Links 03/07/2022: China ‘Rallies Support for Kylin Linux’ and SparkyLinux 4 EOL

Posted in News Roundup at 12:53 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Linux LinksLinux Around The World: USA – Indiana – LinuxLinks

      Indiana is a state in the Midwestern United States. It is bordered by Lake Michigan to the northwest, Michigan to the north, Ohio to the east, the Ohio River and Kentucky to the south and southeast, and the Wabash River and Illinois to the west.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • The Register UKChina rallies support for Kylin Linux in war on Windows • The Register

        China’s efforts to end its reliance on Microsoft Windows got a boost with the launch of the openKylin project.

        The initiative aims to accelerate development of the country’s home-grown Kylin Linux distro by opening the project up to a broader community of developers, colleges, and universities to contribute code.

        Launched in 2001, Kylin was based on a FreeBSD kernel and was intended for use in government and military offices, where Chinese authorities have repeatedly attempted to eliminate foreign operating systems.

        In 2010, the operating system made the switch to the Linux kernel, and in 2014 an Ubuntu-based version of the OS was introduced after Canonical reached an agreement with Chinese authorities to develop the software.

        The openKylin project appears to be the latest phase of that project, and is focused on version planning, platform development, and establishing a community charter. To date, the project has garnered support from nearly two dozen Chinese firms and institutions, including China’s Advanced Operating System Innovation Center.

        These industry partners will contribute to several special interest groups to improve various aspects of the operating system over time. Examples include optimizations for the latest generation of Intel and AMD processors, where available; support for emerging RISC-V CPUs; development of an x86-to-RISC-V translation layer; and improvements to the Ubuntu Kylin User Interface (UKUI) window manager for tablet and convertible devices.

    • Kernel Space

      • SAS2008 LBA, Seagate Ironwolfs and scary log messages « Ville-Pekka Vainio’s blog

        I built a home NAS two years ago, that was the first COVID summer and I finally had the time. It’s running Proxmox, which is running TrueNAS (then Core, now Scale) as a VM. An HBA card is passed directly to the TrueNAS VM. The HBA card is a Dell PERC H310, but I’ve crossflashed it so that now it shows up as an LSI SAS2008 PCI-Express Fusion-MPT SAS-2. The system originally had five ST4000VN008 disks (4 TB) in a RAIDZ2.

        Pretty much from the beginning I noticed the system was spewing out storage related error messages when booting up. ZFS also noticed, but after the TrueNAS VM was completely up, there were no more errors and I quite rarely rebooted or shut down the system, so I wasn’t too worried. The few read errors I got each boot I cleared with zpool clear, which probably was not the best idea.

        Last summer we had very cheap electricity here in Finland, something like 1-3 c/kWh plus transfer and taxes. Well, this summer it can be even 60 c/kWh during the worst times. I started shutting down my NAS when I knew we would not need it for a while. This made the disk issues worse.

      • Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC)Microconferences at Linux Plumbers Conference: System Boot and Security – Linux Plumbers Conference 2022

        Linux Plumbers Conference 2022 is pleased to host the System Boot and Security Microconference

        In the fourth year in a row, System Boot and Security microconference is are going to bring together people interested in the firmware, bootloaders, system boot, security, etc., and discuss all these topics. This year we would particularly like to focus on better communication and closer cooperation between different Free Software and Open Source projects. In the past we have seen that the lack of cooperation’s between projects very often delays introduction of very interesting and important features with TrenchBoot being very prominent example.

        The System Boot and Security MC is very important to improve such communication and cooperation, but it is not limited to this kind of problems. We would like to encourage all stakeholders to bring and discuss issues that they encounter in the broad sense of system boot and security.

      • WCCF TechLinux 5.20 Prepped For Intel’s Arc Alchemist Desktop Graphics Cards & Arctic Sound-M Server GPUs

        Intel’s development team has done a fantastic job updating each kernel cycle to future-proof all versions. We have seen plenty of Intel DG2, and Arc Alchemist code merged into the i915 Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) driver, including the most recent Linux 5.19 kernel. This particular version of Linux has seen compute user-space ABI support that will be available for the DG2 architecture, as well as several PCI IDs included in DG2 that appear to be utilized for the company’s notebook Arc graphics. Lastly, there have also been new features and hardware fixes for various issues since first working on the project.

    • Applications

      • Ubuntu HandbookDarktable 4.0 Released with New Features! How to Install via Ubuntu PPA | UbuntuHandbook

        Darktable, free open-source photography app and raw developer, now is at the new major 4.0 release! See what’s new and how to install it in Ubuntu 22.04, Ubuntu 20.04 & Ubuntu 18.04.

        Darktable 4.0 features Filmic v6 which introduced new color science. The change removes the mandatory desaturation close to medium white and black and replaces it with a true gamut mapping against the output (or export) color space. For those still prefer the “desaturated highlights” look, you can still do this by disabling chroma preservation.

        The release also include a new feature in the “exposure” and “color calibration” modules, allows to define and save a target color/exposure for the color pickers, in order to match any source object in the image against an arbitrary target color.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Jump CloudHow to Upgrade from Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

        In this tutorial, we will walk you through the process of upgrading Ubuntu 20.04 to Ubuntu 22.04.

      • How to Change Mac Address in Linux – HackerNet

        MAC address is a unique address that is used to identify the device over the network. When we change the mac address it will help for anonymity over the network.

        It also helps to bypass the MAC filter in the network by using another device’s mac address.

      • H2S MediaHow To Install Robo 3T on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Linux – Linux Shout

        Tutorial to install Robot 3T or Studio 3T free on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish using the command line to get a Graphical user interfaces for managing your Mongo DB server instance.

        Robo 3T offer MongoDB a GUI interface tool that is maintained and provided by the developers of MongoDB client Studio 3T (paid one with 30 days trial). Formerly, Robo 3T is known as Robomongo, and now Studio 3T Free. It is also a cross-platform MongoDB GUI management tool available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. On one hand, the Studio 3T is a paid tool, whereas the Studio 3T Free is a free version with users can build queries using drag and drop functionality, generate driver code in seven languages, break down aggregation queries, plus more.

      • Make Use Of8 Ways to Secure SSH Server Connections on Linux

        SSH is a widely-used protocol used for accessing Linux servers securely. Most users use SSH connections with default settings to connect to a remote server. However, the unsecured default configurations also pose various security risks.

        The root account of a server with open SSH access may be at risk. And especially if you are using a public IP address, it is much easier to hack the root password. Therefore, it is necessary to have knowledge about SSH security.

        Here’s how you can secure your SSH server connections on Linux.

      • Tips On UNIXInstall Wine 7.12 On Ubuntu 22.04 & Linux Mint | Tips On UNIX

        This tutorial will be helpful for beginners to install wine 7.12 on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, Ubuntu 20.04, and Linux Mint 20.3.

      • CNX SoftwareGetting started with WiFi on Raspberry Pi Pico W board – CNX Software

        Raspberry Pi Trading announced the Raspberry Pi Pico W board basically based on the same design as the original Raspberry Pi Pico board with RP2040 dual-core Cortex-M0+ microcontroller but adding a wireless module with WiFi 4 and Bluetooth LE 5.2, although the latter is not enabled on the board at this time.

        The company sent me a sample for review/evaluation, and I’ll focus on the WiFi part since the Raspberry Pi Pico W supports the same MicroPython and C/C++ SDKs as for the Raspberry Pi Pico board plus additional APIs for wireless connectivity.

    • Games

      • 12 Best Linux Games To Play In 2022

        The gaming aspects of the Linux platform are evolving slowly but steadily. Still, people are very skeptical when it comes to gaming on this platform. But, from my personal experience, I see very little difference between Linux and Windows in terms of gaming.

        Linux OS is fully optimized for gaming which really makes optimum use of your system rig. With that in mind, many game developers are producing games with the Linux platform in mind.

        In this article, we have compiled a list of the best Linux games out there in the gaming arena.

      • Linux Links10 Fun Free and Open Source Roguelike Games

        Roguelike is a subgenre of role-playing video games characterized by a dungeon crawl through procedurally generated levels, turn-based gameplay, grid-based movement, and permanent death of the player character.

        Most roguelikes are based on a high fantasy narrative, reflecting their influence from tabletop role playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons.

        There is an eligibility criteria that needs to be met to be included in this round up (see below).

      • OMG UbuntuOpen Source FPS Game ‘Xonotic’ Just Got a Huge Update – OMG! Ubuntu!

        With July 4th coming up for American readers, and a regular weekend for everyone else, I figured I’d spotlight something a bit “fun” for folks to get up to over it.

        Yes, I’m writing about a game.

        Now, I don’t tend to cover gaming too often because a) my buddy Liam does it so much better over on Gaming on Linux, and b) I’m more of a console gamer than a PC gamer (I know, I’m the worst).

        But a new version of open source first-person shooter Xonotic is out. It’s a very substantive update for this totally-FOSS game (licensed under GPL3), as the team note in their release announcement. So, I figured I’d make an exception and mention it.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • EasyOS

      • Barry KaulerLimine 3.10.1 compiled in OE

        Limine has undergone a very rapid pace of development. Compiling yet again. The recipe has become simpler…

      • Barry KaulerPup-Advert-Blocker fixed now version 0.6

        It is not a PET, it is builtin to EasyOS, script /usr/sbin/pup-advert-blocker

        I have overhauled it and bumped the version to 0.6

        The creator, sc0ttman, hasn’t posted to the forum for a long time, so I sent him an email a couple of days ago. I will send another one, letting him know that I have worked on the script.

      • Barry KaulerEasy Version Control fixes

        Just a quick report. I have done some work on Easy Version Control (in the “Filesystem” menu category).
        This includes snapshots, and container rollback and erase. This work has been required due to the new top-level-zram.

    • Debian Family

      • Thorsten Alteholz: My Debian Activities in June 2022

        This month I accepted 305 and rejected 59 packages. The overall number of packages that got accepted was 310.

        From time to time I am also looking at the list of packages to be removed. If you would like to make life easier for the people who remove packages, please make sure that the resulting dak command really makes sense. If this command consists of garbage, please adapt the Subject: of your bug report accordingly.

        Also it does not make sense to file bugs to remove packages from NEW. Please don’t hesitate to close such bugs again …

      • Martin-Éric Racine: Refactoring Debian’s dhcpcd packaging

        Given news that ISC’s DHCP suite is getting deprecated by upstream and seeing how dhclient has never worked properly for DHCPv6, I decided to look into alternatives. ISC itself recommends Roy Maple’s dhcpcd as a migration path. Sadly, Debian’s package had been left unattended for a good 2 years. After refactoring the packaging, updating to the latest upstream and performing one NMU, I decided to adopt the package.

      • Sparky 4 EOL – SparkyLinux

        Sparky oldoldstable 4 “Tyche” reached its end-of-life on July 1, 2022, as well as Debian 9 “Stretch” LTS. Sparky 4 is based on Debian 9 so support for Sparky 4 has been finished.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • NeowinLinux Mint 21 will not come with systemd-oom for low-resource machines – Neowin

        Clement Lefebvre, head of the Linux Mint project, has posted his usual monthly update with the latest developments of the operating system. He said that Linux Mint 21 is almost ready to be beta-tested (due next week) with quality assurance beginning this weekend. Interestingly, the systemd-oom package that kills tasks in low memory environments, will not be included in Linux Mint 21 after the team got negative feedback.

        Some other things that were highlighted about the upcoming release were that home direction encryption will remain available in the installer, the os-prober package will be enabled by default to better detect dual-boot systems, webp support has been added to xviewer and thumbnails, and Blueman 2.3 is replacing Blueberry (Bluetooth package).

      • DebugPointLinux Mint 21 “Vanessa” Disables systemd-oom, BETA Arriving Soon

        Linux Mint 21 will not feature the controversial systemd-oomd, and other expected new features which is arriving soon.

      • OMG UbuntuLinux Mint 21 Won’t Use Ubuntu’s Killer Memory Feature – OMG! Ubuntu!

        Linux Mint 21 won’t use the controversial memory management feature currently affecting users of Ubuntu’s latest LTS release.

        Although Linux Mint 21 will still be based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS it eschews systemd-oom, despite on-going efforts by Ubuntu developers to “tame” the bolshy behaviour of the daemon.

        To recap, systemd-oom is a user-space “killer” that force-quits apps with high memory usage if/when overall system memory is getting low. The feature is designed to intervene early to prevent the infamous system lockups that occur on Linux when memory is maxed out.

        However, some Ubuntu users have found the daemon is killing critical applications despite their overall system responsiveness not being affected by memory-related pressures.

      • DebugPointUbuntu Studio 22.04 LTS – New Features and Release Details

        Ubuntu Studio is the official Ubuntu flavour dedicated to the creators who mainly work with photographs, audio and video. This official distribution brings almost all popular open-source creative software pre-loaded in its ISO image to give you a ready and stable system to kick start your professional work.

      • DebugPoint10 Necessary Ubuntu Apps For Everyone [Part 3]

        This article lists the top 10 necessary Ubuntu apps for your daily workflow.

        We often forget that thousands of free and open-source applications can compete with other commercial counterparts in their category. Moreover, if you are a Windows user and thinking about getting rid of Windows completely, you should also be aware of such apps beforehand.

        Hence, in this article series of “necessary Ubuntu apps”, we are featuring ten apps for much-needed awareness among Linux users.

        This is part 3 of this Ubuntu Apps series. If you missed the earlier parts, you can read them here, Or navigate from the Menu above.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • SparkFun ElectronicsLet’s Get to Rework

        Our new Hot-Air Rework Station is here along with a new LED Project Kit, RPi Picos, and Third-Hand Kit!

        Hello, everyone! We’re back this week with more new products! If you stopped by yesterday, you probably already know about the new Raspberry Pi announcement with the addition of wireless capabilities and headers on two unique Pico boards. On top of that, we have a brand new version of our popular Hot-Air Rework Station with a new set of features that modernizes the instrument for todays standards. Following that, we have have a new LED Project Kit that is ideal for developing minds to start in electronics, as well as a new third hand kit! Alright, let’s jump in and take a closer look!

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • MedevelopenWorkout is an An Outstanding Open-source Workout Assistant for Android

      openWorkout is a free open-source android app for athletes or anyone who want to organize their workout and exercise routines.

      It puts your privacy first, as it does not share any of your private data or even collect them.


      openWorkout is an open-source project that is licensed under the GNU General Public License v3.0 or later.

    • Medevel“Can I Drive”: Alcohol Blood Rate Android App for Safe Driving

      Can I Drive is a free open-source Android application allows you to track your recent alcohol consumption, to assess if you can drive or not.

      The app does not collect, share, or send your data to any third-party, it also does not include any external scripts that may harm the user’s privacy.


      The project is released as an open-source under the Apache 2.0 License.

    • MedevelLibreHealth Essential Care For Babies: Free and Open-source

      LibreHealth Essential Care For Babies is a free open-source Android application to provide clinical decision-support for nurses and doctors delivering essential newborn care interventions during the first day of life.


      The project is released under the Mozilla Public License 2.0.

    • Web Browsers

      • Mozilla

        • TalospaceThe Talospace Project: Firefox 102 on POWER

          Firefox 102 is out, not an earth shattering release but with some welcome privacy improvements. It builds out of the box on this Talos II using the PGO-LTO patch from Firefox 101 and the .mozconfigs from Firefox 95.
          Firefox 102 is also the basis for the next Extended Support Release, with support for 91ESR (the current version) due to end on September 20 with the release of Firefox 105. Due to a family emergency, I’ve been out of the country for a bit and haven’t been doing much with any projects, let alone the POWER9 JIT (this is why we need more people working on it!). Now that I’ve been back for a few days and more or less in the swing of things again, it’s time to dust it off and forward port the current version to 102 so people doing ESR JIT builds for Fx91 can continue to do so with Fx102. I’ll make an announcement and post a patch set when it’s ready.

        • TorNew Alpha Release: Tor Browser 11.5a13 (Android, Windows, macOS, Linux)

          Tor Browser 11.5a13 is now available from the Tor Browser download page and also from our distribution directory.

          Tor Browser 11.5a13 updates Firefox on Windows, macOS, and Linux to 91.10.0esr.

        • TorNew Release: Tor Browser 11.0.15 (Android, Windows, macOS, Linux)

          Tor Browser 11.0.15 is now available from the Tor Browser download page and also from our distribution directory.

          We use the opportunity as well to update various other components of Tor Browser…

    • Programming/Development

      • uni TorontoA limitation on what ‘go install’ can install (as of Go 1.18)

        What is happening here is that internally, gospy uses packages from its own repository (module) and one of them, github.com/monsterxx03/gospy/pkg/term, in turn uses github.com/gizak/termui/v3. However, the github.com/monsterxx03/gospy module has a replace directive for this termui module that changes it to github.com/monsterxx03/termui/v3.

        If you clone the repository and run ‘go install’ inside it, everything works and you wind up with a gospy binary in your $HOME/go/bin. However, as we see here ‘go install …@latest’ works differently enough that the replace directive causes this error. To fix the problem (ie, to build gospy or any program like it), you must clone the repository and run ‘go install’ in the right place inside the repository.

        (Alternately you can file bugs with the upstream to get them to fix this, for example by dropping the replace directive and directly using the replacement in their code. But if the upstream is neglected, this may not work very well.)

        Unsurprisingly, there is a long standing but closed Go issue on this ‘go install’ behavior, cmd/go: go install cmd@version errors out when module with main package has replace directive #44840.

      • Tim Brayongoing by Tim Bray · Small Tables

        Computer programs organize bits and bytes into “data structures”. In software of any import, the data structures are usually more interesting than the code around them. This part of the Quamina Diary takes a close look at a very simple data structure that I have greatly enjoyed using to build finite automata, and which I think has lessons to teach; it’s called smallTable.

      • Geeks For GeeksDifference between Brute Force and Dynamic Programming
      • Geeks For GeeksWhy do we need Prefix and Postfix notations?

        Prefix notation is the notation in which operators are placed before the corresponding operands in the expression.

      • RlangWhat To Do (And Not to Do) with Modeling Proportions/Fractional Outcomes

        Limited dependent variables, or continuous variables with lower and upper bounds, are quite common in the social sciences but do not fit easily with existing statistical models. In this Rmarkdown document, I show why these issues are important to consider when modeling your data, discuss existing R packages useful for fitting these models, and also present ordbetareg, an R package with a new variant of Beta regression that builds on and simplifies existing approaches (see paper here that is forthcoming in Political Analysis). In essence, ordbetareg offers a drop-in replacement for OLS that respects the bounds of a dependent variable.

        I will be presenting this post as part of Leanne Powner’s Methods Cafe workshops via Zoom on Friday, July 1st, at 12 pm EST. You can find more info on the workshop along with Zoom links here. You can also get a copy of the Rmarkdown document here if you want to run the file yourself.

        Although I argue that ordbetareg is as useful or more useful than existing packages, I provide a broad overview in this document so that the reader can gain an appreciation for the range of work on this topic, as well as the pros and cons of existing models.

      • RlangMay 2022: “Top 40” New CRAN Packages | R-bloggers

        One hundred seventy-nine new packages made it to CRAN in May. Here are my “Top 40” picks in twelve categories: Computational Methods, Data, Ecology, Epidemiology, Finance, Machine Learning, Networks, Science, Statistics, Time Series, Utilities, and Visualization.

      • RlangHow to Find Unmatched Records in R | R-bloggers

        How to Find Unmatched Records in R?, To retrieve all rows in one data frame that do not have matching values in another data frame, use R’s anti_join() function from the dplyr package.

      • RlangR Lille Group Organizer, Mickaël Canouil, Talks About Guiding New Users | R-bloggers

        R Consortium talks to Mickaël Canouil about the idea of reproducible teaching tools, cross-platform support, and the use of package building in his community. Mickaël says one of the most important things we can do to ensure that a language stays relevant is to ensure that we have new people using the language.

      • RlangTips for Rearranging Columns in R | R-bloggers

        Tips for Rearranging Columns in R, you might frequently want to reorder the columns in a data frame.

        The select() function from the dplyr package, fortunately, makes this simple to accomplish.

      • The Wall Street JournalExperimenting with Quarto

        Quarto is the up-and-coming “next generation version of R Markdown” being developed by RStudio. It’s more or less a superset of R Markdown/knitr that’s suited to programming languages besides R. Quarto’s heading towards a 0.1, and I’ve started experimenting for a few client projects.

        So far I like the system a lot, and at this point I really think Quarto’s worth a try; especially since it’s available with the recent versions of RStudio.

      • ACMAlgorithms with Predictions

        The theoretical study of algorithms and data structures has been bolstered by worst-case analysis, where we prove bounds on the running time, space, approximation ratio, competitive ratio, or other measure that holds even in the worst case. Worst-case analysis has proven invaluable for understanding aspects of both the complexity and practicality of algorithms, providing useful features like the ability to use algorithms as building blocks and subroutines with a clear picture of the worst-case performance. More and more, however, the limitations of worst-case analysis become apparent and create new challenges. In practice, we often do not face worst-case scenarios, and the question arises of how we can tune our algorithms to work even better on the kinds of instances we are likely to see, while ideally keeping a rigorous formal framework similar to what we have developed through worst-case analysis.

        A key issue is how we can define the subset of “instances we are likely to see.” Here we look at a recent trend in research that draws on machine learning to answer this question. Machine learning is fundamentally about generalizing and predicting from small sets of examples, and so we model additional information about our algorithm’s input as a “prediction” about our problem instance to guide and hopefully improve our algorithm. Of course, while ML performance has made tremendous strides in a short amount of time, ML predictions can be error-prone, with unexpected results, so we must take care in how much our algorithms trust their predictors. Also, while we suggest ML-based predictors, predictions really can come from anywhere, and simple predictors may not need sophisticated machine learning techniques. For example, just as yesterday’s weather may be a good predictor of today’s weather, if we are given a sequence of similar problems to solve, the solution from the last instance may be a good guide for the next.

      • Make Use OfThe 7 Best Linux Text Editors and Gedit Alternatives [Ed: Truly terrible list. promotes Microsoft's proprietary software (spyware even), Microsoft's soon-to-be-dead editor that's bloat, and a bunch of non-free stuff before getting to good options]

        Gedit, the default text editor for Ubuntu and the GNOME desktop environment, is a nifty little app that’s pretty handy indeed. However, it’s not the only text editor available to Linux users.

        If you’ve been using Gedit for all these years, and want a text editor that’s better suited to your needs, you should really consider switching to one of the other Linux editing apps. They’re far more powerful and will make you twice, even thrice, as productive as before.

        So, let’s explore some of the best Linux text editors that are great Gedit alternatives.

      • Perl / Raku

        • Introduction Test::Excel

          My first contribution to CPAN was Test::Excel. It was initiated as we had requirement for such at work at that time.

          It has gone through many changes, thanks to all for reporting issues and providing patches..

  • Leftovers

    • HackadayAluminum Foil 20 Cm Antenna For 10 M Operation

      [David], DL1DN, is an Amateur Radio enthusiast with a penchant for low-power (QRP) portable operations. Recently he was out and about, and found that 10 m propagation was wide open. Not discouraged by having forgotten his antenna, he kludges up a makeshift one using a 20 cm length of aluminum foil (see video demonstration below the break). [David] wasn’t completely unprepared, as he did have the loading coil for his portable 20 m antenna, but was missing the telescoping whip. He calculated the whip length should be around 20 cm for 10 m operation, and crinkles up a sheet of foil the approximate length. He tunes it to length by rolling the tip to shorten the “whip” until he gets an SWR minimum.

    • HackadayAn Affordable Reference Mic You Can Build Yourself

      Reference mics are vital tools for audio work. They’re prized for their flat frequency response, and are often used for characterizing the audio response of a room or space. OpenRefMic aims to be an open source design for producing reference mics without paying exorbitant retail prices.

    • The NationTop 15 4th of July Songs

      Not nearly enough Americans are aware that much of what the country considers our most patriotic music was created by artists and writers of decidedly left-wing sympathies. In that spirit, here is my highly debatable list of Top 15 Fourth of July Songs, presented in random order. These songs, taken together, make clear what’s special about the US while highlighting the enormous amount of work that still needs to be done.  

    • HackadayFarm Data Relay System: Combine LoRa And 2.4 Ghz Networks Without WiFi Routers And Cloud Dependence

      Setting up a wireless sensor network over a wide area can quickly become costly, and making everything communicate smoothly can be a massive headache, especially when you’re combining short range Wi-Fi with long range LoRa. To simplify this, [Timm Bogner] created Farm Data Relay System which simplifies the process of combining LoRa, 2.4Ghz modules and serial communications in various topologies over wide areas.

    • Common DreamsOpinion | The Time Is Now for a People-Powered Backlash

      A reasonable reaction to the week’s Supreme Court rulings, which culminated in Thursday’s gutting of the Clean Air Act, would be: we are so screwed.

    • Ruben Schade
      The tech nostalgia bathtub curve

      A lot of things in computing are explained with bathtub curves, such as hard drive reliability. What starts as unreliable at first becomes reliable with time, then unreliability ticks up as they approach the end of their usable lives.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayDual Power Supply In A Pinch

        Recently I needed a dual voltage power supply to test a newly-arrived PCB, but my usual beast of a lab power supply was temporarily at a client’s site. I had a FNIRSI programmable power supply which would have been perfect, but alas, I had only one. While digging around in my junk box I found several USB-C power-delivery “trigger” boards which I bought for an upcoming project. These seemed almost too small for the task at hand, but after a little research I realized they would work quite well.

      • HackadayAn Anodiser That Does Gradients

        Anodizing aluminium, the process of electrolytic build up of the metal’s the oxide layer in the presence of dyes to create colored effects, is such a well-established process that we probably all have anodized items within sight. It’s usually an industrial mass-production process that creates a uniform result, but there’s an anodizing machine from a Dutch design studio which promises to place anodized aluminium in a new light. Studio Loop Loop’s Magic Color Machine enacts a small-scale automated anodizing process driven by a microcontroller, and is capable of effects such as gradated colors.

      • J PieperFlexible I/O: Auxiliary port configuration | A Modicum of Fun

        In the last post, I covered the goals behind more flexible I/O support in the moteus brushless controller. This time, I’ll start to cover the configuration model that I implemented to make that support work. It is broken up into 3 distinct phases, auxiliary ports, sources, and sinks.

      • uni TorontoModern disk sizes and powers of two

        Recently I grumbled in an aside about how disk drive vendors use decimal (‘SI’) numbers instead of IEC ‘binary’ numbers, which I and various other people consider more natural. You might wonder what makes binary sizes more natural for disk drives, especially since vendors have been using decimal sizes for a long time. My answer is that it comes down to sector size.

        Almost all disks have had 512 byte sectors for decades, and disks have a user usable capacity that is an integer number of sectors. Most systems have then used sectors (or some power of two multiple of them) as the minimum filesystem allocation unit, and correspondingly the unit of used and free space. This makes it power of two units up and down the stack (although there’s no reason for disks to have a power of two number of sectors).

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • NeritamDesperate Indians used up their savings, took loans to survive COVID-19 pandemic – neritam
      • GeorgeDifferences In Civic and Legal Attitudes Towards Drugs

        Assume Billy admits to using recreational drugs, and might even be excited about the prospect, speaking at length, with vigor, about their latest shroom trip or ketamine binge.

        What do you do about this?

        I expect that the answers to this question, for the demographic reading this blog, might vary from “I start hanging out with them less, I don’t like drug users” to “I ask them to hook me up”. Now think about your group of friends and relatives, assume that the same person speaks with them, I’d wager you’d expect reactions on a similar spectrum.

        Maybe the most unfavorable reaction would be “I try to direct them towards a mental health clinic for help” or “I inform their friends and family to intervene”, though even that I’d expect from only the most extremely conservative of folk.

    • Proprietary

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • The Wall Street JournalLawmakers Want FTC to Investigate Apple, Google Over Mobile Tracking

          In April, Apple began requiring apps to request user tracking permissions. Now, tech giants and small businesses alike say they’re losing money due to the new privacy policy. WSJ’s Shelby Holliday explains why those costs could be passed to consumers. Illustration: Rafael Garcia

        • Patrick BreyerInternal LIBE meeting with US Homeland Security: Plans for biometric databases put EU citizens’ data at risk

          Yesterday, members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) had an informal meeting with representatives of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. During the meeting, the new US “International Biometric Information Sharing (IBIS)” programme was presented. Threatening to reintroduce visa requirements, the USA wants to force EU Member States to grant access to biometric databases. Three EU member states and the United Kingdom are said to have already signed on to the programme. A representative of the EU Commission expressed criticism the USA was deliberately undermining European treaties through direct agreements with EU member states.

          When asked exactly what data the US wants to tap into, the answer was: as much as possible. When asked what would happen at US borders if a traveller was known to the police in the EU, it was said that this would be decided by the US immigration officer on a case-by-case basis.

        • How period tracking apps and data privacy fit into a post-Roe v. Wade climate

          For those second-guessing their period-tracking app, Ford says there’s a risk vs. convenience calculation that’s different for each user. It depends in large part on where you live and what the laws are.

          “If I lived in a state where abortion was actively being criminalized, I would not use a period tracker — that’s for sure,” she says.

          But for those who choose to log their data online, there might be some options that aren’t as risky. Ford says that apps built with a nonprofit model could offer more privacy. Hong says paid apps could be better because they’re less likely to track users, since they don’t need to collect advertising data. Hong also advised users to read Apple’s privacy nutrition labels, which are designed to show users how their data is used in simpler terms.

          Apps that store data locally are also preferable, Greer explained, because when data is stored locally, the user owns it — not the company.

    • Defence/Aggression

    • Environment

      • Project CensoredThe Realities of So-Called Conservation, and the Importance of Community Preparedness for Extreme Weather – The Project Censored Show

        Later in the show we’re joined by Jimmy Dunson, co-founder of Mutual Aid Disaster Relief to discuss the importance of community preparedness for extreme weather driven by climate chaos, as well as relational infrastructure. We also discuss his upcoming book Building Power while the lights are out – about mutual aid, disasters and dual power published by Rebel Hearts Publishing.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Frightening Implications of This Ruling Go Far Beyond the EPA

        This term, alongside a number of cases with the potential for seismic implications, the Supreme Court also took up West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency. Though the case caught fewer headlines, it, too, threatened Earth-shifting implications all its own by thrusting into question a critical EPA lever for addressing climate change.

      • Solar-Charged Electric Vehicles: A Comprehensive Analysis of Grid, Driver, and Environmental Benefits

        To date, solar-powered electric vehicles (EVs) have often been considered as niche projects or with small vehicle rooftop panels that can slightly extend the electric driving range. This article proposes a large-scale solar EV concept with low-cost, flexible, and thin-film solar cells integrated onto the steel of all upward-facing vehicle body panels as a viable solution to help mitigate EV charging and range concerns and the high cost and solar power intermittency of individual residential rooftop solar installations. Only by considering the full range of benefits, namely to the grid, driver, and environment, the value of solar-charged EVs can truly be appreciated. This article models the effect of panel tilt and partial shading on the solar energy capture of 150 drivers to analyze grid, driver, and environmental benefits in Los Angeles (LA) and Detroit over the course of a full year. The simulations predict net annual vehicle energy use reductions of 21.5% in LA and 17.5% in Detroit for average cloud conditions, compared to a nonsolar EV.

      • Energy

        • Common DreamsOpinion | Research Shows Burning More Gas Not the Answer to Energy Crisis

          With hundreds of millions of people across the world suffering from the fallout of higher energy prices and a cost-of-living crisis caused by Russia’s deadly war on Ukraine, this week’s G7 summit was the perfect opportunity for the world’s most powerful politicians to show clear, compelling leadership.

        • Common Dreams‘Stark Betrayal’: Biden Administration Floats New Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling

          Late Friday, just before the start of the July 4 holiday weekend, the Biden administration published a draft proposal that could allow new oil and gas drilling in federal waters off the coast of Alaska and in the Gulf of Mexico, a move that environmentalists warned would further endanger marine life and exacerbate the climate crisis.

          If implemented, the plan released by the Interior Department would permit up to 11 new oil lease sales over a five-year period, adding to the significant lease sales that have already taken place under the Biden administration despite the president’s campaign promise to ban all “new oil and gas permitting on public lands and waters.”

    • Finance

      • TruthOutNew Proposal Would Tax the Rich to House Low-Income People in Los Angeles
      • Common Dreams‘What’s There to Even Discuss?’ Omar Says Free, Universal School Meals Should Be Permanent

        Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar argued Friday that free school meal waivers enacted early in the pandemic to forestall a surge in child hunger should be made permanent, a policy change that she characterized as a political, economic, and moral no-brainer.

        “We have an opportunity to prove that a government of the people, by the people, and for the people can still deliver big things,” said Omar (D-Minn.), the whip for the Congressional Progressive Caucus. “And we can feed tens of millions of hungry kids while we do it. What’s there to even discuss?”

      • ReutersFrom baristas to inspectors: Singapore’s robot workforce plugs labour gaps

        After struggling to find staff during the pandemic, businesses in Singapore have increasingly turned to deploying robots to help carry out a range of tasks, from surveying construction sites to scanning library bookshelves.

        The city-state relies on foreign workers, but their number fell by 235,700 between December 2019 and September 2021, according to the manpower ministry, which notes how COVID-19 curbs have sped up “the pace of technology adoption and automation” by companies.

      • Matt RickardAsset-lite in an Asset-Heavy Business

        These companies eventually expanded past their initial markets — Facebook spends billions on manufacturing VR Headsets, Microsoft opened up retail stores, and Amazon sells its own products.

      • uni BathMarried mothers who earn more than their husbands take on an even greater share of housework

        Married couples may be trying to compensate for deviating from the entrenched gender norm of ‘male breadwinner’


        While new mothers frequently take on a greater share of housework than their spouses, this effect is even more pronounced in mothers who earn more than fathers, new research from the University of Bath shows.

        Rational economic theory suggests parenthood and the resulting income and time pressure should lead to a more efficient sharing of household chores. However, the study of more than 6,000 heterosexual North American married households revealed this is not the case.

        “Of course, we understand why specialized division of labour exists, but there is no reason for this specialization to be gender-specific. Traditional division has been conventionally explained by men earning more and working longer hours and has a certain logical appeal,” said Dr Joanna Syrda of the University’s School of Management.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • ScheerpostTo Defend Our Rights, Defend Our Democracy

        The attack on abortion rights is part of a bigger campaign against democracy. The late John Lewis offers a model to overcome it.

      • ScheerpostWestern Imperialism Expands with New Military Bases and NATO Members

        The NATO summit in Madrid has expanded the alliance’s footprint — a result of the U.S. and European role in the Ukraine war, and a big win for Western imperialism. Workers must use our power to fig…

      • ScheerpostRalph Nader: How Can Dictators Control So Many Millions of People?
      • The AtlanticAmerica Is Growing Apart, Possibly for Good

        All of this is fueling what I’ve called “the great divergence” now under way between red and blue states. This divergence itself creates enormous strain on the country’s cohesion, but more and more even that looks like only a way station. What’s becoming clearer over time is that the Trump-era GOP is hoping to use its electoral dominance of the red states, the small-state bias in the Electoral College and the Senate, and the GOP-appointed majority on the Supreme Court to impose its economic and social model on the entire nation — with or without majority public support. As measured on fronts including the January 6 insurrection, the procession of Republican 2020 election deniers running for offices that would provide them with control over the 2024 electoral machinery, and the systematic advance of a Republican agenda by the Supreme Court, the underlying political question of the 2020s remains whether majority rule — and democracy as we’ve known it — can survive this offensive.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • ScheerpostAssange Makes Final Appeal Against US Extradition

        “If Julian Assange is not free, neither are we,” said a protester at a Friday demonstration against the WikiLeaks founder’s impending transfer. “None of us is free.”

      • Julian Assange extradition: The decade-long battle explained

        Assange, his team and his supporters have described the extradition as an attack on freedom of speech and a threat to journalists globally.

      • Report: Freedom of expression restricted or in crisis for 80% of global population

        Freedom of expression has declined around the world and has, in part, facilitated Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to free speech campaigners.

        Those were among the findings of the 2022 Global Expression Report by UK-based human rights organisation Article 19.

        In Russia the long-standing environment of propaganda and criminalisation of reporting of news unfavourable towards the Kremlin has helped create an environment where those against the Ukraine war have been unable to express their opposition. Article 19 has downgraded the country’s freedom of expression score from 30 points to 15 over the last decade. The score tracks freedom of expression across 25 indicators, scoring countries out of 100.

        Quinn McKew, Article 19’s executive director, said: “Undoubtedly, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has been the biggest concern from a global political, security, economic, humanitarian and human rights point of view. This does not concern only Ukraine, albeit the impact of the war is most severe there, but is a stark reminder what happens when the international community fails to address the erosion of rights and rising authoritarianism.”

      • US News And World ReportWikiLeaks’ Assange Lodges Appeal Against U.S. Extradition

        WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange has appealed to the High Court in London to block his extradition to the United States to face criminal charges, his brother said on Friday, the latest step in his legal battle that has dragged on for more than a decade.

        Assange, 50, is wanted by U.S. authorities on 18 counts, including a spying charge, relating to WikiLeaks’ release of vast troves of confidential U.S. military records and diplomatic cables which Washington said had put lives in danger.

        Last month, Home Secretary Priti Patel approved his extradition, with her office saying British courts had concluded his extradition would not be incompatible with his human rights, and that he would be treated appropriately.

      • CBCJulian Assange appeals after U.K. orders his extradition to U.S. | CBC News

        WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has appealed the British’s government decision last month to order his extradition to the U.S.

        The appeal was filed Friday at the High Court, the latest twist in a decade-long legal saga sparked by his website’s publication of classified U.S. documents. No further details about the appeal were immediately available.

        Assange’s supporters staged protests before his 51st birthday this weekend, with his wife, Stella Assange, among those who gathered outside the British Home Office in London on Friday to call for his release from prison.

      • CNETJulian Assange Asks UK High Court to Cancel Extradition to US – CNET

        The WikiLeaks founder’s appeal will likely delay a possible trial in the US, where he’ll contest his espionage charges.

      • The Age AUJulian Assange appeals to British High Court against extradition to US

        WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is appealing against the British government’s decision to order his extradition to the US.

        The appeal was filed on Friday (London time) at the High Court, the latest twist in a decade-long legal saga sparked by his website’s publication of classified US documents. No further details about the appeal were immediately available.

      • teleSURJulian Assange Appeals His Extradition to the US

        Assange met the deadline to appeal the decision issued by the Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel, while. At the same time, the court in London communicated that it had formally received the notification of the accused.

        Assange’s wife, Stella Assange, referred to the dire consequences of the case for journalism and human rights in general. “We will fight until justice is done,” she said.

        The Australian journalist has been detained in Belmarsh high-security prison since April 2019, where he awaits the outcome of the legal process.


        This Friday, multiple activists gathered in mobilization in front of the Home Office headquarters, after touring several points in London, to demand the revocation of the extradition order.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • HackadayNot On The Internet

        Whenever you need to know something, you just look it up on the Internet, right? Using the search engine of your choice, you type in a couple keywords, hit enter, and you’re set. Any datasheet, any protocol specification, any obscure runtime error, any time. Heck, you can most often find some sample code implementing whatever it is you’re looking for. In a minute or so.

      • Interesting EngineeringResearchers set a new world record for petabit data transmission per second in Japan

        Researchers at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) in Japan have demonstrated data transmission of more than one petabit per second using a standard 0.125 mm diameter multi-core fiber (MCF), TechXplore reported.

        With the world becoming more connected and the need for information being more urgent than ever, there is a massive push to make our devices faster and support them with an unprecedented data transmission backbone. Earlier this year, we reported how 10Gbps internet connections are nearing reality, and now researchers at the Network Research Institute at NICT have demonstrated petabit data transmission.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakUK Govt. Prepares to Dissolve Anti-Piracy Group & Seize Its Assets

          FACT Administration LLP, a partnership behind a piracy settlement scheme in the UK, appeared in Britain’s oldest newspaper this week. The group demands at least hundreds of pounds from internet users for downloading a single movie but according to The Gazette, the partnership could be just weeks away from being forcibly dissolved. The number of businesses that face disruption is rather large, to say the least.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • Back cover

        I get so curious about what’s on the back copy of novels, I usually hold off on reading it until I’m well into the novel because it’s usally so spoilerific (which I think is a bad idea, why the heck print spoilers on the literal cover?).

        I just finished the Swedish Pan 1969 print of Boris Vian’s 1956 L’Automne à Péking (this isn’t a review of the book itself. If you’re looking for book recos, I have many I like better, like 4x Edelfeldt which is a treasure chest of a book).

        When I was like four fifths through, I glanced at the back cover, and I was struck by a huge spoiler. Grumpily, I went back to the book and read on. When I had only a couple of pages left, I decided to look again, and I saw that it revealed the entire ending. I got so mad! I really had to pull teeth to make myself finish the book.

      • At home alone

        Yesterday went to neccessary errands, like shopping, cleaning a car we
        borrowed the last couple of weeks, making some firewood for the next
        winter and cleaning up the garage and making space for our new car.
        With the gas prizes skyrocketing, we decided to go all-electric, so our
        main car is now an VW ID.4. Our electricity bills are quite high as well,
        so I really regret that I did not put my solar-roof-plans into
        practice. Anyway, the new car seems great so far. If everything goes as
        planned, we’ll be on a road trip though Denmark and Germany for two
        weeks soon.

