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  • GNU/Linux

    • Applications

      • UbuntubuzzSimulIDE – The Free Electronic Workbench Software

        Simulide is a free/open source electronic workbench software, that is, a real-time circuit simulator with PIC, AVR and Arduino simulation. It is suitable for hobbyist and student in electronic engineering. It is available for GNU/Linux, Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) and MacOS. It reached version 1.0.0 release candidate III on Wednesday, 12 October 2022. Here at Ubuntu Buzz we want to convey the message to all to try, use and, if you can, join the development. Happy studying!

      • Android PoliceThe best open source alternatives to Google Calendar

        If you’re worried about your digital privacy, you probably know that using Google apps is not ideal. Although the tech giant has taken steps to give people more choices about the data they share, it still has a lot of work to do. Fortunately, open source apps can help you keep your data secure, as none of your data within the app can be tracked or shared without your knowledge.

        Google Calendar is an excellent calendar app. Still, there are plenty of open source alternatives available for Android. If you’re willing to sacrifice some functionality, these apps should fulfill most of your calendar needs. If you’ve just picked up a new Android phone, install one immediately to keep your data secure.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Peter Czanik: Syslog-ng 101, part 11: Enriching log messages

        This is the eleventh part of my syslog-ng tutorial. Last time, we learned about message parsing using syslog-ng. Today, we learn about enriching log messages.

      • UNIX CopHow to Enable BBR on CentOS Stream 9?

        Hello, friends. We already know that many home servers are deployed with CentOS 9. So by enabling BBR you will be able to get better bandwidth usage and thus improve their speed. Let’s get started. What is BBR? BBR (Bottleneck Bandwidth and RTT) is a congestion control algorithm written by Google software engineers.

      • Trend OceansHow to Manually Install GNOME Extensions From a ZIP File on Any GNOME

        Not able to install or use GNOME Shell Integration on your browser? Then don’t dwell too much because you can also manually install extensions from a zip file using the following steps: After installing a fresh distribution/operating system, we all customize the system according to our preferences.

      • Trend OceansHow to Install and Use WhatsApp Client in Linux

        Looking for a WhatsApp client application similar to the Signal desktop client? Then you should try “WhatsApp for Linux,” which is not an official client but does all the most important things to connect with users.

      • Net2How to fix Bluetooth connection issues on Ubuntu 22.04

        In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to solve Bluetooth connectivity on Ubuntu 22.04 issues step by step. Whether you’re struggling to pair your devices, experiencing problems connecting, or dealing with annoying disconnections, we’ll share some troubleshooting techniques that will help you fix common Bluetooth issues on your Ubuntu system.

      • Red HatA tutorial on Middleware Automation Collections

        Getting up to speed with Ansible Middleware Collections is easy, and installing the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform only requires a few steps. This tutorial demonstrates six steps to configure a WildFly instance using Ansible by preparing a local machine with the necessary tooling and then deploying an instance of WildFly using the WildFly collection provided by the Ansible Middleware.

        Step 1: Install Ansible Automation Platform

        First, let’s get Ansible Automation Platforminstalled on the control node. A control node is a machine from which we will push the configurations to the managed nodes/hosts. Managed nodes are the ones we would like to configure and they can be defined under inventory. You can install AnsibleAutomation Platform using your preferred method. Refer to the installing Ansible documentation for details.

      • How To Reset Kali Linux Password in 2023 (The Easiest Way)

        As you already know Kali is an open-source, Debian-based Linux distribution that was previously known as BackTrack. It aims for advanced penetration testing and security auditing. If you have forgotten your root password and want to reset Kali Linux password this is the best tutorial.

      • Linux HandbookPing Sweep Using nmap on Linux

        Ping sweep is the ability to ping multiple devices at once. This can be a lifesaver when looking at which devices are up from the stack of machines while troubleshooting.

      • Linux Cloud VPSSign up for a LinuxCloudVPS today

        In this tutorial, we will explain how to install Grafana on AlmaLinux 9 OS.

      • Linux Cloud VPSSign up for a LinuxCloudVPS today

        Moodle is an open-source platform for online learning. It is a Learning Management System used by educational institutions that enable them to create online courses, training, learning and assignments. Originally, Moodle was known as an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Moodle on AlmaLinux 9.

      • TecMintHow to Install Firefox on RHEL and Debian Systems

        In most modern Linux distributions, the latest version of Firefox has been already installed from the default distribution package manager and configured as the default browser.

        In this article, we will explain other ways of installing the latest version of Firefox on RHEL-based distributions such as CentOS Stream, Fedora, Rocky, and AlmaLinux and Debian-based distributions such as Ubuntu and Linux Mint.Table of Contents11. Install Firefox Using Package Manager2. Install Firefox Using Flatpak3. Install Firefox Using Snap4. Install Firefox from Source in LinuxUninstall Firefox from Linux System

    • Games

      • Positech GamesSpeeding up my game from 59fps to 228 fps.

        I recently saw a comment online that the ‘polls’ screen in Democracy 4 was horribly slow for a particular player. This worried me, because I pride myself in writing fast code, and optimizing to a low min spec. The last thing I want to hear is that my game seems to be performing badly for someone. I thus went to work on improving it. This involved about 15 mins looking at the code, about an hour musing, while trying to sleep, and about 20 mins coding the next day, plus an hour or more of testing, and profiling. Here is what I did, and how I did it.

      • GamingOnLinuxThe frantic Unrailed! gets a big free underwater update

        Trains underwater? It’s happening. The frantic and hilarious Unrailed! just got a big free content upgrade.

      • GamingOnLinuxProton Experimental fixes up Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, BloodRayne, Prototype

        Valve have put out a fresh update for Proton Experimental for Steam Deck and Linux Desktop, bringing more compatibility for Windows games. Here’s all the latest and how to switch to it.

      • GamingOnLinuxSteam Deck OS 3.4.6 out now with DOOM Eternal Ray Tracing

        Valve has now promoted the recent Steam Deck OS Preview to Stable, giving all Steam Deck owners an updated graphics driver that brings Ray Tracing for DOOM Eternal.

      • GamingOnLinuxSci-fi submarine sim Barotrauma floats out of Early Access

        Barotrauma, a game that’s about exploring the ocean on Jupiter’s moon Europa, where many horrors wait below the surface of the water. A game that can go from gentle hums to chaos at any moment, it certainly something if you manage to gather a few people together. It does also have a single-player mode too.

      • GamingOnLinuxLancer Tactics announced adapting the tabletop roleplaying game

        Love your mechs? Lancer Tactics was announced recently, as a video game adaption of the popular crowdfunded tabletop roleplaying game.

      • GamingOnLinuxMarble It Up! gets Native Linux support in Beta

        Up for a challenge? Marble-rolling platformer Marble It Up! just recently gained Native Linux support in a Beta.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • New Releases

      • IPFire Official BlogIPFire 2.27 – Core Update 174 is available for testing

        The next Core Update is ready for testing: IPFire 2.27 – Core Update 174. It is a traditional spring clean release which updates major parts of the core system and comes with a large number of bug fixes throughout.

        This update also comes with a number of security patches in Apache, cURL and more, but none of them have been assessed as being exploitable on IPFire. Nevertheless, we intend to bring those updates to all of our users as soon as possible, and encourage speedy installation of Core Update 174 after its testing phase has been completed successfully.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Beta NewsFedora Linux 38 Beta ready for testing

        Fedora 38 is finally available for download… in Beta. Yes, the pre-release version of the Linux-based operating system can be installed now, but keep in mind, it is mostly intended for testing. Remember, folks, it is never wise to run an early version of a Linux distribution on your main machine due to bugs and potential data loss.

        If you understand the risks and decide to give the operating system a go, you will be treated to some exciting things, such as the GNOME 44 desktop environment and improvements to the rpm package manager. A full changelog can be seen here.

      • OMG! LinuxFedora 38 Beta is Now Available to Download

        Fedora 38 beta is available to download ahead of a planned stable release in late April.

      • It’s UbuntuFedora Linux 38 Beta Released

        The beta version of the upcoming Fedora Linux 38 operating system is now available for download. Fedora Linux 38 Beta is powered by the latest Linux 6.2 kernel and it features  GNOME 44 Release Candidate desktop environment.

      • What Is Fedora Linux Good For?

        Fedora won “Most Memorable Booth” at the So Cal Linux Expo 20x. I’ve had multiple people ask me why and if we had some kind of gimmick. To be fair, we did have excellent swag this year and a great crew of people at the booth, but in my opinion, it was our enthusiastic community of users who made it truly exceptional.

        This year, instead of asking overly generic questions like “Do you use Fedora?” and “Have you tried Kinoite or Silverblue yet?”, I decided to ask “What’s something fun or interesting you’re doing with Fedora these days?” and the answers very much did not disappoint.

      • Marcin JuszkiewiczAnother Apple product at home

        Laptop boots to U-Boot. Then Grub is loaded and then it was Fedora Linux 37 system with custom kernel and some modifications. So far there is no installer support — mostly due to Apple partitioning and how boot selection is done.

        I will not go with what works and what does not as it is work in progress all the time. Asahi Linux project has “Feature Support” wiki page for it.

        Spent some time on customizing system to have encrypted /home partition, boot progress instead of kernel output etc. Then copied some settings and data.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • It’s FOSS9 Ubuntu 23.04 (Lunar Lobster) Features We Spotted So Far

        Ubuntu 23.04 is due for release next month.

        It is not a Long-Term Support version. So, not everyone needs this upgrade.

        Whether you want to upgrade or not, it is always exciting to check out the upcoming features, right? Let us take a look at them.

      • UbuntuThe Lunar Lobster has landed ahead of Ubuntu 23.04

        The legacy Ubuntu Desktop installer is beginning its descent this year to be replaced by Subiquity, a new installer that aligns the desktop and server codebases alongside a refined first time user experience. Finally, the desktop environment will soon complete its transition to GNOME 44 to ensure good health and usability improvements for all users.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Linux GizmosROCK3 Model C board starts at $39.00

        The Rock 3 Model C is another single board computer powered by the Rockchip RK3566 with 0.8 TOPs NPU. Radxa’s new SBC supports up to 8GB RAM, 128GB eMMC and it can be powered with PoE HATs.


        The ethernet port supports PoE (Power-over-Ethernet), with an additional PoE HAT. Radxa also mentions that this board is mechanically compatible with “many of the existing Raspberry Pi 4 accessories”.

        The Getting Started page indicates that the Rock 3 Model C can boot up from the eMMC module or from a microSD card. The Downloads page currently lists images (Pre-release) for Debian Bullseye and Ubuntu Server 20.04.

      • CNX SoftwareROCK 3C SBC – A $39+ Raspberry Pi 3 lookalike with Rockchip RK3566 AI SoC, M.2 NVMe SSD support
    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • PurismDesktop Apps on the Lapdock

        The Librem 5 and Librem 5 USA is our pocket-sized computer running nearly the exact software as our Librem 14 Laptop. Some desktop applications don’t yet adapt to the Librem 5 screen, but with a Lapdock Kit you can run a full suite of desktop applications like on the Librem 14. Let’s look at some of the full-sized desktop software you can run today on the Librem 5 attached to a Lapdock or external monitor.

        For visual artists

        Visual artists will be happy to find helpful tools tucked away in our software repos. For instance, Krita and GIMP are both powerful painting and image manipulation programs.

      • Make Use OfCan You Daily Drive a Purism Librem 5: Is Mobile Linux Ready?

        The Librem 5 by Purism is a smartphone powered by the Linux kernel. Is it good enough to replace Android or iOS as a daily driver smartphone?

        Is Purism’s Librem 5 usable as your daily phone? If you’ve grown accustomed to the apps available in the Play Store or Apple App Store, then the answer is no. Purism’s device simply doesn’t offer that type of experience.

        But there are many people looking for something different. They’re not asking if the Librem 5 can beat Android or iOS at being Android or iOS. They’re asking whether the Librem 5 is actually usable as a phone, period. And, well, yes, but also no. It depends.

      • Ken ShirriffReverse-engineering the multiplication algorithm in the Intel 8086 processor

        In this blog post, I explain the multiplication process inside the 8086, analyze the microcode that it used, and discuss the hardware circuitry that helped it out.3 My analysis is based on reverse-engineering the 8086 from die photos. The die photo below shows the chip under a microscope. I’ve labeled the key functional blocks; the ones that are important to this post are darker. At the left, the ALU (Arithmetic/Logic Unit) performs the arithmetic operations at the heart of multiplication: addition and shifts. Multiplication also uses a few other hardware features: the X register, the F1 flag, and a loop counter. The microcode ROM at the lower right controls the process.

      • Raspberry PiHow was your Pi Day?

        Greetings. I trust you had a splendid March 14th or, if you’re one of us, Pi Day, yesterday. Yes, we know it doesn’t really work unless you use the American date format, but for one day a year, we’re glad our friends across the pond put the day and the month the wrong way round. Just for the one day.

      • ArduinoJames Bruton’s robot centipede of many legs

        Bruton built this centipede robot as a scaled-down prototype, as he plans to construct a ridable version sometime in the future. This robot, which is still quite large, let him test the unusual walking mechanisms. The robot has five segments, each of which contains two pairs of legs. The mathematicians among you will have deduced that that equals 20 individual legs. But the legs don’t operate independently. In fact, all 20 of those legs are connected mechanically. Each segment has a drive shaft that moves its legs through gears and linkages, and universal joints connect the drive shafts between segments.

      • ArduinoSmart bedside mat won’t let you snooze your alarm

        This is a small mat designed to sit by the user’s bed. When the alarm goes off in the morning, the user must get out of bed and stand on that mat for five to 10 seconds. Until they do so, the alarm will continue blaring. Snooze is not an option here and the simple act of getting out of bed and standing up should be enough for most people to shake the sleep off, ensuring that they won’t fall back asleep. Best of all, this is affordable and easy to build.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • LinuxiacMoonRay: DreamWorks’ Open-Source Gift to the Animation Community

      Animation has become an increasingly popular and important medium in the entertainment industry and other fields, such as education and marketing. As technology advances, so does the complexity and sophistication of animation software.

      DreamWorks Animation is a name that needs no further introduction. Founded in 1994 by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen, the company has created some animation masterpieces, including Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, etc.

      Today, however, will be remembered as a more special day in the memories of all animation artists. Why? Because DreamWorks Animation, a major player in the industry, has made a significant move by releasing its in-house developed animation software, MoonRay, available to the public as an open-source project.

    • OpenSSHOpenSSH 9.3 was released on 2023-03-15.

      This release contains fixes for a security problem and a memory safety problem. The memory safety problem is not believed to be exploitable, but we report most network-reachable memory faults as security bugs.

    • OpenSSHAnnounce: OpenSSH 9.3 released

      New features

      * ssh-keygen(1), ssh-keyscan(1): accept -Ohashalg=sha1|sha256 when outputting SSHFP fingerprints to allow algorithm selection. bz3493

      * sshd(8): add a `sshd -G` option that parses and prints the effective configuration without attempting to load private keys and perform other checks. This allows usage of the option before keys have been generated and for configuration evaluation and verification by unprivileged users.

    • OpenSource.comHow I returned to open source after facing grief

      Returning to the open source community after a period of grief can be challenging. It’s also an opportunity to reconnect with something you are passionate about and make a positive impact in the world. In time, you’ll find that you’re able to pick up where you left off, and re-engage with the community once again.

      Initially, it may take some time to get back to the rhythm of contributing. It helps to schedule some time in your calendar for open source work. It can be weekly/bi-weekly, depending on your availability. Remember, every contribution counts, and that is the beauty of the open source world. This trick will help you to get into a regular routine.

    • MedevelBenefits of Using Open Source Knowledge Base + Top Tools

      Want to build an open source knowledge base? Learn everything about this solution, its pros and cons, including tools to use with our article.

    • Alex EllisDocker is deleting Open Source organisations – what you need to know

      Why is this a problem?

      Paid team plans cost 420USD per year (paid monthly)

      Many open source projects including ones I maintain have published images to the Docker Hub for years

      Docker’s Open Source program is hostile and out of touch

    • Ruben SchadeThis is my first post backed up to Codeberg

      If you’re reading this, it means my blog source (mmm, sauce) backup has successfully migrated to Codeberg. I’ll update my source namespace references and other links in the coming days.

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

      • WordPressWordPress 6.2 Release Candidate 2

        WordPress 6.2 Release Candidate 2 is now available for download and testing.

        This version of the WordPress software is under development. Please do not install, run, or test this version of WordPress on production or mission-critical websites. Instead, it is recommended that you test RC2 on a test server and site.

    • Education

      • Paolo MelchiorrePyCon Italia 2023 PyCon Italia 2023 logo

        Keeping in mind the Pythonic principle that “simple is better than complex” we’ll see how to create a web map with the Python based web framework Django using its GeoDjango module, storing geographic data in your local database on which to run geospatial queries.

      • Pierre EquoyQuick tests using the Python interpreter

        One thing I love about Python is how it can be used to very quickly prototype or try stuff thanks to its interactive interpreter, also often called REPL.1 In this article, I’ll show you how I use it to run quick tests and verify assumptions.

    • Programming/Development

      • Daniel LemireRuntime asserts are not free

        One might object that you can choose to only enable assertions for the debug version of your binary… but this choice is subject to debate. Compilers like GCC or clang (LLVM) do not deactivate asserts when compiling with optimizations. Some package maintainers require all asserts to remain in the release binary.

      • Abin SimonSplitting and joining using tree-sitter

        You can use this to split/join arguments in a function definition or call into multiple lines or split/join items in a json doc.

        You might think it is a simple job that a “split by comma” can do, but you would be wrong. What if you have a , in a string argument or if one of the arguments is a function that has arguments inside it or a list within a list. What if the user just puts a lot of empty newlines in between? The package function deals with all of this by letting things built by smarter people (tree-sitter) deal with it. We just ask it to get us the list of arguments which we arrange how it supposed to be.

      • Container JournalSoftware Architecture in a Cloud-Native World

        What exactly do software architects do? When you think of a software architect, you think of a primarily technical position within the development organization. In many people’s minds, a software architect is just a title applied to the most senior developers working on a project. After all, if you are

  • Leftovers

    • Science

      • Hans-Dieter HiepCorrectness of Two Sorting Algorithms

        We had a look at two sorting algorithms: gnome sort and bozosort. The purpose of a sorting algorithm is to operate on an array and rearrange its elements in order. The two algorithms presented are not the most efficient sorting algorithms, but that is not of our concern: instead, we will look at them from the perspective of their correctness.

        The main questions answered in this article are:

        What is the (intuitive) argument of correctness of these algorithms?

        How to write down a proof outline for these algorithms?

    • Education

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Proprietary

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Patrick Breyere-ID: Decentralised storage and right to anonymity are additional Pirate successes in final trilogue mandate

          On Thursday, the European Parliament is expected to formally adopt its final position on the European Electronic Identity (e-ID), before going into trilogue negotiations with the Council of the European Union. In addition to privacy successes in the leading industry Committee, Pirate Party MEPs were able to implement additional data protection safeguards into the final text via the Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE). Most importantly the content of a user’s identity wallet, which may include sensitive medical data, payment data or criminal records, would be stored on the user’s device only unless they explicitly choose that an external cloud copy should be kept. The text also protects the right to use digital services anonymously by providing that digital services should be provided without electronic identification or authentication where reasonably possible.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • The StrategistPolicy, Guns and Money: Diving into the AUKUS submarine announcement

        After the long-awaited AUKUS submarine announcement, ASPI director Bec Shrimpton and senior analyst Malcolm Davis give their views on the decisions unveiled in San Diego this week.

      • AntiWarThe Urbanity of Evil: 20 Years After the Invasion of Iraq

        Vast quantities of lies from top US government officials led up to the Iraq invasion. Now, marking its 20th anniversary, the same media outlets that eagerly boosted those lies are offering retrospectives.

      • AntiWarIs a Chinese Invasion of Taiwan Imminent?

        Originally posted at TomDispatch. News flash! Ten thousand Marines and other U.S. troops recently invaded southern California and captured Twentynine Palms in the Mojave Desert — 1,200 square miles of desert seized! Oh, wait, my mistake!

      • The StrategistAustralian SSNs will open up opportunities for advanced undersea operations

        The announcement of the agreed pathway for Australia to acquire nuclear-powered submarines (SSNs) under the AUKUS deal provides clarity about how and when Australia will have this important capability.

      • The StrategistAdvances in detection technology could render AUKUS submarines useless by 2050

        Speaking at a summit in San Diego on Monday, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced a decades-long strategy to deliver the most costly defence project in Australia’s history.

      • Atlantic CouncilWhat’s next for the US-UK-Australia submarine partnership?

        Dive into the details of the AUKUS submarine partnership just announced in San Diego by US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

      • JURISTUS claims military drone downed by Russian fighter over Black Sea was legally flying in international airspace

        The US military Tuesday announced a Russian fighter jet collided with and downed a US drone over the Black Sea. The US claims Russia downed the drone in international airspace while it was acting in accordance with international law.

      • Defence WebFrance provides VAB armoured vehicles to Benin

        France has delivered a first batch of VAB armoured vehicles to the Beninese Armed Forces, which will use them for counter-terrorism and other security tasks. The eight ex-French vehicles were handed over in Cotonou on 20 January by Marc Vizy, the Ambassador of France to Benin.

      • Modern DiplomacyLesseps, The Suez Canal And Some Takeaways

        Anyone could be forgiven for not having heard of Ferdinand de Lesseps — a French engineer, he was obsessed with shortening travel distances to enhance commerce, among other things.  But a case can be made that he extended British rule in India by nearly a century.  Is this a wild exaggeration?  Judge for yourself.

      • Modern DiplomacyDebates about Islamic reform loom larger as Ramadan approaches

        Reform of Islamic jurisprudence was the elephant in the room when two prominent Saudi clerics recently clashed publicly on whether apostasy was punishable with death under Islamic law. The debate’s timing on a Saudi state-controlled, artsy entertainment channel, Rotana Khalijiya, suggested as much.

      • Modern DiplomacyRAND Corp. report: “U.S. Policy and the trajectory of the Russia-Ukraine conflict”

        Analysts in the United States are saying increasingly that the ‘conflict in Ukraine should be resolved through negotiations.’ Nevertheless, RAND is issuing another report calling for a settlement. They understand that the Ukrainian side, with all the support of the West, began to lose heavily.

      • France24FRANCE 24 concludes audit of four journalists from its Arabic language service

        Following the audit that authenticated the posts, FRANCE 24 notified the production company which employs Joëlle Maroun in Lebanon that the channel is ending all collaboration with this journalist because of the intolerant messages posted on her personal accounts, which are the antithesis of the values defended by the international channel and are criminally reprehensible. FRANCE 24 will also file a complaint against her for the damage done to the channel’s reputation and to the professionalism of its newsroom.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

    • Environment

      • New Hampshire Public RadioWhy a cookie recipe made this NH Girl Scout go rogue

        “So, palm oil causes 2 percent of major deforestation and climate change,” Sophia said, reciting from memory what she found through online research and books. “Because of palm oil, 1,000 to 5,000 orangutans are killed every year. There are also ties to child labor, human trafficking, and slavery in the harvesting of palm fruit.”

      • Vice Media GroupEast Palestine Derailment ‘Foreseeable and Preventable,’ Ohio Attorney General Lawsuit Alleges

        Freight rail workers across the industry have been sounding the alarm for years that safety practices have become secondary to profits, as Motherboard has previously reported. Car inspections which could detect mechanical malfunctions that cause derailments have been reduced to save time and money. After company notices started prioritizing efficiency, speed, and reduced dwell time ahead of safety, some Norfolk Southern workers adopted a new mock slogan for the company: “Safety Fourth.”

      • uni StanfordWhite House Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi calls for optimism amid Willow Project approval [Ed: Criminal calls for "optimism" after robbing the bank. So why rob the bank?]

        President Biden’s National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi joined former U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu in a conversation on job growth, the administration’s goals and approval of the Willow Project at Stanford on Monday.

      • Science AlertFirst Footage of Giant London-Sized Iceberg Reveals Its Breathtaking Scale

        And it’s even bigger underneath.

    • Finance

      • ReasonBailouts Should Not Be the Norm

        During the pandemic, the U.S. mortgage market avoided collapse without any bailouts. Here’s how.

      • QuartzUK workers are going head to head with the government

        UK Chancellor Jeremy Hunt will announce his spring budget on Wednesday (March 15), delivering a speech amid a week of strikes across Britain’s health, education, and transport sectors.

      • QuartzThese are the countries with the biggest gender wage gaps

        The Covid-19 pandemic set back decades of progress towards gender equality, according to a report by the International Labour Organization. On average, the report says, women are currently paid 20% less than men globally.

      • QuartzA California court voted to uphold Proposition 22 in a win for Uber and Lyft

        A California appeals court ruled on Monday (March 13) that companies like Uber, Lyft, and Doordash can classify their gig workers as independent contractors under Proposition 22, a ballot initiative state voters passed in 2020.

