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Links 19/05/2023: Newer Laptops With GNU/Linux Preinstalled

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Liliputing Kubuntu Focus M2 Linux laptop now comes with a Core i9-13900HX processor and RTX 40 series graphics
        The Kubuntu Focus M2 Gen 5 is a laptop with a 15.6 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel IPS LCD display featuring a 240 Hz refresh rate, an Intel Core i9-13900HX processor with 24 cores and 32 threads, and a choice of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 or RTX 4070 graphics.

        It’s also the latest in a line of laptops from the Kubuntu Focus team that ships with the Kubuntu software, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. The new 5th-gen Kubuntu Focus M2 laptop is now available for purchase for $1895 and up.

    • Applications

      • Linux Links8 Best Free and Open Source Linux Music Servers

        Ahome computer makes an ideal appliance to store and stream music. The purpose of a music server is to deliver tracks when requested by a client. The server can deliver music to machines over a local area network as well as computers connected over the internet.

        Linux is widely recognized as an ideal operating system to serve web pages. But the server capabilities of Linux extend far beyond merely providing HTTP servers.

        There is a wide range of multimedia software available for Linux which turns your machine into a jukebox. There are even dedicated Linux distributions that turn your computer into a music server. This article identifies the best free software which enables your Linux machine to act as a music server, distributing digital tracks over a network. Such software supports popular audio formats such as FLAC, OGG Vorbis, and MP3.

    • Instructionals/Technical

    • Retro or Emulation

      • tosemu and gen.ttp

        This being a long weekend in Sweden, I decided to see if I could make some progress with the tosemu project.

        First a quick recap. Tosemu is what Wine is for Windows, but for TOS from the Atari ST series of computers. I.e. not an emulator, but rather, a translation layer re-implementing the OS APIs.

      • CS MonitorWith new Legend of Zelda release, a chance to be a kid again

        An event at a local GameStop celebrating the release became an opportunity to come together – and find sweet nostalgia.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • University of TorontoWhat a desktop environment is on modern Linux

        Recently I read KDE Plasma is NOT a Desktop Environment (via), which maintains that it's more like an environment construction kit, out of which one could build multiple environments. I have some reactions to this, and also I have some opinions on what a desktop environment even is on a modern Linux system (opinions which may count as a bit heretical).

      • Pi My Life UpInstalling the XFCE Desktop on Ubuntu

        XFCE is a lightweight free, open-source desktop environment that can be installed as an alternative to Ubuntu’s default desktop environment.

        This environment has become a popular alternative, even leading to a derivative of Ubuntu that goes by the name “Xubuntu” which uses XFCE as the default desktop.

        By default, Ubuntu uses a customized version of the GNOME desktop. Unfortunately, while a reasonably aesthetic graphical interface, it isn’t quite as fast.

        Over the following steps, we will show you how to install the XFCE desktop environment to your Ubuntu device. You can even install this desktop environment to Ubuntu Server if you want.

      • OMG! LinuxPipeWire Adds Zero Latency JACK D-Bus Bridge, Performance Tweaks

        For the uninitiated, PipeWire is a multimedia framework capable of handling audio and video streams on Linux systems, serving as a replacement for older technologies like PulseAudio and JACK.

        An increasing number of desktop Linux distributions use PipeWire as their default audio stack. This includes “big players” like Fedora Workstation and Ubuntu.

        In this post I share a quick overview of the latest release.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • New Releases

    • Fedora Family / IBM

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • UbuntuUbuntu Blog: AI in the public sector: practical applications and use cases

        The public sector is investing heavily on artificial intelligence and machine learning initiatives. Deloitte AI Institute reported that 60% of government AI and data analytics investments aim to directly impact real-time operational decisions and outcomes by 2024. From automating redundant tasks to increasing the quality of services offered to citizens, public sector institutions have a wide range of applications where they could implement AI.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • HackadayAn Entire RISC-V Operating System In 2000 Lines

        While Microsoft and Apple don’t release the source code for their operating systems, a good estimate is that it takes around 50 million lines of code to run these software behemoths. The Linux kernel alone holds around 30 million lines, with systemd containing over one million lines on its own, which doesn’t include estimates for the desktop environment or other parts of a standard installation. But millions of lines of code, or even hundreds of thousands, aren’t necessary for building a fully functioning operating system. This one sets up a complete OS in exactly 2000 lines of code.

      • HackadayGo In All The Directions With Omniwheeled ESP32 Bot

        The ability to change direction without turning is the specialty of omnidirectional wheels, which [maker.moekoe] used to their full potential on a pair of ESP32-controlled robots. Video after the break.

      • Raspberry PiIntroducing data science concepts and skills to primary school learners

        Insight into a project and resources to teach data literacy and data science skills to primary school learners, from a research team in Scotland.

      • Jeff GeerlingWhat Eben Upton said about RISC-V

        To sum it up: Raspberry Pi is currently a 'Strategic Member' of RISC-V International, and they are working on multiple custom silicon designs—we've already seen their RP3A0 SiP chip and the RP2040, and they surely have more in the pipeline. Eben said currently there are no plans to move the Raspberry Pi SBC to RISC-V due to the lack of high-performance 'A-class' cores, but "never say never" when it comes to RISC-V architecture finding its way into a future Pi microcontroller.

