12.08.22

Links 08/12/2022: Deepin 20.8 and CERN, Fermilab Move to AlmaLinux

Posted in News Roundup at 9:41 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Computing UKInterview: SoftIron, UK IT Industry Awards finalist

      Van Alstyne holds several system and methodology patents and is credited for the original publication outlining the procedure for utilising US Department of Defense smartcards on Linux.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • 9to5LinuxSystem76 Unveils the “Launch Heavy” Full-Size and Open-Source Configurable Keyboard

        Seven months after the release of the Launch keyboard and five months after the Launch Lite keyboard, System76 has prepared a nice Christmas present for all of us, the Launch Heavy keyboard, a new model that comes in full size and with new features.

        Apart from being a full-sized keyboard, the first of its generation, the Launch Heavy keyboard comes with 105 keys, including a function row, as well as additional extra keys, including the System76 logo, Pop!_OS logo, a rocket, and a robot as an alternative design for the Super key or another key of your choosing.

    • Server

      • Make Use Of3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Run Docker Without sudo

        Docker is one of the most used containerization platforms and is highly loved among software engineers. It comes with a powerful CLI tool for managing Docker containers and other related tasks.

        By default, you need root privileges to run any Docker-related commands on Linux. Of course, you can change this for convenience and run Docker commands without root privileges, but you should be aware of the security implications.

      • Istio / Support for Istio 1.14 ends on December 27th, 2022

        According to Istio’s support policy, minor releases like 1.14 are supported until six weeks after the N+2 minor release (1.16 in this case). Istio 1.16 was released on November 15th, and support for 1.14 will end on December 27th, 2022.

        At that point we will stop back-porting fixes for security issues and critical bugs to 1.14, so we encourage you to upgrade to the latest version of Istio (1.16). If you don’t do this you may put yourself in the position of having to do a major upgrade on a short timeframe to pick up a critical fix.

      • Upgrading to Oracle Linux Automation Manager 2.0

        Quick recording from Steen Schmidt that shows how to upgrade Oracle Linux Automation Manager to the latest 2.0 release.

      • IBM Old TimerIrving Wladawsky-Berger: Getting the Most Out of Cloud Investments

        Cloud emerged in the late 2000s as a new model of computing, – the third in the history of the IT industry after the mainframe-based centralized computing and the PC-based client-server models. The internet is the defining technology of the cloud model.

        Cloud has gone through three major stages over the past fifteen years. First came infrastructure-as-a-service, offering near unlimited scalability at very attractive prices. Then came software-as-a-service, offering a faster and less costly way of prototyping and deploying innovative applications with advanced tools like containers, Kubernetes, and microservices. Cloud computing has now entered the third stage, – a major engine of business transformation that’s helping companies adapt to the digitalization of the economy, – a digitalization which has significantly accelerated since the advent of Covid-19 in March of 2020.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • LWNYet another try at the BPF program allocator [LWN.net]

        The BPF subsystem, which allows code to be loaded into the kernel from user space and safely executed in the kernel context, is bound to create a number of challenges for the kernel as a whole. One might not think that allocating memory for BPF programs would be high on the list of problems, but life (and memory management) can be surprising. The attempts to do a better job of providing space for compiled BPF code have, to date, only been partially successful; now Song Liu is back with a new approach to finish the job.

      • LWNAverting excessive oopses [LWN.net]

        Even a single kernel oops is never a good thing; it is an indication that something has gone badly wrong in the system somewhere and a straightforward recovery is not possible. But it seems that oopsing a large number of times has the potential to be even worse. To head off problems that might result from repeated oopsing, there is currently work afoot to put an upper limit on the number of times that the kernel can be allowed to oops before just giving up and rebooting.

        An oops in the kernel is the equivalent of a crash in user space. It can come about for a number of reasons, including dereferencing a stray pointer, hardware problems, or a bug detected by checks within the kernel code itself. The normal response to an oops is to output a bunch of diagnostic information to the system log and kill the process that was running when the problem occurred.

        The system as a whole, however, will continue on after an oops if at all possible. Killing the system would deprive the users of the ability to save any outstanding work and can also make problems much harder to debug than they would otherwise be. So the kernel will do its best to continue executing even when something has clearly gone badly wrong. An immediate result of that design decision is that any given system can oops more than once. Indeed, for some types of problems, multiple oopses are common and may continue until somebody gets fed up and reboots the system.

        Jann Horn recently started to wonder whether perhaps the kernel should just give up and go into a panic (which will cause a reboot) if it oopses too many times. This could be a wise course of action in general; a kernel that is oopsing frequently is clearly not in a good condition and allowing it to continue could lead to problems like data corruption. But Horn had another concern: oopsing a system enough times might be a way to exploit security problems.

        An oops, almost by definition, will leave an operation halfway completed; there is usually no way to clean up everything that might need cleaning when something has gone wrong in an unexpected place. So an oops might cause locks to be left in a held state or might lead to the failure to decrement counters that have been incremented. Counters are a particular concern; if an oops causes a counter to not be properly decremented, oopsing repeatedly might well become a way to overflow that counter, creating an exploitable situation.

      • LWNRust in the 6.2 kernel [LWN.net]

        The merge window for the 6.1 release brought in basic support for writing kernel code in Rust — with an emphasis on “basic”. It is possible to create a “hello world” module for 6.1, but not much can be done beyond that. There is, however, a lot more Rust code for the kernel out there; it’s just waiting for its turn to be reviewed and merged into the mainline. Miguel Ojeda has now posted the next round of Rust patches, adding to the support infrastructure in the kernel.
        This 28-part patch series is focused on low-level support code, still without much in the way of abstractions for dealing with the rest of the kernel. There will be no shiny new drivers built on this base alone. But it does show another step toward the creation of a workable environment for the development of code in the Linux kernel.

        As an example of how stripped-down the initial Rust support is, consider that the kernel has eight different logging levels, from “debug” through “emergency”. There is a macro defined for each level to make printing simple; screaming about an imminent crash can be done with pr_emerg(), for example. The Rust code in 6.1 defines equivalent macros, but only two of them: pr_info!() and pr_emerg!(); the macros for the other log levels were left out. The first order of business for 6.2 appears to be to fill in the rest of the set, from pr_debug!() at one end through pr_alert!() at the other. There is also pr_cont!() for messages that are pieced together from multiple calls. This sample kernel module shows all of the print macros in action.

      • LWNLinux
        I'm announcing the release of the 6.0.12 kernel.
        
        
        All users of the 6.0 kernel series must upgrade.
        
        
        The updated 6.0.y git tree can be found at:
                git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-6.0.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
        
        https://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-s...
        
        thanks,
        
        
        greg k-h
        
      • LWNLinux 5.15.82
      • LWNLinux 5.10.158
      • LWNLinux 5.4.226
      • LWNLinux 4.19.268
      • LWNLinux 4.14.301
      • LWNLinux 4.9.335
    • Graphics Stack

      • It’s FOSSApple Silicon GPU Driver is Now Available in Asahi Linux

        Asahi Linux aims to be a port of Linux for Apple Silicon Macs; work started on it back in 2020, right after the launch of Apple’s M1 chips at the WWDC event.

        A small team is behind all the development behind Asahi Linux and reverse engineering stuff; they have been quite busy since the last time we looked at their work.

        Previously, they worked on improving support for Apple SoCs such as the M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max. They provided varying levels of support for devices that used these chips.

        It still is a work in progress, but promising results in 2022.

      • GamingOnLinuxIntel using DXVK (part of Steam Proton) for their Windows Arc GPU DX 9 drivers

        Intel recently announced a big driver update for their Arc GPUs on Windows, because their DirectX 9 performance wasn’t as good as it could have been. Turns out, they’re using code from the open source DXVK which is part of Steam Play Proton.

    • Applications

      • It’s FOSSConvert and Manipulate Images With ‘Converter’ GUI Tool in Linux

        Converter is an open-source graphical front-end that enables you to do that. It is a GTK4+libadwaita application.

        You can convert the images to various file formats that include png, webp, jpeg, heif, heic, and bmp. It is safe to say that you get support for the most popular image file formats. So, it should come in pretty handy.

      • It’s FOSSMastodon’s Adoption Gets a Boost With Vivaldi Browser Integration

        Vivaldi’s making an effort to have more users join Mastodon with its new update. That’s nice to see!

        Vivaldi browser is one of the best web browsers for Linux (Windows, macOS, and mobile platforms). I know it is not an open-source pick, but it gets all the lead with its tab management, customizability, and productivity features. And it treats me better than Firefox nowadays (Mozilla, we still need you to do better

      • OpenSource.comManage your file system from the Linux terminal

        I tend to enjoy lightweight applications. They’re good for low spec computers, for remote shells, for the impatient user (OK, I admit, that’s me), and for the systems we scrap together to fight the inevitable zombie apocalypse. In my search for a perfect blend of a lightweight application with all the modern conveniences we’ve learned from experience, I stumbled across a file manager called nnn. The nnn file manager exists in a terminal only, but it feels like a modern keyboard-driven application with intuitive actions and easy navigation.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Manuel MatuzovicDay 54: testing for the support of a selector

        Support for a CSS property isn’t the only thing you can check with @supports(), you can also check support for a selector.

        I knew you can check whether a property is supported by the current browser and apply styles accordingly.

      • Manuel MatuzovicDay 53: disabling pull-to-refresh

        On day 47, I introduced you to the overscroll-behavior property, and I showed you how to use it to disable scroll-chaining. There’s another feature we can disable using this property.

        In some mobile browsers, you can refresh the page by swiping down when the page is scrolled to the very top. That’s called pull-to-refresh. This is a great feature, but depending on what the user’s interacting with on the page, this can be undesirable.

      • University of TorontoMy story of using Linux libvirt/KVM to get an ad hoc remote desktop

        The other day, I was working from home and wanted to bisect Firefox versions with mozregression (in order to chase down my Firefox window to tab bug). This normally works okay, but this time around there were two intertwined problems with it. The first was that mozregression’s downloads were unusually slow, even for my home DSL link. The second is that having Firefox start up at random, delayed times is kind of disruptive to what else I was doing. The second factor is always there, but unpredictably slow downloads make it worse (when they’re fast enough, I don’t try to do anything else during a mozregression run).

      • Linux Shell TipsFixing “E: Unable to locate package” Error on Ubuntu

        The Linux command line environment has many functionalities. One of its primary roles is the installation and management of Linux software packages. There are several approaches to installing packages on Ubuntu Linux.

        One of them is via the apt package manager, which is used to install a Linux package and may or may not always yield results. Due to various to-be-explained reasons, package installation failure via apt may yield the error message E: Unable to locate the package.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu [GUI & Terminal]

        Google Chrome is arguably one of the most popular and widely used browsers across all computing platforms. It’s a fast, user-friendly, and intuitive browser that provides a vast array of features to provide a streamlined browsing experience.

        Unfortunately, Firefox is the default browser that ships with most graphical Linux distros. With that in mind, you need to go an extra step and practically install the Google Chrome browser on your distribution.

        This tutorial will teach you how to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu Linux. Basically, there are two main ways of installing Google Chrome on Ubuntu – Installing graphically and via the command line.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Google Chrome on Rocky Linux 9 | Rocky Linux 8

        Rocky Linux users know that Firefox is, by default, installed on most Linux. This is no exception when it comes to Rocky Linux. However, as good as Firefox, desktop users may often prefer installing another web browser, in this case, Google Chrome which is still the most prominent used browser worldwide. With so many Google Chrome updates that are pushed as a result of being so popular, having the browser directly installed from the source instead of waiting for a maintainer from a third party to push it is better. Also, as a bonus, people who like testing edge software can install the beta or unstable repository builds using the same technique, with a bit of modification to the commands.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Google Chrome on Rocky Linux 9 or Rocky Linux 8 using the command line terminal and Google’s DNF repository for the latest version binary at all times. This ensures if an urgent update is required, you do need to wait for it to become live on a third-party repository.

      • Linux NightlyHow to Install Foobar2000 on Arch Linux – Manjaro – Linux Nightly

        Learn how to install Foobar2000 music player on Arch Linux and Manjaro using Wine, AUR, or Snap package manager.

      • How to Install Fish Shell (with Starship) in Linux

        The Fish is a modern (friendly interactive shell) program identical to its allies, like Bash and Zsh, but with sprinkles on top. What does that mean?

        You already know about the Bash shell (because it’s the default login shell for most Linux distros) and the Zsh shell (don’t know about it, check out our detailed guide article).

        Both shells are amazing, but one lacks a feature (referring to Bash) and the other requires manual configuration (referring to ZSH); taking advantage of that gap, Fish Shell arises.

      • How to Install Zsh (with Oh-My-Zsh) in Linux

        Bash is the default shell for most of the Linux distributions, but it is not the only one; there are other shell interpreters like ZSH (and Fish) that are available.

        Kali Linux and macOS Catalina were early adopters of ZSH as the default login shell, replacing the standard Bash (although Bash is available in this system as an alternative).

        But because Bash is the default on most Linux systems, people often forget about the Zsh shell. This is disgraceful, because once you try ZSH, you will never go back to Bash.

      • Linux NightlyHow to List Installed Packages With Pacman – Linux Nightly

        Learn how to list installed packages and dependencies with Pacman package manager. Also see how to count total number of installed packages.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow to analyze a Linux process’ memory map with pmap | Enable Sysadmin

        Use the pmap command to explore how a process is mapped in memory to monitor or troubleshoot memory usage.

      • LinuxConfigHow to go to root directory in Linux

        The root directory on a Linux system, which is represented by the / character, is the parent path to all files on the installation’s partition. All operating systems have a root directory. If you are familiar with Windows systems, they use the C:\ path as their root directory.

        You will see references to the root directory all of the time. Even when looking at the absolute path to a random file, such as /home/linuxconfig/example.txt, you can see the / at the very beginning of the file path, which indicates the root directory. From this path, we can also derive that home is directly inside of the root directory /.

        The term “root directory” can sometimes also be confused with the home directory for the root user account. This is typically located at /root, and resides one directory deep within the root directory /. The /root path is treated as any typical user’s home directory, and does not serve a similar purpose to that of the root directory /.

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to navigate to the root directory on a Linux system. This means both the top most directory in the file system, /, and the root user’s home directory /root. Read on to learn how.

      • InfoWorldHow to use the W command
      • Network WorldHow to use the TR command

        In this Linux tip, we’re going to look the tr command (translate) that is used to replace or remove characters in strings or files.

      • PC LinuxInkscape Tutorial: Stamp With The Spray Paint Tool

        I watched another tutorial recently by Rick at IronEcho Design. He has done several tutorials about making landscape scenes. In another tutorial, he shows us how to make “brushes” to use with the spray paint tool, and makes trees. Actually, the spray paint tool allows you to use any object you want as a brush. Since it’s close to the holidays, let’s make some trees. First, let’s look at the tool we’re going to use.

        If you open Inkscape and choose the spray paint tool, you’ll see that there are many settings. The first three on the left are the modes of the tool. You can set it so it paints copies, clones or paths.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install PHP 8.2 on Fedora 37/36/35

        PHP 8.2 has continued to build upon the renewed base set forth by PHP 8.0 and PHP 8.1 and was released on December 8, 2022, and introduced new features and improvements such as readonly classes, redact sensitive parameters in backtraces, allow constants in traits, fetch enum properties in const expressions, new mysqli_execute_query functions, and mysqli::execute_query method as much more.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to import the REMI PHP Module and install PHP 8.2 on Fedora 37/36/35 server or workstation desktop, along with some tips about configuring Nginx with FPM using the command line terminal.

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxUnciv the open source remake of Civilization V is heading to Steam

        Unciv is a popular open source remake inspired directly by Civilization V. It’s been around for a while now and it’s finally heading to Steam. Available cross-platform for Linux, Windows and Android it’s actually quite an impressive and expansive game that has been continuously upgraded for years.

      • Aurélien GâteauNovember 2022 monthly update, lots of releases!

        Pixel Wheels also got an article in issue 187 of Full Circle Magazine, an independent magazine about Ubuntu. Pretty happy about it!

      • HackadayRecreating The Sounds Of The ’90s With A YM3812 Synthesizer

        One reason the x86 PC became the dominant game platform in the early 1990s was the availability of affordable sound cards like the AdLib and Sound Blaster. These provided a quantum leap in sound quality compared to the PC speaker’s tinny beeps, thanks to Yamaha’s YM3812 chip, also known as OPL2. [Tyler] has made a detailed study of the various OPL series chips and wrote a comprehensive guide describing their operation.

      • GamingOnLinuxPolychromatic for managing Razer devices on Linux v0.8 out now

        Polychromatic, powered by OpenRazer, is a front-end UI for users to easily manage their Razer devices and a new release is out now with version 0.8.0.

      • TechdirtNintendo Shuts Down ‘Smash World Tour’ Over Licensing At The Last Possible Second

        It will come as no surprise to any regular reader here when I say that Nintendo is roughly the most annoyingly draconian protector of IP in the video game space. At this point, Techdirt posts discussing Nintendo’s copyright and trademark antics are legion. Notable among those posts for the purposes of this discussion are several online gaming tournaments that Nintendo has allowed to exist, often without a license, but which Nintendo has still been willing to shut down over the use of 3rd party tools that make it possible to stream older games on current hardware and over the internet better. Those shutdowns over the use of tools that have nothing to do with copyright infringement might seem ridiculous to you, but then you simply don’t know just how iron-fisted Nintendo likes to be when it comes to controlling anything that has to do with their products.

      • PC LinuxCrunch Time: The Dark Side Of Video Games1

        Have you ever wondered how many people sacrificed themselves so that you could defeat Bowser on your NES? Or Dr. Robotnik on your Sega Genesis? Well… You must be asking yourself: Sacrifice? What is this all about? Video games are just fun, where nobody gets hurt…

        I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but unfortunately, people get hurt in video games, and even die. Sadly, video games have a very dangerous dark side that few people talk about. I am referring to Crunch Time.

      • GamingOnLinuxProton 7.0-5 out now for Steam Deck & Linux desktop, 14 newly playable games

        Valve has finished the current Proton Next testing, with Proton 7.0-5 now available as an update in your Steam Library replacing the previous Proton 7 version. Here’s a run over what’s new.

      • GamingOnLinuxEVERSPACE 2 developer gets a 1.65 million Euro grant from the German federal parliament

        EVERSPACE 2 appears to be quite a success for ROCKFISH Games, not only is it doing well on Steam with a Very Positive rating in Early Access but they just got a big bonus from the German federal parliament. They’ve been given a grant of 1.65 Million Euro to help them expand the game.

      • GamingOnLinuxDwarf Fortress on Steam is a smash hit, devs confirm future plans (like Linux support)

        It was pretty much a given that Dwarf Fortress was going to be popular on Steam, but the smash hit it has become is quite a surprise on just how well it’s doing.

      • GamingOnLinuxEA open source Fonttik, helps devs check text size & contrast — plus patent pledges

        As part of their original initiative about sharing patent pledge to not go after others on accessibility, EA have recently released Fonttik as open source to help game developers. Available on GitHub under the BSD license, Fonttik is a way for developers to check text size & contrast to help with accessibility.

      • GamingOnLinuxVampire Survivors: Legacy of the Moonspell arrives December 15th

        Vampire Survivors: Legacy of the Moonspell is the first expansion for the absolutely ridiculous smash-hit horde game. It releases on December 15th with a whole bunch of extra content.

      • GamingOnLinuxGuitar Hero inspired free game Clone Hero version 1.0 is out now

        Games like Guitar Hero were once massively popular but developers seem to have moved on, thankfully there’s Clone Hero which is a free game based on the idea. Available cross-platform with support for Linux, macOS, Windows and Android. You can play it with any 5 or 6 fret guitar controller, any midi drum kit, any game controller and even your keyboard.

      • GamingOnLinuxHumble Choice for December includes Wasteland 3 and GreedFall and other deals

        A fresh month and a new Humble Choice Bundle for subscribers to grab some more games, here’s a run over what’s included and the compatibility for Linux desktop and Steam Deck.

      • GamingOnLinuxAssassin’s Creed Valhalla is impressive on Steam Deck

        Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has launched on Steam and that means getting it on Steam Deck and Linux desktop is much easier, since Valve have Proton. The experience on Steam Deck is surprisingly good too.

      • GamingOnLinuxHere’s how to fix Grounded from Obsidian on Steam Deck

        Grounded seems like a genuinely fun survival adventure, where you or you and friends can run around as miniturized people and survive against all kinds of critters. Out of the box on Steam Deck it’s completely broken, so here’s how to fully fix it.

      • OMG UbuntuCheck Out This Awesome Adwaita Theme for Steam Linux Client – OMG! Ubuntu!

        Are you an avid gamer who loves the look of GNOME’s Adwaita theme? If so, there’s now an unofficial Adwaita theme for the Steam games client.

        It’s called (no surprises) ‘Adwaita for Steam‘ and, by and large, it does exactly what you think it does: it makes Steam look (almost) like a regular GTK app. As Steam sports a dark appearance by default this third-party skin is also dark (fyi: are no plans to create a light version, sadly).

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • The Register UKFresh version of Xfce revealed in recent Xubuntu builds • The Register

        Xfce is the slow-moving, sensible Linux desktop option, and new versions only appear every year or two. Version 4.18 is coming soon, and you can try it in the early test builds of Xubuntu 23.04.

        The next short-term release of Ubuntu will be 23.04, scheduled for April, and as the company’s official Twitter page hinted, it will be called “Lunar Lobster.”

        This release cycle, the desktop that may see the biggest changes is Xfce. Xfce 4.16 appeared in 2020, and the new version is nearly ready.

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Testers Wanted: Plasma Browser Integration Manifest v3

          Over the past couple of days I ported Plasma Browser Integration to Manifest v3. While I believe it is working well, I need your help to give it a thorough real-world test! Here’s how you can help…

        • 9to5LinuxKDE Gear 22.12 Improves Dolphin, Gwenview, Kate, Kalendar, KDE Connect, and Many Apps

          KDE Gear 22.12 supersedes the KDE Gear 22.08 software suite and brings improvements to the Dolphin file manager with the ability to manage permissions remotely, a new feature called Selection Mode that makes it easier to quickly and easily select the files you want to work with, along with a new toolbar at the bottom of the view with various options of what you can do with the selected files.

          The Gwenview image viewer app received the ability to adjust the brightness, contrast, and gamma of images as you preview them and the ability to open .xcf files created with the GIMP image editor, the Kate and KWrite text editors now feature a welcome window that makes it easier to create new files or open existing ones, as well as a new Keyboard Macro tool that you can activate in Settings > Configure Kate… > Plugins.

        • KDEKDE Gear 22.12 is Here!

          KDE Gear is back with exciting new features, performance boosts, and bugfixes for all your favorite KDE apps!

          In this release: Kate extends a warm welcome, Dolphin offers you more choices, and a lot of apps serve up hamburgers galore!

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Aryan Kaushik: GNOME Asia 2022 Experience

          During the summit I presented on two topics – Topic 1: “Starting the open-source journey, and sharing my GSoC experience” which was of 30 Minutes and Topic 2: “Pitivi – GTK4 port” which was of approx 5 min.

          The conference was filled with amazing experience, but the journey to the stage was quite hard.

          The tough times began with the unavailability of appointments for my passport, which delayed it to November, which got again delayed due to issues with address verification as I just started living in hostel.

          But, fortunately, due to the constant support of my family, and my undying dedication to attending the conference, we got everything under control, then comes the visa. In a pleasant surprise, unlike others I got it in under 2 hours, the thing I was most scared of got to be the easiest lol.

          Then what, with the help of the GNOME Foundation, I got my tickets confirmed (Thanks Melissa), and I got ready to fly, btw, this was my first ever flight, I never had the chance to even fly domestically, so exploring the airport, immigration, customs, the security check was all an adventure for me.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Reviews

      • DebugPointKumandar Linux: Lightweight Debian – Xfce Spin with Windows 7 Look

        A new Linux distribution Kumandar Linux is under development (Alpha stage), and it makes switching to Linux easier with a default Windows 7 look.

        [...]

        At first glance, it reminds you of the Windows 7 look, which is the default window manager GTK theme used here. Per the team, the drive to make this distro is to provide Linux users with a friendly user interface (which peaked in Windows 7 from Microsoft and went downhill after that). In addition to the look, it also promises a lightweight distro experience with Debian stable and Xfce desktop environment at the core.

    • New Releases

      • Deepin 20.8 is officially released! – Deepin Technology Community

        Deepin is the top Linux distribution from China, devoted to providing a beautiful, easy-to-use, safe, and reliable operating system for global users. (Global Ranking)

        In deepin 20.8, a new application “Deepin Home” is added, which breaks the “information barrier” between the deepin team and users, and will work on product quality, software and hardware ecology to better serve deepin users. What is more, we have upgraded Qt to version 5.15.6, updated the DTK development library, fixed the underlying vulnerabilities, and further improved system compatibility and security. Besides that, we have developed and integrated a great number of practical functions based on the community users’ feedback. Welcome to try it!

      • Beta Newsdeepin Linux 20.8 can replace Microsoft Windows 11 on your laptop or desktop

        Once of the most beautiful operating systems is a Linux distribution from China called deepin. If you are dissatisfied with Windows 11 or macOS, and you are intrigued by Linux, deepin can be a great choice — especially if you highly value beauty and well-designed user interfaces.

        The newest version of that operating system, deepin 20.8 is now ready to be downloaded. This version of deepin gets improvements to the loading times of Wine apps from the App Store, plus new features in the File Manager app. The most notable change in 20.8 is the inclusion of the all-new Deepin Home app.

        “In deepin 20.8, a new application ‘Deepin Home’ is added, which breaks the ‘information barrier’ between the deepin team and users, and will work on product quality, software and hardware ecology to better serve deepin users. What is more, we have upgraded Qt to version 5.15.6, updated the DTK development library, fixed the underlying vulnerabilities, and further improved system compatibility and security. Besides that, we have developed and integrated a great number of practical functions based on the community users’ feedback,” explains the deepin development team.

      • LinuxiacDeepin 20.8 Comes with a Brand-New Deepin Home App

        Deepin 20.8 is available for download powered by Linux kernel 5.15 LTS, bringing a new set of desktop features and improvements.

        Deepin is a Debian-based distro well-known among Linux users who value a visually appealing desktop. Aimed at the average computer user, Deepin sets itself apart from all others with the in-house developed DDE, one of the best-looking Linux desktop environments.

        The quest for the best possible user experience continues in the just-released Deepin 20.8. So let’s have a look at what has changed.

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

      • PC LinuxRepo Review: Free Download Manager

        Free Download Manager is a popular download accelerator and organizer with many powerful features. It is available for most major platforms, and was recently added to the PCLinuxOS repositories. Some of its features include support for HTTP, BitTorrent, downloading videos, speed throttling, download scheduling, web browser integration, and more.

        It has a nice, clean and modern look to the interface, and is very easy to use. From the toolbar at the top, you can add new downloads, pause and resume current downloads, and delete or move finished downloads. Tags can be used to help organize your downloads, allowing you to sort them by their type, such as torrents, music, videos, or your own custom tags.

      • PC LinuxFrom The Chief Editor’s Desk…

        I had originally planned to have part three of my PDF article series ready for the December issue. But, influenza A had other ideas. The time I had set aside to write the third part of my article series was consumed by getting over influenza. So, the PDF article series will just have to resume with the January 2023 issue.

      • PC Linux[New PCLinuxOS] Screenshot Showcase
      • PC LinuxMeemaw’s 2022 Holiday Gift Guide
      • PC LinuxDavid’s 2022 Top 10 Holiday Gift Picks
      • PC LinuxPaul’s 2022 Holiday Gift Guide
    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • OpenSUSEGLib, GTK, NetworkManager update in Tumbleweed

        The first six days of December have brought openSUSE Tumbleweed users six snapshots and developers plenty of conversation.

        More than 200 messages about changing parts of the rolling release’s microarchitecture have been posted this past week on the Factory mailing list, but during this time Tumbleweed keeps rolling forward updating packages like vim, mutt and more.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • The Register UKCERN, Fermilab select AlmaLinux as standard for big science • The Register

        AlmaLinux, a somewhat popular free Linux distribution derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), received a vote of confidence on Thursday from the European and American science communities.

        CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research, based in Switzerland, and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), based in the US State of Illinois, said they will offer AlmaLinux as the standard Linux distribution for experiments at their facilities, based on discussions with researchers.

        “AlmaLinux has recently been gaining traction among the community due to its long life cycle for each major version, extended architecture support, rapid release cycle, upstream community contributions, and support for security advisory metadata,” the two research organizations said in a joint statement. “In testing, it has demonstrated to be perfectly compatible with the other rebuilds and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.”

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • GamingOnLinuxLinux Mint 21.1 now in Beta with full Flatpak support

        Linux Mint 21.1 is now available in Beta to get testing, based upon Ubuntu 22.04 with kernel 5.15 it’s a long-term support release so you’ll be able to continue using it until 2027 before needing a major update.

      • Ubuntu.NET for Ubuntu hosts and containers is now available on Arm-based platforms [Ed: Canonical is once again promoting Microsoft instead of Software Freedom]

        Canonical is proud to announce the addition of support for Arm® architecture to .NET for Ubuntu. Through this collaboration between Arm, Microsoft and Canonical, innovators worldwide can now enjoy the freedom of a best in class .NET experience on whatever platform best suits their needs.

      • UbuntuApplication migration: best practices for success

        Large enterprises usually have more than 1,000 systems running. Even smaller organisations may have hundreds of applications in their public cloud spaces or on their servers. In this world of IT systems, application migrations are common for the following reasons:

        In addition to these three general motivations, there is a growing repatriation trend. The public cloud provides the optimal environment for most systems but not for all. For some systems, private cloud hosting can be more cost-efficient. Bringing back or “repatriating” an IT system from the public cloud to the private cloud can save companies significant costs.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Stacey on IoTHow I secure my smart home devices and my home network

        This week we learned that Anker, the company behind the Eufy brand of connected devices, actively lied about serious security flaws in its smart home cameras. In the meantime, I spent the last few days immersed in discussions about privacy and cybersecurity.

        So I figured it’s probably a good time to explain what I do to protect my home network and how I think about the risks of using various connected devices in my day-to-day life. Feel free to take any of this for your own use, and to ask questions (or tell me about flaws in my thinking) at stacey at staceyhigginbotham dot com.

      • Linux Hint5 Ways to Put Raspberry Pi to Good Use

        If you own a Raspberry Pi 4 board and are looking for ways to put it to good use then we must tell you that there are so many good uses for Raspberry Pi boards. The Raspberry Pi board has numerous applications from DIY to full-fledged electronic projects. In this article, we have presented the 5 ways smart ways to use Raspberry Pi 4 in a good way.

      • Linux Hint10 Useful Networking Commands for Raspberry Pi Linux

        Network commands are used in Linux-based systems like Raspberry Pi OS to get network system information and troubleshoot network settings. There are four major network types in Raspberry Pi that are configured and include a DNS network, static IP address, Wi-Fi, and a gateway network. In the article below we have enlisted the 10 useful networking commands for Linux that are equally useful for Raspberry Pi.

      • Linux HintA Complete Guide to Setup DAKboard on Raspberry Pi through Browser

        DAKboard is a customizable dashboard that connects through WIFI and provides a customizable display for photos, calendar, news, weather and much more. You can organize this dashboard according to yourself. It works as a digital calendar and can easily be sync with iCloud Calendar, Google Calendar and more. It is beneficial when someone wants to use the device for digital signage, like creating beautiful and informative welcome boards, scheduling meetings by displaying the schedule on the board and more.

      • CNX SoftwareGowin R86S mini PC offers 2.5GbE and 10GbE networking for $310 and up – CNX Software

        Gowin R86S (aka GW-R86S) is an affordable Intel Celeron N5100 or Pentium N6005 Jasper Lake mini PC, router, and firewall appliance with 2.5GbE and 10GbE networking that sells for $310 and up on Aliexpress.

        10GbE used to be reserved for the enterprise market due to the cost of hardware, but costs have gone down a lot as illustrated by the Gowin R86S system with up to three 2.5GbE ports, two 10GbE SFP+ cages, as well as ports that you would typically find a mini PC such as HDMI 2.0 video output, M.2 socket for NVMe SSD, two USB 3.0 ports, and a WiFi module.

        [...]

        The system comes pre-loaded with OpenWrt, but the company also lists Linux, Windows, Ubuntu, Proxmox, CentOS, and pfSense operating systems.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Linux HintESP32 with PIR Motion Sensor using Interrupts and Timers – Arduino IDE

        ESP32 is an IoT based microcontroller board which can be used to interface, control and read different sensors. PIR or motion sensor is one of the devices we can interface with ESP32 to detect movement of an object in the range of motion sensor using ESP32.

        Before we start interfacing ESP32 with PIR sensor we must know how interrupts work and how to read and handle them in ESP32. Next we must understand the core concept of delay() and millis() function in ESP32 programming.

      • Linux HintESP32 – Bluetooth Classic vs Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)

        Let’s discuss the use of Bluetooth technology inside ESP32.

      • Linux HintESP32 NTP Client-Server: Get Date and Time – Arduino IDE

        Working with ESP32 or any other microcontroller time is very important as the inbuilt timer is not that accurate so we can use a NTP server to fetch real time and can store it inside a variable that can be used later inside ESP32 code.

      • Linux HintESP32 Digital Inputs and Digital Outputs Using Arduino IDE

        ESP32 is a microcontroller board having multiple input output pins. ESP32 like Arduino can read and control both digital input and digital output. So here in this article we will cover how to control ESP32 output and how to read digital input from external peripherals.

      • Raspberry PiReflecting on what we teach in computing education and how we teach it

        Reflecting is important within any line of work, and computing education is no different. Reflective practice is always valuable, whether you support learners in a non-formal setting, such as a Code Club or CoderDojo, or in a more formal environment, such as a school or college. When you reflect, you might for example evaluate a session or lesson and make changes for next time, or consider whether to reorder activities and learning across a longer time period, or even think broadly about what you teach and how you teach it.

      • [Old] Nicole ExpressThe Apple II Yellowstone Floppy Interface

        The Apple ][ is the master work of engineer Steve Wozniak. But just as important as the Apple ][ was its disk drive system: the Disk ][. The genius of the Disk ][ comes from its decision to break with industry standards. At the time, most floppy disk drives were their own computer, and communicated with the PC over a standard bus like the parallel IEEE-488. But Wozniak reasoned that the Apple ][ had a perfectly good CPU right there, and if it controlled the floppy drive directly, it wouldn’t need to transfer the data over at all.

      • AdafruitM.2 Key M to mini PCIe adapter

        Tobias Schramm has a project is aimed at providing an option for fast, high reliability NVMe-based storage in devices that do not have any M.2 Key M but only mini PCIe slots.

        One example of such a device is the PCengines APU2, an AMD64 network platform with up to two PCIe-enabled miniPCIe slots.

      • AdafruitUSB NeXT Keyboard with an Arduino Micro

        Ladyada and pt had an old NeXT keyboard with a strong desire to get it running on a modern computer. These keyboards are durable, super clicky, and very satisfying to use! However, they are very old designs, specifically made for NeXT hardware, pre-ADB and pre-USB! That means you can’t just plug the keyboard into an ADB or PS/2 port or PS/2 to USB converter (even though it looks similar). In fact, I have no idea what the protocol or pinout is named, so we’ll just call it “non-ADB NeXT Keyboard”

      • ArduinoMonitoring environmental pollution with the Arduino MKR WAN 1300 | Arduino Blog

        The scourge of air pollution claims several million lives globally each year, with industrial processes and energy production accounting for much of it. Because of its harmful nature, governments often set up air quality monitoring stations, although they have to cover large areas and yield low resolution data. To monitor the air quality of a neighboring ecological reserve, Guillermo Perez Guillen created a small, portable toolkit that can record data from almost anywhere and send it to the cloud.

        Guillen’s system relies on two Arduino MKR WAN 1300 boards, which communicate with each other over the LoRaWAN long-range network, along with a Nano 33 IoT for sending the received data to a web API endpoint over WiFi. The transmitting MKR WAN 1300 is connected to a suite of sensors that measure temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air. Then, at preset intervals, each sensor is read and the resulting measurements are sent to an awaiting receiver MKR WAN 1300 board.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • LWNMicroblogging with ActivityPub [LWN.net]

      As of late, concerns about the future of Twitter have caused many of its users to seek alternatives. Amid this upheaval, an open-source microblogging service called Mastodon has received a great deal of attention. Mastodon is not reliant on any single company or central authority to run its servers; anyone can run their own. Servers communicate with each other, allowing people on different servers to send each other messages and follow each other’s posts. Mastodon doesn’t just talk to itself, though; it can exchange messages with anything that speaks the ActivityPub protocol. There are many such implementations, so someone who wants to deploy their own microblogging service enjoys a variety of choices.

      ActivityPub is a W3C Recommendation that describes how servers can exchange messages in the form of JSON Activity Streams. The ActivityPub protocol is highly flexible and is used for all sorts of things, but the scope of this article is limited to software that uses it to provide a Twitter-like microblogging service. The idea of federated microblogging was pioneered by a project called StatusNet, which was the software that originally ran at identi.ca, an early Twitter alternative. Instances of StatusNet, and eventually other software, were federated with each other using a protocol called OStatus.

      ActivityPub and OStatus are not interoperable, but they have some parentage in common; Evan Prodromou, the creator of StatusNet, subsequently created pump.io and changed identi.ca to use it. Though development on pump.io seems to have stalled, its API formed the basis of ActivityPub. Some projects continue to support both protocols; Mastodon removed support for OStatus in 2019.

      All of the various servers running this software exist in a federation somewhat like email, colloquially known as “The Fediverse”; usernames are similar to Twitter handles, but also include a domain component that identifies the server hosting the account. For example, LWN has an account at @LWN@fosstodon.org; it is hosted on Fosstodon, which is a Mastodon server for people interested in free and open-source software.

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • dwaves.de- Evil JavaScript embedded in SVG (Vector Graphic) allows for malicious NFTs to steal other NFTs #Argh | dwaves.de

        JavaScript screwed up …. AGAIN!

      • Sean ConnerNotes on configuring Apache mod_md

        I’ve been tweaking my Apache configuration for the past two days, trying to figure out what I need and don’t need, and these are just some notes I’ve collected on the process. I’m using mod_md for managing the secure certificates, and there isn’t much out on the Intarwebs about how a configuratin for a website should look like. I can find plenty of pages that basically regurgitates the Apache documentation for mod_md, but nothing on how it all goes together. So here’s an annotated version of a configuration for one of my less important sites: [...]

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

    • FSF

      • Free Software FoundationIDAD is coming soon: Stand with us in support of the freedom to share on December 16 | Defective by Design

        The sixteenth International Day Against DRM (IDAD) is next week, and all of us that contribute to the Defective by Design campaign are calling on you to help us send a message to purveyors of Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) around the world, letting them know that DRM is unacceptable in any and all of its forms. This year’s Day Against DRM will be held next Friday, on December 16, 2022.

        In this year’s IDAD, we want to celebrate and call attention to an increasingly rare, almost magical ability that most forms of media used to have, and which all ethical digital media still does today: the ability to be shared with a friend.

        In our year-end fundraiser, we’ve been stressing the importance of sharing. Though sharing is the basis of human culture, the most staunch defenders of unjust copyright legislation would have you believe that every creative work is dropped wholesale out of the sky, without influence from anything that came before it. In 2022, monolithic mega-corporations would have you believe that these creative works should be “temporary,” something that “expires” after it’s seen once or twice under a restrictive license on restricting technology. (See, for example, section 3.a.ii of the Disney Plus Subscriber Agreement.)

        This year, let’s remind everyone that things didn’t use to be this way, but more importantly, that they don’t have to be this way. Just as DRM crept into our lives one choice at a time, it can be weeded out in the same way: with one conscious decision after another and support from a community of like-minded activists.

    • Programming/Development

      • PHP 8.2.0 Released!

        The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 8.2.0. This release marks the latest minor release of the PHP language.

      • LWNPHP 8.2.0 released

        Version 8.2.0 of the PHP language is out.

      • PHP: PHP 8.2.0 Release Announcement

        PHP 8.2 is a major update of the PHP language.It contains many new features, including readonly classes, null, false, and true as stand-alone types, deprecated dynamic properties, performance improvements and more.

      • Amos WengerDay 7 (Advent of Code 2022)

        Before we tackle any tree-like structures, let’s first write a nom parser for the input.

      • Frank DelporteHiveMQ Cloud, part 4 – Sending sensor data from Raspberry Pi Pico W to HiveMQ Cloud

        Exactly one year ago, in December 2021, I published three articles of MQTT messaging with Raspberry Pi, Raspberry Pi Pico and HiveMQ Cloud. On June 30th of 2022, Raspberry Pi released a new product, that is the subject of this post: the Pico W. Yes, a new version of the original Pico, but with Wi-Fi. The new board is for sale for 6$, compared to the 4$ of the original Pico.

        In this post, we will rework the third project of the posts from December last year, where data was sent to HiveMQ Cloud using a Pico, separate Wi-Fi module and distance sensor. We can simplify that project now by using the new Pico W, removing the need for that separate Wi-Fi module.

      • Daniel LemireFast midpoint between two integers without overflow

        Let us say that I ask you to find the number I am thinking about between -1000 and 1000, by repeatedly guessing a number. With each guess, I tell you whether your guess is correct, smaller or larger than my number. A binary search algorithm tries to find a value in an interval by repeating finding the midpoint, using smaller and smaller intervals. You might start with 0, then use either -500 or 500 and so forth.

      • HackadayThe 10 Kinds Of Programmers That Use Calcutron-33

        It is interesting how, if you observe long enough, things tend to be cyclical. Back in the old days, some computers didn’t use binary, they used decimal. This was especially true of made up educational computers like TUTAC or CARDIAC, but there was real decimal hardware out there, too. Then everyone decided that binary made much more sense and now it’s very hard to find a computer that doesn’t use it.

      • Stacey on IoTAre you ready for new smart home device triggers?

        The ability to use one device’s information as a trigger event for one or more other devices to change state is what I’d consider the next step forward for the smart home. It may not sound like a huge step, but it’s an important one. And as devices from different brands begin to communicate with one another through the new Matter standard, consumers will be able to get more value from the hardware and devices they buy or already own.

      • Terence EdenEverything is simple, until you’re an expert

        As an outsider, it is probably functionally impossible to accurately criticise the way any complex system works. It’s possible to criticise the outcomes. Or the impact. Or the the way it makes you feel. But I don’t think non-experts can meaningfully diagnose complex, multidisciplinary, or systemic issues.

      • Nicholas Tietz-SokolskyBuilding Molecule Reader in one day

        Reading on screens is very difficult for me. I just cannot focus on the articles, especially when there are notifications coming in or even just other content on the screen1. I have a reMarkable tablet (RM), which I love dearly2 and much prefer to read on. But it’s annoying getting articles onto it.

        To put a blog post onto my RM, I copy the link from Firefox (my usual browser), open Chromium, load the page, and print it with the “Read on reMarkable” printer (which is only for Chrome-based browsers). And when I have five or ten articles I want to read, I have to repeat this for each one manually. Ouch.It’s also annoying how the articles end up. I’d like to have them all tidy in one folder where I can read them, or even in one continuous document. If I send each one individually, they just litter the home screen (since you can’t print to a specific folder) and displace other things I’m reading.

        I decided to solve this by writing a web app to bundle up my reading and send it to my RM!

      • ButtondownMaking ChatGPT Useful

        Now I don’t know about you, but everybody I know in tech is talking about the new “GPT-3.5” (https://chat.openai.com/). Give it a prompt and it generates text that matches that prompt. And if that prompt is a request for code, the code it generates can be surprisingly accurate. So far it’s solved several days of advent of code, passed the 2022 AP CS A test, and mimicked a virtual machine. It can even take a code snippet and inject a bug, and then explain what the bug is!

      • OpenSource.com7 pro tips for using the GDB step command

        A debugger is software that runs your code and examines any problems it finds. GNU Debugger (GBD) is one of the most popular debuggers, and in this article, I examine GDB’s step command and related commands for several common use cases. Step is a widely used command but there are a few lesser known things about it which might be confusing. Also, there are ways to step into a function without actually using the step command itself such as using the less known advance command.

        Troubleshoot your code with the GNU Debugger. Download the cheat sheet.

      • OpenSource.comOur favorite markup languages for documentation

        Documentation is important for so many reasons. Readable documentation is even more so. In the world of open source software, documentation is how to use or contribute to an application. It’s like the rulebook for a game.

        There are many different types of documentation:

        We asked some of the Opensource.com contributors about their technical documentation workflow, which markup language they preferred, and why they might use one over the other. Here’s what they had to say.

        Markdown standards are as diverse as they are popular. This cheat sheet provides you with a solid baseline of common commands along with some of the most fun, and unique…

      • Python

        • Louis-Philippe Véronneau – Debian Python Team 2022 Sprint Report

          This is the report for the Debian Python Team remote sprint that took place on December 2-3-4 2022.

        • LWNPython and hashing None [LWN.net]

          The recent discussion of a proposed change to the Python language—the usual fare on the language’s Ideas forum—was interesting, somewhat less for the actual feature under discussion than for the other issues raised. The change itself is a minor, convenience feature that would provide a reproducible iteration order for certain kinds of sets between separate invocations of the interpreter. That is a pretty limited use case, and one that could perhaps be fulfilled in other ways, but the discussion also highlighted some potentially worrying trends in the way that feature ideas are handled in the Python community.

      • Rust

  • Leftovers

    • HackadayA Wheatstone Bridge Matches Your Pots

      Sometimes the simplest hacks can be the most useful or ingenious, and such is the case with [Keri Szafir]’s method of ensuring that potentiometers used in audio devices are matched. If you consider a typical stereo amplifier for a moment, you’ll see two amplifiers in one box with a single volume control. Two channels, one knob? Volume knobs are ganged stereo potentiometers.

    • The NationPalestine: The Unexpected Star of the 2022 World Cup

      When Morocco defeated Spain in a penalty shootout, advancing to the quarterfinals of the Qatar 2022 men’s World Cup, players celebrated by posing for their victory photos with a Palestinian flag. This World Cup featured memorable performances on the pitch—and powerful statements of solidarity with the Palestinian cause off it.

    • The NationThe Myth of the Knicks

      The Miami Heat are the hardest-working team in today’s NBA. If you pay attention to the league, you will consistently hear this message. It’s an identity sold by the team, its players, and the media in and outside of Miami. The organization gets the best out of its players because of a militaristic approach to conditioning and a team-first attitude and tireless work ethic. This is “Heat Culture.” It’s not for everyone, only those willing to put in the work.

    • The NationThe Political Story of Charles Barkley

      This week we speak to Tim Bella author of the new “definitive” biography of hoopster and Hall of Fame talker Charles Barkley. We talk to Bell about how Barkley’s upbringing and experiences shaped Chuck into the person that we see every week on our TV sets.

    • Science

      • HackadayLove AI, But Don’t Love It Too Much

        The up-and-coming Wonder of the World in software and  information circles, and particularly in those circles who talk about them, is AI. Give a magic machine a lot of stuff, ask it a question, and it will give you a meaningful and useful answer. It will create art, write books, compose music, and generally Change The World As We Know It. All this is genuinely impressive stuff, as anyone who has played with DALL-E will tell you. But it’s important to think about what the technology can and can’t do that’s new so as to not become caught up in the hype, and in doing that I’m immediately drawn to a previous career of mine.

      • HackadayTransparent Metal (Hydroxide) Without Mr. Scott

        There’s a famous scene in one of the Star Trek movies where Scotty, who has traveled to the past, teaches a metal company to create the transparent aluminum he needs to bring some whales back to the future. But [The Action Lab] shows that we already have see-through metal, just not aluminum. You can see a video about why metals are normally opaque.

      • HackadayMicroscopic Metal 3D Printing With Gels

        Everyone wants to 3D print with metals, but it is a difficult task. You need high temperatures and metals with high thermal conductivity make the problem even worse. Researchers at Caltech have a way of printing tiny metal structures. The trick? They don’t print metals at all. Instead, they 3D print a hydrogel and then use it as a scaffold to form metallic structures. You can read the full paper, if you are interested in the details.

      • TechdirtDebate Continues Over What To Do About The Fact That Starlink, Other Low-Earth-Orbit Satellite Systems Are Causing Irreversible, Research-Harming Light Pollution

        For years, scientific researchers have warned that Elon Musk’s Starlink low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite broadband constellations are harming scientific research. Simply put, the light pollution Musk claimed would never happen in the first place is making it far more difficult to study the night sky, a problem researchers say can be mitigated somewhat but never fully eliminated.

    • Education

      • SparkFun ElectronicsHappy Computer Science Education Week!

        Happy Computer Science Education Week, everyone!

        The field of computer science has changed a lot over the past century or so (and even further back than that), and every new generation gets to learn about it in a different way. My dad studied computer science in college back in the 80s, and he loves telling stories about the punchcards they had to use to communicate with the computer – especially the one where his classmate dropped a box containing the ordered cards for a completed project down a flight of stairs. Trial and error was a time investment, and you had to make one entire statement for one machine instruction. The value in computers wasn’t that they were smart – they weren’t. But they were fast. As long as you told it exactly what to do, it’s computational speed made it worth all the fuss.

      • Project CensoredRural Area Students Face Barriers to Higher Education – Validated Independent News

        Many rural schools face a “dire shortage” of teachers. At the start of the 2021-2022 school year, for example, the state of Colorado had 380 openings for educators in its public schools serving rural communities, and more than half of these remained unfilled by the end of the school year, Dobo reported. Consequently, schools had no choice but to hire staff that had not received proper training to become school teachers, especially in specialized courses.

      • Project CensoredThe Need for Black Male Teachers in Public Education – Validated Independent News

        Nevertheless, Bose reported, a variety of social factors have been driving “teachers of all demographic backgrounds” out of the field, including low wages, increased public scrutiny, micromanagement, and other issues exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Black male teachers and teachers from other underrepresented groups have been particularly impacted.

      • Project CensoredThe Metaverse is Not Virtual Reality for Education – Validated Independent News

        Distinguishing between the metaverse and virtual reality, Glenn Platt, a professor of emerging technology at Ohio’s Miami University, told the Hechinger Report that the metaverse is focused on the creation of digital identities: In a true metaverse experience, digital identity persists across the physical and virtual worlds. But, Platt noted, adopting metaverse technology could aggravate the already existing “digital divide,” a term used to explain the consequences of unequal access to digital technologies. “I know it’s shiny, and I know it’s really exciting. But I think we would all be better served if we could think about creating these types of experiences for the technology that the students have in hand right now,” Platt stated.

      • Counter PunchAgainst the Corporate University: Speech to Striking Students at McMaster

        Your struggle today, along with ongoing struggles for a wide range of democratic rights–extending from justice for Indigenous and trans people to the struggle for students, workers, women, and others–speaks to a future of possibility that refuses to be contained in the shackles of the present. Your demands for a meaningful wage increase, relief from higher tuition increases, and guaranteed access to TA work in Year 5 testify to your willingness to fight for labor conditions and a work environment that do justice to your sense of dignity,  professionalism, and your willingness to stand firm against a university whose model of governance refuses to take seriously how education and democracy inform each other. I mention dignity, because it is hard to believe that this administration does not recognize the hardship imposed on TAs whose wages have barely kept up with inflation, especially when combined with the extreme cost of housing. Such policies steal your time and crush your spirits. This is more than an act of imperious disregard; it is an act of moral and social irresponsibility.

        My argument today is not restricted to McMaster University, but to higher education more broadly, especially in North America. Your strike cannot be separated from wider struggles over the university as site of critical teaching and learning, a site that embodies a vision of social justice, and a vision that refuses to turn the university into an adjunct of corporate ideology and values. The university is more than a market; it is more than a space in which the only interactions that matter are based on a commercial exchanges, and it is more than a site in which higher education is harnessed to the demands of the warfare state, fossil fuel industries, and the needs of corporations. You have refused a corporate-based ideology that defines you as commodities, a casual labor force, and consumers. Your vision is much larger than this repressive view of higher education. Your struggle is fundamental to the success of the university as a public good and its potential role as an invaluable resource for defining itself as a critical institution in the service of civic society, civic courage, social responsibility, and democracy itself. Your refusal to give up brings to life an image of the university as a site of critique, academic freedom, and social justice, while making clear that it has a noble civic purpose that rejects a corporate model that often confuses education with a form of training and sterile management methods.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Artificially Intelligent Chatbots Will Not Replace Teachers

        Education pundits are a lot like the guy in the “Distracted Boyfriend” meme.

    • Hardware

      • Linux GizmosMini-PC features Tiger Lake processors and up to 6x 2.5GbE LAN ports

        The HUNSN RJ17 is a fanless mini-PC which supports the i7-1165G7 11th Gen Intel processor. The device is offered as barebone or it can be configured with up to 32GB of RAM and up to 512GB of SSD storage.

      • Jeff Geerling1 Million Watts of RF – how the FM Supertower works

        But in this blog post, I’ll guide you through some of the highlights, and maybe you’ll learn a bit more about how talk and music radio makes its way to your car speakers—at least here in the US—using a technology less than 100 years old and rife with technological change.

      • Make Tech EasierUEFI vs. BIOS: Which One You Should Use – Make Tech Easier

        At their cores, UEFI and BIOS are two firmware interfaces for computers. The sole purpose behind them is to act as interpreters between the operating system and the computer firmware. Both are used at startup to initialize the hardware components and load the operating system onto the hard drive.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • NPRMaryland is the latest state to ban TikTok in government agencies

        The Republican governor announced an emergency cybersecurity directive to prohibit the platforms’ use, saying they could be involved in cyberespionage, government surveillance and inappropriate collection of sensitive personal information.

        “There may be no greater threat to our personal safety and our national security than the cyber vulnerabilities that support our daily lives,” Hogan said in a statement, adding: “To further protect our systems, we are issuing this emergency directive against foreign actors and organizations that seek to weaken and divide us.”

      • The NationIs Eric Adams Bringing Back the Asylum?

        Last Tuesday, New York Mayor Eric Adams announced an immediate expansion of an involuntary hospitalization policy in the city, alongside a harrowing legislative proposal aimed at peeling back many of the few legal and administrative barriers that prevent involuntary psychiatric commitments. In his administration’s announcement, the plan is billed as a “compassionate new vision” to address mental illness, invoking a “moral mandate” to “deliver for our most vulnerable.”

      • Crank fight! “Reasonable” cranks vs Died Suddenly

        Two weeks ago, I wrote a not-so-Respectfully Insolent review in my own inimitable fashion of a video entitled Died Suddenly. As you might recall, this 68-minute pseudodocumentary went viral, positing a conspiracy theory in which COVID-19 vaccines are supposedly causing young healthy people to “die suddenly.” The cause as claimed in the film is massive clots caused by the spike protein produced by the mRNA vaccines, and the “evidence”—such as it was—includes anecdotes by embalmers relating how supposedly they’ve been finding more and more clots in bodies that they have been embalming. Chief among these is an embalmer named Richard Hirschman, whom we’ve met before feeding clots to Mike Adams to incompetently analyze by mass spectrometry and determine that they are not clots but rather “self-assembling nanostructures.” More recently, an experienced embalmer named Benjamin Schmidt subjected himself to the movie, and his take on Hirschman’s claims that the clots he was finding in bodies was not positive. To boil it down, Schmidt points out that (1) the clots shown in the movie are nothing unusual (in fact, they’re normal); (2) there’s no evidence presented that embalmers are finding more clots in the recently deceased; and (3) Richard Hirschman is a talented embalmer but an utterly incompetent scientist, given how easily he’s taken in by confirmation bias, disinformation, and conspiracy theories.

      • Pro PublicaDo Blocked Railroad Crossings Endanger Your Community? Tell Us More.

        In communities across America, trains come to a stop at railroad crossings, sometimes blocking traffic for hours. The federal government has amassed tens of thousands of reports of such incidents in the past year alone from nearly every state.

        This is more than an inconvenience: Our reporters have heard from emergency medical workers and patients about trains blocking crossings in ways that have kept ambulances and those in need of assistance from hospitals, and members of fire and police departments have told us about delayed responses to calls. We have witnessed people climbing through or over the cars of stationary trains, including students trying to get to school.

      • Pro PublicaWorkers at Olin’s McIntosh Alabama Plant Recall Asbestos Exposure

        When LaTunja Caster started working at the Olin Corp. chemical plant outside of McIntosh, Alabama, she had no idea that asbestos was used in the production process. But when she became a union safety representative around 2007, she started to pay attention. In certain parts of the plant, “you would see it all the time,” she said. “You definitely breathed it in.”

      • MeduzaMoscow calls new UN data on Russian HIV infection rates ‘propaganda’ — Meduza

        Russia’s Health Ministry has denied the accuracy of new data from the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) that lists Russia among the five countries in the world with the highest HIV infection rates.

