedRAMP, HIPAA and PCI-DSS.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Events

      • Minidebconf Tamilnadu 2023, Tinnitus, Cooking, Books and Series. – Experiences in the community

        First up is Minidebconf Tamilnadu 2023 that would be held on 28-29 January 2023. You can find rest of the details here. I do hope we get to see/hear some good stuff from the Minidebconf. Best of luck to all those who are applying.

      • Visit us in Brno for Linux App Summit 2023! – Felipe Borges

        We are excited to bring Linux App Summit 2023 to Brno, Czech Republic, from April 21st to 23rd!

        This is a conference for the Desktop Linux community, GNOME, and KDE folk to discuss the future of our app ecosystem.

        Brno is where me and a few other GNOMies live, and it is a tech hub in central Europe with lots of tech companies, open source communities, and universities. Brno hosted GUACEC in 2013, Akademy in 2014, and the LibreOffice Conference in 2016

      • FSFEFSFE local groups celebrate ‘I Love Free Software Day’ – FSFE

        On the 14th of February the FSFE community meets up in diverse cities around Europe to celebrate ‘I Love Free Software Day’. Join our events in Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Switzerland and Spain.

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • The Document Foundation releases LibreOffice 7.4.5 Community

        The Document Foundation announces the release of LibreOffice 7.4.5 Community, a maintenance release which solves a crash affecting a large number of users. The new release is immediately available from https://www.libreoffice.org/download/ for Windows (Intel and ARM processors), macOS (Apple and Intel processors), and Linux.

        All LibreOffice users are invited to update their installation to LibreOffice 7.4.5, as the older versions have reached the end of life and are not maintained.

      • 9to5LinuxLibreOffice 7.4.5 Released to Fix Crash Affecting a Large Number of Users

        The Document Foundation released today LibreOffice 7.4.5 as a hotfix update to the latest stable LibreOffice 7.4 open-source office suite series to address a critical issue affecting many users on all supported platforms.

        LibreOffice 7.4.5 is here only two weeks after LibreOffice 7.4.4 to fix a crash that occurred when clicking on the header or footer button after scrolling in the LibreOffice Writer component. The issue was discovered in the LibreOffice 7.4.4 release and affected a very large number of users.

    • Programming/Development

      • Dirk EddelbuettelDirk Eddelbuettel: RcppTOML 0.2.1 on CRAN: Small Build Fix for Some Arches

        TOML is a file format that is most suitable for configurations, as it is meant to be edited by humans but read by computers. It emphasizes strong readability for humans while at the same time supporting strong typing as well as immediate and clear error reports. On small typos you get parse errors, rather than silently corrupted garbage. Much preferable to any and all of XML, JSON or YAML – though sadly these may be too ubiquitous now. TOML is frequently being used with the projects such as the Hugo static blog compiler, or the Cargo system of Crates (aka “packages”) for the Rust language.

      • The Register UKLatest Flutter release improves performance and web builds • The Register

        Flutter developers gathered on Wednesday in Nairobi, Kenya, and at stream-fed screens elsewhere in the world to learn about the alpha release of Dart 3 and Flutter 3.7, the next iteration of Google’s open source Dart-based UI toolkit.

        The occasion is Flutter Forward, a developer event, and Tim Sneath, who heads product management for Dart and Flutter, spoke with The Register earlier this week about the changes coming to the Dart/Flutter ecosystem that bring meaningful performance improvements and expanded capabilities.

      • Python

        • LWNA survey of the Python packaging landscape [LWN.net]

          Over the past several months, there have been wide-ranging discussions in the Python community about difficulties users have with installing packages for the language. There is a bewildering array of options for package-installation tools and Python distributions focused on particular use cases (e.g. scientific computing); many of those options do not interoperate well—or at all—so they step on each others’ toes. The discussions have focused on where solutions might be found to make it easier on users, but lots of history and entrenched use cases need to be overcome in order to get there—or even to make progress in that direction.

          In order to follow along on these lengthy discussions, though, an overview of Python’s packaging situation and the challenges it presents may be helpful. Linux users typically start by installing whichever Python version is supplied by their distribution, then installing various other Python packages and applications that come from their distribution’s repositories. That works fine so long as the versions of all of those pieces are sufficient for the needs of the user. Eventually, though, users may encounter some package they want to use that is not provided by their distribution, so they need to install it from somewhere else.

        • VideoHow to get the last element of a list in Python? #coding #programming #python – Invidious
        • VideoStrip white space in Python like this? #programming #coding #python – Invidious
      • Rust

        • Rust BlogAnnouncing Rust 1.67.0 | Rust Blog

          The Rust team is happy to announce a new version of Rust, 1.67.0. Rust is a programming language empowering everyone to build reliable and efficient software.

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • IBM Old TimerIs AI (Finally) Coming of Age?

        Artificial intelligence first came to light in the mid-1950s as a promising new academic discipline. AI became one of the most exciting areas in computer sciences over the next two decades. But, after years of unfulfilled promises and hype, a couple of so called AI winters of reduced interest and funding set in that nearly killed the field. AI was successfully reborn in the 1990s with a new statistical paradigm based on analyzing large amounts of data with powerful computers and sophisticated algorithms. Now, six decades after the field was founded, AI seems to be finally coming of age.

        “2021 saw the globalization and industrialization of AI intensify, while the ethical and regulatory issues of these technologies multiplied,” said the 2022 AI Index report on the progress of AI, which was released in March of 2022 by Stanford’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI). “2021 was the year that AI went from an emerging technology to a mature technology – we’re no longer dealing with a speculative part of scientific research, but instead something that has real-world impact, both positive and negative,” wrote Jack Clark, co-chair of the AI Index. Multiple factors led to his conclusion, in particular the advent of foundation models like OpenAI’s GPT-3 and Google’s BERT.

    • Hardware

      • CNX SoftwareIntel Processor N95 Alder Lake-N CPU shows up in entry-level mini PC with 2.5GbE, dual HDMI [Ed: You pay twice as much for Windows version]

        We’ve started to see Intel Alder Lake-N processors in mini PCs such MSI Cubi ADL N and Morefine M9 based on announced SKUs, but the Intel Processor N95 processor, which Intel has yet to unveil, is now found in a mini PC sold for various Aliexpress sellers starting at $187 for a barebone system and going up to $384 for a model with 32GB RAM and a 1TB SSD preloaded with an activation version of Windows 10 or Windows 11.

      • CNX SoftwareLILYGO T-QT Pro 0.85-inch WiFi IoT display adds support for battery charging – CNX Software

        LILYGO T-QT Pro is an ESP32-S3 WiFi and BLE IoT board with a 0.85-inch color display, 4MB flash, 2MB PSRAM, a USB-C port, a few GPIOs, and support for LiPo battery with charging.

        It is an upgrade to the ESP32-S3-based LILYGO T-QT V1.1 board that also supports LiPo battery power but lacks a charging circuit, so you had to remove the battery and charge it manually each time. The T-QT Pro adds a charging circuit and switches from an ESP32-S3 with an 8MB flash design to one using ESP32-S3FN4R2 with 4MB flash and 2MB PSRAM.

      • CubicleNateModern SRAM Memory Replacement for the Commodore 64 – CubicleNate’s Techpad

        The first computer “love” is the Commodore 64 and I get real excited about new developments and uses of modern tech to allow the 40 year old computer to persist. it’s really quite amazing what is now an obscure, old, 8-bit machine has what is arguably a more flourishing existence than it ever has.

      • CNX SoftwareESP32 OpenMQTTGateway smart plug acts as an BLE MQTT gateway and a power meter – CNX Software

        The Theengs Plug ESP32 smart plug runs OpenMQTTGateway firmware to serve as a BLE MQTT gateway and power meter compatible with Home Assistant, Homebridge, OpenHAB, DomoticZ, FHEM, Jeedom, NodeRed, AWS, and any MQTT-compatible IoT or Smart Home system.

        While the Matter standard should improve interoperability between Smart Home frameworks over time, there are still millions of devices already produced that are not Matter compatible, and the Theengs Plug aims to at least partially address this issue by helping users reduce the number of hubs required and have only one that supports different ecosystems.

    • Security

      • Help Net SecurityHow businesses can bolster their cybersecurity defenses with open source [Ed: Canonical is relaying Microsoft FUD and FOSS-hostile propaganda]
      • BeyondTrust adds privilege management capabilities to Linux [Ed: BeyondTrust is proprietary and Microsoft booster]
      • LWNSecurity updates for Thursday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (git), Fedora (libXpm and redis), Oracle (bind, firefox, grub2, java-1.8.0-openjdk, java-11-openjdk, kernel, libtasn1, libXpm, and sssd), Red Hat (thunderbird), SUSE (freeradius-server, kernel, libzypp-plugin-appdata, python-certifi, and xen), and Ubuntu (bind9, krb5, linux-raspi, linux-raspi-5.4, and privoxy).

      • CISACISA Releases Eight Industrial Control Systems Advisories | CISA

        CISA released eight Industrial Control Systems (ICS) advisories on January 26, 2023.These advisories provide timely information about current security issues, vulnerabilities, and exploits surrounding ICS.

      • USCERTCISA Has Added One Known Exploited Vulnerability to Catalog [Ed: This is 100% about Microsoft .NET]

        CISA has added one new vulnerability to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities Catalog, based on evidence of active exploitation. This type of vulnerability is a frequent attack vector for malicious cyber actors and pose significant risk to the federal enterprise.

      • WiredThe Unrelenting Menace of the LockBit Ransomware Gang | WIRED UK [Ed: Windows TCO]

        High-profile ransomware attacks have become a fact of life in recent years, and it’s not unusual to hear about major monthly attacks perpetrated by Russia-based gangs and their affiliates. But since late 2019, one group has been steadily making a name for itself on a multi-year rampage that has impacted hundreds of organizations around the world. The LockBit ransomware gang may not be the most wildly unhinged of these criminal groups, but its callous persistence, effectiveness, and professionalism make it sinister in its own way.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • QtEV Charging is Boring … [Ed: Qt markets ad-pushing from within native application; this is a worrying trend]

          The demand for charging options is growing along with the adoption of electric cars (EVs). The market for EV chargers is expanding, and more people are wanting to transition to electric. This presents a big opportunity for EV charger manufacturers. We’ll examine more closely at the impending rise of electric charging in this blog post, as well as what it means for EV charger producers.

          [...]

          So, you’ve arrived at the charger, plugged it in, it’s charging – now what?

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Bruce SchneierOn Alec Baldwin’s Shooting – Schneier on Security

        Why was an actual gun used on the set? And why were actual bullets used on the set? Why wasn’t it a fake gun: plastic, or metal without a working barrel? Why does it have to fire blanks? Why can’t everyone just pretend, and let someone add the bang and the muzzle flash in post-production?

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Joe BrockmeierHow have your social media habits changed since the Twitter takeover? : Dissociated Press

        It’s been a few months now since the Twitter Takeover, and Musk’s gutting of the Twitter workforce and various antics. I haven’t deleted my account, but I set it to private and set up shop on Mastodon in mid-November. Curious about what others have done and how your habits have changed (if at all). In the before-times, I’d check Twitter frequently and post and reply quite a few times per day. While a lot of folks I know set up Mastodon / ActivityPub identities, there doesn’t seem to be quite so much activity these days.

        Some folks I follow still seem to be active on Twitter, but it seems like a lot of the “microblogging” activity has just stopped altogether. This might just be the circles I travel in, but I’m wondering if the impact will be a lot like Google Reader and RSS.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • NBCMusk’s Twitter faces questions over Modi documentary censorship

        Elon Musk is facing allegations of being complicit with state censorship after Twitter appeared to take sides with India’s government in a turbulent free speech fight over a documentary critical of the country’s prime minister.

        The fight revolves around a new documentary from the BBC that focuses on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, delving into accusations that the politician allowed religious-based violence against Muslims. India is majority Hindu with a Muslim minority.

        Modi’s government said it has ordered social media platforms including Twitter to censor posts about the documentary, which it calls “hostile propaganda and anti-India garbage,” and Twitter appears to have complied by blocking certain tweets from being seen within India, according to screenshots of notices posted this week by Twitter users.

      • The Washington PostIndia’s BJP government tries to suppress BBC documentary on Modi – The Washington Post
      • Media NamaIndia’s new online “fact-checking” policy: Here’s why you should worry

        The latest of India’s platform governance reforms includes a proposal to outlaw hosting information online that’s been ‘fact-checked’ to be ‘fake’ by Indian government agencies. Experts we spoke to raised concerns that this attempt to combat fake information online rides roughshod over free speech rights, and basic principles of transparent and accountable governance.

        “To empower any one authority in a democracy to decide what is ‘fake’ is hugely problematic,” warned Namrata Maheshwari, Asia Pacific Policy Counsel at Access Now speaking to MediaNama.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Internet Freedom FoundationDefending the digital republic: Join IFF’s Board of Trustees at this pivotal moment for digital rights in India

        The Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) is an impact-focused Indian digital rights organization. Its mission as a fearless advocate for every Indian has become critical given the vast scope of digitisation that provides opportunities but also concentrates power. IFF occupies a unique position to advance constitutional rights within a shared, collective vision for a free and open internet that is funded by thousands of Indians. We are, for the first time, seeking to expand our board and invite passionate and committed individuals who are excited about the chance this offers to shape the future of the Indian internet in an increasingly digital world.

        In its Resolution dated 10 June 2022, IFF’s Board of Trustees resolved to induct two trustees, having a maximum term limit of six years. These commitments were made in view of IFF’s role as a public-centered organization and a historical underrepresentation of communities and identities. We encourage applications from diverse backgrounds of caste, economic ability, religion, gender and sexual orientation. Trustees enjoy the same rights and responsibilities on voting and determining the organizational path of IFF as Founder Trustees. Trustees are not provided any remuneration for their service in conjunction with tax regulations and IFF’s status as a charitable trust.

        The role of the board is to support IFF’s mission. It oversees the governance of IFF, particularly its financial management. The Board also provides direction on devising strategic plans, determines organizational policies, and participates in resource mobilization. Additionally, the Board advises the Executive Director on goal-setting and reviews progress at regular intervals.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Public KnowledgeNew Public Knowledge Paper Proposes Public Interest Framework To Create a Better Wireless Future – Public Knowledge

        New paper proposes adopting a model rooted in core public interest principles to help guide us toward a wireless future that serves all Americans.

      • Public KnowledgeBack to the Spectrum Future: How a Public Interest Framework Can Create a Wireless Future that Benefits Us All – Public Knowledge

        If you’re at all interested in spectrum policy, “Back to the Spectrum Future: The 20th Anniversary of the Spectrum Policy Task Force” is for you. Twenty years ago, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell created the Spectrum Policy Task Force (SPTF) to develop a spectrum policy playbook to provide consumers and innovators with access to interference-free spectrum when they need it. In this white paper, I reframe the SPTF’s recommendations for the future and identify key issues that hindered the SPFT’s success—all while using the “Back to the Future” films as an allegory for the future of spectrum policy. To paraphrase Doc Brown, the way I see it, if you’re gonna write a white paper on spectrum policy, why not do it with some style?

        Spectrum policy plays a critical role in shaping the future of our society. Just like Doc Brown’s invention of the flux capacitor transformed what was possible in time, wireless innovations today can transform our society and the future ahead. But, the future of the wireless world is not yet written. The spectrum policies we enact today will directly impact what our future looks like. This is both an opportunity and a warning. Do we want to live in a society where everyone has access to reliable and affordable telecommunications services? Or do we want to live in a digitally divided society where only a privileged few benefit from new technologies?

      • Public KnowledgePublic Knowledge Commends FCC Action To Collect Consumer Stories on Digital Discrimination – Public Knowledge

        Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission’s Task Force to Prevent Digital Discrimination announced that it is now offering consumers the ability to share their stories on acquiring broadband internet access as part of an effort to learn more about how consumers are experiencing digital discrimination first-hand. The announcement follows the agency’s approval of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to promote equal access to broadband in every community.

    • Monopolies

      • PoliticoMicrosoft set to face EU antitrust probe over video calls – POLITICO

        European Union antitrust enforcers are planning to open an antitrust probe into Microsoft over its video and messaging service Teams, four people familiar with the matter told POLITICO.

        An investigation based on a 2020 complaint from Slack would see Microsoft face formal EU scrutiny again, more than a decade after it ended a long-running antitrust dispute over how it misused its position as a powerful software supplier to push new products and services. Officials are focusing on allegations that Microsoft unfairly ties Microsoft Teams and other software with its widely-used Office suite.

        The European Commission plans to escalate the probe quickly and is preparing a statement of objections laying out competition problems with the company’s behavior, two people said. In recent weeks it sent requests to rivals and customers over what evidence it plans to use, they said. Such ‘access to file’ requests are often a prelude to sending objections after a formal investigation has been launched.

      • CCIAProposed Legislation Could Create Higher Barriers to Entry for Startups – Disruptive Competition Project

        It’s no secret that companies of all sizes benefit from free and low-cost digital services like Slack, AWS and GitHub- but what role do affordable communication tools, cloud services and code repositories play in the U.S. startup ecosystem? A new study by the CCIA Research Center and Engine investigates the degree to which startups use free and low-cost digital tools and services and finds that not only do all surveyed and sampled startups use at least three of the tools examined, but most young companies heavily rely on and even attribute their success to the accessibility and affordability of digital tools like Google Suite, Zoom and Azure.

        Widespread reliance on enterprise services to build businesses is nothing new, but its exponential growth and evolution has empowered U.S. startups to bring innovation to industries at an astounding rate. Investments in innovation by leading U.S. digital service providers have produced advancements in the infrastructure to build companies. Those same providers offer free and low-cost infrastructure services to startups, reducing the cost of starting a company to below $5,000, down from $5 million in 2000. Reduced barriers to entry enable countless entrepreneurs across the U.S. from a diverse set of backgrounds to focus their limited resources on bringing innovative ideas to fruition

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • 🔤SpellBinding: UDEHMTB Wordo: MEMES
      • Rewarding Cycle

        Back in 1995, when my parents established a restaurant, we set up a slot machine. It lasted a year or so, and we ended up removing it because even though there was some profit, it was somehow sickening and attracting the kind of patrons we didn’t want for our place. I remember vividly how these machines worked on people to make them addicted. It was all about the fast rewarding cycle that encourages us to keep playing repeatedly.

        The lottery is different because the reward cycle is longer. You buy a ticket and wait from one to just a few days. While you wait, your brain engages with the possible outcome; even if you know the possibility is minimal, there’s some pleasure in the thought until you check the results.

      • The Alcoholic Art of War

        Greenland is an autonomous part of Denmark. Canada is an autonomous part of… Canada, I guess.

        These two countries (Denmark and Canada) have just settled a dispute of the ownership of a piece of land in the strait between Greenland and Canada. This dispute has been ongoing for 49 years, and the island in question has been stuck in a frozen state of war (yes, pun intended). Both countries have made advances and claimed the land, only to lose it to the other country soon after.

        The casualties have been numerous. Observers have described the field of battle as “a sea of slightly tattered flags and notices” as both countries have practised the age old tradition of planting their flag and leaving a taunting note for their enemies every time they’ve claimed the land. Again and again and again.

      • Tale of a divorced swinger

        Once upon a time, there was a divorced woman named Sarah. She had been married for many years, but after her divorce, she found herself feeling lost and alone. One day, a friend suggested she try out a swingers club as a way to meet new people, and possibly find some excitement in her life.

        Sarah was hesitant at first, but she decided to give it a try. She went to the club and was immediately struck by the energy and excitement in the room. She saw couples and singles of all ages, all there for the same reason: to explore their sexuality and have a good time.

      • Family, toki pona, Playdate, Bitsy, and the Clarinet

        This was supposed to be as small “on my mind” bullet list, but it quickly grew to a larger post. Enjoy!

    • Technical

      • Tailscale on the DevTerm R-01

        Recently I assembled a ClockworkPi DevTerm R-01[1], a cyberdeck-like terminal with a RISC-V[2] compute module. While the retro-future design of the DevTerm really appealed to me, and I’ve also been wanting to work with RISC-V for a while to learn a new architecture making the R-01 a perfect esoteric project platform.

      • Team Wiki With Obsidian

        A couple other developers on my team at work and I were talking about potentially overhauling our developer wiki. The current one has gotten pretty out of date over time. It’s also a little cumbersome and nobody really enjoys using it.

      • Science

        • Brief Review Earth Knoll

          “A Brief History of Earth” by Andrew Knoll is a good summary; notable points include that Portuguese Man o’ War are in one sense a colony, that Earth sent a hey! oxygen! signal out to the universe recently, and has a particular reflective signature due to visible radiation getting absorbed by the green stuff. And that land critters are a fairly new thing, 10% of Earth’s history. Also interesting is the repeated emphasis on the interactions between the physical and biological processes.

      • Emacs

        • Getting around in Elpher

          Elpher is one of my favorite Emacs packages, up there with long-time favorites like Org, Magit, and Helm (yes I still use Helm, sorry). It does almost everything I could want in a smolnet client. I want to use this post to dig into the ‘almost’ and how I’ve attempted to reduce workflow friction in my Elpher browsing experience.


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

Links 26/01/2023: GNU poke 3.0 and PipeWire 0.3.65

Posted in News Roundup at 9:09 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Linux LinksLinux Around The World: Scotland

      We cover events and user groups that are running in Scotland. This article forms part of our Linux Around The World series.

      Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares a border with England to the southeast. It’s surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, the North Sea to the northeast and east, and the Irish Sea to the south.

      The United Kingdom is located off the north-western coast of mainland Europe. It consists of 4 countries: England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Benchmarks

      • Jeff GeerlingUsing PiBenchmarks.com for SBC disk performance testing

        For many years, I’ve maintained some scripts to do basic disk benchmarking for SBCs, to test 1M and 4K sequential and random access speeds, since those are the two most relevant tests for the Linux workloads I run on my Pis.

        I’ve been using this script for years, and it uses fio and iozone to get the metrics I need.

    • Applications

      • FFhistory: conclusion – Kostya’s Boring Codec World

        Now that I’ve finished remembering various developers it’s time to evaluate their impact and how it would be without certain them.

        Nowadays FFmpeg is mostly used for playing back videos from Internet. If you play, say, MP4 via HLS then it’s HLS protocol handler (mostly a work of Martin Storsjö) feeding data to MP4 demuxer (a work of Baptiste Coudurier) which feeds data to H.264 decoder (initial version by Michael Niedermayer, optimisations by many other people, current design with multithreading and hardware acceleration support is from Alexander Strange and Anton Khirnov) and AAC decoder (mostly by Alex Converse with significant optimisations by Måns Rullgård and others). If you prefer WebM then you’ll get data passed via Matroska demuxer (written by Ronald Bultje) to VP8 or VP9 decoder (written by Ronald in cooperation with other people) or even to AV1 decoder (an external library written by many FFmpeg and x264 developers) and Opus decoder (written by Anton Khirnov). As you can see the two most known names barely have a mention—that’s because Fabrice stopped working on it in time with the different set of popular formats. So in order to use his work you need to play DivX 4 rip with MP3 track.

        What would have changed if Fabrice Bellard haven’t started his project? To him—not much, he’s done enough awesome stuff before and after. To the multimedia world—it would be a serious loss but probably not critical. There had been various libraries for supporting separate families of multimedia: libquicktime for MOV and QT-specific codecs, libmpeg2 for MPEG video decoding, MPEG audio decoders are dime a dozen, there was even avifile for loading binary decoders. If Árpi had an idea to use them all in his player to support all possible formats, somebody else could’ve come with an idea of making a universal decoding framework out of existing libraries too. MPEG-4 ASP decoding could be done with OpenDivX or XviD (the latter also offers a better encoder that libavcodec because it does not function like Soviet machinery where you need to be an extremely skilled user to bring its potential to the fullest). AAC could be still supported via FAAC/FAAD2. Maybe somebody would have to rewrite it all to bring it under LGPL to make it more popular but you can’t say that opensource multimedia was a desert before Fabrice came. Still, he created a project that gave a significant impulse for the whole open-source multimedia and you should not underestimate it.

        How would FFmpeg fare without MPlayer developers? I’d say poorly as they created the environment where it could crystallise into something bigger (of course Xine developers played a significant role but since the player was more centred on DVD playback instead of playing everything I expect much smaller outcome).

      • 9to5LinuxPipeWire 0.3.65 Adds Bluetooth MIDI Support, ALSA Plugin Improvements

        PipeWire 0.3.65 adds support for Bluetooth MIDI devices, which also requires a WirePlumber addition, as well as support for compress offload was added using tinycompress, which allows the decoding of compressed formats in hardware using ALSA on certain devices.

        Another exciting feature in the PipeWire 0.3.65 release is a new native module-combine-stream that you can use to create a 5.1 device from a 3-channel stereo soundcard or to simultaneously direct the output to multiple sinks.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Linux HandbookUnderstanding the ASCII Table

        If you are into computers, you must have come across the ASCII table. It is a crucial part of modern computing even if many people are not aware of it.

      • OpenSource.comHow to add margin notes to a LibreOffice document

        I use LibreOffice Writer on Linux to write my documentation, including client proposals, training materials, and books. Sometimes when I work on a very technical document, I might need to add a margin note to a document, to provide extra context or to make some other note about the text.

        LibreOffice Writer doesn’t have a “margin note” feature but instead implements margin notes as frames. Here is how I add margin notes as frames in a LibreOffice document.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Muse Hub on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Muse Hub 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.

      • Manuel MatuzovicDay 88: CSS Motion Path

        CSS Motion path allows you to position any graphical object and animate it along a specified path.

      • MJ FransenReading notes with nov.el-mode and org-noter

        Within Emacs, you can read PDF and EPUB files and keep reading notes in a separate but linked org file. With DocView you can also read odt and docx files, with these also you can keep linked reading notes.

        I have only used org-noter with EPUB files.

        Below, we look at using Emacs to read EPUB files, and create and maintain reading notes.

      • University of TorontoLinux software RAID mirrors, booting, mdadm.conf, and disk counts for non-fun

        Linux software RAID mirrors have a count of the number of active disks that are in the array; this is what is set or changed by mdadm’s –raid-devices argument. Your mdadm.conf may also list how many active disks an array is supposed to have, in the ‘num-devices=’ setting (aka a ‘tag’) for a particular array. The mdadm.conf manual page dryly describes this as “[a]s with level= this is mainly for compatibility with the output of mdadm –examine –scan”, which historically and currently is not quite accurate, at least when booting (perhaps only under systemd).

      • Ciprian Dorin CraciunDebating deterministic passwords

        Please don’t construe my words as either in support or dismissal of either classical password managers or deterministic ones. I haven’t thoroughly looked at the problem from many (let alone all) angles, thus I might be missing a lot (both good or bad). To draw any conclusions, one should employ independent research.

      • TecAdminAn Introduction to the “./configure” Command: Compiling Source Code in Linux – TecAdmin

        The ./configure command is a common way to configure and prepare software source code for compilation on Linux systems. This command is typically run before the make command, which actually compiles the software. Understanding the options available with the ./configure command can give you more control over the compilation process and help you customize the build to your specific needs.

      • Diving into Kubernetes architecture in depth

        Kubernetes is a powerful open-source platform that is widely used for managing containerized applications. It is a highly scalable and flexible platform that allows developers to easily deploy, manage, and scale their applications. In this article, we will take a deep dive into the Kubernetes architecture and explore its various components in depth.

      • Git: Extracting fixed issues

        Git is a powerful tool that is widely used for version control and collaboration in software development. One of the key features of Git is its ability to track changes made to files and directories over time. This makes it easy for developers to work together on a project, and also allows them to easily revert to previous versions of the code if something goes wrong.

      • Git: Finding commits in the history

        Git is a powerful tool that is widely used by developers to keep track of their code changes. One of the main advantages of using Git is its ability to track the history of your code and allow you to easily revert to previous versions if needed. In this article, we will explore some of the ways you can find commits in the history of your Git repository.

      • Git: Getting a list of the changed files

        Git is a powerful tool for managing and tracking changes in your code. One of the most useful features of Git is the ability to see a list of the files that have been changed in a particular commit or between two commits. In this article, we’ll explore how to use Git to get a list of the changed files, including examples and explanations to help you understand the process.

      • Git: Searching through the history code

        If you’re a developer, you’re likely very familiar with Git – a version control system that allows you to keep track of changes made to your code. One of the most powerful features of Git is the ability to search through the history of your code, which can be incredibly useful for a variety of reasons. In this article, we’ll take a look at how to search through the history of your code using Git, and give you some examples of how this feature can be useful.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Brave Browser on Rocky Linux EL9 or EL8 – LinuxCapable

        Brave is a free and open-source web browser based on the Chromium web browser. It was developed by Brendan Eich, the co-founder of Mozilla and the creator of JavaScript. The main goal of Brave is to provide users with a faster, more secure, and privacy-respecting browsing experience. Brave blocks third-party ads and trackers by default, which helps to speed up page load times and reduce the risk of malware and other security threats.

        One reason to use Brave on a rocky Linux system over the default Firefox ESR is that Brave is built on the Chromium engine, which is known for its performance and stability. Brave’s built-in ad and tracker blocking can also help speed up browsing on a Linux system, which may be particularly beneficial on a computer with limited resources.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install CMake on Rocky Linux EL9 or EL8 – LinuxCapable

        CMake is a cross-platform open-source build system that is widely used for software development. It is designed to be used in conjunction with other build systems to generate native build files for a variety of platforms. CMake can be used to build, test, and package software, as well as to generate project files for popular IDEs such as Visual Studio and Xcode. One of the reasons why CMake is so popular is that it is designed to be easy to use, and it is supported by a wide variety of compilers and platforms.

        On a Rocky Linux system, CMake can be used to manage the building, testing, and packaging of software. It is particularly useful when working with large and complex projects that need to be built on multiple platforms.

        In this guide, you will discover how to install CMake on a Rocky Linux 9 or 8 system, either through the command line terminal using the dnf package manager and the native app-stream, or by compiling it from source. Two methods will be presented for your convenience.

      • Kubernetes concepts

        Kubernetes is a powerful container orchestration tool that allows you to manage and scale your containerized applications with ease. It’s a relatively new technology, but it’s quickly becoming a must-have for any organization that wants to stay competitive in today’s fast-paced tech landscape. In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into the concepts that make Kubernetes so powerful and explain how they work with real-world examples.

      • Kubernetes runtimes

        Kubernetes runtimes are the underlying technology that enables the execution of containerized applications on a Kubernetes cluster. These runtimes provide the necessary infrastructure and resources for containers to run and communicate with each other and with the outside world. In this article, we will explore the different types of Kubernetes runtimes available and provide examples of how they are used in real-world scenarios.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow to install containerized applications on Fedora Silverblue | Enable Sysadmin

        Silverblue is a Fedora Workstation variant that focuses on immutability and containers, so installing software is a little different from the usual Linux process.

      • Continuous integration and deployment with Kubernetes

        Continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD) is a critical process for modern software development. It allows teams to quickly and efficiently deliver new features, bug fixes, and updates to their customers. One of the most popular tools for CI/CD is Kubernetes, an open-source container orchestration platform. In this article, we’ll take a look at how Kubernetes can be used for CI/CD, including examples of how it can be implemented.

      • What is Kubernetes?

        Kubernetes, also known as K8s, is an open-source container orchestration system that helps manage and deploy containerized applications. It is designed to automate the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications, making it easier for developers to focus on writing code rather than worrying about the underlying infrastructure.

      • Viewing the history with gitk

        Git is a powerful tool for managing code and tracking changes, and one of the best ways to view the history of your code is through the gitk program. Gitk is a graphical tool that allows you to view the entire history of your code, including all of the commits, branches, and merges.

        In this article, we will take a closer look at how to use gitk to view the history of your code and some of the features that make it such a valuable tool.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Linux Kernel 6.1 on Debian 11 or 10

        The Linux Kernel 6.1 version can be utilized on Debian 11 Bullseye and Debian 10 Buster systems, bringing many new features and upgrades. This includes early support for Rust programming language, improved performance of the Btrfs file system, advancements in Intel Arc graphics, further development for AMD RDNA3 graphics processing units, Thunderbolt compatibility for Intel Meteor Lake, broader support for audio systems, support for Xbox One Elite Controller paddles, better support for Nintendo replica controllers, and initial support for DualSense Edge controllers. This release also includes many other updates, making it a significant update for Linux users.

        The tutorial will guide you through adding the sid repository and creating an apt pin using the command line terminal, allowing you to install Linux Kernel 6.1 on Debian 11 or 10 Bullseye with the Debian team’s upstream Kernel release.

      • TecAdminHow to Install Python 3.11 on Amazon Linux 2

        Amazon Linux 2 is an operating system developed by the team of Amazon Web Services (AWS). You can launch an Amazon ec2 instance using this operating system. Also, the disk images are available for major hypervisor platforms.

      • UNIX Cop[Bash] How to solve the “unary operator expected” error?

        It is very common that Linux users try to learn something about Bash. That’s why today we bring you this short post that will help you to fix the “unary operator expected” error on bash.

        When a novice user tries to program in bash, it is possible to encounter all kinds of errors. One of the most common headaches is “Unary Operator Expected”. This error is common and has a very practical solution.

      • Make Use OfHow to Schedule One-Time Jobs on Linux Using at

        Time management is a difficult art to master. Fortunately, with the help of technology, you can automate and delegate mundane tasks to your computer. Unlike humans, PCs are very good at running repetitive tasks at a precise set time.

        On Linux, you can run repetitive tasks using tools such as cron. In addition, you can also schedule and run one-time tasks using the at command.

      • TechRepublicHow to build a Docker image from a Dockerfile

        When developing with Docker, you’ll find numerous pre-made images on Docker Hub, though you might not find the exact image you want. Alternatively, perhaps you want to create custom images for a specific purpose. If you don’t want to hand over the deployment of your containerized apps and services to an image built by a third party, I’ll show you how easy it is to build your own Docker image.

      • Dealing with user input in bash script

        Dealing with user input in bash script can be a tricky task, but with a little bit of knowledge and practice, it becomes a breeze. In this article, we will take a look at some of the ways to handle user input in bash script, including examples to help you understand the concepts better.

      • Bash: Interactive versus non-interactive scripts

        Bash, or the Bourne Again Shell, is a popular command-line interpreter for Unix-based systems. It is often used to write scripts, which are essentially just a series of commands that are executed in order. However, there are two types of scripts in Bash: interactive and non-interactive. In this article, we’ll take a look at the differences between the two and provide examples of each.

      • dwaves.deprobably the ultimate web based UML diagram editor/creator app.diagrams.net
      • TechTargetEverything you need to know about Linux man pages | TechTarget

        When Unix was first introduced, there was little documentation on how to use it. Users struggled to figure out how to use the OS, which led to considerable problems.

        That led to the creation of the first-ever Unix document, the “Unix Programmer’s Manual,” initially published on Nov. 3, 1971. Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson wrote the manual at the request of their manager, Douglas Mcllroy. That first manual would become the first of many binders to serve as documentation for the early iterations of Unix. Eventually, those binders migrated to online manuals to become the first computer documentation accessible in a machine-readable form.

        Those manuals inspired what are called man pages, short for manual pages, and are included with every Unix and Linux OS. This system became so crucial to Linux that it gave birth to the man program, which makes it easy to read man pages.

      • VideoHow to install the Vivaldi Browser on KDE Neon – Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at how to install the Vivaldi Browser on KDE Neon.

      • Installing MySQL utilities

        Installing MySQL utilities can be a bit tricky, but with the right tools and a little bit of knowledge, it’s a breeze. In this article, we’ll go over the different ways you can install MySQL utilities, including using the command line, using a package manager, and using a graphical installer. We’ll also provide examples of each method, so you can see how it’s done.

        Before we get started, it’s important to note that the exact steps for installing MySQL utilities will vary depending on the operating system you’re using. For example, the steps for installing on Windows will be different from the steps for installing on Linux or Mac. However, the general process is the same, and you should be able to follow along with these examples regardless of which operating system you’re using.

      • What is a variable in bash script?

        When it comes to programming, variables are a fundamental concept that you’ll come across in any language. They’re used to store and manipulate data, and Bash is no exception. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at what variables are, how to use them in Bash, and some examples to help you understand how they work.

        So, what is a variable? In simple terms, a variable is a way to store a value. For example, you could have a variable called “name” that holds the value “John Doe”. You could then use that variable in your script to perform different actions based on the value stored in it.

      • Variable naming in bash script

        When it comes to writing a bash script, one of the most important things to keep in mind is how you name your variables. Why is this so important, you might ask? Well, there are a few reasons.

        First and foremost, variable naming in bash scripts can greatly affect the readability and maintainability of your code. If you use clear, descriptive variable names, it will be much easier for others (or even yourself) to understand what your script is doing and how it works. On the other hand, if you use vague or confusing variable names, it can make it much more difficult to understand your script.

        Another important reason to pay attention to variable naming in bash scripts is that it can affect the functionality of your script. If you use variable names that clash with built-in bash commands or other scripts, it can cause unexpected errors or issues with your script.
        So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at some best practices for variable naming in bash scripts, as well as some examples to illustrate these concepts.

      • ID RootHow To Install MyPaint on Fedora 37 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install MyPaint on Fedora 37. For those of you who didn’t know, MyPaint is a powerful and versatile digital painting software that is well-suited for digital artists and illustrators. Its main features are a highly configurable brush engine, speed, and a fullscreen mode which allows artists to fully immerse themselves in their work. It’s similar to Microsoft Windows Paint. MyPaint is available for various platforms including Linux, Windows, 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 MyPaint open-source digital painting software on a Fedora 37.

      • ID RootHow To Install CakePHP on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install CakePHP on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, CakePHP is an open-source web framework written in PHP that follows the Model-View-Controller (MVC) architectural pattern and conventions of Ruby on Rails, it uses conventions over configuration approach and provides a set of built-in tools for common web development tasks, it also has a large and active community that contributes to the framework

        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 CakePHP on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Glances on Debian 11 or 10

        Glances is an open-source, cross-platform system monitoring tool that can provide detailed information about a system’s resources in real-time. When installed on a Debian Linux system, it can benefit the user by providing a quick overview of the system’s performance and identifying potential issues.

    • WINE or Emulation

      • XDAWine 8.0 released with better controller compatibility, experimental WoW64 support, and more

        If you’re looking to run Windows applications on Linux, then you’ve probably heard of Wine. Wine works as a layer translating Windows API calls to POSIX (Portable Operating System Interface) calls while also recreating a Windows directory structure and providing alternative implementations of system services. It doesn’t use any emulation or virtualization to execute Windows binaries, either. Now, Wine version 8.0 has just been released with a ton of improvements and changes.

        One of the most notable changes is the completion of Portable Executable (PE) conversion, the Windows binary format. This is important, as it means that various copy protection schemes that check that the on-disk and in-memory contents of system modules are identical will now trust the system that they’re running on. Wine developers say that this will allow for “32-bit applications on 64-bit hosts, Windows debuggers, x86 applications on ARM,” and more.

        Furthermore, WoW64 (Windows 32-bit on Windows 64-bit) support has been implemented for “essentially all” Unix libraries. This allows for 32-bit applications to be executed in a 64-bit environment, without the presence of the appropriate 32-bit libraries. Wind developers don’t recommend it for general use just yet, but it can be enabled by building with the ‘–enable-archs’ option.

      • HowTo GeekWine 8.0 Helps You Run Even More Windows Apps on Linux & Mac

        Wine is your best tool if you have a computer with Linux, macOS, or even Haiku and you want to check out the occasional Windows program. Version 8.0 of the popular tool is now available, and it looks great.

        The most significant change in Wine 8.0 is that all Wine modules can be compiled in portable executable format, or PE for short. It’s a big step towards improving compatibility with Windows software, especially copy protection, Windows debuggers, and other types of apps and games that have frequent issues on Wine. It also opens the door for Wine to run on non-Unix operating systems more reliably, and one day could allow x86 applications to run on ARM devices without extra compatibility layers.

    • Games

      • Aurélien GâteauOpening another Pandora box?

        Pixel Wheels started as a vertically scrolling arcade game: a single car, randomly spawned enemy vehicles arriving from the top, kind of like the old Spy Hunter game. Then I opened my first large Pandora box when I thought: “Wouldn’t it be cool to turn this into a racing game?”

        This took quite a looong time, because a racing games means less dumb enemies, they would have to follow a track, learn to use bonuses. It also meant being able to compute the player rank in the race, which proved to be surprisingly tricky given the way tracks are defined.

      • GamingOnLinuxNVIDIA Vulkan Beta Driver 525.47.06 out now

        NVIDIA has released another fresh update to their Vulkan Beta Driver, with version 525.47.06 rolling out now. This is the special driver series that’s aimed at developers, or anyone who needs the newest Vulkan extension work before they eventually roll into their main driver series.

      • GamingOnLinuxAtari announce another 80s classic revival with Caverns of Mars: Recharged

        Another revamp of a classic is on the way with Atari once again teaming up with SneakyBox, as the 1981 title Caverns of Mars is releasing as Caverns of Mars: Recharged.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • 9to5LinuxGNOME 44 Alpha Released with New Stream Deck App, File Chooser Grid View

          GNOME 44 promises a GTK4 port of the Epiphany (GNOME Web) web browser, a file chooser grid view and support for 64px icon size in grid view in the Nautilus file manager, a Bluetooth submenu in Quick Settings, the ability to disable Settings search results, as well as a redesigned Accessibility panel with new a navigation pattern in Settings.

          Talking about Settings (a.k.a. GNOME Control Center), it received a lot of changes including support for sharing Wi-Fi passwords through a QR code, a mobile-friendly Date & Time panel, as well as the ability to see kernel and firmware versions in the About panel.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • TorNew Alpha Release: Tor Browser 12.5a2 (Android, Windows, macOS, Linux)

      Tor Browser 12.5a2 is now available from the Tor Browser download page and also from our distribution directory.

      This release updates Firefox on Android, Windows, macOS, and Linux to 102.7.0esr. It includes important security updates to Firefox and GeckoView. There were no Android-specific security updates to backport from the Firefox 109 release.

    • Education

      • IdiomdrottningEveryone, learn how to code

        Learning the basics of how code works and how to code simple things is all I’m asking; as you point out, the difference between knowing how it’s constructed vs having the time, resources, skill level to do everything from scratch always.