      • Tom's HardwareRaspberry Pi CEO Eben Upton Discusses Stock Updates, Industry Prioritization

        YouTuber Jeff Geerling recently flew over to the UK to sit down with Raspberry Pi CEO Eben Upton for a chat about shortages, predictions, the Raspberry Pi Pico and other hot topics. The short of it is that stock levels are improving, close to Upton's 2022 prediction and that we are now seeing better stock levels than 2022 as Raspberry Pi slowly catches up with the backlog. Upton explained the reasoning behind prioritizing OEM customers over consumers, and addresses some of the negativity that was levied on Raspberry Pi by a minority of the passionate and vocal community.

        The video starts with Geerling candidly explaining that his trip to the UK was not funded by Raspberry Pi, rather it was funded via sponsorship and Patreon supporters. With that out of the way Geerling covers a series of topics with Upton, and we've been through the video and pulled out the key points, with timestamps for you to listen to.

      • Tom's HardwareRaspberry Pi Travel Router Takes Wi-Fi on the Go

        Tristam used a Raspberry Pi 3B+ for this project, but there’s no reason you couldn’t use a Raspberry Pi 4 B in its place. To test the configuration, Tristam connected his Raspberry Pi to a Ubiquiti AC long-range wireless access point using the Pi’s onboard Wi-Fi support. Although this worked for his demonstration, you could easily connect the Pi to the internet using other sources like an Ethernet connection.

      • ArduinoThis DIY system monitors all of the doors in a senior care home

        The senior care facility where Hayden works already had a system for tracking each resident room with a PIR (passive infrared) sensor. But that system was no longer functional and wasn’t serving any purpose. Instead of buying a whole new system, Hayden chose to tap into the existing sensors. To do that, they used five Arduino Mega 2560 boards to create hub units. Those hubs were spread around the building and each one monitors the PIR sensors from a handful of rooms.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Mozilla

        • MozillaHere is your secret weapon to conquering your overflowing inbox

          Recently, I came across a post in one of my Facebook groups. This group is primarily women who juggle their job in the tech space while raising children. The post asked if people used multiple emails to limit exposure to account breaches and if so, they wanted advice on setting it up. First, I was surprised people cared enough to plan ahead for data breaches. I was also surprised at the responses, and I didn’t realize how much time people spend organizing their emails and online accounts.€ 

    • Programming/Development

      • Systemd FreeWhat does it take to form a large effective team of developers and have a professional product?

        [FOSS] doesn’t exist in vacuum, it floats around the capitalist world. The dominant and usual reasoning for doing just about anything usually has economic determinants. Very common and logical. Not only do we have teams, we know and have hierarchical organizations, layers and ranks among individuals organized within them, large and small ones, some progressively deteriorating and some progressively expanding and “developing” into larger ones. Some have a history of a snow ball converting to an avalanche and some of a huge ball of snow deteriorating into dust and snow balls or golf sized ice rocks.

      • Security WeekNew SBOM Hub Helps All Stakeholders in Software Distribution Chain

        The new hub, Lineaje says, should help software producers and sellers be compliant with Executive Order 14028, which takes effect in September 2023, and which requires them to deliver SBOMs and linked attestation artifacts to customers.

        SBOM360 Hub is a unified exchange that enables organizations to access and evaluate vendors’ SBOMs.

      • Perl / Raku

      • Python

        • Pi My Life UpInstalling PyTorch on the Raspberry Pi

          Pytorch is a machine-learning library developed by Meta and is based on the Torch library.

          You can use this library on your Raspberry Pi for natural language processing and computer vision.

          Best of all, you can get decent performance from PyTorch with the Raspberry Pi, especially if you are using newer releases such as the Pi 4.

          The only requirement of running Pytorch on your device is that you must be running a 64-bit operating system.

        • Linux HintPandas Rolling Groupby

          The “pandas” offers multiple useful functions/methods for performing complex calculations on data and the “rolling()” function is one of them.

        • Linux HintPython Reverse String

          “String Slicing”, “reversed()” function, “for” loop, “join()” method, or “List Comprehension” can be used to reverse the string in Python.

        • Linux HintPython Math Trunc

          The “math.trunc()” method of the “math” module in Python is used to truncate the fractional or decimal part of the given floating-point number.

        • Linux HintPython Pop Last Element from List

          The “pop()” method, “slicing” method or the “del” statement is used in Python to remove/pop the last element or specific element from the given list.

      • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

        • TecAdmin20 Special Characters You Need to Know for Bash

          Scripting languages have long been the linchpin of system administration, and amongst them, the Bourne-Again SHell (Bash) is one of the most renowned and widely used. Bash, an integral part of Unix and Linux systems, offers a robust environment for administrators and developers to interact with the system, automate tasks, manage files, and control processes./blockquote>

    • Standards/Consortia

  • Leftovers

    • Riccardo MoriRiccardo Mori

      This is probably one of the longest hiatuses I’ve taken from updating this blog. Over the years the frequency of my articles has indeed been decreasing, but I typically managed to write at least a couple of pieces per month. I’m surely stating the obvious, but for an article to appear here, three main conditions have to be fulfilled: [...]

