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Links 12/05/2023: PostgreSQL 15.3 and Escuelas Linux 8.2

  • GNU/Linux

    • Server

    • Graphics Stack

      • 9to5LinuxDXVK 2.2 Released with D3D11On12 Support, D3D9 Partial Presentation

        DXVK 2.2 is here three and a half months after DXVK 2.1, which introduced HDR support and Shader compilation improvements, to add support for D3D11On12. This new feature enables the creation of D3D11 devices from D3D12 devices to allow D3D12 support in recent Unity Engine games, such as Lego Builder’s Journey.

        Another new feature introduced in DXVK 2.2 is called “D3D9 partial presentation”. This feature enables DXVK to present parts of a window by copying the contents of the back buffer to system memory and then drawing them into the window on the CPU.

      • GamingOnLinuxMesa graphics drivers 23.1.0 out now with RADV GPL enabled

        Another fresh release of Mesa is now available, the set of open source graphics drivers for Linux and Steam Deck with v23.1.0 out now.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • OSTechNixHow To Test Linux Distros Online With DistroSea

      Are you interested in trying out different Linux distributions but don't want to go through the hassle of installing them on your machine? Look no further! In this guide, we'll show you how to test Linux distros online using DistroSea. Whether you're a seasoned Linux user or just getting started, testing distros online is a convenient and risk-free way to explore different flavors of Linux and find the one that best suits your needs.

    • HaikuOSHaiku: The Icon Sets Proposed in the Icon Contest

      In 2006, an contest was held to create an original icon set for Haiku to replace the BeOS R5 icons. With the passage of time, much of the content surrounding the event has rotted away, including images of the proposed icon sets. Luckily, the Internet Archive has backups! The Stipi icon set won, with Honey, zuMi and Mc Clintock trailing close behind.

    • New Releases

      • 9to5LinuxEducational Distro Escuelas Linux 8.2 Released with Linux Kernel 6.2

        Powered by Linux kernel 6.2 for the 64-bit edition, which is patched and packed by System76, and Linux kernel 4.19 LTS for the 32-bit edition, the Escuelas Linux 8.2 release is here with the most recent version of the Bodhi Linux-developed desktop environment to date, Moksha 0.4.0-7, offering a highly polished and beautiful environment for running educational apps.

        Talking about apps, Escuelas Linux 8.2 includes many updated software like Audacity 3.3.2, Blender 3.5, GCompris 3.2, Mozilla Firefox 113, LibreOffice 7.5.3, Minetest 5.7, Veyon 4.8, Kdenlive 23.04, Google Chrome 113, IBM Java 8.0, ONLYOFFICE 7.3.3, Wine 8.7, wxMaxima 23.04, and Zotero 6.0.26.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Hari RanaOverview of Flatpak's Permission Models

        Flatpak’s permissions can be confusing. Some are technical and need knowledge on how they work, and others are self-explanatory. Some are added before the app starts, known as static permissions, and some are requested when the user runs the app, known as dynamic permissions. Many may also criticize Flatpak for lacking Android-style permissions while being unaware of the existence of XDG Desktop Portals.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • UbuntuCanonical at Dell Technologies World 2023

        Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, is proud to sponsor Dell Technologies World this year and have presence on the Expo. Join us in Las Vegas on May, 22–25 to discover how Canonical and Dell can help you securely advance your business and serve your customers with cutting-edge technologies.

        Register to Dell Technologies World 2023

        Come to our booth, meet the OrangeBox, watch to live Demos and Speaking Sessions, and have some fun with the Trivia Game. You can win great swags and prizes!

      • UbuntuMatter on Ubuntu: getting started with the standard for smart home devices

        Canonical joined the Connectivity Standards Alliance last year to lead the charge for Linux in the smart home. The Matter standard is a particular focus for us. Its secure design and open ecosystem align well with Ubuntu’s own values of security and openness.

        Ubuntu Core and Matter make for a powerful pair. Ubuntu Core’s containerisation makes it a highly secure OS that pairs well with the highly secure protocol. Its update and device management capabilities provide the missing pieces that the Matter standard leaves up to device makers to implement.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwareEDATEC ED-IPC2010 – A compact DIN Rail mountable industrial computer based on Raspberry Pi CM4

        Note that the specifications above are both for the carrier board and the industrial computer, and some of the interfaces such as MIPI DSI, MIPI CSI, and the FPC (HDMI+USB) connector are not accessible with the standard enclosure.

        On the software side, EDATEC simply asked people to use Raspberry Pi OS or Raspberry Pi OS Lite, and from what I read on the user manual, which you can download from the product page, you’ll mostly need to install the BSP for hardware-specific code...

      • Linux GizmosGoogle Coral Dev Board Micro available for ~$83.29

        The Coral Dev Board Micro is a small dual-core microcontroller device with a 4 TOPS ML accelerator and built-in camera. These embedded boards, the compatible PoE module and Wi-Fi/BT5.0 module are already available from a couple of global distributors.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Tom's HardwareRaspberry Pi Alternative Orange Pi 5 Plus Brings RK3588 to the SBC Game

        Orange Pi 5 is set to launch its latest SBC with a beefier RK3588 SoC and a plethora of RAM options

      • ArduinoEmoband strokes and squeezes your wrist

        Modern consumer devices are fantastic at providing visual and auditory stimulation, but they fail to excite any of the other senses. At most, we get some tactile sensation in the form of haptic feedback.

      • ArduinoFingertip force control aids in sports and musical training

        An Arduino Uno Rev3 board paired with a function generator gives the system precise control over the EMS unit, allowing it to adjust muscle stimulation as necessary. It does so in real-time in response to fingertip force estimated by a machine-learning regression model. An expert in the activity could use the system to train it on the proper amount of force for an action, then the system could provide the amount of stimulation necessary for a new student to replicate the expert’s force. With practice, the student would gain a feel for the force and then could perform the activity on their own without the aid of the system.