      • Scoop News GroupInside ShmooCon 2023: The wacky, the weird and, of course, the cybers

        From hallway debates over what’s working in cybersecurity to idiosyncratic displays of oddball humor — such as eating Batman cereal from 1989 — the annual hacker conference ShmooCon has been attracting an eclectic mix of techies, academics, lawyers and policy researchers since 2005. This year was no different. More than 1,600 people gathered at the Washington Hilton in D.C. to see old friends, make new ones, and, of course, talk infosec. “This isn’t just about professional growth, it’s networking, it’s a time to be with friends and fellowship,” said ShmooCon co-founder Bruce Potter. Here are five big takeaways from this year’s conference: [...]

    • FSF

      • FSFThank you and a very warm welcome to our new members

        January 20, 2023 marked the end of our most recent fundraising campaign and associate member drive. We are proud to add 330 new associate members to our organization, and we have immense appreciation for the community that helped us get there. Please help us share our appreciation.

        We may have not reached our ambitious goal of welcoming 455 new associate members to the FSF, but we’d rather fail at meeting high expectations than aim too low from the outset. In the end, hundreds of new members signed up for the first time, and even more renewed. We were humbled throughout this fundraiser to see that, despite not making our goal, support for us this year has been immense. We want to express our appreciation to all of you, the contributors and supporters, who helped us raise more than $400,000 during this year-end fundraiser campaign. Those who donated $500 or more and give their permission can be publicly acknowledged in the monthly newsletter, the Free Software Supporter, as well as on our social media channels. Look for such donors via the hashtag #ThankGNU.

    • GNU Projects

      • GNUpoke – News: GNU poke 3.0 released [Savannah]

        I am happy to announce a new major release of GNU poke, version 3.0.

        This release is the result of a year of development. A lot of things have changed and improved with respect to the 2.x series; we have fixed many bugs and added quite a lot of new exciting and useful features. See below for a description of many of them.

        From now on, we intend to do not one but two major releases of poke every year. What is moving us to change this is the realization that users have to wait for too long to enjoy new features, which are continuously being added in a project this young and active.

    • Licensing / Legal

      • NPRA robot was scheduled to argue in court, then came the jail threats

        “Multiple state bar associations have threatened us,” Browder said. “One even said a referral to the district attorney’s office and prosecution and prison time would be possible.”

        In particular, Browder said one state bar official noted that the unauthorized practice of law is a misdemeanor in some states punishable up to six months in county jail.

        “Even if it wouldn’t happen, the threat of criminal charges was enough to give it up,” he said. “The letters have become so frequent that we thought it was just a distraction and that we should move on.”

    • Programming/Development

      • Programming Language DataBaseA brief interview with Janet contributor Josef Pospíšil

        Josef Pospíšil (Pepe) is a programming enthusiast, first with Basic in 1986, then the first Rubyist in the Czech Republic, and now a contributor to the language Janet.

      • Lawrence Tratttry_repeat released

        Today I’m releasing another little Unix tool try_repeat, which tries to run a command n times, exiting early if the command exits with a non-zero exit code. Think of it a bit like the repeat command built into some shells (e.g. zsh) but which “exits as soon as an execution of the command fails”. This is particularly useful when trying to find intermittent failures in a command: I can set an upper bound (i.e. “if the command runs n times successfully, I’ll assume there are no problems”) but be notified if there are any problems earlier on.

      • Andrew HealeyMaking a Text Editor with a Game Engine

        The command line text editor nano doesn’t quite work how I want it to. So I spent two days hacking together my own text editor, based on nano, so that I can change it over time and it can grow with me.

        I am writing these words in that text editor.

      • Release/16.x has been branched

        Hi,

        I’ve created the release/16.x branch. Trunk is now at 17.0.0. If you would like to have a change backported to release/16.x, please use the instructions here for requesting a backport.

        -Tom

  • Leftovers

    • Counter PunchCop City is the Future They Want

      Over this past weekend I went to see the new Avatar movie. I had seen the first one and, although it had flaws, I saw the overall message as compelling. Fair warning, here is a small spoiler: Simply put, the plot is one where humans in the future, with the help of gargantuan and lethal military might, attempt to colonize a planet called Pandora. It is another solar system many light years from earth, and it possesses many extraordinary and rare minerals and resources, as well as incredible biodiversity and Indigenous societies. In the sequel, the humans of earth have returned, and their goal is nothing less than total colonization of the planet for the purpose of resettlement. Earth, as one cold hearted military general says, is dying.

      Hollywood produces a lot of rubbish. I mean, a LOT of it. And we are living in an age where fast paced computer-generated graphics and imagery have taken the place of meaningful dialogue, acting and plot development. Much of this is nothing new, the film industry has long collaborated with the Department of Defense, the Pentagon and the CIA in its productions. How else could a blockbuster movie have access to so much military hardware? Major box office money makers, like the braindead “Top Gun” series, rely enormously on the US military industrial sector.

    • Counter PunchIdealism, Materialism, and The Two Sides of Marxism

      The debate now dividing the left-over Zizek is a much more productive one than the Force The Vote debate taking up space just weeks ago. Unlike Force The Vote where people without healthcare are needlessly accusing each other of secretly being against healthcare we are confronted with a debate over the merits of materialism and idealism.

      The contradiction between idealism and materialism is that no material reality can be changed without an ideal inspiring that change. Likewise no ideal can arise without a change in material reality.

    • ChrisDichotomisation Destroys Data

      Sometimes we categorise continuous data rather sloppily. For example, it’s common to judge the scope of tasks to be “small”, “medium”, or “large” rather than the actual time estimated. Any conclusions we draw from categorised data are greatly affected by this practise, but we rarely look at exactly what the effects are before we choose to categorise. There’s a brief paper that looks into the prevalence of this practise and gives some (common-sense) recommendations around the practise1.

    • Kansas Legal ServicesTips for Older Consumers to Stop Illegal Robocalls

      Robocalls, the persistent automated telephone calls to cell phones and landlines, are a favorite tool of telemarketers, debt collectors, and scammers. Older adults anticipating important calls from medical providers and others may be reluctant to answer the phone due to excessive or unwanted robo telephone calls.

    • US FCCFCC Warns Providers About Robocalls from PhoneBurner and MV Realty

      FCC Enforcement Bureau warns all U.S.-based voice service providers about substantial amounts of apparently unlawful telephone solicitation calls to phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry from PhoneBurner Inc. and MV Realty PBC, LLC

    • TechdirtBiden FCC, Like Trump FCC, Spends A Disproportionate Amount Of Time Hyperventilating About China

      To be clear: the Chinese government is a violent authoritarian mess, and making U.S. networks more resilient to Chinese attacks is an important thing. But U.S. telecom policy is bizarrely obsessed with China to the point where all other policies, especially any policies that might upset the nation’s powerful and entrenched telecom monopolies, are routinely put on the back burner.

    • Common DreamsFood Was Amazing and Staff Was Even Better!

      Graciously offering up some black trauma porn with dinner, a Republican Women’s Club in Kentucky just hosted a book promo at a local restaurant for Jon Mattingly, one of the Louisville police officers who helped murder Breonna Taylor in her bed, to tell “his side” of a story that they claim “has been twisted to fit into a false, woke storyline.” They also broadcast the “snuff by cop” audio and video on public speakers so all the patrons could hear. So thoughtful. Up next: Postcards of the lynching.

    • HackadayPizza-Making CNC Machine Is The Only Tool We’ve Ever Dreamed Of

      Making pizza is fun, but eating pizza is even better. Ideally, you’ll get to spend much more time doing the latter than the former. If you had a pizza-making CNC machine, that would help you achieve this goal, and thankfully, [Twarner] is working on that very technology.

    • HackadayUnlocking Hidden Features Of An Unusual Camera

      Back in 2012, technology websites were abuzz with news of the Lytro: a camera that was going to revolutionize photography thanks to its innovative light field technology. An array of microlenses in front of the sensor let it capture a 3D image of a scene from one point, allowing the user to extract depth information and to change the focus of an image even after capturing it.

    • Counter PunchCreating a Moral Conscience

      A recent talk with a friend gave me valuable insight into an important human phenomenon: how is a moral conscience created? A few years ago, I met Pierre, an abstract painter, and we developed a close friendship. As I learned about his complex upbringing, I wondered how he was able to overcome harrowing events in his life.

      Pierre had been borne in a French containment camp (which in practice functioned as a prison,) where his parents were held after fleeing Spain’s civil war fought between 1936 and 1939 between Republicans and Nationalists. Both of them fought on the Republican side against the regime headed by general Francisco Franco. When the Republicans were defeated, to escape Franco’s reprisals, they crossed on foot the Pyrenees, a mountain range that separates the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of the continent. A strenuous trip under any circumstance, crossing the tallest mountain range in Europe was excruciating during the bitter winter cold.

    • Education

      • Barry HessHow To Teach Your Customers

        When I went to apply this product, I was a bit nervous. Since it was so expensive, I did not want to mess it up. That’s when I found that the company has a page filled with videos that explain in great detail exactly how to use their finishes. In a world where instructional videos are often on YouTube with ads interrupting the education, I had to write the company:

        THANK YOU for putting HOWTO videos directly on your website commercial-free via Vimeo rather than YouTube. It severely bothers me when a company sends me to YouTube to learn how to use their products only to be interrupted mid project/application with commercials. Thank you!

      • NBCChatGPT Passes MBA Exam Given by a Wharton Professor

        Professor Christian Terwiesch, who authored the research paper “Would Chat GPT3 Get a Wharton MBA? A Prediction Based on Its Performance in the Operations Management Course,” said that the bot scored between a B- and B on the exam.

      • uni PennsylvaniaWould Chat GPT Get a Wharton MBA? New White Paper By Christian Terwiesch

        OpenAI’s Chat GPT has shown a remarkable ability to automate some of the skills of highly compensated knowledge workers in general and specifically the knowledge workers in the jobs held by MBA graduates including analysts, managers, and consultants. Chat GPT has demonstrated the capability of performing professional tasks such as writing software code and preparing legal documents. The purpose of this paper is to document how Chat GPT3 performed on the final exam of a typical MBA core course, Operations Management. Exam questions were uploaded as used in a final exam setting and then graded. The “academic performance” of Chat GPT can be summarized as follows. First, it does an amazing job at basic operations management and process analysis questions including those that are based on case studies. Not only are the answers correct, but the explanations are excellent. Second, Chat GPT at times makes surprising mistakes in relatively simple calculations at the level of 6th grade Math. These mistakes can be massive in magnitude. Third, the present version of Chat GPT is not capable of handling more advanced process analysis questions, even when they are based on fairly standard templates. This includes process flows with multiple products and problems with stochastic effects such as demand variability. Finally, ChatGPT3 is remarkably good at modifying its answers in response to human hints. In other words, in the instances where it initially failed to match the problem with the right solution method, Chat GPT was able to correct itself after receiving an appropriate hint from a human expert. Considering this performance, Chat GPT would have received a B to B- grade on the exam. This has important implications for business school education, including the need for exam policies, curriculum design focusing on collaboration between human and AI, opportunities to simulate real world decision making processes, the need to teach creative problem solving, improved teaching productivity, and more.

      • Neil Selwyn‘Understanding’ EdTech in an era of climate crisis: an ongoing process of reconciliation (notes on Arendt)

        All told, rethinking EdTech in light of the new realities of whatever the next few decades have in store requires us to accept that our previous comfortable understandings of ‘EdTech’ are no longer sufficient. In short, this book raises the uncomfortable (and perhaps unwelcome) challenge that the ‘EdTech’ that we have become accustomed is no longer fit for the world that we are now living in. Developing these new understandings is inevitably a process of ongoing reconciliation that we are all going to have to work on for a few more years to come.

      • TechdirtSeattle School District Files Laughably Stupid Lawsuit Against Basically Every Social Media Company For… ‘Being A Public Nuisance’

        I just wrote about Utah’s ridiculously silly plans to sue every social media company for being dangerous to children, in which I pointed out that the actual research doesn’t support the underlying argument at all. But I forgot that a few weeks ago, Seattle’s public school district actually filed just such a lawsuit, suing basically every large social media company for being a “public nuisance.” The 91-page complaint is bad. Seattle taxpayers should be furious that their taxes, which are supposed to be paying for educating their children, are, instead, going to lawyers to file a lawsuit so ridiculous that it’s entirely possible the lawyers get sanctioned.

    • Hardware

      • Evening Standard UKWearable tech may help fight paralysis

        London researchers develop ‘body sensor suit’ which could predict progress of two incurable degenerative diseases

      • HackadayToxic Telescope Makes You Mad As A Hatter

        [Hank Green] posted an interesting video about the first liquid mirror telescope from back in the 1850s. At the time, scientists were not impressed. But, these days, people are revisiting the idea. The big problem with the early telescope is that it used mercury. Mercury is really bad for people and the environment.

      • HackadaySupercon 2022: Sophy Wong Is Making An Impact With Artistic Wearables

        Prolific designer and maker Sophy Wong is always looking toward the future, and that goes for everything from the costume pieces she makes to the idea of making itself. In her excellent and highly-visual Supercon talk, Sophy explores both, and gives the viewer a window on her evolved-and-evolving design philosophy.

      • HackadayI’ve Been Printing On The Dragon Railroad…

        We know many people who put much effort into building model train setups. But [Rambros] has an entire set 3D printed, and the files are open source, so you can print your own or modify it to suit you. When we first read “complete open source ecosystem,” we thought it might have been a bit of hyperbole, but it isn’t. The S-scale set includes two locomotives, a tanker, a box car, a hopper car, and a gondola car. There are different sections of track, customizable with Fusion 360. The “Dragon Railway” takes a few mechanical parts and electronics, of course. You can see one of several videos about the system below.

      • HackadayAdding Electronic Shifter Functionality To Bicycle Derailleur

        For the overwhelming majority of bicycles out there that feature multiple gears, switching between these is done purely mechanically, with a cable. Generally this uses a derailleur, which forms part of the gear switching and chain tensioning mechanism. As a mechanical system, it’s reliable when well maintained, but tuning it can be a real hassle. This is where an electronic shifter should be able to provide faster, more reliable and quieter shifting, and is also where [Jesse DeWald]’s electronic shifting project begins.

      • HackadayA Simple Air Suspension Demo With Lego Technic

        The most common suspension systems on automobiles rely on simple metal springs. Leaf spring and coil spring designs both have their pros and cons, but fundamentally it’s all about flexing metal doing the work. Air suspension works altogether differently, employing gas as a spring, as demonstrated by this simple Lego build from [JBRIX]. 

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Economist Mark Skidmore publishes antivax propaganda disguised as a survey

        Regular readers might remember how in May tech bro turned “Debate me, bro!” antivaxxer Steve Kirsch estimated that COVID-19 vaccines had killed a half a million people, all based on his survey. The survey itself was one of the most risible surveys that I’ve ever seen—a “simple survey of my readers,” as Kirsch put it—in which he just posted an Internet survey to his Substack that anyone could access and answer and then extrapolated from ~400 respondents to claim that COVID-19 vaccines have killed a half a million people. I kid you not. Yesterday, BMC Infectious Diseases published a paper that gave me very strong Steve Kirsch vibes. It’s by a Michigan State University economist named Mark Skidmore, who is the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics; Professor, Department of Economics. Entitled, The role of social circle COVID-19 illness and vaccination experiences in COVID-19 vaccination decisions: an online survey of the United States population, it reminded me, more than anything else, of a Steve Kirsch “study” in which a fundamentally bad research design is tarted up with (some) seemingly legitimate social science research methodology and then.dishonestly spun to produce a fake estimate of 278,000 fatalities due to COVID-19 vaccines, which is then “validated” by an incompetent dumpster dive into the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) database of the sort that I’ve been writing about since 2006.

    • Proprietary

      • [Old] uni CaliforniaThe Spread of the Sapphire/Slammer Worm

        The Sapphire Worm was the fastest computer worm in history. As it began spreading throughout the Internet, it doubled in size every 8.5 seconds. It infected more than 90 percent of vulnerable hosts within 10 minutes.

        The worm (also called Slammer) began to infect hosts slightly before 05:30 UTC on Saturday, January 25. Sapphire exploited a buffer overflow vulnerability in computers on the Internet running Microsoft’s SQL Server or MSDE 2000 (Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine). This weakness in an underlying indexing service was discovered in July 2002; Microsoft released a patch for the vulnerability before it was announced[1]. The worm infected at least 75,000 hosts, perhaps considerably more, and caused network outages and such unforeseen consequences as canceled airline flights, interference with elections, and ATM failures. Several disassembled versions of the source code of the worm are available. [2].

      • Errata SecurityI’m still bitter about Slammer [iophk: Windows TCO]

        The point is that I made three radical design choices, unprecedented at the time though more normal now, and they worked. And yet, the industry wasn’t technical enough to recognize that it worked.

        For example, a few months later I had a meeting at the Pentagon where a Gartner analyst gave a presentation claiming that only hardware-based IDS would work, because software-based IDS couldn’t keep up. Well, these were my customer. I didn’t refute Gartner so much as my customer did, with their techies standing up and pointing out that when Slammer hit, my “software” product did keep up. Gartner doesn’t test products themselves. They rightly identified the problem with other software using interrupts, but couldn’t conceive there was a third alternative, “poll mode” drivers.

      • [Repeat] India TimesMicrosoft services down, this is what the company has to say

        Microsoft services are facing an outage. According to Downdetector, the website that tracks outages, reports started coming around 12.19 pm and peaked at 1.04 pm, with 2689 users reporting issues. Microsoft too has confirmed the outage. “We’re investigating issues impacting multiple Microsoft 365 services. More info can be found in the admin center under MO502273,” said the company in the first tweet.

      • NPRMicrosoft applications like Outlook and Teams were down for thousands of users

        The tech giant originally said it had isolated the problem to “networking configuration issues,” later saying that it had “rolled back a network change that we believe is causing impact.” It updated its status report to show the applications were fully accessible again shortly after 7:30 a.m. ET.

      • Krebs On SecurityExperian Glitch Exposing Credit Files Lasted 47 Days

        On Dec. 23, 2022, KrebsOnSecurity alerted big-three consumer credit reporting bureau Experian that identity thieves had worked out how to bypass its security and access any consumer’s full credit report — armed with nothing more than a person’s name, address, date of birth, and Social Security number. Experian fixed the glitch, but remained silent about the incident for a month. This week, however, Experian acknowledged that the security failure persisted for nearly seven weeks, between Nov. 9, 2022 and Dec. 26, 2022.

    • Security

      • Integrity/Availability/Authenticity

        • The ConversationDeepfakes: faces created by AI now look more real than genuine photos

          In our study published in iScience, we showed that a failure to distinguish these artificial faces from the real thing has implications for our online behaviour. Our research suggests the fake images may erode our trust in others and profoundly change the way we communicate online.

          My colleagues and I found that people perceived GAN faces to be even more real-looking than genuine photos of actual people’s faces. While it’s not yet clear why this is, this finding does highlight recent advances in the technology used to generate artificial images.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Common DreamsNY AG Letitia James Applauded for Taking Stand Against Facial Recognition

          The digital rights group Fight for the Future was among those applauding New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday as she demanded answers from MSG Entertainment, the owner of Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall, over its use of facial recognition technology to deny entry to lawyers whose firms represent people suing the company.

        • Bryan LundukeDigital Prepping, Part 2 – Preparing your Operating Systems to be Off-Line

          For better or worse, that’s simply how most computer systems are designed nowadays — a tight reliance upon a regular Internet connection.

          What happens when that connection goes away? Or, even if your personal Internet connection is available… what happens when the servers your Operating System expects to exist are no longer there (either because the server lost access… or because the company went out of business entirely)?

        • Site36Pegasus and Predator investigations: Europol is not a European FBI

          The use of Pegasus and Predator could in many cases constitute the offence of cybercrime, which, like corruption and extortion, falls within Europol’s remit, in´t Veld’s interim report says. In it, the rapporteur vehemently emphasises the demand for Europol investigations against the governments mentioned.

          Last year, the EU Parliament approved a new regulation that gives Europol even more powers. Article 6, for example, allows the executive director to „proactively“ propose investigations, even if the crime is committed in only one member state. However, Europol refused to make use of the new powers in the case of „Europe’s Watergate“ and to open an investigation, criticises in´t Veld. On 28 September 2022, the PEGA Committee therefore sent a letter to Europol Director Catherine de Boelle demanding that the agency finally take action.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Environment

      • JURISTZambia communities’ lead poisoning case against South Africa mining company continues

        The South Gauteng High Court Tuesday in South Africa continued hearing a case against mining company Anglo American South Africa on allegations of lead poisoning. Zambian communities brought the class action lawsuit after it was discovered that the town of Kabwe, Zambia contains the “world’s most toxic lead mine” called the Broken Hill mine.

        The 12-day hearing is now on its fourth day. The court must decide whether to certify the class action and allow it to proceed. Amnesty International, the South African Litigation Centre, and several UN experts have been admitted as joint amici curiae. They informed the court of “international business standards,” and focused on the country’s duty to “regulate the conduct of its companies.”

      • Common Dreams‘Failure of Climate Leadership’: Biden Approving More Drilling on Public Lands Than Trump

        Although President Joe Biden vowed on the campaign trail to phase out federal leasing for fossil fuel extraction, his administration approved more permits for oil and gas drilling on public lands in its first two years than the Trump administration did in 2017 and 2018.

      • Counter PunchIs Mining Money Behind the Arrest of Salvadoran Water Defenders?

        Human rights and environmental activists across the globe are mobilizing in support of five men detained in El Salvador on charges that appear aimed at silencing opposition to mining.

