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Links 10/09/2022: diaspora* 0.7.18.1, Tor Browser 12.0a2, and Wine 7.17



  • GNU/Linux

    • Its FOSSTraditional Linux Packaging is not Suitable for Modern Applications [Opinion]

      The fundamental issue with traditional packaging is that it does not leverage containers. Many graphical applications are inherently complicated and require very specific dependencies to run as intended. Many distributions build the same application in different environments by making use of workarounds, such as patching the application or disabling build options. This leads to different variants of one application and suffers from inconsistent behavior and user experience. Of course, distribution maintainers can’t realistically rewrite their package managers and make use of containers in 10 days. These rewrites will break many scripts, features, and more and will also take a long time to be production-ready.

      My personal recommendation would be to use and promote Flatpak, as it is solely intended to extend an existing distribution rather than replace it. Packagers won’t have to worry about packaging applications and resorting to workarounds, as Flatpak will already be taking care of that.

    • Linux LinksLinux Around The World: Estonia - LinuxLinks

      We cover events and user groups that are running in Estonia. This article forms part of our Linux Around The World series.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • HackadayHackaday Podcast 184: What Is Art, Bulk Tape Eraser Go Brr, And The Death Of Email

        This week, Editor-in-Chief Elliot Williams and Assignments Editor Kristina Panos had a lot of fun discussing the best of the previous week’s hacks in spite of Elliot’s microphone connectivity troubles. News-wise, we busted out the wine and cheese to briefly debate whether a Colorado man should have won an art competition by entering an image created by AI. Afterward, we went around a bit about floppies, which are being outlawed in Japan.

    • Applications

      • diaspora* version 0.7.18.1 released! - The diaspora* Project

        We just released diaspora* version 0.7.18.1 which fixes an issue when multiple bundler versions were available that results in diaspora* being unable to start.

      • WINE Project (Official)WineHQ - Wine Announcement - The Wine development release 7.17 is now available.
        The Wine development release 7.17 is now available.
        
        

        What's new in this release: - High Unicode planes support in DirectWrite. - Some work towards Wow64 support in the Vulkan driver. - Various bug fixes.

        The source is available at:

        https://dl.winehq.org/wine/source/7.x/wine-7.17.tar.xz

        Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:

        https://www.winehq.org/download

        You will find documentation on https://www.winehq.org/documentation

        You can also get the current source directly from the git repository. Check https://www.winehq.org/git for details.

        Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list.
    • Instructionals/Technical

      • UNIX CopHow to change network interface name to eth0 on CentOS 9/8

        In this post, you will learn How to change network interface name to eth0 on CentOS 9/8 and RHEL 9/8

        When on a Linux system, you show the name of the network interfaces, usually, the Ethernet connection is shown with eth0 but if you do it on CentOS, you will get an ens33 or an enp0s3 and how to reverse this? Well, let’s go for it.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Scribus on a Chromebook

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

      • Matt RickardThe Lost Art of System Administration

        I spent a good chunk of my adolescence learning Linux systems administration. I attribute some of my success as a software engineer to the scripting and systems knowledge I picked up while installing, maintaining, and tinkering with Linux distros.

        Now, one rarely needs to know things like that – runtimes are "serverless," and ssh is disappearing. Macbooks are the developer machine. Init systems and daemons have been replaced by single-process containers. General-purpose operating systems have been replaced with small (e.g., alpine) or even smaller ones (e.g., microkernels). Hardware

        This is the natural progression of things. Here are a few things I learned from tinkering over the years.

      • BSDlyThe Things Spammers Believe - A Tale of 300,000 Imaginary Friends

        It finally happened. Today, I added the three hundred thousandth (yes, 300,000th) spamtrap address to my greytrapping setup, for the most part fished out of incoming traffic here, for spammers to consume.

        A little more than fifteen years after I first published a note about the public spamtrap list for my greytrapping setup in a piece called Hey, spammer! Here's a list for you!, the total number of imaginary friends has now reached three hundred thousand. I suppose that is an anniversary of sorts.

      • Digital Music NewsHow To Record Vocals at Home (for Beginners)

        Most indie artists are recording music from their bedrooms. It’s amazing we have that opportunity, but it also requires knowing more about how to properly record. And the quality of the vocals is one of the things that can make or break a track. So here’s the basic process for how to record vocals at home…

      • Terence EdenWhat's the cheapest domain you can register for 10 years?

        I'm concerned about the longevity of the domains I register. I want my domains to be available for as long as possible. But it seems that every year prices rise - and the discount often provided for a new domain rarely continues into subsequent years.

        So I recently started renewing them for as long as possible. It turns out that most domains can be registered for a maximum of 10 years1.

      • Chris HannahHow I Set Up My Ghost Blog to Support Micro Posts

        Yesterday, I configured my blog to support micro posts, and I had a lot of feedback asking, essentially, how I did it. So, I’ve decided to write exactly what I did to enable micro posts on my Ghost blog.

        As a side note, my blog is a self-hosted instance of Ghost on Digital Ocean. This is the only way I’ve ever used Ghost, so if you pay for a Ghost instance directly on Ghost.org, then I’m not sure if you will have access to everything a self-hosted instance does.

      • James GTIL: Fixing the author card on my home page h-feed

        Assumed knowledge: This post assumes technical knowledge with microformats. This post is most useful for someone debugging authorship relations on their h-feed or for community members who want to discuss documenting this pattern.

      • James GHosting a fun DNS server with Go and a DNS library

        I had a lot of fun building this project. Projects like this keep me thinking about how joyful computing can be (as well as how you can do some really fun things with protocols!). Now that I have the shell of a DNS server and some utilities, I can add new functionalities at any time as I think of them. I don't have any ideas just yet, but I think there's more I can do with my personal website.

        Let me end by extending a big thank you to miekg and everyone who worked on the aforementioned DNS library in Go. This library (which also powers dns.toys that I mentioned at the beginning of the article) let me build this project without having to implement a whole DNS server myself.

      • IT Pro TodayHow To Create an Ubuntu Virtual Machine on Windows 10 [Ed: Too much Windows, but this is at least not as bad as WSL]
      • Trend OceansHow to Run Shell Scripts in Linux [with Detailed Explanation for Beginners] - TREND OCEANS

        What is a shell script? A shell script is a sequence of commands written inside a text file with a “.sh” extension that is intended to be run on Unix-based operating systems like Linux.

        Any person skilled in the Linux command line and possessing a decent knowledge of shell and bash scripting languages can create their own shell script to automate certain tasks like backing up the system.

        Standard users like you and me, who don’t have any knowledge about this technicality and use Linux just for media or office work, soon you might encounter this shell file and you should know what are the different ways to execute this shell file are and how to choose the relevant one, including which shell interpreter is recommended by the developer. Stick with this article till the end to learn about them, including bonus tips.