      • I think it might be Sunday

        My happiness seems proportional to the inverse of number of thoughts. Inverse squared, even. Maybe.

      • No, I won’t mow my lawn

        I am living in a semi-detached house. Due to several reasons, like problems with my mental health (and increasingly physical health, too), plain laziness, or being a friend of nature and insects, I started to mow my lawn much more infrequent a couple of years back. This year I decided to quit mowing the lawn altogether. And why shouldn’t I, as for me it has only downsides: It is a chore each and every time; I don’t like the noise and the smell of that damn combustor; It pollutes the environment and gets more expensive every time as the prices for gasoline are skyrocketing; It destroys most of the flowering plants in my garden (and the little ant hills, too); I don’t actually need, nor want, a nicely trimmed lawn, because I don’t have any use for it, nor do I find it aesthetically pleasing.


        My neighbors don’t share my decision and how I think about it. They are pretty pissed off actually and called me to mow my lawn a couple of times now. At first I used to give in, excuse myself and then actually do it the next weekend. Not anymore, and not so the last time he called me: No, I won’t mow my lawn. If my lawn offends you, that is totally your problem, and not mine. That’s what I said to him.

        And his problem it is, or so he says, at least. He is annoyed by all those pesky weeds that the wind blows over from my property to his one, and thus disfigures his lawn and provides him with excess work for weeding. Well… sorry. I don’t do this on purpose just to bugger you. It’s just nature, after all.
        In Dubai you will get fined for a dirty car, as it is an offense for aesthetics and safety reasons.

      • SpellBinding: ADHOSWY Wordo: FINE
    • Technical

      • Open Source and Infrastructure

        The Software Freedom Conservancy has gathered some attention around their “Give up Github” campaign recently. In addition to some news articles, it’s been thoroughly discussed on the fediverse and seems to be gathering at least some momentum among individual developers.

      • Science

        • HackadayDoes Hot Water Freeze Faster Than Cold? Debate Continues Over The Mpemba Effect

          Does hot water freeze faster than cold water? On its face this idea seems like it should be ridiculously simple to test, and even easier to intuit, but this question has in fact had physicists arguing for decades.

        • How the Brain Prepares to Think – Latest News – Texas Advanced Computing Center

          UT Southwestern researcher’s decades-long quest to understand synaptic transmission gets help from fastest U.S. academic supercomputer

        • Quanta MagazineHow Complex Is a Knot? New Proof Reveals Ranking System That Works.

          Back in 1981, Cameron Gordon introduced a new way to relate two knots — mathematical constructs modeled after the knots that appear in a single thread or string. In his paper, he conjectured that this new relationship could be used to arrange groups of knots according to how complicated they are.

          This winter, Ian Agol, a mathematician at the University of California, Berkeley, posted a six-page paper that proved Gordon’s conjecture, giving mathematicians a new way to order knots by complexity. “What was really surprising about this paper is, one, that it’s super short,” said Arunima Ray, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics. “And secondly, that it’s using some tools that are, let’s say, unusual to this particular question.”

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Closing Gemini, keeping Gopher

          Despite not being secure, despite its quirkiness, who the *beep* chose tabs to format links?, despite not being too popular, Gopher, I chose you.

          Why? I don’t know, it’s kinda cute, maybe it’s the love for the underdog, of the furry thing that lives in burrows. I suppose it’s kind of fast… or perhaps it is the lack of expectations.

          Yes, that has to be it. Even in Gemini there is some promise of a community. And there is, but more in the shape of places like these than in hosting your own server.

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

Links 03/07/2022: GNU/Linux Steam Surge, GitHub Breaks the Law

Posted in News Roundup at 3:03 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Tux Digital204: Linux Accessibility, Vim, Thunderbird, GNOME, EndeavourOS, Fedora 37 and more Linux news! – This Week in Linux – TuxDigital

        On this episode of This Week in Linux: Accessibility in Linux, Vim 9.0, EndeavourOS 22.6, Thunderbird 102 Email Client, Software Freedom Conservancy Says Give Up GitHub, GNOME Web 43 Gets WebExtension Support, Potential RISC-V Laptops, Shotcut 22.06 Video Editor, all that and much more on Your Weekly Source for Linux GNews!

      • Tux Digital64: The Ethical Dilemma Of Sentient AI – Hardware Addicts – TuxDigital

        Welcome to Hardware Addicts, a proud member of the TuxDigital Network. Hardware Addicts is the podcast that focuses on the physical components that powers our technology world.

        In this episode, we’re going to be talking about the ethics of AI…what do we do when the robots we create become sentient? How close have are we getting to true sentient AI in robotics? Then we head to Camera Corner where Wendy will discuss back button focus.

        So Sit back, Relax, and Plug In because Hardware Addicts Starts Now!

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • uni TorontoA quiet shift in what tech people build for their blogs

        Tech people have always had a certain attraction to building their own blogs instead of using a canned platform. Not every tech person, by any means (there are plenty of people who use readily available platforms because they have better things to spend time and energy on), but there’s generally been enough tech people that there have been tendencies and trends. Back when I started Wandering Thoughts, the in thing to do was to build a dynamic blog engine. DWiki, the engine behind Wandering Thoughts was such a dynamic engine, and it was somewhat modeled on others that I saw at the time.

      • Michael Stapelbergrsync, article 3: How does rsync work?

        With rsync up and running, it’s time to take a peek under the hood of rsync to better understand how it works.

      • Michael Stapelbergrsync, article 2: Surroundings

        Now that we know what to use rsync for, how can we best integrate rsync into monitoring and alerting, and on which operating systems does it work?

      • Trend OceansHow to Strengthen Firefox Privacy and Security for Digital Surveillance – TREND OCEANS

        Mozilla Firefox is one of the best browsers available that combines strong privacy protection features, good security, active development, and regular updates. A solid alternative to Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Vivaldi.

      • Bryan Lundukeduf: Check free drive space from the terminal

        The “df” command is a staple in the UNIX and Linux world for checking the amount of free space on your local drives.

      • Barry KaulerFix for MoManager in Easy 4.2.2

        I found the reason. At line 369, it tries to perform an operation on script ‘grub4dosconfig’, to fix a syntax error in that script. However, Easy no longer has the ‘grub4dos’ package, and that causes the ‘momanager’ script to hang at line 375.

      • Linux BuzzHow to Setup Secure Private Docker Registry on Ubuntu 22.04

        In this guide, we will learn how to setup secure private docker registry on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy jellyfish) using self-sign SSL certificate and htpasswd.

        Private docker registry is the repository for container images and it supports both uploading and downloading operations. It is strongly recommended one should always secure private registry to mitigate security risks.

        Once we setup secure registry then we can use it in our deployments on Kubernetes cluster or may be in RedHat Openshift Cluster.

    • WINE or Emulation

    • Games

      • GamingOnLinuxLinux share on Steam hits highest peak in years thanks to Steam Deck

        The latest Steam Hardware & Software Survey is out for June 2022, putting the Linux user share at one of its highest ever points and likely thanks to the rise of the Steam Deck and SteamOS. As shown on our dedicated Steam Tracker, it’s been trending upwards for quite a while but this latest figure is a pretty good showing.

      • IdiomdrottningThe Dungeon Map is not the Dungeon Territory

        Now on to how to describe. This is something I’ve had to learn in the last two years, since we started playing most of our sessions over video, since before that I relied heavily on the actual room we were in. Before video, I would do a very larpy style, show in the room how things were connected etc, make short or long hand gestures. When things were extra tricky, I’d have them leave their chairs and walk with me in the room. I wanted to convey a sense of space. We were playing in basically a ten by ten room so as far as larps go, it was pretty darn semi (as in, relying on the life changing magic of imagination).

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • New Releases

      • Bryan LundukeNew Beta Release of Amiga-inspired Icaros OS

        A brand new beta release of Icaros — a distribution of AROS (an open source operating system that is API-compatible with Amiga) — has just been released.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Linux GizmosMYIR’s new SOM taps ALLWINNER T507-H processor

        MYIR has released a System On Module (SOM) built around the Allwinner T507-H industrial processor along with a compatible carrier board. The MYC-YT507H module is AEC-Q100 certified which is convenient for automotive electronics, industrial controls, IoT applications, etc. The SOM starts at ~$34.90 while its carrier board costs around ~$119.

        The processor system integrated on the MYC-YT507H SOM is the Allwinner T507-H which combines a four-core Arm Cortex-A53. In addition, there is an Arm Mali-G31 MP2 GPU enabled to support OpenGL ES 3.2/2.0/1.0, Vulkan 1.1 and OpenCL 2.0.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • TalospaceAnd now a real RISC-V laptop … maybe

        Phoronix is reporting the first production RISC-V laptop, (code?) named ROMA, with “a quad-core RISC-V CPU (although clock frequencies are not noted), a GPU/NPU accelerator [and reportedly other features], up to 16GB of LPDDR4/LPDDR4X RAM [and] up to 256GB of storage.” This sounds great, except that I was seriously underwhelmed by the Allwinner D1 in the DevTerm R-01, so the lack of CPU specs is not encouraging. There are also two distinct process nodes for the System-on-Module, 12nm for Pro and 28nm for Normal, so there may be a wide gulf between configurations. On the other hand, it does prominently claim to be upgradable, possibly by swapping out the modules. Strangely, it advertises itself with an ARM SC300 secure enclave, which seems a bit odd as well.

      • Data SwampThe Old Computer Challenge V2: back to RTC

        This new challenge will embrace the old time of RTC modems with a monthly time budget. Back in these days, in France at least, people had to subscribe to an ISP for a given price, but you would be able to connect only for 10, 20, 30, 40… hours a month depending on your subscription. Any extra hour was very expensive. We used the Internet the most efficiently possible because it was time limited (and very slow, 4 kB/s at best). Little story, phone lines were not available while a modem was connected, and we had to be careful not to forget to manually disconnect the modem after use, otherwise it would stay connected and wasting the precious Internet time! (and making expensive bills)

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Licensing / Legal

      • [Old] Revisiting the Open Source Business Model

        Historically, dual licensing models were almost always implemented with GPL2 as the open source choice; most other licenses lack the conditions to drive private businesses to the proprietary licensing choice. Once GPL3 and AGPL3 were released, those licenses took their place as part of the dual licensing model, because they imposed more conditions on the exercise of the license than GPL2.

        But that is not the only limitation of the dual licensing model. If the software is intended for uses (such as supporting SaaS, monitoring or development tools, or software intended for end use) that would not normally require distribution, then GPL would not drive anyone to take a proprietary license. So, the dual licensing model waned in popularity over time. AGPL was potentially more effective in such cases, but again, only for pieces of programs, not whole ones. Today, pure dual licensing models are not so common, and have given ground to the “upsell” model described below.

      • Rohan KumarAn experiment to test GitHub Copilot’s legality

        GitHub is enabling copyleft violation ✨at scale✨ with Copilot. GitHub Copilot encourages people to make derivative works of source code without complying with the original code’s license. This facilitates the creation of permissively-licensed or proprietary derivatives of copyleft code.

        Unfortunately, challenging Microsoft (GitHub’s parent company) in court is a bad idea: their legal budget probably ensures their victory, and they likely already have a comprehensive defense planned. How can we determine Copilot’s legality on a level playing field? We can create legal precedent that they haven’t had a chance to study yet!

        A chat with Matt Campbell about a speech synthesizer gave me a horrible idea. I think I know a way to find out if GitHub Copilot is legal: we could use its legal justification against another software project with a smaller legal budget. Specifically, against a speech synthesizer. The outcome of our actions could set a legal precedent to determine the legality of Copilot.

    • Programming/Development

      • EarthlyIntroduction to Pyscript

        On the 30th of April 2022, ****Anaconda, a company widely known for its data science products in Python and R programming languages, announced that it had just released a framework that would help users create python applications using HTML.

        This publication will help you get started writing PyScript, a JSFiddle-like Python framework.

      • Jim NielsenSoftware Over Time

        Your ability to respond to change (not just technologically but organizationally) will be one of your primary competitive advantages. How fast can you synthesize customer feedback and incorporate changes back into your software? If setting up a project quickly is part of that — due to prototyping changes or the like — then fine, setup time is important. But don’t lose sight of why it’s important.

      • Geeks For GeeksHow to get largest and smallest number in an Array?

        Given an array arr[] of length N, The task is to find the maximum and the minimum number in the array.

      • Geeks For GeeksHow can the stack memory be increased?

        A Stack is a temporary memory address space that is used to hold arguments and automatic variables during the invocation of a subprogram or function reference. The size of this stack is called the stack size.

      • GeshanHow to use JavaScript Promise.all with real-life code example

        Async execution and promises are not easy to understand in any language and JavaScript is no exception. In this post, we will dissect how JavaScript Promise.all function works visually and with a real-life code example, let’s get started!

  • Leftovers

    • Hollywood ReporterJoe Turkel, the Bartender in ‘The Shining,’ Dies at 94

      Stanley Kubrick also employed him for ‘The Killing’ and ‘Paths of Glory,’ and he was unforgettable as the god-like Tyrell in ‘Blade Runner.’

    • New York TimesTrump Media is subpoenaed in federal inquiry of Truth Social deal.

      The S.E.C. investigation has focused on whether there were serious discussions between the leadership of Digital World and Trump Media before the special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, went public in September and, if so, why those talks were not disclosed in regulatory filings. SPACs, which raise money to go public in the hopes of finding a merger candidate, are not supposed to have an acquisition target in mind when they raise money from investors. Regulators have also requested information about trading activity in securities of Digital World before the merger announcement in October. A few weeks before the merger announcement, there was a big surge in trading of Digital World warrants — a type of security that gives the holder the right to buy shares at a specified price.

    • India TimesReddit buys natural language processing company MeaningCloud

      Popular online discussion forum Reddit has announced that it is acquiring MeaningCloud, a natural language processing (NLP) company specialising in extracting meaning from unstructured content.

    • Science

      • IEEEWe’re Training AI Twice as Fast This Year as Last

        According to the best measures we’ve got, a set of benchmarks called MLPerf, machine-learning systems can be trained nearly twice as quickly as they could last year. It’s a figure that outstrips Moore’s Law, but also one we’ve come to expect. Most of the gain is thanks to software and systems innovations, but this year also gave the first peek at what some new processors, notably from Graphcore and Intel subsidiary Habana Labs, can do.

        The once-crippling time it took to train a neural network to do its task is the problem that launched startups like Cerebras and SambaNova and drove companies like Google to develop machine-learning accelerator chips in house. But the new MLPerf data shows that training time for standard neural networks has gotten a lot less taxing in a short period of time. And that speedup has come from much more than just the advance of Moore’s Law.

    • Hardware

      • [Old] What are ML Sensors?

        The basic idea is that system builders are already able to integrate components like sensors into their products, so why not expose some higher-level information about the environment in the same form factor? For example, a person sensor might have a pin that goes high when someone is present, and then an I2C interface to supply more detailed information about their pose, activities, and identity. That would allow a TV manufacturer to wake up the display when someone sat down on the couch, and maybe even customize the UI to show recently-watched shows based on which family members are present. All of the complexity of the ML implementation would be taken care of by the sensor manufacturer and hidden inside the hardware module, which would have a microcontroller and a camera under the hood. The OEM would just need to respond to the actionable signals from the component.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • TruthOutCDC Warns Public to Avoid the Toxic Algae “Blooming” in Warming Waters
      • NPRCoronavirus FAQ: Can I get COVID outdoors? (With printable poster on how to cut risks)

        But “way less risky” is not “zero risk.” There’s still a chance of catching COVID even at an outdoor event — especially as the virus continues evolving to become more transmissible and to break through prior immunity from vaccination or earlier cases.

        “With the more transmissible variants, it’s likely that shorter periods of close contact will result in transmission,” says Dr. Preeti Malani, an infectious diseases physician and a professor of medicine at the University of Michigan.

        That means activities that once seemed pretty safe are potentially riskier – and that includes outdoor activities.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Kev Quirk[Repost] What’s the Point?

          Even me, a technical person, can’t avoid cesspits like Facebook and WhatsApp. Well, I could, but I don’t want to become a complete pariah.

        • AxiosBiden to warn FTC about abortion related data sharing

          What we’re watching: In a letter to be sent as early as this week, Biden will say the FTC should not tolerate unfair or deceptive practices related to reporting, surveillance, sharing or sale of personal information — including sensitive health-related information — in any state, the official told Axios.

        • ABCPeriod-tracking apps may help prosecute users, advocates fear

          McLaughlin’s message, which was posted on the day Politico reported the leak of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion on Roe v. Wade in early May, has since been retweeted more than 59,000 times. The Supreme Court handed down its official decision on Roe v. Wade on June 24.

          Abortion-rights advocates are ringing alarm bells not just about the use of menstruation-tracking apps, but the potentially incriminating digital trail of geo-location data, online transactions and web-search histories.

        • ReutersNew York bans guns in many public places after Supreme Court ruling

          New York state passed a law on Friday banning guns from many public places, including Times Square, and requiring gun-license applicants to prove their shooting proficiency and submit their social media accounts for review by government officials.

          The law, passed in an emergency legislative session, was forced by a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week that struck down New York’s restrictive gun-license laws. The court’s conservative majority ruled for the first time that the U.S. Constitution grants an individual the right to carry weapons in public for self-defense. read more

        • [Old] Why cameras are soon going to be everywhere

          A lot of people still share the expectation that cameras will be obvious, standalone components of a system. Even though phone cameras and webcams are smaller, they still have a noticeable physical presence, and often come with indicators like red lights that show when they’re recording. What is clear to me from my work is that these assumptions aren’t going to hold much longer. Soon imaging sensors will be so small, cheap, and energy efficient that they’ll be added to many more devices in our daily lives, and because they’re so tiny they won’t even be noticeable!

          What am I basing this prediction on? The clearest indicator for me is that you can already buy devices like the Himax HM01B0 with an imaging sensor that’s less than 2mm by 2mm in size, low single-digit dollars in cost, and 2 milliwatts or less in power usage. Even more striking are the cameras that are emerging from research labs. At the TinyML Summit the University of Michigan presented a complete system that fits on the tip of a finger.

        • SRSwedish Radio created fake pharmacy – reveals how Facebook stored sensitive information

          Swedish Radio News’ reporters also built a program which, automatically, thousands of times a day, visited the made-up pharmacy, filled in e-mail addresses and telephone numbers, searched for symptoms and illnesses, but unlike the other pharmacies that Swedish Radio News had previously reported about, it also passed on information about prescription medicines.

          After four days, 25 000 fake visits from customers had been registered with Facebook. But they had neither shut down nor warned the owners of the made-up pharmacy – Swedish Radio News’ reporters. When the reporters log into their account, they see that Facebook has stored the type of sensitive information that they say their filter is built to delete again and again.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Vanguard NGHerdsmen attacks: 300 amputees flood Benue as state seeks help to manage them

        Many who escaped being killed, however, suffered severe injuries and are currently living with disabilities inflicted on them by the invaders, especially in the notorious attack of 2018 New Year’s eve.

      • MedforthFrance: 15 years’ imprisonment for a former gendarme who promoted jihadism

        The Paris Court of Appeal (Cour d’Assises Spéciale) on Friday July 1 sentenced a 27-year-old former gendarme who had converted to Islam to 15 years in prison with a two-thirds security detention. He was charged with advocating armed jihad in Western countries. The former gendarme had been arrested in January 2018 “in view of the risk that a possible act of violence was imminent”.

    • Environment

      • NPRShe tried to avoid plastic while grocery shopping for a week. Here’s how it went

        I had challenged myself to purchase a week’s worth of food without bringing home any plastic in my grocery bag. That meant no jugs of juice, yogurt containers, cellophane windows in chip bags, plastic packages or even stickers on some produce.

        Why did I do this? Because very few of the plastic packages and containers we use once get recycled. Because there’s growing concern about the harmful health effects. Some research suggests that ingesting microplastics could disrupt hormone production or be associated with problems like asthma and learning disorders.

        Though scientists have not confirmed the link, I just don’t love the idea that I may consume a credit card’s worth of plastic in a week.

      • TruthOutBiden Admin Proposes New Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling in ‘Stark Betrayal’
      • Energy

        • Michael West MediaRevealed: Australia’s true emissions concealed, corporates “double-count” household rooftop solar – Michael West

          The government has admitted almost all rooftop solar energy in Australia may be double-counted – a massive emission reduction free ride for Australia’s largest corporations. Callum Foote reports.

          In correspondence exchanged in January, senior officials within the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources admitted that almost all small-scale solar installations, the kind you put on your roof, are being double-counted by the government. This has happened through the misuse of the Clean Energy Regulators’ data on small-scale energy sold into the grid and the way that emissions are calculated by the Department.

        • Copenhagen PostHow embracing a cycling lifestyle is good for the body, mind and environment

          It’s part of its #ibike campaign to promote cycling culture in the Greater Copenhagen Region, a hotbed for leading biking solution brands and sustainable innovation, which is co-hosting the greatest race in the world, the Tour de France, for the first time in history.

          But as the slogan reminds us, the race will leave these shores on the evening of July 3, but its imprint hopefully won’t: “Biking is not just a sport. It’s a lifestyle.”

        • The Register UKMeta: We need 5x more GPUs to combat TikTok, stat

          But Meta’s apparent need for truckloads of GPUs will likely serve as an affirmation to Nvidia and other chip companies that some of the world’s largest tech companies will continue to need more accelerator chips to fuel their most important businesses as the global economy cools down.

          As detailed by The Verge earlier this month, Meta plans to use its discovery engine to create a version of the Facebook app that closely resembles TikTok’s addictive feed of videos. Not a big surprise given that copying competitors has long been Meta’s strong suit.

        • [Old] Deutsche WelleEverything you need to know about Germany’s 9-euro ticket

          Starting June 1, Germany’s new budget travel pass, available for €9 ($9.60), can be used around the country. We’ve compiled some information to help you understand how to use it.

        • [Old] uni YaleGermany Slashes Summer Train Fares More Than 90 Percent to Curb Driving, Save Fuel

          By making public transit cheaper, German leaders hope to limit car travel and help phase out Russian oil imports. Last year, Germany was the largest buyer of Russian oil in Europe, and it is now looking to make drastic reductions. On Monday, EU leaders agreed to an embargo that will “effectively cut around 90 percent of oil imports from Russia to the EU by the end of the year,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted.

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Mexico News DailyMurdered ‘guardian’ of the butterflies will be focus of Netflix series

          Homero Gómez was often called “the butterfly guardian” because of his work in Ocampo’s El Rosario butterfly sanctuary, and most agree that he was killed for was his conservation work there. The new series will also be named El Guardián in honor of his work.

          A local from the Ocampo community, Gómez was a dedicated defender of the area’s migratory monarch butterfly population and their habitat, which spans almost 140,000 acres across Michoacán and México states and hosts over a billion butterflies each winter along their migratory journey back to the United States and Canada.

    • Finance

      • DaemonFC (Ryan Farmer)I’ve witnessed five US recessions and have studied more as a hobby. Here’s what I think about Bitcoin.

        I’ve witnessed five US recessions and have studied them as a historical phenomenon as a hobby. Here’s what I think about Bitcoin.

        If you look at the fake coins bloodbath and bankruptcy proceedings going on right now, that alone is another dotcom bubble, and Bitcoin and clones turned out to be Flooz 2.0.

        Remember Flooz? If you’re much under 40, you probably don’t.

        There was going to be an “Internet Currency” that you could exchange USD for because online merchants weren’t established to take credit cards and stuff yet.

        I got some as part of a promotion and used them to buy some cigars from cigar Web site through the mail when I was underage. I think the statute of limitations is up on that. It was over 23 years ago.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Michael West MediaDoing more with less: time for the new breed to show us how the new politics is done – Michael West

        The greatly expanded crossbench elected to federal parliament has reacted furiously to the Albanese government’s cuts to its staffing allowance. But the well-financed independents are well placed to make a virtue of the new austerity and remind us why they are at the vanguard of fresh thinking in politics, writes Mark Sawyer.

        Of all the misdeeds of the Morrison government, this one seems to have been the least publicised. Who knew, outside those involved and a select few in the Canberra bubble, that the crossbenchers that served in the 46th parliament had been allocated extra staff?

        Media outcry? What media outcry? Vital government services being cut here there and everywhere, as the taxpayer funds more fancy-pants advisers and strategy gurus for the bloated political class?

      • Craig MurrayKarakalpak Unrest

        Footage has emerged of the Uzbek authorities cleaning up a huge amount of blood after suppression of protests in Nukus, Uzbekistan.

      • [Old] ViceThis Guy Threatened to Burn Down a Pepsi Truck Over QR Codes

        After recording the video, Khan attempted to defuse the situation by trying to reason with Mullah and the crowd, which had become increasingly aggressive. Khan helped the truck driver get back into his vehicle to escape the scene. As Khan himself began to depart, Mullah cried out to him saying that he was a part of the extremist group Jammat-ud-Dawa, that he had “fought in Kashmir”, and that he has connections in “high places,” insinuating that the matter won’t end with them departing.

        Khan has not reported the incident to the police and has yet to be contacted by provincial government authorities, whom he tagged when he uploaded the video on Twitter.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • Turkey blocks access to the websites of Voice of America and Deutsche Welle

        Deutsche Welle is German public, state-owned international broadcaster, funded by German taxpayers. Voice of America is run by the US Agency for Global Media (USAGM), a government agency which is funded by the US Congress. The two websites have not been accessible in Turkey since Thursday.

        DW said in a statement that it did not comply with the rules because “licensing would have allowed the Turkish government to censor editorial content.”

      • Dhaka TribuneSamsung outlet attacked over ‘blasphemous QR code’ in Pakistan

        It was not initially clear what triggered the attack, with some suggesting that it was over a QR code introduced by Samsung, the South Korean electronic giant, that allegedly had blasphemous content against the Prophet. Earlier this year, a man had threatened to set a Pepsi truck on fire over a similar issue.

        However, it was later clarified that the alleged blasphemous content was shared through a WiFi device that was located inside the outlet.

      • [Old] FuturismOnlyFans Creator Says She Got Her Instagram Back by Systematically Having Sex With Facebook Employees

        An OnlyFans creator who goes by the name Kitty Lixo said on the podcast “No Jumper” that after her Instagram account got banned, she managed to get it reinstated by systematically having sex with Meta employees (formerly known as Facebook employees).

        Lixo didn’t say what got her banned in the short clip podcast host Adam Grandmaison posted on Twitter yesterday. But she did say that the first time it happened, she started sleeping with a friend at the company to get the account restored.

        Later on, when she got banned again, she said she approached things even more organized manner.

        “I went on his LinkedIn and I searched up [his connections] in the integrity department,” Lixo said in the clip. “We met up. I fucked a couple of them. I was able to get my account back two, three times.”

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • FAIRIn the Wake of Abu Akleh’s Murder, Media Continued to Obscure Israeli Violence

        On May 13, two days after the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by Israeli Occupation Forces, as her loss still dominated international news cycles, thousands of Palestinian mourners gathered to pay tribute to the woman who had given them voice for so long. They came to lay her body to rest.

      • JURISTIndia court keeps journalist in police custody over tweet

        Zubair was arrested on Monday for the crimes of hurting religious sentiments and inciting enmity under Sections 153 and 295 of the Indian Penal Code.

        In 2018, Zubair posted a tweet which depicted a hotel having its name changed from “Honeymoon Hotel” to “Hanuman Hotel.” Hanuman is a Hindu god. Delhi Police arrested him based on a complaint over that tweet, which alleged Zubair tweeted a “questionable image with a purpose to deliberately insult the god of a particular religion.’

      • ABCUS newspapers continuing to die at rate of 2 each week

        Despite a growing recognition of the problem, the United States continues to see newspapers die at the rate of two per week, according to a report issued Wednesday on the state of local news.

        Areas of the country that find themselves without a reliable source of local news tend to be poorer, older and less educated than those covered well, Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications said.

      • VarietyA Recession Could Send Media Layoffs Surging

        Nevertheless, the current economic downturn isn’t the only factor to blame for the recent flurry of layoffs in the media industry. Just a week ago, streaming giant Netflix laid off 3% of its workforce, or about 300 employees, in its second round of layoffs following its disastrous first-quarter results. But Netflix’s woes have little to do with the broader macroeconomic picture and more to do with the streaming landscape and management’s shortcomings.

        Big media mergers and acquisitions have also resulted in layoffs associated with restructuring and rebalancing. Earlier this week, it was reported that CAA and ICM’s merger would result in roughly 105 layoffs. And around 1,000 employees at Warner Bros. Discovery are also getting axed, according to reports. At the time of the merger between WarnerMedia and Discovery, management said it would be looking to create $3 billion in cost savings. Though layoffs are always difficult, post-M&A layoffs are often par for the course.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • TruthOutNYC Activists Push Back Against Proposed “Feminist” Women’s Jail in Harlem
      • The Telegraph UKFemale doctor unable to book BA flights as ‘title and gender do not match’

        A picture with Ms Kling’s tweet showed an error message on the BA website saying “Title and gender do not match. Please try again” above Dr Kling’s attempt to input her details as a female doctor.

        The comment prompted hundreds of infuriated replies on social media.

        British Airways has been beset by IT problems in the past, including a number of IT failures that have caused flights to be delayed and cancelled.

      • JURISTMichigan Supreme Court rules Flint water crisis charges are invalid without preliminary examination

        The one-man grand jury charged the defendants with misconduct in office, perjury, willful neglect of duty, obstruction of justice and more than nine counts of manslaughter. The defendants argued that Michigan law requires a prosecutor, not a judge, to issue indictments in a public courtroom so that a defendant is aware of what he’s being charged with and has an opportunity to present evidence to defend himself. The State argued that a preliminary examination would be redundant because the judge must already decide if there is probable cause.

        Ultimately, the Michigan Supreme Court found that if a court uses a one-man grand jury, the defendant is entitled to a preliminary examination, and that a judge may not issue an indictment authorizing criminal charges. The cases were remanded to the state district court.

      • GannettProsecutors seek to keep charges alive in Flint water crisis

        In 2014, Flint managers appointed by Snyder took the city out of a regional water system and began using the Flint River to save money while a new pipeline to Lake Huron was being built. But the river water wasn’t treated to reduce its corrosive qualities. Lead broke off from old pipes and contaminated the city’s system for more than a year.

        Lyon’s lawyers led the challenge that resulted in a unanimous Supreme Court ruling Tuesday that a judge sitting as a one-person grand jury had no power under Michigan law to return indictments.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • the rain, the explosions, the neighbor from Hell

        It’s raining heavily here. Not a torrential pour like earlier, but a dense drizzle. I was sitting on my balcony observing it, absorbing it, smoking and sipping coffee. Fireworks went off in the distance, or so it sounded. I couldn’t see anything.

        The only thing over-riding the noise of the fireworks was my neighbor, “A”, throwing a tantrum, fighting with her cat, being a complete and total pest like she always is. I know she has some series of mental health issues with her, as do many, including myself, but I don’t verbally, audibly, and physically lose my mind and dismantle my apartment every other night like she does. Everything she owns and is not glued down gets thrown and slammed here and there.

      • Confession (Penance)

        The two hardest things to do as a Catholic are 1) Give up your sins, 2) Confess your sins when you fail to give them up.


        Which indicates that the person making that silly claim doesn’t know Catholic theology. In order to be forgiven in Confession, you need to make a “firm purpose of amendment.” In other words, if you just intend to commit the sin again, then your sins are not forgiven in the confessional. While yes, we fall, you must go to Confession with the intention that you will *never commit that sin again.*


        Many Catholics stay “Catholic” while denying Catholic teaching. Either they state that they don’t believe their sins are really sins, or that Jesus never meant for people to confess their sins to a priest, only straight to God. I find this dishonest, because once a Catholic does this, he no longer is Catholic. He is embracing Protestantism.

        The other thing that happens to many Catholics that abandon Confession is that they abandon belief in God. And it really happens in that order. Once they can no longer fight Satan in Confession, by speaking truth, in defiance of the Father of Lies, they state that, “Well, there isn’t a God anyways. There is no sin.” But the cause of the abandonment of belief in God is the fear of Confession.

        I’ve seen both many times over my half-century of life.

      • MR. SKELMERSDALE IN FAIRYLAND added to library.
    • Politics

      • Black and White Ethics

        I wouldn’t complain about someone just skipping to 3. I can’t argue with a blank stare, and when people tell me about how the oils used in Peanut Butter damage the rainforest, I probably look like a mannequin. But I’m not about to start lecturing people that the asphalt on the roads sometimes contains trace amount of animal parts, so we may as well eat battery-chicken eggs, and someone once killed a cow, so now we’re all polluted by vegan-original-sin forever.

    • Technical

      • Small Code Size on RP2040 Forth

        Every since watching this nifty video on boot sector games, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of optimizing for code size, i.e., making the compiled code as few bytes as possible.


        Something which challenged me recently was trying to reduce the compiled code size of a small program I wrote in Mecrisp Stellaris Forth. The program was supposed to read the function bits of the RP2040 GPIO CTRL registers, and output the current function that is set for each GPIO pin, in a human readable format. There are nine function options for each pin, and there are 29 pins. The exact function in a slot varies, however, for each pin, e.g., function 1 for GPIO 0 is SPIO RX, but for GPIO 2 it is SPIO SCK, and for GPIO 8 it is SPI1 RX.


        That sounds good, but I don’t know how to accomplish that without either rewriting the whole GPIO_FNS’ word in assembly, or coming up with a fancy Forth compile-time word which somehow builds the array and all the other branching code. Both ideas sound daunting, but perhaps this could be my next mini-project…

      • Science

        • Build Your Own Metal Working Shop from Scrap

          The existence of a mechanical calendar that was built over 2,000 years ago is a valuable reminder: humans are clever and resourceful, and when given the opportunity to do so, we can create wondrous things.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Six Month Geminiversary

          I just noticed that today marks exactly six months since I started this gemlog. Looking at the commit history for this capsule’s text content, its anniversary was actually yesterday, and the server, smolver, goes back even further than that. Regardless, I view the gemlog as more of a milestone, at least in the nontechnical sense. Getting the server code correctly serving basic gemtext was a satisfying milestone as well, but the gemlog seems a more scalable one, so that’s what I’m going with.

          Looking at the dates on my gemlog posts, it is obvious my enthusiasm was strongest at the start, but I am definitely still interested. This has become a nice creative outlet for me in a way that is simultaneously hard to describe, and surprising to my overly analytical brain.

          Here’s to many more Geminiversaries to come!

      • Programming

        • CGI Updates

          I am current rebuilding the chess section of my capsule. The new code will be written in Python, and for practice, I’m re-implementing the other CGI scripts on my capsule to use Python instead of Bash.

          So far I’ve rewritten two scripts: my age in miles and the capsule guestbook. The age in miles script was extremely easy to rewrite, but I wanted the guestbook script to follow the same principles the chess site will. To that end, I write each entry in the guestbook to a SQLite database, then regenerate the guestbook gemtext page from the rows in the database.

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


Links 02/07/2022: Debian 9 (Stretch) EOL, FocusWriter 1.8.1, and Darktable 4.0

Posted in News Roundup at 5:35 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • First RISC-V Laptop Announced
      • ForbesThe 7-inch Pocket Reform Laptop Is Pure 1990s Nostalgia

        Do you want a laptop computer you can slip into a jacket pocket? Well, the Pocket Reform is promising to bring back the 1990s days of PDAs.

        Described by its makers MNT Research as the “the ultimate sofa computer”, the 7-inch laptop is based on open-source software and will come in a variety of hardware configurations.

        The standard configuration will offer an NXP i.MX8M Plus module, which includes a quad-core ARM Cortex A53 processor and 8GB of RAM. Alternatively, you might choose a configuration based on the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4, which also includes a quad-core Cortex-A72 processor and 8GB of RAM.

        The Pocket Reform will ship with 128GB of built-in storage, but that can be boosted up to 2TB via the SSD slot. There’s also a MicroSD slot for less expensive storage expansion.

        The 7-inch display is Full HD, although it can output at up to 4K resolution via the Micro HDMI port if you want to connect the Pocket Reform to an external screen.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • LWNLinux 5.18.9
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.18.9 kernel.
        All users of the 5.18 kernel series must upgrade.
        The updated 5.18.y git tree can be found at:
        	git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.18.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
        greg k-h
      • LWNLinux 5.15.52
      • LWNLinux 5.10.128
      • LWNLinux 5.4.203
      • LWNLinux 4.19.250
      • LWNLinux 4.14.286
      • LWNLinux 4.9.321
    • Applications

      • Linux Links4 Best Free and Open Source Elm Static Site Generators

        LinuxLinks, like most modern websites, is dynamic in that content is stored in a database and converted into presentation-ready HTML when readers access the site.

        While we employ built-in server caching which creates static versions of the site, we don’t generate a full, static HTML website based on raw data and a set of templates. However, sometimes a full, static HTML website is desirable. Because HTML pages are all prebuilt, they load extremely quickly in web browsers.

      • FocusWriter 1.8.1 Released

        Always write plain text as UTF-8
        Always write RTF as codepage 1252
        Replaced QTextCodec with ICU
        Translation updates: Estonian, German

      • darktable 4.0: 3763 Days Later | darktable

        A little over 10 years since darktable 1.0 was first released, the darktable team is proud to present darktable 4.0!

        For a complete changelog, please see the release notes. The latest version of the user manual is here. Ukrainian and Polish translations are currently available and we expect to add more over the coming months.

      • 9to5LinuxDarktable 4.0 Released to Celebrate 10 Years of Open Source RAW Image Editing

        Coming more than five months after darktable 3.8.1, the darktable 4.0 release is here to introduce a new feature called Color and Exposure Mapping to ensure uniform color rendition, which is implemented in the Exposure and Color Calibration modules and lets you define and save a target color/exposure for the color pickers. For example, you can use it to perform white balance against non-gray objects of known color.

      • LWNDarktable 4.0.0 released

        Other changes include new exposure and color-calibration modules, a reworked “filmic” color-mapping module, guided laplacian highlight reconstruction, and more.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Trend OceansHow to Install Latest Mozilla Firefox on Linux Desktop

        Most Linux distributions already ship with Firefox installed by their distribution package manager and configured as the default browser. It might be unavailable in the minimal version of the distribution.

    • WINE or Emulation

      • Ubuntu HandbookWine 7.12 Released! Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04

        Wine, the popular software for running Windows apps on Linux, macOS & BSD, released new development version 7.12 a day ago.

        The new Wine 7.12 features theming support for Qt5 applications, bundled vkd3d upgraded to version 1.4, QWORD support in registry tools, and improved effect support in Direct2D.

        As usual, there are various bug-fixes. And, this release includes fixes for Star Citizen, Total War: Shogun 2, Argentum 20 RPG Launcher, MetaTrader4, and more. See the release note for details.

      • PCLOS OfficialWine 7.11 » PCLinuxOS

        Wine is a program which allows running Microsoft Windows programs (including DOS, Windows 3.x and Win32 executables) on Unix.

    • Games

      • Xonotic 0.8.5 Release – Xonotic

        Xonotic 0.8.5 is here at last! There’s been thousands of commits since 0.8.2 making this quite a long read for all the right reasons: refined gameplay, new and updated maps and models, new sound effects, more dangerous bots, new HUD and menu features, more translations, better infrastructure, too many fixes to count, and much more.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Pitivi GSoC Update

          This is the 4th week since GSoC coding period officially began, this summer I’m hacking on the Pitivi project, porting it to GTK4, a much-requested feature for the editor.

        • [Old] Selected for GSoC’22

          I’m pleased to share that I’m accepted for Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2022 under GNOME Foundation umbrella on the Pitivi project. This summer I will be updating the project from GTK3 to the latest GTK4 toolkit.

          To anyone that wants to be a part of GSoC, I have only one piece of advice, just go for it. Don’t think if you can do it or not, don’t assume failure before attempting, and don’t overthink. I always felt that it is for the best of the best, and I won’t be able to clear it, all the big organizations on the GSoC page overwhelmed me, but instead of making it a dream, I made it a life goal. And well, now I’m enjoying it.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • MedevelPain Diary: is an Open-source Pain Logger for Patients

      Pain Diary is an Android app which can help you track and share your pain with your doctor.

      It does not collect, share, track or share any of your data with any third party.

      It allows you to make daily diary entries recording your condition and the intensity, location, nature and time of the pain you feel, as well as the medication you take and additional notes.

      Pain Diary records of your pain can help health
      professionals gain an insight into the pain you are experiencing.


      Privacy Friendly Pain Diary is licensed under the GPLv3.

    • The Register UKCloudera adopts Apache Iceberg tables to show OS commitment • The Register

      Developed through the Apache Software Foundation, Iceberg offers an open table format, designed for high-performance on big data workloads while supporting query engines including Spark, Trino, Flink, Presto, Hive and Impala.

    • Programming/Development

      • RlangHow to Recode Values in R | R-bloggers

        How to Recode Values in R, On sometimes, you might want to recode specific values in an R data frame. Fortunately, the recode() method from the dplyr package makes this simple to accomplish.