        The arrestees — Miguel Ángel Gámez, Alejandro Laínez García, Pedro Antonio Rivas Laínez, Antonio Pacheco, and Saúl Agustín Rivas Ortega — were among the leaders of a campaign to block mining activities in El Salvador that would’ve enriched a few while endangering the nation’s water supply.

      • Energy/Transportation

        • IT TavernBasics of Power over Ethernet (PoE)

          Power over Ethernet – or short ‘PoE’ – allows you to supply DC power for another device over the ethernet network cable. The most common Power Source Equipment (PSE) types are switches and routers (endspan), but you could just as well put a PoE-injector (midspan) between a standard switch and the Powered Device (PD). Especially in corporate environments, PoE devices are growing in popularity, and just to list some examples of PDs: VoIP hardware, wireless access points, access control terminals, security cameras, and many more.

          The main advantage is that you only need one cable for data and power for each device, don’t need an extra power outlet at the location of the device, and can control the power supply over the PSE interface. For example, this is great for access points mounted under the ceiling where ‘simply unplug it’ is not an option.

        • QuilletteThe [Cryptocurrency] Token Economy Is Second-Order Fraud

          A leaked balance sheet gives some insight into why. FTX was claiming $US9 billion in liabilities but only $US900 million in liquid assets. Most of their assets were marked either “less liquid” or “illiquid.” As with other failed crypto firms, FTX was holding the lion’s share of their assets in obscure cryptocurrencies issued by the firm itself or other companies and projects with close ties to FTX or its disgraced CEO Sam Bankman-Fried.

        • Counter PunchThe U.S. Congress Twiddled Its Thumbs on Crypto while 10 Countries Banned It and 42 Others Placed Heavy Restrictions

          On January 31 of last year, Oliver Sullivan reported at Lawyer Monthly that the growing list of countries “that wholly banned cryptocurrencies includes China, Egypt, Iraq, Qatar, Oman, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Bangladesh and (as of this month) Kosovo. Forty-two others have passed restrictions to this effect, prohibiting crypto exchanges or limiting the ability of banks to engage with crypto.”

          Compare that to the United States, which increasingly looks like a financial backwater, with questionable crypto deposits blowing up federally-insured banks; collapsing publicly-listed crypto mining stocks whose business model is to pump more fossil fuels into the atmosphere in order to solve complex mathematical problems that have no productive purpose; $8 billion in customer funds going missing at the FTX crypto exchange which was promoted by media darlings on television; and, of course, Big Law firms getting fat at the crypto bankruptcy trough after shilling for these same crypto firms for years before federal regulators.

        • Common DreamsBig Oil Asks US Supreme Court to Reinstate Offshore Fracking in California

          The American Petroleum Institute and a pair of oil companies filed a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday in a bid to overturn a lower federal court ruling that blocked fracking in public waters off California’s coast.

        • Common DreamsBiden Restores Vital Protections for Tongass National Forest Gutted by Trump

          Indigenous and green groups on Wednesday applauded the Biden administration for reinstating protections for millions of acres of wilderness in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest that were lifted during a Trump-era regulatory rollback spree.

        • Common DreamsTransition to EVs Must be Paired With Bold Investments in Mass Transit: Study

          Since the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act last year, the Biden administration has been making a broad push for a future centered around electric vehicles—but a first-of-its-kind study released Tuesday warned that the EV transition —but a first-of-its-kind study released Tuesday warned that the transition must go hand-in-hand with major investments in mass transit and other steps to reduce U.S. dependence on cars altogether.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • International Business TimesMan in China served deadly blue-ringed octopus at restaurant

          Blue-ringed octopuses are some of the most venomous animals on the planet. Its venom contains tetrodotoxin, a potent neurotoxin that is said to be 1,000 times more dangerous than cyanide. It paralyses breathing and breathing-related muscles, and there is no antidote to its venom, according to The Hindu.

      • Overpopulation

        • Frontpage MagazineThe West’s Last Chance?

          According to Blankley, the lack of resistance would have its source in the fact that demographic changes move slowly and are thus less noticeable. One can see that an attacking army ought to be resisted, but the threat of rising birth rates seems a much less urgent matter.

    • Finance

      • FAIRIf You Won’t Sacrifice Workers to Fight Inflation, You’re Off the Op-Ed Page

        Inflation surged in the spring of 2021, hit a 40-year-high rate of 9.1% in June 2022, and was still running at a historically high 6.5% at year’s end. Coverage of inflation has surged along with this rise in prices, with the volume of inflation coverage reaching levels not seen since the 1980s. One analysis (CAP Action, 12/22/21) found that in November 2021, CNN and MSNBC gave inflation roughly double the combined coverage of “jobs, wages and healthcare.”

      • Common DreamsFederal Workers Union Says Biden Right Not to Negotiate With GOP Over Debt Ceiling

        The largest union of federal workers in the U.S. urged Congress this week to raise the debt ceiling without mandating reductions in social spending, arguing that President Joe Biden is right to reject the GOP’s attempt to use the nation’s borrowing limit as leverage to force through devastating cuts.

      • Common DreamsMaybe Those Luddites Had a Point

        Twenty-three minutes. That’s how long it takes for your brain to refocus after shifting from one task to the next. Check your email, glance at a text, and you’ll pay for what’s called a “switch cost effect.”

      • Counter PunchIs the Reason Some Wealthy People Oppose Democracy Deeper Than We Think?

        Why are America’s plutocrats funding efforts to weaken our democracy and replace it with plutocracy and oligarchy? Is it just about money? Or is there something much deeper that most Americans rarely even consider?

        An extraordinary investigative report from documented.net tells how morbidly rich families, their companies, and their personal foundations are funding efforts to limit or restrict democracy across the United States.

      • Counter PunchWhat to Look for in the Fourth Quarter 2022 GDP Report

        After two consecutive quarters of negative growth in the first half of 2022, the economy grew at a strong 3.2 percent annual rate in the third quarter of the year. We should expect to see a comparably strong fourth quarter, with both consumption and non-residential investment showing healthy growth. A smaller trade deficit should also provide a boost to growth. Residential investment is likely to again be a drag on growth, but likely less than in the third quarter.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Silicon AngleTwitter whistleblower tells Congress and FTC that a major security problem hasn’t gone away under Elon Musk

        Twitter Inc. has a new whistleblower who has told Congress and the Federal Trade Commission that engineers at the company still have the use of a controversial tool that gives them godlike powers over content.

        According to The Washington Post, which first reported the story today, the whistleblower is saying that a program called “GodMode” is still available to engineers at Twitter. This mode makes it possible to log into an account and write, restore or delete content – a powerful tool indeed.

      • TruthOutTwitter’s Collapse Is Bad News for Organizers – But Another Commons Is Possible
      • TechdirtUtah Promises That It’s Going To Sue Social Media For Being Bad For Kids

        Utah, as a state, has a pretty long history of having terrible policy proposals regarding laws about the internet. And now it’s getting dumber. On Monday, the state’s Attorney General Sean Reyes and Governor Spencer Cox, hosted a very weird press conference. It was billed by them as an announcement about how Utah is suing all the social media companies for not “protecting kids.” Which is already pretty ridiculous. Even more ridiculous, is that Governor Cox’s audience eagerly announced that people should watch the livestream… on social media.

      • MeduzaImprisoned opposition politician Alexey Navalny confined to penal cell for eleventh time — Meduza

        Alexey Navalny, the opposition politician serving a prison sentence in the Vladimir region, is once again confined to a penal cell with brutal conditions.

      • Telex (Hungary)Navracsics promises to amend legislation to solve the Erasmus issue as early as March
      • Dev ClassEU’s proposed CE mark for software could have dire impact on open source

        The draft legislation includes an impact assessment that says “for software developers and hardware manufacturers, it will increase the direct compliance costs for new cybersecurity requirements, conformity assessment, documentation and reporting obligations.” This extra cost is part of a total cost of compliance, including the burden on businesses and public authorities, estimated at EUR 29 billion ($31.54 billion), and consequent higher prices for consumers. However, the legislators foresee a cost reduction from security incidents estimated at EUR 180 to 290 billion annually.

        The question is though: how can free software developers afford the cost of compliance, when lack of funding is already a critical issue for many projects? Mike Milinkovich, director of the Eclipse Foundation, said it is “deeply concerned that the CRA could fundamentally alter the social contract which underpins the entire open source ecosystem: open source software provided for free, for any purpose, which can be modified and further distributed for free, but without warranty or liability to the authors, contributors, or open source distributors. Legally altering this arrangement through legislation can reasonably be expected to cause unintended consequences to the innovation economy in Europe.”

      • The Jewish ChronicleAcademic who praised terrorist to sue university for ‘hounding her out’

        She also described a Palestinian jailed for transporting suicide bombers as “legendary”. Dr Abusalama said she left her job at the end of last year despite the university dropping its inquiry and offering her an improved employment contract.

      • Jihad WatchUnited Nations Alliance of Civilizations condemns Qur’an burning in Sweden

        In other words, the High Representative of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, Miguel Angel Moratinos, does not really believe in the freedom of expression as a fundamental human right at all. He believes that when someone threatens to kill you over your expression, you should adopt a respectful silence. In other words, he wants Sweden and the rest of the West to submit to Sharia blasphemy restrictions.

        These condemnations are all raining down because of jihad violence. That’s the only reason. If someone burned a Bible, would the act make any headlines at all? No. Would any ambassadors be summoned? No. Would the High Representative of the UN Alliance of Civilizations start huffing and puffing about how the burning of the Bible was “disrespectful and insulting to the adherents of Christianity”? No. What’s the difference? If you burn a Bible, Christians won’t kill you. If you burn a Qur’an, some Muslims will want very much to kill you. If you give in to them and curtail your activities accordingly, you’ll end up encouraging more such violent intimidation. Once the jihadis see that the West will give them what they want if they threaten violence, they’ll threaten ever more violence. That’s why Miguel Angel Moratinos is a fool who deserves the condemnation of all free people.

      • RAIR FoundationIslamic Scheme: Muslim Leaders Capitalize on Quran Burning in Sweden, Pressures West to Adopt Blasphemy Laws

        After his demonstration, various Islamic governments and thousands of Muslims erupted with diplomatic threats, Allahu Akbar marches, and demands for deadly punishments. Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has even announced it would say no to Sweden’s NATO application. However, Erdoğan and Muslim leaders’ reaction is part of a much larger plan to have the West submit to Islamic laws.

      • RTLMeta says Trump to be allowed back on Facebook, Instagram

        Social networking giant Meta announced Tuesday it would soon reinstate former president Donald Trump’s accounts on Facebook and Instagram with “new guardrails,” two years after he was banned over the 2021 US Capitol insurrection.

      • TruthOutWhite Supremacist Nick Fuentes’s Twitter Was Reinstated — Then Banned Again
      • MeduzaRussia’s campaign for Bakhmut — Meduza
      • TruthOut11 Months Out to the 2024 Primaries, Trump Struggles to Stay Relevant
      • TruthOutMcCarthy Blocks Schiff, Swalwell From Serving on Intelligence Committee
      • The NationRuben Gallego Is More Than Just an Alternative to Kyrsten Sinema

        The casual punditry regarding Representative Ruben Gallego’s decision to enter the 2024 race for Arizona’s US Senate seat suggests that the Democratic congressman would simply be a more reliable vote for President Joe Biden’s agenda than incumbent Senator Kyrsten Sinema.

      • NBCFacebook and Instagram to end Trump’s suspension from platforms

        Clegg contended that Meta has demonstrated a willingness to “draw a very sharp line,” knowing that what is posted on Facebook and Instagram can lead to real-world harm, and that it “will act, and we have acted.”

        Asked whether an effort by Trump to delegitimize an election by lying about it would lead to another suspension, Clegg suggested that it would not, unless it clearly led to “imminent and real-world harm.” Instead, he said, the company would “take action to restrict the circulation of that content.”

      • Robert ReichThe One Thing That Would Make Elections Better For Everyone
      • Common DreamsStudents Vow to Sue DeSantis Over Rejection of AP African-American Studies Course

        Three high school students represented by attorney Benjamin Crump are planning to sue Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for rejecting a new high school Advanced Placement African-American studies course, the prominent civil rights lawyer said Wednesday.

      • Democracy Now“Lacks Educational Value”? Critics Slam Florida’s Rejection of AP African American Studies Course

        Civil right advocates, educators and lawyers, like Ben Crump, are fighting Florida education officials who rejected a new advanced placement course for high school students on African American studies. Officials say the course “lacks educational value,” and Republican Governor Ron DeSantis claims the course violates state law. Opponents object to the course’s inclusion of works by scholar and former Black Panther Angela Davis, and of material on intersectionality, reparations and Black queer history, among other topics. Last year, Florida passed a so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law that prevents Florida teachers from discussing sexuality and gender identity in classrooms. We go to Miami and Tallahassee to speak to Dr. Steve Gallon, a lifelong educator and a former teacher, principal and superintendent, who now serves as an elected school board member for Miami-Dade County Schools, and Democratic state Senator Shevrin Jones, the first openly gay person to serve in the state’s Senate.

      • Counter PunchPeru Sees Possible Transformative Change, and US Intervention

        Critics of U.S. interference in Latin America and the Caribbean may soon realize, is such is not the case now, that Peru has a compelling claim on their attention. The massive popular resistance emerging now amid political crisis looks to be sustainable into the future. Meanwhile, a reactionary political class obstinately defends its privileges, and the U.S. government is aroused.

        This new mobilization of Peru’s long-oppressed majority population manifested initially as the force behind left-leaning presidential candidate Pedro Castillo’s surprise second-round election victory on June 6, 2021. It exploded again following the coup that removed Castillo on December 7, 2022.

      • Common DreamsCritics Rip McCarthy Complacency Amid Santos’ Increasingly Apparent ‘Lies and Misdeeds’

        As the spurious saga of U.S. congressman George Santos twisted anew Tuesday with an apparent admission from the New York Republican regarding the origins of hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash, critics took aim at GOP House Speaker Kevin McCarthy for refusing to take any action against the serial liar.

      • TruthOutMcCarthy Says “It’s Not My Role” to Remove George Santos Despite Rampant Lies
      • TruthOutGeorge Santos Changes His Story About How He Got $625,000 in Campaign Funds
    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • RAIR FoundationMuslims Erupts After Qur’an Burning: Turkey Rejects Sweden’s NATO Membership Unless It Submits to Islamic Blasphemy Laws

        On Friday evening, the AFP news agency reported that Staffan Herrström, Sweden’s ambassador in Ankara, has been summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry. Sweden’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the information. Turkey demanded that Sweden’s government stop the demonstrations, which are constitutionally protected under Swedish law.

      • EFFEFF Tells Supreme Court: User Speech Must Be Protected

        In Gonzalez v. Google, the petitioning plaintiffs make a radical argument about Section 230. They have asked the Supreme Court to rule that Section 230 doesn’t protect recommendations we get online, or how certain content gets arranged and displayed. According to the plaintiffs, U.S. law allows website and app owners to be sued if they make the wrong recommendation. 

        In our brief, EFF explains that online recommendations and editorial arrangements are the digital version of what print newspapers have done for centuries: direct readers’ attention to whatever might be most interesting to them. Newspapers do this with article placement, font size, and use of photographs. Deciding where to direct readers is part of editorial discretion, which has long been protected under the First Amendment. 

        If the plaintiffs’ arguments are accepted, and Section 230 is narrowed, the internet as we know it could change dramatically. 

      • TechdirtTechdirt Podcast Episode 342: Margaret Sullivan On The Future Of Media

        For a brief and interesting time, the New York Times employed a Public Editor to serve as a liaison with its readers. One of the most interesting of these was the fifth, Margaret Sullivan, who would go on to become a media columnist with the Washington Post and then, as of today, a weekly columnist for The Guardian. She also recently published a book, Newsroom Confidential, full of insight drawn from her years of journalism and media experience. This week, Margaret joins us on the podcast to talk about her many valuable ideas and pieces of advice for the future of media.

      • TechdirtGuy Who Boasted Of Hanging Out With The ‘First Guy To Storm The Capital’ Loses Libel Suit Against Person Who Pointed This Out

        The truth remains the best defense against bogus defamation claims. And strong anti-SLAPP laws ensure the person being wrongfully accused of defamation gets to walk away with some of the anti-speech bully’s money.

      • MeduzaAt Prigozhin’s behest, State Duma speaker pushes new repressive law against ‘discrediting’ Russian ‘war heroes’ — Meduza

        State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin has called for an “urgent inquiry” into the possibility of criminalizing any criticism of the Russian troops and “participants in combat operations.”

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Daily DotWikiLeaks website is struggling to stay online—as millions of documents disappear

        WikiLeaks technical issues, which have been ongoing for months, have gotten worse in recent weeks as increasingly larger portions of its website no longer function. Even attempting to visit wikileaks.org is a gamble in itself, often producing a 502 message that indicates an error was detected on the website’s server.

      • Democracy for the Arab World NowResponse to Comments by Mike Pompeo Regarding the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

        “Pompeo’s crass and craven comments appearing to justify Jamal Khashoggi’s murder by disparaging his political views and falsely associating them with terrorism mirror the same justifications Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) and other tyrants use to excuse their crimes,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Executive Director of DAWN. “It is despicable that a senior American official is suggesting that it’s ok to kill a journalist if his political views are ones he doesn’t like.”

        Pompeo’s comments reportedly alleged that Khashoggi supported the Muslim Brotherhood, insinuating without evidence that the group supports terrorism, as well as dismissing Khashoggi’s journalism because he “did other things.” Pompeo described Khashoggi as an “activist,” claiming that he was a journalist only “to the extent that I, and many other public figures are journalists. We sometimes get our writing published, but we also do other things.”

      • Jerusalem PostIran arrests three female journalists, locks them up in Evin prison

        Two more Iranian female journalists were arrested by the Islamic Republic’s law enforcement authorities in Tehran on Sunday, amid a wave of arrests and executions carried out in response to ongoing nationwide protests across Iran.

        The two journalists, identified in independent Iranian media as Saeedeh Shafiei and Mehrnoosh Zarei, were arrested in their respective homes in the Iranian capital, according to various reports.

      • Counter PunchLetter from London: I Got the News Today

        Peter Michalski was a popular editorial director of Springer Foreign News Service. He once told me in what always felt like blast-from-the-past offices on Fleet Street that the future of journalism was local. I had just returned from Frankfurt and the shocking assassination of Deutsche Bank head Alfred Herrhausen. Last week I was remembering Peter’s remark to an unflagging journalist friend who despite a penchant for all things global — he has written a book on an African country — edits a local magazine. We were soon admitting together that whenever we examine our lives locally, there is always a news story in there somewhere.

        Take the walk undertaken just now with the artist (not news). We ventured out during what was a moderate snow or ice warning (news) to bid farewell to friends shutting down their shop (London’s ever-depleting high street) and moving to Suffolk (London-invaded villages). To get there, we walked beneath an underpass (meet the architecture-loving defenders of British brutalism) where a man had been sleeping rough (the irrefutable rise of homelessness in London’s boroughs) and was being helped by someone from a local church (religious bodies filling vacuums created by absence of social care). We had never seen people sleep there before (boss of nearby homeless charity says increase due to shortage in quality supported accommodation) and we were unsettled by his plight.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Gatestone InstituteGenocide in Nigeria, Armenia and Syria: The Persecution of Christians, December 2022

        Turkey: Between November 20-25, 2022, Turkey launched 2,500 attacks—air, mortar, drone, artillery, etc.—several miles deep across Syria’s northern border. Governed by the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), this is also where most of Syria’s religious minorities—Christians, Yazidis and Kurds — live, who were earlier persecuted by the Islamic State (“ISIS”). At least 48 people were killed and dozens wounded. The assault also destroyed or damaged 2,300 civilian homes and buildings, including a children’s hospital, a health center, an electrical power station, essential oil and gas processing facilities, critical grain towers, and a major bakery. Lethal Turkish attacks have continued, prompting Genocide Watch to issue a Genocide Emergency Alert on December 7, 2022: [...]

      • RAIR FoundationIslam’s Conquest of America: Muslim U.S. City Will Allow the Torture and Slaughter of Animals in Homes and Yards

        The Muslim-controlled City of Hamtramck, Michigan, approved the slaughter of animals at residents’ homes for “religious reasons.” The City Council, whose members are all sharia-compliant Muslims, approved the torturous, inhumane, unsanitary Sharia practice that among other Islamic causes, helps aid Islamic terrorists, 3-2, last Tuesday.

      • Common DreamsWhile Blocking Paid Sick Leave, Union Pacific Spent More on Stock Buybacks Than Workers

        Union Pacific, one of the largest rail corporations in the United States, said Tuesday that it brought in record revenue and profits last year as it successfully fought off workers’ push for paid sick leave.