      • Counter PunchWhen Global Leaders Won’t Save Our Food System, Cities Must Take the Lead

        Amidst the lackluster headlines spanning these events, though, Guterres—whose own agencies have warned of industrial animal agriculture’s climate perils for more than 15 years—issued a more grassroots plea.

        Speaking to the leaders of the C40 cities who gathered last month at a climate summit of their own, he declared, “With more than half of the world’s population, cities are where the climate battle will largely be won or lost.”

    • Proprietary

      • LinuxiacCygwin 3.4.0 Is Here as the Last Release Supporting Windows 7 and 8 [Ed: In 2022 people would be far better off using something like VirtualBox with a GNU/Linux distro]

        Cygwin, a Linux-like environment for Windows, released version 3.4.0, comes with full ASLR enabled by default.

        Cygwin is a well-known tool among computer users who, in the recent past, have been looking for a way to run Linux emulation on Windows. But, of course, we’re talking about days when Windows and Linux were on opposite sides of the fence, and concepts like Windows Subsystem for Linux seemed more like a script for a science-fiction movie.

        Let’s explain in a few words what Cygwin is. It is a set of open-source tools that enable Linux applications to be compiled and executed on a Microsoft Windows from a Linux-like command line interface. The tool was developed by Cygnus Solutions, which Red Hat later acquired.

      • Yahoo NewsMicrosoft could face its first antitrust fight in years over ‘Call of Duty’

        Microsoft fired its opening salvo in what could be a major confrontation with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over the tech giant’s $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. On Monday, Microsoft President Brad Smith penned an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal saying that the deal would benefit gamers and developers by making Microsoft more competitive with rival Sony.

      • Bleeping ComputerMicrosoft: November updates break ODBC database connections

        Microsoft is working to address a new known issue affecting apps using ODBC database connections after installing the November 2022 Patch Tuesday Windows updates.

        According to Redmond, affected apps might fail to connect to databases via connections using the Microsoft ODBC SQL Server driver.

        “After installing this update, apps that use ODBC connections through Microsoft ODBC SQL Server Driver (sqlsrv32.dll) to access databases might not connect,” Microsoft explains.

      • ABCCyberattack on top Indian hospital highlights security risk [iophk: Windows TCO]

        More than 173,000 hospitals have registered with a federal program to digitize health records since its launch in September 2021. The program assigns patients numbers that are linked to medical information stored by hospitals on their own servers or in cloud-based storage. Experts fear that hospitals may not have the expertise to ensure digital security.

      • Matt RickardGoogle Takeout and Data Portability

        Google Takeout has been around for a decade. It’s a feature that allows you to export your entire Google data history in a series of zip files. Google search history, Google Docs, Contacts, Calendar, Maps, Wallet, Voice, and many other Google products are included in the data export. Other companies like Meta have similar services.

        However, nobody really uses these data export tools. There are no competing products that make use of this data. Other than a few curious downloaders or some tin-foil programmers who want to keep backups of their data, it seems more like a failed exercise in data portability.

    • Security

      • TechdirtAnker Tries To Bullshit The Verge About Security Problems In Its Eufy ‘Smart’ Camera

        Anker, the popular maker of device chargers and the Eufy smart camera line, proudly proclaims on its website that user data will be stored locally, “never leaves the safety of your home,” footage only gets transmitted with “end-to-end” military-grade encryption, and that the company will only send that footage “straight to your phone.”

      • PC LinuxShort Topix: If Your Password Is Listed, CHANGE IT NOW!

        The team behind NordPass, the same people behind NordVPN, have released their 2022 list of the 200 most common passwords. Many of these notoriously WEAK passwords can be hacked in less than one second.

        The number one most common (and exceptionally weak) password is … drum roll … password. Perennial favorites like “123456789″ or “7654321″ or “1234554321″ are also on the list, and are all capable of being guessed by a hacker in under one second.

        We’ve run password security articles so many times during my 13.5 years tenure as the editor of The PCLinuxOS Magazine that I’ve actually lost count. I’ve attempted to go through past issues several times to count the number of times we’ve run password security articles, but I keep coming up with a different number every time. Your mileage may vary.

        But, there are common and recurring themes. To better protect your private, personally identifiable information, adhere to these basic security rules that follow.

      • Help Net SecurityIntroducing the book: The Security Analyst’s Guide to Suricata – Help Net Security

        In this Help Net Security video interview, Eric Leblond, CTO at Stamus Networks, talks about The Security Analyst’s Guide to Suricata, a book he co-wrote with Peter Manev.

      • LWNSecurity updates for Thursday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (dlt-daemon, jqueryui, and virglrenderer), Fedora (firefox, vim, and woff), Oracle (kernel and nodejs:18), Red Hat (java-1.8.0-ibm and redhat-ds:11), Slackware (python3), SUSE (buildah, matio, and osc), and Ubuntu (heimdal and postgresql-9.5).

      • CISACISA Releases Three Industrial Control Advisories | CISA

        CISA has released three (3) Industrial Control Systems (ICS) advisories on 08 December 2022. These advisories provide timely information about current security issues, vulnerabilities, and exploits surrounding ICS.

      • CISACISA Releases Phishing Infographic | CISA

        Today, CISA published a Phishing Infographic to help protect both organizations and individuals from successful phishing operations. This infographic provides a visual summary of how threat actors execute successful phishing operations. Details include metrics that compare the likelihood of certain types of “bait” and how commonly each bait type succeeds in tricking the targeted individual. The infographic also provides detailed actions organizations and individuals can take to prevent successful phishing operations—from blocking phishing attempts to teaching individuals how to report successful phishing operations.

      • Bruce SchneierLeaked Signing Keys Are Being Used to Sign Malware – Schneier on Security

        A bunch of Android OEM signing keys have been leaked or stolen, and they are actively being used to sign malware.

        [...]

        This is a huge problem. The whole system of authentication rests on the assumption that signing keys are kept secret by the legitimate signers. Once that assumption is broken, all bets are off…

      • Ars TechnicaSamsung’s Android app-signing key has leaked, is being used to sign malware
      • Fear, Uncertainty,
        Doubt/Fear-mongering/Dramatisation

        • ForbesSecurity Expert Warns ‘Update Google Chrome Now’ As CISA 0Day Deadline Revealed [Ed: Microsoft media operative Davey Winder looking to distract from tons of CISA warnings about Windows?]

          Google has confirmed yet another zero-day vulnerability impacting the Chrome web browser client, the ninth this year. In a posting to the official Chrome releases blog, Google states that users of Chrome on the Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms as well as Android, are impacted by the high-severity CVE-2022-4262 0day security vulnerability. An urgent update has started rolling out across all platforms, and Google is withholding the technical details of the zero-day until a majority of Chrome users have updated.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • NPRTwo women who allege they were stalked and harassed using AirTags are suing Apple

          Two women are suing Apple over its AirTags, claiming the trackers made it easier for them to be stalked and harassed.

          The women filed a class-action lawsuit Monday in the U.S. Northern District Court of California and said Apple has not done enough to protect the product from being used illicitly.

        • CoryDoctorowEU to Facebook, ‘Drop Dead’

          A leak from the European Data Protection Board reveals that the EU’s top privacy regulator is about to overrule the Irish Data Protection Commission and declare Facebook’s business model illegal, banning surveillance-based ads without explicit consent:

          https://noyb.eu/en/noyb-win-personalized-ads-facebook-instagram-and-whatsapp-declared-illegal

          In some ways, this is unsurprising. Since the GDPR’s beginning, it’s been crystal clear that the intention of the landmark privacy regulation was to extinguish commercial surveillance and ring down the curtain on “consent theater” – the fiction that you “agree” to be spied on by clicking “I agree” or just by landing on a web-page that has a link to some fine-print.

        • AccessNowApple doesn’t poison privacy, takes action to embolden security [Ed: This is NOT end to end (Apple controls all sides). They are perpetuating false claims from Apple.]

          Apple has taken a long needed step forward for human rights by introducing new security features, and rolling back the previously proposed client-side scanning feature that would undermine end-to-end encryption, expanding the scope for surveillance and unauthorized access. This is a welcome brick in people’s online privacy and security wall.

          Access Now supports Apple’s commitment to strengthening its Communication Safety features and urges the company to continue engaging with stakeholders to build robust online safety mechanisms.

          “Encryption bolsters privacy and security for all, and undermining it to achieve online safety is an oxymoron. Collective efforts must focus on building long-term solutions that don’t sacrifice the right to privacy, and consequently free expression, for the mere possibility of any increase in safety — one cannot exist without the other,” said Namrata Maheshwari, Policy Counsel at Access Now. “Apple’s decision to roll back the client-side scanning feature puts the company’s privacy commitments into practice, and strengthening Communication Safety features helps protect its most vulnerable stakeholders.”

        • EFFVICTORY! Apple Commits to Encrypting iCloud, Drops Phone-Scanning Plans

          We applaud Apple for listening to experts, child advocates, and users who want to protect their most sensitive data. Encryption is one of the most important tools we have for maintaining privacy and security online. That’s why we included the demand that Apple let users encrypt iCloud backups in the Fix It Already campaign that we launched in 2019. 

          Apple’s on-device encryption is strong, but some especially sensitive iCloud data, such as photos and backups, has continued to be vulnerable to government demands and hackers. Users who opt in to Apple’s new proposed feature, which the company calls Advanced Data Protection for iCloud, will be protected even if there is a data breach in the cloud, a government demand, or a breach from within Apple (such as a rogue employee). Apple said today that the feature will be available to U.S. users by the end of the year, and will roll out to the rest of the world in “early 2023.”

          We’re also pleased to hear that Apple has officially dropped its plans to install photo-scanning software on its devices, which would have inspected users’ private photos in iCloud and iMessage. This software, a version of what’s called “client-side scanning,” was intended to locate child abuse imagery and report it to authorities. When a user’s information is end-to-end encrypted and there is no device scanning, the user has true control over who has access to that data.

      • Confidentiality

        • Cryptography EngineeringWhy encrypted backup is so important

          In the rest of this post I want to zero in on end-to-end encrypted iCloud backup, and why I think this announcement is such a big deal.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • NPRChina lends billions to poor countries. Is that a burden … or a blessing?

        “I would guess at least some Middle East and North African [MENA] officials would not wish to air any problems or dissatisfaction with China lest this compromise their relationship,” he says.

        Custer says that the participants were afforded various levels of anonymity, but she cannot exclude the possibility that some may have felt intimidated.

      • NPRMy dad witnessed the horror of Pearl Harbor firsthand. But his letters never let on
      • Common DreamsGermany Arrests 25 Over Alleged Far-Right Plot to Violently Overthrow Government

        In early morning raids on Wednesday, authorities arrested 25 alleged members and supporters of a far-right terrorist organization accused of plotting to violently overthrow the German government.

        Roughly 3,000 officers took part in the raids across Germany, and two people were arrested in Austria and Italy, according to a lengthy statement from federal prosecutors. The organization was formed last year and those detained include members of the right-wing extremist Reichsbürger (Citizens of the Reich) movement and people influenced by QAnon conspiracy theories.

      • TechdirtSan Francisco Legislators Greenlight Killing Of Residents By Police Robots… And Then Kill It…

        Update: So we had this post about SF supervisors approving the killer robots in their initial vote, and had a note at the end that it still needed one more round of approvals by the Supervisors… and apparently widespread protests last night convinced the board to drop the proposal! The original (mostly obsolete) post is below.

      • EFFVICTORY! San Francisco Bans Killer Robots…For Now

        In one week, San Francisco and the greater Bay Area rallied to tell the Board that this policy was unacceptable. That rallying cry was so loud and undeniable that it was impossible for the Board, and the world, to ignore. The campaign to stop killer robots was covered by news outlets all over the world as people waited to see what kind of precedent would be set for law enforcement. Opponents staged a rally against the policy, and over 50 local organizations signed a coalition letter demanding that the Board reverse course on killer robots,  … and they did.

        But even as we take this moment to celebrate, make no mistake: the fight to stop killer robots in San Francisco, and around the country, is not over.

        The Board sent the killer robot back to its Rules Committee. We may have to debate all over again the rules for police robots in San Francisco. The community will have more opportunities to give public comments. So will the police. They may try to find a more reasonable way to sell the idea of armed robots. We will stay vigilant and engaged.

      • FAIRMedia’s Crime Hype and Scapegoating Led to Crackdown on Unhoused People

        For some time now, news media have been conflating crime, homelessness and mental illness, demonizing and dehumanizing people without homes while ignoring the structural causes leading people to sleep on subways and in other public spaces. With New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ latest announcement that he would hospitalize, against their will, unhoused people with mental health conditions—even those deemed to pose no risk to others—in the name of “public safety,” the local papers once again revealed a propensity to highlight official narratives and try to erase their own role in conjuring the crime hysteria that drives such ineffective and pernicious policies.

      • Common Dreams100+ Groups Urge Congress to Back Sanders’ Yemen War Powers Resolution

        A coalition of more than 100 advocacy, faith-based, and news organizations on Wednesday urged members of Congress to adopt Sen. Bernie Sanders’ War Powers Resolution to block U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, where the recent expiry of a temporary cease-fire has renewed suffering in one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

        “We, the undersigned 105 organizations, welcomed news earlier this year that Yemen’s warring parties agreed to a nationwide truce to halt military operations, lift fuel restrictions, and open Sanaa airport to commercial traffic,” the signatories wrote in a letter to congressional lawmakers. “Unfortunately, it’s been almost two months since the U.N.-brokered truce in Yemen expired, violence on the ground is escalating, and there is still no formal mechanism preventing a return to all-out war.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Bloated Pentagon Budget Is Indefensible

        Can you imagine the audacity to fail a multi-trillion dollar audit of public funds, and then ask for even more of those taxpayer dollars?

      • Meduza‘Only God knows the future’ A cleric from the historically Moscow-linked Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Kyiv’s recent raids — Meduza

        In late May 2022, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church declared its full independence from the Moscow Patriarchate (though it didn’t sever relations with the Russian institution completely; for example, its primate is still confirmed by the Moscow Patriarchate). Six months later, the Ukrainian Security Service began conducting raids on Ukrainian Orthodox Church sites, including the historic Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, in search of “weapons or members of sabotage and reconnaissance groups.” According to Ukrainian authorities, intelligence officers found “symbols” of the now-banned pro-Russian party Opposition Platform — For Life in the churches, as well as “brochures calling for a peace deal with the ‘brotherly Russian people’ and glorifying the ‘Russian land’ and ‘Russian soldiers.’” In response, Kyiv imposed sanctions against multiple Ukrainian Orthodox Church priests, and Volodymyr Zelensky issued a decree banning the activities of “religious organizations affiliated with centers of influence in Russia.” Meduza spoke with Ukrainian Orthodox Church representative Metropolitan Kliment about these developments.

      • MeduzaTeacher in Komi Republic charged with ‘justifying terrorism’ for online post about Crimean Bridge — Meduza

        Nikita Tushkanov, a history and social studies teacher in Russia’s Komi Republic, was arrested on charges of “justifying terrorism” on Wednesday, local media and OVD-Info reported.

      • Telex (Hungary)NATO Secretary General: We knew last fall that Russia was preparing an attack, and we notified the Hungarian government about it
      • MeduzaIn new interview, Russian POW and former Wagner fighter recounts recruitment process and pleads not to be swapped — Meduza

        In a new interview with Ukrainian journalist Yury Butusov, Russian POW and convict Alexander Bolchev recounts joining the war in Ukraine after being recruited by PMC Wagner.

      • The NationChange Can’t Wait: Students Protest Sexual Violence at American University
      • Counter PunchHow Russia is Countering the West’s Economic Sanctions

        The Russian “economy contracted for the second quarter in a row,” according to a November 16 article in the Financial Times, which attributed this downturn to the Western sanctions. Undermining the sanctions through a variety of methods, including cooperating with other countries with sanctions evasion experience, has become an even greater priority for the Kremlin.

        Russia has decades of history in helping other countries evade sanctions. In recent years, Russia has exported oil to North Korea and employed its laborers in Siberia in violation of international sanctions, while Russian entities have also been sanctioned for aiding North Korea’s weapons programs.

      • MeduzaHundreds of miles past the border Why Ukraine’s recent strikes on Russian air bases could signal a turning point in the war — Meduza

        Two days in a row this week, the Ukrainian Armed Forces used drones to strike targets deep within Russia. Satellite images from December 5 show that Ukraine hit the Engels air base near Saratov and the Dyagilevo air base near Ryazan. Within a few hours, the Russian Aerospace Forces used aircraft and cruise missiles from those same airfields to launch strikes in Ukraine. Then, on December 6, a Ukrainian drone hit another target at a Russian air base: an oil storage tank in Kursk. That same day, a drone targeting Crimea’s Belbek air base was reportedly shot down by Russian air defenses. This new wave of Ukrainian strikes on Russian territory could prove to be a turning point in the war; Kyiv has now shown that it, too, is capable of striking infrastructure targets on enemy territory. Meduza lays out what we know about Ukraine’s drone capabilities and what that portends for the coming months.

      • MeduzaArmed Wagner Group deserter arrested in Rostov region — Meduza

        An armed man in military fatigues who opened fire at the local police officers on December 6 has been arrested near the mining city of Novoshakhtinsk.

      • MeduzaAppeals court upholds 22-year sentence in Ivan Safronov’s treason case — Meduza

        The First Appellate Court of general jurisdiction has dismissed the journalist Ivan Safronov’s appeal, upholding the 22-year sentence issued by the Moscow Municipal Court, which found Safronov guilty of treason. The journalist’s sentence is now coming into effect. Safronov will soon be transferred to a penal colony.

      • Counter PunchUnderstanding Russian National Security

        These administrations could not have been more wrong, and it is important to know why. The Reagan administration was dealing in disinformation, using the politicized intelligence of the Central Intelligence Agency led by two ideologues—Director William Casey and Deputy Director Robert Gates.  I was a Soviet analyst at the CIA in those years and testified to Gates’ deceit in his controversial confirmation hearings in 1991.  My testimony contributed to the decision of a newly-elected president, Bill Clinton, to end Gates’ stewardship of the agency in 1993.  Sadly, the Clinton administration then turned around and, resorting to misinformation, ignored the commitments of the George H.W. Bush administration to foreswear expansion of NATO and unnecessarily expanded the military alliance against Russia.

        The conservatives in the Reagan administration (e.g., Casey, Gates, Secretary of Defense Weinberger, Deputy Defense Secretary Perle) never understood the importance of arms control agreements to the Kremlin. The SALT and ABM treaties in 1972 from the Soviet point of view meant that the United States finally recognized Soviet power as legitimate and natural and that detente with the United States would include European detente as well. The significance of the West German ratification of the Renunciation of force Agreement between Bonn and Moscow was similarly not appreciated.  The treaty signaled Bonn’s acceptance of the post-war territorial status quo and served as a catalyst for East-West detente.

      • MeduzaPresidential Human Rights Council gets ready to tread carefully in meeting with Putin — Meduza

        In advance of the Russian president’s annual meeting with members of the Presidential Human Rights Council (“SPCh”), the Kremlin and the SPCh head Valery Fadeyev have finalized a list of topics not to be raised by council members in conversation with Putin.

      • MeduzaSurveyor at Birobidzhan nature reserve arrested on treason charges — Meduza

        Russian FSB agents in Birobidzhan, the capital of Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Region, have arrested geodetic surveyor Valery Kachin on suspicion of state treason, TASS reported on Wednesday.

      • MeduzaA ‘necessary quantity of mothers’ Putin held a highly publicized meeting with ‘mothers of the mobilized.’ Here’s who those women actually are. — Meduza
      • MeduzaRussian opposition politician Ilya Yashin’s sentencing hearing postponed due to court evacuation — Meduza

        Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin’s sentencing hearing has been rescheduled from December 7 to December 9, according to the press service of Moscow’s Meshchansky District Court.

      • dwaves.deGood & bad culture and use of technology – 1930 – Albert Einstein – about cows and the wonders of radio telecommunication

        As with all new technologies, Einstein was hopeful, that this new technology will be used for good to bring peace by better understanding between nations and individuals alike.

        Of course – everybody knows – what happened in 1933 and what it was used for then.

    • Environment

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • TruthOutTrump Organization Found Guilty on All 17 Counts of Tax Fraud
      • Counter PunchBaguette Listings: Why Food is Politics

        The list, for which UNESCO is responsible for observing, includes some 678 traditions from 140 countries. The Slovenians have beekeeping, for instance; Tunisia has harissa; Zambia can call upon the significance of the Kalela dance.  Such traditions can span several countries: the listing of states for the Lipizzan horse breeding tradition reads like an inventory of the lost Austro-Hungarian empire, echoing Joseph Roth’s Radetzkymarsch.

        The baguette, one of France’s grandest gastronative examples, is celebrated as a labour-intensive product marked by patience.  Lengthy periods of fermentation are required, including wheat of appropriate quality, leaving a distinct gold crispness.  Fats are eschewed, as are any improvers or additives, which are prohibited by the decree of September 13, 1993.  The characteristic cuts with 14 facets act like ceremonial scars.  It is also the hallmark of the traditional boulangeries, which are struggling, notably in rural areas, to survive.

      • Counter PunchBiden Wants to Prevent a Strong Primary Challenge. He Shouldn’t Get Away With It.

        The White House and mainstream journalists have echoed each other to assert that Biden would face no serious challenge to renomination if he runs again. But his blatant intrusion into the DNC’s process for setting the primary calendar is a sign of anxiety about potential obstacles to winning renomination.

        Unlike all other states under consideration for early primaries, South Carolina is not a battleground state. Everyone knows that the Democratic ticket won’t come close to winning in deep-red South Carolina in 2024. But that state — which Biden obviously sees as vital to his renomination — has a party apparatus dominated by Biden’s powerful corporatist ally, Congressman James Clyburn.

      • Michael GeistScoping User Content Out of Bill C-11: Senate Committee Makes Much-Needed Change, But Will the Government Accept It?

        The widespread concern over Bill C-11 has largely focused on the potential CRTC regulation of user content. Despite repeated assurances from the government that “users are out, platforms are in”, the reality is that the bill kept the door open to regulating such content. The language in the bill is clear: Section 4.2 grants the CRTC the power to establish regulations on programs (which includes audio and audiovisual content by users). The provision identifies three considerations for the Commission, most notably if the program “directly or indirectly generates revenues.” The revenue generation provision is what led many digital creators to argue they were caught by the bill and for TikTok to conclude that any video with music would also fall within the ambit of the legislation.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Living for Politics Or ‘Just Living’?

        “Welcome back!” read my friend Allan’s email. “So happy to have you back and seeing that hard work paid off. Thank you for all that you do. Please don’t cook this evening. I am bringing you a Honduran dinner—tacos hondureños and baleadas, plus a bottle of wine.” The tacos were tasty indeed, but even more pleasing was my friend’s evident admiration for my recent political activities.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | US Supreme Court Wants to Make America More Bigoted Again

        The Supreme Court appears hell-bent on making America bigoted again. Step-by-step, they’re undoing every bit of progressive legislation from the past 80 years that they can find.

      • Common Dreams‘Why Is It This Close? Why?’ Narrow Warnock Win Sparks Fears of Ominous Doom for Democrats

        With more than 95% of voting precincts reporting results in Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff election on Wednesday, Sen. Raphael Warnock had beaten Republican challenger Herschel Walker by fewer than three percentage points—prompting sighs of relief among Democrats while a number of progressive observers suggested the close margin was hardly cause for celebration.

        “That Walker had any support is a sign of enduring problems in our democracy.”

      • TechdirtHello! You’ve Been Referred Here Because You’re Wrong About Twitter And Hunter Biden’s Laptop

        Hello! Someone has referred you to this post because you’ve said something quite wrong about Twitter and how it handled something to do with Hunter Biden’s laptop. If you’re new here, you may not know that I’ve written a similar post for people who are wrong about Section 230. If you’re being wrong about Twitter and the Hunter Biden laptop, there’s a decent chance that you’re also wrong about Section 230, so you might want to read that too! Also, these posts are using a format blatantly swiped from lawyer Ken “Popehat” White, who wrote one about the 1st Amendment. Honestly, you should probably read that one too, because there’s some overlap.

      • Common DreamsDems Back Blue Dog Spanberger for Swing District Post Over Progressive Cartwright

        Corporate Democrats in the U.S. House tightened their hold on the caucus Tuesday as Rep. Abigail Spanberger was elected by a group of 53 lawmakers from swing states to represent them to the party’s leadership team, winning out over the more progressive Rep. Matt Cartwright.

        The Virginia Democrat was elected to become the party’s first battleground leadership representative, a position created with the passage of a new rules amendment late last month.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Independent State Legislature Theory, in Any Form, Poses an Extraordinary Threat to US Elections

        By now, word is out about the election-detonating dangers posed by the so-called “independent state legislature theory.” So in recent months, the theory’s proponents have tried to persuade the Supreme Court and the broader public that there are more moderate, less problematic variants of the theory out there. But there’s no “lite version” of the independent state legislature theory. The gerrymanderers who put the theory on the Supreme Court’s doorstep in Moore v. Harper are asking for a radical upending of election law and all the chaos that comes with it, no matter how they try to soft-pedal it.

      • Common DreamsSolidarity Fund Up and Running for Designer Behind Iconic Bernie Sanders Posters

        Friends and family of Tyler Evans—a designer for progressive movements and leaders, including Sen. Bernie Sanders—have launched a GoFundMe to raise money for the Evans family in the wake of his hospitalization.

        The “solidarity fund” webpage explains that “Tyler has been in ICU care for the last week with subdural and epidural hematoma (blood accumulation between the brain and skull). He will have a road to recovery once he leaves the hospital, which will take several months, potentially up to a year.”

      • The NationAfter Decades of Corruption, Donald Trump Has His First Adverse Legal Verdict

        After two impeachments, a private charity and university shuttered thanks to fraud charges and other financial irregularities, a special prosecutor’s investigation (with another one now pending), more than 20 sexual assault allegations, and a private-sector career riddled with allegations of fraud and self-dealing, Donald Trump now boasts his first adverse legal verdict. A state jury in Manhattan has found the Trump Organization guilty on 17 charges, including falsifying business information, a scheme to defraud, tax fraud, and conspiracy.

      • Counter PunchWhat’s in a Speech? Rebuilding a Welcoming Political Culture

        With these words, Herschel Walker conceded the Georgia Senate run-off. He also echoed the calm, often gracious, concession speeches made across the country a few weeks earlier by candidates of both parties.

        As we enter the holiday season, can extend this political calm? Research shows we can. Those concession speeches are a key.

      • TruthOutHerschel Walker Is Trumpism’s Latest Loser. Where Will the GOP Go From Here?
      • Counter PunchThe Rule of Law or the Rule of Lie

        Stated another way, the American Bar Association defines the rule of law as a set of principles, or ideals, for ensuring an orderly and just society.

        Many countries throughout the world strive to uphold the rule of law–where no one is above the law; where everyone is treated equally under the law; where everyone is held accountable to the same laws; where there are clear and fair processes for enforcing laws; where there is an independent judiciary; and where human rights are guaranteed for all.[2]

      • FOSSLifeTwitter Now “Irrelevant” in Open Source

        Like almost all modern software companies, Twitter depends on open source, says Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. In the aftermath of Elon Musk’s purchase, however, the company’s relationship to open source has shifted dramatically.

        Will Norris, Twitter’s former open source lead, “believes Twitter has become irrelevant in open source communities.” In an exclusive interview with Vaughan-Nichols, Norris said: “Open source communities are built on relationships and trust, and now Twitter has neither with these groups. They’ve lost any ability to participate meaningfully in those communities.”

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Common DreamsRevealing He Too Had Manning Leaks, Ellsberg Dares DOJ to Prosecute Him Like Assange

        Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg on Tuesday dared U.S. prosecutors to come after him like they have Julian Assange by revealing in a BBC News interview that the WikiLeaks publisher sent him a backup of leaked materials from former military analyst Chelsea Manning.

        “Let me tell you a secret. I had possession of all the Chelsea Manning information before it came out in the press,” Ellsberg said to BBC’s Stephen Sackur in the on-camera interview. “I’ve never said that publicly.”

      • Scheerpost‘Free Julian Assange!’ Say Latin America’s Leftist Leaders: Lula, AMLO, Petro, Maduro, Ortega, Kirchner, Evo, Zelaya

        Latin America’s leftist presidents are leading the campaign to free Julian Assange. The WikiLeaks journalist has the support of Brazil’s Lula da Silva, Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Argentina’s Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Colombia’s Gustavo Petro, Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro, Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, Bolivia’s Evo Morales, and Honduras’ Manuel Zelaya.

      • Common DreamsJournalism Defenders Push for Passage of ‘Game-Changing’ PRESS Act

        Free press advocates this week urged people to contact Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office and ask the New York Democrat to pass legislation protecting journalists from government abuses during the closing days of the current Congress.

        “Now is crunch time to make the PRESS Act the law of the land before this Congress adjourns.”

      • MeduzaPutin welcomes idea of criminalizing leaked personal data use — Meduza

        Russian President Vladimir Putin has responded enthusiastically to the idea of criminalizing the use of leaked personal data, including the leaked databases often utilized by investigative journalists.

      • Democracy NowFuturo Media Probes Deadly U.S. Border Policy & NY Drug Trafficking Trial of Mexico’s Former Top Cop

        In “Death by Policy,” the newly launched investigative unit of Pulitzer Prize-winning Futuro Media reveals how the U.S. Border Patrol’s policies push migrants attempting to cross from Mexico to the U.S. into dangerous areas, especially the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. The longstanding “prevention through deterrence” approach, which funnels people into unsafe migration routes, has contributed to thousands of deaths since the 1990s. For more, we speak to Futuro Media’s Maria Hinojosa, who hosts the new podcast on Latino USA and draws connections to the new bipartisan immigration Senate reform bill. We also speak with Peniley Ramírez, co-host of the unit’s new five-part podcast series ”USA v. García Luna,” which looks at Mexico’s former secretary of public security, García Luna, who will soon become the highest-ranking Mexican official ever to face trial in the United States for his alleged role in drug trafficking. “This person was at the same time, according to the accusation, working for the Mexican government, working for the Sinaloa Cartel and cooperating with U.S. agencies, especially the DEA,” says Ramírez.

      • MeduzaLatvian Association of Journalists defends TV Rain — Meduza

        The Latvian Association of Journalists came to the defense of TV Rain, whose broadcast license Latvian authorities revoked earlier this week.

      • MeduzaIvars Abolins, Latvian official who stripped TV Rain of broadcast license, praised Putin during Crimea annexation — Meduza

        Following the revocation of TV Rain’s broadcast license by the Latvian National Electronic Media Council (NELPLP), social media users unearthed a trove of past tweets by the agency chairman Ivars Abolins, in which Abolins deprecated Ukraine and praised Putin.

      • MeduzaPutin: ‘no need at present’ for a second wave of mobilization — Meduza

        Russian President Vladimir Putin denies that authorities will launch a second wave of mobilization in Russia in the near future. He made an announcement to that effect during a meeting with members of the Presidential Council for Human Rights.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • [Old] ABCCourt OKs Barring High IQs for Cops

        A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city.

      • [Old] NPRMilitary-Trained Police May Be Less Hasty To Shoot, But That Got This Vet Fired

        In Afghanistan, the rules of engagement sometimes were stricter than use-of-force rules for civilian police in America. Erica Gaston, a human rights lawyer who studied the military’s rules of engagement in Afghanistan, said that especially was true in the later years of the war.

      • Project CensoredOregon Community Debates Hiring of Nonbinary Elementary School Teacher – Validated Independent News

        As the Advocate reported, critics of the hiring, such as Kathy Hischar, argued that Medford’s children “should not have to question why their teacher is a girl but dresses like a boy.” Another district resident, Tanner Fairrington, whose children are home-schooled, said that “exposure to the complexity of preferred pronouns and gender roles is not appropriate for this age group.”

      • EFFDC Circuit Evades Important Questions in Disappointing Ruling on Section 1201 of the DMCA

        We partnered with law firm Wilson Sonsini to file this case in 2016 because Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act violates the First Amendment by threatening security research, remix video, media literacy education, access to culture for disabled people, and even the right to understand how your car works so you can repair it. Originally designed to inhibit copyright infringement of DVD, CDs, and books, the law has come to reach far more broadly, thanks to the proliferation of software. That’s because the law forbids accessing any copyrighted work – including the code in your devices – if you’d have to bypass a technical protection measure (aka DRM) to do it.

        Section 1201’s prohibition was a departure from previous copyright law and the traditional rules that allow people to make fair uses and make use of the non-copyrightable ideas in a copyrighted work. While the law traditionally protected research, remix, and so on, Section 1201 makes that work impossible unless you fall within narrow exceptions or get permission (which must be renewed every three years) from the Copyright Office and Librarian of Congress.  Our appeal was supported by amicus briefs from independent filmmakers, disability advocates, media literacy educators, copyright scholars, and those seeking to understand technology in order to exercise their right to repair.

        The DC Circuit refused to consider either the challenge to the law on its face or most of the speech harms caused by the law, focusing instead on a narrower question of whether the First Amendment protected the plaintiffs’ rights to publish code that included instructions for circumvention. Dr. Green sought to publish a book on security research, including code snippets and other speech that would teach a reader how to circumvent access controls in the course of doing security research. Dr. bunnie Huang and his company Alphamax sought to publish code that would let people read the data in an encrypted video stream in order to analyze it, adapt it, and otherwise make lawful uses of it. bunnie also sought to use this technology himself for video analysis, translations, education, and archiving.

      • Common DreamsNew York Times Union Workers Planning Dec. 8 Walkout, Rally Over Pay

        Over 1,000 New York Times workers are planning a full-day walkout and afternoon rally on Thursday, December 8 amid ongoing negotiations with newspaper management about pay and healthcare contributions.

        Times Guild members, represented by the NewsGuild of New York, are pushing for a $65,000 salary floor and “funding employees’ health insurance sustainably.”

      • The NationAsylum Seekers
      • The NationWarnock Wins, but Jim Crow and Liberal Self-Sabotage Are Still Alive in Georgia

        Now that Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock is headed back to do his job in Washington, D.C., while Republican Hershel Walker heads God knows where, but likely to his actual home in Texas, can we finally talk about what a shit show these last few months have been?

      • ScheerpostWarnock Defeats Walker in Georgia, Giving Democrats 51-49 Senate Majority

        “Tonight, the people—young, Black, Brown, and working people—expanded the Senate majority, neutralized the power of Joe Manchin, and defeated yet another fascist,” the Sunrise Movement cheered.

      • Democracy Now“The People Have Spoken”: Sen. Warnock Wins in Georgia in Victory Over GOP Voter Suppression Efforts

        Senator Raphael Warnock makes history defeating Republican Herschel Walker in Georgia’s closely watched Senate runoff, becoming the first Black senator to be elected to a six-year term in Georgia. His victory in Tuesday’s special election will give Democrats control of 51 seats in the Senate. It also marks a major defeat for former President Donald Trump, who had handpicked Walker, a former football star who had no political experience, to be the standard-bearer in Georgia. Walker is the eighth Trump-backed Senate candidate to lose this year, despite earlier predictions that Republicans would regain control of the Senate. Warnock received 51.4% of the vote compared to Walker’s 48.6%. LaTosha Brown, co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund, says intense on-the-ground organizing was able to put Warnock over the top, but she warns that the tight result is a “red flag” signaling the continued threat from Trump. “We’re still fighting voter suppression. We’re still fighting fascism,” says Brown.

      • The NationKanye, the Religious Right, and the Upsurge in Anti-Semitism

        Kanye West’s appearance on the Alex Jones show, where the singer praised Hitler and Nazism, has brought the problem of anti-Semitism to the fore. To take up the issue, I spoke with Sarah Posner, a columnist at MSNBC and author of the valuable book Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump.

      • TruthOutCongress Is Set to Codify Respect for Marriage Act — But It Has Some Limitations
      • TruthOutIs Iran in the Midst of a Feminist Revolution?
      • Counter PunchWhat Do We Need a State For, Anyway?

        But nowhere do these basically autonomous troops combine into larger associations, nowhere do members of the same species, though clearly knowing themselves to be essentially related, attempt to create large- scale units of social control. “Superorganizations, alliances made up of two or more troops,” as anthropology expert John Pfeiffer notes, “have never been observed among baboons or any other nonhuman primates.”

        In a healthy brain, though there are many major processes operating at once, there is none, either physical or psychological, that is dominant. In the words of neurologist Gary Walter:

      • Project CensoredMassachusetts Community Models Successful Programs to Support Latinx Students – Validated Independent News

        Southern Berkshire County has seen a large increase in Latinx speaking families, with ten percent of its public school students being non-native English speakers. Parents, Latinx organizations, and teachers have rallied together to provide academic, emotional, and legal support for Latinx students, who can struggle with the language barrier.

      • EFFVICTORY! The Safe Connections Act is Now Law

        Thankfully, a bill to change that just became law.

        The Safe Connections Act (S. 120) was introduced in the Senate on January 2021 by Senators Brian Schatz, Deb Fischer, Richard Blumenthal, Rick Scott, and Jacky Rosen and in the House (H.R. 7132) by Representatives Ann Kuster and Anna Eshoo. This common sense bill would make it easier for survivors of domestic violence to separate their phone line from a family plan while keeping their own phone number. It also requires the FCC to create rules to protect the privacy of the people seeking this protection. This bill overwhelmingly passed both chambers of Congress, and it was signed by the President on December 7, 2022, making it Public Law 117-223. 

        Telecommunications carriers are already required to make numbers portable when users want to change carriers. So it should not be hard for carriers to replicate a seamless process when a paying customer wants to move an account within the same carrier. EFF strongly supports this bill.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakPirate IPTV Man Charged After Police Raid Caught Suspect Red Handed

          A man arrested by Swedish police in 2021 has been charged with crimes relating to pirate IPTV service, Smart IPTV. The indictment, which contains a seizure order worth $1.2 million, reveals the man was logged into email accounts and crypto wallets during a police raid. An earlier case, involving IPTV, an uncooperative defendant, and a crypto hardware wallet, delivered quite a surprise at the 11th hour.

        • Torrent FreakISPs Sued Over Pirate Movie Hosters Fembed, Uqload, Upvid, & Uvideo

          Powerful French movie industry groups have filed a lawsuit against several major ISPs. The action has the ultimate goal of blocking access to a quartet of file-hosting platforms – Fembed, Uqload, Upvid, & Uvideo. This is the first attempt to have so-called cyberlockers blocked in France but if successful, could undermine operations at dozens of other sites.

        • Torrent FreakScammers Exploit EU’s Website to Advertise ‘Pirate’ Sites

          Scammers are abusing official European Union platforms to advertise ‘pirate’ sites. The advertisements come in the form of keyword-filled PDF files that have now made their way to the top results in search engines. The advertisements link to dubious platforms that appear to use false piracy promises to lure people to malicious sites.

        • Walled CultureHow to redeem big, bad music streaming so that it serves artists, fans – and local communities – Walled Culture

          Music streaming services are great – for listeners, who gain access to huge quantities of music, even if they don’t end up owning any of it. But it’s hardly a secret that streaming services produce very little income for the musicians involved – even the big names earn a pittance – with most of the money ending up with the recording companies. That doesn’t mean that streaming services are beyond redemption. It just requires a little imagination to think of ways in which they can be great for artists and audience alike.

          [...]

          What’s also notable is that this approach is built on local music. It means that the music already has a link with the people who are likely to try it out. That sense of connection is a vital element for all art, and is sometimes missing with the global streaming services, which can seem distant and deracinated in comparison. MUSICat is a great example of how a technology can be radically re-thought for the benefit of artists, their fans and the community they are part of.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Being in the moment is…

        Being in the moment is more important than capturing it!

      • 🔤SpellBinding: AYKLRWD Wordo: KAIAK
      • Going Electric

        I’m a gearhead. I grew up in and around cars, my grandparents and parents had a Citroën dealership. Before I studied Computational Linguistics, I did a three-year apprenticeship for automobile technician, and I still consider it one of the best times of my life.

      • My Ethics Are Driving Me Insane

        I shop at the Unpackaged Store. Stuff that comes without packaging is weirdly twice as expensive as the packaged alternatives. Local, seasonal vegetables, they cost an arm and a leg compared to the apple from New Zealand. It’s probably the correct price if I want everyone to be paid fairly and not externalize costs, but boy, I can only afford this because I have a good job. When I haul my expensive groceries home on my cargo ebike, along a narro, bumpy bicycle lane that surely leads to broken eggs unless I packaged them really well in the material I brought along, car traffic flows by on a smooth road — when it flows, as the road is too narrow for all the parked SUVs and the ones being driven by angry people doing a quick shop at Lidl, yes I’ll have a bag, thank you.

      • After a bad night’s sleep

        Don’t take a day off after not sleeping enough the previous night. That would be wasting the holiday allowance. It wouldn’t be possible to enjoy my free time anyway, so why not just work? There’s still a way for an IT Engineer to be productive (sometimes even more) with half or less of the concentration power available!

      • Fellow humans

        My best take would be: In the daily lives of most people, most of the time, “reality” doesn’t actually matter. Politics don’t affect them right then, right here. What matters is walking to the groceries, not falling off your bike, driving your car, cooking your food, eating, sleeping, anger management, looking at flowers, raising your kids, talking to your friends, raising a family. All of these things you can do with “fast thinking” (Kahneman), or “feelings”. Sure, as somebody from the outside, you might feel like saying that voting matters, that politics matter, that international politics matter, but as an individual, you might respond: all that matters is what affects me directly, and what I can affect directly. Everything else is an illusion, a fantasy. You are getting worked up over nothing.

      • Deadly Encounters vs Deadly Dungeons

        One of the most common misplaced concerns about DMing I see online is that the player characters are winning most of the time.

      • Wheels I have reinvented

        In college I played a lot of music. I was in the university orchestra a couple years, playing bassoon. I joined the improv music collective, which I played in for four years. I eventually even took electronic music history and production classes, opera (music history), ethnomusicology, and composition classes. I DJed on the college radio station as well, a program dedicated to experimental and electronic music. All this is to provide some background to attest that I’m supposedly not a totally complete idiot when it comes to music! Okay, with that said, onto my story:

      • Work

        I’ve been working part-time for most of this year. 20 hours a week, 4 hours a day, half the pay. I just changed back to full time this week after one of my managers resigned and his responsibilities were distributed between the team.

        Firstly: after some time of part time, I’ve come to realize that half time = half pay is mightily wrong. More is done on the first four hours of work than on the last. Let’s be generous and say 60% on the first 4h, 40% on the later 4h. And yet you’re seen like a bit of a slacker when someone calls or emails you after you’ve done your time and answer with “sorry, I just clocked out, I’ll do it first thing tomorrow”. I mean, you should be thankful I’ve even picked up the phone.

      • Epsom Salt Crystal Photos

        I grew some epsom salt crystals in a jar. I saturated hot water with the crystals, poured some in a jar, and set the jar on a shelf for about a week. After about half the water evaporated, a thin layer of crystal on top of the water was slowing down further evaporation, so I just dumped out the remaining water and and let it dry for another night. I placed a small piece of purple sponge in the jar, which made the photos a little more interesting. Here is a photo of the jar:

      • The Peripheral (Amazon Prime)

        I’ve been enjoying this show, based on a 2014 William Gibson novel. The first season is trickling out and is almost complete.

        No spoilers; just watch it. It is pretty satisfying, if all y’all can get over the Texas drawl of a number of main characters. It’s Gibson all the way; jack in and enjoy the ride.

        While I am at it, I do need to bitch about the video quality of Amazon algorithms. It’s sharp, but it sucks in a terrible and pedestrian way: the foreground high contrast images are sharp and good, but out-of-focus backgrounds kind of freeze in a blotchy way, and update at the rate of a few blotches per second.

    • Technical

      • The Tinkerer

        When I did my apprenticeship as automobile technician, we were assigned different stations in the workshop, each lead by another master technician. Herr Drexl was the one I admired most. He was an expert in rebuilding automatic transmissions, and when they left his hands, they worked better than when they came from the factory brand-new. He built his own tools to measure tolerances perfectly — tools they didn’t even have at the factory.

      • More (good) work, BQN

        Its real: I got the ok from my company to migrate them to free software.

        I have totally free reign and as long as there is a working system at the end of it i can do whatever i want to migrate (at least our workstations) to Linux. I think it helped a little that the big company on the other side of the industrial complex where we reside did make this step last year and got good coverage about this in our local newspapers.

      • The Death of Fosshost

        Fosshost, a hosting provider that offered free VPS hosting for FOSS projects is officially shutting down.

      • PICO-8 textured raycaster (Dark Streets devlog #2)

        Adding wall textures, camera height, and fixing the fish-eye effect in the PICO-8 raycaster.

      • Update Proprietary Media Codec for Vivaldi on Manjaro

        I noticed that the Vivaldi package on Manjaro stopped updating the proprietary media codec after installing or updating. It appears that some Linux distributions have gotten spooked. And maintainers have started to withdraw support for proprietary codecs in general.

        On my system, hardware acceleration is provided by a proprietary Nvidia driver. So, I just need the codec to restore video performance.

        You can update the Vivaldi codec yourself by running the update script like the package used to.

      • CMUS colour scheme and persistent settings

        cmus[1] uses a file called autosave (~/.config/cmus/autosave) to store configuration settings. This file is loaded every time cmus is launched. Settings changed during a session will be written to autosave on exit. This can make changing settings a bit finicky. A few times I’ve accidentally changed a setting by pressing the wrong hotkey, and then not been able to change it back. There is another file called rc (~/.config/cmus/rc) which can store persistent settings. These settings are loaded after autosave and will not be overwritten on exit.

      • Quote of the day – privacy edition

        Some people say that if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. I saw the best response: “I need privacy, not because my actions are questionable, but because your judgement and intentions are questionable.”

      • Alpine on the Olimex A20 OLinuXino Lime2

        The Olimex OLinuXino LIME2 is an open hardware board with 1GB RAM, 1Gbps LAN and optional onboard eMMC/NAND storage and SPI flash. This guide will explain how to install Alpine Linux 3.17.0 on it, including how to compile the U-Boot bootloader.

        Note: Throughout this guide I use the command ‘doas’ to run commands with root privileges. Your distribution might instead be using ‘sudo’, so simply replace ‘doas’ with ‘sudo’ if it does not work.

      • Emacs Youtube

        One of my goals for 2023 is to use YouTube as little as possible.

        However, I still want to be able to watch videos occasionally, I just don’t want the ‘time-suck’ element of youtube, where you end up with an endless stream of (admittedly interesting) content thanks to the suggestions provided by the algorithm.

      • Science

        • Binocular observation of Jupiter and the moon

          When I was young, I used to be quite into astronomy (I was into a lot of things before computing came along and hypnotised me to the exclusion of much else for a big chunk of my life which I’ll never get back). I never owned a telescope or even, as far as I recall, binoculars, and to be honest I’m not sure I even felt the need. I grew up somewhere moderately remote, where light pollution wasn’t really an issue, so you could just go outside and look up on a clear night and behold the Milky Way whenever you felt like it. Shooting stars and satellites were things you could easily spot multiple times on any given night. I had one of those little rotating cardboard wheel star chart things, and I learned my way around the sky pretty well and spotted plenty of planets. I guess maybe all of this is more what you would call “stargazing” rather than amateur astronomy per se, although maybe that’s a bogus and snobbish distinction to draw. I guess it took a while even after the internet and computing appeared in my life for this interest to completely wane, I remember taking a degree of geeky pride in making the objectively unwise decision to interrupt my sleep at some ungodly hour the night before my final high school physics exam in order to watch a meteor shower (I still did fine). And I was even in my university’s astronomy club, although to be honest that was mostly just a social club for hypernerds and any kind of genuine astronomy-based event was outnumbered more than ten to one by quiz nights, video nights, fundraising BBQs, etc. Good times, to be sure, but I spent more time staring at the skies by myself as a kid. Until very recently, it had been definitely over a decade since I’d done *anything* like any of the above.

        • Franken-Peugeot updates

          I am kind of burned out on writing more or less exclusively about my “big picture” thoughts on ideas at the intersection of computing technology and environmental sustainability. I’m still very much interested in and thinking about and reading about those issues, and rest assured you Shall Not Be Spared the future walls of text which will inevitably arise from this. But nobody wants to read that kind of stuff all the time. I don’t even want to *write* that stuff all the time, writing exclusively in negative tones, beating dead horses. Here on the small internet I’m largely preaching to the choir anyway. I miss how much more casual and varied and uncontrived my writing used to be in “the good old days” (my phlog is over five years old now, I missed the anniversary once again). So I’m going to try to kick myself back into that groove for a bit. Excluding my upcoming ROOPHLOCH entry, which is going to talk mostly about how the post was made, I’m setting myself the goal to write three posts this year which have nothing to do with computers, nothing to do with the internet, and nothing to do with the terrifying realisation that the sun isn’t going to die for another five billion years and even the greenest Utopian fantasy vision of future civilisation has no hope of lasting that long without running into some kind of problem.

        • Thinking about “AI”

          It’s shaping up to be a long week. I’m preparing a longer post on the subject of so-called “AI” models, the longtermist ideology that is driving their technical development, and their effect on human dignity – but that’s a post for another day. Instead I’ll simply drop off a couple of links that resonate with me tonight.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Generating a gemini Atom feed

          The WP2Smol plugin now generates an Atom feed at /gemlog/atom.xml for purposes of updating CAPCOM[1], et al when new posts are made.

        • Returning to gemspace

          Following the recent exodus of Twitter users to Mastodon, the Fediverse saw a lot of chatter from new users talking about the superiority of the Fediverse over other solutions. This reminded me somewhat of Gemini’s popularity a couple of years ago, which saw a lot of users announcing their departure from the clear web to embrace Gemini full-time. I made a jokey post about it based on my experience with Gemini back in the day.

        • verified sites

          Mastodon has a feature which enables you to verify that a website in your profile belongs to you [1], and I’ve now added the same capability for website and blog links in Epicyon [2].


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

12.07.22

Links 07/12/2022: ArcoLinux Beta 23.01 and Cryostat 2.2

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

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • The Register UKLongstanding bug in Linux kernel floppy handling fixed • The Register

        Linux kernel 6.2 should contain fixes for some problems handling floppy disks, a move which shows that someone somewhere is still using them.

        This isn’t the only such fix in recent years. As a series of articles on Phoronix details, there has been a slow but steady flow of fixes for the kernel’s handling of floppy drives since at least kernel 5.17, as The Reg mentioned when it came out. Which implies that there are still people actively using floppy diskettes on machines with fairly current Linux kernels on them. If you are one of them, do let us know.

        Back in July 2016, SUSE kernel developer Jiři Kosina submitted a patch. The problem arose because this change broke something else and later got reverted, and so the problem hung around.

        In July last year, he sent in a new patch that fixed it again for the 5.12 kernel, and was later back-ported to 5.10, an LTS version, and again into kernel 5.15 – another an LTS version, and the one you’re running today if you’re on the current Ubuntu LTS release, or something built from it such as Linux Mint 21.

      • What is a Kernel? | Center of Operating System?

        The kernel is the core of the system that bridges the hardware and software layers and smoothly creates interaction between them to transport data.

    • Graphics Stack

      • LinuxiacAsahi Linux Brings Hardware Acceleration to Apple Silicon Systems

        Asahi Linux devs announced the first public Apple Silicon GPU driver release bringing OpenGL support to all Apple M-series systems.

        The new Apple devices based on the arm64 architecture with M1 and M2 chips are excellent but limited to the well-known macOS. However, what if you want to run Linux on them?

        Asahi is a Linux distribution on a mission to make this a reality. It is a project and community dedicated to bringing Linux to Apple Silicon Macs.

      • Four-Person Dev Team Gets Apple’s M-Series GPU Working On Linux – Slashdot

        The drivers offer non-conformance-tested OpenGL 2.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0 support for all M-series Apple devices. That’s enough for desktop environments and older games running at 60 frames per second at 4K. But the next target is Vulkan support. OpenGL work is being done “with Vulkan in mind,” Lina writes, but some OpenGL support was needed to get desktops working first. There’s a lot more you can read about the interplay between OpenGL, Vulkan, and Zink in Asahi’s blog post.

      • Apple GPU drivers now in Asahi Linux – Asahi Linux

        Hello everyone! We’re excited to announce our first public Apple Silicon GPU driver release!

        We’ve been working hard over the past two years to bring this new driver to everyone, and we’re really proud to finally be here. This is still an alpha driver, but it’s already good enough to run a smooth desktop experience and some games.

        Read on to find out more about the state of things today, how to install it (it’s an opt-in package), and how to report bugs!

      • Ars TechnicaFour-person dev team gets Apple’s M-series GPU working in Linux | Ars Technica

        For the brave people running Linux on Apple Silicon, their patience has paid off. GPU drivers that provide desktop hardware acceleration are now available in Asahi Linux, unleashing more of the M-series chips’ power.

        It has taken roughly two years to reach this alpha-stage OpenGL driver, but the foundational groundwork should result in faster progress ahead, writes project leads Alyssa Rosenzweig and Asahi Lina. In the meantime, the drivers are “good enough to run a smooth desktop experience and some games.”

      • LiliputingLilbits: Open source Linux graphics drivers for Apple Silicon, and Winamp plays NFTs now for some reason – Liliputing

        One of the key things that makes a Mac computer a Mac is clearly that it ships with Apple’s macOS software. But back when the company was still making Macs with Intel processors it was fairly easy to install a different operating system – Apple even offered its own Boot Camp solution for dual booting Windows and macOS.

        That changed when Apple started selling computers with M-series processors that the company developed in-house. But the folks at the Asahi Linux team have been reverse engineering Apple’s chips and developing Linux-based software capable of running on Apple’s latest computers. And now they’ve just announced a major update.

      • Web Pro NewsAsahi Linux Project Has Released GPU Drivers for M-Series Macs

        The Asahi Linux project has been working to bring Linux to the M-series Macs, but they have had to reverse engineer much of the low-level hardware support. The graphics drivers were one of the major sticking points, but the project has finally released a public version.

        “This release features work-in-progress OpenGL 2.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0 support for all current Apple M-series systems,” the developers write. “That’s enough for hardware acceleration with desktop environments, like GNOME and KDE. It’s also enough for older 3D games, like Quake3 and Neverball. While there’s always room for improvement, the driver is fast enough to run all of the above at 60 frames per second at 4K.”

      • Cult Of MacFirst Linux graphics driver for Apple silicon released by devs | Cult of Mac
    • Applications

      • It’s FOSSBitwarden Adds a New Passwordless Method to Access Your Web Vault

        Bitwarden gets better every day, making things more convenient.

        Bitwarden is easily the most popular open-source password manager right now.

        It is simple to use, cost-effective, conveniently available on mobile/desktop, and secure enough for most common use cases.

        While it already supported passwordless authentication techniques like fingerprint sign-in, Face ID, PIN, on mobile/desktop, it now has a new addition.

      • 9to5LinuxFwupd 1.8.8 Brings BIOS Rollback Protection Support for Dell and Lenovo Systems

        Coming one month after fwupd 1.8.7, the fwupd 1.8.8 release is here to implement BIOS rollback protection support for Dell and Lenovo systems, add the ability to generate OVAL rules for openSCAP evaluation, add an X-Gpu category for new hardware support, and add more ChromeOS metadata to the report attributes.

        This eighth maintenance update in the fwupd 1.8 series also ensures the device name is set for Intel USB4 devices and adds support for Logitech Whiteboard cameras, several QSI docks, and more Goodix MoC devices.

      • 9to5LinuxTor Browser 12.0 Released with Multi-Locale Support, Based on Firefox 102 ESR Series

        Tor Browser 12.0 is a major update to the Firefox-based web browser powered by the Tor anonymous technologies and comes with upgraded internals based on the latest Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release) series, namely Mozilla Firefox 102.

        For desktop users, the Tor Browser 12.0 release brings multi-locale support, which means that you no longer have to search and download language packages from the official website if you want to use Tor Browser in other languages than English. All supported languages are now included in the same package, without increasing its size too much.

      • OMG UbuntuUse ’Ear Tag’ to Quickly Edit Audio Tags on Linux – OMG! Ubuntu!

        We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to audio tag editors for Linux, but ever heard the expression ‘sometimes less is more’?

        It sounds silly but hey: it’s a maxim that resonates with me.

        Take Ear Tag, a new music tag editor for Linux written in Python and using GTK4/libadwaita. Its a simple, straightforward tool that lets you quickly edit audio tags for individual music files.

        Unlike fully-featured MP3 tag editors like Kid3, Tagger, or MusicBrainz Picard, Ear Tag doesn’t try to manage your entire music library. And though it can edit metadata for multiple audio files at once it’s primarily designed around the task of tweaking individual music files in turn.