    • Terence EdenFonts with threatening auras

      In all my years of reading English, I've never found a font which slants backwards. I'm used to italics so there's no reason it should seem weird. And yet... it's like the uncanny valley of fonts. Something in my brain just screams "WRONG".

    • Education

      • Pro PublicaThe Newest Way to Buy an Advantage in College Admissions

        On a family trip to the Jersey Shore in the summer of 2021, Sophia’s go-to meal was the Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich. The buns were toasty, the chicken was crispy and the fries didn’t spill from the bag.

        Sophia was entering her sophomore year in prep school, but her parents were already thinking ahead to college. They paid to enroll her in an online service called Scholar Launch, whose programs start at $3,500. Scholar Launch, which started in 2019, connects high school students with mentors who work with them on research papers that can be published and enhance their college applications.

    • Hardware

      • GamingOnLinuxNVIDIA announced the GeForce RTX 4060 series

        NVIDIA has today revealed multiple models of the GeForce RTX 4060. One model launches soon, the others months later in July.€ NVIDIA are positioning these cards as the "Ultimate Graphics Cards for 1080p Gaming".

      • HackadayBadminton Inspired Heat Shield Aims To Fly This Year

        Badminton is not a sport that most of us think about often, and extremely rarely outside of every four years at the summer Olympics and maybe at the odd cookout or beach party here or there. But the fact that it’s a little bit unique made it the prime inspiration for this new heat shield design, which might see a space flight and test as early as a year from now.

      • HackadaySupercon 2022: Andy Geppert Is Bringing Core Memory Back

        Many Hackaday readers will be familiar with the term “core memory”, likely thanks to its close association with the Apollo Guidance Computer. But knowing that the technology existed at one point and actually understanding how it worked is another thing entirely. It’s a bit like electronic equivalent to the butter churn — you’ve heard of it, you could probably even identify an image of one — but should somebody hand you one and ask you to operate it, the result probably won’t be too appetizing.

      • HackadayBig Tactile Button Is Silly But Cool

        Every hacker is familiar with those teeny little tactile buttons that are so enjoyable to click over and over again. [ROBO HUB] has built a giant version as a tribute, and it works just like the real thing!

      • HackadayToothbrush Speed Controller Secrets Revealed

        Typically, when we want to build something with a DC motor, we might grab a bunch of AAs, or a single lithium cell at the very least. Electric toothbrushes often run on more humble power sources, like a single NiMH battery. They’re designed to get useful motion out of just 1.2V, and [Marian Hryntsiv] has taken a look at what makes them tick.

      • HackadayLTE Sniffer Ferrets Out Cellular Communications

        LTE networks have taken over from older technologies like GSM in much of the world. Outfitted with the right hardware, like a software defined radio, and the right software, it’s theoretically possible to sniff some of this data for yourself. The LTESniffer project was built to do just this.€ 

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Naked CapitalismAs More Hospitals Create Police Forces, Critics Warn of Pitfalls | naked capitalism

        More American exceptionalism: cops maintaining order in hosptials.

      • Pro PublicaIt Could Cost $21 Billion to Clean Up California’s Oil Sites, Study Finds

        For well over a century, the oil and gas industry has drilled holes across California in search of black gold and a lucrative payday. But with production falling steadily, the time has come to clean up many of the nearly quarter-million wells scattered from downtown Los Angeles to western Kern County and across the state.

        The bill for that work, however, will vastly exceed all the industry’s future profits in the state, according to a first-of-its-kind study published Thursday and shared with ProPublica.

      • QuartzCovid could do for ventilation what cholera did for cleaner water systems

        Could better ventilation have prevented covid from becoming a pandemic that killed millions of people?

      • US News And World ReportOn US Bike to Work Day, Here's How COVID, Eco-Thinking Made Cycling Better in Cities Worldwide

        During the worst of the pandemic, outdoor recreation surged as people took up pursuits to escape isolation

      • QuartzThe “special forces” travel fad among young people in China could be bad news for Beijing

        Young Chinese travelers are hitting the road after three years of covid restrictions, and their approach is all about speed, thrift, and fun.

      • NPRMontana becomes the first state to ban TikTok

        Last December, Gianforte banned TikTok on state government electronic devices. On Wednesday, he added that the ban would expand to include "all social media applications that collect and provide users' personal information or data to a foreign adversary, or a person or entity located within a country designated as a foreign adversary."

      • [Repeat] France24Montana becomes first US state to ban TikTok

        The app is owned by Chinese firm ByteDance and is accused by a wide swathe of US politicians of being under the tutelage of the Chinese government and a tool of espionage by Beijing, something the company furiously denies.

      • [Old] NYPostHow TikTok can harm your teen’s mental health

        It is troubling to think of TikTok preying on a teen’s weakness by providing content that equates fatigue or discoordination with ADHD for example.

      • [Old] BloombergTikTok’s Algorithm Keeps Pushing Suicide to Vulnerable Kids

        The superpopular app can serve up a stream of anxiety and despair to teens. TikTok says it’s making improvements but now faces a flood of lawsuits after multiple deaths.