      • Andrew HutchingsSchneider Euro PC: Restoration Part 6

        As mentioned in a previous post, I was a little wary that I might have caused damage to the parallel port IC when the tantalum capacitor popped. My original plan was to buy a parallel port sound card and try that, unfortunately shipping of this is taking a really long time. So, this will be for a follow-up video.

      • PurismCybersecurity Attacks Launched From Operating Systems & Apps On The Rise

        According to a new report from Secureworks, endpoint attack vectors that include email, popular operating systems, and apps are on the rise.

        In response to attacks by way of Android apps, Google has removed thousands of nefarious apps that had the capability to launch malware enabling developers to launch a wide array of attacks including€ Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, Man-in-the-Middle (MitM), and Ransomware attacks.

        It is a little-known fact that bad actors can launch attacks on networks and critical infrastructure by way of popular operating systems that support surveillance and data mining technologies.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

      • PostgreSQLPostgreSQL 15.3, 14.8, 13.11, 12.15, and 11.20 Released!

        The PostgreSQL Global Development Group has released an update to all supported versions of PostgreSQL, including 15.3, 14.8, 13.11, 12.15, and 11.20. This release fixes two security vulnerabilities and over 80 bugs reported over the last several months.

        For the full list of changes, please review the release notes.

      • 37signals LLCIt's not just cloud costs that are out of control

        We're letting our yearly commitment to Datadog, a performance and monitoring tool, expire at the end of this month. Not because we don't like the service. It's actually really nice! But because the $88,000/year it was going to cost us to continue is just ridiculous. And it's emblematic of a larger issue: Enterprise SaaS pricing is getting silly.

      • Terence EdenDoctrine - difference between bindValue() and setParameter() on prepared statements

        This pissed me off and I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong. So I'm blogging about my ignorance.

        Imagine you're using Symfony and Doctrine to access a database. You are using prepared statements to prevent any SQL injection problems.

        There are two main ways of doing this - and they disagree about how positional variables should be specified.

    • Licensing / Legal

      • The Drone GirlFlorida delivery drone law set to go into effect this July

        Not every drone-related law passed in Florida has been welcome by the drone industry. And in fact, many have not been welcome. But there’s one that some drone delivery companies in particular are lauding — and it’s set to go into effect on July 1. Florida SB 1068 and its House companion, HB 1071, dig into the issue of building drone ports. More specifically, it is expected to make construction of drone ports throughout Florida a lot easier.

    • Programming/Development

      • Fernando BorrettiReturn Reasons, Not Booleans

        When you have a predicate that acts on a tree data structure, rather than return a Boolean, you should return an object that represents success/failure and carries explanatory information in the failure case.

      • Achim ZeileisColoring in R's blind spot

        Prior to version 4.0.0 R had a poor default color palette (using highly saturated red, green, blue, etc.) and provided very few alternative palettes, most of which also had poor perceptual properties (like the infamous rainbow palette). Starting with version 4.0.0 R gained a new and much improved default palette and, in addition, a selection of more than 100 well-established palettes are now available via the functions palette.colors() and hcl.colors(). The former provides a range of popular qualitative palettes for categorical data while the latter closely approximates many popular sequential and diverging palettes by systematically varying the perceptual hue, chroma, luminance (HCL) properties in the palette. This paper provides an overview of these new color functions and the palettes they provide along with advice about which palettes are appropriate for specific tasks, especially with regard to making them accessible to viewers with color vision deficiencies.

      • Adolfo OchagavíaYou are holding it wrong

        Here is the same program, now in Rust: [...]

        After all this years using and contributing to Rust, it still feels like a major breakthrough bridging Computer Science research and pragmatic software development3. This kind of program analysis is supposed to be too impractical for real-world programming, yet it works!

      • Brad TauntWorking with git Patches in Apple Mail

        I recently covered how to work with git email patches in Evolution on Linux, so I thought it would make sense to walk through a similar workflow for those using Apple Mail on MacOS. The idea is essentially the same, with just a little extra work involved.

      • University of TorontoI've mostly stopped reading technical mailing lists

        The primary change I've noticed of these mailing lists is that they see a lot more questions that are either basic or very specific, where if I had the question I would have expected to answer it myself by reading through the documentation. In the beginning I had unkind descriptions of these sorts of questions, but I've come to be more sympathetic to them, especially the questions that come from people abroad who may not have English as their first language. The unfortunate fact is that projects aren't necessarily well documented and their documentation probably is dauntingly hard to read for people who aren't fluent in technical English, and people have work to get done (using those projects). Turning to the project user mailing list and asking their questions, if it works, is probably much faster than the alternatives (and their boss may be yelling at them to get it done ASAP).

      • EarthlyImplementing OAuth 2.0 Flow in Non-Web Clients

        It’s easy and intuitive to implement OAuth 2.0 in web applications. However, when setting up OAuth 2.0 for non-web clients this becomes difficult as OAuth 2.0 requires redirect (callback) URLs.

      • HackadayLinux Fu: C On Jupyter

        If you are a Pythonista or a data scientist, you’ve probably used Jupyter. If you haven’t, it is an interesting way to work with Python by placing it in a Markdown document in a web browser. Part spreadsheet, part web page, part Python program, you create notebooks that can contain data, programs, graphics, and widgets. You can run it locally and attach to it via a local port with a browser or, of course, run it in the cloud if you like. But you don’t have to use Python.

      • KDABValue Semantics

        C++ is an old language. Many aspects of our programming styles have become habits that we do not think about too much today.