      • Blender 3.4 Release Notes
      • GamingOnLinuxBlender 3.4 is out now with Wayland support on Linux, Intel’s Open Path Guiding added | GamingOnLinux

        Blender, the absolute power-house free and open source 3D creation suite, has a big release out with Blender 3.4 and it’s awesome. Used across film and games, it’s one of the best FOSS projects around and has shown how FOSS can be a huge success.

        For Linux users Blender 3.4 is especially sweet, since it now offers native Wayland support in addition to X11. They say with this release it has been tested working across GNOME Shell (Mutter), KDE (Plasma) & Sway (wlroots) based compositors.

        One of the big overall features in this release is the inclusion of Intel’s Open Path Guiding Library, which the Blender team say adds support for “path guiding in CPU to help reduce noise in scenes where finding a path to light is difficult for regular path tracing, for example when a room is lit by light coming through a small door crack” — sounds very useful. The example they showed in the release page shows what a massive improvement it can be too.

      • Libre ArtsLibre Arts – Weekly-ish recap — 7 December 2022

        Week highlights: new releases of RawTherapee, Zrythm, VCV Rack, Cardinal, a release candidate of MuseScore 4.0, and more.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • ID RootHow To Install PHP 7.4 on Fedora 37 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install PHP 7.4 on Fedora 37. For those of you who didn’t know, PHP is a programming language that is widely used for web development. PHP 7.4 is the latest version of PHP, which was released in November 2020. Some of the key features of PHP 7.4 include typed properties, arrow functions, and preloading. Typed properties allow developers to specify the type of a class property, which can help improve code reliability and make it easier to catch type errors. Arrow functions, which are also known as lambda functions, allow developers to write short, anonymous functions more easily. Preloading is a performance optimization that can help speed up PHP applications by loading certain components into memory at the start of a request, so they don’t need to be loaded again later.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of PHP 7.4 on a Fedora 37.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Rider 2022.2.3 on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install JetBrains Rider on a Chromebook.

      • Julia EvansTips for analyzing logs

        Hello! I’ve been working on writing a zine about debugging for a while now (we’re getting close to finishing it!!!!), and one of the pages is about analyzing logs. I asked for some tips on Mastodon and got WAY more tips than could fit on the page, so I thought I’d write a quick blog post.

        I’m going to talk about log analysis in the context of distributed systems debugging (you have a bunch of servers with different log files and you need to work out what happened) since that’s what I’m most familiar with.

      • UNIX CopHow to Set Static IP Address on Rocky Linux 9 / Alma Linux 9 / RHEL 9

        In this post, you will learn how to quickly set a static IP address in Rocky Linux 9 / Alma Linux 9 / RHEL 9.

        In private networks, it is common to use static IP addresses to identify a computer within the network. Moreover, it is easier to administer and therefore manage than dynamic addressing. Although it all depends on the equipment, system and needs you have.

        This task is basic when it comes to servers and although doing it on a GUI system is easy, on servers you have to do a bit more work. For this post, we will use two important tools, such as nmcli and nmtui.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install MariaDB 10.6 on Ubuntu 22.04/20.04 – LinuxCapable

        MariaDB 10.6 is an LTS release directly after the 10.5 LTS release. It brought several significant improvements to make it the most efficient and faster version of the LTS MariaDB releases. On top of excellent performance, scalability, and support for new features such as a crash-safe replication mechanism, MariaDB 10.6 provides improved SQL compatibility for a smoother experience. Those looking to take their performance to the next level can install directly from MariaDB’s repository rather than using Ubuntu’s default – this comes with security fixes and updates as soon as they are available, which makes the system secure and up-to-date.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install or upgrade MariaDB 10.6 on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish or 20.04 Focal Fossa LTS using the command line terminal and some tips on upgrading your existing database if one exists using the MariaDB.org APT repository so you will always have the latest stable version directly to improve security and performance when releases are available.

      • Make Use OfHow to Read Markdown Documents in Your Linux Terminal With Glow

        Glow is a terminal-based Markdown reader for Linux that comes with all the bells and whistles. Here’s how to install and use it on Linux.

        Markdown is great for writing and allows you to format a document in any text editor, using rich features including heading, code extracts, bold, italics, checklists, bullet points, tables, and more. But while Markdown is easy to write in an editor such as nano, it isn’t so easy to read in the terminal.

        Glow is a command-line utility that displays Markdown documents the way they’re meant to be read.

      • ZDNetHow to locate a user’s GPG key in Thunderbird | ZDNET

        Back in October, I wrote a piece about using encrypted email in Thunderbird. If you ever have to send sensitive information via email, you should be using encryption. If you’re not encrypting those missives, the information they contain can be read by a third party.

      • Pi My Life UpHow to Encode or Decode a base64 String on Linux – Pi My Life Up

        In this tutorial, you will learn how to encode or decode data using base64 on Linux. Base64 is used for encoding data for transit or storage. As one of the core utilities on Linux this tool is always available.

      • Ubuntu HandbookHow to Check GPU (Intel/AMD/NVIDIA) Usage in Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04 | UbuntuHandbook

        Unlike Windows, Ubuntu so far does not have real-time GPU usage info displayed in its system monitor application. If you want to check how much your graphic card is in use, then this simple tutorial may help!

      • Pi My Life UpExtracting and Opening RAR Files on Linux – Pi My Life Up

        In this tutorial, you will be learning how to extract a RAR archive on the Linux system. RAR is a proprietary archiving format that allows you to compress and store multiple files. It even supports verifying contents remain uncorrupted.

      • Pi My Life UpHow to Install Spotify on Ubuntu – Pi My Life Up

        Spotify is one of the most popular audio streaming services and is highly regarded as one of the pioneers in its space and is known for its range of music and its exclusive podcasts.

      • Pi My Life UpHow to use the less Command – Pi My Life Up

        This tutorial will explain how to use the less command on a Linux operating system. The less command allows you to display the content of a file or output in smaller parts. This command is particularly useful when viewing large files with hundreds of lines of text.

      • UbuntubuzzHow To Import and Use Microsoft Excel Templates on LibreOffice Calc

        This tutorial will help you be more productive with LibreOffice Calc by taking benefit of the existing, thousands of Microsoft Excel’s templates on the internet. Thanks to LibreOffice compatibility features, this is possible. With this, you can quickly make invoices, receipts, project management, budget plans, financial reports, bookkeeping, teacher/student records and many more. Let’s try now!

      • ZDNetHow to add ‘Do Not Track’ to Thunderbird (and why you should) | ZDNET

        In this modern age, it’s growing harder and harder to prevent being tracked. Most often this is used to better target you for advertising. That alone, for many, is an invasion of privacy. Because of that, several software types have adopted Do Not Track (DNT).

      • Learn UbuntuUsing Touch Command in Ubuntu

        The touch command is primarily used to modify the timestamp of a file. If the file does not exist, then the default behavior of the touch command is to create the file.

      • Pi My Life UpInstalling Mastodon on the Raspberry Pi – Pi My Life Up

        Mastodon is a free and open-source software that allows you to self-host your own social network on your Raspberry Pi.

        This software is a microblogging platform that is very much like Twitter However, unlike Twitter, it is possible to use Mastodon to run a private social network.

        Please note that Mastodon is a relatively heavy piece of software. You will have the best experience using a Raspberry Pi 4 with at least 2GB of memory.

        Additionally, you must be using a 64-bit operating system due to the newer release of PostgreSQL we will be utilizing.

      • Pi My Life UpInstalling PostgreSQL on Ubuntu – Pi My Life Up

        PostgreSQL is a relational database management system that implements the SQL language.

        It is entirely free and open-source and was developed with a focus on extensibility and SQL compliance.

        If you have ever used MySQL or MariaDB on Ubuntu, working with PostgreSQL is very familiar.

      • Learn UbuntuExport Command in Ubuntu: How to use it?

        The export command is used for exporting environment variables so that the variable is also available to subshells and scripts you run.

      • Matthew Garrettmjg59 | Making an Orbic Speed RC400L autoboot when USB power is attached

        As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been trying to hack an Orbic Speed RC400L mobile hotspot so it’ll automatically boot when power is attached. When plugged in it would flash a “Welcome” screen and then switch to a display showing the battery charging – it wouldn’t show up on USB, and didn’t turn on any networking. So, my initial assumption was that the bootloader was making a policy decision not to boot Linux. After getting root (as described in the previous post), I was able to cat /proc/mtd and see that partition 7 was titled “aboot”. Aboot is a commonly used Android bootloader, based on Little Kernel – LK provides the hardware interface, aboot is simply an app that runs on top of it. I was able to find the source code for Quectel’s aboot, which is intended to run on the same SoC that’s in this hotspot, so it was relatively easy to line up a bunch of the Ghidra decompilation with actual source (top tip: find interesting strings in your decompilation and paste them into github search, and see whether you get a repo back).

      • How to Install Linux Kernel 6.0 on Rocky Linux 9 and Alma Linux 9

        In this beginner tutorial, we will show you how to install Linux kernel 6.0 on Rocky Linux 9 and Alma Linux 8 distributions.

      • ID RootHow To Install Krita on Fedora 37 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Krita on Fedora 37. For those of you who didn’t know, Krita is a free and open-source digital painting and illustration application. It is primarily used by professional digital artists and illustrators to create artwork for graphic novels, comics, and concept art. Krita is known for its powerful brush engine and advanced features, such as the ability to create custom brushes and textures, support for color management, and support for a variety of file formats. It also includes features that are specifically designed for comics and animation, such as perspective grids and onion skinning. Overall, Krita is a highly versatile and user-friendly graphics editor that is suitable for a wide range of digital art and illustration tasks.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Krita digital painting and image manipulation program on a Fedora 37.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install InfluxDB and Telegraf on Rocky Linux 9

        InfluxDB is an open-source time series database written in Go.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install OpenMRS (Open Medical Record System) on Debian 11

        OpenMRS stands for “Open Medical Record System”, is a free, open-source, and efficient electronic medical record (EMR) storage and retrieval system. In this post, we will show you how to install OpenMRS on Debian 11.

      • DebugPointEnable Automatic Firefox Translation to Translate Web Pages

        You can natively get the Firefox Translation feature – right at the browser window. You can easily translate it into English and other available languages. Here’s how. Firefox Translation is part of Project Bergamot, which was launched in 2019. It comes as a Firefox official extension.

      • Learn UbuntuHow to Merge PDF Files in Ubuntu Terminal

        In Linux, you are bound to find multiple ways of doing one thing. And same goes for merging PDF files in the command line.

      • List all files and folders with attributes
    • Games

      • Boiling SteamShip of Fools – Seafaring Coop Roguelike, Review on Linux – Boiling Steam

        Ship of Fools, developed by Fika Productions and published by Team17, is an intuitive and lighthearted 2 players coop roguelike boat action game. It runs ok with proton experimental or GE.

      • TediumWillow NES Retrospective: Better Than the Source Material?
      • As video games go, franchise games are often seen as the worst of the worst—they seem to exist to sell a product first, rather than being driven by being a good game. It is no coincidence that some of the worst video games of all time—think E.T. or Superman 64—are based off of existing movie or television franchises. So, perhaps it’s a little weird that this evening, I come not to bury a franchise game, but to praise it. It came out of a fantasy film directed by a major Hollywood director and produced by another. The film wasn’t the hit that it could have been, but it inspired a pretty good game. And that game is Willow, the NES action RPG that I have had a love-hate relationship with over the years, but I think I’m finally coming around to the “love” column. Today’s Tedium, in honor of the new Willow TV series on Disney+, talks about why the Willow NES game somehow transcended the film that inspired it.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • DebugPointdigiKam 7.9.0 is now out, and a peek into the future roadmap

          Arriving after four months since the prior digiKam 7.8.0 release, digiKam 7.9.0 bumps up the core packages and dependent modules with bug fixes.

          Since the application is a KDE App, it’s now compiled with the latest Qt 5.15.7 LTS and KDE Framework 5.99.0, which was released on 9th October 2022.

          In addition, image processing components are upgraded with Libraw snapshot 20221123, ExifTool 12.51 and GMicQt 3.1.6.

          Elsewhere, a total number of 97 bugs are analysed and closed in the 7.9.0 version. Major bugs include backward compatibility fixes for database schema integration, Google Photos login fixes and window position in Windows systems. Furthermore, improvement is seen in the remote album management, import of coordinates and ISO date format from image metadata.

          Along with that, translations have been updated, and digiKam now supports 57 international languages.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Make Use OfInstantbox Gives You Instant Access to a Linux Distro in a Web Browser

      Instantbox lets you create temporary Linux distros that you can access with your web browser.

      Teaching the Linux command line to students usually requires a machine running Linux, a virtual machine, an SSH client, or a live USB. It’s a lot of preparation work you and your students could probably do without.

      With Instantbox, you can easily spin up a Linux distro on your host machine and give learners access to the command line through a browser.

    • New Releases

      • LinuxiacKali Linux Is Now Part of the Microsoft Azure Marketplace

        Kali is a Debian-based Linux distribution developed, funded, and maintained by Offensive Security. Its usage is focused on advanced penetration testing and security auditing, so the distribution is aimed mainly at security professionals and Linux enthusiasts.

        Following the August release of version 2022.3, the new Kali Linux 2022.4 is the latest release for this year, bringing both internal updates and exciting new distribution capabilities.

      • ArcoLinux Beta 23.01

        Surfn-Plasma-Flow

        We host a new icon theme for Plasma.

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

      • PCLOS OfficialKoodo Reader 1.3.9 – PCLinuxOS

        Koodo Reader is a super stylish and feature-packed, open-source and cross-platform eBook reader for Linux. It has nice organization options, and pretty much all features a typical user might want and need.

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • SUSE’s Corporate BlogSUSE Obtains Two Certifications from NQA Endorsing Our Compliance with the ISO Standards | SUSE Communities

        Today’s security landscape is ripe with new threats, breaches and attacks making it critically important for businesses to meet the highest industry standards. At SUSE, we are committed to providing a secure framework that our customers, partners and the community know they can rely on and trust.

      • Notifications – Report of Build Failures for Web Notifications – Open Build Service

        You might already use the email channel to get notified about build failures on package builds. From now on you can also subscribe to receive those notifications through the web channel and review them directly in the Open Build Service.

        The checkboxes in the my/subscription area, that used to be disabled, are now usable. Just check the ones you are interested in for the web channel and start to receive the notifications for build failures through the web interface.

    • Red Hat / IBM

      • Red HatCryostat 2.2’s new JMX credentials keyring | Red Hat Developer

        An important security enhancement for Java applications is now available through Java Management Extensions (JMX), using open source JDK Flight Recorder (JFR) management with Cryostat. (Cryostat is a container-native JVM application that provides a secure API for profiling and monitoring containers with JFR.) This article explains how the new JMX credentials keyring offers an alternative credential management system.

      • Red HatCryostat 2.2 is released with enhanced Java recording features | Red Hat Developer

        Version 2.2 of Cryostat, an advanced monitoring tool for Java applications, has been released, and the new version offers a lot to talk about. A new Discovery Plugin API to make Cryostat more flexible; a new JMX credentials keyring that enhances automated rules for targets using JMX authentication and enhancing security; many user interface features and improvements; integration with the JMC bytecode agent; and improvements for OpenShift RBAC, Pod security contexts, and node scheduling.

        Cryostat 2.2 also comes with a fresh new logo and a revamped upstream project website. As always, the team is very excited to announce and publish this release, and we look forward to hearing your feedback. Watch this space for upcoming feature articles discussing the big-ticket items.

      • Red HatHow to implement single sign-out in Keycloak with Spring Boot | Red Hat Developer

        Single sign-on is often implemented with Keycloak. Few people know that Keycloak can also implement single sign-out, where logging out from one application causes Keycloak to log the user out of other applications. This article demonstrates how to enable single sign-out to clean up active sessions for security purposes. We implement these capabilities in Java and Spring Boot, but the principles apply to any language.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow to use workflow job templates in Ansible | Enable Sysadmin

        Ansible Automation Platform’s workflow job templates amplify the power of your Ansible playbooks to improve your organization’s automation.

      • Enterprisers ProjectIT leadership: 5 tips for smarter collaboration

        Smarter collaboration refers to how people with the right expertise and background come together – at the right time – to achieve better results than anyone could on their own. This contrasts with a “go-it-alone” approach that may seem easier in the moment but is limited by one’s own experience, perspectives, and blind spots.

        Smarter collaboration generates financial, innovation, and talent benefits across departments and functions, including IT. As business systems become more complex and technology-enabled (think cloud computing, RPA, AI), a wider range of perspectives – including those of customers, internal end-users, and company leaders – are needed to assess potential opportunities as well as issues.

      • Enterprisers ProjectCIOs should embrace these 5 terms in 2023

        The role of the chief information officer is more critical than ever as technology continues to impact nearly all business processes. In recent years, CIOs have expanded their focus beyond implementing SaaS programs to developing longer-term operational strategies to have a multifaceted impact on today’s organizations.

        While digital transformation and cloud computing are likely already a part of every CIO’s nomenclature, here are five key terms IT leaders should know to ensure that technology drives KPIs in all departments, from customer service to human resources and risk management to logistics and procurement.

    • Debian Family

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • Linux MagazineLinux Mint 21.1 Enters Beta Status – Linux Magazine

        With a new version of the Cinnamon Desktop, Linux Mint 21.1 has plenty to offer.

        The developers of Linux Mint have officially announced the upcoming release is in beta. What’s big about this news is that 21.1 will include the latest release of the Cinnamon desktop.

        The new version of Cinnamon has been tidied up to look cleaner and more modern. You’ll find more vibrant colors, a new mouse pointer, new system sounds, and some of the desktop icons have been removed and are now pinned to the panel or opened from the main menu.

        In order to achieve more vibrant colors, the developers had to use fewer accents across the UI. This change also required a number of other minor theme tweaks.

        The Linux Mint Driver Manager also received a number of improvements for the user interface and includes a more robust driver installation. Even drivers for Broadcom wireless devices are easier than ever.

      • UbuntuVirgin Media O2 deploys Charmed OSM to accelerate network functions virtualisation for cloud workloads | Ubuntu

        The challenge of network hosting in telco clouds and the desire to shift service management to more automated systems has given rise to tools like ETSI Open Source MANO (OSM). OSM reduces the complexity of service lifecycle management and minimises errors and operating costs. Virgin Media O2 (VMO2), the UK’s largest telecommunication service provider, has chosen Charmed OSM, Canonical’s upstream distribution of ETSI Open Source MANO, as their production-ready orchestrator for hybrid workload deployments. Charmed OSM helps VMO2 reduce costs from Day-0 to Day-N by providing a generic approach to network function management and orchestration and simplifying their initial configuration and daily operational tasks. Mavenir, a cloud-native network software provider is delivering the NFV solutions to VMO2.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • CNX SoftwareHand Gesture Recognition on ESP32-S3 with the ESP-DL library – CNX Software

        Ali Hassan Shah has deployed a deep learning model for hand gesture recognition on the ESP32-S3-EYE board using the ESP-DL library and achieved AI-powered hand recognition with a 0.7-second latency on the ESP32-S3 camera board.

        Last year, Espressif released the ESP-DL library for the ESP32-S3 microcontroller with AI vector extensions, as well as ESP32 and ESP32-S2, along with a face detection demo that ran much faster on the ESP32-S3. Ali rolled out his own solution for AI gesture recognition and provided a step-by-step tutorial along the way.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • HackadayA Tiny RISC-V Emulator Runs Linux With No MMU. And Yes, It Runs DOOM! | Hackaday

        It’s something of an article of faith, that to run Linux your computer must include a hardware memory management unit, or MMU. To an extent it’s true, in that for a Linux-based system to shine it must have that hardware, but in fact there has been support for MMU-less Linux for many years now. Prolific hacker [cnlohr] has created an emulated simple RISCV processor without an MMU, and not only does it run Linux, it also runs DOOM.

        The videos below the break go into significant depth on writing and debugging an emulator not to mention the inner workings of DOOM, but fear not if it’s not your thing. Everything can be found in a GitHub repository, and there are straightforward instructions should you wish to try it yourself.

      • ArduinoAdd a scale to your bike repair stand | Arduino Blog

        If you do a lot of work on bicycles then a decent repair is very valuable. They can clamp onto various parts of the frame, like the top tube or seat tube, and support the bike while you work on it. Truing a wheel, for example, is much easier with a bike stand. And if your bike’s weight is an important factor, then Dane Kouttron’s Bike Repair Stand with Built-in Scale should be right up your alley.

        The project’s title explains everything: this is a bike stand with an integrated digital scale. With a quick glance at the readout, a builder can see how much the bike weighs at any point during assembly (and deduce the weight of individual parts). It is meant to work with a wall-mounted bike repair stand. Kouttron built a base for the stand and the scale sits between the two, but it would be possible to adapt the design to keep it wall-mounted.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

      • Ubuntu Pit7 Best Airplay Apps for Android | Enjoy Wireless Media Sharing

        Airplay is a very popular system developed by Apple, and it is basically a wireless communication protocol suite that lets users share media without wired communication. This system is solely available for Apple product users, and that makes Android users sad and unhappy. For sure, the system, Airplay, is modern, useful, and handy.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Events

      • Announcing FOSSY, July 13-16 in Portland Oregon! – Software Freedom Conservancy

        Software Freedom Conservancy is announcing our first ever Free and Open Source Software Yearly Conference (FOSSY)! Free and Open Source Software is back at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR for a 4 day conference July 13-16, 2023. Join us to celebrate and learn about what makes the FOSS community so special and unique and to discuss the most critical issues in our field. The conference will focus on community driven initiatives in FOSS like licensing and legal approaches, community development as well as technical talks from contributors from all over the world. The health and safety of our attendees is an utmost priority for us and we will be publishing information about our covid protocols in the coming weeks.

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Chromium

        • GoogleChrome Releases: Stable Channel Update for Desktop

          The Stable channel has been updated to 108.0.5359.98 for Mac and Linux and 108.0.5359.98/.99 for Windows, which will roll out over the coming days/weeks. A full list of changes in this build is available in the log.

      • Mozilla

        • MozillaHow the Mozilla Community helps shape our products – Mozilla Hacks – the Web developer blog

          A product is first an idea, then a project, and then a prototype. It is tested, refined, and localized so that it is accessible to users in different regions. When the product is released into the world, these users need to be supported. Of course, there are always going to be improvements, fixes, and new features, and those will also need to be planned, developed, tested…and so on, and so forth…

          What do all these stages have in common?

          Here at Mozilla, our awesome community is there every step of the way to support and contribute to our products. None of what we do would be possible without this multicultural, multilingual community of like-minded people working together to be a better internet.

          Of course, contributions to our products are not everything that the community does. There is much more that our community creates, contributes, and discusses.

          However, as a major release recently happened we want to take the occasion to celebrate our community by giving you a peek at how their great contributions helped with version 106 (as well as all versions!) of Firefox.

        • LWNTor Browser 12.0 released [LWN.net]

          Version 12.0 of the Tor browser has been released. Changes include multi-locale support, Apple silicon support, HTTPS-only behavior by default on Android and more.

        • TorNew Release: Tor Browser 12.0
    • FSF

      • FSFJoin the FSF and support the tech team

        FSF tech team member Michael McMahon discusses the team’s year-round jobs and responsibilities, and how it is all done in freedom and to support and strengthen the freedom of the free software community.

        The Free Software Foundation (FSF) tech team is involved in every aspect of the FSF’s work. Besides maintaining the infrastructure for GNU and FSF, as well as virtual machines for several other important free software projects, they continually take on work to secure freedom by, for example, freeing all BIOSes of FSF’s servers, workstations, and laptops. They run livestreamed audio and video for the annual LibrePlanet conference and make sure the office and its databases run smoothly. They are also always ready to assist the other FSF teams with new scripts, tools, and platforms to service new ideas, projects, or public activities.

    • Programming/Development

      • Pi My Life UpPHP Associative Arrays – Pi My Life Up

        This tutorial will cover PHP associative arrays and how you can create, edit, and access them. This array type will be helpful in many use cases, especially when you need a clear identifier for a value.

      • FOSSLifeWhy and How to Learn Lua [Ed: Microsoft apologists and boosters ("FOSSlife Team") only judge Lua by how many projects are controlled by Microsoft, as if nothing else exists]

        “Lua is a high-level programming language used for scripting in games and other tasks,” Samuel Ogunleke says. Additionally, “Lua is simpler than Python, and it has a very short learning curve. With its simplicity, all data structures are represented almost the same way. It is easy to write functions, conditional statements, loops, and everything,” he says.

      • QtQt for MCUs 2.2.3 LTS Released

        Qt for MCUs 2.2.3 LTS (Long-Term Support) has been released and is available for download. As a patch release, Qt for MCUs 2.2.3 LTS provides bug fixes and other improvements, and maintains source compatibility with Qt for MCUs 2.2.x. It does not add any new functionality.

      • Barry KaulerKirkstone-series packages rolled back and forward

        Compiling the packages that are intended to be in the new EasyOS Kirkstone-series is a juggling act. I am having to roll some packages back to earlier versions and some forward.

        Ghostscript for example, rolled back to 9.20.

        OE Kirkstone has ffmpeg 5.0.1; however, vlc in kirkstone won’t compile. The OE devs are probably waiting for a later version of vlc that fixes it. But I think that a lot of apps that use ffmpeg are not yet ready for 5.0, due to major api changes. So I rolled back to ffmpeg 4.4.

        Kirkstone has rust 1.59; however, I discovered it has some problems, such as unable to create a ‘rustc’ that will work in the target evironment. OE master has rust 1.65, that I have rolled forward to.

      • OpenSource.com16 reasons DDEV will be your new favorite development environment | Opensource.com

        In 2022, you have a wide variety of local development environments to choose from, whether you’re a designer, developer, tester, or any kind of open source contributor. Because most of the tools and platforms contributors use happen to run on many different operating systems, you probably even have the choice of constructing your own environment. I’m the maintainer of DDEV, and here are 15 reasons I think you’ll like it for your development environment.

      • RapidCompact version 6 update: new features – improvements

        With the RapidCompact version 6 update we’ve added impressive new features and several improvements for handling your 3D models. Let’s have a look at the most important changes.

      • Perl / Raku

        • RakulangDay 8: I’ll Let You Know Later – Raku Advent Calendar

          Back when the web was young the only way that you could know whether a resource had changed its state was to manually re-request the page, this wasn’t really too much of a problem when there was only static pages which didn’t change all that often. Then along came server-side applications, the CGI and the like, these could change their state more frequently in ways that you might be interested in, but in effect you were still stuck with some variation of refreshing the page (albeit possibly initiated by the browser under the instruction of some tag in the page), so if, say, you had an application that kicked off a long running background task it might redirect you to another page that checked the status of the job that would periodically refresh itself then redirect to the results when the task was complete, (in fact I know of at least one reasonably well known reporting application that does just this still in 2022.)

          Then sometime around the turn of century things started to get a lot more interactive with the introduction of the XMLHttpRequest API which allowed a script in a web page to make requests to the server and, based on the response, update the view appropriately, thus making it possible for a web page to reflect a change in state in the server without any refreshing ( though still with some polling of the server in the background by the client-side script.) Then along came the WebSocket API which provides for bi-directional communication between the client and server, and Server-Sent Events which provides for server push of events (with associated data.) These technologies provide means to reflect changes in an application state in a web page without needing a page refresh.

      • Rust

        • LWNRust support coming to GCC

          Gccrs — the Rust front-end for GCC — has been approved for merging into the GCC trunk. That means that the next GCC release will be able to compile Rust, sort of; as gccrs developer Arthur Cohen warns: “This is very much an extremely experimental compiler and will still get a lot of changes in the coming weeks and months up until the release”. See this article and this one for more details on the current status of gccrs.

  • Leftovers

    • Security

      • Fear, Uncertainty,
        Doubt/Fear-mongering/Dramatisation

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • PoliticoFrance’s Mr. Privacy turns cybersnooper – POLITICO

          Eric Leandri was once the darling of France’s tech sector, lauded as a defender of digital privacy and a paragon of Europe’s ability to compete against Silicon Valley.

          Qwant — the search engine Leandri co-founded in 2011 — received more than €50 million in French and European public funding and loans. A-list politicians like French President Emmanuel Macron and European Union antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager endorsed the company over its better-known American competitor Google.

        • Ruling finds EU’s assistance to Africa failed to ensure surveillance protections | Africa Times

          The European Union failed to fully consider the potential for surveillance-related human rights violations as it equipped African nations with technologies and surveillance training through its EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTFA).

          That’s the decision of the EU Commission Ombudsman, following a formal complaint filed by a group of international human rights NGOs in October 2021.

          Privacy International, along with Access Now, the Border Violence Monitoring Network, Homo Digitalis, the Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Germany’s Sea-Watch, argued that the EUTFA program extended surveillance capacities to authoritarian governments without ensuring the same policies and protections common to Europeans.

        • PoliticoOperation LVMH: How a cybersurveillance firm monitored politicians, union leaders and activists – POLITICO

          LVMH was under attack.

          As the French luxury goods group was gearing up for a general shareholder’s meeting in 2021, a left-wing NGO had launched a campaign denouncing businessmen for making money from the COVID crisis. Among them: LVMH’s billionaire CEO Bernard Arnault, the world’s second richest person.

        • Bruce SchneierThe Decoupling Principle

          The idea is simple, yet previously not clearly articulated: to ensure privacy, information should be divided architecturally and institutionally such that each entity has only the information they need to perform their relevant function. Architectural decoupling entails splitting functionality for different fundamental actions in a system, such as decoupling authentication (proving who is allowed to use the network) from connectivity (establishing session state for communicating). Institutional decoupling entails splitting what information remains between non-colluding entities, such as distinct companies or network operators, or between a user and network peers. This decoupling makes service providers individually breach-proof, as they each have little or no sensitive data that can be lost to hackers. Put simply, the Decoupling Principle suggests always separating who you are from what you do.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • CCIAThe State of State Content Moderation Laws – Disruptive Competition Project

        Amid ongoing debates at the federal level, state lawmakers began their own initiatives to regulate online content moderation around 2018. Since 2021, 38 states have introduced over 250 bills to regulate content across digital services’ platforms. States across the country — from California to South Carolina to New York — are considering or have enacted legislation. Many of these bills are unconstitutional, conflict with federal law (including Section 230), and would place major barriers on digital services’ abilities to restrict dangerous content on their platforms.

    • Monopolies

      • Software Patents

        • TechRadarAmazon joins Open Invention Network to keep its Linux patents safe [Ed: There's no such thing as "Linux patents"; lies and distortions from OIN are being perpetuated by clueless people]

          Amazon and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have joined the patent non-aggression consortium the Open Invention Network (OIN).

          Founded in 2015, the OIN buys patents and then licenses them royalty-free to its members, who have all agreed not to enforce their own patents against Linux-based projects, within limits.

          This can help to fight an activity that is commonly known as “patent trolling”, where people try and enforce their patents far beyond their true legal rights, often in an attempt to extort payments.

      • Copyrights

        • Public Domain ReviewIn Search of True Color: Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky’s Flawed Images – The Public Domain Review

          Archived amid Prokudin-Gorsky’s remarkable photographic survey of the Russian Empire, we find images shot through with starshatter cracks, blebbed with mildew, and blurred by motion. Within such moments of unmaking, Erica X Eisen uncovers the overlapping forces at play behind these pioneering efforts in colour photography.

          “At 9 [PM]”, Tsar Nicholas II recorded in his diary on January 22, 1911, “Prokudin-Gorsky showed us his beautiful color photos of the Volga and the Urals in the Semi-circular Hall. Dmitri and I played billiards.”1 As well as telegraphing a certain princely boredom, the entry is testament to a striking early achievement in the history of photography: the work of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorsky, an academic and scientist from Murom whose research interests had come to focus on photochemistry. At a time when black-and-white was still the dominant photographic mode, Prokudin-Gorsky had perfected a technique of capturing scenes in full color, so that he could dazzle audiences in St. Petersburg with magic lantern shows that looked to be brimming with life: plates of ruby-red berries, lush greenhouses, scale-like church roofs radiant in the sun.

        • Public Domain ReviewEllen Harding Baker’s “Solar System” Quilt (1876–ca. 1883) – The Public Domain Review

          Working as an astronomy teacher in Lone Tree, Iowa, Ellen Harding Baker quilted this magnificent representation of the cosmos for her students.

          Two years after a naked-eye comet pierced the blanket of night in the spring of 1874, Ellen Harding Baker (1847–1886) began a near decade-long project to bring the stars farther down to Earth: an appliqué quilt depicting the solar system, complete with a green-tailed comet, its slingshot course plotted around the Sun. On this dreamy textile, measuring seven by eight feet, moons orbit their various planets in running stitch, asteroids clump in circular fields, and embroidered stars of wool and silk blaze out in concentric rings of yellow, blue, and red. As Maria Popova notes, Baker was born the same year that Maria Mitchell discovered her eponymous comet, and seems to embody the astronomer’s hope that sewing needles and crewelwork, rather than tack women to domestic tasks, could aid scientific perception. “The eye that directs a needle in the delicate meshes of embroidery” — wrote Mitchell in an 1878 diary entry, at about the time Baker’s quilt was halfway complete — “will equally well bisect a star with the spider web of the micrometer.”

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

    • Technical

      • My Dream PC

        I grew up with computer surrounding me. My father was really into technology and he collected computers one way or another. Buying prebuilts, offloading broken PCs from his job (and swapping parts – you’d be surprised – 3 busted computers can equal 1 working computer). And as a child this has become magical. And “gifting” to us children his old work machines as they upgraded.

      • Builtin Commands

        A somewhat common claim is that “Z is a bash command”, presumably because Z can be called from bash. For example, “sed is a bash command”. At worst, this implies some sort of ownership or hierarchy that does not exist.

      • Notes on configuring Apache mod_md

        I’ve been tweaking my Apache configuration [1] for the past two days [2], trying to figure out what I need and don’t need, and these are just some notes I’ve collected on the process. I’m using `mod_md [3]` for managing the secure certificates, and there isn’t much out on the Intarwebs about how a configuratin for a website should look like. I can find plenty of pages that basically regurgitates the Apache documentation for `mod_md`, but nothing on how it all goes together. So here’s an annotated version of a configuration for one of my less important sites…


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

Links 07/12/2022: Blender 3.4 and Apple GPU Drivers Now in Asahi Linux

Posted in News Roundup at 10:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Fosshost, an Open-Source Project Hosting, Is Closing Down as Its Leader Disappeared

      Volunteers of the open-source project hosting Fosshost, whose services are used by GNOME, Armbian and Debian, and the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), have announced the imminent closure.

      The fact is that the head of the project, Thomas Markey, did not get in touch for more than six months, but only he had access to bank accounts and infrastructure

      [...]

      Shortly after this post was posted, YCombinator Hacker News got a clarification from one of the project’s supposed volunteers. He writes that Fosshost’s problems arose due to the sudden disappearance of the head of the project, Thomas Markey. It turned out that Marky had not been in contact for about six months, and he was the only person who had access to the bank accounts necessary for the work of the host.

    • IT Pro Today8 Linux Tools IT Operations Engineers Should Master

      Some are tried-and-true and others are newer, but all eight of these Linux tools should be in IT operations engineers’ tool belt.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Graphics Stack

      • Alyssa RosenzweigRosenzweig – Apple GPU drivers now in Asahi Linux

        We’re excited to announce our first Apple GPU driver release!

        We’ve been working hard over the past two years to bring this new driver to everyone, and we’re really proud to finally be here. This is still an alpha driver, but it’s already good enough to run a smooth desktop experience and some games.

        Read on to find out more about the state of things today, how to install it (it’s an opt-in package), and how to report bugs!

      • GamingOnLinuxNVIDIA talks up RTX IO with GDeflate (used in DirectStorage 1.1) to speed up games

        Vulkan version 1.3.233 was released back in November, and with it came two new extensions from NVIDIA designed to help speed up gaming on Linux and Windows. Their tech is even used in DirectStorage from Microsoft.

    • Applications

      • 9to5LinuxBlender 3.4 Released with Native Wayland Support on Linux, Many Improvements

        The biggest change in Blender 3.4, which comes exactly three months after Blender 3.3 LTS, is the enablement of native support for the next-generation Wayland windowing environment on GNU/Linux systems. Initial Wayland support in Blender landed back in 2020, as a build option, but now it’s finally enabled by default.

        Until now, Blender recommended Linux users use the X11 display server, but now Wayland is fully supported in addition to X11. When Wayland is detected, Blender is using it as the preferred windowing environment.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Linux HandbookScan Ports With netcat Command in Linux

        Whether you want to use SSH on an alternate port or deploy a web application to a specific port, the first step will always be to check whether the port is being utilized.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install XanMod Kernel on Fedora 37/36/35 – LinuxCapable

        For those looking to upgrade their systems to the latest Linux Kernel, XanMod has proved to be an invaluable resource. A free, open-source general-purpose Linux Kernel alternative, it is beneficial for users looking to get the newest features and improved performance on more recent hardware to satisfy their gaming, streaming, and ultra-low latency requirements. And for those who don’t have time or patience for manual kernel installation or utilizing the Fedora kernel testing/unstable repository, Third-Party Kernels such as XanMod may be a solid option for your system. For more information on XanMod Kernel before installing, visit the XanMod Kernel features information page.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Liquorix Kernel on Fedora 37/36/35 – LinuxCapable

        The Liquorix Kernel is the go-to alternative to the stock kernel shipped with Fedora Linux. Ideally suited for various tasks, it’s ideal for gamers, streamers, and anyone needing ultra-low latency. It comes with custom settings and numerous new features designed to increase performance and give users access to the latest Linux kernels. Whether you’re after exceptional gaming experiences on your desktop or need an upgrade from your default Fedora kernel, give Liquorix Kernel a try, you may see substantial improvements.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the Liquorix Kernel on your Fedora 37/36/36 workstation or server using the copr rmnscnce/kernel-lqx repository with optional how to re-install the default kernel for users that would like to switch back.

      • TecMintHow to Check Linux OS Name, Kernel Version, and Information [Ed: Updated today]

        There are several ways of knowing the version of Linux you are running on your machine as well as your distribution name and kernel version plus some extra information that you may probably want to have in mind or at your fingertips.

        Therefore, in this simple yet important guide for new Linux users, I will show you how to find out your Linux system OS version from the command line. Doing this may seem to be a relatively easy task.

        However, having a good knowledge of your system is always a recommended practice for a good number of reasons including installing and running the appropriate packages for your Linux version, for easy reporting of bugs coupled with many more.

      • It’s FOSSHow to Access UEFI Settings From Linux

        Want to check the boot order or the power settings at the firmware level? You can access the UEFI settings by pressing the F2, F10 or Del buttons when your system boots.

        The problem with this approach is that you may not know the exact key and must be alert about pressing those keys at the right time.

      • TecAdminSetup DKIM (DomainKeys) with Postfix on Ubuntu – Debian

        DKIM or DomainKeys Identified Mail is an authentication protocol used to validate the identity of a sender. It’s an important tool for preventing email spoofing, which is when a person impersonates another user and sends emails with their name and address. DKIM Key works by using an OpenDKIM or Domain Key to sign each message sent. The key is an encrypted string of characters unique to the sender and is used to verify the message comes from the sender’s domain. This makes it harder for malicious actors to send forged messages. DKIM Key also allows receivers to reject messages that fail authentication. This provides added protection against spoofing and other email-based attacks. It’s a crucial safety measure for any email server and one that can help protect your business and its customers.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Krita on Fedora 37/36/35

        Krita is an incredible tool for anyone looking for a digital painting and image manipulation program. From students to professionals, Krita offers powerful yet easy-to-use features and functions that make creating stunning images much more straightforward. Also, its wide range of supported platforms ensures users have no limitations when turning their creative vision into a reality. The fact that it’s open-source and free makes it even more attractive, making Krita one of the go-to digital painting and image manipulation options.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Krita on Fedora 37/36/35 Linux using the Fedora DNF Repository or the natively installed third-party manager Flatpak using the command line terminal, along with some tips on how to update or remove the software in the future if required.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install VSCodium on Fedora 37/36/35 [Ed: Adopting this helps Microsoft monopoly; better use something that does not help Microsoft push proprietary software]

        VSCodium is the perfect choice for web developers and software engineers looking for an open-source code editor. It leverages the same user experience as Microsoft Visual Studio Code, offering full access to its source code maintained on GitHub and licensed under the MIT License. Though you won’t have to accept extra features via plugins or extensions begrudgingly, it may come with a tiny catch – VSCodium may direct data elsewhere through third-party networks without necessarily asking your permission first, so be aware of this in the future. Nevertheless, there’s still no beating VSCodium open-source power that remains available, and an excellent option for those that may not require as many extensions and plugins with less telemetry.

      • UNIX CopHow to solve “An unexpected error occurred…server’s configuration” on WordPress

        When an error happens on WordPress, it’s a total headache. Something is wrong, and occasionally, we have no idea what could have happened. Today you will learn how to resolve the error “An unexpected error occurred. Something may be wrong with WordPress.org or this server’s configuration” on WordPress.

      • Linux Shell TipsWhat is the Difference Between ‘apt remove’ and ‘apt purge’?

        This article theoretically and practically looks at the different usage of apt remove and apt purge commands.

        apt remove vs apt purge Commands

        When addressing apt remove vs apt purge commands, there is always some confusion in their applicability. Both commands reside within Debian-based Linux distributions like Ubuntu. Also, both commands seem to perform similar functionality.

      • Manuel MatuzovicDay 52: declaring multiple layer lists

        On day 46, I’ve explained how you can order layers by defining them in a comma-separated list first. The first layer in the list has the lowest priority and the last layer the highest.

      • AdafruitA 10-minute guide to the Linux applications binary interface #Linux #Programming @opensourceway

        ABI stands for Applications Binary Interface. One way to understand the concept of an ABI is to consider what it is not. Applications Programming Interfaces (APIs) are more familiar to many developers. Generally, the headers and documentation of libraries are considered to be their API, as are standards documents like those for HTML5, for example. Programs that call into libraries or exchange string-formatted data must comply with the conventions described in the API or expect unwanted results.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • OpenSource.comWhy I use the Enlightenment file manager on Linux

        Computers are like filing cabinets, full of virtual folders and files waiting to be referenced, cross-referenced, edited, updated, saved, copied, moved, renamed, and organized. In this series, I’m taking a look at the Enlightenment file manager for your Linux system.

        The Enlightenment desktop is designed to be a modern implementation of what’s considered a traditional UNIX desktop. There are certain elements that are considered to be characteristic of graphical UNIX, most of which were defined in the by early desktops like CDE or twm. Enlightenment implements things like a dock, an on-demand global contextual menu, flexible focus, virtual workspaces, but with an almost hyper-modern flair. Enlightenment is able to combine these elements with effects and animations because it’s also its own compositor, and the EFL libraries that the desktop uses are specific to Enlightenment and maintained by the Enlightenment team. That’s a long way of confessing that in this entry in my file manager series, I’m looking at a file manager that’s mostly inextricable from the desktop it supports. If you want to try Enlightenment’s file manager, you have to try Enlightenment. Luckily, it’s a pleasant experience, and a fun diversion from the usual desktops.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • New Releases

      • Bleeping ComputerKali Linux 2022.4 adds 6 new tools, Azure images, and desktop updates

        Offensive Security has released ​Kali Linux 2022.4, the fourth and final version of 2022, with new Azure and QEMU images, six new tools, and improved desktop experiences.

        Kali Linux is a distribution designed for ethical hackers to perform penetration testing, security audits, and cybersecurity research against networks.

      • It’s FOSSKali Linux’s Last Update for the Year Brings a Lot of Early Christmas Gifts

        Kali Linux is an open-source, Debian-based distro focusing on penetration testing and security auditing. It consists of various tools, configurations, and automation to help you achieve that. Dubbed as the final release of this year, Kali Linux 2022.4 promises many improvements over its predecessor. Let me take you through this release.

      • The Register UKDesktop OpenSolaris fork OpenIndiana releases Hipster • The Register

        The OpenIndiana project has opened the gates on “Hipster”, its latest release and the first this year, and it includes MATE 1.26, LibreOffice, and more.

        OpenIndiana is a desktop flavor of illumos, which has been continuing development of OpenSolaris since 2010. In the project’s own words about Version 2022.10:

        Hipster is a codename for rapidly moving development branch of OpenIndiana. Hipster is using rolling-release model and only publishes installation ISOs once in a while.

        Judging by the project’s announcements page, this is the first new release the project has announced since this time last year, although in previous years there were semiannual updates. The 2022.10 release integrates over 2,500 pull requests, and updates multiple components, including version 1.26 of the MATE desktop, 64-bit LibreOffice 7.2.7, and Perl 5.36.

        The distro now includes the latest GCC 10, plus the option of GCC 11 and Clang 13. It also updates the bundled nVidia drivers, but we weren’t able to test that as the Reg FOSS desk lacks any kit with a current nVidia GPU.

    • BSD

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

      • PCLOS OfficialReact-Explorer 2.3.1 – PCLinuxOS

        React-Explorer is an electron based file manager that provides split-view, tab support, and full keyboard controls. Now available in the PCLinuxOS software repository.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Linux LinksBrosTrend Linux USB WiFi Adapter AC1200 Review

        This review looks at the BrosTrend Linux USB WiFi Adapter AC1200 (AC1L). This small USB key retails for around £25 ($30.99) and plugs directly into a USB 3 port. BrosTrend provide Linux support for Ubuntu and Ubuntu-based distros. Their wifi adapter chipsets and drivers are developed by Realtek.

      • The DIY LifeI Made An Only Fans Case For My Raspberry Pi

        Every time I’ve made a new case for my Raspberry Pi, there are always a few comments suggesting adding another fan or making improvements to the cooling, so today I’m going to put these suggestions to the test by building a case that has as many fans as possible to find out if more fans really result in lower CPU temperatures.

        [...]

        Given that we’re now using over 2000% more power just to run the fans and that most Raspberry Pi’s are not running flat out continuously, I’d say a single fan on a decent size heatsink like the Ice Tower or Ice Cube cooler is more than enough – even for overclocking.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Linux GizmosOpen-Source 8-Bit Gaming Console based on Arduino platform

        Kickstarter recently featured the Arduboy Mini which is an 8-bit video game console based on the Arduino platform. The tiny console includes more than 300 games and it can also be used to learn to code games using the tutorials from the Arduboy Community.

        As other Arduboy models released in the past (i.e. Arduboy FX), the Arduboy Mini is also powered by the ATmega32u4 processor (up to 16MHz) often found in Arduino Leonardo boards.

      • CNX SoftwareAdd an ePaper display to Raspberry Pi Pico W with EnkPi 2.9-inch to 7.5-inch displays (Crowdfunding) – CNX Software

        SB Components is running another crowdfunding campaign with the EnkPi ePaper display powered by a Raspberry Pi Pico W board and offered in four different sizes namely 2.9-inch, 4.2-inch 5.83-inch, and 7.5-inch.

        Each mainboard also comes with a USB Type-C port, a microSD card socket, an RTC with a backup battery holder, a buzzer, six user buttons, and a JST connector for expansion with GPIO, I2C, UART, and ADC signals.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Jon UdellMastodon, Steampipe, and RSS

      A first version of the dashboard, having only this data to work with, just listed the names of tags matching the search term along with corresponding URLs. Here was the initial query.

    • Free Software FoundationFree Software Foundation Bulletin, Issue 41 – Fall 2022

      1. Protect your freedom by managing your privacy

      2. GHM 2022 in Turkey: A personal reflection

      3. Copyright assignment with the FSF

      4. Charting a course to a free world

      5. New upcoming release of Trisquel 11, codenamed Aramo

    • Programming/Development

      • Amos WengerDay 6 (Advent of Code 2022)

        Our input is a jumble of letters, and we’re supposed to find the position of the first substring that’s “four different characters”.

      • Doug BrownGetting ChatGPT to write a Linux kernel module for me

        I’ve been doing some Linux kernel development in my spare time over the past 6 months or so. The goal has been to get my old Chumby 8 (stock kernel 2.6.28) running on a modern kernel with custom firmware. It has been going really well and there have been lots of fun problems I’ve needed to solve along the way. I may write some posts about that process if there is any interest. It’s been a blast.

      • Matt RickardStack Overflow Bans ChatGPT

        Stack Overflow is “banning” the use of ChatGPT (post). I know more than a few programmers who sought to farm some free internet points by answering questions with the help of ChatGPT. It’s an obvious and existential question for Stack Overflow, which makes sense why we’re doing the thought experiment here first.

  • Leftovers

    • The NationWill This Ukrainian Town Be Repaired by Winter?

      Halina Egorovna has placed every bucket, pot, and pan she owns around the floor of her one-bedroom apartment. Sheets of plastic line her walls and her couch, but the floor is still soaked. A cold autumn rain drenched Kyiv Oblast the previous night, pouring rain through the holes of her building’s roof, and leaking water into her apartment.

      “Do you see how we live?” she says to me in Ukrainian, beginning to weep. “No one helps us, they only bring promises.”

    • The NationMigrants
    • TruthOutSenators Set to Propose Legislation to Help Dreamers With Pathway to Citizenship
    • HackadayRocket Mounted 3D Printed Camera Wheel Tries, Succeeds, And Also Fails

      [Joe] at BPS.space has a thing for rockets, and his latest quest is to build a rocket that will cross the Kármán Line and launch into the Final Frontier. And being the owner of a YouTube channel, he wants to have excellent on-board video that he can share. The trouble? Spinning. A spinning rocket is a stable rocket, especially as altitude increases. So how would [Joe] get stable video from a rocket spinning at several hundred degrees per second? That’s the question being addressed in the video below the break.

    • HackadaySilicone-Slapping Servos Solve Simon Says

      Most modern computer games have a clearly-defined end, but many classics like Pac-man and Duck Hunt can go on indefinitely, limited only by technical constraints such as memory size. One would think that the classic electronic memory game Simon should fall into that category too, but with most humans struggling even to reach level 20 it’s hard to be sure. [Michael Schubart] was determined to find out if there was in fact an end to the latest incarnation of Simon and built a robot to help him in his quest.

    • The NationThe West’s Broken Approach to Refugees

      Almost anyone would agree that war is horrifying and peaceful countries should do their best to help its victims. The widespread eagerness to welcome fleeing Ukrainians after Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded their country last February is a heartening example of such aid. But behind that altruism lies an ugly truth: Most of the countries embracing Ukrainians are simultaneously persecuting equally desperate refugees from elsewhere.

    • The NationA New Kind of Trans Poetics

      Turner’s life revolves around six things: “men, poems, rent, work, disgust, and transit.” Turner writes letters to friends in the interstitial times of commuting or after hook-ups; the reader intercepts them in between Turner’s work and leisure. Turner dilates on all of those themes, which might circumscribe the world of the contemporary educated, urban, queer, millennial misfit. Turner, whose name sounds “fake, like porn-fake,” is our queen of Bucks County.

    • HackadayRestarting The Grid When The Grid Is Off The Grid

      If you watch YouTube long enough, it seems like going “off the grid” is all the rage these days. But what if the thing that goes off the grid is the grid itself? In the video below the break, [Grady] with Practical Engineering explores the question: How do you restart an entire power grid after it’s gone offline? It’s a brilliantly simple deep dive into what it takes to restore power to large amounts of customers without causing major damage to not just the grid, but the power generators themselves.

    • Science

      • ACMThe Legacy of Peer-to-Peer Systems

        Looking at Google trends, we see that the concept almost faded from our lexicon. Nevertheless, the technology is still used; it evolved and became more specialized. A good portion of the fabric beneath modern data centers (web 2.0) and blockchain technology (web 3.0) evolved from early P2P research. Let’s consider some examples.

      • HackadayThe World’s Brightest Laser Pointer?

        The videos from [styropyro] are always amusing and informative. However, ironically for him, he is alarmed that many green laser pointers are more powerful than they are supposed to be. Sure, you often want a powerful laser, but if you think a laser is safe and it isn’t, you could… well… put an eye out. See the video below to see what [styropyro] claims is the brightest laser pointer in the world.

    • Education

      • Times Higher EducationTaking students’ phones away really does help them learn – study

        Researchers deprived students enrolled in two behavioural sciences classes at a New York-based institution of access to their phones for the duration of the courses, while their peers in two other classes were allowed to continue endlessly scrolling as normal.

        All took questionnaires upon completing the experiment, and those who could not access their phones were found to display better understanding of the course material, higher levels of mindfulness and less anxiety.

      • FAIR‘We Need to Transform What It Means to Be an Academic Worker; the Status Quo Is Untenable’

        Janine Jackson interviewed UC Santa Barbara’s Nelson Lichtenstein about the University of California strike for the December 2, 2022, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayUSB-C: Introduction For Hackers

        We’ve now had at least five years of USB-C ports in our devices. It’s a standard that many manufacturers and hackers can get behind. Initially, there was plenty of confusion about what we’d actually encounter out there, and manufacturer-induced aberrations have put some people off. However, USB-C is here to stay, and I’d like to show you how USB-C actually gets used out there, what you can expect out of it as a power user, and what you can get out of it as a hobbyist.

      • CNX SoftwareUP Xtreme i12 Alder Lake SBC supports up to four 4K displays @ 60 Hz, Raspberry Pi HATs – CNX Software

        AAEON has just introduced the UP Xtreme i12 single board computer (SBC) with Intel 12th generation Alder Lake-P hybrid SoC with up to 12 cores/16 threads, up to 32GB LPDDR5 memory, support for four 4Kp60 displays, and equipped with high-speed interfaces such as USB 4.0 and 2.5 GbE.

        The board also features four M.2 sockets for NVMe storage, Wi-Fi 6 and 5G cellular connectivity, a SATA III port, several USB 3.2/2.0 Type-A ports, and a 40-pin GPIO header and mounting thread for Raspberry Pi HATs, which should make it especially suitable for IoT, robotics, and smart retail applications, as well as smart manufacturing with a 12 to 36V wide supply voltage range.

      • HackadayPSA: Watch Out For White Filament

        We all know that using 3D printing filament with exotic filament that has metal or carbon fibers in it will tend to wear standard nozzles. That’s why many people who work with filaments like that use something other than conventional brass nozzles like hardened steel. There are even nozzles that have a ruby or diamond surfaces to prevent wear. However, [Slant 3D] asserts something we didn’t know: white filament may be wearing your nozzle, too. You can see his argument in the video below.

      • HackadayHow On-Frequency Are Those Cheap Radar Modules?

        If you’re partial to browsing AliExpress, Banggood, or eBay for unusual hardware, you may have seen the HB100 Doppler Radar modules. These are a PCB with a metal can on board, and their reverse side has a patch antenna array. They work on a frequency of 10.525 GHz, and [OH2FTG] has characterized a few of them to see how close they lie to that figure.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • [Old] Scientific AmericanWhy Social Media Makes People Unhappy—And Simple Ways to Fix It

        Disrupted sleep, lower life satisfaction and poor self-esteem are just a few of the negative mental health consequences that researchers have linked to social media. Somehow the same platforms that can help people feel more connected and knowledgeable also contribute to loneliness and disinformation. What succeeds and fails, scientists say, is a function of how these platforms are designed. Amanda Baughan, a graduate student specializing in human-computer interaction at the University of Washington, studies how social media triggers what psychologists call dissociation, or a state of reduced self-reflection and narrowed attention. She presented results at the 2022 Association for Computing Machinery Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Baughan spoke with Mind Matters editor Daisy Yuhas to explain how and why apps need to change to give the people who use them greater power.

      • Ruben SchadeElective Surgery is the “micropayments” of health

        There’s the strict medical definition, but the general public reads it very differently. Elective sounds like voluntary, which leads people to think it’s for vanity, or worse, surgery someone could do without. It permeates discussions on everything from healthcare to politics.

      • NPRSome streets closed during the pandemic to allow pedestrians will remain car-free

        “We kept thinking that it would be, you know, three months, six months — OK, a year,” said Julia Washburn, superintendent of the park. “We just kept extending it because COVID kept going much longer than any of us had ever anticipated. During that time, some people started to say, ‘Well, why don’t we keep it closed?’ “

        “People loved it”

        In fact, people had been asking to close Beach Drive to cars for decades, but it took a global public health crisis to finally make it happen.

      • ScheerpostPatient Groups Push Congress to Combat Big Pharma Greed in Spending Bill

        “As Congress works toward finalizing an end-of-year budget package, we urge the chambers to include bipartisan legislation to address abuse of the Food and Drug Administration’s citizen petition process in order to reduce drug prices and save the government hundreds of millions of dollars.”

      • Pro PublicaHow to Research Your Hospice (and Avoid Hospice Fraud)

        Half of all Americans die in hospice. To qualify for the government benefit, two doctors must certify a patient as terminally ill, with a life expectancy of six months or less. When done right, hospice offers Medicare beneficiaries an intimate, holistic and vital service — one that allows them to experience as little pain as possible and to spend meaningful time with loved ones.