      • [Old] GannettWant your teen to feel happier and less anxious? Get them off their phone and social media.

        Although prolonged isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic definitely made the problem worse, it predates the past three years.

        A new review in the Journal of the American Medical Association found marked increases in pediatric mortality in 2020 and 2021, rising 11% and 8% in those years, mostly among teenagers and largely among males.

      • The Wall Street JournalTikTok Feeds Teens a Diet of Darkness
      • [Old] Hindustan TimesTikTok's algorithm ticks off parents and lawmakers as lawsuits pile up. Here's why

        TikTok's algorithm is once again facing backlash for the impact it has on teenagers' mental health. A mother has filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging that the app's algorithm contributed to her son's suicide. The teenager's account remains active on the app, and his "For You" feed is full of videos about depression, hopelessness, and suicide. Despite TikTok's attempts to improve the safety of its users, it continues to serve up a stream of anxiety and despair to teenagers.

        The app's success lies in its algorithm, which delivers a carousel of user-created content that keeps people glued to their screens. TikTok's algorithm was designed by a team of engineers in China, but it is now maintained by teams based in North America, Europe, and Asia. However, former employees claim that executives and engineers in Beijing still hold the keys to the algorithm.

        Research has shown that social media has a correlation with depression, self-harm, and suicide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show that nearly 1 in 4 teenagers said they seriously considered suicide in 2021, nearly double the level a decade earlier. Many authorities blame social media for this trend.

      • [Old] Click On DetroitTeen dies after trying viral TikTok ‘Benadryl challenge’: What parents should know

        In short, the TikTok trend challenges teens to take about a dozen Benadryl to trigger a hallucinations.

      • QuartzHow to tackle the global indoor air crisis

        Air. It’s everywhere. It’s invisible. And frequently it’s so full of germs and particles that some call air “the new poop.”

      • New York TimesPrescription Drug Shortages

        Many Americans can’t get the medications they need.

    • Proprietary

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • EFFVictory! Apple and Google Collaborate on Detecting Unwanted Location Trackers

          While Tiles predate AirTags, Apple introduced a wider spectrum of trackers by integrating it within its Find My network (not to be confused with Android’s own Find My Device network). However, both networks work similarly to integrate a range of device peripherals such as earbuds and smartwatches. Tiles had a smaller network of users, but iPhones created a billion plus device network for AirTags to function in. Tile recently announced it will work with Amazon’s Sidewalk network, which means that there will be three major networks of location trackers. They're also open to third-party developers; even more devices will be built with trackers in them in the future. We’ve seen some improvements in detection since the AirTag was released, but a world in which survivors of stalking and abuse need to download a separate app for every type of physical scanner is not a solution that scales well. We are glad two of the major players are taking steps to right this wrong.

          During the 2023 Google I/O Keynote, Google announced that Android will launch Bluetooth Tracker detection for devices that may be “following” you that you aren’t aware of. This is a big improvement beyond the subpar Tracker Detect app provided by Apple in response to Android users being susceptible to AirTag tracking without any tools to discover them. This also covers other devices such as Tile's trackers. This was announced in tandem with Google’s Find My Device network expanding in ways similar to Apple’s Find My network AirTags expansion AirTags, but this time with safety measures.

          The draft, Detecting Unwanted Location Trackers, contains two major details: a proposed Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) protocol for a respectful tracker to alert people about when it’s lost, and a collection of best practices. It looks at the present situation, where there are small trackers like Tile and AirTags, as well as considerations for other scenarios, like a bicycle, which is physically large enough that it’s unlikely to be used for spying. It also describes an alert protocol for non-Bluetooth trackers including those that use GPS, Wi-Fi, cellular location, and so on. Abuses from small Bluetooth trackers are a current concern, but the draft helpfully opens up the discussion to all trackers. In 2022, we published an investigation of a GPS tracker that a supporter found in a car they owned. Had this device been able to alert the car owner, it would have saved a lot of trouble and worry.

        • EFFSupport the "My Body, My Data" Act

          Privacy fears should never stand in the way of healthcare. That's why this common-sense bill will require businesses and non-governmental organizations to act responsibly with personal information concerning reproductive health care. Specifically, it restricts them from collecting, using, retaining, or disclosing reproductive health information that isn't essential to providing the service someone asks them for.

        • The Register UKMeta facing third fine of 2023 for mishandling EU user data under GDPR

          The fine, which is to be levied by Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) against Zuckercorp, remains unknown as the DPC has yet to publish its decision in the case. Unnamed sources speaking to Bloomberg said they expect it to eclipse the €746 million ($805 million) fine data protection officials from Luxembourg charged to Amazon in 2021 for similar violations of the GDPR.

          Along with ordering the reportedly record fine, the DPC's forthcoming decision will also block all of Facebook's data transfers from the EU to the US based on agreements questioned by the EU's top court, Bloomberg's sources said.