      • ShadowproofThe Protest Songs Of David Crosby

        “Part of our job is just to rock you, and part of our job is to be like troubadours, carrying the news from one town to another, like town criers,” singer-songwriter David Crosby declared in an interview in 2006.Crosby took his responsibility as a prominent musician seriously, and when he made this comment, he was on the Freedom of Speech tour with Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young, where they performed songs from Young’s “Living With War” protest album, called for the impeachment of President George W. Bush, and spoke out against the Iraq War.He co-authored a book, Stand and Be Counted: Making Music, Making History, that was released in 2000. It recounted antiwar demonstrations, civil rights marches, and music benefits from the perspective of artists.“Nobody kids themselves into believing that they can solve the world’s problems,” Crosby wrote. “We’re just trying to make a difference, to change things for the better wherever we can. And if it takes a long push, then we’re in it for the long haul.”“A lot of times this isn’t about the genius of the moment. It’s about persistence. It’s about being in there and staying in there.”On January 18, 2023, Crosby died after battling what his family described as a “long illness.” Though he was in poor health, he still was working on another album and thinking about touring again.In 1971, when Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) organized the “Winter Soldier” investigation to call attention to war crimes by the United States military in Vietnam, Crosby (and Nash) performed two concerts to help raise funds in support of the event. The investigation emphasized the role of U.S. generals and commanders, who were responsible for the My Lai Massacre.Up to the final years of his life, Crosby visited the wall at the Vietnam War memorial to remind himself of the “awful price we pay when we let our politicians drag us into wars for profits going to the giant [corporations].”Profiteering in the Iraq War deeply upset Crosby. He cared about young people who joined the US military and risked their lives, and it disgusted him how Halliburton, Bechtel, and ExxonMobil, etc, were benefiting from the carnage.

        He was part of the Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) collective that performed in concerts after the Three Mile Island disaster to demand an end to nuclear energy.Crosby joined Nash in 2011 to support Occupy Wall Street in New York. They visited the site of the encampment and performed several songs for the people of Liberty Plaza that had gathered to stand up for the 99 percent.As Crosby described the influence of money over politics, “A senator has to spend more than half his time whoring himself out to get money. And of course, there are all those guys in the $2,000 suits just standing around dying to stuff it in his pockets, you know, from the corporations, because they want to buy a senator, they want to buy a congressman, they want that contract, and that takes our representative democracy out of your hands and my hand. It means it disenfranchises us, and I don’t feel that that’s the way it’s supposed to work.”Crosby never accepted the official US government narrative around the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He shouted at multiple concerts, “The Warren Report was a lie.”“It was, you know, a hit, and it certainly was no lone gunman. You know, if you watch the Zapruder film, [Kennedy] got hit from two directions. There’s no question about it. Also, I’ve been there and stood in Dealey Plaza behind the fence, and I could’ve hit him with a handgun. It’s not very far,” Crosby contended.Until his death, Crosby maintained that Kennedy had pissed off those in the power structure, and that was why he was assassinated.Now here are six protest songs that David Crosby wrote or co-wrote.

      • TruthOutSouth Dakota Threatens Felony Charges for Pharmacists Prescribing Abortion Pills
      • The Nation“Where life is precious, life is precious.”
      • Telex (Hungary)Hungarian secret service claims to have found 4 billion HUF of foreign funding behind opposition’s campaign
    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • APNICIP addressing through 2022

        Back around 1992, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) gazed into their crystal ball and tried to understand how the Internet was going to evolve and what demands that would place on the addressing system as part of the ‘IP Next Generation’ study. The staggeringly large numbers of connected devices that we see today were certainly within the range predicted by that exercise. Doubtless, these device numbers will continue to grow. We continue to increase silicon chip production volumes and, at the same, time continue to refine the production process.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Eaton WorksHow the Xbox 360 knows if your hard-drive is genuine

        Unfortunately, the consequences of clicking OK are devastating. The security sector will be overwritten with Windows partition tables. Unless you made a backup of it, the hard-drive will never work in an unmodded Xbox 360 again. I get emails about this all the time and it pains me to tell people there is no way to save the hard-drive. The problem became so common that I added automatic security sector backups to FATXplorer back in 2015. When it starts, it will immediately back up any valid security sector on all hard-drives it finds. Unfortunately, up to the time this post was published, it has not saved a single hard-drive. Everyone accidentally initializes their disks before opening FATXplorer the first time, rendering the life-saving feature useless. If you still play on your Xbox 360, consider backing up your security sector!

      • India TimesConsumers may turn as hackers, says an auto cybersecurity firm

        With varied degrees of success, automakers, including BMW, Tesla, Volkswagen, Toyota, and General Motors, have provided monthly subscriptions for services like heated seats, global positioning systems, audio streaming, and remote keyless start features.

        The auto industry is increasingly concerned about cybersecurity, and as cars develop into digital platforms, so-called white hat hackers, or researchers who detect weaknesses and alert automakers and suppliers, are finding issues. Sam Curry, a security specialist, broke into Reviver, a business that sells digital license plates to fleets, last year. Curry was given complete “super administrative access” to control every user account and vehicle owned by Reviver. His team managed to access the customer and staff data of BMW, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Ferrari, and Ford.

    • Monopolies

      • Scoop News GroupLive Nation blames bots and an ‘attack’ for Taylor Swift fiasco

        The company’s explanation comes amid bipartisan questioning of the company over its handling of the Taylor Swift ticket sales and also its power and dominance in the live event market. Tuesday’s hearing was largely about whether there is true competition in the space, and whether the federal government needs to take anti-trust action against the company.

      • Silicon AngleTicketmaster claims ‘cyberattack’ was behind Taylor Swift ticket fiasco

        TicketMaster made the claim at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing into competition issues in the ticket industry. TicketMaster currently holds over a 70% market share of the ticketing industry and over 80% for live concerts, leading to allegations the company is essentially a monopoly, particularly with big music acts.

      • Patents

        • CoryDoctorowThe public paid for “Moderna’s” vaccine, and now we’re going to pay again (and again and again)

          But the story of the Moderna vaccine isn’t one of a company taking huge gambles with shareholder dollars. It’s the story of the US government giving billions and billions of dollars to a private firm, which will now charge the US government – and the American people – a 4,460% markup on the resulting medicine.

          Writing for The American Prospect, Lily Meyersohn reminds us of the Moderna vaccine’s origin story: the NIH spent $1.4B developing the underlying technology and then the US government bought $8b worth of vaccines at $16/dose, giving Moderna a guaranteed 460% margin on each jab: [...]

      • Copyrights

        • Creative CommonsCC Open Education Platform Lightning Talks: Join us on 2 February 2023

          The Creative Commons Open Education Platform community welcomes you to our Lightning Talks, or seven-minute presentations on specific updates or stories in open education.

        • Torrent FreakCopyright Troll Lawyer Can’t Hire an Undercover to Sue More Pirates from Prison

          Paul Hansmeier, a former copyright troll attorney who’s currently serving a 14-year prison sentence, wants to hire an undercover investigator to go after online pirates while he’s in prison. The convicted lawyer has also requested a sentence reduction, citing a prolonged stay in solitary confinement.

        • TechdirtIf The AI Lawyer You Built Can’t Keep You Out Of Jail, Maybe It’s Time To Hire A Real Lawyer

          So, we’ve written a few times about DoNotPay, the supposedly AI-powered “robot lawyer” that was initially designed to help you contest parking tickets but then expanded to helping (usefully) with a bunch of consumer annoyances, like cancelling accounts, obtaining owed refunds, and the like. But it’s also got some shadiness in its past, like the time it wanted to automate sharing of streaming account credential cookies. And, while there have long been pretty serious questions about what things you should trust it to do, a couple years ago the company raised a round of venture capital from such trustworthy investors as (checks notes) Sam Bankman-Fried, along with a16z, and DST Global, which has a bit of an interesting history.

        • TechdirtSquare Enix Gets Twitch Strike For Streaming ‘Forspoken’ During Embargo, Thanks To Time Zones

          One of the more annoying aspects of how the video game industry conducts its relationships with gaming journalists is the concept of embargos. The idea goes something like this: publishers will furnish journalists and/or game streamers with advanced copies of games, but include an embargo on any reporting, reviews, or streaming those games prior to a certain date. Sometimes that date is the release date of the game, so that there aren’t reports or displays of the game prior to it going up for sale. Sometimes the date is actually pushed out past the release date. Both are pretty naked attempts by publishers to not generate any potentially negative press before the public can spend gobs of money on a game they don’t know might suck out loud. It’s a crappy process and it would be better if everyone simply agreed to not accept advanced copies unless the embargo is lifted, but that has never happened.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • My Astrobotany Plant Memorial Gallery

        Well, to be honest, the cactus you see here isn’t Sarah, my first plant in Astrobotany. At the time I harvested her, I haven’t yet thought about making this gallery. Nevertheless, she was a cactus, and she looked similar to this one, which I copied from another user’s garden. Well, I guess, she looked exaxtly the same, since this is ASCII-art. Maybe it’s a silly idea to make this memorial gallery at all, but hey, it’s just for fun.

      • Burns Night

        It’s Burn’s Night, pub. I’ll stand everyone a dram of Scotch whisky tonight. My health hasn’t allowed it for a while, but I’ll have just a drop of Laphroaig. More a sniff than a taste…

        Saor Alba, and saw off England and sink it in the sea with all the Tories aboard!

      • Amateur Radio Log 2023-01-25 Mid-day (Fairbanks, AK, US)

        Completed another lunch break excursion today up to Firestation 42 on Chena Ridge. Was not able to many any contacts, but picked up several stations, with the help of the band scope tool on the IC-746PRO, which I just learned how to use. There were strong signals from a conversation on 14.306 at around 21:19 UTC, with stations that identified as being in Idaho, Illinois, and Spokane, WA. Later, around 21:54 UTC, I noted station VE7VCK calling out on 14.270, with a clear signal. I believe that is a Canadian callsign. I tried to respond back, but he couldn’t hear me. I’m guessing my 3-foot stick antenna works well for RX, but doesn’t provide a good horizontal gain. I’m wondering, though, how well I would do operating in CW mode.

    • Technical

      • Neural Cloud: I am playing it

        Oof. It’s been a second. I haven’t had a lot of time to write things, but I’ll try to get back into it now that it’s a new year and all that. Also, this is supposed to be an informal space, so here’s a very disjointed game review!

        Neural Cloud is a spinoff of Girl’s Frontline. I played the latter for a little while a few years ago. I’m not really sure why, because the gameplay was kind of boring and I’m not in the target demographic by any means, but I did.

      • Internet/Gemini

      • Programming

        • …small video game…

          Currently working on a random generator through Perchance.org to help me come up with story ideas for a small video game. I wanna make something with GB Studio, but I have no ideas.

          The generator spits out a weird fantasy-ish sentence/scenario. Honestly, knowing me, I’ll never get to making the game, I’ll just keep making the generator forever…


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

01.25.23

Links 25/01/2023: NuTyX 23.01.1 and GNU Guile 3.0.9 Released

Posted in News Roundup at 8:45 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • It’s FOSSFlatpak vs. Snap: 10 Differences You Should Know

        Flatpak and Snap packages are more popular than ever among Linux users who no longer prefer native binary packages or AppImages.

        Primarily because of its ease of use, integration with the software center, and the ability to get the latest app updates hassle-free.

      • NeowinQOwnNotes 23.1.2

        QOwnNotes is a open source (GPL) plain-text file notepad with markdown support and todo list manager for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Windows, that (optionally) works together with the notes application of ownCloud (or Nextcloud). So you are able to write down your thoughts with QOwnNotes and edit or search for them later from your mobile device (like with CloudNotes) or the ownCloud web-service. The notes are stored as plain text files and you can sync them with your ownCloud sync client. Of course other software, like Dropbox, Syncthing, Seafile or BitTorrent Sync can be used too.

      • Ubuntu HandbookDippi – Tells if the Laptop/External Monitor Best Choice (HiDPI or LoDPI) | UbuntuHandbook

        Going to buy a new monitor or laptop, or want to calculate whether it’s a HiDPI display? Here’s a handy app can help!

        I previously thought that 4K and 8K displays are HiDPI, but 720p that I’m being using is LoDPI. It’s 100% wrong! HiDPI, stands for High Dots Per Inch, also known by Apple’s “Retina Display”. Meaning screens with a high resolution in a relatively small format.

        A HiDPI monitor may be good for displaying photo images or playing FPS games, but not all software behaves well in high-resolution mode yet. If you’re going to buy a monitor or calculate existing display DPI, then here’s a good app for choice.

        It’s ‘Dippi’, a free and open-source GTK4 application developed by a GNOME Foundation member.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • ZDNetHow to easily and quickly clean your system and free disk space with BleachBit | ZDNET

        Your computer is filled with various types of files that you don’t need or want hanging around. Given the way we work these days, much of that comes by way of the web browser cache, downloaded files, and temporary files. If you don’t take care and remove those files, the applications that use or save them can become slow to respond or even not run at all.

      • Unix MenHow To Use ldd Command in Linux with Examples | Unixmen

        If you’re using a Linux machine, you will be dealing with executable files constantly – be it on the GUI or on your terminal. Executables are comprised of shared libraries, and these are used and reused across programs.

        Windows users might recognize that the DDL files on their machine are shared libraries. However, these files are stored on Linux with the .o and .so extensions.

        In this brief guide, we discuss how you can use the ldd utility on the Linux command line to view an executable’s shared objects and dependencies. But first, let’s understand what a shared object file is.

      • Make Use OfHow to Schedule One-Time Jobs on Linux Using at

        Time management is a difficult art to master. Fortunately, with the help of technology, you can automate and delegate mundane tasks to your computer. Unlike humans, PCs are very good at running repetitive tasks at a precise set time.

        On Linux, you can run repetitive tasks using tools such as cron. In addition, you can also schedule and run one-time tasks using the at command.

      • OMG UbuntuHow to Install the Latest Version of Wine on Ubuntu – OMG! Ubuntu!

        The new Wine 8.0 release boasts better-than-ever support for running Windows apps on Linux distributions such as Ubuntu.

        You can install Wine on Ubuntu from the Ubuntu Software app (or using apt at the command line), but the version of Wine available in Ubuntu is (almost always) an older version than that currently available.

        If you want to install the latest stable version of Wine on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS or 22.10 follow the steps below, which I’ve adapted from the instructions available on the WineHQ wiki.

      • LinuxiacHow to Install VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 22.04

        This guide walks you step-by-step through installing VMware Workstation Player virtualization software on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

        Installing VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 22.04 is a simple process that allows you to run virtual machines on your system. It is a free, lightweight version of VMware Workstation Pro, a popular Windows and Linux virtualization software.

        With VMware Workstation Player, you can create and run multiple virtual machines on a single physical machine, each with its operating system. This makes it a valuable tool for developers, system administrators, and anyone who needs to run different operating systems for testing or development purposes.

        This guide will walk you through installing VMware Workstation Player on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, so let’s get started.

      • VideoHow to use MASTODON: the COMPLETE GUIDE (join, use, find people to follow, etiquette…) – Invidious
      • AddictiveTipsHow to schedule restarts and shutdowns on Linux

        Ever wanted to schedule when your Linux PC turns off? With the Time Switch app, you can. It allows you to schedule when your Linux system powers off when it reboots or even suspends. Here’s how to get it working on your system.

      • ZDNetHow to add fields to a LibreOffice document | ZDNET

        How many times have you created a document and had to add specific items, such as the current date, the number of pages, the author of the document, the time, a chapter, a file name, document statistics, a company name, or more?

      • Unix MenHow To Install the Apache Guacamole Remote Desktop Gateway | Unixmen

        There is no shortage of applications that enable administrators to connect to their servers. But using different applications for different purposes can get hectic, to say the least.

        Thankfully, there’s a smarter way to do things – and it’s existed since 2013.

        Enter: Apache Guacamole.

        It is a clientless remote desktop gateway that supports the RDP, VNC, and SSH protocols. The best thing about it is that you only need a web browser to work with it once it’s set up. No extensions or tools are needed to use this open-source tool!

        Here’s a quick guide to setting up Apache Guacamole.

      • Downgrading from MySQL 8.0 on Windows, Mac, and Linux

        MySQL is a popular open-source relational database management system that is widely used for web-based applications and data management. MySQL 8.0 is the latest version of the software, but sometimes you may need to downgrade to an earlier version for compatibility reasons or to fix issues that may have arisen after upgrading.

        Downgrading MySQL can be a bit tricky, but it’s not impossible. In this article, we will take a look at the steps you need to take to downgrade from MySQL 8.0 on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

      • Upgrading to MySQL 8.0 on Windows, Mac, and Linux

        MySQL is a popular open-source relational database management system that is widely used for web-based applications and data management. MySQL 8.0 is the latest version of the software, but sometimes you may need to downgrade to an earlier version for compatibility reasons or to fix issues that may have arisen after

      • Managing the MySQL Server with systemd

        MySQL is one of the most popular relational database management systems in the world, and version 8.0 brings a host of new features and improvements. In this article, we’ll take a look at how to upgrade to MySQL 8.0 on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Linux MagazineKDE Plasma 5.27 Beta is Ready for Testing – Linux Magazine

          The latest beta iteration of the KDE Plasma desktop is now available and includes some important additions and fixes.

          KDE Plasma 5.27 beta was recently announced, which is aimed at testers, developers, and bug-hunters. And one of the more exciting additions is the new Bigscreen version, which makes the KDE Desktop available for use on televisions.

          There also is a new addition to the Display Configuration widget, which now appears active in System Tray by default, when you have more than one monitor connected. The Big Multi-Monitor refactor makes working with multiple screens more reliable and gives you fine-grained controls when you have three or more monitors.

          The KWin Tiling System is also ready for testing. Using the Meta-T keyboard combination, you can launch the quick tiling features to give you complete control of where your windows are placed.

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • 9to5LinuxGUADEC 2023 Conference Takes Place July 26-31 in Riga, Latvia, for GNOME 44

          Just like last year’s GUADEC 2022 conference, the GUADEC 2023 event will offer a hybrid model where attendees can join in person or online. If you’re joining in person, you should know that the conference will take place in Latvia’s capital, Riga, for the first time in Europe since 2019.

          GUADEC is the place where GNOME users and developers from all over the world gather together to share knowledge and discuss the new features and changes of the next major release of the GNOME desktop environment, in this case for the GNOME 44 series, which launches in late March 2023.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • H2S MediaWindows 10 vs Linux Mint: A Comprehensive Comparison

      For users who don’t want to switch to Windows 11 from Windows 10 and want to adopt Linux Mint; here is a quick comparison between the two operating systems. I hope this helps in making the decision.

    • H2S Media5 Best free to use Linux Server distributions for 2023 – Linux Shout

      Linux is an open-source software platform developed initially for home computers but later become a dominant Server operating system. Linux Server OS are popular because of their small size and ability to quickly convert to perform some specific operations such as Web server, File server, monitoring tool, etc. That’s why you will see almost all computing cloud platforms prefer Linux servers to distribute their computing services.

      Apart from powring thousands of racks at hosting companies, in server farms, and at cloud providers, you can also see Linux command line servers nested in container instances or virtual machines, in short Linux keeps the Internet alive. As a server, Linux today supports more architectures and processors than any other kernel – from very large to very small.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Chromium

        • GoogleChrome Releases: Beta Channel Update for Desktop

          The Chrome team is excited to announce the promotion of Chrome 110 to the Beta channel for Windows, Mac and Linux. Chrome 110.0.5481.52 contains our usual under-the-hood performance and stability tweaks, but there are also some cool new features to explore – please head to the Chromium blog to learn more!

        • GoogleChrome Releases: Chrome Beta for Android Update

          Hi everyone! We’ve just released Chrome Beta 110 (110.0.5481.50) for Android. It’s now available on Google Play.

    • FSF

      • LWNA pair of Free Software Foundation governance changes [LWN.net]

        The Free Software Foundation has announced a bylaw change requiring a 66% vote by the FSF board for any new or revised copyright licenses. The FSF has also announced an expansion of its board of directors and a call for nominations from among its associate members.

    • GNU Projects

    • Programming/Development

      • Jussi PakkanenNibble Stew: Typesetting an entire book part V: Getting it published

        Writing a book is not that difficult. Sure, it is laborious, but if you merely keep typing away day after day, eventually you end up with a manuscript. Writing a book that is “good” or one that other people would want to read is a lot harder. Still, even that is easy compared to trying to get a book published. According to various unreferenced sources on the Internet, out of all manuscripts submitted only 1 in 1000 to 1 in 10 000 gets accepted for publication. Probabilitywise this is roughly as unlikely casting five dice and getting six with all of them.

        Having written a manuscript I went about tying to get it published. The common approach in most countries is that first you have to pitch your manuscript to a literary agent, and if you succeed, they will then try to pitch it to publishers. In Finland the the procedure is simpler, anyone can submit their manuscripts directly to book publishing houses without a middle man. While this makes things easier, it does not help with deciding how much the manuscript should be polished before submission. The more you polish the bigger your chances of getting published, but the longer it takes and the more work you have to do if the publisher wants to make changes to the content.

      • Barry KaulerEscaping characters in translation strings in initrd
      • Socorro Engineering: 2022 retrospective | Will’s Blog

        2022 took forever. At the same time, it kind of flew by. 2023 is already moving along, so this post is a month late. Here’s the retrospective of Socorro engineering in 2022.

      • FOSSLifeGoogle Summer of Code 2023 Now Accepting Applications for Mentor Organizations

        Applications are now being accepted for mentor organizations to participate in Google Summer of Code 2023 (GSoC).

        According to the announcement, Google has set a goal of welcoming 30+ new organizations into the GSoC program. If you’re interested in participating, check out the mentor guide to learn what is involved. New organizations are also encouraged “to get a referral from experienced organizations that think they would be a good fit to participate in GSoC,” the announcement says.