        But a ProPublica investigation of the hospice industry, in partnership with The New Yorker, found that the current design of the program enables some profit-seeking providers to exploit seniors with few consequences. Most hospice care takes place out of sight, behind closed doors. Because pinpointing what constitutes a “good death” is nearly as difficult as determining what makes a good life, families do not always realize when hospice is failing them.

      • Pro PublicaHow Prenatal Screenings Have Escaped Regulation

        Amanda wanted to warn someone. In June 2021, her daughter — the one she and her husband had tried for three years to conceive — had died after only 28 hours. With an underdeveloped nose, she had battled for every breath.

        Nobody knew why. Later, an autopsy report revealed their daughter had an extra 13th chromosome. The condition is nearly always fatal.

      • Counter PunchChina’s COVID Uprising

        Western media tended to emphasize the latter agenda, pushing the possibility of regime change to the top of the news when in fact that theme was not the dominant one among the demonstrators.

        It seems that young people, especially students, were mainly the ones calling for Xi to step down, whereas most everyone else focused on easing quarantines and returning to something resembling normal life. Neither in size, breadth of support, geography, or political impact were these protests anything like Tiananmen.

    • Proprietary

      • NPRHertz will pay $168 million to customers it falsely accused of stealing its cars

        Many of the Hertz cases involved customers who had called to extend their rental agreement, but the extensions were not properly reflected in Hertz’s computer systems. Other cases involved Hertz re-renting cars that had previously been reported as stolen without rescinding the police reports, causing unsuspecting customers to be pulled over by police. At other times, stolen cars were accidentally associated with the wrong customer, resulting in an arrest warrant for someone who was out of state entirely.

      • Network WorldRansomware attack knocks Rackspace’s Exchange servers offline [iophk: Windows TCO]

        Cloud services and hosting provider Rackspace Technology acknowledged Tuesday that a recent incident that took most of its Hosted Exchange email server business offline was the product of a ransomware attack. The company shut the service down last Friday.

      • IT WireCyberthreat cases increased by 275% in Australia during Black Friday week: Surfshark

        “Two of the most common cyberthreat categories are malware and riskware. Riskware is a program made without malicious intent but has security vulnerabilities that give it the potential to become malware. Malware is any software, product, or program created or installed onto a computer to cause harm,” notes Surfshark.

      • IT WireMandiant identifies Chinese threat group malware infecting USB drives [iophk: Windows TCO]

        Guest research Google cybersecurity subsidiary Mandiant has published new research on a China-based threat group using three new malware families affecting USB drives to target the Philippines and greater Southeast Asia region, which have been a focus for Chinese espionage for many years.

        Mandiant discovered an espionage campaign of a China-based threat group dating back to April 2022.

        This group, which Mandiant tracks as UNC4191, uses three types of malware families that continue replicating by infecting new removable USB drives that are plugged into a compromised system.

      • MandiantAlways Another Secret: Lifting the Haze on China-nexus Espionage in Southeast Asia [iophk: Windows TCO]

        Following initial infection via USB devices, the threat actor leveraged legitimately signed binaries to side-load malware, including three new families we refer to as MISTCLOAK, DARKDEW, and BLUEHAZE. Successful compromise led to the deployment of a renamed NCAT binary and execution of a reverse shell on the victim’s system, providing backdoor access to the threat actor. The malware self-replicates by infecting new removable drives that are plugged into a compromised system, allowing the malicious payloads to propagate to additional systems and potentially collect data from air-gapped systems.

      • Information Security Media Group CorporationRansomware Attack in New Zealand Has Cascading Effects

        Government health services are running normally but clinicians in some areas of the country cannot access a registry of inherited cardiac diseases or bereavement care services. Approximately 8,500 bereavement records and 5,500 records on the cardiac disease register are unavailable.

        Six other health regulatory authorities whose services are hosted by Mercury IT have also been impacted. They include the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board of New Zealand; the Chiropractic Board; the Podiatrists Board; the New Zealand Psychologists Board; the Dietitians Board; and the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand.

      • OMG UbuntuVivaldi Browser Now Boasts Mastodon Integration

        Folks are flocking to this federated social networking service in droves of late, a trend Vivaldi is well aware of. Such keen supporters of decentralised social media, they even launched their own Mastodon instance “Vivaldi Social” a few weeks back.

        Now they take things a step further by integrating Mastodon inside of the browser itself.

        Don’t panic if you don’t like the sound of this: it’s a discrete implementation that is easy to ignore or not use. Like Vivaldi’s other bells and whistles — spanning everything from arcade games to e-mail client to note taking tool — users won’t notice this feature is there unless they want to use it.

    • Linux Foundation

      • Linux Foundation’s Site/BlogTwo new agricultural technology projects join the Call for Code community at the Linux Foundation [Ed: Openwashing with Microsoft proprietary software]

        OpenTempus provides long-term climate forecasts, and OpenHarvest provides insight into crops, fields, and yields.

        The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, announced the release of two open source projects that help small-holder farmers use data to make more effective decisions about what, when, and where to plant. These projects join the Call for Code with the Linux Foundation.

    • Security

      • LWNSecurity updates for Wednesday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (cgal, ruby-rails-html-sanitizer, and xfce4-settings), Red Hat (dbus, grub2, kernel, pki-core, and usbguard), Scientific Linux (pki-core), SUSE (bcel, LibVNCServer, and xen), and Ubuntu (ca-certificates and u-boot).

      • Integrity/Availability/Authenticity

        • Terence EdenHow do I revoke a FIDO / WebAuthN token from every service?

          OK, done! My wife and I spend a very boring evening going through every single account we have which supports FIDO tokens with WebAuthN – about a dozen in total. We manually paired two keys each. We put our main key on our keyrings, then drove out to the woods and buried our spares in a a waterproof box in a top secret location1.

          But what if I lost my keys?

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • India TimesMicrosoft mulls building ‘super app’: Report

          Microsoft Corp recently considered building a “super app” that could include shopping, messaging, news and web search services among others, The Information reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

        • India TimesMeta expands AI face-scanning to Facebook dating in US

          Meta announced that it has expanded its Artificial Intelligence (AI) face-scanning tool and ID Upload tool to Facebook Dating in the US, to verify users’ age.

          The tools will make sure that only adults are using the service, preventing minors from accessing it, the company said in a blogpost on Monday.

        • Teen VogueThe China Initiative: How Chinese Academics Like Xiaoxing Xi Were Falsely Charged as Spies

          As it turned out, the US government was the one doing the spying. We found out later that the FBI, using tools designed to pursue foreign agents, had secretly surveilled my dad’s communications and used his emails about unrelated academic research to try to portray him as a criminal. My family went from living a normal, low-key life to facing the weight of our own government coming after us.

          Months later, the government’s accusations fell apart and prosecutors dropped the charges. Yet to this day, the government has refused to explain or apologize for what it did. We have been in court for more than five years seeking answers, but still haven’t found out why the FBI targeted my father with surveillance and false criminal charges, saddling us with huge legal fees and many emotional scars.

        • Computer WorldWhat you need to know about the UK’s Online Safety Bill

          Parts of the legislation closely mimic rules set out in the EU’s recently approved Digital Services Act (DSA), which bans the practice of targeting users online based on their religion, gender or sexual preferences, and requires large online platforms to disclose what steps they are taking to tackle misinformation or propaganda.

        • Common DreamsOpinion | To Hold Powerful to Account, Journalists Must Be Free of Government Intrusion

          For democracy to survive, journalists must be protected from government surveillance and shielded from harassment.

        • The Gray ZoneLeaked files: private spying firm targets global population with illegal spyware
        • TechdirtAmerican Journalist First To Sue NSO Group Directly For Targeting His Phone

          NSO Group is objectively awful. For years — with the assistance of the Israeli government — NSO sold to whoever wanted powerful phone exploits to deploy against targets. Ostensibly sold to investigate violent crimes and acts of terrorism, the less-than-savory customers of NSO flipped the script, deploying zero-click malware that allowed government employees to target journalists, critics, activists, human rights lawyers, and anyone else (INCLUDING EX-WIVES) that made their lives uncomfortable.

        • Democracy NowPegasus Spyware Maker NSO Group Sued in U.S. Court by El Faro Journalists

          A group of journalists working for the award-winning Central American independent news outlet El Faro have filed a lawsuit in U.S. court against NSO Group, the Israeli company that operates the Pegasus spyware used to monitor and track journalists, human rights activists and dissidents across the globe. The journalists of El Faro, which is based in El Salvador, allege that Pegasus software was used to infiltrate their iPhones and track their communications and movements. “We’re of course of the belief that it was the government of El Salvador who engaged in these attacks. This is weapons-grade software that is sold exclusively to governments,” says Roman Gressier, a French American staff reporter with El Faro English and one of 15 plaintiffs in the lawsuit. We also speak with Carrie DeCell, senior staff attorney at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and the lead lawyer in the lawsuit, who says part of the goal is to force the courts to confirm who NSO Group’s client was. “That would send a signal to other government clients around the world that they can no longer rely on NSO Group’s assurances of secrecy when they … intimidate and persecute journalists, civil rights activists, human rights activists around the world,” says DeCell.

        • AccessNowSurveillance tech: EU Commission failed to protect human rights in Africa – Access Now

          he European Ombudsman has found that the European Commission failed to take necessary measures to ensure the protection of human rights in the transfers of technology with potential surveillance capacity supported by its multi-billion Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.

          The decision by the EU’s oversight body follows a year-long inquiry prompted by complaints outlining how EU bodies and agencies are cooperating with governments around the world to increase their surveillance powers filed by Privacy International, Access Now, the Border Violence Monitoring Network, Homo Digitalis, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and Sea-Watch.

          The complainants welcome the decision by the European Ombudsman and call on the Commission to urgently review its support for surveillance in non-EU countries and to immediately implement the Ombudsman’s recommendations in their entirety.

      • Confidentiality

        • Torupcoming directory authority changes

          Later today (Tuesday) we plan to do a synchronized shift where we make two configuration changes on the directory authorities. The goal will be to make these changes while maintaining the right threshold of signatures so relays and users still get a safe network status consensus that they trust.

          For background, Tor uses a threshold consensus design, where as long as a majority of directory authorities are behaving properly, all users get the same accurate view of the Tor network. You can learn more about the design in the bottom half of
          https://support.torproject.org/about/key-management/.

          Specifically, we plan to make these changes: [...]

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Marcy WheelerThe J6 Committee Proves Themselves To Be Suspect Media Whores

        A “criminal referral” from this Committee means absolutely nothing. The DOJ will prosecute individuals and/or entities on their own. “Referrals” from Thompson, Cheney and the J6 Committee mean less than nothing legally.

      • NPRJan. 6 committee is likely to make criminal referrals related to Capitol [insurrection]

        The committee is meeting virtually Tuesday evening to continue discussions on potential criminal referrals. They met on Friday morning behind closed doors to consider a range of topics — including whether to issue potential criminal referrals for former President Trump and others.

        The panel is expected to meet throughout this week and could share its plans on criminal referrals by Friday, Thompson said.

      • TruthOutBennie Thompson: Jan. 6 Panel Will Make Criminal Referrals Based on Its Findings
      • Common DreamsFamily of Officer Who Died After Jan. 6 Won’t Shake Hands With McConnell, McCarthy

        Relatives of the late Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick—who died a day after being assaulted by right-wing rioters on January 6, 2021—refused to shake hands with Republican leaders at a Tuesday Congressional Gold Medal ceremony to honor those who defended democracy and the complex during last year’s attack.

        Video footage of Sicknick’s family bypassing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)—who’s aiming to be the next speaker—quickly spread on social media and was called both “amazing” and “awkward.”

      • The NationThe Terminator

        That quote should be emblazoned as a grade-A specimen of insider folly on the walls of newsrooms and journalism schools that profess to take seriously the tacit mandate in the press’s designation as “the fourth estate”—i.e., the social institution tasked with ensuring democracy and public accountability actually function as something more than airless abstractions. Instead, it appears that our organs of public debate are already making the same howling mistake, not even two years after a Trump-led coup effort nearly upended the transfer of power in the wake of a free and fair election.

        The occasion for Trump’s resurgent coup plotting, scarcely any commentator has bothered to note, was Elon Musk’s much-hyped release of “the Twitter files”—a collection of intra-company documents showing the discussions among Twitter higher-ups that led to the ban of a New York Post story on the platform about the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop. In Trump-ese, this was translated into “MASSIVE, WIDESPREAD FRAUD & DECEPTION” among tech and “Democrat Party” elites, on a scale that overrides “all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution.”

      • RTLSomalia forces recapture key town from jihadists

        The army and local clan militias known as “Macawisley” have retaken swathes of territory in the central states of Galmudug and Hirshabelle in recent months in an operation backed by US air strikes and an African Union (AU) force, ATMIS.

      • USAA Proclamation on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2022

        This commemoration is also a solemn reminder that our country is capable of achieving great triumphs coming out of dark moments. From the death and destruction at Pearl Harbor came victory over the forces of fascism. Fierce battles with the Axis powers gave way to diplomatic partnerships with strong allies. And from the darkness of World War II came the light of liberty and the establishment of a rules-based international order. Today and every day, we remember that the great and defining truth about our Nation and our people is that there is nothing beyond our capacity — we do not break, we never give in, and we never back down.

      • ScheerpostUS Plans To Build Jerusalem Embassy on Palestinian Land

        “Should the US proceed with this plan, it would not only be complicit with Israel’s illegal confiscation of Palestinian-owned land, but it would also become an active participant in the seizure of the land of U.S. citizens.” — Adalah

      • MeduzaDespite sanctions, Russia still produces cruise missiles with imported components — Meduza

        Despite the Western sanctions, Russia is still producing cruise missiles. This was concluded by Conflict Armament Research (CAR) analysts, based on their study of missile remnants found around Kyiv after the November 23 Russian missile strikes.

      • MeduzaKremlin spokesman Peskov denies plans for new mobilization round, claims no decree needed to end draft — Meduza

        Russian President Vladimir Putin has no plans for signing a new decree to end mobilization, says the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

      • ScheerpostAccess of Evil
      • Counter PunchMacron’s French Nuclear Farce

        I’ve been searching for the equivalent word in French for ‘chutzpah’ but so far ‘insolence’ or ‘audace’ just doesn’t quite cover President Emmanuel Macron’s renewed pitch to sell French nuclear technology to the United States.

        Nevertheless, that was a central purpose of Macron’s state visit to the nation’s capital last week. In a mise-en-scène worthy of a Feydeau farce, he even brought a whole atomic entourage with him including representatives from the state regulator (Autorité de sûreté nucléaire) as well as cabinet members and the (bankrupt) French nuclear power industry.

      • Counter PunchUkraine Strikes Inside Russia … Again

        The latest, including: – Ukraine’s drone strikes on Russian bases inside Russia – What do the latest strikes mean for the war and US-Ukraine relations? – Macron blasted for comments about Russian security interests – European divides on whether and what to negotiate with Putin – EU prepares sanctions on Russian mining sector – Analyzing US polling data about support for Ukraine – Secret Kremlin polling data about Russian attitudes towards the war

      • Counter PunchImperialist Wars—and What Could Be Done About Them

        Mobilizing their military forces, powerful states and, later, nations carved out vast empires at the expense of weaker or less warlike societies. Some of the largest and best-known empires to emerge over the millennia were the Persian, the Chinese, the Mongol, the Ottoman, the Russian, the Spanish, and the British.

        The standard policy for these and other empires was to absorb new, conquered lands into their domains, either as parts of the mother country or as colonies. In the 18th century, the British, French, Spanish, and Portuguese empires used their military muscle to seize substantial portions of the Western Hemisphere from the native inhabitants. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, imperial conquest accelerated rapidly around the world. By 1913 almost all of Africa had been colonized by European powers, while Imperial Russia, having annexed its neighbors, had become the world’s largest nation. Asia, too, had fallen largely under foreign domination. Meanwhile, the United States, established by a thin string of colonies along the Atlantic coast of North America, expanded across the continent to the Pacific, mostly thanks to successful wars against Mexico and Indian nations. Thereafter it moved on to colonize Hawaii, the Philippines, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

      • Common DreamsSanders Says He Has Enough Support to Pass Yemen War Powers Resolution

        Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday signaled that he has the votes needed to pass a War Powers Resolution that would block U.S. support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen, where more than 23 million people are suffering from one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises even amid a cease-fire.

        The Vermont Independent senator told The Intercept that he plans to bring the resolution to the Senate floor for a vote “hopefully next week,” and when asked whether he has enough support for the measure he said, “I think we do, yes.”

      • TruthOutSanders Moves for Senate to Vote on Ending US Support for Saudi-Led War in Yemen
      • Site36EU finances defence against „hypersonic threats“

        Russia, China and North Korea have missiles with very high velocities. The EU cannot yet combat such systems.

      • MeduzaIgor Strelkov, sentenced to life in prison by Hague District Court, returns to Moscow — Meduza

        Igor Girkin, sentenced to life in prison by the Hague District Court for shooting down the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and killing 298 passengers and crew, is in Moscow.

      • Democracy NowJeffrey Sachs: A Negotiated End to Fighting in Ukraine Is the Only Real Way to End the Bloodshed

        With the war in Ukraine now in its 10th month, Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden have both expressed openness to peace talks to end the fighting, as have leaders in France, Germany and elsewhere. This comes as millions of Ukrainians brace for a winter without heat or electricity due to Russian strikes on Ukrainian civilian infrastructure. “This war needs to end because it’s a disaster for everybody, a threat to the whole world,” says economist and foreign policy scholar Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. He says four major issues need to be addressed to end the war: Ukraine’s sovereignty and security, NATO enlargement, the fate of Crimea and the future of the Donbas region.

    • Environment

      • New York TimesIf You Want to Give Something Back to Nature, Give Your Body

        As of today, five states — Washington, Oregon, Vermont, Colorado and, most recently, California — have either legalized or set a date for legalizing human composting as a means of disposition after death. In New York, one such bill has passed the Assembly and Senate. It now awaits Gov. Kathy Hochul’s signature.

        Human composting — or, as it’s sometimes referred to, natural organic reduction — fulfills many people’s desire to nurture the earth after dying. It owes much of its present form to Katrina Spade, a Washington-based designer and entrepreneur who told me that her goal is to see “composting overtake cremation as the default American death care in the next couple of decades.”

      • Taiwan News100 university presidents sign Manifesto for Sustainable Future at SATU summit in Taiwan

        Nearly 100 presidents and representatives from the top universities of Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, and Brunei attended the Southeast Asia Higher Education Summit this week. This year, the annual summit addressed several important issues relevant to higher education, including open knowledge sharing in sci-tech fields, cross-border strategic collaboration, and sustainable development.

      • The EconomistQatar’s World Cup will emit more CO2 than any recent sporting event

        It is also likely to be a significant underestimate. A report in May 2022 by Carbon Market Watch, a climate watchdog, found that the official forecast failed to account accurately for the emissions generated from stadiums. FIFA, which insists its methodology is “best in practice”, reckons that the bulk of the emissions (52%) will come from fans and players travelling to Qatar, while less than 25% are from stadium construction. That is because organisers expect these stadiums to be used for years after the World Cup, spreading their carbon footprint way into the future.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Mining Lawsuit in Guatemala Shows System Prioritizes Big Corporations Over People

        A Nevada-based mining firm is suing Guatemala for more than $400 million, the first suit of its kind for the impoverished Central American country.

      • Common DreamsCongressional Progressives, Climate Activists Rally Against Manchin’s ‘Dirty Deal’

        Progressive U.S. lawmakers joined climate activists for a Tuesday rally in Washington, D.C. to oppose to Sen. Joe Manchin’s proposed industry-friendly fossil fuel permitting modifications, the so-called “dirty side deal” the West Virginia Democrat and his party’s leaders want to include in the next military spending bill.

        “I refuse to allow our residents in frontline communities to continue to be sacrificed for the fossil fuel industry’s endless greed.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Congress: Thank You for Rejecting Permitting Reform Bill

        We are grateful. We are grateful that, just one month ago, courageous members of Congress rejected an effort to add Senator Manchin’s destructive permitting reform bill to a continuing budget resolution, an opportunity that Senate leadership had promised him just weeks prior in exchange for a vote on the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). This legislation would have gutted important environmental protections tirelessly fought for over many years, and fast-tracked fossil fuel projects, including the dangerous and unnecessary Mountain Valley Pipeline.

      • Energy

        • New York TimesOrdinary Investors Who Jumped Into [Cryptocurrency] Are Saying: Now What?

          Just days later, as the collapse of the cryptocurrency exchange FTX shook the entire crypto industry, Mr. Butkus asked BlockFi for his money back. But the firm had suspended customer withdrawals, citing its close financial ties to FTX. By late November, BlockFi, too, had filed for bankruptcy.

          Mr. Butkus doesn’t know when — or if — he will see his money again. He is one of millions of individual investors around the world who poured money into digital assets, believing the cryptocurrency industry was a stable financial system. They were cleareyed about the volatility and big price swings of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. But what has come as a big surprise to many is that the firms where they deposited their money lacked the basic protections offered by a brokerage or a bank.

        • Information Security Media Group CorporationCybersecurity Analysis of the FTX [Cryptocurrency] Heist: Part One

          Brooks also shares how this incident reflects on the overall security of the web3 industry, what it means for the cybersecurity of exchanges that were exposed to FTX, how new regulations could help curb such cases in the future, the role of decentralization for cybersecurity and best practices for [cryptocurrency] exchanges.

        • WiredTony Fadell Is Trying to Build the iPod of [Cryptocurrency]

          Fadell stops to examine a group of photos of the device: a hardware wallet called Ledger Stax. A hardware wallet is a utilitarian thing. It’s a physical lock for digital secrets. When you own cryptocurrency, your balance is protected solely by a private key that can be devilishly hard to keep safe. Ledger’s wallets, made of steel and silicon (and, OK, plastic), act as tiny vaults, but so far they have been off-putting. Much like crypto itself. Fadell is reinventing this gadget, his first major design project in years. He has come to believe that by giving it the panache of the hottest consumer gadgets, he will redirect the crypto field, just as he helped kick off digital music and the smart home.

        • David RosenthalFoolish Lenders

          From the “no-one could have predicted” department comes David Pan’s Crypto Lenders’ Woes Worsen as Bitcoin Miners Struggle to Repay Debt. The TL;DR is that until recently companies accepted mining rigs as collateral for loans.

          [...]

          These companies did so little due diligence that they didn’t realize the collateral would be worthless in about 18 months, even if Bitcoin continued moonwards. Below the fold, the details.

        • Telex (Hungary)Does the fuel price cap have anything to do with the severe fuel shortage in Hungary?
        • DeSmogA New Era for Germany’s Gas Industry Fuels Climate Fears

          For 150 years, heavy industry has been the lifeblood of the German port of Wilhelmshaven, a hub for shipbuilding, plastics, coal and steel. Now, the city is at the forefront of the country’s dash to break its dependence on Russian gas.

          On Saturday, a newly built jetty is due to welcome the Norwegian-flagged Höegh Esperanza, a 280-metre vessel capable of offloading cargoes of natural gas supercooled into liquid form, then shipped across the ocean in specialised tankers.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Counter PunchAvi Kwa Ame National Monument

          The monument will protect almost a half million acres of the Mohave Desert between the California border and the Colorado River. Stretching from the Newberry mountains in the east to the New York, South McCullough, Castle, and Piute mountains in the west, the monument encompasses representative landscapes of grasslands, Joshua trees, and in places, even scrub oak. Wildlife native to the area includes desert bighorn sheep, Gila monster, and desert tortoises,

          It would connect other protected landscapes in California, such as Mohave Trails National Monument and Mohave National Preserve, with the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada, creating a corridor for wildlife to move more freely across the landscape. The area within the proposed monument also includes and/or borders several designated southern Nevada wildernesses, including Spirit Mountain, Nellis Wash, Wee Thump Joshua Tree, Bridge Canyon, Ireteba Peaks, and South McCullough wilderness areas.

        • Common DreamsGlobal Biodiversity Summit Called ‘Make-or-Break Moment’ for Wildlife

          The day before nearly two weeks of negotiations kick off at the United Nations summit on biodiversity, campaigners warned Tuesday that the talks taking place this month in Montreal may offer humanity its last chance to mitigate the planet’s crisis of rampant species loss, and called on policymakers to adopt an ambitious framework to protect wildlife.

          More than 190 nations will be represented at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15), where negotiators will discuss a draft agreement aimed at conservation, slashing levels of toxic pollutants, and mitigating the climate crisis.

        • TruthOutIndigenous Argentineans Resist Becoming “Sacrifice Zone” for Ecocolonialism
      • Overpopulation

        • Counter PunchFacing Ourselves: Hard Truths about Sustainability

          Given the opportunity, I wanted to discuss problems that, while fairly obvious, are too often left out of discussions among liberals because they are hard to hear and hard to solve. They are hard to hear because the problem is with all of us, not just in the evil corporations and Republican voters. They are hard to solve because technological proposals that leave our economic and social systems intact will not succeed. We will need somehow to achieve a drastic alteration to our governmental policies and adjust our social relations accordingly.

          That is not a defense of the existing economic or political systems; it is hard to imagine human survival if we do not transcend the obsession with growth in capitalism and create a more democratic society. Those are necessary but not sufficient conditions. From there, we will have to face ourselves.

    • Finance

      • AxiosTech layoffs push H-1B visa workers into limbo

        Sweeping layoffs in tech are leaving thousands of people holding H-1B work visas stranded and scared.

        Why it matters: In the event of a layoff, H-1B holders have 60 days to find new companies to sponsor their visas. If they can’t, they can try switching to a different kind of work visa or look into non-work visas, such as a self-sponsored green card.

      • Common DreamsOxfam Rebukes EU Over Delayed Deal on Global Minimum Corporate Tax

        Oxfam on Tuesday blasted the European Union for delaying a discussion on a global minimum corporate tax rate due to a battle with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government over military aid for Ukraine and E.U. funding for Hungary.

        “E.U. national interests have prevailed despite the cost-of-living crisis.”

      • ScheerpostNYC Advocates Fear More Police Violence, Homeless Criminalization Amid Forced Hospitalizations

        New York City Mayor Eric Adams issued a directive this week that puts police at the center of renewed efforts to remove people exhibiting signs of mental illness from public spaces.

      • ScheerpostTax the Rich? We Did That Once

        A little history might just inspire us to try that taxing again.

      • The NationHow Houston Halved Homelessness—and What California Can Learn From It

        Every year, the regional bodies known as Continuums of Care (CoCs) conduct point-in-time counts, a census of the region’s homeless population at a particular moment. When California published its results earlier this year, it confirmed what most already suspected: Homelessness, already at emergency levels before the Covid-19 pandemic, had grown worse. Adding every regional count together, the nonprofit newsroom CalMatters found that the state’s homeless population had increased by more than 22,000 people—a nearly 15 percent jump—between 2020 and 2022. And that is almost certainly a significant undercount.

      • Common DreamsAs GOP Threats Continue, Dems Told to ‘Raise the Debt Limit Before It’s Too Late!’

        As GOP lawmakers double down on their vow to hold the economy hostage to force cuts to popular federal programs such as Medicare and Social Security, progressives are reiterating their call for Democrats to raise the U.S. debt ceiling and take away Republicans’ leverage before they assume control of the House next month.

        “If the debt ceiling is not raised, our economy will come to a crashing halt.”

      • Pro PublicaHow Do Title Loans Work?

        Consumers across the country pledge the titles to their vehicles in order to obtain quick cash through title loans. The title-lending industry, which caters to people who are often written off as credit risks by traditional lending institutions, maintains that it provides a valuable financial service. But many consumer advocates see title lending as predatory: The loans typically carry high costs and terms that make the debt difficult to pay off. If borrowers default, they can lose their car, causing even more harm.

        ProPublica spent months reporting on how title lending works as part of a project with The Current, a nonprofit newsroom based in Georgia. We found that, even though Georgia banned high-interest payday loans, it carved out a loophole for title lending that puts borrowers at risk.

      • Telex (Hungary)Hungary vetoes joint loan for Ukraine
    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Pro PublicaGovernments Call for Reforms to Honorary Consul System

        Authorities in four countries are pressing to correct breakdowns in a troubled system of global diplomacy that has elevated and protected accused terrorist financiers, violent criminals, sanctioned oligarchs and aides to some of the world’s most corrupt regimes.

        The “Shadow Diplomats” investigation, published last month by ProPublica, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and more than 50 international media organizations, chronicled widespread exploitation by honorary consuls and the failure of governments to provide oversight.

      • Counter PunchOnce Again, Democrats Side With the Bosses

        Every Union member and working class man and woman and child in the United States of America should be livid right now. President Joe Biden (a Democrat), the Democratic Party leadership in the House and Senate, and the vast majority of Democratic (& Republican) Party politicians in the Capital just fucked over Rail workers and sided with the billionaire bosses again. The Rail corporations, after years of record profits, shall not be required to pay workers if they have to miss a day of work due to illness. This is bullshit.

        No matter how the Democratic Party apologists try to spin it, Congress had the power to grant Unionized Rail workers paid sick leave, willfully chose to not do so, and then imposed a contract which was voted down by the rank & file of four Unions representing a majority of Rail workers in this country. The Democrats in the House chose to send two bills to the Senate (instead of tying the sick leave to the TA), and it was the Democrats again in the Senate who refused to abolish the filibuster (which takes a simple majority) and instead agreed to a 60 vote threshold to pass the sick leave bill. And even after the sick leave bill failed to get the 60 votes, the great majority Democrats still voted to impose the TA. And in so doing, Congress also effectively outlawed strike activity in the Rail sector for this contract cycle. Thus the betrayal of Labor falls on the Democrats.

      • The NationBarack Obama’s Politics 101: Ridiculing Republicans Works

        If there was any doubt that Barack Obama remains the Democratic Party’s ablest campaigner, it was removed last week when the former president swept into Georgia for the final push of US Senator Raphael Warnock’s reelection bid.

      • Gabriel SiebenNobody agrees what “Right to Repair” actually means

        Right to Repair: Almost everyone supports it, it will make our devices more repairable, but if you look closely: the definition of what Right to Repair actually is and entails constantly changes based on who you talk to.

        Note: This graph is an oversimplification of their definitions of R2R and does not include all necessary nuances to make a point. I apologize for any errors.

      • Michael GeistFrom Bad to Worse: Senate Committee Adds Age Verification Requirement for Online Undertakings to Bill C-11

        The Senate committee studying Bill C-11 has ramped up the hours devoted to clause-by-clause review with amendments related to user generated content currently up for debate. However, earlier today, just prior to addressing the user content issue, the committee shockingly adopted an amendment that adds age verification for online undertakings to the Broadcasting Act. The amendment comes as a policy objective, meaning that it will fall to the CRTC to determine how to implement it. The implications are enormous since broadly defined the policy would require every online service that transmits or retransmits programs over the Internet (broadly defined to include all audio and audiovisual content) to establish age verification requirements to prevent child access to programs with explicit sexual activity. If the CRTC implements, the policy will surely be challenged as unconstitutional.

      • CNBCTim Cook says Apple will use chips built in the U.S. at Arizona factory

        The chip factories will be owned and operated by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, the biggest foundry company with over half of the global market share.

      • International Center for Law and EconomicsJournalism Competition & Preservation Act: Not What It Says on the Box

        But… This quixotic attempt to prop up flailing media firms will create legally sanctioned cartels that harm consumers, while forcing online platforms to carry and pay for content in ways that violate long-established principles of intellectual [sic] property [sic], economic efficiency, and the U.S. Constitution.

      • [Old] Free PressThe JCPA Is the Wrong Solution to the Crisis in Journalism

        On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA). The controversial legislation would give broadcasters, publishers and other news producers an antitrust exemption to collectively negotiate with online platform companies like Alphabet and Meta. The bill has faced growing opposition from local news guilds as well as social-justice, media-advocacy and digital-rights groups from across the political spectrum.

        Last year, Free Press Action filed written testimony for a hearing in the House of Representatives, explaining that the JCPA is built on a big-media business model that is bad for democracy. Free Press Action urged Congress to instead adopt policies that would “support a robust noncommercial journalism sector that amplifies the voices of people of color and creates new opportunities they were never given in broadcasting, in cable, or in publishing.”

      • TechdirtHow Will Elon Feel When He Realizes Congress Is Trying To Force Him To Throw Free Money At Newspapers He Hates?

        We’ve written many times about the many problems of the JCPA (the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act). As noted, the bill is a really sketchy bit of corruption: creating a link tax to force internet companies to funnel money to news organization owners for… sending them traffic. Everything about the JCPA is wrong and broken. Supporters insist it’s not a link tax nor a change to copyright law, but it is both. The fundamental argument in the bill is that large sites that link to news organizations need to pay for a license for “access.” But access to what? There’s no license for access for content put on the web for free. It’s just… the web.

      • Consumer ReportsOpen Letter to US Senate on JCPA [PDF]

        We write today to express our ongoing concerns with the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act (JCPA), an act that would create an ill-advised antitrust exemption for publishers and broadcasters. The bill remains enormously problematic for reasons we outline below.

        The signatories to this letter represent a broad cross-section of organizations focused on protecting and advancing our democracy and its democratic values. We include civil society organizations; librarians and archivists; creators; technology companies; experts in antitrust, copyright, constitutional and digital rights law; and media and news groups. While we represent a broad range of policy positions, we join in the view that this legislation should not be passed.

      • IndiaFacebook Warns Of Removing News From Platform In US If Congress Passes Journalism Bill

        In essence, he is claiming that Meta does not need these publishers and broadcasters for its bottomline, these publishers and broadcasters need Meta for their own bottomline. The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act was introduced last year by a bipartisan group of lawmakers. Last year, Facebook took news off its feed when Australia passed a similar law and eventually Australia had to amend its law. The bill says that its goal is “to provide a temporary safe harbor for publishers of online content to collectively negotiate with dominant online platforms regarding the terms on which content may be distributed”.

      • NDTVMeta Threatens To Remove News From Facebook If US Passes Media Bill

        Meta spokesperson Andy Stone in a tweet said the Act fails to recognize that publishers and broadcasters put content on the platform because “it benefits their bottom line – not the other way around.”

      • ReutersFacebook owner Meta may remove news from platform if U.S. Congress passes media bill

        Since the News Media Bargaining Code took effect, various tech firms including Meta and Alphabet have signed more than 30 deals with media outlets, compensating them for content that generated clicks and advertising dollars, the report added.

      • ABCMeta may remove news from Facebook if US Congress passes media bill

        The JCPA would allow small and local news publishers to collectively negotiate with the largest US tech companies for compensation for access to the journalistic content that helps generates ad revenue on those platforms.

      • CNNMeta threatens to remove news content over US journalism bargaining bill

        In a letter Monday to congressional leaders, those groups said the JCPA could make mis- and disinformation worse by allowing news websites to sue tech platforms for reducing a story’s reach and intimidating them into not moderating offensive or misleading content.

        The letter also said the JCPA could end up disproportionately favoring large media companies over the small, local and independent outlets that have been hit the hardest by falling digital ad revenues.

      • The HillBig tech and its critics lash out at journalism measure

        Meanwhile, dozens of civil society organizations including the ACLU, Public Knowledge and Free Press wrote to congressional leaders urging them to keep the JCPA out of the NDAA or any other omnibus legislation.

        The groups said the bill will “compound some of the biggest issues in our information landscape and do little to enable the most promising new models to improve it.”

      • CNETMeta Threatens to Pull News From Facebook if Congress Passes Media Bill

        More than 20 organizations, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge and the Computer & Communications Industry Association, have urged lawmakers to reconsider support for the “problematic” bill, warning (PDF) that it would “create an ill-advised antitrust exemption for publishers and broadcasters.”

      • BBCMeta threatens to remove US news content if new law passes

        The legislation, known as the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) was introduced in Congress by Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and has bipartisan support.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Senator Raphael Warnock: No Comparison on Climate or Choice in Today’s Runoff Election

        Today is the runoff election in Georgia between Senator Raphael Warnock (D) and his opponent, for a one-vote margin in the U.S. Senate between the Democrats who passed historic climate legislation in the Inflation Reduction Act, and the other party, which mostly denies climate change. Senator Warnock’s Climate Calculation is 81.25 as compared to his opponent’s score of 7.5 out of 100. His support for Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme court decision that legalized abortion sets Warnock apart from his opponent, who not only opposes Roe, but reportedly does so hypocritically while having paid for several abortions himself.

      • Common DreamsOn Election Day, Warnock Supporters Urge Georgians ‘Don’t Walk, Run to the Polls!’

        Leading up to Georgia’s crucial runoff election on Tuesday, progressive advocates, groups, and lawmakers have reiterated the importance of stopping Republican Herschel Walker from ousting incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock.

        “A Herschel Walker win would be a huge loss for Georgia’s working people.”

      • TruthOutGeorgia Breaks Voting Records in Senate Runoff Election
      • Democracy NowWarnock vs. Walker, Round 2: Georgia Breaks Voting Records in Senate Runoff Election

        Voters in Georgia cast their ballots Tuesday in the closely watched runoff election between Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker. A victory for Warnock would give Democrats a 51st seat in the Senate. The election has seen a record number of early votes, especially in communities of color, but Black Voters Matter co-founder and executive director Cliff Albright says that is “partially a function of the voter suppression” in the state. A new voting law passed by Georgia last year, known as SB 202, reduced the early voting period from three weeks to one and introduced a range of other restrictions.

      • Common DreamsWarnock Defeats Walker in Georgia, Giving Democrats 51-49 Senate Majority

        Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock was declared the winner Tuesday night in Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff race against Republican challenger Herschel Walker, giving the incumbent’s party a 51-49 advantage in the upper chamber and helping to temper the obstructionist power of the GOP and right-wing Democrats like West Virginia’s Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

        “Democrats can do a lot more with 51 Senate seats.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Georgia Voters: Fight for Social Security by Re-Electing Senator Warnock!

        Anyone familiar with me & Sha Na Na knows that I love the music of the 1950s and 60s. But despite that, I would never want to return to the time before Medicare was passed in 1965, when half of seniors lacked hospital insurance. And I certainly never want to return to the time before Social Security was passed in 1935, when over 50 percent of American seniors had incomes below the poverty line. Yet that’s exactly what the Republican Party wants to do.

      • Common Dreams‘About Damn Time’: NY Jury Finds Trump Organization Guilty on All Counts of Tax Fraud

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

        A New York jury on Tuesday found two subsidiaries of Trump Organization, former President Donald Trump’s company, guilty on all counts of criminal tax fraud.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Biden’s Push for South Carolina Primary Is Clear Effort to Sabotage Progressive Gains Within Democratic Party

        President Joe Biden has directed the Democratic National Committee to reduce the danger that progressives might effectively challenge him in the 2024 presidential primaries. That’s a key goal of his instructions to the DNC last week, when Biden insisted on dislodging New Hampshire—the longtime first-in-the-nation primary state where he received just 8 percent of the vote and finished fifth in the 2020 Democratic primary. No wonder Biden wants to replace New Hampshire with South Carolina, where he was the big primary winner.

      • ScheerpostPatrick Lawrence: The Trans-Atlantic Rift Grows Wider

        What an occasion, President Biden’s first state dinner. Better late than not at all, given it came last Thursday evening, nearly two years after he took office. Apart from guests of honor Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron, monsieur le président et sa femme, all manner of grand people were […]

      • ScheerpostRep. Adam Smith Says Calls for Ukraine Aid Oversight are ‘Russian Propaganda’

        Smith says concerns for greater oversight make him ‘crazy’

      • The NationSarah Palin Is a Faux Populist. Alaskans Chose the Authentic One.

        Back in the halcyon days of 2010, I wrote my first Washington Post column about a hockey mom from Alaska who seemed, at the time, to have a bright future ahead of her in conservative politics.

      • Counter PunchThe Volatility of US Hegemony in Latin America: Challenges Ahead for the Pink Tide

        However, the countries of the region must of necessity engage in a world financial order dominated by the US, which limits the possibilities of developing their economies successfully.

        Troubled waters

      • Counter PunchIf Zelensky Called Taiwan’s President Tsai After Her Electoral Rout …

        Zelensky: Tsai, how are you doing? We have not spoken in months. Sorry for the delay in answering your call earlier. We were in another photoshoot for Vogue.

        Tsai. (Sobs into the phone). Hello, Voldodya.

      • TruthOutBiden Wants to Block Presidential Primary Challenge From the Left Ahead of 2024
      • ScheerpostOur Democracy’s Future Depends on Political Activists

        Rebecca Gordon, just back from the front lines of the recent midterm elections, shares what she learned from her campaign work.

      • ScheerpostWhy Iran’s National Strike Is a Huge Deal

        Juan Cole writes that the Iranian government has plenty of reasons to fear the staying power of these protests.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation/Propaganda

        • Eesti RahvusringhäälingRussian independent TV Rain (Dozhd) loses license in Latvia

          The NEPLP fined TV Rain €10,000 for displaying a map in which occupied Crimea was marked as Russian territory and for calling the Russian army “our army” in a piece that mentioned how viewers could help provide recruits to the illegal invasion force with supplies and equipment, the Twitter account of the watchdog reported on December 2.

        • NBCMaryland bans state agencies from using TikTok and other Chinese and Russian products after NBC News report

          “There may be no greater threat to our personal safety and our national security than the cyber vulnerabilities that support our daily lives,” said Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican. “Maryland has taken bold and decisive actions to prepare for and address cybersecurity threats. To further protect our systems, we are issuing this emergency directive against foreign actors and organizations that seek to weaken and divide us.”

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • The Washington PostInternet ‘algospeak’ is changing our language in real time, from ‘nip nops’ to ‘le dollar bean’

        As discussions of major events are filtered through algorithmic content delivery systems, more users are bending their language. Recently, in discussing the invasion of Ukraine, people on YouTube and TikTok have used the sunflower emoji to signify the country. When encouraging fans to follow them elsewhere, users will say “blink in lio” for “link in bio.”

        Euphemisms are especially common in radicalized or harmful communities. Pro-anorexia eating disorder communities have long adopted variations on moderated words to evade restrictions. One paper from the School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology found that the complexity of such variants even increased over time. Last year, anti-vaccine groups on Facebook began changing their names to “dance party” or “dinner party” and anti-vaccine influencers on Instagram used similar code words, referring to vaccinated people as “swimmers.”

      • The HillSchumer open to reforming tech liability protections amid rising hate speech on Twitter

        Section 230 grants social media platforms such as Twitter protection from legal liability for offensive, wrongful or damaging content posted on their sites.

        Schumer said he is open to revisiting that legal protection in the wake of new reports by the Center for Countering Digital Hate and the Anti-Defamation League that found hate speech on Twitter has grown significantly since entrepreneur Elon Musk bought the company for $44 billion.

      • ABCIndonesia’s Parliament passes law criminalizing adultery

        It also says the promotion of contraception and religious blasphemy are illegal, and it restores a ban on insulting a sitting president and vice president, state institutions and national ideology. Insults to a sitting president must be reported by the president and can lead to up to three years in jail.

        Hiariej said the government provided “the strictest possible explanation that distinguishes between insults and criticism.”

      • BBCIndonesia’s new sex laws and what they could mean for tourism

        “It might be hotels, it might be foreign tourists… that will allow certain police officers to extort bribes or certain politicians to use, let’s say, the blasphemy law, to jail their opponents.”

      • [Old] WixThe Algorithms

        Jeff Horwitz reported on company documents that reveal an elite tier of Instagram users who face an entirely different system that monitors their content here. These ‘white-listed’ users have their content filtered through a seperate program call ‘XCheck’ that “was initially intended as a quality-control measure for actions taken against high-profile accounts, including celebrities, politicians and journalists” and now “shields millions of VIP users from the company’s normal enforcement process.” The documents show that high-profile users are “rendered immune from enforcement actions—while others are allowed to post rule-violating material pending Facebook employee reviews that often never come.” This elite group of users face an entirely different, more advanced system of checks that regular users don’t have the luxury of.

        This invisible tier of elite Instagram users included at least 5.8 million users in 2020, and unlike normal users, “if Facebook’s systems conclude that one of those accounts might have broken its rules, they don’t remove the content—at least not right away, the documents indicate. They route the complaint into a separate system, staffed by better-trained, full-time employees, for additional layers of review.” In the past Facebook has even contacted VIP users who violated the community guidelines, giving them “a “self-remediation window” of 24 hours to delete violating content on their own before Facebook took it down and applied penalties.”

      • NPRIndonesia criminalizes adultery, but the law may take up to 3 years to take effect

        Once in force, the bans will affect foreign visitors as well as citizens. They’re part of an overhaul of the country’s criminal code that has been in the works for years. The new code also expands an existing blasphemy law and keeps a five-year prison term for deviations from the central tenets of Indonesia’s six recognized religions: Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism. The code still needs approval from the president, and the government says it will not be fully implemented for several years.

      • VOA NewsIndonesia’s Parliament Votes to Ban Sex Outside of Marriage

        The amended code also expands an existing blasphemy law and maintains a five-year prison term for deviations from the central tenets of Indonesia’s six recognized religions: Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism.

      • NPRFacebook’s own oversight board slams its special program for VIPs

        The board said Meta appeared to be more concerned with avoiding “provoking” VIPs and evading accusations of censorship than balancing tricky questions of free speech and safety.

        It called for the overhaul of the “flawed” program in a report on Tuesday that included wide-ranging recommendations to bring the program in line with international principles and Meta’s own stated values.

      • New York TimesInside the Face-Off Between Russia and a Small Internet Access Firm

        The digital censorship battle is reaching “an inflection point,” said Grant Baker, a research analyst for technology and democracy at Freedom House, which recently reported that internet censorship globally had reached a new high in 2022. While Russia has spent years working on a more closely controlled, sovereign internet, the controls imposed after the war are “a stark contrast” to anything Moscow had ever done before, Mr. Baker said.

        Companies rarely discuss being targeted by an authoritarian government out of fear of escalating the conflict. But Andy Yen, Proton’s founder and chief executive, said that after a period of trying to keep its “head down,” Proton wanted to raise awareness about the increasing sophistication of governments, in Russia and elsewhere, to block citizens from reaching the open web and the need for technologists, companies and governments to push back.

      • MeduzaTV Rain CEO Natalia Sindeeva asks fired host Alexey Korostelev to re-join network — Meduza

        Natalia Sindeeva, the head executive of the exiled Russian TV Rain network, asked the recently fired host Alexey Korostelev to re-join the media company.

      • Meduza‘We made a lot of stupid mistakes’ TV Rain CEO Natalia Sindeeva on the news that Latvia is stripping the network’s broadcast license — Meduza

        On the morning of December 6, Latvian authorities revoked the broadcast license of the independent Russian news channel TV Rain, which has been banned in Russia since March. Latvia’s National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) said that the network poses a “threat to national security and the public order.” The decision was made against the backdrop of a heated public debate sparked by an ambiguous on-air statement made by TV Rain host Alexey Korostelev about the war in Ukraine. Meduza special correspondent Svetlana Reiter spoke with TV Rain founder and CEO Natalia Sindeeva immediately after the decision was announced.

      • MeduzaMeduza’s statement regarding the revocation of TV Rain’s Latvian broadcasting license — Meduza

        The Latvian National Electronic Media Council has revoked TV Rain’s license. The agency has banned the network from broadcasting on cable and also plans to block access within the country to its YouTube stream. According to the council’s chairman, Ivars Āboliņš, the decision was made “in connection with the threat to national security and public order.”

      • MeduzaDeja vu all over again TV Rain editor-in-chief slams Latvian regulators’ decision to revoke the network’s license as a farcical repeat of Kremlin censorship — Meduza

        In a broadcast on Tuesday, December 6, TV Rain editor-in-chief Tikhon Dzyadko called Latvian officials’ decision to revoke the network’s cable license “absurd and divorced from common sense.” Latvian regulators argue that TV Rain’s content constitutes a “national security” threat, following on-air remarks last week by a news presenter (later fired for the comments) who promoted a hotline to collect information about battlefield conditions for Russian soldiers as assistance for those men. Latvia’s National Electronic Media Council also flagged TV Rain for referring to the Russian military as “our army” and for displaying a map of Russia that included Crimea. Council Chairman Ivars Abolins also accused the network of sending a representative who only spoke Russian, though Dzyadko told journalists that TV Rain had met numerous times with Abolins’ group and used Russian as the working language. When the council met in October, he says, officials suddenly asked to switch to Latvian, leaving TV Rain without enough time to find an interpreter.

      • TechdirtHow KOSA’s ‘Parental Tools’ Mandate Will Almost Certainly Lead To Abuse

        There is a serious problem in the way many tech-focused bills are drafted these days. Whether it’s a lack of trust or simply a desire to punish, those working on tech-bills are not talking to the right industry people about how things actually work in practice. This leads to simple mistakes like requiring something that seems like a good idea but runs counter to how systems are designed and how they function. When these mistakes are bad enough, they can result in serious security and safety problems.

      • TechdirtDevin Nunes Gets Small, Most Likely Temporary, Victory Against MSNBC, While Also Suing CNN Again

        You might have seen some headlines recently suggesting that former congressional representative and current flailing social media CEO (and serial suer of the media) Devin Nunes had some sort of legal victory over Rachel Maddow and MSNBC. And he did get a very, very small victory while piling up more losses at the same time. Law & Crime (which consistently does excellent work) had a much more accurate headline noting that the court actually dismissed all but one claim in his lawsuit. And you could actually go beyond that. There were three separate statements that were claimed to be defamatory, and two were dismissed outright, and the third actually consisted of three separate factual claims, two of which were also dismissed. So it was basically just one-third of one claim that survived.

      • MeduzaFor whom how Russia bans LGBT ‘propaganda,’ the ‘imposition of information’ about homosexuality and ‘sex reassignment.’ Here’s the law broken down. — Meduza

        On November 24, Russia’s State Duma passed the third and final reading of legislation that bans all “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships.” Six days later, the Parliament’s upper chamber also approved the bills, which President Putin signed into law on December 5. The new rules enter into force immediately. LGBT “propaganda” has been banned in Russia since June 2013, but only among minors. The authorities have now significantly expanded the list of restrictions: “propaganda” and “impositions” are now prohibited in the presence of children and adults alike. The law applies to everything, including films, books, advertising, television, and social media. Below, breaks down what’s new in the cornerstone legislation that guides Russia’s state homophobia and transphobia. For a more detailed analysis of these requirements (in Russian), click here.

      • MeduzaFormer Meduza technical director Boris Goryachev faces misdemeanor charges for ‘discrediting’ Russian army — Meduza

        Russian authorities have opened an misdemeanor case against former Meduza technical director Boris Goryachev for “discrediting” the Russian army, he reported on Facebook.

      • EFFThe Supreme Court Must Protect Internet Users’ Rights to Access Controversial Information Online

        In Twitter v. Taamneh, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that online services can be civilly liable under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) based on claims that the platform had generalized awareness that members of a terrorist organization used its service. The Supreme Court agreed to review Taamneh and another case involving similar facts and legal claims (Gonzales v. Google) this fall.

        Although the legal issues in Taamneh primarily center on how federal courts should interpret the ATA’s language,the Ninth Circuit’s broad interpretation would have dangerous implications for the First Amendment rights of internet users and the platforms hosting their speech, according to a friend-of-the-court brief filed by EFF, the Center for Democracy & Technology, the ACLU, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, and the R Street Institute.

        “These platforms and other intermediaries provide essential fora for speech and have become a primary source of news, information, and discussions across the nation and around the world,” the brief argues. But if the Ninth Circuit’s “startlingly broad construction of the ATA stands, online intermediaries will be forced to suppress protected speech.”

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • NBCU.S. court dismisses suit against Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi killing

        District of Columbia U.S. District Judge John D. Bates heeded the U.S. government’s motion to shield Prince Mohammed from the lawsuit despite what Bates called “credible allegations of his involvement in Khashoggi’s murder.”

        A team of Saudi officials killed Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018. Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, had written critically of the harsh ways of Prince Mohammed, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler.

      • Michael GeistHow the Government Is Using Bill C-18 to Pick Media Winners and Losers

        In recent weeks, however, the government’s role in picking winners and losers has become even more pronounced. Liberal MP Lisa Hepfner’s ill-advised comment that online news outlets weren’t real news was rightly criticized (leading to an apology and near total silence from Hepfner ever since) but skeptics feared she was merely saying the quiet part out loud since the reality of Bill C-18 is that it is the lobbying product of large media outlets, who are set up as the prime beneficiaries.

      • Common DreamsRevealing New Evidence in Abu Akleh’s Killing, Al Jazeera Sues Israeli Forces at ICC

        Following an investigation that Al Jazeera said uncovered new evidence regarding the fatal shooting of Palestinian-America journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in May, the international news network said Tuesday that it has filed a lawsuit against Israeli military forces at the International Criminal Court.

        “The claim by the Israeli authorities that Shireen was killed by mistake in an exchange of fire is completely unfounded.”

      • TruthOutAl Jazeera Sues Israeli Forces at the International Criminal Court
      • Democracy NowPublishing Is Not a Crime: NYT, The Guardian & More Urge Biden Admin to Drop Charges Against Assange

        The New York Times and four major European newspapers — The Guardian in Britain, Le Monde in France, Der Spiegel in Germany and El País in Spain — recently urged the Biden administration to drop all charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. In a joint letter, the newspapers said, “This indictment sets a dangerous precedent, and threatens to undermine America’s First Amendment and the freedom of the press.” The letter ends with the words “Publishing is not a crime.” Assange, who is jailed in Britain, faces up to 175 years in a U.S. prison on espionage and hacking charges for exposing U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. The five publications had partnered with WikiLeaks in 2010 to report on documents leaked by Chelsea Manning. “The prosecution of Assange … would set a clear and devastating precedent in the United States that could be applied to any of these organizations’ journalists, going forward,” says Carrie DeCell, senior staff attorney at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • India TimesUnion says Microsoft will recognise unit of videogame testers

        Voluntarily agreeing to bargain with the union would allow Microsoft to avoid a formal election overseen by the US National Labor Relations Board and the legal battles that often ensue.

      • Copenhagen PostDanish museum awarded prestigious international prize

        Arbejdermuseet (the Workers Museum in English) in Copenhagen has been awarded the prestigious Council of Europe Museum Prize for its achievement in documenting working conditions for Danish wage workers over the past 150 years and for its contributions during the development of the Danish labour movement.

      • ABCSan Francisco cancels plans for ‘killer police robots’

        “The people of San Francisco have spoken loud and clear: There is no place for killer police robots in our city,” supervisor Dean Preston told ABC News in a statement. “There have been more killings at the hands of police than any other year on record nationwide. We should be working on ways to decrease the use of force by local law enforcement, not giving them new tools to kill people.”

      • The NationThe Twitter User Taking on the Chinese Government

        On November 26, a Chinese Twitter user, known to his now more than 825,000 followers as Teacher Li, received a photograph via direct message. It was of a student in Nanjing holding a piece of white A4 paper in front of a bell tower on a university campus. A fire in a locked-down apartment building in Urumqi, Xinjiang, had recently killed at least 10 residents, and commentary on the news had been censored, leading to viral social media posts that were repetitions of a single Chinese character: 好—hao, or “good”—a bitter statement about critical comments being scrubbed from the Internet, leaving “good” the only thing to say. Now, with the university student holding a blank sheet of paper, the online protests had moved to the streets. 南京传媒学院 pic.twitter.com/CPjnSTucqt—李老师不是你老师 (@whyyoutouzhele) November 26, 2022

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Most Effective Altruism? Igniting Positive Social Change

        For many of us, the past few years have been like a series of terrifying mass psychology experiments.

      • The NationThe Supreme Court Has Officially Launched Its War on LGBTQ Rights

        The conservative-controlled Supreme Court has already attacked reproductive rights by means of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. It’s set to revoke affirmative action in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard. Next on its list of things to take away are LGBTQ rights.

      • Common DreamsBiden Admin Takes ‘Urgent and Necessary’ Step to Protect 100,000+ Haitians From Deportation

        Migrant rights advocates welcomed the Biden administration’s Monday extension of legal protections for more than 100,000 Haitian migrants fleeing civil unrest, as well as economic and environmental crises, in their homeland.

        “This move will protect thousands of Haitians already in the U.S. and ensure they have work authorization to live with dignity in their new communities.”

      • TruthOut“Military Intervention Will Birth Military Occupation,” Haitian Activist Warns
      • TruthOutTrump’s PAC Is Paying Legal Fees for Key Witnesses in the Mar-a-Lago Docs Case
      • TruthOutApple Illegally Busted Union Effort in Atlanta Store, Labor Officials Say
      • Counter PunchBlack Robes: White Straight Christian Male Justice

        Domestically, we live in times of all-too convenient self-righteous indignation. With nearly a public whisper, let alone outrage, like in Dobbs, under Haaland v. Brackeen the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) may soon be relegated to mere historical footnote if the Supreme Court signs off on a modern-day residential school system by gutting ICWA, an essential hedge against the intended blanch of indigenous culture, tradition and, ultimately, Tribal sovereignty throughout the United States.