      • QuartzSalary transparency alone won’t close the pay gap

        A growing number of US states and localities have laws mandating pay transparency, with requirements varying from state to state. Beginning in 2021, Colorado required all companies to include a salary range and benefits on their job listings.

      • QuartzInflation slowed in February⁠—another reason for the Fed to slow rate hikes

        US consumer prices rose by 0.4% from January to February, while the year-on-year rise in prices dropped from 6.4% in January to 6% in February, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

      • ReasonInflation Isn’t Going Away

        Prices rose by 0.4 percent in February and core inflation was up 0.5 percent, the third consecutive month that it has increased.

      • NYPostChuck Schumer gives donations linked to Silicon Valley Bank to charity

        Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has rid himself of political contributions tied to the failed Silicon Valley Bank, giving the campaign funds to charity, according to multiple reports on Tuesday.

      • New York TimesStripe Raises New Funding That Values It at $50 Billion

        The start-up, which provides payment processing software to companies including Amazon, raised $6.5 billion in its new financing from investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Founders Fund and Thrive Capital. Stripe, which said it didn’t need the money to run its business, plans to use the funding to help employees sell their company shares and cover the taxes related to their stock compensation.

      • NPRFor 40 years, Silicon Valley Bank was a tech industry icon. It collapsed in just days

        The bank’s collapse has had a unique impact on the area, said San José State University Assistant Professor Matthew Faulkner. The school is roughly 10 miles from the bank’s headquarters in Santa Clara.

      • Johan HalseHa ha

        I’d never heard of Silicon Valley Bank before it exploded in a shower of pretty sparks last week. Amazingly, upon just hearing the name my brain made a bunch of associations that proved to be mostly correct ‒ it WAS indeed a nasty cross-section of Wall Street and Sand Hill Road, thoroughly infested with both their money and their questionable politics. The whole fracas is obviously going to shake out badly for me and my programmer brethren in the trenches, these things always do, but that’s for my dreary future: now is a time for drinking, giggling, and gloating.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Hong Kong Free PressCovid-19: China lifts sweeping visa curbs on foreigners in place for 3 years

        China will once again start issuing a range of visas to foreigners as of Wednesday, the country’s foreign ministry said, in a major easing of travel restrictions in place since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. The move marks the latest step towards reopening China to the outside world, as Beijing breaks with the strict […]

      • Hong Kong Free PressEU criticism of Chow Hang-tung conviction sparks condemnation from Hong Kong and Beijing

        A European Union spokesperson’s criticism of the conviction of three Hong Kong Tiananmen vigil activists has “scandalised” the city’s judicial system, the Hong Kong government and the Commissioner’s Office of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong have said.

      • Digital Music NewsMeta Queues Up 10,000 More Layoffs, Dropping NFTs As Focus

        Meta has announced an additional round of 10,000 layoffs and a pivot away from NFTs. CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote the move is one to streamline the company in terms of efficiency.

      • Silicon AngleMeta to let go 10,000 employees in new round of job cuts
        Four months after laying off 13% of its workforce, Meta Platforms Inc. today announced plans to let go 10,000 more employees and scrap 5,000 job postings. The layoffs will be carried out in phases. In the first phase, which will begin later this week, Meta plans make job cuts at its recruiting organization.

      • QuartzMeta announced another 10,000 layoffs as part of its “year of efficiency”

        Meta announced another round of layoffs affecting about 10,000 employees, or about 13% of its global workforce, on Tuesday (March 14). CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the downsizing in an update to the company’s “year of efficiency” plan, a blueprint for making Meta more profitable amid a squeeze in the tech industry.

      • QuartzMeta’s “year of efficiency” means job cuts, less metaverse, and more generative AI

        Mark Zuckerberg has started delivering on his promise to make 2023 a “year of efficiency.”

      • AntiWarHouse Democrats Attack Messengers in ‘Politicization of Government’ Hearing

        I often joke that I survived Washington because I had low expectations, but last week’s hearing of the House Weaponization of the Federal Government subcommittee would have tested the lowest of my low expectations.

      • Tom’s HardwareChina’s Loongson Faces Overwhelming Obstacles Due to U.S. Restrictions

        Unlike some other Chinese companies that use Arm and x86 instruction set architectures controlled by Western companies, Loongson’s CPUs rely on the company’s proprietary LoongArch ISA, which is backwards compatible with the MIPS architecture. As a result, it is impossible for the U.S. government to cut Loongson’s access to the latest CPU technologies. But Loongson uses American electronic design automation (EDA) software to develop its processors, whereas its manufacturing partner SMIC uses wafer fab equipment that originates in the U.S.

      • Security WeekRapid7 Buys Anti-Ransomware Firm Minerva Labs for $38 Million

        The Boston-based Rapid7 said it spent $38 million in cash [sic] and stock to snap up Minerva Labs, an early-stage startup that raised $7.5 million venture capital funding.

      • CoryDoctorowLearning from Silicon Valley Bank’s apologists

        Here’s a terrible reason to support the SVB bailout: because if we let all the tech companies who did business with it fail, you might not be able to get into your house anymore after your smart-lock fails because the cloud service it depends on cuts off the startup that made it because their bank account went up in a puff of smoke:


        Look, if you think the fact that my Internet of Shit door-lock failed because the company that designed it made no plan to let me into my house if they went out of business would make me sympathetic to that company, you are out of your fucking mind. If that happened to me, it would make me want to tear the lock out of my door, hunt down the CEO of the company that made it, set the lock on fire, and throw it through their front window.

      • The Wall Street JournalU.S. Threatens Ban if TikTok’s Chinese Owners Don’t Sell Stakes

        The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., or Cfius—a multiagency federal task force that oversees national security risks in cross-border investments—made the sale demand recently, the people said.

        TikTok executives have said that 60% of ByteDance shares are owned by global investors, 20% by employees and 20% by its founders, though the founders’ shares carry outsize voting rights, as is common with tech companies. The company was founded in Beijing in 2012 by Zhang Yiming, ByteDance Chief Executive Liang Rubo and others.

      • Vice Media Group‘Nobody is Safe’: In Wild Hacking Spree, [Crackers] Accessed Federal Law Enforcement Database

        Ceraolo previously provided Motherboard with details on the underground SIM swapping community, where hackers hijack phone numbers to steal victims’ cryptocurrency or their valuable social media handles. One 2020 article focused on how SIM swappers phished telecom company employees to access internal tools; another showed that SIM swappers had escalated from bribing employees to using remote desktop software to gain direct access to T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint tools.

      • India TimesUAE spy chief’s firm buys into ByteDance at $220-billion value

        ByteDance Ltd. was valued at around $220 billion in a recent private-market investment by Abu Dhabi AI firm G42, a significant discount to the $300 billion that TikTok’s owner set during a recent share buyback program.

        G42, controlled by United Arab Emirates royal Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, acquired a $100 million-plus stake from existing investors in recent months through its 42XFund, people with knowledge of the deal said. Another fund bought into ByteDance at $225 billion shortly after, one of the people said, asking not to be identified describing non-public information.

      • EDRIWho does the EU legislator listen to, if it isn’t the experts?

        Take, for example, the proposal of the European Commission on how to combat child sexual abuse. There are inherent risks in the proposal; not only will the proposed measures be barely effective, they will also have very harmful side-effects. They will also undermine the privacy of everyone’s communications, which is harmful for everyone, including the children and youngsters that lawmakers want to protect in the first place.

        But if these aren’t the right measures, then what are? Because sexual abuse of children and youngsters is a serious problem. This calls even more urgently for measures that are proven effective and legally sound, preferably without any negative side-effects. We are not experts in fighting child sexual abuse. Thankfully, we don’t have to be. There are plenty of experts out there, including in the Netherlands. We should listen to these experts if we want to know what needs to be done.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • EDRIIran: Digital spaces of protest and control

        The report illustrates how digitally-mediated assemblies can be controlled, surveilled, or banned in an environment of censorship, for example through abusing content moderation, VPN blocking and detention of journalists.

      • Hong Kong Free PressLawmaker Regina Ip says Instagram memes were ‘embarrassing, careless mistake’

        A series of four “Hell No Hong Kong” memes posted to lawmaker Regina Ip’s Instagram account were shared in error, she has told HKFP. The now-deleted graphics showed cut-outs of the Executive Council convenor in floral settings, in an apparent parody of the city’s “Hello Hong Kong” tourism reboot campaign.

      • Hong Kong Free PressHong Kong activist to face trial over unauthorised display of posters at street booth

        A member of the League of Social Democrats – one of Hong Kong’s last remaining active pro-democracy groups – will face trial with two others in July for allegedly displaying posters without government permission last May.

      • Off GuardianThe Censorship Industrial Complex

        CJ Hopkins I think something is seriously wrong with my brain. Yesterday, I hallucinated that Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger testified before a subcommittee of the US House of Representatives about the Censorship Industrial Complex, i.e., the US arm of the global official propaganda and disinformation apparatus that has been waging an all-out war…

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • JURISTUN concerned about human rights violations committed through use of counter-terrorism technologies

        The UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in Counter-Terrorism, Fionnuala Aoláin, Tuesday expressed concern that digital technologies used to combat terrorism contribute to human rights violations around the world.

      • PHREven Before Earthquake, Sexual and Reproductive Health Access in Syria Marred by Conflict: Report

        As we mark 12 years of the Syrian conflict, a new report documents how targeted violence against health care personnel and infrastructure has impeded vital sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care, resulting in far-reaching tolls on the health and wellbeing of women, girls, and health care professionals. T

      • Counter PunchAndrew Jackson’s Face is a Meme for White Supremacy

        Andrew Jackson’s 256th birthday is March 15, 2023. In recognition, we are posting this excerpt from Clarence Lusane’s new book, Twenty Dollars and Change: Harriet Tubman and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice and Democracy. In the book, Lusane argues that not only should Harriet Tubman’s face replace Jackson’s on the front of the US $20, her vision of abolitionist democracy should replace Jackson’s racist patriarchal model.

        Negro Fort was a garrison that was abandoned by the British during the War of 1812 and subsequently became a refuge for people who escaped slavery, Native Americans, and free blacks. Located near what is now Sumatra, Florida, at the time it was an area that was outside the United States and became one of many autonomous maroon territories. Negro Fort—originally called Fort Magazine by the British—was left fully armed when the British fled in 1815. People on the run from their white enslavers came from as far away as Virginia, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Andrew Jackson’s role in the brutal seizure of the fort in July 1816 would be one of the signature campaigns that built his military fame and ultimately propelled him to the White House.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • PC WorldHP printers still block third-party ink. These models have a workaround

        HP doesn’t make clear which printers use the dynamic security feature, which is what Reddit users became infuriated about — HP apparently had permitted the use of third-party ink on the OfficeJet 7740 and the OfficeJet Pro 6970, then cracked down. But HP does list some printers which can be upgraded via a firmware update to eliminate the block on third-party ink.

      • TechSpotHP keeps updating its printers to block third-party ink cartridges

        New, official ink cartridges are expensive, so introducing a feature that prevents HP printer owners from buying discounted third-party ink isn’t going earn the company a lot of goodwill. HP has already paid out millions in settlement fees after class-action lawsuits were brought by consumer groups and users accusing the firm of “underhanded” tactics and anti-competitive behavior. The most recent of these was a $1.35 million payout to customers in four European countries.

      • GhacksHP is preventing printer users from using third-party ink

        The release notes for a firmware update for HP Officejet 6950, 6960, Pro 6960, Pro 6970 and another one HP DeskJet/Ink Advantage 2700, both mention that the software enables Dynamic Security on the printers. So it is possible this problem began then. A way to prevent this issue would be unplugging the printer from the internet to prevent automatic firmware updates. Of course, this would not be possible if you have a HP+ printer, since the cloud-based service also requires an HP account to be logged in to use the printer.

      • LifeSavvy MediaHP Blocks Affordable Ink Cartridges to Make a Quick Buck

        Modern HP printers use something called “dynamic security” to detect and block unofficial ink carts. Third-party manufacturers often find ways to get around this DRM, and as a result, many HP customers grow accustomed to unofficial ink.

        But HP can update a printer’s dynamic security to patch workarounds. And this is where the problem lies—customers will spend months or years using unofficial ink carts, only to turn on their printer one day and see “Non-HP Chip Detected.” HP’s website mentions that this may occur, though customers are never warned ahead of time.

    • Monopolies

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • 🔤SpellBinding: ELMXPTN Wordo: SMILE
      • I am spent

        About over-extending, Spain and the wonders of stack machines.

        This place has been quiet. I am completely and utterly spent. Haven’t been this tired in years. I took a break from working on my self hosting setup now that it is mostly functional — not complete! — and mostly stable. I also haven’t really worked on getting myself off the cloud in two weeks. I believe I have cleared and deleted two google accounts since I last spoke about it here and certainly I have requested deletion of a bunch more online accounts. But there is more to do. I’ll pick this up again once we’re back from our vacation.

      • Winter Birch & Spruce Scenery 2013-03-15 (Fairbanks, AK, USA)

        There is a little recreational road near my work, which leads to the river. During my lunch break, I took a little walk and snapped a few photos of the scenery, particularly focusing on the birch trees. Well, to be honest, I’m rather new to the study of trees, so I wasn’t really 100% certain what kind of trees those ones are. But at present the only trees I know anything about are paper birch, spruce, balsam poplar (cottonwood), alder, and aspen, and they didn’t fit what I know about the other four, so I figured they must be birch. It was not convenient, due to the snow, to get a closer look at the bark and branches.

    • Politics

      • Able (wo)man’s burden

        The answer from the site’s mostly left-leaning, mostly millenial male audience surprised me. These folks are typically quite enthusiastic of arguments in favor of public transport. But here, the response were of two kinds:

        1. We should move women like her into communal living.
        2. A person with dementia shouldn’t be allowed to walk alone, because they could get lost and die.

    • Technical

      • Following Indie Games – OpenBSD Edition

        I want to share some of my methods that help me to accomplish my goal to not miss out on interesting new indie games that can run on OpenBSD.

        There are several components to this that I am going to elaborate more on in the rest of the text. First of all, in order to know what’s new, I need to be well aware of what is not new (“Keeping Track of What Is Already Known”). Then I need sources that inform me regularly of upcoming or newly released games. Related, but not exactly the same is the goal of closing gaps in my awareness of games that have already been released. I need ways to get more information about the games’ engine information to screen if there is even a potential of running it on OpenBSD. Last, but not least, I need a way to keep an eye on games of interest until I can more definitely evaluate if they may be runnable on OpenBSD.

      • Programming

        • A bank for useful BASH scripts

          I made a repo for useful bash scripts that can come handy in daily usage or for learning purposes.
          I will continue to push more scripts as I write more.
          I hope that others will contribute their own clever scripts and maybe in the future this repo becomes a bank of shell scripts in one place.

        • ChatGPT gets very confused when you give it something similar to monty hall

          I show you three closed doors, two of which have a car behind them and one of which has a donkey. You pick a door and I open a different door revealing a donkey. I then give you the option to change your decision. If you want to win a car, should you switch doors?

          Yes, you should switch doors. The probability of winning a car by initially choosing one of the three doors is 1/3. After one of the doors with a donkey behind it is revealed, the probability of winning the car by switching to the other closed door is 2/3, which is twice as likely as the initial probability of 1/3. This is because, when you first made your choice, the car was behind one of the doors you didn’t pick, and the host revealed one of those doors. So, by switching to the other unopened door, you have a higher chance of winning the car. This probability paradox is known as the Monty Hall problem, and switching doors is the optimal strategy to increase your chances of winning the car.
          Alex Wennerberg
          Are you sure that your probabilities are correct?

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

Links 16/03/2023: OpenSSL 3.1 Released, 10,000 More Staff Cut in Facebook, and Windows Loses 10% in Speed

Posted in News Roundup at 1:23 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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


Links 15/03/2023: Transmission 4.0.2 and Lots in Geminispace

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

  • GNU/Linux

    • Kernel Space

      • InfoWorldHow eBPF unlocks cloud native innovation

        Barbara Liskov—the brilliant Turing Award winner whose career inspired so much modern thinking around distributed computing—was fond of calling out the “power of abstraction” and its role in “finding the right interface for a system as well as finding an effective design for a system implementation.”

        Liskov has been proven right many times over, and we are now at a juncture where new abstractions—and eBPF, specifically—are driving the evolution of cloud native system design in powerful new ways. These new abstractions are unlocking the next wave of cloud native innovation and will set the course for the evolution of cloud native computing.

    • Applications

      • Linux LinksMachine Learning in Linux: StemRoller – separate vocal and instrumental stems from songs

        With the availability of huge amounts of data for research and powerful machines to run your code on with distributed cloud computing and parallelism across GPU cores, Deep Learning has helped to create self-driving cars, intelligent voice assistants, pioneer medical advancements, machine translation, and much more. Deep Learning has become an indispensable tool for countless industries.

        This series looks at highly promising machine learning and deep learning software for Linux.

      • 9to5LinuxTransmission 4.0.2 Limits In-Kernel File Copying to 2GB Blocks at a Time, Fixes Bugs

        Transmission 4.0.2 is here to limit in-kernel file copying to 2GB blocks at a time to avoid potential issues with CIFS mounts, fixes displaying of IPv6 tracker URLs, improves sanity checking of magnet links added via RPC, and improves handling of the leechers parameter in the tracker announce responses.

        Multiple bugs were addressed in this release for all supported platforms. These include a misleading error message when Transmission is unable to write to an incomplete directory, a regression that prevented the download priority for the first and last pieces of files from being increased, which in turn prevented previewing/playing while downloading, as well as a small error when calculating the protocol overhead when receiving peer messages.

    • Instructionals/Technical

    • Games

      • 9to5LinuxSteam Deck Now Lets You Transfer Games from PC over Your Home Network

        The March 15th Steam Deck Client update introduces a new feature called “Local Network Game Transfers,” which promises to allow Steam users to transfer existing Steam games (installation and update files) from one PC to another or from a PC to the Steam Deck over a local area network.

        Since the transfer is done locally, users no longer need to download and install the games from a Steam content server over the Internet, which leads to reduced internet traffic and faster game installs or updates. Moreover, users have full control over which files can be sent via Self only (default), Friends only, or Everyone filters.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • The Register UKAfter nearly two decades of waiting, GNOME 44 brings you… image thumbnails

          GNOME 44 is reaching readiness, just in time for inclusion in the next versions of the two big distro daddies, Ubuntu “Lunar Lobster” and Fedora 38.

          GNOME 44 reached beta in mid-February and now it’s moved to the next version, 44.rc, or release candidate.

          The removal of Gtk 3 support and its replacement with Gtk 4 continues. The last use in Mutter of legacy OpenGL has been removed, leaving only OpenGL ≥ 3.1 and GLES ≥ 2.0, as has the last use of Gtk 3. However, Mutter has gained preliminary support for HDR, or High Dynamic Range. HDR is a feature in the ThinkPad X1 Carbon that we wrote about last week.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • UbuntubuzzPulsar – The New Atom Editor Successor

      Pulsar version 1 for the first time released on Thursday, 15 December 2022 is the official successor to the free/open source Atom Editor software. Its slogan now says “A Community-led Hyper-Hackable Text Editor”. The release date of Pulsar matches exactly the date of the discontinuation date of Atom like a seed sprouting a new tree right after an old tree died in a forest. It is available for all major operating systems namely GNU/Linux, MacOS and Windows. Currently, Pulsar is still under rapid development by the community and here we at Ubuntu Buzz want to convey the message to all computer users to try Pulsar and, if you can, help with the software development.

  • Leftovers

    • The NationDown and Out in Paris With Rainer Maria Rilke

      “Paris is a difficult place,” Rainer Maria Rilke wrote to a friend on New Year’s Eve, 1902. “And the beautiful things here and there do not quite compensate for the cruelty of its streets and the monstrosity of its people.” Then 26, the writer had recently moved to the city from the German countryside, leaving behind his new wife and their young child. His plan was to work there for a year and send money to his family, which had been relying on a trust fund that his father had abruptly withdrawn. For reasons that remain hard to pin down, however, he stayed for six years, without warming to the cruel streets and monstrous people or, for that matter, earning much money. It was a period of loneliness and frustration, during which he was wracked with doubts about his art. And yet a part of him seemed obscurely drawn to its hardships. In “Turning Point,” a poem about spiritual growth, he quotes as an epigraph these lines from the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Kassner: “The road from intensity to greatness / passes through sacrifice.” His fictional record of Paris would likewise turn on ascetic withdrawal and renewal.1

    • Science

    • Hardware

      • HackadayMice Play In VR

        Virtual Reality always seemed like a technology just out of reach, much like nuclear fusion, the flying car, or Linux on the desktop. It seems to be gaining steam in the last five years or so, though, with successful video games from a number of companies as well as plenty of other virtual reality adjacent technology that seems to be picking up steam as well like augmented reality. Another sign that this technology might be here to stay is this virtual reality headset made for mice.

      • HackadayCheap Camera Gives Clay-Pigeon’s-Eye View Of Trap Shooting

        Speaking from experience, it’s always fun to build something with the specific intention of destroying it. Childhood sessions spending hours building boats from scrap wood only to take them to a nearby creek to bombard them with rocks — we disrespectfully called this game “Pearl Harbor” — confirms this. As does the slightly more grown-up pursuit of building this one-time-use clay pigeon camera.

      • HackadayHackaday Berlin: The Badge, Workshops, And Lightning Talks

        Hackaday Berlin is just under two weeks away, and we’ve got news times three! If you don’t already have tickets, there are still a few left, so grab them while they’re hot. We’ll be rolling out the final full schedule soon, but definitely plan on attending a pre-party Friday night the 24th, followed by a solid 14-hour day of hacking, talks, and music on Saturday the 25th, and then a mellow Bring-a-Hack brunch with impromptu demos, workshops, and whatever else on Sunday from 10:30 until 14:00.

      • HackadayPocket-Sized Thermal Imager

        Just as the gold standard for multimeters and other instrumentation likely comes in a yellow package of some sort, there is a similar household name for thermal imaging. But, if they’re known for anything other than the highest quality thermal cameras, it’s excessively high price. There are other options around but if you want to make sure that the finished product has some sort of quality control you might want to consider building your own thermal imaging device like [Ruslan] has done here.

      • HackadaySolar Powered Split Wireless Mechanically Keyboard

        When thinking about a perfect keyboard, some of us have a veritable laundry list: split, hot-swapping, wireless, 3d printed, encoders, and a custom layout. The Aloidia keyboard by [Nguyen Vincent] has all that and more.

      • HackadayMechanical Keyboard As Travel Saxophone

        Those who play larger musical instruments, things like drums, piano, harp, tuba, upright bass, or Zeusaphone, know well the challenges of simply transporting their chosen instrument to band practice, a symphony hall, or local watering hole. Even those playing more manageably-sized instruments may have similar troubles at some point especially when traveling where luggage space is at a premium like on an airplane. That’s why [jcard0na] built this electronic saxophone, designed to be as small as possible.

      • The Next PlatformA Bumper Crop Of Ethernet Switches Harvested In Q4

        With each passing year, the phrase “The network is the computer,” coined in 1984 by John Gage, director of research and co-founder of Sun Microsystems, becomes more and more true.

      • The Next PlatformDOE Wants A Hub And Spoke System Of HPC Systems

        We talk about scale a lot here at The Next Platform, but there are many different aspects to this beyond lashing a bunch of nodes together and counting aggregate peak flops.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • The Nation“She Had a Heartbeat Too”: Waiting for One Dead Woman

        Before a speaking event last week, I memorized as much as I could about the near-death experience Amanda Zurawski endured while losing her pregnancy. From the lawsuit Zurawski filed with four other women over the abortion bans in Texas, I learned that doctors, fearful of breaking the law, refused to end Zurawski’s pregnancy when her water broke at 18 weeks. Days later, as she was miscarrying, her fever spiked to 103.2 degrees. Zurawski’s family members flew in to see her in the ICU because they believed she was dying.

      • Common DreamsDem Governors, US Senators Call On Top Pharmacies to Clarify Medication Abortion Plans

        With Walgreens under fire for its new abortion pill policy, 14 Democratic U.S. governors on Tuesday asked the corporate leaders of seven other major pharmacies to clarify their plans to lawfully distribute abortion medication like mifepristone.

      • TruthOutEPA Proposes Limiting “Forever Chemicals” in Drinking Water for the First Time
      • Common DreamsBiden EPA Praised for ‘Historic Progress’ But Pressured to Ban Forever Chemicals

        The Biden administration’s proposed first-ever national drinking water standard for six “forever chemicals” is both “groundbreaking” and far from the comprehensive action needed to address the environmental and public health crisis, advocates, scientists, and people from polluted U.S. communities said Tuesday.

      • DeSmogNorfolk Southern CEO Makes Obligatory Congressional Appearance But Doesn’t Commit to Rail Safety Changes

        On March 9, the Senate held the first congressional hearing on rail safety following the February 3 Norfolk Southern rail disaster in which a nearly two-mile-long train carrying hazardous materials derailed and caught fire in East Palestine, Ohio. If the people of East Palestine were hoping to see the wheels of justice start to turn in their favor with this hearing, they may be sorely disappointed. The hearing began with some troubling revelations from a first responder, before senators went on to grill Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw, who dodged questions and refused to commit to any meaningful changes to his company’s safety strategy. 