      • Linux HintCORS Nginx

        “Cross-origin resource sharing is known by the acronym CORS. When someone is operating on a different domain, the server will use this method to control access to its services. It happens in the middle of a server and a browser. With the help of HTTP Access-Control-Request-* headers, the browser transmits some data. Based on the received headers, the server decides what to send back as Access-Control-Allow-* headers. The browser is now aware of its ability or inability to access server resources. The browser may occasionally perform a pre-flight, which is a validation, before making the actual request. The headers cannot be changed by front-end code in the browser. The headers can be modified by the server-side code. However, it must be performed by a downstream service that the application cannot see, such as an API gateway or the HTTP server.

        Cross-origin HTTP queries made by scripts are restricted by browsers for security concerns. The same-origin principle, for instance, is adhered to both the Fetch API and XMLHttpRequest. This implies that a web application utilizing those APIs can only make requests for resources from the origin from which it was loaded unless the response from other sources has the appropriate CORS headers.”

      • OpenSource.com5 ways to resize and optimize images for the web on Linux | Opensource.com

        There was a time when 5 MB was the reasonable maximum size for an email attachment. Today, it's easily possible for a single photo to be 5 MB. Accordingly, the maximum attachment size has increased to, say, 25 MB. But of course file sizes are getting bigger and bigger too, and so eventually the attachment limit will go up too. It's an endless cycle, common in the digital world: the tools are built for today's data, and today's data increases in complexity and size until the tools are revised and improved. You have to contain data, preferably in the smallest packaging possible, so that sharing it online goes faster for everyone. Here are five ways to optimize images for the Internet.

      • Linux HintNginx Block Geo Location

        “Nginx is known to be a lightweight open-source software (Linux). It proves to be a high-performance web server by providing high-performance stability, HTTP capabilities, improved application-based deliveries, and security of the websites with the reduction of the long waiting times for the busiest web pages by acting as load manager/balancer for the websites. In comparison with other lightweight web servers, Nginx offers a tremendous variety of features, and one of these features includes the GeoIP module.

        GeoIP module helps to know about the geo-location of the client; sometimes it happens that the organization/websites aren’t interested in providing their services, or they want to keep their information confidential from certain clients coming from specific geo-location, in such situation GeoIP maps the IP address belonging to the clients’ location and blocks it to avoid any visitor from that location.”

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxValve opens official Steam Deck repair centers

        Need to get your Steam Deck fixed up? Well, you no longer have to do it yourself as Valve have officially opened up some repair centers. If you need to send off your Steam Deck for any reason, it will now go to one of their specialized repair shops.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Nate GrahamThis week in KDE: Getting Plasma 5.26 ready

          While in Touch mode in the Plasma Wayland session, you can now force the Maliit Virtual Keyboard to appear even if it didn’t appear automatically (Aleix Pol Gonzalez, Plasma 5.26. Link)

          In System Monitor and the Plasma widgets of the same name, you can now query sensors for your CPUs’ minimum, maximum, and average temperature and frequency (Alessio Bonfiglio, Plasma 5.26. Link)

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • 9to5LinuxGNOME Shell on Mobile Is Shaping Up Nicely, Gets New Navigation Gestures, Quick Settings

          In my previous report, I told you that GNOME developers are working on a native port of GNOME Shell, the main UI of the GNOME desktop environment, for mobile devices (a.k.a. Linux phones and tablets), since the release of GNOME 40.

          Now, developer Jonas Dreßler shares that “there’s been a huge amount of progress” since the last update in May 2022, and that GNOME Shell on mobile received a sophisticated 2D navigation gesture system similar to what Android and iOS offer, but with a single overview for both launching and switching. Here it is in action!

        • GNOME Shell on mobile: An update - GNOME Shell - Mutter

          It’s been a while since the last update on GNOME Shell mobile, but there’s been a huge amount of progress during that time, which culminated in a very successful demo at the Prototype Fund Demo Day last week.

          ​The current state of the project is that we have branches with all the individual patches for GNOME Shell and Mutter, which together comprise a pretty complete mobile shell experience. This includes all the basics we set out to cover during the Prototype Fund project (navigation gestures, screen size detection, app grid, on-screen keyboard, etc.) and some additional things we ended up adding along the way.

          The heart of the mobile shell experience is the sophisticated 2D gesture navigation: The gestures to go to the overview vertically and switch horizontally between apps are fluid, interruptible, and multi-dimensional. This allows for navigation which is not only quick and ergonomic, but also intuitive thanks to an incredibly simple spatial model.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers

    • Licensing / Legal

      • Alexandru NedelcuOpen Source vs Free Software

        The Open Source definition exists because businesses wanted to release products as Free Software, but either wanted a more clear social contract, or wanted nothing to do with its politics, or the organization behind it. It’s still about freedom though, but from a slightly different perspective.

    • Programming/Development

      • Do we need an office?

        Apple first announced their return-to-office policy, which resulted in their Director of ML leaving, then retracted it, then re-introduced it, resulting in a petition against the change.

        [...]

        When thinking about the most efficient work setup, it’s necessary to first define the parameters which we are optimizing our setup for. In general, knowledge work in software consists of using our cognitive and logical capabilities to produce solutions to problems. The nature of these problems can vary greatly - how to implement a feature using a certain programming language, how to structure & resource a project to fulfill customer’s schedule requirements, how to solve interpersonal issues in a team, how to improve the flow of important information within a company, the list goes on and on.

      • Good Interviewer/Bad Interviewer

        This post outlines what separates good and bad interviewers, inspired by Ben Horowitz’s timeless post about what distinguishes good product managers from those that are bad.

      • Visually impaired, blind children benefit from new coding project
      • Matt RickardMaterializing Results

        Cache invalidation is hard. Even if it's not really "cache invalidation." The problem is that you often want denormalized data from your relational databases. But complex joins and large amounts of data can make those queries expensive (in terms of both time and dollar cost).

        The answer is often an incremental approach. A materialized view provides an up-to-date cached table of the denormalized data. They've been around in some form since 1998 (Oracle 8). You can manually implement them with triggers and state functions, but those solutions aren't generalizable.

      • Data SwampGit - How to prevent a branch to be pushed

        I was looking for a simple way to prevent pushing a specific git branch. A few searches on the Internet didn't give me good results, so let me share a solution.

      • Geshan101 software engineering realities you must be aware of (especially as a junior engineer)

        I have been writing code in some form for more than 20 years now. I have been a software engineer by trade since 2007. Repeatedly, I find myself discussing the same points with multiple people interested in software engineering and web development, mostly junior engineers. So, in this post, I am going to list 101 software engineering realities (experiences moreover) that you can read and possibly learn from, here it goes.

      • Alexandru NedelcuScala isn't fun anymore

        Many Scala libraries are really well maintained and stable (e.g., Cats), and we’ve got the tools to do it, such as sbt being awesome at conditional/cross compilation, checking versioning schemes, or the availability of Mima, a plugin meant to check for breakages of binary compatibility. It’s a useful case study in communities adapting to their sins. But being the user, and having to deal with all the breakage, is still painful as hell, and I feel that in general many libraries have no respect for downstream users suffering from breakage.