      • Dirk EddelbuettelDirk Eddelbuettel: crc32c 0.0.2 on CRAN: Build Fixes

        A first follow-up to the initial announcement just days ago of the new crc32c package. The package offers cyclical checksum with parity in hardware-accelerated form on (recent enough) intel cpus as well as on arm64.

      • RlangHow R Shiny Helps Protect Coral Reefs in Micronesia

        Appsilon is on a mission to tackle global challenges around climate change and biodiversity loss – the biggest threats faced by humanity. We collaborate with scientists, organizations, and businesses to make a positive impact on the world.

  • Leftovers

    • The NationThe Playful Pop of 100 gecs

      Laura Les and Dylan Brady, the duo behind 100 gecs, operate at the bleeding edge of something. Their music feels like a breath of fresh air: at once wearing its musical inspirations on its sleeve, while also working toward something entirely organic and fresh. Call it what you’d like, but to me it sounds like the zeitgeist.

    • CS MonitorCatcher and philosopher: Yogi Berra gets his due

      When one of baseball’s greats seems to be overlooked, what’s the best way to correct that? The director of “It Ain’t Over” offers a documentary that looks fondly at famous Hall of Famer Yogi Berra.

    • New York TimesWhy Do Cats Hold Such Mythic Power in Japan?

      A journey through a country where felines are revered, adored and sometimes seen as actual demons.

  • Education

    • LRTLithuania’s education minister suspected of abusing municipal funds

      Before becoming the minister of education, conservative politician Jurgita Å iugždinienė took a payment of nearly 14,000 euros from Kaunas municipality, where she was a council member. The funds were intended to cover work-related expenses but, according to the journalist Andrius Tapinas who broke the story, there is no evidence to justify the payment.

  • Hardware

    • New York TimesTaiwan Is Running Low on a Strategic Asset: Engineers

      Taiwan’s world-dominating microchip sector was built by TSMC’s skilled employees. But a demographic crisis, demanding work culture and flagging interest threaten its lead.

    • New York TimesPeloton Shares Slide After It Recalls Two Million Exercise Bikes

      The company is offering to replace seat posts on the bikes after receiving 35 reports of the equipment breaking.

    • HackadayReverse Engineering An Oil Burner Comms Board, With A Few Lucky Breaks

      Here’s a question for you: How do you reverse engineer a circuit when you don’t even have it in hand? It’s an interesting problem, and it adds a level of difficulty to the already iffy proposition that reverse engineering generally presents. And yet, not only did [themole] find a way to replicate a comms board for his oil burner, he extended and enhanced the circuit for integration into his home automation network.

    • HackadayConverting On-Grid Electronics To Off-Grid

      Husband and wife team [Jason & Kara] hail from Canada, and in 2018, after building their own camper, sold up their remaining earthly goods and headed south. If you’re not aware of them, they documented their journey on their YouTube channel, showing many interesting skills and hacks along the way. The video we’re highlighting today shows a myriad of ways to power all the DC-consuming gadgets this they lug along with them.

    • HackadayFNIRSI Vs Rigol: An Alternate View

      We’ve heard of the FNIRSI 1014D scope, but we’ve had the impression that it might not be a great scope, although it is economical. [Learn Electronics Repair] had heard from another YouTuber that it was “a piece of junk.” However, he wanted to look at it compared to another inexpensive scope, the Rigol DS1052E. His results were different from what we usually hear. To be clear, he didn’t think it was a perfect scope, but he did find it very usable for his purpose.

    • SparkFun ElectronicsAjay Bhatt and the Universal Serial Bus

      Ajay Bhatt is a computer engineer who is widely recognized as one of the key inventors of the Universal Serial Bus (USB). His work has had a profound impact on the electronics industry in countless ways; including the standardization of interfaces, increased data transfer speeds, and improved power management. Learn more about him and USB technology here!

    • HackadayHackaday Prize 2023: Uno Plus+ Updates A Classic

      As an introduction to embedded electronics and programming in a straightforward environment, there isn’t much out there that can hold a torch to the Arduino Uno. Cheap (especially if you count the clones), easy to find, and quick to deploy, with countless support libraries, it’s a go-to for many a hack. This scribe simply can’t remember how many he’s bought, hacked, and deployed over the years. But can it be improved? [John Loeffler] thinks so, and his 2023 Hackaday Prize entry, the Uno Plus+ could be the one.

    • HackadayHackaday Prize 2023: Meet The Ten Re-Engineering Education Finalists

      They say time flies when you’re having fun, and doubly so when you’re hacking hardware. If you can believe it, we’ve already closed out the first challenge of the 2023 Hackaday Prize, and you know what that means — it’s time to announce the 10 finalists.

  • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

  • Proprietary

    • IDGDeveloper-focused portal Stack Overflow lays off 10% staff

      Stack Overflow, a question-and-answer portal for developers, would lay off 10% of its workforce, the company announced.

      The job cuts, which will affect at least 58 employees, are a result of the company’s renewed focus on profitability due to macroeconomic concerns, CEO Prashanth Chandrasekar said in a blog post.

      “Our focus for this fiscal year is on profitability and that, along with macroeconomic pressures, led to today’s changes. They were also the result of taking a hard look at our strategic priorities for this fiscal year as well as our organisational structure as we invest in the continued growth of Stack Overflow for Teams and pursue agility and flexibility,” Chandrasekar said.

    • WiredSelf-Driving Cars Are Being Put on a Data Diet [Ed: Way to say (spin) this entire sector is doomed and has already failed, no chance of fiscal redemption at this point (just riding VC's money till depletion is complete, lying to them to buy more time)]
    • Akamai Technologies Layoffs: Web Services Company Fires Nearly 3% of Global Workforce, 300 Employees Will Lose Jobs

      Web services company Akamai Technologies is laying off..