        • ScheerpostDigital Privacy Legislation is Civil Rights Legislation

          Our personal data and the ways private companies harvest and monetize it plays an increasingly powerful role in modern life. Corporate databases are vast, interconnected, and opaque. The movement and use of our data is difficult to understand, let alone trace.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

    • Environment

      • Energy/Transportation

        • DeSmogGas Group That Calls Climate Goals ‘Pie in the Sky’ Got $1.2M from BC Government

          An industry group that’s called Canada’s federal climate targets “unachievable” and referred to opponents of oil and gas expansion as “climate alarmists” has received nearly $1.23 million in taxpayer money from the British Columbia government.€ 

          The First Nations LNG Alliance is among the country’s loudest advocates for projects that can export billions of cubic feet per day of liquified natural gas from Canadian shores to foreign markets. It counts among its affiliate members LNG Canada, a $40 billion gas export project on B.C.’s northwest coast led by Shell, Petronas, PetroChina, Mitsubishi and Korea Gas.€ 

        • Michael West MediaGas lobby APPEA calls for transparency while its own financial reports vanish. What's the scam?

          There is no noisier, whingier bunch of lobbyists in Australia than APPEA, the town criers for multinational oil and gas corporations, but why have their own financial reports vanished? What’s the scam?€ 

          On any given week you will find the Samantha McCulloch, chief executive of the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) preaching to governments from the page one pulpits of the AFR, The Australian and whoever else is listening, sermonising about the pitfalls of taxes and regulations for her members such as Exxon, Shell, Santos and Chevron.

        • TechXploreBrazil clean electricity hits decade high
      • Wildlife/Nature

      • Overpopulation

        • NPRArizona's farms are running out of water, forcing farmers to confront climate change

          Decades-old agreements over water use among the federal government, states and Native American tribes resulted in an unintended overallocation of water. More water is allocated along rivers, streams and canals than the river actually produces, said Robert Medler, manager of government affairs for Arizona with Western Growers, a producer advocacy group. This is especially true with a worsening multiyear drought.

          About 80% of the Colorado River goes toward agriculture, which means farmers will be among the first to take cuts.

        • The Washington PostStates near historic deal to protect Colorado River

          The consensus emerging among these states and the Biden administration aims to conserve about 13 percent of their allocation of river water over the next three years and protect the nation’s largest reservoirs, which provide drinking water and hydropower for tens of millions of people.

          But thorny issues remain that could complicate a deal. The parties are trying to work through them before a key deadline at the end of the month, according to several current and former state and federal officials familiar with the situation.

        • New Hampshire Public RadioA tale of two deserts: Are Saudi cows to blame for Arizona's water crisis?

          While the taps are running dry and reservoirs are disappearing in Arizona, a corporate farm from Saudi Arabia is pumping massive amounts of groundwater to grow alfalfa for cows back in the Middle East. Now, after years of inaction, Arizonans are pointing the finger at what they see as a foreign invader slurping up the last gulps of a diminishing water supply.

        • The NationHow the US Military’s Fertility Policies Are Leaving Women to Suffer

          There are many stories, and almost all of them end the same way.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Michael West MediaVale Scomocchio

        Michael talks about Scomocchio's new lobbyist role at the American think tank, Center for a New American Society.

      • ErdoÄŸan says his former allies 'conned' KılıçdaroÄŸlu in opposition alliance

        Former ErdoÄŸan allies who joined forces with the main opposition party gained over 30 seats in the parliament, far exceeding their actual popular support.

      • European CommissionPresident von der Leyen at G7 Session I – "Towards an International Community characterised by Cooperation, not Division and Confrontation / Global Economy, Digital, Trade"

        European Commission Statement Japan, 19 May 2023 Quotes from President von der Leyen at the first session of the G7 Summit, "Towards an International Community characterised by Cooperation, not Division and Co...

      • Michael GeistReady, Fire, Aim: Eleven Thoughts on the CRTC’s Bill C-11 Consultations

        The CRTC last week released the first three of at least nine planned consultations on the implementation of Bill C-11 (I was out of the country teaching an intensive course so playing catch-up right now). The consultations focus on the broad structure of the regulatory framework, registration requirements, and transitions from the current system of exemptions to one of regulations. The timeline to participate in this consultation is extremely tight with comments due as early as June 12th for two of the consultations and June 27th for the larger regulatory framework one. As the title of this post suggests, the CRTC is adopting an approach of shoot first, aim later. The consultations suggest that there is little interest in hearing from anyone outside of the legacy groups that have long dominated CRTC hearings. Indeed, by moving forward with incredibly tight timelines, without the government’s promised policy directive, and without support for newer groups to back their participation, the documents leave the distinct impression that the Commission had surrendered its independence and already made up its mind on how to implement Bill C-11.

        What to make of the consultation and the emerging regulatory framework for Internet streaming services? This post provides 11 thoughts on the Bill C-11 CRTC consultation. It is by no means comprehensive, but it highlights some of my initial concerns.

      • The NationPhiladelphia’s Next Mayor Will Almost Certainly Be a Black Woman

        Philadelphia, Pa.—For all its historic import, Tuesday’s nomination of Cherelle Parker as the Democratic nominee to be this city’s 100th mayor was a validation of the political status quo. While it seems a virtual certainty—given the overwhelmingly Democratic character of the electorate here—that Parker will be elected this November as the first woman and fourth African American to hold this office, it’s just as certain that there won’t be much else that’ll be different.