      • Jay LittleAll Hail the Tech Magicians and their Cantrips

        My fear here is that we have built a world in which nobody understands how anything actually works. That applies to both the economic priests that we have been serving along with the tech priests that we will inevitably end up serving instead. This idea scares me because it means that on the day things really begin to break, nobody will be in a position to fix it. Right now the end users bet on me being able to fix broken things and I'm betting on the proprietary application / cloud service developers (e.g. Microsoft) being able to fix them.

      • Perl / Raku

        • Stack OverflowThis is not your grandfather’s Perl

          All of this meant that for almost twenty years, Perl had no next version number to use. And this has, unsurprisingly, led to a large part of the industry assuming that Perl hasn’t changed much over that time. This is unfortunate as Perl has undergone massive changes in the new millennium. The Perl 5 team have developed an annual release cycle, where a new version is released in about May of every year. Version 5.36 was released in May 2022 and is very different to version 5.6.0, which was current back in the summer of 2000. In this article, we’ll look at some of the new Perl features that you might have missed.

      • Python

    • Standards/Consortia

  • Leftovers

    • Mark DominusPope Fibonacci

      When Albino Luciani was crowned Pope, he chose his papal name by concatenating the names of his two predecessors, John XXIII and Paul VI, to become John Paul. He died shortly after, and was succeeded by Karol Wojtyła who also took the name John Paul. Wojtyła missed a great opportunity to adopt Luciani's strategy. Had he concatenated the names of his predecessors, he would have been Paul John Paul. In this alternatve universe his successor, Benedict XVI, would have been John Paul Paul John Paul, and the current pope, Francis, would have been Paul John Paul John Paul Paul John Paul. Each pope would have had a unique name, at the minor cost of having the names increase exponentially in length.

    • The ConversationSeven times people discovered the Americas – and how they got there

      When Columbus landed in 1492, the Americas had been settled for tens of thousands of years. He wasn’t the first person to discover the continent. Instead, his discovery was the last of many discoveries.

      In all, people found the Americas at least seven different times. For at least six of those, it wasn’t so new after all. The discoverers came by sea and by land, bringing new genes, new languages, new technologies. Some stayed, explored, and built empires. Others went home, and left few hints they’d ever been there.

      From last to first, here’s the story of how we discovered the Americas.

    • HackadayMotorcycle Builder Makes Downhill Mountain Bike

      [Allen Millyard] is a premier British motorcycle builder. In these circles he is widely regarded and his custom motorcycles are nearly world-famous. But when his son took up downhill mountain biking, he decided to put his skills building a different type of vehicle. This is the Millyard MR001, one of the most unique mountain bikes ever built thanks to some design choices that solve many problems otherwise inherent in bicycles.

    • HackadayThe Internet Without The Computer: 1990s Style

      We think of the Internet extending to small devices as a modern trend, but it actually is a good example of how everything makes a circle. Today, we want the network to connect to our thermostat and our toaster. But somewhere between the year 1990 and the year 2010, there was a push to make the Internet accessible to the majority of people who didn’t own a computer. The prototypical device, in our mind, was Microsoft’s ill-fated WebTV, but a recent video from [This Does Not Compute] reminded us of another entry in that race: The Audrey from 3COM. Check out the video, below.

    • Counter PunchBoris Kagarlitsky
    • Education

      • Jeff GeerlingShort is good

        I watched TheOdd1sOut's How to Find Inspiration and remembered the most important lesson I learned from my high school English teacher:

        Short is good. Short is hard.

        The teacher didn't exactly put it like that. But he harped on something nobody else did: writing concisely.

      • RTLVoice-operated smartphones target Africa's illiterate

        In Ivory Coast, a so-called "Superphone" using a vocal assistant that responds to commands in a local language is being pitched to the large segment of the population -- as many as 40 percent -- who are illiterate.

        Developed and assembled locally, the phone is designed to make everyday tasks more accessible, from understanding a document and checking a bank balance to communicating with government agencies.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayBootstrapping The Old Fashioned Way

        The PDP-11, the Altair 8800, and the IMSAI 8080 were some of the heroes of the computer revolution, and they have something in common — front panel switches, and a lot of them. You probably have a fuzzy idea about those switches, maybe from reading Levy’s Hackers, where the painful process of toggling in programs is briefly described. But how exactly does it work? Well thanks to [Dave Plummer] of Dave’s Garage, now we have a handy tutorial. The exact computer in question is a reproduction of the IMSAI 8080, the computer made famous by a young Matthew Broderick in Wargames. [Dave] managed to score the reproduction and a viewer saved him the time of assembly.

      • HackadayUltra-Thin Rubber Parts Made With A 3D Printed Plug

        We generally think of 3D printed components as being hard bits of plastic, because for the most part, that’s what we’ve got loaded up in our desktop machines. But outside of the normal PLA, PETG, and ABS, you can also print with various flexible filaments such as TPU. This can be handy for producing custom seals, or rugged enclosures.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Proprietary

      • [Old] ABCOracle joins in FBI, CIA database plans

        Oracle Corporation is working with the CIA and the FBI on plans to create a national database which will capture information on all Americans and quite possibly, people in the rest of the world.

      • [Old] SFGateOracle's coziness with government goes back to its founding / Firm's growth sustained as niche established with federal, state agencies

        The CIA was not just Oracle's first customer. Founded in May 1977, the firm's name came from a CIA project code-named "Oracle." Company co-founders Larry Ellison, Robert Miner and Ed Oates worked on Project Oracle at a consulting firm, before striking out on their own.

        A quarter century later, close to a quarter of the company's revenue -- $2. 5 billion a year -- still comes from selling software to federal, state and local agencies.

      • [Old] GizmodoLarry Ellison's Oracle Started As a CIA Project

        Oracle has pulled in billions of dollars each year working for governments at all levels for all manner of projects, the most high-profile of late being the disaster that was the Oregon health insurance exchange. But it's the company's philosophy behind how national security databases should work which would surprise someone who'd only read about them on Vox.

        Ellison has always been a big believer in the federal government maintaining large national databases. And he was able to be much more public about it in the months after the September 11th attacks. In fact, Ellison argued that we needed just one large national security database, one with national ID cards and mandatory iris scans, naturally.

      • Kev QuirkiCreep

        At this point, pretty much all of my computing is done on an Apple device, but I never intended for it to be this way.

        Back when I ditched Android my plan was to only ditch Android because I feel that Apple is the lesser of the two evils.