        It likely wasn’t a pleasant experience for Shaw, especially when Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) informed him mid-hearing that another of Norfolk Southern’s trains had just derailed. However, even this painful irony could not nudge Shaw toward specific commitments to financially support East Palestine residents or to back new rail safety regulations. 

      • Counter PunchWhy Were the Cancer Studies at Nuclear Facilities Canceled?

        In an ironic twist, the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California received the first $1.1 billion nuclear bailout to keep operating, even though it was political leaders from California who had asked for a health study.

        If you thought the government of the United States, the country with the most nuclear power reactors in the world, might be interested in finding out the cancer impact of nuclear power on our children, you’d be wrong. But, our government is willing to give failed, uneconomic, decaying nuclear power reactors oodles of taxpayer money without first figuring out if and how they harm our children. Assessing potential health damage should be a prerequisite for reactor license renewal.

      • Science AlertBird Flu, Mpox And Marburg. Why Do So Many Viruses Seem to Be Emerging Right Now?

        A virologist explains.

    • Linux Foundation

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • TechdirtFBI, Defense Department Worked Together To Develop Facial Recognition Tech For Drones, Surveillance Cameras

          Another FOIA lawsuit has paid off for the ACLU. But there are no real winners here, since the documents pried from the government’s grasp detail a bunch of stuff we all wish the government wouldn’t be doing with its time and our money. Here’s Drew Harwell with the details for the Washington Post:

        • EFFADC’s New Argentina Report Flags How ISPs Can Do More for Users’ Data Privacy

          In this third edition of Argentina’s report, most of the improvements relate to the ISPs’ privacy policies. ADC has increased the evaluation parameters in this category to follow crucial data protection principles. Among others, the report checks whether ISPs commit to only collect data for specific, explicit, and lawful purposes and stick to those purposes when processing user data; ensure the data they process is true, adequate, relevant, and not excessive in regard to the purposes of collection; and adopt security measures to protect user data.  All  companies received credit for their privacy policies, while none of them got more than a half star.

          Once again, Movistar leads the ranking, with three and a half out of five stars. The company has almost doubled its score compared to the 2019 report, and is far ahead of second-place IPLAN, which earned roughly two stars. IPLAN was the only company to engage with ADC researchers in the last edition. Back then, IPLAN, a smaller company in Argentina’s market, was taking its  first steps to properly adjust its data protection policies and practices. The improvements in IPLAN’s policy show the company’s disposition to receive criticism and recommendations, the ADC report highlights. Arlink, another small local ISP first featured in this new edition, came in last place, while Claro, a much larger provider, was almost as bad.

          The new ¿Quién Defiende Tus Datos? (Who Defends Your Data?) edition evaluated Movistar (Telefónica), Claro (América Móvil/Carso), DirecTV, Personal (Telecom Group), Telecentro, IPLAN, and Arlink. While Personal and DirecTV failed to improve their scores over the last edition, all others featured in 2019 improved theirs, at least a little.

        • EFFEven Rep. LaHood Likely Can’t Sue the NSA or FBI to Protect His Rights

          What’s equally stunning is that despite absolutely knowing that he was spied upon – something that is extremely rare given the level of secrecy around 702 – neither Rep. LaHood nor anyone else illegally spied upon will likely get a chance to seek a remedy in a court.  That’s not just because  702 is poorly drafted and has been even more poorly executed.  It’s because of how governmental secrecy has now metastasized to completely prevent anyone from stopping illegal NSA spying of them, much less get any other legal remedy.  

          Quite simply, governmental secrecy now renders moot many of the accountability and oversight mechanisms for national security surveillance that exist on paper in FISA as well as in the U.S. constitution. 

          One of EFF’s highest priorities for nearly two decades is making sure you can have a private conversation online.  And specifically, we want to ensure that individuals can seek judicial accountability for violations of their constitutional and statutory rights committed through the government’s warrantless foreign intelligence surveillance inside the United States. 

        • TechdirtFrench Legislators Think Hosting 2024 Olympics Justifies Massive Domestic Surveillance Expansion

          Massive sports events tend to make everyone crazy. The NFL has turned the Super Bowl into The Game That Must Not Be Named (without express written [and paid] permission) by unapproved advertisers and promoters. The Olympic Committee has abused pretty much every available IP law to ensure the Olympic brand remains known as… a massive abuser of intellectual property laws.

        • TechdirtColorado Catholic Group Spent Millions On Sensitive Grindr Data To Shame Priests

          It’s time once again to play: “things that probably wouldn’t happen if the U.S. wasn’t too corrupt to pass a decent internet-era privacy law.”

        • Zigbee vs. Wi-Fi: Which is Better for your Smart Home Needs [Ed: Spy homes. Homes that spy on people inside them, using the home's network.]

          All smart home devices require a wireless technology to connect to each other. Wi-Fi is a ubiquitous choice here as it can easily pair with Amazon Alexa and Google Home-compatible devices. In recent years though, many low-power IoT devices have been switching to Zigbee. So, which one is better for your smart home needs?

    • Defence/Aggression

      • The DissenterMarch To Iraq War, 20 Years Later: March 14, 2003
      • Counter PunchForeign Exchange Pilots (Including Americans!) Don’t Always Think the USAF is the Greatest

        In his 2007 book Canada’s Air Forces on Exchange, author Larry Milberry offers a variety of views on the USAF as seen from Canadian pilots who served on exchange, and even some critical comments from USAF pilots who served in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and found the Canadian service better in some ways. As I read this well-written book, I often encountered comments from Canadians who found the USAF lacking in one way or the other. In the late 1960s, Flight Lieutenant (F/L) Harvey Schaan, RCAF served as an exchange flight training pilot in the USAF, and according to Milberry, “As did all Canadians on USAF exchange F/L Schaan found the USAF training system regimented – micromanagement was the rule. Takeoffs were strictly at 3-minute intervals. Each flight was obliged to reserve its aircraft (for any given day) two weeks in advance. This was a headache for schedulers (a secondary duty for [Instructor Pilots]. Should there be an accident, all senior officers from Wing Commander and Base Commander on down could expect to be fired within hours.” (p. 134) At about the same time, a USAF pilot named Captain R.E. Lushbaugh wrote of the Canadian pilots training USAF pilots and said “Since the Canadian air force is smaller, about 35,000, they all feel that the personal contact between the instructor and student is greater, and the atmosphere is more relaxed in Canada.” (p. 141) Thus, the Royal Canadian Air Force treated its pilots like adults whereas the micromanaged USAF treated theirs like children, and that may help to explain why the RCAF often gets better results in exercises and competitions. Micromanagement is still a very familiar concept to USAF pilots in the 21st century too.

        Careerism and low quality training aircraft were also mentioned by the RCAF training pilots. As Milberry put it, “Something else that Canucks at Otis [Air Force Base] note was the emphasis on climbing the USAF ladder – most officers were on career paths, so were very politically correct. In the RCAF the opposite was normal –get the job done, have fun, don’t worry a lot about your career. After all, few RCAF aircrew were careerists.” (p. 214) As for the training aircraft used by the USAF back then, some RCAF pilots had complaints and said the Canadian equivalents were better. “On May 15, 1968, F/L [Bob] Endicott first flew the T-37. Knowing the [Canadian-designed and built] Tutor well, he was not impressed by the underpowered, unpressurized ‘Tweet’ as the T-37 was nicknamed.” (p. 137). This runs contrary to the belief that many American nationalists have that the US makes the best military aircraft in the world. And again, careerism and political correctness are alive and well, sadly, in the USAF, as are badly designed aircraft like the F-35.

      • Meduza‘We’ve seen things a lot worse than this’: Pro-Russian hackers try and fail to blackmail Ukrainian video game developers — Meduza

        S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl, due for release this year, is one of the most anticipated games in the industry’s history. Last year, its developer, a Ukrainian company called GSC Game World, announced that the game won’t be sold in Russia, nor will it include a Russian-language voiceover. In response, a group of pro-Russian hackers is currently trying to blackmail the game’s creators, threatening to release “dozens of gigabytes” of hacked materials meant to spoil the game if the company doesn’t apologize for its “disrespectful attitude” towards the game’s Russian and Belarusian players. So far, the attempt has failed.

      • Telex (Hungary)Macron reminded Orbán of the importance of European unity at Paris meeting
      • Telex (Hungary)Pushing Russian propaganda as if we were on their side
      • TechdirtUkrainian Game Devs To Russian Hackers: ‘Russian Hackers, Go Fuck Yourselves’

        Back in the early days of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, one of the most captivating stories was that of Snake Island, a small island in Ukrainian territorial waters. Under constant radioed threats from a Russian cruiser, Ukrainian border guard Roman Hrybov uttered his now iconic response to the warship: “Russian warship, go fuck yourself.” Keep that story in the back of your mind.

      • Mint Press NewsDare Call It A Coup? CIA Front Threatens Color Revolution in Georgia

        Kit Klarenberg exposes the US and EU’s sinister meddling in Georgia’s sovereignty and democracy through NGOs, propaganda and the tried and true method of sowing the seeds of discontent.

      • TruthOutBiden Signs Executive Order on Guns to Enhance Background Checks
      • Common Dreams60+ Faith Groups Urge Congress to ‘Dramatically’ Slash Pentagon Budget

        “The country is sprinting towards a trillion-dollar budget for weapons and war—propping up an expensive and harmful militarized foreign policy while people struggle to meet their basic needs,” reads a new letter to members of Congress signed by U.S., international, and state and local groups including the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice, Hindus for Human Rights, and dozens of others.

      • Common DreamsThe Urbanity of Evil: 20 Years After the US Invasion of Iraq

        Vast quantities of lies from top U.S. government officials led up to the Iraq invasion. Now, marking its 20th anniversary, the same media outlets that eagerly boosted those lies are offering retrospectives. Don’t expect them to shed light on the most difficult truths, including their own complicity in pushing for war.

      • Common DreamsBlood Does Not Wash Away Blood

        The extraordinary March 10, 2023 announcement that China’s top diplomat, Mr. Wang Yi, helped broker a rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Iran suggests that major powers can benefit from believing that, as Albert Camus once put it, “words are more powerful than munitions.”

      • TruthOutChina Condemns US Plan to Sell Nuclear Submarines to Australia
      • Common Dreams‘Path of Error and Danger’: China Rebukes US Plan to Sell Nuclear Submarines to Australia

        China accused Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States of threatening peace in the Pacific region after leaders of the so-called AUKUS military partnership unveiled further information about their plan to expand the reach of Washington’s nuclear-powered submarine technology.

      • Federal News NetworkHonduras will seek to establish diplomatic ties with China

        Honduras President Xiomara Castro says her government will seek to establish diplomatic relations with China, which would imply severing relations with Taiwan. Castro said on her Twitter account Tuesday that she instructed Honduran Foreign Affairs Minister Eduardo Reina to start negotiations with China and that her intention is “to expand the borders with freedom.” Honduras is one of the few remaining allies of Taiwan, and Castro’s announcement represents a change on its diplomatic views. China claims self-ruled, democratic Taiwan is part of its territory and has engaged in a long campaign to isolate Taiwan diplomatically. Taiwan’s official media quoted an official saying its government had no further details.

      • Common DreamsJust How Likely Is a Chinese Invasion of Taiwan?

        Is China really on the verge of invading the island of Taiwan, as so many top American officials seem to believe? If the answer is “yes” and the U.S. intervenes on Taiwan’s side — as President Biden has sworn it would — we could find ourselves in a major-power conflict, possibly even a nuclear one, in the not-too-distant future. Even if confined to Asia and fought with conventional weaponry alone — no sure thing — such a conflict would still result in human and economic damage on a far greater scale than observed in Ukraine today.

      • AntiWarProtest at the White House, March 18, Against US Proxy War In Ukraine

        On March 18 protesters will gather at the White House to call for an end to Joe Biden’s cruel proxy war. “Cruel” is the operative word, because the war cynically uses Ukrainians as cannon fodder to weaken Russia and bring about regime change.

      • Common Dreams‘Really Scary Stuff’: US Drone Crashes During Encounter With Russian Fighter Jet

        Fears of an escalation between nuclear superpowers Russia and the United States mounted Tuesday after a U.S. Air Force Reaper drone went down in international waters in the Black Sea during an encounter with a Russian fighter jet, with both sides giving varying accounts of the incident.

      • MeduzaRussia’s Defense Ministry denies collision between Russian Su-27 fighter plane and U.S. reconnaissance drone — Meduza

        Commenting on the incident that led to the loss of the U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone in the Black Sea, Russia’s Defense Ministry has issued a statement about what happened.

      • Meduza‘Monica exists, and Russia will win’: How a former Russian Orthodox deacon joined the occult, invented a wife, and made her hate Ukraine — Meduza
      • ScheerpostPatrick Lawrence: China’s Great Leap in the Middle East

        What Beijing just sponsored and got done, putting two millennia of diplomatic craft to work, is an exquisite example of what can be accomplished once this imperative is fully realized.

      • AntiWarIsrael and Its US Lobby Dealt Major Blow by China-Saudi-Iran Peace Initiative

        On Thursday the New York Times ran yet another report about Saudi Arabia’s entry into an “Abraham Accord,” but if only certain conditions could be met.

      • AntiWarChina Brokers Agreement Between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Sidelining the US

        Until it happened, it was unthinkable. The US has for decades guarded its role as the sole negotiator in the Middle East. It has insisted on being the chief arbiter of agreements and the architect and decider of partnerships.

      • ScheerpostSaudi-Iran Deal a Possible US ‘Suez Moment’

        The U.S. does not want to experience what Britain experienced in Suez in 1956: a watershed moment signaling its global decline.

      • Counter PunchProtest at the White House, March 18, Against US Proxy War In Ukraine

        Protests and Popular Sentiment growing for “Peace In Ukraine – No weapons, no money for the Ukraine War.”

        On March 18 protesters will gather at the White House to call for an end to Joe Biden’s cruel proxy war. “Cruel” is the operative word, because the war cynically uses Ukrainians as cannon fodder to weaken Russia and bring about regime change.

      • MeduzaGeorgia’s murky ‘transparency’ bill The ‘foreign agent’ draft law that sparked mass protests in Tbilisi was presented as a solution to the country’s lack of transparency, but the legislation’s real goals are themselves opaque — Meduza

        Last week, the Republic of Georgia found itself on the cusp of adopting a new law for “transparency in foreign influence,” more commonly referred to as a “foreign agent” law, and widely believed to be modeled on Russia’s repressive legislation. If passed, the bill would have required the media and NGOs even partly financed from abroad to register as “agents of foreign influence.” It would also have compromised Georgia’s entry into the E.U. and NATO. Intensive protests in Tbilisi finally forced Georgia’s ruling party, Georgian Dream, to back down in trying to push the bill through the parliament. Nevertheless, the activities of the majority party and its derivative movement, People’s Power, are unlikely to stop at this failed initiative. Meduza’s correspondent Diana Shanava reports from Tbilisi.

      • MeduzaConvicted drug dealer pardoned by Putin after her clandestine chemist husband joined Wagner Group — Meduza

        The St. Petersburg physics teacher Diana Gribovskaya was convicted of illicit drug dealing in 2018, together with her husband, the veterinarian and clandestine chemist Dmitry Karavaichik. It has now emerged that Gribovskaya has been pardoned by President Vladimir Putin’s personal decree, adding yet another twist to the couple’s improbable story.

      • MeduzaLithuanian parliament designates Wagner Group as terrorist organization — Meduza

        The Seimas (unicameral parliament) of Lithuania has univocally adopted a resolution to designate Evgeny Prigozhin’s Wagner Group as a terrorist organization.

      • TruthOutDaniel Ellsberg Is Calling on All of Us to Work to Avert Nuclear War
    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • ScheerpostIn FBI Case, the First Amendment Takes Another Bizarre Hit

        The same Democratic minority staff that trashed the First Amendment in last week’s Twitter Files hearings put something amazing in writing in a parallel case.

      • TechdirtSetting 1st Amendment Myths On Fire In A Crowded Theater

        For years, we’ve written about the many, many, many ways in which people are wrong about the 1st Amendment, from trotting out the “fire in a crowded theater” line (for which we have a t-shirt, mug, pillow, and notebook) or how people falsely believe that hate speech is not protected by the 1st Amendment (it is, and for good reasons).

    • Environment

      • Common DreamsPeoples’ Earth Week: Climate Justice Arts and Action

        In this country, there are two centers of power large enough to make a real difference in the global climate fight: the federal government and the financial industry. That’s why our coalitions are focused on these two arenas of contestation. People vs Fossil Fuels is a coalition of more than 1,200 organizations demanding President Biden end fossil fuel expansion. Stop the Money Pipeline is a network of more than 240 groups dedicated to ending Wall Street’s financing of the fossil fuel industry.Now, for the first time, our coalitions are coming together for a shared project: Peoples’ Earth Week – Climate Justice Arts & Action.Right now, people all over the country are signing up to receive climate justice movement poster art created by leading artists who are involved in movements for justice. Between April 15th and 25th, activists will use the poster art to organize mass wheat pasting actions, pop-up art shows, and arts-centered direct actions. This Earth Day will be the biggest day of coordinated climate arts-based action.

      • uni MichiganThe paradox of the climate crisis: Former president of Ireland talks sustainability

        About 600 University of Michigan community members lined up outside of the Rackham Auditorium Monday evening to hear from internationally renowned politician and diplomat Mary Robinson on sustainability.

      • Energy/Transportation

        • Federal News NetworkDespite objections, Chevron says it reported oil price data

          Chevron says it has reported how much money it made in January from selling gasoline in California. The disclosure to state regulators comes after a new state law required oil companies to report more pricing data. The law is aimed at gathering information to determine why California gas prices are so high. The California Energy Commission said four of the state’s big five companies reported the information by a March 2 deadline. Chevron initially objected to reporting the data. Regulators warned they would be fined if they did not report. A spokesperson for Chevron said the company filed the data late Tuesday afternoon.

        • Federal News NetworkLawmakers fear spill on Keystone system in southern Kansas

          State lawmakers worry that southern Kansas is vulnerable to oil spills from the Keystone pipeline system because earthquakes have become more frequent there. They raised the concern Tuesday as they questioned an executive for the pipeline’s operator about a massive spill in northeastern Kansas in December. A vice president of Canada-based TC Energy is briefing three Kansas legislative committees about the Dec. 7 rupture on the Keystone pipeline in Washington County, Kansas. The company expects cleanup efforts to last at least into the summer. But several lawmakers said they are nervous about the pipeline in the Wichita area about 160 miles south because of earthquake activity.

    • Finance

      • The NationThe GOP Has Become the Pro–Child Labor Party

        In February, The New York Times published a front-page report from Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Hannah Dreier that shed light on a shocking reality: migrant children are being illegally exploited in staggering numbers, working brutal jobs in kitchens and factories, hotels and slaughterhouses across the United States.

      • Common DreamsFailure of SVB Confirms Surprising Extent of Corporate Fraud

        The high-profile and sudden failure of Silicon Valley Bank, which hid huge losses from its depositors, investors, and regulators, highlights the dangers of corporate fraud for our financial system. It confirms the kind of problems highlighted by a recent study published in the Journal of Financial Economics estimating that only one-third of corporate frauds are detected, with an average of 10% of large publicly traded firms committing securities fraud every year. This means that the true extent of corporate fraud is much larger than what is currently being reported. The study also estimates that corporate fraud destroys 1.6% of equity value each year, which equals to $830 billion in 2021.

      • Common DreamsWarren, Watchdogs Demand Independent Probes of Fed Role in Bank Failures

        Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined financial industry watchdogs Tuesday in demanding an independent investigation of the Federal Reserve’s role in two of the largest bank collapses in U.S. history, failures that experts say were caused in part by the deregulatory actions of Congress and the central bank.

      • Democracy NowHow Silicon Valley Bank & Signature Bank Lobbied to Weaken Regulations That Could Have Prevented Collapse

        The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank are the largest bank failures since the 2008 financial crisis, which prompted lawmakers to pass legislation to increase regulations on banks and other financial institutions. But during the Trump administration, a number of Democrats joined Republicans in Congress to weaken laws including Dodd-Frank, the landmark regulatory reform passed in the wake of the crisis. Executives from Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank were among those who successfully lobbied to weaken rules that may have prevented their collapse. The fallout from the bank failures now threatens to spread to other financial institutions, and the Biden administration has taken extraordinary steps to guarantee all deposits in the two failed banks and to shore up the rest of the sector in what many are criticizing as a bailout of rich bank customers. For more, we speak with The Lever’s David Sirota and banking law professor Mehrsa Baradaran, whom progressive groups at one point backed as the Biden administration’s pick for comptroller of the currency, an influential regulator of banks.

      • The Gray ZoneHow Covid lockdowns primed the current financial crisis
      • Michael West MediaCalls to protect payments following builder collapse

        The federal government has been urged to do more to protect worker payments following the collapse of several construction companies.

      • Federal News NetworkWashington reacts on the fly to Silicon Valley Bank failure

        After a frenetic weekend of round-the-clock briefings, U.S. policymakers took the audacious step of guaranteeing all the deposits of the failed Silicon Valley Bank — even those exceeding the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s $250,000 limit. The hope is that it will restore confidence in the financial system after the second-biggest bank failure in U.S. history. The plan came together as the government was unable to sell off the defunct institution on time. But the FDIC may try to auction it off again. Meanwhile, policymakers and lawmakers are starting to look ahead for ways to prevent the next crisis.

      • Counter PunchWhy the Bank Crisis isn’t Over

        When interest rates rise, bond prices fall (and stock prices tend to follow). However, banks don’t have to mark down the market price of their assets to reflect this declining valuation. They can simply hold on to their securities. They only have to reveal the market-price decline when there is a run on the bank and they have to actually sell these bonds or packaged mortgages to raise the cash to enable the withdrawals to be made.

        For Silicon Valley Bank, it turned out that they gambled to make a capital gain by buying long-term Treasury bonds, whose interest rates were being raised sharply by the Fed’s tightening. The bank expected that the Fed couldn’t keep rates high without bringing on a serious recession – and indeed, Fed Chairman Powell said that a recession was indeed what he wanted.

      • Counter PunchReflections on Occupy Wall Street Before the Next Banking Collapse

        The sixteenth-biggest bank in the US has just suddenly and dramatically collapsed and is being bailed out by the federal government.  This may or may not be a precursor for a cascading series of other bank collapses, but with subprime (aka “variable rate”) mortgages being more popular now than they have been since 2007, I smell an imminent financial crisis.

        This is not the only thing that makes me think about Occupy Wall Street, and the autumn of 2011, especially, but it’s one of them.  Witnessing the fizzling-out of another very youthful and multiracial movement that took over the streets throughout the US more recently reminds me a lot of the last time I had that experience, in the wake of Occupy.

      • TruthOutManchin Now Says Bank Deregulation Isn’t Great Despite “Yes” Vote on 2018 Repeal
      • Counter PunchSilicon Valley Bank and the Anti-Regulation Bank Lobby

        Before the financial collapse come the aggressive anti-regulation lobbyists.  These are often of the same ilk: loathing anything resembling oversight, restriction, reporting and monitoring.  They are incarnations of the frontier, symbolically toting guns and slaying the natives, seeking wealth beyond paper jottings, compliance and bureaucratic tedium.

        The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), for a period of time the preferred bank for start-ups, is the bitter fruit of that harvest.  Three days prior to the second-largest failure of a US financial institution since the implosion of Washington Mutual (Wamu) in 2008, lobbyists for the banking sector had reason to gloat.  They had the ears of a number of GOP lawmakers and were pressing the case that Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell had little reason to sharpen regulations in the industry.

      • Counter PunchStrong Job Growth in February, but Hours Drop, and Wage Growth Slows

        The February employment report gave a very mixed picture of the labor market. The job growth was again surprisingly strong, with the establishment survey showing a gain of 311,000 jobs. However, the index of aggregate hours actually fell by 0.1 percent, as the length of the average workweek fell back by 0.1 hour. Wage growth also slowed, with the annual rate over the last three months being just 3.6 percent, a pace that would be consistent with the Fed’s 2.0 percent inflation target.

        The household survey showed a modest uptick in the unemployment rate to 3.6 percent. While these data are erratic, there were rises in unemployment of 0.3 percentage points for Blacks, 0.6 percentage points for Asian Americans, and 0.8 percent for Hispanics. At 5.3 percent, the unemployment rate for Hispanics is now 1.3 percentage points above the 4.0 percent low hit in November. The unemployment rate for Asian Americans is 1.2 percentage points above the 2.4 percent low hit in December.

      • Counter PunchHow to Persuade a Billionaire

        A mid-pandemic survey from Pew found that 55 percent of Americans have no opinion on whether billionaires –  whose wealth doubled during the pandemic – are good or bad for the United States.

        How do we shift the narrative to convince a larger majority of the dangers of wealth hoarding at the top end of our economic ladder?