      • Perl / Raku

        • PerlMy Favorite Modules: PerlIO::via | Tom Wyant [blogs.perl.org]

          OK, I confess: PerlIO::via is not a module that I use every day. It allows you, easily, and with minimal code, to modify an I/O stream before it gets to the reader of the stream. or after the writer has written it. All you do is write (say) My::Module conforming to the parts of the PerlIO::via interface you need, and provide it to the second argument of open() or binmode() as ‘:via(My::Module)’. How cool is that? And how cool is a language that lets you do that with a minimum of fuss, bother, and code?

          I encountered this when trying to modify (OK, hack) the behavior of a large and complex hunk of Perl not under my control. Rummaging around in this turned up the fact that all file input went through a single module/object, which had an open() method. I realized if I could insert my own PerlIO layer into the input stream, I would have control over what the victim host code saw.

          In the true spirit of the Conan the Barbarian school of programming (“Bash it until it submits!”) I wrote a PerlIO::via module whose import() method monkey-patched the open() to insert my layer into the stack. All I had to do was launch the host code with -MMy::Module and the dirty deed was done.

      • Python

      • Rust

        • A small Rust program – Sam Thursfield

          I wrote a small program in Rust called cba_blooper. Its purpose is to download files from this funky looper pedal called the Blooper.

          It’s the first time I finished a program in Rust. I find Rust programming a nice experience, after a couple of years of intermittent struggle to adapt my existing mental programming models to Rust’s conventions.

          When I finished the tool I was surprised by the output size – initially a 5.6MB binary for a tool that basically just calls into libasound to read and write MIDI. I followed the excellent min-sized-rust guide and got that down to 1.4MB by fixing some obvious mistakes such as actually stripping the binary and building in release mode. But 1.4MB still seems quite big.

  • Leftovers

    • What Can We Learn from Barnes – Noble’s Surprising Turnaround?

      I’ve written too many negative stories about digital media platforms in recent months. I’ve started to worry. Am I turning into Dr. Doom and Mr. Gloom?

      In all fairness, my predictions have proven sadly accurate. After I served up these dismal forecasts for Facebook, Spotify, Netflix, and others, their share prices took a steep dive.

      I’m not sure that’s a good thing—I’d like to see digital media improve and flourish. When they falter, we all pay a price. But each of these companies is now suffering for a good reason. Their dominance led to arrogance, and they decided to impose all sorts of heavy-handed policies on users.

    • TediumMis-swiping the Point

      Public infrastructure is a reflection of a community’s values. Americans, however, are disconnected to what public infrastructure says about our values. We’ll claim the U.S. is the greatest country on earth, yet accept potholes and failing schools as a fact of life. In a larger sense, public infrastructure is a clear sign of a government’s priorities and even what a government thinks about a specific community. Clean streets and robust public spending shows where and who governments value. This is generally pretty obvious like with police responsiveness to community needs or well-maintained community spaces. The issues facing forgotten neighborhoods and communities can manifest in truly nefarious ways that undercut the ability of individuals to improve their lives. Today’s Tedium is going underground to look at the New York City subway system and why paying per ride might cost you your job.

    • Hardware

    • Linux Foundation

    • Security

      • eSecurity PlanetTop 10 Open Source Vulnerability Assessment Tools | ESP

        Vulnerability assessment tools scan assets for known vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, and other flaws. These scanners then output reports for IT security and application development operations (DevOps) teams that feed prioritized tasks into ticketing and workflow systems for remediation.

        Open source vulnerability testing tools provide cost-effective vulnerability detection solutions. Many IT teams even deploy one or more open source tools in addition to commercial vulnerability scanning tools as backup, or as a check to verify vulnerabilities. In our analysis, here are the best open source vulnerability tools for 2023.

      • eSecurity PlanetCybercriminals Use VSCode Extensions as New Attack Vector [Ed: This proprietary spyware of Microsoft should be avoided for many other reasons too]

        And Aqua Nautilus researchers have discovered a big one.

      • LWNSecurity updates for Wednesday

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (libde265, nodejs, and swift), Fedora (nautilus), Oracle (bash, bind, curl, dbus, expat, firefox, go-toolset, golang, java-1.8.0-openjdk, java-11-openjdk, java-17-openjdk, libreoffice, libtiff, libxml2, libXpm, nodejs, nodejs-nodemon, postgresql-jdbc, qemu, ruby:2.5, sqlite, sssd, sudo, and usbguard), Red Hat (bind, go-toolset-1.18, go-toolset:rhel8, kernel, kernel-rt, kpatch-patch, pcs, sssd, and virt:rhel, virt-devel:rhel), Scientific Linux (bind, java-1.8.0-openjdk, kernel, and sssd), SUSE (mozilla-nss, rubygem-websocket-extensions, rust1.65, rust1.66, and samba), and Ubuntu (mysql-5.7, mysql-5.7, mysql-8.0, pam, and samba).

      • CISACISA, NSA, and MS-ISAC Release Advisory on the Malicious Use of RMM Software | CISA

        Today, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the National Security Agency (NSA), and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) released joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) Protecting Against Malicious Use of Remote Monitoring and Management Software. The advisory describes a phishing scam in which cyber threat actors maliciously use legitimate remote monitoring and management (RMM) software to steal money from victim bank accounts.

      • CISAVMware Releases Security Updates for VMware vRealize Log Insight | CISA

        VMware released security updates to address multiple vulnerabilities in VMware vRealize Log Insight. A remote attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Internet Freedom FoundationDelhi High Court issues notice in the blocking case of satirical website

        Mr Tanul Thakur’s satirical website, dowrycalculator.com was banned by an order of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (‘MeitY’) without providing him a hearing or even a copy of the ban order. Mr Thakur challenged this censorship action before the Delhi High Court December 5, 2019. On May 11 2022, the Court directed MeitY to provide Mr Thakur a copy of the ban order and a post-decisional hearing under the Information Technology (Procedure and safeguards for blocking of Access of Information by public) Rules, 2009 (“Blocking Rules, 2009”). Subsequent to the post-decisional hearing, Mr. Thakur was informed that MeitY decided to continue its ban on his website. The Delhi High Court requested that Mr. Thakur should file a fresh writ petition including a challenge to MeitY’s 2022 decision to continue blocking of the website. Mr. Thakur with the legal assistance of IFF, has filed a writ petition before the Delhi High Court challenging the same. The matter was heard on January 23, 2023 and the court was pleased to issue notice in the matter.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Public Domain ReviewIllusory Wealth: Victor Dubreuil’s Cryptic Currencies – The Public Domain Review

          After supposedly stealing 500,000 francs from his bank, the mysterious Victor Dubreuil (b. 1842) turned up penniless in the United States and began to paint dazzling trompe l’oeil images of dollar bills. Once associated with counterfeiting and subject to seizures by the Treasury Department, these artworks are evaluated anew by Dorinda Evans, who considers Dubreuil’s unique anti-capitalist visions among the most daring and socially critical of his time.

        • Public Domain ReviewIntroducing PDR Revisited – The Public Domain Review

          We are revisiting older posts in our collection to give them some much needed love.

          [...]

          If you venture into the Collections section of The Public Domain Review, you will experience considered meditations on a broad range of subjects: from medieval pattern poems to the emotional lives of pigeons, from Albrecht Dürer’s pillows to various attempts to visualise and chart history. But if you venture far enough down the rabbit holes of our site, you will also encounter posts limited to just a few sentences, which do not always do full justice to the curious objects they describe.

          These posts were, with little exception, written in the early days of PDR — the best efforts of an overworked sole editor trying to wear too many hats and overheating in the process. While these early posts serve as reminders for how much the site has evolved since those first forays, they can make for a jarring experience, pulling us away from a state of mind where ideas and images, from across our project’s history, are allowed to converse freely.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • The Stonecutter, Part 1

        I heard this story many years ago and was told that it’s an old Chinese tale. Recently I came to think about it again for no particular reason and when I told it to my kids they were captivated. Seems appropriate that I share it, although it’s no doubt been re-told better in hundreds of other places.

        It’s quite a bit to write so I’ll be splitting it in several parts until it’s done, however many that might be. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

    • Technical

      • Can robot brains break laws human brains can’t?

        I think it is safe to say that most everyone has heard about ChatGPT, DALL-E, and the handful of other new AI driven services that generate content via human prompts. For those who haven’t heard, one of th leaders in image generation, Stability.ai is being sued by multiple groups for copyright infringement due to it’s use of millions of online images in the process of teaching its AI to draw.

      • First time messing with Sway

        It’s Chinese New Year (or Lunar New Year), whatever and I have a long vocation with my family, being lazy and whatnot. I decided to today I’m too bored to do anything scrious. I ended up trying to use a tiling window manager for once. Why? Because they feels very cool the first time I saw somone using one (I think it was i3). And because the claimed productivity imrovments over a floating model.

        I am a long time Gnome user. I feel I’m very efficent on Gnome. Can Sway improve upon that? We’ll see.

      • Programming

        • Floating Point Fun

          FLoating point math did not get the memo that the magnitude of the velocity of a circular orbit should be constant. The direction of that constant velocity is always changing (like a rolling stone) which under floating point math gives ample opportunity for small errors to accumulate and thus consigns the aliens of the week to (probably) the oblivion that is deep space.

        • Everyone, learn how to code

          For once, Internet was good today instead of just a constant bruising source of pain and misery.

        • Using libsodium

          Libsodium is a wrapper around the Nacl cryptography library which simplifies the handling of buffers.


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

Links 25/01/2023: Stratis 3.5.0 and Many Political Links

Posted in News Roundup at 12:35 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Systemd 76Desktop Environment (Change)

        Pop!_OS and Ubuntu both include the GNOME desktop environment by default. A desktop environment is responsible for the look and feel of the graphical desktop, and includes many of the key programs that get used every day.

        You can install an alternative desktop environment using the instructions below.

    • Applications

      • Stratis 3.5.0 Release Notes

        Stratis 3.5.0 includes one significant enhancement as well as several smaller improvements.

        Most significantly, Stratis 3.5.0 extends its functionality to allow a user to add a cache to an encrypted pool. The cache devices are each encrypted with the same mechanism as the data devices; consequently the cache itself is encrypted.

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Alternatives to Apple Console

        Console is proprietary software and it’s not available for Linux. We recommend the best free and open source alternatives.

        For many years system and kernel logs were handled by a utility called syslogd. Most Linux-based operating systems have since moved to systemd, which has a journal. That’s a giant log file for the whole system.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Manuel MatuzovicDay 87: mask properties

        There are a bunch of properties you can use to adjust the styling of the mask.

      • Manuel MatuzovicDay 86: the initial-letter property

        The property takes two arguments. The first one defines the size of the initial letter in terms of how many lines it occupies. The optional second argument defines the number of lines the initial letter should sink. If it’s omitted, it equals the initial letter size.

      • Jim NielsenThe Best Time to Own a Domain Was 20 Years Ago; The Second Best Time Is Today

        That is why owning a domain (and publishing your content there) is like planting a tree: it’s value that starts small and grows. The best time to own a domain and publish your content there was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.

      • Austin GilCSS Named Colors: Groups, Palettes, Facts, & Fun

        This page contains everything I’ve ever wanted when working with CSS named colors: groups, palettes, favorites, factoids and more.

      • Sean ConnerA few small differences

        The main RFCs for mDNS appear to be RFC-6762 and RFC-6763 and to support them in full requires breaking changes to my library. The first are a bunch of flags, defined in RFC-6762 and it affects pretty much the entire codebase. The first deals with “Questions Requesting Unicast Responses.” Most flags are defined in the header section, but for this, it’s “the top bit in the class field of a DNS question as the unicast-response bit.” And because mDNS specifically allows multiple questions, it’s seems like it could be set per-question, and not per the request as a whole, as the RFC states: “[w]hen this bit is set in a question, it indicates that the querier is willing to accept unicast replies in response to this specific query, as well as the usual multicast responses.” To me, that says, “each resource record needs a flag for a unicast reponse.” The other bit the “outdated cache entry” bit. which again applies to individual resource records and not to the request as a whole. And again, to me, that says, “each resoure record needs a flag to invalidate previously cached values.”

      • Daniel LemireInternational domain names: where does https://meßagefactory.ca lead you?

        Today, in theory, you can use any Unicode character you like as part of a domain name, including emojis. Whether that is wise is something else.

        What does the standard says? Given a domain name, we should identify its labels. They are normally separated by dots (.) into labels: www.microsoft.com has three labels. But you may also use other Unicode characters as separators ( ., ., 。, 。). Each label is further processed. If it is all ASCII, then it is left as is. Otherwise, we must convert it to an ASCII code called “punycode” after doing the following according to RFC 3454: [...]

      • University of TorontoI should always make a checklist for anything complicated

        Today I did some work on the disk setup of my home desktop and I got shot in the foot, because when you remove disks from Linux software RAID arrays and then reboot, the boot process may reassemble those RAID arrays using the disks you removed (or even just one disk), instead of the actual live disks in the RAID array. There are a number of reasons that this happened to me, but one of them is that I didn’t make a checklist for what I was doing and instead did it on the fly.

      • OpenSource.comCount magical bunnies with LibreOffice Calc

        I love working with spreadsheets, and my favorite spreadsheet application is LibreOffice Calc. A spreadsheet is a grid of cells where each column is represented by letters and rows are numbered. You can perform all kinds of calculations using a spreadsheet. If you can perform a calculation based on other values, you can do that in a spreadsheet.

        Here I illustrate how to use the LibreOffice Calc spreadsheet to perform a particular calculation called the Fibonacci Sequence. Fibonacci Sequence numbers pop up everywhere in mathematics and the sciences and are often used to model a simple population growth.

      • Clean Up Unwanted APT Packages in Linux

        New Linux users often install a lot of unnecessary APT packages that they might rarely use in the future. Also, a few bulky distributions come with many pre-installed APT packages.

        When the Linux system is running low on disk space, it becomes necessary to clean the APT packages to free up some space, as they can cause performance issues and even prevent the system from booting properly.

        There are several ways to find the APT packages that are taking up the most space on your Debian or Ubuntu system; however, we will only cover two of them in this article.

      • TecAdminHow to Install PHP 8.x on Pop!_OS – TecAdmin

        If you want to develop web applications using PHP on Pop!_OS, you may need to install multiple versions of PHP for testing or compatibility purposes. One way to install multiple versions of PHP on Pop!_OS is to use a Personal Package Archive (PPA). At the day of writing this tutorial PHP 8.2 is the latest version available.

      • TecAdminHow To Install Python 3.11 on CentOS 9/8 – Fedora – TecAdmin

        Python 3.11 is recently launched with multiple improvement and security upgrades. This version provides developers to easily debug their code with fine-grained error locations in tracebacks. The new “Self” annotation provides a simple way to annotate methods that return an instance of their class.

        Mostly the latest operating systems comes with the latest Python versions. But the OS versions released before the release of Python 3.11 may not have the latest version . This tutorial will help you to install Python 3.11 on your CentOS, Red Hat & Fedora operating systems by compiling it from source code.

      • UNIX CopHow To Install OnlyOffice on AlmaLinux 9

        OnlyOffice (formerly TeamLab), stylized as ONLYOFFICE, is a free software office suite developed by Ascensio System SIA, a subsidiary of “New Communication Technologies”, a company from Russia, but headquartered in Riga, Latvia. In Russian market branded as P7-Office. It features online document editors, platform for document management, corporate communication, mail and project management tools.

      • Installing MySQL on Linux using Generic Binaries

        MySQL is one of the most popular open-source relational database management systems. It is used by many websites and applications to store and retrieve data. In this article, we will be discussing how to install MySQL on a Linux machine using the generic binaries.

        Before we begin, it’s important to note that there are different distributions of Linux, such as Ubuntu, Debian, and Fedora. The instructions in this article are for Ubuntu and Debian, but the process is similar for other distributions.

      • Starting or Stopping MySQL 8

        MySQL is a widely used open-source relational database management system. It is commonly used for web applications and can be used to manage and store data for various types of applications. MySQL 8 is the latest version of the software, and it comes with many new features and improvements. In this article, we will discuss how to start and stop MySQL 8 on different operating systems.

      • Uninstalling MySQL 8 from windows, mac and Linux

        MySQL is a popular open-source relational database management system (RDBMS) that is widely used for web applications and data management. However, sometimes, you may need to uninstall MySQL 8 from your system for various reasons, such as upgrading to a newer version or removing it to free up space. In this article, we will discuss how to uninstall MySQL 8 from Windows, Mac, and Linux systems.

      • Red Hat OfficialUnderstanding rootless Podman’s user namespace modes | Enable Sysadmin

        Customize how you run containers in Podman by changing the user namespace while in rootless mode.

    • WINE or Emulation

      • GamingOnLinuxWine 8.0 is out now with major compatibility improvements

        Wine 8.0 is out now, a big improvement over the last stable release with many upgrades for Windows to Linux compatibility across thousands of games and apps. This is part of what makes up Steam Play Proton, the compatibility used on Steam Deck to run Windows games.

      • It’s FOSSWine 8.0 Stable Release is Here!

        Wine is a compatibility layer for running Windows applications that has been the primary choice of many Linux users who rely on running such programs.

        Over the years, it has received numerous updates that allow it to run Windows apps with ease on a variety of hardware.

        The last major release was Wine 7.0, that offered several important improvements. It was also receiving regular bi-weekly development releases ever since.

        With the recent announcement, Wine 8.0 has officially landed that unified all the changes from the 7.x release and makes it better.

      • DebugPointWine 8.0 Released with 8000+ Changes and Enhancements

        After a couple of months of development, testing and RC phase, the Wine team announced the release of Wine 8.0 stable version. This major release brings several improvements over its predecessor to this Windows compatibility layer for UNix-based systems. Changes spread across exe, DLL support, 32-bit execution of apps, gaming performance improvements via Wine, input hardware controller support and many more.

        Here’s a quick summary of this release.

      • GamingOnLinuxDirect3D to Vulkan translation layer DXVK 2.1 adds HDR support, improves shader stutter

        DXVK, one of the secret sauces included with the Proton compatibility layer, has a big new release out now. DXVK 2.1 adds in some big new features like HDR!

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • digiKam Recipes 2023-01-27

          New year, new digiKam Recipes book release. The new version features the completely rewritten Tag faces with the Face Recognition feature chapter and an all-new example workflow section in the Batch process photos and RAW files chapter. Several chapters have been revised and improved, including Edit tags with Tag Manager, Color management in digiKam, and Move digiKam library and databases. All screenshots have been refreshed, too. As always, the new revision includes plenty of tweaks and fixes.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • OSI BlogThe 2023 State of Open Source Report confirms security as top issue [Ed: OSI, heavily bribed by Microsoft, is now citing and amplifying Microsofters in typical anti-Linux, anti-FOSS FUD]
    • OpenSource.comCelebrating the 2023 Opensource.com Community Choice authors

      Often our first interaction with open source is through community knowledge bases.

      This past year, I have had the fantastic opportunity to work with the many authors here at Opensource.com (and bring in some new ones!). I am fortunate enough to meet with our Correspondents program authors weekly and see some authors at in-person and virtual conferences. We are diverse in our knowledge, locations, backgrounds, and uniquely lived experiences.

      Each January, we celebrate the community of authors at Opensource.com. So, (drumroll please), I’m pleased to present the People’s Choice Award winners for 2022!

    • Unicorn MediaWith First Keynote Announcements, SCALE 2023 Looks Like a ‘Must Attend’ Event

      The Southern California Linux Expo, better known as Scale (commonly printed as SCaLE), one of the big tent events on the Linux and open source conference circuit, is bouncing back from the lean Covid years very well.

      Last year, back in the saddle after shutting down due to Covid lockdown in 2021, the event snagged as a keynote speaker none other than Vint Cerf, creator of TCP/IP and widely regarded as one of the, if not the, father of the internet. Who wouldn’t want to see that?

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • CNX SoftwareU-boot now supports booting Linux from an HTTP server

        Up until now, U-boot would only support the User datagram protocol (UDP) allowing for TFTP and NFS boot, but Linaro has now added support for TCP and HTTP in U-boot in order to boot Linux from common web servers.

        TFTP boot from U-boot has been supported for years, as around the year 2006 I remember implementing TFTP Linux boot for a Karaoke system in order to lower the BoM cost by selecting a smaller flash device, and I also explained how to boot Linux on a TV box with TFTP back in 2014. This requires installing a TFTP server on your server, which is quite a trivial task, but HTTP servers are omnipresent, so it’s a welcome addition to U-boot.

      • Cendyne NagaFixing html video playback on chrome

        I do not often include videos on my blog, but when I do, I test to make sure they work. And to my dismay, these HTML5 videos could start, they could pause, but any time I attempted to seek the video playback position, it would fail.

    • Education

      • Data Science TutorialsTop 7 Skills Required to Become a Data Scientist

        As a result, the pay scale for data scientists is fairly decent, which is one of the primary reasons why people are gravitating toward this field.

        However, as simple as it may sound, becoming a successful data scientist necessitates a set of skills that employers seek.

      • James GGiving my first talk

        I am taking away many learnings from this talk. First, preparation upfront, and adequate rehersal time, is crucial. I prepared my demos and tested them in advance of the talk, leaving enough time to ensure I could make any changes as needed. This made me feel a lot more comfortable as I was talking. In addition, rehersal time helped me ponder what auxillery resources I should prepare that would make the talk more seamless. For example, I prepared some short code snippets that freed up time in my talk to walk through more of the how to of Webmention.