      • Perl / Raku

        • PerlMite: an OO compiler for Perl

          Moose is great, but it does introduce a slight performance hit to your code. In the more than 15 years since it was first released, hardware improvements have made this less of a problem than it once was. Even so, if performance is a concern for your project, Moose might not be what you want. It also has a fairly big collection of non-core dependencies.

          Moo is a lighter weight version, minus with meta-object protocol, but supporting nearly all of Moose’s other features. It loads faster, sometimes runs faster, and has fewer dependencies. (And most of the dependencies it does have are just modules which used to be part of Moo but were split out into separate distributions.)

          But what if you could have fast Moose-like object-oriented code without the dependencies?

          In 2013, Michael Schwern started work on Mite to do just that. It was abandoned in 2014, but I’ve taken it over and expanded the feature set to roughly equivalent to Moo.

      • Rust

        • FudzillaLinux could go Rusty in the next release

          Linux has been written in the C programming language for more than 30 years but the last few years have seen a growing momentum to make the Rust programming language Linux’s second Linux language.

  • Leftovers

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • ACMCybercriminals Eye Biometrics

          Biometric markers such as fingerprints, the irises of one’s eyes, and individual’s entire faces are increasingly popular for proving identity. If criminals can steal such biometric data, they can pose as users, potentially accessing your Intellectual Property, customer data, and financial assets.

          “While criminal hackers can offer the stolen biometric data for sale online for huge sums, the goal is targeting specific networks to bring them down,” says Jake Moore, global security adviser for ESET UK, an anti-malware company. Cybercriminals sell the data on the Dark Web, an uncharted part of the Internet where buyers and sellers reach sites via encrypted channels using TOR browsers.

          Organizations go to the trouble of adding biometrics to other authentication factors such as the one-time passcodes (OTPs) that arrive on your smartphone because the data they protect is precious. A successful biometric hack combined with other compromised authentication factors almost certainly equate to massive losses for an enterprise.

          “With persistent attacks comes continual entry,” says Moore. Though cybercriminals often have to work to hack biometrics successfully, once they are in the system, significant disruption is likely; without the proper security procedures and continuity plans in place, it can take a long time for organizations to return to business as usual, Moore says.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Israel Doesn’t Allow Jailed Female Soldiers to Write. Yes, You Read Correctly

        The Israel Defense Forces does not allow female soldiers to write. Yes, you read correctly. It applies “only” to soldiers incarcerated in the new military prison at Neve Tzedek (in Hebrew, Oasis of Justice), but they’re not allowed to hold writing implements, except for a half hour or 20 minutes a day at best. This ban did not exist in the old military prisons, which have been closed. It’s happening only in the new one, which has won praise.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

    • Politics

      • How to phase out residential leasehold

        The system of long leases for residential property in the UK has an intrinsic tendency towards abuse, due to the one-sided availability of forfeiture. There is limited parliamentary time available for reform, necessitating prioritisation. Some potential reforms are politically infeasible due to powerful opposition, but the detail of the opposition is often misunderstood by reformers.


        It may take many years before the generality of leaseholders with third-party building owners or managers can convert to superior tenures.


        Some campaigners speak loosely of “abolishing” leasehold, without stating how they want to do this. This helps the opponents of reform, by implying that campaigners are open to confiscating some or all of the value of existing freeholds. A *charitable* view of “abolishing leasehold” would mean “phasing out residential leasehold, compensating freeholders for their legitimate property interests”. But the reality of politics is that campaigners are portrayed as favouring the least charitable interpretation of their views.


        Mortage lenders are worried about the value of their collateral being damaged. Mostly, the reforms will be neutral or beneficial from their point of view.

        Property developers and managing agents benefit from the “economic rents”, that is, the amount that can be charged above the market rate for services. The reason such income streams exist at all is that some leaseholders have no choice but to deal with the monopoly provider of management services, and all leaseholders face a service charge regime that facilitates waste and makes fraud undetectable.

      • Debate

        I participated in a formal debate once. Moderation, time, a judge, everything. A friend invited me to debate club. He warned me to not expect to win, but we did.

        We were arguing for something I don’t agree with in real life, and that probably helped as I was trying my best to “steel-doll”, to take the other part’s arguments seriously, and try to predict their arguments and preempt them (that ended up being super effective—when they went to present their case, they had already been refuted), and avoid using our own worst arguments and preemptively refute those too, “but,” and then use some unusual ones.

        Our refutations of our own bad arguments were rock solid (maybe better than what they were coming up with), and our “refutations” of their arguments weren’t soundest or particularly complete, but preemptive and I guess convincing enough. I can’t read the mind of the judge, what made him side with us, and maybe it wasn’t the clearest of calls.

        It was all meaningless sophistry, word-dazzly tricks, manipulative and dishonest. Covering our “seams” with 99% truth making them really hard to spot.

    • Technical

      • Quick and dirty fix for the SFOS 4.4 not working hotspot

        On some carriers like the german Congstar Sailfish OS can’t open a working hotspot. The clients can connect to it but no connection can be made to the internet. The problem is, that the network on SFOS to carrier is IPv6 only and but must be IPv4 – or both – to work with the hotspot. SFOS doesn’t also make a translation so the connection don’t work.

      • the joy of fixing a laptop

        I own a Thinkpad X390, and it is probably my most treasured device. I managed to find it used in 2019, the year of its release, with my only theory that a company bought a fresh fleet of machines before shuttering months later. I love this machine, it has a great keyboard (hush, Thinkpad purists), excellent Linux compatibility, and until recently a very decent battery life.

        It had gotten a healthy 8-9 hours when I bought it. Through 4 years of daily college use, it had dwindled to a pitiful 2.5 (if I was lucky). Not a problem! I ordered a battery online (unfortunately not a factory Lenovo product) and it shipped in a week. 20 minutes of futzing and cursing my lack of a spudger later it was installed.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Re: A convention for gemlog tags

          I started with hashtags – simple to use, widely understood. I added the others as I found them because they seemed sensible tagging systems. I bet I missed some.

          My guess is that mostly Geminauts are tagging their own content for their own purposes, and they’re not too bothered about anyone else’s tags. But who knows.

        • On Indexing Pages

          There has been recent discussions in Geminispace about indexing of pages…
          I’d like to share my own thoughts on the matter. Bear in mind that
          they’re just /thoughts/, not /suggestions/. I keep a physical note-
          book, mostly of technical information. Stuff like microcontroller
          pinout diagrams, programming notes, etc.. I keep an index at the
          back. I find it invaluable for finding stuff later. I also keep a
          table of contents at the front. This isn’t particularly useful for
          the specific medium that I record my notes in, because notes are
          written as required, rather than in a structured way. For struc-
          tured content, though, a table of contents makes sense.

          Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the purpose of an index:

          Indexes are also designed to help the reader find information
          quickly and easily. A complete and truly useful index is not
          simply a list of the words and phrases used in a publication
          (which is properly called a concordance), but an organized map
          of its contents, including cross-references, grouping of like
          concepts, and other useful intellectual analysis.

        • Building Lagrange

          Whenever I want to upgrade Lagrange, I’m a bit confused. It uses git submodules, CMake instead of GNU make and so it’s super weird for me. I wrote myself a little shell script to handle it. I keep it in my work directory. What do you think?

        • Surfing the web in 2022

          In the post, I list things I noticed while using the web. I use firefox only for banking, tax and looking at financial web sites.

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

Links 02/07/2022: PSPP 1.6.2 Released, Linux Mint Rejects Parts of Systemd, Lots of Politics

Posted in News Roundup at 11:08 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • CNX SoftwareROMA Linux laptop to feature quad-core RISC-V SoC, support Web3, NFT, cryptocurrencies, etc… – CNX Software

        ROMA is an upcoming Linux laptop equipped with an unnamed quad-core RISC-V processor with GPU and NPU, up to 16GB RAM, 256GB storage, primarily aimed at software developers, and with Web3 technology integration.

        The ROMA laptop will be born out of the collaboration between DeepComputing working on engineering and Xcalibyte taking care of system tuning, plus PW (assembly), ECP (security), XC (crypto), Rexeen (voice), and the LatticeX Foundation (PoS blockchain, NFT).

    • Applications

      • MakeTech Easier10 Free Microsoft SharePoint Alternatives – Make Tech Easier

        Microsoft SharePoint may be a powerhouse when it comes to project management and collaboration, but the best SharePoint alternatives prove Microsoft is far from the only option. From individuals to large businesses, productivity, collaboration, and project management apps are a must. SharePoint gives you all of this in one convenient platform, but it gets expensive quickly. Free SharePoint alternatives are ideal for saving money without sacrificing features.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Barry KaulerHow to add Windows to the Limine boot menu
      • Linux CapableHow to Install Snap & Snap-Store on AlmaLinux 9 – LinuxCapable

        By default, AlmaLinux does not come with Snap or Snap Store installed as this is a feature that was built by developed by Canonical as a faster and easier way to get the latest versions of software installed on Ubuntu systems, and Snap packages are installed from a central SNAP server operated by Canonical.

        Snap can be installed and, for the most part, work with most packages on AlmaLinux-based systems that are currently actively supported. There are a few conflicts with specific packages. The issue with Snaps VS DNF package manager is that Snaps are self-contained, which results in an increased .snap due to having all its dependencies included along with various degrees of slight performance degradation compared to a natively installed application. In contrast, DNF is much lighter than its snap counterpart because it does not need to bundle dependencies.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Snapd on AlmaLinux 9 with the terminal and GUI methods with basic tips on how to launch or install/remove packages with Snapcraft.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install CMake on AlmaLinux 9 – LinuxCapable

        CMake is a well-known compiler that has gained much popularity in recent years. The main reason for its popularity is that it is open-source and cross-platform, so developers can use it on any operating system they want and don’t have to worry about licensing fees. Additionally, CMake can generate wrappers and executables in any combination, making it very versatile. While some compilers are designed for specific tasks, CMake can be used for various projects, making it a popular choice for many developers.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install CMake on AlmaLinux 9 workstation or server using the command line terminal.

      • The New StackInstall Terraform and the Gaia Web UI on Ubuntu Server 22.04 – The New Stack

        Terraform is an open source Infrastructure as Code (IaC) tool, created by HashiCorp, that allows users to define and provide data center infrastructure with either HashiCorp’s declarative configuration language (known as HashiCorp Configuration Langauge) or JSON.

        With Terraform you can define both cloud and on-premises resources, using human-readable configuration files that can be versioned, reused, and shared, to create a consistent workflow for provisioning and managing all of your infrastructure. Terraform can be used to manage compute, storage, networking resources, DNS entries, and SaaS features.

      • ByteXDHow to Use Rclone on Linux to Backup Files to Google Drive – ByteXD

        Rclone is a command-line utility for managing files in cloud storage in Linux. Using Rclone, users can sync files from a local storage to a cloud storage like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc. Rclone allows users to backup, download, and synchronize files to over 40 different cloud solutions.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to integrate ONLYOFFICE Docs with WordPress

        ONLYOFFICE Docs is an open-source office suite which comprises collaborative editors for text documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and forms along with PDF viewer. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to connect the ONLYOFFICE Docs and WordPress instances using an integration plugin (connector).

      • uni TorontoHaving one is often much easier than having more than one

        The problem of choosing between your N things is often considered sufficiently hard for people to deal with that systems go well out of their way in order to turn N things back into one as far as you’re concerned. For example, HTTP load balancers turn N web servers back into one from an outside perspective, and RAID mirrors turn N disks back into one as far as everything above them is concerned.

      • ID RootHow To Install SQLite on CentOS 9 Stream – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install SQLite on CentOS 9 Stream. For those of you who didn’t know, SQLite is a C-language library that implements a small, fast, self-contained, high-reliability, full-featured, SQL database engine. This makes it ideal for many mobile projects or those applications where we can easily move the database around.

        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 SQLite database on CentOS 9 Stream.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install MariaDB 10.9 on Debian 11 Bullseye – LinuxCapable

        MariaDB is one of the most popular open-source databases next to its originator MySQL. The original creators of MySQL developed MariaDB in response to fears that MySQL would suddenly become a paid service due to Oracle acquiring it in 2010. With its history of doing similar tactics, the developers behind MariaDB have promised to keep it open source and free from such fears as what has happened to MySQL.

        MariaDB has become just as popular as MySQL with developers, with advanced clustering with Galera Cluster 4, faster cache/indexes, storage engines, and features/extensions that you won’t find in MySQL.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install or upgrade MariaDB 10.9 on Debian 11 Bullseye using the command line terminal and some tips on how to upgrade your existing database if needed one exists.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install Sublime Merge on Debian 11 Bullseye – LinuxCapable

        Sublime Merge is a git client software with various features to help work with git repositories easier. One of its most valuable features is the syntax highlighting engine, which makes it easier to read code. The custom high-performance Git reading library is also helpful, allowing you to stage changes line-by-line.

        Additionally, the build-in git search function lets you quickly find commits, and the themes allow you to customize the look of the software to match your preferences. The Command Palette and Commit Editing functions are also helpful, letting you quickly execute git commands and edit commits. Finally, the Submodule Management and Git Flow Integration functions make it easy to work with submodules and manage branches. Overall, Sublime Merge is a powerful git client that can significantly improve your workflow.

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Sublime Merge on Debian 11 Bullseye using the official Sublime APT repository or the alternative Flatpak method using the command line terminal and how to launch the software and remove it in the future if required.

      • LinuxConfigHow to share files anonymously with OnionShare

        OnionShare utilizes the Tor network to allow users to do four things with complete anonymity: share files, receive files, host a website, and chat. In this tutorial, we will go over the step by step instructions to install OnionShare on all major Linux distros. Then, you will see how to share files anonymously with OnionShare.

      • LinuxConfigUbuntu autoinstall example

        The ability to automatically install Ubuntu Linux would be useful to system administrators that must deploy the operating system to new physical or virtual machines on a regular basis. Automatic provision of these systems can save hundreds of man hours as well as decrease the likelihood of human error. Automation of installing Ubuntu involves supplying the operating system with the desired hostname, username, and password.

        With this information, Ubuntu can install itself without the need for any user interaction. Once everything is done installing, you can boot into Ubuntu for the first time and have everything set up the way you planned.

        In this tutorial, we will show you a couple examples of an Ubuntu autoinstall configuration. This will include generating an ISO file that can automatically install Ubuntu, as well as deploying an autoinstall to a new virtual machine with KVM.

      • LinuxConfigUbuntu black screen solution

        Although it is not a common error, some users may encounter a black screen when using Ubuntu Linux. The error is most likely to occur when first logging into Ubuntu, and usually indicates that there is a missing video driver. In this tutorial, we will look at a solution to fix a black screen on Ubuntu.

      • LinuxConfigGNOME not loading solution

        The GNOME desktop environment is a popular graphical interface for just about any Linux system. When using GNOME, you may run into an error where it does not load. There can be many causes for this, such as a bad desktop extension, conflicting package or software update, etc.

        These errors most commonly manifest as a blank, black screen, with the mouse cursor visible. Regardless of the cause, there are a few solutions that users can try in order to get their GNOME desktop loading again. In this tutorial, we will show several methods to fix a GNOME desktop environment installation that is refusing to load.

      • LinuxConfigHow to backup gpg keys on paper

        Having a reliable backup of our GPG (Gnu Privacy Guard) secret key is not optional: the key represents our identity, and loosing it could potentially be a disaster. Creating a backup of our keys and sub-keys is quite a simple thing to do using gpg, and the resulting files can be easily backed up on one or more devices. Electronic devices such USB drives or hard disks, however, tend to fail, and usually in the most inappropriate times; therefore as an extreme resort, we may want to print our keys to paper.

        In this tutorial we see how to export a GPG secret key in a format which can be easily printed on paper, and how to optionally generate a QR Code from its content.

      • Remote logging of Turris Omnia log messages using syslog-ng and rsyslog

        As part of debugging an upstream connection problem I’ve been seeing recently, I wanted to be able to monitor the logs from my Turris Omnia router. Here’s how I configured it to send its logs to a server I already had on the local network.

      • UNIX CopHow to install Vue.JS on Ubuntu 22.04?

        Vue.js is an open-source progressive JavaScript framework for creating user interfaces (UI) and single page applications. In this post, we will refer to it as Vue.

        As you can imagine, Vue is a framework for the front-end. In this, it has a strong commitment to HTML and CSS, unlike others like React where JavaScript is the one that has all the protagonism.

      • Linux CapableHow to Install/Upgrade cURL on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – LinuxCapable

        cURL is a potent tool that can download and upload files. It has an easy-to-use interface, but it does require some getting accustomed to on the command line side of things if you don’t want your experience with this software limited by how much time you spend educating yourself about using curl’s features before realizing their potential in helping make systems more efficient!

        In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install the latest version of the cURL package using a well-known LaunchPAD PPA that provides the latest version for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa using the command line terminal.

      • TecAdminHow to Install Bower on Ubuntu 22.04 & 20.04 – TecAdmin

        Bower is a package manager for front-end development that allows you to manage your dependencies and includes features like versioning, downloading from GitHub, and more. It’s popular among web developers because it makes managing project dependencies easy and efficient.

        In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to install Bower on Ubuntu 22.04. We’ll also show you how to use it to install packages and manage your dependencies. Let’s get started!

      • Barry KaulerHDMI audio fix

        My little Mele mini-PC has been sitting on a shelf, not setup due to lack of monitor, etc. And a lack of bench space. It is good, though, to have all the computers setup ready to use, for convenience when testing a new iteration of EasyOS.

        So, unfolded the camp table and found all the parts to get the Mele going. Using my little 24 inch TV, used for camping, as it runs on 12v. That’s when I discovered audio output via HDMI to the TV doesn’t work.

      • Linux Hintng Command Not Found

        “ng is a powerful command-line interface tool that allows you to manage your angular applications in simple commands. Using the ng command tool, you can carry out operations such as serving your applications and generating boilerplate code.
        The angular CLI is available by default with major releases of the angular package. Therefore, once you install it, you can access it from the shell and manage your applications.

      • Linux HintSynchronizing Files on your Raspberry Pi with Syncthing

        Syncthing is an open-source file synchronization application used to synchronize files between multiple devices, such as smartphones, personal computers, or embedded devices like Raspberry Pi. It provides a secure platform to easily share your files to other devices without using any third-party application, thus making life relatively easy and fast.
        This article is a detailed guideline for synchronizing files on your Raspberry Pi device using Syncthing.

      • Linux HintWhat is Raspi-Config Tool | A Complete Guide

        The Raspberry Pi configuration tool is beneficial for the users as it enables them to configure various settings on their Raspberry Pi devices. This setting includes keyboard layout, WiFi, serial interface, display options, performance options, and much more. You can configure anything you want right onto your terminal window.

        If you are new to the Raspberry Pi device, you should need help regarding the Raspi-Config tool. This article will let you understand some of the important options used in the device configuration tool.

      • HowTo ForgeHow to Install Zabbix Monitoring Tool on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

        Zabbix is an open-source monitoring tool for network services, network hardware, servers and applications. In this tutorial, we show you how to install Zabbix 4.4 on the Ubuntu 18.04 server. We will install Zabbix with Apache web server, PHP and MariaDB server on the current Ubuntu 18.04 server.

      • Linux HintDo Chromebooks have Bluetooth?
    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • Nate GrahamThis week in KDE: And now time for some UI polishing – Adventures in Linux and KDE

          This week we’ve mixed in a lot of user interface polishing with our usual assortment of bugfixes!

          15-Minute Bugs Resolved

          Current number of bugs: 57, down from 59. 0 added, 1 found to already be fixed, and 1 resolved:

          When using screen scaling with the on-by-default Systemd startup in Plasma, the wrong scale factor is no longer sometimes used immediately upon login, which would cause Plasma to be blurry (on Wayland) or everything to be displayed at the wrong size (on X11) (David Edmundson, Plasma 5.25.2)

        • Weekly Updates on GCompris : 1

          In the last blog, I gave a laconic overview of my tasks for GSoC 2022.

          We are halfway through the third week of the coding period, and my first activity, The Comparator, is fully equipped with the key features. However, some finishing touches to polish the features are left before it is finally ready to be merged. The Merge Request for the same is here.

          The main features were those of adding datasets and improving the UI/UX components of the activity. The functioning of the Delegate Model in QML is one of the major takeaways from this week’s work.

          Apart from this, I also found it a tad bit challenging to maintain the smooth flow of communication with my mentors as the implementation of each feature begins with a tiny change in a day, which might not seem considerable to us as rookie contributors, but for the mentors it is significant. As one of my mentors, Johnny, rightly said, ” You never make a small change. You make a change, and we need to know what it is. “

        • My week in KDE: Some Nice Stuff

          This week I mainly programmed random things and haven’t finished any of them, some stuff did get merged though.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • AOSABuilding a Secure Software Supply Chain with GNU Guix

      This paper focuses on one research question: how can Guix and similar systems allow users to securely update their software? Guix source code is distributed using the Git version control system; updating Guix-installed software packages means, first, updating the local copy of the Guix source code. Prior work on secure software updates focuses on systems very different from Guix—systems such as Debian, Fedora, or PyPI where updating consists in fetching metadata about the latest binary artifacts available—and is largely inapplicable in the context of Guix. By contrast, the main threats for Guix are attacks on its source code repository, which could lead users to run inauthentic code or to downgrade their system. Deployment tools that more closely resemble Guix, from Nix to Portage, either lack secure update mechanisms or suffer from shortcomings.

      Our main contribution is a model and tool to authenticate new Git revisions. We further show how, building on Git semantics, we build protections against downgrade attacks and related threats. We explain implementation choices. This work has been deployed in production two years ago, giving us insight on its actual use at scale every day. The Git checkout authentication at its core is applicable beyond the specific use case of Guix, and we think it could benefit to developer teams that use Git.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

    • Debian Family

      • Sparky news 2022/06 – SparkyLinux

        The 6th monthly Sparky project and donate report of 2022:
        – Linux kernel updated up to 5.18.8 & 5.15.51 LTS
        – Added to repos: NotepadNext text editor, WineZGUI a Zenity based simple GUI for Wine
        – Created a new community on Mastodon
        – APTus installs virtualbox-6.1 Oracle deb, instead of Debian Sid debs on Sparky 7 now; it makes less problems with dependencies and building vbox module
        – Added Sparky Linux kernel LTS to repos (amd64 only)
        – Removed Sparky Linux kernel RC from repos
        – Removed Sparky Linux kernel 686pae Latest from repos

        It means, no more Sparky 686pae in Sparky repos, but, added a new LTS kernel to repos; the Sparky’s Latest and LTS kernels can be installed on amd64 machines only now.
        There are 2 reasons to make such changes:
        1. The 32 bit architecture is not much popular, so the default Debian kernel is perfect to keep your 32bit machine running; anyway, Xanmod still provides i686 kernel, which can be installed via APTus AppCenter;
        2. The LTS kernel (now 5.15) is good choice if your machine require newer kernel than 5.10 but older than 5.18 (via backboard) on Sparky Stable 6; it is also good choice on testing line of Sparky 7, if you can not compile some external modules on the latest kernel (now 5.18)

      • Ben Hutchings: Debian LTS work, June 2022

        In June I was not assigned additional hours of work by Freexian’s Debian LTS initiative, but carried over 16 hours from May and worked all of those hours.

        I spent some time triaging security issues for Linux. I tested several security fixes for Linux 4.9 and 4.19 and submitted them for inclusion in the upstream stable branches.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • Linux MintMonthly News – June 2022 – The Linux Mint Blog

        Last month we got negative feedback about systemd-oom. After investigating some of the issues we decided not to add it to Linux Mint 21.

        Home directory encryption continues to be available in the installer.

        The decision was made to keep os-prober enabled by default to guarantee proper dual-boot detection out of the box.

        Webp support was added to xviewer and thumbnailers.

        Blueman 2.3 is in and replaces Blueberry.

        In rsync mode, Timeshift now calculates the required space for the next snapshot and skips it if performing that snapshot lead to less than 1GB free space on the disk.

      • PhoronixLinux Mint 21 Is Going To Avoid systemd-oomd
    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • HackadayHackaday Prize 2022: MasterPi Is A Capable Robot With Fancy Wheels

        When it comes to building a mobile robot, often maneuverability is more important than outright speed. The MasterPi robot demonstrates this well, using fancy wheels to help it slide and skate in any direction needed.

      • HackadayHackaday Podcast 175: Moonrocks And Cockroach Chyme, A Raspberry Pi IPad, And A Retro-Respectful Tape Deck

        Join Editor-in-Chief Elliot Williams and Assignments Editor Kristina Panos as we cuss and discuss all the gnarliest hacks from the past week. We kick off this episode with a gentle reminder that the Odd Inputs and Peculiar Peripherals Contest ends this Monday, July 4th, at 8:30 AM PDT. We’ve seen a ton of cool entries so far, including a new version of [Peter Lyons]’ Squeezebox keyboard that we’re itching to write up for the blog.

      • Linux Gizmosi.MX8M Mini powers Pico-ITX board and supports Yocto-based Linux distributions

        The eDM-SBC-iMX8Mm is a Single Board Computer (SBC) which comes in a small Pico-ITX form factor and it’s powered by NXP’s i.MX8M Mini System on Chip (SoC). This compact device was designed to run 24/7 to suit applications such as kiosks , digital signage displays, smart home appliances etc.

        DATA MODUL has designed this SBC to be coupled with NXP’s i.MX8M Mini Dual Cortex-A53 (up to 1800 MHz) or its Quad-core version. Both CPU models integrate a GCNanoUltra GPU with a 2D/3D accelerator and they include up to 512KB L2 in Cache memory.

      • Raspberry PiMeet the engineers behind Raspberry Pi Pico W

        Removing the GPIO pins around the antenna was tempting because it would free up space: “Antennas like space,” explains Dominic while showing us the trapezoidal-shaped feature. “And getting rid of the bottom GPIO pins would have made it easier to connect the wireless chip,” but it would have been a huge change for current users. “I didn’t want to lose any of the peripheral GPIO pins to the end-user,” says Dominic. People can add Pico W to an existing project without having to change anything and gain instant access to wireless technology.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • GNU Projects

      • GNUPSPP 1.6.2 has bene released.

        I’m very pleased to announce the release of a new version of GNU PSPP. PSPP is a program for statistical analysis of sampled data. It is a free replacement for the proprietary program SPSS.

    • Programming/Development

      • Linux HintLogistic Regression in R

        In data science and Statistics, it is a regression model if the dependent variable results in categorical values like True/False, Yes/No, or 0/1. Usually, the logistic regression model is binomial. However, it can be extended. It measures the probability of the successfulness or failure of an event as a dependent variable which is based on a mathematical equation. This equation relates the dependent variable (response variable) with the independent variables (predictor).

        We can say that logistic regression is a generalized form of linear regression but the main difference is in the predicted value range is (-∞, ∞) while the range of predicted value in logistic regression is (0,1). In this post, we will learn about logistic regression and how to implement it in the R programming language.

      • Mark DominusThe Universe of Discourse : Things I wish everyone knew about Git (Part I)

        This is a writeup of a talk I gave in December for my previous employer.

      • ButtondownThe new learntla is now online!

        One lesson I’ve learned the hard way is that keeping lots of assets in sync is an absolute nightmare. So this version has a lot more software managing that for me. In particular, I built a pipeline for handling spec assets. I have several XML spec templates that represent “sequences of iterations” on a spec. A python script unpacks the template into a set of .tla files. After I put in appropriate metadata, a second script cleans up each spec into a “presentable” form, loads the metadata into the appropriate files, and places the asset in the appropriate path.

      • Geeks For GeeksGenerate Array with elements in given range and median as K

        Given two integers N and K and a range [L, R], the task is to build an array whose elements are unique and in the range [L, R] and the median of the array is K.

      • Geeks For GeeksC++ Program to check if two Arrays are Equal or not

        Given two arrays arr1[] and arr2[] of length N and M respectively, the task is to check if the two arrays are equal or not.

      • IdiomdrottningHow to host git repos

        In honor of World Give Up GitHub day, here’s a quick guide to how to serve up your own git repos.

      • Frederic CambusToolchains adventures – Q2 2022

        For each of these changes, we need to dig into version control history to find why they were needed in the first place, verify if they are still needed, and if so potentially rework them to meet upstream coding standards. This requires an understanding of the problem domain to be able to explain the rationale behind the changes while submitting patches and writing relevant commit messages.

        While some of those patches are NetBSD specific, we still need to ensure we are not breaking other operating systems. Ultimately, vanilla binutils should be able to produce working binaries on NetBSD without requiring any local patches. Once this goal is reached, we need to ensure it keeps building, investigate test suite failures, and setup buildbots for continuous builds on key architectures.

      • J PieperFlexible I/O: Worked examples

        Discussion: This configuration provides a decent all-around compromise between complexity and performance. Torque control is available and velocity control is good outside of ultra-slow regimes. The position is absolutely known to within one rotation of the rotor, across power cycles.

      • Perl / Raku

        • Perl question?

          A few days ago, I received an email from someone who appears to be Perl hacker and asked me a question.

      • Python

        • Linux HintSeaborn Regplot

          Seaborn is a Matplotlib-based visual analytics library. It has a high-level framework for defining the visually appealing analytical graphs. Matplotlib package is the foundation of the Seaborn module. To visualize the statistics and regression analysis, we use the regplot() function.

          To evaluate the regression model, there are many other interrelated contradictory approaches. Whenever the predicted output is a continuous as well as a cumulative value, it is referred to as a prediction model. Numerous other approaches can be employed. The most basic of which is the linear model. It integrates the values to the optimal higher dimensional space that passes through all of the vertices. The regplot() function is used to create the regression plots.

          Regression Analysis is a technique used for evaluating the associations between one or more independent factors or predictors and the dependent attributes or covariates. The variations in the requirements in correlation to modifications in specific determinants are analyzed through the Regression Analysis. The criteria’s declarative requirement is dependent on the indicators, which give the new value of the dependent attributes whenever the data points are updated. Evaluating the intensity of covariates, anticipating an outcome, and estimating are the three important applications of a regression model.

        • Linux HintSeaborn HeatMap Colors

          Heatmaps are colored maps that display data in a two-dimensional format. Color variation is achieved by using hue, saturation, or brightness to portray the varied information on the color maps. This color variation provides the readers with visual information about the size of quantitative values. Heatmaps substitute numbers with colors since the human mind understands views better than the textual data. Considering that humans are primarily visual, it makes sense to present the data in any manner. Heatmaps are simple-to-understand visual representations of data. As a result, data visualization tools like Heatmaps are becoming increasingly popular.

          Heatmaps are used to display patterns, variance, and anomalies, as well as to depict the saturation or intensity of the variables. Relationships between variables are depicted via heatmaps. Both axes are used to plot these variables. By observing the color shift in the cell, we can look for the patterns. It only takes numerical input and shows it on the grid, with different data values displayed by the varying color intensity.

          Many various color schemes can be used to depict the heat map, each with its own set of perceptual advantages and disadvantages. Colors in the Heatmap indicate patterns in the data, thus the color palette decisions are more than just cosmetic. The finding of patterns can be facilitated by the appropriate color palettes but can also be hindered by the poor color choices.

          Colormaps are used to visualize heatmaps since they are a simple and effective way to see data. Diverse colormaps could be utilized for different sorts of heatmaps. In this article, we’ll explore how to interact with Seaborn heatmaps using the colormaps.

        • Geeks For GeeksHow to Create Array of zeros using Numpy in Python

          In this article, we will cover how to create a Numpy array with zeros using Python.

        • Geeks For GeeksHow To Do Train Test Split Using Sklearn In Python

          In this article, let’s learn how to do a train test split using Sklearn in Python.

          Train Test Split Using Sklearn

          The train_test_split() method is used to split our data into train and test sets.

          First, we need to divide our data into features (X) and labels (y). The dataframe gets divided into X_train,X_test , y_train and y_test. X_train and y_train sets are used for training and fitting the model. The X_test and y_test sets are used for testing the model if it’s predicting the right outputs/labels. we can explicitly test the size of the train and test sets. It is suggested to keep our train sets larger than the test sets.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • uni MichiganU-M campuses first in nation to offer new Wi-Fi technology

        The new Wi-Fi 6E network enables download speeds of 500-600 megabits per second even in high-density areas. This is up to three to five times faster than the prior network — enough bandwidth for attendees in the largest lecture halls and auditoriums to simultaneously stream high-definition video.

  • Leftovers

    • The NationElif Batuman Answers Our Burning Questions About the State of the Novel

      Elif Batuman’s witty, searching, and relentlessly quotable Selin is one of the most memorable fictional protagonists in recent memory. Readers have followed Selin through Batuman’s 2017 novel, The Idiot, and a new sequel, Either/Or, as she navigated all kinds of physical and emotional terrain traveling from Cambridge, Mass., to Turkey. Having first met Selin as a freshman at Harvard, we reunite with her and begin the second leg of her story as she enters her sophomore year of college, off the heels of a disappointing and unfulfilling summer abroad in Hungary (“I hadn’t learned anything at all”). This was, in no small part, a result of her freshman-year e-mail love affair with a Hungarian senior named Ivan. Since its dissolution, Selin has grown more determined to crack the code of human experience and to understand, with humorous precision and analysis, what it will take to finally write a novel. For her, that includes Kierkegard, Fiona Apple, more e-mails, tears, and finding the elusive meanings behind “love” and “having sex”—all in the name of understanding the human condition so that she might write about it one day.1

    • ScheerpostThe Chris Hedges Report: Hemingway’s Shadow

      There is much in Hemingway’s life and writing to admire, and much to reject.

    • HackadayBlixTerm Brings Full-Speed YouTube Video To The Commodore PET

      If you’ve ever used a home computer from the late 1970s or early 1980s, you’ll no doubt be familiar with the slow speed of their user interfaces. Even listing the contents of a BASIC program from RAM could take several seconds, with the screen updating one line at a time. Video games were completely optimized for speed, but could still handle just a few slowly-moving objects at the same time. Clearly, playing anything resembling full-motion video on hardware from that era would be absolutely impossible – or so you might think.

    • Papers PleaseSabre and Travelport help the government spy on air travelers

      Ongoing litigation on behalf of journalist Thomas Brewster and Forbes Media has revealed a few more details about how computerized reservation systems (CRSs) collaborate with the US government to surveil travelers. It has also prompted new denials by some of those CRS companies that range from misdirection to out-and-out lies.

      In 2020, Forbes published a report by Mr. Brewster based on a Federal court order (found by Mr. Brewster in the public court docket, but later “sealed” by the government) that directed Sabre, one of the three major CRS or “global distribution system” (GDS) companies, to provide ongoing real-time reports  to the FBI on any reservations made for travel by a specified person of interest. The court docket for a separate case in a different Federal district showed that at least one similar order had been issued to Travelport, another of the three globally dominant CRS companies.

      Petitions by Mr Brewster and Forbes to “unseal” and make public these and related court records remain pending. Oral arguments  in two of these cases are scheduled to be heard  by a 3-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on August 12, 2022.

    • Xe’s BlogWriting Coherently At Scale

      As someone who does a lot of writing, I have been asked how to write about things. I have been asked about it enough that I am documenting this here so you can all understand my process. This is not a prescriptive system that you must do in order to make Quality Content™️, this is what I do.

    • Adriaan ZhangI Have Been Made Obsolete

      I spend a great deal of time looking for interesting topics to write about, which turns out to be a rather inefficient process. Only a small portion of the writing process is spent actually writing; most of it is dedicated towards braionstorming and research. But what if there were some way to effectively rehash existing content to produce fresh content? Here, I’ve employed state-of-the-art Markov chain technology to generate original blogposts, and the results are stunning. Scroll down to see for yourself…

    • TediumWhy Bad Plot Points Involving Computers Spring Eternal

      On laughably bad uses of computers in mainstream movies and shows, starting with the virus upload in Independence Day.

      Exactly 26 years ago this week, the world got its first look at what it would look like for an Apple PowerBook to hack the computer system of an alien spaceship. Like some of the other scenes of Independence Day, it was heavily exaggerated, and the result it represented an infamous plot hole in a piece of pop culture that millions of people know and remember. It’s a key example of bad computer use of the kind that has dominated movies for 40 years. This week, I was watching a show on Hulu, The Bear, that appears to do an excellent job of realistically portraying the process of running a restaurant, and it got me thinking: What about technology makes it so hard to correctly display on screen like that, when it gets so many other walks of life so correct? And is there room to fix it? Today’s Tedium ponders how we might actually upload a virus to the aliens.

    • Science

      • Counter PunchElectromagnetic Fields Forever

        In the winter of 2001, the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH)—an organization established by trade unionists and health and safety activists to promote the implementation of the 1970 Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) in the workplace–visited the Village Voice to measure the electromagnetic fields in some of the work areas.

        In 1979, Nancy Wertheimer and Ed Leeper’s groundbreaking study had found a compelling association between childhood cancer and the “electrical current configuration” of houses in Denver, Colorado–it was followed by other studies with similar results. In the succeeding decades, EMFs received a fair amount of media attention. Those directly concerned with the problem—such as public health advocates and residents of communities where children lived near power lines—complained no action was being taken. The utilities countered with ridicule and accusations of fearmongering.

    • Education

      • FuturismIgnorant Scientists Keep Citing Papers That Were Retracted For Fraud

        For an industry so obsessed with peer review, it appears that academic journals are mighty reticent to retract or even warn readers about fraudulent articles.

        As Science magazine reports in a fascinating story, a recent study found that although journals were made aware of nearly 90 instances of papers that had cited work that was documented to be fraudulent in the field of nutrition studies, few warnings or notices of retraction were ever posted. In other words, don’t trust everything you read — even if it’s been published in a peer reviewed journal.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayConverting A Sigma Lens To Canon, Digital Functionality Included

        These days, camera lenses aren’t just simple bits of glass in sliding metal or plastic housings. They’ve often got a whole bunch of electronics built in as well. [Dan K] had just such a lens from Sigma, but wanted to get it working fully with a camera using the Canon EF lens fitting. Hacking ensued.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Counter Punch‘Self-Actualization’ in a World of Exploitation

        Until the COVID-19 pandemic forced a total cessation of my activity and direction in life, I was only dimly aware of the true extent of my psychological condition. Not really. I was too lost at sea within my unconscious emotional through-line continuum ever vacillating between sublimated anxiety and terror to grasp it all. I had learned long ago about staying busy to keep one step ahead of it. And anxiety, after all, is the health of the economy and of the state. If I was feeling bad, as many a life-coach in that cottage industry of capitalist folklore would be quick to remind me, it had to be that I just wasn’t working hard enough or smart enough to fulfill my dreams and live up to my potential. An adjustment of “attitude” was all that was required. That’s all. My bad.

        On some level, though I’m loath to admit it, somewhere along the way, I had internalized that obscene and distinctly American psychological mythology of meritocratic bullshit. It’s virtually impossible not to absorb it to some degree through osmosis because that thinking is so pervasive and absolutely fundamental to the arrangement of our entire economic order. It is a foregone conclusion that informs an unspoken thematic narrative of our education system, politics, our journalism, our entertainment, much religious instruction and alleged “self-help” culture, and consequently it is the lens through which many have a popular understanding and view of mental health itself.

      • US News And World ReportNorth Dakota AG Clears Farmland Purchase Tied to Bill Gates

        Gates is considered the largest private owner of farmland in the country with some 269,000 acres (108,860 hectares) across dozens of states, according to last year’s edition of the Land Report 100, an annual survey of the nation’s largest landowners. The Microsoft co-founder owns less than 1 percent of the nation’s total farmland.

        Gates’ firm, Red River Trust, purchased $13.5 million worth of land in two counties from wealthy northeastern North Dakota potato growers Campbell Farms.

      • The Pavlovic TodayCOVID Is Airborne.CO2 Sensor Can Help Stop It

        COVID is airborne. The virus particles exit the infected person’s mouth or nose, then float through the air like smoke, and you can get infected when you breathe enough of them in.

        Ventilation is when indoor air is replaced with outdoor air, so when you have good ventilation, it removes those virus particles and replaces them with virus-free outdoor air.

        Just like how COVID travels from one person to another, CO2 or carbon dioxide can too. CO2 is a gas that we are always breathing in and out. Unlike carbon monoxide, it isn’t deadly in small concentrations, but allows you to measure how much air is being rebreathed from other people instead of breathing clean air – it’s gaseous backwash.

      • Associated PressInstagram and Facebook remove posts offering abortion pills

        Almost immediately, Facebook and Instagram began removing some of these posts, just as millions across the U.S. were searching for clarity around abortion access. General mentions of abortion pills, as well as posts mentioning specific versions such as mifepristone and misoprostol, suddenly spiked Friday morning across Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and TV broadcasts, according to an analysis by the media intelligence firm Zignal Labs.

        By Sunday, Zignal had counted more than 250,000 such mentions.