      • TruthOutBanks Lobbied to Weaken Regulations That Could Have Prevented Their Collapse
      • Common Dreams‘They’re Such Cowards’: GOP Pushes Bill Targeting Food Aid for the Poor

        More than a dozen House Republicans are expected to release legislation Tuesday that would impose more harsh work requirements on certain recipients of federal food aid, a clear signal that the GOP intends to target nutrition assistance in critical debt ceiling, budget, and farm bill talks.

      • TruthOutHouse GOP Pushes Bill Targeting Food Assistance for the Poor
      • TruthOutWarren: Jerome Powell Should Recuse Himself From Bank Probe for Role in Failure
      • Common DreamsCoalition Rises to ‘Stop the Merger’ of Kroger and Albertsons

        A progressive coalition of more than 100 unions and consumer advocacy groups from across the United States has come together to build the “Stop the Merger” campaign, a national and state-level effort to prevent Kroger from acquiring Albertsons and establishing the country’s most powerful grocery cartel.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Counter PunchThe Death and Life and Second Death of Great American Cities

        If American cities died after World War II only to see their rebirth with New Urbanism in the 1990s, the covid pandemic has dealt a second death to cities that we are only beginning to see.

        The United States started as a rural nation.  Rapid urbanization occurred in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as immigration, the Great Migration of former slaves from the South,  and America’s second industrialization around steel, cars, and other forms of manufacturing-built metropolises from New York to San Francisco.

      • Marcy WheelerHow Tucker Carlson Duped the People His Producer Called “Dumb … Cousin-Fucking … Terrorists”

        What we’ve learned from Tucker Carlson’s effort to lie about January 6 is that Tucker is the one lying about what happened. Before Tucker’s propaganda gave reason to respond, DOJ, had actually been withholding some of the most damning video from journalists. Tucker’s propaganda effort has provided yet another glimpse of how many close calls the police managed to avert on January 6.

      • Counter PunchHistory Will Hold Trump Accountable

        During Saturday night’s white-tie annual Gridiron Club Dinner in Washington, DC, former US Vice President Mike Pence, a former Trump loyalist, made some of his harshest comments about his one-time boss. Despite previously seeming reluctant to confront Trump, Pence publicly stated that Trump was wrong about the Jan 6 insurrection, and that he had no right to overturn the election. Pence also made jokes at Trump’s expense about the secret documents found at Mar-a-Lago. The event was attended by politicians and journalists. Pence acknowledged that Trump’s reckless words had endangered his family and everyone at the Capitol that day. Significantly, he said he believes that history will hold Trump accountable for his actions.

        Trump played a significant role in inciting the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol. In the weeks leading up to the event, Trump repeatedly made false claims about widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election and encouraged his supporters to “stop the steal” and “fight like hell” to overturn the election results. He held a rally on the morning of January 6, where he continued to make false claims about the election and urged his supporters to march to the Capitol and “never give up” in their fight.

      • ScheerpostProblem Child
      • Common DreamsGallego Says Lobbyists ‘Bought Sinema’s Vote’ That Resulted in Bank Collapse

        Democratic Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego on Tuesday accused Sen. Kyrsten Sinema—who he hopes to oust from the U.S. Senate next year—of playing a major role in the Silicon Valley Bank collapse by taking campaign contributions from lobbyists that represented the bank and then voting to deregulate it.

      • Michael West MediaGreens accuse Labor of ‘vote-buying’ in key Sydney seat

        NSW Labor has been accused of pork-barrelling in a key Sydney seat by offering a $20,000 community grant to a public school’s Parents & Citizens Association in exchange for votes.

      • Counter PunchGlenn Greenwald in Lalaland

        Glenn Greenwald, along with his buddy Matt Taibbi, is currently the most prominent ideological turncoat emanating from the American left. He has established a brand for himself as a conservative-friendly “decent leftist” with his numerous friendly guest appearances on Tucker Carlson Tonight and The Ingraham Angle; as one who agrees with the right-wing on issues ranging from trans rights to supposed Big Tech targeting of conservatives for censorship, the January 6 riots and COVID lockdowns. Last summer he even conducted a softball interview with Alex Jones, despite previously expressing great disdain for the latter. This stance has been popular: at one point in 2021, he was reportedly earning between $80,000 and $160,000 per month in Substack subscriptions. Currently his primary venue, besides Twitter, is his hosting of the System Update podcast on Rumble, the right-wing video platform, funded, in part by Peter Thiel, the pro-MAGA billionaire Silicon Valley tycoon and Pentagon contractor. His Rumble page lists 321,000 followers. Transcripts and full videos of System Update episodes are currently accessible only behind a paywall—the transcripts will be utilized as sources in the article below.

        Like other formerly left turncoats, Greenwald has a variation of the “I didn’t leave the left, it left me” line. This is to the effect that on the issues he cares most about—foreign policy, the national security state—the “populist right” represented by MAGA embodies views far more congruent with traditional left views than does the current iteration of the progressive left. He has also expressed admiration for the general populist tone taken by MAGA politicians and publicists; he argued in 2021 that both Tucker Carlson and Steve Bannon were socialists—and that Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign was economically populist to such an extent that it should be considered socialist.

      • Common DreamsPat Schroeder, Fighter for Workers and Women in Congress, Dies at 82

        Progressive lawmakers were among those mourning the death of former U.S. Rep. Patricia Schroeder, who served in the House for 24 years and pushed for legislation to protect the jobs of parents, control military spending, and expand healthcare for low-income people. She died in Celebration, Florida on Monday at age 82.

      • The NationHow Kanye West Helped to Embolden Anti-Semites on College Campuses

        In 2020, musician and fashion designer Kanye West—now known as Ye—announced his candidacy for president. The West campaign was defined by consistent use of Christian nationalist language, with policy proposals ranging from “restoring prayer in the classroom,” to supporting “faith-based groups” and turning the United States into a “new Garden of Eden.” West performed poorly. He received around 60,000 votes while appearing on the ballot in only 12 states.

      • The NationGreene Robes
      • TechdirtIs Gavin Newsom Attacking Walgreens For Its Choices Different From DeSantis Attacking Disney?

        There has been some back and forth over the past week regarding Walgreens and how it’s handling the distribution and dispensing of the pharmaceutical Mifepristone, which is prescribed by doctors for early term abortions. In February, a bunch of anti-abortion Attorneys General sent Walgreens a letter threatening the company if it chose to make the drug available. In response, Walgreens sent a short reply letter saying that it wasn’t planning on dispending Mifepristone in any state where it was illegal.

      • Telex (Hungary)Hungarian government to request delayed implementation of Ukrainian law on national minorities
      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

        • Counter PunchLying for Lucre: Fox’s Fake News Fiasco

          Thanks to a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit filed against Fox News by Dominion Voting Systems, the nation and world are peeling back the covers on the shocking lies perpetrated by Fox’s top commentators. And how ironic is it that these are the very people who baselessly accused other networks of “fake news” for reporting there was no evidence whatsoever that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump.

          In a nutshell — and boy did it hold a lot of nuts — Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, the cheerleading outfit for Trump’s circus —  all lied through their teeth about the stolen election. And why did they do it? For the most basic of reasons. They did it for the money because they feared if they told Trump supporters the truth, they’d lose their viewing audience.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • EFFDigital Rights Updates with EFFector 35.3

        EFFECTOR 35.3 – International Women’s Day is Every Day

        Make sure you never miss an issue by signing up by email to receive EFFector as soon as it’s posted! Since 1990 EFF has published EFFector to help keep readers on the bleeding edge of their digital rights. We know that the intersection of technology, civil liberties, human rights, and the law can be complicated, so EFFector is a great way to stay on top of things. The newsletter is chock full of links to updates, announcements, blog posts, and other stories to help keep readers—and listeners—up to date on the movement to protect online privacy and free expression. 

      • TruthOutAtlanta Was a Constitution-Free Zone During “Stop Cop City” Week of Action
      • Mint Press NewsPolice Accountability & Reinventing Policing, with Stephen Janis and Taya Graham

        Lee Camp speaks to Taya and Stephen, hosts of the show, “The Police Accountability Report,” about police brutality, corruption and the growing push for reform.

      • Common DreamsSouth Carolina Bill to Execute People Who Have Abortions Gets Support From 21 Republicans

        A new pro-forced pregnancy proposal in the South Carolina General Assembly that would make people who obtain abortion care eligible for the death penalty was portrayed as coming from the fringes of the Republican Party by one GOP lawmaker—but with 21 state Republicans backing the legislation, critics said the idea is representative of the party’s anti-choice agenda.

      • Telex (Hungary)The latest from Arte: Massive train crash may derail Greek government, and Hungary among stragglers in gender equality in EU
      • TruthOutTexas Lawmakers Propose Drag Ban Modeled After Anti-Abortion “Bounty Hunter” Law
      • Common Dreams‘Our System Is Broken,’ Say Labor Leaders as California Court Upholds Prop 22

        Labor advocates on Tuesday decried the California appellate court largely upholding Proposition 22, the industry-backed 2020 state ballot measure allowing app-based ride and delivery companies to classify their drivers as independent contractors—which is serving as a template for legislation to deny basic worker rights, benefits, and protections in other states.

      • Michael West MediaOne in five women experience sexual violence

        One in five Australian women have experienced sexual violence and stalking in their lifetime, new data shows.

      • Federal News NetworkNew Mexico Legislature rejects ban in immigration detention

        New Mexico legislators have rejected a proposal to prohibit local government participation in immigration detention for people seeking asylum in the U.S. The bill failed on a 17-21 vote of the state Senate. Republicans were joined by several Democratic senators in opposition. The initiative aimed to unwind contractual arrangements at a major immigrant detention facility in southern New Mexico. Proponents of the New Mexico bill highlighted reports of prison-like conditions, poor sanitation and suicide attempts at immigrant detention facilities. Opponents prevailed after warning of dire financial consequences for a county that invested in building an immigration detention center.

      • RFAOn Lhasa riot anniversary, Chinese authorities search Tibetans, keep up surveillance

        March 14 marks the 15th anniversary of a 2008 riot in Lhasa during which Chinese police suppressed peaceful Tibetan protests and led to the destruction of Han Chinese shops in the city and deadly attacks on Han Chinese residents.


        “There are ‘interrogation posts’ stationed near all the streets that lead to Jhokang Temple, Potala Palace and the Sera and Drepung monasteries,” he wrote. “They are searching the cell phones and the backpacks of tourists and anyone who is walking around these places.”

      • El País‘Cop City’ protester had hands raised when fatally shot by state trooper

        An environmental activist who was fatally shot in a confrontation with Georgia law enforcement in January was sitting cross-legged with their hands in the air at the time, the protester’s family said Monday as they released results of an autopsy they commissioned.

      • Democracy NowAutopsy Suggests “Cop City” Protester Sitting Cross-Legged, Hands Up, When Shot 14 Times by Police

        New details from an independent autopsy of the activist fatally shot by Atlanta police in January concludes their hands were raised up and in front of their body when they were killed. Georgia State Patrol shot Manuel “Tortuguita” Terán during a raid on an encampment of forest protectors who oppose the construction of Atlanta’s $90 million police training center dubbed “Cop City.” An independent autopsy released Monday also shows 26-year-old Tortuguita was likely seated cross-legged when they were shot 14 times. Tortuguita’s family on Friday sued the city of Atlanta after the release of more video evidence of the shooting was blocked. “There’s no reason to withhold this evidence. The public deserves to know. More importantly, the family deserves to know,” says civil rights attorney Jeff Filipovits, who is representing the family. He adds that despite law enforcement claims that Tortuguita may have fired on officers, there is no evidence of that.

      • NPRCalifornia court says Uber, Lyft can treat state drivers as independent contractors

        The ruling wasn’t a complete defeat for labor unions, as the court ruled the companies could not stop their drivers from joining a labor union and collectively bargain for better working conditions, said Mike Robinson, one of the drivers who filed the lawsuit challenging Proposition 22.

        “Our right to join together and bargain collectively creates a clear path for drivers and delivery workers to hold giant gig corporations accountable,” he said. “But make no mistake, we still believe Prop 22 — in its entirety — is an unconstitutional attack on our basic rights.”

      • Vice Media GroupeBay Finally Has Its First Worker Union in 27 Years

        The election was held last week, and the votes were announced on Friday—the union won with a strong majority of 136-87. The workers, who work at the company’s trading card authentication center in Syracuse, NY, have unionized with the CWA, the largest communications and media worker union in the country. Their union will represent all 272 non-supervisory workers in the company’s authentication department, the CWA stated in a press release.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

      • Copyrights

        • Walled CultureWhy the emerging new copyright landscape is both good news and bad news for creators and the public

          Moreover, the shift to this kind of privatised law-making provides the copyright industry with multiple opportunities to shape those new rules. It can do this through backroom chats with Internet platforms, “encouraging” them to move in a certain direction, using carrots and sticks. It can publicly threaten and then instigate legal action against the online companies. And it can lobby governments to bring in laws that force platforms to change the rules in favour of the copyright industry, as happened with Article 17 of the EU Copyright Directive.

        • Public Domain MoviesThe Last Time I Saw Paris

          The film was released in 1954; however, there was an error with the Roman numerals in the copyright notice showing “MCMXLIV” (1944), meaning the term of copyright started 10 years before the film was released.< name=crd> Thus, the normal 28-year copyright term ended just 18-years after the film was released, and MGM neglected to renew it presumably because they believed there was still 10 years left in the term.

        • Torrent FreakSpinrilla Wants to Ban the Terms ‘Piracy’ and ‘Theft’ at RIAA Trial

          Popular mixtape platform Spinrilla will face several major record labels in court next month in a trial worth millions of dollars in copyright infringement damages. A few days ago, Spinriilla asked the court to ban disparaging terms such as “piracy” and “theft” as these may give the jury the wrong impression.

        • Torrent FreakHigh Court Bans Singer From Hitting YouTube Rival With DMCA Notices

          The High Court of Justice has issued a permanent injunction to stop a man filing copyright complaints against a rival’s YouTube channels. As part of a fraudulent campaign against “the music mafia,” the singer used copyright strikes and YouTube’s repeat infringer policy to have a music publisher’s channels suspended. The background to the dispute is nothing short of extraordinary.

        • Michael GeistHeritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez Contradicts His Own Bill and Department Officials in Effort to Defend Bill C-18

          Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez is on the defensive as he tries to defend Bill C-18 in the wake of both Google and Facebook signalling that they may remove Canadian news from search results and social media sharing in light of the government’s approach that creates mandated payments for links.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Yoga routine for fieldwork
      • Magic Moments: Crows at Dawn; Planets at Dusk

        In a break of routine for some reason I went to work by car on Thursday morning and arrived there maybe a quarter to seven in the morning. The sky was overcast, dawn was well underway. It was cold, just above freezing and windy. On my way from the most distant parking lot to the main entrance I noticed a large group of crows heading East towards some secret meeting place, or whereever the crows were heading. I looked up for a lengthy moment. Several large groups were flying above in what would amount to maybe seven minutes of my walk. Absolutely fascinating, even though I have seen this a few times since I work in this place.

      • Rumors of my dead garden links were exaggerated

        Whenever tax season comes around, I start to talk about Exit Planning[1] because it is “death and taxes.” I’m pretty proud of it as a project and as a living documentation of something I think a lot of us are missing, how to prepare for our deaths (or incapacitation).

      • Fear and Delight

        I always wanna mind the mood. Description, tone of voice, situation, resources, danger can all make a situation tense or scary. It can get wrecked by whipping out the dice.

        I try to normalize some mechanics by speaking of them so often and so bluntly that they become part of the interface, part of the conversation, almost making them invisible through their overuse. They find something, whether it’s some pocket lint or the holiest of grails? I say the item size. They try to defend themselves? I say the save DC or HP cost.

    • Politics

      • Why Can’t We Leave the British Aristocratic System Behind?

        I live on the edge of a national park, with hundreds of square kilometres of beautiful, rolling downland. It is a place I spend a lot of time in, walking and relaxing, driving and picnicking. But only five percent of the land in the park is actually open to the public. There are rights of way through much of the rest, but usually that is a footpath or bridleway with fences either side to stop anyone wandering.

        Why is there so little open access? The biggest reason is that this national park is 95% owned by eight men: dukes, barons, viscounts and baronets. These eight own the land, and take rent off farmers, but you can’t really count this income stream as earnings because they never did even buy the land. It has been granted over the centuries to influential aristocrats who performed a service to another aristocrat or the monarch. It was gifted, even though other people had been living and working on the land continually from the neolithic, through the bronze and iron ages, up to the present. Saxon and Roman settlements and artefacts are commonplace. But a distant King claimed the area, and he gave it to a friend or rival who then arrived to build castles and secure their claim and start their wealth extraction from the local people.

      • Do Mention the War

        I found the half-decade of repetition insufferable, but every so often I hear from people around my generation saying ‘this is just like the Nazis’, when referring to things which are definitely not like the Nazis. So I think I finally get it, and I’m retroactively happy to suffer through the boredom. At this point I’d happily sentence the entire planet to a year of mandatory education on the Nazis, just to make sure nobody can say this without knowing that everyone around them has just taken a measure of their mind, and found them wanting.

    • Technical

      • I replaced my RPi4s with one ThinkCentre M900 Tiny

        Because of the actual prices for a Raspberry Pi I looked around for some cheaper alternatives. I played with the thought of buying an Intel NUC for my home server needs but the low spec models didn’t resonate with me and the higher spec models are too expensive.

        While surfing Youtube for some infos about some other SBCs I accidentally found a video about the so called 1 liter PCs. The “1 liter” comes from the small form factor which has the volume of nearly one liter. Perfect!

      • Now available via gemini!

        Previously this site has only been available as a blog on the World Wide Web.[1] But now it is also available as a gemini capsule![2]

      • Copyright, but Punk

        I am not a lawyer. But I do have to live in their shitty world, so I get to have opinions anyway.

        For a long time I used the MIT license for all my open-source projects. Really I just used it for everything, because I shoved everything onto github and github encourages you to set a license, and not knowing the difference I would just pick MIT because it was small and easy to read.

        Eventually I came to understand that the MIT license is next to pointless. The first half only really prevents someone from re-distributing your software with a different license. But people do it anyway, and none of us are going to do anything about it. The second half of the license is a release of liability, and everyone knows that releases of liability are for babies.

      • Adding a minimal fingerd to bubblewrapped services (bws)

        Some time back Toby Kurien published details and code about his favourite setup regarding self hosting services at home. He did put in quite some effort to make this simple to install and run. I quite like this setup and I have written a minimal finger daemon to run in this setup.

      • The Shocking Truth About AI, Revealed

        Excuse me, I invented the term artificial intelligence … I invented it because we had to do something when we were trying to get money for a summer study

        … and all that is solid melts into Public Relations (PR).

      • Programming

        • Cross Compilers: Part 1

          One of my recent projects has had me exploring the feasability of cross compiling Rust code for several achitectures on Linux. It turns out that it is not difficult to do once you have a suitable cross toolchain for C, but getting to that point is often a challenge as what documentation is available is often severely out of date. Worse, pretty much all of the documentation has a caveat saying that you should just use crosstool-ng, and my experience with that tool has been less than great. I’m writing this series both as a way to help others who may wish to take a diy approach to cross compilation, and as documentation for myself for future reference.

          Note that there are probably other methods to get a working cross toolchain and some of them may be more efficient. Your distro may even have a suitable cross toolchain already built in it’s repositories for you. This is what works for me, and while I have been working with cross toolchains for a number of years at this point YMMV.

        • Dynamic Typing is Fine

          The upshot is that most of the studies have limitations that limit their general applicability, but if you wanted to take home a message from them, in aggregate, it’s that if static typing provides stability/reliability/maintainability benefits to programs, the effect is very, very small. But also likewise, if dynamic typing provides a benefit to developer productivity, it is also very, very small.

          There are a couple of studies that both come to about the same estimate of what percentage of errors in dynamically-typed languages are from type errors — about two (2) percent. It ought to follow that this is about the reliability benefit that you should expect to see from using static typing.

        • Chatbots and the Chinese Room

          He says a few more reasonable things, but i want to push back on these, because I think they give the purveyors of LLMs too much credit.

          For the first claim: it is wrong only in the details. If you take out any mention of Markov chains, but keep the claim that LLMs are just stats engines, the claim is right. LLMs are vastly more complex than Markov chains, both in program design and language corpus. But they /are/ still just statistics engines. As I saw it pithily explained, to an LLM, the only difference between the phrase “Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon” and the phrase “Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on Mars” is that the former is more likely to appear in its training corpus.

        • We Don’t Know Git

          Something I’ve been thinking this week is that I really wish my school had a required course that did a deep dive on git for a week or two. So many of the junior and senior level courses have group projects, but nobody, myself included, is really sure of how to use git effectively as a team tool. Even at this level there’s a lot of students for whom git is just a “commit all and push” thing to backup their work at the end of the day. I like to think I have slightly more git experience than many at my level and there’s still lots of things I’m not familiar with and feel the need to learn, like:

        • Re:We need to talk about your Github addiction

          I’m mostly posting this on the very unlikely chance that there’s someone out there following me that’s not yet following ploum. So if you haven’t read ploum’s blog post linked above, I recommend you do so now.

          I have only one thing to add to this: If you are still using GitHub, I think you should sit down and ask yourself ‘Why?’, and ‘Is it worth it?’.

        • Re: Emacs undo

          I’m with you there on not fully trusting or being comfortable with Emacs’ undo functionality. It’s extremely powerful (unlimited undo AND redo), but it’s also often hard to predict what the undo function and associated keybindings; it used to be worse when there was a difference between `undo’ and `advertised-undo’ and I couldn’t remember which was on which key. The problem is that you have to keep a mental model of the buffer’s undo state to do anything complex with `undo’, and that’s actually quite hard to do once the undo state is not linear.

        • Unlikely Unicode, Episode MMMDCCCXXX

          In Lojban we have nanba for bread, and thus jgenanba is not bread, having been modified to make something else. Quite the puzzle, jenga.

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

Links 15/03/2023: Qubes OS 4.1.2, Mozilla Swallows Buzzwords

Posted in News Roundup at 11:47 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • CNX SoftwareMNT Pocket Reform open-source 7-inch modular laptop launched on Crowd Supply

        Several Linux distributions can be installed on the MNT Pocket Reform, but the official image is based on Debian Linux with GNOME 4 environment suitable for most people, or Sway Wayland compositor for advanced users. As an open-source hardware project, you’ll find the system images for Reform laptops in one git repository, and the KiCAD hardware design files for all the boards used in the Pocket Reform in another.

        The MNT Pocket Reform is not the first mini laptop, so MNT Research has provided a comparison table against other popular mini laptops or Linux smartphones.

      • DedoimedoSlimbook Titan, Kubuntu, applications, game

        Well, there you go. Looking at my own table, I’m almost done. There’s a lot more work to do, of course, but the basics are covered. Now, I will focus on the games, and data backups. As you may have noticed, I’ve not yet even formatted the second NVMe inside the Titan. I’m still contemplating the best option there.

        Then, once that’s sorted, I’ll need to figure out the best data layout, best data backup mount points, do some testing with Rsync and Timeshift, play with disk encryption. In parallel, I’ll keep on burning my bandwidth, set up a dozen or so Windows-only titles through Proton, and see whether I can enjoy a good and seamless gaming experience on my Linux machine. So far, the results are extremely promising. Stay tuned for more.

    • Server

      • OpenSource.comHow to set up your own open source DNS server

        A Domain Name Server (DNS) associates a domain name (like example.com) with an IP address (like This is how your web browser knows where in the world to look for data when you enter a URL or when a search engine returns a URL for you to visit. DNS is a great convenience for internet users, but it’s not without drawbacks. For instance, paid advertisements appear on web pages because your browser naturally uses DNS to resolve where those ads “live” on the internet. Similarly, software that tracks your movement online is often enabled by services resolved over DNS. You don’t want to turn off DNS entirely because it’s very useful. But you can run your own DNS service so you have more control over how it’s used.

        I believe it’s vital that you run your own DNS server so you can block advertisements and keep your browsing private, away from providers attempting to analyze your online interactions. I’ve used Pi-hole in the past and still recommend it today. However, lately, I’ve been running the open source project Adguard Home on my network. I found that it has some unique features worth exploring.

        Adguard Home

        Of the open source DNS options I’ve used, Adguard Home is the easiest to set up and maintain. You get many DNS resolution solutions, such as DNS over TLS, DNS over HTTPS, and DNS over QUIC, within one single project.

      • Peter ‘CzP’ CzanikHPC and me

        Recently I found that quite a few of my Twitter and Mastodon followers are working in high-performance computing (HPC). At first I was surprised because I’m not a HPC person, even if I love high performance computers. Then I realized that there are quite few overlaps, and one of my best friends is also deeply involved in HPC. My work, logging, is also a fundamental part of HPC environments.

        Let’s start with a direct connection to HPC: one of my best friends, Gabor Samu, is working in HPC. He is one of the product managers for one of the leading commercial HPC workload managers: IBM Spectrum LSF Suites. I often interact with his posts both on Twitter and Mastodon.