    • Cointelegraph Elon Musk announces he will step down as Twitter CEO

      Twitter CEO Elon Musk has announced that he will be transitioning to executive chair and chief technology officer of the social media platform in roughly six weeks.

      In a May 11 tweet, Musk said he hired a new CEO for X Corp. — Twitter’s parent company — who will likely replace him starting in late June or early July. The unnamed woman will follow Musk, who took over the social media platform in October 2022 after completing a $44 billion acquisition.

      According to the soon-to-be-former CEO, he will be overseeing product, software and system operations. Musk fired former CEO Parag Agrawal upon his takeover. Agrawal succeeded Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of the platform, which first launched in 2006.

    • Disney Stock Falls on Uncertainty Over Streaming Profitability, Ad Weakness

      Shares of Disney slipped as much as 9% in trading Thursday after the media conglomerate reported earnings for the first three months of 2023. Disney’s earnings report showed progress on the cost-cutting front — with streaming losses narrowing for the quarter — but analysts cited a weak advertising outlook and uncertainty over when its streaming business can contribute to the bottom line.

      At market close Thursday, Disney’s stock price was $92.31/share, down 8.7% for the day, and off its 52-week high of $126.48.

    • Your StorySoftBank is still losing money

      SoftBank Group Corp made investments totalling only about $3.14 billion across its two primary funding vehicles in the 2022-2023 financial year–a significant reduction from $44.26 billion invested in the year prior.

    • BW Businessworld Media Pvt LtdMeta Forays Into Generative AI, Says Looking At AI Ad Tools

      Social media giant Meta Platforms Inc joined the generative AI product race on Thursday, saying it would begin testing artificial intelligence-powered ad tools that can create content like image backgrounds and variations of written text.

      A select group of advertisers will be invited to experiment with the tools in a "testing playground" that the company is calling the AI Sandbox, Meta executives said at a press event in New York.

    • Jussi PakkanenThe real reason why open source software is better

      The prevailing consensus at the current time seems to be that open source software is of higher quality than corresponding proprietary ones. Several reasons have been put forth on why this is. One main reason given is that with open source any programmer in the world can inspect the code and contribute fixes. Closely tied to this is the fact that it is plain not possible to hide massive blunders in open source projects whereas behind closed walls it is trivial.

      All of these and more are valid reasons for improved quality. But there are other, more sinister reasons that are usually not spoken of. In order to understand one of them, we need to first do a slight detour.

    • David RosenthalFlooding The Zone With Shit

      My immediate reaction to the news of ChatGPT was to tell friends "at last, we have solved the Fermi Paradox"[1]. It wasn't that I feared being told "This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it", but rather that I assumed that civilizations across the galaxy evolved to be able to implement ChatGPT-like systems, which proceeded to irretrievably pollute their information environment, preventing any further progress.

      Below the fold I explain why my on-line experience, starting from Usenet in the early 80s, leads me to believe that humanity's existential threat from these AIs comes from Steve Bannon and his ilk flooding the zone with shit[2].

    • Windows TCO

      • Los Angeles TimesCracks, hacks, attacks: California’s vulnerable water system faces many threats

        On a February morning in 2021, a water treatment plant operator in Oldsmar, Fla., noticed something unusual: An unidentified user had remotely accessed the plant’s computer system and was moving the mouse around the screen.

        The operator watched as the intruder clicked into various software programs before landing on a function that controls the amount of sodium hydroxide, or lye, in the plant’s water system. The hacker then increased the amount of lye — a potentially dangerous substance used to control acidity — from 100 parts per million to 11,100 parts per million.

        The plant operator reversed the change almost immediately, and officials said there was never any threat to public safety. But the incident has highlighted the threats facing major drinking water systems across the country.

      • [Repeat] New York TimesU.S. Says It Dismantled Russia’s ‘Most Sophisticated’ Malware Network

        In a newly unsealed 33-page court filing from a federal judge in Brooklyn, a cybersecurity agent, Taylor Forry, laid out how the effort, called Operation Medusa, would take place.

        The Snake system, the court documents said, operated as a “peer to peer” network that linked together infected computers around the world. Leveraging that, the F.B.I. planned to infiltrate the system using an infected computer in the United States, overriding the code on every infected computer to “permanently disable” the network.

      • Marcy WheelerRussia’s Snakes Got DePlaned

        The US claims to have substantially shut down the infrastructure of one of Russia's most sophisticated cyberespionage groups.

  • Security

    • Privacy/Surveillance

      • EFFNeighborhood Watch Out: Cops Are Incorporating Private Cameras Into Their Real-Time Surveillance Networks

        The company sells police a cloud-based platform for creating real-time crime centers and a streamlined way for officers to interface with their various surveillance streams, including predictive policing, gunshot detection, license plate readers, and drones. For the public, Fusus also sells hardware that can be added to private cameras and convert privately-owned video into instantly-accessible parts of the police surveillance network. In Atlanta, Memphis, Orlando, and dozens of other locations, police officers have been asking the public to buy into a Fusus-fueled surveillance system, at times sounding like eager pitchmen trying to convince people and businesses to trade away privacy for a false sense of security.

        The model expands police access to personal information collected by private cameras that would otherwise require warrants and community conversation. Because these cameras are privately owned, police can enjoy their use without having to create and follow records retention and deletion policies.

        The Electronic Frontier Foundation has been collecting and reviewing documents about cities’ uses of Fusus, which counts nearly 150 jurisdictions as customers. You can access these records on DocumentCloud. EFF also shared these documents with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, which published its report today.

      • TechdirtTwitter Launches Not-Actually-Encrypted Encrypted DMs

        For many months now, Elon has been promising encrypted DMs. And, indeed, we’ve pointed out that he’s absolutely correct that this is an important feature, and one that social media services should offer. The fact that he’s brought it up a bunch and it seemed to be a priority was definitely a good thing, and for all the criticism we’ve leveled at Musk for his decisions at Twitter, I was still hopeful that he’d do at least this one good thing.