      • [Old] OxfamInequality Kills: The unparalleled action needed to combat unprecedented inequality in the wake of COVID-19

        The wealth of the world’s 10 richest men has doubled since the pandemic began. The incomes of 99% of humanity are worse off because of COVID-19. Widening economic, gender, and racial inequalities—as well as the inequality that exists between countries—are tearing our world apart. This is not by chance, but choice: “economic violence” is perpetrated when structural policy choices are made for the richest and most powerful people. This causes direct harm to us all, and to the poorest people, women and girls, and racialized groups most. Inequality contributes to the death of at least one person every four seconds. But we can radically redesign our economies to be centered on equality. We can claw back extreme wealth through progressive taxation; invest in powerful, proven inequality-busting public measures; and boldly shift power in the economy and society. If we are courageous, and listen to the movements demanding change, we can create an economy in which nobody lives in poverty, nor with unimaginable billionaire wealth—in which inequality no longer kills.

      • DaemonFC (Ryan Farmer)Mom and my brother both got COVID days before we were supposed to go on vacation.

        Mom and my brother both got COVID days before we were supposed to go on vacation.

        First, some background. My mother and my brother don’t believe in vaccines, or most medicine in general. Yes, she’s a nurse.

        They both voted for Donald Trump twice, even when it was clear that he was grossly incompetent and telling his followers to literally commit suicide to try to boost his approval ratings going into the 2020 election.

        Mom repeated pretty much all of the Trump/Republican propaganda about COVID-19. That it was overblown, that the Democrats were making it all up. That the vaccines were dangerous, and “don’t work anyway” despite evidence to the contrary that they were at least a lot better than nothing.

        I begged with her, I pleaded with her. She wasn’t having any of it. She’s a Christian, and in her church they believe some pretty far out stuff, like that if you grow long hair you can cast out demons and shit. It’s….appalling, it’s hardly believable that in the 21st century that so many people like this exist, but they do. They’re out there. And they’re the reason why the United States of America has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the whole world.

        And she doesn’t just attack COVID vaccines, she attacks ones that have been around for decades and prevent some pretty terrible stuff, like Hepatitis A and B, and Pneumococcal Pneumonia.

        In fact, when she called me yesterday to say our vacation was off, leaving me with an expensive two bedroom condominium that I can’t get refunded, so I might as well go and enjoy it now with my spouse, she said that she also has the flu. I suppose it goes without saying that she never gets vaccinated for the flu either.

    • Proprietary

      • KaperskyThe SessionManager IIS backdoor

        In early 2022, we investigated one such IIS backdoor: SessionManager. In late April 2022, most of the samples we identified were still not flagged as malicious in a popular online file scanning service, and SessionManager was still deployed in over 20 organizations.

        SessionManager has been used against NGOs, government, military and industrial organizations in Africa, South America, Asia, Europe, Russia and the Middle East, starting from at least March 2021. Because of the similar victims, and use of a common OwlProxy variant, we believe the malicious IIS module may have been leveraged by the GELSEMIUM threat actor, as part of espionage operations.

      • Matthew ButterickThis copilot is stupid and wants to kill me

        This week, Microsoft released an AI-based tool for writing soft­ware called Git­Hub Copilot. As a lawyer and 20+ year partic­i­pant in the world of open-source soft­ware, I agree with those who consider Copilot to be primarily an engine for violating open-source licenses.

      • WiredA New, Remarkably Sophisticated Malware Is Attacking Routers

        The campaign comprises at least four pieces of malware, three of them written from scratch by the threat actor. The first piece is the MIPS-based ZuoRAT, which closely resembles the Mirai internet-of-things malware that achieved record-breaking distributed denial-of-service attacks that crippled some Internet services for days. ZuoRAT often gets installed by exploiting unpatched vulnerabilities in SOHO devices.

        Once installed, ZuoRAT enumerates the devices connected to the infected router. The threat actor can then use DNS hijacking and HTTP hijacking to cause the connected devices to install other malware. Two of those malware pieces—dubbed CBeacon and GoBeacon—are custom-made, with the first written for Windows in C++ and the latter written in Go for cross-compiling on Linux and macOS devices. For flexibility, ZuoRAT can also infect connected devices with the widely used Cobalt Strike [cracking] tool.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • EFFNew Ipandetec’s Report Features ISPs’ Privacy Best Practices and Flaws in Panamá

          Claro made strides compared to previous reports thanks to its parent company, America Móvil’s publication of a global transparency report in 2021. This year, the provider finally received scores for publishing this type of report and for providing some insight about the procedure and legal framework the ISP follows when responding to government requests for user data.

          Still, Tigo is once again the best ranked company. It was the only provider receiving full marks in two out of the seven of the report’s categories: judicial authorization and digital security. This year’s edition added two new parameters related to digital security. This time, the report checked whether companies have a protocol to inform their customers about data breaches and whether they make available digital security-related content to their users. Only Tigo scored well in these new parameters.

          IPANDETEC has also made its evaluation of ISP data protection policies more strict. Now, to earn a full star, companies must provide information on data protection-related rights—known as “ARCO” rights (access, rectification, cancellation, and opposition to data processing)—and how users can exercise them. In this case, Tigo fell short along with Digicel.

        • Stacy on IoTWhen will our smart homes have true occupancy sensors?

          On our latest IoT Podcast episode, we take a question that Gregg left on our IoT Voicemail Hotline. Gregg uses Apple HomeKit and is looking for occupancy sensors, which he correctly says are not the same as motion sensors. Unfortunately, we’re right on the cusp of having a range of accurate occupancy sensors in the smart home, so current options are fairly limited.

          We recently reviewed the Ecobee Smart Thermostat Premium, which does actually have an occupancy sensor in it. Ecobee is using millimeter wave radar for this purpose, which is much more accurate than older passive infrared (PIR) motion detection solutions.


          Our estimate is that sometime next year we should see some of the advanced, accurate products that will detect occupancy and integrate with our smart homes. The current chip shortage and production backlogs aren’t helping, so these products could even slip into 2024. We should have a better idea of what to expect and when in January’s Consumer Electronics Show, however.

        • PIAInterview With Mathieu Gorge – VigiTrust

          Mathieu Gorge: I had been working in cybersecurity for a few years, primarily on network security and content security. So, my original security background was in selling VPNs, firewalls, intrusion detection, content, security, and so on.After a few years, I felt that the folks that we were talking to didn’t necessarily understand the basics of cybersecurity or data protection. I decided to start my company, VigiTrust, to talk about privacy and security on an ongoing basis as opposed to merely trying to address the problem by buying more technical solutions.

        • TechdirtYet Another EU Data Protection Authority Says Google Analytics Violates The Law

          It’s kind of weird that in some convoluted way, the NSA may be killing Google Analytics, at least in the EU. You may recall that back in 2020, Max Schrems won his second big data privacy effort against the EU/US Privacy Shield agreement, which allowed data from people in the EU to be transferred to US companies under certain conditions. The “Privacy Shield” was a concept the EU and US cooked up after their earlier setup, the EU/US “safe harbor” framework was tossed out in an earlier case brought by Schrems. In both cases, a key underlying issue was the NSA’s ability to conduct mass surveillance on the internet. The failure to fix that between the safe harbor framework and the Privacy Shield meant that the Privacy Shield was doomed from the start.

        • TechdirtKentucky Supreme Court Says Warrants Are Needed For Real-Time Cell Location Pings

          In 2018, the Supreme Court declared warrantless access to historical cell site location information unconstitutional, given the privacy implications of being able to track someone’s movements over days or weeks without bothering to secure a warrant. Prior to this decision, cell site location info (CSLI) was treated as a third party record, requiring neither a warrant nor probable cause to obtain.

        • CS MonitorNo rest for [cryptocurrencies]: EU wants to ensure transparency, stability

          on new rules subjecting cryptocurrency transfers to the same money-laundering rules as traditional banking transfers.

          A much bigger move was expected as EU negotiators hammer out the final details late Thursday on a separate deal for a sweeping package of crypto regulations for the bloc’s 27 nations, known as Markets in Crypto [sic] Assets, or MiCA.

        • Patrick BreyerDigital cash: EU to end anonymous payments in cryptocurrencies

          Yesterday, the European Parliament and the Council made a deal on the rules for crypto assets. Anonymous payments will effectively be prohibited, interfering with the fundamental characteristics of decentralised finance. Even the €1000 limit for anonymous transactions proposed by the EU Commission has been abandoned. All users of hosted wallets will need to identify, as well as users sending unhosted funds to hosted wallets. Crypto exchanges will have to be extra diligent regarding their dealings with unregistered or unlicensed entities outside of the EU.

        • European ParliamentCrypto assets: deal on new rules to stop illicit flows in the EU

          Transfers of crypto-assets will be traced and identified to prevent money laundering, terrorist financing, and other crimes, says the new legislation agreed on Wednesday.

        • Kev QuirkWhat’s the Point?

          We’re also moving to a new area, and the local community has a Facebook group. In order to be involved, I’ve had to open a Facebook account. I’ve taken steps to keep it anonymous, but still, it makes me feel dirty.

        • Patrick BreyerLeak on chat control: EU Commission anticipates millions of false positives

          German news website netzpolitik.org leaked a record of internal discussions regarding the EU‘s proposed online child abuse law (dubbed “chat control”) which is much criticised for resulting in mass surveillance and undermining secure encryption. According to the leaked record, the EU Commission expects that 1 in 10 private conversations flagged by “artificial intelligence” algorithms for potential “child grooming” would be falsely exposed to a Europol-affiliated authority without any criminal relevance. The Commission confirmed that communications providers would not be obliged to check the machine-generated reports of flagged conversations before they are being sent. It also admitted the envisaged algorithms are “high risk” technology.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Rolling StoneSupreme Court Rules 6-3 That the Planet Should Burn

        It’s now up to the Biden administration to propose a replacement. It will be severely limited in its ability to do so thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Thursday.

        Elena Kagan authored the dissenting opinion. “Whatever else this Court may know about, it does not have a clue about how to address climate change,” the liberal justice wrote. “The Court appoints itself — instead of Congress or the expert agency — the decision maker on climate policy. I cannot think of many things more frightening.”

      • The NationMilitarizing Schools Isn’t the Answer to Gun Violence

        American schools are soft, you say? I know what you mean. I taught college for 15 years, so I’ve dealt with my share of still-teenagers fresh out of high school. Many of them inspired me, but some had clearly earned high marks too easily and needed remedial help in math, English, or other subjects. School discipline had been too lax perhaps and standards too slack, because Johnny and Janey often couldn’t or wouldn’t read a book, though they sure could text, tweet, take selfies, and make videos.

      • ScheerpostScott Ritter: Lithuania’s Brinkmanship

        On June 18 the government of Lithuania acted on a decision by the European Commission that goods and cargo subject to European Union sanctions could be prohibited from transiting between one part of Russia to another, so long as they passed through E.U. territory.

      • ScheerpostBiden Says US Will Beef Up Military Presence in Europe

        As NATO Summit Begins In Madrid, NATO is set to agree on an expansion of its forces in Eastern Europe.

      • ScheerpostUkraine Is the Latest Neocon Disaster

        If Europe has any insight, it will separate itself from these U.S. foreign policy debacles, writes Jeffrey D. Sachs.

      • Pro PublicaGoogle Let Sberbank-Owned RuTarget Harvest User Data for Months

        The day after Russia’s February invasion of Ukraine, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner sent a letter to Google warning it to be on alert for “exploitation of your platform by Russia and Russian-linked entities,” and calling on the company to audit its advertising business’s compliance with economic sanctions.

        But as recently as June 23, Google was sharing potentially sensitive user data with a sanctioned Russian ad tech company owned by Russia’s largest state bank, according to a new report provided to ProPublica.

      • ScheerpostPatrick Lawrence: The Power of Images

        How disregarding our mainstream press and broadcasters prove as they purport to inform us of the crisis in Ukraine. The coverage on both sides of the Atlantic is a riot of defactualization at this point, and it appears to worsen the more obvious it is that the  Kiev regime is losing a conflict we so recently read it was winning. 

      • ScheerpostIsraeli Settler Terrorist Suspected of Murdering Palestinian Identified

        Identity of Ali Hassan Harb’s murderer under Israeli gag order, but revealed here

      • Counter PunchThe Very Unstable Genius

        We survived that proverbial bullet to the gut, but it wounded us badly.

        Trump’s true colors emerged as never before during Tuesday’s blockbuster hearing of the House panel that has methodically been gathering information about the former president’s behavior with respect to the violent Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol that disrupted confirmation of Joe Biden as the next president.

      • Counter PunchThe Myths of American Gun Culture

        Mayor Eric Adams, expressing his opposition to the ruling, suggested that the court’s decision would turn New York City into the “Wild West.” Contrary to the imagery of the Wild West, however, many towns in the real Old West had restrictions on the carrying of guns that were, I would suggest, stricter than the one just invalidated by the Supreme Court.

        Support for gun rights among Republicans played an important role in determining the contents of the the bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the first new gun reform bill in three decades. President Joe Biden signed it into law just two days after the Supreme Court’s decision was released. In order to attract Republican support, the new law does not include gun control proposals such as an assault weapons ban, universal background checks or raising the purchasing age to 21 for certain types of rifles. Nevertheless, the bill was denounced by other Republicans in Congress and was opposed by the National Rifle Association.

      • TruthOutThe Men Disputing Hutchinson’s Testimony Are Two of Trump’s Biggest Acolytes
      • TruthOutPoll: Half of Country Says Trump Should Be Charged for Jan. 6 Involvement
      • Counter PunchNow There’s a Smoking Gun to Indict Trump

        Before giving his inflammatory speech, Hutchinson testified, Trump was told his supporters were armed with guns, knives, spears, and flagpoles and were wearing body armor.

        “I don’t f-ing care that they have weapons. They’re not here to hurt me,” she heard Trump say, urging the Secret Service to turn off metal detectors. “Let my people in. They can march to the Capitol from here.”

      • Counter PunchAbolish the CIA

        A new book proves it. Jefferson Morley’s Scorpion’s Dance, the President, the Spymaster and Watergate, details decades of CIA funny-business, and there was loads of it. Indeed, if you ever wonder how the world got to be such a mess and who’s responsible, read this book. And there’s no reason to believe the nonsense has stopped or that somehow, despite the Taliban, the CIA is just quietly minding its own business and watering its poppy fields in Afghanistan.

        No. The CIA trained terrorists throughout the greater Middle East and Nazis in Ukraine. They’re still at it, though their adventures on Russia’s border make for by far the most deadly possible disaster in a history riddled with them, for the simple reason that the Russia caper could go nuclear at any time. From the way they’ve behaved, it’s almost as if that’s what the CIA wants. If Biden can control the agency and avert nuclear winter and radioactive global mass death, I’ll be very impressed.

      • Counter PunchThe Russia-Ukraine Battle Over Black Sea

        The latest developments, including: – Ukraine’s successful attacks on Russian gas platforms – Russian missile strikes on Odesa – Black Sea heating up as new theater of conflict – Putin denies Russian responsibility for food crisis

      • Counter PunchThe United States Extends Its Military Reach Into Zambia

        Brigadier General Bailey of AFRICOM had met with Zambia’s President Hakainde Hichilema during his visit to Lusaka. Hichilema’s government faces serious economic challenges despite the fact that Zambia has one of the richest resources of raw materials in the world. When Zambia’s total public debt grew to nearly $27 billion (with an external debt of approximately $14.5 billion), it returned to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in December 2021 for financial assistance, resulting in an IMF-induced spiral of debt.

        Two months after Hichilema met with the AFRICOM team, he hosted IMF Deputy Managing Director Antoinette M. Sayeh in June, who thanked President Hichilema for his commitment to the IMF “reform plans.” These plans include a general austerity package that will not only cause the Zambian population to be in the grip of poverty but will also prevent the Zambian government from exercising its sovereignty.

      • Counter PunchDon’t Expand NATO, Disband It

        Decisions taken at the summit include inviting Sweden and Finland to join as NATO’s 31st and 32nd member states, an increase in “high readiness” forces to more than 300,000, more money in general, and of course more money for non-member state Ukraine in its conflict with Russia.

        None of these, of course, will “preserve peace” or “prevent conflict,” and given the last 30 years of the alliance’s history, even the notion that they’ll “protect” the people of NATO member states is dubious. That’s not what NATO does these days.

      • Counter PunchLetter From Crimea: the De-Nazification of Stalingrad

        I enjoyed my first evening back at the Hotel Volgograd, in which I sometimes felt that I was the only guest, a commissar on a provincial inspection tour. There was a buffet in the dining room, and after dinner, when I was studying my maps and celebrating my bike rides around Volgograd, a friend of mine called from New York on my cell phone (thinking I was home at my desk), and we chatted for thirty minutes as if having cognac in the hotel bar.

        A Streetcar Named Traktorny Zavod

    • Environment

      • NPRShredded trees, dead dolphins and wildfires — how Russia’s invasion is hurting nature

        The State Environmental Inspectorate of Ukraine, a government agency, has documented more than 300 cases of what it calls “environmental crimes,” carried out by Russia since its invasion began in late February. The actual number is believed to be closer to 1,500, it says, but many sites are still occupied by Russia or made inaccessible by the fighting.

        Fires at fuel depots. Blown-up reservoirs of dangerous chemicals. Damaged gas pipelines. Disruptions and wildfires at the Chernobyl nuclear exclusion zone. Destroyed vessels in the Black Sea area. These are the most immediate concerns identified by the state agency.

        But the environmental impacts of Russia’s invasion may reach far beyond Ukraine’s embattled borders.

      • The NationAfter the G7 Summit, Germany’s Climate Envoy Says Rich Countries Are Still Falling Short
      • Democracy NowIn Radical Ruling, Supreme Court Limits EPA’s Power to Cut Carbon Emissions & Combat Climate Crisis

        In a blow to climate activism, the Supreme Court on Thursday severely limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to place emission caps on power plants. In the case, West Virginia v. EPA, several states led by West Virginia and fossil fuel companies fought against the regulations imposed by the Obama administration under the Clean Air Act. The 6-3 ruling by the court’s conservative justices ultimately weakens the federal agency’s authority to limit carbon emissions and combat the worst effects of the climate crisis. We look at the decision’s impact on vulnerable communities, particularly lower-income, Black and Brown residents who live close to coal-fired power plants, as well as the climate emergency more broadly. “They’ve put people’s lives in danger, and they have also put in place steps that will accelerate the climate crisis,” says Mustafa Ali, formerly head of the environmental justice program at the Environmental Protection Agency.

      • Counter PunchRainbow Flags Among the Ruins: Queerness in an Age of Collapse

        The ice caps are melting, the reefs are bleaching, the rainforests are burning, and the oceans are turning into rising pools of caustic acid. The only thing proliferating faster than failed states are the cold wars needed to justify their existence just long enough for World War 3 to reduce us all to radioactive vapor. Capitalism is devouring its own gangrenous limbs as it rapidly runs out of wasteland to expand upon with the global debt now more than 300% larger than the global GDP.

        And as these malignant institutions that have defined a civilization that brought us the miracles of artificial intelligence, the Holocaust, and the hydrogen bomb enter a final state of freefall, the lumpenproletariat raised in the shadows of its skyscrapers and smokestacks are reacting with an epidemic of random acts of unspeakable brutality, pushing little old ladies beneath subway trains and shooting up elementary schools. I honestly don’t know how many more plagues you people need. The Pharaohs only needed ten.

      • TruthOutSCOTUS EPA Ruling Signals Court Will Strike Down Rules Limiting Corporate Profit
      • Counter PunchUS Marine Press Takes on Hothouse Earth

        All of which prompts a provocative question: What if the Marine Corps publishes a landmark study that claims recipients of the US government defense budget are collectively responsible for accelerating the danger of climate change to very dangerous levels, in fact, to unlivable levels?

        As of June 2022, that’s precisely what’s happened.

      • Energy

        • DeSmogGovernment Advisor Repeats ‘Russia Funded Anti-Fracking Protests’ Myth

          A trade advisor to the UK government has repeated a baseless claim that protests against fracking were funded by the Kremlin. 

          Economist Catherine McBride, a member of the government’s Trade and Agriculture Commission advising on trade deals, said on GB News this week that Russia has given “billions of pounds” to green groups to “go and protest against fracking”. 

        • [Old] MakeryThe Real Crypto Movement

          “From Commons to NFTs” is an (expanded) writing series initiated by Shu Lea Cheang, Felix Stalder & Ewen Chardronnet. Cautioned by the speculative bubble (burst) of NFTs, the series brings back the notion of commons from around the turn of the millennium to reflect upon and intervene in the transformation of the collective imagination and its divergent futures. Every last day of the month Makery publishes a new contribution of these “chain essays”. Fourth text by Denis ‘Jaromil’ Roio.

        • Auto EvolutionThe “Tire Extinguishers” Arrived in the U.S., They’re After Gas Guzzler SUVs

          “The Tyre Extinguishers have disarmed SUVs in New York City for the first time, with 40 SUVs disarmed last night. Using leaflets in American English (‘Tire’ rather than ‘Tyre’), 40 SUVs had their wheels deflated in the Upper East Side, home to the greatest concentration of individual wealth in NYC,” explain the people that are part of the movement.

        • [Old] Tyr ExtinguishersTyre Extinguishers

          We are people from all walks of life with one aim: To make it impossible to own a huge polluting 4×4 in the world’s urban areas. We are defending ourselves against climate change, air pollution and unsafe drivers.

        • [Old] The ConversationTyre Extinguishers: activists are deflating SUV tyres in the latest pop-up climate movement

          A new direct action group calling itself the Tyre Extinguishers recently sabotaged hundreds of sports utility vehicles (SUVs) in various wealthy parts of London and other British cities. Under cover of darkness, activists unscrewed the valve caps on tyres, placed a bean or other pulse on the valve and then returned the cap. The tyres gently deflated.

          Why activists are targeting SUVs now can tell us as much about the failures of climate policy in the UK and elsewhere as it can about the shape of environmental protest in the wake of Extinction Rebellion and Insulate Britain.

      • Wildlife/Nature

    • Finance

      • TechdirtCongress And The SEC Are Getting Basically Everything Wrong In Trying To Respond To ‘Meme Stocks’

        As you’ll recall, a year and a half ago, much of the world who didn’t live on the WallStreetBets forum were introduced to the concept of meme stocks. As we discussed at the time, much of the embrace of such stocks by retail investors was really about people who were fed up with feeling like the entire financial system was rigged against them, and in favor of those already rich and powerful. The underlying concept that drove much of the meme stock effort was about every day investors trying to assert some pushback on the underlying system.

      • Counter PunchIt’s Time to End the Capital Gains Rate Giveaway
      • Counter PunchIn Deep Water: Shipping in the Global Economy

        Over the past twelve months this uncertainty has assumed many forms. There have been reports of shutdowns of factories in Asia, with workers reluctant to return to their jobs, ships backed up by the dozen at American ports, a shortage of truck drivers, and exploding wealth for the likes of Jeff Bezos. Obviously, the immediate trigger to the crisis would appear to be a mix of COVID and as a result Americans greatly increasing their online shopping. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, e-commerce sales jumped nearly 32 percent in 2020, and 50.5 percent since 2019. Overall, online sales now account for 19 percent of retail. Given the $400 billion in government stimulus and much of the outdoor service economy locked down (i.e. restaurants, movies, sports events, etc.), Americans spent nearly $1 trillion more in goods in 2021 compared to pre-pandemic times. Hard to see any supply chain not getting strained. Still, in May 2022 only 11 percent of shipments from Asia arrived in North America on time, down from 59 percent in May 2020.

        By the end of 2021 the cost of shipping from Asia to the west coast of the U.S. had risen 330 percent in one year. According to the Freightos Baltic Index, as of June 22nd the average global price to ship a 40-foot container was $7261, down from a peak of over $11,000 in September 2021, but still five times higher than before the pandemic. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) estimated that higher shipping rates during the lockdown raised the inflation rate by 1.5 percent.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Counter PunchAmerica’s Anger Problem

        Increasing numbers of us, however, respond to the growing extremity of the moment by avoiding the latest headlines and civic engagement, fearful that some trauma will befall us, even by witnessing “the news.” As a psychotherapist who works with veterans and military families, I often speak with folks who have decided to limit their news intake or have stopped following the news altogether. Repeated mass shootings in places ranging from schools to houses of worship combined with the increased visibility and influence of militias at theoretically peaceful demonstrations can be more scarring than the wounds soldiers once sustained in combat zones.

        I must admit that my family and I have sometimes practiced a similar form of political avoidance. Recently, I considered taking my two young children to the March for Our Lives gun-control event on the National Mall in Washington. However, my spouse, an active duty servicemember, urged me to reconsider. If extremists showed up, it might prove difficult for me alone to get our children out of danger. I thought better of it and stayed home.

      • TechdirtBecause Vulnerable People Need Section 230, The Copia Institute Filed This Amicus Brief At The Eleventh Circuit

        But the plaintiffs didn’t like the district court’s answer and so they appealed to the Eleventh Circuit. The Copia Institute then filed its amicus brief to explain to the court what is at stake if it reversed the decision to find that Section 230 didn’t bar these claims in order to try to help this very sympathetic plaintiff. The upshot: much more trouble for future sympathetic plaintiffs, who will lose their ability to speak online safely, if not entirely, as platforms go out of business, refuse more user expression, or stop moderating any of it, which would leave their communities cesspools of even more abuse. And we know this dire prediction is true because we’ve already seen it happen where Section 230 has been weakened before or otherwise unavailable. As we’ve seen play out in the wake of FOSTA in particular, Section 230 does critically important work staving off this sort of dire future where vulnerable people lose all ability to safely use online systems to strengthen their position or even just call for help.

      • Scientific AmericanWho Is Liable when AI Kills?

        The time to think about liability is now—right as AI becomes ubiquitous but remains underregulated. Already, AI-based systems have contributed to injury. In 2018, a pedestrian was killed by a self-driving Uber vehicle. Although driver error was at issue, the AI failed to detect the pedestrian. Recently, an AI-based mental health chatbot encouraged a simulated suicidal patient to take her own life. AI algorithms have discriminated against the resumes of female applicants. And, in one particularly dramatic case, an AI algorithm misidentified a suspect in an aggravated assault, leading to a mistaken arrest. Yet, despite missteps, AI promises to revolutionize all of these areas.

      • Neil SelwynThinking after the digital (notes on Jonathan Crary 2022)

        In sharp contrast to such acquiescence, Crary pushes for the radical reassessment of what it means to think critically about ‘digital futures’ and the like. For example, speaking up against the tentative hopes now being expressed by some tech critics for the possibility of re-engineering more humane, caring, progressive forms of digital living, Crary instead concludes that no such alternatives are feasible. In short, there cannot be a ‘better’ internet, a digital commons, or any other progressive take-over (or take-back) of digital technology.

        Similarly, Crary is dismissive of ambitions to instigate ‘cleaner’ and ‘greener’ forms of carbon-neutral digital technology and renewable energy – what he dismisses as desperate attempts to prolong the profitability of fundamentally ‘devastating’ products and practices. In short, Crary reasons that tech critics need to lose any illusions they might have about different forms of digital technology proving to be instrumental to radical change. Instead, we need to accept that all current forms of digital technology “are intrinsically incompatible with a habitable earth, or egalitarian post-capitalist forms of life”.

      • Telex (Hungary)Orbán: We cannot keep vetoing EU decisions week after week

        On most Fridays, Hungary’s prime minister gives an interview on one of the state-owned radio stations. Since the independent media has not had a chance to interview him for many years, these weekly radio interviews are the only opportunity to find out what the leader of the country thinks about current events, how he sees his opponents and any issues at hand.

      • Insight Hungary‘Threats to democracy in Hungary are real’, says nominee for ambassador to Hungary

        “Threats to democracy in Hungary are real, and merit our determined attention,” David Pressman, nominee for ambassador to Hungary told Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. In his testimony, Pressman expressed concerns over press freedom, human rights, and the rule of law. “Human rights, media freedom, and the rule of law are not nice-to-haves in Hungary – or anywhere else. They are fundamental foundations for sustaining democracy and liberty and meeting people’s most basic needs. Today in Hungary, we see deeply troubling trends in each of these areas. If confirmed, I will support efforts to advance and protect these fundamental rights and transatlantic values,” he said. Pressman stated that the obvious influence of Russia and China in the Center European country and on its government is ‘cause for serious concern’.”Not just for the United States’ interests, or Europe’s, but the people of Hungary,” he added.

        Under the Obama administration, Pressman, an international human rights lawyer, served as the US Ambassador to the United Nations for Special Political Affairs. 

      • The NationJoe Biden Is Not the Fighter America Needs

        The Biden White House loves to use Vice President Kamala Harris as a human shield to take the flak for their failures. On Monday, her mission was to go on CNN and deliver the bad news that the administration would not squeeze Senate Democrats to get them to kill the filibuster with the goal of codifying abortion rights into federal law. “Right now, given the current composition of the Senate, the votes aren’t there,” Harris said, before reverting to the uninspiring message of voting more. She added, “The reality of it is, we don’t even get to really answer that, in terms of what happens or not, if we don’t have the numbers in the Senate.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Beware: The Supreme Court Is Laying Groundwork to Pre-Rig the 2024 Election

        Six Republicans on the Supreme Court just announced—a story that has largely flown under the nation’s political radar—that they’ll consider pre-rigging the presidential election of 2024.

      • MeduzaThe new guys in charge The Moscow authorities fired the heads of three of the city’s top theaters in a single day. An overview of their replacements

        On June 29, the Moscow Culture Department dismissed the heads of three of the city’s theaters. At the Gogol Center, artistic director Alexey Agranovich and director Alexei Kabeshev will be replaced by Anton Yakovlev and Alexander Bocharnikov (and the theater will revert to its old name, the Gogol Theater). At the Sovremennik Theater, a new artistic council will replace artistic director Viktor Ryzhakov, and Yury Kravets will replace director Tatyana Baranova. Iosif Raikhelgauz is out at the Modern Play School theater, to be replaced by Dmitry Astrakhan. The official reason for the personnel changes is simple contract expirations — but the timing suggests otherwise. Meduza gives a rundown of who’s out and who’s in on the Russian theater scene.

      • MeduzaThe rector who did everything right: Russian Presidential Academy head Vladimir Mau was one of the minds behind Putin’s economic agenda. Now he’s facing criminal charges

        On June 30, Russia’s Interior Ministry reported that state investigators had arrested Vladimir Mau, the rector of RANEPA (the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration). Mau was named a suspect in an ongoing felony case against former Deputy Education Minister Marina Rakova and Moscow School for the Social and Economic Sciences Rector Sergey Zuev, and is being charged with large-scale embezzlement. Meduza takes a look at the case and its implications.

      • Counter PunchUncertainty and Hope Set the Stage for Colombia’s Future Leftist Government

        What is clear is that Petro has left his revolutionary past behind him. The group of which he was part – M-19 – negotiated pardons from the Colombian government for its members before becoming a political party in the late 1980’s. Since then, Petro himself became firmly committed to electoral politics, serving as mayor of Bogotá twice, and running for President of Colombia three times before winning in his last attempt.

        What is not so certain is Colombia’s political future.

      • The NationCatastrophe
      • Counter PunchHow ALEC Turns Disinformation Into Law

        Since the beginning of this year, lawmakers in Indiana, Oklahoma and West Virginia have introduced bills that read a lot like the Texas anti-divestment law, and legislators in a dozen other states have also expressed support for the legislation’s objective.

        Mere coincidence? Not at all. The template for the bill, titled the Energy Discrimination Elimination Act, was supplied by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a lobby group backed by corporations and right-wing foundations that provides state lawmakers with ready-made, fill-in-the-blank sample legislation drafted by, or on behalf of, ALEC’s private sector members, including tobacco, fossil fuel and electric utility companies.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • NetblocksInternet disrupted in Sudan amid protests against military junta

        NetBlocks metrics confirm the disruption of internet service on multiple providers across Sudan after 8 a.m. local time Thursday 30 June 2022. The incident came as protesters took to the streets to call for a civilian-led government in opposition to the military junta that took power in the October 2021 coup. Service was restored after some 20 hours.

      • The ConversationKremlin tightens control over Russians’ online lives – threatening domestic freedoms and the global [Internet]

        The Russian-Ukrainian war has undermined the integrity of the global [Internet], both by Russia’s actions and the actions of technology companies in the West. In an unprecedented move, social media platforms have blocked access to Russian state media.

        The [Internet] is a global network of networks. Interoperability among these networks is the [Internet]’s foundational principle. The ideal of a single internet, of course, has always run up against the reality of the world’s cultural and linguistic diversity: Unsurprisingly, most users don’t clamor for content from faraway lands in unintelligible languages. Yet, politically motivated restrictions threaten to fragment the [Internet] into increasingly disjointed networks.

        Though it may not be fought over on the battlefield, global interconnectivity has become one of the values at stake in the Russian-Ukrainian war. And as Russia has solidified its control over sections of eastern Ukraine, it has moved the digital Iron Curtain to those frontiers.

      • UPI‘Digital iron curtain’: Russia’s grip on online access threatens global Internet

        Many Russians downloaded virtual private network software to try to access blocked sites and services in the first weeks of the war. By late April, 23% of Russian Internet users reported using VPNs with varying regularity. The state media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, has been blocking VPNs to prevent people from bypassing government censorship and stepped up its efforts in June.

      • Middle East EyeTurkey blocks access to Deutsche Welle and Voice of America over licence row

        In February, DW and VOA said they would not apply for licences in Turkey as requested by the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) under the country’s media regulation law, which critics say aims to increase censorship.

        Ilhan Tasci, an RTUK board member from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), said on Twitter on Thursday that access to DW’s Turkish-language service, DW Turkce, and VOA had been blocked by a court decision.

      • Deutsche WelleTurkish Broadcasting Authority blocks Deutsche Welle

        DW had not complied because licensing would have allowed the Turkish government to censor editorial content.

        DW Director General Peter Limbourg: “We had outlined in an extensive correspondence and even in a personal conversation with the chairman of the media control authority why DW could not apply for such a license. For example, media licensed in Turkey are required to delete online content that RTÜK interprets as inappropriate. This is simply unacceptable for an independent broadcaster. DW will take legal action against the blocking that has now taken place.”

      • VOA NewsTurkey Blocks Access to VOA Turkish Language Content

        VOA and Deutsche Welle “reported on many issues that were followed by millions and that the national press could not bring to the agenda,” and “with the last decision of the judiciary, [that] has been blocked. The judiciary turned its face not to justice but to the government in Turkey,” Guleryuzlu added.

        Yaman Akdeniz, a cyberlaw professor at Istanbul Bilgi University, told VOA Turkish “complete access blocking to these news websites can only be described as censorship.”

      • Turkish MinuteTurkey blocks access to Turkish editions of Deutsche Welle, VOA

        In February RTÜK set a 72-hour deadline for three international news agencies — the Turkish edition of VOA, the US state-owned international multimedia broadcaster; Germany’s state-run broadcaster Deutsche Welle; and the Lyon-based Euronews — to apply for online broadcasting licenses.

        The move has been described by media outlets as an attempt at censorship and at expansion of the Turkish government’s control over domestic media to foreign outlets, which are the only source of free and independent journalism for some people in Turkey, where the majority of the media is controlled by the government.

      • Key MediaIn trying to curb online defamation, Canadian courts are resorting to unjustified censorship

        Canadian courts have set their sights on online defamers. In LeBlanc v City of Fredericton, the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick referred to the “wild west” nature of the internet and the need for courts to “tame” online defamation. In Caplan v Atas, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice created a new online harassment tort when a defamation defendant proved judgment-proof. Frustrated by the law’s limitations, some courts are ordering unwarranted or overly broad injunctions – essentially unjustified state censorship.

      • TechdirtDevin Nunes Loses Yet Another SLAPP Suit, This Time In California

        Devin Nunes’ campaign to intimidate and silence his critics with a flood of SLAPP suits has hit another stumbling block. While he and his lawyer, Steven Biss, had mostly avoided filing lawsuits in states with strong anti-SLAPP laws, including his “home” state of California, for some reason in the fall of 2020 he sued Twitter and someone named Benjamin Meredith in California state court.

      • TechdirtCourt To Litigants: A City Taking Down Its Own Statue Doesn’t Violate Your First Amendment Rights

        Some days, it has got to suck to be a judge. Well, actually a lot of days. Most judicial work is tedious, including contractual disputes or bankruptcy proceedings or maritime law or any dozens of other aspects of litigation that would put most people to sleep.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • US News And World ReportWikiLeaks’ Assange Lodges Appeal Against U.S. Extradition

        Australian-born Assange’s legal team have lodged an appeal against that decision at the High Court, his brother Gabriel Shipton confirmed. The court must give its approval for the appeal to be heard, but it is likely the legal case will take months to conclude.

        “We also urge the Australian government to intervene immediately in the case to end this nightmare,” Shipton told Reuters.

      • Common DreamsAssange Makes Final Appeal Against US Extradition

        In a last-ditch effort to avoid extradition to the United States, lawyers for jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Friday appealed to the United Kingdom’s High Court to block the transfer.

        “We also urge the Australian government to intervene immediately in the case to end this nightmare.”

      • ScheerpostHow Spooks and Establishment Journalists are Circling the Wagons

        It would be foolish to imagine that, in this more complex information age, the U.S. and U.K. intelligence services’ influence over journalists has diminished. Both Carole Cadwalladr and Paul Mason’s cases illustrate how intimate those ties still are. 

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Common Dreams‘Blatantly Partisan’: NC Green Party Candidate Slams State Dems for Denying Ballot Petition

        The North Carolina Green Party’s presumptive U.S. Senate nominee accused the state’s Democratically-controlled Board of Elections of “a corrupt, lawless, and blatantly partisan attack on democracy” after it voted Thursday against certifying Green Party’s petition for its candidates to appear on the November ballot.

        “It’s a slap in the face to the thousands of people who signed, to our grassroots organizers who worked tirelessly to collect thousands of signatures during an ongoing pandemic, and to everyone who believes in democracy itself,” Matthew Hoh, a longtime anti-war activist, said in a statement.

      • Common DreamsTexas Panel Denounced Over Attempt to Rebrand Slavery as ‘Involuntary Relocation’

        Racial justice advocates on Thursday denounced a proposal by a panel of Texas educators to describe slavery as “involuntary relocation” in the state’s revised second-grade social studies curriculum as part of an effort to comply with a law restricting how the United States’ history of white supremacy is taught.

        The Texas Tribune reports a working group of nine educators proposed the change as the Texas State Board of Education considers curriculum changes in the wake of the passage of what critics have called the “white discomfort” law.

      • Jacobin MagazineI Got Fired for Unionizing at Starbucks. And I’d Do It Again.

        But despite losing stable housing, losing mental health care, being forced to withdraw from class, and possibly being marked as ineligible for unemployment due to the nature of her firing, Chambers says she would do it all over again. Jacobin’s Will Shattuc spoke with her about her experience taking on the megacorporation.

      • France24Boys and girls together, dressed in Western clothes: Teenage skaters spark scandal in Iran

        The case isn’t the first time that Iranian authorities have punished supposed signs of immoral or Western behaviour. In 2019, police beat teenage girls who were playing with water guns in a park. The same year, a woman was sentenced to prison after singing at a historical site. In 2018, the tourist attraction Margoon Falls was closed to visitors after women were seen dancing there, which is forbidden in public.

      • Frontpage MagazineMuslims Attack Christians for ‘Sin’ of Opening a Church

        It is worth noting that the above scenario has played out countless times in Egypt: whenever a church is built, legalized, or repaired—or is merely rumored to be built, legalized, or repaired—local Muslims riot and attack the Copts. Authorities frequently respond by appeasing the rioters and rescinding the church’s legal status, effectively shutting it down.

      • The Center for Investigative ReportingPolice Know Arrests Won’t Fix Homelessness. They Keep Making Them Anyway.

        Reveal found the driving force behind arrests often isn’t proactive police enforcement, but residents reporting that a person is making them feel unsafe, refusing to leave the area, or leaving trash and other items behind. In Portland, Reveal’s analysis shows at least 60% of calls that police dispatchers categorize as “homeless-related” aren’t explicitly about crimes.

      • Common Dreams‘Payoff for 40 Years of Dark Money’: Supreme Court Delivers for Corporate America

        Over the past several decades, corporate lawyers, right-wing activists, Republican officials, and dark money groups with deep pockets have been laying the groundwork for a far-reaching legal assault on the federal government’s ability to regulate U.S. industry—including the oil and gas sector threatening the planet.

        On Thursday, their investments bore major fruit.

      • Common DreamsNaomi Klein: The US Is in the Midst of a ‘Shock-and-Awe Judicial Coup’

        Renowned environmentalist and author Naomi Klein argued Thursday that over the past week, the United States experienced the early stages of a “rolling judicial coup” as the Supreme Court took a sledgehammer to abortion rights, gun control laws, and the federal government’s authority to tackle greenhouse gas emissions that are fueling the global climate emergency.

        “We have witnessed a shock-and-awe judicial coup,” Klein wrote in a column for The Intercept, pointing also to the right-wing high court’s decisions to weaken Indigenous sovereignty and further undermine the separation of church and state.

      • TruthOutArizona Legislators Attack Public Education With New Universal Voucher Law
      • Common DreamsOpinion | Sham ‘Originalism’ of Right-Wing Court Has Become Direct Threat to Democracy

        Last week’s Supreme Court rulings on abortion and guns shook the country. Both rely on a radical approach to how to read the Constitution: making major social policy by purporting to use “originalism.” Together they show how flawed that can be. Liberals must find their voice and put forward a better way to explain the Constitution and how it works—or we can expect more weeks like this one every June as we wait for oracles in robes to consult the vapors of history and tell us our fates.  