        I love high performance computers and non-x86 architectures. Of course, high performance computers aren’t the exclusive domain of HPC today. Just think of web and database servers, CAD and video editing workstations, AI, and so on. But there is definitely an overlap. Some of the fastest HPC systems are built around non-x86 architectures. You can find many of those on the top500 list. ARM and POWER systems made it even into the top10 list, and occupied the #1 position for years.

      • TechRepublicKubernetes is the key to cloud, but cost containment is critical

        What’s driving the growth of open source container orchestrator Kubernetes? A study by Pepperdata shows how companies are using K8s and the challenges they face in getting a handle on cloud costs.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Graphics Stack

      • CollaboraMonado accepted for XROS 2023!

        We’re proud to announce that Monado, the free and open source XR platform, has been accepted as a mentoring organization for XROS, the XR Open Source Fellowship Program.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • ZDNet2023-03-14How to install Ubuntu Server in less than 30 minutes

        Jack Wallen walks you through the steps for installing one of the most user-friendly and widely-used server platforms available.

      • TecMintHow to Create a Systemd Service in Linux

        Systemd is a modern software suite that provides many components on a Linux system including a system and service manager.

      • Peter ‘CzP’ CzanikPeter Czanik: Syslog-ng 101, part 11: Enriching log messages

        This is the eleventh part of my syslog-ng tutorial. Last time, we learned about message parsing using syslog-ng. Today, we learn about enriching log messages.

        You can watch the video on YouTube:

      • Red Hat OfficialHow to install Fedora IoT on Raspberry Pi 4

        Transform your Raspberry Pi into an edge computing device with Fedora IoT.

      • TecMintHow to Install Firefox on RHEL and Debian Systems

        In most modern Linux distributions, the latest version of Firefox has been already installed from the default distribution package manager and configured as the default browser.

        In this article, we will explain other ways of installing the latest version of Firefox on RHEL-based distributions such as CentOS Stream, Fedora, Rocky, and AlmaLinux and Debian-based distributions such as Ubuntu and Linux Mint.Table of Contents11. Install Firefox Using Package Manager2. Install Firefox Using Flatpak3. Install Firefox Using Snap4. Install Firefox from Source in LinuxUninstall Firefox from Linux System

      • Linux HandbookCreate a Web Server with NGINX and Secure it Using Certbot

        HTTPS is not a luxury anymore. You must have it on your website.

      • How to Install and Run TeamViewer on Manjaro: A Step-by-Step Guide

        TeamViewer is a popular tool for allowing remote access to any computer from anywhere in the World. It is a cross-platform application available for free for personal use. In this article, I will show you how to download and install TeamViewer on Manjaro Linux using different methods.

        TeamViewer is an easy to use tool and is best used for online tech support. The application can easily be installed on debian-based distributions but it’s a little tricky to get it installed on Arch-based distros such as Manjaro Linux. So in this article, we will install TeamViewer on Manjaro using two methods.

      • Trend OceansHow to Install Twilio Authy in Linux-based System Using both Snap and Non-Snap Methods

        To generate TOTP codes, you don’t need a phone anymore; you can just get it on your Linux machine using Authy.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Systemd FreeChimera Linux: turnstile replaces elogind consolekit works side by side with seatd

      When elogind will either begin to fail or just not work too well without systemd, I’d like to see what those distros will do and who will they blame for their demise, or conversion to full systemd which will make them just like anything else. Will Artix be any different than Manjaro? Will MX be any different than mint or ubuntu? Will void be anything different from Arch and will they abandon musl? Will Adelie’s LXQT work without elogind or will they then decide to give LXDE a try?

    • New Releases

      • It’s FOSSKali Linux’s 10th Anniversary: A New ‘Kali Purple’ Distro and a Version Upgrade

        Kali Linux is a well-known name among penetration testers and developers alike that offers a very robust set of tools for most pen testing use cases.

        On the eve of its 10th anniversary, two new major releases have been unveiled, including a new Kali Linux variant called ‘Kali Purple’, and the first update of this year, code-named ‘Kali Linux 2023.1′.

      • The Register UKPentesters’ fave Kali Linux turns 10 with version 23.1

        The developers of specialized security-testing distro Kali Linux have released the first version of 2023, which marks the project’s tenth anniversary… but only in this incarnation.

        The new version, release 2023.1, appears exactly one decade after version 1.0 was released on March 13th 2013. Kali Linux is a rebuild of an earlier distro called BackTrack, first rolled out 17 years ago, which was based on WHAX, first out 18 years back, which is in turn based on Whoppix. Suffice to say, it goes back a long while.

    • BSD

      • KlaraFreeBSD History Series: Understanding the Origins of DTrace

        DTrace: The Reverse Engineer’s Unexpected Swiss Army Knife goes on to state that, “DTrace was Sun’s first software component to be released under their own open source Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL).” However, some groups were slow to port DTrace because they didn’t trust the CDDL—for example, Adam Leventhal claimed in 2011 that Oracle believed the CDDL license would “make DTrace too toxic for other Linux vendors.” These license concerns may have contributed to Red Hat’s decision to release a similar utility named SystemTap.

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • Adding auto-installation support to D-Installer

        AutoYaST is a crucial tool for our users, including customers and partners. So it was clear from the
        beginning that D-Installer should be able to install a system in an unattended manner.

        This article describes the status of this feature and gives some hints about our plans. But we want
        to emphasize that nothing is set in stone (yet), so constructive comments and suggestions are more
        than welcome.

        The architecture

        When we started to build D-Installer, one of our design goals was to keep a clear separation of
        concerns between all the components. For that reason, the core of D-Installer is a D-Bus service
        that is not coupled to any user interface. The web UI connects to that interface to get/set the
        configuration settings.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Qubes OS 4.1.2 has been released!

        We’re pleased to announce the stable release of Qubes 4.1.2! This release aims to consolidate all the security patches, bug fixes, and upstream template OS upgrades that have occurred since the initial Qubes 4.1.0 release. Our goal is to provide a secure and convenient way for users to install (or reinstall) the latest stable Qubes release with an up-to-date ISO.

        Qubes 4.1.2 is available on the downloads page.

        Existing installations

        If you are already using any version of Qubes 4.1 (including 4.1.0, 4.1.1, 4.1.2-rc1, and 4.1.2-rc2), then you should simply update normally (which includes upgrading any EOL templates you might have) in order to make your system effectively equivalent to this stable Qubes 4.1.2 release. No reinstallation or other special action is required.

      • Weekly status of Packit Team: Packit March 2023
    • Debian Family

      • MakuluLinux Max Development Logs

        We have updated the Development release notes of MakuluLinux Max Debian ( we update it every once in a while ), you can now see what has been done on the development front over the last few months, check out the dev log here : https://www.makululinux.com/wp/max/

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Linux GizmosAgonLight2 Retro SBC available for £58.50

        ThePiHut recently featured the redesigned Olimex AgonLight2 which features an 8-bit Z80 processor and an ESP32-PICO-D4 as co-processor for I/O control. The AgonLight2 supports BBC Basic and it’s equipped with flexible I/O peripherals.

      • ArduinoPortenta C33: The high-performance, low-price oxymoron

        Case in point: the Portenta C33. The module – which we are introducing at Embedded World 2023 – leverages the R&D carried out for previous Portenta modules, optimizing every aspect and streamlining features to offer a cost-effective option to users starting out with Industrial IoT or automation, or those who have more specific, targeted needs than the H7 or X8 cater to.

      • CNX SoftwarePortenta C33 is a lower cost Arduino Pro board based on Renesas RA6M5 Arm Cortex-M33 MCU

        Arduino Portenta C33 is the latest board from the Arduino Pro family which the company dubs a “high-performance, low-price” solution based on a 200 MHz Renesas RA6M5 Arm Cortex-M33 microcontroller and equipped with a ESP32-C3 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy module.

      • Raspberry PiGiant ride-on spider robot

        The Hacksmith was inspired by a video of an auto excavator manoeuvring its own body by using its excavation arm as a leg. An idea struck: why not just bring six excavators together and program all the arms to operate like legs in sync?

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Linux Links5 Best Free and Open Source Drum Machines

      Drum machines may imitate drum kits or other percussion instruments, or produce unique sounds, such as synthesized electronic tones. A drum machine often has pre-programmed beats and patterns for popular genres and styles, such as pop music, rock music, and dance music. Most modern drum machines made in the 2010s and 2020s also allow users to program their own rhythms and beats.

      Drum machines may create sounds using analog synthesis or play pre-recorded samples.

      Our recommended drum machine software is captured in one of our legendary rating charts. We only feature free and open source goodness.

    • LinuxInsiderBusiness Conditions Prime for More Open-Source Contributors

      Companies that established open-source program offices over the last few years now need more C-suite oversight to drive education, awareness, and usage of open-source software. That sets the stage for an expanded role of open-source program officers.

      Incorporating open-source technology brings organizations an ecosystem that expands the user base, resulting in loyalty and stickiness. It also brings the need for more executive oversight of open-source initiatives. Staying on top of open-source security best practice is critically important, and disclosing and patching vulnerabilities is essential.

      Javier Perez, the chief open-source evangelist at Perforce, sees a trend unfolding in 2023 to drive open source. More organizations will realize that open-source software is critical to their operation and will move from being consumers to participants with increased use and adoption for business-critical infrastructure.

    • JFrogExamining OpenSSH Sandboxing and Privilege Separation – Attack Surface Analysis

      The recent OpenSSH double-free vulnerability – CVE-2023-25136, created a lot of interest and confusion regarding OpenSSH’s custom security mechanisms – Sandbox and Privilege Separation. Until now, both of these security mechanisms were somewhat unnoticed and only partially documented. The double-free vulnerability raised interest for those who were affected and those controlling servers that use OpenSSH.

      This blog post provides an in-depth analysis of OpenSSH’s attack surface and security measures.

    • IdiomdrottningEmacs undo and me

      In some weirdo chain my brain don’t fully understand but my fingers seem to know how to work. I can undo in one “direction” but then if I do anything else (just move the cursor or set the mark) it switches direction because the undos themselves are getting undone. It’s a mess but it somehow works, even for undos really far back.

    • Jon UdellMastodon timelines for teams

      Because saving and searching Mastodon data is a controversial topic in the fediverse — none of us wants to recapitulate Big Social — I’ve focused thus far on queries that explore recent Mastodon flow, of which there are plenty more to write. But nobody should mind me remembering my own home timeline, so a few weeks ago I made a tool to read it hourly and add new toots to a Postgres table.

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Mozilla

        • MozillaHacks.Mozilla.Org: Mozilla Launches Responsible AI Challenge

          At Mozilla, we believe in AI: in its power, its commercial opportunity, and its potential to solve the world’s most challenging problems. But now is the moment to make sure that it is developed responsibly to serve society. 

          If you want to build (or are already building) AI solutions that are ambitious but also ethical and holistic, the Mozilla Builder’s Responsible AI Challenge is for you. We will be inviting the top nominees to join a gathering of the brightest technologists, community leaders and ethicists working on trustworthy AI to help get your ideas off the ground. Participants will also have access to mentorship from some of the best minds in the industry, the ability to meet key contributors in this community, and an opportunity to win some funding for their project.

        • MozillaThe Mozilla Blog: Mozilla Launches Responsible AI Challenge [Ed: So Microsoft flooded the bribed media with hype about "AI" to distract from mass layoffs at Microsoft, now Mozilla takes the bait while adding Microsoft to its Board]

          The last few months it has become clear that AI is no longer our future, but our present.

        • MozillaThe Mozilla Blog: Email protection just got easier in Firefox

          If you’re already one of the many people who use Firefox Relay to save your real email address from trackers and spammers, then we’ve got a timesaver for you. We are testing a new way for Firefox Relay users to access their email masks directly from Firefox on numerous sites.

          Since its launch, Firefox Relay has blocked more than 2.1 million unwanted emails from people’s inboxes while keeping real email addresses safe from trackers across the web. We’re always listening to our users, and one of the most-requested features is having Firefox Relay directly within the Firefox browser. And if you don’t already use Firefox Relay, you can always sign up.

        • MozillaThe Mozilla Blog: Firefox Android’s new privacy feature, Total Cookie Protection, stops companies from keeping tabs on your moves

          In case you haven’t heard, there’s an ongoing conversation happening about your personal data. 

          Earlier this year, United States President Biden said in his State of the Union address that there needs to be stricter limits on the personal data that companies collect. Additionally, a recent survey found that most people said they’d like to control the data that companies collect about them, yet they don’t understand how online tracking works nor do they know what they can do about it. Companies are now trying and testing ways to anonymize the third-party cookies that track people on the web or get consent for each site or app that wants to track people’s behavior across the web. 

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

      • OpenSource.comSynchronize databases more easily with open source tools

        Change Data Capture (CDC) uses Server Agents to record, insert, update, and delete activity applied to database tables. CDC provides details on changes in an easy-to-use relational format. It captures column information and metadata needed to apply the changes to the target environment for modified rows. A changing table that mirrors the column structure of the tracked source table stores this information.

        Capturing change data is no easy feat. However, the open source Apache SeaTunnel project i is a data integration platform provides CDC function with a design philosophy and feature set that makes these captures possible, with features above and beyond existing solutions.

        CDC usage scenarios

        Classic use cases for CDC is data synchronization or backups between heterogeneous databases. You may synchronize data between MySQL, PostgreSQL, MariaDB, and similar databases in one scenario. You could synchronize the data to a full-text search engine in a different example. With CDC, you can create backups of data based on what CDC has captured.

        When designed well, the data analysis system obtains data for processing by subscribing to changes in the target data tables. There’s no need to embed the analysis process into the existing system.

      • Dan Langillemysqldump: Couldn’t execute ‘FLUSH TABLES’: Access denied; you need (at least one of) the RELOAD or FLUSH_TABLES privilege(s) for this operation (1227)

        This article is a copy/paste/modify of mysqldump: Error: ‘Access denied; you need (at least one of) the PROCESS privilege(s) for this operation’ when trying to dump tablespaces.

    • Openness/Sharing/Collaboration

      • Open Data

        • uni MITWhere the sidewalk ends: Most cities don’t map their own pedestrian networks. Now, researchers have built the first open-source tool to let planners do just that.

          The paper, “Mapping the Walk: A Scalable Computer Vision Approach for Generating Sidewalk Network Datasets from Aerial Imagery,” appears online in the journal Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. The authors are Hosseini; Sevtsuk, who is the Charles and Ann Spaulding Career Development Associate Professor of Urban Science and Planning in DUSP and head of MIT’s City Form Lab; Fabio Miranda, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Roberto M. Cesar, a professor of computer science at the University of Sao Paulo; and Claudio T. Silva, Institute Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at New York University (NYU) Tandon School of Engineering, and professor of data science at the NYU Center for Data Science.

      • Open Access/Content

        • Bjoern BrembsShould you trust Elsevier?

          The fact that Elsevier fits the consensus definition of a “predatory publisher” so well is thus only one of many reasons why data kraken Elsevier is so reviled in the academic community, but a reminder of it seems to have triggered the “we really can be trusted, honestly, this time” wolf-in-sheep-clothing-reflex in the RELX CCO Dr. Abrahams, such that he responded: [...]

    • Programming/Development

    • Standards/Consortia

      • Silicon AngleFujitsu and Dell pave the way for continued Open RAN adoption

        “We’re big open radio access network advocates,” said Greg Manganello (pictured, left), global head of network services at Fujitsu. “We’re one of the leading founders of that open standard. The reason is it give operators choices and much more vendor diversity and therefore a lot of innovation when they build out their 5G networks.”

  • Leftovers

    • 2023-03-13Lymphocytes
    • Jason KottkeKottke.org Is 25 Years Old Today and I’m Going to Write About It

      My love for the web has ebbed and flowed in the years since, but mainly it’s persisted — so much so that as of today, I’ve been writing kottke.org for 25 years. A little context for just how long that is: kottke.org is older than Google. 25 years is more than half of my life, spanning four decades (the 90s, 00s, 10s, and 20s) and around 40,000 posts — almost cartoonishly long for a medium optimized for impermanence. What follows is my (relatively brief) attempt to explain where kottke.org came from and why it’s still going.

    • Science

      • Nicholas Tietz-SokolskyApproximating pi using… a cake?

        This is a really cool technique called Buffon’s needle problem and I first heard about it from my grandfather at a restaurant. I think I was in middle school. Anyway, he was telling me about this way that you could estimate pi by tossing a needle on the floor and counting the number of times where it ended up crossing the line between floor boards.

    • Education

    • Hardware

      • CNX SoftwareSilicon Labs announces MG27 and BG27 Bluetooth LE & 802.15.4 SoCs for small devices, healthcare

        Silicon Labs has just announced the tiny BG27 Bluetooth LE and MG27 multiprotocol wireless SoCs designed for small devices, and they will be especially useful in connected health applications, or the so-called Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), as well as wearables, sensors, switches, smart locks, and commercial and LED lighting.

      • CubicleNateRestoring SteamDeck Unresponsive Touchscreen

        I recently had an issue with my SteamDeck where the touch screen would not respond to any input. Rebooting, even turning off and back on didn’t seem to solve the issue. I was a bit worried. Had my new favorite hand-held console broken? Did one of my kids do something nasty to it?

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Copenhagen PostNovo Nordisk to slash its insulin prices in the US

        Move by Danish pharma giant comes in the wake of lawsuit in California and at the urging of President Biden

      • NPRNeurotech could connect our brains to computers. What could go wrong, right?

        Who is she? Nita Farahany is professor of law and philosophy at Duke Law School. Her work focuses on futurism and legal ethics, and her latest book, The Battle For Your Brain, explores the growth of neurotech in our everyday lives.

      • Stacey on IoTSonde Health wants to use speech to track health

        I am being a bit cautious here, because Sonde Health doesn’t diagnose these conditions and maybe never will. Instead its CEO David Liu told me that it analyzes a 30-second vocal sample for characteristics that indicate a person may have depression, anxiety, or cognitive decline. For asthma and COPD, patients provide a six-second vocal sample.

      • QuilletteHormones First. Research Later

        The Tavistock recognised that it was in experimental territory. In 2011, the clinic decided to introduce puberty blockers for children from the age of 12—but only under the auspices of a formal research project guided by careful patient assessment, monitoring, and informed consent. “Between 2011 and 2014, 44 patients aged 12–25 joined [GIDS’s] Early Intervention Study,” Barnes reports. “While this study began with admirable aims—to test the claims about what was seen as an experimental treatment in a safe research setting—[the clinic] did not wait for the data to emerge before rolling out early puberty suppression more widely [in 2014]. The full results would remain unpublished for almost a decade.”

      • Danish municipalities introduce shorter school days and new subjects

        Staff and local government leaders in seven municipalities given more freedom over their administration in a 2021 trial scheme have introduced a number of new measures at schools and elderly care facilities.

      • Danish company gives unlimited sick days to employees with kids

        A Danish energy company has said it will not limit sick days for staff with children. More businesses could eventually adopt the model according to an expert.

      • The Local SEÖresund Bridge raises toll for single journeys between Sweden and Denmark

        The Öresund Bridge on Thursday increased its toll for single journeys but said that new discount rates will be introduced.

    • Proprietary

      • Security WeekMicrosoft Warns of Outlook Zero-Day Exploitation, Patches 80 Security Vulns [iophk: Windows TCO]

        The Redmond, Wash. software giant pushed out fixes for at least 80 Windows flaws and called special attention to CVE-2023-23397, a critical-severity issue in Microsoft Outlook that has been exploited in zero-day attacks.

        As has become customary, Microsoft’s security response center did not provide details or indicators of compromise (IOCs) to help defenders hunt for signs of compromise.

      • The Register UKMicrosoft squashes Windows bug exploited to inflict ransomware misery

        Both vulnerabilities allow crooks to bypass this feature, which means their victims can download malicious files packed with ransomware that do not carry the MotW flag, which would trigger this added layer of security.

        While miscreants used JScript files to deliver Magniber ransomware via the earlier bug, the new campaign uses Microsoft Software Installer (MSI) files with a different type of malformed signature, according to TAG.

      • The Register UKCrims exploit Microsoft, Fortinet flaws before any patches exist [iophk: Windows TCO

        “The attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending a specially crafted email which triggers automatically when it is retrieved and processed by the Outlook client,” Microsoft explained. “This could lead to exploitation BEFORE the email is viewed in the Preview Pane.”

      • Brad TauntStop Using Custom Web Fonts

        I was trying to understand how we ended up in a situation where web/UI designers (myself included) have started to insist on using proprietary, custom web fonts. Do any users actively benefit from custom web fonts? Are there any useful and measurable goals achieved by including them? Do end-users actually care about a website’s typeface?

        For the most part, I believe the answer to all those questions is: not really.

      • Security WeekRansomware Group Claims Theft of Valuable SpaceX Data From Contractor [iophk: Windows TCO]

        The LockBit ransomware group claims to have stolen valuable SpaceX files after breaching the systems of piece part production company Maximum Industries.

      • The Register UKMicrosoft and GM deal means your next car might talk, lie, gaslight and manipulate you

        Still, details are scant for now. GM’s vice president of software defined vehicle and operating system, Scott Miller, let slip to news site Semafor “that the company is developing an AI assistant” claimed to “push things beyond the simple voice commands available in today’s cars.”

      • Bruce SchneierNetWire Remote Access Trojan Maker Arrested

        From Brian Krebs:

        A Croatian national has been arrested for allegedly operating NetWire, a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) marketed on cybercrime forums since 2012 as a stealthy way to spy on infected systems and siphon passwords. The arrest coincided with a seizure of the NetWire sales website by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). While the defendant in this case hasn’t yet been named publicly, the NetWire website has been leaking information about the likely true identity and location of its owner for the past 11 years.

    • Pseudo-Open Source

      • Openwashing

        • uni StanfordAlpaca: A Strong Open-Source Instruction-Following Model

          We emphasize that Alpaca is intended only for academic research and any commercial use is prohibited. There are three factors in this decision: First, Alpaca is based on LLaMA, which has a non-commercial license, so we necessarily inherit this decision. Second, the instruction data is based OpenAI’s text-davinci-003, whose terms of use prohibit developing models that compete with OpenAI. Finally, we have not designed adequate safety measures, so Alpaca is not ready to be deployed for general use.

    • Security

      • Scoop News GroupPresidential advisory council recommends cyber mandates for critical infrastructure

        The National Infrastructure Advisory Council also stresses the need for cybersecurity mandates on tech vendors serving the industrial sector.


        Some of its other recommendations include developing a common playbook for local government, engaging vulnerable communities in planning and restoration efforts such as low-income, tribal communities and organized labor, enhanced information sharing between sectors, and to analyze “common cause” failures in critical infrastructure supply chains.

        Additionally, the advisory group recommends harmonizing standards across the federal government, particularly when it comes to organizations that operate in multiple critical infrastructure sectors.

      • Scoop News GroupCISA tests ransomware alert system to safeguard vulnerable organizations

        The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency launched a ransomware warning pilot for critical infrastructure owners and operators.

      • Data BreachesTwo Men Charged for Breaching Federal Law Enforcement Database and Posing as Police Officers to Defraud Social Media Companies

        A criminal complaint was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging Sagar Steven Singh and Nicholas Ceraolo with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit computer intrusions. The charges stem from Singh’s and Ceraolo’s efforts to extort victims by threatening to release their personal information online. Singh was arrested this morning in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and will make his initial appearance this afternoon in federal court in Providence, Rhode Island. Ceraolo remains at large.

        In pursuit of victims’ personal information, Singh and Ceraolo unlawfully used a police officer’s stolen password to access a restricted database maintained by a federal law enforcement agency that contains (among other data) detailed, nonpublic records of narcotics and currency seizures, as well as law enforcement intelligence reports. Ceraolo (with Singh’s knowledge) also accessed without authorization the email account of a foreign law enforcement officer, and used it to defraud social media companies by making purported emergency requests for information about the companies’ users.

      • Integrity/Availability/Authenticity

        • India TimesResearchers have an ‘AI chatbot’ warning for you

          According to the Norton Consumer Cyber Safety Pulse report, cybercriminals are now capable of creating deepfake chatbots, opening another way for threat actors to target less tech-savvy people. Researchers warn that those using chatbots should not provide any personal information while chatting online.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

      • Confidentiality

        • Scoop News GroupCancer patient sues medical provider after ransomware group posts her photos online [iophk: Windows TCO]

          Last month, in an increasingly common experience for hospitals, the AlphV/BlackCat ransomware crew posted a notice on the dark web announcing that it had penetrated Lehigh’s system and was prepared to publish files if the provider didn’t pay. The revealing photos of the woman who brought the suit, identified only as Jane Doe, were apparently among several documents the group posted as proof of their access to Lehigh’s network.