      • ButtondownNew Workshop, Some Data-ish Pipeline Tricks

        Anyway, on to the main thing. A couple of years ago I started work on a Logic for Programmers pamphlet, then ADDed into some other project. I started work on it again last week with the hope (the hope) of having an early version available by the end of winter. I’m writing the book in Sphinx but compiling it to LaTeX and then a pdf. I like using Sphinx because it’s (relatively) easy to create “directives”, or new types of content with special processing rules.

    • Programming/Development

      • Nicholas Tietz-SokolskySpeeding up queries 1000x by sorting my bitmaps

        I’m working on a database system that stores and queries chess games and positions. Right now, it contains 240 million unique positions1 from 3.8 million games. One of the things it needs to do is quickly find all the games where a particular position occurs. I’d also like it to do things like find games where this position occurs and it ends in a draw.

        Bitmaps are really useful here, and with some care they can achieve unbelievable efficiency. They can also be really slow if you’re not careful. It’s a journey.

        We’ll start by looking at how my bitmaps are implemented, and then we’ll see how an assumption punished me severely and how I fixed it to make things a lot faster.

      • Hillel WayneSources Of Complexity: Constraints

        Complexity is bad. Simple software is better than complex software.

        But software is complex for a reason. While people like coming up with grand theories of complexity (Simple Made Easy, No Silver Bullet) there’s very little info out there on the nitty-gritty specific sources of complexity. Without that, all the theories feel to me like the four elements theory. We just don’t have the data needed to come up with something more predictive. 1

        I think a lot about the different sources of complexity. This article is about one particular source.

  • Leftovers

    • Terence EdenHow I became the #1 mapper in New Zealand

      I hate leaderboards. I think competition tends to corrupt the incentives people have to contribute to a goal.

      Yet, at the same time, I was delighted to see that I was the top mapper in the whole of Aotearoa New Zealand.

    • Jim NielsenA Short, Totally Unofficial, History of Port Numbers in Web Development

      One such bouncing question deals with port numbers. It seems like every time I run npm start on a web project, it’s a roll of the dice as to which port of localhost I’ll get a local dev server on.

    • HackadaySequencing The Vintage Way

      For most of us, an 8-bit microcomputer means one of the home computers which set so many of us on our way back in the 1980s. But this ignores an entire generation of 1970s 8-bit machines which filled the market for affordable office and industrial desktop computing before we were seduced by Pac-Man or Frogger. It’s one of these, an SWTPC 6809, that’s found its way into the hands of [Look Mum No Computer], and in direct contradiction to his branding, he’s used it to control a synthesizer.

    • Site36Matthias Monroy
    • ScheerpostHide ‘n Sneak
    • The NationCollective Disaster

      After seeing White Noise, Noah Baumbach’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s acclaimed 1985 novel, at the New York Film Festival, I discussed the movie with a couple of friends as we walked back to the subway. They had mixed to negative reactions, for a bevy of reasons, but they shared one thing: They felt that the film’s thematic concerns—consumerism as an American religion, the media’s power to shape human behavior, the collapse of high and low culture—were fundamentally dated and quaint. The story of college professor Jack Gladney (Adam Driver), his wife Babette (Greta Gerwig), and their brood of children and stepchildren confronting an “airborne toxic event”—a noxious cloud from a chemical spill that threatens the fictional town of Blacksmith—comports broadly with the tropes of a disaster film, but the fixation on contemporary pop culture can feel tired when depicted on-screen. We live in the age of watered-down postmodernism; contemporary audiences are trained to closely analyze cultural flotsam, inured to metatextuality and pastiche in forms as varied as Quentin Tarantino films and single-camera sitcoms.

    • Education

      • Phil EatonAn effective product manager

        There are three specific activities I have loved in some product managers I’ve worked with (and missed in others).

      • The NationAfter an Art Controversy, Hamline Faculty Urge Their President to Resign

        On October 6 of last year, Erika López Prater, an adjunct professor of art history, showed a well-known medieval image of the Prophet Muhammad to her students. What happened in the classroom is a matter of some dispute and an ongoing lawsuit, but afterward, a Muslim student lodged an official complaint with the university, and eventually the chair of her department informed López Prater that she would not be returning in the spring to teach another course as previously planned. By December, the story had become the latest anecdote in the narrative about political correctness on college campuses, evidence that the “woke mob” was running amok.

      • CoryDoctorowDavid Graeber’s “Pirate Enlightenment”

        It’s a reworking of Graeber’s anthropology doctoral research, studying the Zana-Malata people of Madagascar, the living descendants of the feminist, anarchist pirates who ruled the island in the early 18th century.

      • IdiomdrottningParagraph

        Now that I know a li’l bit more, I think one reason for why they couldn’t is because sentence division is on the syntax layer while paragraph division is on the semantic layer. My guideline is that a paragraph should start and end “being about the same thing”, unlike a DJ segueing from talking about one song to another. Introduce a new concept? New paragraph.

      • TruthOutMedia Literacy for Young People Is Crucial — But Rarely Taught in Schools
      • ScheerpostMissing Links: The Legacy of Textbook History

        It took almost 10 years of teaching before I finally grasped the extent to which secondary American history textbooks fostered misunderstanding and confusion.  The depth of the problem became apparent following class discussions of a 12-page reading assignment on the “Origins of the Cold War.” When I made […]

      • Common Dreams‘Free the Books,’ Say Opponents of New Florida Law as Teachers Remove or Cover Libraries

        Teachers in at least one Florida county this week began removing or covering books in their classrooms to avoid running afoul of a new law requiring every volume to be vetted by a state-trained “media specialist”—violation of which could result in felony charges.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayLanna Factory Makes You Work For Your Lampshade

        While you could 3D print a lampshade, there’s something to be said for having a more active role in the process of creating an object. [THINKK Studio] has made custom lampshades as easy as riding a bike.

      • HackadayYou Can Help Build A Resin Printer Review Database

        Picking the best resin (SLA) printer is not an easy task. Every large and small 3D printer manufacturer offers a range of models covering many features that are backed by an equally extensive range of customer support. Although review sites and user feedback on forums can help with making a decision, especially for beginners it can feel like just a wild guess. Even for advanced users, it is a chore to stay on top of all the goings-on within the world of resin printers. This is where [VOG] (VOGMan, formerly VegOilGuy) as a popular resin printer review site is asking for feedback (video also linked below) from his viewers on their printer experiences.

      • HackadayNew Commodore VIC-20 Build

        In a recent episode of [The Retro Shack], a new Commodore VIC-20 is built, using a ‘Vicky Twenty’ replacement PCB by [Bob’s Bits] as the base and as many new components as could be found. The occasion for this was that a viewer had sent in a VIC-20 that turned out to be broken, so in order to diagnose it, building a new one with known working parts seemed incredibly useful.

      • HackadayTranslating And Broadcasting Spoken Morse Code

        When the first radios and telegraph lines were put into service, essentially the only way to communicate was to use Morse code. The first transmitters had extremely inefficient designs by today’s standards, so this was more a practical limitation than a choice. As the technology evolved there became less and less reason to use Morse to communicate, but plenty of amateur radio operators still use this mode including [Kevin] aka [KB9RLW] who has built a circuit which can translate spoken Morse code into a broadcasted Morse radio signal.

      • HackadaySecure LoRa Mesh Communication Network

        The Internet has allowed us to communicate more easily than ever before, and thanks to modern cell-phone networks, we don’t even have to be tied down to a hard line anymore. But what if you want something a little more direct? Maybe you’re in an area with no cell-phone coverage, or you don’t want to use public networks for whatever reason. For those cases, you might be interested in this Secure Communication Network project by [Thomas].

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • The NationBiden’s Former Covid Czar Steps Up to Run the Show

        Jeff Zients seems to be coming into the role of White House chief of staff out of central casting. At a moment of economic uncertainty, the former private equity executive radiates can-do confidence. As the Covid pandemic drags on through the winter, Zients can cite his last résumé entry—Covid czar for the first year and half of the Biden administration—as another high-profile exercise in building public confidence and managing public expectations. Perhaps most crucially, Zients can draw on his private-sector bona fides to ensure the major legislative victories of the Biden White House are secured and translated into palpable gains for ordinary Americans in the run-up to a prospective Biden bid for reelection in 2024. At the same time, Zients’s critics say that his record of equivocal deal-cutting has been a serious liability throughout his career in both the private and public sector.

      • Common Dreams‘Shameful’: UK Approves ‘Emergency’ Use of Banned Bee-Killing Pesticide

        Biodiversity defenders have sounded the alarm about the United Kingdom government’s Monday decision to provide another so-called “emergency” exception for the use of an outlawed neonicotinoid pesticide lethal to bees.

      • TruthOutThe US Finally Removes a Major Barrier to Opioid Addiction Treatment
      • Project Censored“Forever Chemicals” in Rainwater a Global Threat to Human Health – Validated Independent News

        To reach this conclusion, the researchers compared levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (or PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) in rainwater from around the world with the drinking water guidelines established by environmental agencies in the United States and Denmark, “which are the most stringent advisories known globally.” Based on the latest US guidelines for PFOA in drinking water, “rainwater everywhere would be judged unsafe to drink,” the lead author of the study, Ian Cousins, stated in a press release.

      • Pro PublicaNV Gov. Lombardo Turns to Lobbyist Tied to COVID Lab Scandal for Help With Budget

        During his contentious campaign to become Nevada governor, Joe Lombardo accused the Democratic incumbent of catering to the family of a donor and their lobbyist who helped an error-prone COVID-19 testing lab get licensed in the state.

        Shortly after he won the race, Lombardo, a Republican, quietly turned to that same lobbyist for help building the state budget, giving him access to confidential documents and putting him in a position that allowed him to advocate for state funding sought by his clients.

    • Proprietary

      • ReutersMicrosoft cloud outage hits users around the world | Reuters

        Microsoft Corp on Wednesday was hit with a networking outage that took down its cloud platform Azure along with services such as Teams and Outlook, potentially affecting millions of users globally.

      • BBCMicrosoft Outlook and Teams down for tens of thousands around world – BBC News

        Data from outage tracking website Downdetector showed more than 5,000 reports in the UK alone.

      • Jay LittleMacOS is the Worst Part of Apple Silicon

        Fast forward to today and the situation is far more murkier and less clear. For starters, MacOS lacks a wide variety of quality of life features that you can basically expect out of the box in Windows along with most high end Linux desktop environments. For example the ability to easily move application windows between multiple monitors using keyboard shortcuts, or snap windows into place so they partially occupy portions of a particular screen are completely missing out of the box. Yes there are third party applications like Rectangle that will add these features to MacOS at no cost, but I can’t help but to wonder why a modern OS in 2023 requires third party addons for something that basically became standard functionality when they first debutted with Windows 7 in 2009.

      • Stacey on IoTRansomware may be waning, but wiper malware is growing

        Ransomware payments are dropping even as there’s been a shift in hackers’ tactics toward using wiper malware to delete data rather than ransom it, according to data released in two reports issued this week. First up, Chainalysis, which tracks cryptocurrency payments to and from known hackers’ accounts, says ransomware groups extorted $311 million less in 2022 compared to the $768 million they scored from victims in 2021.

      • Ciprian Dorin CraciunContainerized deployments, the Death Star of complexity

        The article starts with the rise and fall of Java EE, then it goes through the rise and fall of (SOAP/XML based) web-services, and finally it lands on the current hot topic of containerized deployments.

        It’s perhaps a bit of dry writing, however it boiled down the situation quite nicely. (Although I might be extremely biased…)

    • Linux Foundation

      • SJVNCan open source save the metaverse?

        Who knows? It’s a mess of old ideas–I’d declared AR was old hat back in 2009–dressed up with new language. But, combined, there may be something novel and worthwhile here. But, neither Meta nor any other company will pull that off. You know who might, though? The newly minted Open Metaverse Foundation (OMF), that’s who.

        Why do I think an open-source approach might succeed when Meta Reality Labs alone has spent billions on the metaverse? Indeed, Meta’s already lost over $10 billion in 2022 alone. Looking ahead, Meta CFO, Dave Wehner, said, he expected, “that Reality Labs operating losses in 2023 will grow significantly year-over-year.”

        Ouch!

        I believe the open-source way can win out for the same reason it has in so many other fields. By enabling people to work together via the Linux Foundation-sponsored Open Metaverse Foundation, they can create an open metaverse that will enable everyone to play and profit from it. By enabling everyone to work with open hardware, open code, and open standards, the market pie will be larger for everyone.

    • Security

      • SJVNNew Linux kernel SMB security flaw revealed

        Before Christmas 2022, there was a truly nasty security hole in the Linux 5.15 in-kernel Server Message Block (SMB) server, ksmbd. It could be used to execute code in the kernel context. In short: Bad. But, the newest ksmbd security problem, discovered by the Sysdig Threat Team, is relatively minor.

        Ksmbd, introduced to the kernel in 2021, was developed by Samsung. Its goal was to deliver speedy SMB3 file-serving performance. SMB is used in Windows and Linux–via Samba–as an important file server protocol. Most distributions do not have Ksmbd compiled into the kernel or enabled by default.

      • Wladimir PalantIPinside: Korea’s mandatory spyware | Almost Secure

        On our tour of South Korea’s so-called security applications we’ve already took a look at TouchEn nxKey, an application meant to combat keyloggers by … checks notes … making keylogging easier. Today I want to shed some light on another application that many people in South Korea had to install on their computers: IPinside LWS Agent by Interezen.

        The stated goal of the application is retrieving your “real” IP address to prevent online fraud. I found however that it collects way more data. And while it exposes this trove of data to any website asking politely, it doesn’t look like it is all too helpful for combating actual fraud.

      • Krebs On SecurityAdministrator of RSOCKS Proxy Botnet Pleads Guilty

        Denis Emelyantsev, a 36-year-old Russian man accused of running a massive botnet called RSOCKS that stitched malware into millions of devices worldwide, pleaded guilty to two counts of computer crime violations in a California courtroom this week. The plea comes just months after Emelyantsev was extradited from Bulgaria, where he told investigators, “America is looking for me because I have enormous information and they need it.”

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • TorAnnouncing new board members

          We are excited to announce the result of our open call for board members – three new members are joining the Tor Project’s Board of Directors: Esra’a Al Shafei, Sarah Gran and Christian Kaufman! Each new member comes to Tor with a different set of expertise that will help the organization and our community. At the end of this post, you can read each of their bios.

          Please join us in welcoming Esra’a, Sarah, and Christian to the board!

        • TechdirtFederal Court Says Scraping Court Records Is Most Likely Protected By The First Amendment

          Automated web scraping can be problematic. Just look at Clearview, which has leveraged open access to public websites to create a facial recognition program it now sells to government agencies. But web scraping can also be quite useful for people who don’t have the power or funding government agencies and their private contractors have access to.

        • Site36Use of Spanish spyware in Germany illegal, Bundestag report says

          `Such digital surveillance would be illegal in Germany. This is the conclusion of a study by the Scientific Services in the Bundestag, commissioned by Andrej Hunko, a member of the Left Party. „Intelligence activities of foreign intelligence services in Germany are fundamentally inadmissible as an exercise of foreign state power, unless the Federal Republic permits them,“ the experts write. However, there is no legal basis for such permission. This also applies to the surveillance of telecommunications.

          This is also the view of intelligence services expert Thorsten Wetzling, who heads the „Surveillance, Fundamental Rights and Democracy“ department at the Berlin-based Stiftung Neue Verantwortung. He further refers to the case law of the Federal Constitutional Court on foreign telecommunications surveillance by the Federal Intelligence Service (BND), according to which independent surveillance measures by foreign services in Germany should not depend on simple tolerance on the part of the federal government in Berlin.

        • Site36Europol is not investigating „Europe’s Watergate“

          The EU Parliament is probing one of Europe’s biggest espionage scandals, but has little power to do so. Europol should investigate the misuse of „state trojan „Pegasus“ in the EU, MEPs demand. However, this would only be possible with the permission of governments, which would be violating fundamental rights.

          Governmental surveillance software such as „Pegasus“ is used to monitor mobile phones remotely. The programmes, known in Germany as „state trojans“, can be installed on devices of targeted persons via manipulated links. This turns the mobile phone into a bug: attackers can switch on the microphone and camera, read out location data and listen in on all communications.

          The Canadian civil rights organisation Citizen Lab was able to prove in 2016 that some EU states were using „Pegasus“ to spy on political opponents, their lawyers and even critical journalists. This violates the fundamental rights of many of those affected, but also the confidential lawyer-client relationship or the protection of sources, which is important for media professionals.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Scheerpost‘This Is a National Emergency’: Dems Push for Assault Weapons Ban Amid String of Massacres

        It is far past time to reenact an assault weapons ban and get these weapons of war out of our communities.

      • ScheerpostUkraine’s Corruption Comes Home To Roost

        Around 15 advisers, deputy ministers and regional governors either resigned or were fired as a massive corruption drive shakes up the Ukrainian government.

      • MeduzaZelensky signs law increasing penalties for desertion and other military offenses — Meduza

        Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has approved amendments to the country’s Criminal Code that impose harsher penalties for soldiers who commit certain offenses during wartime.

      • MeduzaA casting call for opportunists The Kremlin is gearing up for local and parliamentary ‘elections’ in the annexed Ukrainian regions — Meduza

        Across the regions it annexed last year in Ukraine, the Putin administration and its domestic politics team are busy laying the groundwork to “elect” parliamentary and local officials. Meduza special correspondent Andrey Pertsev spoke with several Kremlin insiders about the preparations and who is in charge of forming collaborationist governments in occupied Ukraine.

      • The NationThe Department of Defense Has Delivered Another Massive Intelligence Failure

        Given the secrecy typically accorded to the military and the inclination of government officials to skew data to satisfy the preferences of those in power, intelligence failures are anything but unusual in this country’s security affairs. In 2003, for instance, President George W. Bush invaded Iraq based on claims—later found to be baseless—that its leader, Saddam Hussein, was developing or already possessed weapons of mass destruction. Similarly, the instant collapse of the Afghan government in August 2021, when the United States completed the withdrawal of its forces from that country, came as a shock only because of wildly optimistic intelligence estimates of that government’s strength. Now, the Department of Defense has delivered another massive intelligence failure, this time on China’s future threat to American security.

      • The NationToo Violent?
      • Counter PunchSwiss Miss: FBI as “Good Guys”?

        You can judge an audience by how much bullshit they tolerate from the podium. By that standard, the World Economic Forum attendees in Davos, Switzerland last week were either depraved or craven. Why else would FBI chief Christopher Wray not get hooted down for portraying his agency as “good guys?”

        Why was the FBI boss even making an appearance at a conference chockful of political weasels, billionaires, and depraved activists like former Vice President Al Gore? Actually, Wray was part of a panel on national security that included luminaries such as Ukrainian Vice-Prime Minister Yulia Svyrydenko, who could have offered insights from her government’s perpetual failed war against pervasive corruption. Wray boasted that “the level of collaboration between the private sector and the government, especially the FBI has, I think, made significant strides.”

      • ScheerpostScott Ritter: The Nightmare of NATO Equipment Being Sent to Ukraine

        The West’s recent approval of more military assistance for Kiev risks nuclear nightmare, fails Ukrainian expectations and rebukes the World War II history enshrined in a prominent Soviet war memorial in Berlin.

      • ScheerpostUS Funds “Independent Journalism” in Cuba to Spread Propaganda, Ex Spy Admits

        Former CIA analyst Fulton Armstrong told The Guardian that, in Cuba, “a lot of the so-called independent journalists are indirectly funded by the US”. They spread anti-government disinformation with the support of the NED.

      • Counter PunchStrong Militaries, Weak Society: The Missing Story in the Global Firepower Ranking

        The Global Firepower ranking was published on January 6. The annual report classifies the world’s strongest militaries based on over 60 factors, including size, spending and technological advancements.

        The report, which placed the United States military on top, followed by Russia, China, India and the UK, raised more questions than answers, with some accusing GFP, the organization that compiled the report, of being biased, sloppy and highly politicized.

      • Counter PunchRight & Left to Join in D.C. Protest: “Not one more penny for war in Ukraine.

        February 19, New Anti-Interventionist Coalition To March To White House from Lincoln Memorial.

        On February 19, Washington, DC, will witness a protest against the war in Ukraine that marks a sharp departure from past demonstrations.  The lead demand is simple and direct, “Not One More Penny for war in Ukraine.”  It is a demand that emphasizes what we in the US can do to end the war, not what others can do.  After all, the only government we have the power to influence is our own.

      • Democracy NowAs Asian Americans Reel After Mass Shootings in California, Will Congress Take Any Action on Guns?

        As California is reeling after three mass shootings over the past three days, we go to Oakland to speak with Connie Wun, co-founder of the AAPI Women Lead organization and a researcher on race and gender violence, and look at the state of gun control with Nick Suplina, managing director for law and policy at Everytown for Gun Safety.

      • Counter PunchThe Pentagon’s Massive Intelligence Failure on China: Climate Change

        Given the secrecy typically accorded to the military and the inclination of government officials to skew data to satisfy the preferences of those in power, intelligence failures are anything but unusual in this country’s security affairs. In 2003, for instance, President George W. Bush invaded Iraq based on claims — later found to be baseless— that its leader, Saddam Hussein, was developing or already possessed weapons of mass destruction. Similarly, the instant collapse of the Afghan government in August 2021, when the U.S. completed the withdrawal of its forces from that country, came as a shock only because of wildly optimistic intelligence estimates of that government’s strength. Now, the Department of Defense has delivered another massive intelligence failure, this time on China’s future threat to American security.