      • Cryptography EngineeringOn Ashton Kutcher and Secure Multi-Party Computation

        As unusual as this may sound, Kutcher has been very active in the technical debate around client-side scanning. He’s the co-founder of an organization called Thorn, which aims to develop cryptographic technology to enable CSAM scanning. In March he gave an impassioned speech to the EU Parliament urging the deployment of these technologies, and remarkably he didn’t just talk about the policy side of things. When asked how to balance user privacy against the needs of scanning, he even made a concrete technical proposal: to use fully-homomorphic encryption (FHE) as a means to evaluate encrypted messages.

      • Site36New law for German Federal Police brings more powers for „danger prevention“

        Federal police officers are also to be allowed to wiretap homes and take pictures in order to „danger prevention“ if this serves to combat „serious smuggling of migrants“ or „organised groups of perpetrators“. Since 2016, the Federal Police has been allowed to deploy undercover officers and to conduct informants,, and this is also to be extended to danger prevention.

        The use of „automatic image recording devices“, which can be set up at borders, for example, has been given its own provision. The wearing of body cams and the video surveillance of detention rooms will also be regulated by law. As before, the Federal Police will be allowed to set up number plate recognition devices, provided that this is done „temporarily and not on a nationwide basis“. What is new is the rampant use of drones, which are referred to in the bill as „mobile sensor carriers“ and can record images and sound at all public events or gatherings as well as at railway stations. In addition, the Federal Police will also be given resources to counter unwanted drones.

      • APNICPrivacy and networking: Part 2 — Legal and ethical privacy

        Guest Post: How does privacy impact network design and operations?

  • Defence/Aggression

  • Environment

  • Finance

  • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • QuartzWhat happens if ErdoÄŸan loses this weekend's Turkish election?

      Turkish president Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan is losing in the most recent polling for the first round of the presidential election this Sunday (May 14), with broad implications for Turkey’s role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Ukraine war at stake.

    • Pro PublicaHow the Clarence Thomas and Harlan Crow Investigation Began

      Our reporting on the relationship between Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Harlan Crow, a Texas billionaire and Republican megadonor, has touched off a national conversation about the ethics of the Supreme Court. Other news organizations have stepped up their scrutiny of the high court, and our stories have been cited thousands of times in editorials, op-eds and Congress.

      The lavish travel Crow funded and the previously undisclosed real estate deal and tuition arrangements between Crow and Thomas that our reporting revealed has become fodder for the dueling narratives of American politics.

    • Common DreamsIt’s Time For Democrats to Declare War Over the Debt Ceiling

      Sometimes confronting political opponents calls for a soft touch — for nuance. And sometimes you just need to kick ass.

    • Common Dreams'Time to Subpoena Clarence Thomas and Harlan Crow,' Says Watchdog

      With the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee back at full force with the return of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the progressive group Stand Up America declared Thursday that "it's time to subpoena Clarence Thomas and Harlan Crow," a right-wing Supreme Court justice and his billionaire friend who has spent decades lavishing him with secret gifts.

    • RFERLIranian Executes At Least Seven More People Despite Mounting Criticism

      Iran executed at least seven more people in the early hours of May 10 despite mounting criticism from governments and rights activists over Tehran's frequent usage of the death penalty.

    • Marcy WheelerThree Things: Turf’s Up

      We’ve had a little fun with the new LIV Golf tour and the game of golf in comments. We should spend a little more time on this subject if Special Counsel Jack Smith thought Trump's LIV-related business was subpoena worthy.

    • RFERLLeaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan To Meet In Brussels

      The European Council says the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to meet in Brussels on May 14 as they continue talks to work out a peace agreement.

    • Patrick BreyerAI Act: Lead committees to ban facial surveillance in Europe

      Today, the two lead committees of the European Parliament voted to fully ban biometric mass surveillance in Europe’s public spaces, namely by using the controversial facial recognition technology. The decision was taken by 57:36:10 votes. The committees also voted to ban Clearview AI-type facial recognition databases, biometric categorisation and emotion recognition in the proposed EU Act on Artificial Intelligence, as long advocated for by Pirate Party MEPs. The committee vote will need to be confirmed by all lawmakers in a plenary vote, and the Parliament will then need to negotiate a compromise with the second chamber representing national governments.

    • NDTVWho is Linda Yaccarino? Executive Who May Replace Elon Musk As Twitter CEO

      Linda Yaccarino, the head of advertising at NBCUniversal is in talks to become the new CEO of Twitter, according to the reports. Elon Musk on Thursday said that he has found a new chief executive for Twitter, but did not name the person.

    • Democracy NowWeb of Lies: George Santos Charged with 13 Felonies, But GOP Leaders Refuse to Expel Him from Congress

      Scandal-plagued New York Republican Congressmember George Santos pleaded not guilty to 13 federal charges at a courthouse on Long Island Wednesday. He is charged with wire fraud, money laundering, lying on federal disclosure forms, and fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits while earning a $120,000 salary. Santos has been under investigation since his election to Congress last year exposed his history as a serial liar who fabricated his educational background, employment history and religion. He has thus far refused to step down and has denied the allegations against him. We talk to Mother Jones reporter Noah Lanard, who was in the courtroom and says this indictment is just the beginning of Santos’s legal troubles.

    • New York TimesGeorge Santos Settles Stolen-Check Case in Brazil

      The first-term congressman of New York accepted responsibility for his actions and agreed to pay a settlement in exchange for the charges to be dropped.