      • KlaraDeploying FreeBSD on Oracle Cloud: Why Leverage FreeBSD for Oracle Cloud’s new Arm Instances

        Although most people associate ARM processors with small personal devices, ARM64 servers have grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years. For example, Ampere Altra machines are available in 80 and 160 core variants and can support up 512GB of RAM. These machines are core to Oracle Clouds ARM server offering.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • VideoThe Police Are Watching Us All - Invidious

          This week in the Weekly News Roundup, police bypass warrants with big tech, Apple takes a swipe at passwords, and scientists are trying to assist memory.

        • VideoThe Police Are Watching Us All - Invidious
        • Help Net SecurityResearchers publish post-quantum upgrade to the Signal protocol

          PQShield published a white paper that lays out the quantum threat to secure end-to-end messaging and explains how post-quantum cryptography (PQC) can be added to the Signal secure messaging protocol to protect it from quantum attacks.

        • EDRINew EU law amplifies risks of state over-reach and mass surveillance

          What this means for us is that the sensitive data of up to 10% of the population – such as people’s DNA and fingerprint data – are being collected in national policing databases which can be searched automatically by each Member State. The system currently allows police authorities to compare a DNA profile – in theory, taken from a criminal suspect or found at a crime scene – and use it to run a search against all other participating member states’ DNA databases. The new proposal would allow searches on the basis of people’s facial images, too.

          Since entering into EU law in 2008 (between 2005 and 2008, it was a treaty between several governments only) the Prüm framework has proven unfit for purpose. For example, in Slovenia, investigations have revealed that victims and their family members have been included in criminal databases, and other examples show that non-suspects, acquitted people, victims and witnesses are routinely included in criminal databases without a legal basis in many EU countries. Our research has also shown a patchwork of rules (or lack of rules) and systemic data protection failings across these national databases. When plugged into supranational systems like Prüm, the risks skyrocket.

        • [Old] Austin GilTIL: You Can Access A User’s Camera with Just HTML

          The interesting thing about the capture attribute is for users coming to your website on a mobile device. If they interact with that input, instead of opening up the default file picker, it will actually open up one of their cameras. It could be the front facing camera or the back facing camera, depending on the value.

        • I CringelyWhat yesterday’s Apple satellite announcement really means

          I took the summer off to move with my family from California to Virginia, thus escaping the inevitable fires of doom. I deliberately left my Apple/Globalstar column up so it would be still staring at readers when Apple made its eventual announcement, which was yesterday. That was a gutsy move on my part, but clearly I was correct. Today’s column — my first from our new home in Virginia — looks at specifics of the Apple satellite announcement, placing it in a more informed context.

        • TechdirtYet Another Data Broker Found To Give Massive Amounts Of Location Info To Law Enforcement

          The Supreme Court may have extended constitutional protection to historical cell site location info, but that’s not going to stop our public servants — and the private companies that serve them — from finding ways to elude the ramifications of the Carpenter decision.

        • Common DreamsCoalition Tells FTC to Curb Amazon 'Surveillance Empire' by Blocking Purchase of iRobot

          "The deal will further entrench Amazon's hold on the smart home technology ecosystem, eliminate competition in that sector, and enhance the company's monopoly power."

    • Defence/Aggression

      • ScheerpostZelensky Rings New York Stock Exchange Bell as Euro Dips Below Dollar

        As the Ukraine proxy war triggers economic crisis across the West. Zelensky kicks off a campaign inviting foreign investors to plunder his country while he crushes the labor rights of its citizens.

      • France24Shelling at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant poses a growing problem

        Shelling has destroyed power infrastructure at the Ukrainian city of Enerhodar where staff operating the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant live, posing a growing threat to the plant, the UN nuclear watchdog said on Friday. Meanwhile Russian forces have killed two staff members.

      • CBCUkrainian nuclear plant operating in emergency mode, state operator says

        The six-reactor Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant came under the control of Russian forces early in the war that started in February, but is being operated by Ukrainian staff. The plant and surrounding areas have been repeatedly hit by shelling that Russia and Ukraine blame on each other's forces.

        The last power line connecting the plant to the Ukrainian electricity grid was cut on Monday, leaving the plant without an outside source of electricity and receiving power for its own safety systems from the only one of the six reactors that remains operational.

      • Jacobin MagazineMichigan GOP Election Officials Are Attempting to Subvert Democracy in Plain Sight

        The Board of State Canvassers decision is part of a broader, more disturbing trend with the potential for much more serious consequences. Earlier this year, Michigan Republicans nominated Kristina Karamo to run for secretary of state, Michigan’s top election administrator. An unhinged election denier who was among the pro-Trump mob that gathered to intimidate Detroit election workers in 2020, Karamo has called public schools “government indoctrination camps” and likened abortion to “child sacrifice,” deeming it a “satanic practice.” Karamo also allegedly threatened and attempted violence against her family. It is hard to imagine fair elections in Michigan with Karamo running the show.

      • The StrategistAl-Qaeda, the Taliban and the tragedy of Afghanistan

        The Taliban don’t have the field to themselves. They are neither prone to change nor united among themselves to embrace an enlightened Islam. It is imperative that the West support the anti-Talban resistance until they can negotiate for a nationally and internationally legitimate and participatory system of governance and a sovereign united Afghanistan with respect for human rights and the rights of women. Whatever the circumstances, the struggle for the soul of Afghanistan is set to continue.

      • The Gray ZoneChain of corruption: how the White Helmets compromised OPCW investigations in Syria
      • TruthOutFascism Has Gone Mainstream
      • FAIRNYT Scolds China for Not ‘Learning to Live’—or Die—With Covid

        Four and a half million people.

      • ScheerpostUkraine and the Triumph of Militarism

        "What [Tierney] is saying about liberals who once protested the Iraq invasion now supporting U.S. proxy warfare in Ukraine is broadly true,€ including€ throughout the€ Bernie Sanders/AOC “progressive” wing€ of the Democratic Party."

      • Common DreamsJayapal Shares Threatening Voicemails Weeks After Stalking Incident

        "From the Big Lie to January 6 to a man with a gun at my door, it is clear how much is at stake."

      • MeduzaRussian-controlled occupation authorities in Kharkiv region report that they have started evacuating people from Izyum — Meduza

        According to TASS, the Russian-controlled administration of the occupied part of Kharkiv Region announced that it had started "evacuating" civilians from the town of Izyum, which is controlled by Russian troops.