        Haaland has its genesis in a challenge under ICWA by the Navaho Tribe which was subsequently joined by the Cherokee, Oneida and Quinault nations and the Morongo Band of Mission to stop an adoption of a Native child by a white Texas family which moved to have the Act struck down. Arguing that only states have power over child custody, and that “Indian” is but a racial classification and not a protected political status with direct historical roots to treaties and Congressional edicts, the Texas family contends protection of indigenous children alone violates the Equal Protection clause of the federal Constitution.

      • Papers PleaseTSA argues for impunity for checkpoint staff who rape travelers

        [Jonathan Corbett argues on behalf of Michele Leuthauser]

        Two years ago, at least a dozen women on a Qatar Airways flight to Sydney were ordered off the plane at Doha Airport in Qatar and subjected to forced vaginal examinations.

      • MeduzaPolice in Russian border town searching for possible deserter who fired at officers after emerging from forest — Meduza

        Police in Russia’s Rostov region are searching for an armed man wearing camouflage who shot at police in Novoshakhtinsk, a city on the border with Ukraine, TASS reported on Tuesday.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • NPRThe Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has been knocked offline for more than a month [iophk: Windows TCO]

        Vanuatu’s government officials first discovered suspicious activity on their networks, many of which are centrally connected, on Nov. 6. They revealed the breach to local media several days later, but have so far been fairly tight lipped about the extent of the damage, the possible culprits, and what’s being done to recover service.

        Some sources have suggested the attack was ransomware, in which cybercriminals break in and take data hostage in exchange for payment, though the government has not officially confirmed whether that’s the case or addressed whether a ransom payment was made.

        Vanuatu officials did not respond to NPR’s requests for comment.

      • Counter PunchNYC Digital Redlining: a Tale of Woe

        Mayor Adams went on, noting: “Accessible broadband and phone service, it’s just not a luxury, it’s a necessity.  Just as we need electricity and heat and hot water, these same services they plan a vital role in being able to carry out our function – so to Wi-Fi.”

        The 32-foot-high Link5G towers are replacing the previous LinkNYC kiosks that were 9-feet-tall and were introduced to replace the old-fashion payphone booths.

      • TechdirtAdams Administration Finally Gets Around To Admitting They Killed NYC’s Ambitious Broadband Plan

        Back in 2020, New York City officials unveiled an aggressive plan to revolutionize broadband in the city. The centerpiece of this Internet Master Plan involved building a $156 million open access fiber network that competitors could easily join at low cost, driving some much needed competition — and lower rates, faster speeds, and better coverage — to New York City residents.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • NPRThe jazzy ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ soundtrack swings on after 57 years

        “A Charlie Brown Christmas” has aired every year since 1965, although that tradition is about to change.

        The special’s run on broadcast television ends this year. Apple TV+ bought the rights, and will stream it exclusively starting next year. While a recognition of television’s new direction, will that reduce the chances of new generations of children happening upon the story and music?

      • VarietyNetflix Is ‘Not Anti-Sports, We’re Just Pro-Profit,’ Ted Sarandos Says

        “We’ve not seen a profit path to renting big sports,” said Sarandos, Netflix co-CEO and chief content officer, speaking Tuesday at the UBS Global TMT Conference in New York City.

    • Monopolies

      • NPRDozens of Taylor Swift fans sue Ticketmaster in the wake of its ticket sale fiasco

        Taylor Swift fans are dressing for revenge — or at least legal damages. More than two dozen disappointed Swifties have filed a class-action lawsuit accusing Ticketmaster and its parent company, Live Nation, of fraud, misrepresentation and antitrust violations over its botched Eras Tour ticket sale.

        Lawyers for the 26 plaintiffs, who live in 13 states across the U.S., filed the complaint in L.A. County Superior Court on Friday. It alleges that the ticketing platform has a monopoly on primary and secondary markets and accuses it of engaging in fraudulent practices and various antitrust violations, including price discrimination and price fixing.

      • The EconomistIf Ticketmaster is a greedy capitalist, so is Taylor Swift

        Amid the genuine angst over high-priced tickets, and the overhyped politicisation of the matter (Representative Bill Pascrell, a New Jersey Democrat, promotes the “BOSS Act” against ticket-price gouging, named before Mr Springsteen started to behave like any other fat cat), the brouhaha misses two points. The first is that it is mostly the artists, not Ticketmaster, who set the cost of the tickets. They also give the green light to the use of dynamic prices, like those used for airline seats, that allows Ticketmaster to charge more when demand outstrips supply. The second is that a big part of the price inflation comes from secondary resellers (ie, scalpers or touts) who use bots and other means to acquire batches of tickets. As a Brit, your columnist considers these strange oversights. In his home country, Ticketmaster and Live Nation have big market shares, as they do in America, but it is resellers that attract the most flak. In this transatlantic divide lie some interesting lessons about the “gigenomics” of live entertainment.

      • Patents

        • Silcon RepublicIntel ordered to pay $950m in patent trial, with more cases on the way

          A federal jury in Texas agreed with VLSI’s claim that Intel’s Cascade Lake and Skylake microprocessors violated the company’s patent covering data processing improvements, Reuters reports.

          An Intel spokesperson told Reuters that the company plans to appeal the verdict, adding that the case is “one example of many that shows the US patent system is in urgent need of reform”.

        • ReutersIntel hit with $949 mln U.S. verdict in VLSI computer chip patent trial

          A federal jury in Texas on Tuesday said Intel Corp (INTC.O) must pay VLSI Technology LLC $948.8 million for infringing a VLSI patent for computer chips.

          VLSI, a patent-holding company affiliated with the SoftBank Group Corp-owned private equity firm Fortress Investment Group, argued during the six-day trial that Intel’s Cascade Lake and Skylake microprocessors violated its patent covering improvements to data processing.

        • BloombergIntel Hit With $948 Million Verdict in VLSI Patent Trial

          Intel Corp. owes VLSI Technology LLC $948 million after jurors in Austin, Texas, said the chip-maker infringed on a VLSI patent designed to improve computer processor performance—the latest chapter in their sprawling intellectual property feud.

          It was the third trial between VLSI and Intel over different patents related to chip-making technology. VLSI won a $2.18 billion verdict in Waco, Texas, in March 2021. Intel was cleared of infringement in a trial the following month.

          Judge Alan D. Albright of the US District Court for the Western District of Texas presided over all three trials, with the latest held in Austin, which he decided was a more convenient venue.

        • Common Dreams‘Heartbreaking’ and ‘Pathetic’: US Obstructs Patent Waiver for Covid Tests and Treatments

          Global health campaigners denounced U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration for refusing to support a temporary suspension of patents for Covid-19 tests and treatments this year, a move that further delays the possibility of securing a World Trade Organization intellectual property waiver aimed at increasing access to lifesaving medical tools in developing nations.

          In a statement released on Tuesday morning, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said that “over the past five months, USTR officials held robust and constructive consultations with Congress, government experts, a wide range of stakeholders, multilateral institutions, and WTO members.”

      • Software Patents

        • [Old] CNETChrome Banishes JPEG XL Photo Format That Could Save Phone Space

          Mozilla helped Google develop AVIF, and it’s built into Chrome and Firefox. Apple has begun supporting AVIF in Safari with MacOS 13 and iOS 16. HEIC, encumbered by patent licensing requirements, isn’t likely to succeed as a format on the web.

        • [Old] Dolphin Publications B VGoogle ends support for JPEG XL in Chromium

          According to The Register, the decision is also legal in nature. In February of this year, Microsoft obtained the patent for the basic technology for JPEG XL, despite the fact that the patent application was in an earlier stage and many industry professionals disagreed with Microsoft’s acquisition of the patent.

        • [Old] The Register UKGoogle kills forthcoming JPEG XL image format in Chromium

          The decision follows long-running legal maneuvering. In February 2022, Microsoft received a patent over a core technology used in JPEG XL, over a year and a half since its previous rejection and despite protests from industry specialists.

      • Copyrights

        • Techdirt‘Nintendo Power’ Scans Disappeared From The Internet Archive

          It was only some weeks back that we were discussing how a group of hobbyists were once again doing the culture preservation work that content creators should be doing in the form of a scan of every single Nintendo Power magazine and uploading it to the Internet Archive. At the time, you could go to the link for the project and view every magazine’s contents in its full antiquated glory. I finished that post off with the following line after ruminating that the view on this by Nintendo should be that this is pure preservation and not some kind of threat to its current business operations:

        • Torrent FreakNetflix and Disney Expand Australia’s Piracy Blocklist With Dozens of Domains

          Netflix and several Hollywood studios continue their crusade against pirate sites Down Under. The companies obtained a new blocking injunction at Australia’s Federal Court today, targeting dozens of websites. The companies also obtained the first cyberlocker blocking order recently, with Mixdrop as the main target.

        • Torrent FreakACE Anti-Piracy Expansion in Europe is More Than Just Another New Member

          The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment has revealed United Media as the latest addition to its expanding anti-piracy coalition. United Media is a major broadcaster in Southeast Europe but the company has more to offer. Criminal referrals, membership of a major anti-piracy group, and links to a company with IPTV-blocking skills, make United Media a special type of partner.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Technical

      • Science

        • Drowning in AI Generated Garbage : the silent war we are fighting

          All over the web, we are witnessing very spectacular results from statistic algorithms that have been in the work for the last forty years. We gave those algorithms an incredibly catchy name: “Artificial Intelligence”. We now have very popular and direct applications for them: give the algorithm a simple text prompt (don’t get me started on the importance of text) and it generates a beautiful original picture or a very serious-sounding text. It could also generate sounds or videos (we call them “deep fakes”). After all, it generates only a stream of bits, a bunch of 1 and 0 open to interpretation.


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

Links 07/12/2022: Kali Linux 2022.4, GNUnet 0.19.0, and Pgpool-II 4.4.0

Posted in News Roundup at 12:56 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Make Use Of5 Reasons for Regular People to Love the Linux Command Line

        The Linux command line is a powerful tool that scares many casual users. But there are ample reasons for people to fall in love with the terminal.

        Many people are afraid of the command line. They see it as the realm of software developers or computer geeks. But the command line is merely a different way of interacting with your PC, and there are some tasks so easy to do with a CLI that you will be glad you got over your fear.

        Yes, you. Even if you need to call a family member for help with app installations, you can still use the command line without breaking your machine. Even if you’re getting by just fine with your PC already, here are some reasons to consider learning a few commands regardless.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow we keep our Linux systems patched with automation | Enable Sysadmin

        An automated patch-management system helps keep your server infrastructure patched and maintained in a timely manner.

      • ELinuxWhat is Linux Webhosting | Linux Webhosting blog

        Second, Linux is highly customizable, which means that it can be easily tailored to meet the specific needs of your website or web application. This allows you to choose the right combination of features and capabilities to support the unique requirements of your project.

        [...]

        Overall, Linux is a powerful and versatile platform for web hosting, and it offers many benefits over other operating systems. Whether you are a small business owner, a web developer, or a large enterprise, Linux can provide the stability, security, and flexibility that you need to host your website or web application successfully.

      • The Register UKInfo drips out about various vendors’ Arm-powered kit • The Register

        Arm-powered laptops and desktops are appearing on the market, but external appearances are deceptive. These are very different from familiar x86-based PCs, as the accounts of those experimenting with them reveal.

        Compared to x86 machines, which have the widest range of interchangeable, modular hardware in the history of computing, devices such as phones and tablets are almost polar opposites. A fondleslab is a relatively sealed unit, with a known combination of main processor, graphics processor, various networking interfaces and so on, designed and built to run a single OS that is customized for that hardware. If you’re lucky, several versions of that single OS.

        When it comes to the inexpensive highly integrated Arm device you are probably holding in mid air, the problems start with booting: there’s usually no standardized firmware able to load multiple unknown OSes in the typical ad hoc PC way. There’s no need if you’re building it to run just one specific payload, meaning that, from the vendor’s point of view, it’s cheaper to do without.

      • Linux LinksLinuxLinks – The Home of Linux – LinuxLinks

        We’ve crafted an enormous range of articles showcasing the finest free and open source Linux software. We cover games, graphics, education, multimedia, security, and tons more. And there’s other computer related areas that we also regularly dive into such as programming, hardware, Android, and more.

        Many of these articles are published in a series. It therefore makes sense to collate all of these articles to a central location. This helps you to quickly find what you are looking for, as well as introducing you to a profusion of interesting and informative material.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • The New StackRust in the Linux Kernel – The New Stack

        Not that long ago, the idea that another major language would be supported in the Linux kernel would have been laughable. Linux was C’s poster child. Sure, there have been efforts to introduce other languages into the kernel, notably C++. They failed. Badly. As Linux’s creator Linus Torvalds once said, “C++ is a horrible language.” So, why is Torvalds now welcoming Rust into the kernel? Listen, my friend, and I’ll tell you.

        Rust began as a Mozilla Foundation project. This then new scratch-built language’s purpose was to incorporate the expressive syntax and flexibility of a high-level language with the fine control and performance of a low-level language. In particular, it was meant to improve performance, parallelization, and memory safety.

      • CollaboraKernelCI now testing Linux Rust code

        After waiting in the Linux-next integration tree for about 18 months, the basic Rust infrastructure will finally land in the mainline Linux kernel with the imminent release of v6.1. While this will not include any any real device drivers and only a few toy sample modules, further subsystem-specific bindings with real drivers should be added in the future.

        During the 2022 Linux Maintainers Summit in Dublin, Linus Torvalds asked CI systems to start testing the new Rust infrastructure. So, with that in mind, we are excited to announce that as of today, Rust testing has now been added to KernelCI!

        Here is a very brief review at the current state of Rust on the kernel side (which is already well documented on LWN.net, i.e. in this article or this v6.2 focused article) along with a look at the current status and future plans on the KernelCI project side, with some examples.

      • LWNKernelCI now testing Linux Rust code (Collabora blog) [LWN.net]

        Over on the Collabora blog, Adrian Ratiu writes about the addition of the kernel’s Rust code to the KernelCI automated kernel testing project. The blog post looks at what it took to add the support and on some plans for future additions, as well.

      • Linux 6.1 Gets an Extra Week of Testing as it Prepares to Launch Latest Version [Ed: It used to say "Linux Prepares to Launch Unix Version 6.1-rc8"]

        One of the most anticipated new features of Linux 6.1 is the merging of the Rust infrastructure code. However, support for the Rust programming language is only very limited, so it will not be able to be used practically for the time being. If you want to try 6.1 before the stable release, you can download the candidate release from kernel.org. Just remember not to use it in a production environment.

    • Applications

      • 9to5LinuxAudacity 3.2.2 Adds Realtime Capabilities to VST2 Effects, Improves Accessibility of Meters

        Audacity 3.2.2 comes two months after Audacity 3.2.1, which was a small update fixing a startup crash, a crash when applying Waves Berzerk Distortion Mono to a mono track, and a freeze that occurred when playback was started or stopped very quickly, and two and half months after Audacity 3.2, the major update that added support for VST3 and real-time effects, FFmpeg 5.0 and WavPack support, and much more.

        The Audacity 3.2.2 update is here to enable real-time capabilities for VST2 effects and to add support for additional plugins that you can download from plugins.audacityteam.org. Moreover, Audacity no longer quietly discards changes in real-time effects, asking users if they want to save their work before quitting instead.

      • OMG UbuntuG4Music is a GTK4 Music App for Linux Desktops

        Visually, G4Music bears more than a passing resemblance to Amberol, a minimally-minded GTK4/libadwaita music app I’ve written about a few times this year. That’s no bad thing. But where Amberol focuses largely on ‘play-as-you-go’ listening (ergo, less focus on library browsing) G4Music provides extra features that enable it.

      • DebugPointInkscape 1.2.2 release brings more stability with a handful of bug fixes

        Inkscape 1.2.2 is a maintenance and bugfix release that offers several improvements. It includes four crash fixes, over 25 bug fixes, five fixes for extension bugs, and 13 improved user interface translations.

        The OpenClipart import feature is now available to all users, regardless of the selected packaging format or operating system. In addition, spellchecking now works on macOS, and performance has been improved (in exchange for dithering being disabled by default).

        Additionally, extensions that modify colours can also modify colours in patterns again. We’ve also fixed some issues with the measure tool, the DXF14 export, and hairline strokes for our maker community.

        While looking into detail about the fixes, notable bug fixes include export options fixes bugs related to export area catering to four issues. Also, the raster images now open on the visible canvas, not in the bottom left corner.

        The import and export module gets some minor yet important fixes. The TIFF export now supports transparency, and JPG/TIFF raster image files preserve the DPI attributes while exporting them.

      • Ubuntu HandbookInkscape 1.2.2 is out! OpenClipart import works in AppImage & Windows | UbuntuHandbook

        The free open-source Inkscape vector graphics editor got a new maintenance release for the 1.2 series.

        The is the second update for Inkscape 1.2, which finally makes OpenClipart import available for Windows and Linux user using AppImage. And, Color extensions works on patterns again.

        For macOS, spellchecking finally works and undo/redo options are back in the menu. For Linux, the snap package is no longer possible to install with –classic option. Meaning the snap won’t be able to access data outside of user’s home directory.

      • 8 Best Free Evernote Alternatives for Linux 2022 – Notes on the go – DekiSoft [Ed: Page updated for this year]

        No doubt that Evernote is a good app to take notes that can be used across Windows, macOS, and other smartphone OS such as Android. The only problem it caters is that it does not have an official Linux note-taking app, that is sad I know! It too has ignored it like many others. You might use it in the browser but it does not provide offline capability.

        As it decided not to entertain users of this platform, it does not mean you are left out! Today I have put together a list of the top 8 best Evernote Linux alternatives for 2022 that are both open-source and free to download just because of that.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • RoseHostingConfigure PHP-FPM with Nginx on Ubuntu 22.04 – RoseHosting

        In this tutorial, we are going to explain how to configure PHP-fpm with Nginx on Ubuntu 22.04.

        Nginx is a web server used for serving web requests on our website. It can be used as a reverse proxy, mail proxy, HTTP cache, or load balancer. Nginx is a free and open source software that can be configured with the PHP module PHP-fpm and improve the website loading and handle a huge amount of traffic in no time.

        Configuring PHP-fpm with Nginx on Ubuntu 22.04 is a very easy and straightforward process that can take up to 15 minutes. Let’s get started!

      • Make Tech EasierClaws Mail Keyboard Shortcuts – Make Tech Easier

        Claws Mail is a simple yet powerful e-mail client for the Linux desktop. Its developers designed the program as an intuitive graphical client that can act as a general task organizer. Like Emacs, Claws Mail can work as your mail reader, news aggregator, and RSS reader.

      • Linux HandbookUsing the Make Utility and Makefiles in Linux [Guide]

        This is a complete beginner’s guide to using the make command in Linux.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install ERPNext on Ubuntu 22.04

        ERPNext is a free and open-source ERP software used by manufacturers, distributors, and services. It is built with Python, JavaScript, and Frappe Framework. In this tutorial, we will show you how to install ERPNext on Ubuntu 22.04 server.

      • DebugPointHow to Find a Process ID and Kill it in Linux [CLI - GUI]

        A simple tutorial demonstrates how to find a running process ID and kill it using the terminal and GUI method for various Linux distros.

        The running applications in your Linux system can slow down your system, especially if you have a low-end system. In Linux (plus all OS), programs or apps contain a specific PID (process ID) by which you can identify them easily.

        However, as a beginner, many Linux users don’t know how to find a running process in Linux and kill it. So in this guide, we will explain different approaches to kill the currently running processes in Linux. That includes the terminal and GUI methods.

        Remember, you should only kill the process when it is not responding, or you are in a situation where the normal application closing is not working (for GUI-based apps).

      • Make Use OfHow to Create a Linux Thread in C

        Using the pthread library, you can perform low-level thread management for high-performance programming.

        On Linux, you can create and manage threads in C/C++ using the POSIX thread (pthread) library. Unlike other operating systems, there is little difference between a thread and a process in Linux. That’s why Linux often refers to its threads as light-weight processes.

        Using the pthread library, you can create threads, wait for them to terminate, and terminate them explicitly.

      • OSTechNixHow To Resize LVM Partitions In Linux – OSTechNix

        In the previous article, we have covered what is LVM and how to create Volume group and Logical volumes in Linux. This article will teach you how to resize LVM partitions i.e. extend a Volume Group and Logical Volume’s size and reduce/shrink Logical Volume’s size in Linux.

        When you want to increase the size of your logical volume, you should check if there are any unallocated spaces in the free pool (i.e. Volume Group).

        If there is no space left in the free pool, then you have to go with any of the below steps to increase the space.

        Check if any volume group has space that can be utilized. In this case, add the space back to the volume group and increase the new volume size.
        Add a disk, initialize it as physical volume and add it to the volume group using which you can extend the logical volume size.

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

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install ISPConfig on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, ISPConfig is an open-source hosting control panel for Linux distributors. It features a wide variety of options to help you control your server and allow other users to maintain their websites. ISPConfig supports Linux-based operating systems like CentOS, Debian, Fedora, and Ubuntu.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the ISPConfig control panel on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.

      • How to Use Here Document (HereDoc) in Linux Shell Script

        While writing shell script, you might get stuck in the situation where you want to redirect a block of lines from your script to an interactive command like sed, cat, ssh, or ftp.

        The purpose of this redirection might vary from situation to situation.

        For example, you want to copy the block of lines from the script to a new file, replace the word, or the block of lines are commands that you need to execute in the remote system via ssh.

        There is no doubt you can achieve this manually; however, “here document” will make this process way easier than you might think.

      • Linux NightlyHow to Mount an ISO File in Xfce – Linux Nightly

        Learn how to mount an ISO file in the Xfce desktop environment GUI on Linux.

      • VituxHow to Install and Run Chromium Web Browser on Debian – VITUX

        Chromium is a free and open-source web browser developed in collaboration between Google and Microsoft.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Jellyfin Media Server on Rocky Linux 9

        Jellyfin is a free and open-source media server that allows you to stream content that can be accessed from anywhere.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 22.10/22.04/20.04 – LinuxCapable

        Chrome is built upon the open-source Chromium Project. For those who have not heard of Chromium before, it is a free and open-source software project developed by Google. It is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Android and works well on Ubuntu-based distributions. Google Chrome web browser has been downloaded over 1 billion times and praised for its speed among its top features. Most users familiar with Linux know that Google Chrome is not installed by default on Ubuntu-based systems, but with a few easy steps, you can install the famous browser.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 22.10/22.04/20.04 Linux in three alternative ways: stable, beta or unstable versions using the command line terminal with cli commands, along with how to remove the browsers.

      • DebugPointHow to Install Microsoft Teams in Ubuntu, Fedora, and Other Linux [Ed: This is Microsoft spyware; installing it typically involves giving Microsoft root access to one's machine. Don't do it.]
      • Red HatHow to build a Quarkus app on RHEL using Microsoft SQL Server [Ed: Red Hat is once again marketing proprietary software of Microsoft. It's not even running on Linux 'proper'. Red Hat promotes Red Hat, not GNU/Linux.]

        Quarkus offers libraries, development tools, and a testing environment for modern Java applications, particularly those aimed at containers and the cloud. This article demonstrates how to implement a Quarkus application that runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and connects to a Microsoft SQL Server database. With the help of Podman (a container-building tool similar to Docker), we will also containerize the Quarkus application to become more portable and ready to be deployed on Kubernetes or Red Hat OpenShift.

      • ZDNetHow to customize the Firefox homepage on Android | ZDNET

        Firefox is a great alternative browser for the Android platform that offers plenty of options, such as the customization of the homepage. Find out how you can make Firefox even better with this option.

      • Android PoliceHow to install ChromeOS Flex on a Chromebook

        Chromebooks are great devices that have long software support lifetimes. When your Chromebook reaches the end of its life, it’s probably time to take a look at one of our favorite Chromebooks and recycle your old device. However, what if there was a way to use ChromeOS Flex to breathe new life into your Chromebook? Or maybe you want to turn an old Windows and Mac computer into a Chromebook. Let’s dig in.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install Pycharm Community 2022.2.3 on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install JetBrains Pycharm Community on a Chromebook.

        If you have any questions, please contact us via a Rumble comment and we would be happy to assist you!

        Please use the video as a visual guide, and the commands and links below to install it on your Chromebook.

      • CitizixHow to run Grafana OSS in docker and docker-compose

        Grafana is a multi-platform open source analytics and interactive visualization web application. It provides charts, graphs, and alerts for the web when connected to supported data sources.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • 9to5LinuxdigiKam 7.9 Open-Source Photo Management App Released with Various Improvements

          digiKam 7.9 is here about three months after digiKam 7.8 and it’s a maintenance update that only brings some improvements to the core functionality of the software. For example, it improves importing of coordinates from image metadata and improves the performance of album management from a remote database.

          It also improves the management of faces location from image metadata, fixes Google photo login and remote album management, improves ISO date format support from image metadata, improves importing and merging of tags from image metadata, and improves backward compatibility for database schema migration.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • New Releases

      • 9to5LinuxKali Linux 2022.4 Ethical Hacking Distro Arrives with Linux 6.0, Official PinePhone Support

        Coming almost four months after Kali Linux 2022.3, the Kali Linux 2022.4 release is the first in the Kali Linux 2022 series to add support for the latest and greatest Linux 6.0 kernel series. This means that Kali Linux should now work on and support more hardware if you use the latest ISO images.

        While Kali Linux sticks to the lightweight Xfce desktop environment as its default graphical session for the live ISOs, the Kali Linux 2022.4 release also brings support for the latest GNOME 43 and KDE Plasma 5.26 desktop environments.

      • Kali LinuxKali Linux 2022.4 Release (Azure, Social & Kali NetHunter Pro) | Kali Linux Blog

        We are now including a QEMU image with our pre-generated images. We hope this makes it easier for the people who use self-hosted Proxmox Virtual Environments (VE), virt-manager, or libvirt!

        On that subject, elrey (alex) from the community has added libvirt support to our kali-vagrant build-script.

        In Kali 2022.3, we have produced a Generic Cloud image. The idea of this image is that it should work in “most” cloud providers This is coming from our kali-cloud build-scripts. So if you are self-hosting OpenStack, this is a great way of getting Kali loaded up!

      • Help Net SecurityKali Linux 2022.4 released: Kali NetHunter Pro, desktop updates and new tools – Help Net Security

        Offensive Security has released Kali Linux 2022.4, the latest version of its popular penetration testing and digital forensics platform.

        [...]

        Kali NetHunter, the distro’s mobile (Android) pentesting platform, now has internal Bluetooth support and added support for some devices, as well as other improvements.

        There’s also the new Kali NetHunter Pro – “a ‘true’ Kali Linux on the mobile phone” – supporting the Pine64 PinePhone and PinePhone Pro open source smartphones, which allow the user to have full control over the device.

        “First of all we make available SD card images for the PinePhone and the PinePhone Pro to dual boot alongside the main OS. Soon we will release alternative versions with Plasma Mobile as well as installers so you can install Kali NetHunter Pro onto the internal flash memory,” the devs shared.

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

      • PCLOS OfficialAudacity 3.2.2 – PCLinuxOS

        Audacity is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, macOS, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. Audacity is free, open source software.

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

    • Fedora / Red Hat / IBM

      • Fedora ProjectCommunity Blog monthly summary: November 2022 – Fedora Community Blog

        In November, we published 14 posts. The site had 8,371 visits from 5,444 unique viewers. 1,971 visits came from search engines, while 1,222 came from Fedora Magazine and 116 came from Distrowatch.

      • December 2022 | Packit

        Week 48 (November 29th – December 5th) # packit propose-downstream now uploads all remote sources (those specified as URLs) and the source specified by spec_source_id (whether remote or not) to lookaside. Previously, only Source0 was uploaded. Source0 is no longer treated specially, but as spec_source_id is Source0 by default, Source0 is still being uploaded by default unless spec_source_id is overriden. (packit#1778) A VM image build can be triggered inside a PR via a comment command /packit vm-image-build (the job needs to be defined in the configuration).

      • Hari RanaWhere Fedora Linux Could Improve | TheEvilSkeleton

        The Fedora Project is a great organization to gain experience no matter the team you are in. I am currently a part of the Fedora Websites & Apps team improving my technical writing, communication and design skills.

        With all the things the Fedora Project does well, there are several places that, in my opinion, need to be improved. I’d like to go over some key areas where we could improve Fedora Linux from a user perspective without breaking the Fedora Project’s core philosophies.

      • Enterprisers ProjectIT transformation: 3 lessons for CIOs | The Enterprisers Project

        IT transformation, similar to the lifecycle of a living creature, is complex and often evolves through different stages. As an IT leader focusing on transformation at the enterprise level, you must consider multiple factors that may arise along the way, keeping in mind that digital maturity doesn’t happen overnight.

        Consider these three lessons to ensure your company’s IT transformation is ready to take off.

      • Red HatImplementing C++20 atomic waiting in libstdc++ | Red Hat Developer

        In this article, I will cover the current implementation approach for atomic wait/notify, as these are basis operations required to implement the remaining coordination primitives introduced with C++20. Subsequent articles in this series will cover the details of the other types.

      • Red Hat OfficialRed Hat Summit call for proposals now open

        In case you missed it, Red Hat Summit is coming back to Boston, Massachusetts on May 23-25, 2023 and we’re excited to announce that our call for proposals is now open!

      • ZDNetRHEL and its Linux relatives and rivals: How to choose [Ed: Missing disclosure is, this site is funded by IBM, so there's a conflict of interest]

        There’s a whole family of Red Hat Enterprise Linux variants, each with its own users. We’ll break down the family tree and explain what’s suited for dfiferent needs.

      • Red HatTop Kubernetes and OpenShift resources of 2022 | Red Hat Developer

        The year is coming to a close, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Kubernetes and OpenShift content from 2022, including stories about microservices and container optimization, as well as top announcements.

    • Debian Family

      • LinuxiacSparkyLinux 2022.12 Rolling December Update Is Here

        SparkyLinux 2022.12 updated its LXQt, MATE, Xfce, and KDE rolling editions, featuring kernel 6.0.10 and an updated package base.

        SparkyLinux is a Debian-based lightweight Linux distribution that aims to be easy on system resources to breathe new life into aging computers.

        One of its distinctive aspects is the wide range of editions available. So, they can easily confuse a new Linux user, so let’s list them quickly.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • NeowinLinux Mint 21.1 ‘Vera’ Beta arrives with new theme and cursors – Neowin

        If you were reading Neowin at the weekend, you may have seen that the Linux Mint 21.1 Beta ISOs were undergoing testing before release. For those eager to try out the Beta, the wait is now over. The Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce editions are now available for download. While they should all be pretty stable, they are Betas, so you may encounter bugs, which you should report.

        The main change in this update is the theming used. In this update, the Mint team has opted to make colours more vibrant but reduced where they are used, making sure they’re not too distracting. In this update, accent colours have been removed from the panel and in menus and folders are now yellow. Controversially, the Mint team has also opted to use the blue Aqua theme by default, taking away the familiar mint colour.

      • Beta NewsUbuntu-based Linux Mint 21.1 ’Vera’ BETA ready for testing

        The Linux Mint developers are targeting Christmas as the release date for version 21.1 of the operating system. Before Santa Claus delivers the stable version, however, we will first need a BETA to test for bugs. And so, today, that is exactly what we get.

        Code-named “Vera,” Linux Mint 21.1 BETA can be downloaded immediately for testing with your choice of three desktop environments – Cinnamon (5.6), MATE (1.26), and Xfce (4.16). Vera is based on the rock-solid Ubuntu 22.04 and comes with Linux kernel 5.15. The stable version will be supported until 2027.

        Much of the excitement surrounding Linux Mint 21.1 is simply on the surface. The developers share that there are refreshed icons, a new default mouse pointer, more vibrant accent colors, better wallpapers, and new themes.

      • HowTo GeekLinux Mint 21.1 ‘Vera’ Now in Beta: Here’s What’s New

        Linux Mint is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions around, and version 21 was released earlier this year. The next update, a minor release, is now available for beta testing.

        Linux Mint 21 was a significant update, with an Ubuntu 22.04 core platform and major changes to all the desktop environment options. Linux Mint 21.1, nicknamed “Vera,” is a smaller-scale upgrade based on the same release of Ubuntu. The system requirements also remain unchanged — 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended), 20 GB of disk space (100 GB recommended), and a screen resolution of at least 1024×768 resolution.

        The main improvement in this release, at least for the Cinnamon desktop variant, is the inclusion of Cinnamon 5.6. It has a new Corner Bar applet in the panel enabled by default, which hides all windows and shows the desktop when clicked — similar to the desktop button in the Windows 7 and Windows 10 taskbar.

      • Linux MintLinux Mint 21.1 “Vera” Xfce – BETA Release – The Linux Mint Blog

        Linux Mint 21.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2027. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

      • Linux MintLinux Mint 21.1 “Vera” MATE – BETA Release – The Linux Mint Blog

        Linux Mint 21.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2027. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

      • Linux MintLinux Mint 21.1 “Vera” Cinnamon – BETA Release – The Linux Mint Blog

        Linux Mint 21.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2027. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

      • HowTo Geek5 Ubuntu Linux Features You Should Be Using

        Ubuntu needs no introduction. It’s the most popular Linux distribution for home users, hands down. It’s the distribution many Linux users cut their teeth on. Regardless of what distribution people might be using nowadays, chances are they started on Ubuntu, or at least detoured onto Ubuntu at some point in the Linux explorations.

      • UbuntuCanonical joins SOAFEE SIG | Ubuntu

        Canonical is delighted to announce that it is joining the Scalable Open Architecture for Embedded Edge (SOAFEE) Special Interest Group to contribute towards a safe, secure and software-defined automotive future.

        “As the demand for computing from car to cloud is rapidly growing, the automotive industry is looking towards standardisation to reduce development complexities and spur innovation. The SOAFEE initiative is perfectly positioned to address these challenges“, said Gordan Markus, Director Silicon Alliances at Canonical.

        “Canonical is excited to bring subject-matter expertise in managing complex open-source software at scale, and empowering automotive companies to shape their software-defined vehicle strategies around safe and secure open-source solutions. Contributing with its unique insights in cloud-native computing, Canonical will be working with SOAFEE initiative members to unlock agile innovation and improve time-to-market across the automotive industry.”

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Notebook CheckSipeed M1s DOCK: PINE64 Ox64 rival launches for US$11 with microSD card expansion – NotebookCheck.net News

        The Sipeed M1s DOCK is another RISC-V-based single-board computer (SBC) that runs RTOS or Linux-based software. Sipeed sells the M1s DOCK for US$11 or as the M1s module for US$7 without a carrier board.

      • ArduinoBuild an affordable color mixer box for photography | Arduino Blog

        Lighting is the single most important factor when it comes to capturing good photos. For a conventional setup, you probably want diffuse, indirect light in a natural color. But you can get more creative with the use of colored light. RGB box lights let you set whatever hue you want, but they aren’t cheap. Arnov Sharma’s color mixer box is both affordable and versatile.

        This is a relatively small light box and so it alone isn’t suitable for lighting an entire scene, unless you want a dark and moody feel. But it is perfect for adding colored highlights or illuminating small objects in close-up photos. Three knobs let you adjust the color channels, so you can dial in the exact hue you want. An OLED display shows each channel’s set brightness and that makes it easy to reproduce colors that you set in the past. Power can come from either a USB cable or a battery pack.

      • ArduinoBeing a PLC engineer just became a lot easier! | Arduino Blog

        With the demand for PLC programming rising due to the spread of automation in a wide range of industrial fields, we felt we had to step up for our community of budding and experienced engineers!

        That’s why we have just launched a dedicated Arduino PLC IDE, which supports the five languages defined by the IEC 61131-3 standard: Ladder Diagram, Functional Block Diagram, Structured Text, Sequential Function Chart and Instruction List.

      • PurismExtended till 10 December 2022: Special Year End Promotion for Librem 5 USA [Ed: Promoting Librem based on nationalism instead of actual freedom]
    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Three great examples of open source product roadmaps – /home/jwf/

      In my daily reading, I came across three product roadmaps from Proton, developers of several open source, privacy-centered products. These include products like Proton Mail, Proton VPN, and Proton Drive. The product roadmaps shared by Proton play a tactical role. They inform consumers and engaged customers about exciting changes yet to come. It gets people excited about the product’s future. Additionally, it builds an engaged user base that is more willing to experiment and try new features.

      Product roadmaps are something many projects struggle with. It fits into the communications and outreach umbrella, which unfortunately is typically an underresourced part of many open source products. They are one small part of a larger strategy around openness and transparency. If customers and stakeholders know what to expect, they gain more confidence in the product and company mission. For instance, this is especially true when the company continuously delivers on its roadmaps and meets its ambitions. As a result, delivering on those ambitions leaves a strong impression.

    • FSFE5 reasons why your contribution is crucial for the promotion of Free Software [Ed: FSFE trying to steal the FSF’s lunch by falsely disguising itself as “FSF”]
    • OSI BlogThe Fediverse unlocks a world of composable distributed apps – Voices of Open Source

      There’s an old story about someone in the dark feeling the trunk of an elephant and believing it’s a snake because they can’t see the whole animal. It’s happening again, as people spooked from the Twitter crash try to feel their way around the Fediverse.

      [...]

      This is the most important dimension of the Fediverse, and the one we need to develop. We need ActivityPub federated software tools of all kinds, cutting the link between my choices and your choices without also cutting our ability to interact with each other.

    • SaaS/Back End/Databases

    • GCC and FSF

      • GCC0/19 modula-2 front end patches overview
      • GCCmodula-2 front end patches overview

        Here are the latest modula-2 front end patches. Since the posting in

        https://gcc.gnu.org/pipermail/gcc-patches/2022-October/603161.html

        I’ve rewritten the python3 documentation scripts (feedback from
        patchset 16) and applied all the suggestions from the feedback in
        patchset 15 (gm2-lang.cc).

      • GCCRust front-end patches v4
        This patchset contains the fixed version of our most recent patchset. We
        have fixed most of the issues noted in the previous round of reviews, and are
        keeping some for later as they would otherwise create too many conflicts with
        our updated development branch.
        
        Similarly to the previous round of patches, this patchset does not contain any
        new features - only fixes for the reviews of the v3. New features will follow
        shortly once that first patchset is merged.
        
        Once again, thank you to all the contributors who made this possible and
        especially to Philip Herron for his dedication to the project.
        
      • GCC[GCC] Rust front-end patches v4
      • FSFFall Bulletin: Fully shareable, fully lovable

        2022 Fall “Free Software Foundation Bulletin” is here! Read about how to protect your privacy, a reflection on this year’s GNU Hackers’ Meeting, what’s new in Trisquel 11, and more!

        As the seasons change, and those in the northern hemisphere prepare for the cold of winter, we continue our annual cadence of software freedom advocacy. Sent from the Free Software Foundation’s (FSF) cozy Boston office, the physical printed pamphlets have been mailed out to supporters around the world, and issue forty-one of the Free Software Foundation Bulletin is now also available online!

    • FSFE

      • FSFEEU Declaration of Digital Rights and Principles falls short of its ambitions

        Member states, the European Parliament, and the Commission have reached a consensus on the Declaration of Digital Rights and Principles. Although it aims to serve as a reference point for the digital transformation of Europe, it instead descends into murky waters, causing ambiguity. Its wording is unclear and it overlooks existing good proposals.

        [...]

        It is also not clear if the declaration is consistent with existing frameworks. According to its text, it is built upon previous initiatives such as the Berlin and Tallinn declarations. These aforementioned frameworks already refer to Free Software when it comes to digital sovereignty and interoperability, while they also require more use of Free Software, and strengthening the requirement for its use. However, when it comes to interoperability, Free Software is not explicitly mentioned in the Declaration of Digital Rights and Principles.

    • GNU Projects

      • GNUnetGNUnet 0.19.0 released

        We are pleased to announce the release of GNUnet 0.19.0.

        GNUnet is an alternative network stack for building secure, decentralized and privacy-preserving distributed applications. Our goal is to replace the old insecure Internet protocol stack. Starting from an application for secure publication of files, it has grown to include all kinds of basic protocol components and applications towards the creation of a GNU internet.

        This is a new major release. It breaks protocol compatibility with the 0.18.x versions. Please be aware that Git master is thus henceforth (and has been for a while) INCOMPATIBLE with the 0.18.x GNUnet network, and interactions between old and new peers will result in issues. 0.18.x peers will be able to communicate with Git master or 0.19.x peers, but some services will not be compatible.

        In terms of usability, users should be aware that there are still a number of known open issues in particular with respect to ease of use, but also some critical privacy issues especially for mobile users. Also, the nascent network is tiny and thus unlikely to provide good anonymity or extensive amounts of interesting information. As a result, the 0.19.0 release is still only suitable for early adopters with some reasonable pain tolerance.

    • Programming/Development

      • KDABHotspot v1.4.0 – KDAB

        Hotspot 1.4.0 has been released!

        Hotspot is a replacement for perf report. It’s a GUI for the perf profiler that takes a perf.data file, parses and evaluates its contents, and then displays the result in a graphical way.

        This feature release contains close to 400 commits since the last stable v1.3.0 release. It comes with its usual assorted list of bug fixes and performance improvements along with new features.

      • Daniel StenbergFaster base64 in curl | daniel.haxx.se

        This adventure started with an issue where a user pointed out that the libcurl function for base64 encoding actually would allocate a few bytes too many at times.

        That turned out to be true and we fixed it fairly quickly.

        As I glanced at that base64 encoder function that was still loaded and showing in my editor window, it struck me that it really was not written in an optimal way.

      • Perl / Raku

        • RakulangDay 7: .hyper and Cro – Raku Advent Calendar

          So, I’m a programmer and I work for a government TI “e-gov” department. My work here is mostly comprise of one-off data-integration tasks (like the one in this chronicle) and programming satellite utilities for our Citizen Relationship Management system.

        • RakulangDay 6: Immutable data structures and reduction in Raku – Raku Advent Calendar

          For a little compiler I’ve been writing, I felt increasingly the need for immutable data structures to ensure that nothing was passed by references between passes. I love Perl and Raku but I am a functional programmer at heart, so I prefer map and reduce over loops. It bothered me to run reductions on a mutable data structure. So I made a small library to make it easier to work with immutable maps and lists.

        • RakulangRaku Advent Calendar: Day 6: RedFactory

          Recently I had the experience of playing with Ruby and its tools. One of the tools I liked to learn about was factory_bot.

      • Python

        • Venture BeatPyTorch 2.0 release accelerates open-source machine learning | VentureBeat

          Among the most widely used machine learning (ML) technologies today is the open-source PyTorch framework.

        • PyTorch 2.0 | PyTorch

          Introducing PyTorch 2.0, our first steps toward the next generation 2-series release of PyTorch. Over the last few years we have innovated and iterated from PyTorch 1.0 to the most recent 1.13 and moved to the newly formed PyTorch Foundation, part of the Linux Foundation.

          PyTorch’s biggest strength beyond our amazing community is that we continue as a first-class Python integration, imperative style, simplicity of the API and options. PyTorch 2.0 offers the same eager-mode development and user experience, while fundamentally changing and supercharging how PyTorch operates at compiler level under the hood. We are able to provide faster performance and support for Dynamic Shapes and Distributed.

        • FOSSLifePyTorch 2.0 Announced

          PyTorch developers have announced version 2.0 of the popular open source machine learning framework, with a major new feature called torch.compile.

      • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

        • What is Shell in Linux?

          The shell is nothing more than a program that carries the user typed commands or instructions from the terminal and converts them into something that the kernel can understand.

          If you’re using popular operating systems like Ubuntu, Kali Linux, Fedora, or Manjaro, you’re already interacting with Shell, knowingly or unknowingly.

          But before deeply understanding the shell, you must understand the workings of the kernel.

        • What is Shebang (#! /bin/bash) in Linux Shell Script

          If you have been using Linux for a while, then you have definitely spotted this “#! /bin/bash” line at the beginning of an shell script.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • The Next PlatformCan Anyone Make Money From Modern Storage?

        In the past three decades, there has been no shortage of companies with interesting ideas to solve very specific data storage and retrieval problems associated with high performance computing in some form or another. Many of them raised tons of money, and most of them got eaten by platform incumbents such as Dell, IBM, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise who desperately need something new to sell every couple of years.

        What we have not seen, however, is one of these companies break away from the pack and do what EMC did with its Symmetrix RAID 5 disk arrays or Network Appliance did with its eponymous NFS network storage back in 1the 1990s. And that was to make a lot of money reasonably fast and then pull a fair amount of it down to the bottom line fueling further growth and acquisitions that kept them relevant.

      • CCIAIndustry Players – Lawmakers Are Chipping in to Bolster America’s Semiconductor Supply – Disruptive Competition Project

        As 2022 wraps up, the impacts of the pandemic and supply chain issues are still being felt, but the outlook for the chip shortage looks better in the coming years.

        The pandemic slowed semiconductor production and contributed to the subsequent chip shortage. From consumer goods to auto-making, a lack of semiconductors has stymied production and held back innovation. However, legislative developments this year such as the 2022 CHIPS and Science Act (also known as the CHIPS Act) have begun to alleviate that shortage and pave the way for greater innovation and emerging technologies here in the U.S.

        In 1990, 80% of the world’s semiconductors were produced in the U.S. and Europe. Today, 80% are produced in Asia, where countries provide substantial incentives to domestic semiconductor industries. The CHIPS Act is one of the most significant competition and innovation policies in a generation. Investments made possible by the CHIPS Act will allow the U.S. to once again competitively pursue the production of semiconductors — decreasing our dependence on global supply chains during a time of geopolitical uncertainty.

        [...]

        With more companies turning towards semiconductor production here in the U.S. and abroad, there will likely be an uptick in lab-to-fab (research to the design and manufacture of semiconductor products) supply chains. There will also be support for innovation in the industry through partnerships similar to the U.S. National Science Foundation and Intel’s collaborative efforts to train and build a skilled semiconductor manufacturing workforce. To see continuing success, the U.S. semiconductor industry will need to better handle long-term investment in R&D as well as talent acquisition, training, and retention.

        This landmark investment in U.S. competitiveness in the semiconductor industry has sweeping benefits not only for the semiconductor industry, but also for the tech industry at large. Semiconductor production drives competition and innovation not only around the production of more chips but the many industries that chips support. From consumer goods to automaking, a lack of semiconductors has stymied production and held back innovation. A greater emphasis on supplying our own chips will support the creation of new technologies and foster a culture of innovation here at home.

    • Proprietary

      • KasperskyCryWiper: fake ransomware [Ed: Lesson of the story is, don't run Windows]

        Our experts have discovered an attack of a new Trojan, which they’ve dubbed CryWiper. At the first glance, this malware looks like ransomware: it modifies files, adds a .CRY extension to them (unique to CryWiper), and saves a README.txt file with a ransom note, which contains the bitcoin wallet address, the contact e-mail address of the malware creators, and the infection ID. However, in fact, this malware is a wiper: a file modified by CryWiper cannot be restored to its original state — ever. So if you see a ransom note and your files have a new .CRY extension, don’t hurry to pay the ransom: it’s pointless.

      • Bruce SchneierCryWiper Data Wiper Targeting Russian Sites

        Kaspersky is reporting on a data wiper masquerading as ransomware that is targeting local Russian government networks.

      • Ars TechnicaNever-before-seen malware is nuking data in Russia’s courts and mayors’ offices [Ed: This shallow report fails to say that this is a Windows problem]

        CryWiper shares a separate commonality with ransomware families known as Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Xorist and Trojan-Ransom.MSIL.Agent. Specifically, the email address in the ransom note of all three is the same.

      • Bleeping ComputerNew CryWiper data wiper targets Russian courts, mayor’s offices [Ed: This Microsoft boosters’ site also fails to highlight the role of Windows here. If this was a “Linux”-affecting issue, the word “Linux” would be all over headlines and more (also, Jim Zemlin would join in the FUD, as usual)].]

        A previously undocumented data wiper named CryWiper is masquerading as ransomware, but in reality, destroys data beyond recovery in attacks against Russian mayor’s offices and courts.

        [...]

        CryWiper is a 64-bit Windows executable named ‘browserupdate.exe’ written in C++, configured to abuse many WinAPI function calls.

    • Linux Foundation

    • Security

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • The Register UKHow do you solve the problem that is Twitter? • The Register

        It’s a toss-up between Elon Musk’s management misadventures and Twitter’s technical troubles as to which will cause the most damage.

        Twitter is in trouble. I mean, who blunders his way into a fight with Apple only to later claim it was all a misunderstanding? But, as idiotic as that is combined with alienating advertisers, Elon Musk’s wreaking havoc with Twitter’s technical staff may end up causing more damage in the long run.

        True, Twitter is still up and running, but some people have already seen smaller failures. For example, Twitter’s SMS-based Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) has already failed for some users.

        As a reminder, the Titanic didn’t sink immediately after hitting the iceberg. It took its own sweet time. And, many passengers still thought all would be well until their feet were awash in the frigid North Atlantic waters.

      • Joe BrockmeierWhere does Mastodon fit with social media policies?: Dissociated Press

        Mastodon is an odd beast. This has been discussed a lot from the user’s point of view, but not so much from the organizational point of view. Specifically, should organizations provide users with branded/hosted instances, and what kind of policies apply for this new breed of social media?

        (Note: I’m going to use “Mastodon” here, but this really applies to any kind of federated social media over ActivityPub or similar where users are identified in the “@user@organization.tld” format.)

        Most people think of Mastodon as a Twitter replacement, but organizations don’t provide users with Twitter accounts. In fact, it’s not uncommon for people to state on their Twitter profile that their opinions are their own. Organizations do provide people with user@organization.tld accounts for email, but (generally) email isn’t “social media” and not meant to be posted publicly.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • DDNet Funded for 2022 – DDraceNetwork News

        Thanks to all donors donating a total of 3253 € and sponsoring servers DDNet is now fully funded until the end of 2022!

        I’m happy to announce we don’t take donations any more until next year! Thanks to everyone for donating money and time to make DDNet better!

    • Monopolies

      • Software Patents

        • The Register UKCisco wriggles out from $2 billion bill for ‘willful and egregious’ patent infringements

          Cisco has managed to avoid a $2-plus billion payment for patent infringement on a technicality that has nothing to do with the patents.

          The case has its roots in 2018 when an outfit named Centripetal Networks alleged Cisco had stolen tech Centripetal described to it under a non-disclosure agreement.

          Centripetal sued and won. US District Judge Henry Morgan described Cisco’s behavior as “willful and egregious” and slapped it with over $2 billion in fines and royalties.

          Then came a twist.

          During the conduct of the case the judge learned that his wife held $4,688 worth of shares in Cisco, a potential conflict of interest. The judge and his wife moved those shares into a blind trust. He then ruled for Centripetal and said most of his thinking in the case had been done well before he realised the shares could be a problem.

          That judgement was appealed, not because of any error in reasoning regarding payments but over the issue of whether hanging onto the shares represented a “harmless error” that could be excused, or a conflict of interest that could not be ignored.

        • ZDNetAmazon joins Open Invention Network [Ed: Software patents conglomerate promoted by SJVN. Amazon should work to abolish software patents. “Joining” OIN is almost the opposite of that; it is cementing or endorsing such patents. SJVN should promote Linux rather than the agenda of Linux Foundation, which is predominantly controlled by Linux- and GPL-hostile companies. But SJVN’s employer is funded by the latter interests.]

          Patent trolls are the bane of companies large and small. So, it should come as no surprise that Amazon and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have joined the Open Invention Network (OIN) — the world’s largest patent non-aggression consortium.

      • Copyrights

        • Walled CultureA database of public domain works could reduce upload filter overblocking; it’s absurd we need one – Walled Culture

          One of many problems with the upload filters that Article 17 of the EU Copyright Directive will bring in is that they are likely to overblock. That is, they will stop perfectly lawful materials from being uploaded because of flaws in the filters’ algorithms. Among those blocked lawful materials will certainly be public domain items.

          The public domain is often merely defined as where copyright materials end up after copyright has expired, or where a creator expressly chooses to place a work without copyright (as with Walled Culture the book). That definition of “not in copyright” is hardly something that can be used reliably in upload filters.

        • Public Domain Review*Mighty Mikko: A Book of Finnish Fairy Tales and Folk Tales* (1922) – The Public Domain Review

          Mighty Mikko contains twelve stories loosely based on Finnish tales, illustrated with vibrant block prints by Jay Van Everen.

          With the assistance of his Finnish speaking friend Lydia Tulonen, Parker Hoysted Fillmore (1878–1944) wandered “through the byways of Finnish folklore”, glossing his volume Mighty Mikko as “the traveler’s pack I have brought back home with me filled with strange treasures”. Rather than translating the folklore in a manner faithful to their original language, which, he thought, could sound “stiff, bald, and monotonous” to English ears, Fillmore retells these stories in his own idiom. Like Russian formalist Vladimir Propp, who would author his “Morphology of the Folktale” six years after Mighty Mikko appeared, Fillmore recognized that these tales shared a deep structure with stories told the world over. They are nevertheless “dramatic and picturesque”, colored “with a wealth of charming detail which is essentially Finnish”. Yet unlike, for example, the European literary cycle of Reynard the Fox, where beasts are substitutes for political and legal figures, Fillmore believes that his creatures are “plain downright Finnish peasants, sometimes stupid, often dull, frequently amusing, and always very human”.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Returning to Reading

        I read many technical documents, from man pages to textbooks to reference works, but in the last several years I’ve read precious little fiction. I bought an e-reader at the start of 2022 partially to change this. However, for the first several months, I only used it to reread a few childhood favorites, then I largely stopped using it. My wife, on the other hand, is an avid reader: almost every tie we stop at a book store together, she leaves with at least one new title.

        Around April my wife and I stopped at a used book store as usual. I used to read quite a few Star Wars books in what is now knows as the “Legends” canon, so I decided to peruse the fantasy and sci-fi section of the store. I picked up a copy of the Thrawn trilogy, some books from the New Jedi Order, and one book unrelated to Star Wars at all: a fantasy novel called The Stone and the Maiden, written by Dennis Jones.

      • “Being In Nothingness: Virtual Reality and the Pioneers of Cyberspace” by John Perry Barlow

        This is my second post on the blog, still testing things and always polishing them. In other website news, I’m troubleshooting issues with how the site displays on different devices and resolutions. Things seem to break enough now, so if you’re one of the five people at most using this website, feel free to leave me a comment about it in Site Chat.

      • The smell of paper

        I haven’t seen that topic earlier in the Geminispace, despite it’s connected with an overall retro and nostalgic theme, which I think is near the Gemini origins. Probably many of us prefer to read paper magazines or newspapers rather than their electronic versions. There is some kind of magic, which is connected with the smell of paper. Not that real one, although sometimes the smell of printing ink is a catalyst for memories, but that feeling that we can read the real paper thing held in our hands.

    • Technical

      • OpenBSD for Gaming?!?!

        Is OpenBSD an option for gamers? How do I squeeze out the last bit of performance? I have noticed questions in that vein coming up, maybe more than there used to be since gaming of OpenBSD has become a little more visible. Let’s examine the current state.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Mastodon

          A short note regarding Mastodon. I know everyone and their cousin has already weighed in with their opinion on the recent matters of Mastodon and Twitter and all this Musquerade, so why not add my own perspective to the pile?

          I’ve been a Twitter user for a year or two I think, several years ago. Then I got fed up and removed it. Of course, I’ve been interested in Mastodon, so I registered an account this March just so I had one, wanted to look what it’s like.

        • A side entrance from the big web

          Not from the front door. Nor the one that’s in the back, if you go through the kitchen past the sink. This door opened up from a completely nondescript section of the wall. You’d hardly know there was door here, if I hadn’t opened it.

          I verify that this is the Midnight Pub I know. I see the familiar face of ~bartender, and Smudge is curled up on an armchair. No, this is definitely the Midnight.

        • Hello world!

          Hi gemspace, this is my first log post, kind of as a test. It will remain to be seen how often I update this, but I think everything should work fine, and I’ve created a second log for when I want to write one in toki pona. Hopefully it motivates me to practice?

          I’ve been eyeballing Gemini for a while now and originally wanted to host my own server on a raspberry pi, but it hasn’t panned out that way yet because I’m dirt poor… but in a fit of maybe mania (maybnia?) I committed myself to a KVM VPS for like $8/mo maybe a month ago. I got it so I could run my own Pleroma instance and, incidentally, my own personal site. It’s definitely been a learning curve since I’m ~passively techy~ but have never done any kind of server admin before. But everything’s been running pretty smoothly for a while now, and I’ve been spending my spare time (re: unemployment; all of the time) working away at learning PHP and stuff so that I can use my personal site to host all my own art with minimal effort and in a user-friendly way.