        The Pentagon is required by law to provide Congress and the public with an annual report on “military and security developments involving the People’s Republic of China,” or PRC, over the next 20 years. The 2022 version, 196 pages of detailed information published last November 29th, focused on its current and future military threat to the United States. In two decades, so we’re assured, China’s military — the People’s Liberation Army, or PLA — will be superbly equipped to counter Washington should a conflict arise over Taiwan or navigation rights in the South China Sea. But here’s the shocking thing: in those nearly 200 pages of analysis, there wasn’t a single word — not one — devoted to China’s role in what will pose the most pressing threat to our security in the years to come: runaway climate change.

      • MeduzaUkrainian media: Brovary helicopter crash was due to fog and disrupted navigation — Meduza

        The January 18 helicopter crash that killed 14 in Brovary was probably due to bad weather and a convergence of wartime factors, reports the Ukrainian news outlet Strana.ua, citing sources in the Ministry of the Interior. Flying in the fog, with poor visibility, the pilot was late to notice a high-rise building, sources claim.

      • MeduzaMoscow art museum removes painting containing sign that says artist ‘doesn’t want to defeat anybody,’ citing ‘political subtext’ — Meduza

        Moscow’s All-Russian Decorative Art Museum has removed a painting by contemporary Russian artist Dmitry Shagin, the founder of the art group Mitki, from its display. The painting shows six people in the blue and white striped shirts traditionally worn by many Russian military servicemen holding up a sign that reads, “Mitki don’t want to defeat anybody!”

      • MeduzaBelgorod governor: 25 residents killed by shelling, 96 more injured since Russia invaded Ukraine — Meduza

        In a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov told him that 25 residents had been killed, and 96 more injured, as a result of Ukrainian shelling since the start of the war (which he called a “special military operation”).

      • Meduza‘Thе fog of war spreads over daily life’ Human rights lawyer Pavel Chikov explains how arbitrary and cruel law enforcement is reducing Russian society to paranoia and paralysis — Meduza

        Last month, attorney Pavel Chikov joined Meduza’s Russian-language podcast “What Happened” to discuss Russia’s main legal trend in 2022: the strengthening of the police state inside the country against a backdrop of the war in Ukraine. The show’s host, Vladislav Gorin, premised the interview on the thought that Russia’s increasingly repressive regulation of society is both the domestic equivalent of the Kremlin’s fear-based foreign policy and an instrument of achieving Putin’s military goals by forcing the population to power the invasion. Pavel Chikov described Russia’s changing legal landscape from his perspective as a practicing attorney and the head of the Agora human rights organization. The interview addressed major changes in Russia’s repressive machinery since the start of the invasion and assessed this system’s capabilities now, a year into the war. Anna Razumnaya distills the show’s key highlights.

      • Meduza‘Wagner opened the door for me’ How a convicted murderer became a decorated ‘war hero’ in Russia — Meduza
    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • The NationThe Original Sin Is We Classify Too Much

        With a sitting president, a former president, and a former vice president now implicated in the mishandling of classified information, the classification system itself is coming under scrutiny. This attention is long overdue. But there’s a danger that some observers will conclude we need stronger protections for our nation’s secrets, such as tighter handling restrictions or enhanced penalties for violations.

      • TruthOutWhistleblowers Face a Double Standard When It Comes to Classified Docs
      • Counter PunchDoltish Ways: Biden’s Documents Problem

        Through the course of his political life, the current US president has often been injudicious. He has stumbled, bungled and miscalculated.  His electoral victory was fortuitous, aided by a number of factors, not least the conduct of his opponent and the murderous gift of a global pandemic.  Along with his fellow Democrats, he has made the issue of Donald Trump a matter of pathology rather than politics.

        It is precisely that pathological approach that has come back to haunt his administration.  While Trump continues to be characterised as the proto-authoritarian in waiting, squirreling off classified documents that should have been deposited in the national archives, Biden claimed to be above such behaviour.

    • Environment

      • Project CensoredDeadly Decade for Environmental Activists – Validated Independent News

        Killing of environmental activists have been concentrated in the Global South, with 68 percent occurring in Latin America. Three-hundred-forty-two killings occurred in Brazil, 322 occurred in Columbia, 154 occurred in Mexico, 177 occurred in Honduras, and 80 occurred in Guatemala. Outside Latin America, the Philippines accounted for 270 killings and India accounted for 79.

      • Counter PunchExxon Got Rich, We Got Played

        When I was a teenager, I knew global warming was caused by fossil fuels. So did Exxon.

        For decades, Exxon has been hiding the truth about the climate crisis, burying their own scientific reports. From 1970 to 2003, the oil company ran studies that accurately predicted the disastrous consequences of continuing to burn fossil fuels.

      • Common DreamsClimate Crisis Making Millions Too Poor to Escape… the Climate Crisis

        As the worsening climate emergency creates an increasing number of migrants around the world, the economic effects of the planetary crisis are paradoxically making millions of people throughout the Global South too poor to escape its ravages.

      • Energy/Transportation

        • DeSmogLouisiana Democratic Party ‘Funneled’ Utility Donations to Climate Candidate Challenger

          Louisiana Democratic Party leaders are accused of funneling thousands of dollars from utility companies to the campaign of a fossil fuel–friendly candidate who ran for reelection on the state’s utility regulatory committee.

          Campaign finance records filed this week show that the Party received more than $90,000 in donations from utility companies, energy producers, and their executives during the elections for two Louisiana Public Service Commissioners. The same utility companies — Entergy, Cleco, and CenterPoint Energy — also donated directly to incumbent Lambert Boissiere III, whose campaign was largely sponsored by industry groups. Entergy, Cleco, and CenterPoint Energy did not respond to requests for comment for this story.

        • Common DreamsShareholder Resolutions Push Big Banks to Phase Out Fossil Fuel Financing

          Taking aim at Wall Street banks financing the oil, gas, and coal extraction fueling the climate crisis, a coalition of institutional investors on Tuesday announced the filing of climate-related shareholder resolutions in an effort to force “more climate-friendly policies that better align with” the firms’ public commitments to combating the planetary emergency.

      • Wildlife/Nature

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Patrick BreyerPolitical advertising: EU lawmakers want to stop surveillance-based political advertising

        Today, the European Parliament’s Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) adopted amendments [1] [2] to draft legislation which seek to restrict the use of personal data to target online political advertisements. Only personal data explicitly provided for this purpose by citizens with their consent would be allowed to use for targeting, excluding the use of behavioral and inferred intelligence on citizens private life. IMCO thus follows the position of the LIBE Committee, which has the lead regarding the proposed regulation of targeting.

      • BBCTwitter sued by Crown Estate over alleged unpaid rent at UK HQ

        The Estate – which oversees a property portfolio belonging to the King – filed a claim against Twitter in the High Court in London last week, according to Reuters news agency.

        The alleged arrears relate to office space near Piccadilly Circus in central London, the BBC has been told.

      • Telex (Hungary)A surprising plan: the state may take over the best Hungarian spas
      • The NationThe Growing Political Power of TikTok

        Gen Z voters are an increasingly powerful political demographic, especially for Democrats and progressives. That much was proven in the 2022 midterm elections, where high turnout among young voters helped fend off the anticipated “red wave,” keeping a Democrat-controlled Senate and near-equal split in the Republican-controlled House in the new Congress, which started its term this month. Indeed, the 2022 midterms saw the second-highest turnout among young voters in three decades (just behind 2018): An estimated 27 percent of voters aged 18 to 29 voted in the midterms.

      • The NationVictor Navasky Recognized the Power of Cartooning

        Although Adolf Hitler was a master of propaganda, he was continually flummoxed by one particular form of communication: the editorial cartoon. Perhaps because the Nazi leader had a high opinion of himself, he couldn’t stand to be caricatured. The very sight of an inky mockery of his goose-stepping gait and toothbrush moustache drove Hitler into a spittling, almost frothy, spasm of rage.

      • Counter PunchJeremy Clarkson Must Parade Naked through Every Town in Britain, while Crowds Throw Lumps of Shit at Him

        That is obviously the only recourse left for Clarkson to make amends for the remarks that have caused so much outrage, now that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (aka Harry and Meghan) have (again) rejected his grovelling apology. My female mentor thinks he should be cut up into meat and sold in his farm, but that is, I think, a tad excessive, and would lead a bad taste in the mouth, something not entirely inappropriate.

        I am of course referring to Jeremy Clarkson’s comments about Meghan Markle in his Sun newspaper column. They have been judged in the court of public opinion as second only to Mein Kampf in their heinousness. The words causing the most offense are: “At night, I’m unable to sleep as I lie there, grinding my teeth and dreaming of the day when she is made to parade naked through the streets of every town in Britain while the crowds chant, ‘Shame!’ and throw lumps of excrement at her.” I will return to his comments later, but must first address the reaction to them.

      • Counter PunchDebunking the GOP’s “Frivolous” Lawsuits Lie

        For years Montanans have been subjected to the claim that “environmental extremists” have been flooding the court system with “frivolous lawsuits.”

        These absolutely false accusations have come from some of our top elected Republican officials including Sen. Daines, Gov. Gianforte, and Reps. Zinke and Rosendale to name a few. Strangely enough not one of these politicians has ever been able to actually cite a Montana judge tossing an environmental lawsuit as frivolous.

      • Common Dreams‘Corrupt Bargain’: Omar, Schiff, and Swalwell Blast McCarthy for Blocking Them From Committees

        Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday formally blocked Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell from serving on the House Intelligence Committee and is expected to hold a floor vote to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar from the chamber’s foreign affairs panel, moves that the Democratic lawmakers slammed as “political vengeance.”

      • Common DreamsSinema Challenger Gallego Sets Arizona Fundraising Record With $1 Million 24-Hour Haul

        Just over 24 hours after announcing his 2024 U.S. Senate candidacy for Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s seat in Arizona, Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego set multiple fundraising records and made clear the vast difference between his approach to public service and that of his opponent.

      • Democracy NowJeremy Scahill: Biden & Trump Scandals Point to Deeper Problems with Overclassification of Gov’t Docs

        We speak with The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill about the brewing scandals over the handling of classified documents by President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, and how they “point to deeper systemic problems with Washington’s obsession with secrecy.” While the details differ, Scahill says both cases show powerful players in Washington who routinely mishandle classified documents face different rules than whistleblowers who have endured the full brunt of the law for exposing government secrets in the public interest.

      • Common DreamsCrisis in Peru Is What Happens When Popular Aspirations Ripped Away

        With all eyes on the fight for democratic government in Brazil, with its obvious parallels to events in the United States, it’s easy to miss another equally alarming struggle in the region. Peru has been shaken by protests and violence since the Peruvian Congress removed President Pedro Castillo from office on December 7 following his own attempt to shutter Congress. As of this writing, 55 people have died so far in the unrest, with 18 killed in the town of Juliaca on January 9 alone.

      • Common DreamsSouth Dakota AG, Gov. Threaten Felony Charges for Pharmacists Prescribing Abortion Pills

        South Dakota’s Republican governor and attorney general on Tuesday issued a threatening letter directed at the state’s pharmacists in response to a recent move by the Biden administration to ease restrictions on dispensing abortion pills amid the GOP’s nationwide assault on reproductive freedom.

      • Common DreamsBlue Dogs Devour Themselves Over ‘Common Sense’ Disagreement

        The Democratic Party’s conservative Blue Dog Coalition has been slashed in half due partially to a disagreement within its ranks over efforts to attract more members, Politico reported on Tuesday, with a number of corporate lawmakers insisting on preserving the Blue Dogs’ “longstanding legacy” and name despite its reputation as a “Southern ‘boys’ club’.”

      • Common Dreams‘Unprecedented Danger’: Doomsday Clock Set at 90 Seconds to Midnight

        “We are living in a time of unprecedented danger, and the Doomsday Clock time reflects that reality.”

      • TruthOutTrump Plans to Ditch His Own Social Media Site Upon Returning to Twitter — Report
      • TruthOutThe RNC Is Already Warning Its Nominee Will Boycott 2024 Presidential Debate
      • Common DreamsTo Save Our Democracy, We Must Transcend Bill Clinton’s Legacy

        Thirty years ago this month, Bill Clinton launched a presidency he claimed, in his inaugural address, would “reinvent America.” Clinton was right: he did reinvent America, definitively shifting the Democratic Party away from a politics that saw economic security for American working people as the fundamental task of government, a path that had brought the party decades of political success. The disastrous consequences of that shift, limiting working Americans’ expectations about how our political system can improve their lives, are with us to this day. To save our imperiled democracy, we must definitively transcend the political circumstances Clinton brought us.

      • Telex (Hungary)They were given two days to pack up the child’s life
      • Counter PunchBiden 2024 Decision Pits the Party’s Elites Against Most Democrats

        Denial at the top of the Democratic Party about Joe Biden’s shaky footing for a re-election run in 2024 became more untenable over the weekend. As the New York Times reported, investigators “seized more than a half-dozen documents, some of them classified, at President Biden’s residence” in Delaware. The newspaper noted that “the remarkable search of a sitting president’s home by federal agents — at the invitation of Mr. Biden’s lawyers — dramatically escalated the legal and political situation for the president.”

        Donald Trump’s obstructive refusal to cooperate with the federal investigation into the far more numerous classified documents in his possession stands in sharp contrast with Biden’s apparently full cooperation with the Justice Department. Yet Biden now faces a documents scandal that’s sure to fester for quite a while — the average length of special counsel investigations has been upwards of 900 days — and the impacts on his plans to seek re-election are unclear.

      • MeduzaRussian State Duma passes law lifting requirement that legislators declare income publicly — Meduza

        The Russian State Duma has passed the third and final reading of a law that lifts the requirement that lawmakers publicly declare their income.

      • MeduzaRussian authorities move to establish 24 new penitentiaries in annexed Ukrainian regions — Meduza

        The Russian Federal Penitentiary Service (“FSIN”) has received a government order to set up 24 new penal colonies in the Russian-annexed regions of Ukraine. The order was signed by the Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

        • SalonThe power of a conspiracy theory — and a 3-step plan to deprogram American idiocracy

          More than half of all Americans cannot read at a sixth-grade level. High quality primary and secondary public education, as well as the college and university system — which should create citizens who are capable of critical thinking and acting as responsible members of a democratic community — have been systematically targeted for destruction by the Republican Party and “conservative” movement….

          To some significant degree, the [Internet], social media and its algorithms, our ubiquitous smart phones and digital technology, and a larger media culture designed to drive what is euphemistically described as “engagement,” damages people’s ability to think deeply and critically about complex matters.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • uni YaleSilencing Science: How Indonesia Is Censoring Wildlife Research

        Under President Joko Widodo, Indonesia has gained international praise for its conservation policies. But now the government is clamping down on scientists who are questioning official claims that the country’s endangered orangutan and rhino populations are increasing.

      • duvaRTurkish inmate’s letter gets censored after writing about dream

        A prison administration has censored an inmate’s letter to his wife that told about his dream. The jail authorities argued that dreams “are used for organizational communication purposes within the crime group of the applicant.” The issue was taken to the Constitutional Court which ruled that the inmate’s right to communication was violated and ordered the state to pay compensation.

      • Copenhagen PostFallout from another Koran burning: How Rasmus Paludan’s actions could impact affairs of immense importance

        Rasmussen referred to Paludan as a “Danish-Swedish” national, but he is Danish-raised, and it was in Denmark that he trained and worked as a lawyer before becoming a full-time agitator in the build-up to the 2019 Danish General Election, where his party Stram Kurs failed to win any seats.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • TruthOutFlorida Teachers Cover Books in Classrooms Over Fear of Anti-“WOKE” Laws
      • TruthOutHouse Coalition of Conservative Democrats Falls to Half Its Size
      • Common DreamsProbe Demanded After ‘Cold-Blooded Killing’ of Eswatini Human Rights Lawyer

        Human rights advocates on Monday implored Eswatini authorities to launch a swift, rigorous, and independent investigation into the recent killing of renowned pro-democracy lawyer Thulani Maseko.

      • FAIR‘The Cry Is “Lumumba Lives”—His Ideas, His Principles’

        Janine Jackson interviewed Friends of the Congo’s Maurice Carney about the assassination of Patrice Lumumba for the January 20, 2023, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

      • EFFThe Next Stage in Security Expert’s Trial Set for January 31

        After years of pretrial procedures, Bini’s actual trial began in January of last year and resumed in May. This was not the end of trial proceedings because the defense still had evidence to present, and the court still had to hear Bini’s testimony and parties’ closing arguments. The trial was set to continue in August, but it was rescheduled given the absence of an expert Swedish-Spanish translator, a right guaranteed by Ecuadorian Law for foreign defendants. The court called a new hearing for November, with no information on whether or not an expert translator would be present. Again, resumption of the trial was delayed when the prosecutor did not show up for the hearing, presenting a medical certificate two days later.

        The next trial date is now set for January 31, though it is unlikely that this single day will be enough to complete the proceedings.  We hope the court carefully assesses testimonies and alleged evidence, ensuring Ola Bini’s rights; misunderstandings of technology and political implications must not guide the final outcome. 

        The core accusation against Bini relies mainly on a printed image of a telnet session (telnet is an insecure communication protocol that has largely been abandoned for public-facing technologies). This image, which was supposedly taken by Bini himself and sent to a colleague, shows the telnet login screen of a router. Although the image’s authenticity is under debate, it is not even demonstrative of anything beyond the normal procedures that computer security professionals conduct as part of their work. Centro de Autonomía Digital, co-founded by Ola Bini, reported that expert witnesses on both sides of the case agreed the photo fails to sustain the prosecution’s accusations. In fact, the prosecution’s technical expert reportedly told the court that the report issued by Ecuador’s national communications provider about the alleged attack didn’t include sufficient evidence that any access has ever happened. Expert witnesses on behalf of the defense, including Tor co-founder Roger Dingledine, reiterated the lack of evidence of non-authorized access to a computer system.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Monopolies

      • Common DreamsDOJ Suit Against Google Heralded as Among ‘Most Important Antitrust Cases’ in US History

        Anti-monopoly advocates on Tuesday praised the Biden administration and eight states for launching a federal antitrust lawsuit that could break up Google, which is accused of illegally dominating the digital advertising market.

      • NPRTaylor Swift fans will protest outside the Senate’s Ticketmaster hearing

        Critics have long accused Ticketmaster of being a monopoly, especially after its controversial merger with Live Nation (now its parent company) in 2010. But outrage reached a new pitch after its botched presale process for Swift’s The Eras Tour in November, when long wait times, exorbitant fees and website outages left thousands of fans frustrated and empty-handed.

        After years of complaints about high fees, murky resale practices and other issues, the incident seemed to galvanize fans and lawmakers alike. Attorneys general of several states launched consumer protection investigations, many Democratic lawmakers called for Ticketmaster to be broken up and dozens of Swift fans sued the company for fraud and antitrust violations.

      • TechdirtAmazon’s Dying Smile Donation Program… Was Really All About Amazon Keeping Referral Fees To Google Down

        You may have heard last week that Amazon has announced the end of its “AmazonSmile” program, in which you could shop at Amazon, and a portion of all of the money you paid would actually go to the charity of your choice. Amazon claimed that the program “has not grown to create the impact we had originally hoped” and (perhaps reasonably!) implied that the overhead of delivering small amounts to many different charities was not very efficient. The company noted that the “average” donation to charities was less than $230 per charity.

      • Copyrights

        • TechdirtRockstar Releases Same Buggy, Broken ‘GTA Trilogy’ Game To Steam… But On Sale!

          Over a year ago, we discussed an annoying and strange set of actions taken by Rockstar and Take2, the companies behind the popular Grand Theft Auto series of games. Two actions were taken in sequence by those companies that were clearly related. First was that they worked to get a fan-made GTA 4 mod taken down, after learning that the mod essentially brought the cities and some of the gameplay from previous GTA games into GTA 4. Shortly after that was done, Rockstar released GTA Trilogy, which was a re-release bundle of those same older games the mod was incorporating. The problem is that GTA Trilogy was such a broken mess that the company had to pull the games out of online stores almost immediately. The launcher for the game was broken, the games were buggy as hell, and so on.

        • TechdirtThe World’s First Robot Lawyer Isn’t A Lawyer, And I’m Not Sure It’s Even A Robot

          Note: This post is an adaptation of what started initially as a Twitter thread.

        • Torrent FreakBungie Expert: Destiny 2 Cheats Logged “Active Military” Patient Data

          In June 2022, Bungie obtained a $13.5m copyright infringement judgment against defendants who supplied Destiny 2 cheating software ‘Wallhax’. New filings by Bungie claim that Wallhax logged users’ machines, including medical data of Department of Defense or “active military” personnel. Meanwhile, two defendants are now testifying on behalf of Bungie.

        • Torrent FreakBig Brother: TV Channel Staff Told to Report Password Sharers For Piracy

          Season 23 of Big Brother has just got underway in Brazil, and broadcaster Globo is taking no chances. In a leaked email, Globo staff are informed that when people share too much BBB23 content on social media, it hurts the show and the company, and it needs to be stopped. And if staff suspect people of sharing their passwords, they should be reported too.

  • Gemini* and Gopher


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

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