      • MeduzaElections have begun in Russia. Moscow election observers say hundreds of cyber attacks have been stopped. — Meduza

        On September 9 a three-day voting for various levels of government began in 82 Russian regions. The main and final election day will be September 11.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Lasting Impacts of Mikhail Gorbachev's Squandered Legacy

        Mikhail Gorbachev, who died at the age of 91 on August 30, was "perhaps the most radical thinker about security to ever lead a major power,"€ writes Katrina vanden Heuvel in The Nation, the progressive magazine where the journalist serves as editorial director and publisher. In the deeply moving piece, where vanden Heuvel describes her personal relationship to the man who called both her and her late husband—the unparalleled scholar of Russian history, Stephen Cohen—his "true friends," she considers the former Russian leader's legacy as "a great reformer in his country's tormented history."€  Vanden Heuvel, who is not only fluent in Russian and studied Russian history at Princeton University but has lived in the Soviet Union and Russia, joins Robert Scheer on the latest edition of "Scheer Intelligence" to expand on her Nation piece and the consequences of the squandering of Gorbachev's legacy.€ 

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

    • Environment

      • Energy

        • DeSmogHow Biden Could Use the Tennessee Valley Authority to Address the Climate Crisis

          “Climate change threatens the basic foundations of society. It is the very definition of a whole-of-government problem, which means every single federal agency should apply its existing powers creatively and aggressively toward the problem,” Revolving Door Project Research Director Max Moran said in a statement. “Alone, these executive branch policies are wildly insufficient to the task of getting America to meet its climate goals. But all of these policies are necessary components of the puzzle, and represent the lowest-hanging fruit in terms of climate action.”

        • DeSmogLiz Truss Campaign Funded by Donors From Pro-Fracking Groups and Climate Denier

          Two days after taking office, Truss gave the green light for new fracking projects, putting her at odds with the Conservatives’ 2019 manifesto pledge and in advance of a much-awaited report by the British Geological Survey on the safety of fracking.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Suff NZGiant squid returns to Timaru for new exhibition

          An exhibition in honour of the colossal squid caught by a Timaru fishing vessel in Antarctica has landed in the district.

          Parts of the squid make up a travelling exhibition by The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, which is now on display at the South Canterbury Museum and its director Philip Howe is excited by its “Timaru-link”.

          “It shows locals that big discoveries can be made anywhere,’’ Howe said.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Silicon AngleWhite House releases six proposals for reforming tech industry regulation

        The White House has released six proposals for reforming tech industry regulation that span areas such as privacy, algorithmic decision-making and market competition.

        The proposals were published Thursday following a listening session held at the White House about the tech industry. The session included the participation of more than a dozen experts and practitioners.

        The first of the six proposals published by the White House is designed to promote competition in the tech sector. “A small number of dominant Internet platforms use their power to exclude market entrants, to engage in rent-seeking, and to gather personal information,” the proposal stated. To remedy the situation, the White House is calling for the implementation of new rules capable of ensuring “small and mid-size businesses and entrepreneurs can compete on a level playing field.”

      • New York TimesTwitter Reached $7 Million Settlement With Whistle-Blower

        “They’re paying the guy $7 million and making sure he’s quiet,” Alex Spiro, an attorney for Mr. Musk, said during the hearing.

      • TechdirtElon Musk, Once Again, Fails To Get His Big Asks From Delaware Chancery Court

        Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick, who is overseeing the Twitter v. Musk case in the Delaware Chancery Court, has a bit of a reputation as a no-nonsense judge who isn’t one to put up with much crap. And so far, that’s definitely been clear from how she’s handled the case. She isn’t showing favoritism, but every time big decisions come in regarding the case, she seems to shut down Musk’s ridiculous asks, while granting him just small concessions. It happened in the original fight over when the trial would be, in which McCormick scheduled the trial to be just a month after Twitter requested, but three months earlier than Musk had hoped for. It happened again a few weeks ago in a fight over how much data Twitter needed to hand over to Musk in his silly quest to find out how much spam is in the mDAU (something that doesn’t really matter). The judge gave him a much smaller segment of the data he requested, but still gave him some.

      • AxiosTikTok unites tech factions against it

        Be smart: It’s not what TikTok is doing today that has people most concerned, but rather what it could do with millions of users, many of them young people, and a powerful algorithm that seems perfectly tuned to reach their hearts and minds.

      • Democracy NowRoundtable: Amid Tributes to Queen Elizabeth, Deadly Legacy of British Colonialism Cannot Be Ignored

        We host a roundtable on the life and legacy of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, who died Thursday at the age of 96. She was the country’s longest-reigning monarch, serving for 70 years and presiding over the end of the British Empire. Her death set off a period of national mourning in the U.K. and has thrown the future of the monarchy into doubt. “The monarchy really has come to represent deep and profound and grave inequality,” says Cambridge scholar Priya Gopal, author of “Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent.” We also speak with Harvard historian Maya Jasanoff, Novara Media editor Ash Sarkar and Pedro Welch, former chair of the Barbados Reparations Task Force, who says the British monarchy’s brutal record in the Caribbean and other parts of the world must be addressed. “The enslavement of our ancestors has led to a legacy of deprivation, a legacy that still has to be sorted out,” says Welch.

      • Common DreamsAfter Queen's Death, Victims of British Imperialism Share Why 'We Will Not Mourn'

        "Her legacy is colonialism, slavery, racism, loot, and plundering."

      • The DissenterDecolonizing Memories Of The Queen—Plus, EU's Self-Inflicted Energy Crisis
      • Common DreamsOpinion | Mourn the Queen, But God Save the People

        Every human death is a loss. But Queen Elizabeth lived a long and, from most accounts, good life. The people close to her have lost a mother, a friend, a real person. They shouldn't be dismissed. Neither should the British citizens who mourn her. The grief people feel for a public figure is real, even if what they're really mourning are the passing days of their lives.

      • ScheerpostThe Queen and Her Legacy: 21st Century Britain Has Never Looked So Medieval

        In this moment there is no public room for ambivalence or indifference, for reticence, for critical thinking...The British establishment expects every man, woman, and child to do their duty by lowering their head.

      • TruthOutElection Workers Brace for Violence Around the Midterms
      • The NationHow the Democrats Got Their Groove Back

        Just a few months ago, both Joe Biden and the Democratic Party were facing grim prospects—not just for the midterms but for the foreseeable future. Biden’s presidency seemed adrift, with all his promised Build Back Better agenda roadblocked by Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. Starting with the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan—a move that had majority support but was accompanied by dismal images of American defeat—Biden’s reputation for competence had been badly tarnished.

      • MeduzaPolice draw up reports of ‘discrediting’ the army against St. Petersburg deputies who accused Putin of treason — Meduza

        In St. Petersburg seven deputies from the Smolninskoye municipal council were summoned by the police for “discrediting” the Russian army. Deputy Dmitry Palyuga spoke to Mediazona about it.

      • ScheerpostPutin Sees Future With Asia and Claims Western Economic Decline in New Speech

        Speaking at the Eastern Economic Forum, Putin addressed Western sanctions, Russia’s growing relationship with Asia and an update on Ukraine.

      • TruthOutDOJ Appeals Ruling Granting Trump a Special Master in Classified Docs Inquiry
      • Common Dreams72 House Democrats Tell Pelosi to Keep Manchin's Dirty Deal Out of Must-Pass Legislation

        In a new letter signed by an ideologically diverse array of House Democrats—including members of both the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) and the New Democrat Coalition—lawmakers warn that the "destructive provisions" negotiated behind closed doors by Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) "will allow polluting manufacturing and energy development projects to be rushed through before the families who are forced to live near them are even aware of the plans."