        • Data BreachesJelly Bean Communications Design and its Manager Settle False Claims Act Liability for Cybersecurity Failures on Florida Medicaid Enrollment Website

          The Florida Healthy Kids Corporation (FHKC) is a state-created entity that offers health and dental insurance for Florida children ages five through 18. FHKC receives federal Medicaid funds as well as state funds to provide children’s health insurance programs. On Oct. 31, 2013, FHKC contracted with Jelly Bean for “website design, programming and hosting services.” The agreement required that Jelly Bean provide a fully functional hosting environment that complied with the protections for personal information imposed by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, and Jelly Bean agreed to adapt, modify, and create the necessary code on the webserver to support the secure communication of data. Jeremy Spinks, the company’s manager, 50% owner, and sole employee, signed the agreement. Under its contracts with FHKC, between 2013 and 2020, Jelly Bean created, hosted, and maintained the website HealthyKids.org for FHKC, including the online application into which parents and others entered data to apply for state Medicaid insurance coverage for children.

        • Data BreachesNo need to hack when it’s leaking, DC Health Link edition

          The DC Health Link incident attracted a lot of media attention because it involved members of Congress, their staff, and their families. As StateScoop reported today, DC Health Benefit Exchange said on Friday that 56,415 customers had their data swept up in the breach. But it wasn’t just members of Congress and those associated with them whose information was compromised. StateScoop reports that the data set posted Sunday by Denfur also included hundreds of names spread across at least 20 foreign embassies and thousands of other employers. And as CyberScoop previously reported, the data set also included former national security and defense officials and “a wide swath of the capital city from employees of coffee shops, to dentist offices to civil society groups.”

          After DataBreaches’ post appeared, Denfur contacted DataBreaches to discuss the leak. By agreement, DataBreaches is not disclosing his actual (main) account on BreachForums but notes that the “Denfur” account is just an “alt” to protect his main account while leaking the DC Health Links data.

        • Data BreachesData from Vietnam’s state-owned oil and gas group and affiliated firms leaked

          Three Vietnamese firms involved in the petroleum industry and infrastructure may first be learning that some of their files are being given away freely on BreachForums.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

    • Environment

      • El PaísUS will limit toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

        The plan marks the first time the EPA has proposed regulating a toxic group of compounds that are widespread, dangerous and expensive to remove from water. PFAS, or per- and polyfluorinated substances, don’t degrade in the environment and are linked to a broad range of health issues, including low birthweight babies and kidney cancer. The agency says drinking water is a significant source of PFAS exposure for people.

      • AxiosEPA moves to limit “forever chemicals” in drinking water

        Why it matters: If the proposals become official, it’d be the first time the federal government would require utilities to remove the dangerous chemicals from drinking water before they reach households and businesses.

      • TwinCities Pioneer PressEPA to limit toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

        “This is a really historic moment,” said Melanie Benesh, vice president of government affairs at the Environmental Working Group. “There are many communities that have had PFAS in their water for decades who have been waiting for a long time for this announcement to come out.”

      • teleSURAlaska Oil Drilling Project Approved -Biden Administration

        The government will also introduce new protections for more than 13 million acres of “ecologically sensitive” Special Areas within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, where the Willow project would be located.

        “The President and the Biden-Harris administration’s economic program have put the United States back on the right track to meet its 2030 and 2050 climate goals while reducing U.S. dependence on oil,” the Department stated.

      • AxiosEnvironmental groups sue Biden administration over Alaska oil project

        What they’re saying: “No single oil and gas project has more potential to set back the Biden administration’s climate and public lands protection goals than Willow — the largest new oil and gas project proposed on federal lands,” per a statement from Trustees for Alaska, which represents the environmental groups.

      • Energy/Transportation

        • VoxBiden just broke a big climate promise

          But anti-Willow Native advocates don’t see these concessions as adequate. “The true cost of the Willow project is to the land and to animals and people forced to breathe polluted air and drink polluted water,” said a statement from Sovereign Iñupiat for a Living Arctic, an Indigenous grassroots group. “While out-of-state executives take in record profits, local residents are left to contend with the detrimental impacts of being surrounded by massive drilling operations.”

          And the climate impacts, activists worry, could be considerable because of how much new oil the Willow project will bring to market when the world can’t afford it in its carbon budget.

        • Vice Media Group24 Hours of News Shows America’s Transportation Hellscape

          The U.S. has long been in a transportation crisis, but it is entering something more like a transportation suicide pact. Car-dependent cities are growing and unable to function, jammed in gridlock. But voters and politicians there are justifiably skeptical about proposals to build mass transit systems to escape the gridlock, for want of an example of a U.S. city that has built a successful one in the last half-century. The few half-decent transit systems we do have are old and breaking down due to a combination of underfunding and poor management, each encouraging more of the other. And any attempt to improve our existing systems or build new ones are proving so astronomically expensive and take so long that we can’t build enough new stuff to accomplish anything meaningful.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • The Straits TimesThe battle to save Cambodia’s river dolphins from extinction

          Cambodia has announced new restrictions on fishing in the Mekong River to reduce the number of dolphins killed.

        • Mexico News DailyMexico sends 250 big cats to Indian conservation center

          After months of hard work, Mexican animal groups have managed to arrange the transport of 250 lions, tigers and leopards to a reserve in India.

        • GannettBeavers reclaim land in southeast Michigan

          According to Robert Burns, Detroit River Keeper with the Friends of Detroit River group, populations are increasing because areas are more habitable to the species.

          “We’ve noticed in the last 10 to 15 years that there are more beavers starting to move to the area,” Burns said. “From a habitat perspective and an indicator perspective, it shows that things are changing in the river that are conducive for various populations to start to reform and increase.”

      • Overpopulation

        • VOA NewsWarming Oceans Exacerbate Security Threat of Illegal Fishing, Report Warns

          “IUU actors and fishers in general will be chasing those fish stocks as they move. And there’s predictions, or obviously concern, that they will move in across existing maritime boundaries and IUU actors will pursue them across those boundaries,” report co-author Lauren Young told VOA.

          RUSI said that global consumption of seafood has risen at more than twice the rate of population growth since the 1960s. At the same time, an increasing proportion of global fish stocks have been fished beyond biologically sustainable limits.

        • OverpopulationCultured meat and the lifeless world

          By attempting to avoid animal suffering, are we depriving them of life? Is lab-cultured ‘meat’ enlightened environmentalism, or just another attempt to cheat limits to growth, divorcing us further from the natural world? Gaia Baracetti reflects on her sheep, her fields, food culture and the moral pitfalls of seductive new technologies.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • The Straits TimesMalaysia Edition: Ex-PM Muhyiddin a victim of political persecution? | Rediscover Genting Highlands
      • The Straits Times2023-03-15Japanese YouTuber-turned-MP sacked for having never showed up in Parliament
      • The Local SEParty secretary for Sweden’s Christian Democrats steps down in ‘me too’ case

        Johan Ingerö, the Christian Democrat policy advisor who helped develop its harder, more populist approach, is stepping down after after he was reported to the police for drunkenly groping a party colleague.

      • Runa SandvikFact Check: the UK and its Online Safety Bill

        If you have followed technology news for a while, you will have heard of the Online Safety Bill in the UK. This bill, framed as “a new set of laws to protect children and adults online,” will make “social media companies more responsible” for what we see via their platforms. Introduced in the spring of 2021, the bill has been altered, altered again, put on hold, put on hold a second time, then altered some more. Experts have repeatedly condemned the bill, arguing that it represents a threat to internet safety.

        In short: it’s a disaster.

      • [Old] Alec MuffetThe Guardian has been polling #StayAtHomeDad-s about their career choices; I have no idea if this will ever go anywhere but it gave me a chance to talk about the #OnlineSafetyBill

        Oh yes, I have concerns, but the most enormous one at the moment is the “Online Safety Bill” which to most parents sounds great but speaking as an acknowledged expert in encryption and online privacy, it is… well, it’s stripping from my daughter the opportunity to have the kinds of privacy, assurance and integrity that to date we have all taken for granted, in the names of “protecting” her now.

      • India TimesUK security minister Tom Tugendhat asks NCSC to investigate TikTok’s security

        Tom Tugendhat, the UK security minister, says he has not ruled out joining other countries in prohibiting Chinese-owned video-sharing apps on work phones, but he would make a more definitive statement after reviewing the report from the centre.

      • NDTVWatch – “If I Go To Jail Or They Kill Me…”: Imran Khan’s Video Message

        The 70-year-old politician, also a cricket legend, is wanted in the Toshakhana corruption case. Pakistan’s election commission in October last year found him guilty of unlawfully selling gifts from foreign dignitaries during his term as prime minister.

        Charges were then filed against him in an anti-corruption court that last week issued an arrest warrant after Khan skipped summons.

      • Bruce SchneierHow AI Could Write Our Laws

        But lobbying strategies are not always so blunt, and the interests involved are not always so obvious. Consider, for example, a 2013 Massachusetts bill that tried to restrict the commercial use of data collected from K-12 students using services accessed via the internet. The bill appealed to many privacy-conscious education advocates, and appropriately so. But behind the justification of protecting students lay a market-altering policy: the bill was introduced at the behest of Microsoft lobbyists, in an effort to exclude Google Docs from classrooms.

        What would happen if such legal-but-sneaky strategies for tilting the rules in favor of one group over another become more widespread and effective? We can see hints of an answer in the remarkable pace at which artificial-intelligence tools for everything from writing to graphic design are being developed and improved. And the unavoidable conclusion is that AI will make lobbying more guileful, and perhaps more successful.

        It turns out there is a natural opening for this technology: microlegislation.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • VOA NewsMoscow Ramps Up Pressure on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

        RFE/RL has described the foreign agent law as a tool of political censorship. It has challenged Moscow’s actions at the European Court of Human Rights.

        Russia’s foreign agent law was expanded to include media after a 2017 U.S. order compelled Kremlin-backed media operating in America to register with the Department of Justice’s Foreign Agent Registration Act, also known as FARA.

      • RFAChinese talent show host banned from Weibo over anti-Putin comments

        Zhou’s post had hit out at online support for “Putin the Great,” criticizing his “band of fighters” among Chinese social media accounts and making reference to territory ruled by Russia that he said should belong to China.

        “Why are there always some Chinese who inexplicably send such kind words to Russia?” the post said.

      • ReasonLatest Journal of Free Speech Law Article Published 2 Months After It Was Submitted

        One goal of our peer-reviewed Journal of Free Speech Law is to be able to publish quickly, when the author so prefers. We haven’t always been as quick as we’d have liked, but it seems like we now have the proper staffing and procedures to be quite good about it.

      • VOA NewsIn Russia, Censors Take On Truth Online

        As Russia tries to control the narrative on the war in Ukraine, online news providers and aggregators find themselves in tricky territory.

        Apps and even people who share information online have been hit with penalties. A Russian court in July fined Google more than $370 million for refusing to remove information about the war, including from YouTube. And earlier this month, a Siberian court sentenced a freelance journalist to eight months’ corrective labor for “knowingly distributing” what it called “false information” about the army in social media posts.

      • RFERLMore Prison Terms Handed Down In Belarus Over 2020 Anti-Lukashenka Protests

        [...] The charges stem from the defendants’ participation in nationwide protests that followed a disputed presidential election in August 2020 that handed a sixth term in office to authoritarian ruler Alyaksandr Lukashenka. [...]

      • teleSUR2023-03-15What Impact Has US Foreign Policy Had On Pakistan?
    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Monopolies

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

    • Politics

      • Conservatism is means, not ends

        One of the reason the left and the right can’t talk to each other is that the left ideology is about ends (justice for all) but is often flailing around when it comes to describing how to actually accomplish that, while the right ideology for the most part try to obscure their ends while having crisply defined means, a program for how they want to organize society and policy.

      • Silicon Valley and Venture Capitalists

        The collapse of SVB (Silicon Valley Bank) is another landmark of what I call the Tech Reboot. The low interest environment fuelled speculation in risky enterprises. As interest rates rose it started a reversal of that trend. Let me illustrate. Two days ago GitLab shares lost 38% after “weak” revenue forecasts. Its revenues actually rose 58% year over year. Its TTM (Trailing Twelve Month) revenue is $379m. Its market cap is currently $5.1b based on a share price of $33.96. It is loss-making. Let me spell that out. If you make $379m in revenue, but you still cannot make a profit, then you do not have a viable business. Its valuation is over 10X revenue – a sky-high valuation level. I reckon that Silicon Valley startups are going to have to lose 90% of the valuation in order to get close to more rational level of valuation.

    • Technical

      • Science

        • Can Humanity Simulate a Universe

          The background to this question is of course the simulation hypothesis, the hypothesis that we live in a simulation. While I won’t go into the philosophical details of this hypothesis, I want to analyze if it currently is feasible for humanity to simulate a universe.

      • Programming

        • Chesslikes

          I return to chess and chess-likes every so often. Abstract board games keep my interest in the longhaul though there are sometimes many months that go by between playing them. For the past two years I had been on a Backgammon kick, playing with different friends and my partner and even online. Lately though I’ve been back on chess, and specifically some of the variants below. Short descriptions and biased anecdotal reviews below.

          I’m using the term chess-like facetiously. In the wider world there is a known title “Chess Variant.” This is a term for the family of games based on Chess, with different rules variations and sometimes completely different pieces, though often on a standard or enlarged regular gridded chessboard. By the way, one of my favorite chess variant terms is “fairy pieces,” the term for a variant chess piece not found in the now-standardized classic chess.

        • Cross compilers III: cross compiling Rust

          Since the official Rust compiler, rustc, uses llvm as a code generator, it is technically already capable of cross compilation to any of the architectures that llvm supports. However, we still need a linker for the target. Eventually lld, being a cross linker, might be a suitable drop in for this use. However, I have not really been able to find information on how to set this up or if it is even possible. What definitely is possible is using gcc as a driver for the linker, as this is what rustc does by default already. We’re just going to swap out our system gcc for a cross gcc such as that built in part one of this series.

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

Links 15/03/2023: DietPi 8.15 and digiKam 7.10.0

Posted in News Roundup at 4:22 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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


Links 14/03/2023: AMD Defects and GNOME 44 Release Candidate

Posted in News Roundup at 9:37 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Kernel Space

    • Applications

      • Linux Links13 Best Free Linux Speech Recognition Tools

        There aren’t that many speech recognition toolkits available, and some of them are proprietary software. Fortunately, there are some very exciting open source speech recognition toolkits available. These toolkits are meant to be the foundation to build a speech recognition engine.

        This article highlights the best open source speech recognition software for Linux. The rating chart summarizes our verdict.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDEKDE Plasma 5.27.3, Bugfix Release for March

          Today KDE releases a bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.27.3.

          Plasma 5.27 was released in February 2023 with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience.

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

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Linux MagazineGNOME 44 Release Candidate Now Available

          GNOME 44 is upon us. Many GNOME fans have tested the beta version and found it to be the perfect next step for the open-source desktop environment. And with the projected release of March 22, 2023, this release candidate arrives at the perfect time.

          Surprisingly, however, the development team has added a few changes to the desktop. No, these are not new features but more bug fixes and cleanups.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Funding

      • Data SwampLaunching on Patreon

        Why would you do that in the first place? Well, this would allow me to take time off my job, and spend it either writing on the blog, or by contributing to open source projects, mainly OpenBSD or a bit of nixpkgs.

    • Programming/Development

      • Python

        • DebugPointInput Function in Python: Concepts and Examples

          Python is one of the most popular programming languages in the world, and it is widely used in various applications. One of the basic concepts in Python is the Input() function, which allows users to interact with the program by providing input values.

          Let’s find out the input function, how it works, and how you can use it effectively in your Python programs.

  • Leftovers

    • New construction regulation in İstanbul for earthquake resistance

      A new regulation is being introduced that will forbid mezzanine floors in buildings, and require basement floors to be constructed in all buildings that have more than two floors if adopted by the municipality council.

    • Erdoğan once again asks for people’s ‘forgiveness’ over earthquakes

      The president addressed a crowd in Hatay, a heavily hit province by the earthquakes.

    • New York TimesWith Fingerprints, DNA and Photos, Turkey Seeks Families of the Missing

      More than a thousand earthquake victims are still unaccounted for. Some families waited for days by ruined buildings, hoping to see bodies that never surfaced.

    • HackadayHacking Skis, Rules, And Friendships

      The American Birkebeiner is the second largest cross-country skiing race in the world and is quite a big deal within that sport. At 55 kilometers it’s not a short event, either, requiring a significant amount of training to even complete, let alone perform well enough to be competitive. Around a decade ago, friends [Joe] and [Chris] ran afoul of the rules when [Joe] accidentally won the race wearing [Chris]’s assigned entry number, a technicality that resulted in both being banned from the race for two years. Now they’re back, having learned their lesson, and are strictly adhering to those rules this time using these tandem cross-country skis.

    • Vice Media GroupThe Worst Transit Project in the U.S. Is Officially Dead

      The LaGuardia AirTrain, which would have cost more than $2 billion to make getting to the airport worse for everyone, will not be built because its main booster got kicked out of office.

    • Vice Media GroupJordan Peterson Very Concerned by Milking Porn Factory

      After the internet celebrity psychologist tweeted a fetish porn clip and called it “CCP hell,” the phrase “Chinese dick sucking factory” went viral.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • A Little Vacation

        These last few months have not been pleasant for me. Too much work, too many obligations, and generally so many different tasks that ended up with me not taking care of myself. Fortunately, I had a two-week vacation planned and so I’m going to catch up on sleep, get some swimming done, and work on those “big ticket” items that need time to concentrate to move forward.

      • Moose Gazing 2023-03-14 Morning (Fairbanks, AK, USA)

        I tried to do some stargazing early this morning before work, as there were several indications that conditions would be good. After a comedy of errors and difficulties, that plan didn’t really work out. But, I did have one interesting experience. When I went barreling out the apartment door this morning to get the SUV started, I nearly ran headlong into a cow moose.

      • 🔤SpellBinding: AINOSXU Wordo: SYNCH
      • Extraterrestrial Signals

        One high-tech endeavor of humanity is the search for life on other planets, especially intelligent life. We’ve built vast radio telescopes, such as the Low Frequency Array in the Netherlands and the Allen Telescope Array in California, for just this purpose.

        Our own radio communications have evolved in the last several decades. We began with fully analog systems transmitting audio data in the clear: any device capable of receiving signals at the given frequency could hear everything. That soon changed to analog encoding of digital signals–already indecipherable to living organisms but perfectly understandable to a computer.

      • The steep slippery slope of ‘internalised X’

        The concept of ‘internalised X’, e.g. ‘internalised queerphobia’, can be a useful tool. But there’s a steep slippery slope from there to using it for totalitarian-style ‘thought reform’[a].

        It can be a useful tool for encouraging self-reflection on the whether at least some of one’s beliefs and behaviours might actually be rooted in social prejudices and structures. For example: “Perhaps you’re hostile towards other gay men being ‘too effeminate’ because of internalised queerphobia?”

        Problems arise, however, when it becomes less of a tool for trying to disentangle oneself from the various components of the kyriarchy, and more about declaring a given thing to _objectively_ be ‘internalised X’.

      • Commonplace

        I have some longer-form pieces in the works, but in the meantime, am trying to do smaller posts in the meantime as well.

        Organization has been an ongoing struggle for me, as I tend to take on too many things at any given time. This is further exacerbated by an innate curiosity: I want to find out about all the things, even if I don’t go deep into anything specific.

        In addition to collecting information, I tend to collect online identities. It’s a problem of over-specializing, mostly, and also conflicting desires for anonymity and wanting to share at least some of what I do with others. As usual, this resulted in more than a little decision paralysis as I tried to figure out what kinds of stuff I was going to do where, and what each of these identities would deal with/talk about. I’ve decided that, at least for now, is to focus on the name you see on this page, which is the one that I keep anonymous. If nothing else, I’m trying to become less dependent on electronic communication with people I know in real life.

      • Releasing control

        Two days ago, I thought I’d be in Pittsburgh right now, jumping from museum to park to aviary, taking in all that the Steel City has to offer. My entire break from school was about as planned out as my life usually is, with various events planned, calendar entries created, and reservations booked. And then I ate one tiny snack.

        An anaphylactic reaction and ER visit later, and all of that has changed. And the freedom I feel is astounding. I’m blessed to have a support system around me at the moment, and thankful that this happened in my hometown rather than at school, but nonetheless I haven’t been physically forced to release control in this way for years. Even other times when I’ve been ill I never fully stopped trying to be productive or get things done, but coming off the epinephrine, even my muscles won’t engage fully no matter how much I ask them to (I can move fine enough, but I have yet to summon enough grip strength to open a bottle).

      • The gnat hitch

        I had trouble sleeping a few nights ago. This happens to me from
        time to time. I know that looking at a screen when you’re trying
        to sleep is a terrible idea, and if I have a paper book on the
        go sometimes I’m good and I’ll get up for a bit and read that.
        But often I end up cruising around the small internet instead.
        Lettuce’s gemlog, after all, is best visited between 1am and 6am
        local time. Says so right on the landing page[1].

    • Politics

    • Technical

      • Guix: Listing Operating System Services

        The ‘operating-system’ is a Guile record defined in ‘gnu/system.scm’ of a guix checkout, and likewise ‘service’ is defined in gnu/services.scm. See the ‘exports’ of each of these files to find record accessors.

      • Mirrors for Minetest & Mineclone2

        Minetest and mineclone2 are important projects to me. I’ve been contributing a bit to mineclone2 code and resources over the months and play on it alot. I thought it would be a fun excercise to make some unofficial gemini mirrors for them.

        There used to be a gemini mirror of minetest (gemini://gemini.minetest.land/) but it seems to be quite dead and has been for months, no cached archive either. so I decided to make my own for both the minetest engine and mineclone2 game. I got the thumbs up from the mcl2 project maintainers for this.

      • Trying Regicide (The Game)

        The game is a refreshingly original take on what kind of games can be played with a standard deck. Your hand acts as both your health and your attack options, creating interesting tactical decisions between what you want to discard when you take damage versus what you need to keep to complete the battle.

        The value on each card acts as an attack value, and it’s suit provides an extra power when it’s played. Each boss gets progressively more difficult as you advance through the game. At first it can seem like a lot to learn. But it doesn’t take long to get the hang of. At that point it’s easy to keep it all in your head and the pace of the game flows quick and smooth.

        I’ve played three times so far, each solo. The creators did a good job balancing for solo play, and I believe it would scale well to the decided 4 players. Something I rarely see in games.

      • Static website using Grav

        Grav is a very good and fast CMS system. It´s minimalistic with no database and is based on markdown.

      • Science/Sci-Fi

        • Extraterrestrial Signals

          Radio signals are a recent phenomena; the “Great Oxidation Event” may have been notable somewhere around 2 billion years ago, if someone had been looking and knew what to look for and could detect the change at however far the light has gone since.

        • Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein – my biased thoughts on the book

          I finally read Starship Troopers, one of the sci-fi classics and subject of much criticism and political discussion, and these are my (biased) thoughts on it.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • internet blog for design & stuff

          Long time no see. I’ve been considering starting an internet blog for design & stuff… idk if I should. I haven’t kept up with this gemlog very well, but maybe it’d be different. I’d be able to switch my online store to it if I did Squarespace. It’d be nice to branch out.

        • Christina’s 5 questions

          2. Most unusual way I’ve made a friend?

          Hard to say. Met most friends in unusual circ-
          umstances. Saw Kara writing on a pad in the
          Square when I was 17 and asked for her auto-
          graph. “What are you doing in a body?” She
          asked, shocked, when she looked up.

          Asked bugz to lay on my tools when I was doing
          something extremely illegal and the police-FBI
          joint patrols got too close. She did. We went
          on to move rice in the Haitian earthquake and
          a million other things over two decades.

          Met Etta when she let me, Alison, and Thaddeus
          stay in the abandoned house next to hers when
          we passed through town and cooked us breakfast.

        • activity pub

          I was looking into how Questions are supposed to be done.
          The example I grabbed from having a mastodon account send one to my inbox
          showed that a question as being used as an object inside of a create

      • Programming

        • “The Pragmatic Programmer” book notes

          These are my personal takeaways after reading “The Pragmatic Programmer” by David Thomas and Andrew Hunt. Note that the book contains much more knowledge and pearls of wisdom and that the following notes only contain points I personally found worth writing down. This is mainly for my own use, but you might find it helpful too.

        • awk

          I came across awk this morning, and not knowing anything about it, I’m hitting the books now to learn what I can. I should learn how to use sed and grep after that. I just need to find the time to study.

        • Emacs undo and me

          Maybe I’ll switch over to one of them one of these days (and knowing how I usually work, probably right after writing an essay like this where I’ve just been like “oh I for sure don’t use any of those packages” and then three seconds later I get roped in (by myself if nothing else) to switching to one of them) but right now I use the same default way it works and has worked for twenty-five years.

          In some weirdo chain my brain don’t fully understand but my fingers seem to know how to work. I can undo in one “direction” but then if I do anything else (just move the cursor or set the mark) it switches direction because the undos themselves are getting undone. It’s a mess but it somehow works, even for undos really far back.

          But I would be dishonest if I didn’t also mention the other thing I do which sort of saves that messy system from being unusable: “save states”. I just save the file, usually with the default command, C-x C-s, but I also have mapped C-c A which saves a copy (to a standard location, always using the same name, it doesn’t prompt) without saving the local buffer at all, and C-c r which reverts the file, and if I revert by mistake I can still undo the revert. Usually.