      • Montana TikTok users file lawsuit challenging ban

        A group of TikTok creators have sued to block a recently signed law that bans the app’s operation in Montana. The suit, filed last night and announced today, alleges that Montana’s SB 419 is an unconstitutional and overly broad infringement of their right to speech.

        “Montana has no authority to enact laws advancing what it believes should be the United States’ foreign policy or its national security interests, nor may Montana ban an entire forum for communication based on its perceptions that some speech shared through that forum, though protected by the First Amendment, is dangerous,” says the suit, filed by law firm Davis Wright Tremaine. “Montana can no more ban its residents from viewing or posting to TikTok than it could ban the Wall Street Journal because of who owns it or the ideas it publishes.”

      • The Register UKIn a stand against authoritarianism, Montana bans TikTok downloads

        And he said the Montana Department of Justice will seek punishment if this law is ignored — though individual TikTok users won't be penalized and nor will anyone carrying out law enforcement, national security, and security research activities, or "essential government uses permitted by the governor on the information technology system of the state."

        The legislation states the fines will be "$10,000 for each discrete violation and is liable for an additional $10,000 each day thereafter that the violation continues." TikTok is also banned from operating in Montana.

      • NPRMontana banned TikTok. Whatever comes next could affect the app's fate in the U.S.

        Under the Montana law, tech companies, not everyday users of TikTok, could be penalized. For instance, Apple and Google, which operate app stores on phones and devices, could be subjected to fines up to $10,000 a day for letting people download TikTok.

        Representatives from Apple and Google have not commented on the law, but cybersecurity experts say there are a few ways the companies could comply.

      • [Repeat] New York TimesMontana Governor Signs Total Ban of TikTok in the State

        The governor of Montana, Greg Gianforte, signed a bill on Wednesday to ban TikTok from operating inside the state, the most extreme prohibition of the app in the nation and one that will almost certainly be challenged in court. The ban will take effect on Jan. 1.

      • ScheerpostMontana Becomes First State to Ban TikTok Amid Concerns of First Amendment Violations

        Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a law that will make Montana the first state to ban TikTok in the US, following a series of escalations against the video-sharing app.

      • New York TimesTikTok Users Sue Montana, Calling State Ban Unconstitutional

        A spokeswoman for the state attorney general said that his office had “expected a legal challenge” and was “fully prepared to defend the law.”

      • New York TimesA TikTok Ban in Montana Could Be a ‘Kick in the Face’ For Users

        Users of the popular social media site were less than pleased by the ban, enacted over fears that sensitive user data could end up in the hands of the Chinese government.

      • JURISTMontana becomes first US state to ban TikTok

        Montana Governor Greg Gianforte signed a bill banning TikTok from the state into law on Wednesday, making Montana the first state within the US to ban the popular social media app. The new law expands upon a December 2022 ban within the state, which prohibited any Montana government employees from using TikTok.

      • ReasonMontana Sets Itself Up for First Amendment Lawsuits With TikTok Ban

        Plus: Americans are increasingly changing religions, court pauses rejection of "free" preventative care mandate, and more...

      • Quartz🌎 Montana bans TikTok
      • TechdirtCongrats, People Of Montana: Your Governor Is About To Blow A Ton Of Taxpayer Money On An Unconstitutional TikTok Ban

        “Constitutional originalists” and “fiscally conservative” Republican governors sure are having a moment these days throwing away millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars on totally unconstitutional laws that take away people’s 1st Amendment rights. It’s quite uncanny. Florida’s Ron DeSantis seems to be taking the lead here, where it seems like every other day or so he’s losing cases in court, and then turning around and passing even more ridiculously unconstitutional bills.

      • TechdirtThe Shrinking Twitter: Most Active Users Posting Less

        It’s already bad news for Elon Musk that advertisers have been abandoning the site in droves. But, Musk keeps trying to claim that it’s worth it so long as users are using the site more. Unfortunately for him, it appears that many users are either leaving or posting a lot less. A new study from the Pew Research Center has lots of bad news for Musk.

      • TwinCities Pioneer PressTikTok content creators file lawsuit against Montana over first-in-nation law banning app

        Five TikTok content creators have filed a lawsuit to overturn a planned ban on the video sharing app in Montana. They argued in a legal complaint filed in federal court in Missoula on Wednesday that the law is an unconstitutional violation of free speech rights.

      • US News And World ReportTikTok Content Creators File Lawsuit Against Montana Over First-In-Nation Law Banning App

        Five TikTok content creators have filed a lawsuit to overturn a planned ban on the video sharing app in Montana

      • CS MonitorMontana bans TikTok. But how will the law be enforced?

        With rising concerns over China’s overreach, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has signed a first-of-its-kind law banning TikTok. The state has 200,000 TikTok users and 6,000 businesses that use the platform for video sharing in Montana.