      • The NationHow Paula Rego’s Abortion Pictures Changed the Conversation

        The violence of the irony: Those Supreme Court justices hand-picked by Mitch McConnell’s dark-money donors oversaw the evisceration of Roe v. Wade only days after the death of Paula Rego.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Right-Wing Supreme Court Imperils Democratic Self-Governance

        On the last day of its term, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday issued an opinion that gutted the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate power plants and take meaningful steps to address climate change. West Virginia v. EPA was grounded in the “major questions doctrine,” an interpretive approach that dramatically weakens the ability of government to actually do things, while just as dramatically strengthening the ability of the judiciary to intervene. That combination poses serious threats to American self-governance and democracy itself.

      • Counter PunchForced Breeding: Abortion Rights & Judicial Wrongs

        On Friday, June 24, 2022, a Judicial Coup led by a Gang of Five radical, religious, right-wing Supreme Court Injustices hit “delete” on the reproductive rights of millions, directly thwarting the will of the majority of Americans, endangering women’s and other pregnant people’s lives, setting the stage for further degradations, and just generally pooping on our party (what’s left of it).

        Coup Anon

      • Common Dreams‘Indefensible’: Outrage as New Reporting Shines Light on Biden Deal With McConnell

        The details of President Joe Biden’s deal with Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to nominate an anti-abortion lawyer to a lifetime federal judgeship came into clearer focus on Friday, sparking fresh calls for top congressional Democrats to block the proposed agreement.

        Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern reported Friday that “McConnell will allow Biden to nominate and confirm two U.S. attorneys to Kentucky”—positions that are term-limited—if the president nominates Republican lawyer Chad Meredith to a post on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

      • Common DreamsNARAL Pro-Choice Endorses Fetterman—Who Vows to End Senate Filibuster to Protect Abortion Rights

        One of the nation’s leading reproductive rights advocacy groups on Friday endorsed Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman for that state’s open U.S. Senate seat, describing him as a candidate who will “boldly fight for abortion rights and access” if elected later this year.

        “I will vote to eliminate the filibuster and protect the right to an abortion. I will vote to protect abortion rights, and my opponent, Dr. Oz, will not. It’s that simple.” —Lt. Gov. John Fetterman

      • TruthOutFlorida’s 15-Week Abortion Ban Temporarily Blocked by State Judge
      • TruthOutSinema Kills Plan to Codify Abortion Rights While Fundraising on Protecting Them
      • The NationThe Biden Administration Needs to Act Like a Blue State
      • The RevelatorLinks From the American Brink: Abortion, Insurrection, Pollution
      • Common DreamsAs US Rolls Back Reproductive Rights, Sierra Leone Moves to Decriminalize Abortion

        As the U.S. Supreme Court and Republican-controlled state legislatures void the constitutional right to abortion in the United States, Sierra Leone on Friday joined the growing list of African nations that have moved to protect the health and rights of pregnant people by decriminalizing the medical procedure.

        “Despite recent setbacks in the United States, feminist movements are stronger than ever and ready to persevere in the global struggle for democracy and reproductive justice.”

      • Counter PunchMost Americans Support Abortion Rights, Do Your Leaders?

        But with the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade, there ain’t no bright side.

        According to the Guttmacher Institute, a leading non-partisan research organization on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States, 26 states are certain or likely to ban abortion soon as a result of the ruling. In fact, some states’ anti-abortion laws have already gone into effect.

      • Counter Punch“A Fancy Piece of Homicide” at the U.S. Supreme Court

        Later, Keyes tells Neff: “They’ve committed a murder. And it’s not like taking a trolley ride together where they can get off at different stops. They’re stuck with each other, and they’ve got to ride all the way to the end of the line and it’s a one-way trip and the last stop is the cemetery.” Neff knew it himself. The night of the crime, he reflected: “Suddenly it came over me that everything would go wrong…. I couldn’t hear my own footsteps. It was the walk of a dead man.”

        That’s what six justices of the U.S. Supreme Court should have heard today. In West Virginia vs. Environmental Protection Agency, they voted to limit the authority of the EPA to issue rules stopping or limiting the release into the air of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are rapidly heating the planet. Instead of the E.P.A. — established by law in 1970 to protect the environment — it would be Congress, according to the ruling, that must issue these regulations. Invoking an entirely fictitious “major questions doctrine”, Chief Justice Roberts, speaking for the majority, claimed to be curing a “recurring problem: agencies asserting highly consequential power beyond what Congress could reasonably be understood to have granted.” In fact, as Justice Eleanor Kagan argued in dissent, Congress expressly empowered the EPA to act to protect the environment because legislators cannot – they lack the time or expertise to draft complex rules. That’s what government agencies are for. As Kagan wrote (with some snark): “It is EPA (that’s the Environmental Protection Agency, in case the majority forgot) acting to address the greatest environmental challenge of our time.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Let the Science Show: These Supreme Court Decisions Are Deadly for People and Planet

        This month, the Supreme Court of the United States rescinded the constitutional right to abortion, made it easier to carry concealed guns in public places, and sharply limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate heat-trapping emissions from power plants. There is clear and copious scientific evidence showing that these rulings will put people’s lives and the health of our planet in danger.

      • Common DreamsFederal Abortion Ban Desired by GOP Would Increase Maternal Deaths by 24%: Study

        New research published Thursday by experts at the University of Colorado Boulder estimates that a nationwide abortion ban of the kind Republican lawmakers are intent on pursuing would increase maternal mortality in the United States by 24%.

        Released just days after the U.S. Supreme Court ended the constitutional right to abortion—triggering total bans in a number of GOP-led states—the analysis uses newly available data from 2020 to show that the “increased exposure to the risks of pregnancy” caused by a federal abortion ban “would cause an increase of 210 maternal deaths per year (24% increase), from 861 to 1071.”

      • Common Dreams‘We Will Fight! We Will Win!’: Nearly 200 Abortion Rights Defenders Arrested in DC

        Nearly 200 abortion rights advocates were arrested in Washington, D.C. on Thursday as they railed against the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week that destroyed the protections afforded by the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and demanded lawmakers act urgently to codify those rights into federal law.

        Organized by the Center for Popular Democracy and Planned Parenthood Action, the demonstration that ended with civil disobedience in the streets featured prominent civil rights leaders like Rev. William Barber of the Poor People’s Campaign and Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-Calif.).

      • Common DreamsOpinion | With Death of Roe, Progressives Have Just Four Months to Avert Unthinkable Disaster

        The United States Supreme Court has overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that guaranteed the right to an abortion for half a century. The ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is devastating in its own right, but also foreshadows how this extremist rightwing majority on the Supreme Court could destroy more than a century of progress. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the heavily criticized majority opinion, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett. Four of these five were appointed by presidents who lost the popular vote, three by President Trump and one, Alito, appointed by President George W. Bush.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Supreme Court’s Attack on Regulatory State Means Senate Filibuster Must Go

        Today the Supreme Court—again, with the 6 Republican appointees on one side and the 3 Democratic appointees on the other—limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate carbon emissions from power plants. This ruling deals a major blow to America’s (and the world’s) efforts to address climate change. Also—as with its decision reversing Roe v. Wade—today’s ruling has far larger implications than the EPA and the environment.

      • ScheerpostPush

        “Push,” a new original cartoon by the inimitable Mr. Fish, portrays the wholesome, storybook-simplicity of post-Roe America.

      • ScheerpostThe Disappearance of Meghan Marohn

        There is a national epidemic of missing girls and women. This is the story of a friend who has become one of these grim statistics.

      • FAIRDave Zirin on Football Prayer Ruling, Howard Bryant on Black Athletes & Social Change
      • Democracy NowMeet the Dutch Doctor Helping Expand Abortion Access by Mailing Safe & Legal Pills Worldwide

        As activists across the U.S. are mobilizing to defend reproductive rights, we speak to the Dutch physician Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, who has dedicated her life to circumventing anti-abortion laws, including providing abortions on ships in international waters and sending abortions pills around the world. She also discusses navigating censorship on social media platforms, telemedicine, the future of contraception and more. “This is not the moment anymore to stay within the law,” says Dr. Gomperts, referring to the end of Roe v. Wade. “This is the moment to make sure that women have access to safe abortions despite the law, because this is such an unjust law that is creating so much social inequality and that will affect, really, the most poor women in the country.”

      • Democracy NowSan Antonio Organizer: U.S. Immigration Policy Is to Blame for Deaths of 53 in Smuggling Tragedy

        We go to San Antonio, where 53 migrants seeking refuge in the U.S. died earlier this week after being confined to a sweltering tractor-trailer. Human rights advocates blamed the tragedy on restrictive immigration policies like the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as MPP or the “Remain in Mexico” program. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Biden has the power to end the Trump-era policy, which forced tens of thousands of asylum seekers to stay on the Mexican side of the border in unsafe conditions while their cases were resolved in the U.S. “Every single migration-related death is preventable by policy that actually focuses on welcome and care,” says Claudia Muñoz, co-executive director of Grassroots Leadership.

      • TruthOutSupreme Court Immigration Ruling Is Welcome, But Deadly Policies Remain in Place
      • Counter PunchIllegitimate and Lethal

        I was outside the big iron fence surrounding the illegitimate Supreme Court when the ruling that ended women’s fifty-year constitutional right to an abortion was handed down by the Donald Trump-appointed Christian fascist majority on the most powerful judicial body in the world’s most powerful nation. It felt like when a loved one who has long been gravely ill finally dies. You know it’s coming, but it still hits you in the gut.

        Two reporters asked me if I was surprised by the decision. Not at all, I said, no more than I was surprised by the January 6th Capitol Riot. Anyone who paid remotely close attention to Trump’s statements as president knew that he would never admit defeat and that he had no intention of permitting the peaceful transfer of power after he lost. The Trump Hall Putsch was both shocking and entirely predictable.

      • Counter PunchRoaming Charges: Whatd’Ya Expect Us to Do About It?

        + Biden doesn’t want to expand the Court. Won’t pressure Sinema and Manchin to back eliminating the filibuster to codify Roe. Doesn’t want to use federal facilities as abortion clinics. Doesn’t back statehood for DC or PR. But does want to nominate an anti-abortion activist and Federalist Society lawyer to a lifetime position on the federal bench as a favor to Mitch…?

        + Only 20 percent of Chicago voters turned out to vote in this week’s primaries, the lowest turnout since 2014. Who is going to be motivated to vote for a party that repeatedly says it’s helpless to do anything and doesn’t have any ideas on “what” to?

      • Counter PunchThe Coming End of Contraception

        I originally authored this column in August 2015, back when Donald Trump was merely a television caricature parading his wares about the Obama Birther conspiracy theory and Hillary Clinton’s election seemed absolutely certain.

        Hindsight is always 20/20 and affords the film critic a certain pause not afforded other journalists. Films change over the years because we change as viewers. In hindsight, I wish I had been less foolhardy and self-assured in 2015-17 about the likelihood of Roe’s overturn. I operated for a few years under the assumption that this would not come to pass and that we had more time and opportunities. I do not regret my electoral politics strategy but I do wish it had more seriously interrogated the likelihood of this occurrence.

      • Counter PunchWhat Would a Real Opposition Party of the People Do?

        If the US were a real democracy, there would be a courageous leftist people’s party to resist this grotesque situation. Instead we have the Democratic Party, a collection of wealthy, campaign bribe-grasping, gutless and smug career politicians, ready to compromise any principle to stay in office and serve those willing to pay the most for their support.

        How else to explain not only the Democrats’ continuing support of candidates and of hack politicians seeking re-election who have no interest in doing what the public wants (cancellation of student debt, access to abortions and contraception, free government-funded healthcare for all, a much smaller and non-interventionist military, real action on climate change, more funding for public schools, more generous Social Security, a liveable minimum wage, etc., etc.

      • TruthOutCapitol Police Arrest 181 Protesters Waging Sit-In for Abortion Rights in DC
      • TruthOutAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “We Are Witnessing a Judicial Coup in Process”
      • TruthOutThe US Is in the Midst of a “Shock-and-Awe Judicial Coup,” Naomi Klein
      • Counter PunchTo Defend Our Rights, Defend Our Democracy

        But we shouldn’t be surprised — this far-right court has been chipping away at democracy itself for years. And as Justice Clarence Thomas has made clear, the court’s newly emboldened conservatives want to take away more rights — including your right to family planning and the right to marry the person you love.

        This is nothing short of a constitutional coup to impose extreme, minority views on our nation.  But I still have hope. We can restore our rights if we stay disciplined and focused in our defense of democracy.

      • Counter PunchReform the Supreme Court

        In doing so, the court set a dangerous precedent — that a person’s rights can be taken away.

        Overturning Roe v. Wade was a triumph of politics and ideology over constitutional principles. It diminished the power and equality of women, along with transgender men and non-binary people, to make informed decisions about their own bodies without fear of government intrusion.

      • Counter PunchThe Antithesis of the Great Replacement Theory Isn’t Liberalism; It’s Immanence

        The next morning we left for the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) where the amphitheater was to host a lineup of great jazz stars, to take up our seats at the “small tent” venue, a choice that’s become rather automatic over our years of attending such festivals.

        This year, the reasonableness of our choice came home to me. On Sunday afternoon we left the small tent where we’d by then seen a variety of exciting, often adventurous performances, to take a seat on the grass above the amphitheater to catch Kurt Elling. We could have climbed down closer, but opted to stay above, our location well beyond “nosebleed;” in effect we were watching TV. Big stars like Elling are perhaps compelled to play such venues, where a smaller “in-person” big-ticket audience extends to a vast unseen one, little different than putting out the art on CD’s or on TV. Around us some people were attentive to Elling and the Charlie Hunter Trio, but many engaged in uninterrupted conversation, as tuned out as I am when in a bar surrounded by TV’s. In such a context, the “scene” established by celebrity power and screen hyper-reality, what does it mean to “be there?”

      • Counter PunchChoice Without Shackles

        What could be more convincing than that? The words are part of Samuel Alito’s majority opinion in the recent SCOTUS ruling overturning a woman’s right to an abortion. Apparently human evolution stopped in . . .1789. We — in particular, women, people of color — are prisoners of the past, when slavery was the law of the land, when women couldn’t vote. America, America, land of white male dominance and ignorance. Thank God for the constitutional originalists, who do what they must to keep that ignorance viable, to keep us anchored to the certainties of the old days.

        These are the certainties that shape the world, that keep militarism alive, that keep the prison system alive — speaking of which, 11 states still allow the barbaric practice known as “shackling” within the system: handcuffing and chaining incarcerated pregnant women, including when they are, God help us, in labor. The cruel absurdity of this practice is almost beyond comprehension. And it hasn’t been that long ago that it was situation normal throughout the country.

      • Counter PunchSo This is the Freedom We Kill Other People For?

        There’s a part of me that finds it almost impossible to believe that we are back to this situation in 2022, fifty years after the woman’s right to choose was decided. I remember reading jill johnston’s fascinating essays and the ads in the Village Voice placed by doctors providing abortion services when I lived in the Bronx in 1973 and 1974. However, when I look around the nation and recall its history since the Roe v. Wade decision was handed down, I’m actually more surprised it took so long to overturn it. After all, the return to the white capitalist paradise that was partially undone in the 1960s and early 1970s was already well underway by 1982, ten years after Roe v. Wade. Ronald Reagan and his band of troglodytes were making certain of that. They were setting the stage for the future to come. On top of that, there really weren’t too many laws protecting LGBTQ people on the books back then. By the end of the decade, Reagan and his crew of corrupt crackers were intentionally letting gay men die, as they denied and even fought the reality of the HIV-AIDS epidemic. Ronnie didn’t care. His god was on his side.

        In the past couple years, some companies and public agencies have begun to address systemic racism in the United States. These efforts came as a result of the summer of protests following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. Like virtually every other effort along these lines, the seminars, workshops and discussions such efforts feature leave out the most important aspect of this racism—the economic element. In other words, they address the racism, the history of racism and the nature of racism. However, they don’t tell the participants that this nation’s economic development was founded in the kidnapping, trading and breeding of Black Africans and their descendants. Slaves were not just work animals, they were actual collateral, with a cash value that enabled slaveowners to get mortgages, begin businesses, and conduct trade in goods they produced. It was not only the slavers (owners, traders, etc.) that made a profit from this trade. Banks in the north and the south of the United States accumulated wealth because of the business of slavery. By not acknowledging this essential economic foundation, we can pretend that US capitalism can eradicate white supremacy. In a similar manner, we can also pretend that it can eradicate an even older oppression—the oppression of women.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • Digital Restrictions

      • HackadayKotonki: Agricultural Vehicle Built For Customization

        Agriculture on any scale involves many tasks that require lifting, hauling, pushing, and pulling. On many modern farms, these tasks are often done using an array of specialized (and expensive) equipment. This puts many small-scale farmers, especially those in developing countries, under significant financial pressure. These challenges led a South African engineering firm to develop the Kotonki, a low-cost hydraulically powered utility vehicle that can be customized for a wide variety of use cases. Video after the break.

    • Monopolies

      • Techdirt‘Big Telecom’ Still Wants ‘Big Tech’ To Give Them Billions Of Dollars For No Coherent Reason

        For literally twenty-five years now, telecom monopoly executives the world over have been trying to force big tech companies billions of dollars for no coherent reason. It began with AT&T’s attempt to double dip on Google; which spurred the entire net neutrality war. The complaint by telecoms has long since moved global, as they try to get gullible politicians to try and force tech giants to give them billions.

      • Trademarks

        • TechdirtU.S. Appeals Court: Amazon Has To Go To Trial To See If Public Will Confuse Fire TV Streaming With Porn

          Sigh, here we go. Back in 2014, Wreal LLC filed a trademark infringement suit against Amazon. Why? Well, Wreal has a product called FyreTV that it describes as “the Netflix of porn.” Amazon has a streaming service for decidedly non-pornographic content called Fire TV. Wreal came into court armed with a couple of social media posts basically poking fun at the two names and tried to paint that as real or potential confusion in the marketplace. The case has gone through many twists and turns over the past 8 years, including the district court tossing the suit in 2019 because of the stark differences in the products and types of services being offered. From there, Wreal appealed.

      • Copyrights

        • Good E ReaderThe Amazon Shopping App no longer supports buying Kindle Books

          Amazon owned Audible ceased selling individual audiobooks through their Android app from Google Play a couple of weeks ago. This will prevent anyone from buying audio titles individually. However, Audible still sells subscriptions through the app and will continue to offer credits for exiting members. Around the same time that Audible announced their new policy shift, Barnes and Noble announced they will no longer do business with Google at all. They ceased offering audiobooks, ebooks or subscription purchases through their flagship Nook App. This not only affects users who downloaded the app on their smartphone, but also people who bought a Nook Tablet.

        • Torrent FreakSeven Pirate IPTV Operators Sentenced to Almost Nine Years in Prison For Fraud

          Seven people behind a pirate IPTV and card-sharing operation have been sentenced to prison for fraud offenses. Two leaders of the network received 44-month prison sentences and the other five were ordered to serve between 9 to 18 months. After the defendants gave up around one million euros of the amount they generated from the fraud, a court suspended their custodial sentences.

        • Torrent Freak‘Tarantino Doesn’t Own the Copyright to Pulp Fiction Screenplay NFTs’

          With millions of dollars at stake, the legal battle over the Pulp Fiction “NFT” copyrights is heating up. Quentin Tarantino recently asked the court to dismiss the case because he still owns the rights to the screenplay. However, Miramax now argues that the movie director’s ‘limited rights’ only apply to print publications and not NFTs.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • The secrets to writing so damned muc

        First of all, the grass isn’t necessarily that green on this side of the fence since I often write these essays when I’m procrastinating on other things. It’s a way for me to chill out and relax and be social, so I’m OK with it, or I’d have to make some big changes to my GTD routine. These last few months, I’ve already found myself overly SOFA-prone, nerd-snipeable, and driven by the latest and loudest instead of doing deep, deliberate work. I pretty much spend my days reading and blogging instead of hanging out with other people and doing real things.

        Other things that help is that I never worry if an article is too long or too short, and I edit both before and after I post. I write a sloppy first draft and I fix it before the initial publication, but I’m also super willing to keep polishing old posts. Simon has a “don’t look back! onto the next!“ policy for his blog while I have more of a wiki mindset. Although our policies are opposite, both have the same purpose: to help us get over the hesitancy to hit “publish”. And both seem to work well.

      • The Dungeon Map is not the Dungeon Territory

        When I first started playing D&D as a player, before I started my own group, we were doing Labyrinth Lord (one DM used the AEC, the other didn’t) and he would draw a map for us on grid paper. Ten feet was a five millimeter square (that’s about a fifth of an inch).

      • I’ll put no trust.

        I don’t think those kids are ever coming back for their free dictionary. And now, there’s my anger again, down my nose and through my teeth. It’s the end of the line for that bus my shadow drives. So everyone off!

      • impossible choices

        i don’t write that much anymore. not even for myself. hardly because i have nothing to say either. i guess i just don’t think it matters; in the sense that a social anything comes from it. sending random words into the ether just feels like it’s a waste of time and energy.

      • “I’m sorry I mistakenly sent that to you. By the way, how are things with you?”
    • Technical

      • Mecrisp Stellaris Forth for RP2040: Flash and SRAM

        I use the Rasberri Pi Pico Microcontroller which uses the RP2040. I was in the process of writing a gemlog post about my recent adventures in code optimization in Mecrisp Stellaris Forth, but I got hung up on a few ancilliary questions about how Mecrisp’s memory model works on the RP2040 platform. Since I put so much energy into figuring that out, I thought I would first post some basic information about it.

        The big difference between the RP2040, and most (all?) of the other ARM microcontrollers used with Mecrisp Stellaris, is that RP2040 does not have any onboard flash memory. Rather, flash memory is provided over a serial link to external QSPI Flash modules. The Rpi Pico happens to include 2 MB of QSPI flash memory. As far as onboard volatile memory, RP2040 includes 264 KB of SRAM, not including SRAM for registers and data buffers.


        Just keep in mind though that reading from and writing to flash is slow, and writing to flash wears out those memory cells. So you might not want to do it too often.

        On RP2040, SRAM is mapped at 20000000h and up. For more information on the memory mapping of registers, see the RP2040 data sheet. For more information about how Mecrisp uses SRAM, see the “rp2040-ra/README” file in the mecrisp-stellaris download.

      • Providing Meaningful Search Results Without Own Index?

        My idea is this: a lot of sites have a search API. That means my search engine could send your query to multiple different sites and collate the replies into a set for you to peruse.

        But how accurate would a search like that be, and how should the results be weighted and presented? A model for each API called would have to be created and maintained, because Wikipedia and StackExchange have different APIs. And speaking of accuracy the latter actually say in their documentation that their search function isn’t super and that you should use a “proper” search engine to get better results. On their own site.

        Could quality results be found this way? Searching for “How to upgrade Ubuntu” will probably only turn up results from a couple of sources. It’s not feasible to propagate the search to hundreds of sites; maybe only five or ten at most.

      • Science

        • OracNorman Fenton: “It’s not p-hacking if you don’t use p-values.”

          As you might imagine, not everyone was happy with my post the other day discussing another paper by Peter Doshi attempting to “prove” that the randomized controlled trials used to justify the emergency use authorization (EUA) for mRNA-based vaccines actually showed more serious adverse events than the placebo group. Of course as I discussed, it took p-hacking, cherry picking of data, and comparing apples and oranges to reach that conclusion, making the preprint by Peter Doshi and at least two other “COVID-19 contrarians” (Joseph Fraiman and Patrick Whelan) highly suspect at best, disinformation at worst.

        • HackadayComputer Vision Extracts Lightning From Footage

          Lightning is one of the more mysterious and fascinating phenomenon on the planet. Extremely powerful, but each strike on average only has enough energy to power an incandescent bulb for an hour. The exact mechanism that starts a lightning strike is still not well understood. Yet it happens 45 times per second somewhere on the planet. While we may not gain a deeper scientific appreciation of lightning anytime soon, but we can capture it in various photography thanks to this project which leverages machine learning to pull out the best frames of lightning.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • A convention for gemlog tags

          i’m not aware of any widespread convention for designating tags on a gemlog post – if there is one, please let me know! Otherwise, at the risk of creating standard 15[a], here’s what i’m going to start using on my own gemlog.

        • smolZINE: Issue 29
      • Programming

        • An experiment to test GitHub Copilot’s legality

          In the process, I intentionally misrepresent how the judicial system works: I portray the system the way people like to imagine it works. Please don’t make any important legal decisions based on anything I say.


          GitHub is enabling copyleft violation ✨at scale✨ with Copilot. GitHub Copilot encourages people to make derivative works of source code without complying with the original code’s license. This facilitates the creation of permissively-licensed or proprietary derivatives of copyleft code.

          Unfortunately, challenging Microsoft (GitHub’s parent company) in court is a bad idea: their legal budget probably ensures their victory, and they likely already have a comprehensive defense planned. How can we determine Copilot’s legality on a level playing field? We can create legal precedent that they haven’t had a chance to study yet!

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


Links 01/07/2022: Russians Switching to GNU/Linux, New WINE Release

Posted in News Roundup at 6:13 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • FudzillaRussians switching to Linux

      In Putin’s Russia 2023 is the year of Linux on the desktop

      Tsar Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is forcing the country to switch to Linux.

      According to the Kommersant newspaper, now that Microsoft will not touch Russia with a barge pole, some companies are looking for pirated software.

      Russia-based web searches for pirated Microsoft software have surged by as much as 250 per cent after the company suspended new sales on March 4, according to Kommersant. In June so far, there’s been a 650 per cent surge in searches for Excel downloads, the media outlet added.

    • Ubuntu Pit8 Best Tools To Measure Linux Stress Test Performance

      It has been said that the Linux distribution can take in a lot of stress, and they can perform well in the benchmark result with the same hardware as the windows OS. Before running heavy software on your Linux system, you might want to run the Linux CPU stress test to determine how much stress this PC can take for better performance.

      The CPU stress tests are mostly run by the developers and programmers who need to know the durability and strength of a system before releasing this publicly. As the Linux systems are free and open-source, the developers build different distributions with different-level hardware optimizations.

    • Chrome UboxedAOPEN announces the flexible ACE Mini PC [Ed: GNU/Linux an option]

      Last week, AOPEN unveiled its latest Mini PC, and this tiny box is the most “Flexible” device ever to grace the ChromeOS space. Why flexible? Well, the all-new AOPEN ACE Mini isn’t a standard Chromebox. Instead, this Mini PC is a customizable Intel-based solution that can run a variety of operating systems based on customers’ specific needs. The official OS list includes Windows 10, 11, Ubuntu Linux, and ChromeOS Flex. That’s right. This is the first device to market that will actually support and offer ChromeOS Flex out of the box.

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • 9to5LinuxStar Labs Teases the StarFighter Linux Laptop with 4K Display, AMD or Intel Processors

        The 4K Linux laptops are coming and it looks like we will soon be able to buy one from Star Labs, which are known for their powerful StarLite and StarBook Linux notebooks, as well as the Byte mini PC.

        Today, Star Labs took to Twitter to tease us with an upcoming Linux-powered laptop, the Star Labs StarFighter, which promises to ship with a 15.6-inch 4K 10-bit matte IPS display, 45W AMD or Intel processors, up to 64GB RAM, and up to 2TB SSD storage.

    • Server

      • Cinchy Adds Kubernetes Support to Data Management Platform – Container Journal

        Cinchy, a provider of a platform that isolates data from the applications used to create it, has released an update that adds Kubernetes support.

        Cinchy CTO Karanjot Jaswal says the Cinchy Dataware Platform 5.0 makes it possible to deploy the platform on a Kubernetes cluster that accesses data on external storage systems. That capability also makes it easier to scale the Cinchy Dataware Platform up and down as required, he added.

      • Linux Foundation’s Site/BlogHow Microservices Work Together

        Microservices allow software developers to design highly scalable, highly fault-tolerant internet-based applications. But how do the microservices of a platform actually communicate? How do they coordinate their activities or know who to work with in the first place? Here we present the main answers to these questions, and their most important features and drawbacks. Before digging into this topic, you may want to first read the earlier pieces in this series, Microservices: Definition and Main Applications, APIs in Microservices, and Introduction to Microservices Security.


        Certain workflows are by their own nature highly synchronous and predictable. Others aren’t. This means that many real-world microservice platforms could and probably should mix both approaches to obtain the best combination of performance and resistance to faults or peak loads. This is because temporary peak loads – that may be best handled with choreography – may happen only in certain parts of a platform, and the faults with the most serious consequences, for which tighter orchestration could be safer, only in others (e.g. purchases of single products by end customers, vs orders to buy the same products in bulk, to restock the warehouse) . For system architects, maybe the worst that happens could be to design an architecture that is either orchestration or choreography, but without being really conscious (maybe because they are just porting to microservices a pre-existing, monolithic platform) of which one it is, thus getting nasty surprises when something goes wrong, or new requirements turn out to be much harder than expected to design or test. Which leads to the second of the two general rules mentioned above: don’t even start to choose between orchestration or choreography for your microservices, before having the best possible estimate of what their real world loads and communication needs will be.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • MakeTech Easier5 Useful Tips When Compiling Your Own Linux Kernel

        The Linux Kernel is a brilliant piece of software engineering. At more than a million lines of code, it is arguably one of the most complex programs that is still in active development today. Since the late 1990s, the Linux kernel has been used in both computationally intensive projects as well as barebones embedded applications.

        Despite all of that, the Linux kernel is just a program that serves as a link between the hardware in your computer and the software that you use everyday. It is what allows you to use a wide range of devices for the programs that you use on a daily basis.

        One example of this hardware-software linking is the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA). ALSA is a sound driver framework that is built-in to the Linux kernel. It allows you, among other things, to easily install a sound card and configure it to immediately run with your favorite program.

    • Applications

      • Ubuntu HandbookVim 9.0 Released with New Script Syntax, Popup Menu Command Completion | UbuntuHandbook

        The popular Vim text editor released new major 9.0 version few days ago with many new features and large number of new features.

        The new release introduced Vim9 script with drastic performance improvements. The execution speed can be increased via 10 to 100 times faster. However, function must be defined with def, and the argument and return types must be specified to benefit from the speed-up.

        Legacy scripts will keep working as before. The new script syntax now looks a lot more like most programming languages. Line continuation does not require using a backslash; Function calls do not require call, assignments are done without let and expressions are evaluated without eval. And, comments now start with #.

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Alternatives to Microsoft Exchange Server

        Microsoft Exchange Server is a mail server and calendaring server. It is proprietary software that’s not available for Linux. We recommend the following free and open source alternatives.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Make Use OfHow to Create a Bootable USB on Chromebook

        Since CDs and DVDs have become rather obsolete, USBs are now the primary tool for installing new operating systems. To do so, you first need to make a bootable USB with installation files on it.

        On traditional PCs running Windows, Linux, or macOS, you can create a bootable USB using software like Rufus or Etcher. You can even do it through the command prompt or terminal.

        If you are using a Chromebook, though, the method is a bit different. Here’s how you can create a bootable USB on your Chromebook.

      • Linux Made SimpleHow to install the PokeMMO on a Chromebook – Updated Tutorial

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

      • Own HowToHow to Install Atom Text editor on Linux Mint [Ed: Atom is basically dead and controlled by Microsoft. It's also bloated and useless. Why promote this now?]

        Atom is an open-source text editor, built by Github, It is free. User friendly. Has a lot of extensions that you can use when coding or working on your other projects, offers multiple language-syntax support, Cross-platform editing, builtin package manager, smart autocompletion and It is fully customizable, which means you can customize/build your own custom version of Atom.

      • Using virt-install and cloud-init | Adam Young’s Web Log

        I want to call out a stellar article that told me exactly what I needed to do in order to use virt-install and cloud-init to launch a cloud-image. The only thing I have to add is the caveat that the #cloud-config comment at the top of the user-data file is required. The system will ignore the file if it does not start with that comment. This is the easiest way I know to launch a brand new VM.

      • Will Thompson: Creating Windows installation media on Linux

        Every so often I need to install Windows, most recently for my GNOME on WSL experiments, and to do this I need to write the Windows installer ISO to a USB stick. Unlike most Linux distro ISOs, these are true, pure ISO 9660 images—not hybrid images that can also be treated as a DOS/MBR disk image—so they can’t just be written directly to the disk. Microsoft’s own tool is only available for Windows, of course.

        I’m sure there are other ways but this is what I do. I’m writing it down so I can easily find the instructions next time!

      • Run Windows, macOS and Linux virtual machines with Quickemu
      • VideoHow to install KaOS 2022.06 – Invidious

        In this video, I am going to show how to install KaOS 2022.06.

      • VituxHow to Generate a Strong Pre-shared Key on Linux – VITUX

        A PSK, or pre-shared key, is a password made up of a random string of characters while encrypting and decrypting data. As the name implies, both parties engaged in the cryptographic process are aware of the key in advance, as it is required not only for decryption but also for encrypting the data.

        Hackers can’t take our data over a network if we use pre-shared keys during data transfer., which is important because our security is at risk practically all of the time. Using a PSK while sharing data also ensures that only the people you wish to share it with have access to it.

        In this article, I am going to explain the ways to generate the PSK keys on Ubuntu Linux with examples and commands.

      • TecAdminHow to run “npm start” through docker – TecAdmin

        npm is a software package manager for JavaScript programming language. npm makes it easy for JavaScript developers to share the code they write. npm also provides a command-line interface to manage the dependencies in a project. Docker is a containerization platform that allows developers to package their applications and dependencies into a portable image.

        npm with Docker makes it easy to package and ship Node.js applications. npm with Docker also enables developers to share their code easily. npm with Docker is an excellent tool for JavaScript developers who want to share their code with others.

      • ID RootHow To Install OpenRGB on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install OpenRGB on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, OpenRGB is free and open-source software used to control RGB lighting control that does not require manufacturer software. The project is focused to provide support for multiple hardware manufacturers’ products to reduce the program load, which is limited to Windows, superfluous.

        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 OpenRGB 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.

      • H2S Media3 Ways to Install VLC Media Player on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – Linux Shout

        One of the most popular media players is the VLC ( VideoLAN Client) that always finds its way to be on the editorial list of best Open-source players. The key reason behind its wide the acceptance is – VLC media player plays files of all important audio and video formats. A double click is enough, alternatively, you can load files into the VLC interface using drag & drop or tap a video DVD using the menu bar command.

        The player supports MPEG and DivX streaming and can therefore also play videos during the download. You can also play files packed by ZIP without having to unpack them beforehand. Users can artificially increase the volume of the film up to 200 percent if the video is too quiet.

        Common formats VLC supports are Formate: AAC, AC3/A52, ASF, AVI, DTS, FLAC, FLV, H.264, MIDI, MKV, MOV, MPG, MPEG (ES, MP3, MP4, PS, PVA, TS), MXF, OGG, OGM, Raw DV, Real (RAM, RM, RMVB, RV), WAV, WMA, WMV, 3GP.

      • How to install Android Studio on Ubuntu 22.04 – NextGenTips

        In this tutorial, we will explore how to install Android Studio on Ubuntu 22.04.

        Android Studio is the Integrated Development Environment for Android app development. Whenever you want to start developing android applications, the easiest and the most effective IDE is always the Android studio. It is well tested and offers all the functionalities other code editors provide.

    • WINE or Emulation

      • WINE Project (Official)WineHQ – Wine Announcement – The Wine development release 7.12 is now available.
        The Wine development release 7.12 is now available.
        What's new in this release:
          - Theming support for Qt5 applications.
          - Bundled vkd3d upgraded to version 1.4.
          - Improved effect support in Direct2D.
          - QWORD support in registry tools.
          - Various bug fixes.
        The source is available at:
        Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:
        You will find documentation on https://www.winehq.org/documentation
        You can also get the current source directly from the git
        repository. Check https://www.winehq.org/git for details.
        Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file
        AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list.
    • Games

      • Godot EngineGodot Engine – Dev snapshot: Godot 4.0 alpha 11

        Another couple of weeks, another alpha snapshot from the development branch, this time with 4.0 alpha 11! Same deal as usual, lots of bugs fixed and more refactoring and feature work. We’re etching closer and closer to the beta stage, things are starting to fall into place!

      • Drew DeVaultPorting Doom to Helios

        Doom was an incredibly popular video game by Id software which, six years following its release, was made open source under the GPLv2 license. Thanks to this release, combined with the solid software design and lasting legacy of backwards compatibility in C, Doom has been ported to countless platforms by countless programmers. And I recently added myself to this number :)


        As I was working, I gradually came to understand that Helios was pretty close to supporting all of these features, and thought that the time to give Doom a shot was coming soon. In my last status update, I shared a picture of a Helios userspace program utilizing the framebuffer provided by multiboot, ticking one box. We’ve had dynamic memory allocation in userspace working since June 8th. The last pieces were a keyboard driver and a C library.

        I started with the keyboard driver, since that would let me continue to work on Hare for a little bit longer, providing a more direct benefit to the long-term goals (rather than the short-term goal of “get Doom to work”). Since Helios is a micro-kernel, the keyboard driver is implemented in userspace. A PS/2 keyboard driver requires two features which are reserved to ring 0: I/O ports and IRQ handling. To simplify the interface to the essentials for this use-case, pressing or releasing a key causes IRQ 1 to be fired on the PIC, then reading from port 0×60 provides a scancode. We already had support for working with I/O ports in userspace, so the blocker here was IRQ handling.

        Helios implements IRQs similarly to seL4, by using a “notification” object (an IPC primitive) which is signalled by the kernel when an IRQ occurs. I was pleased to have this particular blocker, as developing out our IPC implementation further was a welcome task. The essential usage of a notification involves two operations: wait and signal. The former blocks until the notification is signalled, and the later signals the notification and unblocks any tasks which are waiting on it. Unlike sending messages to endpoints, signal never blocks.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Make Use Of7 Ways GNOME Is the Leading Linux Desktop Environment

          When it comes to Linux desktops, GNOME is the name that pops up the most. Why is GNOME so popular among the Linux community? And is it the best?

          There are many Linux desktop environments, but among all the options, GNOME has long been the leader.

          People can easily debate preferences and why they prefer one desktop over another, but GNOME’s position isn’t a matter of opinion. It appears on the largest number of Linux-powered PCs.

          So here’s a look at various ways GNOME is the furthest of all the desktop environments in the free software world and some reasons why.

        • 9to5LinuxGNOME 43 to Bring Support for Web Apps in Software, New Device Security Info Panel

          Work on the next major release of the popular GNOME desktop environment, GNOME 43, is underway and we’re getting closer to the first alpha development release with lots of new features like support for web apps in Software, a new device security info panel in Settings, and support for WebExtensions in Web.

        • This Week in GNOME#50 Extend the Web · This Week in GNOME

          Update on what happened across the GNOME project in the week from June 24 to July 01.

        • Claudio Saavedra: Fri 2022/Jul/01

          I wrote a technical overview of the WebKit WPE project for the WPE WebKit blog, for those interested in WPE as a potential solution to the problem of browsers in embedded devices.

          This article begins a series of technical writeups on the architecture of WPE, and we hope to publish during the rest of the year further articles breaking down different components of WebKit, including graphics and other subsystems, that will surely be of great help for those interested in getting more familiar with WebKit and its internals.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • ZDNetHere’s what makes Spiral Linux so good for new users | ZDNet

      There are thousands of Linux distributions to choose from, ranging from the user-friendly (such as Ubuntu and Linux Mint) to the very complicated (such as Gentoo). Every distribution that claims to be user-friendly isn’t exactly cut from the same cloth, and how a distribution is made user-friendly depends on a great number of things. Package managers, desktop environments, and pre-installed applications are all areas that every Linux distribution claiming to be user-friendly must consider.

      To that end, when a new distribution arrives, claiming to be user-friendly, the first thing I do is examine those three areas. So when the developer of GeckoLinux announced a new distribution, called Spiral Linux, I did just that.

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandriva/OpenMandriva Family

      • PCLOS OfficialZoom » PCLinuxOS

        Zoom, the cloud meeting company, unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and group messaging into one easy-to-use platform. Our solution offers the best video, audio, and screen-sharing experience across Zoom Rooms, Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and H.323/SIP room systems.

      • PCLOS OfficialFirefox browser 102.0 » PCLinuxOS

        Mozilla Firefox is a mature web browser for the PCLinuxOS desktop. It is ranked as one of the best browsers on the market.

      • PCLOS OfficialThunderbird 102.0 » PCLinuxOS

        Mozilla Thunderbird is a mature email client for Linux and other operating systems.

      • PCLOS OfficialTeamviewer 15.31.5 » PCLinuxOS

        TeamViewer provides easy, fast and secure remote access and meeting solutions to Linux, Windows PCs, Apple PCs and various other platforms, including Android and iPhone.

      • PCLOS OfficialShotcut 22.06.23 » PCLinuxOS

        Shotcut is a free and open-source cross-platform video editing application for Windows, OS X, and Linux.