        • Grawlix

          There is some semantic drift about whether or not ASCII only means the original 7 bit wide subset of what later became UTF-8. Like Thrig, I grew up with having to be constantly aware of what encoding system was used since ISO-8859-1 and UTF-8 were fundamentally incompatible while also being hard for machines to tell apart.

        • Escape hatches

          By now, y’all should know about the Alternate Hard and Soft Layers pattern. It’s the idea of designing a system with some rules carved in granite (like Emacs’ C primitives) and some loosy-goosy (like Emacs’ Lisp extensions).

          “In a cloud, bones of steel” as Charles Reznikoff put it. But what supercharges this design pattern for hackers is if you don’t make the boundaries between the layers too strict, if you provide ways to fall back through the patterns.

          This “make the abstractions intentionally leaky” is a design decision that everytime I implement it, I get rewarded many times over (like how call-tables gives you easy, convenient access to the underlying hash-tables; I wasn’t sure if I was ever gonna use that but I’ve ended up using that again and again in many unforseen ways), and each time I forget to do it, I end up with a library that’s languishing from disuse and “What was I thinking?” and I don’t even use it myself.

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

Links 14/03/2023: KDE Plasma 5.27.3 and Fedora Linux 38 Beta

Posted in News Roundup at 11:15 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • IT TavernMy Offsite Backup – March 2023

        Having a disaster recovery strategy for my most important data that is easy to maintain.

        The offline backup should be stored offsite in a secure and trustworthy location. The data must be saved on at least two mediums to reduce the risk of data loss due to hardware failure. The data must be encrypted to secure my data in case of theft. The case should be easily transported and protect the mediums against common risks like shock and water. The frequency of the offsite backup should be around every 1-2 weeks.

        For more information, please visit my backup guide.

        One of the main things to consider is: I must be able to recover everything with just this one offsite backup.

      • APNICHow DigitalOcean became MANRS compliant

        DigitalOcean peers on some of the largest peering exchanges in the world, with thousands of bilateral peering sessions. To become compliant with this action, we engineered a solution to scalably ensure that our peers were sending legitimate prefixes on our bilateral peering sessions. In the process, we had to work within the hardware and software scaling bounds of our current network. For this process to be operationally sound, it must be automated with no operator intervention and must use information already published by peers — mostly, Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) and Internet Routing Registry (IRR) objects.

        To understand the scaling concerns of filtering bilateral peers, we built the histogram below (Figure 1) based on the published IRR objects of our peers. Each histogram bucket represents the size of the prefix list we’d need to generate and apply — the y-axis being the number of peers that would require a prefix list of that size. For example, there are roughly 30 peers that would need a prefix list with 200 to 300 entries.

      • University of TorontoWhat I like using Grafana Loki for (and where I avoid it)

        These days we have a Grafana Loki server that collects system logs from our Linux servers (which has sometimes been an exciting learning experience), along with our long standing central syslog server and, of course, the system logs on servers themselves (both in the systemd journal and the files written to /var/log by syslog and programs like Exim). As I’ve written before, we have both because Loki doesn’t duplicate our central syslog server, but that old entry sort of begs the question of when I use Grafana Loki instead of looking at another source of logs.

      • Ruben SchadeRetrocomputing is as much optimism as an escape

        I also appreciate their optimism. I didn’t connect the dots before, but retrocomputing fans are natural allies to the right to repair and homebrew tech communities. Keeping these systems alive, and expanding upon them with modern enhancements, hints to an alternative future which is more inclusive, empowering, and fun.

      • TecMintHow to Create Device Files in Linux Using mknod Command

        In Linux, everything is a file, even physical devices such as disk drives, CD/DVD ROM, and floppy disks are represented using files. However, these files are not regular data files. Instead, these special files are called device files and they can generate or receive the data.

        Usually, all the special files are present under the /dev directory. Some of the common examples of special files are /dev/null, /dev/zero, /dev/full, and /dev/sr0.

      • TecMintHow to Install Icinga2 Monitoring Tool on Ubuntu 20.04/22.04

        Icinga2 is a powerful free and open-source monitoring tool that keeps an eye on your network resources and sends alerts or notifications in case of failure or outages. It also collects metrics from network resources that can help you generate performance data and create reports.

        Icinga2 is scalable and it can monitor small to large and complex networks across various locations. In this guide, you will learn how to install the Icinga2 monitoring tool on Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 22.04.

      • Unix MenBash Alias: How It Works and Why You Need One

        The bash shell incorporates some of the best features of the C and Korn shells, such as job control, directory manipulation, and aliases. 

        Aliases are very helpful to users who often type long commands or search their bash histories for a command they typed earlier. 


           # statements



            # statements



           mkdir $1

           cd $1


        mkdir $1

        cd $1 


        echo “The value of t is $t”

        echo ‘The value of t is $t’

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxSteampunk survival game Volcanoids has been invaded by drones

        I think it might be seriously time to play a whole lot more Volcanoids, with the new Ground Support update adding in special drones you can build and it looks awesome. The update also adds in new achievements, a few performance improvements, Japanese and Dutch translations, audio improvements and lots of bug fixes.

      • GamingOnLinuxTurn-based colony builder on the red planet Terraformers is out now

        After a while in Early Access, Terraformers from Asteroid Lab and Goblinz Publishing / IndieArk is officially out now with the 1.0 update. Another great looking game that offers Native Linux support.

      • GamingOnLinuxAction-RPG in Early Access ‘Last Epoch’ adds in online multiplayer

        A day many players have been waiting for, Last Epoch has finally added in multiplayer amongst a number of other big changes to this action RPG. It’s been in Early Access on Steam since April 2019, but also had a Beta outside of Steam back in 2018 so it’s been going for some time now but the full release is due later this year and this is a big step towards it.

      • HackadayClassic Gaming With FPGA And ATX

        Playing classic games, whether they are games from the golden age of arcades or simply games from consoles that are long out of production, tends to exist on a spectrum. At one end is grabbing a game’s ROM file, finding an emulator, and kludging together some controls on a keyboard and mouse with your average PC. At the other is meticulously restoring classic hardware for the “true” feel of what the game would have felt like when it was new. Towards the latter end is emulating the hardware with an FPGA which the open-source MiSTer project attempts to do. This build, though, adds ATX capabilities for the retrocomputing platform.

      • GamingOnLinuxRailbound gets Steam Deck Verified with a new update

        Railbound looks great, a relaxing puzzle game about fixing train connections and travelling the world and now it’s Steam Deck Verified. It released back in September 2022 and it has an Overwhelmingly Positive user score on Steam.

      • GamingOnLinuxNVIDIA Vulkan Beta driver 525.47.13 out now

        Over the weekend NVIDIA released a fresh small update to their developer-focused Vulkan Beta driver. Primarily meant for those who need all the very latest in the Vulkan API world, to help with game development or work on projects like Proton / DXVK / VKD3D-Proton and so on.

      • GamingOnLinuxSlick tactical space RPG ‘Relic Space’ is out in Early Access

        Relic Space combines together smooth turn-based movement (think like Jupiter Hell) with tactical combat, RPG mechanics and 4X elements. With Native Linux support, this could be your next game?

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • 9to5LinuxKDE Plasma 5.27.3 Enables Night Light on ARM Devices That Don’t Support Gamma LUTs

          KDE Plasma 5.27.3 is here two weeks after KDE Plasma 5.27.2 and enables the Night Color feature on ARM devices that don’t support Gamma LUTs but support Color Transform Matrices, such as the Acer Spin 513 Chromebook with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c SoC.

          The Plasma Wayland session continues to be improved, and KDE Plasma 5.27.3 comes with an improvement to the SDDM login screen for touchscreens that was also implemented in the KDE Frameworks 5.104 software suite released last week. This allows opening the virtual keyboard by tapping on its button and scrolling of the keyboard layout list with a swipe gesture.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Kodi FoundationKodi 20.1 “Nexus” – Release

      As is always inevitable in software, we are back with a new release of Kodi 20.x “Nexus”.

    • [Old] Fedora MagazineWhat is barrier?

      To reduce the number of keyboards and mice you can get a physical KVM switch but the down side to the physical KVM switch is it requires you to select a device each time you want to swap. barrier is a virtual KVM switch that allows one keyboard and mouse to control anything from 2-15 computers and you can even have a mix of linux, Windows or Mac.

      Don’t confuse Keyboard, Video and Mouse (KVM) with Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM) they are very different and this article will be covering the former. If the Kernel Virtual Machine topic is of interest to you read through this Red Hat article https://www.redhat.com/en/topics/virtualization/what-is-KVM that provides an overview of the latter type of KVM.

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Mozilla

        • OMG UbuntuFirefox 111 Released with Minor Improvements, Updated PDF.js

          Shocked? Course you’re not! The latest release arrives bang on schedule, one month to the day of the Firefox 110 release (which was notable for featuring WebGL improvements on Linux).

          Alas, the change-log this time around is a little (perceptually) leaner.

          Mozilla say Windows users will find that native notifications are enabled by default (which is great for them, I guess), and that users of Firefox Relay can ‘opt-in to create Relay email masks directly from the Firefox credential manager’ (which is great for them too, I guess).

    • Education

    • Programming/Development

      • UndeadlyGame of Trees 0.86 released

        Version 0.86 of Game of Trees has been released (and the port updated): [...]

      • Sean ConnerNotes on optimizing an O(n)+C algorithm where the C matters quite a bit

        I was doing a bit of retro computing over the weekend, writing 6809 code and running it on a Color Computer emulator (because the Color Computer was my first computer and the 6809 is a criminially underrated 8-bit CPU in my opinion). Part of the coding was enabling all 64K of RAM in the machine. Normally, the Color Computer only sees the lower 32K of RAM, with the upper 32K being ROM (the BASIC interpreter). To enable all 64K of RAM, all that’s needed is to stuff any value into memory location $FFDF, which can be done with “POKE &HFFDF,0”. The problem with that is once the ROM goes away, so does BASIC, and the CPU starts executing Lord knows what since the RAM isn’t initialized. So the actual procedure is to copy the ROM contents into RAM, which is simple enough: [...]

      • RlangManaging Large R Codebases webinar (summary and slides)

        In October last year, I was part of a webinar to talk about “Managing Large Codebases in R” with Alex Bertram of ActivityInfo. It is a bit late to write a blog post about this, I know, but I realized I never created one to spread the word around a lot more even though I did refer to it on social media… so here you go: [...]

      • Austin Z HenleyHofstadter: An esoteric programming language with concurrency, regex, and web requests

        Esoteric programming languages were a big part of learning to code for me.

        These are creative, often minimalist programming languages that push the boundaries of what a programming language even is. Could you design a language that only has 5 commands? Or is only made up of whitespace? Or where every program must be a valid image file too? It is a puzzle both to design the language and to use the language.

      • Björn WärmedalNote to Self: Git Aliases

        These are the aliases you should always have: [...]

      • Terence EdenHow to generate a Base32 TOTP secret string on a Mac

        I needed a way to generate a TOTP secret using a fairly locked-down Mac. No Brew. No NPM. No Python. No Prolog, COBOL, or FORTRAN. No Internet connection. Just whatever software is native to MacOS.

        As I’ve mentioned before, the TOTP specification is a stagnant wasteland. But it does have this to say about the secret: [...]

  • Leftovers

    • Counter PunchLetter from London: Parklife

      An Austrian or German woman approached us close to Prime Meridian in Greenwich Park last week. I didn’t ask her where she was from exactly but she was full of the joys of spring. This was right before the latest cold snap spoiled the party. One or two bright young yellow crocuses were pocking the green grass sloping away from us, while tiny buds in the trees had created a kind of faint green mist around One Tree Hill. The fact the Austrian or German woman was preaching to the converted didn’t matter; it was her delight at everything which had been so winning to us. We even took the liberty of imagining her holidaying alone and therefore craving this kind of interaction, forgetting again that many people who live alone are perfectly happy with their own company. For all we knew, she may have just killed an abusive husband and was celebrating the fact.

      At the risk of sounding technical, funny to think that solar time is actually less reliable — this is Greenwich, after all — because solar time keeps changing throughout the year, and the actual time interval between the sun crossing a set meridian line changes. A simple clock, on the other hand, tick-tocking away as if inhabiting some kind of rare Dickensian silence, measures always exactly the same length. The reason Prime Meridian is here and not somewhere else is because the Americans had already selected Greenwich as the starting point for their own federal time zone system, and because in the ship-savvy late 19th century almost three-quarters of the planet’s commerce depended on sea-charts using Greenwich as Prime Meridian. Brits by deliberately confusing the distant past with the more recent past like to take all the credit for Prime Meridian remaining here, but it was in fact an American decision. Which is not to forget about the illustrious longitude backstory with Harrison and giant telescopes and the cosmos feeding into Greenwich Observatory — nor more recently the shrewd success of ‘Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time’ by Dava Sobel, recounting this time. When this book came out in 1995 I can well remember a number of shaking heads among the elite and often male academic maritime community, as if this American outsider, a woman no less, had stolen their idea, forgetting of course that no one ‘owns’ history.

    • Counter PunchEnough Shite-Talk About a Snake-Chasing Saint

      I’m listening for the Eastern garter snakes. Any day now, they’ll arise from hibernation, rustle the Pennsylvania leaves, then tumble down the hills into the bright edge of the vernal equinox.

      Also this week, we’ll have Saint Patrick’s Day. And someone—there’s always someone—will solemnly say that we’re celebrating the Great Enlightener Who Drove the Serpents From Ireland Into the Sea.

    • Counter PunchSaving the San Francisco Past

      In a city that honors the new and newness, islands of the past disappear almost every day. In spanking new neighborhoods like Dogpatch, where glass and steel buildings tower over the streets, the past hardly exists. Elsewhere, too, history has been effaced. Alas, the San Francisco Art Institute is no more. The famed school, known locally and globally as SFAI, shuttered last year. No classes are held on the campus. But the elastic, indomitable spirit of the place at 800 Chestnut Street lives all across The City, and wherever graduates have set down roots and are making art, which is all over the world.

      On the afternoon of Sunday, March 26, 2023, at the Minnesota Street Project on Minnesota, of course, lovers and friends of SFAI will gather to celebrate the institution and its colorful history as one of the oldest art schools in the US. Founded in 1871, and formerly known as the California School of Fine Arts (CSFA), it has been a birthplace and a home over the past 150 years to nearly every cultural movement and artistic expression, whether in film, sculpture and painting. What’s more, the roof terrace offers a singularly spectacular view of the whole city that’s not to be missed if it’s urban beauty you want.

    • Counter PunchReligion’s Dark Side

      On March 16, 2021, a man shot eight women to death in Acworth, Georgia, a small town outside of Atlanta. Six were Asian, and two were white. All worked in massage parlors.

      The gunman, Robert Aaron Long, a 21-year-old white, had grown up in the conservative Crabapple Southern Baptist Church in Milton, Georgia. Crabapple preached that sex outside of marriage was strictly forbidden. Long was a tormented soul who believed his visits to the massage parlors caused him to “fall from grace.” Obsessive guilt drove him to commit his depraved act.

    • Science

      • Science AlertIt’s Pi Day! But Don’t Forget About These Other Amazing Numbers

        The true reason to celebrate Pi Day is that mathematics, which is a purely abstract subject, turns out to describe our Universe so well. My book, The Big Bang of Numbers, explores how remarkably hardwired into our reality math is.

        Perhaps the most striking evidence comes from mathematical constants: those rare numbers, including pi, that break out of the pack by appearing so frequently – and often, unexpectedly – in natural phenomena and related equations, that mathematicians like me exalt them with special names and symbols.

        So, what other mathematical constants are worth celebrating? Here are my proposals to start filling out the rest of the calendar.

      • Common Dreams‘Save the Books’: Outcry Grows Over Digital Plan for Vermont College Libraries

        Students, staff, alumni, and bibliophiles remain outraged that libraries at Vermont’s public college are set to lose vast portions of their book collections, despite a new “refined plan” to potentially retain volumes that “have been deemed academically valuable.”

      • Counter PunchBranding the Acceptable: Battling Cancel Culture at Adelaide Writers’ Week

        Writing festivals are often tired, stilted affairs, but the 38th Adelaide Writers’ Week did not promise to be that run-of-the-mill gathering of yawn-inducing, life draining sessions.  For one thing, social media vultures and public relations experts, awaiting the next freely explosive remark or unguarded comment, were at hand to stir the pot and exhort cancel culture.

        The fuss began with the festival organisers’ invitation of two Palestinian authors, Susan Abulhawa and Mohammed El-Kurd.  Abulhawa was specifically targeted for critical comments on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, notably regarding NATO membership, and for being a mouthpiece of “Russian propaganda”, while El-Kurd has been singledout for social-media commentary on the Israeli state, calling it “sadistic”, “demonic” and “a death cult”.

    • Education

      • Bert HubertCelebrating Cerebration: ON CREATIVITY – by Isaac Asimov

        In 2014, MIT’s Technology Review wrote a very interesting article about an attempt to have Isaac Asimov be part of a group of scientists attempting to think outside of the box. In this article they included a 1959 essay that Asimov wrote instead of continuing to taking part in this (classified) government work. In this essay on “cerebration”, he described ways to get people to have truly new ideas.

        Recently, for some reason, this article disappeared from technologyreview.com, and I had to hunt quite a bit to find the document again, hidden somewhere as a badly OCRd PDF. The Technology Review article is back now (thanks!), but a single source is not good enough for an article with so many interesting thoughts.

        So here’s another copy for the archives, with some additional context and links.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • SalonWhy sleep scientists think Standard Time is best

        Specifically, Shelgikar said that when the time shift happens there’s a “more exaggerated” mismatch between circadian rhythms and the world around us. When the clocks change and the times spring ahead, work and school responsibilities don’t change and that can lead to sleep deprivation because it’s harder to go to bed and wake up earlier.

      • The NationThe Reckless History of the Automobile

        Cars are a clear threat to public safety, and they have been since they hit the roads over a century ago. Appleyard does dedicate some space to discussing Ralph Nader’s landmark 1965 book Unsafe at Any Speed, which effectively forced federal safety standards to be established for automobiles. But even as he notes the contribution of Nader’s work, he pokes holes in it to downplay its importance. Appleyard claims that Nader’s book “launched a backlash against the car that is with us to this day,” as if opposition to the automobile hasn’t existed since it first started taking over our streets. The long fight against the car does not get placed alongside the supposedly heroic actions of Henry Ford to push them onto the public. As Peter Norton writes in his study Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City, there was widespread opposition to cars in North American cities in the first several decades of the 20th century, as they began killing pedestrians in ever-larger numbers and people organized to stop them. Among the tactics used, people would hold large funeral parades for the automobile’s victims, ring the bells of churches and fire halls to mark road deaths, and draw up propaganda that went so far as to label cars “the modern Moloch”—a god that requires child sacrifice.

      • Dr. Tess Lawrie expands from ivermectin quackery to homeopathy

        I know that, since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, I keep repeating the mantra, “Everything old is new again.” I even know that I probably repeat it so much that it sometimes gets annoying. So be it. It’s a message that is important to me due to my simple hope that, if the newbies who have joined “our side” understand that none of this is new, they will learn the recurring themes, narratives, and forms of quackery, misinformation, and disinformation, the better to be prepared for the future. That brings us to homeopathy.

      • [Old] GannettUS traffic fatalities highest in 16 years as nearly 43,000 people died on roads in 2021

        The 10.5% jump over 2020 numbers was the largest percentage increase since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began its fatality data collection system in 1975. Exacerbating the problem was a persistence of risky driving behaviors during the pandemic, such as speeding and less frequent use of seat belts, as people began to venture out more in 2021 for out-of-state and other road trips, analysts said.

      • Digital Music NewsRIAA Chief Raises ‘Profound Red Flags’ About TikTok — Says Platform “Exploits Recorded Music to Build An Audience”

        “TikTok exploits recorded music to build an audience, drive engagement, and boost company revenues to stratospheric heights. TikTok’s actions in foreign markets to manipulate access to American music raise profound red flags about the service’s commitment to U.S. licensing policies—and fly in the face of its promises to consumers. 75% [of consumers] say they come to the platform to engage with music.”

      • Common Dreams‘Unacceptable’: Right-Wing Judge Attempts to Keep Key Abortion Pill Hearing Secret

        Ahead of a major hearing scheduled for Wednesday in a closely watched case which could further limit abortion access across the United States, reproductive rights advocates and journalists are decrying what one attorney called a right-wing judge’s “informal gag order… bordering on judicial misconduct.”

      • Pro PublicaFacing a Life-Threatening Pregnancy Under Tennessee’s Abortion Ban

        One day late last summer, Dr. Barry Grimm called a fellow obstetrician at Vanderbilt University Medical Center to consult about a patient who was 10 weeks pregnant. Her embryo had become implanted in scar tissue from a recent cesarean section, and she was in serious danger. At any moment, the pregnancy could rupture, blowing open her uterus.

        Dr. Mack Goldberg, who was trained in abortion care for life-threatening pregnancy complications, pulled up the patient’s charts. He did not like the look of them. The muscle separating her pregnancy from her bladder was as thin as tissue paper; her placenta threatened to eventually invade her organs like a tumor. Even with the best medical care in the world, some patients bleed out in less than 10 minutes on the operating table. Goldberg had seen it happen.

    • Proprietary

      • Scoop News Group[Cracker] posts more D.C. Health Link data online, exposing lawmakers’ personal information [iophk: Windows TCO]

        The initial breach was first reported last week after a House official warned lawmakers that they could have been exposed. But over the weekend, the scope of the breach and the number of lawmakers affected became clearer after a user of a hacking forum posted online what they claimed was the full set of data stolen from D.C. Health Link.

      • Security WeekCybercrime Losses Exceeded $10 Billion in 2022: FBI [iophk: Windows TCO]

        As for ransomware attacks, the FBI received more than 2,300 complaints last year, with adjusted losses reaching more than $34 million. Over 800 of these complaints came from organizations across 14 of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors. The most targeted, with over 100 incidents each, were the healthcare, critical manufacturing, government facilities, and IT sectors.

      • Stacey on IoTTing is building out an IoT network to monitor the public grid

        While Ting has been focused on tweaking its algorithms to provide even more details about potential fire hazards in the last year, it has also started working with utilities to share data about their electrical networks. Every Ting sensor tracks not just electrical variations within the home, but also variations and power issues coming into the home.

      • Vice Media GroupRansomware Group Claims Hack of Amazon’s Ring

        A ransomware gang claims to have breached the massively popular security camera company Ring, owned by Amazon. The ransomware gang is threatening to release Ring’s data.

      • Silicon AngleMicrosoft spent hundreds of millions on Azure infrastructure to make ChatGPT happen

        However, the partnership between Microsoft and OpenAI actually began several years ago. According to a report by Bloomberg, Microsoft had already spent “several hundred million dollars” prior to this year on the computing infrastructure required to develop ChatGPT.

        The money was spent to build a massive supercomputer that would be used to train ChatGPT, Bloomberg said. And in a pair of blog posts today, Microsoft discussed what went into building the AI infrastructure and how it’s planning to make that system even more robust, so it can power more advanced models.

    • Security

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Site36„Protection you can afford“: Successful passage from Libya is question of money

        The figures presented by the UNHCR at the Mocadem meeting are quite striking. Last year, 78 676 sea departures from Libya took place, an increase of about 13 per cent compared to 2021. With 53 173 boat passengers, many people made it to Italy, and a few hundred also to Malta. However, about a third of the boats were intercepted by the Libyan coast guard, according to the count, a 23.5 per cent drop from the previous year.

      • The DissenterMarch to Iraq War, 20 Years Later: March 13, 2003
      • MeduzaWar as the new normal Unable to achieve victory in Ukraine, Putin must perpetuate and routinize the war to stay in power — Meduza

        Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, conceived by Vladimir Putin as a lightning-speed “special military operation,” has entered its second year without any remaining sense of clear military or political objectives. Nor is there any plausible account of how any gains from the invasion could possibly offset Russia’s losses from the war. For Meduza’s Ideas editor Maxim Trudolyubov, this absence of stated rational goals is not accidental. Putin’s reasons for prolonging the war, he writes, have less to do with foreign policy than with the Russian president’s need to buttress his autocratic power at home. The less successful he is in his “military operation,” the more likely it is that Putin will continue embroiling Russia in routinized warfare, in order to postpone the defeat that might signal the beginning of the end for Putin’s seemingly limitless presidency. It is for the sake of keeping the domestic threats at bay that Putin is now trying to reorganize Russian society around perpetual warfare.

      • MeduzaMoldovan authorities: Ukrainian serviceman shot after saying ‘Glory to Ukraine!’ was Moldova’s citizen by birth — Meduza

        The Ukrainian serviceman Oleksandr Matsiyevsky, whose brutal execution by the invading Russian military was caught on video, was a Moldovan citizen by birth.

      • Michael West MediaI just want a Ferrari, sorry, a nuclear submarine, no matter the cost

        Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has just committed Australia to spending $368 billion on somewhere between three and five second-hand US Virginia Class submarines, and a follow on build of eight next generation British AUKUS nuclear submarines. It’s a strategic blunder, writes former submariner Rex Patrick, and it’s not even going to happen the way the PM has suggested.