      • The NationWhat You’re Voting For
      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

        • New York TimesAnother Side of the A.I. Boom: Detecting What A.I. Makes

          Generative A.I. is now available to anyone, and it’s increasingly capable of fooling people with text, audio, images and videos that seem to be conceived and captured by humans. The risk of societal gullibility has set off concerns about disinformation, job loss, discrimination, privacy and broad dystopia.

          For entrepreneurs like Mr. Doronichev, it has also become a business opportunity. More than a dozen companies now offer tools to identify whether something was made with artificial intelligence, with names like Sensity AI (deepfake detection), Fictitious.AI (plagiarism detection) and Originality.AI (also plagiarism).

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • EFFThe Internet Dodges Censorship by the Supreme Court

        The decisions in Gonzalez v. Google and Twitter v. Taamneh are great news for a free and vibrant internet, which inevitably depends on services that host our speech. The court in Gonzalez declined to address the scope of 47 U.S.C. €§ 230 (“Section 230”), which generally protects users and online services from lawsuits based on content created by others. Section 230 is an essential part of the legal architecture that enables everyone to connect, share ideas, and advocate for change without needing immense resources or technical expertise. By avoiding addressing Section 230, the Supreme Court avoided weakening it.

        In Taamneh, the Supreme Court rejected a legal theory that would have made online services liable under the federal Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act on the theory that members of terrorist organizations or their supporters simply used these services like we all do: to create and share content. The decision is another win for users’ online speech, as it avoids an outcome where providers censor far more content than they do already, or even prohibit certain topics or users entirely when they could later be held liable for aiding or abetting their user’s wrongful acts.

        Given the potential for both decisions to have disastrous consequences for users’ free expression, EFF is pleased that the Supreme Court left existing legal protections for online speech legal in place.

      • ScheerpostPEN America Joins Suit Against Florida School District Over ‘Unconstitutional’ Book Bans

        "Children in a democracy must not be taught that books are dangerous," asserted PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel. "The freedom to read is guaranteed by the Constitution."

      • TechdirtFinally: Danish Supreme Court Overrules Lower Courts On Newspaper’s Little Mermaid Cartoons

        Last year, we discussed two insane rulings coming out of Denmark stating that a newspaper’s depiction of a statue of The Little Mermaid in cartoon form was somehow copyright infringement. If you’re not familiar with the case, you may be surprised to learn that this is not Disney being Disney. Instead, it is the estate of Edvard Eriksen, creator of Denmark’s bronzed statue of the character from Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, which annoyingly polices anything remotely like the statue should it pop up elsewhere. In this case, the paper, Berlingske, depicted the statue in a cartoon as a zombie, and also in a photograph wearing a COVID mask. Erikson’s estate sued and, as mentioned, both won its initial trial and then won again on appeal.

      • Vice Media GroupAuthors and Publishers Sue Florida School District Over Draconian Book Bans

        Yesterday, a group of concerned authors and activists filed a federal lawsuit in the Northern District of Florida against Escambia County School District and School Board that asks for censored books to be returned to the school library.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Pro PublicaIn Court-Ordered Family Reunification Camps, Kids Allege More Abuse

        One Thursday afternoon in December, a father and two of his estranged children boarded a flight from Salt Lake City to Texas, beginning an effort to repair their fractured relationship.

        A family court official had ordered them to attend a reunification camp, Turning Points for Families Texas, to repair damage that the judge said the boys’ mother had inflicted by alienating them from their father.

      • ReasonUkraine Chief Justice, Who Was A Guest at SCOTUS Last Month, Charged With Accepting $1.8 Million Bribe

        I happened to be at the Court when Chief Justice Roberts extended a welcome.

      • Eric BaileyGlobal Accessibility Anger Day

        [...] Does the announcement page support basic accessibility considerations (underlined links, captioned videos, valid markup, etc.)? [...]

      • Michael West MediaDid Commbank, corporate cops and senior journos collude to take down bank victims advocate?

        Did Commbank, ASIC regulators and senior journalists conspire to stub out the pesky bank victims advocate Geoff Shannon? A Lisa-Jane Roberts story of the stunning evidence which emerged in a Queensland court this week in Crown v Shannon.

        Earlier this week, Southport Magistrate’s Court heard the case of Crown v Shannon, in which the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) accused Geoffrey Shannon, who is known for helping bank victims through the Unhappy Banking advocacy group, of having acted as a director of the company Business and Personal Solutions (BAPS) while bankrupt.€ 

      • The NationThe Man Who Called Breonna Taylor’s Killing “Justified” Could Be Kentucky’s Next Governor

        Breonna Taylor died on March 13, 2020, after Louisville police officers broke the door of her apartment off its hinges and fired dozens of bullets in her direction. Police claimed that they knocked before breaking down the door. But Taylor’s boyfriend said the couple heard no knock and thought their home was being invaded. The boyfriend said he grabbed a gun and fired a warning shot to stop the invasion. Police officers then fired 32 shots into the small apartment, at least six of which hit Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician who was pronounced dead at the scene. Her killing sparked a national outcry against police violence, as Taylor’s name became closely linked with that of George Floyd Jr., who was murdered on May 25, 2020, by a Minneapolis police officer.1

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • TechdirtAutomakers Are Making Basic Car Functions A Costly Subscription Service… Whether You Like It Or Not

        Automakers are increasingly obsessed with turning everything into a subscription service in a bid to boost quarterly returns. We’ve noted how BMW has embraced making heated seats and other features already in your car a subscription service, and Mercedes has been making better gas and EV engine performance something you have to pay extra for — even if your existing engine already technically supports it.