      • TruthOutMajority of Americans Say MAGA Movement Is a Threat to Democracy, Poll Finds
      • Misinformation/Disinformation

        • ScheerpostJohn Pilger: Silencing the Lambs. How Propaganda Works

          Having soaked for 82 years in a deep bath of righteousness that is the official version of the last world war, isn’t it time those who are meant to keep the record straight declared their independe…

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Carl SvenssonKing Charles III and the Swedish General Election: On metapolitics and impending doom

        Western ideals have now deteriorated to arresting citizens for posting online, and laughing at urgent warnings simply for being delivered by the wrong flavor of representative. This has been long in the making. Those who warned about Sweden's current problems during the last few decades - and they were many - were effectively silenced with accusations of fascism, alarmism, communism, racism or denialism.

        Despite being right, they will have no vindication. There's no reason to concede when the effects of term upon term of mismanagement can be blamed on belligerent foreign autocrats - or on the decisions of a supranational union it was so important to join, all those years ago. Curiously, there's been very few accusations of opportunism.

      • The AtlanticWhere the Hatred Comes From: What I learned in the space between death threats and bodyguards

        Those who have denounced the attack in printed newspapers—most of which are directly or indirectly controlled by the state—rarely do so in the name of free speech, claiming instead that it must have been a false-flag operation staged by the West, maybe by America itself, to put Muslim countries and Islam in a bad light. Even among the Turkish writers and intellectuals who I know value free speech, few have been eager to protest or even draw attention to the matter.

        I’ve had many long conversations with writers who have received death threats, especially from “Islamists” or “Islamic extremists,” and with writers and journalists who—for various reasons—live under threat in Muslim countries such as Egypt and Turkey. The threats I face in Turkey are primarily not from Islamic extremists, but rather from nationalists who take issue with my comments on the Armenian genocide and think I am insulting Turkish history—though, in truth, these two groups are not too distant from each other, and Turkey is currently governed by an Islamic-nationalist coalition.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Observer Research FoundationIs Mainstream Media Dead?

        This question delivered a number of affirmatives, denials, and up-to-a-points, and yet, there was a clear and definite consensus: Corporate news outlets will not be destroyed by more democratised news content, but will certainly adapt to their reduced market share. Print media and major news outlets will survive, but only if they adapt.

      • BIA NetJournalists Sadiye Eser, Sadık TopaloÄŸlu sentenced to six years in prison

        Lawyer Kılıç said the prosecution's allegation was based on Ögür Baran, a witness who had not attended any hearing. He cited Court of Cassation decisions that the allegations of a witness who was not heard face to face should not be taken into account.

        He also noted that a Kurdish song on Eser's phone was cited as evidence in the case file.

      • BIA NetJournalist investigated after report on vehicles rented for ErdoÄŸan rally

        Two and a half million lira (1.37 million US dollars) was paid for the cars rented for two days, according to his report.

        The prosecutors opened the investigation after a complaint by Çetin Can, an executive of Erdoğan's justice and Development Party (AKP) in Van, who got the contract for the car rental.

        The journalist is under investigation for "slander and insult."

      • BIA NetJournalist Ziya Ataman says strip searched in prison

        Ataman was a reporter for the Dicle News Agency (DÄ°HA), which was shut down by a statutory decree during the period of State of Emergency after the July 2016 coup attempt.

      • BIA NetEuropean Federation of Journalists head protests ErdoÄŸan in Zagreb

        "The problem is not the blocked streets, it is ErdoÄŸan. In Türkiye, 38 journalists are currently in prison. According to a RSF report, 90 percent of the national media is under the control of the government," she later wrote on Twitter.

      • TechdirtPolitico’s New Owner Signals He’s Doubling Down On Feckless ‘He Said, She Said’ Journalism

        New Politico owner and Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner has been craving U.S. press attention, and got more of it than he wanted this week. Döpfner was the focus of a not particularly flattering profile in the Washington Post showing, among other things, that the German billionaire was excited by the prospect of a second Trump term and really liked a lot of the stuff Trump was up to...

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • APNICSender pays

        So, the entire issue of network neutrality, interconnection and settlements, termination monopolies, cost allocation, and infrastructure investment economics is back again. This time, it’s not under the banner of network neutrality but under a more directly confronting title of ‘sender pays’. The principle is much the same — network providers want to charge both their customers and the content providers to carry content to users.

      • RIPETowards a Sanctions Solution Space

        As the RIPE NCC manages its compliance with relevant sanctions, we are also looking at how to ensure that sanctions don't jeopardise the global Internet.

        In recent years, the RIPE NCC has been very publicly managing the challenge of complying with EU sanctions while fulfilling our remit as the Internet number registry for our service region. These EU sanctions, levied primarily against individuals and legal entities in Syria, Iran and Russia, have resulted in the RIPE NCC freezing the accounts of a small number of members, but they have also consumed significant organisational resources as we work to ensure full compliance with the law. Our Chief Legal Officer, Athina Fragkouli, provided details in presentations and in past RIPE Labs articles, and our Managing Director has reported on these issues at recent RIPE Meetings and RIPE NCC events.

      • Perifèries UrbanesZero rating and the infrastructure of political (mis)communication in Brazil – Raquel Rennó and Juliana Novaes

        Given these conditions, in which fixed broadband Internet connectivity, where there is generally no data cap, is unavailable, insufficient, or unaffordable, users from lower socioeconomic backgrounds develop a dependency on zero-rated services and applications included in mobile Internet plans. Zero-rating is a term that refers to a specific practice in telecommunications, whereby consumers are offered plans that enable the use of certain services and applications without being charged as part of the data cap. Normally, this offer is provided as part of prepaid plans, where the user gets a limited amount of data to use in a certain period of time. Zero-rating plans are usually the outcome of negotiations between technology companies that develop applications and services and network operators that offer mobile Internet plans to users. Given the scale of this negotiation, these zero-rating agreements are generally made between multinational technology companies and network operators that have already achieved market dominance. In a recent study on Internet users in Brazil, 40% of low-income individuals reported having their connection recently restricted exclusively to zero-rated applications due to the impossibility of buying more mobile data. Among them, 80% mentioned they would prefer to have the possibility to have access to other platforms and websites on the Internet, rather than being limited to one zero-rated application (Instituto Brasileiro de Defesa do Consumidor & Instituto Locomotiva, 2021).

      • [Old] uni StanfordFacebook, Google & Big Telecoms Want to Keep Violating Net Neutrality in Europe. Regulators Should Stop Them.

        The E.U.’s top telecom regulator BEREC is set to issue new net neutrality rules, after the European Court of Justice found that discriminatory zero-rating plans such as T-Mobile’s StreamOn and Vodafone’s Pass violate Europe’s net neutrality law.