    • SUSE/OpenSUSE

      • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2022/26

        This week, many of us were busy with hack week. Naturally, this took away some resources for regular Tumbleweed work, but I am sure we will see some new things coming out of that week again relatively soon. I tried to keep Tumbleweed rolling this week, which was not that difficult: stagings were never overcrowded, and some snapshots were relatively small changes. And so it comes that we have released 6 snapshots during this week (0624..0629).

      • Camera use on openSUSE Leap on Raspberry Pi Zero 2 | Timo’s openSUSE Posts

        One thing I wanted to investigate during the Hackweek was trying out whether openSUSE Leap would offer my Raspberry Pi Zero 2 a nice and stable option for motion detection camera recording. I have had RPi 3 Model A+ doing this for a longer time, and a Zero model before that, but the newer RPi Zero 2 has been a bit unstable for so far unknown reason. There are also some unoptimal combinations of too old or too fresh software in the official Raspberry Pi OS releases. You can read more in my hackweek project page

    • Fedora / Red Hat / IBM

      • Fedora ProjectFedora Community Blog: CPE Weekly Update – Week 26 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 (https://libera.chat/).

      • Red Hat OfficialObsolescence of ATO Pathways

        As Red Hat is modernizing our approach to Compliance as Code, we are making some changes to better provide our customers with the most accurate information available. One of the recent changes involved “ATO Pathways” — the website previously hosted at https://atopathways.redhatgov.io. We’ve removed the content and instead have posted links directing people to alternate sources of information to provide our customers with the best paths forward. We explore those paths in this article.

      • Red Hat OfficialHow is Red Hat addressing the demand to develop offerings more securely?

        The IT industry not only looked very different 20 years ago, product security looked very different as well. Open source software wasn’t mainstream and the majority of vendors had full control and secrecy over their product code.

        Today, however, almost every software vendor contributes to and incorporates open source software within their product or managed service (herein called “offerings”), but does this impact the security of these offerings? In particular, what is Red Hat doing to demonstrate that our offerings are developed in a secure manner and provide trustworthy solutions? Red Hat, like other software vendors, continues to monitor and participate in developing solutions which meet emerging market requirements, customer demand and ongoing cybersecurity requirements issued by governments around the world.

      • Enterprisers ProjectIT careers: 5 common interview mistakes to avoid

        Even as employers scramble to hire amid “The Great Resignation,” landing a job in an interview starts by focusing not on yourself, but on the company and your potential boss.

        Companies looking to hire any position, whether it is a CIO, a C# fullstack developer, a customer success manager, or a chief marketing officer, are recruiting due to need. And the need usually comes in two forms: alleviating pain and/or leveraging an opportunity.

        The pain might be replacing a person who is not working out in their role. The opportunity might be growth and meeting new customer demands.

      • Enterprisers ProjectWhat IT hiring managers need to know about automated recruiting software

        During the pandemic, organizations worldwide rapidly adopted digital technologies that enabled them to work, communicate, and collaborate without face-to-face meetings. These same organizations also had to quickly pivot their hiring practices, relying on video calls instead of traditional interviews. To help navigate this new normal, some hiring teams implemented automated hiring platforms.

        Using an automated hiring platform provides many benefits, including increased productivity and less time spent interviewing candidates who may not have the requisite qualifications. Automated platforms can handle some of those pre-screening steps, ensuring that hiring managers meet with candidates who already possess the right skills.

      • Fedora MagazaineYour Personal Voice Assistant on Fedora Linux – Fedora Magazine

        This is a common misconception. Carola is not the project name. It’s the keyword the PVA reacts to by default. It is similar to “Alexa” or “OK, Google” for those who are familiar with those products. You can configure this keyword. You can also configure other things such as your location, which applications to use by default when opening media files, what CardDAV server to use when looking up contact information, etc. These settings can be personalized for each user. Some of them can even be changed by voice command (e.g. the name, the default TTS engine, and the default apps).

        In 2021 I read an article about the Speech-To-Text (STT) system Vosk[2] and started to play a bit with it. The installation was easy. But there was no use-case except for writing what one said down to the screen. A few hours and a hundred lines of Java code later, I could give my PC simple commands. After a few more days of work, it was capable of executing more complex commands. Today, you can tell him/her/it to start apps, redirect audio streams, control audio and video playback, call someone, handle incoming calls, and more.

    • Debian Family

      • 9to5LinuxDebian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” LTS Support Reached End of Life, Upgrade Now

        Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” was released on June 17th, 2017, and it was superseded by the Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” series on July 6th, 2019. At that point in time, Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” support was transferred to the Debian LTS project to extend its lifetime to up to five years for those who needed it.

        Those five years are now gone as the end of life was reached on June 30th, 2022.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • The Register UKUnity 7.6 out: First major update in years • The Register

        Good news for especially determined fans of Ubuntu’s formerly in-house desktop: there’s a new version.

        Unity 7.6 just appeared, although there is a more complete list of changes in the earlier announcement that it was in testing.

        It has been quite a while since the Ubuntu’s Unity desktop was updated. The last time it was bundled was Ubuntu 17.04, and the last release from Ubuntu itself was v7.5.

        This new release doesn’t come from Canonical: it’s from Linux wunderkind Rudra Saraswat and his UnityX project. Users of the unofficial Ubuntu Unity remix, which we looked at a few month ago, will get the new version automatically.

        The Reg FOSS desk has Ubuntu Unity 22.04 running on a couple of laptops and we can report that the new version does fix a few small glitches. The Unity remix is progressively replacing GNOME components, such as the text editor and file manager, with ones from other desktop projects, in order to get back features which GNOME has removed – notably, menu bars.

        So Ubuntu Unity 22.04 uses the Nemo file manager from the Cinnamon desktop, rather than GNOME’s Nautilus, and MATE’s Pluma text editor instead of GEdit. As a small example, the update makes right-clicking the trashcan in the Launcher to empty it work again, without needing to open the trashcan’s own window.

      • UbuntuDesign and Web team summary – 17 June 2022

        The Web and design team at Canonical run two-week iterations building and maintaining all of the Canonical websites and product web interfaces. Here are some of the highlights of our completed work from this iteration.


        Have you had to do dull, slow and repetitive actions at work? Sometimes it’s unavoidable, but sometimes it can also be an opportunity for a developer to rediscover what it means to be a developer and solve these situations with code.

        The UA-QA tool originated from such a situation. It will help us test our Ubuntu Advantage subscription system on ubuntu.com. This also aims to improve the quality of our test scenarios: we can prepare test accounts to hold a wide variety of subscriptions just as users would have in real-world scenarios.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • CNX SoftwareZigUNO – An Arduino UNO-sized Zigbee board that works with PTVO firmware

        ZigUNO Zigbee development board comes with an Ebyte E18-MS1 module equipped with Texas Instruments SimpleLink CC2530 8051 Zigbee microcontroller and follows Arduino UNO form for Arduino Shield compatibility.

        The board works with PTVO Zigbee firmware that comes with a graphical configuration tool to select the Zigbee chip used (CC2530), configure I/O behavior (input/output, pull-up, etc…), and more. The developers also suggest using DIYRuZ projects as examples to get started.

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • MedevelDesign Beautiful Maps Easily with TileMill

      TileMill is a design environment developed by MapBox for cartography, constituting Mapnik as a renderer, CartoCSS as a stylesheet language, and a locally-served web interface with Node.JS as a server and based on Backbone.js for the client.

      Older versions up to 0.10.x are available with a native GUI on all supported platforms.

    • MedevelCollabortive Database Manager and Editor for teams

      OmniDB is an open source browser-based app designed to access and manage many Database Management systems, e.g. PostgreSQL, Oracle and MySQL.

      OmniDB can run either as an App or via Browser, combining the flexibility needed for various access paths with a design that puts security first.

      OmniDB’s main objective is to offer an unified workspace with all functionalities needed to manipulate different DMBS. DBMS specific tools aren’t required: in OmniDB, the context switch between different DBMS is done with a simple connection switch, without leaving the same page. The end-user’s sensation is that there is no difference when he/she manipulates different DBMS, it just feels like different connections.


      OmniDB is an open-source project that is released under the MIT license.

    • MedevelPayload is a Clutter-free Open-source Headless CMS

      Payload is a free open-source headless CMS that built on top of Node.js technologies as TypeScript, React, and Express. It uses MongoDB as a database backend.

      It comes with a clean clutter-free admin control panel, a rich documentation, and a developer-friendly structure to build websites, CMS, mobile apps, eCommerce solutions, and any web apps.

    • MedevelRosarioSIS is an Open-source Self-hosted Student/ School Manager

      RosarioSIS is a Free & open source Student Information System (SIS), also known as School Management System (SMS) or even School ERP.

      It is designed to address the most important needs of administrators, teachers, support staff, parents, students, and clerical personnel.

      However, it also adds many components not typically found in Student Information Systems.

    • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

      • The Register UKCollabora releases CODE 22.05 web-based office suite • The Register

        Collabora has released CODE 22.05, the new Developer Edition of its web-based corporate version of LibreOffice.

        CODE is the Collabora Online Development Edition of Collabora Office, which we took a quick look at recently. The new version 22.05 offers a number of fresh features and performance improvements.

        The suite now supports external grammar checkers, which you can check out using LanguageTool. This not only detects spelling errors but grammatically incorrect sentences as well as everything from errant apostrophes to duplicated words and faulty punctuation.

        Spreadsheet handling got a major uplift with capability to support 16,384 columns, and the app can now generate sparklines – tiny, scaleless line graphs, inline with written text, which are an easy-to-understand way to visualize trends in data.

    • Licensing / Legal

      • Ariadne Conilla silo can never provide digital autonomy to its users – Ariadne’s Space

        Lately there has been a lot of discussion about various silos and their activities, notably GitHub and an up and coming alternative to Tumblr called Cohost. I’d like to talk about both to make the point that silos do not, and can not elevate user freedoms, by design, even if they are run with the best of intentions, by analyzing the behavior of both of these silos.

        It is said that if you are not paying for a service, that you are the product. To look at this, we will start with GitHub, who have had a significant controversy over the past year with their now-commercial Copilot service. Copilot is a paid service which provides code suggestions using a neural network model that was trained using the entirety of publicly posted source code on GitHub as its corpus. As many have noted, this is likely a problem from a copyright point of view.

        Microsoft claims that this use of the GitHub public source code is ethically correct and legal, citing fair use as their justification for data mining the entire GitHub public source corpus. Interestingly, in the EU, there is a “text and data mining” exception to the copyright directive, which may provide for some precedent for this thinking. While the legal construction they use to justify the way they trained the Copilot model is interesting, it is important to note that we, as consumers of the GitHub service, enabled Microsoft to do this by uploading source code to their service.

        Now let’s talk about Cohost, a recently launched alternative to Tumblr which is paid for by its subscribers, and promises that it will never sell out to a third party. While I think that Cohost will likely be one of the more ethically-run silos out there, it is still a silo, and like Microsoft’s GitHub, it has business interests (subscriber retention) which place it in conflict with the goals of digital autonomy. Specifically, like all silos, Cohost’s platform is designed to keep users inside the Cohost platform, just as GitHub uses the network effect of its own silo to make it difficult to use anything other than GitHub for collaboration on software.

    • Programming/Development

      • Flamerobin Snapshot released with a few Firebird 4 fixes

        Flamerobin Snapshot released with a few Firebird 4 fixes , here is the changelog

      • Steve KempAn update on my simple golang TCL interpreter

        So my previous post introduced a trivial interpreter for a TCL-like language.

        In the past week or two I’ve cleaned it up, fixed a bunch of bugs, and added 100% test-coverage. I’m actually pretty happy with it now.


        Doing more than that is hard though without support for more primitives written in the parent language than I’ve implemented. The obvious thing I’m missing is a native implementation of upvalue, which is TCL primitive allowing you to affect/update variables in higher-scopes. Without that you can’t write things as nicely as you would like, and have to fall back to horrid hacks or be unable to do things.

      • Perl / Raku

        • PerlWe have a new Perl Steering Council for 2022/23 | Perl Steering Council [blogs.perl.org]

          Following the release of 5.36.0, we have a new Perl Steering Council (PSC). The PSC for the next year comprises Ricardo Signes (RJBS), Paul Evans (PEVANS), and Philippe Bruhat (BOOK). These three will serve until 5.38.0 is released, at which point the next PSC will be elected.

          As described in a previous blog post, in 2020 we established a new governance structure for the Perl programming language. In brief, the perl5-porters (P5P) mailing list continues to be the place where the future of Perl is discussed. Anyone on the list can follow the RFC process to propose new language features. The PSC are shepherds for that process, and adjudicate where consensus doesn’t emerge.

      • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

        • Network WorldThe Linux fold command breaks up text, drives loops [Ed: Fold is not a Linux command, it is GNU Core Utilities]

          The Linux fold command enables you to break a string of characters into same-size chunks, but it can also be used to provide a series of characters or strings to drive a loop. This post reviews the basic command and then demonstrates how you can use it to loop through the characters or strings that it creates.

          The basic use of the fold command is to take long lines of text and break them into shorter pieces. One common use is to shorten lines in a text file so that they display well in a terminal window. Lines wider than the terminal width might otherwise wrap in inconvenient places.

          The fold command can also be used to create a narrower file from a file with lines that are inconveniently long.

      • Java

        • InfoWorld8 Java frameworks for a cloud-native world | InfoWorld

          The Java programming language is well into its third decade, and the language and its byte code have found a home in everything from embedded chips to massive server farms. Java’s combination of a rock-solid virtual machine and a large collection of libraries make a fertile ecosystem for writing code that runs everywhere.

          One area where Java has struggled, however, is the world of servers, which often must juggle connections from thousands or even millions of users. In the early years, Java tools were among the best for creating server-side applications that enforced business logic for all users. Java frameworks like J2EE, Hibernate, Spring, and the basic Java servlets model made it relatively easy to create strong web applications.

      • Rust

        • Rust BlogRLS Deprecation | Rust Blog

          The Rust Language Server (RLS) is being deprecated in favor of rust-analyzer. Current users of RLS should migrate to using rust-analyzer instead. Builds of RLS will continue to be released until at least the Rust 1.64 release (2022-09-22), after which no new releases will be made. This timeline may change if any issues arise.

          RLS is an implementation of the Language Server Protocol (LSP) which provides enhanced features with any editor that supports the protocol, such as code-checking and refactoring. RLS was introduced by RFC 1317 and development was very active from 2016 through 2019. However, the architecture of RLS has several limitations that can make it difficult to provide low-latency and high-quality responses needed for an interactive environment.

          Development of rust-analyzer began near the beginning of 2018 to provide an alternate LSP implementation for Rust. rust-analyzer uses a fundamentally different approach that does not rely on using rustc. In RFC 2912 rust-analyzer was adopted as the official replacement for RLS.

  • Leftovers

    • DaemonFC (Ryan Farmer)All vehicle manufacturers are having quality control problems, but Tesla is very nearly the worst. – BaronHK’s Rants

      All vehicle manufacturers are having quality control problems, but Tesla is very nearly the worst.

      This is according to J.D. Power and Associates and their survey of new vehicle owners for the 2022 model year.

      Buick was at the top of the list for quality control, and Tesla was near the bottom, which is also a problem because it costs too much to repair them after the warranty ends and you may not see your car for days or weeks.

      Tesla is also having huge financial problems and Elon Musk is busy firing thousands of people, many over a video call that’s arranged with no notice.

      Most recently, he fired the entire office in San Mateo, California which was working on “autopilot”, which crashes into things and leaves the owner liable. The “job creator” destroyed 200 jobs before breakfast that day.

      Most of the complaints people have are with their Apple Carplay or Android Auto not working properly, on vendors that support it, but Tesla owners are basically stuck with some custom thing that hasn’t improved much at all since 2014, which also malfunctions.

    • Science

    • Security

      • LWNSecurity updates for Friday [LWN.net]

        Security updates have been issued by Debian (firefox-esr, isync, kernel, and systemd), Fedora (chromium, curl, firefox, golang-github-vultr-govultr-2, and xen), Mageia (openssl, python-bottle, and python-pyjwt), Red Hat (compat-openssl10, curl, expat, firefox, go-toolset-1.17 and go-toolset-1.17-golang, go-toolset:rhel8, kernel, kpatch-patch, libarchive, libgcrypt, libinput, libxml2, pcre2, php:7.4, php:8.0, qemu-kvm, ruby:2.6, thunderbird, and vim), and Ubuntu (curl, libjpeg6b, and vim).

      • Bleeping ComputerMicrosoft Azure FabricScape Bug Let Hackers Hijack Linux Clusters [Ed: Microsoft media operatives and Microsoft-connected sites are quick to blame "Linux" for a Microsoft proprietary software issue; Microsoft hates Linux and constantly defames Linux. Jim Zemlin is in bed with the enemy.]
      • Bruce SchneierAnalyzing the Swiss E-Voting System [Ed: Voting machines will never work properly or reliably, more so if they run proprietary software in the stack and aren't audited at a binary level by multiple independent auditors. Use traditional paper ballots instead.]

        Andrew Appel has a long analysis of the Swiss online voting system. It’s a really good analysis of both the system and the official analyses.

      • How to Assess an E-voting System

        If I can shop and bank online, why can’t I vote online? David Jefferson explained in 2011 why internet voting is so difficult to make secure, I summarized again in 2021 why internet voting is still inherently insecure, and many other experts have explained it too. Still, several countries and several U.S. states have offered e-voting to some of their citizens. In many cases they plunge forward without much consideration of whether their e-voting system is really secure, or whether it could be hacked to subvert democracy. It’s not enough just to take the software vendor’s word for it.

        Switzerland is a country that wanted to do it right, fumbled, and in the process learned that an important part of getting it right is a careful (and expensive) study, that’s independent of the vendor selling the system, and independent of the governmental body that’s purchasing the system. The study wasn’t particularly expensive—about half a million Swiss francs, which is about half a million US dollars—but that’s half a million that most U.S. states or other countries have not spent before rushing to deploy a system. After the study, the Swiss government’s conclusion was, “The e-voting system currently being developed by Swiss Post has been significantly improved. However, further developments, some of them substantial, are still required.”

      • USCERTCISA Adds One Known Exploited Vulnerability to Catalog [Ed: This is all about Microsoft, but the page totally fails to name it even once until the third paragraph! The title too could be improved. I saw almost 10 headlines saying CISA warns about "Linux" in the past few days, but: 1) it was patched months ago; 2) it's privilege escalation; 3) they miss the bigger issues listed by CISA; 4) they are Microsoft boosters doing this; 5) it is systemd, not Linux.]

        Original release date: July 1, 2022
        CISA has added one new vulnerability to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities Catalog, based on evidence of active exploitation. These types of vulnerabilities are a frequent attack vector for malicious cyber actors and pose significant risk to the federal enterprise.

      • eSecurity PlanetHighly Sophisticated Malware Attacks Home and Small Office Routers | eSecurityPlanet

        Security researchers have uncovered an unusually sophisticated malware that has been targeting small office/home office (SOHO) routers for nearly two years, taking advantage of the pandemic and rapid shift to remote work.

        Such routers are rarely monitored or up-to-date, making them attractive targets for hackers to reach adjacent corporate networks. According to Lumen’s Black Lotus Labs, this sophisticated campaign “has been active in North America and Europe for nearly two years beginning in October 2020.”

      • Hacker NewsCybersecurity Experts Warn of Emerging Threat of “Black Basta” Ransomware [Ed: Microsoft Windows TCO]

        The Black Basta ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) syndicate has amassed nearly 50 victims in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand within two months of its emergence in the wild, making it a prominent threat in a short window.

        “Black Basta has been observed targeting a range of industries, including manufacturing, construction, transportation, telcos, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, plumbing and heating, automobile dealers, undergarments manufacturers, and more,” Cybereason said in a report.

        Evidence indicates the ransomware strain was still in development as recently as February 2022, and only started to be used in attacks starting April after it was advertised on underground forums with an intent to buy and monetize corporate network access for a share of the profits.

        Similar to other ransomware operations, Black Basta is known to employ the tried-and-tested tactic of double extortion to plunder sensitive information from the targets and threaten to publish the stolen data unless a digital payment is made.

        A new entrant in the already crowded ransomware landscape, intrusions involving the threat have leveraged QBot (aka Qakbot) as a conduit to maintain persistence on the compromised hosts and harvest credentials, before moving laterally across the network and deploying the file-encrypting malware.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • DaemonFC (Ryan Farmer)The Lemonade BIPA lawsuit has settled in Illinois, which means I can talk about it now. – BaronHK’s Rants

          Microsoft already (says) they apply both laws to anyone using their products. Can you imagine how much worse Microsoft could be without them?

        • DaemonFC (Ryan Farmer)It’s 2022 and women can see a witch doctor in an app and tell the state when she’s ovulating.

          It’s 2022 and women can see a witch doctor in an app and tell the state when she’s ovulating as evidence for her abortion trial.

          An app called “Stardust” says it is an “astrology based period tracker”.

        • Houston ChroniclePeriod tracking apps spark data privacy panic after Roe v. Wade

          When Houston resident Lauren Price read the leaked draft of the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, she emailed her period-tracking app’s customer support team to ask how they were protecting her personal health information.

          The Montrose resident, 37, is an activist and data specialist for a local school district, so she worried that law enforcement or others might seek out data while investigating whether someone had an illegal abortion. The prospect is of particular concern in Texas, where a state law allows private citizens to collect a $10,000 bounty in lawsuits against anyone who aids or abets the procedure.

          When Price never heard back from that company – Kindara – she decided to stop using the app.

      • Confidentiality

        • HIPAA Compliance FAQs In 2022

          With many activities carried out in the business environment taking place digitally, the amount of sensitive and confidential data that organizations use and store is also increasing. The protection of private data in medical fields, which can be considered as one of the most sensitive of these data, has also gained great importance. In this direction, organizations continue to make efforts to keep their data at the highest level of security.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • AccessNowAccess Now’s statement on Myanmar during the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar’s Oral Progress Report – Access Now

        On Wednesday, June 29, 2022, Wai Phyo Myint, our Asia Pacific Policy Analyst, addressed the United Nations (U.N.) Human Rights Council regarding the escalating digital threats faced by the people in Myanmar during the Interactive Dialogue with the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Myanmar

        Myint highlighted how targeted communications blackouts are being used by the military junta in regions where people’s resistance has been most intense. She illustrated why losing connectivity in Myanmar is life-threatening – because people cannot get critical information for their safety, contact their families, or expose serious human rights violations.

        In her oral statement, Wai Phyo Myint also raised the alarm that the military could be requiring the (International Mobile Equipment Identify) IMEI number of phones to be registered. Linking data from IMEI number and SIM card registration will potentially give the military the power to collect data needed to track and locate people anytime they want.

    • Monopolies

      • ICYMI: Rulemaking Authority of the Federal Trade Commission – Disruptive Competition Project

        This past Monday June 27th, Concurrences partnered with the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) to present an event titled Rulemaking Authority of the Federal Trade Commission. This event focused on the rulemaking authority of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as the agency seems to be tipping away from the economics-driven antitrust enforcement of the past 40 years and more towards neo-brandeisian policies. The event also included the presentation of a new publication, Rulemaking Authority of the US Federal Trade Commission, which analyzes the “myriad questions raised by the prospect of notice-and-comment rulemaking to make major changes in antitrust law.”

        Of primary concern in this debate was the overall role of the FTC, its balance of rulemaking and case-by-case antitrust adjudication, its relationship with Congress, and finally the agency’s potential pursuit of problems in the economy outside of the realms of antitrust.

        Throughout the event, panelists warned of the misuse of guidelines and rulemaking by the Commission and weighed in on the potential harmful effects of the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (S.2992 or AICOA).


        In contrast, Richard Pierce, Professor of Law at George Washington University, argued that the FTC should rely on the tools it knows how to use best. “There are incremental ways of improving antitrust law that can improve it greatly. Go for the kinds of changes where you have solid empirical support for what you want to do.” Many panelists throughout the day warned of passed rules and the FTC itself falling prey to partisan activity upon the change of leadership. Maureen Ohlhausen, Partner at Baker Botts, asserted “the way the FTC has changed antitrust law is through case-by-case adjudication, a solid record of solid enforcement based on evidence.” Ohlhausen emphasized that this takes time and patience, but the FTC was created to make that sort of change. James Rill, Senior Counsel at Baker Botts, echoed Ohlhausen’s point, stating that “we have an evolutionary aspect to antitrust and it is complex and takes time. We trade off the difficulty of the method for the building of a proper foundation in time.”

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Technical

      • The Old Computer Challenge V2: back to RTC

        The first edition of the challenge consisted into spending a week (during your non-work time) using an old computer, the recommended machine specifications were 1 core and 512 MB of memory at best, however some people enjoyed doing this challenge with other specifications and requirements, and it’s fine, the purpose of the challenge is to have fun.

        While experimenting the challenge last year, a small but solid community gathered on IRC, we shared tips and our feelings about the challenge, it was very fun and a good opportunity to meet new people. One year later, the community is still there and over the last months we had regular ideas exchange for renewing the challenge.

        I didn’t want to do the same challenge again, the fun would be spoiled, and it would have a feeling of déjà vu. I recently shared a new idea and many adopted it, and it was clear this would be the main topic of the new challenge.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • gemini discussions

          I really appreciate all the ways community is built into the fabric of geminispace. It’s nice being able to search for an article and see right there what pages referenced it and continued the conversation. I like all the aggregators that have popped up and let me engage with gemlogs I probably wouldn’t have found on my own. I love that it’s all built out of long established technologies (all you need is an atom XML).

      • Programming

        • On choosing a text editor

          According to my git logs I switched to Vim about six years ago. It was probably initially an experiment to see “how the other side lived” that became permanent once I fell in love with its operation. Vim clicks with me because at it’s core it is a large collection of verbs that can act on a smaller collection of nouns (words, paragraphs, code blocks, etc). Learning it is a lot more like learning a spoken language than a collection of keybinds.

        • Some Inconsequential Lisp History; or, the Story of Associative Lists

          So I decided to go dig in the Lisp 1 Programmer’s Manual (1960) and the Lisp 1.5 Programmer’s Manual (1962). I’m sure there’s lots of computing history buried in those pages, from how real programming on the IBM 704 is done to how they made a full-featured interpreter and self-hosted compiler work on such a system. But we don’t have time for that, so I just grepped for “association list” and “property list”.

        • Explore a random Gopher hole

          It works on the fact that kamalatta.ddnss.de keeps a list of work-
          ing gopherholes. This script downloads the list, and picks one at
          random using the shuf command.

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

Links 01/07/2022: More Widespread Calls to Delete GitHub

Posted in News Roundup at 10:17 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Applications

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Software – June 2022 Updates

        The table above shows our articles published in June 2022.

        For our entire collection, check out the categories below. This is the largest compilation of recommended software. The collection includes hundreds of articles, with comprehensive sections on internet, graphics, games, programming, science, office, utilities, and more. Almost all of the software is free and open source.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • H2S MediaHow to install Master PDF Editor on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – Linux Shout

        Get easy steps to Install Master PDF Editor on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy JellyFish using the command terminal for editing PDF files on Linux.

        The “Master PDF Editor” is a comprehensive PDF program that contains a lot of functions. In addition to creating and editing PDF documents, the software also allows converting to various formats.

        The software provides you with a host of useful functions for creating PDFs, Text, images, shapes, buttons, checkboxes, and converting XPS files into PDFs, and fillable shapes are only a small part of the options available in “Master PDF Editor”.

        Furthermore, the program allows you to insert handwritten signatures under PDFs. Also, no problem for the tool is the secure encryption of your documents with the 128-bit standard.

        However, the free edition is limited in features and allows only the creation of new PDF documents, filling PDF forms, adding and/or editing bookmarks in PDF files; commenting and annotating PDF documents; Split and merging PDF documents.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Install Apache Tomcat 10 in RHEL 9

        A web server is essential in the completion phases of a web application project. It lets users simulate, monitor, and assess the performance of their web application projects in a real-world environment. The choice and performance of such web servers sometimes depend on the main programming language used to create the project.

        Apache Tomcat is a fused implementation of Jakarta Expression Language, Jakarta Servlet, and WebSocket technologies. It is an ideal HTTP web server environment for pure Java coders. The Apache Software Foundation is responsible for Apache Tomcat’s development and maintenance.

        This article guide will walk us through the installation of an open-source java-based Apache Tomcat 10 web server on RHEL 9 Linux.

      • Red Hat OfficialManage your RPG players with pc | Enable Sysadmin

        For me, a good tabletop role-playing game (RPG), sometimes called a pen-and-paper RPG, is the perfect hobby for getting away from my computer. The classic editions of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), for example, were released well before PDFs and eBooks existed, so I bring hardcover books and paper character sheets to my gaming table.

        In recent years, however, I’ve also started gaming online using Mumble voice chat. At first, I treated these games the same as my in-person games, but as more games started integrating online maps like Mythic Table, I found switching back and forth between keyboard-and-screen and pen-and-paper became a little frantic. When I’m running a player character (PC), most of what I need to refer to is on a character sheet, a document that lists my special abilities and powers. To get to that information quickly while managing a bunch of other applications, I use the pc command.

        The pc command parses RPG character sheets written in the INI format. It works with any RPG game system, as long as that system’s character sheet data can be expressed as basic INI (most of them can be).

      • Daniel AleksandersenHow to set per-creator/channel playback speed on YouTube

        You can find hundreds of browser extensions that let you fine-tune the playback speed for all YouTube videos. I’m happy with the default speed of 1× for most videos (and music). However, I want to speed up some channels without having to tweak the speed dial every time. Enter Samuel Li’s Speed Controller extension.

        I tend to fine-tune the playback speed to somewhere between 1,05× and 1,35×. By default, YouTube only lets you increase the playback speed by increments of 0,25×. This design decision has led to the creation of hundreds of extensions for fine-tuning and setting speeds other than the defaults.

      • CitizixHow to use Terraform to manage Confluent Cloud Clusters, Topics and permissions

        In this guide, we will learn how to use terraform to launch Confluent Cloud resources such as environments, clusters, topics and ACLs.

        Confluent Cloud is a fully managed, cloud-native service Kafka service provider for connecting and processing all of your data, everywhere it’s needed.

      • How to install Sublime Text 4 Editor on Ubuntu 22.04 – NextGenTips

        In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to install the Sublime Text 4 code editor on Ubuntu 22.04.

        A sublime Text editor is a shareware cross-platform source code editor, it supports almost all the programming languages.

      • Its FOSSDeprecated Linux Commands You Should Not Use Anymore (And Their Alternatives)

        In this article, I am going to list a few such Linux commands. You may still find a few of them in your distribution. It’s possible that your distribution is still providing it for backward compatibility or has created a new implementation underneath or plans to remove it in the newer versions.

        But it’s good to know them as an informed Linux user. Here we go!

    • Games

      • Linux LinksBest Free and Open Source Alternatives to Apple Chess

        Apple Chess is a traditional chess game played on a well rendered board with a set of realistic 3-D pieces. It’s actually a Unix-based chess program, Sjeng, that Apple packaged up in a new wrapper. It supports chess variants such as crazyhouse and losing chess.

        The software is published under the Apple Sample Code License. Apple Chess doesn’t run under Linux. And there are far superior open source alternatives. We recommend the following software.

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Licensing / Legal

      • The Register UKOpen source body quits GitHub, urges you to do the same

        The Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), a non-profit focused on free and open source software (FOSS), said it has stopped using Microsoft’s GitHub for project hosting – and is urging other software developers to do the same.

        In a blog post on Thursday, Denver Gingerich, SFC FOSS license compliance engineer, and Bradley M. Kuhn, SFC policy fellow, said GitHub has over the past decade come to play a dominant role in FOSS development by building an interface and social features around Git, the widely used open source version control software.

        In so doing, they claim, the company has convinced FOSS developers to contribute to the development of a proprietary service that exploits FOSS.

        “We are ending all our own uses of GitHub, and announcing a long-term plan to assist FOSS projects to migrate away from GitHub,” said Gingerich and Kuhn.

  • Leftovers

    • The NationVengeance

      The Northman, a medieval nordic epic written and directed by Robert Eggers, begins with a familiar setup: a young prince loses his family and kingdom in an act of fraternal betrayal. King Aurvandil (Ethan Hawke) is assassinated by his brother, Fjölnir (Claes Bang), while his young son Amleth watches; the young prince also sees Fjölnir kidnap his mother, Gudrún (Nicole Kidman), as part of a bloody coup to seize Aurvandil’s title and land.

    • HackadayAdding Voluminous Joy To A DIY Turbojet With A DIY Afterburner

      You don’t happen to own and operate your own turbojet engine, do you? If you do, have you ever had the urge to “kick the tires and light the fires”? Kicking tires simply requires adding tires to your engine cart, but what about lighting the fires? In the video below the break, [Tech Ingredients] explains that we will require some specialized hardware called a re-heater — also known as an afterburner.

    • Counter PunchPeter Lownds Explains How and Why he Translated the Brazilian Novel Never-Ending Youth

      Let me clarify right away: the translator Peter Lownds is a writer, poet, actor (he worked in Kramer versus Kramer, for example), a youthful friend of Jack Kerouac. And a thoroughly likable person, even from me. Eric A. Gordon is a writer, editor, militant, and comrade, translator of nine books of fiction by Alvaro Cunhal, who published novels under the pseudonym Manuel Tiago. And as if such references were not enough, Eric A. Gordon was the person who made it possible for my novel to be published at International Publishers.

      In his interview with Peter Lownds, I cut out the passages that speak directly about “Never-Ending Youth”. Below.

    • HackadayThe Mystery Of Automatic Lubricators Is Revealed

      Industrial machines have all kinds of moving parts that require regular lubrication in order to prevent wear and damage. Historically, these would require regular visits from maintenance personnel to keep them greased up and slippery. Automatic lubricators eliminate that job by regularly dosing machines with fresh grease, and [Big Clive] decided to see what makes them tick.

    • Counter PunchA.B. Yehoshua, 1936–2022

      Yehoshua was one of my literary idols. When I lived in New York City, I had seen him in action a few times: a book reading, a lecture. The A.B. Yehoshua who appeared on my computer screen—a startling thing for those of us not entirely acclimated to Zoom–was visibly ill and had aged dramatically. Shortly before my interview, I had viewed The Last Chapter of A.B. Yehoshua, Yair Qedar’s superlative documentary. Much of the film’s contents were stark: Yehoshua was in failing health. His wife had died, ending a decades-long marriage. (Strangely enough, the plot of Molkho—his novel published in the United States in 1989 under the title Five Seasons—hinges on the protagonist’s newfound status as widower.) And with the loss of his close friend and colleague, Amos Oz, he was more than aware that his literary cohort was passing from the scene.

      Yehoshua couldn’t have been more gracious during our meeting. Voluble and expressive in English, a language very much not his own, he immediately set the agenda for our talk, as befitted someone used to expounding and having his words treated with a great deal of gravitas. But, of course, I had come to listen.

    • Science

      • HackadayA Math Based Personality For Games

        We make no apologies for being hardware focused here at Hackaday, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t occasionally impressed by a particularly inspired feat of bit wrangling. For example, [t3ssel8r] has taken a break from his game to discuss his procedural animation system and the beautiful math behind it.

    • Hardware

      • HackadayLCD Screen Windows Are This Summer’s Hottest Case Mod

        Case modding took off in the late 90s, and taught us all that computers could (and should!) look awesome. Much of the aesthetic went mainstream, and now tons of computer cases come with lights and windows and all the rest. [WysWyg_Protogen] realized those simple case windows could be way cooler with a neat LCD hack, and set to work.

      • HackadayDIY Airless Tires Work Surprisingly Well

        Airless tires have been “a few years away” from production for decades now. They’re one of the automotive version of vaporware (at least those meant for passenger vehicles), always on the cusp of being produced but somehow never materializing. They have a number of perks over traditional air-filled tires in that they are immune to flats and punctures, and since there aren’t any airless tires available at the local tire shop, [Driven Media] decided to make and test their own.

      • HackadayIt’s RAID. With Floppy Drives.

        There are some tings that should be possible, so just have to be tried. [Action Retro] has a great video showing just such an escapade, the creation of a large RAID 0 array using a pile of USB floppy drives. Yes, taking one of the smallest and most unreliable pieces of data storage media and combining a load of them together such that all the data is lost if just one of them fails.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • Democracy NowFlint Residents Outraged as Charges Dropped in Deadly Water Scandal That Poisoned Majority-Black City

        Eight years after the deadly Flint water crisis began, the state’s Supreme Court has thrown out charges against former Governor Rick Snyder and eight other former officials for their complicity in the public health emergency. Snyder’s administration made the decision to switch the city’s water source from the Detroit system to the Flint River as a cost-saving measure and then failed to protect residents from the resulting lead and bacterial poisoning in the majority-Black city. “It really feels like justice is becoming an illusion for Flint residents,” says Nayyirah Shariff, director of Flint Rising. “No one is being held accountable, no one is seeing justice, no one is seeing reparations in Flint,” adds her fellow activist and Flint resident, Melissa Mays. Democracy Now! first spoke to the two organizers in 2016 in our documentary, “Thirsty for Democracy: The Poisoning of an American City.”

    • Security

      • TechdirtItalian Exploit Developer Follows Hacking Team’s Lead, Sells Powerful Spyware To Human Rights Violators

        Italian malware developer Hacking Team began making headlines in 2014. Infections uncovered by researchers at Toronto’s Citizen Lab and Russia’s Kaspersky Lab were traced back to servers located in the United States, Canada, UK, and Ecuador. The US servers topped the list. The second place finisher, however, was Kazakhstan.

      • Daniel Stenberg5 years on OSS-Fuzz

        On July 1st 2017, exactly five years ago today, the OSS-Fuzz project “adopted” curl into their program and started running fuzz tests against it.

        OSS-Fuzz is a project run by Google and they do fuzzing on a large amount of open source projects: OSS-Fuzz aims to make common open source software more secure and stable by combining modern fuzzing techniques with scalable, distributed execution.

        That initial adoption of curl into OSS-Fuzz was done entirely by Google themselves and its fuzzing integration was rough and not ideal but it certainly got the ball rolling.

        Later in in the fall of 2017, Max Dymond stepped up and seriously improved the curl-fuzzer so that it would better test protocols and libcurl options deeper and to a higher degree. (Max subsequently got a grant from Google for his work.)

      • Why End-of-Life Isn’t the End of the Road for Your Software

        If you are using software or operating systems in your business that are at the fourth stage of the life cycle phase, you may not be able update them as the manufacturer stops releasing security patches. But you’ll still need support. If you’re a CentOS user facing CentOS 7 EOL, you can still find support and security for the products that have an end-of-life date of 2024.

        Firms such as TuxCare are helping Linux users with issues in security, stability, and support.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • EFFEFF to File Amicus Brief in First U.S. Case Challenging Dragnet Keyword Warrant

          The answer is no. And in an amicus brief EFF intends to file today in Colorado, we explain why these searches are totally incompatible with constitutional protections for privacy and freedom of speech and expression.

          The case is People v. Seymour, and it is perhaps the first U.S. case to address the constitutionality of a keyword warrant. The case involves a tragic home arson in which several people died. Police didn’t have a suspect, so they used a keyword warrant to ask Google for identifying information on anyone and everyone who searched for variations on the home’s street address in the two weeks prior to the arson.

          Like geofence warrants, keyword warrants cast a dragnet that requires a provider to search its entire reserve of user data—in this case queries by more than one billion Google users. As in this case, the police generally have no identified suspects when they obtain a keyword search warrant. Instead, the sole basis for the warrant is the officer’s hunch that the suspect might have searched for something in some way related to the crime.

        • EFFShould You Really Delete Your Period Tracking App?

          So, should you delete your period tracking app? The short answer is: not necessarily. You may want to review your choice of app, along with other digital practices depending on what kinds of privacy invasions and threats you are most concerned about. Abortion seekers face much more urgent threats right now, and period tracking apps are not at the top of the list of immediate concerns. In the meantime, the companies behind period tracker apps have some serious shaping up to do, and legislators must move forward common-sense privacy legislation to protect not only health-related data but the full range of consumer data that could be weaponized against abortion seekers.

          Right now, the most common scenario in which people are criminalized for their pregnancy outcomes is when a third party—like hospital staff, a partner, family member, or someone else they trust—turns them in to law enforcement, who may pressure them into a device search. The most common types of evidence used in the resulting investigations are text messages, emails, browser search histories, and other information that could straightforwardly point to someone’s intention to seek an abortion. This type of criminalization is nothing new, and it has disproportionately affected people of color and people dependent on state resources.

          With that immediate scenario in mind, think carefully about who you trust with information about your pregnancy. Use end-to-end encrypted messengers with disappearing messages turned on whenever possible. This functionality is available on both WhatsApp and Signal, and we have step-by-step guides for how to turn it on for Signal on iOS and Android. Refer to our security tips for people seeking an abortion and Surveillance Self-Defense guides for the abortion movement for information about other privacy considerations and steps.

        • EFFDigital Rights Updates with EFFector 34.4

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

        • TechdirtFCC’s Carr Once Again Heads To The Fainting Couch Over TikTok

          A week or two ago we noted how there was a mass panic because TikTok was found to be sharing U.S. user data with executives at the company’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance. This was in stark contrast to the strict, U.S.-based data management controls the company claimed to be implementing, and, to be clear, was not a good thing.