    • Monopolies

      • TechdirtEU’s New AI Law Targets Big Tech Companies But Is Probably Only Going To Harm The Smallest Ones [Ed: "Regulate AI" = regulate a buzzword. They mean regulate tech. With its identity or brand du jour.]

        The EU Parliament is looking to regulate AI. That, in itself, isn’t necessarily a bad idea. But the EU’s proposal — the AI Act — is pretty much bad all over, given that it’s vague, broad, and would allow pretty much any citizen of any EU nation to wield the government’s power to shut down services they personally don’t care for.

      • Trademarks

        • TTAB BlogTTABlog Test: Which of These Three Section 2(d) Oppositions Was/Were Dismissed?

          A TTAB judge once told me that one can predict the outcome of a Section 2(d) case 95% of the time by just looking at the involved goods and services and the marks. Maybe he or she was referring to ex parte cases only. Anyway, let's see how you do with the three oppositions summarized below. At least one of them was dismissed. Answer(s) in the first comment.

      • Copyrights

        • Creative CommonsCC Celebrates International Museum Day 2023 — Museums, Sustainability and Well-being

          Museums play an important role in sustainable development — they are in fact instrumental in achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — and in supporting the well-being of the communities that they serve. As ICOM states, “museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures, and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.”

        • Creative CommonsEverything might be OK! Warhol v. Goldsmith

          First, the Court’s focus on Warhol’s specific “use” of Lynn Goldsmith’s photograph of Prince provides clarification on what the word “use” means as part of the fair use analysis, and narrows the scope of the opinion in ways that will allow for many future fair uses.

        • Torrent FreakACE Coalition Splits AtomoHD as Spain's Piracy Pain Persists

          The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment has confirmed it was behind the recent disappearance of AtomoHD, a site that used to enjoy around 10 million visits each month. ACE notes that the site offered around 13,000 movies and 4,500 TV series but after deploying dozens of domains in a bid to stay visible, 'Atom' appears to have split for the last time.

        • Torrent FreakU.S. Congress Doesn't Plan to Overreact to Generative AI Copyright Challenges

          Generative AI is a revolutionary technology that's expected to change society as we know it but, in parallel, copyright concerns persist. During a House Judiciary IP Subcommittee Hearing yesterday it was made clear that Congress doesn't plan to overreact. Lawmakers hope to find the middle ground, but that could be easier said than done.

        • NPRSupreme Court sides against Andy Warhol Foundation in copyright infringement case

          In a 7-2 vote on Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Andy Warhol infringed on photographer Lynn Goldsmith's copyright when he created a series of silk screen images based on a photograph Goldsmith shot of the late musician Prince in 1981.

          The high-profile case, which pits an artist's freedom to riff on existing works of art against the protection of an artist from copyright infringement, hinges on whether Warhol's images of Prince transform Goldsmith's photograph to a great enough degree to stave off claims of copyright infringement and therefore be considered as "fair use." Under copyright law, fair use permits the unlicensed appropriation of copyright-protected works in specific circumstances, for example, in some non-commercial or educational cases.

        • New York TimesSupreme Court Rules Against Andy Warhol in Prince Photo Copyright Case

          The justices considered whether the artist was free to use elements of a rock photographer’s portrait of the musician Prince.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • 🔤SpellBinding: ABDHNLI Wordo: SQUAB
      • The Tao of Seinfeld

        There's two camps of those who grew up watching TV in the 1990s - those who thought FRIENDS was *the* show of that decade, and those who thought Seinfeld was *the* show of that decade. Yes. To each their own. My money is on Seinfeld. Also, people tend to have a love/hate relationship with Seinfeld - people either saw an episode or two and hated it, never watched it again, or saw it, loved it, saw every episode. I fall into the latter here, too.

        But, seeing a clip of Jerry Seinfeld on The Howard Stern Show just now, and seeing two rivaling egos in that interview (Howard Stern, one of the biggest/worst egos) and Seinfeld (perhaps equally so in terms of size, but not of ill character), and I think to myself "Seinfeld (the show) was likely one of the best shows FOR the world". Not just *in* the world, but FOR the world.

    • Technical

      • The State of VR

        The concept of Virtual Reality had been around for decades, so when it started to graduate from fantasy to reality I took an active interest.

        Here’s what I’ve found.

      • Thank you very much technology

        How do the rest of you people deal with the horror also known as this online world?

        Shouldn't be the end of the world, but it's wasting much of my morning to not be able to get past a vehicle registration page that has a county pull-down, but none of the counties in the pull-down are for the state I've already selected.

        And if I proceed by just selecting any county, I'm brought to a scary page about affirming everything I've input is correct, and I'm guilty of perjury if any of it isn't, and their page is forcing me to create something that's incorrect by construction.

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

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