    • JURISTUS Representative George Santos pleads not guilty to 13 federal charges

      US Representative George Santos (R-NY) pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 13 federal crimes after a grand jury indicted him over alleged campaign finance and unemployment benefits schemes. >

    • ScheerpostNewton Minow and the Public Interest

      Newton N. Minow, President John F. Kennedy’s first appointed Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), died May 6, 2023.€  If one “herald” of the public interest movement in communication policy could be named, it would be Minow.

    • The NationAnd Justice for All?
    • Telex (Hungary)'We'll be sending the invoices to Brussels in a month' – Gulyás

      The Hungarian government's regular, weekly press briefing was held on Thursday by Gergely Gulyás, Minister of the Prime Minister's Office, and Government Spokesperson Alexandra Szentkirályi. Below are the main points addressed.

    • Common DreamsGroups Blast Right-Wing Government Control of Internet Ahead of Turkey Elections

      As Turks prepare to vote in Sunday's presidential and parliamentary elections, a pair of human rights groups warned Wednesday that the right-wing government of President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan "will exert considerable control over the digital ecosystem in an effort to undermine the outcome."

    • Democracy NowE. Jean Carroll Wins Major Victory for Sexual Abuse Survivors Even as Trump Continues to Target Her

      Under a law passed last year in New York that allows sexual abuse survivors to sue their abusers in civil court even after the criminal statute of limitations has passed, a jury has found former President Donald Trump to be liable for sexually abusing E. Jean Carroll at a department store in the 1990s. After just three hours of deliberations, the jury ordered Trump to pay Carroll $5 million. Following the ruling, Trump appeared in a televised town hall on CNN, where he mocked E. Jean Carroll while the Republican audience laughed at his remarks. We discuss the verdict, Trump’s response and the legal system’s treatment of sexual assault cases with Jane Manning, a former sex crimes prosecutor who is now the director of the Women’s Equal Justice Project.

    • Common Dreams'It Was Shameful': CNN Faces Furious Backlash for Giving Trump a Megaphone to Spew Lies

      Former President Donald Trump predictably used the megaphone CNN handed him Wednesday night to spew falsehoods about the 2020 election, the January 6 attack, abortion, and E. Jean Carroll, turning the hour-long primetime town hall into what one of the corporate media network's own reporters characterized as a "spectacle of lies."

    • Common DreamsPakistan Supreme Court Rules Arrest of Ex-PM Imran Khan Was 'Invalid'

      Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that former Prime Minister Imran Khan's arrest on corruption charges earlier this week was illegal and ordered his immediate release.

    • JURISTPakistan Supreme Court declares arrest of former PM ‘invalid and unlawful’

      Pakistan’s Supreme Court declared Thursday that the arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan was “invalid and unlawful.” Pakistani authorities arrested Khan outside of the Islamabad High Court on Tuesday, sparking protests which continue to brew across the country.

    • JURISTPakistan dispatch: arrest of former PM Imran Khan ‘an unprecedented moment in Pakistan’s history’

      Law students and law graduates in Pakistan are reporting for JURIST on events in that country impacting its legal system. The anonymous author of this report notes that “The current state of the country has made using the Internet a bit of a challenge.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

  • Censorship/Free Speech

  • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Common DreamsOne Year On, the US Has Failed to Demand Justice for Shireen Abu Akleh

      Thursday will mark one year since Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, a correspondent for Al Jazeera, was shot and killed in the occupied West Bank while reporting on an Israeli army raid in Jenin refugee camp. The unconscionably unlawful killing, captured on film, of Abu Akleh by Israeli forces has gone unpunished. And, the Biden administration appears to have fallen in line with the Israeli government’s claims that “there is a high possibility that Ms. Abu Akleh was accidentally hit by IDF gunfire.”

    • Shirish Agarwal: India Press freedom, Profiteering, AMD issues in the wild.

      Just about a week back, India again slipped in the Freedom index, this time falling to 161 out of 180 countries. The RW again made lot of noise as they cannot fathom why it has been happening so. A recent news story gives some idea. Every year NCRB (National Crime Records Bureau) puts out its statistics of crimes happening across the country.

    • The NationMy Cousin Shireen Abu Akleh Was Killed a Year Ago. No Justice Has Been Served.

      Today marks one year since I awoke in the middle of the night to a text telling me that my beloved cousin the trailblazing Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh had been killed by an Israeli soldier while reporting on an Israeli military invasion of a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.

    • Democracy NowOne Year After Israeli Sniper Kills Shireen Abu Akleh, No Justice for Palestinian-American Journalist

      One year ago, on May 11, 2022, an Israeli soldier fatally shot the Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the head as she was reporting on an Israeli military raid just outside the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. She was shot while wearing a blue helmet and blue flak jacket clearly emblazoned with the word “press.” Abu Akleh was one of the most prominent TV journalists in the Arab world and had worked for Al Jazeera for a quarter of a century. She was also a U.S. citizen. But a year after her death, no one has been held accountable despite detailed testimony from eyewitnesses to the shooting. We air excerpts from the Al Jazeera investigation The Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh, which just won a George Polk Award, and speak with correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous. “There’s still no justice in her case, no accountability whatsoever,” says Abdel Kouddous. He adds that while the White House has been very vocal about the case of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who is detained in Russia, the response to Abu Akleh’s killing has been muted. “Shireen was an American citizen, and her family deserves the same calls for justice, the same push for accountability from the White House.”

    • The DissenterWhether You Consider Julian Assange A Journalist Matters
    • JURISTUS Supreme Court rules against Puerto Rico journalists seeking documents from financial oversight board

      The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against a group of Puerto Rico journalists who were seeking documents from the island’s financial oversight board, saying that the board is protected from such information requests by sovereign immunity.