        In a proceeding that has gotten almost no press attention, BEREC is deciding what the new rules should be for carriers that “zero-rate” some applications by exempting them from customers’ monthly data caps. These discriminatory schemes almost invariably favor the carrier’s own services or those of giant platforms like Facebook and YouTube.

      • [Old] uni StanfordEuropean Regulators Just Stopped Facebook, Google and Big Telecoms’ Net Neutrality Violations

        BEREC’s previous net neutrality guidelines did not categorically ban selective zero-rating programs or category-based ones that, e.g., offer to zero-rate all music or video apps. So carriers across the EU took advantage and collectively launched hundreds of zero-rating programs. These often exempted the carriers’ own services and disproportionately benefited big platforms like Apple, Google, and Facebook, while small companies and European startups were left out.

        BEREC has now banned those.

      • [Old] uni StanfordZero-rating in Africa, Reconsidered

        Throughout the world, people access the Internet via various zero-rated offers. Over the years, policy debates about zero-rating have primarily focused on cases of zero-rating taking place across the Global South and involving US tech companies or organizations, from Facebook (Internet.org/Free Basics) to Wikipedia (Wikipedia Zero). Most famously, in 2015, digital rights activists in India led a spectacular year-long campaign that led to a regulatory ban on zero-rating. Across the world, however, zero-rating remains a practice rarely regulated and widely used in the industry.

      • [Old] Data-Pop AllianceThe High Cost of “Free” Data: Zero-Rating and its Impacts on Disinformation in Brazil

        Last but certainly not least, one of the fastest growing concerns related to zero-rating is how it can facilitate the spread of disinformation. Focusing on Brazil, (although similar situations are playing out all over Latin America and the world), the popularity of WhatApp has grown so much that nearly every business, institution, hospital, school and other public and private facility uses it to communicate with their consumers or clients. It’s even more popular here than in the US (where it was created), with 93% of Brazilians being active users. This statistic is directly related to the fact that many mobile plans, offered by the largest telephone companies in the country, sponsor the data “caps” that fuel the demand for this type of “free” application.

        Herein lies the problem, for example, when someone receives a WhatsApp message with shocking news and clicks on the link, they cannot access the full website because they don’t have enough mobile data. Subsequently, they are left only with a biased title and no ability to confirm whether the information is true or false. It becomes almost impossible for low-income populations to verify information they consistently receive, due to their lack of access to mobile data. Additionally, sharing unverified content becomes more and more common, which contributes to the spread of fake news.

      • TechdirtWhite House Releases Performatively Ridiculous ‘Principles’ For ‘Tech Platform Accountability’ That Include Removing Section 230

        During the 2020 campaign, there were a few times when candidate Joe Biden insisted he wanted to get rid of Section 230 entirely, though he made it clear he had no idea what Section 230 actually did. When I wrote articles highlighting all of this, I had some Biden supporters (even folks who worked on his campaign) reach out to me to say not to worry about it, that Biden wasn’t fully briefed on 230, and that if he became President, more knowledgeable people would be tasked to work on stuff, and the 230 stuff wouldn’t be an issue. I didn’t believe it at the time, and it turns out I was correct.

      • Self-Hosted email is the hardest it's ever been, but also the easiest.

        The top page on HN had an interesting post on it titled “After self-hosting my email for twenty-three years I have thrown in the towel. The oligopoly has won.”.

        Before you write off the post as just another self-hoster complaining, read it. Carlos has been at it a LONG time, and he’s tried everything. Carlos makes excellent points, and they’re all about the centralization of email services.

        It’s true – Big, concentrated email services are elbowing out people who run their own servers in the name of “spam protection”. While the attacks may not be targeted to one individual or another, kafka-esque systems that often just don’t work are being employed to make it harder to land in user’s inbox.

        Even if you you set up all the “acronyms” (i.e. DKIM, DMARC, SPF), emails from your self-hosted email server may go to spam.

    • Monopolies

      • [Old] USDOJ1854. Copyright Infringement -- First Sale Doctrine

        The first sale doctrine, codified at 17 U.S.C. ۤ 109, provides that an individual who knowingly purchases a copy of a copyrighted work from the copyright holder receives the right to sell, display or otherwise dispose of that particular copy, notwithstanding the interests of the copyright owner. The right to distribute ends, however, once the owner has sold that particular copy. See 17 U.S.C. ۤ 109(a) & (c). Since the first sale doctrine never protects a defendant who makes unauthorized reproductions of a copyrighted work, the first sale doctrine cannot be a successful defense in cases that allege infringing reproduction.

      • [Old] American Library AssociationCopyright for Libraries: First Sale Doctrine

        The “first sale” doctrine (17 U.S.C. €§ 109(a)) gives the owners of copyrighted works the rights to sell, lend, or share their copies without having to obtain permission or pay fees. The copy becomes like any piece of physical property; you’ve purchased it, you own it. You cannot make copies and sell them—the copyright owner retains those rights. But the physical book is yours. First sale has long been important for libraries, as it allows them to lend books without legal hurdles. (Jenkins, Jennifer. 2014. "Last Sale? Libraries’ Rights In The Digital Age". College & Research Libraries News 75 (2): 69-75.)

      • uni MassachusettsFirst Sale (or Exhaustion) Doctrine in Copyright

        “First Sale” (also called the “exhaustion doctrine”) is the name in US copyright law for the idea that owners of copies of copyrighted works have the right to re-sell, lend, give away, or even destroy their personal copies of works. The copyright holder’s right to control the distribution of their work goes away after the “first sale” of the work. The “First Sale Doctrine” is codified in U.S. copyright law at 17 U.S.C. Section 109.

        In other areas of law, such as patent law, this principle is called the “exhaustion” principle.

      • TechdirtSony Claps Back At Microsoft Over Limited Promise For ‘CoD’ Cross-Platform Plans

        And here we are again, with more exclusivity drama coming out of the recent acquisitions Microsoft has undertaken in the video game space. After the announcements of the Zenimax/Bethesda and Activision Blizzard acquisitions, which are still going through review, Microsoft came out with a bunch of conflicting statements on what those buys would mean for exclusivity of games. Then the company said some games, mostly from the Bethesda acquisition, would be “first/best” on Xbox. Then one title from Bethesda was announced as an Xbox exclusive. And then, after all of that, came Xbox chief Phil Spencer talking about how exclusives weren’t the future, as everyone listening realized that they certainly seem to be Xbox’s present.

      • Copyrights

        • Digital Music NewsHipgnosis Songs Fund Has ‘Burned Through Its Funds and Is Unable to Raise More,’ Financial Times Reports

          Moreover, Hipgnosis will reportedly need to achieve a 20 percent revenue boost (assuming that costs remain steady) to fund its dividend for the fiscal year ending in March of 2023, and “raising new equity would dilute existing shareholders and, in the words of an HSF spokesperson, ‘destroy value,’” per FT once again.