        I just want a Ferrari. All my mates tell me they’re great cars. Never mind that, financially, I’m already struggling to keep up with the house repayments and, over time, the wife and kids are going to have to miss out on some of life’s niceties and even essentials; no orthodontic treatment to straighten my daughter’s teeth, no tutor to assist my son through extension maths and the wife won’t be able to afford to go back to uni to get her masters.

      • MeduzaThe neo-Nazi de-Nazifiers: The role Russian ‘soccer hooligans’ play in the invasion of Ukraine — Meduza

        Journalists at Cherta Media investigated the role of Russian “football [soccer] hooligans” in the invasion of Ukraine, focusing on the so-called Española detachment. After reorganizing themselves from a neo-Nazi brawling community into a “private military company” active in occupied Donetsk, Española started recruiting new combatants in February 2023. The group is even doing outreach to children in Donetsk. Ilya Khanin and Alexey Trifonov act as its main “humanitarian wing,” and they recently helped create a boys’ soccer team in Horlivka named after Española with a pirate mascot, modeled on the real group’s skull-and-crossbones iconography. Meduza summarizes Cherta Media’s report about the history of soccer hooliganism in Russia, the authorities’ efforts to “tame” these violent groups, and why men in this neo-Nazi community are now going to Ukraine to join the Kremlin’s “de-Nazification” campaign.

      • MeduzaPutin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says Russia ‘doesn’t recognize’ the International Criminal Court — Meduza

        Russia “doesn’t recognize” the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Tuesday, responding to a question about recent media reports that the court intends to open two war crimes cases related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

      • MeduzaAt least one person killed and nearly 30 buildings damaged by Russian missile strike on Kramatorsk — Meduza

        At least one person was killed and at least three were injured by a Russian missile strike on the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk on Tuesday, Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko reported.

      • MeduzaRussian FSB arrests Khabarovsk activist on treason charges for allegedly sending money to Ukrainian military — Meduza

        The Russian FSB announced Monday that it had arrested an activist from the “I / We are Furgal” movement, whose members oppose the criminal charges against former Khabarovsk Governor Sergey Furgal, for allegedly providing financial support to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

      • MeduzaFSB impersonators threaten Sberbank clients with treason charges in new phone scam — Meduza

        Phone scams involving FSB impersonation are on the rise in Russia.

      • MeduzaState Duma deputies submit bill to increase maximum conscription age to 30 — Meduza

        A group of State Duma deputies headed by the Security Committee Chair Andrey Kartapolov have presented a bill to raise the maximum conscription age for serving in the Russian army to 30 years, instead of 27 under the current law.

      • Counter PunchBiden’s 2024 Funding Proposal is a War Budget and He Is Leading Us to War

        From Aug. 7, 1789, when it was created, to September 18, 1947, the American people knew that their government had a Department of War and that it had an Army and a Navy for that purpose, both to defend the country against attack, as it did in 1812, and to make war, as it did in the Barbary War of 1801-1805. Since then the US military has engaged in wars over 80 times including in the Civil War. Most of those wars, whether against Native peoples as the expanding US sought their lands, or against Middle Eastern or Asian countries to gain access to their resources.

        But all that time, the American people knew that their government was at war and that their tax money, whether they liked it or now, was being spent on efforts to kill or be killed, for defense and for offense.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • The Register UKPentagon whistleblower Ellsberg given months to live

        Ellsberg served in the US Marine Corps and in 1959, took a job at RAND Corporation as a strategic analyst and served as a consultant to the Defense Department and the White House on matters of nuclear war. He joined the Defense Department in 1964 and returned to RAND in 1967, where he began working on a secret study of US policy in Vietnam from 1945 through 1968 that had been commissioned by then Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara.

        This was in the midst of the Vietnam War (1955-1975). And in 1969, Ellsberg, with the help of former RAND colleague Anthony Russo, began providing Senator William Fulbright, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with material from the McNamara study in an effort to oppose the escalating conflict.

    • Environment

      • Energy/Transportation

        • Scott FeeneyBicycles, stop signs, and scofflaw motorists

          While no data supported this emotional appeal to children, Boerner Horvath obliged the governor and made the 2022 version of her bill, AB 1713, apply only to bike riders 18 and over. It again passed the Assembly, but was never called to a vote in the Senate because the author received word Newsom planned to veto it again—confirming that his reference to children had been empty concern-trolling.

          The series of vetoes shows how much elite resistance there is, even today, to reforming the laws that made the car king of our streets. Stop signs, after all, had no place in the pre-car streets of American cities, where people walking, bicycling, and riding horses freely mingled and the pace of traffic was much less. Like traffic signals, stop signs were introduced as part of the automobile industry’s highly successful effort to redefine streets as places where only cars belonged—not people on foot, who were “jaywalking,” a newly invented crime, and were blamed for their own deaths if they stood in the way of cars2.

        • Renewable Energy WorldNew York’s energy storage incentives are changing. Here’s what you need to know

          According to the International Energy Agency, global clean energy investments are likely to increase by 50% or to $2 trillion by 2030 from approximately $1 trillion today. While this is monumental, the value of these investments will only be realized if it is matched with the pace required for clean energy deployment. Given New York’s upcoming energy storage incentives, we are moving in that direction, with the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) already a step ahead.

        • Common Dreams‘Economic Crime’: Cost of Canada’s Trans Mountain Pipeline Soars by Billions, Again

          Climate, environmental, and Indigenous advocates in recent days condemned the skyrocketing cost of expanding the Canadian government-owned Trans Mountain oil pipeline, which is now expected to carry a CA$30.9 billion price tag—44% higher than last year’s estimate and nearly a six-fold increase from the original appraisal.

        • Democracy NowEast Palestine Toxic Train Crash Shows Plastics Industry Toll on Planet. Will U.S. Ban Vinyl Chloride?

          Five weeks after the Norfolk Southern toxic train derailment and so-called controlled burn that blanketed the town with a toxic brew of at least six hazardous chemicals and gases, senators grilled the CEO of Norfolk Southern over the company’s toxic train derailment. The company has evaded calls to cover healthcare costs as residents continue to report headaches, coughing, fatigue, irritation and burning of the skin. For more on the ongoing fallout from the toxic crash, and its roots in the plastics industry, we are joined by Monica Unseld, a biologist and environmental and social justice advocate who has studied the health impact of endocrine-disrupting chemicals used in plastics like those released in East Palestine. She is executive director of Until Justice Data Partners and co-lead for the Coming Clean science team. Also joining us is Judith Enck, a former EPA regional administrator and president of Beyond Plastics whose recent Boston Globe op-ed is headlined “The East Palestine Disaster Was a Direct Result of the Country’s Reliance on Fossil Fuels and Plastic.”

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Deccan ChronicleOscars 2023: India’s ‘Elephant Whisperers’ wins Best Documentary Short Film

          The film’s plot revolves around a family who adopts two orphan baby elephants in Tamil Nadu’s Mudumalai Tiger Reserve.

        • The RevelatorNature’s Supermarket: How Beavers Help Birds — And Other Species
        • Counter PunchWhy is the Forest Service Destroying Critical Mule Deer Habitat?

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

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

        • Common DreamsPETA Urges Pentagon to Stop ‘Cruel’ Pulsed Radiation Experiments on Animals

          People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals on Monday implored the U.S. military to reinstate a ban on the intentional wounding of animals in experiments and to stop radiation testing in an attempt to determine the cause of the mystery ailment popularly known as “Havana syndrome” that has afflicted U.S. government officials posted at diplomatic facilities in Washington, D.C. and several foreign countries.

        • Common DreamsGreen Groups Vow Fight After Biden Climate ‘Betrayal’

          Following his administration’s Monday morning approval of the Willow oil drilling project, environmental justice advocates slammed U.S. President Joe Biden for betraying the voters who sent him to the White House and vowed to do everything in their power to stop ConocoPhillips from proceeding with its climate-wrecking venture on federal land in Alaska’s North Slope.

        • Common DreamsFellow Dems Say Willow Approval Leaves ‘Oil Stain’ on Biden Climate Legacy

          Progressives on Capitol Hill joined climate advocates and Indigenous leaders across the country Monday in blasting U.S. President Joe Biden for his administration’s approval of ConocoPhillips’ Willow oil project on federal land in Alaska.

        • Democracy NowClimate & Indigenous Activists Decry Biden’s Approval of Willow Oil Drilling Project in Arctic

          The Biden administration has approved a massive oil and gas development in Alaska known as the Willow project, despite widespread opposition from environmental and conservation groups that argue Willow will amount to a carbon bomb. The administration also announced Sunday it will ban future oil and gas leasing for 3 million acres of federal waters in the Arctic Ocean and will limit drilling in a further 13 million acres in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska’s North Slope. For more, we speak with Siqiñiq Maupin, executive director of Sovereign Iñupiat for a Living Arctic, who says Willow would undermine Biden’s larger climate goals. “This project would emit so much carbon, it would actually double the amount that Biden had promised he would reduce,” they say.

      • Overpopulation

        • SalonThe unique technologies than help to prevent widespread water scarcity

          Many futuristic novels and films have explored what the world might look like without water. But water scarcity isn’t a problem for the far-off future: It’s already here.

          In its 2021 report, UN Water outlined the scale of the crisis: 2.3 billion people live in water-stressed countries and 733 million of those people are in “high and critically water-stressed countries”.

    • Finance

      • The NationLiberating Our Homes From the Real Estate–Industrial Complex

        For the last six years, I have been running the architecture blog McMansion Hell, which highlights the most ridiculous examples of bloated, nouveau riche residential architecture in the United States. When I began the blog in 2016, the Internet was rife with prime examples of genuinely weird specimens. However, in the last couple of years, particularly since the onset of the pandemic, it has become more and more difficult to find unique houses—houses with interiors that exhibit the true whimsy of people for whom money is no issue. In their place are empty, vast rooms painted gray, wood floors replaced by what’s already being recognized in social media circles as a new “landlord special” flooring type: beige-gray (greige) laminate. When there is furniture in these rooms, the furniture itself is white, gray, or greige. The rugs are white or extremely muted colors. Occasionally, you’ll see some pastels or other earth tones thrown in—or the obligatory HGTV “pop of color” in the form of a cushion or poster—but the trend is overwhelmingly gray. Some rooms are so colorless one wonders if the photograph itself is in grayscale.

      • Common DreamsHow It Feels to Be Hungry in the Richest Nation on Earth

        My long-dead father used to say, “Every human being deserves to taste a piece of cake.” Though at the time his words meant little to me, as I grew older I realized both what they meant, symbolically speaking, and the grim reality they disguised so charmingly. That saying of his arose from a basic reality of our lives then — the eternal scarcity of food in our household, just as in so many other homes in New York City’s South Bronx where I grew up. This was during the 1940s and 1950s, but hunger still haunts millions of American households more than three-quarters of a century later.

      • Telex (Hungary)Hungarian National Bank worried, wants Revolut to open Hungarian subsidiary
      • Counter PunchDeregulation Killed Silicon Valley Bank

        Let’s be clear. The failure of Silicon Valley Bank is a direct result of an absurd 2018 bank deregulation bill signed by Donald Trump that I strongly opposed. Five years ago, the Republican Director of the Congressional Budget Office released a report finding that this legislation would ‘increase the likelihood that a large financial firm with assets of between $100 billion and $250 billion would fail.’

        Unfortunately, that is precisely what happened. During the debate over the legislation I said: ‘Are our memories so short that we learned nothing from the 2008 Wall Street crash? Have we learned nothing from the Savings and Loan disaster of the early 1990s or the thievery of Wells Fargo over the last couple of years or the dishonesty of Equifax or the accounting fraud at Enron and Arthur Anderson or the failure of Long-Term Capital Management or the billions of dollars in fines that financial institution after financial institution has paid out for illegal or deceptive activities?’ Sadly, the Republican Congress and the Trump Administration answered all of these questions with a resounding NO.

      • Common DreamsBarney Frank Under Fire for Downplaying Deregulation While Being Paid by Signature Bank

        Barney Frank, a former House Democrat from Massachusetts, has been the subject of criticism since federal regulators took over Signature Bank on Sunday.

      • Common DreamsRegulate Their Greed or Pay the Price

        The failure of the Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) shows us, once again, that unrestrained greed isn’t good. For even modest greed to have a positive effect in society, it must be regulated.

      • Common DreamsWarren Calls for Clawing Back Pay, Bonuses for Silicon Valley Bank Executives

        U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday weighed in on the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, taking to The New York Times’ opinion section to offer her view on how the financial institution failed, while also looking ahead and detailing “what Washington must do—quickly—to prevent the next crisis.”

      • VoxA 2018 banking law paved the way for Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse

        The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and other similarly sized banks in recent days has put a spotlight on Congress’s 2018 bipartisan banking deregulation law, which was signed by then-President Donald Trump.

        We’ll never know what might have happened if the law hadn’t been enacted. But given that Silicon Valley Bank would have been subject to stricter oversight under the old rules, more regulation may have slowed — or even prevented — the panic that set in last week as depositors rushed to withdraw their funds.

      • VoxThe swift collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, explained

        The bank’s blowup has sent shockwaves across the tech sector, Wall Street, and Washington, DC, amid concerns that other banks could be in trouble or that contagion could set in. In the days after Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse, the panic appeared to spread, leading to the failure of additional banks, including Signature Bank of New York, which had bet on crypto. But it’s not clear how serious the fallout would be.

      • The NationSilicon Valley Learns to Love Socialism for the Rich

        The root problem with SVB was that the bank specialized in serving the “start-up” community in Silicon Valley. These were companies that flourished in the era of low interest rates that lasted from roughly 2008 (when rates were lowered to combat the onset of the Great Recession) until 2022 (when inflation worries sparked a rise in rates). In that time of cheap money, tech start-ups found it easy to get venture capitalist funding, which they needed more as they grew. As new and often gimmicky ventures, the start-ups weren’t expected to make money immediately—but instead to burn through it. SBV emerged as the bank of choice, since it followed a strategy of keeping money in long-term bonds. As the Financial Times reported in February, this supposedly conservative strategy of investing in bonds was tied to the bank’s role as a safety-deposit box for start-ups. The bonds, the FT noted, were “part of a plan to shore up the bank’s balance sheet in case venture funding of start-ups went into freefall.”

      • New York TimesBanking Turmoil: What We Know

        On Friday, Silicon Valley Bank, a lender to some of the biggest names in the technology world, became the largest bank to fail since the 2008 financial crisis. By Sunday night, regulators had abruptly shut down Signature Bank to prevent a crisis in the broader banking system. The banks’ swift closures have sent shock waves through the tech industry, Wall Street and Washington.

        Here’s what we know so far about this developing story.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Hindustan TimesModi meets Nokia CEO, discusses India’s strides in building next-gen digi infra

        Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday had a “fruitful meeting” with Nokia CEO Pekka Lundmark during which they discussed India’s strides in building next-generation digital infrastructure.

      • Vice Media GroupA Palantir Co-Founder Is Pushing Laws to Criminalize Homeless Encampments Nationwide

        Since its founding, Cicero has churned out model legislation and research papers calling into question the need for permanent housing, instead advocating for criminalization of people sleeping outdoors. (In addition to influencing policy, Cicero uses its 501c3 status to act as a fiscal sponsor for Substack writer Bari Weiss’s unaccredited university, University of Austin.) The organization also has a lobbying arm called Cicero Action, a 501c4 that is legally permitted to advocate for legislation.

      • Computer WorldWhatsApp would rather quit UK than comply with Online Safety Bill

        This would require WhatsApp to remove end-to-end encryption from its product. If the app refused to comply, it would either have to pull out of the UK market or have its parent company Meta face fines of up to 4% of its annual turnover.

        “The reality is, our users all around the world want security,” said Cathcart. “Ninety-eight per cent of our users are outside the UK. They do not want us to lower the security of the product, and just as a straightforward matter, it would be an odd choice for us to choose to lower the security of the product in a way that would affect those 98% of users.”

      • The NationStop Trying to Make Mike Pence Happen!

        Politico kicked off the weekend with a big scoop: Former vice president Mike Pence was going to use his star turn as the Gridiron Dinner keynote speaker “to deploy a trait he has for the most part kept under wraps over the past half dozen years: his humor.” He’s funny, his aides say. Mostly dad-joke funny, but still funny. Did you know he wrote a comic strip during law school, “Law School Daze”? I didn’t either. It was awful.

      • TechdirtIt’s One API, Michael. What Could It Cost? $42,000 Per Month?

        When Elon Musk moved to take over Twitter, Jack Dorsey, who endorsed the deal, talked to him about making the site more open, specifically turning it into a protocol that anyone could build on. This would have been a good plan. Indeed, it’s one that seems to now be gaining traction for basically every company not named Twitter. Elon Musk, however, went the other direction entirely.

      • Democracy NowChina’s Middle East Deal: Iran & Saudi Arabia Reestablish Relations as U.S. Watches from Sidelines

        Iran and Saudi Arabia have agreed to reestablish diplomatic relations after seven years and reopen their respective embassies within months, in a deal brokered Friday by China and signed in Beijing. The rapprochement between the two rivals is the latest sign of China’s growing presence in world affairs and waning U.S. influence in the Middle East amid a shift in focus to Ukraine and the Pacific region. “If we have a more stable Middle East, even if it’s mediated by the Chinese, that ultimately is good for the United States, as well,” says author and analyst Trita Parsi, executive vice president of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. He adds that the U.S. focus in the Middle East is mainly on helping Israel normalize relations with Arab states while “all of the pressure is taken off of Israel to end its occupation” of Palestinian territory.

      • Telex (Hungary)The EU-Moscow path could lead through Budapest-Belgrade
      • Pro PublicaA Florida-Sized Roadblock for the League of Women Voters

        The nonpartisan League of Women Voters has been facing a nationwide backlash after decades of going about its business of surveying candidates, registering voters, hosting debates and lobbying for its causes with little fuss.

      • Telex (Hungary)Opposition politicians dismantle cordons around Orbán’s office
    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • John PilgerThe True Betrayers of Julian Assange Are Close to Home

        This is an abridged version of an address by John Pilger in Sydney on 10 March to mark the launch in Australia of Davide Dormino’s sculpture of Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, ‘figures of courage’. I have known Julian Assange since I first interviewed him in London in 2010. [...]

      • MeduzaAnti-Corruption Foundation employees share free pirated version of ’Navalny’ documentary — Meduza

        Several top employees of Alexey Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) shared links to a free and presumably pirated online version of the film Navalny, which won the Academy Award for best feature documentary on Sunday, on Twitter and Telegram.

      • Meduza‘I haven’t seen it’: Kremlin spokesman Peskov comments on ‘Navalny’ and this year’s documentary Oscar — Meduza

        In his Monday press briefing, the Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov commented on Sunday’s Academy Awards and the Oscar awarded to Daniel Roher and the documentary team behind “Navalny.”

      • Meduza‘I just wanted to survive’: Journalists contacted the Russian soldiers whose intercepted calls from Ukraine were published by The New York Times — Meduza

        Nearly six months ago, The New York Times released audio of phone calls Russian soldiers had made to their families while deployed in the Kyiv region at the start of the full-scale war in Ukraine. In the calls, the men complained about the incompetence of Russia’s military leadership and recounted atrocities they had witnessed or participated in. Though The New York Times didn’t reveal the soldiers’ full names, journalists from the independent Russian outlet Mediazona managed to use information accidentally left in the article’s metadata to contact the servicemen and their relatives. In English, Meduza summarizes what they learned.

      • Pro PublicaHow Recent ProPublica Investigations Have Led to Change

        In investigative journalism, impact is the coin of the realm. But impact is unpredictable. At ProPublica, our hope is that by exposing problems — or things not working as they should — legislators and policymakers will make changes.

        Sometimes, the impact is immediate. In 2009, my colleagues and I reported that the California Board of Registered Nursing took years to discipline problematic nurses, putting patients in harm’s way. Within two days of our story, then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger replaced the majority of board members; a day later, the executive director of the board resigned. Our boss had to call ProPublica’s founder to tell him not to expect this to happen every time ProPublica published a big investigation.

      • CPJRFE/RL Russian branch declared bankrupt by Moscow court

        Russian authorities have also labeled more than 30 RFE/RL journalists as foreign agents, and a number of the broadcaster’s affiliated websites were blocked after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

      • CPJGeorgian police beat, obstruct journalists covering protests against foreign agent law

        Starting March 2, law enforcement officers in the capital, Tbilisi, attacked and obstructed the work of at least 14 journalists covering protests against proposed “foreign agent” legislation, according to news reports, statements by the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics and Media Advocacy Coalition local trade groups, the charter’s executive director Mariam Gogosashvili, who spoke to CPJ by phone, and seven local journalists who spoke to CPJ.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • NBC‘Indentured servitude’: Nurses hit with hefty debt when trying to leave hospitals

        The practice of requiring repayment for training programs aimed at recent nursing school graduates has become increasingly common in recent years, with some hospitals requiring nurses to pay back as much as $15,000 if they quit or are fired before their contract is up, according to more than a dozen nursing contracts reviewed by NBC News and interviews with nurses, educators, hospital administrators and labor organizers.

        Hospitals say the repayment requirement is necessary to help them recoup the investment they make in training recent nursing school graduates and to incentivize them to stay amid a tight labor market. But some nurses say the system has left them feeling trapped in jobs and afraid to speak out about unsafe working conditions for fear of being fired and having to face thousands of dollars in debt.

      • NPRWomen across Iran are refusing to wear headscarves, in open defiance of the regime

        What began as anger at the hijab law grew into a bigger movement as Iranians said they were fed up with the regime’s corruption, economic mismanagement and oppression of its citizens. Now, a visible minority of women in Iran are refusing to wear headscarves, in defiant protest against the government and all of its policies.

      • Eesti RahvusringhäälingPaper: Striking food couriers say locked out of app Friday

        That there was a strike at all related to claims of a reduced base wage for couriers who use the Wolt platform, from its earlier level of €3 per delivery, and a lack of transparency over a newly installed tax system for workers using the app, whereas soon after the strike began, at 4.30 p.m. Friday, a courier told the daily that he and other couriers who were actively striking could not access Wolt.

        The courier said that the strikers had announced their intentions via Facebook, and found that while they were unable to access Wolt, a friend who used the Bolt taxi app and was also aware of the strike action, had been able to log on to that platform.

      • New York TimesCalifornia Court Mostly Upholds Prop. 22 in Win for Uber and Other Gig Companies

        The opponents of the proposition argued that the ballot measure was unconstitutional under several grounds. It set limits on the State Legislature’s ability to oversee workers’ compensation for gig drivers. It included a rule restricting them from collective bargaining that critics said was unrelated to the rest of the measure, and it set a seven-eighths majority vote of the Legislature as the bar for passing amendments to the measure related to collective bargaining — a requirement that was considered nearly impossible to achieve.

      • Silicon AngleVictory bells sound for Uber and Lyft as California court confirms drivers are contractors

        The Service Employees International Union was less than impressed, saying, “Every California voter should be concerned about corporations’ growing influence in our democracy and their ability to spend millions of dollars to deceive voters and buy themselves laws.”

      • Common DreamsHey Teachers, Please Remain Alert to Racial Prejudice and Discrimination

        How can you understand a problem if you are not allowed to name it?

      • Telex (Hungary)EU Court of Auditors found conflicts of interest in Hungary
    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

    • Monopolies

      • [Old] The WireWill You Follow Same Rules Here as in Europe, SC Asks Google

        Google India has approached the court to challenge the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal’s order declining to stay a Rs 1,338 crore penalty imposed on the company by the Competition Commission of India for unfair and anti-competitive practices.

      • Copyrights

        • The Telegraph UKCan Apple really start a classical-music revolution?

          The second hurdle – and there’s been no mention by Apple about this ­– ­relates to how performers are paid. Pop singers get money every time their song is streamed for 30 seconds or more, with an average payment of 0.0025p per listen. This system is fine for three-minute, regularly played pop songs. But a single movement of a symphony can last half an hour. Per-track payments won’t cut it. Orchestras need to eat. This issue must be addressed.

        • Creative CommonsSiobhan Leachman — Open Culture VOICES, Season 2 Episode 6

          Open Culture VOICES is a series of short videos that highlight the benefits and barriers of open culture as well as inspiration and advice on the subject of opening up cultural heritage. Siobhan is a volunteer for various Wikimedia projects including Wikicommons, Wikidata, and Wikipedia.

        • TechdirtCity Builder Game Taken Down By DMCA Abuse Back Online After Several Weeks

          It was a couple of weeks back when we highlighted the story of how one game, Workers & Resources: Soviet Republic, was suffering as the victim of very clear DMCA abuse. If you don’t recall the post, you can get all the details in the link. The short version of it is: a fan of the game and member of the game’s community wrote a guide for making the game more realistic, the publisher liked it so much that they wanted to incorporate some of it into a new “realistic” game mode they were already creating, they offered to give him credit after the game mode was released, and then everything went sideways.

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