    • Press GazettePublishers must rethink the value proposition of event sponsorship [Ed: Bribery vector]

      Data is the new currency of event sponsorship. Hybrid event calendars are giving unparalleled insight into how publishers can better serve audience needs. Meanwhile, sponsors will expect personalised audience interactions and unique customer insight when investing in third-party events. Why?

    • Press GazetteBarry Diller joins News Corp and Axel Springer to fight ‘destructive’ AI

      Diller, a founder of Fox, also spoke of how the Dominion case stained Rupert Murdoch's legacy.

    • RFERLTehran Prosecutor Summons Newspaper Editor Over Reports Of Increased Sales Of Body Parts

      Tehran's prosecutor has filed charges against the Jahan Sanat newspaper after it published a report on the increasing trade of body parts in Iran due to the deteriorating economic conditions hitting households across the country.

    • RFAJournalists in Pacific island states face uncertain times

      President Joe Biden will soon visit Papua New Guinea, whose government is trying to regulate the local media.

    • uni MichiganNCID hosts panel discussing stereotypes in Asian American media

      The University of Michigan’s National Center for Institutional Diversity held a virtual panel titled “Thinking Beyond Stereotypes in Asian American Media” Tuesday afternoon in which four Asian American authors discussed stereotypes of Asian Americans in the media.€  Panel moderator Melissa Phruksachart briefly introduced the authors before they each took time to explain their work.

  • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Atlantic CouncilFull transcript: 2023 Distinguished Leadership Awards celebrate the game-changing role of women in the world

      The Atlantic Council celebrated its first all-female honoree slate, inspired by the past year of remarkable accomplishments by women around the world.

    • Pro PublicaInvestigators Didn’t Ask Key Questions of Cops Who Killed Kawaski Trawick

      In the spring of 2019, two New York City Police Department officers entered the Bronx apartment of Kawaski Trawick. The 32-year-old personal trainer and dancer had called 911 after locking himself out.

      But 112 seconds after their arrival, footage showed, one of the officers shot and killed Trawick, despite the officer’s more-experienced partner repeatedly telling him not to use force.

    • Pro PublicaThe Ugly Truth Behind “We Buy Ugly Houses”

      Cory Evans was well-versed in the HomeVestors of America playbook when he arrived at a suburban Los Angeles home on Nov. 4, 2016. His franchise with the “We Buy Ugly Houses” company had executed more than 50 deals in the preceding two years. Patriot Holdings would soon become one of the company’s most successful franchises by following HomeVestors’ strategy of finding homeowners in desperate situations, then convincing them to sell quickly.

      The homeowner, Corrine Casanova, had bought the three-bedroom Baldwin Park bungalow with her husband in 1961 and now owned it outright. After raising three children there, she was days away from leaving it for an assisted living facility and had called the number on a HomeVestors ad.

    • JURISTOhio legislature advances joint resolution to raise threshold to enact a constitutional amendment

      The Ohio General Assembly advanced on Wednesday€ Senate Joint Resolution 2€ which would raise the required threshold from 50 percent to 60 percent to enact a constitutional amendment. The senate concurred with the house’s amendments to the resolution.

    • TechdirtAudit Finds New Jersey Cops Aren’t All That Enthusiastic About Public Accountability

      Guess who doesn’t want to police themselves. If you guessed “police,” you win nothing but more years of zero accountability. Everybody seems to know cops don’t want to be held responsible for their actions, but those capable of forcing cops to be accountable for their actions seem willing to let the status quo remain in effect.

    • Pro PublicaHomeVestors Aims to “Bury” ProPublica’s Reporting

      On April 18, HomeVestors of America executives held a virtual meeting for its nearly 1,150 franchisees. The purpose: Alert local “We Buy Ugly Houses” operations about a forthcoming ProPublica investigation into their business tactics.

      “It is not going to be flattering for us,” HomeVestors CEO David Hicks warned.

    • Common DreamsThe US Government Is Illegal—Not Asylum-Seeking

      Title 42 ends Thursday, but the U.S.-led war on refugees will continue, as the policies that are replacing Title 42 are in many ways, much worse.

    • Common DreamsIn Win for Farm Animals, US Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to California Law

      In what sustainable agriculture, public health, and animal rights champions celebrated as a major victory, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a California law prohibiting the in-state sale of pork, eggs, and veal derived from creatures "confined in a cruel manner."

    • Common Dreams'Madness': Federal Judge Rules 18-to-20-Year-Olds Can't Be Barred From Gun Purchases

      A federal judge's ruling in Virginia on Thursday once again made clear the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, in which the right-wing majority ruled that laws and regulations pertaining to firearms must fall within the United States' so-called "historical tradition."

    • TechdirtThe Writers’ Strike Makes Sense; Their Demands About AI, However, Do Not

      The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is on strike again. Given how much writers contribute to the entire entertainment ecosystem—every satisfying cinematic moment begins its life on the written page—the WGA is asking studios to grant professional writers a reasonable slice of Hollywood’s huge profit pie: a higher minimum wage across all media, higher contributions to benefits, more residuals for streaming. Basically, the same story as writers’ strikes from years past. And, let’s face it: the studios can afford it. Nearly all the WGA’s requests seem sensible, and worth striking over. As such, the overall strike seems righteous.

    • ScheerpostHollywood Writers Are Striking to Save the Industry From Corporate Destruction

      Hollywood writers represented by the Writers Guild of America, East, and the Writers Guild of America, West, are on strike for the first time since 2007-08. As Alex Press writes in Jacobin, “The WGA (West and East) called the strike just before midnight on May 1, with its leadership unanimously voting for a work stoppage after six weeks of negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) over a new three-year contract that covers some 11,500 film and television writers. Announcing its decision, the union said that the bargaining table responses of the AMPTP, which consists of Amazon, Apple, Discovery-Warner, Disney, NBC Universal, Netflix, Paramount, and Sony, had ‘been wholly insufficient given the existential crisis writers are facing.’” Even though overall production budgets have risen in the past decade, writer pay has declined, and the rise of streaming services has translated to lower residuals for writers, shorter paid work periods and more precarious employment, etc., with studios even threatening to replace more essential creative labor with AI software.