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

12.06.22

Links 06/12/2022: LibreOffice 7.5 Alpha and digiKam 7.9.0

Posted in News Roundup at 11:23 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Applications

      • OpenSource.comHow the Linux Worker file manager can work for you

        Computers are like filing cabinets, full of virtual folders and files waiting to be referenced, cross-referenced, edited, updated, saved, copied, moved, renamed, and organized. In this article, I’m taking a look at the Worker file manager for your Linux system.

        The Worker file manager dates back to 1999. That’s the previous century, and a good seven years before I’d boot into Linux for the first time. Even so, it’s still being updated today, but judiciously. Worker isn’t an application where arbitrary changes get made, and using Worker today is a lot like using Worker 20 years ago, only better.

      • TecMintThe Best Tools for Creating Fillable PDF Forms on Linux

        In this article, you will find the best applications that can be used to create PDF files with fillable fields, also known as interactive forms, on Linux.

        If you need a powerful tool to create and edit PDF files on Linux, you have plenty of applications to choose from. They all make it possible to perform basic editing operations, like merging pages and adding annotations and even offer sometimes advanced functionality.

        However, not all PDF editors can create PDF forms – editable PDF files with interactive fields that can be filled out by other users. Such documents come in handy if you need to create a questionnaire, an admission form, or a sales contract, for example.

        The list below includes solutions that run on various Linux distributions and allow you to generate PDF forms for free in Linux.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Manuel MatuzovicDay 51: aspect-ratio and replaced elements

        Most elements have no preferred aspect ratio. On day 42 I’ve explained how you can use the aspect-ratio property to define a ratio for these elements. Replaced elements like <iframe>, <video>, <embed>, or <image>, on the other hand, have an intrinsic aspect ratio. This means that you don’t have to define one using the aspect-ratio property and they will scale naturally.

      • Terence EdenSome more silly Punycode domain names

        You know how it is, you buy one silly domain name and then you get an idea for loads more! A few weeks ago, I got https://⏻.ga/ – I think I’m the first person to get a domain name which uses a glyph from the Miscellaneous Symbols Unicode block. How exciting!

        And that got me wondering… what other abuses of the Punycode algorithm can I whack into DNS? Well, here’s some I whipped up using FreeNom – they offer free domain names on the .ga TLD (and a few others) and are very liberal in accepting Punycode domains.

      • University of TorontoUsing Dovecot 2.3′s ‘events’ system to create Prometheus metrics

        Last time around I covered using Dovecot 2.3′s events to generate log messages. This is actually the less interesting thing (to us) that you can do with them; the more interesting thing is that you can have Dovecot directly expose an OpenMetrics exporter for statistics, which Prometheus can scrape directly (the OpenMetrics metrics format is more or less the Prometheus one, and Prometheus can deal with it these days). However, actually generating useful metrics and understanding what you get is a little bit complicated.

      • Eli BenderskySSH port forwarding with Go

        While you could set up localhost forwarding for testing, to discuss a more realistic scenario I would recommend spinning up a basic VPS. For the purpose of writing this post, I run a bare-bones Ubuntu VPS on Digital Ocean with the public IP address 159.89.238.232 (at the time of writing) and a root user. You can easily do the same using any cloud provider (obviously, accessing my VPS won’t work for you since it requires SSH authentication with a known set of keys).

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Avidemux on Ubuntu 22.10/22.04/20.04

        Avidemux is a free, open-source software program designed specifically for non-linear video editing and transcoding. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD-compatible MPEG files, MP4, and ASF, using various codecs. Avidemux has a broad array of features that allows it to compete against any commercial product at its price point. You can cut and join videos without re-encoding; manage multiple projects simultaneously; save memory during playback; and even automate tasks while recording. If you are looking for an easy-to-use video editor with all the features you need, then AVDemux is worth checking out.

        The following tutorial will teach you how to install Avidemux on Ubuntu 22.10/22.04/20.04 Linux using the command line terminal the LaunchPAD PPA by the XtraDEB team.

      • TecAdminHow to limit directory depth with find command

        The ‘find’ command with -maxdepth is a powerful tool in the Linux operating system. It is used to recursively search for files and directories in a given directory and its subdirectories. The -maxdepth flag is used to specify the maximum depth of the search. For example, if the -maxdepth is set to 2, the search will only look at the given directory and its immediate subdirectories. This means that it will not look in any of the subdirectories.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • digiKam – digiKam 7.9.0 is released

          Dear digiKam fans and users,

          After four months of active maintenance and another bug triage, the digiKam team is proud to present version 7.9.0 of its open source digital photo manager. See below the list of most important features coming with this release.

          [...]

          The application internationalization has also been updated. digiKam and Showfoto are proposed with 57 different languages for the graphical interface. Go to Settings/Configure Languages dialog and change the localization as you want. Applications need to be restarted to apply changes. If you want to contribute to the internationalization of digiKam, please contact the translator teams, following the translation how-to. The statistics about translation states are available here.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • University of TorontoI’ve now disabled systemd-oomd on my Fedora desktops

        Systemd-oomd is a somewhat controversial systemd component that, to quote its manpage, “uses cgroups-v2 and pressure stall information (PSI) to monitor and take corrective action before an OOM occurs in the kernel space”. A while back, Fedora enabled systemd-oomd by default and set it to be applied to user@.service, the template for user slices. When I upgraded to the relevant Fedora version, I sort of shrugged and went along with this to see what happened. Nothing did for a long time, until I had a little incident: [...]

    • Debian Family

      • Björn WärmedalHey Debian, How Can I Help?

        At this point I have two options as far as I can tell. I either wait for a new version of fturbo to be packaged, or I figure out where I can get the source for it to build fturbo myself. I’ll probably have to package it too, I dunno. It’s likely to cause problems with future updates though.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Dev DiscourseIndia’s first open-source satellite ‘InQube’ to be launched this month

        Onkar Batra, a 12th-standard student at BSF Senior Secondary School Jammu who has added another feather as India’s first open-source satellite ‘InQube’ developed by him is going to be launched this month with the help of Indian Space Agency- ISRO. InQube was prepared under the banner of Paradox Sonic Space Research Agency.

      • Andrew HutchingsDesign of the GoFloppy Drive

        On the outside, it is two PCBs sandwiched together to look like a 3.5″ floppy disk, it is also exactly the same size (apart from thickness) as a floppy disk. I spent many hours measuring every part of a disk and applying it to a PCB layout, even the tactile parts of the disk such as the direction arrow are replicated.

        Internally the GoFloppy drive is a floppy drive emulator similar to the “Gotek” commonly used in retro hardware. It even uses exactly the same FlashFloppy firmware that is typically found in Gotek drives. But when reverse-engineering the Gotek I made quite a few changes to improve things and went through a few prototypes until I was happy.

      • Andrew HutchingsAcorn RiscPC: Upgrades Part 1

        My RiscPC came with a 1MB VRAM card, this accelerates the video but of course 1MB doesn’t give you a huge range of resolutions and colour depth. The maximum you can upgrade to is 2MB but the 2MB cards sell for at least £90 at the moment.

        The alternative is to upgrade your own card. The 1MB VRAM boards have positions on the back of them for the additional four chips and decoupling capacitors required to make it a 2MB board. Likely for cost reduction the PCB is the same for 1MB and 2MB boards. So I acquired the VRAM chips relatively cheaply from a Chinese supplier and soldered them on, along with the 0805 decoupling capacitors which I always have plenty of.

      • Russell GravesImproving Thinkpad T430s Bluetooth by Replacing the Wireless Card

        It’s been a few years since I wrote about improving some of the rough edges on the ThinkPad T430s – but the time has come again to write about improving yet another aspect of this laptop – the Bluetooth support. Today, I’m replacing the (crap) stock Bluetooth dongle with an Intel 7620 combo WiFi/Bluetooth card to rather radically improve the Bluetooth range!

      • Computers Are Badover the horizon radar pt II

        Previously on Deep Space Nine, we discussed the MUSIC and MADRE over-the-horizon radar (OTH) programs. MUSIC and especially MADRE validated the concept of an HF radar using ionospheric (often called “skywave” in the radio art) propagation, with a novel hybrid digital-analog computerized signal processing system. MADRE was a tremendous success, ultimately able to detect ICBM launches, aircraft, and ship traffic in the North Atlantic region. What was needed next seemed simple: a very similar radar, perhaps more powerful, aimed at the Soviet Union.

      • Raspberry PiOpen-Source Gamma Spectrometer

        It uses a mixture of Arduino code and Pico hardware, with processing done entirely on Pico itself. It makes use of a silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) and scintillator crystal which interact with the detector board to manage this, whereas other solutions need USB sound cards and up to a kilovolt of power. This only needs 30 V.

      • Andrew HutchingsAcorn RiscPC: Upgrades Part 2

        A couple more upgrades have turned up, so I gave them a quick try. Not everything went to plan as you will see.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • OpenSource.comA 10-minute guide to the Linux ABI

      Many Linux enthusiasts are familiar with Linus Torvalds’ famous admonition, “we don’t break user space,” but perhaps not everyone who recognizes the phrase is certain about what it means.

      The “#1 rule” reminds developers about the stability of the applications’ binary interface via which applications communicate with and configure the kernel. What follows is intended to familiarize readers with the concept of an ABI, describe why ABI stability matters, and discuss precisely what is included in Linux’s stable ABI. The ongoing growth and evolution of Linux necessitate changes to the ABI, some of which have been controversial.

    • LWNA 10-minute guide to the Linux ABI (opensource.com) [LWN.net]

      Alison Chaiken provides an overview of Linux ABI concerns on opensource.com.

    • EarthlyMake It Observable: Running Grafana in Docker

      To build observability into the infrastructure, you can use Grafana, an open-source visualization and analytics platform that aids in exploring observability data, such as metrics and logs. You can run Grafana in Docker containers. This is particularly beneficial in creating an observable, portable testing environment and can be implemented in the Kubernetes infrastructure with various customizations available to the Grafana Docker container.

    • MJ FransenOpen files with Deft in read only mode

      Deft for Emacs is an Emacs mode for quickly browsing, filtering, and editing directories of plain text notes.

      It was designed for increased productivity when writing and taking notes by making it fast and simple to find the right file at the right time and by automating many of the usual tasks such as creating new files and saving files.

    • OpenSource.comA data scientist’s guide to open source community analysis

      In the golden age of data analysis, open source communities are not exempt from the frenzy around getting some big, fancy numbers onto presentation slides. Such information can bring even more value if you master the art of generating a well-analyzed question with proper execution.

      You might expect me, a data scientist, to tell you that data analysis and automation will inform your community decisions. It’s actually the opposite. Use data analysis to build on your existing open source community knowledge, incorporate others, and uncover potential biases and perspectives not considered. You might be an expert at implementing community events, while your colleague is a wiz at all things code. As each of you develops visualizations within the context of your own knowledge, you both can benefit from that information.

      Let’s have a moment of realness. Everyone has a thousand and one things to keep up with, and it feels like there is never enough time in a day to do so. If getting an answer about your community takes hours, you won’t do it regularly (or ever). Spending the time to create a fully developed visualization makes it feasible to keep up with different aspects of the communities you care about.

      With the ever-increasing pressure of being “data-driven,” the treasure trove of information around open source communities can be a blessing and a curse. Using the methodology below, I will show you how to pick the needle out of the data haystack.

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Sean ConnerLate to the party

        I’ve been blogging for 23 years as of today. This is also the first day this blog is being served up via https:. All I had to do was just install the latest version of Apache on my server.

        It took several days, but I got the latest version of Apache compiled and installed on my server. Yes, I did it the hard way. What better way of knowing how things work than doing it the hard way. I then spent Saturday updating the configuration. There were a few changes, like NameVirtualHost being deprecated, and having to add “Protocols h2 h2c http/1.1” and “Require all granted”.

      • Mozilla

        • University of TorontoHow to lose some of your tabs in Firefox 107+ (and possibly earlier)

          This comes up for me because I default to opening URLs in new windows instead of in tabs, but periodically I open a burst of new windows that actually should be grouped together so I dock all all but one of those windows as tabs in the first window. People who default to tabs probably won’t see this, since it’s likely to be rare that you use a new window, never mind dock a window back into a tab.

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

      • Linux Links6 Top Free and Open Source C Web Frameworks – LinuxLinks

        One of the types of software that’s important for a web developer is the web framework. A framework “is a code library that makes a developer’s life easier when building reliable, scalable, and maintainable web applications” by providing reusable code or extensions for common operations. By saving development time, developers can concentrate on application logic rather than mundane elements.

        A web framework offers the developer a choice about how to solve a specific problem. By using a framework, a developer lets the framework control portions of their application. While it’s perfectly possible to code a web application without using a framework, it’s more practical to use one.

        C is a general-purpose, procedural, portable, high-level programming language that is one of the most popular and influential languages. It was designed to be compiled using a straightforward compiler, to provide low-level access to memory, to provide language constructs that map efficiently to machine instructions, and to require minimal run-time support. Many programming languages owe a considerable debt to C. It has become something of the lingua franca in the programming world.

    • Licensing / Legal

      • Gabriel SiebenMy unlawyered opinion on why AI will legally survive in the US

        Putting the current US concept of fair use aside, I think that at this point, AI companies have a vested interest in doing everything they can to get these algorithms entrenched as an industry, because that may actually ensure their legal survival.

    • Programming/Development

      • Ruby 3.2.0 RC 1 Released

        We are pleased to announce the release of Ruby 3.2.0-rc1. Ruby 3.2 adds many features and performance improvements.

      • Amos WengerDay 5 (Advent of Code 2022)

        Which is a visual representation of stacks, and so, for once, we have some serious parsing to do, and that means I finally have a good reason to bust out the nom crate.

      • Lionel DricotDrowning in AI Generated Garbage : the silent war we are fighting

        All over the web, we are witnessing very spectacular results from statistic algorithms that have been in the work for the last forty years. We gave those algorithms an incredibly catchy name: “Artificial Intelligence”. We now have very popular and direct applications for them: give the algorithm a simple text prompt (don’t get me started on the importance of text) and it generates a beautiful original picture or a very serious-sounding text. It could also generate sounds or videos (we call them “deep fakes”). After all, it generates only a stream of bits, a bunch of 1 and 0 open to interpretation.

      • Terence EdenOpenAI and the limits of mechanical poetry

        The Zietgiest’s newest toy is OpenAI’s Chat Platform. So I asked it “Could you write a limerick about a man from Woking?”

      • RachelA reader asks how to avoid working for evil

        When the legalities of the merger were finished in 2008, I too worked for that evil company by extension. By absorbing it instead of killing it, we became them (see also: Collabra). The name was different, but the internal damage was done. This lead to all kinds of other crazy shit that came down the line, all in the name of fellating the advertisers, like Emerald Sea, aka Google Plus. That whole thing.

      • Matt RickardThe Frontend Ouroboros

        Very roughly, there’s “frontend” engineering (building the parts of a website or application that users interact with directly) and “backend” engineering (building the parts that store data and power the frontend). In practice, there’s a large gray area in between.

        Any handoff creates friction. Frontend engineers might be waiting for an API route to be developed, a database schema to be migrated, or even just for their code to be deployed. Developer tools that empower engineers to do more by themselves are always in high demand.

        What if the frontend is eating the backend?

      • Amos WengerDay 4 (Advent of Code 2022)

        Each line has two ranges: the first line has ranges containing 2, 3, 4, and 6, 7, 8. We must count how many pairs have ranges where one fully contains the other.

      • Garrit Franke6 ways you can contribute to open knowledge right now

        I wrote the initial draft for this post a few months ago, traveling through Norway in a rented campervan. While roaming the beautiful landscapes, I spent a lot of time thinking. Reading books while traveling really is the best way to find new inspiration.

        On our trip, we wanted to try out an alternative to Google Maps. Most of the OpenStreetMap-based apps lack important features, but we recently stumbled upon MagicEarth, which perfectly fills the void. OpenStreetMap has been 95% accurate for us. Those last 5% are mostly less famous hiking trails and attractions that could easily be filled in by people like you and me. This inspired me to write this blog post, where I share six ways that you can contribute to open source knowledge right now.

      • HackadayEpic Guide To Bare-Metal STM32 Programming

        [Sergey Lyubka] put together this epic guide for bare-metal microcontroller programming.  While the general concepts should be applicable to most any microcontroller, Sergey’s examples specifically relate to the Nucleo-F429ZI development board featuring the ARM-based STM32F429 microcontroller.

      • Perl / Raku

        • PerlPerl Weekly: Issue #593 – 2022-12-05 – Perl on DEV.to

          I registered to DEV.to ( https://dev.to/ ) in 2017, more than 5 years ago. Posted a few articles with rather limited success: less than 10 people looked at the articles. Then in 2020 I posted a few more articles. On one of them Tests are awesome! ( https://dev.to/szabgab/tests-are-awesome-3i63 ) I got as many as 300 readers, but the others have not received much love so I did not continue publishing. In 2021 I had another experiment when I published Perl modules with their own web site (https://dev.to/szabgab/perl-modules-with-their-own-web-site-2gmo ) on which there were some 600 visitors. Primarily the readers of the Perl Weekly newsletter. I published a few more articles with readers in the low 10s. A few weeks ago I started to publish again. This time several of my articles got above 100 viewers and one, Open Source Development Courses (https://dev.to/szabgab/open-source-development-courses-5d4b ) is already above 1100 viewers. I started to get around 600 readers a day. That’s already really valuable!

          So what happened? There were a couple of changes: 1. There are more people on DEV. 2. I publish a lot more articles that appeal to a wider range of people. 3. There is a sort-of network effect. The more people up-vote and bookmark (the two kinds of reactions on DEV) my articles the more people will see it.

        • DEV CommunityThe odd binary string

          With that out of the way, we know that all binary numbers can be converted from the integers between 0 and 2n-1 (inclusive).

  • Leftovers

    • Kev QuirkWhat Happens When We’re Gone?

      My wife and I use Bitwarden as our password manager (BTW, it’s way better than LastPass). It works amazingly well, and both of us have emergency access to one another’s account.

      That’s all fine and dandy, but my wife has absolutely no idea how to manage this stuff without a lot of assistance from me. She’s not a techie and has absolutely no interest in becoming one.

    • Eric BaileySwearing and automatic captions

      Captions are a form of speech-to-text software, which takes words spoken by a person and converts them into text on a device. They are not text-to-speech, which is taking written content and making a device announce it via a digital voice.

    • CBCFamily says Amazon shipped fake product, refuses refund until ‘correct’ item returned

      But when Matthew opened the graphics card — a $690 part — he discovered the plastic casing had been hollowed out and filled with a putty-like substance to give it weight.

      “It was actually a bit of a shock,” he said. “Everything looked pretty official up to the point where I pulled it out and took a second look.”

      The real shock came, though, when Matthew’s father tried to get a refund.

    • Jim NielsenA Change of Employment

      Some news: Remix was acquired by Shopify and I did not end up going over in the acquisition.

      Rather than jump right back in the saddle, I took this turn of events as an opportunity to try not working for a bit.

      What have I been doing with my time the last few months?

    • The NationThe Queen of Candor: Aline Kominsky-Crumb 1948–2022

      Kominsky-Crumb, who died last Wednesday at age 74 of pancreatic cancer, was one of the most important and influential American cartoonists of the past century. Tributes to Kominsky-Crumb and samples of her work can be found here, here, here, and here. A key member in the generation of underground cartoonists who in the late 1960s and early ’70s brought subversive and transgressive countercultural values to the hitherto restricted world of comics, Kominsky-Crumb managed to be even more shocking than almost any other member of her cohort. The big names of underground cartoonists, including Robert Crumb or S. Clay Wilson, outraged readers with lurid phantasmic and psychedelic images of sex and violence, using a stylized visual vocabulary of traditional comics. Kominsky-Crumb respected these artists (and in 1978 would in fact marry Crumb). But she did work that challenged readers without the fireworks of fantasy.

    • Counter PunchStealth Reveal Party: the Unveiling of the B-21

      There was much slush and fudge about the project, with its release being treated as something akin to the Second Coming.  Those in public relations were kept particularly busy.  Social media was shamelessly used to advertise the event, which was livestreamed.  “Join now for our live reveal of the B-21 Raider,” tweeted Northrop Grumman.  “This changes everything.”

      The occasion was the first of its type since November 1988, when the Northrop B-2 Spirit made its debut. The aircraft in question, with serial number 00001 was rolled forward, still covered in tarpaulin, from a hangar before defence and policy wonks, the press and 2,000 workers.  The removal of the covering revealed a machine reminiscent of the original B-2 with an extra-terrestrial echo, described as “space-age coatings”.

    • HackadayPerhaps It’s Time To Talk About All Those Fakes And Clones

      A while back, I bought a cheap spectrum analyser via AliExpress. I come from the age when a spectrum analyser was an extremely expensive item with a built-in CRT display, so there’s still a minor thrill to buying one for a few tens of dollars even if it’s obvious to all and sundry that the march of technology has brought within reach the previously unattainable. My AliExpress spectrum analyser is a clone of a design that first appeared in a German amateur radio magazine, and in my review at the time I found it to be worth the small outlay but a bit deaf and wide compared to its more expensive brethren.

    • Education

      • TruthOutStudents Sue Yale for Pressuring Those With Mental Health Needs to Withdraw
      • The NationTime to Turn Up the Pressure on the University of California Decision-Makers

        Berkeley, Calif.—As a member of Local 5810 of the United Auto Workers, I can’t think of a more momentous month in our union. In the same week, starting November 14, I cast my ballot for the Members United reform slate in the national union’s first democratic direct-member vote for the top leadership, and I walked off the job with 48,000 other colleagues at the University of California in the largest strike of the year! Prior to becoming an academic researcher at the university, I was a member of UAW local 1981, the National Writers Union. I’ve also spent 38 years as a union organizer and contract negotiator, and I have the pleasure now of writing books and curricula for training programs to teach thousands of rank-and-file workers annually what it takes to win the hardest fights.

      • Counter PunchChallengers Win Big in UAW Elections; Presidency Headed to Run-Off
      • Telex (Hungary)The 8 most important things you should know about the Hungarian teachers’ protests
      • Indian Country TodayLittle Cherokee Seeds aims to create Cherokee speakers

        The program was founded in 2018 when Cherokee Nation citizen Melissa Lewis was unable to find resources to help her newborn child learn Cherokee. She reached out to fluent speakers and teachers Cora Flute, Kathy Sierra, Phyllis Sixkiller and Carolyn Swepston to create a reading hour to teach infants the Cherokee language.

        In 2019 and 2020 they offered 24 free language classes at three different sites in the Cherokee Nation. When the pandemic happened, they moved their classes to an online platform and the group reflected on the impact of losing fluent speakers during that time.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayDekatron Clock Tells The Time, Sans Semiconductors

        Over the years, there have been several memory and display technologies that served a particular niche for a while, only to be replaced and forgotten when a more suitable technology came along. One of those was the dekatron: a combination memory and display tube that saw some use in the 1950s and ’60s but became obsolete soon after. Their retro design and combined memory/display functionality make them excellent components for today’s clock hackers however, as [grobinson6000] demonstrates in his Dekaclock project.

      • HackadayRotary Dial Number Pad Is The Perfect Prank For Retro-Phone Enthusiast

        We’re not sure about the rest of you, but to us, a keyboard without a number pad all the way over to the right just seems kind of — naked? We might not be accountants, but there’s something comforting about having the keypad right there, ready for those few occasions when you need to enter numbers more rapidly than would be possible with the row of number keys along the top of the keyboard.

      • HackadayTrash Bag And Foam Board Hovercraft Doesn’t Fail To Succeed. Or Fail.

        When you think of a vehicle that can do it all- water, land, ice, snow and more- the hovercraft often comes to mind. And while they might not be ubiquitous, hovercraft catch the imagination of many a hacker just as it has for [JamesWhomsley] of [ProjectAir]. [James] has built a small, but just big enough hovercraft as you can see in the video below the break.

      • HackadayRadial Vector Reducer Rotates At Really Relaxed Velocity

        When [Michael Rechtin] learned about Radial Vector Reducers, the underlying research math made his head spin, albeit very slowly. Realizing that it’s essentially a cycloidal drive meshed with a planetary gear set, he got to work in CAD and, in seemingly no time, had a design to test. You can see the full results of his experiment in the video below the break.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Hearst Magazine Media, IncThe ‘Blackout Challenge’ Has Resurfaced On TikTok, And It’s Still Just As Dangerous As It Was 16 Years Ago

        The “blackout challenge” has been around since at least 2008, according to People, but it started making the rounds on TikTok again back in 2021. Experts have warned young users not to try the trend, which was linked to more than 80 deaths back when it first emerged, per the CDC. In late November of 2022, a Bloomberg Businessweek report linked at least 15 deaths in children 12 and under to the challenge in the last 18 months, and another five deaths in children aged 13 and 14.

      • [Old] NYPostThe 24 craziest TikTok challenges so far – and the ordeals they’ve caused

        Pull up the video-sharing app and you’ll inevitably see opportunistic bozos risking their reputations and even bodies on camera for social media clout — like if Snapchat was created by the “Jackass” guys.

      • [Old] BloombergChinese Government Asked TikTok for Stealth Propaganda Account

        A Chinese government entity responsible for public relations attempted to open a stealth account on TikTok targeting Western audiences with propaganda, according to internal messages seen by Bloomberg.

      • [Old] Sportskeeda10 most deadly TikTok challenges of all time

        The social media platform and its users’ penchant for virality have them pulling stunts in the name of “challenges” that can prove fatal. Users, primarily children and teenagers, have suffered consequences ranging from hospitalization to death.

      • Kim KommandoTikTok challenge prompts an insanely stupid FDA warning

        TikTok is among the biggest offenders regarding data, but the damage goes beyond that. Viral trends on the platform can range from annoying to downright dangerous.

        A recent TikTok challenge is so dangerous to your health that the FDA had to step in. How bad could it be? It’s worse than you think.

      • Pro PublicaColorado Halfway House Residents Reluctant to File Grievances

        Soon after Shannon Lucas began serving a sentence at a Colorado halfway house, her medication began to disappear.

        Lucas had been sentenced to eight years in community corrections in lieu of prison for her role in a 2018 burglary involving her ex-boyfriend. At 41, she had never been in trouble with the law before.

      • Pro PublicaColorado Halfway Houses Lack Accountability, Oversight

        The last time Iris Román Prieto saw her son, he was leaving their family Christmas Eve party to report back at the Colorado Springs halfway house where he was completing a two-year sentence for burglary.

        After arriving at the facility, Robert Román Prieto called to let his mom know that he was safe.

      • What does antivax really mean since COVID-19?

        I’ve been writing about the antivaccine movement, antivax disinformation, and antivaxxers for close to a quarter of a century. Here’s a brief history. I first encountered antivaxxers on Usenet—does anyone remember Usenet?—in the late 1990s and then began writing about them here beginning in late 2004. Since then I have written more articles on vaccines, antivax misinformation, and the antivaccine movement than I can easily catalogue, both here and at my not-so-secret other blog. Recently, it occurred to me that it’s been over 12 years since I wrote a post specifically about what I mean when I refer to someone or someone’s claims as “antivaccine”. I had been thinking about updating that post for a while, going back at least to times when I noted how “new school” antivaxxers who started out being against just COVID-19 vaccines were so rapidly becoming indistinguishable from the “old school” antivaxxers from before the pandemic, in particular how “new school” antivaxxers were adopting the same deceptive tropes to argue against vaccinating children against COVID-19 that “old school” antivaxxers had deployed against, for example, vaccinating against measles with the MMR.

      • Counter PunchA Heart Surgeon in Palestine

        Give up?

        The name is Dr. Shehadeh “Shawki” Khalil Harb, better known as just Dr. Shawki Harb, from Ramallah. He was born on December 13, 1938, during the Great Revolt between 1936-1939 and, as Dr. Harb recounts, he came on his own, since the midwife could not reach the house in time due to intense shooting in the neighborhood. Born a Christian and breastfed by a Muslim, Dr. Harb embodies the best of both traditions.

      • Common DreamsUN, EU Officials Demand Probe Over Extrajudicial Killings of Palestinians

        United Nations and European Union officials in recent days condemned and called for an investigation into the extrajudicial killing of Palestinians by Israeli forces in the illegally occupied West Bank, including the shooting death of a 22-year-old last week.

        “Such incidents must be fully and promptly investigated, and those responsible held accountable.”

      • TruthOutEven Abortion Ban States Push for Further Restrictions on Reproductive Health
      • Common DreamsPatient Groups Push Congress to Combat Big Pharma Greed in Spending Bill

        A coalition of patient advocacy groups on Monday urged members of Congress to include bipartisan legislation in the year-end budget package that proponents say will lower prescription drug prices—in part by reforming a citizens’ petition process often abused by pharmaceutical companies to delay approval of cheaper generic medications.

        “Passing the bipartisan citizen petition bill would be a win-win for Congress.”

    • Proprietary

      • India TimesFrench hospital cancels operations after cyberattack [iophk: Windows kills]

        The Hospital Centre of Versailles — which consists of Andre-Mignot Hospital, Richaud Hospital and the Despagne Retirement Home — was affected by the hacking attempt, said the complex’s management. The regional health agency (ARS) said the Andre-Mignot Hospital had cancelled operations, but was doing everything possible to keep walk-in services and consultations running.

      • InfoSecurity MagazineFrench Hospital Halts Operations After Cyber-Attack [iophk: Windows kills]

        Although not mentioned explicitly in reports so far, the attack on the 700-bed hospital looks to be the work of ransomware actors.

        If so, it follows a major ransomware attack on another facility near Paris in September this year. The Centre Hospitalier Sud Francilien (CHSF) in Corbeil-Essonnes was forced back to pen and paper after being hit with a $10m ransom demand by the LockBit 3.0 group.

        A few months earlier, the GHT Cœur Grand Est hospital group said it had been forced to cut internet connectivity to its Vitry-le-François and Saint-Dizier hospitals after receiving a $1.3m ransom demand.

      • Security WeekFrench Hospital Cancels Operations After Cyberattack [iophk: Windows kills]

        The Paris prosecutors’ office has opened a preliminary investigation into attempted extortion, as well as the access and maintenance of the state’s digital system. The hospital had also filed a formal complaint Sunday.

        For several months now, hospitals and health systems in France have been targeted with such cyberattacks.

      • [Old] RFIParalysed French hospital fights cyber attack as hackers lower ransom [iophk: Windows kills]

        A hospital southeast of Paris has been crippled by an ongoing cyberattack, drastically reducing the number of patients who can be admitted and forcing a return to pre-digital workflows. Security experts are trying to retake control of the computer system as ransom negotiations continue.

      • Information Security Media Group, CorporationBrooklyn Hospitals Decried for Silence on Cyber Incident [iophk: Windows kills]

        Some systems at One Brooklyn Health System’s three hospitals – Interfaith Medical Center, Brookdale Hospital Medical Center and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center – were taken offline Nov. 19 following an incident about which little is publicly known.

        Sources tell Information Security Media Group that the organization has been tight-lipped with other area hospitals about the cause of the outage, which is suspected to involve ransomware.

      • Insurance JournalCyber Attackers Cripple IT Systems of Prominent Indian Hospital [iophk: Windows kills]

        It’s unclear what data the attackers may have accessed, or what their motives were. The hospital itself hasn’t said what data — or whose — may have been compromised. On Monday, police in the Indian capital, where the hospital is located, said it was unaware of ransom demands in response to local media reports that 2 billion rupees ($24.5 million) had been demanded.

      • Yahoo News[Crackers] Cripple Prestigious Indian Hospital’s IT Systems [iophk: Windows kills]

        The All India Institute of Medical Sciences — a hospital that’s traditionally treated the country’s top politicians — has succumbed to a ransomware attack that’s shut down centralized records, people familiar with the matter said.

      • Gov Info Sec NewsWhy Ransomware Victims Avoid Calling It ‘Ransomware’

        Mathew Schwartz: What is a ransomware attack called if it’s ransomware, but an organization that’s fallen victim doesn’t want to call it ransomware? Some companies have become expert at spinning as in using corporate speak or weasel words to avoid having to ever say the word ransomware. To a raft of press statements or data breach reports from companies that talk about suffering unexpected downtime, or perhaps a cybersecurity incident, the word cyberattack is another favorite. What’s going on here? Companies aren’t comfortable saying they’ve been hit by ransomware. That’s despite the volume of ransomware attacks appearing to have recently declined, at least against the healthcare sector.

    • Security

      • Krebs On SecurityJudge Orders U.S. Lawyer in Russian Botnet Case to Pay Google

        In December 2021, Google filed a civil lawsuit against two Russian men thought to be responsible for operating Glupteba, one of the Internet’s largest and oldest botnets. The defendants, who initially pursued a strategy of counter suing Google for tortious interference in their sprawling cybercrime business, later brazenly offered to dismantle the botnet in exchange for payment from Google. The judge in the case was not amused, found for the plaintiff, and ordered the defendants and their U.S. attorney to pay Google’s legal fees.

      • Integrity/Availability/Authenticity

        • NBC[Crackers] linked to Chinese government stole millions in Covid benefits, Secret Service says

          The theft of taxpayer funds by the Chengdu-based hacking group known as APT41 is the first instance of pandemic fraud tied to foreign, state-sponsored cybercriminals that the U.S. government has acknowledged publicly, but may just be the tip of the iceberg, according to U.S. law enforcement officials and cybersecurity experts.

          The officials and experts, most speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject matter, say other federal investigations of pandemic fraud also seem to point back to foreign state-affiliated hackers.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • New York TimesMy Building Has Replaced Our Keys With an App. Is That Legal?

          Q: I moved out of New York City to an apartment in New Rochelle. Instead of keys, tenants use a smartphone app to open doors to the building lobby and individual apartments. The app often fails when I use it, but I don’t have a key as a backup. This policy wasn’t disclosed when I signed the lease, which does not mention the lack of keys. Can a building refuse to give residents keys? What about older people without smartphones? Or people with vision issues?

        • CNETReal ID Deadline Pushed Back Again

          The Real ID act was passed by Congress in 2005 in the wake of 9/11 as a way to more accurately verify an individual’s identity. It created minimum security standards for state-issued IDs, including anti-counterfeiting technology, as well as a more stringent application process.

        • India TimesIndia records over 23 billion digital payments worth Rs 38.3 lakh crore in Q3

          India logged 23.06 billion digital transactions worth Rs 38.3 lakh crore in the third quarter of FY23, stated a report on Monday.

          These digital transactions include payment done by Unified Payments Interface (UPI), debit and credit cards, prepaid payment instruments like mobile wallets, and prepaid cards.

        • NPRREAL ID enforcement is delayed again to 2025

          More than 14 years after the original deadline, the enforcement of REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses or IDs has been pushed back once again.

          The Transportation Security Administration and other federal agencies were expected to only accept the nationally approved IDs starting May 3, 2023. But on Monday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that the deadline would be extended until May 7, 2025.

          [...]

          REAL ID-compliant licenses or IDs will be required for people 18 years old and older to fly anywhere within the U.S., enter nuclear power plants and access some federal facilities like military bases.

        • Site36German football fans speak out against repression

          Often, fans are „treated worse than other citizens“ and are approached particularly harshly by the police. At matches abroad, there are also reprisals against the travelling fans, including the refusal to allow them to go to the toilet. „Water cannons, full-body checks and even drone surveillance are now part of the standard police repertoire – even at 3rd division football matches. This reveals a completely exaggerated general suspicion of all fans,“ says Linda Röttig, a member of the board of the umbrella organisation. This hostile image of „football fans“ must be systematically dismantled.

        • TechdirtLaw Enforcement Is Extracting Tons Of Data From Vehicle Infotainment Systems

          For years, cars have collected massive amounts of data. And for years, this data has been extraordinarily leaky. Manufacturers don’t like to discuss how much data gets phoned home from vehicle systems. They also don’t like to discuss the attack vectors these systems create, either for malicious hackers or slightly less malicious law enforcement investigators.

        • TechdirtJ6 Suspect Challenges FBI’s Geofence Warrant, Exposing The Massive Scale Of The Fed’s Data Haul

          Geofence warrants are popular. They’re also controversial. Cops have discovered Google houses plenty of location data. Going to cell phone providers is a bit tricky, thanks to the Supreme Court’s Carpenter decision, which erected a warrant requirement for acquiring weeks or months of location data.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • RFI‘Colonial’ China accused of depriving Tibetans of their own language, education

        He compares it to the way the CCP and its army, the People’s Liberation Army, occupied Tibet in 1949, after which the administration of the country was handed over to Beijing’s representatives.

        Gyal Lo adds that the idea that China should be considered a colonial power “has not yet been fully recognised by the international community”.

      • France24West African leaders agree to create regional peacekeeping force

        West African leaders agreed on Sunday to create a regional force to intervene against jihadism and in the event of coups, a senior official said.

      • JNSGenocidal antisemitism is conquering American campuses

        Students and faculty have wrapped themselves in the colors of the far-left and Islamist fascism, both defined by their hatred of Israel and Jews.

      • NPRSurvivors of the Brussels suicide attacks seek closure as the trial starts Monday

        The 10 defendants face charges including murder, attempted murder and membership, or participation in the acts of a terrorist group, over the morning rush hour attacks at Belgium’s main airport and on the central commuter line on March, 22, 2016.

      • RTLDefendant slams security at Brussels attacks trial

        Ten men are on trial accused of directing or aiding suicide attacks on Brussels airport and a metro station near EU headquarters that killed 32 people, and which were claimed by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.

      • Jihad WatchUS ambassador to Lebanon wears hijab during meetings with pro-Hizballah officials

        In the Islamic Republic of Iran, women are being killed in protests against the forced hijab. Is Dorothy Shea tone deaf? Oh yes, and much worse as well: administration officials such as Robert Malley have made it quite clear that they don’t want to see the regime in Tehran fall, by persistently claiming that the Iranian people just want reform, not the end of the Islamic Republic.

      • Vice Media Group‘We Need to Wake Up’: How ISIS Made Africa Its Second Home

        ISIS’s presence in southern Africa is most obvious in Mozambique where brutal campaigns by its affiliate Ahlu Sunnah wa Jama’a (ASWJ) have killed more than 3,000, displaced nearly a million and threatened billion-dollar gas investments. But a budding network of ISIS supporters in neighbouring South Africa, where about 2 per cent of the population is Muslim, has gone largely unnoticed.

      • ME ForumTurkish Delight: Depravity in Northern Cyprus

        It is certainly not a random choice by Erdoğan, who selected Metin Feyzioğlu, an anti-West, neo-nationalist lawyer who has no experience in diplomacy, as the new envoy to the Turkish-controlled north of the divided island. There is a well-thought-out, sinister plot behind this considering Feyzioğlu has long been associated with the dark forces of the neo-nationalist (Ulusalcı) networks that like to operate beyond the realm of the law and were in the past incriminated in murders, plots and schemes that at times targeted non-Muslims in Turkey.

      • MeduzaAnother barrage Russia pummels Ukraine’s critical infrastructure with another massive missile attack, knocking out power and water in Odesa — Meduza

        The Russian military launched new missile strikes on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure on December 5. On Monday afternoon, air-strike alerts were active across almost all of Ukraine, including Kyiv and the surrounding region. Meduza summarizes events from throughout the day.

      • Telex (Hungary)The ethnic Hungarian violinist who took up arms for Ukraine
      • The NationThe Question of the Offensive Monument

        On a recent visit to Arlington National Cemetery, I was the only loner amid squadrons of middle schoolers on field trips, their matching T-shirts printed with the names of the hometowns from which they had come to Washington, D.C., for a dose of national mythology. I was there to see the Arlington Confederate Memorial. Unveiled in 1914, the memorial’s bronze frieze shows dozens of life-size Southerners rushing to the aid of a comely personification of the South, her drapery fallen open to reveal her breasts.

      • The NationRooting for Russia
      • The NationAfter an Attempt on Imran Khan’s Life, Pakistan Is in Crisis

        It has been a miserable year in Pakistani politics. In April, an unpopular and increasingly authoritarian government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan was toppled in a vote of no confidence brokered by the same army that had brought it into power. A 13-party coalition, headed by the Pakistan Muslim League (N), which had spent three years campaigning against the army’s interference in politics, performed a stunning volte-face and became the institution’s biggest defender. Imran Khan, meanwhile, in a seemingly never-ending agitation campaign against the country’s leading generals, succeeded former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as the symbol of civilian supremacy. On November 3, Khan was shot in an apparent assassination attempt by a gunman who dubiously claimed to be motivated by religion.

      • MeduzaFuel truck explosion at airfield outside Ryazan kills 3 — Meduza

        A fuel truck exploded at an airfield outside Ryazan. RIA Novosti reported the incident, citing the local emergency services.

      • MeduzaRussian authorities report oil tank fire after drone attack in Kursk region — Meduza

        A drone attack near an airfield in Russia’s Kursk region caused an oil storage tank to catch on fire early Tuesday morning, Regional Governor Roman Starovoit reported.

      • MeduzaDrone crashes at military airfield in Saratov Region — Meduza

        Baza reports that an unknown aircraft crashed on the runway of an airfield in Saratov region on the morning of December 5. They have so far not identified the source of the information.

      • Meduza1ADAT: Chechen blogger and Kadyrov critic Tumso Abdurakhmanovkilled in Sweden — Meduza

        According to Telegram channel 1ADAT, Chechen blogger Tumso Abdurakhmanov was killed in Sweden. 1ADAT cited, “informants from Europe and Chechnya,” in their report.

      • MeduzaRussian senator proposes restrictions for those who left country after start of mobilization — Meduza

        Andrey Klishas, the head of the Federation Council Committee on State Building and Constitutional Legislation, proposed limiting distance work in “sensitive areas of the economy” for Russians who left the country after the beginning of mobilization.

      • EFF44 Local Organizations Stand Against SFPD’s Killer Robots

        We thank all of the groups who signed onto this letter, and the many groups and residents who attended today’s Stop Killer Robots rally outside of city hall. We again commend Supervisors Walton, Ronen, and Preston for their continued leadership in support of civil rights and civil liberties issues.

      • Counter PunchThe Wages of Corruption From Iraq to Britain

        But the Iraqis are not correct in claiming “the theft of the century” for themselves because Britain may be out-competing them. For evidence of this, look no further than the headline from a report from the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee which reads “£4 billion of unusable PPE bought in first year of pandemic will be burnt “to generate power”, published on 10 June 2022.

      • Common DreamsSupply Chains Woes Didn’t Slow Down Global Arms Sales, Analysis Shows

        Sales by the world’s 100 leading weapons and military services firms continued to increase last year despite significant supply chain challenges—with the United States accounting for more than half of all sales—an annual analysis published Monday revealed.

        Global arms sales rose for the seventh straight year, increasing by 1.9% to $592 billion in 2021, according to new data published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The rate of growth was higher than the previous year, but still well below the 3.7% average of the four years preceding the Covid-19 pandemic.

      • ScheerpostMacron Says Security Guarantees for Russia Needed for Future Peace Deal

        The French president’s comments drew criticism from Ukraine.

      • ScheerpostScott Ritter: Merkel Reveals West’s Duplicity

        War, it seems, was the only option Russia’s opponents had ever considered.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | A Mediator’s Guide to Peace in Ukraine

        There is a new glimmer of hope for a quick negotiated end to the war in Ukraine. 

      • Meduza‘We’ve been left to die’: In their own words, Mariupol residents describe life in the occupied city as winter sets in — Meduza
      • Counter Punch“They’re Militarizing the Cops Again, Hurroo, Hurroo”

        It just never ends, does it?

        While making my way through the newspaper (SFC) one day (Nov. 27, 2022), I came across a familiar story. Two cops in the Denver area had just been indicted for having killed a man who was sitting in his car. On June 10, the car had somehow started to slip down an embankment. The man had obviously gotten scared (it was the middle of the night), and called for help. When two cops showed up, they told him to get out of the car. He refused. He said something about being afraid. The media reports that they talked to him for about an hour. But he kept the window closed. Finally, they ordered him out of the car. Again, he refused. So they smash in the window of the car. He throws things at them. And they shoot him to death.

      • Common Dreams10,000+ Sign Open Letter Demanding Biden Order Paid Sick Leave for Railway Workers

        U.S. President Joe Biden faces mounting pressure to take executive action to ensure that freight rail workers have paid sick leave, including from an open letter spearheaded by The Lever that’s already been signed by over 10,000 people, according to the online news outlet.

        Calls for Biden to issue such an order have been stacking up since the U.S. Senate passed a resolution forcing rail workers on the verge of striking to accept a White House-brokered agreement without paid sick days. On Friday, the president signed the measure for which he’d advocated, provoking widespread working-class outrage.

    • Environment

      • Dawn MediaRussia to provide petrol, diesel to Pakistan at discounted rates: minister

        The decision comes a month after Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said that the country is considering buying discounted Russian oil, pointing out that neighbour India has been purchasing oil from Moscow and Islamabad also has a right to explore the possibility.

      • Counter PunchWhat Climate Debt Does the North Owe the South?

        Equally troubling has been the distribution of those carbon emissions. “With just below 20 percent of the world population, the Global North has overconsumed 70 percent of the historic carbon budget,” notes Meena Raman, president of Friends of the Earth Malaysia and head of programs at Third World Network, at a Global Just Transition webinar. “Those who became rich in a world unfettered in terms of emitting greenhouse gasses are responsible for much of the destruction we’re facing today.”

        Because of this large disparity in emissions and in wealth earned alongside those emissions, the rich countries of the north owe the poorer countries a kind of “climate debt.” Now, when carbon emissions have to be controlled severely, the north has a historic responsibility to help the south make its own transition to a post-fossil-fuel future.

      • The NationIt’s Time for Rich Countries to Pay Up—Before the Next Climate Disaster

        On October 29, 75-year-old Saifullah Paracha, Guantánamo Bay’s oldest detainee, was finally released by US authorities and flown home to his family in Karachi, Pakistan. He had been incarcerated for nearly two decades without either charges or a trial. His plane touched down in a land still reeling from this year’s cataclysmic monsoon floods that, in July, had covered an unparalleled one-third of that country. Even his own family’s neighborhood, the well-heeled Defense Housing Authority complex, had been thoroughly inundated with, as a reporter wrote at the time, “water gushing into houses.”

      • TruthOut750+ Groups Reject Inclusion of Manchin’s Dirty Deal in Pentagon Spending Bill
      • Common DreamsGroups Warn Pelosi, Schumer Against Allowing Manchin ‘Dirty Deal’ in Pentagon Spending Bill

        A broad coalition of environmentalists, public health campaigners, and progressive advocacy organizations on Monday issued a stern warning to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi not to include the so-called “dirty deal” on energy project permitting reforms in the mammoth military spending bill set to roll through Congress this month.

        “Every lawmaker who is accountable to their constituents, especially those facing the most severe environmental injustices, must do all in their power to block this bill and all future attempts to risk our lives for a profit.”

      • Counter PunchIrrigation Withdrawals as Ecological Vandalism

        At one time the Deschutes River had the most even flow of any river in the country. Due to numerous springs that provide most of its waters, the river varied little more than 6-8 inches between summer and winter with flows of 700-800 cubic feet per second. Today the river may be as low as 100 CFS in winter to over 2500 CFS in summer when irrigators use the upper segment of the river as an irrigation channel. This variation is devastating to the river’s aquatic ecosystem and dependent species.

        The annual fish kill is vandalism, pure and simple. If I were fishing and kept even one trout over the limit, I could be arrested and fined. If I were to dump a truckload of sediment in the river, I would be jailed. But every year, the irrigators, by reducing natural river flows kill tens of thousands or more of fish, and other wildlife, like Oregon spotted frogs. They also degrade the water quality of the Deschutes River with excess sediment with no consequence.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | COP27′s Greenwashing Scam

        As the annual UN climate conference, COP27, came to a close in late November, the talks produced a lot of lofty rhetoric but little concrete progress on the gravest threat facing humanity today.

      • Common DreamsReport Reveals Corporate Capture of Global Biodiversity Efforts Ahead of Summit

        With the next United Nations Biodiversity Conference set to kick off in Canada this week, a report out Monday details how corporate interests have attempted to influence efforts to protect the variety of life on Earth amid rampant species loss.

        “Addressing corporate capture of the CBD is a precondition for saving biodiversity.”

      • Energy

        • Hindustan TimesClimate activists deflate tyres of over 900 SUVs in ‘largest action’. Here’s why

          Climate activists’ group Tyre Extinguishers took their “largest ever night of action against SUVs”, with tyres of over 900 Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) deflated worldwide. The highest number of SUV tyres were deflated in the United Kingdom (340 SUVs), followed by Switzerland (172), Germany (124), France (112), Sweden (72), United States (52) and Austria (11).

          The group took action in Amsterdam and Enschede in the Netherlands, Paris and Lyon in France, Berlin, Bonn, Essen, Hanover and Saarbrucken in Germany, Bristol, Leeds, London and Dundee in the UK, Malmo in Sweden, Innsbruck in Austria, Zurich and Winterthur in Switzerland, and New York in the US.

        • The Independent UKTyres of 900 SUVs deflated in ‘biggest ever action’ by Tyre Extinguishers

          Environmental activist group Tyre Extinguishers claim to have deflated wheels on 900 SUVs in what they called their “largest-ever night of action”.

          The guerrilla group said they had targeted vehicles in seven countries across Europe and in New York on Monday night.

        • DNA IndiaDNA Special: Who are Tyre Extinguishers and how they are trying to fight pollution?

          The group claimed to have deflated the tyres of a record 900 vehicles at once for the first time. Earlier in September, this group had simultaneously deflated the tyres of 600 vehicles in 9 countries.

          The Tyre Extinguishers is an organised group fighting against pollution across the world. This group believes that SUVs cause a lot of pollution and that they are a symbol of luxury and status.

          The group has its website called www.tyreextinguishers.com, which mentions all the necessary information – why and how this group deflates tyres, how to join the group and what to do after that.

        • [Old] ForbesJust How Polluting Is Your SUV? This New Campaign Might Shock You

          To put it another way, it means SUVs are producing more emissions than the entire aviation industry. The IEA forecasts that if conventional SUV purchases continue at the same pace, by 2040 they will have offset the emissions savings of close to 150 million electric cars.

          New Weather Institute also points out that SUVs are more dangerous for pedestrians. In June, Forbes.com highlighted a study of vehicle crashes in three cities in Michigan which showed that 100% of pedestrians struck by SUVs travelling at over 40 mph or more were killed; only 54% of those struck by regular cars doing the same speed died. So great is the concern regarding the lethality of SUVs that British safety experts have called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to exclude American-made cars from post-Brexit trade deals.

        • [Old] WiredSUVs Are Worse for the Climate Than You Ever Imagined

          According to a summary analysis of a report by the International Energy Agency that was released on November 13, SUVs are the second-biggest cause of the rise in global carbon dioxide emissions during the past decade. Only the power sector is a bigger contributor.

          The analysis, which surprised even its own authors, found a dramatic shift toward SUVs. In 2010, one in five vehicles sold was an SUV; today it’s two in five. “As a result, there are now over 200 million SUVs around the world, up from about 35 million in 2010,” the agency reports.

        • [Old] IEAGrowing preference for SUVs challenges emissions reductions in passenger car market

          This trend is universal. Today, almost half of all cars sold in the United States and one-third of the cars sold in Europe are SUVs. In China, SUVs are considered symbols of wealth and status. In India, sales are currently lower, but consumer preferences are changing as more and more people can afford SUVs. Similarly, in Africa, the rapid pace of urbanisation and economic development means that demand for premium and luxury vehicles is relatively strong.

          The impact of its rise on global emissions is nothing short of surprising. The global fleet of SUVs has seen its emissions growing by nearly 0.55 Gt CO2 during the last decade to roughly 0.7 Gt CO2. As a consequence, SUVs were the second-largest contributor to the increase in global CO2 emissions since 2010 after the power sector, but ahead of heavy industry (including iron & steel, cement, aluminium), as well as trucks and aviation.

        • [Old] The ConversationFour reasons SUVs are less safe and worse for the environment than a regular car

          We urgently need to reduce the greenhouse emissions from road transport. The good news is that key markets like Europe are actually doing well in setting targets to reduce tailpipe emissions, and in many cases, hitting them early. However, SUVs could start to reverse this trend.

        • Eesti RahvusringhäälingRail Baltic route construction to begin in Kohila Municipality next year

          Rail Baltic Estonia (RBE) on Monday announced the first procurement for the construction of the main route of Rail Baltic, a planned high-speed railway connecting Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to the rest of Europe.

      • Wildlife/Nature

      • Overpopulation

        • [Old] Sci-fi InterfacesReport Card: Soylent Green (1973)

          Now that 2022 is almost behind us, we can breathe a small sigh of relief that Soylent Green is not true here in the year it was meant to take place. But let’s not pat ourself on the environmental back yet, we are still heading for a 2.4°C scenario and despite the small-seeming number, that’s disastrous. So no resting on laurels. There is still work to be done at a planetary level to avoid a collapse scenario where we are forced to choose between cannibalism and suicide by cinema.

    • Finance

      • Telex (Hungary)Hungary in near-critical situation – says Governor of Central Bank
      • TruthOutNew York Mayor’s Plan to Round Up Homeless People Is a Trauma-Inducing Horror
      • ScheerpostWill LA’s New Mayor Karen Bass Reset the City’s Labor and Housing Markets?

        Or will her administration stand by as a series of high-profile sporting events turn the city into Doha on the Pacific?

      • Counter PunchRail Workers Shafted Again

        If you happen to be sick, you still better report in or lose wages. If you are injured on the job, you may be inclined to cover it up because your employer will do everything in their power to put the blame on you. If there are unsafe working conditions, you better keep your mouth shut, because if you speak up your employer is going to look for a pretext to fire you.

        Those are the conditions under which railroad workers live, and the backdrop of the current labor dispute in which workers once again were shafted. This time it was by the Biden Administration and Congress, which just voted to forbid railroad unions to strike, and imposed a settlement that unions had voted against. An overwhelming majority on both sides of the aisle voted days before a cooling off period ended, which could have resulted in a strike during the holiday shipping period. The politicians said they feared damage to the economy. They had another option to extend negotiations another 60 days, but voted it down.

      • TruthOutLet’s Take Up the Railroad Workers’ Fight for Paid Sick Leave. We All Need It.
      • Common DreamsAfter US Prevents Railway Strike, South Korea Moves to Crush Truckers

        An order by South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol for thousands of truckers to end their strike last week drew comparisons to a “dictatorship,” but Yoon on Monday was preparing to expand the order to truck drivers in the petroleum and steel industries, ignoring their calls for fair pay. 

        Truck drivers in South Korea have been on strike for nearly two weeks, demanding a permanent adoption of the country’s Safe Trucking Freight Rates System (STFRS)—a minimum rate introduced in 2020 that truckers say has allowed them to make a living without increasing their workloads and driving unsafely in order to make a certain number of deliveries.

      • Counter PunchTax the Rich? We Did That Once
    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • MeduzaAlexey Kudrin joins Yandex as part of reorganization plan — Meduza

        Alexey Kudrin, the former head of Russia’s Audit Chamber, has announced that he has accepted an offer to join Yandex as a corporate development advisor:

      • The NationGeorgia Democrats Are Going Into Overdrive to Reelect Raphael Warnock

        At first it seemed that exactly what Senator Raphael Warnock needed to prevail in the December 6 runoff against Republican Herschel Walker was happening: People all over the metro Atlanta area were waiting hours in line to vote early last weekend, almost all of them for Warnock.

      • Counter PunchThe Volatility of US Hegemony in Latin America: Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Haiti, and China

        In this larger context, the socialist triad of Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua are addressed below along with the importance of Haiti.

        Henry Kissinger once quipped: “To be an enemy of the US is dangerous, but to be a friend is fatal.” He presciently encapsulated the perilously precarious situations in the “enemy” states targeted for regime change by the imperial power – Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua – as well as the critical consequences for Haiti of being “friended.”

      • Counter PunchDon’t Mess With the Constitution

        “A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution,” Trump posted on his Truth Social media website.

        He meant, of course, the 2020 election that he has been saying was “rigged” since before it even started.

      • TruthOutTrump Calls for “Termination” of Constitution to Put Him Back in Power
      • TechdirtTechdirt Podcast Episode 338: Scrutinizing “The Twitter Files”

        Last Friday evening, Elon Musk and Matt Taibbi dropped a non-bombshell on everyone, with the revelation of internal Twitter documents about the content moderation around Hunter Biden’s laptop that showed… nothing particularly unusual or notable happened, and there’s no evidence of government interference. Over the weekend, Mike was interviewed by Justin Hendrix for the Tech Policy Press podcast for a closer look at just what was contained in “the Twitter Files”, and we’ve got the whole conversation for you here on this week’s episode.