        • TechdirtThe Future Of Policing In China Is Pervasive, Surveillance-Driven Law Enforcement Crystal Balls

          China is choked by surveillance. It’s everywhere and it touches every aspect of its citizens’ lives. The government uses it to stifle dissent, control the population, and persecute undesirables.

        • Wired‘Supercookies’ Have Privacy Experts Sounding the Alarm

          CUSTOMERS OF SOME phone companies in Germany, including Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom, have had a slightly different browsing experience from those on other providers since early April. Rather than seeing ads through regular third-party tracking cookies stored on devices, they’ve been part of a trial called TrustPid.

          TrustPid allows mobile carriers to generate pseudo-anonymous tokens based on a user’s IP address that are administered by a company also named TrustPid. Each user is assigned a different token for each participating website they visit, and these can be used to provide personalized product recommendations—but in what TrustPid calls “a secure and privacy-friendly way.” It’s that “privacy-friendly” part that has raised critics’ hackles.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Counter PunchThe Recurring Nightmare of America’s Political Tradition

        Analyzing the coups that brought to dictatorial power Napoleon Bonaparte in 1799 and Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte in 1851, Karl Marx made this critically relevant remark: “The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living.” We are now confronting a nightmare bequeathed to us from the past – a past informed by the politics of a slave republic. Indeed, this dead weight is about to crush any remaining pretences of a democracy based on majority rule.

        Of course, the framers of the US Constitution were both fearful of democracy and wedded to white supremacy. These two overlapping orientations were evident not only in the foundational documents of the new nation, but also bred into the political institutions and traditions that haunt us even today. While the reactionary Republican Party has created even more of a nightmare in contemporary US politics through their manipulation of these institutions, the inability and even unwillingness of the Democratic Party to challenge inherent inequities and antidemocratic nature of these political institutions and traditions only reinforces the dead weight of the past.

      • TruthOutJan. 6 Committee Subpoenas Pat Cipollone, Former Trump White House Counsel
      • MeduzaStarry night Ukrainian photographer Pavlo Pakhomenko captures the Milky Way over war-torn Kharkiv

        Since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion, Kharkiv has been one of the hardest hit cities in Ukraine. Due to regular airstrikes and its proximity to the frontline, blackouts and a nightly curfew have been in effect for months. The authorities have asked residents to avoid turning on the lights in their apartments and the city’s streets are no longer lit. As a result, on a clear night, you can see thousands of stars over the city — and even the Milky Way. Seizing on the opportunity, photographer and astronomy fan Pavlo Pakhomenko captured remarkable snapshots of night-time Kharkiv without light pollution. With the author’s permission, Meduza shares his photos here.

      • MeduzaAccording to Russia’s press releases, they’ve destroyed more military hardware than Ukraine ever had Proekt’s journalists analyzed the Russian Defense Ministry’s reports

        Journalists from the investigative news site Proekt have analyzed all of the statements made by Russian Defense Ministry representative Igor Konashenkov since the start of the war. They found a number of inconsistencies — specifically regarding the order in which Russia captured Ukrainian territories and the amount of Ukrainian equipment Russia claims to have destroyed.

      • Common DreamsBeijing Slams NATO for ‘Maliciously… Smearing’ China as a Security Threat

        Beijing criticized the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Thursday after the U.S.-led military alliance asserted that China poses “serious challenges” to global stability.

        NATO listed China as one of its priorities in the so-called 2022 Strategic Concept that leaders approved Wednesday at a summit in Madrid. This marked a first, as the alliance’s previous blueprint, published in 2010, made no mention of the East Asian country.

      • Common DreamsOpinion | Armed to the Teeth, America Has an Anger Problem

        Increasingly, it seems, Americans have an anger problem. All too many of us now have the urge to use name-calling, violent social-media posts, threats, baseball bats, and guns to do what we once did with persuasion and voting. For example, during the year after Donald Trump entered the Oval Office, threats of violence or even death against lawmakers of both parties increased more than fourfold. And too often, the call to violence seems to come from the top. Recently, defendants in cases involving extremist violence have claimed that an elected leader or pundit “told” them to do it. In a country where a sitting president would lunge at his own security detail in rage, I guess this isn’t so surprising anymore. Emotion rules the American political scene and so many now tend to shoot from the hip without even knowing why.

      • Democracy NowAnatol Lieven on NATO Expansion & What a Ukraine Peace Settlement Could Look Like

        The United States announced at a NATO summit in Madrid plans to build a permanent military base in Poland, as it formally invited Sweden and Finland to join the military alliance after they applied for membership in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We look at the impact of prolonged U.S. military presence in Europe and the overemphasis on Russia or China as enemies to the West at a time when threats to Western liberal democracy seem to be primarily internal. The Quincy Institute’s Anatol Lieven also discusses possibilities for a peace settlement to end the war in Ukraine. “It’s quite impossible now for Russia to win a total victory in Ukraine, but it does also look very unlikely that Ukraine will be able to win a total military victory over Russia,” says Lieven. “We’re going to end up with some sort of compromise.”

      • Counter PunchNATO and Russia Both Aim to Fail

        Whichever side you’re on, you

        * agree with weapons-maker propaganda that the available actions in the world are (1) war, and (2) doing nothing;

      • ScheerpostNATO Knew Terrorists Would Gain from Toppling Gaddafi

        David Cameron kept bombing Colonel Gaddafi’s forces in Libya after the UK military realised a banned terrorist group stood to gain from regime change.

      • ScheerpostThe United States Extends Its Military Reach Into Zambia

        Vijay Prashad speaks with Dr. Fred M’membe of the Socialist Party about the reach and impact of the United States Africa Command in Zambia.

      • Counter PunchRIMPAC Naval Exercises, the Philippines and War on China

        One contingent in these war games will stand out: a lone frigate bearing the name of Antonio Luna, the firebrand Philippine revolutionary army general who led the military resistance against invading US troops during the Philippine-American War. This warship will represent the present-day Philippine armed forces, now allied with, trained, and funded by its former military foe.

        Such a paradox, however, does not seem out-of-place in an event such as RIMPAC, whose stated goal is to ensure “the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s interconnected oceans” by flexing America’s war muscle, intimidating rivals, and reaffirming the subservience of vassal states, particularly the Philippines.

    • Environment

      • Common DreamsUS Supreme Court Drops Carbon Bomb on the Planet

        The U.S. Supreme Court’s right-wing majority handed down a decision Thursday that will severely limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, undermining the federal government’s ability to combat the climate emergency.

      • Common DreamsBiden Urged to Take Emergency Action After ‘Disastrous’ Climate Ruling by Supreme Court

        Progressive lawmakers and activists are demanding an emergency response from the Biden administration and congressional Democrats following Thursday’s 6-3 ruling in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency.

        “The Supreme Court will not stand in the way of the fight for a livable planet.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The Fighting Soul: On the Road With Bernie Sanders

        The defining moment of The Fighting Soul, Ari Rabin-Havt’s telling of the 2020 Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, comes but four pages into the preface, with Sanders in an ambulance, having just suffered what will be determined to have been a heart attack. As the then deputy campaign manager is thinking, “There is no way our campaign survives this,”the candidate is asking the EMTs in the ambulance about their job—”Did they have health insurance? How did they view health care in this country?” Never off message!

      • TruthOutSupreme Court Curbs EPA’s Power to Limit Climate-Warming Emissions
      • Energy

        • Counter PunchLawsuit Challenges Biden’s Resumption of Oil, Gas Leasing on Public Lands

          Climate and conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the Biden administration’s resumption of oil and gas leasing on public lands, the first auction since the president paused leasing shortly after taking office.

          The lawsuit challenges the Department of the Interior and U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) approval of today’s oil and gas lease sales in Montana, North Dakota, Nevada and Utah. These lease auctions will be immediately followed by sales in Colorado, New Mexico and Oklahoma and Wyoming. Collectively, these sales will open more than 140,000 acres of public land to fossil-fuel production.

        • Common DreamsOpinion | Expanding US LNG Exports Would Be Planetary Disaster

          Should the US approve 25 proposed liquefied methane gas—often referred to as LNG—export terminal projects, we could see an additional 90 million tons of greenhouse gasses (GHG) released into the atmosphere per year, according to a recent analysis by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP). EIP says, “That’s as much climate-warming pollution as from about 18 million gasoline-powered passenger vehicles running for a year—more than from all the cars and trucks in Florida or New York State.”

        • Common DreamsOpinion | We Don’t Need Magic Technologies for Renewable Energy Transformation

          The world is experiencing unprecedented fuel price increases, energy blackmail between countries, up to 7 million air pollution deaths per year worldwide and one climate-related disaster after another. Critics contend that a switch to renewable energy to solve these problems will create unstable electricity grids and drive prices up further. However, a new study from my research group at Stanford University concludes that these problems can be solved in each of the 145 countries we examined—without blackouts and at low cost using almost all existing technologies.

        • Common DreamsCritics Say Biden Drilling Bonanza ‘Won’t Lower Gas Prices’ But ‘Will Worsen Climate Crisis’

          As the U.S. Department of Interior this week resumed lease sales for fossil fuel extraction on public lands in several Western states following a year-and-a-half-long pause on onshore auctions, progressive critics warned Thursday that increasing oil and gas drilling will exacerbate the climate emergency while doing nothing to ease pain at the pump for millions of Americans.

          “The more public lands sacrificed to Big Oil, the more economic damage, death, and destruction are baked into our future.”

        • Common DreamsMarkey, Bowman Join Climate Coalition in Urging SCOTUS Expansion

          A coalition of climate campaigners and progressive congressional allies on Thursday responded to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that drastically limited the government’s authority to reduce greenhouse emissions by urging Congress to expand the high court from nine to 13 justices.

          “Congress must act—not just by passing critical climate justice legislation, but by also addressing the six existential threats in judicial robes who brought us this appalling decision.”

        • TechdirtAngry Crypto Firm Posts Weird Cease & Desist Letter To Its Own Blog; DMs It To Critics

          You know things are going just great in crypto-land when a cryptocurrency company has to post a vague cease-and-desist letter to its own blog. Everything about this is bizarre, but it culminated in this very strange cease-and-desist blog post by Nexo.

      • Wildlife/Nature

    • Finance

      • Counter PunchIs Universal Basic Income Part of a Just Transition?

        The results were startling, including a significant drop in hospitalizations and an improvement in high school graduation rates. After four years, however, money for the experiment dried up, and this early example of universal basic income (UBI) was nearly forgotten.

        Today, such UBI projects have become more commonplace. In the U.S. presidential race in 2020, Andrew Yang made his “freedom dividend” of $1,000 a month a centerpiece of his political campaign. Several pilot projects are up and running in California. In fact, at least 28 U.S. cities currently give out no-strings-attached cash on a regular basis (since the recipients are all low-income, these programs aren’t technically “universal”). In other countries, too, basic income projects have become more popular, including a new citizen’s basic income project in the Brazilian city of Maricá. Basic income programs were in place, briefly, in both Mongolia and Iran. Civil society organizations like the Latin American Network for Basic Income have pushed for change from below.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Counter PunchThe First Attack on the Independents: Albanese Hobbles the Crossbench

        The decision, delivered with an arrogant casualness before another international sojourn by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, centered on the staffing arrangements for the newly elected independent members of parliament. Prior to getting on a plane, Albanese sent a letter to independent members promising to cut the staffing allocation for crossbench MPs and Senators from eight to five each. Of the five would also be one advisor, down from four in the previous Morrison government.

        On the surface, the government did not see it as problematic, because those in government tend to see the absurd as entirely normal. Albanese himself was found defending a series of spurious positions, citing “fairness and equity” and lack of sustainability. In a classic conceptual misunderstanding, the Prime Minister seemed to think that a government backbencher was somehow equivalent to an independent representative. It was not fair, for instance, that the independent MP Zali Steggall “should have double the representation in terms of staff of electorates in the same region.”

      • Common DreamsDemocrats Lose Senate Majority as 82-Year-Old Leahy Heads for Hip Surgery

        The Democrats in the U.S. Senate have at least temporarily lost their slim-as-could-be majority as Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont heads into surgery Thursday after suffering a broken hip.

        A statement from Leahy’s office said the 82-year-old lawmaker “will undergo surgery to repair a broken hip that he suffered as a result from a fall at his house in McLean, Virginia, Wednesday night.”

      • TruthOutDemocrats Temporarily Lose Senate Majority as Leahy Heads for Hip Surgery
      • Common DreamsSupreme Court Says Biden Can End ‘Shameful’ Remain in Mexico Asylum Policy

        Immigrant rights advocates on Thursday welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of a challenge to the Biden administration’s move to end a Trump-era program under which asylum-seekers arriving at the southwestern border are forced to remain in Mexico while their cases are decided.

        “This is a bittersweet victory after so many lives have been lost to atrocious immigration deterrence policies.”

      • Common Dreams‘Now We’re Talking!’ Says AOC as Biden Backs Filibuster Carveout for Abortion Rights

        Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez applauded President Joe Biden’s endorsement Thursday of a filibuster carveout for legislation to codify abortion rights into federal law, but stressed that much more action is needed from the administration as the Supreme Court and Republican legislatures trample basic constitutional freedoms.

        “Now we’re talking!” the New York Democrat tweeted in response to Biden’s remarks to reporters. “Time for people to see a real, forceful push for it. Use the bully pulpit. We need more.”

      • Common DreamsGrave Warnings as Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case That Threatens ‘Future of Voting Rights’

        As SCOTUS-watchers scrambled to stay abreast of a rush of rulings affecting climate, immigration, Indigenous rights, and other policy areas, the nation’s highest court on Thursday said it would hear oral arguments this October in a case involving a controversial legal theory that one advocacy group says is “threatening the future of voting rights.”

        “Today’s news from the U.S. Supreme Court makes one thing clear: This fall, the future of multiracial democracy is at stake.”

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • TechdirtTrump Doesn’t Want To Get Back On Twitter So Badly, He’s Appealing His Case To Get Back On Twitter

        In April, Donald Trump insisted he had no interest whatsoever in getting back on Twitter (in response to questions about whether or not Elon Musk would allow him back, should he ever close his Twitter purchase). In May, Donald Trump lost his lawsuit trying to force Twitter to reinstate him. In June, Donald Trump (who again, insists he wouldn’t even go back to Twitter if he were allowed to) decided to appeal the loss in his lawsuit in order to try to force Twitter to reinstate him.

      • Rest of WorldArgentina’s Supreme Court backs Google, says “right to be forgotten” can infringe on freedom of information

        The court said that content involving Natalia Denegri, a former socialite trapped in the orbit of football superstar Diego Maradona, fell within the public interest.

        The Argentine Supreme Court denied celebrity Natalia Denegri’s petition to have content about a scandal she was involved in more than 25 years ago removed from search engines on Tuesday. It is the first ruling by a Supreme Court in Latin America on the “right to be forgotten,” which allows the public to control their online history.

        The decision comes three months after the court listened to arguments about the right to privacy made by Natalia Denegri, and those about freedom of information made by Google. The current case escalated to the highest court after Google previously appealed a ruling in March, after the Buenos Aires Court of Appeals ordered the company to comply with Denegri’s request.

        Denegri, a former socialite trapped in the orbit of football superstar Diego Maradona in the late 90s, wanted news articles and YouTube videos removed from search engines concerning a scandal that happened when she was 20. Denegri approached Google in 2016 with a list of 22 links she wanted taken down in Argentina. She was not only a public figure at the time, but the scandal involved a high-profile corruption case, including the involvement of one of Argentina’s top judges. The Court of Appeals ruled that links to the corruption case would be exempt, while the Supreme Court found that all of the links would be exempt.

      • Rest of WorldA million-strong troll army is targeting Iran’s #MeToo activists on Instagram – Rest of World

        More than one million bots have flooded the Instagram accounts of prominent Iranian feminist activists, in a coordinated harassment campaign that started mid-April, according to a new report released by Qurium, a digital forensics nonprofit. Almost all the activist accounts are connected to Iran’s #MeToo movement, which rose to the fore of the national conversation in March, after several accusations of sexual harassment and assault in the Iranian film industry made headlines. A number of the accounts have been posting content about sexual abuse allegations in the country over the past few months.

        Account holders impacted by the campaign told Rest of World that the deluge of notifications from bots makes it incredibly challenging for them to see comments and DMs from their core audience, making it difficult to accept requests from genuine followers after the holders went private and to focus on their own political work and content. “There is someone who wants to silence you, and I can’t stop thinking about, Who can that be? Why are they here? What do they want to do? What are these bots?” Samaneh Savadi, a prominent Iranian gender equality activist based in the U.K, who has been active in the #MeToo movement, told Rest of World. “It’s that feeling of an invisible enemy. Someone wants to attack me, but I can’t see it; I can’t name and shame it, and therefore, I can’t have a strategy to defend myself.”

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Counter PunchThe Justice Department Pressured USA Today to Stop Publishing Me

        Fallon caterwauled that I had “authored pieces in various places criticizing [Holder] on civil liberties, relations with law enforcement, civil asset forfeiture and media subpoenas. In the past, Bovard even has articulated a conspiracy theory involving Mr. Holder and the incident at Waco in the 1990s.” (Waco was only “the incident… in the 1990s”? No wonder Fallon loathed me.) Fallon groused, “I don’t understand why USA Today would provide a platform on repeated occasions for his Holder bashing.”

        Mastio never flinched. He replied,  “As an opinion section, much of what we publish is written by writers with agendas…. Just as our door is open to writers who want to say nasty things about the attorney general, our door is wide open to the attorney general when he wants to write about the top issues of the day.”  Mastio also declared, “The guarantor of balance in the opinion section is that we are open to a wide variety of views.”

      • Democracy NowACLU’s David Cole: Supreme Court Conservatives Imposing “Truly Radical Ideology” on U.S. Population

        As the Supreme Court ends its term, Justice Stephen Breyer is officially retiring, and Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson takes his place as the country’s first Black woman justice, joining a court dominated by conservatives. We speak to ACLU national legal director David Cole about what can be done in the face of lifetime judicial appointments to the nation’s highest court who often rule counter to majority opinion in the country. “This is a radical court that is intruding upon our liberties,” says Cole. “It’s doing it all in the name of a commitment to a historic vision of the Constitution as it was drafted, when it was drafted, and imposing that on the American people, notwithstanding the fact that two centuries have intervened and circumstances are dramatically different today.”

      • TruthOutChomsky: Overturn of “Roe” Shows How Extreme an Outlier the US Has Become
      • FAIRMisogyny, Theocracy and Other Missing Issues in Post-Roe Coverage
      • Common DreamsOpinion | Unshackle the Women Forced to Give Birth in Chains

        “The inescapable conclusion is that a right to abortion is not deeply rooted in the Nation’s history and traditions. On the contrary, an unbroken tradition of prohibiting abortion on pain of criminal punishment persisted from the earliest days of the common law until 1973.”

      • Common Dreams‘Massive Betrayal’: Biden Cuts Deal With McConnell to Nominate Anti-Abortion Judge

        President Joe Biden has reportedly struck a deal with Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to nominate an anti-abortion lawyer to a lifetime federal judgeship in Kentucky, news that comes less than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court ended the constitutional right to abortion.

        “Lifetime appointments to federal courts for people with records like Chad Meredith are unacceptable.”

      • Common DreamsOpinion | The People Must Create a New America

        When I was in my early 20s and naïve, and I would lament petty things to my mother, she would say, “Why don’t you go back and live in Iran for two years, and then let me hear you complain.” It was her attempt to tell me, harshly but lovingly, that we had it good because everything in America was better than the restrictions we had left behind in Iran, especially as women. 

      • Counter PunchWho’s Murdering Immigrants? It’s No Mystery

        US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas pronounces himself “heartbroken,” but doesn’t seem inclined to apologize for the “unprecedented” operation he launched less than three weeks ago in “an all-of-government effort to attack the smuggling organizations.” As of that time, DHS bragged, nearly 2,000 smugglers had been arrested in the previous eight weeks.

        Texas governor Greg Abbott declares that “these deaths are on [US president Joe] Biden” — not because Biden is ultimately responsible for the “unprecedented operation” leading directly to outcomes like this, but because (in Abbott’s vivid imagination, anyway) Biden pursues “open border” policies.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • The RecordSudan government shuts off internet ahead of anti-coup protest

        Sudan’s government has shut off the internet across the country ahead of massive protests organized to pressure the military into handing power back to civilian leaders.

        Several organizations monitoring internet access across the world confirmed that the internet was severely limited on Thursday morning.

        Alp Toker, director of NetBlocks, told The Record that a shutdown order was circulated on Wednesday in anticipation of demonstrations and by Thursday morning, the organization was registering disruptions in connectivity.

        The shutdowns were in full force by 8 am local time on Thursday, Toker said.

        “[This] has become standard procedure by the post-coup authorities in anticipation of demonstration days — the procedure is straight out of the authoritarian playbook,” Toker explained.

        “The shutdown has nation-scale impact and covers both fixed-line and cellular services. While impact isn’t total, the vast majority of users have been sent offline.”

      • The Washington PostIndustry says new Indian cyber regs go way too far
  • Gemini* and Gopher

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

Links 01/07/2022: Nitrux 2.2.1 and Raspberry Pi Pico W Chatter

Posted in News Roundup at 3:54 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • New Releases

      • Trend OceansNitrux 2.2.1 ships with Default 5.18.6 XanMod kernel

        With this release, Nitrux 2.2.1 ships with the default 5.18.6 XanMod kernel, which is the successor to 5.17.12, which was not implemented with the previous release 2.2.0 due to the failure of the package broadcom-sta-dkm while building, but with this release, you can have the stable version of the 5.18.6 XanMod kernel.

    • BSD

      • Brian CallahanOpenBSD has two new C compilers: chibicc and kefir

        In my never ending quest to have oksh support every C compiler in existence, I have ported two more C compilers to OpenBSD. They are chibicc and kefir. As always, let’s review them and at the end I’ll have links to unofficial ports so that you can play around with these C compilers.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Raspberry PiCelebrating the community: Sophie

        It’s wonderful hearing from people in the community about what learning and teaching digital making means to them and how it impacts their lives. So far, our community stories series has involved young creators, teachers, and mentors from the UK and US, India, Romania, and Ireland, who are all dedicated to making positive change in their corner of the world through getting creative with technology.

      • The VergeRaspberry Pi announces the Pico W, a $6 microcontroller equipped with Wi-Fi

        Raspberry Pi has introduced a successor to last year’s Pico, a $4 microcontroller based on the RP2040 chip the company designed itself. The new model is called the Pico W. It’s basically the same hardware, but it adds, as the name suggests, an 802.11n Wi-Fi radio, making it useful for putting together IoT projects and the like. It’s also more expensive than the standard Pico, coming in at $6.

      • Jeff GeerlingThe Raspberry Pi Pico W brings WiFi for $6

        Today, Raspberry Pi announced the Pico W, a new $6 version of the Pico that includes WiFi.

      • XueYaoT700 & Other updates

        I’ve also provided an ISO image of X2100 BIOS updates. It’s based on Intel’s FIT utility and it’s a lot easier than reading through pages of readme just to try to pull off a BIOS update. It’s not the easiest of course but it’s much easier than trying to run complex commands in Linux.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Programming/Development

      • RlangHow to Join Multiple Data Frames in R

        How to Join Multiple Data Frames in R?, you can find it useful to connect many data frames in R. Fortunately, the left join() function from the dplyr package makes this simple to accomplish.

      • Austin Z HenleyLearning HTML was too hard so I made a compiler instead

        It got me thinking about the other pivotal points in my career. Especially the first one. I started writing it down as an exercise for myself. These are the type of stories I seek out in blogs in podcasts (such as John Lam’s!), so I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

        Here we go, this is the story of how I got into computing.

  • Leftovers

    • Education

      • QuilletteScience and Civil Liberties: The Lost ACLU Lecture of Carl Sagan

        Most importantly, he highlighted the virtues common to science and civil liberties that are needed to deal with these challenges: freedom of speech, skepticism, constraints on authority, openness to opposing arguments, and an acknowledgment of one’s own fallibility.

        The two of us, a cognitive scientist and a civil liberties lawyer, are presenting this lecture to the public at a time when Sagan’s insights are needed even more urgently than they were when originally expressed. We do so with the kind permission of Ann Druyan, Sagan’s widow and longtime collaborator.

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

    • Security

      • India TimesReducing cyber risk amid surge in uncontrolled digital identities and mounting cybersecurity debt [iophk: Windows TCO]

        These initiatives — especially those around remote/hybrid working, new digital services for customers and citizens, and increased outsourcing of remote vendors/suppliers — have created an explosion of human and machine identities, often running into hundreds of thousands per organization.

        As a result, many organizations are now facing the consequences of unsecured digital acceleration, including greater risk exposure to ransomware threats and vulnerabilities across the software supply chain.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • NBCPolice sweep Google searches to find suspects. The tactic is facing its first legal challenge.

          The pushback against this surveillance tool, known as a reverse keyword search, is being closely watched by privacy and abortion rights advocates, who are concerned that it could soon be used to investigate women who search for information about obtaining an abortion in states where the procedure is now illegal.

          In documents filed Thursday in Denver District Court, lawyers for the 17-year-old argue that the police violated the Constitution when they got a judge to order Google to check its vast database of internet searches for users who typed in the address of a home before it was set ablaze on Aug. 5, 2020. Three adults and two children died in the fire.

        • EFFKeeping Your Smart Home Secure & Private

          Examples of large botnets such as the well-known Mirai and more recent Fronton—which consist of Internet-connected IoT devices—have caused significant damage, and have given IoT a terrible reputation when it comes to security. Governments have started to take note, and the passage of the IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020 in the US, while welcome, has only begun to tackle this issue. On the privacy front, our connected devices and appliances are delivering potentially hundreds of discrete data points per day to companies without any meaningful limits on or insight into what they are doing with this data. And homeowners who wish to add smart devices to their homes are often directed to install apps which control these devices, but also deliver data to third parties without notification.

          Mozilla provides a useful tool, *privacy not included, to search your own smart devices for what they may be sending to the cloud. If, for instance, you own a Furbo Dog Camera with Dog Nanny, you are subject to a privacy policy which states Furbo can “collect any audio, video or pictures you create, upload, save or share” and “collect video and audit information of individuals when they pass in front of the camera or speak when the Furbo Dog Camera is on.” Unfortunately, this policy is not atypical. Researchers at Northeastern University and Imperial College London found in a survey of IoT devices across the industry that 72 of the 81 they looked at were sending information to third parties.

          The nuances of adding connected automation and functionality to the home while preserving one’s privacy and security seems an obtuse and difficult task. Many otherwise enthusiastic consumers have encountered untold frustrations, and become victims of the failures of a data-hungry industry. The myriad of difficulties has even prompted users to abandon smart devices altogether.

      • Confidentiality

        • [Old] Matt BlazeThe Cryptography of Orphan Annie and Captain Midnight

          Orphan Annie’s Secret Society produced decoders (variously called “Super Decoder pins”, “Telematic Decoder Pins” and other names from year to year) from 1935 through 1940. From 1941 through 1949, the decoders were rebranded as “Code-O-Graphs” and distributed by Captain Midnight’s Secret Squadron. These years corresponded to Ovaltine’s sponsorship of the respective programs. Although the decorative elements and mechanical designs varied, the underlying cryptographic principles were the same for all the decoders.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • RTLErdogan warns Turkey may still block Nordic NATO drive

        Yet Erdogan told reporters at an impromptu press conference held as the summit ended that the memorandum did not mean Turkey would automatically approve the two countries’ membership.

      • CNBCFrench court convicts 20 in 2015 Paris Bataclan theater attack that killed 130 people

        A special French court on Wednesday found 20 men guilty of involvement in the Islamic State terrorist attacks on the Bataclan theater, Paris cafes and France’s national stadium in 2015 that killed 130 people in the deadliest peacetime attacks in French history.

      • Rolling Stone20 People Convicted in 2015 Paris Terror Attack, Bataclan Massacre

        The 10-month trial largely centered around Salah Abdeslam, whom prosecutors believed to be the sole surviving member of the Islamic State extremist cell that carried out the attack, which also targeted restaurants, bars, and the national sports stadium. Abdeslam was found guilty of all the charges against him, including murder as part of an organized terrorist gang. He was not accused of killing anyone himself (prosecutors said his suicide belt malfunctioned, but Abdeslam has claimed he changed his mind about going forward with the attack).

      • NPR20 men are convicted in the 2015 Paris terror attacks; one sentenced to life in prison

        Chief suspect Salah Abdeslam was found guilty of murder and attempted murder in relation to a terrorist enterprise. The court found that his explosives vest malfunctioned, dismissing his argument that he ditched the vest because he decided not to follow through with his part of the attack on the night of Nov. 13, 2015.

        The other nine attackers either blew themselves up or were killed by police that night.

      • ITVBataclan massacre: Why has it taken seven years to prosecute suspects accused of terror attack?

        In all there were six distinct attacks carried out by 10 people, Abdeslam was the only survivor after his suicide vest malfunctioned.

      • The Sunday Times UKBataclan killer jailed for life after France’s biggest terror trial

        He was refused authorisation to seek parole, meaning that he faces the prospect of dying in prison. The life-means-life sentence is extremely rare in French law and had only ever been handed down four times before.

      • Hindustan Times‘Don’t appease…’: Message from Dutch MP Geert Wilders who supports Nupur Sharma

        Geert Wilders, the Netherland MP who had earlier supported former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, reacted to the Udaipur horror where a Hindu tailor, identified as Kanhaiya Lal, was beheaded by two Muslim men Riyaz Attari and Ghous Mohammed for a social media post related to Nupur Sharma. “The only answer is that we ALL stand up Now and say ‘I Support Nupur Sharma’, because they can’t kill all of us,” the controversial MP, known for his Islamophobic [sic] comments, tweeted.

      • Frontpage MagazineTerror in Oslo

        At a quarter after one o’clock on the night before Oslo’s pride parade is scheduled to take place, a 42-year-old Iranian-born man shouts “Allahu akbar!” and starts shooting wildly and randomly at people in and around London Pub, the city’s largest gay bar. In all, he kills two people and wounds twenty-one. And within a few hours the police have a theory as to why he committed these latest barbaric acts: he has psychiatric problems.

        Yes, “psychiatric problems” – the euphemism of choice for Islamic terrorism. [...]

      • MeduzaThe warmongering governor How St. Petersburg’s Alexander Beglov used the war against Ukraine to get back on Putin’s good side

        At the start of 2022, St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov seemed under more pressure to step down than ever before. In addition to facing constant criticism, Beglov was quarreling with local elites and struggling to resolve endemic issues related to snow and garbage removal. But after Russia began its all-out war against Ukraine on February 24, everything changed. Beglov became one of the most outspoken supporters of the invasion and started giving bellicose speeches about fighting purported Ukrainian “Nazis.” In addition, the St. Petersburg undertook to rebuild Mariupol — a city that has become emblematic of Russian war atrocities after Moscow’s forces effectively razed it to the ground. Meduza special correspondent Andrey Pertsev unravels how the Kremlin’s so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine helped Alexander Beglov shore up his position in St. Petersburg and get back in Putin’s good graces.

      • Counter PunchEurope’s Uneasy Unity on the War in Ukraine

        Some European leaders have struck a cautionary note. Poland’s prime minister, for instance, said recently: “Putin is counting on the fatigue of the West. He knows that he has much more time because democracies are less patient than autocracies,” repeating what Xi Jinping said to Biden shortly after Biden took office. There’s something to that warning, because despite appearances and concrete cooperation, the alliance is not entirely of one mind on at least three issues: energy, food, and the way forward on Ukraine.

        Ending Energy Dependence on Russia

      • Pro PublicaHow We Fight Back When Officials Resist Releasing Information You Have a Right to Know

        The city of Uvalde, Texas, the scene of the horrific shooting in an elementary school last month, has been forceful in its unwillingness to release public records related to the tragedy that took the lives of 19 children and two adults.

        The city’s blanket denial took me back 25 years to my own battle for records with another Texas town coping with a tragedy.

      • FAIRMass Shooters’ Most Common Trait—Their Gender—Gets Little Press Attention

        There were a few things the Buffalo and Uvalde mass shooters who killed a combined 31 people had in common: Both used AR-15-style rifles bought legally. Both were just 18 years old. But perhaps most overlooked in the corporate press as a shared characteristic worthy of commentary: They were both male.

      • MeduzaKadyrov’s enemies The story of one family who angered Chechnya’s dictator

        June 26 was the UN’s International Day in Support of Torture Victims. There are no credible government statistics on the use of torture in Russia, nor does the country’s Criminal Code include a separate article on torture; an organization called the Crew Against Torture is one of the few agencies working to help Russians who have been tortured. In their 22 years of work, the group’s lawyers have won criminal convictions for 159 law enforcement employees, but only six of those have come from Chechnya, the region the lawyers say is the worst offender. Meduza tells the story of one of the Crew Against Torture’s recent cases: that of the Yangulbayev family, a sworn enemy of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

      • FAIR‘In the Middle East, We Are Hearing a New Set of Excuses to Justify the Same Old Policy’

        Janine Jackson interviewed Raed Jarrar about Joe Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia  for the June 24, 2022, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

      • The NationInvestigate Ron Johnson’s Role in the January 6 Coup Attempt

        The House’s inquiry into the January 6 Capitol attack is shedding light on the role members of Congress played in Donald Trump’s scheme to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Americans now know that several Republican members of Congress were so wrapped up in Trump’s coup attempt that they sought preemptive pardons to protect them from prosecution for what they obviously understood to be a criminal conspiracy.

      • ScheerpostActivism, Uncensored: Are Black 2nd Amendment Advocates the Ultimate Taboo?

        “If people aren’t going to do their job, then we’re here to do it for them,” said Nick Bezzel, of the Elmer Geronimo Pratt Pistol & Rifle Gun Club, after being told for the second time today that officials in Brookhaven, Mississippi wouldn’t meet with him and other armed black activists.

    • Environment

      • Smithsonian MagazineCan Rebranding Invasive Carp Make It More Appealing to Eat?

        The fish escaped into the Mississippi River, then continued their spread into other rivers and beyond. Their population grew quickly, and they began to crowd out native fish species, outcompeting them for food (different carp species feed on plants, plankton, on up in size to endangered freshwater snail species). Invasive carp are also thought to lower water quality, which ultimately harms underwater ecosystems and can kill off other native species like freshwater mussels. (The fish were once collectively called “Asian carp,” but state governments and federal agencies now refer to them as “invasive carp” because of concerns over bigotry toward Asian culture and people.)

        Federal, state and local officials have since spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to keep the invasive fish in check, and most importantly, out of the Great Lakes. If the fish swim into Lake Michigan, they could threaten the commercial fishing and tourism industries, which together are responsible for billions of dollars of economic activity. Other methods for controlling the fish include physical barriers, poisons, removal and the introduction of predators.

      • The VergeThe Supreme Court just took away an EPA tool to fight climate change — what happens next?

        The Supreme Court just gutted a major policy tool the US might have used to tackle climate change. Its decision today on West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency essentially says that the EPA shouldn’t be allowed to determine whether the US gets its electricity from clean or dirty sources of energy.

        That derails previous efforts by the agency to transition the US away from fossil fuels to clean energy sources like wind and solar by regulating the power sector. With the new decision, the agency might be able to push a power plant to install technology to reduce its emissions on-site, but it can’t influence states’ decisions on where they get their energy from in the first place. To make things worse, the premise of the court’s decision could erode any federal agency’s ability to regulate industry in order to tackle climate change and even other major issues.

      • Teen VogueWhy Is There a Sriracha Shortage? Drought Is Causing Food Shortages

        It’s not just chilli peppers. Mustard producers in France and Canada said extreme weather caused a 50% reduction in seed production last year, leading to a shortage of the condiment on grocery store shelves. Blistering heat, stronger storms, droughts, floods, fires and changes in rainfall patterns are also affecting the cost and availability of staples, including wheat, corn, coffee, apples, chocolate and wine. The climate crisis is increasing the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events – and it’s putting food production at risk.

        “Almost everything we grow and raise in the US is facing some climatic stress,” said Carolyn Dimitri, nutrition and food studies professor at NYU.

      • Energy

        • Eesti RahvusringhäälingBike tour, concert to open Tartu’s Car Free Avenue on Friday

          This year, Car Free Avenue area will be located between Uueturu intersection and Kaarsild. Unlike the Car Free Avenue of the past two years, this year 1+1 lanes of vehicle traffic will continue to move through the area on the side of the city center park on weekdays, and a speed limit of 30 km/h will be established.

          The street space on the river-side will be open to pedestrians, and four temporary pedestrian crossings will be added to the Car Free Avenue carriageway to ensure safe crossing.

          The area will be close to vehicle traffic on weekends until 14 August (Friday 6 p.m. – Sunday 11:59 p.m.), total closure to motor vehicles will take place from July 8–19, when WRC Rally Estonia events will be taking place on the Vabaduse Avenue section.

        • The EconomistHow Russia’s war could revive America’s uranium industry

          Yet the White Mesa mill in southern Utah is still converting uranium ore into yellowcake, a condensed powder. For decades the facility has seemed a relic of the region’s boom times. But two things have conspired to breathe new life into America’s uranium industry.

          First, climate concern has begun to change the politics around nuclear power, which does not emit carbon. Roughly 20% of the power produced by American utilities comes from nuclear, making it the country’s largest source of clean energy. To speed decarbonisation, the Biden administration wants to prop up America’s existing nuclear plants and incentivise the development of new advanced reactors. Proponents of nuclear power argue that its steady, baseload power will be needed to keep the lights on when the sun doesn’t shine or wind doesn’t blow. There are signs that this argument is catching on. California is considering delaying the closure of its last nuclear plant, which is the state’s largest single source of electricity.

          Second, Russia’s war in Ukraine has many countries squirming over their reliance on Russian energy. According to the Energy Information Administration, a government agency, 14% of America’s uranium imports in 2021 came from Russia (and a further 43% from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan). Russia is the only commercial supplier of the type of uranium needed to fuel new reactor designs, which aim to reduce costs and safety concerns.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • RTLFBI adds Bulgarian ‘Crypto Queen’ to most-wanted list

        Officials said that OneCoin was not backed by any secured, independent blockchain-type technology as other crypto currencies are.

        Instead, they said, it was a classic Ponzi scheme, in which early investors are encouraged to find others and then paid out by receipts from later investors.

      • The HillHillicon Valley — App stores urged to remove TikTok

        In letters to Apple and Google, shared by Carr on Tuesday, he said TikTok’s “pattern of conduct and misrepresentation regarding the unfettered access that persons in Beijing have to sensitive U.S. user data” puts the app “out of compliance” with the companies’ app store policies.

      • The VergeThe FCC authorizes SpaceX’s Starlink system to be used on vehicles in motion

        SpaceX requested regulatory approval from the FCC in March of last year to allow Earth Stations in Motion (ESIM) Starlink terminals to be used in moving vehicles. To tap into the system and receive broadband internet coverage, customers must purchase a personal ground-based antenna, or user terminal, that is designed to connect with any orbiting Starlink satellites that happen to be overhead. Up until now, those dishes have had to remain in a fixed location in order to access the system.

      • [Old] Associated PressCyber agency: Voting software vulnerable in some states

        Electronic voting machines from a leading vendor used in at least 16 states have software vulnerabilities that leave them susceptible to [cracking] if unaddressed, the nation’s leading cybersecurity agency says in an advisory sent to state election officials.

        The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, or CISA, said there is no evidence the flaws in the Dominion Voting Systems’ equipment have been exploited to alter election results. The advisory is based on testing by a prominent computer scientist and expert witness in a long-running lawsuit that is unrelated to false allegations of a stolen election pushed by former President Donald Trump after his 2020 election loss.

      • [Old] The Antrim County 2020 Election Incident: An Independent Forensic Investigation [PDF]

        Using data from the election system, I precisely reproduce the major anomalies, explain their cause, and verify that they have been corrected. I also uncover other errors affecting specific down-ballot contests that have not been corrected, despite the unusual attention focused on the results, one of which may have changed the outcome of a local contest. Based on this analysis, I refute misinformation about the incident, concluding that it was not the result of a security breach but rather a series of operator errors compounded by inadequate procedures and insufficiently defensive software design. These events offer lessons for improving election administration and highlight the value of rigorously investigating election technology incidents for enhancing accuracy and public trust.

      • CISAICS Advisory (ICSA-22-154-01) Vulnerabilities Affecting Dominion Voting Systems ImageCast X

        Exploitation of these vulnerabilities would require physical access to individual ImageCast X devices, access to the Election Management System (EMS), or the ability to modify files before they are uploaded to ImageCast X devices. Jurisdictions can prevent and/or detect the exploitation of these vulnerabilities by diligently applying the mitigations recommended in this advisory, including technical, physical, and operational controls that limit unauthorized access or manipulation of voting systems. Many of these mitigations are already typically standard practice in jurisdictions where these devices are in use and can be enhanced to further guard against exploitation of these vulnerabilities.