    • New York TimesStriking Writers Find Their Villain: Netflix

      Fear of protests prompted the streaming giant to shift€ an anticipated presentation€ for advertisers€ to a virtual€ event and a top executive to skip an honorary gala.

    • JURISTUK Bar Council, Archbishop of Canterbury call Illegal Migration Bill ‘deeply flawed’ and ‘morally unacceptable’

      The UK Bar Council on Wednesday called on peers in the House of Lords to reject the “deeply flawed” Illegal Migration Bill. The second reading of the bill took place in the House of Lords this afternoon and saw the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby make representations as to the immorality of the bill.

    • Atlantic CouncilHow the women and girls of Iran have fueled their ‘unprecedented’ protests: Bravery, solidarity, and innovation

      Uncorrected transcript: [...]

  • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • TechdirtDish Network Is A Hot Mess After Major Hack Attack

      Satellite TV provider Dish Network isn’t having much fun. Despite oodles of direct government assistance during the Trump era, the company’s attempt to pivot from mediocre satellite TV provider to modern streaming service and wireless giant has been a hot mess.

  • Monopolies

    • Copyrights

      • Creative CommonsCC Supports Trans Rights [Ed: CC does not understand what CC is for. Maybe it'll also start writing about the Ukraine conflict, Unabomber, 9/11 etc. Then again, this is what happens when orgs like EFF and OSI let a bunch of fools take over and promote some totally unrelated agenda, using the old legitimacy of the original institutions while dividing the support base.]

        Recently, we witnessed [1] book bans and educational restrictions on content related to trans rights and experiences, along with other bans of books related to other marginalized identities. These acts of censorship limit public access to important information, perpetuating misinformation, prejudice and discrimination.

      • Torrent FreakZ-Library Warns Against 'Fraudulent' and 'Unsafe' Copycats With Millions of Users

        The Z-Library crackdown and related domain seizures haven't put an end to the site, but the knock-on effects are causing confusion among the public. The action has fueled the popularity of several copycat sites, some of which have millions of monthly visitors. According to the Z-Library team, these "fraudulent" sites are dangerous and should be avoided.

      • Torrent FreakTwitch-Streaming Destiny 2 Teen Cheater Fails in Bid to Shake Bungie Lawsuit

        A teenager who live-streamed himself cheating in Destiny 2 while evading multiple bans, has failed in his bid to have a Bungie lawsuit dismissed. The then 17-year-old, who today faces fraud and copyright infringement claims, hit the headlines last year following allegations he threatened Bungie employees, among a series of other alleged offenses.

      • TechdirtFallout From Nintendo’s ‘Zelda’ Freak-Out Continues, Including Nintendo Self-Harm

        There’s that old saying: the coverup is always worse than the crime. There appears to be something of a corollary to that: the freak-out over a leak is always worse than the leak itself. Let’s call that Geigner’s Law, because why the hell not?

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

    • Technical

      • Quarndown Transport Needs Expert Assistance

        Yes, this is a post about OpenTTD. You're probably used to it by now 😄️

        It's January 1st 2051 and Quarndown Transport is 101 years old. The company is highly profitable, raking in more than €£100 million a year. There are absolutely zero fiscal problems. In fact the company can pretty much afford anything it might want to do.

      • Science

        • RE: Two Energy Crises

          Yes and yes! It could maybe be explained by (1) the need to sell more to make more money, or (2) some sort of cross-generational memory of "the harsher times"[^0].

          (1) implies each producer/seller must produce a ton to make some money, because producing less than there is demand for would mean profit "loss" -- obviously! Because there's so much stuff available, and because most people still have enough money to survive AND to spend on non-essential things, why spend a little more to get this small luxury/comfort? And after you buy it you won't let it spoil, right? That would be a waste, right? And by the way... if all this stuff that's for sale isn't bought, it'll spoil too! This way of living is a waste-producing machine.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • am I missing something? (everything?)

          So, I am subbing to blogs on RSS, and I see so many people saying newsletters replaced blogs, with a huge social media presence in-between (for over a decade for me, now a relic of the past (for me)).

          But, the reason people give as to "why newsletter?" over a social media service is that they don't like centralized services, like Facebook, Twitter, et al.

        • Meetup

          I don't often meet people that I've met online first. Back in the BBS days, whe the online was local, this was more common. One of the large boards had coffees at a local restaurant. Now that was weird as hell: teenagers and young adults and old adults (who I realize now were probably only a few years older than I am now, but were all overweight and smoking [this was pre-smoking-bans] and looked like hell) all getting together and talking and shooting the shit. You could feel the tension between some of them. Who hated who. Who wanted to fuck who. Who already had.

      • Programming

        • RE: The Trouble With IDEs

          The first time I tried one I was at a workshop[^0], and they said we needed Visual Studio -- wasn't announced beforehand, I guess they assumed everyone had it installed? And how was it, you ask? I spent half the workshop waiting for the 40GB download to end, a good few tens of minutes installing it, and a good few minutes waiting for it to start up. Finally I was ready to get shit done! Except the workshop was now at the end. Complete waste of my time. I uninstalled the fucking thing right away.

          Why would anyone want to download an XXXGB program to do something an XMB program can do much better, faster, more reliably, ... ? Why would I have to suffer through all this just because some small % of users want(!) a feature I will NEVER need or want? [ [...]

          And add "slow as molasses" to this feature set.

        • The Trouble With IDEs

          My recent post about proportional fonts triggered a further response which cited a rant about IDEs.

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