      • MeduzaProsecution requests life sentences for former Russian senator Rauf Arashukov and his father — Meduza

        The state prosecutor requested a life sentence for Rauf Arashukov, a former senator from the Karachay-Cherkess Republic.

      • MeduzaLatvian authorities revoke broadcasting license of exiled Russian TV station Dozhd — Meduza

        Latvia’s National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) is revoking the broadcasting license of the independent Russian news outlet Dozhd (TV Rain), the council’s chairman, Ivars Āboliņš, said on Tuesday.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Midterms Mean Cities and States Are Where Workers Must Fight to Improve Their Jobs

        While voters on a national level handed control of the House to Republicans in the midterms, they simultaneously decisively backed stronger state and local protections for workers—from a $15 minimum wage in Nebraska, to banning so-called right-to-work laws in Illinois, to finally prohibiting involuntary servitude in four states. With Washington returning to divided government, states and cities will be the frontlines of progress as workers organize to demand new solutions to improve their jobs and lives. The past few months provide a road map for what that is likely to look like, as workers across the country—especially Black and brown workers facing some of the worst job conditions—have been fighting for and winning important new policies at the state and local levels to promote better jobs, a greater voice at work, and protection from the worsening climate crisis.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • The Tribune INMonk sentenced to 18-month imprisonment in Tibet

        In 2011, Lobsang Choephel was arrested for resisting and protesting against the “patriotic education campaign” or “legal education” that the Chinese authority had forced on monks along with an indefinite ban on normal religious activities at the monastery said the Central Tibetan Administration.

      • Vice Media GroupRamzan

        Two European security services told VICE World News on the condition of background that the reports of Abdurakhmanov’s death were credible enough for them to take action in their own countries to increase protections for other Chechen dissidents, although Sweden has yet to officially confirm any details.

      • RFERLProminent Chechen Blogger, Kadyrov Critic Killed In Sweden

        Colleagues of Chechen blogger Tumso Abdurakhmanov told RFE/RL’s Russian Service that he had been shot dead on the night of December 1-2, confirming earlier reports of his killing.

        Swedish authorities have not issued a statement on the matter.

      • New York TimesChina Stems Wave of Protest, but Ripples of Resistance Remain

        None of those local acts amount to a major challenge to Mr. Xi and the Communist Party. But they suggest that residents are less afraid of challenging officialdom, albeit in more measured, tactical ways. They often invoke China’s own laws and policy pledges, an approach that is less likely to draw the wrath of Communist Party leaders.

      • MeduzaRussian ebook site Litres asks authors to rewrite books in response to new anti-LGBT law — Meduza

        The Russian ebook service Litres will remove all books that are at risk of falling under Moscow’s new ban on “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships” and is recommending that authors rewrite the books to make them eligible for the company’s store again.

      • The Globe And Mail CADespite peace deal, Tigray still cut off from world as internet shutdown persists – The Globe and Mail

        More than a month after a much-publicized Ethiopian peace agreement, six million people in war-ravaged Tigray are still largely cut off from the world. Their voices have been silenced by one of the world’s most prolonged internet shutdowns, and there is still no end in sight.

        The shutdown, including phones as well as internet access, has left many Tigrayans struggling to learn the fate of their families in the devastated region in northern Ethiopia, where a brutal war erupted in November, 2020 as the national army tried to crush a rebellion by the regional government.

        “My entire family, my father, aunts and uncles, are all trapped in Tigray,” said Maebel Gebremedhin, a Tigrayan activist in the United States. “I’ve been unable to speak to them. I don’t know who’s alive and who’s not.”

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Hollywood ReporterLayoffs Begin at CNN Amid Warner Bros. Discovery Cost-Cutting Plan

        In a memo Wednesday morning, CNN CEO Chris Licht wrote that the channel will inform paid contributors Wednesday as part of a new reporting strategy, with full-time employees being informed of their status on Thursday.

      • Scheerpost“Publishing Is Not a Crime”: The New York Times Joins the Fight to Free Assange

        In 2010, Chelsea Manning, then a U.S. Army intelligence analyst, provided WikiLeaks with “Cable gate” and other documents containing evidence of U.S. war crimes. They included the Iraq War Logs: 400,000 field reports describing 15,000 unreported deaths of Iraqi civilians, as well as systematic rape, torture and murder after U.S. forces “handed over detainees to a notorious Iraqi torture squad.” They also contained the Afghan War Diary, which included 90,000 reports of more civilian casualties by coalition forces than the U.S. military had reported, and the Guantánamo Files — 779 secret reports with evidence that 150 innocent people had been held at Guantánamo Bay for years, and 800 men and boys had been tortured and abused, in violation of the Geneva Conventions and the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

      • TechdirtMedia Organizations Ask US To Drop Charges Against Assange

        While it seems difficult for some to balance these things, it remains entirely possible to think that Julian Assange is, generally speaking, a horrible human being, who was likely easily played like a fiddle by foreign nation states looking to play influence games in other nations… and that the US’s charges against him remain absolute bullshit and a threat to freedom of the press. That’s basically the position we’ve held since day one.

      • TechdirtIs It Possible To Get Fair Coverage Of The Link Tax Bill When The News Orgs Covering It Are The Main Beneficiaries?

        We’ve been covering the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA), which is a blatant handout by Congress in the form of a link tax that would require internet companies pay news orgs (mainly the vulture capitalist orgs that have been buying up local newspapers around the country, firing most of the journalists and living off of the legacy revenue streams) for… daring to send them traffic. We’ve gone over all the ways the bill is bad. We’ve gone over the fact that people in both the House and the Senate are (at this very moment) looking for ways to sneak it into law when no one’s looking. Indeed, there are reports that there will be an announcement tonight that it’s included as a part of the National Defense Appropriations Act (NDAA).

      • The DissenterItalian Journalist’s Book Chronicles Her Time As A WikiLeaks Media Partner
    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • The PrintProtests in China give chance to focus on Tibet and all minority groups: Tibetan scholar

        Following his talk in cooperation with the Amis du Tibet association in Luxembourg, the Chinese Embassy in the European nation said that the claims have no truth. The news report citing Tibet Action Institute report said that more than 80,000 children have been forced to attend boarding schools and have been banned from Tibetan language education.

        According to the Phayul report, Dr Gyan Lo was one of the primary sources to the Tibet Action Institute report. An eyewitness who saw the impacts of the ‘repressive school system’ fled China and took refuge in Canada.

      • The NationAfter 3 Decades, Yale Graduate Workers Are Finally Unionizing

        Though grad workers form the backbone of the university, Local 33 argues that they are not receiving proper compensation, which is well below the necessary wage needed to live in New Haven. Additionally, the current graduate worker health care plan lacks access to dental and mental health care. Local 33 organizers stress that a union can attack many of these problems while helping the university become a place that better respects worker input in their decision-making. For Fentress, a union will be a meaningful space for grad workers to better advocate for themselves while also making campus more democratic.

      • India Today‘Giving election tickets to Muslim women against Islam’: Ahmedabad cleric sparks row

        He said he strongly opposes the idea of giving tickets to women as they will have to conduct door-to-door campaigns if they contest elections and speak to everyone regardless of their religion.

      • NBCIran protesters brush off morality police uncertainty and seek to build pressure with strikes

        The demonstrations against her death have morphed into a wider movement, parts of which are demanding outright revolution, the strongest challenge to the theocratic regime since it came to power in 1979.

      • CS MonitorAre Iran’s protestors gaining ground? It’s hard to tell.

        Saturday’s announcement could signal an attempt to appease the public and find a way to end the protests in which, according to rights groups, at least 470 people have been killed. More than 18,000 people have been arrested in the protests and the violent security force crackdown that followed, according to Human Rights Activists in Iran, a group monitoring the demonstrations.

      • Hollywood ReporterVideo Game Workers Launch Union Drive at Microsoft-Owned ZeniMax Studios

        About 300 quality assurance (QA) workers at The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle developer are attempting to join the Communications Workers of America (CWA), the union announced on Monday. The workers are based at company sites in Hunt Valley and Rockville, Maryland and Austin and Dallas, Texas. Per the CWA, Microsoft has agreed to voluntarily recognize the union if a majority of the ZeniMax Studios workers vote to join in a card count.

      • Hollywood ReporterNickelodeon Studios Production Workers Go Public With Wage Concerns During Union Drive

        TAG, an IATSE Local, said Monday that it is attempting to unionize 177 production managers, production coordinators, post production assistants, art production coordinators and asset coordinators, among others, at the studio. Though TAG has been busy organizing production workers at studios including Bento Box Entertainment and ShadowMachine since the start of the year, “To date, this is the largest bargaining unit of production workers to organize under The Animation Guild,” TAG said in a statement. According to TAG, a “supermajority” of this group voted to join the Guild in a card count.

      • MedforthGermany: Iraqi man suffocated his sister four days after marrying her new husband to restore family honour

        Sozan A. had separated from her husband and married someone else. Judge Herbert Pröls (60): “In the eyes of the family this was a disgrace. The brothers were supposed to restore the so-called family honour with the murder.”

      • MeduzaInterpol declines to extradite Alexander Nevzorov and several other writers and journalists facing criminal charges in Russia — Meduza

        The Interpol has declined Russia’s request for the extradition of several writers and journalists facing criminal charges in Russia: Alexander Nevzorov, Alexander Soldatov, the former policeman Oleg Kashintsev, and the blogger Veronika Belotserkovskaya. All of them have been charged with spreading “fakes” about the Russian army, punishable by up to 15 years in prison under Article 207 of the Russian Criminal Code.

      • Meduza‘Stop this madness immediately’ Facing a nine-year prison sentence, Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin uses his courtroom statement to urge Putin to end the Ukraine war — Meduza

        Ilya Yashin is poised to become the first opposition politician in Russia to be imprisoned for speaking the truth about atrocities committed against civilians in Bucha. State prosecutors have asked Moscow Judge Oksana Goryunova to lock away Yashin for nine years and then ban him from using the Internet for another four as punishment for comments he made during a livestream where he discussed how occupying Russian troops murdered and abused the residents of the Kyiv suburb earlier this year. In his closing statement on Monday (later published on his Telegram channel), Yashin appealed to President Putin, urging him to end the war with Ukraine immediately. Meduza translated Yashin’s courtroom speech, omitting the very introduction. His verdict is expected on Wednesday, December 7, 2022.

      • MeduzaProsecution requests 9-year sentence for opposition politician Ilya Yashin, charged with Bucha ‘fake’ — Meduza

        The state prosecutor has petitioned the court to sentence the opposition politician Ilya Yashin to nine years in prison, on charges of spreading “fakes” about the Russian army. The Criminal Code article on spreading army “fakes” provides up to 10 years as punishment for disinformation.

      • The NationStaughton Lynd Never Lost the Courage of His Convictions

        Few American radicals rivaled Staughton Lynd, who died on November 17, in the longevity of their activism or the range of issues they pursued. For six decades, Lynd, an historian and lawyer, put himself on the front lines of struggles for racial equality, against the Vietnam War, for worker rights, against deindustrialization, for Palestinian rights, in the defense of prisoners, and against the death penalty. Once a nationally known figure, feted on the left and fretted over by President Lyndon Johnson, over time Lynd increasingly turned to local struggles and a low-profile style of politics, so that by the time he died his name had largely slipped out of public view.

      • Democracy NowAbandoned? Meet a Student Suing Yale for Pressuring Those with Mental Health Needs to Withdraw

        A group of current and former Yale students is suing the Ivy League university over what they say is “systemic discrimination” against students struggling with mental health issues. In a lawsuit filed last week, they say school administrators routinely pressure students to withdraw from Yale rather than accommodating their mental health needs, a practice that disproportionately hurts students of color, those from poor or rural backgrounds and international students. For more, we speak with Alicia Abramson, a current Yale student and one of the named plaintiffs in the lawsuit, who says she was pushed to withdraw while dealing with an eating disorder, depression and insomnia, which led her to lose her health insurance and most of her tuition. “It certainly felt like Yale was abandoning me when I was in need of the most help,” says Abramson. We also speak with attorney Monica Porter, with the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, and Miriam Heyman, a researcher at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University.

      • Democracy NowThe Jailscraper vs. Chinatown: NYC Residents Fight Construction of World’s Tallest Jail

        Residents of New York’s Chinatown are speaking out against the construction of a new megajail in the neighborhood that would be a third as high as the Empire State Building, which would likely make it the tallest jail in the world, if finished. The so-called jailscraper is part of an $8 billion plan to build new jails across the city in order to retire the infamous Rikers Island facility, but opponents say that money would be better spent on social services, harm reduction and other initiatives that would better serve the community. Jan Lee, co-founder of the community group Neighbors United Below Canal, says Chinatown residents are interested in “creating a more humane environment for those who are incarcerated.” We also speak with Christopher Marte, who represents the area on New York City Council, and Jon Alpert, co-founder of the community media center DCTV, based in Chinatown for half a century, who has been documenting the struggle.

      • TruthOutPrison COVID Policies Fell Short. Incarcerated Activists Fight for Their Lives.
      • Papers PleaseDHS resets the clock on its threat to stop flyers without ID

         

        Soccer fans have been noticing unusually large amounts of stoppage time added on to extend the final whistle in many of this year’s World Cup matches. But FIFA and World Cup referees have nothing on the US Department of Homeland Security when it comes to extending the end of the game of REAL-ID chicken that the DHS has been playing with air travelers.

      • Counter PunchLetter from London: This Fenced-Off Narrow Space Assigned to Me

        I don’t much like confrontation. I resent polarisation. Just two reasons I have hated politics so much of late. Jeffrey St Clair touched upon this kind of disinclination in his essay ‘The Retail Carrion Feeders of Rural America’ from his book ‘An Orgy of Thieves: Neoliberalism and Its Discontents’ with the late Alexander Cockburn. In it he meets up with old friends in southern Indiana at a place he knows well but at the time of writing is in sudden and serious decline, telling the reader he rarely talked about politics, usually finding it the most boring topic on earth. Even at my first ever protest I had to bring work into it rather than leave it just to politics. We have so many institutionalised people. Politics, especially, thrives on them. My first protest took place on a simple and open patch of windswept dunes close to Dunbar in Scotland more than 40 years ago. It was at the site of a planned nuclear power station at a spot known as Torness Point. I recited to roughly 3,000 people a 3,000-word poem I’d written, coming in at a tidy one word per person, I may have joked at the time. Among the sand dunes and reeds was a young and gifted Irishman called Robin singing Irish ballads through a prematurely grey beard, including one about only a river running free. None of us made a difference. The power station was built. In phantasmagorical fashion, the only thing to nearly shut it down several years later was a large intake of jellyfish. People say true change has to come from within. I guess I just didn’t have the right nuclear power station inside of me.

        At least there is such a thing as advancement in a protest-free zone. More recently, I was about to visit my outstanding friend Godfrey Devereux at a yoga retreat he was running close to Angoulême in France when I was badly bitten by two wasps above the left eye. I tried not to protest. The only sunglasses I could find for the train journey in order to save the world from my rather horrific swelling was a giant Haight-Ashbury-style pair with a generous flower-patterned frame. I looked like a latter-day Merry Prankster. It was my second trip down there making a film on a budget and largely out of love about the epic journeying of someone — Godfrey — within. This was a tall order but I learned much from the experience. During a third trip to a similar event run again in part by Godfrey and the prodigious Olivia Crooks in Spain outside Barcelona, one of Godfrey’s students from Germany who worked in theatre spoke of the importance on a stage of an actor finding the light. Thinking about this last week, while thinking also about protest, I took down my copy of Jack Kerouac’s ‘The Dharma Bums,’ a book Godfrey recommended to me in my teens. (Everything connects.) Godfrey has a print edition of his book ‘Radical Ecology’ out soon in which he explains among other things the possibility of feeling secure in a big bad world. In Kerouac’s book, I was interested in the character Japhy Ryder — based on mountaineer poet Gary Snyder — enjoying the same kind of security pinpointed so brilliantly by Godfrey. Though different in their stories and their telling, I feel sure he and Snyder would agree on one thing — the longer the friendship lasts, the more it inspires — just as too much fury and anger in physical protest easily spoils the party. Maybe it is all about finding the light.

      • Counter PunchThe Volatility of US Hegemony in Latin America: the Pink Tide Surges, 2018-2022

        This electoral wave, according to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, speaking at the Climate Summit in November, “open[s] a new geopolitical age to Latin America.” This “Pink Tide” challenges US hemispheric hegemony, whose pedigree dates back to the 1823 Monroe Doctrine.

        The tidal surge

      • Counter PunchFreedom isn’t Just Another Word For a Job Left to Lose

        Their shock evidently isn’t at socialists being anti-business.  The editorial posits that employers being “allowed to hire and fire whom they choose” makes “the free market better respected,” unrestricted not only by legislation — such as a proposal from the New York City Council’s Tiffany Cabán to require “just cause or a legitimate economic reason” for terminations — but organized labor negotiation.  “Unions aren’t always appropriate,” since they can keep “rubber-room teachers or excessive-force cops” on the payroll.

        What should be startling is that the assumptions that workers have it better than they would in a freer market, and that their bargaining power is bad for business, have lasted so long.

      • TechdirtHundreds Of Hong Kong Cops Illegally Accessed Woman’s Case File After Her Arrest For Public Indecency

        Cops gonna cop, as Rachel Cheung reports for Vice.

      • Common DreamsRight-Wing SCOTUS Majority Signals Support for Anti-LGBTQ+ Reactionaries

        With rights advocates rallying outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, the right-wing majority of the court appeared poised to rule in favor of a web designer who aims to discriminate against LGBTQ+ couples when she creates wedding websites, as the justices heard arguments in the case 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis.

        The court’s six right-wing justices asked a number of pointed questions of Colorado Solicitor General Eric Olson and the state’s principal deputy solicitor general, Brian Fletcher, as they defended Colorado’s public accommodation law.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Ruling Class Broke the Railway Strike—Because That’s What It Means to Be the Ruling Class

        The Congressional decision to prohibit railroad workers from going on strike and force them to accept a contract that meets few of their demands is part of the class war that has defined American politics for decades. The two ruling political parties differ only in rhetoric. They are bonded in their determination to reduce wages; dismantle social programs, which the Bill Clinton administration did with welfare; and thwart unions and prohibit strikes, the only tool workers have to pressure employers. This latest move against the railroad unions, where working conditions have descended into a special kind of hell with massive layoffs, the denial of even a single day of paid sick leave, and punishing work schedules that include being forced to “always be on call,” is one more blow to the working class and our anemic democracy.

      • Common DreamsFears of Escalation as Ukraine Answers Russian Missile Onslaught With Strike Deep Inside Invader’s Territory

        Ukraine’s forces launched unmanned aerial drone attacks on two military bases deep inside Russia on Monday amid the latest wave of Russian missile strikes on Ukrainian cities, raising fears of an escalation in the nine-month war. 

        In what The New York Times described as “its most brazen attack into Russian territory,” Ukraine’s military fitted antique Soviet-era Tupolev T-141 photo-reconnaissance drones with explosive warheads and launched them at two bases hundreds of miles from the Ukrainian border. One of the strikes reportedly killed three Russian troops and wounded four others, while damaging two warplanes.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The International Persecution of Refugees Must End

        Almost anyone would agree that war is horrifying and peaceful countries should do their best to help its victims. The widespread eagerness to welcome fleeing Ukrainians after Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded their country last February is a heartening example of such aid. But behind that altruism lies an ugly truth: most of the countries embracing Ukrainians are simultaneously persecuting equally desperate refugees from elsewhere.

      • AccessNowThe EU AI Act must protect people on the move

        The European Union Artificial Intelligence Act (AI Act) will regulate the development and use of ‘high-risk’ AI, and aims to promote the uptake of ‘trustworthy AI’ whilst protecting the rights of people affected by AI systems.

        However, in its original proposal, the EU AI Act does not adequately address and prevent the harms stemming from the use of AI in the migration context. Whilst states and institutions often promote AI in terms of benefits for wider society, for marginalised communities, and people on the move (namely migrants, asylum seekers and refugees), AI technologies fit into wider systems of over-surveillance, criminalisation, structural discrimination and violence.

        It is critical that the EU AI Act protects all people from harmful uses of AI systems, regardless of their migration status. We, the undersigned organisations and individuals, call on the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, and EU Member States to ensure the EU Artificial Intelligence Act protects the rights of all people, including people on the move.

      • AccessNowEU AI Act must protect all people, regardless of migration status – Access Now

        All people must be protected from the dangers of discriminatory artificial intelligence (AI), including those migrating, seeking asylum, and living with an irregular migration status. Through a joint statement, Access Now, European Digital Rights (EDRi), Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), Refugee Law Lab, and 163 civil society organisations and 29 individuals are calling on the European Union (EU) to ensure the Artificial Intelligence Act (AI Act) centres the rights of marginalised people and communities on the move in its goals to successfully regulate the development and use of “high-risk” AI, and prevent irreversible harm by prohibiting certain AI systems.

        As it reads, the EU AI Act does not adequately address and prevent the harms stemming from the use of AI in the migration context, and the IMCO and LIBE Committees of the European Parliament must immediately amend the current proposal.

        “Artificial intelligence tech is being deployed to intimidate, discriminate, and categorise certain groups of people,” said Caterina Rodelli, EU Policy Analyst at Access Now. “The EU has a responsibility to ensure the fundamental rights of all are upheld inside, outside, and at every border across the Union, and that these new tools are not used to reinforce prejudice and perpetuate oppression of certain groups. The AI Act must be amended now.”

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • TechdirtWireless Carriers Find That Nobody Cares About 5G Despite Years Of Hype

        We’ve noted for a long time how the “race to 5G” was largely just hype by telecoms and hardware vendors eager to sell more gear and justify high U.S. mobile data prices. While 5G does provide faster, more resilient, and lower latency networks, it’s more of an evolution than a revolution.

    • Monopolies

      • New YorkerCory Doctorow Wants You to Know What Computers Can and Can’t Do

        The second time we spoke, Doctorow told me that he had eight books in production. “I’m the kind of person who deals with anxiety by working instead of by being unable to work,” he explained, when I asked how he was handling the ongoing pandemic. Among those eight books were “Chokepoint Capitalism,” co-written with the law professor Rebecca Giblin and published this past September, and “Red Team Blues,” a novel set in the world of cryptocurrency, which will come out in April. In the course of two interviews, Doctorow discussed the right and wrong lessons that one can learn from science fiction, the real dangers of artificial intelligence, and the comeuppance of Big Tech, among other topics. Those conversations have been edited for length and clarity.

      • Software Patents

        • Middle East North Africa Financial Network, Inc.Why We Need Open-Source Science Innovation — Not Patents And Paywalls

          The basic idea is a professor would patent an invention that could be mass manufactured and then reap licence revenue for 20 years.

          This does happen. However, a tidal wave of academic study after study, have shown that patents actively hamper innovation .

          This is because most innovation builds on other ideas and there is no“fair use” for patents.

          It is illegal to even experiment on a patented idea without a licence. If you need to wait 20 years to build on a good idea, it obviously takes a lot of time to innovate. Historically innovation moved rather slowly, now the rate of innovation is fast. Consider now how ancient a 20-year-old phone would be in your pocket.

          Some academics like science and engineering professors do make money on patents for their universities . But the patent revenue they keep tends to be meager, because the costs to get the patent must first be recovered before the inventors get anything.

      • Copyrights

        • The VergeAI-generated answers temporarily banned on coding Q&A site Stack Overflow

          The site’s mods said that the ban was temporary and that a final ruling would be made some time in the future after consultation with its community. But, as the mods explained, ChatGPT simply makes it too easy for users to generate responses and flood the site with answers that seem correct at first glance but are often wrong on close examination.

        • Creative Commons20CC: Open Works from CC’s 20th Anniversary

          In November 2022, CC brought the 20th anniversary celebration to an official close with both online and in-person activities. Highlights from these events were a collection of new open works showcasing the creativity and power of the open community. Take a tour down the page to explore video, digital experiences, music, and visual arts, all made to mark 20 years of Creative Commons and now part of the open commons for everyone to share and remix.

        • Torrent FreakFilmmakers Want to Link ISP Subscriber Data to ‘Pirating’ YTS and Reddit Users

          As part of an ongoing piracy liability lawsuit, Internet provider WOW! was ordered to hand over the personal details of hundreds of subscribers to a group of filmmakers. Among other things, rightsholders want to cross-reference the details with YTS and Reddit accounts. With backing from WOW!, several subscribers are refusing to have their identities exposed.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Are We Adults Yet?

        My single friends (and I, I guess) aren’t looking for “men” or “women”. They’re looking for “guys” or “girls”. Just, y’know, guys and girls aged roughly 30-40.

        Is it just in my circles or is this a linguistic generational shift? It’s not like I react in any way if someone uses the words “woman” or “man”, but I think we more often use the more youthful equivalents.

        This makes sense in a way, because our generation doesn’t marry or stay married to the same extent as our parents. A partner you have who is neither your wife, husband, or fiancée is called girlfriend or boyfriend. We just don’t really more “adult” words for them, so to speak. You never hear someone talk about their manfriend or womanfriend, in fact my spellchecker doesn’t even recognise those words. Likewise a male friend or a female friend are distinctly set apart from boyfriend or girlfriend. They’re expressions signalling that one has a friend of the opposite gender with whom one is explicitly not romantically involved.

      • Why monsters have HP

        We often hear advice that DMs should just ignore HP or change it on the fly since it’s a narrative game anyway. Now, if that’s how a table likes playing, and the players are on board with this, then yeah, that’s fine.

        I’m never gonna do this, though. Why? Because before I started running D&D, I came from rules-less, dice-less, stat-less, splat-less, feat-less, class-less, story games. Pure narrative games.

        I still play those kinds of games sometimes. If you want a reco, Untold: Adventures Await is great.

      • 🔤SpellBinding: LMYPRTO Wordo: TRUL
    • Technical

      • Programming

        • CSS Themes Exist Now!?

          Yeah news to me too! Seems like according to the MDN it’s been supported since 2019 for most browsers and supported by all by now.

          This is so wild!


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

Links 06/12/2022: FreeBSD 12.4 and Inkscape 1.2.2

Posted in News Roundup at 2:06 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Ars TechnicaNo Linux? No problem. Just get AI to hallucinate it for you | Ars Technica

      On Monday, Ars found that the trick still works. After entering this prompt, instead of chatting, OpenGPT will accept simulated Linux commands. It then returns responses in “code block” formatting. For example, if you type ls -al, you’ll see an example directory structure.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • Download Inkscape 1.2.2 | Inkscape

        Inkscape 1.2.2 is now available for download on Linux, Windows, and macOS.

        This is a maintenance and bug fix release that includes 4 crash fixes, over 25 application bug fixes, 5 extension bug fixes and 13 improved user interface translations.

      • DebugPointTop 5 Live Streaming Applications for Ubuntu and Other Linux [2022 Edition]

        This post lists the top five live streaming applications for Ubuntu Linux with features, highlights, download details, and comparison.

        It is the best time to incorporate online video content for your business. Why? Because research suggests that the global online video market is growing at a rate of ~20% per year.

        And thanks to some excellent software from developers, it has become easy for anyone to create video content and stream them over several popular platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. If you think about it, you see you are consuming more video content today while online than text-based content.

        So, in this post, we will list out some of the free software for Ubuntu and other Linux primarily that are easy to use for creating super interesting live streaming content for you and your businesses.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • UNIX CopHow to install Guest Additions on Rocky Linux 9/Alma Linux 9 /Red hat 9 ?

        We recently explained how to install VirtualBox 7 on Rocky Linux 9 / Alma Linux 9 / Red Hat 9. Now you will learn how to install Guest Additions on these systems. You’ll see that it’s simple.

      • ID RootHow To Install ClamAV on Fedora 37 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install ClamAV on Fedora 37. For those of you who didn’t know, Clam is an open-source antivirus engine that is used for trojans, viruses, malware and other malicious threats. ClamAV offers a Command-line scanner, a Milter interface for Sendmail, an Advanced database updater, and built-in support for archive formats, ELF executables + Portable Executable files, and popular document formats. It was developed for Unix and has third-party versions available for AIX, BSD, HP-UX, Linux, macOS, OSF, and Solaris.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of ClamAV on a Fedora 37.

      • Make Use OfHow to Enable Fingerprint Login on a Laptop Running Ubuntu

        Fingerprint authentication is more secure than traditional password-based authentication. Here’s how to set up a fingerprint login on Ubuntu.

        Biometric authentication methods such as facial or fingerprint recognition, are an effective way to keep your device secure and protect it from unauthorized access.

        If you’ve purchased a laptop recently, there’s a good chance it has a fingerprint scanner, which you can use to enable fingerprint login. Unlike Windows, though, using the fingerprint scanner for login on Linux isn’t as straightforward, albeit it’s gotten a bit easier over the years.

        Here’s how you can enable fingerprint login on a laptop running Ubuntu to secure it and protect your data onboard.

      • ZDNetWhat are AppImages and how do you use them on Linux? | ZDNET

        Linux has several viable routes to installing applications. There’s every distribution’s built-in package manager, such as apt, dnf, zypper, and pacman. There are also Snap and Flatpak packages and even installing from source.

        Another method is called the AppImage, which is a unique format for distributing Linux applications in such a way that they don’t require installation and can be run without admin privileges. In other words, you download the AppImage for an application and run it. That’s it.

      • ZDNetHow to use the Pop!_OS Tiling feature (and why you should) | ZDNET

        Unless you’ve been around the desktop block a few times, you might not be aware that some desktop interfaces are far more efficient than others. And it’s not only about usability, it’s also about making everything work as seamlessly as possible and helping create an environment for the user that is efficient and simple.

        Linux has that in spades. You’ll find a plethora of different desktops available, some of which will be immediately familiar and simple to use, and others that offer more features and complications.

      • nixCraftHow to convert video to GIF in Linux using ffmpeg CLI

        n this quick Linux tip, I will explain how to convert a VIDEO file such as .mp4 into a gif file using the ffmpeg -i input.mp4 output.gif command syntax under Linux and Unix-like operating systems such as macOS.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install the Brave Beta browser on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install the Brave Beta browser on a Chromebook.

        If you have any questions, please contact us via a Rumble comment and we would be happy to assist you!

      • Major HaydenConfigure multimedia keys on a Ducky One keyboard

        My Ducky One 2 keyboard arrived around two years ago and I love it. I type more accurately and that clackety sound gives me that old computer feeling. (I went with Cherry MX Blue switches.)

        Although it proviees some basic controls for media, such as muting and adjusting volume, there are no buttons for pausing music or switching to different tracks. That function exists, but it takes some configuration to work.

      • Linux LinksLenovo ThinkPad T470 Ultrabook running Linux – Part 3 – Installing Manjaro – LinuxLinks

        This is a blog looking at a refurbished Lenovo ThinkPad T470 Ultrabook running Linux. Refurbished PCs offer a great solution to your computing requirements.

        Our refurbished ThinkPad T470 came with Windows installed.

        The first action we took was to wipe Windows and install a Linux distribution. Let’s take you through the process.

      • Network WorldConverting numbers on Linux among decimal, hexadecimal, octal, and binary | Network World

        You might not be challenged very often to convert numbers from one numbering system to another but, when you are, you can do it with either of two fairly easy commands on the Linux command line.

        Converting in your head can be taxing, especially for longer numbers. While the decimal numbering system allows any digit in a number to have any of ten values (0-9), digits in hexadecimal numbers can have 16 (0-F), digits in octal numbers only eight (0-7) and digits in binary numbers only two (0-1).

        And, whether you like it or not, from time to time you are likely to run into numbers displayed in hex or octal, and knowing how to convert them from one number base to another can come in handy.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • It’s FOSS‘Don’t be Afraid to Contribute’: Mirko Brombin Talks about Vanilla OS and Other Future Projects

      There are many interesting personalities in the Linux and open-source world.

      We aim to interact with them and share their stories/thoughts with you. While we did a few interviews in 2021, we are resuming the mission to share insightful conversations with amazing folks in our open-source and Linux universe.

      [...]

      Vanilla OS was born mainly out of a need of mine and a desire to experiment. I have been a Linux user for many years and have tried many distributions. They always suffered from the lack of certain features and concepts that led me to compulsively distro-hop. In recent years I have been a happy user of Silverblue, a distribution that made me explore the benefits of immutable systems.
      Silverblue is a fantastic project. It’s one of the most solid distributions I have tried. However, it does not fully meet my needs. Maintaining Bottles often requires me to play games for testing purposes, and having an NVIDIA GPU, I have had quite a few problems with Silverblue, from driver installation to constant driver breakage and a distinctly noticeable drop in performance.

      Let’s be clear, NVIDIA is a problem in every distribution but there is much that can be done to improve the quality of life for users using these GPUs, such as guiding driver installation, pre-configuring the setup for Optimus (Integrated+Dedicated) laptops, and allowing PRIME profile switching in an easy way. To date, only Ubuntu and derivatives have been pre-configured for this workflow.

    • BSD

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • D-Installer needs your help | YaST

        Now that the headline got your attention, let’s start with the good news – D-Installer development is progressing just fine. What’s the matter then? To answer that question is important to make a difference between D-Installer itself and the live ISO image we provide for everyone to test it. So let’s break this post into sections.

    • Debian Family

      • Sparky GNU/LinuxSparky 2022.12 – SparkyLinux

        A December update of Sparky rolling iso images is out, it features Linux kernel 6.0.10 of the 6.0 line, and other updated packages from Debian and Sparky testing repos as of December 5, 2022.

        The most important change is about the Calamares and Sparky CLI Installer – fixed an issue of installation on btrfs file system.
        Also fixed detecting efi module in CLI Installer.
        Installed GParted back to live iso as requested.

      • 9to5LinuxArmbian 22.11 Adds RISC-V 64, Banana Pi M5, ODROID-M1, and Rock Pi 4C+ Support

        The Armbian 22.11 release is here more than three months after Armbian 22.08 and introduces support for the Banana Pi M5, ODROID-M1, and Rock Pi 4C+ single-board computers, RISC-V 64 UEFI build support, as well as improved support for the ROCK Pi S Rockchip RK3308-based single-board computer.

        This release also adds ultra minimal images that have been optimized for software deployment, improves stability by freezing kernel upgrades by default, implements Plymouth boot splash support for Linux kernel 5.19 or later, and adds support for the gpiod library to ARMhf and AArch64 server and desktop images for accessing GPIO pins/lines.

      • CNX SoftwareArmbian 22.11 released with 64-bit RISC-V UEFI, ultra minimal images support – CNX Software

        Armbian 22.11 has just been released with three new SBCs, support for 64-bit RISC-V UEFI, a new ultra-minimal image optimized for software development, and various improvements.

        Armbian was born as a framework to build better OS images, usually Debian or Ubuntu, for Arm-based single board computers from Orange Pi, Hardkernel (ODROID), FriendlyElec, Banana Pi, and others, but now with the release of Armbian 22.11, support for the RISC-V architecture has started since the system can now generate 64-bit RISC-V UEFI images.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • CNX Software$200 Swarm M138 kit enables two-way satellite connectivity for IoT projects – CNX Software

        Sparkfun has launched a Satellite Transceiver Kit based on the Swarm M138 satellite and GNSS modem that allows low-bitrate two-way connectivity for IoT projects anywhere on earth.

        Remote IoT applications have benefited from LPWAN standards such as LoRaWAN and NB-IoT, but in some extreme cases coverage may still be challenging, so satellite communication may be the only practical option. It used to be really expensive, but Swarm makes this more affordable, and companies like SigFox and Semtech also have (or had?) plans to use low-earth orbit satellites for their respective LPWAN technologies.

      • LiliputingLilbits: Comparing single-board computers, Thunderbird for Android, and Nothing’s next phone could come to the US – Liliputing

        This year marks the 10th anniversary of the first Raspberry Pi computer hitting the streets. And while the folks at Raspberry Pi certainly weren’t the first to release a compact, low-power, single-board computer, they were among the first to offer such a device at a low cost, while encouraging adoption by educators, students, and hardware and software hackers.

        Over the past decade we’ve seen hundreds of additional products flood this space. Keeping them all straight can be a lot of work… but the folks at HackerBoards (previously Boards-DB), have produced a pretty great resource for finding and comparing specs for many known single-board computers. The site’s been around for a while, but it recently relaunched with additional features and more detailed specs.

      • ArduinoDIY digital spool scale tells you how much filament is left | Arduino Blog

        We’ve all been there: you’re about to start a new print job and the filament on the spool is looking pretty sparse. You start the print hoping that there is enough filament for the job, but it runs out 90% of the way through and your part is ruined. A filament runout sensor will help you address this problem when it occurs, but this DIY digital spool scale will prevent the problem altogether.

        Every popular slicer on the market will provide a fairly accurate estimate of the amount of filament (in mass and length) that a job will require. To determine if you have enough filament, you just need to know the length of the filament left on the spool or its weight. Figuring out the length is almost impossible unless you track the feed over time, but it is easy to weigh the filament. As long as you can subtract the weight of the spool (set the tare), you can determine if you have enough filament. This device both weighs the current spool and subtracts the tare.

      • PurismSpotlight on PureBoot Restricted Boot [Ed: They call it restricted and still do that anyway]

        Most Big Tech efforts to secure the boot process give the vendor control over what software you are allowed to boot on your laptop, with keys they control.

        With PureBoot Restricted Boot, you can lock down your boot firmware to only boot trusted, signed executables both on a local disk and USB, so you control the keys. Let’s see how you tighten down your boot security with Restricted PureBoot in this video.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • TecMintShell In A Box – A Web-Based SSH Terminal to Access Linux via Browser [Ed: Updated and recycled, presented like it is then "new"]

      Shell In A Box (pronounced as shellinabox) is a web-based terminal emulator created by Markus Gutschke. It has a built-in web server that runs as a web-based SSH client on a specified port and prompts you to a web terminal emulator to access and control your Linux Server SSH Shell remotely using any AJAX/JavaScript and CSS-enabled browsers without the need for any additional browser plugins such as FireSSH.

    • MedevelSystem Designer: Free Low-code System Modeler and UML Designer

      System Designer is a free open source app that helps you to design systems and system components and generate the right classes for your workflow requirement.

    • MedevelCarbon Is an Awesome Data Reporting tool

      Carbon is a free open source report generator that allows you to generate reports from many file formats as well as office suites like Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and LibreOffice.

      If supports many formats that include PDF, DOCS, XLSX, ODT, PPTX, ODS, XML, CSV and JSON files.

      Carbon can be used on desktop, installed on the cloud, as well as on-premise. The cloud version is GDPR-compliant.

    • GNU Projects

      • Denver Gingerich Appointed SFC’s first Director of Compliance – Software Freedom Conservancy

        Today Software Freedom Conservancy announces that as part of its ongoing efforts to achieve widespread GPL compliance across the tech industry, SFC promotes Denver Gingerich to Director of Compliance.

        SFC is the only organization actively defending Linux’s license (the GPL version 2) among the various other projects for which SFC enforces. While enforcing the GPL (and other FOSS licenses) is never SFC’s preferred approach, the number of egregious violations of the GPL (including examples such as Vizio) requires SFC to take action given its charitable mission of sustaining FOSS projects, which cannot exist without a fair reciprocal relationship in the organizations and for-profit companies that use them.

    • Programming/Development

      • Perl / Raku

      • Python

        • An update on the SPDX python-tools – Linux.com

          Discussions regarding the development and direction of the SPDX Python tools often happen in the weekly meetings or smaller rounds and are not always visible to interested parties. This blog post intends to fill this gap, providing a condensed version of what was done and what is to come. It also should make visible what we (TNG) are accomplishing in the context of an OpenSSF-sponsored project. It is intended to be the first in a series of such posts.

          [...]

          Over the past two months, 48 PRs were closed, out of which 21 had been open for up to several years. In some cases, the original contributors finished their contributions after a review; in others, we took over and finished the work they started. Some of these PRs were small, and others were large and conflicting – and it’s a relief for everyone that it’s no longer necessary to scan 10+ PRs for possible conflicts or overlaps before making a small change.

          On the side of open issues, the number was reduced from 51 to… 52. To put these numbers into much-needed perspective, though, 25 “old” issues (created before September) and 19 “new” issues were closed. Many new issues were discovered while working on the tools and will be tackled in time, along with the remaining older issues. They are not considered a priority now and will be easier to resolve after some much-needed refactoring (more on that later).

      • Rust

        • Rust BlogLaunching the 2022 State of Rust Survey | Rust Blog

          It’s that time again! Time for us to take a look at who the Rust community is composed of, how the Rust project is doing, and how we can improve the Rust programming experience. The Rust Survey working group is pleased to announce our 2022 State of Rust Survey! Whether or not you use Rust today, we want to know your opinions. Your responses will help the project understand its strengths and weaknesses, and establish development priorities for the future.

  • Leftovers

    • Security

      • USCERTCISA Adds One Known Exploited Vulnerability to Catalog [Ed: This is only about Chrome being an insecure piece of garbage]

        CISA has added one new vulnerability to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities Catalog, based on evidence of active exploitation. This type of vulnerability is a frequent attack vector for malicious cyber actors and pose significant risk to the federal enterprise. Note: To view the newly added vulnerabilities in the catalog, click on the arrow in the “Date Added to Catalog” column, which will sort by descending dates.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Cryptome

        The founder of Cryptome has asked to be a co-defendant in the case against Julian Assange, for publishing the same documents as Wikileaks. Godspeed! Cryptome and a number of other sites have now been added to the media guide with annotated links to independent media sites.

      • “Until I’m rescued from this Chinese fortune cookie factory, I might as well make the best of it!”

        I appear to have this knack for getting odd Chinese fortune cookie fortunes. I’ve yet to get the “Help! I’m trapped in a Chinese fortune cookie factory!” but this is darned close…

      • Colour Printing

        As a teenager I got the opportunity to work on copper plates and I made my first prints during a few summer weeks. Today I wouldn’t consider them particularly good, not even in comparison to my drawings and paintings from the same period. Somewhat later, in 1992, I did another drypoint but still the technique didn’t appeal to me so I left it aside. About seven years ago I took up printmaking in earnest, starting with linoleum and later returning to intaglio. My previous experience probably should have proven useful, except that I didn’t really remember very much of it. The smell of the ink, certainly, but not the craft.

      • Quick Thoughts on the Lord of the Rings Books

        I recently finished reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy for the first time. I’ve mentioned before that I love the movies and enjoyed the new tv series, so I went into the book knowing the major plot points. Now that I’ve finished the books, I figured I’d share some of my thoughts. There’s going to be plenty of spoilers, but I don’t really care with a story this old and popular.

    • Technical

      • The First Radio I Ever Built

        When I was a kid, I came across an old book about crystal set radios. These were simple pre-vacuum-tube AM receivers using a pyrite or galena crystal and a handful of hand-made parts. I decided to build one.

        Mind you, I was a little kid, maybe four or five years old, but the instructions seemed clear to me. There was a big coil, which I made from a paper tube and some string. A pebble made a fine crystal. There was something that looked like a piece of wrapped candy, which I later learned was a capacitor. Candy it was. By the end of the day, my work was complete, and I attached a headphone made from a sponge with a piece of twine.

      • Perpetual November

        It was 1979 when Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis came up with the idea of a distributed network allowing users on different servers to post group messages to one another. Up to this point bulletin board systems were lone islands where you could communicate with just the group who dialed in. ISPs didn’t really exist yet as there wasn’t much to the internet. With Truscott and Ellis’ contribution, servers were able to pass along group messages, and the islands were now connected. University students, hobbyists and those working in the technology were still the majority of those on the new Usenet service, but it soon became a rather popular.

        Through the 80′s and into the 90′s more and more services popped up. During all this time the community on Usenet grew, created customs, coined terms and generally went on as communities do. While people would slowly trickle in, the only times there would be a large influx of new users was in the fall when freshmen college students started logging on for the first time. After a few months things would settle down. New users would get used to the slang, the etiquette and how it all worked. It wouldn’t be until the next fall semester when a new batch would show up and make some noise.

      • Programming

        • Weathering Heights

          This however does not fit within 80×24 terminals, and having to temporarily resize a terminal to make that one application work seems dubious. Maybe there’s a flag to make the display less full of empty space and lines?


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

12.05.22

Links 05/12/2022: Gnoppix Linux 22.12 and Armbian 22.11

Posted in News Roundup at 5:18 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • Ubuntu PitBest Linux Desktop Environment: 16 Reviewed and Compared [Ed: Page updated]

        The world of Linux Desktop Environments is vast and ever-evolving. With so many options available, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. Whether you need a lightweight and efficient environment for business purposes, want the best gaming experience possible, or require an environment with high levels of privacy and security, there’s a Linux Desktop Environment out there for everyone.

        Another thing to note is that installing a distro comes with a desktop environment already set up. However, so many popular desktop environments are available that it might be difficult for someone new to choose which one fits their needs best. With that in mind, I created this comprehensive guide on the best Linux desktop environments. Regardless of your level of expertise, this tutorial will help you find the perfect one for your needs.

      • Make Use Of6 Reasons Why 2022 Wasn’t the Best Year for Chromebooks

        Chromebooks hit an all-time popularity high in 2020 as billions of people were forced to stay home, and discovered they needed a cheap way of entertaining themselves, working, and engaging with the education system. But 2021 saw sales drop off sharply to 37.3 million units, and it’s estimated that a mere 30 million Chromebooks will have shipped by the end of 2022.

        With 2023 appearing over the horizon, the future looks bleak for Chromebooks. Why is it so?

      • XDACan the HP Envy x360 (2022) run Linux?

        The easiest and safest way to run Linux on the HP Envy x360 (2022) is through virtualization tools. If you’re on Windows 11 Pro, you can use Hyper-V on Windows to install Linux on a virtual machine. Just search for it in the Start Menu and follow the steps on your screen. If you’re on Windows 11 Home, you can also install Linux on a virtual machine through an app like Oracle Virtualbox.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • HackadayHow Realtime Is Your Kernel? Scope A GPIO To Find Out | Hackaday

        When debugging something as involved as kernel scheduler timings, you would typically use one of the software-based debugging mechanisms available. However, in cases when software is close to bare metal, you don’t always need to do that. Instead, you can output a signal to a GPIO, and then use a logic analyzer or a scope to measure signal change timing – which is what [Albert David] did when evaluating Linux kernel’s PREEMPT_RT realtime operation patches.

        [...]

        What could you use this for? A lot of hobbyists use realtime kernels on Linux when building CNC machine controllers and robots, where things like motor control put tight constraints on how quickly a decision in your software is translated into real-world consequences, and if this sounds up your valley, check out this Linux real-time task tutorial from [Andreas]. If things get way too intense for a multi-tasking system like Linux, you might want to use a RTOS to begin with, and we have a guide on that for you, too.

    • Graphics Stack

      • NVIDIA Ships Vulkan Extensions to Support Accelerated RTX™ IO on Windows and Linux

        NVIDIA RTX™ IO is a suite of technologies that enables rapid GPU-based asset decompression and loading. NVIDIA’s GDeflate GPU decompression format delivers IO-saturating performance on modern NVMe devices. GDeflate is used in Microsoft’s DirectStorage API, and now NVIDIA is contributing the technology for consideration by the Vulkan working group at Khronos. Two new NVIDIA Vulkan extensions to accelerate RTX IO are were released in the Vulkan 1.3.233 update and are supported in the latest NVIDIA drivers on both Linux and Windows. VK_NV_memory_decompression handles decompressing assets on GPU, and VK_NV_copy_memory_indirect handles copying decompressed data to Vulkan buffers/images.

      • MoltenVK Added to Two Switch Emulators

        Two switch emulators have recently added MoltenVK to their back-end for portability and benchmarking…

    • Benchmarks

    • Applications

      • Cockpit 281 — Cockpit Project

        Override your system’s style with Cockpit’s new style switcher. It’s great for the times when you might want a dark Cockpit but your system is in light mode. Or vice versa.

        Additionally, some browsers have issues picking up on the correct system dark mode setting, so this lets you manually set the mode you prefer.

        You can find the style switcher in the session menu.

      • MedevelTermdbs: Manage your Databases and CSVs from the Terminal

        Termdbs is a free open-source lightweight terminal app that allows you to view and edit local database (SQLite) and large CSV files.

        It offers a straightforward terminal interface that you can easily use with many useful shortcuts, or by using your mouse and mouse scroll.

        With Termdbs, you can navigate database tables, simple browse any number of columns or rows, query your database with a query manager, and many other features.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • ByteXDHow to Set Up Wireguard VPN Server on Ubuntu 22.04

        WireGuard is an open-source general-purpose VPN that was initially released for the Linux kernel. Now it is used across multiple platforms i.e. Windows, macOS, Android, etc. The WireGuard VPN supports both IPv4 and IPv6 connections.

        WireGuard uses public and private keys to establish encrypted tunnels between peers to ensure security. It is much faster compared to other VPN protocols such as OpenVPN and IPSec.

        In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to set up WireGuard on a Ubuntu 22.04 Server. First, let’s take a look at the prerequisites needed for this tutorial and make sure you have everything ready before proceeding further.

      • ByteXDHow to Update phpMyAdmin to the Latest Version

        Sometimes the repository response time becomes slow and does not deliver the updates. Or you might be facing compatibility issues with your current version of phpMyAdmin.

        Whatever the reason, this tutorial is going to show how you can update your phpMyAdmin to the latest version manually.

      • Linux HandbookHow to Create Large Files in Linux

        Creating files in Linux is something we do all the time. Mostly you create an empty text file with the touch command and then add content to it.

        But what about creating new files of a certain size?

        When you are troubleshooting something or want to test in some particular scenario, you may require large files bigger than a certain size. Let’s say 500 MB or 2 GB.

        Now, you cannot create an empty file and then start writing garbage text in it. You can never be able to create a file of 1 GB in size this way.

        Thankfully, you don’t have to manually create large text files. There are various commands that allow you to create large files of predefined size. They won’t have desired tex. Just some random garbage but you’ll get the file of your desired size.

        Let me show how to do that.

      • Writing Single-Line, Inline, and Multi-line Comments in Linux Shell Script

        Like other programming languages, bash provides you with the option to ignore a single line, inline, or a block of lines from execution.

        The comments always received the least attention due to their simplicity but played a very important role while being used in a program or script.

        You can use them to describe the block of lines in your script that can help you understand what you did in the past; others can also benefit from this. Or, you can use the comments to skip the block of lines while debugging your script.

        In this article, you will learn three ways to comment lines in your shell script.

      • What is Exit Status Code ($?) of Last Command in Linux

        The “$?” is a built-in variable that your shell uses to store the exit status code of the last executed command in integer format and remains unchanged unless the next command is executed.

        Using this exit status code, you can debug the problem that occurred while executing the command, which can be extremely beneficial in shell script error handling.

      • ID RootHow To Install phpMyAdmin on Rocky Linux 9 – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install phpMyAdmin on Rocky Linux 9. For those of you who didn’t know, phpMyAdmin is a free and open-source tool that enables you to manage MySQL and MariaDB databases from the web browser. It provides a robust and user-friendly interface for managing databases, tables, database users, basic crud operations (create, read, update, delete), and so much more.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the phpMyAdmin on Rocky Linux. 9.

      • DebugPointHow to Create Ubuntu, Linux OS Bootable USB in Windows

        A short tutorial for beginners on creating a bootable USB stick in Windows with Ubuntu/Linux ISO images.

        A bootable Ubuntu USB is handy for multiple reasons. Suppose you are a Windows user and thinking of migrating to Linux. In that case, you can experience Ubuntu desktop/Linux desktops without hampering your PC configuration or installation using a Live USB stick. Also, using this, you can boot from the USB stick directly from an Internet Cafe or any borrowed computer. Not only that, if you have a broken system, you can always use the USB stick to boot from and repair the broken system/recover data. Here are the steps to follow to create a bootable Ubuntu USB from Microsoft Windows.

      • Red Hat OfficialLearn how Unix influenced Linux, understand Ansible lists and dictionaries, and more tips for sysadmin | Enable Sysadmin

        Check out Enable Sysadmin’s top 10 articles from November 2022.

      • Beginners Guide for Set Command in Linux

        The set command is a built-in Linux command that can display or modify the value of shell attributes and positional parameters inside the current shell environment.

        This modification can help to debug your script by finding undefined variables, errors, job control, printing commands as they are executed, and automatically exporting variables and functions in sub-shell.

      • Beginners Guide for Unset Command in Linux

        The set command is a built-in Linux command that can display or modify the value of shell attributes and positional parameters inside the current shell environment.

      • Red HatHow to trace application errors using SystemTap | Red Hat Developer

        Low-level library functions and kernel system calls on Linux report errors by returning a POSIX error code such as ENOENT or EINVAL. With SystemTap, an open source tracing toolkit maintained by Red Hat, it is possible to look inside the Linux kernel to debug the problem. This article demonstrates how to investigate the cause of an error code using SystemTap with the whythefail.stp script.

        [...]

        This article demonstrated how source code inspection and SystemTap tracing could narrow down the causes of a confusing error code. With the help of whythefail.stp, we utilized the general information provided by an EINVAL error code and traced the Linux kernel’s implementation of the system call to understand which argument was invalid and why. We also illustrated how debugging tools could double as program understanding tools for programmers whose code interacts with an unfamiliar project. When we used whythefail.stp, our goal was not to diagnose a problem within the kernel itself but to understand the kernel’s internals and behavior in more detail than the documentation conveys.

      • CitizixHow to install and configure Redpanda on Debian 11

        Redpanda is a Kafka®-compatible streaming data platform that boasts of being 10x faster and 6x more cost efficient. It is also JVM-free, ZooKeeper®-free, Jepsen-tested and source available. It is distributed as a single binary with everything thus allowing you to deploy in minutes. It works natively with Kafka tools.

      • LinuxiacHow to Add a User in Linux [With Examples]

        This guide shows how to add a user in Linux using the useradd and adduser commands or utilizing the GUI tools that the desktop provides.

      • ID RootHow To Install Docker Compose on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Docker Compose on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Docker Compose is a utility that permits you to run multi-container application setups based on YAML definitions. It creates fully customized environments with multiple containers that have the capability to share data volumes and networks using service definitions. Once you have a Compose file, you can create and start your application with a single command.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Docker Compose on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.

      • Ubuntu HandbookFix TypeCatcher (Google Fonts Installer) does not launch in Ubuntu 22.04 | UbuntuHandbook

        This simple tutorial shows how to fix the launching issue for TypeCatcher in Ubuntu 22.04 or other Linux with Python 3.9 & higher.

        TypeCatcher is a simple GTK application to download and install Google webfonts for off-line use. The app is available to install in Ubuntu Software for all current Ubuntu releases. However, it does not launch in Ubuntu since 21.10.

      • OSTechNixSetup SFTP Server With SFTPGo In Linux – OSTechNix

        This detailed guide explains what is SFTPGo, how to install SFTPGo in various Linux distributions, and finally how to setup a SFTP server with SFTPGo in Linux.

      • Red Hat Official6 ways to get information about your CPU on Linux

        Getting insight into what CPU you’re running is a useful trick to know.

      • LinuxConfigHow to perform unattended Linux installations with Kickstart

        Kickstart is an automatic installation method natively available on those distributions which uses the Anaconda installer: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (and its clones) and Fedora. It can also be used to install Ubuntu, actually, but in that context it acts as a layer of compatibility to the debian-native preseeding method. With Kickstart we can perform unattended, customizable and reproducible installations.

        In this tutorial we learn the basics of Kickstart, and we see how to perform an unattended installation of a Fedora Workstation system.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • My Window Manager Environment Desktop | A Transformed Life

        This is going to be another one of those Linux posts that I put up here for my own reminders. I don’t know if anyone else will ever read or appreciate these, but I’ve found them helpful. To wit:

        The Desktop Environment vs. Window Manager debate. Lots of people who use Linux spend time deciding on which Desktop Environment they want to use. Windows users don’t really have that option: Microsoft chooses your Desktop Environment, and that’s the end of it. That’s why Windows 98 looked so different from Windows XP, which looked different from Windows 7, which looked different from Windows 8, to Windows 10 and 11. (I bought a new computer last month, and I was *shocked* at how much Windows 11 looked like… a Linux desktop called Gnome. I hated it, but I’m not a Gnome fan.)

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • KDEGuest Post: OpenUK Awards 2022 Sustainability – KDE Eco

          This is a guest post by Jonathan Esk-Riddell for the KDE Eco blog about the OpenUK Awards.

          OpenUK is an advocacy organisation for open tech (software, hardware and data) in the UK. We run various activities and I have had the priviledge of hosting the award ceremony for the last few years.