      • [Old] New YorkerThe Catch-22 of Addressing Election Security

        “These conspiracy theories are based on the reality that elections are less secure than they need to be,” Halderman said. “But they’ve changed one fact. The fact they’ve changed is whether there’s any evidence at all that the 2020 election was stolen by [cracking]. They’ve just invented the assertion that there is such evidence, when there is not.” In Georgia, the ballots were counted three times, once by hand, and—as the Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, told Trump, when the President insisted that votes has been cast in the names of dead people, that ballots for Biden had been counted multiple times, and that signatures had been forged on mail-in ballots—no credible evidence of widespread fraud was found. This was also the case in Arizona, after the protracted Cyber Ninjas recount. An Associated Press review of six battleground states found fewer than four hundred and seventy-five potentially fraudulent ballots, too few to swing the outcome, even if all of them had been for Biden, which they were not.

        Since 2016, when it became clear that Russian actors had breached parts of our voting systems, election security has largely focussed on preventing foreign intervention. That threat has not gone away. But measures that are politicizing election administration, replacing nonpartisan administrators with ideologues, along with demands for bogus “audits” and the kinds of vigilantism bolstered by “stop the steal” and other baseless election fraud narratives, are conspiring to increase the domestic threat, too.

      • The VergeMeta warns employees of ‘serious times’ in internal memo listing key product bets

        Meta had already told employees that a slowdown was coming. In May, the company froze hiring across a number of teams, including teams working on shopping and video chatting products. The company’s stock has cratered over the past five months, as investors worry about slowing growth and expensive investments in the metaverse that may take years to pay off. Meta didn’t have a comment for this story.

      • ReutersMeta girds for ‘fierce’ headwinds, slower growth in second half -memo

        acebook-owner Meta Platforms Inc is bracing for a leaner second half of the year, as it copes with macroeconomic pressures and data privacy hits to its ads business, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters on Thursday.

        The company must “prioritize more ruthlessly” and “operate leaner, meaner, better executing teams,” Chief Product Officer Chris Cox wrote in the memo, which appeared on the company’s internal discussion forum Workplace.

      • Counter PunchColombia, Once a Pro-U.S. Conservative Bastion, Turns Left

        Petro, who ran on a platform to tackle inequality, is a former rebel soldier who, at the age of 17 joined a now-defunct guerilla group called M-19 and was briefly imprisoned and tortured. His election is viewed as part of the ongoing “pink tide” in Latin America where a wave of left-leaning, but not-hardcore-communist leaders have succeeded in taking power through democratic elections.

        Perhaps even more impressive than Petro is his running mate, Francia Márquez, the nation’s first Afro-Colombian vice president and a celebrated environmental activist.

      • Counter PunchThe Seven Deadly Sins: Alive & Well in the U.S. of A

        The Bible describes “sin” as a transgression of the law of God (1 John 3:4) and rebellion against God (Deuteronomy 9:7; Joshua 1:18).

        In the year 590, Pope Gregory the Great specified the seven deadly sins…

      • The NationFrance Rediscovers Parliamentary Politics

        “We beat him,” boasted left-wing leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon. “He has no majority. And since he has no principles, he’s already starting to belly dance in front of anyone who wants to help him govern. You will see that he’ll end up polishing Madam Le Pen’s shoes.” The results of France’s parliamentary elections made for a jubilant and punchy Mélenchon, who was basking in the crowd of supporters gathered outside the Parisian concert hall where France’s new left-wing alliance celebrated the June 19 runoff vote.

      • Counter PunchAngry Macron Under Pressure

        The fact that the National Assembly is now more representative of voters’ wishes is hardly a crisis. In 2017 Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s leftwing La France Insoumise (LFI) won 17 seats, the far-right Front National eight, and the Greens one — in other words, three parties that represented 40% of the electorate held only 4.5% of the seats between them. That suited Macron: it allowed him to govern as he saw fit. But now he’ll have to work with other people besides his chief of staff. This should only bother those who hoped he would reform France’s pension system in the same way that he cut rail workers’ employment rights, made the labour code more flexible and tightened conditions for unemployment benefits.

        Thanks to Mélenchon’s new electoral strategy the leftwing alliance now has more seats — four times more for LFI — without increasing its share of the vote. But Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National (RN) has done even better, multiplying its MPs by ten. Not thanks to any novel political initiative, but simply because RN voter numbers have been steadily increasing as the party’s appeal has grown and it has lost its stigma. Parliamentary elections hadn’t favoured it till now, but this time its vote has doubled — from 8.75% in 2017 to 17.3%. Le Pen herself got 2.5 million more votes in the presidential second round than in 2017.

      • TechdirtGoogle Gives In To Republican Political Spammers: Launching Pilot Program To Whitelist Them Out Of Spam

        What a dumb news cycle. As we noted, mainly driven by the preferred political spam mongers for Republicans, a study from some computer scientists was completely misrepresented to argue (falsely) that Google was deliberately censoring Republican politician emails. As we’ve repeatedly noted, the study actually found that while a clean Gmail account would flag more Republican emails as spam than Democrats, (1) the reverse was true of the two other most popular web-based email providers, Yahoo and Outlook, and (2) the researchers found that if someone actively manages their spam flags, that this discrepancy disappears in Gmail.

      • Telex (Hungary)“Not only will our rubbish be in Europe, so will we”
      • ScheerpostDealing with Trump’s Occupation of All Too Many American Hearts and Minds

        Emotion rules the American political scene and so many now tend to shoot from the hip without even knowing why.

      • ScheerpostMaxwell Sentenced to 20 Years for Conspiring with Jeffrey Epstein

        Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison for conspiring with Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse minors on Tuesday. Her lawyers have stated they will appeal the sentence. 

      • Misinformation/Disinformation

        • Telex (Hungary)Covid-19 skepticism and being Russia-friendly go hand in hand in Hungary too

          Those who tend to see the manipulation of the background powers behind both Covid and the vaccinations are more likely to believe Russian disinformation. The most common fake news and conspiracy theories about Russian aggression against Ukraine – for example that the war was not started by Russia, but by Ukraine and America, or that the Ukrainian leadership are Nazis enjoy significant popularity in Hungarian society. Fidesz and Mi Hazánk voters believe in pro-Moscow conjectures to almost the same extent, opposition voters much less so.

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • NBCWhat the alleged attack on Giuliani reveals about his policing legacy

        Disbarred former Trump attorney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani made headlines this week after accusing a grocery store worker of assaulting him. Subsequently released surveillance video indicated Giuliani had exaggerated significantly — and current Mayor Eric Adams called him on it, noting that making a false police report is a crime.

      • The HillSCOTUS just quietly slashed your Sixth Amendment rights

        The Supreme Court’s recent assault on our rights has gone far beyond Roe and Dobbs. The Supreme Court quietly issued a 6-3 ruling recently on Shinn v. Martinez Ramirez, siding against two Arizonans on death row who sought to challenge their convictions in federal court after receiving shoddy legal support. The majority’s rationale, which was based on a 1996 federal law, was that state sovereignty and legal expediency must be protected at all costs.

        Unfortunately, those costs are clear. The Court’s ruling slashed Americans’ constitutional right to effective counsel by eviscerating the life-saving accountability mechanism that allows people to appeal unjust rulings. The six conservative justices have plainly prioritized the legal system’s power to convict and kill over our human right to live.

      • Frontpage MagazineMuslim Man Tries to Slaughter Coptic Christian Woman with a Sickle

        In response to a police investigation, Muhammad’s family instantly produced a certificate indicating that he is “mentally ill”—a tactic on regular display in Egypt whenever a Muslim is caught after attacking a Christian, to get him the most lenient sentencing. But as the report notes,

        “If he is mentally ill, why does he exclusively target Copts? Is it sensible to promote the ‘psychopath’ narrative in every single incident against the Copts—as if the mentally ill only see and try to kill Copts?”

      • Man receives death sentence for murdering ex-wife with scissors

        The Criminal Court last week sentenced a man to death after convicting him of murdering his divorced wife with scissors while at the Sharia Court in Rusiefeh in March 2021.

      • Catholic NewsAgencyTwo priests killed in Nigeria in separate incidents

        More Christians are killed for their faith in Nigeria than in any other country worldwide — at least 4,650 in 2021, and nearly 900 in the first three months of 2022 alone.

        According to the UK-based human rights foundation Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Kaduna state has become “an epicenter of kidnapping and violence by non-state actors, despite being the most garrisoned state in Nigeria.”

      • Counter PunchHoly Alito!

        Let’s hear it for Protestant fundamentalists (American variety) yet again. Was there ever a more pragmatic bunch? After centuries of howling No Popery and denouncing the Whore of Rome, they’re now trying to give us a US Supreme Court that will, in the probable event of Alito’s confirmation, boast no fewer than five Roman Catholics, a clear majority: in order of arrival on the bench: Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Roberts and, most likely, Alito.

        You can see why the conservative Christians don’t trust Protestants when it comes to matters of Choice or any of their other cherished issues. The two Protestants on the Supreme Court are the Justices they hate most: a liberal Republican, John Paul Stevens and a libertarian, David Souter.

      • Counter PunchDefund the Democratic Party: More Republicans in Office will Not Save Abortion Rights, but History has Shown, Neither Will More Democrats

        They rightly chided Republicans, who have boasted for nearly 50 years that their political project would overturn Roe v. Wade. In that time, Republicans successfully advocated for 1,000 restrictions on abortions. But on the other side of the ideological spectrum, the Democratic Party also focused blame on the Green Party’s Jill Stein voters, Bernie Bros, Susan Sarandon followers, and Bad Faith Podcast subscribers. The Democratic Party’s analysis relied on attacking their left flank in defense rather than engaging in introspection about what they could have done to prevent Roe’s reversal.

        A more substantive and introspective review would look back to then-Senator Joe Biden, who has a long history of questioning the legitimacy of the Roe decision, for aiding Roe foe Justice Clarence Thomas to the court. Indeed, it is hard to imagine Thomas becoming a Justice in 1991 without Biden leading a rhetorical assault on Anita Hill, who accused Thomas of sexual harassment. At the time, Biden was so confident that Thomas would not overturn Roe that he accused those who claimed otherwise of experiencing a “failure of logic.”

      • TruthOutNothing Ends With the Law. Let’s Talk About Life After “Roe.”
      • TruthOutBiden Reportedly Cuts Deal With Mitch McConnell to Nominate Anti-Abortion Judge
      • Counter PunchThe Supreme Court and the Abuse of History: Rights Will Always Lose

        Ironically, history is central to the Roberts Court assault on rights.   Better yet it is the abuse of history in its method of legal analysis and reasoning.

        Starting back with Ronald Reagan’s Attorney General Ed Meese conservative jurists, including Justice Antonin Scalia and the members of the Federalist Society, argued that the Constitution should be interpreted in light of the intent of the framers.  Such an approach, asking us what a bunch of slaveholders, bankers, and land speculators who were White and Christian thought about the rights of average people such as women, the poor, and people of color most certainly would doom their rights.  That is why Justices such as  Earl Warren, William Brennan, and others argued that rights need to be looked at in terms of the evolving standards of decency that mark the maturing of society.  We need to read our Constitution with an evolving political morality that reflects political sensibilities reflective of today, not fixed in stone in 1787.

      • Common DreamsOcasio-Cortez Says US ‘Witnessing a Judicial Coup in Process’

        Progressive powerhouse Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warned Thursday that the United States is “witnessing a judicial coup in progress,” a reaction by the Democratic congresswoman to a raft of highly consequential Supreme Court rulings and the justices’ scheduled hearing of a critical voting rights case.

        “All our leaders—regardless of party—must recognize this constitutional crisis for what it is.”

      • ScheerpostSelf-Determination Wrenched from Half US Population

        There is no reason, in fact or in law, to erase the constitutional right to abortion. In their collective dissent, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan said the majority “has wrenched this choice from women and given it to the States.” They wrote that the court is “rescinding an individual right in its entirety and conferring it on the State, an action the Court takes for the first time in history.”

      • The NationIs Our First Black Female Supreme Court Justice “Integrating Into a Burning House”?

        Welcome to the Supreme Court of the United States, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson! As the first Black woman to serve on the high court, you will bring not only your brilliance but also your unique life experience to an institution that has never centered the needs or rights of Black women, to say the least. Unfortunately, you’re being sworn in with the dumpster fire of this last term still blazing in the background.

      • The NationWarning: This Supreme Court Is Hazardous to Your Health

        I am not a lawyer. I am an epidemiologist with an interest in how laws, policies, and regulations affect health outcomes. But, as a scientist, I can’t help noticing when current events combine to produce what is known as a natural experiment. Whenever politicians or six Supreme Court justices (aka politicians in judicial drag) make decisions that affect our lives, there is always a before and an after. In some places laws, policies and regulations don’t change, while in others they do, and we can exploit this kind of variation to understand the public health effect of what these people—some elected, some unelected—have done to us.

      • The NationWhat Young People Face Without Roe

        The Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization means that millions of young people across the country will be forced to live in a country in which they have fewer rights to bodily autonomy than their parents and grandparents.

    • Monopolies

      • Copyrights

        • Torrent FreakCloudflare & Media Companies Agree to Modify “Power Grab” Piracy Injunction

          After obtaining the broadest injunction ever seen in a US streaming piracy lawsuit, several media companies argued that Cloudflare should be held in contempt of court for non-compliance. Negotiations are now underway to end this dispute but it appears that can only be achieved if the court agrees to modify the injunction, which was previously described as a “power grab”.

        • Torrent FreakFootball Piracy: Premier League Granted Extension to ISP Blocking Order

          The Premier League has obtained an injunction that requires Irish ISPs to block illegal streams of matches during the 2022/23 season. The decision from the High Court was made under the Copyright Act 2000 and represents the third extension of a groundbreaking 2019 injunction targeting ISPs Eircom/eir, Sky, Virgin and Vodafone.

        • TechdirtParody Post About Nintendo’s IP Bullying Hits All The Right Notes

          When I repeatedly use Nintendo as something of a virtual punching bag, it pisses off some of the company’s loyal fans. This has never made sense to me. Those fans should be pissed at Nintendo and all the different avenues the company takes just to make sure being a Nintendo fan is as difficult as possible. After all, it’s not like I’m just making this stuff up. Nintendo really is the Disney of the video game world when it comes to being an IP protectionist bully.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Technical

      • On choosing a text editor

        In this case ~degrowther talks about choosing vi over Emacs, and wonders what effect that choice might have had over the years. Personally, I chose Emacs, then vim with tmux, then Spacemacs, and now I’m using Doom Emacs. So I probably don’t have a lot of insight into the effects of using different editors, apart from it being fun to learn a new one occasionally.

        But it did get me thinking about the choices and circumstances that act as pivots in our lives. Things that change our path for years or decades. Sometimes these points are obvious, but other times they are only clear in retrospect. The biggest pivot I’ve experienced was when a friend of mine wasn’t feeling well one day. Nothing particularly bad (this was long before Covid), but enough that when I met him to ski he was lying down on a couch in the bar of one of the lodges. I was still new in town and hadn’t found work yet, so I took the opportunity to go down to the front desk and fill out a job application. Within a week I had a job at that lodge. Someone I worked with at the lodge got me my next job, and I moved to Alaska for the first time. I made lifelong friends at these jobs. I got other people jobs where I worked. At least two of those people met their now-spouses. Other friends helped me move and find work again after I was finished with seasonal jobs, which is where I met my wife.

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

Links 01/07/2022: Wayland 1.21.0 and SteamOS 3.3 Beta

Posted in News Roundup at 2:26 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Kernel Space

    • Graphics Stack

      • Free Desktop[ANNOUNCE] wayland 1.21.0
        This is the official release for Wayland 1.21.
        This new release adds a new wl_pointer high-resolution scroll event,
        adds a few new convenience functions, and contains a collection of
        bug fixes.
        This is the first release to use GitLab releases instead of the usual
        wayland.freedesktop.org website. The new links are available at the
        end of this email, or in the GitLab UI.
        Commit history since RC1 below.
        Peter Hutterer (1):
              protocol: minor clarification for axis_discrete events
        Simon Ser (2):
              util: set errno when hitting WL_MAP_MAX_OBJECTS
              build: bump to version 1.21.0 for the official release
        git tag: 1.21.0
      • Mike Blumenkrantz: The Doctor Is In

        After my last post, I received a very real, nonzero number of DMs bearing implications.

        That’s right.

        Messages like, “Nice blog post. I’m sure you totally know how to use RenderDoc.” and “Nice RenderDoc tutorial.” as well as “You don’t know how to use RenderDoc, do you?”

        I even got a message from Baldur “Dr. Render” Karlsson asking to see my RenderDoc operator’s license. Which I definitely have. And it’s not expired.

        I just, uh, don’t have it on me right now, officer.

        But we can work something out, right?


    • Instructionals/Technical

      • TecAdminFilesystem Hierarchy Structure (FHS) in Linux – TecAdmin

        If you’re new to Linux, understanding the directory structure can be daunting. There are dozens of different directories, and it’s not always clear what each one is used for. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the most important directories in Linux.

      • FOSSLinuxHow to install Grafana on Debian | FOSS Linux

        Grafana is free software that allows users to query, visualize, alert, and understand their metrics regardless of where they are stored. Besides, Grafana will enable you to easily create, analyze, and share dashboards with your team, fostering a data-driven culture. Grafana is a multi-platform, open-source active monitoring and data visualization tool that displays detailed analytics on charts and graphs.

        It has reusable dynamic dashboards, ad-hoc queries for exploring metrics, alert rules for key metrics to review and send notifications in the event of changes, and built-in sharing for collaboration with team members, among other features. It also can integrate with data sources such as InfluxDB, Graphite, Elasticsearch, and Prometheus.

      • FOSSLinuxHow to add or change the default gateway in Debian | FOSS Linux

        A default gateway is a node in a PC network. The node, in this case, uses an internet protocol suite that serves as the forwarding host(router) to other networks. This occurs when no other route specification matches the destination IP address of a packet.

        A gateway makes it possible for devices in one network to converse with devices in another network. For instance, if a PC requests a web page, the request goes via the default gateway exiting the LAN (local area network) to reach the internet.

        You can contemplate a default gateway as an immediate device between the internet and the local network. We say this because the default gateway facilitates internal data transfer to and from the internet.

      • Trend OceansHow to Install Vivaldi Browser on Linux

        Vivaldi is a non-FOSS multi-platform web browser that is available for all major platforms like Windows, macOS, and Linux. It is very compelling to use and has many features that might tempt you to replace your old browser with Vivaldi.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • The Coding Period: Week 1 & 2

          Community Bonding Period

          During this period, I prepared the mock-ups for the activities “10’s complement” and “Grammatical analyze.” Based on my mentor’s reviews the mock-ups were modified further.

          The design for other levels of 10’s complement can be found here.

          This bonding period is provided so the newcomers can get familiar with mentors and projects. As I’ve contributed for a few months now, I am comfortable with mentors and a little less confident with the project. So I decided to increase my understanding by finding the sub-tasks in other activities I needed to complete 10’s complement and Grammatical analyze.
          I also contributed to one another issue. Also, during this time, my first activity got merged (Left and Right Click Training which was later renamed as Mouse Click Training).

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • BSD

      • Bryan LundukeConvincing a Linux guy to use FreeBSD

        Back in 2017, for an episode of The Lunduke Hour, I talked to George Neville-Neil — author, kernel engineer, and FreeBSD advocate (and Director of the FreeBSD Foundation). He tries to convince me, a Linux user, that FreeBSD is better.

    • Fedora Family / IBM

      • CRNRed Hat To Offer Pay-Per-Use OpenShift On HPE GreenLake

        The OpenShift version of HPE GreenLake is part of a Red Hat on GreenLake joint development pact that also includes Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform for GreenLake.

      • Nebula on Fedora

        In the last year, I moved more and more data and services to hardware that I can directly control. A direct consequence of this is that I started to run more hardware at my house. This change has been very positive, but it is suboptimal when not at home. All services I run are secure and could be shared directly on the web, but I prefer a more cautious approach. For this reason, I decided to create a VPN.

        My first VPN choice was Wireguard. In theory, it should have been a very sensible solution due to its security and protocol optimization. Reality is different, though, and creating a mesh network with Wireguard becomes very complex.

    • Debian Family

    • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

      • Linuxiac12-Year-Old Developer Brings Ubuntu’s Unity Desktop Back to Life

        Unity 7.6 is the first major version of the Unity desktop in six years, with the previous release in May 2016.

        Unity is a graphical shell for the GNOME desktop environment designed and maintained by Canonical for Ubuntu. It was beautiful and innovative, but another controversial Canonical’s decision threw it out in 2017.

        So, since its 17.10 “Artful Aardvark” release, Ubuntu has reverted to using GNOME as the default desktop environment. In addition, the last official update from Canonical for Unity was the minor 7.4.5 version dated back in March 2019.

        Now, the restart of the active maintenance of the Unity 7 Desktop Environment is a fact. And this whole thing is thanks to 12-year-old Rudra Saraswat, Linux Foundation Certified Developer and Ubuntu member from India.

        I had used Ubuntu 17.04 back when I was 8 [years old], and I really loved Unity7, so when Unity7 was discontinued by Canonical, I wasn’t happy and wanted to bring it back. I created this project to give Unity7 a new life.

      • UbuntuStar Developers are here!

        In the Snap Store, we have a fantastic community where members can discuss topics in the forum, develop snaps and help others. Currently, the Snap Store has verified accounts; verified companies have a green tick by their name to show that the snap has come from a trusted source. However, snaps from individual users were not getting the same recognition, even if a lot of care and attention has gone into developing them. To address this and give recognition to individual users in the snap community, we introduced Star Developers.

      • UbuntuNew Active Directory Integration features in Ubuntu 22.04 (part 4) – Scripts execution [Ed: Canonical spreads Microsoft instead of replacing it]

        Linux Active Directory (AD) integration is historically one of the most requested functionalities by our corporate users, and with Ubuntu Desktop 22.04, we introduced ADsys, our new Active Directory client. This blog post is the last of a series where we will explore the new functionalities in more detail. (Part 1 – Introduction, Part 2 – Group Policy Objects, Part 3 – Privilege Management)

        In this article we will focus on how you can use Active Directory to schedule startup, shutdown, login or logout scripts on your managed desktops through ADsys.

        In this area, as well as for all the other new features delivered by ADsys, we tried to offer a user experience as close as possible to the native one available in Microsoft Windows, with the aim of enabling IT admins to reuse the same knowledge and tools they acquired over the years to manage Ubuntu desktops.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • Android PoliceBMW is switching gears from Linux to Android Automotive next year

        Most drivers with Android phones are probably relying on Android Auto these days — assuming, of course, they have a car that supports it. There’s a big difference between projecting your smartphone to your car’s built-in display and a vehicle that actually runs on Android, though, and that’s where Android Automotive comes in. We’re finally seeing more vehicles running on Google’s full-blown OS over the last couple of years, and starting in 2023, BMW will be the latest company added to the list.

        This week, BMW confirmed that some of its future models would run on a next-gen version of its in-house operating system built on top of Android Automotive. It’s a big change from previous Linux-based versions, though the company says some of its cars will stay on its legacy build. So far, the automaker has yet to confirm which of its models will get Automotive support, though work on supporting it won’t begin until March of 2023.

      • Its FOSSPine64 Is Now Working On A Powerful RISC-V Single Board Computer – It’s FOSS News

        Pine64, the single board computer manufacturer known for their range of open-source-supporting phones, laptops, smartwatches, and, of course, SBCs, has recently revealed that they are working on a new RISC-V powered computer.

        This isn’t the first time Pine64 has dabbled in the realm of RISC-V; the Pinecil soldering iron and the Pinecone IoT board are both powered by RISC-V. However, this offering promises to be different, with desktop-class performance.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Linux GizmosRaspberry Pi Pico W supports Wi-Fi and starts at $6

        The Raspberry Pi Foundation launched yesterday a new tiny platform based on the RP2040 silicon. The new device is called the Raspberry Pi Pico W and it provides connectivity by integrating the CYW43439 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module from Infineon.

        The Raspberry Pi Pico W uses the same processor as its predecessor, the Raspberry Pi Pico. The RP2040 provides two Arm Cortex-M0+ processors with a maximum frequency of 133MHz, 264KB SRAM and 2MB QSPI Flash storage.

      • SparkFun ElectronicsHello There, Pico W!

        Raspberry Pi is at it again! SparkFun is proud to co-announce and introduce you to the new Raspberry Pi Pico W and Pico H! With this launch, Raspberry Pi expands their RP2040 microcontroller line to include wireless capabilities and headers. Let’s jump in and see what exactly is being announced and released today. Let’s take a look!

      • Tom’s HardwareRaspberry Pi Pico W Projects to Inspire Your Inner Maker | Tom’s Hardware

        The Raspberry Pi family has grown today and now includes a $6 wireless microcontrollers, the Raspberry Pi Pico W. We’ve already had the chance to check it out and have a full Raspberry Pi Pico W review available for anyone interested in the new board. In short, we’re head over heels for the new development and it looks like we’re not alone!

        Several makers have had the opportunity to check out the new boards and have even shared some new Pico W projects with the community that demonstrates its potential. Today we’re taking a look at a few of them to get you excited and hopefully springboard some new ideas with their inspirational creations.

      • Tom’s HardwareWhere to Buy the Raspberry Pi Pico W | Tom’s Hardware

        Officially launched today, the Raspberry Pi Pico W is the successor to the Raspberry Pi Pico, Raspberry Pi’s first microcontroller board. Long time Raspberry Pi fans will know that a W at the end of of product name means Wi-Fi and the Pico W comes with 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi all for just $6.

        In our review of the Raspberry Pi Pico W we praised how easy it was to get online. Taking a mere five lines of MicroPython to connect our project to the world. The Pico W retains GPIO compatibility with the older Pico, but at this time third-party addons are rushing to patch their software libraries to work with the Pico W.

      • Tom’s HardwareHow to Connect Raspberry Pi Pico W to the Internet | Tom’s Hardware

        The release of the Raspberry Pi Pico W brings with it an interesting opportunity. In the past if we wanted to connect a Raspberry Pi to the world, we would need one of the larger models. The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W, and Raspberry Pi 4 were often pressed into data collection duties. The Raspberry Pi 4 is a bit of a power hog, the Zero 2 W is a bit better but still overkill for a simple information project.

        With the arrival of the Raspberry Pi Pico W we have a low power, microcontroller with a competent Wi-Fi chip, in the Pico form factor and only $6!

        So where do we start? How do we get our Raspberry Pi Pico W online, and where can we find interesting data to collect? Let us guide you through making the most of your $6 Raspberry Pi Pico W.

      • peppe8oNew Raspberry PI Pico released: finally the WiFi came. Hidding Bluetooth capabilities?

        Today, 30th June 2022, great news was raised from the web: a new Raspberry PI microcontroller has been released.

        There’s something really important in this new product. While in Jan 2021 the Foundation entered into the microcontrollers world with the RPI Pico (see Raspberry PI Pico: Foundation entering the micro-controllers universe article for the launch news), the experts have noted since the first time that something was missing. The RPI Pico was a great board, really flexible and able to perform a great number of tasks. The compatibility both with C++ and MicroPython made it the perfect development board for those wishing to reuse their experience both from other microcontrollers (like Arduino) and from the Raspberry PI Computer boards, where Python is a milestone in programming with the GPIOs.
        The main feature missing was that the new Raspberry PI Pico wasn’t able to connect with a network as there wasn’t any networking capability like WiFi, Ethernet or even a basic Bluetooth.

      • ArduinoThis large-format laser cutter was built from scratch for just $700 | Arduino Blog

        When stuck between a cheaper yet small laser cutter and splurging on a much larger one, Owen Schafer decided instead to just build one himself. The project started with Schafer sourcing a 40W CO2 laser, which differs from a diode laser in that it uses gas heated with 16,000 volts to produce a very powerful beam of light. This had the added side effect of needing a water-cooling system since the tube tends to generate ample amounts of heat.

        Once the laser and the necessary reflectors had been sourced, Schafer purchased aluminum extrusions and attached them with corner connectors. The head moves with the help of a gantry, wherein the X-axis slides along the Y-axis, and both are driven by NEMA17 stepper motors and a timing belt. For some added safety, he created a basic enclosure out of plywood just in case something went wrong internally.

      • CNX SoftwareAEC-Q100 qualified module features Allwinner T507-H processor for automotive applications – CNX Software

        Open-source drivers are offered together with a binary GNU GCC toolchain, but only to customers. The company does not seem to pay much attention to detail as I was told about a new “SOM based on AllWinner T507-H processor which features a dual-core ARM Cortex-A72 industrial processor” and the wrong product link (that’s a habit from them) in the email they sent me, so I first thought “Allwinner finally got a Cortex-A7x CPU”, but that was a false alarm.

      • ArduinoDIY diesel emissions monitor is a lesson in spectroscopy | Arduino Blog

        Some things, like voltage, are very easy to measure. Other things, like the chemical composition of a compound? Not so much. Emissions from internal combustion engines are one of those things that are hard to measure. But Janis Alnis needed a way to measure his diesel soot emissions so he could pass inspections in his home country of Latvia. So he used an Arduino, spectroscopy expertise, and some plumbing hardware to build his own Diesel Car Exhaust Smoke Meter.

        As luck would have it, Alnis is a lead researcher at the Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy of the University of Latvia. That means that he knows his stuff when it comes to spectroscopy, which is a field that uses light for analysis of different materials—including gases like diesel exhaust. In this case, he needed to measure how much soot was in the exhaust, which would let him know if his catalytic converter was warmed up and working well enough to pass inspection.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers

    • Content Management Systems (CMS)

      • People of WordPress: Leo Gopal – WordPress News

        In this series, we share some of the inspiring stories of how WordPress and its global network of contributors can change people’s lives for the better. This month we feature Leo Gopal, from South Africa, a back-end Developer and Customer Support agent on the encouragement and learning support the WordPress community can give.


        Leo wanted to keep busy and as soon as he finished school, he applied for every entry-level web-related job that he could find. He was hired by a company for the role of webmaster for its Marketing team focused on WordPress.

        He continued to grow his skills as a WordPress developer with the help of useful documentation that he could find and through his helpful local WordPress Community. This helped him earn a living and support his family.

    • Programming/Development

      • Daniel LemireLooking at assembly code with gdb

        Most of us write code using higher level languages (Go, C++), but if you want to understand the code that matters to your processor, you need to look at the ‘assembly’ version of your code. Assembly is a just a series of instructions.

        At first, assembly code looks daunting, and I discourage you from writing sizeable programs in assembly. However, with little training, you can learn to count instructions and spot branches. It can help you gain a deeper insight into how your program works. Let me illustrate what you can learn by look at assembly.

      • Bryan LundukeA Linux Kernel Module written in Scratch (a visual programming language for kids)

        On the left is Scratch — a visual programming tool, primarily geared towards kids, to help with learning concepts of coding. Instead of typing out your code, you drag and drop blocks of programming logic into place. Snapping them together like a jig saw puzzle.

        In this case, instead of a programming tutorial or a simple children’s game, the Scratch project is an actual Linux Kernel Module.

        On the right is some output from the Linux Kernel Log.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • IT WireiTWire – Global monthly smartphone sales fell below 100m units in May

        Global smartphone sales fell below 100 million units in May, the second time this happened since it first occurred after the pandemic broke, the technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research claims.

        In a statement, the company said sales had fallen 4% month-on-month and 10% year-on-year in May, to 96 million units, marking the second month-on-month decline and the 11th successive month of year-on-year decline.

        It said despite a V-shaped recovery after the COVID wave hit in 2020, smartphone sales were yet to reach pre-pandemic levels. Supply constraints and COVID waves had first affected the market, followed more recently by less demand due to inflation, the slowdown in China and the Russia-Ukraine war.

      • CNX SoftwareWirelessly powered sensor evaluation kit comes 1W power transmitter, two battery-free sensors – CNX Software

        Energous WattUp wireless power technology delivers power at various ranges (up to a few meters), and so far, we’ve seen it in wearables like garments, as well as smart glasses and earbuds development kits.

        The company has now launched a wirelessly powered sensor evaluation kit for the Internet-of-Things (IoT) based on the 1W WattUp PowerBridge transmitter with Bluetooth LE 5.0, plus two battery-free sensor nodes based on Atmosic ATM3202 Bluetooth LE 5.0 Cortex-M0 microcontroller with energy-harvesting capabilities.


        Just like the previous Energous devkits, the Wirelessly powered sensor evaluation kit is designed for companies that are looking at taking wireless charging to mass production, and you’d need to sign an NDA first to discuss potential applications with power and other requirements. More details may be found on the product page and press release.

    • Linux Foundation

      • PR NewswireThe Linux Foundation Announces Conference Schedule for Open Source Summit Latin America 2022

        The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the full schedule for Open Source Summit Latin America, the gathering place for open source code and community contributors, taking place August 23-24 as a Virtual Experience. The schedule can be viewed here.

      • Linux Foundation’s Site/BlogAg-Rec: Improving Agriculture Around the World with Open Source Innovation [Ed: IBM-led greenwashing and openwashing using the front group Linux Foundation]

        One of the first projects I noticed after starting at the Linux Foundation was AgStack. It caught my attention because I have a natural inclination towards farming and ranching, although, in reality, I really just want a reason to own and use a John Deere tractor (or more than one). The reality is the closest I will ever get to being a farmer is my backyard garden with, perhaps, some chickens one day. But I did work in agriculture policy for a number of years, including some time at USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. So, AgStack piqued my interest. Most people don’t really understand where their food comes from, the challenges that exist across the globe, and the innovation that is still possible in agriculture. It is encouraging to see the passion and innovation coming from the folks at AgStack.

    • Security

      • LinuxSecurityHow to Spend Less Time on Web and API Security

        With web and API security becoming an increasingly important aspect of software development, “shift left” is gaining wide acceptance as a best practice to ensure security integrates with development early. More and more cybersecurity companies are releasing relevant products and capabilities, and the practice is becoming almost de facto for engineering teams.

      • Dark ReadingExchange Servers Backdoored Globally by SessionManager
      • Fear, Uncertainty,

        • Hacker NewsMicrosoft Warns of Cryptomining Malware Campaign Targeting Linux Servers [Ed: Microsoft constantly spreading Linux FUD to distract from Windows holes (with Microsoft, security holes are intentional)]

          A cloud threat actor group tracked as 8220 has updated its malware toolset to breach Linux servers with the goal of installing crypto miners as part of a long-running campaign.

          “The updates include the deployment of new versions of a crypto miner and an IRC bot,” Microsoft Security Intelligence said in a series of tweets on Thursday. “The group has actively updated its techniques and payloads over the last year.”

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • PIAPrivate Internet Access Now Has 50 Servers in 50 US States

          While legislators play catch-up with cybercrime, Private Internet Access is helping Americans take matters into their own hands with our 50 Servers in 50 States campaign. We now offer physical or virtual locations in all 50 US states.

          Our servers across the United States are a convenient way to find the best deals, maintain access to online services, and protect your privacy from the uncertainties of state and federal laws.

          Set up your own cybersecurity shield with PIA whenever and wherever you want across the US.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Geeks For GeeksMongol Invasion Of India

        United with the emergence of Genghis Khan in the early 13th century, the Mongol empire stretched from Korea in Asia to Poland in eastern Europe, becoming the largest contiguous land empire in the world’s history. Known for their brute invasions and repression, Mongols invaded and captured every major capital of the Medieval World, including Delhi. Between the mid-13th and 14th centuries, Mongols tried to invade India several times from the North-western front. However, they had to face severe defeats at the hand of the Delhi Sultanate until the 16th century, when Babur invaded India. Let’s dive deep into the series of Mongol invasions in Medieval India.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • IT WireiTWire – Telstra-TPG deal: Budde urges overall review of mobile telco services

        Australia should undertake a comprehensive review of its mobile telecommunications in the wake of Telstra’s bid to actively promote the sharing of its infrastructure, independent telecommunications analyst Paul Budde has urged.

        In a submission to the ACCC, which is examining the proposal prior to a decision on 17 October, Budde said prior to this, he had always argued for domestic roaming in regional areas because it did not make economic sense to overbuild mobile infrastructure.

      • CoryDoctorowPluralistic: 28 Jun 2022 – Pluralistic: Daily links from Cory Doctorow

        Remember when they sneered at Geocities pages for being unusable eyesores? It’s true, those old sites had some, uh, idiosyncratic design choices, but at least they reflected a real person’s exuberant ideas about what looked and worked well. Today’s web is an unusable eyesore by design.

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal

      • I got the rona!

        Well turns out my mom didn’t do her test right and that cold she has is covid, which she passed to me.

        It started two days ago with a bit of a sore throat and I was a little more tired than normal. But yesterday I woke up feeling nauseous, a more sore throat, feeling extremely hot, and a splitting headache. I had a strong feeling this was covid, but I still took a test to be sure. I slept for the majority of yesterday, waking only to drink and use the restroom. That was until I woke at 17:00 and was feeling a bit better. I had enough energy to eat and I took a cool shower, not cold, just cool enough to cool me down. After the shower my headache died down a bit and I was able to watch a few episodes of Better Call Saul. Good Television let me tell ya.

    • Technical

      • Unbound AAAA filtering

        If you have ever tried to announce an IPv6 prefix into a network without access to the global unicast subnet you will notice many things break as applications assume otherwise. For me this is a problem when announcing a Yggdrasil prefix (200::/7).

      • I like flatpak

        I know! sacrilege! no new thing can be good! we must be curmudgeons and Luddites!

        I’ve been using void with musl for a month now with no real complaints. One weird compilation error in rust but that might have been something else since I don’t know rust well. The one thing that was a little frustrating was that I couldn’t play any DRM content due to musl. However since flatpaks come with all the needed libraries I just installed the flatpak of Firefox and watched Netflix through that. Easy Peasy!

        Snaps are dumb, no package manager should rely on a specific init system. Appimages are cool but seemingly have failed to take off for whatever reason. Flatpaks kinda seem like they have won and I don’t really mind. If you don’t take the sandboxing arguments too seriously and just look at them as a package manager for all those apps which you’d like to have but you aren’t going to find in your niche distro’s repos it’s pretty good. Sure the reverse domain name naming scheme isn’t my favorite but it solves name conflicts for certain.

      • Making a daemon from a shell script on OpenBSD: Why is it so hard?

        I’ve been becoming familiar with OpenBSD over the past few weeks. So far I’ve been liking it a lot. I’m getting so absorbed in it that it’s getting into my dreams. That’s not something that’s happened since I was a kid getting into tech (or maybe it has something to do with the fever I’ve been fighting off). But today I ran into my first ordeal: running shell scripts through rcctl. It was way more fiddly than I was expecting.

      • Programming

        • Michael GeistThe Missing Bill C-18 Charter Statement: Why Did the Justice Department Remove the Document Confirming the Online News Act Includes Payments for Internet Linking?

          Last Tuesday, Justice Minister David Lametti tabled his department’s Charter statement for Bill C-18, the Online News Act. A link to the statement appeared briefly on the department’s website, but by the end of the week reference to the Bill C-18 Charter statement was removed from the Justice site altogether. As of this morning, there is still no reference to the statement, even though it is a public document having been tabled in the House of Commons. In fact, I have now obtained a copy of the Charter statement and posted it publicly here with an embed below. The department will presumably re-post the statement at some point and it would be useful to confirm that it remains unchanged and provide an explanation for the online removal (I asked and did not get a response). [UPDATE: Hours after this blog post went live, the government posted the Charter statement.]

          Beyond the puzzling removal, the substance of Charter statement is notable since it fails to provide a convincing argument on the constitutionality of the bill. First, it should be noted that it is obviously limited to Charter issues and does not address broader constitutional concerns. If the bill passes, it is likely to be challenged on the grounds that the regulations that touch on the news sector fall outside the federal government’s jurisdiction. In addition, the Charter statement leaves little doubt that questions about whether the bill is Charter-compliant will also be raised. The statement fails to seriously grapple with questions such as the freedom of expression implications that arise from government-mandated payments for linking, indexing or otherwise facilitating access to news.

        • Michael GeistCRTC Ruling Signals How Bill C-11 Could Be Used To Regulate Internet Content

          Just one week after Canadian Heritage and CRTC officials provided assurances to a Senate committee that the Commission’s regulatory powers over freedom of expression were constrained by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the CRTC yesterday released a ruling in which the majority ignored the Charter altogether in regulating content on Radio-Canada. The decision signals how Bill C-11 could be used to regulate Internet content the CRTC deems contrary to Broadcasting Act policy objectives. It also continues a disturbing trend of revelations that have come in the aftermath of Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez cutting off debate to rush the bill through the House of Commons: officials later admitting that the $1B claim of benefits is merely an “illustrative” estimate, CRTC Chair Ian Scott opening the door to indirect algorithmic regulation, and now the release of a decision on content regulation that dates back to November 2020.

          The CRTC decision involved a Radio-Canada broadcast that discussed a French language book which included the N-word in the title. A six and a half minute radio segment debated a petition that called for a Concordia professor who quoted from the book to be fired. The N-word was used four times. After a complaint was filed, a CBC Ombudsman found the segment did not violate journalistic standards. That finding was appealed to the CRTC in 2020. More than 18 months later, the majority of commissioners on the panel cited Broadcasting Act policy objectives in finding that the segment “goes against the Canadian broadcasting policy objectives and values.” It ordered Radio-Canada to apologize, develop internal measures to address the issue, and advise what it plans to do with the segment’s availability online.

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

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