        • Digital Music NewsLed Zeppelin Bootleg Concert Footage From the ’70s Appears on YouTube

          The film was taken at the Inglewood Forum on September 4, 1970 – then sat in a drawer for 50 years. After it was rediscovered, the footage was matched to audio from another Led Zeppelin bootleg recording, On Blueberry Hill. The footage gives fans a previously unseen look at the group performing songs like “Since I’ve Been Loving You,” “Thank You,” “What Is And What Should Never Be,” “Whole Lotta Love,” “Some Other Guy,” and “Lemon Song.”

        • Future Publishing LimitedSeven minutes of unseen Led Zeppelin film gathered dust for 50 years: now it's online

          The footage was despatched to another collector, a French Led Zeppelin expert and audio synchroniser named Etienne Marchand, who was able to identify the exact moments in the 106-minute set that Vincent had filmed, and match them to the relevant parts of the On The Blueberry Hill audio. And that's the footage that has been released today, on the 50th anniversary of the original show.

        • CBCRings of Power could cost $1B. What's making TV so expensive?

          Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, a noted Tolkien fan, had his company acquire the rights to Lord of the Rings' appendices for a reported $250 million US. The appendices are additional information Tolkien included at the end of his books, and because of that Amazon does not even have the ability to include information from the books' main story or its prequels like The Hobbit.

          And with the first season of a five-season run costing an estimated $465 million US (subsequent seasons, though still wildly expensive, could require slightly reduced budgets as producers will be able to use existing construction and costumes), Rings of Power may conservatively cost the studio in excess of $1 billion US.

        • Torrent FreakUS Piracy Blocking Lawsuit Enters New Phase - Part Public, Part Hidden

          This April, a coalition of entertainment companies convinced a judge to sign a pirate site blocking injunction that affected every ISP in the United States. This document was later found to be unenforceable but it was public access to court records that first pushed it into the public eye. As the case enters a new phase to block more domains, a level of secrecy had been requested by the plaintiffs.

        • Techdirt🚨🚨🚨Twitch Decides A Siren Sound Effect Is Covered By Copyright And Silences Stream

          Alongside death and taxes, one of life’s great certainties is a constant flow of absurd copyright claims. Here’s one from the world of live videogame streaming on the popular€ Twitch€ platform, owned by Amazon. € A group of Spanish-speaking streamers organized a gaming event featuring “Project Zomboid“, a zombie survival€ role-playing game. TorrentFreak explains€ how copyright spoilt their fun:

        • The New Numbers on Music Consumption Are Very Ugly

          There’s a widespread view that only tech industries need to innovate. Yet nothing could be further from the truth.

          Even arts and entertainment businesses require constant infusions of fresh talent and new ways of thinking. It’s their lifeblood and oxygen. And if they can’t (or won’t) find it, stagnation sets in. At that juncture, even major artistic endeavors start to feel anachronistic and backward-looking.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • What I look forward to in the fall
      • Replaying Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F

        When I've had free time in the evenings this week, I've been playing Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F on my PlayStation 3. Project Diva F is a rhythm game featuring the popular Japanese Vocaloid character Hatsune Miku, in which the player hits the four action buttons and tilts the control sticks in time to music.

    • Technical

      • Freezr "P.E.B.C.A.K."

        All the morning trying to figuring out why I couldn't run the `vncsever` through a crontab @reboot job... Let me say this is a shared P.E.B.C.A.K. with hundreds and hundreds off people with the same problem and without a clear solution... And this is one of the reason why Linux sometimes pisses me off very, very, badly... There is a shared problem and nobody has solution but you can find countless of fake solutions and useless workarounds that never work… But those are there to create mess, confusion, clickbait, for whatever anyother reason but not solve the problem, I refer all these bullshi

      • Science

        • HackadayFrank Drake’s Legacy, Or: Are We All Alone In The Universe?

          When Frank Drake began his astronomy career in the late 1950s, this was an incredibly exciting time for the field. Humanity was beginning to unlock the secrets of the Universe using ever more powerful radio frequency and optical telescopes, including the tantalizing prospect of space-based telescopes. Amidst the ramping up Space Race between the US and USSR, there was an ever-growing excitement about humankind’s future among the stars.

      • Internet/Gemini

      • Programming

        • LZR's button rebinding menu

          Hey! I took a few hours to work on a small input rebinding system for LZR.

          Pressing F1 in any LZR project will open a new (small) window, asking for directions.

          The user will then have the ability to press the keys they want to bind to (in order) left/right/up/down/O/X. They have the ability to cancel anytime with Escape.

        • Zig programming language

          I heard about Zig programming language before, and was quite dismissive about it as "yet another C replacement". Short-sighted of me.

          Couple days ago I stumbled upon it again, and decided to at least glance at documentation. Folks, it is really awesome. I am excited. Go read documentation yourself.

          The most awesome feature is ability to execute code at compile time, and have this compile-time code access to all functions that will also be used at runtime. Power of Lisp macros or Template Haskell in C. In particular, this power allows implementing "printf" better than in C.

          In C, format string argument to "printf", while 99% of time is literal, is treated no different than any other "const char *" argument to any other function, so format string is parsed at runtime and code that handles something obscure, like %A, is compiled in no matter whether you use it or not. Also, vardaic functions in C are very easy to misuse and pass argument type mismatching format string.

        • Praising automatic code formatters

          I believe Go language was first that came with source formatter built into compiler.


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Links 20/06/2024: Trying to Maintain Health and the Implosion of LLM Bubble/Hype
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Microsoft's Bing Share in Canada Has Only Decreased Since the LLM Hype ("Bing Chat")
According to statCounter
Gemini Links 20/06/2024: Golden Ticket and Looking for Web 1.0 Communities
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Not Even TRYING to Compete With Microsoft
CMA (UK) ought to step in and investigate why Canonical (UK) refuses to even compete
Poul-Henning Kamp: Why Freedom in 'FOSS' Matters
Openwashing is more widely recognised as a growing problem
[Meme] EU Chat Control: The Problem is Too Much Privacy???
So what's with GDPR then? The EU is contradicting itself!
Lithuania: GNU/Linux Usage Climbs to Highest Level in Years
consistent abandonment of Microsoft
"Remarkably Little Had Changed."
Black or African American not even mentioned
This Week Fedora Celebrates Diversity, But It is Pushing Proprietary Software and Censorship
IBM openwashing, perception management, and reputation laundering gone awry?
Rumours That Nat Friedman (CEO) Was 'Fired' by GitHub/Microsoft
"Microsoft Refused to Fix Flaw Years Before SolarWinds Hack"
linuxsecurity.com: A Step in a Positive Direction
We hope that Guardian Digital and linuxsecurity.com will rectify the matter and persist with real articles
Links 20/06/2024: Somali Piracy Surges, Juneteenth Discussed
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Gemini Links 20/06/2024: Gemini is 5 Today (Still No Gemlog Entry From its Founder)
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Over at Tux Machines...
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IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, June 19, 2024
IRC logs for Wednesday, June 19, 2024