          Last year at COP26 in Glasgow I announced KDE Eco, the KDE project to measure and certify apps as energy efficient. For those reading this who aren’t familiar, KDE is an open source community making apps for Linux and other platforms. KDE Eco has two parts, FOSS Energy Efficiency Project, developing tools to improve energy efficiency in free and open source software development. And Blauer Engel For FOSS, working with German Environment Agency to create eco-certification with the Blauer Engel label for desktop software.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Timothée RavierCommunity maintained images for toolbox (and distrobox) – Siosm’s blog

      In this post I will discuss how we made community maintained container images for common Linux distributions available for use with toolbox (and distrobox) and why we can not call them “official”.

      What is toolbox (or toolbx)?

      But first, let’s start with a bit of context. On image based Linux distributions (such as Fedora Silverblue, Fedora Kinoite, Fedora CoreOS, etc.), it is not practical to install random packages the way you may be used to do on classic package based Linux distributions. You are expected to run applications in containers, either via Flatpak for graphical applications, or via podman for command line ones.

      While you can directly manage your own custom container images and environment configurations, it is not useful to have everyone rediscover what to do thus a new tool has been created to make that easier: toolbox (or toolbx) (containers/toolbox on GitHub).

      Toolbox lets you easily create a mutable and persistent environments inside containers that are well integrated with your host system.

    • Barry KaulerEasyOS advancing to Kirkstone-series

      That’s the current intention anyway. The Dunfell-series started in early 2020, and I am running into problems with libraries etc. being too old.

    • Reviews

      • Distro WatchReview: CachyOS 221023 and AgarimOS

        Last week I took to the DistroWatch waiting list in search of new distributions to try. One which caught my eye was CachyOS. The distribution’s website describes the project as follows:

        “CachyOS is a Linux distribution based on Arch Linux. The default Linux kernel is linux-cacule which is the Arch Linux stock kernel plus the CacULE CPU Scheduler.

        The project currently supplies three editions: KDE (2.2GB), GNOME (2.2GB), and a self-described command line edition which is 952MB. The command line (CLI) edition doesn’t appear to be updated as often or as recently as the desktop editions. The CLI edition is eight months old at the time of writing while the two desktop editions are just over a month old.

        The distribution’s website mentions some key features, including the Cachy-Browser which is a web browser forked from LibreWolf. The website also mentions a tool called Firejail Toggle which will enable sandboxing for recognized applications. The CachyOS website also mentions one-click support for installing the operating system on ZFS, an advanced filesystem. Alternatives, XFS, ext4, Btrfs, and F2FS are reportedly supported at install time.

        I decided to download the KDE edition of CachyOS. Booting from the provided media brings up a menu offering to start the live distribution normally or with NVIDIA drivers enabled. The system loads and presents us with the KDE Plasma desktop with a strong blue-on-blue theme. A panel is placed along the bottom of the screen with the desktop’s application menu and system tray. A dock-like set of launchers appears in the middle of the panel.

        Once the live desktop loads, a welcome screen appears. This screen is divided into three columns. In the first column we find buttons which provide us with documentation, release information, and a link to the project’s wiki. The second column includes a link to the forum and a button called “Software” which connects us with the distribution’s repository of custom package builds. The third column links us to source code and tips for getting involved with developing the distribution. At the bottom of the welcome window is a button which launches the Calamares system installer.

        The welcome screen also features a drop-down menu where we can select our preferred language. Strangely, selecting different languages doesn’t do anything. The welcome window and the Plasma desktop remain displaying English, regardless of which language I picked.

    • New Releases

      • Linux Magazine4MLinux 41.0 is Now Stable and Ready for Use

        The developers behind 4MLinux have changed the status of 41.0 to STABLE, which means it’s ready for prime time.

        4MLinux 41 is now available for general use and includes plenty of updates. There are new applications to be had, including FileZilla, XPaint, and GNU Paint, a command-line tool for managing NVM-Express partitions, a small collection of games, LibreOffice 7.4.3, GNOME Office (AbiWord, GIMP, Gnumeric), Dropbox, Firefox, Chromium, Thunderbird, the Audacious music player, VLC, SMPlayer, Wine 7.18, and more.

        With the release of 4MLinux 41.0, it is now possible to install on a BTRFS partition, with the help of Syslinux acting as a boot manager.

        This lightweight Linux distribution ships with kernel 6.0.6 and Mesa 22.1.4, and uses JWM (Joe’s Window Manager) as the desktop interface.

      • Gnoppix 22.12 Release

        Today I’m happy to announce Gnoppix 22.12 Release.

        The update includes bug fixes, security updates, Kernel 6.x , starting with Gnome 43.2 and lot of performance improvements, lot of new security tools!

      • DebugPointGnoppix Linux 22.12 is out with GNOME 43, Kernel 6.0, + More

        The successor of the legacy live-cd Knoppix project, Gnoppix Linux is designed specifically for use in penetration testing and reverse engineering. It is optimized for web application security and for protecting digital rights. In addition to its focus on security, Gnoppix can also be used as a regular desktop operating system. It is a rolling release that receives frequent updates and new features.

        At its core, it is based on Kali Linux and Debian-rolling for some parts. And brings a GNOME desktop in contrast with Xfce for Kali Linux.

      • Armbian 22.11 – Armbian

        - added Bananapi M5, Odroid M1 and Rockpi 4C plus

        - enabled community images with weekly release cycle

        - added ultra minimal images optimized for software deployment

        - added RiscV64 UEFI build support

        - improved support for Rockpi S

        kernel upgrade is frozen by default to improve stability

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • OpenSUSEThe openSUSE forums move from vBulletin to Discourse – openSUSE News

        Maybe you have read this announcement in openSUSE forums and asked yourself what this will mean for the way you use the forums. Even more when you may not understand, or only vaguely understand, what the words vBulletin and Discourse mean.

        You will understand that the website forums.opensuse.org runs software that handles not only the interface with you, but also stores and manages the threads with the posts, and the user administration of the forum members. The software package used is named vBulletin. It is a commercial package and as such brings considerable costs.

        Because all software that stays alive will move to new versions, this is also the case with vBulletin. That will mean that all of the adaptions that were made in the openSUSE instance had to be converted to the new version. At such a moment, it is time to look if a different solution might be better. We will not burden you with all the details, but the result is that vBulletin will be replaced by a different and open-source (which fits into the openSUSE product approach: Discourse.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: CPE Weekly Update – Week 48 2022

        This is a weekly report from the CPE (Community Platform Engineering) Team. If you have any questions or feedback, please respond to this report or contact us on #redhat-cpe channel on libera.chat.

        We provide you both infographics and text version of the weekly report. If you just want to quickly look at what we did, just look at the infographic. If you are interested in more in depth details look below the infographic.

      • Enterprisers ProjectHow data analysts can help CIOs bridge the tech talent shortfall | The Enterprisers Project

        Digital transformation has increased interest in AI, ML, and DevOps talent to revolutionize the customer experience through automation and personalization.

        While these positions are essential, it may not make sense for every company to prioritize them, especially those that don’t already have a cohesive data strategy. While digital progress and tech investments will continue, leaders must first prioritize how their company manages its data.

      • Enterprisers Project7 AI predictions for 2023 from IT leaders

        December is here, so you know what that means: holiday parties, new year’s resolutions, and a slew of technology predictions. We decided to focus on a trend that matters most urgently to IT leaders—concrete artificial intelligence (AI) insights for your team and business.

        The potential impacts of AI are wide-ranging—as are the related forecasts, on everything from sentient to generative and responsible AI, to collaboration and automation. What will matter to IT leaders in 2023? We talked to AI and IT career experts to ask their opinions.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • The Register UKLinux Mint 21.1 enters beta, should arrive by Christmas • The Register

        The first beta version of Mint 21.1 is now available for download, and the flagship Cinnamon desktop edition contains the biggest change, with a new version of the desktop.

      • UbuntuHigh-performance computing (HPC) technologies: what does the future hold? [part 6] | Ubuntu

        It’s always difficult to predict the future, but we expect to see plenty around easing the deployment of applications and clusters for HPC. Composability is positioned to grow with the advent of new server components. Schedulers continue to advance. Quantum computing is getting closer each year, with new updates expected in the years to come. Alternative architectures are growing in use and becoming more mature. Ubuntu is positioned to work well everywhere, so it will be a great asset for organisations looking to use HPC. Let’s explore technological innovations surrounding:

      • UbuntuJoin Canonical and the financial services open-source community at OSSF NY | Ubuntu

        OSFF is a global conference hosted by the Linux Foundation FINOS that brings together experts across financial services, technology, and open source to engage in stimulating and thought-provoking conversations about leveraging secure open source to solve financial services industry challenges.

        This event showcases recent developments and the direction of open source in financial services. It provides practical knowledge and guidance on best practices, open-source tools and technologies in the industry.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Linux GizmosRugged Edge Mini-PC equipped with i.MX 8M Plus and dual 2.5GbE LAN ports

        The datasheet also mentions that the ISR215 is based on the IBR215-Q316I SBC which also provides access to two HD MIPI-CSI interfaces supporting up to 12MP cameras.

        iBASE also specified that “Standard BSP support for Yocto and Android and design-in services are provided to help customers rapidly develop and deploy their innovations.”

    • Open Hardware/Modding

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers/Web Servers

      • Chromium

      • Mozilla

        • ThunderbirdThunderbird For Android Preview: Modern Message Redesign

          The road to bringing you a great Thunderbird email experience on Android devices begins with K-9 Mail, which joined our family earlier this year. And we’ve been busy improving K-9 Mail as we prepare its transition to Thunderbird for Android in Summer 2023. (Check out our roadmap for updates!)

          Last week we showed you the new Swipe actions in K-9 Mail 6.400. Today, it’s something even more exciting: a completely redesigned message view!

        • MozillaHow we’re making Firefox accessible and delightful for everyone

          I joined Mozilla in 2017 as an accessibility engineer and soon became the tech lead for accessibility. But for years prior, I was already deeply involved with the company. I co-created NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) in 2006, a screen reader for blind and vision impaired people like me. We wanted to make Firefox and NVDA work as well as they could together to provide everyone the best possible access to the web.

          With NVDA, I helped change the world for a lot of people through a free and open-source screen reader. Now at Mozilla, I get to do the work from the browser side of things – making sure Firefox continues to work efficiently alongside assistive technology as the internet evolves constantly and rapidly.

          This International Day of Persons with Disabilities, I want to take a moment to share how we’re working to make Firefox not just accessible. We want to make sure the browser is also delightful, efficient and easy to use for everyone, including the more than 1 billion people around the world who live with disabilities.

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

    • Programming/Development

      • Perl / Raku

        • Rakulang2022.49 ReleaseMas Again – Rakudo Weekly News

          This week saw a new Rakudo compiler release (2022.12 by Justin DeVuyst) with a nice bunch of new features and bug fixes, a new Cro release (mostly to fix a testing issue that would inhibit installation by default) and a new release of the Podlite editor (0.4.0, with markdown block support, /r/rakulang comments). Nice prezzies!

  • Leftovers

    • Security

      • Bruce SchneierCAPTCHA

        As an actual human and not a bot, I had no idea how to answer. Is this a joke? (Seems not.) Is it a Magritte-like existential question? (It’s not a bicycle. It’s a drawing of a bicycle. Actually, it’s a photograph of a drawing of a bicycle. No, it’s really a computer image of a photograph of a drawing of a bicycle.) Am I overthinking this? (Definitely.) I stared at the screen, paralyzed, for way too long.

      • Bleeping ComputerHackers hijack Linux devices using PRoot isolated filesystems [Ed: This only impacts machines that are already compromised some other way]

        PRoot is an open-source utility that combines the ‘chroot’, ‘mount –bind’, and ‘binfmt_misc’ commands, allowing users to set up an isolated root filesystem within Linux.

      • LinuxSecurityHere’s Why You Should Get Started With Open Source Log Analytics & Monitoring Today!

        One of the biggest benefits of using open source monitoring tools is that they are usually free. This can save organizations a considerable amount of money, especially if they already use other open-source software applications.

        Additionally, many open source applications come with a wide range of features and plugins that can be used to customize the application further to meet an organization’s specific needs.

        Another big benefit of using open source monitoring solutions is that they tend to be more flexible than commercial options. This can give organizations more control over the monitoring tool, giving them a better understanding of how it works and how you can use it to your advantage.

      • LWNSecurity updates for Monday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (awstats, chromium, clamav, g810-led, giflib, http-parser, jhead, libpgjava, node-cached-path-relative, node-fetch, and vlc), Fedora (fastnetmon, kernel, librime, qpress, rr, thunderbird, and wireshark), Red Hat (kernel, kernel-rt, and kpatch-patch), Slackware (mozilla), SUSE (cherrytree and chromium), and Ubuntu (libbpf, libxml2, linux-gcp-5.15, linux-gke, linux-gke-5.15, and linux-gke).

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Internet Freedom FoundationDigital Transparency: A Right to Information Report for November 2022

        For the month of November 2022, IFF has filed 5 Right to Information (“RTI”) applications. In significant responses, we obtained submissions made in the public consultations on the consultation paper on Need for a new legal framework governing Telecommunication in India and on the India Digital Ecosystem Architecture 2.0 from the Department of Telecommunications and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, respectively.

      • Internet Freedom FoundationGovernment to reply to petition on search of mobile devices:

        In October 2022, the Foundation for Media Professionals (‘FMP’) approached the Supreme Court seeking regulation of the police’s power to search or seize electronic devices. In the petition, they highlighted that existing laws do not regulate how authorities search or seize electronic devices. The lack of regulation enables them to engage in dubious practices, such as mandating individuals, with or without reasonable suspicion, to grant access to their mobile devices. The Supreme Court has directed the Central Government to reply to the Petition within 8 weeks. FMP was represented by Senior Advocate Siddharth Aggarwal. IFF provided legal support.

        [...]

        On October 18th, 2022, a bench led by Justice K.M. Joseph issued notice in the petition and tagged it with an ongoing case titled Ram Ramaswamy & Ors. v. Union of India & Ors.. In that case, the Union Government has already filed a reply. Today, a bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justice S.K. Kaul and Justice A.S. Oka heard FMP’s petition as well as the ongoing case. After hearing submissions from Senior Advocate Siddharth Aggarwal, appearing for FMP, the Court observed that the scope FMP’s petition was more extensive than the ongoing case, since it raised issues relating to enforcement and investigation agencies beyond the police and sought comprehensive directions. The Supreme Court directed the Union Government to separately reply to FMP’s petition. The Court also de-tagged FMP’s petition from the ongoing case and listed it for a hearing in February 2022.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Public KnowledgePublic Knowledge Joins 26 Groups Urging Congress To Drop JCPA from Must-Pass Defense Legislation – Public Knowledge

        Today, Public Knowledge joined 26 public interest, consumer advocacy, and civil society groups as well as trade associations, media companies, and others in a letter urging Congressional leadership to exclude the “Journalism Competition and Preservation Act” (JCPA) from any pending legislation, including the “National Defense Authorization Act” (NDAA) – a “must-pass” bill funding military activities. The groups argue that the JCPA “contains far too many contradictions, complexities, and problems” for Congress to include it in any omnibus or must-pass legislation.

        Public Knowledge contends that the “Journalism Competition and Preservation Act” fails to support local news, serving only to worsen some of the biggest problems in journalism. Bundling the bill into must-pass defense legislation is a desperate move that only demonstrates how flawed this so-called journalism bill really is.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • hello from a desk somewhere in St Louis!

        I’m here in Oakville, a place I despise, and I am chomping at the bit to move (soon). Lovely.

        Now, I write things with nothing much *to* write, but I come up with stuff, anyway.

        I like Smol.pub, the updates here. I also LOVE Midnight.pub, the updates/community there. Blog Bless them all! :)

        And yea, I’m still mostly without much to say in this moment. Been watching SBF interviews this evening. Speaks quite similar to Jeffrey Skilling of ENRON during the scant media interactions he had near/after the ENRON meltdown in…2000?

      • 🔤SpellBinding: ATHIRSG Wordo: DYADS
      • Star Log 2022-12-04 Evening (Fairbanks, AK, US)

        Yesterday evening the sky was mostly clear, but the temperature was still reasonably warm at +9 °F (-13 °C). This would have made for a comfortable stargazing evening, but I had a conflict with a family event. I got home too late to go out to the boat launch (it was a work night) but I decided to go out into the yard for a few minutes to do some moon-gazing. I had a good time observing the moon for about 30 minutes with the 60mm refractor, mainly using the Plossl 12.5mm eyepiece.

    • Technical

      • Drowning in AI Generated Garbage : the silent war we are fighting

        All over the web, we are witnessing very spectacular results from statistic algorithms that have been in the work for the last forty years. We gave those algorithms an incredibly catchy name: “Artificial Intelligence”. We now have very popular and direct applications for them: give the algorithm a simple text prompt (don’t get me started on the importance of text) and it generates a beautiful original picture or a very serious-sounding text. It could also generate sounds or videos (we call them “deep fakes”). After all, it generates only a stream of bits, a bunch of 1 and 0 open to interpretation.

      • Finally shifting to my own compan

        I work for hire as a software engineer using my own company for quite sometime, but now I have finally shifted my focus to what I really want to do: game programming.

      • Announcement: todo.txt over Gemini

        For many years I’ve used the wonderful “Tasks” app by Alex Baker^, forked from Astrid Tasks back in 2013. Recently I began switching to the plaintext todo.txt format^^, and I wanted a simple online interface with which I could interact with my list. Since I primarily use Gemini these days, I decided to build a Gemini interface myself.

        Last night I quietly added a link to my todo.txt service to the “Live” section of my capsule. Visitors can create a todo.txt file of their own, download it, and manage it from the page.

      • Still toying

        I’ve been toying with additional smol web and fediverse tools these last weeks. But not one day has passed that I have not thought “I should post a small text on my gemlog”. Here it is.

        Mastodon: I had a couple accounts on big instances since 2017. They’re both dead, their domains bouncing to a gossip news site and a porn site full of placeholders. I’ve since made a new one on a mid-size instance, but still not feeling it. I’ve been entrenched on my usage of twitter for a lot of years: Tweetdeck on the desktop, Talon on the phone, and not touching the official app or web. It’s too comfortable now, and I don’t see any ads whatsoever. There’s a lot of list, filters, and stuff I should build on mastodon to reach a similar level of useful/uselessness.

      • Programming

        • comeback

          With the end of August, i plan a comeback to Geminispace.


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

Links 05/12/2022: GStreamer 1.21.3

Posted in News Roundup at 7:47 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • 9to5Linux9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: December 4th, 2022 – 9to5Linux

      The 114th installment of the 9to5Linux Weekly Roundup is here for the week ending on December 4th, 2022, keeping you guys up to date with the most important things happening in the Linux world. If you missed last week’s 9to5Linux Weekly Roundup, catch up with all the things here.

    • Kernel Space

      • LWNKernel prepatch 6.1-rc8 [LWN.net]

        The eighth and presumably final 6.1 kernel prepatch has been released for testing. “So everything looks good, and while the calming down may have happened later than I wished for, it did happen. Let’s hope this upcoming week is as quiet (or quieter).”

      • The Register UKA brand new Linux DRM display driver – for a 1992 computer

        Uytterhoeven is the maintainer of Linux/m68k, the Motorola port of the Linux kernel, and one of the interesting things about the new driver is that he developed it entirely on emulated hardware, using an interesting virtual machine called ARAnyM by Czech developer Petr Stehlík.

        Even more unexpected is that this isn’t the only 680×0 VM for Linux kernel developers. QEMU 6.0 also has a new target, known as m68k, implemented by Laurent Vivier. This is for a nonexistent Virtual M68k Machine. The new QEMU machine type uses some technology from the Goldfish emulator used in Android development…

    • Applications

      • GStreamer 1.21.3 unstable development release

        The GStreamer team is pleased to announce another development release in the unstable 1.21 release series on the road to the 1.22 stable release.

        The unstable 1.21 release series adds new features on top of the current stable 1.20 series and is part of the API and ABI-stable 1.x release series of the GStreamer multimedia framework.

        The unstable 1.21 release series is for testing and development purposes in the lead-up to the stable 1.22 series which is scheduled for release in December 2022. Any newly-added API can still change until that point.

        A feature freeze is now into effect for the 1.21 series, but newly-added API might still change until the final 1.22.0 stable release, and minor features may also still be added until then.

      • GhacksMulti-boot tool Ventoy adds support for 32GB Fat32 and multi-languages

        The multi-boot tool Ventoy is updated regularly with new features. Ventoy 1.0.84 is the latest version, which adds support for 32 gigabyte and larger FAT32 storage devices and multi-language support in the Ventoy boot menu among other improvements.

      • DebugPointTrue Lightweight Notepads for Ubuntu and Other Linux [Compared]

        We highlighted some of the best Notepad++ replacements for Ubuntu and other Linux distros a few days back. Since Notepad++ is an advanced notepad, it may not fit the actual lightweight criteria. For example, if you want to take some quick notes and nothing else, then Notepad++ or code editors can be an overkill.

        Also, a thin resource footprint-based editor can be kept open for longer without worrying about memory and other things.

        In addition, many DebugPoint readers commented about the following editors in the Notepad++ article. Hence this special list.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Linux CapableHow to Upgrade to Linux Mint 21.1 “Vera”

        The following tutorial will teach you how to upgrade to Linux Mint 21.1, codenamed Vera from Linux Mint 21.0, Vanessa, using the terminal with CLI commands. The Linux Mint team does not recommend this method, but it does work well for your standard Linux Mint system, given it is only a minor upgrade and not a major release.

        Linux Mint 21.1 “Vera” is a significant release that includes many new features and improvements. The Cinnamon desktop environment has been updated to version 5.6, bringing numerous performance and stability improvements and introducing a convenient new ISO verification tool – conveniently located in the context menu for easy access when right-clicking on your downloaded ISO images, guaranteeing the authenticity and integrity of every file.

        Some other features include better support for high-resolution displays, an updated look and feel, and improved in-house tools such as the Driver Manager and Software Sources. The Driver Manager is now easier to use and can run in user mode, so it won’t ask for your password when launched. Additionally, the configuration of removed drivers can now be easily purged. Software Sources has also been updated, with better handling of PPA keys. These improvements make Linux Mint 21.1 “Vera” a more polished and user-friendly release, making it an excellent choice for newcomers to the Linux world.

      • OpenSource.com6 steps to get verified on Mastodon with encrypted keys

        Mastodon permits its users to self-verify. The easiest method to do this is through a verification link. For advanced verification, though, you can use the power of shared encrypted keys, which Mastodon can link to thanks to the open source project Keyoxide.

    • Games

      • CoRecursiveDOOMed to Fail: A Horror Story

        Today Rebecca Burger Becky Heineman shares the tale of porting Doom to the 3DO console under extreme conditions. There is an engine to tweak, deadlines to hit, hardware acceleration to get working, and dramatic rock anthems to record.

        We also learn about how game piracy led her to game development and what it was like to do game development in the mania of the mid-nineties. Finally, we close with Becky’s advice on learning bare metal development skills.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • OpenSource.comWhy you should try the Nemo file manager on Linux

        Computers are fancy filing cabinets, full of virtual folders and files waiting to be referenced, cross-referenced, edited, updated, saved, copied, moved, renamed, and organized. In this article, I’m taking a look at a file manager for your Linux system.

        The Cinnamon project was formed as a reimplementation of GNOME 2 using the components of GNOME 3. Eventually, it diverged enough to be a true fork, and today the Cinnamon desktop uses GTK3 libraries and forked versions of key GNOME 3 applications to create a “classic” GNOME experience. One of the components contributing to the traditional GNOME experience is Nemo, a file manager based on the GNOME 2 version of Nautilus.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • It’s FOSSLinen is a Google-Searchable Open-Source Alternative to Slack and Discord

      Linen is an interesting open-source project brewing up.

      It aims to be an open alternative to Slack and Discord, focusing on making communities more accessible and helping reduce the support burden.

      It could be worth adding it as an open-source Slack alternative, but it is in its early stages of development when publishing this.

    • Education

      • CNX SoftwareUniHiker education platform teaches STEM with Mind+ and Jupyter (in China)

        DFRobot UniHiker is a STEM education platform with a 2.8-inch touchscreen display, a Rockchip RK3308 quad-core Cortex-A35 processor, a GD32V RISC-V microcontroller, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as various headers for expansion, and a BBC Micro:bit compatible edge connector.

        The UniHiker runs Debian 10 Linux and can be used to teach programming using Mind+ visual programming IDE or Jupyter open-source interface, as well as IoT and AI basics thanks to tutorials and lessons available in Chinese only as the platform clearly targets the education market in mainland China at this point in time.

      • EIN PresswireMoodle enters into acquisition of eAbyas to deliver services in India

        Moodle has announced its acquisition of eAbyas Info Solutions, a Moodle Certified Partner servicing the EdTech sector across India.

    • Programming/Development

      • [Old] Dave DeLongHTTP in Swift

        An 18-part series on building a Swift HTTP framework: [...]

  • Leftovers

    • HackadayRocket Switch – Accessibility Done With Elegance

      Quite a few makers try and create devices helpful to others – today’s hack, Rocket Switch, is a lovely example of that. It’s a design by [Neil Squire] of [Makers Making Change], with a PCB that plugs onto an Adafruit Rotary Trinkey, soldering onto its exposed pads, equipping it with two headphone jacks connected to GPIOs. This is a simple design – only two headphone jacks and resistors, complete with a 3D printed case. The value is not as much in its construction, but more in what the Rocket Switch provides to its users.

    • Science

      • HackadayMiracle Of Science: Scotch Tape Improves Generator

        We were always amused that one of the biggest scientific discoveries of the recent past — graphene — was started with pencil lead and Scotch tape. Now, researchers at the University of Alabama in Huntsville have determined that double-sided Scotch tape can improve triboelectric power generators. Triboelectric generation, of course, is nothing new. These energy harvesters take mechanical and thermal energy and turn them into tiny amounts of electricity. What’s new here is that PET plastic, aluminum, and double-sided tape can make an inexpensive generator that works well.

      • New Book: Synthetic Data

        Synthetic data is used more and more to augment real-life datasets, enriching them and allowing black-box systems to correctly classify observations or predict values that are well outside of training and validation sets. In addition, it helps understand decisions made by obscure systems such as deep neural networks, contributing to the development of explainable AI. It also helps with unbalanced data, for instance in fraud detection. Finally, since synthetic data is not directly linked to real people or transactions, it offers protection against data leakage. Synthetic data also contributes to eliminating algorithm biases and privacy issues, and more generally, to increased security.

      • Tom’s HardwareQuantum Computing May be Bolstered by Liquid-Like Electrons | Tom’s Hardware

        The quantum computing field may have just received a coherence and error-prevention boost in the form of parafermions: grouped electrons that behave as liquids in a special state of matter. Scientists with the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (opens in new tab) have demonstrated experimental results they expect to lead to parafermions when electrons maintain temperatures close to absolute zero (-273 degrees Celsius). The research achieved a breakthrough by demonstrating that there are conditions in which electrons can have strong interactions – something that scientists merely theorized until now.

    • Education

      • Chicago Sun TimesBob McGrath, ‘Sesame Street’ cast member, dies at 90

        The public television show used the colorful, humorous, fast-paced style of TV commercials to relay lessons on letter and numbers as well as heavier subjects like children’s emotional health. Young viewers even learned about mortality when they were informed, sensitively, of Mr. Hooper’s death.

        “We’ve always looked at children as just short people,” McGrath told the Sun-Times in 1998. “We’ve never talked down to them.”

      • NPRBob McGrath, longtime star of ‘Sesame Street,’ has died at 90

        But after he was shown tapes of Muppets creator Jim Henson’s work, he told a crowd at a 2016 convention in Florida, he was “totally blown away.”

      • Pro PublicaThe Corporation Exploiting Washington’s Special Education System

        Donna Green hit her breaking point last summer, six months into her job as the top administrator at the Northwest School of Innovative Learning.

        She had grudgingly accepted when her request for classroom computers was ignored and a furniture order for what she called an “embarrassingly barren” campus was answered with plastic folding tables. She’d worried that her staff was inexperienced but had figured her decade in special education would help fill that void.

    • Hardware

      • Nanoengineers Develop a Predictive Database for Materials

        Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have developed an AI algorithm that predicts the structure and dynamic properties of any material—whether existing or new—almost instantaneously. Known as M3GNet, the algorithm was used to develop matterverse.ai, a database of more than 31 million yet-to-be-synthesized materials with properties predicted by machine learning algorithms. Matterverse.ai facilitates the discovery of new technological materials with exceptional properties.

      • HackadayThe PalmPilot Returns, This Time In Your Browser

        The PalmPilot doesn’t seem to get much retrocomputing love, but maybe it should. After all, it might not have been the very first handheld, but it was probably the most successful, and that ultimately led to the era of the smartphone. Whether you miss your old Palm applications, or never got to experience them the first time around, fear not. You can now relive them in all their glory in your browser thanks to the Internet Archive project.

      • HackadayDIY Repair Stand Holds Your Bike And Weighs It

        If you’ve ever done maintenance or repair work on your bicycle, you’ll know that positioning a bike in your workshop isn’t trivial. You can use your bike’s kickstand, or lean it against a wall, but then you can’t work on the wheels. You can place it upside-down, but then the shifters and brake levers are hard to reach. You can hang it from the ceiling, but then you first need to install hooks and cables in hard-to-reach places. Ideally you’d want to have one of those standing clamp systems that the pros use, but their price is typically beyond a hobbyist’s budget.

      • HackadayDirty TRS-80 Has A Surprise Hack

        [Adrian] had a TRS-80 model IV that looks like it was stored in a mulch pile. However, it seemed to have some surprises. The first hint that something was up was that the keyboard looks like a model III and there are two mystery knobs in the back.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • The EconomistYoung Americans increasingly end their own lives

        The rise in youth suicide is part of a broader increase in mental-health problems among the young. This preceded the pandemic but was probably accelerated by it. In 2021 nearly half of American high-school students said that they had experienced persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness in the past year, up from 26% in 2009; one in five seriously considered suicide, up from 14%; and 9% attempted to end their life, up from 6% (see chart). Although the rates for 15- to 19-year-olds are not unprecedented (there was a similar peak in the early 1990s), the rates for ten- to 14-year-olds are higher than ever before.

      • NBC4 Navy sailors assigned to same facility die by apparent suicide within weeks, amid growing concerns of mental health crisis

        It is the latest cluster of Navy suicides this year to spark concerns of a fleetwide mental health crisis.

        The four sailors worked for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC), which maintains military ships and is based in Norfolk, Virginia.

    • Proprietary

      • France24French hospital suspends operations after cyber attacks [iophk: Windows kills]

        The regional health agency (ARS) said the hospital had cancelled operations, but was doing everything possible to keep walk-in services and consultations running.

        Extra staff had to be called in to the intensive care unit because, while the machines there were still functioning, more people were needed to watch the screens as they were no longer working as part of a network, aid Braun.

      • ABCHospitals warned to guard against cybercrime after Medibank and Optus wake-up calls [iophk: Windows kills]

        The troubling warning is high on the list of predictions offered by cyber security experts heading into 2023 and in the wake of unprecedented [breaches] affecting millions of Medibank and Optus customers.

        Global firm Palo Alto Networks suggests it is time hospitals, government services and businesses start discussing whether they would pay a ransom and how much they would fork out.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • India TimesChina can use TikTok to collect data on users & spy: FBI chief

          Wray said the FBI was concerned that the Chinese had the ability to control the app’s recommendation algorithm, “which allows them to manipulate content, and if they want to, to use it for influence operations. ”

        • HackadayBreathe Through Your Ears?

          With all the attention given to heart rate monitoring and step counting, respiratory rate monitoring is often overlooked. Smartwatches are starting to incorporate respiratory rate monitoring more and more these days. However, current devices often simply look at breaths per minute without extracting more interesting features of the respiratory waveform which could give us more insight into our bodies than breaths per minute could alone. [Davies] and his team decided they wanted to change that by making an earbud that can measure respiratory rate.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • CNNTrump calls for the termination of the Constitution in Truth Social post

        Former President Donald Trump called for the termination of the Constitution to overturn the 2020 election and reinstate him to power Saturday in a continuation of his election denialism and pushing of fringe conspiracy theories.

      • ME ForumLondon’s Mayor Celebrates Notorious Islamist Group

        The MCB’s “elders,” however, are prominent Islamists with a long history of spouting and encouraging extremism. Most were part of an Islamist network known as Jamaat-e-Islami.

      • FirstpostIn Nitish Kumar’s blatant minority appeasement, local Muslims permitted to offer prayers at Buddhist shrine

        A cavern in Kaimur Hills, nearly 3 km south of Sasaram in Bihar’s Rohtas district, where Lord Buddha is believed to have spent a night after attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, has turned into a symbol of the Nitish Kumar-led government’s blatant appeasement of minorities.

        Barely a few days earlier, on 29 November, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), tweeted that it had wrested control of a 2300-year-old Buddhist shrine in Sasaram from Muslim encroachers, who used it to offer prayers.

      • The HillMusk’s ‘free speech’ Twitter vision put to test by Ye

        The decision was made in an ad hoc manner and with special treatment for Ye, Carusone said. Before he was suspended, Ye tweeted a screenshot with a text from Musk saying, “Sorry, but you have gone too far. This is not love.”

      • ScheerpostZelensky Looks to Ban Christian Denomination With Ties to Moscow

        The Ukrainian President called for the Russian Orthodox Church to be outlawed after Kiev’s intelligence agency conducted several raids on Orthodox cathedrals.

      • ScheerpostThe Secret Reason the US is Still in Syria

        It’s tough to overstate how bad things are in Syria. According to the UN, “90 percent of all Syrians today are forced to live below the poverty line with around 12 million grappling with severe food insecurity.”

      • Counter PunchEchoes of Chile’s Past

        Efforts to overthrow the democratically elected president had thus far been unsuccessful. An insurrectionary month-long strike by truck drivers and entrepreneurs in October of 1972 had just been thwarted by the extraordinary mobilization of Chilean workers. But the writing was on the wall. This is not a mere metaphor: On many walls of the country, paramilitary fanatics had scrawled the words “Djakarta, ya viene”—“Jakarta is coming,” referring to the massacre in that city of hundreds of thousands of Indonesians after the coup against the left-wing government of Sukarno in 1967.

        It was this prophecy of death and doom that Allende was trying to prevent. His 1972 trip was meant to explain to the international community what was at stake in Chile and to enlist the sympathy of the nations of the world. The cornerstone of that strategy was a rousing speech that he delivered 50 years ago this Sunday, on December 4, 1972, to the UN General Assembly.

      • MeduzaExplosion in Nizhnevartovsk building kills six, injures four — Meduza

        An explosion occurred in a five-story building in Nizhnevartovsk, in western Siberia, reports TASS, citing local emergency services.

      • MeduzaKremlin ‘recommends’ that Russian regions and TV stations support ‘patriotic’ artists for New Year’s concerts — Meduza

        The Russian presidential administration has sent recommendations on conducting New Year’s events to regional authorities, cultural institutions, and state-owned companies, reports news agency RBC. A source close to one regional administration confirmed the details of the recommendations to the publication.

      • BBCSan Francisco to allow police ‘killer robots’

        San Francisco’s ruling Board of Supervisors has voted to let the city’s police use robots that can kill.

        The measure permits police to deploy robots equipped with explosives in extreme circumstances.
        Dr Catherine Connolly, from the group Stop Killer Robots, said the move was a “slippery slope” that could distance humans from killing.

        The city’s police – the SFPD – told the BBC they do not currently operate any robots equipped with lethal force.

      • Counter PunchThe Cruel, Dishonest and Shameful Story of Britain’s Last Colony may be Coming to an End

        Greenhill, later Lord Greenhill of Harrow, was well aware that this was not the case at the time of writing, but cavalierly asserted that in future there would “be no indigenous population except seagulls who have not yet got a committee”.

        In a tone of nauseating jollity, this senior British diplomat picks up on the seagull reference to explain what was going to happen to the 1,500 people or more who had lived and worked in Chagos for generations. “Unfortunately,” he wrote, “along with the Birds go some few Tarzans or Men Fridays whose origins are obscure, and who are being hopefully wished on to Mauritius etc.”

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

    • Environment

      • Counter PunchWestern Diplomats Offer Rotten Climate Carrot, and Wield Broken Sanctions Stick

        In recent weeks, Western climate deal-makers have, as well, wielded their own carrot and stick, but unless withdrawn and reconsidered, they will provide only a continuation of – rather than break from – a future of rising greenhouse gas emissions, massive loss and damage due to extreme weather, and the polluters’ refusal to acknowledge, much less reimburse, the historic climate debt they owe. The two cases we have seen up close, are the Just Energy Transition Partnership carrot and Carbon Border Adjustment stick. So, what’s rotten and what’s broken?

        Amsterdam revelations

      • Foreign PolicyEurope’s Climate Chief: The 1.5-Degree Goal Is on ‘Life Support’

        Most commentary about COP27 has branded the summit a bit of a letdown. In short, the world agreed to compensate poor countries for climate-related loss and damage, but the money allocated for this was tiny. And there was no agreement to reduce emissions further. Do you agree? How would you grade the outcomes from COP27?

      • NBCToddler Attacked by Coyote Outside Woodland Hills Home

        NBC has chronicled other coyote attacks on children this year.

      • Los Angeles TimesCoyote attacks toddler on front lawn of Woodland Hills home

        The coyote can be seen attacking the child as her father was busy locking up the family’s SUV, the family’s doorbell video showed. The animal knocked the child down, grabbed her left leg and attempted to drag her away as she screamed.

      • The Telegraph UKThe ferocious wild creatures causing chaos in Europe’s cities

        In last couple of years, through little fault of their own, boar have become an utter societal menace. Permanent resident on the frequently updated Global Invasive Species Database’s ‘100 Worst’ list, they have been steadily mincing around the forests of Europe for millennia, breeding enthusiastically, bothering their domesticated porcine kin, and being hunted and eaten by humans with zeal. Since the 1980s, though, their numbers have swollen in connection with two other rises: the proportion of people living in cities, and the average temperature.

      • VOA NewsEU Chief Says Bloc Must Act Over US Climate Plan ‘Distortions’

        The White House touts the IRA as a groundbreaking effort to reignite US manufacturing and promote renewable technologies.

      • RTLUK groups hope creative biodiversity message takes flight

        It is hoped a new global biodiversity framework will be agreed at the Montreal talks, which run from December 7 to 19.

        The UN has said world leaders will not attend the gathering but the RSPB is asking British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to be present.

      • ScheerpostDoes Claiming 1.5° Is Unachievable Serve Fossil Fuel Interests?

        The Energy Mix It’s “factually incorrect and politically very wrong” to say a 1.5°C limit on average global warming is no longer possible, International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birol said this week, pushing back on the “unusual coalition” of scientists, activists, and fossil industry “incumbents” that have been carrying that […]

      • Energy

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Counter PunchUser Group Pie: The Folly of Collaboration

          Note that these collaborations do not represent groups with a common interest cooperating in an effort to achieve a common goal. Such traditional collaborations used to represent strength in the conservation movement. For example, back in the early 1980’s when I still lived in Wyoming, the Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society, the Wyoming Wilderness Association, the Wyoming Outdoor Council and Earth First! plus numerous individuals cooperated in an effort that ultimately led to the passage of the Wyoming Wilderness Act of 1984. It wasn’t a great bill, but considering our republican congressional delegation, we did pretty well getting a million acres of Wilderness designated. The groups had their strategic differences, but the goal that everyone shared was to maximize wilderness designations. Contrast that with today’s “collaboratives” in which conservation groups deal away public wildlands to self-interest groups that are in complete opposition to basic conservation goals. Like timber companies and off-road vehicle groups, including organized anti-wilderness mountain bikers. The difference between the two “collaboration” models is night and day. Nowadays when I hear the term I cringe. Because I know that wilderness is going to get the shaft.

          Here in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Gallatin Range is the only major mountain range within and adjacent to Yellowstone National Park with no designated Wilderness. A big chunk of the range is a congressionally designated Wilderness Study Area, but over the years the Forest Service chose to illegally allow off road vehicles including mountain bikes, to proliferate, despite a legal mandate to preserve the area’s wilderness character. In other words, the agency allowed local anti-wilderness constituencies to proliferate; once the door was opened to them, the off road vehicle people felt that they had an established right. And the Forest Service didn’t want to make the hard decision to kick them out and re-establish wilderness character as required by law. Instead, the agency initiated a collaboration process designed to force local citizens to resolve the conflict, or put another way, to do the agency’s job. This pitted citizen versus citizen, exacerbating community polarity.

    • Finance

      • ScheerpostThe Chris Hedges Report: The Fed’s Response to Inflation Is Another Upward Transfer of Wealth (With Richard Wolff )

        Capitalist profiteering is the real driver of the inflation crisis, and raising interest rates only passes the costs onto workers already overwhelmed by personal debt and stagnant wages.

      • TruthOutFinancial Technology Firms Made “Massive Profits” on PPP Loans, Engaged in Fraud
      • Michael West MediaSleeping with the Enemy: ASIC’s case against National Australia Bank’s adversary hits a sex snag – Michael West

        “Hi Babe, always enjoy our romps” is not the type of evidence you’d expect in a corporate regulator’s case against an advocate for bank victims. Callum Foote explores ASIC’s curious prosecution of Geoff Shannon of Unhappy Banking fame, a case which has embroiled the National Australia Bank.

      • Michael West MediaMining lobby tricks government with its big taxpayer fairytale, swaps Deloitte for EY – Michael West

        The Minerals Council of Australia has duped Energy Minister Madeleine King into repeating its highly inflated claims of how much taxes its mostly foreign multinationals members pay. Callum Foote reports on an $85 billion PR scam.

        The Minister for Energy, Madeline King, has repeated claims from mining lobby group, Minerals Council of Australia, that the mining industry made payments of $43.2 billion in company tax and royalties to Australian governments in in a speech given at the ​​NT Resources Week conference. The figures were repeated on ABC Radio without question.

        As revealed here last year, Big Four consulting firm Deloitte used to do the misleading report for the mining lobby. This year it is another Big Four firm, Ernst & Young. The EY report, has – like Deloitte’s previous work – failed to disclose that up to 60% of the tax that they claim the mining industry pays is returned in the form of GST refunds.

      • ScheerpostChris Hedges: Know Thine Enemy

        The expedited legislation passed by Congress to avert a strike by railroad unions dealt one more blow in the decades long war waged by the two ruling parties against the working class.

      • Counter PunchRailway Vote Benefits One of the Least Deserving Industries
      • Counter PunchUS Railroad Workers ‘Under the Thumb’

        Beginning last September, that intervention has ensured that the workers would not be able to strike in order to advance their interests and demands. This past week both the administration and Congress have made a railroad strike illegal by passing legislation to that effect.

        The right of workers to strike has been under attack at least since 1947 when Congress passed what was called the ‘Taft-Hartley’ Act that year. That legislation ensured that government and politicians reserved the right to force workers back to work for 90 days in the event contract negotiations failed and a strike was imminent. During a 90 day ‘cooling off’ period, as it was called, government mediators had the opportunity to join the negotiations, try to browbeat the parties to get them to settle, and to make a recommendation as to the terms of a settlement. During the ‘cooling off’ management of course also had 90 more days to prepare to prepare to defeat a strike once the 90 days was up.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Reformers Win Big in United Auto Workers Election, Reject Entrenched Leadership
      • NPRJapan’s Disney store sells merchandise of Winnie the Pooh supporting China’s protests

        The products are created through Disney’s MADE program, which the product descriptions call “D-MADE” and allows people to customize their own Disney merchandise. The collection includes hoodies, shirts, tote bags and mugs.

      • VOA NewsWorld Cup Host Qatar Seeks to Change Minds on Islam

        Social media posts have claimed that hundreds of fans have changed faith but AFP’s fact-checking service has shown those claims are fake.

      • ScheerpostThe Twitter Files

        Journalist Matt Taibbi reported a massive scoop regarding Twitter’s internal handling of the Hunter Biden laptop story in a long Twitter thread on Dec. 2 after receiving documents from Elon Musk.

      • ScheerpostMatt Taibbi: Munk Debate on Mainstream Media

        Author Douglas Murray and Matt Taibbi take on Malcolm Gladwell of the New Yorker, and Michelle Goldberg of the New York Times.

      • Michael West MediaRex Patrick: “exceptional circumstances” choke National Anti-Corruption Commission – Michael West

        Labor may rue the day it mired the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) in secrecy. Transparency warrior Rex Patrick reports on the “exceptional circumstances” provision which weakens corruption watchdog.

        Having passed through the House of Representatives last week, the Senate is set to debate and pass Albanese’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) legislation this week. It won’t be short leashed, blind, toothless, limping corruption watchdog

      • Pro PublicaRussia’s Honorary Consuls Serve Putin’s Political Agenda

        BUDVA, Montenegro — Near a teeming town square along the Adriatic coast, where ancient city walls surround the ruins of bygone empires and shops and churches rise over the sea, Russia’s newly appointed representative to this tiny Balkan nation opened his consulate office.

        Boro Djukic, the first honorary consul named by Russia in Montenegro, was supposed to use his prestigious post to champion cultural ties and the interests of local Russian business owners and tourists — a benevolent bridge between the two countries.

      • Counter PunchGallic Rebuke: France and the US Rules-based Order

        Araud is very much the diplomat establishment figure, having also served as French representative to the United Nations from 2009 to 2014.  But despite his pedigree, he was most keen to fire off a few salvos against such concepts as the “rules-based order” so treasured by the Anglosphere and the “West” more broadly defined.  “To be frank, I’ve always been extremely sceptical about this idea of a ‘rules-based order’.”  Both he and the French in general loved the United Nations, “but the Americans not too much”.

        With unerring frankness, he also noted that the UN and broader international hierarchy was dominated by the US-European bloc.  The undersecretaries to the organisation reflected that fact, as did the stewardship of the World Bank and the IMF.  “So that’s the first element: this order is our order.”

      • Counter PunchThe United Nations Promise of Peace – Also In Ukraine

        It is not only the fault of the Security Council and General Assembly, but also the fault of the mainstream media that continues to disseminate dis-information and pour fuel on the fire, the fault of the war-profiteers worldwide, the fault of the military-industrial-digital-financial complex that drives the process and prevents a sensible compromise to end hostilities.

        Many are asking the question, what good is the United Nations?  Who still believes in it? What good is a Secretary-General who does not take the bull by the horns, does not name a spade a space, does not proactively propose implementable blueprints for peace and mobilizes the entire UN system in support of valid peace initiatives.

      • TruthOutAfter Dinner With Neo-Nazi Nick Fuentes, Trump 2024 May Be Dead on Arrival
      • Common DreamsGOP Silence on Trump’s Call to Axe Constitution Reveals ‘Full Embrace of Fascism’: House Dem

        Repeating his thoroughly disproven lie that the 2020 election was stolen, former President Donald Trump called Saturday for discarding the U.S. Constitution to overturn his loss.

        In response, pro-democracy advocates argued that Trump’s comments, other recent actions, and the refusal of GOP lawmakers to denounce them are reflective of the Republican Party’s growing support for right-wing authoritarianism.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Republican War on Democracy Has Spread to Ballot Measures

        In the aftermath of the 2022 midterm elections, analysts are wondering why the seemingly inevitable Republican wave did not materialize. As we sift through the surprising results, there is a common denominator among many of the progressive victories: ballot measures. All five ballot measures on abortion went for the pro-choice side, as Republicans and independents joined Democrats to expand and protect reproductive rights. In Nebraska and Nevada, voters overwhelmingly voted to increase their state’s minimum wage, even as Republicans won big races in both states. And, South Dakota became the most recent Republican-controlled state to pass Medicaid expansion.

      • ScheerpostUS Youth Observe Cuba’s Elections—and Learn About ‘Real Democracy’

        A delegation of youth from the United States observed Cuba’s November 2022 municipal elections and offer an inside look into a true people’s democracy, where workers decide who will govern them, not wealthy oligarchs and corporations.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • The Telegraph UKIndonesia set to criminalise sex before marriage – even for tourists

        According to a draft seen by Reuters, insulting the president, a charge that can only be reported by the president, carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison.

      • The EconomistStudents are often at the heart of protests in China

        For the students, it is not all about draconian lockdowns. Some are frustrated by a lack of freedom. Young protesters, on campus and off, have taken to holding up blank sheets of paper to highlight China’s tight controls on expression. In a more cerebral form of defiance, students at Tsinghua held up the Friedmann equations. These are formulae that describe the expansion of the universe. “Friedmann” also happens to sound a lot like “freed man”.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • The Times Of IsraelIran demolishes family home of climber who competed without a hijab

        Rekabi was later placed under house arrest and according to reports, her brother was also detained for a period of time. The BBC has cited unnamed sources saying that her apology was forced.

        Iran’s official judiciary news agency, Mizan, said the destruction of the home was due to its “unauthorized construction and use of land,” adding that the demolition had taken place months before Rekabi competed.

      • VOA NewsIran Morality Police May Have Been Shut Down, But No Official Word

        The actions of the morality police have been at the center of more than two months of deadly protests in the country after the death in mid-September of Mahsa Amini, 22, while she held in their custody after they detained her for allegedly not covering her hair properly with a hijab.

      • Outlook IndiaAfghanistan: Woman Flogged For Going To Shop Without Male Guardian

        This is the Taliban brutally lashing a woman in Takhar province for going to the shop without a male guardian.

      • [Old] BBCQatar World Cup: Families seek answers over migrant worker deaths

        Qatar has transformed its infrastructure in the run up to the World Cup, which starts on Sunday. Millions of people from South Asia have been employed on building projects, including from Nepal – where families have told the BBC safety failures led to the death of their loved ones.

      • NBCColorado grandmother sues police detective following SWAT raid based on false ‘Find my iPhone’ ping

        The complaint contends that Staab’s affidavit violated Johnson’s right, afforded by the state constitution, to “be free of unreasonable searches and seizures.” The affidavit allegedly “lacked probable cause that evidence of crime could be found” at Johnson’s home, since it was based on an unverified and vague ping by Apple’s “Find My” app, which is used to track Apple devices.

      • Counter PunchOy Ye

        It’s empirically true that Jews are disproportionately represented in Hollywood. The question that matters is what this implies. Dave Chappelle was right to note that there are also plenty of Black people in Ferguson, although Hollywood is above all an industry not a location. Yet even assuming that Jewish people disproportionately control Hollywood — notwithstanding invariable Jewish gofers and the otherwise kicked upon (Harvey Weinstein surely didn’t rape only gentiles and Woody Allen knows full well that abuse starts at home) — what does this imply?

        An antisemite – that is, an anti-Jew — starts and stops with identity, as for him the Jew by nature connives with his brethren to exploit others, and Jewish dominance of Hollywood is therefore a mere means to an end. If only the moguls could be replaced with Christians, the antisemite implies, Hollywood would be fairer, less profit-hungry, and less exploitative.

      • Counter PunchLabor’s Weakness

        The history of the United States includes many, many federal interventions into strikes, boycotts and other labor actions, especially since the industrialization of the nation began in earnest after the Civil War. Given the importance of the railroads to this capitalist episode that not only saw intense industrialization but also an increased concentration of wealth, power and control of the national economy in the hands of a few families, railroad workers experienced this quite intensely. Indeed, two national railroad strikes–in 1877 and 1894–were brutally crushed by US troops and private security groups. Furthermore, the executive branch was the branch that ordered these actions. In 1926, the federal government enacted a law that gave the government permission to intervene before a railroad strike occurred. Like it gave Truman in 1950 and Bush in 1991 the power to act, this is the law that informs the current action by the feds.

        In light of the recent intervention, it seems like a good time to revisit a few realities about labor unions in the United States. Despite the recent upsurge in organizing activity in workplaces like Amazon, Starbucks and Chipotle, the truth is that most (and I mean most) workers in the United States are neither organized or even close to such a move. This is due to many factors, but the two that I consider most important are the federal and state laws that make union organizing very difficult and the lackadaisical effort that the major unions put into organizing unorganized workers. As someone who is just finishing up an almost two-year stint as president of my local, I can verify that the pressure to sign up new workers and organize the unorganized came more from our state AFL-CIO office than through any utterances or funding by the national and international of the union or AFL-CIO. Fortunately, Vermont is currently home to what is perhaps the most radical and democratic AFL-CIO Labor Council in the United States. This has meant that the Council spends money, time and energy on organizing unorganized workers.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Service Workers in the US South Get New Union

        Within minutes of the formation of the Union of Southern Service Workers (USSW) earlier this month, Quadtrell Adams lay helpless on the walkway outside the Levi C. Chavous Conference Center in Columbia, South Carolina. Moments earlier, Adams had stumbled from the building upon sensing the onset of a seizure likely triggered by the flash of cameras and the carnival of shout and song inside. Having assisted Adams through previous episodes, fellow union members went into action. Russell Smalls, a convenience store employee, rubbed his friend’s chest with turquoise stones, while others spoke to Adams softly and watched over him until his fits had passed.

      • Common Dreams‘Intentional Vandalism’ Leaves Thousands Without Power in North Carolina

        Officials in a North Carolina county where more than 40,000 households remain without power amid freezing temperatures declared a state of emergency on Sunday afternoon, less than 24 hours after multiple electrical substations were damaged by gunfire in an apparent act of criminal vandalism.

        “As utility companies began responding to the different substations, evidence was discovered that indicated that intentional vandalism had occurred at multiple sites,” Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields said in a statement. The massive blackout, which began just after 7:00 pm Saturday night, is “being investigated as a criminal occurrence.” No arrests have been announced.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Grassroots Are Growing—And Reimagining What’s Possible

        Ten years ago, two hundred New York City low-wage workers walked off their jobs at McDonald’s, Burger King, and other fast-food restaurants to demand what most observers thought impossible: 15 bucks an hour and a union.

      • The Expansive Horizons of Antifascism: Interview With Editor Shane Burley
      • Common DreamsOpinion | Why Our Movements Need to Start Singing Again

        Social movements are stronger when they sing. That’s a lesson that has been amply demonstrated throughout history, and it’s one that I have learned personally in working to develop trainings for activists over the past decade and a half. In Momentum, a training program that I co-founded and that many other trainers and organizers have built over the last seven years, song culture is not something we included at the start. And yet, it has since become so indispensable that the trainers I know would never imagine doing without it again.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Bryan LundukePondering on Mastodon and the Fediverse – by Bryan Lunduke

        With so many people jumping from Twitter to Mastodon, let’s take a moment to talk about some of the downsides (and upsides) of Mastodon… and the Fediverse in general. Along with some of my, rather bizarre, history with it.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakCompany ‘Hijacks’ Blender’s CC BY-Licensed Film, YouTube Strikes User

          Blender releases its films under Creative Commons licenses because it wants them to be shared, remixed, and reshared. Bruno Fernandez-Ruiz is the co-founder of an AI driver safety company and a film music composer and producer. When a TV channel in Uzbekistan claimed ownership of a Blender film, YouTube gave Ruiz a copyright strike and rejected every appeal.

        • Torrent FreakNew Pirate Site Blocking Law Allows Intermediaries To File Complaints

          Site-blocking is now so commonplace that when yet another country adds itself to the list of participants, barely an eyebrow is raised in opposition. DNS interference is already in place so if that’s met with a shrug, why should anyone care about Uruguay’s new site-blocking law? Operators of TV services and intermediaries, despite not being copyright holders themselves, can now apply for blocking measures, actionable within four days.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Late to the party

        I’ve been blogging for 23 years as of today. This is also the first day this blog is being served up via `https:`. All I had to do was *just* install the latest version of Apache on my server [1].

        It took several days, but I got the latest version of Apache compiled and installed on my server. Yes, I did it the hard way. What better way of knowing how things work than doing it the hard way. I then spent Saturday updating the configuration. There were a few changes, like `NameVirtualHost [2]` being deprecated, and having to add “`Protocols [3] h2 h2c http/1.1`” and “`Require [4] all granted`”.

    • Technical

      • Trying to do more with less

        There was a time where I obsessively followed roadmaps, extrapolated SPEC results, and tried to get my hands on the latest electronic toys (or even pre-release samples of them.) There’s a certain appeal, after all, to “this is the latest and best” – CPUs, phones, core IP, laptops, whatever.

        Capital likes to see this. They also put significant effort into making it seem “clean” – that the resource extraction, labor exploitation, and e-waste dumping are distant and easy to ignore. The tame tech media often participates in this. In late November, workers at Hon Hai’s plant in Shenzhen – who, due to the PRC’s harsh zero-COVID policies, are required to live at their jobsite – protested against living and working conditions, including a COVID outbreak inside of the bubble. The protest was violently put down by police. The tech media duly noted it, but only for a moment – soon it was forgotten, and a return to breathless speculation about Apple’s incoming AR/VR headset and the performance characteristics of the M2 Max resumed.


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

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